Was playing around with the settings on my new toy and took this pic of wee Fayfee - I thought it was quite cute, I like the slightly grainy finish on it.
Birthday card for my bestest friend Pamela - she of the "MORE gay cards??" fame. I got the Oscar the Grouch embellies ages ago - when i saw them I just had to have them for Pamela's card. This is the first time I've been brave enough to doodle my own sentiment on a card too.
I was up 'til 4am building the infamous dollshouse and shoving parcels in santa sacks.
The kids got mum up (see, I do have them trained you know) and there were loads of ooh's and aah's at the mountains of stuff santa had brought. All 3 were thoroughly spoiled.
Isn't that second photo of Faith funny? that was her discovering that hitting herself on the head with a reflex hammer from her doctors kit WAS actually quite painful!
And I just love these b&w pics of wee Fayfee .......
So they were still opening pressies when I had to make start on lunch and bunged the turkey in the oven. My mum and dad arrived with more huge bags of pressies and gave me a hard time for still being in my jammies - I had managed to get the kids dressed before they arrived though.
Everyone really enjoyed their Xmas lunch, but none of us were fit for trifle - which mum had made (as well as a clootie dumpling) so the kids and I scoffed it for tea.
I even managed to pour myself a glass of Chilean Merlot (my special treat to myself for Xmas) in the evening, once the kids had passed out - anyone who knows me, knows that this is probably the first alcoholic drink I've had since last Hogmanay, I'm just not a big drinker (not a recovering alcoholic lol)
ooooo I nearly forgot - I got spoiled rotten too, mum and dad gave me money to go crafty shopping and Graham bought me loads of books (including the twilight box set), cd's, a diary, notebook, calendar, mobster money box (I have a bit of an addiction to mobwars on FB), a rotating photo frame, a hat and scarf and a fantabulous new camera to replace the one Fayfee threw down the lavvy.
Right, better get on - my brothers girlfriend and my nephew are coming this afternoon, Tesco will be arriving with my groceries in the next hour and a half, I have another load of washing to do (Fayfee decided to spill her hot chocolate all over her bed last night) and I also need to organise my two PIF's (Pass It forward) so watch this space.....
Well, thanks for all the lovely wishes I was sent after my night from hell - Willow is much better now and we're all completely gleckit (excited in NE Scots) about xmas now.
Tesco managed to deliver pretty much all my xmas groceries today - only a couple of substitutes, nothing silly or important, so its all good!
No doubt I'll have forgotten something but its just TOUGH!
Kath just got in touch to let me know that I won one of her super giveaways - some fantastic Fiskars tools. Kath is giving away loads in the next wee while so keep glued to her blog, am right proud of her; she's a local quine and she recently won Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine's Cardmaker of the year and will be on their DT for the next year - what a woman! And I love reading her blog and seeing all her gorgeous designs - if ever I'm having a no mojo moment, she's one of the blogs I turn to for inspiration. HUGE THANKS Kath xxx
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Becks and Julian on the Creativity Life hour on QVC at lunchtime - what great chemistry.
I have QVC live up on my laptop now so I can hear what's going on while I get on with everything else I have to do. Plus the kids have commandeered the telly in the living room.
Right its time to get the wee ones ready for bed and make their hot chocolate, so I'll say cheerio for noo.
its after 4.30am and Istill haven't been to sleep... Willow's being sick and is all moany and shivery so it doesn't look like I'll be getting my bed anytime soon.
Have emailed the school to let them know that her and Scott won't be in tomorrow, so hopefully I'll get more than 3 and a bit hours in my bed. Wish me luck :(
The first challenge will be launched on the 5th january 2009 and I'm dying to see it - am looking forward to using up some of my stash, I'm a bit of a hoarder and like to keep pretty things rather than using them, I know the point is to use it but I know I'm not alone :)
The stamped images are 2 that was part of the PIF Iwon from Lainy, the snowman one was coloured with watercolour pencils and blended with a waterbrush, and the other image was coloured with Promarkers (seeing as they arrived this morning from Silly Monkey Crafts).
The snowman card was made out of pearlescent grey card, a piece of purple pearlescent card that was embossed with the cuttlebug snowflakes folder, a silver glitter card punched snowflake (dovecraft 3" snowflake), 3 papermania silver snowflake brads, lilac ribbon from papermania sparkly trims.
The 2nd card was again made with pearlescent grey card, and Iused lilac glitter card (DCWV glitter stack)to mat the image and punched snowflake. Lilac trim from the papermania sparkly trims, a papermania snowflake brad and the sentiment on both cards was printed from the pc using a script font.
I also decided to make some pretty tags for Scott's teachers' presents - it wasn't until I had finished them that Irealised their gifts were in body shop gift bags and already had tags attached. Not to worry... I used plain cream tags and stuck on 4"x2.5" panels of core'dinations card that had been run through the cuttlebug in the snowflakes folder (I roughly sanded 2 of them). Then attached a darker brown core'dinations card snowflake (Dovecraft 3" punch) with a turquoise snowflake shape and brad from the papermania metal shapes caddy.
Wee Fayfee (Faith) had her 2's group party this afternoon, and i think it was probably the firsdt time any of the kids in the 2's group had seen santa. They had played all their party games, gorged themselves with party food and finally it was time for Santa to visit... they all sang Jingle Bells, We wish you a merry xmas, twinkle twinkle little star and Jingle Bells again... then (may I just say, it was santa who ate all the pies obviously!) Santa arrived
and all the little faces crumpled and started crying or screaming!
It was hilarious.
Anyway, most of them calmed down a bit (a few continued to be in hysterics for the duration) and Santa dished out the gifts.
