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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Paper crafting comes...

...flat packed.

Saturday was the Advent Calendar class at Pinnacle crafts and Andy certainly had us working.

There was a huge amount of cutting to be done...
...56 pieces of greyboard 3x3ins, 56 pieces 4 & 5/8ths x 3ins (or in Andy speak - 4 and a half & 1/8th by 3ins) and each piece DST'd on both sides.
Twenty-four balloon weight boxes (Tonic die) cut in ivory Centura Pearl...
 ...to give the boxes a soft sheen. This is when you start to wish you had an e-Bosser or something similar...
...because once the boxes were cut we then went back and cut decorative insert panels (Tonic dies). Andy's boxes were cut on all four sides but I decided to just go with the front & back panels.
Then there was even more cutting...
...PP was needed to cover both sides of the greyboard pieces - 112 of the 3x3 and of course 112 of the rectangle too. By this stage the table was getting messy and I gave up with the photos. We were all having a giggle about our inability to 'count' as we all kept finding odd numbers of this & that (I'm still not sure whether I have 27 & 1/2 boxes or one panel short of 29 **giggle**).

Time got the better of us and my Advent calendar certainly came home as a flat-pack.

I couldn't leave it like that so here you go Andy...
 ...just to prove that I have made at least one complete box...
 ...complete with tea-light (battery type)...
 ...and I'm still trying to decide whether to ink all the edges of the outer boxes...
...so one down...

The aim of this class was to create a "Statement piece" and when you see Andy's...
 ...in its different configurations...
 ...you get the feel of just how huge this piece could be if all the boxes were stacked together...
...or it could be kept more manageable by stacking in small groups.

I think I will go for the WOW factor and have mine stacked together on the side table in the hall. I have DST'd all my gift boxes so they are all ready to go - I just need to get the outer boxes covered and put together. I'd better get a move on - 34 days and counting.......................................................

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

...rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!



It's not just me and my lack of 'techiness', it seems that Mr Blogger has been having another hissy-fit. So many folk have been posting about the problems they have been experiencing.

Not had much luck doing anything this week, even had problems opening my reading list from the dashboard.

Fingers crossed that the promise of an extra hour in bed (and possibly an hour of quieter usage) will have Mr Blogger all bright-eyed & bushy-tailed by the end of the weekend........................................

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Simply Christmas is...

...almost here.

With little more than a week to go you really should hop over to the Shabby Art Boutique site and get yourselves ready for this year's event...
...that the lovely Kerryanne English hosts with a view to putting 'homemade & home' back into Christmas.

Do hop over there and link up ready for the Christmas fun to begin............................................


Monday, 20 October 2014

There's nothing nicer than...

...fresh bedding.

I remember as a child, trying to slip in between the sheets of my freshly made bed without disturbing them and then breathing in the lovely smell of the outdoors from where they had blown on the washing line until dry. One of the Yankee Candle company's most popular fragrances is "Clean Cotton"...I can understand why.

I still love the feel of snuggling down into a freshly made bed but these days I am normally breathing in the clean smell of my washing liquid as time and the good old British weather don't allow me to peg out washing as often as I would like.

I also like my bedding to match.

It doesn't feel 'right' if the colour of the sheets & pillowcases are not matching or if they are 'wrong' for the duvet cover - is that a bit OCD? - probably but it still doesn't feel right. So when I purchase new bedding, I have to make sure that I have things that 'go with'.

I recently bought some beige bedding that had script on the duvet in white and matched it with the same beige colour sheets (I know white would have done and I already have white but...). This turned out to be a perfect purchase because the other week, Mum 'encouraged' me to buy this...
...super quilted throw that looks like a pretty patchwork quilt. They also had the duvet set so...
 ...matching top pillows...
...and the cushions were ones that I already had. With the bedside lights on...
...everything looks cosy and inviting.

Earlier in the year I decided to invest in some neutral coloured accessories and I'm so glad that I did because it has made it so much easier to pull everything together. Either side of the bed is a shallow alcove that was the perfect size for a couple of ottomans to provide additional storage and act as bedside tables - I went for a soft cream 'leather-look' (easy to wipe over). The side lights have a wooden base painted white and slightly distressed. Because they are switched on you can't see that the shades are beige with white polka-dots and I matched the colour to the central shade which has script over it.

It is starting to look how I want and last night, looking at this and then climbing into the freshly made bed brought back all those lovely memories of childhood.

Mum is a very bad influence. She also encouraged me to buy the most snuggly of throws with a lovely winter design (of course there was bedding to match). I'm being very good - it has been washed and put away as it is the set that I will be putting on the bed for Christmas. If I remember, I'll take some photos to share...................................................................



Thursday, 16 October 2014

I came home to...

...two lovely envelopes the other day.

The first was my surprise goodie from the Lili of the Valley inspiration site. I was lucky enough to be chosen in one of the daily draws and the lovely Erica sent me one of the current Christmas stamps - Window Seat. It is so cute. Pop over here to take a look at the stamp I mean and you will also see a lovely creation from their DT. More colouring this weekend, for sure.

The second envelope contained some Stick it - a sheet adhesive that is designed to help you stick down all those fiddly die-cuts...
...Kath Stewart was giving away sheets to four lucky winners over on her blog and I was one of them.
Thank you Kath, I will enjoy 'playing'.

The weather certainly has turned Autumnal in true British fashion - dull, chilly, wet days...although at this moment in time, there is actually some blue sky & sunshine. Wonder how long that will last..................................................................

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Are you getting ready...

...for Halloween?

It is Mid-year performance review time at work and everyone is getting a little stressed out by it all...so I thought it was time for a bit of fun.

A quick trip to Poundland and a sort through the decorations cupboard and we now have this...
...one of our black Christmas trees is now decorated with some spooky tinsel and mini treat buckets.
The glitter witches hat from last year was un-earthed and covered with lollies...
 ...some grunge-green webbing and a few suitable decorations and bowls are scattered across the table.
Oh, and look at this chap...
...isn't he super (I might have to grab some of these napkins for crafting purposes).

Just a bit of fun with a few sweets and treats but it has lightened the mood and it brings a smile to people's faces. Amazing what can be achieved for a few £ and a visit to a bargain shop.................

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Now this is worrying...

...I don't even remember buying this.

I dropped some change in my tote, accidentally, so had to pull virtually everything out of the tote to retrieve it - that's when I found this...
...such a cheery chap but he has never seen the inside of an ink pad.
I soon put that to rights...
 ...and stamped up a sheet ready for colouring.
I kept to traditional colours for this one...
...but haven't embellished the image in any way (yet) as I'm not sure what shape I want. There is really no point adding gems to the holly berries if I'm going to put the thing through a die cutting machine - have you ever seen the mess a Big Shot's rollers make rolling over acrylic gems?

I have added a touch of "Wink of Stella" to the body of the Snowman to make the snow shimmer but I think I'll be adding some glitter to the snow-flakes to give a bit of Christmassy bling.

Ho-hum, what shape do I cut you Mr Snowman? Decisions, decisions...................................................