Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Sadie Leaves Nursery...

Ok, so this actually happened last year but I felt like updating the old scrapbook and well she might like to remember these sorts of things when she looks back once she's all grown up...
   Its just a pretty straight forward LO using up scraps that colour match the photos and instead of trimming papers with my guillotine, I just tore them using a ruler for a change. Saves on distressing the edges! I dipped into my old 365 bedtime story book for the wee illustrations in the corners - they are sweet and retro. These kind of books are impossible to get in our local charity shops without paying a small fortune. Perhaps car boot sales might be a better idea for that sort of thing...
Anyway, hope you like it, thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Nurse Sadie Belle...

Haahaa! - maybe I shouldn't laugh but the very thought of Sadie growing up to be a nurse... Think I can safely say that although I come from a family of many nurses, it's the one profession I couldn't see either of My Gurlz going into. Millie for one would faint at the mention of the word blood and Sadie is just too much of well, everything crazy! Anyhoo, the lovely piccie of her in her nurses' costume inspired a very colourful layout...The colours made me think of old 1950's illustrations, so I cut some out of an old book that I thought would match up well with the nursey/hospital theme. The flowers were made using a new framelit for my Bigshot. These are great - must buy more! Hello Santa if you're listening....
Hope you like it. Thanks for popping by,

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sadie's First School Day Book

Good morning everyone!
Here's a look at a little book I just finished up now that my craft desk is back to normal! It's made from some kraft cardstock bound together with washii tape. The idea for this actually came from a feature I saw in Scrap 365 magazine and it has lots of stamping which I don't usually go in for but it kinda went well with the messy feel I was trying to achieve. I used washii tape for sticking in the photos and making little flaps to turn the pages. I love washii tape and have quite a wee collection of the stuff now. Thank goodness I have found a way to use some of it! I think that bit of upheaval we had around the house inspired me to tidy my stash up too and I rediscovered lots of things I forgot to use - namely my Big Shot, so I dug that out to make some diecut titles. While I was playing with my Big Shot it occurred to me that I don't have nearly enough dies so I went online and invested in some lovely new framelits which I used to make the school badge on the book cover. I love these dies and  I so have 2 more new sets of framlits with stamps winging their way to me as we speak (purchased from Craft Superstore free delivery for orders over £40 - I had to make sure I spent enough to qualify heehee). Hopefully I might be able to rustle up a few Xmas cards with them when they come!
Talking of which I am working on a couple of card designs that I want to simplify and be able to make up quickly so I can get them out there... nothing too fancy just well designed and simple to put together!
Stay tuned for more craftyness soon!
Have a lovely Sunday with lots of inspiring things in your day!
Jak xxxxxx

Monday, 5 November 2012

Hello hello! its me I'm back!

The way we were... eek - by this time the doors had literally started falling off!


And now....
Hello PhotoBombing Kitty!

Hello my crafty friends!
Things are slowly getting back to normal round this way and I thought I'd start off with ...... Kitchen News ..... Yay! The news is I now have one! And its almost complete apart from the decorating and lino, but wow what a difference it has made!  Since I seem to spend the majority of my life in there - it's great to be in a more erm... welcoming environment. What I mean is, hooray - it's not a dreary, depressing, embarrassing, hovel of a pit anymore that has been slowly sucking the lifeforce from my very soul for seven bloomin' years!!! Feel free to drop in for a quick cuppa anytime!!!
   The strangest thing occurred just after the tiling was done. One evening, I had not long started making tea for the girls when a spontaneous and unexpected quietness descended upon the kitchen.  (s'okay - it lasted about 30 seconds, nothing to worry about!). The usual background noises were still there going about their daily business - Simon Mayo on the radio, oven fan whirring away quietly, then Pop! Pop again! Crackle! Pop! What the??? Now this popping and a crackling wasn't that loud but it was coming at me from all directions. Really - what was going on? I thought my ears were playing tricks on me or that someone had filled them up with Popping Candy while I hadn't been paying attention (that kind of thing happens all the time y'know!) and then the penny dropped or should I say I remembered what the salesman in the tile shop had told me. "Them tiles'll start making noises once they've been put on the walls. (!) It's the crackle glaze on 'em. You'll hear 'em cracking. Don't worry though they're meant to do that!" Of course at the time I thought "Yeah mate, do I look that daft?" But guess what-  he was not taking the proverbial! The heat from the oven set them off and really deepened the crackle finish on them. It's like they've been finished off with Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents! I was amazed!!! They've stopped doing it now - must have reached their optimum level of crackleyness now they have settled in! So yeah, that was an entertaining 20 mins of my life and I really tried so hard to catch them doing it, but every time I stared at one tile, another one at the other side of the kitchen would pop so, no, I didn't see anything happen but I heard everything! Mental!
   Would you say I need to get out a bit more?
Thanks for popping (heehee) by!
PS - Did anyone spot the little kitty sneaking in on the act? He's one of our new babies - he also has a less attention seeking bro' but more about them later!