Friday, 31 October 2008

Forty Winks and Home

I have 2 LO's to share with you today before we head away for the weekend.

After we have done the whole trick and treating with the kids tonight we are off down to Kent to stay with my Mum - Tim and Liam are off to London tomorrow to see the Top Gear Live Show at Earls Court, and in the evening my Mum, Sister, Niece, Hannah, Sam and I are off to London to see Disney Nemo on Ice - so a good weekend lined up and we are all well enough to go!!!!!
I currently have my camera on the charger - just got to do the packing!!!

So i will leave you with my latest 2 pieces of work.
First one is my dad and i having Forty Winks when i was way younger - yes nice hair styles, no idea what my parents were thinking. Loved how this has turned out.

Used papers from October Afternoon.

Second piece is a sketch by Mojo Holder (can't remember the number) and i have changed it to accommodate the smaller size. Is a picture of our dream home we owned in Texas - how we loved this house and still miss it today!!! Am happy with the final outcome.

Used various brands of papers/embellishments that included Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, Thickers. All items came from the October Bad Girls Kit.

So hope you all have a lovely Halloween weekend and i will be back early next week.

Take care



Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Scarlett Fever and Snow!

Strange title i know - but this has been the adventures so far this week.

As i mentioned in my previous post Hannah had not been well. Sunday afternoon she was not a well baby and i was growing rapidly concerned about her when i finally decided to call the weekend Dr for advise. I got such a good service - within the time of my first call to the point of actually seeing a DR was just a little over an hour. I could not of been happier.
They had confirmed that she was probably suffering from a bad bladder infection which was why she had so much pain - i was totally relieved.
Sunday evening was bad - very high temperature, sickness, tears - awful. Tim and I took it in turns to stay with her the night for comfort in the hope first dose of medicine and some sleep would do her the world of good.
Monday morning arrived - and she was covered in a rash from chest to hips!!! I was quietly concerned but Tim wasn't. During the day i kept checking - it wasn't going. I began to think maybe she was having an allergic reaction to the medicine, i then googled - bad idea, don't Dr's always tell you not to google health problems - i can see why. Well after reading the side effects, mummy began to panic.
I called the local DR, who for the second time called me back within minutes and got me an appointment immediately. Seeing the DR was a relief - but he was confused!!!!
It turns out that Hannah indeed doesn't have a bladder infection but in fact Scarlett Fever for a 2ND time this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's only because she never had the strawberry tongue that i never realised, but hey bingo - Tuesday morning, she looked like a strawberry.
I am so pleased i took her back to the Dr's -- something was telling me things were not right. I can gladly say though that the medicine is starting to work and she is slowly recovering. When she had this back in Easter it was almost a 3 week recovery!

Hannah resting.

Last night saw our first snow of the year, bizarre, to only think we were wearing shorts and t-shirts a few weeks ago. We had a fair amount fall and settle, to only find complete ice this morning - the kids were so happy!!! Such a shame it couldn't wait a couple of months, we could of had a white Christmas.

Tried to get some photo's - but just to dark and cold!!! This was the best.

Hope the weather is not to bad where you all are.

I will be back before i go away Friday with some LO's to share.

Keep warm and take care



Sunday, 26 October 2008

It's reveal time!!!!!

What a wet and dreary Sunday - we were hoping to decorate the front of the house today in time for Halloween but it's really not the weather to be standing outside - guess i will be doing it the next couple of days with the kids.

Unfortunately my little Hannah is poorly, high temperature - no other symptoms yet but am hoping we are all well by the weekend as we are off to see Nemo on Ice in London (at the O2) this coming Saturday with my mum, sister and Niece - we are all really looking forward to it. We have been lucky that we have seen quite a few Disney on ice shows and they are really very good!!!!

So today, as it is near the end of the month i am revealing my LO i produced for Cleo Crafts - The papers in this kit were lovely - to be honest i had never seen them before. I felt they were crying for a wedding photo so none better than a photo of my mum and dad.
I have kept it quite simple - as i never wanted to draw attention away from the photo. I have layered the flower to give some depth and added the chipboard bracket and alpha's from my own stash and i am quite happy with the final result.

If you would like to purchase a kit from Cleo Crafts with instructions of how i made this LO, then pop on over to http://www.cleocrafts.co.uk/ as kits will be shipping on Tuesday.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend - and i will be back again very soon with more LO's to share.

Take care



PS: Just a quick thank you to all who have left messages over the last few months - i really do love reading them all

Friday, 24 October 2008


Thank God It's Friday!

Well what a week - flown by but with so much happening, the normal day to day routines, coffee mornings (an IQ Party), Character dress up day, sickness - we couldn't pass a week without one of us being ill - but hey we got through it and now the kids are on half term and hopefully all sniffles, coughs temperatures can be eliminated from their bodies ready for a fresh start back at school in a weeks time.

I have so many things i would like to share with you right now but instead of over loading my blog i will take it one step at a time and pace it out.

I have been productive and finished a LO today (shock horror i hear you say) - i am thinking this is my best so far - am i allowed to say this!!!!!, i am just so happy with it - it's a picture of dad and i, when i was waaayy younger (yes nice hairstyles, no idea what my parents were thinking) - it just came together, really not requiring to much shuffling - now that's a true miracle in the making! Pictures of my dad are like gold dust to me now after loosing him suddenly last year - so probably another reason this LO rocks for me. Unfortunately because the nights are drawing darker quickly now i have been unable to photograph it - so i will have to upload in the morning - guess it gives you all another reason to pop back!!!!! (lol)

But on another note - i am almost closer to the big reveal of my LO i produced for Cleo Crafts - The kits are being shipped Tuesday!!!!. So i am going to give a few final sneakies - to wet those taste buds.......................

here goes

Don't those colours look awesome.

