Thursday, 31 January 2013

Probably Too Late... enter into Elle's Studio Sketch 24.1 but I gave it a go anyway.

Here's the sketch

and here's my page

Maybe next week I'll be on time!!

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


It's not even the end of January and I've FAILED but my excuses are good!!

I've been at school most of the week and had no sleep for 2 nights.
Yes, HE'S got MAN FLU!!!

What are men like? Us women just get on with it but men just feel the need to mope and feel sorry for themselves.

Anyway onto a completed page that I promised two days ago.
It's January Week 4 already and I've just done January Week 3!!

The criteria?

  1. Use the sketch
  2. Use stitching (well I used thread!)
  3. Use paint

So having failed to blog yesterday, a double blog won't go amiss today.
A very quick page and I'm up to date with the Weekly Challenges on UKS.
January Week 4 criteria

  1. A holiday theme (holiday photo)
  2. Food or cooking (do you need help with that one :P)
  3. Bling or something red
  4. Lots of journalling (yeah!)

And my page...

Thank you, Bijoux Belles, for the challenge - I just LOVE how you chose them :)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Have you ever had a "moment"?

Today has been SOOOO busy!
Went shopping first thing to make sure DD and her "bodyguard" had something in for tea.

{Bodyguard Explanation - DD hates being "home alone" and I feel guilty dragging her to my many meetings at school. Even though the dog is here I always have to find a friend to come round to keep her company!}

So, what is easier to cook than a pizza? Answer - you can't cook it when it's missing!

OK so I know I put it in my basket, and I know I paid for it because it was on my receipt but then it obviously sprouted legs and ran off. Thinking I'd had a moment and after looking in the obvious places, I looked in the dishwasher, washing machine, bin, garage and every other place I could think of but it was nowhere to be found :(

Returning to the supermarket to ask if I'd left it, the lovely lady, who must've felt very sorry for me, told me to just go and get another one! "It happens" she said.

Didn't have a clue what I was going to blog about today but with my "moment" and the fact than I won a  Carta Bella Paper Pack on the Scrap365 Blog Party today has given me plenty to babble on about.

I was delighted to see that I'd won this gorgeous paper pack and can't wait for it to arrive so I can "stroke" the inside!!!

And tomorrow I hope to finish a page I started 3 days ago....

Sunday, 27 January 2013


Today I'm taking part in the 

why not have a go yourself, you've got until January 31st!

I also have the pleasure of escorting my DD and her BFF to Manchester for a bit of retail therapy and a bite to eat before they head to the arena for The X Factor Live.
Should I ...
1. Do more shopping
2. Find a cosy corner in Costa/Starbucks
3. Something else

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Challenge Catch Up

This week I've been so busy with my "visitors" I've hardly had the chance to eat never mind scrap so today when DD's visit to a local college was cancelled due to the snow I was quietly cheering inside.

Today I've been catching up with Weekly Challenge No.2 on UKS set by the Scatty Scrappers.

The challenge was to use the following sketch, use new stash, and use 5 of something,

This photo of DD was taken on Pier 39, San Francisco on our roadtrip in 2012. We had all been quite disappointed to find that all the churros and donuts we had come across so far were coated in cinnamon (yuk) As you can see by the big smile on her face, this bucket full of donuts were just sugared. Needless to say we all felt quite sick after eating them :(

Friday, 25 January 2013

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to my first ever participation in a blog hop!!! This is the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop and I hope I get it right!!!

Hopefully you have found me by hopping over from Jemma's blog, but if not and you want to take part click HERE to get back to the start.

So the challenge was to design a layout using ONLY...
  • 3 patterned papers
  • 3 embellishments
  • a 3 word title
and what a challenge it turned out to be.
I'm normally quite a quick scrapper but with those ingredients I was STUCK!!!

Eventually, after trying 4 different photos and a variety of different papers, I managed my layout and then got stuck again on the title. So many 2 or 4 word titles jumped into my head but 3 words?

"My Little Mermaid" is probably one of the most difficult challenges I've attempted but I got there in the end.

