Wednesday, 23 January 2013

All Set & Ready To Go

Each month my team over on UKS have a monthly sketch challenge to get the old mojo going. This months sketch was chosen by Sandra
I decided to scrap another Christmas photo,this time of our stockings hung on the fireplace, and came up with this layout
I didnt use Christmas themed papers (probably cos I dont own any lol) but decided to pick out the red of the stockings and the beige of the background. The backing paper is the b-side to a piece of MME paper with small doilies on it (I had to get doilies in somewhere lol). The other papers are from my scraps bag, they are MME & Carta Bella I think. I then used some kraft stars, some bling and glittery Thickers from the current Quirky Kit.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

O' Christmas Tree

I've had a rather productive few days scrapping wise, managing to do two layouts so it looks as though I'm keeping up with my scrap more goal. One layout is for Sketchy Scrappers so I'll share that with you at the end of the month, but the other is for the current House Challenge over on UKS. This month's challenge was to use this sketch
I decided to turn the sketch to the side, grabbed my current Quirky Kits and made this layout
The photo is of a personalised decoration we have on our Christmas tree. Everything used came from the kits. The background paper is from Dear Lizzy "Frith & Frolic" which I love! The papers on the photo mount were cut from the cut apart sheets included in the kit. These are good for journaling or Project Life but I couldnt see myself using them for this but I liked the papers so I cut them up!
As you can see I'm still loving doilies so I was chuffed to bits when I saw all the doilies included in the kit!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

10 things on the 10th: Goals for 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely Chrimbo & New Year, now for the first blog post of 2013. Today is January 10th which means time for 10 things on the 10th. This month I wanted to share 10 of my goals for the coming year.

1: Lose Weight- something I say every New Year but since I stopped going to Weight Watchers a year ago my weight has crept up so at the start of this week I bit the bullet and rejoined. This time I'm following it online rather than going to meetings and now I have an ipad I can keep track of my points on the app. I'll try and keep you posted as to how things are going

2: Learn to bake- probably not the best thing after I've just said I wanted to lose weight lol! I'm not going to lie I cant cook but I have got a very sweet tooth. Last year for the jubilee I baked a Victoria sponge and while it wasnt aesthetically pleasing on the eye it tasted yummy and I caught the baking bug. So I have decided if I cant cook I'm going to bake! I want to try and bake something at least once a month, luckily I received a couple of baking books for Christmas to inspire me including this fab book
 3: Scrap more- scrapping always relaxes me and I love the process of putting a page together but I only normally manage 2 layouts a month so if possible I'd like to do a few more (In an ideal I'd win the lottery, give up work and scrap for a living but never mind lol!) This leads to...

4: Use up old stash before buying more- easier said than done when I see images of all the lovely new releases at CHA and I have gotten better since I started subbing to a kit but I still have oodles of stash taking over the place! I keep telling Ian I need a craft room lol!

5: Learn to stamp- again this will help me with number 4! Lovely stamps are everywhere and I have a few but whenever I stamp an image it comes out either blurry or partly missing so I want to improve so I can..

6: Make my Christmas cards- I tried this a couple of years ago and found it stressful as i had to rush so I havnt done it since but then feel guilty when my mum gives me a lovely card shes made. So I recently brought some stamps in the sale over at Visible Image in the hope that I'll improve my stamping to make some quick cards.

7: Get my Beetle- after my car played up last year I decided enough was enough and it was time to sell her, especially after cheering myself up by looking online at VW Beetles and finding out the insurance will be roughly the same and I'd only need to do a little saving. So now I need to get around to advertising Susie and putting her on the market

8: Go to see Wicked in London- I have always wanted to see Wicked and have some of the songs on my ipod so I was thrilled when my bosses brought me a Ticket Master voucher for my 30th to put towards a ticket. But alas the voucher is still sat on the side. But then a couple of days ago a friend asked if I still wanted to go and is looking into tickets yay! Everyone deserves the chance to fly!
9: Blog more- my poor little blog you only usually have two posts a month, probably because I only use you to show my crafty creations but hopefully if I mange some of my goals you'll be used more. I also want to try and keep up with 10 things on the 10th. If anyone wants to know what goes on in my everyday life then I can share that here too?

10: Be happy!- probably the most important goal of all x