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Friday, 1 May 2015

Cards from scraps

I was able to put together a couple of cards today using up some of my scraps (the pile that never seems to go away no matter how often I delve into it).  It’s a design I have used before and very quick and simple.  The sentiment is from an SU stamp set and I’ve mounted the scrap panel onto a piece of embossed white cardstock.
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Hubby is away for the weekend playing trains so I can get up to allsorts of crafting mischief while he is away.  Unfortunately I do have to go to work on Sunday but it still gives me all day tomorrow when I am hoping to meet up with a friend for coffee.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Making the most of scraps

Firstly a big thank you to all of you who posted us anniversary wishes.

Today I travelled down to Mullion for the scrapbook class at Scrapbook Magic.  The journey down saw a real mixture of weather, initially raining with idiots driving past far too quickly and causing unnecessary water sprays and then beautiful sunshine broke through.  Thankfully the journey home was in sunshine.

One of the layouts we created we had to cut out some feathers using a Sizzix die.  I don’t like to waste beautiful Graphic 45 papers (this is from the Haute Couture range) and so I roughly cut out some circles and made several tiny roses out of them.
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I’ve used a few of them on the layout I was putting together (it hasn’t been finished as I’ve yet to decide which photos to use) and I’ve still got some more scraps left so I will be making more of them to use on cards, etc.  I found it very therapeutic rolling these.  Simple but effective I think.
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Happy Anniversary

Today it is our 31st Wedding Anniversary.  Here is the card I made DH for our anniversary – I really must love him as I used my precious Graphic 45 papers LOL. 
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Monday, 27 April 2015

I’ve turned a corner

on the Cornwall Cottage sampler SAL.  I was able to complete the large motif from last week, two smaller motifs and the top internal vine border as well as make a good start on another larger motif.  Next week I won’t have so much time to work on it as I have to work on the Sunday Sad smile  Here’s a photo of the section I was working on this week.
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And here it is showing all the progress I have made to date – still loving working on this one every Sunday.
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Finally for today here is the February pocket, again a few embellishments to be added.  A slightly different pocket made this time and I have slotted the February list behind the pocket this time.  This was the first pocket I started working on as I got the paper pad in February so at the time it was the current month.
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

January pocket

Here is January’s pocket of the birthday/anniversary book that I am making.  I still want to add some embellishments to the page.  The postcard slots into a small pocket so i can take that in and out to add important dates.  Behind that I have created a larger pocket which the cards that I need to make for that month will slot into.  It’s large enough to fit  several cards in up to at least 8 x 8 card size.  When all the pages have been completed I will bind them all with my Cinch.
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After my pile of ironing was done this morning I was able to sit down and work on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler – I will post an update on that tomorrow.

I’ve just got back from the baby shower which was fun.  While it’s not a very good photo here is a picture of the scrapbook album I bought for Vicky to keep a record of those early precious moments .
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Vicky is our youngest son's girlfriend.  They were together for several years but broke up the end of 2013.  Vicky met someone else which didn't work out, but fell pregnant by him.  At the end of the year Bryan and Vicky got back together and hopefully this time all will work out well for them - so in June (or May if he decides to arrive early) we will become step grandparents. Exciting times ahead.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Winner and another chance

Hello dear followers.  Three people guessed correctly that my mammoth new start was Dr Who’s Tardis and all the Dr’s tumbling out of it and they were 1) Justine, 2)Jay and3) Karen.  I have numbered them in the order that they  arrived in my comment box.
The winner is………
……….True Random Number GeneratorMin: Max: Result:1Powered by RANDOM.ORG  JUSTINE.  Congratulations Justine – if you could e-mail me with you snail mail address I will send a prize out to you.  Thank you to those who took part.

I am offering another giveaway for anyone who can guess the theme of this piece of stitching that  I was able to spend some time on yesterday evening.
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I have acquired some new followers recently and I thought I would give them a mention and a thank you for joining me.  In no particular order we have Heather – Fantasy Cross Stitch – there are some amazing large pieces of stitching being worked on which should give me the constant inspiration I will need to complete the Dr Who project.

Next up we have Marlene – Poppy Patchwork – lots of lovely photos of her garden and cross stitch projects. 

Stephanie – couldn’t find a blog for this lady but if you do have one please let me know.

Marion – Nadelei - a lovely blog with beautiful cross stitch projects and and the kind lady gives out sweet little free cross stitch charts from time to time too.

Today I have been to the Exeter Scrapaholix crop and as usual enjoyed their wonderful company.  I didn’t do any scrapbooking but worked on my birthday/anniversary book using the gorgeous Graphic 45 Time to Flourish papers.  I managed to make the January, February and April pockets, just a few embellishments to add to them before they are finally complete – I will try and take some photos of them tomorrow providing the sun comes out to play.

Tomorrow is SAL day which I am looking forward to – I am really hoping I can get the corner motif finished and work on the internal border.  I’ve also got a baby shower to go to in the evening – must wrap the gift up in the morning.  I’ve bought some practical bodysuits and bibs for baby and a scrapbook album and matching paper pad for mum to capture those early days in baby’s life.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

1000 out of 157556

There wasn’t a great deal of stitching done last week but on Wednesday I was able to spend a couple of hours adding more blue stitches to one of the mystery stitches I have started.  This is the one from Lovemystitch and I was offering up one small giveaway to anyone who could guess which one of her patterns I was stitching.  The clues were that it was for my brother and the link to the page which showed the pattern.  The final clue is that this design has a cult following.  I will give people two more days to have a guess – so far there are two people who have guessed correctly.  I will announce the winner on Saturday 25th April.
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It’s been extremely busy at work with a lot of personal upsets.  Our pharmacy manager’s mother in law committed suicide last Tuesday and our other pharmacist’s father had a heart attack while he was over here visiting.  We found out today that he needs a quadruple bypass operation but wants to go home to Poland – anxious times ahead for all of them.