Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Why can I never think of a title! Popped round to my friend Karen's on Sunday and she had sold 20 out of the 25 cards I left there just before Christmas, so I have left her 35 this time. Was really pleased as she loved the new stamped ones and thought they would go down well with her friends.

Well as usual been slaving away at Milton Keynes Council for 2 days and now have two days off! Not actually produced anything crafty to show you - sorry, but will have to get my card making hat on again now that I have lost 35 cards!

Em has tagged me which is a new concept to me too - so here goes:

1. Find the nearest book
OK - I am actually in a room full of books - but the nearest (if this counts as a book)

2. Name the book & the author
....is my creative Zen handbook thingy! Still having a bit of trouble with it freezing, although now have a pen pal at Creative, we email each other almost daily!

3.Turn to page 123.
not entirely sure which language this is in and not sure I have enough characters on the keyboard

4. Go to the 5th sentence on the page & copy out the next three sentences onto your blog.
"fotografier - overfort fra ditt private digitakkaera eller skannet fra trykte fotografier"
"Overfore eller "ripper" musikk fra CDer"
"Kontroller at spilleren koblet til dtatmaskinen slik det er vist pa side 122"

it may have typos and have not got an o with a slash init on the keyboard - also no idea why I am doing this..... :) it seems very odd....

5. Tag 3 more people.

wow not sure who has not been tagged and who reads this so have picked some from those that have commented...

Off out to Stamp Addicts tomorrow - meeting Clare there

Saturday, February 24, 2007


It was Farmer's Market today in Ampthill, I have to say now that it is in its new location it doesn't seem to get as many visitors - which is a real shame. It is tucked away and I don't think a lot of people realise it is on, I only hope that eventually it will improve, as I guess some of the stall holders will soon drop off. I only sold 5 cards (but different to last month), but as I wasn't on duty it wasn't so bad. They were mainly Mother's Day cards.

Apart from my day to day pruchases from there I have bought a fab looking Focaccia (sp?) loaf that we will have with our bolognese tonight. I think it was from a mill in Redborne near St Albans - if the smell and look is anything to go by I am sure it will be fab....just getting hungry thinking about it now!

Waitrose are doing a charity fund raising week this week and the profits of their efforts are going to Ampthill Scout Group, so we went to Waitrose with Owen to help collect money and then they had a few photos taken as well - not sure where the photos will be used...but I think Owen thought it was quite exciting! so maybe he will make the Bedfordshire on Sunday or the Times and Citizen. I guess Waitrose must try and get it published locally as they will want some advertising from it.

I have launched another rubber stamping challenge - this week it is vellum (or tracing paper is fine). Check out the Crafts by Carolyn forum for all the details.. I used the crop a dile to set the eyelets - I have not used eyelets in ages - much better than getting a hammer out I must say, although slightly fiddly getting it balanced. I actually have not used vellum - I have some thick tracing paper that I bought from the Works. I stamped the shoe with a fluid chalk ink pad and the golf with a dye based stamp. They took a few minutes to dry, and then the gold one I added chalks to the reverse of the paper.

I have also been making some cards - some of them are not that exciting - but thought I would add the gardening one as it is a stamp from Pixie dust on ebay, in fact the golf stamp is too. Just added the flip flop cos it is cute and I know it will sell well, and was very easy to put together

Off to see Karen tomorrow so will leave about 30 cards with her...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Rock Cakes

Today I caught up on orders - I seemed to have a lot to do and wanted to get up to date, so they are pretty much done...

...I also made some rock cakes, this was using my Grandads recipe - he died when I was 5 and my Mum made the cakes when I was little and I have been making them ever since. They are so quick to make - I use a food processor to rub the fat into the flour as it does it in seconds and keeps it nice and light. You can double the quantity nice and easily this will make a batch of 9.

Rock Cakes
6oz Self Raising Flour
3oz Margerine or butter
Rub together until the mix is like fine breadcrumbs
Add 3oz Sugar
Then add 3½ oz Currants
and then add
½ tspn of mixed spice - mix all together
Then add beaten egg and maybe a little drop of milk – mix should be fairly stiff, if it is too wet they will collapse
Make them into little cakes on a greased tray and sprinkle with a little sugar on top
cook gas 7; 220c for 10 - 14 mins

I really need to crack on with some more cards too, so that is on my agenda for tomorrow. Although in the morning I am doing my Country Market Duty (well actually I have swapped with someone else to help them out!)

