Tuesday, 30 November 2010

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Since my poor friend had to cancel our coffee morning today because of her poorly car I decided to stay in and craft! There's a thing, bet that's not occurred to any of you, my readers - has it????

I did some touristy things on my recent vacation (Craftapalooza 2010) and have so far only scrapped the actual craft meeting but hubby and I went on to visit Universal Studios with Wynneth and Tom and also a visit to the west coast of Florida where we caught sight of the first manitees we've ever seen in the wild . . . so I set to work selecting some photos of our visit to Universal, where we visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hmmmmm, discovered that my photos were sooo not going to fit on to two pages without looking really cramped so it evolved in to a three page layout. FORTUNATELY, I have plenty of fab double sided thick paper/card from my Costco stack and they have four sheets of each design in the pack so I was pretty sure I could find something suitable . . . I did, basically grey with stars on one side and a muted pinkish red with stars on the other so . . . . I did my journalling on the PC before layering on to black and then attaching some purple/gold ribbon behind and then sticking on to my base layer. I matted my photos on to white card before adhering them at a jaunty angle! I separated them in to Wizarding World of Harry Potter (outside) for layout 1, WWofHP (inside) for another and then the rest of Universal for the third layout - it seemed sensible at the time! For the second layout I used the framed piccie of "Hogwarts" as my focal point with the inside shots of Hogwarts matted on to white card beneath, the journalling from page one sort of explained the photo content. For my third layout (on the reverse of the double sided paper) I had kept the offcut panel produced in reducing my 12" x 12" sheet to 8½" x 11" so distressed this panel and then tied two co-ordinating pieces of organza ribbon in to knot before adhering this to my red side. I chose the smallest photo and matted on to white card and adhered this on to the panel just above the ribbon choosing to mat the remaining photos on to white card and then cutting black card the same size as this layered panel and then attached the photos to the black card at an angle so that when adhered in place in the album the photographs are square to the page. I added a couple of little bits of journalling to explain (since the main journalling was now two pages back in the album) and Voila!!! Hope you like it and think it was a useful way to spend my snowed in time!!!!!

You'll be pleased to hear that our temperature has SOARED and reached the heady warmth of ZERO degrees - some four degrees warmer than we managed yesterday so I'm hopeful that the snow which fell overnight may well melt this afternoon but we're expecting more tonight - BUM.

Hope you are all managing to stay warm and safe wherever you are in the country.

It's Tuesday and another chilly start!

Morning all,

Another cold night though I suspect warmer than the night before . . . because it snowed!! Woke up to what can best be described as a light dusting! The weather forecasters were nearly right - they said it would continue snowing until 9:00 but it had already stopped before 7! Not that I'm at all sorry about it stopping you understand! I know some people will be waiting for heavy snow so they can go sledging, ski-ing etc but I'm not one of those - I just like to be able to get where I'm going and safely. So, if you are going out and about today then do take care and wrap up warm!
Yesterday was a busy day for me hence not much crafting. I went off to see one of my pals - the one who had been in hospital just before I went away. I had been avoiding her since my return because of my cold and not wanting to pass it to her but I decided that I was probably no longer contagious! She had said she would like to buy a few Christmas cards from my collection so I put them ALL (yes, all 100 of them) in to a briefcase and took them with me - she bought ten, thanks Dorothy. From there I went to the home of my friend, Naomi's, parents with a view to tracking down Naomi. They were in so I had a natter with them and was lucky enough to run in to Naomi whilst I was there, she's moving at the weekend so GOOD LUCK NAOMI.

Once I got home and had lunch I decided there was nothing for it by to start writing my Christmas cards, isn't it astonishing how long this takes each year? I wrote 42 before I got writers cramp! I expect I'll crack on and write some more today though.

I was going to be out this morning, meeting a friend for coffee but, following a radiator problem with her car, she is without antifreeze!! You can imagine that this is not a great situation to find yourself in with the weather the way it is. She works the rest of the week and is currently seconded to offices in the middle of nowhere so really NEEDS a reliable car and I completely understand this MUST take priority over supping coffee and munching on mince pies! - maybe next week!

Net result of this is that I have time for crafting today. Dawn Bibby is apparently featuring Glitz and Glamour in her show on QVC this afternoon so I might simply have to tune in to it!

What you are doing today do it safely and wrap up warm, it's a chilly one out there!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week

Brr - another chilly start to the day - mind you I suppose I SHOULD be grateful - after all it IS only minus 4 this morning! Still a thick frost everywhere and some lingering snow on the grass as it's not really warmed up enough to melt it! This is how it looks at my place this morning - viewed through the window as I've not been out yet!!

Late last night I posted a second sketchie card on here and it will also be entered in the black/white and one other colour challenge over on Quirky Crafts so check it out if you haven't already.

I'm thinking that I should get off my a**e and defrost my car and go visit some friends I've been avoiding since I returned home from my vacation. I'm pretty sure I'm no longer contagious and it's been a fortnight so my pals will be wondering if I dropped off the planet!

Catch you all later - hope you have something nice to look forward to today. Stay warm and if you head out in the cold then stay safe.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

3rd post for today - just a quick update

Decided to craft away again this evening as there was nothing on the telly!!!! Thought I might try another sketchie and see if I could co-ordinate it with another challenge too.

