Friday, 31 October 2008

Pumpkins Galore!

Me and my sis had great fun carving the pumpkins and handing out sweets to the kids that called trick or treating. However it's hard work craving and we didn't manage to carve them all, especially the big one! I didn't manage to find time to make the pumpkin pie but I have the ingredients and plan to do this tomorrow evening. I'll post the recipe on the blog soon and a picture of the pie if it turns out!!

Hope you had a happy and safe Halloween,

Trick or treat!!!

Happy Halloween! I'm like a big kid today! You see I have a bit of an obsession for pumpkins, strange I know! But autumn is my favourite time of year, I love the leaves changing into those beautiful rich colours, the crisp cool air, being cozy on dark nights and wearing snug sweaters (also it's my birthday in autumn!). I love the harvest and pumpkins remind me of this! So me and my mum took at trip to New House Farm in Hill Wootten near Warwick to pick some pumpkins yesterday, it was great fun, the farm was all done out for Halloween! Can't wait to carve them later and I'm also going to have a go at making pumpkin pie, I tried this last year when we were in New York and it's delicious! So check back later and I'll hopefully have some pics for you, if I haven't given us all food poisoning! lol.

I couldn't resist this Magnolia Halloween stamp, I had to limit myself to only one due to us buying our house (could have brought them all, oh well maybe next year!), so this one won, due to the pumpkin!



Supplies used - Stamp - trick or treat Tilda (Magnolia) coloured with distress inks, touched up with glitter pens, glossy effects on pumpkin (can't see the effect of this in photo very well) card stock ( SU! pumpkin pie) DP (Basic Grey-ambrosia collection) Cuttlebug embossing folder (pumpkin harvest) ribbon ( American crafts) dew drops ( robins nest) rub on's for trick or treat sentiment (making memories).


Now off to the shops to get some sweets for the kiddos trick or treating and the rest of the ingredients for the pumpkin pie. So have a look later and I'll try to post some pictures.

Have a spooktacular day!!


Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Apologies!

Sorry for my lack of blogging fellow bloggers and blog visitors. I have been on night shifts and have also been busy sorting things to do with our first home as we are nearing completion now. So fingers crossed all will be well and that we will soon have the keys! Exciting! Just wanted to let you know that I haven't fallen off the edge of the world! I would like to post a project tonight but that is probably being unrealistic due to my zoombie like state at present, lack of sleep!However I am off work for 9 days now, yippee!!!! So there should be plenty of projects etc on my blog, also I'll be giving away some yummy blog candy soon, so keep checking back. My challenge to myself is to post as often as possibe while I am on holiday from work! I want to get a head start on all my Christmas cards, Christmas shopping etc as once we have the keys to our little cottage, it will be full steam ahead with decorating etc etc!! So I'll share them as I make them.

Hope you are having a good week so far!

Friday, 17 October 2008

Pick up!

Just a quick post today and a quick and easy card! We are going to see friends of ours shortly and thought I would make this card as their little boy has to have an operation soon, so just a note to say that we are thinking of them all. I used the stamps from my Stampin' Up starter Kit. My kit came the other day and it is great. Love the stamp sets and tools etc, will have lots of fun with them! You have to assemble the stamps, which is really easy and the craft and rubber scissors in the kit, make it (forgive me) a snip! These are great for using with unmounted stamps too, have made the job much easier as they are specially designed for using with rubber. The loads of love stamp set is fantastic, it has lots of different accessories so it really is a fun little set for all occasions. I'm sure I'll be using this one again and again!
Stamps - Loads of Love set -Stampin' up! Coloured with stampin' up classic ink pads and sukura glitter pens.
DP- Daisy Bucket,
Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Ribbon - America crafts, chipboard heart and button from stash.

I'm working tomorrow afternoon and all of Sunday, so will post again next week. Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Wow! Veronica did a great job with my blog!

Hi there, I'm so pleased with my new blog design! Veronica (see link to her site on sidebar) has designed many blogs out there and I spotted her logo while blog hopping, I contacted her about designing my blog (because I didn't know where to start - I'm a techno-phobe!). I mentioned the things and styles I like, I mentioned angels, country style, shabby chic or vintage and this is what she came up with! We were going for more of a cute image but when she emailed me this vintage image, I thought it was beautiful and the rest is history! I do like the polka dot background too and the crocheted scallops are so now too! Hope you like it too, much better than the plain bog standard blog I had before. So here is my first post on my new blog!

Stampin' up! As mentioned before I have now signed up to be a stamping up demonstrator, I'm really excited by this opportunity as it is a great company with such lovely products. I'm also looking forward to holding workshops/demo's and getting to know other crafters. It will also provide me a discount to lots of crafting products and hopefully give me some pocket money to help subsidise this expensive and addictive hobby! Take a look at the Stampin' up online catalogue on their site or you can purchase one from me. I'm sure you will agree that their stamps etc are gorgeous. If you are interested in buying any products, arranging a demo/workshop with friends or becoming a demonstrator yourself then please contact me.
Here is a card I made with the Stampin' up set Flakey Friends, which is now retired and only available while stocks are left. Love these snowmen, they are adorable! The design papers are DCWV, ribbon, fibres, button and charm from stash.

Thanks for looking.

With love,

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

I'm back!

I know, it's been a while but it's been busy around here! Firstly I had a bad cold for over a week and felt dreadful, I've been working and then been away for a weekend to York with Adrian and his family, which was lovely. Nice to have a change of scenery and time out. Also lots happening on the craft front, I'm hoping to sign up as a Stampin' up demonstrator soon! Watch this space, this would mean, stampin' up projects on my blog, you will be able to buy stampin' up products from me or have me do a workshop/demo. My blog is also due for a make over, I have found a very talented blog designer, Veronica and she is working on my blog banner etc at the moment! It's very different from the theme we were first going for but it is beautiful and vintage, so check back often as it should not be too long now! I am also hoping to have a stall to sell my cards, handmade items etc at a charity event for Zoe's Place baby hospice in December. I'll post details as soon as I have confirmation. I have also been asked to make the wedding invitations for a dear friend and neighbour who is geting married next year and have been asked to make samples for someone else. So I'm going to be quite busy! Here is a quick card I made using some of the stamps from the September Kit of the month from Unity.

Stamps - Unity kit of the month - September
Paper - basic grey, cardstock- bazzill basics
Ribbon - East of India
Flowers - Prima
Other - staples, button from stash

We are also in the process of buying our own home and it has been very stressful, it started out smoothly then we encountered a few problems. Hopefully all seems to be going OK again now, so we are keeping our fingers crossed. We were buying somewhere last year and that fell through and we lost alot of money on fees etc. We just want to have a place of our own to call home and to be able to live together. Although I will be sad to leave my family home, it will be exciting to be moving in together after seven years. Adrian lives in Birmingham so there has been alot of travelling up and down the A45 for us both!! So please keep your fingers crossed for us!

Also would just like to say Congratulations to our friends Daniela and James who have recently come back from a trip to Chicago newly engaged! So pleased for you both! Daniela is one of my best friends and has always been there for me, I wish her every happiness. They make a lovely couple.

With whimsical wishes,