Friday, 31 October 2008

Inspiration from Kristina!

Hi again
I love, love, love Kristina Werner's Blog she is soooo talented.  Make a card Monday is a must every week for me and now Finally Friday too so double helpings yeah!! 
Here is a card that I 'cased' from a MACM episode a couple of months ago - it took me forever to find the stamps they are called 'Cute as a button"  and are by a company called 'Technique Tuesday'  but they are going to get a lot of use (funny really thats how I justify most of my new stamp purchases!!!!!!!!) Anyways............. Do you love this stamp like I do?????

BOO! Halloween Fun!

Here are some cards I made for Halloween and also for the new Dinky Dots Den Challenge!  I altered my Magnolia stamps one I turned into a spidery witch and the other started off all angelic sat on her cloud with her little wings and pigtails, and then I turned her into a proper little devil................!!!!  Spider and Bats papers were Pink Petticoat downloads and are really fun.
Hope you like em?!
Belinda x

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Here come the girls!

Well I feel alive again, I'm out from under the duvet and I have one new card and two older ones to share. The new one is for a new Baby featuring a photo of my Daughter taken by her photography mad Father when she was about 6 months old.  The paper is from one of the Dots Downloads from Pink Petticoat I printed 4 images to one A4 sheet making it more suited to my card this works well for paper piecing too!  The 'So Sweet' stamp was 99p by Studio G. Faux Buttons are peel offs and available in lots of colours bought them last week and I love em!! Was quite pleased at how it turned out.

The other two cards I made a while ago, the Magnolia card has one of my favourite Magnolia images those little welly boots are sooo cute.  I paper pieced them and I also love the pink and brown colour scheme!  The flower is by Papermania with a little punched flower and brown brad, cuttlebug 'swiss dots' embossing folder background, and more dots on the paper, there seems to be a pattern forming........pardon the pun!!!
The other card again using Pink Petticoat Image (one of my favourite crafting resources) I love all their stuff if you haven't seen the new Christmas range  -  you must view them here 
This was made quite a while ago and is in my stash pile!
Belinda x

Friday, 24 October 2008

Tagged by Poppy

I have been given the honour of being tagged by Poppy

Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of the post by leaving their names as well s links to their blogs.

4. Let them know that they have been tagged, by leaving a comment on their blog

5, Link your tagger and list the rules on your blog.

FACTS about me:

1. I have a 13 year age gap between my two children.

2. I live directly behind a famous Bristol Landmark ( The Dower House)  it's the big yellow house on the hill above the M32.

3. I used to live right next to 'Big Pit Mining Museum' in Wales when I was a child, although it was then a disused pit.

4. When my daughter was due we hadn't agreed  names though we had a shortlist for boys and girls names.  I went into labour and she was born 2 days later on 'World Peace Day' (21st September) hence her name Olivia the meaning ' bringer of the olive branch, symbol of peace'.

5. Many years ago I had my Tarot Cards read and I was told that I would meet a man who would work on contracts and that I would have another child, neither of which I thought would ever be the case all those years ago.......... it came to pass.......spooky!!

6. I love mash potato sandwiches especially with salad cream........yum!!

7. I have an eye condition known as 'Keratoconus' this means that my corneas are irregular shaped and bumpy causing distortion and blurring of vision.  I was diagnosed about 3 years ago.

I will do my tagging tomorrow as I am full of cold and need to get some sleep asap.
Night, Night

Added Saturday -  I'd like to pass the tag to:
2 . Kim
3. Emma
6. Deb

Hope you can play girls!!

Belinda xxx

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Some little treat bags made from cellophane bags and tied with ribbon.  Tags which by the way I love are from SU from the US.  Love this set I bought from a seller in the US, they sell retired sets and with the dollar/pound exchange so good they work out really good even with the shipping.  Two sets fit in one of the international shipping envelope that they use and I think that the shipping worked out at about $13 for each envelope, really affordable.  
This set works with the SU small tag punch, and has a variety of different tags including Easter bunny, lovely blossom thank you, ribbon striped valentine and a gorgeous Christmas bauble one!
You will see more of SU sets I have purchased from this seller, and if anyone would like the details then email me and I will let you have them!

Slacking already, shame on me!

I'm ashamed that I've been very slack and cannot give any relevant excuses other than I was a little like this with my 5 year diary that could have lasted 8 years when I was a child. Though I'm quite enjoying popping things here that I know at the moment aren't really looked at by many!  That sounds a bit like a saddo I think, but as I haven't given links to this blog to people that I need to yet,  I want to get in the swing and try to sound at least a tad interesting!!!!
Anyway a few projects:  I thought maybe doing some challenges would be a good way to kick off and I enjoyed this one it was for 'A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge' , didn't enter it as again that might mean peeps looking -  doh!!
Sugar Nellie stamp she is so pretty!  DP from a 12x12 pad bought ages ago by Dena, flowers from Silly Monkey Crafts, Ribbon from Hobbycraft, Letter stickers from a page kit from my local cheap shop (Rajani's), green card also used for SU punched scallop from DCWV paper stack and black swirls from American Crafts rub on book ( I love these but they were tricky to apply to this DP), am I the only one who has issues with rub ons??!!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

A few things to share, firstly  a card using a stamp from the Sugar Nellies range.  A luggage tag has the image mounted on it bought in a pack from WH Smith, papers from a stack of male designs name escapes me, stamped name using Karen Foster Snap Stamps (love these) and lastly Skittle-Dee-Doo Sizzix Decorative Strip for the 'U Rock' sentiment, brilliant investment, I got mine for about £12.

