Sunday, 24 August 2014

Kew

Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable day with my daughter at Kew Gardens, London.  In all my 51 years I have never been - bad isn't it?  I never realised just how huge it is.

It took us an absolute age to get there on public transport but we had the weather with us and were determined to enjoy our day.

We specifically went to see the Plantasia exhibition at the Gardens which is all about "the life enhancing power of plants".

We climbed the Pagoda, all 253 steps and saw the healing giant below.




Took to the skies in the treetop walkway - it was quite windy and the walkway (mesh!!!) was swaying beneath us.  You can see the Temperate House here but it was closed due to restoration works.


  Saw some yarnbombing haha


and even evidence of some zentangling going on.

We visited the Palm House and Prince of Wales Conservatory and had a short ride on the land train "Kew Explorer" and then we ended with the Barefoot Walk where we got to feel all different kinds of textures beneath our feet - even mud! haha

We both had a great day out and would recommend Kew as a wonderful play for anyone who wants to recharge their batteries and experience the wonder of nature.

Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday. x

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Journal pages

Thought I would share two journal pages I completed over the weekend.

The first photo shows the background created with acrylic paint.  
 I never have an idea on what I'm going to do with the backgrounds so I was surprised to find that I did this.
 Inspired by a prompt on Instagram for a doodle a day #sadoodleaday which was Picasso.  I got my Caran D'Ache crayons out and went to town - this didn't take me long and was so much fun to do. 

Then over the weekend whilst watched tv I created this zentangle journal page.  This did take a while.  I had already painted the background in unwanted acrylic paint and doodled the mandala and the rest just grew from there.

 
This was the first photo I took this morning whilst still in my pyjamas - can you see mine and Luna's feet? haha

 Thanks for stopping by my blog.
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Friday, 15 August 2014

Bit of a challenge

Whilst catching up with my blog reading the other day I came across a challenge on the Tando Creative Challenge Blog that I thought would be fun to play around with.

Tando's August challenge is called Lovely Layers and the brief is to use lots of layers on your piece.  So I decided to get the acrylic paints and Distress Inks out.  I made a wonderful mess and my finger tips are still a little bit inky haha.


I had sometime ago randomly stuck numbers and other stickers to this page and that was as far as I got.  So with the help of paint, DI and lots of Tando stencils this page was produced.  I'm still on a learning curve where layers are concerned but it was fun practicing.

I also found a bag of Tando stars in my chipboard drawer and have adhered one of them to the page - can you see where?

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

How Long?????

I can't believe that it has been three months since I last wrote on my blog!!! eek that is an awfully long time. I still keep up to date with your blogs, reading and leaving comments when I can.

Crafting has been reduced to just the evenings usually with my journal in front of the telly as I've been busy with end of year stuff at work and we have also acquired two new residents at home.The new residents have been taking up lots of my time and worry.  Sometimes it's like having two small children again rather than a cat and her kitten  haha. They weren't allowed outside for 6 weeks and that was a very stressful time whenever someone opened the door or windows.  Where are the cats???? was a constant question.

Well I suppose you want to see a photo of them?

This is Cedric and he is only 4 months old and doesn't he look like he is smiling in this photo? haha

And this is Cedric's Mum Luna and she is a 19 months old and only had the one kitten.  Sitting in a box - one of her favourite things to do.


Luna's name was chosen first as we wanted something to reflect her white coat.  But then it was time to think of a name for her kitten and we just couldn't all agree on one that we liked relating to the stars and solar system or the colour white.  So we went down the Harry Potter route and chose a name to match Luna and Cedric Diggory seemed to be the only name we could all agree on, haha we decided to drop the Diggory as it was a mouthful to call out in the garden and at the vets!

I've also been making cards as the Summer months birthdays come thick and fast and here are a few of the ones that have gone out already.




 It will soon be time to start the Christmas cards. 

I'll be back soon with some more crafting.
Bye for now.



Saturday, 10 May 2014

May 365 Calendar

Hi blog readers

I've finished my pages for my May 365 Calendar a la Kate Crane.  

