A sunny morning surprise

‘A’ dashed upstairs this morning while she was getting ready for school.  “Where’s your phone…..quick…I need it….quick”.  I asked her what she wanted it for and she replied, “There’s a fox in next door’s garden and he’s playing with Arnold’s yellow bone toy”.  She dashed off downstairs to snap it with my phone and shouted to me to come look.  I got to the kitchen just in time to see him tossing the toy in the air, when next thing another rather pointed nose appeared from under the shrubbery.  There were two of them!  They were quite small so I’m assuming they were only cubs.  The first visitor seemed to be aware that we were watching him and kept glancing towards us in the window.  Visitor number two also decided that Arnold’s toy looked enticing, picked it up and they both ran off over the other side of the garden.  What a fabulous start to a sunny (yes, for once, sunny) morning :).

Not the greatest pics I’m afraid as they were with my phone but ‘A’ shot a bit of video too which I may upload later if it’s clear.



Summer Butterflies

Today’s card was inspired by the sketch over at Totally Gorjuss.  I decided to go with a summer theme using strawberry pink, aqua and cream.

The papers were Spring Jubilee by Pink Paislee and I’ve used my Martha Stewart scalloped edge punch and Nestabilities die.  The butterfly was created using a Marianne die in my Cuttlebug.  Mini pearls from my stash were used to embellish the card edge and butterfly.  The sentiment was found online but sorry I can’t remember where now.

I would like to enter this creation in the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss – #139 It’s a sketch
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Strawberries & Cream

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An ending and beginning

An Ending

Yesterday was our final session with the school choir club.  As always, we finished the year off with the usual choir club party complete with a lovely selection of cakes, sweets, crisps and all the things that kids love! After a bit of a sing-a-long the children who wished to, volunteered to sing solo’s on stage in front of us all. The choir party is always popular and they really look forward to it after the hard work they’ve put in throughout the year to prepare for the Summer concert.  Both Jo and I were given some lovely thank you gifts which is very kind and we really appreciate.  This year we seem to have amassed a plentiful supply of chocolate so looks like I’m going to have to run even more over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately, on the flip side of all the fun and food, we have to say goodbye to our year 6’s, some of which have been with us since year 3.  Obviously, we’ll be really sad to see them go but they’re ready to move on as were our own daughter’s last year.  We wish them the best of luck at High School and hope they continue singing and all thing ‘music’.

A Beginning

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two and half months already since we performed our ladies choir concert ‘Film Fantasia’.  After a committee meeting last week we began rehearsals again last night for a new concert.  I have to say that I found the work on last years songs particularly hard, not only writing and re-writing harmonies but also painstakingly teaching the songs note by note to the ladies.  I think this had a lot to do with the pressure from our business at the time along with home, life etc…. So this time we decided that in addition to some new selections we would re-use some of our old material as over the years we’ve sang some wonderful songs and it’s such a shame not to resurrect them.

We finally went with a theme of musicals and asked the choir for suggestions regarding their favourite song choices.  Some were VERY popular so we’ve made sure that these have been included along with some less used numbers and some new ones to keep things fresh.

First rehearsal went very well indeed last night (despite me being on ‘piano duty’) with two songs learnt in full in 3 parts.  We have a couple of new members two which is always nice and only helps to enrich the overall sound.  Here’s hoping that next week’s rehearsal goes even better, it’s always so much easier to teach the parts when I can wave my arms around rather than hammer the piano keys :).

Magic of Oz – A few creations

For those of you who don’t follow my craft blog, I thought I’d just post a few pictures of my recent addiction.  I’m absolutely loving the ‘Magic of Oz’ papercraft collection from Graphic 45 and have made several cards recently for family and friends using their stamps, die cuts and papers.  I’m sure there’ll be many more to follow 🙂


You can find more details on how I made the cards over at my sister site ‘Twinkle Twit Crafts’.

Emerald Oz Birthday Card

Another one from the super Graphic 45 collection ‘Magic of Oz’ but this time as a birthday card for my lovely friend Jo.  I thought it was about time I had a go at a different card layout from the normal square or rectangular design.  I cut the front of the square card blank in half and then placed two scalloped circle die cuts overhanging the edge.  The inside of the card was then covered with matching ‘Oz’ paper and the coordinating  reverse side was used on the front of the card.

The white scalloped circle was stamped with ‘Dororthy’, ‘Toto, and the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ and then coloured with Pro-markers.  I think next time I would stamp the Yellow Brick Road then add Dorothy and Toto as separate die cuts over the top as unfortunately the brick road was visible through Dorothy’s shoes and legs!! Fatal error!

I’ve then used my Marianne Creatables ‘swirl’ and also a leaf die from the same collection to create the finishing touches.  The heart was from a selection at Hobbycraft and paper roses were purchased from ‘Flowers4Crafts‘ on Ebay.  The remaining paper flowers were by Petaloo and were purchased on our recent trip to Crafters Cove in Llangollen :).

I am entering this creations in the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz Challenges – #25 Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations – #169 Anything Goes
I <3 ProMarkers – #123 Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge – #161 In Bloom

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‘A cut above the rest……’

One of my lovely friends from choir recently moved into new business premises so I thought I’d make her a ‘Good Luck’ card for the occasion.  As she’s a hairdresser I thought this lovely stamp from C.C. Designs was just the job.

