Wednesday, 30 September 2015

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday #330

On my workdesk this week is more storage.  On Saturday we went and bought some more cube units to put on top of the desk to give me some more storage.  I haven’t fully decided what is going to go in these although I have temporarily moved some items into the cubes.  If you’ve never taken part in WOYWW it’s a great way of seeing what other crafters have been up to and see their crafty space.
I’m still managing to keep the space relatively tidy each day.  Also on my workdesk is my Christmas planner (still waiting to be worked on), some Thank You envelopes with little gifts inside, a box of Maltesers which were bought so that I could work out what size jar I need to fill for a project I have in mind and my planner/journal.
My planner is also doubling up as a journal.  I put the info into the planner that I know is going to happen each week but fill the spaces in with useful/useless information that I have discovered each day – I think this is going to work best for me and it’s guaranteeing that I have some crafty time each day.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sunday SAL

Sunday was quite a busy day.  Breakfast at my parents, then a coffee morning at Vicky’s (DS2’s girlfriend) with MIL, tidying up the front garden and finally settling down to add some stitches to the Cornwall Cottage Sampler.  I concentrated on the other half of the basket this week and will probably do the same again next week.  It doesn’t look much but it took me a couple of hours – great concentration was required to ensure the pattern was being followed.  It would be nice if I could get the rest of this shade completed and the few floral colours that need to go at the top of basket weave and then all I have to do is fill in with the other shade of brown.
Today apparently is World Heart Day an international campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke prevention.  I came across this information as I was trying to find out the exact day for World Card Making Day which is October 3rd this year (it’s the 1st Saturday in October each year).  I’ve incorporated my new found information into my planner which is also doubling up as a bit of a journal too – having great fun with it and it’s guaranteeing me at least a few minutes worth of crafting each day – bliss.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Challenge YOUrself #22

Several years ago I started work on a scrapbook All About Me following a set of prompts but then I lost the set of prompts I was working on and the project got put aside.  Over the weekend while blog hopping I came across a challenge blog called Challenge YOUrself and so I thought I would dig out the album and start working on it again.  There was a great sketch to work with and you had to incorporate the words Note to Self.
Now this layout doesn’t actually include a full photo of myself but it those are my hands and my newly painted nails.  The Note to Self reads Now you’ve started to have nails painted…….
…….continue to treat yourself.

The papers I used are from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments paper pad that I used for the 50th birthday card in an earlier post.  I also found a couple of elements in my stash which had the words Note to Self which I have also added to the LO.  The tag on the right side slides behind the paper and has more journaling on explaining how having my nails painted made me feel and how I choose my nail colour each time. 
SU punches and stamps were used for the butterflies and some bling added to them.

For those that are interested on how I choose my nail colour it all depends on which outfit I am wearing on the day.  I choose a colour from the outfit – in this instance it was the teal blue on the tunic I was wearing,  The top photo gives a truer reflection of the real colour of my nails, whereas in the bottom photo they look more like electric blue.

As this is a monthly challenge I might just be able to add a few more pages to my book which would be great and who knows it might just be of interest to my children/grandchildren in the future.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Red tape and Powertex

The craft show on Friday was great and I bought my red tape – 10 rolls for £4.  I didn’t get the inks and I didn’t go mad and buy lots of things,  but I have to confess I did buy some more……..
…….. stamps.  I couldn’t resist these stamp sets from Hobby Art.  Two sets of sentiment stamps and a shell themed set
I also discovered another project which fascinated me greatly – it’s called Powertex and after taking part in their workshop I decided to buy one of their starter kits..  The only other items I bought was some drawing gum (I want to try out some of the techniques Sheena Douglas has done on C&C) and some cello bags, so I think on the whole I was very good.

Here is a photo of the finished project I did with the Powertex which is basically a fabric hardener and if you use 100% natural materials and leave it for three weeks it becomes weather proof.

