Sunday, 27 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Getting on the ship wasn't smooth sailing (sorry!!) Because Sadie is registered blind and has two dodgy knees we were taken a different way off the plane and when we got to the building to register to go on board the ship it turns out my passport wasn't stamped. The girl in Palma airport thought because I came from Scotland I had a UK passport but it's Canadian so I had to get sent back to the airport to get it stamped them come back and register for the ship! I left poor Sadie at the boat until I got back as it would have been too much for her.
We're spending today at sea and tomorrow am arrive in Palermo where we've book an excusion to a Cathedral and the beach! Can't wait.
My time is about to expire so I'd better go before I lose this!
Catch ya later x
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I've a mental day tomorrow...stamps are arriving early and the hired help are arrived at 10am sharp so we should get everything out. Thank you for your patience and I hope you enjoy your stamps when they arrive. Send me pictures of your finished cards please!
Monday, 21 June 2010
Wonder what's inside?? Stamps maybe :-D
I took a notion to change the look of my blog. I had someone do the previous header and background but decided I needed to shake it up a bit. There are a couple of blog sites where you can get free backgrounds and headers and I was playing around with backgrounds from shabbyblogs.com when I got an IM from BFF asking me to check out her blog. She had been doing the same thing but was using cutestblogontheblock! We sat till after midnight changing out backgrounds and getting each other's opinions. I settled on this one from CBOTB...I love it!!! But there isn't a header to match so I still have the one from SB. For a small charge CBOTB will design a header to go with one of their free backgrounds so that's what I'm going to do.
I think that's me up to date for now. Thanks for sticking by while I wasn't blogging. Hope you have a great week.
Catch ya later x
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
For a first attempt (I don't count the golfers) I think it went ok. I find I didn't have to try too hard to get them to blend and I don't know if that's because they're juicier than the Copics (maybe mine have been used too much and need replacing??) or they're meant to but I really enjoy colouring with them. Of course it's easier when you have larger areas to cover.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
And the winner is....
Tinkerbeth!!!! aka Beth...yaaaaaayyyy...Congratulations Beth. If you email me your details to firstname.lastname@example.org I'll mail ALL 18 of your stamps out to you as soon as they come in.
Catch ya later x
Monday, 14 June 2010
I thought this button was broken but on closer examination it was meant to look like this. It's a bit hard to see through the twine.
This card's for my FIL and he's a keen golfer too.
I've had these little clips from SU Up! buried in my drawer for....you guessed it....ages!! I saw a card recently using one so I dug them out and used it on this card. I think it's super cute!
And finally, this one's for my dad. He's not into golf at all but does love his hockey.
My colouring of the peanut is a bit 'un-peanut like' but I've never coloured one before lol. Now if I had of downloaded the Soccer nut I could have done what Jeannie did! Jeannie is so clever and I LOVE her work :-D
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
I wanted the card to be all white with a lot of sparkle. Unfortunately you can't see the twinkle of all the Swarovski crystals I used. Every flower of the dress has a tiny AB crystal and then there's all the rest. As usual my photography skills don't do anything for this card but IRL it was lovely.
One third of Noah's Ark (the poodles) is coming over tomorrow for a play day. This could be very interesting because as far as I know Susan has never made a card in her life!! So it's going to be back to basics for me showing her how it's all done. She's coming at 1pm and she'll either hate it (shock horror) or love it and stay for dinner and play into the night. Hmmm...I might just get the spare room sparkled up just in case lol!
I'm off to do a little project for me and Nicole...I'll show it to you tomorrow :-D
Hope you all have a great weekend. Don't forget to leave a comment to win all the gorgeous stamps in the June release (I know...broken record!).
Catch ya later x
Thursday, 10 June 2010
What do you think of my colouring? Now don't expect too much just yet because this is the first time I've used them properly and they are slightly different to Copics which I've just about got the hang of and I've had them for a couple of years! Promarkers seem juicier than the Copics and you don't seem to have to blend them the same way. Promarkers are cheaper than Copics...like I said at the Corn Exchange the packs were £4.90 for 5 and £1.80 for individual ones. Copics are £2.25 each and a heck of a lot more for a pack although you get more than 5. I think it's good to have a variety of colouring mediums though when BFF read that I had bought Promarkers (Karen's Copic certified) I did hear the slight disbelief/disgust in her voice when it came up in our conversation the other day!
Monday, 7 June 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
You can almost see Rocky shaking with anticipation...waiting for me to throw the ball!
