Wednesday, 21 December 2011


I would like to wish all my bloggy friends and followers a Merry Christmas and all good wishes for 2012.

Here are a few digital cats in the snow layouts that i will leave you with for 2011.  See you in the New Year.

Saturday, 17 December 2011


Hello everyone and welcome to Day 2 of the  Santa Baby blog hop hosted by Dandy and Becky - thanks girls for having me on board.

If you have arrived here from Dandy's blog then you are on the right track but if you have just arrived here from bloggerland and wish to hop along with us then this is day two so please start back HERE at Becky's blog.

Have fun!

Here are my digital layout creations for today.  
They are all about cats in the snow.

Id appreciate it if you would leave me a comment on what you think. 
Thanks for hopping today and now please hop on over to the next blog on the hop to see what Mary has for you today.

Friday, 16 December 2011


Hello everyone and welcome to todays hop called Santa Baby hosted by Dandy and Becky - thanks girls for having me on board

If you have arrived here from Dandy's blog  then your on the right track but if not then please start back HERE at Beckys blog .

The projects i have created for this hop are some digi layouts of some christamssy dressed up penguins - oh how id love to have them living in my garden - hope you like what i have created.

This second layout i am entering in the current Scrapbook Awards competition so if you would like to vote for me to win then please click HERE and select the "vote for this design" - thank you

Thanks for hopping by my blog today and id appreciate if you would let me know what you think of my creations.  The next hop stop is   MARY          

Thursday, 1 December 2011

All about Winter hop 2nd Dec 2011

Good mornining all

Today is the All About Winter blog hop for 2nd December. If you have arrived here from Lynda then you are on the right track but if you are just browsing around in bloggerland and would like to hop then please start back at the beginning from the link at the bottom of this posting.

My projects are SB layouts
This first one is  of the ducks in the park a couple of winters ago.

This next one is of our garden, a view from my craft room looking out to the big tree, our resident robin and then our front garden and window.

Thank you for hopping and i appreciate your comments as love to read what you think - please now hop onto the next blog.

SCGBM - ALL ABOUT ME GROUP - December challenge #3

Hello everyone

Today is the third challenge for the ALL ABOUT ME BOOK group  - this is a group of us crafters who are making a scrapbook - a page a month and are linking it up on my blog so we can all see what we are up to.

We normally have a new challenge each month but as this is now December and we will all be busy over the festive holidays i am having this challenge run for 2 months instead to give you all time to create your page.
So challenge #4 will launch on 1st Feb instead of Jan - bet you are now breathing a sigh of relief !!!

Here is my new page layout - the  challenge is to use Punches on your project layout. I have use the penguin punch as a border across my page.

Now then its over to you ladies to get creative with your punches and link up your next page creation.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with

Monday, 31 October 2011


Hello all

today sees a new challenge set at SCBGM for the All About Me Book group - this is a group i have set up who are going to be creating a scrapbook throughout the challenge.

This is our second posting and for the month of November we have a sketch challenge to follow

Here is the sketch layout idea that i would like you all to use for your page 2 - it would also be good to see some buttons used on your project.

Here is my page 2 for my book based on the sketch layout and buttons challenge for the month of November.

Hope you like what i have created. This is me at about the age of 4 in the flat that my mum and dad first bought together when they got married showing me all wrapped up in bed with all my cuddly toys - nothing much changes as 30+ years on and my bed is still dressed each day with toys and cushions but these days it also has 2 black cats in there too !!

Now its over to the group to link up their page 2 for this November challenge - as per Mr Linky below.

please note this linky is only for the group members to link up their projects but if you are interested in joining our group then please send me an email from the ME tab above or a PM on facebook

Saturday, 29 October 2011

It's all about CATTITUDE blog hop 28 29 Oct 2011 - day two

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Its All About Cattitude blog hop day two hosted  by Barbara.

If you have arrived here from Jamie's blog then your on the right track to carry on but if youve come across my blog from bloggerland and wish to hop along then please start back HERE.

This blog hop  is all about cats, cat awareness and National Cat Day so are my day two projects on the cats in my life.

My first layout today is of the other black four legged furry friend who shares my life - yesterday was about Gypsy so today its Lucky's turn. Lucky arrived in our garden about 5 years ago and was there every day morning, noon and night. We assumed he was lost as maybe new to the neighbourhood. We tried all we could to find his owners and eventually did. They lived 3 streets behind us. We took him home daily but he always returned. Some days it was so cold and wet that we felt so sorry for him so took him in and Jim spent the night with him on a sleeping bag. Then one night a knock at the door found his owner looking for him. He wasnt with us that time but the owner said well if he does turn up again, keep him or dump him as hes no longer welcome. OMG you can image my disgust so what  else could we do ... we cant imagine life without lucky now as he has well and truly made him self part of our family.

