Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Last male card - yippee



Made a tri-fold card with a piece of white PM 6 x 6 cardstock.

Circle target stamp is from Aud's Circle Sentiment sheet, and the "Happy Birthdaty" is from my See-Dee's Piece of Cake Set (50500).

Inks used: Timber Brown StazOn, Sugar Plum Vintage Ink, and Marvy Metallic Blue Marker.

Other: Scor-it Board, Star Buttons, Vintage brown buttons, Sweetwater papers (blue stripe and check shirt), DMC blue thread and diamond glaze to fix on buttons.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Seeing Stars by George

found it, and I was right, some blighter had walked off with it. Seems the dreaded teenager and thought it was a lap top lead - duh!

Sorry about this scan, somewhat wonky.

10 x 5 piece of light fawn cardstock (not sure who by, but very thick) made into a square card. Piece of scrap Sweetwater paper, matted onto dark blue (in the same pack as the fawn).

Cut out stars using Cricut George at 2.5" twice in red (same pack as the fawn), 2" once in red, 2" in stripe twice (Sweetwater) and 1.5" once in stripe. Edged the edges of the red stars with Marvy Metallic Marker in silver and the stripe stars with a Sugarloaf Marker in blue. Stuck down on the square pattern paper, and added a turquoise button on each one from my Rusty Pick jar.

Stamped the round target circles (Aud's Circle Sentiment Sheet) in Stary Night Vintage Ink by Ranger, then rounded off the corners of the card, and edged the whole with Stary Night.

I'm pants as maculine cards

Bugger, has anyone seen my Cricut power lead?

I am soooooo very fed up, I put it underneath my desk to I would know where it was, and some blighter has moved it, and worse than that they are not owning up to having moved it and where the blazes it has been put.

I need my Cricut, and I am about to have a bitch fit right here and now!

Bird Door Hanger



Really quick (because I had the wooden rectangle already primed and painted) little door hanger for Lydia's room.

Stamps: Bird and tiny flower from Non-Sequitur Sheet 85

Inks/Paints: Timber Brown and Blazing Red StazOn, Jo Sonja's Old White and Rich Gold

Other: scraps of Basic Grey Blush and Infuse paper, wooden scrabble letters, small crocheted flower, red buttons and brown organza ribbon.

Holes made with Cropadile - ha, this time I remembered to puch them first!

Scor-it Board

I bought my board a few months ago, after seeing it on Craft Weekly TV, when I was really impressed about how it seemed to work.

I have to admit that it was pricey - about 35.00 quid, and I thought I was going to really, really like it when I got it home........but, actually I didn't as I found I would go off the side easily when scoring - is it just me that buys stuff and finds out it really is not as good as I'd hoped!

At that time Guy tried it out, and he didn't seem to have that problem, and he (as usual) but it down to user error.........anyhoo, I put it away, and felt guilty that I'd spent so much on yet another scoring tool, and tried not to think about it.

I then saw more and more people were using it, and loving it, so I dragged it out and tried again.

I do sometimes still go off the side a bit, but I know why now, I do not always locate the tool properly or keep the right pressure. If I do both of those things it really does work a treat, and the fact that you can centre it is just dandy.

So anyone else who has bought one, and not got on with it particularly well, take my attempts to heart, and don't give up. I'm reaching for it more and more.

Starburst Washes & Non-Sequitur Sheet 85



Try as I might, I just cannot make cards for men..........this is the closest that I can get.

Used my yummy Japanese Garden Starburt washes and my new stamp set - I really love the stem image that is on the sheet, and can seet that it'll be used over and over again.

This was just a piece of 12x6 PM cardstock, which I made into a gatefold with my Scor-it board (** I'm make a comment about that in a mo **), then trimmed the two meeting edges with the flutted blade and my Purple Cow A5 trimmer.

Used Basic Grey Infuse 6x6 stack, and the Poincianna Red Flame from the Starburst washes.

Inside is lined with another piece from the Infuse stack, and also the large rub-on swirl from the Blush card kit (yep, still trying to use it up).

Inks used were: Old Paper Distress Ink and Hot Cococa (smells yummy) Vintage Ink from Ranger.