So i hope to be back tomorrow with some more things to share - so bid you all a fantastic Friday
Take care

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Another reveal!

As i am feeling kind tonight i thought i would do another little reveal of my Cleo Craft LO.

As you see i haven't done any manipulations in photo shop this time, thought i would let you see some colour !!!!!

So what are you thinking - nice colours!!! Exactly my reaction when the yummy packed filled pizza box landed on my door step.

Keep checking back over the next week for more sneakies and for the day i can reveal the entire LO.

Just to let you know over on the Cleo Craft blog (http://www.cleocrafts.blogspot.com/) they are running their first ever blog challenge with a fab prize for the winner - why not pop over and read all about it, you never know - you may be the lucky winner!!!!!

Well i am now of to watch America's Next Top Model - so will catch you all real soon

Take care



Monday, 20 October 2008

Team Challenge gone live!

Today my team challenge went live over at UKS.

This is our second challenge as a team - The Ready Steady Scrap!!!!

Each challenge is worth 30 points - so we broke down the criteria.

We had a sketch to follow.

To use photo's from outdoors

Use autumn colours

and have 10 of something

This was my contribution to the challenge. I used the New line of papers from October Afternoon - seriosuly scrummy and various pieces from my stash.

Sorry it's a short post - but i will be back really soon with another sneak peak of my Cleo Craft LO!!! - Its nearly dinner time.

Speak soon



Sunday, 19 October 2008

Time for the First Reveal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So here we are coming towards the end of October and it's nearing the new release of
Cleo Crafts November kit!
As i was chosen to be their Guest Designer this month, i had a lovely pizza box full of scrummy stash to play around with!!!

Over the next few days/weeks i hope to bring you sneaky peaks of my LO. If you fill you may want to order this kit then hop on over to the following web site and place your order before it's to late - i know they have limited stock.

So here is the all important first photo, can you work out the make of the paper?

Remember to keep checking back for futher photo's before the all important reveal. There are also sneaky peaks on the Cleo Crafts blog - go check it out!

Have a fun day



Thursday, 16 October 2008

Pencil Line Sketch 105!

Bit later than expected but i finally managed to finish Pencil Line sketch 105.
I enjoy having an attempt at the weekly sketches - but do not always get to finish them within the week time frame....................... have you sussed it, yes i am a seriously slow scrapper!!!!

I decided to scrap the latest photo's of Liam at his Monster Truck Experience as it was a multi photo sketch which was perfect. I used papers from various past Bad Girl Kits.

Products used:

White Bazzill Card Stock
American Crafts Moda Bella patterned paper
Hambly Screen Prints - 3/4" Graph
Hambly Screen Prints - Mod Circles.
Yellow & Brown Blooms from stash
Chipz Bracket (am loving these products at the moment)
MM Mini Shimmer Alpha's.

Last week i took delivery of my very yummy kit from Cleo Crafts to design a LO for the release of the November kit. One week later, i can gladly say it's complete!
I really enjoyed it - the papers were beautiful and was a perfect match for the photo i have used, although it's been a sentimental journey for me to do this LO, but you will all find out when i reveal all.
I hope to start the sneak peaks at some point over the weekend - just have to keep checking ;0)..............
I am now deciding what to scrap next. Had a look through my pattern paper collection yesterday and realised just how much i haven't used - i need to get scrapping.
Well i better go - Hannah & Sam's bed time
Be back soon
Take care

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Some LO's and..........................

Some news to share with you all.

It's been awhile since i last updated my blog but we have been kind of busy and unfortunately i had a tummy bug last week - which was not nice so took me awhile to get back to normal.

Last Saturday Liam had a Monster Truck Experience up at Thurleigh in Bedfordshire - a Christmas present from his Auntie - which was certainly different. He really enjoyed it, although it was a very cold and windy day but of course did not stop me taking photos or Tim filming.
Tim has put together a video here:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RA3pqayoOZQ and of course a photo to share

On route Tim kindly diverted to Stamping Up (A Scrapbook Store) which was only 20 mins away from the Monster Truck Destination, and Oh my god - it was heaven. I was really good and only purchased a couple of pieces of paper, but i could of spent hours there. I have decided that one weekend i shall drive there for a day out as we do not have any local stores where i live, as it is so nice to see before you buy.

Last week after having a couple of days being poorly i logged into my mail to find an email from Louise and Tara from Cleo Crafts in Northern Ireland (http://www.cleocrafts.co.uk/) asking if i would like to be a Guest Design Team member again for November - this really was a pick me up as i had no idea this was coming. I have kindly accepted the offer and hopefully as we speak my pizza box is flying to my door so i can start being creative. So start watching for the upcoming sneak peaks!!!!! Thanks girls for the opportunity.

As for LO's i have 2 to share.
The first one is something i done at a crop a few weeks ago. I saw these Basic Grey papers in a shop and had to use them that day. I choose a photo of Hannah back in 2006 on American Independence Day waiting for the local community parade. She just looks so young and adorable - how this little girl melts my heart.

Second LO is a sketch found by one of my fellow Team Members on UKS - WestieGirl.

I used photo's of Liam when he was much younger living in Holland. When ever we went to the park he always pulled silly faces - hence the title!!!

For this i used Prima 'Dude Collection' - love these papers, especially for the boy LO's i have in mind.

My attempt:

So as you can see a few busy days.
I have a few projects on the go and am almost finished with Pencil Line sketch 105!!!! Hopefully next post i will show you.
Hope your all enjoying the beautiful weather we have at the moment - make the most of it and i will be back very soon
Take care