Sunday, 22 November 2015

Creative Christmas Art

We were invited out to our eldest son’s for Sunday roast today and what an amazing job he did – it tasted delicious.  During the afternoon I did some colouring with Connor and Elisha and we played Pay Day which was great fun.  But the highlight of the day was when my daughter in law presented me with this picture – I love it.  Connor and Elisha had previously had fun painting their feet and with mum’s help they turned their footprints into this amazing picture.  It’s an addition to my Christmas decorations that I will treasure for many years to come.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nutcracker Trail

The sun decided to come out today but there was a cold wind in the air but it didn't stop us from catching a bus into town and going on the Nutcracker Trail which has been organised for the festive period. They are huge and scattered all around the city centre.  In total there are twenty to find
Each Nutcracker has been named and they all have different moustaches.  There is a Nutcracker trail booklet which has a map showing you the rough location of each of them. 
When you have found the Nutcrackers you have to write their names down in the booklet and post in one of the three special Christmas post boxes and you have a chance of winning an ipad mini.
Most of the Nutcrackers are behind shop windows so taking a good photo of them all was not always possible but it was great fun trying to find them.
We found them all, now all we have got to do is put their names in the booklet once we have figured out which moustache goes with which name.  It was nice to see that there were quite a few families going round and taking part – so much better than being stuck indoors and playing on games machines.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Shabby chic Christmas?

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday working on the Christmas treats but after lots of punching out of various shapes I decided to give myself a break and make a card instead.  Initially I looked around some of the challenge blogs and picked out a couple of sketches that I thought I would work with and then delved into my scraps box.  As I was going through the scraps I came across the Joeux Noel cut apart from Graphic 45’s 12 Days of Christmas paper range.  It’s not until now that I’ve taken a photo of the card that I’m wondering is there a Y missing from the Joeux?  My French isn't brilliant so to those who know I’m asking what is the correct spelling?  I'm sure when I was at school is was Joyeux.
Anyway I’ve tried to go with the shabby chic and vintage look with this one – apologies for the poor picture quality but the weather outside is frightful yet again. I also didn't go with any sketch in the end and just let the card evolve.  I’ve added some extra holly leaves to give more dimension to the card, added some sparkly red gems for the holly berries and added Wink of Stella to the bow and holly leaves but sadly this isn’t really showing up.  The pearls I bought from Paperchase but they were more white than cream so I just coloured them with a Promarker to go with the scrap of lace ribbon.

Back to the Christmas treats this evening when I get home from work – lots of stamping and punching to do tonight to get them a step nearer to completion.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

WOYWW #337

This morning on my work desk for WOYWW are lots of jars waiting to be decorated as Christmas countdown jars for work colleagues and the start of other Christmas treats.  I also have the clear baubles and stickers that I would like to try and get round to decorating this year and on the right hand side is my planner/journal which I try to work on each day.  I still haven’t got round to using those blue baskets which were on my shelving a couple of weeks ago, but I have put my Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz papers in one of the left hand shelves so they are nearby to look at and stroke LOL. 
I am feeling so much better this week compared to last Wednesday and I’ve managed to do a bit of Christmas present shopping with mum today – Savannah is all sorted now.  I picked up Harlee-Jay’s a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve got part of Connor and Elisha’s and will hopefully get the rest of it next week when I go shopping with Colette to buy Logan’s Christmas present and also his birthday present as his birthday is just before Christmas on the 19th.  I feel I am pretty organised on the present front but I am still way behind on my card making so I really need to try and knuckle down to making them this weekend.

Monday, 16 November 2015

At last–basket complete

It was another dreary day weather wise yesterday so it was nice to be able to sit down and work on the Country Cottage Sampler and forget about outside.  I’ve finally managed to put all of the stitches into the basket, I really didn’t think it would be quite so time consuming, especially as it was only filling in the spaces.  Anyhow that is now done and I can get back to working on the flowers coming out of the basket which will give a bit more variety to my stitching over the next few weeks.
I had optimistically thought I would get this completed by the end of the year but somehow I don’t think that is going to happen.  Can I get it completed within a year of starting?  Hmm not sure on that one either as it was started in the middle of January so it only gives me about 9-10 weeks.  What I should really be concentrating on is enjoying the stitching process rather than a deadline otherwise it’s going to feel more like a chore.  Having said that it would be nice to get the left hand side of this piece completed by the end of the year which would just leave the bottom third to do next year.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Mojo recovered

I am relieved to report that the mojo seems to have returned.  After working with the sketch for yesterdays card. which I made another three of the same design, I was able to come up with some simple designs of my own using up the scraps.  Even the ribbons around the parcels were the cut offs from yesterdays initial cards.

I am loving the beautiful die that came with the Create a Smile kit.  It’s one die but you get three different elements, the large snowflake, the tiny snowflake and the circle with the snowflake negative – very versatile indeed.

The final card really is using up the tiniest of scraps.  I’ve used my SU tiny banner punch and some of the twine from the kit for the top left corner and then cut strips of paper to make the Christmas tree.  The alphabet stickers came from an old scrapbooking kit.  I think I need to add some bling to the snowflake on top of the Christmas tree to finish this one now.
Tomorrow we are going to a Christmas Fayre at Buckland Abbey which I am really looking forward to.  It will be the furthest I have ventured all week.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Try Stampin’ On Tuesday

I am way behind on my Christmas card making this year and still have a tonne of scraps I want to use up.  Time to pull my finger out and get Christmas crafting but Mr Mojo seems to have disappeared.  So I went searching for some challenges I could take part in hoping that I could get some inspiration.  I came across a sweet sketch on the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday blog and finally came up with this card.
The papers came from a kit I got from Create a Smile recently so technically not entirely scraps – although one of the pieces was left over from another card I had attempted earlier.  The backing cardstock is from SU but I can’t remember what colour it is and the sentiment and ribbon are also from SU – those I can remember the colour is Real Red.  Nothing fancy but I should be able to make a few more of the same design ready to send off at the beginning of next month.

