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Tuesday, 21 October 2014


Happy Tuesday folks!

How's your week going?  Mine's got off to a better start than last week ..... the dreaded lurgy is still hanging on, however I think I'm getting the better of it!! (hooray!!) Or rather the strong cough medicine, throat sweets and large doses of echinacea seem to be doing the trick!

It's getting towards that spooky time of year again ....... the time for pumpkins, ghost stories, and things that go bump in the night.  Yes ...... Halloween is only 10 days away ....... mwahahahaha!!!  I'll be off in search of a pumpkin or two at the weekend!

Something else that's a bit scary ...... are you ready for this .........
my October Tag's all done and dusted .... yeah!!!!!  I know, I can't quite believe it myself .... no rushing around on the last day of the month.  Am I finally getting organised do you think?  Nah! I doubt it.
Here's Tim's spookylicious inspiration piece .....

and here's mine ......

Not quite the same as Tim's but, I didn't have all the 'ingredients' so a bit of improvisation was needed.

I won't go into all the details of techniques etc., you can find all that on Tim's blog.
If you've never joined in with any of the 12 Tags Challenges you should give them a go.  They're so much fun and the step by steps from the master himself are so easy to follow.

I had to make a few changes to my tag ..... I didn't have the stamps for a start!  My little eight-legged friend is from IndigoBlu's Hocus Pocus set.

And the pumpkins are actually taken from a Penny Black 'T' for Transparent set ..... called Spooky!

The letters have been cut using the Wordplay die, and then I've covered them with Glossy Accents, and Distress Glitters .......

Added in some googly eyes too ..... and I finished off with the monocle and added a vintage looking key, tied on with some seam binding dyed to match, using the Distress Stain Sprays ...... which by the way I'm loving!!!

And there you have it ..... October Tag done and it's only the 21st!

I'm off out this afternoon, for some fun with the Ballaugh Crafty Crafters.  Not a clue what we'll be doing but hey I'm looking forward to getting out of the house.
It's a bit on the breezy side though, thanks to Hurricane Gonzalo, so the trip up there could be fun ..... it'll blow the cobwebs away (and hopefully whatever it is I've had along with them!) and the views of the sea should be pretty spectacular (wouldn't want to be on the boat today!)

I was grounded last week because I wasn't feeling very well, the furthest I got was a trip to the butchers at the weekend to stock up ..... an expensive trip to the butchers might I add.  Hubby was pleased with himself though .... he's finally purchased the elusive cleaver he's been after for a while

Check out the flippin price tag ......... !!!!!!

This is what happens when he goes to the cookware store ....... on his own!!!  Wellllll ..... he said he needed it to chop 'the rabbit' we'd just bought, into quarters ...... as advised by the butcher ..... ok!

Yes ...... we bought a rabbit.  I've never eaten 'bunny' before, let alone cook one, and I don't think I'll be eating it again anytime soon!  Everyone else loved it though ...... me, not so much!

Oh well, at least hubby's got his cleaver ..... next time we go to the butchers I think he'll be buying something bigger, so that he can chop it up!!!  Watch this space!

Time for a quick coffee I think, then I'm off out for the afternoon.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Silent Night ......

Happy Sunday!

Just a quickie ...... I'm on the last minute (as usual!) with this week's entry for the Merry Monday Challenge.
I missed last week's ..... I can't miss two in a row!  The challenge theme this week is ......


'To create a festive card that evokes the calm, peaceful feeling of a silent night before Christmas' ..... I don't know what it's like in your house leading up to the festive season, it's anything but calm and peaceful in ours!!  

Here's my take on this week's challenge ....... inspired by the lovely Barbara Gray from Clarity Stamps

Very clean and simple to do, but very effective.

I masked off the circle in the centre of a piece of white card ...... added in a smaller circle for the moon, and used a torn piece of copier paper for the hills.  Using Stormy Sky Distress ink I then built up the background scene ........

With the masks still in place (except the one for the moon) I added in the Christmas trees, stamped using Paris Dusk Memento ink.
I finished off by adding the deer silhouette, my greeting, and of course a touch of sparkle with a sprinkling of fine crystal glitter.

I also added in a few snowy dots to the sky using a white gel pen ...... 

with, of course, a little of the same on the inside .....

I'm getting quite the collection of Christmas cards, thanks to Merry Monday.  It's a fabulous little Blog challenge ... why not join in the fun!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Cheerio until next time


Friday, 17 October 2014

Two of something ......


Told you I'd be back.

I've cleaned the house, changed the bed, got the washing in, mopped the floors ..... even got the dinner in the slow cooker ...... all before lunch time (must be feeling better!)  Time for a coffee I think and a little festive offering for this week's Less is More Challenge.

It's One Layer Week again ...... (I love these weeks!) and this time we have to use.....


obviously it doesn't have to be cats ...... it has to be ONE LAYER, CAS, and include 2 of something

Ta dah!!! .......

