Friday, October 19, 2018

Another Crochet Update


Nearly finished my Secret Paths Shawl which is a freebie pattern, I've used a Scheepjes Whirl while not cheap I think never beats their gradual colour changes.


I may have mentioned I don't like lots of projects in progress but I couldn't resist the Ugly Christmas Sweater Afghan Cal which again is free. I always wanted to join in with one and I also wanted a Christmas coloured Afghan so its a win win situation. So far I'm two weeks in and probably working on week three as I post.


I still working on my Thursday Night Afghan Blizzard Squares annoyingly my Sister keeps going away so its not growing that quickly.

Also I thinking of making a cover for my foot stool since I've had to repair it with parcel tape and I've order some wool for an idea which should end up as jacket for me. Oh dear that's five projects and make over hundred Christmas cards, better get off the PC then.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Baby with Giraffe



This was another image that I was thinking of using for a 1st Birthday but wasn't in keeping with the theme, the actual card can't be posted till Tuesday and I will do my best to make sure I post it, certainly was out of my comfort zone.

So I used the fab Echo Park Sweet Baby Boy, really good do with this set to scrapbook but will need the larger size. The Stars are MFT and the scallop border I think could be Lawn Fawn

Nearly forgot the main part of the card the image, its from Mo Manning called Baby with Giraffe. Finally the sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die sentiment.

It's been a real busy week and this weekend I'm at the Scrap Cafe Retreat although we have to leave early on Sunday to celebrate a very special cute baby's 1st Birthday, trust me the photo's will follow after hearing part of conservations between my Sister and her Daughter!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Animal Antics

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything But A Card Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Animal Antics   

We are showcasing Hello Bluebird Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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One of things I discovered was my Birch Trees dies have all retired and since this is my DT card for Simon says Stamp I couldn't use them. I decided I would buy the Hello Blue Bird Birch Trees dies and blow me you've all brought them at the moment out of stock, if you want them I would definitely do the notify me when back in stock, this allows Simon to know how many are interested as well as letting you know.

For some reason I decided to make a circle sky and using the Simon says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil and using a white uni-ball pen I used the stencil for my snow dots. Why I've never done this before because it was soooooo easy.

I used the Simon says Stamp Wonky Rectangles mainly because it gives a finished look and for my little critter I used their Retro Deer. Coloured his antlers with a brown pen and Nuvo Drops Autumn Red for is nose.

Not sure what I was thinking but I cut the top of the Birch trees with Simon says Stamp Stitched Circles which gave me the curved space at the top for my sentiment.

Now to work out the sentiment, from our Family part is from Simon says Stamp Ornate Ornaments. Oops can't seem to work it out and I've tidy my craft room since making the card, seriously need to get my act together and write things on a post it note. I've sneaky feeling that 3 stamp sets were involved and the wishing one could be from a birthday set rather than Christmas and found loads of Merry Christmas I could've used, the only thing I can guarantee that they were definitely were Simon Says Stamp. Will have to work it out cos I reckon I may need it again.



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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Sis


I'm still scrapbooking 2015 but I have one more wedding one to do and that she be that year done. In fact I need to sort out some more photos and kits ready for the retreat coming up soon.

This layout is using a sketch from Pinterest but using my papers and the fact I didn't quite get the angle right. I used some old MFT Slide dies which have come back in fashion, I remember having to stick pattern paper over the top of white slide die cuts thank goodness for someone inventing die cutting machines and wafer thin dies.

The little hearts and star confetti was made using Simon says Stamp Holiday Shapes on scraps of matching card and randomly stuck on.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Koala



There is a new release at Simon say Stamp called Fun and Festive I quickly ordered what I thought would be useful in my craft room but now I've seen all the wonderful creations I want all the other that I didn't order.

Simon says Stamp very kindly sent me this Large Picture Book Koala die it always surprises me that when this happens Mr Mojo usually is away on holiday again. Everyone have done marvellous job with these dies and I was tempted to forget to post mine.

Since I wanted to use the Simon says Stamp Leafy Frame I thought the Koala would be lost and decided to add a white border which is very easy to do just draw round the actual die. The border is even all the way round just the camera being difficult.

By doing this, it is much easier to add the individual pieces, add a bit of white using a Uniball White pen to help bring him alive.

Oh the background is one of the ones made previously with oxides. Lastly I made the sentiment tag with Simon say Stamp banner dies and Messages for Everyday.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Crochet Update


So finally my Easter Jewels is finishes, I really enjoyed making it but I did have some issues. First my tension there was no way my tiles were going to be the size they were meant to be. I would have to use a really large hook and then my crochet would be horrible.

So I stuck with the two hook sizes that suit me but then I kept forgetting to change them to the point I gave up worry about it.

I also like the way some people didn't add the triangles to corners but do you think I could get it to lay flat, I unpicked it so many times, it would have been quicker to make and add those pesky corners.

My last issue is my fault using hook sizes that suit me, it came out quite small, in hindsight I would added another row and I would have plenty of wool to do so.

