Monday, 28 June 2010

That worked!

Well that worked well so I will now share with you an easel card I have made for a friend of ours who teaches the guitar at night school. The image is cross stitched and I have added a couple of musical buttons. The frame is black mirror card (not sure if that will show up on the photo, the base is musical backing paper.

Rob and Alan are very into golf at the moment and they are playing at least twice a week, now I don't mind in the least (more crafting time for me) but Rob is obviously having pangs of guilt because I have been taken out for dinner twice in the last few weeks and yesterday he even offered to buy me some Promarkers (lots of them!). Needless to say I ordered them this morning!

Phew what a scorcher!

Isn't this weather absolutely glorious? Long may it continue.

Alan's best mate (Alan is my Son) is emigrating to Canada next month and we have been invited to his farewell "do" so I have made him a little (slightly tongue in cheek) booklet of things he might miss when he leaves good old Blighty. It is in the shape of a concertina and I have decorated both sides using photos, stamping and downloads. The box to put it in is a sort of exploding box. I shall now attempt to show you some photos but as I have a brand new computer that although it is super fast doesn't resemble my old XP version at all so everything is taking me ages to work out where to find things and how to use them when I do eventually find them .... if you see what I mean! Anyway fingers crossed .... here goes.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Distress Inks

This week our crafting trio was reduced to a crafting duo, Sue M couldn't make it but Sue I and me met up and played around with distress inks. I have just finished making my efforts into cards, here they are.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Latest cards

Well after a disasterous day on Monday I managed to make a couple of cards yesterday. The rather elegant lady is from the Creative Expressions Party Ladies set which I bought on Saturday when my two crafting friends and I went to a Craft Show. The show wasn't really very good but I did manage to get a few new stamps and we had a fun morning so all was not lost.

The little boy and his Westie (well I had to have that stamp didn't I?) is a Sugar Nellie stamp by Mary Hall called Westie, I thought it would make a great Christmas card.

The rather funky looking bird is the card I have made for last week's challenge (my two crafting buddies and myself). We were playing with alcohol inks and acetate and stamping with the "petal" stamps belonging to one of the Sues'.

The colouring is done with my Promarkers and the boy's scarf and Westie's coat are alcohol inks on vellum.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Bad day!

Have you ever felt really, really, really stupid??!! ... Read on ....

Yesterday was not a good day, it began at around 1.50am (yes that is AM!) when the smoke alarm outside our bedroom door went off. I lept out of bed and bent to grab my dressing gown, not the best idea when you have a bad back (I put it out last Wednesday and it WAS improving thanks to my Osteopath). Thankfully it turned out to be a false alarm, the battery was running low! (in the smoke alarm not my back)but I couldn't get back to sleep so of course I felt shattered from the moment I got up. Anyway after taking Bonnie for her walk along the beach I got home and put the breadmaker on (or tried to) I put in the ingredients, set the programme, switched on, and off it went ... for all of one rotation of the blades then nothing ... no sign of life at all. I changed the fuse (pretty impressive eh?) flipped on the switch and ..... nothing it was completely dead. I spent the next half hour searching for the receipt, eventually found it then realized the machine was two and a half years old, now I know that is not considered that old but as it is used almost every day I thought it wasn't too bad going so the next step was to get on the old internet and ordered another one.

Nothing too stupid so far ... I cleaned the oven, I did crispy roast duck for dinner on Saturday and it was delicious BUT ... well I bet Delia doesn't have to clean her own oven! and all that twisting and stretching did my back no good at all either.

Then the Plumber arrived to fit a new tap on the kitchen sink, our old one sprang a leak at the weekend, Rob took it apart thinking it would be just a washer to replace, but no, something had broken inside so he had to go out to buy a new one, hence the Plumber to fit it (you don't really think I would let Rob loose fitting a tap do you?! ... DO BE SERIOUS!!!)

Where was I? Oh yes after dinner Rob replaced the fuse AGAIN, he said to check that I hadn't used a dud one ... Mmmmm! .... NOTHING, then he turned the machine around to check that the wire leading from the machine ...... and there on the back was an on/off switch!!!!! I have had that blessed machine for two and a half years and didn't even know the switch was there Aaarrrrrrh! I still don't know why it switched itself off though but stupid or what???