Friday, November 24, 2006

Another nowhere day!!

But thankfully it is not over yet so can still achieve something!

I have sort of lost a whole afternoon of playing due to next door having a gas leak. And I am VERY disappointed that all the men coming and going from my house with their testy type gadgets were old, do they not have hunks signing up to British Gas these days?
Will ask next door to request younger people when they come back on Monday

So have had a nice long soak in the bath and am now in PJ's ready for an evening of crafting.
A few sites launch Friday night challenges and I am HOPING that one of them is something up my street as I need a break from just cards!

Will report back if I manage to get inspired to create something wonderful

So here is wishing all Bloggers a lovely weekend whatever you may be getting up to

Love and Hugs
Bex xxxx

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Getting Nowhere ...........

I am having one of those days.
Achieving nothing it seems.

I am trying to sort out what is local to my new address - and what craft events are happening etc........... that was one good thing about Staines - I had a database of LOADS of events and was on all the mailing lists etc. I suppose the quality of events was a bif naff cos on the whole the Staines massive do not appreciate handmade cards - unless they feature burberry check ........
BUT I am getting not very far and am on the border of giving up.

So OK I will make some cards with a fab stamp I borrowed off my mate Sue.
So I have 20 stamped and embossed............. and it has taken me forever to paint them - and attempt to stick on silly slimy little gems (Yeah thanks for the tip Sue!)
Honestly - if ever I actually get to the point of turning them into cards - which will now be 19 cos I had a hissy fit with one of them and scribbled over it ................... well lets just say if I factor time into them I will have to sell them for about £19.99 each.
And oh - sell them where eh???? (No mention of street corners please - I am in a mood!)

So there.
A very enlightening post for you to read about my naff day.
And should any cards ever materialise I will share them with you just so you can give me loads of nice comments and i will feel it was worth it

Right - I am going to go into the kitchen and cook up something fab for tea - just to get away from the silly laughing girl that is currently staring at me on my craft table!!

Hope you have all had a productive day!

Love Bex

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Erm OK

So us crafters are a mad bunch indeed.

Recently there has been a bit of friction in craft land
Which quite frankly is sad

(OK regular bloggers you can ignore this post cos it will make no sense)

BUT I have thought about it and how silly it can all get - and then something my Mum said rang true .........
You can never have too many friends .............

And hey - I can never have to many craft challenges to play with!

Must be all that advice I was looking at eh for the Circle Journal Project! Gone to my head it has and made me a good person for a day

So friends here is my feeble attempt at your dare. (Oh is straight in real life but is late and dark lol)
Not a great effort - but I am in mass production mode - will play properly in future xx
I hope you are all well and enjoying your new venture xxxxxxxx
And for those crafty folk reading check out here if you want to play .......... but DELBUT and NEIL stay away ...........................
Love Bex xxxxx

Monday, November 20, 2006

Manic Monday

Sure has been!
As usual I left doing the Circle Journal project to the last minute ............. Sort of cos I am naff but also because the last week I have been busy building stocks up ready for the Crimbo selling season. So I am not beating myself up over it!!!

Anyway it is now complete!

So here it is!!!

Front Cover.
Welcome Page explaining the subject
Rules pages ...... I'm mean and people have to follow the colours of the rainbow throughout - so the DLO I have done is Red

Sadly I can't show you the Layout I have done - as they have to remain secret apparently till the circle of friends have all completed each others .......... shame eh?

And then at the back are 2 pages with tags in pockets for people to sign and date when they have added to the project.

So I guess in the next few days I will be receiving someone elses to play with and do a layout in............ exciting stuff eh!

Thanks for all your previous advice - definately got me focused and thinking!!

Love Bex

Friday, November 17, 2006

Happy Friday!!

Yey it is sort of the weekend - well nearly - well OK for a bum like me it is kind of always the weekend.............

Sorry I haven't blogged this week - thought I would give you guys a break from my drivvle!
But now I am back. xx
Thankyou all for your kind comments on my crafty stuff, much appreciated

So not really sure what I am doing this weekend. Probably crafting.
I am considering doing a big 2 day event in a couple of weeks - and to be honest if I decide to go for it I am going to have to live and breathe making cards until then ............ which could be nice - or could be a chore. Will have a bash tonight and see how many I can achieve and sketch out some ideas etc and will have to make a decision early next week.

I also am taking part in a circle journal - a book that is handmade and posted around a group of 5 people and you each decorate a page in the books to the theme given. So at the end each person gets their book back and have it completed with a page done by all the other members.
Now sounds good yes? OK posting day is monday for the first round and have i started mine - have I bugger.