I was going to leave it just with the rainbow Distress Ink and a few splashes but thought that was a little boring and plain even when the patterned squares were added.


So I then went a little mad with the stamps in my stamp box and added some doodling and then added the patterned squares all from my bits and pieces box -hence the "messy squares and the hands".
 

I do like to play along with this as it only takes a few minutes each day and it is like keeping a very simple diary.

If you are reading this do leave a comment so I can visit your blog in return.

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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Unusual Saturday

Now I know it is National Scrapbooking Day but I haven't got anything crafty to share with you today.  Instead I want to tell you what I got up to this morning, at 6.30 am to be precise. I finally got to have my balloon trip!  yippee, hooray, weeeeeeeeee and all the other happy words you can think of.  

It was an early start and with a cold coming on I wasn't feeling very bright. But after waiting and being disappointed for four years and 13 attempts I was not going to let anything come in the way of me taking to the skies.  

The field was covered in a heavy frost and my boots soon got very wet and icy.  
 
We helped prepare the balloon ready for flight and after a quick briefing we took to the air.  Sixteen passengers and our pilot, Gavin rose majestically into the sky and we were off.

I left my husband on the ground waving me off and very quickly he got smaller and smaller hahaha.  
It was so quiet during the flight (apart from the occasional radio transmissions and chatter from the passengers) and it didn't feel like we were moving at all.  We glided over the Hertfordshire countryside seeing the morning unfold below us whilst the wildlife scattered when then heard the burners fire up.


If you are thinking about going in a hot air balloon I would thoroughly recommend it.  I had a brilliant morning.



I would like to say a huge thank you to Gavin, our pilot, and all the ground crew at Virgin Balloons for making this a special day for me.


Thanks for stopping by my blog and if you can please leave a comment so I can return the favour and visit you.

 

Have a great bank holiday weekend.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Weekend break

Last weekend I had a fabulous time with my family in Edinburgh.  We flew up on Friday night and came back on Sunday night.  It was a very busy couple of days but we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We were all tired yesterday but it was worth it.

Our trip was made extra special by meeting up with my good friend Janice who I haven't seen for about three years.  It was great to have a laugh and catch up with her and she was kind enough to acted as our own personal tour guide.  I managed to persuaded her to climb Scott Monument with me and my son.  No wonder our legs ached!! 




I also met this chap in Edinburgh castle but he wasn't as talkative as Janice.




If you haven't been to Edinburgh I would recommend it.  It was a lovely city to visit and I will be going back again for sure.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and leave a comment so I can return the visit to your blog.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Inspiration strikes

Visiting my favourite blogs the other day I stopped at Kaz's Slightly Wonky Crafts and was inspired by her card to make one similar of my own.

Kaz has made her card for Tando with an accompanying video which is a great way to learn a new technique and that is just what I did for this card.  Using the Tando mask and some Distress Ink worked through the holes.  I think it gives a great effect with the circles.

The stamp is a Gorjuss Girl one and the sentiment is cut from a piece of Scenic Route paper and a little doodling to finish it off.

Thanks for visiting my blog today please leave a comment so I can come and visit your blog too.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Aries

Of course with all the cards I made last week I didn't have a card I needed for a male birthday today grrrrr! so I made this card yesterday.

Very simple and if I wasn't in so much of a hurry I probably would have included some more elements but heyho here it is.

The little ram is from a set from Mama Elephant.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Card Catch Up

I thought I would use some of my holiday time re stocking my card box as it seems to have run low on premade cards.  You know what I mean, those last minute birthday cards that crop up from time to time, or is that just me?  tee hee

Well yesterday I spent the morning making these and thought I would show them on my blog. I haven't had alot to show recently because I've been journalling more.


 
Thank you if you have visited my blog today.
Please leave a comment and then I can visit
your blog and see your work.
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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March Zentangle Calendar

Hello friends

As it is 1st of April I thought I would show you my March zentangle calendar pages


All doodled with a black gel pen usually during the evening watching telly, tee hee.

