Friday, 30 August 2013

Have you ever tried an on-line class?

In September 2009 I started my papercrafting journey with a class called "Learn Something New Everyday".  It's a life enhancing daily journal workshop that you can scrapbook or leave plain (I don't have to tell you what I'll be doing!  Plain - what's that?).  Shimelle, who runs the class, offers lots of suggestions including daily emails through September and you have access to a forum where you can share what you are doing (or just spy on everyone else's books!).  There's no marking or evaluation, it's just for you, for fun.

My first LSNED was 2009, my second was 2011, it's definitely time for another one!  The first one took me ages every day,  but that was partly because it was the first scrapbooking I had ever done, so I was learning a lot and starting from nothing.  For the second one I had a plan!  My book was the exact same size as the photo, one side the photo, the other side some journalling, with a cluster of grungy embellishments.  I precut the pages and pre-selected the embellishments, that I kept in a big biscuit tin, and pre-made the numbers. The setup took a couple of hours but then it really did take only 15 minutes a day. I remembered to work out how I was going to bind the pages before I started - this has been my biggest mistake in the past, and it is really crucial when you come to finishing your project!

For this year, I love Shimelle's idea of polaroid-style photos, I'm thinking maybe tucked into pretty paper pockets? (there HAS to be pretty paper...) .  £10 will buy you access to the class this year and in the future. Watch this space for occasional updates on this truly enriching project and hop on over to Shimelle's to read more!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Yum Yum, ice cream....

..I laughed out loud when I saw this picture of me in our holiday snaps.  There is, regrettably, nothing that makes me smile quite like the prospect of an imminent sweet treat!  And what better in 40 degree heat than an Italian ice cream?

And as soon as I got back to my craft room, I was inspired to make this little card:

I used my lately neglected stampin up cupcake and pennant punches and four of the five lovely new in-colours to produce this monster ice cream - yum!  These colours even sound yummy: strawberry slush, pistachio pudding, baked brown sugar and crisp cantaloupe.  I didn't fancy coastal cabana as a flavour much, but think it makes quite a good background!

There is a full range of products (pens, inks, ribbons etc etc) in these five in-colours that will be available for two years till June 2015.  Contact me to order some today, or check out the catalogue by clicking on the right hand side bar ----------->

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Just back from Bella Italia...

...not our local italian restaurant, but the actual country, where we have just spent two sizzling weeks. We visited Lake Garda, Florence, a villa in Umbria, Siena, and Verona, which were all beautiful in different ways.  Here's my favourite photo of the trip, which captures our view from the villa.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Umbria near Tuscany for a big or small group, I thoroughly recommend Caicresce!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Do you prefer cheese or quilting?...

.. what a strange question, you might be thinking!  Let me explain:

At my quilting evening last week I was finishing off my cushion with some really pretty buttons (Vintage Faceted Designer ones from StampinUp) to cover up my little mistakes.  I like this pattern very much and explained to my quilty mateys how to do the pattern, which we were all happily calling "Cathedral City". It eventually occurred to me that is actually known as Cathedral WINDOW, and Cathedral City is, in fact, England's Favourite Cheddar!

So there's your question!  What's it to be - Quilting or Cheese?

The next QUILTING meeting is 20th August 7:30-9:30 - why don't you come along too? Contact me for details.  And if you're after cheese, I might even be able to provide some of that too!  xxx

Friday, 2 August 2013

Oh Happy Day...

I had a play yesterday with the lovely SU "Happy Day" stamp set, some washi tape and a teeny bit of bling.  I really like how they came out, though the photo's a bit naff because I'd already put them in their little cello bags:

...I've been singing "Oh Happy Day"  ever since...