Friday, 31 January 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY

Morning all tis Friday - time to look back over the last 7 days and note the positive moments, whether it be something huge and monumental or something small and what might have seemed insignificant, if it made you happy and raised a smile then that's a rocking moment!

OK so first up has to be the spectacular theatre group known as Propellor who treated us to an amazing version of Comedy of Errors last Saturday afternoon - we were literally rolling with laughter.  Such good fun!

Visiting family and having a good natter, catching up with my Mum in the car when we were travelling was fabulous too, we were putting the world to rights!

Said 13 year old for helping out around the house when I've been tootling around!

Fresh air - our evening walks have made such a big difference to my mental wellbeing!

Off to the see Coriolanus at the cinema on Thursday night, fingers crossed it's a good watch.

Said 13 year old making buns for his school bun sale for Friday all on his own on Wednesday night - bless him!

Time with my Mum and sister when things went a bit squiffy on Thursday, my anticipated interview unfortunately couldn't happen and it made me feel pretty miserable however, they came to rescue me and made me feel a lot happier even if they did seem a little bit mad and crazy, we laughed an awful lot, the slip ups that happened were spectacular!  My mum saying she'd watched that TV show you know the one "Overcrowded" to which my sister translated into "Outnumbered" - Crazy I tell you!

Right lovely people I think that will do us for this week.

I'll leave you with a layout I've still got plenty in the layouts folder to share, but these are a bit older

This was my attempt at hybrid crafting, I cut out the apples from some clipart folders I'd got but in all honesty I don't think I am that keen - but it's done now!

Documents the joys boys have when faced with trees to climb, the lovely cottage we stayed in during a visit to the Wye Valley had an orchard full of apple trees to go at, he was compelled to climb!

Next up said 13 year was disappointed when we went to stay at a single storey property - but forgave me when he found beams which he could use to thread his turtle lifts over!   Again a bit of hybrid with more clipart and again just not that fussed!
 A layout from Creswell Crags documenting where a potential train could have run through this gorgeous area - hence the title.  The journalling is all around the main square!
Right up lovely people let's grab ourselves Mr Linky, fancy joining in, then blog, link up, comment and we will come and visit!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

THURSDAY ALREADY AND ANOTHER WEAR CRAFTS LAYOUT

Morning all, well Thursday morning greets us and we approach the weekend as quickly as possible - yay!  I've been sharing some layouts that I've done from some beautiful Bo Bunny papers sent to me by Jen at Wear Crafts over the last few days, I thought I was all blogged out, but then spotted one more layout!
The colour combination on this paper (which is double sided) is great, really good fun to work with.  Photo documents said 13 year old when we were at Center Parcs celebrating birthdays and he did a 'hangman' on the blackboard which when it was finally revealed read "Mum it's your birthday" so I took a photo and thought it worked really well with these papers.

I did the journalling to the right of the photo block using one of the blank bubble spots, I then hand stitched around it to draw your eye in.

Hope you like, if you fancy getting your hands on these lovely papers, head over to the Wear Crafts website (button top right).

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

WEDNESDAY = WEAR CRAFTS LAYOUT!

Morning all tis Wednesday and I've got another layout based on the beautiful Bo Bunny papers from the lovely Jen at Wear Crafts to share
I hand cut the family title from a Bo Bunny paper, then hand stamped the white paper with some stamps, added the backing paper behind the photo, the lovely polaroid title, hand stitched elements and the layout was complete!

I loved working with these gorgeous versatile papers, fancy trying them out yourself, head over to the Wear Crafts website (button top right).

Catch ya later !

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

TUESDAY HAPPY POST - IF YOUR NOT HAPPY CLAP YOUR HANDS - NOPE NOT WORKING TRY THIS THEN

Morning, Tuesday it is Tuesday, Monday has been drop kicked into the past therefore it's time to celebrate that it's Tuesday a day closer to the weekend. Got a layout to share using fabulous Bo Bunny papers from the gorgeous Jen at Wear Crafts.

Documenting a gorgeous photo of said 13 year old when we were travelling to Wales last year, comfy neck pillow, turtle (that goes with us no matter what holiday) and DVD player - what more can you ask for!

