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Sunday, 31 July 2011

2gether

Here is one of the LO's I started at Exeter yesterday but had to complete at home. I've used predominently My Minds Eye papers from the Life Stories range and another paper that I don't know the manufacturer of.

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Unfortunately I don't think I've got the best photo possible for the LO, something I need to practise more of. To create the rosettes I've used SU's Scallop Trim border punch and the Hougie board to score each 12 inch strip of paper and then stamped each letter onto a 1inch circle to keep the rosette in place. A little fiddly at times, but I think worth the effort. The top border decoration I've used the SU scallop border and a larger scallop border from X Cut. The finishing touch was the bling which came with last months Scrapaholics kit which I have coloured using a Burnt Umber Promarker to co-ordinate with the papers.


Fingers crossed today we are going to take Max out to Badgers Holt and go for a nice long walk along the river and then go back and enjoy one of their gorgeous cream teas - just need to make sure we walk far enough to have 'earned' it!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Week by week

I have had the most wonderful eight days off work - visiting friends, seeing We Will Rock You, lots of walking with our dog Max, crafting with friends and sharing time with our daughter and grandson - even if I was supposed to be sorting out my craft stash!!

Today I took Jill to the Exeter Scrapaholics crop - I don't get there as often as I would like due to working quite a few weekends now, but it's always nice when I do. I generally only get one 8 x 8 LO completed of Logan each time and maybe another LO or two started which I have to finish off at home - today was no exception.


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Logan is already 7 months old so I am still a long way behind with his album but it is amazing looking at this LO just how much he has changed in just a few short months so it's nice to look back on how he was when he was just 10/11weeks old - they grow so quickly. I'm afraid I'm not very good at remembering to look at which paper range all the papers came from but at least I am finally making some headway into the mountain of papers that have come from past kit subscriptions!

Tomorrow is my last day off before having to start work at 5am on Monday morning - ugh! Hopefully the weather will be as nice as it has been all week and Ian and I can take Max out for another long walk. I think Max has loved having me home and I will certainly miss all the extra exercise he has provided me with - oh to win the lottery so it could become a permanent feature of my daily life.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

A life on the ocean wave

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This weeks theme is Take a Dip - water inspired cards - when I saw this for some reason the lyrics from A life on the Ocean Wave came into my head so off I went in search of the lyrics. I was able to download the sheet music for it onto some of the Rusty Pickle papers I picked up at Kelly Bray's last demo day. I've used the gorgeous Unregrettable Pirate Life decoupage from Crafty Purple Frog as my main image and teamed it up with the Pirate Princess stamp which is also Rusty Pickle. I bought this set years ago and did use them quite a bit at one point so it was nice to get it resurfacing and used again. The net ribbon also came with the Rusty Pickle paper set so everything is perfectly co-ordinated this time.





You will be seeing quite a lot more of the beautiful designs from Crafty Purple Frog as I have been lucky enough to be asked to join their Design Team - I am so chuffed and can't wait to get to know the rest of the team more. Ooh I love this crafting world!!!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Wishing you a perfect day

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For my Queen Kat Design this week I have used the gorgeous Lily of the Valley stamp again. This time I have kept it very simple and inked the stamp using a Versafine sepia ink pad and cut out the image using my CM cutting system. This was then matted onto some scrap brown paper. Further scraps of paper helped me create the greeting which came from a kit I had at an Exeter Scrapaholics class many years ago now - shows how long I keep my scraps! It was finished off with some lace I found in my stash - sweet and simple.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Happy Birthday Dad

It's my Dad's birthday on the 24th, but we are going away for the weekend so I needed to make sure I didn't leave it until the night before as I quite often do! It will be hand delivered when we get back home on Sunday.


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The papers and stamps are all from retired SU stock. Images were stamped using SU's Real Red ink and the ribbon is from my stash. The sentiment I printed out using word and the little charms came from Kelly Bray on Saturday - a big thank you to Jacqueline for finding them - perfect for the card.


I've had two lovely days off work. Tuesday I met up with Jill and collected some lovely veg from her garden in the morning. I met up with our eldest son David and his family for lunch and we were able to sort out something for Elisha's birthday next month - can't believe she will be two. Then in the evening I caught up with my friend Ali - so a busy day socialising.


Yesterday was spent tidying up my craft area and the rest of the house - joy! Back to work today for two days and then I've got nine whole days off from work - really looking forward to the break.




Monday, 18 July 2011

Sunbeams

Another Monday has come around which means another card to showcase for Queen Kat Designs. This time I've used one of the new releases by Artist Monica N Galvin called Sun Fairy.

