Friday 24 December 2010


No, I don't mean the North pole or Siberia but Manchester! My hubby took this photo with his phone camera at the Christmas Market on Tuesday!
 We have both been a little under the weather lately but treated ourselves to an afternoon at the market, unfortunately I have suffered since and had to visit the docs again - keep having balance problems, seems I have an 'itis' :) 

Just wanted to say "MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR" to everyone and hope that 'normal service will be resumed as soon as possible'
I have used these two images a lot on my card this year so if I haven't sent you a card count one of these as yours!!
This from an Artemio set that I bought on my birthday at Dawn Bibby's and I absolutely love the sketchy tree!

This is a LOV image which to me brings back the old school nativity memories.

Hope you enjoy them and I'll be back after the holidays.
Thanks for looking, 

Sunday 12 December 2010

Fell at 4th

OK, so I didn't make it, following my little argument with the actimel pot(see previous post) I lost heart, my days 3 and 4 tags, which I was quite pleased with, ruined, I didn't have the heart to carry on and spent 2 days giving my wardrobe a thorough clearout(very theraputic)before even looking at my ruined tags. Anyhow, decided I could salvage some of day 4's took off some bits, got a new paper and made this
 Nothing like the first one as I had to use a much bigger image. Couldn't salvage day 3's tag and decide to call it a day.There's always next year!!
I have looked at Tim's blog each day and been amazed at  everyones interpretations on the artyjen link, and hope to try some of the brilliant techniques but sadly not on the 12 tags:( 
Partly this is because I have some new tablets that are making me slightly lightheaded at times(the practice nurse says I will get used to them) and partly because the beginning of December is quite difficult as it reminds me that my mum and dad aren't around for Christmas, they both died on the same date four years apart.

However, today was my birthday, and thanks to my lovely hubby I've had a lovely day. We should have been waking up to the lovely view from our caravan, but when we went up on Friday afternoon we arrived to find we had a flood as soon as we turned on the water - so it was a case of mop up and leave, as there was no way we could get it fixed so late. We did stop at a lovely pub for a meal on the way home and hubby suggested that we go to Dawn Bibby's today as he had seen the e-mail announcing a make and take day. So today I woke up and opened my present from him - A melt pot!!! and Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland WHOOOO!!- and off we went to Dawn's studio where she showed me how to make this.
 The holly is on a lovely Artemio stamp collection, which I just had to buy, along with the beautiful Graphic 45 paper!

We then went for  a lovely lunch and then off to see my future DIL do a reverse bungee jump. I'm so proud of her, as she and her friend raised £307 pounds for Christies  Hospital.

Got home and my youngest son arrived with roses and Nigel Slater's "Tender" with some fantastic recipes and info.

I'm  back on track again!!:)

If you've got to the end of this rant then thanks for sticking with me! Thanks for looking in the first place


Tuesday 7 December 2010

Totally, utterly!

Yesterday I had one of those days(: - in my totally, utterly pearshaped fashion I threw Actimel over the two "12 tags" I had made. I had left them on my table along with some cards ready to photograph today in daylight. In my haste to clear the table for tea last night I put down my half drunk pot and then just caught the rim - boy that stuff can run and it headed straight for the tags! They ended up being a sticky soggy mess. Managed to salvage the cards today (trimmed off the edges)but haven't the heart to attempt today's tag:( Maybe tomorrow....
This is something I bought a few weeks ago - for £2!!, the intention was to alter it, but I don't think I can bring myself to spoil that lovely grain. Maybe just some ribbon and a flower?
Thanks for looking,

Thursday 2 December 2010

Can I first say "Thank You" for all the kind (and helpful) comments you've been making, I hope I'm getting the hang of this now:)

Having had a total blank on Day 1 of Tim's tags I began to think that maybe today would be the same but no!
I looked, I saw, and I had a go. Still didn't have any of the Tim stuff, but Crafty Individuals music stamp,Creative Expressions   swirl, Stampendous pine leaves and part of a  Greeting stamp in my Christmas box and here it is...
as you can see no bird but a snowflake dabbed with silver..... so, definitely pearshaped!!

Yesterday in my  blank mode I got to thinking about Paris, having looked at Sue Roddis's  pictures of my favourite place in Paris. We sometimes used to go around the end of the Autumn term if we broke up early enough. I really do love Paris at any time of the year but Christmas  shops in Paris are  spectacular. We haven't been for ages now, despite hints to hubby:(
Anyhow, here are the atc's I came up with. 

I cut the Eifel Tower image from a Paper Artsy stamp and used papers that I've had for a while just waiting to be used,(on reflection I wish I'd torn some of the papers, but I don't think they look too bad)
I hope to take them to swap on Sunday, when I go to Dawn Bibby's for Lindsay's altered decoration workshop.

Thanks for looking,