Sunday, 23 December 2012

"Robert`s makes for sale"


Merry Christmas Blog Friends



Well the BIG day is almost here, I hope you all have a wonderful time what ever you are doing.  

Got to the shops this evening for some last minute things I did intend going before now but all the roods from our village to the main road are very badly flooded with some closed off.   We do have a 4x4 but if we go out and get stuck it just adds to the chaos so decided to stay put.
Rather than looking out to fields we now look out to "LAKES"  
My friend Pearl in the village of Meigle 3 miles from here is not so lucky, she has had to move out, her beautiful idyllic country cottage is sitting in the middle of her garden with approx 3` of water  lapping up round it.


Thought I would close for Christmas by showing you Robert`s makes for sale at the Christmas Play last week.  Primary 1, 2 and  3 made lots of these.  I thought they were rather clever, they sold for £1each, there were none left at the end of the evening.



That`s it for now folks

Thank you each and everyone of your all for all the support you have given since I started my Blog back in June/July. Without your imput and wonderful comments none of it would have been worth while.   
Also for all the good wishes for my sister/best friend Hazel while she was going through her treatments. She has come through it all very well, we are certainly looking forward to a Good Year in 2013.


Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year

Patricia and family  xxx
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Friday, 21 December 2012

" Thomas`s Brooch"

Hello Blog friends, Oh! My! Word! only 3 more sleeps.  Hope you are not beginning to panic!!!  You know what they say?  Worry causes premature aging, now we certainly do not want that do we!!!!
Thank you for calling by today. 
I personally feel the time I spend having a wee hop round Blogland is very relaxing.

Quick post today.

Last week when we were at the boys School Christmas Play there were things for sale that the children had made.   Robert class (that`s the 5,6, and 7`s) had made a couple of things each from Candy Canes and Lolly Pop Sticks , Thomas`s class ( 8, 9,10 and 11`s) had made some cakes and three Brooches each.  Of course we had to buy the things "ours" have made.  Thomas`s brooches were all sold, Audrey bought one, I bought one and Elaine bought the other .  We bought up the things Robert had made as well, so both of them were very happy.  Actually there was nothing left by the end of the evening.




These Brooches are so, so clever.  They are actually made from old clothes.  The base is a circle cut from a sweater, the flower is the "Rib" part of another sweater cut in a concentric circle, rolled to make the flower.  He has obviously been watching Granny!!!!   Then the addition of buttons to finish it all off.   The children were all so pleased their things sold.   Everyone was taking about how wonderful the things to buy were. .  The children did all the sewing themselves apart from a few machine sewed bits done by a teacher.

That`s it for today
Thank you so much for calling in I really do appreciate it

Patricia  

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"Crafty Gift for Elaine"

Hello Blog friends, how is it all going???   I hope you are not getting too stressed out, remember it is only one day!!  I know we want everything just perfect BUT!!! there is a limit.   None of us is "Wonder Woman"  I know we all like to think we are but please take it easy.

 Got a funny story to tell:-
You all admired my card yesterday well!!!...................guess what!!   Elaine did not open her card here last night.  She said she wanted to take it home and open with Doug.  
She text me this morning "Hi Sweet Friend we LOVE our card.  Will we get the insert for it when I come next Thursday"  Oh! My! Goodness!  I had forgotten to put the insert in..................stupid or what???  No don`t answer that.   Went into the Dining Room and there it was sitting on the table, printed and ready to be put in.  I must have been disturbed between getting it ready and actually putting it in the card.  That just had to be John wanting me to do something for him.....................well I have blame someone cause! it certainly was not ME!!!!.......................LOL
Thank heavens Elaine is natured like she is and saw the funny side of the situation.  We will laugh about this for months to come.

