Sunday, March 30, 2008


Just a quick post before I head off to the comfort of my own bed!The one I had last night was comfy but the room as hot as a sauna and my pillow as flat as a pancake!I came home from Olympia with some lovely new bits to keep me busy!
Here is my Pencil Lines layout for this week.I realised after emailing it that I meant to add some journalling, so I need to do that still!Photos are of Holly's talking poseable Charlie & Lola toys that she got last weekend as an Easter present.They are currently tucked up in her egg collecting basket!
I used the box that the dolls came in on the layout,chopping it up to use the walllpaper pattern for the circle and the wide strip.The square C & L tag is from tha tag from the pyjamas she got for Christmas,and the hearts are C& L table sprinkles :) I also chucked on a load of random buttons .
Back tomorrow hopefully!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ahoy there!

Yep, the pirate pictures are back :) This is the layout I did using the kit from Scrapmuse,crammed full of papers in red,white and black.I have loads left over and have a few more layout ideas in my head - just need to actually do them!

Half term has been fairly quiet so far.Hollly spent a couple of afternoons earlier in the week doing some scrapping :) She did three pages about her cousins ,using up some of my 'reject' papers that were stashed away in a 'give away' box of stuff!

Tomorrow we are going out to Frankie & Benny's as a late Christmas treat ! Yum !

The weather looks like being rotten till after the weekend so a trip to Willows looks to be off the agenda :(

I am off to help Anna at Olympia on Saturday and Sunday.I treated myself to a funky new overnight bag yesterday,a snip at £5! Let's just hope the handles don't break!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mad weather....

Yesterday was the day for absolutely bonkers weather! We had everything, hail, snow,rain winds plus beautiful sunshine! The girls were pretty disappointed it didn't settle.They got a surprise this morning though when we awoke to a covering of the white stuff! I thought it looked a bit wet to try and build anything,so we had a family snow fight.Not impressed though as all my photos were pants (should I blame the camera or the fact that my kids cannot stay still or smile when I tell them too?!)
The planned Easter Egg hunt as my Mum & Dad's was changed slightly due to the girls cousins not being to make it due to illness and the fact that it was freezing cold (by that time, there was no snow left either :( )The girls hunted for a couple of eggs in the garden ,with Holly falling flat on her bum in the process,before going back indoors to find another couple (we're talking tiny mini eggs here by the way, not huge ones!)We tend not to buy the girls eggs as they're not huge sweet eaters and I usually end up finishing them off.So Holly was happy with her Hannah Montana t-shirt and Em with her copy of Stardust :)

We have a new sketch live over at Pencil Lines :)
This is mine.
I used
Papers by Scenic Route,Making Memories, KI Memories & Creative Imaginations
Queen & Co felt & brads
Doodlebug buttons & rub-ons
Scenic Route letter stickers
MM 5th Avenue Journalling page
Heidi Swapp flowers & block alpha stickers
The girls and Geoff are both home this wek so hopefully we will do some stuff in the afternoons - weather permitting of course!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Quick sneak..

..yes, yes,I know plenty of people hate sneaks...but as I have no other scrapping to share and I don't know when this layout goes live a sneak is all I can show :) And yes, I scrapped the pirate photos yet again...but they went so well with the papers in the kit!

School breaks up tomorrow and I'm feeling totally unorganised and unprepared ! Apparently we are forecast snow over the weekend,so slightly different from the Easter holidays last year when we had hot sunshine and the kids spent the whole two weeks out in the garden !

Plans for the removal of the 'damn shed' (that's it's polite name) look likely to be on hold....what a surprise! So having already made arrangements for the kids to go out for the day we could end up with a rare day to ourselves!

I doubt I'll be blogging tomorrow....Greys Anantomy is back on Channel 5 at 10pm...say no more....!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Loved it!!

The film Enchanted,that is!I love all the old Disney Clasics and used to watch them over and over before I had the kids (I don't get much of a look in on the TV these days...)Enchanted followed on from these, whilst totally taking the mickey out of them :)Plus it has Patrick Dempsey in it ;)So if you want to watch a 'happy ever after' film, this is one to watch.And guess what,the men enjoyed it too!It will definitely be on my shopping list in three weeks when it comes out :)
The weather here has been totally miserable today, yet more wind and rain:( So no going out for a walk anywhere as I'd hoped :(
A new sketch is now live over at Pencil Lines :)
I turned the sketch on it's head to do my layout.
I used
Dunhelm blooms,chopped down
K & Co brad
KI Lace cardstock
American Crafts foam thickers
Various ribbons
Heidi Swapp ghost butterflies
The journalling around the flowers reads 'I dream of one day owning a house with a porch and a swing.'It'll probably never happen as you don't really get houses like that over here...but I can dream!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Two Scoops