I have been collecting the tubes from the inside of our dispensing labels for months now with the aim of gluing them together and using them as a starting point to create a ‘canvas’ – the Powertex I think is going to be just the thing to bring my one of my ideas together.  My work colleagues have been wanting to know what I was going to do with them so hopefully soon I can actually take something in to show them.  I also discovered another use for them yesterday evening while browsing through a magazine but I need to keep that a secret for a while yet.  One of my work colleagues calls me a modern day Womble as I try to recycle different items which they would just throw away, combined with the fact that I take in cakes they think I would be Madame Chalet LOL.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Happy Mail and planner

My happy mail was from my Stamplorations stamp club kit which is a bi-monthly stamp kit and you also get two stencils of your choice to go with it.  This is my third set and as a reward I was able to choose an additional stamp set.  The stamp set on the right was the August/September set and the background builder set was my freebie.  The lovely Shery runs the club along with her husband and they have just celebrated the birth of their beautiful daughter so the kit was slightly delayed – but inside the kit was an adorable picture of their daughter apologising for the delay – how sweet is that? Perfectly understandable and most forgivable.

One of the stencils I chose to go with this kit includes Christmas words which will be great to use alongside all the Christmas projects I have planned.
I made a start on my Plum Paper planner yesterday evening.  I am trying hard to use papers, embellishments and stamps from my stash and not get drawn into all the planner stickers that are available for these planners.  I think my Lollipop Box Club subscription will also prove to be useful for my planner too.  Septembers kit arrived earlier in the week but I haven’t got round to taking a photo of all the wonderful contents yet.
I’m meeting up with my friend Lisa tomorrow and we are going to the craft show at Westpoint.  I know I do not need anything other than some red sticky tape which is always very cheap there and I go through quite a bit of it with my projects.  I’ll try to be good but no promises LOL!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday #329

After work yesterday I picked my friend Lynne up and we drove to a card making workshop in Exmouth.  Anja from Ophelia Crafts runs the workshop.  We normally go up on a Saturday but neither of us could make it on the Saturday so we went up yesterday.  So What's On My Workdesk this Wednesday? This week it's the three cards that we made with Anja yesterday evening.  We had a wonderful time along with nine other ladies, some of which were new to stamping.  The workshops are held monthly and great value at just £10 – if you fancy going along then do please e-mail Anja – info can be found on her You Tube channel above.
My Christmas olanner is still on the workdesk and I hope to start working on the inside of it this week.  Here is a close up of the cards we made yesterday evening, the last one has to be assembled as I ran out of time as I didn’t want to be too late getting back home.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

50th birthday card

I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for one of my work colleagues.  The brief I was given was that she liked muted pastels, flowers and cats.  I could do the muted pastels as I broke into another Graphic 45 pad called Sweet Sentiments and teamed the papers up with SU cardstock in Mint Macaron.  The flower images are from Clearly Besotted as are the matching dies and I coloured them in with my Copics.  I used an SU stamp, now retired, for the 50th birthday sentiment and also stamped out some butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set and used the matching punches.  To finish it off I used some stickles in the centre of the flowers, on the butterflies and the number on the sentiment and some ribbon from my stash.  No cat stamps but I don't think it would have gone with my design anyway.
I shall take it into work with me tomorrow so that my work colleagues can sign it before the recipient returns to work later in the week.  I am hoping they and the recipient will like it.

I made the card while watching the doubles of the Davis Cup this afternoon – what an amazing match that was.  Fingers crossed Andy Murray can win his match tomorrow so that we don’t have to rely on one of the other Brits to get us through to the final.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday #328

It’s hard to believe it’s been a week since I posted photos of my craft desk for WOYWW, but it’s nice to be able to report that there has been plenty of crafting going on during the course of the week.

Today on my  desk is the album that was on there last week but it is now in the process of being decorated and turned into my Christmas planner.  I’m using lovely Graphic 45 papers – this is last years Christmas range called Twas the Night before Christmas – it’s taken me that long to finally cut into their gorgeous designs.

