Saturday, December 01, 2007

I've moved!!!!!

So excited that I have a brand new sparkly blog!! Come over and visit me!!
haPPy creATing!!

Friday, November 09, 2007

That Friday feeling!

And it's Friday again!! Where are the weeks going??
This is an old tag from the lovely Sue :)
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car)

Tiger land rover

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)

coffee rich tea

3. YOUR "FLY Girl" NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name)


4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)

blue elephant (PMSL)

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)

Jennifer Johannesburg (not bad actually!)

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)

McD Ca

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put "The")

Pink the corona

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)

Robert Costas (or Robert Bobby as my Greek grandfather was known as Bobby rather than Costas, heehee)

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy)
youth dew sours
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names)
Margaret um.........oh dear dad had no middle name, lol.
Will tag anyone who's not yet done this tag!
No weekend plans yet, so maybe i'll get some crafting done.
Didn't happen last Sunday as it was such a lovely day I decided to get stuck into the garden and prepare for the winter.
Enjoy whatever you get up to!
haPPy creATing!!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Hey hey it's Friday!!!

And another week is over! And it's November!!
And were the hell has this year gone??
We have the kids down tonight for the weekend, and it's going to be quite busy!
Tomorrow starts with grocery shopping and I am hoping to get everyone up relatively early to make a start so we can miss the crowds!!
I have a hair appointment in the afternoon :)
And then it's our fireworks party.
Now in general I am not a huge fan of fireworks, they are too loud and they scare the animals. But once a year Stuart has the chance to act like a kid and spend far too much money!!
Who am I to stand in his way??
Sunday is Rebeccas horse riding lesson.
And hopefully we will make a start on the new decking!!
IACW update
Well I have to say it's been absolutely amazing to see so many people taking up the
Scrap Your Boobies Challenge.
And seeing all the beautiful LOs has reminded me what the scrapping is all about!!
Thanks to all of you for your donations so far, the Just Giving page is available until the end of December and it would be awesome to double what we hoped to raise!!
A *huge* thanks to all the sponsors for your prizes!!
And of course a *massive* thanks to all the IACW girls for their organisation and hard work! Love you all so much!
haPPy creATing!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

I've been tagged :)

By the lovely Andrea!
1. If you could have £100 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose?
Blossoms, ribbon, ‘anything’ MM metal , scenic route papers :)
2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or rubons, which would you choose?
Definatly stamps!
3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year...which would you do?
Has to be layouts!! I have too many photos that need scrapping to spend a year doing cards only!
4. Would you rather own a scrapbooking store or have your own scrapping room at home...(can't have both he he he)
My own scrapping room. BUT it must be big enough to have 3 walls of IKEA shelving. A big desk so I can leave my sewing machines, cricut and photo printer permanently set up. A space for my laptop and printer (A3!!) And a large raised centre table so I can scrap standing up.
5. And last but not least, what is your CURRENT cardmaking or scrapping style.
I like to think it’s a bit shabby and eclectic. I am learning to mix paper lines, mix brown and black ink on a page :o And I’m brave enough to go to the extremes, either loads of white space, or a very full page :)
I'm tagging in return
Don't forget to visit It's a Creative World to be in line to win a prize!!
haPPy creATing!!
PS, I think I still have another tag in my drafts, from Sue. Sorry hun, I did have all intentions of posting it ages ago, but forgot about it!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

This is going to be BIG!!

It's a Creative World News
The final list of prizes for Breast Cancer Awareness month has been drawn up the lovely Maria and boy do we have some lovely stuff up for grabs!
If you've not done your boobie layout yet, there is still time to get them to us by the 31st October!!
All donations received by the 31st will also be entered into lucky dip prize draws! But don't forget that we will leave our just Giving page up till the end of December, and I think Maria has stashed a prize or two away for people who donate in November and December. BUT don't tell her i've told you cause it's supposed to be a secret!!
Be sure to visit It's a Creative World to see if you're a winner!!
haPpy creATing

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Finding the balance

Boy it's been a long time since I blogged!! Yet again I am finding the balance between home life, crafting, work and blogging a bit tough to get right.
But i'm working on it and hopefully things will get into a routine soon enough.
Work is great and I am loving being back in a challenging roll again.
Home life is always good! We have been busy preparing the garden for winter, clearing the beds and planting bulbs. We are also doing some garden renovations which is very hard work, but the improvement will be so worth the effort.
My crafting life is a busy one! IACW has kept me busy this month, with loads of LO classes and of course the Scrap Your Boobies challenge. I am so overwhelmed at the response we have received, and so proud of the scrapping community that have got behind us and taken up the challenge.
As of this morning we have reached our fundraising target and hope to double it by the end of December.
The LOs we have received so far are all so beautiful.
So alas my blogging life has taken a back seat and this is why I have not updated for so long. I will be working on how to get a better balance to my life but if anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them!!
So today over at IACW we have a LO class......scrapping from a sketch.
We feature Pencil Lines and the loves Anna, who had the idea for the inspirational sketch blog.
We were even given an exclusive Creative World sketch!!
Here is a LO I created with it, pop over the blog to see the other LOs.

