Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Snippet Cards - A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Evening Everyone,

It's been a lovely autumnal day here ... perfect for the day out at Portpatrick Harbour to celebrate DH's 79th birthday. For those of you who follow me on Facebook pop over to see photos taken today.

There was, though, a definite nip in the air so I think it's safe to say that summer is over. Not to worry, autumn here in Scotland is glorious and our summer hasn't been all that good ... not good enough to miss, that's for sure. And it does mean that I will be spending less time gardening and more time crafting. Now, that's got to be good because it will mean I can get back to posting more often on this much neglected blog ... starting with sharing this trio of snippets cards.

As you can see the design is similar in all of them and they all feature butterflies. The strips of card are leftovers from an earlier session when I played with the various colours in my Brusho collection. I layered them on to scraps of solid coloured card before adhering them to the face of the card blanks. The butterflies were cut from snippets of card using two of the new die sets bought recently from The Range.

Supplies used:

  • card blanks 
  • leftover pieces of white card spattered with Brushos in a variety of colours, trimmed to create strips
  • scraps of card in green, yellow and pink for the layers under the Brusho strips to create the panels
  • snippets of card in green, aqua, yellow, turquoise and pink for the butterflies
  • butterfly dies - Xcut Dinky Die - Butterfly and Dovecraft Mini die - Layering Butterfly

I'd like to say that these made a huge dent in my scrap mountain but, sadly, they did not. I've been thinking of taking another approach to this problem, that is apart from tossing them all in the bin - I couldn't do that - and after watching a few YouTube videos on the subject I'm going to have a bash at making up card kits to have ready to work on at any time I have a free moment. I'm hoping the initial time taken to make up the kits will, in the end, be worth it. Grabbing a few kits to work on whilst watching TV of an evening would seem a good plan. And it also occurs to me that the youngsters in the family might like some to be creative with. It's worth a try. I'll let you know if it proves to be a successful approach - or not.

In the meantime, I'm submitting one of these cards to Pixie's Snippets Playground. I'm just not sure which one - decisions, decisions!

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and that the coming week is going to be a good one.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Saturday Smiles

Hi Everyone,

Missed Annie's Friday Smiles this week so I'm making up for it today - I hope. And I also hope you have had a very smiley week. Here's a couple of shots that made me chuckle.

This is DH's great-great nephew. He's an absolute cutie. First photo shows the wee rugby player proudly showing off his Player of the Month certificate ... he'll be three later this month.

He's not afraid to try anything, including a spot of decorating!

When you have to put two greats in front of nephew you know you are getting old. And that brings me on to  why I didn't make it yesterday ... It's DH's 79th birthday today so we celebrated a day early. Sadly, I forgot to take the camera or I'd have got a great shot of him tucking into his cream tea!

 Finally, here's my funny for the week - I think this one applies to both papercrafters and sewers.
No need for words!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with a week of smiles ahead too.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Birds, Butterfly and Herbs

Morning Everyone

And it's a very early morning for me here. The sun is up - just- and the sky is blue but the scudding clouds are grey and look rain-laden. I can also see from my craft room window that there's quite a breeze blowing out there too. I think we are in for a showery and blustery day which is a pity because I'm going to have to go out in it. I'm off to the quilting class this morning - the first of this new Autumn term.

I did intend joining in with WOYWW yesterday, I even had the photo of my desk all lined up, when a domestic crisis arose, as they do, and all notion of blogging a post had to be put on the back burner. Needless to say, by the time I could get back to thinking about it again it was too late, I gave up and went to bed.  Life's like that these days - one day it's bowling along happily, next it's thrown me a curve ball or two. I suppose I should be better prepared and have a post or two in draft form ready to go, but somehow I'm never that organised - sigh!

Anyway, all is well this morning - so far! - and I have a little card to share.
It was made using bits found in the bit box. I must have stamped and coloured the herb image more than a year ago and the bird covered piece was an experiment in inking done around the same time. They've been matted on to some purple card from the scrap basket and decorated with a butterfly made from the tiniest snippet of leftover card and one of the new Dinky dies I found in The Range recently. The base is a black 5" square card blank. I'd give you more details but, in truth, I've forgotten what I used and even where the stamps are at this moment. If there is anything you need to know about the stamps just ask and I will dig them out later.

