Saturday, 13 November 2010

Terri's Blog Candy


Terri has some blog candy to give away.

Click on the presents below to see how to enter

Friday, 12 November 2010

True Stories ~ Prompt 15

Visual Representation

Bar Graph

Pie Chart

Flow Chart

All of these charts were created here

UKScrappers Weekly Challenges - Nov 2010 Weeks 1 and 2

November Weekly Challenges
Weeks 1 and 2

Week 1 - Set by the Lay(ab)outs

Out and about photos
Non-scrapping item

Week 2 - Set by the Rik-Rak Ravers
made using items in the 
plus a sheet of Bazzill, some ric-rak and lace

Rich colours
Fabric Embellishment

Thursday, 11 November 2010

True Stories ~ Prompt 14

Be Concise. Or Not.

Craft supplies are sorted into kits. The week-end is freed and food is in the cupboard. Chocolate is on hand and I'm ready to go. I've registered, I've charged the camera batteries, I have plenty of sticky stuff and my table is clean. I watch the clock. Look out CyberCrop, here I come.

Boxes are packed, cars are outside ready to be loaded and willing volunteers are ready to go. In a few short hours, everything I own is taken to my new flat. Boxes, bags, furniture. As far as I can see, I have left nothing behind. Nothing except my marriage.

Scrap Rat Giveaway

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Thankful Thursdays ~ 11th October 2010

Today, I'm thankful

For everyone who signs
up to serve their country


Those who are fallen are silenced forever.
Will you spare 2 minutes today to be silent with them?

In Flanders Fields
Dr John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields. 
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The Soldier
Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heav

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The End is The Beginning

Ten years ago I met my ex-husband.

Nine years ago we married.

Fourteen days ago my divorce was absolute.

Today my surname officially went back to the one my Dad gave me.

of an era and the 

of a new one?

I hope so

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Barbara's Blog Candy


Barbara is giving away some amazing blog candy.

Pop over to see what's on offer and what you have to do

Thank you Maggie


I've just found out that I've won
Maggie's blog candy.

which consists of:
- 3 packs of flowers (1 by Papermania - Summer Bloom,
2 packs of flowers with beads)
- 2 Distress Ink Pads - Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss
- 1 Brilliance Ink Pad - Lightning Black
- 1 pack of Chipboard Die-Cuts by Papermania
- 3 Aqua Markers - Rose Carmine, Cranberry, Mauve
- 4 Promarkers - Pear Green, Poppy, Buttercup, Honeycomb
- 1 Copic Ciao - W-3 - brilliant for shading
Tombow ABT Brush Pen - 565, 847

(pinched the description from Maggie's page,
hope she doesn't mind)

I feel so lucky, especially as I love blooms, chipboard, ink and
have wanted to try Promarkers and Distress Inks for ages.

Thank you so much Maggie

True Stories ~ Prompt 12

A Language All Your Own

Craft Speak

LO - Lay-Out (Single scrapbook page)
DLO - Double Lay-Out (Double scrapbook page)
CJ - Circle Journal
CC - Cyber Crop (On-line craft session with classes/challenges)
ROBO - CraftROBO (Electronic cutting machine)
BIA - Bind-It-All
CRICKET - Cricut (Electronic cutting machine)
BS - Big Shot (Manual cutting machine)
CAD - Crop-A-Dile (Eyelet setter)
UKS - UKScrappers (Craft forum)
FOTW - Font Of The Week (on UKS)
LSNED - Learn Something New Every Day (On-line September course by Shimelle)
JYC - Journal Your Christmas (On-line December course by Shimelle)
CS - Cardstock
PP - Patterned Paper
STASH - Collective term for your craft supplies
CROP - Group of crafters getting together to craft
EMBELLIES - Collective term for embellishments
GS - Glue Stick
DST - Double-Sided Tape
ALLY PALLY - Abbreviation for the Big Stamp and Scrapbook Show at Alexander Palace twice a year
CANDY - Usually used to denote a give-away on a blog
ATC - Artist Trading Card

Designers / Manufacturers

TH - Tim Holtz
MME - My Mind's Eye
ATDML - A Trip Down Memory Lane
AMM - All My Memories
AC - American Crafts
BG - Basic Grey
WRMK - We Are Memory Keepers
MAMBI - Me And My Big Ideas
DCWV - Die Cuts With A View
HOTP - Hot Off The Press

