Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

If there is anyone else who would like to be in the January swap please let me know. I'm assuming that everyone from last month is in again (if not i can re gig the pairs later!) and we have two new names, welcome Kendall and Dee!
So i hope 2010 brings only good things to you all, enjoy the last day of this year.
Bye xxxx

Monday, December 28, 2009


Hi everyone, i went to post my swap mini to Louise R. today....and then remembered it was a Bank Holiday here and the post office was closed!
So tomorrow it will be on its way....
Which means its time to start taking names for the January swap! so if you're interested leave a comment with your email or blog address and i'll post the swap partners on January 1st.
I'll think of a theme by then!
p.s. Thankyou to everyone who participated this year ( or the couple of months it was going) and i hope you'll all be back in 2010! xx
p.p.s this is our tree for this year - as if you hadn't guessed1

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

HO HO HO!

Well tomorrow is the big day... as in, if you haven't done it by tomorrow then it doesn't get done!
I haven't wrapped one single gift yet, but i suppose it will all get done, i work well with deadlines...
So, i'll wish you all a very merry Christmas now, because there won't be time tomorrow!
I will eat loads, relax, enjoy my family and watch rubbish tv...in my pyjamas!
I hope your day will be as good x x x x x
Oh, i will post the video of Louise R's mini album later in the week, Thanks to everyone who took part in the swap, next month there will be a couple of changes to sweeten the challenge!! x

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas cards.


This is the first year i have made Christmas cards....and this is what i came up with! really simple and quick.
So, now all i have to do is cut about lots and lots of little birds!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Festive Cheer!

Hi, i'm off to Cork city today to do my christmas shopping.... I'm not a shopper so about twice a year i head for the city and do enough to last!
Today i'm going with Himself, i have a list as long as my arm, which strangly is for things that other people have asked me to pick up, and i'm not really sure what i'm looking for!
However, there is a really nice coffee shop so that will be the first stop, and a really lovely Italian for lunch.....
So, i'm full of festive cheer, will drive Himself mad singing christmas carols all the way there (its an hour each way!) and will come home and decorate the tree.
I hope you all have an equally festive day,
F xx

Thursday, December 10, 2009




I've been doing some journaling and playing with inks and stamping.... I'm doing an altered art course in January, so i thought i'd practise a bit. I like it, its fun, it can't really go wrong, you just pretend thats the way you wanted it to look!!

Gypsy Journal - 7gypsies Blog

Monday, December 7, 2009

GGS Swap for Roseann.

The mini i made for the GGS swap for November is shown in the slide show on the right. Its a 6"x6" concertina album made from K&Company Life's Journey papers, with some Sassafras Woodland Whimsy thrown in for good measure.
I'll go and post it today,and then i think i'm up to date (if you don't count the unfinished kintting!) and can start my Ho,ho, ho album.
Going to check out Tim Holtz and his 12 tags of christmas now....
Bye xx!

My new scrap desk!!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Here it is!

I know its long past Tuesday morning, but thats the way the day went!
Molly made a video of draw but thinks her hair looks a mess in it, so wants to do it again!!
Anyway while she is doing that, i'll give you the results;

LOUISE K - ROBYN
CATHY - SUZIE
MOLLY - CLARE
ANNE - ALYSON
FELICIA - LOUISE R

So ladies, its ho, ho, ho till january 6th, perhaps if we get going now it will be finishes ahead of time? thats if you're not still catching up with November swaps (like me!)
If you email me at ftdphoenix@iolfree.ie then i'll pass on your email address to your partner.
Happy mini making!!
xxxxxxx

Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Scrapzville Swap for December!!

Well, today saw the majority of the minis being swapped for November!
Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou to everyone who participated, I'm really pleased with how it went.
I was debating doing one for December because everyone is so busy, but it seems the interest is there so this is the deal......
If your interested (new people extremely welcome!) then leave me a comment here with your blog address, on Tuesday morning, the 1st of December i will post the names in pairs. Its open to anyone in Ireland and Great Britain, the mini can be as small as 31/2" by 31/2" and a maximum of 6x6", and must contain at least 6 pages.
Because its a very busy month for everyone you will have until Womens Christmas- thats January 6th - to complete it and the theme is.... HO, HO, HO!! (what a surprise!)
Its been great fun, so please join in!
Well thats it for now,
Have a good weekend,
F xx

Camera Trouble!

