Friday, 30 August 2013

CC101 - Hand Made Book and Tags!

Hello Peeps!  

Happy Friday and have a great Weekend to y'all.  Two posts in one day doesn't happen too often on my blog, but I want to get this post on before the end of the month and I am off out tomorrow.

I don't know if you remember but last year I undertook a CC101 online course with Tim Holtz and made lots of tags using the techniques that Tim taught online.  As a result of this I was invited to join a Facebook group and recently one of the members Neil taught a live online course for us members to take part in making a book with 25 techniques to undertake on tags in, live through Hangouts on Google.  What a lorra fun we all had online with some of the Peeps getting up at stupid o'clock to join in.

So here is my book all finished....

Inside cover....

Back cover....
Inside back cover...
The first six techniques....
The second six techniques...
The third batch of techniques...
And the last six techniques...
And the final technique......
The book was made by hand sewing the signatures up with waxed cord before attaching it to the book cover.  
I am entering this into the Facebook Challenge for this month which is "Anything Goes".

Thanks for calling by and have a great weekend.



Friday Funny

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Lavinia Washing Line...

Hello Friends

You may recall that I recently had some lovely Lavinia Stamps.  Well, I thought I would share another card I have made with you using my precious stamps....

The black card was out of my Snippet drawer so I can take it down to the Playground! I used some TH DIs with some water spritzing, as well as Archival inks.  Some schtickles on the wings.   I have left the inside blank as I didn't make it for anyone specific.  Is it me or when you use Snippets you create more?  Take the black, I went from a piece around 7 x 9 to two smaller pieces now!!

Thanks for popping by.  A special Hello to Sandy and Chris my latest Followers and thanks for following me.



Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Art Journalling - A First Step!

Hello Friends

Happy Wednesday to y'all.  Nearly the weekend! 

Last weekend Hubby and I took a little meander up to Hereford for a wander in my usual haunts (Laura Ashley, Monsoon, M&S, Doughtys) and I found myself in the middle of The Works with a sketch pad in my hand and a little voice saying "Buy it you must - Sandra says so she does"! So bought it I did!

Monday I then found myself in my craft room with my Colourwash inks in my hand, having taken the cellophane wrapping off the book (what a PITA that was! The sticky label on the front didn't take the schticky!)

So here is the first ever Art Journal page from Yours Truly!

I used Stream, Lettuce and ???? Colourwashes. A swirly stencil which I sprayed through then flipped so that the ink got transferred too - can't waste it now can we?  Precious it is.
Next was what to stamp on there....Out came my NBUS mushroom stamps.  No idea why I had not used them but I LOVE em I do!  I painted the tops using my NBUS Pebeo acrylic paints and then to try and lighten the stalks I put some cream paint in the pallet, added some water and then washed the stalks, wiping it back off with a kitchen towel. Did not know where the idea came from, only I did not want cream/white stalks per se, I wanted the fine details to come out.
Out came my fairies and poppy pods from Lavinia, some wordy stamps from Tim Holtz and the flowers and stamp used around the edge are both Hero Arts.  Most of the inks used were Archival and I did add some Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint DIs in a few places.
Love this metallic green lettuce kinda colour of the Pebeo paint.  I shall be using that very soon.

Will I try Art Journalling again?  You betchya!



Monday, 26 August 2013

Scrapbook Tuesday - Fergus' Mini Album

Hello There!

It is Tuesday after a Bank Holiday here in the UK - so off to work, but at least it is a short week this week! 

I haven't done a layout to show you this week.  Nope!  I have 16 to show you!  

I have been playing catch up with Fergus' mini album, as I am waaaay behind with it.  Now those of you who know me, know I take a little Highland Coo called Fergus with me on my travels, and usually try to get his photograph taken at the destination or with whoever I am visiting.  So here are the first 16 pages of his album which was started PBD, so I don't think you have seen these before.  If you have then I apologise for showing you again....

