Wednesday 29 February 2012

Tuesday 28 February 2012

Edible Stonehenge...

Last night my kids asked "What's for tea oh fabulous cook mum?"
OK...delete 'fabulous'...anyway, I had some pork chops poised ready and my son 'Oliver Masterchef' aged 12 & 1 month asked to take charge in the kitchen. It was that or another visit to A&E for a stomach-pumping session.
He decided we would have mash & beans to compliment his creation which was... Edible Stonehenge scene complete with baked bean moat.

Must Have Blinked...

"Hottest day of the year so far"...they said..."Sunny spells"...they said!
Trust me kids...want an accurate weather forecast? Look out the window, pop a naked toe outside the back door & judge for yourself.
But it is great gardening weather and that's where I've been for the past couple of days... so good to be back outdoors again. Trundling around with my mower, knees caked in mud & a heaving bucket of weeds...Good Times!

Papers - First Edition Up Up & Away
Promarkers, Card Candy, Ribbon

Entering it at -
Creative Craft Challenge - Boys Will Be Boys

Friday 24 February 2012

Bikini Back In Its Box!

It's can look...come out from behind the's safe!
There are no bikini shots, no semi-nakedness, don't be afraid!
Too much of a breeze today to be bearing flesh...more of a rainmac n' muff kinda day.
Tiz Friday, which means only one thing...It's The Weekend!
Whatever you're upto, have a groovy one and see y'all next week x

Stamp - Sweet Little Gift (Sassy Cheryl)
Promarkers, X-Cut punched flowers

Thursday 23 February 2012

Parental Guidance May Be Required....

As promised, the temperature here in ol' Blighty sure did soar today. The sun shone, the sky was Promarker Sky Blue and I thought I'd do a spot of tidying in the garden before I slipped into my bikini...

4 hours later and job done...

Time to relax...

Just managed to get a shot of my flip-flopped feet & the darn batteries on my camera ran out.
Apologies to those 'hoping' to get a look at my attractive buttock-clenching swimwear...I know you're all hugely disappointed!

Monday 20 February 2012

Thunder Thighs

There were some harsh comments on my last posting about my plans to be bikini-clad by the end of the week after promises of soaring temperatures. The thought of Moi in my thong-themed summer attire apparently had some viewers running for the hills, others reaching for a bucket & some requiring urgent medical attention & therapy!
I hope todays card goes some way to reassure my readers that Thunder-Thighs & Big-Bums are all the rage this season & therefore my plans are way down with the kids!

Papers - Eek! Can't remember...DOH!
Promarkers, Docrafts butterfly & felt flowers

Sunday 19 February 2012

Bikini Poised...

Brace yourselves...the weatherman this fine morning hinted at temperatures here in Blighty poss' hitting a barmy 17 /18°C next week!
So dust off those bikinis, shake up those sun lotion bottles & get the sun loungers ready.
My card today is a vision of all things to come in the making them look lovely...and my OH trailing behind, digging up my emerging flower & veg' seeds and going crazy with the loppers!
In the words of the great man himself (Mr Titchmarsh)...
Till next time, whatever the weather...

Stamp - Love Grows (LOTV)
Promarkers, spellbinders, The Range embellies

Entering it at -
Joanna Sheen - Love is in the Air
Allsorts - Anything Goes
Prairie Fairy - Let Me call You Sweetheart
Cute Card Thursday - Flower Power
Charisma Cardz - Anniversary

Friday 17 February 2012

Rejoice...My Cuttlebug is Reborn!

Despite years (slight exageration) of intensive research into the delights of the humble Cuttlebug, questions on forums & sales pitches on TV, at no stage did anyone ever mention the ugly lines left by the embossing folders. What I hadn't realised was that everyone was working with A6 cards which fitted perfectly inside the folders, no one ever demonstrated on anything bigger.

It was the embossing I was seduced by...and the embossing I was disappointed with and so my wee stack of folders have collected a carpet of dust & remained untouched.

But no more...Hoorah! Hose down those folders and rejoice!!
I'm still experimenting but have found another way to use them.
The folder I've used above is Bird Call, the one below is Leafy Branch.

Nothing complicated, just cut a section of the embossed card (minus the ugly bit) and used some old Whispers inks & a cotton-wool pad to create a distressed inked effect & finished with glitter glue highlights.

If anyone has any inspirational uses for the cuttlebug folders I'd love to hear from you.'s the weekend...Yay! Have a groovy

Thursday 16 February 2012

Mo's Dream Team Blog Hop

Ahoy Campers!
It's Blog Hop time again for the Dream Team at Mo's Digital Pencil ...and our theme this month is MUSIC chosen by our hostess Julie.

I chose Georgia dancing n' banging away on her tambourine from Mo's Digital Pencil.
If you're joining in with our hop then you should have arrived here from Kerrtu's blog. I'm at the end of this months hop so if you have just arrived and want to check out what the rest of the gang have created then pop over to Julies blog to start back at the beginning. As always there are 2 x $5 vouchers up for grabs to spend in Mo's fabulous shop for two lucky peeps who leave comments along the way.

