Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Made a card...

A quick digi card:

* Digital Papers: Springtime Basics by Shimelle Laine@ Two Peas in a Bucket

* Heart strips: Can't Buy Me Love by Shimelle Laine@ Two Peas in a Bucket
* Alpha: Count to Four Page Template and Alphabet by Shimelle Laine@ Two Peas in a Bucket
* Tape frame: Washi Tape Frames Digital Kit by Danielle Thompson

* Stitches: Spring Breeze by Shabby Princess
* Image: Lucy with Balloons @ Mami Doodles

Monday, 24 May 2010


If you have a garden, you know that dandelions are a pain. But at this time of the year they're are beautiful - as long as they're not growing in your garden, that is...

I was eyeing a bit of overgrown patch close to where I live, but when I finally dragged the kids to play, the dandelions were gone, someone finally decided to mow the lawn. But hidden in St Anne's Park I found a little bit of dandelion heaven.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Shimelle's new template

I'm trying to catch up now, as I haven't been scraping much this week.

It is digital layout, using Shimelle Laine's new template + alpha:

*Template and Alpha (recoloured): Count to Four Page Template and Alphabet by Shimelle Laine @ Two Peas in a Bucket
*Patterned Paper and Embelishments: Delovely by Paislee Press @ Oscraps
*Doodled Frame: Web Inspired Brushes by Katie Pertiet @ Designer Digitals
*Font: CK Ali's Hand Official

If you never used templates why don't you have a go? It is a great way to make a super quick layout - and at the same time, you can customise it to you liking as much as you want.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Photos, Primas and a Layout

Yesterday was my daughter's First Communion - it was a beautiful ceremony and my daughter was beautiful - I took hundreds of bad photos and a few that made me happy. One of my favourites is already printed for the cover of the thank you cards. And I handed the camera to my friends so I am not the invisible mum - I was there and I can prove it!

Today, after mass, I dragged my daughter to a couple of spots where I thought I could take some more pics, I wanted her sitting in a field of daisies. Looking at them now, I realised I should have taken a few steps back to have more of the daisies in the photos.

 She wasn't wearing a veil on the day, but she wanted one today.

This is a silly one, but I like it.

When it came to decorating the house for the party, of course I left it to late and there weren't any themed decoration for sale anymore. So I had to improvise.

I bought some cute banners in Carraig Donn:

Some oversized Prima flowers,  spotty candle from Meadows & Byrne, pink sweets covered in icing from Tesco's. The sprinkles are some Barbie sprinkles - not very nice to eat but really pretty.

I got some balloons from Woodies, plain ones, as the 1st communion ones were sold out, of course!

I've ordered part of the food, cooked part, my sister and law made her fabulous curried coleslaw, and my dear friend and my daughter's godmother made some absolutely yummy desserts. The wonkly looking ones were made by me, and the professional looking (and tasting) ones are her work.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

She - He

Since even biological siblings are often very different, I should perhaps not be so surprised that my children, who were adopted, are poles aparts in terms of personality and likes and dislikes.

Still, wouldn't you think that since they live in the same house and are being raised by the same set of parents they would have a lot of similarities? Not so, it wasn't the case when they were babies and it is still not. Thankfully though, they are friends, love each other and play together very well. That is when they are not fighting, he he he.

I took two similar photos of them, just changing the focus from one child to the other. It was just a little experimentation - I still think it looks a bit weird when the subject in front is out of focus - but when I looked at both of them it occurred to me that I could use each photo to write something about the child that is in focus. Sorry about the bad photo...


is a girl
barefooted and in T-shirts in winter
loves to try new foods
loves to travel
is a bit self conscious
is a bit serious
writes stories
dance mad
can't wait to grow up


is a boy
socks & long sleeves in summer
will eat the same food everyday
loves his home
doesn't worry
is too funny
won't hold a pencil
technology mad
wants to be a baby forever

A few months after we adopted my son, I made a layout about their differences as babies.

It is a pity that my son is now much more shy then when he was a baby, but otherwise, I can see that their personalities remained the same since then!

Did you notice that my daughter has two teeth at the top and my son at the bottom?


Thursday, 6 May 2010

My last PaperPlay

I reluctantly resigned from the PaperPlay DT.
I loved and still do the challenges and the company, but I just don't have the time to do justice to the challenge at the moment. Thank you to all the DT girls!

Here's my last one:

The challenge was to use a digi image and bling, set by Liz. Sponsored by Stitchy Bears Stamps:

Since I didn't post every one of my projects, here are some of my favourite PaperPlay Challenge entries:

Medal holder for my daughter.

Decorative frame using a photo of my son

Playing with buttons...

For  my son's bedroom

Mini book using chipboard tags (inspired by Tina Azmus for Studio Calico)