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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sorry I've been neglecting my blog already!

Hi Folks,

I'm sad to say that already I'm neglecting my blog.  I've had a busy week since going back to work and haven't had an awful lot of time for crafting or blogging.  It's mostly my 7 year old daughter's busy social life that's to blame and this coming week won't be much better!

On Saturday morning she had a friend's 8th birthday party which had a Monster High theme (for those not clued up on such things it's like High School Musical for Goths!) so I had to customise some shop bought halloween clothes and a wig to fit in more around the look.  I also made a Monster High style card for the Birthday Girl.

In the evening Iona and I also had a Halloween Disco with her Cheerleading squad so we spent a fun afternoon decorating fairy cakes my auntie very kindly made and carving a pumpkin.  All in all it was a very busy day!  These are our cake decorating efforts!

I did manage to make a get well card earlier on in the week but I didn't get a chance to put it on here.  It's another one using the Country Companions Lover's Lane paper pack.  Now that I've rediscovered it I'm sure you'll see a lot more of it!  I've used more or less the same layout as the last one as I think it works quite well on a smaller card.

It was a quick make using Papermania Boysenberry Capsule Collection papers and a topper from the Country Companions Lover's Lane paper pack.  The lace punch is an old favourite from Stampin' Up and the sentiment stamp is from a set by Personal Impressions which was a recent buy.  I've used Aubergine Versamagic chalk ink to stamp on the patterned paper.  I've finished it off with toning satin board card, ribbon, pearls and gems.
I'm off now to have a nosey at what you've all been up to over the last week.
Bye for now,
Shona xx

Monday, 22 October 2012

Back to Work...

Hi folks,
I'm sad to say I had to go back to work today.  The last few days of my holiday just flew by, I had a fab time at my friends' wedding dance on Saturday and yesterday I got myself organised for going back to work but it was to no avail, I still managed to sleep in this morning and ended up in a rush as usual!
To cheer myself up I've made a few cards this evening.  This one I'm entering into the Noah's Ark Challenge over on the DoCrafts website.  The Challenge is for two animals of either the same type or two different, at least two papers and a bit of bling.
I've used a topper and papers from the Country Companions Lover's Lane A5 paper pack.  The border punch is from x-cut and the die I've layered the LOTV sentiment stamp on is part of my new Floral Framelits set from Stampin' Up.  I've finished off with pinkish red card, pearls and gems.
Hope I don't sleep in again tomorrow!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Late night blogging after a busy day

Good morning!

I'm late on the go tonight or should I say I'm very early this morning?  We have had a busy day today, my husband had a day off so we decided to go to Landmark which is a Forest Adventure Park near Aviemore.  It's just a short drive away from us which is just as well as it was teaming with rain and not the best for driving in.  Once we were there we wrapped up warm and didn't let the rain get in our way.  Iona loved the roller coaster and the water slides!  On the way home we stopped for chips so I was able to get straight into some crafting when I got home which was just as well as I had to make a Wedding Card for later today!

So onto the card, I have to say it is very plain even by my usual standards but with such an ornate die it really doesn't need much other embelishment.

I've used a square cardblank and matted and layered white card onto navy blue card, then holographic mirri card.  I've used the holographic card again for the die-cut which is by Marianne.  The sentiment is a new stamp I've just got from Stampin' Up which I've stamped with Versamark then heat embossed with silver Papermania embossing powder.  I've added a few pearls and that's it.  Very CAS!

Since finishing my card I've had my hougie board out and made half a dozen mini pizza boxes which I'm going to decorate and fill with goodies for Halloween!  But right now bed is calling me zzz!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Halloween is coming but not before Christmas!

Afternoon everyone.

I've been working on a couple of Halloween cards as it is just around the corner, however, tonight I'm going to the Christmas Opening Event at Howdens Garden Centre (which also houses my favourite craft shop yay!).  I'm looking forward to seeing what colours and theme are most popular for decorations this year.  Last year the look was very folky with lots of Gingerbread Men (and Ladies!).  Personally, my tree is aways bedecked in a multitude of colours and styles, some old and some new, but I do like to get at least one new decoration every year so maybe I'll pick up something tonight!  My daughter is more interested in the face painting and the balloon animals!

Anyways, back to Halloween and I've made a card for the Floral Challenge over at the DoCrafts Creativity Website.  The Challenge is for a Halloween themed card that must contain flowers, ribbon or lace, gems or buttons and Halloween colours.  It wouldn't be my usual choice for a card but I quite like the quirky image and clashing colours.

I've used a freebie backing paper and a sentiment downloaded from mounted on purple cardstock from my stash and a freebie digi image from Dearie Dolls which you can find here coloured in with Promarkers. I've mounted this on white card die-cut with an X-cut Scalloped Circle nesting die which was then mounted on to purple card die-cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circle die.  I've also die cut some leaves on black card using a Sizzix Sizzlits Little Leaves die from Stampin' Up.  The orange flower is by Woodware and the others are from Hobbycraft.  I've finished off the card with gems and black satin ribbon.

 I've also managed to make another quick card using the leftovers from the downloads and I've just added some black lace, black and orange card, organza ribbon and some gems.

There are some pretty good freebie downloads on if you want to take a look.

I'm off for some lunch so bye for now.

Shona xx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

My very first post!

Good evening everyone!
Well I've finally made it to blogland!  I don't have a clue what I'm doing and I'm struggling to get my chosen template up and running but here I am anyway and I'm sure the rest will come with practice!
I'm loving being on holiday this week, after a busy weekend away in Aberdeen and a lazy day yesterday I got down to a little bit of crafting today as well as some baking with Iona and soup making.  Iona really enjoyed making a Victoria Sandwich and decorating it her way, even the cherries are upside down lol!

I got a nice surprise this evening when my husband brought home my Stampin' Up goodies I ordered, they'd been dropped off at his work.  I can't wait to have a play with them, especially the Mr & Mrs stamp, as I have a Wedding card to make before Saturday.

I'm going to hit publish just now and hope for the best then I'm going to try and work out how to change the time and get a decent template on here! Bye for now...