Over on Quirky Crafts their current challenge is to use black and white and one accent colour plus use one or more punches - perfect. So here is my sketchie using Martha Stewart corner punch from her PATP set, a corner rounding punch, a circle punch and a retro flower punch. I used black card, white card, and gold card. My image (by Penny Black) was stamped and embossed (using Stampendous Roman Gold EP) and my Hero Arts sentiment stamped using memento in Tuxedo black. I used black velvet brads for the centres of my gold flowers and gold organza ribbon (off cut from some recent Christmas present wrapping!!!! Hope you like it. If you fancy having a go then here's the link to the challenges . . . Quirky Crafts and this week's sketchie challenge

Hope you've had an entertaining Sunday too, catch you all tomorrow

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Still chilly but feeling warmer now I've been to visit my mate and drunk her coffee and enjoyed her mini mince pies!!! Petted the lovely Robbie (Lhasa Apso)!, and am now back home.

I've finished off some place settings I started working on earlier in the week using the FAB new stamp that Lauren sent me AND I've even scrapped last nights girlies night - blimey! Going to have to leave a few pages blank in my scrap book as I've not finished my latest Florida trip yet!

How's this for the cutest bear on the planet? He's by Lily of the Valley for those of you who don't recognise him. I also used an Inkadinkado sentiment stamp and the Costco scrap book kit's alphabet stamps (manufacturer unknown). I coloured my bear using pro markers, Atyou Spica glitter pens and Crystal Stickles. I cut out my colored bear and mounted Steve's on red and mine on silver. I then die cut a white scalloped oval and mounted one behind each bear and then stamped our names before mounting a second time on purple for me and again red for Steve. Steve's panel was punched using the Martha Stewart PATP "Poinsettia" set and my purple corrugated was merely rounded as it was so much thicker.

And this layout uses some paper from an old DCWV stack, cut down to fit my 8½" X 11" album format, some lime card some blue and some red card and some gemstones acquired in the Michaels Halloween Clearance sale! I did my journalling on my PC and then cut out the pieces relating to the evening and each photograph. I matted each photo on lime green card and the photo journalling on red card, the evenings journalling was mounted on to light blue - picking out colours from the retro circle background. Once I had attached the photos and journalling I took faux gemstones and pearls from my Michaels self adhesive Halloween set and dotted round in the centres. A simple but fun layout - much like the evening!!!! Thanks for joining me, ladies.

How's your Sunday going? Still cold? Expect so - it is here too!!

Stay warm peeps! Need to crack on with my own themed challenge today, which is PLANT/S so you might want to check back later and see if there is a THIRD post (it's been a while!).

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning

And my word it's another chilly one - it was minus 6 here overnight - well brrrrr!!! Nipping downstairs to make a cuppa earlier it sure felt a bit chilly too, sounds like the boiler's struggling too.

Hubby's still bound and determined to head off to the field this morning - yes, he IS crazy! I shall send him off with hand warmers and a flask of coffee I think, if he insists on going!

Right, cousin and friend made it for our meeting up over dinner last night and we had a good meal and a fab evening. It was only a Beefeater but they're always consistent and not hugely expensive. We were booked in early so availed ourselves of their version of the "earlybird special" - my fish and chips were really nice and the caramel apple crumble afterwards was pretty nice too. Anyway, we decided it had been a while since we'd had photos so we arranged to take a couple - Deb took some on her i-phone so she had some too but I've also e-mailed her these . . .

L-R: cousin Deb and mate, Liz

Me, trying to look glamorous!!!! (did it work? - I DON'T think so!)

Right, my turn over on Craft Mad & Loving It to set the Sunday theme for the week and I chose . . . . PLANT/S offering both the flora style plant or the tractor/digger style plant and giving what I felt to be plenty of scope!! Hope it proves a popular option!

I'm off in a bit, visiting my friend (who only lives three doors away) for coffee and cake this morning - we've not had the chance to catch up since our return because of my cold and lack of voice so we've a bit of nattering to do!!!! So not much chance for crafting this morning - you might want to check back later and see if I've managed a challenge myself, of any kind!

Have a splendid Sunday whatever you have planned and do stay warm and safe.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Blimey, is it cold enough for you?

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr - hasn't really warmed up much today - or got light for that matter!!! Is it cold where you are?

Having presented the sketch over on my regular Saturday morning haunt I have found myself with nothing much to do today! If you haven't seen my sketch (and accompanying card) then please do scroll down to my earlier post. WEIRD . . . . so, instead I've done washing (which is in the dryer as it would freeze outside - even if I wanted to venture out to hang it out!!!), ironing and even made some butternut squash and carrot soup - very nice - for lunch too. Hubby's well surprised and (if he's honest) a little impressed!

This evening I am out to dinner with my friend and my cousin - the three of us aim to go out to dinner several times each year but this year haven't really managed to find dates which suit us all so I've been really hoping that the weather wouldn't prevent Deb from coming down, from Birmingham, to join us. We're only dining locally at a Beefeater but it's easy for us all to get to - and we know what to expect!

Hope your Saturday is going well - catch you all tomorrow then, have a pleasant evening.

It's Saturday!!!!!

I've scheduled this to post Saturday morning as I aim to sleep late!!! I'm HOPING it won't have snowed overnight either as my cousin is coming to Bristol this afternoon and we're having a girlies dinner (with a third friend) - it would be such a shame if she couldn't make it because of the weather as it's the first chance the three of us have had to get together THIS YEAR!!! Fingers crossed . . . please!

