Saturday, 27 August 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday



This is the second time I've joined in with this feature, where basically - when you bloghop to those who join in, you get to enjoy about 3-6 minutes of musical magic.

Crafters have a varied taste in music which makes it all the more interesting to visit each one to see what they have in store... sometimes you are met with an old (or new) favourite - or sometimes you discover something completely different to anything you would normally listen to because its a different genre to what you stick with.


Here is my offering this week - I'm loving getting some of these out the old 'memory cupboard'.  I've chosen this one because it reminds me of my school disco days!  This one is one of those that you can't help liking....  I remember me and my friends all in a circle or row doing the same moves to this one. I really could sit here all day adding all my favourite music from that era - I promise for something a bit more modern next week - but i've got my fingers crossed! lol...

If you love this feature - go over to Marcea's blog here- as she's the master DJ who set this whole fabby feature up some time ago (but I only discovered last week - but too late to post anything).  Immediately as I visited and decided to join in, I knew what my first tune would be: (see my first post here).

Hope you enjoyed... Go on, dare you to show and tell what tunes you're tapping your toes to at the moment.

Crafty hugs

Paula x x x  

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Over on the Crafters Companion Facebook group - i've 'met' lots of lovely crafters - some on the design team for crafters companion - but lots and lots of regular crafters who are in love with Crafters Companion products... I know there aren't many [paper] crafters who don't own something from them.

Anyway, I've come to follow a few of my new found friends as they post their blog posts on FB - which is clever - especially because I continue to forget to open up my google reader (doh)!!!

However, one crafter in particular, Marcea, has this fabby feature which is so self indulgent, i'm in seventh heaven.  It's called 'Music Saves My Soul Saturday' where you simply insert a video from You Tube of your favourite tunes, changing it each week and sharing with others by linking up via In-linkz on Marcea's blog... just hop around everyone elses blog to see what their choice of music is this week, leave a comment after enjoying (or not) the music of the blog host.



This is my first ever week joining in, so here is my choice of music - which, as soon as I saw this feature on Marcea's blog, I KNEW I would choose should I join in.

This would always be my first choice simply because it reminds me of the school disco - something that I was rarely allowed to go to, but when I did, this was playing once and it captured my heart since 1986 (or thereabouts when I first heard it).

I will keep you in suspense no longer.  I hope you enjoy as much as I do - let me know what you think and whether you have a song that reminds you of the school disco... better still, go HERE to Marcea's blog and join in - enjoying other crafters taste in music while indulging in tunes that have a special place in your music collection.... oh, I have loads more to come yet so I'm going to enjoy getting involved with this one.


Collaberation of Gorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey (of Human League fame) in 1984, taken from the film 'Electric Dreams'.

Hope you enjoyed as much as I do... it's that guitar rift that does it every time!!!

Off to Marcea's to link up and see what the other participants have shared this week.

Crafty hugs

Paula x x x






Thanks for reading - please leave a comment to say you've been - then come back again. hugs, Paula x x x

Monday, 15 August 2011

Guess who's the Hostess for this months Funky Hand Challenge

Yep - it's meeeeeee.

As these things tend to work, it has come round to being my turn to host the challenge at Get Funky (yippee), so I've chosen the theme :

At The Seaside

Well really, its more about the colours that remind you of the seaside - is it the sky, sand, water, buckets, ice-cream flavours, stripes of the deck chairs or wind-breaks, beach balls, canyfloss?... the list goes on - but its all about what reminds YOU.

For my challenge card, I chose (quite predictably) the colours of the sea, sky and sand - and came up with this


inside views




Did you notice these bits:



this was me singing while I was putting the card together - the happy crafter that I am - so I couldn't then resist typing it out and actually putting it in the card itself!

Now, I bet you're singing right now aren't you?  I thought so! ;o)

The card is 8x8".  The front cover in folded diagonally in half then covered with DP's from the Craft The Year Away CD.  On the front - but cannot really be seen, is the same colour that the square toppers are made in (my sand colour)!
To stop the diagonal flap springing up, I punched a hole in both bits, and then again at the top.  I wrapped some bakers twine through a few times - which was a great, and aesthetically better than ribbon!

