Monday, May 25, 2015

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, crafty style of course!

Good morning all and how the devil are you this Monday?
A busy weekend was had this end with my youngest boys birthday on Saturday.  (Thanks for all your birthday wishes for him).
He went to Laser tag with his Dad, brother and pals, all dressed up in camouflage, running around outside in the glorious sunshine.  Needless to say they all had a ball.
He had a huge Colin the Caterpillar cake from work with his name on but unfortunately they were tucking into it before I realised I didn't have a picture.  It was lovely, beautiful thick chocolate on the outside and yummy Swiss roll inside.  Even the staff at the Loft, where he did the Laser tag, thought the cake was huge; more to share!

Yesterday I took him to the cinema to see the new animated film Two by Two, the story about the Ark.  It was a super kids film with a real twist on the story.
It was nice to spend the morning together after all the fun and games of Saturday.  I had a crazy day at work!  Everything that could of happened did, it definitely lived up to the phrase of being "one of those days!"  I was glad when it was home time.
In the afternoon I caught up on a few jobs and did a little crafting for the other blog I am involved with The Great Scheme of things. 
Talking of The Great Scheme of things, I am posting there today too.  This week has to be my favourite colour combo so far, can you guess what it might be?
This card sort of gives it away.

For this card I have started with 3 different strips of sea blue paper and have punched them with different sized circle punches along the edge to create a wave effect. The sand card has been torn to give a rustic effect, then glued over the sea blues. The beach hut is by Hobbycraft and is paper pieced in blues and stone before attaching to the card with 3d foam. I have also added a further base of sand to give it a grounding! The sentiment is by Hobby art craft By the sea and the seagulls are by Kanban crafts Sail away. Finally I added the wee button, the crab before matting and layering on a dark stone colour and adding to the card. 
This is this weeks colour combo, shades of sea blue, stone and sand.  Why not play along?

I loved this palette of colours, but then I am a sea blue kind of girl, and who doesn't love the beach?

So what is on the cards today?
The boys are in school, it is not a bank holiday for them.  Hubby and I are off so time to crack on with some jobs.  I have another man mountain of ironing, which might be hard to do today as my iron keeps tripping the electric, shame, I might have to craft instead!
Or maybe a trip to town for a new iron?  Boo!
Have a super Monday whatever you have planned.  Catch you with more tomorrow, I am working so it will probably be later in the day.  x

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It's Saturday time to tickle that crafty funny bone!

Good morning all.  A busy day for me at work today and a birthday boy too.  It's going to be a fun packed day!
Today's crafting funnies all have a crochet theme for a change so here goes........hold on to your funny bones!

I was asked recently by a friend who doesn't craft, how on earth do I know what I am doing?
To which I gave a brief description of what everything a blank expression of "I'm none the wiser!"  Lol.  I couldn't very well say, "sometimes I don't!"  It can take a while to sink in.

Now that is living too dangerously.....I'd be lost without mine.  The first time I used them it was a real "eureka" moment.  Counting all the time can be more dangerous!

Need I say more?
And finally.....

I think I have three of these on the go at the moment!  And that is just crocheting, not including cards, scrap booking, mini books, sewing, the list goes on.  A girl can never have too many projects on the go, just finishing a few would be nice.

That's all from me today, I hope you have a super Saturday whatever you have planned.
More from me real soon.  x

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's FFFFFFriday, time to share an old crafting project.

Good morning to you and how are you this Friday?
It's a bit cloudy this morning but hopefully it will brighten later.  Day off today and lots to get through but lets start with sharing an oldie.

I created this card by using 2 x 6 x 12" strips of Ranger Adirondack canvas textured card stock.  I scored the card 1",1 1/2", 2 1/2", 7 1/2",8 1/2", 9" and cut off at 10".  First I covered the front strip with MME The sweetest thing Bluebell paper then I cut two windows with a Classic Spellbinder square die and one of the Back to basic tags dies.  I stamped onto acetate with my sentiment from Hero Arts Treasure the moments and added to the rear of the first strip with foam pads.  The inside of the card is decorated with more Bluebell paper and 3 x butterflies from Spellbinders Les Papillions two and pearls.  The edge of the card is decorated with Edgeabilties dies Classic petal before putting the whole card together.

I haven't made this style of card for a while but I do love the shape.

I'd love it if you'd join me in sharing an old project, just for fun.  It's great to see how everyone's style changes over time.  All I ask is that you leave a wee comment below, that way I know you are joining me.  I will visit everyone who does.
Sharing the joys of crafting!

