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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!
Forgive me for not posting – it’s a little full on over here and much of what I’m doing I can’t post – sufficient to say that I’m not sitting with my feet up 😉!
This card was a last minute one for Will who is 6 today. It’s using some Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts and some stamps I produced recently just for a stamping workshop. I should really tell you about those- but time is of the essence so I won’t for now.
Let’s just say it was fun creating this- I rarely do that at the mo and he seemed happy enough with it.
Less happy is he with the concept of ‘party’.
Far be it for me to inflict unnecessary socialising onto someone, but the party was his idea.
I asked him who he’d like to invite.
He gave me one name.
I looked quizzically at him, waiting for the next ones.
No more names came.
I asked who else he’d like to have to the party.
Now he looked confused
‘Cant I just have one’ he queried?
‘Not really, Will, your other friends would like to come’.
Choosing just one from the little group was tantamount to social suicide.
‘Ok’ he sighed and reluctantly gave me two more names.
‘What about x and y’ I suggested.
Indignantly he looked at me and with an exasperated tone he said
“Do I have to have them”.
We settled on 5 friends. That’s just about perfect.
We wrote the list and he begrudgingly added each friend.
His sister asked ‘can I come?’
He looked cheekily at her and retorted
“NO- you’re noton the list”.
Maybe one day he’ll enjoy parties.
For now, he’s more concerned with the Lego cake he wants me to create. I’m not sure he’s even bothered about the party.
He’s a ‘partyforone’ guy.
Happy with his own company.
See you soon- hopefully to show you a few things I’ve been up to!
Better dash and make a party tea !
Hey! Today’s my day over at Make The Day Special
I’ve just created a simple card using the ‘Oh Yeah’ set and the Chevron dies.
Using up the stash as usual.
It’s fair to say I’m taking it slow.
After the mammoth blog hop was immensely fun and tiring in equal measures, I also ran an all day workshop for a whole bunch of girls on Saturday.
So I’m a little slow.
I’m getting nowhere fast! Normal service ( if there is such a thing) will be resumed as normal.
Do you join me in kicking back a little.
See you when I’ve woken up!! xx
Welcome to a really special post! This is probably one of the biggest blog hops EVER! Hopefully you’ve joined me from Moxie Fab World
We are honouring Cath Edvalson. I know I’ve already posted about her- but this is the better post! We decided to create a blog hop to say THANKS! She coined the phrase ‘Moxie Fab’ to describe anything truly amazing, splendid or gorgeous- & I guess she never knew how big it would come or how much we all think of her. I went all the way back to look at the first post.. Cath described what it was to be all about..
“But more than that, Moxie Fab World is a place where we can all get to know one another a little better. It’s a place where we can enjoy a stout cup of coffee, a warm spot of tea, or a sweet sip of cocoa and gather around our computers on our own time and on our own terms. It’s a place where we will share ideas, explore the trendy possibilities, and uncover the magical opportunities we have to connect with one another in this most heartfelt of hobbies, paper crafting.” (Nov 11 2008)
It has remained true to her wish for it. She has little idea about the place she holds in our hearts- without ever meeting her you just know that she is sincere and real. I don’t know her amazingly well, but whenever I’ve corresponded with her, you get a lovely impression of her. She’ll always leave a lovely comment when visiting your blog, and some of her comments on my cards have made me sigh with happiness. This card that I’ve created says ‘Cath’ to me. She loves colour & is a real wordsmith (note the letter type paper in the background).
She will get to read some amazing tributes along the way. What she doesn’t know is that in the space of less than a week, a secret Facebook group was set up just to organise this. We thought we’d get a few.. but there are 756 members! Not all of them were able to join in- but we have retailers & individuals. At the moment there are about 276 people signed up to hop. Having that many people wanting to honour her makes her special indeed. There were many who wanted to be part of this hop-
There are some people that we have to thank in all of this. A lot of the administrative work & problem shooting was done by the amazing, lovely and funny Virginia Lu & Taheerah Atchia. Chatting with them through the week has totally made my week. They have been utter stars. Thanks go to Kryssi Ng who put together the fantastic graphics for the blog headers & button. Michelle Liimatainen did some sterling checking of the spreadsheets & we must particularly say a big Thankyou to Aris from Inlinkz who has been so helpful in trying to organise the link system. Before it sounds like an Oscar’s speech- big thanks to Stacy Croninger for letting us begin at Moxie Fab World & Susan Opel who is cheerleader extraordinaire! Thank you to all of the girls (& gent) who have posted or been part of the group. With such a large group, you’d think there’d be difficulties- but they’ve all been a super supportive bunch; the epitomy of what Cath envisaged for Moxie Fab World all that way back in 2008.