The square topper on the front was layered up on white card with another triangular piece of the same design on the back seeing as it could be seen from inside the card.  I then doodled around every edge of the card - both inside and out as well as both toppers - the wonky/wobbly line is far better than drawing a straight one with a ruler as it adds a fun element to the card.

The inside topper which was attached to the diagonal was slight smaller so that you could appreciate  the outside one from behind.  The inside layer was kept simple with just a pre-coloured digi sunshine which I cut up just so I could spread the rays out a bit wider.  I added the little sentiments/song on at the end - and voila - a fun, uplifting sunshine, seaside card.  I'm rather pleased with it actually!

I was on a roll by then, so while making previous card, I printed out some other similarly gorgeous papers - and came up with this:


Using a 6x6" card base, I then made the cloud backing paper in the workspace area - by adding the blue mottled DP from the 'My July' collection on 'Craft The Year Away' CD then dragging the digi clouds on top of that - sizing them a different random sizes.  I added the pre-coloured digi sunshine in afterwards which was printed out on a separate sheet - along with the buckets and spades (I did three different patterned sets on the same sheet).  The gorgeous green DP was cut to size, then torn across-ways to look like a sparkling mediteranean sea with gentle waves with the bottom third of paper to represent the beach.  The bucket and spade had glossy accents on to give them that shiny plastic finish.

My next and final card was based around an ice-cream, and seeing as I had made more than one when making my DT card this month, the whole card centred around it as you'll see.


I simplymade the backing paper in the workspace area of the card using the 'writer' function writing the different words then changing the font, size and the colour.  The layers that the ice-cream are sat on are papers from the Craft The Year Away CD and die cut with labels seven Spellbinders nestabilities.

That concludes my Challenge card entries for this months theme of "At the seaside" where I asked to see colours that remind you of the seaside.

Just to recap:

Funky Hand Papercraft Factory CD's:
Craft The Year Away, Dreams Come True and Colour Me Happy - all found HERE

The challenge these cards are for is the 'Get Funky' Challenge for Funky Hand where this month, I have set the theme of the challenge - found HERE

just one last thing... if you wish to join in with this months challenge but haven't (yet) got anything from Funky Hand to join in with (remember this is the ONLY rule for joining in with the challenge) Anice is offering the following FREEBIE which can be downloaded from HERE then go to page 3.


Well, you really haven't got any excuse to join in now as we've covered all bases - so get on over and have a look what else is on the website as you might see something you like more to make your challenge cards from - there are 3 FULL pages of instant downloads - so no need to wait for Mr Postie to bring you a parcel of any kind - but there are also plenty of CD's for sale if you do like receiving things in the post - what ever floats your boat really!!!

Thanks for looking - remember the rest of my teamies will be posting throughout the month providing you with plenty of inspiration - so, as long as your entry is in before midnight on the 14th September - it's in with a shout... at midnight - the frog link (inlikz) turns into a pumpkin and disappears then its too late!  Winners will then be announced on 15th just before the new challenge goes live.

Only one entry per person, and no backlinks to old posts.

Easy as that - look forward to seeing your cards

Crafty hugs

Paula x x x




Wednesday, 10 August 2011

WOYWW 10.08.11

Good morning one and all and a happy WOYWW to you!

I'm on a roll as its the 2nd Wednesday in a row that I've joined in this global desk hop for a while - the 'older' WOYWWers know that I twice (with the help of my lovely friend Wipso) posted from my hospital bed last year... anyway - for one reason or another - I don't always manage to make it so I for one am pleased I've been able to post twice on the trot!!!

