Monday, April 20, 2015

Clean and simple personalised cards. Less is more!

Good morning all, the sun is out and the sky is blue, even though it is Scotland there isn't a cloud in the sky, to spoil the view.  No rain here!
It is definitely feeling like spring today.

Did you have a good weekend?
I had a busy dine in day on Saturday but then a quiet evening with the family.  Yesterday I got together with a few of my crafty friends and had a play with my new yummy stash.  I shall be sharing what I made later this week.
To start the week off I was asked to make a couple of clean and simple lined cards for a lovely lady who is turning 60.
The first I was asked for a handbag.

It doesn't get much cleaner and simpler, does it?
I have made the bag myself using scraps of Tilda paper, ribbon, wire, a pearl and handbag charm.
I quite like this style of card just now, there would have been a time when I would have thought it too minimal but isn't it funny how tastes change?!
Embracing change!

The second card needed to be A5 size as it was from all Dianne's work colleagues, for this one I was asked for a big 60.

The butterfly die and stamp set are by Papertrey ink, funny old thing, they seem to be my FAVOURITE stamp company just now.  The lettering has been cut on my cricut machine and then embossed with a floral cuttlebug die.  Then I've added a wee bit of bling to finish.  

What are your plans today?
I am spring cleaning our bedroom which is a pain when it is so lovely outside, bedding in the machine, hoover and cloths at the ready.  The sooner I crack on the sooner I can get outside and enjoy the sunshine.  And the reason, apart from the time of year?
This afternoon a new bed is arriving from M & S, yippee!
Can't wait.

Hopefully I will get some crafting in later too.  Well it would be rude not too!
Oh and on a final note I did really enjoy playing with my new stash yesterday, trying a new technique too, I can't wait to share with you all.  Enjoy Monday, back again tomorrow with some more crafty fun! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's Saturday, you know what that means? Crafty funny time.

Morning all, it's the weekend again.  A day in work for me today so time to share a few crafty funnies in my absence.

Hazel I think you mentioned printer problems recently so this one is for you.  Do you ever get this feeling?  My printer has one speed and doesn't ever go faster, but it can always go slower.

This second one is definitely me, why be organised when you can have a last minute dash/panic, where would be the fun in that?

This one is a seasonal funny but it did make me laugh the most yesterday when I was looking for "funny quotes!"
I therefore had to share it.

The funniest part of the above quote is I had this wrapping paper too but never thought to check it, I guess that makes it even funnier, don't you think?

And finally today this one also made me smile.

I was once told you should carry a notebook around so if you have a brilliant idea you can jot it down.  I think this is a great idea but you then need to find the time to put the idea into action.  If I acted on all my bright ideas I would be awesome so guess it's good that I don't and remain on the variable scale of normalness!

Have a super weekend all whatever your plans, crafty fun for me tomorrow afternoon with my pals, can't wait.  Catch you all soon.  x

Friday, April 17, 2015

Share an oldie, crafty style this Friday.

Good morning all, it's that time again....FFFriday and time for an oldie.
Please feel free to join me sharing an old crafty project, just for the fun of it, all I ask is that you leave a comment below, that way I know you are joining me plus I can pop over to your blog and leave you one too.  All for the love of crafting!
Today's card I am sharing is this one.....

For this card I have used:
Paper:  Tim Holtz Kraft resist 12" pad, American craft black textured card stock.
Stamps:  Andy Skinner Flight of Fancy and Word Up.
Inks:  Ranger distress inks Crushed olive, Vintage photo and Black Soot.
Spellbinder nestabilities:  Labels 14.
Embellishments:  Tim Holtz Tissue tape, Game spinner and Sprocket gears. 
Wool from stash.

I saw this idea for a box card over on Shari Carroll's blog, although mine is very different the basic structure of the card is the same. 
This is a 3D card that folds flat to post providing you don't add lots of embellishments. 

This is a little different to my usual style of card just now.  Lots of inky fingers making this one if I remember rightly.

It only remains for me to thank you for joining me today, have a super weekend, I hope you find some crafting time.  I have a bit of a treat this afternoon, a hot stone massage!  Can't wait, it is so relaxing.
Tomorrow I am on a later shift at work, another dine in day so it will be a busy one.
Then on Sunday I have my monthly crop, I'm looking forwards to it.  I think I shall be packing all those lovely new dies I showed you yesterday for me to have a play with. 
Have a super weekend, more from me tomorrow.  x

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AWOL from crafting but that doesn't stop a fine collector of crafty stash!

