Friday, 30 July 2010

And the winner is......

I cannot believe the week has flown by so quickly. I have had so much cleaning, packing and organising play dates for Belle, I have barely had a chance to sit and read up on blogs but that all changes next week. tomorrow Belle and I head out on summer holiday while DH stays behind to work and watch the dog. We are heading back to the states for a few to visit with family and friends. So now onto some inportant stuff....the winner of my blog candy....

I would like to thank everyone who has been leaving comments. I love reading them and really do appreciate all of them. So all the names were put in a random draw from the last giveaway along with entries for every comment left since then and now drum roll please....the winner is....


Dawn could you please email me your shipping info and I will get your package out to you asap. thanks again for all the wonderful comments and for following my blog. While I am on holiday I will be keeping an eye out for some other fun giveaways to do when I return. Have a wonderful day and weekend. Angela

Monday, 26 July 2010

First day of Summer break....and some dressmaking...sort of...

Today we went over to Benningbrough Hall and Gardens. It was lovely to walk through the gardens and tour the house. After a bit to eat the girls got to go design a costume that they created using inspiration from the period costumes shown there. They had to draw a design first then make the costume from paper, and other items available in the room. Tape and stick glue were the only things to use to hold the pieces together. Belle decided to do a dress. Here are the girls with their designs and finished products. Belles is the blue/red dress. Didn't they do a fab job? If you want to see more about the costumes go to Belles Blog.

Belle's friend Alexandra did a hat to go with the dress and they both got photographed for the yorkshire press tomorrow. Here is a pic of the photographer setting up the shot. i loved how they were using a big frame to shoot through.

The girls had a great time all day with so mcuh to see and do. There was a beautiful teapot made from clay tiles and mini teapots some children had made..

There was also dressing up...
and having some art made from your picture...

and yes there were lovely gardens to walk through...
So now after that lovely inspiring day I am going to now head off to my craft room to do a bit of crafting. Have a lovely evening. Angela

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Finally Finished....Sorry 'Ive been MIA

The books for the leaving kids are done...all 10 of them

and I finally finished the book for the teachers and teacher helper who were leaving as well as all the teacher gifts and some last minute request from the teachers and of course the stuff for the bake sale...whew! what a week. Of course I was in such a rush I forgot to take pictures of the final books and jewlery we made. They did turn out really nice and the the teachers really liked them. Especially the flower pin. Remember the one I made from the papers the kids did. The school gave me these beautiful flowers
and the kids from the class I help in gave me this wonderful card and some great crafting supplies.

I was so surprised and touched. They even got me to cry when the kids gave me the card. Some of the things they wrote were so sweet. So as you see it has been a very busy week and I do have to apologise for being MIA and not pulling the name for the candy. I will extend it until the 29 and pull the name on the 30th. I have been getting all the comments but have not had much time on the computer till now so I will be catching up this week. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for hanging in there with me. Angela

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Great Candy

I was reading up on blogs and found this really adorable giveaway. Karen is giving away this super cute stamp to one lucky person. To find out how to enter go to karens blog. Good luck and have a super weekend. Angela

Monday, 12 July 2010

Anything goes challenge - Seaside

This weekend I got a bit of time to work on a little beach book for the Anything Goes challenge. I was determined to do a project where I could use my new Altered Originals sprays. So here it is.
And the inside pages....

I used Altered Originals Sky blue and Jade, Beach book by Chip off the olde block, White dabber by Ranger, Stamps by Anna Griffin and misc rub-ons and stickers from Fancy Pants and unknown. i will post some directions later for the sprays but for now I have to run . Have a wonderful day. Angela

Friday, 9 July 2010

On a roll...ATC swappers July swap

Yesterday was a busy day, I was able to spend some of the day(part of it I had to catch up on cleaning)working in my studio. I got most of my ATC's for swaps done after many trial and errors on what I wanted to do here is the first batch for ATC Swappers July swap where the theme is seeing quadruple. We had to create 4 of the same cards for any theme we wanted. I chose beach since it is summer.

I used glossy paper to start with. I then stamped the image(Stampin up- I loved these images)using stazon black. Next the background was inked using Faded jeans distress ink. Once dry I used bleach to remove the colour from the body(head,hands and shirt) and added colours using old paper, brushed cooduroy, barn door and faded jean. Here is a closeup.

finally I added my sand mix(no it is not really sand)to the card, placed the shells in and a bit of glossy accents mixed with faded jean as the water. the seaside word is hand written. My posting for the stampman ATC challenge can be viewed here. (did not want to put too many postings in a day here) Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Angela

Thursday, 8 July 2010

One down and many more to go.