I've used 3 papers, a 3 word title and my 3 embellishments include a brad on my circular photo which is allowing my photo to be hinged for journalling under, a string of beads under my title and a circular string frame around my photo.

 Thanks for hopping my way.
Please leave me a comment before hopping over to Lucinda's blog.

Full Hop List (just in case you're lost!) 

Jemma Sharrock
Lesley Graffham
Lucinda Messman
Shir Benovich
Leslie Smith
Julie Hearn
Kate Blue
Tricia Simmons
Lisa Johnston
Julie Jeavons
Rebecca Delo
Lisa Hausmann

Thursday, 24 January 2013

And Relax!

I'm glad to say the visitor have gone and I can now relax and do those things that I actually WANT to do.

As I said yesterday, it's Friday in our house today and it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm going to indulge in a couple of glasses of wine, rest my very tired body and wake up in the morning to a whole day to myself. Me, just ME! How selfish!

Tomorrow will bring some crafting back to my blog but until then,

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Getting Through Quite Nicely :)

The "visitors" have arrived so today has been mostly spent running around making sure their needs have been met.
I think I've managed that (gold star for me!)

All I want to do now is have a nice long soak in the bath to relax but DD has cadets so have to do the taxi bit :(

Looking on the bright side, it's Friday in our house tomorrow which only comes round every 8 days (work that one out) and Friday means WINE.

So the sketch I was working on yesterday (before I was rudely interrupted) was Sarah's Cards January Sketch by Vanessa. A nice simple sketch where I've printed a lot of journalling in the white space background. I've followed the sketch completely this time in order to know where to print my text. If you haven't got an A3 printer you can easily scale the sketch down to 8.5x11 (or is it 8x11.5 - I can never remember!)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Unexpected Visitors

Well I was in the process of a layout today and happily scrapping at my desk when I was informed of imminent visitors.

Everything is on hold and I hope to photograph a completed layout tomorrow although there is a chance that the visitors might stay another day :(

Wish me luck

Monday, 21 January 2013

Old Stash but "no new stash"

Cal and Leanne have started an "Old Stash, New Stash" Challenge on UKS.

Although I can't really take part in the New Stash bit, I am doing the Old Stash part.

Here's the sketch (a nice simple one for me)

 And I've rotated mine anti-clockwise

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sketch Challenge and a Giveaway ...

Another sketch challenge at Elle's Studio to keep me entertained and out of mischief!
I'm sure there will be plenty of mischief to be had at Mr Gary Barlow's birthday bash tonight :)
My friend Jan is conjuring something up but isn't telling :(
Anyway, back to the sketch which I have rotated 90 degrees clockwise. I love simple, so this sketch was right up my street.

This photo was taken on an Orchestra school trip to Germany last year (2012) where the orchestra played in several small villages. The girls had a great time and DD commented on how pretty and picturesque the villages/towns were.(She has soul)


and to be in with a chance of winning a massive amount of flair buttons from Purple Pumpkin, go and share on Facebook, blog, or do both for a double chance to win :)

Now with only 4 hours to go I MUST prepare myself for the Captain :)

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Highly Strung

Here is a LO using the messy stuff (having been afraid to use messy stuff for a long time, I seem to be doing it more and more) to showcase a photo of DD on a hammock outside our cabin in Forks last year. It was a glorious day and we'd just had half an hour in the owner's hot tub. Not realising there were loads of midgies around the hammock she happily skipped over to it and settled in. 
When she saw the little creatures buzzing all around her she became rather "highly strung" especially seeing as this horrible Mummy made her stay there and smile whilst she took the photo!!!
Us scrapbooking Mums eh? :)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Have I Got Scrap For You ?

One of the challenges is to scrap a LO using small photos.
I know I've used this photo before but I thought that it fit quite nicely with my masked heart. I've kept the LO simple in order to keep the focus on the photo ...


Thursday, 17 January 2013

52 Card Challenge Week 3

Week 3 already!!!

This week Nat has chosen "colours" and the idea is to use two colours from those shown below.

