Friday, August 28, 2015

It's crafty oldie time again, that must mean it's Friday.

Good morning to you and how are you this Friday?
I know I say this every week but this week does seem to have flown and to be honest I can't say I've made best use of my time.  Maybe I shall slowly get back to normal after the end of the school holiday.

Friday is all about sharing an old crafting project, just for the "crack" of it.  The only request I have is that if you are joining in you leave a wee comment below, not for my personal benefit but so I can also visit your blog and see what project you have decided to share.  Remember it can be anything at all that is handmade.  It is just nice to share the love of all things homemade.

This is my oldie for today and was part of a class that I taught back in 2011.  We had lots of fun stamping on to acetate, I guess you could say I am a hard task master!
Acetate can be notoriously slippery to stamp on to, you have to be clean, precise and confident when tackling it.  If at first you don't succeed, try again, it is amazing what solutions can wipe away the evidence so you can dry the acetate and have another go.

I have used black and white American craft textured card, Acetate, Martha Stewart punch Deep edge flower bed, Hero art stamps Anytime messages, bling by Zva creative and ribbon from stash.

Are you joining me today re posting an old project, I'd love it if you would.  I will visit all over the weekend to see what you have selected.

I am in work again tomorrow, an early start for me and no doubt it will be a very busy one as it is coming up to the end of the month.  It should make for a very quick day, but then all Saturdays are.
Have a super weekend.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A little personal number.

Good afternoon all, how are you today?
Bright blue skies here in the sunny north but a tad colder in the air.  Boo, do you get that feeling that winter is on it's way?  The mornings are certainly getting darker, especially the early starts for work.

I have been a bit slow in getting going today, I don't know why.  You know when you have one of those days where you get up all guns firing ready to take on the world and then you sit down to breakfast and fizzle out very quickly?  That's been me today.
I need a rocket to get going, if you find one, think of me.  It might just get me moving a bit quicker!

Today's card is a personal request from a friend.  She gave me an old photograph to go on a card and wanted the recipient to be circled in some manner.

I tweaked the photo a wee bit and tried different ways to do the circle.  In the end I thought this little brass ring did the trick as it didn't block out anyone else in the picture.
She said the family hasn't seen this so is hoping they love it.

Before I forget I didn't mention the stamp in yesterday's post and have since been asked about it.  If you don't remember it was the label for my jam.  The stamp is by Unity Stamp company based in America and it is called Premium Authentic Quality.  I thought it would be a perfect addition to any presents that I had made myself when packaging them.

That's all from me today, oh I so should be doing my housework right now but I'm really not in the mood.  I think I'll go and put tea in the slow cooker and chill out, maybe craft instead, you won't tell anyone will you?
My excuse.....not that I need one, hubby has been on nights and is currently sleeping off, I couldn't possibly make lots of noise tidying could I?  LOL.

Catch you again tomorrow, can you believe it's Friday again already, I better go and hunt out an oldie.  I think come September I might start with some Christmas oldies, I seem to have plenty of them from my demonstrating days.  Enjoy the rest of your Thursday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I'm just jamming, won't you join me?

Good afternoon, how are you?
As I am posting this the heavens have just opened and it is absolutely dinning down.  I'm glad I am inside and not out walking the dog.

A late post for me today.
I had a wee health scare recently, it has been on my mind even though I have tried not to dwell. Today I had appointments over at Raigmore hospital after dropping the boys off for school to follow up on previous results.  The good news is that I have been given a clean bill of health.
Hurrah, to celebrate hubby and I enjoyed lunch out before heading back before school home time.

I mentioned earlier in my blog that I had been making jam at the weekend.
This coming years Raspberry jam is done and dusted and stored away for the coming months.

I didn't boil it as much as last year so I have a soft set jam this time.
Last year was the best batch I've ever made, I guess you could say I was a little distracted this year with the goings on.
It tastes good, which is the main point, I always like it with a bit less sugar than recommended so it is a little sharper than shop bought jam, more like fresh raspberries, if you get my drift.  Just perfect with freshly made scones and cream, nomn, nomn.
I so need to loose weight at the moment but I just love all the wrong things!

Talking of food it's The Great British Bake off" again this evening.  Are you watching?
I love it.
The only problem with the show is that you really have to partake in a little something naughty whilst watching, a scone or cake with a cup of tea is the only way.  I don't know about you but the show always leaves me feeling hungry.

That's enough from me, all this talk of food I better go and think about putting the tea on.
Enjoy the rest of your "hump" day.
I hope you have better weather than we have today?
More from me tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Let's celebrate, crafty style of course.

Good morning all, how are you today?
I'm being organised this week and typing this on Monday for Tuesday, get me!
LOL.  I am not normally that organised.  The weather today is dark and driech with the definite promise of rain, let's hope tomorrow is better.

Today's card is again inspired by the lovely team over at Papertrey ink.  You know when you see a new technique you haven't tried and you think, I must have a go at that?  Or is it just me?