Forum Abbreviations For Family

OH - Other Half
DH - Dear/Dearest/Darling Husband
DW - Dear/Dearest/Darling Wife
DD(1, 2, 3) - Dear/Dearest/Darling Daughter (1st, 2nd, 3rd one)
DS(1, 2, 3) - Dear/Dearest/Darling Son (1st, 2nd, 3rd one)
DGD(1, 2, 3) - Dear/Dearest/Darling Granddaughter (1st, 2nd, 3rd one)
DGS(1, 2, 3) - Dear/Dearest/Darling Grandson (1st, 2nd, 3rd one)
MIL - Mother-In-Law
FIL - Father In-Law

Teen Speak (in Texts, E-Mails, On-Line Chat, In Real Life Chats)

ROFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
LOL - Laughing Out Loud/Lots Of Love
BRB - Be Right Back
TTYL - Talk To You Later
IM - Instant Messenger
Ur - Your/You Are
MOS - Mum Over Shoulder
L8(r) - Late(r)
Txt - Text
Kwl - Cool
Ppl/Peeps - People
Lyk - Like
Taken - In a relationship
Legal - Girls old enough to have sex
Down for whatever - Relationship status
M8 - Mate
Defo/Devo - Definitely
BFF - Best Friend Forever
Big Up - Praise.Congratulate
Dry - Tedious/Dull
Soz - Sorry
TWOC - Taken Without Consent
Chillin' - Relaxing
Chillaxin' - Cross between chilling and relaxing
H8 - Hate
OMG - Oh My Gosh
Tight - In a close relationship
Sick/Ill - Cool or awesome
'Sup - What's up with you
Y'alright? - How are you?
CYL - See You Later
IMHO - In My Honest/Humble Opinion
SOZ - Sorry
TFS - Thanks For Sharing
Thx - Thanks
TTFN - Bye (Ta Ta) For Now
IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean?

Other abbreviations making their way into my language are

FB - Facebook
FV - Farmville

And there's loads more for all of these categories!!
How many more do you know?

Monday, 8 November 2010

True Stories ~ Prompt 11

Inspiration Everywhere

Auction Sale

For Sale: one delicious afternoon of baking. All ingredients and equipment supplied. Bring an air-tight container if you want to take something home. Come and make your choice of fairy buns, biscuits and scones. A taste sensation not to be missed. Limited places, buy early.

Film Trailer

This holiday season watch the epic travels of a mother and daughter as they cruise around Somerset. Watch the sweets foam, bubble and explode, the cheese being moulded and the sun setting over the sea. Miss it and miss out.

An Alien Experience

Help! You'll never believe what I can see? Alien life form in funny shaped tin cans travelling on a hard black thing. There's weird lollipops that flash and these cans are stopping by them, but no-one's trying them. Wonder what flavours they are? I'm trying to stop these creatures to ask where I am, but they seem in too much of a hurry and don't even notice me. Do you think they miss out by speeding around and don't see what's around them?

I remember my Great-Grandad telling me to look out for lots of the green places he saw when he came here, but all I can see are tiny boxes that these creatures go in and out of. The bigger boxes are strange because every creature that goes in, comes out with a metal thing on wheels full of stuff that they put in their cans. Do you think they're robbing the boxes? Maybe we need to send down our police forces to sort them out.

If this place has changed so much since my Great-Grandad visited, remind me to tell my Great-Grandchildren not to come here as it's too strange.


The Best That Love Can Be by Russell Watson

This is a song that makes me feel nostalgic and all too often shed a tear too. I first heard this earlier this year when I'd been told by David that he definitely did not want me. The song is all about when love dies and keeping memories.

"When the heart is cold, together we're alone" "it's hard to carry on, going through the motions when there's nothing there".

"Take the past and hold it like a photograph" is like a knife plunging in my heart knowing that David didn't want any photographs of our time together. Our holidays, our days out, our lives, our wedding. He shoved them in a box for me to take. It hurt knowing that he was erasing all trace of me from his life.

"The Best That Love Can Be"? It's surprising how quickly it can change.