Monday, 31 December 2012

~ 2012 ~ Last post

Here we are, the end of 2012 ~ time to say bye to blogger and head over to typepad.
My main blog page will now be over on typepad but I will endeavour to keep this one updated too.

But, do in the meantime head over to:

Live long and prosper my friends!


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Moved Home...

I've taken the plunge and moved my blog over to Typepad. I needed a bit more functionality and have spent a few days getting the 'new' blog up and running. So, please do head on over to my new bloghome which you can find by clicking here.

You will find that I also have a 'shop' link over at my new home.  As well as cards that I make, I also have some other bits that are 'surplus to my requirements' and I am also pleased to say that Stampin' Up! have allowed demonstrators to sell items outside of the usual fulfilment method so I have available a selection of glues and will be putting together some of my own kits.

Please do hit the follow button(s), I have updated the Networked Blogs to reflect the move. 

Some areas are still being updated and revamped but I think I am nearly there as I have the fun of checking links! 

While I am here in blogspot land I'd like to give thanks to those that have followed me on this site and wish you all the very best for 2013 and beyond.

And, as always, may the crafting mojo be with you.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Take four things...

(1) scoreboard
(2) blossom punch
(3) Tombow multi liquid glue
(4) cherry cobbler seam binding

Punch some blossoms, I used some red cardstock remnants and punched out four (as I run out of cardstock and wanted it all the same colour!).

Using the scoreboard, score along two petals so you end up with a scored triangle.

Fold the blossom parts over and then glue to another blossom.

Before you stick your final blossom together stick some ribbon onto the inside and do the final bit of gluing down.  There you go, voila, simple little hanging decorations.  Not just for Christmas ;)

{I had withdrawal symptoms for making things in between having a tidy up} Back to tidying up! 

Happy crafting, and may the crafting mojo be with you.

Friday, 7 December 2012

last minute dot com

Do you ever have those moments when you do things at the last minute? I'm having one kind of right now! 

I've a craft fair tomorrow, got a fair bit to take along but there are some bits that I just haven't gotten around to doing this week (or the previous weeks to be honest).  So here I am making cards, and I have some calendars to do as well, these may well turn out to be a take along and do while I am there!

So, here is my craft desk......

I have had some celebration this week.  I passed my previous Open University course, just made a 2:2 in the scheme of the marking, 6 points off a 2:1 which was a bit of a pooh but it seems quite a few of us in this presentation are in the same boat, so I am not complaining (I did get a 2:1 pass in one bit but didn't quite get the points in the other part of the marking).  Considering it was a bit of a push trying to do it and trying to figure exactly what the TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments) were after, I was pretty pleased with myself to get a good mark in the EMA (End of Module Assessment).  So, that's U214 Worlds of English a healthy pass under my belt and a 2nd level course done and dusted :) I may have had a celebratory slurp of some Snow Grouse (any excuse huh!).

But, here I am now, A300 20th century literary texts and debates, currently doing my head in!  Got an assignment to get put to bed next week and it is going s-l-o-w-l-y.  This one is a level 3 course so more brain cells needed, wish they would come out of hiding.

Have you had snow?  This was a cloud on the school run on Wednesday, it did pop eventually but I think is rather a fantastic show of mother nature and what the sky above us can produce.

Lastly, as I have a bit of verbal overload at the moment.  Guides on Thursday, the girls had made some Christmas cakes in half sized tins, you know the half sized baked bean tins.  Thursday night was decorating time so it was rather sweet in the air as there was a fair bit of icing sugar wafting around. So here's Genny at the marzipan stage.

And here is the final bit (although the snowman has gone missing).

 Happy crafting and may the mojo be with you :)


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Snow flurry...

As there seems to be some snow in the air, inspiration has come in the form of the prospect of snowflakes!

For this card (cards really as I have had a bit of a production line going), I've used some real red cardstock and cut some snowflakes using the Bigz snow flurry die from some white and brown cardstock.  If you want to do this, for the ones that I have cut in the brown, I had to layer up some chipboard so that it didn't cut into the brown. 