That's it for today. Now I must run and get ready or I'll never get to the class on time.

I hope you have a great day.

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday Snippet Card

Two posts in one evening. That's something of a miracle for me but I just wanted to do a quick share of this little card over at Pixie's Snippet's Playground.
A rummage around in the basket of snippets produced all the card used, including the black for the bee.

How the card was made:

  • the base is a white 3" square card blank from Docrafts Papermania
  • the topper is made from snippets of white and yellow cardstock. The white card trimmed to a 45mm square (just large enough for the bee to sit on) and the yellow card 55mm square for layering.
  • the bee was die cut from a scrap of black cardstock - Docrafts Xcut Dinky Die - and then attached to the white card using dimensional squares
  • the topper was then assembled ready to attach to the front of the card blank
  • the sentiment is from Altenew Crafty Friends. It's a straight stamp but I twisted it on the stamp block to create the feeling of movement before stamping on to the bottom of the card blank front
  • the topper was then attached using more dimensional squares. 
  • the final touch was to stamp, with another of the Altenew stamps, Happy Crafting, inside the card.

 It's a teeny wee card, simple to make and, as I made twelve altogether, it used up plenty of snippets which has got to be a bonus.

Saturday at the Scottish Deaf Patchwork Quilters Group Workshop

Evening Everyone,

Those of you who have read my WOYWW post on Wednesday will know that my daughter, Juli, was taking a workshop on English Paper Piecing this Saturday at St Vincent's Centre for the Deaf in Glasgow.  A few of you may have already seen the photos on Facebook but for those who haven't I thought I'd post them here too.
Juli (in jeans) with the first ladies to arrive - all the way from Aberdeen! The other members who attended lived in or near Glasgow.
The workshop underway.
Juli explaining in sign language how a die-cutting machine can be used to cut shapes and fabric to make the process easier and quicker.
Showing her current work in progress ... a king-size quilt - all those tiny hexagons have been hand-sewn together - and there is as many more still to be done.
Some of the ladies busily stitching hexagons together. There was a lot of laughing and chatting going on throughout. As all this was done using sign language so it's amazing that any stitching got done but everyone went home with the beginnings of a patchwork project started and a better understanding of paper piecing.

It is one of the members of the group Mrs Norma Hunter's 83rd birthday today and to celebrate Evelyn, one of the members from Aberdeen, made this fabulous cake.

The 'fabric' and 'buttons' are made from fondant and inside the layers of sponge are in rainbow colours. It was delicious.
The birthday lady tucking into a slice of the cake. Fabulous smile!

The workshop has been voted a great success and we are all now looking forward to the next one.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday Smile

Well, I'm late - what a surprise, I hear you say! And this is going to be the quickest but possibly the most photo heavy Friday Smile post ever.

First of all, I should explain why I'm so late. I'm of to a EPP (English Paper Piecing) workshop run by my daughter for some of the members of her Deaf Patchwork Quilts (Scotland) group tomorrow morning and I've spent most of the day preparing. I say most of the day because I did have to see a doctor this morning with a nasty rash. I had to know whether it was contagious - didn't want to risk infecting a hall full of lovely ladies. It's okay. This rash is all my own! I'm allergic to something, we just don't know what. Anyway, it means I can still go along to the workshop and, as it is in Glasgow, that means an early start which is why I have to be quick.

Anyway, last Saturday DH and I went along to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine - a town just up the coast from us - and had a brilliant time. I took tons of photos so what follows is just a selected few.
This building, a former warehouse, was brought down brick by brick from the Glasgow district of Govan, famous for it's shipyards, and rebuilt on the site at Irvine.
Everything in a boat/ship is massive.
Here himself is standing by just one of the exhibits to give you some idea of how big everything is.
I loved this wonderful representation of some of the men who worked in the shipyards.
This rather rusty, battered and strange looking vessel has a remarkable history. It is an ASR-10, an experimental air and sea rescue barge built for the Royal Air Force in 1942. Their role was to provide emergency shelter for the crew of downed aircraft. They were painted in these really bright colours to make them as visible as possible to the downed airmen. The intention was that survivors would swim to the barge, climb inside and avail themselves of the facilities until they were rescued. They were equipped with radios, bunk beds and emergency rations as well as other forms of signalling apparatus.
This little beach hut was surprise discovery.
My idea of heaven - a sunny window seat, comfy cusions and shelves full of books to read.
These engraved pavers were distributed along the river front pavement. They include many of my favourite words from my native language.

