Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lovely candy!

Claudia at Pretty Pressings has some really cute stamps up for grabs! Please go visit her and say hi, and do look at her lovely creations also! Pretty Pressings

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kath's Blog Candy Fest continues

The lovely Kath continues her fabulous candy giveaway right over here . Be sure to stop by and check out her brill blog and say hi!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More candy for you all to check out!

Linda has a fab candy up for grabs, check it out here



To celebrate the fact she has been chosen for the Basic grey Challenge team, Rica has this lovely candy up for grabs! Great blog too!

Amazing blog candy!!

You NEED to see this amazing candy over at Charmed Crafts    fabulous!!  While you are there check out their new digi downloads Girls about town...ultra cool and ultra different.. Im going to get me some!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

More amazing candy!

You HAVE to check this gorgeous candy out at Paula's blog (not me...lol)  Tales from pollycraft 

AND you must check out her store too...I feel a purchase coming on!! LOL

Kath's Blog Candy Fest

If you have never been to Kath's blog before you are in for a treat! Not only is she a brill card maker but her blog is an excellent read too! Have reached well over 51000 hits, this young lady is having a blog candy fest details are here. Go visit her and see the fab candy she has up for grabs..



Monday, December 08, 2008

Moving on...

Firstly, thank you to those who read my previous post and made a difference. A few more kids will have smiles this Christmas thanks to you!

Secondly, I am a bad blogger I haven't been here for a while basically cos I keep forgetting to take pix of my makes and secondly I have been feeling like the proverbial poo.

Being told I have pancreatic neuro endocrine tumours, and lots of them has knocked me sideways. I'm not even too sure what it all means but to be told you have these gremlins in your body is a bit of a shock. It looks as though it will be a total removal of the offending pancreas and all the bits that surround,,,spleen, bile duct, gall bladder and part of stomach and intestine. the very fact I am not seeing my consultant till Jan 16th is quite comforting though. I am finding it increasingly difficult to be positive at the moment so please send me those vibes ladies and gents!
One positive note..10 to 12 pounds of instant weight loss in one slice...lol

Christmas cards...I have still not got any more made and doubt I will get the chance now, so I want to say a public thank you to all those who have sent me cards. Marion if you read this your card is gorgeous and I will be emailing you later sweetheart!

I still manage to get to quite a few blogs for a good read, cry, laugh inspiration etc etc and do TRY and leave comments but you all know how it is...life takes over sometimes.

Well, best get back to work...got ANOTHER docs apt this afternoon, WHEN will it all end??

Enjoy the run up to Christmas!

Be back soon XX

PS I hope to find some more candy for you all later XX

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

making a difference...

Its nearly christmas, just about 5 weeks, and one thing I like to do this time of year is give a little back. I like to donate a little something each year to a charity or cause. Not much, I dont have a lot, but the whole thing about Christmas for me is the giving. Last night I was looking through the blogs I follow and read this - it really touched me, BIG TIME so I made a small donation. Tis is not a begging letter or anything like that, but if you read it and WANT to help, then you can. Shaz, if you read this. I think you are an amazing lady! X

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Is there no end??

to all this lovely candy?  Check out the links on the right for more!

Did notice one thing though which has slightly peeved me.  Pay It forwards...theres no end of people going for candy, but not the PIFs...I guess with the candy its something for nothing.   Thats the way of the world.  I am more than happy to do the PIFs as are a few other people (or I wouldnt have "won"...lol) ..hey ho...

I am just taking pics of stuff Ive made and will upload it later for you.  Watch this space!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

more candy for you

check the list on the right. Just added Vicky and Katharina

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Helenas Birthday Blog Candy

Creating A Likeness: Birthday Blog Candy!!!!

Helena's birthday is TODAY!! Happy Birthday Helena! To celebrate she has a MASSIVE amount of gorgeous goodies to give away, so pop on over and send her some good wishes!


 have been a lucky girl this week not only did I win Julie's lovely candy at Scrapping Away but was also the first to comment over at my good friend Tootsie's pay it forward over here

So...as a winner I have to pay it forward.  The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will win a little bag of crafting loveliness from me!! So...comment away...(but be nice....lol).  Now the rules are that if you win you must pay it forward to 3 people also.  So basically win here and then put a commenbt on your blog and the first 3 people to comment will get a gift from you, they must pay it forward and so on and so forth.....gettit? gottit?   GOOD!!

Blog candy time

Take a trip over to Going buggy...a lovely blog full of crafty loveliness.  Enfys has a multi candy give away so heres your link if you want to be in with a chance!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

More candy goodies

Amy has a gorgeous blog and some gorgeous candy up for grabs also. Do pay her a visit and have a good look around while you are there!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Blog candy!!

I am going on a blog candy treasure hunt for you for you ladies out there. I have the time, and the inclination. All links will be on the candy link at the side, and also mentioned in either one long post or lots of separate little ones. I hope the candy girls dont mind...let me know if you do.

The links below are to the blogs, the links to the right are to the candy

First visit is to Suzanne at Scrap Bitz this lady is a delight to visit. Lots of fabulous fun and inspiration, not to mention tutorials, so be sure to take a look! Has some fabulous candy up for grabs too!

