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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sharing an oldie this Friday. Crafty style!

Morning all and it looks like it is going to be another gorgeous day in the North of Scotland, that's three days on the trot, it must be summer!

Another oldie to share with you today and this one is from a couple of years ago.


Black and pink is not a usual combo for me as I'm not really a pink kind of girl but occasionally I like to live dangerously!

For this card I have used Spellbinder nestabilities rectangle.
Behind it I have mounted a MM Make a wish clear stamp from PI on to acetate. 
American craft black and pink and I have edged using Martha Stewart edger two dot punch and black soot Ranger distress ink.
I have also added pink card on the back of the inside card to get the colour following through.
The sentiment is from PI clear stamps Paula Pascual Double sayings with black StazOn ink and cut out with Spellbinders nestabilities label 14. 
The final touches are with satin ribbon from my stash and bling from Zva Creative.

I love this set of stamps from PI and have used them loads, perfect for any occasion.  You've got to love stamps you can use for any occasion as you get so much more wear out of them, good VFM.

If you'd like to play along with me on your blog sharing an oldie don't forget to link back here with a message so that I can visit you too and share the crafty love!  
I'd love to see your work. 

All that is left for me today is to wish you all the very best for the weekend, another day chilling in the sunshine here with maybe a little crafting and ironing later.  
I've recently re found my kindle and am enjoying getting my nose into a book again.  The only problem I have is if it is a good book I have great difficulty putting it down!

Have a super Friday.  x

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's a scorcher today, so I go shopping?!

Afternoon all, and what a beautiful day we are having.  Bright blue skies again today!
Summer is here....shhh!

Later post for me today as I took my eldest boy out clothes shopping this morning, yikes.  He is fifteen and is now in a man's medium and has gone from a 7 to an 8 1/2 size in shoes in 4 weeks....consequently nothing fits!
We had a rummage in TKMax and the sports shops and have come away with a few pairs of jeans, tee-shirts and shoes.  He is as big as me now......it's scary!
But we did have fun and I managed to drive which was fine too, feeling much better this week, nearly back to normal and only seem to get a little sore later in the day.

Did you watch the football last night?
That's me out of the draw in work, no prize winnings for me.  Going on the performance over the last couple of nights I predict Germany will win, then Argentina followed by Netherlands then Brazil.  You heard it here first, like I'm a football guru!  LOL.  We will see.

Back to crafting now and I had another play with stencils and modeling paste yesterday and this is what I came up with.


The stencil is by Clarity stamps, Spellbinder die Curved matting basics, sentiment by Waltzing Mouse stamps, with ribbon, glitter and button from my stash.
Oh I really like this technique the only problem is being patient and leaving the paste to dry before finishing the card off.  I have a bit of a production line going here with about four different designs on the go!
If only I could move in my craft room.....it so needs a very good tidy.....and that is putting it politely.

I'm away for a light walk with the dog and a possible ice-cream, again making the most of the lovely weather.
Enjoy the rest of your day.  x

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A little bit of crafting and how about this for a beach? Why would you want to go anywhere else?

Afternoon all and how are you today?
Did you watch the football last night?  My word Brazil got hammered by Germany.  Talk about missing their key player.  A shocking result.

Yesterday we ended up at Lossiemouth beach with is a five minute drive from us along the coast.  On days like today when the weather is fine and the sun is out there is no place I'd rather be.  Why would you not enjoy a staycation?


This is the bridge you cross to get to the beach as the river goes under it and around to meet the sea.


This is the view once you get off the bridge.  Sand, sand and more sand!


I haven't quite got the hang of my new cameras panoramic setting, bit grainy but it gives you the general idea.


I need to point out how packed the beach is, this was midday!  
We walked along with our Rizzi's ice-creams in hand, nomn,nomm.  I had apple crumble and rocky road and it was delicious.
Bright blue skies again today so I think I'll be enjoying another walk later along the beach.  I just can't make my mind up whether to craft or enjoy the sunshine.  I think the sunshine might have to win, because you never know when it is going to change!

Finally today I have a very clean and simple card I was asked to make recently.  It had to have a lily on and be very simple with just the wording, Thinking of you.
This is what I came up with....


I made the frame myself and the sentiment was on my computer, the lily is designed by Momma's scribbles @ Cardmakingdownloads.com, pearls from my stash and coloured with copic markers.

That's all from me today, I'm away now to enjoy some sunshine.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  x

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Stencils and modeling paste at the ready....mmmm....love this idea.

Hi, remember on Sunday's post I said I had an idea after watching Barbara Gray?
I have a few stencils and some modeling paste, bought after a class with Andy Skinner a wee while ago in Aberdeen.  It has been sat waiting to be played with so I thought why not?
I have to say this is my version of a style of card that seems to be on trend just now, I think next time I will omit the glitter and just use ink.  Why?  I'll let you see.  Normally I change it then show you but feeling brave today.


I have also used a chevron stencil, a doily, broken china Distress ink and Sizzix framelits and stamps Banners.  The button is from my stash and font by computer.
The glitter looked fab when I first put it on but it keeps coming off every time I touch the card, rethinking required!  

This card is winging it's way to my cousin who is going through a rough time just now with his health, just to let him know we are all thinking of him and are wishing him well.  I wanted it to be quite a cheerful but a masculine card, hopefully to brighten his mood.

It is a beautiful day today so we are hoping to make it to the beach later, maybe even for a picnic....better get my skates on. 
I don't think you need to be anywhere else when the weather is good....but I'll take my camera so you can decide later in the week.
Enjoy your Tuesday guys, I'm off for a little bit of fun in the sun!