Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A little CAS Christmas making.

Morning and how are you today?
I can't believe I am actually organised today and typing before work.
Today I have a selection of CAS Christmas cards to share with you.  I guess you could say that I loved this Christmas stencil from Imagination Crafts as I have used it loads, I think it goes so well with the Sparkle medium.
Shhh, but I think I might be a glitter and sparkle convert!

I have taken my inspiration from my earlier 6" square card but reduced the card size down to a C6.
Just perfect for bulk making at Christmas time.  We have shades of turquoise, sage green and silver.
I love the simplicity and the added sparkle.

The sentiment stamp is again by Waltzing mouse stamps and the wee metal stars are from my stash.

That's all from me today, short and sweet.  I better go and get to work for my short shift, then I have the dog to walk before picking up the boys and starting round 2 of the day.

It's grey and cloudy here this morning, I guess we're going to get rain, all the better to be inside at work or even crafting, if you are lucky.
Enjoy your Tuesday and more from me tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hot, soapy and lots of friction, what was I up to?

Good evening all!  Bends knees and raises hat!
How are you this Monday evening and how was your weekend?

I had a busy day at work Saturday, the day just flew by followed by a lovely chilli and glass of red wine for tea, and relax.
Did you watch Strictly on Saturday, wasn't it good?  I think it is going to be a very close competition this year.  There are at least five of the couples that are left in that could win it.
They're all so good.

On Sunday I made a couple more Christmas cards in the morning and then packed up for my crop later in the day.  I had a productive day this is what I was up to.

Can you tell what it is yet?
I was told I needed hot soapy water, lots of elbow grease and mountains of friction!
Yes, I was having another go at wet felting.
My good friend Helen at Ar Dachaidh Crafts was at the crop and was keeping me right with gift that I decided to make for Christmas.  Do pop over to her Facebook page and take a wee look at her felt items, they're amazing.  I love her little fairy houses.
We both sat next to each other and I tried to keep up with her but experience won out.  I nearly finished the project at the crop, another hour and I would have done it.  I was so keen after feeding my boys their tea I set back to work and made sure I got the project finished.

This is the finished article.  Another Christmas pressie ticked of the list, I've just got to add a clasp inside once it is dried.
This is my second bag like this, I made a similar one a year ago and I have to say I found this one easier to make than the first, most certainly down to Helen for keeping me on track.
Not only did I have a present at the end of the day but the olive soap and the friction made for soft, soft, soft hands, which had been very dry after the day at work Saturday.  Bonus!

Today I have also been productive.  The food shopping done first thing, after getting the boys out and sorted.  Then back to make soup "butternut squash", yum, yum and two Christmas cakes.  Once the cakes were in the oven the dog and I went for a nice long walk to the next beach,  Thankfully the morning rain had gone and it was actually quite mild if not a tad cloudy.  Then it was back in time for a cup of tea and biccie before picking up the boys.
I guess now it is time to feed them and the animals before relaxing!
I'm in work tomorrow and Wednesday but then I have the rest of the week off.  Or you could say the calm before the storm as we ramp up for December.
I am hoping to get some of my Christmas cards written, it would be a first for me to get my foreign ones sent on time.  I usually end up making "Happy New year" cards instead, I guess an advantage of making the cards yourself.
That's all from me today, enjoy the rest of your evening, stay warm, I intend to as I am away to light the fire right now.  Brrr!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday again, already! Time to tickle that creative funny bone.

Good morning and how are you this Saturday?
It's cold here in the North of Scotland, I'm typing this on Friday afternoon and hoping by the time you read this that we don't have snow.  It is forecast, boo, hiss, but I'm ever hopefully it misses us.

Every Saturday I try and find a few funny/crafty quotes to share with you, to lighten the load as it is the weekend.  Here is my choice for this week.

Now I know why I'm tired all the time!
I need to close a few tabs down.
This next funny made me laugh and I can't remember whether I've shared it before.  It doesn't really matter as it is too good not to share again. 
I am definitely five out of the seven below...you know you're a crafter when.....
Can you guess which two really don't apply.
The rest do, most certainly.
Finally just for fun, what's your crafty name?

Mine is Elite Goddess!
It sounds a little pretentious don't you think.  LOL.

That's all from me today, I hope you have a lovely weekend.
A busy day at work for me today but on the upside I have my local crop tomorrow, playtime!
Stay warm and I'll be back again on Monday with some more crafty sharing.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sharing an oldie this Friday.

