Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's Saturday, time for some funny crafting quotes.

It's that time again, here's "something for the weekend" to tickle your funny bone whilst I'm away for a girlie crafty day out.  Yippee.
Today is going to be a good day!

The first crafty funny I have for you is this.....

Go on admit it you sang that to the song from A little Mermaid, didn't you?  If not, why not?
Just me then.  I love that Disney film, it's one of my favourites.
BACK to crafting;  I'm sure part of being a crafter is the ability to hoard lots of lovely stash, no amount is too much, you never know when it will come in for the next big project!

Talking of projects, have you ever thought.....

Mmmm did you get away with it?
I tend to find that making something for someone is the only way a project gets to leave my craft room.

You know you are a party animal when....

What I want to know is, what is wrong with that?  OK I might push the boat out on a Saturday night and maybe swap a glass of wine for the tea or maybe a B and C.  Would that be wrong?
It depends how good you are at counting after a couple of drinks.
It could be one interesting project!

This final funny made me laugh and is not craft related but have you ever done honest now.

I blame breast feeding, mine have never been the same.  I can remember a good pal telling me years ago not to do it as she lost her boobs.  It had the opposite effect for me, and that is all I am going to say on that matter.  I'm just glad there isn't a camera by the stairs at work!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks, more from me next week.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Going back in time for the oldie this Friday.....a little black and white number!

Good morning all, how are you this Friday morning?
It's that time again when I encourage you to share an old crafty project with me, just for the fun of it.
All I ask is if you are joining me and want to share your oldie too, leave a wee comment below and I will visit you all over the next couple of days.  It can be any old crafty project as long as you have made it yourself.

Today I have a little black and white number for you.

I have used digital image Annabel from Sugar Nellie stamps coloured with grey prisma pencils.  The Spellbinder dies are Classic circles and Labels Twenty four (I've used two frames and linked them together), together with A4 embossing folder dots (difficult to see in the photo).  The sentiment and die "For you" are by SU with ribbon and pearls from my stash.

All the colours in the world and I've done black and white, but I like a black and white card. It's fun to practise your colouring just by using light and dark shades of the same colour.

Have you got plans this weekend?
I actually have!
I'm not working tomorrow but am heading over to the Papeterie in Aberdeen to do a class with the lovely Hels Sheridan.  I have met Hel's before down at the trade fairs in Birmingham, her samples are amazing.  Can't wait to see what we will be making in her class, I think we shall be getting all inky, can't wait.
I shall also be another year older on Sunday.  I was hoping to have the whole weekend through in Aberdeen but the boys didn't want me to.  
They think that I should be going Quad biking you think that's what they might like to do?!  LOL.  
Looking at the forecast for Sunday I think a nice relaxing day at home crafting might be the order of the day.  I did say to them, Mum would rather have a massage or her nails done but they didn't like the sound of that.  Boring!  I must point out that I NEVER get my nails done and on the odd occasion I do, they don't last.  Guess I'm not a girlie girl!
I shall have to wait and see what they have planned for me, one thing for sure it won't be "girlie!"
Have a super weekend.  x

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Crafting as we speak, starting with a clean slate!

Good morning all and how are you this fine Thursday, can you believe, Thursday already?
We have beautiful blue skies here but there's a cold wind or should I say it's a tad breezy (by Scottish standards!)
I know this because as I walked the dog along the beach today I had the joys of sand in my face and the occasional spray of water.  A great way to blow away the cobwebs first thing and to really wake you up for the day ahead.
On the upside it is good drying weather so one lot of clothes is drying on the line and the next lot is washing as we speak.  Can you tell I have a day off?  Lots to do and not enough hours in the day, I also think I run at a different pace on my day off.  Or is it just me?  I tend to slow down the pace.

I have a few projects up my sleeves to show soon you but I need to keep them under wraps for a little longer.  You could say I've been beavering away in the background!

Today I am sharing another creative fellas work.  One of my pals at work partner works with slate and whiskey stave's, he makes some beautiful pieces.  I asked if he could do me some place mats and coasters.  I love them, they're so chunky and even have fool's gold running through them.

They're all obviously the same size but I love the fact that each one is slightly different.

I also had a wee crafty purchase over the weekend, a couple of sizzix dies I have been after for a long time, I finally got them.

Oh I love this poinsettia die and have had it on my wish list for ages after seeing this....

