Thursday, 19 March 2015

Look Who's a Lucky Girl.......

Yes it's me. I'd only been saying at the end of last year to friends  can't understand why Sizzix hadn't brought out an A4 size die cutting machine. Then at CHA in January they launched the Big Shot Plus. Well I just had to have one to keep my smaller Big Shot company and yesterday thanks to Once Upon A Stamp mine arrived.
So once hubby goes off to work and I've done the hoovering I'm off to have a play.
It's the Wherstead crop on Saturday, the first for Emma, Liz and myself to be organising so  need to get my stuff sorted to take to that.....at least I've all day tomorrow as well to get my butt into gear and be organised for once in what I take. I normally just take several bags of stuff with me and think what to do on the day, makes for a far less productive time spent scrapping.

Well must go lots to do.......

                    Janina xx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Baby it's cold outside!

Well not as cold as it is in Scotland so really we're lucky here in Suffolk. Having said that I'm COLD!
I love to see the snow, nothing better than leaving off work at 8am and walking through Christchurch Park when we've had heavy snow fall during the night, it looks so beautiful and untouched.
Anyway I've got some layouts to show that I've done in the past month. The first is from last months Papermaze crop kit designed by Vanessa, the rest are my own designs.
This is my daughter Emily and her friend Hannah in fancy dress (Emily's the one on the right).
I just had to take a photo of Camels when we visited the Magnavat Waterfalls near Said Turkey.
This one was taken on board ship looking towards Marmaras Turkey.
And finally this was my DT piece of Get the Cover Look for issue 87 of Scrapbook Magazine out now, using the freebie papers with the mag.
It's the Bramford crop this Saturday and next Saturday will be the last monthly crop at Wherstead as my dear friend Karen Curd and her husband Paul are onto pastures new and a new career for Paul. I wish them well but will miss them both.
I'm on holiday in a couple of weeks, I have almost two weeks off....whoopp......I intend getting some much needed crafting done.
Anyway time to go the hoovering awaits!

                     Janina xx



Thursday, 15 January 2015

I treated myself......

Yesterday I took a look in our local TKMax and found these so decided to treat myself to them.
A lovely desk top spinner and desk top storage, both in wood. The one on the right is approx 12" wide so not a bad size and looks great on my craft desk. The spinner was £9.99 and the other was £12.99.
I'm trying to sort out my craftroom, it's slow going I might add. I'm getting ruthless to in selling stash I haven't used or probably won't use. At the moment I've sold lots but doesn't look like I've made any dent in it!
My aim also in the next few months is to use up what papers and cardstock I have before buying more.........trouble is it's the Papermaze crop on Saturday and Vanessa has 20% off everything! Ugh!!!

        Janina xx


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Last Crop of 2014.......

It was the Bramford Christmas crop yesterday and hopefully an enjoyable day was had by all, with everyone going home with a prize. The day had some sadness to it as one of our ladies Linda, sadly passed away in November of cancer. Her wish for her craft stash was to be sold, giving the ladies at the crop first choice and all monies raised to go to the charity of Linda's choice Wolverstone Wish. Our ladies did us proud Linda and raised £450 on the day with hopefully the remainder of the stash selling next month. Our ladies felt sad going through Linda's stash but were pleased with the goodies they bought.
This stunning blue Orchid was kindly given to me by two lovely ladies who come to our crop and who over the past 6 years come to know and class as 'friends'. The photo does not show you the true blue colour it is utterly stunning. A big thank you to Sue and Dawn for this, it now sits in my lounge for everyone to admire.
My Christmas shopping is almost done, just two gift cards left to get tomorrow. Everything is wrapped and delivered....even better. My time this week is limited as i'm working four night shifts. Tomorrow Andy and I are off to see the final installment of the Hobbit, which I'm looking forward to and as Emily's home from Uni for Christmas it's a KFC for tea for us all.

Well my friends I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and here's to a good 2015. xx


                 Janina xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Scrapology Blog Guest Designer.....

I recently was asked to be a guest designer for the November sketch challenge on the Scrapology blog. Lynn emailed me the following sketch.
For several days I looked at the sketch trying to decided what I was going to do with it. I decided to use chevrons instead of the hearts on my layout and this is what I come up with.
It's of my daughter Emily who for the past 8yrs has been a cast member in the Ipswich Gang Show and Chris one of the other cast members. This is them at the after show fancy dress party......this year the theme was Disney characters. Sadly this was Emily's last year as she has now gone off to university at Kingston Upon Thames. I was really pleased how this layout turned out and as I used scrap pieces of paper it was really cheap too. Take a look over at Scrapology to see what the rest of the DT have designed.

Thank you Lynn and the other DT for asking me to join in this month's challenge, I was honoured.

               Janina xx


Monday, 27 October 2014

Autumn is upon Us......

Did you remember to alter your clocks at the weekend? We did though I don't think that extra hour made any difference. It's been my weekend at work, so lack of sleep my head is fuzzy! Back in tomorrow night, Tuesday and an extra on Thursday night.
Saturday is the Bramford monthly crop 9am-5pm, so hope to see some of you there. The crop now has a FB page to.......Bramford Monthly Crop....pretty inventive name if I do say so myself. LOL.
Emily has been at Uni in Kingston for nearly 7 weeks now and loves it. It seems strange without her here and I certainly think the cat has missed her, he perked right up when she came home for one night last week.
In September Liz, Karen, Nancy, Emma, Beryl, Tracey and myself went away for a long weekend to School Farm Coattages, Cratfield, Suffolk on a crafting retreat. We had a great time, scrapbooking, cardmaking, chatting, chilling, eating and just enjoying each others company. I was quite productive and did around 7 layouts, here's what I did.








 Most are photos from our cruise last year, I've almost finished scrapping those.
Earlier in the year I gave away my old sewing machine and have been umming and arhing for months about getting a new one. Well as I've a birthday on the horizion and because Create and Craft had a good deal on one I'd had my eye on I went for it and here it is.
it arrived on Friday but as yet haven't had time to even look at it. My lovely new toy.................Andy might at long last get his work trousers turned up, the ones he bought about a year ago and still sit waiting for me to alter, think he'd forgotten about them!
Last week I took the bull by the horns and , yes wait for it, started my Christmas shopping. Bought a few bits n pieces for Andy and the kids. It's a start.
Well lots to do.

                              Janina xx



Monday, 15 September 2014

A new Adventure begins..........

Today my daughter Emily starts her 3 year degree working with young children and young people at Kingston Upon Thames University. So proud of her as she got top grades in her recent exams to gain her place. Saturday we packed the car, it was jammed packed we couldn't get nothing else in and headed off to Kingston. Pleased to say the Uni is in a lovely area of Surrey and only 9 miles from London City centre, so an excuse for a visit to have a girlie day shopping in London! She has halls on campus and has a two minute walk to lectures etc. We helped her unpack alot of her stuff and then took a visit to the local Asda, which was a two minute car journey up the road................well would of been if we hadn't missed the turn off, got stuck in traffic and was about 5 miles out of London before we could turn off and turn round.....ha, one stressy husband. Fresh food shop done, Emily would no be ok for at least a couple of weeks food wise. She's now got to learn to cook and use a washing machine and iron. LOL.
This week I will get in her bedroom and give it a good clean and know it will stay that way until Christmas when she comes home.! We will miss her.


                    Janina xx