Friday 16 July 2021

It's Friday!!!!!!! ...........

Hello there ...... Happy Friday!!

I hope you've had a nice week. 
Mine's been all about packing boxes (OMG!  we have so much stuff!!), cleaning windows (we have a lot of those too!), emptying cupboards, and having a right old sort out.

I did find time to have a quick play with a gorgeous new embossing folder that has found it's way into my craft room (ooooh! .......fancy that!). 
I just couldn't resist running this through the Big Shot before it got packed away ......

How pretty does that look ...... perfect for quick and easy Christmas cards.
It's the new Poinsettia from the Slimline Collection of 3D embossing folders from Lisa Horton Crafts.  It also comes with a matching die to cut out the large centre flower, so that you can make it even more dimensional.

I've just used the embossing folder, run it through my machine using regular white cardstock ..... it's so pretty and detailed and doesn't really need anything else but,  I decided to add a touch of gold ink to bring out all the amazing detail on there. 

I simply took the ink pad and rubbed it gently over the top.

I added a simple die cut and a stamped sentiment and finished with a few gemstones. 

It says it's a slimline embossing folder but that doesn't mean you have to make slimline cards.  
My go to card size is 7x5 inches ........

I simply cut the embossed panel to fit my card, and the leftover piece I used to make a matching gift tag! 

I'm linking my card up to this month's challenge at  CAS Christmas Cards.  The theme is all about Poinsettias so perfect timing!

The last week or so hasn't all been about packing for the move, since we last spoke we've had hubby's birthday ...... a lovely meal out at our favourite place

Bumped into these guys on the way home .......

Then a rather fishy BBQ on Sunday ....... 2 whole turbot stuffed with parsley, dill, lemon, lime and orange ....... they were sooooo nice!

A monkfish tail stuffed with green pesto and wrapped in Parma ham ...... yummmeeee!

And  Asian spiced Brill ........ mmmm!

Lauren prepped the lot and hubby cooked!

Then of course there was THE match ...... we won't talk about that.  Great start, not so great result. 

We pick up the keys to our new place today so it's going to be a busy weekend. 

Thanks for popping by ....... have a lovely day, and enjoy your weekend.  

Cheerio until next time .......

Products used:
Embossing Folder:  3D embossing folder - Poinsettia (Lisa Horton Crafts)
Inks: Delicata Golden Glitz; Versafine Clair - Nocturne (for the sentiment stamping)
Other: Ink Me white cardstock (Hunkydory); Sizzix Alterations Thinlit Die (Tim Holtz); Red Glitter cardstock; tiny gold gemstones

Sunday 4 July 2021

A quick catch up .......

Hello there, happy Sunday!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend.
It's been a busy couple of weeks here ...... sorry I haven't been around on the blog much! 
I haven't been spending much time in my craft room, well I have but, it's not been very creative.  Although, I suppose you could say it has, in a way ..... I've been clearing out and tidying up.  Re-arranging and packing stuff away because, you guessed it ..... the move is on!!   We get the keys in less than two weeks ....... eeek!  
We're not actually moving in fully until the 27th/28th of this month so it's not too bad.  We have a bit of time to get organised and move some of the smaller stuff before the removal guys come in.  
I'm getting good at this ..... we've done it all before, once or twice!

We're here on the island, so that means we cancelled our trip in the van (sigh!).  It was the sensible thing to do, there were too many 'what ifs' that could have happened when we returned that could have potentially been a problem for the move.
We'll have loads of time to go travelling in the van.  We're all fully vaccinated now, so that means we have no restrictions on our borders, we just need to get the move done.

As you can imagine things are a little crazy around here ....... there's boxes appearing everywhere which is driving me insane!  I am clearing through my craft room though, which is good, and I came across these ..... something crafty to blog after all! 

They're my cards, done a while ago, under the expert tuition from the fabulous Eileen Godwin on one of her online workshops.

It was all about creating layers using stencils and stamps along with paints and inks ....... right up my street!
I know I've said this before but, if you haven't done a workshop with Eileen you should try one.  They are so much fun, and you learn loads!

We used paints and inks, and different sorts of cardstock ......

Building up layers and textures using stencils and stamps .......

I do like black and white.  
And my favourite piece from the class ........

I love the background on this one!

I think workshops will have to wait for a while now, whilst I get everything packed away.  
I have kept a few bits and pieces in a bag though, just in case I get five minutes to play!
And I have just done a taster week for an online journaling course starting on August 1st, which was fun.  I'll share more about that with you later ........ I need to finish some of the projects first!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your weekend.
It's a long one here on the Isle of Man,  we have a Bank Holiday tomorrow.  
It's Tynwald Day, the island's national day. Always celebrated on July 5th, unless that falls on a weekend, then it's the following Monday.  Fingers crossed the weather's good as there will be lots going on. 

Cheerio until next time .......