Thursday, November 26, 2009

Grandad Jumper!

5 posts in one week!! Don't get used to it, I'll probably have a three week gap now as I pay for having 4 days off work!

We had a lovely class as always at the Craft Den last night. I don't need to say that, we have a great time every week! I feel really lucky that I bumped into Lynne just before her first open day. Her classes and workshops were exactly what I was desperately looking for!

We did a great page using Bo Bunny patterned paper and Bazzill swiss dots cardstock. We also used the fiskars threading water and ribbon border punches and a selection of MK and retro flower punches. I had a perfect picture in my craft bag of Emma looking identical to my dad: fat cheeks, three chins, no neck, the lot, lol!! Good job he doesn't read this. My sister does though, and she will agree! Luckily Emma grew out of that stage, and is actually completely beautiful!

Ma' Handsome

Here is a layout I have done of my boy George, he is sooooo handsome. I tell him all the time and he knows it!

I took the torn corner idea from Tracey Jackson's Running with Scissors blog, using the same shaped paper as I thought it looked really effective. Everything is from Craft Den of course!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

November ATC and November page

I'm having a lovely time on holiday crafting away! I am doing some housework too, promise! I really forgot about the November ATC challenge with the theme of Fireworks and Bonfire Night. Yesterday I was at Craft Den and noticed a lovely little Paper Artsy mini stamp that I thought looked a bit like a firework burst. It's actually come out better than I thought although this was attempt #4 after I realised I needed to stamp and emboss the image first, and then go over with silver and turquoise ink stamped through sequin waste.I punched a few stars and inked with silver and then silver stickles and trimmed the edge with icicle stickles.

Lynne also has some really lovely hessian, sacking type material in, which is really pretty in several colours. I have added it as a bow to this layout.
Emma has had a few eyetests since she was very small as she had a lazy eye. This last time we were told she had to have glasses to correct the vision in the left eye and hopefully this will correct it by the time her eyes have stopped developing at about 7 or 8. I was upset at first, as I thought they would mask her lovely face, but she still looks as beautiful as ever. This is my November page in my 2009 series of Emma. I also used the hessian as a centre to the heart flower, which looks really sweet. Beware though, it unravels, lol!!

Scalloped edge template, Prima pearl studs, gemstone giant pin and lace also all from Craft Den. Paper from stash.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas door hanger

Two posts in one day, I must be on holiday!!! I have just done a Christmas door hanger for Emma this afternoon, thinking I would hang it on her bedroom door, but I have just realised that her door knob is too big!! Ah well, we'll take it to Grandma's as we'll be there Christmas Eve and then Santa will know where to drop off Emma's presents!! The trick will be getting her to be good until then, lol!

The door hanger, Bo Bunny 'Tis the season' papers, snowman and christmas tree wooden shapes and stickles all from the Craft Den. Lil' bit o bling, star punch and letters from stash.


Here is the layout we did last week at Craft Den, a really lovely page using the Basic Grey Wisteria collection. It always amazes me the different looks you can get from some papers. I used these already on a wedding page and they look so different.

Here is Emma, about 1 year old and really, really loving a balloon!! Sorry about the ironing board in the backgound, I just noticed it was there, but that's real life!!

I didn't have time to add the flowers during class as I arrived late as usual, so I punched out lots of flowers and went a bit mad adding them after. I added Tim Holtz grungepaper letters covered in bronze Brilliance ink and glossy accents for the title, the shape of which I pinched from Sue last week!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Four layouts (part two)!!

Here are the other two layouts I did this weekend. The first is a piccy of Emma sitting on a rock on Gatehouse of Fleet beach in Scotland early this year. I think she looks like a little gnome, hence the woodland style papers!

The second layout was Emma's first birthday. I have used the lovely Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice papers and my old favourite the ribbon flower which I had to have under a paperweight last night. Everything available from Craft Den, including the Tim Holtz idealogy tickets, the star headed pin and the ribbon, which is Bo Bunny as well, and I think the Tim Holtz grungeboard numbers may still be available.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Four layouts (part one)!!

