Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
Mr Scoobster... ''Mummy, I found a twig''..
Little Miss Hollypops ... ''Simon says, put your ears on your head''
- Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
- Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
- Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
- Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
- Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1 000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
- Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
- EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!
slightly out of focus photo... but look at this lovely cake!!! Yummy!
Sunday wasn't too bad.. I began by doing the family run - youngest daughter and friend dropped off at the Dome to go swimming, eldest daughter dropped off at work at the Outlet, then straight onto the Craft Fair at the Deaf School.. Hmmmmm.. what a disappointment! There must have been around 8 stalls at the most, and a handful of people walking around.. the light was so bad (yellow!) inside the hall that I ended up with a migraine! Of the few stalls that were there, there was quite a few nice things, but nothing special. So.. I came home twenty minutes later with nothing to show for my gallavanting!!
Roll on next weekend to the show of shows! It's the Witchcraft show at the Dome.. fantastic every time and never ever a disappointment!
Anyway, now that the infamous birthday card has been delivered, I can now show you all.
Friday, 24 October 2008
I've had a creative session in the studio, just enough time to make Paul his card, and by the time I'd finished, I was absolutely freezing!! So now, I'm sat with coffee and laptop, pondering about what to do for these commissions that came in today!! Lots of lovely goodies and as yet, no idea on what to do.. lol..
Anyway, enough waffle, here's my card.
I really like this Forever Friends stamp - the sort of stamp you can use for anything really! I coloured the image with Whispers strokes and aquapainter. The background papers are from Kameocards - they have a beautiful soft gloss, muted effect. I even managed to use outline stickers - now that's a first for a long time!!
Hope you like it!
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
I am hoping to have the Design Team in place this next few days, so we should be all ready to go for next Monday.
In the meantime, why not visit Docrafts to have a look at all the fantastic stamps and stickers etc in the Forever Friends range?
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Now I need to think who I'm going to pass it onto... will have a think and come back later on x
I can't believe how much I've blogged this week! I seem to have got alot of work done this week, which is a good thing I guess..
Today, I have made two cards.. one I can't show yet, until it reaches its destination. The other one is this little puppy card.
I am currently working on a set of Christmas cards which are going to be used to raise funds for Bernwood Springer Rescue. I was asked if I would do this by a lovely lady called Sally, who is also one of their fosterers down in Lincolnshire.
The stamp I used is one that I bought last weekend, whilst at Samuel Taylors. Isn't it just the cutest??
Would anyone like to buy any of the Christmas cards I have made this week?
Funds are very much needed, especially at this time of the year when we find lots of grown dogs and puppies coming into Rescue. And as you know, my darlings Scooby and Truly came from rescue, and they have made our home complete! Lord knows what would have happened with them both if a Rescue hadn't taken them in.
If you'd like to buy a card, or order a personalised one, please leave me a comment with your pledge / donation, and I'll be in touch. In fact, if anyone would like to make some Christmas cards for the Rescue, and would like to donate them, please contact me and I'll pass them on.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
I'm back again.. this time with my other new snowman stamp. I am loving this set, so I hope you like what I've done with them.
The snowman was coloured with Distress inks, and I added some 3D gloss over his boots,buttons, and nose. He is also decoupaged a little bit.. here's a close up.
Now... aren't these stamps just to die for??
Monday, 20 October 2008
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mum, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.
- Author Unknown-
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Thanks especially to the adorable Pat Taylor, my fellow Docrafts designer, (and with whom I had a right ol' gossip!) and also to Lyndsy Mason (sp?!) from Personal Impressions,(who makes the most unique cards - and cost me a small fortune in stamps!!) who have made today a right good old laugh!
Also big hugs and thanks to the ladies from Samuel Taylor, who made my day wonderful.
As you may guess, I have been working today in Leeds, doing a combined demo for Samuel Taylor 'Click on Crafts'. The day was really busy all day, and everyone who visited said they were greatly inspired. I was representing Lili of the Valley, and everyone really loved the unique products.. and how can you resist?? They are so cute!
I will upload some photos for everyone who visited me.. but that will be tomorrow..
For now.. goodnight, sleep tight!! I'm off to drink me horlicks!
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Never mind.. blurfing is slightly more important when I've been cleaning all day.. isn't it?? And besides.. guess what I found?? Blog Candy.. it's here.. take a look.. from our lovely Emma!!
This week the challenge is a bit more Challenging (excuse the Pun)
We would like you to use 3 papers, 2 ribbons and 1 button or 1 brad on your creations this week.We can't wait to see what you come up with.Don't forget.... you can use any stamp, or other crafting product, we just love to see different mediums used.
If you have never used Lili of the Valley products or are running low on supplies, they are running a couple of brilliant special offers:Free P&P until 31st October and a Bumper Christmas Stamp Offer - Saving you £7.50!
Get 5 of their Christmas Stamps for just £15! That’s only £3 each.
There are 4 sets of Christmas designs to choose from - Winter Princesses, Christmas Fairies, Reindeer and Polar Bears, and Miki and Kimi.
Now, onto this weeks Challenge.... are you ready?
For this one, I had a little play with my Stampboard and some new inks I had. I stamped on the little Princess and then went over her with some colour.