Stamps are from the snowflake soiree set, gorgeous snowflakes and the words 'Merry' and 'Believe".  I also had to use the fabulous seam binding in cherry cobbler.  You might also see that I have had the glitter out as well, using the dazzling details and dazzling details in cherry cobbler and a bit of bling with the basic rhinestones.

There you go, hope you get your stamps out and may the crafting mojo be with you :)


Saturday, 1 December 2012

The New Stampin' Up! Trimmer

Just in case your trimmer is like mine and you are thinking that you are in need a new one, here's a little video to tempt you. My current trimmer is looking quite scared (or scarred, as I have been giving it the evil eye!).

The new Stampin' Up! trimmer is now available, have a watch of the video to what it is all about.

Features of the trimmer...
  • An extra-wide 15.9 cm cutting base and an extended 39 cm ruler
    • The extra-wide cutting base provides a large work area and is marked in 4 mm increments, allowing for small measurements.
    • The right-side grid helps you measure and cut very thin strips.
    • The extended cutting arm has a stabilizing leg to provide a sturdy and steady cutting surface for longer cuts. 
    • When fully extended, the extended cutting arm sits flush with the trimmer base, providing more accurate and consistent measurements across the entire surface.
    • All rulers and measurements on the base are printed under a plastic cover so your measurements won’t wear off.
    • The base has nonskid feet, which keeps the Stampin’ Trimmer securely in place on your work area.
  • A full 30.5 cm cutting and scoring track
    • The extra-long cutting track has space at the top and bottom so you don’t have to take the cutting and scoring blades out when you’re not using them. 
    • The track gives you enough space to cut or score a full 30.5 cm without having to remove or switch out handles. 
    • The cutting track locks in place for secure storage or transport. 
    • The track includes an insertion point for cutting and scoring blade handles so you can easily insert handles into the cutting track.
  • Specially designed handles and cutting track to ensure straight cuts
    • The hook on the scoring and cutting blade handles keeps the handles stable so the cuts are as straight as possible.
    • Handles come in two colors: dark for cutting, light for scoring. 
    • The precision tip on the cutting blade allows you to pinpoint precisely where you’re cutting.
    • The point on the side of each handle shows you where the blade will cut, making it easy to see exactly where your cuts and scores will begin.
  • Storage compartment under base
    • The storage compartment holds scoring and cutting tools such as a Bone Folder, Simply Scored Stylus, extra scoring and cutting blades and even business cards. 
    • Separate compartments within the storage compartment keep your tools organized, and the clear cover makes it easy to see what you’ve stored.
Want one, drop me a line and I can get it ordered for you, order 129722 £30.90 including delivery direct to your door.


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Playing with paper - making bows

Just having a muck around with some paper today. You know those gift bows that you stick on your parcels, I've made a big one!  This is the prototype mark I.

It's from a sheet of 12" x 12" paper (double sided) as I was having a little clear out in the paper cupboard, the lonely sheet offered itself to my trimmer!

Simple to make, I have used 8 strips trimmed to 1" x 12", and 4 strips cut to 1" x 11" - I trimmed an inch off the end which makes the bit in the middle.  (The next one maybe I will trim the 1" x 11" down to  1" x 10" or 9" and my middle bit needs to be a bit bigger, I think).

You simply fold them over, make a little hole at the 'stuck' end and I've used a brad to layer them up plus some glue dots as it was a short brad!  The middle bit is the last bit of paper just folded over and glue dot holds that in place.

Anyway, like this post, it was short and sweet and I guess less than 15 minutes to make it (I had some distractions of the kettle boiling to make a coffee).

Talking about coffee, we (me and Brian) headed over to Costa for some 'our' time today, and to get some of *that* shopping, we do like the 'potty' mugs - mine is filled with a skinny latte, to compensate for that beauty in the front, namely a chocolate orange tart.  Can you see poking behind the Christmas tree decorated cappuccino some marshmallows, that's the hot chocolate muffin!