Papers - Free Vintage Digi Stamps (music sheet), First Edition Desert Blooms paper stack (and flowers)
Promarkers, ribbon, sentiment stamp - Netty's Cards freebie

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Lines n' Wiggles

Peel-Off-Phobes...Look Away!!

Have been playing with my 'stash' trying to find alternative uses for all my bits n' bobs.
Here are 2 cards made using my Promarkers to simply create waves or stripes of colour using the chisel end only.

Monday 13 February 2012

All Yer Need Is Love...tra...lalalala

Wave yer arms in the air kids n' sing along....or maybe not!
It's Valentines Day tomorrow and being the romantic ol' fool that I am, not only have I made OH a card but I've also made cakes. Actually I order for much beloved to make it thru' the night without a trip to intensive care for his stomach to be pumped...I've enlisted my own personal Masterchef (AKA Oliver aged 12) to throw together some festive delights. My role was merely to chuck on the sprinkle decorations.

Feast yer eyes on these babies....
Watch out Ramsey, there are NO F-Words in my kitchen!!

Stamp - Inkadinkado
Ribbon & X-Cut punched heart

Entering it at -
Cards for Men - Valentines / Love
Joanna Sheen - Love Is In the Air
Fussy and Fancy - With All My Heart
Paperplay Challenges - Love Letters
Fab n' Funky - Love Is In The Air
Sassy Cheryls - Valentine
Crafty Calendar - Love and Marriage
Truly Scrumptious - Love and Hearts

Saturday 11 February 2012

Ballet Anyone?

I've never been light on my feet...more like a stampeding herd of elephants.
The resemblance to 'Moi' and these ballet dancing gals is uncanny. My legs are just like theirs when I wear my frilly tutu n' leotard (that image should get rid of some of my unwanted 'Spammers'!!)

My coughing n' spluttering continues and I ended up in A & E yesterday when something in my rib / lung department went 'pop' during a coughing fit leaving me 'blubbing' in agony. Thank goodness my OH had taken an hour off work first thing for other matters as I don't know what I would have done if he'd not been there. Thinking I'd broken something he rushed me Starsky n' Hutch-style to the hospital...there was no time to change out of my sensible Bridget Jones underwear but thankfully for everyone there was no stripping required for my X-Ray.
Result, nothing broken, just some soft-tissue damage (don't think he was talking about the Kleenex I've been hacking into) and instructions to take a 'rattling' amount of pain killers & chillax.

Stamp - Two Tu-Tus Mo's Digital Pencil
Kanban card & flowers
Promarkers & glitter 

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Cough! Sputter!

I've now had a 'chest infection cough thingy' (genuine medical term!) for 3 weeks, 5 days and roughly 14 hours. I've had a course of penicillin, some foul brown coloured cough medicine, dunked my head a couple of times over a a steaming hot bowl of melted Vicks Vapour rub & inhaled as deeply as my rubbish lungs would allow (whilst wearing an attractive nativity-style T-towel over my head) and now I've pulled the muscles under my ribs so it hurts to breathe n' cough.
Can I have a big 'Arrrr' ?
Enough moaning by me...cough...splutter!
It'll be Summer by the time I can get another doctors appointment, so for now I'm off to 'google' for a man with big warm hands to rub my ailing parts with some deep heat.

Promarkers, flower sequins, Basic Grey letters

Sunday 5 February 2012

Snow Joke...

 It snowed last night...BIG TIME!
My kids got up all excited, wrapped themselves up in several layers of winter attire only to realise they had no wellies.
When I suggested several weeks back that they should get some, I got the usual moan of how 'uncool' wellies were, that they'd rather stick forks in their legs than wear 'stoopid' wellies. So we came home from the wellie shop wellie-less.
I almost had the last laugh until I realised that much beloved & I had wellies, which would mean we'd have to go out in the cold.
Thankfully my quick-thinking-brain-cell was fully charged today so I said in a huffy-puffy-moany-ol-bag voice..."well... I guess you could use mine and Dads" (fingers, legs and other dangly extremities crossed hoping they would say 'yes')
Muppets! Thay fall for it they played out, got cold, soaked thru' and shivering to the bone.
We stayed in the warm, turned the ol' thermostat up several notches & watched from the comfort of the sofa.

So a cold n' frosty card for you today.

Card - Hunkydory (I think)
Promarkers, oodles of glitter & flowers from stash

Proof of snow, should proof be needed.

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Flat-Packed Children

How much easier childbirth would be if they came flat-packed or delivered by the bloke at Tesco with your milk n' jam!

Papers - Making Memories Meg collection
Promarkers, peel-off flowers n' swirls, green flower gems

Entering it at -
Fab n' Funky - Use a Digi
Passion For Promarkers - New Beginnings
My Time To Craft - A for Adorable

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