Sunday, 26 August 2007

Lazy Blogger

I'm becoming a lazy blogger so much for my good intentions of putting something on everyday!

Well Mac is better thank goodness and the vet doesn't think the lump on the leg is causing his stiffness but suspects it's the hip. Good news for us as his insurance will pay for any treatment not so great for Mac but he seems pretty happy with life. Sandy didn't get her yearly booster as she has an abscess on a tooth and has to have a GA Wednesday to remove the tooth, so no point getting the jab whilst on AB's.

The yellow board has gone up outside informing the public of our proposed planning permission for the conservatory ... Fingers still crossed.

Marc was best man at his best friends wedding yesterday, we went to the evening do and everyone said what a great speech he gave. Well I know that having listened to him rehearse it a million times LOL... The bride looked gorgeous as did the bridesmaids and the boys all looked so smart. Unfortunately our camera was playing up last night and none of the photo's are in focus.

Hospital rang and have given me a date of the 18th Oct to have the replacement joint wrist removed eek !!!! just waiting on the pre admission appt as I have a hundred questions but main question is "how long will I not be able to SCRAP"

I wasn't going to share any of the layouts I'm doing for Eric's TT album, but I'm so chuffed with this one I have to show it off.

It's a Design Collective class by Debbie Jewell. Debbie actually used a real clock and altered it to use in a child's bedroom. As soon as I saw it I knew it fitted perfectly for this photo of the boys and bikes by the Liver Building waiting to board the Seacat. I used a piece of paper with clocks on kindly donated by Dawn, then mounted the photo on it but cut the sky away as I wanted it to look part of the paper. The clock face is printed onto acetate then the whole thing is mounted onto a black circle and then again mounted onto a circle covered in off cuts of basic grey papers. technically it was quite a hard LO to do with so many circles. Good job I invested a whole 67p in a compass LOL. Not often I can hand on heart say I'm happy with a LO usually something bugs me but I Love this...

Off to Mum and Dad's annual BBQ tomorrow, always good to meet up with all the family EXCEPT Bob and family who are in America. Normally we would have the webcam on so they feel part of it with everyone talking to them but Mum moved it to Monday this year as Vik was supposed to be working tonight and of course it's not a Bank Holiday for them. Need to get a family photo tomorrow for a LO I want to do LOL...I wonder if I could ring round and get everyone dressed in colours to match my papers....probably not.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Been a busy weekend

Saturday I went with Dawn to our local crop and had a fabulous day as "Sharon" on DC would say a great scrap and yap LOL. Managed to do a double layout for Eric's TT album BUT not sharing it with you as want to do the whole album first...

Saturday night we went to a housewarming party and had a good evening but came home to a very poorly Mac. Having declined his brekkie and tea on Saturday we were a little concerned and as soon as we got in he rushed outside and was really sick. Poor little chap had waited until we got home. Sunday he again refused food all day and was looking really sick by bedtime and now not drinking water either. Decided to try him on warmed up milk with sugar, yes I know I shouldn't but he loves it and to our relieve he drank it and by this morning seemed much better. He's off to the vets Wednesday as the lump on his leg is still growing, Sandy is also going for her yearly booster and health check, good job as we suspect she has an infection in her mouth.

Got a letter from the council today to inform us they will be putting up a notice for one and all to read regarding the plans we submitted for the conservatory, fingers crossed.

Found time today for a little play and made this ATC holder... can't wait for my swaps to arrive and now they'll have their own little home LOL.

Completely forgot there had been a class on the Design Collective on how to make these d'oh .... but still managed to make something reasonable off my own bat LOL...shame the photo's of my lovely creation are so rubbish...

Monday, 13 August 2007

My first ATC's

A class this week on the Design Collective by Jane Hall is about ATC's (that's artists trading cards for those not in the know me included LOL). They have to measure 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2inches and should have (apparently) 4 elements. Background paper, subject, accent and embellishment. Wasn't going to bother with them but then Jane decided to set up a swap where by we each make three and send them to her and she then sends three from other members back to you plus a bonus one from Jane herself.
Have to say I was completely stuck for an idea but eventually the penny dropped and as my username on DC is greyhound lover the choice was obvious LOL. Had good fun making them but once you start trying to work on them you realise just how small they are. Hope I don't end up being embarrassed if the other members are much better than mine LOL. Going to post them to Jane tomorrow and sit back and wait for the swaps to arrive.

I made the background paper by typing a verse from a poem dated 1486.
A greyhound should be Headed like a snake,
And necked like a drake,
Footed like a cat,
Tailed like a rat,
Sided like a team,
Chined like a bream.

The hounds were made by using alcohol inks onto transparency then printing the image onto that and cutting them out. Stamped a paw and made the hearts and letters on CR which were then coloured, and either foiled or glittered....

Popped to Ipswich yesterday to see Vikki and Ben and ended up bringing the little chap home with me, poor Rulu's face was a picture "you can't be serious Mum". Anyway we had a really lovely time, after lunch we went to the little park over the road and Ben and Eric had a great time LOL. Eric took him home a few hours later and the cheeky little man only wanted to get back in the car and come back AGAIN!!!!

Needless to say Eric and I were shattered LOL

Friday, 10 August 2007

Conservatory plans...

So on what had to be the hottest day of the year Eric and "the boys" spent a very long hot day dismantling the conservatory and bringing it back here. All done with no breakages, so I said to Eric great we've got a conservatory to which he replied no what we've got is a flippin great big jigsaw LOL

The plans are coming on well and Eric should have them done next week so we can apply for the planning permission, I've been seriously impressed with what he's done. It has to be done to scale so that's me lost straight away.

Been another hectic week so no change there but did have a lovely day scrapping with Dawn.

This first layout of Ben is with a photo taken last July and just seemed to capture everything that was so magical about his first summer. I scrapped it for Vikki in her album of Ben's first year but had to use it again for my album as it was my favourite photo of his first summer.

This second layout is based on a Design Collective class by scrapdolly called "nifty negatives". I had wanted to do a layout showing all these photo's but was struggling on a way to incorporate them all on one page, this class fitted the bill perfectly and I'm really pleased with the end result.

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Hectic time

Lord it's been completely mad here for days....We have bought a second hand conservatory which has to be dismantled so Eric been busy arranging help and tying up dates and transport. Also he has sold one of his motorbikes, so had that to sorted out. We finally got TR7 back here (OMG it's awful how could we let that happen) and Eric managed to find some time to fix my car yay !!!! plus collecting a cement mixer he got on ebay auction, it's been non stop.

So Saturday is the day of getting the conservatory luckily "the boys" are available. Then we have to draw up the plans and apply for planning permission "DRAT" apparently when the double garage was built it used up the permissive rights for this property, shouldn't be a problem but it's still a pain and will take approx 8 - 10 weeks. Now you know me I want it up like yesterday LOL.

Had a wonderful day scrapping with Dawn today and actually finished a whole layout!
Wanted to have my own album of Ben but as I've already scrapped his first year by each month for Vikki didn't really want to repeat it in mine so came up with this which covers his first year and now I'll just add pages to the album as and when.

Page is based on a Design Collective class by Amber Harrop-Johnston "going round in circles" also loved a page a fellow DC scrapper called dotty scrapper did, so have pinched (with her permission) the basic LO.

Mum had her birthday yesterday and I made her a matching birthdays book and address book. The birthday book was a doddle as it was a DC class by Karen Miller with really easy to follow instructions.

The address book was all my own work and with no instructions was quite difficult to work out, got there in the end and Mum loved it which was the main thing.