Saturday, November 27, 2010

Posh Frocks Galore

This weekend saw the Awali Caledonian Society celebrating Scotland's patron saint - St Andrew. It is one of the biggest dates in the Society's calendar. We had 200 sitting down for a four course meal which was followed by loads of dancing with the music being provided by the Glencraig Scottish Country Dance band, who have been coming out to the ball for the last 14 years.

The committee and the band -
Back row - Davie, Bill, Andy, Ally and Nicol.
Front row - Gordon, me, Nancy, Alison, Isobelle and Alex

The girls - Jan, Isobelle, Alison, Debbie and me.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010


Another celebration when I am at home, or the day after I get back to Bahrain is my mam and dad's wedding anniversary. Can't believe it is a year ago that they were out here celebrating their golden wedding.

I had thought about something a bit more lovey dovey, but by the time I came to make this card I thought I would go the simple route. So I used the same layout as I did for John's 70 years young card but embellished it with some flowers held together with brads.

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Hanging About Just Chillin!

As school is off next week, I am heading home for a week. While I am home it is my son, Will's birthday. As he can be a cheeky monkey at times thought this image from Pink Gem was quite appropriate, which I coloured in with copic pens. Then just matted and layered the card up and used some brads to hold the image and mats together and on the sentiment strip which was attached to the card with foam pads.

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3 Christmas Cards

Was asked to do another three cards for one of the girls at school. Two using the theme of the glittered foam christmas trees that I had done for her before and one for a special friend.

The christmas trees ones as I have said used the glittered foam that I used before. I used the same layout but a different size of card and a peel off sentiment.

For the special friend one I used a freebie image from Bugaboo Stamps called Santa Stocking. Used some backing papers called Christmas Wishes from the Christmas multi stack by DCWV, finishing off with some ribbon for the sentiment.

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70 years Young

The weekend saw Billy and I off to a Pre 70th Birthday Celebration at a favourite Friday Brunch venue in honour of John.

I hope I look as good as John when I am 70 (a long way off yet, lol), despite John feeling a bit under the weather being full of the cold.

My card for his birthday was a simple affair, just matting some cardstock and cutting out a 7 and 0 and matting them with some foam pads. Lining the figures up with the sentiment 'years young'. Nice and quick card for a change for me.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Waking Up Is Hard To Do

Got an email this afternoon from a friend of mine with a link to this video. Don't know how I would feel if this was the scene that greeted me when I entered the operating theatre. At least I would go under smiling!!!!!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Pinklilacs Candy

My good friend and fellow crafter here in Bahrain has some fabulous celebration candy on offer. The reason for the celebration some of her family members have been fighting the dreaded 'C' and are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Here's what is has on offer

Pinklilacs Rules:-
I would appreciate it if you would post about this candy, side bar will do, other than that no rules. Open to email entries as well for those who do not have a blog.

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1 layout, 3 cards

Yesterday's effort was for one of the girl's at work's birthday next week. Thought I would do something fairly quick and easy, as every minute just now is precious to me just now as there is so much going on. For this card I used scraps of card that I had lying about. Tied a ribbon round the larger of the smaller mats. On the smallest mat stamped a 'happy birthday' sentiment and added three gems for a bit of embellishment.

As this card was done fairly quickly, and with everything else that is going on just now, I thought the layout would do for a couple of birthday that are coming up at home in mid November. The first one is for my daughter, Sarah's bridesmaid, Kelly Ann and the second is for Shona, who used to babysit for me when the kids were small. On their cards instead of ribbons and gems for embellishments I have used flowers and brads.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

5 Cards, 1 image, 1 layout

One of the girls at work asked if I could some christmas cards to send to her family back home - 5 brothers, 1 sister and a Mum.

For the brothers I used the same image - Father Christmas from Digistamp Boutique - and which I coloured in with copics, adding stickles for the santa's hat, jackets and boots and watered down liquid pearls to the beard. To make it easier for me I decided that I would use the same layout for all the cards but use different cardstock to make each card individual.

Was also asked to do a card for her sister. My inspiration came from one of the cards I did recently for a challenge. Used the same basic elements but it has turned out totally different.

The final card was for her mum, all she said was that wanted it to express how much she missed her. Using my sizzix shadowbox dies cut out 2 m's and a u in co-ordinating card and for the sentiment adapted a birthday sentiment and added a bow as a finishing touch.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sugar & Spice

Today's effort is for one of the guys that works with Billy and who became a granda for the first time on Monday. According to Granda there is no pink baby stuff in Bahrain as Grandma has bought it all!!

Using copic pens coloured in 'Tilly' from Digistamp Boutique. The papers used for matting and layering were from the some free papers that I got a while back from Simply Cards and Papercrafts as was the wee border at the bottom of the card.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Feeling Better!

One of my very good friends is feeling a wee bit under the weather just now, suffering from Sciatica. As she is across the water in Saudi and I can't be there to help out, thought I would send her a wee card to let her know I was thinking about her.

