Saturday, 4 June 2011

Happy Saturday Everybody!

Hi guys

I hope you are all having/had a great week. Hubby and I were off this week and you would think that we would have been able to get tons done but alas not. Hubby's not been well, what with his ear, tooth and tummy he's had a rough go of it. He's feeling better now but I feel sorry for him as he's spent his week off ill. Poor thing.

However, you will be pleased to know that not only has hubby ordered his PC but it arrives tomorrow! WOOHOO! I'm so excited for him and he's so excited too - his birthday pressie from 3 years ago will finally be here! lol! It should be a great day for me too as he's been working hard today to fix mine and it should be ready to go once his arrives (he's been using my one for a while now as it's bigger than the one I'm using at the mo). It will be like Christmas! hee hee.

I just wanted to share that with you and to let you know that my sweet hubby also got the batteries needed for our camera (had to special ones or something) and so you know what that means - yep I will finally be able to get some pics up of projects I've done and will be doing. Phew at last I hear you say! lol! The video's too will follow, well let me do the first one and we'll see how that goes eeek!

Today I re-organised my stamps and man do I have alot of them! Can't have enough though right? Right. I got a great idea from Trisha at techniquesbytrish.blogspot.com to make folders to fit a box you have, label them and attach a plastic wallet to it (cut to size of course) and put your stamps inside the plastic wallet. It's so super awesome and now I can see all my stamps in one go and I think I will actually use them far more now. Check out here video's page to see the tutorial. Thanks Trisha for a great idea - hope you don't mind that I copied it :0).

Anyway, I will hopefully check in tomorrow and maybe even have a photo up for you! yippeee!

Have a great day/eve whatever you're doing.

Hugs

Monday, 30 May 2011

Oh Happy Days..

Hi Everyone

I hope you've all had a great Monday and the weather has been kind to you. It's rained on and off all day here but I love it! I love rain, it just makes me feel calm, I don't know why. There's alot of beauty when it rains and it smells awesome too! lol.

Anyway I'll get on with it now lol. I managed to make a couple of books for my parents today. Well I didn't make the ring bound book itself I bought them for 99p each but they're perfect for what I've done. I decided that since my dear hubby couldn't find anything that he wanted for his birthday - which was a couple of days ago - that he needed a Wish List book to help us all out with ideas for birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries etc. So I made his and gave it to him as a little extra for his birthday and then thought that I would do the same for mum and dad. I really hope they like theirs as hubby's already written in his so I guess he likes it :). Now the reason I don't have one is because I already have a spreadsheet, yes a spreadsheet lol, of the crafty goodies I'd love to get and it came about last year for my birthday when mum asked me for a list. I sent her the spreadsheet and it worked out great as there are always a million things that we crafter's need (it's not a want anymore it's a need) and so it gave them a variety of things to choose from. Mum said it was a great idea and it really helped her out. But do you think I could any of them to do a spreadsheet/list, I think not lol which is why I decided the Wish List books were a good idea. I will post some pics soon I promise and show you what I did. I did keep them simple but I love how they turned out.

I can't believe I'm saying this but I think my hubby's just about to order his PC! WooHoo! :) I'm so happy for him but boy has it taken some time to get to this point lol! I know I keep saying about it and I love him dearly - I'm only pulling his leg - but he will love it once it's here and I'm sure he'll have a great time setting it up - that's half the fun! It's the same for us crafter's - I can't wait for the day when I am able to find my gypsy and/or the imagine on my doorstep. What bliss that will be and so much fun opening the box and setting it up and then having a play on it hee hee can't wait :).

Right time to stop day dreaming and say a cheerio for now. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day - it's almost 11pm here - and I'll pop back soon. Please leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

Hugs
Janene

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sunday Already?

Hi guys

Where has this weekend gone? wowee it has flown by and I haven't really done anything. Well actually it was my hubby's birthday yesterday so we had a little get together with mum and dad so I guess I did do a couple of things. I made his birthday cake and cupcakes and iced them! phew! Then we got all the stuff ready for the braai he wanted to have and it all turned out great. Only thing is that we ate far too much and felt like stuffed piggies afterwards LOL! But it was great fun and we all had a good laugh.

I woke up rather late today - like almost midday lol - and have felt really drained all day. I guess that'll teach me for going to bed at 2am! Anyway, I thought I'd give my blog yet another make over as the last time I changed it it just didn't seem to click with me, does that make sense? I loved the colours and the way it looked but it just didn't feel right you know. Sounds strange I know when I've just said that I loved it. So I changed it again and I really like how it turned out this time. It's more muted and not so bright that it hurts your eyes looking at it lol.

