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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Tic, Tac, Toe challenge #2

I needed to make a Father's Day card this evening and was able to use the Tic, Tac, Toe challenge #2 for inspiration.  I decided to go with one of the diagonal combinations of hexagon, gray and wood(grain) although it also fits the top line too of masculine, embossing(dry) and wood (grain).

I did have to break into a fresh sheet of grey cardstock as I didn't have any in the scraps box and I have actually finished it in time to enter the challenge this week.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Two for one

I've made three cards to fit two challenges.   Inky Chicks challenge is to use three different patterned papers and a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches which was just perfect for using those three papers.

The papers as usual are from my scraps box with the addition of some stamps which I have saved from mail sent to me from overseas.  Two of the sentiments are from Unity Stamps and the other one is an SU sentiment.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tic Tac Toe challenge #1

While blog hopping the other evening I came across a brand new challenge blog.  Normally I veer towards sketch challenges but this one is a fun Tic Tac Toe challenge. You can find the challenge here.  I decided to delve into my scraps again and use the top row which was stripes, circle and gold.  Two patterned papers one with diagonal stripes and another with spots/circles created the backdrop for the card.  I then used another couple of papers to stamp out the cupcakes from a retired SU stamp set.  The top of the cupcakes I used gold embossing powder and cut out with a co-ordinating punch.  The sentiments were also gold embossing.

I just missed out on actually entering it into their challenge but it was fun doing something slightly different.  Looking forward to seeing what the next one will be now.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Your Next Stamp challenge

It was because of the sketch on the Your Next Stamp challenge blog that yesterday evening was spent sorting out one of my boxes of scraps.  I was trying to find some paper and cardstock to use and couldn't initially put anything together but still wanted to do something constructive with my time, hence the tidy up.

This morning I was able to get up and look at those neat scraps and managed to put together two more cards to add to my collection.  Apart from the base card and a bit of bling some more of my scraps have been used up - maybe one day I won't need a scraps box lol.

Now I need to work on tidying up my other scrap box to help me whip up even more quick cards.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Tidy up those scraps

While I've been trying to use up the scraps to make the cards and tag this week there were still plenty of scraps left over in just one of my scrap boxes (yes I have more than one Chris).  I decided it was time to sort them out.  Now I know there are some people who can throw their scraps away without blinking an eye but for me its very difficult.  This is how the scraps looked early this evening.

After a lot of sorting through them I decided to cut  them into approximately 6 x 4,
7 1/2 x 1 1/2,  2 x 5 3/4 and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 pieces.  This makes them workable sizes for me to still make cards, use as borders or as journalling blocks.  I also sorted out all the pieces of neutral cardstock which can be used either for stamping images or sentiments on.  I found quite a few cut aparts from my Graphic 45 papers which had been thrown in there too.  All those workable scraps are now neatly placed in two much smaller boxes.  I still have a couple of other scrap piles to sort but its a start.

Here's the pile to be thrown away.

Feeling quite proud of myself for letting so much go.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Tag Tuesday challenge

I thought I'd have a change from cards today and also play around with a set of NBUS stamps and my mixed media stash.  Tag Tuesday had a challenge to incorporate the theme ANIMALS into a tag.  I wanted to use an Altenew set of stamps that hadn't seen an ink pad and make a baby tag - this is definitely not a cute tag but it did get me playing with lots of different bits and pieces from my stash.

I cut a tag from a piece of card I'd kept for recycling and covered in white gesso before adding some spotted tissue paper that had come with one of the Artful Days goodies box I bought a while back. I then used one of my Stamploration stencils and some texture paste.  When this was dry the stencil was placed over the hearts and inked up in pink.  To tone down the white of the tissue paper I mixed some gesso with ink from a green ink pad.  The animals and sentiments were stamped and cut out and added to the tag before inking the edges of the tag.  It might not be my best ever work but it was fun playing with everything.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

New die to play with

A recently acquired die was calling out to me to make some clean and simple cards to add to my collection this week.  I paired it up with some patterned paper and a few simple sentiments.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Farewell Mojo

Thankfully not my Mojo, but sadly this week is Mojo Mondays last sketch challenge.  After 500 sketches they have decided to call it a day.  I couldn't let the final challenge go by without using it to make another three cards from my scraps box.

