Oh I am LOVING the new First Noel collection, the papers are absolutely stunning! Such beautiful traditional deep reds with gorgeous poinsettias and subtle tones of cream and gold. I've treated myself to a the 12x12 pack of papers because I know I'll be scrapbooking my Christmas photos with them.
I've always admired other people's cards in this grey and yellow color combo but every time I sat down to make my card I just couldn't get it to "gel". So today I sat down and threw caution to the wind and just grabbed the first grey papers I found then the one and only yellow paper I appear to have at the moment, picked a sketch and just did it.
Here's the result and I'm well chuffed with it!
I think I'm one of those crafters who spends far too much time procrastinating and far too little time actually crafting!
I have to blow my own trumpet a bit today. I'm trying to loose a little weight before being a bridesmaid this October so yesterday OH and I set of for a five mile hike, that turned into a seven mile hike then another seven miles home along the canal. I'm feeling really proud of myself but also it was a lovely way to see appreciate this gorgeous area I live in. I've brought back some lovely photos to scrapbook.
The walk was the first leg of a 45 mile walk around Pendle known as the Pendle Way. We're planning to do all eight section and of course scrapbook each one. OH also wants me to design and cross stitch the map and important points of interest so we can frame it for our newly plastered stairs. Bless 'im he's trying to take an interest in my hobby coming up with these mad ideas. Things is, I'm mad enough to actually take on the challenge!
I'll be wearing a halter neck bridesmaid's dress for my friend's wedding in October so I needed to get a new bra with multi-way straps. I'm a very unusual size so bra shopping used to be a nightmare for me. I have to give a plug to the lovely girls at Bravissimo, I gave up bothering to even try and buy bras anywhere else oh so many years ago!
We had a lovely potter shop afterwards and a fabulous meal at Havana. It was really nice to spend the whole day just hanging out with my OH. We've both been so busy these last few months with work and other commitments it was great to take that time for each other - there I go being soppy . . .!!
I've got a simple little card for today. I'm really pleased with it even though it's not my normal style at all, I hardly ever use orange in my crafting and clean and simple is so not me. But actually, these gorgeous My Minds Eye papers and some well chosen ProMarkers have made it work.
I've had a couple of Vellux windows fitted in my new loft space. It was surprisingly cheap to add a whole extra room to my house and the space is amazing. But thrifty me refused to pay for the expensive Vellux blinds. My dad warned me that they're on a bout making them a legal requirement to reduce light pollution. The light is amazing up there but as I'm currently using it as a living room the sunlight usually stops me watching TV on a weekend.
Here's my cheapo solution.
I have to give a shout out to Abakan Fabrics where I bought a 10m long roll end of boring brown woven fabric for a tenner. OH said it was too boring and couldn't I sew a design onto it - I think he meant that I should embroider a design onto the fabric!!! Ah bless his cottons. But it did give me the idea of stenciling . .
I saved an old cardboard box and used pins to secure my stencil and fabric to the card. I learnt pretty quickly that I also needed some glossy paper underneath the fabric to stop to form stocking to the card as it dried. That was my only mistake actually, after that it was plain sailing.
It took me a few evenings of dabbing and four bottles of paint to two bottles of Fabric Medium. That was enough for two curtains each covering the largest standard Vellux sized window. I think about 3m of my fabric in total.
To make the actual curtains I cut my stenciled fabric and a plain piece and cut them to about 8 inches longer than the window and just sightly wider. I pinned them right side together and stitched around the edges leaving a gap to turn them right side out. I top stitched the edges after pressing and caught the opening in the stitching - no hand sewing required!
I got myself four packs of Deco Rings and followed the destructions. The pack includes a template to cut a circle from the fabric and then you just pop the two sides together catching the fabric in between, easy peasy.
Finding light weight poles was actually the hardest part. I had to go round about three different shops to find them at a sensible price. These are from Wilkos and I paid about £4 each.
My very determined fellah has just returned from a humongous hiking challenge. He has just climbed the highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Mount Snowdon) all one after another.
It's an amazing achievement, especially for a self confessed "larger gentleman". After eighteen months of training he has now lost so much weight that the term is no longer applicable. I'm immensely proud of my man!
Yup, I'm definitely experiencing a paper crafting resurgence and loving it! My paper crafting area was sorely neglected and I had to have a good clean out of my "dump" drawer. I know most crafters go for the "creative chaos" ethos but I'm weird, I definitely need to be organised to be creative. I think it's my brain telling me I can't play until things are tidy!