30 Jun 2011

You were warned, baby picture overload

I did warn you all I would be putting some baby photos on here. So here goes, the first one is of the special lady who's day it was, she was a bit fed up in this photo and is teething as well but was as good as gold all day.

 Next we have the proud parents with her in church.

The Vicar trying to wet her!

Next is a photo of my boys. I always like to take one when they get together as they don't get together that often with living all over the world.

And the last, at the end of the day playing on granny's knee.

Hope I didn't bore you too much.

Thanks for reading,

29 Jun 2011


Wednesday again and for a change I am not on a aeroplane! my desk for the last two Wednesdays has been the drop down table from the seat in front, not that I did anything other than read in my very small space. I know I am big but the room they give you on some airlines is just ridiculous.

Anyway you are not here to listen to me moaning you have come to see the desk, I hope! So here it is in all its glory.

As you can see I am in the middle of about 3 projects, none of which are near completion. The tray with the compartments has been on my table for a long time now and I am determined to get it finished soon. The black and white box I want to get done as soon as pos as I am putting that in for the Try it on Tuesday challenge which this week is alter a box. The frame with the dress pattern paper on it is something I started last night . Now I have got rid of my cold (gave it to the OH) I am rearing to get on with things, not sure how long that will last though.lol

If you are not sure why I am showing you all this and waffling on like this just go and have a look at our leaders blog HERE but I must warn you Julia is not there this week and Lunch Lady is standing in for her, and a good job she is doing to.

Thanks for reading,

27 Jun 2011

Make My Monday card

This week we are using a sketch, still with the Flower theme.

 So here is my interpretation of this sketch:

To start with I turned it around so the main part went lengthways, I then used some yellow and green card from Stamping Up that I had been given a while ago, I stamped on the yellow with a stamp from The Artistic Stamper. The green I put through my Big Shot with a Cuttlebug flower embossing folder. These I cut to size and fixed on to the main card. The main embellishment on the front is a flower and some petals from Prima. The sentiment is a stamp from a set by Personal Impressions and the dots I did myself.

Why not go over to Make My Monday and see what the rest of the team has done? We would also love to see what you make of this sketch. You have until the end of the week to join in with us.

Thanks for reading,

23 Jun 2011

I'm back in Cyprus

Totally k.......d but glad to be here. We were going to get our head down at Gatwick overnight but that was not to be as there are tearing the place apart in the name of improvement!
I will be boring you all with family shots over the next few days so you have been warned. I would just like to say a quick thank you to both Julia and shopkeeper girl for being so nice and keeping me topped up with tea. I am so sorry I wont be seeing you again for quite a while I had a great time.

Thanks for reading,

20 Jun 2011

This week over on Make My Monday

The challenge is Tags still with the flower theme that is running to the end of this month. So this is my card.

I used one of my favourite Paper Artsy stamps onto a tag that I mounted onto black card along with card that I had put through the Big Shot and embellished with black stones, ribbon and a word tile. I am still away so this has been scheduled, so please go and have a look at the the other teams cards over on Make My Monday and have a go yourself.

Thanks for reading,

13 Jun 2011

Design Team entry on Make My Monday

Here is my entry for this weeks challenge over on Make My Monday

Still on the flower theme for this month this weeks challenge is to use Die Cuts.
So on this card I used Mr Tims tattered floral die on kraft paper and music paper both of which I dipped on to a craft sheet that I had rubbed Dusty Concord ink on to and sprayed with water. I also used the same ink pad to colour the base card. The paper used is from My Minds Eye Bohemia range, this one is called Bella. I love double sided paper it meant I could roll the edges and get that nice grungy look about it. I am not sure who's stamp I have used, I think its The Artistic Stamper but if I am wrong and you know whose it is please let me know. Now bling is not something I normally use on my cards but I got a few packs sent for my birthday so I thought I would use it, I think its from Michaels in the US.

Do come over to Make My Monday and see what the rest of the team have done, and have a go yourself.

Thanks for reading, Cath

11 Jun 2011

I'v been RAK'ed

Just look what was waiting in my post box for me yesterday...........

Isn't it wonderful? It's from Bethan Evans over on the All Things Tim group as part of the RAK/PIF game. All I have to do now is say thank you and either do nothing or pick 5 people to send a RAK to. Duh I know which one I will be doing, as it felt so good getting something you are not expecting I want to pass that feeling on.

Here is a close up of the pen nib butterfly in the corner, isn't it great? I love how she has used corrugated card as the base and added paints on to that then stamped on top and the tape on the edge.

Will  have to get my skates on as I have a lot to do before we Fly on Wednesday.

Thanks for reading,

8 Jun 2011


I managed somehow to totally miss last weeks WOYWW 2nd anniversary! I hope everyone behaved themselves and played PIF properly like they were told. Looking around at some of your blogs there was some serious work gone in to these PIF's they look stunning. Now if you don't know what I am on about nip over and see our leader Julia and you could be in on next years celebration.

So enough of this babble you have come to see what is on my desk!

Well not a lot of work, just some old flower presses, a book and some old index cards all given to me by a friend who is moving back to the UK. But I am sure I can get something done with them, we will just have to see.

I will be in the UK for the next two WOYWW's so will get back to you all when I get back. Off to have coffee with the Queen of WOYWW next week, sooooooo looking forward to that..... off on a happy dance.

Thanks for reading,

7 Jun 2011

Evolution of a card....

So last week I made my first ever card for the new design team I am in. So what's the problem there I hear you say as I make a card a week for the class I run, Ah but this one is going on the web for all to see (and pull apart!) so it has to be just right, not that the other's are not right you understand. Here are the cards I then made.

I started with an idea to make something simple and let the red flowers (the theme) show through! So top left was the first, didn't like it as the red was not strong enough and the squares didn't lineup right. Next card was too grungy, the next I smudged. Then I finally get a card made, not quite what I wanted it looks too crowded. At last and two days later I get a card I am happy with, the bottom right card is the one I eventually went with. I know the red is not as vibrant as I would of liked but I like this card.

To see what the others made go to Make my Monday and have a look, whilst you are there have a go yourself there is a great prize up for grabs at the end of the month.

Thanks for reading,

6 Jun 2011

Make My Monday

The first challenge is up on the Make My Monday blog, this week it's make a card using Red Flowers. I went looking through my flower stamps for one I was sure I had, but no I just thought I had it. So a quick frantic phone call and a few hours later there it was (thanks Ann).

The stamp is a old one from A Stamp in the Hand inked up with Adirondack pesto and fired brick DI. The background is from Tims Lost and Found paper pack and the flower on the tag is also from Mr Tims foliage pack. The rest are just things I had lying around.

Here is a close up of the tag.

I hope you like what I have done and I will see over on the Make my Monday challenge blog.

Thanks for reading,

5 Jun 2011

New blog starting on Monday

Just to remind you all that the new Make My Monday challenge blog goes live on Monday 6th June the brainchild of Jacqueline from Deezines Art and she has asked me to be part of her new design team (happy dance). I will be working along side some lovely ladies, Caz, Suzanne, Fliss and of course Jacqueline herself. I am really looking forward to sharing with you the ideas and challenges we have in store. So nip back on Monday to see what the first challenge will be.

Thanks for reading,

1 Jun 2011

I don't believe it.......

I made it in to the Make it Monday design team along with

Fliss and

Congratulations ladies I can't wait to start working with you and getting to know you all better.

And a big thank you to Jacqueline for having faith in me.

Thanks for reading,