Monday, 29 November 2010

I Usually Can't Win an Argument

Many thanks to the lovely Carol over at her great blog Somethinggonemissing = she drew my name out on her recent blog candy draw and it arrived today. A super box full of great goodies for me to add to my stash.

Thank you very much Carol.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Another Weekend Flies Past

Well the weekend has just flown past and it's bacl to work tomorrow:-(

Hope everyone is ok in this cold snowy weather. Athough it is bitterly cold here we have only had a really light dusting of snow unlike the NE and Scotland.

I haven't been out of the house today but I have been quite productive in the craft room - I finished off all the atcs I started the other day they are all the same and I haven't posted any on here as they are like the winter atc I posted last week. I then went on to wrap up some things I am sending to my friends in the US and I made some quick gift tags to attach I took a quick photo of them.

Do you like penguins? These little fellows are an Art Impressions stamp which I painted using Sparkling H2O's mica paints and simply mounted on paper from my stash. I used Distress Inks on the edges of the paper to soften the edges. I think they are so cute great fo making a quick card.

Barry has decided that the craft room has to be renamed The Forge as I spend so much time in there banging and clattering about. He says that he didn't know that card marking was such a noisy hobby. Lol We what he didn't realise that the hammer is an intergral part of my craft kit usually used to knock the drawer front back on after I have pulled if off - I don't know my own strength sometimes:-)
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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Something a little different today

Hello all

I thought I'd show you something a little different in this post.

Here it is I'm showing off some of the beading I have been doing and I have finally managed to finish this necklace. I think the pattern is called a Dutch Spiral and I used cream seed beads, gold seed beads and some lovely glass pearls. I chose the colours to go with a new jacket and matching top I bought - this is one of the things I love you can tailor your jewellry to match anything. I usually buy my beads from Empire Beads they usually have special offers on every week and the delivery is usually very quick.

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I had a busy evening yesterday, I worked up a real glitter storm and made half a dozen cards with glittered snowflakes - there was glitter everywhere even Max the cat had a light dusting all over his head. I then went on to make some ATCs to send to the US but I have still to finish them off - that's a job for the weekend. Have a good evening.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Trip to the Vets :-(

Poor Max the cat is in the wars again he is causing the problem himself not fighting with other cats. A couple of weeks ago he developed a patch of eczama on his back by his tail it was fairly small so we thought it would go as quickly as it arrived. Well it would have done apart from Max - he decided to chew it off and what a mess he has made - he now has a raw patch the size of a 50p and he won't stop cleaning it so the wound doesn't get chance to dry up. Anyway as is showed no signs of healing we whisked him off in the car to the vets and came away with antibiotics, antihistamines and a large bill. We are on bread and jam for the rest of the week and Max will rattle as he has 3 tablets in the morning and 3 in the evening.

I used one of my old favourite Penny Black Stamps to make this Christmas card that I am going to enter in to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. I use two Cuttlebug embossing folders to create the background and stamped the image onto some paper I sprayed with tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I used Stickles on the berries and mounted onto Green Mirror board. I cut three snowflakes out of green mirror card using my Sizzix dies and added a MS Snowflake which I glittered with Glamour Dust to the centre of each one. The green spot paper was from my stash. The photo isn't very good as I couldn't catch the shiny mirror card surface
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Saturday, 20 November 2010

A Couple of Wintery ATCs

Happy Weekend everyone - why do the weekdays drag and the weekends fly past? I have so much to do this weekend and so little time to fit it all in - Jamie is still with us (my one son tornado) he is going back to the Isle of Man on Sunday so there is no point in trying to tidy up the lounge as he has taken it over! So today it's ironing and shopping but first before I start the marathon iron just time for a sneaky blog and post a couple of atc's I made last week.

They are both Penny Black Stamps and I just love the images on both of these, I feel that you don't have to do very much to either of these. So a touch of Stickles glitter and when that is dry top off with a dash of Glossy Accents to give a little dimension to the atc and you are finished



If I get time today I am getting out the colouring pens - I have just downloaded Anki's Xmas Treat Santa's Helpers for free which is a really cute image - I'm not usually into cutesy but this is so sweet I couldn't resist . Go and have a look I have put a link to her blog
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Friday, 19 November 2010

Oooohhh Super Candy from Wee Memories

I'm not sure I should share this as I want to win this fantastic candy at Wee Memories Blog but I have to share it with everyone. So go and check it out before 30th November and good luck.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Is it just me

I am just feeling a little frustrated with the internet - it is running really slow and I don't know what's the matter with Google - I think all the world and his wife must be on-line. So I admit defeat and I'm off to watch The Apprentice and wait for Bazzer to get back from London. It looks like the treatment in London is on the cards - he phoned me before he got on the train home.

On another note I have just got a real accommodation bargain - my big brother is comming over to visit just before Christmas and he asked me to book him into a local hotel for a couple of nights. I managed to get him into the Best Western for £35.00 a night booking with Good or what:-)

By the Way - I think Stuart on the Apprentice is a prize pillock.