As you know I've been trying for a very long time to get my hubby to buy his new PC and I think I've cracked it! He was going to order it today but as it's now so late and he hasn't been well today it will probably be tomorrow but still that's good right? I'm so happy he's finally doing it as he gets so frustrated with his old PC (aka my one) and it will be great to see him enjoy it and be able to play the games he wants to play rather than not being able to play them at full capacity, if that makes sense.

That also means that once his arrives I will get mine back and be able to post some pictures of projects I've been doing and even do a video - shocking I know but it's ebbing ever closer. YAY!

Anyway guys, I hope you have a great rest of your Sunday where ever in the world you are - it's just gone 11pm here so you may still have day light where you are - enjoy it!

Hugs
Janene

Friday, 20 May 2011

It's Friday Night! WooHoo!

Hi Everyone

I hope you're all having a wonderful day and that your week hasn't been too testing. Mine's had it's moments, some emotional but it's Friday night and I'm feeling a lot better.

I had some positive news about my friend today. He opened his eyes and has wiggled his toes! YAY! I know it's only a small step for us to see but a massive one for him and I will continue to pray for both him and my Aunt who have these struggles going on at the moment. They're both very special to me.

I've decided to do some scrapbooking tonight and I have to say, I'm loving it the more I do. It's so awesome and for me it makes looking at pictures and memories so much more fun! My hubby's also asked me to make a card for his buddy - his birthday is on Sunday I think - and so I will get cracking with that too.  I love to craft!

My DH still has not ordered his new PC so I will give him a little nudge as I'm so keen to get some video's and pic's up for you guys so I can share my love for this great hobby! (He has my old PC you see and this one's just too small).

I've also kept all the challenges I made from My Pink Stamper's NSD Day - if that makes sense lol! I can't wait to share them with you as I did find them very challenging especially that you only have an hour to do them. It was tough and tiring but soooo worth it, it really made me come out of my comfort zone and try different things and ideas. Although most of you I'm sure have already thought of these things but still I had a great time!

Well I'm off to do some scrapping and will post soon (hopefully not in a week's time like this week lol).

Have a super duper day/eve guys.

Hugs
Janene

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Hi guys

I hope you've all had a fabulous Sunday. We popped over to Mum and Dad's for lunch and boy am I full up!! LOL! I've eaten way too much for one person today!! he he. Anyway we had a great time catching up as they've recently been on a cruise, lucky peeps, and so we got to see all their photo's of the ship and the people they met. It was lovely.

I'm still trying to get my camera / video up and running, it will be here soon, and have finally convinced my hubby to buy his new PC. Long story short, I was going to buy him a new PC for his birthday 3 years ago and because I am not that techy I said we should do it together so he gets the one he wants. Makes sense right? Like I said that was 3 years ago and yesterday he finally said he would properly look at getting it. YAY!! I was so excited for him. It also means that I get my old PC back and will be able to upload more pics and video's etc (the PC I have just doesn't have enough space to be able to do this) to hopefully inspire you guys. So it will be great all round! WooHoo! :0) To be fair to him, we have had 'problems', shall we say, that have gotten in the way of doing this sort of thing. Sometimes you have to be patient and put the things you really want on hold until the time is right or better. I can't wait though, he's going to be soooo happy and I'm looking forward to it for him. It's his birthday 2 weeks time so I have something up my sleeve but as I'm not sure if he looks at my blog, I can't share it with you until after. So a bit of planning and sculpting shall we say to do - just in case you're looking at this love, I don't want you getting any ideas lol.

Friday was a sad day as we had two lots of bad news. Firstly, I received a message from my Mum about my Aunt who is struggling with cancer. She was only diagnosed the back end of last year and it has been so very tough for her since. They had put a port in so she can have chemo but it blocked. When she had the little op to have it replaced, they perforated her lung. Can you believe it?! So she's had to go in for another op to fix that. The sad thing is that there seems to be something that crops up which stops her from getting/having chemo and she needs that to get better. I've said a prayer that she keeps her faith and hope and keeps fighting. She's such a strong woman and I know she can do this.

Then I heard about a friend who had been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke. Or that's what they thought. As far as we know, it was actually a brain hemorrhage. We work in the same building different depts so haven't heard any further news, maybe tomorrow I'll find out more. I've said a prayer for him that he will be ok and will get through this. He's a good friend and helped me through some tough times in my life years back for which I will always be grateful.

