Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Very Very Speshal Friday coming up.....


So the
Spesh dare is actually 'Pretty Damned Spesh' this Friday....!

Let's just say we are part of something... BIG..... involving artists from places far and near... Well..., not exactly near, but how about far.... and even farther....! Lol
:-) and this is something you will definitely wanna see, I promise.

So there you have it, You know where, and you also know when - Let's do it!
My little Halloween do this evening went very well - the girls in the kitchen and all the young care assistants were blooming fantastic and helped me loads to make sure the oldies had a really great party!

We did halloween bingo which was hysterical - totally chaotic, as half the resi's couldn't see the pictures I was describing in the dim spooky atmosphere, and the other half couldn't hear my descriptions coz there were so many of us, so we all had a great laugh with that - and I gave a prize to everyone who even had a go, as it was just so much fun - if complete madness :-)

Then we guessed the spooky sounds, told scary ghost stories, and had a scrummy tea, all washed down with Slimeade and Witches Blood.....;-)

Some of my folks said they'd never had so much fun for years... So worth every second of the work involved, even if I am dead on my feet now.

Oh.... here's one old dude we put in the corner and forgot about though...
....think he's been there since last year.....

**Whahahahaha...** (cackles madly!)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Now, can a pumpkin get any cuter than this ??

I made this for the Front Cover of Creative Scrapbooking Magazine - which eventually ended up not going to print in October due to production delays.
And so of course, as adorable as my Li'l punkin is, he just couldn't really sit on the front of November's issue, could he?

Ho hum...

So I made another..... still like this one better tho! :-)

Well, he's just too cute, this boy!!

Halloween hats!

At last – I have managed to get the flaming
hats finished!!

I was up at 5.30 a.m this morning working on them, and then spent all day at work carving pumpkins and making decorations with different groups of residents. Came home tonight and got stuck straight back into the hat making. And let me tell you - 50 hats on your own is no small thing.... Blimey – I’m exhausted! Looks like all my help for the party tomorrow has evaporated too, so I hope I manage to recharge my batteries somehow tonight or I don’t know where I’ll get the energy to decorate the main hall and lounge tomorrow in time for the ‘do’.

We’re having traditional games like apple bobbing etc , plus music and a spooky quiz, and Cookie’s rustling us up a themed tea, with special cakes, ghoulish fruit punch and hot mulled wine.

I reckon I’ll be the zombie in the corner!! Lol!

Here’s a small selection of the finished product – I’m BUYING the Christmas hats this year BTW!!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Maria's Class at Carolinez today

Carolinez have their first Class page up today. Go check out the brilliantly gorgeous LO by my over-talented-teamie Maria Horton :-) (ria979902) . Full intructions on the site and Caroline has put her own version up too for a bit of extra inspiration if needed :-)

Hope to get theis done and uploaded later!

week 26 Speshal Challenge

Love is... bigger than the miles in between us...

Debbie talked about the little 'Love is' couple - you remember them? Course you do... we all do... but actually, when I first saw this weeks theme all I could think of was that soppy line from Love Story.... who was that... Ryan O'Neil and Ali McGraw....? God, how long ago was THAT!

And all I could think of was the line where someone said "Love means never having to say you're sorry"

There must have been a whole generation of people walking around those days thinking it was ok to never say sorry to their partner - coz you loved them really! Wrong!!

Anyhow, my take on 'Love is....' is Jazza and Vin - in one of the many many pics of them together, looking so alike - same cute goofy grins.... :-) who remain mad on each other, even though they now live so far apart, but daily phone calls and msn keep them connected, and they have a little mutual admiration society going on most of the time... 2 Leo's, see? That it explains a lot.... Lol!!

No offence meant to any Leo's out there btw - I love Leo's, which is just as well, as I am surrounded by them.... Yay me!

Friday, October 27, 2006

No no no!

SO loving my new music on my blog!

Amy Winehouse... Rehab. Bloody fantastic singer and song.

We heard this last week, and just fell head over heels for it - me, Carl, and Vin too. This girl's voice is insane and I luuurve that pure Tamla Motown sound - reminds me of the old Stax days.

Jazzy yeah, Bluesy sure.... Tamla Definitely.

And do I love it...? Yes yes yes!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

All things pink!

The baby is a peach, no - a doll a darling and an angel… she is adorable with a capital A. She’s warm, soft and pink – a delicious bundle of velvety babyness, all smelling of johnson’s; and milk, and that soft fuzzy baby smell that you just have to bury your face in... I know that you know exactly what I mean.

