Sunday, 11 October 2009
You can then go onto the training bits and this is split into 4 categories.
2) Muscle Workouts
3) Aerobic Exercise
4) Balance Exercise
We started off on the balance exercises. This includes heading footballs – very funny when you get hit by a football boot!!, Slalom, ski jump, table tilt and tightrope walking. The better you get the more activities you open. I tell you what its knackering.
The aerobic exercises are things like hoola hooping, step and jogging. These get your heart pumping.
If anyone is in two minds about getting one I would encourage them to get one most definitely. It‘s far better than sitting in front of the TV!
By the way I have lost 3lb and my Wii age is at the moment 35!!
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Well the letters were due out last Friday but due to the postal strike that is about, they also sent them by e-mail which I picked up on Monday. My package was very nice, thank you very much…. I would hope so after 17 years of service and I have been given a final day of between 14th and 31st December. So I am now in my last couple of months in full time employment and it is exciting as well as very scary! I have worked full time since I was 19 (I have never had time off for children as I have never given birth). The only length of time I have had off was when I was sick for 4 months.
Will I get another job – yes I will eventually but there are a few things that I want to do first, a couple of training courses I want to do to get some more qualifications, sort my house out and work on my website up and running. So I am now on countdown! I have 3 weeks holiday at the end of October when I am going to Florida and then I will only have a couple of weeks left.
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The morning class had 3 of us in there and we were making a Christmas card using a lovely set of stamps called Penguin Pandemoneum. The stamps are so versatile and easy to use and to colour.
The backing was made from scrunched up paper, covered with glimmer mist, dried with a hot gun and then ironed. It gives a lovely effect.
Needless to say after the class had finished we went and had lunch at Browsers and then back to the Craft Barn for a bit of shopping. I ended up buying the penguin stamps along with some other stuff which may get to see the light of day!!
On the way home we stopped off at Copthorn and went in the Hobby Craft store in the garden centre there. Bought a couple more bits… you can never have too much.
It was a lovely day – thanks Pam
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The journey down there was a bit of a mare. Traffic around Ringwood was very heavy. We took 2 cars as the boys wanted to play golf and there was no way we could fit all of the luggage into one car and 2 sets of golf clubs.
The caravan was very nice, double glazed and centrally heated.
The weather for the week was good. It was a bit over cast & misty on the Sunday when we went to LULWORTH COVE. It was warm though.
Monday, the boys played golf and we girls stayed back at the caravan. We have a chilled out day. Gary & I explored the campsite looking at all the different caravans.
Wednesday we went to BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM. Never knew there were so many different types of tanks. Gaz was in his element because he loves war stuff. It was quite interesting.
Thursday was my day because we went to MONKEY WORLD. What a lovely place this is. We have all seen it on the telly but seeing it in the flesh was something else. We saw all the favourites including the Batchelor boys, the ugly monkeys, capuchins, orang-utans, spider monkeys and the gibbons. We saw Jeremy, one of the head keepers and spoke to Mike, the other head keeper there. I was shocked to find out that they get no government funding but keep it going by donations. He also said that Gordon (for those of you that have watched the programme will know he is the orang-utan that was born in the park and raised by Mike) is going to be a dad in the Spring!
There is a lovely memorial to Jim Cronin and Charlie, a lovely brass sculpture.
My favourite place though is the baby orang-utans. I spent about an hour watching them playing etc. They are so ugly but the cutest things you have seen. Unfortunately you can’t see much on the pictures because the fence got in the way but I could have stayed there all day watching them. They are so human….
On the Friday the boys played golf again and Cyd and I went down to the seafront, had a cup of tea and watched the world go by.
Saturday, unfortunately we had to come home again. We stopped off in the New Forrest for a cup of tea and cake in Fordingbridge. The journey home from there was very painless and quick.
It was a lovely week and a nice rest …. Roll on October for the next holiday!