Do you remember that pile of papers the kids did yesterday that we are making into a flower pin for the teacher?

Well here is the flower I put together from it.

The kids cut most of the papers into heart shapes with a rounded bottom. I cut the ones for the children that could not. They were in sizes from small to large(Y2 large, Y1 Meium and reception small. I inked all the edges with distress ink, then I stacked them all in sizes and punched a hole in the bottom. Each was then placed on a brad decorated side down(towards top of brad)small to large. Fasten the brad and fan out the petals. Scrunch and add pin on bottom then you are done. I kind of liked how it turned out and the best part is that all the kids contributed a petal they made into it. When I was having them make the petals I tried to have them each use only one colour with the stamping but that did not go over well and I was terrified it would be to busy but it isn't. If you look close you can even see some of the artwork some of the kids drew. Hope you like it. Now back to start on my ATC's. Have a wonderful day. Angela

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

What was I thinking???

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by, left comments and become followers.Your comments are greatly appreciated and loved. Sorry I have been a bit MIA but between still trying to read all the blogs for "Where Bloggers create" and being at the school Mon, Tue and wed, then after school activities and all there really has been no time left. I do not know how people already made it through all the 400+ blogs involved in the Where Bloggers Create blog party the Karen over at My desert Cottage organized. As I like to take my time looking I guess it takes me too long for each one. But I will finish them I promise but for now I must get back to current projects.

This is all the stuff I collected at school today to work on an album for a teacher who is leaving. The kids did thumb print pictures as well as watercolor pencil drawings and flower petals. We are adding sections for each class she worked with. Now to organize the whole thing and add the pictures. I will post the completed project next week sometime. The picture below is papers decorated by the students that I am making into a flower for the teacher. I will also post that when completed. for now it is all in my head(scary thought).

Tomorrow is a full day dedicated to crafting so I will be working on a new how to post as well as beginning these 2 projects and of course starting and completing my monthly ATC swaps. and If I get all that done there are always lots of challenges I can start on. So keep you fingers crossed and wish me luck getting my to do's done. Guess I have a few minutes now I can start with....Have a wonderful night and see you tomorrow. Angela

ps, Don't forget my blog candy runs until the 15th of July. See the side post to enter.

Friday, 2 July 2010

New blog candy

While I am still blog hopping my way through Where bloggers create I decided to put up a new blog candy for anyone coming to visit me. There are a few ways you can get entries for my candy.... All you have to do to enter is leave a comment for me. If you leave me your blog address you will automatically get another entry and if you become a follower you will get 2 more entries. In the blog candy you will find some fun papers in 12X 12 from Fancy pants designs, 8 1/2 X 11 plain papers for cards or such, Buttons, flowers, Fancy pants diecuts, stickers, lace and ribbons, beads and charms, ink and stamps, clear overlay, Chipboard shapes, diecut cards, gems , brads and a packet of flowersoft and wire. I will randomly draw a winner July 16. If you entered the last blog candy you are automatically entered for this one and the more comments you leave the more entries you get between now and the 15. I will also send a small goodie package to mine and my daughters favourite blog so be sure to post me your blog address. Good luck all and thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening. Angela

Thursday, 1 July 2010

And the Winner is....

First I would like to thank everyone for all their wonderful comments. I am still working my way around to all the blogs. There are so many wonderful creative spaces to see it is taking a little while for me so I apologise in advance if I have not been to your space yet, I will get there soon. Now I know I said my candy was only until June 30 and since I did not realise how long it would take to get around everywhere I will post another candy tomorrow which will run until July 15 for any others who might stop by. I will also carry over all the previous entries from the first candy so you will have an extra chance. So now onto the first candy. Every one who entered a comment got and entry then there were an extra 2 for anyone who became a follower and another for anyone who left a link. So now by random draw the winner is....

Susan from A circle of buttons. Congratulations Susan, your package will go out as soon as I get your mailing address. Don't forget there will be another blog candy draw on July 15 so check back soon. have a wonderful day. Angela

Have a wonderful day. Angela