I am behind on my blogging as usual, so I have four layouts to post tonight but I haven't had chance to take pictures of them all and one has a paperweight on it to try and get the glossy accents to stick a ribbon flower to the page!

The first one is a lovely layout we did at Craft Den last week. The concertina flowers caused some stress in class!! Mine has come open and won't stick back together again. I might consider staples! I love the peephole look of this page, with the distressed, rolled edges. The papers, from Craft Den, are Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice, in the background, and I can't remember the other! The piccy is Emma at about 4-5 weeks old. Time flies.

The second page tonight is a layout I did this morning. My mum and dad had Emma for the weekend, so Dan and I had a lovely time going out for lunch and evening meal on Saturday, and then going to our neighbours 50th party Sat night. I also had (and needed, lol) a lovely lie in on Sunday morning. In between we chilled, which for me means scrapbooking! I have done 3 layouts this weekend, lovely!
The papers I have used here are Bo Bunny Gypsy range, with my various faithful punched flowers and a bit of bling. Letters and bling from stash. Paper, stickles liquid pearls from Craft Den.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Growing up

Here's a layout I did of Emma this week, playing at washing up in her new kitchen we bought for her birthday. The kitchen has a working tap, what were we thinking of? Anyway it's a big hit and washing things and adding plastic food to pans of water and serving it up to mummy and daddy is the in thing. I didn't get any really good photos of her birthday as she was ill and not really in the mood for any posing and lay down again soon after this photo, but I wanted to use them anyway.

I chose some lovely soft My Mind's Eye papers to match the photo and go for a softer look on this layout and really to start bringing myself to start cutting up all the lovely papers I have in my stash!

We also did a great layout at Craft Den on Thursday. I am not sure how we finished it as we laughed so much! I had a great time as usual, it's my one point of time out and de-stress in the week and I love it!

We used another great range of Bo Bunny papers and the Blonde Moments grey papers. We also used some Tim Holtz background stamps. I have to admit I don't look twice at these grey papers or the background stamps. I have never really seen how to use them, but I have now got some really great ideas. Just look at the great orange and brown background stamp details on the Blonde Moments paper! I particularly love these swirl stamps, they are so great. I was thinking of purchase, but I might have to be a good girl and add them to my Christmas list, lol.

I have to admit I am running out of photos! Here is quite an old photo of Emma, at her first birthday party at our house, contemplating the contents of a lovely big pressie we have just unwrapped!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Trick or Treak

Well we had a fantastic time on Saturday night, Trick or Treating with Emma!! She looked extremely cute in her pumpkin outfit for a start and was one of the youngest out and about. I was amazed at how busy the street was with all the children wandering from house to house with buckets and baskets ready! Emma got some really lovely welcomes at all the houses and was almost always offered, 'go on take another one'! I was so impressed at the number of houses on the streets round us with decorations in the windows and many people answered the door in costume, some of them without the excuse of having children with them! One house even had a gravestone in the garden! It was great! Emma was a bit shy at first, but soon got into it, when she realised she got sweets after saying these funny words that mummy prompted her to say, although she says 'trick or treak', hence the title of my page! Is she cute or what? Am I biased? I don't care!

To anyone who doesn't 'do' halloween, take a happy 3 year old trick or treating with a pumpkin costume on and I'll defy you not to enjoy it through her!

I did a layout on Sunday night with the lovely Bo Bunny Boo Crew papers and really enjoyed myself. I also got to use some more of the yummy Halloween alphabet stickers which I bought in Paris last year (Le Temple du Scrap! Who needs to visit the Eiffel Tower!) I'm also trying to do a page a month of Emma to scrapbook 2009, so this one is also October as well as Halloween as I didn't get any really decent photos of her birthday earlier in the month(boo hoo).