Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Loo Rolls and Light Bulbs - oh my!

I guess you really don't want or need to see more photos of packing cases, but that is really all I have to share with you - unless you would like to see this photo of a perfectly bare and clean crafty cupboard, as never seen before


Yes, that's it, every last craft item has been packed, who knows when I will see it all again, and when I do, I will probably be pulling stuff out and saying 'why on earth did I pack this, I've never used it, and probably never will' - I can sense a bit of craft supply selling coming in the near future. I did unearth a few treasures that I thought were lost forever - stamps that had got stuck to the undersides of drawers or fallen into cracks in the floor!

So we wait................and wait............and wait...........while the solicitors barrage each other with a flurry of last minute questions, some of which sound quite ridiculous to us, but I suppose they are doing their job, you would think we were buying and selling ancient mansions instead of perfectly ordinary houses. In the meantime, three light bulbs failed last night, and I have packed all the new bulbs, so I was wandering around in a murky dusk, tripping over boxes as I tried to get to the loo. All the loo rolls have been packed as well, that could be awkward.....but there is a bright side, the oven is gleaming, and I have no intention of cooking anything and risking a spill, so I am having a break from the kitchen. Thank heavens for Marks and Spencer

The name that popped out of the hat for the surplus cardstock is:

Anne Jaques

Email me with your address Anne, and I will get your parcel in the mail

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Freebies!

Who doesn't like free stuff! On one of my many recent visits to B & Q (DIY store for those of you who don't live in the UK) I found these sample sheets of woodgrain card in the laminate flooring aisle ......cut into strips, they made a realistic little fence on my card....


and to pretty it up a little, I punched flowers from some paint chips....


layered them up a bit, and cut a few petals from the green punched flowers to look like leaves...


Ta Da! one almost free card....



Max and Milo came up with a couple of corkers yesterday. Milo (6) had to be picked up from school yesterday morning because, as he announced to his mum, he had 'vominated'
Then Max (8) was anxious to explain to his mum on the way home from school how important 'profiterole vision' was when you play basketball....

Priceless!

See you tomorrow x 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Need Card?

I've been a very bad blogger just lately - I seem to have so much on my plate at the moment........

The trip to Ikea went well, Mike managed to stick around  for an hour, but got restless when I looked at the Expidit units for the twentieth time - incidentally Ikea have inexplicably changed the name of these iconic units, beloved of crafters all over the world,  to Kallax or some other hard to spell word, but I think they will be playing a big part in my life very soon...I really fancy having everything tucked away pretty much out of sight.  Packing up has made me realise just how much stuff I have, and also how long it is since I even looked at most of it, but I can't just dump it, I may need it someday.....

I also liked the look of this chair, and it's really comfy as well, I just love the colour...

So as it was just an exploratory visit, I didn't actually buy anything, but now I know exactly what I want when the time comes, my first priority will be to get my craft room sorted, needs must, it's my job!

In my sorting out I came across this great pile of 3 x 12" and 2 x 12" strips of cardstock in every colour under the sun - I cut them off 12 x 12 sheets ages ago so that the cardstock would fit into a cabinet I use for cardstock. When Jo-Ann's and Michaels had their cardstock on sale when I was in America, I used to dash there and buy cartloads of the stuff - well, at 5 sheets for a $ it would have been rude not to!  They are strips of Bazzil, Core-Dinations and DCWV




So does anyone want them? They would be perfect for punching borders and flowers, die-cutting or matting smaller images. Free to a good home, UK and Ireland only because of the cost of postage I'm afraid, they weigh a lot. Just leave a comment if you could use them. If more than one person would like them, I will draw a random name on Sunday.

I even managed to find the brown paper to wrap them in - look, the parcel is already to go.....


 See you tomorrow x

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Getting a bit ahead of myself......