I hope this little Crafty Gift I included with her Christmas present makes up for it
Every year I make a little "Crafty Gift" for Elaine.  It can be anything at all, I like to include one with her actual present.
This is this years offering


A few weeks ago I bought some little canvases out of the "Works"  £1.99 each complete with the stand.   Had no plans for them at the time but felt I had to have some.
Sprayed with Crafter`s Companion Multicoloured Spray & Sparkle 
I had a Fancy Lattice Die cut in my Bit Box that I used for the background
Cut the Butterflies with Spellbinder Les Papillons Die using bits I had left over from making some of the Gift Bags plus bits of white card.
Made the box you see behind for it to go in,  so all in all a Crafty Gift for almost no money.

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by I really do appreciate it, especially now when time is in short supply for us all.

Patricia  


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Thursday, 20 December 2012

"Elaine`s Christmas Card"

Hello Blog Friends, only 5 more sleeps!!   How are things going?? 
Thank you so much for taking time out to have a look to see what is going on in this little corner of Blogland. 
Don`t know about where you are but oh! my! goodness! it has been Dark, Extremely Wet, Windy and very miserable all day here.
Making this short as there is not that much "Free" time at the moment.
By the way both my neighbour and her friend were delighted with yesterday`s card.  Makes it all worth while.

This is a card for my friend Elaine and her Hubby Doug.


If  you are a follower of Sue Wilson`s Blog you will know where I got the idea that I used for this.

Base card 8 x 8
Sue`s "milk" coloured card  was used for all layers
First layer pierced round the perimeter
Next layer using "Garden Lattice" embossing board
Borders cut using Asian Accents.  Sue showed on C&C how to mitre the corners
I don`t have the Asian Motifs, I used Lacy Doily Square with an Asian Accent Circle
Layered Poinsettia inked in the Die using Walnut Stain
Computer generated greeting cut using Large Banner Die
Pearls from WOC

Elaine came tonight, I gave her the card so I can now show it
The pearl is over the "i" in Elaine suppose it is just a Tad too big but hey! Ho! it is done now.
Actually looks OK in reality.

That`s it for today
Thank you so much for taking time to come and visit I really appreciate it

Patricia  xx



  
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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

"Birthday Wish"


Hello Blog Friends, only 6 mores sleeps.  
Thank you for calling today, I really appreciate it.
 As I said yesterday, I am not doing a lot of crafting.   I had a phone call from a neighbour asking if I was too busy to make a card for her.  Her friend would be coming later today and there was no way she could get a card.  She had had a card but made a mess of writing it, she sounded so anxious on the phone.  Well what can you do!!!  when you have no bus service and are 3 miles in either direction to the nearest shop.  Then of course as you can imagine there is a very limited choice of cards.

Here is my quick card.

Base Pink card stock approx 5 x 7 
Border punched using a Martha Stewart Punch
Doily cut using a Cheery Lynn Die
Spellbinder Blossom four Die for the flower
Crealies Die for the leaves
Pink American Seam Binding tied in a quadruple bow 
Butterfly charm
Computer generated sentiment
Made a Box for the card and all delivered

That`s it for today
Thank you for visiting 

Patricia 
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

"Thank You"

Hello blog friends, only a week till the "Big Day".     
Then we will all be busy clearing up the "mess" not made by just us, but everyone else as well!!!!  " 
All that paper, ribbon, food, etc:-   I am sure a lot of us will sit back and wonder how we managed to get there, having everything done so that a great time was had by all.
I am making the meal at my house then transporting it along to John and Audrey`s.   Audrey is working Night Shift Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Babies really do not care what day they choose to arrive!!!  I do not know how Audrey is going to manage as she will get very little sleep. 

I needed some Glue Sticks so popped into Hobbycraft, on the way into Dundee. . We do not have any Craft Shops near us, Hobbycraft  Dundee and a little craft shop in Perth.  Both are rather expensive but needs must so I went to get my glue sticks.   When we drew up at Hobbycraft I noticed a sign at Staples saying they were closing, goodness that`s where I get my paper for printing. When I asked the girl were they moving "Oh! no we are closing, your nearest will be Edinburgh or Aberdeen"   Heck of a long way to go to get paper.   Stocked up on some 160gsm and 120 gsm paper.  Did not really need it but now I have plenty.



