Saturday, 30 June 2012

30th Wedding anniversary card and follower candy

DSCF0500 DH asked me to make a 30th wedding anniversary card for his friends who will be celebrating with a party on Saturday 16th June.  We did get invited to the party but we had already accepted another party invitation from another friend.  It's a bit like buses - nothing for several weekends and then two invites (three including an invite to visit dear friends who we haven't seen for a while) for the same weekend.  I've made the card using SU's Soft Suede and Sahara Sand cardstock from their mixed pack of cardstock.  The designer papers are from the SU Mocha Morning speciality range.  I even pulled out the Shimmer Paint to give the Sahara Sand cardstock well some shimmer.  Nesties were used to create the sentiment mats and an XCut border punch rof the striped paper.  Finished off with some SU Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon and pearl jewels.  The sentiment is from a retired SU Hostess set.

Yesterday we started off with brilliant sunshine but later in the afternoon we had heavy rain and thunder!  I had managed to get the washing which I had put out in the morning in before it poured down - my arrival back from food shopping was just in time.  As it was so miserable in the afternoon I managed to get quite a bit done on the Fat Man SAL which I will post an updated photo of tomorrow along with the progress I have made on the Yiotas cross stitch Landscape

Today I have to go to the hospital with Colette who unfortunately is bordering on diabetes during this pregnancy.  Colette has to test herself three times a day now and has been told to try and keep it under a certain level - I met them while food shopping yesterday and they were busy looking at food labels trying to find out how much sugar everything contained.

Not sure what the rest of the day has in store but I hope you all enjoy your day and thanks for visiting.  I have just noticed that I have reached 100 followers so I think I will have a little giveaway.  If you would like to be entered into the giveaway please leave a comment and let me know what your favourite craft is and I will pick a gift to match the craft.  I will leave this open until the end of June.  Please note this is for my exisiting followers only.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Tropical Christmas–Jingle Belles challenge

DSCF0511 The Jingle Belles challenge this fortnight was a Tropical Christmas, it could be using tropical colours or images.  I had the perfect stamp in my stash for this card which is from Queen Kat Designs - I was lucky enough to have this one to work with when I was part of their Design Team.  I've managed to use some scraps of patterned paper which are from a retired SU paper pack.  The image was stamped onto a nestie die and then mounted onto SU's Pretty in Pink cardstock which I have edged with SU's Snow White shimmer paint.  I've coloured it in using Copics and have tried to pick out the colours from the patterned papers.  The sentiment is from a set I recently bought at the Bodmin stamp show and I've finished it off with one of my favourite Nellie poinsettia dies and a little pearl.  I've got another five cards prepped ready to make just need to colour the images in and assemble them later - time is running out as I have to go to work soon :(

I managed to get some stitching done yesterday afternoon while watching the tennis so pleased that Andy Murray won his first round match and so convincingly too.  We also had some other British players go through to the second round which is quite remarkable both in ladies and mens - fingers crossed they all progress further.

I also bought myself an alarm clock yesterday and tried it out this morning just to make sure it's in good working order - I certainly don't want a repeat of Monday morning.  This evening I am going round to share a crafty evening with some pals after work.  DH is away for the night so it's nice to have some company to look forward to.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

3 down 3 to go

DSCF0509Yesterday afternoon I was able to finish the third chart on the Fat Man SAL so it's halfway to being completed now.  I've decided to work on another of the charts next week instead of the bird house which I think I will probably leave until last.  It's hard to believe we are already at week 12 of the SAL so if progress continues as well as it has I'm hoping that it will be finished in at least another 12 weeks which will be around the 17th September - a target I'm now setting myself.

