Friday, 9 September 2011

Life is definitely a Roller Coaster.....

Our lives at the moment are a complete Roller Coaster as Gary's father is unfortunately dying and we are in and out of the hospital never knowing if the next phone call is THE one!!!  And to cap it all we are also trying to prepare for our holiday to Portugal which has been booked for the last 13 months now - can you believe it!!!  Oh well I suppose there is nothing we can do about it so just have to go with the flow and deal with whatever comes our way.......

The crop was last Saturday and thanks to all my lovely ladies that came along we had a great day - took our minds off the situation we are in thankfully!  It was great to see a few faces who had not been able to come for a few months so that was doubly nice.  Sally again did a great Card Class which was very popular and the Scrap Class featuring Alcohol Inks and Embossing Folders was also a sell out!!  The layout photo is below.


I hope you like it - lots of distressing and the fabby Martha Stewart Scary Fence border punch was used.  I also used the Antique Linen Distress Stain which makes quick work of inking a large area.

Our next crop is scheduled for Saturday October 1st in Brent Knoll Parish Hall from 10am - 4pm and if you want to come along and join us for a fun day then you can book your space HERE.  See you all when we get back from Portugal........

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

It's nearly Crop time again........

Well this summer has certainly been a busy one - our son Michael has graduated with a fabulous 2:1 Degree in Pure Law from Birmingham University and was a wafer away from getting a First!!!!!  The Graduation Ceremony was, thanfully a sunny day so we were able to see him in his full cap & gown and get some great photos (when he was willing to be photographed of course......).  It was kind of strange to be driving away from the University knowing that was our very last trip up there - our car knows its way on its own I'm sure after all those trips in the last 3 years.....  So I thought that if I felt it was kind of strange then Michael would definitely feel slightly confused - sad at leaving the freedom of student life and all the friends and events but also excited at the prospect of starting his new job in London!!  A very emotional time for us all. 

We decided to mark his graduation with a big party at home where all the families were invited along with his girlfriends family and some of his friends - thankfully we were blessed with a fine day although it did get quite cold come food time unfortunately which meant that the Bar-b-Que was actually eaten inside rather than out on the patio.  Still everyone had a great time and Michael really enjoyed it which was the main thing.

So then began the trauma of moving him up to London - clearing his room at home was a huge task as he tends to be a bit of a hoarder!!  Eventually we were ready.  The car could not fit another wafer of paper into it as we set off for Clapham but when we got there I was pleasantly surprised at his room.  The landlord had freshly painted it ready for him and we were able to sort out all his bits & bobs quite easily.  A quick trip to a local Staples for a Desk and Argos for a TV stand and we were back to make them up and have a quick chat with one of his flatmates.  We then went off to Nando's just round the corner (Gary & I had never experienced a Nando's before so it was a totally new experience) for a farewell meal.  We left him happy and sorted and finally got home at about 1.30am.  Next morning I awoke to news of the London riots and then we found out the following night that rioting had taken place in Clapham!!!  Yikes was I panicked......  I was feeling bad enough at the realisation that he had finally left home but then that!!!  Thankfully he told me quickly that he was out at a friends in another part of London and that it was Clapham Junction not the part of Clapham he is in - Phew thank goodness for that.........

So we now find ourselves gearing up for the September Crop which is taking place on Saturday 3rd September in our usual hall in Brent Knoll.  I have created a Scrap Class using Alcohol Inks which was requested at our last crop and will also be using a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder too for a great technique.  I have realised though that I haven't yet posted the class from the last crop which again was a request to show people how to incorporate Stamping into a Layout.

Monday, 4 July 2011

I'm SO Proud!!!

Friday 24th June 12.40pm - This is the time that we finally found out how our son had done in his Law Degree at Birmingham University!!!  OMG he did so well getting a very high 2:1 and being just a whisker away from a 'First'!!!  I was so happy and proud and excited all at once but I managed to contain myself until I had placed the call to his girlfriend's phone as they were both in Barcelona waiting to hear.........  Needless to say he was thrilled as well as all his hard work finally paid off and he will soon be starting a job in London.

