Sunday, 30 March 2014

It's here!

My new Samsung washing machine arrived on Friday a week sooner than I thought. When it finishes a wash cycle it plays a tune to indicate it's finished! I'm not joking it really does, just a shame it can't do the ironing too. Hubby and I wondered what on earth was going on when it struck up a tune, even the cat looked.
On the 10th of April Andy and  going to see this at the Ipswich Regent.
The following week Emily will be starring in ..........
This will be her 7th year, we'll be going to see it on the Thursday.
I've just ordered our London Pass tickets for when Andy and I go to London on the 19th April. we tried them for the first time last August and found them great value. Shall be visiting Westminster Abbey, Lord's Cricket ground tour for starters................the West End at night to see Lion King.
Work tonight 8pm-8am tomorrow. same again Tuesday, then a sleep in on Thursday then I'm on holiday until Sunday 14th. I'll be spring cleaning the house.

well HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, hope you've all had a lovely day.

                       Janina xx

Sunday, 23 March 2014

An expensive weekend!

Sadly my trusty Bosch washing machine gave up the ghost and died on Friday. I can't complain as it was nearly 10yrs old and had never gone wrong. So off to Curry's we went yesterday and a few hundred pounds lighter we now have one of the latest Samsung models on order...the down side we have to wait until the first week in April for delivery...............todays bin load of washing is kindly being done by my dear MIL, well by her machine. When we first got married the first thing that came through our front door was a washing machine as I had grown up at home with mum doing the washing in the sink and then using a spinner.......hard work and not my idea of fun!
Anyway I have been busy card making this past week and made around 50 8 x 8 cards, very pleased with the results so when we visit Ally Pally next month I intend stocking up on 8 x 8 card blanks. Here's some of what I did.

I did make male cards as well. I found this 8 x 8 size card very nice to work with. I made a slight dent in my stash mountain too. Need to tidy my craft room now and see if there's anything I need when we go to Ally P.
Tomorrow I need to finish off the May Bramford crop kit, I'm nearly there.
April is going to be a busy month with something on every weekend. We start off with the Bramford crop on the 5th, the 12th is Ally P, on the 19th Andy and I are off to London for the day and seeing The Lion King in the evening, the 26th my mum and dad celebrate their Golden wedding so we're off out for a meal, in between all this Emily has Ipswich Gang Show the Easter week and Andy and I are going to see the musical Jesus Christ Super Star at the Ipswich Regent....busy, busy.
The May Bramford crop is the first Saturday and will be celebrating National Scrapbooking Day NSD. The crop will run from 9am-8pm with free prize draws through the day and my good friend Karen Curd who's a Stampin Up demonstrator putting on a make n take in the afternoon.
Well I've now some trousers to turn up so needs must as they say.

Have a good week.

                          Janina xx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

What glorious weather......

It's gorgeous outside this morning, I've been out and pulled up a few weeds in the front garden. The washing machine has nearly finished, I've hoovered up downstairs and now I'm on here!
Had a lovely day with good company yesterday at Karen Curds craft day. It's held the 2nd Saturday of the month at Wherstead Village Hall(near Wherstead Park) Ipswich. Karen is a Stampin Up demonstrator and makes cards each month for attendies to make. A couple of us Scrapbook instead of making the cards. Cost is £5 if you go to scrap or £8.50 if you go to make the cards( all materials included if doing the later). We always have a good day, lots of laughs too. Here's a couple of photos I took.
Liz and Tracy, don't know what Tracy is contemplating!
Tree munching her lunch and in the background to the left is Lusia and Maureen and to the right is Mary.
I managed some more layouts of our holiday last year.....seems an age ago now.
Andy relaxing at the water feature when we stopped off at Larnaca in Cyprus.
This is the Palestine Wall dividing Jerusalem and Bethlehem, you have to go through armed check points.
Lastly a photo of one of the cards I made during the week.
It's a 7x7" size card. Need to make more cards over the next two weeks as I'm doing a table top sale on the 22nd at Elmsett Village hall. I've also the next 4 months worth of the Bramford crop kits to design and 2 layouts for the May issue of Scrapbook pressure then!!!!

Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather, have a great week.

                        Janina xx

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Bramford Monthly Crop 1st February.........

Yesterday was the February Bramford(Ipswich) monthly crop and yesterday we notched up 6 years since I first started the crop and we're still going strong. Most of our ladies have been there from the beginning. we have on average 20-25 ladies come along each month but some months it exedes 30 ladies! I actually took some photos yesterday, before they turned up and once they'd turned up.........

as you can see they are a busy lot.
My layout target has now hit 10 complete layouts of my 20 target. My friend Nancy, 2nd on the right in the photo informs me she's now done 21 of her 30 target of complete layouts before we buy new stash. I'm hoping to get more done over the next week and complete my 20 target before the Papermaze crop on the 22nd Feb. Now I've got into the swing of it I'm glad I took on Nancy's challenge, I might just have to keep it up over the coming year maybe challenging myself to do 5 layouts each month and before buying more stash!
Here's some of what I did this past week, photos from our cruise last August.
I sorted out all my holiday photos when I was at work Friday night, so the ones I want to scrap are now in envelopes ready, so all I now need to do is grab and go!
Work tonight......12 hour shift.