It's also Sketchie day over on Craft Mad and Loving It and this week it is my turn to present the sketch and my card. I e-mailed my sketch to the Design team on Monday and they came back with some fab creations, check it out here - why not have a go, I'd be delighted if you would. Anyway, here is my sketch. My twist is that you can only feature one colour plus black (I figure most people stamp in black ink so that's why I went with this option!).

Anyway, I took my C5 card and a piece of splendid Costco paper (slightly smaller than my base card), rounded the corners and then took my Tim Holtz Distressing tool and went round the edges. I took a piece of light green coredinations and ran that through my die cut machine inside an embossing folder and then sanded the raised part, exposing the white core, before mounting on a darker green panel and then attachign some fairly wide moss green grosgrain ribbon round the panel. I cut my tall thin panel from white card and then use distress inks in several shades of green, stamped my Paper Artsy image in Memento Tuxedo Black, rounded the corners on the panel and then mounted on to another darker green panel - rounding the corners again. I stamped the craft stamper freebie sentiment on white card and cut out before using the residual distress inks to colour and then mounted on to the same coredinations card, again distressing round the outside. Finally, I punched three green flowers and took two clear glitter buttons and one black glitter button, threaded black thread through both layers, knotted and then attached to my card and there you have it! My take on my sketch - I hope you like it.

Happy Saturday peeps - hope you aren't too inconvenienced by the weather - stay warm and safe peeps.

Friday, 26 November 2010

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I've been given another award this time from Lyn (Spyder) thanks Lyn, you are very kind indeed.

Apparently I now have to pass this on to a further seven deserving friends who, this time are:








Well, my word, I've been busy this morning as I was meeting a pal at 11ish for coffee, a natter and a wander round Hobbycraft - no surprise there then - the surprise is that I only bought ribbons as they were three for two! I decided to head off real early and get to the mall as it opened and hit the Christmas shopping!!! YIKES, HOW brave!?!??!?! It was plainly worth doing though as I have virtually finished - yes I said FINISHED my Christmas shopping. There were two presents I couldn't get because we've not had the Secret Santa draw yet (that's Wednesday) and I still need a few bits and pieces for hubby but otherwise - I'M DONE!!! Hooray is all I can say. The mall was mobbed by the time I left so I'm glad I shouldn't have to go again between now and the new year, I'm pretty sure I can fill the gaps without having to go there again!

Anyhoo - no time for crafting yet today so I'd best hop to it!

Hope your day is as successful and mine. Newsflash - it started snowing around 4pm and hasn't stopped since!! The roads are still clear (at the moment) but the grass is beginning to disappear! YIKES - and the weather forecasters only this morning told us we were goign to miss snow - WRONG . . . . again!


TGIF people!

Here we are again and it's Friday - welcome to the weekend - what'cha got planned? Me? I'm off to meet my pal at the mall this morning. Well Hobbycraft to be more precise. We'll stroll round, maybe buy something (yeah right!) then probably head next door to Tesco's where there's a Costa Coffee inside and we'll sit and chat a while.

I've not seen this particular friend since before her birthday (October 1st) as she went in to hospital to have an operation, we went on vacation, then she was poorly, we came home and then I was poorly and now it's the end of November nearly! No WONDER she said she was bringing my Christmas present with her!

Anyway, that's where I'll be till later today so do feel free to check back and see if there's an update from me later.

Otherwise, have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend and now . . . . for the Friday Funny

WHERE can I get a mirror like this (I got this from Pat again so thanks Pat)!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

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How's your day going? I hear there's a fair bit of snow about in the N.E. of England and in Scotland so, if you have snow or slippery conditions, take care. Me? I prefer to enjoy snow through a window these days!!!

It's been bitterly cold here today but the sun has done it's level best to shine and to warm it up but it's still hat and scarf weather!

This morning I was crafting again and this afternoon hubby and I went to visit my Aunt and Uncle as we had brought back some "stuff" for them, from Florida. They were well pleased to see us and had got us a little giftie to say thank you for doing their shopping! It was a six pack of lager (allegedly for me!) and a walnut cake (for Steve as they found out it is one of his very favourites) - how kind. I ALSO found my friend's (Lilian) bracelet, which we believed lost at a Craft Fayre in early October. We went to Florida almost immediately afterwards and when I came home I had this wretched cold which stopped me going out in my car, it was purely by chance though as we went out in my car but with hubby driving so I was able to spot Lilians twinkly crystal (swaovski crystal no less) bracelet on the floor of my car. Lilian is now looking forward to being reunited with her bracelet in the near future!

Anyway, back to the crafting, one of my lovely friends sent me a fab LOTV image that I could not wait to ink up so (if you saw my blog yesterday) you may already have seen him in action once but here he is again . . . I took a C6 card and covered it with a piece of spotty DCWV Winter Stack paper and rounded the corners. I die cut a piece of white card in to a scalloped oval and then used Distress Ink in Faded Jeans to colour the oval. I then stamped a snowflake in Chipped Sapphire, randomly over the scallop before adhering my fab LOTV image (coloured using pro markers, Crystal Stickles and Glossy Accents) on the oval to show off the most snowflakes. I stamped my Inkadinkado sentiment on white card, dabbed the sponge with leftover D.I. on to the card to give it some colour and then glued it down so it was just behind my oval/image panel and over a piece of blue organza ribbon. I then took my crystal stickles and highlighted like crazy to make it all twinkly - guess it COULD be another entry for ILPM's for their sparkle challenge really . . . . hope you like him anyway - I know I DO!

Enjoy your evening. Given the amount of time we spend in the U.S. these days we are celebrating Thanks Giving today with turkey, squash, and all the trimmings - mmmmmm might even open a bottle of fizzy stuff (even though it's a weeknight!).

YAY - I received an award!

So the first thing I am going to do is thank the person who gave it to me - so THANK YOU JackiD - it's much appreciated. This award, however, is conditional upon the following - to receive the award I must:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award

  • Share 8 things about yourself

  • pass award on to 8 other bloggers

  • Contact them to let them know

Easy peasy, already done the first bit! Now for the hard bit - eight things about myself, here goes - some of you will already know some of them though (sorry):

  1. I love ALL things purple - if it's purple - I WANT IT!

  2. I love animals but dislike kids

  3. I enjoy spending time in Florida

  4. I am very lucky in having a super hubby who doesn't mind my craft obsession!

  5. I LOVE old movies - especially B&W (but not silent movies)

  6. My favourite movie is Dinner at Eight with Jean Harlow!!!!

  7. I used to drive for a living notching up between 45 and 60,000 miles each year!

  8. I have been in a lift with Sir Patrick Moore!!!

And now to name eight people to pass it on to!

  1. Lauren

  2. Rosie

  3. Karen

  4. Wynneth

  5. Brenda - especially since she's had a mention from Sir Tim of Holtz!!!!! for her splendid work!

  6. Jacky

  7. Sharon

  8. Dora
Now I'm off to let them all know about it - thanks JackiD

Right, well that's my first post of the day done though I think it's entirely possible that I may be back later so please feel free to check on me later in the day. Have a lovely Thursday everyone and, if you have snow or ice where you are then please take care.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

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Hello, me again!

No crafting this morning as we were busy. New printer arrived Monday and was unpacked and installed yesterday so a trip to the tip with the packaging was required this morning. They come in such BIG boxes!!!! Following that excitement it was off to Costco to have a mooch round - managed to snag some Christmas goodies (presents, hooch, etc!) and then home for a slightly late lunch. Either way, crafting didn't start till nearly 3pm so I've been trying to catch up.

This morning I saw the new challenge over on I Love Pro Markers - this week's topic is "ANYTHING GOES WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SPARKLE IF YOU LIKE!" - well I DO like a bit of sparkle and then - joy of joys a fantabulous new stamp landed on my mat whilst I was out - thank you thank you, Lauren - I LOVE him so what better than to use my new stamp on the new challenge? Can't think? - me either, so here it is ........ my entry for this weeks I Love Pro Markers bit of sparkle challenge using my new LOTV stamp and Pro Markers (about the only rule is you HAVE to use PM's). I even managed to use my silver pro marker on the tinsel! I then cut him out, mounted him on a white panel edged with a Martha Stewart PATP set and then again on to a rounded blue panel. I cut a piece of DCWV Winter Stack paper slightly smaller than the C6 card and rounded the corners and attached some navy organza tied in to a small knot before attaching my image panel. Once everything was adhered I used glossy accents to make the baubles shiny and then highlighted areas using crystal stickles - please wish me luck with this challenge.

It's also WOYWDW over on Craftbubbles Craft Mad & Loving It group so here's a snap of what's going on at the craft stable of the Purplicious Princess . . .

Hope your hump day Wednesday is proceeding well - it'll soon be the weekend if it's not!

I've been making Christmas cards for so long . . .

that part of me can't quite acknowledge I've made them all for this year!!!!!

Nothing on the TV yesterday evening meant I watched re-runs of Doctor Who (the ones with David Tennant instead of the new one) and found myself making more Christmas cards.

I bought some new Martha Stewart punches from her PATP range and decided to go with a couple of simple designs - black and white appealed to me today for some reason so off I jolly well went . . . .

For the first one I simply took one C6 card, tied a length of black organza round and then in to a bow - well off to one side. Then I took a piece of card 5" x 3.25" and used the scalloped dot PATP to give it a fancy edge. I then took a piece of white card slightly smaller and stamped my NOEL image (by Inkadinkado) in black. Whilst it was a black image it wasn't quite as dark as the black card so I took my Atyou Spica glitter pen in black and drew round elements of it which made the black denser AND gave it a fab twinkle. I debated whether to colour some of the other elements too but decided against it as it wouldn't then be black and white anymore!!!!

For the second card I used the larger Martha Stewart PATP set and punched round a piece of 6" x 4" black card. Again, taking a piece of white card slightly smaller than the remaining central black panel I stamped my Merry Crows (by Sparkle'nSprinkle) and stamped them in black. I had very slightly misaligned the punch on the top left corner (hence the Papermania Christmas Greeting!!!!) and I also took the Atyou Spica glitter pens in black and red (this time simply because I wanted to!) and coloured in the crows.

