Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Maze Book Swap

My team on UKScrappers is doing a maze book swap. A maze book is made from one single sheet of 12" x 12" card stock cut and folded in one contentious line. We each make 7 maze books with different themes of quotes. I've chosen "friendship". Then we swap them and get 7 different books (including one of our own) back. This is the first one that I've started today. I've not put in the quotes yet but have the basic album completed. I've made it with Amy Butler Belle papers and fabric brad. Tag were cut using Cuttlebug Red Tag Die and title was cut using Craft Robo and Lucida Handwriting font. Title is outlined with white pen and "i" dotted with PM adhesive stones. I've added an extra strip of paper along the back of the folded pages to give it a spine. I think it gives it a more complete look.

Now only another 6 more to go!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Get Well Soon Tall Card

Get Well Soon Tall Card, originally uploaded by Bio-hazar.

Made this card this morning for a friend who is in hospital. She's doing well and might be coming home today, but thought I'd give her this card anyways. It was done using scraps from my last few scrapbooking layouts. Just goes to show you should through your scraps away. The papers are Create Blue Hill collection and I can't remember the name of the red paper. Ribbon is Basic Grey ribbon and Making Memory's (note)worthy flowers with jewelled brads.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

On a Roll...........

Well finally finished the 3rd layout that I started on Friday. The layout is based on Scrapbooking Page Maps pg 10 by Becky Fleck. Done using Crate Paper Blue Hill Collection, Anna Griffins Wedding Palette 1 and Basic Grey Blush papers, Basic Grey ribbon, Craft Work ribbon slide and sticker letters and stitching. Title cut using Craft Robo and "Missed Your Exit" font .

Products used for layouts in the last post are as follows:

Bridesmaids double layout was based on Scrapbooking Page Maps page 114 by Becky Fleck. Done using cream card and Eastern Treasures Decorative Tissue Papers, ribbons and buttons. Chipboard hearts were cut using Cuttlebug heart die and painted with Ranger Paint Dappers then sprayed with Glimmer Mist. Title cut using Craft Robo and "Missed Your Exit" font out of Create Blue Hill Collection paper.

Bride & Groom Layout was done using Basic Grey Blush papers with a Mine Minds Eye Bohemia Collection acrylic overlay. Ribbon wrap is recycled from the ribbon used at the wedding to wrap around the chairs. Title cut using Craft Robo and "Missed Your Exit" font out of Create Blue Hill Collection paper. Circle tag is also from the Create Blue Hill Collection with added ribbon and metal heart charm.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Back to Crafting

Finally after weeks of not doing any crafts, I had a nice evening around at a friends doing some scrapbooking. It was a great evening and I got 3 layouts done for an album I'm working on. I will update later with the materials I've used, but for now enjoy the slide show.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Yvonne's Last Day

Friday was my sister's last day here in London. Again I had to work, so Peter took her out for some more sight seeing. They started off driving over to Greenwich Park. They say the Greenwich meridian but unfortunately the Observatory was closed that early in the morning. They also saw the statue of General Wolfe at the top of the park. It was another clear day, so they also some great views of the city. They then went down to the bottom into Greenwich Park and headed towards the Thames. They stopped off for breakfast at the Cutty Sark Cafe and Yvonne had the working mans full English breakfast which consisted of two eggs, two sausages, two slices of bacon, black pudding and two slices of bread and butter. All with a coffee to wash it down with. Needless to say she couldn't quiet finish it all. After breakfast they heading for the walking tunnel that goes under the Thames and walked from the Greenwich side over to the Isle of Dogs. From there Peter took her on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), which is an automated train with no driver. They got to sit at the front of the train could see where the train was going. They got off at Bank and headed over to St. Paul's Cathedral. They took a tour of the Cathedral all the way from the Crypt up to the Whispering Gallery. At this point Peter's sinus from his cold was bothering him, so Yvonne ventured up to the Stone Gallery by herself. It was a twisty and tight trek up 378 steps. The Stone Gallery is on the outside of the building from where there is an amazing view of the city. While at the top of the Cathedral she called me at work to tell me where she was. She was so happy to have made it up to the top. After St Paul's, they head back down to the Thames to walk over the Millennium Bridge the first pedestrian river crossing over the Thames in central London for more than a century. When it first was constructed it was meant to sway slightly, but it swayed too much so now they have dampened it, so it doesn't move at all. I now call it the Not so wobbly wobbly bridge. They then took a short boat trip up to Waterloo Millennium Pier where they stopped off for a loo break at the Eye and then walked over Westminster Bridge, where they took part in some french crepes. Yvonne had Nutella and banana and Peter had Maple Syrup and banana. Peter decided to walk up the Thames to the next boat stop to take the next boat back down the Thames. Only when they got to Millbank they found they missed the last boat from that stop. So they hopped onto a double decker bus and heading back to Westminster Millennium Pier. They finally got a boat and headed back to Greenwich. Unfortunately they didn't get a boat that had a commentary of the sites that they were passing. Peter tried to point out what he could, but as he was pointing out things on one side of the Thames, he missed some of the other sites on the other side, like the Tower of London.

They got back home around 8pm at which point we headed over to PPP's (Peter's Parent's Place) for our regular Friday night Fish and Chips. We had a lovely evening and Yvonne enjoyed her fish, but for some reason I didn't seem to be enjoying my Lamb Shish Kebab. Guess it was my sore throat that I got from Peter's cold. Yvonne also had her first taste of Treacle Tart with custard. After dinner we has some light entertainment from Peter Sr on the guitar and Yvonne tried out the didgeridoo. She did a good job too! We got home quiet late and stayed up even later while Yvonne started packing up. Then at 4:30am, I had to get up and say our goodbyes! Unfortunately I couldn't go with them to the airport as I had to work that day. So Peter took her over to the airport. Yvonne was worried about the weight of her bags, and then at check in they told her that she had to pay for extra weight. When she asked how much, the person said they couldn't say and she'd have to queue at another line. Then once she got though that queue they found out that her ticket was showing up on the system as a single ticket even though she was returning and was only allowing one bag at 20kg. So they finally got it sorted and she was allowed both her bags and didn't have to pay for anything. She then finally made it through the gate and is now safely home. I hope she enjoyed her trip over here, because we really enjoyed having her. Thanks for coming sis *HUGS*

Friday, 1 August 2008

Take Your Family to Work Day

Sorry there are not photos from yesterday. It was another busy day, but this time not doing the tourist thing, but taking my sister to work with me at Wesley Owen. I managed to find lots of little jobs she could do that didn't involve too much training. She did some data entry of invoices received to track our spending budget. As well my manager got her to do some mailing out for him of some book order he had from a convention he has just got back from. It was also a very special day, as it was our Deputy Managers last day, after working for Wesley Owen for the last 10 years. Lots of regular customers were coming in all day to say good-bye. His family of four lovely children and his wife also visited us making it a very lively day. At the end of the day we gave him a book will all sorts of comments in it from customers, staff and staff from other shops as well. Then we prayed for him and all departed. Everyone was very close to tears, but we managed to keep it up beat and a happy time.

We decided to have a nice quiet evening in. Peter cooked us a lovely meal of salt beef, potatoes and veggies. Yvonne had her first try of fresh cooked soy beans and enjoyed them very much. After dinner we went for a short walk around the neighbour hood to see if we could see any foxes. Yvonne has been wanting to see one ever since she came. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to see one. Then it was back indoors for a quick game of Monopoly cards and then to bed. I can't believe that today will be her last day here. I have to work, but Peter is planning to take her on a boat ride along the Thames. Stay tuned for hopefully more photo's and updates.