Good morning and how the devil are you this morning?
Did you miss me, LOL.
I've just come home from a lovely walk along the beach, not another soul on it, except my four legged friend.  The sun is out, the sky is blue, there are plenty of clouds, well it is Scotland, you can't have everything!
Just as I walked along past Daisy rock, to top my morning off something out at sea caught my eye.
Yes, I had my very own dolphin display team.  #lovewhereyoulive.
They were so close to the shore, fabulous, I never tire of seeing them, truly magical.
I think they should be described on the the National health for uplifting your mood, today is going to be a good, productive day.  (You heard it hear first!)

Where have I been?!
I had another busy and productive day at work on Saturday but Sunday, oh no I was super lazy.  My husband's pal had recommended a TV series to me on iplayer, that he thought I'd enjoy.  I thought well it wouldn't harm to watch an episode whilst everyone else was still in bed?  Would it!
It was addictive, with the bare minimum of mummy jobs done I watched the whole first series, a bit dark and scary in places but I did enjoy it, and the program "Penny Dreadful."
Then Sunday evening would not be the same without a visit to Cornwall for the delights of the wonderful Poldark! ;)
Monday and Tuesday I was in work and we had music lessons and a school visit, so they passed so quickly.  I did sit down late evening and think oh my gosh I haven't blogged!
That feeling soon passed with the thought I'm sure no one will miss me for a couple of days.
Yesterday I had a long awaited trip to the hairdressers, how quick does the day go with that trip and a few jobs under your belt, followed by tea out and then band drumming practise.
When my husband is working longer shifts, the week goes so fast, as I am picking up everything, he quite often takes the dog or the kids to various activities.  It does make a big difference to how much free time is available.
Today is going to be different as I am starting off crafting, I have a couple of cards to make and then it's on with the housework before back to maybe have a play with these beauties.....

Confessions of a crafter;
I appear to have a little bit of a Papertrey ink addiction at the moment!
I might not be getting much crafting in but I am certainly finding a wee bit of time to add to my very fine collection of crafting products.  I can't wait to have a play later, how quick can I do the housework?!

It's oldie time again tomorrow, how did that happen, I'd love it if you'd join me.   x

Friday, April 10, 2015

Share an oldie, it's FFFFFriday! Crafty style of course.

Morning all, how are you this Friday?
Another beautiful day yesterday, I had some shopping to do first thing, getting the boys geared up for going back to school then I spent the rest of the day in the garden.  New plants in, I know a little early.  I was going to let them grown on in the conservatory for a couple of weeks but hubby said go for it.  Will he be correct?  Time will tell, at least it is another job off the to do list.
I continued with my crochet last night, I now have a body, head, two arms and one foot.  I have reached a point with the pattern where I am thinking eh?!
I was beginning to feel confident that I was managing to work the pattern, so it has bitten me back!
Hopefully with a little more thought I will get it sussed later today.

Back to today and a little Spellbinding card for you , I may have shared this one before, mmm, can you remember?

For this card I have used the following Spellbinder dies;

Edgeabilities Classic triple scallops, Shapeabilities Labels 2, Fancy tags 2 and Nestabilities Beaded ovals.
The paper is K & Company Poppyseed Shimmer 12" pad.
Sentiment is Marion Emberson stamps It's all in the words.
Seam binding and pearls from my stash.

Just my colour combination and a whopping 8" card.  Not a size I usually make.

Feel free to join me sharing an oldie today, it's just for the fun of it and the love of crafting.
I only ask that you leave a small message below so I know you have joined in the fun, I will visit everyone who does.  It can be any crafting project you have made in the past.  I look forwards to seeing your projects too.

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the coming weekend, I'm back on earlies at work tomorrow morning, the holiday is over!  Boo.  As for today, some more gardening, a little housework and then hopefully some more fun in the sun!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Fun in the sun!

Oh me, oh my, what a glorious day it has been.  I hope you've had the sunshine too?
No crafting for me today, lots of wash, wash, washing, which can only mean one thing....another huge ironing pile!
I don't mind the washing it's the latter that should be banned.  LOL.

No crafting yet today, I've also been out gardening, doing a little light deadheading and cutting back ready for the new years growth.  Then this afternoon we've been down to the harbour at high tide for the boys to go dooking.  It was a little chillier down the front with the breeze, but still beautiful.
I took these from the harbour looking back on the beach.

High tide time but still just a little beach to show.  The sea looks a little choppy but it really is nice to see the good weather returning.
I was watching a flock of seagulls far out to sea in a large group circling, there was definitely something else out there feeding.  It is just a shame I couldn't see what it was, bet it was dolphins feeding.  They have been about lately with the lovely weather, it's high tide and it's lovely, usually the two requirements to see them.  It's a shame the sea is just a little choppy or I would have had a better view.