Right - not much happened this last week in terms of creativity.  I've either had no energy or health to craft or make a single card - plus I've been drooling at the talent on the 'I'm a Crafter's Companion' Face book page - looking at the colouring talents of the DT from CC on there using either the lovely SWALK stamps (need some), or the Humphrey stamps (already got some) or using the new Spectrum Noir pens (now nicknamed speccies) - or using both stamps and pens... if you can - hop over there and have a look at some of the colouring in by these guys... if you look on there - you'll also find a tutorial and even a comparison of Speccies V's Copics - interesting.

Anyway - here is the desk despite the lack of activity:


Oh - I lied it appears... I did print off ONE (my first one btw) Me to You sheet I'd designed for an A4 card.  Very simple design for a first birthday card.

In front of that you'll see the Summer Crafting brochure from Doncaster a few weeks ago.  There in it is Nigel's autograph - which incidentally I didn't ask him for - he assumed I wanted it (bless him)... I did also have my photograph taken with him, also with Phill (who I'm not sure is actually with DO crafts anymore - and I have one with the Glitter Girls too (how friendly were they???! - loads that's how much).

The little shaped 'box' is one from a book of die cut shapes bought from QVC the week before.  There are absolutely NO instructions to put these boxes together, and when this one is secured at the top - there is no opening to get anything in or out - bad design..  There is another one on the desk - (in the next photo) which was pretty straight forward, but a third I took out of the box had loads of curved lines (all have only very feint score lines) and just didn't make sense at all - even the picture was no help, so I gave up and have now sent the pad back.  I've put a review on QVC and only awarded it one star - the die cuts were easy enough to get out of the page and the cardstock was of a good quality and the design papers were nice - but without instructions were pretty terrible to put together.  Anyone with dexterity problems (such as I on a regular day) would struggle - but I tried these when having an exceptionally good day and still not easy.


 Here you see the second box, which was easier to put together.  The black box in the bottom left of this picture is a box we've had for donkey's years - since we first had a home PC and Internet - back in 1998.  This stored all our CD's in.  Its been all round the house and lastly was in my sons bedroom.  It's covered in dust (no surprise there) and had some of those original CD's in - plus some DK ones that my Dad collected years ago from the Daily Express (his choice of newspaper - not mine!).  I'm going to give them to my mum as they are things such as the solar system, wildlife, dinosaurs etc etc. - that's if they work on more modern computers (not sure)....  The best bit though is that I'm going to alter the box - which is something I'm looking forward to doing.

The rotadex is a relatively new purchase so needs populating.  I found this in the bookshop 'The Works' and was £2.99... I have more address books - all for different sets of people - so I thought I'd would amalgamate and put them all in one place - plus it takes me back to when I was a telephonist/receptionist - I had a MASSIVE one which was jampackedfull!!!  That was back in the day when I worked in the textile machine industry - I packed the job when I was 25 and just having had K, my 2nd son.

Of course there is also my lovely carousel on the desk - which I wouldn't do without.

Then there is my blue 'bits' bin, kindly given to me by a fellow classmate from when I was well enough to go to card class on a Tuesday night.  I have missed not being able to go, but I've not been well enough to go for weeks and weeks.

Last photo is just a pic of the back of my desk - the DVD cases house all my Spellbinders, with some Marianne Designs, about 4 Nelly Sneddon die sets and a couple of Cuttlebug dies - the rest are nesties and shapeabilities.

Right, that's about it - if you want to join in with this massive global desk hop - you need to go to see the Chief - Julia of Stamping Ground here.  She'll explain the ground rules (of which there are few)...

I tried to visit as many people as I had the energy to over the course of the week - some wouldn't even give me a comments box :O(  so, sorry if I didn't leave a comment on yours.  Note to self... will try harder! 

Thank you to all those who came to visit me - your visits and words are very much appreciated and keep me going.  Also, thanks to anyone who became a follower as a result - I love to see a new face in my followers box, so thank you and welcome.

Right - I have an appointment this morning, then this afternoon the boys are at the dentist - so will work round the trials and tribulations that the week might throw at me and attempt to visit lots more people this week.