Are you with me today?
How about sharing an old crafting project with me. 
I started sharing an "oldie" on a Friday as a way of bringing back previous crafty makes to share again.  I would love to see your chosen project too, all I ask is that you leave a comment below, that creates a link for me to be able to visit your blog and share the love of crafting.  I will comment on everyone who joins in providing you comment below, it is the only way I know you are taking part.
Today I have another Christmas card for you and completely different from cards I am making at the moment. 
I can't believe I hand stitched right around the oval. 
I used to have so much more time on my hands!

I have used;
Snow Cosy from Sugar Nellie stamps I love this snowman.
Kraft and red card stock with teal and red whitewash core'dinations.
Embossing folders cuttlebug snowflakes.
EK Success plaid punch and Spellbinder Boarderabilities classic grand lace. 
Sentiment stamp Kirsty Wiseman (PI) Many greetings and Hero arts Dots background.
The snowman was coloured with my Prisma pencils.
Stitched by hand!
Ribbon from Howden's Inverness.
I would like to thank you in anticipation of you joining me today sharing an oldie and wish you all the very best for the coming weekend.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It wouldn't be Christmas without a little sparkle!

Good evening, another dark and cold evening.  Can you tell I love the winter months?  NOT.
A busy day at work, Christmas has definitely arrived, the party food is coming in fast as are the sweeties, biscuits and mulled wine.  All the things we love but shouldn't really be eating.
I did threaten to put on some Christmas tunes today but I think a couple of my colleagues might have lynched me.  You can get away with things like that when you are part time especially if you can run quickly!  Still I better wait until December just in case, a good lynching might just hurt a little.

Back to today and I actually have a couple of clean and simple cards to show you.  I recently showed you this stencil using a 6" card but then thought (always dangerous!) I wonder if I can just use part of the scene on a smaller C6 card.

The answer is yes you can.
The stencil is from Imagination crafts as is the Sparkle medium Diamond, the sentiment is by Waltzingmouse Stamps, mounted on black card.  Simples!
As I said in my title, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a little sparkle.  I normally very rarely use glitter except at this time of year but it would be rude not to.

Dog walked, kids sorted, time for me to head to the kitchen and decide what I am making for tea tonight.  Decisions, decisions, my fruit for the Christmas cake (yesterdays post) has already absorbed all the alcohol so would it be rude to add a wee bit more?  Wink, wink!

A day off for me tomorrow, if I get the housework sorted as quick as I can then I might get time to craft later.  I am in work again early Saturday and I am hoping the snow forecast doesn't appear first thing.  It might make for an interesting morning.  There is plenty of time between now and then for the weather to change, hopefully.
Don't forget to join me tomorrow with another oldie.  I am looking forwards to seeing your past makes.  That's all from me today, enjoy the rest of your evening.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

And now for a little festive interlude!

Good evening, I've made it onto the computer but the daylight has gone again.
I don't like these dark mornings and evenings, the day seems gone once you are home from work, and I finish a lot earlier than most.
I had a good day at work today, I wasn't working in my usual department, a change is as good as a rest.  Or so it is said.

I'm all organised tonight, the tea is on, I have half a dozen card toppers drying.  The dog is walked and fed and the boys are happily on their electronics with friends over.
All is calm!  (That doesn't happen very often.)

As my cards are not finished I've got something a little different for you today.
Can you tell what it is yet?

I am determined to be more organised this year.  This is my fruits for my Christmas cake, soaking in brandy, it smells delish.  All my fruit is measured and shall soak in the brandy until Monday when I plan to make my Christmas cake.  I always follow Mary Berry's recipe but this year I think I might make two smaller cakes rather than one huge one.  That way I won't feel the need to just keep it for Christmas, I do like it soaked in brandy too and like to feed it once baked.  A boozy little number!
"It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas."

Thanks for all your kind comments yesterday, I'm glad I am not the only one at this time of the year.
I always have great plans to do everything myself but never really seem to get there.  I don't know why either as we are not having visitors this year.  I shall probably be working extra over the next few weeks and hubby is going to be elsewhere now and again in the run up to the festive season.
Busy times.

I better go and give tea a stir and check on the boys, they've suddenly gone very quiet, which if you have or have had children, it is never a good sign.  ;)
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.  I do hope to get a crafty post typed up tomorrow after work.
I wonder if I will?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Busy doing nothing, but that is just the way it goes!

