Wednesday, July 27, 2011


A scrapbook page and a couple of cards are sitting on my desk at the moment. It is getting a bit more difficult to craft now that there is a sizeable bump in the way, but I'm determined....LOL. It just takes me longer as the pauses in between grow ever more frequent.

The cards were quickie makes from Kanban, the LO was MME papers, MS border punch & doily heart punch, card candy and xcut butterfly punch.

I'm off to a workshop on saturday where we are going to focus on Tim Holtz products. I am so excited about this because I love his stuff, but can never seem to bring it all together. Hopefully Karen will set me right, and probably bust my bank balance in the process when i realise that i can't live without...A..B..C....from his range. Still, that's the price we all pay...isn't it!

If you are wondering what WOYWW is all about, join Julia in her internation bloghop and see if we can tempt you to join in.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Babysitting the boys and a bit of papercrafting

My BFF asked if I would watch her 3 boys this weekend overnight. I have to say that I was dreading the overnight part, as I'm 38 weeks and not that comfortable any more.

It was so much fun, and really nice to catch up with the boys again. The overnight bit wasn't half as bad as I had imagined it could be.

I used to have the 3 boys for a full weekend, twice a year, when i was living in UK. Now I feel that I hardly see them other than christmas. So on Saturday night we spent a couple of hours watching craft TV of all things, and playing with a die cutting machine. Normally the boys don't do 'CRAFT' but watching the die cutter in process seemed more like engineering to them so caught their attention.

Isn't it funny how we all see the same thing in completely different ways.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WOYWW 111 and some stamping

It's Wednesday again, although it is kind of my Monday as this is the first day back to work for me - but hey 3 days later and it's my weekend again so all is good.

Managed some playtime last week. Was stamping butterflies and reindeer. The butterflies are from a set of 3 Woodware stamps i got at the SECC fair back in March but i had fun experimenting with gel pens; promarkers and stickles to see what kind of results i could get. To be honest the stickles I prefer using over precoloured sections to highlight, or as little snowflake dabs. They didn't give good enough coverage to be used on their own.

I was also having some problems with my memento ink - it didnt give great coverage on block areas  (as all the white bits on the reindeer shows), it was OK as outlines for the butterflies.

So what have you been playing with, join us over on Julia's blog to see what we have all been doing.

have a great wednesday

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Some birthday LOs

Well after doing virtually no crafting last week I am proud to say that i managed a double layout for mum. She didnt say anything last week, but i know that she loves getting new pages - especially as she has just bought a new album for the grandchildren.

My SIL was chuffed when i gave her the LO that i did for my youngest nephew. She had keepsakes for the other 3, so now she does for Thomas too.

Might even try to finish off some Christmas in July cards this weekend as i have nothing organised.

will let you know how i get on...

Hope everyone has a great weekend, despite this rotten weather

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I'm not really sure where last week went. Ok so, let me think..... Tues shopping in Falkirk with mum, Mon coffee with a mate, sun swimming with my BFF, sat babysitting, fri/thur/wed working. Ah, so that is what happened.....

Isn't it strange how a whole week can be reduced to a couple of sentences. Well, back to today and this is what is on my workdesk. If you hadnt' already guessed, no crafting got done really so my workdesk is EXACTLY the same as last week. How SAD is that! I had great plans, but they all kind of went pear shaped. I dont have any excuse other than not being focused.

Still, today i can focus on the other fab desks that you will find over at Julia's blog. Hopefully they will inspire me to get cracking and crafting...

Happy Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


It's here again...wednesday. My first day of work so this will be a short post because i forgot to write it last night.

This is my desk today. It has lots of lovely Papermania christmas stuff on it. Check out the white and black christmas ribbon. Not my normal choice but they looked so fab i had to have them.
The pack was put together by Karen at my local craft shop as a bargain for the Blooming Tea Party she held for Marie Curie on friday. Papers, vellums, stickers etc.

I dont normally do Christmas in July, but couldnt help myself with those lovely papers. Hopefully i will have a stash by the time posting deadlines come around this year.

Well if you want to see more desks pop over to Julia's blog.

Happy Wednesday

Monday, July 4, 2011

couple of baby cards

One of the girls that i work with has just had a baby girl so i was making these cards for me and mum.

swiss dots card stock and LOTV babies cute squares, some anitas gems and some left over plastic flower string that i had lying around.

Then i thought I might as well make a boy one for my box as i had some left over bits of decoupage. I dont really like decoupage that much, but thought I should use all my leftovers up.

At our local craft shop they were selling the new papermania packs cheap. The promotion was on the christmas carol linen paper range and some vellum, then i just had to buy the coordinating ribbon. So working on some christmas cards just now - more so that i can play with my new stash than a deep desire to get an early start on christmas!

Also, happy 4th of July to my American friends.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

to be or not to be....prepared for a crop

Well, I organised my photos, pulled out some papers that went together, separated some of the embellishments and headed down for the crop yesterday.

I got a whopping 3 whole pages finished, and  start on another couple too. Definately a record for me, normally i spend half the morning just looking through my papers.

I also tried to use sketches for all 3 LOs. The first was for the weekly challenge on UKS the other 2 i just drew up a sketch myself. It seemed to work for me: sketches and some pre-crop prep!

DCWV Mango frost pp; papermania rikrak; anitas gems; stickles; sizzix lettering
DCWV paper, DCWV mango frost for the scalloped strip; papermania buttons; card candy, tesco foam letters
WRMK papers, Tesco foam letters, papermania minialpha fun green
I am well chuffed with my output level, but sitting across from Barbara who got 7 LOs done means that i could probably do better still. I had fun though, and that is the main thing.