I love the Bo bunny papers, the bunting that trails across the papers is beautiful and great to incorporate into a layout!

A bit of white cardstock and some punched elements brought this layout together really quickly.
If you want to find similar papers, check out Jen's website (top right of my blog - Wear Crafts button).

Check out more tomorrow!!!


Monday, 27 January 2014

MORNING ALL - TIS MONDAY HOW'S ABOUT A BIT OF WEAR CRAFTS

hello hello hello - everyone, how's you?  Monday morning, yuck?  Yes probably but hey let's cheer you up let's have a happy layout (hold up have I got one - well I've got papers from Wear Crafts so that's not a problem!)

Said 13 year old sat enjoying himself at paint a pot, paint a pot with a cup of hot chocolate and a chocolate cupcake topped with a flake - yes that's what I call happy!

Bo Bunny papers from the lovely Jen at Wear Crafts, hole punch, some plain cardstock and a little bit of glossy accents!  Simple straight forward layout - Son Time!

Check out Wear crafts blog for Bo Bunny papers (see top right of blog for button Wear Crafts).  Loved playing with such happy bunting-tastic papers!

Hope your Monday is pretty awesome!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

YOU AND ME - BEAUTIFUL WEAR CRAFT PAPERS

Before Christmas I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful papers from Jen at Wear Crafts to play with, they really are so very pretty.  These are part of the Bo Bunny Family Is collection and are really gorgeous quality and double sided.  I love double sided paper except when I can't decide which side to use.  

This layout documents, me, said 13 year old and my sister at Chatsworth's Beyond Limits Sculpture exhibition last year, we had a glorious blue skies day and some fab sculptures to enjoy.  The one in the photo was on the grand cascade!  We liked the sculpture, but had to admit that it looked like a woman who'd got her head stuck in her Venetian blind - cultured - not much! 

Anyway, as this particular paper was busy I decided to split it and blend with some plain cardstock which I stamped, then I added some punched plain teal card stock to add the embellishment element.

I rounded the corners of the photo and the "You and Me" title is part of the paper pack Jen sent me, they look like mini-polaroids, I cut it out and added my sisters name to the bottom to create the title!  I'll be sharing more layouts using this paper collection tomorrow.  If you fancy having a look at these gorgeous papers head over to Jen's website by clicking on the Wear Craft button at the top right hand side of my blog.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

UK SCRAPPERS WEEK 3 CHALLENGE

It has to be said that I do love a good challenge, I can't help it, it's the thought of sticking to the rules, so this year being part of a points gathering team on UK Scrappers has really spurred me on to join in the challenges that are posted each week.  There is so much inspiration on UK Scrappers it really is a joy to join in and feel part of the community.

This is my take on the week 3 challenge, there was a link to a colour seed which included a deep red, deep pink and then variations on what I could only describe as taupe, so a hunting I did go.
I found some plain cardstock for the red initially but it wasn't quite right, so I kept on hunting until I came across this sheet of paper and then added the taupe colours from other paper stacks I've got.  Not only did we need to use the colour seed but also scrap a photo taken outdoors, and add at least two triangles to the layout and either a cluster of embellishments or plenty of layering.  As you can see I opted for the layering.

One of the reasons why challenges are so much fun is that you end up scrapping photos differently than you would had you been left to your own devices, there's no way I'd have chosen pink to go with the photo, but it works!

Here's to plenty more challenges coming our way!

Friday, 24 January 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY

Good morning/afternoon/evening - how are you, how's your week been, has it been a glorious week full of massive grateful moments, amazing people, love and laughter or has it been a hard slog to the weekend?

Whatever it's been take a moment to reflect and look back and identify the positives because it's

OK so what's this last 7 days been like - let's see.  Well a relaxing weekend without anything that I have to do or anywhere I have to be - that's always a positive!

A jaunt up to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a look around an amazing exhibition by Amar Kanwar about "The Sovereign Forest" - breathtaking, political, made me angry and sad that things are still occurring in this world that seem ultimately against human nature.  Very very thought provoking, photos taken inside the exhibit!
 Then a new sculpture
 Which was quite tall!
 And a beautiful winter sky!