Meanwhile I've started another shawl using Scheepjes Whirl using the Secret Paths from Johanna Lindahl which is a free pattern. I'm also joining in with the Not so Ugly Sweater Blanket Cal the plan is to use greens and reds with  maybe a bit mustard which is almost a gold colour but we will see.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Three little kittens


I had planned to make this card for someone but I've had to have a total rethink on their card but I still wanted to used this image so I kept things nice and simple.

The papers are Echo Park and I had to used stars to decorate, they are the smallest star die from MFT Stitched Stars and Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Shapes.

The sentiment which I absolutely love comes from the stamp that was with Simon says Stamp Card Kit but you can buy the stamp set separately Sketched Flowers.

Almost forgot the most important part of my card the cute image which is from Mo's Digital Pencil called Three Little Kittens.



Mo's Digital Pencil




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Anything but a card

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Christmas Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Anything But A Card  

We are showcasing My Favorite Things Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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I was a bit disappointed in the tags I made below so I had to quickly make up another, now I'm not sure about this one and the others have grown on me. First of I made the tags by using MFT Single Stitched Line Tag Corner Rectangles Frame and I used it to draw round to make the background in Soft Navy card.

I made my snow mound using Simon say Stamps Stitched Slopes and Hill and the hills are made from MFT Snow Capped Mountains using some scrap card out of my scrap box.

I didn't want the whole tag taken up with mountains so I used the star from the Simon says Stamp Ornate Ornaments  it also had the great sentiment from our family to yours sentiment. I also have the dies.


I made these tags the same way using the die cut to draw round etc. I roughly used a watercolour pencil then used some water bring the colour across but the paper wouldn't play ball, probably because it prefers copics or my polychromos with sansador.

You can recognise the sentiment but so are the other words, handy stamp set.


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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Sympathy Poppy



Apparently its World Card Making day and I thought I better post a card today especially as I'm not card making but at a crop Scrapbooking, still playing with paper.

Before I went on my hols I made sure a few of the Stamptember release from Simon Says Stamp were ordered and was waiting for me when I got back.

I brought the Beautiful Flowers 2 stamps and dies although I haven't use the die here. The main reason the two stand alone flowers reminded me of poppies. I decided to use them first.



I tried very carefully to pull the stamps off the backing sheet and managed to rip the stem, I added a pic where I stamped with the broken stem. You just see a gap although cross with myself this is easily remedy using a Memento Pen and you see the my actual card when coloured looks fine.

I started to used the Splitcoast Sketch SC717 but my poppy looked lost so mat and layered the card with a bit of red card. The borders were made with Simon says Stamp Stitched Scallop Border dies.

Finally my sentiment is using my favourite sentiment stamps at the moment Simon says Stamps Thoughtful Messages.





Thursday, October 04, 2018

Another Boo with Tulips


I think I'm drawn to Boo with Tulips not only do you have pretty flowers, you have a cute kitten who is quite happy to be coloured with mice colours and then you can paper piece the vase to match any pattern paper you use.

The papers are some old MFT pad and I used one of their fishtail banners for the sentiment which is from Simon says Stamp Messages for Everyday.

The flowers are from Studio Katia but they are obviously meant for shaker cards because I had to attached them with a bit of silicone glue or the others glues when they dried the flower pinged off. I'm pretty convinced they won't stay on if I post the card through the mail!




Mo's Digital Pencil




Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Piggy Christmas

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

Before moving on to the challenge we would like to say a sad farewell to the lovely Tracy. Tracy is moving on to pasteurs new and we would like to thank her for being such a great team member and we all wish her the very best for the future. XX
This week the challenge is

Lets Get Ready For Christmas 

We are showcasing Clearly Besotted Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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This was one of the last cards I made before I went on my hols which I've now discovered that while I was away all the Clearly Besotted Perfect Pigs were sold and are now out of stock.

But to be honest you can make a similar card with any animal stamp that fits the Tim Holtz Crazy Things santa hats stamps.

I paper pieced my piggys using a sheet of Doodlebug Hello 6 inch pad, each piggy was stamped twice so I could layer heads or bodies.

To make the actual card I used Simon says Stamp Bundle of Shapes and their Stitched Squares.  My sentiment is the Simon says stamp Believe stamp and die and to finish with a snowflake using Simon says Stamps Stitched Snowflakes. 

The tiny dot in the centre is using the waste from the Tim Holtz Gearhead die, in fact I use them regularly for flower centres too.



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Monday, October 01, 2018

Yuletide Wreath


I'm not very good with those little stamps you are suppose to collage with even watching a live demo of it, mine always look rubbish but I may have cracked it with this card.

I've used the Simon says Stamp Yuletide Holiday which have these tiny stamps, all the time when I stamped them I kept telling myself less is more. I did stamp the pine needles at least twice more to get 2nd and 3rd impressions before inking up again. This help with the spaces between leaf and flower to stop it look gappy!