Sorry for not posting sooner, but this last week has also been my first full week back at work and has been exhausting for me. I haven't even vacumed my house! Terrible LOL! - please excuse the spelling too lol!

Anyway until next time guys, have a super crafty special day/eve!

Hugs
Janene

Friday, 6 May 2011

It's Friday YAY!!

Hello my fab bloggie friends!

I hope you have all had a great week - mine had moments of complete madness and some awesome ones too! So it's been a mixed one for me this week but it's the weekend - yeah man! Time to relax and enjoy each other's company and I believe it's National Scrapbook Day tomoz so that's going to be loads of fun.

I'm still learning how to scrap so all the help I can get from my amazing bloggie friends is so what I need and they always inspire me which is so great!

Well I've just commented on Kristal's blog - Getting Cricky with K Andrew - and have said that my camcorder is getting it this weekend! I really want to get it sorted so I can start to post pictures and video's of projects I've made. That way I can hopefully inspire you to try something new or to have a go at crafting if this is new for you. Trust me though, it will get you hooked - it really is a great hobby to have and I've loved every minute of it so far as I always learn a new technique or a different way of making something. It's the coolest thing ever. EVER! :0)

I will post more of the things I love to create on my bloggie. For now they will be in written format but once I'm up and running it will get better - well maybe we'll just see how my first video goes LOL! I'm sure that will be hilarious for you and I'll be shaking like a leaf! lol.

I hope you all have an awesome day/eve where ever you may be in the world!

Hugs

ps did you hug a tree today?

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

What a Wonderful Day!

Hey guys.

Just wanted to pop a quick post on this evening. Isn't today turning out to be a great day/eve? Well my day started and was pretty yuk but it got so good - that's not even good English LOL! I went merrily on my way checking out some of my fav blogs and found that I won AGAIN! How super awesome is that!! I've won the Peach Fruit of Spirit My Pink Stamper set from Kristal's blog Getting Cricky with K Andrew! I'm so excited and I just can't fight it - there's a song there I'm sure LOL!

Anyway I just wanted to share that with you and to say a MASSIVE thank you to Kristal for such great giveaways and a fabulous blog! She really does inspire me everytime I watch her video's or see what crafty goodness she comes up with. She is a really sweet friend to me too which I love and appreciate.

Also don't forget to check out Robyn's blog My Pink Stamper as she too is really talented and has some super ideas.

Well, I'm off to see what my hubby is up to lol and to see what's on the box. I've had an exciting eve but now I think it's time to rest and relax with my amazing hubby and our 3 fur-babies. I'll try to put a pic up of our 'kids' soon. My kitty moans like crazy, she's very funny and sweet and our two little dogs are just so adorable too.

Have an awesome day/eve guys. Til next time.

Hugs

Friday, 29 April 2011

What a Pretty Day

Hi guys

As the title suggests it's a pretty day here in the UK. The sun is trying to come out but it just feels great! I think that what I've just read on Kristal's blog, she's doing a blog hop, has really inspired me and made me remember how great our Lord is. I've always said it's the little things in life that mean the most and I truely believe that. There are so many things that can get us down but sometimes you just have to pick yourself up, dust it all off and keep going.

I was trying to find a way of making books without having a Bind-It-All or The Cinch to bind the pages together. I don't have an eyelet thingie (technical term and have pretty much just woken up lol) either so had to think of another way of making them.

So last night I started making them, well I've only done one so far and it's still a work in progress lol but I had such a great time doing it and it's turning out really sweet. I'm sure this has been done like a million times before but I decided to use envelopes as the pages. The opening flap of the envelope is what you stick to the front of the next one. If you stack your envelopes in the same direction one on top of another you will see what I mean about sticking the opening flap of it to the front, this will create the hinge for the pages. Or at least I hope this makes some sense LOL. Then all you have to do is cut your pretty papers to stick onto each page. I also made the front and back covers out of a cereal box (chipboard effect) and covered them too. I made them slightly larger than the pages of the book. I used 8 A6 (to fit a 4 x 6 card) envelopes for this book. This is a standard size in the UK but equivalent I guess to an A2 size in the US. In total I used 16 6x6 pieces of paper to cover the pages inside and the base decoration for the covers front and back. I used another really fun piece of A4 paper (81/2 x 11 in the US) to cover the 'chipboard' covers. I've got lots of little piles of envelopes ready for me to customise and make my own and I'm going to have such fun too.

I have a bunch of papers which were freebies from crafty mags that I buy and so I'm trying to find ways of using them up and so thought this would be a great way of doing this. Another way is to print off pretty papers from your crafty CD's if you have them as they really do have some wonderful papers to play with.

