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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Good Morning all

I'm not quite sure where three weeks have gone since my last post..but I'm back with a picture heavy catch up!

Firstly, the reason you're all here.. to see what's on my work desk! Here it is.. with the elements to make my December Daily. I'm a couple of days behind.. but I'm impressed that I've even managed to make a start! lol



If you're wondering why I'm showing you my desk, it's because it's Wednesday.. the day that Julia from The Stamping Ground blog hosts her What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday. Do hop on over for a look!

Then I'm on to my list of projects..

First these two for challenges over on UKScrappers 


Two cards: One for a dear friend who lost her Mum last week. One for my 90 year old Aunt who lives in Florida.. a word of warning..make flat cards if sending to the US.. it cost me £3.50 to send it out there!



Next a selection of the 60+ cards I made to send to friends and family for Christmas


Next a needle felted penguin I made at a recent workshop.. expect to see more of this as I loved it! lol


Then, something more unusual, one of three fans I made to celebrate my Nieces wedding on the 19th of December. She is getting married in the Dominican Republic and she wanted 3 personalised fans for her bridesmaids as it will be hot out there.


Next some layouts for my DT work at Merly Impressions using the Party Time collection


and this one using the Glisten Collection


and some bottle tags using the same papers


and finally.. one of my GD opening the Advent calendar I made her last year 


Just before I go though.. I thought I'd share what I've been up to in the last couple of days.... trimming my trees! lol




Apart from crafting.. I have been very busy visiting my Mum who is currently in hospital so I've been coming home and making things in order to de-stress..hence the plethora of items I've made..lol

Lastly.. in my previous post I promised a giveaway for all my followers.. as the end of the month has gone I closed the giveaway and used a random number generator to discover that dear Toni from  My World...Sort Of blog was the winner. I will be contacting you soon Toni to send your goodie parcel on its way to you.

All that remains is to wish you all a happy week..and to say hope I will be joining you again next week..Mum dependent. I will be blog hopping and leaving comments as soon as I can but please bear with me if it isn't necessarily today.

Elaine
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Woo Hoo.. my 300th post

Good Morning and Happy WOYWW to all of my dear followers


Today I have some exciting news.. this is my 300th Blog Post..yep 300th.. where oh where did they all fly by to? I've had some breaks along the way due to house moves, family illness and, generally, life getting in the way.. but 300 posts is surely something to celebrate?  



So..drum roll.. I'm having a giveaway! Become a follower and I will be sending one of you, regardless of your location a lovely gift. I can't say what it will be because I know that some of my followers aren't scrapbookers for example.. some of you are crocheters, seamstresses, stamping queens etc. but I will make sure that your gift is related to your own craft.. how exciting is that? You have until the end of November to become a follower and then I will use a random number generator to select my prize winner. I do hope you'll join me! The giveaway will be for existing and new followers as long as you have made a comment on my blog in the last month.

In addition I have also added a 'Pinterest' button to my posts so should anyone like to save any of my layouts for inspiration for later, you can now click on the Pinterest button at the bottom of each post.

Anyway, enough if that.. you are, of course, here to see my desk.. so here it is.. a bit more cluttered than last week but still very tidy on account that I am still trying to sell my house (!) I'm getting a bit bored of keeping it so tidy to be honest... but needs must.



You might notice a couple of cards on the left of the desk.. I can't zoom in on them yet as they are for some DT work but all in good time, all in good time.. lol.
You may also be wondering why I'm sharing my desk that it is because the lovely Julia over at The Stamping Ground is, as usual on a Wednesday, hosting a desk hop where we can all share our desks and current projects.  
Talking of current projects here are my latest layouts







Of course, these are mostly of my dear Grandaughter, Amber, and her Mummy and Daddy, my son and daughter-in-law but I did manage to include a couple of others.

Finally here is one that I created using the Glisten Collection from Kaisercraft for my DT work with Merly Impressions.


and here is a card I made too


Finally,I am also involved in a couple of swaps over on UK Scrappers and here are all the gifts I've been carefully wrapping for the last couple of evenings.. all ready to send off to the recipients. I can't wait to see what I get in return.. I love swaps.. lol (I'm  just a big kid at heart..)

 for an advent swap.. 24 little gifts all wrapped and numbered
and lots of little gifts for a stocking swap


So that's it for  today.. sorry I was so late coming to the party of the WOYWW but I had a viewing so I had to do dreaded house work again and take the dogs out.. it's raining here so it wasn't much fun.. but hey ho..that means I have the rest of the day to play.. now, what shall I do? Lol


Thanks for stopping by.. and don't forget to become a follower now.

Elaine
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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Golden Glisten layout using Kaisercraft Projects.


Today I have great pleasure in bringing you my Golden Layout using the Kaisercraft Glisten Collection from Merly Impressions.

Here is a blog post on their blog all about it, so I won't repeat it here.

