Thursday, December 08, 2016

Rustic Christmas time again.

Hello, and how are you this evening?
The trend this week seems to post later in the day.  Not enough hours at the moment.

I had some emergency shopping to do today as my youngest told me just before school that his shoes were falling apart.  Wish I'd been told that last night.
The magic hot glue gun came in useful till I could get a new pair today.  It's good to be a crafter some days!

Hubby is hobbling nicely and managed a slow wee walk with me and the dogs today, must keep mobile according to the experts.  Gone are the days when the medical profession tell you to put your feet up.  The general consensus nowadays tends to be stay mobile but take it gradually.

I demolished the ironing pile today, crampons and rope stowed away till same time next week, if I am lucky.  Even though I've been, as I would class it "a good girl" today, getting my jobs done rather than crafting I still haven't managed anything creative.  I did however oversea the production of this, another hubby project that he finished off last week.


This one is actually painted with green chalk paint and then sanded back.  There are four small shelves with indentations in for tea lights, finished with a rustic star on top.
This has gone to one of our friends as a pre-Christmas present, I do hope the family like it.  I do.

That's all from me today I am away now to find an oldie for tomorrow as it is another couple of days back to work for me.  Ho, ho, ho!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Sad times warrant a new die.

Good evening, it's Dicky dark again and I don't know where this week is going.
After getting in from work last night I needed to walk the dog as hubby was in hospital having a knee operation.
He got back late last night and so is out of action at the moment.  Mum is in charge!

During the evening I remade my Baileys and brownie trifle, this time doubling the quantities in order to make a decent depth of pudding.  Craft and blog time was none eventful and I ended up collapsing in front of the TV waiting for hubby to return from his day out!

Today it was Christmas lunch in work so I took my pudding in and also managed a bit of festive shopping.  Ho, ho, ho!

Unfortunately not everything at this time of year is festive and jolly and one of my close friends had some very sad news this week.  This is the card I made to send condolences.


I have used Well wishes die by Die-namics with white and cream pearlescent card.  I have added some faux stitching and a few pearls to finish.  Clean and simple.
I am also doggy sitting just now so I have two little friends to walk which is great fun when they both want to go in different directions.  All the fun of the fair and plenty of much needed exercise.  I might just get in that dress by Christmas!  I'm ever hopeful.
I'm signing off now as I am away to watch Kirsties new Christmas show which was on earlier, got to love the ability to tape what you want to watch laters.
More from me tomorrow.

Monday, December 05, 2016

The countdown has commenced, did you pick up yours this Christmas?

Hello, how are you all?
A late post from me today.  I don't know where the days go at this time of the year.

I had a busy morning in work on Saturday followed by an afternoon getting crop ready and writing some of my Christmas cards.
At the crop on Sunday I did more crocheting on my secret project, I don't do anything fast!  I have to admit I can't wait to show you it, I think you could say I am on the downward slope now.  I've just got to stitch all the elements together.
I also finished writing all my Christmas cards on Sunday and those needing posting have gone today. I have about half a dozen special ones still to make but am hoping to find the time for them this week too.

Whilst at the crop I let slip that I had accidentally bought the Tattered Lace advent calendar.  At this point everyone was intrigued and wanted to know more about it.  So today this is what I am posting about.  Did you get one too?
Sorry about the photographs again, poor lighting all day today, it was dark, then icy, then foggy and finally back to dark.

The calendar.


Window one and five I have photographed together, I'm loving my wee snowman.


Window two was a lovely little snowflake.  I love this too.


Then I had a small Merry Christmas die, again I love this as it is a good size for small cards.


Great lighting!  Not.
Finally to date window number four was a cracker.


All the windows are an inch and a half in size.  So very cute and much more fun to open than a chocolate calendar especially as a paper crafter.

Now I just need to find the time to play with them.  
Lots to organise for Christmas and I probably will be picking up some extra hours at work too.  Not to mention the usual mundane stuff, boo, hiss.
That's all from me tonight I'm off to make a very dear friend a card.  
Catch you all later in the week.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

A little creative quote or two.

Hi, how are you this festive weekend?
I'm in work for a quick early shift today, I programmed this for you yesterday to read at leisure.  I hope you enjoy it.

To start today I have 33 top tips to staying creative.  How many are applicable to you?


I think the key one for me is number four.  How creative could we be if we didn't spend so much time on the computer looking at what everyone else is making?
As for the more obscure ones......do let me know if watching foreign films gets your creative juices flowing.  :0

Next quote, it is one time of year when I am known to sparkle throughout.


It's probably the only time of year I dig out the glitter unless of course I am making fairy or angel cards.