I've used pink and aqua

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Scrap365 January 2013 Sketch Challenge

Having never taken part in a Scrap365 challenge and with my New Year challenge to myself to use my new room and old stash (and new stash), I thought there was no better time than now to give it a go.

The sketch Scrap365 January 2013 Sketch Challenge is a great sketch created by Morag Cuts and although it is Christmassy I've adapted it to suit a beach photo!!!

I really enjoyed playing around with this sketch using a texture medium, sprays, stash (old and new) and even the proverb on the bottom strip of the paper from Authentique was just perfect for my layout :)

My husband and daughter always muck about when I'm trying to get shots of all three of us but I actually like how this one has turned out.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Reuse & Recycle

Today I've made a card using nothing but recycled items for a challenge over at Scrapology

I stumbled across this challenge through Sue and it's just perfect for me as I have a box full of tags off clothing, scrapbooking packaging and a whole load more.

There's a great prize too for this challenge. Lou has kindly offered a whole loads of goodies for the lucky winner. Just look at all the yumminess she is offering...

My card uses a jeans tag and ribbon, the backing from some alphas, some card that was used for keeping my papers flat to bring them back from the USA and the "hello" greeting is from the front of a booklet from when I had a free Graze box.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Elle's Studio Sketch Thursday (10.1.13)

Back to challenges today and again using items out of my scrap box (apart from the lovely papers) as they seem to be mounting up. I'm slowly getting through those sheets with just one or two stickers left on them.

So this challenge is
Here's the sketch

and I've flipped it 90ยบ clockwise and more or less followed the sketch exactly

A Swingin' Good Time

Sunday, 13 January 2013

How could I...

...not blog this!!!!????

Had a great time last night at the The ButterMarket, Shrewsbury.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Quick Scraps

Busy day for me today, shopping, cooking (yes, all those boring things we have to do) and out tonight, so just a quick page using scraps today from me.

I'm off to see James Arthur tonight in Shrewsbury and hoping he sings Let's Get It On but anything will do really.

Day to myself tomorrow so hopefully the creativity will flow. I find it so frustrating when you have the time but the brain says "NO".

Anyway, here's my page...

Friday, 11 January 2013

Just a Pimms Girl

I've been wanting to scrap this photo for a while now. I've played around with it and put it away again so many times, maybe because I just don't like scrapping myself. So when the House Challenge was put up on UKS, I got it out for the umpteenth time and determination took over.

The story behind the photo goes like this...

"it was my 42nd birthday and hubby and I went out for afternoon tea. Unfortunately, as he was driving, I had to drink the jug of Pimms all on my own. Being the unselfish person that I am and obviously not wanting him to drink and drive, I reluctantly drank the contents leaving the strawberries at the bottom for him to enjoy.
Later on that day, and after a few more in the garden, I got through to Simon Mayo's Drivetime to ask for a birthday request. Not believing for one minute that they would phone me back, another drink (or two) found its way into my hand and, not being a wasteful person, I enjoyed that (those) cold beverage(s) in the garden.

Then...the phone rang!!!!

I was so excited that I sounded as though I had inhaled helium and more to the point that I was rather drunk live on BBC Radio 2. Oh well, you only live once!!!

Do you want hear my few minutes of fame??? Read on...

This is the sketch set by the Green Buttons Team

 and here is my "flipped" take on it

The idea behind the empty square is to add a micro sd card with the "recording" on so that my daughter can be embarrassed, once again, in years to come!

My journaling is under my photo but now I've told you all the story, maybe I shouldn't have hidden it

So, do you want to hear the recording? Press "play" below and make sure you listen right to the end (you can skip through the song) When you've finished laughing, please leave me a comment.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Challenged to be Organised

So, last night I had one of those "middle of the night" moments and spent the next hour wide awake with thoughts running through my head :(

I decided that, with all the challenges I come across on different websites and the fact that I always forget to bookmark the pages, I needed somewhere to keep a log of "what next" so that I'm never short on inspiration.

With a bit of card, paper and my ATG gun I came up with...

Here I will keep a log of challenges I want to attempt

How do you keep a track of challenges and inspiration?
Leave a comment to let me know.