Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Teacher's Gifts inspired by Studio Calico

With the end of term fast approaching this year I have been super organised and made teachers presents.  I decided to use a beautiful digital template from the Sugar Rush kit by Studio Calico.  Rather than using pictures in the template I filled the spaces with the colours already in the image to create a colourful heart.  At the bottom of the heart I used the Century Gothic font to write "athrawes orau" best teacher in Welsh.  

Once I was happy with the colours and the positioning I printed the design to check everything was ok.  I am so glad I did as the colours looked a bit washed out so I upped the red colours and then was happy with the finished look.  

Finally I could print out the flipped image ready to iron on the bags and after about an hour behind a hot iron I ended up with 9 bags that looked like this:

Here's a close up of the heart (I love this design):

What did you make/give this year?  Let me know in the comments below:

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

REVIEW: Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Last night we travelled to the Vue Cinema in Cardiff to see a preview showing of Pudsey the Dog: The Movie.  I hadn't seen any trailers or read anything about the film which meant I was unsure of what to expect but the children really wanted to see the film and as the designated driver I had to go.

We arrived at about 6pm and after waiting about 20 mins for Andy and several other journalists to interview and photograph Ashleigh and Pudsey we finally got seated in the auditorium.  Only to find Ashleigh and Pudsey came into the auditorium to intrduce the film. Here is my really bad picture which doesn't do Ashley or Pudsey justice as they looked beautiful on the evening.

The story  of the film (according to the official movie website) is:
A heartwarming, quintessentially British adventure for all the family, PUDSEY THE DOG: THE MOVIE follows cheeky London stray dog, Pudsey, who is quite happy being a lone ranger, looking out for number one, until he meets siblings Molly (Izzy Meikle-Small), George (Spike White) and Tommy (Malachy Knights).  After losing their father, their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) is moving the family to the sleepy village of Chuffington and Pudsey tags along, to the dismay of their landlord, Mr. Thorne (John Sessions), and his cat Faustus.  As Pudsey starts to settle in with the family and realize what he was missing when he was alone, he stumbles across Thorne’s evil plan and he determines to save them and the whole village.

The film was an old-fashioned family comedy that had me laughing out loud in some places and feeling really emotional in other places. Izzy Meikle-Small, Spike White, Malachy Knights and Jessica Hynes really gelled together and from the scenes where the siblings argue to where they work together to solve problems I was convinced that they really were a family.  The star of the show for me was Pudsey and the other talking animals especially the farm animals in Chuffington, there were many LOL moments from the farmyard scenes.  

I didn't expect to like this film but I loved it, while the story is simple and easy to follow it allows the characters on screen to really blossom and it was their performances that really pulled me in and I found myself lost in the story of the film.  It opens in Cinemas on Friday 18th July 2014.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Project Life January 2014 2

Here are the second set of pages for January's Project Life.  This includes our new Saturday morning routine where Seren now goes to help in Dancing classes.  
Finally convinced Seren to help with the ironing, she is very good at it.

Beavers and Cubs started back this week.  Love hoe Tom will always pull a silly face for the Camera.

Las 2 pages document how I "accidentally" subscribed to the Studio Calico Project Life Kit.  December's Kit was already in my basket when January's was launched which means I bought 2 kits in 2 days.  I have to say how much I love the kits, they make PL so easy.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Project Life 2014

Finally started my Project Life album for 2014.  This year I'm using a Aqua Studio Calico Handbook album as well as their Project Life Monthly Kit.  This is my first page a great pic of the family which we did on New Year's Eve.

These are the next two pages, a few cards from the Studio Calico Blue Note and Copper Mountain Project Life Kits as well as a printable card from the Copper Mountain Digital Journal Cards by Shanna Noel - love this set.  They are recording the first few days of January where we watched a new episode of Sherlock, after a 2 year wait, a trip to the Wacky Warehouse, a trip to Cardiff and being under a flood warning for a few days.

Finally got to the first day of school, 6th Jan and poor Tom he was the only one to have homework and then on the 7th I got to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Wales Millennium Centre.  The show was really great, click here to see my review which went in the local paper.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

December Daily 2013 Part 1

These are my first few pages of my December Daily mini album for 2013 for which I'm mostly using the Studio Calico December Daily kit with a few items from the Blue Note Project Life kit.  The opening page is a direct copy of Ali Edwards' title page using American Crafts Gold Zing glitter as well as a sticker from the December Daily kit.

December 1 - DECEMBER STARTS HERE! A busy Sunday for us, up early to collect the boys from their Beaver & Cub sleepover at 9:30am. Seren was bag packing with Centre Stage at 1:30pm in Iceland.  In between the two events we put up the Christmas tree and decorations as well as giving the boys their Star Wars Lego Advent Calendars


December 4 - Singing in the Rain tonight.  Seren and I have been looking forward to this all year!  Imagine the surprise to find out we have 5 tickets to Press Night!!  We joined Welsh "Celebrities" weather people and Wynne Evans and all thoroughly loved the show, even the boys.

December 5 - Tonight is one of my favourite nights every year. We love the RIVERFRONT PANTO and it gets better every year!  We love meeting the cast after the show, Seren is a pro at posing and getting autographs.  Tom posed with Lee Mengo the best dame in the panto world!
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