I'll leave you with these two photos of the beautiful river's edge.

I wish you all a very smiley weekend.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Morning Everyone ...

... it's still morning here but only just!

Sorry I had to miss WOYWW last week but my grandson was home from Shetland and he stayed with us on an overnight visit. It was lovely to see him and I wouldn't miss his visits for the world. It just means I don't go anywhere near the craft room while he's here but I've made up for it since so have lots to show you.
First up is the desk and there's a swarm of bees on it. They're made with a cute wee die I picked up at The Range yesterday - more of which later. So what you see is the materials I've picked out for the project: a pile of scraps in yellow and black and some white 3" square card bases. Also out is the small guillotine and and the Sapphire die-cutting machine - it's dinky size is just perfect for the job. At the back, in the glass dish, is a little pile of dies, also from yesterday's trip to The Range.
Seriously, I only went in to buy the pack of clear plastic bags but I couldn't resist adding some card blanks and ...
... when I spotted these tiny dies they just fell into my basket - nothing to do with me, you understand!
I also nipped into Dunelm Mill for more interfacing for another project I've been working on - don't you just hate it when you run out of stuff right in the middle of what you're doing?!?! It meant a mercy dash to the nearest store which, for me, is Kilmarnock. And, of course, I couldn't resist the polka dotted fabric, sigh! Fortunately, I have a plan and it will be used up fairly soon in the project that I'll be making at the quilting classes I go to - they're starting again next week.

And finally, here's the project that needed the interfacing. Twelve little fabric trays made for the ladies who will be attending my daughter's EPP (English Paper Piecing) workshop this Saturday. I'm hoping they will be just the thing for them to put their hexagons in while they are working on them.

It's only 24 days to the WOYWW Crop 2017 now. I'm so excited and looking forward to meeting up with the deskers who'll be there. Of course I'm in a dither as to what to pack in the tote. I'll forget something important I'm sure. Though I'm assured there's going to be a lot of chatting and not a lot of crafting. Whatever, it's sure to be fun.

So that's what's on my desk today. It's a wet, wet day, perfect for staying indoors and catching up with what's on your desk too.

Happy WOYWW to you and have a wonderful crafty week.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello Everyone

I hope you are having a lovely Friday and that you have had much to smile about this week. I was away last Friday and so unable to join in with Annie's Friday Smiles but I'm here today and I have a lot of photos to share.

Firstly, these are photos from where we were last Friday. We spent the day with friends at Gatehouse Of Fleet - a pretty wee town on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries and Galloway.
We visited an exhibition showing the work and travels of Michael Wickenden, who died suddenly last year. He was a modern day plant hunter and explorer who travelled the world's remote places in search of new varieties of plants which he brought back to his specialist nursery, Cally Gardens. Sadly, the nursery was closed but here's a few of my favourite photos taken of the borders that surround the walled garden.

You can see from the last shot that the Joe Pye plant is massive. It's also a magnet for butterflies - I saw five on one plant and that's more than I've seen in our garden all summer!

As you may know, the children went back to school on 17th August this year. Here's my great-granddaughter, Rhian, looking very chuffed with herself. Her mother, Jennifer, tells me that Rhian now dresses herself in the mornings, giving mum time to dress her two younger siblings. However, as can be seen in this photo, she sometimes gets things wrong ... in this instance her kilt is on back to front! She gets 10 out of 10 for trying.

And finally a couple of recent snaps of great-grandson, Callum, that made me chuckle too.

No need to buy expensive toys for a two-year old, just give him and empty box and he'll be amused for hours.

You'd never guess from the mess on his face that he loves tomato ketchup!

Finally, just a few funnies that you might find amusing too.

This last is so true.

And finally, finally, one for you all.

Have a wonderful crafty weekend.