Just popping on to share a layout done with this months Scrapping Angels kit :) Not much other scrapping going here at the moment :( I don't seem to be taking many photo seither...roll on some decent weather!
If I am lucky, the postie may bring me two parcels tomorrow...I can't remember the last time I got some nice post! One parcel will hopefully be a Scrapmuse kit which I am looking forward to seeing :)
This weekend we are off to see Enchanted at the local theatre on Saturday morning,along with the Bowkis clan ! Be warned Anna, the girls have been making you all a little present each :)(yep,even Peter!)!Geoff is working on Sunday but I'm sure Holly will have lots of ideas to keep me & Em busy!
I have slowly started to wade through the stuff in the house (and shed!)that needs to be sorted, chucked etc.It's a slow and boring experience,believe me!There's a couple of big bagfuls on their way to the charity shop tomorrow with more to follow...

Monday, March 10, 2008

E numbers a -plenty...

Yesterday whilst it was raining the girls did a little cake icing :) Now I have to admit that we cheated.....I completely forgot to check the cupboards before we went food shopping and could not remember what ingredeients we already had.So as I was trying to stick to the shopping list as much as possible and not buy what we could live without,we grabbed a pack of ready make fairy cakes.And ready made icing.I hold my hands up and amit that I am no domestic goddess!But at the end of the day, the kids enjoyed themselves and love the cakes.Holly decorated one for her new teacher, which she carefully took into school today for her,bless!

Today has been spent sorting through paperwork (ie my wonderful system of carrier bags until I can be bothered filing it properly!) and shredding said paperwork,coupled with a little bit of housework (yawn!)

I took this photo (and several others) yesterday of Holly wearing her new hat.Love her attempt at an 'attitude 'face!And we discovered that the hat is & pink stripes on the other side,very funky!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Grumpy & grouchy

Are the reasons I haven't blogged for a while! Not a brilliant week and I'm sure no-one wants to read my moanings,so generally when I'm in a grump, I don't blog! what's been happening...errr...mmmm...not much really! Today we went for a quick walk round the block between rain showers! Though once we were back home, it brightened up (as it does!) and the girls spent the rest of the afternoon having an 'adventure' in the garden, making soup and mud pies! Someone please reassure me that this won't all stop come September when Em goes up to Senior school....!
And you know what..I really can't remember what else I've done this week!
New Pencil Lines sketch is now up, with Corinne Delis as our guest DT this week :)

I have been meaning to scrap this photo of Holly for ages,though I'm still not sure I've done it justice!
I used
Scenic Route Loveland papers,stickers & die-cuts
Heidi Swapp bling
Large circle made by glueing diamantes on indiviually
Creative Cafe scalloped velvet
Queen & Co felt Fusion

Don't think I have anything interesting going on this week either,so who knows ,I may not be back till next Sunday again!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Ooh la la!!

Sorry, I couldn't think of a better title !
I was lucky enough to have a layout put up on a French Sketch blog ,Scrap Idees last night :)Thank you Michou for inviting us to play along!
You can see the original sketch and the design teams layouts here,This is my layout:).

I used
black Bazzill
Ki Memories Lace cardtsock
Ki Memories paper
Various brads
American Crafts Thickers
Heidi Swapp bling

Good news today, Em has got into her first choice of Senior school :)We were pretty hopeful that she would as it is just round the corner from us, but there is always a niggling doubt! Sob, can't believe she will be off to senior school in September :(

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Back again :)

We have been away the last couple of days in Widnes for a family wedding.Although it was a small 'do' there were still a few last minute arrangements fort us to help out with! After a problem with the flowers ,I spent yesterday morning making a bouquet for the bride,one for the maid of honour and 15 button holes! Now, bear in mind we had one mixed bunch of flowers, two bunches of tulips and a bunch of flowers Geoff had bought for his Mum for Mothers Day to work with, I am quite pleased with what I made up,especially for a first attempt at this kind of thing! We ended up going out for supplies for the button holes yesterday morning, and whilst we were totally ripped off by one florist, we found another fab one just down the road! Although the weather stayed dry, it was blowing a gale so pretty impossible to get photos without people's hair all over their faces!
This morning we travelled back home again.Once the case was all unapcked and the washing machine was on (!!),the girls gave me my Mothers Day cards and pressies.Yep, two more Momiji Dolls :) I may be entering a lean period now 'occasions' til my birthday in September!

New sketch is now live over at Pencil Lines :)

I used
Scenic Route paper
Creative Imaginations paper
Heidi Swapp tape,bling and ghost stars
KI Memories Lace cardstock
Doodlebug All Mixed Up rub-ons
Doodlebug buttons
American Crafts felt corners
letter stickers from ELC
I know ,I seem to be back in a green & pink phase, this looks similar to my layout from a couple of weeks back! I love how the photos look on these papers though :) The tiny letter stickers about the buttons say 'wannabe' !