Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Funny

Testicle Therapy

Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole.

The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony. The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to apologise.

'Please allow me to help. I'm a Physical Therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you'd allow me,’ she told him.

'Oh, no, I'll be all right. I'll be fine in a few minutes,' the man replied. He was in obvious agony, lying in the fetal position, still clasping his hands there at his groin.

At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help. She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his pants and put her hands inside She administered tender and artful massage for several long moments and asked, 'How does that feel'?

‘Feels great,’ he replied; ‘but I still think my thumb's broken!’


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

T on Tuesday...T is for Happy PosT!!

Hello there!

After yesterday's loooong post I promise this is going to be short today.

As is often the case on a Tuesday I am linking up with my friend Elizabeth and her soul mate Bleubeard for Tea on Tuesday.  And for my cuppa...with my usual morning brew of Glengettie in...

Isn't it just adorable?  Bone china, of course and Royal Worcester no less.  My lovely blogging friend sent this to me last week and I just LOVE IT!  Thank you Debs. I was poorly too last week so it cheered me up no end.  I will show you the reverse side another week.  Hence Happy two definitions! 

And the other reason this is Happy Post is that I get to share the frock that I was making a while ago...

These photos were taken outside the Church Hall where our Quilting Group were holding our Annual Summer Lunch.  I will tell you that I was a little nervous wearing a hand made dress to an event where everyone was able sewers, but I did have lots of compliments so phew!

And here is how I actually spent most of the day...wearing my Pinnion.  Now I know that they are called aprons or pinnies, however as a little girl my Mum always used to say "now go and get your pinnie on" whenever I was doing a mucky job (hmmmn that could explain a lot!) and so that is what I got to call it...a pinnion!  You might want to blow this piccie up (the piccie not your puter!) so you can see what is actually on my pinnion!

Thanks for calling by.  Please leave me a comment so I know you have been.  I shall call by later after work.



Monday, 18 August 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

Hello there

Last Monday my mate Diane Wray, aka Miss Di nominated me to take part in The Creative Blog Hop (TCBH) along with Elizabeth and Mary.   Now TCBH was a brainchild of a blogger some time ago.  A blogger is tagged along with two others who then answers some questions and introduces three other bloggers the following week and so on and so on.  There are no rulz, so I can see, as to who you invite or what art the blogger you choose undertakes whether it be cooking. painting, cardmaking, scrapbooking, writing or anything else.  

This could mean a lot of bloggers eventually become involved in this blog hope.  I am not even going to try and do the maths!


I have been crafting almost all my life.  My Mum was a prolific dressmaker and she would give me scraps of whatever she was working on and I would make "outfits" for my dollies.  Funny enough, by the morning my "outfits" would fit better than when I left them!! Magic!!

On a Sunday afternoon you would find Mum, my Sister and myself watching an old black and white film embroidering.  When we started to embroider on Aida in school, I apparently complained that the Aida we were given was "for babies".  It was a course weave and I was used to finer.  When my Grandad died my parents found the first tray cloth I had made in his drawer and he used it whenever he had visitors.  It was threadbare and well used.  I was very close to my Grandad and this thought makes me smile and I try to live up to this tray cloth.

Right on with my post.   

A little word about my tagger, my Mate Diane.
Most who know her as Di.  Aunty Di to my chikkin Miss Di, who was named after her.   She is keyholder of the Snippets Playground.

I first of all met Di's desk through WOYWW which is a weekly blog hop hosted by Julia Dunnitt. Within a few visits Di and I were following each other and becoming regular visitors to each other's blogs.  

Julia hosted a crop in Burbage in October 2013.  That was when Di and I  got to meet each other in real life, something we try to undertake as often as possible.

The day was full of giggles and from there we coined the term "punch poo" on account of my working on a Christmas Album and creating a lot of bitty litter around me from the punches I was using.   (This was before I knew about a certain person who uses these bits to create cards!)

When Di took over the infamous Snippets Playground I became a regular at the Playground using up those pesky Snippets left over from scrapbooking layouts. I am convinced they breed though as no matter how many bits you use up there is always lots in the drawers/box/tin.

Di and I also met up at Ally Pally with some other Playground buddies.  Rachel, Sandra, Miss Di, Mrs A and myself with Fergus.

Again we all spent the day giggling and getting to know each other.   This is also where I overheard the conversation with Mavis, of yesterday's post.

Right the questions...

