Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Final finish for 2013

I’d like to wish all my followers, family and friends a Very Happy New Year – wishing you all the best for 2014.
I am also happy to report that I have finally finished the teddy bear birth sampler for Savannah.  I will take it to be framed next week and will then put it aside until her 2nd birthday.  I still have lots of WIP’s to work on in 2014 as well as numerous other projects I hope to make a start on too.
Achievements for 2013
Outstanding WIP’s completed 4 out of 17 – not a great number but at least it’s four ticked off the list.  I’ve also had to abandon two of them as I can’t find the patterns so I have 11 long outstanding WIP’s to carry forward into 2014.
New starts in 2013  was 7 and I completed 5 off them so only two to carry forward into 2014.
Total completed for 2013 was 9 out of 24 so if I take away the abandoned projects I have 13 to carry forward.
Total books read in 2013was 14
Knitting projects finished was one out of two.  I never did get to finish the baby blanket (bought the new parents something instead) but I do intend to rectify the mistake I made and finish it this year – I’m sure a new baby will be born that I can give it to some time in the future LOL.
On reflection I think I achieved quite a lot along with my paper crafting projects and I'm looking forward to more stitching, knitting, reading and sewing in 2014.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

3 Today

This time three years ago I was sitting in the labour ward with my daughter and her husband eagerly awaiting the arrival of Logan.  We’d already been waiting 17 hours and still had quite a few more to go until Logan finally made an appearance via C-Section.  He was certainly worth the wait though.
Logan has been mad on Humpty Dumpty for ages so when I saw the lovely Mother Goose range of papers from Graphic 45 I knew they would be perfect for his birthday this year.  Probably not most peoples first choice for a birthday card but he loved it when he saw it this morning.  I had great fun working with these papers and Colette loved it too and is going to get a frame for it to go in so it will last beyond his birthday.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Cotehele Christmas Garland

On Wednesday last week I took Mum to Cotehele house to see the gorgeous fresh flower garland that they put up every year for Christmas.  As you walk into the hall where it is put up to hang you can not only see it’s beauty but also smell the lovely fragrances of the hundreds of thousands of flowers that make up this magnificent sight.

We will be putting up our decorations this week but they won’t be a patch on these.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Advent countdown

I am very lucky that one of my SU downline is a whizz with the digi side of SU.  Lucy very kindly sent me this amazing foiled advent calendar using the 25 & Counting Christmas set.  I have yet to get my head round the digi side of Stampin’ Up! and think I will have to meet up with Lucy in the New Year to have some lessons in the hope that maybe I can produce something even half as good as this.  Thank you Lucy X

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Autumn birthday card

It was our friends birthday last week and this is the card I made using the sketch from the Stampin' Celebration challenge blog and the colour combination from the ColourQ challenge #216.  I have used the Autumn Accents Bigz die and placed them onto some Bashful Blue cardstock squares (now retired but Soft Sky would work just as well) and run them through a variety of SU embossing folders.  The sentiment comes from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and cut out with the Bitty Banners die.  The other colours I have used are Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard (retired), Whisper White and Crumb Cake.

I have spent a lovely day with the ladies at the Exeter Scrapaholics crop – not a very productive day for me as I didn’t even complete a single LO – the Mojo had obviously been left behind in Plymouth.  I am hoping that tomorrow I will be able to look at the page I was trying to do and inspiration will hit me. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Need for speed

It was our youngest son’s 23rd birthday on Monday and this is the card I made for him.   I’ve used a retired stamp set from SU called Need for Speed and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners and cut out using the coordinating die.  I’ve also used the chevron punch which is available in the current Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue and the background saw me make use of the newly acquired embossing folder which I picked up while I was in Mullion last week.
Today has been spent doing some Christmas shopping and I’ve managed to get all the presents for the grandchildren today which was my main priority – after all they are the most important I think.  The rest of the presents I will pick up over the next couple of weeks.  Tonight I will be spending the evening crafting with my crafty pals – just what I need after the Christmas shopping LOL!

Monday, 25 November 2013

St Austell Beer Festival

Saturday we caught the train down to St Austell to enjoy a few hours at the beer festival held in the St Austell brewery.  Our first aim when we get inside is to try and get a table as it gets very, very busy.  It’s Lisa’s birthday within a couple of days of the festival so we all take along some food and make a real party of it.  Live bands are playing throughout the day to keep us entertained and the selection of ales is always amazing.  It really is a fun day out.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Simple snowflakes using SU Bold Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

So pretty and so simple – details of products used and where I found the inspiration can be found on my SU blog.  I made several of these to decorate my display area for my Open House.  A big thank you to those that came along it was lovely to see you all and meet some new crafters too.  We raised £40 from the make and takes, raffles and donations which has gone to the Diabetes Society - thank you ladies.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Setting up for Open House

Today I have been setting up my display area for my SU Open House tomorrow - photo can be found on my SU blog.  Hope everyone who comes enjoys the day.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Pretty Poinsettia

More details on how I made this card and where the inspiration came from can be found on my SU blog – another great way of using the Mosaic punch from Stampin’ Up!.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

One down–three to go

I have finally finished the stitching on Connor’s Christmas stocking.  All I have to do now is actually make it into a stocking.  I will see what fabric I have in my stash first to see if there is anything suitable – if not it could be a trip out to Tavistock next week.  It will be put away once finished until I have completed one for Elisha so sadly I won’t be able to give it to Connor this year.  I can’t give one without the other.
The sun has been shining today so we have been able to get out and sweep up the leaves that have fallen off the trees which line our street.  We will be doing this for the next few weeks no doubt as there are still plenty of leaves left on the tree outside our house.  The weeds that have been emerging over the past few weeks during the wet spell were also cleared before lunch.