GOLDEN GLISTEN SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT


Here are some close ups too




Thanks for stopping by...

By the way..my next post is my 300th Blog post.. please do pop by for some exciting news.

Elaine


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A clutch of completed layouts, a kitchen re-vamp and a pumpkin


Good morning all

Happy WOYWW 387 to you.. if you want to know more do hop on over to Julia at The Stamping Ground to discover what the heck I'm talking about! lol
Basically.. a bunch of us crafters like to get together each Wednesday to share our desks.. whatever their condition (!) and show each other what we are making or have made during the previous week.

Well.. today my desk is IMMACULATE! Why? Well two reasons.. firstly my house is on the market and it needs to be pristine for when viewers come and secondly because I was at a retreat all weekend and I took LOADS of stash with me and I haven't got around to unpacking it all yet..so its tucked away out of sight for my photo and when a viewer comes around I shove it in a large cupboard! lol
So without further ado.. here is my spotless craft room.. drink it all in.. once I have a buyer it'll soon revert to the mess it usually is..lol



Now, some of you may remember that last week my dear husband was half way through painting my kitchen.. (again 'cos we're marketing the house) and I promised you a looksee at it finished..so here it is before


and here it is completely finishd..it took him 2 loooong days but since we've done it we have had lots more viewings booked so it was worth it. We even have a second viewing booked on Thursday so keep your fingers crossed for me!  Even if it doesn't sell at least it is a whole heap better. It's pale grey in real life but it looks white in this picture..


Finally I guess you'd like to see what I have been up to since last week.. well as I mentioned, I was away on a scrapbooking retreat at the weekend. Three days of sheer peace and quiet from all the hum drum things in life and LOADS of laughter.. and wine.. lets not forget the wine..lol .. oh and cake..and chocolate! Just what the Dr ordered after a stress filled few weeks with my Mum. (My sister was looking after her while I had my break) so I had a blast.. and managed 11 layouts in total. Less than I normally manage but a decent number regardless.. so I'll show you a few here but I'll save a few for other weeks when I have less to show. So here goes:






and finally here are my Halloween decorations with a very dodgy looking pumpkin carving! Don't laugh..especially all you Americans out there who are all but professional at these things! Lol. I literally did it in about 5minutes flat because it was almost dark and I wanted to get it out there quick smart so it is what it is...

                                     

I got the skeleton from good old Poundland and I made the little Halloween canvas a few weeks back

So..that's another week in my life.. I'm off now to see what you've all been up to too.

Elaine
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Happy WOYWW 386

Good morning all.. Happy What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday!

This week I've been uber busy making Christmas cards.. mostly at a workshop on Saturday, but then a few more on my own on home on Sunday too.

Of course, if you don't know what I'm talking about.. then hop on over to Julias at The Stamping Ground to see what its all about.

So, without further ado here is a picture of my desk  with things in a bit of disarray for me.. but hey ho... I'm still charging around like mad after Mum so I can't keep on top of everything! Sadly we had some bad news this week... her chance of recovery and survival is only 20% so I'm crafting like mad to take my mind off things. :0(



Here is the overall collection of cards and treat boxes I made at Sue McDonalds workshop .. check out her blog here later she's an independent Stampin' Up demonstrator and her classes are fab so if you're local to her (Orpington, Kent) I'm sure she'd love to see some new faces.

Then a close up of some of them- most are using the Cookie Cutter Stamp Set and punch from Stampin' Up, but there are other random stamps sets that were used but I'm afraid I don't know the names of them all. The papers in this one were also Stampin' Up.. (in this years catalogue too)

This one: Papers from Kaisercraft Silent Night collection from Merly Impressions

More Stampin' Up papers and stamps in this one
This one is using the new Sizzix by Stampin' Up- Cable Knit embossing folder.. I just had to buy that one.. cute isn't it?
This one is a spinner card..hence the odd angle of the penguin! lol
My personal favourite, using the Cookie Cutter stamp and punch.. (I had to make an envelope too as it's a big card)

and finally a card I made for The Paper Craft Crew weekly challenge. This week we were inspired to make a card representing Auntumn..so here it is.. for a male friends birthday next week. I was also honoured to be chosen to be in their Top Five last week too.. chuffed!

Well, apart from chasing around after Mum we are also currently in the middle of decorating my kitchen too.. all the units are turning from Ash wood to a pale grey.. I am loving the look of it so far! I can't wait to see it finished. Here it is so far

Here it is before

I'll do 'finished' pictures next week.. God willing

No scrapbooking for me this week  because I'm off on retreat on Friday so I'm saving my LO's until then.. so I should have a bumper crop of LO's to share with you next week.

So that's it for now.. do let me know you've visited and please do tell me which cards are your favourite as I still have a lot to make so a few duplicates will be in order! Lol

Until then..have a fab week everyone and I'll see you all on your own blogs.

Elaine
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