Anyone who has never been to Bev's blog (where have you beeennnnnnnnnnnnnn?????? , All the things I love is in for a treat...I LOVE what she does and she is a lovely lady to boot!

Kadoodle stamps is another must visit place, and they ahve a lovely "James and holly" stamp up for grabs. You can see them here

Bernie at Craftyb does some delightful work, take a trip around her blog and see what I mean. You can find her here

And last but certainly not least, the lovely Lisa at Craft bugs has got some delish candy - lots of lovely stuff to look at on her blog!

Thats it for this post, Ill be back later with some more.

What I love about this blog candy is you get links to blogs and sites you wouldnt normally get to see which is a plus because there are some very very talented people out there! Good luck with the candy all!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Month long candy!

Vicki has some lovely candy to give away and she is doing it weekly for the whole of November!! You can find her here http://www.stampedsmiles.com/2008/11/week-one-blog-candy.html (cant do a hyperlink for some weird reason!)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ive been tagged!

By my very good friend Roz!!  wooohooooooooooooo now I have to PIF...lol so will be back later to do that, but have to prepare tonights meal first!  I also have an award from another dear friend, Marion which I will pass on later

Blog Candy - worthwhile cause

Nikki at Bunny-Zoe has some special candy up for a worthwhile cause...breast cancer awareness.  Pop over to her blog and pick up a penguin for your blog/site.

Friday, October 24, 2008

More blog candy!

The lovely ladies at funky fairies inspirations have got some fabulous freebie downloads here AND if that wasnt enough some lovely candy here . What more could you want hmmmm? Go check them out...some fabulous things to look at on their blog!


Heres a video I took the other week of my lovely godson - he is coming on leaps and bounds. I will see him tonight first time in 3 weeks and I cant wait!! Now this is the first one I have ever taken on my phone so dont expect a Spileberg Special!!

Another card

Made this for a friend's 40th using a Barbara Clooney kit. Forgot to edit the pics before uploading but you get the idea hopefully!! Also made a similar card for a 15 year old and they both liked it (specially as Id put some money in the matching gift card and envelope for the 15 yo LOL)

Don't faint...I made a card!

One of the guys at work wanted me to make a card for his wife's 60th. My spec was pink, roses and red wine...lol so this is what I came up with - I'm sorry the pics are a bit blurred .

This is the decoration I made for the box it is cream and pink roses with some crystal flowers tied together with pink ribbon. It has a little silver tag attached with "Happy Birthday" and 60 peel offs
This is the box
This is the front of the card - it is basically pink card cut to size and then Ive put some vellum sleeves on then on the front I made and embellishment using cream and pink roses and pearly baby's breath.
In side the card there is another card, but that pic didn't come out ..lol anyway you open it up and inside is this piccie of wine and roses that I found and decoupaged a bit to give it some depth. I really hope he likes it cos it took me HOURS but I am happy with it! It looks heaps better in RL. Let me know what you think ok?? Thanks for looking

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I love shopping here lots of lovely stuff. Check out the galleries of her DT too...gorgeous cards Lots more lovely inspiration there!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Great Magnolia Candy

Donna has 7 lovely Magnolia stamps up for grabs.  This is quite interesting as you have to work for your chances...great idea Donna! For more info go here.. http://craftykrafts.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-feel-like-some-candy.html
and good luck!

It's not often you see..

a blog by a guy who makes great cards! You must pop over and say hi to Paul.  His cards are brilliant! He's here and also has some gorgeous candy to give away!! http://craftyblogocks.blogspot.com/

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Poppet is celebrating!

her brand new look...on her blog that is!  Pop over there to say hi and check out the great candy!!

Got another candy link for you!!

Helen at Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts has some candy to give away in celebration of her friend Katy Jane's new online craft shop http://www.theglittergarden.co.uk/

More more more...how do you like it?? ends 1 Nov

Anyone rememer that song byAndrea True Connection back in 76??No Im too young too!!

Anyway...blog candy you know you want more more more so get yourselves over to say hi to Julie at http://scrapping-away.blogspot.com/2008/10/blog-candy-will-post-worldwide.html and get yourself in with a chance of winning lush stuff!!!

High hopes blog candy

Another talented cardmaker Ila, has some gorgeous cards on her blog and is offering some brill candy...you can find her here http://artfullyila.blogspot.com/2008/10/high-hopes-candy-hop-stops-here.html A must see blog! 

Blog candy!!

Julie is celebrating her blogoversary today and has some lovely candy up for grabs...go over to here http://juliesjapes.blogspot.com/2008/10/its-my-first-blogoversary-this-month-so.html and say hi!!

Awards, cakes and other stuff

Firstly, thankyou Marion for my very first blog award...yayyyyyyyyy now then who shall I pass it on to?? hmmmm a zillion contenders so I shall be back later.

Cakes - went to see my lovely friend Roz yesterday after the hospital and she made a delicious cake...you can read all about the visit and see the cake here....http://roziesmumblings.blogspot.com/2008/10/paula-and-marks-visit.html and for a special treat...you get so see a piccie of my lovely hubby...you lucky people!! Not as lucky as me cos I get to see him all the time!!

