Monday, 28 May 2012

Ribbon shop

Thought I would make a quick mention to the ribbon shop I found through a blog and discovered it's right at my doorstep last night while blog hopping so popped in today for a nosey. Its packed to the brim in every ribbon you could think of and I bet I could find a ribbon for every card idea I have in there. I only had a few pounds left until pay day at the end of the month so couldn't go mad but I'm sure I will once I have a little more in the bank. I thought I would give them a shout on my blog as although I know not everyone comments on my blog I do seem to get a fair bit of traffic come through and read my posts.

They are having an event at the moment and currently on day 11 (although you can still enter previous events until June 3rd) Come find them here at Crafty Ribbons or their online shop where you can see all their stock.

shell x

Sunday, 27 May 2012

where has the time gone???

Wow hasn't time flown, I was sure it had only been about two weeks since I last posted but it appears not! Nearly a month has gone by and not had much time to craft :( Its not all bad though as work has just been a little full on as we have been preparing for an open day in my office to attempt to get more awareness about in the community in regards to the help and support we can give to people suffering at the hands of substance misuse and drinking problems. In that I don't just mean breaking the downward spiral and cycle of individual users but also the support we offer to relatives, friends and family and also others who are close to individuals who use/drink and may become affected by another's substance misuse ( we run relative support groups and 121's and so wanted to promote this further). Anyway the open day was busy, we had a few presentations and talks followed by a healthy summer buffet and then onto alternative therapy tester sessions to show what we offer our clients. All this equals a tired but content bunny that was ready to get some beach therapy this weekend....oh yes!

I've had a fab weekend I managed to get to the beach on Saturday with my two boys (my daughter went to another beach with her friends as apparently I wasn't 'cool' enough that day hahaha. My boys bought water guns on the way with their chore money and played for hours burying each other in sand, digging random holes, swimming and playing with their water guns (lucky for everyone where we went Shell Bay is a fairly quiet but gorgeous beach so no annoyed sunbathers ;)   )  After this I cooked our tea on a BBQ and then caught the chain ferry over to Poole and Bournemouth to go visit some friends of mine and my children's for the evening.

Today I've had the chance to enjoy the sun again and headed out to my daughters friends charity event called Teddy 20 in memory of her younger brother who died of cancer 2 years ago as they have events on all the time in aid of children's Cancer charities. I did a little face painting before heading home and then chilled out in the back garden in the sun with some of my crafty bits for the first time in weeks. I think I did pretty well as my boys kept charging around with their water guns and a few times I really though I was going to get drenched but luckily my craft bits saved the day as they know how precious my crafty bits are to me!! So here is the card I made below, I decided to theme it red white and blue as those were the colours for today's charity event as well as the up and coming Queens jubilee and also because I picked up this cute Forever friends stamp about a week ago.

Portobello road papers form papermania
Forever friend stamp image and the sentiment was from a free pack of clear stamps which I got with a magazine
Various hand made flowers using tattered florals from Tim Holtz Bigz dies as well as smaller mulbury paper roses from wild orchard crafts 
I also used other Die shapes cutters such Spellbinders Nestabilities - Lacey squares, small Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels four and Sizzix swirls
Finally Finished off with Tim Holtz distress inks

I'd like to enter this into :

*papertake weekly - True colours
*Cupcake Craft challenges - Royalty......( I went with Royal-tea :)  )
*Fashionista Challenge - Simply Summer
*Craft your days away - Red, White and Blue  (Edit...I won top 3 for this!! chuffed to bits!!)
*Penny Black - London Celebrates

So that's it for now other than some packing as I'm heading up North this coming weekend to drop my youngest off with my dad as he's going camping for a week in the Isle of Man for the TT bike Ralley and oh does he love his granddad to pieces! It has been over a year since my last drive up so I am looking forward to seeing all my family :)

Well that's it for now, night all x

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Missed a linky deadline for April showers brings May flowers Challenge :(

Had issues with my internet all day and although I managed to sort it with minutes to go (so I thought) only to find I'd missed it.

Anyway although I did this especially for a challenge I'm still going to put it up here and so here it is

never mind there will always be more chances x