Monday, 28 May 2012

Card Challenge Week 22/”First, there is the Neopolitan prince.”

The card challenge as ever by Natty, thank you.
Monochromatic today, I have been inspired by Olga Heldwein as well today.I love the delicate but chunky look of her work.
Shakespeare. Well I thought of this line as my new stash was opened. Thank you Creative Craft World, ace service from Lou.
“First, there is the Neopolitan prince.” I do actually know this play as it was a syllabus text. I remember the drama of it very well. I also remember thinking that my english teacher would make a good Shylock on stage, though he did tend towards the theatrical. It wasn’t The Globe. There was a bit of arm flourishing. There was ‘pronouncement’ of important parts. I remember that it was hot summer afternoons with the sight of the sea in the distance when we studied it. I remember enjoying it but anticipating it’s end too so I could escape. So it must have been last lesson. Must have been.
So why that line? Dear Lizzy Neopolitan 6x6 was in my stash box. I used the greeny-blue spotty paper as the bottom scalloped circle Smile
Night x

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Project Life Week 19 & 20.

Considering I was on holiday last week, I am not quite sure how I didn’t manage to post week 19’s PL? Anyway here it is with week 20.
Week 19
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week 19 lhs (500x333)
Lots of journaling straight onto the photos and printed, a little bit of ephemera from our trip to Cornwall. Our new lamp Red heartfrom the lovely Port Isaac Pottery.
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I am trying to take my own advice to get in the photos. I exist, I put this together and therefore I really ought to be in it. Bah! I made Mum get in them, she was thrilled too.
Lots of journaling about how we were feeling going through a tricky phase.
Week 20
More ephemera this week. A post-it note from Louis to say good nighit (sic) and wish me luck (for my first run in a while the next day), a wrapper for some olympic mascot branded chocolate (it really isn’t the right message is it, so nice though!), a note from a new, good friend, Anne included in a thoughtful parcel she sent me, thank you.
Sian linked up an app that gives photos a cartoon edge, Halftone. Brilliant, has given us a real giggle this week Open-mouthed smile
Screenshots of my longest run last week and the GPS route. Also a QR code again. I love having those in the album very much. I have blurred this one out as it isn’t just Ali in this one.
Still loving this project, it has already nearly filled my first album.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Card Challenge Week 21/”Feed'st thy light's flame”

The card challenge as ever by Natty, thank you.
I was a bit bemused this evening as what to do for the challenge of ‘use a recently learned technique’. I don’t believe I have learned something recently. However, I did pinch the micropore tape from the first aid kit to make my own washi tape. I wasn’t wild about the result and I had many other scrappy jobs I should have been attending to so I left it. I did use the tape though, plain and unaltered and I loved the effect. Lovely soft texture, able to see patterns below and can stamp and write on it. I doubt it will make it back to the first aid kit.
I am not too happy with it, it’s too flat, but it will be fine for a quick card if needed.
I didn’t have much time tonight either which hasn’t helped with the mojo.
Today, the Olympic Torch Relay came through the village where I work and to the town where I live Smile It really was magic, I was so sad to not be with my boys watching it. I was very sorry not to see Jonathan Edwards do his leg of the relay, he used to live in our town and he was so emotional he was crying and couldn’t speak to start with. Awww.
So by the time I got home and they all watched my footage and I had watched their footage, (Mum very kindly helped out with Ali’s class walking them there, helping out and walking them back), it was gone 8pm! She took loads of footage and photos which no doubt will feature on a layout soon.
Trying to find a Shakespeare link hasn’t been so easy this week, I couldn’t think of one for a start. So I searched ye olde internet for a reference to flame and this is what I found.
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From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory.
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content,
And, tender churl, mak'st waste in niggarding.
    Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
    To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

–William Shakespeare
Sonnet 1. It’s meaning and context has very little to do with the Olympic Torch Relay, but never mind! The point at which I decided to go with it was when I read “Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament,”. That just happens to be Suzie’s photo prompt of the day for those of us that are following that challenge. Ornament. So I think it is the right quote for today.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Monthly Challenge/‘Christening’

I found the colour combo challenge this month on UKS quite tricky as the colours were all so rich, but as I decided to just get on and do it for the points, I realised that I didn’t have to use lots of the colours, so I didn’t.
Some gesso, some croco paint in bronze, some cosmic shimmer mist in lava red and distress stain in fired brick, generally splattered and sponged with a few pieces of papers from my scraps box and it was done.
Although looking at it, I think I will go back round the strips with a fineliner to outline them, they look a bit too floaty random.
The photo was as the title suggests from mine and Rich’s christening. Mum still cannot believe that she managed to get two different kinds of red for us to wear. I still can’t get past our haircuts Open-mouthed smile
The service was at St Helena’s the church on Lundy where we lived, there have been so few children to live on the island that Mum suspects there may not have been any christenings there since, or at least very few. I think I might try and find out more about that.
Co-incidentally, talking to my boss this week, his great-grandad was the stone mason that built St Helena’s. Small world.
The Olympic Flame is coming to town tomorrow. We are all excited. I am at work so I shall walk up and watch it go past as it is only in my work village for 5 minutes. My Mum and the kids will be having a party as it is staying 2 hours in our town and everyone is going to the sports fields for all sorts of Olympic themed fun. I didn’t really get a great deal there!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Card Challenge Week 20/ROYGBIV

