Friday, 30 January 2009

friday fun & friendship.....

today i managed to get the same train as my friend....due to my working hours of late we haven't caught up...but today we did which was fab.We've been friends since the 1st day of 'high' school and are like sisters....to demonstrate how alike we are...she pulled a book out of her bag today which she is reading (i hasten to say that she doesn't read much)...the said book is also languishing in the bottom of my bag....and the reason we both picked it up was this!!......... i so nearly ended up on the railings at liverpool street station the other evening by being a little distracted by said poster and the only reason she bought the book was ..... mmmmm need i say more!!! ha ha
.........it amused us no end...the book is by the fabulous Adele Parks who is my Books to Eat List!....

Sunday, 25 January 2009

nappy wishes.........

another card from me ! .... this one is a little gift card which I am going to add to some cookies that i'm baking as a little gift for the mum-to-be. It fits in lovely with the fab sketch challenge on Cupcake Craft Challenge this week. I only discovered this site last week and i'm loving it...nothing to do with cupcakes of course!!..... the weather today has been miserable, it hasn't stopped raining today ...so i've stayed in and scrapped!...

bags of baby wishes..........

this week sees a colleague leave to have a baby... so i've made her a card, as you can see she is having a girl which is due in 2 weeks!.... coincidentally "A Spoonful of Sugar's" challenge this week is Baby themed..so i'm going to post this there....thanks for looking...
Card Ingredients are:
YPaper : Heidi Grace
YStamps : StampinBella
YRibbon from stash!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

sneak peaks & stuff....


next week see's the end of our financial year at work so my hours have been hideous this week and next week is even worse, but i have managed to get another layout finished for gramps's book. I started this monday at scrapaholix, and got it completed late one evening ...it was great de-stresser cutting out all the bits!...this one features gramps & the thames!...predominantly Tower Bridge & HMS Belfast. This week also see the CHA in Anaheim California ....s some of the sneak peaks have been fab....im particularly liking the following!.. Sweet Celebrations and Spring Fling from the fabulous Bella Blvd company. I'm not sure who stocks this in the UK but will be actively seeking!...also Farmers Wife from the lovely Jenny Bowlin...check out these buttons! and finally for today....Neighbourhood from the scrummy My Little Shoebox.
This week my train book was The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. This another new author to me and I loved it....it revolves around a knitting shop which sounds terribly dull but it was great ..about finding friendship in unexpected places. As you know I Y a book!...i recently found a fantastic charity bookshop, today i managed to pick up 8 books for £10 4 of which are still in the book charts ..so watch this space lots of books to come!

Monday, 19 January 2009

forever friends.....


todays challenge over on the forever friends challenge blog is Ribbon and of course forever friends!.....i'm so glad that these images have been made into crafting bits & bobs...they so remind me of my late teens / early 20's when they were the card to send!....I have a card stash which i covert frequently...my friend and i were card junkies and i have a box dating back years of cards that i loved too much to send to anyone!!...i now do the same with handmade ones!... I used ribbon as a washing line as accents with bows and to frame the top of the card.

Papers are from Heidi Grace who is one of my favs!...this is my first entry to this challenge....thanks for looking Tx

Sunday, 18 January 2009

challenge cupcake...

i'm a challenge roll this weekend! ..... I love the friday cupcake challenge over on taylored expressions... this weeks challenge is here. Here is my card!..... again i've used up some scraps from my scrap bag!... from the fantastic sassafraslass range. I received this kit from sarah's cards and it languished in the bottom of my scrap kit pile. It was a range i would never have bought myself, but have loved it and used it a few times since...here and here.... looking forward to what they come up with for 2009. :-)
Card ingredients:
apaper ~ sassafraslass
astamps~ tilda with rolling pin - magnolia
astamps ~ cupcake -amuse
astamp ~ sentiment ~ taylored expressions
aribbon & bling from stash!

