Saturday, 27 August 2016

NOT craft related

New Blog...


Most definitely NOT craft related!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Wrong Title...

Isn't it annoying when you think of a better title for a scrapbook page AFTER you've photographed it for your blog?!!  I believe I was having one of those 'Sod's Law' moments, when if it can go wrong, it will, like when you urgently need to look up something on the internet (<<<URGENTLY>>>) and your computer crashes (twice!) or the day you wash your car is the day ALL the birds seem to have diarrhoea or you're late for work and ALL the lights are red!  You get the gist.
I made this using my LIKE FOR EVER October kit 'Hello Beautiful', which comprised mostly of the Maggie Holmes SHINE Collection by Crate Paper. The photo is of my two grown-up children who finally found a spare 'peaceful' moment together... a rare occurrence (even as adults)... as they still fight like cats and dogs! And so the title should  read something like... "A Break In Hostilities" OR "A Temporary Ceasefire", amazing how inspired I am NOW, when at the time of completion (and before) I couldn't think of a single title and stuck with a boring "Capture The Everyday"!  Oh well, such is life...

Gotta love a doily!

My 'boring' title

Lots of hearts and some Heidi Swapp colour shine in yellow (just to add
a little more interest and some sparkle)

Chipboard embellies and stickers and a quote from the cut-apart paper 'Bright'

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Monday, 1 February 2016


What's In The Box?

February 2016's LIKE FOR EVER kit is called 'SMITTEN' and it's bea-oot-iful... so what's in the box (gotta love those pizza boxes!)...
Featuring Crate Paper's Hello Love and WRMK's Crush collection, each kit includes:
Ten 12x12" double sided patterned papers (6 from Hello Love and 4 from Crush)|
 Three sheets of 12x12" Cardstock (Petalsoft, Spearmint and Kraft)|
 One pack WRMK Crush Gold Foil Thickers |
One pack  Crate Paper Hello Love Wood Veneer|
One pack Pebbles Be Mine Heart Confetti | One pack WRMK Crush Ephemera |
One pack American Crafts Rub On Gems|
 Two American Crafts Decorative Envelopes (White and Kraft) | Three Doilies
The Papers...
With You (Crate Paper - Hello Love collection)
Smitten (Crate Paper - Hello Love collection)
True Love (Crate Paper - Hello Love collection)
Sweetly (Crate Paper - Hello Love collection)
You & Me (Crate Paper - Hello Love collection)
Blush (Crate Paper - Hello Love collection)
Hearts Glow (We R Memory Keepers - Crush collection)
Love Defined (We R Memory Keepers - Crush collection)
Best Friends (We R Memory Keepers - Crush collection)
Hypnotized (We R Memory Keepers - Crush collection)
The Embellies...
Pack of Wood Veneers (Crate Paper - Hello Love collection)
Gold Foil Thickers (We R Memory Keepers - Crush collection)
Pack of Ephemera (We R Memory Keepers - Crush collection)
Pebbles Heart Confetti
American Crafts Rub-On Gems
Are you impressed?  I know I am.  What a lovely box of goodies for February. 
Happy Crafting
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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Family Moments


My first page with a new kit... whoop whoop.  There's no better feeling than starting a new kit with all its beautiful patterned pages and embellies!  Although cutting into said papers is always hard!

This has been put together using the LIKE FOR EVER October 2015 Kit ~ 'Hello Beautiful', this kit is comprised of the Maggie Holmes SHINE Collection by Crate Paper. The background paper is called 'Divine' which I have added sequins and ink splatters to.
sequins and splatters in yellow, pink and gold

Thickers are by 'Freckled Fawn' (yellow puffy), the 'MOMENTS' is from the chipboard sticker sheet and the 'THE' is from the 'American Crafts' glittered letter stickers pack

The 'together' is also from the 'American Crafts' glittered letter stickers pack

Happy Crafting
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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Rolling On...

Hello Everyone...
I've finally gotten over my 'feeling sorry for myself' phase and have decided to spend some time online.  As you may or may not know I have Progressive Multiple Sclerosis which quite frankly is a bitch!  It has been difficult lately to get my head around... grieving for the lose of the old me and accepting the new (not so improved) me! I have my ups and downs along with anyone else who is coping with a long term health condition... my depression set in when I had to accept that I could no longer walk with just the aid of my crutches but have to use a 'rollator' (an old persons walker to you and me!), the last few months have been hard :(
But I'm over my sulking and am using the 'rollator' like a good 'un...

My share today is my final page with one of my LIKE FOR EVER kits (due to my 'funk' they are now growing into enormous piles that is beginning to rival the Blackpool Tower!  The craft room is looking like some kind of pizza delivery warehouse with all those pizza boxes stacked high in uneven piles of crafty scrumminess ~ a sensible person would cancel their subscription, but HEY... I never said I was 'sensible'!).
I made this page LAST YEAR (!?*) and never got around to posting about it... so here goes...
This is layout number 12 with this kit from LIKE FOR EVER ~ it's the September kit called 'Acorn Avenue', the kit consisted mostly of Pink Paislee's 'Cedar Lane' collection.

