Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Kirsty's Cyber Crop

The lovely Kirsty has created another great sketch for us to play with over on her Cyber Crop which you can catch on her Ustream Channel on Wednesday nights form 8-10pm.

Our two kids have grown up with our wonderful friends being their 'aunty & uncle'.  They adore them both and are totally adored back by both Kevan and Susan.  They never miss seeing them on birthdays or at Christmas and always get and give the biggest cuddles.  We've known them for over 20 years and love them dearly.  So, to celebrate our friendship, I chose to scrap these pictures which were taken a couple of years ago now.

The papers are BasicGrey (again!) and I'm loving the lacy paper doily effect with the cotton lace.  I hand punched the holes and hand stitched the vertical line in embroidery floss.  I wish I had some red & white bakers twine as that's what I'd have preferred to use. ;-(  The chipboard swirls were from Bubblyfunk a while back which I've inked and glittered using Stickles.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Kirsty's Cyber Crop

Another great sketch and 2 hours with the lovely ladies that join in with Kirsty Wisesmans Wednesday night Cyber Crop.  Our sketch this week...

The LO that I created using this sketch caused quite a stir when I posted it on the Facebook group, I can tell you!  I had texts, emails, private messages and FB messages congratulating me on my news.  Just so you know... this photo was taken in 2000 when I was pregnant with my daughter.  I'm not now and never will again be pregnant.  I truly loved being pregnant both times, but that's your lot, no more babies for this womb.

All papers are from BasicGrey (well you gotta love BG haven't you?)  Blooms are from Sarah's cards and Prima; buttons from stash and the alphas are from Thickers.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Kirsty's Cyber Crop

Kirsty held her 3rd Sketch cyber crop this evening

I can't believe how quickly my LO came together.  I started it at 8:10pm when I opened my photo box and then my paper left overs and emailed the first iPhone picture out at 8.53pm.... 43 minutes after starting!!!

I have NEVER made a LO that quickly, I can tell you.

I was then challenged by Kirsty to make a card using the same sketch before she finished her own LO.  Sadly she beat me by 5 minutes!  But I still managed 2 creations in under an hour and a quarter!

All the papers are from a left over Studio Calico kit that was kicking round.  The tag was in a box that I got from America a few years back.

Isn't she beautiful?

I was taking some pics of Freya on Saturday (she is such a willing model for me, unlike Jacob who would run a mile when a lens is pointed at him, unfortunately!)

I had to share this pic of her.  I cannot believe how grown up she looks.  Not quite 10 but a beautiful young lady with such knowing eyes.

Now, what will I have to bribe Jacob with to get a pic of him...?!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Kirsty's Cyber Crop

I really wanted to play along 'in real time' with Kirsty Wiseman's sketch cyber crop tonight, despite being still awake at 5am this morning, when my alarm goes off at 7am.

And tired though I was (and still am) I managed to stay awake long enough to do the cyber crop, watch the Ustream video of Kirsty creating her own LO and to chat with the lovely ladies in the Ustream chat room.

I'm going to try and make every cyber crop LO using BasicGrey papers:
a) because I LOVE BasicGrey, and
b) I have rather a lot of BasicGrey papers

So using photos of me which were:
a) 20 years ago.
b) 2 stone lighter.
c) 2 dress sizes smaller.
d) 2 children less
I came up with this 12"x12" LO.  These pics are soooo embarrassing, I can't believe I'm sharing!

This was Kirsty's sketch this week.  Hope you played along too.  Don't forget to share your LOs too.


You can do this sketch
choose 5 products in addition to card and paper to make an entirely different layout of your chosing
Combine the two - always interesting!

The 5 products you must use are:
Rub ons
One tag with ink (rubber stamped or coloured in)
3 buttons
This download here (print it out and use it on your layout) - resize of necessary!

Right, I'm so bloody tired and I really need to catch some zzzzzzz's.  Night!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Monster sized Spider!

I know we're not the only ones at the moment experiencing bloody mahoosive spiders, but I had to share this one that we caught running across my son's bedroom the other night.  (This is the 3rd such massive spider in recent weeks - where do they come from?  How do they get so big without being seen before they've grown to Titanic proportions?

Anyone who knows me is aware of my inherent fear of spiders.  I hyperventilate (even when I'm trying to be brave around the kids) at the mere sight, especially of a big one like this.  Even Will found it a bit daunting to catch.  I could only get the camera out after I knew the jar was firmly sealed.

If it were left to me, this fella would have either been

a) DEAD!
b) Sucked up in the Hoover and the bag emptied into the wheelie bin.
c) DEAD!
d) DEAD!

There is NO WAY I'd have caught it and let it out in the front garden.  I told him to go at least to the end of the street to free it, but he was having none of my instructions. Bad hubby!

Check the hairy legs out... it has longer, thicker, blacker hairs than a female German shot-putter!  And look at the size of those pincer thingies on it's ass!!!!

This jar is over 3 1/2" in diameter which just gives you an idea of the size of the hairy little bugger!


Night all, don't let the spiders bite! ;-)

Kirsty Wiseman's Cyber Crop sketch

Kirsty had a bit of a cyber crop going last Wednesday evening, but as has been my life recently I was too busy to play along, not matter how much I would have liked to.  So last night, being Friday and my 'me time' evening, I loaded up her blog, took inspiration from her sketch and followed her 'recipe' of things to include and came up with this LO.  The photos were taken almost 3 years ago at my sister's wedding, but I still think Freya looked absolutely regal as her first outing as a bridesmaid.

This was the sketch...
 And these were the rules...

The products you must use are:
a swoosh of paint
Ink splats
2 tags
2 different stamps in two different inks
minimum of 5 gems or stickle/glitter spots
3 patterned papers

Rules and tips:
Twist the sketch to any orientation you like.
You must use all the products listed - but you can add more of your own if you wish
Def use two photos
Always add a title
Journalling is optional.

The papers and alphas: BasicGrey (because you gotta love BG!)
The backing cardstock:Bazzill (because this is a necessity too, spesh in white).
Stamps: American Crafts & Autumn Leaves.
Paint: Au Naturale.
Glitter glue: Stickles.
Ink spots: Adirondak Alcohol Ink.
Inks: Tsukineko Versafine black & Dewdrop Brilliance gold.
Gems: Papermania.
Flowers: Prima (of course!)


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