Saturday, January 31, 2015

It's Saturday, time for some crafty funnies again.

Good morning all, how are you this Saturday, I hope you are spending the day doing something exciting or creative or even both.
I am beavering away at work so thought I'd share some funny crafty quotes again with you in my absence.
So what do your craft supplies say about you?

Gulp, I've been using a lot of glitter and my die cutting machine of late, an exotic dancer with good upper body strength!  LOL.  I think I'll take that and run.  What about you?

There isn't a day goes by when I don't have a quick peak at the perfection that is Pinterest, how about you?

Oh how true.  It is my little addiction.
And finally one for my scrap booking friends......have you ever?!*  

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the weekend, have a good one, no matter what you have planned.  x

Friday, January 30, 2015

Share an oldie this Friday, crafty style of course. In honour of the GBSB.....

Good morning all, how the devil are you again this Friday, don't they come around fast?
It's share and oldie today, again as I say every week, it is just purely for fun, the more the merrier.
Let's share the love of all things crafty, you can share anything as long as it is something creative.  In order that I can also see what you have posted I'd love it if you could leave a wee comment below then I can pay you a visit too.

Back to today's oldies, this is in honour of the Great British Sewing Bee, which starts it's new series next week, so exciting!
It is papercrafting but with a sewing theme.

This idea for a pop up tag card came from the lovely ladies over on the Simply Sassy blog with instructions to follow here.  The Sassy blog is a great blog to follow as they have great ideas and lovely tutorials to help.  (More top tips!)

I have used stamps from Andy Skinner A Stitch in Time, black StazOn. 
Ranger distress inks Fired brick and Spiced Marmalade.
Button and Idea-ology fragment from Tim Holtz range.
Spellbinder circle nestabilities (top of tag).
Seam binding, threads and sewing machine charm from my stash.

Just something a little different from a regular card don't you think?  Lots of fun to make too.

More wedding work for me today then an early start at work tomorrow.  Sunday I am getting together with my crafty buddies too.  Such fun!
Have a super weekend folks, stay warm and cosy.  x

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The gift of sharing crafting!

Good afternoon all, get the trumpets out I am happy to announce that a certain wee chap has gone to school this morning.  Yippee.  Mum got to go and stock up all the cupboards this morning, ready for the bad weather now.

We have no snow laying here but it was bitterly cold on my beach walk this morning, it looked very pretty, the sand was all frosty and the snow was delicately falling down.
We can see the mountains in the distance, from the beach we look out on to the North east coast of the top of Scotland.  My word there's some snow on them there hills!

I'm just away to do a couple of hours cutting and making my wedding invites, whilst I'm beavering away again I wanted to share a wee gift I got from my niece.
It is unfortunate that we live at opposite ends of the country as she loves crafting too, especially when I have boys.  Still when we do get together we usually get a little craft time in.
She sent me this......

Now to hang it up in my craft room.
My boys did get these beads when they were smaller but never really had the patience to sit and play with them.  It must be a boy thing, girls can certainly concentrate for longer.

I also mentioned that my eldest boy is doing his prelims just now, last one today and bless him, he can't wait to get it over and done.  Then it's back again in the Spring for the big ones.  Up to now he appears to have done well, he has only had three marks back, Chemistry and Maths he got A's and Biology a B.  I obviously doesn't get his brains from his mum!
I only hope he keeps up with the hard work and does as well in his main exams.

I guess that is all from me today, better get moving, enjoy the rest of your Thursday and hopefully you'll join me tomorrow in sharing an oldie too.  x

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hump day and a little love revival.

Good afternoon all, another later one for me today.
I got caught in the wind, rain and snow this morning and my legs are still feeling a tad chilly.
Boy it's cold out there and the forecast was definitely correct, brrrr.
It has just started to snow again and it's coming down fast.

My wee one was fine yesterday but time again for school this morning and he's sick again.
The school have now been contacted!
Apparently there are a few bugs doing the round but again he hasn't been sick since first thing.
Mum is getting very suspicious now.
He has even sat and done his homework this morning with little resistance, which is very unusual too.
The joys of growing up!
I am trying to crack on with things but the word "Mom" seems to be a constant distraction.

In answer to a question yesterday, Anne, the bauble was made using a number of dies that all marry together at the end with 3d foam or you can used them individually too.  Lots of crafty fun!

