Monday, 27 December 2010
On this day, two years ago I started this little old blog. I was nervous about whether I could cope with the technology or if I would be able to make it interesting enough for anyone to read. For a while I was basically talking to myself, then last Christmas I joined UK Scrappers as I needed something to keep me sane while recovering from an operation. (I was under quarantine!!). There I met some very friendly people, visited some UKS members blogs and joined a newbie blogger group.
Then I began to get fellow bloggers/crafters/nice people leaving me friendly comments. I made some online friends with some very talented people and even met a couple.
This blog opened up the crafting world to me, made me believe in myself and gave me the motivation to keep crafting.
So I just want to say thank you for each and every comment that has been left and for sharing my craft world with me.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
We will be having a quiet Christmas this year, just the three of us. But quiet is good, a time to re-charge those batteries, chilling out playing some board games and generally doing as we please. I do like a board game but nothing too long. Rob likes Monopoly but after once playing for 5 hours, I lost the will to live (and the game). Blokus is much more up my street, 20 mins max per game and I am crowned the Queen of Blokus.
Anyhow, back to the crafting......getting sentimental......that's all about the Christmas card I made for Nigel. He rolled his eyes when he read it (but I know he loves it really). Just a few carefully selected words can make a simple card and this card was really easy with this download from the Little Musings blog, a heart pin, a handmade cardboard button and some gingham ribbon. I loves gingham!!!
I hope you like the chrissmassy photo shoot, that's my garden in the background, looking so much better covered in snow. If you look closely you can even see my little blue shed. Want to know the story about the little blue shed? Then look at the first ever post back in 2008.
Monday, 20 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
We have the coughs in our household at the moment. It was started by Rob who unfortunately had his GCSE mock exams during the worst of it, then it was passed to Nige and now me......how I managed to crawl into work and host children's Christmas parties is a miracle itself. But now I have just got home, school has finished, my slippers are on (with 3 pairs of socks as I get very cold feet), fleecy blanket tucked around legs and hubby is preparing lunch.
So I am looking forward to catching up with you all, sharing some projects and reading some blogs.
Here's the projects I made as my stint as a guest designer for the Chicken Soup blog.
I used Tim Holtz distress ink to stamp images for both projects and then brushed over perfect pearls powder. This left a lovely bronze shimmery image. On the card I also used a good measure of stickles and glimmer misted old sheet music as background paper.
Well, I'm off to have a play with something I created earlier. But don't worry I shall be back to share soon.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Traditions.....What Christmas traditions do you have? One of ours is making sure that my sons Ist Christmas bauble goes onto the Christmas tree each year. I made it myself and now it is on it's 15th year. It reminds me of when I was little and we had the same tradition, though not a bauble but a little silver bell that apparently was from my Nan's sisters wedding cake. Why it ended on the tree I don't know, but sometimes traditions just happen, with no real reason. But it is still a memory from my past, one that we follow and I hope my son will follow.
I used a great technique for my layout that helps you use up lots of those scraps we crafters seem to keep. Just choose the colours and place random rectangles or squares of paper around your photo, layering as you go. It works for me. The main paper was from K&Co, though not very christmassy, the pattern seemed to fit. As the subject was about baubles.....and they go on Christmas trees (stay with me here) I die-cut a couple of sissix trees and glittered them with stickles.
So now the project fits Day 3 of the Chicken Soup Challenge and Sian's 'Christmas Club'. Don't know about either projects? Then hit the link buttons and find out what your missing.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Brrrrrr!, it's far too cold to go out at the moment. We only had a light covering of snow here but those of you who are snowed in don't need an excuse to spent a cosy afternoon indoors crafting. Need inspiration? Then check out the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge at The Chicken Soup Blog.
Each day a new inspiration will be posted with ideas from the Chicken Soup designers. You have until the 6th January to link up your crafty offerings to their blog. There will be giveaways for the entries and post on your blog too and you may receive a random prize. Guess what? The news just gets better. They will be featuring guest designers too.......and I'm one of them....... WooHoo!
So wrap up warm, crank up the heating, get a mug of hot chocolate ready and get over to The Chicken Soup blog now.......and get inspired.