Saturday, 17 January 2009

cupcake craft challenge 22


this week i discovered a fab craft challenge called cupcake craft challenge. This weeks challenge was to use the sketch, found here. I haven't completed a challenge for ages, but was inspired by this one and it also got me to use up some scraps from my blueberry layout. ...cupcakes & hugs :-)
Card ingredients:
Papers; Imaginisce ~ all kinds of happy a
Stamp ~ sentiment ~ Amuse & Magnolia Tilda with muffin.a
Ribbon ~ from stash! a

Friday, 16 January 2009

daily commute.....

My daily commute to work everyday involves Liverpool street station!... I need to say that if the following happened there everday as shown in this advert my journey to work would be so much brighter...how fab is this!......

january blues.....

....yeh it's friday! ... i've got the january blues!, work is stressful, it's cold, and amongst other things gramps is not great SO last night to cheer myself up I had a very large hot chocolate & baileys and I scrapped some yummy cupcakes! ...these were made for my team for my birthday, Blueberry cupcakes.
Recipe for the Cupcakes are:
225g plain flour, 1tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1tsp allspice, 115g caster sugar, 3 lrg egg whites, 3tbsp butter, 150ml thick low fat yoghurt (blueberry optional) 1tsp vanilla ess, 100g fresh blueberries.
Sift the flour,bicarb, salt, 1/2 allspice add 6tbsp of caster sugar and mix in bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the egg white together. Add the butter, yoghurt, and vanilla ess and mix together. Stir in 3/4 of the blueberries. Fold the fruit mixture into the flour mixture. Divide the mixture between 12 muffin/cupcake cases. Bake in a preheated oven (190'/375'f) for 25minutes.
Topping: mix icingsugar into a small tub of mascapone cream to preferred sweetness. Swirl onto cooled cupcakes and top with fresh blueberries. Alternatively prior to baking mix remaining sugar and allspice together and sprinkle onto unbaked cupcakes.
I've managed 2 books again this week on the london tube commute,
An Offer you Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell, which was fab. I've loved her books forever but have found the last ok, this one got her back to her best!...... the other was another from Veronica Henry ~ Love on the Rocks, which was a romp...got me wanting to jump on the train and head down to the devon & cornish coast....I love it down there, some of my favourite holidays as a child and adult have been spent there. This week saw the return of the fantastic CSI vegas....what a season opener .. i blubbed all the way through it! ...
...hopefully i have a cozy & crafting weekend to look forward to... :-)
layout ingredients:
papers~ all kinds of happy - imaginisce
chipboard letters ~ american crafts thickers jewelry box
cupcake stamp ~ forever friends
calendar stamp ~ imaginisce
ribbon & bling ~ from stash!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Scrapping Sunday

Well i've managed to finish off another double layout today... this one details gramps & my trip to the Tower of London. I wanted to keep the layout quite simple as the colours are quite strong. I love the london paper from 'far & away' I purchased this in america! ... the crown & the soldier are great. We had a lovely day when we went, and i'm determined to go back when it warms up a bit. To get me in the mood while i scrapped i watched "The other Boleyn girl"....read the book last year and enjoyed the film.... Today is my friend Lucy's sons 4th birthday .... so happy birthday George. i was Lucy's birth partner when George was born alongside her mum and i can't believe that it's 4 years ago!... here is a picture a georges card... kept the design very simple...





Saturday, 10 January 2009

cheers cupcake!



how cold has it been this week!.... no good when the boiler is still broken... the only scrapping i've done this week is a couple of bottle tags for drink gifts!...really simple to do and very effective.
This year i plan to be a little bit more organised!...i am rubbish and leave everything to the last minute, so this year i aim to do better. I've bagged some bargains today and have managed to pick up some stocking fillers and all my gift wrap for christmas this year! .. for those that know me well know that i am really particular about wrapping and plan my parcels scheme each year, so i'm very happy that I have it all sorted and hopefully will get things made earlier so that i'm not so stressed christmas week, especially as i would really like to go away for christmas this year.
This week i've read 2 books on the train... Wild Oats by Veronica Henry, a real romp ..loved it and the fantastic Spooks - Adam Carter, which I absolutely loved, and couldn't put down! other than to stare at the front cover - ha ha !..mmmm very yummy... talking of yummy here is another clip Rupert & Richard...a girl can dream!
This week I caught the Virgin Atlantic advert, which i'm loving...a real blast from the past...it has been said that i'm a bit of an 80's girl!!...Our Price records, Wimpy (home of the Hamburger!) and those shoes...I need to say I had a pair of those and between my friend & I we had in every colour of which we wore to school & shared!... they were put on at the end of the road and the sensible shoes stashed in school bag!...as we get the train to London together most days, it does sometimes feel like we are 14 again!...i'm off now ...CSI NY back tonight yippee....