The next layout is of my mum and dads new cat Bobby. Aint he a cutie! Bobby is a rescue cat that mum and dad got from the SSPCA - that stands for Scottish Society for Protection and Cruetly to Animals  - its the scottish version of the RSPCA. Both myself, Jim plus my mum and dad regularly donate to this worthwhile cause as they have a cat & dog re housing program and need all the money they can get - hence them wishing to adopt a cat and now Bobby shares our lives. I also donate cards regularly to them to raise funds. The World Cardmaking day blog hop i held lately, i dontated 100 cards. Now on to what Bobby looks like.

My next project is a simple pussy cat card that i had created for a neighbours birthday earlier this year.

My last project for today  is a cat stamped candle.  I have used a penny black cat stamp which i stamped onto tissue paper and coloured with copic markers. Cut it out neat to the edge of the stamp and then sat it on the candle which heating it with the heat gun to melt the tissue into the candle.

Well i hope you like my projects for today and yesterday and can leave me some comments as i love to read what you think of my creations.  Barbara has fabby blog candy on offer so be sure to hop to all the blogs in the line up and leave comments to be eligible to win.

The next stop on this hop is HERE   - Thanks for hopping

Thursday, 27 October 2011

It's all about CATTITUDE blog hop 28 29 Oct 2011

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Its All About Cattitude blog hop hosted  by Barbara.

If you have arrived here from Jamies blog  then your on the right track to carry on but if youve come across my blog from bloggerland and wish to hop along then please start back HERE.

This blog hop  is all about cats, cat awareness and National Cat day so heres some projects on the cats in my life.

This is GYPSY one of my four legged  black furry friends that shares my life - this SB LO has been featured in some magazines and has won me some competitions - i love it lots and am thinking of putting it in a frame.
Gypsy is a rescue cat that Jim and I got over 11 years ago - when we first moved in together we decided we wanted a cat and trawled all the usual places and managed to find this little bundle of fun at just under 1 year old - now shes turned into a little monster but we love her dearly !

This next LO is of a poor puss cat called Pumpkin who used to visit my mum and dads garden. Poor pumpkin was very violently treated by thugs 2 years ago and was left bearly alive. After his ordeal and many operations the wee thing fought on and survived. However it was not meant to be as about 6 months after his horrendous time he was sadly run over by a car on the road between his and my mums house. This poor puss had such a tragic short life but he did brighten up everyones days when he popped over for his daily visits to my mums house. Although he wasnt a family cat he was loved and is sadly missed. He is now over rainbow bridge and im sure playing and dancing with other fluffy creatures. :-(
This layout shows him in my mum and dads birdhouse pretending he can fly!!

This is a card i created with a lovely kitten and sentiment verse from Barbara Gray, embossed with WOW platinum powders. The flowers also covered in wow powders - triple embossed then punched.

My last project is a papermache cat that i have covered in purple leopard print decopatch papers and then glazed. I have added a little purple bow around his neck to top it off. This now proudly sits in the computer room at my mum and dads house

I hope you like my creations for todays hop - id appreciate if you left me a comment as i love to know what you think. Barbara is offering  fabby blog candy  for this hop so please make sure you hop along to all the blogs and leave your comments to be eligible.

Thanks for hopping with me today and  your next hop stop is HERE - hope to see you again tomorrow.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Digital Scrapping blog hop 17th Oct

Do you do digital layouts? Do you want to learn? 

This is a blog hop to see what other people are up to in this new and creative way to preserve memories. Some of these ladies are old pros while others, like myself, are new and dabbling our toes into  it all but we are all crafty so there should be some great layouts to enjoy and maybe a trick or two to learn.

 Please join us and hop along starting with Jearise our hostess.

Also, we have a special digital tutorial given by Amy at the end of the hop so make sure you hop through all the digital displays from our wonderful scrap bookers.

Our sponsor for this hop is My Memories Suite . Check out their site to see beautiful layouts and just how easy it is to start digital scrap booking.

BLOG CANDYGrand Prize: A free copy of the latest digital scrap booking software from “MyMemories Suite.” 

                     Runner Up: $10 gift certificate to My Memories Suite to help indulge your new found hobby.

Check out Jearise's blog for the full blog candy offering and conditions.

If you have traveled from Lisa's blog, then you are on the right digital highway If you got lost and found yourself on my doorstep by mistake, you can head to the beginning of the digital highway here

Now here are my project layouts for this hop - hope you like them. I have used Serif Scrapbook Digital Platinum Artist. I used the  basic layouts and added the material or paper layers, embellishments and frames. I would love to experiement with the other tools like the punches etc so hopefully one day you will see some different goings on with my SB layouts - i am hoping to pick up some hints and tips along the way on this hop.