Hospital...well good news is no op for the time being although its inevitable...have to have more tests, biopsies and the such which is a drag, but I must say I am relieved as we didn't know if they would whisk me in this side of Christmas. I was so nervous going my tum was in a turmoil.  They need to check what type of tumours they are and what rate they are growing and exactly how many...so a reprieve...phew!  Thanks to all those who sent me positive thoughts...they are working!!

Im off blog hopping now so will be back with any interesting stuff later...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Do I detect a Whiff of Candy??

Yummy...WOJ candy over at a lovely blog called Le Blog de Scrap Mumur . She has the most gorgeous header and masses of luverly stuff to feast your eyes on... go visit and leave her a message, you may be glad you did :)


Blogged Down

Its my own fault - I'm a blog junky, a blogaholic...hello my name is Paula...

Can you blame me?? One gorgeous blog leads to another to another to another and I sit for hours in awe of the fabulous creations, I sit and cry and laugh and giggle at and with people I do not know and probably never will. I have "met" some of the nicest people in the world ever and I read every single blog on my reader and my updates whenever I can...I am hooked! I actually get excited when I see some of the cards and layouts and hold my breath at some of them and think could I do that? I COULD do that!! I have read some really sad stories and some very brave stories. I have fallen in love with other people's children and admired from afar of course, other people's fellas!! LOL. I try and leave a comment wherever and whenever I can (when the work server decides I am blocked,...lol a bit difficult then..but I do try and go back.

I love blogland and I am so happy to be a part of it...

That's my pondering over for the day...best get on with some work :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

The candy man can

Nikki over at http://bunny-zoes.blogspot.com/2008/10/candy-time-high-hopes-blog-hop.html had a birthday on saturday and has the most adorable candy up for grabs, so pop over and say hi and wish her a belated happy birthday and then check out her gorgeous creations on her blog too...It's a win win!!

What!! No candy????

Not just yet anyhow, I havent searched for any yet...Ive been looking for copics here in the UK and OMG they are soooooo expensive! The cheapest set I have found so far ..at £48.95 FOR A SET OF 12!!!!! is here http://www.discountgraphic.co.uk/_COPIC_ORIGINAL_MARKER_SETS_cat_1138.html. If anyone knows where I can get them cheaper, do tell!

I saw a film yesterday on hallmark tv called "Fielder's Choice" and I am pretty sure he was using them (he was an artist) and the colours were absolutely stunning. Well, they looked very much like copics shape wise and he had a milliom of them...every single colour going...so I got my I WANT THOSE head on!!

I actually got round to having a sort out in my shed yesterday and I really have too much stuff, so am going to do a blog candy in a couple of weeks, depending on the outcome at the hospital on Friday, so watch this space! Right, best get on with some work!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Blog Candy in CA


yep theres more for you to check out and a very inspirational  blog too!!  you must take some time to visit!! trust me x

More yumminess!!

Pop over to http://nattykcards.blogspot.com/ Natalie has somee great candy up for grabs and her blog is pretty terrific too!! 

Saturday, October 11, 2008

and yet more...

pop on over to Edna's place to wish her a Happy Blogversary and put yourself in with the chance of a fab blog candy!!

Happy Blogversary Edna!

yes...there's more

super dooper blog candy over here.. http://www.stamps-and-stitches.com/2008/10/blog-candy-finallyl.html  do pop over and say hi to Gale.  There's a rather delicious sounding recipe for you to drool over!!

whiff of joy blog candy

scrummilicious blog candy over here at Camilla's!! http://cstoen.blogspot.com/2008/10/woj-super-candy.html

Be sure to visit and check out her stunning creations!!!

Specially for Tootsie Teabag

I saw this bloke chatting up a cheetah,  I thought "he's trying to pull a fast one". 

Friday, October 10, 2008

Another post..in less than ten minutes!

How come no one from Africa, Asia, Arctic or Antartica have been a visiting my blog hmmmmm?? Just need 1 visitor from each of those places and Ive been around the world!! Oh and Russia too mustn't forget Russia especially as I went to visit them 2 years ago (www.reeve.force9.co.uk for piccies) find the places I have been to link cos the others are empty anyway!!

That's all I wanted to say really!!

Guess what!!


I won some candy, I won some candy...nana na na na

yes I truly did...the lovely Jana over at http://2worldswings.blogspot.com was giving away some lovely stamps in honour of her birthday and I won it!! yippppppppeeeeeeeeeee yiiiiiiiii yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

I really must learn to calm down...lol

Anyway...do go and look at her blog cos its full of lovely stuff!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Can you believe I excited cos...........


Just reached 1,000 hits...I feel soooooooooooooo loved! NO it wasn't all me coming back to see if I had any more lol

Thanks to all who take the time to visit and comment. It shaw is appreciated honies!!!

OK, back to work.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Living with MEN

ahahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that got your imagination working overtime didnt it??? No?? oh ok then.