Two fairly simple and quick cards - seemingly ready for 2011 - how's that for forward planning, eh!!!! Oh - I DO love those crows!!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday however you spend it and do feel free to leave me some comments as I love to see comments - it's a bit like getting post you know!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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Wotcher peeps, me again,

Thought my mojo had gone on vacation when I got up this morning and then I found just what I was looking for . . . . the I Love Pro Markers challenge this week features SNOWMEN!!! Yee Haa

So, I took my C6 card and then cut a panel of spotty DCWV Winter Stack paper slightly smaller and rounded the corners. I punched a 3/8" hole in the spotty paper and wound the ribbon round the inside and out through the hole (thus securing it in place - as per yesterdays link) and knotted in place, trimming the ends close. I cut a panel 3½" X 5" and used my MS PATP punches to decorate a piece of blue DCWV Metallics card, mounted on a rounded virtually the same size. I stamped my Sparkle'n'sprinkle tall snowman on white card and coloured using pro markers before distressing the edges with Broken China and Chipped Sapphire. Once all the panels were glued in place I highlighted areas on "snow" using crystal stickles. I will be entering this on the ILPM blog for this week's challenge - please wish me luck.

Hope your Tuesday's going well.

Hi folks, how's your day?

Hope it's going well for you.

I started off full of good intentions but haven't actually achieved very much. It's a pretty dull, grey and uninspiring day here.

Whilst on my recent vacation I acquired some plastic bubble packaging for gifties and decided to make use of it today. I bought them in Violettes in Lakeland, Florida, jointly with Wynneth as we didn't feel either of us could use TWELVE of them! Anyway, I chose buttons for my first attempt and cut the panel for the back piece. I chose a larger corner rounder than was perhaps ideal but it was my first attempt. For the "front" of the back panel I stamp my sentiment in black memento ink and then used my Inkadinkado Dot flourish set stamped in grape jelly memento ink. For the back I stamped the Inkadinkado morphic bugs butterfly in versamark ink and then brushed pearl, purple, pale green and bronze pearled over, setting with hairspray. I filled my "bubble" with buttons before cutting out the "hanging loop" and threaded turquoise and tan organza ribbon through, tying in a bow to complete the project. It's not my finest work but it was an experiment.

I hope you think it was worthwhile - might have another go later . . . .

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday

Monday, 22 November 2010

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week!

How's it working out so far? We hit the night nurse around 11 last night as we're still both full of cold. Boy, is it good stuff? We woke up at 10:00 this morning - blimey, that's ELEVEN hours sleep, we must be sicker than we thought!!! or lazy (as if I hadn't thought of that one!). Still, a sluggish start as a result and we found ourselves just vegging in bed with a cuppa and watching Homes under the hammer - which is why we don't normally put daytime TV on!
So, it's now about mid day and I'm still not showered as I can't shake off this woolly feeling - I'm on my second cup of coffee in the vague hope I can then summon the enthusiasm to hit the shower which, I'm sure, will wake me up.
Can't afford to loaf about much longer got things to do, crafting won't do itself you know! AND then there's the Christmas shopping, Christmas card writing and PRESENT wrapping which all needs attending to. Though I can't start wrapping until I've done the shopping so there's another logistical issue in itself!! Of course, this doesn't all need doing today but the last ten days have passed in a similar blur and I really don't want to wake up on the 25th of December and wonder where the heck the time went and why I still have such a giant roll of wrapping paper left, now do I!?
Ah, that's better - caffeine kicking in - right I'm off to hit the shower - BBL watch this space!
Have a great Monday fellow readers, hope yours got off to a better start than my own but I'll try and catch up!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

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I was trying to get out of the habit of doing two posts a day (but not doing very well) and here I am again!

This morning saw me starting to wrap Christmas presents AND before I've scrapped my vacation snaps too! Shocking! Anyway, the November challenge layout was a double pager so it seemed about perfect to use it as an excuse to record the recent Craftapalooza meeting of fellow crafters, Karen and Wynneth in Florida . . . . . Kind of speaks for itself but here's what I used to make the layouts: I used two sheets from a 12" x 12" stash of paper (but cut down to my 8½" x 11" album format, two sheets of plain green card, my Martha Stewart "Poinsettia" PATP, a couple of flower brads, some self adhesive gemstones and some weird plastic squares that look like they have diamante centres but really don't!!! I used AR DARLING font for the journalling and - basically, there you have it - hope you like it. It was a fabulous vacation and thanks to Karen and her daughter Becky and to Wynneth for making those outings such fun and to their families for sparing them long enough for us to do it! THANKS ALL

Hope your Sunday is going well - I'm now up to date on all my crafting commitments and (nudge nudge wink wink - can't say why) even a little ahead of myself but you'll have to wait a few days . . . .

Morning readers

And what a funny old day it is, the sun is shining the rain is coming down . . . . and (frankly) it's a tad parky too! What is going on with the weather? I hear we may even be set for snow later in the week - doesn't it know it's not Christmas till next month?

Aside from that and still recuperating from this ghastly of cold (started off really mildly but ain't half hanging around!) I felt no real urge to get up, dressed and dash out anywhere this morning.

So, having checked in on the Sunday theme over of CMLI and found that Rosie had set the fiendish challenge of: PRESENTS I set to thinking. Well, I DO have a present to wrap and send for my Secret Santa so this seemed like the perfect project so I grabbed some bubble wrap (for protection - it's got to go through Royal Mail you know!), my black and gold wrap, the present (obviously!) and my gold ribbon I dashed off in search of somewhere flat to wrap said giftie . . . I also used my new(ish, obtained from the Bristol Craftsforall show just before my vacation) Tim Holtz die and made my topper but what to use for the centre. I cut my die flower and leaf from gold mirri card and used my retro flower punches to cut black and a smaller gold flower. I had a large brad but only in inappropriate colours so . . . I cut a small black circle and ran both sides through my xyron before sticking one side to my brad and then glittering the other - sorted! Now, I just have to hope the presents survives mailing and that the recipient (Cindy) likes it! There, two birds - one stone!

