Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Couple of Christmas Cards..................

After a bit of a crafting break I thought I'd better get on with my Christmas cards - it is nearly September after all!
I ordered some Craftwork Cards stamps from QVC and here is my first attempts with them....

Think they're both quite self-explanatory!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Photo a Day Challenge - May (Day 2)

I've missed day 1 but here's day 2 of the challenge - the theme is 'Skyline'.
This is a photo I took a few years ago in San Francisco.

The challenge can be found here at 'Fat Mum Slim' blog.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Day 21 and 22 - April Photo A Day Challenge

Day 21 - Bottle

Day 22 - The last thing I bought .............
(This was the last item to go through the till at the Supermarket yesterday)

The challenge can be found here.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Day 20 April Photo a Day Challenge - Something I drew ...........

My mission at the start of the challenge was to improve my camera skills and this used a new technique for me (bulb setting!!!!)
Incase it's not too obvious ............ it's a Christmas tree!!!!!

I holed myself up in the downstairs loo (no windows, therefore pitch black) and used a torch to create the effect.
Good fun.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Day 18 & 19 April Photo a Day Challenge

Day 18 - Hair
Colourful display of hair products .............

Day 19 - Orange .........

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Day 17 April Photo a Day Challenge - Something you don't like........

Don't think this needs any explanation .................. !!!

The photo challenge can be found here at Fat Mum Slim blog

Monday, 16 April 2012

Day 16 April Photo a Day Challenge - Flower

No flowers in the garden yet so had to improvise ...............!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Day 15 April Photo a Day Challenge - Sunset

So hard today - the sunset wasn't very exciting. A bit yellow in amongst the clouds! 
But, to stay true to the challenge I took the photo of today's sunset - enhanced it a bit (okay, a lot!) and this is what I came up with............

I nearly didn't put it up because I really wanted to put this one on (but it was taken about 4 years ago in San Francisco!)...........

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Day 14 April Photo a Day Challenge - How I feel today...........

Good day today - off to Glasgow to see Cirque de Soleil followed by a meal and a night at a hotel.
So .............. this is how I feel .......!!!!

Enjoy your weekend! 

Friday, 13 April 2012

Day 13 April Photo a Day Challenge - Something I found ...........

Today I found a lovely recipe for Hungarian Goulash - it was absolutely delicious!
It was from a recent Mary Berry book.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Day 8 to 12 of the April Photo a Day Challenge

Playing catch up again! The challenge can be found here.
Here goes.......................

Day 8 - Inside Your Wallet

Day 9 - Younger You (Drawn by my Dad)

Day 10 - Cold

Day 11 - Where You Ate Breakfast

Day 12 - Stairs

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Day 7 April Photo a Day Challenge - Shadow

The topic today is shadow and all hopes of a lovely photo out in the sunshine were dashed because of the weather!
I had to resort to a torch against a blank wall - the silhouette is a 'Smoky Man' bought on a trip to Germany a few years ago. You put a fragranced cone inside them and set it alight - it just smokes and the smoke/fragrance comes out the mouth of the figure. This 'Smoky Man' is a Pharmacist which is my job.
The challenge can be found over at Fat Mum Slim blog.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Day 4,5 & 6 April Photo a Day Challenge

Missed a few days uploading because of no internet connection so here are my photos for days 4 to 6 of the Fat Mum Slim photo challenge.
Day 4 - Someone who makes you happy....... (my nephew)

Day 5 - Tiny.............. (a little model of our house)

Day 6 - Lunch

Tomorrow's theme is 'shadow' - hoping for some sunshine!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Day 3 April Photo a Day Challenge - Mail

Day 3 and the topic is 'Mail' over at the Fat Mum Slim blog.
I didn't get any post today (nothing unusual for a Tuesday) so here is a photo of our village post box.
Not great quality - taken with a phone!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Day 2 April Photo a Day Challenge - Colour

Not the best photo today - taken through a window!
Love these little Goldfinches - every time I got the camera set up they would fly away.
Day 2 of the Fat Mum Slim April Photo a Day Challenge (Theme - colour)

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Something a bit different ...............