The main image is stuck donw on one side of the gatefold, and is from the Non-Seq Sheet (85). I basically spilt a bit of the Poincianna Red Flame wash on my craft sheet, and rather than waste it, just rubbed in a spare piece of PM white cardstock, then when dry stamped the image and matted onto more BG Infuse from the stack.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Japanese Garden Starburst Wash


Unfortunately, it isn't as glittery/sparkly as in real life, but there is a sense of just how yummy this set is.

Essentially, just like a large pot of Twinkling H20, which can be swoshed on really quickly.

I firstly laid down a wash of water, then blobbed on three colours from the set, laid over cling film and squidged it up to get the veining.

Non-Sequitur Sheet 85



I bit the bullet, and got on with stamp cutting out - yuk........I have that job, but it's done now and I am so pleased with this new set.

It's by Non Sequitur Rubber Stamps and rocks. I really love the poem and poppy image, and the tiny bird is so cute.

The index sheet is nicely coloured in too, so I shall laminate that, I just need to get an A4 plastic wallet to keep them in.

Actually, talking of stamp storage, I spied somewhere the otherday mention of some fabulous new storage from Ranger, I need to hunt down more info on it for us.

OMG, Hazel thank you so much


wow, big thank you to Hazel who has so kindly recommended me on Rockin' Girl Blogger - luv ya mate, that's made my day.

I read so many great blogs, but some of my favour are..............just off to get the links for you......so bear with me.

Belle Papier

Thinking Inking

Stamping Mathilda

Cats Craftcupboard

Friday, July 27, 2007

I did indeed have a marvellous post today

both of the DVD's arrived, as well as theNon-Seq Japanese Summer Garden sheet and the Moonlight Japanese Garden washes...........oh yesssssssssssss, they are scrummy delicious.

I managed to watch a bit of Bruiser, and a couple of episodes of Peep Show - I seem to have converted Guy, he found it very funny, and then just made up the Moonlight washes, and had a tiny play with them.

I have yet to mount the stamps, you will all know that is my least favourite job, and I'm wondering if perhaps I will toddle off to Oyster Stamps tomorrow and get him to mount and cut them on the scroll saw.

Only flaw that I can see in that plan is I will also spend a small fortunate when I get there.

I will upload some of the backgrounds tomorrow.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

More me, me, me..........



'cos I forgot to add in the last post.............that tomorrow should be a seriously good post day. Not only have I got these lovely chaps arriving (well the lovely David Mitchell and his mate to be more accurate) in the form of the newly released Bruiser DVD, and box set of Peep Show Series 1 to 3..........but also quite a bit of craft related bits and pieces.

I'm waiting for my Non-Seq' Summer Garden sheet and the Moonlight Japanese Garden washes, there are more bits too, but I can't remember what they are!

So this weekend.........I might start off with a bit of craft based activity and pretty quickly move onto gratuitous David Mitchell watching.........oh yeah........only thing that would top that would be a bit of David Tennant thrown in.



Heart Card



more makes from the Blush card kit, this time I used one of the chipboard pieces - the heart.

Finger-painted it with Jo Sonja's Napthol Crimson, then stamped with the Anita's Heart background stamp in Jet Black StazOn, added Versamark over the top and Chiaro Flo Clear Embossing Powder (SG-me!).

Also added some of the Hero Arts 3mm gems to the flower centres of the floral background paper.

Flowers - Day 7


and as you can see they are still going reasonably strong.

Yay - Chiaro Flo labels have arrived

and we are all set to go with this new product now.

You can check it out here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My entry in Clare's CJ




we all had to do file folders to go inside the lunch pail, and this was my entry.
On the outside (which was covered with SEI) I used my large Stampington Cube, a Paper Artsy image and one of the butterflies images from the Walk in the Garden Cartridge (Cricut), oh and a load of Hero Art 3mm gems. The whole thing was edged with Whispers Dye Ink in Plum.
The inside was painted with Twinkling H20's and then stamped with Hero Arts Butterfly Border and a very old swirly stamp, then a piece of cream ric rac and a purple and white hydrangea by Angel Kisses.

Clare Brown (Fairy's) CJ



isn't the cutest thing you ever did see? Lovely Clare is just so talented. I've done my entry now and it's gone flying off to Sid, who is the last stop, and then it will be back with her after it's long journey round the UK STampers.

