Monday, 26 September 2011

Scrap Whispers Challenge #99 - sketch

This sketch was designed by yours truly - whaddaya reckon?

Pretty easy huh? So, if you want the chance to win a fabby prize, then go to Scrap Whispers and play along. You have until the end of September to play this challenge and any others from September to be in with a chance of winning. Because we've been away for a while, not many people have entered yet, so there's a GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING!

Here is my digital version to get your ideas flowing, and our wonderful DT have produced some more inspiration over on the Scrap Whispers blog.

See you over there!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Scrap Whispers is back!

Well we never really went away actually, but we stopped the weekly challenges over the summer because everyone was so busy, and because not many people were playing along.

But now we have a new format, and the new Scrap Whispers game (separate from the weekly challenges) will start in October, so start your sign-ups now by e-mailing Georgina at

Here is the routine:
- Tutorial challenge
- Colour challenge
- Scrap-lift challenge - well we are a scrap-lifting game blog after all!
- Sketch challenge

Challenges are posted on a Friday, and there is a monthly prize draw from all entrants. For more info, click HERE.

I'm having to scrap digitally while I'm in the UK, which is an added challenge. But you know me - I like a challenge. (Today's challenge for me is dropping a radiator off the wall single-handedly to paint behind it... LOL)

So please spread the word, tell your friends, sign up and join in, and let's get EVERYONE playing along!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

When 7 years away has its advantages

Today I painted the lounge ceiling with a roller. Once the light faded, I washed the white spots from my arms and popped out to get something for tea. When I got back, I looked in the mirror and realised with horror that I had forgotten to de-dandruff my face...

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

I'm in England

That's why I haven't been blogging lately. I have this dongle, you see, and depending on where I am, what the weather is doing, which room I'm in, and who is standing between me and the signal, it's not what you might call reliable. Anyway. That's my problem not yours!

Lots has been going on. DH and I took the 26-hour trip to our beloved gail-swept, raining, misty, grey, dark, dank and chilly country two and a half weeks ago. DH then had a little less than two weeks to pack in seeing family and friends, getting pummelled by our excited little niece and nephew, doing essential renovations to our little house, and getting three cars back on the road again. After he'd popped into work to see whether anyone still recognised him there, that was the end of his "holiday". He flew back to the prospect of a warm Australian spring, with the even warmer, happier feeling of having two good jobs to choose between when he gets back next year. That has to be the first good worky news that he's had for ages. Like months and months. Maybe this time last year. Yay for him! I love him and miss him so much.

Because I'm still here. After seeing my man off on Friday morning, I met up with Georgina on Saturday for a wonderful day out at Wisley and we had a yummy Italian meal with my family - thanks for a gorgeous day G! Sunday was spent gardening for bro and Mum, and baking and putting my Mum back together again after all that gardening work for me ;-) On Monday we met up with my cousin and her two-year-old for a few hours at a petting farm, then it was back on the road to the west country, and the rain hasn't stopped since. Sigh.

The plasterer was here at 8:30am this morning and has finished the essential ceilings and walls. Now it's all up to me to complete. Sanding, sealing, stripping wall-paper, re-papering, painting. And cleaning. LOTS of that. It makes a serious difference to the morale seeing our little house coming up sparkling again even with bare plaster and wallpaper half off. Removing tenant-dirt makes it ours again. And even with the miserable weather that this autumn is blowing our way, there is hope that I might just make a bit of a hole in this massive job ahead. Every single room needs doing. Even the rooms which don't really. Part of me can't wait for the morning so I can start painting ceilings and brighten the place up, and part of me just wants to snuggle up in my sleeping bag on the sofa cushions on the floor of the only habitable room in the house, watching the deer outside the window (they're still here) and pretending that the work doesn't exist.

I may post pics of how it's all getting on, just to prove to DH that I'm NOT just deer-watching! ;-)

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Scrap Whispers September Blog Hop - covering books

Thank you for joining us again for the Scrap Whispers September Blog Hop!

Firstly please join the DT in waving a fond farewell to Kimberly, who has decided to move on. We all wish her the very best with her family and her gorgeous little boy. Thank you for all your energy and enthusiasm Kim, and don't lose touch - keep coming back and playing along with us? 

This month, in readiness for school, the lovely Nilsa has provided a simple tutorial for transforming a regular school notebook into a work of art that anyone would be proud to carry to class. I haven't got any children, and I don't know any children to make things for, so I have covered a mini-album that I won, in readiness for filling it with beautiful decorations and photos.

I've broken into my beautiful ScrapJazz prize Basic Grey Sweet Threads collection pack for the first time. It is SO PRETTY it takes my breath away. It's too pretty to use, but I must - I will - and I have to do justice to it now!

I took the covers off and sprayed the holes end with Smooch Limolicious ink. I inked the paper, added the fibre, the title and the flowers before sticking it on and putting it all back together. The pages are black and all different with little pockets, slots, flaps, frames. I can't wait to finish it off now! Doesn't that cover just make your mouth water? LOL

All you have to do now is to hop through all our wonderful DT members' blogs, leaving a comment on each guaranteed to make their day. Then go back to Scrap Whispers for Nilsa's tutorial, and make your own beautifully simple/simply beautiful creation. Post it on your blog, linking back to the Scrap Whispers blog, and link us up to your blog so we can all come by and leave some happy comments on yours. You could win a fabby prize, which is so new that I have no idea what it is yet! All will be revealed on the Scrap Whispers blog.

Here are the DT's blogs:
Rosey (here!)
And of course Scrap Whispers

Happy hopping!