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Sunday Scrapping....


Today I embarked on trying to get some layouts finished.... this year I am determined to finish what I start!...so here are a couple of layouts finished for my Grandad's birthday album ( yes I know it was december, but I haven't got it all finished yet!).... golden celebration details my Grandads parents Golden wedding anniversary, the group shot shows the brothers & sisters......talking of brother's & sisters the fantastic 3rd series starts next week (thursday 8th), i can't wait! .... on a different tv watched....i caught the gorgeous Rupert Penry Jones in the remake of The 39 Steps, ..yes i know it was Spooks in another decade...but he' is very yummy! Here is my other layout...Mr & Mrs and a group family shot outside my Nan's parents house..... back to forthcoming tv viewing the fantastic CSI season 9 hits's our tv sets (13th jan)
and NCIS season 5 this week... i so live in the wrong country... cam you tell that i'm a little addicted to american tv!... last weeks book read on the tube was the Yummy ~ Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Kate Kerrigan, and I loved it...... off now to cook dinner....x

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Cupcake Wishes for 2009

Happy New Year!...I couldn't bring in the 2009 & the New Year without a Cupcake so here they are.... these were made for a New Year cupcake swap that I participated in recently.

"Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.And when I ponder those who do,I immediately think of you.Thanks for being one of the reasons I'll have a Happy New Year!"


To all my special friends thankyou for 2008 may your 2009 be sprinkled with Health, Happiness, Love & Luck

For those that pop in and read my blog...thankyou for all your lovely comments, it always amazes me that people take the time out of their busy lives to read my ramblings. I have 'met' some wonderful people this year via my blog wishing you heartfelt thanks and best wishes for 2009.

Friday, 30 January 2009

friday fun & friendship.....

today i managed to get the same train as my friend....due to my working hours of late we haven't caught up...but today we did which was fab.We've been friends since the 1st day of 'high' school and are like sisters....to demonstrate how alike we are...she pulled a book out of her bag today which she is reading (i hasten to say that she doesn't read much)...the said book is also languishing in the bottom of my bag....and the reason we both picked it up was this!!......... i so nearly ended up on the railings at liverpool street station the other evening by being a little distracted by said poster and the only reason she bought the book was ..... mmmmm need i say more!!! ha ha
.........it amused us no end...the book is by the fabulous Adele Parks who is my Books to Eat List!....

Sunday, 25 January 2009

nappy wishes.........

another card from me ! .... this one is a little gift card which I am going to add to some cookies that i'm baking as a little gift for the mum-to-be. It fits in lovely with the fab sketch challenge on Cupcake Craft Challenge this week. I only discovered this site last week and i'm loving it...nothing to do with cupcakes of course!!..... the weather today has been miserable, it hasn't stopped raining today ...so i've stayed in and scrapped!...

bags of baby wishes..........

this week sees a colleague leave to have a baby... so i've made her a card, as you can see she is having a girl which is due in 2 weeks!.... coincidentally "A Spoonful of Sugar's" challenge this week is Baby themed..so i'm going to post this there....thanks for looking...
Card Ingredients are:
YPaper : Heidi Grace
YStamps : StampinBella
YRibbon from stash!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

sneak peaks & stuff....


next week see's the end of our financial year at work so my hours have been hideous this week and next week is even worse, but i have managed to get another layout finished for gramps's book. I started this monday at scrapaholix, and got it completed late one evening ...it was great de-stresser cutting out all the bits!...this one features gramps & the thames!...predominantly Tower Bridge & HMS Belfast. This week also see the CHA in Anaheim California ....s some of the sneak peaks have been fab....im particularly liking the following!.. Sweet Celebrations and Spring Fling from the fabulous Bella Blvd company. I'm not sure who stocks this in the UK but will be actively seeking!...also Farmers Wife from the lovely Jenny Bowlin...check out these buttons! and finally for today....Neighbourhood from the scrummy My Little Shoebox.
This week my train book was The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. This another new author to me and I loved it....it revolves around a knitting shop which sounds terribly dull but it was great ..about finding friendship in unexpected places. As you know I Y a book!...i recently found a fantastic charity bookshop, today i managed to pick up 8 books for £10 4 of which are still in the book charts ..so watch this space lots of books to come!

