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Monday, October 31, 2011

I am finally here!

Hi all,
I hope you had a good weekend. We met some friends on Saturday and went to a museum, which had a pumpkin trail for the kids. Daisy loved it and loved the lolly she got for completing it, too! Yesterday, Daisy and I had a very long musical rehearsal. There's only 4 weeks before the shows, so we have lots to do. Martha's nursery are having a little halloween party today, so she went dressed as a witch. We don't really do Halloween things, but I didn't want her to be left out at nursery, which is why we got her an outfit. I'm spending the day catching up on everything should have done last week, but didn't get around to doing.
This Monday, Incy Wincy are sponsored by Meljen's Designs, who are offering 4 digis to the lucky winner. Our theme is dots and stripes. I have used Robbie the Robot by Meljen's. The papers are by Hot off the Press and Stamp Fairy. I have followed a sketch by The Sweet Stop. I must admit that it looks a bit bare to me, but I think it would be good for a little boy. Have a good rest of the day.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Hi all,
I have never been so glad to see the end of a week. It was my friend's funeral today, which was more of a celebration of her life really, as her children were there. There were so many people there, some had to stand outside the church and listen through speakers.
I am a day late for my CRAFT challenge post this week. This week we are sponsored by AiFactory, who are offering the winner 2 digi images from their store. We have a colour challenge this week - colour Savannah, and here are the colours:
My image is from My first rainbow set, by AiFactory. I have used papers that were a magazine freebie years ago, and paper pieced the bird. The flowers are from Wild orchid and the ribbon is from my stash. Please check out the rest of the fab projects by the DT.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What shall we do today?

Hi all,
It was lovely to be home all day yesterday. Daisy and Martha played together for most of the day, so they must have missed each other. We have no plans for today, but if Daisy feels ok, we will head out somewhere so she can have a bit of a half term holiday.
It's time for my weekly show of Digital Delights products. I have used Wendy's image, called Hugging Ghosts. The paper is more from the nameless digi freebie I have. The star brads and ribbon are from my stash.
Don't forget to pop back for my CRAFT card.
I am entering this into the following:
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Inspired by Halloween
Shopping our stash - Halloween or fall colours

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A late Monday post

Hi all,
Thank you so much for your lovely comments to my last post. As the title reads, this should have been posted on Monday, but Daisy was admitted to hospital on Sunday with breathing difficulties. I stayed with her and hubby looked after Martha, the house, his work (pretty amazing really!) She was discharged this afternoon and we were both desperate to get out of the four walls. Daisy has to take an inhaler every four hours, but is so much better and doesn't need extra oxygen any more.
Anyway, this week at Incy Wincy, we are sponsored by Digital Delights, who kindly gave us some images to play with. This week we would like to see Halloween projects, using the colours orange, black and purple. I have used Gillie the ghost, who looks such a sweet little fella. The papers were free digi downloads, but I can't find where from, sorry. Please check out the projects from the rest of the DT.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A difficult card to make

Hi all,
As the title says, this was the hardest card I have ever made. I wasn't sure whether to post it or not, but I thought it might explain why I might not be very chatty for a little while. On Thursday, I received the news that a friend of mine from the village died suddenly. I had lunch with her on the Wednesday and she was full of life. I met her years ago at the local toddler group when Daisy was a baby and Daisy and her middle daughter became good friends. She was known by everyone in the village and was a wonderful person. It was such a shock and it still hasn't really sunk in yet. It is so tragic that her three daughters have been left with no mother.
My card is very simple, but to be honest, I really didn't feel like doing anything and have little motivation to craft. I have never before stamped directly onto the card, but this is a one layer card. The ink is victorian velvet, the flower is a stamp by Stampin up and the sentiment is by personal impressions. Thank you for listening to my waffle and I hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Party time

