Thursday, 30 January 2014

Sale-a-bration and new Spring/Summer catalogue

Over on my SU blog you can see the card I created using some of the lovely new items that are available to buy from the Spring/Summer catalogue and some of the products you can obtain free with a qualifying order.  There was so much choice I didn’t know what to buy first LOL x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Last weeks Christmas card creation

I forgot to post the cards I made last week at our weekly craft meeting.  This time we met at Wynneth’s house and we were able to use a set of her stamps and dies called In Stitches from Clearly Besotted.  I’ve used an SU embossing folder as a backdrop to the cute penguin image and added some bling to the centre of the snowflakes.  Simply  matted onto some silver mirri card and a greeting added below the penguin.  I also stamped out some of the reindeer from the same set and we had great fun deciding if the dots that came with the stamp set were nostrils or eyes for the reindeer.  After many silly jokes about having ‘no idea’  Wynneth was finally able to add the dots to the reindeer for us to make up our mind (after a lot of laughter).  The general consensus was that they were eyes and not nostrils.
So I now have three cards made ready for Christmas.  I wonder what we will create this evening at Moya’s?

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Selfie LO

I took this photo of myself must be over two years ago and it has been going backwards and forwards with me to the Exeter crop for most of that time.  It’s one of the few photos of myself that I am relatively happy with.  I guess I was waiting for the right papers to come along before I could make a page out of it.  Saturday was that day – the kit was just perfect.  The top two papers came with the kit, along with the cardstock.  On the other side of the papers there were some really bright pink and blue flowers and small stars.  I loved the neutral tones on the side I used and along with another sheet of paper I had in my stash from a previous kit I played with different shapes for the layers.  I’ve used some new products from SU to embellish the LO.  The flower stamp is just one of six different flowers that come in a set and it has it’s own coordinating punch.  The little banner punch is available during SU’s Sale-a-bration  period which runs from now until the end of March.  My favourite new product though is the White Chalk Marker pen which I have used to outline the flowers, banner and outside of the fancy shaped layer – I think I might have to stock up on them as I can see me using it a lot.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Done!

On Friday morning I started stitching the January’s Snowdrop from the My Garden Journal series.  Here is the progress I had made by the end of day on Friday
On Saturday I went to the Exeter Scrapaholics crop and had a lovely time shuffling bits of paper and even completing a layout which I will post later.  Lots of fun and chatter as always with the lovely group of ladies.  I even made a start on a mini album to record DH’s 50th birthday trip we had back in December.

When I got home I put some more stitches into January’s Snowdrop and this is how far I got by the end of Saturday evening.
Rain, rain and more rain today so after paying a visit to my parents for breakfast and an afternoon cup of coffee and a game of Rumikub with mother-in-law I picked up my needle once more and am extremely happy to report that January’s Snowdrop is complete.  I stitched it using DMC threads only because I was able to obtain the threads locally from Hobbycraft.  I would normally like to go with the speciality threads but I was keen to make a start.  It has been a real pleasure to stitch and I am already looking forward to working on February’s Primrose next month.  If anyone has considered stitching this then I would highly recommend it.
All in all a good weekends work and I have another finish to add to my side bar!  If anyone would like to stitch this then I am looking to give it away to a good home - just leave me a comment and if there is more than one person wanting the pattern then I will put the names in a hat and pick out the winner that way.  I'll give everyone until the 31st January and if you want to post this giveaway on your blog then please feel free to do so.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Snowflakes emerging

Yesterday I discovered the first snowdrops appearing in our front garden.  It’s nice to see some colour finally coming up in the garden again – hopefully they won’t get ruined by more rain.
There are also some snowflakes emerging on a new stitch I started yesterday before going into work.  I bought the lovely January’s Snowdrop from the My Garden Journal series of charts from the Patchwork Rabbit at the beginning of the year.  I initially started stitching it on a different piece of fabric but the snowdrops weren’t showing up as much as I would have liked so I changed it to some Mocha linen I had in my stash – this works so much better.  I’ve got a week to get it completed as I’d love to stitch one of them each month – the end product in my mind is a fabric book of all the designs.  I thought I’d try and match the designs up with a coordinating fabric for that month and make a block out of them.  I would stitch two of the designs back to back and then lightly pad them to make the pages of the book.  There is a cover design to go with the series which I would stitch as well. Big ideas – I wonder how it will go!

