Sunday, 27 June 2010

Both Teachers gifts side by side

Miss Marr's Altered Tissue Box

I'd bought these fabric flowers some time ago for cardmaking classes I used to host and knew they would eventually become of use!! The only colours I'd bought were white flowers and pink flowers. I'd pondered on whether inking the white flower using the Dew Drop ink pads ...... and it turned out not too bad!! Papers were from a DCWV pad. Sizzix font used is "Cherish".

Miss Marr's Memo Note Block

At the beach

Yesterday [Saturday] was pretty overcast during the day and from time to time, we had droplets of rain visiting us. We met up with my sister Laura and her 2 kiddies at Portobello beach and the kids had a ball even with this kind of weather. We finished off our visit to the chippy :o) and bid our farewell after we sat down on benches to eat them. When we got home the sun decided to show up and my word it was a particularly gorgeous evening. It warmed up again with having the sun coming out and I decided to take my 2 youngest kids down to Longniddry beach along with our neighbours 2 kids. Armed with folding canvas chair and book etc, the kids just played down at the sea a little distance away as the tide was going out, and then amongst the rock pools etc. Again, they had a ball.

Look at this sunset:
The designers of this sand castle had not long vacated the beach:
Ali looking for shells:

Friday 25th June - Kai and Lou's Play Date

I'm impressed! Look at me with the Kai and Lou either side of me!
[photo courtesy of L.Davies]
Lou exhausted:
My sister and I arranged a play date for our dogs to get acquainted as Lou hasn't really been up close running solo without lead with another dog. Kai is a little over 1 yr old and Lou is a little over 10 months old. They are both at the 'mouthing' stage when playing so it was good to see them both get on eventually in the park to the rear of our house. The got on well together so much so they played constantly in our back garden on our return! Their heads and necks were soaking with saliva. Lou is constantly casting his coat at the minute and Kai seems to have acquired some of them LOL!! Lou was totally exhausted afterwards.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Altered Tissue Box & Altered Memo Block for Mrs Mistlebrook

Angled view of tissue box with 2 flowers + brads:
Side close-up of Sizzix flower and brad on box side panel:
Both tissue box and memo block showing Sizzix font [Nouveau]:
Close-up of layered Sizzix flower and brad on box lid:

To decorate both items, I've used PP from both these 6x6 pad from Paper Mania:

Altered Memo Paper Block for Teachers

I came across these memo blocks in Lidls the other day when I was in doing some shopping. I bought 3 of them - 1 for myself [of course!] and the other 2 for Alwynne's teachers, Miss Marr and Mrs Mistlebrook.Now altered, this is side 1 complete with paper:
Side 2:

I thought this memo block is more suited for Mrs Mistlebrook :o) as she doesn't strike me as a girly girl if you get my meaning.

Frankie and Me School Production

My daughter Alwynne, takes part in her school drama club. They have been rehearsing their parts in the play for some time now. For the last 2 weeks, the kids had been requested to start school earlier for 8.15 am so she's been kinda shell-shocked and tired of late. I managed to attend the afternoon performance at school and I was very impressed with their performance! It was funny and the costumes/make-up was particularly good! It was so good I attended the evening session too! Alwynne played the part of a ghost and I roughtly stitched up a ghost costume using an old sheet! Well done to SWP Drama Club!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

S6 Prom Night [Friday 18th June]


Ladies and gents:
Marianne and friend Shaun:
The gents:
The ladies:

Friday was my daughter's 6th year leaver's do or "Prom Night" to be held at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. The ladies and gents met at Shaun's house from where their mini bus was scheduled to depart from. This night seemed such a popular evening to organise quite a few proms from various high schools in the county as there wasn't a limo to be hired from anywhere!

The gents were very dapper and handsome arriving in their kilt/suit attire as were the ladies dressed in various lengths of dresses/ballgowns. I am very proud of my gorgeous and precious daughter and said so via modern technology - I had wanted to say to her before she went to her prom but feared I'd upset her and be responsible for her make-up running. Perhaps it's just as well we ran out of time before everyone bailed into the mini-bus. Anyway, I received a very nice text in receipt :o) - it made my day!

Facebook is a wonderful place to see all the different photos from Marianne's friends and fellow year mates......

Altered tissue boxes

These are the colour tester pots I bought for this project following a wee trip to B & Q ..........

The boxes are now painted, ready for the next steps:

Monday, 14 June 2010

Hobbycraft goodies

After being at the Scrapaholix class last Monday, I've been slowly getting in the mood to do some crafting of late! I thought a wee trip to Hobbycraft at Edinburgh Fort may inspire me and also to see if I could get some masculine papers in order to get my hubby's scrapbook done - I also wanted to see if they had the pillow box die for the Big Shot as I am starting to think about the teacher's end of school year "thank-you" gifts. Hobbycraft don't really stock a whole lot of 12x12 scrapping papers - more value pads from DCWV, Kay & Co etc. The 12x12 cardstock/paper selection they do have seem to be girly stuff. Even some monotone wedding paper could do - but nowt! I did come across the above Papermania pad with florals and thought some scrap style framed photos could do with that paper for the bedroom when I get round to decorating it. I came across the Sizzix die which is a sort of swirly stem with flowers on it - I thought I could use the stem as a 'flourish' in some way. The tub of buttons are fabby - it means any loose buttons I have in my sewing kit can just be added to the tub. I got the Cuttlebug photo corner die as it was reduced in a sale but I'm not sure just how effective it might be as my first tryout of the die meant all folds actually were cut - I think I'll have to look on the internet to see what it should look like once cut out.

The tissue boxes I came across by accident and I had originally picked up only 1 of them and did look around the shop more. It occured to my when browsing that it would make a different thank you gift for my daughter's teachers at the end of the year, so I went back and got another one to alter! I'd originally wanted to alter those very large wooden pegs you can get from Hobbycraft but having only one at home in an un-altered state, I certainly couldn't find any more in Hobbycraft on Friday. The tissue boxes will just have to do I'm afraid!

The gift bags I was thinking of adding a huge flower as an embellishment and cut out "T H A N K S" with my Sizzix orignal alphabet and adhering the letters to the bag also for a different effect.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Hubby's Scrapbook Album - WIP [work in progress]

I haven't really worked on any scrapbooks or pages for a long while to be honest. However, after attending the Scrapaholix class, I've been inspired to re-kindle my mojo for scrapbooking [and hopefully my other crafts too!]. The album was intended for Stewart's 40th birthday but my work commitments and endless volunteering etc with the kids' school at that time meant I never seemed to have time to do anything. Hopefully that will change soon.

Stewart's [hubby] 42nd birthday will be upon us next weekend and I'm pretty sure the album still won't be ready in time - the main thing is, it's back as a work in progress effort!

Stewart as a baby with his grandparents:
Double layout:
Right LO of above:
Left LO of above:
Some facts in the little 1967 booklet:

Hits at the time of Stewart's birth in 1967:Little 1967 fact book:
Little booklet + CD of music at time of birth etc Layout:
Baby's first home with mum and dad:
Birth page: