Wednesday, 31 October 2012


DSCF1398 I have two work areas to show you this week for Julia's WOYWW 178.  Firstly my downstairs space which is at the far end of the kitchen/dining room - I'm lucky enough to have a whole range of units to accomodate a large amount of my crafting stash.  This is where I set up my sewing machine which finally came out of the box yesterday.  It still hasn't been used yet as I don't have any proper cottons for it,  should be rectified tomorrow.  On the left of the sewing machine is the second block for April (yes I'm way behind with these) Craftsy BOM course.  To the right is the Stitcheree SAL,  I've managed to put another bit of candy cane border in while sat out in the conservatory for an hour this afternoon - bad light stopped played plus I thought it was almost time for DH to be home only to realise it's the one clock in the house which obviously hasn't been put back.  So it will be another hour before he comes home!

DSCF1399My upstairs workspace has been completely covered with just some of the boxes that my retired SU stamp sets were in.  I decided as they are now retired and I no longer have to have them in sets for demonstration purposes I would put them into 12 x 12 plastic boxes.  Each box will have a theme, so far I have managed to accomodate the Christmas, sentiments and male orientated stamps - this has used up all seven of the boxes that I purchased at the craft show in Exeter last month. Thanks to Darnell of djkardkreations blog for the inspiration - go check out her playhouse it's fantastic - one very organised lady and workspace.

DSCF1400 Think I will be needing quite a few more of these before the job is complete as you will see in the next photo as there are still loads more to sort out which I think will come under floral, nature and numerous other catagories.  It's amazing just how many stamps I have acquired and this is only the SU ones.  I still have loads of other manufacturers that I have to sort out as well.  I did make a start on the Unity stamps on Monday but didn't get that far with them - another mammoth task which is going to require quite a few more of the plastic cases that the new SU stamps come in.  Again they will be sorted out into different themes.  I think I've scared myself with the amount of stamps that I have got and just how many haven't even seen a speck of ink on them as of yet.

I feel I should keep the plastic trays that the stamps were in but am unsure of how I can utilise them - any polite suggestions?

Friday, 26 October 2012

Thank You

DSCF1349 I decided to use the border stamp to create a larger decorative border strip to go across my card this time.  I've stamped it several times in all of the new in colours and then edged this piece with two strips of Raspberry Ripple cardstock that has been punched using the SU scallop trim border punch.  The base card is Gumball Green and I've used Whisper White and added the sentiment from SU's Curly Cute set which was matted onto some of the DP before adding to the base card.  The last step was stamping the flower stamp onto the various colours of cardstock in the co-ordinating inks and then using 3/4 and 1/2 inch circle punches to punch them out and placed along the decorative strip.  Some gems from my stash were added to the centres for a bit of sparkle.  It's a lovely bright and cheery card - which is needed today as it's very grey outside.

Thursday, 25 October 2012


DSCF1347 Card No3 made with the World Treasures stamp set from SU.  The colour combo this time is Gumball Green, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  I've used the flower image as the main focal point for this card and coloured the image in using the Primrose Petal ink pad and Garden Green marker pen.  I've also used the same image to create a background for the base card.  A strip of paper from the 12 x 12 paper pack from the In Colour range which co-ordinates with all the new colours and a lovely piece of stitched ribbon in Summer Starfruit.  The Gumball Green piece of cardstock I ran through the cuttlebug with a butterfly embossing folder to give some depth to the cardstock.  This one was finished off with a sentiment from the SU Tiny Tags stamps set and punched out with the jewellery tag punch also from SU.

You have now seen all four stamps that come with this stamp set which you might have guessed I quite like.  My challenge for the rest of the week is to see what other designs I can come up with.

Going in town with Colette, Logan and Savannah today to do some more Christmas shopping, I also want to make myself a long overdue hair appointment and hopefully pick up some new clothes for myself.  I'm going on a scrapbooking retreat next weekend so thought I'd treat myself before I go away.  Really do need to start thinking what I need to take with me photos and paperwise.  I've been asked to take along my SU stuff so we'll be having a little SU party while I'm away - so looking forward to the weekend as it's been ages since I met up with the 'girls' from the Exeter Scrapaholics group.