Have a great Sunday everyone - I also found this really cool tip for securing your ribbon knots and bows on cards which I've put here - check it out, it's brilliantly simple and simply brilliant - don't know why it had never occurred to me (can you say ..... DUH!!!). So THANK you to person who originally posted the tip. I even have some of this same ribbon from Michaels so might have to give it a go myself later - watch this space!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

2nd post of the day - don't forget to check out my earlier post!!

Just a quickie because I'm in the middle of watching Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone on ITV!! Just wanted to post my sketchie card for the "Night before Christmas" theme . . .

I used a C6 card and covered it with a piece of green check DCWV paper from the 2010 Christmas stack. I had a piece of green paper just a little smaller so this was perfect for my poinsettia M.S. PATP treatment. I stamped my stocking image in black and then die cut the circle before using bundled sage to colour it. I cut a larger circle of gold mirri card and embossed this with a papermania embossing folder. I cut along the top of the stocking image and pushed through a short length of green/gold ribbon as the hanger!, before adhering to the embossed circle. I attached a piece of matching ribbon (in cream and gold) top to bottom of the green panels before attaching the image panel and then finishing off with three fabulous iridescent snowflakes (from Michaels) and then highlighting areas with Diamond Stickles. Hope you like it!

Enjoy your Saturday everyone.

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another weekend

How are you all keeping? I hope you are all managing to stay free of colds and coughs - unless you live anywhere near me of course! Poor hubby has now caught my bug and it's turned in to man flu! Wouldn't you just know it! Poor love - so now its my turn to be nursemaid, only fair after all.

Anyway, enough about that - it (the cold) did spoil my plans for a pretty sociable week catching up with friends so I guess I'll just have to try and do that this coming week instead - no biggie, and I'm sure my friends will forgive the extra week rather than have my cold!

Over on craftbubbles Craft Mad & Loving It group it is SKETCHIE DAY! and this Saturday is no exception. Today's offering has been presented by Lauren and her twist is "THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" - hmmmm. Have a look at her lovely sketch and, if you like it, why not hop over to CMLI here and have a go?

Did you catch any of the Children in Need Show last night? I particularly enjoyed the newsreaders treatment of the Lady Gaga medley but think that the guys got off rather lightly! Strangely enough (since I don't watch Dragons Den) I also rather enjoyed the Come dine with the Dragons.

Whatever you are all up to today I hope you have a lovely day doing it and manage to stay warm and germ free.

Friday, 19 November 2010

TGIF people!

Not that it makes a whole lot of difference to me since I don't work but I do have more people around me at the weekend!

Cold's still hanging around and the night nurse really did it's stuff last night - I woke around 8:15 and thought about getting up ...... then woke again at 9:30!! Ooops. Another oops is that hubby now appears to be coming down with my germs - BUM and he was doing such an excellent job as a nursemaid too! Guess its my turn now! Still got no voice so can't phone anyone for a chat and there's not much point in going out either so I'm still on "house arrest" which would normally have me scurrying to the craft table but I've no energy either so I'm just not crafting - hence there not being much to show you at the moment.

I'm hoping this will change once I wake up properly and have showered and dressed and that I may be back later with a project to display . . . otherwise it will be tomorrow with the sketchie!

Whatever you have planned I hope you'll enjoy your Friday - stay warm and well peeps!
And here is what passes for today's Friday Funny - I got it off Pat, thanks Pat!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

2nd post for Tuesday - please scroll down for the earlier post

Well, all this lack of crafting has made me want to craft!! Go figure - so this afternoon, whilst hubby was out, I decided to finish the triangular box I started yesterday and also make the challenge trading card my buddy on the Isle of Skye had sent me materials for.

Regular readers of my blog will know that Pam and I exchange ATC's and, to make it a bit more interesting, I once made an ATC but sent her an ATC blank and identical materials and challenged her to make a trading card from them and send it to me (with materials of her own) at which time I would send back my original. It was an interesting experiment and, with one or two exceptions, our ATC's have always been vastly different. We've been doing this now for almost exactly four years so Happy Anniversary Pam, if you are reading this (sadly, I don't think she does) and it continues to work well for us. Please see the selection of materials Pam mailed to me whilst I was away.

And here is the ATC I made using those materials. I used a clear glue and glittered the stamped image using red/green and crystal glitter, then I took the strip of red card and gave it the Martha Stewart PATP treatment. The ribbon was wire edged so I tied a bow and then cut the ends in a "V". There was a short length left so I cut one end in to a "V" and made the extra tail! Once the glitter was dry I punched a hole in the centre of the stamped image and positioned the brad before gluing the project on to a black ATC - hope you (and Pam, of course) approve.

If you read my post this morning and maybe even looked at the link to the Split Coast Stampers web site then you will be aware that I was making a gift box. My Christmas wrap this year is black and gold themed and I had a small-ish odd shaped gift that this idea seemed perfect for so took my A4 black card and measured an 11" x 5½" panel for this box. I had some organza ribbon (OK it was more bronze than bright gold but . . . .) too so all I needed was the gift tag. I had this fab little snowman which I acquired from Lakeland Art and Glass (Florida) trip before last which I stamped up in memento tuxedo black and coloured using pro markers and stickles diamond glitter glue. I also die cut two scalloped ovals, one in a toning card and one in black. I ran the toning oval through the die cutter inside a Papermania Christmas embossing folder and then assembled my gift tag. I then punched a hole in it and threaded my ribbon (which had previously been threaded through two punched holes in my gift box - to close it) and tied in a bow to finish the gift wrapping. Just gotta hope my friend likes it. The box took only minutes to make but the tag . . . . much longer!!

