Welcome to my blog. I hope you find plenty of inspiration here. Nothing too fancy, no great skills required, just lots of cards, gifts and perhaps the odd bit of shopping.

My blog contains lots of links to freebies. Without sounding like "mother" can I ask you to leave a kind comment to the generous givers of such fabulous artwork. I know of at least a couple of artists who are feeling a bit unloved at the moment. Thanks. X

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Elzybells sheep.

Quickie post before i get off to work. I made this little card on thursday after i'd finished sorting all my ribbons. The card base is 5" x5", one of tesco's home extra 50 for £5 packs.
I used one of my favourite Elzybells sheep stamps. I've ordered a few more sentiment stamps from her closing down sale. The kraft paper is a bit of wrapping paper and i decided to bring out my fancy scissors.
 Time to get my skates on, thanks for looking. Di.xx

Friday, 30 July 2010

More bargains from WHS.

Just when i thought i'd had all the bargains from WHS i went in yesterday to find more stuff had appeared. I'll have to keep visiting because i think they must be getting stuff from other branches.
     GET THIS !!
Yes that's right 12 x 12  DCWV card stack for £2! I've had a couple of these before and i've only got bits of naff colours left so i was well chuffed. It had no wrapper on and was slightly scuffed at the edges but who cares for that price.
I also got a scrapbook stack for £2. It has a few pages of press out tags and things which aren't my cup of tea but the letters are ok and the papers (40 sheets) are really good quality.The plain kraft gift tags were only 20p a pack. There were boxes of stuff piled up to be unpacked so i'll be back asap.There were two assistants chatting in the corner and i felt like saying for gods sake get these boxes open now.
I did this as a scheduled post last night as it was going to be a longish one and it's workday so i'd best get my skates on.   Di.x

Friday weigh in, just about 9st 6lb,(9.7. yesterday) so  i've managed to remove one of the offending 2 pounds i gained , total loss so far, 10lb. Speedy went to Nantwich show on wednesday and came home with two big bagfuls of cheese so that's next weeks hurdle!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Do not disturb.

Morning all, notice i didn't say good. It's as dull as ever here in Chester. Oops, i've just looked up and my spider plant is drooping over the sides of the pot begging for a drink,lol. A little task for me in a minute.

It's our mates birthday next week so i thought i'd make him a funny card as his "lady" is messing him about good style poor thing.
I'm glad i got those flippin' men stamps. I don't really like some of them as they have horrible faces but most of them will get used. The card base is from Payperbox and has been cut to 6"x6".
I put some liquid pearls on the beer to give it a decent head, a beer's no good if the head's not right you know. I'd hate to work in a pub, some men are obsessive about the head on their pint.

I'm off into town soon (after i've watered the plants) to see if there's any more bargains to be had at WHS. Then i'm going to have to sort my ribbons out, they are all in little individual resealable bags but they need to be sorted into perhaps lights darks and patterned and put into a smallish clear 3 drawer chest i've got from Wilkinsons. At the moment i have to tip them all out to find the right colour.
 Thanks for visiting. Di.xx

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

How sweet is this baby?

Say hello to baby Michael. He has melted the heart of the least interested person where babies are concerned,I usually just look and grunt ( a bit like a teenage boy) with disinterest. I looked into that cot at the hospital on sunday and was gobsmacked. He was only 6 days old. No wrinkled up little creature, not one bit.Just look at this.
How could i not be smitten. Although at the time i didn't know this. You see at the time i was sitting to the right of Speedy refusing to have a hold of Michael as he has a broken collar bone ( Nina was begging the nurses to get him out as nothing was happening, 1 hour later doctor came and said head is wrong way and baby is wedged behind mums pelvis and decided to yank him out) . Mum had 22 stitches and now has a hernia.The wedding in september will most likely be moved to a later date. But Nina and Michael are doing fine. Daddy Neil is starting his new better paid job on sunday. He has always worked hard in the hotel/catering trade and we are very proud of him. It wasn't until i started editing the quickie photos i took that i realised how cute this little chap is.  Talking of proud, look at Speedy, bless him.
Michael when he was born was 22" long, a third of the height of an average adult. I will hold my "little lad" when his shoulder is healed, i'd hate do undo any of natures work because of my awkwardness.
       Neil and Nina, thank you so much,  If Michael is ever naughty just send him to Nanny McSpeed, (just joking).       Di.xxxx.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

On the beach.