Spending time with hubby chatting

Our evening walk, it's amazing how much clearer your head feels when you have that to look forward to, despite the cold and the rain.

A meeting at school which was both informative and good fun.

Hairdressers on Tuesday, taming those locks!

A hospital appointment which was altogether weird, not sure it's a positive but I managed it.

Visiting family, catching up with them, even though I've not had enough time with them recently.

Looking forward to Lil Sis finishing her assignments so we can chat and catch up HURRY UP MEL - I'M BORED OF NOT HAVING YOU TO TALK TO!

Chatting with my Mum and putting the world to rights!

Now don't get me wrong this week has been hard work on many fronts, but if we only dwell on the negatives then life will always seem hard, difficult and not much fun.  When you start thinking about the positives life becomes, richer and happier - fancy giving it a go, join in blog it, pop back link up, leave a comment and we'll come visit!

No photos again - however, I'll leave you with a layout and an art journal page before Mr Linky

First up me and said twelve year old with the flood line above our heads in Cockermouth a couple of years ago (when I was still a brunette)!
 And an art journal page for my stay at home art journal page - based on lyrics!
Mr Linky

Thursday, 23 January 2014

FINAL TAKE ON THE SCRAPOLOGY JANUARY SKETCH - PART 5

Yes that's right not one or two or even three layouts, but I managed 5 (I could have carried on I could honestly).

This was a fabulous picture taken at Scarborough's north bay late one evening last year.  It really was a beautiful evening and there were a few surfers and paddle boarders out in the bay.
I chose orange to contrast against the different blues I used on the picture.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

SCRAPOLOGY JANUARY SKETCH - PART 4

Yes that's right I didn't create one or two layouts on this challenge but many - this is my next take on the same sketch.  I love how very different my pages look despite the continuity due to the sketch.

Now this one took me outside my comfort zone - I don't tend do go over the top on colours and papers and I don't usually do this sort of colour scheme, but I thought with the fabulous rainbow piccie my sister took that I could just about get away with it.
I'll share my fifth and final layout on this sketch challenge tomorrow!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

SCRAPOLOGY LAYOUT PART 3

Next layout that I created using the Scrapology challenge for January.  This one is my favourite take on the sketch.
I love the blend of papers and the use of buttons on the sketch!!!

Monday, 20 January 2014

SCRAPOLOGY JANUARY SKETCH PART 2

Well this is my second take on the Scrapology January Sketch - I love it when I get a good sketch (mind you new stash helps).
I often struggle with papers that have large significant designs on them, so when I first saw the main sheet with the gorgeous 'square' design I love it but at the same time I was also fearful that I'd never be able to use it, imagine my delight when I realised I could incorporate it into the sketch challenge. 

Photo taken on my sisters phone when we were visiting Chatsworth last year.  

I really enjoyed making the page I'll be sharing my next page tomorrow.  

Sunday, 19 January 2014

I DO LIKE A GOOD SKETCH

Good Morning, well I must admit I have a slight weakness for a great sketch and this month on the Scrapology blog is no different, so I thought I'd have a play, this is my first take on the sketch (I've done more than one) that I thought I'd share.
It's so lovely to be working with new stash, hubby bought me shed loads for Christmas, he kept apologising all the parcels were the same shape but I was grinning from ear to ear.

I'll share my next layout with you tomorrow, this was a slow photo-bomb photo of said 13 year old from a visit to YSP last year!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

WEAR CRAFTS SPONSORED SKETCH CHALLENGE...

The lovely Jen sent me some fab chalk studio papers recently, really beautiful papers, with a chalk board design on one side and some beautiful co-ordinating patterns on the reverse.  After stroking them (as you do) for a while, she mentioned that she was sponsoring a fabulous sketch challenge over on the Scrap365 blog - click here to see the challenge.  Once I'd seen the challenge and the papers I thought I'd combine the two to come up with my own take on the sketch.

