Friday, December 15, 2017

House Party

I couldn't find that wretched Elf this morning so I asked The Doc if he had seen him.
"Yes" came the reply. "His in the lounge playing with the House calendar."

Hmm seems innocent enough.

 Spoke too soon!


Just you come out of there this minute and bring all those sweeties with you.

Mia's Birthday Candy

I was one of the lucky winners of Mia's Birthday Candy and when the parcel arrived I just could not believe the amount of sumptuous goodies that Mia had managed to cram into the parcel. The two following photos really do not do them justice but you will get some idea of the lovely items that I received.
 There were sewing items , ribbons, serviettes , stamps, papers  galore.Mia had even included a duffel bag to store it all in.  You can just see it in the back ground.
 There was also a lot of christmas type items too. Certainly enough to keep me occupied for a good while. Thankyou Mia for my lovely parcel and brightening my day for me. (I even forgot I had the flu whilst unpacking it all) Lol.  Please pop over to Mia's blog where she is always making and showing her unique style of crafting..

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


So the conversation yesterday went along the lines of:

The Doc      To me.  "I see your  eating  plenty of the grapes I bought for you then?"

Me             Looking puzzled. "No just a few yesterday but none  today."

The Doc     "Well the bowls nearly empty now"!!


Me        " L'th"?  Just you come out from under the dinning room table this minute and bring that bowl of grapes with you"

To be continued.

Monday, December 11, 2017


So  let me recap. Having given up and  gone to bed early only to spend the time  having hallucinations and nightmares I woke up and turned, expecting to have The Doc reassure me that I had indeed dreamt that awful Elf arrived the night before but instead..................................................

This is what I saw.

I guess it really is true then.

If you missed how he managed to get past my security cordon you can read the post  Foiled Again. Here 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Gift Bags.

It's the last challenge of the year for the Christmas Card club to show our latest makes. Rita chose the theme of Christmas gifts and I came up with the following idea.

Gift bags for containing small items  such as chocolates.sweets, jewellry etc.

I made 7  in total in 3 different colourways but showing only 3 here today.

 I followed a tutorial by Tonic (as it is their dies I have used to make the box) but I did make one modification on the handles which I reinforced on the insides  so using 4 handle shapes and not just the two in the tutorial. You can find the link on the Tonic Studio site/You tube..  The Flowers were made using a Poinsettia die by Ultimate Crafts. First cutting out in green and then several in red and fussy cutting to get the different layers. I used stickles glue and beads for the centres.
I will be around all your lovely blogs as soon as I can.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Foiled Again!!

Sorry for my absence. Still not feeling too tickety boo and definitely not firing on all four cylinders yet but needs must so time to crack on.
Speaking of time I'm not sure where last week went too or what that awful Elf got up to (whilst I was indisposed ) but lets recap to the happy hour  of 11.30pm last Thursday  30th November when The Doc and I were sitting congratulating ourselves that
A.   The elves had all been packed off to finishing school up at the North Pole.

B. Side garden gate bolted and padlocked. Key in The Docs pocket. ✔
     Front door locked and dead bolt on  and also the letterbox sealed with strong adhesive..✔
     Back door locked. Key on peg away from window. ✔
     Cat flap securely shut and locked.✔
     Cat indoors.✔
     Windows securely bolted.✔
     Wire cage firmly attached to chimneystack.✔

So I was just saying to The Doc that my changing the password every five minutes had really worked as nothing/no one unauthorised had entered the building.

There was a ghastly silence until the The Doc said
"Well if you don't include the postman banging on the front door (The door bell having been tapped up)  earlier this afternoon and delivering a box"

The ensuing conversation went roughly like this.

Me.  "What box and who was it for?"

The Doc.   "Well it just said for Whom it may concern!"

Me.   "Where is it now then?"

The Doc. " I don't know. Norm took it upstairs, as though he wasn't expecting anything he thought it might be just be an early christmas present from his beloved 'Sammy'.

Me.      NORM?
            Wherever you are DO NOT OPEN THAT BOX!!!!!

Too late

At which point I gave up and went to bed for the entire weekend!!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Just to say

Having struggled all week I'm now sick in bed with this cold/flu bug going the rounds at the moment and to cap it all that awful Elf is back too. It's enough to drive you to drink. Well the mulled wine anyways!  Normal services will resume asap.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Meet The Gang

As promised here is a picture of the little perishers  'The Elves'  before they  all got parcelled off to the North Pole.

I have had an email from Santa to say they arrived safely and  are being put through their duties at the Elf Finishing Academy .

These two are already in their new homes as they got sent off first.

This is Bashful. So callled because I had a slight  mishap when  sewing his head on. When I sat him up he was facing the wrong way so he had to have minor surgery to correct the fault. He also has 'Googly ' eyes as he is in a home with adults only.

Here is  'Pushie' rather aptly named by his new owner as pushy indeed he was. Always first in the queue to choose his hair colour and leggings.

So I am now  safe in the knowledge that there are no Elves  left in the building. Boy does it feel good to know that this Christmas is going to be a nice quiet one.

No Elves are crossing this threshold.