Monday, 15 November 2010

How Long Since My Last Post!

I can't believe it's over a week since my last blog - how bad is that! Life is a bit frantice at the moment - Bazzer has his first appointment with the Specialist in London so we might know a bit more after Wednesday. I spent the weekend making and sending out ATCs for UK Stampers Group I belong to - and I hold my hand up I got a bit behind with my ATC's but the good news is I have caught up and posted out all the books complete wih my ATCs. I just have to make some thankyou booklets and the job will be a good one!

I have made the card below to enter LOTV Challenge Blog Challenge 73.
Just Magnolia Challenge Blog
Passion for Promakers Challenge Week 77


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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Busy Weekend

What a busy weekend I have had. Yesterday was so hectic - I managed a quick trip to Hobbycraft yesterday morning but I can't brag about my bargains as I didn't get any! Most disappointing but I supose there will always be another shopping trip to look forward to. Anyway Baz decided we should have a drive up to the Lakes and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I was so taken with the Autumn colours that I forgot to take my camera out and capture their beauty but I did manage to snap some beautiful fells in their seasonal beauty.

I spent the evening enjoying my Rubber Stamp Madness Magazine that arrived in the post - I really love looking throught this US Magazine. I only get two mags regularly RSM and Craft Stamper. I feel they are the ones that suit my Craft/Stamping Style whatever that is:-)



Now I have had a busy crafting day today and have managed to make this autumn card that will be winging it's way to one of my US penfriends - I got two more this week that makes 12 all over the USA - I really enjoy writing letters and receiving them - we all exchange cards, ATS and all sorts of bits & pieces that fit in and envelope.

Anyway back to the card I used a brass stencil and coloured it using pastel chalks throught the stencil. I then used translucent stencil paste over the stencil and although you can't see it very well it has raised the surface of the pumpkins giving it a lovely glossy finish.

I have enter this card in CES Challenge Blog

I then went on to make some sweetie treat bags - I have a friend who is organising a stall next week at a local WI Christmas Fair and she was asking if I had any ideas for some child friendly bits to put on her table - I took myself of to Lidl and purchased some Christmas Haribo sweets and some Father Christmas chocolates and made some mixed sweet bags that I hope will be ok. If not I will take them to work and give them out instead of Christmas Cards!

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Just a little birthday card

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Well the visit to the dentist was ok - I was worrying about nothing I didn't have to have a thing done. Not even a scale and polish in fact he complemented me on my oral hygiene:-)

I have made a birthday card today to practice my copic colouring skills and I really enjoyed colouring this little fella in unfortunately I can't tell you who made the rubber stamp as it was an image I got at a class I attended during the summer. Let me know what you think. I'd love to read your comments.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Oh no - Dental Appointment tomorrow :-(

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I have just had a horrible thought - I've got a dental appointment tomorrow afternoon. I really hate going but it has to be done. I have been really lucky and I haven't had to have any work done for the past three years but I suspect that that will change as I think I need at least one filling. When I was a small child my mum took me to the dentist - well I call him that loosely - he was a bit of a butcher really and he just had no patient skills at all. Needless to say thanks to the appalling treatment he metered out to me it left me with an everlasting fear of the dental chair! I know I won't sleep well tonight!!!
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Dark Mornings:-(

Its blowing a hoolie and raining cats and dogs this morning - what joy! I hate these winter months when it is dark when you get up and dark by 4.30 in the afternoon- I think we should give up this turning the clocks back - it's crazy.

Anyway just a quck post before I head off to work - a quick Christmas Card I made last week - the reindeer is an All Night Media stamp and the holly swirl background is an Inkadinkadoo stamp that I found in a 50p bargain box at Topaz Crafts during the summer - it is lovely I can see me using this lots and lots..

Better go or I will be late for work! Have a good day.
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Sorry I meant to say I am entering this card in the Allsorts Challenge Blog
but I was at work when I filled in Mr Linky with my details and my blog was locked out because of restricted internet use at work:-( Anyway pop over and have a go the theme is gold, cream and a hint of red.

I am also entering this card in Sir Stampalot Challenge - on Christmas Traditions

Monday, 1 November 2010

Happy Halloween

I carved two more pumpkins today both of them on a cat theme as you can see although not too clearly in the second photo - I know I should have used the tripod but I was in a rush and it was upstairs.


and this what became of the flesh of the pumpkins. I cooked it then blitzed in the blender and made Pumpkin Bread and two trays of pumpkin and chocolate brownies to take to work tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what they make of it as I haven't made this before but it was a Martha Stewart recipe I came across and thought it would make a change to try something different.

We had lots of Halloween visitors and the sweetie bucket is much depleted. Everyone commented on the carved pumpkins and seemed to like them. Now it's over for another year time to pack away the Halloween stamps. By the way some of Tim Holtz Halloween Dies and embossing folders are on half price offer at the Sizzix website for how long I don't know!
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