Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's Christmas! Soon.....

Hi all, another brisk walk along the beach this morning in the cool crisp air but I'm afraid now it has got quite dark and dreich.  Boo.
The perfect weather for sitting in and crafting away.  Today's challenge is one from my boss at M & S, to convert these tin watering cans into Christmas table decorations.  Now I am not a florist so this could all go horribly wrong but I am going to give it a good go.  With a little advice from my pal Kate I plan on giving the pots a Christmas facelift!
Now if it was for me at home I would keep it simple cream and green for the festive season but I have been asked for traditional Christmas which obviously has to be red, green and gold.
Here is the tin I am starting with.

I shall be keeping you updated on my progress so watch this space.
(Lets hope all goes well then!)  No pressure.  ;)

The Christmas cards will have to wait a wee bit longer.

That's all from me today I am away to try and cover my selection of tins.
Have a good Thursday and more from me sharing an oldie tomorrow, yep it's that time again!
Happy crafting.  x

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

OOoo new crafty stash!

Morning all, how the devil are you this Wednesday?
It's another bright and sunny day here, although it's a tad cold, just perfect for a early morning walk along the beach to wake you up.  Brr!
I've had my annual check up with the nurse this morning and was a little shocked when she took my weight, gulp!  Now I haven't had my head in the sand as I know I have put a little weight on, I was just surprised as to how much.  Slimming world books back out at the ready, boo hiss.  It is just so hard at this time of year, too many lovely rich yummy foods as the festive season approaches.  I don't feel that I eat excessively either but I do know where I am going wrong.  It just seems to me that everything that is enjoyable and yummy to eat isn't fat free!  In the words of my youngest that is just not fair!  Boo!
I guess this means that I have to try and do better on the food front, yawn.

Moving on to today's crafty loveliness I promised last week to show you my recent purchases.  I think you best sit down.  I even checked out with Santa on Facebook how good I have been this year......73% naughty!
Gulp, coal for Christmas then?!  Still on the upside at least I'll be warm.
I guess these purchases come under the naughty but nice umbrella, on the upside, I am looking forwards to playing with them.

Mmmm look at all those dies!

Oh and a couple of other dies, an embossing folder and two stamp sets jumped in my basket at the same time.  How rude!  ;)

Finally I also got this lovely yummy threads from Patricia.

So kind, thank you and such beautiful colours.

I now just need the motivation to sit down and play, sorry I mean craft!
First, boo, hiss, I have a huge pile of ironing to tackle so I best make haste and get that sorted.  Enjoy your hump day folks.  x

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Single, double, treble, hooking time again!

Good morning all and how are you this bright and sunny morning?  It is cold up here in the north of Scotland but we have blue skies and sunshine, happy days.
The Christmas cake had to be hidden last night after comments from my eldest and hubby.
They both wanted to cut it straight away and it hasn't even been laced with more brandy or decorated yet.  I do hope it tastes as good as it smells because the house yesterday did smell all Christmassie.
Back to today and I have some more of the same with my crocheting, Christmas stocking fillers in full flow.
Remember I promised no more poppy's, whoops, just once more.  I think I mentioned that the wee poppy's would possibly make good hair slides.  I've had a little play with intentions of sending them to my friend for her little girl Poppy at Christmas.  My only concern with them is will they be robust enough for small finger?  I have used super glue to attach the flower and brad to the slide but if anyone has any better suggestions having made similar I'm open to your advice.

I have also made a couple of dishcloths, not a very exciting Christmas present but they are only extras and very useful.  I do like useful!
This first one is made with cotton yarn I bought whilst in the states earlier this year I thought it had Christmas all over it.

Ho, ho, festive is that!
The second is more traditional.  I was asked for this style of stitch rather than a fancy one as my chief tester says they make better cloths without all the fancy holes.

These have both be pressed and folded ready to be wrapped in tissue.  The top one is treble stitch all the way the bottom one is rotating a line of treble then a line of double, just for variety.

I'm no further on looking at my Christmas cards this week.  I have a list of bespoke cards to finish first and more housework too.  On the up side I am planning on going out for lunch today which will be nice.  Time to crack on, more from me again tomorrow.  Happy crafting.  x

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crafting with Ken.

Good morning all, and how the devil are you this Monday morning?
Did you have a good weekend?
I had a busy day in work on Saturday followed by a quiet evening chillaxing.  On Sunday I decided to pop over to The Papeterie in Aberdeen to meet the lovely Ken Oliver.  Last time Ken was in the country I couldn't make his class as I was at work, but I did get a surprised phone call from him via my PI boss Jan.  It was most strange as I was in a local DIY store looking for kitchen wallpaper.  We had a lovely chat and there was nothing else for it but I just had to have the paper I was looking at at the time.  Now every time I walk in my kitchen I look up at the walls and smile!
Getting back to Aberdeen and we had a lovely day, Ken told us all about his product "Stick it" and showed us his fabulous new papers and stamp pads.  Stick It goes in any die cutting machine attached to your card, it is repositionable until dry and glitter/gilding flakes work fabulously, with very little mess and no sticky fingers.