Since taking this photo I have decorated it a little more and hope to have the front cover finished by the end of the day and then I will work on the inside pages over the next couple of weeks.
Also on my workdesk is the layout I completed over the weekend and some cards I had made using up scraps from Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea collection.  There is also the craft caddy which I made at Scrapbook Magic which is now housing my mini TH Distress Inks.  These caddies would make great jewellery boxes as well as there are four trays in each one –  I’m hoping to get a couple more of these to decorate and give as gifts.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Another Freaking Scrapbook Challenge

So on Sunday evening I decided to get back into scrapbooking – it has been way too long since I did a layout.  As it has been so long I decided to hunt around for a challenge blog to give me some inspiration and came across Another Freaking Scrapbook Challenge and the September challenge is about beginnings.  I decided to use photos on my new craft room which I am hoping will provide me with the motivation to start being creative again.  I also went hunting for a sketch to follow to ease me back into scrapbooking and came across a sketch which I found on Shimelle Laine’s blog back in 2011 with the aid of a google search for scrapbooking sketches – lots to be found for future reference.
The layout is very clean and simple – just what I needed to ease me back into this.  The papers came from a kit from one of the Scrapaholic kits I purchased from Julia’s Exeter scrapbooking group.  Initially I wasn’t sure how well the papers would go with the photos but I went with them and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
Work was extremely busy today – Tuesdays always are but we also had a member of the team on leave so that added to the business.  On the way home I called in to see our daughter who I don’t think I have mentioned yet on my blog is expecting again.  She has her first scan next week where they will give her an expected date but by our working out it will be early April next year – I’m very excited.  All is going well at the moment but as Logan was late and Savannah several weeks early it could well be a March baby – which would be nice as we don’t have any birthdays in March but loads in April LOL. 

Logan was sent home from school today as he wasn’t very well and he was looking extremely sorry for himself when I got there – hopefully he will be feeling much better tomorrow.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunday SAL

What a lovely Sunday it was.  Breakfast at my parents and then mid morning coffee at MIL’s followed by lunch.  I took a tapestry down with me which DS2’s girlfriend had given me and made steady progress on that while we chatted over coffee.  Walked home carrying MIL’s patio table that she no longer wanted, chairs to follow in the week.  Tidied up the borders in the back garden before settling down for a few hours to work on the Cornwall Cottage sampler.  I have managed to finish all the flowers inside of the basket handle, just the other half of the basket and the external flowers to go on page 7.
This is two weeks worth of stitching as I didn’t post an update last week – completely slipped my mind.
In the evening I went up into my craft room and actually put together a scrapbook page – it’s been a long. long time since I have done any scrap booking and it was great.  I’d looked around for some challenge blogs for inspiration and one of the challenges was new beginnings so I decided to scrap the photos of my new craft room.  I didn’t quite finish the layout last night but will work on it again tomorrow evening while DH is out.  It’s so nice to have my own crafting haven  to work in, although I do miss youngest son not living at home as well.  Hopefully all will work out well for him but should he have to come home I’m afraid he will be relegated to the smallest bedroom now LOL!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Plum Paper Planner

Just over a week ago my Plum Paper planner arrived and over the past week I have begun to gather supplies to start decorating for the month of October.  I decided to start it from October to allow plenty of time for my personalised planner to be made and delivered from Paper Plum.  There are lots of designs to choose from ( I went with a regular planner) You choose your front cover and they will customise it to suit you, so if you don’t like the colour of a particular pattern they will change it for you.  You can choose whether to have it monogrammed, your name added, etc.  This time I have gone for the monogram but if I successfully keep my planner up to date and use it as regularly as I hope then if I order another one next year I think I would ask to change the monogram for the year.
There are a variety of layouts you can have for the inside of your planner which is spiral bound which means it will lie nice and flat on your work space while you are working on it.  Each month has it’s own tab, a different colour for each month and a full page for notes at the beginning of the month and also at the end (where the pages go can also be customised to suit your requirements).  2015, 2016 and 2017 calendars are also included in the planner enabling you to look back on previous years and forward to the next year.
This year I have decided to go with a vertical layout so that i can sub-divide each day into morning, afternoon,evening – they do a layout which is already divided like this but I wanted to do this myself to allow for the fact that on some days I might need more space for morning entries and on other days more for the afternoon or evening.  It also includes a weekly tick list, notes space, a calendar of the month and a daily checklist.
The planner includes a month at a glance along with sections for birthdays, events and note space.  At the back of the planner is a pocket which could be used for a variety of items and the cover of the planner also has an opaque plastic cover to protect the design of the planner.


