Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Long Time No See

Oh dear, it really has been a while since I blogged, I'm very ashamed! But in the hustle and bustle of everyday crafty life it's the one aspect I seem to neglect. I've been working away on orders, preparing for my Poland trip, attending family events and doing my day job. The days have been flying by!

One of the items I received a flurry of orders for was my hanging memo pad holder.  This chipboard square has been covered in paper and a ribbon added for hanging. I've tried these with magnetic strips on the back but the clip that holds the notepad on was preventing the strips from making contact with the surface it was supposed to stick onto.  

I've also been working on more cards using the fab digi stamps by Lillys Altered Attic. I love the fact that they allow me to do paper piecing, just like you could with a rubber or clear stamp. All you need is tracing paper! Dawn, the shop owner, has written some fab blog posts  about the use of digi stamps for anyone who is new to the technique! 

And I finally bit the bullet and cut into the gorgeous Dovecraft New Bloom papers I had been stroking and admiring for ages! These colours make me so happy!

I really must go and catch up with everyone else's blogs now! It won't be too long until I post again - I promise! :)

Friday, 19 April 2013

A New Project!

It's a while since I "collaberated" with anyone in the crafty sense, so I was delighted when a lovely fellow Etsy seller approached to ask if I would consider making some sample cards to showcase the new digi stamps she had designed; well, I'm always on the lookout for a new project so I got to work on the first image and this is the result:

I'm not the best colourer-inner in the world and I was worried I wouldn't do the lovely image justice, so I decided to incorporate my fave technique of paper-piecing by tracing the larger background shapes onto patterned paper and then reprinting the image and colouring the fairy/swing with a mixture of felt-tips and pencils, before cutting out that part and layering it on top with foam pads for added dimension.

It was a great image to work with, it printed out well and was fun to colour. I look forward to using some of Dawn's other designs in cards very soon. 

You'll find her shop here:

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A Weekend in Food

I don't know if any of you watch that programme, "Secret Eaters"? Well, there's nothing secret about the eating I've been doing this weekend! It seems to have been a main feature of the last couple of days and crafting has taken a backseat!!

We did take a mini microspule of exercise to burn off  000000000.1 of the excess calories consumed, by going for a canal walk, and were heartened to see the daffodils finally starting to open.  

We didn't eat said daffodils but they were about the only thing that DIDN'T get scoffed this weekend!!

Himself cooked me a fabulous veggie dish on Saturday night - Cauliflower cheese and spinach pasta bake:

I had second helpings, it was so delish!

And today we joined a queue of 30 000 people and stood in the rain for ever to obtain these:

A doughnut-making emporium has recently opened near us and it would seem that the novelty is nowhere near wearing off for the local population. They certainly were yummy (we didn't eat them all ourselves, they were shared with Himself's brother and family!!) but I don't know if I would be keen to experience the chaotic queue and Wacky Races car park ever again!!!

After this, it was a slightly more wholesome lunch with H's family at a local farm shop cafe, although we did finish the meal with more cake!!!!

This evening I experienced a slight tinge of "craft desk rage" when, after being enraged by some computer problems, I then spilt a tray, containing hundreds of paper scraps, all over the floor! I proceeded to kick the tray, in a temper, and hurt my toe!! Wah!! I was soooo tempted to reach for another doughnut, but I didn't. I'm so proud of myself! (not really)

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must heft my considerably enlarged rear portion out of my chair and fetch some paper so that I may continue to fulfil an order for lots of birdy cards - they are my favourite thing to make!


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Walking A Lot

It looks as if spring might finally be poking it's nose over the horizon - wahoo! In preparation for our forthcoming city break, Himself and I have been doing a LOT of walking to build up our stamina! And during one such trek in the centre of Edinburgh, I was so astounded to see blue sky I just had to take a photo of it!

What a sight to behold!

This weekend, we have been relaxing:

But we also fitted in a couple of walks including a wander round Kinneil Estate near Bo'ness:

I tried to be arty with this pic, it's a pity the daffodils weren't quite ready to open!

Our thighs were feeling the strain a little after quite a lengthy walk but then we went home for soup and freshly-baked, buttered bread and all was well :)

I need to knuckle down now and get working again, I have card orders to fulfill!

Have a great week!

Monday, 1 April 2013

Easter Break

Hi all, hope you had a lovely Easter! I have certainly enjoyed the break and I particularly relished the experience of chomping the ears off this little chap:

Himself and I undertook our usual Easter tradition of going for a walk (this time it was in Vogrie Country Park) and then sitting in the car with a flask of coffee and our chocolate eggs, etc. The weather was mild and there was sunshine and blue sky - yay!!

We also booked a spring break for May - we're going to Krakow in Poland so I'm really looking forward to exploring somewhere new! I know the weather won't be tropical but that doesn't matter, we plan to do a lot of walking so I'll take plenty of layers and good non-blister-causing shoes!!

Talking of tropical, how about a little warmth courtesy of these bright cards I've made?

I enjoyed all the pastel colours I used for my spring items but it's fun to use something a bit more "zesty" too!