Well have a good week.

                Janina xx

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Ta Dah.................

Well after several hours over the past week and buying a second hand pine cupboard(has all my tools in ie punches, dies etc) my craft room looks a little tidier, so here are the photos I took yesterday just to prove it.

it's the view going anti clockwise around my room.
Look my desk is clear.................................for how long is anyones guess.
And just to prove I tidied up properly, look at the floor...............still need to hoover though!
Yes I know I have alot of stuff but I've been crafting since 2004 so I have built it up over the years. I also have sort outs every so often and sell on what I don't want or use anymore. It's my little bit of heaven and that's where I'm off to in a while. I'm hoping to start if not finish one layout using photo/s from our cruise last summer, I'm steadily getting layouts done for this.
Well hope you all have a good weekend, it's wet here in Ipswich( Bramford) so a good excuse to craft and now I can get into my craftroom and see my desk even more of a reason!

                            Janina xx

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

A sneeky peek and I've also scrapped....

As I've mentioned on here before I run the monthly crop in Bramford, Ipswich. After my friend Ang stopped putting together the monthly crop kit I said I would take it on, so Di from Crafts and Candlelight orders me the cardstock and I design the kit. I'm all done up until April but as we work a month in advance this kit has to be ready to show at the March crop, so here's a 'sneeky peek.........
I've used papers from the Echo Park ' Beautiful Life' collection. These are the very girlie papers.
The next layout is one designed by Lou Collins for the Papermaze monthly crop from several months ago and I finished it a couple of weeks ago. It's a photo taken of the sun setting over Rhodes from our cruise last summer.
The next two layouts are commissioned pieces I did for the latest issue of Scrapbook Magazine (issue 78), the first one is of Emily when she passed her driving test last year......first attempt I might add and was in the Designer Sketch Challenge.
And this one is of Aaron when he gained his 'Wings' for Thomsons last year and was under the challenge of
'New Beginnings'.
This final layout is one I did a couple of weeks ago at Karen Curds monthly craft club (held at Wherstead in Ipswich). It's a photo of Andy when he was a baby, his brother and sister, his dad, nanna and grandma....4 generations. I was so pleased with the final result using Kaisercraft christmas papers from either last year...2012 or 2011.
And finally one more photo of our cruise last summer, it's of Andy and myself when we visited the Magnavat Waterfall near Alanya (or more near Said) Turkey.
Seems an age away now but I'm enjoying scrapping the photos and looking back through them. We had such a fabulous time, would love to go back to Israel and see more of their beautiful historic country....well worth a visit may I add.
Well it's my weekend off work so I now don't go back until next Tuesday night. My aim is to do some crafting over the next week, either cards or scrapbooking. I'm trying Nancy's challenge of x amount of layouts before buying more stash. Nancy's target is 30, I made mine 20...............or maybe 10! I've done 4 so far. It's a good way of using up that stored up stash I have. LOL........don't we all have stored up stash.
My craft room, I have tidied it up but it still needs improvement.

Well enjoy the rest of your week.

                     Janina xx

ps February Bramford crop is on Saturday 1st 9am-5pm.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Happy New Year and here's my resolution.............

To tidy up me craft room, it looks a complete mess and muddle! Thursday is the day for a huge task of making it look tidy and so I can see the floor, which in the following photos just does not show you how bad it is!
In this photo you can only just see my desk!

I can see it being an all day hard slog kinda day, but hey ho it needs to be done before I can play with all the new stamps and dies I've bought over the last few months and that still sit unopened. Also I want to try out Nancy's idea of completing a set amount of scrap layouts before buying new stash, Nancy's target was 50, I laughed and said maybe 20..................or even 10. LOL
Check out my new toy I bought today from the Range, they have it on special offer making it £50 cheaper than anywhere else. I sold my Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine yesterday so it's help to fund the new purchase. It'll have to stay unopened until my craft room is tidy, so a good reason to get my tidying butt into gear.

Going to Karen Curd's monthly crafting day on Saturday, means I can get started on my LO target.
Papermaze is the following Saturday.
I'm in the tidy and declutter mode since last week. It was Emily's bedroom and cupboard last week, 4 hours later two bin liners of rubbish, one bag to go to charity shop but one tidy bedroom and cupboard. I know she's 19yrs but leave it to her and it would never get done. Christmas decorations came down yesterday and are now back in loft. I've sorted out other cupboards too and binned more rubbish. How liberating it feels!!!!
Craft room to go..............ugh!
Work tonight , 12hour night shift and then that's my lot until next Tuesday...whoop whoop I love how my shift pattern works now, means I end up with 6 days off every other week.

Well have a good week.

              Janina xx