Here is Fergus as he was when we bought him on the top road of Scotland in September 2008, when we were on our little Highland Tour.  The top right and bottom left were taken on Skye.  The bottom right was taken in Mevagissy, Cornwall, when we went on our first Scrapbooking retreat with Linda of Just Scrapbooking.
Fergus does like to look at pretty papers.  He also loves to travel - just as well really, and here he is in Paris and Prague, though he did not have his photo taken on these occasions.  And the bottom right is in St Ives on another scrapbooking retreat.
Top left he is in the Classrom with my tin I had altered - must remember to share that with you, top right he is at Claverton with some of the gang from my Quilting group and bottom left he is in the garden of Claverton.  Bottom right he is sitting on the wing of an old car at the Black Country Museum.
Oops!  I have these the wrong way round....Bottom left is the Black Country Museum again, he enjoyed that trip as he got to go on a very old bus, down a mine and on a canal boat all in one day! Top left is in Rome, bottom right is with his buddies on the settee at Christmas and the top right is with someone I am sure a lot of you will recognise - yep Mr Tim Holtz!!

I do love doing these mini albums as you get chance to use up lots of little Snippets and have a smile to yourself whilst making them.  If anyone knows where I may get another 4" scrapbook by AMM, please let me know as there will not be much left of this one once I have caught up. I am not fussy as to colour - nor is Fergus!  Keep an eye out for some more famous peeps next time wont you!

Thanks for peeking and leave me a comment so I know you have been here.  I shall be popping this into the Playhouse so you can have a peep there too.


Hettie and Fergus.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Rudolph Day - can you guess.....

Hello There - Happy Rudolph Day Everyone!!

Can you guess I have two new dies from Memory Box which was given to me by a special friend recently.  You know who you are.  So I just had to have a play with my NBUS...

New Spellbinders dies which I used my Birthday Voucher to 'em.  I have used my cards that I am not keen on too!  

No! This isn't a dodgy photo - I have cut it twice, and layered the holly over the top to give it a 3D effect.
This background paper is eons of years old so V VOS!!  This is now the last piece used up.  

Metallic card is not usually my "thing" but I could not resist using it on these cards.   The Merry Christmas sentiments are also VOS - pre this century at least!

I am now up to nearly 40 C Cards in my collection so as there are only three more Rudolph Days before The Day I had better get a shimmy on with my C card making!

I am linking this up with my Buddy's Rudolph Day and Pixie's Snippets Playground as there are many Snippets used here. 

Thanks for calling by.


Friday, 23 August 2013

Friday Funny

Police have just released details of a new drug craze that is being carried out in Yorkshire nightclubs. Apparently, Yorkshire club goers have started injecting Ecstasy just above their front teeth.

Police say the dangerous practice is called "e by gum"
A Yorkshire man takes his cat to the vet.

Yorkshireman: "Ayup, lad, I need to talk to thee about me cat."

Vet: "Is it a tom?"

Yorkshireman: "Nay, I've browt it with us."


A Yorkshireman's dog dies and as it was a favourite pet he decides to have a gold statue made by a jeweller to remember the dog by.

Yorkshireman: "Can tha mek us a gold statue of yon dog?"

Jeweller: "Do you want it 18 carat?

Yorkshireman: "No I want it chewin' a bone yer daft bugger!"


The last is always best

Bloke from Barnsley with piles asks chemist "Nah then lad, does tha sell arse cream?"

Chemist replies "Aye, Magnum or Cornetto?"


Just so ya know, my Grandfather was a Yorkshire man which is why I find this so funny!!

I am linking this up with Annie at A Stitch In Time for this week's smilies!

Have a good Bank Holiday weekend.


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Have you heard the one about the Chickens who crossed the road?

They had a cow to help them!!  

Bwahahahaha!  Can you guess I have a new Penny Black Stamp?  Well, it seemed rude to leave money in my Paypal account after receiving a refund!

Coloured with Copics and using some VOS and Snippets.



PS Thank you all for your messages yesterday.  The Thanksgiving Service was wonderful and we got to see all our cousins again - the first time in a very long time.  

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Don't mourn at their passing... but give thanks that they were here...

Hello Friends

Suddenly and unexpectedly my Aunt passed away recently and today is the day of her funeral and Thanksgiving Service.  I thought I would share the card I made for my Uncle and family.  

Very simply made but I found this to be the most difficult card I have ever had to make.  I used a new embossing folder with white card, mounted on to lilac/grey card.  Some MS butterflies with black pearls.  The stamp is Kaisercraft.   My Aunt was a lilac kind of lady.  

Thanks for popping over.  



Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Scrapbook Tuesday - U R.....

Hello Friends

Gosh! How did Tuesday get here so quickly?  It does not seem a week since I shared a layout with you!