My flowers from Guy


it was quite difficult to take a picture of them, especially as I was so reluctant to undo the beautiful wrapping on them.
6 days later they are still going strong, but have been let out of their confines and are gracing our dinner table.
What a lucky girl I am to have such a fabulous Guy.

Try as I might I can't seem to use all the Bliss Card Kit


I still seem to have loads of elements left over, especially because I haven't used the chipboard shapes that came in the kit. There also appear to be half a sheet of rub-ons left - now, that is what I call value for money.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Not had much time to update blog over the weekend

we had a fabulous meal on Thursday to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and I received the most georgeous bouquet of flowers at work from Guy - bless his little cotton sock - such a lovely thing to do.

I did manage to take a quick picture of them at the time, they are so beautiful and still going strong today.

I've been mega busy at home and in the Galaxy at the weekend, so this is just a flying visit. I will update with pictures of flowers, etc., tomorrow.

LOVE card from BG Blush Kit


still ploughing through the Blush card kit. This is a slight variation on the one featured in the pack. Just added some swrils stamped in Whispers Pink and my Paper Salon build a flower set, some gems by Hero Arts in the corners and a small piece of satin ribbon.
I also just outlined the red heart with a bit of Quickie Glue and some AI crystal glitter, but it doesn't show up too well on the scan.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Chiaro Flo clear embossing powder has landed

but we are just waiting for the product labels at the moment. I have popped it in the shop for anyone is wanting some and can't wait.

Thank you for the suggestions for the name of the new white EP. Please could anyone who's suggested something so far email me at stampgalaxy@aol.com with their snail mail so that I can send you out a jar of the Chiaro Flo.

Polar Bear Chic


Ingredients:
Basic Grey (Lily Kate) Bon Bon (cut in half to make 6 x 6 card)
Basic Grey (Lily Kate) 6 x 6 pad (for the blue and pink)
Sakura Glue Pen
Art Insitute Crystal Glitter
Versamark
Magic Anti-Static Bag
Inkadinkado Polar Bear Stamp
NEW white embossing powder from SG-me!
Small piece of Scrapbook Sally dark blue cardstock
Piece of Rasberry ribbon
Purple Cow A5 cutter with flutted blade
Orchid Pastel Fluid Chalk Ink

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How much do I love this little chap?


I resisted getting one for so long, and now I just can't do without my Sakura Quickie Glue pen.
I seriously should consider getting them in stock.

Blog Candy

I forgot to mention that I am trialing a white EP for SG-me! at the moment, and if it makes the grade we're gonna need a name for it.

So the random number generator (aka Lydia) will pick suggestions from 3 people who post in the comments with a suggestion for the name, and they will get a nice sample of the Chiaro Flo as soon as it lands.

As a guide our lemon one is called "Zesty Lemon Pie" the blue is "Forever in Blue Jeans" the lilac is "Lilac Cloud" and the gold "Galactic Gold" ...........so get your thinking caps on and give me a suggestion.


** EDITED ** This blog candy is now closed, but thank you all for your suggestions, we've taken them on board and all but one of you has hopefully got your pot of Chiaro Flo (our clear EP now), I'm just waiting for the last lady to send me her snail mail. Watch Out for a further blog candy soon ** 10/8/07

Another Blush Kit Card and an new on new EP



just another quick card using the Blush card kit, but I went a bit off piste with the the elements, and used different rub-ons (still can't force myself to use much of the chipboard that came with the kit, I'm preferring to just silicone the element instead). Added a tiny PM self-adhesive Jade pearl on one of the flowers, and different rub-ons on the blue heart and underneath the strips.

Also inked the edges of the strips with Mossy Stone Whispers Dye Ink. Inside is lined with some pink swirly pattern paper from my scraps box.

The larger heart is from the Blush kit too, but I coloured some of the elements on it with my Sugarloaf markers, and then (this is the bit of news bit) rubbed on Versamark and sprinkled some of our newest embossing powder "Chiaro Flo" over the top, then waited till it cooled down and did another layer of Versamark and Chiaro Flo.