I have chosen to create layouts of the cats in my life - this one is Gypsy.

Then here is lucky

This third one is my mum and dads cat Bobby

Well thats all from me today, now hop on over to Lynne for another digital project.

Thanks for hopping and hope you enjoy and gain some inspiration from all our projects and will give digi scrappin a go.

Friday, 30 September 2011


Hello all - i am so excited as today sees the launch of a new venture of mine called the "all about me" book group. This group is a gathering of crafters who have come together to create an "all about me" book in monthly stages, taking part in the challenges for theme, style, colour, sketch layout etc.

We all want to create a book at some point whether it be about ourselves, a family member, a pet, an event or a person or thing in our lives - and why not start now !

There are  10 members at present in this group and what we are going to do is at the beginning of each month i will be posting a theme,style, sketch etc for the month's challenge then throughout the month we all create our page and then link it up to my Mr Linky below for us all to see - simple. We will then over time start to build up our book with a page a month.

Our group starts today and for our beginning challenge it is to decide on what our book is to be about, source a book, create  a page, work out a plan for our books and give our book a title . There is no particular challenge theme for page one - just get creative

My book is  simply "All about Me" - kinda like a red book of my life (except its pink) and it is plainly called GILL.  This is the book i am going to use - it is a fabric 12x12 album

and this is the title for my book - i have created it with punches and alphabet letters cut from the big shot. It is mounted onto craft card and then laminated to preserve it.

This is my plan for what i want to see in my book - I am going to do about 5 pages on my early baby toddler years, 5 pages on teens and growing up then concentrate the rest of the pages on my 20's,30's and now my 40's

Here is my initial page for my book - hope you like it. It is the first ever photograph of me and my family on my mum and dads side.  My journal entry says - The Mackenzie and Maclean families welcome their newest addition. Gillian was born on 1st July 1970.

Its over to the group now to get creative and show me what they can do.
Each member will create their blog post similar to what i have just done above - showing the album, their first page, a title for their book and describe  their plan for the book,  who it is for and why, then link it up below. I am excited to see what everyone creates.

The Linky below is for the 9 other group members only and is available for one month until the next challenge begins.. Thank you.
If you are interested in joining this group then please contact me from the ME tab above.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

50 states blog hop 16 17 September

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our hostess Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see.

If you've hopped along from *Michigan*, then you are in the right place!! If you are just browsing around in bloggerland and would like to hop with us then please be sure to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!
To be entered to win, please do the following:
So what's the Grand Prize???
Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.
Now on to my state and my project....

The state that i have created my projects on is the sunshine state of Florida - i hope you enjoy what i have created.

Florida is renowned for its beaches - here are 2 simple digital beachy layouts i created.

I have now created layouts depicting some of the areas of Florida that i would love to visit one day.

and now for a history lesson

Florida Facts

·         Capital: Tallahassee
·         Statehood: March 3, 1845 (27th state)
·         Population: 17,789,864 (year 2005 - ranks 4th in nation)
·         Gross State Product: $599 Billion (2004 est)
·         Land area: 53,927 square miles
·         Highest elevation: 345 feet, Walton County in the Panhandle
·         Mean elevation: 100 feet - half of Florida is less than 100 feet above sea level!
·         Coastline 1,350 miles
·         Rank among states in total area: 22nd
·         US Territory: 1821
·         Taxes: Florida state sales tax is 6 percent with counties allowed to levy up to an 
additional 1 percent.
·         Time zones: Eastern except in the western panhandle which is Central. 
Florida adopts Daylight Saving Time.
·         Dominant trees: pines, oaks, cypresses, palms and mangroves
·         Rainfall: ranges from 40 to 60 inches per year
·         State nickname: Sunshine State
·         State song: Suwannee River
·         State animal: Florida Panther
·         State bird: Mockingbird
·         State fish: Atlantic Sailfish (saltwater), Largemouth Bass (freshwater)
·         State flower: Orange blossom
·         State tree: Sabal palm

My next projects are what  i have created on Orlando as i visited there in 2001 and am returning again in 2012 to visit some of the places that we didnt get to first time around.

This is a layout i created with a postcard from my trip.
I have used this as page one of my Orlando holiday memory scrapbook

The next few pages are just some that i have created from that holiday.

I am also entering this Animal Kingdom LO into the Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #32 Zoo Crazy.

My next project is a money savings jar that i have created to start saving for our 2012n holiday.
 I have used an old coffee jar and decked it up with papers and embellishments.

Well thats all my Florida projects for this hop.

I would appreciate you leaving me some comments to tell me what you think of my creations. If you would like to see more then why not become one of my regular followers -  i run a RAK, a birthday club, bi weekly challenges and regular blog candy.

Now you can hop to the next state in the Union which is TEXAS !!
Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

50 States Hop