Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blog Candy

For anyone who has a bit of a sweet tooth, there is some candy at Julie's Leapblog. Why don't you drop by and have a chance of getting something, but remember to drop by before 8pm GMT on Monday 2nd March

Friday, February 27, 2009

On a roll today

As Billy was working today, the Refinery has a big shutdown ongoing, decided to spend the day cardmaking for the March birthdays. Managed to get four done.

The first card is for Grace at works birthday tomorrow. It will be a day late in being delivered. Used on of the images on the cd that came along with Papercraft Essentials Issue 37 and decoupaged the large butterfly and used Sakura glaze pens to highlight the wings.

The second card is for Marylin, aka Mog, who I used to work with in Stewart & Watson's. Again using an image from the cd and decoupaging one of the fairy queens and using white Sakura glaze pen to highlight the decoupaged wings.

The third card, is for Rita & Doug's wedding anniversary. Took out my 'Bug'. Using the heart die in the Olivia Alphabet set cut out three hearts in differing shades of red and pink. In the same shades of red and pink cut out a plain circle and scalloped circle using my nestability dies. Made a DL card and trimmed an inch off the front, matted on the front of the card a piece of Bo Bunny's Ella Strip. Mounted the hearts and circles so that they overhung the cut edge. The sentiment I printed off using Word.

The final card of the day, is my Dad's birthday card. He is 80 this year. At first I thought about doing something with the numbers 8 and 0, but couldn't get it to work. So decided to rummage through my Wendy Stenton templates and came across the wine bottle template and it seemed to speak to me. Cut it out as though I was going to use it as a card, but mounted it onto a C5 card trimming off the extra at the top. Using Word did the label '80 years old, What A Vintage'. Using the Sizzix Shadow Box to cut out 'Dad' in two shades of green. Once I had all these fixed onto the card, I felt it was still missing something. Ended up getting a photo taken of my Dad on his birthday a couple of years and mounted it on the same cardstock that I used for the bottle.

School Sports Day

This week has seen the school practising for Sports Day. So yesterday, off we went on the buses to Batelco's Sports Centre. The class was divided in four teams, Red, Green, Yellow and Blue. With me in charge of the green team, Neomi with the blues, Amy with the yellows and Grace with the reds.

The kids, Grace, Amy and Neomi ready and waiting for the bus.

The green team with Claudette.

Last Friday's efforts

Apologies to those who follow my blog, despite saying I would try and update the Palace noticeboard a bit more regularly, I haven't been able to do so. At least last weekend I managed to get some cards done for upcoming birthdays. Two for male friends based in Saudi whose birthdays are in the second week of March. Got them posted on Sunday, and have my fingers crossed that the cards arrive on time. The post to Saudi is a bit slow just now, something that isn't unusual.

Used the same tie template, from Papercraft Essentials Issue 37, for both cards just used different colours, which give each card a totally different look. For Bill's card used stripes of backing paper from Printable Heaven's Dots, Spots and Polka Dots selection. Again went to Printable Heaven for Mike's card and their Stripes selection.

Bill Mike

Got a bit confused when my friend, Annie's birthday is, and got her card done. At least I am ahead there. Confusion arose as Annie's birthday is a couple of days after her and Mike's anniversary, but for some reason I had got it into my head that it was just after Mike's birthday. For Annie's card I used an iris folding template from Cardmaking & Papercraft Issue 61 and followed the instructions for the card and used papers from K & Company's Brenda Walton's 6x6 Scrapbook Designer Papers.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sorted - well almost

I am slowly getting the class resources into some kind of order that I can work. We had a week off last week and unlike the rest of the Nursery staff I didn't get a break from the school work. Spent most of the week sorting out and thinning out the stuff that was in the class. Still have a few bits still to do but I am beginning to see a wee chink of light at the end of the tunnel. At least now I can see my dining room table and the floor surrounding it!!!!!!!!!!
So glad as I need to use my dining room table on Thursday night. Doing a mini Burns Supper for the neighbours, Rod, John and Barbara, Jim and Ellen [Billy's boss and his wife] and Hughie [who Billy took over from when he retired and is out to do a wee job].
Hopefully now that Burns Night is passed and the majority of the class stuff is done, I will be able to get to making some cards and regularly updating the Palace Noticeboard which I have been seriously neglecting recently.

Burns Night

Burns Night is passed, and yes I managed to get all the placecards, menus, songbooks and thank you cards done.

The Menu and Songbook

The Thank You Card

For the card, I used my Auld Lang Syne and Robbie Burns stamps and followed a blue theme, with various shades of blue card for the matting. The cards were sent to our guest speakers, George Jack, who gave the Immortal Memory address, Alan Sword, who did the Toast to the Lassies and Carol Melrose doing the Reply fae the Lassies. There was also a card to the Hotel and the band for the night.
There was the usual photo call for the committee and guests.

The Committee

Billy and me

We had a great night, with 180 sitting down to the meal, being served by waiters and waitresses dressed in black kilts complete with a mock sporran, black jacket and tartan ties. We kicked off the meal with a bowl of Cock-a-leekie soup. Next course was haggis [flown in from Bonnie Scotland], neeps and tatties. This was followed by beef tenderloin with a mushroom sauce and seasonal veggies. The meal was rounded off with a yummy lemon tart with caramel ice-cream.

I only one more job to do for Burns Night. Have to sort out the photos to put on the Callies Website [in the works].