So, here’s to you Cath! Inspiration supremo, Trendsetter and trendwatcher, Champion of the beginners (and the rest!) and Confidence cheerleader. If it wasn’t for you & gaining confidence through joining the Moxie Fab challenges, I’d never have plucked up the courage to submit to Paper Crafts (as it was then). We all think you’re wonderful- we can’t wait to see where you take your sunshine next!
Grab a few coffees (in fact, better go get a flask)- some of the brightest & loveliest people have all joined to say THANKS to Cath. Next up is Jennifer Ingle. I just know you’re about to see something amazing!
For a list of all of the links of those taking part (in case you get lost or a link doesn’t quite work), check the Inlinkz symbol just below or pop back to Moxie Fab World who has the list there too.
This is a super simple card- using a set from a new company that you’ll be hearing a lot about in the near future. It’s one of those cards that remind me of lots of people. Some people are just complete ‘joys’ aren’t they! One of those is Cath Edvalson. This card is for her. She’s one of those lovely person that sprinkles sunshine wherever she goes. I know that tons of people hold her in really high regard & she is stepping down from being the mastermind & contributor at Moxie Fab World . We know she’ll be planning a new and exciting future & so I simply had to post and say THANKS! One day, if I ever get to visit the US, and had a wish list of places to go and people to see- she’d be on that list somewhere right at the top!
Some of my most exciting challenges (wins or not) have been over at Moxie Fab World. Cath would post unique challenges that made you think & get really creative. Some of my fave cards have come as a result of entering her challenges. I loved being part of last years ‘Trendy Card’ list & I can tell you, if Cath visits your blog & leaves you a comment..well, your day is totally made! She posted daily a inspiring picture which often left you thinking about colour or design or just how beautiful nature is. She will be so missed – she’s irreplaceable!
If any of you have missed this link up- there’s one over at MFW- you could join in too and leave her your best wishes and thanks.
This week has seen me prepping for an all day workshop. I do love teaching- I could do it happily all day. Prepping is less fun- but I’m nearly sorted! We have had a few hiccups this week- let me tell you about one!
I play taxi a considerable amount of the time. I’d picked up 2 kids, went elsewhere to pick up 2 more & was waiting half an hour before picking up the last one. We popped to Tesco to pick up some bits ready for Bonfire night. As we’d loaded the shopping, one of the kids was messing around. They couldn’t close the boot on account of being too diddy, so I asked an older child. This child didn’t take too well to being asked.
They went to back of the car & instead of pulling the door down (it’s a hatchback type), they grabbed the rods that allow the door to open and close. They obviously did this with some force & then whacked the boot down.
There was a crunch noise.
Not a good sort of ‘crunch’. It was in fact the sound of metal bending. Not realising what they’d done, they decided to give it a second go, further damaging the car. I was out of the front seat in a hurry but the second bending had already occurred. Granted, I didn’t know this is what had happened until I looked into the boot.
The boot was not going to shut. Nor could I drive home with an unstable boot in the wind. I knew that if I let it drop down any further, it would bend the metal further & possibly break it. So I had good (?) idea no.1…I balanced the boot on my head & phoned my hubby.
‘Hi Steve, I have a slight problem”
“go on” he said, sounding unphased
“One of the kids has broken the boot & I’m balancing it on my head’
“Pardon? You’re balancing the boot on your head?”
“Yes, I thought it the best thing to do”.
I could hear him explaining the ridiculous situation to his colleagues. “Hang on, can’t you manage?”
Well I couldn’t, I don’t have any tools in the car. I will be getting some shortly. He arranged to come & I waited, in the cold & now with the light fading, watching the shoppers in Tesco come in and out.
