Saturday, 31 December 2011

No time like the present

It was another early start for me today and it was supposed to have been a 10 1/2 hour shift, but thankfully as we were fairly quiet we had permission to close two hours early. This meant I got home at a reasonable time and while enjoying a much needed cup of tea I started browsing my favourite challenge blogs and found that the Jingle Belles challenges have started for 2012. As I needed to make sure I didn't fall asleep this afternoon as I have been prone to doing the past couple of weeks it provided me with the much needed mental stimulation to keep me awake.

jingle belles 1

" Make a holiday card that incorporates GIFT WRAP: as a background, as an accent, or using motifs cut from your favorite wrapping paper
Make a holiday card with an image of present(s) on it! "

I opted to use both, the wrapping paper had a nice holographic effect and I've used it as my backing paper. I then stamped one of the images from one of my Stamps for Life sets called Penguins 4 Christmas onto black cardstock and used silver embossing powder to tie in with the holographic background (the sentiment also came in the set). It was then a simple case of matting and layering onto black glitter card and white cardstock.

If I try to keep them relatively simple each time I may be able to keep up with the challenges this year. In my defence thought I did change jobs which meant I had to adjust to vary days/hours, our beautiful grandson Logan being such a wonderful part of our lives and Colette and Tim bringing their wedding forward a year which meant lots of invitations, favours and organisation. This year, other than another new arrival I don't think there are too many major events which will distract me as much.

An Alternative Christmas Dinner

As our children are all grown up, two of them married with families of their own we didn't really know what to do for Christmas. Then one evening when Ian had met up with his brother Keith for a few drinks they came up with the idea of having a BBQ Christmas style dinner out on the moors. With a bit of forward planning all we had to do was warm up the meat and potatoes, cook the veg on the camp stove and sausages and bacon on the BBQ and hey presto!


Ian, Keith, Bryan, myself, Max and Charlie waiting for the BBQ to warm up so we can warm and cook our Christmas dinner.


Keith prepping the sausages and bacon with Max out of shot but hoping something might get dropped.


Christmas dinner all dished up and waiting to be eaten. We'd borrowed a gazebo which proved useful as it was just a little drizzly out on the moors that day.


Can't have a Christmas dinner without Christmas crackers - although some might think we were crackers anyway. We did get a few funny looks from people walking by, but who knows we might have started a whole new trend for next year!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Deck the Halls

It's Christmas Eve and I guess this LO I did for Logan's album is the perfect one to highlight today. I took the photos when we went to Endsleigh garden centre to check out their Christmas trees and decorations. They always have such beautiful displays and Logan loved looking at them as much as his mum and I did.

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The papers came from the My Minds Eye Lost & Found collection which was the Scrapaholics monthly kit and went perfectly I think. The alphabet stickers which I made to look hopefully like baubles are some a friend passed onto me.

Ian, Max and myself have already enjoyed a walk round Saltram today, it was lovely being out in the fresh air for a change instead of being stuck in work. Not much planned for this afternoon, but this evening we are going to David's house for a few Christmas Eve drinks which will hopefully be a nice evening.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas - have fun whatever you may be doing.

Friday, 23 December 2011

12 Days of Christmas - Day 12 Smeared Ink

Today is the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas on Smeared Ink and todays card is the card I made to go with the gift I gave as part of the Secret Santa on Smeared Ink. I have fun playing along with this and hope you've enjoyed looking at my different creations and hope you also managed to get around to some of the other participants blogs too.

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I've used scraps from my box, but the main image is Jenna, one of the gothic fairies from Smeared Ink. Ithought she lent herself well to be decorated like a Christmas tree and borrowed a stamp set from a friend for the tiny decorations. The sentiment is from Elusive Images and I've used the seasonal Tim Holtz distress inks around the edges. Jenna was coloured in using Copics.

Artful Delights Challenge #15

It's been a while since I entered the Artful Delights sketch challenge, but after going to the aquarium with Logan on Sunday I had the perfect photo and idea to make the sketch work for me.

artful delights

The papers came from a large K&Co paper stack I bought from Kelly Bray and shared with a friend. The 'seaweed' is from a sheet which is really tiny flowers and leaves but thought it lent itself to the seaweed look. The fish stamps came from Rainbow Studios and have just been stamped onto scraps of paper from the box. Very simple but I like it.