She has a tiny sweet kittens face, with a little mewly mouth, and tight shut eyes – actually, she looks very like her Mum did at that age, same beautiful dark skin, and long silky black hair, she looks so dark – oriental even, and I’m sure she’s going to have the same almond shaped eyes as her aunties, Jazz and Hayley – she’s going to be a beauty no doubt.

Donna says her eyes are light blue already, when she opens them wide - very striking with her dark complexion and hair – and a throwback to her Spanish/Irish ancestry.

My daughter appears to have completely forgotten that she really wanted a boy – amazing how quickly a baby manages to snuggle it’s way into your heart, eh...? :-)

At twenty and a half hours old the little girl has yet to find out what it feels like to lay in her crib…. Good for her – I pray she knows the warmth and security of loving arms around her every second of her life.

Welcome to the World - and to our family
Miss Matilda Jae Brown

Birth Announcement!

Just a quick announcement now - will be back with lots more news and photographs later!!

Donna had a baby girl last night at 23.54pm. She weighed 7lb 14oz, and has been named Matilda Jae.

Mum and Baby both doing fine and Dad's as proud as Punch!

A beautiful little sister for Solomon (7) & Isabelle (4)

Please rejoice with us - Oh Happy days!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I'm Bushed!

Desperately need to get on with some decorating. There's loads needs doing and it's making me feel depressed, so sensibly, I thought I'd make a start with the smallest room.... I'm halfway through now and wishing I'd never started.... Aching, frustrated, skint and fed up.

I thought I enjoyed decorating..... when did THAT change?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

They come ... and they go

It's been a funny old couple of weeks in Scrapworld.

We've heard news of lots of people giving up and or moving on. Celeb scrappers of course, because that's what we hear about, but I wonder how many of us ordinary everyday scrappers are actually feeling the same? The celebs are quitting their blogs - a fashion which sprang up, and sat very well hand in hand with scrapping, but one which though fun, does take up a lot of your time... and some are even giving up scrapping altogether, preferring to concentrate more on the photograps, and journalling separately....

I can't help but feel this is in some ways a backlash produced by greedy manufacturers constantly pushing more and more product at us, taking the onus away from what ought to be the central thing, and rather, turning our pages into pieces of papers not filled with love and pictures and memories, but with fancy pieces of patterned paper, chipboard, embellies and bling.

Everyone wants to be on a DT now; to have a blog; work for a mag; be part of a chllenge group... yet when you are, you find you have no time for anything else!!

My dh moans I spend more time writing about memories, and scrapping them, than actually making them.... it's food for thought. You need a balance sure, but if I sometimes feel overwhelmed at my comittments, how much more so must the celebrity scrappers feel it trying to keep so many balls in the air?

I reckon we'll see more of this backpeddling in the near future - but I guess there'll be always someone desperate to jump into their place, eh?

Quote of the day:

Whether you think you can or
whether you think you can't - you're right.
Henry Ford:
And today, I think I can - so look out!

Speshal Dare #25

A friend would never…pull your hair, would she?

Hmmnn..... she might!

This layout is about the day I finally met Lemon at Bonanza. We were already great cyber buddies - team mates too, and late night msn chatting pals... We spoke to each other on the phone regularly, emailed, pm’d….but we’d never met.
The day we were due to meet up we were all so excited, everyone was texting everyone, and when Lemon said she was almost there I rushed down to greet her and give her a hug – I’d waited so long to meet my friend!

We had to dash along then – to meet everyone else before class… and as I ran ahead I felt a sharp tug on my hair – I stopped dead, looked round and she stood there grinning. I said “what did you do that for???” and she said…“ I just wanna make sure you’re real…” Aw....I could have eaten her up!

So that’s my friend. That’s Lemon. Even though she lives many many miles away, she'll always be the first to pick up the phone and 'be there' when I need a friend... I wish she only lived round the corner. I wish I could be there more for her too. And anyway, now you all know why I love her so.

jk xx

Check out Alecia Grimm's fantastic Guest spot layout. Love that girl's work! :-)

Friday, October 20, 2006

So - half term week!

we got one happy boy in this house tonight :-)

He likes this school, he's doing ok - actually I've been surprised at how he's knuckled down to his GCSE coursework this term - such good boy, and he's trying without me nagging him, which is amazing. We've talked about planning, and for once he sees the sense in that - I can't quite believe how grown up he is becoming. I'm alternatively proud and terrified! Me and a million other Mums worldwide I'm sure...

So, what will we do with ourselves this week?