Documenting a fabulous day at Portmeirion last year, I used these beautiful papers to create the layout, I also used the strips off the bottom of the pages to create some of the elements behind (you know the bit I mean the bit you normally throw away but it usually has a sample of the papers as well as the name etc).

Now this page isn't quite how I expected it to turn out, predominantly because my original intention was to use the back of the main backing paper instead of this side, but as I was so tired I went into cutting and sticking mode - honestly!  Thankfully it worked - the large 'Every Day' element is part of the original paper - thanks to Lesley my design team buddy (click here to check out Lesley's fabulous blog which also has a take on the sketch)  for this fabulous idea!
I had also chosen to 'gut' the paper in order to make the most of it, so then I turned out a second layout using these fabulous papers!  Documenting said 13 year old and said niece as they revert back to their childhood!
If you fancy having a chance at winning these beautiful papers, head over the to Scrap365 blog (link above), grab the sketch and some stash and have a play - you never know you might be the lucky winner.  If you're not or you don't want to wait you can always check out Jen's website to get your hands on these beautiful papers!

Friday, 17 January 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening hope you are well and that the last seven days has been kind to you and that you've got a long list of grateful moments to look back on because it's
So what has the last seven days had in store for me, well last Saturday saw my first ever venture to a ballet.  Off to the Lyceum Theatre with my Mum, sister and niece to see the Nutcracker, it twas very good, lots of jumping and leaping and kicking of legs - but apparently that's what ballet is all about.  Not sure if I'd want to go to another one but I certainly enjoyed this one and with the Christmas tree at the beginning reminding me that we aren't much out of the festive season I must admit I did enjoy it.  

Next grateful is the verbal errors my Mum occasionally makes, her need to keep talking about the Tin Soldier in the ballet had us giggling, despite the fact he was very obviously the Nutcracker - she wasn't having any of it - love you Mammy! 

Visiting family on Sunday was lovely too a cuppa and a catch up nothing finer! 

Monday evenings don't normally provide much 'fun' factors (well it is Monday), but it provided us with James Arthur in concert with a support act called Tich, lad was very impressed with himself for getting a photo with her in the interval!  James was fab in concert great gig overall just a bit of a long night for a Monday if I'm honest. 

Weight watching on Thursday with a one and a half pound loss - taking off that Christmas excess, let's see if we can manage another loss next week.  

Tuesday was taking said 13 year old into school so that he could have a 'lie in' we had a good old natter on the way twas lovely! 

Now I think said 13 year old is going to rank high up the order this week on my grateful list if I'm honest. 

Having had a difficult evening on Sunday he has significantly pulled out the stops this week, I came home to find he'd emptied the dishwasher and refilled without being asked. 

Finding the washing bin - he did - I almost fainted! 

He also made us a cuppa on Wednesday night complete with teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, tea cups and saucers!  He did an awesome job.  He also helped cook tea a couple of nights running - so high up this week is my fabulous teenager - thank you sweetie it's meant the world! 

That my lovely people is my lot for this week, I hope your week has been fabulous too, if you fancy joining in, blog it, come back link it and we'll come and visit, don't forget to comment so I know that you've linked up (brain like a sieve), I hope you have a truly beautiful weekend and week ahead. 

I'll leave you with a layout of said 13 year old!  I finally found a use for that paper!  

Mr Linky 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

THE THINGS US SCRAPPERS MAKE THEM DO...

You know how it is - you can't help yourself you are faced with a fabulous scrapping opportunity and use all your powers of persuasion to convince them you can make a great layout!  

That is exactly what I achieved when I convinced hubby to try on armour when we were at Ludlow Castle last year - isn't he a sweetie! 

There were times last year where armour seemed like a mighty good idea, I wore mine most days you just couldn't always see it.  However, my absolute rock in amongst all of that was hubby, so I wanted to document just that! 

Hope you are having a happy scrapping day. 

Catch ya later

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

WEDNESDAY MORNING - HOW YOU FAIRING?