The house has been on lock down for the past week. Even the Cat is confined  and The Doc is on litter tray duties. No one enters or leaves with out stating the pass code which I am changing every  5mins.

Oh Bliss!!

Roll on Christmas

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Christmas Card Club time again and it is Mary's turn to set the theme which is Mixed Media. I'm a bit short on time at the moment so I'm just showing the last of the little shaker ornaments I made. I figure they work for mixed media so here goes.

I used a variety of stamps to create my stag wreath. The stag is a freebie magazine one along with the little sprig of holly that I created the circle with but from different magazines. The shaker element is made using small red glass beads. I painted the holly and berries using distress inks.  Glitter glue on the front for the added sparkle.

I used the stags head again for this one. The snowflakes were a magazine freebie and I created the outer edge circle using a peg stamp by Heyda which I kept on turning this way and that as I stamped using a red distress ink pad. Small micro beads used for the shaker element and more glitter glue on the front.

Last one is a small snow scene. the house is a magazine freebie. Flying geese are by Card-io along with the silhouette tree.  I created the background using distress inks picked up on an acrylic block and painted with a small paint brush. The acetate I used for the front of the shaker element is printed with falling snow which I thought suited my little scene. Small micro beads used again  and more glitter glue but silver this time. 

Entering into the following challenge:
Scraps of Life by scrappy Mo # November Rudolph day.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Potting Shed

I have eluded to The Potting Shed in previous posts as to being the place Miss Di and I abscond to when Parsnip isn't on patrol in Pixie's Play Ground. Well we got caught red handed the other day!
Here is the proof.

As soon as I saw this digi from Sparkle & Sprinkle called 'Wine Friends' I knew I just had to have it and send the ensuing card to Di.  This is the two of us to a T.  I have several other digi's of the ladies up to no good that I have threatened to colour and send to Di when appropriate!!.

Coloured with my promarkers and a silver gel pen. The background is created with my scor pal and green chalks to look like the said potting shed. 

The sentiment stamp is by Riley & Company called 'Funny Bones' The paper is again a magazine freebie from Paper Crafter June 2016 'Boutique chic'. Made up into an easel card.

That Parsnip is such a snitch!!! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lemon Sentiment.

There is a new challenge on the Butterfly blog.
#90 Butterflies + H is for Handwritten and/or the colour Lemon.  So a handwritten sentiment is the requirement this time. No sticker, no stamp, no die cut  just the words hand written by yourself.

Here is my  inspiration for you.

I decided to make a Dutch fold card. I have made these in the past but could I find the instructions I use? Nope. Never mind I knew a site that would have the instructions. I should have stopped right there and then. Do you ever start a card and then everything goes wrong but you keep on going because to start afresh isn't an option either with the supplies your using or timewise? Yes? So you will feel my pain!!

Looking at the instructions for cutting the two pieces of card required  had me thinking these measurements  are wrong surely( but you keep going because that's what they say.) Sure enough having cut the card they are wrong even after having gone back and checked I haven't made a mistake. Nada.
Ok time for a rain check and go look on You Tube. The first one I came across was by Dawn Griffith from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts (20th Oct  2016) for making a Dutch Fold Christmas Card. Now not only is it cut from one piece of card but the fold is turned sideways. I like this idea so off I go.
Out with a fresh piece of card and cut the card to the correct size. No problem. Then I did a silly thing and cut the wrong pieces off the card to discard. (I was trying to watch the video and do it at the same time. (should know better.) Not wasting more card so I turned the card upside down and refolded which then left me with a crease I didn't want,so my bright idea was to use the design paper to cover the crease. Worked fine but then I need to cover the back of the card to hide the crease as well and I only have the one sheet of the paper I'm using. A lot of cutting and pasting later and the card was finally done.

Here is the card folded up and as you can see a side ways version.

Here is my hand written sentiment. Done in Blood/Gold pen, sweat and tears.

Design papers, gold stickers, ribbon , lace  and gold edging from my stash. I do like the way that the card is cut  in one piece and now that I have cut a paper template showing me which bits not to cut off I will use again. Hope you will have the time to join in the new challenge.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

More Chevrons

As promised here are some more ideas for using Chevrons on your cards and makes for the Butterfly challenge which is still running until next Tuesday.

For the first card I have used the shape Z Fold Card but made it a bit different by including a round window on the first 2 folds which then look through to the back fold. I made the card from purple card stock and the patterned paper is a freebie from Making Cards  magazine called 'Pastel Petals' March 2016.

Pink Ric rac braid from my stash, along with the Butterflies that were previously made up and in the odds box. The doilies were a present from a blogging friend that I layered up for a shabby chic look as they are only attached in the centre behind the butterfly. 

Sentiment  is a die cut by Xcut cut 3 times and layered up for extra depth.
Next card uses the shape Double Z Fold Card. Ive used cream coloured watercolour card for making the shape. The paper on the back of the card is a freebie from Paper Crafter Magazine and is by Hunkydory called 'Boutique Chic'  June 2016. Butterfly paper is from Crafters Companian Club Inspire free to download from their site. This is from the April 2016 collection. The strip of purple butterflies is a tonic border punch. I had used the fall out butterflies on a previous card and the strip was still out on my desk begging to be used. Large butterfly was salvaged from a Birthday card that had been sent to me. 

