Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Feeling inky!!

Have you checked out the gorgeous new inks Kaisercraft have released!! If not you can check them out here. They are so much fun to work with and the colours are so rich and vibrant, I just love them. I decided I was going to make a set of cards with the ink set, but I didn't want to stamp. So I decided to grab out my trusty old makeup wedges, hand cut some simple mask and stencil shapes and away I went happily inking. These are the cards that I ended up creating.

A journey....begins with a thought in your mind and the courage to give it a go....and pray it works lol (or at least that is what I did)Just feel the need to get dirty and messy with ink doesn't mean it is always a good idea (especially when wearing a white shirt)

Friends....well what can I say if you have friends you never feel lonely

Thinking of you....and hoping that you like these cards as much as I do

I added some stitching for a little bit more detail and some rub-on sentiments. I have never really done anything like this before so I was really thrilled with the way they turned out. I hope you like them too.

Chat soon

Webster's Pages and Tattered Angels!

What could be better than Webster's Pages and Tattered Angels by themselves......Webster's Pages and Tattered Angels combined. Check out all the February excitement and inspiration here.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tooth Fairy!!

Another momentous occasion happened yesterday in the Ludlow household. Kayla got her first wobbly tooth. When I told her her tooth was going to fall out soon, she burst into tears. Poor little poppet. But when she was told the tooth fairy would come she got a little more excited. We go through periods of excitement and sheer terror, but I am sure when it finally comes out she will be very excited. I decided I wanted to make a little pouch for her to put her tooth in, so I Googled the internet for patterns. Then I came across this darling little tooth fairy from this very talented lady and I couldn't resist making it for my big girl. It was so cute and I loved the way the little mouth acts as a pocket to hold all Kayla's special little teeth. So this morning was spent sewing and stuffing this little sweetie, all under the very watchful eye of Kayla. Although she was full of encouragement with comments like "that is coming along great Mum"and "You are doing so well Mummy", lucky she is easy to please lol.

There is some tulle under the flower on her head, but this doesn't show up very well in the photo. She now hangs on Kayla's door in anticipation for the moment when that pearly white finally falls out.

Today I thought I would also show you the two layouts that I made using Kaisercraft's two January releases Made With Love and Shaken Not Stirred. I didn't know how I would go with these ranges because they didn't really fit my style, but I have to tell you they were an absolute pleasure to work with. I love them both!!
Made With Love
Shaken Not Stirred

So that is our news for Sunday!! I still have to get Kayla's school uniforms ready for the week, so I best not delay any longer.

I hope you have had a fabulous weekend
Chat soon

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Decisions, decisions!

Hi everyone.

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, it seems that by the time I have a chance to get onto the computer at night all I want to do is curl up and watch some TV. I thought with Kayla going to school I would have more time on my hands but it has been the complete opposite. After dropping Kayla off in the morning Em and I are busy doing lots of other fun activities together, throw in a bit of housework and the day is pretty much gone. Then after picking up Kayla it is all systems go for afternoon tea, reading, homework, play, dinner, bath, Kayla's story writing time and then bed. Phew!! We had parent-teacher interviews during the past week and I got to sit down and have a chat with Mr Munro. He is very happy with Kayla's progress and we have set 3 goals for her this year. Kayla loves to read and write, and one the goals she set herself was to learn to be able to write stories by the end of the year. So each night or whenever she wants we sit down and write a story in her very own story book. I help her to spell words but she writes it all herself. I can't wait to see the progress she has made come the end of the year.

So with how busy I have been and a few other bits and pieces I have decided it was time to finish my position at 123 Scrapbook. It was so fantastic to be part of this team and I have loved working with such a talented group of ladies. I have made many wonderful friends there and I am sure we will all stay in touch.

So on that sad note I will leave. But I do have a few Kaiser creations that I can share from the January releases, so I might pop back on later and show you one or two of them.

Take care

Friday, February 12, 2010

I'm back.

Hi everyone.

