Saturday, 12 January 2013

A promise is a promise.....


I have been saying for ages that I am going to stop my dirty little habit and with the imminent arrival of our new DGS there is no time like the present!!

Quid pro quo is that I need to have more time in my craft room to keep my hands busy!! So you will be seeing a lot more of me, at least until DD#2 gets her new house and new baby :0)

DD#1 and DGD moved into their new house last week and we have been spending a lot of time with them settling them in nicely. DD#1 is a chip off the old block and wants everything done yesterday so amazingly she already has 2 rooms completely redecorated and her Dad is busy decorating her bedroom as I type in preparation for the arrival of her new flooring and furniture next weekend!!

We have managed to fit in a weekend in London for the New Year and last weekend we went away en famille for my Mum's 70th takes a lot of planning!! Lucky that I am queen of the list!!

Anyway, I didn't want to quit on NYD as I knew there was so much coming up, but promised I would buy no more cigs after the far so good. Do you know what's helped? We have a programme here called One Born Every Minute about a maternity unit and I watched a Grandmother help deliver her Grandson and then go and have a fag, come back in and pick him up....disgusting! I did give up before DGD was born but started again just before she was a year old. Just having the odd one, easy, NOT! So this time there will be no cheating, no 'I can be a social smoker' what an oxymoron that is!! However, I am not judging those of you who do, just jealous LOL

Saw a lovely sketch over at Sarah's Cards after shopping in their fab sale :0) and took myself off to play!

I wanted this to be bright, happy and positive...and yes I am back to my beloved white backgrounds!!

This delightful die cut is from Lileth Eckels for the Silhouette. The stamps are Pink Paislee arrow and MME phrase
 Pop over to Lileth's blog and pick it up for free
all the papers are from my HUGE collection of scraps - using more and more since I sorted them into colours. 

These MME stamps were chosen because of what they represent: Balloon for freedom of tobacco, Tightrope Lady because it will be tricky at times but I can do it, and phrase because I intend to stay positive and not an old grump! Hearts are Studio Calico veneer, painted chipboard and Sizzix die using corrugated card and painted
Here is the sketch at Sarah's Cards

Sorry for the incredibly long's good to type, LOL.

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 


  1. Well done on giving up the evil weed (wish I had your willpower!!) and well done on such a lovely layout, lots of lovely little details and striking colour combo! Stunning!

  2. Beautiful, love it and well done on giving up. Thanks for joining in.

  3. Not easy...but well worth it....who wants a stinky-poo smelly Grandma???!!!!!! I'm here on t'other side o the world cheering you on:):):)!!!!!! GREAT LO .... Love the symbolism of it all. Good on your DD#1 for taking control & getting her nest how she wants it!!!!!! Love that you're using your stash...colours, eh???.....

  4. Hi Ali, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments.....I have comment moderation on, so you wont see your comment until after I have read it...trying to stop spam but it doesn't seem to be working... still get lots of anonymous comments,nothing to do with scrapping which is really annoying.
    Good on you for quitting...not easy I imagine. A great layout to inspire you to keep going... fantastic colours. Janice x

  5. Fabulous LO, and a brilliant story to tell. Congratulations on your decision and huge amounts of good luck in carrying it out.

    Great idea to sift through those scraps ...

  6. Well done Mum/Mamma I am so proud of you! Not long now until we all get cuddles with our little chap :-D
    P.s. As always this is beautiful, love the colours. Clever old bird xx

  7. Congrats on keeping to your promise! Love how the colors pop off the page and the symbolic stamping, gorgeous!

  8. Congrats my dear, hope you are still not at it. This LO is gorgeous, love that big red cutout heart.


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