Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The secret diary of a crafter!

Good morning all.
Whoops I missed a post yesterday, hence the title of today's post.
My hubby is now back into his working shift pattern so we only see him late evening.  The boys still would prefer to be on electronic gadgets rather than outside in the sunshine....driving me crazy. Then they were out playing football till about 9.30 p.m!

I thought today I would share a few photographs from Fridays 70's car treasure hunt then disco. We had a fabulous night and could have stayed there all evening if I hadn't had work on Saturday.
Here is our car ready for the hunt.....70's style.


The furry dice take me back!


70's style dress!

The second picture quality isn't the best, which is probably a good thing!
A great night was had by all, firstly gallivanting around the local area in the car then dancing the night away.
You can see more information about our gala here.  Can you can spot our dodgy 70's dancing in the photographs.

On Saturday at work I was doing more of my regular duties on a lighter scale.  I enjoyed my day but was bushed when I got home.  Back to normal next week on the early shift, gulp!
Sunday and Monday seemed to have disappeared without very much to show for them, a little housework, a little food shopping and time spent with the family down in the harbour and by the beach. 
Guess you could say we are staycationing and enjoying the fine weather.  The consistency of this beautiful weather is unheard of up here, but very welcome.

Today I have some gardening to do and pottering around the home.  I am hoping to get the boys to tidy their bedrooms, wish me luck.  One this is for certain I will need a bucket full of luck!

Enjoy the rest of today.  x

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's Friday and it's share an oldie time again.....Harley Davidson style.

Good afternoon, another later post for me today.  My youngest and I have spend a lovely couple of hours today doing a walking treasure hunt around the village.  It is still beautiful here and the walk has been good fun bumping into other families on route and taking a leisurely walk around, stopping at the play park and then the 19th hole for refreshment!  
It would have been rude not to have an ice-cream at the end too!
Tonight we have the car treasure hunt which my pal and I always enjoy with the kids, it has a 70's theme and is followed by a disco, another great night planned.  If only I wasn't in work tomorrow!
We have our fluffy dies ready and I need to make stickers for the car this afternoon then it's wigs and floaty dresses ahoy....flower power, man!

Last night we had a good night at the Tombola although we didn't win anything, I was always at least two numbers away.  Did you watch this on tv last night?
I had to catch up this morning but I loved all the different sheds, I think the teapot was my favourite from the outside but the egg was pretty amazing inside too.  I was going to have a shed for my craft room but when the planning rules changed we built an extension instead.  
I'm now beginning to have shed envy!  LOL.  So cool.

Back to today and it is share an oldie today.  This was a card I made four years ago for my Mum's birthday, biker chick style.  The photo quality is poor, it was before I had a good camera.



And inside:


All the papers are from the Harley Davidson range by EK Success, ink from Tim Holtz distress Black soot, nestabilities are labels 1 and 8, swirls are a die by sizzix flowers and vines 2, Martha Stewart punch lattice, SU flower punches, embellishments and ribbon are from my stash.

I little bit different for this Friday don't you think?
If you are joining me with sharing an oldie don't forget to leave a comment below so I can come and see what you have chosen.  I will pop and visit you all.  
It only remains for me to wish you all the best for the coming weekend, enjoy the sunshine and I'll be back soon with more crafting.  x

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oh my, is it hot with you too?

Good evening all.
Another busy, hot day here in the North of Scotland.  
Today at the Gala there was a family picnic, I believe it was lots of fun but after the merriment last night my boys enjoyed a lie in today and didn't venture up till midday.  It is just unheard of here.  I had to go and check on them to make sure they were still breathing.
Another day with nothing to share, too spicy, hot, hot!  

Today I had all the beds to clean and the food shopping to sort #barecupboards. Now that is all sorted and tea is eaten and tidied, it is time for our annual Tombola night or as we call it Bingo by jingo!
Now bingo is not something I would normally do but my best friend and I take the kids down and have an evening out together.  It can get quite exciting and I think last year I won a set of pillows!
Whilst I'm out having fun I thought I'd leave you with this, with a promise to catch up on your blog posts tomorrow.


My craft room is one big craftermath!
How about yours?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No crafting in sight......enjoying the sunshine!

Good afternoon all.  How are you this hump day?
Boy it's warm outside today.

Today has been a good gala day.  My eldest in the ice-cream van, enjoying earning again.  The rest of us enjoying the skate park competition and the Harbour day fun.  Lots of stalls to look around, fresh ice-cream, strawberries and coffee to enjoy.  My youngest enjoyed a couple of bungee games, one a run attached to the elastic and the other on a trampoline which makes you jump high and in slow motion....most strange.  The duck race I think is still on the go as the tide doesn't seem to be coming in quick enough.  There is also a bucking bronco which should be fun later after a few drinks!
Our harbour day will extend into the evening, with a band and beer tent together with various foods to try.  Always a good night out especially if the weather is as good as it is today.
Real life fun this week out and about with the family.  I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather too.
Catch you again tomorrow.