I have finally got some decent flat watercolour card, yes, Elaine finally I have bought some Acquarello and what a difference.
For this card I used Tim Holtz distress ink Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon and Abandoned Coral.  I cut my celebrate die out of a scrap of card and stick it before die cutting and then placed it onto my card rubbing down to make sure it is secure.  I then added the ink and water and left to dry before stamping "It's time to" and adding a little bling before layering on black card.
If you follow the link above to The Papertrey ink site the lovely Lexi has a you tube video for you to follow.
I enjoyed trying this and love how the ink just finds it's own way of blending, I had to resist the urge to try and keep it within it's block, OCD are us! 
I then had to leave it till it was dry before removing the mask.
Now I've tried this my mind is buzzing with other ways I could use this idea, thanks to Lexi for the inspiration.

That's all from me today, I better go and get some housework done and then I have a couple of card orders to sort.  Enjoy your Tuesday and more from me tomorrow. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Now who's for an ice cream neapolitan style of course, and not what you think!

Good morning and how was your weekend?
I had a busy time Saturday morning at work and on the afternoon we popped to the next village along where there was a Viking event going on.  I was a little disappointed that I didn't find Eric the Viking from the True blood series but then you can't have it all!
Yesterday my best pal and I decided to go fruit picking on our own.  Both sets of kids usually come with us on our annual trip to get berries to make jam with.  This year none wanted to come so more jam for us!
We had a lovely morning out in the sunshine picking raspberries and strawberries, followed by refreshments at a local garden centre before heading home.  We had a peanut butter and chocolate scone each and they were yummy.
Once back it was lets get the jam making head on before tackling the ironing with occasional stops to enjoy the sunshine outside.
On to today and this week's theme at The great scheme of things is Neapolitan ice-cream inspired, yum, I have to admit I really wanted an ice-cream whilst making this card, thinking "Neapolitan!"  MMmmm.

I have matted and layered paper from Memory box onto brown cardstock, adding stitching detail before layering down. I then cut out Papertrey ink Birthday horizontal die in brown and layered on to white card, 3D foaming to the background. To finish I have added a brown photo corner, pink ribbon and some pearls.

Why not pop over and join us with a little pink, brown and white number?

That's all from me today, back tomorrow with more card making. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Let's get those crafty funny bones tickled!

Good morning all, how the devil are you this Saturday?
I'm popping into work for a short shift as we're a little light today, it should give my lot chance to get up and organised but I'm pretty sure they won't.  It is a Saturday morning after all!

My Saturday posts are all about lightening the load for the weekend, hopefully they'll make you smile or even giggle.  I choose the quotes that make me smile, laugh or even provoke a little thought in the hope you enjoy them too.
Today for a change I am feeling a little like a material girl again!

The first one is for my material friends, Jan, Susan, Irene, Christel and Hayley.  How right is this?

This next one quote is on a doll, I think most folk could do with one of these at one point or another, it is a great idea.  
I wonder if they do a more masculine one too?

A super way to get rid of the tension after a bad day, don't you agree?
Everyone should have a Dammit doll.

This last one made me a smile, although not a material link I think it makes a great verse especially for an event where you know the person will be opening the card in front of others.

For all those times when you don't know exactly what to say.  
I love it.
I'm sure we've all had cards which could do with a verse like this?
Another fabulous idea.

That's all from me today, more thought provoking today than funny ha ha but I did think they were worthy of sharing.
Have a super weekend whatever you have planned and more crafty fun from me on Monday.  x

Friday, August 21, 2015

It's Friday, time to share another oldie for fun.

Good morning and how are you this Friday?
It's that time again, sharing an old crafty project for the fun of it.  I'd love it if you'd join me resurrecting an old project on your blog just for the joy of crafting.  All I ask is that you leave a wee comment below, that way I know you've joined the fun but more importantly it means I can pop along to your blog and check out your oldie to.  I will comment on all.

After yesterday's chilly post I thought I'd bring us right back to the summer months with a sea theme.

Today I have used Sugar Nellie image "Ocean's gift!" together with papers from DCWV The Linen Closet.  The sentiment stamp is by Stampendous and the image is coloured with Prisma pencils and Distress ink Vintage photo.  Wire, lace, pearls, ribbon and button are from my stash.  

Mmm my favourite colour combo, Kraft, cream and shades of teal.  In my eyes it can't be beaten, but then it would be very boring if we were all the same.

Plans for the rest of today really depend on the weather, the housework still awaits my approval as does the ironing, decisions, decisions!
I did actually have this weekend off work but have been asked just to do a short shift in the morning tomorrow.  It is holiday season after all!  
I believe the market is also on in Elgin so no doubt the town will be busy.

Do you have anything exciting planned this weekend?
I hope you enjoy whatever you get up to!  
I shall be back tomorrow to tickle that creative funny bone. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throw back Thursday......Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow....just not right now as the sun is out!

