Friday, 19 July 2013

Hot Summer Days ...(and nights too!)

Wow, typically British, (unlike this heatwave) we can't cope with our weather. We love it for a week but now I think a lot of us Brits just can't stand the heat - not without a pool and a long cool drink at least.
Everyone I speak to is fed up of being so sweaty during the day and struggling to sleep at night.
I tried to buy a fan today - I tried several large well known retailers to no avail. It would seem that there are no fans to be purchased within a 50 mile radius at least!
I was happy last week to host a garden party; gazebo, bunting and a few bottles of non-alcoholic fizz helped create the perfect setting (well almost).

I found this amazing watermelon cake on Pinterest (on the left) and set to work on my adapted version.


I was so pleased with how it turned out and gave everyone a surprise with the first slice.

This is smörgåstårta, a Swedish dish. It's basically a huge sandwich with a layer of tuna and baby gherkin in lemon mayo, smoked salmon pate, egg and cress mayo with tomatoe, and prawn cocktail with bread separating the layers. the whole thing is covered in cream cheese and decorated....lush.

Excuse the chipped plate - WHAT WAS I THINKING? But once that baby was done I wasn't going to move it until I had to serve it.

So, I enjoyed the weather last week, struggled this week - maybe I need to host another party?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

love and kindness

Love and Kindness

This is a card I made for a dear friend who really 
helped me out in my hour of need. 
Her help will be always appreciated - thank you Anne xxx

I used card and a topper by Kanban and a Martha Stewart
border punch

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside...

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside...

I love this old photo of my husband's family when they were growing up. It was taken in Bridlington, Yorkshire and shows an era when we still had summers in England!!! I love how I managed (by chance) to find a paper that matched the wind breaker almost perfectly. The bucket and spade were cut from the Cricut "Life's a Beach" cartridge and shaded using Promarkers. I cut out the bunting using a steel die (sorry, don't know which brand) on white card and coloured it in with Promarkers too.

Stampin' Up

Wow, It's been a while...

but I have been playing and creating a little. Its been an eventful summer with lots of highs and lows. I have done some traveling to Ireland (twice) and to Iceland and Norway which was spectacular and had some well needed R & R. Unfortunately, the lows were very low and saw the passing of my mum at the ripe old age of 84. I have also had some minor health issues due to stress ( go figure!). 

Over the summer I had the opportunity to create some wonderful scrapbook pages with the inspiration offered by a great friend who has recently signed up as a Stampin' Up demonstrator. At the party I hosted last week I made this cute card, ready to go in my "I need a card now!" stash.
 Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Freebies from a friend...

If you fancy your chances at winning this fab cartridge just pop over to leave a comment on and good luck. Don't forget to tell her where you found out about this great prize offer. Actually, I hope I get to win it - LOL! It looks a great cart. Happy Easter all x.