Sunday, 17 January 2021

Christmas Card Club - Cards 3&4/2021 - Nativity Challenge

 Hello Everyone

I hope you've all had a happy Sunday despite current circumstances. We've had a typically Scottish day - bright and dry this morning, rainy and cloudy this afternoon. The light has been bad too so apologies for the quality of these pics - it was the best I could do with the lights on.

It's time again for the Christmas Card Club challenge. Margaret chose 'Nativity' as today's theme but, as always, the fall back is 'Anything Goes'. A thorough search through my stash was totally unhelpful - there's nothing 'Nativity' related here- no stamps, no dies - nothing. So it's 'Anything Goes' from me, but the images on the toppers on these two cards are a little reminiscent of the 'Nativity'. 

I'm back to recycling cards received for Christmases past. For these cards I've simply cut down the fronts of two commercial cards, added gold card to mat the first card and striped patterned paper for the second card. Both are embellished with Anita's gems - purchased from the local craft shop which closed a couple of years ago. Sigh.

That's it for today. I hope you will pop over to see what my teammates have created this week. You'll find a list of their names and links on my right sidebar - as always they are so much more creative than I will ever be.

Take care everyone.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 606

 Hello Everyone

This is my first What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday of the year so Happy New Year to WOYWWers everywhere.

I've been doing a bit of sorting out here so there's been precious little crafting going on - a  scrap page (posted here yesterday) and that's about it. Except, I have made a start on this little album which was purchased some time ago ... some time ago meaning years ago! It's much smaller than my usual 12"x 12" size - it's pages measure approximately 8"x 6". Found it during a sort out session and thought it was about time I did something with it so I'm aiming to use it as a kind of nature journal. If there is something that this last dreadful year has taught me it is the benefits and pleasure to be found in nature. Even if, as has been the norm lately, it is only the feeling of well being gained from a wee stroll round my garden on a good day. 
On a bad day it comes from a dip into the books on nature and wildlife I've gathered together since April last year. These two, both by Emma Mitchell, a naturalist who writes for a variety of magazines, including Mollie Makes, and has appeared on one of my favourite TV programmes,  BBC's Countryfile, are my most recent acquisitions.
Not that I'm forsaking the 12" x 12" format altogether. Not at all! I blew one of the gift cards received for Christmas on this almighty pack of plastic inserts so have given myself the nigh impossible goal of filling them all. Given that each one holds two scrap pages that's a whopping 200 layouts needing to be done. As I said, nigh impossible, but I'm going to give it a go.

So that's what's on my desk or, as in the case of the books, on the floor - Helen (Stamping by H) might be pleased to see me making use of the floor too - today. I'm off to grab a spot of lunch and spend an hour  or so catching up with what's on your desks too. 

I'm not ignoring the lockdown completely - how can I - suffice to say I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. Oh, and keep crafting!

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Scrap Page 02/2021 - Snow Today

 Hello Everyone, 

Thanks for stopping by. Wherever you are I hope you are having a good day. It's not too bad here - the sun's out, it's dry, but it's still very frosty. Spring doesn't seem so far away now so I've given this blog a new, brighter, cheerier header - hopefully a sign of better days to come!

My craft space hasn't seen a lot of action recently but I did manage to make this scrap page using a Spoonful of Scraps challenge from December, #3, for inspiration. 

For this page I've left the Christmas pics behind, I said I would in this post and I have, and moved on to January, winter and the garden. We don't get a lot of snow here on the west coast of Scotland ... it's being so near the sea ... so when we do you might spot me doing a little celebratory dance. Of course, I have to take a pic for the record too. This one is dated 29 Jan 2019. 

Materials used: papers - 'Flannel' from the Heart & Home Collection from PhotoPlay (background), 'Merry Everything' from Pinkfresh's Oh What Fun collection and 'Sweet December' from Crate Paper's Hey Santa collection, and Heidi Swapp's Make Pretty Stuff 'Today' paper for the title. Other materials used - Winsor & Newton's blue watercolour, and sticker embellishments from the earlier mentioned PhotoPlay Collection. All other embellishments, title letters, etc., are from old stash, including enamel dots

That's it from me today. I'm making no promises but I'm hoping to be back tomorrow for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It's a plan. 

In the meantime, I hope you are all well and wish you happy crafting.