Card today was one made from the my "Bit Box" I needed a thank you note for a friend.
Very simple but was just what was needed.

Card base Kraft Card approx 4 x 6
Piece of printed paper, did some Faux stitching round the edge
Brown card cut using Spellbinders Deckle Edge Die
Cream card cut using the smaller size Deckle edge Die
Brown American seam binding
Some Pearl dots using Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Wrote the sentiment

That` it for today
Thank you for taking time to pop in I really appreciate it.

Patricia 
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Monday, 17 December 2012

"Another Origami Box"

Hello Blog friends, thank you for calling by. I really appreciate you popping in.
Not so much time for "Crafting" these days.  
Have been filling up a few more Boxes with my Truffles and Tablet.    Just thought I would let you see this one.  Have a few more to do then hopefully that`s me finished. 
I have one more pot of Tablet to make for "US" and that`s me done with making sweet stuff for a while.
Have any of you made the Truffles yet???  
The Tablet I can understand it is a totally different thing but the Truffles are so easy.


Box made using Tilda Papercraft Paper Stack .........................Autumn Lilac
Spellbinder Dies Blossom Five for the Roses, Foliage Die for the leaves and Les Papillons for the butterflies
Lace, ribbon and pearls all from my stash

That`s it for today
Thank you for visiting it is great to have you here

Patricia 
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

"Thanks"

Hello Blog friends, thank you for calling by today.  I really love that you keep popping in.
Thank you for all you extremely lovely comments on my earlier Post.   I really do wish you could have come for a cuppa, it would have been great.
Had a very quite day here today, for some reason I just needed some "me time".  On the whole there is only John and I in the house most days.  John spends his time at his hobby, in the attic with his Model Railway.  I have all the time I want in the kitchen"Playing with Paper".  Till it comes to meal times that is!!!!   Seems rather selfish when I read this back, I am sure a few of you will know what I mean I just wanted time to do "NOTHING"  
OK, I am not really capable of doing nothing!!!   Did do some playing, at one point the kitchen looked like someone had thrown a Hand Grenade in....................but I was happy the mess was just from me "playing".


One of my part finished cards now finished off and ready to send
I use this "basic design" a lot.  When I hit that "Oh! what can I do" time, I just make this style of card.
You can make them look so different depending on what colours you use.
I have to remember who I have already sent one to or who commissioned a card and did I make it using this design.   
In the New Year I think I will start a Note Book where I write down Dates, Card Styles I have sent to friends etc:- and the ones I have been commissioned to make.

Base card cut from White Card Stock approx 4 x 6
Backing paper 
Spellbinder Fancy Lattice Die cut in white card
Piece of lace from my Lace Box
Rose using Spellbinder Blossom Five Die
Leaves Spellbinder Foliage Die and some punched leaves
Three pearl pins from Wild Orchid Crafts
Thank You a Stamping Up Stamp

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by I do appreciate it

Patricia  



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Saturday, 15 December 2012

"Cup of Tea anyone"

Hello Blog friends, I really wish I could invite you all for a cuppa.  It has been such a privilege to have you here with me since I started my Blog back in May/June.   Thank you so much for all your lovely comments I really do appreciate them.  Without your support none of this would be worth while.
Since I cant have you here, I dedicate this Post to all my followers and anyone else who may pop in just to have a look. 

This will be a quick post, I have not long waved the boys off.  They have been here since Grandpa picked them up from school yesterday.   Dad had to be in his office in Glasgow in the morning.  He had a Reception somewhere in Glasgow in the afternoon, then a Dinner in the evening that they had both been invited to.  Mum went through to Glasgow in the afternoon.  Both went on the train thank goodness, the weather yesterday was awful.  I think it was more or less the same for everyone.  At least it has been rain rather than snow.
The boys are now off to Robert`s Birthday Party.  It is at one of these places that caters for Children's Parties. We don`t go now they are so noisy, loud music and rough play..............................sorry we are getting too old for that.