For my CRAFT DT post, please scroll down.
Hi all,
The time has come for my weekly show of Digital Delights images. This week, I am using Party Pippin and a Happy Birthday sentiment. I love this image, as it could be used for so many events and I think he looks like he's had a wonderful time! The papers are both handmade. The flowers on this paper are flocked and there is glitter inside each flower. The feathers, flowers, thread and pearls are from my stash.
I would like to enter this into:
The squirrel and the fox - one for the girls
Whimsie Doodles - Think Pink
Catch the Bug - Animal Antics

I can't believe it's nearly half term already

Hi all,
Thanks for your messages about my sore head - thankfully it's feeling better now. Martha and I will probably go to a soft play this morning, as the children are off for half term from Friday and I don't like it when the places are too busy. Daisy's parent's evening went well. The only thing is she can be a bit bossy, but hopefully that will disappear with age.
Here is my DT card for the new challenge at CRAFT. We are sponsored by Some Odd Girl and Crimson Cloud. This week, our theme is Autumn. For my card, the image is by Some Odd Girl and the papers are by Summertime Designs. I have decoupaged a couple of leaves on the tree for depth. Please check out the rest of the DT's projects.
I would like to enter this into:
Deep Ocean challenge - Fall colours
Crafty Boots challenge - Autumn or Halloween

Monday, October 17, 2011

I still have a headache

Hi all,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Saturday was lovely and sunny, so we went to a local National Trust property as we are members. There's a great play area there. I was on the adventure playground bit with Daisy, but wasn't paying attention and hit my head on a wooden roof that was over the slide. Ouch! It still hurts now. On Sunday, Daisy and I went to our musical rehearsal. We've got the first parent's evening today at Daisy's school, so I'll be interested to know how she is doing, especially as she tells me nothing about her days.
Over at Incy Wincy, we are sponsored by Prairie Fairy. Our theme this week is recycle, so you can alter something or use a recycled item on your project. I have used a washing tablet box and changed it into a recipe box. I tear out so many recipes from magazines and thought it was time to keep them all in one place. The image is Chef Gillian by Prairie Fairy. I'm not sure about the paper as it was from my scrap box. The fabric flowers were from an old dress of Martha's that was too tatty to go to the charity shop. Please check out the rest of the projects from the DT.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Me again!

Please scroll down for my CRAFT DT card.

Hi again,
It's time for my weekly inspiration from the Digital Delights digi collections. Since I have been on the DT, I have made cards but also branched out into baby shoes, treat boxes and now a scrapbook page. I have decorated albums before, but this is the first time I have added a bit of journalling. The photos were taken two years ago and show Daisy indulging in one of her favourite pastimes - cooking (and licking the bowl!) In these, she is still wearing her pyjamas as she went through a phase of wanting to bake cakes as soon as she had breakfast, so she could have one for a mid morning snack. The paper is by My little shoebox and the images and sentiment are from the Baking Bears set by Digital Delights.
I would like to enter this into:
Stampalot challenge - Food glorious food
Digi Makeover - Anything but a card
Hooked on Crafts - Anything but a card
KBChallenges - food or beverages

School food has changed

Hi all,
Yesterday, Daisy's school took part in the National Roast lunch day and so parents were invited to join the children for lunch. Hubby works from home on Wednesday, so he agreed to go (he quite likes to get involved as I seem to do more things as I'm around). Daisy has packed lunch normally, but agreed to a school lunch and apparently she ate it all, especially the apple crumble and custard! Martha and I didn't have anything quite as exciting at home.
It's time for another CRAFT challenge and this time we are sponsored by
who are offering 4 digis to the lucky winner. This week we have a little recipe for you. We would like to see two shapes, one ribbon and some glitter. I have used Mrs Claus by Sassy Designs. The papers were freebies from a magazines years ago and I think the ribbon was from Hobbycraft. My two shapes are a circle and a star. The glitter is there - on the bow and the santa hat. Please don't forget to check out the fab projects from the rest of the DT and check back here soon to see my Digital Delights project.
I would like to enter this into:
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - Too early for Christmas?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What have I got myself into now?

