Monday, 31 January 2011

Highly honoured!

I was thrilled the other day when the very lovely and talented Liz Lowe contacted me to ask if she could scrap lift one of my layouts for her entry into the new Chinese Whispers CJ, set up by Rebekah Montague on the ScrapaGoGo CH.

For those of you unaware how this works, you scrap lift a layout you like, upload and pass your take on the layout to the next person, who in turn interprets the layout and passes it on..... Unlike a regular CJ, it saves on postage and there's no chance that your layout will be lost..... such a fab idea xxx

This is the layout that Liz has created, such a great colour combination of lilac and aqua.

Here's my original layout, I love the fact that not only do the layouts look similar, but some of the same ScrapaGoGo hybrid elements have been used in both!

So thank you Liz for selecting my layout to scrap lift, I just wish I'd taken part now... maybe I'll just have to wait for Chinese Whispers CJ no. 3 to start!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Want some more freebies?

Know who makes this stunning product?

And as equally adorable, this one?

To be in with a chance of winning some of the MME new Lush range, pop on over to the ScrapaGoGo blog and post a comment, saying which manufacturer makes these and some others. It's that simple!

If your six numbers weren't draw last night, I think winning some MME stash would come a close 2nd!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Now we all love a freebie... (don't we?)

Have you seen the latest scoop over on the new ScrapaGoGo blog

To be in with a chance to get one of February's delicious add-on's completely FREE, yes I did say for FREE, all you have you do is post a comment saying which is your FAVOURITE!

So what are you waiting for?

Hop on over now, cause there is some seriously lush stash!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Double figure followers!

So, by now, any of you reading my blog will have seen I have become a tiny bit pre-occupied with blogging and in particular, my own!Yesterday was monumental, in that I reached double figures in my "followers"... Yes, I now have 10 followers !!!

It might not seem like much to some, but as someone who simply couldn't get their head around why anyone would want to read up about another persons' life, I am well and truly 100% hooked!

So what better way to celebrate than with a glass of wine and 'Not Going Out'... enjoy if you watch it, if not tune in, 9.30pm, BBC1 tonight!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

February's kit is way too cute xxx

When I got home last Friday, my ScrapaGoGo box was waiting for me and totally scrumptious it was too!

I finally got to sit and play with it on Saturday afternoon and this was my 1st creation from the most adorable box of goodies!

The colours in this kit are so bright and cheery and such a fantastic alternative to the "roses are red" typical February kit.

I focused on using the stunning hybrids, designed by the very clever Kirsty Wiseman, adding both embellishments from Go 2 Pieces, along with a couple of the Jenni Bowlin Valentine chipboard buttons.

The stamp, designed by Nicola Kerridge, is also so adorable. I stamped onto cardstock and then punched out the small circles to add interest.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Inspired by others....

Sometimes something on a layout really grabs your attention... it might not be that you want to scraplift it in its entirety, but maybe "borrow" an idea or a way in which a product has been used.

This was exactly the case on the fabulous layout below by Kirsty Smith, one of the new DT members for ScrapaGoGo. Using the January kit, I loved that quirky way that she had used loads of the Maya Road Bingo markers in a row and so decided to incorporate this into one of my own layouts.

My Mum recently lent me some original photos of her and my Dad. He sadly died when I was four, so I remember very little about him. (Don't feel too sorry for me though as I gained a fantastic step-dad called Derek when I was 11, who has helped to bring me up, seen me through university, relationship up's and down's, given me away when I got married and always been there x)

Anyway, I digress. The photo is before I was on the scene and my parents were in Olympia, having done a coach trip to Greece. My Mum still has the original advert for the holiday, along with some fabric that she made her trouser suit from - I fully intend to scrap another photo of them along with a piece of the material, however it isn't easy to co-ordinate any papers with, being a mixture of burgundy and purple!

Perhaps I'll photograph it and ask for suggestions!

I used a cluster of embellishments including a wooden toggle, which were very 70's!

You can also see from the cameo below what style guru's they were... notice the scholls and socks... you didn't get much cooler than that!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

Saturday, 22 January 2011

New ScrapaGoGo blog!

ScrapaGoGo has a new blog and it's super cute too xxx

Hop on over to the CH for a mosey.

And we now have our own blinkie (just look left), so if you want to download it for your own blog (and why wouldn't you?) pay this thread a little visit too.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Second helpings?

If you're anything like me then sometimes you'll be torn between which side of a paper to use. I usually gut the paper, but to be honest this is only ever a 2nd best option.

