Saturday, 31 July 2010

Sketchie Crazy - ooh yet another post for the day don't forget to scroll down for the others!

Busy, busy, busy day on the crafting front. This morning I managed (finally) to make a card for the Craft Mad & Loving It group (over on where the theme was Old MacDonald Had a Farm . . . we were, apparently, allowed to interpret this theme as loosely as we chose so I chose simply use a farm animal and to make a card as a welcome to your new home so I printed the sentiment "I hear EWE moved" and edged with blue ink before matting on another piece of blue card. I used memento ink in Tuxedo black to stamp the image and coloured using pro markers. I know, I know, it's tough to colour white sheep using pro markers so (with my blender pen at the ready) I blended a very light grey to highlight the shadows and a light pink to accent the mouth and ears and left it at that for the sheep themselves. I cut round the Penny Black image and then mounted on blue paper. I cut a panel of blue starry paper just slightly smaller than the base card and rounded the corners and then I cut a tall panel of blue check paper and rounded the corners before attaching the sentiment panel and some dotty blue ribbon. Once that was adhered to the card I attached the blue panel with the image on. I do hope they like it over on CMLI.

Once that was done it was time to move on to the challenge for this week which was "Bloom where you're planted" and again a loose interpretation. I had a rubber stamp of this sentiment so that was a no brainer, edged in memento grape jelly and the corners rounded. I stamped my Penny Black "Constellations" image twice (once in memento Tuxedo Black and once in stazon Royal Purple on to acetate). The card image I water coloured using twinkling H2O's and the stazon image was "coloured" using glitters and "dries clear" glue. I then overlaid the acetate image on to the card printed image and cut the panels to match. I matted the card image panel on to silver mirri card and then punched three holes in each side of the two image panels before threading silver/black thread through the holes. On the cream base card I layered a patterned strip on to an olive pearl card and stuck down. I also attached two purple brads to the top left of my image panel (to secure the acetate) before sticking on to the base card over the flowered and pearl panel. Finally I used the sentiment to adhere the acetate panel down and the card is finished!!

Now it's on to the LGS sketch, which had to feature something gold and something checked . . . Sharon's sketch featured a red background and it is a very festive colour so I drew my backing paper from that. I had some musical holly paper from which I cut a large circle and some gold card from which I cut two circles. I then stamped my sentiment (bought from Target and no idea of the manufacturer) and my Darcies Country folk snowman in Memento Tuxedo Black on to white card and cut a circle round them. I coloured the snowman using Atyou Spica glitter pens and also liquitex pearl - adding holographic glitter for extra special twinkle. For my checked item I used some ribbon to mount the sentiment on, what do you think? OK for a Christmas card?
Right well, quick before the theme for this coming week is unveiled tomorrow and of course, being a new month, over on Scrap Addicts there will be a new challenge unveiled too I suppose I should re-visit my canvas!.

Do keep checking back to see how I'm doing and whether that canvas ever gets finished!!!!

Challenges for this coming week - 2nd post, please scroll down for more . . .

So, here's the WSC for this coming week over on Craftbubble's Lets Get Stamping group - see right. The twist is to include something festive, something golden and something checked - easy peasy being on a Christmas card roll at the moment, you would think . . .

And the CMLI challenge for this coming week is to the left, also over on Craftbubble is a cunning one as the twist is not indicated within the sketch (at all!) - the twist is "Bloom where you're planted" as set by the lovely BlueBertie (aka Lauren) - and now I can get cracking.

The next Step

Well the next step has involved using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and stamping the image of thistles from the wonderful Paper Artsy plate HP1004. I have also now adhered my grunge paper flower, using more mod podge. As to the final positioning of the two tickets - well, the jury is still out. How do you like the 7Gypsies bulldog clips? I bought them last trip to Florida with nothing specific in mind other than simply having to have them. I have a fab length of chain but no joint pieces and B&Q are soooo not helping me with this dilemma so, temporarily, I've used two lengths of raffia to "hang" my piece. I'm still contemplating another piece of art to go on there and am currently tossing a coin between a flattened bottle top with something inside the cap or perhaps a piece of melt art . . . but it's a question of finding the right piece. I've glued the flower down as it doesn't "fit" anywhere else but so far, everything else is totally moveable - any suggestions? I'm really not quite 100% happy with it as it is and am pretty sure that's NOT where the tickets will end up!!!
Right well, today is sketchie day over on craftbubble on both Craft Mad and Loving It and also the Lets Get Stamping groups so I'd best be off and see what's about. I'll be back later to show you the sketches and then later again to show you either A) the final step to my mini canvas OR B) my take on the sketches OR possibly C) all of the above!! Guess it depends on what my hubby fancies doing or thinks we ought to be doing today!
I hope that, whatever you have planned, you'll all have a stupendous Saturday and will check back later to see how the crafting progresses. Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Research concluded - second post for Friday (please scroll down for the first one)

Well, we found the garden centre and YES, there IS a craft store contained within and yes, it's a decent size to make it worth a looksee when my crafting buds from Saltash and Upminster come to visit. It has quite a nice little giftie section and a coffee shop too so we might spend a happy hour or so and come back the scenic route to make it more interesting and then we can crack on with the serious business of the weekend . . . . . which is crafting!! What a surprise??? So, Lauren and Wynneth - all we need now is for it to be August 13th and we're ready to rock and roll! Whaddya reckon, can you wait?? I hope we'll get to post some of our projects on-line too.

