Friday, 19 September 2014

A wonderful surprise after the grocery shopping

Today I had to go grocery shopping – not one of my favourite tasks.  I hate having to think of what to eat for the coming weeks so it was wonderful to find the postman had delivered a surprise package to me. 
This lovely package came from Lynda Ruth of Purple Pixie Dust blog – all the way from Cananda.  Inside the lovely green soft padded bag (which will be very useful for carrying around my stitching threads, scissors and glasses) was a beautiful stitched pillow with the words ‘give love’.  The stitching and finish are gorgeous and it also has the additions of some tiny, pretty shells and pebbles/rocks/glass.  Also included was a selection of shells and stones and a beautiful pin with a picture of Green Gables.  I had once mentioned on Lynda’s blog after she had visited Prince Edward Island that Anne of Green Gables was one of my favourite books.  This will be added to my small collection of wildlife pins on my everyday handbag.  Some fruit tea, a Canada pencil and body lotion was also included along with the sweet butterfly card.

I am truly thankful Lynda and it has certainly brightened up my day – you are so very kind and thoughtful.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Penguin update

It’s been a little while since I have worked on the stocking but the penguin has now almost got his hat finished to keep him warm this winter – just the pom pom and some of the trim left to do.  A few presents and baubles remain and the name band – I am feeling optimistic that I will get it completed in time for this Christmas after all.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bell Witch–Part 2 completed

I have finally managed to complete Part 2 of the Halloween SAL from Primitive Hare.  This is Bell Witch and I am loving the primitive look.  Part 3 arrived in my inbox earlier in the month and I am hoping to make a start on it later this week but I don’t think I will get it completed before the end of September.  I will certainly try my best to do as much as possible before Part 4 arrives.
My new stamps from Paperbabe stamps arrived today – always such quick service and they look fabulous.  Fingers crossed I will get to play with them later in the week as well.  Always so much to do on my list and never enough time!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Together for Paperbabes Challenge #3

The Paberbabes Challenge is in it’s early stages and I was lucky enough to win challenge #2.  I had a 50/50 chance as there were just the two entries so I am hoping that for this challenge more people will begin to hear  of the challenge and take part.  There is a lovely range of stamps available to buy from Paperbabes Etsy shop and I have been tempted again this weekend into yet another purchase.

Onto the challenge this week which is to use flowers on your entry which can be a card, LO, ATC, altered art or anything else you’d like to create.  Kim the owner of the shop and blog does ask that at least one stamped imaged from the Paperbabes stamp range is used.

I have opted to use the Happy word set that I purchased last time.  I’ve stamped out the word Together eight times with clear embossing ink and covered with black embossing powder.  These were punched out using an SU word window punch along with another eight pieces of paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection.  These were layered onto a punched out circle to create my flower and finished off with a button.  Further scraps were used to create the stem and the petals.  The large Happy was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock and  embossed with my large spotty embossing folder and  matted onto some green cardstock.  Clean and simple but another card made using up some of my scraps.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quick birthday card

It was my brother in laws birthday yesterday and I had tried over the weekend to think of what to make him but to no avail.  However yesterday morning with only an hour to make it before going into work I managed to put this card together using scraps of Graphic 45 papers.  I’m very happy with how it turned out and even happier that I used up some of my pile of scraps which has been growing rapidly after making all the brag books and 3D projects recently.  It’s surprising what you can come up with when you have limited time and use minimal materials – sometimes I think I have just to much to choose from.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Trying new things

I found a new range of stamps called Paperbabe stamps which can be bought from Kim’s Etsy shop.  There is also a challenge on the Paperbabes blog and this weeks challenge is a picture/colour inspiration challenge.  The main image on my card I bought as a digital image but can also be bought as a photopolymer stamp and coloured it in with Copics but Kim also sells photopolymer stamps and has also just released some of her digi images onto red rubber – so there really is something for everyone.

The sentiment I have used is one of her photopolymer stamps which has the fancy word Happy, which has more detail on than on my card but I needed to cut it slightly to fit onto my card.  To go with this lovely fancy word there are a variety of other words to make your own sentiment with.

I tried the stamps out with a variety of different inks to see how well they inked up and was very pleased that they came out perfectly each time.  I tried SU inks, Distress Inks, Momento and Archival ink pads and each came out with a nice crisp outline.  The stamps are very reasonably priced and the service was very quick.  I ordered the stamps on Sunday evening and they had arrived by Tuesday morning.  I would highly recommend them and can see some more sets appearing in my home very soon - as if I need anymore stamps!

It’s been a while since I have been inspired to take part in a challenge but these stamps really inspired me – it also means I now have one less Christmas card to make.

Last week I tried out a new cake recipe.  It’s from a book by Harry Eastwood called Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache.  The recipes use vegetables instead of some of the traditional ingredients you’d associate with cake making.  The one I made was Coconut Cake with Coconut Icing and it used courgette and it tasted delicious – very sweet and you would never know that courgettes were put into it.  This is fabulous as it now means I can get our youngest son to eat courgettes and he doesn’t even know – I just need to make sure I bake it when he’s not at home.  I took half of the cake into work and my work colleagues also thoroughly enjoyed it too.  I intend to make more cakes from this book in the coming months and said I would take them into work for them to guess which vegetable was used each time.