Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sharing a funny this Saturday.

I had a lovely crafty day yesterday, although I didn't manage to tick off everything on my to do list I did get on top of my orders.
I found these quotes last night and they did make me smile so as I'm beavering away at work I thought I'd share them with you.

So now you your crafting space all sparkly just now?  You must be making Christmas cards then.
I now know why I love glitter so much!

Remember last weeks quote about Pinterest and what a wonderful website it is?
Apparently now you can suffer from craftatonic.......sound familiar?!
Oh yes!
I think this is something I suffer from quite often.

Whilst writing this the dog is getting nearer and nearer to is treat time.  She is now licking my hand and has her paw over my other one.  I think she is trying to tell me something!
"Mum where's my treat!"
Best I go and get her one.

Enjoy your weekend folks, have a good one whether you are shopping, crafting, dashing about or chillaxing.  More from me next week.  x

Friday, November 28, 2014

Share an oldie this Friday.

Good morning, how are you this Friday?
It's that time of the week, how are you fixed for sharing an old crafty make today?
Today I am sharing another Christmas oldie with you and another card.


I love this SN stamp "Snow Cozy" he is such a jolly happy Snowman and a delight to colour with copics, glitter and glossy accents. 
Paper range:  Tis the Season by BoBunny (totally yummy!)
Punches:  Martha Stewart Vintage lace patp, SU Scallop boarder, SU circle & scalloped circle.
Doily:  Wilton enterprises, coloured with Glimmer mist silver & turquoise blue.
Stamp:  PI Paula Pascual "Essential Christmas".
Ribbon from my "local craft shop for local people!"
The little buttons are from Dress it up buttons and my snowflake I purchased on-line.

Today I plan on having some craft time, I have a few orders to complete and a few cards I need to make too.  Plus I'm early shift tomorrow and it will be another busy one, 4 weeks to Christmas, dine in and special offers a foot.  Yikes it will be a crazy day.
If that is not a good enough reason for an easy day today, I don't know what is!

Please to feel free to join me sharing an oldie this Friday, it's just for fun.  Do remember to leave a comment below so I know to visit your blog and share in the crafty appreciation.  
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the coming weekend, whatever you have planned, have a good one.

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throw back Thursday challenge.

I was recently contacted by Bibiana about my "share and oldie on Friday" posts.  It turns out she runs something similar on a Thursday, great minds think alike, eh?
Now my posts are just for fun but Bibiana runs it as a challenge, see my link above.
As I have a wee one home I have decided to give the challenge a go, this one being the last of the year, anything goes and needs entering by the 19th of this month, see her Throw back Thursday post for more details.
Bibiana has posted a step card, so when in Rome, I thought I'd post one too.  This is of a Mo Manning image, perfect for teen boys.

Doesn't time fly when you are having fun, my teenage boy hits 16 in four months time, how did that happen?  Scary!

I'm still beavering away making card orders here but none have gone out yet so I can't share with you.

I still have my wee one off, building him up gradually.  He is a lot better today and back eating, plain and boring food, but it's a start.

It's nearly that time of the week again, don't forget to join me sharing an oldie tomorrow, just for fun, I'm thinking Christmas again, ho, ho. ho!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday.  x

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Patchwork but with a little biker style!

Good afternoon, how are you doing today?
You'll be pleased to hear that my wee one is on the mend, sports drink and toast have stayed down and he is starting to look a little brighter.  Thanks for all your concerned comments.  x

Today I intend on tackling some of the bespoke cards that I should have been doing last week.  I don't know what is wrong with me just now but I have a real battle on my hands to actually sit down and make cards.  My head seems to be in Christmas present making mode!
I always have a mad panic at this time of year, I'll make this for one person and that for another and fuss about usually ending up achieving very little.  If only I followed what a lot of other bloggers do and start making the dreaded Christmas cards and presents from January then throughout the year.  I don't!
Every year I think to myself, next year I am going to get organised earlier and every year I get worse. I don't know why I feel the need to try and make so many cards and presents as the only one laying on the pressure is myself.
Please tell me others do this and I'm not the only one who thinks the perfect Christmas must be homemade?
We maybe getting visitors this year too so I really need to get organised especially as work is only going to get busier too.  Panic!  Not quite yet, but calmly simmering, shall we say?!