Friday, 17 January 2014

The Card Concept–colour challenge

It’s been a while since I have taken part in any challenges and as The Card Concept is a completely new challenge blog I thought I would join the kick off party.  I think this one counts as a Clean & Layering.  A freebie embossing folder was used on some SU Very Vanilla cardstock as the background to the card.  I found the Kraft corrugated frames while looking for something else the other day so thought they would provide a ledge for the cute owl from Clearly Besotted stamps to rest on.  The stamp set has a coordinating die to make which is just perfect and the stamp set has several cute sweet sentiments. 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

One stamp set–10 Christmas cards

 Here's the stamp set Moya gave us to work with last night.  Some of us made one card, some two and one of us even three cards.
My card using some papers from a half used pad I have had for years and some ribbon I picked up from Dunelm Mill last year.
Moya's cards
Lynne's cards.  Lynne was going to add a sentiment when she got home.
Wynneth’s cards
Ray’s card
Allie’s cards
It was a fun evening.  I even managed to get a few more stitches added to the 7 virtues cross stitch.
Next week Wynneth is supplying some Clearly Besotted stamps and matching dies to work with.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Lots of confetti

It might not look as though I’ve done much stitching on the landscape but I have spent several enjoyable hours adding lots of different colours to it – the area I’m concentrating on has lots of confetti stitching.  I’m hoping to get the top windows completed this week and then finish the last arch.  The top half will then be complete and I can move onto the bottom half where there is a lot more blocks of single colour.  Should I set myself a target date to get it finished by?  Or will that take away the enjoyment of working on the piece?
As I went outside this morning to take Max for his walk I noticed that we have some of our Spring flowers starting to make an appearance.  I was only wishing for Spring to roll on the other day and it appears to have heard me.
I had to collect a parcel from the sorting office today – my brother had given me an Amazon gift voucher for Christmas so I ordered myself some new crafting books and a light read.  I loved the looked of the Quick to Sew country designs and I wasn’t disappointed with it – lots of inspiration and they appear simple enough for me to be able to have a go at.  While I was in town with Colette last week she kept picking up rag dolls with Savannah in mind so the Simple Cloth Daisy Dolls seemed like a good idea – hopefully I will get one completed before she has grown out of playing with dolls.  The Christmas chart booklet says quick and easy so I will put that to the test this month and see how long one of the designs does actually take to complete.  Finally I ordered a book by Amy Silver – I’d already read one of her books last year which came free with a craft magazine and really enjoyed it so thought I would see what this one was like.  An easy to pick up and put down book for me to take into work and read during my breaks.
Crafting with friends this evening.  We have decided to hold our own weekly Christmas card challenge at our little meetings to help us get our Christmas cards made throughout the year.  Moya has challenged us to use a set of her Christmas stamps so it will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.   We will all use our own craft materials so there should be plenty of variety as we all have different styles.  Must go and get my crafting pieces ready for the fun – I will also take along the 7 Virtues stitching to work on once the card is completed.

