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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Bugaboo will be celebrating...

...their 5th birthday.

Note your diaries for a crafting event to look forward to once all the Christmas & New Year frenzy is out of the way...
...it all kicks off on the 17 January 2015 so why not drop in at the Catch the Bug site and play along.

If you help to spread the word about this birthday event you could even be in with a chance to win a prize - but you need to hop over to the site to find out more.

So folks, a week of crafting fun to look forward to - what a great way to start the New Year......................................................................

Friday, 19 December 2014

Last Saturday...

...was the last Eastwood crop of 2014.

It was held at the Toby Carvery in Southend so that we could see the year out with fun, friends and a good meal.

It was a full house and everyone came with their silly Santa hats & decorations.

Although there were a few folk doing scrapbooking LOs, there was a lot of last minute card making going on. I hold my hand up and admit that I was one of those trying to get last minute cards finished.

My Couture Creations embossing folder "Moonlit Berries" got a good workout...
...a bit of simple matt & layering with red CS and the addition of some Cosmic Twinkles...
...a piece of DoCraft satin ribbon to provide the sentiment and some punched holly leaves (Woodware)...
 ...and even with the new lighting in the function room and my lamp - I still couldn't get decent photos of the ribbon & sparkle...
 ...although you can see the sentiment more clearly on the ribbon sitting on the table.
Sticking with the embossing folder but no sparkle this time...
 ...I added Kraft card as the base and cut some Memory Box baubles...
 ...would you believe I bought this die late last year (it kept selling out before I could nab it) and it hadn't been used. To be honest, I couldn't find it. Guess what - the reason I couldn't find it was because I had actually put it into my magnetic storage folder; who would have thunk LOL
The red & white cards were finished off with a couple of gems for the holly berries...
 ...I love the simple lines of this card.
So no scrapping at the crop for me...
...but my final batch of cards for Christmas 2014...
...and I even made all the envelopes to go with.

Christmas cards done & dusted - or is it - there's bound to be someone I have forgotten so I'd better make just a few more..................................................................................

Friday, 12 December 2014

Just where...

...did that week go?

I was going to be so organised and get some cards done for the "Catch the bug" Holiday Chaos event - yeh, right. Friday is here and I'm chasing around like a headless chicken.

Seven days, seven challenges...oh heck...where did the week go...

Saturday - Sparkle & Shine...
...plenty of bling on this with the clouds covered in Crystal Ice Stickles and some clear gems.
Sunday - Sketch...
...a bit of embossing on the card blank and then some gold edged squares topped with a fairy and finished off with a bow.
Monday - Colour challenge...
 ...using the colours from the selection given.
Tuesday - New release & Recipe...ran out of time.
Wednesday - Humorous Christmas...
...my favourite "JJ" relaxing in a glass - perfect for decorating a recycled gift bag.
Thursday - Christmas Critters...ran out of time.
Friday - Freebie Clean & Simple...ran out of time.

So I managed 4 out of the seven which is more than I thought I was going to manage.

Will someone please slow things down a bit...how can it possibly be Christmas in two weeks time...EEEEEEK!!!

But worse than that - it is the Toby carvery crop tomorrow and I haven't even made a start on packing for it.......................................................................................

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Let the chaos begin...

...Bugaboo Stamps are kicking off their 2nd annual Holiday Chaos event.

Seven days, seven challenges and lots of goodie to win. Why don't you hop over and take a look at what is going on at the Catch the bug blog........................................................................................


Friday, 5 December 2014

Simply...

...wing Bling it !!!

Despite all my good intentions to be more organised with my Christmas cards this year, time has run away from me yet again. So I thought it was time to make a dent in the lacking numbers.

This lovely digital set of images from Nicecrane designs are fabulous...
...and so adaptable for Christmas cards or notelets.
As the images all have a blue/grey tint to them, I grabbed the following stash...
 ...smooth white CS, aqua glitter card and some aqua gems.
I cut the CS to A5 then folded in half before running the front of the card through my Big Shot...
...using a "Couture Creations" embossing folder called 'Moonlit Berries'.
The images were printed and trimmed...
...and some "Cosmic Shimmer" twinkles applied to the bows on the ladies hats.
I cut a snowflake from the glitter card using a DoCrafts punch (the punch didn't like the glitter card and I ended up banging the punch on the ground to release the cut-out - should have stuck with my dies)...
 ...the snowflake was added to the card and then I used some gems to pick out some of the embossed berries.
This is the finished card...
...fairly quick and simple (if you don't have to fight with a punch - LOL) and a way to boost the numbers of Christmas cards you have ready before the posting deadline.

If you are fast running out of time, don't panic - pop over to the Nicecrane Design site and grab some lovely seasonal images and if you are stuck for some inspiration, hop over to the Nicecrane blog as there are some wonderful Christmas ideas over there........................................................

Sunday, 30 November 2014

The decorations...

...are starting to appear.

The Stratford Christmas tree put in an appearance on the plaza between the steps leading to Westfield and the bus station...
...despite the drizzle, there were plenty of folk wandering around and enjoying the lights.

Nearer to home in Stanford-le-Hope, things are a little plainer.

King Street, the High Street and Corringham Road all have great big black planters dotted along the pavements containing Christmas trees but with the exception of the one outside the Old Regent Ballroom - they are bare, so not easy to get photos after dark. It may be a work in progress but there is currently no welcome sign that usually lights the way into Stanford from the station and there are no lights on the lamp-post...we normally have angels & shooting stars. However, as I said - they may be working on it.

At some point this week I need to sort out the decorations at work. Could be interesting as this Summer we had new PCs with dual monitors so there isn't much space left on the desks for me to clamber about. I'm sure I'll work something out.

Happy decorating everyone..................................................................

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Christmas crafting...

...on a slightly larger scale.

When a colleague approaches you and says they need your expertise, the first things that normally go through my head are - they need to get a printer/photocopier unjammed...they want to check what would be the best postal system to use for a particular task...or they need to know which of my staff would be best suited to help them with something. I don't normally think that the request will be craft related...

However, on Tuesday morning I received a request to decorate a box and an area of the office for the purpose of a festive foodbank.

So after despatching them to purchase some wrapping paper, snow and decorations - I set to...
...I started with just the large box but within a couple of hours it was clear that wouldn't be enough, so a couple more boxes were added...
...some posters/leaflets backed with red CS were scattered about...
 ...and some "cutlery envelopes" came in handy for the shopping lists...
...by the afternoon of the first day an additional box was added...
...and some more shopping lists.

The decorations were kept fairly simple with some red & white garlands.

People in the office have taken to the foodbank idea very well and it looks like we will be requiring a car to deliver everything to the local authority on Friday.

Only problem is...I've now been asked to decorate some hampers for the Christmas raffle and have also had some tentative requests for a bit of gift wrapping. I think I will have to decline - I haven't even gotten myself organised to do my own, let alone everyone else's...............................................