One more day at work before the Christmas holidays - so looking forward to the break and sharing it with family. My brother is hopefully coming down to stay with our parents so it will be nice to be able to see him again so soon. Lots of things planned in such a short space of time, but I am sure it will be fun.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Happy Christmas at the Crafty Purple Frog

This week we are joining the crowds and going for the obvious with a Christmas theme :D.We on the DT want to thank all of you that are taking part in the Crafty Purple Frog challenges and wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. There are going to be some changes planned for the new year and if you would like to be on the DT at the Crafty Purple Frog then be sure to check out the blog in January as we will be having a DT call.

Back to this weeks challenge here is what you could win this time.....

1st prize is a massive 5 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
2nd prize is 3 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
3rd prize is 2 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
4th prize is 1 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog

I have made a card using the lovely Merry Season decoupage which also turned out to be my hubby's card for this year.

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The papers I have used are some retired SU Christmas papers and the sentiment stamps I think are from a Kanban Christmas set. I've also used a Nellies die to frame the decoupage and added some SU Chocolate Chip satin ribbon to finish off the design.

It's amazing how quick the mornings go at work - which is always nice as home time comes round quickly too. Not much planned for this afternoon, apart from maybe 40 winks! Having said that I would like to get a LO done for a challenge that I would like to enter - we'll see if inspiration hits before the sand man.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

12 Days - Smeared Ink Day 11

This is the penultimate day for the Smeared Ink 12 Days of Christmas, the last one will be on Christmas Eve! I've really enjoyed putting a wide range of styles together for this challenge and so pleased that it looks like I am actually going to complete a project.

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I've used some stamps I bought from Snazzy's for this one. They are from a Victorian Christmas set by The Artistic Stamper and they were half price so a bargain too. Plainish papers from the scraps box and I've stamped the picture greeting onto one of the pieces of paper using Momentos ink and then just added a slight touch of colour with Copics. I don't use peel-offs very often but thought the border strips just lifted it a little and the finishing touch was some organza ribbon tied in a bow and then draped across and down the side of the card.

Just two more days at work and then I've got a three day break for Christmas, but lots of different shift patterns after Christmas. Another early start for me tomorrow so I suppose I'd better get an early night.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Fright Night

I have to confess I broke into some new papers to create this LO for Logan's album as there just wasn't anything appropriate in the scrap box.

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The papers came from a kit I got from Scrapbook Circle I think it was a limited edition kit, but just knew it would be useful as the grandchildren would be taking part in the Trick or Treating. I just loved Logan in his cute little pumpkin outfit - they can get away with those sort of outfits for a couple of years, but when he's a bit older I can't imagine him wanting to wear something like this.

Monday, 19 December 2011

12 Days - Smeared Ink Day 10

For my card I have used a couple of the stamps from my monthly Myka Jelina kit from Queen Kat Designs. The papers and die cuts are from a retired SU scrapbook pack - they've nearly all gone now which is a pity as they were gorgeous. The main image has been coloured in using Copics again and I really enjoyed putting another alternative Christmas image together.

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Another jam packed day - will be glad to get back to work for a rest - ha if only! First thing we collected a parcel from the sorting office and when I opened it what a lovely surprise it was. Terri, Tori and the DT from Smeared Ink had sent a large Christmas cracker, beautifully decorated and rattling with something inside which I will look forward to opening on Christmas Day - isn't that just fabulous and so unexpected.

Then it was off into town to finish the Christmas shopping (successful mission), back home for some lunch before heading off to pick up some bits of food and drink shopping ready for the big day. We then collected Max from my parents, delivering some cough mixture for my dad who has now got a nasty cough and then calling round to see Ian's mum to wish her a happy birthday and give her a present and card.

Back home for tea before going up to deliver Logan's present and card and see all his new toys. The birthday cake came out and although not a brilliant photo I got one of all three of them just about to blow the candle out. Just where that year has gone goodness knows, but we're all looking forward to many more.

Finally I called round my friend Moya's house this evening where she has kindly started me off on another project, this time a patchwork centred cushion - well hopefully it will be two. Moya kindly cut the fabric into three inch squares for me and I did manage to get four of them wrapped around paper squares ready to be stitched together. We have set a target of the 2nd January to get them into a block of 9 squares which is when we hope to meet up again. Then it will be a case of assembling the rest of the cushion cover.

Early start tomorrow so I better get off to bed now!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

All dressed up

Here's the first of three LO's I completed at the Exeter crop yesterday. The photos were taken on Colette and Tim's wedding day when Logan was all dressed up in his trousers, shirt, waistcoat and tie and looking totally adorable - almost upstaging the bride!

