Thursday, 31 October 2013

And Halloween is done!

Hi everyone.  Happy Halloween.

I wanted to have a final play with the Halloween stuff yesterday and decided to make a sign for the end of Halloween when there is no more candy left.

Jill of Every Day is an Occasion, featured my Boo Banner this passing Sunday - thank you so much Jill for your kind words.  Whilst having a look around her blog I came across a link to Making Life Whimsical and a fabulous link to some freebie printables.  Now I didn't use the printables but I did love the wording for the creation below.

The images are all from Miss Kate Cuttables. The Stacked Jack O Lanterns and then the spiders webs and bats were from the Halloween Words Set.  They are in the 50c part of the store, but I was lucky enough to pick them up when they were the freebie of the day :-)  Thank you Kate for your generosity.

I cut everything using my Silhouette Cameo and sized everything so it would fit on this 8" by 10" artist board.

The font, off my computer, is called Showcard Gothic.  I used the offset feature to create a framed background to the words.

The background paper was from a DCWV 12" by 12" stack called The Halloween and Fall stack.  I added some silver Sakura Gelly Roll pen around the letters and then some white gel pen on the webs and bats for highlighting.

Some purple and orange ribbon to finish off and to hang.  I used my We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile to punch through the artist board.

I'm not sure if I am 100% happy with the finished result, but it will do :-)

A short and sweet post - I hope you are all having a fabulous week.  

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting everyone.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

I'm Bad - but Good(ish) :-)

Hi everyone.  How are you all doing?  I hope that this finds you all well and busy crafting, and blogging.

I am sooooo bad!

Yesterday was Andy and I's 18th Anniversary and with all the upheaval of the last few weeks, I have to admit that I forgot to make or even send a card :-(

However, I had a brainstorm (for me this is great) I could make a card and send it as an E-card, of sorts, so this is what I did.  So, I'm bad, but good(ish) LOL!

He really liked it and I have to admit that I was happy with the result.

On Sunday, I did try and attempt to make something, however after 4 hours in the craft room and tearing up 3 attempts I decided I would be better off just walking away, so I did :-(

Today, I decided to start the day off with a little colouring and decided to use the fabulous Gus and Stella by Bugaboo stamps.  The sentiment on the inside of the card comes with the digi :-)

So, this is what I emailed Andy (I am going to post it on to him today).

I have been wanting to colour this image for a while, and this was the ideal opportunity.  I used my Cuttlebug and the Spellbinders Labels 8 die to cut out the image, which is coloured with Spectrum Noir markers.  The numbers I used to colour the image are below.

Hair - Gus - BG6
Hair - Stella - TN3, TN5
Skin - TN2, FS2
Glasses/Vest/Socks - IG1
Shorts - TB3, TB4
Dress - IB1, IB2
Slippers - TN3, TN4
Heart - D3

The Happy Anniversary stamp is from a Hero Arts Stamp set, and stamped in teal coloured ink.  The papers are from a 6" by 6" pack by Basic Grey, called Serenade.  I inked all the edges of all the layers with the teal ink.

I popped up the image on some foam dots for dimension and then added some brads to the side of the sentiment.

For the inside, I just had to use the sentiment that came with the stamp!

Isn't that sentiment just perfect LOL :-)  I printed it on printer paper first, then positioned the card stock on the printer paper and then printed it again. 

And there you have it, my card for Andy :-)

I hope to be getting back to normal this week.  Andy is much improved and almost 100% better.  Are you all ready for Halloween?  Thanks for your continued support and friendships everyone.

This card is being entered into the following challenges.

Sister Act Card Challenge #30: Always Anything Goes (closes 31 Oct)

Scribble & Scrap Blog & Challenge - Challenge #4: Always Anything Goes (closes 8 Nov)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #32: Anything Goes (closes 8 Nov)

Craftin Desert Diva's Craft it Up & Link it Up Linky Party #18: Anything Goes (closes 10 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Up on the roof top ! Ho Ho Ho!

Hi everyone.  I am hoping soon to get back to normal.  After my trip to Winnipeg (which was extended a little), I was pretty much wiped out.