Think I might do this again for April but a different shape and maybe using some colour.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Another Gorjuss card

Another Gorjuss girl dressed using my Copic Sketch Markers this time a card for my sister.  

I saw the Pink and Green challenge over on Totally Gorjuss at the beginning of March (I've only just got round to making the card haha) and knew which girl I wanted to use and here she is.


The papers are from an old stash supply I'm still using but I can't remember the name of the company sorry.

I like to stamp several images out at one time and then spend my time dressing these girls in different colourways.  I suppose it is still like playing dolls tee hee.

I'm also experimenting with different skin tones and hair shades.


Just need to say a thank you to Jo for info on making my girls stand out from the page.  Will definitely try that next time. 

x ♥ x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Quick card

Thought I would post a card I made in a bit of a hurry yesterday.  I had forget that when I use all my reserve cards in the box that it needs restocking again!!  ooops

So this image is a Gorjuss girl stamp coloured with Copic Sketch Markers placed on some Elsie patterned paper I've had for years and years.  The Tim Holtz sentiment was embossed onto card, distressed with an ink pad and placed onto the patterned paper.
et voila a very quick card.


thanks for dropping by

Saturday, 8 March 2014

365 Challenge for 2014

I decided to do Kate's challenge again as I enjoyed doing it in 2010 and have completed January and February already.

For March I thought I would do something a little different and have decided to do a zentangle doodle each day that way I will see what patterns have influenced me each day.  

So here is the first week . . .





I'm still going to write comments for March each day on my usual 365 journal but this will be an extra and something I can do watching telly whilst I have no knitting to do :(  
I must rectify that soon I think.
 :)

Thanks for stopping by my little blog.

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Something woolly comes

Isn't it annoying when you are nearing the end of a project (doesn't matter what type it is) and you run out of a material you are using?  grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

That's what happened to me last week with my jumper.  But thanks to the speedy service at WiseBadger I was soon knitting again and able to complete my project.


I was like a new kid and couldn't wait to wear it to work the following morning. tee hee

Thanks for dropping by to read my mutterings

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wow February is nearly over and this is only my third blog post this year.   My knitting seems to have taken over my creativity recently, well it keeps me warm and cosy sitting on the sofa wrapped up in wool.  lol

But tonight I had to create a card for a family birthday tomorrow so I went and sat at my desk and created this card.

The patterned paper is one I have had for years and recently found in my craft stash (I think it is by Elsie).  The image was one I received in a stamped image swap many moons ago too and was saving for someone special.  The three strips of washi tape are a recent purchase from Paperchase.

Thanks for stopping by and do leave a comment if you can.  

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

a week on . . .

Thought I would let you know that my craft area in my bedroom is still tidy. hahahaha

Monday, 6 January 2014

Hello everybody

My first blog post of the 2014 and I want to wish you all
a happy and healthy year ahead.

Thought I would show you a photo of my knitted Christmas jumper for my first post of the year.  It was very comfy to wear and not hot and stuffy at all.  After it's first wash however the cream wool has gone a little pink, but heyho that adds to the homespun feel.


I've been a good girl over the holidays and got on with some much needed clearing out.  This is my craft area in my bedroom (much to my husband's annoyance ooops)  but I have managed, being very ruthless, to cut down the space by a quarter at least. 



See the EMPTY space under the window on the right?  Well all the craft stash has gone and the space will stay clear and that is a promise.

Thanks for stopping bye.

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Wishes

I'd like to wish
all my blog followers and readers
a Happy New Year.

May you have happiness &
 prosperity throughout 2014.

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Gold and White

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, Leo has set a challenge "Going for  Gold".  So I decided to do just that.

I must admit though I did use some flesh coloured Copics to colour in the fairy.  Hope that still counts?


This second card I stuck to the brief and have only used white and gold.  A very simple card indeed to make just embossing (both dry and with powder) and hey presto a Christmas card to add to the box.


Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting my blog.

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