Knew the exact image I wanted to use, a die cut from a card kit from Papermania called Nostalgia, using the other die cut image for another card, more of which another day. Also used one of the sentiments that came along with the kit. Matted the image and sentiment on some scraps of cardstock that I had lying about.

By the end of today it should hopefully be winging its way over the causeway to Saudi.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sketch Saturday Challenge

After enjoying the Quick Cards Challenge the other day, thought I would try some more, well one, this one being over at Sketch Saturday. When I take part in a challenge I like to be able to make use of the card, so this one is for another work colleague, whose birthday is at the end of the month.

The image and sentiment is from a freebie supplement, called Stamp It, that I got with one of my magazines. Not only does it have images but there are some matching papers to go with the image. However I decided not to use this part of the freebie. The cardstock came from Lasting Impressions, the various green cardstock from the Limeade range with the blue from Smooth Sailing. Copics were used to colour in the image and the buttons came from my stash.

Just after I posted on Sketch Saturday, I received word of a new challenge, whose theme the card also fell into so adding it to another challenge over at One Stitch at a Time.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

My First Christmas Card

Yes, you've read the title right, I have mentioned the dreaded 'christmas' word.
Got the impetus to start when I received an email from Quick Cards letting me know what is in this month's issue. Top of the email was the 'Quick Cards Bonus Papers Challenge'. The challenge was to make a christmas card using the free downloadable bonus papers. I do love freebies, lol!

To make the card I printed off the bonus papers, took out my trusty 'Bug' and die cut some christmas trees from glitter foam, printed off a sentiment and added some gems and Voila!.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Hero

Can't believe that I have nearly clocked up another year on the wedding anniversary clock. Next Tuesday hitting number 27 on the clock!!!! For some reason this year I am had, as Sarah would put it - a cheese on toast moment, lol, but when I saw this image by Just Inklined - Derek Doodlebuns - over at Imag-e-nation, I couldn't resist.

I coloured my 'hero' with Copic pens and used various bits of cardstock from Lasting Impressions 'Limeade' range for the matting and layering. The sentiments were printed off on the computer.

Since I used copic pens I thought I would link this project some fab blog candy that is on offer over on Charmed Crafts Blog - 72 pen set of Copic Pens.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Birthday Wishes

After not crafting for ages, I am hopefully getting into the groove again. Today's effort is for one of the girl.s at works birthday next week - second of three october birthdays. Again trying to be a thrifty crafter and use up my scraps. The base mat is a BoBunny Back To Back - Coffee Dot, which I also used at a base mat for the sentiment. The top mat was a 6x6 paper from Papermania - Creative Tones, Antique Cream. Printed off 'Birthday Wishes' onto a scrap of cream card and cut it using Labels 7 from Nestabilities. Finished it off with some flowers from my stash held together with matching brads.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Final One For Today

After a week off work went back to work today only to realise that it is one of the girls birthdays at the end of the week. As everyone gets a birthday card and me having a few things on this week, I had to come with something quick and easy. Reverted again to the scrap draw and fished out a couple of bits from a Fred She Said set which I have called Dancing Daisy. Finished it off with a couple of brown colour gems.

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A New Pad

Just before Sarah and Mikey arrive I got a card finished for an old family friend who had moved house. The image was from Digistamp Boutique and called Bob & Benji and coloured with Copic pens. I just think the image is so cute. Again trying to use up all my scraps, so unfortunately I can't remember the names/colours of the mats. Sorry!

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Future SIL

Last week saw our daughter, Sarah, and future son-in-law, Mikey, paying us a visit. It was great having them out as it meant I was on holiday too, took a week off work. Ch.nged my job for a week from school secretary to chief tour guide, lol. Whilst they were here it happened to be Mikey's birthday and as he expects nothing but a handmade card from me, I couldn't let him down. He was needless to say, chuffed with my attempt, or so he said. Used a freebie image and sentiment from Bugaboo Stamps, called Soccer Nut, which I coloured in with copic pens. Used scraps of cardstock for the mats and finished it off with 3 buttons in decreasing sizes.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Mixture of Allsorts

As we have had a long weekend thought I would spend the time getting some cards done - unexpected cards and orders. The first two are the unexpected ones, the cards that most cardmakers hate doing - sympathy.

The next batch are for more happier occasions - an engagment and birthday. The birthday is for the female of the couple. The engagement happened in New York, although they have been together for a while, the groom to be still said it was nervewracking. The first two are from the groom to be's parents.

This next one is from me and Billy to the happy couple.

This next one was a rush one, was asked by one of the girls at school to do an Eid Mubarak card for her hubby.

And last but not least, a birthday card for one of the girls at school. When it is a birthday of one of the staff at school, I always do a card for them and Lynn and I provide birthday cake. Some months are worse than others.

Instead of giving details descriptions of what was used in each card will summarize it by saying that I used some free papers, cuttlebug embossing and die cuts, stamping, heat embossing and used a new crafty programme - My Craft Studio using the Tattered Lace cd.

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