We had a lovely chat and quite a few giggles needless to say I came home with lots of ideas buzzing in my head, now just to find the time to play.

Thanks Ken for a super day and safe journey home, till next time!  ;)

I just had to add Stick it to my crafty stash but couldn't resist a few other beauties too.

This believe die cut was just fabulous in glitter.  Oh and a couple of other dies which caught my eyes.

I've been after a decent sized cracker die for ages, now I have no excuses but to make my own this year.  Another job to add to my list!  
The berries are for another crafty job I seem to have roped myself into for work, more of that later.
I still have my selection of goodies to share with you from the states too.....I really am bursting to open that parcel and play especially now I have stick it to make the job a whole lot easier.

It was lovely also to catch up with the gang over in Aberdeen who I haven't seen since I stopped demonstrating.  A big thanks to Pearl for my lunch, you are naughty!
Oh and a big happy birthday to the lovely Tina who celebrated in true crafty style yesterday, loved my cake.  x

Plans for my day then....get to crafting a.s.a.p!
That means getting off this computer and cracking on with the housework, boo, hiss.  I also have my Christmas cake in the oven this morning!
I have added an explanation mark to the above sentence because last year I made my cake a week before Christmas and it's not even December, happy, happy, happy on that front. 
Now if I could only make all my Christmas cards and write them too this week that would be that doesn't happen!  LOL.

Enough waffling from me, enjoy your Monday all and back soon with some more crafty gossip!  x

Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's the weekend, what craftiness will you be sharing?

Good morning all and happy Saturday to you all.  I'm in work today so I thought I'd post a funny today.
My eldest boy also has his last pipe band commitment today, a Santa parade!  I'm sure that will be fun and I'm gutted I'm missing it.

Whilst we are busy I thought I'd just say a big thank you to Bibiana  for the mention on her blog this week.  I entered her challenge, Throw back Thursday, this week and got a mention.
I now proudly have a badge for my blog, whoop, whoop!
I am really bad for entering challenges, which I shouldn't be, but life gets in the way and I always seem to be playing catch up or have something else that needs completing.
Maybe that can be a New Year resolution for next year?
When I get the house sorted and am not working I shall make a point of joining in more.  x
You heard it hear first and I didn't have my fingers crossed either!

My first funny today is for the girls who come to my crafty gatherings and probably one of the reasons why I don't get as much crafting done as I'd like too.  I am easily distracted by lots of loveliness!

Tee, hee, how to solve the problem!
As for me sorting out the house, the worst room after the loft is my craft room.  I would say because now and again other stuff gets dumped in there until it can be sorted but really it is just because it is a tip.  A creative mind is not a tidy mind!  That's my excuse.

Does this sound familiar?
Mmmmm trying to have a craft cull is very difficult as you always need the item you've binned a fortnight earlier, or is that just me?

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the weekend, I hope you have something exciting planned or even some crafting.

Catch you next week with some more creativity!  x

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wishing you a Spellbinding Christmas, share an oldie this Friday.

Hello there and it's that day of the week again, sharing an oldie this Friday.  It's another week closer to Christmas and I'm only very slightly more organised than I was last week.
Today's oldie was a card to showcase the Spellbinder snowflake dies for a demo, I wanted to show that you could equally use the negative and the positive of an image.

The positive on the left and negative on the right, what better way than to show the difference side by side?  The only thing is, it makes for a rather large card!

For this card I used:  AC textured card and K & Company Winter Wonderland.
Spellbinder shapeabilities 2011 Snowflake Pendant, Create a flake 3 and
Ironworks Motifs.
Nestabilities Fleurs De Lis Square, Classic scalloped circles and Classic circles.
Sentiment by PI Lindsay Mason Grrrreat Christmas words.
Bling by K & Company.
Glitter by stickles Diamond.

I'd love if you joined me, just for fun this Friday by sharing any of your old crafting project.  
Leave a comment below and I will visit you all at some point over the weekend, sharing the crafty bug.  It would be lovely to hear from you.

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the weekend, an early start for me at work tomorrow and no doubt as it gets nearer and nearer to Christmas it will be fun and busy!
Enjoy your weekend, whatever your plans.  x

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Posting a little chicken.

Good afternoon, again, this week is just flying by too.  Sorry for the missed post yesterday but if you are a regular reader you know Wednesday is my busy night ferrying around my boys to activities.  I also got a phone call from my BFF on Tuesday night saying she was travelling through to Inverness yesterday to do a little Christmas shopping and did I fancy going?
Now I really should have been catching up with things here but I thought no, we haven't been out together for ages on a day trip, I thought anything could just wait and went.  We had a super day, my pal always organized had a list and was ticking off as she went, me I just went with the flow and picked up a few stocking fillers.  Christmas happens whether you are organised or not and I always have a panic last minute!

Back to crafting and today I wanted to show you a card that my pal sent to another of her buddies as she was celebrating a big birthday earlier in the week.  Karena keeps chickens so I thought this wee chap could make an entrance.