Well, i don't know about "hotter than July", i think old Stevie Wonder should bring out a new album called "wetter than July. Every year it's the same, like a monsoon season. It starts as soon as they mention a hosepipe ban, lol. I decided to cheer myself up by making a sunshine card.

The little girl is by Stamps Happen and the sentiment is Elzybells. I made the flower using a small scallop punch and an X.Cut botanicals punch which also embosses. The backing paper is from a DCWV glitter stack although there's no glitter on this piece.
I put some liquid pearls on the shells for a bit of dimension.
I'm starting work a bit later than usual this morning as i'm going with Speedy for his hospital check up. I have to go with him because as a typical male he doesn't listen and doesn't ask questions, he just wants to get the hell out of there,lol. Also if there's anything he's not supposed to be eating or drinking i want to know!!
 Thanks for visiting. Di.xx

Monday, 26 July 2010

Cheers me dears.

Mega quickie today as sis is on her way round to pick me up to go to mums. A little card i made last week when i wasn't really in the mood,but still wanted to have a go of my new Woodware Cocktails set. Card base is 5"x5"
 Right, gotta go. Di.xx

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Babies everywhere.

I'm one of those unnatural women who doesn't really do babies. There's only a handful of us in the world and most women think we're really odd, but that's the way i am,when i go anywhere where there's a baby i dread it being passed around,lol. But........i can feel a bit of a change coming on. We went to see little Michael yesterday and instead of my usual glance into the cot with a "yeah nice", i came over all queer and wanted to touch........not hold exactly......just touch ( i can hear you all now, but this is a giant leap forward for me) and look. He is a beautiful little thing and i must admit i was quite taken with him, actually he's not so little at 22 inches long!!  We've all been banned from uploading photo's until mum & dad have done theirs and quite right too.They've come home today so i'll wait a couple of days.
My ex boss has just had a little boy too so i made them this little card.
The stamp is Elzybells, nice and easy to colour.The paper is from my scrap box, origin unknown and the sentiment is Hero Arts stamped 3 times. The little bird sticker is from Accessorize. If you want to see more ideas with these stickers pop along to Helens blog It's all fiddle fart. She is the queen of stickers and the queen of bargain hunting,lol.
 I'm getting hungry now, i've just realised i've strutted 4 miles this morning, done a load of housework and forgotten do eat anything, i wish i could do that every day. I'll have a bit of crumpet i think as were out for a bar snack later.
    Thanks for visiting. Di.xx

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Simple elements.

I made a couple of simple cards from the elements and sentiments from my flippin men/women stamps. (There is a link in my last post to the suppliers). It was actually these "add ons" that convinced me to buy the stamps.
Here's the first,
And the second. The colours are a bit on the drab side but i needed a few "non pretty" cards for my little stand at work. I've been stamping my sentiments in memento ink lately, but i think i'll go back to versafine as they come out much better with the clear stamps.
Patrick,my boss, yesterday, bless that little lad, was oh so concerned about a little old lady who usually comes in to the shop every day but hadn't been in since tuesday. I said maybe she'd gone to he daughters for a couple of days. He said "no something's happened to her and i don't even know her name or where she lives", he worried out loud all morning and was livid when the bloke from next door said something really stupid. He was near to tears, love him. He nipped outside for a fag at lunch time and i spotted the old dear across the road. I stuck my head outside and said to him "there's your gilfriend".Well his eyes lit up and he dived over the road to help her across. You know when you can feel yourself wanting to burst into tears and think to yourself  "no, no, don't you dare", well that was me. You don't get many young lads like that these days, he can be a pain in the butt but he's such a sweetie pie.I only actually love a small handful of people and he's one of them.And yes he did "make me" eat a big lump of rocky road, lol.
Well anyway i'm off to work now but when i finish at 1.30 we are actually going to the hospital to see baby Michael!!  Apparently he is the loudest and greediest on the ward....sounds about right for a Speed,lol.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Flippin' scales!

