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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas.....

Just checking in to wish you all a very merry Christmas - we will be happy to spend time with family, Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a wonderful time......

Sharing a card I made with an embossing folder, then cut around the edges with a craft knife.........

 and inked lightly with Simon Says Stamp sea glass ink over the embossing.... 



before adding a heat embossed sentiment and a few sequins for sparkle......


Be Merry! See you when it's slightly less frantic.......x


Friday, 18 December 2015

Tree Sympathy

I used a Penny Black stamp - (Slapstick Cling, Regalia) for a quick sympathy card.....


I used my distress ink mini's to selectively ink up just bits of the stamp. I used my MISTI so after I inked up the trunk and branches in Walnut Stain, I was able to go back and dab various ink pads onto the leaves and it stamped in exactly the right spot. Even though it is a sympathy card and I didn't want sparkly, I did add just a few tiny dots of copper stickles here and there, which gave it a bit of dimension. The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp. I seem to be a bit fixated on one layer cards at the moment, but I did like the result I got with this one

Well I did a load of gift wrapping, and as always some people have hit the jackpot with a bunch of presents that I forgot I had bought, and a couple of important people have nothing at all. There is nothing else for it - I need to face the crowds in the shops today. Wish me luck.... 







Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Life never goes according to plan......

Here's a couple of cards made with a simple little snowflake punch - the wreath snowflakes were punched out of navy glitter card, white glitter and silver mirri card, so it's really glittery and pretty in real life.....


and this second one used some stuff I found by Woodware that puffs up when heated - I've tried other brands and they all turn a bit yellow, but this stayed white


We went to a lovely Christening service in a small Worcestershire village, I was so taken with the floral arrangements I had to take photos to show you......



and the reason for the title of this post? Unfortunately our daughter in law's dad has been very ill, and we had to do a totally unplanned dash down to Surrey last week to help out with the children. Normally this wouldn't have been a problem at all, but at the back of my mind was the knowledge that we had invited thirty or so friends round for a Sunday lunchtime housewarming party. Gulp. But all things can be overcome, I did a bit of cooking down there while the boys were at school, and we drove back late on Friday with the car full of food! It all went well, and the food that I cheated with and mixed in with the homemade stuff was fine. So now the party debris is all cleared away, and I am trying to keep on top of things in case we have to help out again. 

A marathon wrapping session is on the cards for today. A job I rather dislike - I get into the swing of it, lose the scissors about twenty times, the pen on hand to write the labels gets buried somewhere, the tape runs out at regular intervals, and why did I think six rolls of wrapping paper would be enough......The first few parcels look quite fancy, with elaborate bows and sprigs of berries artfully tucked into the bows. The last ones look as if they have been wrapped by a three year old - do you think newspaper could become the new wrapping fashion, I do hope so..........

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Fuse Snowflakes...

So I had a little session with my Fiskars Fuse, and the snowflakes die, but instead of letterpressing with ink, I used versamark, then heat embossed with silver....three more cards under my belt.....




The chaps from Amazon continue to beat a path to my door, and the pile of presents is growing nicely. My next job is to spread everything out on the bed and make a list of what I have, and for whom......I usually find that I have a sackful of presents for one person, and none for another. Even though my kids are grown, I still enjoy getting them 'stocking stuffers', and last year my daughter presented me with a sack full of gifts of my own. 'You always do it for us mum' she explained 'I thought I would do it for you'................I haven't been so excited about opening stuff since I was a child!

How are your preparations going? I can ask this now we are in December! x

Sunday, 29 November 2015

More quick cards....

So I found this little Christmas pudding stamp by Clearly Besotted (love their stamps) and had a bit of a batch bake - you can't get much more clean and simple than this! I stamped the image onto the base card first, and coloured just the leaves, then again onto a scrap of white card, and punched it out - my 1 1/2" circle punch was perfect. A bit of foam tape, a bit of glitter, and bingo, job done.........



