Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas craft 2

I have ner really got 'tags' as never know what to do with them. However, I made this one to go on a canvas. The background was left over ink on my glass mat. I have been recently using my melt pot thanks to the inspiration from the fab Hels Sheridan. If you get a chance her blog is just fab. Whilst tiding my craft room, I didn't have a space to sit!! I found some grunge paper so made the poinsettia using Tim Holtz die. To finish off I scraped some coloured textured paste through a stencil.

I am now going to enjoy the peace of Ian sleeping!!!

Bev xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The Ashes Continued

Having watched the 1st and 2nd test through the night we vowed not to do it again as we couldn't keep up the pace!! Famous last words! For the first 3 days we tended to wake about 6 and watch until the end. On day four we decided to set the alarm for 4am thinking it would be all over by the end of play. How wrong we were. In a moment of madness, due mainly to the effect of red wine, we got up at 2.30am! We went back to bed for half an hour during the lunch break!! It was great fun and at one point we did think England might just win.

It was a crazy, daft thing to do and it has taken us a couple of days to recover!! Dear Tim uttered the immortal words:


Will we do it again for the 4th and 5th test - probably!!

Bev x

Christmas Craft

My first attempt at a Christmas house decorations. I got carried away and forgot to take pictures as I went along.

First attempt

 I added two coats of gesso, pale blue and  followed by snowtex and glitter.
The Christmas tree came from a poundshop. It had to be cropped and chopped to fit in!! The baubles and bells were originally gold. I used silver alcohol ink to jazz them up a bit. All the other bits and pieces were made using my bigshot and various paints.  The lights nearly learnt to fly as they were fiddly to use!!

2nd attempt originally a black and gold house, not certain what I was going to use it for. I again used gesso, paint, glitter and alcohol inks. I was a bit more adventurous with my big shot cutting out more bits and pieces. 

They were fun to do.   Bev xxx

Monday, 9 December 2013

We're getting too old!!!

To continue our fab week!! We decided in a moment of madness to stay up and watch the 2nd Ashes test. As I go back to work in March this is something we would not be able to do again!!! The evenings started at 11.30pm with strong coffee!!  We did occasionally doze off about 3 in the morning! Often I would sit and complete a craft project. Art journalling in the middle of the night is great fun.

We had further caffeine during the teams lunch and tea breaks! We usually crashed for a couple of hours before Tim came home from school.

Although we did not win it has given us some great memories and confirmed we are mad!! Will we do it again during this series?? Probably, but not when they play in Perth as the match does not start until 2am!!!

Go England Go!!!!

Bev xx

What a week

We had a fab week last week. It started with almost 500 year 5 pupils going on a Star Trail where they were told the Christmas Story. It started with a  secret shared with Mary, the precious gifts brought for a special baby, the gifts we can share with others, a resting place in the desert and the holy refugees. It ended with the crib in Bethlem.

It was hard work but good fun, we even managed to print over 50 tags to give to the kids as reminder of the star trail. It was also good for Ian and I to catch up with old friends.

These are pictures of the different stations.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Oh dear

Despite my best intentions my blog is very neglected. I cannot believe we are only 3 weeks away from Christmas and 3 months until I return to work.
I have been enjoying my time off and have been doing a lot of art journalling and faffing with inks and paints. I have moved more into mixed media art and loving it. Ian thinks I should not be left alone in my craft room as I have burnt my toes, yes toes with utee, fingers with hot glue and have given up counting the number of times I have drunk the water for my paint!!!!

I am now going to try and be clever and post a picture of my desk. We live in hope.

I had not realised just how messy my desk was. The floor is worse, its like an obstacle course!!! It keep the boys out of my room. At the moment I am altering Christmas houses and making ATC's.
Lots of love xxx

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Another year, another blog

Well it 2013 and I've been away from my blog for too long. Its been an interesting few months!! Despite a difficult summer with Ians health it is now looking good. Waiting for the consultant to confirm the nurses view he is in remission.

I have been doing lots of crafting and have being in my craft room. I am now getting into scrapbooking and went on my first craft retreat. Fab and met some great people. I've done Sir Andys timeworn course - brilliant with a capital B. I have just started the Evil Elixir course. I'm loving art journalling. I just love faffing with paint.

I will look to post some pictures of my efforts sometime soon.

Lots of love and happy crafting. xx