Monday, 26 May 2008

Indiana Jones

Well we've been to the cinema to watch the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and it was brilliant, Harrison Ford was blistering as the aging Indy and the storyline is as strong as it always was, not surprising really with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg behind it...go and see, its a must :)

Right I did manage a few cards over the last week for various friends out in cyberspace, two who love cats and so I used a Rusty Pickle set I've had for a while, stamped with Stazon and Marvy Le Plume, Cuttlebug embossing folder and some Papermania patterned paper with a bow.

Again, pretty similar to the one above, same stamp just finished off with DCWV ribbon.

Next one is created using a Hero Arts (I think, not 100% sure) Dandelion stamp, Anita's Birthday Wishes stamp only using the Wishes part, stamped with Marvy Le Plume mounted onto DCWV Birthday Stack patterned paper and finished with a ribbon.

Right, enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday xxx

Friday, 23 May 2008

Chelsea Flower Show - Part 2

Hello again, I apologise in advance cos I've got so many photos I want to showcase, so for anyone who doesn't want to see anymore away now :)

Well here are a few more photos from Cancer Research garden designed by Andy Sturgeon, I still love this one and it had so many angles and interesting plants, very green and very junglesque.

Now George Harrison's wife designed her first garden with Yvonne Innes and it really is remarkable, it was hard to get photos of this as so many people were camped out by it, honestly there was so much to see it was just awe inspiring and the image she included...totally wow.

From Life to Life - Yvonne Innes & Olivia Harrison - Silver Gilt (deserved a Gold)

For a bit of fun from the small gardens, we have this which was hard to photograph trying to get everything in and missing out all the people, so I decided to concentrate on the Vesper.

Urban Rain By Bamboo - Bob Latham - Bronze

Another small garden was The Sky At Night framed by the circle with the telescope, really pretty but again hard to photograph without getting in distractions.

The Sky At Night - Barry Maylad - Gold

Now what can I say about the Australian Garden, it was brilliant and they have this infinity pool and will not tell anyone how they created it but fair play to them it looked absolutely stunning and of course, like all Australians the guy giving out the information was quite a character...look out for a cheeky shot of him posing for me!!!

Flemmings & Trailfinder's Austrailian Garden - Jamie Durie - Gold

This small garden I like because I think its pretty achievable for anyone of us not blessed with a huge garden and like the simpler things in life.

Green Living - Phillippa Probert - Bronze
That's it for today, but hey I have more...that wasn't a groan was it lol xxx

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Chelsea Flower Show

So my feet are still aching but I had such a wonderful time yesterday. We travelled down on the 7.25am from Stafford stopping at Nuneaton and then straight through to Euston Station. Then it was onto the tube to Victoria and onto the District line into Sloane Square which blew me away, its so gorgeous and regal...a short walk and we arrived at the gates.

The thing that strikes you as you see the first Show Garden is how small they are in real life compared to seeing them on television, camera trickery is certainly alive and kicking at the BBC, who I managed to catch rehearsing for the lunch time show in a garden named Real Life by Brett.

At dinner we had a very splendid picnic hamper which contained firstly ham & chicken salad, smoked salmon, cheese & biscuits, strawberries and cream followed my white wine with sparkling very swish all eaten while listening to the music from the bandstand.

So I suppose you want to see some photos from the day, well here goes starting with Royal Hospital.

The first garden I came across just had to be Marshalls lol, and here is their wonderful snake which was sculpted on site by one of the employees...talented lot!!

The Marshalls Garden That Kids Want - Ian Dexter - Silver

OK I didn't like it and nor did many others, but had to take a photo just because lol.

The Oceanic Garden - Diarmuid Gavin & Sir Terence Conrad - Bronze

Flowers from one of my favourite gardens.

The Bupa Garden - Cleve West - Gold

The BBC getting ready for the 12.30pm show with Nicky Chapman, Andy Sturgeon and Chris Collins.

And this was the garden they were filming from.