Big crafty hugs

Paula x x x


Weekday Ramblings and Wedding card commissions

How rubbish has the weather been the last few days?  Its been like the back end of October here - although it hasn't been quite as cold.  Wind, rain, black cloud, miserable.  Today is warmer again - but the wind has built up since this morning.  Anyway, it's just a good job I've had my been able to do some reading, blogging and follow discussion on my favourite Facebook pages.

Last year, when I was still employed but off sick, I made a decision to come off Facebook for one reason and another (which isn't worth going into here), and to be honest, I didn't miss it much.  However, I became increasingly aware that more and more craft companies and things of interest to me were accessible through groups and the such on FB so I ummed and aahhed about re-activating my account.  I finally made the decision to reactivate it for the purpose of reaching those craft companies and companies of interest only, so decided to remove the majority of people on my friends list  - who I really didn't interact with much e.g. people from school etc. so removed all of those - and removed most of my remote family who I didn't interact with much, along with all but 2 of my former work colleagues.  Therefore, from just under 200 people, I whittled my list down to 24. 

By getting back on FB, I've really enjoyed 'liking' those sites and groups that interest me and have added and made lots of new friends in the process - those who I have much more in common with - and that is the love of all things craft.  Slowly, my friends list is building up again - but only with people who have a shared interest (going to the same school no longer counts as a shared interest to me - I didn't have the best of times in school, being bullied and singled out, plus its not like I socialise with them or anything.   Some people i'd removed have asked to be friends again so figure that they are the friends worth having because they've clearly missed my friendship so to speak... I'm really happy with my list now and this will be the principles used to add friends in the future - they will be crafters - they will add me or I will request their friendship, or they will be people I know who want to add me (then i'll think long and hard about whether I want them to know what i'm doing on Facebook!!!)...  I don't want to sound pompous or stand-offish (cos that really isn't me), but I will not be 'collecting' people for the sake of it.  My son has over 700 friends - and I bet he doesn't even know half of them, no, not even a faction of them - and doesn't socialise with them - so that is my point entirely.  Having more or less people on your friends list isn't a measure of how popular you are (or not).  It means you know them somehow in someway so just add them.  I know of people who will add their doctors receptionist or dentist (well, i'm using that as an example that they will add anyone)!!!

Anyway - if you are a crafter and want to be a friend on facebook - please feel free to add... crafters (and my nearest and dearest) welcome!!!  You will find me as Paula Michelle Hemingray-Gale.
I hope all the above makes sense.

Anyway - putting FB to one side, I keep telling myself I need to start putting more and more stuff on my blog - I've got lots of stuff that I haven't yet blogged.  A lot of my work hasn't really been character crafting - which has become increasingly popular.  I do have a fair amount of stamps, CD's and card making kits that I need to get my finger out and make to sell hopefully.  If I don't sell any or continue to get any commissions - people are getting rather expensive greetings cards from me - and I certainly haven't saved any money by making my own - I figure I have, like most crafters, thousands of pounds worth of stash, including machines, CD, Spellbinders, punches, tools, paper and card stock, specialist pens, ribbon etc etc (you get the picture) - so I'm going to make an effort to sell more of my stuff.

I will be doing 40 Order of Ceremony's soon for a friend who gets married in September.  Judging by the amount of content in the ceremony itself, I think each one is going to run to at least 6-8 sides, so pretty full to say the least.  I think I may set off the lazer printer to do those.

I bought a Samsung lazer printer in February and only got it out of the box when I re-jigged my craft room (again!).  By the weekend - I still hadn't managed to set it up on the laptop so this was one of the goals I set myself for this week.  I finally managed to set it up yesterday and couldn't believe when it printed 3 full sheets of A4 out in less than 5 seconds.... Its only a Black and White printer (why called black and WHITE I've no idea as it doesn't have white ink or anything in.  Just black laser toner.

