Thursday, March 26, 2015

Another craft free day, planning one instead.

Remember I mentioned that I had ordered some goodies from the States?
I had a play with them on Sunday but didn't like the acrylic felt, so today after work I picked up some wool felt already to have a go at this.  These are the samples from the Papertrey ink blog, link below.


Aren't they lovely, you can see more inspiration over at the Papertrey ink blog.
I do hope mine look as lovely as these, it's a case of watch this space.
I did start to have a play on Sunday but didn't like the felt or colours.
Can you guess what colours I picked up today?  LOL, bet you can.

Today was a momentous day for my eldest boy as after work and school we had another visit to the dentist.  This time was the best one as he had his brace removed, teeth all polished and perfect.
What was the first thing he did?
He came home and ate an apple.
He hasn't been able to do that in the last four years and really enjoyed it.
The simple things!
My youngest had a gang of friends around when we got home, the noise coming from upstairs would suggest that a good time was had by all before they all disappeared for tea.
Other than feeding my lot I don't know where the evening has gone, a tad achy here tonight so I think a nice aromatherapy bath is in order.
More from me tomorrow when I share another oldie, why not join in the fun?  x


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Not a crafty thing in sight but a good day was had by all.

Good evening, where has the middle of the week gone?
Today I was in work early, so early I saw the sun rising as driving in.  What a lovely way to start the day and not another car on the road.....so glad I don't live where you have to sit in traffic everyday.
I finished work at lunchtime as I had a lunch date with my BFF.  It was great to catch up and we went to a lovely place in Elgin.  I have to share, as it was excellent.


Did you know the Distillery at Glen Moray has a gift and coffee shop?
I certainly didn't.
It is lovely and will certainly be a stopping off point next time we have visitors.  Actually I think I might have to go again before then!

After lunch out we had a lovely walk with the dogs up the hill past the pigs in the fields, all the little piglets were out squealing around their mums, so cute, if not a little crazy!
A beautiful spring day and a lovely walk out, finished off just perfectly with a M and S dine in meal.
An easy tea too!

I still have a few card orders to make but I think tonight I am going to go and chill out with a little crocheting.  I'm starting to feel tired, bless this girl isn't used to getting up SO early more than once a week!

To finish today I'd just like to add a wee "toot" for one of my work colleagues and friends, Donna, she came into work today saying, I've got a pressie for you.  So kind.  x
What did I get, some of her lovely chickens eggs, for cake of course and this lovely brooch she bought from another friend raising money for charity.  As I crochet she thought I'd like it.


Isn't it cute.  I have some real ones just the same as this in my kitchen just now and they smell lovely.

No more news from me today, I hope you are having a super Wednesday?  
I do hope to get in some crafting before the weekend.  Working again tomorrow but hopefully I'll get to play later!
Fingers crossed.  x

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Where do you get inspiration from?

Good afternoon all and how are you?
I've had a good morning at work, another dine in starting today ready for the coming weekend and it's another good one.  Get in early to get more choice!
I was home for my boys after school and now I'll start around the home, with the hope and wishes that I'll get it all done soon, then later I can get in a little crafting.
Today I wanted to share a link from Youtube, where do you get inspiration from?
I love art journalling and canvasses and would love to improve my skills and be able to create something like this canvas.
Donna Downley sends me regular e-mails with loads of inspiration but this one today, by Stephanie, caught my I and I had to share.
WOW!  How stunning is Stephanie's work?
I LOVE this canvas.

What do you think?

Here's how Stephanie made it.


Doesn't she make it look easy?
I'd love to be able to create work like this, maybe this year I need to give it a go?
So what inspires you this Tuesday?

Now I just need to find the time to give it a go.
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.  x

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, Monday, so good to me. What are you crafting today?

Good morning all, how are you this Monday?
I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend?

I had a busy day Saturday and much better than Thursday and Friday, but my wee one woke up at 1 a.m. Saturday morning and then I was up for work at 5.  I didn't get back to sleep unfortunately so ended up being such a lightweight and was in bed early, on a Saturday too!
Sunday was better after a good nights sleep with a lazy morning and then off to crop with my crafting buddies in the afternoon.  I had a play with my new Papertrey ink purchases but have decided some better quality felt is the order of the day.  I bought a job lot of felt ages ago and unfortunately when it arrived it wasn't the best quality, acrylic felt rather than wool.
It's fine for making things for the kids but you can't beat the real McCoy.  That sounds really bad but wool felt does die cut so much easier and also it sews up better too.    It's all about the quality!  ;)

Today I have a couple of CAS baby girl cards for you.  The first is for a lady who I've made a few baby cards for over the years, she always asks for this style and colour combination, I guess she is like me and loves clean lines too.


The lettering was done on my cricut and the little metal feet were purchased on line.
I did say the card was going to be clean and simple, didn't I?

