Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Walk Hand in Hand

So another blog post in a week, i am trying to keep my resolution going, after all i have to keep to it for at least a month, lol.

How are you all, snowed in? We have had another couple of inches fall overnight, which isn't much but considering how much was already lying, it's still quite deep in some places. The main roads yesterday were passable, but sides roads were treacherous. So today i have the family home again, schools closed, work impossible to get to. Unfortunately now for us, the beauty and fun of it has gone, it's now becoming a headache. Cabin fever has set in and we just want normality again - hopefully by the weekend it will begin to thaw, just in time for my crop on Sunday, yeah!

So as we have had many days at home i have been able to get some scrapping done. I thought it was about time i made a LO, its been months since i done one, always seem to be making mini books. On a blog hop a few weeks back i came across the Butterfly Craft blog which had a sketch for you to follow:

The Sketch:

I instantly knew what paper i wanted to use for this sketch and so thought about what photo to use, searching for many hours, i finally made the choice and got to work. I must say i have never completed a LO in such a quick time, i am known for paper shuffling.
I am pleased with the final outcome and most of all my LO mojo has kicked back in and now want to complete many more.

My take on the sketch: "Walk Hand in Hand"

Products used:

Little Ladies collection by My Little Shoebox Company

Tim Holtz Ticket

Kraft Cardstock Journalling tag

American Craft Poolside Thickers

Making Memories alphabet letters

and some bling gems.

Have thoroughly enjoyed doing this LO, and now in the process of completing some more, but i am also awaiting a delivery of photo's and some more new stash, their that resolution went out the window "To save for AP", but couldn't resist the sales, lol.

My Websters pages book is still a work in progress, hopefully soon i can share with you all.

Thank you for taking the time to leave messages - i love reading them.
Take care


Saturday, 9 January 2010

Snow much fun

Well snow has to be the topic for this post.

We have been inundated with snow since Tuesday afternoon, which has left us snowed in literally, freezing temperatures, 2ft icicles, but we have had so much fun in the process.

As i sit here typing we are getting another light dusting, but with more heavy snow on the way for the next 24/48 few hours.

In the last few days we have built snowmen, had snowball fights, built an igloo, pushed 15 cars out of the snow outside our house and checked on elderly neighbours.

Unfortunately though it seems like England has come to a stand still, the children haven't been back to school, there's been no post, no rubbish collection and it looks set to continue, but hopefully by next week we will be over the worst of it and normality can reign again.

The snowy weather though has enabled me to get out and about with the camera and get some shots of the children and surrounding area, which as a scrapper i am thankful for. Gives me lots of LO's to plan and do in the next few weeks, never mind Christmas ones yet to be done.

With the unexpected time at home i have been able to achieve some scrapping, not as much as planned as trying to keep the children occupied.

I am in the process of completing an Ancestry album for my mum for her birthday using the Websters pages Nature's Storybook collection. I have managed to get some very old photo's of my great great great Grandad and various other relations and put them all together in an 6 x 6 album. My mum has been researching family history for 10 years now, so hopefully she will like it.

Front Cover

An inside page

I believe this is my G.G.G. Grandad, i just need to collect the year and his name from my mum and i can ad these details. Have tried to keep it as masculine as possible, a bit hard when the papers are flowery.

Have 2 more pages to complete, pictures are printed, so hopefully i will have it finished soon.

So my DH has just gone out on the road on behalf of the Ambulance Service (he's a volunteer) attending 999 calls for the night shift. They are ever so busy at the moment and need as many extra hands as possible.Just hoping he is safe out on the streets in this terrible weather.

With that i will leave you with a few photo's i have taken in the last few days, i have over a 100 already. Just need to find some lovely matching paper - do i feel a stash spree coming on :)?

Our Road

The Snowman
The Crescent
Well i hope your all keeping safe and warm and are not to snowed in where ever you may be located in the UK.
Thank you for stopping by
Take care

Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all!!

A little belated but the festive holidays have been a little hectic. Lots of lovely food and drink was consumed and Santa bought us some lovely gifts. I hope you all had a lovely holiday.
So 2010 already, i remember celebrating the millennium, only seems like yesterday. A whole decade has past, one that is filled with happy and sad memories.

So a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year and last but not least a new decade and a new start for me in all areas.

I am looking forward to the year ahead, not that i have any set plans just yet but i have a "good" feeling and of course i do have a few resolutions i would like to achieve this year.

My first resolution is to keep this blog up to date as i have seriously neglected it the last few months. The days have just flown by me and i never seemed to get a chance to log on and update. I am hoping to update at least once a week, if not more.

My second resolution is to "save". I am wanting to save for various things this year, some more important than others but it's going to be hard when i have all the new releases from CHA hitting the scrapping shops soon and then of course Ally Pally, lol. We will have to see how this one goes, wish me luck lol!!

Over the last few months i haven't done much scrapping unfortunately.
In December i did decide to make little Snowman Soup Bags for my youngest 2 Teachers as little thank you gifts. I never know what to buy and think they must get over whelmed, so thought these would be ideal.

I was really happy to recieve lovely comments from the teachers, which made it all worth while

The contents of Snowman Soup bags

Completed bag
I had to make 6 of these, which did take awhile as all the bags were handmade from 1 sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper. What made it better was that we had a heavy downpor of snow the night before school finished, so they seemed the perfect pressie to give, alas being called Snowman Soup Bags!!!

I did also make a start on the Journal Your Christmas project by Jessica Sprague. I bought lots of new goodies and was really looking forward to documenting our Christmas. I made an effort to make 14 different size pages using different styles, fabrics etc, the rest were going to be completed on a daily basis, but i was only to not touch it at all in the month of December. Now how bad is that!!! Its all still sitting on my desk waiting to be looked at. Thankfully i did take many photo's and keep various pieces, so hopefully i will make a start on it once the kids are back to school and normality reigns again. I was very upset with myself.

My time as a DT member at Cleo Crafts has come to end :(, i have thoroughly enjoyed the kits over the last year, some needing more imagaination than others. I have made some lovely friends throughout the year and i wish them all the best for the future.

I am guessing this will now give me some time to complete various projects i have on the go, i can list 3 for sure and i have some LO's i want to get together aswell. So look forward to the next few months.

I am also now wondering whether i should start the new class on UKS. Document 2010 looks good and seeing as it is only once a month i am thinking i could handle this (lol). I will let you know what i do
Are any of you joining in on this project?
So, as promised i will be back very soon as i do have a project to share with you, just need a few hours to complete it. Its using the fabby Websters pages which is the latest kit from Cleo Crafts. The papers are so much better in real life, such lovely quality. Am making a special birthday present for a family member.
So keep warm, keep safe and take care