Sunday, 18 April 2010
This is my attempt at the Precrop challnge over on UKScrappers. It was a layout challenge to use at least 2 techniques and 4 colours. This was also part of Shimelle Laine's Blog Party that she has been having this weekend. Why not hop over for a look!
Saturday, 17 April 2010
This is a mini book made like one I did from Rebekah's Blog Hop a few weeks ago. I did it the correct size this time (12"x6"). The Acetate overlay is a Fancy Pants one I picked up at Ally Pally.
I used some of my kit from Cleo Crafts - this was the one with the lush Webster's papers in! The card stock was fromt he add-on I purchased with it.
The Above embelishments were all included in the kit apart from the Jillybean Soup Journalling Sprout and the metal butterfly which was actually part of a necklace from Primark.
I think I'm going to add photos from both my Graduation Ball and Graduation Ceremony to this little book. Well now I'm off to do my Mystery Kit for the UKScrappers Cyber Crop next weekend. Was supposed to be doing uni work this afternoon but I have too many crafty ideas bouncing round my head!
... but a little different as this one was a card sketch. Hop over to Sketches: Creatively Yours to see the other girls amazing work.
This card was made with My Mind's Eye 'Bloom and Grow' papers and the stamped image is a Sugar Nellie stamp designed by Sarah Kay coloured with Promarkers.
Monday, 12 April 2010
So this weekend Mum and I headed off to London for a girly weekend. We had great fun and quite a few laughs!Friday night we went to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert, starring Jason Donovan. It was brilliant! So funny although very rude at points! Luckily it takes alot for me to be offended!
These were our interval drinks - 2 Priscilla cocktails (Frock on the Rocks and Queen of the Desert Appletini). Although they were nice, £17.50 for 2 cocktails is quite steep!
Saturday was taken up by Ally Pally and a meal at Zayna Indian Restaurant.
Sunday we went to Oxford St to Dinosaurs Unleashed and to do abit of shopping!
Well as most of you are well aware it was the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace, London. Mum and I had a weekend trip booked to include the saturday spent wandering around the show. Here is what I bought:
Last but no means least a few more stamps. The wood mounted ones were only £2.50 each - a bargain!
Sunday, 11 April 2010
These started out life as 2 5x7 inch Papermania Bare Basics Photo Frames. We badgered our friends to find out their living room colour scheme plans so I could co-ordinate them. The paper is Bo Bunny Flutter Butter and is stuck to the frames using minimal amounts of PVA glue spread thinly using a child's glue spreader from Hobby Craft.
The flowers were made using Teal Bazzill Cardstock and the Flutter Butter Paper, can't remember where I found the tutorial for the flowers now but I used Hobbycraft's 2 inch 6 petal flower punch. The flowers were stuck on using Silicon Glue and then both the flowers and frame were covered in Sarah's Cards Dead Flat Varnish, which appears invisible.
The butterfly embellishments are from a necklace I bought to dismantle from Primark, these were also stuck on with silicon glue. With the wonders of facebook I managed to download and print 2 photos of them in black and white to complete the frames. I am really pleased with how they have turned out, so much so that I have bought 3 more frames ready to decorate for when I have my own house.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
This card is for some friends of ours who have moved in to their first house together. I am also going to make them some decorated photo frames using the same range from Bo Bunny. These are left over from a previous Cleocrafts kit. I absolutely love the colour of the papers. I cut out and decopaged the butterflys. I added some of my own swirls using 'waterfall' stickles. The pearl brads on the flowers are by papermania. Flat back gems from Hobbycraft. I hope they like them.
Friday, 9 April 2010
Ok so today there is no crafty post, but as you read this I will be on my way, if not already in London for a girly weekend with mum (which included tomorrow at Ally Pally!).
I am helping to plan and run the Brownie sleepover at Girlguiding UK's Centenary Camp at Harewood House in August and we have a camp meeting on 24th April which said "Remember waterproofs and wellies!" So since I couldn't find mine I treated myself to a brand new pair.
What do you think? Hopefully I shouldn't lose them.
I have a couple of posts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday as I couldn't post them earlier due to it possibly being seen by a certain couple of people. So be sure to check back to see some crafty projects which I am really quite proud of. Mondays Post will include a LOT of new stash!
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Sunday, 4 April 2010
~ Minced Beef Wellington by Jamie Oliver and adapted by me! ~
1 Stick of Celery
2 Cloves of garlic (I don't put this in!)
2 large flat mushrooms
4 spris of fresh rosemary (I only use 1 sprig!)
a big handful of frozen peas
1 large egg
500g lean mince beef ( I used 400g, plenty for 4-5 people)
sea salt and black pepper
Plain flour, for dusting
500g puff pastry, chilled ( I used Jus-rol pre bought pastry)
1. Heat oven at 180C/350F/gas 4.
2. Peel & chop onion, carrot, celery, potato and mushrooms in to 1cm pieces.
3.Grate garlic and add all to a frying pan with some olive oil on a low/medium heat.
4. Chop rosemary leaves and add to pan, fry for 8 minutes. Add frozen peas and fry for another minute.
5. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
6.Beat egg in a bowl.
7. Combine the verg, mince and half egg in a large bowl and scrunch/ mix up until combined well.
8. Roll out pastry in to the size and shape of a rectangular tea towel.
9. Add the mince mixture to the pastry by moulding it in to an even sausage shape.
10. Egg the edges of the pastry then roll the pastry until the mince is completely covered.
11. Squeeze the ends together so it looks like a christmas cracker and brush with the rest of the beaten egg.
12. Put on a dusted baking tray and bake for 1 hour.
Saturday, 3 April 2010
The gorgeous brown paper had a flocked flourish running all over it which gives it great dimension - not really seen with the photo. The other patterned paper is Bo Bunny Flutter Butter. The Sugar Nellie Image is stamped with Memento Black ink and coloured with Promarkers. The photo corners are metal from making memories and swirls were added to the blue paper using waterfall stickles.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Well this is my first layout for the Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team. Hop over to their blog to see the sketch that inspired this layout. I look forward to seeing your interpretations.
This layout was made with an old Cleocrafts kit that I had left over.
Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - BasicGrey
Journal spot - Jillybean Soup
Embellishments and Letters - Making Memories (Great Escape)
Postcards - Tattered Angels