It's another really fabulous SG-me! EP, and I'm so excited that it's in orbit - so often with clear embossing powders there are issues about the way they melt (or don't properly) or they bead up, but this baby is top class.........I should have an ETA for it to land tomorrow....and you will be the first to hear when it's in stock.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Heart Square Card from BG Blush Kit


sorry, not the best image in the world as I've cropped the left hand side a bit too tight.

Used the BG Blush Kit as a base, and added stamping on the big heart with my old staple the Stamp Oasis French Manuscript and a daisy from the Prima Crazy Daisy Alyssa, which co-ordinate with Blush so beautifully.

Used a different rub on from the suggested one, and a piece of raspberry velvet ribbon for the ribbon basket, ohhh and a small Jade self-adhesive pearl in the centre of the daisy which I had left over from the wedding cake project.

I've lined the inside of the card with a piece of Daisy D's manuscript paper as I didn't like the plainess of the brown cardblank that came with the kit.

All edging has been done with either Worn Lipstick Distress Ink or a similar colour Whispers markers.

All me, me, me

I picked up my lovely new glasses this afternoon. They are a yummy purple'ish colour to match my new Ultra Violet hair colour, and they are very, very comfy.

Blush - Happy Anniversary



It's our 10th wedding anniversary on 19th July, and as I couldn't sleep this morning, I took the opportunity of grabbing a Blush card kit to make an anniversary card for Mr Galaxy.

Why have I never thought of using BG's kits before.....it was so sooperdooper easy and quick. The only changes I really made from the kit's suggestion for this card was different placement and slightly different rubons. Inked the edges with Distress Ink, and I added some of my favourite Sweetwater "Life in Bloom" paper to the inside of the card.

The only draw back is that the kits don't contain envies, but I just used a slightly larger one that was hanging around, (you can just see it underneath the card in the pic) and stamped it with Aud's Flowers & Swirls stamps.

Define your Space Challenge on UK STampers




I'm finally catching up on some of my commitments, this is from the UK STampers challenge a good while ago - Define your Space - in which we had to do a label, hanger, etc., to define something in our stamping/scrapping area.

This is my little contribution - and I've learnt a salutory lesson - punch the holes with the Crop-adile before you stick on the blasted buttons, so you know that you have enough room!

I used a wood coaster that I've had hanging around for ages, and painted it with Rich Gold Jo Sonja's.

Added a strip of Sweeter "Life in Bloom" paper across the middle, and then added MM rub-ons onto white cardstock (PM White), and covered them completely with Marvy Metallic Gold pen.

Stamped the small postal image from Aud's Circle Sentiments sheet in Blazing Red StazOn, and coloured the hearts in with Green Gelly Roll pen by Sakura.

The flower is a white Angel kisses small hydrangea with a centre of soft green Perlidoodles.

Along the top seam of the pattern paper, I added PM brown buttons tied with DMC embroidery thread in alternating green and orange. Plus one orange and one brown button also tied with thread near the postal image.

The green ribbon is by Anna Griffin, which I got in a QVC kit ages ago, and has been mouldering at the bottom of the ribbon basket since then.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Basic Grey - CHA pre-order

Here's a taste of what I've just pre-ordered of the new CHA Basic Grey releases, Mellow Buttons, which should arrive before the end of July. We've got coming:


  • 6 x 6 Mellow pads

  • Mellow button packs

  • 6 x 6 Obscure pads

  • Obscure button packs

  • 6 x 6 Recess button packs

  • Recess button packs

  • 6 x 6 Periphery pads

  • Periphery button packs

my personal favourites are the Mellow and Obscure, but they are all really scrummy.

I'll load up the buttons on the Galaxy tomorrow for ordering these in advance.

More Crazy Daisy


this time it's Jasmine, and they would be perfect for Christmas projects (you can never start thinking about it too early).

Prima Daisy Crazy


lovely Alyssa, just perfect for glamming up your projects.

More Buttons from Rusty Pickle



but this time they're turquoise and come in a small shaker type jar. They are so lovely too, it would be difficult to choose.

Rusty Pickle Buttons

in georgeous soft pink. They come in a small kilna jar, and are various shades and sizes - ohhh my word they's mighty pretty!