Aren't these pillar boxes just wonderful that Richele made?
You should check out her other work on her blog California art girl, her quilting and fabric work (most recent post) is absolutely stunning.
Oh if only.
I'd love to make a quilt like that, what a fabulous keepsake.  You really MUST pay her a visit.  x

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this Thursday, more from me tomorrow when I share another oldie.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May your guardian angel watch over you.

Hello how are you this Wednesday, it's the middle of the week already, how did that happen?
Earlier in the week we had a move around in my dining room and I decided to change a few bits and bobs around.  One of the items I have been meaning to update lately is my corn dolly.  My pal Irene bought wings for her ages ago and I had since bought matching wire for the halo and a wee plaque.  It is just one of those jobs that wouldn't take long but I've never got around to.

I'm really happy with the changes and hopefully she will continue to bring this house good luck.
What do you think?
As for what the plaque says...

I like to think that we all have a special someone watching over us and keeping us safe, don't you?

Now where did my straw go, I'm in the mood for some straw work.
Irene thank you so much for the wings, they look fab.

Another day in work for me today, then more of the same, jobs about the house and maybe a little crocheting. if I am lucky.
Enjoy your Wednesday folks and happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Now for something completely's post is edible!

Good morning.
Yes I'm posting before work, I must have been organised this morning!  Shock, horror.
At the weekend in work we were raising funds for Prostate cancer, this involved us bag packing, cycling and wearing blue front of house but we also had cakes, tombola and other lovely eats backstage for break time.
I was asked to bake so this is what I took.

Firstly Cadbury's creme egg muffins, a chocolate muffin with a mini egg inside, topped with butter icing and creme egg.

Lemon meringue pie muffins, with lemon curd inside and meringue icing.  I did have mini meringue toppers to add but after giving a wee blast with my blow torch I decided less was more!
These are my favourite muffins just now and there was enough meringue mixture left to make these for tea.

This is actually the first time I have made meringues.  I've never bothered as my BFF makes the best meringues so I have never needed too.  Lazy I know.
I was very pleased with the results for a first attempt, crispy on the outside and chewy inside, just how I like them.

That's all from me, I did manage my man mountain of ironing yesterday and I didn't need to get a new iron either, bonus!
As for today, I'm in work after I've got everyone to work and school then afterwards maybe the usual housework.  Hopefully I might just squeeze a little crafting in.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, crafty style of course!

Good morning all and how the devil are you this Monday?
A busy weekend was had this end with my youngest boys birthday on Saturday.  (Thanks for all your birthday wishes for him).
He went to Laser tag with his Dad, brother and pals, all dressed up in camouflage, running around outside in the glorious sunshine.  Needless to say they all had a ball.
He had a huge Colin the Caterpillar cake from work with his name on but unfortunately they were tucking into it before I realised I didn't have a picture.  It was lovely, beautiful thick chocolate on the outside and yummy Swiss roll inside.  Even the staff at the Loft, where he did the Laser tag, thought the cake was huge; more to share!

Yesterday I took him to the cinema to see the new animated film Two by Two, the story about the Ark.  It was a super kids film with a real twist on the story.
It was nice to spend the morning together after all the fun and games of Saturday.  I had a crazy day at work!  Everything that could of happened did, it definitely lived up to the phrase of being "one of those days!"  I was glad when it was home time.
In the afternoon I caught up on a few jobs and did a little crafting for the other blog I am involved with The Great Scheme of things. 
Talking of The Great Scheme of things, I am posting there today too.  This week has to be my favourite colour combo so far, can you guess what it might be?
This card sort of gives it away.

For this card I have started with 3 different strips of sea blue paper and have punched them with different sized circle punches along the edge to create a wave effect. The sand card has been torn to give a rustic effect, then glued over the sea blues. The beach hut is by Hobbycraft and is paper pieced in blues and stone before attaching to the card with 3d foam. I have also added a further base of sand to give it a grounding! The sentiment is by Hobby art craft By the sea and the seagulls are by Kanban crafts Sail away. Finally I added the wee button, the crab before matting and layering on a dark stone colour and adding to the card. 
This is this weeks colour combo, shades of sea blue, stone and sand.  Why not play along?

I loved this palette of colours, but then I am a sea blue kind of girl, and who doesn't love the beach?

So what is on the cards today?
The boys are in school, it is not a bank holiday for them.  Hubby and I are off so time to crack on with some jobs.  I have another man mountain of ironing, which might be hard to do today as my iron keeps tripping the electric, shame, I might have to craft instead!
Or maybe a trip to town for a new iron?  Boo!
Have a super Monday whatever you have planned.  Catch you with more tomorrow, I am working so it will probably be later in the day.  x

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It's Saturday time to tickle that crafty funny bone!

