Saturday, 30 October 2010


It is the end of day two at the Getaway Hotel. The delegates have attended five classes and only two remain.

Ok, p!*s take over. Sorry, didn't sleep well last night and I'm shattered. Just waiting for my bath to cool and winding down a little. Turned on the TV and he first thing that confronted me was the news, solider shot dead in Afghanistan. Just what I wanted to hear! *sigh* so a little bit het up now (have switched it off, nothing on anyhow!)

It also means I get to show you a little of what I've been up to here. I missed rush hour on Friday *woop* and arrived in the crop room to this beauty.

 Opened it up to discover...

Well impressed! Sugar = Scrap/study energy boost!

I'm not going to show you everything tonight, it's too late for that. But I will share a class LO and one of my own. The first class I did was Tree Top Tales by the wonderful Sheena. The cutting out at 21:30 after a loong day traveling was bloody difficult! The Lo isn't quite finished, but I need to have a good think first. Here it is so far:
I then flopped into this lovely bed
And true to form, didn't sleep!

So, before I leave you all to have a go at sleeping round two, here's the other LO I promised you.

Made with the October Go-go kit and some cardstock from my stash.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Operation Paper packages

I'm sure the hardest part about retreats is the packing, not of clothes, photo's and stash! It's taken pretty much the entire weekend! However, I am now sorted. I've a sore back from taking my stash downstairs then up again.

So what am I taking I hear you cry. Well, October's Go-go kit, as it's a ready made one and a few extra bits of cardstock and this

A few pretty papers and cardstock and bits. I'm actually quite proud of myself, it's the first 'kit' I've put together for me to use. I've also got my tools down to one dinky box too. How good am I!!!

 Before I go pack, I wanted to show you another of the LO's I've done over the last month. It showcases one of Metro's summer wonders in the garden (she never normally leaves it, except for today when she disappeared for 30 mins, which is a loooong time for her, rascle!)

The flower in the corner is part of some Jillibean Soup packaging with the embroidery thread wrapped around. It looks effective but was such a pain!!! I can't take credit for it though, Nicola's LO that started it and I know the wrapped thread came from somewhere but I can't remember where!! If it's you, let me know and I'll link it up!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Operation Snap and Nearly November?!

Seriously?! Where did October go?! It's been absolute chaos! Visiting family, travelling, organising, stressing you know, the usual 'life in the way' kinda thing. Then, about a fortnight ago, I couldn't access blogger, it just kept redirecting me. However, this appears to be sorted... On the plus side, I do have stuff to show you!!

Since I'm away next weekend (Go-go Getaway *bounce*) I wanted to show you some stash. My mum kindly found space in her suitcase for an order from Two Peas in a Bucket.

Plenty of goodies. I'm planning on joining along with Shimelle's JYC again (never know, I might finish), hence the red and peppermint theme! Can't wait to use some of these.

I've also done some scrapping (I know!) So I do have a few LO's to show you and now need a new album! Most of theme were made using the September Go-go kit.

You can't see the dimension so well in the main photo, but it can't go in my album, it'll get too sqwished!

Speaking of the Getaway, Operation Snap has been completed successfully (from my end at any rate!). My pics for the classes (along with a few extra's) have been ordered. Next up, Operation Paper Packages (aka: additional stash to take)!

I shall bid you all a good night and if I can still get on blogger tomorrow, try and catch up with you all!!!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Etsy Friday: Pocket Money Embelishments

Question: What happened to last week?! Who nicked it! It's Friday again :D I like Fridays. Last day of the working week (or sometimes my day off if I have to work Saturday) and I get to share what I've been eying up during the week!
So, since it's payday (for me at any rate) I decided not to tempt you all with pretty shoes, tiaras, expensive things. I had a look round at things for scrapping... So, in the words of a well known shopping channel, "It's time for today's Hot Picks!"

Ephemera Inspiration

Bitty Kit is a little kit of ephemera, 20 pieces infact all for the princley sum of £3.00. It's all vintage bits and lets face it, vintage ephemera isn't all that easy to get your hands on in smaller quantities and prices!

Pastel Fabric Tape

I love this stuff! It's quite hardy and looks like fabric! (possible because it is, it's just easier to stick down!) Good on mini books and LO's and for thing where a bit of grip is required (think glass jars!)

Bakers Twine

I've seen how much some places charge for this stuff! But it is amazing on projects. Tags, wrapping and even baked goodies! This particular link is for the lime green and white variety. But if that's not your flavour, Check out SupplyOwl's shop. She's got red and white and blue and white too.

Seam binding

For all you dressmakers out there, put your binding to good use in scrapping. It's super cheap and durable. Try edging your paper for a really unusual look. or use it as ribbon if you like. You can also use it to bind minibooks, but you need MAJOR amounts of patience!

Digital designs

Before you screech "I don't do digi!!!" and move on, bear with me, promise it's worth it. You can use digital designs as part of your page (like you didn't already know) Not only that, you can get almost any design and any colour. I've found maps, cards, papers the lot! Just try searching, see what you find. These are intended as ATC's. But I have LO plans for these and some Stampoutiqe stamps if no-one gets in first!

Embossed paper buttons

I've been gagging for a Martha Stewart embossed button punch since I first saw it about 9 months ago! However, punches are expensive and I want to be sure I'll use it before I buy. When I first saw these (and others) on Etsy, I thought "what's the point, I could make my own" The point is, they're cheap, cheaper than real buttons. You can get pretty much any colour you want and you have a tonne to play with before committing to the expense!

I hope they inspire you to do something! Happy scrapping!