Killed?  Oh yes...
Well and truly finished... now for all those pizza boxes...
but first some close ups...


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Monday, 23 November 2015

Russian Life?

Hello Everyone...
My brother recently had a very odd conversation with his ex-wife, that got me thinking.  So... a little background... my brother married a Russian lady, who turned out to be a bit of a 'nutter' (a cultural thing?  Or just that she's crazy?... I really don't know).  He has had some very hard years but through it he has gain custody for his two children (on a 50-50 shared residency, even after all the lies she has told... it has gone some way to re-affirm my faith in English justice and the law ~ even though he had to fight every step of the way AND it has cost the family a small fortune!  But that is neither here nor there considering those two beautiful innocent children are now given much needed balance in their otherwise weird and warped lives!).
Anyway, his ex-wife recently told him off for buying his 10 year old daughter a 'black' rucksack for school (at this point I must point out that she does not work saying that the British benefit system is there so that she doesn't have to - meaning Annabelle's school items and clothes are bought by her father, and rightly so, he takes his responsibilities to his children very seriously), he pointed out to his ex-wife that the choice of colour had been Annabelle's, that it was ideal for school and what were her objections ~ big mistake, because?  She told him! (upsetting poor Annabelle in the process and showing us all once again why she is a bit of a 'nutter')...
  • "a 'black' bag is for funerals" ~ how many school rucksacks have YOU seen at a funeral?
  • "Annabelle will turn out gay if she has a 'black' bag" ~ what??!*!???  I can't even get my head around that reasoning
  • and "by the way... she's getting FAT" ~ why would you even say that in front of your pubescent daughter? 
I have to say, I think my brother handled the situation brilliantly (but then he has had years of practice at trying to reason with the unreasonable).  He just walked away (I, on the other hand, would in all likelihood of had a raging argument with the 'nutter') .
So, my thought processes are now working overtime... do people really think this way?  Or is this only one rather odd woman's view?  And if so, how will her influence effect my niece and nephew's outlook on life?  Is this how Russians are raised?  Is this the beliefs of  all Russians?  Would it even matter if your daughter turned out gay?  Does it matter where she finds love?  Or who with?  Has the human race not evolved and become more understanding, more knowledgeable and more tolerant?  Is all our politically correctness just a sham and we really are thinking that if a girl wears black, it will influence her life choices?  I don't think this way... but do others?... my answer?
I hope not!
On a recent visit (Halloween), the family (brother, niece, nephew, daughter, future son-in-law, other niece) all descended on me.  Oh what fun we had, all getting together and catching up with our lives.  The photograph I scrapped is of my daughter (at the bottom of the pile) getting a load (a heavy load) of love from everyone...
This is my 11th layout out with this fabulous LIKE FOR EVER September kit called 'Acorn Avenue', the kit consisted mostly of Pink Paislee's 'Cedar Lane' collection ~ I've loved this kit!
In the kit... Twelve 12x12" double sided patterned papers from the 'Cedar Lane' collection | Two 12x12" sheets of cardstock: Bubbles and Blackberry Swirl | One pack of Fitzgerald Glitter Thickers: Teal | One pack of Ephemera | One pack of Word Jumble Stickers | One pack of 3D Arrow Embellishments | One exclusive, custom mixed pack of Pretty Pink Posh Sequins | One vellum bag of wooden butterfly buttons.

I bought some glitter words add on ~ this 'snuggle up' just seemed so appropriate!

I used my very old typewriter to add some journaling and went back over some of the letters with a pen to add a little bit of interest

'love this' came from the puffy sticker embellishment add on

Those colourful wooden butterfly buttons were fab along with the Pretty Pink Posh exclusive sequin mix

More fussy cutting from the 'Town Square' patterned paper
Et Voile!
From the look of this layout, you'd never guess that the kit is almost killed!
Now to decide if I make one more layout or whether to use the last few bits in my PROJECT LIFE, decisions, decisions...
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Just Desserts

I blogged the other day about 'white space' [here], a design concept in scrapbooking.  I featured an article (by Debbie Hodge) about white space which showcased three layouts (using the same images) to show off this concept on finished layouts.  I personally liked layout #2 and thought I'd give it ago...
Here is a picture of the original layout design...

And here is my take...
'Special For Today'... feature's my LIKE FOR EVER August kit (Oh So Lovely), which consists if the Crate Paper 'Wonder' collection.  This is my 8th layout with this kit, the photos tell the story of my daughter and I taking my niece out for her first 'grown-up' shopping trip... we had a ball!  Part of the experience was to be 'ladies what lunch', so here we are having lunch in Frankie and Benny's.  Of course lunch had to include dessert... and what fabulous desserts we had!  I'm so glad I managed to capture this moment.
My journaling

Love these sequins and enamel dots that came in the kit, they add just the right element

I used some of the die-cuts for my title and embellishments

I think this design may become one of my 'go-to' layouts when inspiration deserts me!
Have a great 'hump day' everyone x
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