My card today is one I made a couple of weeks ago.  I has been lying waiting to have the insert put in. 

Base card 8 x 8
Papers are all NitWit downloads
Brown card from my stash
Spellbinder Labels One Dies 
Spellbinder Fancy Oval Die
Image I got on the Internet ages ago coloured with Copics
Spellbinder Blossom Die for the flowers
Punched out Butterflies
A few pearls and a charm from stock

That`s it for today,
Thank you for taking time to pop in


Patricia



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Friday, 14 December 2012

"Commissioned Card"

Hello and welcome to my creative corner.  
Great to have you here, thank you for taking time in your busy schedule to pop in.  

John and I had a great afternoon and evening yesterday.  John picked the boys up from school, they like when he does that.  Back to their house to open lots of parcels, great excitement at all the goodies.  Grandpa and the boys then decided to play "Bowls" down their long hall with things that had not been given as gifts...............is that not just typical!!  Kind of like kids playing with the box rather than the toy!!
Their Christmas play was great, one little girl got stage fright.   Head Teacher (one of only two in the school) just got in there and took over the part to a loud cheer and applause from both the pupils and the capacity audience.    Added to all the fun, great to see such a little school putting on a super show which they all seemed to love doing.  They had made lots of things to sell, had to buy some of what both boys had made.  Some really good things were made by the children.
My friend Elaine who usually comes to me on a Thursday evening came along to the play.  Her children went to that school many years ago.  She of course met many of the people who had been "Mums and Dads" with her then.  They were now supporting their "Grand Children"


Today`s card is one of two cards I was asked to make.  The girl who ordered them had seen something similar on my Blog and wanted it done in these colours.   I enjoyed making it as it is nothing like what I would have chosen to do as far as the colours are concerned.    It is good to break out of your comfort zone now and again.

Base card Centura Pearl 5 x 7 approx
Red card from my stash
Paper printed from Create and Craft Floriography CD
Spellbinder Botanical Die used to cut out the "Swirl and leaf" design
Spellbinder Blossom Five Die for the Roses and a Crealies Die for the leaves
A little "Bit" I found in a box with a red pearl popped in the certre
Grey ribbon from my Ribbon Box
Computer generated greeting

I really am not keen on that Botanical Die.   It cuts out all the main part but there are loads of bits round the perimeter that have to be cut away using your craft knife.
Oh! Patricia stop moaning it does a beautiful job!!!.........................

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by, I love having you visit

Patricia 
 

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

"A little bit Vintage" ??

Hello and welcome to my little corner of Blogland. 
I know I say this almost every day but I really do appreciate you calling by and leaving such wonderful comments on my work.  It makes it so much more fun to create.
I am going to try and "Schedule" this post, BUT!!! you know me and computers!!!!
This afternoon we are off along to John and Audrey`s for a Birthday Tea,  Robert is 6 today.  We are going along to their Village Hall for 7pm.   The school children are doing this years Christmas Play,  Jack in the Bean Stock.  I asked Thomas if he was to be the Giant, he is so tall I thought that would have been a perfect part for him............No! Granny! I am narrating. 
This surprised me, he really does not like being "Up front" in things.  He likes to take part but melt into the background.   The whole school are involved all 20 of them, great fun is had at these events.  After the performance we have tea/coffee with goodies the children have baked.  They also sell things they have made in the art classes, this raises funds for the school.


My card today I feel is a little bit Vintage.  I really have not done many Vintage cards or projects so maybe it is not.   Let me know what you think.
I did start it out to be a "Tag" but had a good bit of it done when I discovered I had not cut the top corners into a Tag shape.......................typical!!!!

