Sunday, 29 April 2012


Having once worked for Anglian Water, I know that we need all this rain, but, I wish it would space itself out a bit.  The weekend has been soggy and it is rather muddy in the chicken area, to the point of I have just let them roam around in the garden over the weekend and then donned the wellies to enter their domain without slipping over, to do the egg collecting - it appears though, that despite MC and Clover being broody and hogging the egg laying department, that the Bluebelles and Marans have managed to egg their way in to lay (no pun intended, well maybe not!).

Ventured out to get some groceries in the wetness, managed to have a doze on the sofa - results of staying up last night and watching Terminator Salvation.  I'm not exactly sure where the day has gone, did some reading for the next module in my OU course, wandered around eBay looking for the set books for the next course and made cards :) so not all bad really, drank lots of tea and coffee, and eaten too much, so, back on plan tomorrow, no way am I going back into size 14 jeans!

Here are some of today's creations....

A simple card, I am going to put this on in to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge (CFC50).  I made a little rosette on the SU scoring board and used some other SU products and just a plain blank white card for the base.

Had a little clear up in the craft area and found a pad that I had bought a while ago when in Norwich, cupcakes, everyone likes cupcakes right and these are cupcake fairies.

I do enjoy getting the silicone glue out and doing some decoupage. 

I think I have reorganised the living room, at least in my head.  Part of the day was spent virtual shopping at Ikea.  I think that I have whittled it down if we do some moving in the living room so that all we'll need is a billy bookcase and some storage bits to go in the expedit units.  I'll have to move my little desk onto the craft desk and not sure what to do with my desk, but hey ho, it's fun planning and hopefully will come to fruition (have to get the Wren's room done first).


Saturday, 28 April 2012

Just doing a little bit of crafting this evening, with a glass of rose to keep me company. Brian has gone off on an RAF thing for the weekend (WARMA 2 day march, getting ready for the Nijmegan walk), kids are playing on the 'puter and are shortly off up to bed (although by the time I get this posted they should be tucked up!).

Today has been another day that has been rather wet, I let the chooks have free range of the top part of the garden, so they could go digging for worms etc.  Looking out of the window during one of the periods of rainfall they were huddled up under the trampoline, MC and Clover are having a broody stage so have been hogging the nesting bit in the egglu, I have grabbed them out of there so they can go and get some feed and have a bit of wander but they soon head back.

Some of the things I have made today...

I like the spice cake papers that came out in the spring mini, got another pack of them on order!  Also using the postmark punch also in the spring mini.  The flowers are from a stamp in the Easy Events set, I just stamped them, coloured and then punched them out. 

Added a bit of texture to this one with an embossing folder and used some new toys - more on these in May ;)

Finally, if you want anything from the spring mini, I'll be putting all orders in at 7pm on Sunday (29th), just drop me an email if I can help with your SU needs :)

Now off to see what I can find on the telly to watch, and top up the glass.  Happy Saturday y'all.


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

What a lovely day, if you are a duck I guess, most of it has been wet, the chicken patch requires the use of welly boots!  Got a few jobs done around the house, we now have curtains in the living room (yay), paint and lampshade for the Wren's room and grocery shopping (ugh).  Not much else to do but make a card (or two) and have endless cups of coffee.

One of today's cards from playtime :)

I didn't want the card blank just plain white so stamped it with the large French filigree stamp with some not quite navy ink and then got to work and it's a slant on a card that appears in one of the SU demo 'mags'.  Improvised as, at this time of posting, I don't have the label punch - will have soon ;)I stamped the sentiment twice and punched it just to give a bit more 3D.

Other news in the world of SU....  As you know, the Spring mini ends on 30 April as does the Springtime promotion - so if there is anything in the Spring mini that you need don't delay in getting your order in, spend over £45 and you can choose a free paper pack.

Some great news if you are thinking of joining SU, just wait a few days and join from 1 May and you can get the starter kit for just £99 and not only that, you get to choose what you want in it an added bonus, you don't have to pay for it to be shipped to your door.  Want to know more, just ping me an email and I will be happy to send you more info and a suggested list of things you can get.  What with the Summer mini being introduced on 1 May it'll be a great time to join my team.

A date for your diary, 1 May is the release date for the Summer mini catalogue and there are some great products in it (demos get to see it before it is released and preorder from it), we have new stamps, gorgeous ribbons, punches & Sizzix dies and lots more including the great scoring board.  So you can get to see what you can do, I am joining in an amazing blog hop that starts at 10am GMT on 1 May.  So, please add this date to your blog viewing diary and be blown away with what I am sure will be some amazing creations.

I'm off back to the crafting table, I've made a bit of a mess!!