Basic Grey Infuse 6 x 6 pad



36 pages of another Basic Grey staple, the Infuse 6 x 6 pad

Tombow Multi Liquid Glue


Tombow Multi Adhesive Glue with dual applicator (pen tip for smaller areas and broad tip for larger areas). It gives a strong permanent bond or repositionable bond in one applicator. Goes on clear and dries clear, and is acid free, nontoxic and washable.

It's one of my favourite glues, so I thought I should probably stock it too.

Basic Grey (Lily Kate) 6 x 6 pads


6 x 6 pads of Lily Kate. I know it's been around for a bit, but it's versatile that I thought I would get some in stock.

Basic Grey (Lily Kate) Parasol



one of my favourite papers at the moment from Lily Kate range, Parasol.

Just Landed at the Galaxy - the first of quite a few products


Basic Grey 12 x 12 Bon Bon.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Quick Xmas card


Supplies:
  • Basic Grey (Lily Kate) Rain
  • Basic Grey (Lily Kate) Bon Bon
  • Light Green Bazzil cardstock
  • Dark Blue Bazzil cardstock
  • 'love, peace, joy" twill
  • Polar Bears (Inkadinkado 95612M)
  • Snowflake Background (Savvy Stamps)
  • Aquaflow Brush
  • Starry, Starry Night & Lilac Ink (Whispers)
  • Jet Black StazOn
  • Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)
  • Blue Stardust Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Crystal Glitter (Art Institute)
  • Silver Metalic Marker by Marvy
  • Purple Cow A5 cutting system

Make card blank made out of "Rain" paper with a strip of "Bon Bon" down the side. Add the twill to cover the join.

Stamp the Snowflake background with Starry, Starry Night Ink, and run the and Lilac around the edges of the card.

Stamp the Polar Bear image on to the light green Bazzil with StazOn. Draw under the snow line, and using an Aquaflo brush outwards to dilute and spread the colour.

Using the Quickie glue pen fill in the bears, and sprinkle on the AI Crystal Glitter. Also fill in some of the circles on the Bon Bon paper and do the same.

When dry, cut out the image using the Purple Cow Cutter and the flutter blade. Matt onto the dark blue cardstock. Run the Silver marker aroudn the edges, before you stick down in place onthe card.

Caardvarks Challenge Site

great challenge site for cardmakers, check it out here.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Off to the wedding of the year tomorrow early



so no crafting, or anything much else for me tomorrow.


The cake card is finished, but the pictures are pants, also I'm really not happy with the figures Mum did for the top (I have exacting standards I'm afraid) - I don't want to hurt her feelings, so I'll replace them with a Can-nection flower on the way.


Here's a really bad picture of it, we need better light, so will do the necessary in the morning before we leave.


Apologies for the picture and bridge and groom!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Pile of Friends Card


I've gone from arty to super-dooper cute cards, all because I set the challenge on UK STampers recently.

Quick'ish card (even taking into account the colouring) that I had a blast making.

Supplies:

  • Dog, Cat & Mouse (Whipper Snapper Designs)
  • Basic Grey Lilly Kate paper: Parasol, BonBon & Celery
  • Various Marvy, Sugarloaf and Sakura markers
  • Quickie Glue Pen & Art Institute Crystal Glitter
  • Cricut (George Cartridge) to cut hearts that you can't see inside
  • Dark Pink & Pale Celery Cardstock
  • Ribbon with "from the Heart"
  • Savoy Green Whispers Dye Ink

Make a card blank from the BG Celery cardstock (6x6), but cut off a portion of the righthand side so that the inside of the card shows. Line the inside of the card with a scrap of the Parasol BG paper (make sure that you run the Savoy Green ink around the edges before you stick in place). Stick three hearts on the inside to the right of the piece you have just stuck down.

Stamp the image on pale green cardstock, and colour. Run the Savoy Green around the edges, and then matt on to the dark pink cardstock, and keep to the side.

Add a piece of the Bon Bon BG paper to the righthand side of the front of the card, and then add the ribbon over the join. Using the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, add crystal glitter to the larger circles.

Run the Savoy Green pad all around the edges of the card, and then add the Cat, Dog & Mouse image to the card.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Inch bag for Bitten By the Bug Challenge #2


created this little inch bag from Cricut Bags, Tags & More cartridge for the Bitten by the Bug challenge #2.
Paper is from Fun & Games 6 x 6 pack (English Paper Company) and the tag is from Aud's Circle Sentiments sheet (stamped in Blazing Red StazOn). Angel Kisses blue daisy and small white hydrangea fixed with a tiny antique silver brad.