On that note I finally got my quilting material through from the states to make a certain something for a certain someone (it was to be a birthday present but didn't arrive in time so guess it will now be a Christmas one.....if I can get motivated!)  I am not going to say anymore just incase the person in question reads this, but I don't think that will happen.
Here is the material, if you are a regular reader I am sure you will know straight away who it is for.

You've guessed, haven't you?

Isn't it fab and even cut ready.  I don't know about you but I love the traditional style of quilting with squares.  Don't get me wrong some of these fancy quilts folk make are truly stunning but well beyond my level of ability just now.  I shall be sticking with traditional till such time I can manage a class or two, probably after Christmas now.

Enjoy your Wednesday guys, I must go and check on my wee man and then get motivated into card mode.  Take care and more from me tomorrow.  x

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We shall remember them.

Morning, another dreich dark day today so I'm afraid the photography is suffering again.
I was supposed to be at work this morning but unfortunately my youngest boy has been vomiting since 8 last night, right through the night, bless him.
We've both had very little sleep so today has been scrapped, instead it will be a snuggling on the sofa day with maybe a few video's.  The new school rules stating not to put children back for 48 hours after sickness will take him to his long weekend off, plenty of time to recover.  Mind you this will probably mean that this house will be very much like the calpol advert by tomorrow with me thinking, he's feeling better now!

A lot of my fellow bloggers have been away this weekend down to Birmingham for the craft show, I hope you've all had a super time and I can't wait to see what new stash you've got.

On a more serious note today is the 11th day of the 11th month, the day we remember those lost in wars, battles and during the course of duty in our Armed forces.
Today is the last day I shall be mentioning my poppy's having shared with you the amount raise yesterday.  All without pushing, everyone coming to me requesting one and for that I am grateful.
I didn't show you my smaller version of the most popular poppy I make, it is basically in-between the regular one and the pin.  My preference this year is the wee pin, I shall be rolling those out next year for all interested.  I also fancy having a go at a purple one which is supposed to be in support for the animals lost during conflict.

I am very lucky to have known both my grandfathers who have long since passed, one who service during the second world war in Africa and the other as a fireman in London during the blitz (who won an award for his bravery).
I have an old tea tin with my Grandfathers ration book, diary, a poppy, medals and photographs, plus other bits and bobs from his time in the army.  I find it truly fascinating and love the fact that he left it to me, with my service background also.
We can only imagine what horrors previous generations have gone through so that we can have our freedom.
I do think younger generations could learn a lot if only they were taught it warts and all, they then might realise how lucky they are, especially the idiots who egged our house recently,
I know who you are!
When you live in a small village you soon find out.
I'd also like to take the opportunity to mention colleagues and close friends my husband has lost over the years, Remembrance Sunday and today are somber days for him too.  Men and woman taken far too early in life, the Shackleton crew, the two Nimrod crews, those maimed and emotional effected for the rest of their life.
Remembering you all today and feeling grateful.  x

Monday, November 10, 2014

Good morning all, a quick update.

Hello, another week nearer to Christmas, yikes, and what a busy fun packed weekend!
Another super busy day at work Saturday as it starts to ramp up for the festive season, it's coming whether you like it or not!
Then it was the local firework display in the pouring rain!  Great fireworks, shame about the weather as it hadn't been too bad during the day.
We then visited a new neighbour for their housewarming party followed by collapsing on the sofa in a heap.  Bushed.

Yesterday my hubby donned his best bib and tucker for Remembrance parade locally.  My eldest boy was playing in the next town, their marching Pipes and drum band were leading the armed forces on parade.  I went to watch, proud mummy moment!  The band all looked very smart as did the service men and women.
It was a beautiful sunny day but cold, great for marching but not for standing around, it could have been worse!
Hot drinks all round when we got home.
In the afternoon I baked and then had a meeting at work in the evening.  A busy weekend.

I am working today and tomorrow so all quiet on the crafting front, mind you I still have a list of cards which I don't seem to be getting near just now.
I am hoping to get all crafty before the end of the week.

