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.