After lunch was when I was able to finish the stocking and this evening once I have watched Strictly I think it might be good idea to put some make and takes together for my SU Open House event which is next weekend - it seems to be coming round really quickly now.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Oh what fun it is….

to attend a workshop at Scrapbook Magic.
Last Wednesday I travelled down to Mullion with several friends and we created this sleigh.  I still have to decorate it some more and I also purchased some wooden reindeer which I am hoping to get to stand up so it looks as if they are pulling the sleigh.  This will then become a decoration for one of the windows in our house this year.  Once we had cut out the sleigh template we were allowed to decorate it in any of the papers Margaret had in her shop – I opted to go with some of Graphic 45’s Twelve days of Christmas.  The carol singers are from a Sizzix die and I’m going to highlight some of the areas with one of the Wink of Stella pens I acquired while I was down there to add some subtle shimmer to them.  There are bells to be added and the boxes inside also need to be decorated with ribbons and filled with sweet treats on the big day.

It was great to see everyone having fun and choosing their own papers - the end results were all beautiful.

I would highly recommend going on one of Margaret’s workshops at Scrapbook Magic as they are great value for money and you are guaranteed a great day of fun.  I’m off there again on the 22nd to make an easel calendar.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Boxes galore

The idea for theses boxes came from the Graphic 45 blog but I didn’t have their lovely papers on hand so I made my own set using the papers from SU’s Bold Brights paper pad collection.  More details of the products used can be found on my SU blog.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Lots to be happy with

Firstly the amazing generosity of fellow bloggers.  Kate of By The Babbling Brook sent me this lovely tag which was one of three beauties that Kate had made.  Kate had asked us which was our favourite out of the three and I had chosen this one – little did I know it would be flying its way over to me.  It was such a lovely surprise to receive this in the post and will definitely be hanging on my Christmas tree this year.  Along with the tag came this beautiful card which is also hand stitched too.  Thank you so much Kate.
Secondly being able to spend time with two of my grandchildren today.  Savannah is here, there and everywhere now that she is walking but I managed to catch her standing still for a short while totally engrossed in Waybuloo.  Logan was happily playing with the train set but when Savannah had an afternoon nap we went out and did some crafting.  He helped me punch out some flowers and flower pots, cut some strips of paper and then he stuck them on a card to take home for his mummy and daddy – it was fun.  I forgot to take a photo of his finished card though.
Finally, I was happy that the ladies who came along to my mini workshop yesterday had fun creating their Christmas zig zag tag books.  I made another one but using a different paper range and cardstock while they worked on theirs.  Out of the scraps I made this card – all details of supplies I used can be found on my SU website.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Latest Stampin’ Up Offer

Two tag bundles are being offered from Stampin’ Up! until the 30th November.  If you would like to order either of them then either go to my online shop or e-mail me.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Tea by the sea

Well this photo has taken a few years to finally get put on a LO.  I think Connor was only about 13 months old in this picture – he’s now 6 1/2 years old!  All I can remember is that we all went to Paignton on a bank holiday in May.  It was one of those rare days when we were together will all of our children and while it was a rather overcast day at the beach it was just nice having their company for a few hours.  We’d taken a walk along the sea front and stopped for a warming cup of tea – Connor decided he wanted to share Granddad’s when it had cooled down.  I also remember us having to take shelter from a rain shower in the amusement arcades on Paignton Pier.
I managed to get this LO together at the Exeter crop yesterday using the monthly kit.  This month in the kit was some Gesso.  I’d put some masking tape onto the cardstock in certain areas and then painted over with the gesso and when this had dried added some blue ink mixed with the gesso.  Although it doesn’t show very well in this photo I also used SU’s The Open Sea stamp set.  The banners were created using the SU Banner punch and I also used a Martha Stewart circle punch.  The embellishments include a pinwheel which was created using a Sizzlets pinwheel die from SU which is currently in their clearance rack, some bakers twine and a few pearls.
It was a fun day at the crop although not overly productive as I only managed to get this LO and an 8 x 8 page completed for Logan and Savannahs album which is now up to date.  As that is now up to date I guess I need to start taking some more photos of them for next months crop.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Monday, 21 October 2013