Card ingredients:
Ink - Not quite navy & always artichoke
Background Stamp - French Filigree 
Sentiment - Happiest birthday wishes (hostess set) 
Punches - lace ribbon border, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/4" scallop circle (large scallop, Spring Mini)
SU cardstock and dsp


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunday 22 April 2012

Gosh a busy day today, headed out to The Range in Norwich to get some housey things, well mainly things for Genny's room in preparation for her new bed.  So we came out with picture for our bedroom, wallpaper, curtains (living room) and some crafty bits.  Couldn't find notice boards as Genny likes to put things on her wall thought that notice boards are a better option, saves the use of sellotape/pins going into her soon to be redecorated walls.  Then it was the pet store, at some point we will get some house bunnies, not just yet though, it's still a bit cable city and we have to get them a house and all the stuff that comes with rabbits.  By the time we came out of there we were flagging so just got a few groceries and then headed home.  So that took about 3 hours!

Managed to get some things made.  I seem to be making cards more than anything these days, scrapbooking has taken a back seat!  I think that is due to not taking many photos, wonder if this is what happens as kids get older?  I have tons of 'oldies' that I could scrap so I may well do that, one day!

Here are a couple of things I have made today...

This one I have used some of the new things that are coming out - you'll have to wait until 1 May to get your hands on them - I'll have the summer mini catalogue posted on here so you can view on line on that day.

And this one uses stamps and papers from sale-a-bration/springtime promotion.  I punched out a five-petal flower in real red and just cut it up, added a bit of ribbon and there you go.  Managed to get covered in glue as my silicone glue tube was well worn and in an effort to squeeze it out it squirted out of a hole in the side - whoops!  Used a bit of ribbon to finish it off.

Right, work tomorrow (boo hoo, wanna stay at home and play with paper) so best go and do the bedtime routine.  Hope you've had a good weekend.

Don't forget to follow my blog and I've also put a link in to my facebook page.  You can keep up to date with my meanderings around the crafting table and other stuff.


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Saturday 21 April 2012

The weekend, yay, this one involves no Open University TMA, that has gone off, now just waiting for the result.  It seems that a lot of us are in the same boat, we have done it, not sure what we were doing and will see how bad (but hopefully will be surprised) with the result.  I have got the next set of books so will have to open them at some point, must check the study calendar to see if I should have opened them already!

Had a super evening last night catching up with Nick and Allison, had a headache this morning but I guess that was too many kettle chips ;) I love our conversations, hearing what they have both been up to in their worlds, comparing phones and having embroiled Allison into facebook and twitter, she now has an invite to pinterest!  Hopefully, it won't be months before our diaries are free enough to have another evening and the weather will be the kind where we can sit outside and munch on kettle chips :)

I've been prepping for the blog hop on 1 May.  Been covered in ink, glue and been sewing today.  I'm not usually one for sewing on cards or on layouts but came out of my comfort zone today to have a go.    I'm going to have to have another go at making the roses I made the other day.  The one I made is looking decidedly wonky but they say practice makes perfect so there may be hope for me yet.

I have an Ikea shopping list a mile long - billy bookcases and another expedit unit for the living/dining room, new sofa and chairs and storage units.  We have pine dressers but I am not sure about them anymore (well one of them).  Other things on the list are curtains, know which ones and they are in the Next catalogue.  The boys' room needs a curtain pole (have curtains) they are also in need of another wardrobe as the one they have the door gets stuck (it's been moved so many times it is on the tilt!). Genny's bed is ordered so anytime the door bell goes she thinks that it is her bed.  We are getting a mid sleeper and it looks rather lush.  She is having a bedroom makeover, got to get paint (not as pink) and she has seen the wallpaper she likes.  We are also sorting out the 'garden room/out house' which is more of a dumping ground at the moment.  The idea for that is that it becomes a modelling area for Brian to make up his models - that'll be a summer time thing as it's not a heated area.  The list of things to do in the house is quite long!


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Yay a sigh of relief in that my Open University, TMA02 has gone off into the realm of the electronic submission system for assignments, just got to wait now to see what my tutor things of my mutterings! So I had some vino and cracked open a kit-kat to reduce the stress level you know ;)

I got some of the new toys out to play as well, just a sneek peek mind you as the summer mini catalogue doesn't come out until 1 May. You can see the scoreboard though (and preorder if you want one!)

Oh, and I have to add a picture of Herman.  Herman is a German friendship cake and came to our house just over 10 days ago, on day 10 Herman got baked!  And, not bad I have to say, the ingredients that go in at the end were changed slightly - just chocolate chips were added!  If you want the starter recipe for your very own Herman, email me and I'll send you the ingredients on how you can start your own Herman.

Enjoy :)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Sat 14 April 2012 - little purses

Between everthing else going on in the house today, which has included getting on with *that* TMA, I've had half made cards on the craft table, with the kids now in bed, it's been time to finish them off without any of them want to 'borrow' (me never to see again) stuff.

I've used the Sizzix top note die for making things today, it has a few uses and I have some other projects to make using it that will come up soon.

It is a simple case of getting your paper and die cutting however many you want.  Then, fold over the top of the die cut which gives you a 'purse'.  I snipped off some of the little bits that were peeping behind the flap (I've tried to use the scissors to show the bits I mean).  Stick the flap down, and then get some ribbon to make the strap, fixing it on the back of the purse.  Then stick your purse on to your card blank - which I've matted.  I then embellished the front of the purse and there you go, quick and easy but quite effective I think.