I made this card yesterday in anticipation of this mornings weigh in. I know i've been naughty and i'm back at work so i can't use the treadmill as much as i did in the last couple of weeks. I'm still doing at least 3 miles per day, more if i'm off but i was doing 6 before. All the birthdays and weekends away are finished now so it should get easier,lol. Anyway here's the card.
It's made with one of my bargain flippin' women stamps from imagenation. The paper is from the Papermania summer bloom pad. The reverse stamp shows a cat sitting on the scales at the back, i haven't used it on this card though,and no i don't have a cat to blame for my weight gain.
Off to work soon. I'm with Patrick today so lord knows what he'll force feed me with lol. Good job i weigh before i go to work.

Friday weigh in, 9st 7 lb.  2lb back on (oops) total loss back down to 9lb. Result of sitting on a coach stuffing my face for 3 days!  Back on track now though.
If any of you are trying to diet and failing miserably do a weigh in on your blog. I swear i'd have given up ages ago if i didn't have to report here every friday. Try it.  Di.xx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

WHS Bargains and new Woodware stamps.

I've got new stash coming out of my ears at the moment and i don't know where to start playing first!! I've still got loads of birthday money left too, i suppose i could spend it on new clothes but that's for grown ups lol. First of all ,get yourselves down to WHS and delve into any bargain bins they might have.
Bargains or what? I'm so pleased with the scissors, i have a few decorative ones which i use now and again but these are more of an irregular "torn" design.
Next up is a card i made with my new Woodware Mika and Friends clear set.
I must get myself a black promarker. I used a whispers pen for the kimonos but they are no good for blending with promarkers. The girls are cut out and glued onto the cream linen card, i didn't use 3d foam as i want to sell it and i like to keep my sale cards fairly flat as a lot of people aren't aware of the new postage rules.
Poor Speedy still hasn't seen his grandson.Neil rang to ask him to move his slot to a later one as another "visitor" was having our slot. Speedy's a mechanic who works for himself and had a car already booked in for that time so couldn't go. He had actually just nipped home to get changed when he got the call. He's fully booked up today too. I felt really sorry for him but have learned to keep my mouth shut.I suppose there'll be plenty of time when he's home.
      Thanks for visiting.  Di.xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Camper than Liberace at Butlins.

Summer's here (or was) and what's more summery than a camper van, a few surf boards and a bit of sand.
The papers are yet again from DCWV stack 6. This is such a versatile stack, there's something for everyone. The camper van stamp is from Little Claires. My boss Patrick is not only the proud owner of  a Beetle but he also has a van. Both Vehicles are at Speedy's garage at the moment having all sorts of tweeking operations done to them,totally unnecessary stuff unless you're a 22 year old lad, lol.
Here's a "greener" version. I think i might give him one of these for letting me sell my cards at work. There was £29 in my jar when i got back yesterday. Maybe i should give him both of them, yes, i will. Coloured card bases again, when will i tire of my new "trend" i wonder?
  I'm going with Speedy this afternoon to see baby Michael. We haven't seen him yet as we were both working yesterday. Poor Nina has a hernia!! I'm not surprised after giving birth to a 10lb baby. There's hardly anything of her either, poor girl. I will get the proper info from her when we go as Neil is probably too busy strutting around like a peacock oozing testosterone everywhere, lol.
See you tomorrow with an update.  Di.xx

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Little Elzybells Dog.

I made this card before i went away. My new Ellzybells stamps arrived so i just had to try one out.
Another coloured card base, i'm getting into these now.

I fancied this little dog stamp ages ago but forgot about it until i was looking at the closing down sale.Very quick and easy to colour, great for a quick card. The navy backing card is DCWV and the stripy paper is Papermania.The "stitching" is done with a white gel pen (and a ruler of course). The card base is 5"x5".
 Well i'm back in work today after 2 weeks off so i'd better get my skates on. Thanks fo looking. Di.xx

Monday, 19 July 2010

I'm back and Speedy's a grandad.