As to my canvas . . . well I've distressed two "tickets" and then crackle painted with the luscious rock candy before we went out this morning and this dried whilst we were out. I then inked the crackles with Distress Inks in Black Soot and set aside whilst I decide on positioning and then applied mod podge in clear lustre to my grungepaper flower and sprinkled with holographic glitter - this is now drying too . . . the bulldog clip is really only there because that's what I used to hold the flower whilst I applied the mod podge and glitter!!!! Not sure how much more I'll get done today but watch this space

Morning readers - another weekend looming large

and what have you all got planned?

As for me, nothing planned exactly but a few things needing to be done. Today sees us both off out researching somewhere fun and craft-y ready for when my crafting buddies come to stay the weekend of August 13th. I need to find somewhere we can amuse ourselves and find coffee too!! There's a garden centre in Bristol that is supposed to have a crafting store within AND next to their coffee shop so hubby and I plan to find out if this true this morning . . . . . .

After a monumental laundry day yesterday there is also the resulting mountain of ironing but that is just to dull to contemplate AND I also have my half finished canvas to continue. Having read two words over of craftbubble this morning I am now having to think about whether I can factor that it to my project . . those two words? ROCK CANDY!!!

I shall be back later to report on the results of our research and perhaps to show the next phase of my canvas - it seems unlikely that I'll get to actually finish it today though . . . .

And for the Friday fun . . . this came by e-mail recently


As and from today a new prototype of speed camera has been installed on the Mumbles road. It is situated between Blackpill and West cross on the LH side as you face Mumbles. Whilst the Motoring Organisations are protesting at its use there will still be a trial period when results will be analysed. It is apparently geared to activate at a speed of 33 mph. The Chief Constable of the area said in a statement - "We welcome this new device which will bring home to motorists that speed kills" A photograph of the device is attached

Thursday, 29 July 2010

2nd post for Thursday

Well the OUTSIDE of the hedge is done. It's a marathon task and neighbour, Dawn, and I nipped out to help Steve and John with the process by clearing up. Honestly, we've filled three wheelie bins, three enormous boxes AND a builders merchants sand bag!!! AND that was only the OUTSIDE!!!

Feeling better now I've had my shower and the chance to make this card. Yesterday, whilst making the challenge card for the ILPM challenge #25 I stamped a second Forever Friends Santa image and also had a little of the embossed mirri card left over so it sort of lent itself to another Christmas card . . . .

Meet NIGEL, he was apparently found tied up outside the RSPCA offices and left to his own devices. He was emaciated and his fur matted and it must have been pretty hard to identify him as a Lhasa Apso!. What a poor little mite he must have looked when the RSPCA turned up for work. The officer admitting Nigel gave him his name, he's probably around three years old and, all being well, begins his new life with my neighbour early next week. He's obviously been cleaned up, groomed and fed since he was taken in and probably bears no resemblance to the poor little dog they took in - doesn't he look adorable peeps?

Makes me wish we were in a position to have a dog ourselves - it's three years since we lost our bearded collie, Spud!, seen here in one of her favourite spots - the top of the stairs, so that she could watch all of the comings and goings!!

Well, back to the crafting grindstone - hubby's gone flying though (personally) I think it a tad windy for flying model planes and helicopters - but what do I know? I actually think it's a nice chance for some "guy" time and that's important too.

This afternoon I've been working on a small canvas . . . I used distress inks in Tea Dye, Vintage photo, Victorian Velvet and fired brick to colour the base canvas (already prepared with gesso) and then placed a Tim Holtz clock stencil on the canvas and coloured in using Dusty Concorde . . . then dashed off to the kitchen with it and spritzed with water before sprinkling coarse salt over my canvas and allowing to dry . . . Check back tomorrow to see how it developes . . .

How's your day going?