Good morning all.  A busy day for me at work today and a birthday boy too.  It's going to be a fun packed day!
Today's crafting funnies all have a crochet theme for a change so here goes........hold on to your funny bones!

I was asked recently by a friend who doesn't craft, how on earth do I know what I am doing?
To which I gave a brief description of what everything a blank expression of "I'm none the wiser!"  Lol.  I couldn't very well say, "sometimes I don't!"  It can take a while to sink in.

Now that is living too dangerously.....I'd be lost without mine.  The first time I used them it was a real "eureka" moment.  Counting all the time can be more dangerous!

Need I say more?
And finally.....

I think I have three of these on the go at the moment!  And that is just crocheting, not including cards, scrap booking, mini books, sewing, the list goes on.  A girl can never have too many projects on the go, just finishing a few would be nice.

That's all from me today, I hope you have a super Saturday whatever you have planned.
More from me real soon.  x

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's FFFFFFriday, time to share an old crafting project.

Good morning to you and how are you this Friday?
It's a bit cloudy this morning but hopefully it will brighten later.  Day off today and lots to get through but lets start with sharing an oldie.

I created this card by using 2 x 6 x 12" strips of Ranger Adirondack canvas textured card stock.  I scored the card 1",1 1/2", 2 1/2", 7 1/2",8 1/2", 9" and cut off at 10".  First I covered the front strip with MME The sweetest thing Bluebell paper then I cut two windows with a Classic Spellbinder square die and one of the Back to basic tags dies.  I stamped onto acetate with my sentiment from Hero Arts Treasure the moments and added to the rear of the first strip with foam pads.  The inside of the card is decorated with more Bluebell paper and 3 x butterflies from Spellbinders Les Papillions two and pearls.  The edge of the card is decorated with Edgeabilties dies Classic petal before putting the whole card together.

I haven't made this style of card for a while but I do love the shape.

I'd love it if you'd join me in sharing an old project, just for fun.  It's great to see how everyone's style changes over time.  All I ask is that you leave a wee comment below, that way I know you are joining me.  I will visit everyone who does.
Sharing the joys of crafting!

Tomorrow it is my wee man's birthday so I better get a card sorted today.  Last minute as always!  He has a party which my husband has taken charge of as I'll be at work.  I shall just be turning up for the best bit, cake, and to take the kids home.....result!

At work we are also supporting Prostate cancer this weekend.  We will be bag packing and cycling, as well as working, it should make for a fun time.  A few of us are also baking for the staff too.
With that in mind I better get myself sorted and get that oven on.  Now what to bake?!

Have a super Friday and even better weekend.
Oh and happy crafting too.  x

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In the pink......OMG I'm crafting with PINK!

Good afternoon all, a later post from me today after work instead of before.  I had a busy morning today, having to get my youngest ready to go with his Dad to hospital in Inverness first thing for a check up.  He's been checked and all is fine (that is a matter of opinion!).
My eldest boy had his Geography exam, only two left to do now, French tomorrow and Chemistry next week, then that's him all done till higher time next year.  I needed to drop him off for his bus, I think he was the only one on it today as all the kids not taking exams have a long weekend.  That wasn't organised very well!
Then of course wee Holly needed a quick run to the beach before I went into work.

I've had a busy day in M and S, it's friends and family weekend this weekend and a dine in so it will be mega busy.  The dine in is great this weekend, lots of steak and whole chickens and your free bottle of wine for a £10 or you can super size it and pay an extra £10 for a bottle of champagne which usually retails at £25.  Well it would be rude not to!

Back to today and it is my turn to post over on The Great Scheme of things and the colour combination to share this week is "in the pink."  Now those of you who know me, know I don't really do pink so this was a challenge.  This is what I came up with.

For this card have used a chevron stencil with Distress ink picked raspberry. Then I added a Tim Holtz stencil Splatters over the top adding modeling paste. Once dried I added Versa ink Pixie dust pink glitter, only on the splat.  
The house is from Papertrey ink Love lies here, as is the sentiment.  The house is stamped with Pixie dust and Distress ink Worn lipstick then die cut, layered on to dark pink card and a bit of bling added. The whole image is then matted onto Bazzill pink card.

This card went to the lovely Joyce who has recently moved home and comes to my monthly crop.

I did buy stamps and stencils of splats and other random shapes recently, then wondered what I would do with them? 
I quite like the idea of a splat on a new home card, when you move into a new home the time will come when you want to put your own "stamp" on it!

