Wednesday 12 May 2010

Busy busy busy

I want to tell you about a new adventure I'm involved in. 
Some friends from around the UK and I have got together to start up a new website and forum - especially for Christians who enjoy doing crafts - UKChristianCrafters. We all do a variety of crafts and these are represented on the forum ~ altered art, cardmaking, creative embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, felting and scrapbooking.

If we've missed the crafting activity that you enjoy don't worry, it can be added!   As well as talking about our crafts and taking part in the challenges we will be talking about our faith, our lives, and encouraging one another. We hope to have on-line cyberhappenings and maybe even a retreat or two.

If you would be interested in finding out more about UKChristiancrafters then have a look at the website where you will also find a link to the forum.

I hope I'll be chatting to you over on the forum.

Sunday 9 May 2010

Cybercrop with SFTIO

This weekend I have been taking part in a cybercrop over on Scrapbooking From The Inside Out.  This is the second one that Rachel has set up and both have been most enjoyable.   Although it is officially a one day affair it has to last 2 days because of the European members of SFTIO.   We are 5 or 6 hours ahead of the US girls so our 12 hrs is from 1pm Saturday whilst the crop actually starts at 8am CDT.

By the way, did you know that GMT is now called UTC?  

Anyway, I did three of the four challenges.

The first challenge on Saturday was to use a sketch that was provided to do a layout about waiting.   It was 12 months to the day of Andy & Naomi's wedding so this seemed really applicable.

I used papers and embellishments from the Kaisercraft goodies that Andy & Naomi bought me for Christmas.   Kaisercraft is an Australian scrapbooking company set up by Christians.

The second challenge was to use a photo that was provided by Rachel to do a layout.  Here's the original photo and the layout I made using it.

The third challenge I did was to make a layout about the anticipation that Spring brings.

I printed the photo twice and cut out the blossom and stuck it on top of the original photo - a bit like decoupage!

I ran out of oommpphhh when it was time for the last challenge!

Thursday 6 May 2010

Election Day 2010

I don't know where the last month has gone.   I can't believe I haven't blogged for all that time.  In my defence I've been finishing lots of projects and going out to work!!   Oh and I helped organise a surprise 40th birthday party for Wendy

I recently bought a Tim Holtz tattered flowers die for my Cuttlebug and then had a play with some grungepaper, embossing and paint.   Here's the result.

And here it is in use on a layout about Vicky

So here we are, on an important day of the year, when we decide who will govern the country for the next 4 or 5 years, or perhaps only until another election in October.   This is the first time since I could vote that I am undecided.  It looks like I will be making up my mind when I get into the polling booth and I have the pencil in my hand.   Should I base my vote on the local candidate ~ sadly all 3 main party candidates look like clones of each other ~ or should I vote based on the three party leaders?  I could of course choose based on party policies but experience tells me that no matter what they promise, once the party is in power ~ it has no power.  Decisions have to be made based on what the EU or the IMF says.

Although during the election run up we have had a forest full of paper stuffed through the letterbox telling us about the candidates, I haven't seen one in the flesh.  We're voting for a new councillor today and I haven't seen one of those either.  

So, what to do?  What to do?     I definitely want to exercise my democratic right to vote.  If only there was a place on the voting paper to put my cross next to the box that says 'None of the above'.