Morning everyone,
All 29 of you - can't believe I have 29 followers as I type this and I'd like to say hello to all of you. I've been doing this blogging lark now for a smidge over a month and wondering why I held off for so long. Well, I always thought that no-one would want to read about me and my life and my crafting and, looking at some of my posts, that is sometimes the case but it is so lovely to see some of the other posts where people have taken the time to write some very nice things about my work so, thank you all.
Anyway, enough about that . . . . . . wasssupppp? I hope you all have more exciting days planned than I do because all I have going on today is a home chiropody visit this evening - dullsville itself though my chiropodist (Olivia) is lovely.
Last night was a trip to our local Indian restaurant where I let the team down by needing a bib!!! Wouldn't you just know it was because I was wearing a brand new top and that it was black and white and the curry sauce? Well, where else but on the white bit?!?!??! BUM - straight home to change, leaving hubby to entertain our guest with his skills of bottle opening whilst I gave the top a quick spritz of stain remover and washed - hooray - the stain came out and the new top gets to live another day. The food? Was well worth the horror of leaving the restaurant with a yellow chest! I'm just hoping that our friend will forgive the fact that I should have been wearing a bib and come out with us again! To everyone else, if you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Frenchay Hospital then the Indian restaurant about 500 yards from there is well worth a try.
Back to Thursday, hubby is off out with our neighbour this morning and will be trimming the monstrosity that is our front hedge . . . . it stretches across the front of our three properties and is about 8' high - it's a job and a half so thank goodness it doesn't need doing too often. As his reward he gets to go flying this afternoon - only fair if he's worked hard this morning. So this will leave me able to craft ............. so we're both happy.
Do feel free to check back later to see what I've come up with, it's always nice to "see" you.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Challenge Christmas Card

Over on I Love Pro Markers challenge #25 is all about Christmas in July and we are asked to make a Card using, obviously, pro markers - interested? check it out here, here's my card for this challenge . . . . I used the delightful Forever Friends image and coloured using Pro Markers in: Caramel, Cocoa, Burnt Orange, Red, Tulip Yellow, Silver, Grey Green, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Putty and Saffron. For the fur trim I used a holographic glitter glue. I die cut two ovals and also embossed using my new papermania embossing folder and then finished the card off using some green/gold organza ribbon. I hope you like it - please wish me luck!

Hump Day Wednesday already!


Well after the excitement of the removal of the play swing and climbing frame (really should have taken piccies of that before we started) and the erection of the trampoline yesterday we both woke up feeling tired . . . . or was that because it was stupid O'Clock and next doors new dog was barking?

My friend sent me a text this morning to say she was expecting a young male visitor . . . by the name of Charlie . . .
Isn't he adorable (he's the miniature schnauzer!!)

This morning my hubby went off to Gloucester on the train so I dropped him at the station before continuing on to the mall where I met up with fellow crafter, Lilian, at Hobbycraft. We shopped and nattered and then adjourned to Costa's for coffee. We met a very nice lady who was also aimlessly shopping and we chatted to her for a few minutes too. Look what I managed to buy this time . . this was a little more interesting than my trip last week - not that I needed more stamps but hey - I'm a sucker for Christmas stamps, and everyone's been muttering that I should try cross stitch so a small kit at £1.25 sounded like the perfect beginning, a papermania embossing folder of holly too (a steal at £2.99) and some tape and silver "pearls" and I was all set and ready to come home and craft! SO, you might want to check back later and see if I've managed to make anything - there's a pro markers challenge featuring Christmas so you just never know....
I should add that once I've done all this AND my challenge card for ILPM's then me, hubby and friend, Debbie are heading off to our local Indian restaurant for dinner. We've been going there for more years than I care to remember and the owner (the lovely Raj) has been looking after us splendidly for all that time. I've even persuaded him to make an addition to his already great menu by including a wonderful butter bean curry - just for me!!! Though he and his staff have all tried it too and plan to add it to their menu at the next re-print - YUUUUUUUUUM!!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

the trampoline!

Having been summoned to the surrogate daughter (and partner's) home this afternoon we had been warned to expect to assist in the dismantling of their sons climbing frame and the erection of the replacement . . . . a trampoline!

Taking it apart was a doddle, but we discovered that the trampoline required 7m headroom and this meant pruning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and clearing up!! Then - who'd have thought that erecting a child's trampoline could be QUITE that tricky. Hmm, this meant reading the manual . . . . and NOBODY likes to do that - do they? It was a doodle until it came to attach all those pesky little springs - blimey they proved tricky until Steve worked out the trick!!! The rest of us could only groan at this point, rats! Once we'd sited the blooming thing, put all the tree trimmings in the bin and cleared up then Becky decided it was safe to come home and she simply had to give it a go to make sure Harry would be safe using it!! Harry is away at the moment so it will be a nice surprise for him on his return. Of course, the instructions DID say no adults but . . . . . Once it was established that the trampoline worked it was on to dinner, steak in a ciabatta roll and potato wedges - it was YUMMMMMMY, all washed down with a glass of chilled white - splendid!
We were also celebrating the fact that Chris has a new job - CONGRATULATIONS to you Chris -we hope you will enjoy your new job.