Well I have to work but that's not a prob as I do flexi hrs so I can do what suits the family, and even take Vin along if he wants to come. He actually enjoys coming in and chatting to the old folks, playing cards and dommies, and helping me with activities. Vin's one of those peeps who gets on with everyone like his Dad, and he's brilliant with the old dudes - no shyness or awkwardness at all, so he finds it all easy and it's good for him - and them. Some get no visitors at all.. half an hour in the company of an amiable young man is very welcome there, I tell you.

We'll probably pop over to Hemel or Hitchin one day for a look round. Vin has a few bob burning a hole in his pocket, and I like the charity shops and flea market. Bound to have pizza for lunch... coz he always picks - and we'll pick up some cakes for tea on the way home. Can't wait!

Ashridge forest with the kids - need autumn pic's!

And a sleepover for Vin. His buddy Michael is a nice kid and seems to be here a lot lately... but we'd rather they're here than elsewhere, so that's good.

And that's it!

Donna's baby may arriveof course...... sometime???
Going in on the 24th - so surely here by the 25th latest??

Don't forget...

to check out the Speshal dare tonight at 11pm....

A friend of mine - an amazingly fantastic scrapper... someone I've been on a couple of International DT's with.... and someone who's work I absolutely love.... is our Speshal guest this week... Aha...who could it be?

Great theme too, Lol!! So don't forget... !!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Love my new stamps!

So loving the new stamps I got today!

They came in the post, and as soon as I saw them I was in love... big and bold and polka dot- spotty! Clear and pre-cut too... what more could I possibly want... ? hmm.... maybe the lower case too?
amuse clear stamps polks dot letters .
Got to say, I'm rather taken with the Paisley Caps, and the Stitched Outline too... *sigh* just what it is with alpha stamps...? A girl can never get enough, eh?
Actually, I'm a bit wild, tbh - I only just finished a LO for CS for which these naughty li'l devils would have been just perfect for (if only i'd known...).
Still, I imagine there'll be a fair few LO's rolling off the conveyer using them... I mean, this isn't just infatuation here... this is Luuurve.

Quote of the day:

I work until beer o'clock.
Stephen King
Now there's a guy knows how to do it....

Another must have...

Autumn Leaves - The Look Book
Just found this on Create my Keepsakes site - oh yes, i like it :-)

If you're still looking for your own 'look' This could be the one for you. Covers loads of styles like trad, simple and linear, freestyle, shabby chic and everything in between. Seems all our fave scrappers have a style, and inside the covers the 'designing with' team analyse these styles, and help us take on a trademark style all our own.

112 pages packed with stuff from loads of popular designers, like Lisa McGarvey, Melette Berezoski, Elsie Flannigan, Teresa McFayden, Tracy Kyle, Tara Whitney, Shelly Sullivan, Mary Grace Abuzman, Kelli Crowe, Jenni Bowlin, Shelley Laming, Jamie Waters, Erica Hernandez, and Jackie Bonette.

Oh.... not much going on in there then....Lol! Want it, do we? lol!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

What a find....!

A few weeks ago I had a commision for some layouts which were to be accompanied by a set of verse sticks. To make these little bits of scrumptiousness, I needed giant lolly sticks and a hand drill amongst other things. Ok, no probs on the lolly sticks - any shop selling crafty bits will have them; ebay have stacks... the early learning centre, the works, wilko's... they're everywhere. Everything else I had in my stash - except the drill... and well, the drill proved to be the hard part.

I thought 'No worries, Carlos will drill them for me with his super whizzy electric jobby...' But no, he could not. Whatever he tried, the wood split. He changed bits, changed speed, placed them on a padded surface, tried them on a block...damped them...drilled through them individually, and also stacked up.

Nothing worked.

I was frantic by now - I had a deadline, and was fast running out of sticks to practice on!

I rang my dd. Her hubby's grandpa had recently passed away. I knew grandma still had all his things stored away... might he have had a hand drill somewhere? No. Gave it up years ago in favour of electric. Ditto my dad.

Somehow we managed to bodge enough do the work, and the article went ahead. But I really enjoyed making them and wanted to do some more - they make such cute little presents.

Only I couldn't face all the stress and aggro... So imagine my glee when I found a great old hand drill in a box in a junk shop yesterday - going for the princely sum of ONE POUND!

Yay! Snapped it up - of course!

Well, you would, wouldn't you!

Finding Emo....

My son has become obsessed with his hair.
Now, some of you may know I am the mother of three girls... and I've had hair all my life. But I've never known such hair business as we now have in this house. Even bearing in mind that my middle dd spent 3 years training at hair and beauty college, and the youngest was an apprentice in a trendy salon when she first left school.

