Thursday, 28 April 2011

Charisma Cardz - April Showers/Spring Flowers

Oopps really late this week, I'll be getting the sack!!
New challenge time over at Charisma Cardz and this weeks theme is 'April showers bring May flowers'.
I have used a lovely Magnolia Tilda image that someone sent me absolutely ages ago. 
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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 149

Good morning, I hope the easter celebrations were enjoyable for all.
~It's new challenge time at A Spoon Full of Sugar and with the iminent royal wedding just around the corner our theme this week is 'A Right Royal Knees Up'.  This can be anything from castles, prince's, princesses, carriages etc
I have used I believe an Elisabeth Bell image and a layout which was in my latest copy of Quick Cards Made Easy, the papers are from a freebie pack from an early edition! 
Check out the blog for sponsor and prize details and some royal examples from the girls!
Will you be watching the wedding?  Are you having a party or going to one?  It happens to be my mums birthday so we are going to have a little do, more to celebrate her birthday but I have bought union jack bunting, plates and cups lol!!!!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy 'hoppy' Easter!

Happy or in the case of this post 'hoppy' easter everyone.
Sadly the weather seems to have turned slightly nippy today, still bright but the need of cardi's I think!
A couple of weeks ago I found a fabby blog where the lady made things with toilet roll inners!!  So here is one of my loo roll bunnies!
and 3 more of her family!! 
The girls gave these out to the family along with their easter cards.
I also made one about 3 times bigger out of a sheet of A4 rolled and cut, but it's a bit flimsy!
I also made up little easter packages of choccies and sweets for my friend's children.  I had been stock piling various easter bits since they first hit the shops! 
Have fun and try not too eat tooooo many choccies!!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

A few Yorkshire holiday piccies

We arrived back home last night from 5 days in Yorkshire.  We had fabby weather, although we did have a nippy sea breeze each time we were at the coast.  I upgraded the caravan 5 days before we went and it was so worth it, the caravan was lovely, could sleep up to 8, the biggest plus was it had heating in all rooms, very handy considering it was bitterly cold in the evenings!!
We  usually use these 'sun' holidays as a base and go out each day spending very little time on site or in the clubs, but this year we thought we would do the opposite and spend more time at the site.  This however didn't happen! We were in the middle of nowhere, even the locals used the club!! We now realize we are pretty spoiled with our coastal spots!
We arrived too early to check in on Monday so we headed towards Bridlington as we had been told we could find a Morrisons there, we wanted to get a few bits and some petrol.  We saw a sign for the beach so decided to head there and have our pre packed picnic.  It was a lovely beach and the first time I had seen sea fog, it kind of looked a bit earie
the girls having fun drawing around daddy's shadow

Tuesday the girls were going to join in the activities, it said in the timetable 'are you a sporty spark, a crafty spark or a smarty spark' thinking all 3 would be on the girls were eager to do the crafting (like mum!).  Only to find out there was only the sports on which was rounders.  Not wanting to partake we headed for the play area
We then went into Hornsea, spent a while in an arcade and left!  So we thought we would try the club this night, but there was so much time waiting for the bingo, then the bingo and then only a couple of games and dances for the girls before it was break time and back to bingo!  So that was a one off!
Wednesday we headed for Flamingo Land which is a theme park/zoo combi, we really did have a lovely day and couldn't believe how un-crowded it was, no queues for rides at all. 
 of course there has to be a piccie of a meerkat!!
 Lillie and daddy on the monorail, I wasn't going to attempt this, I did on a trip to Gullivers and didn't think I was going to make it all the way round lol!!!
a quick piccie at Scarborough, before finding a fish and chip shop for tea!
Thursday the girls had more fun at the playground, then after lunch we headed back into Bridlington where we went for a sail on a 'pirate ship'!
 Hollie loved this boat with her name on it!
We rounded off the day with a visit to the cinema to watch Rio which we thought was really good.  Then back to camp to start packing!
Finished the packing in the morning, after breakfast and last checks that we hadn't left anything guess where we headed?  Yep back to Bridlington lol!!  We were going to go on a boat trip to see the puffins but sadly it had been cancelled due to fog which you could see as you followed the coastline.  So we did a bit of shopping, and money wasting in the arcades, finished off with a '99' with flake and fudge stick!!!!!!! 
and then it was time for home! 
and oh how nice it was to not have to put the heating on to be warm and to sleep in our king sized bed!!!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Chairsma Cardz - Jokes & Laughter

Scheduled post again and today it's new challenge time over at Charisma Cardz.  The theme this week is 'Jokes & Laughter'.
Ages ago I bought some LaPashe Flippin images really cheaply but had never used them, so thought it was time to have a look through them.  I thought this little chappy and the sentiment were quite fun, so started cutting them out (they are decoupage!).  A very simple card as I wanted the image and sentiment to be the focus of the card, so simply doodled around the edge of the card and added a strip of sticky ribbon!
unsure really what to do with the back view of the image I simply stuck it to the inside of the front of the card, I held it up to the light to get it into the exact position, this can also be decoupaged but I used the single layer. 

