Thursday, 31 July 2014

Quick Hello :-)

Hi everyone.

Just to let you know that the re-organization is going well.  Just some bits and pieces to sort and the majority of it will be done.

I will then have to do some reorganization on how I store certain things - but that can be done piecemeal.

I will have a video to show you by the end of the weekend - all being well.

I hope you have had a great week.

It's a long weekend here in Canada, but Andy can't make it home till next weekend :-( and :-)

I am taking the girls to see Guardians of the Galaxy on Saturday - looks like fun.

Thanks for your continued support and friendships.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting :-)

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Craft Room Re-org first ever video!

Hi everyone.  Well, finally I have a video to show you - yay!!

It has taken me three tries at recording the video, as the first two made me sick when I watched them, too much movement.  So I finally found the attachment piece for the video camera, for the tripod - Andy had put it somewhere safe LOL!

So, this is my first ever video - no making fun of my accent allowed :-)

There are a lot of hmmms and hummms and "Stuff like that" "bit and pieces" etc etc etc.

At one point towards the end, you will hear my cat shouting, she is playing with something on the stairs.

I did try to stay out of the video - my finger appears sometimes and you do get to see my ugly mug, or at least the back of it at some points on the video :-)

Hope it works for you :-)

Also noticed I put the wrong blog addy on it lol - it should obviously be - hey ho !

I did notice, I missed the right side of second chest of drawers.  They store my vinyl, Cricut Cartridges and my Personal Cricut is in the bottom drawer :-)

Shannon, helped with the editing as it was my first go.

Be gentle with me and the next video will have a little bit of the re-org that is going on ;-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 28 July 2014

It's time!

Yep, it really is time!

I have decided to have a sort out of my craft room.  I seem to do this every 6 months or so, although this time, I really do mean sort out.

I have been inspired by Tracy of Tracy's Treasures.  She is going to be, in her words, "defunkifying" (I love that word) her craft room and she did a great starter video.  And I thought hmmmm - maybe I should do that too!

Now, I have to admit that I bought a new video camera - for the purpose of using it in my craft room but as of yet have not been brave enough to use it!  That was about 4 months ago.  The girls have had a play with it, for some school projects and I figure, that if they can do it then so can I!

I am not sure how it is going to go and if you tech savvy people our there use a good editing program for videos please let me know which one!  It has to be pretty straight forward, although I am sure I will be able to call on my girls to help if needed.

I did have a play with the video yesterday, and did a tour of my craft room.  However, when I watched it it actually made me feel sick - too much motion!  I need to try it again and what I found was, I was using the screen as my direction, so was pointing at stuff with the screen and not the camera eye.  Learner driver LOL!  So I will ditch that video and try again today :-)

I don't think I am going to change the layout of the craft room, as I really do like it at the moment. But I know I would like some different storage if possible - I feel a possible Ikea visit coming on!

I will endeavour to do the video over the next couple of days - of the current state of affairs in my crafty corner of the basement.

And then hopefully show you as I make progress.

So, nothing to share with you today, but I will be back soon :-)

Happy crafting/sorting and defunkifying.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Clash of the Colours?

Hi everyone.  Wow Friday already, and we have been back from vacation for a week already!  Where does the time go?

Well, I had some fun time getting back in the craft room this week, it was nice and relaxing.

We have a new challenge starting this week at Polkadoodles and it is called Clash of the Colours. Now, I had a bit of a problem in that the ink had run out of my printer, and the replacement inks I had (that hubby ordered) were the wrong ones!  Oh no, what to do?  With a DT card needed for today!

Well, luckily, I always have extra papers printed and the fan and butterflies were already cut from previous crafting sessions.  So it was a great excuse to have to use up those scraps too :-)

I love this fan!  I had the black layers cut and then added the floral layers. Added a medium size brad to secure the fan together.  Couldn't resist adding a butterfly. The paper, butterfly and sentiments are from the wonderful Dollie Daydream Goes East Collection.  Did you know that this is now also available as an immediate download!  

I added some lovely pearl dots from Flourish with a Bling, these are Plum coloured and were perfect to add to the fan.

The blue polka dot paper is from the Bonbon Belles CD collection and the butterfly base layer is from the wonderful Fredericka CD.

I inked all the edges of all the layers with CTMH Cotton Candy ink.

Do you think it meets the Clash of the Colours challenge?  Why don't you give it a try and come up with a mix of colour, that maybe you wouldn't normally try.

