Hey all my name is Samantha, I'm 32 from England. Engaged.
I have been handcrafting cards since I can remember from making mothers day cards at nursery to selling them to friends and family now. I love seeing the reactions on peoples faces when you make a unique handcrafted card just for them. I have also been a keen scrapbooker/photographer since I was about 5 when my parents started to foster and I always kept a scrapbook for each child we cared for - which goes with them to their new families so they don’t forget any precious memories of their childhood.
Apologies for not carrying out the draw for my giveaway yesterday had a few busy days since getting our new addition Barney! Had to look after my neighbours sick little girl yesterday so should could pop out and then had to baby sit my niece all last night so not had a chance to get online.
Barney on the long drive home
Our first pit stop Barney (new additon) at the front he is so much skinnier than our Buster. The woman at the rescue centre was saying Barney was the correct wegith for a Beagle but I would beg to differ I mean buster is our only first Beagle but he is not fat like she kept say - wasnt happy about that!!
Barney has settled in quite well apart from he is scaring the life out of the cats as he is not used to them. He keeps chasing after them and barking like mad!! I am having to keep my 15 year old cat upstairs as I don't think his little ticker can take it.
Using random.org the winner of my give away is Viviane (walgode13)
Thanks so much to all who entered I will be having another giveaway if I can get my youtube scubs to 100.
Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend. I have been doing over time all this week and I think I work 53 hours in total normally only do 37.5 so I have been very tired and ratty and mostly taking it out on Adam - opps!
So was defo glad when the weekend was here and boo its Sunday night I am back at work at 7.30 tomorrow. So wish I could win the lottery then never work again and sit and craft all day :-) How totally awesome would that be!!! Never gonna happen but I can dream!!
Last night I was up till the early hours of the morning scrapbooking. I duno why I do it do nothing all day then it comes to 7/8 pm then I get a sudden burst of inspiration and I am there crafting till easily 2.30am! Anyone else a night owl when it comes to crafting?
I made 4 8x8 scrapbook pages and some yummie cookies
All the pages were for Amelia's scrapbook as I am trying to finish this one off so I can start her new one.
Red Polka Dot and a Ledger Paper from a DCWV paper stack not sure of the name but my friend Andrea across the road gave me them - Thanks Hun :-) its great having a fellow crafter in my street not only do I pinch sugar, her cake mixer (when mine died) she also lets me raid her craft stash when I babysit for her - Best Friend eva!!
No idea what the photo sizes are they were 4 x 6" photos and cut into a square (I think they may have been 10 x 10 cms). The "Girl" Chipboard is the Audrey collection by Mia Road and coloured Black.
Chipboard arrow and lips are from a huge chipboard can I got from WallMart like 4/5 years ago. I did alot of hand writing on this page but wasnt sure it really made sence as it was late and I couldnt really think straight.
My brother build Amelia a big sandbox and a play area in their backgarden for her birthday and these are of her sitting in it! Shame with UK Weather its never really warm and her birthday was in March so she had to have her coat on hehe!
I was soo pleased with this embelishment I made it was a sandcastle using actual sand paper.
Template for this and the inspiration is here only difference I gave my castle two towers - only the best castle for my baby niece :-) There are lots of different templates if you google sandcastle template. I just thought this would be the easiest to cut out of the sandpaper - it was alot easier than I thought sharpened my scissors too but wasnt very good for my rotorary trimmer.
Couldnt find a decent template for the bucket and spade so they are printed from clip art and cut out.
Papers used are First Edition - Hideaway 6x6 which I got a sample pack from Ebay for only £1.99 I think I might start and do this get the 6x6 sample pack from ebay as some are only £1 and if I like them I can buy the big pads. Chipard letters are Basic Grey not sure of the name of this pack as I lost the insert to box.
This is patterned paper which I printed from google as I wanted it to look like paint splats.
Used plain coloured paper to double mount the photo up.
Absoultley loved this sentiment "I am not messy, I am creative" I just added the last line as it is true :-)
Finally... sorry ive bored you but look at how yummie these cookies are!!
Cornflake cookies recipe. INGREDIENTS
125g butter, chopped, at room temperature
½ cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
2 cups cornflakes, Crushed (I used crunchy Nut)
Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Lightly grease and line 2 large oven trays.
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla, then fold flour in.
Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and roll into crushed cornflakes. Arrange on trays about 4cm apart.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool on tray for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Just want to share a quick hybrid scrapbook layout I created using a free download of Correen Silke's Another Tea Party I am not sure if this is still available and sorry I can not remember where I downloaded it from :-(
Papers are super cute but I really dont think my printer did the paper justice as its acting up. But luckily Adam just bought me a new one - YEY!
I went for more of a vintage theme with the layout.
I created this photo arrange ment just in MS Word and printed it out so not actually sure of the measurements. I never normally measure just cut and size by eye!
This is a 8.5 x 11 layout for Darcy's book. The flowers are printed on photo paper to give them a bit more stability and I was able to curl the corners a little to give them more dimention. It took me ages to cut them all out!!
I still need to add a title or journalling here but not too sure what to write just yet. Something to do with Spring I think.
Yesterday I had a very lazy day and sat around most of the day in my PJ's crafting and I made some cakes too but were eaten before I thought about taking a picture - sorry about that :-)
My friends Andrea across the road from me is also a fellow crafter and she has just got engaged so I made her a card.
I saw this idea for a card on Flickr by Lucy Abrams and I really hope Lucy doesn't mind me copying her idea. Clearly her card is much better than mine. I dont have a hear punch so had to cut these by hand and cut the circles at 1:14 with my Martha Stewart circle cutter. I also used my cuttlebug dots background and the heart postage stamp which I cut the heart out.
I have it to her last night and she loved it she has only received 2 cards which I think is shocking!!
Another update my new flooring is down and I love it!!! Harvest Oak Wood its soo pretty I dont want to walk on it.
Its the cooking channel in case anyone is wondering I think they are mixing something...lol!
We have left the french door off between the front room and kitchen for the minute as it opens it up lovely!! I dont think we are binning the doors just put them in loft and put them back on in the winter as I love being in front room with fire on and doors closed its soo cosey!
Who has a Silhouette SD Cutters? I am thinking of getting one as I still dont really like my Cricut plus the cartridges are really expensive. Any ideas where you buy the files from? Adam said I can get one which is good and he has gone shopping today to buy my a new printer which is great!!
I think tonight I will finish some scrapbooking and have early night as I am on 7.30am - 6pm for this weekn and i said I would for the rest of the month - I must be mad!! Just thinking of the pay packet with all this overtime!