Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Frosted Designs Sketch 31 - 'Beautiful'


hope you all had an amazing Christmas - it's hard to believe it's all over for another year :0(

Just a quickie today as it's a Bank Holiday here in the UK and I am spending the day with DH and dog!

Here is Ashley's super sketch:

and here is my take on it using an old photo of my Mum as a child (do not ask me why she has a head scarf on!!!)

Pretty much everything here is from Glitz Designs - treated myself to a kit as it was on special at Craft Obsessions :0) the acetate overlays!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Ali x 

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Journal Day 24

Woo hoo it's Christmas Eve my favourite day of the whole year! I love the smells from the cooking, the visitors who drop in for a mince pie, the carols from Kings College on the radio, last minute wrapping, the early start at the supermarket for all the veg, cream and milk and the anticipation of a wonderful day tomorrow with those I love most in the world :0)

Here is the page to record all those feelings :0)

Happy Christmas everyone!!!! Have a wonderful time,
Ali x 

Friday, 23 December 2011

Journal Day 23

Here is today's page, there really is no way I will fit everything I am planning to do today on this label! I may have to add something or develop teeny weeny writing!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ali x 

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Journal Day 22

Today's page looks really vivid in the photo but in real life it's a lot more gentle.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ali x

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Journal Day 21

So onto the last of the coloured sheets...only 4 more sleeps :0)

I love this number border cut on the Cricut,

Thanks for popping in,
Ali x

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Journal Day 20

Last of the white pages today and a darling Christmas tree :0)

Thanks for stopping by,
Ali x 

Monday, 19 December 2011

Journal Day 19

The pages seem to be getting more traditional as it gets closer to Christmas :0)

Still has a little pop of yellow though!

Thanks for popping in,

Ali x

Sunday, 18 December 2011

A page for Sue's album

Hello again,

got another layout to share ready for BF's birthday album. I must also tell you a funny story from yesterday: GD goes into my craft room and says she wants to do some stamping. I get a wood mounted cute little ballerina for her...'No Mamma, I don't want that one, I want a normal one'. DD#1 looks at me all confused but I know exactly what she means and go over to get her a clear stamp and acrylic block. Then I get her an old ink pad, but that's not good enough she insists on using one of my new stacking chalk ink pads, because she 'wants to stamp in different colours'. Amazing, 2 years old and already a crafting prima donna!!!

so back to the layout, I went a bit mad with my shimmer spray and totally warped the paper, but I love the look of the mica against the blue and I am hoping once it is in it's protective sheet it won't notice!

All sorts of bits and bobs from various companies too numerous to mention! Mainly  Cosmo and Crate Paper :0)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, I am off to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park with DH, DD#2 and her fiance today.....can't wait!

Ali x

Getting Ahead!

Morning all,

the holidays are officially started for me - YAY! DD#1 has finished Uni for Christmas so I dropped GD off on Friday and after tidying the house so that it looked more like mine and less like a playground I went straight into my craft room and stayed there for the whole day and evening :0) We even got takeaway as I couldn't drag myself away from  my desk to cook!

I finished up some Christmas decorations, which I forgot to photograph - doh! - so will try and get around to doing that later in the week. Then having had my fill of Christmas for a bit I decided to make the birthday cards for my Mum and my brother, who share their birthday on the 4th. Here they are, hope you like them.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali x 

Journal Day 18

Here is today's page

I think I may go and put a black border around the label as it looks a bit sparse in the photo, having said that I didn't think that in real life, so will see how I feel when I get to journalling it :0)

Thanks for popping in,
Ali x 

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Journal Day 17

New colour today, my favourite........white!!

Sorry about the wonky photo but at least I am getting the photos the right way up these days!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali x

Friday, 16 December 2011

Journal Day 16

Lovely bright page today - I must have been feeling super happy when I made this lo :0) One thing I have realised when writing in my journal is that I need more space - so next year I really am going to make it about the 'diary' rather than the 'decorating'

Thanks for popping in,

Ali x 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Journal Day 15

Is it me or this month flying??? I have been really good with completing my journalling every night (well ok, I have had to complete 2 or 3 at a time, but it is up to date!)

Love this ruffled ribbon :0)

Thanks for popping in,
Ali x 

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Journal Day 14

I love today's page as it's so light and bright!

 I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo but the holly leaf is made from fabric...beautiful :0)

Thanks for stopping by, only 10 days to go!!

Ali x 

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Frosted Designs Sketch #30 Grin

What a lemon I am! This month is whizzing by and I have only just realised that I haven't uploaded my lo for the FD challenge!

So without further ado, here is the lovely Karin's sketch:

and here is my layout of DD#2 and her fiance,

Paper are October Afternoon (all scraps) as is the Rubber Charm and the bird stickers and the journalling card, the letters are American Crafts thickers. I randomly stamped a couple of stitch line stamps in white onto black Bazzil card, a bit wonky but I quite like imperfection :0)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day (what's left of it!)

Ali x 

Journal Day 13

Did you guess?? It's mellow yellow!! Love it :0)

Oh good grief 13 is definitely lucky for some...the photo is the right way up! I gave myself lots of room to journal on this page, it's a DGD day and there is always lots to write :0)

Thanks for stopping by, Ali x 

Monday, 12 December 2011

Journal Day 12

Last of the pink pages today, you will never guess what non traditional Christmas colour we go with next!

Here's a hint...its on this page :0)

Ali x

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Journal Day 11

And on to number 11 :0)

I redid this page as I wanted to use these stickers but the original background paper was far too busy, so decided to use more white to balance it all.