Anyway I recently found something I made and put away, for some reason.  I had forgotten all about it.  It has been dusted down and replaced in it's old home.

There is actually a heart wire under all that ribbon.  I think looking back now that the ribbon should be shorter so you can see the wire shape.  I just can't bring myself to cut and waste all that lovely ribbon!  But I do think it would look better.  Maybe the urge will just get the better of me, and when I'm sat chilling one evening I will get my scissors out and give it a hair cut!

I was hoping to food shop today before the bad weather truly hits, but no such luck.  I shall be probably going out in the snow this evening instead.
How long can I manage using up bits and bobs in the cupboards and freezer?

Enough from me I'm away to try and get some more cutting out sorted. I might even have a nice hot mug of tea too.
Catch you all again tomorrow.  x

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Order in full flow so what to share with you?

Good afternoon, this morning seems to have disappeared with very little to show for it other than walking the dog and washing up pots and clothes.  My wee man is back in fine fettle so hoping to get him back to school tomorrow.  Thanks for your comments Patricia and Hazel, it does make you wonder when they don't really want to go to school.  I have had a chat and he seems to be fine, not the happiest he has been but lets hope it is a phase!  I don't think it helps at this time of year as they don't get out and about to play as much as the warmer brighter months, roll on Spring.
Looking at the weather on the west coast of America yesterday, it doesn't look like Spring will be coming soon, more like extra helpings of cold and snow first.
If you are affected by the weather in the States, wrap up warm and as they always say here, "don't travel unless you have too!"
That could prove difficult with so much transport grounded anyway.
It is forecast to reach us later this week, something to look forwards to, NOT!

Anyway back to today and I am in full flow cutting out for my Wedding order.  It's good to be busy but very boring to share, I haven't even got fancy die shapes.
I therefore decided to show you a little unfinished project, I have so many, this is a little something I was playing with in the run up to Christmas but just ran out of time to finish.  It is made using my new dies from Papertrey ink.

I quite like the white but it does most definitely need sparkle too, and maybe a greeting.  It does however give me a feel for the dies.  I quite often do this when I get new dies, cut them in plain card stock.  It can be very useful as a tool when layering up ideas before deciding on a colour combination.  I think that might have to be my top tip of the day!  ;)

Back to the drawing board, so to speak, more from me again tomorrow.  x

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday again, time to share more CAS lines.

Good afternoon to you all, how was your weekend?
I had a busy but good day at work on Saturday, then a quiet Sunday catching up on the ironing and enjoying a lovely roast beef dinner with all the trimmings.

This morning the family were all full of the joys getting ready for school and work, then my little one was sick just before heading out the door.  I guess that is him off again then!

The weather forecast is spot on today, we had rain earlier but now we have bright blue skies, there is definitely a nip in the air.  During my walk along the beach this morning you could feel that chilly northern breeze, the one that is far better than any caffeine based product in waking you up!

Today I am showing you the second of my 3 samples for the recent Wedding order.  As the bride is not using this one I thought I could share it with you.
When it comes to weddings I very much think the LIS or the CAS approach is best, hoping in the simplicity to gain a little elegance too?!
You be the judge.

I have used card from The Papeterie in Aberdeen, cream and purple (not showing up the best in this picture), bling double rings from Diamante crafts and Spellbinder embossing folder Dainty dots.

My original plans for today have now been altered with the addition of a helping pair of hands!
Hopefully I might get chance to do a little crafting later today, the wee man hasn't been sick since earlier which is a major bonus and he is also eaten, most strange!
Enjoy your Monday folks and happy crafting if you get the chance.  x

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's Saturday, time to tickle your crafty funny bone again!I w

Good morning and how are you this Saturday?
I did make it to work yesterday and therefore made up for some of the time I had missed this week, what a busy dine in day we had!
My Saturday post is all about sharing some crafty funnies or quotes and these are the three I found yesterday for you.  The first one pretty much sums me up.

It doesn't make you a bad person, does it?
The next one made me really laugh because it is so my craft room on a permanent basis.

I have to say I would prefer a bucket full of tea over coffee.
The final word for today is.........

Oh yes, I've had a few craftastrophes along the way, but isn't that how we learn?
Glue is a definite a big spoiler sometimes, as is incidents using a scalpel blade creating lovely bloody additions to projects.  Yikes!