Wishing all those that have been involved with the Mojo Monday challenge blog all the best in the future.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sunday Stamps challenge

Time for a little play along with the sketch on the Sunday Stamps challenge blog.

The dies are from Stampin Up and the sentiments are from one of my favourite Clearly Besotted sets.  Papers and card from the scraps box.  Three different sentiments for different occasions. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

A quick thank you card

I managed to find some time to have a play with a new set of stamps and dies I recently bought from SU.  The set is called Lovely Inside & Out and co-ordinates with the Lovely Words die set.  The card was inspired by one of the cards in the new SU catalogue.

I also used one of the New In colours Lemon Lime Twist which is a lovely vibrant green just right for summer cards.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Happy Planning on a smaller scale

I love the Happy Planners from Mambi and was so happy to see that they are now doing Mini Happy Planners too.  I've misplaced the small diary I got free with Cross Stitcher magazine so when I saw the mini planner being sold by The Homemakery I knew I just HAD to have one.  Your orders from The Homemakery always come neatly wrapped in tissue and also include a small envelope with a little freebie inside - this time some beautiful ribbon.

I'm looking forward to playing with this new addition to my planner family.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Just add beads

Last week we were on holiday in North Devon where we were lucky enough to enjoy lots of sunshine and visit new places.  I'd taken along the Cross Stitcher SAL to work on during the week but forgot to take a couple of threads with me.  Luckily while we in Ilfracombe on the Monday we happened to come across a stitching shop by complete luck.  The lady in Smugglers Needlecraft Centre was able to come to my rescue with the three threads I required and I also picked up a half metre of fabric similar to the fabric I used for the stag.  All I have left to do now is add some purple beads to the Christmas tree.

 According to the chart there should be an additional red and white border but I decided to omit that as I hope to finish this as a fabric wall hanging rather than getting it framed.  I believe there should be some Christmas fabric in my stash.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Cross Stitcher SAL update

I've worked a little on the Cross Stitcher SAL and managed to complete another one of the motifs and start another one.  

Apologies for the poor photo but it was taken late yesterday evening.

I did a workshop at Scrapbook Magic this week and finally got round to using my Cinch which has been sitting idle in the overflow craft room for about two years having never come out of the box.  Now that I have finally used it and realised just how simple it is to use it should get far more love and attention lol.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Good luck

One of the boys from the cafe DH and I like to go to on a regular basis is leavingšŸ˜¢ He's going back home to work for a while but hopes to return to our part of the country some time in the future.  They are putting on a leaving party for him this evening and I have made this card to wish him luck.

The scrabble tile stamps came from Paperchase and the background stamps are from the SU stamp set called Timeless Textures apart from the little heart which is from Endless Thanks.  It's almost a one layer card with the exception of the sentiment.  Tiny alphabet used was a 99p bargain from The Range many years ago.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Something to share

The weeks are just flying by and it would seem so did my crafting Mojo.  I did manage to sit down yesterday and make a birthday card for a friend of ours.

The papers came free with a magazine many moons ago and the stamp set is a retired SU set.  A simple image which only required minimal colouring with my Copics.  It felt good to put something together again.

After finishing the stag my stitching fingers have also been quite idle, but I have gone through my many WIP's and decided to finish the Cross Stitcher SAL.   This is where I left it in the autumn.

Amazingly enough I was able to find all the issues required in my pile of magazines so I am all set to get going again with this one.  My aim is to get it finished ready to go up for THIS Christmas.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Carnival queen attendant

Not me but our gorgeous granddaughter Elisha.  MIL and myself caught the train out to Bere Alston to enjoy the carnival but most importantly to see Elisha all dressed up as one of the carnival queen attendants.

They also had various awards for floats and walkers and Connor got 
a 3rd place certificate for dressing up as a Transformer.

The procession was led by the village fire engine and behind them were the bagpipe players and then the carnival queen float followed by various other floats and tractors.  It's lovely to see village traditions being carried on and our family being part of that.  It's something many of the town's and city's sadly do not follow suit with - one of the wonderful aspects of village life.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Anniversary card

Another year of wedded bliss has flown by for us tomorrow.  DH is away at the moment but thankfully is back for our anniversary tomorrow and we will be going out for a meal to celebrate.  With him being away it has been easier to make his card without fear of him seein it before the day.