Sorry i'm late today. I went with Speedy for his renal check up and they've cranked up his lowish potassium allowance to extra low so i've been searching for recipes on t'internet all afternoon, there's potassium in nearly everything, plus they want him to lose a bit of weight. But enough of that for now. Speedy's grandson Michael was born at the same hospital while we were with the dietitian. He weighed in at a stonking 10lb 2 oz but is in an incubator for a day or so as he's having difficulties with his breathing. He was 2 weeks overdue and had to be induced. We are all really worried but apparently it's not an uncommon thing to happen and hopefully he'll be fine in a couple of days.
    Apart from this we had a really good weekend. We stayed at Letchworth Hall hotel in Letchworth in Hertfordshire.
This is the front of the hotel.
This is the "backyard".
And this is the lounge. Yep there's Speedy checking his phone for any missed calls,lol.We had a day out in ST Albans on saturday, what a lovely place. There was a big outdoor market with loads of fresh fruit and veg stalls. They all had big clear plastic bowls with fruit or veg in and they where all £1 each. We have nothing like that in Chester, ok there's an indoor market of sorts but no outdoor one despite having plenty of space outside. On the way down we drove through Luton. It is mainly inhabited by ethnic people. You can imagine the comments from the older people on the coach but i thought it was i sight to behold. Every other shop (well, nearly) had beautiful sari's or sari materials in their windows in gorgeous colours and in between these shops were loads of greengrocers with huge displays on the pavements. There was a Morrison's in town and i wondered how these small shops survived but it's probably only the English who go there for their ready meals and frozen stuff. And the women put us to shame in their beautiful sari's, not a pair of jeans or trainers in sight.
Well that's all from me for tonight, off to stir the chilli with no kidney beans and hardly any mushrooms and onions lol. He'd best not complain or he'll be wearing it!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Missing, presumed having a good time.

I'm off for another coach trip this morning until sunday night. It's another mystery tour ( why do they all say "where to" when i say that,lol?) to who knows where.If you work in a shop, cafe, pub or hotel, look out, you could look up and see my ugly mug looking at you!
I thought i'd leave you with a bit of clip art i found. I got rid of the original name with picasa and added my own version.. I hope i won't go to jail for it,lol. When we get to our hotel room the first thing that will happen is that Speedy will check out the tv channels and i'll checkout the yellow pages for craft shops. Pair of saddos we are!  Bye for now, see you monday, maybe with even more new stash.   Di.xx

Friday weigh in...9st 5lb, another one down, 11 in total. All that "strutting" is paying off. 6miles a day now.
I think i'll probably gain weight next friday, big eats this weekend and i'm back to work tuesday. That means back to my "feeder" (Patrick,lol) and not as much time for strutting. Only a couple of pounds to go now though so it won't be such a big deal.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Fat cat returns.

I made two cards with the Penny Black cat image, here's the other one, more of a male version.
I'm not too keen on that bit at the bottom. I thought it was a bit bare so i decided to doodle around it but i don't think it looks right (it's wonky for a start), i should have used coloured card or perhaps a mottled one and left off the doodling. No doubt someone will buy it in the shop for £1.50, they always buy the naff ones.
My birthday stash has started to arrive, the first was my Elzybels closing down bargains. Then my flippin men and women stamps from Imagenation ,buy all eight men's sets for £20 and get all eight women's sets free, 16 stamp sets for £20!  They aren't what i'd usually go for but i'm glad i ordered them because there's loads of useful elements and sentiments and i'm sure the men and women will grow on me for that price.
 I'm going away for the weekend tomorrow on another mystery tour so i've got ironing and packing to do. I'll have to pack warm clothes and cool clothes with this unsettled weather especially as we don't know where we're going.
      Bye for now, there is a post for tomorrow but none for sat and sun.   Di.xx

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Sunglasses needed again.

Just a quickie today as i'm on my way to my mums.

I made this card with the leftovers from yesterdays card. My Penny Black fat cat is out for an airing again. This is the second version as the first attempt got ripped up due to mojo failure. Glad i hadn't attached the image to the front.
 Here's a close up of fatty, i wish promarkers had a slightly finer nib so i could get into corners better.
  Right, shoes on, coat on, out!!    Thanks for looking. Di.x

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Oh, flip flop!

I was scouting for free images from the free digi images site (see bottom of my sidebar) and found these sweet little flip flops here. Fabulous, as the sentiment is already there too.
I thought i'd make it nice and bright and summery as it was such a dull day yesterday.The piece of patterned paper is from my first ever stack. I think it was papermania and i bet it brings back memories for loads of you. I bet ,like me, you've got loads left too!! I reckon this would make a good leaving card or a good luck card.
Time to dry my hair now and go into town to pick up some bits to take to mums tomorrow.
  Thanks for visiting.  Di.xx

Sorry i've just been back to that site and the image isn't free now but there is usually something in the try befoe you buy section.  Di.x

Monday, 12 July 2010

Scrapheap challenge, and Happy Birthday Neil.