1.  What Am I Working On Now?
How long have you got?  I am a typical Gemini...I have lots of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) on the go at any time.  At this precise moment I have on the go:-
  •  A quilt waiting to be quilted.
  •  An Anniversary quilt only just started. 
  •  Scrapbook albums awaiting finishing (including a mini of our wedding).
  •  Several x-stitches.
  •  Some summer tops I want to make (maybe with the current weather I shall wait until Spring).
  •  A dress waiting to be altered.
  •  Some mini albums waiting to be started.
  •  A bag waiting to be finished.
  •  A crotchet bag waiting to be assembled.
Is that enough for now?  I have probably missed something out.

2.  How does my work differ from others in my genre

Now this is a difficult question for me to answer.  I think part of the reason why some of my lovely friends follow me is that they never know what they may see next on my blog.  Whether it be my Girls, an unusual papercraft project like this one, some cards, Christmas cards, quilting, scrapbooking or my albums.

3. Why do I create what I do?
Hmmmn!  That is a tricky one.  Some of my work is used to decorate my home.  Scrapbooks are because I like to record things as history, some are given away as gifts to friends and family.  Scrapbooking to me is telling a story of what happened and the story around that particular photo.  I am also trying to trace my family tree and so try to scrapbook about this too.

I enjoy creating things.  I am also lucky enough to have a room of my own where I can spend hours creating things for my pleasure.  It is known as Santa's Workshop from about this time of the year onwards and also the Solar Room on account of it being of a south facing aspect.  

My Hubby also works nights so I spend many a happy hour keeping myself out of trouble whilst listening to music, sometimes working until well after midnight on a school night!!  Some of my past quilts have also taken inspiration from my surrounding area.  I live in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales surrounded by rolling hills and woodland.  Bliss!

4. How does my creative process work?
Ahh!  Now you are asking.  As Hubster says I "have a mind of a flea"!.  I sometimes see something in a magazine that inspires me to create something, or a photo in the case of scrapbooking.  I often see something on blogs that inspire me of I may think "Ooo I have that stamp or die, why didn't I think of that?".  Also, I do sometimes join in on challenges that are on the internet and that sometimes inspires me to create something.   Inspiration is all around us, it just needs to trigger us at the right moment. Or as in the case of yesterday's overheard conversation floating around your brain just as you are rummaging around in your stamp drawers!

Now enough about me, I would like to introduce you to my three maties who kindly agreed to join me on this blog hop.

In no particular order...


Kim was my PIF on the first WOYWW anniversary I took part in.  We became good friends instantly and within a short time we were skyping and exchanging emails.  Last year Kim and her lovely Hubby Mike came to Wales and spent two very short but fun filled days with us.  Later this year my Hubby and I are going to be visiting US and we will be spending a little time with Kim and Mike.  

Kim says...I’m Kim Young, and I’m so humbled to be included for this creative hop by my friend Hettie! 

I have always been creative…starting with candles, then running amok with candies, leatherworking (which stopped once I realized that making my own saddle wasn’t going to get me a horse! But still one of the best money-making hobbies I’ve ever had), music (I was a flute major in college-still play in a community orchestra), and photography (with my own darkroom and everything!)  I’m also a role player/gamer, which is what brought me to my current and all-encompassing hobby…Rubber Stamping/Card making.  You’ll just have to tune in to see how that happened! 

I have been making cards and altered art pieces now for almost 18 years.  While I started with the “Clean and Simple” style—I just don’t do cute— along the way I was introduced to the Distressed Look and a Mr. Tim Holtz…My husband I’m sure still regrets that! 

My Blog, Kim’s Creations was started in June of 2010 so I could join my first blog challenge, The Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3.  I honestly didn’t think it would go much further than that.  But Blogging has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people from around the world!  It is such a wonderful way for the creative community to inspire and support one-another.  While I used to be a regular poster, nowadays it seems I’m lucky if I get a challenge piece in. The “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” hop from The Stamping Ground sometimes is my only motivator to get in the craft room some weeks to snap a quick pic! Sad that I’m counting down to retirement already so I have more free time…14 years, 11 months and 3 weeks to go…


Debbie and I met at the second WOYWW crop that Julia hosted.  We met at the bring and buy stall and bartered me for a Spellbinders die and Debbie for a glass cutting mat.  We became buddies straight away.

Debbie says... I have been crafting in one way or another since I was little, starting with old fashioned sugar paper scrapbooks, crochet, knitting, cross stitch & dressmaking. Then a few years ago I discovered card making & Papercrafting & I was hooked!

Since then I've been a member of various Design Teams, and become a regular designer for Making Cards Magazine. I enjoy lots of different Papercraft techniques, but rubber stamping & paper engineering - unusual cards with movement - are my faves.

I'm thrilled that Hettie asked me to join in on this blog hop, as I love the variety of her work and I can count on her for a giggle every week!


