Friday, January 26, 2007

sneaky peak....

Tonight I have been working on my Kraft Stop design team layouts.....and here's a little sneaky peak!

Have you seen the new Dolly Beads??? Jaq of
a string of beads fame, is making the most awesome glass beads that fit the troll bead bracelets! I was so fortunate to receive this beauty bead before they went live in exchange for the pretty elf I had on my bracelet as she was just too big and stabbed me in the wrist, and Jaq loved her!

My Just Like Snowflakes kit arived today and it is so FAB! I am dying to get it out and play but I must finish my deadline work first, so maybe Sunday, lol. Keep an eye out for kit 2, these babies sell out quick!

Right off to do a bit more before bed! Ooh and don't forget tonight is Speshal Dare night and there's lots of new faces on the team!

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Just realised it's been a while since my last post! I have every good intension of writing every day but it doesn't ever seem to work out ;)

Wedding plans have all of a sudden moved forward in leaps and bounds dress has arrived (but perhaps I posted that already), I ordered kilts and shirts yesterday for Stu and Callum, and I have finalised my menu and other catering requirements with the caterer. Just need a few answers from her before deciding if I need to hire table clothes etc.

I have seen a lovely dress for Nina in Monsoon, but not too much for Chloe, the problem is the kids dresses are too 'young' and the adult dresses are too 'old' for her. So I may have to go for a proper look in John Lewis as I think I saw some lovely things in there on my way up to the coffee shop the other day.

Mom and I where looking at M&S Per Una range yesterday while chatting on msn and she has seen an outfit she likes, so I popped in there on my way home to get it, but they only had the top :( Will check in the store down the road from work today or else i'll just order it on the internet. The advantage with Marks is you have 90 days to return unwanted goods, so if she decides, when she gets here, that it's not right, we can just take it back!

My Crocs Georgie boots came in the post yesterday and oh my goodness they are so flippin cute! I got to wear them to the bin last night, lol, but I can't wait to get them out in the mud to see what they can do! :D

LO I did ages back and uploaded but took it down to be published. It was in the readers gallery of the latest addition of SI. My gorgeous Stu!

Ooh and I got myself a new phone! Pretty little thing by the name of Nokia 6111 This site doesn't show the blue version I got, but let me tell you she is so FUNKY!

Right y'all I gotta go get some tea! Later dudes!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Okay so here we go! A slightly cleaner and much more workable scrap area, lol. The desk is clearer so I can at least lay out what i'm working on. My tote sits in front of me with my most used small tools, herma, and refills, scissors, pens, craft knife, rub on sticks....... to my left on the bottom shelf is patterned paper, and on the top shelf is an empty basket, my cricut cartridges and my camera. On top of the desk unit are two baskets, one with primas, the other with chipboard alphas.
The unit next to the desk is new, and it's fab! The top drawer has all my bit tools in it, dymo machine, provocraft roller stamps, 7 gypsies stamps, punches, cropodile etc etc. The middle drawer has ribbons, and lace and the bottom one holds the beginnings of my wedding stash.
One the big shelves I moved the printer and cricut up a shelf and have three baskets next to me now, one has all the alterable stuff, like coin holders, mini books etc etc all the stuff I bought ages ago to make and not done yet! The middle basket has embellishments and the one on the right is full of flowers. The bottom shelf is full of paper and cardstock.

My old plastic drawer nits are in the cupboard to my left and still need to be sorted through, no doubt there is lots to be thrown out and i'm sure I will find stash I HAD to have that i've never used **rolleyes**

And now I have a cj to finish off for posting tomorrow, so have a great Sunday evening everyone!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

lol, i really should have taken photos straight away as um, well, now i've been working on something and it's a mess again **blushes** :D Okay i'll have a mini tidy tomorrow and take photos! Sorry Debbie! lol

Thursday, January 18, 2007

This was the state of my scrap room this morning! A total mess, with nothing in it's place!!

So today i'm having a tidy, and clear out....check back for the after photos later you'll be shocked, lol!

So till later dudes!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


On Saturday I received my copy of Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2007 magazine (see them at Box Room Booty, link on the right) and I was inspired by an altered tin made by Kim Thuleweit called 'Paris tin', page 109. Well I remembered I had a similar tin lying in my bed side table drawer and wondered if I could do something similar. And this is what I came up with.......

It's a little Christmas themed hanging ornament that I am going to give my mum so she can have me, butterfly wings and all, with her ever Christmas that we are apart! Crown is hand drawn and the wings are a stamp, but I just can't remember which one *rolleyes*
Papers are Basic Grey Fruit Cake, beads, and other embellishments i've used I have had lying around for ages, as you do! Dymo, lil Davis chipboard letter, prima flowers.....

The little frame came from a class I did about 3 years ago and it went so well with this that i'm glad I didn't use it for anything else, lol.

A little detail on the crown....I used ordinary beads glued onto the crown points with glossy accents to give it a bit of glitz!

For the bead charm I used craft wire threaded with a largish bead and which is inside the tin (to hold it on, lol), making the hole in the tin was a bit of a challenge ;) Then there are more beads and a little frame (could be making memories), and the wire is wound around itself to keep it tied and tidy. The snowflake charm is actually stuck on top of the plastic bit of the frame as it is quite thick.
It's also the first time I have used my crackle accents and it is FABBO!!
I love using playing cards on altered items so the J from Jack tied in nicely with JOY!