Real Life by Brett - Geoffrey Whiten - Bronze

The Daily Telegraph garden was quite the crowd pleaser.

The Daily Telegraph - Arabella Lennox-Boyd - Gold

Now controversy loomed its head over Andy Sturgeon's garden between me and Mom, I love it especially the wall and, yeah you've guessed it, Mom hated it...I think its her age!!!

The Cancer Research UK Garden - Andy Sturgeon - Gold

Next is The Lauren Perrier Garden, which won Best in Show...its a nice garden but I would have awarded Best in Show to Bupa (more pics to follow on that garden).

The Lauren Perrier Garden - Tom Stuart Smith - Gold/Best in Show

And finally, this gorgeous little small garden. Its a home for a hobbit and words fail you when you see it in real life, its tiny but perfectly formed (more pics on this to follow).

How cute is that, a little door complete with lock and window for the hobbit to look out of :)

Well, I have plenty more photographs so if you're not bored yet pop back tomorrow and see more wonderful gardens from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Friday, 16 May 2008

'Tis Friday, Joke Night!!

Firstly a layout I will share with you, I fancied having a go at this weeks team challenge over on UKS set by the Doodlebugs. It appealed to me because of the 'white space' which I love and don't always manage it, albeit I try really hard. The photo is again of my eldest son, Kyle, promise despite the photo he's as happy as an 11 year old with attitude can be lol. When I ask for a nice head shot this is always 'the look' I get, I don't mind too much because I think he's rather handsome (yes I'm baised and very proud) when he does the Mean & Moody shot and this one was actually taken in black and white while wearing his School uniform.

I've made the photo bigger than the sketch said because I didn't want it swamped by a 12x12 layout and thought 3x2 was slightly too small, I used Bazzill In Stitch'z cardstock and some white The Edge, Autumn Leaves stamps and Thickers vinyl alphabet for the title, I love this layout...can I say that...mmm maybe lol.

OK then a joke for Friday night, another one of my favourites for you...

The seven dwarfs go to the Vatican , and because they are the seven dwarfs, they are immediately ushered in to see the Pope.
Grumpy leads the pack.

"Grumpy, my son," says the Pope, "What can I do for you?"

Grumpy asks, "Excuse me your Excellency, but are there any dwarf nuns in Rome ?"

The Pope wrinkles his brow at the odd question, thinks for a moment and answers, "No, Grumpy, there are no dwarf nuns in Rome ."

In the background, a few of the dwarfs start giggling.

Grumpy turns around and glares, silencing them.

Grumpy turns back, "Your Worship, are there any dwarf nuns in all of Europe ?"

The Pope, puzzled now, again thinks for a moment and then answers, "No, Grumpy, there are no dwarf nuns in Europe.

This time, all of the other dwarfs burst into laughter.

Once again, Grumpy turns around and silences them with an angry glare.

Grumpy turns back and says, "Mr. Pope! Are there ANY dwarf nuns anywhere in the world?"

The Pope, really confused by the questions says, "I'm sorry, my son, there are no dwarf nuns anywhere in the world."

The other dwarfs collapse into a heap, rolling and laughing, pounding the floor, tears rolling down their cheeks, as they begin chanting......

"Grumpy shagged a penguin!"

"Grumpy shagged a penguin!"

How funny is that joke, everytime I read it I giggle lol :)

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Distinct Differences CJ

Hello, its been a while hasn't it...sorry I've been busy in the garden painting fences with a paint brush because my husband won't let me have a spray gun, I suppose he has a fair point, I could cause complete though!!

Anyway, I've been busy getting my CJ ready for posting on Saturday, I belong to a group called 'Distinct Differences' and my journal has the title 'Nature's Beauty'. I love near Cannock Chase Forrestry Commission and the Trent & Mersey canal is 2 minutes from my front door so I have plenty of beautiful things to look at even on the coldest of days. After much thought I decided to feature all things that Mother Nature has created as she's such a powerful force full of extreme beauty, I do have one condition though it can't contain any humans lol.