That's all from me today, I hope you are having a good Thursday?  
It will soon be tea time and then hopefully I might get a little crocheting in later.  
Happy crafting all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A rose by any other name, hooking style of course.

Good morning all, another quick post before work today.  A busy day yesterday so no crafting, boo, hiss, no doubt today will be the same too.
This is one of the crochet projects that I started at the weekend, a rose brooch.

It was the added little surprise I spoke of in yesterday's post.
I have used rose and lime cotton yarn, added some bling in the centre, then felt and a pin on the back.

What are your plans this Wednesday?
The only problem with posting early before work is I have very little else to tell you, very boring indeed.
What I can tell you is I managed to get some eyes yesterday for my other hooking project so I can now continue with that this evening.....mmmm the plot thickens!
What can it be?

Have a super day everyone, I'll be back later today to have a wander around blogland and see what you have been up to.  Enjoy your day.  x

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, lovely lady!

Morning all, get me posting before work, it doesn't bode well for me to be so organised!
Today it is my lovely friend Gayle's birthday, have a good one!  xxx
Gayle and I went to Florida together with Karen and Marlene six years ago for CHA and had a fabulous girlie, crafty week away.  Lots of shopping, eating, crafty stash admiring and most certainly lots of giggles.
Here is her card.

Green gingham is her favourite so it would be rude not to.  I have used Distress inks Peeled paint and Crushed preserves together with gingham stamp from Waltzingmouse, the butterfly is by Papertrey ink Love lives here and the sentiment is also from PI Beautiful butterflies.
The ribbon and bling from my stash.
What to get her?  MMmmm.  I love it when folk have a Pinterest wish list but not knowing how old it was and what she may already have I settled on a voucher, that way she can get what she wants.
I have also sent a wee surprise in the post, more about that soon.

It only remains for me to wish you all the best for this Tuesday, I'm away now to work, time for a little food sorting!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Climbing my own mountain just now, will I get to the top?

Where did my morning go?
I think someone stole it while I wasn't looking?
Did you have a good weekend?
I had a very lazy one.  Trying to get my boys to do anything just now is definitely fruitless.
I am putting it down to exams and hoping things pick up as the weather improves.
I enjoyed just chilling, a bit of card making, a new book and two new crochet projects, one of which I have even finished.  Now I don't want you to think that must mean the granny square blanket is finished, as is the bunny, nope, I've just put them to one side whilst I start something else.
How many unfinished projects can you have on the go at once?  If only there was a prize!
I'm sure I'd have even a little competition.

Today I have a bespoke card to share with you.  When I was asked for this card I did think, how on earth will I manage this one?
I was asked for a grey climbing wall, a climbing rope and helmet.
I can remember saying to my crafting buddies at the last crop, mmmm, I don't know quite how I'm going to tackle this one.  Then as I chatted I had a brain wave, it doesn't happen very often!
This is what I came up with.

I made the climbing wall with paper and thread, the helmet I drew and then cut out adding colour and glaze to give it a more realistic look.  the rope is embroidered thread and I used some wire to create the carabiners and figure of eight equipment.
I was happy with the final effect  but I do hope her daughter likes it.

Have you ever tried rock climbing?
I'm afraid I am not a natural.  I tried in my late teens and found it very difficult to lift my own body weight with my arms.  I found the view at the top of the cliff was the best bit and the abseiling down great fun, once you get over the initial going over the edge, but the climbing up very tough indeed.
I've never had the urge to give it another go, maybe I would find it easier now?  Probably not!

That's all from me today, I'm working the rest of the week except Friday and Sunday, so a busy time. I better go and get cracking.  I guess my blogging this week might be later in the day.  I have a few things that I was playing with over the weekend to share, so as Arnold would say, "I'll be back!"

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I've got that Saturday feeling, time for some funny crafting quotes.

Morning all and chillaxe it's the weekend.  I have this weekend off, what will I do?
I don't know yet but hopefully I will enjoy a little crafting time.
As it is Saturday you know it's time for a few crafting quotes to tickle your creative funny bone.
Ever get that feeling that you are a bit different because you are always thinking creative thoughts? LOL.  This made me laugh as I'm sure none creative folk just don't "get" us.

Next on my list.....have you ever hidden your new stash in a strange place?
I'm lucky that I have a craft room but it is full to bursting, maybe this will be my next step?

My husband just shakes his head and shuts my craft door.
You know as well as me that creative minds can't be tidy all the time!

Finally this made me really smile and is probably more an age thing than a craft quote.