Hi, i've been trying to do a video of the TWS swap for Louise.... and nothing has gone right!
First the camera kept cutting out, i can't find out how to take the timer off of it, then it looked fine on the camera but its really fuzzy on Youtube!
So, I'm going to meet Louise today (yeah!) and ask her if she would make a little video of it since i've done such a bad job. Of course if i hadn't left it untill the last minute i could have fixed it, but as usual there is NO TIME!!
I'll take photos instead.
Ok, getting ready for work now, hope all of the Craft Club are feeling festive!!
Bye xxxxxx

TWS Nov Part 3

Thursday, November 19, 2009


This is Toby, how cute is he????! x

Scrapzville mini for Robyn part 1

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Scrapzville Swap for Robyn part 2

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Hello!

I've been really busy trying to finish projects.... I'll post a video of Robyns mini that i finished last night. Louise's mini is half done, but i'm waiting for something special to arrive before that will be ready (hope its worth the wait!).
Yesterday i got an email from Roseanne in North Carolina, i'm swapping with her for the GGS swap. Because it is already the 19th of November i had started a mini for her already, its vintage using Lifes Journey papers. Very fortunately she said she likes old things!
So, i think i'm almost up to date, my knitting is still not finished, and we had a huge new delivery into the shop this week.... its all lovely and i want to knit things in it, but i'm being very restrained, no more new knitting! (untill these cardigans are finished!)
Have a good day, and if you're in Ireland don't go out without your wellies!!
xx

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!

Check out inkandstampit.blogspot.com - Kelly is celebrating 15,000 hits to her blog by giving away goodies! Leave a comment on her blog and you're in with a chance to win!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So, i did get something done after all! This is a 16x20" canvas, painted with black acrylic paint. I got my fantastic plastic, some fibres and gold and silver deco metal, and threw it all onto it and this is what came out!

Monday, November 9, 2009

If only i'd get on with it!.....

Its Monday, its wet and windy and I'm at home.... I have so many half finished projects at the moment that i've given up counting them! Thanks to Cathy my knitting infatuation is back, but that is a good thing as i have not one but two unfinished cardigans on the go, and i have to knit something for my Dad's birthday in December.
I'm playing with Fantastic Plastic, which is really cool, and i have a blank canvas (literally!) ready to fill.
Thats not including the two minis I have to give this month.....
And am i doing any of it? No! i'm sitting here talking about it!!
Ho hum, i'm sure inspiration will kick in any minute now....
Hope your day is more productive then mine!
xx

Visit Life on the {Scrap}beach
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

The rules are this: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word.

1. Where is your cell phone? Kitchen+

2. Your hair? Messy

3. Your mother? Amazing

4. Your father? Also

5. Your favorite food? Brushetta

6. Your dream last night? none

7. Your favorite drink? Coffee

8. Your dream/goal? Publish

9. What room are you in? Landing

10. Your hobby? Creating

11. Your fear? Death

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Content

13. Where were you last night? Home

14. Something that you aren't? Technical

15. Muffins? Maybe

16. Wish list item? Some

17. Where did you grow up? Kent

18. Last thing you did? Eat

19. What are you wearing? P.J's

20. Your TV? Off

21. Your Pets? Dog

22. Friends? Lots!

23. Your life? Happy

24. Your mood? Relaxed

25. Missing someone? Yes

26. Vehicle? Clio

27. Something you're not wearing? Hat!

28. Your favorite store? Craftyalley!

29. Your favorite color? Red

30. When was the last time you laughed? Today

31. Last time you cried? Forgotten

32. Your best friend? Tim

33. One place that I go to over and over? Mountains

34. Facebook? Yes

35. Favorite place to eat? Home

Now for the five I would like to award.
Zettibetti
Cathy
Robyn
Samantha
Kay

Blog Award!

Thanks so much for the award Amanda, i love your blog too! xx

Friday, November 6, 2009

Die Swap.

Thanks to Ann, Cathy, Mary and Ann L who all braved the weather to come over on Thursday evening. We spent the evening cutting pieces of paper into strange shapes.... in otherwords, having great fun!
Robyn was missed, but since i have her in the mini swap i was able to get a head start without giving anything away!
Anyway, Ann, i wish you a very safe and enjoyable trip home to Florida, and we'll catch up when you're back.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Mini!

WOW!!!! for once i am speechless...(yes, i know that doesn;t happen often!) today i went to the post office to collect my mini from Samantha, i was waiting outside the school for Molly and Zac trying to tear open the box with my keys, but it was so well wrapped that i had to wait till i got home. Just as well i would have shamed myself with all the screaming!
Every page is more amazing then the last, I'll make a video and put it up soon, i don't know how to start describing it.
Samantha also sent LOTS of extra goodies, ribbons, papers and embellishments. and some really cool wooden bits ready to be painted.
So Thankyou Samantha, i just love it!!!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Scrapzville Swap Buddies!