Good afternoon, another morning has disappeared!
I now have a couple of days off before back in work for a short shift on Saturday so this morning I have enjoyed the sunshine.  Yes I know I should have been dashing around cleaning bathrooms and tidying the house.
When the sun shines you make the most of it in the North of Scotland and I am in the middle of a good book.  With this in mind I am afraid I say "boo" to work having instead enjoyed breakfast in the garden, a nice cup of tea and a very good book.  Bliss.

Today I have decided to join the lovely Bibiana over at Stamping with Bibiana for another Throw back Thursday event.  This month the request is anything technique bases.
Bibiana has shown the positive and negative use of dies, I had shared this technique at the end of July with my snowflake card so I have picked another card today.
This card, funny enough is still on the snowflake theme but I have used the die to emboss as well as to cut out, I have also cut into the die removing some of the arms.

For the card I have used Spellbinder Grand Nestabilities Scalloped square, the card is all from the Papeterie too.  For the snowflake background I have embossed the snowflakes from Shapeabilities Create a flake 3.  For the large snowflake I have used 2 Snowflake Pendant 2011 dies and 1 2010 Snowflake pendant and cut out in the centre with Spellbinder Nestabilities Classic circle.  I have layered them together and have removed the little bits in between the snowflake arms off.  The sentiment stamp in the centre of the Snowflake is from Kirsty Wiseman Worded baubles and embossed in Silver.  "Snow is falling" is from KW Many Greetings and is inked onto a Shapeabilities Fancy tags 3 but I've then cut the fancy bits off and added some bling.

I do like to play around with the dies, positive, negative, embossing, stencilling and then even removing bits.  Why just stick to a straight forwards cut, there are so many more possibilities available.  
The only thing holding me back is time, the imagination is still flowing it's just finding the time to catch up with all the ideas in my head!
It's maybe not a bad thing 'cause some ideas are probably better not shared!  LOL.

That is all from me this Thursday, I hope you have a good day one.   Is it sunny with you too?
Now the big question is, do I continue my lovely day with some crafty fun or do I knuckle down to the housework?
I fancy myself as a bit of a rebel today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time to move on with a new M & S job on the horizon.

Good morning all, two mornings on a row I have been organised, will this last?  Probably not.
I love it that the kids are always keen at the start of school term to get to school early.  I am making the most of it as I know it won't last!

Yesterday whilst at work I was asked if I could make a card for our manager who is leaving to another store.  They needed it today.  Yikes!  I don't normally do such a quick turnaround, I had to get my thinking cap on quick smart.
This is what I came up with.

As we are a Simply food branch of M & S I decide to stick with that theme.  I made up the carriers in the present colour combination at work, printing the logo on the computer then added random food buttons from my stash.  Inside reads, "from all the staff at Elgin Simply food."
Hopefully as it is an 8" card there shall be room for everyone to sign it today.

Are you watching the bake off again this year?
Looking forwards to seeing what happens later today.  Is it just me or do you feel the same way, I always want a "mighty fine piece"  (a fancy cake in local lingo) and a cup of tea whilst watching the bake off.  It always makes me hungry for something naughty but nice!

That's all from me today, back into work very shortly so better go and get some breakfast to keep me going.  Have a super Wednesday and more from me tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Celebrate in style, CAS crafting style.

Good morning, get me being organised.  Most unusual.  Both my boys are away and my hubby isn't home from his night shift yet so I am having a few minutes peace before heading into work.
What a difference a day makes, it is really dreich and cloudy here today, a real back to school day!

This weeks challenge over on The Great Scheme of Things is to make something crafty using the colour combination lime green, black, white and silver.  This is what I came up with.

Now lime green wouldn't normally be my first choice of colours and I did have fun trying to find that shade.  I have lots of greens and none of them lime!
I recently received these stamps from The Papertrey ink,  Yes, I've been bad again, more crafty stash shopping, I can not resist!
Can you tell from the link above which card I really liked and why I bought the stamps?
Thanks to the gang at The Paper
trey ink for inspiration.

I have matte and layered white card on to black but before doing so I stamped the dots and "It's your birthday" in green ink by Kaleidacolor, it was the nearest green I had to lime, and believe me I looked!
The stamps are from a new set released in June called Good times.
I have then cut out the matching die set "celebrate" in black card and 3D foamed to the card. Finally adding some silver stars from my stash.
I love the simplicity of these stamps and think they'll get a lot of use for CAS cards. Who doesn't need a quick card now and again?

I seem to need them all the time just now or maybe my style has just changed all together?!
Anyway I thought this card would be good in a whole manner of different colour ways so guess which other colour I tried first?

Yep you guessed right, I guess I'm so easy to read.

I used Distress ink Peacock feathers for this one and some small sequin stars for a change.

I can see me rattling a few of these off.  I do love it when you get new crafty stash that you know you are going to get plenty of use of.  It must be the Yorkshire in me!

Anyway time for me to go and grab a bite to eat before heading into work.  Have a super Tuesday whatever your plans, more from me tomorrow.