Well we've got to Wednesday, Monday and Tuesday out of the way, but at the moment at almost 7.30 in the morning it's still dark outside which I don't like much - oooh for some lighter mornings, lighter evenings and some sunshine - I think I'm craving fresh air - might have to resolve that this weekend as I can't be doing with these dark days etc.

Anyway it'll have to be a quick post this morning as off to work in 5 minutes, just thought I'd share a layout
I was somewhat sceptical about the paper choices when I did this last year, it was I think using a scapology layout which I never got time to submit, I bought the papers last year and they are the DCWV Far East papers which I know are quite old now but I loved them as they were 'new' to me.  The photo is me and said 13 year old at Chatsworth during the summer, inspecting the coin chairs.

Hope you're having a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

WEAR CRAFTS - GRAPHIC 45 FRENCH COUNTRY - JUST ONE MORE LAYOUT

Good morning, hope Tuesday greets you positive and bright, I have one final layout to share from a selection I've done recently using the fabulous Graphic 45 French Country papers sent from the lovely Jen at Wear Crafts, head over to her website if you fancy getting hold of some of these yourself.

This was when I had pretty much run out of those gorgeous papers, I had some scraps left on my desk and thought that I surely could create one more layout.

I grabbed a sheet of cream cardstock that I had as these papers have a beautiful rich cream base running through them and started playing.  I am not great with white space, but on the few times I manage to pull it off - it works a treat.

I edged the papers in a distress type stamp using some peeled paint distress ink and then got to playing.

By matting the photo on the dark heraldic paper it still pops, then I layered papers behind it.  I used a border punch on the top left with some strips of paper I had left over and the 'offcut' from this punched strip is the scalloped edge you can see above the red paper.

The photo is of me, my sister and said 13 year old when we went to Crich Tramway museum in 2013, we were treated to a fabulous sunny day and there is a fantastic woodland walk all the way back down into the 'town' which we enjoyed! Oh for a sunny day!

Up close you can see the hand stamped title and the inking and scalloped edge.  It really was great fun to make!
I hope you have got off to a fabulous scrapping start in 2014!  Catch ya later!

Monday, 13 January 2014

WEAR CRAFTS LAYOUT USING GRAPHIC 45 FRENCH COUNTRY - PART 3

Good Morning, well Monday morning comes around fast enough doesn't it.  Here I am sharing the next layout I created using the Graphic 45 - French Country papers sent to me by the lovely Jen at Wear Crafts, check out her website if fancy getting hold of some of these yourself.

Now I know I've mentioned that I was worried about the strong patterns on these papers - but I so loved this layout once it was complete.

In order to make sure the photo didn't get 'lost' I made sure that the piece behind was relatively simple, mounting up on both cream and then black cardstock to really make it pop.

Hand stamped title and journal again.  I chose this photo because it matched the gorgeous rich colours that are contained within the papers themselves.  It was taken when we visited Portmeirion last year, that place is so bright and colourful!

I hope you like what I've done, I'll be sharing one final layout from this collection of papers tomorrow, so head back then for something a little different.
Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 12 January 2014

WEAR CRAFTS - FRENCH COUNTRY LAYOUT

Good Morning tis Sunday and what better way to start the day but share a layout with you.  These are using the fabulous Graphic 45 papers, sent by the lovely Jen at Wear Crafts.  I shared with you a 'heraldic' style double layout yesterday using these papers, which as I mentioned I was a little daunted by due to the heavy patterning on them, but they really are a delight to use.

This also meets the UK Scrappers challenge set by my fabulous team the Juicy Journallers - this is the one girls where I struggled a bit with the spray inks if I'm honest!

I created a border for the page, hand stamped using peeled paint distress ink the hearts and stars, I used some vibrant spray ink, but then put a doily I had lying around (as you do) over the top to tone it down.  The title is hand stamped and I created a circle to put in the middle of the doily out of the papers.

I backed the strip along the bottom on cream cardstock, I added some handcut chevrons (which are harder to create than I expected and journalled on the top left hand side.  All in all I was really pleased with the finished item and I think it again shows the versatility of these papers.

