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Saturday, 27 December 2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy christmas season and send you all best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year!

Younger daughter Zoe in new dressing gown next to christmas tree!

It has been a strange Christmas this year. I just haven't felt Christmassy. A feeling that seems to be going around quite a few of my friends. Does this happen as the children get older and the 'magic' of Christmas wears off a bit? or is it because December started in a very sad way with the passing of my nan and it has been a bit wierd ever since. A bit of both I think!
With Christmas day coming at me like a steam train with no brakes, I eventually managed to get with it and move my craft stuff upstairs to make room for the tree and actually eat at the dining table! I have been so behind I didn't finish my shopping until 5.30pm Christmas eve. I never normally go out on Christmas eve but I had to this year and got a few bargains I might add! Last stop was Argos, just got there as they were closing the grills! managed to duck under and dive into the shop in order to get my youngest daughters reservation (present for her sister!) once inside realised the wheel had come off my shopping trolley and it had rolled into the road outside! I had to shout out to a young girl outside to ask her to pass me the wheel through the grill, very embarassing but there was no way I could get all the shopping home without it and coudn't get out myself! She was very kind and did retrieve my wheel for me! Once inside I quickly payed for my order and joined the queue to wait for my item to be brought out when loads of police turned up. It was then that I realised that they weren't shutting the shutters because they were closing but because there had been a huge fight! Chairs and rolls of gift wrap all over the floor and lots of disgruntled shoppers trying to get their last minute shopping and get out asap! Turns out one of the fighters was in the back of the shop injured having ended up over the counter (either pushed or jumped heard both versions of that story!) but the other guy had run out of the shop shouting that he was going home to get his gun!!!!!!!!!! So here I was stuck inside Argos possibly risking my life for a box of nose studs! OMG! Luckily I got my order and was out of there pretty sharpish. No sign of gunman but loads of police and flashing lights! I managed to get home without further incident wondering to myself what has happened to the Christmas spirit!
I normally have my christmas decorations up on the 1st weekend in December, this year I got my tree up at about midnight on Christmas eve! Then on to wrapping the presents! I had just finished wrapping the presents when my younger daughter woke up! She came downstairs full of beans closely followed by her older sister "is it time to open presents?" And Christmas day started before I managed to get a few ZZZZZZ's!
The girls were pleased with all their presents and rushed upstairs with their new smellies and clothes to go and get ready.
In went the Honey roast ham (normally cooked Christmas eve) closely followed by the turkey and the day carried on as a normal Christmas day. Phone calls and texts to family and friends sending Christmas wishes back and forth. My friend Janet came round and we had a really nice prawn cocktail which was more of a lunch than a starter which is just as well as my new oven doesn't seem as hot as my old one and the turkey took two hours longer than usual! dinner finally cooked and was beautiful, even though I say it myself! we had lovely after dinner coffees with my new coffee maker!(gift from youngest daughter) Watched a couple of DVD's after dinner with drinks and chocolates galore! So all in all a very nice day was had by all and I finally fell asleep about 3am.
Have had a lovely relaxing day today watching old films on telly and scoffing all the usual boxing day treats!
Now I have the time to do a bit of crafting and where is my stuff? boxed away in my bedroom til after New Year! Nevermind I might just get a little bit out!
As I forgot to take any pics of the cards I sent out this year, Here are a few cards I recieved.

This was made by my mum

This is an Aussie card from my new friend Shazza from the Soulology course

This was made by my new friend Sharon from the Soulology course

This was made by my new friend Theresa from the Soulology course

And this one was made by my new friend Shawn from the Soulology course
This card is from my soulology friend Lois
Hope you all have had a great Christmas too and wish you the best for New Year!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Very sad

My nan has been very ill in hospital and I am very sad to say that she passed away on 24/11/08 aged 98. She was a wonderful person and a very kind and thoughtful lady. An inspiration for the whole family. She will be very much missed. It is a very sad time for us all which is why I haven't been blogging for a while.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Soulology Week 2

This weeks project was name 10 positive attributes about yourself. I found it quite hard to think of these positives but got there in the end!
I ended up doing two layouts because I wasn't 100% happy with my first go! I'm still not 100% with layout 2 either but I have to get ready for a Brownie funday so I have had to leave them for now.
Number 1

Number 2

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Poppicrafts competition - 31st Oct

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This is the theme of the competition over at Poppicrafts.
I thought this card I made for my mums birthday fitted the bill!
Up for grabs are some fantastic flowers! check them out here

Paul's Blog candy - 31st Oct

Paul is giving away this great blog candy. For your chance to win check out his great blog here

Shimmerz Paints giveaway! 31st -Oct

I visited the Shimmerz Paints Blog through Stampinwitch's blog. They have fabulous shimmery paints to use on cards and scrapbooking etc. They look absolutely beautiful and they are giving away some of their new colours as a blog candy prize. for your chance to win check out Shimmerz Paints

Dannie's Blog Candy - 2nd Nov

Dannie has reached 3k on her blog and to celebrate she is giving away this fantastic candy. Check out her blog here for more pictures and your chance to win

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Denise's Blog Candy - 29th Oct

Denise is giving away this blog candy to celebrate her blogoversary! For your chance to win visit her blog here

Ryann's Blog candy - 31st Oct

Hi Ryann is giving away this great candy for your chance to win check out her blog here

Tracey's Blog Candy - 31st Oct

Tracey has mystery blog candy up for grabs. For your chance to win check out her blog here

Maxine's Blog Candy - 31st Oct

To celebrate her 1000th Hit maxine is giving away this great candy.