No I didn't venture out into the shops on Friday, but I did snuggle up all cozy and warm to do a bit of internet shopping. The children's presents are all done now, so I am feeling virtuous. I am a huge fan of Amazon, it always astonishes me how you can order something one evening, and the next morning a guy turns up at your door with your order. How do they do that? They must have a lot of elves in their workshop. Maybe the head honcho at Amazon should be put in charge of running the country.................just a thought!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Happy Black Friday!

This post was supposed to go out yesterday, to wish all my friends in the USA a very happy Thanksgiving, but for some reason MR Blogger decided to play games and it vanished. So belated turkey day wishes to you all

And a few Autumn makes made with the Fiskars intricate shape leaf punch - I punched the leaves in white then used distress inks to add the Autumn hues





I feel a great sense of longing to be in the USA today - how I loved Black Friday. I made lists, got up at the crack of dawn, and battled the crowds to do my Christmas shopping. I once bought a large cardboard box without knowing what was inside it! Two women were practically fighting over a box, when I spotted another one lying on the floor underneath a 'door buster sign', so I picked it up and paid (about $20) without knowing what was in the box. I figured if it was worth fighting over, it must be worth 20 bucks. Incidentally, inside was a saute pan reduced from $90. Did I need it? No. Was I delighted with it? Yes! Such is the madness power of the Black Friday sales frenzy....it has hit the shores of the UK now, and lots of stores have Black Friday sales, but having experienced the real thing, it just isn't the same, and I won't be turning out of my warm bed early today....but for those of you that do, happy hunting, and if you see a forlorn cardboard box on the floor, buy it, it may be your biggest bargain ever!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

At the double......

So I couldn't resist this little stamp set by Woodware at the NEC (although I had made a vow only to buy essentials - but this was essential, right?)



I started off embossing the holly tree in white, then sponged the background with distress inks. The berries were done with ruby liquid pearls.....by the way, I know American friends find the expression 'Happy Christmas' a bit odd, I think you always say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, but we do wish each other a Happy Christmas over here in the UK 


Then because I have the attention span of a mosquito, I stamped again in Versamark ink and brushed on Perfect Pearls gold powder. This time I added a few gems and sequins.....



you get such a pretty sheen with the pearly powder....


Then one heat embossed with WOW platinum embossing powder.....


and finally, and possibly my favourite, heat embossed in white again, with a sponged background then I added 'snow' with a new product from Woodware that puffs up when it is heated. I have had stuff like this before but it always turns yellow on heating, this stays a nice bright white. I can't tell you the name, as the little bottle doesn't have a label and I threw the packaging away!



Which one do you like best? Now that I have experimented a bit, I can have a session making a batch of these, they were all quite quick to make. At least I now have four cards made, out of the total needed of about 80 that's pretty pathetic. I need to get them out early this year as well as I have new address labels to put on them. I can see a visit to Hallmark in my immediate future...........

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Le Shoe...........

Have you tried the new craze for colouring books for adults? I was sent this book by Katy Sue Designs and had a lot of fun colouring.....



They have the most gorgeous shoe designs (they also do a similar book with a nautical theme)


I chose to use this fabulous shoe, and because I used very subtle colours, it looks even better in real life....



but popped into an Ikea frame, it is just perfect for my bedroom........



The plus points are that the designs are printed on very good quality paper, which can easily be removed from the book. I did find that using alcohol markers led to some bleeding around the image, but as I was cutting the image out this didn't matter. I will probably do the next one in Prismacolor pencils, another medium I enjoy using

You can find the books on Amazon HERE

It was certainly a stress buster, and I have already earmarked my next project....but until then, I am busy working on some Christmas cards. More about that tomorrow....see you then x


Thursday, 12 November 2015

NEC fun....


So last week was the Christmas craft fair at the NEC. My plan was to cruise around on Thursday doing a little bit of shopping, meeting up with friends, a spot of lunch. But the best laid plans.....

On Wednesday I had a plaintive message from my pal Kath, who was travelling down from Scotland to run the Fiskars workshops for four days. Her plane was cancelled and she was making the long trip down by train. I said I would collect her from the station and drive her to the show and help her set up.