But Vin turned 14 this year, and this boy, who until now has never bothered even slightly with his appearance - other than to ask does he look disrespectful enough before school :-) - has suddenly got his heart set on a hair style known as Emo. He wants that long floppy fringe hanging over his eye, and yeah, I guess it would go with his clothes and his style and his look, but as far as his hair is concerned he can forget it. His mop doesn't want to play.

He gels, waxes, sprays, and stretches ... He even let me loose with my straighteners last week.... but try telling his hair it would look good hanging down - it just doesn't wanna go there!

Ordinarily his hair grows like lightening... I'm forever cutting it. But from the second he decided he wanted it long... it's like...nothing. Nada, zilch, zero. Not a millimetre has it moved.

Meanwhile I am driven to distraction with the incessant questions... "Mum, do you think it's getting any longer? Do you think it's growing?" And the angry scenes in the morning mirror when it won't go where it's supposed to....

Please come back girls - all is forgiven. Really!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lots going on in the scrapping world to mark October's Breast Cancer Awareness month - is there a Crop for the Cure going on near you? If so, pop along and share the day cropping and chatting and meeting others who love to scrapbook just like you. Last year a lot of money was raised worldwide - if you can do your bit while having a great day out this year, go for it.

If there's not a crop going on - why not organise one!
Or any event to bolster funds :-) Get some ideas here

Quote of the day:

By far the most common craving of pregnant women is not to be pregnant.
~Phyllis Diller
My poor dd.
4 days overdue - she's had enough.
Come on baby!

Monday, October 16, 2006

I wonder why..?

I've so enjoyed scrapping these last few days. I think it's because I've just done whatever I fancied. Of course, I still have comittments to meet and deadlines to make, but I've had a small scrapping holiday, and I think it's done me good. Sometimes I get so caught up in having to do this or that that I start to feel stifled... and just have to break free for a bit. It's been one of those times.

Now, back to the grindstone for me!

Quote of the day:

Many long for immortality
who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon.
Not like us eh? We'd just scrap!
Hope you get something fun done
on this wet and yucky day.
Me? I need twice the hours today, I'm so behind!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

my first Pencil Lines LO

Lovin the Pencil Lines blog!

They've got a fab becky F sketch up there right now, but a new one goes live tomorrow night.

Just scraped in in time with my interpretation. Old papers yeah, but I'm trying to use up stash I have sitting here.... I NEED the room! lol!

My mate Nic White sort of challenged a few of us to use MORE pics on pages - here ya go Nic - four... that's a lot for me :-)

I actually enjoyed scrapping today!

I tidied up a bit - so I can move in here and that helped, but for some reason, I just enjoyed making my spesh dare this week and this little LO I knocked up for carolinez craftz DT...

Now, as a scrapper I should enjoy it all, right? yes, of course I should, but I haven't been... that's the thing. I haven't really wanted to scrap at all, and it's hard to do if you really don't want to.

Anyway, if I had a block - it seems to have lifted, at least temporarily :-)

Good - it's nice to enjoy playing with my stash again.

Flipping amazing service!

I had a little ... ahem... browse...round Box Room Booty yesterday afternoon, and one or two small pieces of deliciousness tumbled into my basket. Would have been terribly rude to put them back, and anyway, before I knew it I'd clicked that PP button... and well, you know... the deed was done :-)

Came a loud knocking on the door at 8am this morning and there's the postie with my box - my treats were beautifully wrapped inside in scrummy blue tissue paper, and some halloween sweeties had been tucked in too!

Incredible service - and it's not a one off either. Jo always gives fantastic service. Every order I place is the same, beatifully packed and despatched at lightning speed. Only wish I had more wonga to order more often. There's scrummy stuff at that shop - and I want it all!
Spesh dare no 24

Our special guest tonight was Cath - gorgeous layout, and very full of meaning.

My own layout was about the boy, who really did not love funfair rides... and then all of a sudden agreed to have a go... and the rest... well, as they say, it's history - oh the joy of discovery, eh?

Friday, October 13, 2006

Small as a size 5 Flip-Flop....

Look @ this little girl.... She runs off with all Mummy's flip-flops... she doesn't chew them, just likes to have them near. She's taken up residence in Rubies Pop up igloo - and brought some shoes along for company. How cute is she?

Quote of the day:

The fish was an emblem of
Freyja, and as such was associated
with the worship of Love. It was
offered by the Scandinavians to
their goddess, on the sixth day of
the week, i.e., Friday.
Unfortunately this worship of Love
on the Friday of each week
gradually developed - or
degenerated - into a series of
filthy and indecent rites and

Charles Platt, 1925
Very true - you only have to walk down the high street in any town on a Friday night to see not much has changed!! :-) Lol!!

Unlucky for some...?