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I decided to make an easel card for this one and have matted the image onto some gold mirri card and added gems for extra bling. Paper and ribbon came from my scraps box and I came across the quote on one of my searches which I felt went with the image.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

A reel good time

I've had this LO sitting on my table since the end of May - I started it at the Exeter Scrapaholics group with the monthly kit. For some reason I just couldn't seem to finish it off but then I had a look at the new stamps from Rainbow Studios and inspiration finally hit.




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I had the order of the photos all laid out and I'd already coloured a net bag that came with some clementines with StazOn, but it just seemed to be lacking something. That's when after looking at the new stamps from Rainbow Studios I knew what I could do to 'fill in' the bottom of the page which I felt was lacking something. I've used their Plenty of fish in the sea stamp set in the bottom left hand corner and added a hint of colour using SU ink pads and paper pieced some of the fish that come with the set. Thank you Rachel and Angela for helping me to finally finish this LO!

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Glance

This beautiful image is just one from lots of different decoupage sheets available from The Crafty Purple Frog. I happened to stumble across their challenge blog the other evening and couldn't resist buying a couple of them - something a bit different for me as I'm usually a rubber stamper and I found it very relaxing this evening cutting out the elements to make up this card. I'm entering this into their challenge this week which has the theme of Summer Sun- when I see butterflies I always think of summer and hope for warm sunny days as they flutter around the flowers.

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I've managed to use up a few more bits from my scrap box and the ribbon is also from my stash pile. The ribbon border punch is a new acquisition for me - I was browsing the QVC website last week and came across a set of four Anna Griffin border punches and somehow they just ended up at my house - glad they did though as they are going to be very useful for future projects. The sentiment came from the July stamp set from Avocado Arts, just one of several that came with this months set. Below is a close up showing the depth that can be achieved with these images - I so enjoyed making this card up.

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Now that the wedding invitations have been completed I'm hoping this will now free up the time for me to do some crafting for myself. I've got the favour boxes to make but I can't make them at the moment as 1. I'm waiting for the die to arrive from SU and 2. I don't know the exact number I need to make until I get responses from the invites.


Colette and I picked up the bridesmaids dresses this afternoon and they are gorgeous - all we need to do now is make arrangements with the dressmaker to have them fitted properly along with Colette's wedding dress - I've left that to Colette, but I may have to gently remind her a couple of times before it finally gets done!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Sunday Stroll

Our initial plans for Sunday didn't come to fruition so we went to our back up plan of taking Max for a nice long walk. We even managed to persuade Bryan to come with us - that could have had something to do with the fact we offered to buy him lunch rather than him having to fend for himself.



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We started off at Coypool with the intention of walking some distance through Plymbridge Woods - Max loves paddling in the river and chasing the stones we throw for him, but never ventures any further than paddling. Max also gets very vocal if you stop throwing the stones so our stops have to be kept short so as not to annoy other walkers too much.

With our children now grown up we have to make the most of the opportunities we get to spend some time with them - although Bryan doesn't willingly like to have his photo taken anymore I wanted to capture this precious time with him!



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We didn't have any plans as to how far we were going to walk and our first thoughts were to walk for an hour or so and then turn back and go for lunch either at The Harvester or Saltram House, but as we were following the river Ian said that if we carried on we should reach Shaugh Bridge - so wanting to make sure Ian and Bryan walked further I made the decision to carry on as I remembered from many years ago that there was a very nice pub at Shaugh Prior - that was more than enough incentive to keep Ian going and as we had the car keys Bryan had very little choice but to follow us.






However the trip was not as easy going as we first thought it would be - a few trees had fallen down to block a straightforward path so we had to climb over a couple and duck under a few as we continued forward. Our next hindrance was a footbridge that had collasped, but some thoughtful person had put together a makeshift cross over point with a few planks of wood and stones so onward we were able to go. That is until we reached a point where a wire fence prevented us following the river - not to be deterred we climbed up the steep bank - which did once have footsteps, but sadly I think with the bad weather and not very good maintenance has meant they had deteriorated. After an exhausting climb we got to the top and found a map which told us just where we were. By this time we had already walked 4 3/4 miles and according to the map it was only another 1 1/4 miles to go to Shaugh Bridge - so as it was less mileage to get there than go back for lunch we carried on.