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Again only papers from the scrap box were used, although I have to admit it is getting more difficult now and I might just have to say goodbye to the last of the scraps and start afresh in the New Year.

We had a wonderful time this morning/early afternoon when we went to the aquarium with Colette, Tim and Logan. We've now all got day passes so hopefully we will be visiting it a few more times during the next 12 months. Logan loved it and was fascinated by all the fish and other creatures swimming around in 'the sea'. It's amazing to see all the wildlife that lives beneath the water and always something new to learn and appreciate. The visit must have tired me out though as I fell asleep in front of the TV later in the afternoon.


This evening has been spent catching up on a few crafting projects that needed to be completed before the end of the week, including an ATC swap I'm involved in with Smeared Ink, Crafty Purple Frog DT card and a few other things. I should really have been wrapping up Christmas presents but I am leaving that for tomorrow when I should have completed the present shopping.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

12 Days - Smeared Ink Day 9

Another busy day this time spent mainly in the lovely company of the ladies at the Exeter Scrapaholics club. Lots of chat and a shared Christmas buffet and I have even managed to bring Logan's album up to date!

The early part of the evening was spent down my in laws celebrating my MIL's birthday a couple of days early with a Chinese take away shared with the company of my BIL and nephew too. A very enjoyable evening.

This meant I have only just got to complete the card for the 12 Days of Christmas on Smeared Ink. Today it was a Smeared Ink day and I have used the Star Tree Fairy - I don't believe it is for Christmas, but I just felt the way the garland leaf effect draped across the branches lent itself to being a Christmas card.

12 days 9

The papers are from my box and are Basic Grey and I have used an SU snowflake stamp and a Brilliance ink pad to add a winter feel to the background paper. The sentiment is a from a Kanban set of stamps and the image has once again been coloured in using Copics. The ribbon is from SU, a lovely satin and organza ribbon.

Tomorrow we are going to the aquarium with Colette, Tim and Logan (they are doing that instead of having a birthday party for him on Monday) - we had hoped to take Connor and Elisha with us but sadly Connor is coming down with a cold and isn't allowed out to play, which also means Elisha can't come either. It would have been nice to have had all three grandchildren together, but it obviously wasn't meant to me. Any photos that I take tomorrow will go into Logan's album and complete his 1st year. His 1st birthday will start a new year in his life and a new album which hopefully I will keep up to date a bit better!

Friday, 16 December 2011

12 Days Smeared Ink Day 8

A day late, but yesterday was very busy for me and I didn't get to finish the card in time. I've been out again today, but have finally managed to complete the card for Day 8.

12 days 8

The main image is the Candy Cane Angel from Crafts and Me - don't think my colouring has really done the gorgeous stamp justice. I've stamped her onto Whisper White cardstock and coloured in using Copics. I've used an inverted corner punch to go with the design. The edges of the papers and the flowers have been inked using Brilliance dew drop ink pad in Red Gold. The sentiment came from an SU Hostess stamp set and punched using an SU label punch.


Today I went to Cotehele house to see the dried flower garden in the main entrance hall - it truly was beautiful. It wasn't easy to take a photo showing all of it at once as it is huge and stretches from one side of the room to the other. They do this every year and each year is different so I can see this becoming a tradition each year now.

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Can you imagine the hours of work that must have gone into making this beautiful display?

This evening I really must get round to finishing off writing out my Christmas cards and wrapping up the presents I have already bought. The cards need to get posted tomorrow and then once the presents are wrapped up I will know how much more I have left to do on Monday - I will be dragging Ian into town to finish off the present shopping as I know he will enjoy it so much!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Hubby's birthday card

Tomorrow it is Ian's birthday, initially he was going to be away for his birthday - work was taking him to the delights of Crewe, but that has now changed and he will be home after all so we will be able to go out and celebrate in some small way.

Here's the card I have made for his special day - once again no new papers have been broken into. The Unity stamp frame fitted almost perfectly on a Labels One Nestie, only a slight bit of trimming needed to be done. I've added some colour to the frame using Copics and the sentiment came from an SU hostess stamp set. Nothing fancy with this card but I know he'll love it all the same.

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My back is still not quite right but thankfully at work I was able to do the stock take instead of being front of house and having to rush around like a mad thing. I've now got five days off to try and recover, but those days are rapidly being filled with fun things to do.

