Friday, May 1

Friday's Fancy

Good Morning, I hope the sun in shinning for you all this morning.

It's been a busy week here and sadly there has been no time to scrap...so I'm sharing a card with you all today.




Have a lovely long bank holiday weekend and i'll see you all soon x 






Friday, April 24

Sweet 16

You must have heard me say a million times before, Rugby plays a huge part in our live's.

The older the boys get the more involved they become. For the best part of the season it's been three evenings a week and our Sunday's. In Sun, Wind, Rain and yes on occasion Snow.

Friends of ours, say "they don't know how we do it" and yet it's not something I think about. I couldn't imagine not wanting to be a part of what they love.

Not only is it good for their fitness, it's teaches them discipline, respect, teamwork and sportsmanship. 

Most of all, it's something they want to do and something they all enjoy. There's none of this pushy mum/dad stuff, they play because it's want they want to do.

At times, it can be scary to watch. It's not for the faint hearted. Watching it on TV is completely different to standing next to a pitch and watching your own boy play. Especially when they play against a team who have huge boys. A couple of weeks back...No2 son played a team where the coaches asked a lad from the opposition his age. He was massive. I mean Really Massive.... so much so, after the game No2 son (who's 12) said
"there's no way that boy's 12 he has a beard and everything"!

Now, the reason I'm writing this post today is because the boy who started us all off along this Rugby road was 16 this week. 16....sadly I am old enough to have a 16 year old.



He has always been my good boy, he's smart, funny, very chilled and takes everything in his stride.


(Apologies if you've seen these photos on IG)

And here's the photo of him, in action, which I scrapped in a post last week 


#lovethisboy

Friday, April 17

Friday's Fancies - a Ferris Wheel

The town I grew up in held an annual Carnival. Did yours?

I remember going every year with my parents and grandfather...later on I went with my friends and then my own small family. It was always a lovely day.

We'd line the streets to wave furiously at the parade of decorated floats, we'd  listen to the bands play and then we'd walk to the park to enjoy the many stalls.

Later on we'd venture across to the far side of the park where my dad would take us on the fair ground rides. The big wheel, the twister, the bumper cars, the ghost train, the waltzer was my favourite.


This clearly besotted stamp set reminds me of our carnival days.
The only thing missing is the candy floss!

They'll be a few more cards coming soon using this stamp set, i'm sure.

Happy Friday to you x 

Tuesday, April 14

Your try scoring run

It's back to normal here today, after the holidays. We are fully into GCSE revision mode. His only outlet being his rugby. He's working so hard he needs a little rugby to keep him going.

...and me, I needed a little scrapping to keep me going :)

Some of you may have seen this photo on IG. I wasn't able to watch the game in which it was taken. I was with No2 and No3 son watching them train and play. Another mum, she has her own photography business, took it and I'm thankful that she got such an amazing shot.


His arm comes up -  to hand-off the opposition...and he sores a try.

Using Scraptastic Club Kit 
It is my aim this year to scrap some of the many rugby photos I have of them all. I've made a good start and hope to keep it up.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week x

Friday, April 10

Friday's Fancies - One photo and twenty words

Today I am  joining in with Abi's One Photo & Twenty Words 
  Meet Norman, the newest member of the family. 
He's small, he's cute, he's loved
but my.... he is very noisy.

xxx

Friday, April 3

Friday's Fancies.....all together

Happy Easter to you all, wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

 The weekend will be fun filled with family, friends and birthday celebrations.... 
and I mustn't forget all the chocolate egg eating.
So before I get all wrapped up in our weekend I have a layout to share with you. 

It's not very often I have the opportunity to create a girlie layout so I enjoyed putting this one together. It's a reminder of a day I spent with my two lovely sisters
 (and brother, but he's not in this photo).
All papers and embellies from Scraptastic Club Kit 



The title and pink flowers are from Heidi Swapp's Colour resistant die cut shapes. I wasn't sure what to do with them at first, so I had to google it. Mostly they appear to be used with watercolours....as my history with watercolours it's too good .... I used Tim Holtz distress inks instead. It worked. The thing I like most about these die cut shapes is you can colour custom them to any layout. 

Have you used these die cut shapes? If you have i'd love to know how you got on.  

Friday, March 27

Fridays Fancy - Still in use

Sian got me thinking the other week with this post.  She asked "what is the oldest thing you have made which has been in continuous use since it was formed"

.....and you know, there isn't a thing I've ever made still in use.....that I can think of. 

My mother-in-law still has the clock, my husband made when he was at secondary school, hanging in her hall. It's next to the key ring holder his brother made at the same age. Around 12 years old. I must get a photo next time we visit!

