Friday 23 September 2011

DT Call at Crafty Cardmakers

Calling all crafters!! Crafty Cardmakers is having a DT call for new members to join their dynamic team!  We have been established over 2 years and are aimed at newer crafters or those who just like to have a go at new styles and techniques.  You can be any level of skill or experience to apply, there is a linky over on the site or you can email me direct if you're a bit shy!

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Stripes at Crafts & Me

Evening all, howz your day been?  I've got one of the little uns off today with a cold which she's kindly shared with me, back to school woes!  My eldest had some reverse out of their driveway into her 2 weeks ago and she's got the insurance cheque in full today - thats gotta be the quickest ever settlement in history surely lol!  So at the weekend we're car shopping again.  She's seen a car she likes, its yellow!  Irrelevant to a teenage girl what make/model/engine size it is, its yellow!

Went to Padgate Crafters over the weekend and just did some colouring so coloured up this new digi by Crafts & Me called Miss Mirabelle which is of course by Hannah Lynn.  Isn't she just gorgeous, I just love this one so will be experimenting with colour schemes. 

The challenge this week over at Crafts & Me, with yours truly as your hostess, is Stripes.   I can be quite chaotic so I like to bring a little order in somewhere :)  The prize is a splendid choice of 6 digi stamps from Crafts & Me, how can you resist Miss Mirabelle!  We also have a new facebook chat group where you can post your creations using the stamp range and we offer a prize here or there too - find it here!

Okies onto me card like!  I coloured with promarkers using browns, tans, pink and grey with the odd touches of blue.  The papers are by Bearly Mine (the stripy ones) and background one is DCWV (either once upon a time or olde worlde stack)  I inked a paper doily for the corner with a brown brilliance ink and the charm is recycled from something of DD's from primark.  The butterfly in the corner has been coloured with metallic gold ferro paint (from The Stampman) to keep in with the steampunk/metallic theme.  Gold gems are from The Robins Nest.  Had real fun making this one as I seemed to have left my mojo on holiday lol!  Now next mission is how to pack it to post as its for somebodys birthday next week ssssh!

I'd like to enter into...

Passion for Promarkers (and Flexmarkers!) - Sketch
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything goes
Digital Tuesday - People Images
Pixie Dust - Recycle
CCEE Stampers - Pretty in Pink and a doily
Crafty Emma's - Embellish me more

Monday 12 September 2011

Buttons N Bows N this N that!

Aternoon all!!  How was your weekend?  I've had a busy week with Ethan's first week at proper school, well he only did 2 hours a day last week, he's doing 3 this week then next week he's in full time yippeeee!  I miss him of course *ahem* lol!  Little Miss Moo also goes to pre-school, shes been going 2 sessions a week privately since January but now we can get vouchers she's in a lot more!  So next week you might actually see me a bit more (inbetween the studying/applying for jobs!)
Here's my handsome lad going into school - ahhhhh!

Over the weekend I went out with OH on the bikes, have not ridden wth him before as I only passed my CBT end of July then just did a couple of short trips, my bike, Stanley, needed a repair then it was holiday so this was our first chance really!  We did 90 miles around Cheshire yesterday, had great fun!  I do prefer the country lanes though as several cars were just completely ignorant, I'm not on a pushbike ya know!  This is Stanley posing next to The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank :)

And my card of course!  I'm a bit late (as usual!) posting this, I'll get more organised once the routine is set next week!
The challenge until wednesday at Crafts & Me is Buttons & Bows.  For this I used one of the newer digis called Porcini, isnt she so pretty!  I think this one is a team favourite :)  I've coloured with promarkers feather blending the pink and the yellow together and added sparkle on the wings with glamour dust.  The ribbon has hearts on and I used teeny buttons

Would like to enter into...

Flutterby Wednesday - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - Fairy wishes
Papertake weekly - Anything goes
Ribbon Carousel - Anything goes (ribbon)

Saturday 10 September 2011

Crafty Cardmakers & holiday at Rhosydd Bach

Good Evening all!  Now back from a great holiday on the Lleyn Peninsula in Wales.  We decided on a last minute holiday as Molly had never had one except the odd camping weekend here and there and I was very lucky to get one as at place called Rhosydd Bach.  I've never been the peninsula before so thought it would be a nice change of scenery and Rhosydd Bach is a few miles away from Pwllheli in the countryside.  Me & OH are not the type to enjoy big caravan parks with the inbuilt entertainment and watching your neighbours have breakfast, in fact its something we both loathe and we looked at some farm sites but they were just that, farms so when I came across Rhosydd Bach which is a farm site with chickens and ducks *but* it is fully equipt for kids with its own playground, trampoline and toys and it was perfect for us as we wanted somewhere peaceful for us but also somewhere the kids wouldnt be ored stiff and we found just that, its also a short hop to get to anywhere around the peninsula where its based so we did a lot of exploring, went to 5 beaches, my favourite was Morfa Nefyn, the sea is sooooo blue, the kids seemed to enjoy Llanbedrog and Black Rock sands the most, Llanbedrog is a little bit more intimate and Black Rock Sands is perfect for a whole day at the beach as you can drive onto the beach so can go fully laden.  Some piccies - I highly recommend this area and particularly Rhosydd Bach to stay, its stunning, not too touristy (unless you go into Pwllheli or Porthmadog at a weekend!)

Morfa Nefyn - On North side on Peninsula, clean and sandy with facilities (toilets/ice cream/cafe) close by
 The kids mugged a lady for a ride in her boat, they're so cheeky!  This was at Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog which gets very busy at weekends and only has one narrow road down to it and is home to loads of camp sites so I would imagine its rammed on saturdays!  Has ice cream van and burger van on beach plus toilets nearby.  Drive straight onto the beach (£4 a day parking)

 We'd had the day at Llanbedrog beach which is a few miles down the peninsula from Pwllheli then decided to go for fish & chips - in Cricceth!  Was intending to stay there for tea but Ethan fell over and Mols needed a wee so we came back! 
Mols and Ethan saying hello to Matilda the Duck.  She wags her tail when you say hello to her and she apparently steals the farm dogs' food by pecking them lol!
 Beautiful sunset I saw from the decking on the caravan and indeed it was a gorgeous day the day after.
I'd bought a £1.99 kite and attempted to fly it that morning - unsuccessfully!  One of the gentleman in the cottages who came past for a stroll must have been amused to see me at 9am in my PJ's trying repeatedly to launch this thing.  Bit later on we went into Pwllheli and I bought a better version and met up with OH who'd been away on training and we finally got it into the air after restringing so this is Mols first flight of a kite!

We did so much that week, trains, fair, beaches, even found a play area when it was wet (Thats at the end of the prom in Cricceth in the cafe)  Loads more to go back for which we will, definately the perfect spot for us :)

Anyway you'd like to see a card?  Heres one I made for Crafty Cardmakers who's challenge this fortnight is "Summer Holiday Memories" so I've used a beach scene using the gorgeous Faye WHittaker stamp from Joanna Sheen.  I've coloured it with my new FLEXMARKERS - Oh yeah I'm loving these!  I used the antique white to blend and its given a really olde worlde look, love those pens!