Well, i mosied back into my den yesterday afternoon after the birthday activities and was faced with the scraps from the last weeks creative burst (lol).i thought i'd best make a quick card for today. I looked at the debris and also remembered my quest to get rid of all those peel offs in the drawer.
It was one of the quickest cards ever. It took me longer to tidy up the mess than it did to make the card. Mind you that's about right isn't it? The music paper is by payperbox and the other bits are peel offs. "Sound", as they may say.
Big housework to be done today and big food shopping. Speedy's working and i don't drive so Dolly the Trolly is coming to Tesco lol. I'ts a trendy trolly, no tartan for me yet. I wont need a whole lot as we're going on another mystery coach trip on friday (fat) yippee!!                 Di.xx

Happy Birthday Neil!! (Speedy's son). Where is Michael then????  Baby Michael was due on the 6th, poor Nina, how can anyone so small be so big. Love you both . Dad & Di.xxxxxx

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Another coloured card.

Here is the other card i made using a coloured base.
Another of Clare Curds male stamps,this one comes in really handy (handyman lol) for Speedy's mates.The papers are DCWV stack 6 as were yesterdays and the card base is 4"x6" again.
I didn't get round to my cyber shopping yesterday as Speedy came home early and the peace was shattered so i'll have another go now.
See you soon Di.x

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Completely out of my comfort zone.

Thank you for all you birthday greetings yesterday, i had a great day and now i'm feeling very fat. I've just strutted 6 miles but i think i'd need to go and climb a mountain to get id of what i ate yesterday lol.
 I made this card on thursday to make myself  "branch out" of the safe zone i.e. white card bases. I find the white bases much easier and even struggle with cream.

Both the image and the sentiment are Clare Curd from papermania. The card base is 6"x4". I  really enjoyed making it and am pleased with how it turned out.I made another one which i'll show you tomorrow.
I'm going out later with Speedy who is in work this morning. Yes the saturday afternoon ritual has still got to be done lol. Meanwhile i've got some serious cyber shopping to do with all that birthday money. I'm not going anywhere near Hobbycraft with it as i've had everything worth buying from there and they very rarely have new stuff in.
    Thanks for visiting. Di.xx

Friday, 9 July 2010

Happy Birthday to................

..........Me!  Yep, the old biddy is 52 today, even deafer and blinder than yesterday, but another day wiser (treadmill lol). In true Speed fashion we'll be starting with the smoked salmon and champagne brunch.Then out for a bit of boozing late this afternoon followed by a help yourself Chinese buffet in town. It's race day in Chester today so we'll have to find the pubs that aren't full of punters in frocks (and that's just the men lol). I've got some stash from my sis and lots of stash money to spend. I did a bit of crafting yesterday as i dont think i;ll be doing any tomorrow with the shaky hands!
I didn't make this for anyone particular but to satisfy my obsession with making boxes and notecards. The musical card is from Payper box and the peel offs were leftovers from making wedding invites.
The little cards are only 4"x4". I just love making them, they don't need much "filling up". Well that's all from me today apart from.................

..........The friday weigh in!! Are you ready for this.....9st 6lb,  2lb off after scoffing for Queen and country last weekend!! That's 10lb in total. There is a really funny reason for this, if you didn't read my last post scroll down and get ready to wet yourself.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

This is so funny, you've just got to laugh (again).

Regular readers will know i bought a treadmill about 3 weeks ago to speed up my diet which has been a source of amusement.This is a weekend off diet and i've either been losing a pound a week or "sticking" despite stuffing my face every weekend.Not bad eh? In fact too good to be true, even, strange. When i first hopped on my treadmill i was rather gutted to find i had walked a mile at 4mph and only burned 30 cals. Right Mrs, i thought, got to go further, faster. I've got myself up to strutting 4 miles in the mornings and one or two miles at night at five /five and a half miles an hour, but a 4 mile session  still  only burned 120cals. It has took me three weeks to start wondering if it could be wrong. HELLO?!  I decided to stroll a mile at 2mph to test it out, still only read 30 cals,a bit suspicious i thought ..........Hmmm...............!!!!..I've just been on endless websites with endless calculators for weight, mph, distance etc and they ALL say i've been burning at least 100 cals per mile at 5mph!!! That's on top of the calories cut on food in the week !!  This is so funny !! I've been strutting off at least 550 cals a day on that thing (700 today) plus walking into town and back (one and a half miles)thinking i was burning off a lettuce leaf!! This is the best ever discovery, to scoff every weekend and get rid in the week,.............justice will be done!! Best £120 i ever spent, lol. The best bit is that it gets easier every time i use it.