I'll leave you with this today, don't you wish this was true?!

LOL.  If only.
Enjoy your evening.  x
Nearly forgot to tell you Mum is out of hospital and feeling much better, thank you for all your well wishes.  x

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

And now for the other half, give it a good blow!

Afternoon, today at the Gala we have a football competition followed by a talent show this evening.  My boys have already ventured down for the football.  The youngest is playing but the oldest has got a job!
He is going to be helping in the local ice-cream van down at the harbour and is surprisingly keen.  
Arh, the novelty of earning his own money!
Still it isn't a bad start, you never to young to realise work ethics.  I wonder how he will get on?

This morning I have been catching up on a little housework and soon it will be dog walking duties in the glorious sunshine again.  We really are having a good summer so far this year.

I had some sad news this morning in that my mum has been taking into hospital.  I am waiting to hear from the family but believe she is having some tests done after collapsing.  It is at times like this you really feel useless living so far away from everyone.  I can only wait and see at the moment, fingers crosses that everything is OK.

Back to today's card, this is for the twin sister of the young lady I made a card for yesterday. 
Now they may be twins but they certainly don't have the same interests, that said I think they're both very intelligent young ladies.  The brief for this card was she plays the bagpipes and is away to University to study law.
Now I did do a year of law at college before landing my first job and the one thing I remember about it was the sheer amount of book references.  This is what I came up with.


I used my cricut again for the books, the notepad is from Dress it up buttons.  The pencil and bagpipes I drew using guidance from the Internet.  Another simple looking card but with all requirements covered.

That's all from me today I'm out now for a little more vitamin D!
Catch you tomorrow.  x

Monday, July 21, 2014

A little crafting with a science twist.

Good morning all, I hope you are all well this Monday morning?
I survived work on Saturday.  I was a little sore and tired by home time but fine again after a good nights rest.

Our 40th village gala is in full swing this week, the flags are out and everyone is having fun.
This morning it is the sandcastle competition followed by a street party.  The evenings entertainment starts with a fancy dress competition then a family disco.  My two are reaching the age where they don't want to do the sandcastle and fancy dress competitions but hopefully we will catch the street party and definitely the disco later.
Last night my best pal and I had fun with the kids at the family quiz.  We didn't have our regular team as the guys were busy with work and other things so we didn't do as well as we normally do. Still we had a fun night and learnt a few useful facts along the way, one of which is to go with your gut and not have second thoughts!
We lost a few points in changing answers. Never mind, it's the taking part that counts, says the person that didn't win!  LOL.

Today I have a bespoke card request for you, the request being a young lady who is off to University to study, physics and computer science but also is an avid reader.  What did I do with this one?
It did create quite a conversation with my eldest son who reassured me that a glass prism was the way to go and not alternative ideas I was planning to use, in his words "that's the wrong science Mum!"
I only studied Biology to O level standard, having wanted to do Chemistry as well but was told I couldn't. My son is doing Biology and Chemistry but also has studied a little Physics too.  He would have done all three sciences but was advised against it.
It is bizarre as Physics was one of his better subjects last year?!
He knows in his own mind and what he needs to study to get on to the University course and career of his choosing.

Back to the card.....


I think I covered all the bases!
I drew the prism myself and coloured with copic markers having used the Internet as a reference point.  The laptop and numbers are from my cricut using Locker talk and school book cartridges. The book button is from Dress it up buttons.  It is quite a simple card but with all the relevant elements.

My crafting seems to take a bit of a back seat at this time of year with the boys off school.  I do tend to get a little time to myself but usually catch up on housework.
Yesterday we also made it to the cinema to watch How to train your Dragon 2.  I can thoroughly recommend the film, both myself and the boys really enjoyed it.  I even think it is better than the first film in the series, which you don't very often hear. I now feel fully confident in the ways of training dragons, should I ever come across one!
The next film on our agenda is the new Planet of the Apes sequel, which I think, from the trailers, will be a little more brutal.  It definitely looks like a boy flick as opposed to a chick flick, living in an all male family group I very rarely get to see girlie films.  I don't really mind to be honest, I prefer a good action film rather than a weepy.

That's all from me today, more again tomorrow.  Enjoy your Monday.  x

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sharing an oldie this Friday.

Hi folks sorry no post from me yesterday.
With the children at home and the fact it was a beautiful sunny day, real life took over and we enjoyed the sunshine together.  You just have to get out and about and enjoy the good weather whilst it is here.

Back to today and it's another gorgeous one.  The sun is out, the sky is blue!
I had an appointment this morning, a review of my contact lenses and to pick up my new glasses. Unfortunately my new glasses were not ready, a problem with the lenses.  I now need reading and distance specs....getting old!  Boo.  I managed a little sale shopping too whilst in town, bargains are us!