I did have the chance to play with Silhouette Design Studio whilst I was away though, and got everything prepared so that I could make the creation below.  All I had to do earlier this week, was then cut it all out and prepare it all and make the scene.

Another challenge starts this week at Polka Doodles, can you believe we are in Week 43.  The theme this week is, well you probably have already guessed, Christmas :-)

I showed you a little sneak peek earlier in the week too.

All the images and the background scene are all from the new Polka Doodles Home for Christmas CD. I used the pre-coloured images off the CD and my Silhouette Cameo to cut all the pieces out, using the print and cut feature in Design Studio.

First I printed out the background scene to 8" by 10" to make it the same size as an artist board.  I cut some slits to push some acetate strips through to the back, then secured the scene print out to the board.  The acetate was then secured to the back of the Santa and reindeer to make them stand out from the background scene.

The houses on the background, were printed and cut out separately.  I added some Sakura gelly roll pen to the snow on them and then placed them on some foam tape to add a little dimension.

The Church and trees were cut and then, I added some glitter this time.  I also added some little paper stands to the back of these so I could stand them on the fake snow and in front of the background to make my own little Christmas display.

I am so pleased with how this came out and will definitely have it on display this Christmas :-)

So now it is your turn to get creating and go along and enter this week at Polka Doodles.  We now pick a winner using Random org each week and the DT choose a Top 3.  Prizes, prizes prizes.

Also, letting you know that there is a new weekly challenge (in addition to the regular weekly challenge) at Polka Doodles called Digi Choosday. Every Tuesday there will be another challenge for you to take part in, offers and great prizes.  So make sure to stay tuned for those.

I am entering this project into the following challenges.

Five Simple Things: Inspire me Fridays #126 - Anything Goes (closes 31 Oct)

Papertake Weekly Challenge: Oh Christmas Tree (include a tree on your card/project) (closes 29 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Back, well sort of!

Hi everyone.  So, I am back at home after my extended stay in Winnipeg with Andy.  He is doing OK, albeit still a little bit delicate.  We are both glad that it is all over and that he is now on the road to recovery!

Thanks for all your well wishes for Andy - he really did appreciate everyones comments :-)

My journey back was way better than going out!  I dosed myself up on travel sickness tablets and was so glad when they said we were boarding as I am sure I would have fallen asleep in the airport lounge (at the gate at least) if they had been any longer.  I dozed most of the flight and finally hit terra firma in one piece :-)

So no good on planes, boats and back seats of cars!  No wonder I prefer to drive.  Hmmmmm!  Perhaps I should learn to fly the plane LOL!

My good friend met me at the airport, so I didn't need to take a taxi home - another relief.

The girls were so pleased to see me, don't think I have been given big sqwudges (huge squeezing hugs) like that in a long time :-)

I have to admit it was a nice feeling being home, although I did try and convince Andy to maybe come home for a week.  But, no, he will be home on the 8th Nov to see us all :-)

I had to do a little bit of crafting in my craft room yesterday.  Had to, being the operative word!  I had a DT project to get done for Friday's challenge and the deadline to get it into the draft was yesterday.

Luckily, I had chance to play with Silhouette Design Studio whilst I was away, so all I really had to do, was print, cut and put it together :-)

Would you like to see a little sneak peek?

No, yes - well here you go :-)  (Before you compliment me on my amazing colouring skills - it is a pre- coloured image :-0 )

Hmmm!  Do you think it might have something to do with Christmas LOL! 

Have a fabulous week everyone.  See you back on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

A Little Update :-)

Hi everyone!  How are you all out there?

I thought I would share a little update for you today.

So, on Wednesday I was dew to fly to Winnipeg to be there with Andy, whilst he went in for surgery to have a kidney stone removed.

Early hours of Wednesday morning, Andy lets me know that he thinks he may have passed the stone and that I may not need to go to Winnipeg.  Everything was up in the air, until he had chance to speak to his Dr (who was in a meeting all morning).  We were deciding whether or not to cancel the trip, and only incur an admin fee by the airline and it was left until the last minute.  My flight was due to go at 2.30pm.  Andy had mentioned to me that he had some discomfort in his left kidney (his right kidney is what the surgery is for) and I said to him that maybe the stones he passed, were the small ones from this kidney.