Base card approx 4 x 6 Centura Pearl
Pink card embossed
Kraft card embossed
Green card to pick out the green in the backing paper.
Patterned Paper is a NitWit Download
Spellbinder corner Dies I cut these three times for each corner.   I cut the corners from Kraft card, stacked them to give me depth.  I also lightly dusted them with a little Gold paint.
Piece of lace from my Lace Box
American Seam binding threaded through the lace and for the triple bow
Spellbinder Dies Blossom Five for the Rose, Foliage for the Leaves
Some pearl stick pins

I looked at Sasha`s beautiful card on her Blog.   I think I should have "Triple Embossed" my Corners, might just do that next time.

That`s it for today, thank you for taking time to call in
Hope you get just a little bit of inspiration from your visit


Patricia 


 
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

"A Pot of Ponsettias"

Hello Blog friends, thank you for popping in. I know time is precious just now so I do appreciate you taking the time to call.
The forecast this weekend past, was to be horrendous for this part of the North East of Scotland all this week.   We went out, stocked up with extra Freezer goods and other bits and pieces.  Ordered in more coal, stacked more logs................we would be fine what ever they threw at us.  Well how "WRONG" could they have been.  We have had beautiful sunny days Sunday, Monday, yesterday and today.  Very cold, but we can cope with that.  Just hope they have not got it a "week" out..........LOL


Today`s card is one I made for Hazel and Charlie.  I had another idea, way, way different from this, for some reason I changed my mind.    It is not Perfect, you can see the top of the card behind the Poinsettias on this one.  That should have been shorter, you know what they say.................. you live and learn.  Will know for the next one I do

I cut the single base "Flowerpot" shaped
I used distress inks along the bottom and up the sides to give it depth and texture
Put an embossed piece along the top, for the brim of the flowerpot
Put some ribbon over that.  A bit pointless to have done the embossing, I covered it up with the ribbon........silly girl!!!
I then made a narrow "Tent Style" Card which I attached to the back of the Pot (next time I will make that shorter)  I punched two holes at the top of the "tent" and threaded some of the ribbon through.  That way the card can also be hung up
Poinsettias cut using my Spellbinder Die.  I placed them so they looked like they were in the Pot
Tied a Triple Bow using White Organza Ribbon from my ribbon box
Popped pearls in the centre of the flowers
Computer generated greeting on a Spellbinder Tag Die

That`s it for today
 Thank you for visiting, I really love to have you here

Patricia   

Kate asked me how I made my Bow.  I tried to comment on my own Blog and what a gutter I made with the first one, I had to delete it.
Mind you the second is not much better.
Sorry about that folks, will show you  my wonderful Bowmaker later this week.



 


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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Making those Decorations"

Hello Blog friends, Hope you are all well and not getting to stressed out about "Christmas".  It is just "ONE" day, my priorities have changed this year and I am looking at it as just"one" day.  Every day is a bonus no matter what day it is.
Thank you for taking time out to visit, I really appreciate it when time is so precious just now.
I have done all the Christmas cards I am doing, ones that needed posting have gone.  The ones to be popped through the doors of my friend and neighbours in the village sitting waiting to go.  Wrapped the presents, well the ones that I have. I have a few wee things still to get, nothing major.
Have not done the tree, afraid I leave that till much later.  I really am a bit "bah! humbug" about Christmas, if it was not for the boys I really would not bother. 
This is a very personal thing.............I feel the true meaning of Christmas has been lost and it makes me sad.  Right enough about that!!

I have been asked to do a Tutorial on these "Decorations" .  Ladies they are so very easy, here is all you need to do.    Remember any shape of Die will make them as long as there are a few sizes in the set.  You do need an empty Ribbon Spool as the base.  I use the spools from narrow ribbon.


I cut out two blank circles to cover up the writing on the spool front.  You don`t have to do this but some can be very bright and might shine through.

