And here is my Her Space/My Space for today based on the word Shiny. OOh Im so excited about this because its amazing what one word can conjour up isnt it?
28 Feb 2007
And here is my Her Space/My Space for today based on the word Shiny. OOh Im so excited about this because its amazing what one word can conjour up isnt it?
27 Feb 2007
Answers on the back of a sheet of Wubie Prints finest (!!!!) papers to the usual address if you want to tell me why you SHOULDNT want one!!!
PS: I do not use nor condone the use of crack cocaine, but if I did.... Id hide it in the secret drawer. **details of drawer purchase in my post below**
26 Feb 2007
Go over here to keep being inspired by Anita's and my one word prompts to help you show off your photog skills. I chose to snap my crocs with the prompt "funky". You simply chose something in your space that inspires you to be funky .... simple
Here is a freebo overlay. White is handy to change to a colour you like so much easier than a darker colour - so enjoy using her. She is called snowdrift and you can get her here
And finally - this is the class I taught this weekend. The emphasis was not on a lavish layout. It was on a new technique I perfected a couple of weeks ago. Have you tried using diamond glaze/glossy accents on acetate? It gives a blummin lush result and I can see this being used a tonne this year. The first layout was a basic layout for the sake of not taking the shine from the technique but the second layout is an "upgrade" I completed at home to add my own touch to. I have a spare kit for anyone who replies to this post. I will put your name in a hat and you can win yourself a little class kit to have a wee play with xx
25 Feb 2007
I have another day to follow on from this one which will be the same sort of set up. This time to cover portraits, composition and photoshop techniques (may fall slightly into digi scrapping). Hubs has access to fabbo overhead projection equipment that I can photoshop photos with whilst you all sit back and slurp coffee!! It will have another scrap class or two on board. I have taken 10 bookings today even though I havent secured a date (will confirm that on Monday). What I will do for those who travel miles to enjoy these ventures is make an option for a two dayer and have the sunday as an all day crop with fab prizes again. Ill bring my studio for the sunday and we can PLAY! Let me have your feedback on that girlies.
Her Space/My Space has gone bonkers. The concept isn't exactly new but the idea to team it up with scrapbooking is and Anita and I are so excited to share this with you. As I have had the busiest weekend on record, my pictures have been somewhat "there". This is good - we all cannot produce the goods and the prompts are open to interpretation. The prompts since launch have been cold (this was a heart shaped ice cube), two (this was my two fave pictures we have in our lounge) and row (a row of rusting metal slats we have behind the shed!!) Join us - its inspiring.
Design Collective - gosh, how could we have known the buzz that this has created? Im flanked squarely with 13 other fiendishly fabberiffic designers as I try and take it all in. If you know of any scrappers who want to try a new and exciting venture - perhaps those who can't get to retreats and crops, maybe housebound scrappers, perhaps are forum shy or those who simply seek the thrill of a freshly prepared array of unique and nowhere-to-be-seen-but-here delights weekly for a 85 per class - go here.
And finally - my speshie dare for this friday gone. Based on the prompt "using your old, preloved supplies" I chose papers from yesteryear and page pebbles. I quite like the result but man - supplies, styles and papers change rapidly. I thought Id never go off fibres and flowers but I did. But let it be said - AINT never gonna stop me lovin Basic Grey. You heard it. Ain't never.
24 Feb 2007
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22 Feb 2007
I have so much to teach an such a short space of time and two fabulous layouts (one class taught by Debbie Nicholas which has to be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen).
I cant wait to share my day with you when I get back.
Ive just scoffed a 150g packet of them and my mouth is on fire.
Share the twiglet love (and stir your tea with them for extra anti-oxidant properties!)
21 Feb 2007
A vegetable - love yellow peppers as does Ellie (she eats them like you would an apple)
A fruit - love love love strawbs
A color - am very much into sage greens and shades of!
A household object - love my kettle to make lots of cuppa's
A Drink - Love tea and love orange and grapefruit juice mixed
A famous person - I admire Richard Branson
A Car - I love mini's and always will
A city - Florence, without having to pause or take a breath to think about that answer
A chocolate bar - I actually love Dime bars
A word - diagnosis is cool word right now
One of your family - my brother, he is so yummy
20 Feb 2007
I cant tell you the trauma of trying to achieve a diagnosis for Ellies muscular dystrophy. Since she was 2 months old she has been seen in 9 hospitals, 2 private clinics and has and still is under Occ therapy, physiotherapy, neurologists, peadiatric specialists, various consultants, podiatry, dieticians and heart specialists. All having no idea she is like she is. I heard yesterday that its only recent that doctors can recognise this condition just by studying physique. thats only NOW - 11 years kind of late.
And what makes this condition more and more realistic in its diagnosis is that the mothers are a carrier. So today I look at myself and I am fine. I am fine!!! Until my momma reminded me that when I was 18 I had a milogram to try and determine why my fingers wouldnt grip and when they did, my hands would stick. And they often (not always) do that now. This is the main characteristic in DM sufferers in adults. It would appear I am the carrier - god, that hurts to realise that. And might explain my own fatigue that I get quite often but have disregarded and out down to just being tired. Nuh-uh. Oh crumbs. Its hard to take in.
