Sunday, 10 June 2012

Bits & Bobs...

... hellooo, ooh lots happening here at the moment.  Came home from work to find hubby had started to paint the kitchen - woah - I know we've had the tester pots for months but you could have warned me lol, plus I really wanted (you!)  to re-tile as well 'cos now the colour of the tiles dont match the paint!!!  Now we are skint so I'll have to have a mismatched kitchen  :-(  .  Oh that sounds really ungrateful, which I am not I appreciate what he has done, like I say though he could have said first - lol.

So in the midst of painting, we decided to look at caravans - we've been camping quite a few times, but with oh having broken his ankle last year, and more knee surgery this year the camping has been forgotten about - no way I could put up a tent on my todd!!  We  decided to sell the camping stuff, but I kept saying how we would regret it as the kids always enjoyed camping.  After reading Lucy at Attic 24's piece about her caravan and how lovely it looks/going to look.  I decided to lower my standards - yes when we looked at caravans previously it was at lottery winning standards lol.  Thanks to ebay and a local seller - we are sorted - a good clean and a spruce up and we'll be off.  I'll have to get some photos sorted - we've got our first weekend away next weekend - just somewhere local to see how we get on, so thats why we can't afford the tiles :-).

Anyhoo, been keeping busy on a night with a bit of card making and a lot of cross stitch:
I finished my Lizzie Kate easter stitching off a little while ago and am on the hunt for some eastery fabric to make into a cushion - totally wrong time of year to look for that, but I'll keep my eyes open.  I want to say thank you to June  who very kindly sent me some hand dyed thread for me to try which is what I used on the Hoppy part - beautiful - thank you!!  I also stitched the freebie crown that came with cross stitcher magazine - except I ran out of the blue, went and bought some more and its not the same colour grrrr...  lastly, I've started my gnome alphabet ooh been looking forward to starting this.

Are you still with me?????  cor its a mammoth post...  finally some cards, this is for my friends daughter who turns 17 the day before her sister turns 18 (I blogged her card earlier)  I have used one of the lovely Saturated Canary images and coloured her with promarkers,  then distressed the edges of the image and the paper and used my new Marianne die and added pearls and the numbers from my stash.
I would like to enter this into:
Saturated Canary: - anything goes

Lastly the card I made for my youngest to give to his dad for fathers day (the eldest politely declined my card making efforts) as he spotted one in Asda this morning relating to farts and would much rather send that lol.

These papers I've had in my stash for ages cant remember the make I have matted the image and papers onto kraft paper.  The image is a new purchase from the digi-stamp boutique, who very kindly sent a voucher code off for up to a certain value so it would have been rude not to take advantage of it - thank you.

Ian doesnt drink,  but does like the odd pint of guiness - so the glass was coloured black with glossy accents added - the rest of the image was coloured with promarkers and the sentiment from Craftwork cards.

I would like to enter this into:
Dream Valley Challenges - for that special guy
The crafty pad - lets hear it for the boys
Card mad fairys digi days - fathers day
Card making mama - Fathers day
Phindys place - fathers day
Digi stamp boutique - use their image challenge

Thanks for bearing with me, and I'll be back soon with another post on a super swap I did with Laa Laa.

Take care



  1. Such gorgeous makes Ali...and Ooh lots going on too lol...! Have fun in the new caravan..and I hope the weather starts getting a bit nicer too sweetie...:o)

    big hugs Vicky xx

  2. Lovely makes Ali, I stitched that Lizzie Kate design a couple of years ago for my mum for Easter. Love the image on your card, you've coloured her beautifully. Hope you all have loads of fun in your own caravan. Lol at your eldest and his fart card xxx

  3. lovely card
    thank you for taking part in the challenge at the crafty pad this week
    Debbi x

  4. Great work Ali! I love the papers on your Father's Day card! Thanks for playing in the Father's Day Or Special Man IN Your Life Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  5. A very apt card for your hubby! Thanks for joining our For A Special Guy challenge at Dream Valley. Susie x

  6. Super cards Ali & it never fails to amaze me how you can stitch on such fine fabric. LOL at your hubby starting the decorating while you were out. Hope you have a lovely weekend in your new caravan love the idea you can take everything you want with you. xx

  7. Still here! We had some fantastic caravan holidays when I was a kid but now like hot and cold running facilities LOL! Least you can take some stash and stitching with you.

    Brill stitching and fab cards - and I would have hated the kitchen painting being sprung on me especially as I would have had to clear up afterwards :0)

  8. Loving your card for out Masculine challenge at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days. Great wee image you have used and those DPs are fabulous too hun. Thanks so much for joining us, Sheila:)X

  9. oooo well done on the caravan ... we are going to look at a cheapish motor home hopefully

    gorgeous cards as always .... love the stitching and I've got that kit of the crown if you want it ???
    love mouse xxxx

  10. Erm, Happy Easter! Fab cards too Sweets. xx

  11. wow Ali! you have been busy with such a cool variety of mediums too!! love it!! and your SC card is just gorgeous..and probably a bit how I look this morning!romfl!!
    thank you so much for sharing it with us over on the SC challenge blog
    hugs Lou xxx

  12. Well you've been busy!

    Have fun with the caravan, i'm sure you'll be decorating it all pretty :-)

    Gorgeous cards too, love them both and son's fart card just means you don't have to make two!

    Lori xx

  13. Fab card - love that image and papers - thanks so much for joining us at the crafty pad this week! Hugs rachel xx

  14. Huh! Kids n' fart cards....don't you just love em'. Maybe that's something you ought to investigate....Cards with scent n' sounds! 2 Great cards and sewing too. Is there no end to your talents (can't do farty cards...yet!) x

  15. Such a fun dad's day card for you son to give his dad. Made me laugh that your eldest went for the "fart card" mine would have done the same! So glad you joined the Phindy's Place manly challenge!

  16. Fab male card! Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  17. Fabulous male card I just love that cute image! Thanks for joining us at Card Makin' Mamas hugs Susan x