Tomorrow it is my wee man's birthday so I better get a card sorted today.  Last minute as always!  He has a party which my husband has taken charge of as I'll be at work.  I shall just be turning up for the best bit, cake, and to take the kids home.....result!

At work we are also supporting Prostate cancer this weekend.  We will be bag packing and cycling, as well as working, it should make for a fun time.  A few of us are also baking for the staff too.
With that in mind I better get myself sorted and get that oven on.  Now what to bake?!

Have a super Friday and even better weekend.
Oh and happy crafting too.  x

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In the pink......OMG I'm crafting with PINK!

Good afternoon all, a later post from me today after work instead of before.  I had a busy morning today, having to get my youngest ready to go with his Dad to hospital in Inverness first thing for a check up.  He's been checked and all is fine (that is a matter of opinion!).
My eldest boy had his Geography exam, only two left to do now, French tomorrow and Chemistry next week, then that's him all done till higher time next year.  I needed to drop him off for his bus, I think he was the only one on it today as all the kids not taking exams have a long weekend.  That wasn't organised very well!
Then of course wee Holly needed a quick run to the beach before I went into work.

I've had a busy day in M and S, it's friends and family weekend this weekend and a dine in so it will be mega busy.  The dine in is great this weekend, lots of steak and whole chickens and your free bottle of wine for a £10 or you can super size it and pay an extra £10 for a bottle of champagne which usually retails at £25.  Well it would be rude not to!

Back to today and it is my turn to post over on The Great Scheme of things and the colour combination to share this week is "in the pink."  Now those of you who know me, know I don't really do pink so this was a challenge.  This is what I came up with.

For this card have used a chevron stencil with Distress ink picked raspberry. Then I added a Tim Holtz stencil Splatters over the top adding modeling paste. Once dried I added Versa ink Pixie dust pink glitter, only on the splat.  
The house is from Papertrey ink Love lies here, as is the sentiment.  The house is stamped with Pixie dust and Distress ink Worn lipstick then die cut, layered on to dark pink card and a bit of bling added. The whole image is then matted onto Bazzill pink card.

This card went to the lovely Joyce who has recently moved home and comes to my monthly crop.

I did buy stamps and stencils of splats and other random shapes recently, then wondered what I would do with them? 
I quite like the idea of a splat on a new home card, when you move into a new home the time will come when you want to put your own "stamp" on it!

That's all from me today, I hope you are having a good Thursday?  
It will soon be tea time and then hopefully I might get a little crocheting in later.  
Happy crafting all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A rose by any other name, hooking style of course.

Good morning all, another quick post before work today.  A busy day yesterday so no crafting, boo, hiss, no doubt today will be the same too.
This is one of the crochet projects that I started at the weekend, a rose brooch.

It was the added little surprise I spoke of in yesterday's post.
I have used rose and lime cotton yarn, added some bling in the centre, then felt and a pin on the back.

What are your plans this Wednesday?
The only problem with posting early before work is I have very little else to tell you, very boring indeed.
What I can tell you is I managed to get some eyes yesterday for my other hooking project so I can now continue with that this evening.....mmmm the plot thickens!
What can it be?

Have a super day everyone, I'll be back later today to have a wander around blogland and see what you have been up to.  Enjoy your day.  x

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, lovely lady!

Morning all, get me posting before work, it doesn't bode well for me to be so organised!
Today it is my lovely friend Gayle's birthday, have a good one!  xxx
Gayle and I went to Florida together with Karen and Marlene six years ago for CHA and had a fabulous girlie, crafty week away.  Lots of shopping, eating, crafty stash admiring and most certainly lots of giggles.
Here is her card.

Green gingham is her favourite so it would be rude not to.  I have used Distress inks Peeled paint and Crushed preserves together with gingham stamp from Waltzingmouse, the butterfly is by Papertrey ink Love lives here and the sentiment is also from PI Beautiful butterflies.
The ribbon and bling from my stash.
What to get her?  MMmmm.  I love it when folk have a Pinterest wish list but not knowing how old it was and what she may already have I settled on a voucher, that way she can get what she wants.
I have also sent a wee surprise in the post, more about that soon.

It only remains for me to wish you all the best for this Tuesday, I'm away now to work, time for a little food sorting!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Climbing my own mountain just now, will I get to the top?