This evening my friend Sarah and her daughter Laura came round and we called up to see Colette and Logan for an hour - Tim was at work. Logan kept us entertained the whole time, chuckling away at his cleverness in walking. Managed to walk back home with Max without getting caught in one of the heavy downpours we seem to have been suffering from the past few days which was nice.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

12 Days of Christmas Day 7 - Steampunk Reindeer

It's been a long day - I was up before 4am this morning ready to start work for 5 o'clock. Did my shift, took mum shopping, when Ian came home we went and bought a new Christmas tree and then decorated it which meant I was very late starting my 12 Days of Christmas card. It's now nearly 10 o'clock and here is my offering using the cute Brass the Steampunk Reindeer.

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I've used the same set of papers I used the other day to create the anniversary card. They came free with a craft magazine and have been in my scraps box for a while. Gone with an alternative colourway which goes with an alternative reindeer image. I've used Nesties to cut out the image and layers. The sentiment comes from the SU Contempo Christmas stamp set and was punched out using one of the SU label punches.

Life is strange - we thought Bryan was moving back home, but other than the carcass of his wardrobe arriving on Sunday afternoon he has not actually stayed at our house one night - ours is not to reason why!

My cold is pretty well cleared up apart from a few lingering sniffles, but while at work today my back began to twinge - hoping that a good nights rest will help it's recovery and nothing further will come of it. I haven't got to go into work until later in the morning so I may even treat myself to a lie in - having said that I still need to make a birthday card for Ian. After tomorrow I can look forward to 5 days off before the last few crazy days before Christmas.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Commando Crawl

I've had a lazy day today - caught up on the weekends Strictly this morning while having breakfast, did a few household chores and then started on another LO for Logan's album. In the afternoon I enjoyed some crafting company - didn't do any crafting but enjoyed myself very much. In a moment I am going round to visit some more crafting buddies - this time I do have something planned to do, but before I went I wanted to complete the LO of Logan.
Another sketch LO from the Shimelle Laine class and more scraps used - I have to confess I am getting very tempted to open up some new papers, but I am resisting! Some of the photos aren't particularly great, but I think that captures the fact that there was no stopping him that day as he could do a fantastic Commando crawl and he was going to explore everywhere he could.

Popped in to see Colette and Logan on my way home this afternoon and now there is no stopping him at all as he is up and walking and trying to run everywhere. He chuckles away when he thinks you are chasing him - he is such a delight.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

12 Days - Day 6 - cutting it fine!

A quick card tonight as I didn't get back home until 6.30 this evening to find that No2 son has moved back home again - apparently his fiancee nags too much! They're still together but he has decided he can't quite live with her yet - young love!!

Anyway here is the card I made this evening for Day 6 of the Smeared Ink 12 Days of Christmas.
12 days 6
Papers once again from the scraps box and I've used an image from the SU Welcome Christmas stamp set and a Unity sentiment stamp. The ribbon is SU and the flowers I picked up at the craft show in September.

Had a lovely time visiting my brother and finding Snazzy's - went on one of Michael's mystery walks to get there but at least we did arrive before they closed. Michael thought he knew which trading estate it was and with the help of modern technology on his mobile phone we set off. Michael didn't know where he was going and while modern technology was able to show us frequently that we were off target I would say it wasn't really that helpful. But find it we did and it was certainly worth the extra mileage. Fantastic service and will definitely be somewhere I will visit again when staying with my brother.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Happy Anniversary card

Here is the anniversary card that I made my in-laws for their anniversary on the 8th. I've used a Mo Manning stamp and some free papers and embellishments to make the card and coloured the image in using Copics.

I've scheduled this post as I should be in Swindon now visiting my brother and also trying to sneek in a visit to Snazzy's which I am led to believe is a stampers heaven - if this is correct then the bank balance could be in serious trouble!!! Hopefully while I am there I won't pass on my cold germs to my brother - it hasn't got any better, but then I suppose I've not really had the chance to slow down - work has been extremely busy and I've been keeping myself busy in the evenings with crafting projects. It's an early start for me to today - hoping to catch the 06.55 train so that I can spend as much time as I can with Michael as I don't get to see him as often these days. We're supposed to be going out in the evening to a Thai restaurant which will be nice and hopefully a lie in for me on the Sunday, although I hope to get out for a walk somewhere too at some stage before having to catch the train back home.

Friday, 9 December 2011

12 Days - Day 5

For my 12 Days of Christmas card today I have used a stamp from a Personal Impressions stamp set by Lyndsay Mason which I picked up at Kelly Bray a while back.