You may recall that I went on a Playground outing recently and we called by Flutterbys for a little spend - that is what us Girlies like to do.  Well I saw this Bella! Kinda Krafty Papers - Count the Ways paper (NBUS) and could not resist buying it for a layout about my Man!  My favourite line on here is "You are the Laces to My Sneakers, though I could not get a whole line on view with my design.  Never mind ey!

I first  mounted the photo onto Kraft paper, then mounted it again on some dark brown cardstock which was in my Snippets drawer.  I also added some paper turns which are VOS/ancient!

I had a good rummage through my Snippety tin for some embellishments as I knew there was another Cool Dude tab which I made using my Silhouette and I had made the UTEE heart some time ago and knew it would sit nicely on the bottom of the larger “ribbon”. 

I did a little doddling around the “ribbons” to add a little more interest as well as rubbing some gold wax around some areas, having already sprayed the background piece with Cosmic Shimmer before I started. 

The stripey paper is some VOS from Papermania that I must have had several years now.  It is an A5 pad and I believe it was free when I joined Docrafts.

The title UR was made using Grungeboard attached to a miniature tag cut from a Snippet of MME, inked with Antique Linen first before using a TH stamp and Archival ink.

I cut the flourish using a TH die and glitter paper which just happened to be left over from some C projects.  The Rosettes were made for previous projects and were just in the Snippety Tin waiting to be used.  The tab also came out of the Snippety tin and behind it is a tag with a message for Mr Hettie’s eyes only.

The Flags were all cut using my SU punch and the stars were stamped using my Wendy Vecchi stamp.

I took a key and a charm out of my “special lickle fings” box – well, he is worth it!

As this layout is covered with Words I am going to put it into the Our Creative Corner Challenge which this month is Words!  There are some clever folk over there so please do go and have a lookie! 

Of course, this will be going to the Playground too as there are Snippets galore on here.  I shall have a cuddle with Parsnip again too!

That is it from me for now.  I shall hopefully be able to call by and see you later, once my hair has been cut.  Hubby is home tonight so he can kick the server for me!  We are having a few problems with it at the moment, hence my not calling by to see you the last two evenings.  I shall have a pop around lunchtime and hopefully later.

Thanks for calling by and see ya later.


Monday, 19 August 2013

I tort I saw a Puddy Cat...

Hello Buddies

Happy Monday to y'all!  I hope you have a good week ahead.

I came across a stamping that a good friend of mine sent to me a while ago, so I thought I would colour it up and use it on a birthday card.  

Coloured with Copics, mounted on foam pads.  A Snippet of ribbon (recycled from a bunch of flowers) and a Snippetty tag die cut from TH die, stamped with Hero Arts stamp, and hey presto, another card in the box for later use.

Off to the Playground now as the sun is out!!


Saturday, 17 August 2013

Vietnam Scrapbook Album Part 2

Hello Friends

Another weekend and another damp one for us in the UK.  Looks like the weather is back to normal now and aren't the nights drawing in quickly now or is it just me?

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my showing of my Vietnam Album last week.  So today I thought I would give you another instalment with the next four pages.  

We stayed two nights at Hoi An and this really is a beautiful and very old city.  This river ran straight through the middle of it and I got to see lots of dragonflies in the evening light.  Beautiful.

This Japenese Bridge was a wonderful old footbridge (and the odd cyclist) under which lives a dragon who's tail is in Japan.  It is alleged that if the Dragon is happy everything is ok, but if not, Japan gets an earthquake.
There are four monkeys which guard the bridge and the candles are lit all day.
Here we are at 5 am preparing for our first cycle ride of the trip.  We cycled to My Son which is a sacred place full of temples and burial places.  Unfortunately, during the conflict, it was used as a base for the US Army and was left in a pretty sorry state.  However, it still had an air about it of a sacred place and the carvings were spectacular.   "Xin Chao" is what children would shout to us when we passed through towns and villages!  It means "hello"!
One of our group photos which proved tricky at times as we would wander in all directions, but fun anyway.

I apologise for the reflection of the pages in the album, but the pages are pretty tricky to remove due to all the embellishments.  

Thanks for calling by.  Please leave a comment so I know you have been. Have a great crafty weekend.


Friday, 16 August 2013

Friday Funny

I'd forgotten for a moment how true this is.

Windows vs. Ford 

 For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

"If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon." 

In response to Bill's comments, Ford issued a press release stating:

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash.........twice a day.

2.. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car. 

3... Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4.... Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine. 

5..... Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6...... The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light. 

I love the next one!!! 