Hope you enjoyed joining us for this exercise - we charge by the hour by the way!!!

Morning and welcome to Triffik Tuesday

Hoping this post finds you all well this morning. Is it me? Another hot and sticky one here in the house of purple - this doesn't suit me at all you know, huffing and puffing and looking all hot and bothered - I'm guessing that not a lot of people look good that way!!
Anyhoo, busy old day for me with little chance of crafting - unless I'm really quick and careful . .
First off meeting up with a pal I've known since primary school (back when Noah was still building his boat!!). We meet up every couple of weeks, for coffee and a natter, which is nice.
This afternoon I have a physio appointment where the lovely Pete will inflict pain for money!!! Hmm - there could be a future in that! I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow but I usually leave these sessions feeling like I've gone ten rounds with Henry Cooper . . . . and lost!
That's at 3:00 and hubby's agreed with the surrogates (Becky and Chris) that we'll head down to theirs for about 4:00 where (I understand) Steve and Chris will be dismantling Harry's play swing (now he's 7½ years old) and put together it's replacement . . . . a trampoline. In return, I get to amuse Becky (who's on summer vacation from the special needs school where she works as a teaching assistant) and they will feed the pair of us. Now this is usually a treat for both of us - me because I enjoy Chris' cooking and Steve because it means he doesn't have to! I should explain that Chris is currently employed as a Head Chef! - now you're drooling with me, aren't you?
So that takes care of Tuesday . . . . may get to check back later but otherwise - see you tomorrow people and have a truly triffik Tuesday.

Monday, 26 July 2010

And this week's sketchie is . . . .

posted ...... over on craftbubble's Lets Get Stamping group; a smidge late because Sharon had been to a wedding and I suspect a hangover may have kept her from posting yesterday!!! Her twist this week was to invent a three part recipe of our own to accompany the sketch you see here . . . I came up with distressing, stitching and a hand made embellishment. I wanted to make a guy card as I always struggle with them. I had some fab stripey card from DCWV and the rest are all Costco special double sided papers - they WERE a fab buy peeps. If you have a Costco near you and can get in then you really should check them out. (This week's offer appears to be scrap booking kits . . . I'm off to snag mine later). So, here's my take on the sketch which first appeared in March 2010. I hope you like it.
Been doing some scrap booking today but probably not going to photograph and post the results - sadly, not what I would call a triumph. I think I tried to just squish too many on to one page and should really have gone for a two page layout but hey, the benefit of hindsight's a wonderful thing!!! At least I have recorded the recent BBQ for the surrogate family and a number of the pics were posted on here anyhow so ........ no-one's really missing out!

Morning everyone

and welcome to another week. Don't what you have planned but I have a reasonable week ahead.
Last evening's meal with friends went well and a pleasant evening was had by all. On the menu was Chick pea patties with watercress as a starter and spicy chicken stuffed courgettes (they were so big they were virtually marrows!) with rice followed by a lemon and blueberry syllabub for dessert - all very yummy and nothing much got left behind! Washed down with a nice glass of chilled white - hubby was driving!
Unfortunately, we got woken up this morning by just about every conceivable kind of noise. At 5:00 it was next doors rabbit, just dropping off again then it was their dog barking, then the commercial trash collection from across the road about half an hour later and then some prat on his cellphone yelling quietly from just outside the window!! So, a bit of a sluggish start for us when we finally surfaced!
My friend Lauren has let slip of a super scrap booking kit at Costco this week which appears to include all manner of fantabulous stuff including two albums, stickers, metal embellies, the whole nine yards and all for less than £35 so I just might have to go and give it an up close and personal inspection . . . . . .
Have a great Monday, however you plan to spend it. BBL
Updated to read ......... B U M - Costco in Bristol doesn't carry that fab scrap booking kit - failing that they had already sold out!!!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Anya Rocks!

Only a smidge of crafting today- after getting the sewing machine out to repair a skirt I thought I might as well make use of it to feature sewing on a card . . . so here's "Anya Rocks"!!! I had some bits left over from yesterday's dragon sketchie and I hate waste so . . . . I found that the leftovers all fitted reasonably well on to this card and I hope you'll agree too. Catch you tomorrow dear reader as we're out to dinner with friends this evening, enjoy your evening however you spend it.

A history lesson!

It's early so I don't have much to write about yet today so, a recent history lesson instead!

