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Monday, 11 December 2017

Beginners card class cards

I'm not sure where the past week went.  Is it just me or does this time of year appear to go faster than any other time in the year?  Anyway today was my monthly beginners card class at Scrapbook Magic and I had six ladies this time. The four ladies from last month returned (good to know I didn't frighten them off last month) and two new absolute beginners.  As I promised last week here are the cards they made.

This month we worked with busy patterned papers and cut apart papers and I wanted to show them how to use them in a variety of creative ways.

We also used some cut apart images from the Bo Bunny Tis the Season paper range.

And also the Prima Marketing paper range A Victorian Christmas

While it was quite intense I am hoping they all enjoyed the class and learnt something from it.  More importantly I hope they will return again in 2018.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Page 4 complete

I've managed another page finish on It's Only Forever today fingers crossed I can get another one done before the end of the year.

Stitches so far 12,575

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas cake

I finally got round to baking our Christmas cake yesterday.  The recipe is from a book I bought a couple of years ago called Ultimate Christmas by Parragon publishing.  Not sure if I bought it from Tesco or a garden centre but it's not just a cook book it also contains crafting. 

While the cake was baking we had the pleasure of Harlee-Jays company for a few hours - he loves playing with the Thomas train track which we first bought years ago for Connor so that set was definitely worth the investment.

In the evening I finished prepping the cards for next week's beginners card class at Scrapbook Magic.   Fingers crossed they will enjoy making them as much as last month - I will share those ones with you next week.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Advent calendars

I made hubby his own advent calendar this year with a die I bought from Joanna Sheen.  Simple decoration of the boxes was in the form of stickers which I had left over from last year and I had purchased from Lidl.  Inside is a chocolate coin (Paw Patrol - the only ones I could find at the time to fit)

My own calendar is from Kelloggs and has 24 bowls of cereal until Christmas.

Normally we don't have advent calendars but I thought they were both a little different and would add a fun element to the run up to the big day.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Retail therapy.

Yesterday I caught the train up to Totnes and met up with my friend Lisa at China Blue.  Anytime is a good time to go there but especially at this time of year when they have all their gorgeous Christmas decorations displayed.  We both picked up a few decorations for our trees, although I could have bought far more decorations for all over the house as there was such a great choice.  We also enjoyed lunch there before going to Dartington and looked around the shops there.  I picked up a new item to display my tags, cards, photos or whatever else I choose to hang from the clips.

I also bought a calender for next year to go in my craft room.  It's called Celestial Journeys and features beautiful artwork by Josephine Wall.  As I looked at it I was also thinking what wonderful cross stitch designs they would make too.  On doing a little more research into the artist I discovered that Heaven and Earth do cross stitch charts by this artist - oh dear my cross stitch want list is now even longer lol.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Stitching progress

I'm fairly close to another page finish which fingers crossed will be by the end of November.   Some of the wording has now made an appearance.  Next decision is whether to continue upwards and finish the wording which would probably be another quick page finish or continue to work on the owls face.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WOYWW #442

It's been absolutely ages since I took part on WOYWW but I found something today and so thought I'd include my find with my desk as it is at the moment.  Remember me looking for a pyramid kit for a workshop I was doing down at Scrapbook Magic?  Well I found it as I knew I would after buying another one lol!  

As you can see my desk is a bit of a mess at the moment as I am working on cards for December's beginners card class.  I've completed one and the paper for the next one is on the table ready to work with.  Beside the card is that elusive pyramid card which I found in one of the kitchen craft cupboards which I hadn't looked in before. Why hadn't I looked there?  Well, the wood flooring for the hallway had been stored out of the way in front of the cupboard and as it was rather heavy I hadn't wanted to move it - serves me right for being lazy.