A Bit Behind........

It seems like time has run away with me over the past few months and I suddenly realised that I hadn't posted to update you all!!!  Humble apologies for being such a bad blogger - I will try to be better in the future........

After Cleo's lovely Mini Book class at the ArtCards crop in February, Gary and I went off for a fabulous spot of sunshine in the caribbean for a couple of weeks so we didn't have a crop in March.  We did, however, take the opportunity to change the crop dates to the beginning of each month rather than the end so our next crop was Saturday 2nd April where I decided to create my own version of Cosmo Cricket's 'Glubers' and show my ladies how to create some wonderful fabric flowers.  You can see the class layout below which was made up from Basic Grey Two Scoops papers and some American Crafts White Cardstock.  I used the Blue/Green colourway for mine but I also offered the ladies the Pink/Yellow colourway if they preferred.

I hope you like the layout which incorporated a lot of cutting out and lots of 3D work as well as the fabric flowers. 

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Tim Holtz inspired Class with Cleo Jarvis Sneak Peek!!!!

Well here we go with a fabulous 'sneak peek' look at the gorgeous Tim Holtz inspired Mini Album Cleo has created for her upcoming class on 26th February.  I am sure you will agree that it looks a whole lot of fun.  We are using the scrummy Basic Grey 'Periperhy' range of papers, lots of chipboard, old records, canvas and so much more to create a truly eclectic but fabulously fun project to complete.  The class is likely to take around 3 hours and we still have a few places left if you fancy joining us - book HERE!!  More information is available for those booked to complete the class so if you are one of those and have not received more information by Friday 11th February then please let me know.

A lovely day and a few layouts to share.......

I was lucky enough yesterday to have a good friend round for a full day of scrapping and it was blissful!!!  I get so little time to do my own scrapping so it really was a treat not only to have a day full of scrapping but to share it with a dear friend.  Great, company, great chatter and great scrapping - what more could a girl ask for????

So to the results of the day - just two to share with you that are completed (well I did say we chatted a lot didn't I.....) but I do have a double page spread on the go that I am hoping to finish sometime soon.  The first to share with you is called 'Victoria's Secret' showing a photo taken during a trip to Butchart Gardens on stunning Victoria Island a few years ago.  Whilst walking round the amazing gardens I came across a hole in the hedge which revealed this hidden shoreline that looked like something out of a Jessica Fletcher episode!!  Because it was through a hole ~I thought it would be great to 'frame' the scene with some of the hedge creating its own border and hoping that would make it easy to scrap!!  How wrong - it became difficult to find the right way to show it off to its best but finally I think I have managed it.  I did lots of cutting and 3D work on the flower/leaf combo that was part of the paper in the lower right corner and slotted the photo underneath that.  I used my Tim Holtz On the Edge dies to create the left hand edge of the photo and some black chipboard with fibres and jewel brads on the lower and right hand sides.  My Tattered Floral die created the Black Bazzill flowers which I doodled on and used some wound up fibre for the centre.  The close up photo shows more detail of that area.  My Tim Holtz Ornate Frame completed the page just as I wanted and then I set to work on the tag for part of the title.  I inked a white tag from ArtCards and stamped both in white and black chalk inks before cutting my title from Black Bazzill.  I hope you like it.  Not sure why Blogger has turned it round so sorry about that!!!!!



My second Layout is funnily enough in the same colourway but showcases a photo taken from our balcony on Radiance of the Seas during our very first Caribbean Cruise that stopped in Key West.  I adored Key West and its laid back vibe.  On this layout I used some Creative Imaginations papers bought in Hawaii along with matching cardstock stickers and some flowers from my stash.  The word stickers are from K&Co.  Again I hope you like it.  Again Blogger has turned it all on its side and I have no idea why!!!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Our January Crop......