Anyway, i though I would dedicate this post to MEN..no not the hunky chunky kind who bring you choccies, send you flowers, love ya to bits DESPITE your hoarding of craft stuff, dont mind TV dinners cos you "just gotta get this card done, blog read, freebie scrap kit downloaded, glitter out of me hair! you know the kind of thing, nooooooooo not MEN but M.E.N. AKA Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, in mine and Paul's case, type 1. OK, before you go switching off with a glazed cross eyed expression, the reason why I am writing this is, well cos I often get asked about it and AMEND (the Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders) are trying to bring a lot more awareness of this to a lot more people , particulary the medical profession. I am not going to bore you with all the details, BUT if you are interested, OR yuo know someone with it please do get in touch. I will leave you with a link http://www.amend.org.uk/.

Thanks for looking


I {heart} blog candy!! The clue's in the title!

The lovely Lisa over at Craftbugs has got some scrummy stamps up for grabs, and if you haevnt been a' visiting to her blog yet..you are missing out! 'tis a sight for sore eyes (thats a compliment in case anyone hasn't heard that saying!!)

The Craftbugs Blog: Over 1,000 hits and Blog Candy Giveaway!!! Open to To UK AND INTERNATIONAL BLOGGERS#links

Monday, October 06, 2008

Who would have thought...

That i would get SO EXCITED about having nearly 1,000 hits???? Certainly not moi! I have a feeling that most of them are hubby :) Hi honey!!

WEll not much too report today. Saw paul on saturday and he looks well considering. Must admit I have never seen him looking so hmmmm BIG. Hes really struggling with his weight now since the op. Vicky is going to take him swimming. Anyhoo, Went to see mum and my brother, at least we are talking, thats the main thing. Had a real nothing day yesterday. Felt quite under the weather so all I did was stretch out on the sofa and watch Lost!! had to keep pausing it so I could cook dinner etc but really enjoyed it. We have now watch all of season 1 and half of season . I have joined an online DVD rental so we can get the rest of it!! lol, well...they are SO EXPENSIVE to buy.

Oh and you know that card I made ?? That one I forgot to take a pic of so youll have to trust me that it was the best card in the world...EVER...well chappie gave me £10 for it!! I was really chuffed...I told him it cost about £2 to make and that's what he gave me for my trouble. I guess thats the problem with selling cards no one actually sees how much time and trouble goes into making them, especially if they are personalised in any way. He did ask if it was enough as well, but I was well happy!!

I have designed my Christmas cards. I am doing a production line type mainly, using Dove craft Winter Wonderland stuff. So, blue, a bit of white and a lot of bling. I am making little boxes of gift cards for pressies too. Ive still got a couple of orders to do that need doing by next weekend ish so Ill start then.

well will you look at the time, its nearly home time.yipppeeeee so this is short sweet and a wee bit boring, but hey...its my blog and Ill be boring if I want too!! I could tell you a joke, but Deb over at paper ink scissors and stamps http://debneerman.blogspot.com/ is sooooooo much better!!

later peeps X

Friday, October 03, 2008

Told you I would be back soon!

Coffee was great so was the very small (ahem!) piece of Battenburg cake I had to dunk in it! Man, with all this blog candy floating around we are going to get so fat fat FAT, BUT DO I LOOK BOVVERED?? (said of course in my best Catherine Tate impression) (OK I know its soooooo last year dahlings!!)

The lovely Lim http://lim-thevoicesinmyheadlimblog.blogspot.com/, not only makes simply amazing cards, not only will she inspire the glitter off you, NOT ONLY has she some fabulous pictures of Miami Beach on her blog, but has some gorgeous candy to give away too...go have a look if you don't believe me...you will not be disappointed!

Ok best go do a bit more XX

Good Morning Lovely Bloggers and Bloggees

Well the sun is not shining but life is good here in King's Lynn. Busy working, as you can tell!! I am a little miffed cos one of the guys at work asked me to make a card for his wife for their anniversary, which I did, and although I say it myself it was pretty good. I am miffed because I didn't take a picture of it. I have given it to him and he's b******ed off now so I cant ask for it back...derrrr anyway, you'll just have to take my word for it that it was the best card ever made in the world....EVER!!! lol. He liked it, thats the main thing. He is paying me for it on Monday, I have told him what it cost to make and said anything over that will go to charity anyhow so Ill leave it to him. Anyway...nuff of that!

Paul is OK, looks like they will be leaving the rest of his pancreas for a while, and removing his parathyroids as they are now acting up. I'm so glad he has Vicky now as I know she will be there to help him in his recovery. Parathyroid op is fairly straight forward, I had it done myself a while back. JUST think if I didn't have that op, I might never have met Roz and Mandy!!

Okie dokie its CANDY TIME!!!!!!!

get yourselves over to http://mar1ene.wordpress.com/ where Marlene not only has a great blog with some fabulosso inspiration, she also has a great blog with scrumptious candy!! She's celebrating a BIG birthday next week, but I reckon she's fibbin cos there's no way that lady looks THAT age!!! lol Most people would want to look that good when they are 25, let alone 40!!!!

Righty ho Im going for a coffee but will be back later with a bit more candy for you!!


Thursday, October 02, 2008

Blog candy Alert!!!

