Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Recent Reviews

Ok, I've been promising myself to do this for a while now, so have a few up my sleeve. First the films:

A couple of weeks ago we watched CONTROL which was fabulous, but definitely not what you could call a "feelgood" movie, which suits me just fine.

If you don't already know, it's about the life and untimely death of Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division. It's all filmed in black and white, which makes it very atmospheric. Soundtrack is wonderful and Sam Riley is just fabulous in the lead role.

A definite must-see as far as I'm concerned and it defintely deserves a 5-star rating. Best non-fluff film I've seen in forever.

The next film we watched was STARDUST. This one didn't hugely appeal to me, but I had to eat my words as it was very enjoyable. Very fairytale-ish, but not at all babyish, it had a great story to it, was well-acted and generally just really good.

You'll probably know the main song from Take That, which is a good tune for a feel-good movie. I'll give this one a 4-star rating. Michelle Pfeiffer is fab in it and Robert de Niro has some cracking scenes. You'll also see Ricky Gervias, who even manages to slip in his "are you having a laugh" line from Extras.


On a don't bother watching thread, it has to be DEATH PROOF. I absolutely loved the Tarrantino classics (Reservior Dogs, Pulp Fiction, True Romance), but this was such a disappointment we traded it in the day after we bought it. The first 30 mins or so were ok, and left you with the feeling it was going to get better, but it just didn't.

A massive let-down is about the best that can be said about it, hence the 2-star rating (actually I did seriously consider only giving it one, and may still change this).


Onto books now. Recently finished THE ALEXANDRIA LINK by Steve Berry. The blurb on the back reads:

"Cotton Malone is in trouble. His son has been kidnapped and his bookshop in Copenhagen attacked, all because he is the only man alive who knows the whereabouts of the Alexandria Link - the means of locating the most important cache of ancient knowledge ever assembled: the legendary Library of Alexandria, which vanished without trace fifteen hundred years ago."

I loved this book. A great adventure, with a few twists in the tale, it grips you from start to finish. If you're familiar with THE TEMPLAR LEGACY you'll meet up with a few characters you already know and find out a bit more about them. A definite 4-stars from me.


I still have to do some game reviews, but as this has already become a bit of an epic post, I'll wait a day or too.

Thanks for reading my blurb. xoxo

Monday, March 17, 2008


It was KB's 30th at the weekend. Party had a mod/northern soul/motown slant to it and it was well good. Since he's right into his rugby, I made this card for him - put the local team colours in the "3".

Hand cut the number and rugby ball using DCWV cardstock and chalked the edges. Grass paper is from a DCWV stack (you know when you look at a stack of paper and think to yourself "when on earth will I ever use that one? Well, bingo!!)

Got another party this week - need to make a CD with 10 songs with the first letter of my name for it. I've sort of picked mine out, so it'll just be a case of burning them onto a disc.

Toodles xoxo

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Just Stuff

Hello bloggy-types, hope you are all well. I'm doing just fine and dandy and still managing to dodge bullets :D:D
Got a few book/film/game reviews, but I'll leave that for the weekend when I'm in full-on geek mode.
Here's a pic of a card I did for one of my friends at work:

The papers are Making Memories Kids in Kate, the buckes and buttons are Sizzix, the Tag is Bosskut and the font is Rebekah's Birthday. The gorgeous white flower (sorry my botany skills are crap so I have no idea what kind it is, but it looks a bit like an orchid) is part of my Craft Fairies Design Team kit.

Thanks for looking.

Lisa xoxo

HS:MS Relief

The challenge over at Her Space My Space for today was:


Creating a mold that stands out from it's surface or a feeling of reassurance and relaxation. Find 'relief' in your space today.

Nothing sums up relief for me more than getting into my jammies and cosy socks when I get home from work!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

HS:MS Listen

The challenge for the day over at Her Space:My Space was:

To give your attention to a sound. Find 'listen' in your space today.

This is what I listen to. There is a reason I have 2 of them, but it's a bit long and really not very exciting - suffice to say if you get a hard disc error on the big one, don't panic - there are ways of fixing it (and it's a very hardy bit of kit!!)

Thanks for looking.

Lisa xoxo

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

HS:MS Flood

Had to do a major cheat with the Her Space:My Space challenge today.

An overflowing of a large amount of liquid. Find a 'flood' in your space today:

Yup, I know it's a page from a book, but it was dark when I got home from work (I do pass a fantastic flood on the way to and from work, but it's at a bit where you can't just stop and get out. I had to compromise, so it's a photo of a painting of a flood from a book, with Photoshop water droplets added.

Hope I can do better tomorrow.

Lisa xoxo

Monday, March 10, 2008

HS:MS Ticket

My first HS:MS challenge for a while - camera broke on holiday in October, and had quite a lot on my plate since I got my new one at Christmas - hopefully I'm back on track again now though.

TICKET - A piece of paper or card that give the holder a certain right, usually to enter a place. Show us a 'ticket' in your space today.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Oh Baby!!!

My wee cousin had a little girl at the weekend - chuffed to bits for them as I think at some points over the last few years they thought the day would never come. Went up to see her last night with Mum & G and made cards for us to take up - here they are (N.B. I've tried to do photos instead of scans for a change as I'm always jealous when I see other people's beautifully photographed items). I used Fimo embellishments for all 3 of them, cos I love Fimo on baby cards for some reason.

This is the one Stu and I gave her:

Papers are Making Memories Cosmopolitan, teddy and feet are fimo, square and frame are Cuttlebug and letters are cut using Curly Girlie.

Mum gave her this one with the baby in a pink nappy:

Papers are DCWV, nameplate and corners are Sizzix, circle and frame are Cuttlebug embossed with a Cuttlebug emobssing folder and font is QK Sunshine.

The last one with the tag and pram is the one G gave:

Papers were from my local craft shop, embossed using a Sizzix Big Impressions plate tag and butterfly tag were cut with Sizzix dies and font is Girls are Weird.

Life in general is ticking away nicely. Hoping to get moved into my new job in the next few weeks (but we have to get someone in place for my current one first!), although getting paid at new salary so that's ok. Will also be enrolling for a VQ Management Level 4 course next week.

Not really added any more wedding plans, although have an appointment with the florist on Saturday.

As always I do promise to try to update more frequently than I have done lately - just had a lot of stuff going on and time just seems to fly by - one day I will be organised though :D:D

Toodles xoxo