As yet Elizabeth of Crafty Robin have not met despite the fact that we both live in Wales though unfortunately at opposite ends.  Hopefully we will get to meet in the next few months, maybe at a halfway point.  Elizabeth does some beautiful work both paper crafting and fibre work.  

Elizabeth says...Hi my name is Elizabeth Robinson and I am lucky to live at the seaside in beautiful North Wales, UK. I have crafted all my life, learning to sew, knit and paint with both my Mum and my Nana. I was also inspired to try new crafts by a fabulous teacher at Primary school, she taught us lots of mixed media including lino carving and printing.

I love any type of crafting but papercrafts, mixed media and felting are my passions! I am an independant demonstrator for IndigoBlu, a member of the Craft Stamper's Challenge DT and also look after a little challenge blog called the Dragons Dream TIO. Somehow I also find the time to teach classes for the WI and am very involved in the county shows.

Right that is my Creative Blog Hop for today.  Please call by my fellow nominees Mary and Elizabeth

And as for those rumours about me working on a Trabbi they are all true.  Here I am trimmng the roof lining with my Tim Holtz scissors earlier today.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

One Stamp...Four Ways...

Hello there

Is it me or does it seem rather "Autumney" today?  We now have lovely warm sunshine outside, but I notice that we now have blackberries and some of the leaves are changing and it just feels like Autumn.  No problem as it is my favourite season anyhoo.

Right then, onto today's post.

Last year whilst on a Playground outing at a Craft Show, I was looking at some goodies on a stall when I overheard a conversation that went like this...

"So then Mavis, are you going to buy that die?  It is so you and I know you will do a great job of it".

"Well Agnes.  Whenever I buy a die or stamp, I try to think of three ways in which I might use it.   If I can't I don't buy it.  I am just thinking as so far I only have two."

I turned and nodded my approval on Mavis' method of thinking and since I have tried to do the same...mostly.  

Well the other day I was rummaging through my drawers looking for something or other and I happened upon this stamp Elegant Butterfly by Stampington and Company which was a kinda impulse was sitting on a table just over from where I was working at a scrapbooking retreat...however, I don't very often use it as it does not really lend itself to being played with.  Or so I thought.  I then thought about Mavis' conversation and set about finding three alternative ways to use it.

So here is Option 1...
 I stamped it as it was onto white cardstock with Archival ink in Cobalt.  Once it had dried I scored around the edge of the cut piece and then carefully with my sharp knife, cut around the butterfly and then mounted it onto a piece of navy cardstock.  I then scored around a square card and mounted the navy onto the card.  Hey presto one method.

Option 2...

 For this option I stamped the image as above then sliced horizontally at 1/2 cm (or thereabouts), making sure that you keep each slice in the right order, then cutting horizontally at 1" sections, starting the second row at 1/2", again keeping each piece lined up so they don't get mixed.  (Yes I know I changed increments between cms and inches, but the size I cut the image wasn't divisible in inches!)  After inking around each piece using Pumice Stone DI I then attached each piece to a navy background.  I don't worry about the pieces not being exactly straight as I live in a 16th Century cottage and so have not got one straight wall or corner!  That is MY excuse and it is MY card!!

Option 3...

I inked the stamp with versamark and white WOW embossing powder which I heated.  I then inked the background with Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans DIs.  I spritzed and flicked and distressed the edges.  Once it was dry I mounted it on white card and then navy before mounting this onto some woodgrain card (NBUS and very old).

And now for Option 4...

Here I tried the chalkboard effect.  Not something I have ever had good results with before but this one kinda turned out how I like it.   I used a really old, not very good white ink pad to stamp the stamp.  Then I added WOW white embossing powder and heated.  I then took the same white ink pad and dipped the corner of a cloth in it, but not too much, and then gently rubbed around the image to make it look like an old board.  I then drew around the edge with lines and kisses and mounted it onto a tan card (handmade).  I scorred the card top and bottom, added some TH tissue tape, some Maya Arts string and a button.  This is currently winging its way to a special friend.

Well, I hope you like my take on Mavis' idea.  I cannot actually remember what their names were, only the gist of the conversation, but I am so glad I had overheard it.  I shall have a rummage and try doing this with some other underused stamps.  I hope this post inspires you to try the same too.

I am going to take these cards down to the Snippets Playground as they do contain some Snippets.  I am also going to take it down to my friend Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge as it contains Summer  Butterflies.

Thanks for calling by.  Don't forget tomorrow I will be joining in the Blog Hop and so I will be pleased if you call by then.


Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday Funny

A reporter was sent to interview a woman who had just celebrated her 100th birthday. 

“You look remarkably healthy,” said the reporter. “To what do you attribute your good health?” 