Cake making good progress

thanks Hazel for your lovely comment.

They were just some square boxes I'd seen at a local craft shop in the window. Just blank square ones. There was a large tower of them, and I stopped off there and selected three of the smaller ones.

Guy's Brother is getting married on Saturday, and they don't want a regular wedding present - they have just got a cooker fund. Like most things to do with his Brother, it's all very dis-organised. The plan is that people will just throw money into a bucket.

I hated that idea, and felt awkward turning up with no present, and then lobbing money in a bucket. So having first seen an advert for Ellison in a mag somewhere with a wedding cake made out of card and die cuts, it seemed the perfect alternative.

I have no idea what colour scheme they have at the wedding, but the Basic Grey Lilly Kate has been calling me - the Parasol seems perfect for a Wedding - and went with inside my head that had a need for pale jade and pink.

The same day I got the boxes I'd also seen the PI self-adhesive pearls in the lovely pale jade colour - actually, it's every close Soft Green Pearlidoodles (which, I've hade to use on the bottom box around the edge anyway).

Dave the Cricut cut out the scallops for me - I love him sooooooo much - and that alone makes him worth his weight!

Since last night's picture I've used a packet of small mini-kisses for the top box, a pack of small daisies for the middle box and two packets of hydrangea for the bottom box - and it's all coming together nicely.

Next I have to get a small silver cake bottom thingy, and if I can a tiny bridge and groom for the top. Then some Prima Can-nections will be sacrificed on the alter of art to embellish the bottom.

I need to source a tiny bride and groom for the top, then the top box will have hearts that are attached to the top of the box by ribbon, with some gushing sentiments on.

The middle one will probably be filled with sugar almonds, and the bottom box will have the money in.

We can then wrap the whole thing in cellophane and just hand it over.

Usually, Guy's family are very unappreciate of art. Last time I spent ages making a card for his Father, and was told "oh that's QUITE professional, you'd have thought you bought it".......... so I'm not expecting much appreciation for it, but it makes me feel better knowing that we're not just turning up and lobbing a few coins in a plastic bucket like a charity fun day.

Monday, July 09, 2007

UK STampers - Outside the Box Challenge


This is partially completed, for the UK STampers Outside the Box Challenge.
See UK STampers Cyberblog for details on it.

Good Cake progress is being made


just thought I'd take a quick snap of it earlier, so I can see how it's progressing. I've actually done quite a bit more to it now.
This picture's not great, as it's all skew-whiff, but you can get the idea.
Started with three square plain boxes that I picked up with this idea in mind, then cut out scallop shapes with Dave the Cricut for each top in the Basic Grey Parasol (Lilly Kate range), then added the PI self-adhesive pearls round the scallop. I then used a Sakura Stardust gel pen to outline the scallops for definition.
Next added a band of the Parasol round each box, and again added some Sakura Stardus pen round those bands.
Next started adding the angel kisses to each box. On the top one I'm using pale pink mini-kisses, with Pearl Pearlidoodle centres.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

It's just as well that I love purple

I've just dyed my hair - the colour was Ultra-Violet - and that's exactly how it has turned out.

I just happened to have a look at it in my mirror in the bedroom, and with the late evening sunlight streaming through, it really is violet!

We had a nice'ish meal with our friends yesterday, and the kids loved their Post-it Note holders, but their Daughter was very, very naughty, and seemed to encourage Lydia down the same path, so she was sent to bed in disgrace last night.

We've had a chat, and I think she's seen the error of her ways, and now knows what she did was very foolish - ahhhh to be a Mother, sheer delight.

I've made a start on the wedding cake card for next week, and it's going quite well with all things considered, but I've just run into a slight problem with the Basic Grey Lily Kate collection paper that I'm using - there is only 1 sheet of each - so now I need to break into a new pack of it just for one sheet.

Still, I've not used any of this collection yet, and it's so lovely that I will not have any problem using it all.

Dave the Cricut has been called into action again, and the scallop square from Mini Monograms is to die for - I can see that's something I will use over and over again. I love Dave!!!!

