Sunday, 28 December 2008

We have been featured in.........

Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine, issue 61 which went on sale December 23rd.

The story of how I got started with crafting has been featured in this issue.

I was introduced to crafting by my friend Marina who had made a Scrapbook of her daughters life for her 18th Birthday.

I was amazed at the fantastic way she had put the pages together and couldnt wait to give it a try myself.

It wasnt long before my first album was finished and now Ive just finished my 14th album just before xmas.

Anyway you can read all about myself and my daughter in this issue.

Thanks for stopping by my blog,

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you all have a lovely day.

From myself and my family, Merry Christmas !

Monday, 22 December 2008

A Sad Time, but Happy Memories

It has been a sad weekend, I learned of the death of an old friend Richard, who leaves a little daughter age 5.
We had some laughs including the time when a few of us went to Richard Bransons house in Oxford. We laughed at him all weekend as he kept falling asleep everytime he sat down. the picture shows him asleep in Richard Bransons tree house on Richard Bransons front lawn.
He was a lovely person and taught me alot, and i am sorry that he has passed and I hope he rests in peace.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Flower Soft and Santa Baby !

From when i was 6 months old my parents had the local post office, and we lived there until i was 25 years old.
This was a busy time of year and even as a small chld i used to love to be in the postmans room. I used to help stamp the letters and sort them, put them into bundles and sometimes even go with the postman to deliver them.

I also used to get up to alot of mischief too......

The post box wasnt the type that stands on the path but it was set into the wall just along from the post office door. There was also a door on the inside of the post office (behind the counter) for my dad to be able to get the letters out . The box was in a type of brick chimney in the wall and it was level with the counter behind where the staff used to serve customers. I was often lifted up to sit on the counter when they were busy, I used to climb into the chimney when they werent looking and open the door to the letter box. I used to put my legs and feet inside the box and peer out through the slot where people posted the letters.
I loved the feel of the cold wind in my eyes, it made them water, but i could see everything that was going on out in the street.

When people used to put the letters in the box i used to shout "Thank you " they used to walk away giving the box very funny looks. I also used to wave to them by putting my hand out through the slot........very naughty I know but it used to make me giggle. Some people used to walk away scratching their heads wondering why the box was talking......

Anyway to get back on track........When i saw the flower soft cards with the post box on them i knew they would make a lovely card for my mum for christmas. The post office was her dads before her and her grandfathers before her father, so it was in the family a long time. Ahh.......many happy chilhood memories spent in the shops with the staff who were great with me.

The second card "Santa baby" is for my friend, her son Connor is the baby.....when he was only a couple of months old and it was his first christmas we took him and bought this little santa suit and he looked so so so cute.....Hes 15 now so he most likely wont appriciate it but the little photos have made a great card. I even put him on the inside sitting on a little skateboard with a teddy and a pressy.

I hope you like the cards and Im sorry for drifting back to my childhood stories hehehe.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

I won lots of goddies !

I was very lucky to win all these goodies in the layout competition at Scrapbook Garden.

The layout needed to be Halloween themed and I used a layout from my Disneyland album.

Ths months competition is really simple. All you have to do is go along to their online shop and for every £5 you spend you get an entry into the drawer.
The prize is a Bind it all machine......SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ......HURRY UP AND GET SPENDING !!!!!

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

ABAA - Window Challange

This is my entry for the ABAA Window challenge.

As a child I always looked forward to the annual visit at this time of year to see Fenwicks Windows. Fenwicks is a deptartment store in Newcastle town centre, and for years people have visited just to see the amazing window displays that tell a story as you move from one window to the next.
As I got older I took my own children to see them.
I always thought they were great. However now they are sadly not at the top of my list for festive windows, Im afraid that award has to go to my favourite place Disneyland.
The colours are magnificent, the models out of this world and to make it even better every few moments little bells tinkle and it snows down from the roof tops in Main Street. Truly Magical............

I wanted to make my window with the Disney windows in mind.
I used a window frame from Artchix , I then rubbed it with Rub and Buff using colours, Amethyst, Pearl Blue and Gold Leaf.

I added some passport size Disney photos that I took myself, and their logo. Mounted the whole thing on Purple Sparkle Card, and then added some Flower soft snow.

Its nowhere near the real thing and I would love to be back there now , bet its cold but magical, but it reminds me of my visit all the same.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Awfully Big Art Adventure - Dark Angel

Oh dear, Im sorry its taken me so long to complete this weeks challenge, Ive been extremely busy.
Well she's not the average Angel thats for sure, but she is my entry for this weeks challenge at ABBA

I was inspired by Linda B who made a beautiful peacock doll. Linda kindly sent me the instructions and my intention was to make my angel along similar lines, however once i started with the gold embossing powder etc i couldnt stop and before i knew it i was adding the purples.

Well I know shes maybe not what was expected but i love her.
I dont know if you can see but she has amethyst ear-rings. The tiny stones and german scrap i got from Scrapz I really enjoyed making the body, it was messy but fun. I started out with glue and tissue, then added glue and bondable film and embossing powders and mettalic paints and more embossing powders, until i was happy.

Thanks for looking at my Dark Angel

This is brilliant , i love it !