Another small snippet of info is that I have been asked to be a moderator of another forum.....so that should be fun

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Rubber Stamping Challenge 4

I have launched the latest rubber stamping challenge on the Crafts by Carolyn forum and you must use chalks. I have made a couple of examples - but need to get to grips with it, as this is the first time I have really tried using any colour! Once again it is trying to decide which stamps are most suited to this medium - but it certainly got me looking through my drawers :)

good fun playing, so will have to continue.

I rang my frend Karen and she has sold most of the 25 cards she had before Christmas so need to get her box refilled next weekend.

Catch up later

We (Owen and I) have been away to Bognor Regis, we didn't get up to much, Mum had not been feeling well. It was a nice change and we went out for lunch on Thursday, and popped into a few shops. Played Rummikub in the evening and I sorted out their computer and installed Skype, AVG, got outlook Express working again, and backed up all of their photos - so they should be Ok for a while now!

Yesterday was a bright sunny day so we went over to Dunstable Downs, which is Bedfordshires highest point - then the sun went in! There were loads of people over there flying kites - you can see them all in the picture with Owen's back to the camera, ranging from little children with tiny kites to adults with huge kites and were taking off from the ground! There were even 3 people playing follow my leader with 3 kites - which was great fun to watch. The weather got steadily worse and everyone started to go home! I took some pics - but as you can see the light changed big time, and you could barely see the gliders so didn't bother with a photo of them! I didn't actually get a pic of Owen and the kite in the same shot, and my hands got too cold to continue teehee -

There is a new centre over there now - and it has loads of potential, so I hope that it is a success - I personally would lose the prepacked cakes and paper cups for inside eating, and would change the layout (but am certain the layout will change as it was half empty), and then I would definitely be encouraged to visit again - for a nice walk or Fly a kite! followed by warming cup of hot choc and a piece of cake! They did seem to be cooking food to order not sure what though, but plenty of people eating.

I will get round to making some things soon and get some pics up.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Half Term

Well this week is half term in Bedfordshire, so we have all been at home today and yesterday. Have to say yesterday we didn't go out, Owen occupied himself and Paul and I did a bit of on-line research into the Woodruff family. His Uncles Cousin passed on a copy of the will of Paul's GG grandfather and it kind of started us looking through the census and other records to try and start to construct his family tree.

Paul's Uncle Peter actually played for the England Rugby team in the 1950's - so we already have someone famous in the family. So thought we might stumble across some other amazing stuff, but as yet nothing revealed. It was good fun finding out - but certainly proved more difficult with the dodgy transcriptions of the name!

I did manage to make a couple of cards that are in the vintage theme mode and have dotted them on this post - in case you hadn't realised, and have also got round to using the Denami stamp, isn't it pretty. I will have to make a few more now that I have stamped a few more.

We popped into Bedford this morning and I bought a little pack of paper in Coleman's from the english paper company, not seen this before nice pink paper but as yet not sure what to do with it! I also had a delivery of some more stamps from Pixie dust - so looking forward to having a play with them at the weekend. The final leg of the CJ arrived today - Carol's entitled Friends. It is the biggest I have had to do...and not sure what I am going to do yet.

Owen and I are popping down to Mum's tomorrow for a couple of days now so no time for playing, over the next few days - so will have to make do with reading my books on card making.

I hope you are all enjoying the challenges on the forum, there is a Mother's Day, template, scrapbooking and rubber stamping challenge, along with other projects to join in with.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Vintage Challenge

Well I have had a shift around with the blog today and changed the template - need to do a few more changes - trying to find various settings, but as yet can't locate everything. I thought the previous template was very narrow, so am having a go with this. Trouble is some of the older postings look a bit odd - but what the heck! One day I will actually get a heading, but not today!

I launched another challenge for the rubber stampers on Crafts by Carolyn forum, I am still very much a learner in rubber stamping, so the challenges have to be within my capability and within my rubber stamp range! So today's challenge is Vintage and I did these two cards as my starter for 10! The second is done using the stamp I bought last Saturday I have to say I am enjoying being challenged - even though I am setting the challenge it is making me think of some new ideas.