Up close you can see the hand stamped title and the ink splodges as well as the hearts and stars on the page.
Hope you are having a happy scrapping Sunday.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

WEAR CRAFTS LAYOUTS USING GRAPHIC 45 FRENCH COUNTRY

Just before Christmas I received a package from the lovely Jen at Wear Crafts containing some beautiful papers to play with.  Today I'm going to share with you a layout I did with some of these gorgeous Graphic 45 French Country papers she sent, if you fancy getting hold of some of these pop over to Jen's website (button on my right side bar).

Now first up is a double page layout that I did using these papers, I'd not seen them before and at first I was a little daunted by the heavy flowery type patterns but with them being double sided I soon discovered that you can use them to make great layouts that don't necessarily appear 'flowery'

As can be seen here in the double page layout of a day trip to Conisbrough Castle.  I used a combination of the papers, added some black punched cardstock strips, a handstamped title and some simple journalling and it was done.

 Up close you can see the detail a bit better
I also loved the fleur-de-lys on the papers, and that's what steered me towards these particular photos!
I hope you like, I'll be sharing another layout using these papers tomorrow - so don't forget to pop back. Hope you have a fabulous Saturday!

Friday, 10 January 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY - WEEK 2

Good Morning one and all tis week 2 of Rocking Your World 2014 - how's this week been?

Well last Friday saw us toddling off to Center Parcs for a long weekend (not as long as normal as we usually get to stay the Monday too but children had to be back for school).

The journey down not being too stressful was definitely a positive - I don't normally drive but it made life a whole lot easier taking both our cars this time so I volunteered.

My sister keeping me company on the way down, another set of eyes on the road is always appreciated and definitely on the way back Sunday night when it was raining and dark, I'm not one to enjoy nighttime driving even less so when it's raining - so a big thank you to my sister.

I lovely clean lodge to stay in.

The weather being kind when we wanted to go out and actually getting time to walk, we had a walk on Friday, a really long walk on Saturday and another decent walk on Sunday - simple pleasures but the fresh air was bliss.

Finding something on the menu at the pub we could snack on that fell in with our plan - phew!

Said 13 year old getting the most out of his bike - fabulous stuff if I'm honest.  Sometimes we hire the bikes and they get used a bit, this last weekend he really went for it - going out, cycling for a while and then popping back, think he liked the additional freedom!

The swimming pool, there is something magical about being in a warm pool outside, in Britain in January looking at the stars!

Lovely simple meals, we didn't take too much food, worked it in with our plan and didn't have a boot full of food items on the way back - spot on!

Woodburning stove and toasted marshmallows!

The world's best marshmallow fight in quite some time.

Hubby attempting to sneak me for a romantic drink just the two of us and ending up in the middle of the loudest kids disco - you have to laugh!

Said 13 year old easing himself back into school life.

Accepting that redundancy is looming and there's sod all I can do about it.

Hubby and son for helping keep top side of the house.

Some lovely homecooked food.

A day off with hubby on our own on Monday - we only wandered the shopping centre but it was lovely having a day off together.

And finally my big grateful this week is hubby not thinking i'm barking mad when I've asked if we can go for a walk in the evening, despite it being pitch black (and raining last night) we have gone, just half an hour and you come back feeling so much more positive and upbeat!

So there we have it, I would love to have shared a million photos from the week but we hardly took any and that includes when we were at Center parcs, not sure why - think we were too busy just enjoying the break.

So as it's photo light this week I'll leave you with a layout.

This one from a visit to Attingham Park, it was beautiful but absolutely freezing - hence the title!

If you fancy joining in then pop a post together, pop back, link up and we will come and visit.  Don't forget to leave a comment so I know to come and visit your Rocking Your World blog post too!

Have a fabulous weekend and week ahead


Thursday, 9 January 2014

World's Fastest Blog post - got 3 minutes

Morning all, early night meant I was up earlier but still managing to run out of time, but I will post another layout before I got this morning - I will I will.

This layout documents the Adam and Eve carvings that can be found at Stokesay Castle, they took some finding but once found I thought they deserved a layout all of their own.

Hope you are having a happy scrapping day rather than a work day - boo hoo - off to work we go...


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

WEDNESDAY MORNING ...