“I have always used the tried and tested, old-fashioned home remedies whenever I am sick,” she replied. “To improve my digestion I drink beer, in the case of appetite loss I drink white wine, in the case of low blood pressure I drink red wine, in the case of high blood pressure I drink single malt scotch whisky, and when I have a cold I drink schnapps. If I feel a headache coming on I drink a glass or two of Champagne. ”

“When do you drink water?” asked the reporter. 

“I’ve never been that sick,” came the reply.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

I was made to buy this stamp...

Hello there
The weather outside is not good today.  Who has stolen our summer?  I reckon it has gone on its summer holidays!

The title to this post is true...really!  A Playground Buddy sent me an email with a link to a well known auction site and I just had to click on the "buy now" button didn't I!!

So when it arrived I moved things onto the crapalanch pile and set about stamping some images, colouring them and then raided the Snippets box.
I die cut the coloured images with Sizzix oval dies.  I raided the white and cream drawer and cut some background pieces and embossed them using my friend's embossing folder that she had kindly lent me. 
I then grabbed the VOS DCWV cards and then set about looking for some coloured cardstock in the snippets cardstock box.
Some washi tape and I pulled out my SU stamps that a very good Playground friend bought me for my birthday.
And before I knew it I had eight snippets cards made.
Some to send to a few buddies and some to go in my spares box.
I left the insides plain so I can stamp them when I need them!
And there you have it chook!  

Off to take these to the Snippets Playground as only the stamped sheet didn't start the day as a Snippet!  I am also going to join in with Penny Black Saturday Challenge as they are asking for flowers.  Well the frog is holding some isn't he ribbitt ribbitt!  And on Penny Black Allsorts Anything Goes

Thanks for calling by.  I hope these images have made you smile!


Monday, 11 August 2014

Scrapbook Tuesday...Tea on Tuesday...T stands for Top Dog!

Hello There

Is it me or are Tuesdays coming round awful quick these days? In fact all days are coming round awful quick to me nowadays!  Does that mean I am getting old I wonder?  Don't answer that if you value our friendship!!

As usual on a Tuesday I am going to share a cuppa with you along with my friend from over the water Elizabeth and her cat Bleubeard.  I am sharing with you a cat mug in fact.  Now anyone who knows me knows that I am not a cat kinda gal.  I am more of a dog lover...careful!   But this mug is kinda special as it was bought for me by Hubby's Aunt who seemed to think I like cats.  It even has my name on it just inside the rim.  Now the desk you can see is in work, as this is my work mug.  However, I have used it for so long I have noticed the glaze is starting to go a little crazy inside so before anything bad happens I thought I should share it with you.  In it is some gorgeous Blackberry and Nettle tea by Twinings.  I don't drink many fruity teas as they tend to smell better than they taste but this one is different.  

Now whilst I may not actually scrapbook at this desk, I quite often doodle scrapbook layouts when I am sitting typing.  It is amazing that sometimes when on a long typing job your mind can wander and think of something else whilst you are typing something work related.  Honest Gov!  So here is the layout I kinda planned out in work...

The little dog is our Sputnik.  She was found in a skip in Cardiff on 30th December 1989.  She was taken to an animal sanctuary where my MIL used to make donations of food.  Hubby and I had collected some too with our shopping so I got coaxed into helping MIL take some over.  And Sputnik came home!

The Christmas season was still with us and we used to call her our little "Christmas Cracker".  She really did rule the roost!  The letters have been cut out of Bazzill using my Cricut.  They were then stamped with Hero Arts holly stamp and embossed with VOS embossing fact the first one I ever bought!  The rosettes were made using TH dies, and again the spots in the centres were embossed.

The surrounding pieces were from a snippet which I just managed to squeeze all of them out, before deciding to cut into a fresh sheet for the rosettes and letters!  The hearts at the top and bottom are EKSuccess punch.  All inking is DI Gathered Twigs.
The journal says "You came in our lives on 30th December 1989 and left your paw prints on our hearts forever".  The background paper and journal card were MME.  They were an absolute bargain at Hobbycraft...not very often you hear that!  There was no price marked on there so the assistant said name a price.  I said £5 and she agreed it!  It was worth at least double that as there were 12 sheets of pp and a sheet of die cut embellishments!  I have previously paid £1.50 for each sheet!  Shhhhh!  Our secret right?

We should have known here how forceful she would be as she would never look at the camera for you!  The paper for these stars were snippets too from my Christmas album from a year or so ago.  Nearly time to start this year's album!
Well.  That is enough of this layout for you.  My tea is now cold.  Time to think about getting back to working on my desk instead of gassing with you all.

Just enough time to link this post with Elizabeth and the Snippets Playground.  I hope you like the mug Bleubeard.

Thanks for calling by and see ya all later.