Welcome to Friday the 13th.
Are you a Paraskevidekatriaphobic..... One afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th ??

Or perhaps you believe that considering Friday the unluckiest day of the week is only a matter of superstition. Interestingly, experts of many insurance companies who' register catastrophes and breakdowns assure us that the largest number of tragedies do occur on Fridays!

According to the online encyclopedias, Friday the 13th is actually unlucky for some of us.

Psychologists have found that people are especially likely to have accidents or fall ill on Friday 13th, due (according to them!) to a heightened state of anxiety on that day.

There have been a fair few events known as Black Friday's in history. Usually, these events are devastating. Some historians claim that the origin of the'Black Friday' was the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of the Knights Templar on October 13th (a Friday) - later tortured into admitting heresy.

It's said if you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names.... ok, Jack the ripper isn't exactly a name... but it fits, no? Lol!

From a religious view, Muslims claim Friday as the day Allah created Adam, the bible tells us that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, the apple, on a Friday, and later died on a Friday, and Christians consider Friday as the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans. There were 13 present at the Last Supper, with the 13th guest at the table being the traitor, Judas.

Friday the 13th has also been extremely unlucky day for some well-known public personas. American gangster Al Capone - the godfather of Chicago, was arrested and sentenced to jail on Friday 13th. Rap singer Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas on Friday 13th as well - having cheated his own death after a series of attempted murders before.

What Friday the 13th Character Are You?

Tina - A lot stronger than you look. A little messed up, you come across as helpless and fragile. You always seem to find yourself in situations you don't want to be in, though no matter the odds, you always find a way to deal.

Take this quiz!


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The number 13 is probably the most common of all superstitions

Friday the 13th is a popular series of slasher films

Try your luck with a Friday 13th Quiz here hmmn... you might find question 4 a little dated though... Lol!

As for me....? Well, I admit to being a superstitious sort of bod.... Thankfully, I'm not working today, but I will have to drive later.... so I'll be extra vigilant on the road - just in case! I should be ok... touch wood!

Hope you all have a great friday today - whatever the date :-)

more CHA news

I read somewere tonight that Elsie Flannigan has made
up her mind to go with with KI Memories....
The announcement was made today @ at Memory Trends.
So if you've been wondering where all the hints were leading....
now the truth has been revealed! :-) You can read KI Memories announcement here and Elsie's announcement here
if you are interested in the long haul...

This new line will apparently debut at CHA Winter 2007...
Around October time...

October time... Oh, not too long to wait then , eh?

But hang on... ! Erm...is that... October 2007... ??

Ah, yes, afraid it is....
Seems a long way off ....... don't it?? Lol!!

But then, I guess a bit of spin is good anytime of year...
hee heee

(Hope we still have a planet to play in by then.....)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

CK's Scrapbooker of the Year announced

C.D. Muckosky is Ck's new Scrapbooker of the Year - 2006 !!

This girl was picked out of over 500 entries, and if you've ever seen what you have to do to get this coveted prize you'll know how hard she must have blumming well worked :-)

C.D. apparently wins 10 000....(think of the stash, girls....!)


$10 000 another in sponsorship prizes on top, and becomes part of the CK circus for 2 years, appearing at events etc in their name.

She's teaching a 'Make and Takes at a Las Vegas scrapbook store and will be
appearing at sponsor booths for the remainder of the show. Lisa Bearnson made the announcement last night at Memory Trends.

C.D. is a Canadian from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
'Well done' that girl! ;-)

video announcement here.
CD's essay here
C.D.'s blog.

Discovery Day

It's discovery day in the Bahamas...
See if you can discover a new technique, a new paperline, a new way of doing things... or maybe a new friend!

Have fun in all you do today :-)

Quote of the day:

always have old memories - and young hopes
Arsene Houssaye

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Great Daily Horoscope Site


I like that it gives you colours which are good for the day :-)

Wed Oct 11: Budget Blow Out
Life is wonderful and spending is tempting, Taurus. The buoyant influence the Moon has on your wallet is so enticing to Mars; they can seriously blow your budget confines to the heavens. Keep practicality in mind with all purchases. If it feels it must be had, it will wait a few days to find its way home to you.

Liberating colours are blackberry and mauve.

Lucky numbers are 21 and 77.

Perhaps i'll start using this a a colour prompt? Wouldn't it be nice to get something finished every day!

Yeah yeah... in my dreams, I know.

Quote of the day:

A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of things
We all need more smiles.
wish I could make that without turning my head.

National 'coming out' day...

Believe it or not... October 11th is coming out day, and a day when we are encouraged to 'talk about it'....