I’ve not been feeling very well this week, just an irritating cough and cold but I thought I’d get my chest checked out just for reassurance.  I also needed to check up on the outcome of a couple of recent hospital appointments so thought I’d kill two birds with one stone so to speak.  Unfortunately the Dr I had been seeing has now left our surgery (quite a few of the good ones have) and I was allocated a new doctor.  On the plus side I don’t have a chest infection which is good, but on the downside with regards to the outcome of the hospital appointments I came out being made to feel I had wasted everybody’s time.   Your tests are negative, there is nothing wrong with you, you don’t need any tablets, just get on with it regardless is what I was told by this Dr.   Now I feel as if I’m a hypochondriac and yet I’ve hardly ever been to a Dr in my life.  Oh well as my blog says SUch is Life.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Stamplorations November Challenge

I’ve been a member of the Stamplorations stamp club for a few months now but I have to confess this is the first time I have taken part in one of their challenges.  This card was made for their November Challenge – Theme and Sketch.  I decided to create a one layer card using the Mixed Media Grunge stamp set with just two ink colours.  The theme for this month is Newsprint and Stamps.


 I masked off areas of the card with post it notes and used the newsprint stamp and the bar code stamp from the set in SU’s Baked Brown Sugar (now retired).  I then used one of the many other images in this stamp set to add a contrasting colour in SU’s Rose Red and added a sentiment from a Clearly Besotted stamp set.  A very clean and simple card which would be suitable for either a male or a female.

The postman has just delivered my stamp club kit and stencils for my October/November subscription which I am sure will give me lots more options to take part in more challenges.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Craft show at Birmingham NEC

On Friday I travelled up to Birmingham with four friends so that we could go to the craft show at the NEC.  We decided to make a weekend of it and had booked some rooms at one of the Premier Inns in Birmingham and we had a fabulous time.  Lots of laughter, good food, a few drinks and lots of craft shopping.  The only downside for me was an irritating cough that I still haven’t managed to shift.  Anyway onto my crafty purchases.

I saw this trio of cross stitch kits at the very beginning of my tour around the show.  I know I don’t need anymore kits but I’d said to myself when I first saw them that if they were still there at the end of the day then I was meant to purchase them.  So here they are – goodness knows when I will make a start on them but they don’t take up much room do they?
The Spellbound Bead Co always has the most amazing stand with all it’s decorations and jewellery items and I couldn’t resist buying this small kit.  Not sure if I will get them done for this Christmas but they will sure look pretty on my Christmas tree one day.
I only really had one thing that I knew I did want to get at the show and that was a few of the Tim Holtz mini distress ink pads to complete my set.  There will be another set to buy at the end of the year when all of this years colours have been released.  These will get plenty of use and I store them in one of the storage caddies that I have made at Scrapbook Magic.
I love images of old fashioned Father Christmas’s and picked up this stencil.  It’s my intention to use it to decorate scrapbook pages, art journal pages and even canvases in the future.
Mum and Dad had given me some money in case I saw anything that I would like for Christmas so when I came across an offer on the whole set of Aqua Tints I couldn’t resist.  The show offer was great value and they also came with a pack of Sheena’s Stamping card – just too good an offer to miss.  I will have lots of fun experimenting with these in the New Year.
There was so much temptation there but I thought I did pretty well resisting spending more.  I do know that all of my purchases will get used.  Did you go to the show?  If so what did you buy?

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WOYWW #335

I’m finally getting back into regular crafting mode after our holiday break a couple of weeks ago.  This week on my work desk are the remnants from my Halloween treat makes which also includes some leftover chocolate treats – I guess I’ll just have to finish them off myself LOL.  I have also been working on some cards which I am unable to show at the moment.  Today I picked up some beautiful teal blue baskets which I will be putting on top of my shelf unit so that I can bring out some more stash from my overflow cupboard in the spare bedroom.  The craft room is still a work in progress and despite the messy desk it’s being kept tidy and I’m gradually getting it to work effectively for me.  I’m off now to see what other crafters are doing over at The Stamping Ground blog

Monday, 2 November 2015

Slow progress better than no progress

Yesterday was the first time I have been able to work on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler Sunday SAL.  I didn’t have a great deal of time though to work on it this week but some progress is definitely better than no progress at all.   I managed to complete the bottom half of the basket and add a little bit of greenery.  I won’t get time to work on it next Sunday as I am away for a weekend with some crafting friends.  We are going to Birmingham for a couple of nights and on the Saturday we will be going to the NEC for the craft show.  We are all looking forward to this immensely – it’s been a long time in the planning.
I'm not sure how Barbi and Kati are getting on with their samplers as it's been a bit quiet for them on the blogging front.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Final photo prompt and my trick or treaters

It is probably no surprise that yesterday’s photo prompt was Halloween.  My dear friend Karen gave me this sweet pumpkin candle burner several years ago and we light it up each year and put it in the window by the front door to welcome our trick or treaters.
A couple of our favourite trick or treaters came to visit with their friends yesterday.
No more photo prompts but a big thank you to all those people that have commented on my efforts this month and of course to Anna of Mrs Brimbles for the prompts.  For November I am hoping to get lots of Christmas crafting done – wish me luck.