12 days 5

I'm really pleased that at the moment I am managing to keep up with the 12 Days and that I am still only using papers and card from my scraps box. I've stamped the main image onto SU's Whisper White cardstock using Momentos ink pad and then coloured in using Copics. I used the same Nellie die to cut out both the white cardstock and backing paper, but with white oval I cut round the inside of the oval so that I could matt and layer it onto some co-ordinating paper. The sentiment came with the elf stamp set and for some added decoration I added the leaves and two tone ribbon.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

It's cold outside

That's the theme for the challenge on the Crafty Purple Frog blog this week. All you have to do is create a card based on the theme for a chance to win some lovely images. It can be the colours or more literal and be a snowy scene as long as we can see how you have been inspired.

And here is what you could win this time.....

1st prize is a massive 5 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
2nd prize is 3 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
3rd prize is 2 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
4th prize is 1 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog


I've used the lovely Northern Most Serenity image to create my card. I found some lovely cool coloured snowflake paper in my scraps box and added a few gems to the centre of some of the snowflakes. The flowers were a bright purple so I toned them down a bit using a Brilliance dewdrop ink pad and then added some snowflake brads to their centres. The sentiment came from a free stamp set from one of the craft magazines.

It's my in-laws anniversary today - 49 years - wow! I've made them a card, but I will share that with you another day. Off to work again soon :( but hopefully the time will go quickly and I will be back to crafting again this evening.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4 Smeared Ink day

Just about scraping by to get this posted before Day 4 has actually come to an end. I've had quite a bit to do today including going to work and trying to ignore my worsening cold (or if I was a man it would probably be flu!) Something quick and simple was required this evening due to lack of time so I have opted to make a tag using another of the images from the Skelly Christmas set of stamps from Smeared Ink.

12 days 4
I've inked the image twice, once onto the base card and then again onto some scrap red paper and paper pieced the stocking, added the greeting to the top of the stocking and inked the edges. I've used an SU tag punch to angle the top corners and mounted it onto some glittery black cardstock.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Sitting Comfortable

It's a grey day outside and I think I've got a cold coming so to cheer myself up a little I've been playing in my craft room and created another LO for Logan's album. This photo was taken on one of his many visits to our house, but was the first time I'd managed to capture him sitting up all by himself. Due to teething he was gnawing away at his fingers but at the same time engrossed in the childrens programmes that were on our TV - he was having a quiet moment - prior to this he had been keeping us busy crawling all around the house.


Papers once again from stash box - I do believe it is now only half full! I've used an Anna Griffin border punch on one of the patterned papers and a few chipboard embellishments from a kit along with mini alphabet stickers for the title.

Sadly I have a funeral to go to later today to add to the already grey day, Ian is also away overnight so I think cuddling up with a hot water bottle and Max and an early night could be on the cards for me this evening.

Monday, 5 December 2011

12 Days of Christmas - Day 3

It's day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas over on the Smeared Ink group. After a long day at work yesterday I managed to relax and put together this card for my offering. Again it uses up scraps from the box, but the main image this time is a stamp from Queen Kat Designs called Peppermint Girl which I bought some time ago - the words on the bag were stamped on after the main image was stamped using SU's Stampamajig and words from a retired SU stamp set. The other sentiment is a freebie from one of the craft magazines.

12 days 3

I'm having fun trying to create a card for the 12 Days of Christmas, something mainly for myself which always adds to the enjoyment.

It was a very early start for me this morning but it was very busy at work so before I really knew it, it was time to come home! Bryan had a minor op on his toenail this afternoon so I'm just about to drop him back to his house as he can't drive at the moment - it means I get to drive his new car!

Other news this weekend is that we are going to be grandparents again - very early days but fingers crossed all will go well for Colette and we will eagerly await to see if it is a boy or a girl. I'd love for it to be a girl so mainly lovely clothes out there you can dress them in - but I'm racing away as I said it's very early days.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Recreation Time LO and another card from scraps

More scraps used to create another LO for Logan's album. The photos were taken August bank holiday when we went to Decoy Country Park. It was a lovely sunny day and Logan really enjoyed playing on the swings and the rocking horses. As it was so nice Mum even let him paddle in the water features which he loved. Again I've used one of the sketches and ideas from the Shimelle Laine Pretty Paper class.