I can only assume 'they' mean this in regard to gay and lesbian rights, however, it might just be a good day to come out and say anything that you really want to - just because you are fed up of NOT saying it... iyswim?

So if you have something bottled up - spit it out and be done with it :-)

Alternatively, it's also revolution day somewhere begining with P that I don'tquite remember... So if you can't be arsed to say what you want, ( and I don't think I can) then why not go the whole hog and just start a revolution in your world instead - you know they say actions speak louder than words!

whatever you do though- do it with gusto! ;-)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Listening to Los Lonely Boys...

well, you all are if you have your sound turned up - getting their new album this week - fantastic - check out these crazy West Texan hermanos, they're fab. Our new fave band.

Oooh... some amazing pics here


Just love the F ay Wray ones - love that look.

Can I introduce you all...

....to my purple ant?

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How cute is he???? Clare I hope you're looking - PA's gone Global!!! Mwahahaha!

Dedicated followers of scrappin...

Anyone remember the Kinks?
Sing this to the tune of Dedicated Follower of Fashion

They seek stash here, they seek stash there,
with patterns loud, but never square.
It will make or break them so they’ve got to have the lot,
cause they are dedicated followers of scrappin.

And when they do their little rounds,
they strip craft shops in every town,
Eagerly pursuing all the latest paper trends
cause they are dedicated followers of scrappin'

Oh yes they are (oh yes they are), oh yes they are (oh yes they are).
They think their pages ought to be more looked at,
And when they put their latest efforts up on 2peas site
They feel they’re dedicated followers of scrappin'

Oh yes they are (oh yes they are), oh yes they are (oh yes they are.)
There’s one thing that they love and that is flattery.
One week it’s all polka-dots, the next week it’s all stripes.
cause they are a dedicated followers of scrappin...

They seek praise here, they seek it there…
On UKS, and the effer dares
Everywhere the papercrafters army marches on,
Each one a dedicated follower of scrappin.

Oh yes they are (oh yes they are), oh yes they are (oh yes they are).
Their world is built round cyber crops and scrapstores.
Magazine DT’s and sketches, always wanting more
cause they are dedicated follower of scrappin.

Oh yes they are (oh yes they are), oh yes they are(oh yes they are.)
They flit from crop to shop just like a butterfly.
As far as DT’s go they are as fickle as can be,
cause they are dedicated followers of scrappin'
They are dedicated followers of scrappin...
They are dedicated followers of scrappin...

Are you smilin? :-)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Caroline'z opened a new scrapping and crafting forum...

...here. The doors are open to friends old and new, so if you love crafting, pop in for a chat about scrapping, cardmaking, altered art and all the assorted tomfoolery us crafty girls surround ourselves with on a daily basis. Feel free to drop by sometime and say hello - there's lots planned - competitions, the DT will be doing weekly online classes and there's a place for show and tell too. It's just a small, friendly site, but you'll find a cosy welcome waiting there.

hope to see you soon.


Updated to add that the amazing Maria Horton is kicking off the weekly classes with a gorgeous layout on 28th October - and you can buy a specially priced kit from Caroline for just six quid inc P&P - RRP £8.95!!

It's nice

It's been lovely to bump into some old friends in the last few days.... Of course I still love all my special online buddies who I hang out with all the time - but it's good to chat to people who have maybe drifted out of my life due to circumstances, and be able to catch up with them :-) and also to have the opportunity to make some new friends too.

Sending big cyber hugs to all my friends tonight - Both old and new

jk xx

Quote of the day:

We can’t all be stars… but we can all twinkle
How true...
Do what you do because you love it - and you will shine.

Coming soon.....

....DonDon's baby!

Hopefully sometime this week :-) though not actually due until Friday we are all expecting news anytime. We have no idea whether we're getting a boy or a girl, and as Donz and Jon have one of each already, it's not really an issue - a gorgeous plump pink fuzzy bundle baby dumplingness will do us all fine, thank you!

Stand by for the gorge baby piccies - I can feel a frenzy of photo's coming on....!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Quote of the day:

Just because you can - it doesn't mean you have to

A friend said this to me today....
Thanks Anita, I think you're right :-)

For those who've asked...

...Minnie is improving - taking her medicine and eating again ok. She had us all worried there... She's a very much loved li'l pooch!

couple of layouts

A couple of layouts I made for Carolinez Craftz DT
I just love the gorgeous spotty papers - the only trouble is, they're all double sided - and I loved the backs too! lol!!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Quote of the day:

You cannot do a kindness
too soon,
for you never know
how soon it will be too late.
Do something kind today,
just because you can.

Update on sicknote Minniemoomoo

The wee doggy's a bit better today, but apparently very hungry!

