Monday, 31 August 2009

Crafting Bank Holiday

I hope everybody has had a lovely bank holiday. I booked Friday off work so I had an extra long break, 4 days off! Whoop! I spent Friday afternoon with Katrina, Saturday with my parents and yesterday and today making cards (in amongst cleaning, tidying and cooking!). I'm hoping to make enough to hold a second sale for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) - I held my first sale in April and haven't got round to the second sale yet! I've managed to get about 15 cards done, but still need to make more and I also want to cover some notepads and make some post-it note holders to sell.

Here are some photo's of my bank holiday creations (some layouts are taken from blog's I visit, but I didn't note which ones so thanks to all for the inspiration and sorry I cannot name you individually!):

Card Recipe:
Paper/Cardstock: SU!, Bazzill and unknown (didn't check before cutting it up!)
Image: SU! Hostess Set - A Little Bit of Happiness
Embellishments - SU Chocolate Chip Ribbon and Papermania flower
Tools - SU! Scallop Punch

Card Recipe (same products used for each card just swapped around!):
Card/Paper: SU!, Imaginisce and stock from stash
Image: From Woodware Stamp Set
Sentiment: SU!
Other: Ribbon from stash (tied to make bow), SU! Scallop Punch, Glitter and Glue Pen

I quite like these cards, the first time I've added so many layers and embellishments to a card I think!

Card Recipe:
Card/Paper: Imaginisce and pieces from stash
Image: From Stampeezee, I don't know the company I threw the packaging away!
Sentiment: SU! Starring You
Other: Ribbon from Stash, Corner Punch, Glitter and Glue Pen

I may have shared this card before as I made it for my god-daughters birthday back in June. Sorry if I have!

I hope you like my creations! I'll share more soon. I'm off to have a shower and to get an early night for the week ahead - tomorrow will be a long day at work, I'll be out of my office from 11.45am until 6pm when I go home!!

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave. Until next time....

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

They're all made!

Just a quick note from me to share all of the post-it note holders and sweet bags I made for my colleagues at work. I gave 3 of them out today (a lot of the ladies work part-time and some are on leave) and the rest will have theirs by the end of the week. They were all really pleased, so I'm glad I sat down to finish them last night now.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave - until next time....

Saturday, 22 August 2009

What a week!

What a week indeed! Work has kind of taken over this week - we had to move offices and boy was it hard work! Way harder than I thought it would be - both physically and mentally. I'm just glad we had fantastic removal men to help us out for 2 days! So, here is my new desk - I now share an office with 4 ladies, I used to share with 1 other lady who only worked part-time so it will seem odd to me being back in an office that will always have somebody else in it other than me! (Neat freak is already viewable - I've only been in the new office for 2 days!)

So needless to say not much crafting has taken place this week - I've come home each night from work exhausted. I managed to craft for an hour or so earlier, but I have lost my energy again! I've decided to make a little something for all of my work colleagues who have moved to my new building with me - 6 (lovely) ladies in total. I've made a start on 1 gift and will make the rest tomorrow hopefully.

They are little post-it note holders and a little bag of sweeties. The scalloped circle on the sweets will have a little message from me on them. This set is for my manager, Sally.

Post-it note holder recipe:
Card stock and paper - SU!
Ribbon - From my stash, probably hobbycraft
Other - 1 3/8" circle and scallop circle punches

Sweet bag recipe:
Clear Bag - SU!
Peg - From a £1 store or somewhere like that!
Paper (to cover peg) - SU!
Button - Doodlebug (linen thread - SU!)

Well I'm off for an afternoon nap now, then over to my friends for an xfactor gathering!! Hopefully next week will be a bit more settled at work so I can crack on with the 15 baby announcements and all of the other ideas I have in my head!

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave. Until next time.....

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Baby Announcement Number 2!

Here it is! I finally sat down and put together the layout for the 2nd lot of baby announcements - this time for Sara and Barry, their baby is due in about 6 weeks. (Yippee!) I've just had the ok from Sara so I'll be making another 15 of these over the next few days.

Card Recipe:
Image and Sentiment - SU! Bundle of Joy stamp set
Card/Paper - Papermania spotty paper, bazzill and SU! cardstock and card base from stash
Other - SU! Oval and Oval Scallop Punch, SU! Ink and Ribbon from stash

I made a trip to Stampezzee this morning and picked up some stuff Debbie put on reserve for me - she's just got some Imaginisce christmas goodies in and I wanted them! I love the stamps from this company - they are 99p each the images are just lovely! I'm now in the process of putting all my individual clear stamps into CD cases to make them easier to store.

I also decided to buy 2 promarkers from Stampeezzee. I have never used them before but I've seen other people use them on their own creations and I like the results. I just bought 2 to start off with - a brown and gold - to colour in my giraffe images! Hehe!

Here's a pic of my goodies:

So now I'm all pooped out! I've been busy all day so I think I might have to have a little snooze before my other half gets back from the football - I'm back to loosing him on Saturday now that the season has started again.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave, until next time.............

Monday, 10 August 2009

SU! 3-D Projects

When Katrina held her Open House a few weeks ago I said I'd put together some samples for her to use on the day. I decided to have a play around with some 3-D projects - I think I actually like to make these more than cards now!

I had some clear paint cans from an internet purchase ages ago, but I've never got round to using them. I played with my 'Wild About You' set and came up with this. I'm really pleased with it and think it will look great filled with baby grows or baby gifts (let's hope one of my friends has a baby boy - there's 2 chances over the next 6 weeks so fingers crossed!)