No crafting as yet today but hopefully later this evening I might get a bit more done on my present project.  I better go and find something for tea now, two very hungry kids after jumping in the sea all afternoon.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Time to play with my new crochet project.

Good afternoon all, well today's plans didn't work out.  We were supposed to be heading to Edinburgh for some family fun time but I seemed to be the only one who really wanted to go!
Why waste good money?!
As the weather has been so good over the weekend the boys have been dooking everyday in the harbour then they've enjoyed a football match with the other kids in the village.  It's amazing the difference a week makes, last week we had snow, this week glorious sunshine.  You can't say we don't get variety!  I prefer this weeks weather, it almost feels like spring!

Today I thought I'd share a little more of my on going crochet project.  It seems to be taking time but it is the first animal I've really made, except for a simple owl last year.

I have a body, a head and an arm.  Can you tell what it is yet?

I hope you had a super Easter, I didn't get an egg either but I have two boys who love to share and plenty of little bags, bought to bake with, which might not make it to that point!
I'm back to work on Saturday so I still have a few days left to relax and enjoy.

Have a super Tuesday, whatever you are up to. 

Monday, April 06, 2015

In the great scheme of things.....handmade is best!

Good morning all, how are you today?

Another lazy morning here, at this rate spring cleaning will be doing itself.

On Friday last week I had a post over on The great scheme of things and it is this card;

It is made using a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Classic favourites stamp set. I have stamped the dragonfly with Navy memento ink and coloured using copic markers BG10 and 34,BV02 and 08 then V15 and 17. I have mat and layered on coordinating cardstock, purple and aqua and added a little glitter using Stickles Diamond and Distress stickle Tumbled glass for the dragonfly body. Finally I have added a Hobby house ocean aurora embellishment.

This is last weeks colour combination, should you wish to join us there is a new combination this week. 

I have to admit I had to move this card away once I got to this point, do you sometimes find that difficult?
I so wanted to add a 3d layer to the wings with transparent paper.
Step away from the card and keep the simple lines! 
I don't know about you but when I think Tim Holtz stamps I never think clean lines preferring to go grungy and or inky.  This time I wanted to do the opposite to what I would normally, if you get my drift.

No plans as yet for today, but I'm sure I shall come up with something, have a super Easter Monday.  x

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter all!

Good morning to you all and a HAPPY EASTER!
It's a beautiful sunny morning here in the north of Scotland, not a cloud in the sky.
The Easter bunny has been and the kids are munching their way through an egg as we speak.  I was boring and made them get dressed and have breakfast first!

Today I have my BF and family over for Sunday lunch and a few Easter treats then I'm hoping for a nice walk later if this weather holds up.  The beef is cooking as we speak, smothered in treacle (I prefer it to lamb).  I now just to get myself organised and in the zone.

I did plan on a little baking this Easter, I have still to make my Easter muffins but with the amount of chocolate in this house I think tomorrow will be a better bet for them.  I did however do the statutory Easter basket crispy cakes.

A nice simple job to do with the kids unless their gannets and keep pinching the mixture and the eggs!
Needless to say these didn't last five minutes.

Remember I said I lost my new crochet book, then I found it?
Well, as I wasn't working yesterday I enjoyed a wee trip to the local wool shop where I bought enough wool for at least three projects.
I started this one last night....

Can you tell what it is yet?!
I will keep you updated.  I finished this bit last night and started another bit.  The plot thickens!

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this Easter, have fun, enjoy time with the family or friends and don't eat too much chocolate!  Lol.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

It's Saturday, time for some funny quotes to lighten the weekend, Easter style of course!

I don't know about you but this Easter I may need to lighten the weekend, on the account of all the chocolate eggs that may be consumed.  Back to being good on Tuesday!
On a normal Saturday I tend to post a few crafting quotes or funnies but as it is Easter I decided to stick to this theme instead.  Here is what I found.

What else can I add, dogs like bunnies!
It's just the look on his face, why have chocolate when the real thing is so much better!
Or it could be that face where you think the dog is thinking, too late mate, what you going to do about it now?

Then there's these two....

Both of which made me smile.

This final one however, is my favourite because I see it all the time with my boys.

Maybe I am approaching things in the wrong way, if I lay a chocolate egg on all the boys dirty pots, washing, wet towels, coats and toys........then maybe they'd feel different about finding things and tidying up.  I think I've just had an epiphany!  Well, it is Easter!