The sun is trying to come out today, it's been very murky and overcast for the past couple of days.  With any luck I might even get the washing dry!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

WOYWW #177

DSCF1346 Two posts in one day!  WOYWW this week is the new Christmas SAL that I have started now that the Fat Man is completed.  I've only had about an hour to work on this one today but have made a good start on the Merry & Bright design by Erynne.  I think this is going to be another fun stitch and am already looking forward to working on it again next week.  I have changed the day for my SAL from a Monday to a Wednesday simply because today was the first day I have had a chance to make a start on it.

The Fat Man is now at the framers and I have gone for an off white mount and a Teally Blue frame - they are hoping to have it done for me by the 7th November so fingers crossed.

Faithful friend

DSCF1343 I thought this week I would try and see how many different cards I could make out of the World Treasures stamps set.  I've use Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple cardstock and designer paper from the 2012-2014 in colour range.  All the papers in the pack are double sided so I have only had to use one piece for this card (with plenty left over).  I've stamped the sentiment out in Midnight Muse ink and then hand cut the sentiment before matting it onto on of the lovely Window Framelits.  With a small strip of Midnight Muse I have used the background stamp which is in the stamp set to create my strip across the middle of the card.

I now have a couple of days off work.  Today I'm taking mum out, firstly to go out and get my Fat Man SAL framed, then some lunch and finally the highlight of her day - food shopping!  Nothing spectacular but it does at least give her a few hours break from my dad - bless him.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

World Treasures

DSCF1342 I've finally got to play with one of the new stamp sets from SU - this one is called World Treasures and I made my version of the card which is on page 98 of the current catalogue.  I've used four of the five new in colours from SU, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit (just love the names they give to their colours).  The image has been stamped out in all the colours and then I've cut out different layers.  I've used an embossing folder on Whisper White for the background and created a little banner with the sentiment which comes from the Just Believe stamp set from SU.

Short and sweet today as I have to get ready for work now.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Snow more and chart swap anyone?

DSCF1335 The Fat Man SAL has finally been finished - I do have to confess that I didn't actually finish it on Monday but I only had a small amount left to do so I finished that this evening along with stitching on the cute snowflake buttons.  I've really enjoyed this and am so looking forward to picking out the frame and mount and having this on one of our walls for this Christmas.  I'm taking mum out next Wednesday so I will probably take it to be framed while we are out and about which means it should be back with me in about three weeks - yippee!

Now as I am never likely to stitch any of these again is there anyone out there in blogland that would like to swap these charts for something they have already stitched or have a chart they have bought but are now unlikely to stitch?  If so then please contact me and we can arrange a mutual swap.  I'm happy to send anywhere in the world.  The charts no longer have the buttons so you would need to add your own embellishments.

Next week will see the start of Erynne's Christmas SAL - parts one and two have already been put up on her blog Stitcheree! but I am hoping it won't take me too long to pick up speed on this one - I can't imagine I will get this one done in time for Christmas but I will give it my best shot!

Right must crack on and try and get some more last minute craft fayre crafting done - fingers crossed I'll be ready for it Saturday morning.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

WOYWW #176

DSCF1306 On my workdesk this week are more items for the craft fayre on Saturday.  The liquorice sticks I've turned into witches broomsticks an idea from the current Autumn/Winter mini catalogue from SU.  The Mummy pillow box chocolate treat holders I got from Angie of Chic 'n Scratch both fun and easy makes.  There are also some daisy flowers that I have been making for my own stash supply.  Not as much crafting time this week as I would have liked but hopefully next week will be better.

Off now to check out a few other blogs from Julia's Stamping Ground to see what other crafters have been up to this week.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

The end is nigh!

DSCF1305 The Fat Man SAL is almost complete - just the wording and the mailbox to go and I'm really confident that I can get it finished next Monday which means I can get it framed soon and have it up as a Christmas decoration for this year.  It's been fun to do but I will also be glad to have finished it and am already itching to make a start on the SAL being run by Erynne of Stitcheree!   The fabrics and thread arrived on Monday so have been put in a project folder in anticipation of being used on Monday 22nd October.  I've gone for a different colour choice to the one on Erynne's blog - I decided to go with a 32 count Permin line in Milk Chocolate.  I have checked that the Cocoa Bean thread used for the pudding will stand out and the fabric gives enough contrast to the thread so I am hoping the overall look will be okay.