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I've also managed to make one card at the moment from the scraps, there are a few scraps left which I will try and use up on other cards. The image is from the Huck Finn set of stamps from Artistic Outpost which I bought from the craft shop in Newton Abbot earlier in the year. Coloured in again using Copics and distressed around the edges with SU's Close to Cocoa ink pad. The ribbons came from one of my kit clubs.


Saturday, 3 December 2011

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2 Smeared Ink

Today is day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas with Smeared Ink. For todays card it had to include Smeared Ink images and so I've used one of the designs from their Very Skelly Christmas set.

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I've used a sketch on the My Time Made Easy blog and so will enter it into their challenge. All the papers have once again come from the scraps box (still doesn't seem to be going down very quickly) and I've coloured in using Copics and distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Iced Spruce ink from the seasonal collection.

Friday, 2 December 2011

What to have for lunch?

I've managed to get a couple more pages completed for Logan's 1st year album, again just using scraps from my box and a few simple embellishments. These photos were taken after one of the many shopping trips Logan seems to go on with his Mum and Grandma, which generally end up with either lunch or coffee thrown in. I just love the way it seems as if Logan is really studying the children's menu in the main photo and in the bottom small photo how it all just seems to much to make such an important decision on what to eat!

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Some of the papers used are retired SU papers, a few of the stickers came from either Artful Delights card kit or Scrapbook Circle kits as I've mixed them up now I can't remember which is which. There are also a few Creative Memories stickers thrown in for good measure too.

Forgot to take cupcake photo and yesterday Bryan and Vicky came for dinner and I used them as guinea pigs as I tried out a recipe for a chocolate and raspberry torte - it was delicious - very rich and it couldn't have been that bad as Vicky had two portions!

Working lots over the next few days and we've got a 60th birthday party to go to, but hopefully I'll get a few minutes to do some crafting over the weekend too. Hope you all have a good one, whatever you may be doing.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

12 Days of Christmas Smeared and Smudged

The Smeared and Smudged team are holding a 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop - it's being held on alternate days from today 1st December. I'm hoping that I can make something for each day, but as I wasn't sure if I would actually get the chance to do something for each day I wasn't able to sign up this year to be part of the blog hop, but I will certainly be checking in to see what everyone else has been doing. If you want to follow then the hop starts with Tori.

12 days 1

I have made a card for the 1st day of the 12 days of Christmas using a lovely stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps which I recently bought from Crafts & Me. The stamp is called Neva and while it's not overly Christmas I felt it lent itself to a Christmas card. I've coloured her in using Copics and used some scrap papers from my box for the base card and matting and layering. The sentiment came from a free set of stamps from one of my craft magazines and all I've done is added some ribbon and glitter for a bit of sparkle.

Just Tracy's Monthly Challenge - Celebrations

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The challenge this month on Just Tracy's is all about Celebrations, special birthdays, special anniversary or any other special occasion you can think of. Just Tracy's craft shop is sponsoring this months challenge. It doesn't have to be a card to enter the challenge, anything you want to create will count providing you use the theme of special occasion - why not have a go and win yourself a prize from Just Tracy's.

Last Friday it was our youngest son's 21st birthday - can't believe he is that old already, just how did my baby grow up so quick? I made this card by creating a background using one of the stamps from the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set from SU and then stamped just the balloon onto different coloured scraps of paper. These were then cut out and stuck on the base card. I even used my neglected Cricut machine to cut out the numbers and the word today to add to the card using a retired SU designer paper. A simple card, but as it was an 8 x 8 inch card it still had enough impact to make it stand out on this special occasion - Bryan really liked it which is what really counts.

To celebrate his 21st birthday we all went for a nice meal but silly me, despite taking my camera with me forgot to take any photos - I can't believe I missed the photo opportunity for such a special occasion!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Last two from retreat

Here are the last two LO's I managed to complete at the scrapbooking retreat. The first one was taken back in June on one of those lovely sunny days - unfortunately I was at work on this day when all the family got together for a BBQ, but Ian managed to get some lovely photos of the grandchildren for me to scrap.

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The second LO, again I was at work when these were taken. We are lucky enough to live quite near to a childrens park which means Logan gets to play on the swings quite often. The park is literally just across the road from our house. Both the LO's were again made using papers from my scrap box with just the addition of some embellishments.

