Sunday, 30 March 2008

Well, Friday 17th March may have been a good day for me but I spoke too soon. The following Thursday Peter had an accident in the car and it has been written off. Fortunately he was unhurt as was his passenger. So now we have to start looking for another car.

Amy came home and complained of ear ache. From this time on its been a blur of doctors, painkillers, doctors again, emergency doctors and on and on. It is now Sunday 30th March and finally it looks like the pain is easing. I don't know whether she'll go back to uni or not tomorrow, we shall have to see how today goes first.

On the bright side, I managed to get a couple of ATCs done last night, here they are.

The torn paper is actually a piece of watercolour paper left over from another project. Moral of the story, never throw anything away! The numbers and Artist stamps are both by Paper Artsy.
The ATC above has a background which, again, was a mistake. I brayered colour onto watercolour paper instead of glossy card stock. But I thought it worked well with what I was planning for this ATC. The centre strip is also an off cut from a piece of paper I marbled. All the stamps are Paper Artsy.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Friday was a really good day for me. Candi sent me the most wonderful package from America. Amongst other things were 24 Stampscape stamps. Christmas had come very early!!

So, on Sunday, once everything had settled down from Amy coming home from uni for Easter, I decided to have a go at my first stampscape card.

I really do have a lot to learn with these stamps but I really enjoyed doing this one and I'm quite pleased at the finished result.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Ink Backgrounds

Make a PhotoShow Full Size

I've spent some time working on a technique explained to me by Tracy but originally by Ann Pennington. I've experimented as I usually do in trying to find alternatives to the original (in this case Ranger Distress Ink Pads).

Above is a Photoshow of the samples I did using Ranger Distress ink pads, Nik Bantok Ink pads, Adirondack ink pads and finally Big 'n Juicy ink pads.
The Distress ink did lift off more readily but in all honesty they all worked just as well, so I think we can safely say that any dye based ink pad is worth trying with. As soon as I can make the time I will do a video tutorial on this technique.

Saturday, 8 March 2008

We've had an interesting day today to say the least! Both hubby and I have joined a 'wellness' programme at our doctors surgery. The 'invitations' were sent out a month ago and today we presented ourselves at the appointed time. It was no surprise to me that all the people attending were, shall we say, not exactly slim, just like us.

After having our 'markers' taken, weight, height, blood pressure and waist size (extra large tapes needed for all) we were given a very up-market pedometer which connects to your computer via a USB port. It uploads all our data so that our progress can be monitored. So, filled with enthusiasm we callibrated our pedometers, clipped them to our waistbands and set off on a walk. Within a few steps Peter was in trouble. His belly (the cause of him being on the programme in the first place) had taken on a life of its own and pressed the button on the pedometer. Quick adjustments were made and we were on our way again.

It was a beautiful day when we started out, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and we admired the gorse bushes, just coming into bloom. After puffing and panting for the first few hundred yards we settled down to a steady pace and enjoyed the peace and transquility. It was quite windy which made conversation difficult though. Half way through the walk I mentioned the fact that it was going very dark to our right, but as there was still plenty of blue sky I was overly concerned. However, I was a little more concerned when we felt the first spots of rain and we were still quite a way away from the car. Undaunted, we plodded on at a steady pace untill the few drops became a positive downpour. There are not many places to shelter in a country park so we carried on courageously, hoping and praying that around the next corner we would see our car. Eventually, the car came into sight and we thankfully got inside it out of the rain. By this time we were soaked to the skin. Hopefully a little lighter and a little healthier, but definitely very wet.

I was sure we'd walked at least 10 miles, however, the pedometer informed us that we'd walked 4629 steps which hubby informs me is about 4 miles and burned up 274 calories. Stroll on summer!!