Monday, March 26, 2007


I chose "Gifts" as my {G} page as most people exchange gifts at Christmas with friends and family!
I have kept my LO simple for this one and have used a program on my computer to print the text straight onto the template, before printing and cutting. The letter and present were cut out on my Xyron personal cutter.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

{F} for Flowers!

Its Mothers Day today and if you want your flowers to last as long as possible follow these tips for a long lasting display!

- Use lukewarm water when arranging flowers; it has less oxygen in it, so you don't get so many air bubbles up the stems of flowers. (The air bubbles reduce the life of the flower).

- Use plain, lukewarm water for most cut flowers, but use cold water for bulb flowers, such as daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips.

- Change the water every 2 days - don't just top it off. This is the single most effective thing you can do to keep your flowers looking fresh.

- Keep flowers out of direct sunlight, and move them to a cool place at night.

- Add a shot of vodka or a splash of lemonade to the water in your vase - it will keep your flowers fresher for longer.

- To keep the water fresh in your flower arrangement drop a shiny copper penny into the bottom.

- When arranging flowers, strip off all leaves below the waterline to prevent them rotting.

- Smash hard woody stems but cut soft stems to prolong their life before placing them in your arrangement.

- To help perk up and revive woody-stemmed flowers like roses put the stems in boilind water for ten seconds, and then immediately plunge them into cold water. This will move the air lock that has formed in the stem up to the flower.

- If your flower arrangement is going to be in a warm room, keep the blooms looking fresh by popping a couple of ice-cubes into the water each morning.

- Don't put flowers next to fruit because the fruit produces ethylene gas, which increases the maturity rate of the flowers, so they die quicker. Also, remove dying flowers from an arrangement because they produce the same gas.

- Scented flowers don't last as long as non-scented ones because they use up extra energy producing the smell.

- Do not mix daffodils with other blooms - they release a poison that kills other flowers.

- A pinch of salt or sugar into the water of a flower arrangements helps to slow down bacterial growth.

Happy Mother's Day..........

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Christmas {F}

Di O's {F} Page

Whilst I was thinking about my F page I came across a gorgeous quote "The magic of Christmas never ends because its greatest gift is family and friends" It is such a lovely quote and ideal for my F page.

I've made a fairly simple page this week, the front flap opens to reveal a small pull out underneath for up to 5 photos front and back. I have used it for a combination of photos and journalling.

I added the fab Magic of Christmas quote by just printing out a coloured background and using white text. The strips were then torn round and inked.

I mounted the letter F onto chipboard and covered with Basic Grey. The edges were inked, I added the "friends" charm and tied a small piece of ribbon round the letter stem.

I used a little Family charm on the bottom right hand side and a chipboard shape to keep the flap closed.

For the finishing touches I added some fibres down the left hand side and added a bead to the end of the fibres.

The finished page:

Sunday, March 04, 2007

{E} for Embossing

There are two methods of embossing; dry embossing and heat embossing. I have chosen dry embossing to show you.

Firstly you will need to assemble all the required tools: Paper, card or vellum; stencil; embossing tool; light box.

Using a low tack tape, tape the stencil to the front of the card.

Turn the card and stencil over and place it onto the light box. Using the embossing tool, follow the outline of the stencil and any open areas within the stencil.

Turn the card back over to the right side. Using chalks apply to the areas that have been pushed through the stencil. Using a cotton wool ball apply shading from the stencil out onto the card.

Cut the stencilled image out (I have used decorative scissors) and have edged the cut image with an ink pad.