Despite the miserable weather here in Plymouth I managed to get into town with Colette, Logan and Savannah.  I had some vouchers which I won ages ago for passing a mystery shopper when I worked in my last employment so decided to use them on Savannah.  I bought her some clothes from Mothercare which Colette picked out and she will look adorable in them in a few months.  Went for the larger size so that she can grow into them as they will be put away as part of her Christmas present.  We took both buggies in and it was funny that each time we entered a clothes shop Logan would groan and make a whingy sound but any other type of shop and he was fine - already getting the male tendency of hating clothes shopping!  Colette has picked out a few things that we can get them for Christmas which I will pick up over the next few weeks - I not only have to buy them something from us but my parents always give me money to get them something with as well so double the brain power required each year.

Out this evening with DH so no crafting today and still plenty to be made for the craft fayre - as it's my first one I don't know what will sell and what won't or how many to make of each item - this is going to be a huge learning curve for me.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


DSCF1304 It's been a long time since I took part in WOYWW which is hosted by Julia at Stamping Ground - a great way of seeing what other people have been up to on the crafting front each week.  I haven't taken part for a long time as there hasn't been much to show on my craft workspace for quite some time as most of the summer months were spent stitching.  As you can see my desk is well and truly cluttered as I have been busy making post it note holders, chocolate filled Christmas tree decorations and Trick or Treat packages for the craft fayre next week.  It's been a fun morning though.  The desk is all tidy now as I wanted to get out with Max before the rain came again and we just about made it.

Chores have now been completed this afternoon so I am now going to settle down and do some more stitching while there is still some reasonable light to see with in the conservatory despite the miserable rain outside.  This evening I have been invited out to Jacqueline's house for some more crafting fun - think it will be more of the same from this morning but maybe not as productive as there will also be a lot of chatter I am sure!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Take note

DSCF1303 It was a fun weekend crafting with my friend Lisa.  I showed her how to make many of the items I have been making for the craft fayre which is now less than two weeks away and I still have lots I want to make for it.  One of the items we made was this post it note holder - nothing really original but something I am hoping will sell.  I found the instructions here but had to adapt the sizes to accomodate the pens I had bought (they must have been thicker round the barrel than the ones in the video).  I'm trying to use up retired cardstock and papers from SU in the hope of clearing some space in my overcrowded cupboards.  To decorate the top of the post it note holder I've used the lovely stamp set called Mixed Bunch from SU and cut out the flower with the co-ordinating punch and a 1 inch circle punch for the centre.

There were no more incidents at work on Saturday afternoon for me and amazingly enough the grill was working despite the amount of flames that had been coming out and how black it looked when I left it Friday afternoon.  Late Saturday afternoon was spent cleaning it up and making it look as though it could be used again!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Keep calm and carry on

 Which is exactly what I had to do today when I forgot the second batch of bacon I'd put under the grill at work today.  It decided it could only take the intense grilling for a short period of time and caught fire!  My fire training with a fire blanket came into practise today - not the easiest of tasks when it's an eye level grill and flames are at least 18 inches high but after a couple of attempts I managed to get it onto the top of the grill and held tight around the sides.  An extra pair of hands were required and thankfully there was another team member in with me who could push the blanket underneath the grill so we could stop the supply of oxygen.  There were a few people in the staff canteen (thankfully not a public cafe) offering advice but not really doing anything positive.  I think I did a good job of burning the grill - I'll know whether I have completely broken it when I go in tomorrow.  The irony of this is that I don't generally put another batch of bacon on until we've used half of what I've already cooked, but as I had an Upside Down pudding to make today I was distracted and completely forgot about it - c'est la vie!
Anyway onto more positive things here's an update of the landscape cross stitch.  I was really happy with the amount I achieved last month and once I have completed the pillar which is coming down from the top of the arch I will have completed just over a quarter of it.  With any luck I will also manage to get quite a bit of it done again this month. 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