Two cute and cosy snow people.

I've used an old Inkadinkadoo stamp .... I say 'old' because it's been in the Christmas stash box for ages, it's just never seen ink before.

I decided to mask off the words before I inked up the image, stamped it in black Versafine and then added a touch of colour using the Spectrum Noir pencils

A sprinkling of glitter here and there, and a festive sentiment, add the finishing touches

Another One Layer week over ...... on the first attempt too!!! That doesn't happen very often.

Well that's it from me today ..... thanks for popping by again.  Enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend.

Cheerio until next time


What's been going on .........

Happy Friday,

Remember me!?
In case you're wondering where I've been ...... no I haven't been off on my travels again, although I had planned to be across in the UK for a few days ........... I've spent most of this week fighting off some dreaded lurgy that I must have picked up last weekend ....... not good!!!

I've been on my own too (sigh!) ....... Hubby's been in Ireland all week, on business.
I had all sorts planned for this week, craft sessions, shopping and lunch out, a quick trip to the UK, and I've not managed to do any of it ...... at least I didn't feel guilty for spending most of my time in bed with a hot water bottle and good old Beecham's!  Not very exciting ... but it seems to have done the trick! I'm finally starting to feel human again (almost!), so I thought I'd better catch up with you all before hubby gets home this evening.

So ..... what's been going on ..... what have I missed?

Those of you who read and follow the IndigoBlu DT Blog will probably have noticed that I haven't posted for a couple of weeks ...... no need to panic I'm still part of the team, it's just that I've decided to take some time off from the DT ...... I don't know if you've noticed but my heart hasn't really been in things lately, not just DT stuff, everything in general, and my head is definitely not in the right place.
After a very long, and emotional, chat with Kay, I've decided to take a sabbatical.  I'm still keeping up with all the new releases etc., from IndigoBlu, and obviously I'm still going to be using all the fab products, I just won't be doing any blog posts etc., for a while (except on here of course) I'm sure the rest of the IndigoBlu DT will keep you all entertained, and inspired with their regular weekly posts ..... you won't miss me at all!  And I'll still be keeping an eye on the Blog Challenge too!
Plus .... you don't get rid of me that easy ...... I believe some of my DT pieces are in print again this month ..... more about those later.

I'm going to be spending some 'me' time.  No deadlines, well, just the odd one or two.   No pressure, time to do stuff for me, and enjoy some of my new stash that's been building up lately (I hope!) And also time for the everyday stuff too ...... spend more time with the family .... enjoy that beautiful grandson of mine! Fingers crossed I can get my mojo back too!

Before this lurgy knocked me for six,  I had some fun with my Gelli plate, inspired by the fabulous Barbara Gray, and in the great company of some lovely crafty buddies on the island ........ meet Jill, Lil, and Maggie. As you can see we took over the kitchen for the day ...... loads of fun!!

Then last weekend I put together a little workshop project for our craft group.  Do you remember last year when I made this .........

based on the fabulous Advent Village designed and created by Gail Milburn for the December issue of Craft Stamper
Well ...... on Saturday I had 20 ladies all making one of their own.  They were each given a kit that had all the houses in, the numbers and a few embellishments to get them all started ...... and away they went.

Lots of tea and cake too ......

Decisions .... decisions ......

Busy little bees, weren't they.

There were lots of beautiful festive papers around too.

I've had nothing but great feedback from the afternoon ...... everyone really enjoyed themselves, even though no-one actually finished their village on the day!
I'm hoping to see lots of photographs of the finished projects ..... preferably before the beginning of December ...... this year! (are you reading this ladies?!)

I suppose it's a good thing really that I cancelled my trip to the UK this week ...... I've not exactly felt like doing much since Sunday, plus I don't think Susan would have been too happy if I shared my lurgy with her!
Yesterday was actually the first time that I'd ventured into the old craft room ...... what a mess!!  It needed a spot of tidying before I could do anything but I did eventually get a couple of things done for Blog Challenges.  I'll be back later on to share one of them with you.

Oh well ..... I think that's everything up to date.  Thanks for popping by.  I'll be back shortly with something for this week's Less is More Challenge ..... it's One Layer Week!

Enjoy your Friday

Cheerio for now ....


Friday, 10 October 2014

Why use one, when you can use three ...... or more

Colours of ink that is!

Good morning!
Happy Friday to you.

I just want to remind you that the current Take It Make It Challenge is in full swing over on the Craft Stamper Blog.

There's always a great prize for the winner, and October's is fab! .......

A collection of stamps from Paperbabe ....... the Tree Hug set, Cumulus background AND a character stamp of your choice.
So what's the challenge again ........

Well, this month, the theme is ......

We want to see designs where you've used more than one colour of ink on your stamps.

This technique is so much fun to do ..... and so effective.  Just by changing the colours you use, your stamped image can look so different.
Use ink pads, markers, or even paints to colour your stamps, and then stamp away!

