Saturday, March 31, 2007

So Exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well today is the day.

I have done my first ever class for a cyber crop and it has gone up today at 10am. Scrapstars are having a crop today and tomorrow and I have done a class for each day. I'll let you know how it goes but here's what I've done for todays class:

Front Cover:

Inside pages:

I've been looking forward to putting this on my blog (DH not so sure but hey)!! I made it a few weeks ago and of course I've had to keep it under wraps until I'd posted up the cyber crop class.

Anywayz, if you get a minute, do pop over and check out the classes at Scrapstars.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Emily's Art Journal Week 11

My Initial.

Not a complicated one to think about and yet, probably the one I like least out of all of my cards.

I won't change it though, simply because I'm sure I'm going to have others that I'm not so keen on but I like the uniqueness of them all. There is no pattern to what I'm doing, I'm not trying to create a perfectly co-ordinated art journal and I loving trying new techniques and sometimes just throwing something together rather than pondering over it for days on end.

I think thats where I've perhaps gone wrong in the past with my scrapping, I try to plan it far too much and it ends up looking a little clinical rather than being a bit wayward with it.

Here's my card:

Anywayz, one more to go before Sunday and I'd have caught up.

Ciao for now peeps.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Emily's Art Journal Week 10

Bit behind on these because of my holidaybobs but I'll catch up in no time. Week 10 was about "Note to Self"

I don't need to be reminded to "Enjoy Every Day" but I felt I needed to do the card about this because loving every day is so important to me. I'm very lucky, I have a wonderful life, I have little stress and I can pretty much do what I want to do (when I've got the workload done each day that is LOL)!

It hasn't always been that way and I have shed many tears over the years but not for a very long time now and it's fab.

Here is my card anyhow:

To all my, ever so talented, fellow Art Journal buds - I will be popping round your blogs very soon, it's amazing how one lil' holiday can put you all behind with stuff isn't it?

Bye for now lovelies

Saturday, March 24, 2007


Well there was a really fabby cyber crop on Scrapstars today, it was a digi one. I've not really done digi before (apart from one LO) and it was great to have the classes to print off to go through bit by bit.

Here's a digi LO I did (instructions from the fabby Rena)

and using scratches and swirls brushes on a photo, oh and a bit of spot colouring too.

Another quick holiday pic, the four of us having a fabby time in a live music bar (all very sober of course)!!!

Hopefully there will be more creativity soon!!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Back from holiday!!

Just got back yesterday after a week in Lanzarote. The weather was lovely, around 20 degrees plus each day and lots of sunshine.

Got off the plane at Gatwick yesterday though and boy, what a was FREEZING!!!!!

We'd turned the heating off indoors and it took hours to warm up, I was shivering for ages so I left it on all night and fortunately it was lovely and toastie this morning.

I'll let you know a bit more about the holiday over the next few days but here's a pic or three to start with.

The Villa:

View from the Villa:


Right, stuff to do, catch you all soon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Mothers Day Cards

Yey, I actually made a couple of cards. Inspired by the fabulous Kathy from the Daring Card Makers (not a patch on her work of course) I made these 2 lil' beauties.

I was quite pleased with them really as I'm no longer a fan of making cards. I guess I'm the selfish type and I don't like to give anyway anything I make LOL! No not really, I love giving away handmade gifts but I sometimes wonder how many people would actually treasure a handmade card.

Nothing exciting to report, all the crafty projects I'm on at the moment can't be shown just yet which is a bit dull because I like to share pics on here but once they have served their purpose I'll be able to post some pics - yey!

Anywayz, thats it from me for now.

Ciao for now.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

F Page completed

Do you know, we are nearly a quarter of the way through the A-Z Christmas Journal.......EEEEEEEK! Isn't the year going quick!!!!!!

I've finished my F page, it was my turn to showcase this week and it's on the Alphabet Funk blog. I am thoroughly enjoying a little taste of Christmas every time I pick up my journal to do. Even though we are MILES away from Christmas it is sooooo nice to just have a little reminder of it now and then. Caroline popped a thread on the Bubbly Funk forum asking for ideas for Christmassy words for the journals and I got a real glow out of reading them. I think it will inspire me to have an extra special Christmas this year.