Good news, Lydia passed another speciality dive this afternoon - 3 more to go and she will be a Master Seal (apparently there are only 50 in the entire UK).

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Made the Post-it Notes Holders as we're going

to friends for Dinner, and I never like to go empty handed, especially for the kids.

These are a really super quick project that I found on a blog called Stampinup Card Inspired, and they really didn't take too long to put together.

The benefit of having the Cricut to cut out names is just wayyyy to cool for words too............I really love my little David Bug.



I poped into Sevenoaks this morning for a few bits, and was proud of myself that I didn't come home with a Whispers Dye Ink again - but, then I did spend rather a large amount on craft there. I picked up a pack of Sakura Stardust Pens, a new pair of Xcut scissors as the kids' have knackered mine, some more Marvy Markers (I may just have to start doing cute, as I'm having loads of fun colouring), and a couple of dinky packs of Papermania buttons (1 in reds and 1 in oranges), oh and a couple of Sakura Quickie pens.

Truly, my craft spending has now reached addiction level - YAY!

Post-it Note Holders



Supplies: Fun & Games 6 x 6 pack (English Paper Company); Pale Blue Cardstock; Blue ribbon, Blue Primas, Yellow Pearlidoodles; Hook & Loop Fastening; Marvy Brush Markers; Azure Whispers Dye Ink; Sakura Stardust Pen; Cricut Base Camp

Cut a piece of cardstock 3.5" x 8.5" and score at 5.5", 5", 2" and 1.5". Add piece of of ribbon (apprx. 12" long) across the middle, then line with your choice of pattern paper to hide. I also stamped using my Aud Circle Sentiments on the inside pattern paper.

Fold along score lines and add further patten piece to main panel of envelope, then co-ordinating panel of paper to flap, edge all around with Azure ink.

Cut out name in Base Camp font - for the "Amy" I cut then at 1.5 and "Katie" at 1" - and edge them with Marvy Marker. Place name on upper flap.

I started with the middle letter, and placed the others either side as I went.

Add Sakura Stardust over the top, Primas and Pearlidoodles as appropriate.

Place hook and loop fastening under flap for ease of access.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Cricut Bloggers Site

this is another Cricut Blog, which is run by Samm, and has a great list of links to other Cricut's owners blogs. Very hady.

Check it out here

Bitten by the Bug Challenge Site

I found this this link to this fabbie challenge site for Cricut owners.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Velvet-ize album slide

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

UK STampers Velvet-ize swap


not copious amounts of stamping on it, but I wanted to leave it fairly un-adorned for the receipient (Chicken Licken) to add her own touches.
I've taken shots of more of it, but we've had really bad thunder storms all evening, and this is the first time I've managed to get on line.
I'll post more - with a description - tomorrow.

Monday, July 02, 2007

NEW STOCK - English Paper Company has landed


I've spent ages this evening loading all the yummy papers that arrived today from the English Paper Company. Check it out here


OMG, the Kim Martin Christmas is fabbie. Sorry about the not too good image, I am waiting for the official product images to turn up.
If you haven't had any of this paper before you'll be amazed at just what fantastic quality it is, and how beautiful the images are, and also how beautiful it is to work with. I love all of the ranges they do.
I've also worked on a project using some of the Vanessa Arbuthnott Garden Collection, which hopefully I will post tomorrow.
It's late and Guy is moaning that he needs to get on here for maintenance.
So night, night..........I'm off to dream about the projects that are crying out to be done with this paper.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

I've been out for most of the day looking at Kitchens

well, it started with looking for a fridge/freezer, and then escalated from there really.

I think now we are almost certainly going down the complete new kitchen route - ouch, but inevitably well worth the pounds it's going to cost.

By the time we'd added up a new fridge/freezer and moving the units around to accommodate a larger size than we already have, new secondary cooking facilities (that bloody Aga is still so unreliable) and somebody to install them, moving the sink to look out onto the outside world instead of a wall and the cost of that - we decided that a new kitchen it better be.

I hate stuff like that though, because the cost just escaltes, and the disruption increases.........still, it will be very lovely when it's done.

No crafting has been accommplished today because of it all, and I need to make a start on my Veltvetize album for Hazel (she's been a good girl and done hers already)....so I better get on with it.