Today's post is all about yesterday, so finally I wanted to let you know my total posted to the British Legion yesterday, £111.50!
I'd like to thank all of you who supported my little crafty poppy make, all the money, I'm sure you'll agree, has gone to a good cause.

I nearly forgot Jenny here is the link to Amy's blog.  Amy is the lovely lady at Creatively Inclined who shared the poppy pattern.  I used Amy's design for the pins and the first part of my large poppy's with a button.  I added a second tier to this poppy by repeating the pattern but adding a layer of double crochet between the circle and the poppy petals.
Of course, it goes without say, sending a big toot to Amy for sharing her pattern.

Enjoy your Monday folks and more from me real soon.  x

Friday, November 07, 2014

Share an oldie this Friday, let's start with a festive bunch!

Good afternoon, a late post today and no post yesterday, gosh work interferes with your crafting!
I did have something to blog yesterday but again missed the light for photographing, got to love this time of year!  It has been wet, dark and miserable all week, you know the sort of weather.....where you just want to curl up on the couch?
Talking about curling up on a couch, I finally entered the world of the onesie yesterday.  My boys have had them for ages and are always slobbing around the house in various animal states. We have monkeys, tigers and wolves living here!
No longer a onesie virgin I am now wondering what took me so long, I have never been so cosy on an evening and comfortable.  As far as I can see there is only one downside.......having to strip right off to go to the bathroom, but I suppose if they had butt flaps, we'd all be wandering at home looking like overgrown babies?!  Now that wouldn't do!

Back to the crafting, I thought as Christmas is in full flow at work, maybe it's time to start a Christmas themed share an oldie.  I seem to have plenty of old Christmas projects to share so here goes, today I have chosen this card.

Close up.

For this project I have used:
MME Loss and Found Christmas 6" paper pad.
Martha Stewart punch Doilly lace.
Crackle glaze and Stickles Diamond with StazOn Timber Brown.
Distress ink Tea Tye.
Stamped images from Inkadinkadoo Winter Wonderland 
and sentiments from PI Kirsty Wiseman Many Greetings.
Spellbinder Shapeabilities die Ribbon tags trio.
Ribbon from stash.

You can find the instructions to make this card here.
I have found through playing
 StazOn ink works the best with Crackle glaze.
The stickles have been added on top of the glaze once dried.
I love this shape of card and would like to thank the girls over on Splitcoaststampers for sharing this tutorial.

Ho, ho, ho!  I hope you like the first of my Christmas oldies?  There's plenty more where that came from.  Please do join me sharing an oldie, not forgetting if you do join in to leave a message below so I can see what you are sharing too.  I will pop over and visit you all.

I normally now wish you all the very best for the coming weekend, I have a busy one planned.
I am early to work tomorrow and then we're all off to a firework display after tea.  
Sunday it is Remembrance parade, which should be interesting as my eldest boy is doing one and my hubby another.
I think it is going to be a busy couple of days.
More from me again soon, happy crafting and take care this coming weekend.  x

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

It was an itsy bitsy tiny weeny...................!

Morning all, my goodness an early post!  I better sit down.  In truth I had an early morning call from work and then I had a friends child over before school so today.
Washing on and the dog is walked.
The tide was high again this morning, but we managed to hold on!
On that note the sea was very rough today, you could hear the waves crashing on opening the door.
Brr, wet and dreich again, once at the beach I could see the waves were crashing over the harbour wall, taking no prisoners!  Nature at it's best.
We walked to the next bay and I have never seen so much foam, it looked like one large angry bubble bath, certainly one you wouldn't be putting your toe and thinking, mmmm relaxing!

A cup of tea in hand now and bloggerty blogging before deciding what to do next, decisions, decisions.
I have about 10 bespoke cards to make and all the usual boring housework to do but on the bright side I am at the hairdressers lunchtime, time to get rid of the grey again!
Then it's music night in our household, drums are us, which can only mean one thing, this morning I shall be enjoying the peace and quiet.

Yesterday's post explained all about my photograph today, it's my itsy bitsy tiny weeny poppy to show you.  I used cotton thread for these little beauties, right fiddly to make but then I am known locally in the crafting fraternity as the Queen of fiddle!
I don't really know whether it is a compliment or not but today I'm feeling positive so I'll take the good from it.
Without further ado.....