Sorry for not posting for a little while, I was just taking a little break. With Kayla starting school and crafting at night I just wasn't finding the time to keep up daily posts. The little break from blogland was nice but now I am back, but with a few changes. I will now probably only blog once or twice a week with piccies from my project 365. I will keep updating whenever I can with projects I have been making. Speaking of which I can share with you all this little project I made for Kaisercraft.

It is a little card game I have made for Kayla using the new Kaisercraft Heart Stand. To find out more and how I made it, pop over to the Kaisercraft blog where there are some simple instructions.

I also made this pocket to hold all of the little alphabet cards.

The one thing that I forgot to mention in the instructions on the Kaisercraft blog is that these cards are now double sided. One side has Capital letters, and the other side has lowercase letters.

Kayla Loves playing with her little cards, and she thinks she is so clever when she clips them into the stand herself.

I will be back on the weekend with some photos. I have to edit a few of them yet so I will hopefully get the chance to do that tonight.

Until next time
Take care

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Just for you!

I just want to say thank you to all the beautiful people that have stopped by my blog lately or sent me emails telling me that they were thinking of us yesterday for Kayla's big day at school. You are all so kind and thoughtful and your messages have been greatly appreciated. So I thought for my photo of the day, I would send you all a rose.

This rose comes from our garden. They would have to be the most tolerant roses on the planet. I never water them, I prune them back in the wrong season and when I do I butcher them, and yet year after year they bless me with their gorgeous blooms. And every year around Valentines day, someone comes and picks/steals some at night to give to that special someone. We have a very open front yard and the rose bush is in front of the house, so it is a little creepy that people take them. Although it doesn't bother me greatly, because they generally only die on the bush anyway, so if someone can make their loved one feel a little special with them, than so be it. If they only knew that they could just ask me for some and I would happily let them take some.

Anyway I hope you all enjoy your rose. Thank you!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The big day!!

Well today was the day. The day my little girl took her first steps into big school. I was surprisingly calm for someone that cried at the drop of a hat yesterday. The tears welled up in my eyes as we left, but they didn't stream down my face like I was expecting. Having to walk away was one of the hardest things to do, but when I looked back and saw her smiling face waving me off it seemed to make it better. And even nicer still when I picked her up in the afternoon. I have a few photos from today to share, all being of our big girl of course. There are a few other photos too, but they are on my other camera.

Getting sick of photos by this stage...the fake smile is starting to creep in

At the end of her big day just relaxing on the steps at school.

Initially there wasn't much chatting when Kayla came home, just taking it all in I think. But now I have heard the whole story about her day. From what I can gather, she had a fabulous time at school and she loves Mr Munroe her teacher. They have a few class rules which she said are "very important", and her lunch was apparently very yummy. It was a very exciting day for Kayla, and one that I have dreaded for a long time, but I think we all came through it with a smile on our face.

Also today I have another Make it on Monday installment. Today I thought we would have a cooking lesson. This is a recipe for Savoury muffins from the Day to Day Cookery book that I tried yesterday.

4 bacon rashers, chopped
2 shallots chopped
2 cups self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup grated cheese
1 cup corn kernels
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 ½ tbsp margarine, melted
1 cup milk

1. Place bacon and shallots in a small pan.
2. Cook over medium heat until bacon is cooked but not hard. Allow to cool
3. Sift flour into a bowl
4. Add bacon, cheese and corn and mix
5. Make a well in the centre and pour in egg, margarine and milk and mix well
6. Spoon mixture into 12 well-greased muffin pans, filling then two-thirds full
7. Bake in a hot oven (200 to 220 degrees Celsius) for approximately 20 minutes.

And here are my muffins

Th The little ones are for the girls lunches, and the big ones are for our lunches. For the mini muffins I put them in the oven for about 12 minutes. I think next time I will add some carrot as well. These muffins were well received by the family, so I think they will become a regular item in their lunch boxes. They freeze well also, which I love. Yummy!!

Until tomorrow