Monday, 19 January 2009

forever friends.....


todays challenge over on the forever friends challenge blog is Ribbon and of course forever friends!.....i'm so glad that these images have been made into crafting bits & bobs...they so remind me of my late teens / early 20's when they were the card to send!....I have a card stash which i covert frequently...my friend and i were card junkies and i have a box dating back years of cards that i loved too much to send to anyone!!...i now do the same with handmade ones!... I used ribbon as a washing line as accents with bows and to frame the top of the card.

Papers are from Heidi Grace who is one of my favs!...this is my first entry to this challenge....thanks for looking Tx

Sunday, 18 January 2009

challenge cupcake...

i'm a challenge roll this weekend! ..... I love the friday cupcake challenge over on taylored expressions... this weeks challenge is here. Here is my card!..... again i've used up some scraps from my scrap bag!... from the fantastic sassafraslass range. I received this kit from sarah's cards and it languished in the bottom of my scrap kit pile. It was a range i would never have bought myself, but have loved it and used it a few times since...here and here.... looking forward to what they come up with for 2009. :-)
Card ingredients:
apaper ~ sassafraslass
astamps~ tilda with rolling pin - magnolia
astamps ~ cupcake -amuse
astamp ~ sentiment ~ taylored expressions
aribbon & bling from stash!

Saturday, 17 January 2009

cupcake craft challenge 22


this week i discovered a fab craft challenge called cupcake craft challenge. This weeks challenge was to use the sketch, found here. I haven't completed a challenge for ages, but was inspired by this one and it also got me to use up some scraps from my blueberry layout. ...cupcakes & hugs :-)
Card ingredients:
Papers; Imaginisce ~ all kinds of happy a
Stamp ~ sentiment ~ Amuse & Magnolia Tilda with muffin.a
Ribbon ~ from stash! a

Friday, 16 January 2009

daily commute.....

My daily commute to work everyday involves Liverpool street station!... I need to say that if the following happened there everday as shown in this advert my journey to work would be so much brighter...how fab is this!......

january blues.....

....yeh it's friday! ... i've got the january blues!, work is stressful, it's cold, and amongst other things gramps is not great SO last night to cheer myself up I had a very large hot chocolate & baileys and I scrapped some yummy cupcakes! ...these were made for my team for my birthday, Blueberry cupcakes.
Recipe for the Cupcakes are:
225g plain flour, 1tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1tsp allspice, 115g caster sugar, 3 lrg egg whites, 3tbsp butter, 150ml thick low fat yoghurt (blueberry optional) 1tsp vanilla ess, 100g fresh blueberries.
Sift the flour,bicarb, salt, 1/2 allspice add 6tbsp of caster sugar and mix in bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the egg white together. Add the butter, yoghurt, and vanilla ess and mix together. Stir in 3/4 of the blueberries. Fold the fruit mixture into the flour mixture. Divide the mixture between 12 muffin/cupcake cases. Bake in a preheated oven (190'/375'f) for 25minutes.
Topping: mix icingsugar into a small tub of mascapone cream to preferred sweetness. Swirl onto cooled cupcakes and top with fresh blueberries. Alternatively prior to baking mix remaining sugar and allspice together and sprinkle onto unbaked cupcakes.
I've managed 2 books again this week on the london tube commute,
An Offer you Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell, which was fab. I've loved her books forever but have found the last ok, this one got her back to her best!...... the other was another from Veronica Henry ~ Love on the Rocks, which was a romp...got me wanting to jump on the train and head down to the devon & cornish coast....I love it down there, some of my favourite holidays as a child and adult have been spent there. This week saw the return of the fantastic CSI vegas....what a season opener .. i blubbed all the way through it! ...
...hopefully i have a cozy & crafting weekend to look forward to... :-)
layout ingredients:
papers~ all kinds of happy - imaginisce
chipboard letters ~ american crafts thickers jewelry box
cupcake stamp ~ forever friends
calendar stamp ~ imaginisce
ribbon & bling ~ from stash!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Scrapping Sunday