That's a 20p so you can get an idea of the size.  
I've been told many times, good things come in small packages!  
I've never been able to use the phrase, not being vertically challenged.  The only time I do get this feeling is at work, the two guys I work with are both over 6 foot.  When I stand in between both of them, I feel small!

I am rambling on again so I shall sign off now before you think I have totally lost my marbles.  Have a super "hump" day no matter what you have planned and happy crafting!  x

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Where does the day go?

Well, today's post is not what I expected to be writing.
After finishing work I had the family shop to do, then the boys to sort and the tea.  Doesn't time fly when you are having fun!
I have finally got sorted and unfortunately the light is, how can I put it, no longer!  Yes, the nights are well and truly drawing in, the last couple of days have consisted of dreich, dark days and a lot of rain.
Not the best lighting for photography.
So today I was going to show you more poppy's.  I know MORE, I'm beginning to sound like Oliver. (A joke in our house when someone wants more!)
I was having a conversation with a neighbour last night who kindly donated funds towards my British Legion donation.  As we chatted he mentioned not to bother making a poppy, he was just happy it was for a good cause.  Then we spoke about the different types of poppy's and he happened to mention he liked the small pin style.
Not one to shy away from a challenge I set to work last night making my smallest poppy yet, it's tiny.
It was a little fiddly to crochet but I was happy with the results.
I had to do it as I am not happy accepting a donation having not done anything for it, it's just not in my nature.  Tomorrow, after I have a decent photograph, I shall be popping over a couple of my all new poppy pins, I'll also share here too.

On a lighter side, did you enjoy all the Halloween celebrations at the end of last week?  I was checking out Pinterest earlier and saw this, I am so going to do this next year.
Is that cruel?
I think it's a great idea, although I don't think my youngest will like it.

That's all from me today, enjoy what is left of your evening and I will be back tomorrow more.  Happy crafting.  x

Monday, November 03, 2014

Ship ahoy! Well, hello sailor!

Good afternoon all, I hope you all had a super weekend?
Today started off quite well, everyone off to school and work, the dog and I had a lovely walk along the beach, although there was not much beach, the tide was high!  Which could only mean one thing I had a Blondie hit rambling around in my head as we wandered along, can you guess which one?
Then I looked to my shoes and had to smile to myself, isn't it strange how the mind works when you switch it off?
I feel I must explain, I have a pair of those trainers for when I go out walking with the dog which are supposed to shape up the body as you walk, apparently walking in them is like walking on sand.
Which got me to thinking if I am walking on sand with shoes which make you feel like you are walking on sand, does it double up?  I know, crazy thoughts, but it did make me giggle to myself.  I think I should stick to crafting!  I guess you could say I had good suspension whilst out walking and my knees will thank me in the long run.
Moving on before you think I have totally lost the plot, I had a very busy day at work on Saturday followed by a quiet night.  #shattered.
Yesterday I just couldn't make my mind up what to do first as I am in work four days again this week so I plumed to do the ironing, whilst catching up on some TV I'd recorded, one job down!
Today, the plan was to crack on with the housework but I seem to have been distracted, it's far to cold, dark and dreich today.  The fire is already on and I had a wee bit of crocheting to finish from last night.  Whoops!  I better get my head into gear or the week will be gone and I will be no further on.

Enough of my waffle, lets get back to some crafting.  Today I have a card for you, another bespoke request, this time for a gentleman who is 90, it had to have a named boat and a red ensign on it.  This is what I came up with.

This is a digital image I bought ages ago and actually forgot I had, I managed to get the name and flag on and really enjoyed getting my copic markers out for a change, it seems like ages since I did a little colouring, so relaxing!
I am going to sign off now as I am having a few technical issues, my mouse has given up the ghost and is driving me crazy.  Let's just say it is a good job the window is closed and it is cold outside or it would have left the building.  Something else for me to sort.
Technology is only great whilst it is working!
Enjoy the rest of your Monday all, I am working tomorrow so I shall be back in the afternoon with some more crafting.  x