So your task for today dear bloggers is to give me some help!
My theme -chosen in a random moment - is advice.

So I have to do a double page layout on this theme - which I am now not sure about!

SO do I take it seriously and ask you what is the best advice you have ever been given? Or have given?
Or do I do a piss take stance on it and ask you for VIZ / Neil style advice?

Think will probably go poignant serious on one page and VIZ style on the other?

SO Bloggers please give me ADVICE!!!!
Have a great weekend all and I may check back in and update over the weekend ..........
Love Bex

Monday, November 13, 2006

Extreme Crafting - nearly done!


OK the challenges deadline was extended until 8pm tonight so I am still busy trying to enter all categories ...........

Have just finished this altered canvass as part of Challenge 8 - thought my eldest sister may like it. It is 12 x 12" using Crate Papers - I did actually cringe cutting them up ............

Also completed Challenge 6 which was to do an altered notebook and post it pad ............

And ooh Challenge 7 - a Christmas card using beads ............. and a handbag charm ........................

And I do not have time to work out what blogger is doing with these pictures - will just hit publish and see where they end up!!

Back later with final entries

Love Bex

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Still Going .............

Well I was last night. Not sure whether I am up to another day of crafting!!
So I did challenge 4 which was to produce 2 gift tags. Not really happy with them but I think as my family rip pressies apart instantly my heart wasn't in it! So another 5 points gained .........

Challenge 5 was a bit of an effort!
To create a Christmas Scrapbook Layout using Red and Green colours. Black and white also allowed.
So after spending a good hour rummaging through photos and taking a trip down memory lane I found a picture from many moons ago!
Here is the page layout - it is sized 12 x 12".
I am a wee bit impressed with myself for doing my first ever hidden journalling. I have pictured the tag sneaking out of the side of the photo.
I think I finally GET this scrapping thing - for me the journalling I could do to go with this pic will mean something to and of my family that read it.
And it will make them laugh!
Basically we MADE my Mum do us stockings every year - right up until I was 21. And every year we would get the same in them - and every year we would laugh and tease Mum into making more of an effort ......... and every year Mum would swear she wouldn't bother next year .........
So my Journalling is a request to Santa listing the contents we would like to receive EVERY year without fail when we are older.

Anyway I am rambling .............. 25 Points gained for that effort so am now up to 60.
I think the next one is an altered notebook .............. Will have to look.
Love and hugs
Bex xxxxxxxx

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Extreme Crafting Weekend ..... cont ........

Aha so last night I completed the 3rd challenge - to alter a CD.
I haven't done this before and was a bit stumped to be honest!
So here is my attempt - thought my sister could hang it on the studio door when she is recording, or on the wall, or file it in that special place if need be!!!!

So yey another 10 points in the bag!

Now I am going to have to work hard tonight to catch up - Challenge 4 has been announced - A pair of Gift tags. Should be able to do that hopefully .......

Thanks for popping by if you have - and please say hi!

Love and hugs

Bex xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, November 10, 2006

Extreme Crafting Weekend

Oh yes it is. Over at Carolyns we are being challenged ALL weekend.
And I plan to totally enter every category ........ see how long that lasts eh! Now I am taking this VERY seriously you see. It is of course just for fun and to get us all in the festive spirit and ready for crimbo. But no - for me I am DETERMINED to get loads of points.
Now so you can join in I will explain. Each challenge has a points on completion. And you can do as many as you like. But obv. there are only so many hours in a day - may have to work through the night to do this cos people are also working mega hard ...........

So OK Challenge 1 - Make a Tree decoration. (10 Points)
Done - Mini slide mount. Front and back are both decorated identically. Pic is of my nephew Liam when he was a wee tot!

Challenge 2 - Make a card using ric rac. (5 Points)

Now for those not in the know....... ric rac is silly squiggly ribbon which whilst effective is a total PIG to stick down. Which is probably why I never use it.

But here are my efforts so far.

Now sadly I cannot have the points for the first one as I did this as a demo for the challenge and therefore it was done yesterday. See I told you I am taking this seriously

So points total so far = 20

And Challenge 3 has been announced.

Alter a CD. OK off to find a CD to change into something spectacular.............. ideas welcome.

And OMG tomorrow is my day of "elf duty" at a Santa's Grotto. Why did I volunteer for that eh? Will miss out on most of the day of challenges so will have to work hard tomorrow night!

Love Bex (Woman on a mission!!)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I'm in Heaven .................

Ribbon Heaven that is.

But before I go there - THANKYOU all for the lovely comments and feedback on my Calendar on the previous post. I have had many blushes and smiles reading your comments. xxxxxx
I am currently setting up a website to try to flog some of my gear to the discerning public - so when it goes live I will of course shout you all and plead poverty etc etc etc .....................