Thanks for looking :)

Later dudes!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Just a quicky post to show off my gorgeous birthday gifts from Jill (at a trip down memory lane). I have truely been so spoilt!
haPPy birTHday to me! haPPy birTHday to me! haPPy birTHday meeeee! haPPy birTHday to me!! lol!

My birthday really started on Saturday night with dinner at the Jade Palace in Stevenage old town. It's an eat as much as you like and the food is so YUMMY! It was just Stu, Callum and I, we had a good laugh and it was very chilled! Yesterday we went to the Hermit for a pub lunch with Steve and Kirsty, they gave me a gorgeous turquoise scraf from marks - delicious!

I have had been a great day so far (even though I am stuck at work!), having received a new troll bead bracelet, with a silver heart charm from Stu, well actually there is a little more to the story.......On Saturday Stu was still dithering about what to get me for my birthday and I knew he hadn't the foggiest idea where to shop for troll beads even though I have been hinting for ages, sometimes men are so slow on the uptake, lol. So I asked him how much he wanted to spend and said I would go out and get my gift and he could wrap it for me to unwrap this morning. Well he thought i was very funny! But i did go out and buy a bracelet, lock and a charm and left the bag on the lounge unit for him to wrap. He had a look at it yesterday morning and said it was very plain, so I had to explain, again, how it works with adding charms. Bless him, he rode all the way down to the jeweler in WGC to go buy me a few more beads/charms but they are closed on a Sunday, lol. So this morning in my card was the money I had spent plus an extra £40 to go buy a few more **heart** he is a sweetie!

So I called up loot this morning, and ordered the
turquoise and brown set of beads

Here is a photo of my full (well there is a bit of room for a few more beads) bracelet and I will take one of the new bracelet when the beads arrive!

Last week I ordered the launch kit from Just Like Snowflakes can't wait for it to arrive and I wish the girls every success with their new venture! It's all sold out now so you best be quick to catch next months!

Shimelle is offering a free class this Saturday to kick off 2007, so pop over to her blog to check it out! I am going to get my supplies ready tonight, just not sure where I am going to find the photos!

Later dudes!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

My photography session didn't quite happen this afternoon, mainly because it was freezing outside and I had a sudden burst of inspiration and had to create! But i'll show that tomorrow once the glue is dry ;) In the mean time though I leave you with a photo of me! Just to show off my nose stud!!

1 sleep

till my birthday!! Feeling very good about it cause this year is going to be a big one in my life, and I hope to make lots of good changes that have been a long time in coming.

The first is to spend less time online, lol, BUT more time blogging. I sit on forums all day when I could have my note book out sketching LOs or writing ideas or even just doodling. I have loads of ideas, but just not enough time to create them or the happy space to creat them in! My scrap area is a huge mess, with piles of magazines, paper and journals half done littering the place..........I have also had enough of my storage cause at the moment everthing seems jammed in and nothing has a real place. I have seen some new storage but I just need to get to the store to buy it! My old drawers will go into the cupboard in my scrap room and be packed up with my stamping stuff and photographs.

I also need to get in alot more time with my camera.........I need to practice, practice, practice! And actually while i'm thinking about it, i'm off outside to take photos, lol.

Later dudes!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

haPPy nEw yEAr!!!!!

Okay so i'm a bit late, sorry Marja, lol! I have been meaning to update for days but then the day passes without me getting to it.

So much going on right now in our lives right is still all up in the air with the proposed take over due in April, but goodness knows what the new company are going to do with us or when they are going to get around to doing anything with us.
Callum has come over to live with us while his mom and sister sell the house in SA and move back to the UK. Life with a 13 year old is quite cool, and we're lucky that he is helpful, he's been helping me make sure all the washing gets dry this week while waiting to start school. He's also very funny and has a quick wit so it's all laughs and smiles, not sure if it'll last once we get into a school routine :O

Wedding plans are all go, and here is the step by step for Debbie ;)
I have an appointment with the florist next Wednesday (seems my lady has left and I'm not sure if she has left all my paperwork) so I need to make sure they know what I want!
Mom and I have chosen the menu, just need to run it past Stu to make sure he is happy.
I plan to measure Stu and Callum this weekend for their kilts so I can order them next week. Stu is getting the real family tartan, but because it is rare and expensive, we'll just get Callum a ready made up one till he stops growing. I am so excited that the boys will all be in kilts, it is going to look so cool.
I am still outfitless, but going to try on dresses either on Saturday or next week. I had set my mind on an outfit from Monsoon but I want to try on tradional wedding dresses just to see ;)
The two littlest girlies have their dresses and they look positively gorgeous!
There is the tiniest possiblitiy that our village church will be open again in time for the wedding, which is so FAB, as it means I will be able to walk to the church in my wellies, and it is a one minute walk from the village hall!
Our parish has also found a permanent vicar starting in March so we have someone to officiate the ceremony that Stus dad is doing for us.
Um, that's it for now, will update when I have more!

Ooh it's home time! Later dudes!