Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Murder meal

A good friend of ours likes to hold murder mystery meals, and as it was her partner's birthday another one was planned for the weekend.
Set in the 1960s,I had been given the character of Mary-Jane Faithless, and Kev the carousing actor Oliver Steed.

 Looking at the costumes, Kev's is an old velvet suit we bought for a fancy dress party years ago, and (sadly) all the items for mine were hiding in my wardrobe. I do wear them (apart from the shirt) but not normally all together!

Everyone else joined in, with the birthday boy a version of Brian Sewell, and Susie as the super model  'Wiggy'.

The parties take far longer than they should for us to get through as we mess about so much, and only two of the eight worked out who the murderer was, but solving the crime is not really the point!

Another is planned for the summer. :)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Hobbycraft at the NEC

Quiet on here of late as I haven't been crafting much due to pressure of work, so not much to share.
Even this weekend I didn't craft, but only because I had been shopping with my sister yesterday, and visited the Hobbycraft show at the NEC today.

 I do still go twice a year: the tickets have increased in price, but as I get mine using Tesco vouchers they cost a third of the list price.  I don't even pay to park as Kev drops me and picks me up... more money for stash!  Sadly (for our bank balance) I went overboard today, but there were many bargains to be had this year!

I picked up an upgrade to my Big Shot in the Plus version, which I had asked Kev to get for my birthday, so buying that didn't really count...
Along with it I got some free dies, and found alongside them lots that were reduced in price.

An sei scrapbooking kit, two years old but papers and lots of embellishments all still gorgeous.

The little WRMK bag matches my craft tote and is so cute I couldn't resist it.

Finally, don't think I forgot about Kev today: after all, he did drop me and pick me up from the NEC. I found some items to help him with his woodcraft.

Wouldn't want him to feel left out!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Stash Bash PL style

On UKScrappers this year we are being challenged each month to use our stash in four different layouts. One of the challenges for March was to make a page in the style of Project Life.

As I do have quite a number of PL cards (some bought, others swapped) I had a go at using a large number of them on a 12x12 page. 

Some were used to make the grid style, others I cut up to add embellishments.

The page is all about a pair of Dorothy shoes I bought at the end of last year, and the PL style was perfect as I only had one photo of me wearing the shoes, plus a picture found on the internet.

I added lots of Washi tape, a sprinkle of gems and a few wooden shapes to finish the page, along with a mixed font, part glittered title. Lots of stash used, 3 more challenges to go this month.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Project Life January

I always find this month hard to complete in  my Project Life album as it is sooooo quiet! The first six days have been covered by the end of my Christmas journal and then not much else seems to go on.

I did manage to find a few January photos (thanks to my phone!) and add them to my PL pages.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Mother's and Father's Day

Today is both Mothering Sunday, and my Dad's birthday, so we will be out for Sunday lunch as a treat. The card for Mum (and Kev's Mum) were both made using Anna Griffin embossing folders and Papermania floral papers.

My Dad's card uses Graphic45 papers and a few vintage cars... typical man's card!

Looking forward to not having to cook lunch :)

Friday, 13 March 2015

More Embossed cards

I had a play with my Anna Griffin embossing folders last weekend with removable sentiments, making a variety of cards to stash away for future occasions.

No-one wants to have to send a sympathy card but they are always gratefully received, especially when they are hand made.

I used Papermania Natural  papers and 5x7 Kraft cards along with a few bows and Anna Griffin flowers and butterflies.

Some of the sentiments are the chalkboard stamps I bought a while back, they give the cards a more updated look.

 I'm still loving the faux enamel dots, they seem to be appearing on everything I make at the moment!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Vintage Wedding Photos

Back in the 1960's my Dad was best man for his brother at his wedding in South East London.

 I used Graphic 45 papers to match the vintage photos, some lace and words cut from Project Life cards.

I added cream animal dots after photographing for that finishing touch!