Its absolutely DELICIOUS so head on over to say hi to Gill at Dollie Dewdrop ( I WANT THAT NAME!!) and leave her a comment. Her blog is well worth a visit so linga longa while...http://dolliedewdrop.blogspot.com/2008/09/blog-candy.html

Thanks to everyone who joined in my PPPP yesterday and left me cheery uppy comments. Of course it never rains in my life, it PIDDLES down! Paul (son) has been summonsed to the hospital today...they may be doing an op to remove the rest of his pancreas. So GREEDY these surgeons! Anyhoo I shall wait and see what happens there cos that will have a humungous bearing on what happens to me cos I aint going nowhere or having anything done until he's fixed good and proppa!

waahhhhaaaaaaaaay I balanced the petty cash first go (and only 2 days late!!)

On a sad note, well, not so much sad now but you now where Im coming from, today is the anniversary of the day Paul's father, Tony died. Its been 26 years. Hope you are resting in peace Tony xxx. He would have been 51 next week. I hope he is looking down and being ultra proud of his son!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Paula's Pancreatic Pity Party

Ok, lets be positive,,,I will have a while off work so I can just craft away. Ill lose weight, be able to lie in in the morning, get flowers and choccies, and I will never get pancreatic cancer. On the down side, its going to 'kin hurt!! Paul is still hurting although i reckon he did too much at the start and there is absolutely no way on earth I am going to be doing what he did!! Some of you know what Im talking about but to anyone who is wondering, tumours have found to be lurking in the murky depth of my pancreas. Apparantly benign..phewwwwwwww. Docs words "operation may be a possibility", wont know till I see her on 17th. Still, it cant be all bad or they would have me in now and whipping the old organs out as we speak! Chances are spleen will have to come out too..

Onto good things..I have received my stampin up order and I love the Hostess gift.. yummy yummy - no not chocolate, stampzzzzzz!

I need my mojo back (did I ever have any??) ASAP so I can think of lovely creative ways to use them.

Still no leccy in my shed, Mark has had other things to do, so we must get that sorted soon, cos I cant craft by moonlight now can I??

What else can I tell you? hmmmm oh yup, just been invited to a scary party...fancy dress..ill go as a witch so wont need to change...lol

So, thank you for joining me in my pity party, any cheery uppy comments will be gratefully accepted!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Just when you thought...

there couldn't possibly be any more cute stamps to drool over...


WHY did this credit crunch thingy have to happen NOW when Im too poor to eat, let alone splurge on crafty loveliness ...lol (BUT bright side...lost 4 pounds!! wooooooooohooooooooooo only another 14 to go!!)

Zest It

Actually had a chance to play last night and used zest it to blend the prismas. Brilliant and smells nice too! Result! Ill scan the image later, but Im late for work again, but hey...its Friday! Going craft shopping after work with my friend Anita...stamps...£1!! punches....real cheap. I have a budget of £10...lol, thats all Im taking cos I know what Im like!!

Happy Friday All!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Super Delicious Blog candy

Han over at http://hanscraftycreations.blogspot.com/ has not only got some fabulous creations on her blog, but has a lovely candy giveaway too! Pop over there and have a look at what she can do and leave her a comment for the chance to win!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Party Time

Well Francesca celebrated her 18th birthday with a party yesterday! Got loads of piccies that I will share with you, but for now, just one. If anyone knows how to airbrush me so I dont look like the elephant mans sister...please let me know...lol Im sure I dont look like that in RL...do I Roz???? ROZ???? I am into black and white pics at the mo, so changed this one accordingly!

This is...from YOUR left to right

Sis In Law Dawn Francesca and yours truly. Im very tired so will post more later as I have a zillion blogs to catch up with!!

oooh ive had 885 hits - do you think ill make 1000 before the end of 08? If I do...might do the blog candy thing!! AND I have 3 followers tooooo...thanks girls!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Creations from the past...

managed to load them this time! Think our server was on a go slow!
This is the card I made for Hayley and John (parents of my gorgeous godson). They got married last June and Alfie was born just one day short of their 1st anniversary (on father's day..how cute!) Its fairly plain and simple, but I wanted it to co-ordinate with all the wedding stationery I made for them. The panel at the front is acetate and the lilac matches exactly the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses. I have put their monograms top right.

This is the card I made for Lil and Jason who got married the week after. It looked so much prettier in RL. Those lilies really stood out (lilies for Lil...lol) Again, the pink matched the bridesmaid's dresses.
This is one of the scrap book pages I am doing for the little girl next door who is a dancer. Ive done a couple more pages but no pics as yet. I was being quite frugal here as the hearts I punched out round the edge, I used for a small order of wedding invitations I was asked to make...LOL

woooooohooooooooo its Friday!!

and I'm only at work till 1 o'clock!! Got a busy weekend ahead...sister is coming to stay and we are going to Francesca's (step daughter) 18th party! I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone, she was 10 when I first met her. Still have no idea what I am going to wear...bearing in mind Chesca's mum etc will all be at the party...should be interesting....lol. I'm trying to decide between casual, elegant or casually elegant.....tough choice.