Another goal,  while I'm thinking about it, is to have a play with my new cuttlebug embossing folder system.  I bought the Pick of The Day over on Create and Craft a couple of weeks ago.  At the time of typing this, they are still in their packets waiting to be opened and played with.  I want to play about with the letterpress capability of it - I wished I had Jinger from Provocraft here to help me out (one of my 'Likes' on Facebook - both Provocraft and Jinger).  Need to ask if she will do bookings the next time she is in the UK.  I could do with some lessons on how to use my Cricut Expression more effectively.

Right, enough of the waffle.  Here is a couple of not-seen-before cards...

In the last couple of months, I've had 3 commissions for wedding cards -  2 from the same person, and one for my BFF (her mum).

Here is the one for the first wedding - the brief was just to do it in the same colours as the invitation.


My friend loved it.  The black and white DP is from the Black and Gold Forever Friends CD.  The envelope was of a real good quality but the DP lining just finished it off nicely.

Anyway, the next wedding was a few weeks ago so my friend (K) asked me to do her a card similar to the last one.  Her mum (W) (my BFF) asked me to do her something special to send as it was her nephew getting married.  The colour scheme of the wedding was light blue - so I used a soft baby blue in both cards.

Here's the first one I did for K.

 Underneath the monogram on the card, there is a big ampersand but it looks really pale of this picture.

The monogram is cut, matted and layered using Spellbinders Labels Two dies.  The design paper on the top is Hunkeydory cardstock and the cardstock on the bottom is the matching colour in plain silk art card.  This was embossed using the Trellis embossing folder.  Small diamante gems were placed where the pattern crossed.

Now, for the card I did for my friend.  She'd seen a card I'd done previously for my God Daughter (which I haven't previously blogged either) - so here is that card which inspired my friend into asking me to do her wedding card using the same format:


The book-shaped paper is from The Clipart Fairy, printed out, scored, then slightly curled to look like pages (to give them their curl, I slide them over the edge of the desk sliding back and forth until I get the depth of curl I want.  Each page is attached by using double sided tape down the 'spine' and sometimes I add a bit to the edge of the page to keep the shape of it and keep it in its place.

I made the flowers on this one using a crealies flowers die - number 11 and the foliage dies from crealies too.  I purchased both from Joanna Sheen. 

So, here are some pics of the card I made for my friend for her nephews wedding:





 I think this is a good selection of pictures of the card.  I thoroughl enjoyed making this with all the detail and each handmade flower embellishment too.  It really was a labour of love.  I can't wait until someone else commissions me to do something similar.

That's all for now - until my next post,

Take care,

Paula x x x

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

My Funky Hand DT Card - August

Hello to my blogging friends - and blogging family!

Its my turn to post my DT card over at Funky Hand Towers (aka Get Funky) for this months challenge which was set on the Funky Fifteenth, by the lovely Ruth.  The theme she set for us this time was Boys, Boys, Boys!!!

Well, having 2 boys of my own - I thought that this challenge was going to be a walk in the park.  However, my printer had other thoughts and has been playing me up - well - THEY have been playing me up - more on that later...

However, despite all the problems I had - I came good in the nick of time and virtually only got my card finished and photographed at the 11th hour (i.e. - the day before this post goes live)!

Following the theme of 'Boys Boys Boys' - I thought I'd make a card for my Godson and kill two birds with one stone - and further still, enter my card in to the sketch challenge over at 'Fetch a sketch'.

Here is my card - made by using the Papercraft Factory collection of CD ROMS which incorporates 'Colour Me Happy', 'Dreams Come True' and 'Craft the Year Away' - and used a paper from each CD to make my simple card.  The boots which are a digi image from the 'Craft the Year Away' CD were printed out on a fourth paper then coloured in with promarkers to finish the pattern off.

Here is the card:





I have two sons - both have played football for local Junior Football Teams - my younger son still plays, while my older son has been a tennis fanatic for the past 5 years - he did both for a couple of season - but soon knew which one he preferred!  He now plays mens tennis competitively and has been picked for the 'A' team a couple of times.