Here's to better blogging days and laods more yummy stuff to come!
haPPy creATing!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bunting for Christmas

Yesterdays IACW Christmas inspiration is a themed bunting!!

I had great fun making this and can't wait to have all my decorations for Christmas up!!

haPPy sunDAy and haPPy creATing

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Todays post over at IACW is all about 6x12 layouts :) and I am hooked on scrapping this size!
It is so quick and easy and a great way of getting those not so great, in need of major cropping photos scrapped. The LOs below prove that point.
Firstly I have a photo of my sister that was taken years ago, before i scrapped and took a keen interest in photography. She is a tiny little figure in this sea of nothingness. BUT it's a cool photo and I smile every time I look at it. So that tells me it's gotta be scrapped!!
I cropped the top and bottom nothingness off leaving an elongated photo, that was a little too small for 12x12 or 8.5x11 but too big for a 6x6. ROLL ON 6x12, lol, just the right size and shape for this type of photo.

The following two LOs show how this size is good if you have small photos but still want space for full size embellishments.

Go on give 6x12 a try, if you've not done it yet, you'll be surprised by how much fun it is :)
haPPy creATing
Boobie update!!
Firstly thanks so much for all the support you are giving us over at IACW, for your donations and taking the plunge (ahem) and getting your boobies out for a great cause.
The LOs are all so beautiful!
Every penny we give for research is important, and no matter how small the donation, it all makes a difference.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Today over at It's a Creative World, we are still in the Christmas mood, and we're looking at Christmas cards :)
Now I don't really consider myself a card maker, but since the launch of IACW and seeing the beautiful creations from the DT and of course our guest designer Claire, I have become a little braver and a bit more creative with my cards.
Here are two cards I made using freebie magazine papers!! What a great way to use these up ;)

And a little detail, the snowflakes are done using my EK success punch, lightly inked and stuck on with foam pads to give some dimension.

The Christmas trees were stamped with StazOn, jet black and coloured with water colour pencils.

I hope your weekend has been full of
haPPy creATing

PS. Chris is making some lovely pink digi papers this month in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness so pop on over for some freebies :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

How organised is your Christmas??

Christmas has come early to It's a Creative World!!
Okay so talking about Christmas in October is shocking.....BUT if you want to get organised this year you really start with a CHRISTMAS PLANNER :)
I was totally inspired by the links Trish has posted on IACW today, in particular AuntNi's beautiful planner on 2peas. I was tempted to do the same size but chickened out as I wouldn't be able to fit the file into my bag and keep it handy ;)
So onto my planner, the size I went for is 8.5x5.5 for the inside pages, and 6x9 for the cover, which is just mount board covered in YUMMY Chatterbox Gingerbread House papers. I have been saving these for some time so i'm glad they are finally used up.
I painted a BG naked chipboard label holder red, tied some ribbons on the edges and then stuck it to a piece of white cardstock and then onto the front of the book. I hand write 'christmas planner'
I decided to keep each divider page the same to give it a bit of consistancy.

Each section has a handcut label holder with the section title hand written.

I have had drawn all the pages cause of the odd size, but the ones linked in Trish's post are awesome!! And of course so easy to just print off ;)



After finishing all the pages I made 2 holes using my cropodile for bookrings and have hung some christmas charms off the top one. I would like to add pages next year so it's also a book I can use as reference each year, so i'm not sure I want to bind it until it's full (but of course i'm still thinking about that ;) )
Have fun creating your CHRISTMAS PLANNERS and don't forget to leave a link in the comments on IACW with your creations
haPPy creATing
We are so proud and honoured that so many scrappers are taking up the challenge to
Breast Cancer Awareness should always be a focus in your daily routine, it's quick and easy to check yourself and if caught early, it is treatable.
Even if you hate your BOOBIES you would never like to face the possibility of loosing one.
Go on SCRAP YOUR BOOBIES this month, email us the image and you could be in line to win a fabulous prize!
There are also lucky dipper prizes for people who donate on our JUST GIVING page :)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Awareness is key!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it's something that we, as woman, need to take very seriously!

The girls from It's a Creative World have decided that we are going to do our bit to raise money for Breakthough Breast Cancer through our JUST GIVING page and we are challenging scrappers to SCRAP YOUR BOOBIES for a good cause!!
We want to make you think about this one... through art. And then we want you to give.... And then think some more.

