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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tic Tac Toe challenge #11

Another quick post before I go to work to show the card for this week's Tic Tac Toe challenge. 

I went for the bottom row this time leaf, free (used background stamp and gems), splatter.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Rainy Sunday stitching

It rained all day yesterday so our plans to tackle the tidy up of the garden and wash the car were put on hold - personally I think DH said a little rain prayer Saturday evening to avoid doing the garden.  So if it rains then it's the perfect excuse to spend the morning stitching.

I managed to get the sailing boat completed and some of the background behind it done before our eldest son and family came to visit.  It was then time to play with the Plasticine and the Wii.

Once the family had departed I could resist no longer and made a start on the It's Only Forever cross stitch kit from Gecko Rouge.   When I bought the kit I also treated myself to the coordinating needleminder so that as I work the many thousand of stitches I can remind myself what it will eventually look like.

This is approximately 400 stitches.  Initially I wasn't marking them off but I realised this is too big a project with very similar shades of thread and so not to do so would be a mistake.   As I go back near areas I have already worked but hadn't crossed off at the time I can mark everything and so be able to have a more accurate stitch count with each session very soon.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A trio of tags

Yesterday I travelled down to Scrapbook Magic for a tag workshop in the morning and a general crafting session in the afternoon.   I did far more talking in the afternoon than crafting but it was lovely.  We made three Christmas tags using a variety of stamps and dies.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tic Tac Toe challenge #10

No time to lose so short and sweet for Tic Tac Toe challenge

This morning I only had time to post a picture of the tag with no explanation on how I made for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge before going into work.  I'd left it right up until this morning to decide which elements I was going to use and it was a frantic effort at getting it made in time to post in order to meed the cut off time.  Eventually I decided to use the centre horizontal line Anything But a Card, Fun Fold and Watercolour. 

To make the tag I used some watercolour cardstock and placed it into an embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot.  I used a few different SU ink pads to create a random watercolour background and when dried I added some gold embossing powder.  I created the fancy fold snowflake rosette using a Tim Holtz die and also added gold embossing powder to the peaks of the rosette.  Finally I added an SU sentiment and mounted the watercolour card onto a piece of Kraft cardstock.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Bobbing along

Bobbing along was the song that entered my head this afternoon as I finally got to sit down and work on my stitching.  Of course in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks version of the song they are bobbing along on the bottom of the beautiful briny sea, thankfully the boats in my stitching will be on top of the waves.

It's been a while since I've done any stitching with being away on holiday and spending time with the grandchildren now they are on school holidays.  It was also very nice to have a different colour to stitch with as the right hand side has been predominately blue.

A confession now - I've bought another kit this time from a company called Gecko Rouge.  In my opinion they are a UK version of Heaven and Earth designs, very large and generally detailed designs.  I was browsing their website prior to going on holiday and kept being drawn to one particular design which reminded me of hours spent watching the film The Labyrinth with our children.  It was our daughter's favourite and I can always remember when we were expecting Bryan that she said if our new baby cried all the time she would call upon the goblin king to take it away.   Luckily for Bryan he was a good baby so there was no need for Colette to call upon his services.  While on holiday I subscribed to their newsletter and when we got back they had sent a newsletter out with details of a money off coupon which finally made my willpower crumble and so yesterday morning this arrived via the postman.

It's a large project and comes with a detailed pattern in a booklet format, all the threads presorted and a huge piece of 14 count aida (although there are other counts and fabrics to choose from).  I also purchased a coordinating needle minder.  It came neatly packed in a striped paper bag along with a thank you sticker with a gecko charm attached to it.  Now I did make it a condition of buying it to go through the many already unopened kits I already have in my stash and put those that I am no longer likely to stitch ever up for sale.  That's a job for Monday morning as I clean up the conservatory which was recently used as a dumping ground while we decorated the living room.  Wish me luck as I know I need to be realistic with past purchases and let them go.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Farewell Scotland

After breakfast on Thursday morning I could no longer resist visiting the craft shop before leaving Castle Douglas. Two stories high and filled with an abundance of different crafting materials from fabrics to paints, stamps to yarn and lots more inbetween.  I almost managed to come out of the shop unscathed until I saw this pair of Alice stamp sets and then my resistance failed miserably.  However it could have been a lot worse I guess.

Back to Nantwich we went avoiding the chaos of motorway roadworks by taking the toll road. We took an afternoon stroll along the canal to stretch our legs after the car journey.  We walked along the old Chester canal which was built in 1772.

It was a beautiful walk away from the traffic, lots of pretty canal boats and its hard to imagine that this would once have been the main way of transporting goods in times past.

We came across this wooden sculpture as a reminder of the wonderful horses that would have towed the boats along the canal.

The main line between Nantwich and Autherly Junction was almost built as a railway line but eventually they decided to build it as a waterway.

Along our journey we saw a sign for the Star Inn public house so on the way back we turned off the canal path in search of it.  The footpath took us through fields of corn.

Then through a housing estate before getting back onto the main road, passing this pretty church and arriving at our destination.

Sadly when we arrived at the Star Inn it was to find it had been permanently closed  I've borrowed this photo from a newspaper article, sadly the Star Inn we discovered was covered in grime and road traffic dirt and looking very forlorn.

It would appear that it has been sold and outline planning permission given to turn the Grade 'll building into three residential homes - however this was back in 2016 and sadly it is still empty which will no doubt be another building left to decay before any real action is taken.

We carried on walking back along the road to our original starting point at the aquaduct before going back to our hotel for our evening meal.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Tic Tac Toe challenge #9

Another week has flown by but what a great week we had with our trip to Scotland and the birth of our grandson more to follow in the next day or two.  However it's time to share the card I made for this week's Tic Tac Toe challenge. 

I've gone with the vertical middle row sequins, distress inks and stencil.  I've used four different coloured distress oxide inks and a Stamplorations stencil to create the panel of my card.  Sequins were added to the centre of the flowers and a few additional random ones.  The sentiment is from a recently acquired sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted which is one of their August releases and was waiting for me on my return from our holiday!