I was lucky enough to get a copy of 'Memory Makers' January edition of the market in milton Keynes for 75p I have enjoying browsing through that.

Saturday, February 10, 2007


Here is my last effort for the black and white rubber stamping challenge, I hope to launch another soon.

We had a trip out to Ikea this afternoon, din't buy anything amazingly exciting but had a nice time looking around and Owen seemd to think it was OK - especially as they sold Dime bar chocolate there. He was a bit nervous of it to start with as it was foreign food - but as it was mainly choclate he was OK! He was really taken with a washing up brush with a sucker on the end - as if he has ever done any washing up since he got past the age of 6!

We did manage to op into Hobbycraft on the way home, and I have to say I wasn't that impressed they seemed to be selling less and less and the card making section was mighty small. They had 12 X 12 paper racks empty, all a bit odd. I did manage to buy a couple of sheets of paper at half price and also an embossing pad.

We are starting to have a family days out and in - last Saturday we sat and watched Stormbreaker after our day out, and this week we watched me, you and Dupree. Have to say that Stormbreaker wasn't bad - definitely Owen's type of film! Today's film could have been a lot funnier - but it was watchable - if they brought out a sequel I wouldn't buy it!

Well it looks like a few of you have enjoyed the baking session so really pleased and will do another for another day...will have to wait for them to be eaten up!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Melting Moments

Well as promised here is my recipe for melting moments. It is a very old recipe that I have been doing since I was about 15, I remember my Auntie Rose making them when we went to there for the the day. Mum and I went on the train from Harlow to Bush Hill Park in the summer holidays, we often used to go during holidays - so I guess I was 13 or 14. She says she doesn't remember and neither does my Mum! So it is in 'old money' I am afraid - my scales has a choice so I just stick to the old value!

8oz Margerine or butter, I always use the block variety
6oz Sugar
Cream both of these together
then add a
beaten egg - carry on creaming together and add some of the flour if it 'curdles'
add a drop of vanilla Essence, then fold in
10oz Self raising flour

The mixture is a stiff mixture and will look like this:

Roll into balls and roll in crushed cornflakes (I put mine cornflakes into a deep dish as it saves mess going everywhere!) or porridge oats, add a half cherry on top, they will spread out so make sure you leave enough room between them on the baking sheet and then cook for 15 – 20 mins in a moderate oven (gas mark 5 180c), they should be slightly brown, leave to cool for a few minutes then lift them with a spatula/slice. You can make them as big or as small as you fancy - just adjust the cooking time slightly. I made 18 this size, and they took 20 mins to cook

I have substituted Cocoa for flour - a couple of ounces, and have rolled them in Coco pops as I didn't have any cornflakes, and they seemd to be popular!

I shall do some catching up tomorrow, with some cards.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Well in case you didn't know it snowed today in Ampthill. And the schools decided to close today.....luckily it was my day off, so I didn't even attempt to travel. although I think once you were out of the Woodlands estate the roads were fine. It snowed for pretty much most of the morning - small flakes, and the skies were dull and overcast.

It was a shame that the sun didn't manage to shine. I did take some photos but they all look rather 'grey'.

I walked into Ampthill this afternoon to the Post Office and posted some orders and my CJ - I only have one more instalment to do. The town was pretty quiet really - I am sure if it had stopped snowing earlier more people would have been out and about. The children seemed to all enjoy it, and there were snowmen and giant snowballs everywhere. On my walk home I ended up stopping off for a coffee at 2 sets of friends houses - so it took me 2 and half hours to get home....

I took the opportunity to make some Melting Moments as Paul was also at home and when he works from home I can't use our broadband as he has to connect to work on their network. I will put the recipe up tomporrow and some pics. I only managed a couple of cards - one for the black and white challenge again...so will also do that tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Well it certainly has been a frosty start in Ampthill the last couple of mornings - doesn't the countryside look so pretty? I wonder if the snow that is being threatened tonight will actually arrive, they seem to think the forecasters have got it right this time....it does seem to generally snow on a Thursday....tee hee

Well as usual it is non working Wednesday, so I have been playing. I decided to have a go at the challenges on the forum.

