Monday, 27 July 2015

A pot of gold

at the end of my rainbow.  Last week saw the arrival of this months Lollipop Box subscription that I have.  It even came decorated with some bakers twine – well done to Royal Mail for not losing or damaging the twine. 
Inside the box were lots of interesting items and the tasty lollipop that is included with each months kit.  I reward myself with the lollipop once I have made a project out of the box that it comes with each month – a challenge I have set myself each time.
Included in this months kit was a sweet little mdf rainbow which I decorated with the sheet of multi-coloured heart stickers.  I also added a couple of the clouds that Lisa had included, outlining them with a black pen and then adding crystal lacquer and ultra fine glitter to give them dimension and sparkle.

This month I have turned the box the goodies came in into a money box so that I can save and have my own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.   I found the verse on-line while searching for something suitable to add to this months theme and it’s a quote by Tsunyota Kohet.  I used a tiny alphabet stamp set I have and stamped each line of the verse in a different colour.  The wish list came in the kit.  I punched out a pot shape several times and then added the gold sequins from the kit to create my own pot of gold.

Once again I’ve had great fun with this months kit and this is just a small selection of the items included – I can now reward myself with the lollipop!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Seeing stars

Over 250 of them!  A work colleague asked me to make some treat boxes for her daughter in laws baby shower.  This is the ‘simple’ design we settled on using the Tonic squeeze box die.  While the design was simple it was quite time consuming.  In total there are 25 boxes, 50 letter B’s, 25 letter A’s and Y’s and 250 stars cut or punched out to go on them all.  Each of the letters and stars were given a splash of Wink of Stella clear glitter which doesn’t show in the photo.  I don’t think I want to see another star for quite a while/

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Alice update

I thought it was about time I posted an update of the Alice design by Soda Stitch for the month of Alice SAL I’m taking part in with Justine.  I have almost completed the central panel of the design and hope to make a start on the outer images over the next few days.  I would have been further ahead but the frog made an appearance while I was stitching the rabbit so an hours work had to be unpicked and started again –most frustrating!  I am really enjoying stitching this design though so even if I don’t get it completed it this month I  think I will carry on with it until it is finished as it is just so cute.
My car had to be serviced today so I wasn’t able to go very far today which was just as well as the replacement piece for the DVD unit was delivered today.  DH kindly put it together for me this evening while I was visiting my friend Jacqueline.  We opened the parcel she’d had delivered and inside was a lovely advent calendar which we started to assemble while I was there – it was fun but quite time consuming.  We managed to get eight of the drawers glued together before it was time for me to g0 home.  It’s going to look great when it’s finished.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Sunday SAL

I managed to put some more stitches into the Cornwall Cottage Sampler on Sunday while watching the Wimbledon tennis final.  Not as much as I would probably have done if I hadn’t been watching it but steady progress is still being made.  I was probably being over optimistic in thinking that I would get all of the basket section done this week. It required quite a bit of concentration which I wasn’t able to give it whilst being distracted by the tennis.  Still progress is progress.  Not sure how much I will get done next Sunday as it is our grand daughters birthday party next week but I will still try to add a few more stitches before we go there to help her celebrate her third birthday.

I’m still busy trying to sort out my stamp collection but have had a little setback as the tape has run out on my labellng machine.  If I can I hope to get into town tomorrow and buy some more and then I can make further advances to my re-organisation.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

First family photo

Today I thought I would share with you the first professionally taken photo of Bryan, Vicky and Harlee-Jay.  Now this is a scan of one of the photos taken and was printed out as double photo and I haven’t managed to crop it just to show one image instead of the two.  I can’t believe ‘our baby’ now has a family of his own but I hope and pray that they will continue to be as happy as they look in this photo.
Stash organisation is coming along slowly – most things do with me.  The top shelf at the moment is being filled up with my Stampin’ Up! stamps – this isn’t all of them and I anticipate that the rest will fill the next two rows (thankfully these are all picture indexed along the spine so I am not stamping out of these images).

I have also been working my way through my vast collection of Unity stamps which will probably fill the bottom three rows.  I have enjoyed stamping out the Unity images and discovering plenty of never before inked stamps (shameful I know) and some much loved stamps too.  The second unit will (I am hoping be sufficient) for my Paper Artsy, Tim Holtz and other brands of stamps – even I had forgotten just how many stamps I have collected over many years – gulp!  I really could open up my own shop LOL.

Friday, 10 July 2015

One of two

Last weekend I ordered two DVD units to go into my craft room to store my vast stamp collection – most of which I have in DVD cases.  DH kindly put one of them together for me while I was watching Andy Murray play this afternoon – not the result I wanted but a brilliant match nonetheless.  Allegedly they hold I think 326 DVD’s – we will see.
I would have had two of them assembled but unfortunately when they were delivered the boxes had been bashed about a bit.  The delivery driver when he saw me inspecting them said he wasn’t a furniture remover just a delivery driver and that I wouldn’t be signing anything to say they were in good condition only that I had received them.  Just as well, but I thought his attitude was poor regardless.
One of the units sadly had some damage to the top part of the unit and a couple of the shelves.  I have been in touch with the supplier and sent a photo of the damage and they are supposed to be sending out another part on Tuesday – they did respond quickly so I just hope it does arrive when they say.  Perhaps they should also consider who they contract their deliveries out to as well.
My next task is to catalogue all the stamps going into these units so that I can find the stamps that I want easier – that’s the theory!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Tag workshop at Scrapbook Magic

The chocolate cake was enjoyed by the crafting girls – even though I say so myself it was very tasty – good old Mary Berry.

The tag workshop was great fun and we used a variety of techniques and products to make this months tags.  We have two more to make before we start making them into a Christmas garland.

In the afternoon I made a few more cards (all the same design) with some of the scraps from my box – all male themed this time. 

Although I didn’t watch the match I am pleased that Andy Murray is through to the Wimbledon semi-final again and I am now catching up with Wawrinka v Gasquet which I had to record the conclusion of the match as I had to take mum shopping this evening.