Sunday, August 30, 2009

Final day of Go to Press

Friday was the last day of the 20 unit course of Shimelle's Go to Press class. Despite printing at best quality the image is not as defined as I would like so I may go over the words "appreciate" and "think". The pyramids were as far away from peace and quiet as you could imagine, with hawkers and people. But I loved the trip.

All that's left to do for this class is:
* Consider doing the layout which was about tea and coffee and somehow tweak it
* File all 20 layouts in an album
* Wait for the bonus lesson which has been delayed as Shimelle's husband has taken her on a surprise weekend away before her next class starts on Tuesday.

Perfect dessert

The theme for this layout was "perfect moment" but as Elizabeth and I enjoyed many lovely ice creams in Carnac last week, I thought Perfect Dessert was more appropriate. My favourite was caramel beurre sale. A combination of sweet and salty.

I'm loving the letters cut from corrugated card. As a non coffee drinker, I'm going to have to ask Joanne to collect some more of these cup holders for me. Thanks Lorraine for the loan of your fun serif font.

pretty in pink

Day 19, the earlier one was day 18 not 17. I followed the prompt and layout but not the technique which was to print onto clear adhesive sheets to make your own ribbon.

Lorraine has saved me from tidying my room so am going to pay her a visit to finish day 17.

Day 17

I think this is the day 17 layout from Shimelle's class. Still a little tired but we had a very late and very rough crossing Friday night from St Malo. Got home about 1.30am. As you know I am not a late night person. Can I recommend when you book with Condor Ferries, you let them have your mobile number as we had a text at 3pm to advise that the sailing had been put back from 9 until 11.30.

Saved a lot of waiting around and meant I could spend an extra hour in La Cabane au Perles. Elizabeth and I spent a lovely three hours in there yesterday afternoon on my way back from Carnac. We chose our project and beads on Monday. However I was a bit thrown by the girl yesterday when she said my project would take more than two hours (the length of a class). I think my face told it all and I also mentioned that the owner of the shop hadn’t told me that on Monday. We worked away and Nick even helped us in our projects. I now have an Eisteddfod entry which I’ll bring to Chez Soi on 9 Sept. This Wednesday children haven’t yet gone back to school. The shop charge 5 Euros for the atelier on top of the cost of your chosen materials which I thought was good value. This shop is next to the art and quilting shops in Montgermont. Here’s the website but I can’t see the necklace I made in their gallery. Probably just as well!!

I have almost finished the day 16 layout but I want to use some chipboard letters and can't find my sissix alphabet. The box they're in isn't small but I still can't see it. I may have to tidy my rom as Lorraine has Herbie over this weekend and that's the only way my layout's going to get finished.

Monday, August 24, 2009

au revoir

See you on Friday

Friday, August 21, 2009


Day 15 of Go to press and I like the bright green of the printed elements. I busy baking cupcakes for a WI competition. They are vanilla with white icing, my chocolate and cherry version with chocolate icing and a minstrel, was not what they wanted so the spec has been modified, completely!! However the chocolate ones were delicious.

PLans for today once cakes are done are lunch at Green Island restaurant now they have a fixed price menu, it's an even more attractive proposition, Matthew to be packed and sent off to Air Cadet camp, and some banking and recycling.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mr Blue Sky

But not here at the moment, but certainly at this away day I helped at in July.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day 13

Forgot to post this before we dashed out the door to the beauticians this morning. Elizabeth had a mini facial and a manicure whilst the face mask dried. She als o got gievn some spray on skin tonic and some nail varnish. That's shameless enticing of a new client. LOL Unfortunately she doesn't have money of her own so it will be an irregular treat.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Day 11

As promised here's day 11 which was all about stitching on the printable images. Something I can do. I also used the lovely zig zag felt ribbon which Fiona has just given me for my birthday and also a Wii exercise game (is there a hint there?) Good for days I don't go to the gym, but first we have to get a replacement battery for the Wii and get the original battery out.

Freeze Frame

Here's day 12 of Shimelle's Go to Press class which I made with my August Scrapagogo kit. Everything apart from the alphas and printables are from the kit. Again the corrugated card is from a coffee cup holder.

You may be wondering where Day 11 is, give me an hour and I'll be back with it. We popped out to have lunch at Le Braye with the lovely family who retrieved my lost hire car keys in Guernsey and the postie decided to deliver my scrapagogo kit then, so I'm going to put it together today. the photos and printables are printed and the papers are chosen, so in theory it shouldn't take too long!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday's layout

Firstly here is the third layout I completed yesterday. I'm particularly pleased with the letters which I cut from a cup holder from a sandwich bar and my quickutz. I was going to use my sissix but I couldn't find the lettering I wanted. Goodness knows where they are as it's not a small box of dies!!

Here's today's layout which was printing on the book paper. I used my pearl paint dabbers and draft setting for the printer for the shabby look. Again some corrugated card and a circle stamp I bought ages ago and have never used.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Catching up

Yesterday's technique from Shimelle was printing on any fabric. I decided to print on some canvas paper which I've had in the cupboard for a few years. Still using up very old papers with some Amy Butler butterflies and some bazzill swiss dot.

Back and ready to go

We got back yesterday afternoon and I struggled with the combination on the suitcase. The numbers had rolled by one but it took me a while to work that out. Don't know how that happened as I can't remember how to set the combination.

Here's today's layout for Shimelle's class. I'm going to have a go at yesterday's layout later today. Today's technique was printing onto vellum. Fortunately the pack I've had for many years turned up last week so I was able to do the technqiue how it was designed to be done!!

Friday, August 07, 2009

A love of craft

The end of the first week of Shimelle's class. Just enough time to complete the assignment before heading to the airport.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Blog Candy at

Love the name of the blog. The candy includes a SU top note die which I keep eyeing up even though it's not available in the UK yet. I was so frustrated yesterday as I wanted to cut a simialr shape on my cricut yesterday but couldn't get the shadow option to work so just traced it onto the paper and hand cut it instead.

A family affair

Some photos from 2003 of the Bones' golden wedding anniversary. Today's lesson was to print on transparncies. I even managed to find mine and some more label samples!! My stationery cupbaord is getting tidier but not my computer desk or craft room.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

What we do for fun

The jacket in the photo matched perfectly with the colour scheme of Shimelle's printabels so it was an easy choice. I haven't scrapped any of these photos from last year. I just need to find a bead to glue on the end of the pin.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Day 2

Had a lovely girlie afternoon yesterday with nail art and cupcakes.

This is day 2's handout of go to press. The photos are of the "Musical Safari" concert at Durrell last Friday. Lorraine would have loved the concert but she was busy in Orlando. M&E have absolutely loved their week at Chateau Vermont and Matthew in particular was very sceptical about the idea. Next year they want to do two weeks residential.

Monday, August 03, 2009

second post of the day!!!

Go to Press

You know I'm a fan of online classes, but I never seem to complete many of the projects. I've signed up for Shimelle's latest class at Here is the first page. I've been rereading a time management book and I relaised that time is not my problem, energy is. So I need to do more things in the morning whilst I still have the energy and keep away from the computer where I can waste many hours. So today's prompt arrived at 6am and I immediately printed out the handout and found some white cardstock and printed out the printables. I was so involved in what I was doing I almost forgot to go to the gym.

I now need to finish the layout I started on Saturday. The weekend was very busy with lunch out and then the final concert of Musique & Aventures, which Matthew and Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed. Next year they want to do two weeks residential. So if anyone has paid employment for them, they are available for hire!!