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31 May 2011

Pollen hell

I don't know how pollen works.
You would think after suffering with hay fever (since I was 3) that I would know how it works and when its about to attack. But yesterday was a bit rainy so you would think that this morning it would have been low. But NO! I woke up with a very swollen eye and very itchy skin. So random and so annoying. And then, if I wasn't a glutton for punishment enough, we took the dog on a huge walk (in the sunshine) where I came back as itchy as in itchy thing from the planet itch-a-lot. So these next few weeks looks like Ill be dosing up on Clarytyn. Grrrr, annoying.

That didn't stop me from finishing off layout number 7 of this week and of course I have rehashed layout number 5 (as I mentioned yesterday). Im in love with my devotion to scrapbooking this week. I even think I could do one a day for a month but like everything else in my life, something else always crops up and I spoil my own dare!

This photo was taken when I met the Studio Calico design team in 2009. We met at an open night where we had cheesy pics taken with star wars figures. I was going to give the layout a ridiculously crazy name but Momma Sensible came to me just before I adhered the letters. I wonder if you could even guess what that would have been?! The chipboard flourish is from Tando and has been adhered beautifully with Letratac.

And this layout - oh my! It was during one of Eddy's first walks as a pup. And he had his first dig! The picture isn't in the best exposure as he was digging so furiously, looking for buried treasure (naturally) but it brings back such a lovely memory. He was such a beautiful pup, sob... i miss that cuteness about him.

Ive used Amy Butler papers which I initially bought just to drool over. Hello? Are we supposed to even use Amy Butler papers? I think not but they match my piccy so perfect so all is not lost. However, I would like to know if anyone has any more of this paper in stock? Just so I can love it and adore it for a little bit longer :)

The little bird and branch is from Tando and was stuck with Letratac for a super sticky finish.

Ok, going to finish up on tidying my bombsite of an office, for the 83755623920475638 time.

30 May 2011

A non descript day

Well, it was - sort of. I surfaced out of my pit at 2pm. I know! It must have been all that fresh air from the day before. I have not been that lazy since I was in my teens. What, with no running around for Belles (she is not here, obvs) and Mark, doing his marking, I felt guilt free to re-charge. My mother would akin it to festering in my pit and she would, of course be right. Heeeeeeeeee!

I got up, had a bath, went boring snoring food shopping. I Facebooked for a little while, got me some happy and spread a bit of happy. Had tea, finished off this layout and watched BGT. I mean, nothing life changing happened to my day but it was lovely all the same.

Here is layout numero 6 (layout 5 is looking a bit crap right now, will make changes to that before I share). I'm on a scrapping roll, as you can see - its like heaven on a glue stick and very therapeutic.

Fave papers ever (by Amy Butler) and fab chipboard butterflies by Tando.

I bet most of you had fun by the sea, picnics in the park as a usual bank holiday monday - right? **sigh, that would have been us if squidge bum belles had of been here**

29 May 2011

100 (naked) iron men ....picture heavy post

For a good while I have been promising myself a trip over to see Antony Gormleys "Another Place" exhibition at Crosby beach (he is the fella behind the Angel of the North). If you have never heard of this peculiar array of sculptures then let me just touch base with you. Or rather point you in the direction of Wikipedia (LOL).

Sooooo, 100 iron men (taken from the cast of Gormleys body himself - complete with the dingly dangly bits for ALL to see - nice touch, I feel) stretch out as far as 2 km wide and 1 km long. From the very beachy shore right into the sea. At full tide you only would see a dozen of them and at low tide, well - obvs, all of them. Its bizarre but its also very intriguing. I was actually quite impressed and I'm not the "arty farty" type, you know?

The observations started as he stared at the sea, the wind flapping his ears (to the point where he almost took off)

And we look down the beach and see a hundred of identical iron men, facing the Irish sea. My camera (nor anyone elses, for that matter) could capture them all in one shot - they are too widespread to appreciate in a single crop

The dog, however was NOT impressed. He barked at every single one of them. He really did give each one of them some of his best vocals. Mark and I did nothing but laugh at him.

Of course, if I am going to be pictured with naked dingly dangly man, I am so going to cover his modesty (and note that I didn't TOUCH it......eeeeeew). And whilst we are here, please do not attempt to ask your hairdresser to copy my fabulous hairstyle!

We managed to calm Eddy down after a while, but he would gruff as we past more of these fascinating things.
Some were covered in barnacles from salt water erosion

some were red from just wind erosion

We loved it! The beach was also awash with little gulley's like this

and approx 8.4 gazillion jelly fish
After we had enjoyed the spectacle, we head back to the car where I was graced with one 102 butts in my face


here is layout 4 from the weekend with layout number 6 almost complete.

ooooh, doilies? Just for a change!

Clean, simple and executed in the shortest of short times. I plan to have ten layouts done before Ellie gets back and that, my friends, is more than I have done in the last few months!

28 May 2011

On a simple scrapbooking roll

Ive given up with trying to keep up with all the "new and latest expensive scrapbook fiddly faddlies" this weekend. Ive just gone with finding a picture and scrapping it any old how and Ive really (and I mean REALLY) loved it. I'm on layout number 4 and whilst that is in progress I wanted to put these new 2 layouts up here, to share with you. I loved yesterdays layout which took minutes and these two below? Minutes, again!