Ever get that feeling?
All the time.  On a crafting note it is usually after I have tidied my craft room, never to see some bits and bobs ever again!

That's all from me today, have a wonderful weekend, here's to plenty of craft time!  x

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's Friday, time to share another oldie just for fun, crafty style of course.

Good morning all, how are you this Friday?
It's that time again, sharing an old crafty project just for the fun of it.  I'd love it if you would join me, to let me know you are playing along all I ask is that you leave a comment below and I will return the favour.

Today I have something a little different for you, an ATC.
Now I haven't made many ATC's, this was my first and was part of an exchange with other crafters.

I used stamps by Marion Emberson together with Spellbinder die Labels 8 and Distress stains.
I haven't done stamping and inking like this for a while.  
It makes me want to escape to my craft room and get all inky.  
Maybe this is something I could do this weekend?  
I'm not working and have no plans as yet.  I think I will probably end up out on my bike with the boys if the weather is good but hopefully I will also get some crafting time too.  On the upside, my mountain of ironing has been conquered and I can now put the washing machine back starts again!

It only remains for me to wish you all the best for the coming weekend, have a good one.  x

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Clean and simply it's a girl!

Good morning all, how are you this Thursday, can you believe we're nearly through another week?
My hubby has been away this week on a course and got back late yesterday so it's been a busy week so far.  Little Holly hasn't been getting her longer walks in the morning with me working so today, we've had a lovely long walk.  Another lovely spring morning but the clouds seem to be grouping as we speak, no doubt we will get some rain later.

I was recently asked by my BFF for a baby girl card, she is very much like me in that she loves very minimal cards.

The printing was done on my computer and the stamp by Hero Arts was paper pieced.
Simple and traditional.

On the cards for today, so to speak, more ironing, I didn't quite make it to the top of my mountain and since then it seems to have grown again.  A never ending story!
After that I have a couple of birthday cards I need to make and some more for friends.
Firstly I think I might work myself up to it with a nice cup of tea, it is 11 o'clock after all.
I love my days off.
More from me tomorrow, it's Friday so you know what that means, dig out your oldies.  See you then.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Embossing Sizzix style but getting inky too, CAS style of course.

Good afternoon, not as late a post as yesterday.  Another productive day at work, dog walked, now it's time for tea.
Whilst I am in the kitchen I thought I'd share another CAS style of card today, this time using a Sizzix embossing folder.

Once the card was embossed I added distress ink Peacock feathers, lightly over the design.
The sentiment is from Papertrey ink Beautiful butterflies, card stock and bling from my stash.
A none lovey dovey Anniversary card.  I don't do gushy cards unless asked for, I prefer clean and simple ones, funny or a little risky!
I guess that is my sense of humour.

My eldest boy had the first of his National five exams today, he seems not to be phased at all by them.  Which is a good thing.
He has English tomorrow and I think that is the only one he is concerned about.
It's a whole lot different now to sitting the old O level examinations both my husband and I took.
It was our first real exam conditions when we did them, nowadays they practise and practise, which I think is a much better idea.  It takes away the sheer fear factor, I for one can remember being a nervous wreck at school.  I hated them.

Remember my clean and simple card from Monday?
I also made this style in a square card using a sentiment stamp from Stampers Anonymous Way with words.

It was a recent colour combo on the  The Great Scheme of Things blog.  Have you managed to join us yet?

That's all from me today, I better go and see how tea is coming on.  Have a super evening, it's lovely and sunny here, I'm planning on a little crafting later, shhh, don't tell!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Better late than never......CAS style all the way.

Good evening all, I feel that I should bend my knees when saying that and be wearing a Police uniform.  Or is that just me?!
A late post today as I have been at work and then I had all the other usual bits and bobs to do first.
The Internet connection hasn't been the best either, but I am here eventually.

Today I have a card I made at the weekend to show you, I am trying to build up some stock at the moment, I never have the right card made just when I need it.  Do you find that too?
I am also not that organised to be looking in my diary and making a month in advance, where would be the fun in that?

Another CAS card for you, as I've mentioned many times before this seems to be the new "me" style just now.

The photo is a bit dark as I've just taken it tonight but you still get the general idea.  The die cut is by Tonic studios, from the set Garden terrace.  I have added some Stick it before die cutting and then added some silver Deco flakes.  The sentiment stamp is by Papertrey ink Beautiful butterflies.  The black and white card stock is from my stash, as is the wee bling to finish.
Again I quite like the simplicity of this card, the flakes just making the die cut pop out against the black.