Where did my morning go?
I think someone stole it while I wasn't looking?
Did you have a good weekend?
I had a very lazy one.  Trying to get my boys to do anything just now is definitely fruitless.
I am putting it down to exams and hoping things pick up as the weather improves.
I enjoyed just chilling, a bit of card making, a new book and two new crochet projects, one of which I have even finished.  Now I don't want you to think that must mean the granny square blanket is finished, as is the bunny, nope, I've just put them to one side whilst I start something else.
How many unfinished projects can you have on the go at once?  If only there was a prize!
I'm sure I'd have even a little competition.

Today I have a bespoke card to share with you.  When I was asked for this card I did think, how on earth will I manage this one?
I was asked for a grey climbing wall, a climbing rope and helmet.
I can remember saying to my crafting buddies at the last crop, mmmm, I don't know quite how I'm going to tackle this one.  Then as I chatted I had a brain wave, it doesn't happen very often!
This is what I came up with.

I made the climbing wall with paper and thread, the helmet I drew and then cut out adding colour and glaze to give it a more realistic look.  the rope is embroidered thread and I used some wire to create the carabiners and figure of eight equipment.
I was happy with the final effect  but I do hope her daughter likes it.

Have you ever tried rock climbing?
I'm afraid I am not a natural.  I tried in my late teens and found it very difficult to lift my own body weight with my arms.  I found the view at the top of the cliff was the best bit and the abseiling down great fun, once you get over the initial going over the edge, but the climbing up very tough indeed.
I've never had the urge to give it another go, maybe I would find it easier now?  Probably not!

That's all from me today, I'm working the rest of the week except Friday and Sunday, so a busy time. I better go and get cracking.  I guess my blogging this week might be later in the day.  I have a few things that I was playing with over the weekend to share, so as Arnold would say, "I'll be back!"

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I've got that Saturday feeling, time for some funny crafting quotes.

Morning all and chillaxe it's the weekend.  I have this weekend off, what will I do?
I don't know yet but hopefully I will enjoy a little crafting time.
As it is Saturday you know it's time for a few crafting quotes to tickle your creative funny bone.
Ever get that feeling that you are a bit different because you are always thinking creative thoughts? LOL.  This made me laugh as I'm sure none creative folk just don't "get" us.

Next on my list.....have you ever hidden your new stash in a strange place?
I'm lucky that I have a craft room but it is full to bursting, maybe this will be my next step?

My husband just shakes his head and shuts my craft door.
You know as well as me that creative minds can't be tidy all the time!

Finally this made me really smile and is probably more an age thing than a craft quote.

Ever get that feeling?
All the time.  On a crafting note it is usually after I have tidied my craft room, never to see some bits and bobs ever again!

That's all from me today, have a wonderful weekend, here's to plenty of craft time!  x

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's Friday, time to share another oldie just for fun, crafty style of course.

Good morning all, how are you this Friday?
It's that time again, sharing an old crafty project just for the fun of it.  I'd love it if you would join me, to let me know you are playing along all I ask is that you leave a comment below and I will return the favour.

Today I have something a little different for you, an ATC.
Now I haven't made many ATC's, this was my first and was part of an exchange with other crafters.

I used stamps by Marion Emberson together with Spellbinder die Labels 8 and Distress stains.
I haven't done stamping and inking like this for a while.  
It makes me want to escape to my craft room and get all inky.  
Maybe this is something I could do this weekend?  
I'm not working and have no plans as yet.  I think I will probably end up out on my bike with the boys if the weather is good but hopefully I will also get some crafting time too.  On the upside, my mountain of ironing has been conquered and I can now put the washing machine back starts again!

It only remains for me to wish you all the best for the coming weekend, have a good one.  x

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Clean and simply it's a girl!

Good morning all, how are you this Thursday, can you believe we're nearly through another week?
My hubby has been away this week on a course and got back late yesterday so it's been a busy week so far.  Little Holly hasn't been getting her longer walks in the morning with me working so today, we've had a lovely long walk.  Another lovely spring morning but the clouds seem to be grouping as we speak, no doubt we will get some rain later.

I was recently asked by my BFF for a baby girl card, she is very much like me in that she loves very minimal cards.

The printing was done on my computer and the stamp by Hero Arts was paper pieced.
Simple and traditional.

On the cards for today, so to speak, more ironing, I didn't quite make it to the top of my mountain and since then it seems to have grown again.  A never ending story!
After that I have a couple of birthday cards I need to make and some more for friends.
Firstly I think I might work myself up to it with a nice cup of tea, it is 11 o'clock after all.
I love my days off.
More from me tomorrow, it's Friday so you know what that means, dig out your oldies.  See you then.