Hi all,
I have an interview today at a supply teaching agency, so I can't be too long. Last night, I went to a PTA meeting for Daisy's school, and somehow I managed to become the treasurer! I really must learn to keep my mouth shut as I now have this job for about 8 years if I want (until Martha has left the school!)
Over at Creative Craft, it's our 2nd anniversary and we have some wonderful sponsors. Our theme is Congratulations. I have two cards for your inspiration today. The first one uses a lovely image by Meljen's Designs. The paper is a magazine freebie I had years ago and found just after I had made my bright card for a previous DT challenge. So, I hope you have your sunglasses at hand.
My second card uses an image by Stampin Boutique and is more in my colour comfort zone. I'm not completely sure I like this one, I must admit. I'm not sure why, and it may grow on me.
Don't forget to check the projects from the rest of the DT.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Flowers for you

Hi all,
Well, another week starts. I hope you had a good weekend. Yesterday, we went to a local show and met up with some of Daisy's school friends. There were some fair rides, a few animals and some stalls. It was lovely, even though it rained a bit. Martha got really grumpy though because she was too young to go on any rides, but really wanted to go on them with Daisy.
This week at Incy Wincy, we are sponsored by Stamp Fairy, who are offering a $9 gift certificate to the winner. Our theme is 'giving thanks', so any project with this sentiment would be great.
For my card, I have used Lenny flowers by Stamp fairy. The papers are scraps, so I'm not sure who made them and the flowers are by Wild Orchid.
I would like to enter this into:
Allsorts - feature a bear
Sentimental Sundays - anything goes
ECP challenges - thank you project
Squiggles and giggles - give thanks

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baby it's cold outside

Please scroll down for my CRAFT challenge DT card (check the post for my news!)
Hi all,
Here is my second post for today. Wendy at Digital Delights has some fabulous new releases today, which are perfect for your Christmas projects. These are so cute. I am using a sweet penguin from the Christmas toppers 3 set, and the papers and sentiment are also from the shop. I have wrapped a chipboard frame with ribbon from my stash for the penguin to peek through.
I would like to enter this into:
Anything goes challenge - dies and/or punches

I have some news

Hi all,
Thanks to those of you asking about Martha. Her lip has healed now, but it didn't help when she fell over onto it again. She's at that stage of wanting to go everywhere at high speed, but not looking where she is going.
I have a bit of news. From now on, I will have two posts on a Thursday, as I have been asked to join CRAFT challenges as a regular DT member. I am so pleased, as I really enjoyed being Guest Designer. This week, we are sponsored by
who are offering a 10,00 euro gift voucher, and
who are offering 4 digis to the winner. This week, we would like to see bright colours on your project. I have used Toadstool Buggies by Meljen's. The paper is the brightest I could find (although typically I found some much brighter paper once I had finished this!) and is by Kate Knight. Please check out the rest of the DT's fab projects and check back here for my Digital Delights post.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Crafty Cardmakers - anything goes
Crafts and me - use a digi

Monday, October 3, 2011

How much of the list will I do?

Hi all,
I hope you had a lovely weekend. On Saturday, we spent the morning at the beach and then went to a birthday party of one of Daisy's school friends. It was lovely as the weather was good and the children and parents enjoyed it. Martha ended up with a fat lip though, as she fell down the step between the living room and the decking. I think Steve will have fun explaining that at her nursery today! I have a child free day today, so Steve has given me a huge list of jobs to do around the house. I was surprised when I couldn't find crafting on it!
It's time for another challenge at Incy Wincy. This week, we are sponsored by our teamie Nikki from Limited Runs, who is offering a $10 gift certificate to the store. Our theme this week is Think pink, in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness and Nikki has designed some wonderful digis here for on this theme. I have used papers by Heather Jolly and the flowers and leaves are from Wild Orchid.
I would like to enter this into the following challenge:
My Sheri Crafts - Think pink
Link up for pink - breast cancer awareness linky party.