Thanks for stopping by, Ali x 

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Journal Day 10

Gracious can you believe how quickly this month is going???? Scary!

Here is today's page:

Thanks for calling in, Ali x 

Friday, 9 December 2011

Sue and Raj's wedding a long, long time ago!


before I head off to my brother's for pizza and movie night I thought I would share a lo I did of my BF's wedding day (ready for her 50th bday album) just go to to love the 80's!! Hand on heart I truly believed I would never look back at this time and see a fashion faux pas as I thought it was so wonderful at the time!!! Sadly, well actually not sad at all cos I can't stop laughing, you only have to look at the bride to see that she may be beautiful but that dress........ ;0)

The sketch I used was from

You can see I went totally off piste but the photo was too big to follow the sketch exactly and as it is one of their originals I didn't want to chop it up!

Papers are Websters Pages as are some of the embellishments, including the velum banner fussy cut from a 6 x 6 pack, the rest are glitz design and random things from my stash.

Thanks for looking,
Ali x

Journal Day 9

On to the next colour in the!

I love these 3D embellishments from the kit...the photos do not do them justice, and it doesn't help that you can't see them the right way up!!!

Thanks for dropping in, Ali x 

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Journal Day 8

Hello all,

here is the last of the green pages:

I teamed it up with red this time as I found this very sparkly number could I not use it?!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali x 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Journal Day 7


here we are again :0)

Yay it's the right way up!!! Love this Christmas tree :0)

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Ali x 

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Journal Day 6

Here is today's post :0)

Oh brilliant...we are back to photos randomly turning!!! I give up :0)

Ali x 

Monday, 5 December 2011

Embellishment Crazy

Hello all,

I feel like it's been ages since I had the time to enter any lo challenges, so last night I checked out the new sketch on (my favourite) and went for it!

More photos from our Turkish holiday I'm afraid, but I must get this done as it won't be long before our next one! I think because it's been so long I got a little carried away with the embellishments, or maybe it's because I am in the Christmas spirit, or most probably because the background paper looked too somber left as is!! I wish now I hadn't decided to only use Hometown Summer in this album as I am struggling to get it to work with my photos, but having shipped it over from the States in my haste to have it I feel like I must use it. Ironic that I have left it sitting around for so long I could have bought it here in the UK for a fraction of the price!!!

Anyway here is how it turned out:

WRMK large gromlet, Prima resin flower, Ali Edwards stamps

Cosmo Chipboard inked in turquoise, Prima pebble

Heidi Swapp butterfly, Cosmo chipboard button, OA rubber charm, Pink Paislee  Scorecard from Hometown Summer embellishemnt pack, brad from stash

Chipboard number and letters from stash, mini heart brads from stash, numbers stamped with Pink Paislee Daily Junque stamps, journalling stamp from GCD Studios (I think!)
Hopefully I will be back soon with more :0), thanks for dropping in :0)

Ali x 

Journal Day 5

A very lovely but busy weekend! Still on the bright side I had lots to write in my journal :0)

Here is today's page:

as you can see I have moved on to the next piece of cardstock, I know it looks like a weird Christmas colour but it looks perfect with all the papers and embellishments. This paper collection is very much about retro colours and I love the bright pops of colour :0)

Thanks for stopping by, Ali x 

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Journal Day 4

I am cooking for 11 today as we do our big Christmas draw today (who buys presents for whom), we (my M & D, brothers, DD#1 and boyf, GDG, DD#2 and fiance) decided a long time ago that our Christmas day should be about being together as an extended family not all about gifts, so we each pick a name out of the hat and buy one person something lovely that they long for :0) it also means that DH and my Dad have to so their own shopping!! Somehow I still am the one to shop for friends, the kids, his family, neighbours etc whilst his name goes on the gift tag!!

Every year around about now I cook a slow roast (pork today) and we celebrate pre Christmas as a family. We won't all get together again until the big day so it's kind of nice :0) We are also celebrating Dan's birthday, although this a new reason to get together as this is the first year he has been around - he won't know what's hit him!! He already claims to have had more photos taken this past year than the rest of his life put together!!

Anyway on to today's page:

Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a happy Sunday too,

Ali x 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Journal Day 3

Here we go with Day 3, have a happy weekend :0) I am off to London to the new Westfield Shopping Mall - wish me luck I think it's going to be heaving!!!

Still having problems with the images, so far so good for tomorrow :0)

Ali x

Friday, 2 December 2011

Journal Day 2

Here is today's page:

Grrrr blast that pesky gremlin!! I honestly have tried everything I know (and it's not much!) to turn this sorry. Please take care not to get a crick in your neck! Good job it's a simple one :0)

Thanks for looking, Ali x 

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December Daily Journal 2011

Hello all,

this is my first year of doing a December Journal and having completed it I wish now I had kept it simpler so that it was more about the journaling than the embellishing! Still, live and learn :0) I had these Anna Griffin papers and stickers kicking around my craft room for what must be years and every time I got them out they were never quite right for a layout or even a card - even though her samples were beautiful they always looked too fussy when I did it! I have to say some of the pages in this journal are a little bit over embellished for my taste but hey it's Christmas and if you can't be ott at this time of year, when can you???!

So I thought I would post the pages daily to correspond with the date and then after Christmas when it's all written (I'm hoping!) and bound I can show the completed journal.

The idea came from Teresa Collins who suggested that you simply fold six 12 x 12 cardstock sheets in half and trim it to 10" and punch holes for rings - easy peasy :0)
So without further ado, here is day 1....Happy December!!!

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow, Ali x