The chicken is a quickutz die, remember them?  I'm taking you back in time.  They were the first style of dies I bought along with sizzix, before any other companies were about.

Today I have a long list of things on my to do list and it has started slowly, having had a lovely long walk with the dog.  Not a problem I hear you say, that wasn't, it was the sit down once back and the cup of tea, followed by another and another whilst I caught up on a couple of programs I've taped.  I need to step away from the TV and crack on, if only to warm up, winter is definitely on route.

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this Thursday and I hope you are joining me tomorrow when I share another Christmas oldie!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

More bingo results!

Today I shall mostly be working so I have tried to be organised having typed this up yesterday.
This post follows on from what I mentioned yesterday with the last three cards in Anne's selection.
Today it is all about Christmas, ho, ho, ho!  Traditional all the way with a little red, green and gold.

Firstly a little robin.

There is a story behind this wee robin.  This robin featured in one of my first classes probably well over 10 years ago now....before we had the array of dies and matching papers that we have now.  It was a fun class ripping up paper which at that time, really wasn't the done thing!
Anne asked for a robin and although I hunted high and low in my craft room, could I find a robin?
Nope I couldn't.  So I put on my thinking cap and went back in time.  This is actually a great style to produce with kids as they aren't as scared of ripping paper as some adults can be.
The sentiment stamp is by Papertrey ink, holly button by dress it up buttons and paper from my scraps.

The second card...a traditional tree.

This is an Andy Skinner stamp embossed with green glitter with added pearls and a star.  To me this shout CAS Christmas card.  I love the shape of this stamp.

Finally I have been itching to used this poinsettia buttons for ages as I think they're lovely but then it is my favourite flower of the season.

I used my spellbinder circle die to make the frame.

That's all from me whilst beavering at work today.  I will photograph my new stash and share tomorrow with you, when hopefully the light is better.
Enjoy your Tuesday and happy crafting.  x

Monday, November 17, 2014

What do points make? Prizes, maybe?!

Good afternoon and how are you this Monday?
Another dreich day here in Scotland, the winter months are upon us, wouldn't you agree?
Did you have a good weekend?
It was busy this end with a mad day at work on Saturday and then a busy day crafting with my pals yesterday, we even managed a little SU stroking!  (It just had to be done).

To start with today I'd like to send out a big thank you to the lovely Patricia for the threads you sent me, wow I love them, can't wait to play with them.   All are beautiful, thank you.  x

Today and tomorrow I am sharing a few CAS cards I made last week for a friend at work.
This year is the 10th anniversary of our store and we are planning a bit of a knees up nearer Christmas.  In order to lighten the load we have been raising money all year towards this event.
My little part was to hold a M & S bingo session over a number of weeks, by jingo!  Instead of numbers I used M & S products, the first to 12 winning a bottle of bubbly and half a dozen handmade cards by moi!
The lovely Anne won and gave me some ideas of what she would like in her selection, over today and tomorrow I will share with you the finished cards.

Firstly a golfing card for her father's birthday.

I love this stamp and die set by Papertrey ink, using Distress ink Crushed Olive and a dress it up button.

Next a Rennie Mackintosh style card to send to a distant friend.

Firstly sorry about the photograph, it has been really dark and horrible over the last week and not the best for taking photographs.  This is a bigger die from Sizzix and I just used one side of it keeping the colour way very simple.
I am really loving the simplicity of this card with the die doing all the work, less is definitely more in my world just now!

Finally for today a Christmas card to Dad.

Anne asked for some traditional styled Christmas cards, hence the green and gold with matching tartan.  This stamp is by Waltzing Mousing, gold embossed and layered with coordinated cardstock.
Clean and simple.

Tomorrow I will share the other three cards, I do hope Anne likes the selection I made for her.
Enjoy the rest of your Monday. 
I have everyone home again today and lots to be getting on with, catch you again tomorrow.  
Just before I go my parcel of crafty goodness arrived from the States on Saturday, what a lovely surprise.  #exciting.
Do you want to see what I bought?

Back tomorrow.  x

Friday, November 14, 2014

Share an oldie this Friday, Christmas style.

Good morning all and it's FFFFriday again, where does the time go?
This weekend is a long weekend for my husband and boys so I have all my men at home, just me working Saturday.
The wee man got up feeling unwell again, just when I thought he was over the worst of it. Strange.
I will be keeping a close eye on him today.

On to the crafting and today's oldie I am sharing is another Christmas card.  This was made for my BBF as the wee dog on it looks just like hers, loving this LOTV image.

Papers:  Dream Street papers Wonderland Magic moments & Let it snow.
Dies:  Martha Stewart Vintage lace patp, Spellbinder Nestabilities small deckled rectangle & Papertrey ink ticket.
Snowflake purchased on line, glitter & satin ribbon from stash.  Image coloured with copics.

Do feel free to join me this Friday, if you are, all I as is that you leave a comment below. that way I can visit your blog and see what you've shared.  I'd love to hear from you.

It only remains for me to wish you all the best for the coming weekend.  Have a good one, no matter what you have planned.  x