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Since I have been back from the retreat I don't seem to have had much opportunity for crafting, although I did manage to complete another LO for Logan's album last night, along with making some orange cupcakes which also used butternut squash as one of the main ingredients. I've got this lovely baking book called Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache which uses all different types of vegetables instead of butter and while it might seem an odd concept, believe me they taste delicious. I will take a photo of them later if there are any left!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Logan's Christening LO and scrap card

Here is the LO I completed for Logan's album of his Christening day way back in June. As you know I've been using up my scraps and I've also been following the LO's and ideas from the Shimelle Laine Pretty Paper class. The papers are mainly Basic Grey and make the LO look a bit festive to me but the colours went with the vicars outfit so I went with them!

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The card is very similar to the one I did for the Queen Kat card I did a couple of weeks ago, but this time instead of an image I've simply gone for a Christmas sentiment. There were still a few of these scraps leftover so I have made a few of these simple cards. The sentiment comes from an SU set called Curly Cute.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Another LO, another card

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These photos were taken back in May when I had a week off work and we just planned several day trips. We took Colette and Logan for a walk from the sea front near Dawlish up through the grounds of Powderham Castle and stopped for refreshments at the coffee shop. We left Grandad in charge while we went for a wander around the shops near to the coffee shop.
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Here's the card I made using the leftover scraps. I've used the SU Eyelet border and corner punch to create the blue background and the stamps come from the monthly Stamps of Life club - such a cute frog image and the little bug is cute too and such a tiny stamp too. I've stamped him with SU's Certainly Celery and then used the outline stamp in SU's Basic Black.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Back to last weekend

Over the next few days I thought I would share some of the LO's and cards I made while I was away on my crafting retreat last weekend. Despite the copious amounts of stash I took with me I was determined to make the 8 x 8 LO's with primarily scraps from my bottomless scraps box. Once I'd made a LO any scraps that were left over I used to make a card and anything left over from that I very bravely threw away - did you hear that Heli? - I threw them away!

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The first LO is a rare photo with me in it! Colette took this when we went to Buckfastleigh with Logan at Easter. Ian was driving the trains that day so we thought we would take Logan to see his Grandad driving them - unfortunately and typically the train was late so there was a lot of waiting around and by the time Ian turned up Logan was fast asleep.

I have no idea of paper manufacturers but I was just glad to be making a start on using up some of those scraps. The embellisments and alphabets came from kits I have subscribed to. Here is the card I made using the leftover scraps with the addition of one of the stamps I get each month from Little Claires - isn't he sweet? I've coloured him in using Copics and just added a few buttons with tiny strips of paper threaded through and wound round my pricking tool - this was an idea I copied from Jenny Moors a fabulous SU demo.

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I will share some more LO's and cards over the next couple of days, but on the Monday I was extremely brave and went through the scraps box and ruthlessly threw out lots of bits of card and paper that I knew I would never ever use - yes I could have punched shapes out of them but I was determined to see the pile go down - I felt an amazing sense of liberation after I had done the deed.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

For Someone Special

The challenge this fortnight for the Crafty Purple Frog is to make something for Someone Special. I decided to make a box which I have made many times before and is the just the right size to fit a small tray of Hotel Chocolat selector chocolates inside.


I have used one of the lovely pyramage images and one of the backing papers, which I printed onto cardstock from the Flight of Fancy CD - Rom. There are also sentiment sheets, notelets, bookmarks and tags on this CD too. Just some decorative cord and gems added to give it a bit of sparkle and it's a perfect gift box to say thank you to those special friends, which I hope all of you have.

Why not enter this weeks challenge and give yourself the chance to win some lovely images from the Crafty Purple Frog.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Seasons Greetings with scraps

I've just spent a lovely weekend at a crafting retreat with the Exeter Scrapaholics group, lots of time spent playing with my paper stash, photos and stamps as well as lots of chat and laughter. While I was there I made this card using the scraps from an 8 x 8 LO I completed and used the sweet Christmas with the Fairies stamp from Queen Kat Designs. There is currently 40% off selected stamps from QKD at the moment.

Some of the papers I know are from Basic Grey, but not sure about the others, but it's a simple design and a great way of using up those scraps. I've inked the edges of the papers to give a bit more definition and the main image has been coloured in using Copics. The mini alphabet set came with the 5th Anniversary Kit from Scrapbook Circle and is from the Girls Paperie Jubilee collection of stickers.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

I'm a day late posting my Queen Kat this week, but I was lucky enough to be able to spend both the afternoon and evening with some crafting buddies and by the time I got back home it was too late to post this. Yes I know I could have scheduled it but I wasn't that organised!


