Thursday 14 October 2010

Sugar bowl challenge 45

As well as it being my parent's wedding anniversary this weekend, it also happens to be my Dad's birthday. I thought I would play along in the Sugar Bowl this week, especially as it had a great sketch by Tiets.

I used the Sugar Nellie Rock Star Manga stamp - my Dad loves music, and every now and again busts out his 12 string acoustic guitar for an airing... I stamped it with Memento Black Tuxedo ink, and coloured it in with the 5 Cool Grey shades of Promarkers.
I used up a load of scraps too, mainly Doodlebug papers. The stars are Maya Road chipboard, and the button on top is from Paper Mania. The sentiment is an Elzybells one. I added some stickles for a bit of glam.

Colouring is not my strong point, but I am pleased with how this has turned out, and I know Dad will love it too.

So we are off on our "Around the Country in 8 days" trip tomorrow... Should be lots of fun. See you on the other side...!



Friday 8 October 2010

40 years ago...

.... next week my parents got married.

Next weekend we are having a modest family get together in a restaurant near their home to celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary.

Here are all the finished projects I have made for them as a gift.

This is the mini album I made for them. After a mad dash to WHSmith's to get some more double sided tape, I was able to finish this off quite quickly. It is a really simple design, but one I love, and I can see me making more of these in the future.

I used Bazzill cardstock, and the embossing on the kraft card is done with Cuttlebug embossing folders. The paper is a mixture of My Minds Eye, October afternoon and an unknown source. I used my Cricut to cut the label shapes. I used a wedding set of stamprs from Papertrey Ink, and finished off with a Prima flower on the front and some Papermania buttons on the inside pages.
All the photos are from their wedding day. I scanned in the originals and reprinted them at home.
I ended up going to see Tom's friend by myself today, as by the time the doctors had done their rounds yesterday it was too late to visit. I made a card, but then forgot to photograph it... The wee man is hopefully on his way home today.
Well its the start of 4 days at work for me, and the start of the 2 week October holidays for the kids. Not a lot of peace around here for a while then ....

Thursday 7 October 2010

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wednesday are usually OK - a day off from work, shopping day, and my turn to take the kids to Tang Soo classes. Rarely can they be described as "wonderful", but I think yesterday was an exception. It was a pretty good day.

Reason 1
I managed to work out how to use the air machine at the garage to pump up the front tyres of the car. All by myself. And I didn't swear...much.

Reason 2
I was called "gorgeous" by a shop assistant in Halfords. And he didn't have a white stick and a dog, or even a pair of glasses on. And he was hot.

Reason 3
Got to spend the afternoon catching up, drinking tea and eating cake with my friend Erika.

Reason 4
I finally knuckled down and finished off the shadow box frame for my parent's Ruby wedding.

I didn't faff about too much, I am a clean and simple girl after all! I based this loosely on a PageMaps sketch from March 2009. I used My Minds Eye paper, and the script background is a Prima stamp on bazzill card using Memento ink. The flowers are also Prima. I got the frame from Arrowfile, and used watered down emulsion to white wash the frame.

Reason 5
One of my layouts was showcased on Allison Davis's blog yesterday! I'd emailed her last week attaching my "Open Water" layout, never thinking that she would ever want to use it. Thank you Allison, and thanks for your sketches too!

So you can see why I thought that this Wednesday was particularly wonderful!

Finally, I'd thought I'd share the card I have made for my parents to go with the frame.

Based on the September Mini book a Month Album class from 2 Peas designed by Jen Gallacher. I am making the mini book too, but started off by making a card.
I used Bazzill card, and My Minds Eye paper. The kraft card is embossed using a Cuttlebug folder, and then I swiped some pearlescent chalk over it to give it a shine. The 40 is cut out from Bazzill Bling card with my Nouveau Sizzlit alpha dies. I added a bit of lace from my ribbon box, and a Prima flower. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. I did a bit of machine stitching to finish it off.

I am in the process of making the mini book, but have found that I have run out of double sided tape... But I think me and the boy are off to town later, his partner in crime at Tang Soo has been in hospital all week fighting a nasty chest infection, and Tom wants to go visit him. I was going to make a wee card for him too, will have to rummage around my craft room for alternative adhesive....



P.S. I'm thinking that my Plain Jane blog needs a bit of a facelift. I am a complete technophone, so any hints, tips, pointers, links would be gratefully received. Ta x