Why not click on the sidebar to go over and get more inspiration from the Design Team - there's some brilliant work on there!
Bye for now xx
New DT Member..
After a VERY difficult time having to choose one person from a heap of very talented people to become the new DT member for DewDrop Craftz I finally managed it..
Jo Austin has many different styles of stamping and has a very strong passion for using stamping in lots of projects.. and has been chosen as the new DT member to join Adele and Sarah..
You can see some of Jo's work here...
I would like to welcome Jo to the team and look forward to working with her and the products from DDC..
BUT... that's not all.. the standard of work was so high, that all others that entered will be offered guest designer places in the future..
THANKYOU to everyone who took the time to send in their images..
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Back soon, thanks for visiting... xx
This was taken yesterday morning whilst it was raining.. I love looking at raindrops on webs, they just make them look so magical. The beauty of Nature eh??
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
So.. go on..what are you waiting for.. go and take a look!
Thursday, 9 October 2008
It's not for anything special - just a little cheery-uppy card.
Anyway.. enough talk.. here it is.
And this is little Ted. He has been coloured with Whispers brush markers and had little gems added in the flowers.. now isn't this cute!
For my projects, I used the cute little dragon from Lili of the Valley which I think is rather cutesy! Isn't he adorable?
I used the bookatrix board for the base of the card and LOTV papers for the top layer. The dragon was coloured with prisma's and a little bit of sparkle added to him with some pearlescent covering. The shape around him was cut by drawing around the small round Papermania shape cutter and cutting out with scalloped scissors.
The candle was made by stamping and colouring the image with Whispers brush markers.
This week over on our challenge blog we are onto week 3, and the chance to win a couple of Moggy stamps....these are cutey cutey.. I love them! You don't have to use the LOTV stamps and images for now, so there is no reason why you can't go over and enter.. we'd love to see your images..
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
This is just what it looked like in my house yesterday..
I can hear you all gasping... and asking why I have so many prezzies already..
Well, as you know, I'm area coordinator for the SOS - Support our soldiers - charity. Link to the right ------------------------------------------------------------------------->
And yesterday, I collected all of these wonderful donations of shoe boxes, for our christmas appeal 2008. There are a total of 63 boxes piled up here, which have all been donated by the kind people at Milton Court, Doncaster.. a very very big Thankyou to these folks. Every bit of the donations will be used and appreciated by all the British soldiers around the world to whom these will be sent.
If you are wanting to put a box together for the charity, then please visit the site for more information on what you can/can't put in. You can also find there your local area representatives who can arrange to collect the parcels. All information is on the web site.If you think you would or could help out in other crafty ways, then please get in touch. We are generally always on the lookout for cards for all occasions. I have personally collected cards for Christmas and get well cards for the troops in hospital, just for that bit of support. You can also make a small donation which enables us to support the soldiers in other ways.
Emma at elf creations (will upload the link later)has done a fantastic job on her blog, collecting in Christmas cards this year.. and a brilliant response there was too.
Cards are wanted generally all year round. It is a wonderful thing to send on packs of cards to the troops, which they can then send home for birthdays, congratulations, other occasions.
So... if you want to help.. you know where I am..
I have decided against my better judgement (LOL) to upload some photos of my family. I don't often do this, as they deserve their privacy, but I couldn't resist these ones. Why? Well, because my daughter turned 18 last Saturday! It doesn't seem two minutes since she was born, but I'm sure that everyone says that!
To celebrate her birthday, she went out with friends - a few days on the trot! A friend of hers is leaving to go into the RAF next week, so some of it was a farewell too.
Here are the pics.
Blimey 'eck... I feel even older now! This lovely photo is of my son, Leyton, who is 20 in April.. (**faint**) and his 'ickle sister Carley, who's 18. Believe it or not, she does actually have legs - those that know her, know it is generally unheard of for her to not be wearing jeans.. but she melted my heart in this lovely dress. What a stunner.
Leyton also looks pretty dapper. In fact, he is usually in jeans too.. but was wearing some really lovely trousers and this great shirt.. Swoon.. I'm so proud of my children!
Ahhh this photo is sweet too.. This is Carley and her boyfriend Nick. He's a lovely lad and they are so alike in their nature - I think I may have to buy a hat!haha
Now then.. this little charmer is my daughter Martina. She's 12 with attitude!!! Sure you know what I mean !! She had been baking a little earlier and was just having a tea break when I pointed the camera at her to take a piccie - screwed up nose and funny face prevailed.. I love this piccie.. so funny!
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Firstly, I made a little triangle gift box. I found the pattern somewhere out there in blogland but can't remember where.. if anyone knows, please send me the link.. you know what its like - you go from one blog to another and can't remember where you've been!
This card was made using the same products so that it matches the little box.
Hope you like them. Happy Haunting!
The image is from High Hopes and I coloured it using distress inks and H2O's. The background papers are Basic Grey Sugared... there are some beautiful papers in this pack it must be my favourite! The flowers and brads are Papermania and ribbon is from my stash. The little greeting is a HOTP rub on which I've had for a while and discovered the other day.
What Joanne Means
You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.
You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.
You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.
You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic “Type A” personality.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.