Sunday, 19 August 2007

Birthday Boy

Andrew was 8 yesterday! Time seems to go back quicker and quicker each year. We had a lovely day and he was pleased with all his presents. I even managed to make his cake this year, which he was delighted with.

I havent done any scrapping this week, but have tidied my craft room. I have sorted things out and organised it better, not just done a quick tidy. So now I've no excuse for not being able to fine things!

Friday, 17 August 2007


The last couple of LOs that I did for the cyber crop last week on UK Scrappers, the first one was for a class by Scrapping Angels. The flowers were made by cutting out several circles of different sizes then scrunching them up and sandpapering the edges then securing them with a brad in the middle.
This next LO was for a class by Anglesey Crafts and is of the boys (and myself) at a park this summer. The swing thing was really comfortable to lie in and very relaxing!!

Well its the last weekend of the holidays, boys go back on Tuesday, I have to go in on Monday. Its also the weekend for birthdays - Andrew will be 8 tomorrow, I will 21? again on Monday and my sister has her birthday in a week but as she is coming down on Sunday we might let her have her presents then. Its going to be cake, cake and more cake this weekend.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007


Happiness is... when the boys got a first scaletrix set for Christmas a few years ago now. Gordon was in his element and didnt even need anyone to play with him!!! The boys have now outgrown this set and he hasnt managed to persuade them that they really want a new bigger set yet. The LO was done for a class by Jillybeans on UK Scrappers. Paper is Basic Grey (again, I seem to use a lot of Basic Grey). The buttons were cut out using a sizzlet die cut.

Andrew got on well yesterday and his hand is now out of the splint, the consultant doesn't want it strapped up now at all and he is just to use it normally. We are to go back in a couple of weeks for him to check on its progress.

Monday, 13 August 2007


I did this LO yesterday for the cyber crop on UKS. It was a class by the Scrapbook Lady. The photo is of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire, which I actually managed to turn into sepia tones. I was quite pleased as this is the first time I have tried that, I also managed to clone out some cars and modern buildings in the background, mind you it took me ages to do that. I stamped the swirly bits using Making Memories stamp set.

We take Andrew to the orthopaedic consultant today to see about his broken hand, so we will find out what is to happen with it.

I suppose I'd better tidy up my craft room today as it looks like a bomb-site after the last few days scrapping!!!

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Home on the cliffs?

Next class on the UKS cyber crop is this one by Mojo Scraplift team. Paper is Crate Paper. It took ages to do the eyelets and thread the ribbon through, but I do quite like the effect. Gordon took the photo at the RSPB place at Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire. I think its great that he's getting back into taking photos as it gives me some super photos to scrap.

Beauty is

I think this is going to be one of my favourite LOs I have done for the cyber crop on UKS. This was a class by the Collectively Yours team. Paper is by Upsy Daisy Designs, Ice Cream Shoppe - Cherries Jubilee and Mango Sorbet. The chipboard leaf I painted and the swirls are a rub on. The photo is one that Gordon took on holiday this year.

Friday, 10 August 2007

Palatine Hill

I enjoy cyber crops, I have managed another LO today, this one by a class by A Trip Down Memory Lane. It is a LO of the ruins of Domus Augustiana on the Palatine Hill, Rome. The papers are Basic Grey Fusion, the stitching effect is done by black pen. I used a doodling template for the doodling.

The Palatine Hill was a lovely place and you can see why the Roman nobility chose to build their houses there. There was cool breeze blowing and you got a wonderful view of Rome.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

F is for Ferrari

"A real Ferrari..." so says Luigi in the film Cars. This photo was taken in the Ferrari shop in Rome and is a Ferrari racing car. This is the only LO I have managed to do today in the cyber crop on UKS, it was for a class by Scrappy Do's. The paper is by Scenic Route. The letter F was cut using my new alphabet for my Big Shot.
I had to amuse Andrew all day as John was off playing golf with one of his friends. Andrew's hand is getting a bit better and we managed to go to the library to get some more books for him.

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Flapsi thanks. Now I have to tag a couple of other people. I'm tagging Deb and Donna , girls you Rock!

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Love is...

I have finally managed to complete a LO for the summer cyber crop on UKS. The class was by Crafty Pastimes. The paper I have used is American Crafts Truly Inspiring. The LO is one for the heritage album I am doing, it is of my parents wedding in 1956.

Andrew's hand is getting a bit better, the swelling is coming down and he is managing to move it better now. We have to to to the orthopedic trauma clinic on Monday to see what they say about it.

Sunday, 5 August 2007


I have finally managed to get some scrapping done. This is a LO featuring a postcard of Machu Picchu, Peru, which Gordon sent to us from his visit there in January 2004. The LO was for a challenge at Collectively Yours, it had to feature a postcard. The paper is by Li'l Davis Designs and the quote reads "Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." Miriam Beard.

Gordon visited Peru in 2004 to see the work of the Vine Trust. He visited the work of SU Peru with the street boys and went on the Amazon Hope, a medical ship which works on the Amazon River. I thought the quote was appropriate as his trip there has brought the work of the Vine Trust to the attention of many people here and indeed has lead to several people going out to Peru to work on the Amazon Hope.

Skateboarding - Ouch!!!

Yesterday Andrew decided to try out his new skateboard (bought against my better judgement!). He seemed to be enjoying it OK. Unfortunately about 10 mins after this picture was taken he crashed into the concrete bird bath you can just see in the top left of the picture. The bird bath is now in pieces and he has his hand bandaged up and in a sling! We took him to A&E where he got his hand X-rayed. They don't think anything has been broken but we have to go back tomorrow for them to check as the hand is very swollen. He is feeling very sorry for himself today and his hand hurts, I think that might be the end of his skateboarding career!!!

Saturday, 4 August 2007

Castle Howard

The place where we were staying on holiday was only 5 mins away from Castle Howard, so we had to go and visit it. It is a lovely house and gardens. For those of us old enough to remember it was the setting for Brideshead Revisited. It is difficult to image living in somewhere as grand as this.

Friday, 3 August 2007

A Thousand Words

A picture is worth a thousand words - that's the theme of Shimelle's new class that I've just signed up to do. The idea is to take 10 photos on a theme and make them into a book that would look lovely on your coffee table, with some journalling to go with them. The class just started this week, so I have still to decide on what photos to use - I have quite a few ideas!

Today we're taking the kids up to Glasgow, McDonalds for lunch, then to the Hunterian Museum. Hopefully I might even get to a Scrapbooking shop!

Thursday, 2 August 2007


A great place that we went to in York was DIG, the kids loved it. It was all about archaeology. The tour lasted 1 hour, first the guide talked a bit about archaeology, then we got plastic trowels and they had four bits you could dig in - Roman, Viking, Middle-Ages, Victorian. The guide talked about what you uncovered. Then to finish he showed you lots of different bones and things they had found. It was great fun - especially the digging bit.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

I'm back

Well I'm back home now, a bit earlier than expected. I was not enjoying OU summer school, so decided to drop out and come home early. It was just not worth the hassle and stress it was causing me, I still feel very tired but am glad to be home.

Our holiday in Yorkshire was great, the weather was not fantastic, but we all enjoyed it nevertheless. I have still to upload photos from the cameras so will start showing some later on today maybe.

Gordon has taken the boys to see the Simpsons movie, so the house is really quiet! I am supposed to be tidying up!!!
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