TONI, our ‘local Stampin Up’ demonstrator came all the way from Tamworth and did a couple of show and tells. Here are my efforts at the card. She also showed us a cute book mark come whatever you want to use it for. A lion, she also made a ladybird. I haven’t made up mine yet but here is a picture of Toni’s lion. Hopefully I will get mine made soon…if only I can remember where I put it!!!
My mate PAM also did a show and tell – a lovely little box just made from scalloped edged squares that are cut using the scalloped edged square nestabilities. She has a tutorial of how to make the box on her Crafty Bits blog HERE.
They are really cute boxes and so easy to make and can be finished in so many different ways. I just wish I could find mine!!!
Helen, one of the other ladies organised a bring a buy sale where we bought our craft stuff that we didn’t use anymore and I took a few bits and made about £35 which I was quite chuffed about.
It was a great day and I had lots of fun meeting new and old friends. Roll on to the next one!
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Thursday, 1 October 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
I wanted to do one from the ‘LA PASHE’ flipping kids range but there wasn’t anything that was really suitable for him or who looked like him so I had to troll through my folder of downloaded decoupage sheets and came across the ‘sexy bum’. Now I know I got is from someone on the IMAG-E-NATION forum but for the life of me I can’t remember who it was. But here is the finished card.
I printed out the back ground and stuck that to an A5 card. I then made up the decoupage picture and stuck it to the front. I did the message on the laptop, printed it out and then used ‘Spellbinders, Nestabilities’ to layer and matt it. I was quite pleased with the finished effect and not bad for being made in an hour.
As for my son… he loved it!
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Sunday, 23 August 2009
2) This card I copied the idea from Pam who copied if from Karen on the Imag-e-nation forum. The Christmas Tree was embossed onto card using the Cuttlebug. It was then cut into 3 and stuck onto some turquoise mirri card. This in turn was stuck onto an A5 card. I used a snowflake brad from a box that Pam got from Artymiss (which I think I may have to purchase!!). The gems I already had together with the bow. The greeting is from some that Pam had bought at QVC. I thought it looked quite stylish.
3) This a similar to the above card, however i did not split the tree into 3 this time but layered it onto red and green mirri card. I used a gold snowflake brad for the top of the tree and used green and red sticky gems to decorate the tree. I put a hole either side underneath the topper and threaded through some red organza ribbon and tied a false bow. Again not the normal type of tree I would have made but again I think it looks classy!
4) The following card was a very quick and easy card. I used the little Christmas embossing folders for the cuttlebug and embossed them onto gold mirri card. I them cut them out using circle and square nesties and layered them with the scalloped edge circles and squares. I then stuck them onto a green pearlescent DL card that I had in mt stash. I finished it off with the greetings from Pam's stash that she got from QVC.
5) The last card I made was an embossing folder from Sizzix and I chalked it up using subtle colours. I them cut it using the oval nesties and layered onto gold mirri card cut with the scallopped edge ovals. The greeting was a folder from the same set and this was done on gold mirri card and stuck onto the black base card.
Simple card but effective.
What a proactive and most enjoyable day.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2009
The card below was made for my brother in law. Again I printed the greeting directly onto the card. I added a pryamid decoupage picture of a plane and added some silver peeloffs just to finish it off.
The following card was made for my friend for her brother. He is a keen golfer! The image is fron Cuddly Buddly Country Gentleman range. I have just added a peel off golf ball and peeloffs greetings. I have added it to a DL card.
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1. Shoe card
I am really pleased with this card and I don't think the picture does it justice. The shoe image came from Jak (thanks Jak).
I used an A5 card, covered it in some patterned paper that I had in my stash. I wrapped some black sheer ribbon round the paper and made a bow. The flower in the corner was from the Sizzix big daisy dye. The centre of the flower is a self adhesive gem. I also stuck gems round the button on the shoe and on the greeting.
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Thursday, 30 July 2009
I have had enough of working there now after 17 years and want a change. If I do get the redundancy, i will find myself another job eventually but there are things that I want to do like 'life laundry' my home, do a course on Sage payroll and of course lots of crafting. Eventually I want to move away from her down to the West Country like Devon or Dorset way. I would love a b&b or tea rooms. have to get Gaz away first though....