What to do when looking after baby

DSCF1297DSCF1279 A day off work and I was all set to do some housework when Colette knocked on the door to see if I was busy.  She wanted me to look after Savannah for a few hours while she popped into town with Logan to get him a new pair of shoes.  How could I refuse?  It gave me the perfect opportunity to have some one to one time with Savannah and grab some precious photos of  her.  After being fed, changed, talked to and walked around the house she started to get a bit fractious - obviously tired but not wanting to be put down I eventually managed to settle her into Grandad's chair that swings and rocks in the conservatory.  I was able to sit in my chair and rock her with my foot which then meant my hands were free.
DSCF1299 With my hands free I was able to make a start on Octobers chart which I had got out earlier just in case I got a few minutes later in the day. How perfect - Savannah was happy and I was able to do something productive too.  I managed to get about a third of it completed before mum came to collect her and finished the rest of it off just after our evening meal.  Again it now means the rest of the month can be spent on working on the landscape by Yiota's cross stitch which I will take a photo of tomorrow so you can see how I got on during September.

I had some fabric arrive yesterday which is for the SAL that Erynne has started, although I can't make a start on that one until the Fat Man SAL has been completed.  I also had a phone call to say that the Boxer picture is ready to be collected so that one will soon be hanging on a wall in our home soon.  I think I should have a couple more finishes before the end of the year which I will be really pleased about, although they won't be any of the WIP's I had outstanding at the beginning of the year.  I really will try and work on those in the New Year again but there have been so many other distractions!

Looking forward to the weekend as my friend Lisa is coming to stay overnight again which means we get to spend Sunday crafting.  DH is away all weekend so we can craft and chat away to our hearts content.  What have you got planned for the weekend? 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

CASology challenge–Zoo

DSCF1276 I got to do some more paper crafting yesterday evening, nothing fancy but decided to join in with this weeks CASology challenge.  I've missed doing them the past couple of weeks as time seemed to go against me so it was nice to work with one of their cue words again.  The cue word this week is zoo and I've used SU's Fox and Friends and SU inks to stamp them out with.  The sentiment is from a set from The stamps of life and I've stamped it onto the Soft Suede cardstock and punched out with what must be a retired SU punch as I can't find it in the current catalogue.

Another long day at work today but I have tomorrow off which will be nice.  Out crafting this evening with some crafting buddies - not sure what I'm going to take along with me yet though!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Jingle Belles–Dashing through the snow

DSCF1275 A paper crafting post for a change.  The challenge for Jingle Belles this fortnight is the theme dashing through the snow.  I decided to make good use of the snowflake rosette I picked up last week at the craft show.  I've used some retired SU papers for the snowflake and also used up the scraps of paper that were left over after cutting the rosette out.  To make the border stand out a bit more I've just gone round the edges with a fine liner pen.  The sentiment is SU's Curly Cute.

After I finished work today I picked up a few Christmas presents to put away for Logan - all Thomas related.  They had a train track set at half price, too good an offer to miss.  I also picked him up a hooded top and a striped t-shirt both with Thomas on the front.  I'm trying to make sure it's not so last minute this year although they may still get wrapped up last minute so that I don't forget what I've bought!

It's been a miserable day today so I'm glad I was working, although it would have been nice to come home and make a start on the Lizzie Kate October month - just not the right light to make a start on it today - hopefully tomorrow.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Snowed in

DSCF1271 The final chart Snowed In for the Fat Man SAL has been started.  I managed to get all my chores completed by midday which left the afternoon free to stitch.  I'm really pleased with the progress I made, just the snowman and the words to do for this chart which I am hopeful will get completed next Monday.  It will then only leave me the sentiment at the top and the mailbox which goes inbetween the snow friends and let it snow.  If I can get them done by the 15th of the month it means I should be able to take it to be framed and have it back early November already to put up during December!

I will miss doing this SAL each Monday but I have found another Christmas SAL to join in with which I will continue to do on Mondays.  It's a freebie chart from Erynne of Stitcheree! blog - the first part of the SAL has been posted with a further two parts to follow.  I've yet to decide what colour fabric and stitch count to work on but I know I'm looking forward to starting it.