If that title made any sense to you at all, you’re doing well! This is a stamp from the JOFY range at Paper Artsy.
I bought it a whole while back and for some reason thought that I’d bought a Christmas stamp.
When I dug it out for my ‘quick and simple Christmas cards’ I realised that it was a summer/spring flower stamp.
I could add a Christmas sentiment but quite like the clean and simple look.
I just coloured it with Copics, added a mini star from punched Papermania glitter paper & some Lawn Fawn twine.
Have I gotten away with it?!
I’ve been to the first nativity today. Well obviously not THE first one. But the first one of this year. The cute factor was off the charts and my littliest sporting a very trendy ‘hat’ with a foil covered star looked almost angelic.
There were a few tears and the odd tantrum but they all did an amazing job. They raised the roof on the last song and I thought that the days of attending sweet performances are pretty limited. In a few years they’ll all have grown up.
I’m off to get my Christmas cards made- I might even find a proper Christmas stamp!!
See you soon x
Morning (or is it nearly lunch?)
Thought I’d post a Layout for a change. This and one other are in the latest Scrapbook Magazine & this was a LO created from the theme’ To My Delight’. The title immediately made me think of Angel Delight & I quickly decided that Butterscotch Angel Delight was possibly a) not the most photogenic and b) not so interesting, so I plumped for a cute picture of Will instead! Thread and sewing seems to feature more and more in my projects. I love the textural element it brings. It was fun making it with some Bella Blvd products… and no stamping. Imagine that!
I’m busy creating projects and trying to slot in Christmas present buying and making. I am one for spur of the moment decisions. I found this brilliant You Tube video on how to arm knit an eternity scarf. I literally ran to my local Abakhan store to purchase wool. After a considerable amount of stopping, pausing & rewinding, I cracked it. If I can find a willing model- I’ll get a picture taken for you. Once you’ve done one, I did the next one in about 30 minutes! Result. If you know me, and normally get a pressie from me at Christmas..ten guesses what you might be receiving!
In the midst of the initial struggle (& amidst a very tangled piece of yarn), the doorbell rang. Unlike normal needles, you cannot just put your arms down and attend to whatever is pressing. I bundled up the semi made scarf and two largish balls of slightly tangled wool & shuffled to the door.
The postman looked at me. I was trying to be gracious and smile. He wanted to give me a parcel for next door. I seem to be the local parcel girl.
‘Umm. can you take this parcel in?’
I looked slightly aghast. The request was both a literal and theoretical one. I sort of nodded to the theoretical part and looked quizzically at him as per the practical nature of me actually holding a parcel when my arms were decorated with copious strands of bright purple yarn. He paused again. I realised I was going to have to spell this one out.
What I wanted to say was ‘Sir, if you look carefully at me, I am physically attached to two large balls of wool. I am physically unable to undo 20 rows of arm knitting in order to pick up next doors parcel, I have been gazing intently at a YouTube video for the past hour to learn how to make a chunky eternity scarf & there is no way I’m removing this scrappy effort from my extremities, but certainly if you want to walk into my hall and lay the said package on the floor, then I’ll certainly take it in for my lovely neighbours.”
What I did reply with was’ Umm.. I can’t really hold it right now, would you like to put in here on the floor for me?’
He shuffled past the crazy purple bedecked lady & made a sharp exit. Could he not see that I was arm knitting? Goodness.. it’s not like he’s ever seen anyone arm knitting in public before
I have found uses for the discipline already.
Tea is very hard to coordinate when attached to pink and white striated wool. My eldest two HAD to help me out. I’m thinking of arm knitting a LOT!
Well, more scarves to knit and more Post Men to perplex!
See you when I’ve yarn bombed my front hedge!- oh and PS, I’ll post the winner of the hidden pony next time! x
Good morning & Happy Friday!
Today is the first day without germified kiddos lolloping around the house so I get a quick 5 mins to post my final project in the Lawn Fawn trio. Having said that, my order from Make The Day Special just came in and I have one more idea up my sleeve!
This card was a labour of love I can tell you. It was kinda guitar inspired – the strings?! To get them all lined up was a pain and I’ve still not got them exactly facing dead straight on- but I’m comforting myself with the fact that it’s handmade and not supposed to be perfect 😉 ( keep telling yourself that!) I simply stamped each letter out ( from the Milo’s Alphabet stamp set) sandwiched a piece of embroidery thread between that and another piece of slightly smaller card and began the ‘suspending operation’. I had to add adhesive in three layers to make sure there was enough sticky and spent ages tweaking the strings.
Anyhow- it’s different and as per one of the Lawn Fawn categories – it’s making the alphabet the star. If you want to join in, you’ve got until Monday. It can be an old project – just check out all the details here
Well this weekend I’m demoing in Sycamore Park Garden Centre. They’re lovely there and I’m demoing all sorts from 10-4. Would love you to pop along and sing me a carol or too to keep me going… or not. The choice is yours!!