Hayley and Dan went round last night for a drink and a game of poker, so she got lots of fusses and attention and Jazz said she's a bit more herself today. She's going back to the vet later, and has taken her medicine like a good girl so hopefully she's on the mend now, and will be allowed some food today.

She's only had a little ham since it all started, and about five raisins that Ruben dropped - which she managed to get to before Jazz could get to her! :-) so she's well ready for something a bit more substantial. For a dog smaller than a cat, that girl sure can scoff!

The boys are back in town....

Well, out of town actually. My boys are off to a rock concert in Marlow tonight. I was invited, I could have gone... or I could have stayed here and scrapped and watched the England game Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting and hogged the telly... and so they are off out... and I'm staying home! Lol!

Yay! get the wine and choccies in - I'm quite looking forward to it :-)

They're going to see a band called Jump, who are touring to promote their new album. A friend of ours has done a bit art work for them, designing album covers and stuff, and as he knows Vin's a budding rock star he invited him to go and meet the guys before the gig, and see the show with him.

I'm sure they'll have a great time - and I'm sure I will too... hee hee!!

Speshal dare # 23

I was all based around song lyrics this week. You'd have thought that'd be right up my street wouldn't you, but I had no idea til an hour before I uploaded what on earth I was going to do it on. I've got a million songs whose lyrics I love or which would be great to base a page around but somehow, it came down to a very old Irving Berlin song called Always. It's been done by so many famous singers including Frank Sinatra, but surprisingly, the version I love most is actaully by Chas and Dave of all people!
20 Years is not enough...
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I'll be loving you, Always
With a love that's true, Always.
When the things you've planned
Need a helping hand,
I will understand, Always.
Days may not be fair, Always,
That's when I'll be there, Always.
Not for just an hour,
Not for just a day,
Not for just a year,
But Always.

Not for just an hour,
Not for just a day,
Not for just a year,
But Always.
~ Irving Berlin 1925

This weeks Speshal guest was Kelli Crowe with an amazing entry - she's fantastic!
Of course I've asked Debs if we can keep her!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Oh no!!!! terribly worrying news!

Jazz has just rang me.... on the way home from the vet's. Minnie is ill!

Apparently, she was moping about yesterday evening, and was awake most of the night coming in and out of their room and being very unsettled, but they just thought she was put out because everyone was up late and didn't realise she was unwell!

Thursday's the busiest day at the airport and Erk didn't get home til 1. a.m. Jazz was feeling a bit down with him gone all day so her and Ruben had gone to bed early. By the time Erk came home buzzing from his busy day they were all up and awake, but couldn't understand why minnie was making a fuss. They just thought it was all the late night activity disturbing her.

Anyway - this morning Jazz discovered that she was obviously very poorly and so they whizzed her straight up to the vet. She's had two injections, and has lots of medicine to take, and has to go back again tomorrow morning. She's not allowed any food for 24 hrs (minnie would struggle to go 24 mins) but if she's really very hungry, maybe a little jamon... obviously doesn't look like a dog who eats pet food...

The vet examined her and did lots of tests but at one point she squeezed her belly and minnie actually went for her - it must have really hurt - she's never ever snapped at anyone before.
Poor little doggie.

Jazz daren't phone me earlier til they knew she was alright. She knows how much we all love her, and that I'll just be worrying myself silly.

Amazing how a dog so tiny can take up so much room in your heart eh?
Please send healing vibes to our little girl. She means so much to us all.

Quote of the day:

Mama follows us around
hoping we'll sneeze
So she can have the tissue
"For my scrapbook please."
~Toni Sorenson Brown, "She's Out of Control"
Perhaps not that bad, girls
But not far off, eh?

YAY! Can't believe it's Friday again :-)

Good ole Friday... Rolls round every week don't it, regular as clockwork :-) I work flexi hours so I'm lucky enough to pretty much pick and choose what it suits me to do and when.... and anyone who knows me will tell you I don't do fridays. Well who would if they didn't have to?

Life's just too short to work Fridays eh?
We should make it a law.

But I still have lots of to do, like....

1. my Speshal dare for tonight

2. finish some stuff for Caroline i've been working on

3. get some ideas together for something a friend and I are planning ;-)

4. Go through my box of bits and bobs I've picked up for altering and sort something out for a weekend project.

5. cut and mount at least ONE set of the ever increasing pile of unmounted stamps in this room.

....If I needed them so badly and bought them even when i probably couldn't afford them... why are they still sitting here weeks, months, maybe even a year after I got them??

No answer req'd btw guys - I know you all have some unmounted stamps in your craft room.... so don't even bother trying to deny it!