Here goes, the front cover...

My introduction and rule pages...

Double page layout complete with real flowers...

And last but not least my sign in page, a bit different but I like the end result...

Got to package it all up now reaady for posting on Saturday for what will hopefully be a very safe and bright journey around the Country before arriving home next year!!!

I used K&Co Mira patterned papers and embellishments throughout xxx

Friday, 9 May 2008

Friday Night Jokes

It has become a bit of thing over on UKS that I do at least one joke every Friday night on the threads I belong to, so I thought why not share a few with my fellow bloggers and see if I can make you titter :)

Here you go...

  • A teacher is explaining biology to her 4th grade students.

  • 'Human Beings are the only animals that stutter', she says.

  • A little girl raises her hand. 'I had a kitty-cat who stuttered', She volunteered.

  • The teacher, knowing how precious some of these stories could become, asked the girl to describe the incident.

  • 'Well', she began, 'I was in the back yard with my kitty and the Rottweiler that lives next door got a running start and before we knew it, he jumped over the fence into our yard!'

  • 'That must've been scary', said the teacher.

  • 'It sure was', said the little girl. 'My kitty raised his back, went 'Fffff, Fffff, Fffff'... And before he could say 'F**k', the Rottweiler ate him!

  • 'The teacher wet her pants laughing.......

So funny, makes me smile everytime I read it especially as I have my own kitty lol.

Another one...

The Three Little Pigs

  • Three Little Pigs went out to dinner one night.

  • The waiter came and took their drink order.

  • "I would like a Sprite," said the first little piggy.

  • "I would like a Coke," said the second little piggy.

  • "I want beer, lots and lots of beer," said the third little piggy.

  • The drinks were brought out and the waiter took their orders for dinner.

  • "I want a nice big steak," said the first piggy.

  • "I would like the salad plate," said the second piggy.

  • "I want beer, lots and lots of beer," said the third little piggy.

  • The meals were brought out and a while later the waiter approached the table and asked if the piggies would like any dessert.

  • "I want a banana split," said the first piggy.

  • "I want a cheesecake," said the second piggy.

  • "I want beer, lots and lots of beer," exclaimed the third little piggy.

  • "Pardon me for asking," said the waiter to the third little piggy," But why have you only ordered beer all evening?"

You're gonna LOVE me for this....

The third piggy says - "Well, somebody has to go 'Wee, wee, wee, all the way home'! "


Monday, 5 May 2008

Blooming Pages Weekly Challenge

Yes it's that time, you might remember I said that Blooming Pages (my wonderful team) were setting the weekly challenge over on UKScrappers and today's the day and I also remember a few of you saying you would have a go, we'll see lol.

Right so what's involved, well its pretty have to scrap the following :-
  • A photograph of yourself doing anything (within reason) and at any age for 10 points

  • To include 'seen' journaling for another 10 points

  • Its May Day so you've just got to include ribbons for 5 points

  • Use a colour from our team logo or a bloom or if you're feeling really adventurous then include both for another 5 points

Easy peasy...

Here is my layout I did for our challenge and while the thought of scrapping myself terrified me I also really enjoyed creating it which even though its a photo of me I'm rather pleased with it, what do you think :)

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Monday in spite of the dreadful weather, take care xxx

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Polling Day

I've had a nice walk in the sunshine to vote not that it makes much difference but god almighty save us from Labour, could it possibly be much worse...I think not, anyway my deed is done needless to say I didn't put a 'X' in the Labour square lol.

I was going to finish my CJ off last night but suddenly noticed two Birthdays early next week so I set about making cards which I must be improving as they didn't take me all night to do, I did them identical as they both love cats and I had a thumping headache so I wanted it easy peasy, anyway its here in all its monochrome glory. I used DCWV Black & White paper stack and one of my very first crafting stamps...this little cute cat from Anita's...yes I know, I now have more sense but he is sweet :) xxx