Monday, September 30, 2013

And the winner is

Hi everyone, thank you so much for taking part in the Crafting Muskateers challenge for September, we had some fabulous entries. It was my turn to choose my top three and it was so difficult, I think I changed my mind about four times lol, still, I got there in the end.  Well done to Avril B, the winner chosen by, I hope you enjoy your fabulous prize with was donated by our very own Nicola.

 My top three are (in no particular order) Emily Shroom, 

and  Susan I
your projects were all amazing! I hope you've contacted CM for your badges.
Thank for dropping by.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Handmade jewellery

Good morning from a rather murky Scruff's Corner this morning. I'm hoping that the sun will break through later as it did yesterday. My parents called yesterday afternoon and we sat outside and had a drink, it was lovely. Today is a gardening day.....well, I use the term gardening very loosely! I weed and plant and hubby cuts the grass but there is no method to what we do, neither of us has a clue but we muddle through and when tidy, the gardens look lovely. I'm not very sure when it comes to pruning but both our mums are keen gardeners so decent advice is only a phone call away (or there is always Google) :)

Can you believe it's October on Tuesday? This year has gone so fast. A lot of our town centre shops have some Ch******s stock in and the supermarkets are advertising the large tins of sweets at silly prices. I usually start with my cards for sale round about now (I can't seem to make any before my holiday in just doesn't work for me. I have tried putting Ch******s music on but I can't muster Mr Mojo whilst the sun is shining lol The Autumn sun is different as the light changes and the nights draw in. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that if you don't see me making any Ch******s cards over the next couple of weeks then please feel free to stick you boot up my backside!! :) I need to be let off this week because I have a wedding on Friday and a wedding fayre on Sunday.

So what do I have to show this weekend, well I've done quite a bit this week but I won't show you the pictures of the ironing etc I'll just show my jewels :)

The ankle bracelets were both commissions and I used an assortment of clear crystal drops, size 11 ab crystal seed beads and size 6 silver lined clear seed beads, all bought from G J Beads in St Ives. The chain and the lobster clasps were bought from Beads Direct in Loughborough. Both places have excellent service and I think I use them about equally. I have to say though that every time we go to Cornwall my visit isn't complete unless I visit the "bead shop in St Ives" (whether I need beads or not :)

I'm now going to schedule a post for tomorrow, thanks for dropping by and I will see you soon. x

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy birthday to you

We had two birthdays in our house last week. Hubby was.....on 12th and my baby was 20 on 14th (where have all those years gone?) I didn't get the chance to photograph them before now but they are here now :)
Yet again, it was Kanban to the rescue. I chose these sheets as he is a part time DJ :~) (I will sort out card details tomorrow).

 The next card is made using a House Mouse decoupage sheet from Joanna Sheen (via Create & Craft a few years ago) I thought of this sheet as my daughter has just qualified as a hair dresser. I'm so proud of her as she has done two two year courses in about 18 months. Well done sweetheart.
House Mouse decoupage sheet from Joanna Sheen
Sentiments by Kanban
Papers were a freebie in a craft mag ages ago
Assorted paper flowers, gems and lace from my stock

well that's all for today folks. There are 10 of us going out for a meal tonight for DD's birthday as we didn't go last week as it was Race Week last week in Doncaster and I won't go into town during that time. Also, the sun is shining and there is a slight breeze so I'm going to do a bit more ironing and go and weed my garden for what might be the last time this year. I also have some samples to make for a (not so) local hotel.

Thanks for stopping by, take care and I will see you tomorrow.

Aspire Crafts

There is lots of excitement among the girls on the Team Kanban at the moment. "Why?" I hear you ask........well, there is a new baby amongst us. Mr & Mrs Kanban have had the baby really and called it Aspire Crafts. Click on the badge below and you will be taken to the Facebook page.
Just in case you don't have Facebook, here is what was announced during the week......

"The Aspire Crafts Factory Outlet at Unit 5 Riverside Mills, Saddleworth Road, Elland, HX5 0RY will be open this Saturday 21st September 9.30 till 1pm. Come along and see some of the latest products that are coming through production! As well as a few of our new products you can also get many other brands too including Spellbinders,Graphic 45, Kanban, Indigo-Blu ,Pan Pastels, DecoArt, Dovecraft, Sweet Poppy Stencils and much more! The "official" opening will be in the next few weeks. More details to follow."