Poor photography I'm afraid but I've created this card using stamps, dies and embossing folder all from my SU stash collection.  Kept it fairly simple but I really like the white and Kraft card together and the embossing folder is just gorgeous - lots of tiny hearts.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter celebrations

I hope you have all managed to enjoy the Easter weekend.  There has been lots to celebrate this weekend for us.  Firstly the flooring finally got put down in the lounge on Friday.   DH and No2 son spent all day Friday doing that and while I'm biased I love the look of it.

Saturday we celebrated our eldest grandsons birthday, Connor has now reached double figures - I really cant believe ten years have gone by already.

His Auntie Claire made him this fabulous cake.

We managed to get out in the garden and do some tidying up out there.  Our lilac bush is looking very pretty at the moment.

Finally I put the last few stitches into the stag cross stitch so it is now ready to be taken to be framed which won't be until next Monday. 

Now to decide what to work on next.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Closing in

I'm close to finishing the stag just a small amount of background, another eye and a little of the face to complete.  Fingers crossed I can get it completed by or over the Easter weekend.

Once it's finished I need to work on a WIP before I allow myself any new stitching lol.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Easter card request

I was asked to make an Easter card for someone to send to their mum and this is the card I made.

I used a Spellbinder die for the background and place some pale blue paper behind the cut out area.  The cross was made using an SU background stamp and I used one of the dies from the Swirly Scribbles die set also from SU.  The flower border is a Sheena Douglass die which I coloured with my Copics.  The sentiment is also from SU along with the Bitty Banner die.  I think I will repeat this design for our parents as I love how it turned out.

Monday, 3 April 2017

A stitching update.

I'm still trying hard to complete the stag stitching hopefully it won't take much longer to complete.  While I may have been working on other craft projects I am managing to stick with the solo stitching which is pretty amazing for me.

The weekend was busy with the craft fayre - we all made some sales and had a fun couple of days.

Last week we found out that we will be having another grandson join the family in August - the girls really are being outnumbered now.

I have been able to drop another day at work so down to a two day week for me which is really nice.  Monday is now going to be my day to do some decluttering of my craft stash every week. Today I finally got round to putting my dies into their magnetic folders which I'd bought ages ago, which meant I was able to get rid of lots of packaging.  Normally I would keep the packaging but I really need to learn to let it go more easily.  Next week I will begin the task of going through my paper stash again  - that will be harder to let go lol.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


Yesterday I travelled down to Scrapbook Magic for the monthly scrapbooking class.  Slight delays with diversions due to road works and traffic light in place for a collapsed drain but undeterred I still managed to get there to join in the fun.

I remembered as I took a photo of the solitary layout I completed yesterday that I hadn't posted the second layout from last months class so I will show you that one first.

Here is the one I did yesterday which shows photos of how Ernesettle Creek used to have a large mill but sadly in today's photos this is no more but its still a lovely place to stand and stare.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

On a roll

I seem to be on a bit of a scrap roll at the moment.  These are scraps from just one of the boxes of scraps I am trying to work my way through.  I've used another Mojo Monday sketch #479 this time.  I'm trying to work through their 2017 sketches with the aim of using two a week to bring me up to date with their weekly challenges for this year.  This should also build up my stock of cards should the momentum come to an end.

I've used a couple of stamps from the SU Painter's Palette set this time.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sketch Saturday

I'm on a mission to use up my box of scraps again!  I've used Sketch Saturday's sketch #455 and managed to make three simple cards with one of the sentiments from my recently acquired SU stamp set called Big on Birthdays.  I bought as it has four large sentiment stamps along with smaller ones.  I thought it would be a perfect way of making quick and simple cards as well as making a small dent in the scraps pile.  Making the sentiment the focal point means I can use up the mish mash of patterned paper scraps I have far easier.

Friday, 17 March 2017

1 sketch, 3 scraps and 3 different occasions

I needed an anniversary card for mum and dad today, not an easy card to make as their marriage is more one of tolerance of each other rather than of mutual respect and love.  I decided to use a Mojo Monday sketch #478 and picked out three scraps of paper and challenged myself to make three different occasion cards.  