Anyhoo, I just want to thank you lovely people who read my whingey "I'm so sorry for myself" post and gave me such lovely words of encouragement. I think I'm going through one of my stages at the moment where I am really unhappy with myself, but Ill get over it..usually do. What isn't helping is this rift with my brother, which I have tried to mend, but he hears what he wants to hear so Ill leave it up to him. Apart from anything else though its upsetting my mum. :(

Last night I started a card for one of Mark's workmates who is retiring next week. He is a bike freak so I found a copyright free image of a Norton (old motorbike) and painstakingly cut it out. I might attempt to cut out all the spokes, but don't think I will be able to they are so thin. What I really want to do is layer it onto a map of the area he lives, but a...I don't know how to do that, and b...cant find a decent map...so that's that idea out of the window, I shall rip a page out of one of Mark's old map books instead (whats the betting Ill do that and he'll need it in a weeks time!)

Hmmm I was going to try and show a couple of cards I made last year the pics of which I have just found on my work pc, but cant do it for some reason, I will try later.

Going off for a bit of blurfing now before I start my filing..I WISH I could get into the habit of doing it as I go along, but I am such a procrastinator...lol I am following the flylady and have put a couple of thinsg in place, but, as they say Rome wasnt built in a day!

Anyway, again, thank you for boosting me up when I needed it most...I love you guys!!

OOOOOOh before I forget dont forget to check out all that lovely blog candy out there -




and check back on some of my older posts too!! Ill post anymore as I find them...got a google alert set up now.....Im on a mission...LOL

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pass The Butter, Please

This was emailed to me ages ago and I actually read it while cleaning out my folders, and it makes scarily interesting reading. Think Ill do a bit more research before I give up my Flora, but let me know what you think.

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.
DO YOU KNOW the difference between margarine and butter? Read on to the end; it gets very interesting!
Both have the same amount of calories. Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added! Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .
And now, for Margarine... Very high in trans fatty acids. Triple risk of coronary heart disease. Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).. Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk. Decreases immune response. Decreases insulin response. And here's the most disturbing fact; HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING ! Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC. This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things: * no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something) * it does not rot or smell different because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Share This With Your Friends (if you want to 'butter them up')! Chinese Proverb: 'When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.' So... DO IT!

Today I saw an alien in the sky

It was big and round and shiny and WARM. I had to call a couple of the girls out to see it in case my eyes were deceiving me!

Well, I'm getting fed up with me. I sat and coloured 2 images with my prismas last night and just couldn't get it to go right! I had a vision of what I wanted but it didn't translate very well from brain to hand. Oh well..if at first you don't succeed...try again. I guess I'm getting a bit despondent too....you know when you post stuff and hardly anyone looks or comments. I guess I just need a boost now and then. In my journey through the land of blog I do try and read all my updates and try and comment on as many as my annoying connection at work will allow, cos I know how good they make you feel...anyway enough of this wallowing is self pity. Ive had my daily dose!

Talking of blog land..I am so completely and utterly gobsmacked by the amount of stunning creativity going on in the world of craft. You take one stamp...one sketch .one challenge .and people all over the world come up with their own interpretation and its amazing! I do not have the confidence or indeed the talent to join in with these challenges, but glad to see Roz and Shell are taking part...they are both so good at what they do (I name them specifically as I have known them for eons). I have so many blogs in my reader, I can barely get around...lol and each blog links to other amazing blogs...and so on and so on...ok I'm rambling and should be doing the payroll - just waiting for one itty bitty form and then I can get on!

Oh yes got the date for my endoscopy - 29 September ...the letter actually said 2009 but they made a typo so that's something to look forward too!! Got to go to Addenbrookes for that - what a pain!

Yipppee itty bitty form has turned up so I can get on...thanks for "listening" (if you got this far!)

Paula XX

PS Note to self to ask Roz how she does her siggy thingy

Yes..you've guessed it!

MORE blog candy! This time with a guessing game twist.

Pop over to http://kimmerbe.wordpress.com/ and feast your eyes!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

No not more candy!!

for a change! Im just here to say I am dead chuffed cos June at Cen's loft has featured my card I made from her kit on her blog!! Thanks June! Cen's Loft: Natural Things

Yes there's more!! (thanks Shell!!)

Kipper Craft: Blog Candy - at last!

Another inspiring blog with even more fabulous candy. Go on...you know you want to!

(yipppeeeeeeeee just found out how to do links!!)

Another blog candy alert!

Gina over at the Card Kabin has some gorgeous candy up for grabs http://cardkabin.blogspot.com/ and some lovely creations to inspire you!

You gotta be in it to win it!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More blog candy!

Loving all this blog candy loads to drool over and you don't put on one single ounce...anyhow..Bev of All the things I love http://www.bevscrafts.blogspot.com/ has some beautilishus candy up for grabs so you just got to check it out AND have a look at her fabulous creations! Go on,....you know you want to!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Anuvver one

another practice colouring in...wish Id paid more attention in my art lessons at school...lol, but have to say these pencils are might fine...I need more colours!!!

Thanks for looking and commenting..feedback is such a great help in this trying time!!

yet more cards!!

This is Francesca's birthday card with box..She loves fairies so .... Hope she likes it!!