Enough from me, how has your day been?
I had a productive day at work and have had a quiet evening with the boys.
Time now to go and get supper sorted and then enjoy a little relax time before doing it all again tomorrow.
I predict a later post tomorrow too.  Enjoy the rest of your evening and happy crafting!

Monday, May 11, 2015

A little paper piecing, CAS style.

Good morning and how are you this Monday?
A lovely walk this morning, it was no coat weather!  A bit on the breezy side but a beautiful sunny day, perfect washing drying weather.
Did you have a good weekend?

I had a good day at work on Saturday followed by a relaxing evening.  Yesterday our local crop got together so I had an afternoon of playing with different card making techniques, some of which I shall be showing you later this week.

Back to today, I have a couple of bespoke cards to make for friends so they're first on my to do list today, followed by the lovely job of ironing, crampons at the ready!
Before I disappear I wanted to share a clean and simple card with you.  I have used a set of Hero art stamps Big flowers, one of my favourite set of stamps.
I've used it loads.
It is definitely an investment set I would recommend.
Today a little paper piecing and dare I say decoupage.  I'm not a big fan of decoupage but quite enjoy making my own letting the stamps do the work, you'll see what I mean below.
For this simple style of card you just really need to be good at cutting out.

It is also a great way of using all those scraps of paper, if you are anything like me I have boxes of them.
I've just stamped on different coloured scraps and then matte and layered together adding a button, it couldn't be easier.  The lettering is created using my computer.

Why not dig out an old stamp and have a go at paper piecing rather than colouring in an image?

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this Monday, enjoy your day whatever your plans.  More from me tomorrow.  x

Saturday, May 09, 2015

It's Saturday, time for some crafty funnies.

Good morning all, whilst I'm busy beavering away I thought I'd share these funnies with you today, of course on a crafty theme.

You know when that idea is just not working!
I personally find getting up and walking away for a while works for me, coming back later refreshed and ready for the challenge.

After the goings on in the country yesterday, this made me smile.

Take out the long run and crossword puzzle and I'm happy to multitask with the rest!

Finally this one made me laugh.

Now I know where I am going wrong.  Nice hook!

That's all from me today, I hope you've had a wee smile with today's quotes.  It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the weekend.  Happy crafting.  x

Friday, May 08, 2015

It's sharing an oldie time again, crafty style of course!

Oh my, what a result for Scotland.  That is going to make for interesting times!
I can always remember my father saying to me, never talk about religion, money or politics.
It will always start an argument so I shall only say, let's hope History doesn't repeat itself.

Back to today and the happy world of crafting.  Sharing an oldie is my way of having a little crafty fun and I would love it if you'd join me too.  It can be any old project as long as it was handmade by you.
It's all about sharing the love of crafting.
If you are joining me don't forget to leave a wee comment then I can pop along to your spot and return the joy.
Feeling optimistic today so thought I'd share this card, this is from a class I ran a couple of years ago.
It was an introduction to inking.

The products used are;  Distress inks Peeled paint and Broken china.  Stamps all by Marion...It's all in the words.  Spellbinder dies; Eyelet squares and Classic squares.  Bling by Zva creative and Memento black ink.  
It was all about learning to use a blending tool!
As for the sentiment "May all your dreams come true!" maybe a little to much optimism on my part today!

What are your plans for this weekend?
I'm working early tomorrow which will come as a shock to the system as I don't feel I have been there for ages, which is actually true.
On Sunday I have my local crop meeting, planning some happy crafting time for that.
Today, however, I am away shortly to do a beach clean with my work colleagues, then later the usually housework and I am definitely going to craft at some point, if only to get organised for Sunday.
Have a super weekend guys.  x 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

No crafting in sight.

You know when you are having "one of those weeks" when nothing gets done but you feel as if you are on a hamster wheel and can't get off?
I have had very little crafty production to share, in fact I have half a bunny ear!
Life just gets in the way sometimes.
My eldest is off on study leave and is up in his bedroom.  I wonder how much studying is getting done, but time will tell and I just have to trust him.  I do not want to keep harassing him as I personally think it will have the opposite effect.
I seem to be getting to the bottom of things with other issues (those who read my blog regularly will understand my cryptic message) and I am getting help where needed but it will take time.
Hubby is working long shifts again which means I am Mum and Dad just now, my hands go up to all single parents out there, I only have to step up to the mark on occasions and not all the time.
I saw this sign when looking for funny quotes for my Saturday posts and it made me smile, this is me this week!