So ScrapaGoGo have come up with a solution, and as from February you can 'Double Up!'

How cool is that? And if you don't subscribe, this co-ordinated selection of papers is a must!

Don't forget the free hybrids to download and all the other goodies available to purchase including the super cute (even if I do say so myself) bespoke cards designed by yours truly!

Oh, and did I mention the postman had been to my door today? With a parcel, but not just any parcel, with my February ScrapaGoGo kit.

So I can say hand on heart, this kit is GORGEOUS xxx

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Such February lush xxx

Just take a look at the ever so pretty ad on's, chosen specifically to co-ordinate with ScrapaGoGo's February kit "Happiness is...."

Firstly, there's 'On a whim' featuring a selection of Cosmo Cricket papers, along with My Minds Eye buttons and a very sweet Sassafras alpha

Feeling the lurve? Well what about 'Fancy Free', perfect for any singletons out there who do not want to be bombarded with red roses everywhere!

This ad on features an array of beauties from manufacturers such as October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, Pink Paislee, My Minds Eye and Little Yellow Bicycle.

So make a date in your diary - 1st February 2011 (online shopping at ScrapaGoGo xxx)

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Tonight belongs to....

After an interview yesterday down in Bournemouth, Liv has found out today that she has been offered a place to study Textile design xxx

Big, big congratulations.... you really do deserve it xxx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Happiness is....

Happiness is.... having the delicious February kit from ScrapaGoGo!

My, oh my, are we in for such a treat this month ladies xxx

The exclusive hybrids, designed by Kirsty Wiseman are simply stunning. And best of all they're free! You cannot call these anything other than adorable!

Which leads me on to another little beauty... how totally cute are these chipboard buttons, featuring Valentine's Day images of a bygone era?

So, as I say February's kit will send your love meter soaring xxx

Monday, 17 January 2011

Super cute ScrapaGoGo stamp

I simply cannot wait to use this totally cute stamp, designed by Nicola Kerridge for the February ScrapaGoGo kit "Happiness is..."

How cool is it?

The sheer fact that it is a clouds stamp is brilliant, but it is made even more divine with the patterned background to each!

I'm itching to get my hands on this little fella (can stamps have a gender?)

So if like me you're 'in love', why not email ScrapaGoGo for your chance to be featured on the ScrapaGoGo blog

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Just maybe I'm getting the hang of this...!

This blogging thing really gets under your skin doesn't it?

I set myself a New Years challenge to blog every day, well that has gone to pot, and probably before statistics said it would! Anyway, there's nothing I can do about it.. it's broken! I can't help it, but it seems to be slightly taking over my existence... I'm even lying awake in bed at night working out how to do this and trying to remember how I did that!

And after a bit of blog hopping and a whole afternoon of fiddling, I might finally have a blog, in it's infancy that I think looks 'quite nice' and is me!

Not sure where the weekend has gone to be honest... I went to a crop yesterday and created this layout. I'm always a slow scrapper, but recently I've been taking my youngest step-daughter Nina with me. To be fair she really needs very little help, and y
esterday I'd taken some vellum with me to see if she wanted to experiment with some. Anyway, that led me to stamping onto a creamy vellum as a basis for the background of my layout... perhaps I should dig out old stash more often!

I recycled a tag from a Christmas present, using both the pink ribbon and the scroll at the top of the photo.

The Christmas present concerned was a rather gorgeous bag from the Dandy range by Disaster Designs (I did have to treat myself to the matching purse... well it would be rude not to!)

And if anyone likes scrapbooking (he, he) then there's always the option of this rather delicious little album... how sweet is that!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Dummy out the pram!

Ok, so some of you may have noticed that I missed blogging on Sunday....

Officially I did, only I deleted the post as I couldn't understand why the images I'd uploaded of my fellow DT's work were so small, compared to the size default I'd set!

Anyway, as they say practise makes perfect and guess what, I can only put it down to human error... (my human error) cause last night I worked out what I'd done wrong!

So without further ado, may I present to you the super layout created by Janice Warren for Blueprint To Go! It's great to see Janice's work, I just love the way the B&W photos jump off the kraft and ochre background!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Hipstamatic and January ScrapaGoGo kit

My other layout using the delicious January ScrapaGoGo kit was Dog + Cat = Trouble

I'm so in love with the papers and embellishments in this kit, which were perfect with the hipstamatic photo that our friend had recently taken of our cat 'Cuthbert'. I used six patterned papers in this layout, from a number of different manufacturers, and although I love using a mix of papers, a mix of as many as six is never normally my style!