Hello, a missed post yesterday and nothing to show you today either?  What is going on?
My husband and the boys went to his parents this weekend as it was his Mum's 80th birthday.  I was unfortunately working Saturday and couldn't make it.  Being home alone I had great plans to get some Christmas organising done and lots of housework.  After a busy day on Saturday my cold got the better of me and I ended up with a very relaxed Sunday apart from walking the dog.
Yesterday I then planned to do some crafting but after I'd sorted all the beds, the food shopping and the dog, the family were back home. 
Where do the days go?
Today I have been getting all the ironing up to date before going into work Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. 
Why am I so tired!
Every time I sit down just now I find myself dropping off!  Scary.  It isn't even Christmas at work yet, I think I need a booster!  Anyone got any spare energy kicking about?  Fancy sharing?

I have to also admit that I have also been glued to the TV after Friday's events in Paris. 
Very shocking indeed.  I haven't really felt like crafting. 
What is the world coming to?

I am hoping to get back to you later in the week meanwhile I am going to listen to my body and relax. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It's Saturday, time to tickle that creative funny bone again.

Good morning, I am in work again today, busy times! 
Whilst I am beavering away I found this funny quotes to share with you whilst blogging yesterday.
What better way to start the weekend than with a smile?

I loved this field guide to scrapbookers, which one are you?
I have to say I think I am a good mix of most of them to be honest, the hoarder stands out the most but I definitely have elements of others too.

Ever wondered why new paper is so yummy, now you know....

I am definitely going to blame the pheromones in the future, how can you resist if you are being hypnotized?  It seems totally logical to me.  More paper required!  ;)
Finally for today, are you suffering from a craftdiction?

I think I might have it!
There are worse things I could suffer from, don't you agree?

That's all from me today, I shall be looking forwards to a quiet evening after a busy day at work.  I shall be relaxing in front of the fire and chilling out watching Strictly. 
Have a super weekend, more from me on Monday. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

It's that time again, dig out your oldie it's FFFriday.

Good morning and how are you today?
It was wet and windy last night up here, it looks like Abigail is definitely on route. 
My youngest had a Christmas fair last night so we braved the weather and went for a wee look.  There was some lovely handmade items and a nice festive feel, I got a couple of gifts.
It was blowing a hoolie on the way home.

Have you noticed the date today.....Friday 13th.....OOOOOO!  Lets hope we get plenty of good luck today and no bad luck.  ;)

Today I have another Christmas card for you.

The products I have used:

Green, and white card stock.
Stamps by Waltzing Mouse.
Spellbinder Nestabilities Heirloom ornament 2011.
Cuttlebug embossing folders.
Fiskars and Martha Stewart edger punches.
Glitter by MS.
Seam binding from stash.
Distress ink Peeled paint.

Why not join me sharing an old crafty project this Friday.  You can share any handmade item on your blog, all I ask is that you leave a wee comment below.  This is purely so that I can then pop along to your blog and see what you have shared too.  I will comment on all.

I have a day off today but lots to do having been busy at work this week.  I might also be working on Saturday dependant on what my boys have planned. 

I'm sure if I get up to anything crafty you will be the first to know. 
Have a lovely Friday and more from me tomorrow. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

And now for something a little different, board of black?!

Good morning, get me with an early post today!
A few jobs under my belt and kids ready to go, organised for work so I have a wee bit of time visit the land of blogs.
Thank you for your lovely comments yesterday, Lorraine in answer to your question, no worries, if you want to give me a mention I would be grateful.  x
Today the sun is out and it is a lovely crisp and clear morning, perfect for taking a couple of photographs.
I ended up walking away from the TV last night, The Apprentice brings out the demon in me.  You're right Carol agreeing with me, "where do they find these people!"  It does make me worry.  Still each to their own, the world would be a boring place if we all were the same.

I decided to be productive instead and have a go at a "blackboard" style card.  I have been admiring the style of card for a while and it has been on my to do list to give a go, I can now tick it off!

I have to say this is the perfect die for using my "Stick it" with, can you imagine the hassle of gluing this down without it?
The die is by Apple blossom and is Christmas chalkboard, it is not a die company I have bought from before.  I did need to use a shim to help get a good imprint but it only took a couple of runs through my die cutting machine.  I have used black bazzill paper and white SU ink to create the chalk effect background then layered on blue card.  To tie in the blue I have used matching gems and glitter to finish.
This is a totally different style to yesterday's card but still very much a CAS card.  At Christmas I tend to have to reign myself in from layering as sending a large quantity of cards last minute can tend to get quite expensive.  This is a flat card apart from the gems so shouldn't require extra postage.

That's all from me today, time to go and grab some breakfast before heading into work for another short shift.

Do you have better weather too today?  I guess it is the calm before the storm as I believe "Abigail" is heading our way tomorrow, just in time for the weekend.

Before I go don't forget to dig out your oldies for tomorrow and join me with a little look back over our crafting.
Have a lovely Thursday.