So my packing frenzy uncovered this blank blackboard, then the white vinyl showed up...................well, I had to do this didn't I? A quick fifteen minutes with my Cricut, and here's what I came up with.......nothing fancy, but as you know, I don't really do fancy.....



So now I have a sign for the shed that I don't actually own yet, with non existent furniture to work on, so today will see me dragging Mike along the dreaded Ikea outing, just to see what storage solutions I can find to tempt me. I have no intention of going down the route of hauling huge boxes into the car as I have found out that you can now get stuff delivered. So tomorrow is all about spotting what I think will fit the bill at the lowest possible price, then I will shop from the comfort of an armchair. Mike's attention span on such outings is limited to about ten minutes, so I will have to be pretty speedy following those yellow footprints you are forced to follow.......

I'll tell you how it went tomorrow, see you then x

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Oh Dear, Oh Dear - and a winner.......

Sorting out stuff that hasn't seen the light of day for years does make you wonder exactly why you need it. I know with certainty that if I throw out some obscure paint/bottle of unidentified pink stuff/spray bottle containing something that looks like the contents of a newborn baby's nappy, that the minute that stuff reaches the black sack, all of a sudden someone will discover some clever new technique that sweeps through the craft world like a virus. All of a sudden, everyone is searching everywhere for bottles of pink stuff. You can't find it for love nor money, it fetches huge sums on Ebay.................yes, that's the stuff I just threw in the garbage. Happens to me all the time

I was obviously in some sort of craft buying frenzy at the NEC craft show when I bought these letters which were going to be beautifully and artistically altered, then displayed on the bedroom wall (except that I forgot I bought them - until now.......)


LONE? I thought in my feverish craft crazed brain when I battled the crowds at the MDF man's booth at the show that I was buying the letters to spell out LOVE! But no, LONE is not a sentiment many people would want on their bedroom wall I suppose. All is not lost,  I could do EN for my shed ! Or NOEL for Christmas.....or there again, they could just be put into a cupboard again for another few years

And I don't care if I'm boring you - I want you to feel my pain



On to the winner of the FlexMarkers. The name that came up on random.org
was:

Jane
who said:

 Thank you for the chance Enfys (I love your name by the way) have a great weekend too. Hope to craft a bit but jobs around the house need to be done, sad face! Love Jane x

Congrats Jane, email me with your address and they will be on their way - be quick before I pack them!

I hope all my friends from the USA had a great 4th July xx

Friday, 3 July 2015

Painting - and packing

Some boxes have arrived - the removal men are packing up the house for us, but I asked for a few boxes so that I can pack up my craft stuff - they bought two dozen large boxes. Surely I won't need all those.............or will I?


Then, as if I haven't got enough to do, I clambered up into the attic again and found this old chair that we have had for years. I know just the spot for it in the new house, so down it came, and the first coat of grey chalk paint is done, just a second coat then a wax and it will be ready to be used again after years of neglect


The problem is, that at an age when some of our friends are downsizing, we are upsizing a bit, the number of times over the past few days that I have thought 'why on earth did we get rid of that'............the truth is of course that this house has been perfect while we needed to lock-up-and-go during our years of owning a second home, but now that we are here in the UK full time it seems a bit cramped  - and I love moving! I love the planning, seeing rooms coming together, hunting down the perfect paint/blinds/accessories

See you tomorrow x

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ombre Butterflies...

Those of you who follow the Fiskarettes page on FB will have seen this, but I'm sharing it again for those of you who haven't seen it

First I took some paint chips, and a butterfly punch.....



I stamped some of the butterflies with background stamps to add interest....


Then just added a flight of ombre butterflies to a white background and framed in a simple frame


The house move is back on track, but the legal guys are taking their time, so instead of this Friday, we don't have a definite date yet, maybe two weeks? Maybe three? Who knows.....

But in the meantime, I have lists of lists - enough scraps of paper to wallpaper a room, and I am knee deep in paint colour charts and samples of curtain fabric. So in the near future, I reckon this blog will morph into a home decorating frenzy - there isn't going to be a whole lot of time for cardmaking that's for sure!