Must be feeling better if I can be faffed . . . don't you think?

I am completely underwhelmed by cold today!

Morning readers,
You've probably noticed my posts this week have been a tad shorter than usual (and not quite so many of them either) - this is entirely due to the fact I am suffering with a cold. Now a cold is not normally associated with being serious and I'm not pretending mine is any worse than anyone else's but ....... why do they make you feel so yucky and lethargic? And what about those runny noses? As if its not bad enough you feel under par but to make you look like you are auditioning for the part of Rudolph in this seasons panto just ain't fair! Anyway, enough wimping from me, it was really only by way of explaining the slight lack of crafting in the house of purple (and now clashing redness!) this week . . . . I hope that normal service will be resumed shortly.
As a result of the above lethargy I cancelled my post vacation hair and facial appointments, so am now feeling well ticked!
One of the few things I have managed to do this week is to make a gift box or two for some small Christmas gifties - can't tell you what they house because then I would have to kill you! I was trawling blogs when Lauren (aka BlueBertie) posted photos of some gift boxes she had found on the Splitcoast stampers site. They were lovely so I nipped off over there to check out their fab tutorials on said giftie boxes -check it out here, so simple - give them a go this Christmas! Neither gift box is quite finished at this moment so no piccies to post yet . . . . I hope to rectify that later so do feel free to check back later.
Other than that (and the fact that hubby seems to be also developing the MUCH WORSE version of my cold - the MAN FLU!!) not much going on in the house of purple today. I hope to finish and photograph at least one of the gift boxes so feel free to stop by again later and see what happened, it's always nice to read your comments too so thanks, in advance!
Hope you are all managing to stay healthier than we are and also warm and dry following the recent weather which seems to have been complete pants since we came home from vacation last week!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Welcome to WOYWDW!!

It's chucking it down outside and hubby has chosen today to head off to Gloucester by train!!! I rose from my sick bed (OK that part's an exaggeration) to take him to the station so he didn't get wet before he started! How noble?!?!?! If the truth be told I am feeling much better today and it was a good reason to make myself get up earlier than of late. It's allowed me to do bucket loads of laundry (though how on earth I expect it to dry in this weather . . . . ), all my filing (which I can never do when hubby's home as he hogs the office (my PC sits all alone in the second bedroom) when he's about - so now all my bank accounts and credit card statements are not only up to date but filed too. There is always such a mound of stuff like that waiting (or should I say LURKING) when we return from Florida.

So now, just before I hit the letter writing (there were five letters from crafting pals too, which made a lovely change from the bills) I thought I would take the opportunity to share the minutiae of my day with you all - that and my photo for WOYWDW.

Having cracked on with my Christmas cards and then, yesterday, I sat (or stood) and made all my gift tags there's not much activity going on there - though it should be said that there should be a bit of TIDYING going on there sometime soon.

I hear that the weather around the country is pretty foul and that many parts of the U.K. have experienced floods and gales and all sorts - what IS going on with our weather? I hope that none of my blog buddies has been affected this way.

I've taken a photograph of what it's like round here. No, we're not underwater; being so high up here if we were flooded it would certainly not bode well for the rest of Bristol! I took the photo through the window so you've got the rain streaks down the window and you can see how windy it's been of late because of the piles of leaves all over the place - (not that I've been out much but) I bet it's very slippery underfoot. So, enjoy your Wednesday and try to stay warm and dry and if you must go out then - do take care.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Been busy today ....

Hope you've all had a good day. My cold is starting to feel much better (thank goodness) so I decided to crack on with my tags. Out came my Quickutz Revolution and my tag and reinforcing ring die cut and off I went. I cut out 40 and then stuck all the reinforcing rings on to it - time consuming in itself (remind me not to bother doing that again!) and then embossed my chosen image on to each tag in twinkly roman gold embossing powder. Of course, nothing is without its complications is it? My Versamark pad chose today to decide to dry out so - how lucky was it that I had a bottle of the refill ink - YAY! Crafter- 1, crafting materials - 0!! I win. Now all I have to do is buy all my presents, wrap and tag them and write and send all my cards - a doddle, eh?

Have a nice evening, catch you in the morning!

Morning all

Rudolph look-a-like here! Still suffering the ill effects of my cold - how unglamorous are colds eh?!?!? My voice is better than it was and I'd LIKE to be able to say that I am now entering the sexy, husky stage but know this to be soooo untrue! It is, however, a sign that it is indeed on its way out! I hope to be returned to normal (if there is any such thing) by Wednesday or Thursday.
Good news as it means I don't have to cancel several appointments for the latter part of the week (forward planning at its best!), including a much needed hair cut.
I really ought to be up and about and doing laundry but this whole night nurse regime improves the symptoms of the cold but does mean that you really just want to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep all the time. I'm sure it's all worth it in the end but, frankly, where DID the last few days go?
I hope my poorly pals (Sue, Andy, Rosie and Jacky) are continuing to improve and that we'll all be back to full health soon.
Have a good day today peeps - who knows? I may even get some crafting done!!!!!!!!!!! All I managed yesterday were two Christmas tags (for a challenge) and the inserts for the Christmas cards made whilst I was in Florida. I was well chuffed when I counted up my cards this morning and discovered that I have NINETY EIGHT hand made Christmas cards ready to roll out - just as soon as I can summon the enthusiasm to write them! I EVEN managed a little on-line Christmas shopping yesterday so am feeling better about my Christmas present list too. How's everyone else's Christmas shopping and cards coming along???? Do tell - don't make me come round to find out as I might end up by giving you my cold!!! Stay well peeps

