Monday, 27 January 2020

Coffee Journal - part 5

Hello. Today I'm sharing another entry in my coffee journal. Urban West, once again it's in the 'West End' right on Great Western Road. We ended up here as the place we had in mind was very busy - a true happy accident. Instead of cake I had brunch, I was very hungry! I had the poached eggs on sourdough toast, hubby had square sausage on a morning roll and Mili had two dog biscuits. We will definately be back!

Coffee Journal - part 1 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 2 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 3 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 4 is here.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Zippy Zebras

Hello. Time in the crafty room has been curtailed by nearly two weeks jury duty at the High Court. An experience I never want to repeat. Anyway, here is my first card of 2020! All the stamps are from the Zippy Zebra set by My Favourite Things and the background paper is from the Essential Black and White paper pad by Altenew.

I am entering the following challenges -

Allsorts - more than a single word sentiment
Creative Inspirations - something old/new (I have used my new Zippy Zebras!)

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Magazine Giveaway - winner

Hello. The draw has been done and the lucky name out the hat is - 

 Please email me your address (
and I will get your magazine off to you.
There will be another giveaway soon, so stay tuned.

Giveaway! Box Set Magazine

This post will stay on top until Sunday 19th January 2020.
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I have a brand new Joanna Sheen Box Set to give away to one lucky blog follower.
As well as the magazine the box includes -
3 piece die set
A6 embossing folder
9 stamps
252 papers and toppers
This is hot off the press and is packed full of inspiration, including my article all about making cards with the kit.

 Simply leave a comment here and I will randomly pick the winner on 
Sunday 19th January 2020.
Good luck - and spread the word!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

My 2020 Journal

Hello. For the past two years I have been journaling in a Hobonichi and I have loved them (look how chunky they got) but towards the end of last year I struggled making daily entries and lost interest a little. So I decided the best way forward would be to use an undated journal and then I wouldn't feel under pressure to make an entry every day or feel bad at having blank pages.

I have been admiring the books from The Citrus Book Bindery for a long time and decided that one of their 'layflats' was exactly what I needed. I was not disappointed, this book is fabulous! I am now looking forward to making entries daily, or weekly or even maybe monthly as time allows.

 And here is my first page. 
It turned out really quite clean and simple but you would not believe how long it took me to decide what to do on the opening page!

 The second page just has some decorative bits and pieces and some words to remind me 
'don't fill your head with worries'. And then 1st January. Some journaling, some ephemera (Prima Golden Coast, on sale here) and some stickers. 

I will be sharing entries periodically throughout the year. 

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Chipboard Mini Album

Hello and Happy New Year! 

Just before Christmas I treated myself to the Hey Crafty Girl collection by Simple Stories. Great service and very fast delivery from Paper, Pen and Plan. So over the festive period, when I had a few spare minutes, this was a fun, easy project to pick up and do a little at a time.

As the whole collection is craft themed I thought I would use the album to keep a record of my pens and paints. The black alphas I used here are Thickers and not included in the Hey Crafty Girl collection, I wanted to have a nice bold heading! 

I am keeping the album handy on my craft desk and I will see at a glance what colours I have in which make. 

On this page is a record of the fine liners that I use in my daily journal.

 For paints I made a little 'envelope' to keep the sample cards in. I painted a block of each colour onto watercolour card and once dry drew a black outline.

And finally the back page. Crafty Girls Rock!

Monday, 23 December 2019

January Sweet Treat Box 'Do What You Love'

Hello, my January Sweet Treat Box from Paper, Pen and Plan popped through the letter box early this month - one of the perks of being on the design team! My usual unboxing video is here.

So, a fresh new year and a journal (or ten) with many blank pages to fill. I will be continuing my nature, coffee and 111 places journals and I will be starting a couple of new ones but more about that later.

I am also continuing my long term project of documenting older holidays and family photographs as well as keeping new holidays and days out up to date! For this I am using Simple Stories Sn@p albums with pocket pages.

And, of course, there will be cards made along the way!

This will be my last blog post in 2019 and I would like to wish my readers and followers a very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2020. Thank you for all your lovely comments and continued support of my little blog.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Warm Wishes

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project and I have a card to share that would be perfect for a winter birthday. I used my Winter Sparrow stamp set by Wplus9 to stamp the sparrow and foliage (matching dies are here).

I love that the stamps are all individual parts of the image meaning you can totally change things up. I decided on a sparrow this time but you could do a robin, a bluetit, a chaffinch or a brightly coloured bird from your imagination!

I made a circle frame using two dies from the Stitched Circle Stax set by My Favourite Things to mount the stamped images on to. Everything was attached to the base card using foam squares.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Trio of Thank You Cards

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project. Call me old fashioned but I still send 'thank you' cards. I know that these days a text or an email is more likely but what could be nicer than a handmade card popping through the letter box to say thank you for a lovely present or dinner or just for being there when you needed them.

The background papers are from the 6x6 pad 'Home Again' by Carta Bella, I love all the shades of teal in this pad. The flowers, sentiments and the double outlines round the sentiments are all from the 'Annuals' stamp set by Concord & 9th.

The double outline and sentiment was stamped directly onto the white cardstock panel. I then stamped the flowers onto watercolour card using Versafine Onyx Black, coloured with my Altenew watercolour paints and trimmed around (the matching dies are available here). I drew a freehand line around the edge of the white panel to match the style of the stamped lines. As a finishing touch I added enamel shapes, there's a huge choice in the store here.

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!

Friday, 6 December 2019

Coffee Journal - part 4

Hello. I've not made an entry in my coffee journal in a while. That's not to say we've not been out for coffee (and cake) I'm just a little bit behind with my journalling!

So, this is a little gem of a place. Tucked away down a side street off Great Western Rd in the west end of Glasgow. It's called the Broken Clock, and yes, they do have a broken clock! They also have, as hubby says in his review, 'the best cakes ever'.

You may wonder why toilets get a mention. Some of these little coffee shops have no facilities, apparently you only need to have them if there are more than six tables, so now you know!

Coffee Journal - part 1 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 2 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 3 is here.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

December Sweet Treat Box 'Love Your Selfie'

Hello, how did this happen? The December Sweet Treat Box already! This one is all geared up for memory keeping and I love the colour scheme of soft yellow, grey and pops of black.

Each month I put all the items from the box in a tray from some old packaging. I like to keep it out on the side of my desk and challenge myself to use it all up by the time the next months box pops through the letter box! As usual I have filmed an unboxing. And you can find out all about getting your own box here.

And while I'm here ....the Paper, Pen and Plan Etsy shop is having a sale, loads of gorgeous stash at 30% off!

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Oh So Jolly Gift Bag

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project and it features an upcycled plain white gift bag. First of all I stamped, coloured and cut out the two figures (twice) from the Stamping Bella set 'Little Bits Winter Collection Figure Skaters' (matching dies are here). Then I used three of the figures to decorate the bag popping them onto green and blue cardstock which had been die cut into dome shapes using 'Stitched Dome Stax Die-namics'. Before adhering the domes to the bag I wrapped some twine around and tied a bow. 

For the tag I wanted to stamp the sentiment from the 'Oh So Jolly' set by Sugar Pea Designs onto white cardstock but it just wasn't having much impact so I cut out a further two tag shapes from the green and blue cardstock and layered them together at a slight angle. Then I attached my fourth little figure to the tag using foam pads. I'm pretty pleased with how my little bit of upcycling turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!