A question over on the general chat forum on craftbubble has set me thinking . . . the question was about balloon rides and whether you would ever take one. Well, I'd always fancied the idea (even though I don't do heights) and, for my 50th birthday (which btw DIDN'T hurt a bit!!) we booked a balloon ride whilst on vacation in Florida. In fact if you go here and check out the calendar for May 15th 2007 (yes, I know - that makes me 53! go ahead, rub it in!), click on the date and behold a piccie of us all in our balloon's basket should appear! The first photo displayed here shows an area of Disney property as we left the ground, bearing in mind this was about 07:00 it was still a bit dark so the pix a bit grainy. As we flew onward the sun started to come up and we were treated to the sunrise shot and then the third photo was almost at the end of our flight, and shows a hotel which is only about 1.5 miles from our house!!!. It so weird, we met about three miles from home and were driven to the launch site which was further still. After we landed we were about three miles from home but in totally the opposite direction! We toasted our flight with a glass of champagne and (because it was my birthday) I won the cork which got fashioned in to the shape of a balloon!!! which, as you can see, I still have!! It was a fab day and I would love to do it again some time - maybe soon!!!!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Still on a roll with the sketchie today . . . .

Don't seem to be able to stop myself now I've started. AGES ago Lauren very kindly sent me some fab stamped images of dragons (they are just soooooooooooooooo cute, aren't they?) and I had coloured him in Disney's FIGMENT colours - wouldn't you just know it given that purple is my all time fave?!?!??!? so today I've stepped away from the white or cream card and used a purple base card too - hope you like it.

Have a lovely evening - anyone bought anything Christmas-y from QVC????

and, OMG a FOURTH?!!! Whaddya reckon to this one then - I decided to twist the twist and used the glitter lace technique instead of actual lace . . .

Crafting Saturday . . .

Having promised myself that I would watch Christmas Crafting in July on QVC and that I would make Christmas cards whilst doing so . . . . well I HAVE made two cards but they are not Christmas cards AND I've shot myself in the foot because Karen's lovely sketch should have featured lace and pearls and - as you can plainly see (above) - I forgot to include either (DOH!). I soooo wanted to get cracking and break the seal on the papers I acquired yesterday and off I went, finished the card and photographed it, shrunk and posted and then . . . . realised my mistake - BUM!!!! The other card (Tilda with flower basket - see below left) was just one I had started preparing last night, using those fab free papers from My Minds Eye) before I got so excited over the rubbish on the telly that I mustve just fallen asleep without finishing it. I felt like such a plonker, forgetting the pearls and lace, that I simply had to have another go and came up with a Christmas card and even remembered to add pearls AND lace . . ..
Hope you like them all.

Christmas in July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it me? I see QVC is having a Christmas Craft Day today and a fantabulous TSV featuring Martha Stewarts fab punches - wonder how many people will succumb - they look fab - check them out here. I'm not sure I can possibly justify it but its also entirely possible that I MIGHT!!!!
Over on Craftbubble there is no Willow Sketchie Challenge today as Sharon's at a wedding, so that will be posted tomorrow, along with the winner for this past week's challenge.
I'm a bit early for the Craft Mad and Loving It challenge for this week so will update on this challenge a bit later once it's posted.
Not much going on but, because of Christmas Crafting on QVC it's also highly likely I might be making a Christmas card or two during the day . . . . . do check back later and see what's been happening in the house of purple. BBL

Friday, 23 July 2010


Well I met my friend, Sue, at Hobbycraft lunchtime and we strolled round and round, really rather unsuccessfully. I eventually decided on some C5 white cards and envelopes and some self adhesive gems and some rather yummy papers. Once our crafting purchases were made we trolled off to John Lewis to their smashing espresso bar for a fab cheese scone and a latte. Just come in - would have been back about half an hour ago but one of my neighbours stopped me to tell me her daughter's getting married September 25th this year and wanted to tell me all about it. Congratulations Louise.

Wot? Friday Again? Hurray!

Morning readers, another weekend looms and I hope you are all revved up to enjoy it? Me? I'm meeting a crafting friend for a bit of a browse round Hobbycraft this lunch time, might even buy something! We'll do a little shopping and then nip across to John Lewis' espresso bar to carry on the nattering over coffee - sound civilised? Of course, I'm told that schools finish for summer today in many places so the motorways will be chaos with people making their summer getaways . . . . . maybe I won't use the motorway to get to the mall but take the back roads instead!!!
Sunday we've dinner with friends organised and I fear it's my turn to drive!!! It's been a while since we've had the chance to catch up with these friends so we'll be exchanging lots of gossip and reviews of vacation destinations!
If you want candy then nip across to the blog here as they've no less than THREE candy prizes on offer. Post a link both to and from your blog to enter and the closing date for this fab candy is August 7th - GOOD LUCK
Enjoy your Friday everyone and have a great weekend.
No Friday fun today as the friend who normally supplies them has been on holiday . . . . sorry! Maybe next week

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Wow, Thursday already . . .

