Friday, 28 September 2012

Gosh! Where have I been?

I haven't been about much lately, been kept busy between work, caring for DH and last week attending a local book festival. I've done no crafting what so ever, maybe my mono got tidied up or binned with the massive clear out I had?!

What I have been doing is loosing weight and reading :) I read Room in less than a week, which for me is a miracle, as I'm usually months at a time at a book, and I'm already half way through The Snow Child, one of Richard and Judy book club reads, I only started that a few days ago, so it seems I can't do everything at once, craft, or read? It'll only become worse when I try and add getting back to the gym into the mix!

Hope to have something more interesting to share soon.x

Friday, 21 September 2012

It's tidy!!!

Quick post of my tidy room. I can't get used to being able to walk around! I've sorted ribbons onto a hanging pocket thingy, moved a small bookcase into the wardrobe, so have only my stamps in the new shallow drawers in the room and the shelving on wall. Happy with it so far. Next step redecorate with paper and paint I like!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Another week passes, WOYWW 172?

Well another week has passes and I've done no crafting, BUT I have to say that I haven't stopped all week. I've been busy gutting out my bed/craft room. My room has always been a messy pit, but last week I decided enough was enough. If you've not come over from Stamping ground, Julia's worldwide blog hop where we all get to nosey around craft desks around the world, then click

I had a MASSIVE clear out, and binned almost a wheelie bin full of junk. It took me four days but at last it is looking better. Now I just have to re-decorated, but if I do that, I'm back to the mess I've been up to my neck in for days. Anyway here's how bad it was!

This is the unit I kept most of my stuff on, but it took over the whole room, I've now re-organised and scaled down hugely.

Aggggg! The worstest before the bestest lol

I shall post a finished photo once I've decorated, don't hold your breath though.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

WOYWW 171 and Dragons Dream TIO

Time for another nosey around the world at craft desks care of  Julia's blog, some amazing craft areas and stunning artists. I thought I wasn't going to have time for crafting, but i managed to squeeze in a tag for the Dragons Dream blog challenge TIO. My desk. In fact my whole room is SO messy I'm surprised I can work in it. Anyway here is my desk this evening.

The recipe for TIO was, A beating heart, a weathered timepiece and a bit of grunge. The beating heart is an old bag charm which I dipped in TH distress embossing powders and is the "beating heart" swinging pendulum  of the old timepiece, the clock face is done with TH distress powders (as is the rough edge) and distress inks to age and weather it (green to show verdigri) , the grunge is the inked/splodgey/distressed background.

I have to say that I really don't like this effort at all, (update, I've changed it and happier now)in fact I think it may be one of my worst tags yet, although you never know it may grow  on me. Ok, I have since worked a bit more on this and am happy with it now. Thanks everyone x
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Sad day :(

Packing for daughter to go back to Uni tomorrow after her lovely long summer holidays at home. I am the world's worst worrier and am already stressing about the drive down there. We live in the country and I don't 'do' motorways and busy roads, as for lanes and roundabouts... I feel sick thinking about it. I'm sure it will be fine and I'm taking a friend for support as it will be a four hr journey each way - eeek.

So, as of yet, no crafting done, I've got challenges I'm looking forward to doing, The House of Bears challenge, the Dragons Dream TIO challenge and a couple of others I spied (see the buttons at the side)

I was delighted to find out that I was one of the winners of the Dragons Dream tag challenge this fortnight, very very chuffed with that as the entries are all stunning.

Ok, I shall leave this boring, pictureless post now.

Cath x

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

WOYWW #170

Gosh I'm really late today, well probably because I don't have much on my desk at this present moment. I'm interested middle of hallway after having a cupboard put in, so crafting taken a bit of a back seat.

I do however plan to start, very soon, my next tag challenge over at Dragons Dream challenge blog, see my blinking at side if you fancy taking part, that and also my lovely furry friends over at the house of bears run a fab challenge too, based on books,haves wee looky.

Anyway, here is my desk, a tag that I started from excess ink overspray from the Journal page, open in top corner. My daylightcraft lamp and small RUB boxes still waiting to be rehomed on a shelf somewhere. also I got some crazy shape bubble wrap which I sprayed and did a trial stamp, love the shape, will be using that soon.

Thanks for looking, I'll transfer get around as many of you that end in the same number as myself and those who comment on here, I may take a few days though with my painting etc.

Happy WOYWW.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Dance like no one is watching. Anything but a card challenge.

Today a new challenge blog started called Anything but a card. The challenge this fortnight is Anything Goes, so I got started on this article journal entry.
I love dancing, always have, so decided this page just had to be done. Dylusions inks, cut grass, turquoise and London blue, spritzed. I then used a dancing stencil from an old Club Scrap kit 2004!! a hole stencil, bubble wrap and worked away at it until I was happy. I used a gelly  roll pen  to outline the steps shown on stencils and stamped the 'Dance like no one is watching' stamp (that is part of a Declassified stamp set 'Aliases'). 

I then printed of some silhouettes from the website and arranged on the Page. I still feel it's missing something, but don't know what. I may add to it in the future if I find out what I think it needs lol.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

A tissue, a tissue, we all fall down!

My lovely daughter goes back to Uni next Sunday :( and I'm collecting together bits and bobs. I bought a box of 45p Morrisons Savers tissues, but as she wanted her room to be filled with pretty things, I decided to make a cover for the box.  First of all I used some old cardstock and made a box just slightly bigger than the tissue box itself. Leaving the bottom section out so that it can slip on and off the box.
Then I took the tissues out of box, carefully opened out the original box and traced around the tissue dispensing oval. I glued the box back together, and cut out the oval shape (I think if I were to do this again, I'd wait until I covered with my paper before cutting out, but i wasn't sure if my template would work). I mitred the edges of the template card and glued.

I then covered whole thing in patterned paper and again cut out oval. Once mitred and glued I cut end panels in patterned paper to cover joins.
Then I added decoration, not sure how much she'd like, we settled on a flower with button centre at one side and a little bit of ribbon on the other. I tried to neaten the top, then went around the inside of the oval with a silver paint pen just to bring it all together and in case any stray bits of cardboard template showed through. 
So now DD can buy cheap savers tissues, but have them covered with a pretty 'coat'.
Thank you for taking the time to look. It is very much appreciated.