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A crafty Day at Daisys and some sad news

Is it really Wednesday! It only seems like yesterday we were making flower vases and roses at Daisy's on Sunday.  We were all cool as cucumbers as the temperature rose outside and beavered away on our vases in the morning and flowers in the afternoon.  

I was so shocked to hear that Cherie, who often came to my classes and had booked to be with us on Sunday, sadly passed away last week after the aggressive return of her illness.  I'd met Victor, her husband about three weeks ago when he called to pick up the last kit for the class Cherie had booked but missed due to treatment.  On Sunday, Victor asked if I would complete the two projects for him that Cherie would have made, and could I make the roses a specific colour.  So I've put my to do list on hold for the last couple of days and made the vase of flowers above, just like the ones in the picture, using buttercup card stock, red and orange pan pastels and the Tattered Florals die.  I've also completed the Come Away w…

An Eerie Tale Shadow Box Frame for Jones Crafts

Helllllooooooo and Happy Wednesday to you.  We took time out on Monday and headed over to Stratford again, had lunch in the rooftop restaurant at the RSC Theatre and went up the new tower to take in the amazing views from the top.  You can see for miles…. but guess who forgot the camera!!  It was too nice not to wander down to the river, and after sitting watching the boats for a while I persuaded Andy that we should hire one out for an hour.  What a laugh, negotiating bridges, tour boats and swans and a seriously wobbly boat when we decided to change ends.  I'm not sure how we didn't end up in the water! 
Inspired by the Theatre style advent calendar I shared with you last week, I finished the first version of my Eerie Tale album and then moved onto a long overdue Jones Crafts DT project. 
This is the largest of the Candy Box Crafts shadow boxes measuring 12 x 12" across the centre and a great space to create a scene or wall art in.  I went for a black, orange and gold col…

An Eerie Tale - Theatre Style

Hellooooooo there, happy Friday to you.  Its been a right scorcher and really muggy here this week  with rain and thunder storms thrown in just to confuse us lol!!   My plan was to get cracking on two new albums but I got completely distracted and have been working on this alternative advent calendar, my latest design team project for Candy Box Crafts.  I'd been browsing some theatre sets on the net for a while trying to decide how to add dimension to the centre stage using the fairy tale characters from An Eerie Tale paper collection by Graphic 45 and this is what emerged.  It took an age to put
together,  but I was really pleased with the end result, and so was Roy when I sent over the pictures :-)   
There's just under two inches of depth to play with in the centre section and here's a few close up pics of how I altered it:
To make the columns I ran paper and a mask through my big shot, cut out the embossed image and mounted each one on black card for additional support.  …

A crafty weekend at the Birds in the Barn Summerfest

I travelled further east than I've ever been on Friday night, to be up bright and early on Saturday morn and join Janet and here team at the Marks Tey Hotel for two days of crafting at the Birds in the Barn Summerfest 2014.  I was invited to run two classes over Saturday and Sunday and boy did we have some fun. 
Saturday took us By the Sea in true Graphic 45 style making my little book in a box and in our Sunday class we got the paint out, altered our Candy Box Crafts handbags and made a mini album to go inside them It was lovely to meet everyone who came along, catch up with friends, make new ones and of course have a great time crafting the weekend away.  Huge thanks to everyone for coming along to my classes and to the lovely Janet and wonderful team of ladies for all your help over the two days, and for putting on such a fabulous event :-)  p.s. Loved the egg sandwiches Lyn, thank you:-) 
After my weekend away it's back to the drawing board today, I'm working on two new on…

A lovely week off

Morning, can it really be Friday again.  It doesn't seem like a week since I picked Annie up from the station and now she's back in Falmouth. We've have had a great time.  My week started in true topsy turvey style with a fun filled workshop on Sunday at The Stamp Attic while Annie and Andy (the Elf) headed over to join the family and celebrate my Aunt and Uncles 60h Wedding Anniversary.
Monday took us over to Stratford-upon-Avon for Annie and Andy's Birthday lunch by the river, with a little bit of sight seeing and shopping too.  The town was busy busy busy as always and looked really colourful.  A trip to the top of the new tower on the Theatre is still on the to do list.  I grabbed a few hours on Tuesday to finish the Album (above) for one of the workshops I'm running at the Birds in the Barn Summerfest this weekend and Wednesday we stayed local and visited our very own Kenilworth castle. It's about half a mile away from home and a place we've grown up aro…

All dressed up and off to the Prom

Morning everyone, hope your enjoying a Sunday lie in.  I managed to catch a really rare moment with both my beans together and smiling on Friday eve before H headed off to his Prom, all dressed up with shoes to match too :-) Definitely one for an album. We had a great class at Daisy's yesterday. altering our boxes with Come Away with Me papers, which you can see being cut into around the tables. thank you ladies for coming along and to Wendy & Jeff too.
Lovely to see the crop ladies again too. Here they are working on their layouts.  

Mel was celebrating her Birthday yesterday, and here's Wendy( caught on camera with no where to run to) with her Birthday Cake which was deeeee licious! Hope you enjoyed your day Mel.  
 and here's some of our ladies with their finished projects. 

It's a quick shower for me and off down to Wantage to see Wendy and her ladies at The stamp Attic for a vintage Nursery Rhymed themed day Mother Goose style.  Will share some pics with you later …