Finally spoke to his Dr at 12.30pm and his Dr was convinced that it was the smaller stones from the left and that he still had to go in for surgery the next day!

It then became a mad rush, as although I was all packed, I had to let the girls know that I was definitely going to Winnipeg, I had given them hugs in the morning before school just in case:-)  I then had my friend take me to the airport.

Now, I really am not a great traveller and it is only a 2 1/2 hour flight.  I fared pretty well and was feeling quite pleased with myself that the journey went well.  As the aircraft taxied to a stop and I had taken off my seat belt - I thought oh no here goes - chills, hot flush, grab a bag and promptly threw up :-(

Andy was there at the airport to meet me, and I was so relieved to get into his apartment.

Thursday, we headed to the hospital bright and early.  His surgery was scheduled for 11.30am.  Now at this stage we still didn't really know if the stone had been passed or if it really was still in there.

I have to say that the Winnipeg Hospital is fabulous, well organised and once we had Andy admitted and all the prep done we took him down for surgery and I had to start playing the waiting game.

We were told the surgery would be about an hour, so at 12.45pm I rang the recovery unit to see if he was out, and was told that it was a 2 hour surgery and that he went in on time so no he wasn't out yet :-(  I hate waiting!

Eventually, the surgery was over.  Andy's Dr came out and told me they had removed the offending stone - yep it was still in there and rather large.  They got it all, so a success.

Andy spent some time in recovery and then up to the day ward.  After several hours of drips/antibiotics and painkillers he was eventually released and we got back to the apartment at about 8.30pm.  A very long day but at least the stone was out.

We had some leaflets and instructions to follow once leaving the hospital.  The leaflet all about the procedure, a ureteroscopy, had this fab picture on the front of a woman, a man leading a tethered horse. When I asked the nurse, what the significance of the picture was, she didn't have a clue.  Andy promptly chirped up with, perhaps it's because you feel like you have been trampled on by a horse after the surgery! LOL!

We had a gourmet meal of beans on toast  for supper, as we both really didn't feel like much to eat at that time of night.

Suffice to say, Andy is relieved that it is all done and now we can get on with recovery.

Today, he is resting easy here.  We went out for a couple of short walks yesterday, and he is regularly taking the pain killers which are working :-)

I was originally meant to be going back home today, but we have made the decision that I will now stay until Monday.  The girls have been stars and enjoying the time at my friends.

I have the flight back on Monday to look forward to, however I think I will be double dosing on the extra strength Gravol travel pills and hopefully have a more successful air travel.  Am looking forward to seeing the girls and being back on terra firma.

I hope you have all had a fabulous week and having a great weekend.

Catch up with you all around blog land - your creations are awesome.  Welcome to new followers and thanks to all my regulars for your words of support for Andy.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

How steadfast grow your branches!

Hi all my crafty buddies.  It's my turn to share with you all here and all those over at She's A Sassy Lady. Thank you Sheila :-)

For those of you that follow my blog, you will know that I am off to Winnipeg tomorrow.  Andy has to go into hospital for surgery and I need to be there.  A very good friend is looking after my girls for me, whilst I am away.  There won't me much on my blog this week, other than today's post.  I will do a quick post on Friday to let you all know how Andy is.  I hope then to return to proper blogging/crafting as of next week :-)

I have to warn you, this is a picture heavy post but the end result (I think is fab).

Today, I have a Christmas card to share with you and I am going to show you how to make the Christmas tree that is on the card.

Many moons ago, and I'm talking years before my blog and when I originally dabbled a little bit into card making, has to be over 10 years ago, well, I used to dabble in a little bit of tea bag folding (no soggy teabag jokes please).  I remember making one of these trees and was having a sort out in the deepest darkest depths of my craft room and came across some old photos of some cards I made.  I will not under any circumstances be showing any of these old old creations :-)   The one above was made yesterday :-)

So, are you ready for this?  Everybody say "Yes, get on with it!"

You will need to start by picking a lovely designer paper (wouldn't advise card stock, although you could try) and you need to cut 10, 1.5" squares.  Your finished tree, (without the trunk and pot) using 1.5" squares will be 3" tall.  Make sure your measurements are accurate, as it will effect the fold.  Make sure all your folds are nice and crisp.