I know your thinking  so where are the chevrons, well if you look down on the card from above there they are!! A bit of  lateral thinking outside of the box.  

Now if you don't have any braid or chevron paper or dies I bet you do have paper, pencil, rubber and marker pen to make your own though!  I made this tag from the left over cream watercolour card and marking a 1/2" grid square up using a pencil. Then I simply used a ruler  to make the chevron lines using a purple marker pen. After making sure the chevrons were dry I rubbed out the pencil lines.
Tag shape is a SU punch. Butterfly and sentiment from my stash. Simples!!!

I expect your all waiting for an Elf Factory UpDate?  Well they are all made. 2 have already gone off to their new homes to cause Christmas Havoc  and the rest are here on my desk. I would say sat looking at me but I haven't embroidered their eyes on yet so they can't!!  Photo shoot will be imminent

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Ornaments Shaker Style

The internet continues to be fickle here and now my ipad will only work upstairs on the 3G network.! I did go into the 3 shop and they popped my post code into their computer clattered away, stared intently at the screen for what seemed like several minutes, sighed and looked up and then pronounced yes the network was being upgraded in my area but they have finished it now. Anything to get me out of the shop and back to whatever he was doing before I interrupted.  I have a green light here with the internet at the moment so hopefully can get this posted.
I really thought the christmas card club theme was for this Sunday coming so I'm chasing my tail somewhat as these should have been made and posted  last sunday. Sorry girls. Blame it on the Internet as it really mucks my timings up as to what day it it.

Anyway I have been doing some more little water colour scenes +using small stamps for the detailing and have made them into Shaker style christmas ornaments. I have made six  but these are just the
first 3. It was Lorraine's turn to pick the theme and Shimmer and Shine was chosen so hope the glitter glue around the edges and on the scenery will count.
This one uses a Circadesign stamp called 'Forest 'purchased at the NEC on my recent trip.  I have painted the background using Distress ink pads daubed onto an acetate block and picked up with a paint brush onto water colour card stock. The trees were stamped over with versamark and heat set using black embossing powder so that they wouldn't bleed when painting them and the background around. Clear acetate used to cover the front and large micro beads for the shaker element. 

I have to say this one is my favourite as I love the way the pale pink and mauve sky turned out. I stamped using blue distress ink and then clear embossing powder over the top to heat set beofre colouring in the snowy background and sky. This little stamp is by Inkylicious called 'Winter Cabin'.
Iv'e used small blue beads crystal beads for the shaker element and little silver sticker for the stars.
Here I've used two different stamp sets. 'Santa Sleigh' from Inkylicious which comes both left and right facing in the same packet. The house and trees are from Hobby Art from their ' Winter Scene-its set'. (Iv'e not used all the elements yet.) Stamped with Memento ink and then heat set using clear embossing powder before painting in the background . The Sentiment came with the sleigh set. I have used small micro beads for the shaker element this time.

Q. Now can you guess what I used to make the ornaments with? Here is a piccy of them taken sideways.

A. Good old empty DS tape spool rings  (now you do keep all yours don't you!!!!) and covered inside and out with various Washi tapes. (I shall be keeping the tiny empty rings from these as well).

Now as I have used snippets  I'm off to the playground and decorate a few of the trees by the swings. Might just have to call into the potting shed on my way back too so long as Parsnip is not on patrol!!

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #307/308  Use up your snippets. (empty D.S. tape rings. )

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


Time again for another Butterfly Challenge. A nice easy one after the last brain teaser. 

Iv'e made simple card shapes this time as the internet is very iffy at the moment and I didn't want to miss getting these uploaded before it decided to fall over yet again. The weather is affecting the signals in our area. 
The first card uses a freebie chevron design paper from Making Cards Sep. 2015 called 'Stunning  Trees'. The patterned dp is also a freebie from a magazine but I have no name for it. Attached to backing card and then distressed around the edges. It is very cold here tonight and my double sided tape is being  decidedly one sided which paid dividends as just as I was about to glue the pansy cut out in place I noticed that the little butterflies (in the patterned paper  were flying upside down so I quickly wipped it off and re attached it the right way up. Phew!! The purple butterflies are out cuts from a Tonic Edge puncher. I have left the sentiment to attach later when I have decided what sort of card to make it into. I think it also needs a bit more adding to it not sure what though.

Second card I have attached the chevron freebie design paper( from Making Cards Sep 2015 called 'Fashion Girls') to a purple cardstock base. Other papers are also freebies in my stash and were snippets and again adhered to purple cardstock  The butterfly came from my butterfly box along with the feather which just happened to be in there(probably put it in the box cause it was getting up my nose on my desk  and I needed breathing space to move!) and also purple in colour.  Matching pearl from my stash.
Nice and simples. Hope you will come and play along. the challenge runs for two weeks and I will show you next week some more cards using intricate card shapes and other types of Chevrons. 
Internet is green so I'm good to go!!