As soon as my camera's up and running (I know I keep saying it but it will happen one day LOL) I will post some pics of what I've done.

Have a super sweet day/eve everyone!

Hugs
Janene

Thursday, 28 April 2011

What a Lazy Day!

Hi Everyone

I hope you're all having a wonderful day. I have to admit I've had a really lazy one today, haven't done any crafting yet! What's up with that?! LOL.

I did however, manage to revamp my blog and I'm really happy with it now. It's so pretty but took me most of today to do! I'm still learning as I go here so it takes me so much longer to do these things. I'm sure it doesn't take you guys that long right?!

I have been so busy doing nothing - LOL - that I kept forgetting to let you know that I won blog candy from Kristal at Getting Cricky with K Andrew! I was so excited when I just happened to notice my name and the timing for something that good couldn't have been any better as we'd had some horrible news the Friday before the Sunday I saw it. Kristal is so awesome, she really is and she inspires me every time I watch her fab videos so please check out her blog if you haven't already - Getting Cricky with K Andrew

I'm off for now but will be back I'm sure. Thanks for being so awesome guys and for your comments, they mean a lot to me.

Hugs
Janene

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Happy Easter Everyone!

Hi guys.

I hope you have all had a blessed day filled with lots of love and laughter, oh and not forgetting what the Easter Bunny brought you :0).

Sorry I haven't updated sooner - still no camera lol - but things here have been tough. We, my hubby and I, had some very sad and upsetting news about a week ago and so it has thrown us all out of sinc since. With this news means that coupled with all the other things that seem to have gone wrong in the last few years, our chances of having our own children seems to be slipping further and further away. Right I'm just gonna say it, we were given the funding for IVF last Aug/Sept (which we were so grateful for) but we had been trying to save the money for an additional genetic test which we needed for the IVF to stand the best chance of working. I found out about a week ago that the funding has been withdrawn. We were not aware this was going to happen, nobody had told us, and it was when I phoned our clinic to check everything was still ok that I found out about it.

This may sound a little odd but I could understand it a bit better if they had said they would not be funding any further cases but to just take it away from those of us who haven't yet started our treatment was devastating to say the least and broke our hearts.

So if anyone in the UK or you know someone who has gone through this recently, please let me know. We would love to speak to you as we have now got our MP involved who is supporting us in anyway he can. Don't be alone. The more of us that stick together, I think we will at least stand the best chance of being heard, even if the funding is not re-instated. I hope that makes sense, it's been a long and trying week.

I will try not to leave my posting as long as I have and will speak to you all soon.

Have a wonderful rest of your Easter Sunday.

Hugs
Janene

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Link Up Love Party Week

Hi guys

I think this is a wonderful idea. My new friend Kristal from Getting Cricky is having a Link Up Love Party this week so come on, join in the fun and spread the love! Sadly there will always be days when life gets you down. Family and friends are what hold us together so lets get to know one other, so that we can inspire each other and get even more creative and crafty!

All you have to do is click on the link below, post it to your blog and let us know something that most don't know about you. Here we go with mine... crafting is my way of escaping the worries and woes of my everyday life. As positive as I try to be there always seems to be a rather large bump in the road that I keep falling over. Since I have become a 'blogger' I have a way of speaking to fellow crafters who have the same passion for it that I do. My mum is the only other crafter I know so this is a great chance for me to make new friends who enjoy this wonderful hobby too. Kristal was my 3rd follower and I got so excited about it. I've watched her videos and I really feel she is a talented lady. She's a bargin hunter just like me! and I kinda feel like I know her a little bit already.

Well, I hope that wasn't too cheesy for you lol but I hope you all have a very happy day/evening.

Hugs





Tuesday, 5 April 2011

My First Blog Award!

Hi guys

After updating my post I received my first ever blog award from Misty at http://www.deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/. I am so grateful for this award and so a HUGE thank you goes to Misty for giving this to me. wow. This is so exciting for me! lol.

So I hope I get this right!

The rules for this award are:

1) Thank the person who gave it to you
2) 7 things about yourself
3) Send it to 15 other bloggers

Thank you Misty - what an awesome surprise, 2nd one today! (2nd surprise today not award) yay!

7 things about myself, well, lets see..

