Saturday, 26 January 2008

Nothing Quite Like Rubbing It In.....

My (somewhat senior!) brother has just been on his first skiing trip to Austria. According to my Sister In Law, he's taken to it like a duck to water.

He knows how much I like snow and mountains. He knows how much I'd like to visit Austria. And he also knows I'd like to go on a skiing holiday.

On Wednesday, I received this MMS from him....



Like I said in the title.

Nothing quite like rubbing it in.....

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Mojo moments

My mojo seems to be flowing quite well lately.

Donna has another challenge on her Tilda & Co challenge blog, the one for this week was something involving numbers. As I'm still waiting for my new Tildas to arrive, I've had to use my one and only stamp again. Ho hum. But it does make it more of a challenge to do something a bit different! Anyway, here she is...



I've used a morphing mauve card from Craft Creations, Gold Mirri card for the one, matted onto purple cardstock, and stamped Tilda with Stazon onto white card which I've then coloured with water soluble pencils. I've made a balloon with "You're My No." on it, using Letraset, and also coloured that in the same way. A bit of Crystal stickles, and a few jem hearts and we have our No. 1 card! It's much more sparkly and stuff in real life though! Hope you like it Donna.....

I'm still plugging away at the team challenge on Aunty's Forum. Here is effort No.3




I've shown the back too because that's where the required element of a winter coloured embellishment is lurking. Well, gold is wintry to me because of Christmas!!!

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

And another one!

Had a mad flurry of crafting tonight - Mojo in full swing - and came up with this little beauty!

I think it's kinda cute in a very basic way.....


More cards....

Over on Aunty's Forum we have a team challenge. This month it's Mono + One & No Squares. In other words, entries must be black & white, NOT a square, and there must be an embellishment in a winter colour. Here's my first entry for it....



I've used a Mattie Stencil to do the white cutwork, which was mounted onto a black square card which I cut the corners off to make it Octagonal. There's some black & white background paper I downloaded from somewhere (though can't remember where now!) and then there's a silhouette lady head (check out ebay!) to which I've added an flower embellishment in a wintry blue.

I'll be doing a few more as the month progresses (hopefully).

However - while I was in a black & white mood (and while the square vs. rectangle debate was unanswered on the forum, I made another card, VERY quickly, but didn't add an embellishment so I haven't entered it for the comp....




I'm off now to do some more crafting while my Mojo is fully operational!

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Oops!

I was a bit late getting this in - but on Donna's blog (Crafty Crafts, then go to Tilda & Co) she had a challenge to use a Tilda stamp with flowers. Being new to Tilda, and only just getting my stamp - here is my entry!





I really like these sweet stamps, so methinks I'm going to have to get some more!

Welcome, Inchy!

Or Jo.

Or whatever you prefer to be called!

Why am I welcoming her? WELL, for starters - Inchy made my header (which if it's not there, it soon will be, has done some Siggi's for me and.... tada!.... has just joined the Blogging Revolution. So welcome to Blogland, Inchy! We hope you will be happy here!

I'll add a proper link here as soon as I can snag her logo - but for now you will find her under "Siggi Shop Blog Spot" in the "blogs I browse" section!

Friday, 11 January 2008

TGIF

Ok - from what I can gather, TGIF is also a challenge blog. Maybe I should have a look at it sometime soon!

Anyway, as promised I need to start updating you guys on what I've been up to.

Before Christmas, on Aunty's Forum, we were set two challenges. One was a stitching challenge, where we had to come up with something "Stocking" related. My effort was this....



It's a kit manufactured by Mill Hill, and is one of the series of "Charmed Stockings". I absolutely adore them, and have made a couple of others previously to this one. I'm currently working on a charmed mitten (oops, spoiled it for the guys on the forum. Oh well!) for this months stitching challenge, which must involve beads!

The other challenge I took part in was to create a Christmas Decoration and photograph it hanging on the tree. My effort....



It looks more pink in the photo - in real life it is Christmas reds and golds, and is gorgeous. I can't lay full claim to it - it's a pattern by The Spellbound Bead Co - but I did pick my colours and provide my own beads and bauble!

More to come, so watch this space!

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Happy New Year!

Well, so it's getting a little late in the year for this greeting, but not too late as today is 12th Night. My apologies once again for not blogging over the last 5 weeks or so, but I've been kinda busy, you know?

Christmas was a little strange without Dad, but we had a good time anyway. Mum came to stay with us, and we had my brother and sister-in-law over for Christmas Day. We then went to my brother's for Boxing Day, and my sister and her partner came down from Essex for the day as well. We had the usual fun and games, and then everyone came to us for the 27th for a light lunch.

I had LOADS of cards for Christmas, and thanks go to the girls from Aunty's forum for their gorgeous display of handmade (and some not!) cards. So, thank you....

Inchy!
Donna
Jan
Crissi
Rainbow
Onestopscrapper
Jainethepain
Craftali
Carolann
Cat
CraftyRockChick
Annfromconsett
Julie
Cheryl
Scrappyqueen
Sandiee
Auntysally
dianic
Susan
Feebee

You are all stars (and I hope you liked the cards I sent you. If you didn't get one this year - please can I have your address????)

I also had a fab present from my Secret Santa on Aunty's - whom I've just discovered was Laureen. Thank you so much for my present, Laureen! I loved it. For those who don't know already what I got (I listed it on Aunty's Forum!), Laureen sent two bars of Galaxy chocolate (my absolute fave), some peeloffs and some DS foam tape. Always useful, and being the Peeloff Queen, I was more than content!

Well, time to be off. I have more to add, just not today. Today's post was all about saying thanks to the people who need it. I'll let you all know what I've been up to craftwise very soon...

TTFN
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