There was one slight problem though - we took a wrong turning! After what seemed an eternity and a feeling of going completely round in a cirlce as well as by this time not having a clue which direction we should be going we eventually came out at a place that was familiar to us in our long ago days of scouting. To our disappointment though the next sign we came across said it was still 1 1/4 miles to Shuagh Prior. Not to be deterred though as I was beginning to feel hungry (which meant the boys must have been feeling ravenous) we plodded on until we saw the sign for the White Thorn Inn 3/4 mile - hooray we thought not long to go now. But the upward climb seemed to go on forever and it felt like the longest 3/4 of a mile ever. By this time we were just hoping that they did actually allow dogs into the beer garden they used to have or that they did at least have a beer garden still. Thankfully it is a very dog friendly pub and boy were we all glad to sit down and have a rest and enjoy some much needed food and drink. The food and service were fantastic and I would highly recommend this place.



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Once refreshed and ready to move on - well I was but the boys seemed to be saying their legs were beginning to ache we walked back down to Shaugh Bridge and enjoyed an ice cream while we sat by the river composing ourselves for the return journey. This time though we decided to take the easier route home and follow the cycle path back to Plymouth. While I appreciate that cyclists have just as much right to enjoy the countryside as us walkers, I do wish they would be a little more considerate at times and just slow down a little while they passed us. For Max's safety and to avoid any unnecessary accident claims by bikers we kept him on his lead - not quite so enjoyable for him but at least we knew he wouldn't get hurt.






Once we had got past Bickleigh I managed to take a photo of Shaugh Prior church just to show the distance that we had walked - this shot was zoomed in so doesn't really show the true distance. The church is beautiful though and who knows next time we might even venture in there.



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As we were walking along the cycle track we came across the largest dandelion clocks we had ever seen, still in tact. It just made me think of how precious time is and we really do have to make the most of our time and cherish those memories too.



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Despite feeling tired by the time we got back to the car I think we can all say we'd had a wonderful time (well okay Bryan might not whole heartedly agree with that sentiment but....) and working it out I think we trekked for about 13 miles and made the most of a beautiful sunny day, enjoyed some much needed exercise and had fun in the process.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Cute Lily

This month I got to play with two more new releases from Queen Kat Designs. The first card I'm showing you this month is called Lily of the Valley and is by the artist Sue Miller and really is such a sweet image and is currently on sale with 40% off the original price. It's a very fine detailed stamp so needs only a minimal amount of colouring just to enhance the image. I opted to make a pyramage card for my first offering.


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Using my Creative Memories oval cutting shapes I cut out three different sized ovals and once I'd coloured them in using Promarkers I layered them on top of each other to give the pyramage effect. The papers I used came from a 6 x 6 My Mind's Eye paper pad which came free with a cardmaking magazine some time ago. The stitching is faux and was created using my pricking tool and piercing grid from SU and a white gel pen. The flowers were made using one of the Nellie Snellen punches and a small daisy punch with the addition of a gem in the centre. I've wrapped some twine around the card and hung the charm to fly among the flowers. Finally the sentiment came from one of my Whimsical Ink monthly kits. Thanks for looking and I hope you like it.


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Monday, 4 July 2011

Leo the Lion

Queen Kat Designs is having a make 0ver - all her new stamps are going to be made out of blue rubber instead of the usual grey rubber - this all means that there is now a massive sale on with 40% of all existing individual stamps and 20% off all past kits, why not pop over and grab yourself a bargain or two!

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This cute little image Leo the Lion is one of the lovely zodiac range of stamps by artist Danika Lindsell and is just one of the stamps that is currently on offer. It comes complete with the zodiac sign, but for my card I have covered this over with the sentiment, but could equally be cut out to make a separate stamp. I think he is such a cute lion. I've used free papers which came with the Simply Homemade magazine this month - another magazine I really like as it has so many different crafts included and lots of inspirational ideas for both the home and for crafting. I've done a little bit of paper piercing and some colouring for the main image adding some gems for a little bit of sparkle. The sentiment I printed out using word on my computer and the rest of the card was just simple matting and layering with the addition of some bunting and a chain of circles.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Just Tracy's Challenge - Sunshine and Smiles

It's the 1st of the month which means another challenge from the Just Tracy's challenge blog. This months theme is Summer Holidays and Just Tracys are sponsoring this challenge and are offering a lovely set of 4 Retail Therapy stamps for this months winner.

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For my DT offering I have used a lovely stamp from Little Claire designs who offer a great monthly stamp kit for the main focal image - just love those beach huts. I've just coloured them in very simply using Promarkers. The sun image and the sentiment come from Avocado Arts another monthly stamp club that I belong to - just love them both! The image has then been cut out with a nestie label and a few pieces of ribbon added for extra embellishment - simple but sweet I think.

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Do check out the blog and see what the rest of the DT have come up with this month for inspiration and have a go at this months challenge - who knows you could win the lovely prize and Just Tracys are also offering the winner of each month the chance to be a Guest Designer. Have fun!