Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas 2016

I couldn't sleep the other night so after two hours off tossing and turning I got up and made Christmas bunting.

I have had these 3 fat quarters of fabric for years but did nothing with them till now. Cut out with my Big Shot,, eyeletted with my cropodile and tied together with yards of mixed Christmas yarn. Got around to hanging it up on the way to bed last night.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Start of Summer update - 2016 - I know!!!!

So far today we have had torrential rain, brilliant sunshine and more torrential rain - so a typical Scottish Summer day.

As it's a bit dreich to go out I am alternating between, laundry. tidying my spare room/craft room and updating my various web pages and sites.

The laundry is going well 3rd load on the go and tumble dryer going overdrive.

Spare room/Craft room tidying has been going for a couple of months now but now looks more like a bed room than a junk shop.

As a result I found the bed, cleared it off, dusted, turned the mattress and found nice fresh bedding.

I know the pillowcases don't match in the photo but I've found the matching ones now I'm just to lazy to take another photo :D

The Craft room part of tiding is what has taken most of the time but I've tried to use the Kon Marie method by splitting the area up and dealing with one type of craft item at a time.

Therefore we have my home made punch board.

I'm really proud of this especially as is cost me less than a fiver.

 Also my Ribon Storage that cost me nothing.

I'm using an old bookcase for storage of my Stampin' Up! Stampsets and some other unmounted and boxed sets.

The top shelf is holding all my buttons and chipboard letters

 I'm using some office paper storters for my A4 card, paper, patterned paper, vellum, pattern books, Stampin' Up! designer paper pads, magnetic sheets, mirror card, aluminium foil, shrink plastic and acetate.

I've managed to fit all my Sizzix Originals, Bigz and XL dies with my embossing folders into on a corner table with my alcohol inks, Art Glitter, Stampin' Up! reinkers. various unmounted stamps and accessories in drawers and ink pads in the green box.

 Next to that is the cube unit holding all my scraptooking albums, cardstock, paper and embelishments

And finally my craft desk and storage totes. that has card blanks, envelopes, glue, templates, tools, scoring boards, cutting mats, fabric, scrap papers, embelishments, stickers, fibers and books.

I hope you enjoyed a wee look around my work in progress.
as the sun has come out again, I'm going book shopping. 

Let me know in the comments how your craft rooms are doing. 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Still Stamping

Quick post just to say I'm no longer a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I hope to get back to crafting for fun and my own personal enjoyment in the near future.

If you need any Stampin' Up! products feel free to follow the link on the right to where you'll find lots of lovely and friendly demos who will be able to help you.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday Fun

Day off work today so decided to have some fun with my Stampin' Up! supplies.

I'd seen this effect on cards before and had thought it must be white embossing powder on coloured card but actually its a brayer and embossing folder technique (Thanks to Monica for the instructions) on whisper white. I love how crisp the Elegant Bouquet looks in white against the perfect plum.

I added a Sentiment from the Something to Celebrate Hostess set on to a die cut tag edged with perfect plum and finished off with a bit of ribbon for a touch of texture.

I don't have any perfect plum designer paper at the moment (terrible oversight I know) so I used some of my stash of retired designer series paper to make a non-matching gift bag :) (thanks to the instructions on Angela's blog) to hold some Stampin' Up! goodies for my friend Margaret's birthday. This time the sentiment is from the Afterthoughts Hostess set stamped onto a decorative label punch out layered onto a sizzix circle and a eyelet border punched strap.

If your interested in any of the products used or would like to learn these techniques yourself feel free to email me.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

More Punch Art

Well after the success of Daniel's lion and Moses in his basket I've been searching for more punch art for other stories.

Staying with Moses for this week he was looking after his father-in-laws sheep when he had the encounter with the burning bush.

There are loads of very cute punch art sheep online but I took inspiration for my sheep from Retiree's gallery at splitcoast stampers with the addition of some wiggley eyes. I couldn't find a punch art burning bush in my searches but Jackies Campfire gave me the idea to use the 2 step bird punch for flames and the punch has a branch with leaves already so used that for the bush. I kept it simple with just two colours of card for the flames rather than sponging to make it easier (and less messy) for kids.

I'm really enjoying working out punch art characters for my Sunday School class and the Stampin' Up! punches are really easy and safe for the kids to use with some supervision.

If you have any ideas for other bible related punch art please let me know.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Punch Art!

I love our Stampin' Up! punches. They're the main reason I became a demonstrator back in 2009 I'd seen a tutorial on you tube just simply using the scalloped circle and a range of smaller circles and that was it I was hooked. I love how they coordinate with our stamps and how they're sized to layer and work with each other.

But now I also love how versatile they can be. I was looking for a new Sunday School idea last week as we had visiting children who were all very young so wouldn't be able to do our normal quizzes, word searches and crosswords. I wanted something crafty but simple and preferably that I could make from what I already had. Quick trip round google later and I'd found several punch-art lions to go with the Story of Daniel in the Lions Den.
This week the kids are still here so I'm going with Moses in the bullrushes using an idea from Michele Reynolds

I'm now officially hooked on punch-art and the other shapes you can find or make from just a few punches. All right I now have way more than a few. Lookout for more punch art in the future.

If you would like to start or add to your punch collection please contact me for more details on the full range of Stampin' Up! punches.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

I scrapped!!

Its been a while since I did any scrapbooking. I keep meaning to get started and I read lots of blogs and forums and look at lots of ideas and then think - I'll do it later.

Well at last later caught up with me. I'd seen a sketch on Shimelles blog and immediately thought of one of the photos I'd bought on my recent trip to Las Vegas so here is my oversized picture layout of my trip to the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay.
I dipped into my Stampin' Up! stash of cardstock, designer paper mixing in a bit of pink with the blues to match my top and the coral. I used our new exclusive Top Note and Fun Flowers Dies for the Bigshot and with our embossing folders to add some texture. Then I had great fun making my Shark lettering with chipboard letters, various shades of blue inks, crystal effects and lots of time and patience :) Crystal Effects advises 30-60 mins to dry if using a thick layer but don't believe it. I always leave mine overnight. Just to be sure :)

I'm please with the final result and glad to be back scrapping. Hopefully more holiday layouts to follow soon.

Let me know what you've scrapped recently or what you find keeps you from scrapping.