Friday, 29 March 2013

Stamps, Flowers and Biffy!

We have been having a crazy busy month again!   I feel like I am always waiting for the crazyness to end, I am always thinking that next week it will be calm down and then I can get to all the things that need to be done and sorted and can just relax a little, but then next week comes and things continue to just be crazy.  But I suppose you adapt and learn to deal with things as they crop up, I have just had to learn to accept that my life is unpredictable and things can't always be perfectly planned and it is okay to not be on top of everything!  One of the things I have definitely not been on top of for the last few months is my blog and recently my blog hopping which has really bothered me as I always wanted to have an organised blog with 3 or 4 posts a week but for now I have accepted that won't be happening in the near future :)

Anyway enough with the rambling!  This is a layout I did (while I was away on our retreat) to showcase the new Bo Bunny background stamps....I am just loving these stamps, I love all stamps but background stamps are just my favourite and the designs chosen for the Bo Bunny ones are fantastic!  I used the Family Is line which is just soo cute and so perfect for my family lol

We all went to watch a Biffy Clyro concert on Monday night which was brilliant and definitely in my top 3 concerts I have been to so far :)  Here are a few photos but they are taken with my phone and we are way at the back of the arena.  We always book in the same area because although it is on the far side of the arena it is directly in front of the stage so your view is still better than being closer and on the side.

 As we all like Biffy Clyro we made a bit of a family thing of it this time and took the kids with, this is Kieran's third concert and Christopher's second.  I think we have decided that Christopher is not really a concert person though as he was a bit bored.  We also went with my BIL and SIL who love concerts as much as we do and our two nephews.

It was my Birthday yesterday and I just had to share some photos of the beautiful flowers that hubby got me for my birthday.  I think he has become a bit indecisive as he got me three boquets!  Lol he is so sweet :)
I am just loving my Instagram app on my phone!

So I was going to finish off with my favourite Biffy Clyro song but I couldn't decide between Bubbles, Many of Horror, Mountains and The Captain so instead I will just play my favourite song so far from the new album.  It is called Black Chandelier..

I hope everyone has a wonderful relaxing long Easter weekend with their families and loved ones.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Scrapping With Friends!

I am always delayed with everything these days!  Last weekend I went away on on one of my scrapping groups annual scrapping weekends.  Every year we rent a lovely quite place in the countryside called Meadow Barn and we scrap, chat and eat lots of lovely cakes!  This is really the most fantastic group of totally wonderul girls (and men!) and I am so glad to have met all of them!  Here are a couple of group shots.
This is the nice normal looking posed group shot.

Hmmm the cracks are starting to show a little bit....a little bit more like us
Below are the two guys who join our group every year, the tall one is Lisa's husband who does digital scrapbooking and cooks us some divine Mexican food on the Saturday night each time.  The other one is Karen's husband who doesn't scrapbook and usually goes for nice long walks in the beautiful country side but always helps us out in loads of little ways and on the Friday night this time made a very yummy chilli con carne which we used to top some of our jacket potatoes.  

Take note of all the tubs of droolworthy cakes in the front of the picture there!  The cake queen is definitely Karen who makes the most divine coffee cake ever, she also bought special chocolate cup cakes, Dundee cake, Mince pies and biscuits!.  Even Lisa's extremely talented young daughter sent a lemon drizzle cake along, unfortunately I didn't get to taste hers as I was too busy eating Julia's completely yummy lemon drizzle cake but I did hear lots of rave reviews :)

We also did a mini gift exchange this year where we each made or brought a little gift for each person.  These girls think of such amazing things, we have been so crazy busy that unfortunately my gift was just a little box of Mini Eggs as I didn't end up with any time to make something although I doubt that I would have been able to think of anything as nice as the other girls did!

The gorgeous decoupage stone was made by Julia and we all got to pick our designs.  The chocolate item is a little chocolate man topped with fudge pieces with a spoon stuck in it is from Gemma and is to stir into hot milk!  The little blue milk carton box is from Karen and is full of mint imperials.  The beautiful box and matching card was our gift from Fiona and it was a little class and all the supplies to make them!  The sweet little dried flower tags were from Tara and were made by her adorable daughter and MIL with flowers picked from her MIL's garden.  The three little tags were hand made by Ali.  The little badge was from Jess and we got to choose which saying we wanted.  Lastly the gorgeous bag charm was hand made by Lisa in whatever our favourite colours were!

Then my lovely friend Lisa is making and selling these beautiful beaded bracelet and earing sets.  I adored them when I saw some of them over the weekend and totally fell in love with and immediately wanted this one which she called 'Nature's Glow'.
Alas my photo does not do justice to the beautiful colours in these, I just adore them!  I saw her make one over the weekend and the amount of care and effort she puts into them is amazing. If you would like to look at some of the other sets she has up for sale or buy your own set then go and check out her blog here.  Hmmm I think I might need a couple more of those soon! :)

Well as usual I didn't get too much scrapping done over the weekend!  I am a slow scrapper in general and I tend to spread out a lot so the tight scrapping space bewilders me and I get slower than ever lol.  But I don't mind as I mainly like seeing all my lovely friends and having a laugh and we do lot's of that!  Plus the long drive is really good for me especially as this was my first long drive since my accident last year so I was a nervous wreck but felt much better afterwards :)  But I digress I can only show you the card I made for now... this was for this months card sketch on the Bo Bunny blog.  I did the sketch this month and this is what it looked like...
 This is my card using the very pretty new Isabella
Now that I have posted this I can see that the bow has gone skew and is covering some of the pearl swirls! That is really going to irritate me lol.

Anyway that is it for today, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and all the mothers out there have a fabulous and relaxing day tomorrow!