I used the Simon says Stamps Stitched Circles although I found it tricky to raise the frame and match the stamping basically I made it hard for myself.

Probably didn't need the sequins but it looked quite plain in real life but now I think they weren't needed.

Now I need a simple way to raise and match the frame and this would make quite a few quick cards for my tiny Christmas pile.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bride's Mother


I managed to almost finish all the Wedding layouts at the Charity Crop with the Scrap Cafe, just one left to do. Using Pinterest I had roughly decided the sketches I would use but with the holiday in between they turned int something completely different.

I kept it very simple using the Kaiser papers, the black and white trim was the company name that you cut off but have a border on the back.

 The flowers are Asters from Memory Box cut several times for each flower to make the daisy. The leaves are Birch Leaves Memory Box and the leaf swirl is Cheery Lyn.

 I've probably mentioned it already but the little wooden hearts were on the dining tables that found their way into my handbag and so far added to all the pages.

What was really interesting was that the bride was born in the hospital where my husband was living as a child and that they used to live in the same town where he came from, small world.

The Charity Crop was a huge success and over £900 was made but the venue was a bit too far for me to go on a regular bases, not to worry, have a crop this Saturday coming and the retreat is less than three weeks away.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sledge of Toys


Oops I schedule this post but forgot to write about it, hope I can do before it posts in five minutes.
Now I'm back from my hols I've really got to get going with my Christmas cards and Mo's Tot with Present is one card nearer to my total.

My papers are some old Doodlebug, I pretty sure the layout is a sketch but no idea now since I made the card before my hols. The holly leaves I want to say is Penny Black but don't hold me  to that. At least I know the poinsettias are Simon says Stamp Poinsettia Parade.

I cheated again and used an old peel off sentiment and with a bit of ribbon and tiny gold pearls to finish.



Mo's Digital Pencil




Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Anything Goes

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Bling It On Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is to make whatever takes your fancy!

Anything Goes 

We are showcasing some fabulous Hero Arts Products this week! You don't HAVE to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used! I am sure most of you will have quite a few  Hero Arts Products in your drawers!
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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I made quite a few cards before I left for my hols in Spain just hope I can remember what I used. First of my Hero Art Christmas Mice Stamps I stamped the cheese a few times so I could use the bit of holly to decorate my card.

I used My Favourite Things Stitched Collage Frame for placing my mice. The sentiment is Simon Says Stamp Yuletide Greetings. Which I stamped and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.

To make my snowy scene in the other square I used Simon says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills and my trees are cut out from the Memory Box Stitched Circle Trees.

I place the frame on navy card and used the Tonic Nuvo White Crystal Drops for snow.



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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bridal Wall


My sister wanted me to leave the pink wall alone with just the Simon says Stamp Heart Smile diecut but I couldn't and added some relevant stickers Tim Holtz Big Chat.

The kraft love paper was in the Scrap Cafe reduced box and the pink brick paper I believe Kaiser. the Ivy leaves are Sue Wilson Creative Expression and I bet all the card makers can recognised the Spell Binders Floral Oval, I've nearly worn my out, I wonder if its still made.

The Love die I used which I absolutely love using on scrapbook layouts is an Avery Elle one I've had it quite a few years now another die possibly not made anymore. Thats the last of my layouts lets hope I was up to making a couple yesterday.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Poinsettia Spray



All the pieces used to make this card came out of the baggie of leftover from last Christmas, just had to add a few more of Simon says Stamp Poinsettia Parade, didn't quite have enough.

Now lets see if I remember what I used, first of I used the Simon says Stamp Bundle of Shapes for my card front and then used their Stitched Oval for my words and poinsettia spray.

The spray was made up with of course Poinsettia Parade and they are backed with the Simon says Stamp Pine Needle Trio.

Finally the sentiment using the Simon says Stamp Believe die and stamp set , the stamped words  were stamped on MFT Stitched Fishtail Banners.

Well that the last of the schedule posts I should almost be home from my holiday. Tomorrow which may be a mistake I'm going to a crop but I packed my bags before we left and Hubby will come for me when I've had enough. It's a special Craftathon for Breast Cancer there are several happening over the next few weeks. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Snowball



I'm a big fan of non traditional Christmas colours and I've only got a few scraps left of this Doodlebug paper do hope one of my favourite paper companies make one for this year.

The sweet image from Mo Manning called Snow-Tot-One works well with these colours, you could paper piece her all in one suit. It reminds me so much of my DD when she little and her Pink One Suit.




I'm pretty sure the card layout was based on a sketch, yep forgotten already. The snowflakes are various ones Simon says Stamp Maryann and Stitched Snowflake dies and Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes. Some tiny pearls to finish them.

The MFT Crochet Border which shows up much better on the photograph than in real life and some pretty grosgrain ribbon with flat bow so the card might fit in normal post.

I confess the black sentiment is a peel off, I don't plan to buy anymore but I might as well use up the sentiments ones.




Mo's Digital Pencil