For the inside I used the same papers and added another butterfly to finish it off.

You have until Friday 8th August, 12noon GMT, to enter.  So why not go along and enter this fortnights challenge at Polkadoodles - Clash of the Colours.

These are the collections I used.

Dollie Daydream Goes East CD Collection

Bonbon Belles Double CD Collection   Fredericka - Mini CD collection

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Challenge #70: Polka Dots (closes 7 Aug)

Sister Act Card Challenges - Challenge #67: Always Anything Goes (closes 31 July)

Craft Catz - Challenge #241: Anything Goes (closes 31 July)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Another little Christmas card.

Hi everyone.  Another little Christmas make to share with you.

Once again, I would like to thank you all for following on my vacation.  I am in the process of catching up and visiting you all around blogland.  If I haven't been to see you yet - I will be :-)

I used one of the design sheets off of the new Polkadoodles Work & Play Festive Hollybobs Collection.  I love this fabulous Christmas CD - so many elements, digis and sentiments, design sheets, decoupage; one amazing collection.

I love the wonderful sentiments and elements that are available to use.

I made a circular easel card and used the pre-coloured angel design sheet.  I cut her out using my Silhouette Cameo and then added sparkle using my Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Isn't this angel adorable.  All the digis are available in black and white too, so that you can colour them yourself.

I love using these little envelope sentiments.  I cut one, and then cut just the front of another and add a little bit of foam, to make it look like a real envelope.

See the lovely sparkle that the Sakura pen gives it.

I love this new collection.

** Work & Play FESTIVE HOLLYBOBS Collection

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafting for all Seasons - Challenge #82: Christmas in July (closes 4 Aug)

Die Cuttin Divas - Challenge #175: Christmas in July (closes 28 July)

Just Inspirational Challenges - Challenge: 3 Layers or More (closes 28 July)

Clear it Out Challenge - Challenge: Christmas in July (closes 28 July)

Craftin Desert Divas - Craft it Up & Link it Up #36: Christmas in July (closes 3 Aug)

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Day 18 - That's all Folks !

Hi my friends.  Well, I have a few final photo's to show you of our last day in Las Vegas.  I apologise for not posting over the weekend.

We slept most of Saturday!  It was lovely sleeping in our own beds :-)  Sunday, I caught up on all the laundry and we went to visit some friends for a little celebration.

We celebrated with a bottle of fizz.  To Andy, for knowing that he is coming home at the end of August for good!  For Simon, who qualified for the International Triathlon Competition in Chicago next year - he will be representing Canada along with his team mates.

And finally but by no means least - to a fabulous lady, Tamsyn, who has completed her breast cancer treatment and got to Ring the Bell, whilst we were away - you beat it :-)

It was so nice to catch up with them and thank them for looking after Jess, our cat.  Jess was a little elusive when we got home, but once she realised it was us, she gave us lots of cuddles and purrs.  She has also spent the last couple of days not very far from anyone, I think she is making sure that we do not leave her again :-)

I have a few photo's to share with you - so grab a drink and rest your feet awhile.

Andy decided to go up to the top of the Stratosphere - not something I was prepared to do - to high for me!

Here you can see it in the distance.

Got some wonderful photo's of  the Las Vegas plateau. 

There were these two different rides at the top of the Stratosphere.  Andy did not, I repeat, not go on either of them!

Obviously, there are some very brave people out there!

Looking up, from the bottom.

We walked back through The Venetian hotel, to get to our hotel next door.  This was the canal and gondola, running through the inside.

Just like walking through the centre of Venice!

This lady was standing so still!  And as one of my followers pointed out - where's the face?  This will have to do for today LOL!

Walking across one of the bridges, we took one last photo of the Las Vegas strip.

There you go my friends.  Fabulous last day.  I dosed up on Gravol for the flight home and slept most of the flight, which was great!  Perfect landing too!

So glad to be getting back to normal.  Andy goes back to Winnipeg today, but we are now on countdown to him coming home!

Thank you all for your comments and for following along on our adventure.

I hope to be around to visit you all this week and catch up with what you have been upto!

Craft room, here I come :-)

Happy crafting.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Day 17 - Vivaaa Las Vegas part deux and fini !