Stack up your layers with foam pads between to give you depth.  This one I made a rosette for the front, a Brad or a bead is fine.
Tie your chosen colour of ribbon round the Ribbon Spool Tie off and hang up...................Simple.
To see my others scroll back a couple of days.

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by, I really enjoy that you stopped to see what I have been up to.

Patricia  


Monday, 10 December 2012

"Almost White Christmas"

Hello there Blog friends, hope you have all had a great weekend, once again that`s it over.   How quickly time goes, even worse at this time of year.  
Thank you for taking time out to come and visit me, I really appreciate it.
Also thank you for all your lovely comments, I enjoy reading each and every one.
Made a few cards last night......there was not a lot to watch on the telly.  Nothing else for it, just had to "Keep on Crafting" .  Got another order from Hazels daughter for more Chocolate Bar Wallets, there all done and ready for me to deliver to Hazel.  I can almost do them in my sleep now!!!


Today`s card is one I made last night.  It is not just how I thought it would turn out, but there you go, you cant have everything!!! 
Funny how you get an idea, once you make it all up it is not just how you imagined it.

Base card 5 x 7 approx
A piece of embossed card I had in my Bit Box
Centura Pearl card embossed 
White Organza ribbon from my Ribbon Box
Labels Twenty
Poinsettia  Die, I used Victorian Velvet Distress Ink on it before I removed it from the Die
A double bow using the Organza ribbon
All the embossing Folder and Dies are Spellbinder

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by

Patricia 

  
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Sunday, 9 December 2012

"Christmas Door Wreath"

Hello Blog friends hope you are well, the end of yet another weekend.  Oh! My! Word! they are fairly flying by!!!
Glad to have you join me in my little corner of Blogland. 
Thank you for continuing to call by I love having you here, hope you can stay a while.  If you have time please leave a message so I know you visited,



Thought I would let you see what I was up to Sunday afternoon.
I put up a Christmas Door Wreath.  I was inspired by Carol who comments on my Blog.  She has adopted a great American tradition by hanging Wreaths on her front door throughout the year.    I love when I am in the states, no matter what time of year it is most houses have a wreath on their front door.   Another great tradition they have, being so patriotic, is flying their flag.  When we visit our relatives they have their American flag flying but they also fly a Scottish one while we are with them, I think it`s a great idea.  Thomas adopted this tradition after one of his many visits to the States and has his Scottish flag flying in the garden.
Anyway I managed to do my wreath this afternoon  I took a break from making cards.  I went to Ceramics Classes a few years ago and made quite a few nice things.  I made the centre piece in the wreath but never used it, it has been out in the Summerhouse for ages along with bits of artificial Christmas greenery.  Fir cones were collected by the boys on one of our many walks through the woods.  I bought a wicker wreath base during the week, now we have our wreath all made up and hanging on the door.  It has little battery operated pea lights though it.  I will pop them on when it gets dark.  I just hope I remember to switch them off or I will need new batteries every day.

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling in, I really appreciate it

Patricia 

Saturday, 8 December 2012

"Another Tree Decoration"

Hello Bog  friends, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. 
Thank you for taking the time to pop in to see what I have been up to.
I have far more followers than I ever thought possible.  If I do not get to you for a few days please forgive me.  This is all meant to be good fun so let`s keep that way.  Visit when you can I love it when you call but I fully understand the pressures we are all under at the moment.
The forecast for this area from Monday is horrendous, I really am not looking forward to it.
My friend arrived and returned home safely, she does not leave my house till after midnight.  She had strict instructions to Text me as soon as she got home.  She lives about 20/25mins drive away, I would not have slept if I did not know she got home. 
Another busy day here with the boys.  Grandpa had to deliver some things along to their house this morning.  We knew mummy was working so we were prepared for the request Grandpa would get......................."Can we come back to your house please".  Back they came, daddy walked the dogs then he came along and we all had lunch.  I really thought that I might also be serving up the evening meal.   No! daddy had been cooking so he was all organised for that.  Tell you we have to be prepared for all eventualities in this house, thank goodness for "freezers".