I would like to wish Karen and Keith lots and lots of luck for the future and I'm really looking forward to working with you again :)

Have a lovely day whatever you are up to and thanks for dropping by. xx

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wedding Cards

I had two wedding cards ordered last week. The first one was to be made in the wedding colours of peach, navy and ivory and Kanban came to the rescue again!
8 x 8 cm ivory card blank,
 navy blue card,
900972 Special Day by Yvette Jordan 
Kanban flower
SU punch for flowers
 8 x 8 cm blank card
901529 Papercraft Toppers from Kanban
Kanban Acetate butterfly
Silver mirri card
38mm white organza ribbon
6 x 6 cm suare card 
Silver mirri card
red ribbon
Silver acetate butterflies from Kanban

Right, that's alll for Saturday.....I know it's actually Sunday morning but I started this post on Thursday ready to schedule it and put the pictures on, then I did something else and forgot about it. I'll now go and write the one for today :) xx

Friday, September 20, 2013

Clearly Besotted

You may have noticed my relationship with Clearly Besotted Stamps......I'm building a nice little collection of them! One of the reasons I like them is that a lot of the sets have a solid image great if you are rubbish at colouring :)) and an outline image (allowing you to colour how you want). You can see what I mean in this card

You Are stamps and dies
Butterfly Wishes Additions stamps and dies
Sentiment - Thinking Of You
6x6 blank card
and here is another card using CB stamps just because I like it not because it has the two stamps as mentioned above :)
6 x 6 blank card
hot pink card
Background stamps - Building Blocks
Stepping Out

Thanks for dropping by, back soon :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Waffle Update

Another Tuesday has come and gone which means another card on Kathy's Waffle Sketch File using the sketch from the beginning of the month, Crest Of A Wave (whenever I see the sketch this month the old Boy Scout song starts in my head "We're riding along on the crest of a wave while the sun is in the sky.......) lol

  I used one half of a card from Craftwork Cards as the top wavy line on the front of my card. The little silver frames were cut using Spellbinders Decorative Elements Labels Eight, the flowers are from Prima, paper borders are from Doodlebug, happy birthday stamp is from Clearly Besotted and the gems are from my box.
Thanks for dropping by, back soon :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hand Made in Zakynthos

As always when I go on holiday I took a load of beads with me and sat on my sunbed and made jewellery :) A lady ordered three ankle chains from me so I was kept busy for the whole holiday making bracelets and ankle chains. Oh and I am so in love with beaded Kumihimo bracelets (as thought you can't tell lol)

The sun was almost too bright to take photos but even with the flash on on the camera it was a bit dark so I plumped for these.Thanks for calling by again. xx

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kathy's Waffle Sketch File

Yes I'm here again so soon after my last post as I have another fabulous challenge for you to enter and that will be Kathy's Waffle Sketch File. The challenge this month is called "Crest of a Wave" and this is what the sketch looks like

and here is one of the cards I made, again with my lovely Clearly Besotted stamps.
Let us know what you have made and we'll drop by and leave a comment.

Thanks for dropping by. x

Crafting Muskateers

Hi folks, how are you? I have started this post so many times and drew a blank and didn't know what to say but this time I am going to plough on! 

I know I have been absent again but I have a good reason. I have been on my lovely hot, sunny and relaxing holiday to Zakynthos and I have come back this time not only rested but with a lousy head cold and a hacking chesty cough. I also had two birthdays last week, hubby's last Thursday and my baby girl's last Saturday and to top it all I went to town last Tuesday to get hubby's prezzies and promptly fell over!!

 My bruises have just about gone on my hands but my left hand is still sore and I can't kneel at all. My left leg is really painful just below my knee.

The holiday was just fabulous as always and we had already booked to go back next year so I'd like to say a big thank you to Stratos, Maria, Tasos, Lol, Spiros and Nicos (and everyone else) for making our holiday brilliant as always.

So, have you taken part in the Crafting Muskateers challenge yet? The theme for this challenge is "Vintage"
 and it has been sponsored by one of our fellow team members Nicola Saul , you can find Nicola here , She has donated a very generous prize for the winner, so a big thank you Nicola :) .and this is what is up for grabs.
You still have a couple of weeks to enter and it's my turn this month to choose a winner, that job is so difficult as we always have loads of fabulous entries. Add your name to Mr Linky then we can come over and see what you have made.

My card
made with Kanban stamp and bits and pieces and the sentiment stamps are from the very wonderful Clearly Besotted.

Thanks for dropping by. xx