To show you the fold I have used a 4" square piece, just to get a clearer picture.  Then I have used 2" square pieces to make up the example. (Using 2" squares, your finished tree will be 4.25" tall.) You could ink the edges of your squares too!

For the first folding, fold in half, open turn and fold in half again so that you square looks like this.

Flip over your square (to the wrong side) and then fold on the diagonal, turn, open and fold on the diagonal again.  

Now your square should look like this.

You will see that the edges are already starting to lean in towards the centre.  Take the left and right sides and push them into the centre, so it looks like this.

Now you should have a triangle like this.

Next take one of the flapped triangles as below.

And you are going to squish it so that it forms a kite shape, and flatten.  See the next two photos.

Flip over and do the same again.

This is your finished piece.

Make up all ten.  I have used two different colours so that you can see how they go together.

Take two pieces, insert the top point of one piece into the front kite shape of another.  Do this until it will go no further.

Tape the back of the two pieces together and continue taping as you add each row.  Here is the back of the first two.

For the third row, you will add another two pieces by tucking them in the side flaps of that second row.

Next take another one piece for the fourth row, tuck it under the base of the green kite (just a little) but under the right and left kites, as below.  Tape on the back to hold them in place.

Add another two for the fifth row as before (third row).

We are onto the final row.  Add another piece in the centre as for row four, keeping it under the two kites.

To finish off, we are going to add two more pieces to this row, by tucking them under left and right side flaps.  Don't forget to be taping as you go along.

Here is the back of the tree, all taped to secure.

Add a trunk, tree pot and a star, and add it to your card.  I hope that these directions are clear - I found all the folding quite therapeutic :-)

Hey!!  Are you still there? Are you still awake? :-)

Hope you made it to the end of the post and that you will give this a go.

I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug and the Divine Swirls embossing folder.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Craft You Passion Challenges - Challenge #184: Add Some Embossing  (closes 20 Oct)

Creative Craft Challenges 2 - Challenge #21: Anything Goes (closes 28 Oct)

Bearly Mine Challenges - Challenge #108: Anything Goes (closes 21 Oct) 

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #28: Always Anything Goes (closes 17 Oct)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #31: Anything Goes (closes 25 Oct)

Scribble and Scrap Challenges - Challenge #3 - Always Anything Goes (closes 24 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Boo! I said BOO!

Hi every one.  It's Friday, yay!  Andy comes home tonight for the long weekend.  It's Thanksgiving for us here in Canada so we will be spending some family time together.

My girls are off school today and Monday, so they have a nice little break.

It's the start of another challenge at Polka Doodles today, and what happens at the end of the month, well Halloween of course.  So our challenge theme this week is Halloween.

I decided to make a banner for my little bit of inspiration for you this week.

I used my Silhouette Cameo and a pennants file from Birds Cards that can be found here.  I did elongate it to make it fit how I wanted it.  I used the new 2013 Witchie Witchie download bundle and Witchie Digi stamp for my banner.

I first printed off the papers and then cut them.  I inked all the edges of all the layers.  The coloured ones were inked in purple and I used white on the edges of the black base layer.

Here is a close up of the witch and underneath I have listed the Spectrum Noir markers I used.

Pumpkin         OR1, GB2, GB5
Hair                IG1, IG2, IG3, IG5, IG8
Skin                LG1, LG2, DG1
Hat/Cloak       IG8, IG10
and Belt          LV1, LV2, LV3
Boots              TN5, TN7

For the letters, I used a font off my computer called Arial Black and cut them with my Cameo.

Now remember, we have changed the rules at Polka Doodles.  You can now enter as many other challenges as you like along side Polka Doodles and enter as many times as you like :-)  Also we draw a winner using Random Org for the top prize and then the DT will also pick a top 3.

You have until Sunday, October 20th (12pm GMT) to enter.  Come on, you all must be busy getting ready for Halloween - so get on over to Polka Doodles and enter!

This is being entered in the following challenges.

