Friday, 31 October 2014

Celebrating 1000 Posts with a Giveaway

Morning to all Followers, Friends and Readers ...

... of this Blog,

This is the one thousandth post I've put up on my blog ... that's 1000 posts! Truly an unbelievable number which I certainly could not envisage when I started out almost 4 years ago, on 28th September 2010. I've no idea how many words that amounts to or even the number of photos published ... whatever, it's a huge amount and  I can't tell you what fun it has been and no doubt will continue to be :)

Many of you have been here almost from the word go so to celebrate this momentous occasion and to thank you for all your visits and comments over the last four years I'm offering a wee giveaway.
It's a gift voucher for £30 from The Craft Barn. I've chosen to give away a gift voucher so that the winner can choose whatever takes their fancy from the huge range of products available at The Craft Barn - there's sure to be something to please most crafters. Edit Note #1: I chose The Craft Barn because they will ship internationally.

However, if the winner is a sewer, knitter, crocheter or gardener and would prefer it, I have an alternative in mind ...
... an Amazon gift voucher. I know from personal experience that there is a very wide variety of sewing, knitting and crocheting items available on Amazon, not to mention a huge selection of books on just about any handicraft and gardening you would care to mention.

So, what do you have to do to win? Simply be a reader of this blog and leave a comment on this post. Hopefully, if I can work out how, I'll make this a sticky post and you have until the end of this month, 31 October to add your comment. I will then collate them all in the old-fashioned but tried and true method of putting them all in a hat and ask the EM to do the honours :) The winner's name will be published as soon as possible after that date.

Many thanks in advance for your participation.

Edited Note #2: Sandy at the Craft Barn has very kindly donated a £10 voucher for me to giveaway, how lovely is that! This means that I will now be making a second draw and the EM will be working overtime :) 

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 282

Good Afternoon WOYWWers, Followers and Everyone Else,

I've been so busy I nearly forgot what day it is! And that just won't do!!! What I'm talking about is the weekly mega blog hop, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, kindly arranged for us by our head desker, Julia, over at the Stamping Ground.

Without further delay here's what is on my desk today.
Not a lot really. With a poorly cat to care for - extra cuddling and stroking required while she has been recovering from the latest ear infection - there's been little time for crafting. Just a little set of toppers and card that came free with a magazine. I thought to use them up right away instead of just stashing in a drawer to be forgotten which is what I'd usually do ... there's a little pile of completed cards at the back, behind the scissors and punches, out and being used for this project. That roll of red stuff at the far right is sticky backed velvet paper ... out to remind to use it up too :) I have found some time to do a bit of crocheting in the evening, managing to finish the blue tea cosy you can see in the background. I liked the stitch pattern so much I've begun making a multi-coloured striped bed runner.
I did make a start using up what leftovers there was lying around but then decided I needed more colours. So here's what I brought back from a trip to town yesterday.Gorgeous colours.

I thought you might like to see the goodies bought at the Hobbycraft Fare at the SECC in Glasgow last Thursday.
Just a few fat quarters, a mix of plains and Christmas themed patterned ones. I couldn't resist the half metre of handbag patterned fabric - can think of one or two girls who would like something made from it :) The trim looked ideal for making bag straps so a few metres came home with me.
And finally, I just had to treat myself to a couple of new Lavinia Stamps.

Before I go, I'd like to apologise to those of you I didn't visit over this last week ... life just got in the way. This week promises to be easier ... even the sun is shining right now ... so I hope to do very much better!

I wish you all a great WOYWW and a good week ahead.

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Two Rudolph Day cards for Sunday Snippets

Afternoon Folks

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

I don't know about you but I feel well rested after the extra hour in bed this morning! Not only that, but it's filthy weather here, perfect for staying in and doing a spot of crafting :)

I have two cards for both Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 148 and the PENULTIMATE Rudolph Day Challenge over at Sarn's Stamping for Pleasure.
- For this first card I've used one of my watercolour pieces. Not that you can see much of it now that I've stamped trees in black Archival on it and then faux 'Frantaged' it with white and crystal embossing powders and blue glitter. It was matted on to white card found in the snippet mountain.
- The shiny blue card used for all the matting has been in the NBUS (Never Been Used Stuff) pile for simply ages. Much as I liked it, I could never find a project to use it on until now! 
- The greeting, from a Sheena Douglas Christmas stamp plate, is stamped on to a snippet of white card and the folder used for the white embossed layer is from the Twinkle set from Cuttlebug.
- I've used another piece of card from the NBUS pile to make the base of this card ... Darnell will be proud of me :) It's a lovely printed and embossed sheet from Kanban - I think it came with a stamp kit but can't be sure because it's been in my stash for so long. 
- The winter scene topper is the recycled top of a card received last year which has been trimmed, edges embossed with silver powder and glitter added here and there - hard to see in the photo but it's definitely there. 
- The matting layer was constructed from two sheets of DP from a Kaisercraft 6" Christmas paper pad that came free with a copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft. Again the edges have been edged with silver embossing powder.
- The poinsettias were cut out of yet another sheet or two of DP from the paper pad using a Spellbinders die set, edged with Black Soot distress ink and pinned together with black gem brads from stash.

I'm feeling quite virtuous now ... I've managed to use up snippets, goodies from the NBUS pile, and those ancient brads - I'm sure they have been in my stash for at least four years - while making of these cards. I wish, though, that I could say it's made a lot of difference to the amount of stuff here in the craft room but I'm afraid not ... must try harder!

I'm also going to submit the cards to Hazel's Christmas Extra Challenge for October where anything goes as long as it's Christmas themed.

Right, that's me done for now. It's been a busy few days for me. There was the craft show in Glasgow in Thursday, fun but exhausting, which meant Friday was a complete write-off ... it takes me 24 hours to recover! Then The Boss took ill late Friday afternoon which meant a visit to the vet on Saturday morning. Because she is so old I was fearing the worst so was mightily relieved to find what ailed her was treatable :)

After all that, I'm being taken out for tea today so must get a wriggle on or I'll be late.

Happy crafting,