Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Scrap Like You Mean it Week 25

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It's been a while since I've done one of Shimelle's Scrap Like You Mean It challenge over on UKScrappers. Actually been a while since I've done much scarpbooking at all. However, managed to do this quick LO for this weeks challenge to use Blue & Green. This LO is for my heritage album. My Mom has just sent me these photo's of my parents wedding, so I thought I'd use them. I used PageMaps June sketch for the layout and used Polka Dot Embossed Bazzill card stock, Basic Grey Wisteria papers, stickers and brads. Edges were inked with Ranger Distress Ink in Broken China. Title was cut out on a Craft Robo using Missed Your Exit font. Then finished off the LO with buttons and a flower.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Long Time No Scrap!

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Well I finally got some scrapbooking done today. Although it was just finishing off the journaling on a couple of LOs that have been sitting around unfinished for a few months.

This LO is for my personal album and is of me when I was about 2. The papers I've used are from the Create Mia collection and I've embellished with felt and paper flowers and brads.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

ISMAKI, Penny Black and more!

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Well it's been a busy weekend of card making. With Father's Day tomorrow and a couple of birthdays as well, it's been a mad rush. For inspiration, of course, I went straight for the ISMAKI challenge blog. I made this first card based on their sketch and used K&Co paper scraps I had left over. I also embellished the card with EmbelliScrap shapes. The stamp images I used are Penny Black "A Great Surprise" stamp, which I've had for some time and not used yet. I coloured in the stamp image with Promarkers. Since I was using a Penny Black stamp, I decided to see what the Penny Black Saturday challenge was this week as well. The PB challenge was to use embossing, so I embossed the large big circle in the back with Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy then inked with distress ink. Which was the option for the ISMAKI challenge to use distress inks.

As it's Father's Day tomorrow, I've made two cards for that. I was a bit cheeky and made two of the same design. I got the idea for this card out of the latest edition of Canadian Scrapbooker, which my Mom so kindly brought over with her. I used Basic Grey paper and the rest was made of scraps of left overs I keep. The edge of the circle is hand drawn stitched and the edges of the card are inked with distress ink.

The fourth card I made was another birthday card. I got some new stamps for my birthday which I used to make this card. I then coloured the image with my Promarkers. The circle was embossed using Cuttlebug "Diamonds in the Rough" embossing folder and then inked with Nick Bantock ink. The rest of the card was made from left over scraps of paper from Sassafras and My Minds Eye.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Testing mobile blog

Testing mobile blog

Woo Hoo! It worked.... I sent this post from my phone during my lunch today. After I had a nice yummy Inoccent Veggie Pot. Sorry it's nothing exciting, but I thought with Mom and Dad coming over from Canada tomorrow it would be good to be able to blog from my phone. So keep an eye out for some more interesting posts coming soon.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

More Birthday Celebrations!

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Well the celebrations for my 40th are still going strong. After a shortened work week, it was time for more festivities. This time at the London South Bank. We went down to the South Bank Centre to check out the Slow Food Market. I was especially looking out for a little van that I knew was going to be there called Jimmy! He is a converted ice cream van that now brings chocolate joy to the world and is called Choc Star! As we drove through the South Bank, we saw Choc Star right away, so after some time finding a parking spot, off we headed straight for Jimmy. I had the original chocolate brownie sundae with hot fudge sauce and Peter had the Blondie brownie with caramel sauce. It was a bit of a cold day, so we stood in a sheltered area next to a exhaust vent to keep warm. Then we walked around the rest of the Slow Food Market and has some samples of bread, humus, venison and pigeon sausages. After looking around we decided to have kofte lamb burgers for our lunch/tea. It started to lightly spit, so we bought a couple of coffees and retired inside the Royal Festival Hall. After some browsing in the bookshop and a nice long leisurely stroll along the river, we headed back to Choc Star for a nice Jamaican Hot Chocolate. Petra even threw in a gorgeous chocolate truffle made with amazing Willie's pure cacao chocolate free for my birthday. Thanks again Petra!

Then it was back to the Festival Hall for the main event of the evening, seeing the Kodo drummers. Peter knows that I'm am a big fan of the Kodo drummers, and when he found out they were coming to London so close to my birthday, he knew it would make a great birthday present. He managed to get seats just 4 rows from the stage. They weren't even the expensive seats. They were the row behind us. When we were aloud to go into the Hall, I was surprised just how good the seats were. We had left our camera's in the car, as no photography was allowed during the show, so we only had our phone cameras. We took this photo before the show started to prove were were there. The concert was amazing. The show started off with the usual drumming you would expect from Kodo and then three guys came out with about about 2 meters worth of bamboo strapped to their backs and sticking up above their heads all decorated with flowers. The were also wearing very brightly decorated costumes, as well as carrying drums. You think at first that the bamboo is just for decoration, and then all of a sudden one of the guys bends right over and slaps the bamboo on the floor of the stage by just using his back. All through the rest of the number the three drummers with the bamboo slap the floor in different patterns. Some times alone and other times together in a circle. It was just jaw dropping, heart pounding excitement. The concert just got better and better from then on. It definitely was the best birthday present EVER!

Monday, 1 June 2009

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Well today is my birthday and also my last day to have our fourth meal out. This time I decided to go out for lunch, as it's back to work tomorrow I didn't want to have a late night out. So we headed over to Beckenham to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen. We got there and it was very quiet. Only one other table was occupied. We found a nice little corner booth and perused the menu. We first ordered a couple of shakes. I had an oreo and Peter had a banana. Then we made our order, a Buffalo burger for Peter and I got a Greek Lamb with houmus, tzatziki and a tomato relish. We also ordered a portion of chips to share. The burgers came they they were so huge, you couldn't get your mouth around them. I opted to not eat the big white bun and use a knife and fork for the rest. Where as Peter ate his in layers from the top down.

After lunch we went around to the in-laws who were baby sitting my neices. They had taken them up into town and had brought back some Cin-a-bons. They put in some candles in the buns, sung me Happy Birthday and my neices helped me blow out my candles.

This brought an end to my four meals for each decades. Peter asked me which meal represented which decades. So I thought about it and came up with this order. I think the brunch would represent my first decade. As it was made up of eggs, which is the beggining of life. Then the Gourmet burger was my teen years. The picnic would be my 20's because during most of this time in my life I lived by the lakeshore. That would leave the Tapas to represent the last 10 years of my life. I think this is good because in the last 10 years I've moved to England and visited European countires.

I hope that you have all enjoyed reading all my adventures for my 40th birthday.

Picnic in the Park

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Sunday saw another beautiful day of sunshine, so we made plans to meet some friends at Danton park for a picnic. After church we picked up a few things from home and then headed to the park to meet our friends. We got there just on time, but our friends who live closer to the park and have been before got lost and was late. LOL

We found a nice bit in the park under some trees and set up for the day. We had some lunch and then played a bit of cricket. We split up into teams and played an over each player. In the end we ended up in a draw. Almost like proper cricket! Then the kids ran around for a bit, played on the monkey bars and kicked around the football for awhile. While the adults had a lazy day sitting in the shade and having a nice chat catching up. We spent the whole afternoon in the park. Then after our friends to take the kids home for a good bath, Peter and I took a nice walk down though the park, by the manor house and along the boating lake. Where we saw lots of different ducks, Coots, Geese, Mute Swan. We also saw lots of baby ducks as well. It was a nice way to finish off the day. I think I got a bit of sun though, as when we got home I felt very wiped out, but didn't do anything all day so it must have been the heat.