The second card I made for her daughter and I actually made two of these, both for friends who were due the same day, they didn't go on their due date but actually both went into labour on the same day and both had girls.  How spooky is that?
Because of the similarities I made two cards identical but with the different names and weights on.


I have stayed with the theme, the die and stamp are by Papertrey ink and the metal embellishment was purchased on line.  Both cards are made with scraps of pink card and papers, with the lettering done by my computer.
I do love to personalise baby cards with dates, times and weights as I personally think it is a nice keepsake.  Well, it's something I would keep!
I have had people tell me they've framed them and popped them in the child's nursery in the past, which is lovely to know.

Lots for me to do today, I'm working the rest of the week again so housework, ironing and food shopping is the priority, I do have a couple of cards to sort too.  Time to crack on rather than sitting in front of my computer, it's the easiest way to lose hours in your day!
Enjoy your Monday and I'll be back tomorrow just a little later in the day.  x

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday crafty quotes, which one applies to you?

Good morning all, whilst I am busy at work I thought I'd share a couple of crafting quotes I have found on line again this week.
I'm going to start with good old stamping.  This made me smile.


My answer would always be to stamp, whether it be the rubber variety or the feet!
Once you've decided to stamp you need to then bare this in mind.


Oh confessions of a stamper!
How many times have you turned over and started again?!

Finally this is for all the material girls out there.


As if a crafty girl ever needed a reason for buying more fabric, my favourite one is the final one.  It says it all in my eyes. 
What is wrong with liking pretty things?  LOL.  
I don't really do handbags or shoes, give me paper, ribbon, yarn and material instead, thank you!

I've not had the best week at work this week but lets hope today is better, I'm guessing it won't be.
On the upside my nice new stash from the states arrived yesterday so I think I might play with it at the crop on Sunday, because I can!  Can't wait.
Enjoy your weekend everyone and I will catch you again, same time, same place next week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Share and oldie this Friday, crafty style of course!

Good morning all, how are you this Friday?
Are you ready for the eclipse this morning?
I don't think I will get to see it as I'm in work, I'm sure it will look better on TV later.
Friday has zoomed around again so it's time to share an old project that you have made, just for the fun of it.  Today I have a spellbinder card for you.


For this card I have used:
Spellbinder dies:  Grand Big Scalloped Circles (Grand Nestabilities), Classic circles (Nestabilities), Parisian Motifis and Fancy tags 3 (both Shapeabilities).
Sentiments from Hero arts Anytime messages.
Card stock (great VFM) Nocturne Colorbok pearlescent.
Pearls from Zva creative.
Ribbon from stash.

I really enjoy making this style of card, letting the dies do all the work and keeping the colour combination quite simple.

If you would like to join me don't forget to add a comment so I know who is joining in and who to visit too.  I shall be plugging in later once home from work.
Short and sweet today as I'm away now to see what today brings, working again early tomorrow and then cropping Sunday with my buddies.  Enjoy your weekend.  x

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Good evening Easter crafting time, Throwback Thursday style #7.

Good evening, oh what a day, you know the kind, bedtime can't come around quick enough!
It will be good just to get the day over and done.
Not a great day at work, fun and games after, a school report that could have been better and one burnt arm!
On a brighter side today I have decided to play along with the lovely Bibiana and her Throwback Thursday challenge.  This months challenge was to share an older project with an Easter theme.  Unfortunately I couldn't find a card, I don't make many Easter cards but I did find this.

 

I have used plain card stock inked with Distress Inks Vintage photo and Peeled paint.
The tag and ticket are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology range fragments and adage tickets and the skull is from the plain grungeboard range.
The stamp is from the Andy Skinner Gothic range....I think the barbed wire is just fab and can see it appearing on a lot of my teenage boy cards. 
The sentiment is from Hero arts Anytime messages.
 
You can also join Bibiana here with a previously made Easter card, I'm afraid this is the nearest thing I have, but it's the taking part that counts, right? 
Throwback Thursday is open till Wednesday the 8th of April.
 
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this Thursday evening, roll on tomorrow!  x

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A little hooker interlude!

Good morning, get me being organised and typing this out for you yesterday!
Today I wanted to share a little something I made for my first post over on The Great Scheme of Things, remember the rose I showed you as a "work in progress" a couple of weeks ago, I finally got it finished and sorted.


A little break from card making.  I have used cotton yarn and the centre is wired diamonte, the sort a florist would use.  The underside has been finished with a circle of matching felt to hide all the workings and attach a brooch pin to the flower.
The lovely June has shared the rose on her blog Planet June.
This is going to be a gift to one of my pals at work after helping me out last week, as a wee thank you.

Over on our new blog The Great Scheme of Things we plan on inspiring you to try different colour combinations for your projects and cards, this weeks colour combination is......


