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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Happy 18th Birthday Andrew

Male cards are never as easy as those for the girls. I made this card for Andrew's 18th Birthday using Bazzill card stock, black and white patterned papers, Sweet Treats and Designer's Calender Cricut cartridges and Card Candy (Craftwork Cards). I hope he likes the ice cream!

I made him a chocolate cake too.

Happy birthday Andrew!

Happy 18th Birthday Catherine

I made this card for Catherine for her 18th Birthday. I used Linda's Tinkerbell cartridge for the Cricut. The papers and elements are Basic Grey's Urban Prairie and the card is Bazzill.

Here is Catherine with Andrew and Emily celebrating their shared birthday when they had a meal out last night with my brother and sister.

Here is the VERY PINK cake I made for Catherine!

Happy 18th Birthday Emily

I made this card for Emily with my Cricut and the Paisley Cartridge. I also used the Designer's calendar cartridge for the name and the age. The deep edge border is made with Linda's lovely Martha Stewart punch. Lots of bazzill card stock and some Basic Grey paper.

Emily's cake is covered with white chocolate and some plain chocolate decorations.

Happy Birthday Emily !!!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Celebrating - Now and Then

We had a family gathering with my brother and sister in May 1992 for my birthday when my triplet babies were just 2 months old. These first two pictures were taken on that occasion and show my sister Sylvie with Emily, my brother Rob with Catherine and me with Andrew.

Tonight is the eve of the babies' 18th birthday we were all together to celebrate and took the following photos, with my siblings and my children in the same order as before:

Sylvie's son, Sam decided to join in too!

Monday, 29 March 2010

Emily's sketches

Emily has been sketching from photos and has just sent me this image of ME!

Bon Voyage!

Feeling under the weather today, but luckily I don't have to work. Catherine has an auditon at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, and has gone along with a friend from school who also has an audition.

I made this card a little while ago. I was asked by a colleague to make a Bon Voyage card for her friend who was emigrating to Australia. When I was busy making it I cut lots of extra bits and pieces with the QuicKuts Travel kit and other dies and made a second card, thinking it would come in handy one day. I never dreamt that my brother would be travelling to Brazil at that time. However he is going there this week, so I thought I would send him this card. I will be able to give this to him tomorrow as we are going out for a meal to celebrate my children's 18th birthdays. The card blank is from Craftwork Cards.

I have also been busy today writing cards for birthdays and Easter. I have added Easter greetings to several of the spring like cards I have made recently. I have wrapped a lot of gifts. It looks like a spring version of Christmas in my lounge!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Spring Animals

This weeks Passion for promarkers challenge is to use a spring theme with an animal. I used this old PSX Easter quilt stamp. Sadly this is the last image I will stamp with it as is has gone all brittle and in cleaning the stamps, it started to break up. I'm surprised I managed to get such a good image from it.

The papers are by Making Memories and the lace punch is by Marther Stewart.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Chocolate Drop Cakes

Come and share a cup of tea and a cake with me all my blogging friends!

I spent some time baking cakes today as we have three 18th birthdays to celebrate on the same day next week. I have made a big chocolate cake and decorated it, then I made a big pink sponge cake, which still needs decorating. I need to go shopping again for more eggs before I can make the third cake.

I found a little book in the book case called '101 Chocolate Treats', my sister in law gave it to Andrew a few years ago, as he is keen on cooking puddings and sweets. It's a BBC Book, by Good Food Magazine.

I liked the look of the chocolate drop cakes and made a batch of these too. They are made with almonds and natural yogurt in the mixture. I made the chocolate frosting for the topping from the same book too.
Well they didn't last as long as they took to bake, so they can't be too bad. lol!

Friday, 26 March 2010

Phantom Thanks

My dear friend Hilary, who I have known since school days, treated us all to a trip to the theatre for the children's 18th birthday. Yesterday we met in London as soon as we could after school and work and headed to the Haymarket for something to eat. I had worked hard at keeping the venue and show a secret, over the last few months. As we headed towards Her Majesties Theatre, you should have heard the squeals of delight as they girls realised which musical we were going to see!

We had a wonderful evening and Hilary had clearly chosen well. We wanted to send her a thank you card and discussed this on the way home in the train. I knew which stamp I would use, after seeing the fantastic costumes of the evening, it had to be Kraftin' Kimmie's 'Polly'! She is available from Elaine at Quixotic Paperie. So I have been playing with the Promarkers again and some left over papers from another project.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Tea Time

I wanted to play with my new Spring Tea Party Kit from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. The limited edition set was a mother's day gift from my children last Sunday. I decided to make one large image with all five of the larger stamps. To do this I had to make a set of masks first.

Here are each of the stamps in the set, they all come with an extra smaller image. The are soon to be available individually from Elaine at quixotic paperie

and the sentient stamps thatcame with the set:

Sketch challenge

Passion for Pro markers challenge week 43 is to use a sketch.

This is the card I came up with, using a stamp from my latest Kraftin' Kimmie purchase. This is 'Nadine', and I will introduce you to the rest of her friends later. She is available from Elaine at Quixotic Paperie.

The papers are Basic Grey's Urban Prairie collection.

This is the original sketch:

Friday, 19 March 2010


52 Walks with My Camera - Twickenham - Week 12

Yet another university visit! Today I have traveled by train to Strawberry Hill and St. Mary University College, Twickenham with my daughter Catherine. She has an interview, workshop and audition so she will be here all day today. I planned to sit in the Internet cafe on campus and do some work. Then take a walk with my camera, and maybe a bus, walk or train somewhere for a bit of shopping. Catherine could easily have come here by herself, but it's nice that she still wants my company.

However it was a very grey day and it rained from mid morning onwards, so these pictures are the best I could do.

Sports facilities and accommodation in the distance (above and below).

The theatre on campus (below).

Catherine was lucky enough to be in the first group and so was free to go by 13.30. I had worked on some paperwork for work all morning, so we had some lunch and took these photos in the rain. Then caught the train back to London. We found a bus bound for Oxford Street and did some birthday present shopping. Was raining heavily by this time so we were glad to get the bus to Charing Cross and the train home again.

Log - 52 Walks with My Camera in 2010 so far:1. Bexleyheath, 2. Woodbridge, 3. Hall Place, 4. Chislehurst, 5. Bluewater, 6. Theatre Land,
7. Leeds, 8. Orford, 9. Snape, 10. Chatham,11. Nottingham, 12. Twickenham.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


52 Walks with my Camera in 2010 - Nottingham University - Week 11

This week I find myself in Nottingham, visiting the University with my son Andrew. Not as far as Lancaster last week, so we came by car today.

I have been waiting for him to have his interview and took a walk around the campus and by the canal.

Log - 52 Walks with My Camera in 2010 so far:
1. Bexleyheath, 2. Woodbridge, 3. Hall Place, 4. Chislehurst,
5. Bluewater, 6. Theatre Land, 7. Leeds, 8. Orford, 9. Snape, 10. Chatham,
11. Nottingham