Friday, 31 December 2010

Farewell 2010, it's been nice knowing you ...

So this is it ... my last post of the year. It may shock you (or not), but this won't be an particularly insightful or profound blog post ... instead, I just want to leave you with my latest layout which was created using [Mscraps featured designer for January 2011] Three Paper Peonies new January kit ...

My journaling reads:

As one year closes, so a new one begins. With it comes a clean slate on which to write your life story, a blank canvas on which to paint your portrait. So don’t dwell on the past and the things that might have been. Instead, look forward to your future and embrace all that awaits you.

Happy New Year everyone ... see you in 2011!

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Seasons greetings ...

Merry Christmas!

So were you on the "naughty" or "nice" list? Enquiring minds need to know, so please do tell!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Monday, 20 December 2010

Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

But that doesn't stop me from going out and taking photos!

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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Ladies that lunch ...

As my train drew into Paddington station yesterday morning, the weather was cold, but dry. Just 10 minutes later when I stepped out of the underground station at Bond Street, I was met by a flurry of white snowflakes that was just so unexpected!!! Have you ever tried finding people in a VERY BUSY city centre in the middle of a blizzard? Trust me, it ain't easy! But find them I did, and it was BIG hugs all round as Lorraine, Selena (+ her darling son, Woody) and I headed off for our pre-Christmas lunch / get together! I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is nothing quite like good food, good conversation and good friends! Thanks for a lovely day girls (& Woody) ... we'll do it all again in a few months time I hope, although minus the snowstorm next time!

Oh, and for those expecting to see a photo of the three of us together, well here you go ...

Honestly ... this was the ONLY photo I could get!!!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Ho-Ho-Ho ...

How on earth did I ever get organised for Christmas when I worked full-time before? I swear my brains have gone to mush. I'm forgetting even the most basic of Christmas stuff (i.e. advent calendars & cards). I've got sooooo many "to-do lists" on the go, I need a list for all my lists! Having said that, I'm finally starting to get somewhere ... the outside lights are UP!

I actually got my Christmas lights down from my attic about 2 weeks ago. I knew a couple of the bulbs needed replacing, so I thought I'd check [nice & early] and buy replacements ... BUT ... the Christmas gremlins had obviously been at work and instead of needing "a couple of bulbs", I needed more like 100 ... heck! Do you have any idea how much replacement bulbs cost? No, neither had I until I did some on-line research. £3.50 for 4 teeny, tiny bulbs ... £3.50!!! It goes without saying, I went for the cheaper, though not terribly environmentally friendly, option of buying a new set of lights. What do you think? They're LED supabright white snowing icicles ... they can flash too, but I prefer them on static mode.

Bright aren't they! Just compare them to my neighbour's (far right of the photo) ... yikes, that's what my old lights looked like ... this new set certainly has some va-va-voom!!!

On the scrapping front, it's a busy time of year (when isn't?) for designers and they're producing some gorgeous holiday themed & not-so-holiday themed kits.

Jaime of Three Paper Peonies is doing a wonderful Advent giveaway on her blog! Opening her gift each day is such a delight and all her freebies are building into a fabulous kit.

Joyce has just released her new kit Serenity and is also December's featured designer over at Mscraps! Check out the special offer she has in store for you when you buy anything from her shop during the month. P.S. there's also a special freebie if you sign-up to the Mscraps newsletter.

During November & December I've been guest CT'ing for Ange Designs and it couldn't have been a better time because not only is Ange designing some gorgeous holiday kits, but it was her birthday last Wednesday and to celebrate she released Delicious Birthday at Digital-crea (a fabulous French site with tons of goodies to "oooh-la-la" about ... they also have a language translator which a life-saver for me!)

Tina has moved to a new home at Oscraps and just check out her shop ... it's only been open a week and already it's bursting at the seams with yumminess.

And last but by no means least, Shaui's recently released a gorgeous kit called I Love You Like and one of the pages I created with it got a mention at Gallery Standouts ... like many other digi-scrappers I know, it's always such a thrill when you see one of your own creations featured on this blog!

Well peeps, I think that brings us back up to date! I'll try not to leave it so long between posts next time. I'll definitely be posting again before Christmas as I have some exciting news to share ... but more on that towards next weekend ... tease, aren't I?!?!?