Monday, 9 May 2011

A Weekend Full Of Delights…Almost!!

…& I say almost, because the last 36 hours has been a little uncomfortable as I’ve had some sort of tummy bug, but it seems to be on it’s way out now!! I actually felt rotten enough to come home early from work yesterday & cancel my weekly Cinema visit!!

But that’s enough of the yucky stuff! The rest of my weekend was pure delight!!

26 Me & Kali It started well with our Girls Night Out on Friday! The weather was so nice that we all turned up in Summer Dresses!!  As designated driver I’m happy not to drink, but I love watching everyone else get squiffy!! Kali in particular is so funny once she’s had just ‘a sniff of the cork’ & we get to see her ‘real self’!!

25 Julie & Sue

We went to a favourite Steak House & as usual the meal was thoroughly enjoyable! Good quality food, well cooked…no frills, or as Hubby would say ‘not messed about with’!!  We resisted starters & desserts, but talked & laughed so much I’m not sure we’d have had time anyway!! As it was I didn’t get home to bed till after midnight!!

27 Jo Sandie & Kim Then on Saturday, which was National (or should that be International?!) Scrapbooking Day, I was up with the Lark & headed off up the A1 to Brampton for the ‘3 Jolly Scrappers’ workshop with Sandie Vincent.

We’d had rain in the morning but the sun came out to treat us to another lovely day & shone in through the windows as we worked! It was so lovely to catch up with these two ladies…

28 3 jolly scrappers indeed 
27B Dawn!!…& of course not forgetting the lovely Dawn, who for some reason I didn’t get a shot of on the day, so I’ve ‘pinched’ your blog profile pic instead Dawn!!…hope you won’t mind!!

We did laugh, as she was seated on my ‘deaf’ side & had to prod me to get my attention…either that or talk very loudly, which was hard with her being a normally shy, reserved type…LOL!!!!

29 lunch I have to comment on the lunch provided…we were totally spoiled with the most perfect Jacket Potato’s, a choice of toppings & salad!!

30 lunch2




…& if that wasn’t enough, a little while later there was afternoon tea with a choice of THREE types of homemade cake!!!!

31 Cakes!

So, there you have lovely people, at a lovely venue on a lovely day….lovely food & lots of laughs, but what about the scrapping?!!!

Well the uber-talented Sandie Vincent had prepared two class Layouts for us…the first using ‘Echo Park’ & the second ‘Basic Grey’.

32 Sandie Vincent


It always amazes me at crops where there’s a class kit, that everyone starts with the same kit & is working to the same example, but each persons LO has it’s own ‘twist’ when it’s done!

We used an amazing double leaf punch/emboss tool from Nellie Snellen, which I need to add to my gadget box soon!! There was a little black felt rose to make & we also used flocked ‘rub-ons’ which was a first for me too! I managed to complete both LO’s before the end of the day (I know…amazing!! I am usually a contender for the title of ‘Worlds Slowest Scrapper’!!) & used two recent photographs of ME!! How self indulgent was that?!!!

If you want to check out both of Sandie’s original LO’s, you can find them HERE…& here are mine…

34 Garden Party B  
Echo Park ‘For the Record’ is my favourite collection of the moment, so it was a real treat to work with this scrummy kit!! (I’ve blurred out Karen’s Address on the little journaling spot…didn’t think she’d appreciate me sharing that!)

33 Shopping @ 50!! 
The ‘Prima’ flowers that came in this second kit along with the gorgeous ‘Basic Grey’ PP’s, were just so wonderful to work with…again we all chose a slightly different combination of colours & arranged them slightly differently!!…& look…there are those punched/embossed leaves…aren’t they great?!!!

So…Big THANK YOU’s to Jo, Kim & Sandie for a wonderfully organised day & I highly recommend you pop over to ‘3 Jolly Scrappers’ & check out their calendar of Workshops & Crops…if you’re within travelling distance, they offer such great friendly service & fabulous value for money!

I’ll be off up the A1 again this Friday evening too, for the regular monthly crop, armed this time with my June Dixie Pieces kit, which is stunning…but you’ll have to wait to see what’s in that one!!

Thank you so much for stopping by & for my US (& Aussie?) friends with children, I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day…& to everyone…Have a great week ahead!!  Come back soon! :)


Jocelyn said...

Oh I just love this post...except for the part of you not feeling well!!!! Hope the tummy bug is gone!!!!

Love the pics of you ladies...aren't friends just the best!!!

OK.....these LO's are stunning...I love FOR THE RECORD..and you did a wonderful job...I just may have to lift this one!!!

The primas and colors on the second LO are that photo!!!

Wishing you a great week sweet friend!!! Hope it is filled with sunshine and smiles!!! :-)

Sian said...

I certainly do wish that I lived within travelling distance! Your layouts are gorgeous - that "For The Record" is one of the most versatile ranges I have ever seen. It just keeps on giving!

I hope you are feeling a lot better soon

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh, look at all these SUPER happy pics!!! You sure know how to have a good time, Sandi. It's always fun to come over here. LOVE the layouts, too!! No surprise there, though. : )

Lisa Howard said...

Hey Beautiful Lady! Just had a quick minute and thought I would pay you a visit. WOW! What a wonderful weekend you had!!! Girl time, scrap time...can't get much better. I just hate to hear you felt poorly as the festivities came to a close. But very glad to hear you are feeling better. Please know how much I appreciate your love and support these past few months. I haven't been able to let you know but you have touched my heart and left many a smile on my face! Love you, dear friend! xoxo -L

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Sandi,
Back again to say I'm sorry about the postage thing and ask if you know of a cheaper way to get items to UK. The cheapest I've found so far is just under $15 using a flat rate International envelope from the USPS. Please let me know if you know some shipping tips.
Thanks so much,
Mary Lou