More little cupcakes.

I so loved making that little cupcake card yesterday that i had to make another one.I have a set of cake stamps somewhere i'll have to find them and have a play.
Chocolate cakes this time. At least i can't eat them! You can't really see very well in the picture but the scalloped squares are lime green to match the tiny gems. The paper is from Clare Curds signature stack.I need to go to Tesco now before the rest of the world get there  with their yarling kids.
             See you later.  Di.xx

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Inspired by Julie.............yes you!!

I was having a little blog nose the other day and i came across this little card by Julie at Rainbow Days.It was nice to be reminded that we don't need to dress our cards to the nines and that sometimes less is best.Thank you Julie i loved making this card and i'll be making heaps more like it.
The little cupcakes are from the papermmania clear set i got from Hobbycraft the other day.I've got a square punch and a scalloped square one and they just about fit each other. A bit of colouring, a bit of stickles and 2 bits of ribbon and that's it, done.
I popped them up on 3d foam and finished off with a couple of score lines which weren't really necessary but i couldn't resist.
Thanks for looking.     Di.xxx

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

A womans work................

Update on the housework. We live in a long flat as opposed to a square one. We have a long hall and all the rooms are on one side. This hall is Speedy's dumping ground,he comes in from work and dumps coat on floor (mechanic, too oily to hang up with the others) also his bags of paperwork, shoes,endless peoples car keys,newspapers,meter readers, bottles of beer,bills,stuff of "don't throw that out i'll take it to the garage" type. Just loads of embarrassing tat. I spent a whole hour cleaning behind everything, shuffling stuff around as i daren't lob it out, and generally trying to make it look nice. After the hour i stood back to admire my handy work and do you know what? It looked......................the same!!! Oh except for the addition of a load of lime blossom which had blown in through the window from the tree outside (we're 3 floors up).Still it's all calories burned i suppose! Bedroom today, his side of the room looks like a teenagers room and always will, no matter what i do. His chest of drawers is littered with coins receipts, bits of cars,bits of wire etc. I have to lift them all up to dust under them and put them back so he can find them without looking.I gave him a fancy box to put it all in but it's full. He's just so messy, love him to bits though.
Anyway this is supposed to be about cards.
This is for my stepson Neil ( the gannet at the restaurant on sunday). His birthday is on the 12th but i wanted to get it done so i can just play, willy nilly. This lad is supposed to be a daddy to baby Micheal who is due today but we shall see, the Speed males are always late.
The stamp is by Stamps Happen and the papers are DCWV. The sentiment and the arrow were from my new papermania stamp set.
 Thanks for looking. Di.xxx

Monday, 5 July 2010

Meaty, beaty, big 'n' bouncy !

Yeah, that's me!!  That meal we went for yesterday was definitely on the "go again" list. If you've got a young son and you live anywhere near Chester, Tropeiro is the place to take him. The meat just kept coming to the table every 5-10 minutes, big chunks of it on skewers all freshly barbecued, and the waiters sliced it at the table.I'm not exaggerating but there were at least a dozen visits from the waiters with a new piece of meat every time.Speedy's youngest lad who's 24 ate and ate for a whole hour! Dirty little horror !! Mind you the rest of us didn't do so bad either.
Today is the first day of my 2 weeks off so i nipped to Hobbycraft to see what the final reductions were. The pricing was a shambles. They had sale areas here and there but loads of the stuff was still marked at full price. I asked an assistant how much something was and was told i'd have to take it to the till which was downstairs. No way matey.
This was the only thing i could be bothered doing the trip for and the price was £4.99 not £13.99 as it was marked. I've had the bags version of this, you just pop them out fold on the score lines then glue and decorate.
I've had a little play but now i must go and do a spot of housework as i've left it all last week thinking "oh i'll do it next week when i'm off". Well the time has come, if i get at least half of it done now and the rest tomorrow i'll be able to do some guilt free crafting.I just need to make card for my stepsons birthday the all my orders and specific cards will be done so i'll be able to just make anything that comes into my head.
Oh, i also got these. The stamps were £2.99 and the punch is Hobbycrafts own brand. It was £2.85 which is the normal price. I've got a couple more of these and they're great on paper and light/medium card. I haven't dared to try heavy card as i think that may be pushing my luck.
  Right....... hoover out !  See you tomorrow. Di.xx

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Another simple card.

