Tuesday, 31 March 2009

OK magazine is out today

and Laura is in it!! This is the article and she was the only winner whose photo was used and she is very chuffed - bless her. The photo of all of us was taken as we arrived at the reception by the official OK photographer.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Liam's 1st Birthday

Well my darling boy was 1 today and we bought him a swing and he loved it as you can see! He also enjoyed sharing his eggie sandwiches with Grandad!! He was such a good boy and loved everyone being there.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Morning Sweetness

There is a great free digi kit at Elementals called Morning Sweetness so I grabbed it and made this quick card. Aren't the colours gorgeous? So happy and spring like.

Monday, 23 March 2009

1st Birthday Train

Liam is 1 on Sunday and this is his card from us. Made with the crafters companion Boy CD and inspired by Ginger - thanks pal! I made his invitations using the train with a picture of him and Iggle Piggle in it and this image will be on his cake too. We also sent a big A3 size card with the same picture into CBeebies and will be watching on Sunday to see if they show it!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Happy Mothers Day

to everyone. Here is my Mum's card that I just quickly made!!

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Tommy's Awards Ceremony

Well we had a fantastic day. Gorgeous weather, great journey and everyone was lovely - we felt like celebs for the day honestly! David & Carrie Grant - who were hosting the event, were so gracious and such lovely people and she is absolutely stunning IRL. She told Laura how beautiful she was and how she had said to David as they walked in how beautiful that young girl is and didn't realise it was Laura! She said her story was incredible and then proceeded to grab my hand and drool over my nails - which boosted my confidence somewhat!!!! She is very funky and carries it off so well and I had black and silver animal print tips. Russ said I should have told her that I did them myself and I could have got some celeb business - typical him!

Terri Dwyer and Nancy Sorrell were fab too, such lovely normal people - no airs or graces. Beautiful hotel and the lunch was sensational. We sat with Phillipa Forrester who presented Laura with her award and it was so emotional. She read out my nomination letter before she called Laura up onto stage and I was discreetly videoing and then she summoned me up onto the stage to have my photo taken for OK with her and Laura. A few tears were shed, it was surreal listening to her reading our story. We were all so proud of Laura and her older brother got quite emotional too, he was 5 when Laura was born so has some memories. The rest of the photos will be in OK, not sure when yet.

Came home with lovely memories, goody bags and a years subscription to Candis and Laura got a £250 cheque too! Just in time for holiday spends!!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

A page for Liam's scrapbook

The cheeky little monkey found the tissue box whilst I was out of the room getting his juice!!

Friday, 13 March 2009

Johnny & Lisa's message to Laura on Capital Radio

this morning! She had no idea and we were in the car going to college! She was completely surprised when they played it! I love Johnny Vaughn and Lisa Snowdon and we always listen to their show in the mornings in the car. Thanks guys!

50th card

For my best friends hubby. Cut on the Cricut using Design Studio. Sorry I cut the balloon off at the top!!

Gorgeous new Prima flowers

Look what the post lady just bought me!! Aren't they just scrummy?! 4 lots of gorgeous new Prima flowers. I love them!

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Vicky the Goth!

I have just bought this fab digi stamp from Chris and coloured her in a goth colour theme. This would be great for cards for goth teenage girls. I haven't made her into a card yet but she is going to be so versatile. Isn't she gorgeous and a bargain at 99p, go and take a look as there are more! I just adore the Manga style look of these little darlings, she is one very clever lady!

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

My Laura has won.....

the Tommys Triumph Award for a premature baby who survived against all odds and has grown up and achieved great things!! I nominated her after seeing Samantha Bond talking about it on This Morning at the beginning of Feb and completely forgot all about it!! This afternoon I got the email to say she had won We have to attend an awards ceremony next Friday in London at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hyde Park, meet celebrities, have a champagne reception, posh dinner and Phillipa Forrester is presenting Laura with her award. OK Magazine are covering the event and Laura has to give interviews to them and to Candis magazine who are the sponsors. Oh my goodness, now we have to find something to wear, mmm our nails and hair will need doing - well at least I can do our nails now!! ........oh my gosh!!!!!!!!

Monday, 9 March 2009

I've been tagged!

by Tracy to show you the 4th photo in one of my files and as we are back off to Florida again in 5 weeks (yippee!!!!) I thought I would share one of our Discovery Cove photos where we went swimming with the dolphins. The photo is of me, my husband and 3 of my 5 children with Jenny our dolphin for the day having a belly rub!! It was taken 2 years ago this week actually and was one of the most memorable days of our lives.

and a few more!!

I am going great guns now, so much so I had to order new supplies last night!

Sunday, 8 March 2009

A few more....

that I made this morning. Isn't it a glorious day with the sun streaming in through the windows? Have a great day whatever you are doing.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Cards for the card sale

Been a busy little bee today making cards for my daughter to take into work to sell. This is what I have come up with so far. I have really enjoyed doing these. I hate making the same card twice so there is quite a selection!! I took the photos once they were bagged up - doh! so the light is reflecting off the bags, sorry! Combination of digi papers, elements and coloured images, too many to mention (or remember!!)

Friday, 6 March 2009

Prima Hybrid card

A very quick but pretty card using digi and real elements from Prima Hybrid and a metal spacer from my stash for the centre of the flower.

Downloadable images to colour

Thanks to Enfys, I found this Picasa web album where you can download lots of lovely images in black and white and then print and colour them. They are rather large so you have to be able to resize them in a photo editing programme. There is even a Sarah Kay album. Go and take a peek here

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Liam on the computer!

This is Liam's new favourite game, banging on Nanna's keyboard and watching the screen move!! He learnt very quickly that the arrow keys do that just look at those gorgeous little chubby fingers and look at his face which is almost saying "am I allowed to do this Nanna?"!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

1st Messy Rabbit card

My cd arrived yesterday so today I made this for my grandchildren to give their other Nana. It has the pop up bunnies inside and if you pull the tab their tails wiggle - so cute!

Comparison of different cardstock for colouring mediums.

In my quest to find the perfect card for colouring in with Copics and Promarkers and for taking inkjet printer ink vibrantly and true, I have carried out a test on the current card I use against my new find! I was using the Concord record cards and it was fine but my colours never looked vibrant enough. My son works for a paper company so I asked him for some samples and have found the coated poster paper is far superior as the colour stays on 'top' and is much more vibrant. He got me a 30m roll so I will be ok for a while, but obviously it is not available to the general public so I searched around and found the next best thing is this Duo-Matte 220gsm coated on both sides inkjet photo paper from Tonik. Just wanted to share my find with you all, happy colouring!!!

These are my results.

The top picture is where I have also tested the SU Whisper White cardstock and whilst this is lovely card it still doesn't take the colours as vibrantly. The SU card is on the left and you can see the red copic marker looks almost orange on it compared to the new paper.

Next are pink petticoat papers with the cream background - the normal paper on the left and the new one on the right and you can clearly see that the cream background colour doesn't show as well on the ordinary high quality inkjet paper and that the brown is less vibrant.

The middle picture is comparing with promarkers and the bottom is copics, the paper on the bottom is the new coated card and the one on the top is the ordinary Concord card, you can see the difference in the vibrancy of the colours.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit

Oh my goodness have you seen this? I just happened to switch create and craft on and Joanna was demoing the new messy rabbit cd's, they are sooooo cute so I went to her website and ordered them, can't wait to play!!