I will be entering this card for the 'Fetch a Sketch' challenge number 3 -
All details of the card are explained in full on the 'Get Funky' Challenge Blog - HERE

Thanks for reading - please leave a comment to say you've been - then come back again. hugs, Paula x x x

WOYWW

Gosh - I haven't posted for WOYWW for months - sorry Julia.

This, in part, is due to not being terribly well, and not being an efficient blogger either - plus also letting Wednesdays creep up on me and go again before I get chance to notice what's happened - but that's true of the other days in the week ; the weeks, and even the months.

However, I've written a few posts today so it seems I'm on a roll.... so why not do one more.

A couple of weeks ago - OH and I had a trip to IKEA to see if there was something that would clear up some of the things in my craft room/conservatory that were hanging about without a place to live.  All available shelves and cupboards were full to bursting - so it needed something else - another solution to try and sort it out - or get rid of some stash - which of course, I'm not going to do!!!

We went and found the perfect solution so spent over £250 getting just 3 sets of drawers to do the job.

So that OH wouldn't (and couldn't) procrastinate - I set to supervising the boys to empty the cupboard where a lot of the stuff was already stored.  Everything out of the cupboard ended up on the floor and the sofa - here's what it looked like:






My mess even spilled over to the kitchen...


Here are a few of the improvement shots after a long weekend of tidying up:

These drawers now house all of my papers, decoupage sets, special papers (for having - not using).  I emptied over 15 of those plastic storage boxes - much to the dismay of him indoors because he said there was nowhere to put them in the garage - along with all the other stuff I've got in there for those 'just in case' moments!!!

Anyway, the improvements continue.  The printer is a laser one that I bought back in Feb/Mar.  I hadn't had it out of the box until we finished the change over.  I bought a laser printer to work with the Foil-It machine I bought at the same time - which is still in the cello wrapping.  One day...



At the end of the drawers, OH fixed 3 spice racks from IKEA - these were about £3 each.  All the jars I already had.  New stash of buttons bought at the Doncaster show all sorted into the cute little spice jars and perfect to have behind me - at the swish of the chair...


The Cinch fits perfectly on top of the new drawers at the end, ensuring most of my large tools are kept together and in one place.

Right, here is the desk area after OH has put additional rails up for my punches.  Below the punches is the storage for my Spellbinder dies and other dies. Everything at hand - however, I've found it better to stand up when I'm using the Cuttlebug - I usually take it to the kitchen table or a counter top as that it just the right height.


I had a spare spice rack and a bit of space above the desk on the wall - and I knew just what I wanted to put there... I had the cross bar removed so that I could use the shelf for my ink pads.  I'll have to make sure I don't go above the light switch with more ink pads.  I've tried to sort them out into appropriate colour families but not sure I've managed it.


A better view of my growing collection of EK Success punches.


Here is my lovely carousel which I don't think I'd be able to do without now.  It holds so much stuff!!!.

Hope you've enjoyed the little adventure around my craft room!  Its not looking quite so tidy at this moment in time... Ive been making my DT card for next month for Get Funky - where I will actually be hosting and setting the challenge - that kicks off on the Funky Fifteenth, so please come back to have a look at what the theme is to see if you can join in!

I'm going to join in with WOYWW this week, although technically - the pics are from when we did the change of furniture - well, thats the Royal 'we' as OH did it.  The bits and bobs I managed to do took me out for 2 days - I was in pain and slept for the best part of 2 days...

hold on - I've just taken a pic of my desk - not brill as its 1.55am, but its the best I can do considering... This post is on the laptop while I took the pic and added this little bit on - quite surreal isn't it?


There might be a few things of interest on there tonight - particularly the cookie on top of my cup - I put it there to soften the while Belgium chocolate... hmmm.  The main bits on the glass mat (thats not suppose to scratch, but is scratched to the nines) is my project for FH so unfortunately I had to cover it up... you don't mind, do you?

Thanks for looking - please go and join Julia at Stamping Ground for Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  It will be good joining in again cos I've not done it for months (Hi Julia if you read this)!  Also hi to all my old friends who I met through WOYWW - there are some very special people and friendships found and formed here...

