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Thursday, 24 September 2015

and the winner is......


I had a little session of mass producing some birds cut with my Fuse - I cut out some in black, white, red and teal (which looks blue in the photos) and then set about chopping them up.........







and I couldn't resist putting one in a teal frame that I found in Poundland for my crafty den.............



and the latest on the home front is that this kitchen is being ripped out today - looks okay as it is doesn't it? That is until you look closely and see that the microwave is plugged into an extension cable and the doors fall off every time you open one. 



So as soon as we get one room straight, it promptly gets messy again as stuff from another room on the 'work in progress' list gets decanted into it.....but it's taking shape, and we are loving living here....

The winner of the metallic markers, drawn randomly is:

LINDA COLE

Congrats Linda, email me with your details and they will be on their way to you

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Getting Organized....

So I had a session organizing my embossing folders - firstly I punched a load of tags....



and punched a hole in the top - the tag maker makes short work of this...


then I pulled out my embossing folders and embossed each tag - I left them in the folder until I was finished....


then I labelled each tag on the back with a number and the size of the folder. I didn't name them as it's pretty self explanatory what each one is just by looking at it! Then I put a sticky dot on each embossing folder with a corresponding number, so in future I will keep the folders in their number order....


and just flip through the tags which are now on a ring, to see which one I want to work with, and pull out the folder...



This exercise made me feel like superwoman! I was a bit bemused that this house move has somehow altered me, and that in future I will be able to lay my hands instantly on everything, not only in my den, but throughout the house. Did I get a visit from some housework fairy in the dead of night to pass on some super powers to me? Will life ever be the same again?..........the superwoman euphoria lasted for at least a day.......

Then my camera battery needed charging. It took me three days to find the charger - it eventually came to light in a box of light bulbs.  We bought the camera in the USA, so I have to use an adapter plug could I find it? I turned the whole house upside down looking for one, we must have a dozen of the things. Eventually I found it - in a box of random first aid stuff. 

So I haven't become all logical and organized after all - it's quite a relief really, I quite like the feeling of pleasure I get when I discover something in an unlikely place. 

See you tomorrow x 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Chickens - and a giveaway....

First of all, I must say sorry that I'm late with this post - no excuse really, just life getting in the way.

Sharing with you some fun chickens I made for a card....I started off by cutting out some circles....


Then punched some flowers from the same pattern paper....


I chopped a bit off the circle, and added just three of the flower petals to one end.....


Then I punched some red flowers.....


and used three petals again to the straight edge. I cut a tiny triangle of orange for the beak....


and added a black dot for the eye, and a punched heart from a different pattern paper for the wing......


I die cut some Lawn Fawn stitched curves for hills.......


and gave my birds some legs. Now they look like chickens - sort of!


On to the promised giveaway, here's a treat for one of you, just in time for all the Christmas cards you are planning, six metallic markers from Letraset to add a bit of shine and sparkle to your projects


All you have to do is leave your name in the comments under this post, and I will draw a winner randomly next Thursday. Good luck!

Friday, 4 September 2015

My 'moon' projects

I promised to show how I made my little 'wall art'. I started with one of the new Fiskars thick punches - these will cut through all sorts of material, chipboard, milk bottles, shrink plastic, thin balsa wood, and lots more

I had some stiff self adhesive stencil vinyl so I punched a circle.....


Stuck it to a card and started sponging with distress inks......


until I was happy with the result.....


then I peeled away the vinyl to reveal the moon


added some streaks of pale grey for a bit of shading across the circle of the moon




then stamped an image from the Inkadinkadoo Meadow clear stamp set...


and a sentiment by Hero Arts. The whole panel was mounted onto a white card


and I liked the effect so much, I reproduced it in different colours for my craft room


Have a great weekend. I will be back with a giveaway on Sunday, so be sure to drop by then x

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Getting there....

At last! A more or less fully functional space I can call my own. The flooring will be changed to wood eventually, and the window will have a roman blind - I am searching for suitable fabric. The blind will be more of a design statement than a necessity, as the room overlooks the garden.  I wanted to avoid lots of clutter, I didn't want kitchen type wall units. My vision was everything out of sight, but as I progressed with the unpacking it became obvious that it would be impossible to hide everything away, and impractical as well - I would be forever reaching out for stuff I use all the time and then forgetting to put them back.........

I have three drawer, each with five drawers units under or beside the desk, holding all my stuff like ink pads, misti, embossing powders and heat gun, blank cards, white, black and kraft cardstock (the ones I use most often, and for stamping), one drawer holds glitters, metallic paste, crackle paint etc, another holds my stencils and texture pastes. Then there is a drawer of stickles and liquid pearls, and one with new replacement adhesives, craft blades, glue dots, xyron refills etc. In other words, pretty much everything I need regularly is close to hand. My Pampered Chef turntable thing is the one I have used for years now,  with pencils, bone folder, scissors, glue pens etc close to hand. I also have a little desk tidy where I keep the memento and versafine black inks that I use for sentiments, tiny bottles of glossy accents, and small bottle of tombow mono multi medium glue, and cosmic shimmer glue - all the stuff I use daily. My distress inks are in the storage unit you can see by the lamp, and I keep the carousel with the blending tools next to it.........The black drawer unit which I will replace when I can find something similar in a more pleasing colour, holds all my embossing folders. My Promarkers live in a Copic bag under the desk!!!  



So the 'Bygel' bars came out again, in these I have stuff like red double sided tape, bakers twines, paint daubers and brushes. The Alex large chest holds my Fuse, and all the dies are in the drawers below. I also have a drawer full of wood mounted sentiment stamps that I have collected over the years and don't want to go to the bother of unmounting them. Another drawer holds all my watercolour stuff - paints, paper etc, and the bottom drawer holds Cricut mats and vinyls. Christmas stamps fill another drawer

The Kallax units hold various other stuff - one cupboard has fabric, sewing cottons, bobbins etc, a drawer holds buttons and brads, another has all my gems, split into colour families and kept in clear plastic document holders from Poundland. A lot of this unit is taken up storing all my Fiskars punches. You can see the paper storage in the far corner 


and another Bygel bar on the other wall - it's only a small room, so I wanted to keep this wall free from units etc, but put this up to hold all my new thick materials punches that are due to be released in the UK this month. I like the way they look, and combined with the teal of the units, it seems that my colour scheme for the room is teal and orange! Above this 'punch bar', put up after I took this photo, is a shelf with three white containers holding all my clear and unmounted stamps that I keep in plastic envelopes from Poundland. You can just see this shelf to the right of the first photo. It looks high, but is quite reachable for me as I am tall.........



So I made a little piece of wall art to link it up, I'll share how I made it tomorrow, but the Ikea frame looks good against the taupe wall




Not close up enough for you to read without enlarging, but the wording says 

Note to self              Create                   this makes me happy


I hope you enjoyed the interim tour around my new space - I am loving it!