Fayfee was highly delighted, but wasn't brave enough to collect her gift by herself.
It was my mum's birthday last Friday, so it was a bit of a novelty to be making a birthday card again after all those xmas cards. Thought I'd keep it simple..... embossed with one of the cuttlebug folders, and punched various sized daisies using my woodware punches and finished the flower off with a flower shaped button and some raffia. The fabric greeting was from papermania. and of course it wouldn't be complete without some gems.
I also made a birthday card for my bestest friend, but I can't blog it until after her birthday.
We had the most beautiful sunrise this morning, the spectacular colours didn't last very long after the sun was up above the horizon, but I managed to catch it at its best....
Thought I'd share a pic of the two squatters we have currently residing in the garden...
and also a pic of the xmas card I made for my mum and dad - I used 2 different patterned papers from the Papermania Rich Purple collection, purple core'dinations card, penny black stamp, and Papermania sparkly trims and adhesive stones. The greeting was printed on the pc, punched out using a woodware scallop circle punch and then run through the cuttlebug using bthe snowflake background embossing folder.
Dawny P is giving away some Blog Candy for her birthday - pop on over and take a lookie at her fantabulous blog
Woodland Elves stamps up for grabs on the Pollycraft Blog
Claire has an incredibly generous Blog Candy to give away - just take a lookie here
Congratulations to Rica on her new DT job, and she's giving away some gorgeous candy here
I had already sorted out the images: Penny Black's Merry Kitty and Greetings from the wise and punched them out using the biggest woodware scallop circle punch and the next size down punch was used to punch out the greetings I had printed out onto white card. So tonight I spent punching big daisies to back the greetings, and cutting circles with the x-cut shape cutter, then assembling all the bits. Adding some of the shiny new trims from Papermania.
Earlier on, the girls were playing around with a couple discarded cardboard boxes - maybe I should get them boxes for their xmas instead of any contents lol
Here's Willow looking all sorry for herself, complete with her black eye....
And Faith sporting her sister's snowman hairslides..... complete with perennially mucky face.
Just a quick update, we put the xmas tree and inside decs up on Sunday - haven't had a chance to put up the outside lights and inflatable santa and snowman yet, but will post pics once they are up.
Those are the finished teachers gifts - I made the wee boxes from whole sheets of 12x12 paper in a previous post, and to finish them off I bought some cellophane and curling ribbon on eBay. I think they look quite good.
And finally, this is Willow's black eye! No she hasn't been boxing lol she came off worst when her wee sister Faith decided to smack her with the remote control.
Have a lookie at this jumper and tell me what it reminds you of.
BTW Matalan have started selling some of their ranges online
Getting back to the jumper - doesn't it look like it was inspired by BG's Ambrosia collection? or is it just me?
And just so you all know, I have spat the dummy oot and will be sending out bought xmas cards this year. Have totally lost my creative mojo when it comes to xmas card making, everything I did yesterday with them looked like something my 2 year old could have done better. So, I've decided it's not worth the stress.
Bah Humbug!!! :(
wee update for Mar.... this is the BG Ambrosia collection
I have looked everywhere for xmas day outfits for my kids and have come up empty every time. Usually I hit Next, but I found their selection very dreary this year - its xmas, where's the red???
Amazingly I didn't have to go far in the end and got all this in Matalan - although its still not perfect, it's the best I can do.
And I would just like to apologise in advance for the crappy photography - its dark o'clock and I had to use the flash
This is wee Fayfee's dress, it comes with a silly red hat with white trim, which I might just make her wear for photo's :)
Willow's outfit is a pretty tunic top and leggings - the picture doesn't really show off the sparkle in the top
And Scott picked out this shirt and I chose some black cords to match
I thought I would also show you what Santa is bringing for Willow and Faith - I got my mum to pick it up from Costco for the super bargain price of £99.99 (+ VAT). Now I realise you're probably all shouting at your PC's "call that a bargain???" but when you consider that Toys R Us are selling a far inferior, and smaller version for £130...
This one is HUGE, and is wooden, AND comes with all the wooden furniture and accessories, AND both the girls can play at either side at the same time.
Right, am going to hit the sack soon I think - now that I have spoken to Mar and got all her news of her visit to the Crafty Show at Ingliston today. And another thankyou to Dawn for hopefully bringing me home some Burken jars from Ikea tomorrow.
Nighty Night xxx
My mum and dad celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary tomorrow so I thought I'd quickly throw up a post with a pic.
I used a pearlescent gold card blank, the flowers were made using 2 different shades of purple Core'dinations card which was embossed using the swirls embossing folder in the cuttlebug, distressed using the BG files and then punched with various sizes of Woodware daisy punches. The pot was cut from terracotta coloured Core'dinations card and again embossed with the swirly folder and distressed with the BG files. The leaves and curly bits were cut freehand from some olive green Core'dinations card. And there were a few glittery brads from Papermania and a silver greeting peel off.
Well, the snow has more or less disappeared now, just a wee lump of it where the snawmannie used to be. But Graham's home today and he always seems to miss the snow.
I spent Sunday evening running the first payroll run for a client of mine. She opened a brand new beauty spa this month and I can't wait to go try it out. So I have to try and run over to the other side of town before I pick up G, to drop off her pay advice slips for her employees.
Busy busy this week, I have to attend a mediation meeting on Thursday with Scott's dad, I'm on 2's group duty on the Thursday morning, on Friday Willow has a nursery trip to the theatre to see We're going on a bear hunt, then Scott's singing in the choir at the school's xmas fayre evening.
Right, better go make a start on the dreaded housework