Saturday, 24 January 2015

Oh L'Amour, Mon Amour

Hello there lovelies

I'm back to share a card I made for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch. I haven't had a lot of time to make it as my craft room is undergoing a deep-cleanse and for now is in complete chaos. On top of that, Nick & I are finally doing those DIY jobs around the house which we've been procrastinating over for years. We now have bookshelves in the bedroom!!!!

Okay, back to the card as I need to take a trip to framers soon (another job I'm going to stop procrastinating over)

The sketch looks like this...

and my take on it looks something like this...

and looking at the other entries this week, seems I'm not the only one with the idea of making a valentine style card either lol

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A Brushed Rainbow Card

Hello Lovelies

I'm feeling that thing which happens to folks my age. I want time to slow the heck down. Has a week really just passed? That was truly a blink of an eye. Maybe it's because I've been super industrious and busy this week. Plus I spent way too many of my spare hours watching videos from this year's CHA. It's been fascinating to see the trends and ideas from the various craft companies. It especially caught my notice that there was a lot more colour around this year. The full spectrum is being embraced.

And talking of rainbows of colour. I made a card for the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge using the rainbow palette of inks I own from Simon Says Stamp. They've brought out more colours too, so watch out wallet!

This week's sketch looks something like this...

And using my newly purchased Positive Strokes stamps by Paper Smooches, I came up with...

Feels good to be using a whole variety of inks on one card.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Going Kooky for CAS(E) this Sketch

Hello Lovelies

The year is starting out well (except for the non-existent diet plans that is), and I'm up to my usual tricks. Apart from the duties of work, I'm busy sketching and setting up another blog. It's all go, well all go at my own steady pace that is.

I have, however, still made time to sit down and play in my craft room. This time, my mojo has been helped along with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.

And, well I must have been in a kookier mood, cos I came up with a card that is a bit more daft than usual.

I wanted to use my latest stamp and die acquisitions - Glasses & Incognito by Paper Smooches. The links are to the wonderful Make The Day Special store, where I buy the majority of my US Brand of crafty stash.

And the moment I put the glasses on the heart shape, I couldn't resist putting googly eyes on it. Mind you, on MTDS's blog this morning, I noticed they are showcasing a card with the same idea. It's too tempting to resist lol.

Right, I'm off to make a drink and catch up with videos on Youtube showing what's happening over at the 2015 CHA show.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Out With the Old and In With the New. Words, That Is.

Hello Dear-hearts

Happy New Year! It's time for those resolutions to be made and eventually dropped. For me, it's where I say goodbye to the word I chose for 2014, Adventure. I may not have continued blogging about it (like resolutions, this tended to fizzle out) but I did live by it all year.

I didn't throw myself off any cliff faces or climb Kilimanjaro. Adventure, for me, is something less ambitious. I defined it as any new experience I tried. Whether it was a holiday in Switzerland or eating Grouse, it all counted. And trying to find something new to do all year round kept life interesting. My photo album for 2014 definitely makes me smile with all the memories made.

So how about 2015? Well I think I knew what it was going to be a while ago. But then I had a wobble and other words popped into my brain as candidates. All good ideas, I hasten to add but after some deliberation, my original idea remained strong.

So my One Little Word for 2015 is....


It's one of those words which not only pertains to colour but also to energy. I don't mean just in crafts and creativity either. I want to inject vibrancy into as many areas of my life as I can. After all, isn't that the idea behind One Little Word? So I'll be bringing a vibrant theme to my clothes, health, lifestyle, career, home, food, sketchbooks, photography and wherever else I can conjure it up.

I'm not planning on a regular check in on here. That doesn't last. What does work is if it seeps in and I post about it at intervals. Every so often, I'll hopefully have something to post about and I'll refer it to my word of the year.

So how about you? Are you thinking about a word for the year? Is this something you do every year or will this be your first time? Or is it a bit too esoteric for your tastes? Whichever it is, I hope you'll enjoy seeing how my year pans out, with the one I've chosen.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Xmas Round Up & a Thank You Card

Hello Lovelies

Well, that's it, Christmas done and dusted for another year. We've had our tree and decorations up for a week so today, they have been packed back into their boxes, ready to sit in the attic until December rolls around again.

A week is our limit. It's nice to sit back and have our home back to normal. We can simply enjoy having time off to relax for another few days. Before I say goodbye to the festive season altogether though, I'll share a few snapshots.

Our upside down tree made it's appearance once more.

And he did it again. Nick hung Mozart chocolates on the tree and it took me three days before I realised. He does it every year, and every year I forget to look. I only noticed this time around because I was taking photographs of the tree and saw them dangling there. Needless to say, they started falling off at a rapid rate soon after hehe.

These lights made an appearence after I found them in a long lost box of decorations in the attic. I'm a sucker for fluffy balls.

Okay it's not the tidiest origami you've ever seen. It's the napkins on the Christmas table, folded into Xmas trees. Trouble is, I nearly forgot and hurriedly did them as the doorbell rang and guests arrived.

My mocktail this year was a lavender drink. I sugared the rim of a glass, then mixed coconut water, lavender syrup, violet food colouring and ice together. Herbal heaven! Don't worry, everyone else was well served with alcoholic fizz. This was my treat alone.

Oh the trouble I went to for this shot. We put a false pudding on the table so that I could position a camera on a tripod and focus in and set up the shot. Then Nick carried in the real one, spooned booze all over it and set it alight.

And that was Christmas! Today, it all came down and then I locked myself away in my craft room to make and write out a Thank You card to my M-I-L.

New year is just around the corner, only a few days to scoff all the chocolate and treats before January rears its head and ahem, diets, begin.

Hope you all have had fun with your own celebrations :)

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone

Sending hugs out to you all on this festive day and I hope Santa put something special in your stocking overnight

Friday, 12 December 2014

Play Date & Neon Colour

Hi lovelies

I said I was only making one Xmas card this year. I was wrong.

I was over at a friend's house on a craft date, primarily to encourage the making of Xmas cards. I had not intended to make anything festive myself. I thought I'd just make some general cards but I had this moustache stamp and well it looked like a tree. One thing lead to another and you can see what happened.

I'm not the most prolific crafter in the world. The card above was only the second one I produced in the whole day. The colours I used can be explained by the fact that I'd already dug out some card colours to match Hero Arts Neon Inks used in this...

I wanted to stamp the bike in these vivid colours, so I had out on the table the bright blue, green and red to match. There was plenty of scraps left over, which were used in the Xmas Tree card later.

In this dark, gloomy weather, I love seeing and playing with these bright, funky colours.