Keep smiling!

Hugs,
Paula x x x x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Just a quick note...

This is just a quick note to welcome all my new followers - that seem to have popped in the last couple of days - thank you and welcome - hope you will visit the playground regularly...

Here's a quick role call:

Kaz - Crafty Kaz's Cards

Linda -

Katina Killey - Katina's cards and chat

Lesley - Pinkles Dreams

Marcea - Marceas Crafting Corner

Donka

Miskyla - Everything is better with glitter


Karen - Krafty Karen's blog spot

Nandi

Kirsty - Kirsty M's Card Corner

Wendy 1406

Zoe - CraftygasheadZo

Lis-Murphy

Elaine - Lazy Daisy Designs

Yummymummy73

Paula - Paula's Corner


Those without links don't seem to have blogs when I connect to them through blogger - so apologies if I'm wrong. 

I just want to thank ALL my followers - I appreciate each and every one of you.  I know I've been terrible at blogging recently - but that's been more of a health thing.

I've loads of cards to show - and will post in time - but instead I thought I'd treat you to a few sweet pics of my woolly fur babies.


This is Dylan who seems to have found my comfy spot on the sofa in the conservatory - talk about jump in your grave!!!  I've got plenty of piccies on this theme - he really knows how to pic his spot - when you've got up to make a drink usually.


This is another one who will find a good spot - usually where the sun is shining or right in the middle of my bed... she'll sneak through the door if someone leaves it open.  Here she is on the sofa in the conservatory - probably when Dylan got off!  This is Tiggy by the way!


This is Dylan again this morning - bless him.  The doors to the conservatory are just behind him so I think he was enjoying a cooler moment.  Even when you look at him he just looks up at you with those doe eyes that make you melt.  He gets straight down when told - but we don't often tell him... he doesn't stay too long anyway - and a bonus is that he doesn't malt or shed hair.  He gets cut 3 times per year - you can tell here that he's due.  Next month I think - OMG - next month is September!!!  Anyway, I'm sure there are plenty more like this - so I shan't bore the nation any longer.  However, my OH recons he'd make good Christmas cards (if we get him in the right pose)... watch this space!!!

Thanks for reading - I promise to bring you a card or two soon... in fact I'll be scheduling my DT card for Funky Hand tomorrow so please come back and have a gander!

Big crafty hugs

Paula x x x

Monday, 1 August 2011

OMG - Late as usual

Hi all

As usual, I've managed to miss telling you about this months challenge over at 'Get Funky'.  I'm lucky I haven't been given detention for being late - but Anice is far too sweet to do that and is extremely understanding.  In fact she's the best - and so is every single member of the Design Team.... not one of them has tapped me on the shoulder and said 'oi you, you are neglecting your duties as one of our team'... I'm sure they don't think that - but me always being on the guilt trip (i've got a one way ticket), I wouldn't blame them.

However - without boring you with my aches and pains in this post, I'll bring you lovely folks up to date in a differend one.  But before I do that - I want to tell you more about the 'Get Funky' challenge.

This month, our lovely Ruth is the hostess and her chosen theme is 'BOYS, BOYS, BOYS' which is the perfect choice for Ruth as, like me, she has two sons - (all be them younger than mine).  And, as she has their birthdays around this time, she's killed two birds with one challenge - see her post here!!!

If you want to take part in the challenge - there is a freebie paper on offer by Anice - perfect for those boy cards... please think about joining in with us this month. 

Here is a pic of the freebie 
It's my turn to post on the 3rd August - so I'd better get my skates on!!!

You don't have to use this one if you want to join in, but you do need to use something by Funky Hand; a paper, digi stamp or download - and mention where you got it from i.e. which CD/collection/download...

Before I forget to mention it - just a heads up to let you know that I'll be hosting next month for Get Funky, where I get to set the theme and kick it all off... so watch out for that - and hopefully I'll be able to manage at least that post on time!!!

Have fun.

Crafty hugs

Paula x x x

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