Tuesday, 18 December 2012

CandleLight Christmas
I've been saving up my Candlelight Christmas papers as they are so lovely - in particular this flocked acetate - and almost too good to use. However they are no good in the box so here is the card I've made for my Mum and Dad which also uses early expresso tuille,an antique brad, greetings of the season stamp set and apothecary accents framelits.
One of the huge advantages of Stampin Up products is the colour co-ordination and this card showcases that perfectly with just 3 colours - real red, very vanilla and early expresso.
I've been pretty busy this week making lots of things. Last Friday I went to my first ever WI meeting. It was great and we made bath bombs so I came home and made lots more plus pretty boxes to put them in. I do have a tendancy to get obsessed by making different things and buying all the supplies necessry for a new craft so I am trying very hard to restrain myself from getting every essential oil going. That's one lesson I learnt after the fire - don't buy stuff you are not going to use imminently ! Lets see if I can be firm with myself.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Happy Hour Gift Tags
This evening my husband announces "oh I need a secret Santa present for tomorrow " and " have you any spare cards for my team" plus " I thought I'd give me team wine - but I don't like bottle bags - can you make anything?
So we picked up the secret santa and wine while doing the weekly shop and I have just made these wine bottle tags pretty quickly. They were very easy and you get 3 of the bases from 1 sheet of A4 card. I've used my happy hour stamp set, Be of Good Cheer paper and punches, framelits.
So perhaps after all my endeavours I deserve a glass of something sparkly myself.
(I got the broad idea from a post on pinterest from a US demo called Susan Horn.)

Saturday, 8 December 2012

These are 2 very simple cards that I used for a make and take at my local primary school. I got the idea from one of the many similar ones on the internet - there are some very talented people out there.

I still have a few sets left so if you are interested please email me. They cost £3 for a pack of 4 and thats includes postage within the UK.

Monday, 3 December 2012

 Christmas is coming !
Hooray - it's one of my favourite times of the year and for once I'm well ahead and have made 40 cards, 3 paper wreaths. lots of lovely gift packages and a partridge in a pear tree ! (well perhaps not that one)
So I've gone AWOL lately but I do have a couple of great excuses. First I was booked in for surgery on 29th October, I was all ready for 6 weeks of gentle recuperation that involved lots of crafting and reading.
Then on 27th October we came home after a beautiful autumnal walk to find several fire engines parked outsde. Our neighbours have suffered a catastrophic loss and their house needs a lot of rebuilding. We "only" suffered smoke damage but it mainly affected my craft room so I have spent a few days going through everrything,throwing away all the smelly stuff and taking everything that was in cellophane out of it so I could keep it. It was a rather sobering experience and I found things I couldn't even remember buying. I have now vowed to only buy what I need for the current project. We'll see how long it lasts but on a trip to the Abakhan sale I manged to limit my spending to £6 which was mainly glue sticks for my heat gun so at least I'm off to a good start. Mike also agrees we will be more minimalist but he was not keen when I suggested each of us has a limited amount of space in the loft and we are not allowed to keep more than will fit in it - I suggested 1 square metre but clearly this is a bit restrictive.

The most important thing of course is that no-one was injured and at the end of the day almost everything else is just "stuff". 

Hopefully I'll have some photos for you tomorrow of my paper wreaths once I haved aded the ribbons and buttons to finish them off.