Ive took receipt of the Stampin Up star punch from Jane last weekend and I think I will love this forever, so be prepared to get sick of seeing it! The layout below features one of many beautiful chipboard shapes from Tando Creative - I encourage you to go and take a look at their HUMONGOUS stock range....something for everyone! Of course, I'm working the doilies to death too, seeing as I took receipt of 500 x 4" ones (for a song) off Amazon. Again, you WILL get sick of seeing these soon as you will with bunting and spray inks. I wont apologise....I LOVE these things - they make me happy zippy doo daa.
Not one jot of patterned paper on this layout (and the one yesterday). That saves, at least, 80p per project. However, this will never stop me buying patterned paper again. You know that I would be mentals to stop doing such a thing.

I even dug out Basic Grey papers from yesteryear for this layout below which is novel for me. Not one jot of Kraft cardstock in sight. Im trying to use up all my old Prism and Doodlebug cardstock, so Im feeling incredibly thrifty! Oh yes, there are the stars and doilies too! LOL and the chipboard piece is from Tando again

I'm hoping I can share two more layouts tomorrow night, I'm soooo making up for my lack of dedicated scrapping of late.

Sooooooooooooooo, today?
Well Belles (note to the ridiculous anonymous poster: she is not my "tot", she is not dying of an incurable disease and I'm not her grandmother) went off to her Nanna's today for a week by the sea. Of course, I was at a loss. She and I are home buddies and when she is not at home, I don't want to be at home. So I decided to take the train to Liverpool to spend a gift voucher at Cath Kidston. SHRIEK! Excitement. I left the pooch in Marks capable hands as he did his marking (he has a lot of marking to do at the end of term...books and books and folders and books in there bajillions)......... I love that Mark, marks! lol

I took a train one stop after our local station which saves me almost £3 for the effort and read my book. Well, I say read....I couldn't concentrate. As I don't often get out much (I sound like an old lady, don't I?) I couldn't help but "people watch". Some might say I'm a nosey old cow for doing so but people just fascinate me. The half hour journey went by in a wizz and suddenly I was in Liverpool. Oh I can't tell you what a mix of people who shop there. Girls shopping in their jammers, girls with rollers in there hair, lads with pants round their ankles, hen nights, stag do's - its a right mix of culture. I just put my head down and made a beeline for Cath Kidston. **sigh** That shop is a sight to behold. All spotty and floral and decorated like a kitsch 50's wash house in one corner and a old country wardrobe in another. The voucher I had been given was generous and I didn't know where to start. I think I was in there for an hour before I picked up this

and these beaded food savers - pretty pretty pretty

and a metre of this

and a metre of this

to make this

To add some diversity to my day, I nipped into Primark to pick up a pair of sunglasses, a scarf (always a scarf) and a polka dot flower broach to go with the bag I am intent on making.

I had a lovely day, just out and about, on my "jack jones" but admit that the 4 hours that I was out, I cam back absolutely knackered. Must be that special stuff called fresh air ;)

27 May 2011

More Scrappage

Here is a layout that took 10 stinking minutes! I know, crazy right? I had the concept in my head all day and then tonight, I just clustered it all together and shazam! Done! **breathes on nails and polishes them on my bosoms**

Sigh, if only all layouts could take less time, I'd be done and dusted with every photo I have in no time.

Last nights crop and more schtuff

So, the sketch last night turned into this today. I wasn't properly prepared live on air, last night, as I didn't have a photo. I twisted the sketch a little and I love the finished result that I eventually completed this afternoon.

I did make up for not finishing the layout, live, by making a card using the same sketch .

25 May 2011

Its Crop night!

It comes round so quick, doesn't it?
Join me as I crop live on Ustream at this address HERE
Join in with a bunch of crafter's as they chat with me as I create a layout, LIVE, following the sketch below. We encourage you to play along too!

come along and get yourself a scrapbook page done and dusted x

24 May 2011


Just from an incident relating to Belles and Schools and the fact that she falls into this huge murky, grey area that nobody seems to want to delve into. I'm too tired to go into it tonight. But there you have it. Some days you wake up and you feel you can conquer the world. Other days you think "not". Today was "not".

Aaaaaaaanyway, despite hauling my backside outdoors for a huge poochy walk, I took therapy in making a few cards tonight. Little things like this makes me happy. I know paper crafting makes most of my readers happy (I'm sure you are all paper crafters, right?). You can't begin to describe the stress relief it brings. If only I could bring this joy to everyone, everyday - who wouldn't like to spend time with other crafters just making "stuff"? Selfishly, I did it just for me tonight and everything is calm again.

The bride and groom embellishment is from Mei Flower (my fave trinkety shop)

A very simple card using leftovers! I LOVE LEFTOVERS!

I thought id photograph this card again as, the other night, the light was dim and shabby. I love the silver charm from Mei Flower

21 May 2011

A day to catch up

I wanted to add these pics that my in-laws sent me. They are of Belles when she went to feed some lambs the other week. Its been a dream of hers for years (and mine, if truth be told - But Ive yet to get the chance). She really has a love of small animals, its so endearing to see her interact with them.
The look of adoration in the pic below kills me

Clinging on for dear life at first.... she was a little uneasy to start

Getting a little braver

Look, no holding on!

An expert by now

The owners of the farm have a real cacophony of pets, including this awesome wire haired dachshund. Just look at that little sausage dog loving the attention from her!

Belles was in her element

A cute Jack Russell, rather like Daisy Dog

Awwwwww, animals are such a delight x