Anyway we should be hearing something next week supposedly but knowing my place it probably won't be until the end of the month. I just want to know so I can make plans.
Tuesday I went out for a regular meet with friends from my old job at the Pru that I left 17 years ago. We still meet up about every 5 - 6 weeks and have done since 1993. We went to the katarina at the Marina for a nice meal and a catch up.
My plans for this weekend is chillaxing. Gaz is working lates tomorrow, lates Saturday and working Sunday due to Pride so I have all that time on my own, Saturday morning I have a massage so am looking forward to that. For the rest of time I hope to be making some more cards.
Watch this space.
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Saturday, 25 July 2009
This card is made for my brother in law who will be 60 next week. I have used the a decoupage image from the 'flipping Men' range from LaPashe which can be bought from the Imag-e-nation shop. I covered the front with some card with tools on. Not sure where I got the card from but I think it must have been a show that Pam and I have been to.
His name and age have been cut from Sizzix lollypop range of numbers and letters. I cut them on the cuttlebug using some paper used from craftwork cards paper blox. This was from the chocolate range. They are stuck on with sticky pads to raise them from the card.
I have used one of the cards specially made for the flipping range of decoupage sheets. I'm not sure if I will use the card again because they are quite big and I know the imagaes do fit on an A5 card. The insert will cause a bit of a problem but I will sort it out.
The card below was placed on a 5 x 7 white pearlescent card. The backing card was cut with a nestabilities tag die (I have just got into using them, Can you tell? lol :-) ) then ran through the cuttlebug using the swiss dots folder again! The topper is one of my favourite flower fairies. It's a dufex decoupage. I then added pink organza ribbon and some pink self adhesive gems. I've left the bottom bit for a greeting but I am not sure what I am going to use it for yet.
The card below is a C6 gate fold card. I have covered the card in paper and edged it with a silver peeloff boarder. The topper is another dufex flower fairy layered onto card which has been cut using the nestabilaties oval die and scalloped edge die. It was stuck onto one side of the gate fold.
Friday, 24 July 2009
I printed the template onto my paper - that way I only needed to cut it once. Copied that idea from Pam. However I made sure I didn't have anything else queued on the printer.... lol :-).
The flowers used were from my stash. Not sure where I bought them from. The middles were from a pack I got from Mulberry.
Ribbon was used to make the handles for the bag and I finished the card and the bag off with sticky gems.
I really enjoyed doing the bag and I am sure that I will be making some more in the future.
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Saturday, 11 July 2009
The first card is from the Daisy and Dandelion range. This one being the bear. The 'ingredients' for the card are as follows: 5in x 7in white pearlescent card, Daisy & Dandelion teddy decoupage, paper from their range, finished off with a silver greeting.
The next card is from the 'Flipping Men' range from La Pashe. This is the Flipping Boxer. I used an A4 piece of card, folded it to an A5 size. I cut the apperture using the 'Creative Memories' cutting system. A piece of acetate is stuck over the opening and then another piece of A5 card with the oval cut in is stuck over that. The card was finished off with an insert.
Here is the inside view!
The next one is a sympathy card that my friend asked me tp make. The lily decoupage has been recycled. It was from a project that I made from a workshop at the 'Make it' show. Can't remember if it was at Thorpe Park or the Farnborough show. I didn't like the card we made then. Pam - do you remember the class? The card is a pearlescent DL card and has been finished with a gold peel off greeting.
This card was made for my great niece's birthday who is 2 next week. The card is a 5in x 7in pearlescent white. A dufex flower fairy stuck on blue card which has been run through the cuttlebug swiss dots folder (my favourite) and finished off with a pale blue ribbon, silver greeting and 3 little jewels.
The last one made was again from the Daisy & Dandelion set. Decoupage Teddie matted onto card cut on the oval nesties. Paper and embelishments come from the same range. The greeting is also from the daisy and dandelion range.
Now I need to go and have a rest after all this card making!. LOL