In an effort to improve my photography skills I have decided to take part in a blog challenge.
The Fat Mum Slim  challenge is to take a photo everyday with a theme.
Today's theme is 'My Reflection" and this is my photo...
We were out for a walk today and came across a fairly still area of water. The weather was beautiful.
Not sure I will manage every day but I will try.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Less is More Challenge - week 56

A quick Christmas card to enter into this week's 'Less is More' challenge where the theme is 'Don't Scrap It'.
I used up some scraps of linen card and diecut them with the Memory Box Snowflake Border. The greeting is a stamp from Anna Griffin - stamped onto another bit of linen card and matted onto a scrap of red card.
I could do with a whole year of challenges like this to use up the scraps!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Another card inspired by one on Pinterest!

Was browsing Pinterest the other night and found this fabulous blog:
She had made this card which I loved.

So .............. I decided to have a go and make one similar (I had the same flourish die from Memory Box) so just had to organise some snowflakes. I used my Spellbinders snowflake die and a red felt snowflake from John Lewis.

I added a bow with bakers' twine - would have prefered a button but I didn't have any suitable ones (an excuse now to go shopping I think!)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Memory Box Country Landscape Die

I had been wanting this die for a while now after seeing lots of lovely cards on Pinterest using it.
So, last week, I took the plunge and purchased it. This is my first attempt using it - a very simple card.
The background is blue mirror card - the photo makes it look almost black!
Think I would go for a smaller greeting next time but that's me being critical.
Fiona x

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Less is More Challenge - week 53

This week the challenge at the Less is More Challenge Blog is a colour one.
I didn't think I had anything in this colour but it's amazing what you can find when you start looking!
I saw a lovely card here (great blog to visit) and this is my version of it. I'm thinking that there may be too many layers/embellishments to be a 'less is more' card but it's done now. It's a snowy day here in the Scottish Borders so snowflakes seemed a good starting point.
The snowflakes are made using a Spellbinders die (with various brads in the centres from who knows where!) and the embossing folder is from Stampin' Up. The greeting is Anna Griffin's - had to stamp in black as I didn't have any aqua ink and my silver is all dried up.
Enjoy the snow!

Today (10th Feb 2012) I decided to do another version of this card in red.
Here it is:
Not sure which I prefer but perhaps the aqua one which is a bit of a surprise for me as I love red, especially for Christmas cards!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Festive flourish and Baubles

Yesterday I was having a look around Pinterest and I found a lovely card here on a blog by a lady called Julie (Thoughts that Stick blog).
I had some Holly Flourish stamps that I have never used so I got them out and this is my version.....
The flourishes are from Dovecraft and the papers and sentiment are from Stampin' Up.
My stamping is a little bit messy in places but I quite like the finished card.
Fiona x

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Less is More Challenge - week 52

It's been a while since I entered this challenge and as I was needing some inspiration to get me going again with my Christmas Cards I thought I would have a shot.
I try and make one Christmas Card every week (as part of a Challenge over on Docrafts) which in theory should mean that I avoid any last minute rush (worked last year!)
So here is my card ............. it is a sketch challenge this week.
Details of the challenge can be found on the Less is More blog.
I masked off an area and, using Memento ink and a brush, coloured the area. As I was doing this I realised that the brush still contained some gold perfect pearls powder but I think it adds a nice effect - maybe not too clear in the photo. I then used a darker ink to stamp the snowflakes and greeting.
Finally I used the paler ink to lightly stamp a snowflake over the greeting.

Friday, 27 January 2012

First Post of 2012!

I'm back! 
Can't believe it's been so long since my last post but with Christmas etc it's been a busy time.
Finally got my craft stuff out today and this is what I came up with......
It's a white on white card - the light is not great today for the photo!
The tree was cut using a Memory Box die which I bought at SECC in October - first time I've had it out and was a bit of a pain to use. Had to use my craft knife in the middle section.
I still love it though - will just need a bit more practice.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and the flat backed gems from Kars.