Ladies Camera Club

28 Feb 2009

There's a revelation

And its over at Studio Calico.
Here is my contribution this month (I went a little mad and made 2 cards, 6 layouts, 1 tree project and one decorated bag and 3 beautifully decorated tags - even if I do say so myself). I have enough supplies to make tonnes more although that is because I got all 3 add.
Hope you love the music - it's one of my favvo's

27 Feb 2009

Last of the sneaks

before revelation at midnight EST (5am Sat morn.....zzzzzzzzzzzzz, sleepy!). Studio Calico hits the jackpot again and I mean... more news to come from this amazing kit club :)

See you at the reveal (will be posting a video gallery of all my work at midnight EST (5am Uk sat morn!)

Dear Mark

You know how much I never really ask for anything and often go without. I usually scrape together my own money to buy my own things often selling old stuff to pay for new stuff. Well this plea is to make up for those times when I suffered the hardships of passing a bargain.
Below you will find three items of clothing I found at an America apparel shop and I simply have to have these babies to fit in my wardrobe. They wont ever date and should you feel generous and kind, let it be known that these clothes are timeless meaning they wont date which also means I wont harass you for a long while; for new clothes.

This grey cardi has a ruffled skirt thingy attached to it - so its like two for the price of one.
This will be great for casual or dress-up-to-take-me-out-somewhere lish
And this cos I just loves it
If you do want to buy me them, do it in code over dinner tonight (ie when you serve me dinner with a little love message saying "yes darling, go ahead and buy" whilst I put my feet up with laptop by my side to make the speedy purchase - he he heeeeeee).
I'll give you my last chocolate Rolo of you do.
Kirsty x
PS: The postage is quite steep but Im sure that you will remember in our marriage vows we betrothed "cost knows no bounds where love is concerned".

26 Feb 2009

Ovaries all a twistin - picture heavy, oh yeah!

Yelp, this bubba is the most beautiful creature I have ever clapped eyes on. Caitlin is a dainty little thing, all pink and scrunchy and crumply.
Luckily Im friends with the Momma, Rach, so it meant I could cuddle her all I wanted and kiss her and squidge her and borrow some of that hope right out of. I even got to have her all to myself for half an hour whilst Rach went to pick up her little boy from playgroup. I even sang the operatic version of "Ride a cock horse" (to her to soothe her) when she fretted. That was my song to belle when she was nursing. **Sob, the memories!**

I can't help but I ADORE babies.
So fragile and downy-ful.
I love downy hair and new, peely skin and I love the smell and I love their neediness.

I cried when I edited these pictures tonight because I attached my heart to that little bundle and I want to go right back to love her again. I almost stole her! Rach, you hold on to that little lady - she is ultra precious. **sigh**

Without further ado - here they are, Mother and Daughter. I have to say Rachel is stunning - her facial features are beautiful. It was a pure delight to do this shoot with them :)

Cameron wanted to get in on the action - he was so tender with this is for Cameron (He is a lovely little boy)

Kisses from Momma, hugs from Momma, adoring stares from Momma:

Behind that fallen hair, there was a grin as wide as the M62. I love that she looks at me - see, Rach, when I come to steal her she will love me as much as she did in this picture. I'll take good care of her!

I have some more sneaks and guess what - more sneaks tomorrow for the reveal of this kit (click picture to take you to Studio Calico)Available at Midnight EST and 5am Saturday morning. This is the first time I have bought all 3 add ons because, well.......just well! Its a beautiful kit and I made 6 layouts, a bag o tags, a 3d tree and some cards PLUS more left over for dozens of other projects. SERIOUSLY.

More sneakage:

And finally.....
Do you like the look of these cards below? They are handmade by moi and are part of the growing love of the Patti Picklicious CD. I went to Stockport today to see the man dealing with the CD and I got so so excited seeing my CD in progress. Not long to wait now. To see the cards in full - go over here

Phewey Louis....Im off to my pit. Night all xx

Read this:

Im not scared of Becky Taylor.

I love that advert purely becuase my sister is called Becky Taylor.

The end.

25 Feb 2009

Sneak time - AGAIN?

How it comes round so quick, I'll never fathom.
Any old how, this months papers from Studio Calico are so quirky and fun - in fact I love the kit so much this month I got all three add ons. Jenni Bowlin and Sassafrass come a close second the my Studio faves.
And Ill say this again, like I do every month - I LOVE THIS KIT. I know it chokes you to hear it time and time again but its true. If I hated it, I just wouldn't show it cos after all, this is my blog. duh!
With trying times, credit crunch and the exponentially eager wait for CHA releases, your best bet for that scrapbook fix is to get busy with a kit where Studio Calico excel in all the latest lines. My scrapbook budget goes on add ons for this kit and I need look elsewhere except one minor weakness when I visited Sarahs cards Ltd for a snag of the new My Minds Eye stuff. She has some great CHA stuff in.

Anyway,without much further ado - here we go:

Tha tha-tha-tha tha-tha-tha thats all folks xx

24 Feb 2009

Pancake Flipping Queen

Goodness me, we ate shed loads of these little monsters tonight.