Where does the time go? It seems I only turned round and it was Monday but hey . . . . my mum always reckoned time ran away with her as she got older and wiser too! (not at all sure about the wiser bit - her or me!).

Anyway, just a quick post from me today as I am on hospital duty with my pal Dorothy,with fingers firmly crossed that all will go well at today's meeting with her anaesthetist so that she can have her operation in August and regain some freedom to move about in her own home once more. No idea how long I shall be with her at the hospital but I should get a wiggle on - don't want to be late as I have no idea where anywhere is at this particular hospital . . . or where we can park!!!

In addition to yesterday's fairy card I stamped a second image and coloured her yellow . . . . in the end I used the pink on my card which left the yellow one screaming to be used, so I made her in to an ATC . . . . Have a wonderful day everyone.
Updated to add that the appointment at the hospital was a success and Dorothy's op should go ahead, as scheduled for August 3rd - fingers crossed that it won't be cancelled - YAY!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The Button Fairy

I'm sure you've all spent time hunting for elusive buttons? So there must be a button fairy . . . right? Well, over on craftbubble's new "Craft Mad & Loving It" group there is a theme running for the week and it's FAIRY TALES. Over on I Love Pro Markers challenge #24 features buttons so here's my entry . . . for both!! I used some Coredinations card in dark pink (run through the swirly cuttlebug embossing folder) and distressed using a Tim Holtz Distressing Tool. The fairy was stamped using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black before being coloured using Pro Markers and stickles holographic glitter glue on the fairy wings. I threaded twine through two buttons and knotted. The patterned backing paper is by My Minds Eye (yes, still using up the freebies from issue 80 of Card Making and Paper Craft - what a haul that was?) and a strip of ribbon I had lying around. I highlighted the middles of some of the flowers on the BP with glitter glue too and there she is - the BUTTON FAIRY - whaddya think?

Morning readers

Hooray, managed to sleep till a far more normal time this morning and woke JUST before the phone rang!! The lucky caller who received the "awake" greeting was my pal Dorothy saying that yes please, she would indeed like to have some company for her trip to the hospital tomorrow. So that's where I shall be tomorrow, Southmead hospital with my mate . . . . with my fingers crossed that all will be well for her operation in August to go ahead.
Feeling a bit craft deprived today as I only managed to knock out two ATC's yesterday so I might have a go at Rosie's FAIRY theme over on the Craft Mad and Loving It group on craftbubble so do watch this space later to see what, if anything, inspired me on that front.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Craft-y morning

Hello, me again...... catching up on my correspondence and getting some ATC swaps out in the post, so here's some of the stuff I've been up to this morning! I've used a liberal sprinkling of holographic glitter glue on both which (sadly) doesn't really show up on the photo but (trust me) the hair and halo on the Anya Angel and the lacy bits and flowers on the La Blanche girl are super twinkly!!!

Hope you like it - hope your day's going well too. Off out to lunch with my pal, Dorothy BBL!

Stupid O'Clock . . . . again!

And with no reason this morning. It was almost bing! wide awake - "cup of tea?" said hubby. "Do you realise it's not quite 06:30?" said I. Apparently he didn't but sleep was no longer an option so I'm sat here with a cuppa anyway. Admittedly, it's not dark out there but it's still too early to see what the weather has in store for today and too early for many of my on-line buddies to be "at their posts" so it feels like just me!

Plans for today? Not much actually PLANNED. Off to see my pal Dorothy today, I'm on the lunch run for her as her daughter's a bit busy this week since her own hubby had his heart operation last week. Good news though, he should be coming home this week.

Also good news on the anniversary card commission - I finally finished it. It was based on a design I had already done so I wasn't going to put it on here but it turned out to be the only crafting I did yesterday and I think all blogs are more interesting with piccies than without, don't you. It was for a Golden Wedding Anniversary and the colour brief was blue so I layered my image on to an iridescent powder blue then Gold then stardream blue and some fab shiny blue organza ribbon - I do hope the pal who commissioned it will like it. And, yes, it's THAT couple image again and you can see here that I've used two of the sizes - it's SUCH a great idea, don't you think?
Hope to get round to some more crafting today so there MAY BE more piccies later.
Have a good day everyone.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Hello and welcome to another week . .

