Friday 25 December 2009

How to open presents!

Hellooooo! Well I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas Day We've had a nice quiet one here. Well this morning the girls were waiting to open their presents!

Harry decided to start straight away!

Right I'll pull this bit first....

Right that's nearly off.....

Urghhhhh! Crikey this is tough paper!

What's Tinker doing? Ahh right she was trying to bite Mummy again!

OK we'll try again - are you watching this time Tinker?

Right come on we'll start over here...

Are you watching? I said!

Yes Its you I'm talking to, give me a hand for heavens sake.

Right I'll just cut through here...

Tinker are you going to help or not?

Right nearly through the middle now - you aren't paying attention are you?

Look let me show you this on the other side

Oh forget it I'll do it myself! You just keep staring at the camera!

As you can see Harry's had a busy day! Well they had lots of presents!

Thursday 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Ho ho ho Bloggettes!

I thought I'd pop along and wish you all a happy Christmas and share a few photos with you.

Firstly we have the lovely Harry. She's got a new toy here and is just giving it the once over! When she's finished all that piece of wood was gone!

I've finally got the tree up! Honestly I like it when its up - however I couldn't stand having it up for ages before Christmas! On the top we have two little crystal birdies! Aw! sweet huh? Over the Christmas period we also have two other little birdies on the tree too!

The whole tree, we had to get a slimmer one when we got the big couches!

Ooo look presents under the tree! I know that none of them are mine!

The here is the card I made for my OM - I HAD to use this sweet little Tilda with her mistletoe. And I cut into three, yes THREE sheets of my Magnolia papers! Good job I was sitting down else I might have fainted. I had to take a deep breath before I did it. Tilda has been coloured with Copics, the sentiment I printed off on the computer.

Finally especially for Kath! A little video of Harry and her new toy. Do you think she likes it?

Oh near the end you can hear a little whistle. (That's Tinker she was in the kitchen with her Daddy! (My OM). Unfortunately at the minute she still wants to eat me!) She was wanting to know where Harry was and what was happening!

Sunday 20 December 2009

White out!

Oh no!!! More darn snow! Yup we have more of the horrid cold white stuff! At the moment its like this outside! Eeeps!

Now can you guess who is on taxi duties later on today? Oh yes that'll be me then! Its also the Big L's works Christmas 'do' as well.... If this keeps on he definitely won't be able to go. So fingers crossed it stops and thaws! Did I mention I HATE SNOW?

Anyway enough of snow - yesterday was the OM's birthday. So as a break I got to make something other than Christmas cards. So after rifling through my stamps - I mean I've only got one or two..... I decided this little Henry Mouse would be perfect for his card. A few papers from the Basic Grey Boxer collection (love these for men's' and boy's cards) and voila! C'est fini! Oh I had to add a few flowers from Orchid Crafts, it was too plain without!

The sentiments or words really are from a set of Autumn Leaves stamps. The words are actually in frames so I just cut out the words and gave them a swish of Copics and then then another swish of Copic glitter pen. Naturally this doesn't really show up on my 'super' photography!

So I hope you all stay safe in this horrid weather - if you have to go and drive do it slowly! No racing.

Thursday 17 December 2009

Softpencil Mandala

Here's this week's piece for Soft Pencil Elizabeth sent me a mandala image. I have a rubber stamp of one of these somewhere. I gave up with it as I couldn't stamp it properly because it was so big. Problem solved with the baby though! I resized it and printed several off. I then coloured with Copics, added a little shimmer and layered it up with foam pads. Now I'm not usually a fan of metallic card but I think the bit of silver just gives it a bit of zing.

On this one you can see the layers. I've done four but you could easily do more. Depends how much you like cutting out I suppose ;)) I think it would also look fab with just the one layer too.

The rest of the DT ladies have done some super stuff too - go and have a nose.

Monday 14 December 2009

Copic quickie!

Just a quickie!

Love this little Magnolia snowman! Coloured with Copics, Heidi Grace papers, snowflakes layered from various glittered card and vellum.

Must rush to catch the post!

Now this same little Magnolia snowman has also been Copic'd too. A different sketch (not sure where from).

This little guy is for the Magnolia Christmas challenge.

Thanks for looking peeps.

Saturday 12 December 2009

Soft Pencil DT piece

Hi there Bloggettes!

I think we have 'proper' Winter! By that I mean its been icy cold and lots of rimey white frost in a morning. It looks pretty..... but..... its bloomin cold! Still it'll be over eventually!