It was a rushed start to the morning yesterday.  I had a 5am start and I set my alarm on my mobile phone as usual but for some reason it didn't go off.  I was woken up by a text message from my work colleague asking if I'd forgotton to pick her up - this was at 4.40.  I leapt out of bed quickly getting dressed and rushed out of the door to pick her up and sped into work -thankfully not many people around at that time of day and parked up in the nearest place possible to work.  It was then a mad scurry up the hill to work and we managed to clock in with 2 minutes to spare!  All I can say it was a good job the text came straight through and wasn't floating around for hours as can sometimes happen.  When I got home this afternoon I set the alarm several times and each time it failed to go off.  When DH got home he tried ringing me and it seems the sound has gone on my phone - so the alarm was probably going off but there was just no sound.  It's a very old phone, a hand me down from the children so I guess it's time for me to get myself a new one.  In the meantime I will be buying a small alarm clock while out with mother today as I have another 5am start on Thursday.
Over the weekend I was also able to work on my months of the year and finally finished off May.  I was hoping to get May and June completed this month but not sure if that will happen.  I might just make a start on June this week but don't think it will be finished so that could carry over to July.  I think May is one of my favourites at the moment it so bright and cheery, but perhaps that could also because it's my birthday month too.

Wimbledon has started and today I will be agonising with hundreds of others as we watch Andy Murray start his campaign.  It's almost as agonising as watching the England football team!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Another house and a few snowflakes

DSCF0506 Another house and a few snowflakes was all I managed to complete on the Fat Man SAL this week - I had hoped to get the rest of the chart completed but time was very limited this week.  I'm pleased with the progress though and next Monday there is just another house and tree with some snowflakes and the border to complete so I'm optomistic that I will achieve that.  I then have the dilema of deciding whether to put the cutebirdhouse and bird in place or start another one of the charts - decisions, decisions.

No other crafting activity has taken place this week too much work going on which has spoilt my playtime.  I did manage to spend an enjoyable couple of hours with Colette and Logan yesterday.  I let them share the joy of food shopping with me.  Logan was very well behaved considering how long it took me to get the items on my list and Colette was amazed with his behaviour as she said he always 'kicks off'' when they go shopping.  Perhaps it had something to do with the fact I kept whizzing him up the aisles in the shopping trolley and the endless silly chatter that kept him amused - strange I never did that when my children were young - I think I always left them at home with DH and went shopping on my own so much easier.  I'm also finding it far easier to make a fool of myself with the grandchildren than I did with the children - perhaps it's an age thing and as I'm getting older so I don't care quite so much what people think anymore!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Scrap cards

DSCF0505 For the first time in ages I was able to go down to the Liskeard crop that Annemarie runs each month.  It must be at least a year since I went there.  I wasn't organised enough to take any photos to make into LO's but I did take my scraps of papers and cards and made my son-in-law his birthday card and two Father's Day cards.  For the birthday card I used some stamps from Tabbykat designs which included a golfing meerkat and a verse.  The flag was created using SU's Party this way stamp set along with the sentiment.  I initially coloured Gary in but it didn't turn out how I hope so I stamped him again and left him as he was. I used some cotton twill ribbon and used the grass stamp from the same set to take away the plainess of the twill.  A little heart button and a thin strip of card to thread through it finished off the card.

It was then time to turn my attention to the Father's Day cards.  I followed a sketch I found on the Card Patterns weekly sketch blog.  The sentiment was stamped onto a Nesties circle and the sentiment came with I think the Creative Stamping magazine.  As I said all made from scraps so papers used would probably not have been my first choice but on the whole they didn't turn out too badly - the dads both liked them so that's the important thing.

Today it was Fat Man SAL day so I managed to get a couple of hours in before I had to go to work and have just added a few more stitches but I will post my progress picture for them tomorrow.

It's going to be a long week workwise I've already done two days one of which was 10 1/2 hours and I've got another four to go which also includes a lovely 5 o'clock start right in the middle of them!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Fat Man SAL and Landscape updates

DSCF0503 I managed to get quite a few stitches done on the Fat Man on Monday afternoon, just a couple more houses and a tree and this chart will then be finished - off now to see how everyone else is getting on with the SAL

During the course of the week I've also been working on the landscape picture from Yiotas, the chart is really easy to follow and I'm enjoying this very much.  I've just got to a part where there are a lot of colour changes so not sure how much I will get done by next week

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Jingle Belles - Music Theme

Although I've been completing the Jingle Belles challenge each fortnight I have missed the deadline to enter them into their challenge, but this time I've actually completed them in plenty of time!   I've used some beautiful Anna Griffin Christmas papers and some Nesties to create a shaped aperture to show off the music paper.  The poinsettias are Marianne dies and I've used scraps of co-ordinating cardstock and added some ultra fine glitter for some extra sparkle.  The flourishes are a Sissix die and the stamps are the ones I picked up yesterday at the Bodmin Stamp show I went to with a group of my lovely crafting buddies. 