If you are here for my Polkadoodles post - click here :-)

Hi everyone, well we had another fabulous day yesterday, here in Las Vegas.  I know I said I probably wouldn't post today, but I have explained at the end of this post :-)

Andy left in the wee hours of the morning, well 5.45am, to get his transport to the airfield for his helicopter flight.  The girls and I had a really lazy morning :-)

Time for you to grab a coffee or beverage of some sorts.  Andy took some amazing photos and will share just a small portion with you :-)  Apologies for the picture overload.

Starting off over Lake Mead.

Some of these formations, look so amazing!

This one is amazing as you can see how big the lake is and Andy managed to catch the cloud reflection in the lake.

The Hoover Dam.

See the white line of rock, well, that is where the water levels should be!  Apparently it is down by 100ft of water!

A great scenic view of the Hoover Dam.

Here comes the Grand Canyon.  Such a different view to see the canyon from the air.  Amazing!

The sheer size of this place, just amazes me.

On top of this crevice, you see the road just ends at this viewing point!!  There is even a walk to the very tip, something I would definitely not do!

At the top of this crevice, you can just make out a building, that is where the glass bridge is, and that is what they look down into!!!

The Colorado River, running through the Canyon.

Why not sneak in a face!   I can see it, can you?

Oh my goodness - fabulous and breath-taking.

I just love the forms - so wonderful.

A close up of the one above.  It so looks like old ruins.

Another amazing scene.

And one final photo of the Colorado river, meandering through the Canyon.

These are just but a few of the photo's that Andy took.

We also went out in the afternoon for a little walkabout.  These photo's were taken inside the Forums Shopping Mall.  

This is actually inside the Forums.  Amazing and like walking through a great city.  The domed ceiling made to look like the sky.

The Paris Hotel and Casino!

We also managed to catch the Bellagio Fountains.  The music they played was quite ironic "Singing in the Rain"  LOL!

I don't know about "Singing in the Rain", but I could quite happily have jumped in there!  The temperature was 106f (41c), phew!

And there ends the visit for today and the end to one amazing road trip vacation!  We had fantastic weather and amazing experiences.

We booked an extra night in the hotel for tonight, although we aren't actually staying the night LOL!  We would have had to check out by 11am this morning, and we as we don't have to fly until 11pm tonight it would have made for a rather long day, with nowhere to crash if we felt like.  So we held on to the room and therefore, we can go out and about but still come back here to cool off and then get ready for our flight home tonight.

Which meant of course that I could also get this post done :-)

Not sure if there will be much else to show you, but I think Day 18 I will do a reflection and maybe some tips about doing such a long road trip. ;-)

We will be back at home by tomorrow midday and will see our lovely cat Jess :-)  She has been well looked after by our close friends, whilst we have been away.

Sigh!  The end of one amazing vacation, we have had the most fabulous time and though sorry to see it come to an end, am looking forward to the comforts of being in our own home and beds :-)

Thank you all for following along on our vacation.

Have a fabulous rest of the summer my friends and normal - crafting - service will resume soon :-)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy summer !

And in the midst of it all - a card!

Hi everyone.

For those of you who have been following my blog and our vacation.  I will finish the final couple of posts over the weekend for Day 17/18.  Andy had a fabulous helicopter trip and got some amazing pictures for me to share.

We checkout of our hotel today and unless I get chance at the airport, I will not have internet access or probably the time to do my post.  Will be dosing myself up on Gravol and hopefully have a good flight home :-)

We have had a fantastic vacation and although sad to see it end, am looking forward to our home comforts and our own beds, and of course returning to our beautiful cat, Jess !

My card for the new challenge at Polkadoodles.  We are inspiration week this week, and the theme is Add a Twinkle (it doesn't have to be Christmas).

Before leaving for vacation, I made this shaped easel card, using the pre-coloured Christmas pudding from the new Festive Hollibobs Work and Play collection.

On this fabulous sentiment - I added some gold Sakura pen.

My twinkle, the gem currants :-)

All the elements are from the CD.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to design the card, and therefore cut an icing layer from one of the wonderful backing papers.

I coloured some pearl dots with a red Copic pen, for the berries on the holly.  Plenty of twinkle don't you think :-)  The gems are from Flourish with A Bling and are Antique Brown, I was lucky enough to win a challenge at Just Inspirational Challenges, thank you.

Your turn to get ahead on some Christmas crafting and enter our challenge at Polkadoodles.

Here is the collection I used.  Festive Hollibobs Work & Play collection.

**FESTIVE HOLLYBOBS Work & Play Collection

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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