Firstly I did Ems Challenge for a Scrapbook, it was a challenge with these ingredients:
1) at least 3 hearts
2) some doodling
3) one word in a completely different font/style to the rest (i.e. the word HEART on my page....)

I 'printed' the leaves using the cats eyes chalk pad, and then doodled the veins. This is Paul and Owen when we went away in October 2005 to the Peak District...it was a rainy week away really! The little heart buttons are from the shop and were just the 'ticket' for the recipe.

I then cracked on with the template challenge and got making cards, this one I found difficult - but stretching the imagination is good for the soul! I combined it with Jakes challenge of a Mothers Day card with only one colour apart from the base card colour!

I did add this one to the black and white challenge, that I made late on Sunday - have you done yours yet? Are you enjoying the challenges?

I did forget to mention that the ric rac on the rocking horse card was from the mini ricrac in the shop - it is so cute and was perfect with the stamp.

Sunday, February 04, 2007


Had a lazy day today, I even did the shopping at Tesco's on-line! I made some cards...AND I did a bit of tidying of my craft room. Paul ahd bought me lots of those little drawers from Wilkinsons and they are ideal for rubber stamps and other small items. i also had some other little drawers and have been sorting them out and putting variuos buttons etc in them! Like a small child sorting out my 'collection'!

Glad to see some joining in with the black and white challenge - I will have to try and think of a few more things - although at this rate I may run out!

Oh well work tomorrow...:(

Saturday, February 03, 2007


Today we went on a trip over to Olney - it was such a lovely sunny day. We had a really nice lunch in the coffee shop there (I can't remember the name - the one with the conservatory). I then spent some time in LB crafts - the boys wandered around with me poitning out things I may like (genuinely), and then they left me to it for 20 minutes or so. I managed to buy a few stamps one from the DenamiDesign range and one from Crafty Individuals - quite adventurous for me - so now I need to do something with them! Did get a couple of other bits.

Linda has a fantastic shop - it is stacked to the rafters with rubber stamps - I went on a course about 10 years ago (or maybe more now), and did quite a bit of stamping - then stopped - now I have started again! She used tobe based in the Mk shopping centre - but since she has moved to Olney, I have not been able to have my weekly visit....

We also went home via Newport Pagnell and went to a shop that is stacked (and I really do mean stacked) with old posters, prints, maps, magazine, programmes, comics from the late 1800s....Owen got an old Liverpool footie programme and I got a copy of the pictorial mag from 1923 - I hope that I maybe able to scan a pic or two and use it somewhere...it cost £1. Well worth a visit if you are ever this way,a dn it certainly brings back some memories of your childhood (well unless that was very recent). Nothing much else in Newport Pagnell (other than the Aston Martin factory) - but you could spend hours in the shop! I can't remember the name of it Ken's I think.

I have just launched another rubber stamping challenge - which may be of interest - nice to have something going on even if you don't have time to join in now - you can have a go later.

The ric rac is the tiny ricrac on the shop - and it os so sweet, and the buttons, clips and other ribbon are all from the shop.

This is from one of the stamps I bought today (paper inspirations), I stamped it on pearl card with a pigment ink - and thought it wouldn't work, but it stamped perfectly....
There are loads of challenges and projects to get stuck into on the CBC forum

Friday, February 02, 2007

Little spend

The craft barrow is closing down in Milton Keynes and has 15% off everything - have to say I have never actually bought anything on there before, but today I bought a rubber stamp and a couple of small stamp pads.

card making book Then when I got home from work, as Paul had been working from home today he was able to take delivery of the the books I had ordered from Amazon...I had asked for them for Christmas but Santa failed to bring them....you just can't rely on some people

card making book

I have only had a quick flick through them - but they look quite good. I can see some of the projects are from the magazines - but it is still nice to have them all in one place...so hopefully they will inspire me.

little drawer project
Talking of inspiration - have you seen Carols latest project on the forum - it is fab, all the Info on how to do it is HERE

Having watched the TV programme about food last night I am inspired to make some soup - but have not got any nice recipes to hand - so I reckon a search for that may be on!