Sunday, 28 November 2021

Sunday Scraps & Rudolph Day - Christmas Cards 34-37

 Hello and Happy Sunday to you all,

I hope you are all safe and dry. I see from the TV News that many on the East Coast of the UK have suffered badly during the recent storm and now it's snowing. I can only wish any of you that live in the affected areas well. 

I have been making some scrap pages for the Scrap Backwards, a FaceBook group, challenge this week - the aim of which is to use up old scrapping materials, particularly stickers but including other supplies we've had lingering in our stash for some time. One page I made helped me use up quite a bit of an old, 2011, Graphic 45 8x8 pad, Christmas Emporium but, as is always the case, there was a lot of scrappy leftovers. Some scraps were used up for the Christmas Card Club this week but I didn't stop there so here's another four. 

Apologies for the quality of the photos - the lighting, like the weather, has been very poor this week. With the exception of the ribbons, all the materials used were either scraps or leftovers - e.g. the beads were just the last few on a sheet. The stamps and embossing folders are from very old collections - the stamp sets are Docrafts Papermania Noel Christmas Wishes and Marianne Vintage Christmas, the embossing folder is from a Sizzix Christmas set. 

Frankly, almost everything in my craft room is not new. I'm happy with the embossing folders and stamp sets I have and only give in to temptation now if I think I will really make good use of them. I admit to still finding it hard to resist new patterned paper so treat myself to a kit from Mind the Scrap on a monthly basis. Otherwise, the only craft stuff on my shopping list are the necessities such as adhesives, scrap albums & plastic inserts - all those scrap pages have to go somewhere - card blanks & envelopes That sort of thing. In truth, I think I have enough stash at my age to keep me going until I leave this mortal coil. 

It's been a long while but I'm submitting these cards to the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #417 - Ruby's Memory - where anything goes as long as there's scraps used.

ScrappyMo's November Rudolph Days Challenge - a bit late but I think it's okay to enter to the end of the month.

CHNC Challenge 570 - where anything goes as long as it's Christmas

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper November 2021 challenge - a challenge that is always about using patterned paper or patterned cardstock

It's not quite 4pm here on the South West Coast of Scotland and the sun is going down already and just because I can't resist it here's the view from my window right now. 

So that just leaves me to wish you all a very good week and as my late mother would have said, look after yourselves and be good :)

Bye for now, 

Friday, 26 November 2021

Friday Smiles

Hello Everyone,

It's been a while since I joined in with Annie's Friday Smiles. That's because I really found it difficult to find much to smile since April last year when Alan became so ill. 

However, more recently he seems to have turned a corner and is feeling and looking so much better and making really good progress. Life isn't the same for him but he's adjusting well to his disabilities, has taken up a new hobby to replace those he can no longer participate in, and is smiling again. I can see his sense of humour returning too and that's good reason to smile.

And this is his new hobby. He's always wanted to build a model railway but never had the time until now. I think he's making a fantastic job of it. 
And it will be no surprise for many of you that this little one makes me smile - a lot. We've had her since she was 8 weeks old and now she's a much bigger 8 months and very much one of the family. She's curious often, mischievous occasionally and great fun always. Today she has decided that it's much too windy to venture outside. If she was human she'd be having a pyjama day.

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles this week and will share yours too by linking them over at Annie's A Stitch In Time. Everyone is welcome to join in.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Scrapbook Layouts - 29-31/2021

Hello Everyone

I'm back to share more layouts made around May this year when I was taking Shimelle's Half and Half class. Consequently, all three pages have backgrounds made up of two halved sheets of 12x12 paper. 

29. For Sewing

This page records both of my sewing machines and so the paper and embellishments used are appropriately from a collection that is sewing and craft related - Simple Stories, Hey Crafty Girl, 'Makers Gonna Make' and the multicolooured thickers for the title are American Crafts 'Journey'.

30. Pampered Pooch

Again, for this page I've used patterned papers and embellishments that are related to the photo of Mylo the Chocolate Labrador looking very sorry for himself after a shampoo and rinse. Papers from two collections - Echo Park, Meow and Mind the Scrap's kit for May 2021 and thickers for title are 'Holly'from American Crafts. The dog and paw embellishments were cut with Dovecraft's dies. 

31. Life is Better with a Cat

Celebrating the arrival of the newest member of our family, Silver the kitten, born on 13 March 2021, The photos were taken throughout her first week with us when she was just 8 weeks old. The papers are from Mind the Scraps kit for May 2021, the title is a Peartree Cutfile and the kitten stickers from the Echo Park Meow collection. 

And that's it from me today. Short and sweet but will be back with three more layouts very soon.

Take care everyone and stay safe.