Last week I showed you how I made my own custom ink pad using Distress Re-Inkers, to get the multi-coloured look.  This week, I've got the same effect but I've used different coloured ink pads directly onto my stamp .... easy!

I used Memento Dew Drops ..... these cute little ink pads are perfect for this technique.  The colours I used are Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Morocco and Olive Grove.

The stamp is called 'blush' and is from Penny Black ....... and it's a really clear image for using more than one colour.
You can see I also used first and second generation stamping too ..... to add a bit of depth in there

The words are from a winnie & walter clear set called the Big, the Bold and the Happy  and have been stamped simply in a black ink

To finish off the design I added a few multi coloured ink splats around the words, using one of the stamps from the Stampin Up! set ..... Gorgeous Grunge (one of my favourites)

A little bit of matting and layering with some co-ordinating colours of card, and of course a little something on the inside finishes everything off nicely

Still need more inspiration? ..... then check out what the rest of the DT have done using the Multi coloured stamping technique, over on the Craft Stamper Blog.

Have fun and get your entries in ..... you could be our next winner, and have your work published in the Craft Stamper Magazine!

Thanks for popping by ....... enjoy the rest of Friday and have a great weekend.  Lets hope this weather brightens up a little ..... fingers crossed!

Cheerio until next time


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Take time and smell the roses .....

Happy Wednesday!

Hope the weather's nicer where you are ..... today has turned cold, very wet, and windy over here (just lovely!)  Great weather for spending time in the old craft room I suppose ....... if only I could find the enthusiasm to get in there.  I'm definitely having one of those weeks.

This is about the limit of my creativity this week .......

I picked up these fab little kits from the craft show in Manchester, from a company called NaturaLeigh, and they've been sat on my desk since I got back.

They were so simple to do ..... empty the rosebuds into the wire heart, close and add the ribbon .... done!!!   They're so pretty, and they smell gorgeous ....... Pink Persian Rosebuds ... beautiful!

I think I may need to order some more.

The sad news this week is that Blackpool Airport is closing ...... it's been announced that it will close to all passenger traffic on October 15th.  No more quick trips across to the UK for me for a while (sigh!).  
Goodness knows what effect this will have on the island ...... it can't be good!  Apparently though, Citywing, the airline that operates from the Isle of Man to Blackpool,  are doing their best and 'exploring options' to try and resume this service as soon as possible. Fingers crossed they come up with a solution and save some, if not all, of the jobs that are affected by this.

Hubby's out this evening .... some work thing or other.  Me, I have a choice ...... the craft room maybe (no ..... still can't face it - what's wrong with me!!!), the ironing (no - can't face that either!) a night in front of the TV.  Hmmmm ..... that sounds like a plan!

Thanks for popping by ....... enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

Cheerio until next time


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Polka Dots and Stripes ......

Morning folks,

Happy Sunday to you ....... I hope you're having a nice weekend.

Happy 'belated' World Card-making Day too!  I had a bit of a busy day yesterday ..... I didn't get chance to even open the craft room door.  Luckily I had been in there on Friday so I have made my Christmas card for this weeks  Merry Monday challenge

It's all about Polka Dots and Stripes this week ......

I used both ......

Very CAS ...... I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock (there's my polka dots)

and then used a triangle punch to make the stripey trees.
I added some small pieces of brown card for the tree-trunks then attached them above the sentiment using foam pads. Some fine crystal glitter adds a touch of sparkle, and I finished off with tiny gems on the tops.

I added a mat of red cardstock and some dots of my own ..... doodled around the edge, using a white gel pen

Really quick and easy to do, but very effective.

With only 80 days until Christmas, have you made a start on your cards yet?

I mentioned we had a busy day yesterday.   After the soaking I got on Friday, when the heavens decided to open just as I got into town (what fun that was!) ..... we had a beautiful day here on the island. The sun was back ...... whoo hoo!!
We've had the little man too this weekend (his mummy's across in the UK for a surprise birthday party) and he decided he wanted to go on a tram.  So, after being on the island for nearly 4 years we thought it was time we took our FIRST trip on the Manx Electric Railway.
We've been on the mountain railway before (Laxey - Snaefell), but not on the one from Douglas.

As it was such a nice day, we went all the way up to Ramsey.  When I say 'all the way' I mean about 13/14 miles, maybe a little bit further because we went along the coast.
The little man loved his trip .....  and the scenery on the way up there was beautiful, we could even see across to Cumbria.
I got to visit my favourite shop on the island ..... well I had a few things to get, and it would have been rude not to pop in and say hello now wouldn't it, seeing as how I was up there (my scarf collection got a little bit bigger - again!)
We had to call in the toy shop too, and we even had time for coffee and cake before the last tram home.

I'm afraid the sun's disappeared again this morning ..... but at least it's not raining (yet!)

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy your Sunday.

Cheerio until next time

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