Monday, 26 September 2016

Blogtober 2016

A huge thank you to Sy from KarmaCraftBlog who is going to host Blogtober for me this year - it is a huge weight lifted from my shoulders.   Go check out her blog to see what you have to do to take part.  The idea is to get blogging more regularly, in the past we have blogged every day for a whole month but this year you can set your own goal of what you would like to do.  So I am going to pledge to blog a minimum of four times a week - they will probably be just very quick, snappy posts but better than my blog being totally neglected for weeks at a time!!  If you are interested then leave your blog address in the linky on Sy's Blogtober post

So whilst I am here I might as well share a card I made recently for a friend's 60th Birthday.  I was playing with new stamps and dies from Stampin' Up and managed to get two new stamp sets and two new dies sets onto one card.

The ink colours used are Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo.  The flowers and leaves are a new set called Penned and Painted, I love them - they are really easy to use to get a layered look to the flowers and are very easy to cut out if you use the outline stamp.  The numbers are a stamp and die set and the lacy background is a new Sizzix thinlet die set from Stampin' Up.  Fingers crossed I will make it back here for the 1st October!!

Beat the Christmas Rush - the September Edition

I am busy getting ready for my first big fundraiser of the year so I haven't had a lot of time for cardmaking.  This month I grabbed some toppers that I already had die-cut and coloured some months previously and hadn't got round to using yet.

The sweet gingerbread man is a digi-stamp from Pink Petticoat that sadly no longer exists (I must remember to back up all my files from them!!).

I coloured the printed images (which came with the sentiment) with Promarkers and then made the holly clusters from a Joanna Sheen holly die and either red pearls or red gemstones (both from Majorcrafts). The cards were covered in paper from Hot off the Press.

If you would like to take part in Beat the Christmas Rush and hopefully be a bit more organised for Christmas, then please link to your blog post in the linky below.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Beat the Christmas Rush - the August edition

Oh gosh what am I like, I quickly got some cards made, got them photographed and then completely forgot to blog them.  Anyway I am here now - better late than never LOL!!

I had a pile of Brusho backgrounds that I made a couple of months ago so I picked out those that I thought best suited Christmas.  I then found a suitable collage stamp from Visible Image in my bag of shame.  Mr P bought me a lovely new heat gun for my birthday so I used Gold and White embossing powders from Stampin' Up.

I then added Frantage embossing enamel to the outer edges of each panel and heated from underneath to give a lovely textured frosty look.  I then made card blanks from black Bazill cardstock,

I really enjoyed doing something different and apart from the Frantage which had to be done one side at a time they were pretty quick and easy to make.

If you are busy making your Christmas cards ahead of time please do share them in the linky below

Monday, 5 September 2016

Memorandum Monday

And so another Monday rolls around, so it must be time to go and wave at Sian over at From High in the Sky.

It was a disorientating kind of weekend - our monthly Sunday crop has now moved to a Saturday in a new venue - it was very strange getting packed for a crop on a Friday evening and then I spent all day Sunday thinking that it was Monday - I am sure in time I will get use to it.

Anyway we had a lovely time in our new venue - we managed to get 9 of us for the first one and hopefully in time we will get some more to join our merry band of crafters.  The hall is lovely, bright and airy.  I made a lemon overload cake as a treat for everyone.

The weather was awful on Sunday so we just had a quiet day at home, sorting stuff for upcoming holidays and I continued to work on finishing my Shetland/Orkney travel journal.

Today has been a typical Monday with lots of laundry to do, a quiet week with few appointments beckons so I will hopefully get time to do more work on fundraising stuff which is now only four weeks away.
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