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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bell Witch–Part 2 completed

I have finally managed to complete Part 2 of the Halloween SAL from Primitive Hare.  This is Bell Witch and I am loving the primitive look.  Part 3 arrived in my inbox earlier in the month and I am hoping to make a start on it later this week but I don’t think I will get it completed before the end of September.  I will certainly try my best to do as much as possible before Part 4 arrives.
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My new stamps from Paperbabe stamps arrived today – always such quick service and they look fabulous.  Fingers crossed I will get to play with them later in the week as well.  Always so much to do on my list and never enough time!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Together for Paperbabes Challenge #3

The Paberbabes Challenge is in it’s early stages and I was lucky enough to win challenge #2.  I had a 50/50 chance as there were just the two entries so I am hoping that for this challenge more people will begin to hear  of the challenge and take part.  There is a lovely range of stamps available to buy from Paperbabes Etsy shop and I have been tempted again this weekend into yet another purchase.

Onto the challenge this week which is to use flowers on your entry which can be a card, LO, ATC, altered art or anything else you’d like to create.  Kim the owner of the shop and blog does ask that at least one stamped imaged from the Paperbabes stamp range is used.

I have opted to use the Happy word set that I purchased last time.  I’ve stamped out the word Together eight times with clear embossing ink and covered with black embossing powder.  These were punched out using an SU word window punch along with another eight pieces of paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection.  These were layered onto a punched out circle to create my flower and finished off with a button.  Further scraps were used to create the stem and the petals.  The large Happy was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock and  embossed with my large spotty embossing folder and  matted onto some green cardstock.  Clean and simple but another card made using up some of my scraps.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quick birthday card

It was my brother in laws birthday yesterday and I had tried over the weekend to think of what to make him but to no avail.  However yesterday morning with only an hour to make it before going into work I managed to put this card together using scraps of Graphic 45 papers.  I’m very happy with how it turned out and even happier that I used up some of my pile of scraps which has been growing rapidly after making all the brag books and 3D projects recently.  It’s surprising what you can come up with when you have limited time and use minimal materials – sometimes I think I have just to much to choose from.
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Trying new things

I found a new range of stamps called Paperbabe stamps which can be bought from Kim’s Etsy shop.  There is also a challenge on the Paperbabes blog and this weeks challenge is a picture/colour inspiration challenge.  The main image on my card I bought as a digital image but can also be bought as a photopolymer stamp and coloured it in with Copics but Kim also sells photopolymer stamps and has also just released some of her digi images onto red rubber – so there really is something for everyone.

The sentiment I have used is one of her photopolymer stamps which has the fancy word Happy, which has more detail on than on my card but I needed to cut it slightly to fit onto my card.  To go with this lovely fancy word there are a variety of other words to make your own sentiment with.

I tried the stamps out with a variety of different inks to see how well they inked up and was very pleased that they came out perfectly each time.  I tried SU inks, Distress Inks, Momento and Archival ink pads and each came out with a nice crisp outline.  The stamps are very reasonably priced and the service was very quick.  I ordered the stamps on Sunday evening and they had arrived by Tuesday morning.  I would highly recommend them and can see some more sets appearing in my home very soon - as if I need anymore stamps!

It’s been a while since I have been inspired to take part in a challenge but these stamps really inspired me – it also means I now have one less Christmas card to make.
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Last week I tried out a new cake recipe.  It’s from a book by Harry Eastwood called Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache.  The recipes use vegetables instead of some of the traditional ingredients you’d associate with cake making.  The one I made was Coconut Cake with Coconut Icing and it used courgette and it tasted delicious – very sweet and you would never know that courgettes were put into it.  This is fabulous as it now means I can get our youngest son to eat courgettes and he doesn’t even know – I just need to make sure I bake it when he’s not at home.  I took half of the cake into work and my work colleagues also thoroughly enjoyed it too.  I intend to make more cakes from this book in the coming months and said I would take them into work for them to guess which vegetable was used each time.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Brag book library

I’ve finally got round to taking a photo of the brag bookcase library I have created.  I made my first brag book some weeks ago at Scrapbook Magic and have been making many more so I needed somewhere to store them safely.  So one evening I sat down and took some measurements and made my own bookcase for them to go in using chipboard, cardstock and beautiful Graphic 45 papers.  I thought I’d label each of the brag books with the paper range they came from but I didn’t realise just how many paper pads I had collected so another bookcase was required LOL.  You could squeeze ten books into the bookcase but it doesn’t really allow enough space once the books have been filled with photos and any other embellishments so I have decided to just put eight in each bookcase.  I still have a few more paper pads to use and with the new releases coming out soon I don’t think it will be long before the second bookcase is filled up too.
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Yesterday it was Elisha’s 5th birthday and it was celebrated with a party in their local parish hall.  Two bouncy castles were hired which kept all of the children occupied for the whole duration so a very easy event to go to – if just a little noisy.  We took Logan and Savannah out to join in the fun with their cousins Elisha and Connor.  Elisha is mad on everything about Frozen at the moment and one of the bouncy castles was a Frozen castle (not literally).  As you can see Elisha had her Frozen outfit on with her face painted accordingly.  There was also a beautiful cake with the same theme.  I wasn’t able to take that many photos as they were all moving so fast it was difficult to get anything other than a blur.  On of Elisha’s aunties dressed up as Olaf and made a couple of appearances throughout the party which all of the children loved.  A fun afternoon for everyone – I even got to go on the bouncy castle too – well Savannah wouldn’t go on it at first on her own – any excuse really!
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I somehow have managed to delete lots of comments from previous posts so my apologies to everyone who has been kind enough to leave me comments which are very much appreciated.  I think this is the second time I have hit the wrong button and done this but thank you for visiting me and taking the time to leave comments  I will try very hard not to do it again.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Halloween mystery SAL

Part two is progressing slowly, I’ve probably completed about half of it.  Part three arrived in my inbox last week.  With shift swaps time on this piece has been limited this month, after this week I will be back to my normal working pattern so hopefully I will get caught up with this soon.  I really would like to get it completed for Halloween this year.
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The Christmas stocking has received more attention this week and it won’t be long before I can start working on the top half of the stocking.  Just a few more stitches on the present which I hope to get done tonight.  I’m leaving the gold thread back stitching until the very end as I don’t want to crush the stitches in the hoop. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The present is on it’s way

A little stitching update on the Christmas stocking.  I have been making steady progress on the second Christmas present and this is now almost halfway to completion along with the stitching below the present.  As always I am doing the backstitching as I go and I am also starting to put in some of the gold thread stitching.  I’ve been in to work this morning and it was chaotic – you’d think people would have something better to do over a bank holiday rather than spending it shopping and leaving their prescriptions until the last minute.  However I have been able to enjoy a peaceful few hours in the conservatory stitching this afternoon – DH and DS2 have gone out for the day so it’s been blissful.
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Update on dad – we went up to see the consultant in Bath at the beginning of the week and they have said they can perform the operation on his aneurysm.  Before they can do that though the sore he had in one of his nether regions needs to be completely healed before they can do the operation as they cannot risk cross infection.  So it is very much a waiting game and keeping our fingers crossed that the operation happens before the aneurysm decides to burst.

I enjoyed some crafting time down at Scrapbook Magic again this week, working on some more brag books to go in a bookcase that I have made for them to go in.  I also did the scrapbooking class that Margaret holds each month.  I will hopefully be able to share my bookcase later in the week once I have made just a couple more brag books to fill it up completely – they are really great fun and so easy to make but I wanted them to have somewhere safe to store them.

I hope you enjoy the bank holiday weekend – I’m lucky enough to have the next four days off – yippee!