How's it all going for you?
My week started at stupid O'Clock with the alarm going off as I had an appointment in the centre of Bristol at just after 09:30 - since hubby and I gave up work we seldom need to set an alarm these days and 07:00 has almost ceased to exist for us!! By the time we hit the centre of Bristol we were already reminded of WHY it was that we had given up working in the the city centre! Traffic is vile in the centre of Bristol!! Still, we made it to my appointment a little early and I swear that was only because the UWE (University of the West of England) is out for the summer break!. Not really sure why we bothered as I was only in there for twelve minutes so we were back home and had the kettle on within 90 minutes of leaving home!! Still, all done now and I can get on with the rest of my day.
Hubby has finished putting the first coat of paint on in the kitchen and now we're literally waiting for paint to dry!!! It's new plaster so we absolutely know a second coat will be required as the first was diluted so coverage isn't going to be great. It will be nice to have the kitchen finally finished so we can move on to the next room requiring decorating - but which? The second bedroom, the study (far too small to call a bedroom) and the lounge are all due for decoration. Don't know about you (dear reader) but it's mostly the prospect of having to empty the lounge of EVERYTHING so we can replace the carpet, which is putting me off - that and the fact I really like the colour as it is! Ho hum . . . . I guess such vagaries of domestic life affect us all and I should just shut up and deal!
Anyway, STILL got one anniversary card commission to complete and shouldn't put it off much longer as I also have to get the card to the person who commissioned it . . . . it's based on a card already posted here so you won't see it later, but I MIGHT get to craft on something else whilst I'm at it so please feel free to check in again later and see how I got on!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Anniversary waltz

Oh my, I'm on a bit of an anniversary card roll again this weekend, didn't know that I knew so many people all with anniversaries . . . well, about now! I just love this set of clear stamps - particularly useful because there are three different stamps and they each come in three sizes which makes them absolutely perfect for card, insert and envelope - fab value and, as I've used them a fair bit lately, I think it's safe to say that I'm getting my money's worth!! I've used the fantastic Sparklensprinkle embossing powder called "Agatha" because it's just so great (looking black and gold as it does in different lights) and some bronze card, gold card and a piece of a DCWV patterned card, brown organza ribbon, gold coloured faux pearls and Brilliance ink in rust to make this pretty card - well I think it's pretty and I hope you will agree with me.........

WSC 17th July

I finally found some me time to make a card for the WSC (Willow Sketchie Challenge) over on craftbubble . . . the challenge was to include three shades of one colour, something square and something shiny!!! Trickier than you might think . . . . I opted for a SQUARE card, some more delicious papers by My Minds Eye (still working my through the freebie stack from last issue of Card Making and Paper Craft!!!) and as for the shiny well - you could either count the wonderful "Agatha" embossing powder (from here) or the pretty pink heart gemstone - your choice! Anyway, I hope you like it. It really doesn't seem all that long ago that I had to have an anniversary card-athon since I had so many to send and yet here I am with only one left so I naturally thought of combining the challenge with my requirement - I'd like to think it works! I was also working on something for a craft-y pal of mine which is just a smidge hush hush for a short while so I can't tell you else I'd have to kill you!!! (What, again? I hear you cry as I believe I've threatened this before!), you'll just to wait and see . . . . .
Happy Sunday everyone, hope the weather's a bit better where you are as it's still dull, grey and threatening sogginess. Even my intrepid hubby came home from his flying experience over half an hour early - almost unheard of - but it was ok - as he came through the door I was industriously emptying the dish washer, which actually made HIM feel guilty!!!!!!!!!!!!

Morning everyone

And how are you all today? Well I hope.
The weather's pretty ghastly looking outside all grey and a bit soggy, hubby's a bit worried that this may put a crimp in his day as it really doesn't look like flying weather and that will upset him a bit!! He's fairly intrepid and prepared to stand in the middle of a field for hours at a stretch . . . but not if it's raining or very windy - 'cos that's just plain MAD! I'm hoping that things will improve to allow him to head off as this means I can craft without guilt for a couple of hours AND play my new Ozzy CD ("Scream") with the wick wound up. I have a couple of cards I need to make, an anniversary card commission and a challenge card I didn't quite get round to yesterday.
Be sure and check back later to see if Wing Co. Biggles got to fly and whether I got to make one or both of my cards ........................................... thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Craft Mad and Loving it challenge

Here I am, back later . . . . got a bit side tracked by a pal requesting the pleasure of my company on a mission to buy lighting for a decorating project - we failed!!! Have only managed to do the Craft Mad and Loving It challenge and will try for the WSC on craftbubble's Lets Get Stamping group tomorrow. She rang and asked me "did I want to come with her to Homebase to assist with her search for lighting" - now she is SOOOOOO not a Homebase kind of girl so it really didn't come as any surprise when we pulled in to the parking lot at . . . . HomeSense in Hartcliffe - which is MUCH nicer than Homebase. Still didn't find any funky lighting though the security guard was most helpful and unusually jolly. We moved on through the strangely eclectic (and cheap) What! store which has quite a good craft area (not that I bought craft stuff - HONEST) and then in to Tesco's where Debbie also wanted a baby gift!!!!!!!!!!!! YIKES - no good asking my advice on this subject because what I know about babies goes on the back of a postage stamp!! No, seriously. Once she'd acquired the giftie we adjourned upstairs where there's a nice Costa coffee and we treated ourselves to a nice iced latte before heading homeward, via the newly opened Mezze restaurant in Downend ('cos she didn't know where it was) and then T J Hughes where my disillusioned friend treated herself to new some new crockery in a funky modern black and white swirl pattern. Steve had hardly missed me as he was up to his armpits in paperwork and filing!!!, so I got straight on with some crafting and left him to it!