I think it is so suitable for my blog too.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Let the story commence.....
Snappy crafts came about because of our military background.
The RAF affectionately call someone in the Navy a "fish head" a term for the RN surface force.
The Navy affectionately call someone in the RAF a Crab, crabfat - (RN) A member of the Royal Air Force. From the light blue colour of the uniform, which is the same as that of the grease (known as ‘crabfat’) used on gun breeches, etc., in the RN. Accounts vary, but apparently the grease was called ‘crabfat’ because it resembled in colour the ointment used to treat sailors for ‘crabs’and of which fat was a major constituent.
Did you know that?!  Pass the bucket!
I started to make ceramics, when we were first married, and a friend recommended that I made a little mark on the bottom of my pieces as well as my initials.
You can now see where this is going, can't you?
Rather than drawing a little fish I decided to draw a little crab and it has just stuck.
At first I wanted to call my crafting Crabby crafts, but my brother, who has run his own business said that was awful, no one would want anything from me and they'd think I was moody, etc...etc...
He then, reluctantly came up with my Snappy crafts logo and I haven't looked back.
Over the years I have been told by friends that I should change it, because it doesn't sound right.
Why should it matter as I am not running a business, it's my hobby and I've grown to love it.
It must have something going for it as someone else is also now using it too, with a hyphen in the middle!

That's my story for today, I'm hoping to get crafting later today but only time will tell.
I think my little one is planning for me to take a gang of them swimming after school.
Enjoy your Thursday folks, back tomorrow with an oldie.  x

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A little hooking, bunny style!

Good morning all, how are you today?
Bit cloudy here just now but hopefully it will clear later.
Today I thought I'd share my work in progress, unlike card making some other crafts don't happen overnight.  I like to have lots of projects on the go rather than just the one and pick them up and put them down dependant on what mood I am in.  The only exception to the rule is if I am making something for someone, as it will have a definite end date.

My bunny so far.

As I said yesterday, two arms, two legs, a body and a head.  I'm getting there slowly!
I also picked these up at the end of last week.

A little bit of light reading and more projects to get my teeth into.
First today I have the dreaded ironing, dog walking and housework so better crack on, more importantly I have a little boy very reluctant to go to school.  I guess the next half hour may be a bit of a battle!
Enjoy your Tuesday and more from me tomorrow.  x

Monday, May 04, 2015

Bank holiday Monday and it's not raining. To craft or not to craft? That is the question.

Good morning all and how was your weekend?
It felt very strange to me not being at work especially as it was a dine in weekend.  Very, very strange.  I did have a nice day, chilling with the family.
I managed a 10k bike ride along to the next village and into the woods with the boys.  (It's been some time since I was last on my bike!)
I do feel I should have been given warning of the off road bit, a sports bra would have been more advantageous...if you know what I mean?!  ;)
I did post on my Facebook page when I got back..."She's got legs!"  Or so the song goes, followed by "she might not be able to use them in the morning!"
I thought I would struggle with the ride but it was fine, the after effects on Sunday, not sore legs, which was even better.  I can't say the same for that small area that parks itself on the saddle, why are bike seats so uncomfortable?  I even have a fat bottomed girl gel seat, still uncomfortable, why can't they have nice big cosy seats like a Harley?!  You know exactly which part of the body I am on about don't you?

It's another beautiful day today after a cold and wet day yesterday so I think the plan is for the boys to take me out for another ride later.  Do you think they'd be embarrassed if I took a cushion? LOL.

Yesterday was really cold up here and very wet, in fact at one point there was supposed to be snow!
In May!
It was certainly cold enough.
Hubby and I had a ride out to Inverness to pick up a few bits, no craft shopping but I did manage a wee wander in Marks and one of my favourite housey shops Lakeland Plastics.
Love that shop.  I came home with a couple of Christmas presents (I know mad or what, but I tend to buy when I see something really appropriate for a pal), a few cleaning products (their bathroom cleaner is the best!) and some fancy cake cases.  The excitement of it all!
Once home we had a quiet afternoon I managed a little more crocheting on my rabbit, he now has a couple of legs, I have the ears and tail left to make and then I can put him altogether.

On the evening we had a family film night, as we no longer have Poldark, the viewing looked a bit poor.
A lovely evenings entertainment watching the fabulous Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game with some sweet and salty popcorn and a wee drink.  The film if you are not aware was about the small group of professionals whose job it was to crack the German Enigma machine and the consequences.
I can thoroughly recommend the film, Cumberbatch was brilliant as always, as was the rest of the cast.  But what they did after solving it will surprise you.
It was such a great film I could happily sit and watch it again today.
The only comment I want to finally add to this was how I found it incredibly sad that Alan Turing was not acknowledged for his brilliance until very recently, far too late.    The difference he made to the war was so great, yet it appears it was as if it was swept under the carpet so that no one knew what had been going on at the time.  You really must watch the film!