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 148

Good morning, scheduled post as I'm elsewhere!!
The new A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge is 'Celebrations' this can be any celebration e.g. wedding, birth, passing exam, first day at school........
For my card I have used an image that I've had for ages (apologies can't remember who it's by) but thought the ladies looked like they were celebrating something good!!!!!
For sponsor and prize details along with fab dt examples please check out the blog.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

A fun time at the farm

As mentioned in my previous post my youngest daughter and I were off to the farm to meet up with my friend and her son.  We had a really lovely time, I thought I would share a few piccies with you.
There was a easter egg hunt, where you had to find the eggs around the farm and write the colour that matched the no. on the form.  There was also a treasure hunt, where we had to find the clues and do certain things in the boxes on the sheet i.e. draw the farm logo!
Here is Hollie copying the logo! 
having a ride on one of the many tractors, my friends little boy would've spent all of his time on these, that or in the sandpit lol!
we saw many lambs, oh how I would love a dwarf lamb as a pet! 
we also saw piglets (and many other animals but won't bore you with the photo's) 
I think the highlight of the day was the pony ride!  Both Hollie and my friends son who is only 3 really loved it! 
 here she is showing off her prizes for completing both hunts
and finally a scenic piccie of the pond you pass heading towards and from the farm entrance, I just love how they are growing over the wall, so pretty!

Chairsma Cardz - Pink, Black & Green

Good morning, very quick post from me this morning as I'm off to meet my friend and her little boy at the farm!!  I'm down to 1 child as Lillie is having a few days hol at Nannie and Grandad's, and my friends boys are at their dads, leaving her with only 1, so we thought why not!!
New Challenge time at Charisma Cardz and this week we would like to see the colours Pink, Black & Green used.  I've used a super cute easter Magnolia image that my dear friend Becky sent me ages ago, a few scraps of paper, some pretty ribbon also from Becky and a flower which I got from Poundland (they do them in a variety of colours!).
For prize details please check out the blog.
Right oooo-aarrrr...... we're off to the farm!!!!!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 147

Good morning, this weeks challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar is 'All Creatures Great and Small' you can use any creature/animal you like!
I came accross this fab freebie image of an easter bunny at In A Scrap Creations there is a non coloured a coloured version, I like to use coloured ones for quick makes!  I simply layered up a couple of papers, printed the sentiment out and attached a flower and bow from my stash!  1 easter card, I have actually bought my easter cards this year!!!
A great prize and great examples from the girls over at the blog.

I am actually going to enter this card into a challenge, shock horror, yes it's the first challenge I have entered this year can you believe it?  I would like to enter this card into the 'easter' challenge over at Pollycraft.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Chairsma Cardz - Wedding/anniversary

Warning!  This is a photo overload post!!!
Firstly it's new challenge time over at Charisma Cardz and this weeks theme is 'Weddings/Anniversary', imagine my surprise when I checked to see what the theme was and saw this, I had just literally finished icing the golden wedding anniversary cake for the in-laws surprise party at the weekend (just gone).
So here it is :
I can't take credit for the topper, as I bought this but will be practising as it's my parents 'ruby' wedding anniversary next year so will be on cake duty again for that!
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Here are a few more cakey pictures :
 I was going to ice the cake, something which I haven't done in quite a while, but thought I would have a go at making a couple of sugarpaste roses, remembering I had bought some heart shaped cookie cutters around Valentine's day I got these out to cut the petals and tadah....... the idea of the hearts was born!!  Next was what to do around the base, a quick experiment with the twisted rolls (similar to those I had on my wedding cake) and there it was, cake topper in position and cake complete!
Here is a close up of one of the roses with the pretty diamante's in the topper
and here it is being cut by the in-laws well just after lol!
We had arranged a surprise (well to MIL) afternoon tea party, sis-in-law and I had half a week of baking
and this is where I spent most of the afternoon, yep in the kitchen, either washing up or making the tea!!
It was a success, we had lots of cake left over, so we plated it up and then asked if anyone would like to take any home for a donation into the collection pot.  You see they didn't want presents, let's face it what do they really want?  With MIL having breast cancer 6years ago, being clear for 5 years and then last year being told she had secondary cancer of her liver etc she requested if people wanted to give them anything then please could it be a donation to the Macmillan nurses.  In total they got £180 which was brilliant.  At the moment MIL is taking hormone tablets which have reduced the cancer by 50% which we are all so pleased about, she was sooooo worried about having to have chemo, fingers crossed it's still under control the next time she goes for a check up.