Hi everyone, hope your having a very spooky Halloween!
Todays craft club was really fun, the origami christmas tree cards proved a bit fiddly but worth the trouble. The Brenda Walton Twisted Peppermint papers are festive but you could use alot of them for other themes aswell.
Ok, here are the names of the swappers.....
Cathy - Ann H
Louise K - Alyson
Felicia - Robyn
Louise R - Clare

And the very vague theme for this month is "Flower Power!" so do what you will with that! I know everyone is excited about this, so i hope you enjoy it. The minis are to reach your partner by the 30th November, and please make them something that you are proud to give and that you would like to receive.
My email address is ftdphoenix at iolfree dot ie send me your address and i'll pass it on to your partner.
Have fun, thankyou so much for joining in,
lots of love,
Felicia. xx

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Passionately Pink!!

Laura Denison is running a campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. She asked people to donate a pink themed mini album, she will then hold a silent auction on her blog www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com starting on Halloween.

The photos of the album had to be with her by the 29th - today. Not a problem said I, I'll have it finished by the 25th said I...... I wasn't counting on a very cross child, having a row whilst holding a large glass of ribena..and so, i have been up since 6.30 to finish the NEW album and have just sent off the photos to Laura now.
Its amazing what you can achieve when there is a good cause involved!
Have a good day xxxx
p.s. the child involved was genuinely sorry, and was restored to her lovely self !x

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Samantha's mini

Hi, if you have seen the halloween mini that Samantha is sending me, then you'll understand why i'm reluctant to put this up.... i've only peeked at the front cover, but it is AMAZING!
I really like the cute little witch on the front of this though.
xx

Samantha's Mini for Halloween

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

GGS swap for Laura.

Here is the mini I made for Laura for the GGS swap. I hope she likes it, i loved making it!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hi Girlies, the Scrapzville Swap is gathering speed! what started out as a mad notion now has enough people interested to get off the ground.
So, remember if your in Ireland or England and want to join in just leave me a comment here and i'll be in touch at the start of November...which will be here before we know it!
Bye xx

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Paper Bag Album.

Ha! fixed it without any help! x
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Technophobe!

Hi, i was planning to put up a video of my first ever paper bag album.... but i cant get the camera to co-operate with the computer!!
The USB lead is plugged in and i've done all the usual things but nothing is happening.
Hmmmm, Tim is not here..... whenever there is a technical glitch in this house its really easy to fix, you just say, "Tim!!" so i'll try to get it going but if not i'll post it tomorrow.
Anyway, thanks Tienne for the paper bags, no i'm not planning on hyperventilating alot!
Ok, i'll see what i can do with this,
F xx
p.s. The Scrapzville swap has now become international! there are a couple of people in England who are interested, so the more the merrier!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Scrapzville Album Trade!!

In a moment of madness i decided to try and set up a mini album trade....
There are loads of these things around, but as far as i know, none in Ireland ( don't quote me on that though, more like none i've heard of in Ireland!)
So, if you would like to join in, this is how you do it...
Leave me a comment with your email and or blog address, on the 30th of October i'll gather up all the names, ( obviously, i'll be far too busy trick or treating and riding my broomstick on the last day of the month!) and on the 1st of each month i'll post all the pairs of names., & email you all your swap partners addresses.
The mini albums must be no bigger then 6"x6", no smaller then 31/2" x 31/2".
They must have at least 6 pages, and i will give a theme for each month, which knowing me will be very vague. The books must be in the post by the 25th of each month, and you can send photos or a video of your book to me and then everyone can see your work on the blog!
Pheww, that was alot of information!
Anyway, i hope there are a few of you interested, looking forward to hearing from you,
Felicia xx

Monday, October 5, 2009




Happy Birthday Cathy!! i'm still working on your present... sorry! but here is a sneaky peak!...

























This morning the postman brought a package that contained....Ashton's Mini Book!!

Its really pretty, thank you so much Ashton, i've never seen the water drop finish that is on the front cover before.

There are tags and pockets and spaces for journaling, its lovely, bright colours and has pearls decorating the front and back covers. I'll put up the pictures now, i hope you can see all the details. There are too many details to list!