Morning dear reader

Saturday again and this usually means sketchie day over on Craftbubble's Lets Get Stamping Group. Given that I was invited to present last week's sketch and that I offered a prize it seems only fair that I choose and announce a winner . . . . I couldn't make that decision myself from all the lovely entries submitted so bottled out and used the good old faithful which came up with number 2 which is DEBS103, well done to you Debs.
Today's WSC features the sketch you see here and also comes with a recipe which is: to feature three shades of the colour of your choice PLUS something which shines AND something square - all very interesting and challenging.

The last of Sharon's daily stamp giveaway competitions was yesterday and had to feature three circles. The winner was DOODLEDOO, so a big WELL DONE to you, and a big Thank You to Sharon for generously offering the prizes every day this week as well as thinking up a daily fiendish challenge.

The regular design team have set up a splinter group called Craft Mad and Loving It which also has a blog which you can see here, it's pretty new and shiny so doesn't have much on it . . . . yet, but BIG plans so I hope to see many of you there too. Their theme is "INK & EMBOSS" and the sketch today looks like this:

Doesn't this look like a fun challenge?

I hope you will all have a Super Saturday and have enjoyed another week of my blog as much as I've enjoyed updating it. Come back later and see how I made out with the challenge!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Welcome to Friday - the weekend starts here!

Hello everybody, who'd have thought it Friday ..... again - where DID the last week go?

Don't know what you all have planned but I have my aunt and uncle due this morning for a cuppa and a slice (of cake, that is).

It's Friday (I know, we already did that) and I have been putting funny pix in my posts but I didn't get any this week - my friends must be on vacation themselves! HOWEVER, I did get sent this link to a funny youtube video - dog lovers check this out . . . .

Over on Craftbubble's Lets Get Stamping Group the final days challenge is to make a card using three circles, so if you fancy having a go pop over to and have a go. And the winner of yesterdays fab daily challenge sketch was . . . . Alexeya - so Congratulations to you - hope you will enjoy your prize.

And here's the card I made using my three circles - those fab papers from My Minds Eye received in my last issue of Card Making and Paper Craft - wish me luck again peeps!!

Have a great Friday and a fab weekend peeps.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Thursdays challenge . . . . card made

The papers I got with my last issue of Card Making and Papercraft, and used yesterday, were still lying on my work table because I hate to put things like this away . . . . so I thought I would see if I could use up some scraps on the delightful sketch challenge over on craftbubble's Lets Get Stamping group . . . . what do you think? The image was coloured using my fave combo Pro Markers and Atyou Spica glitter pens. I used a circle punch round the sentiment and then two sizes of retro punch to create the flower (curled to give dimension) and then three grey and two tiny white faux pearls. The stamps used for the sentiment and background were by Hero Arts and the image was generously provided by a fellow crafter (thank you to you, generous crafter) - hope you like it and, again, wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Where's this week going?

Honestly? I've no idea - I don't seem to have done anything earth shattering and yet here we are . . . Thursday.

Apparently, I'm on a bit of a cutesy roll this week and managed to run up this little treasure (in my humble opinion) using a stamped image sent to me by a generous fellow crafter (thank you to you) and some of the free papers from My Minds Eye, received in the latest issue of Card Making and Paper Craft. I coloured her using Pro Markers and Atyou Spica glitter pens and just atouch of holographic glitter glue before cutting her out and mounting her on a patterned green panel. I cut a piece of DCWV green metallic card and rounded the corners before running through my die cutter with the delightful swiss dots embossing folder. I cut a panel of MMI patterned paper slightly smaller than the base card and stuck it down. I then cut a narrow panel of a co-ordinating MMI paper and used a Martha Stewart edging punch. Since this automatically generates a series of holes I then "sewed" along that line using brown thread. Once I'd stuck all the pieces down I then added five faux gemstones to the points of the punched panel and there you have it - hope you like it!
Well, over on craftbubble's "Let Get Stamping Group" Sharon is running a daily stamp giveaway for cards on a daily theme, yesterday's theme was "movement" and the winner was Helen (Croms) - Congratulations and well done. Today's theme is to follow the sketchie shown - interested? Well pop along to and check out the Let's Get Stamping groups challenge thread - GOOD LUCK

Hubby's off to the dentist and then we plan grocery shopping so another day in dullsville by the sound of it!

Hope you have more exciting things on your agenda. Look forward to catching up with you all .......... later