For mum and dad I kept the greeting simple but expressed my love for them instead on their wedding anniversary 61 years today.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Stash enhancement

I received a lovely box of mixed media embellishments this week from Artful Days.  It's a monthly kit which has a theme each month, this month it was Going Around and has lots of circular embellishments as well as some paints and a ruler with circles of various sizes cut out in the middle of the ruler.

There are 18 delightful packages included in this kit and they came beautifully wrapped in circle tissue paper which I will also use.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Seasonal cards

Over the past couple of weeks I have been making a few Mother's Day cards to go to into the basket of cards held at Vintage Brew.  I forgot to take photos of the first two sets I made but these are the latest ones I  have made.  I've made one as a Mother's Day card and another as a birthday card.

The flower stamps are from a set I bought from Clearly Besotted a long time ago and I've used them lots, one of my favourite sets which also has the matching die.  I love colouring in the flowers.  Sentiments are from a variety of SU stamps sets and one from Avocado Arts.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Stitching update

It's been a while I know since I posted any progress on the stag stitching.  I am over the half way mark now and working on the background area of the picture.  I'm leaving the stitching of the stag until last which hopefully won't be much longer.  The past week or so I haven't had much time to devote to this or any other crafting.  I hope you enjoy this latest update.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Scrapbooking with friends

Yesterday I went down to Scrapbook Magic with my friend Moya for the scrapbooking workshop.  This year Margaret has decided to go with mixed media layouts and we both loved our time there.  It was great to catch up with the ladies again and as usual lots of laughter was had.

I put the final touches to my January layout this morning before going into work.  I took this photo on one of our morning walks, it had been frosty overnight but as the sun was warming up it created a lovely mist.

Still love gathering quotes and this is what I hope to do on all my Scrapbook Magic layouts this year.  The snowflake die is a Tattered Lace die and I've cut them from Kraft cardstock, some of them I added Irridescent embossing powder to for a little sparkle.  The icicle trim at the bottom of the photo are Tim Holtz Frozen Alpha Parts and I have used white and irridesecent embossing powders on them as they are clear to begin with.  Was a little worried with them being plastic but they withstood the embossing process.

I hope to add the finishing touches to the February page tomorrow.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Almost halfway

I know there are some people that are disappointed with my infrequent blog posts for which I apologise but other than my solo stitching there is very little other crafting going on.  I have managed to get quite a bit of stitching done this past week and I am almost at the halfway point of the solo stitching project.

Just a little more stitching on the left hand side to complete and then I can start on the bottom half of the project.  I only have 25 days before the birthday it is intended for.  It is a deadline I don't think I am going to make but I will purchase an interim present for the actual day and then hand this one over as a belated surprise.  I will endeavour to get it done as close to the birthday as possible but I am determined to enjoy this project rather th a  feel undue pressure.  As the recipient has no idea I am doing it does help.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Stitching update

I have managed to add a few more stitches to the gift stitch but no where near as many as I would have liked.

I'm hoping to be able to get more hours in on it over the next week.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New stitching solo stitching

I've been naughty and started a new stitch.  It's another pattern I found in the magazine which I  discovered when going through my stash earlier in the month.  I'm doing it as a birthday present and for once I'm going to see if I can do solo stitching for this one as I've got a pretty tight timescale.  This is how far I've got after a week's stitching.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Art Journal Adventure 2017

I've been joining in with the Art Journal Adventure being run by Jogglesdot. The first prompt was to complete your cover for the journal.  With it being the year of the rooster they used this theme for their covers and I also went with it but used a quirky bird stamp which is my rooster element.  I'm a hoarder - something I am trying to change this year - but I did recycle some packaging to make my journal with.  I knew it would come I handy one day.

Prompt 2 was texture.  Again I recycled something - cereal packaging this time, cutting the box into four pieces to create some journal pages.  I created the texture using scraps of paper torn and adhered to the packaging and then covered with paint.  This was then partly embossed with an embossing folder and then I sanded the raised areas to show them up a bit more.  Some gliding wax was added to the snowflakes.  I've also used a couple of stamps and then some gorgeous embossing powders from Lindys Stamp Gang.  I've also used Paper Artsy infusions, some splatters of white gesso and finally some clear embossing powder which I then stamped into.  It's been fun experimenting and actually using lots of my stash.

Prompt 3 is mug shot and this is currently a work in progress in my mind - hopefully it will soon transfer onto another page.