1) I have the most incredible husband in the world, Vinny
2) I have 3 fur-babies, 2 King Charles spaniels (Millie and Blue-Boy) and a kitty cat (Shakira)
3) I found my passion in papercrafting about 3 years ago and am completely addicted to it lol
4) I love making new friends
5) I'm a very short lady with a big heart who loves to help others
6) I love the smell of rain - I know it prob sounds a little nutty lol
7) I'm an old romantic at heart and so is my hubby which is one of the many reasons why we work so well together :0)

Here are the 15 fellow bloggers I've chosen - gotta say it's difficult choosing as there are so many wonderfully talented crafters out there, I wish I could pick all of you.

Getting Cricky with K Andrew
My Pink Stamper
Karlee Krafts
Creative Time For Me
Pink Cricut
Obsessed With Scrapbooking
Creations With Christina
Leann Chivers Craft Inspirations
Leonie Pujol
Stampin With Janice
You Had Me At Craft
Creative Critters Cricut Club
Polka Doodles
Funky Cards
PartiCraft Ltd

So there they are. I hope you have a fantastic evening (it's evening over here) and I hope you check out these fab blogs - they truly inspire me.

Hugs Janene x

Feeling un-inspired today

Hi guys

Hope you've all had/having a great day. Gotta say that I've not as am still not well so have been very un-inspired today. However, I had a lovely surprise when I checked my blog and found that I have a new follower, how cool is that! I get very excited about such little things but you know what it's the little things in life that make it all worth while for me. It always has and I've always said that. I also checked out her blog which is deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com and she has some fab photies of a white deer on there. So beautiful and I can relate as we have a woodland on the other side of our fence and so we see deer too. So lovely! We also see fox, pheasant, tons of squirrels, loads of birds - it's just so awesome! I love it! I will try to get some pics put up soon to show you. Isn't nature just wonderful? :0)

I want to say a huge thank you to my followers as I am still new to the blog thingie but you guys have been awesome and I'm so grateful that you've joined me. I hope that we can become great friends and share and inspire each other and others in our crafty quests.

If you haven't yet checked out Miss K's blog (I hope she doesn't mind me calling her that) - gettingcricky.com - you so gotta. She has been so inspiring to me, even though I'm having an 'off' day today! She is so sweet and has fantastic ideas. From her vids, I now know how to make my very own dew drops and colour them - just one example :0).

Well, I'm off to see what I can come up with so that tomorrow will be a better day. Fingers crossed guys lol!

Happy crafting!
x

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Getting Cricky with K Andrew

My Blinkie



Hi guys

One baby step at a time as they say! lol! I've put K's blinkie above for you to check out - still battling to work out how to get it to my sidebar for you all so if you have any tips that would be awesome!

Happy Crafting everyone!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Hi guys

Sorry for not updating sooner but as you know I've not been well so have had to distract myself alot! Anyhoo, I thought I would share another great blog with you (will post blinkie) as I love what she does, her ideas are so genius and I think you'll love what she creates. I'll add her link to my post as I still haven't quite figured out how to get it on my sidebar lol! Everyday I learn new things but this one has me stumped!

I am still trying to get my camera and camcorder sorted out so apologies no photies yet or vids but I will let you know as soon as I do and then hope for the best on my first vid LOL!

Have a super duper day everyone! Hope life is treating you well.

Bye for now.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Happy Wacky Wednesday!

Hi everyone

This is just a quick check in as I'm unwell at the mo and so have had to rest up. I'm doing ok but still in quite a bit of pain so we'll see. Hope you've all been having a super week so far. I thought I would share some pics of our fur-babies for you - they're so cute just love 'em! They're a little hairy - they've had their hair cut now - so excuse the 'hippy' look! lol.



Don't they look interested in what we're saying? lol


They love to open their Christmas pressies! Was the funniest thing to watch! lol

Have a great day everyone.
Bye for now.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

My Pink Stamper


My Pink Stamper


Hi guys

I'm getting there! ha ha!! I've added Robyn's blinkie above for you all as I think she is awesome too. Such great ideas but simple to do so if you're new to crafting or your cricut you've gotta check her blog out. She is the reason I knew how to use my cricut before I'd even ordered it!

Have a happy day guys!


My First Post

Hi Everyone

Hope you're all having a super day. I have to admit today has been very sunny and bright and very springy. Beautiful day. Anyway I have today made my blog and it has taken me all afternoon to do as I'm still learning about the blogging thing. I am loving it so far and am looking forward to sharing some insiration with you all.

I need to get my camera sorted and then I'll be able to share some fun card ideas with you. I hope that I can inspire you if you're new to crafting to have a go. I bet you'll be hooked like the rest of us. It is awesome and I love creating new things.

Well I will sign off for now but be sure to check back soon as I hope to have things properly up and running for you.

Bye for now.