Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Out With The Old....

So 2014 has gone by in a flash and I like to think that for most of it
I stuck to my "One Little Word"
although the last 6-8 weeks have been so manic
that I fell of the edge.

Next year (that'll be tomorrow) I will not put as much
pressure on myself to blog everyday as I know it
just won't happen so I will here as and when I need to be.

Tomorrow is also Counterfeit Kit reveal day
and I haven't even put my kit together yet!

Here's what I did yesterday though...

Two of my least favourite hobbies all in one day.
Two hobbies I used to love but now feel like a chore.

I have another birthday very soon, The Child's 16th so I don't think I can
get out of that one!!

Well, I do hope to be around a little more often than I have been lately
and I hope you'll pop in every now and again to see what I've been up to.

Until then, whatever you are doing tonight, take care, stay safe and

Happy New Year

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Kit @ Wearcrafts Part Two

Woohoo! I remembered this time!

Here I am back with two more layouts from the sold out Christmas kit
from Jen at Wearcrafts.

Virginia has also been playing with this kit so hop on over to see her
layouts too.

I love this photo from Christmas last year and must remember to take a nice photo again this year
when the hoards descend on Boxing Day!

This photo always makes me chuckle.
The Child hated Santa with a passion so much so that she screamed the place down
every time we got close. What she didn't know was this particular Santa was her Daddy
and yes she still screamed the place down!!!!

Thank you for following me and my blog this year, 
wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Kit @ Wearcrafts Part One

Where are these days melting away to?
I blinked at it was Saturday and a day late with my Wearcrafts post.
Apologies to Alpha Leader Jen and Virginia
for letting the side down.

Anyway the kit was lovely, yes, was, all gone I'm afraid!

You have to be quick to grab these £5 kits!

Here is my first layout...
...a little incomplete as I need a title adding just about that tab right there on the left!

Probably taken about 10 years ago now, so where do the years go? Never mind the days!!!!

I'll be back tomorrow with more...

Monday, 8 December 2014

All Good Things...

...come to an end and here I am with my second and final layout for
The Memory Nest.
The sketch from Crystal is a s follows...

My layout is also about how all good things come to an end
and the line of shoes drying out in the Madagascar sunshine
was the perfect way to tell that story.

Since arriving home from Madagascar there have been approximately 50 deaths 
in the capital due to the Plague, as if they haven't got enough to deal with!

Thank you Leslie and team over at the Memory Nest for having me on board for December.
Happy Christmas to you all!!!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Quick Cards

Just a few 10 minute cards that I created for my part in the 

We don't really do Christmas cards in our family so I took on the birthdays.

Considering I started as a card maker, I have really gone off making cards, what about you?
Did you start as a card maker and move to scrapbooking or have you always been a scrapbooker first and foremost?

Thursday, 4 December 2014


Cards to me tend to just get in the way of all my other craft loves
at the minute but over on the Counterfeit Kit Blog
we are having a Card Month where each Master Forger
will take turns to create a Card Kit and then (hopefully)
inspire you to play along.

Today is my turn and I've been given "birthday cards".

Why not hop over to the CKCB Blog to see my kit and then pop back tomorrow for some
inspiration on "quick to make" birthday cards.

I have a 50th and a 16th birthday coming up within the month
so I'm off on a Pinterest Spree to
see what I can find...

...any ideas greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


That is how behind I am on commenting in MyFeedly!!!

I have come to the conclusion that I just will not catch up with that amount
and therefore please accept my big apology if I do not comment on anything before December 1st.

I have wiped you all out and hope you understand but I will, starting now, restart my commenting
and hopping.

Today brings me up to date with my

I have also had the great pleasure of playing with the December Kit but if I show you those
Jennifer will have my guts for garters!!!!

So, here are my last two layouts from the November Kit...

...the first is a layout of The Child from nearly 16 years ago (yikes!)
A bonny little lass who is nearly 16 and still just as beautiful.

This one is of my Nanna who made a little gap in this world for The Child nearly 16 years ago!
I would love to know why she would say Crinny 'Eck
I have never heard anyone say it since.
If you know the saying, make my day and let me know.

Right, I'm off to get  those Christmas presses wrapped and under the tree - are you ready for Christmas?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Yes I certainly need to do that!

The November pledge over at Wearcrafts is
"to improve"
Well, I for one certainly need to do that as I was supposed to be showing you a layout yesterday!

Better late than never I suppose.
The papers in this kit speak for themselves and don't really need a lot of anything else.

Can you spot me in this photo from 40 years ago? (ouch, that hurts!)

I wish somebody would transport me back to those carefree days.

I think the kits are sold out but Jen has put some others together if you want to go over and take a look.
I have two more to show you tomorrow...


Every year in our house we have homemade advent calendars.
Every year The Child makes me something wonderful and this year I came home from my weekend retreat to this...

I tricked her this year by giving her the smallest advent I could find but she knows me too well
and didn't take the bait!

The Child's advent started out like this...

and she was more than delighted when she came home from school yesterday
to find this...

Oh how I'm going to struggle next year to come up with something different!

Do you make or buy?

Monday, 1 December 2014


...did you notice there is no kit reveal today?
CKCB, as we know you are all busy, has taken a different
angle this month and we will be helping you 
out with a Year of Cards.

I will be here on the 4th to show you my card kit
and then the following day to show you some ideas on how to use that kit
to make birthday cards.

Today however, I am guesting over at The Memory Nest.

I love Leslie's blog and will often join in with the challenges (time allowing)
so I was delighted to win  and be chosen to guest this month.

The sketch with a twist (to use stamping on your background)

made me think of drink splats and I had the perfect photo to tell my story.

"I’ve always been a “red” fan but over the last year
it just hasn’t agreed with me. It could be the tablets
or something else but whatever it is, I am glad
as I know we were drinking far too much
of the bottled stuff!"

Now I was always a red wine drinker and would share a bottle with Him nearly every night.
Recently though the red stuff hasn't agreed with me and just a small glass
leaves me feeling YUK.
Sitting watching a beautiful sunset in Madagascar, I enjoyed a very small glass
but don't think I've touched a glass since.
3 months!!!! Now that's a record!!!

I'll be back on the 8th to reveal my second layout created for
The Memory Nest Guest Spot.