Don't forget you can chat and show us your makes on the Facebook page too.
I look forwards to seeing your makes.

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this Wednesday, the middle of the week already!
I hope you find some time for crafting.  x

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What do a birdie and a light bulb have in common, crafting time again!

Good afternoon, guess that's the morning gone then?
How did that happen?
If you are touch with me on a regular basis you will know that my wee man has been ill off and on quite a lot of late, still trying to get to the bottom of it but it's never just one thing is it?
This morning he had the trauma of having blood taken!
I don't have a problem with this as I have regular checks but to a wee man it was a very big deal, this mornings trip was all about having my best distraction techniques in full fettle!
Constant games in the waiting room and the promise of a quick ice-cream before heading back to school.
The poor dog had to wait for a later walk and was sat legs crossed when I got back.  Mind you the weather is beautiful again today and we've just had a lovely walk along the beach to the next bay.
Washing on the line and everyone else sorted I now have a wee bit of time before the wee man is home for lunch.

Today is my Uncle's birthday so this card was quickly put together yesterday, he is a big fan of golf.

 
A wee bit of tartan by Joanna Sheen, an oval spellbinder to create my green using sticky back felt, a hole punch for my ball and the golf hole and a wee bit of offcuts to create my flag.  "A hole in two!"

It was also my cousins birthday the weekend just gone, whoops, missed it, a perfect excuse to use this light bulb stamp that I bought ages ago but hadn't got around to using (that happens a lot in my craft room!)


This appeals to my sense of humour as quite often I do feel like the lights are on but nobody's home!
(I know you know what I mean, right?)
The stamp is made by Unity Stamp company, I first dabbed versamark on the black card and added Perfect pearls Interference gold to create a background glow.  Then I stamped and embossed the light bulb.  Finally matting and layering on coordinating cardstock.  
Now I know what you are thinking, if you did the glow first with the versamark did that not make the embossing powder stick all over it?  
The answer is yes it did so I used a fine brush to remove all power that wasn't where it should be. 
The next question, why did you not do it the other way around?
I did try that first but found the pearls also altered the silver of the embossing powder and the stamp didn't therefore have a clean outline.  Believe me it is tried and tested the first way worked the best. 
I love the glow of light making it look like the light is actually on which unfortunately at the weekend was not!  
As you move the card because I have used perfect pearls it alters with the light, that is why the card has been photographed at this jaunty angle.

Two cards, totally different techniques, and both very simple to create.

I have some extra Wedding invites to crack on with now and then a couple more cards to sort, then hopefully I will get on to some housework or ironing, can't wait!  NOT.
Enjoy your Tuesday, I'm in work now for the rest of the week but I do hope to blog too, maybe a little later in the day.  
I hope you have the lovely sunshine we have, it is really starting to feel like spring, it almost makes me want to get out in the garden and start weeding!
Steady on girl!!  
That would be a step too far!  x

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy 16th birthday! A quick dash into my craft room required.

Good morning all, how are you this Monday morning?  We had bright blue skies first thing this morning but now the clouds seem to have arrived and it's gone grey.  Time to craft!
Lots to do.

My eldest boy hit the grand age of 16 today, I don't know where the time has flown.  I've been checking out some of his old photographs of late, how he has changed.
Mrs Organised as always I had a mad dash to my craft room yesterday afternoon to make him a card.
I don't know whether it is because I've made cards over the years but when shopping for a factory made one I am incredibly fussy and more often than not can not find what I am looking for.  To particular I think!
This is what I came up with yesterday.


The papers are by My Minds eye "Rock on" Good day Sunshine, the guitar is actually a keyring I have dismantled, numbers are done on my cricut and lettering on the computer.
He is music mad I think I've mentioned he plays a few instruments in the past, my favourite of course being the bagpipes as they are so quiet!

Two cards for you today!
I'm spoiling you!
This next one I made from his brother, I wanted it to look as if he made it.  Unfortunately he was too busy out playing yesterday to make it, I was commissioned to do it instead!



His favourite colour is red so I used Distress ink barn door with Tim's stencil Splatter's.  The black stars are a die from Papertrey ink and boysrock is an old Sizzlit die, with a little bling to finish then layering on coordinated cardstock.  
I had wanted to use my old Sizzlit die of a game station but could I find it now I've tidied my craft room, that always happens and is usually my excuse not to tidy.

I've just taken delivery of a surfboard and all the gubbins which is his present from us today but I must just show you his cake.  


The cake is an M & S one, I just couldn't resist, how cute!
He really wants to work with wild animals when he is older and has always shown an interest in animals, when little he had every little animal under the planet in plastic form and could tell you all about them all!
He could always be found with his nose in an animal encyclopedia.

Time for me to crack on with some more orders now, enjoy the rest of your Monday.  x