Thanks, as always, to Natty.
The prompt this week is Rainbow. Great word, a bow across the rain.
I have really fallen for clouds at the moment and my local scrap store had a cloud embossing folder this morning so it had to be used Smile
So the Shakespeare connection this week. The mnemonic to learn the colours of the rainbow as learned at school when I was knee-high (and used today), was Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.
The famous Richard Of York was King Richard III’s father. King Richard III is one of the history plays.
Lots of links for me this week, Richard is my brother’s name and it would have been his 37th birthday today.
The opening words to the play are;
“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun (son) of York
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house”
So, clouds.
Also my Dad would often proclaim the first line when something was going wrong. It would be more sonorous and doom-laden the bigger the problem Open-mouthed smile
It is the anniversary of his dying this week so that has given me a good memory to help get through.
So this was the 100th post. A massive thank you to everyone that commented and became a follower, it has made me very happy. The winners are Anne from the commenters and Karen from the followers. Congratulations. Can you please email me at with your details so I can send your prize?

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Ten Things On The Tenth

Time for Ten Things, Shimelle’s lovely link up blog hop. Actually, this evening now i’m home there doesn’t appear to be one! I’ll plough ahead regardless and i’m sure you all know how to find Shimelle’s blog!
Ten things I am looking forward to this summer, in no particular order.
1. My friend’s wedding on June 1st. She has worked really hard on it and it sounds as if it will be just lovely, the actual wedding is in a beautiful hotel overlooking the sea and a great beach. Co-incidentally the one I blogged about here for Storytelling Sunday at From High In The Sky (there are still a few days to enter yours or just settle down and have a good read). Then at a lovely country barn conversion with a huge conservatory for the reception. I am especially looking forward to it now that the invites are finished.
2. A family trip out to Cornwall on Sunday. So fair warning to you lovely Cornish folk, if you hear a lot of noise it will be us lot.
3. Pay Day + Online Browsing = Stash Happy. It might be this? Decisions.
Note to Self - 12" x 12" Collection Kit
4. The Jubilee.
5. The Olympics.
6. Watching the fox gloves grow. and the rest of the garden.
I mentioned on Sunday to Mum that the foxgloves were growing as I watched, so we put it to the test. We made a mark on it’s prop cane and tracked it through the week. Wow. The wind hasn’t done it any favours, it’ll need to be tied again tomorrow, they need to grow in a hedge really.
7. Swimming with the boys in the sea this summer.
8. Having a holiday from work next week.
9. The family picnic we have planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend where we will all get together from all over the south of England and spend the day and night together.
10. Saying Thank you to my lovely readers and followers of my blog by giving away a couple of prizes. My next post will be my 100th! So please leave a comment on this post and I will randomly pick one to send a prize to. I have another prize to send and that will be to one of my followers. I am so thrilled that 19 of you follow me, if I could have 20 new followers every 100 posts I would be so happy, again I will randomly pick one of you. I will leave it open until Monday night, 8pm GMT. I will then post up what your prize will be and post it out next week.
That’s them then, the Ten Things on the Tenth. What are you looking forward to this summer?

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Project Life Week 18

It has been nice to get back into the swing of project life. It is still my favourite crafty thing to do at the moment. Part of that is due to the generous nature of some of the project life design team and some inspiring women doing this around the world. Because of them sharing their work and ‘how to’ tutorials I have learnt so much about the project, technology and photo editing. I have found so many new things to learn. It has been time consuming, but also a brilliant way to spend a few hours learning.
Left-hand side protector.

I was thrilled with the HD video quality on the iphone and have taken about 40 little videos so far. I thought it would be easy to copy and paste the video into a blog or online somewhere for me to store it. No, I have had a learning curve with that. I now have it nailed though I think with a system I am happy with.

This is one of the videos I took this week, just for an example I have loaded it in here, but I also wanted to turn it into a QR code to add to my project life for me to link back to the videos easily directly from browsing the album.
I have been intrigued by the QR codes and using them on my phone and so when one of the brilliant ladies over on the Project Life thread at UKS-thank you Jackie linked up to Mercy Tiara – (Tracy) using them as part of her project life I needed to be able to do it, like, immediately! So I have sorted out how to do that, then I found a tutorial on how to re-colour them to match your page and so I had to practice that. Well, you can see how I have been diverted!
So here is the QR code that I printed and added into the album. 
QR tide is high today
Right hand side protector with the QR code.
It’s blurry and i’ve lost the light Sad smile Sorry.
A close-up though of the dog Smile

Monday, 7 May 2012

Card Challenge Week 19/”What’s in a name?”

