Sunday, 3 August 2014

Modern Vintage

I can't believe it's been a month since I last blogged.
I don't think I've ever done that before. Wow!!
Just about sums up this crazy month.

To start with though I'll share my Cocoa Daisy gallery with you.
Augusts Kit is called ' Modern Vintage and looks like this.

And this is what I made.

I got my art journal out for the first time in a long time. It was the fern stamps in the main kit that made me do it.
And a card.
I still have lots of plans with the remainders of my lovely kit.
So July. I would like to say ''where did July go''? Like it was all over in a flash which is why I never got around to scrap. But actually it's been a very long drawn out month. A month that I'm happy to see the back of.
We did have some good moments.
Hollie turned 15.
Hollie had work experience for a week and despite me hating driving, it had me driving 50 miles a day on really horrible country roads : (  But she had a good time, so it was all worth it.  
Hollie got a 'Designers' award at a school presentation evening.
Both kids got achievement awards on their last day of school.
School finished on the 23rd and we went in to Windsor for a really nice evening.
We also went down to the coast that week too for a few hours.
So we did do some nice things.
I also had my local crop and hosted the Cocoa Daisy online crop.
Busy Busy.
And then there has been all the work stress lately. I really hate school summer holidays.
It should be the best time, but it's just a nightmare for me every year. It's such a hectic time of year for me with work. I just find myself waking up feeling sick every morning, I get such a tight chest and a sense of panic and not coping. My work load gets more and more, the kids get harder and more demanding as they get older. Wanting to be taken places, wanting money to go out, coming in to my studio, can I do this, can I do that?????? I work early mornings, grab as much time during the day as I can and carry on until 10-11pm and in between, do 3 meals, clean the house, do the washing.... oh the joys : )
And then we had an incident with Hollie which looks like she is grounded for the duration of the summer.
And then last week we had a sudden death in the family.
So life has pretty a roller coaster this month. Lots of ups and downs.
I think August is going to be pretty much the same.
We are all feeling shocked and very sad right now. My life is a little on hold in case I need to go and be with family. We will have the funeral soon and then my Dad visits from the States for his yearly visit on the 15th. I will have my sister, her hubby, their 3 kids and my brother stay and our Dad of course. And I will still be working on top of all this.  
At least I can't say life is dull : )
I do hope July has been good for you.
Lots of love and wishing you a happy August xxxxx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

GGGRRRRR & a Sketch & a Circle

GGGGGGGRRRR to more pc problems.
I am so fed up this year. It's one thing after another with my pc.
It's been almost a week since I've been able to update my blog : (
I'm thinking it's time to invest in a new one.
I'm thinking of a mac now.

Anyway, less of the boring stuff. Time for fun scrappy stuff.
The Cocoa Daisy reveal was on Saturday.
I love this months kit sooooooo much. It's a winner in my eyes.
The kit has gone on sale today. Take a peek here.

I did end up with all of the addons this month.  Greedy I know!!

I've just posted the new sketch challenge on the CD blog here.

Here is my LO.

I used these Cocoa Daisy Stamps to add around the outside of the circle.
I used some of the Panda Eight Printables that come with the main kit. I'm hooked on these every month.
Please come and play with us.
Just add your link with your work to the blog post here by 15th July, 11pm EST and you could win $10 to spend in the Cocoa Daisy store. 
Good luck!!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Fancy Being a Cocoa Daisy Guest Designer???? Plus Giveaways!!!

With the new Cocoa Daisy Site this week there is lots going on.

As my heading here says. Would you like to be the September Guest Designer?
Cocoa Daisy is on the search.
Please take a look here for the full details.
It's easy to apply and it ends Friday 27th June, midnight ET.

There are also other give aways this week.
Like this one here. Tag a friend to win a Day in the Life Kit.

Today we have 3 Daisy Boxes to giveaway here.
Another easy one. Check it out.