Monday, 13 January 2014

First finish of 2014

I spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon working on the stocking but in the evening I made a start on this sweet little stitch which Isabella, owner of Primitive Hare kindly put on her blog as a freebie.  I managed to get two thirds of it stitched last night and finished stitching it today.  I’m just going to make it up as a small pillow.  It was stitched on some lovely hand dyed fabric I purchased last year from The Crafty Kitten.  The colour is Bramble Liquer and it is a 16 count aida and I’ve only used a quarter of the piece I had.  I’ve got several 9 x 12 pieces from the Crafty Kitten which I will probably use for small stitched pieces.  It is my intention to try and get one small piece stitched and finished each month.  I’ve acquired a few freebie charts from designers who have been kind enough to put them on their blogs so I have plenty to keep me going for quite a few months.
Also today I have picked up one of the outstanding WIP’s – this was the landscape picture from Yiota’s which I was lucky enough to be given some time ago to review.  This is what it looked like when I picked it up today.  Updates will be given later in the week.

We’ve had hailstorms this afternoon and it has turned quite a bit colder.  I managed to time Max’s walks just right today and so far I’ve managed to avoid getting wet.  Roll on Spring!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Enjoying a rare day of sunshine and stitching updates.

Yesterday we managed to make the most of a rare sunny day.  We caught the bus out to Yelverton and then walked from Yelverton to Tavistock, stopping off at the Halfway House inn for lunch.  It’s another dog friendly pub that we can add to our list.  The food and the drinks were very tasty and we were made to feel very welcome.  The owner even came out with a doggy treat for Max – a gravy bone – which he accepted but then dropped to the ground.  We explained to the owner that he likes them broken up (can you tell we have a spoilt doggy) and the owner very obligingly broke it up into three pieces which Max then gobbled up.  It was so nice to be out in the sunshine and we had already walked from Yelverton to Grenofen before but the route had stopped there.  It has since been extended so we were able to carry on walking to Tavistock.  We then caught the bus back into Plymouth.
A couple of stitching updates, firstly the Christmas stocking – I’m really pleased with the progress I made last weekend.  It’s back to raining here again today so I am hoping to get some more of it done this afternoon.
On Wednesday evening while crafting with my friends I was able to add some more stitches to the 7 Virtues cross stitch.  This one is now almost at the halfway point.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Quick and clean and simple Thank You cards

I needed to make some thank you cards for people who had been kind enough to give me Christmas presents.  One of the presents was a stamp set which came from our work Secret Santa and the flower on the cards is just one of several on the stamp sheet.
 I’ve coloured them in using my Copics – it’s been a while since I’ve done any colouring and it was something I could easily do while taking it easy and trying to get over my cold bugs (hopefully no germs will be passed on).  I also added some of the clear Wink of Stella which a crafting friend gave to me as a Christmas present to give the flower a little bit of sparkle.  The Thank You sentiment is an SU stamp as is the polka dot paper.

Over the weekend I was also able to work on the stocking cross stitch and made steady progress with that.  I’ll take a photo of that this week before my next session of stitching on it begins.

The cold is lingering and has affected my hearing but generally in myself I feel much better even if I don't really sound it.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Yearly Reminder

I made this yearly reminder at a Scrapbook Magic workshop at the end of December – a fun day as always with Margaret who owns the shop.  While I’ve managed to get it put up on the wall I need to write down all the birthdays and anniversaries so that I can hopefully be completely organised this year and not forget any!  I’ve also got a couple of charms that I need to add to it which I didn’t have time to put on while at the workshop and I’m ashamed to say didn’t do as soon as I got back home.  I now have three days off from work so I should be able to complete that small task along with a handful of thank you cards that I need to make.
Unfortunately I have succumbed to yet another cold and so have been very lazy over the past couple of days – today has been a tough one but thankfully I made it through the working day.  Hopefully a good nights rest will be had tonight and I will finally begin to feel brighter tomorrow.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

First new start for 2014

Here is the stocking that I am going to stitch for Elisha this year.  I was amazed that I actually had all the required threads for this one so no new stash required – always a bonus. The pattern is from a Cross Stitch Gold magazine and I’m hoping to stitch on this at least once a week like last year along with fellow stocking cross stitchers Julie, Catherine and Regina.
It’s been fun reading about what other stitchers are hoping to achieve this year – let’s hope it’s a good one for all of us.