Well i've managed to finish off another double layout today... this one details gramps & my trip to the Tower of London. I wanted to keep the layout quite simple as the colours are quite strong. I love the london paper from 'far & away' I purchased this in america! ... the crown & the soldier are great. We had a lovely day when we went, and i'm determined to go back when it warms up a bit. To get me in the mood while i scrapped i watched "The other Boleyn girl"....read the book last year and enjoyed the film.... Today is my friend Lucy's sons 4th birthday .... so happy birthday George. i was Lucy's birth partner when George was born alongside her mum and i can't believe that it's 4 years ago!... here is a picture a georges card... kept the design very simple...





Saturday, 10 January 2009

cheers cupcake!



how cold has it been this week!.... no good when the boiler is still broken... the only scrapping i've done this week is a couple of bottle tags for drink gifts!...really simple to do and very effective.
This year i plan to be a little bit more organised!...i am rubbish and leave everything to the last minute, so this year i aim to do better. I've bagged some bargains today and have managed to pick up some stocking fillers and all my gift wrap for christmas this year! .. for those that know me well know that i am really particular about wrapping and plan my parcels scheme each year, so i'm very happy that I have it all sorted and hopefully will get things made earlier so that i'm not so stressed christmas week, especially as i would really like to go away for christmas this year.
This week i've read 2 books on the train... Wild Oats by Veronica Henry, a real romp ..loved it and the fantastic Spooks - Adam Carter, which I absolutely loved, and couldn't put down! other than to stare at the front cover - ha ha !..mmmm very yummy... talking of yummy here is another clip Rupert & Richard...a girl can dream!
This week I caught the Virgin Atlantic advert, which i'm loving...a real blast from the past...it has been said that i'm a bit of an 80's girl!!...Our Price records, Wimpy (home of the Hamburger!) and those shoes...I need to say I had a pair of those and between my friend & I we had in every colour of which we wore to school & shared!... they were put on at the end of the road and the sensible shoes stashed in school bag!...as we get the train to London together most days, it does sometimes feel like we are 14 again!...i'm off now ...CSI NY back tonight yippee....

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Sunday Scrapping....


Today I embarked on trying to get some layouts finished.... this year I am determined to finish what I start!...so here are a couple of layouts finished for my Grandad's birthday album ( yes I know it was december, but I haven't got it all finished yet!).... golden celebration details my Grandads parents Golden wedding anniversary, the group shot shows the brothers & sisters......talking of brother's & sisters the fantastic 3rd series starts next week (thursday 8th), i can't wait! .... on a different tv watched....i caught the gorgeous Rupert Penry Jones in the remake of The 39 Steps, ..yes i know it was Spooks in another decade...but he' is very yummy! Here is my other layout...Mr & Mrs and a group family shot outside my Nan's parents house..... back to forthcoming tv viewing the fantastic CSI season 9 hits's our tv sets (13th jan)
and NCIS season 5 this week... i so live in the wrong country... cam you tell that i'm a little addicted to american tv!... last weeks book read on the tube was the Yummy ~ Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Kate Kerrigan, and I loved it...... off now to cook dinner....x

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Cupcake Wishes for 2009

Happy New Year!...I couldn't bring in the 2009 & the New Year without a Cupcake so here they are.... these were made for a New Year cupcake swap that I participated in recently.

"Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.And when I ponder those who do,I immediately think of you.Thanks for being one of the reasons I'll have a Happy New Year!"


To all my special friends thankyou for 2008 may your 2009 be sprinkled with Health, Happiness, Love & Luck

For those that pop in and read my blog...thankyou for all your lovely comments, it always amazes me that people take the time out of their busy lives to read my ramblings. I have 'met' some wonderful people this year via my blog wishing you heartfelt thanks and best wishes for 2009.