Well, have copy to write and projects that won’t make themselves.
Thanks for all your comments recently- they really are lovely to read!
See you when I’ve washed 5 lots of uniform! Joy! Xx
Yes, I can hear you thinking, she’s finally lost it. I have absolutely no idea where this idea for a card came from. I’ve never seen a motorcycle formation display but there we are.
This is using the same set as the last post- Critters in The Snow.
I will make another one- in festive colours with a tree base- as they do look quite like a Christmas tree all stacked up don’t they! I just cut out shapes to make the bike – at least I’m hoping you’ve all recognised it as a motorbike?!
I’ve one more Lawn Fawn related card to show you tomorrow that was a PIG to make. One of those…well you’ll see it tomorrow.
I’d love to tell you a funny story but life here has been not so funny with sick kids still. I’ve one left at home and two have returned to school. My eldest boy missed his Victorian day where he was supposed to be a gardeners apprentice. Ah well. I could do with one of those at home- you should see my back garden!! I’ve been press ganged into putting up most of the decorations. At least that’s a big job nearly done!
I had really better go- got some serious business with some washi tape to undertake! Ha!
See you when I’ve stuck myself to everything with washi! x
Good morning! How are you?
I’m doing ok; just about standing after a fun and busy weekend. Back to back parties has this girl a little less energised but hopefully I’ll be back to full steam quickly!
This card is using a set from Lawn Fawn. I’ve posted using Lawn Fawn before but never ‘cute’. I do love the way they are perfect for scenes and this took a humungous amount of time with lots of masking and fussy cutting ( the reindeers are all one piece) but I think I like it 😉.
It’s called Critters in The Snow and has lots more cuties ( if you’re any good at using them!!)
See the reigns? I made those from the Milo Alphabet– a nod to Santa who has yet to appear in the scene!!
My littliest declared these were the cutest stamps he’d ever seen ( bless!) so they’ve got his stamp of approval! For Lawn Fawn you know where to go..head over to Make The Day Special
It’s been a busy week- I’ve been guesting over at Moxie Fab World here which was a real honour to be asked. My card was this one
Well, the parties went well. I had to play Paul Hollywood for part of Friday evening as a spoof Great British Bake Off. It was surprisingly fun. I’d tweeted Sue Perkins and Paul Hollywood for tips on impersonating them and amazingly Sue Perkins responded with
I gave out lots of sarcastic put downs and Mary Berry was thoroughly lovely ( as usual). The next morning Will had his party- and with a distinctly short amount of sleep & some great help from the other kids, we had a fun morning. Will was very specific about his cake although I cheated and made it 2D – ( come on now, I’m not perfect!!)
Righto- that’s enough from me. I’ve got two boys off sick ( again). One was sent home with a tummy bug. I was worried he wouldn’t make the car journey to pick his brother up without needing to ‘dash’.
He went out the room and came back and whispered
“It’s ok Mum” he secretly said and looking down at his tummy
“It’s told me I’m ok for half an hour”!
Off to play Nursie Florence
See you soon with more daft tales! x
If any of you have missed this publication- do look out for it. It not only has a fresh and clean approach to its design but comes with a fab set of stamps and the majority of the projects use the set in different styles. The accompanying stamp set is A4 sized and this is one of my projects in there. I was given the task of simply embossing. One of those things you often bypass on your way to the latest and most exciting trend. It was good to get back to basics and do some shrink plastic tags which again I’ve not tried on ages.
This is where you can find out more about the mag Its every 8 weeks and worth subscribing to. I’ve not found it locally- would be interesting to hear where you’ve all seen it?
At the mo I’m planning two parties. One for a lovely girl who’s heading back to the States (wonder if I could hide in her suitcase?!!) and the other is for Will aka ‘mr reluctant party’er’. He’s come around to the idea and is busy helping with the planning.
The only game he actually wants to play is ‘Don’t Eat Tommy Smartie’. The woman who invented this game needs a medal. A truly bizarre game with the ability to turn kids into a giggling mass!
You have a plate of smarties ( obviously limit the amount on there or there’ll be a ton of green faced kids moping around your celebration). 10-20 smarties. The kid ‘on’ leaves the room.
The rest of the kids decide and choose a particular smartie. Try to get them NOT to touch the sweets! The ‘on’ kid comes back in and chooses one and eats it. He continues to eat until he picks up the smartie and everyone screams ‘don’t eat Tommy Smartie’.
I thought it sounded ‘lame’ ( to quote Will) too. But honestly- it was THE party game everyone loved.
Right- with 2 bouncy boys at home ‘sick’ (or not as the case is), my time is definitely not my own
See you soon when I’ll have been totally baked and partied out!
PS-the find the pony game still stands. Naughty Taheerah hid a pony in one of my posts. There’s a stampy prize up for grabs!