Thanks, as always, to Natty.
The challenge this week was three prompt words. Brads, Garden & Foam Pads.
I have made a card to the challenge prompt but it’s a birthday card, it’s not time yet and there is an outside chance they might see it, so i’ll not risk it.
Instead i’ll show you the card I made for the Saturday Card Challenge by Kimber from Two Peas In A Bucket. The challenge is here.
A simple thank you card for a neighbour who has given us a stack of quality hand-me downs for the boys. I didn’t stretch too far from the sketch, I was drawn to the challenge as it was using the papers from the kit I have been working with from Creative Craft World.
Last week I left a Shakespeare link and it went down well so I thought I might post one each week with the card challenge and choose one that linked to whatever was going through my mind.
This week garden was the prompt I was drawn too, then when I realised I couldn’t post the card yet and looking at this one I realised there were also flowers on there and started thinking about the flowers Shakespeare mentioned and therefore inevitably this quote. I used a teaching internet site to track it down and then looked it up in my book (easy-peasy, meaning I didn’t give up Smile)
”What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;”
Pretty much sums up the play doesn’t it, depends on your point of view as to “What’s in a name?”, is family or love most important and how difficult and complex it is when it crashes into each other difficultly.
A bit like that sentence, Will would shake his head at me Smile
I have just realised that there is a film version of this that I love… this won’t be a series of pictures of blokes I fancy dressed up as Shakespearen characters!
Baz Luhrmann made the beautiful Romeo & Juliet with Leonardo di Caprio (with a name like that he just had to oh and btw I don’t actually fancy him!) and the wonderful Clare Danes-who captivated me then and is now; in Homeland on C4. It had a great soundtrack, you and me song I think it was called one of them. Not sure who it was by? The wanadies I wanna say.

It is, I just found it. Not that I make this stuff up as I go along.

Great quote.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Storytelling Sunday–Midsummer

I'm joining in with Storytelling Sunday, will you? It's just such a lovely event to join in with.
It was such a perfect summer’s day on midsummer 2010. I had a meeting near London and the 7 hours round trip in a car with no air conditioning had left me all stuffy. Even though it was a school night, I grabbed the kids and Mum when I got home and we tore down to Coombesgate beach for an hour.
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This photo doesn’t reflect it but the beach was quite busy with lots of families doing the same, just enjoying the balmy evening and watching the sunset on midsummer.
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The light was perfect and the boys couldn’t resist getting in the pools….
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or running and jumping.
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It was just lovely and peaceful and warm.
2peas negative.
I thought of this story as I scrapped this photo yesterday for a challenge for America’s National Scrapbooking Day. That was a nice way to spend an hour or two. I am already beginning to hope that it will be similar this midsummer.
So I am adding it to another tradition that is Storytelling Sunday, hosted by Sian at From High In The Sky.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Cross-eyed/Creative Craft World Challenge May

I was delighted to be asked by Lou to join the DT for Creative Craft World as a guest for May as part of my prize for winning the challenge for April. I designed this layout based on the scrapmap. You can see the scrapmap below.
When Ali turned 5 we had a very interesting afternoon learning how to go cross-eyed. He nailed it, the photo doesn’t capture it as he looked away just as I snapped, but he got it. He had to use the trick of watching your own finger coming at you but he got it Smile
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I used the lovely kit that Lou sent me as the prize for winning, I have made this layout and two cards so far, I have plans for a minibook with the remainder and there will be easily enough to make another card or two with some card blanks from my stash.
I also used a fab felt button that Susi (from the regular DT) makes on one of the rosettes. They are available from Lou at Creative Craft World here.
Thanks Lou.
Thanks Ali, good days.
The Scrapmap for May. I can’t wait to see them Smile
May Scrap Map at CCW

Friday, 4 May 2012

I had such a nice day/Creative Craft World Challenge

I had such a nice day in London with my boys in 2005. Louis was 4 and a half and Ali was a half.

What a supreme building that is. I am not quite sure what goes on there nowadays to engage the public in it’s pursuit of the common good. But that is a whole other thing.
Louis tried to crawl up the side of the pod to see better, and my heart was just freaking at the space beneath him.

Ali decided that it was bottle time so I spent the whole time feeding him Smile

And having a red ponytail apparently. Actually, i’m just glad there wasn’t toast in it which is how I spent many days with my small boys.
I had such a nice day at the retreat in March this year making this layout. I was with my best friends that have seen me through the hardest time in my life. We laughed and laughed and talked and talked and scrapped and scrapped.
I had such a nice day winning the March challenge with this layout over at the great Creative Craft World. I was lucky enough to be asked to guest design for May as part of my prize which I will post tomorrow as the challenge goes live.
I have so many nice days Smile