This is a card and box ~I made for a football supporter...image with kind permission from Phillip at http://www.biro-art.com/ the box front didnt come out...shame it was the best bit!! lol

Thanks for looking!

Colouring in..

....not one of my fortes I am afraid..but if at first etc...

This is my first attempt with my prisma premiers. I used a paper stump and baby oil (nothing else available!) to blend and although I had GREAT fun doing it still need practice! Anyhow...here she is

Skin tone is a problem with me, in RL it looks a bit muddy...but hey...she is working in the garden!! LOL

Hope to make her into a card later so will post that.

Thanks to Roz http://roziesmumblings.blogspot.com/

Shell http://challengeaddict.blogspot.com/ and last but not least -

Bev http://bevscrafts.blogspot.com/ for their help and advice!

I have a stinker of a cold coming and loads to do today and a zillion blogs to check out...I so LOVE blurfing so Id best get on!1

Its a BEAUTIFUL SUNNY morning (I kid you not) here in Long Sutton so the buddlia is going to get a bit of pampering.

Have a wonderful day all.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another card I made

My sister in law asked me to make a card for Chesca's 18th birthday. I found these papers in a digi scrap store and loved them so bought them cos it was just perfect for her. Thanks to June at Cens loft!!

Butterflies and Buddlia

We were in the garden the other day and I notice our buddlia bush was absolutely covered in gorgeous butterflies! Mark took these pictures..arent they gorgeous?? The buddlia looks a bit neglected Im afraid, slap my wrists!!

Nora and Wayne

My lovely pal Winnie sent my hubby and I the cutest of pressies!! Now I dont (hope) think she sent them cos they looked like us, but because they are cuter like us!! Thank you so much Winnie, from both of us!! They are sitting on our mantlepiece with all our goodies from our cruise around the Baltics (and beyond!)

Now do you know why I called them Nora and Wayne????

Friday, September 12, 2008

Scrapbook pages

Ive been wanting to make my 2 gorgeous nieces a scrapbook for ages and have at long last started on the lovely Liann's. The words are mainly by Liann and I have thrown a few bits in for good measure!! Most of the elements are hand cut from various free digi kits took ages I can tell you! The rest are by dovecraft to match the paper. Hope you like...more importantly I hope SHE likes!!

Christening card

This is Alfie's Christening card.  I wanted it to be a keepsake so I found a couple of pics of the church on the old www - I have the artists/ photographers names written down and will credit them later...any how I just wanted something plain an simple, so thats what i did!!

Cards I have made lately..

This is a card I made for my niece to congratulate her on her AMAZING GCSE results...Well done Cat!! The inside is my first attempt at a pop up and Im a bit disappointed now Ive seen the pic...its didnt look so wonky in RL...Main thing...she loved it!


Alfie...my very special godson - I was trying to play and he wanted to watch Top Gear...typical!! LOL

Thursday, September 11, 2008


...all those people 7 years ago, who lost their lives in that dreadful attack in America. Remembering their bravery and sacrifice, those left behind and still mourning, those injured and still suffering, those who lost their homes and their livelihood, those who sat and watched, all over the world in shock and disbelief. Remembering the disruption and how things will never be the same again. Remembering those tall and graceful buildings that monopolised the city sky line. Remembering where I was and what I was doing on that fateful day. ...

My thoughts and prayers are with them all, and everyone else on this planet who is suffering and remembering.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Prismacolor Pencil and Customer Service

Do you remember last week I was having a whine about how my colouring in looks like next door neighbour's cat had had a hand in it? Well, a kindly soul recommended prismacolor pencils to me...I now have a box sitting at my side newly opened and looking pristine and gorgeous and I am so reluctant to use them as they look and smell so nice, anyhow, according to my many google searches, these are the " dogs doodahs" and will make my colouring look fabulous. I was given the email of a UK stockist and I have to say, if all you want is excellent customer service, then this is the chappy for you. I shall be trying them out when I get home (couldn't find a sharpener at work and my pen knife is blunt) and will report back. If anyone wants his email to ask any questions, prices, colour chart etc etc then email me reeve.paula@googlemail.com and Ill pass it on to you.

I shall (yeah yeah youve heard it all before...) load a few pics tonight of various bits n bobs, cards Ive made, scrap book pages, Nora and Wayne (pressie from Winnie...think about it!!) and my gorgeous delightful Godson Alfie who grows more delicious every day, until then , I best finish my sarnies and do some more reconciliation type thingies.

Later peeps


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

bootilishus blog candy


Chris over at Craftlings Cosy Corner has a mountain of gorgeous blog candy over at her blog
http://craftlingscosycorner.blogspot.com/ (wish I knew how to edit that bit!!) to celebrate 10,000 hits.

Anyhow, pop on over and check out her blog, a great blog I may say! Read all about her fantabulous news!!

Now then Chris has raised a very interesting argument (statement/opinion..call it what you will) regarding word verification. Now my stance is I HATE it. I can hardly read it and it takes up too much time, for very little reason, what do you all think?

I have cut and paste Chris' views for you, but do pop over and take a look, and follow a few simple instructions, you yourself, could be in with a chance of that delicious candy!!