After 5 minutes the boot was hurting my head. Daughter no.1 came to my rescue- fortunately we’re about the same height. Two of us stood, like complete numpties balancing a boot on our heads.
Did anyone stop? Did anyone check we were ok?
No. Not a sausage!
Our friends who visited that evening for Bonfire Night, remarked it was little wonder that no-one stopped- we must have looked a little odd.
After a while, it hurt too much. I took the rash decision to rest it on one shoulder. When the cold & weight got too much, I simply shifted it onto the other shoulder. There I stood, for at least 15 minutes. The other daughter (who I was supposed to have picked up by now) wasn’t responding to my phonecalls. Then my phone died. The end of the story was seeing a very bedraggled daughter make her way crossly up the hill joined also by my husband who removed the strut (after trying to return it to the original shape) & closed the boot.
The offending child became public enemy No.1 to the other siblings who were freezing and less than patient at that point.
Needless to say, my shoulders are a little stiff. If you ever see someone in that predicament- do say hello, or help them; they’ll be very thankful! All ended well, we enjoyed some fantastic fireworks, bacon butties & gingerbread cake washed down with some hot chocolate. The perfect end to an otherwise imperfect day!
See you on Saturday for a very exciting post- you won’t want to miss this one!
I’m imagining its warm and I’m sitting somewhere beautifully sunny. Instead I’m wrapped in a snuggly fleece and blanket & trying to type to keep my fingers from ceasing up completely! Seriously though- this post was supposed to be all singing and dancing (in fact, neither of the two!).
I wanted to post a video with a little walk through of the XPRESS machine. Things were going well until I tried to upload it- it took 20 minutes to get to 96.4%- and , you guessed it, promptly crashed. So I’m hoping to upload the two quickies onto YouTube & just post the link. In order to be a good reviewer- I should declare all biases. I do demonstrate for Docrafts & so in some ways that makes me a little biased- HOWEVER- those of you that know me a little know I like to be honest- so what I say, I do actually think is accurate and fair.
What is it? It’s a machine with the capacity to take A4 sized folders/dies. There is no die or embossing folder known to man that it can’t cope with. (I wish the same could be said for me and my kids ). It will take any manufacturers dies & happily chomps through fabric, foam, light chipboard, cardstock etc. If you can get scissors through a product, then you should be able to use the X-Press for it (dies allowing).
One of its greatest features is that you can fold it up. Most of us don’t own craft studios (sigh!) and so space is at a premium. This folds up and down as much as you need.
Ok- here’s part 1 of the walk through ( before my phone dies and I had to make part 2!)
And after …
Yes- I’m squished down trying to fit into the frame (no rude comments please!) and I guess I should have smartened myself up a little but here’s the lowdown:
A4 machine- stack up loads of dies in one rotation. Saves you getting RSI (!!) & will handle the bigger A4 folders and dies.
No more ‘sandwiches’- just a dial that will allow for every different thickness of cardstock without having to add multiple shims etc.
Cuts a variety of materials
Great product guarantee. This is important. Having worked for them- they are brilliant at sorting out queries- and of course, I’m like your 24 hour help line too
Able to use dies facing up or down (although the manufacturer shows them facing up & the cutting pad will be much less expensive to replace than the base pad.
It’s a nice neutral colour. Some recent machines have colours & designs that are pretty let’s say ‘bold’!!
No electrical elements to stop working (we all know of difficulties this has caused)
Pads are not see through- although I’ve heard a whisper they might be bringing out transparent pads- which are so good for placement & partial cutting of dies (such as in Joy cards etc.)
So- in conclusion- the lowdown… this is an investment. It’s not a ‘pop out and buy with your pocket money’ piece of kit but its well worth its price. It’s priced at less than the eBosser- roughly £50 below both RRP’s although obviously you’ll find different places doing different deals.
Do I think its a good machine- yes. I love it so much, I gave my Big Shot to my Mum!! If there are any queries you’ve got (other than why is your craft room such a mess)- feel free to email me. I’ll happily answer them if I can.
Better dash- I’ve another post coming about my jaunt to Bournemouth!
See you soon, x