So anyway that sort of inspired me for this weeks piece for the Soft Pencil DT After I'd coloured this sweet little image with Copics I added some Stickles for a hit of sparkly frost and then added some Twinklets under their feet for crunchy snow. As usual my superb(!) photography shows all this to a 'T'!!! My tongue is firmly in my cheek folks.

I thought this Magnolis sentiment went perfectly with the image too.

A little close up to show the 'snow' they're standing on. Obviously they've been hanging around for ages as they've got frost on their hats!

Till next time folks - pop over to Soft Pencil and have a looksee - there's some super images on there. They are wonderful to colour!

Monday 7 December 2009

Blog hop winner

The winner of my section of our blog hop is Craft Princess Please email me your details and I'll post your candy.

Sunday 6 December 2009

Totally Gorjuss - sketch

Hi there Bloggettes! We've had a lovely sunny day here! How bizarre as we had torrential rain all night! Still better the rain at night than in the daytime I reckon.

So I suddenly realised I hadn't shown you my Gorjuss creation for this week! Where on earth does the time go? I mean I've heard a rumour that it'll be Christmas soon..... I mean as if! Its ages away yet..... isn't it?

Well whenever it is its going to happen whether I'm ready or not. Odds on I'll not be ready till the last minute, unless things change big time cos that's when I'm always ready!

So this week over at Totally Gorjuss we've got a sketch - a nice easy one without too many layers. I don't have a lot of time to do tons of layers right now - if you do please tell me how you do it!

So here's the sketch

And this is what I did with it. The GG has been Copic'd, papers by Bo Bunny, Prima flowers and charm all from The Hobby House

So pop over and have a go - you don't have to have a Gorjuss Girl to enter. Though if you do you get a double entry into the draw! This week the prize is a £10 voucher from Joanna Sheen How good is that?

Saturday 5 December 2009

First piece for Softpencil

Here I am bringing up the rear no doubt! These are the first two things I've made for Softpencil - my new DT (love saying that!)

We received this lovely calendar and so I made a calendar!

Inspired by my ginger cat Dudley I coloured this kitty ginger! I then made holes and added ribbon so that I can hang it in my craft room. This is a really simple project to do.

I then printed the calendar again in A5 size. I again coloured it with Copics, mounted it on a contrasting coloured paper and stuck it to the backing sheet. A grungeboard flourish and Prima flowers and roses. A spritz of shimmer spray and it was done.

A closer look at the flowers, its a pity that you can't see the shimmer. It's really pretty.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday 29 November 2009

At the hop!

Brrrrr Bloggettes! Its mighty cold and wet! In short H O R R I D!!!

So what do I have for you today? Well its the Cute Daisy May blog hop! Our first ever blog hop! I do hope you'll join in and play with us.

So to begin the hop you should start at Beccy's blog you need to note down the letter on her blog. Follow to the next blog etc etc. There's also candy up for grabs on each blog too. So to be in with a chance of winning that candy you need to leave a comment on that blog - see easy huh?

You should have arrived here from Wendy's blog - I hope you wrote down her letter... ;))

So here's my card for this week, little Daisy is hanging her stacking ready for Santa. I've coloured her with distress inks and H2O's.

So my letter is the letter N Now you need to head over to Cute Daisy May and leave a comment don't post the answer in your comment though!

The next step is on there for you.

Theres a prize on offer there too.

Remember you have to be in it to win it!

Friday 27 November 2009

Not a card and DT news

Hi there Bloggettes - crikey its cold! Here at Caique-Momma Towers its hovering just above freezing! OK I know its nearly December and that it's supposed to be cold.... doesn't mean I have to like it though! and believe me I don't. Mind you seeing as I think I may have mentioned it before you may have already realised!

Anyway this week over at Totally Gorjuss we have just had a new challenge go live! What are you waiting for? Go and look! Not right now... when you've read this of course.... ;))

Well this week's challenge is for anything but a card. Easy peasy eh? Well the DT girls have once again made some wonderful things! Me I just made a little gift bag. Its one of those bag-a-lope or envelo-bag or whatever you call them. Basically its made from a envelope lol Its been covered with paper, tied with ribbon and then a flower which has been glimmered and glittered!

A little close up of the flower. Oh red shimmer spray really stains your fingers..... I mean like really really stains them!

So are you going to come and play?

Now as a treat (yes I know they're better than my cards and stuff!) a video of one of the babies. I wonder, what did you have for your lunch? Harry had bread and jam!

