Wednesday 18 August 2010

Simon Says Challenge - Make A Gift

RAMBLE ALERT..........!!!!!!!

Well, just look at the state of this blog ! Poor thing is so neglected ! We have just returned from our holiday in the Isle of Wight. We had a mixed time, the campsite was awful, the weather was very mixed but we made the most of it and had a wonderful time with plenty of laughs along the way.

The Isle of Wight seems to be a place lost in time. Do you know they have a "Wimpey" there ? We also went to see Toy Story 3 in a cinema in Ryde. Well, this cinema is the oldest one I have been in for a very long time. They still had the lady with the torch to help you to your seat and it cost us £2.50 to get in. OK, we didn't have the full Dolby surround sound or reclining seats with headrests but it was fantastic and the kids loved it. It's also nice to read that I wasn't the only one who sobbed my socks off at the end and highly embarrassed the whole family !!!

Anyway, back to this week's challenge on Simon Says Challenge. We want you to make a gift. We have a very special Guest Designer joining us so please welcome Jackie and leave her a comment on her wonderful gift she has made this week.

My gift looks dull and drab compared to the rest of the DT's creations. I followed a tutorial on Splitcoasters and made a coaster mini album for my hubby. We took loads of photos while we were away so I thought me might like a little reminder of our hols. I won't show you the inside as its not finished yet, I need some more time to fill it up with the photos !!

The DP's are Basic Grey Basics in Kraft and Manila. I added some picket fence crackle paint to the edges and inked them with vintage photo distress ink.

The top of the kraft paper has been punched with a notebook punch from Stampin Up.

The "Family" stamp is by Heidi Swapp.

The sprockets and gears are by Tim Holtz and I added a game spinner to the centre of one of them also by Tim Holtz.

The clip is by Tim Holtz too !

All these yummies can be found in the Simon Says Stamp Store !

The brown twill ribbon is from my stash.

I have added pages inside the album ready for photos from kraft card.

The chipboard coasters are actually the card found on the back of telephone note pads. I pop into my old place of work every so often and they save them for me instead of putting them in the bin ! I just rounded the corners with a corner rounding punch.

There is a fantastic prize of a $25 P&P free shopping spree !

The rest of the DT have made some very inspiring gifts, please hop over and have a look. We can't wait to see what you make !

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave. Hopefully I shall be around just a little bit more than usual !

Love 'n' hugs,


  1. What a great gift!! Love the masculine look.

    Sounds like you had a similar camping trip to us, lol, only our campsite in Cheshire was fantastic. Great amenities, friendly people and a little shop on site!! Everything else went wrong though, and the weather was very mixed. haha!!

  2. nothing drab about this!! I loved TS3 as well and yes it was so sad x

  3. Very nice project! It looks gorgerous!!! You are really talented with this job's making! )))

  4. Hi Jo - good to have you back, glad you enjoyed your holiday in spite of everything. I have fond memories of Ryde, my brother and his wife lived there, Lynne's parents owned the Fishbourne Inn there.
    Love your coaster mini album Jo, a fabulous keepsake and all your details are just perfect - not dull at all - I love the colours and papers.
    hugs Heather xx

  5. Oh this mini book is going to be fab can't wait till you finish inside and I expect it to be blogged.

  6. Don't be silly Jo, your gift is fantastic..... very arty and something a bit different too, I love it!
    Have missed ya and can't wait to have a catch up on the phone when you've got some spare time..... you know, from underneath that washing mountain you must be trying to climb, lol!
    Big hugs, Tara xx

  7. This is gorgeous Jo, I love the clip and the lovely 'family' stamp, so stunning! Glad to hear you had a great holiday, we went to see Toy Story 3 yesterday and thuoght it was brilliant too! :) Love, Georgia xx

  8. Hi,
    thats so sweet. Realy good Idea.


  9. I love this little album Jo :-) not drab at all ,, very arty and chic,, am sure Jon loves it !! :-)

    Toy Story is brill eh ! we went to see it in malta ,,, all 12 of us adults with no kids LOL ,,, yes ,,, bit teary at the end ,, aww :-)

    Lols x x x

  10. Dull and drab, No Way!! I love it. It's a fabulous cover for your mini book. I love all of the distressing and fun Tim Holtz pieces. I can't wait to see the inside and check out your holiday pictures. Sorry your trip wasn't without problems but I guess that is what will make the stories later on so much fun to tell. What is a Wimpey by the way? That cinema sounds cool. Well, have a wonderful day!!
    xoxo, Christine

  11. Love your mini book, and the added clip to front is a fabby idea... (and nothing drab about this at all).. love it. x
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog and also the wonderful warm welcome. xx

  12. Hi Jo,

    I love this!! I love the TH embellies you used and that it's simple yet beautiful and a super fab gift!!

    Thanks for the continued gorgeous inspirations for our Simon Says Stamp Challenge!


  13. What a brilliant idea Jo! Gorgeous colours and details too! Can't believe they still have a Wimpey on the IOW LOL! I sobbed my heart out at Toy story 3 too LOL!! luckilly my little boy didn't notice! hugs, Jane xxx

  14. Hi Jo~~ glad you got time away and I am sure the kids loved every bit of it:))
    Your gift is not drab--it is a guy thing~~made from the heart!!! Sure DH will just love it.
    God Bless

  15. Absolutely gorgeous Jo!! Glad you had a nice holiday, love old cinemas like the one you visited


Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog and for leaving me a comment. I hope you have liked what you have seen and will visit again.

Thanks !

Jo x

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