Right now back to ribbons.

My very good friend Sue has just come back from Florida. And before she went - OK and whilst she was away as well - I totally hounded her regarding the fact that I MUCHLY like ribbons. Coversation on msn very much like "Ah so you had a great time over at Disney RIBBONS" "Ah so yeah you are chilling by the pool RIBBONS that is nice"
Now I actually think it is VERY unfair that you guys over in the states can buy ribbon at such RIDICULOUS prices ........ But today I love ribbon so will not moan about UK rip off merchants .....

SO OMG look at my new ribbons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reels and Reels of them!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually feel guilty for going on and on and on - I only really wanted a few ................... and over here it is buy by the metre - and LOOK these are like REELS with multiple metres on ............. Blimey ..................

So check out my stash. And I have had to move my ribbons to a larger drawer ......... which is quite shocking. Although - to be honest - in the larger drawer there is still space for more - PHEW. Good news eh?

OK well Delbut, James, Neil contingency I would just like to clarify that these ribbons are for CRAFT use OK?
But even so I am off to stroke them and drool and dribble (Crafters will understand and not read into that comment btw)

OH and I have not yet mentioned the 12 x 12 papers and other bits and bobs ..............

SUE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love Bex xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, November 04, 2006

For Rach

Have been a busy bee attempting to make a calendar for my sister - as well tbh I cannot think of things to buy her!
I originally thought of the idea when Carolyn launched a competition on the craft forum. And well I thought it was about time I made the effort to enter something!
So here is my Blue Pete effort for a calendar for her

So there you have it - be gentle with your comments please ..............

Love Bex xxxxxxxxx

Friday, November 03, 2006

Flat Tyre - Pants - And ooh look what I Made!!!!

OMG I sort of panicked the other day.
Went out to car .......... totally flat front tyre.
So Ok I only know 1 family round here and they are in Florida ..... what do I do.
OK I'll change it not a problem.

OK HOW............... I have always had mates that do this stuff. What do I know.
OK not a problem - that is what Google is there for.

So an hour later I have posted a minor panic on my craft forum (AND was surprised that people knew what to do which made me feel even more pants cos i was using being a crafter as top excuse) Ah OK one mate on there lives nearby and offered to come over ......... OMG I cannot have a girlie coming over doing this - I am a girlie!! I should know. OK gonna do this.

Right first stop google - basic tyre changing technique.

So google tells me to check spare tyre is "fit for purpose"
Ah now i think it is cos had to use it a year ago for a couple of days ................ So yep ten minutes later Bex is FILTHY and knackered from lifting the beast out of the boot ........ But yep looks OK to me.

OK Now what Google - come on what is next move ...............

Ah right Jacking up the car.
Fab my car has a kit in it with a Jack = I have one of those - all will end well eh?

Shit I am trying it each and every way and cannot see how on earth this is gonna work.
Back to google........................
Ah right I have a plate at the rear of my front tyre for the jack do I???

And why doesn't my Jack look like the ones in the pictures eh???????

AND what is all this crap about can't change a wheel on a hill????? Well hang fire here matey - I live on a hill - can't help that ............ Oh this is not looking good ...................

Google you are not making this easy for me.
In fact I am currently sitting on a kerbside about to cry looking at VERY sad car.

So what do I do? Do I cry? Do I hell
Do I instead go indoors and put on lippy, brush hair, put on nice shoes ....................... and go and stand on the roadside waiting for some poor sod to happen to walk past.

Sorry boys but I did exactly that. Luckily I Live opposite a filling station so I managed to pick someone in a white van who looked OK .......... Poor bloke ...............

And he was ace .......... stopped the traffic (with the help of two others - is a main road here) so I could do a girly 3 point turn (OK 5 point but I had a flat and everyone was watching) and my little car was then in the warm embrace of flat land in a filling station.
Whereby said nice man made me remove wheel etc but guided me in how to do it (OH OK that is how the Jack goes ............ blimey)
SO Now Bex is road worthy again ....................
Karma is good - and that guy deserves a bucket load - cos he was filthy and had to go back to work ..........................
And I now know exactly how to change a wheel ..............................
Two second lipstick update it seems


Love Bex
Oh and about to sort out some crafty pics for you - cept blogger is being a wanker so will try to psot them tomorrow morning!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Handmade Birthday Cards!

As received from my friends over at Carolyn's Forum

Thanks guys - they are all lovely

From Helen (H)
From HelenMc

From Jackie (Jake)

From Michelle (Mich)

From NZ Jane




Sue F


Love Bex