Now after all my waffle this morning, how about something lighter and a bit of crafting?

This is a card I made for last weeks challenge over on The Great Scheme of Things.  The colour combination being, navy, turquoise and lime green.

Another clean and simple card.  To start I sprayed a white piece of card with Tattered angels glimmer mist Lime twist and Turquoise blue then set aside to dry. I then die cut the thanks, butterfly wings and body, all from Papertrey ink. The butterfly was then stamped with Memento Navy ink using the matching stamp set "Beautiful butterflies layers stamps" also from Papertrey ink. I then added a die cut of stick it over the butterfly before covering in Stickles fine dry glitter Diamond before gluing to the body. The card was then glued together matting on Navy cardstock, the thanks glued directly to the white card and the butterfly added with 3d foam to the back of the body. Finally I added a couple of diamantes in turquoise and lime green to finish.

I can't believe I haven't used my glimmer mist more often on cards, preferring to keep it for journalling and altered art bits and bobs.  I think I might have to change that!

Having wittered on far too much this morning I am going to sign off now.  As for today, maybe a little card making and crocheting could be squeezed in between ironing and a bike ride.  If the weather stays good all day maybe even a BBQ later?
Enjoy your Bank holiday, it only remains for me to say "May the 4th be with you!"

Sorry, couldn't resist that one, happy crafting.  x

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Crafty fun time, well it is the weekend.

It's Saturday, I'm not working and I'm not on holiday, yeah!
I do feel somewhat guilty, as I know it's a dine in weekend, my colleagues will be very busy today.
On the upside the sun is out and my boys have a bike ride planned, on the downside, I might not be able to walk tomorrow!  ;)
Before we get ready to head out I thought I'd share a few crafty funnies I found today, thinking it's a kind of yarn and material day!

Come on you know that feeling when you start a new project, the hard thing is sticking with it and finishing it especially if it is a whopper!

Not only do we have beautiful paper that we keep to admire, hands up who has bought material just because it's so yummy, never wanting to take the next step and cut it?

This one is for you Tina, whenever I think of scissors my mind automatically thinks of you.  x

This gives me an idea, why do none creative people not understand the sheer importance of your best set of scissors and how they're only to be used for certain materials?
Surely it is perfectly normal behaviour!

Finally I had to include this one.  It is a none crafting funny but when I saw it I thought what a great idea, I could have fun with my boys with this.

I think I might have missed the boat on this one, it would have been great fun to use it when they were little and potty training, don't you think?

That's all from me today, it only remains for me to wish you the very best for the weekend.  
I have a feeling I might be in pain later and wanting to go back to work for a rest.  I better go and reintroduce myself to my's been a long time!  x

Friday, May 01, 2015

Share an oldie Friday, Tag you're it! Tim Holtz style.

Good morning all, it's that time of the week again, sharing an oldie Friday.  It's the day where I encourage you, just for the fun of it, to join me in sharing a past crafty project.  It can be anything that you have made yourself.  All I ask is that you leave a comment below, that way I know that you are joining in and I can pop along to your blog and share the love of all things homemade.
After last weeks scrapbook page today I also have a little something different for you too, a tag project.

I have used;
Inkssential manila craft tags.
PI Acetate sheets.
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz cling mounted stamps Fairytale frenzy and Urban tapestry.
Distress inks;  Peeled paint, Crushed olive, Festive berries, Fired brick, Tea dye, Vintage photo and Walnut Stain.
Distressed stickles;  Peeled paint, Fire brick and Vintage photo.
Stickles Diamond.
Fibres and charms from my stash.

I created the see through acetate pocket for these tags so they could be given like a card plus they're decorated on both sides, with the acetate you get to see both.  Although I have to admit my sewing machine wasn't too keen on the double thickness at the bottom but I got there eventually.

As my shifts have been change at work I now have every other weekend off, when I do I am working a couple of shifts during the week.  This means that I have this weekend off!  
My youngest has all sorts of plans for me but we shall have to wait and see what we end up doing.  One thing is for sure I shall be sneaking in a little crafting at some point, ssshhh don't tell!
It only remains for me to thank you if you have joined me today, I do love visiting you and seeing your projects too.  Have a super Friday and even better weekend.  Hugs.  s