Just as i thought, my hands are a bit on the shaky side today after yesterdays naughtiness so i'm glad i saved a little card just in case.
The stamp is another one from Joanna Sheenes messy rabbit village scenes.I love being able to use my scraps on cards like these but my scrap pile is still getting bigger. The card base is 5"x5".
We are going out again later with Speedy's daughter and two sons. There is a Brazilian restaurant in town where you help yourself to side dishes and the waiters keep coming round with big joints of meat which they carve at your table. You can eat as much as you like for £20. I've never been before but everyone who's been says it's brill. I'll report tomorrow.   Di.x

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Happy Birthday Speedy !

Speedy's a big birthday boy today, big kid as he is. I made his card ages ago, it's this one but with "to my lovely husband" on a printed banner along the bottom.I gave him money in his card as he couldn't decide what he wanted but in true child fashion he likes to have things to open so i got him a few bits.and made this.
I got the instructions from SCS here. Don't be tempted (like i was) and try to make the base bigger as the 12" paper won't fit around it. It may look small but when you've made the bag part there's plenty of room. I put a bags worth of mini daim bars (Tesco) in this one. The paper is from my DCWV stack number 6.I haven't got one of those fancy tag punches so i used a scalloped square with a circle punched in the middle.The sentiment stamp is by Inkadinkado.
I also made him a big jar of shallots in balsamic vinegar which he loves. We are about to have smoked salmon and champagne for lunch ( something we always do on our birthdays) and later on , about tea timish we'll be off for a couple of drinkies and to the local Tapas Bar. It's a hard life...........................

Friday, 2 July 2010

Simple cards.

Do you know what day today is in work? It's  S.I.D.  That is Sod It Day ! As in "sod it, i don't care, i'm off for 2 weeks after today". Yep, 2 weeks off folks. We're not going away on hols as such, but we're going on another mystery trip on the 16th for 3 days. It's speedy's birthday tomorrow so he's off, no doubt i'll be piling on the pounds somewhere nice.
I thought i'd better take some cards into work to fill up my little stand. I rustled up a couple of quickies for the tight ones who won't part with £2
The stamps are Joanna Sheen messy rabbits village scenes. I don't use them as often as i should. I don't waste too much time on colouring properly for these £1.50 cheapies. If they only want to pay for slap dash that's what they'll get lol.
I made a couple of each plus some others which i'll save for another day, perhaps sunday when i might be too hungover to make any cards.
 I'd best go and get ready, i may even buy Patrick a cake today.    Di. xx

Friday weigh in,stuck at 9st 8lb total loss still 8lb.   I thought i might get stuck this week, mums birthday bash didn't help. I've done a total of 18 miles this week on the treadmill.................that'll be it ..........it must be leg muscle, lol ! There's no way i'm going to lose any next week either as we're going out twice for birthday meals with Speedy and his family . Oh well, thats life.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Birthday bug.

Yippee this is the last of the 4 card orders. I'll take it to work tomorrow and hopefully he'll come and pick them all up. He's cutting it fine as one of them needs to be posted to someone who's birthday is on sunday.....typical bloke
The papers are Papemania Hamstead and the stamp is by Funstamps.I'll be able to go back to making cards without pressure now. I moved the ribbons closer together after doing the photo and they look much better.I'm still in need of male finishing touches. I've got birthday money coming next week and have stash signs in my eyes !
  Mum had a lovely, if not ovewhelming day yesterday. It started at half eight in the morning with the neighbours calling in with cards and pressies so she was well knackered when we left at half three in the afternoon. She didn't want to go out anywhere so we took a little buffet lunch to her house. I strutted 4 miles on my treadmill yesterday morning, i think i need to strut all day today if i want to lose a pound this week.                          Di.xx


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