Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Please love me

I've put on new lipstick and made my eyes blue
Now will you love me? please say you do
I went to all this trouble just to please you
So Claire, please Claire say you love me too

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Happysnappers Challenge

For Jane's challenge you will need some fabric from and item of clothing that you no longer wear.

Monday, 4 February 2008

Mary's sketch for the retreat

I have also printed out the oval for both sizes of LO so you can stick that on the back of your pp and use as a pattern to cut.

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Kat's Sketch challenge

Ok for this sketch you will need:-

For a 12x12 layout

piece of card stock or patterned paper
4 square cut photos (3x3 in size)
1 portrait photo (5x7)
two pieces of of ribbon (12 inches long)
and something to create a title.

For an 8 x8 layout

4 square cut photos (2 x 2 in size)
1 portrait photo (3 x 5
two pieces of ribbon (8 inches long)

Monday, 28 January 2008

Retreat Menu

Ok. Here's Claire's menu/shopping list that she came up with.

If there's anything that needs to be added make a comment and we'll get it done.

Friday Evening
This meal NOT being brought my Hilary as she may be late arriving.

Jacket Potatoes - eClaire x 12
Cheese - Claire
Tuna - Kat
Baked Beans - Claire
Sweetcorn - Kat
Butter/margerine - eClaire
small bit of salad to go with Pots and I will try to make some home made coleslae before I leave- eClaire
and small Lasagne made by Weety?
Friday Pudding - eClaire and Carol will bring a couple
Mary may choose to bring some mince as well if she does not fancy lasagne.

Saturday/Sunday Breakfast
Hilary has kindly agree to shop for all this and we will split the bill
Cereal (people bring their own)
Fruit Juice
Croissants (?)

Saturday Lunch
Fresh bread
Cheese Spread
Pate (please can we have chicken liver if everyone else likes this too?)
Humous - Jane said she would bring
Some fruit
Salad cream/Mayo

Saturday evening

Chicken casserole - eClaire has sent ingredients to Hilary
Other Meat casserole - Hilary to decide on meat and shop for ingredients
New potatoes

3 x different puds - Jane (meriinge something?), & Sadsac (Chocolate something and possibly flapjacks?)


Coffee/tea - Mary has offered to bring this
Wine - everyone bring their own if they want
Cleaning product
Bin bags
tea towels can a few people pack one, but there is a dishwasher
Toilet paper
Soft drinks - everyone bring their own
cooking oil
Chocolate - everyone bring their own if required
Nibbles - everyone bring their own if required

DO WE NEED SUNDAY LUNCH? Need to decide what time people are leaving and if we need another lunch

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Mary's Sketch challenge

If you want to do my sketch challenge you will need 3 photographs that go together

for a 12 x 12 LO :-
1 by 7" x 5" and 2 by 3½" x 2½"

for an 8x8 LO :-
1 by5 x 3 and 2 by 2½ x 1¾ (approximately)

Monday, 21 January 2008

Scrappy Cats Sleeping Arrangements


OK, room allocation.... reading the web site for the rooms and taking into account the last few posts. Here is a suggested sleeping plan for the rooms. I am really not fussed where I sleep and who I share with and on which floor, I can sleep anywhere, anyhow so will hapily move myself around if this helps anyone:

There is one biggest bedroom with ensuite and 6 foot bed. As Hilary has kindly offered to share with DQ I suggest that they should have this biggest room. It sounds like you could fit a blow up bed in it as well if you don't want to share the big bed

Another double en-suite - 1st floor - suggested for Mary
Another double - 1st floor - Kat has asked to sleep alone so could have this room

Then there are 3 x twin rooms 1 on the first floor and 2 on the 2nd floor up, How about : Jane and Zahra sharing, Carol with Claire and Weety with Sadsac

Let me all know what you think. If we sort this out in advance there will be no trouble will people arriving at differernt times, they will all know where they are going.

Or any other combinations? post them back

Weetabix's class

For Weetabix's class you will need a black and white photo 7 inches high and 5 inches wide, preferably of a female.

you will also need a craft knife a small thin paint brush, a hole punch usual paper glues and glossy accents or similar if you have them for sticking transparent bits and a ruler.

Kits will be supplied and will cost £5.00 each

Updated class/Challenge list

Mary - Sketch
DQ - Challenge
Eclaire - Mini Book Class
Weetabix - Kit Class
Happysnapper - Photography Class
Sadsac - Challenge
Zahra - Challenge
Kat - Sketch

eClaire's Scrappy Cat Retreat class

Dear All for those who want to, I will be showing everyone how to make a circular mini book at our retreat, as originally created by Prisca Jockovic (celebrity French Scrapbooker - have a look at her web site Cote scrap)

Here are 2 examples with lots of detailed pics of the insides so that you can see what sort of embelishments you could use:

original Rose book

Claire's brighter alternative

If you have decided you want to make a book, you will need:

For the structure
4 x 12" square pieces of cardstock. You can use co-ordinating Basil, but any old card will do as it will all be covered except for the base. We will be cutting 4 x 12" ish circles and will need a few scraps for tags and hinges etc.

For Decorating the inside
I used 6 sheets of co-ordinating PP and a few plains, but I had loads left.

You actually need 14 pieces that are 6 x 6" plus a few extra bits to cut up for decorations, so you could manage with 4 pieces of PP + scraps, but 6 pieces will give you more flexibilty when matching patterns and allow for mistakes. Unless you are very good at matching patterns I would suggest that at least 2 of the PPS are fairly plain

If you have managed to trawl through all the links above you will see that anything goes, suggested items are: blooms, brads, buttons, stickers, tags, ribbon.

Items you MUST have
You will need some co-ordinating ribbon to make the ties to shut the book 0.5m will be fine.
Glue, you can use whatever you normally use to stick down all the papers and embelishments, BUT you will need propper glue like UHU or Bostic to actually stick the bits of the book and the spine together. Each book I have made has used a whole tube (big) of UHU!!!!

Spine - this is a bit tricky, we were given a great bit of burgundy fabric/tape, you can stick it on and the glue will not show through like ribbon. I am off shopping this weekend to see if I can find something similar. Obviously if the colours work, we could all share 1 or 2 rolls. I will let you know. My second book does not have a spine yet.

Tools, - nothing special needed, scissors, an eyelet punch to fir extra flaps in - I have one that anyone can borrow, paper cutter - again, you can use mine if you don't have one.

Photos - Its up to you if you make a blank book or add the photos as you go. if you want to bring photos you will need smallish ones. If you look in my example there are 2 sizes, 4 x 3" and 2 x 1 " Also in the Rose French book I have used the small thumbnail prints that come on the index sheet when you get your photos developed, or you can print your own thumbnails.

I won't be at all offended if anyone does not want to make a book, if you do, just fire away with any questions that you have.



Sunday, 6 January 2008

Our weekly challenge

Zahra's layout

EClaire's layout

Bramblepie's Layout

Mary B's Layout

Hilary's layout

Weetabix's layout

Kat's layout