This is my first time of using one of these planners and I have to say I am extremely pleased with both the design and the value for money compared to other planners on the market (e.g. Erin Condren which is about £10 more expensive).  As I’ve not used any other planners then I can’t say that one is better than the other and there are lots of other planners available from other companies too which I am sure are just as good – it’s all a matter of personal preference.

If it’s something you think you might want to have a go at then I would recommend Plum Paper but I also know that Mrs Brimbles also sells some very pretty journals in her shop too including Kate Spade and Rifle Paper Co. planners.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Baby sampler update

I’ve managed to get some time today to add a few more stitches to the baby sampler.  I am hoping that over the weekend I can get the top corner completed and then start working my way down the left hand side during the rest of the month.  That will then give me October and November to get the bottom half completed.  This is how far I had got with it at the end of August.
Here is where I have got to now -  I have been working on it on other days apart from today – I’m not that quick at stitching unfortunately.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

What’s On Your Work desk Wednesday 327

It’s been a long, long time since I participated in WOYWW but as I now have my own craft space and not the dining room table I thought I would join in today.  It’s all pretty tidy at the moment as for the past few weeks all I have been doing is sorting out my craft stash and waiting patiently until I could get a desk/table into the craft room.  Fingers crossed I will now get my creative Mojo back and being more productive with my stash.  On the right is a traditional style pencil box that I made and decorated at a workshop down at Scrapbook Magic last week. On the left is the beautiful leather journal which my dear friends Karen and Phillip gave to me for my birthday last year which I am now feeling brave enough to start using
While I was sorting out more of my crafting stash I came across the kraft coloured journal which I bought really cheaply at Hobbycraft last year I think.  I have decided to use it as a Christmas planner that should help use up some of the stash and hopefully make me a little more organised for the upcoming festivities.   I know it is  still quite a few weeks away but it does have a tendency to creep up on you and I'd like to be a bit more prepared for it this year than I was last year..
Anyway for those that are interested this is my new crafting space.  The table I got thanks to Margaret at Scrapbook Magic fitted nicely into the alcove of our back bedroom (my craft room).  The cube units didn’t fit exactly how I wanted them to so they have had to be turned sideways but I can live with that.  Behind the door I put a shoe rack up to hold some of my SU punches the others are in the bookcase which fitted nicely behind the door space.
Our bed sofa which I can use when all I want to do is stitch, knit or crochet.  To the side of the sofa is a faux leather ottoman which is full of my recyclable stash which I hope to upcycle in the future.  Finally my two units which are housing my vast collection of stamps, Cricut cartridges and a few jars which will eventually have buttons, brads and flowers in (when I get round to sorting those out).
I have to confess that I do have an overflow cupboard in our small bedroom which is full to the brim and waiting to be sorted but at least it is now finally out of the kitchen/dining room cupboards.  I moved all of that stash upstairs today and have been busy cleaning out and re-arranging all of the cupboards.  DH is away for a couple of days so I thought it would be kind of fun to confuse him when he comes back and can’t find anything LOL!  Off now to check out other WOYWW bloggers.

Friday, 4 September 2015

25th Wedding Anniversary

It was our friends 25th wedding anniversary yesterday and this is the card I made for them.   The doily came from our scrapbooking retreat last year – every meal we had normally had a doily underneath either the fruit juice or soup so I collected a few of them over the course of the weekend.  The dies are all from Sizzix and the floral stamp is a from a freebie stamp set which I have used over and over again as I just love it.  The paper is retired SU designer series paper.
I now have a table for my craft room so I will be able to work in the comfort of my craft room instead of cluttering up the dining room table.  This week I have been going through my craft stash and sorting out items that I know I am no longer going to use but the items are still in good condition or shamefully never been used.  These are being taken to a craft fayre tomorrow in Exeter and hopefully I can sell some of them there and the proceeds will be going to hospice care.  Anything that doesn’t sell I shall be taking to a charity shop as I have now disconnected myself from those items – I have to say it’s been a hard process letting go of crafty stash but it needed to be done.  I still have more stash to go through as I have been ‘collecting’ for many years now.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whatever you may be doing.