My oldie today is from a class I ran just over a year ago through in Aberdeen.  I love the colour combo, the apricot colour really makes the black stand out.


I have used Spellbinder dies Labels 14, Labels 30 M-Bossabilities folder Numbers and letters plus Edgeabilities Classic triple scallop.  The sentiment is by Hero arts Very Special with ribbon and bling from my stash.  
I think a little more black bling along the Edgeabilities would just finish this card off.

If you would like to join me sharing an oldie today don't forget to leave a message below and link back to here so I can pop over to your blog and return the love!

It only remains for me to wish you well this weekend.
Our local Gala starts tomorrow so the village will be buzzing for the next week.  Unfortunately I shall miss tomorrow as I am back to work, light duties only.  I wonder what they will do with me.....I see a till in my future!
My eldest is playing in the band tomorrow too.  Everything happens at once, don't you agree?
That's all from me, catch you again soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Did you guess what was in my parcel? Having a yarn?! Nope.

Good morning and how are you this Wednesday?
Did you guess what was in my parcel yesterday?
A couple of you mentioned yarn, nope, I've been doing more yawning as opposed to yarning of late!
I've tried a couple of new patterns and totally confused myself, so am having a wee break to clear my head, before going back to conquer them.  If at first you don't succeed!

As I mentioned I order this kit and a few other bits and bobs back in May.  The kit was so popular Papertrey ink ran out, so I had to wait till they were back in stock.
Do you want to see what I have to play with......


Mmmmm can't wait to play.
Whilst everyone has been buying the new wonderful Sue Wilson dies this last weekend I've decided to go a little different.  I'm having to sit on my hands just now, like a kid in a candy store, as I have some work I need to complete first.
Boo!
It will be worth the wait I'm sure and I hopefully will be back soon with some clean and simple cards using the above products.

Meanwhile...remember I mentioned my craft room is a bit of a state, the understatement of the year!
I saw this and it made me giggle, now I know why my room is a mess, it isn't really, I just have everything where I need it!


It all makes perfect sense now, it's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
That's all from me today, back tomorrow with hopefully something crafty.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ConGRADulations...do you see what I've done there?!

Afternoon all, how are your holidays going?
Another sunny day here although we did have a couple of dark clouds earlier but they seem to have disappeared.
Today I have a simple card for you, I was asked for a graduation card to go over the pond to the States.  


The gown and hat are an image from PC Crafter coloured with copic pens.  The rest is from my stash.  I can't believe I've had this gown and hat for donkey's years and not used it before.  

I also received this today too.


I ordered this back in the middle of May, for my birthday and had forgotten all about it....can you guess what might be in it?  
I shall share tomorrow....mmmmmmmm.
I can't believe I have a couple more bespoke cards to make.....I want to play!
Have a super Tuesday, I'm away for a walk with the dog and boys along the beach, with an ice-cream, no doubt.  
I SO need to get back to work and start loosing my ice-cream tummy!  LOL.
Back with more tomorrow.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  x

Monday, July 14, 2014

Slap on a stencil and paste, part 2 the revenge!

Afternoon all, remember last Tuesday I showed you a card design I'd been playing with using modeling paste and stencils.  I have reworked it today and I am much happier so I thought I would share it with you.  I've also done an alternative to my favourite Broken china colour and brought out the Picked raspberry for those of you who prefer pink.
Here's the girlie one.....


And my favourite colour.....


I have used the same two inks on all the papers, it just shows you how the different papers absorb the ink.  
I have used a chevron stencil, a doily, broken china and Picked raspberry Distress ink together with Sizzix framelits and stamps Banners. The button is from my stash and font by computer.  I have also used Sizzix Butterflies dies and stamps on the pink card with a little bling.  Instead of adding the glitter to the modeling paste before it dries I have left it to dry, replaced the stencil and then inked the paste.  I prefer this technique and so does my craft room as I have a glittery desk and floor, which usually is only a Christmas occurrence!

Today is the second week of the school holidays and we have really just been spending the good weather down on the local beaches and harbour so far.  It would be rude not to be out enjoying the lovely sunshine, don't you think?
The boys are out playing football just now so I have a few bespoke cards to make this week.  I think I might make a start whilst I have peace and quiet.  Back to work for me on Saturday, that was a very quick four weeks don't you think?
I was going to do so much and I've spend most of the time relaxing.  

To those of you who went to Aberdeen this weekend, I hope you enjoyed your time with Sue Wilson.  I was hoping to go over too but I thought a four hour round trip when you are just back driving would have probably been pushing it.  
I look forwards to hearing all about your weekend.  x

That's all from me today, catch you tomorrow.  x