Friday, 26 April 2013

SU- You are Loved, a matching card!!!

That a card to match the exploding box I made previously. Quite quick and simple but lots of fun to make.

This card meets the challenge over at;

Stampin' for the weekend- Die cuts and/or punches.  Flowers & frame -die cuts, butterfly-punch.
Totally Papercrafts - Flowers and lace
Totally Gorjuss - Embossing


Sunday, 21 April 2013

My exploding box of love!

Well, today I managed to finish the inside of my latest exploding box. It almost broke my heart cutting up more of that lovely crochet trim, I will just have to order myself another reel! LOL

I have made up little frames on some of the outer layers so that little photographs or keepsakes came be slotted in.

On the inner layer I have included two little pockets and some tiny little tag "books!"

I have really had fun with this. 

This meets challenges on;

Cards Galore - Vintage

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Another Exploding Box!

I have been wanting to make another on e of these for some time now, they are so much fun to make and a great excuse to use some of my new Stampin' Up goodies too!

Once again I used the tutorial over at Crafts by Carolyn's. 
I have still got all the inside to decorate so I will share some more pics once that is done.

I used SU Stamp sets; You are Loved and Papillion Potpourri as well as their scrummy Crochet trim and linen thread. Please email me if you would like more information or to place an order as I am going to be placing another order in the next few days!

This projects meets the criteria over at:

ABC Challenge- L for Lovely Lace
Totally Gorjuss - Embossing
Pile it on - Embossing
Stamp with Fun - Romantic
Fussy and Fancy- Vintage

Right, best get on "the boys" are back from football. Well done the Gills!!!


I can sing a Rainbow!!!!

What weird  weather we have been having, loads of rainbows! I couldn't resist hanging out my hall window yesterday to get this snap.

It's been a funny week really, a few appointments for Amelia, staff training, back to real time for crafting, just dithering about what to do next. I have done quite a few more pennants for my bunting and I have also got another exploding box in bits all over my lap tray! Yes, I am still trying to craft downstairs on my lap so that I can be with Amelia. Chris and Jack have gone off to football to watch the Gills play!

I have done bits and bobs of crafting, a few stamped images here and there but not actually completed anything......YET! Still I will tell myself creativity is a work in progress.

Right, let's stop the waffle and get back to the exploding box!


Saturday, 13 April 2013

A little bit of bunting!

Fancy getting excited over a bit of bunting, but I am! LOL (blush)
After decorating I fancied brightening up our bargain piano. I know I shouldn't complain, it did only cost about £20 but it's not very attractive is it? Now one of the first pins I made over on Pinterest was bunting hanging on a piano. I think it was actually Christmas bunting and I was hoping to make some BEFORE Christmas but it never happened. However it did inspire me into thinking why does it need to be Christmas to brighten up the piano? 

SO I found myself an old pair of curtains that I made many moons ago and thought I'd try some out. Now I am no seamstress but surely it couldn't be THAT hard!! (or so I thought!) I bodged a template by cutting a triangle from a magazine cover pinned it to a strip I had cut off the bottom of the old curtain and cut around the edge with my pinking shears and attacked them with my dusty old sewing machine.

Still got to tidy up the edges but I am happy with my trial run pennants .

Are my points pointy enough?  I cut off the sharp bit of the point so it wasn't so bulky then I used a knitting needle to ease out the points. There are not 100% but good enough for my and my old piano. ( Now I have an old song in my head, think it was by Diana Ross! OMG, showing my age now!)

Oh dear, what have I done to my nice clean and tidy conservatory!

By the way the first photo on this post is the lovely little bundle that popped through my letter box this morning.....I will be attacking those IF the Bunting Trial Run goes to plan.

Right, back to cutting and pinning a few more triangles.

Be back soon.


Friday, 12 April 2013

Paper Mache Giraffe creates a blast from the past!

With our recent decorating I have been wondering what exactly to do do with the elephant in the room  giraffe in the corner! I pondered over throwing him out to the bin men or giving him a wacky makeover.
During this pondering I looked back at the photos from nearly five years ago and it struck me how much the children had grown! In particular Amelia who has just shot up - no one has told her that genetically she is supposed to be short!