I will have a dedicated craft space though - in the new house there is a shed in the garden, one of those pretty sheds painted a pretty duck egg blue and with window boxes. It has light. It has lots of plugs (outlets), It is insulated. It measures 10' x 16' - it is perfect......I think I will make a sign for the door. Any ideas? I am thinking 
En's Den...............but one of you will have the perfect sign I'm sure

Ikea, here I come......

See you tomorrow x  

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Time for a Giveaway

I have a set of lovely Flexmarkers to giveaway, you get six markers in this pack, Berry Red, Sunflower, Forest Green, Cadet Blue, Wild Orchid and Rose Pink - so a great mix of colours



If you haven't tried Flexmarkers, they have the same high quality alcohol ink as Promarkers, but with a brush nib instead of the bullet nib of the ProMarkers. They will blend with any other alcohol inks as well, so if you have a few Copics or Spectrum Noir markers on your desk, you can blend right in!

Just leave your name under this post and I will draw a winner next Saturday

This week has flown by, I can't believe it's almost another weekend - whatever you are doing, have a great time. See you tomorrow x 


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A different way of doing it.....

 I don't seem to have much spare time for crafting in the last few days, so this card was made with bits and pieces of experiments that I had lying around on my desk

First, I found a base card that I had covered with die cut happy birthday words over and over again - I wanted to see if it would give a faux embossed sort of look, I tried it, liked it, but never did anything with it until now.....


Next, I found some roses left over from a Fiskars project - I made the roses using the XL Daisy squeeze punch, and the leaves were cut using the Petals punch......


I added a MFT stitched circle, and here is the finished card....


This one will definitely be a card for one of those 'meeting up with the girls for a birthday lunch' sort of day - those roses would need a box all of their own to go in the mail

Talking of mail, I ordered the stitched circle dies that I used in todays card from Blitzy in the USA

They didn't turn up for ages - weeks in fact. So I contacted them and they said they had been delivered safely to Chicago. Chicago? I live in the UK! So eventually they sorted it out and they were on their way again. Just these dies - two flat little packs that would fit into an envelope without a problem. Did they do that? Of course not, a huge box arrived, well huge compared to the contents, it was the size of a large shoe box. Why oh why do companies do this? I find it so irritating when I have had to pay over the odds for postage then find it was totally unnecessary. To cap it all, I had ordered the wrong dies, what I thought I was buying was simple stitched circles and squares. These cut out frames. You may see a few shaker cards in the near future! I really need to look before I click on that little 'buy now' button...

See you tomorrow x 

Monday, 22 June 2015

AGE - is only a number....

I do like embossed cards - there is something about them that looks so clever..... 


I embossed the base card, then cut out a label shape using a Sissix die and ran that through the same embossing folder, with a bit of careful lining up, I was able to pop the label on to exactly match with the embossing on the base. The AGE letters were cut with the Cricut, and the sentiment was computer generated


Mind you, the sentiment very much depends on exactly what the numbers are. The bigger the number, the more likely it is that bits are going to wear out! At the moment, I am radioactive - apparently I have an overactive thyroid, so had to go to a lead lined room, to swallow a radioiodine tablet from a lead container which makes human contact for the next month a bit dodgy for anyone who is a short  distance from the invisible force-field that apparently surrounds me at the moment. Various ribald comments from my totally disrespectful kids of course 'can you come to stay Mum, we could hook you up and save a fortune on electricity' and 'don't bother to buy new batteries for the torch Dad, you can use Mum as a searchlight when she glows in the dark'

The worst thing about this inconvenience (and it is just that, I don't feel ill in the slightest) is that I won't be able to see the grandchildren for a few weeks. Last week there was great family excitement, Milo submitted a drawing of 'Super Ed' (his daddy) into a competition run by Cadbury and he won first prize. Here he is with the drawing, and surrounded by the mountain of chocolate he won. Well done Milo (it was compensation for him coming last in the sports day race at school, we can't be brilliant at everything can we!)


