Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tag Tuesday

This week's theme is "Clocks":

I coloured a cream tag with dried marigold distress ink then stamped clocks with Versamark and heat embossed them in gold.
I have this stamp courtesy of my Secret Santa.......thanks Virginia!!
Tempus Fugit was a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine.
I then added some TH tape, a clock face and token....brads and "hand" from stash, ribbon from QVC.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sketchabilities Challenge

This month Flying Unicorn is sponsoring a challenge on the Sketchabilities site.

The sketch was a real pleasure to work with ...here's the result:

I love these papers - Club Scrap "A Study in Red"....they've been in my stash for a couple of years.....:)
The borders are Anna Griffin, courtesy of QVC along with the stick pins and ribbon.
Flowers are Maya Road, Bazzill,American Crafts..and the black one is a feltable from a RAK I recently won.

This will be my last crafty post of the week (unless I manage to figure out how to schedule my Tag Tuesday post).

Max has been safely delivered to his Aunt Judy and was quite happy following his cousin Kibo around.
Tomorrow DH and I are off to Cornwall and Devon for a break.....staying in hotels so no "h" or "i" words for me this week and no cooking.....:)

We may be back Friday or we may stop in Bristol to see the boy and come home Saturday...we'll see.

I hope you all have a great week....I may be able to check in as I'm taking my laptop......so that I don't miss any free books for Kindle on FB!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tag Tuesday...just a bit late..

Hopalong Cassidy here...well, that's who I feel like.....Dr thinks it's a trapped nerve...I'm not sure, I just know it hurts to walk...and my meds have been upped to deal with it...so I'm feeling like a Zombie Hopalong Cassidy.....sigh....just in time for our break in Devon and Cornwall next week..

But I digress. You're here to see my tag..

I kept it simple..two owls cut from textured card using a Sizzix die, a button owl and some fun owl ribbon (courtesy of John Lewis), finished off with strips from two old dictionaries...one French  (hibou) and one Bohemian (sova).

I'm currently working on a LO of Bristol Cathedral...it may well be finished but I keep looking at it thinking s'thing is missing...after the "white space" LO, I'm finding it difficult to get back into my groove..oh well, I can always make some more Christmas cards...:)

And on that cheery note...spotted on FB this week...there are less than 100 days until Christmas....eeek! The year has gone far too fast!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Christmas Card

A quick post to show my latest card...made for a sketch challenge on Cardabilities

I used a Nestabilities die with paper and card by My Paper Stash then added leaves, stick pins and bow from stash.

I have done more crafting over the weekend...but again I was working on a secret project!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

White Space

Yes, white space...something I find difficult.....I literally had to sit on my hands for this challenge...they were itching to add more...

The challenge was set on Flying Unicorn....it was suggested that we could stamp/mist/use masks in the white space but I didn't dare start....

Papers are by Fabscraps and the flowers are Manor House.

This is all I've managed this week...I seem to have picked up a bug...:( 
Don't know whether I'll make the quiz tonight....:(

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Tag Tuesday

Today sees the return of my tags.

I took a break as I really had issues with the last few themes...and life's too short etc. etc.

This week the theme is "Autumn Fruits and Berries"

I covered a manilla tag with paper and a die-cut by Daisy D's..then added an acorn, wooden apple and leaf from stash. I finished it off with berries fussy cut from an old Observer's book.

I also made next week's tag and have almost finished the one for the week after......a relaxing way to spend an afternoon!

My secret project is finished so I'll be back to doing LOs today.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

A Round up of Recent Projects

In my last post I forgot to mention two things...

We won the quiz last week..after a tie-break


Thanks to my neighbour Louise who passed on a yummy recipe for blueberry and soured cream loaf....first tried on the night of the Olympics opening ceremony and re-created by me last week....heaven!

Now on to the crafty stuff....

These two LOs were done for a challenge on Flying Unicorn..the challenge being that we had to use a line from a Creedence Clearwater Revival song....that certainly took me back!!

Papers are Bella "Vintage Chic", ribbon from John Lewis, chipboard owl by Twiddlybitz, tree and small owl are buttons from my stash.
The little watch was in a bag of goodies sent  to me by Virginia....thank you so much!
Sketch by Scrapbook Challenges

Pictures of the tubs in our back garden....sadly the Busy Lizzies have been attacked and eaten...by slugs I think!
I used texture paste and a TH mask for the "railings".
Sketch by Tiare Smith

This one was for a Nursery Rhyme challenge.
I chose "Mary, Mary quite contrary..."....I'd forgotten just how gruesome the origins of this rhyme were.
The "silver bells" and "cockle shells" were instruments of torture and the "maids" were maidens....an early form of guillotine...:(

And finally...a birthday card:

I think I'm up to date now!

I'm currently working on  a secret project....it's for another challenge..a collage this time ....

No quiz this week as DH will be in Manchester and I'm going to take advantage of being home alone .....a crafty evening with no interruptions!!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Mail Art, Olympic Dreams and Other Random Projects

It's Sunday..a day for watching two football matches, two motor races and George Gently.......well, three out of five ain't bad.
Arsenal are playing now..same time as F1...
United kick off at 4p.m.....
Indycar is at 1a.m. this week so won't see it live..
George is on at 8:30p.m.....more views of my beloved N.E....

In the midst of all this I'm going to blog hop, walk Max, do the "i" word (possibly) ,cook Sunday dinner and hopefully craft....who said Sunday was a day of rest?

First I have to say a big thank you to Valerie in Germany...this is the wonderful mail art I received from her last week...

It really cheered me up..as well as being gorgeous!

Now for the Olympics..... these three LOs were made for a challenge on Flying Unicorn:

The photos were scanned and printed from a Times souvenir supplement.
The papers were all freebies...from Simply Homemade, Creativity Magazine or downloads.
Ribbon was bought locally and the titles were either cut on my Cricut or printed on the PC.

And now....especially for Jo......

I made this last night using the kit from QVC....embellies and bow were my individual touches.

I'm going to save the rest of my projects for later in the week.

Saying of the month from my calendar:

"I'm usually gorgeous but today's my day off"

My luck with random number thingies continues...I've won several books for my Kindle recently along with some pretty stash.

I'm also grateful for the pages on FB that alert you to free books for Kindle...I've managed to download about a dozen in the last week alone.

I've also just finished (in physical book form) "Rapture" by Lauren Kate...the fourth and final book in her "Fallen" series....I think it was written for YA but it was a damned good read...and fallen angels make a change from vampires and shape shifters.

I now have a new month of challenges ahead of me ...in the crafty sense ...

The song "Ring me maybe" is apparently the most "spoofed" song ever...even the USA swimming team did a version....

these are my two favourites:

Photo: Hey, I just licked you,
and this is crazy, 
but here’s my belly, 
so rub it maybe? 

We're having fun giving a doggy twist to songs today on Twitter. Join in the conversation using #dogpop.

Thanks go to Deborah Osborne for this beautiful belly picture.

Hey, I just licked you,
And this is crazy,
But, here's my belly,
So rub it maybe?

And this one...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCOC1YwNwZw&sns=fb..is an absolute hoot!