Everyone will have their own view, but in my case, I regard the removal of word verification as a basic courtesy to my visitors who are kind enough to take the time to leave comments. Being aware of their comments through comment moderation, but not hindering them with word verification is the very least I can do to reciprocate their courtesy to me.The problem with word verification is that it takes too long. The characters are very often hard to decipher, and it’s frustrating when you get them wrong and have to re-enter the little suckers!So this campaign is on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of blessing and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make the Land of Blog a cheerier place.
I think most people just have word verification switched on by default, not realising how easy it is to switch it off, and perhaps not realising how annoying it is for other bloggers. Either that, or they’re under the misapprehension that they will be bombarded with spam messages. This is not the case. I’ve had mine switched off now for three of the four months that I’ve been blogging, and have had two spam comments. The responses I’ve had from other bloggers to my earlier posts on this topic back this up. (You can see the comments in response to my previous post on this subject, HERE.)For safety’s sake, have comment moderation on for sure, but please consider canceling word verification on your blog. Maybe for a trial period, and see how you get on.Unless there are thousands of comments being left, comment moderation shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the blog owner, and other bloggers will also be more inclined to leave comments if they can see that you don’t use word verification.However, each to their own, and if you disagree with me, that’s cool. We can agree to differ and not visit each other’s blogs! lol ;o)
OK.. rant over. If you have read all the way to the end, thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say something. I love to get around and leave comments, but word verification spoils the experience.
Of course, when I get my new job, all this will be academic to me, as I will then have a life, and I won't have time for much blog-hopping!! Not that blog-hoppers need to get a life.. Errr... think I'll stop digging now, before I get into REAL trouble!! lol ;o)Peace. :o)
EDIT: Interesting link HERE, provided by sharp-eyed Sammi (thank you, hun!).. Seems that 'Captcha' (the technique for identifying whether input is human or computer) is of little value, if any, anyway, as spammers have software that can break it. In which case, comment moderation is your only defence. Completely backs up my case.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

ok what am I doing wrong?

ok you clever stampers!! Why is it I stamp the image ok, but colouring it in...whatever I use sakuras, h2o, water colours it looks absolute rubbish!! I follow all the tuts which look soooooo easy but I still manage to turn out tat. As for cutting out...well Ive tried close to line with scissors, craft knife and leaving a small teeny weeny border and its still looks ****. Any help would be gratefully appreciated!!!!

Help...dont need the stress!!! LOL

Hello, there's a stranger amongst us!

Hi Guys

Well its been a while, but to be honest Ive been feeling like **** and not felt up to doing anything much. Get my MRI results next week so hopefully it will be all good.

I have made a couple of cards I thought Id show you. They are not up to much either...lol

This is for my SIL and is made using papers from Nikky over at My Rubber Therapy Blog. Cut the shape using eazi box board and put an acetate jacket thingy round it. Its a bit wonky cos theres quite a lot of decoupage to try and scan!!

This is for Pat over the road, (I think she's 72 this year) just got to twiddle with it a bit as it looks a bit boring and put a sentiment on it. I scored and cut using the other scoring board, cant remember its name, then folded the pink around silver mirri, which of course looks black! Its a die cut decoupage cos I couldnt even get my head around cutting out!!

Just playing with pearlidoodles at the moment, and my cuttlebug, but Ive just lost all my energy so going to have a nap!

Before I go, we have a buddlia bush in our garden and earlier it was swarming with butterflies and Mark took some pics which I will try and show later.

And last but certainly not least, I will get Mark to take a pic of the fabulous pressie my dear friend Winnie sent to us. Thank you again Winnie and hope you are having the best time ever on holiday!!

Later peeps

Thursday, August 14, 2008

May I introduce you...

to my son Paul and his girlfriend, Vikki. Not forgetting "Ripper" . They came to visit last Saturday and we had a great time. I dont see him as often as Id like but I am so pleased that he has found someone that makes him really happy! Shes a lovely girl.. easy going and they are very fond of each other.

I havent blogged for a while, been under the weather a lot lately. Doc has signed me off for a week as bp was sky high and I have a stomach problem, really painful. I ama gonna chill and try and make some things. Still no proper leccy in my shed Mark has been busy busy doing other stuff, but I can still go out there using an extension lead.

I got a gorgeous card from Roz yesterday and an equally gorgeous card from Jeannie for our anniversary. I will scan and show them later when I go upstairs.

WEll enjoy your day and Ill see you soon!

Roz..if you're reading this, Ive had a rethink on your tilda card and come up with a (well I think so) great idea, so will get that going today!!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A card to show you

I bet you were thinking I didnt actually ever make a card just collected all the bits like some people collect stamps!! Anyway here it is and Im sorry the pics arent too good I really must get to grips with taking pics. The flower and matching sheets are from Nikky over at My Rubber Therapy Blog..link will be at the side later. The tilda image is not stamped by me but one I bought off eBay to get the feel so to speak. Im not happy with the coloring I tried to incorporate H20s in with the water colours for highlights but it didnt work how I wanted it...anyway I will try again!!

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