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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

James is Candle-tastic!

Hello there, hope you're having a good week, hasn't the weather been a lovely treat over the last few days, so nice to enjoy a little autumn sunshine!
 
A couple of weeks ago, I spotted some very reasonably priced pillar candles, and it occurred to me that I've not indulged in any candle decorating for absolutely ages, so I purchased said candles and went home to dig out the heat gun.
If you've not had a go at this before, I highly recommend you try.......so basically we have an image stamped onto tissue paper, which I've coloured with promarkers (best to stick with quite bold shades, I find), the images is cut out and placed onto candle. You will need baking paper wrapped around the candle and image and then warm up your heat gun and watch the image "melt" into the candle - a little bit of magic, methinks - there is a much more informative tutorial here. In case you were wondering, this super cute bear is James from LOTV.

Hope you likey......I am planning on making more Christmassy themed ones, so watch this space and let me know if you have a go!

my time to craft - teddy bears picnic
dragons lair designs - anything but a card


 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Two's Company with the Cuties....and news of a DT call too!

Hello there, and thank you for visiting! Hope your week is going well for you! It has been a busy past couple of weeks, back at work and looking after my "invalid". He is slowly "getting there"!! My boy was back at school today and Megan goes back tomorrow to start A levels!
 
So, back to the reason for the post and its time for a new
our theme this time is Two's Company and we are looking for super cute cards with two images together or one image with two characters......we were lucky enough to be given some adorable images from our lovely sponsors to play with............which I've used here:
Image coloured with promarkers and paper pieced, the papers are once again from papermania eau de nil! The sentiment is my own using zipty-do font. The border is cut with a Martha Stewart punch, and the flowers are a very old woodware punch - always nice to use some old faves. Also used a Joycraft Ivy die and some sticky pearls.
 
As I said the image is from our lovely sponsors
 http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/
thank you!

We are also running a DT call with this challenge, so why not hop on over and have a look!
 
I would also like to enter this into:

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Hello there from One Happy Mum!

Good Morning, and thank you so much for visiting today.....hope the sun is shining, where you are and you are having a lovely weekend so far! So I've been back to work this week, its been busy but not so bad, and its nice to spend time with my lovely work friends.  Hubby hasn't had too bad a week, and is recovering slowly, but well. My very good news for you is that my wonderful daughter, Megan, got her GCSE results on Thursday and I am delighted to share that she got 8A's (to go with the 2A's that she got last year) and 2B's....to say we are incredibly proud of her is an understatement! We had already treated her to a new laptop as a "Well Done for working so hard" treat, but I have the feeling that a few more congratulations-type gifts will be popping up too, lol....we will wait until the old chap is feeling better, then have a nice meal out to celebrate, both!
 
So, I do have a card to share....and once again I went for the eau du nil papers, I just adore them! At the moment The Glitter Pot have free p&p, so after weeks of longing for them, I treated myself to the Wild Rose set of these papers......oooh they are yummy and you'll be seeing them here a lot, methinks.
The sentiment is one of my own creations, using Zitpy-do and Dancing script fonts, for the embellies I used a few oldies here....the flowers are cut with a woodware punch that I've had almost as long as I've been doing this stuff, the wee white and teal brads I've had for ages too, and the same with the lace. Its always nice to have a root around in your older stash, you're going to look at some of it and wonder what on earth you were thinking of when you bought it....but sometime you find some real treats!

Thanks for visiting me today......enjoy the weekend!

Hugs from me xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Buttons, Bows and a whole lotta cuteness!

Ok, so here's a question - is there anything worse in the world than the first day back at work after a couple weeks off - nope, thought not! But that's what my day holds for me...even though the last two weeks has been all about running around looking after the old fella, washing out his commode pot in the mornings, trying to avoid pot holes if I've taken him out in the wheelchair, and generally lots of pillow plumping.....but at least I've been able to fall out of bed at a more sociable hour than 5am, but hey-ho!
Anyway, Monday it is and its time for a new
and this time its all about
 BUTTONS & BOWS
We are lucky enough this time to be sponsored by our lovely friends at
http://www.craftyribbons.com/
who are offering a fab prize, so its well worth clicking the link, joining in the fun and checking out the other wonderful DT cards for inspiration!

For my own DT card I plumped for another  of the stamps that my lovely hubby got for my birthday...this time its Albie the Cotton Rabbit from Sugar Nellie. Isn't he a sweetie, I do have a fondness for animals in knitwear! He is coloured with promarkers, and image is mounted on a Nellie snellen die cut.  The paper is from a brambly hedge stack. Also used: Ribbon, Rik Rak, twine and buttons.

I would like to enter this into:

thank you so much for visiting today.....



Monday, 11 August 2014

Happy Monday!

Hi there to you all, hope you've had a lovely weekend....and managed to keep dry with the awful rain that we had yesterday....I did venture out with the dogs in the afternoon and got caught in a downpour (but actually it was great excuse to throw my Jim-Jams back on when we got home!)
 