Check out her blog here

Monday, 27 October 2008

Half term

Half term this week so I won't be as busy with brownies and guides. I have a lot of crafting to catch up on and project 2 of my soulology course. Hope to have lots of pics to post later in the week.
Here is a quick card I made for a mans 40th using DCWV glitter stack.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Soulology project 1

Sorry it has been so long since my last post! I have been very busy with Guides and brownies including a Brownie sleepover that went very well. The girls had a great time and they were extremely well behaved. Everyone went home tired but having had a lot of fun.
Then as I have mentioned before I started my online scrapbooking course this week. It is called Soulology, run by Erika Stampin' mama and is a course all about scrapbooking yourself. Something I don't do a lot of as I am usually behind the camera!(on purpose) This weeks project was to list 100 things about yourself 50 likes, 50 dislikes. it took me a while to sort out my lists and then I had to get them on a page.
Here's my page for this week.

Cardstock DCWV, Chipboard letters from a QVC kit, numbers from inkadinkado foam retro alphabet stamps, stamped and embossed with versamark and white embossing powder.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Scrapcanvas for my beautiful daughter

I made this canvas for my daughter Gemma's birthday last week. She loved it! I have been wanting to try scrapping on canvas for ages and I am really pleased with it.

I've been Tagged!

I have been tagged! This is the first time for me! There are rules to follow so here goes! 1. Link your tagger and list the rules on your blog .....2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.....3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names and links to their blog.....4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Sandra has tagged me.

Now I have to tell you some things about myself...

1. I am a thin person living in a fat body! LOL

2. I have two beautiful daughters.

3. I hate housework and would much rather craft or do anything else!

4. I am single and have been for a long, long time! I am also a lot happier than a lot of my friends with partners!

5. I have just started an online scrapbooking course called Soulology and the course is all about scrapbooking yourself,a lot of soul searching and delving deep and telling your story! I am really excited about it, I think it will be a great learning experience and have already met some great people on the course. I am rubbish at journalling and I think this course will help a lot!

6. I love chocolate, crisps and diet coke!

7. I am a paper hoarder! I get them out to look at and put them all away again. One of the reasons I love scrapbooking is I can use my favourite papers and still get to look at them again and again!

Now I have to tag 7 people!

Jacqui at Cats Whiskers

Dawn at All Pink Girl

Kim at Simply Fairies

Erika at Stampin' Mama

Heidi at Create, Reach for Something More

Su at cornishmaidsu

and last but not least

Jude at crafts-International

Monday, 13 October 2008

My Birthday cards from family and my trimcraft Friends

Sorry I am a bit late showing you all my lovely birthday cards but I have been having a bit of trouble uploading them it has taken three days on and off!!!
I had some gorgeous cards sent this year and here they are!
Starting off with this fab scrapbook card from my mum!

From my daughter Gemma

From my daughter Zoe

From my friend Janet

From Trimcraft Friend Toni44

From Trimcraft Friend Mary (MayMac)

From Trimcraft Friend Eileen (Eiglas)

From Trimcraft Friend Lynda (ZippyCrafty)

From Trimcraft Friend Kim

From Trimcraft Friend Sandra (Cardmaker)

From Trimcraft Friend Sabrina (Sabi)

From Trimcraft Friend Jeannie (Bluey)

From Trimcraft Friend susan (Peridot Poppy)

From Trimcraft Friend Jan (JantheCrafter)

From Trimcraft Friend Corol (Fleur)

From Trimcraft Friend Karen (ScrapHappy)

From Trimcraft Friend Liz (Lizzlecat)

From Trimcraft Friend Katherine (Lavendercards)

From Trimcraft Friend Debbie (Kingdom Kid)

from Trimcraft friend Carol (vrechva)

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Donalda's blog candy - 17th Oct

Hi Donalda is giving away this great candy for your chance to win check it out here

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to me!
Today I am 40!
Happy birthday to me!

My Balloons

Arrangement from my Sister Sue And Brother Mike and families

My Chocs

My bouquet from Sam with messy craft table in the background!

I have had some beautiful flowers delivered this morning! A lovely bouquet from my best friend Sam and a beautiful arrangement wtih a box of chocs from my sister Sue and brother Mike. Lovely balloons and a great card from my mum and loads of nice cards from my trimcraft buddies! I will post pics of the cards later cos my camera batteries ran out!

scrapbook pages

My rainbow

Your rainbow is strongly shaded violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

I am Blue- it's not as bad as it sounds

You Are A Blue Girl
Relationships and feelings are the most important things to you.
You are empathetic and accepting - and good at avoiding conflict.
If someone close to you is in pain, it makes you hurt as well.
You try to heal the ones you love with your kind and open heart.

You are The Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents, beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

What Tarot Card are You?
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