Monday, 12 February 2007


Today is stew day, and this time I am making two huge pans full as one pan didn't last very long last time! Everyone loves my mum's stew recipe, although it isn't really a recipe as such as it's very simple, but my sister and her family are coming round, as is my lovely friend Stacey, so they can all enjoy it too.

It's been a busy weekend again and as always, it has flown by - a night out Friday night, a meal Saturday evening and cinema on Sunday - that takes us back to Monday again. I've been sorting presents for my other sister's birthday tomorrow too so it's all go - and now I really must get back to work! That didn't leave much time for crafting. I did make a quick make card but again it was a magazine commission so I can't share it - sorry. I'm hoping to put together some technique step-by-steps from old projects at some point to keep on my blog so check back for that, although I can't promise when.

I hope you all had a good weekend, the weather can only get better!

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

I'm ready for the second round of snow so far this year...
In the mean time, here is a quick make card that I said I would post using my Stitched Up papers below. It really was just a quick one so nothing fancy, but just one idea of what you can do with them. Karen (Scrapdolly) posted a layout on her blog using them and it was lovely. I then remembered the Blonde Moments papers which I just haven't managed to cut up yet, I can't bear it as they are too lovely, but I knew those hearts on the papers would be lovely on cards too so I made a quick one using those as well. Always seems to be about quick cards these days unless I am making a magazine project.

Have you seen the new ranges of stamps that Blonde Moments are now selling too? There are a few things I have been meaning to order lately and they are definitely one of them. That, and the journalling stamps where you stamp a lined area right onto your scrapbook layout for you to add your journalling.

Happy blizzards!


Monday, 5 February 2007

Is it Monday already?

The weekends always fly by so quickly and it seems to be Monday again before I know it! Friday wasn't so good as I noticed my car was making a very loud noise, and ended up paying for a new exhaust - a very expensive lunch break out! I had a good weekend though, dinner out in the evening and a girly night out on Saturday, all staying over at a friend's house. She certainly spoiled us. It was the first time in a long time that we have all got ready together, doing hair and make-up with the odd glass or two of wine. It was back to work today, into a magazine project on shrink plastic, grrrr.... that easy material that never, ever goes wrong!

Here is my second set of papers that I designed for Craft Creations, for anyone that hasn't seen them yet. This is the Stitched Up range, and my favourite by far is SR035P. My second favourite is SR030P. Or is the other way round?!? I can't decide. Each sheet has machine stitching in various patterns and the jumbo hearts and flowers are great for cutting out and using as embellishments. I will post a photo tomorrow of a card I have made, but I don't have any layouts that I can share where I have used them yet. I must get round to having a go at some of the scrapbooking dares that I am always reading - I will put them on my to-do list! I hope you all had good weekends,


Thursday, 1 February 2007

Who stole my sleep?

Well as I predicted, last night did turn into a late one as I worked on getting my clay project finished until 2.30am. I'm a bit of a night owl, and needs must when the deadlines loom. I paid for it today though as I had to take great Uncle Alf for a hospital check-up before rushing back to get it packaged and posted off, and had a headache all day. Still, all done and gone, and as promised, here is a sneak peak of what I have been doing. You will have to wait for the published feature in Papercraft Essentials for the full picture!

Talking of Great Uncle Alf, here is a layout of him that was returned to me today, published a few months ago in Simply Cards & Papercraft. I don't go for the heritage style layouts often but I really liked the way this one turned out. What I was pleased about was getting all of the journalling down in print, as he often says snippets of where he worked and what he used to do but I could never remember the details, so now we have a record of it to know for sure. I saw on the Digi Dares site that the current challenge is to interview someone and record it on a layout, even though this kind of fits with that, I'd like to do a proper layout, interview style. The question is, who do I choose to interview???