I have the next week off from work, and usually this time of year we would be visiting my hubby's family and staying in Lossiemouth in the North of Scotland, however, looking at the weather there at the moment its maybe just as well that hubby went into hospital instead (every cloud and all that!), speaking of the old chap, he has had a restful weekend - emphasis on the "he has" - for me, its kind of like having a new baby at home! When he was napping yesterday I did manage to get a little bit of me and my craft desk time....and this was the outcome:
This stamp is from Sugar Nellie and was part of a birthday pressie bundle that my hubby bought me when he went and visited his family in Scotland, prior to his op, and paid a wee visit to The Papercraft Boutique in Elgin (which is the retail store of Funky Kits). The image is coloured with the promarkers and a dollop of glossy accents on the balloons. I think the paper was a download from Raspberry Road, but I'm not certain, I used a cuttlebug embossing folder to create the border and them added gingham ribbon. The die is from Memory Box, and button and pearls from stash.
 
I needed a little something to give my mojo a prod and I found this fab sketch to follow:
from the current sketch and stash challenge, which I would like to enter.
 
I also based the Lavender and Ivory colour scheme on this photo inspiration from:
sweet stampin challenge (please feel free to disregard my entry if it isn't close enough to the brief)
 
thank you for visiting me today....have a great week xx
 
 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Picnic Time wth The Cuties......and a further hubby update!

Hello blogland....if any of you are still with me! The last month has been such a chaotic time for me, and the only time I've been getting to blog is either spent doing DT stuff or challenge posts, I do apologise that I've not done any blog visiting, I will try to catch up with you all in the fullness of time! Anyway, the main reason for this post is to tell you all about the Cutie Pie challenge, that started on Monday.....we have a fab theme this time that is:
Teddy Bears Picnic
so why not grab a bear, a nice tartan blanket and some sandwiches and join us.......or you could just click the above link, check out the wonderful cards our DT have made this time and join in the fun,
 
For my own DT card, I have used this adorable LOTV stamp
Image coloured with promarkers.
The sentiment created using Zipty-do font.
Marianne Creatables die used for flower.
Button from The Range
Paper is an oldie from stash (soooo pretty!!!)
Ribbon from Asda.
 
 
 
Our challenge is sponsored by:
who are offering a fab prize to our chosen winner, and we are lucky enough to have a second sponsor this time:

who are offering some amazing digi stamp prizes to our randomly chosen winner.....so lots to play for!
 
I just haven't had the time to think about entering challenges for a few weeks, but I thought I'd give a couple a go...
sweet stampin - bingo straight down the middle
 
 
 
Finally, Just wanted to let you know that my hubby was discharged from hospital last Wednesday, since my last post he had had a bit of a rough time of it as his wound became infected and had to be partially reopened, the anti-b's disagreed with him and he suffered chronic diaorrhea for five days, which in turn caused his potassium levels to hit the floor causing him to become very confused and suffer hallucinations.....but these wobbles got sorted and the agreed to let him come home. We have a nurse in to him every other day to change his wound dressing, we had to have the Dr out to him on Monday as he had picked up a water infection that we making him feel even more poorly, so its slow progress, but every day he is feeling a little bit better........we would both like to say Thank you so much for the kind and supportive message, they have been really encouraging to read on the "down" days, and its so nice to be able to share a bit of happier news now.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Love, Marriage and an update on my hubby!

Hi there, hope you've had a lovely weekend, this is just a really quick post to let you know that it's time for a new challenge with the The Cutie Pies, our theme this time is all about LOVE & MARRIAGE, we would love to have you joining us for this, so click the link and check out the other amazing DT cards and details of our fabby prize. 

Kept it fairly simple for my own effort, using a super cute image from Birdie Brown.
 
 




Apologies for the short post here, but as you can imagine my blogging time is somewhat limited at the moment......anyway, my hubby went in on Monday for his op, he was terrified so it was quite an emotional morning (and just to add to my stress our flipping car broke down as I was driving home from the hospital, but that's a whole other story) but the op itself went well despite a couple of blips (it took two hours just to cut him open due to previous scar tissue and adhesions) and he had a major bleed too, but hubby had continued to make steady progress in his recovery,  and over the week moved from ICU down to high dependancy ward and then on Friday to a regular ward. They've had him up and walking about and most of his wound is drying well, the lower areas have been oozing, so they've been using various dressings and equipment to help it along. I've been a bit concerned since he moved to the ward as it is extremely warm and stuffy and he seems to be feeling more hot and bothered, when I was in last night his temperature was raised so they were going to take some bloods to check for infection, but to me he just looks dehydrated.....apparently he lost 11 litres of fluid during the op, and although he's had a couple of blood transfusions and had fluid on an IV drip for a couple of days I think maybe that's what he needs, anyway, I'll be back there this afternoon and hopefully he'll be a bit brighter.