A pretty 'dreak' day but we had a great time. We walked for about an hour and a half, me throwing the ball and them chasing it. Rocky won the race most of the time but Ruby sure gave him a run for her dog biscuits lol. After I de-sanded them as much as I could I headed to the Spar and grabbed myself a Tim Horton's coffee....mmmmmmmmmmm mmmm good :-D
Saturday, 5 June 2010
What a gorgeous day we had... I think the temperature hit 25 degrees which is amazing for Scotland! There was supposed to be 5 of us at the crop today but unfortunately Annette and Agnes had to call off due to illness so it was just Elaine, Alison and moi. We took an executive decision to make the make and take then head on through to Edinburgh to the Corn Exchange for the craft show. I was really surprised at how many stands there were because the last couple of years saw a bit of a decline in numbers.
I am in the middle of planning my new craft room and will be getting rid of A LOT of stuff that is just taking up space and waiting for that 'I knew I needed it' moment. I really am a hoarder and my room is getting smaller and smaller so with this in mind I really was restrained in my purchases. I didn't have a list as such but I wanted to check out the Pro Markers that seem to be taking the crafting world by storm. They seem to be everywhere at the moment and giving Copics a bit of a run for their money. Alison spotted a stand that was selling them for £4.90 per pack!!! They all seem to be averaging £7.95 so we were in Pro Marker heaven lol. The three of us ended up with a few packs each and I bought some single colours at another stand to compliment the ones I bought. I bought a Bigz die from The Craft Bug and some ink pads from Snazzy's and that was it!!! Very unusual for me...I spent just over £50 whereas in the past it was more like £200-£300! Does that mean there's something wrong with me??? I saw some fab little pots to hold my crystals that I meant to get on our 2nd round but forgot so will have to wait for the SECC in October.
Did you watch the BGT final? OMG...how amazing were Spellbound? They are super talented and I could watch them all night. I also loved Twist and Pulse, Tobias Mead (do you see a theme here?) and Kieran. This is one of my favourite shows and wonder what I'll find to watch now...surely not Big Brother???!!!
So that's all I have to report for tonight. I'll be having a play with my Promarkers tomorrow and if I'm happy with the results I'll post my efforts. Keep those comments coming for your chance to win the June release (sorry for sounding like a broken record!) and thanks for stopping by.
Catch ya later x
Friday, 4 June 2010
This is the bit that had pierced the tray.
I called the breakdown service and they came within half an hour. It only took Mr RAC seconds to dislodge it (he said it was a piece of trim from a bus!) and he assured me that there was no damage to anything important and it was fine to drive the car. Well thank goodness for that because I really don't think Sadie would have been up for driving in one of those big tow trucks lol! Joking aside I think we were extremely lucky. It could easily have been thrown up into the windscreen and hit one of us in the head.
Enough of that though and onto something more cheery :-D Because I've been so busy making samples of the new release I totally forgot about the make and take for tomorrow's crop and there's no way I could have turned up with nothing for the girls. Luckily I had seen this notecard folder on Chic'n Scratch Live the other day when I was blurfing and thought it would be perfect!
I just love this paper from Basic Grey. Of course it's got my favourite green in it which I teamed it up with SU!'s Kiwi Kiss cs and ribbon. I've had the ribbon (2 rolls) for ages (probably 2 years!) and it finally got it's debut. See, I KNEW I needed it lol.
The set I saw was monogramed but thought I would make it simpler for everyone.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
There's nothing like a competition to get comments on my blog...I should have done this ages ago lol. Now that's no disrespect to those who commented before I posted the competition...all of you are very much appreciated! But it's nice to see new ones...especially my cousin Colette all the way in Langley, BC!! Hello Colette... and yes I would love to see the Ruby card you made Christina for her birthday :-D
Thank you so much for your comments. I love reading your stories about your stuffed animals though your comment doesn't have to be about them...just anything. By the sounds of it, it's been a trip down memory lane for some of you :-D
There's still loads of time to leave a comment and I know there's more of you out there that stop by cuz my feedjit thingamajig tells me so! I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't want to win something...even if you don't want the stamps for yourself, they would make a great present/s for someone :-D
Anywho, onto today's sample. Here's me umm I mean Rollerskating Robyn doing her thing! Another one of my childhood activities but of course I didn't have fancy skates like Robyn's with crystal wheels! Mine were the metal ones you got when you were five and were still wearing when you were 10 because they came with a key and you could make them bigger lol.
This card was a bit of a happy accident. I made the base for another image a month or so ago but didn't like it. Of course we crafters don't throw anything out and brought it out when I started colouring this one. Another favourite colour combo of mine is pink and orange. It shouldn't work but it does. Does anyone have the Brilliance Aurora stamp pad...the one with yellow, orange and pink(ish)? Love it!!! Sorry...back to the card.....where was I .... Oh yeah...happy accident etc. I had put the other image on the card and took it off leaving some sticky fixer (foam pad) residue that I couldn't get off and the only way I could get away with using it was turning it so the knot was on the bottom instead of the right hand side. I really like the way it turned out. I wanted a specific sentiment but it wasn't working out so I left it blank for now. That's something coming at a later date!!