Sunday, 28 February 2010

Weekly Challenge and Scrapagogo

Yesterday Debbie and I went to the Scrapagogo Game over day event at Coventry. Wow what a great day we had, the Gogo girls did some fantastic layouts for us to create, which I will photograph and post later in the week. I loved at the end of the class if there were any spare papers or embellishments left they would come and hand them out free of charge, a really nice gesture and one that is appreciated.

So Les is at the airport whilst I type this, he is off to Dubai on business for the week and is due back on Saturday. I know he has to go away but I do miss him and never really get used to it. Mum and Dad have come up to keep me company but more importantly to see Charlotte. She loves to play with Grandad and to sit and craft with Nanny.

So this is this weeks weekly challenge. As you will know if you are a regular of my blog, this photo of Charlotte has been scrapped so many times, I came across it again this week and just couldn't stop myself creating another layout with it.

I loved this little fellow, really cute.

Thanks as always for stopping by, be back later in the week.


Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Hump day!!

Here is my take on this weeks Twisted Sketch #38, this week the twist was to use stripes. I love this photo of Charlotte in the bath she just looks so lovely. I was actually in the bath beside her but thankfully you can't see any part of me, thank goodness for photoshop. hehe. Be sure to check out the other Twisted Sisters work this week, they are really awesome.

Charlotte has returned back to school after being poorly at the weekend. I really missed her yesterday and was thankful when I had to go into school to do my voluntary bit. I'm still really enjoying Tuesday afternoons, the children are lovely and the involvement is great. For the past couple of weeks I have been in the classroom helping out, some of the children are a challenge but I love it and the kids are just great.

I have been working on a layout this morning as I haven't been feeling up to much I just hope that I'm not going down with whatever Charlotte had. I watched daytime television (which I never do) and scrapped and it was bliss, I must do this a little more often. For once I haven't followed a sketch and wasn't restricted in what I could used. I just have to stick everything down and then I will share it with you.

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

I'm back

Well we are home now from having a great half term with Mum and Dad. I really enjoyed myself catching up with friends and family it was good fun, but now we are back poor Charlotte is not well. We have been up since 4am this morning with her as she has been sick, poor mite, I do hate it when she is poorly.

Anyway I have managed to create this weeks weekly challenge gaining more points for the Crafty Magpies. This layout symbolises the changes that my life has taken since Charlotte has started school last September.

Right I'd better get dressed and get to a Supermarket if not we will not eat this week.

I will be back later in the week when things have calmed down a little.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Birthday treats

I'm really enjoying my week down with my parents, and with my Birthday looming tomorrow I have met up with my best friend Nat last night just look at the delish things she bought me for me. She also treated me to dinner too, so I was really spoilt. I'm so lucky to have a friend in Nat we have known one another since nursery and have been friends ever since. We have supported one another through difficult times in our lives and have always been there for each other. My friendship with Nat is like no other and I trust her with everything. She feels more like a sister to me than a friend.

Look at these gorgeous things.

We both love Paperchase!!.

Not much in the way of scrapbooking going on, and any that I have done I can't share just yet. I'm of to Capture the Magic tomorrow for a little look around.

Anyway I hope you are all okay?

Be back soon.

Friday, 12 February 2010


Here is my layout for this weeks weekly challenge over at UKScrappers. This week you needed to use a song title or lyric with 'love' in it. I chose 'I will always love you' by Whitney Houston. For another 10 points you had to include a heart (be it a small one in my case) and for a further 10 points you needed to use the colour red. I think that's another 30 points for the Crafty Magpies!!.

I am off to spend the half term week at my parents. I have a few things planned, catching up with my best friend Nat for a drink on Tuesday and Thursday it's my Birthday. Charlotte asked me this afternoon whether I was over 18, when I said 'yes' she replied actually Mummy you are over 30. Thanks Charlotte you know how to make me feel good. hehe
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Thursday, 11 February 2010

Twisted Sketch #36

The new Twisted Sketch is now up go check it out Here is my take on the sketch, this week the twist was pens, pencils and markers. I chose to use a photo of Charlotte on her graduation from Playschool last July, again these photos have been waiting to be scrapped for a while but never got round to it. I used Imaginisce and October Afternoon paper using the pencils and stars from the School Report range.

Close up shots of the layout, I used lots of bright coloured brads.

Be sure to click on the link above to see my fellow Twisted Sisters layouts they are all very talented.

Bye for now.