Well I officially survived first day back at work, although I swear that clock was going slower than normal.  Trying to ease myself back into the day (not always easy if I'm honest), but survived it and got home and enjoyed evening with hubby and said 13 year old.

I did manage to finish off my tip ins for my diary and started a few lines of diary writing into it as I went.  Not tried any of the challenges that have been set yet, hoping to look at them later.  I also want to crack on with the challenge on UK Scrappers, lots of lovely projects to get your mojo working if I'm honest.

For now I'll leave you with a layout and wish you a happy Wednesday.

This layout taken in front a 'new' sculpture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, it was a rather wet day around this time last year that we went, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.  This was using the scraps left over from Shimelle's JYC kit for 2012.

Hope you are having a fabulous day!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A NEW YEAR ...

Good morning, well I thought I'd get around to a mid week post sooner if I'm honest, but as usual life has been super busy and a little hectic, there is always something so positive about a new year, it's a fresh start, the decorations come down and the year spreads out in front of us all clean and sparkly and brand new.  We all start the new year with new optimism, promising changes and fun times ahead.  That's not to say the road will always be easy but if we approach everything we do with a positive thought in our head then we can appreciate what is good fully.

2014 will definitely be ringing the changes for me, facing redundancy and with no new job secured things are most certainly going to be different but I'm facing them with a happy smile and looking forward to new pastures hopefully I won't have to wait too long until I start treading that path.

So here's to a positive 2014, I'm hoping to do lots more crafting this year, trying new items, experimenting more on the artistic front but in the meantime I'll leave you with a layout, I hope your Tuesday is positive too.

A fun layout using Shimelles JYC papers from 2012 documenting said 13 year old decorating a wine glass as part of an art installation.

Happy Tuesday to you.

Friday, 3 January 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY - THE 1ST OF 2014!

Good morning, afternoon evening - hope all is well - let's enjoy the first Rocking post of 2014!

OK gratefuls for this week - it'll be a numbers list with no photos - apologies but it's been one of those days when I haven't had time to think (literally).


  1. Pantomimes - the local panto was unusual it was Beauty and the Beast - not your normal panto fodder but we went regardless.  We were quite far into the panto with a general feeling of - ooh dear this isn't very good when the Dame came out threw water, gloop, paste etc all over and we loved it!  
  2. Saturday saw a catch up with family from far and near, a cousin, partner and child who were visiting from Ireland and my Aunt and her Partner and one of her other grandchildren came to ours.  We were crazy mad, made soup, curry, rice, fresh naan, chocolate muffins, white chocolate and raspberry muffins all the morning as they arrived in the afternoon.  Had a fabulous time (took no photos what is wrong with me), too busy catching up but was fab nonetheless. 
  3. Sunday was visiting relatives which was great as hadn't seen them in a while. 
  4. Monday was a designated - do nothing day - literally - so I set too and made 14 layouts when I asked hubby to set me a crafting challenge. 
  5. New Year's Eve was another chilling day although went to my sisters for the New Year - interesting evening - let's not go there. 
  6. New Year's Day another chill day (more crafting yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy) managed some more layouts (to follow later). 
  7. Today (thursday) we went to see Oliver the musical, absolutely fantastic, great cast, fantastic singing and absolutely awesome set. 
  8. Weight Watchers - yep back there - gained the world (OK not quite but almost).  
The rest of the week has been awesome because of people, hubby (always awesome), said 13 year old, my sister, my niece, my brother, my cousin, my other cousin, my Aunty, the amazing WW girls, the Wear Crafts design team - just awesome all of them, so lovely to have and spend time with them - if you are in the group above thank you.

So there we go a quick (very quick) round up of the week - hope yours has been truly fabulous too.  I'll see you next week, if its your first visit then please feel free to join in by blogging about your rocking moments, coming back linking up and we'll come and visit. 

Until next Friday 

I'll leave you with a layout 

Said 13 year old, painting his glass ready for the Folly for Follies display! 

I'll apologies in advance for any typos, it's very late and I literally don't have time to check it LOL.  Until next Friday

Mr Linky