The pink star paper I used was from Dovecraft and other papers were freebies from Cardmaking and Papercraft.  I’ve coloured the stamp using Promarkers and used a pink pearl for ‘Hairdresser Honey’s’ hair slide.  I’ve used Nestabilities Scalloped circles and I created the quirky sentiment using the PC.

Sorry this picture of the stamp is a little blurred, but hopefully you get the idea.

I’m entering this creation in the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss – #138 Sweet & Simple

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‘Ozian’ friends

For my friend’s birthday back in March I decided to give my favourite ‘Magic of Oz‘ selection another airing.  This was a very simple card where I went for darker colours to match the Scarecrow and Tin Man and stamped a sentiment onto one of the matching chip boards.  I’ve used brown Mulberry paper to mat the Oz postcard which was torn along the edges.

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A sunny but wet day out in Wales

A couple of weeks ago ‘P’ finally managed to book his White Water Rafting experience at Canolfan Tryweryn that I bought him for his 40th birthday last year.  As luck would have it, his choice of weekend was superb as the weather was far better than most we’d seen so far this year.  The location of Canolfan Tryweryn couldn’t have been more perfect.  Situated in Bala, North Wales the surrounding countryside was just lovely, made even better by the fact it was warm and the sun was shining.

After a talk on rafting instructions and safety, ‘P’ was then bussed up to the start point to begin his rafting session.  The children and I sat at the centre, where there were picnic benches and cafe facilities, awaiting ‘P’s first run down the river.  A few of the participants in ‘P’s raft had missed their slot which meant that rather than having a full raft, there were just two others and the instructor.  This unfortunately meant that some of the tricks that are carried out on the river weren’t successful as the raft simply wasn’t heavy enough.  This didn’t stop ‘P’ having a fabulous time though.  He had 4 runs down the river in total which I thought was extremely good value for money.

The children and I walked Arnold along the trail that follows the river.  This allowed us to take up different vantage points for snapping pictures as ‘P’ whizzed past!  By the time he was finished he was completely knackered, but he did say he’d love to go back at some point and give the kayaking a try.

I’d really recommend Canolfan Tryweryn to anyway who’d love to give rafting a go.  The venue was smashing and all the staff extremely pleasant and helpful.  We’ve already said we’ll go back and have even talked about the prospect of group rafting.  I have to say though, it’s one occasion when I’m more than happy to ‘walk the dog’.  Water and I don’t mix and the thought of being drenched from head to toe does not appeal in the slightest.

June already?

Yes, it’s June already and the longest day today too!  Hard to believe really looking out the window.  Today we have a mix of rain, cloud and yet more rain.  Beginning to wonder if we will actually have a Summer this year.

The last few months have been full on with work, in fact, for our little business year 5 has been our busiest to date (not that we’re complaining!).

The lovely ladies choir that I belong to finally put on their concert back in April after 9 months of busy rehearsal.  We raised around £1600 in total half of which went to Short Cross Methodist Church and the other half toward research into Lupus.  Since then we’ve taken the concert out to a couple of other venues and we’ll be performing again on Saturday night but this time in aid of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice who do invaluable work offering help and support to people with terminal illness.  This should then be our last performance of ‘Film Fantasia’ and then we’ll have a short break before starting up again later in the Summer.


The school choir will be performing their Summer concert next Tuesday after rehearsing since January.  During the last few weeks we’ve taken a small group from the choir to sing at the Salvation Army’s Birmingham Citadel and also at the ‘Time Out’ group’s Jubilee Party.  We were made to feel very welcome on both occasions and children sang their hearts out.  They’re more than ready now to perform their final concert and I think we’re all a little sick of the songs if I’m completely honest!

My running has recently come to a bit of a standstill unfortunately due to some health worries.  Everything now looks to be clear so I’m hoping to get out for a run at the weekend.  This will be my first in 2 months so as you can imagine I think I’ll struggle to get to the end of the street rather than manage the 7 miles level I’d finally reached.  It’s a bit disappointing really as I felt I was doing so well, but I’m determined to get back to it and build it up gradually again as I did before.

The family are all well.  The school year seems to have whizzed by so fast, can’t believe ‘A’ is nearly at the end of her first year of high school.  It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we were stressing about how she’d settle in.  ‘S’ has had a good first year of study for his GCSE’s and has done some marvellous things in Music in particular.

‘P’ celebrated his birthday at the start of the month so thought it was about time he booked in his birthday present from LAST year…..White Water Rafting.  See my next post for all the fun and photos!  He’s still running and his performance has come on no end since he’s been regularly running with the club.  He has another race tomorrow in Blakedown and during March managed to win 1st place in the competition on RunBritain for most improved running handicap..

Arnold celebrated his 2nd birthday on Tuesday.  Hard to believe he’s been part of our family now for 2 years.  I can still remember when he first came home with us, I had to wear my knee length boots around the house in the peak of Summer to fend off his feisty puppy needle teeth!  Well worth the pain though, we wouldn’t be without him :).


Happy 9th Anniversary

Last month saw mine and lovely Hubby’s 9th wedding anniversary.  I decided to make a card with something that had a meaning to both of us so went with a selection of the lyrics from ‘our song’ – Oh, Baby I by Eternal.

I used a torn effect on the verse and had a go (for the first time!) with my Tim Holtz distress ink and blending tool.  I was really pleased with the result :).

The heart was from my stash but I think was originally purchased from Hobbycraft.  The letters were from a local hardware store.  The green card was from The Range and is by Papermania and I believe the spotty paper was from a selection of My Mind Eye bought from Ebay.

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