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!

Friday 15 November 2019

Two quick cards

Hello. These cute, quirky stamps were free gifts with a magazine. 

Two cards made for two cat loving friends!

Tuesday 12 November 2019

happiest of holidays

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project and I have the happiest of cards to share! How are your Christmas makes coming along? It's only 43 days to go! I have watched one Christmas movie - Love Actually, I have listened to my Christmas playlist twice and I have made ten Christmas cards! I'll need to get a wiggle on!

My card features the three elves from the Santa's Elves set by My Favourite Things. I added the stitched detail to the background using my Quilted Stitched Spirals die by Lil' Inker Designs, I love all these background type dies, so useful. Before attaching the backgound panel to the card base I wrapped some red and white twine around and tied a bow. As a finishing touch, and to add some festive sparkle, I added some stickles to their hats and cuffs.

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!

Thursday 7 November 2019

Sweet Treat Box Journals

Hello. Today I'm sharing four little hand stitched journals, I think this will be my new obsession since I bought the We Are Memory Keepers bookbinding tool! Everything, apart from the thread and the plain paper inside the journals, was in my October Sweet Treat box from Paper, Pen and Plan. Every month when I get my box I keep all the contents on a tray on my desk. Then I challenge myself to use it up by the end of the month! I pretty much succeed but that's because eveything is always so gorgeous.

These little books are the perfect size for my popping into my handbag to keep quick notes when I'm out and about. Maybe little reminders of potential Christmas gifts or a note of a new coffee shop I will need to try out!

And here is a peak of a few bits from my November box, yes, it's already all sorted on my tray and good to go for a few Christmas projects. The full unboxing video is here and you can find out about ordering your own box here.

Wednesday 6 November 2019

111 places - part 11

Hello. We've been out and about again, ticking off two more places listed in my
'111 Places In Glasgow You Shouldn't Miss' book.
Number 101 - Tam Shepherd's Trick Shop
Amongst the bestsellers are whoopee cushions, foam bricks, fake plastic vomit 
and vanishing coins!
Number 57 - Hutcheson's Hall
Originally Hutcheson's Hospital (1802-1805) it has been a library, a bank and is now 
an elegant restaurant.

My previous blog posts about this project are here -  

Tuesday 5 November 2019

dashing through the snow

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project and I have a super quick, easy and fun card to share. One that could be 'dashed' off during a bulk cardmaking session. The white piece of cardstock was run through my die cutting machine using My Favorite Things Stitched Strip Dienamics.

Then I stamped, coloured and trimmed around the Avery Elle Dashing stamp. I stamped both sentiments above the stitched lines, I love how they follow the shape of the tree and the car.

Then all the elements were fixed to the card using foam pads for dimension. I added sequins from the Full of Love Sequin Mix to represent the snow (and I thought that top corner was looking a bit bare!)

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!

Tuesday 29 October 2019

November Monthly Planner Pages

Hello. Last month I shared my October monthly planner pages and told you a little bit about how I use the monthly pages (if you missed it the blog post is here). So continuing on from that here are my November pages. I have taken a totally different approach this month and have left lots of space in the boxes for notes - November is going to be a busy month! That's what I love about these blank pages by Waffle Flower, you can customise and decorate as much or as little as you want to suit your needs in any particular month.

Because I wanted to leave the boxes blank I simply decorated along the bottom of the pages. I also added some extra 'list' space on the side. The stamps I have used this month just hint at Christmas,  that's because I like to go all out Christmas on my December pages! 

Here are links to the stamp sets I used -
Birdie Brown Alphabet and Numbers by My Favorite Things
The monthly planner pages are by Waffle Flower and are on special offer at the mo' here

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Oh Joy

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project. This time I have made a super cute card using Festive Friends by My Favorite Things (the matching dies are here). I love the fact that the snowmen in this set are really quick and easy to colour just their hat, scarf, mitts and boots - job done. I have also kept the colour pallette simple, just an eye-catching red and white.

The Oh Joy die by Mama Elephant comes with it's own shaped background but I have used the words on their own. Next time I think I will try it with the background - so many possibilities!

The swirls on the background have been made using Swirl Dies by Concord&9th. I like to think it's the trails in the snow left by the snowmen during their snowball fight!

Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting!

Sunday 20 October 2019

Oh So Jolly

Hello. Another quick make for the Christmas pile! This time featuring 'The Walrus, The Polar Bear and The Penguin' by Stamping Bella. I stamped, watercoloured and fussy cut the image and attached to the card using foam pads. The sentiment is from the 'Oh So Jolly' set by Sugar Pea Designs.

Well, it has at last stopped raining and it's a lovely blue sky, but very cold, day. A good day to take the dog and my camera for a walk and grab some Autumn pictures for my journal.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Happy Birthday Snail Mail

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project.

Have you ever thought of decorating your envelopes? We put so much effort into making our cards why send them in a plain envelope! Wouldn't this just make someone smile before they even opened it? It doesn't take long to do and these stamp sets from Flora and Fauna make it easy. I used Happy Bird Day, Aviary Love and Mini Snail Mail.

For the card I stamped the Happy Birthday sign and flowers inside the aperture. Then I stamped coloured and cut out the two cute birds (the matching die set is here). I stamped a branch and popped the birds on using foam pads. 

I stamped straight onto the envelope and coloured with water based markers, this means the colour will not bleed through to the other side.The name and address has been stamped using the Birdie Brown Alphabet and Numbers set.  

 On the back of the envelope I did some repeat stamping. 

Wouldn't you just love an envelope like this to pop through your letterbox? I know I would!

Friday 11 October 2019

111 Places - part 10

Hello, I have two more entries in my '111 Places' journal to share today.
This journal records my visits to places listed in the
'111 Places In Glasgow You Shouldn't Miss' book.
The one above, number 24 in the book, is the Cathedral Lamp Posts. These are very ornate featuring the Glasgow Coat of Arms - the fish, the tree, the bird and the bell.

And number 95, St Nicholas Garden. We didn't linger too long as it was pouring with rain and the carved heads are quite creepy!

My previous blog posts all about this project are here -