SU Top Note Sizzix Bigz Die, 113463 £18.95 (works best with one layer of material at a time)
Purses cut from the pocketful of posies DSP (springtime promotion)
1/4" Grosgrain ribbon
Hello stamp from hostess set, Posy Punch.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Friday 13 April 2012 - having a hoot

In theory, I should be starting my next Open University TMA, but, well as much as reading about code-switching is kind of interesting trying to get what I think about it into an essay of 1000 words is proving difficult!  It may be a case of making a start on it this evening with a G&T to see if that gets the brain cells to get the words to come out via my finger tips, thankfully, the assignments for this course are sent via electronic means so no having to write, at the moment it's easier to type than write because of my arthritic thumb which is possibly caused by at some point having broken my scaphoid bone in my hand which hasn't healed neatly (could have done that donkey's years ago having thought it was a wrist sprain!).

Anyway, enough of that, on the ILWS forum, I checked out a link to make some roses, well, they are lush and all you need is...

Owl punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop punch, 5 petal flower punch, cardstock, wet glue, scissors, ink pads

Owl punch, 118074 £15.50
1 1/4" circle punch, 119861 £14.25
2 3/8" scallop circle, 118874 £15.50 - available in the Spring mini - ends 30 April.
A4 cardstock real red, 106578 £6.25 (pack 24 sheets)
5 petal flower punch, 119880 £15.50
A4 cardstock old olive, 106576 £6.25 (pack 24 sheets)
red riding hood and always artichoke from the Stampin' Spots Regals, 119716 £18.95

You will also need a wet glue.


First, using the real red cardstock punch out 8 owls, one scallop circle and one circle.  Snip the feet off the owls.  I cut the scallop circle into a spiral (this is going to make the inside flower - I've made spiral flowers a few times) then inked around the edges of the spiral and the owls.

Snip between the head end of the owls and then you are going to fold it in and make your petals - this is where I started to get a bit mucky with inked edges and wet glue!  You can bone fold your petals into shape - like Valita does while waiting for the wet glue to take hold (she has mucky fingers too!)


Next, add a blob of wet glue to the small circle and then arrange your owls (ears on the circle) to make the outside of your rose.  Valita used 5 around the outside then the other three make up the next layer.  Make your spiral flower and pop that in the middle and there you have your rose.

To finish up, cut some petal flowers from the green cardstock, give them some inking and then arrange on your rose.

Finally, you may want to go and wash your hands :)

The video by Valita is great to follow and you can get inky doing this so if you don't like getting inky fingers get your gloves on :)  

I have put together a special pack which is valid until 28 April 2012, you can also choose a free pack of paper from the springtime promotion.  You will receive the owl punch, large circle scallop and 5 petal flower along with a pack of real red A4 cardstock for £52.50 including delivery direct to your door.

Just click the button to make your purchase (don't forget to let me have your choice of paper pack).

Which paper pack?

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Thursday 12 April 2012 - forward planning!

I had to have another play with the scoreboard, gone 10pm and don't have to go to work tomorrow so why not play :) (Must be something to do with clearing out my tub of die cuts earlier this evening). I Thought I'd have a go at making a little mini book that I scribbled down the instructions for ages ago that I found when I was doing some blog hopping. 

This is the end result, a little according mini book that measures 4" x 3.5".

It's really easy to make, a bit of trimming down of some A4 cardstock, scoring, folding and hey presto.  I quite like brown and greens together and so used this for the main part of the book.  

You then glue it together and you have some little pages inside that you can decorate for your own use or even make this as a gift for someone.

I then trimmed down and scored some designer series paper to cover the outside and as you see in the main picture, threaded some ribbon around to make a little tie.  I must put those little velcro fasteners on my shopping list :)  That's got making something out of my system so off to bed I think.  Oh, the forward planning part.... thinking that I will make a few of these through the year for a craft fair in November!!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Monday 9 April 2012

I hope you've had a good bank holiday weekend, I've had my parents come up so been busy doing other things :) But, now that they are on their way back home (boo hoo), I've moved off the sofa to the craft table :)

As a demo I've got to play with the scoreboard that is being released (and available for pre-order if you want one too).  I've been making rosettes which are really easy to do.   I trimmed down some paper so that it measures 30cm wide and 1.5" in depth (sorry I use both measurements, so that just under 4cm!).

Then, at one of the ends I used some of the really sticky tape (sticky strip) and then stuck the ends together so it looks like this. 

Then you need a piece of paper/cardstock, I scallop punched mine, just so it looks pretty on the back (not that you are ever going to see it!) and using a wet glue gave it a good blob (technical term).

Then it comes to the sticking down bit, I put the rosette bit over the glued scallop and then just pressed it down and held it for a moment just so the glue and paper could get a good a grip with each other

Finally, I punched out a small circle and stuck it on the top and here you go, one rosette to join the others made with a sheet of paper from one of the packs in this month's promotion (pocketful of posies).

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