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

This and that

Why is it that the week seems to be getting shorter? I seem to be chasing my tail this week. It's been a busy start to the week, obviously going into school every lunchtime but then having a Safeguard meeting on Monday after school. Arranging child care for Charlotte was difficult but hubby managed to get some time off work to look after her. Yesterday afternoon I do my helping out at school, which I really enjoy, although yesterday was spent sharpening pencils!! I now have blisters on my thumb and finger such a high life I lead!! hehe

The weekend was spent in some fab company at the Bromsgrove crop on Saturday. Morag Cutts was there teaching classes, some I opted out of as I had so much to do and deadlines to meet. I did however make the organiser at home on Sunday, I really like it and think I'm going to give it to my momma. Not a very good picture as the light is so poor, but you get the idea.

Look what I won in the raffle at the crop! I had a quick play last night and the results are lush.

I made this card for an old school friend. We have just got back into contact, it's been a few years but we are enjoying catching up with our news.

I made this Valentine's card for Les at the crop, I also made one very similar for my Dad. It's tradition now, I've made my Dad a card since I was a little girl and I'm still doing it now. I think I always will. If I'm lucky I might get a card back.
Be sure to check out Twisted Sketches tonight as there is a new sketch, look out for my layout, leave me a comment and tell me what you think.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Weekly Challenge and Scrapbook Trends

I'm feeling so much better for taking a few days out from scrapbooking. I have managed to complete this weeks weekly challenge for the Crafty Magpies. This week you needed to use pink paper, use old stash and use either bling or a crown, I have included all these things so that's another 30 points for the team. I love this photo of Charlotte at Great Yarmouth last summer and have been meaning to scrap it but never seem to manage to get round to it. It was a lovely summers day (yeah I know we don't have many) and she was very warm so we told her to take her nice white linen trousers off. Such wise words, as my Mother found out that when sand is smeared onto light coloured trousers it stains!. This photo really does make me smile, her little legs oh and those pants!.

I had a nice surprise today, I received my copy of Scrapbook Trends and was really shocked to see my layout in there that I done of Mum. I emailed it off to them a while ago and never heard back so you can imagine the delight when I saw it published. Here it is:-

I'm looking forward to Saturday as it's crop day at Bromsgrove. This month it's even more special as Morag Cutts is coming to teach some classes, I just hope I don't get in too much of a muddle like I normally do. It should be a good day. In the evening hubby is taking me out for a Chinese for Valentine's Day, yeah yeah I know it's early but we will be travelling down to Mum's that weekend and won't be together for that day.

Twisted Sketches went live last night, with some of the new design team ladies creating there first layouts. I have had a nosey and they are all lovely, a real inspiration, go check them out I have completed mine for next week and I am happy with what I have created. Join in with us, you never know you could win it one week and take part in the sketch.

Anyway I'd better get my skates on, I need to collect Charlotte from school.

Thanks as always for popping by.


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

No mojo (again)

yep that's right no mojo again. I have been doing so much recently that my creative juices have dried up somewhat!!. I'm taking a few days breather and hope that it comes bursting back after a little break. Thankfully though I have made a good start on my first Twisted sketch that goes up next week.

I had a great weekend meeting up with my family in Coventry. My Dad, Brother and me went to watch the footie, Blackpool playing Coventry. Now I can't stand watching football on tv I get bored with in the first 5 minutes but watching it live is a different matter, the atmosphere is amazing. The supporters for Blackpool are fantastic, travelling up and down the country to watch there team, regardless of whether they win or lose, they will be back the following week. Boy do they make loads of noise too, they have a drummer who really gets the spectators going, you just can't help but sing along. When they scored I got so excited I jumped up bashed my knees on the seat in front, so I'm now nursing big bruises, but it was worth it.

So on Friday before meeting up with the family I decided to make Dad some coconut ice, he has a very sweet tooth and we make this once in a while for him. I filled the container full, but I know that when I see him next, the box will be empty. :) It's really easy to (I can remember making it with my mum) make and tastes so much better than the bought stuff.

340g Desiccated coconut
340g Icing sugar
400g Tin of condensed milk
Red food colouring

Place the condensed milk into a bowl and add the icing sugar. Beat well then mix in the desiccated coconut. The mixture will get firm and difficult to stir but persevere until everything is combined.

Divide the mixture into two (add food colouring) and spread into a square tin.

Righto I'm off to see if I can remember how to update my slide show. Wish me luck!!

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