Monday, 15 November 2010

Hi there and welcome to Monday afternoon

Not entirely sure where the morning went but suspect it owes much to night nurse! I slept clean through till 10:00!! Probably a combination of jet lag, the cold and the remedy! Still, feeling considerably brighter today just congested! Reckon this cold is on it's way (fingers crossed).

Not sure what I've missed because I've not been on-line as much as I would normally be - sorry everyone if I've been around to check out your blogs.

The themed challenge over on Craft Mad & Loving It this Sunday was presented by Lauren and is: SHAPED TAGS!!!!!!!!! Now some people thought "YIKES" but I just knew that I had recently acquired two adorable little Hero Arts cling stamps in the shape of a snowman and holly tag - PERFICK unless I am much mistaken. I have bought an enormous roll of black and gold gift wrap for my Chrissie pressies this year too so wanted to incorporate this in to my tag, hence mounting my cut out tags first on to gold and then on to black before punching a hole and attaching some gold braid for my tag. I coloured my tags using pro markers (including the blending marker) before highlighting with holographic stickles - hope you like them.

For those of you who have been following my blog posts whilst I was Stateside you will know that I "killed" my camera! Well, my dear hubby, who is sooooooooooo talented, managed to take it apart (being well outside of the warranty) and identified the problem. With a little solder and glue we are now back to two operational cameras and he no longer has to put up with my artwork on his camera!!! THANKS dear.

Not sure how this week is going to pan out because of this cold - I have a hair & Beauty appointment on Thursday (post holiday primp!) and several friends that I really want to get round to see but don't really think I can socialise whilst contagious so that may have to wait till next week. If you are reading this dear friends then please don't think I'm ignoring you but I have no voice so cannot even ring you to explain!!! Sorry, will be along as soon as I can.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday peeps.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Welcome to Remembrance Sunday

Today is Remembrance Sunday and we should all take a moment to reflect and give thanks for our freedom.

Me? I've got a cold and my voice has entirely disappeared so hubby is in for a quiet couple of days!!

I DID manage to complete a sparkly Sketchie yesterday and put away my new stash but that is ALL!! So I've just nipped on here to post my card and head off back to be to ease my aching back, head and throat - hope to be more lively tomorrow!
Enjoy your Sunday and I hope the weather isn't too bad where you are.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another weekend

It's Sketchie Day over on Craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group and this weeks sketch has been designed by Karen with her chosen twist this week of "LOTS OF SPARKLE" - not so very hard to do with Christmas cards at the forefront of our minds about now!

Of course, what I need to do first is to put away all my Florida stash in order that I can actually see my workspace, let alone work on it!!! Once I've done that I can crack on with the sketch - this could take a while. It's not going to be helped by the jet lag - I was doing fine until 05:30 this morning when I woke up coughing and couldn't get back to sleep (still haven't) so in addition to jet lag it's beginning to feel like I have a cold coming on too!! Whoop de doo is all I can say, wonder where I picked that up from, it's a little too quick to be blaming the flight back though there were plenty of people coughing and sneezing on the flight back. Here's hoping it won't come to much - my colds always go straight to my throat resulting in me losing my voice - so at least Steve's in for a quiet time!

I could so do without this, if it is a cold, as I have loads of people to catch up with now I'm back and I can't go visiting all contagious now, can I?

Hope your Saturday is proceeding nicely and that you all have lovely plans for the weekend - ENJOY. Do check back later and see whether I've managed a card or merely disappeared under my mound of stash!!!! OR (and this is far more likely) disappeared back to bed for a jet lag induced power nap!

Friday, 12 November 2010

OMW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2nd post - there IS an earlier one if you're interested!

Oh My Word!!!

Got on with some unpacking this morning and now I can see the extent of the damage! I guess it's safe to say that I overshopped in Florida and now have to find homes for all of this little lot!! Thank goodness I didn't have much before (she says with tongue firmly in cheek!). Karen has already volunteered to assist me in finding a home for it all by (rather nobly in my mind) offering to take some of it off my hands - that'll be a noooooooooo then! I can't believe how much lovely new craftiness I have to play with AND I hear that a new craft store has opened up not far from me too - you just know I shall have to go check it out and support a new independent store ........ don'cha?!

I hadn't realised that I had notched up 32 cards and, rather spookily if you ask me, 32 ATC's too!! Boy was I busy? No matter, I DO now have all of my Christmas cards made - thank heavens and can now crack on with Christmas shopping and tags!! I really did enjoy making them all and hadn't realised quite how many of them there were!

Do you card makers out there make all your own tags as well as all of your own cards? How many of you make your own gift wrap and boxes/bags too?

Later peeps - I'm off grocery shopping in a mo and can hardly control my excitement!! Can I also just say a great big (and more than a little sarcastic) thank you to the guys who decided to dig up the road outside of our house starting at 07:18 this morning!!!! Cheers lads, not like I wanted to sleep in or anything.