DSCF0496I actually started making this card last Monday and initially I had used an image of the three wise men on their camels but I couldn't get the image to work how I wanted it to.  It was obviously meant to be as the angel stamp and sentiment which I bought yesterday work perfectly with the idea I had in my mind so much better.

These cards have taken me half the day to make - there was a lot of stamping and gold embossing as well as a lot of cutting out of dies and angels but it has been an enjoyable half days work and hopefully worth the effort.

Going back to yesterday I had a wonderful time at the Art stamp show - there were not a lot of stalls but the ones that were there all had a different range(s) of stamps and other crafting items to keep stampers of all abilities interested.  With it not being one of those mega busy shows it also gave you plenty of time to look around without having to fight your way throught crowds of people and most of the exhibitors were either doing make 'n' takes or demos.  This gave you chance to take part and gain inspiration from the products they were selling.  I just hope the exhibitors made enough to make the trip there worthwhile as it would be wonderful to have something held on a regular basis in Cornwall.

Another gloomy day here so a perfect day for crafting - with my Christmas cards made until the next challenge I'm hoping to get a couple of hours stitching on my months of the year and maybe watch the French Open if they resume again today as they currently have a rain delay.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Lots of snow

DSCF0493 I managed to get quite a few hours stitching in Monday afternoon on the Fat Man SAL but haven't had chance to post a photo of my progress until now.  There is a lot of snow in the chart I'm working on at the moment so there doesn't look as though much has been done since the last update but I did complete both the trees and most of the snow at the very bottom of the chart.  I can now start working along and stitching the snowman and the other buildings that are on this chart.

DSCF0494I have also made a start on the Yiotas cross stitch Landscape  that I am reviewing for Yiotas which I am hoping will stitch up quite quickly so far it is going along nicely.  I've put the threads on a large book ring in numerical order so that makes it easier to pick out the colours when needed and I shouldn't misplace any of them either!

Yesterday I caught a train up to Newton Abbot and met my friend Lisa.  We had a lovely time looking round the craft shop and a couple of purchases were made.  We also called in Austins and I bought some wool and a new knitting booklet with lots of baby designs in - thought I would challenge myself to knit something for Colette's new arrival and see if I could actually complete it before the baby arrives.  We had lunch and a good old gossip and it was a great way to relax especially after the busy day I'd had in work on the bank holiday Tuesday.

I have a couple of days off work and I really need to try and do yet more sorting out.  The weather at the moment is atrocious so there is no chance of going out for a nice long walk just at the moment.  Hope the weather is better where you are.

Monday, 4 June 2012

May stitching updates and Junes Goals

DSCF0486 Finish page of Four Horses of Apocalypse.  I managed to get the page completed so I am now halfway through this project.  I have decided due to the complexity of this design I am only going to work on this piece every other month so will not be working on this again until July.

LK March and April charts
Once my additional threads arrived I managed to get March completed and also April - these really are fun stitches and I tend to work on these only at the weekends.
I managed to complete the stitching on the first of this years Christmas ornaments from Little House Needleworks another lovely chart to stitch - I didn't get it finished into an ornament this month so it still needs to be completely finished.
Two of the Prairie Schooler Santas have now been stitched but again I haven't got round to finishing them off into ornaments - these are great ones to work on when I don't have much time in the evenings as they only involve two colours.
Finally I managed to work on the bear sampler although I didn't complete as much as I would have like to have in May but at least some more progress has been made.
I did also manage to complete part 1 of the Christmas mystery SAL from The Shop around the Corner and progress is being made on the Fat Man SAL which will be worked on again tody.

So now it's time to set some goals for June
LK May and June charts - if I can get June's done then it means I only need to do one a month in the future.
LHN Ornament No 2
Bear sampler
Yiota's cross stitch Landscape window in stain glass.