A later finish at work for me today, I'll go in and come home in the dark, don't you just love this time of year?!
I then plan a very relaxing evening with maybe a wee glass of vino.
As for Sunday I don't know what I will be doing yet, only time will tell.
Have a super weekend and more from me again soon.

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's Friday again, you know what that means.....sharing an oldie time.

Good morning to you and it's sharing an oldie time again.
If all has gone to plan this morning my youngest is back at school and I am in work, making up for one of the two shifts I've missed this week.
There again I could still be at home dealing out the calpol!

Whilst busy I wanted to share with you this weeks oldie.

I have used Rachael from the Simply Adorable range of digital stamps, coloured using copic pens and prisma pencils and the papers are by SU, just my shade!
The Spellbinder dies are Classic round and Labels Twenty four.  Embellishments from my stash.

Sharing an oldie is just for fun but I would love it if you joined me, leaving me a comment would be even better, I can then visit your blog and see your oldie too.  

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the coming weekend, we have another dine in tomorrow so it will be another busy day.  
Have a super weekend, I hope you enjoy some craft time.   x

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I haven't been hooking for a while, last night I got back into the groove.

Good afternoon, another bright morning here in the cold north, -5 on the beach this morning, yep the sand was frozen again.  It did look beautiful but a tad chilly.

Last night I got out an old crochet project I started in the autumn last year.  This project will probably take years.
I put it away when I started my poppies and last night I decided to pick it back up.
Are you like me, I love to start a new project, but if it is a long one, I need gaps along the way or the boredom of doing the same thing over and over again sets in.  I can't be the only crafter with lots of unfinished projects?
This is the blanket project I am talking about....yarn at the ready, time to get hooked again!

As I mentioned in a previous post I need 196 of these beauties, phew, it will take some time. Then of course they've all got to be stitched together.  I will get there but I want to enjoy the process, so wee gaps it is then.

I also promised a sneaky peak of the Wedding samples I have been making, now I don't want to spoil the surprise for the happy couple so I am really just giving you a peak.
The day invites...

And the evening...

The colour combination is purple and cream with diamantes.  I just have to tweak them a little bit then I can get on with production.

My wee man improved as the day plodded on yesterday, whilst dosed up on medicine, he had a wee dip in the evening with his first nosebleed, bless him.  This morning he was a little rough but hopefully, dosed up, he'll be back at school again tomorrow.  They do bounce back so much quicker than us adults, don't they?

It only remains for me to wish you all the best this Thursday, stay warm and cosy.  X

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

You know when you just have a tune in your head!

Hi everyone, no post again yesterday, I had a little boy come home from school again.  I think he might have the cold I had over Christmas plus a temperature.  Bless!
My husband said if it's what he had last week it's just horrible!  (Just like what I had all over the festive season then?!)  Men.  LOL.

Why do I have a link to The Singing kettle song today, We're going on a bear hunt?  Most bizarre!
This morning whilst walking the dog along the beach it strangely just popped in my head. When my boys were little they loved the book, We're going on a bear hunt, it was a favourite at bedtime, it seems like such a long time ago now!  Happy times.
I was walking in the sunshine, the weather so much better than recently, I went through the long wavy grass, across the river (OK, just a small stream which heads to the sea, stay with me), then through the squelchy mud and along to the caves further down the coast.....hoping that I wasn't going to meet a bear but maybe a unicorn instead!
Is it just me or do random tunes occasionally pop into your head?  (If not I'm sounding just a little bonkers right now?!*)
To put your mind at rest I didn't find a bear, but disappointingly I didn't find a unicorn either, it was just lovely to be out in the sunshine.

As I missed my post yesterday I thought I'd share two orders with you today, arh, I am spoiling you!
Again two CAS aged cards.

For Joanne I was asked for a 21st with make up.

For Fiona, I do not want to share her story so lets just say she is unwell, I therefore wanted to make a bright and cheery 50th card, shaker style, using my new dies and sprinkles from Papertrey ink.

That's all from me today, you'd be glad to hear that the wedding samples were a hit so I am one step nearer to getting that organised.  I'll maybe show you a wee sneaky peak later in the week.
It's now time for me to dust down my nurses uniform and dose up my wee man again.  Have a super "hump" day whatever you have planned.