Thank goodness I have you all to chat to - I may be a bit short of friends to chat to this month....
See you tomorrow x

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Tags and Butterflies

So what else have I been up to for Fiskars? Well I made some tags with the Tag Maker Punch (fabulous gadget by the way)


I glued one to a coffee stirrer and used it to dress up a little plant gift for a friend....


I stuck some plumbers tape to white cardstock.....



and punched out some butterflies, which I dabbed with alcohol inks,


and added some florists wire for anntennae - they look really shiny and pretty, so they will make their way onto a project soon


But here at home it's been a non stop washing and ironing session - I always make the same mistake, I take far too many clothes with me, don't wear half of them on holiday, but when I bring them home they look so scruffy after being in and out of a suitcase two or three times, they have to be washed and pressed even though I didn't have them on my back once. I do make work for myself.... and my new year resolution to do a daily planner has fallen by the wayside. I did find it (in March!) but it just sits on my desk empty and unloved. In the meantime, I carry on scribbling lists on little scraps of paper that I keep losing. Will I ever learn? Probably not, old dog, new tricks......

See you tomorrow x 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Making Tulips

 I haven't had much time for crafting obviously, so I am sharing with you one of the projects I made for the Fiskarettes Facebook page - I know not everyone goes to FB, so here it is...




I made the flowers by punching circles, then scored them, inked and folded over...




and the base of the flower was made by punching a scallop circle, I inked it in the same green as the flourish stamp (which is a really old stamp by ???)
Then cut off about two or three scallops to form a stamen, The sentiment stamp is by Inkadinkadoo 


A few of you have asked how the house move is going - it was going swimmingly, then just as contracts were on the point of being exchanged, along came one of those stressful hiccups that seem inevitable with house moves in this country - you are so dependent on other people selling their houses in the chain, getting a mortgage etc, that if they fall at a hurdle, so do you. So at the moment, we are well and truly snookered, hoping that in the end all will be well. So in the meantime, the stuff in the crafty cupboard is staying firmly on the desk instead of in boxes, and I shall carry on as normal - a bit blue, but it will all be okay in the end......

See you tomorrow x

Monday, 15 June 2015

Beautiful Barcelona.....

No visit to Barcelona would be complete without a bit of Gaudi - the architect whose influence is seen all over the city, but never more than in the unfinished Sagrada Familia church - building started in 1882, and completion is estimated in 2026. Now I have no idea if this man was eccentric, a visionary, or just plain bonkers, but his work is like a Gothic fantasy..... 



One facade of the church is based on the story of the nativity, as well as the usual chorus of angels, there are unexpected carvings of geese and hens pecking their way around the columns, and a canopy of metal ivy winds around the doors.....


complete with ladybirds.....



 and a few spiders.......


Inside the church, apparently Gaudi wanted the columns to represent a forest.....







and the light from the stained glass windows really is extraordinary.....




another facade represents the passion of Christ


on this side, the carvings are much less joyous than on the nativity side, the columns represent bones - all in all, a most wonderful building.....


After this we took a long walk through the city, of course I spotted a few things that could be useful inspiration for crafting in this shop selling baby and Christening favours.....




and at every crossroads you wind your way around elaborate monuments - not sure who the guy is on top of this one - he has a fine view of the city though!


Those of you who are longtime readers of this blog will know my addiction to Dunkin Donuts coffee - if it can make it's way over the Atlantic to Spain, why on earth can't I have one in my town?


But as it's in a market, I was able to admire all the produce - these adorable marzipan sweets....


and the real fruit....


and watch the action at the butcher's stall.....


So there you have it - a potted version of my holiday, I hope you enjoyed it. Now back to some crafting, see you tomorrow x