Another of the new releases from Queen Kat this month is this really sweet mermaid stamp called Stay Warm by the artist Maryanne English - oh to be on that tropical island with her would be bliss. It just happens that we have friends who are lucky enough to be on a Caribbean crusie this Christmas so this image worked perfectly for their Christmas card.

The background paper is from SU's lovely Holly Berry Bouquet paper pack and I've used co-ordinating SU Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive cardstock and inks to complete the card. There is also the addition of some of their lovely scalloped dotty ribbon. I've used a Martha Stewart christmas border punch and created the greeting on the computer before punching out with SU punches.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Alter Something - Smudgy Antics challenge

It was a bit of a rush to get this completed in time for the Smudgy Antics challenge, but I'm pleased I made the effort. The challenge this week was to alter something. Now a while back I saved some cardboard packaging that came with something or other and thought maybe I could make use of that one day - well that day came this week!


To start with I covered the packaging with a cream coloured acrylic paint which I'd bought from Just Tracy's craft shop a long time ago (initially to decorate my advent boxes - still to be done!) and then covered with a variety of Tim Holtz distress inks. I've used a heart background stamp from Unity and a freebie vine type stamp that came with a crafting magazine. The woodgrain circle is a Hero Arts stamp which I embossed with gold embossing powder before cutting out with a circle nestie and then using some more distress inks to give it some colour. Finally I added the fantastic Cornelius image from Smeared Ink - he's one of a set of gothic fairies - love them all and think I might find some more packaging and make a set of them (one day).

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Orange with the Crafty Purple Frog

This weeks theme on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge is orange - quite a challenge for me as it's not normally a colour I would go for other than when doing fall cards or LO's.
For my card I have used the lovely The Love is Gone decoupage sheet available from Crafty Purple Frog - not as many layers as usual, but it still looks fantastic - well I think so. I also got to play with the new Martha Stewart punches that I ordered from QVC last week when they were a TSV. I've used SU cardstock in Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and retired purple cardstock. The leaves came from an Artful Delights card kit, flowers from my stash and SU's Old Olive ribbon. The sentiment came from a set of stamps that came with Issue 2 of Creative Stamping which I picked up from Just Tracy's shop last week.

Why not challenge yourself this week to use orange in your creation and give yourself a chance of winning some beautiful images from the Crafty Purple Frog - remember you don't have to use their images to take part in the challenge, but you'll double your chance of winning if you do.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Quick and Simple

On Saturday, Lisa came down to play and I managed to get a quick and simple card made using just my scraps and a new stamp set from The stamps of life. Last months set had this cute little penquin included which you could dress up with buttons and bows, etc.


Since then I have managed to make another two cards exactly the same to go towards my Christmas card collection. The papers were from a DCWV set and I've used SU's Basic Black and retired Ruby Red ink pads for the stamping. If I get the chance this evening I'm hoping to use up the last of the scraps I pulled out to play with on Saturday - my aim to use them up before I dig out some more from the never ending scrap pile!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Christmas with the fairies

It's the first Monday of a new month which means I have some new Queen Kat Design stamps to share with you this month. My first offering is the stamp called Christmas with the fairies and is from the Phantom Rose collection and drawn by the artist Coriander Shea Detwiler.


I thought I would make a little gift card which holds a small bottle of (in this case) Vodka. The Vodka did actually come in it's own tin (which I will use for something else) but I wanted to incorporate it into the card. I've used SU's Old Olive as my base card and decorated it with some DCWV scraps of paper. The image was coloured in using my Copics and the sentiment I printed out on the computer. The only other additions were the brads and ribbon from my stash. I also used SU's scallop border punch. Hope you like it.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Feed Me

I'm trying hard to get some more scrapbooking pages done and complete some challenges just for me - not always easy lately as time seems to be racing away. However, I've had a fun day with my friend Lisa who came down last night and we managed to get a few things made as well as enjoy a nice walk along the creek and catching up with each others news.

This week on the Smudgy Antics challenge blog they had the theme of Dark and Gruesome and as it was Halloween not long ago I thought I would scrap one of the photos I took of David dressed up. I've used one of the papers and some embellishments I got with a Scrapbook Circle Halloween kit which I believe is an Authentique paper range, digi images from Smeared Ink and stamps from Avocado Arts and coloured in with Copics. Hopefully it conveys the dark and gruesome side.

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We're off now up to Colette and Tims to see some fireworks, David and his family are also there and apparently Connor wants to come down to our house as he doesn't like them, but hopefully I can persuade him to watch them from their house.