Here's a few pics of my page:

There's a couple more on the Alphabet Funk Blog so do pop over and have a peek.

I've made a couple of Mothers Day cards, taken photos but not uploaded to the computer yet..........promise to do that soon.

I really have been a bit snowed under with crafty bits the last couple of weeks. I've purposely not signed up for many swaps in the vain hope that I would catch up a bit..........I'm getting there...........but slowly.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Emily's Art Journal Week 9

Inspiration Found!

Mmmmm, now to start with this seemed a tricky subject. I draw my inspiration from so many sources and it was difficult to pick out one initially. But then it occurred to me that there really was only ever one great inspirational figure to me and that was my Dad.

He truly was the most talented person I'd ever seen and I used to sit in awe and admiration of his creations. He always encouraged art in me and I think he would have loved it if I'd followed an artistic career. Sadly, apart from training as a graphic designer I never followed that path and, I have to say, since re-discovering art and craft just under 2 years ago after a lengthy break, I regret not pushing myself further in an artistic field.

I lost my Dad nearly 10 years ago now and he is sorely missed and just printing his photo off today to use on my card struck a rather sad chord with me and brought a lump to my throat.

I've ended up doing 2 sad cards in a row now so I will try to focus on a happy note next week LOL!

Quite simply the card has been painted and a photo attached. The word DAD has been painted in acrylic and then coated in 3d gloss finish.

Lots of crafty projects in the pipeline so I'll hopefully get a few pics on here soon.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Busy, busy, busy

Gosh, it's Wednesday...........the week is just going so fast I can't keep up.

Work hasn't been too bad but I have been so engrossed in crafty stuff this week, the worse thing about it though is that I can't show you what I've been working on solidly for the last 5 days.....eeek!!

Scrapstars are having a Cyber Crop soon and I was asked to do a class. I've never done anything like that before (never thought in a million years that I was any good at anything to be honest) but anyway, I've made a mini book, taken lots of photos and written up instructions and it has takes AGES!!!!!!

I've just emailed it to Emms and hopefully I'll get her approval back a bit later on......GULP! Anyway, once it's been used for the class I'll be able to pop a trillion pics of it on here LOL!

I have got a couple of pics to show you today though. A friend of mine keeps horses and her pregnant mare gave birth 2 days ago. When I popped over there today I managed to get some pics of the new arrival.

Isn't she just adorable. I took quite a lot of pictures but I'm having a bit of an issue with White Eye. As she is so young her sight isn't quite there yet so the camera makes her eyes look white rather than red and of course the red eye adjustment on my photo editing software won't change white eye.

Any tips are gratefully received.

My crafting To Do list is huge at the moment and I just don't seem to be getting through it. I think I need to go and relax in the bath for a bit and give my brain a rest LOL!

Take care peeps.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Emily's Art journal week 8

Another week has flown, I haven't blogged since Monday and I am sooo shocked at that. I love blogging but I guess work has got the better of me this week and all the things I love to do have taken a nose dive.

I have finally finished Emily's week 8 challenge - who do you miss?

Pretty obvious one for me, I miss our dog Pip. We have no children because of certain circumstances but we had Pip for 13 years and she was like a child to us. We did everything with her, took her everywhere and whenever we couldn't take her we found someone to look after her, she never, ever went in to a kennels.

She eventually became diabetic and for a year we nursed her, injected her with insulin and painfully watched her go blind until the vet advised we end her life on 4th January 2003. She was at the vets at the time because she had been poorly and I was taking down the Christmas decorations when the vet rang. The walk to the vets to say our goodbyes to her was one of the hardest things we've ever had to do! I tried my hardest to not cry when I was giving her a last cuddle but in the end Tony stayed with her while the vet put her to sleep so she would hear his voice to the end. I had to go outside because I didn't want her to hear me crying.

Anyway, just typing this is making me cry so I'm going to stop there. I don't blog unhappy thoughts so I will turn my thoughts to the good times we had together.

Here's my card:

We went out for a walk yesterday and came across a couple of swans. They were quite relaxed and didn't seem to mind me clicking away so here's a pic:

That's me for, promise I'll try to blog more next week LOL!