In the above picture she is 6 and below are some up to date pictures of her at the grand old age of 11!!!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Man's Concertina card with Stampin' Up!

Well at long last my "laptop crafting" is showing some hope! Today I have mainly been acting a taxi cab driver but in between I did manage to put together ONE SIDE of the concertina card I have had on the go for a few days now. Still got the other side to do but I do have a while before I need it! (Hark at me being little Miss Organised...LOL...NOT.)

I haven't made anything like this for some time and it really did remind my how much I love making cards for those who are so dear to me. I am planning on something completely different on the reverse side but I I will have to wait and see how that turns out!

I used Stampin' Up products:
Stamp sets- Clockworks, You are loved, Feeling Sentimental, Papillion Potpourri
Stampin' Write markers from the Subtle range
Soft Suede ink pad
Linen thread
Vine Street embossing folder
Edgelits Finishing Touches.

I am LOVE, LOVE , LOVING  being a part of Stampin' Up! 

Right, this meets challenges over at:

Crafts by Carolyn's - TTC Vintage or Men's
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge -Add a charm
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
2 Sisters Challenge - Anything goes

Bye for now!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Attempting to craft during school holidays!!!

What's everyone up to today?  

I think I may need to give up my feeble attempt at crafting downstairs with the children around!! I am sat here on the sofa with a cocoon of crafty stash spread around me! It's spreading wider and wider!  I started off with a bit of basic stamping but some how it's evolved into making a concertina card for a man! Crafting on a lap tray in the school holidays in really not helping my mojo!

Had to have an early lunch as I need to take Amelia to the Community Dentist to give her a trial run with gas and air. IF all goes well she will need to have a partially submerged pre-molar extracted in a fortnights time. IF it doesn't go to plan then it's back onto a long waiting list to have it removed under general anesthetic! EEK  

Please keep your fingers crossed for us and hope that Amelia can breathe through her little nose sufficiently enough for the gas & air to be effective!

Take care.


Monday, 8 April 2013

Poor Green Cuttlebug,,,,,rest in pieces!

I must have had a six sense as when I placed my first "real order" with Stampin' Up a few weeks ago, I qualified for a half price item. Thinking I'd take the bull by the horns and update my trusty Cuttlebug with a sparkly a nd new Big Shot, especially if I do attempt to make a go of it all and do classes, demos etc. Now what crafter can resist a bargain BUT over the last week or so, I had a few regrets, thinking I should have ordered a Bigz alphabet instead.

Today I lazed around a bit, especially after the antics of decorating last week. I have sat down this afternoon and played with a few new stamp sets, had so much fun. Tonight as I sip a nice glass of red wine and nibble on an Easter egg, I thought I'd take it one stage further and cut a few images out with various frames.....and............


Poor dear little bug. Rest in Pieces!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The end is in sight.....for now!

It's taken almost a week but the skirting boards have all been taken off, undercoated and glossed. My "safe cream walls" are now a shade of Duck Egg Blue and all my furniture has been dusted and put back into place.

There is still a fair bit to do! 
Finishing a few joins in the skirting!
Making and hanging a roman blind for the little window.
Lining the curtains with thermal/blackout linings.
Prettying up the piano!
Giving Gerry Hula Hoop the Giraffe a make over!
Buying a few new toning accessories!

Oh goodness, that will do for now!

We are pretty pleased, not perfect but we have made progress.

Just had a nice hot shower and I am going to spend the rest of the day relaxing with a glass of wine and some  new Stampin' Up goodies that I haven't even had a chance to play with.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Busy making a big mess!!!!

Frreeeezing weather,Amelia not well so I thought I'd make the most of the time off of work and start giving the house a much needed face lift. I decided to start in the dining room where somehow, a quick "Spring clean" and refresh the paintwork became a full scale operation! OOOPPPS, how did that happen.

I decided to paint over my nice, safe, cream walls with a bit of colour and I am at that stage where I am thinking OH MY GOODNESS, lets paint it back to cream again!

What a huge mess and now my new rug and Roman Blind kit has just arrived!!! EEK