- anyway - I followed the instructions, and I was fine up to the bit with the frame and making the pockets. I just could not see where she was coming from (or how it would end up!) so I ended up creating my own pocket system.
Inside showing pockets
Then I did it again - using one sheet of heavy double sided scrapbook stock, and a lighter, contrasting pattern paper for the pockets - and I cut notches on the pocket edge so you could really see them. I also used a magnetic clasp to keep it neat. It is fairly plain because I had not decided it's place in live while I was making it - now I know it's destined to be an album/'book' I can add loads of extra bling. After having had a play I think it's better in the lighter weights - and it's a really novel album!
Guys - You know I rummage about on Ebay - and you also know I like to - shall we say be 'cost effective' (I love a bargain). I also hate to see people cheated out of there hard earned pennies when there is no need.
Why are folk paying OVER £6 on Ebay - for things that cost LESS than £5 (£4 if your are canny!). No wonder Ebay have had to stop using the advertising saying they save you money.
I am going to giving you 2 websites that you can get Cuttlebug dies and folders (and other stuff of course!), at REASONABLE - as in proper prices!!!!
Costs have gone up a bit because the exchange rate is just not as good as it was 9 months ago - that's life: but there is absolutely no reason what ever to spend over £6 on an embossing folder!!!!
I have been working on a new sign for the stall. I am nowhere near as good as the old goat, but I have made a start. Got a bit of out-lining and tidying to do - and I am going to add big gems and stuff - but it's quite cute really.
Have been to craft class today (yes, again! - have been every week this month, well, I need a boost). Janet took us today - Janet is much more technical and into clever things. http://www.mypaperwarehouse.co.uk/find.asp We made a swivel card - show you later - and - Just the cute-ist little file card/folder/wallet thingie, you have ever seen.
A5 size, all decorated, with ribbon and slide out pages to stamp/write on, and pages to add photos and a dangly heart tag and stuff. Really pretty.
This is the front view with the flap closed - and tied with ribbon .
And with the flap opened out so you can see the back as well - decorated as well, of course.
With the flap open so you can see the sliders
So thrilled with this - it promised to be a really useful addition to the shop.
It is quite a fiddle to get all the papers cut out, but it really is so cute.
you must have heard by now that H2Os are being discontinued (huge shame) and the company is selling everything off with a 40% discount.
I have been trying to buy 3 big packs for months but they are snowed under (wonder why that would be!). Finally managed it - the payment has just gone out yippee. The bill with post is under £70, that would buy, what, about 40 little pots here? I have 75 coming - well chuffed.
I don't often join in this one because I can never remember the sketches!
But - this just happened, and it's a lovely page. Well, so, ok, it's not a card - but it is verrrry pretty!
The new is the beautiful turquoise winter theme paper that I picked up in a sale last month - and the old - well the photo is last winter, the lettering gos waaay back, the brad is brand spanking new and the turquoise pearl matting is something I use a lot.
I did that slide show in photobucket and copied it across - it's a bit slow but bear with it!
The start is the beautiful green lawn - which is mush at the moment. Beside that is the new space (fence taken down) - corner of the house - new retaining wall - on the corner will be the fountain (moved from elsewhere) - that bed is built up along a bit to enclose the bed with the bamboo (that was the other side of the fence.
Does it all make sense??
It is getting sooo pretty. I can't tell you how great it is to be a bit better this year and be pottering about in the garden again. Let's hope the weather stays with us for a while
Sorry guys - this is a bad week, so not much going on.
Did go to craft class today - and did buy a penny black stamp. Our local shop has just been made distributors. Janet is not into the cuties (yet), but we have loads of the botanicals - And they are so beautiful. They stamp well too - which is good considering how bad I am at stamping.
Really looking forward to playing with my new stamp - but must rest.
Got a commission to finish off tomorrow - then I can have a go
I am sitting in the church office and there is not a soul around, so I am tidying up my shop titles (I can edit my site and my blog from anywhere). I have just realised how much the card side has taken over my texts and poems. It is ages since I worked on a full poem or hymn - even longer since I made a book for a poem or chant (really like those). I think the Mother Earth was the last one - and that was a commission!
Do you know what time the old goat rolled home?? Just in time for lunch - TODAY!!
On the plus side, he is now out in the garden building walls and flower beds for me to earn extra brownie points.
As for me - fibro flare I'm afraid - big time. Just don't feel attached to myself, everything hurts, can't keep my eyes focused. It's a gorgeous day and I want to be out there digging. Did plant a few little plants though. And gave the guys had half an hour agility work. It takes a huge amount of effort to work the dogs - you have to really concentrate, and so do they. On what you want them to do, what they are actually doing, what they MAY do, what you are going to do next, on what your feet are doing, on your body language to direct them, on how you are working as a team and I have 2 so they have to learn to wait and take turns.
Our trainer reckons half an hour training work gives dogs more 'work' exercise than 2 hours run in the park and is far more tiring - you can see why. It is just as well he recommends 20 / 30 minute chunks: that's all I can manage too!
Fiskars have just launched an amazing new punch - it goes round right angle corners.
Yes, the punched border on the cream inner is punched with one punch. It will edge round ANY size square as long as it is cut in whole inches (the USA still works in inches), you just put in as many of the (in this case) small flowers with stems as you need before you turn the corner.
It is a bit odd to explain, you need to see it in action. But Fiskars are clever bunnies, and as with their normal and circle border Punchs, it's all to do with the base.
I have just won some money in a competition so I am going to treat myself - they are around the £20 mark, but I think it is so versatile. You could do just a corner - a corner and a line - a corner and 2 lines. a corner and an uneven amount of sides - just the central border.
Oh, the middle is done with watercolouring stamps - just is case you were wondering!