31 Dec 2011

Last post of the year.

Just thought I would nip in a quick last post for this year. I was going to show my best bits for this year but I don't have the time to go looking. So I thought I would start off the new year ahead of myself and show you the pages I have ready for January.

The first year I did this challenge I did my month over 4 pages and really enjoyed doing it but last year I decided to do the month over 2 pages and had stopped by April. I think the book was just too big as I find I can carry this size with me when I go anywhere and fill bits in, as I love to add to the pages as the month goes on. If you would like to know more about this challenge go over to Kate's blog HERE and see what she has done.

Well that's me for the year, off to get ready and paint the town red. Whatever you are doing to see the New Year in enjoy.

Thanks for reading,

30 Dec 2011

Thoughts for this coming year.

I have been sat thinking about my goals for next year, I do not make resolutions as I have found I break most of them by the end of the first month if not the end of the first week, so by changing them into goals I have a lot better chance of achieving them.... I do know I want to get back into doing Kate's calender challenge (look here for this years prompt) I got as far as April this year and then gave up so this year I intend to finish this, I know I can do it as I managed to do it the year before. I want to concentrate a bit more on the arty side of my crafting as I do enjoy this, and I also wanted to join in with some of the postcard art that is going around at the moment, so with these in mind I am going to join in with Darcy and her Postcard Challenge for 2012. I am also going to play a more active role in WOYWW as I have been neglecting this for the last few months and I do enjoy having a nose at what others are doing. I have also been neglecting my blog followers, how can I expect them to keep following if I don't go and comment once in a while on there blogs. I have also noticed that I have not put one Scrapbook page on my blog this year, so that is something I will have to change as with a new granddaughter I have loads of photos to use. And also this year I am going to make more of my Design team position at Make My Monday and try and stretch myself a lot more, as it will benefit both the team and myself to try new things.

I have written this all down so I can come back to it at a later time and see just how well I did.

Thanks for reading,

24 Dec 2011

Merry Christmas everyone.

Hope you all have a great day, have lots to eat and get everything you want of Santa.

Thanks for reading,

19 Dec 2011

Last Make My Monday of the year.

This week is the last Make My Monday challenge of the year, we will be back in the new year with a lot of new theme's and believe me I have had a sneak peek at them and there are all great. So to end this year we are finishing with Tags. So show us your tags, I know a lot of you have been following a certain guy and his 12 tags, well now is the time for you to have a go.

I am not sure why I went for red for this tag! I started off by cutting blank white card to size, I then stamped a Artistic Stamper music stamp in VersaMark and covered with clear embossing powder. Then rubbed the whole tag with Fired Brick DI and wiped over the embossing. I then added a strip of printed velum down one side, and added a tree that had been stamped and embossed as before but this time covered with Old Paper DI. The tree was wrapped with thin gold string, a charm and red glitter was added, it was then attached with foam pads. I added some gold tinsel around the tag and through the top and a sentiment to the base.

Do go over to see what the others on the Design Team have done over on Make My Monday and have a go yourself.

Thanks for reading,

16 Dec 2011

What a week...

Had quite a busy week this week, starting off with the class on Monday morning then a friends birthday. I have also started singing lessons, yes I know at my age you would of thought I would know better, but it is something I have always fancied doing so I thought I would give it a go. Who would of guessed that I would be a soprano. I went shopping with some friends for the day yesterday and finished up last night watching the Whirling Dervishes.

The photo is from google as all the photos I took were just not right. If you ever get chance to see these guys I recommend them.

I am also showing you all a photo of a card I did but have not been able to show you until now, you might of seen the remains of it on my desk a few weeks ago.

If you look close you can see that it is bow fronted. I die cut the front and the mats inside with a spellbinders die and used a Tim die for the flowers. The card itself is quite easy to make it is just a gate fold card with an aperture cut into the front. The bow front is done with a sheet of acetate cut just larger that the width of the card.

I thought I would enter the Craft Room challenge with this card.

Thanks for reading,

14 Dec 2011

I'm back....

I am so sorry guys if you have been here to see this weeks project, but Mr B and I have had a major falling out. First he totally ignored the schedule I had for Mondays post, then he manages to totally lock me out of blogger and when I get back in he has deleted what he should of posted!!!!

So here is my card for this week's Make My Monday challenge.

We are still with seasonal but this week we have to use Red Ribbon in our design. I went with a simple easel card this week as I love doing them. The photo does make it look a bit crooked but its ok in real life. I started of with just a plain white base card, then added a green embossed layer and a stamped layer. The embossing was done with a snowflake embossing folder then lightly sanded. The tree stamp and the sentiment are from a set that comes out every year, its the same set as the Santa I use. I coloured the tree in using gel pens and added the ribbon and bling before attaching to the embossed card.

Please do go over to the Make My Monday blog and have a look at the rest of the teams work, there are some amazing pieces.

Thanks for reading,

7 Dec 2011


Just a quick post today as I am off out in a few minutes.

As anyone who follows me knows this is not my normal desk, but as it has been so cold and wet here I have started bringing things inside to do and this is my small bedroom. All you can see today is the remains of a card I made a few days ago, sorry cant show it yet. On the side is the box I got last week and my bag of ribbons. Sorry its a short one today but got to run.

Will be around as many as I can this week.

Thanks for reading,

5 Dec 2011


Its a bit like Marmite! you love it or hate it. Personally I am ok as long as it's in a tube of some kind with glue, the loose stuff I get all over and still find on me days later. So when this challenge over on Make My Monday was posted my heart sank, but I thought I managed with the Father Christmas a few weeks ago, so how bad could it be! To start with I could not get my head around it at all, I thought about doing baubles and filling them with glitter but the only stamp I have really isn't the right one for that, I also thought of a shaker card but the only loose glitter I have is too fine for that. So I went off and did something else, whilst there I I found my house die and thought ok snow on the roof would look good so off I went with my white glitter glue and this is what I got!

Why does my glitter look green when it went on white?
The house die is one of Tims, the Santa is a very old CeeDee stamp set and the moon I am not sure of. What I do know is I will be redoing a glitter card sometime this week on Make My Monday.

Please do go over and see what the rest of the team have been doing, I promise there are some truly stunning cards this week.

Thanks for reading,

2 Dec 2011

Bits and bobs......

I have been at the paints again to see if I can do anything with my lady! To tell the truth I went to start on my Christmas cards, yes I know everyone else is finished but when there are no Christmas adverts, or shops full of things you wouldn't buy at any other time of year it just passes you by a bit. Anyway my book was there and so was my water colour pencils and gesso so I just had to have a go!

A work in progress I think but an enjoyable one. I went to collect the post yesterday and spent some time looking around the shops, they do have Christmas on that side of the Island so it was a nice change. Anyway I was just walking past a shop and I saw a large bag with what looked like books in it, so of I went and had a word with the woman inside who said no they were boxes and would I like one, is the Pope catholic!

What do you think? I left the books in the background and the monitor in the photo so you could see the size it must be about 9x12in I haven't measured it yet. I think I can feel a Christmas box coming on here, as we lost all our Christmas decorations on the move out here I think I will use it for the few decs we have collected over the last few years.

Ok off to play. .

Thanks for reading,