Decorate to Celebrate - Challenge #61: Halloween (closes 15 Oct)

2 Creative Chicks - Challenge #7: Halloween (closes 31 Oct)

Craft Mojo - October Challenge: Halloween (closes 28 Oct)

Crafty Calender Challenge - October Challenge: Halloween (closes 1 Nov)

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #16: Halloween Theme (closes 31 Oct)

Kitty Bee Designs - Aloha Friday Challenge #10: Halloween (closes 25 Oct)

Little Scrap Pieces - Fun Friday Linky Party (closes 18 Oct)

DL.ART - Thankful Thursday October Linky Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 31 Oct)

Five Simple Things - Inspire Me Fridays #124: Anything Goes (closes 18  Oct)

Every Day is an Occasion - Sunday Funday #14 (closes 31 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Decorating finished :-)

Hi all of my bloggie friends.  Firstly, I would like to thank all of you with sticking with me, through a very quiet crafting phase on my blog.  Unfortunately, it will take a few more weeks to get back to normal production.

I have a DT project due for Friday (but has to be done by Tuesday), so today will be spent catching up on that.

Also, I am going to Winnipeg next Wednesday (16 Oct) to be with Andy for a few days, as he has to have surgery to remove a rather large kidney stone.  A great friend is going to look after my girls for me, whilst I am away.

I will try and get a few bits and pieces done to schedule posts, but not sure how much.  I have tried to keep up with visiting you all, but if I have missed the odd post please forgive me.

I am happy to report that all my decorating is finished and my two girls are very happy to have to made-over rooms :-)

I will show you a quick before photo again of Emily's room.

And now for the reveal !  Looking in from the door.

And from the closet corner.  She really does seem to have so much more room, as we did de-clutter a lot of dust gathering cuddly toys etc.  However, as you can see in her cubes, there are still a lot left :-)

Do you like the ducks a la Andy Warhol style :-)  And the lovely treats canvas too - all Emily's choices including the paint :-)  Her bookshelf, is actually opposite the window now and so less intrusive.

She absolutely loves it.

We did get Shannon some Inspirational canvas prints (I know your saying, could have made those!, but I had ran out of steam big time and when she saw them, well!) for her wall and we are still keeping a look out for the perfect picture for above her bed.  Here is the word wall :-)

So my friends - I will be back to crafting in earnest as soon as things return totally to normal.  Some good news is, that Andy is actually home for this weekend (our Thanksgiving), so at least the girls get to see him before his hospital visit.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

So Old Fashioned

Hi everyone.  How are you all doing?  It's my turn to share a project with you all here and over at Pam's blog The Bug Bytes - thanks for having me pop by each month Pam.

It's a bit short and sweet today I'm afraid.  I am in the middle of decorating the second of two bedrooms, but I had an hour on Monday (after painting all the white work - base boards/window frames/closet doors) and couldn't resist popping in to my craft room to make a quick card to share with you.

I had bought this little telephone stamp by Hot of the Press called "Hello", and as it came with the perfect little sentiment - I had to make an old fashioned card.  Here is a close up of the stamp, which was stamped with CTMH Chocolate and the little sentiment actually comes separate so you can place it where you wish.

The papers are from a lovely little Paper Collage Kit by Sarah Lugg, called With Love.  Lots of fabulous papers, tags and borders and thought they were perfect for this card.


I distressed all the edges of all the layers and then used Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink, to ink all the edges.

I raised the stamped image up on some pop dots to add a little dimension, as this card is otherwise very flat (great for posting though).

For the inside, I used the same papers as the front.  Also, I decided I just had to use the telephone stamp once again, however, I masked off the edge as I only wanted part of the stamp to show and therefore leaving room to write a message.

Sorry, for the short and sweet post - I really must get back to the decorating :-)

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge #64: Shabby Chic/Vintage (closes 30 Oct)

Craftitude Challenges - Challenge #49: Anything Goes or Harvest (closes 3 Oct)

Scribble & Scrap Blog Challenges - Challenge #2: Always Anything Goes (closes 11 Oct)

Craftin Desert Divas: Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party #16 : Anything with a Sentiment (closes 13 Oct)

Creative Craft Challenges2 - Challenge #20: Anything Goes (closes 14 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

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