19 Feb 2007
But today was better because two fab things happened today. One was Roz coming to play on her way back from Birm to Glasgow (photo taken by charge of Ellie - we had to duck down hence low pose, squished neck and what the hell is going on with one eye bigger than the other? Im almost a cyclops. Do visit Roz's blog for her joke of the day about my one eye incident!!!)) Im just under halfway on her journey home and neatly situated for a wee and coffee stop!! However, scrapping was in order and I was going to scrap an overdue BOm layout until Roz presented me with something so scrummilisciously brilliant to play with. Im sworn to absolute secretment but Im bursting for her to reveal this new product in March. Absolutely bursting and so much that me tummy is splitting (but thats prolly from over eating at the pub-a-roo tonight) I have had a great day scrapping for me. I dont normally scrap for me. Ok - the Dares are for me but they are from a prompt. DT stuff is using odd papers that the retailer has sent and of course I love it but sometimes I just wanna scrap with random papers using any theme I like and today was that day. I scwapped with 3 bugs in a rug. Not generally a fan of this paper as it looks a little cacrtoony but the smitten range colours are delish and delumpsh.
The other bit of GREAT news came from the Occ Therapists who tended to Ellie today. They were fantastic with lots of positive ideas for Ellies educational needs (a laptop for starters), inclusion notoiications, home aids to make life easier for her (stairs more importanty) and to get the ball rolling again with Myotonic Dystrophy (steinherts syndrome). They are convinced that this is the route they should be following with Ellie and I heard today that the best way to test for it is just form one simple blood sample. Had I of known back then, when Ellie was 2 months old the information that I gathered today - her life would have been better fashioned around this finding. I will be both elated if it is this condition (for the sake of support and milestone reckoning) and mad (becuase this could have been done when she was a baby). Hopefully we can join a support group and learn about what she is likely to be able to do in future.
Happy Day indeed. Can't wait to see if the week gets better (we live in hope!)
And the winner of the freebo maggy magster is PEGGY from New England, USA
Send me your address my peachy poo and I will send this mag and a little supwise to you most soonestly :)
18 Feb 2007
It cuts titles, shapes (and I mean any shape you want, when you want and in almost any size (well, not past 20")), alphas - look, it just cuts any shape you darn well please!!!!!! PLUS you can buy adapters for it to emboss, draw and etch into metal!! Will courier to your address (UK only Im afraid) and if you live nearby I could come and give you a free demo but I found it very easy to start off with anyway. My email address is in the side bar here on the left.
17 Feb 2007
Meet Chilli Pepper Chowder- a set of papers that Im sure you can match with the gazillions of other embellies out there. Rip, tear, layer, paint, add to, take away .......... just do it.
Am I in a better mood today you ask?
Today was a GREAT day. The sun was shining, the shoot I went on was so much fun with a family who were as warm as the weather and good music all the way - Level 42, UB40, Crowded House all up the M6 to Morecambe. Then I comes back to a cosy house all spick and span. Oooooh such simple pleasures really. We have all sat in the lounge today together doing our own stuff but together. I made the papers, Ellie thumbed her youth away on the DS and Marko watched footy (yawn). Ive also made this layout as we watch dark Knight (erm, majorly crappo film alert). This layout is based on photies I took of marko in Barcelona where the sun made his eyes extra sparkly. He does have twinkly eyes but more so in such summery climates. A mix of Miss Mint, Rhonna Farrer and my own splash of sprinkledom makes for a very quick digi layout.
Im off to Stitches tomorrow for a mooch and a touchy feel of new spangly things. Scrapgenie have the new BG, Rusty Pickle, Doodlebug AND are to be the new Distributors of Aventus - that means Heidi Swapp, Ranger etc and finally and most fabulously..... BAZZILL. Sigh. Love love love.
AND DONT FORGET - if you want a free copy of Scrapbook Inspirations, see yesterdays post dudes. Im outta here.
16 Feb 2007
So my Holland goodies? Well feast you eyes on my happy purchases - the three cups were only £1 each and will brighten by craft room and hold little nickety nackety's quite colourfully. Felt flowers and chickens (yum), bright wooden beads I have earmarked for a mini book project, button badges for another project and a place matt with buttons that I intend to make a bag out of. All for less than £15. I love Holland cheapies. If I dont go to Brisbane with Mark next year, we will move there! Did you hear Brisbane ;) ..................... pray pray pray.
So today? I have been in a stinky winky mood all day and could not remove myself from my own misery. The weather was cacka, I had a bout of bad news and ooooooooooooooh, I dont know. I was just a miserable cow from the moment I got up. This was shortly relieved by a birthday present that I received from Jo. It was another Willow figurine to add to my collecsh - thank you Jolene. I love these faceless ornaments which adds to their mystery. She bought me "I remember". Not sure what Jo remembers exactly but I hope it wasn't the time when I asked her ............ aaaaaah, she knows. Died I did, when I asked that feteful quesso. I hope she laughs about it as much to equal my embarassmentation.
Anyway............ **Freebo time**
I have a scrummo Scrapbook Inspirations mag **spare** and would love to offer it to one of my bloggo's (world wide postage catered for). Simply write "I fancy that mag with the freebo yummo's on the front" in the comments box of my blogatoona and I will draw your name out of the All My Memories Tool Tote whilst blindfolded and balancing a craft knife on the edge of my nose on Monday. I was very very fortunate to have two layouts pubbed in this mag this month. very happy I was to be amongst so many fabbo UK (and Dutch ;)) scrappers.
And finally - look at this dolly.This face paints more than a million words for me. I love her. She is such a blessing to us and small wonders like a trip on a ferry far outweighs any experience I thought she had enjoyed before. Giz a Kiss Bella, coffee flavoured of course ;)
15 Feb 2007
12 Feb 2007
So here it is - before I depart for Rotterdam shores with excess cheese buying whilst wearing clogs. The texture is only 72dpi but can be placed on a 12x12 page with no detrement to the quality.