Friday 30 November 2012

Baby girl

It is not often I get the chance to make an overtly girlie card, especially a girlie baby card, so when one of Robbie's friends recently gave birth to a lovely baby girl I jumped at the chance of breaking out all the yummy pink supplies I have been hoarding.

I used a Marianne design die for the pram and papers by Nitwit, the banner was created using a Whimsy die and the lettering was created with a Tim Holtz die.

I added liquid pearls to the quilted paper and bows to add a little softness

I am sorry, blogging has been a little scarce lately, I have still been crafting  - unfortunately some has been Christmas related and cannot be shared yet as the recipients read my blog, also I have been working on ATC's and our Circle journal both of which are projects which cannot be shared, hopefully soon things will return to normal and I will be able to share a little more regularly.

Saturday 24 November 2012

Happy birthday sis

For my little sister Helen, who celebrated her birthday yesterday and will be reaching a landmark birthday next year.

I used stampin' Up stamps, Hero Arts flowers and obviously lots of love.

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Bloomin' Banner

Today I have a banner to share which I started approximately one month ago.

The components of which have travelled back and forth from home to shop and back again, with me adding a ribbon here and a button there.

I used the elements from the Molly Bloom christmas kit

The alphas, I drew onto cream card, cut out and embossed using the Cuttlebug with a Stampin' Up folder

The images were all painted with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

All finished with some ribbon, lace, holly leaves and little red pearls for the berries.

Lots of the girls from the shop have also been making these banners and although we are all using the same supplies it is amazing just how very different they are all looking.

Friday 16 November 2012

Boo !

These are my ATC's for our last swap

Sarah chose the theme for October and we were required to use a Halloween theme and the colour silver

I use a vintage girl stamp and turned her into a little witch by adding a hat, which I cut by hand and then embossed through the Cuttlebug

The silver was added by way of a background stamp and silver embossing powder and I finished the cards with a little washi tape and some table confetti from Tescos

You can see the rest of the ATC's entered into the swap and find out who won, by checking out the shop blog - HERE

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Bye Bye Bob.

Mixed post tonight, very photo heavy

First up a card for my friend and neighbour Jenny

Whilst we were away on holiday our dear neighbour Bob died suddenly, we didn't know anything about it until we got home.

Bless him, he was a lovely, lovely man. Bob and Jenny become our friends shortly after moving in over the road from us a few years ago and have been brilliant with our boys, they have a grandson a similar age and have been incredibly kind and generous with our three.

Bob was originally from America and had a really laid back and languid way about him, always had time to stop and natter and always genuinely cared when he asked how you were.

We will miss him and we hope his wife Jenny will find some comfort in knowing how loved her husband was. 

On another note entirely.

Here are our pics from our holiday in The Lakes a couple of weeks ago.

We stayed once again at the Quiet Site just outside Penrith.

St Andrews church - Penrith

Just so happened to be right next to a lovely little craft shop !

The weather was pretty miserable, until now we have been incredibly blessed by fair and dry weather whenever we have visited Cumbria, but the legendary rain caught up with us this time.

So we spent a little more time pursuing indoor activities this time round

We even ventured as far as Newcastle and enjoyed a day at the metro centre.

The Christmas decorations were up and the boys had a little pocket money to spend.

We had a day out at Whitehaven and ended up taking the boys bowling

Rob had just scored a strike so was super happy, mum won at the end of the day (least said about that the better - none of the boys were happy to be beaten by a girl !)

Later in the week and after a walk up to Penrith, we called in a pub for some liquid refreshments and we all enjoyed a few games of pool and darts.

Our new trailer tent, which did us proud, the weather certainly tested its durability.

The view from our tent door on the final day before heading home, the skies were a beautiful clear blue and totally devoid of clouds, in the distance we could just make out a three quarter moon.

And the view towards the rear of the tent

And the inside ( for Marie - who wonders how we keep so organised lol)

This is the left hand rear corner of the living area, with the fridge and tea making area.

And the right hand side of the living area, with two larder units.

The left hand one contains all the non perishable food.

The right hand one contains all the pots and pans, cutlery, cooking equipment etc, on top is our new grill ( for those all important early morning bacon butties !)

As always we have board games, playing cards and plenty of reading material to keep everyone entertained in the evenings.

To the right of the silver chair is the oversized buckets for the shoes and wellies and the black square basket at the back is for laundry.

And this is the trailer part of the tent and the sleeping area

Lots of storage underneath the cushions. The boys slept in the bedroom pod on the left and Neil and I slept in the one on the right.


Neil's and my bed ( bedding from Ikea)

The boys bed ( much more comfortable in proper quilts this year and bedding from my mum - thanks mum )

 And just before leaving on the final day, car all packed up ! Yes it really all does fit away quite neatly.

Leaving Watermillock we just had to stop and capture this beautiful image, see those white peaks ? Yes there was snow on them there mountains !

Camping in the Lakes in early November definitely is not for the faint hearted but it was beautiful and it didn't spoil my love for this breathtaking part of our country. All coming from someone who 'doesn't do' cold !

Friday 9 November 2012

Happy Birthday Amy

Tuesday was my baby girls birthday - 19 already !!!! How did that happen, it was only yesterday I was changing nappies and rocking her in my arms !

I used my brand new Memory Box heart die, the sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp, the butterflies are also a Stampin' Up embosslit.

Happy birthday Amy, love you xxx