Second a picture of Livvy the other day, looking like she was living in Siberia, we were seeing Grandma who likes to see Livvy 'wrapped up warm' . Livvy does have a tendency to get wheezy when she has a cold, so when we see Grandma we bundle her up a bit so we don't get told off!
The weather here today was lovely and fingers crossed the forecast says the same again for us in our little corner of world tomorrow.  
Must just plug a few places in Bristol that have some great bargain craft items, the first is called Rajani (in Fishponds) and it is a huge store selling everything imaginable, a huge range of candles and masses of picture frames, my fave purchases are packs of shaded card in varying sizes, suitable for card making and at 89p a pack they are a steal.  I will upload a photo of these tomorrow. Today I bought Red shades and Purple shades, but don't tell Neil.  They also do sweets and choccies branded and un-branded for bargain prices, great for all those lovely treat boxes and bags that I am seeing on all the clever crafters blogs at the moment.  They do have a large stationery and craft section, in my opinion some of this can be a bit cheap looking, but worth a rummage!  Another note to self -do not give him this blog address until this post is at least on page 3, he'll never read past page 2!  
There is a lovely Craft shop in Kingswood called 'Hooked on Crafts', with a very friendly and helpful owner, their stickles are the cheapest I've found locally.  Nice selection of stuff that isn't available at places like Hobbycraft including easymount.
Will add some more local bargain plugs soon!
Belinda x

Hello Mum!!

I must start this post with a shout out to my Mum (Joy).  I gave her the info over the phone of the Blog address, but...............when I arrived at hers the following day, she informed me that my Blog didn't exist!  Mum is fairly new to computers and my Brother set her and Dad up earlier this year with a Mac, wow , great I hear you say - ummmmm yes, well!!!!! Turns out that she had been popping a space in between the words in the blog address, ahhhhhh bless!!  It's not just the over 60's though, Neil had to rescue his Brother on Tuesday who had been trying to use a portable internet device on his PC for 2 days insisting that he couldn't get on the internet with it and it was 'rubbish' , however when Neil checked he had been typing in www.goggle!!  When Neil had stopped rolling around the floor in hysterics he told Chris what he was doing wrong!!!  So middle aged and senior aged (I'm being tactful here because she's reading this!) we can all have a bit of technical difficulty from time to time!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Christmas Cards, don't be fooled!!

Well as promised here are some cards to share.  
The Halloween Card I made last night is a Download from  
she is called Lulu Witch and I think she's fab!!!  The image comes in three sizes on the download and there is a Wizard available too, that is equally as cute! Picture is a little dark, the weather in Bristol today - PANTS!! 
I've coloured her with Promarkers and used SU Dimensionals to give her a little space to wiggle her broomstick!!  Black Paper doodled  with White Signo Gel Pen, Orange self adhesive paper from DCWV matt stack Autumn, Ribbon from Hobbycraft.  Little black jewels in corners to look like brads! 
I don't usually make cards this big (folded A4) but wanted to try the larger image first!

Now you may be fooled into thinking that like other card makers in blogland that I am super efficient and have been designing and creating my Christmas cards for several months,...........uh noooooo!  These are last years and I am as usual chasing my tail, and need to get my metaphorical finger out!!!!!!!
As I have quite a few past creations to share, it seems only fair that on each post that I add these oldies I also have to add a new one made that day or within the previous few days.  
So this is my note to self - 'get organised and get your blooming finger out!'
Belinda x

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Family Fun with Thomas

Today Neil and I took Livvy (just turned two) to see her current TV favourite - Thomas the Tank Engine at Bitton Railway Station.  The Fat Controller for those less sizist -  Sir Topham Hat shook her hand and she pretended to be coy!!!!!!! She's so loud normally that anyone who knows her can see through her little ploy!  In fact if they had seen her a 1/2 hr later yelling at the top of her voice in the shop when I wrenched the Thomas umbrella from her grasp, they would know the truth!!!  Anyways she loved our steam train journey as did we highly recommended!
Over the next week or so I plan to share some of my past stuff here and see what you think!!  I will also share some stuff about what's happening in life with me and mine!!  I also hope to set up an area of my blog that will be for the customers present and future of my Creative Memories Business.  This will let my customers know when I have offers and about Workshops, Open House Events and all things Scrapbooking relating to my Business, so watch this space!
Belinda x

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Time to be out there!!

I have been reading and viewing all the fantastic blogs out there for such a very long time, the inspiration and smiles that these have given me have brightened many a British 'Summer' and long chilly Winter Night!
I had this crazy idea that just maybe I might be able to have some interesting things to share!!! Well I guess that remains to be seen....................!
So for now welcome to my little space and I hope that you can find something to stop you falling asleep in front of your keyboard!!