Sorry the photo isn't great, my other half has just played around with the photo tent for me - but it's late and the light died half way through taking photos!

My other 3-D project is a box - I got the instructions on how to make it from Monica Gale, a fellow stampin up! demonstrator. I can't link to her blog as I can't remember the name of it and the bookmark is on my computer at work! Sorry Monica for not giving you proper credit!

Sorry, the photo isn't great again - you're probably best to click on them to get a better view. All of the supplies used to make this box are SU!

Card/Paper - Selection from Earth Elements and Wasington Apple paper
Sentiment - Oval All Stamp Set
Ribbon - Whisper White Grosgrain
Tools - Oval and Scallop Oval punches

I hope you like my creations today. I must get on soon with making another set of baby announcements for my friend who's baby is due at the end of September!

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave - they make me smile! Until next time....

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Yippee yippee!

I just wanted to share my excitement! I'm off to New York in December and I've been in contact with the hotel we're staying in and they are happy for me to have a parcel delivered during our stay. So, this means I can order a stack of Papertrey Ink goodies and bring them home with me on the plane - saving on the expensive shipping costs! Yippee!! Guess what most of my Christmas presents will be!?!

Also, my sister and her boyfriend are home safely from their 4 week trip to Central America, another yippee moment! Hehe!

Ok, so now you all think I'm officially mad I'll be off - until next time....

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Mr Giraffe!

I put this card together in a speedy fashion at the weekend - for my friends daughter who turns 3 on 7 August! I got the giraffe image from a stamp set that my parents got me for my birthday, I just love the giraffe - as I mentioned in my last post I have a thing about giraffes! The layout came about by accident really, but I was inspired by the angles Katrina used in one of her recent cards. I coloured the giraffe in with crayola crayons - I don't have any copics or pro-markers and didn't want to use watercolour so I reached for my trusty crayons!!

Card Recipe:
Image - from a Woodware Stamp Set
Card/PAper - from a selection in my stash, again not sure of the company - sorry!
Sentiment - SU!

So I've managed a few posts in the last few days - unusual for me! I still have more things to share so hopefully I can keep up with some regular posts!

Thanks for looking, until next time.....

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Blog Awards

So I'm wide awake stupidly early on a Sunday morning (again) and I realised I haven't shared 2 blog awards I've been given - so time to catch up!

The first came from the lovely Katrina, thanks chick!

The conditions of the award are:
  • I must thank the person who gave me the award
  • List their blog and link to it.
  • I must list 10 honest things about myself.
  • I must put a copy of The Honest Scrap Logo on my blog.
  • I must select at least seven other worthy bloggers & list their links.
  • I must notify the bloggers of the award.
So, 10 things about myself:

1. I'm a Brummie! But now I live in Coventry
2. I'm a clean freak and like organisation (seems to have happened since I moved out of home!)
3. I work for Warwick University in the Centre for Lifelong Learning and I have to say I'm a happy bunny there
4. I have great family and friends surrounding me
5. I'm not an outdoors kind of girl - ask my other half, I moan all the time when he makes me walk places!
6. I'm looking forward to the day when I have a craft room all of my own (I don't think that will happen for a good few years yet but I can wish!)
7. I'm going to Edinburgh in October and New York in December, both for first time and cannot wait.
8. My sister has spent the last 4 weeks travelling around Central America - I can't wait to have her home and to catch up. (She lives in London and I don't see her all that often, but being half way round the world seems so far away - probably because it is Gemma!)
9. I love giraffes - seriously I have an obsession - my house is covered, from stuffed toys to pillows, I have all things giraffe like - oh and craft stuff too!
10. I'm looking forward to buying a house so I can decorate it - my rented house is all cream and it's boring!!

I have to pass this award on to 7 fellow bloggers, but I think all the people I want to pass it on to at the moment have already had it, so if I come across some great new blogs I'll send it on then.

The second award is a Circle of Friends award from Clare, again thank you for this - so sweet!

I'm going to be slightly naughty with this award as it's only supposed to go to 5 people, but I'd like to pass it on to my followers - all 8 of you. (Although one is my Dad so I guess we can count him out! Hehe!) I'm really pleased to have followers of my blog - feels a little bit special to have people that want to look at what you create and write, so this is for all of you. Thank you.

I think that covers my catching up of all things blog-like. I had a great cleaning session yesterday and have a little more to do today, then the crafting can begin!

Thanks for looking, until next time.....

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Just For You

Here's another card I made during my crafting session a few weekends ago! I wanted to make a card using a stamp from the SU! Oval All stamp set and this was my result! It's quite a plain card but I think it's quite effective!

Card Recipe:
Paper - Doodlebug
Cardstock - From my stash, sorry no idea which company!
Ribbon - SU! Whisper White Grosgrain
Stamp Set - Oval All (from mini catalogue)
Other - Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches

From today Stampin Up are running a free gift promotion, spend over £45 on Stampin Up! Products and you'll get a ribbon bundle for free! What could be better? Here's the info (it will remain on my side bar too for the month) :

If you're interested in ordering Stampin Up! or want to ask some questions just let me know -

I'm off now as I'm feeling the need to clean and sort today! The rain is coming down outside so I don't fancy venturing out. Once the cleaning is done then hopefully I'll move on to some crafting!

One last thing (I promise!) hop on over to my upline Katrina's blog as she has some great blog candy up for grabs.

Until next time....