Thursday, October 05, 2006


I've had... quite an eventful time.

Started off yesterday, with me just poodling off to town before work.... I was on my way to pick up a home DJ set-up - we want to put on more theme nights for the resi's and thought it would be good to be able to do the music ourselves, entertainers being so expensive now. At this point I had no idea what sort of a day I was in for....

I never saw it coming at all... but anyway, next thing there he was.

A cop standing in the middle of the road, indicating that I should pull over. I could see he had the flaming speed gun thingy in his hand and I was like... "sheeeit, I really don't need this now." I know it's a compulsory automatic fine of sixty quid and 3 points on your licence - I still have 3 points from last time...

I rolled down the window and he told me I'd been doing 37 in a 30 mph zone. Of course I said sorry. Well, not much point arguing is there? He has the proof in his hand... I was obviously going too fast, so it was a fair cop.

Anyway - it turns out its my lucky day... Instead of fining me and crippling my insurance for the next 85 years, he's very generously going to allow me to proceed IMMEDIATELY to the fire station, where a nice bobby is going to tell me off, give me a badge and make me watch a video. He'll then formally caution me, and let me go... and that will be the end of that.

I grovel out a further apology and set off to the fire station - IMMEDIATELY mind!

Once there I am humiliated in front of half the town, made to feel like the world's worst person, and taken in to the viewing room. There to watch a film of RTA's and kids being killed. Oh Joy.

Naturally, by this time I am in floods of tears and can hardly see the THINK sticker I am given to place prominantly on my dashboard. This is partly because I felt such a heel and the video nearly killed me with guilt, and partly because the copper who finally ushered me out, let the door go on my arm and almost broke it in 5 places.

My lucky day indeed.

I'll tell you what though - even without the police brutality (my arm is a mess of bruises and hideously swollen) the episode had a far greater impact on me than getting fined did last time. Then, I was just pissed off at having to cough up a wad of hard earned cash - now I am actually THINKING about what I did wrong.

Grey and 'Orrible

Just sitting here by the window... and what a grim and bleak outlook it is. It's getting dark, well dusk really, and the sky is leaden and grey... a foul evening all round, and yes, it's raining.

I'm watching the trees over the road swaying and I can hear the drip drip drip of the rain plopping down from the guttering.... Ooooh thank goodness I don't have to go anywhere! I've got my jim jams on now, and the lamps are lit - it's lovely and cosy inside, and as I have no work tomorrow i'm just going to slouch and scrap and scoff and slob.

Sound good?
Yeah, I thought so too :-)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Donna'a baby is due in just 10 days time! Doesn't she look great? I always felt wretched when I was pregnant and even though the term Yummy Mummy hadn't been invented then, no one in their right mind could ever have applied it to me lol! She's doing well , but getting a bit fed up now, and obviously looking forward to it being all over soon. And of course we're all dying to see the new baby!!! Stand by for broody pics soon!

quote of the day

Blessed are the children of scrapbookers,
for they shall inherit the scrapbooks.
~Author Unknown
But I have four kids... so who'll inherit mine?
Who'll want them?
All of them?
Any of them?
I sometimes wonder, if anyone will want them at all...
Or will they simply get dumped in a box in the loft, left to sleep silently under a blanket of dust and only see the light of day in however many years when someone else lives in this house and finds a crumpled old cardboard box full of the remnants of some long ago, long forgotten family?
Will our voices talk to them I wonder?
Will they hear the happy laughter of children tinkling down through the years, sense the warmth and heart of a family long gone... will they pore over the pages, trying to work out the connections and perhaps wonder who all these people and animals are,
where they come from... how they fit?
Or will the kids ALL want the books...
will they fight over who takes what, and jealously grab and claim any that contain photos of them, or their children or their homes...
Will they suddenly become interested in my scraps of paper, and stickers and photographs, carefully and lovingly arranged over the years, and preserved in so many books, all bursting at the seams which in the everyday rush and bustle of ordinary life mean nothing to them at all....?
Are never looked at.
Sit on shelves, and desktops, and are piled on the floor and any available surface in a higgledy piggle jumble of unbalancedness.
Who'll want them I wonder?
Who'll want these books?

I bagsy one of these!

Love Leah Fungs little sweetie box which is gonna be a make and take project for Accucut at Memory Trends. You can check the details on Leah's blog here. What a lovely way to use up all your scraps. Unlike me who just stores them in ever expanding paper holders... just in case....eh?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

sneak peeks I'm loving so far

Not to say I'm going to BUY them... just mentioned that they're quite nice....
especially the rusty browns and orange/reds :-)

A girl can look - can't she?

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