This is something that touches most of us, if not all of us, at some point in our lives. As woman we are responsible for our families but we also have to look after ourselves. And we need to be aware of the fact that it can happen to us, but it's treatable and it's something we can BEAT!

Please visit It's a Creative World for more details (including details of some great prizes to be won during the month) and to see the fab work created by the team :)haPPy creATing!!

It's nearly October :O

Week 4 UKS team challenge :)

I've had a good scrapping month, finishing off 17 LOs :) I wonder if I will ever manage to scrap all the photos I have??
If you've not been over to visit It's a Creative World today, don't delay and get on over! Leave us a comment this weekend and stand a chance to WIN some lovely Bella stamps!!
The team have some awesome inspiration coming to you in October.
We start the crafty countdown to Christmas with some lovely decorating projects!
It's also Breast Cancer awareness month, and we have some fab give aways and a challenge that is one all woman should be proud to take part in!
Be sure to come visit tomorrow when it all kicks off!! :)
haPPy creATing y'all!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

so tired!! suspend, be suspended or dangle. Show us 'hang' in your space today.
My bunnies, made by the talented Andrea, which hang on my bedroom wall above the unused fire place :) So such a great photo as I had to use the flash and it's made the wall very bright!

But I don't have time to hang about and get it right cause i'm off to work!! :) Yesterday was great but mind boggling, so much to take in all at once and there's a load more coming today! YIKES!! On the plus side, the partners dining room is very very nice!! lol.
Ciao for now
haPPy creATing

Monday, September 17, 2007

Wouldn't it be nice........

if for just one day; all citizens of planet earth lived within the letter of the law; every man, woman and child had plenty to eat and drink; each person was treated with the respect we are all entitled to. There were no wars, famine or poverty. And all the annoying things we see in people didn't matter to us, for just one day!
It has recently been brought to my attention that life is not rosy :( now that makes me awful sad. I tend to believe that we all made the effort to just be nice, we'd live in a happier world.
Just my thought for the day :)
No HS:MS photo yet.
I am off to my new job today, so no more loafing around at home for me, lol.
If you've not yet been over to IACW today you must go see the great project Di has up today. I am hoping to give this a go some time this week, as I would so love to be able to draw, and according to the post, I CAN, how cool is that :)
Right y'all have a great Monday and
haPPy creATing!!

Friday, September 14, 2007 produce in large quantities by mechanical process. Find 'print' in your space today.
Some of my favourite books, of which a few have been read more than once :)
Alas no kiss photo but I did have a kiss in my space on Wednesday ;)
Curious...........eager to know or learn. Find 'curious' in your space today.
A few books that have tought me something! instrument for picking up small objects. Find 'tweezers' in your space today.

A few LOs to share, these have all been done this week, which explains the lack of blogging, lol.
UKS week 2 challenge for September.
purple and yellow paper
doodled stitches around flower
star eyelet and stripes paper

A welcome LO for baby Ethan, except my printer chopped off the top of his head :( but I still love the LO and no doubt I will do loads more of him so it doesn't matter, lol.

LHS of a will be double LO all about Stuart and Michaels 'boys road trip' to the TT on the Isle of Man in May this year. They took loads of great photos which I will print small and do a collage style 2nd page.

And a couple of wedding LOs. Again very simple :)

And it's back to work for me on Monday, really looking forward to it, but also a little nervous! I will miss my days at home, but I won't miss having no money!
Tonight is the England v SA world cup rugby game and I am so looking forward to it, just hope it's an exciting game and the ref lets it move. (some of the refs are really bad at blowing the whistle and not playing advantage!)
We have loads of very exciting things planned over at it's a creative world in October so be sure to visit us. There is a tonne of inspiration and loads of prizes to be snapped up :)
We are also working on some great new projects and regular features starting in December, add us to your favourites so you don't miss out!
Ciao and
haPPy creATing!!
PS, today is my dads birthday, he would have been 60 today. I miss and love you so much dad!

Monday, September 10, 2007

catching up :)

Cake.........a soft, sweet food. Find 'cake' in your space today.
My Emma Bridgewater cake stand with the left overs from yesterdays baking :)
{My imaging software is not working today, hence no titles on my photos} converse or communicate. Show us 'talk' in your space today.
An oldie for Fridays picture, this was taken in March in year as DH got some rotorvating instructions from our neighbour Ron.
Aaawwwww isn't he a cutie *heart*, baby Ethan.

And I can finally show off my completed crochet blanket :) I am really so pleased with it and feel proud to have completed such a BIG project. For more pictures and an update pop on over to IACW :)

Only 219 squares to go for the second blanket, lol.