In addition to the cross stitching targets I'm also going to try and complete some quilting.  Some time ago I signed up for the Craftsy Block of the Month but as yet haven't managed to even complete one of them.  I bought the tools at the craft show in April so it's time I put them to good use.  I've decided to recycle some old duvets and sheets for my first attempt at these blocks.

It was wet and windy yesterday so we didn't venture very far from the house other than to drop in on both sets of parents.  I was able to spend most of the afternoon watching the tennis and working on the June LK chart.  In the evening we babysat Connor and Elisha.  Today is looking a little more promising so we are going to take Max for a nice walk through Plymbridge woods - fingers crossed we will miss any rain showers!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Jingle Belles gift card

DSCF0484 Late again as usual with the Jingle Belles challenge card, but at least I won't be behind with my Christmas cards at the end of the year!  The theme for the last challenge was to create a gift card.  I've used some retired SU papers to create an envelope to go on front of the card which you could either put a shop gift card in or cash.  The cardstock on the left hand side is SU's Early Espresso and I've used a Kanban stamp to create a background as I thought it looked too plain otherwise.  The sentiment is from Little Claire, ribbon is SU's Real Red and the holly sprigs I bought at a craft show last year.  I've also used SU's scallop circle punch and a CM circle punch.

This fortnights challenge is to use Christmas music as your theme - I've already got a couple of ideas floating around in my mind so who knows I might even stand a chance of getting it done in time to enter it for the challenge.

Yesterday we caught the train up to Totnes and then the South Devon Railway train to get to the Staverton beer festival.  We were all dressed up for a nice summers day and the sun decided it wasn't going to play, thankfully it didn't start raining until we were on our way home again so we didn't get too wet.  We enjoyed a couple of halfs of real ale at Staverton before getting on the train again and having some lunch at Buckfastleigh and then back to Staverton for another half before heading back home.  It was a lovely relaxing day and a great way to start off the bank holiday weekend. 

Friday, 1 June 2012

Yiota’s Cross Stitch kit review–how lucky am I?

 You may remember that a while ago I mentioned I had obtained a free cross stitch chart from a company called Yiotas cross stitch kits which I was keeping a mystery to my followers as I worked on it.  Since then I have purchased a couple of charts from them which were sent via e-mail in a PDF format - these were received quickly and printed out very clearly.  I have now been lucky enough to have been asked to review one of their complete kits which I am more than delighted to do.  The kit arrived packaged very nicely in a slighter larger than A4 slimeline cardboard box so very well protected.  The chart,threads and instructions were in a clear plastic bag which again would protect them from any outside elements such as rain while the postman was delivering it.

DSCF0473 As you can see from the first photo there is a lovely picture of the finished cross stitch kit so you will know exactly how the kit will stitch up - this one is called Landscaped window in stained glass.


In the second photo it shows how all the threads are pre-wound onto stitch bobbins so no having to sort out your threads before you can even make a start on the stitching.  A needle is also included so you can make a start on stitching immediately.

DSCF0475The final photo shows the chart which is printed out on A3 paper with large and easy to read symbols in black and white.  Also included are clear and well written instructions on how to read the pattern and how to get started so fantastic even for an absolute beginner.  I know I have lots of projects already on the go but I can't wait to get started on this one and keep you all posted on it's progress each month.  Thank you to Yiota for this wonderful opportunity.

Yiotas cross stitch company is a small family run business based in the UK.  They have a range of kits suitable for beginners right up to the more advanced stitcher.  They use Zweigart fabrics in their kits and many are available in either 14 count aida or 28 count evenweave.  The threads that come with the kits are Madeira, but DMC alternatives are given on the chart.  If you would rather just purchase the chart then this is also possible and threads are clearly listed so that you can kit up the chart yourself.  Having received this kit (and another one which just happened to slip into the shopping cart) I would say that the kits are truly fantastic value for money.

As previously mentioned the company offer simple charts and kits for the absolute beginner to the more complex fine art pictures of which there is a very large range to choose from and when asked which kit I would like to review it was not an easy choice.  Communications are top class and I have  no reservations on recommending this company to you all - check them out for yourselves and see which kit or chart will tempt you.