Just goes to show that you should sometime step out of your comfort zone!

There is still the odd kit available on the ScrapaGoGo site, why not go and treat yourself!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Was it a tick day?

Someone I know benchmarks their days as a tick day - if all has gone well, or something good has happened then it's a tick day!!!

So todays post is nothing scrapbook related, but for those of you who have either renovated or who are doing up a house, then you'll appreciate my post today!

We've been working on our en-suite (for some time now!) and over the last 3 to 4 months, it is suddenly taking priority. It is by no means finished, but each day that sees another thing done means it's that bit closer!

So today has been a monumental day for two reasons... we've had a friend working on the room who is a plumber, so today he worked with Harvey to plumb in the bath! Everything was hunky dory until Harvey accidentally dropped the overflow in the bath which has permanently chipped it! I was very tame, considering:
1) The bath has been at the end of our bed for at least two years
2) We used the bath on a photoshoot approximately six years ago
3) Two hours before it is plumbed in, it gets a chip!

Anyway, all said and done we have a bath and are loving it xxx

Friday, 7 January 2011

So I promised you some more....

Even though it's late, I like to keep a promise, so much as I want to go to bed (and I will be very shortly!), here's my take on the Blueprint To Go sketch by Kirsty Wiseman, over on the ScrapaGoGo CH

So, if you have spare time over the weekend, why not give it a go or hop onto the ScrapaGoGo CH to see more inspiring layouts!

Sweet dreams xxx

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Three new additions for ScrapaGoGo

So some of you may be aware of the latest new initiatives over on the GoGo CH?

If not, let me introduce to you Blueprint To Go, Month in Review and Details Delivered, guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing!

Blueprint To Go

Each month Kirsty Wiseman will design a sketch exclusively for ScrapaGoGo, and along with a selection of colour swatches, representing the colour palette of the kit that month, I challenge you 'not' to be inspired!

Check back tomorrow for my take on the sketch... and don't forget to upload your layouts to the CH xxx

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Has anyone else discovered SONOS?

After being stuck for a birthday present for Mr B, we decided to go "window shopping" for a new stereo, with all intentions to purchase another brand of sound system.

It was at this point we were introduced to SONOS, a revolution in music! It will both play your music library via your computer and for a small monthly subscription, you can download from Napster or Spotify unlimited music. You do not own this music, but with 10,000,000 songs to choose from, why would you want to?

Anyway, the free Napster trial had expired and I finally got round to subbing to it, so we are with music again... hooray xxx And even better, if you have an iphone or an ipad (lucky me got one for Christmas!) you can download a free app and you can control the stereo via this app... how cool!

So I challenge you to leave me a comment detailing an obscure track or artist and I'll let you know if they had it!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

1st day back at work!

So the Christmas break had to finish at some time and today was the day!

Had all good intentions of coming home tonight and taking down the tree and other decorations, but instead decided to go to the pub! Was even contemplating suggesting we had our dinner at our local, only to discover that they had run out of cal or gas! We also have the same dilemma, if we are going to run out of oil before our delivery..... Being in the sticks has its downsides and at the moment the cost of oil is one major one!

So our house is erring on warmish, due to the fire not having lit this morning and the under-blanket is on, heating up in preparation for Silent Witness - any other fans out there...

So, goodbye tree, until we meet again next year!

Monday, 3 January 2011

My fave LO with January's ScrapaGoGo kit xxx

Elementary My Dear is the name of January's ScrapaGoGo kit. With so many diverse 'bits' in this kit, you can let the schoolgirl in you run wild and make some fantastic layouts.
I loved creating this layout using a photo of Olivia as a toddler.

So for those lucky ladies who will shortly be getting their hands on this kit, all I can say is "don't get into detention!"

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Piccy's as promised x

We're back now from our friends, having spent a lovely time down in Salisbury.
Before we left, I made Harvey do a mini photoshoot of the cats, they're so funny, as they love to drink from the kitchen tap - it must be running too (not the first time I've heard of cats doing this!)
They are so cute, but considering they are younger than Lulu, they are massive and still growing... see for yourself!

xxx Introducing Bailey's Cream and Bumble Bee xxx

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Grab it's are live....

So pop over to see the fantastic goodies including a great selection of paint dabbers and ink pads by JB xxx

Notice the time?

So here goes... My first post of 2011!
Happy New Year to you all, off to bed to dream of alphas