Pass on the details to your scrappy friends : )

I have been busy these past few days working on my July kit ready for the full reveal on Saturday.
Here are my sneaks.

It's my favourite kit so far this year.
Good luck with the Cocoa Daisy Giveaways!!!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Cocoa Daisy....NEW LOOK!!

Cocoa Daisy has been given a make over.
Come and see here.

We have a lovely new site : )

I've been busy playing with my lovely new July kit this weekend.
Here are a couple of sneaks for now.

I'm loving this kit so much.

We've had a lovely weekend. But I have Louis off today with a tummy bug : (

I hope you enjoyed your weekend xx

Friday, 20 June 2014

A Free Magazine for All!!!

Yes, it's true.
A free magazine for everyone.
Cocoa Daisy have launched a free online magazine for you.
Come and see for yourself here.

I hope you will love it as much as we do xxx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Almost 15

My baby is almost 15.
Where have the years gone???

This month the Designers Challenge at Cocoa Daisy is set by Nicole.
Nicole's challenge is to use strips of paper in anyway.
You can view the challenge here and see what Denise, Ashley,Martha and Nicole also made.  
The challenge runs til 2nd July if you fancy playing along.

This is my take.

I hope you join in with us too xxx

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Cocoa Daisy July Sneaks - View Finder & Somethings Happening Soon!!!!

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to the July Kit arriving.
This one has got me so excited and so many ideas are brewing in this head of mine : )

I'll show you why.

And look at the stamps.

Can you see why I'm excited?????
It was shipped at the end of last week, I hope it's here for the weekend.
See here for full details. The full reveal is June 28th 9pm EST.
Whilst we are talking Cocoa Daisy.
We have a countdown....
See at the top there.
Lots of exciting things coming.
Visit Cocoa Daisy soon so that you don't miss out.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Word Up #84 Light

What does the word 'LIGHT' mean to you?

It was my turn to pick a word over on the OLW challenge blog this month and I picked this word.
You can read what it means to me here.

This is what I created.


Please check out what the other DT members created using my word this month and we'd love you to play along with us. Take a look here.
Thanks xxx

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Jazzing up those Alphas

Hello !!

I have some tips and tricks for you today on the Cocoa Daisy Blog.
It's all alpha talk and how to jazz them up when they aren't quite right for the project that you are creating. You can read it here.

I hope you are keeping well.
It's that crazy time of year for me with work.

I just wanted to share that Hollie had a big GCSE catering exam yesterday. The finals aren't until next June, but this goes as 20% of the final grade.

The theme was fruit and veg and they had to make 4 dishes in 2 hrs and present too.
She chose to make.
Spicy Tomato Soup served in a bread roll bowl.
Salmon and Cucumber Sushi
Strawberry and Pistachio Cream tartlet
Lemon Soufle inside a real lemon.

Everything made from scratch.
She did so well and finished with everything cleaned up with 20mins to spare.
Here's her happy little selfie in her chef's uniform (with her friend in the background)

She makes me smile : )
Have a lovely day today and thank you for all the kind comments. Always means the world to me xxx

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Teeny Weeny Ones

Do you keep a stash of photos ready to scrap?

I have a little dish in my studio. It's like a 'go to' dish. If I don't feel like scrapping the ones I have printed. I go to this dish to see if one of these takes my fancy.
This time I decided to scrap all the teeny weeny ones.
There were just a lovely few that really showed off all the lovely things that we've done together as a family.
It makes me happy to see these.
Kids grow up so fast, sometimes you think, what have we done in all these years?
This LO here just shows it quite well.

There's Legoland Windsor (a fave when they were younger)  camping, Disneyworld, beach trip, Charmouth, a playground and a snow day.
Happy Memories.
This LO was inspired by the latest Chic Tags Sketch which you can see here.
Lots of lovely Chic Tags goodies on this LO.
I hope you are having a good day.
It's sunny here. Yay!!!