Well we certainly had a busy weekend.
Friday, I was very rushed as I finished getting beds ready for all our house guests. I also had an afternoon shopping date with my friend Sue, it was so lovely to see her as it seems like ages since we had a catch up. We bought a few things in HC and it's good to have someone to share a pack of something with ;)
I collected Robyn and Conrad from Stevenage station around 5 and then drove to Hitchin station to get Callum and Rebecca. Then it was home to get everyone settled and finish off preparing for our BBQ and dinner guests.
We had a lovely evening and even managed to get the boys to light us a massive 'gesels vuur' {directly translated means 'talking fire'} to keep warm.
Saturday started very early getting everyone up and ready for our day in London :) The weather could have been better for us and taking photos! But at least it was dry, and we spent most of the day on the top deck of a BIG BUS COMPANY bus taking in the sights of London. We did however get off to go on the LONDON EYE and changed at the TOWER OF LONDON for a river cruise. It was a good day :)
And yesterday was HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBECCA!! Again it started way to early with a birthday call from SA.
We had crumpets for breakfast {YUMMY} then Rebecca and I went to church and stayed to have tea and biscuits afterwards. I baked brownies and carrot cake when we got home and then we just had a chilled afternoon, with John, Brendalene and the girls, and Ron and Poppy coming around for tea.
Of course there is loads of rugby on at the moment to keep the boys glued to the TV!
Robyn and Conrad came back from London, as they had spent Saturday night in a hotel in Bayswater, and we had pizza for dinner, before falling into bed.
This morning we drove Robyn and Conrad to the airport and, yet again, the day started very early, 4am to be precise!!
Well this is it, the last week of my very long holiday! I have so many projects to get done before I start work that i really must get on :)
have a great day and...
haPPy creATing!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Todays shopping trip

Feast........a large meal or a plentiful supply, show us 'feast' in your space today.

This morning I went on a little shopping trip down to Welwyn Garden City :) I needed to go to John Lewis for a few things and had a good browse around the shops. I did buy a few things but these are all going to be used for projects coming up on It's a Creative World, so I can't share just yet ;)
Tomorrow I am going to HC and Dunelm with my friend Sue, can't wait as going anywhere with Stuart is a mission as he hates shopping, lol.
We have the kids and house guests this weekend, and friends around tomorrow night so it's going to be a very busy one again.
It's Rebeccas birthday on Sunday and she's asked for a DAY OUT in LONDON as her gift, so we'll be doing the touristy thing with her on Saturday. It's good timing as our house guests also want to go site seeing so we're taking them too :)
I was up early this morning trying to get into a work routine once again, this is really going to be a shock to my system!! So all of next week will be early starts too.
I am enjoying my last few days at home, but also very excited to get back into the work place and earn some stash money!
But right now i need to make a start on dinner.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 grasp, carry or support with your hands. Find 'hold' in your space.
I hold today the first tomato picked that has been grown by my own hand :)

Another LO to share, this I did yesterday, using a photo of Nina taken in March. She looked at me alot like this when she was here, I don't think she appreciated the camera in her face every 5 seconds, lol.

This morning has been very busy, doing loads of household paperwork and letter writing. Nothing crafty i'm afraid :( Maybe later this afternoon ;)
Be sure to check it's a creative world on Monday as it's blanket update day and I have loads to share!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Thoughtful........absorbed in or involving thought. Show us 'thoughtful' in your space today.
She is not in my space today but this is a photo taken of my sister back in March when she came over for our wedding.

Two LOs to share today, both are UKS weekly challenges, the first is a photo of my niece Jessica, looking like the angel she is most of the time ;)

the second is a photo, taken last Saturday, of my friends new baby, Dillan, with her granny *heart*
I am off having a scrappy afternoon :)
haPPy creATing

Monday, September 03, 2007

Much excitement :) move downwards rapidly. Show us 'fall' in your space today.
This tree fell down in the big winds we had last winter. We have, over the past 6 months, chopped bits off for firewood, but I think the land is going to claim this last piece.

Introducing another new baby in my {extended} family, this is Dillan who we met on Saturday :) She is coming up for 4 weeks, and such a cutie! Here she is with her grandma *heart*

Today we are very proud to welcome a new member of the creative world team........the lovely and super flippin' fantastically tallented Joanne!!!!! I am so excited to get the opportunity to work with Joanne, as I have admired her, not only as a scrapper but also as a innovative creator, for a long time :)
Yesterday we had a real, stay at home and do nothing day, lol, although I did manage a little bit of scrapping and altering. I got finished just in time with the UKS weekly challenge (week 5), and if I finish this weeks challenge today I will scan and upload them both this afternoon or tomorrow morning.
I am making the most of my last two weeks at home, before work starts on the 17th Sept :) so will be scrapping up a storm. And I have some creative world projects on the go too ;)
Have a fab monDAy!!