I have kept many items the boys have made over the years, a little clay pot No1 son made in primary school which did hold loose change....until it was dropped last year!!! 

Recently No2 son made a charm, a rugby ball....what else! 
He gave it to me so I plan to use it as a key ring.

Now this isn't strictly something in use...although I suppose you could hang a few things on it :) ...
...No 3 son made it from Mod Rock. It's a roman man with a spear through him. He's wasn't amused when someone in the house said it looked like a man with a big willy!! 
apparently the spear did go through the man...but the end snapped off.....which would make more sense....phew!

So have you shared something you've made which is still in use? 

Friday, March 20

Friday's Fancies - Red wigs



In my last post I shared the base of a layout I prepared using inks, mists and stencils. Today i'm back to share the finished layout.
Circle and Triangle stencil from Happy Scatter Shop. Star stencil Tim Holtz 
I have a series of photos of No1 son in a red wig. This one being my favourite. The story behind this wig wearing is journaled on the tag underneath the photo..it reads...

Dick of the Day (apologies) was awarded to you for kicking the rugby ball back into a mud berth after J jumped in and threw it out. However...you said to me....you didn't kick it back in, it hit your leg and bounced off when he threw it out. Still....you took it all in your stride, game for a laugh, and a wore your new wig, with style, for your game against Portsmouth the next morning.

This photo was taken as you came out of the changing room..B (the other handsome in the photo) is looking back at you admiring his handy work. He used his blue sock tape to put your gorgeous red curls into a ponytail.
Papers and embellies from Scraptastic Club kit

Today we are celebrating No3 son's birthday...this evening will be complete and utter madness.
Happy Friday to you - enjoy your day. 



Wednesday, March 18

Cutting, Sticking and lots of Cake..

Just over a week ago I was preparing for an all day crop.


with these lovely ladies....

It was a lovely relaxing day and for once I managed to chat less and stick more.
Circle and Triangle stencil from Happy Scatter 
Here's the start of the first layout I completed.

I'll be back to show you the full layout soon...just need to photograph it :) 

Friday, March 13

Friday's Fancies - On a Sunday morning

Lionel Richie's I'm Easy Like a Sunday Morning is the song going around in my head right now and I blame this layout I'm going to share with you today.

My Sunday mornings are far from easy!! They start by ensuring:-
  • the boys are up and are all wearing the right kit with plenty of layers 
  • they have all packed their gum shields and rugby boots - the two most essential items.
  • they have packed their Number 1's, if they have a match (plus a towel and shower gel)
  • or packed a change of clothes if they haven't - for on the way home, so they do not cover the car in mud.
  • his legs are tapped up, if needed, with his lifting blocks
  • I have the right directions if we have an away game
  • my husband knows where he's going and with what son.....I know I know!!
  • I remember my camera..unless it's raining then I leave it behind.
Then I stand on a freezing cold, muddy field/pitch. Often in the rain. Sometimes walking between three pitches or wondering how the others are getting on if they are at a different club. 

While I'm on that muddy pitch I do like to get a few photos and I am thankful that I am not the only one with a camera. This photo was taken last year when I went on tour with No1 son as my husband couldn't get the weekend off work. It was lovely to have some one to one time and to see all the camaraderie between the squad. A lovely bunch of young lads. 

Onto the layout. I used Jennifer's scattered triangle stencil (the large wood veneer camera is from her shop too)  Mixing some Texture paste with Heidi Swapp shimmer mist and applying this to the layout through the stencil.
Can you see the depth and texture...I love it!!

Note to self...I must get a small spatular instead of using whatever comes to hand, 
(bone folder or this time a pencil) to apply this paste.
... here you can see the full layout and me with my camera in hand.

So...are your Sunday Morning's easy?

Monday, March 9

One Photo & Twenty Words

Abi says find one photo and choose Twenty words to tell its story. 

I'm so pleased Abi's meme came today after a superb win for No 1 son yesterday in the Plate 
Semi-Final. 

One Photo and Twenty Words.




An intense game to watch
so brilliantly played
they deserved to win
Yay ... they are through to the plate final. 

Friday, March 6

Friday's Fancies

It's been a busy week here this week, with work, a school trip, two parents evenings, birthday organising, three evenings of rugby training ...and..preparation for an all day crop tomorrow. 

If all is well there will be quite a few of us so I'm looking forward to tea...cake...good company...and  a little cutting and sticking.  
Today I'm sharing with you a card I've made as a sample for tomorrow. I was asked by some lovely ladies if I would put together some card kits for them to work on. 

Lets hope they like the designs I've come up with.....fingers crossed :)

Have a super Friday and enjoy your weekend x
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