Saturday 22nd January was our very first crop of 2011 and there was a bit of a surprise in store for our ladies when they arrived!!  A photographer from our local newspaper was coming along to photograph us 'in action' for a write up in one of the editions.  So keep an eye out for the Weston Mercury published and distributed this Thursday 27th January 2011 as the ArtCards crop will be in there.....



We had lots of fun and chatter as always and my mum's delicious Chocolate Viennese Fingers were of course the first of the cakes to go despite many people having started their new year diets.  Still sometimes these things just 'have' to be done.... LOL  The Scrapbook class was a lovely coffee and teal combo where we made a flower from some beautiful Teal organza fabric which required some sewing but the end result is well worth the effort.  The papers used are the lovely Delish Designs from ArtCards along with a few additional embellies such as Basic Grey Pearls and some seed beads.  You can see the layout below....



Our next crop is being held on Saturday 26th February 2011 and we are delighted to be offering a fabulous 3 hour Mini Book Class from Cleo Jarvis for just £10.  This class will enable you to create a stunning eclectic but decent sized Mini Book using various textures and mediums such as old records, fabric, paint, and you will also be up-cycling some of your existing chipboard alphas too!!  This class is definitely going to be lots of fun and will allow you to also use lots of your own creativity to create a one of a kind project.  So if you want to come along and join us then please book HERE while we still have some places left.........

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Welcome to 2011............

Happy New Year to you all!!!  Yes, yes I know its just a little late but...... well better late than never right??  I do hope you all had a truly wonderful Christmas and that it turned out to be just what you wanted it to be......  Ours was different from our 'usual' Christmas in that instead of spending it with all my side of the family at my mum's place, we entertained my husband's youngest sister and her two girls and even though it was a busy day cooking etc, it was a really lovely time and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!  Between Christmas and New Year my husband and I went off to Devon for a couple of nights and even managed a day at The Eden Project which is somewhere I had wanted to go for a very long time.  All in all we had a great time - a very memorable Christmas and New Year which was spent in our local Chinese Restaurant partying the night away.............................

So now back to 2011 and its just days away from the ArtCards first crop of the year which will be held on Saturday in Somerset.  We have an optional Scrapbook Class available which this month is in a lovely coffee and teal combo - quite yummy!!  The papers we are using are Delish Designs Main Dish, Entree & Stripes along with some gorgeous Teal organza fabric, some suede, cork, brads and fibres for lots of texture.  The photos required are two that can be cut down to measure approx. 4" wide x 4 1/4" high and bring along anything that you would like to use for a title - I have used some old foam Thickers for mine in white.  You can also bring along any other embellishments like jewels, pearls etc. that you might like to add as additional embellies to personalise your layout.

This month the home made cakes supplied by my mum are her 'to die for' Chocolate Viennese Fingers and from previous experience I know that these will not hang around for long!!!


Don't forget that on February 26th we have the very talented and lovely Cleo Jarvis (published in The Scrapbook Magazine regularly) coming along to teach a fabulous 3 hour Mini Book Class which will use texture and up-cycling amongst other things!!!!  One definitely not to be missed - classses are available to purchase NOW!!


So if you have bagged your space I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and if you haven't but would like to join us then please book HERE See you all soon........  Karen xx

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ArtCards Christmas Crop

Well can you believe it?  It's almost the end of 2010 which can only mean one thing........... the final ArtCards crop of the year and its party time!!!!  Saturday 4th December in The Parish Hall, Brent Knoll, Somerset from 10am - 4pm we will be having a blast with challenges, a hot & cold buffet lunch and the ArtCards shop with not only some yummy NEW goodies but lots of SALE bargains too!!  

So for anyone who hasn't yet booked their place and who wants to come along and join in the fun you can book HERE - please note however that crop booking will be closing shortly as personalised items are created for all Xmas crop attendees and these cannot be done at very short notice.

If you are joining us then you can look forward to a Card Challenge, Scrapbook Challenge and one other challenge as yet not fully finalised - sure to be loads of fun and with our Secret Santa as well what possible reason could you have for not coming along...........  See you there on Saturday.