Sunday, 29 March 2009

Another Kipling Bag

RIMG4822, originally uploaded by Bio-hazar.

Couldn't resist this little Kipling bag. Last week after our trip to the seaside, we stopped off in Ashford at the Outlet Mall. We had just about an hour to do any shopping and the first shop I ran into, while Peter was still paying for the parking, was of course KIPLING. I had a good look around, but this little bag stood out the most and at a great deal of only £14, who could resist. It's a bit small for my everyday use type of bag, but I thought it would make a great handbag for when we go on holiday or just days out when I want something light or that could fit under a jacket. They also had it in blue, but I thought the greens and browns were more my colours. In the hour we also managed to get Peter some new Reebok trainers. Two pairs in fact, as they were buy one get one free at an already marked down price. Got to love a bargain!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Scrap Like You Mean it Week 12

RIMG4827b, originally uploaded by Bio-hazar.

As you know from my other post, I've not been too well this month. This has meant that I've not been able to keep up with the Scrap Like You Mean it challenges on UKS. Some of the ones that I have missed have been, "cut a photo", "use paper punches" and "use fabric". I will keep these ideas in the back of my mind and try to fit use them at some point. This weeks challenge however was to use a sketch. I always love a sketch and find them a great place to start for inspiration. Shimelle's sketch was a nice simple one, which I've expanded on slightly. Papers and die cuts used are from Crate Paper Mia Collection. The title was done using Basic Grey letters stickers and letters cut with a CraftRobo using "Storybook" font. Also used velvet ribbon and Ranger paint dabber in Jasper. The photo is of my sister feeding a horse oranges in Florida while we were there visiting my Grandparents one winter. I will never forget how messy a horse eats oranges and it's a memory that will always bring back such joy.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Convalescing At the Sea Side

RIMG4757, originally uploaded by Bio-hazar.

Well after a week of being at home in bed sick, I was starting to get a bit tired of staring at four blue walls. So suggested to Peter we go to the sea side for some fresh air to blow out the cob webs. So on Saturday morning Peter put me in the car with my blankets and pillows and we headed off. I had no idea where we were heading, only that the sea would at some point make an appearance. We stopped off part way at a services and had a nice cooked breakfast and were soon on our way again. By mid morning we ended up at the maritime cinque port of Rye. I'd never been to Rye, so it was exciting to explore a new place. We walked the cobbled streets, shopped in the unique little shops and visited the historic Ypres Castle and Landgate.

By mid afternoon I was starting to get very tired from all the walking and also hungry. We found a delicatessen and got some take away sandwiches, quiche, salads and lemon sodas before we headed back to the car. We then left Rye and headed towards the beach at Camber Sands. I was surprised to find that we weren't the only ones with the idea of going to the sea side. The car park was full, and we had to wait awhile before we could get a spot. We then climbed over the dunes and onto the beach, where Peter purchased a wind break and we started to set up camp. We first put down some underlay mats to keep any moisture and cold from coming through. Then lay down the car blanket. I then wrapped up in another blanket and used a jumper for a pillow. We ate our lunch with the view of the sea and the sun at our backs. Then Peter did the crossword while I rested and wrote postcards. After a couple of hours as the sun was going down and our fingers were getting very cold, we packed up and headed back to the car. As we were packing up Peter noticed some friends of ours walk by who we hadn't seen in years. So we all went into the cafe and caught up over a cup of hot chocolate. By the time we left Camber the sun was starting to set and the sheep in the field were laying down for the evening. It was the end to a wonderful day by the sea side.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Cupcake Card - CPS 107

Cupcake Card, originally uploaded by Bio-hazar.

This is my first attempt at using Letraset Promarkers to colour in a stamp. I just got these markers last weekend from Hobbycraft, but haven't tried them out. I needed to make sure I had the right type of stamping ink before I could proceed. Luckily I already had the ink I needed so I didn't need to get any extra supplies before I started. I decided to finally use my wonderful Shimelle Banana Frog "That Takes the Cake" stamps that In won from UKS. I stamped the images on Stampin' Up white card stock with Impress Jet Black Ink. Then I coloured them in using the Promarkers in Apricot, Terracotta, Blush, Pastel Pink, Ruby, Maroon, Sky Blue, Gold, and Grass. The finished result was better than I thought my first attempt would be and even thought that I could get away with making it into a card. For the card I followed the CPS sketch 107 and printed out some Rhonna Farrer Magic Rainbow digital papers, which were free downloads from Two Peas in a Bucket. I finished the card off with some free ribbons I got from a magazine, Flowers, Basic Grey glazed brad and a Crate paper rub on.