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Almost but not quite

Today I went to a drawstring bag workshop at the Dragonfly Tea Room with my friend Jacqueline who kindly drove us down there – thank you again.  I didn’t quite finish the bag but all I have left to do is add the drawstring.   The fabric was from the clearance rack of Stampin’ Up! – there were three pieces in a pack each measuring 27” x 18” for just £2.19 or £2.49 each pack – quite a bargain.  I have used four packs but I have enough fabric I think to make another bag out of it as I didn’t use the third print.  So with careful measuring and cutting there should be sufficient.  They don’t have this pack available anymore but there is the beautiful spice cake pack still available from my SU website store if anyone is interested in a fabric bargain.
I’m hoping to complete the drawstring later once I have watched the Strictly Come Dancing results show.  Later in the week I think I’ll try and cut out the remaining fabric ready to make another one at some point.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Winter Frost Lovely as a Tree

More details on how I created this card and where the inspiration came from can be found on my SU blog

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Stocking SAL update

I haven’t worked on the Christmas stocking for the past three Fridays for various reasons so it was nice to finally get some more stitches put into this design.  I am hopeful that just a few more Fridays and it the stitching part will at least be finished.  I’ve put the picture of the finished design by the side of my stitching so you can see just how little is left to do.  Fingers crossed I can get it completed before the end of October and then the finishing completed in November once I have decided on the backing material.  As it’s my intention to fill the stocking each year I also need to give it a lining so that the inside stitching is protected.  It will be put away for at least another year as I have to get a stocking stitched for Elisha before I can give this to Connor.


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Burlap Canvas

Yesterday I had a trip down to Scrapbook Magic for a workshop with my friend Moya.  The lovely Margaret who owns this crafting haven had prepared an altered burlap canvas for us to make.  The papers are from Graphic 45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe range and once we had inked the canvas and cut out the two large postage die pieces of paper it was left to us how we wanted to decorate the rest of the canvas.  Margaret’s canvas had been created in portrait but I decided to do mine landscape.  Lots of fussy cutting, pretty embellishments and the addition of glossy accents and it was complete – I really like it.  I liked it so much I have bought two smaller canvasses and am going to use the leftovers from the papers (and a couple of extras that dropped into my shopping basket) and decorate them to go either side of this one.  My very own tryptich.
Next months workshop that I am going to will be to decorate a sleigh – already looking forward to that one very much.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Winter Frost Zig Zag Tag Book

A few weeks ago I went to a workshop and learnt how to make a lovely zig zag tag book with a non SU paper range.  While I was at my scrapbooking retreat I decided to make another tag book but this time using the lovely SU Winter Frost Speciality Designer Series Paper, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White cardstock.

I have also used the lovely Festive Flurry stamp set, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, a variety of SU ink pads in shades of blue and several punches including the Petite Pennants Builder punch to create the Christmas tree.  Scraps of paper to make a trio of presents, Mosaic Madness stamp set and co-ordinating punch, stamps from the Hostess Warmth & Wonder stamp set, Decorative Label punch, Modern Label punch and word window punch.  I even used a couple of words from the Naughty & Nice Rotary stamp and the dotty embossing folder on some of the tags.  Great fun to make and a wonderful way to keep those Christmas memories displayed each year.

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Stampin' Up!

Many of you that know me know that I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for many years now - it's been mainly as a hobbyist.  I have now decided to set up a dedicated SU website so that I can keep my personal blog separate from my SU.  The link if you are interested is on the side bar and from there you can view my SU blog, place orders and find out about any events that are coming up.  Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Paper packaging

Whenever I place an order with SU you can guarantee that the products come well packaged with lots of brown paper.  Most of the time I have to confess I have just put it in the recycling bin but this time I decided to try and make use of some of it.  The end result was a garland to go across the beam that once used to be the dividing wall between our kitchen and our dining room.  The dining room has a large range of units which houses most of my crafting stash and it is the dining table that I work on most of the time.  I thought it would be nice to have this garland hanging up to define ‘my space’.

The ‘flowers’ were created using just two strips of the brown paper and I folded them in a concertina effect, tied them round the middle with some bakers twine and rounded the edges with scissors.   I then teased the strips apart to make the flower which reminds me of a sunflower.  I’ve cut out a different coloured scalloped circle from SU’s Bold Brights paper pack, added a white circle and then cut out the letters using the Cricut and Storybook cartridge.

It’s been a pretty miserable day today so putting this up brought a little bit cheeriness to the day.

Friday, 27 September 2013

3 down 9 to go

Remember me talking about making coffins ready for Halloween?  Well here are the first three made, just got a little bit of decoration left to do on them.  I got the template from Martha Stewart, although I haven’t lined my boxes but intend to fill them with shredded tissue paper in appropriate Halloween colours and then fill will sweet treats.  I have used a web embossing folder for the tops of the boxes to give them some texture. Not sure whether to add the RIP tag on all of the coffins or to leave them blank - what do you think?  They are really simple to make so hopefully shouldn’t take me too long to make the other nine I need for all my work colleagues.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Graphic 45 workshop

As promised here are the photos of the Graphic 45 zig zag tag book workshop that I went to on Wednesday.  I’ve now got to go through my photos of the grandchildren for the past few years and add them to the back of the many tags that I have made to go in the book – this is an idea I will use again for other outings/events in the future.  More photos can be found on Clare’s blog of the whole day..