So she arrived. The station is five minutes from the show halls. Except that we couldn't quite find where we were supposed to be. So round and round and round we drove, going the wrong way up one way roads, into lorry parks, down the wrong road again...I really shouldn't be allowed out unsupervised. Still, we eventually made it and got set up in record time, by which time Kath was quite worn out by the trials of the day......


While I opted for a more comfortable position....


but then we went over to the retail stand to help them set up as well.... 



Here is the cute snowman tag that Kath designed for the make and take sessions....


and she made some fabulous samples to decorate the workshop walls...


I did find time to wander around a little. I know some of you love those crazy birds, these are by David of Craft Obsessions (David and Brenda are two of the nicest people you could wish to meet, and run my favourite online store). I love this Christmas card..... 





 and I loved these little rag dolls, I forgot to make a note of the stand.....


Why am I always drawn to stuff that I can't make - I keep seeing sewing projects that I want to try. I don't have time to learn so I must stick to paper...


So that was pretty much my trip to the show, although I did pop back on Friday for a bit of retail therapy, and of course the evenings were taken up with my Fiskars buddies....

So after all that excitement, it's back to just me, some paper and a bit of ink, but I think I left my mojo behind at the show...see you tomorrow x

Monday, 9 November 2015

Thanks for waiting.....


At the end of three months of jolly hard work, the ground floor of our new home is pretty much finished, and after you have all been so patient whilst I got on with unpacking, sorting and a frenzy of decision making, I thought the least I could do was show you why Going Buggy has been a bit on the quiet side lately....

The dining room is right at the center of the house, that's my craft room door on the left.......


I rather like my purple wall against the cool grey of the other walls.....


The living room had a rather hideous fireplace ripped out, and a more space saving fire installed


Taking the dated patterned opaque glass out of the large doors made such a difference.......


The orangery is about the only room we haven't had to blitz!





My little craft room is back together, with the wood floor making it easier to keep clean and scoot around on that chair! My original idea for a clean uncluttered space is not quite working out - see how rubbish essentials have made their home on top of my Ikea units?


and the kitchen has finally come together! I love it......



So there you go......I thought after all my hair tearing and brow beating, you would like to see how it all came together. Back to crafty things tomorrow! x

Monday, 2 November 2015

Homemade Texture Paste...

I've been having a go at making my own texture paste, and it works pretty well, and the results are pretty much the same as using the expensive bought stuff...


You need bicarbonate of soda (or talcum powder), white PVA glue (any inexpensive stuff you can find will do) and white acrylic paint, measuring spoons, cup measure, an airtight small pot and a craft stick



Measure out 1/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda into your container. Add 2 tablespoons of white paint, and 1 -2 tablespoons of PVA glue, stir until it's a nice creamy consistency. Add up to another tablespoon of glue if it seems a bit thick



Cover with a lid, make sure it's tightly shut. It keeps as well as the shop bought stuff. Use with stencils, make sure you wash your stencils right away. Sprinkle the paste with glitter if wanted while it is still wet. You can also ink it once it's dry 


Here's a couple more, for this starry one, I sprinkled the stars with glitter when wet.....


and I love this stencil by Imagination Crafts here in the UK


and here's why you haven't seen me for a few days. The new floor has been laid throughout the ground floor of the house, which meant all the furniture had to be piled up and shifted from room to room....


thank goodness the Orangery took a lot of the overflow....


but my carefully organised and tidy little studio had to be stripped bare....


The whole process took four days - four days of misery actually. We had nowhere to sit, nowhere to watch TV, the computer was unhooked, the phone was buried somewhere under a pile of stuff....

But it was worth it! You can see the start of the new floor in the studio shot above, and the rooms are put together again, the half inch of dust from the cutting of the wood has been wiped away, we waved a grateful goodbye to our latest workmen (from Albania this time, to add to the Hungarian, Pole, Italian etc etc we have collected over the past few weeks!)

It's beginning to feel like home at last. See you tomorrow x