Sunday, 12 September 2010
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Create a layout with a framed title.
Using Scarlet Lime August Frugal kit.
And answer these questions:
- what's your name and where do you hail from?
I'm Fay! I was born and bred in Torquay, went to University in Bristol and now live in Leamington Spa.
- what's your favourite scrappy manufacturer?
I normally get my supplies from a US kit and so use a range of manufacturers, but I always like the papers from Cosmo Cricket. Recently I'm liking Lily Bee and Echo Park.
- what product do you find yourself using most?
Anything to do with butterflies!
- do you prefer to make your embellishments or buy readymade?
Again because of getting a kit I tend to use more ready made embellishments but I love making my own flowers
- have you even taken part in a cybercrop before?
Yes! Lots! The last one from The Studio, a couple of Shimelle's, Cocoa Daisy and various on UK Scrappers. I love the challenges and the whole team environment of them.
I'm just putting the finished touches to the next challenge and then have to help DH clear the garage - we're finally getting round to clearing out some junk!! I'll be back.
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Firstly the 4pm challenge from yesterday to use circles. I've used this design a couple of times before and thought it would suit circles, so I've used it again (think it was a Sketchy Thursday sketch).
The next was today's sketch.
Friday, 13 August 2010
The challenges are alternating on the hour with a scrapbook challenge and a photography challenge and I've managed a couple of both.
So the first challenge (10am) was to scrap with red, white and aqua.
The first photography challenge (11am) was to shoot a close up. These are my green tomatoes that I am trying to ripen in the conservatory - they're not doing much out in the garden.
Next up (12pm) was a sketch and you know how much I love sketches!!I decided not to journal on this because my writing's a bit scruffy - I don't usually mind it on LOs but I didn't want to spoil the special picture on this one, so I think I might mount it on a canvas and hang it in my work room. This is my very lovely and very adored daddy xxx.
Photography challenge from 3pm was to take a picture through a window. So here's my very wet garden you can just see the yellow bamboo.
I managed to get a bit of time this week to make a couple of LOS. The first is from a Stuck? Sketches Birthday Hop.
I omitted the strips from the sketch that go behind the photo as I thought it was already quite busy!! I cut out some circles from behind the photo and used them to layer up some other circles. I have also bought a new butterfly punch from Hobbycraft. I don't tend to buy much from Hobbycraft as it's normally more expensive than buying online but this punch seemed a reasonable price.
In other news I've had new fabric stash delivery from the US, looking forward to cutting into this lovely selection. I'm finding it hard to know what I prefer more these days - new fabric or new paper - I think fabric is inching ahead.
Monday, 2 August 2010
First off headbands to match the girls dresses, they took me about 15 mins each and the girls seem pleased with the results.
Turning over my calender today (yes I know I'm a day behind) I realised it was SIL's birthday tomorrow, so a very quick and simple card that I could get it straight in the post.
The sides are constucted from 3 layers of fabric and 2 layers of interfacing, so it's pretty sturdy. One of the fiddliest things I've ever made!
Thursday, 29 July 2010
And here are the dresses with their proud owners (DD2 would't be photographed with DD1!)
They're a bit shorter than I would have liked and a snuggish fit so not sure if they'll still fit next year. Nevertheless I'm pleased with my efforts.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
I have been feeling really guilty that my Scarlet Lime kits have been piling up (especially since I started subscribing to their Frugal kit aswell) and so today (whilst recovering from a tummy bug) I sat down armed with a pile of sketches and started to scrap!
They might not be my best work or win any prizes, but it was the process of scrapping that was really important to me. I decided to make one LO from each kit (I've got 6 untouched).
April Kit and Twisted Sketches sketch
June Frugal kit and Twisted Sketches sketch
May kit and PageMaps sketch
Saturday, 24 July 2010
On Saturday night we ended up in a cocktail bar that we had read about in the guidebooks - Dry Martini. After a gin and tonic (him) and a mojito (me) we sat at the bar and ordered a couple of Dry Martinis (well it would be rude not to seeing as though that was what they were famous for). We then got chatting to an American couple sat next to us. They were on a small tour of Europe as he was a Professor of Architure and she was a Food and Drink writer (we didn't talk long enough to exchange names!!). Anyway we had a lovely conversation and evitably my birthday celebration came up and we talked about the girls. They were following a similar story to mine and DH's - been together 10 years, finally got married and now celebrating their 1st anniversary were thinking about starting a family.
DH and I ordered a couple more mojitos whilst the Americans were settling their bill and a few minutes later the bar tender announced that they had settled our bar bill also (probably about £25). How amazing and generous - they simply wanted to wish me a happy birthday! They said their goodbyes and went on their way.
I so intend to pay this forward, it is not often that you come across such selfless acts of kindness in this day and age and it left me with such a warm, fuzzy feeling!
For the record though I don't like Dry Martinis and will be sticking to the mojitos!
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Typical that after all that lovely sunshine it's decided to rain this week - grrrr!
Friday, 9 July 2010
... so on weds 14th July I will turn 40. I'm not at all bothered by that fact, I love birthdays and so it's an excuse to get extra spolit!Tomorrow I'm having a party at home with friends and after seeing this bunting on the lovely Lizzie's blog the garden is going to look fab (thank you Mr Weather for a good forecast).
On my actual birthday my dad, stepmum and sister are coming to visit and I'm looking forward to a delicious lunch out with great company. The girls have got the day off school, so I shall have my.wonderful family around me.
Then on Friday SH and I are off to Barcelona for the weekend sans children - yipee!
I am a very lucky girl!
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
... it feels like a lifetime ago since I last posted. I have been on a rollercoaster ride and life has been quite stressful. I'm slowly returning to normality and hoping to start scrapping again (I have a mountain of kits piling up!)
I signed up to do Shimelle's Love your photos, love your pages new class and I'm hoping that will help my mojo! Prompt 1 was to take a photo of something you love, which at the moment is these sunflowers in my garden. Taken on my Android phone with the vignette app.
Next week is a big week for me - a milestone birthday, so I will try and post about the festivities!
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Friday, 30 April 2010
Hope you all have a good Bank Holiday weekend, even if it is going to be wet!!
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
My new Scarlet Lime kit has finally turned up, delayed due to volcanic ash. About time too - desperately need some new stash to play with - yipee!
Monday, 26 April 2010
Have just realised I've typed a ? at the end of a good book, will have to get the Tippex out. Note my butterfly obsession is still going strong!
Due to my fabulous productivity I am now in desperate need of albums and page protectors.
And here's the LO!
Sunday, 25 April 2010
This next challenge was called Everything's Gone Green - the topic of the layout had to be green and growing things and the title hand-made and in some way reflect the theme of the layout.
I had only planted these seeds about half an hour before the challenge was posted, so perfect timing! I scraplifted a LO by Doris Sander.