Do you think she enjoyed it?

Oh and some more news! (I hope you're still awake)

I've only been asked to be on the DT for Softpencil Digital Stamps. There's some super images there... and me well I love colouring!

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Wintery Wednesday

Brrrrr Bloggettes! Blimey its cold. OK I know that it's supposed to be..... doesn't mean I have to like it though lol! All I know is that I wished it were summer. It seems like years and years since we had one.

So I've got an award! Thanks Sue! Purty huh? I mean its got pink on it for a start.... So Sue wants to know 5 random facts about me....

1. I've had my appendix out

2. My car is blue

3. I've got pierced ears

4. I don't like tea

5. I've got a bronze medallion for life saving

So they're fairly random aren't they? So who shall I give it to next?




So there you go girlies - fire up your brains!

Now I thought I'd better show you a card (Oh they cry what a treat!)

A little Christmas offering, Papermania papers and a Penny Black stamp. Stamp has been Copic'd, a little card candy and a flower - et voila!

So there you go Bloggettes, stay warm and I hope any of you in Cumbria are unaffected by the recent horrendous weather.

Friday 20 November 2009

Totally Gorjuss challenge

Hi there Bloggettes! I hope that you're all safe and dry. We've had some really high winds here but not too much of that nasty wet stuff. I hope you haven't either.

Now I heard a strange rumour the other day - someone said its nearly Christmas! I mean that can't be right can it? Surely that's months away?! I'm hoping so because otherwise I'm well behind in my plans.... nothing new there then!

So I've been trying to catch up on a few cards this week. Its difficult though as my hand is still rather painful.

I've been seeing easel cards on various blogs and thought how nice they looked. I decided to have a go at one. So this is what I came up with. A little Magnolia image, Basic Grey papers and charms, poinsettia etc. I think she's sweet! I might just have to do more of these.

Now when I blogged the other day I received a complaint.... no video of the babies!

So especially for Kath here she is! Now Tinker spends ages hanging upside down wrestling herself! usually as soon as I get the camera she stops, naturally. I managed to get a small clip of her.

She's hanging from one pf her favourite toys. Mind you there's not much of it left!

Thursday 19 November 2009


Hi there Bloggettes! Well I hope you're there and not blown away in these awful winds! We're quite high up here at Caique-Momma Towers so its quite blustery. High up also means no floods for us. I can remember the Big L asking what would happen if we flooded, well I said the rest of the country would probably be under water then.... Fortunately everything is where it should be. Well apart for the dustbins and the the recycling box!

So a quickie show for you today (oo'er that sounds well dodgy! Matron!) While browsing my luscious Magnolia magazine I saw an advent calendar thingy. Love that word thingy... Well I must have had a rush of blood or something because I decided to make one....

Well after doing three boxes myself.... then I realised how rubbish I am at measuring! All the sleeves were slightly different on the scoring lines! I mean 24 of those would have looked well wonky - lol So I went and bought matchboxes instead and used those. Only thing was then of course it came out smaller! So the Magnolia images I'd coloured for the sides were too bloomin' big! Hence the Penny Black images instead. Then of course the drawer handles I'd picked were too big.... so after a rummage I used tiny brads. I think its recipient the lovely Gez should be able to open the drawers if she uses tweezers and a magnifying glass!

Only kidding they do open and because its for advent there are little goodies in each drawer.


Anyway these are a few of my brilliantly wonky photos! Well if they were perfect you'd think you were on the wrong blog wouldn't you?

So there you are folks - I hope you all stay safe and warm.

I've also entered this into the animal challenge over at Simon says Stamp.

Sunday 15 November 2009

Fab day!

Howdy Bloggettes!

Well what a super day its been! Where was all the wind and rain they promised us? I'm sure someone must have had, it just wasn't where I was!

So today I went to the Christmas workshop that the ever so fabby Bev was running at The Hobby House Well I had a fab time! Hi to Lynn and Kath (I keep seeing Kath all over the place - I think she's my personal stalker!) Which must mean I've arrived! Or we have the same taste in things..... Hmm I wonder which it is?

Well back to the important stuff. This is the card we made. Is'nt this image super cute? Coloured with Distress inks and H2O's, a slick of stickles and a sprinkle of Twinklets. I love the sketch, simple but very effective. One to be used over and over.

So that was my day - well part of it. I hope you had as much fun too.

Oh I discovered another thing today - You can eat a roast beef dinner with a teaspoon! Well I can anyway....... and my word was it delicious. Honestly you had to be there!