And here is something else that fell in the trolley, let is show and some bells :)  and, yup, they are out of their packaging and on display.  I can't seem to help myself :)

Have fun crafting, may the mojo be with you :)


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Baking Tray = Advent Calendar

I made this ages ago but it comes out each year on 1 December to countdown to Christmas day. All you need is a flat (if possible) baking tray, ruler, pen, paper and little magnets.

First, decorate the back of the baking tray with some patterned paper.

On another sheet, mark out your advent squares.  I have done mine 5 x 5 and each square is approx 1" in size - depending on the size of your baking tray you might need to adjust your sizes.  I used a dashed line rather than a solid one to mark this out and then trimmed it down.  Then stick down. 

You then need 25 squares of cardstock, I have inked the edges and then you just decorate each one.  Stick a little magnet on the back of your squares so they will then stick to the tray.

At the top of the tray, I punched some circles out of another patterned paper and stuck some stickers on for the month of December.  To hang your tray, punch a hole in the top (I used my crop-o-dile) and then thread some ribbon through.

There you go.  I keep each day on the 'back' of the baking tray and each morning find the day to stick on the front.  This is also a great craft for kids, I did this with my Guides last year and they had great fun.

Happy crafting!


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Mini Flip Album

Instead of creating a layout using the Simply Scrappin' layout kit I've made a little mini flip album along with some bits left over from the Merry Moments simply scrappin' kit for a little holiday project. I have made one of these before, but having got the kit out to make a layout, ended up changing my mind and made the album instead, nothing like a bit of artistic licence on a Sunday afternoon!

From the kit take the two pieces of 12x12 cardstock and trim as follows:

1 piece 6" x 12"
3 pieces 5.75" x 12"

(you can keep the cut off strips to use as decoration, I'm using a singled side patterned paper so I will giving some patterned sides facing up or down, if you are using a double sided patterned paper, it doesn't matter which way up your paper is).

Using the 6 x 12 " piece, score at 2.75", 3", 9" and 9.25".

Score the folds so that the white flaps turn in to the inside. (The patterned side will be face down).

Score the 5.25 x 12" pieces at 3" and 9"

Sticking down time.

One one of the 5.25 x 12" pieces, you are going to put some glue/tape on each of the 3" flaps - patterned side facing up.

Now, stick one of the other pieces of 5.25 x 12 onto the left glued flap and the other piece on to the right glued flap.  This becomes your insides of the album.

Stick your inside into the cover (the 6x12" piece) by putting some glue into the middle of the 6x12 section.  I also used one of the strips to make a border edge on the inside so that the white doesn't show.

The cover and ribbon.

For the cover, trim down four pieces of cardstock to 5.5" square.

Stick one piece on the inside left flap.  On what will be the outside of your book, add a piece of ribbon, then stick another of squares on top, now you have your cover.

 Do the same of the right side BUT with the ribbon, this goes on the right hand edge.

All you need to do now is decorate.

Happy crafting!


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Making Stars

Time to use up some of those paper scraps that I have ding nothing in the scrap box. These ones are turning into stars. f you have scraps lying around like me, then you can have a play and make some stars.

Step one.

I have used two squares of patterned paper (they don't have to be double sided for this) trimmed to 4.5" square.

Step two.

I used the diagonal plate on my score board to score each piece on the diagonal (if using singled sided pattered paper, do this on the patterned side).

Step three.

Fold each piece of paper in half (one the wrong side) at each edge.

Step four.

Mark 1" in from the edge on each side of the paper.

Step five.

Cut up to the 1" mark on each piece.

Step six.

Fold in like the picture.  (Folding the front patterned side in to the back - hope that makes sense)

So you end up with something that looks like this.

Step seven.

You now need to glue on one side of the point only, I have written glue on the example here.  And, then you are going to fold in the unglued side over to the glued bit.  This bit can be a little bit fiddly.

So you end up with a star like this.

Step eight.

All you then need to do is glue the two stars together, I used my hot glue gun for this to make sure that they stick.  If you have some of the really sticky tape that is really good too.

Have fun, I'm off to make some more and play with more crafty stuff.

Happy crafting!

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