Pancake day (shrove tuesday) should be every day and not before some "giving it all up for lent" malarky. The only thing I could give up is sprouts and cauliflower which is easy cos I don't like/eat them anyway.

I made up my own mixture (which is pips as I am a Yorkshire girl and I make the BEST yorky puds and we all know pancake mix makes yorky puds) plus we bought some shake-a-bottle American pancake mix and all the gubbins that went with it. I was instantly crowned the flipping queen as mark was RUBBISH at it and Ellie laughed to see such fun that the dish ran away with eddy into the back garden somewhere.Ellie opted for just sugar where as Mark and I jiffed the lemon dry with sugar. I didn't crack open the golden syrup this year, too sweet if you ask me and it would only end up on my thighs at 2lb a leg. Not good.
The dog had just sugary ones and ate one and a half. Its not a bad thing to give dogs eggs and milk and yes, there is flour in the mixture but Im willing to suffer a bad toilet day tomorrow on our daily walk. Hmmmm, praying his tummy holds out.
Had a lovely pretty parcel today from Jo. Jo mentioned on her blog the other week that she loved working with this set of papers. And I felt a sense of pride rush through my little old bod because Id not seen them being used, let alone seen them in real life up until that point. Well, those pretty papers were made by somebody I know pretty well, for a card making company last year and they were released in January (I think). So until now as Id only ever seen them on a computer screen. I was really chuffed with myself when I got to hold them and sniff them (yes, I sniff paper....mmmmmmm) and only hope that card makers across the UK had fun playing with them. They are now classed as end of line so do look out for them in craft shops if you fancy buying the last of them. I even think they have stamps to match :)
In return I asked Jo to fluff up some Patti Papers and you can see what she did over here and at the same time, grab your self a little collecsh of pretty papers and a motif (wooooo) for FREE for your cards. All have the hallmark of my Patti style and will brighten your dull winter days. Download only available for 3 days plus I have a bonus blog background if you want to nick it (make sure you use Minima White or completely make your back ground white before you add the code!).

23 Feb 2009


After a near death experience last night when I thought Id lost all my photos - AGAIN - I sifted through some old shots and binned a load of pictures such as snaps of the odd leaf, a sweety wrapper and some sugar on a table kind of shots. I found these pictures which made me happy (and Im sure Ive blogged them before) but look at how much we have grown. So, in no particular order:

This was taken in 2006 at Dyans studio. I never get to see Ellie looking so studious. I love the concentration in her face, her little shoulder on display through wearing an over sized painting tee and her little rosebud lips....oooh, Im going to kiss those on the way to bed tonight.
Look at that hair that I so evilly butchered last November. This picture was taken in early 2006. Another of my favourites.Summer 2006. I don't know why there are not many pics of the two of us. I suppose Mark never thinks to pick up the camera and snap as much as I do. In this picture you will see my freaky eye colours - the right being green, the other more brown. You might have to click on the pic to make it bigger.This pic was taken in 2007 and its of a Balloon that Belle fell in love with and we came to realise how funny it is now because its a dachshund, way before we ever thought of owning one!This was taken in 2007 - Belle and my momma.
Another 2006 picture. I love Belles hair in this one.Oh I hated the day when I got all my long hair cut off in Oct 2006. Its taken me two years to get it into a shoulder length bob. NEVER AGAIN. I was poorly when this pic was taken.WHOA! 2004, marks B'day in December. We had not long been in this house. Mark has hair!! Love it!
European championships in 2004 - Belle is so serious but cute in this picture. One of a number of faves. She was watching and waving the flag for England!
I think this is 2005, hang on.....yes, it was. Yeeks.
I made this for Jane Dean, one of my fave little altered projects ever. I think this was 2005?2005 at Marks parents caravan. Just look at that little dolly face!
My brush with fame at the "This Morning" search Craft contest. I met Alison who was the most humble, down to earth Celeb I have ever met - but do you see in the background, the man with bleach blonde hair? Mark Speight, remeber him? He committed suicide, sadly two years ago. I met him that day and he was very supportive of scrapbooking, let me tell you that! And god, I was thin there (well, thinner!)
Sing with me..........
Memories, at the corner of my, erm hard drive?

Dog was absolutely wasted today. After yesterdays hot doggy rudies which lasted all day (ugh, I know!) he was literally shamoolah-ed. With that it meant I could get on with important stuff like brain sorting, tidying and finishing off projects with little touches here and there. Ive also got the opportunity of a life changing career (absolutely nowt to do with the craft industry) on Wednesday which I am pursuing whole heartedly but will still commit to DT's and Magazine work as usual. I'll also be able to fit photography and my CD work in between too (on my days off!) but I wont be doing as much graphic work; more is the pity. Im so excited about it but also not holding out great hopes because, as you know - ever the pessimist! Heeeeeeeeeee.

Going to go and finish reformatting an old laptop and reinstate it for my Father in law to tinker with and then Im going to get a little crafty for my own pleasure. Its weird not having the dog asleep by my feet as I work as he is flat out on his back on the sofa with mark as I type; legs up in the air, all his crown jewels resplendent to all who greet him. And I spy some drool and a tongue gaping to one side too. Picture perfect!He makes me laugh my head off, that daft old thing.

And so does the dog! LOL.