Friday 13 November 2009

Totally Gorjuss - Blue Christmas

Hi there Bloggettes! I hope you've better weather than we have! Oh wow its wild, windy and wet! Or in other words horrible! I've just realised that's only one word.... I know you get my drift though. I think the whole weekend is set to be pretty poor. Still I have a treat on Sunday. I'm off to The Hobby House . I'm going to a workshop being done by the fabulous Bev Rochester So I reckon plenty of laughs will be on the cards for Sunday. A teeny tiny spot of shoppping might figure in the equation too! Well a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do!

Anyway enough of my ramblings - I don't want to make anyone jealous!

Over at Totally Gorjuss we have a new challenge. This week its 'Blue for Christmas' Now me being me.... ~blushes~ had got the red trim on the card before I reasiled... Well I like the aqua-ish shades with red! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it, plus the papers were stuck down by then.

I think she looks kinds of cute though. So why not pop over and have a see what you can come up with? You'll also get to see the super cards from the other DT ladies - they are STUNNING!

Oh now a treat! This is a little clip of little Miss Nippy Knickers! The one and only Tinker - hormones are just rearing their heads. How do I know? Easy she bites me every chance she gets! Well the other morning she was helping Daddy in the kitchen. She loves to unload the dishwasher! Harry was just trying to chew the cutlery holder to pieces!

Ps - I was in mid cupboard sortout! ;))

Monday 9 November 2009

Ooo an award!

Ooo I got an award! I suppose I have to make a speech then....

~draws a deeeeeep breath and sticks chest out~

ladies and gentlemen.... unaccustomed as I am....

Nah! I'd like to geve a big thank you to the lovely Scrappinlil who has kindly given me this award! How kind - so read on and I'll answer the questions!

1. Where is your cell phone? plugged in being charged its flat again

2. Your hair?kind of curly, Harry dried herself in it this morning!

3. Your mother? sadly dead but was a lovely Mum

4. Your father? with my Mum but was the best Dad ever

5. Your favourite food? Oh my? All of it! I do love sea bass though, oh no bones though.

6. Your dream last night? Can't commit on the grounds I may commit myself!

7. Your favourite drink? Gin and tonic or mint syrup!

8. Your dream/goal? Hmmm better than my life now? More money and have a parrot sanctuary

9. What room are you in? Lounge

10. Your hobby? DUH!!!! - Papercrafts, parrots and baking

11. Your fear? Big fluttery moths!

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy to be here or somewhere warmer all year

13. Where were you last night? Home

14. Something that you aren't? Conceited

15. Muffins? Yes please! lemon....

16. Wish list item? A new Audi S5! Heck can't a girl be ambitious?

17. Where did you grow up? Gildingwells

18. Last thing you did? A salad

19. What are you wearing? Joggers

20. Your TV? on..

21. Your pets? 2 parrots and 2 cats - yup as much fun as it sounds!

22. Friends? Oh my... loads. Linnie, bev, Debbie, Lynne, Jane, Jean, Pat....

23. Your life? Good

24. Your mood? Happy/bored

25. Missing someone? My Mum

26. Vehicle? Mercedes

27. Something you're not wearing? erm.... oh yes socks!

28. Your favourite store? Michaels/Joanns and they aren't even on my continent!

29. Your favourite colour? blue

30. When was the last time you laughed? today

31. Last time you cried? 4 days ago...when Harry was ill

32. Your best friend? My OM

33. One place that I go over and over? The golf club

34. Facebook? Yes

35. Favourite place to eat? The Charnwood


Right who do I pick?......



All Pink Girl



Look forward to reading your answers girls!

Saturday 7 November 2009

Woohoo! Harry's home!

Hi Bloggettes well the good news first! Harry is home! How fantastic! She's got to be kept separate for a few days to give her chance to get fully fit. Its lovely to have her back, she's having a little nap now. Thanks for all your good wishes.

Now here's my card for this weeks challenge over at Totally Gorjuss This week we'd like to see some bling on your cards! There's also a bling prize on offer too. Pop over and have a look, the DT girls have done some super work (better than my meagre offering).

So speaking of meagre - here it is.

The cute little girl has ben coloured with distress inks, a wash of H2O's to add a little shimmer. Papers are the lovely MME 'Laundry Line' from The Craft Den, Prima flowers, gems and charm all from The Hobby House Nestabilitie label eight and extra gems from my stash.

So there you are - are you coming to play?