7....... The airbag system would ask, "Are you sure?"before deploying.

8........ Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna. 

9......... Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10.......... You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

PS - I'd like to add that when all else fails, you could call "customer service" in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

Please share this with your friends who love - but sometimes hate - their computer!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Teddy Banner

Hello Friends

Just a quick posting today.  I had my SU punch out recently to make a banner for someone and whilst rummaging through the Snippets box I came across this green cardstock so I married it up with the red, cut a mount with my Spellbinders and cut Teddy which was already coloured in, with the same die.  I used another of those VOS cards and hey presto a quick and easy Birthday card for a little boy I know who's birthday is very soon.

I shall take this down to the Playground, where I suspect Miss will be telling us all of her adventure yesterday.




Wednesday, 14 August 2013

WOYWW 219 - A Small Tour..

Hello Fellow Blog Hopping Blogging Friends!  

Yikes!  It is Wednesday....AGAIN???!!!  How did that happen?  I swear this year is flying past at a very fast rate of knots!  

Well, it is Wednesday, WOYWW day, Hump Day, Official Nosey Parker Day and HUGE Blog Hop Day that we all know as What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday with the hostess Julia.  

I thought today I would give you a mini tour of my room, as I have a few nosey friends who asked me to.  As I had a new desk section delivered last week and my room is currently fairly tidy (for me anyhoo) I thought why not.  So here is my lovely drawer cabinet that Mr Hettie kindly built for me and I painted every one of of those pesky drawers.  I am slowly collecting knobs to go on there and it is fun to find them in different places.  This is on the left as you go in my room.

Here is my Fairy Door to allow the Fairy Folk to wander in and out of my world.  This is why there is always Fairy dust on my floor!!
Here is the view as you walk into my room.  Both desks are back to back on the right.  I tend to use the glass one for paper crafting and the opposite one for guests or sewing (and die cutting/overspill)  The little table on the left is where I put current projects for working on or drying.  Those window can be opened outwards and gives a wonderful breeze and a great view.  
And here is the end view of ground control with my new desk piece.  Oh how I have been wanting this double unit.  I already had the single on the right of my desk but now I have been able to put all the paper trays together and sort the drawers on my right to hold my wooden stamps.  
It feels good to have them like this, though not all my wooden stamps have made it in here yet, give me time.  I also want some space for me to grow into with my collection!
Right folks.  Please leave me a comment so I know you have been to visit (and nose) and then click HERE to be taken by Fairy magic to the desk of the hostess to visit other like minded bloggers who are sharing their desk!

Thanks for calling.  You may now use the exit located behind you!



Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Scrapbook Tuesday - In the Pink!

Hello Friends

Do not adjust your set.  This is a bright PINK layout today!  I know, I know, I am not the Pink Queen!! I am usually more of a Purple Peril but today is schpeshial 'cos it involves a Charity fundraising event which yours truly took part in.

You may recall earlier this year I was praying for good weather as I and a few colleagues from work were all walking for the In The Pink Charity, which raises money for research into Breast Cancer in Cardiff.  So here is us at the end of the day in pictures....

Here are, the motley crew, all dressed in pink t-shirts and other items of pink clothing, some of which were not on show! (I was wearing something pink but I am not showing - my excuse and I am sticking to it!)
Our medals we were were presented with.
Dobby was a trouper.  He isn't used to 10 mile walks but he did not complain once, though he was desperate for a lie down at the end!  He even got his own medal!
Various states of attire on the feet I see! Not noticed this until now!!
Who can resist stars on the flip flops!

This layout came about as I was removing the medal from where it had been put and decided to scrapbook it straight away rather than put it in a drawer!  Aren't I a good girl today then!

Papers are Bazzill, DCWV and Silhouette adhesive paper (Snippet of). I used my QuicKutz tool (VOS) for the flip flops and star.  Cricut for the text.  Black Archival ink for the stamping and NBUS sewing stamp and also my doggy paw stamp. Dobby and his mat were cut using Spellbinders.

Thanks for popping in.  I shall take this over to the Playground as there are some Snippets in there.  

Top tip for today!  If you gut the base card so that you can get the same pink for the flip flops, don't merrily place adhesive on the layer of cardstock over the hole you have now made.  This makes the back of your layout stick to the table - with an ATG gun - very well!  Doh!  Though I used a Snippet of white cardstock to prevent this which now doubles as a place to list the participants!!  We raised just short of £1,600 for our walk!  On to next year now!