Thankyou Ashton!! xx

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Muchos excitement!!
Ashton has posted my mini, she sent it on Tuesday so we will see how efficient the postal service is! i'll try and make a video of it and if not i'll put pictures up, so watch this space!!
Also, the Scrapbeach swap list is out today. I'm swapping with Samantha in Georgia, a month ago i didn't know anyone in America!!
There was a huge delivery at the Crafty Alley Shop today, so if your looking for Adirondack ink pads, distress inks, dimensional pearls or really nice new wooden stamps then thats the place to go....... unless i get them all first!!!!!
Fxx

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Yesterdays Crafty Alley craft club went very well. We made bunting, and a 3D flower card, discussed the merits of the BigShot and generally had a good time! Why is it that 3 hours crafting goes faster then any other 3 hours?????
Anyway, lots of get well wishes for Robyn who was unable to join us, You were missed!!
xx

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ashtons GGS swap

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Thank you so much to Robyn for a really great night... eleven women, card making and the nicest chocolate ever!! I had great fun, even the mistakes are pretty! and thanks to her great demonstration i probably have to buy a Big Shot now! but then again i might get the punches... there was just so much to learn, Thanks again Robyn, and especially for the halloween papers, that was really kind.
See you on Saturday,
F.x.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Aghhhhh! i should have published these pictures in reverse! The first one is the back cover, the last is the front.... the black frame has only been stuck down at the bottom so a photo could be added. The only thing i added from my stash were the little gems, everything else came in the kit.
Fx.
























This is the mini i made from a kit from Marion at apieceofcraft.com. Lots of lovely vintage stuff. Best of all was that Molly helped to make it, she is 15 and usually hates anything to do with scrapping!
Hi, its Sunday morning and a beautiful day - I was supposed to go to mount Brandon today, but Zac has a high temperature (39 degrees) so i'm here at home with him. Hopefully he will feel better soon!
I'm looking forward to next months GGS swap already, it'll be Halloween month - my favourite time off year_ so that will be really good fun for a mini book theme. I n fact i think i'll make two and keep one myself!
Here is a question...what do you do with your mini books? how do you display them?
mine are on book shelves, but facing out so i can see the covers, that takes up alot of space though, so i was wondering what other people did with them!
Its time to give Zac more medicine,
Enjoy the day! Fx

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hey everyone (i can say that now that there are more people then just me looking at this!)

I'm looking forward to next week when i get to go to a new friends house to learn all about stamping . Robyn www.injoystampin.com has very kindly offered to host an evening for our craft club. This women knows alot about card making!
I got a scrap kit today from Marion at a piece of craft, i collected it from the post office at 9am, and am amazed that i had the patience to not open all the bits and pieces untill i got home from work. Its lovely, really cool vintage stuff, and tags!! my favourite thing at the moment.
I was going to make an altered art book, but when it came to actually doing it i couldn't - it goes against my nature to deface a book. However, Marion sent some pages of a book in the kit and since i didn't tear it up why not use it??!! (thanks Marion!)
So, i'm going to make an altered book/tag/creation using Que Sera Sera papers from The Crafty Alley Shop www.craftyalley.com they are really vibrant and busy!
Thanks so much to Ashton, Robyn and Amanda for looking in,
So, after i've loaded the dishwasher, emptied the washing machine, helped Molly and Zac with their homework i'll do some scrapping ( or just crawl into bed with a book!)
Love,Felicia x

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Its Tuesday and the sun is supposed to be shining, but so far there is no sign of it....
I'm going to post the GGS album to Ashton today because i have no idea how long it will take to get to America.
Since i'm off today i can't decide whether to go kayaking or go to the mountains, i think the weather will decide for me - if it rains i may as well get wet anyway!!
So, my plan is to take the kids to school, eat a leisurely breakfast and then go and do something fun!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I've just had an email from my GGS swap buddy! the date for these to be sent is the 30th, so i'd better get on with finishing it. I will take some photos and post them after Ashton has received it - i'd hate to spoil the suprise!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The kitchen table can't be seen under all the stash! There is stuff everywhere, and all so i can make my album for GGS! I'm actually flying through it, knowing when to stop will be the problem, i'll post photos when its done.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I've just taken Ebony to college. I thought it would be worse but its been a gradual move, the only thing left to move in was her! She has a great adventure ahead of her, just as i was leaving she was wondering what she would cook for dinner, these are the things she must learn!
Truthfully though, i am very sad, and have cried lots. I know this day has been coming for the last 18 years, but i wasn't quite ready for it.
Anyway I wish her the very best and send her all my love xxxx

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday 7th September

I'm off to my Tai Chi class this evening, i haven't done it for years but i'm looking forward to it.
I'm bringing my parents too, they want to do some excersise so this will be nice and gentle for them.
I spent the day driving around doing lots of jobs, i got everything done but every day i'm off work i think "I won't go anywhere today, just stay at home and catch up with things" - that never happens!
Well i'd better get ready, i'll let you know how it went..

Sunday, September 6, 2009

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Hi!!

Hello everyone, this is my first venture into blogs, so hopefully there won't be too many mistakes!
I hope to use this for showing my scrapping projects and generally commenting on my days, chaotic as they are!
Looking forward to your comments,
F x