Wednesday, 28 June 2017


Hi Everyone,

I'm back from my sojourn in the Highlands and I can report that it was fabulous. We even had a few wonderfully hot and sunny days. Sadly, the weather has been dismal since we returned on Sunday - could be that we've had our summer. Sigh. Enough. On to why I'm here, that'll be What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's, and why I'm so late, that'll be because I've been out most of the day at a patchwork/quilting class.
So not my usual desk today and please don't take a magnifying glass to those squares ... it will give the perfectionists among us a fit of the vapours. What you see are the side panels for a scrappy box bag. I'd love to show you the finished project but slow coach here didn't get it finished and, sadly, it's still a work in progress. Putting in the zip proved to be my Achilles Heel!!!

Here's a photo of some of the ladies beavering away.
We are in a former classroom in what is now Prestwick Community Centre but was at one time a Public School, built in 1882 to accommodate 350 pupils.
It's a lovely old building and it's also where the craft club I go to on Thursday afternoons is held.

I'll be back to share my make just as soon as it's done - hopefully, tomorrow.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very belated happy WOYWW and a great crafty week to come.

Friday, 23 June 2017

A Notecard - Breathe

Hello Everyone,

This is the last of the posts I've scheduled for the week and today I'm sharing a card made for the UKPC Craft Group Swap challenge for this month.

The theme for June is The Sea with this photo as a prompt.
As you can see, I was very influenced by the image of the sea. It's another Brusho background too - I'm obsessed with Brushos at the moment!

Supplies used:

  • a square white card base, measuring 5" square, with a scalloped edge (from The Works)
  • a scrap of white cardstock cut to create the background piece,spritzed with water and dusted with Turquoise Brusho ink powder
  • a scrap of white card, also given the Brusho treatment but with a lighter dusting of the powder this time and cut to form a banner shape
  • stamp - Stampendous 'Breathe'
  • ink pads - Vivid Ultramarine (for the sentiment) and a turquoise from G Studio (VP0003) - this last was used to ink the edges of the background and the sentiment.
  • another scrap of white card, just a smidgen larger than the first piece, for layering the sentiment.

So that's it. The holiday is almost over but tomorrow we will be traveling up to Aberdeenshire to visit my son and his family. We haven't seen them for a while so I'm really looking forward to being with them again.

Hope you've all had a wonderful week too.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Birthday Card - Loads of Fun

Hello Everyone,

Another scheduled post for you today. I'm still in the Highlands visiting lots of Scottish Castles so not around for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Instead I'm sharing a card made for my little great-grandson who celebrates his second birthday this week.

I found the topper while I was sorting through some scrapbooking stickers and thought it would be just perfect for a little boy who is loads of fun to be with.

Supplies used and how I made the card:

- a pre-made white card base measuring 7" x 5" - landscape orientation
- dark brown cardstock for base layer. It's a piece recycled from a studio photo mount... similar to these pictured here: 
The photo is now in an album so it seemed a shame to waste a such a lovely source of free card.
- a piece of Kraft card I'd already embossed using the Hessian Textures Artist Collection folder (Crafter's Companion) cut to fit the brown card leaving a small margin on three sides only.
- the sticker from BoBunny, matted on to a snippet of yellow textured cardstock (Papermania). I trimmed the yellow card to just a tiny bit larger than the sticker to create the mat. 
- I found the letters already cut and ready in a bag that dates from a year or two ago - so long I don't remember cutting them. I think the die used was this one:
There's no maker's name on it - the only hint as to the font is the word 'Rome' in tiny print top left corner.
- the number two is from this big bag of fun foam numbers from Go Create Essentials (The Works). 
I think I have enough numbers to make cards for my great-grandchildren for many years to come.

Hope you are still having a wonderful week in my absence.