This last one made me LOL.  Over the last couple of weeks we've had our fair share of these at work.


And the way to deal with them, turn up the "nice" monitor to extra high and smile, whilst hoping no one asks you, "a penny for your thoughts!"

That's all from me today, after a busy morning in work I am home to get organised and packed for our local Christmas crop tomorrow.  On the program for tomorrow I need to get a present finished and my cards done and dusted.  If I manage both I shall be a happy crafter!
Enjoy your weekend, whatever your plans.
More from me on Monday.


Friday, December 02, 2016

It's FFFriday, grab a gorjuss oldie!

Good morning and how are you today?
I'm off into work shortly hoping for a much better day than I had on Tuesday.  It wasn't pretty!

It's that time of the week again, dig out your oldies and do feel free to join me sharing a previously made project.  I'd love to see them, follow the link below and I shall pop by over the weekend to visit.


Not the best of photographs today but it is an oldie.

This image is a Gorjuss stamp "flower girl", I have coloured her with my copic's and highlighted with white gel pen and pearls.  The frame is made using my Spellbinder Nestabilities circles and big scalloped circles with snowflake paper supplied by the Papeterie and edged with black ink, I have attaches a snowflake metal embellishment with some white sheer ribbon.  The background paper is again from Best Creations Inc Fx Tobogganing and has beautifully glittered trees.  I have created a strip across the top with Martha Stewart punch lace heart and a further strip of FX Taboganing paper as well as two tabs in grey AC textured card and snowflake paper, corner rounded and topped with a pearl.  The stamp "Happy Christmas" is from PI Christmas Cheer.  The card is then mat and layers with grey and white AC textured card stock, finished with white gel pen and black ink.
The coordinating Christmas cracker template was from Waltzingmousestamps, with many thanks to the guys over there for letting me use it.  I have used the paper from the Papeterie Snowflake, sheer ribbon and grey AC card with my Martha Stewart lace heart around the bottom.  The rectangles of Best Creations Tobogganing papers were created using Nestabilities long classic rectangles large with a stamp "Noel" from the PI Christmas cheer set finished off with pearls and black marker pen.

That's all from me today, thank you to all who play along, I do look forwards to seeing your oldies.
Have a super crafty weekend, I'm in work early tomorrow then have our Christmas crop on Sunday so a busy couple of days for me. 
Back tomorrow with some crafty quotes.




Thursday, December 01, 2016

Eat your heart out British bake off!

Good afternoon and how are you this Thursday?
It's already getting dark here after a pretty dreich and dull day.  On the up side we don't seem to be having the very low temperatures that you are getting in the south of England just now.  Most bizarre as we are normally a few degrees colder.

This morning started with my eldest flooding the bathroom and the pitter patter of water coming through the ceiling!
A good start then.
All mopped up for now and hopefully not too much damage done.  I don't know what is hiding between the upstairs bathroom and lounge ceiling, at this time of year I think it will be allowed to dry out and we shall investigate further in the New Year.  I say we, what I really mean is I shall be foreman and hubby shall be doing the grafting, as it should be.  ;)
With my eldest off his stride I had to drive them to school but this created the perfect opportunity for me to do a little Christmas shopping.  I was back home by ten with a special treat of a gingerbread latte and muffin.  Job done!
I have since been getting my cards and list sorted for Christmas, wrapping a few presents etc....followed by lunch out, nomn, nomn.

Next week we have our Christmas dinner at work and I have been asked if I can provide a pudding for the occasion.  I had asked a couple of staff what they'd prefer.  I had been thinking of doing some finger puds like banoffee pies or strawberry tarts.  The general consensus was no, please do a trifle, a Baileys trifle.
Last night I had a wee practise after work.


Now much to the joy of my husband and youngest there is no fruit in this trifle.  They're so bad!
The base is homemade chocolate brownies soaked in Baileys liqueur, topped with homemade chocolate custard and then cream.  I have to say it tastes right grand and certainly should be a less is more kind of pud.  I dread to think of the calories!
It is just not as deep as a usual trifle so I shall be changing the glass bowl for the party next week.

That's all from me today.  I'm away to try and get my eldest vaccinated against Meningitis, this will be the 6th attempt for him to get the jab.  I think someone upon high is trying to tell me something.
Every time we go to the surgery there has been another issue.  Most disturbing.

Enjoy the rest of your evening and I'll catch you again tomorrow with an oldie.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let it snow, let it snow....let's not!

Good morning and how are you this "hump" day?
The middle of the week already.  It is grey and overcast here this morning, but then daylight isn't really totally through yet.   Don't you just hate this time of year?  Dark going to work, dark coming home, and I only work part time.  I am finding the lighting for taking photos to share on here poor.  It's always dark!
The joys of winter time in the north of the country.  Summer time is much better as it stays light till about 11p.m.
Another quick post from me before heading into work, last night I decided to join the lovely ladies over at the Less is More challenge blog again.  This week's challenge is to use the emboss resist technique.  Here is my attempt.


I have created my snowy scene using stamps by Personal impressions, Papertrey ink and Clarity stamps, inking and embossing with white powder.  I have then added some blue and green watercolour paint before mounting on a small snippet of blue card.  I have added a tiny bit of bling and sparkle to finish.
I do enjoy this effect and already am thinking up other ideas to play with.

Yesterday I had an appointment at the opticians, I have been having problems with my current glasses so have taken the opportunity to order some new ones.  OMG how much are good quality varifocals?!  I am still in shock.  Still the new specs are all singing all dancing and I can't wait to get them.  Merry Christmas to me!
I just keep telling myself I've got to look after my eyes especially when I enjoy crafting so much.

That's all from me today folks I'm off into work to see what joys today brings.  Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.  Don't forget it's the final episode of The Missing tonight, OMG I can't wait, it's been a real edge of the seat drama.

Monday, November 28, 2016

So you're a nail tech.

Good morning and how are you this Monday?
Bright blue skies here this morning although it's a tad chilly.  Just the way I like it, dry and clear as opposed to wet and windy.

Did you have a good weekend?
Oh my, work was busy on Saturday, followed by the rugby and a relaxing evening crocheting watching TV.
Sunday I spent most of the morning in the kitchen which reminded me why I don't do a Sunday roast every week.  That being said roast beef and all the trimmings went down well with my lot at lunch time and stopped them picking all afternoon.
I then pottered with a few jobs and more crocheting, the perfect end to a quiet weekend.

Today I have a card for you that one of my friends at work asked me to make for her.  This young lady has a big birthday and is a nail technician.


I have coloured the nail varnish bottle with my copic markers and then added glossy accents.  The file I have made from sand paper and the cuticle tool is made with a cocktail stick.  I have added a few false nails to finish on a glittery polka dot background.

I'd like to enter this into Pixie's crafty workshops snippet challenge as I have used snippets of card, sandpaper and wood.

That's all from me today, I'm off for my breakfast before heading into work with my cleaning head on.  Then it's an appointment straight from work and then pick up time from school.
Enjoy your Monday folks, I'll be back later to see what you have been up to over the weekend.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

How about a little creative smile?

It's the weekend, yippee!
Time for a little creative smile or two whilst I am at work.  Let's hope it isn't as mental as it was yesterday, boy it was a busy but very quick shift.

This is what I am planning for the rest of my weekend, how about you?


But will I get away with it?

Everyone has baggage of one type or another.
If you are going to carry it around, you may as well do it in style.


And why not?  You never know when that next creative brainwave might hit. 
If you have your paper handy you're already half way there!

When I saw this next quote I knew exactly which type of person I am at the moment.


Before going back to work I would have said I was a producer but now I have less time I would say I am a purchaser.
I guess you either have the time or the money but very rarely both.
Are you a purchaser or a producer?

That's all from me today, I hope you have a lovely crafty weekend.  More from me next week. 






Friday, November 25, 2016

Time to share an oldie this Friday, it's festive style again for me.

Good morning and how are you this Friday?
Another day in work for me and I shall be heading there shortly.  I guess it will be another busy one as more and more folk are starting to shop for Christmas.

It has become a bit of a tradition over here to share an old crafty project with you on a Friday.  Today I have another Christmas card for you.


I have a Spellbinder card for you this time and it is the 3D M-bossabilities Rustic wreath.
I have used sentiment stamp Wishing you by Woodware, Ranger distress pens Fired brick and Barn door together with red Stickles.  The other Spellbinder die is Fleur de lis square and Classic petal Edgeabilities.  Finally twine, bling and the button from my stash with paper from Docrafts At Christmas.
I used Versamark in my embossing folder and then added Perfect pearl Green Patina before colouring the berries and finally adding stickles, well it wouldn't be Christmas without a little sparkle!
It would be great if you would like to join me sharing an old/previously posted handmade item from your blog.  I will visit you all over the weekend and share in the love of all things handmade.
Thank you to those of you who join me, I do enjoy my weekend visits to see an older make of yours. 
Mr Linky has been reinstalled for those who missed him last week so please feel free to join me.

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the coming weekend.  Have a good one.