I posted a "Pink" Tree Decoration during the week, which I did for  "In The Pink Challenge".  That one is now hanging on my dining room door.   I just thought I would let you see the "standard" ones I do.   I try to do them all a little different even if it is only the colour of the bead in the centre, hate doing two the same of anything. 

Again this one is using the Spellbinder Lacy Doily Motifs
I do them white which I think looks nice and fresh.
They also look good done in Gold and Silver
I use an empty Ribbon Spool in the centre
You need 2 Large, 2 Medium and 1 Small Die Cuts for both sides
I also have the "Accents" which gives you the edge Die.  I cut the edge twice to create the rosette in the middle.  You could use any edge Die you have to do this.

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by I really appreciate it

Patricia  

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Friday, 7 December 2012

"Very Simple Chistmas Card"

Hello Blog Friends, my goodness can you believe it, the weekend again!!!!    Welcome to my newest follower Bea, thank you for joining me on my Crafty journey.   
Do not know if any of you do this:- when I click on a new Blog,  I go off on a great journey.  I find things to "click" on, I click here and find a great idea, I click there and see a fantastic project.  Then sit back and wonder how the heck did I ever manage to land where I eventually end up!! !!!!  Mind you it is far better than sitting watching the rubbish on that other screen..................!!!!
My friend Elaine did not manage to come last night.  Her daughter phoned to say mum slipped on the ice in the morning and was still not feeling good.  They had packed her off to bed.  Elaine Text me this morning to ask if she could come along tonight. I text back and told her to come to the Front door. as round the back although all salted and sanded could be icy.  We craft and chat in the kitchen or should I say we "Chat" and sometimes craft in the kitchen, so she just comes round the back.  She told me she would come prepared and bring her "Crash Helmet "  I told her better make it full Body Armour.  It is only a few weeks since Elaine broke her nose running into my Patio Doors...................!!!
In the spring of 2010 I had what I thought was a brilliant idea.  I decided to have quite a bit of our rather large back garden done in Paving Slabs.  We had it all in chips to keep the gardening down while we spent from May till November in Turkey.  When we were at home we noticed that the boys liked to ride their bikes along the paths that were there.  We had sold the house in Turkey and were home permanently, the boys were spending lots of time at our house. We had the Paving slabs laid, the boys had a ball on their bikes, motorized Tractor and Car, plenty room for them to whizz about. Then winter came.......................................Oh! Oh! then we realized that it had not been such a great idea after all.  We just did not think about winter,  when it snows the slabs get very slippy.  We salt and sand them to get to the Coal, Log Store, Rubbish Bins and the back door of the Garage.
So folks if you have had thoughts about Paving or these fancy Paviors really think about it.  They look great BUT!!!!


I have mentioned I am not sending out many Christmas Cards and have donated the "Postage Costs" however I have to make a few.  I have done John and Audrey`s, now done a few others here is one of them..  I have done quite a few like this although I have tried to make every one just a little different. They are all done, in the envelopes ready to be handed over or delivered.


Base card White Card Stock approx 5 x 7 
Centura Pearl
White Card cut using Spellbinder Christmas Tree Die
White Organza Ribbon from my Ribbon Box
Creative Expression Pearls for Sam Poole

I have not put any Greeting on, I wanted to keep them clean and simple.

That`s it for today
I love to have you visit I really appreciate it

Patricia  

  
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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Cat Food Boxes????

Hello and welcome Blog Friends from a very cold Perthshire.  Last night the forecast was not good for here today.   I decided I would be up early, and get the house all done and dusted.  Then I would have all day to play no matter what the weather threw at us!!!  In the end it was just miserable.  Still lying snow, at least no more falling so far.
Thank you for popping by, I really like when you come to visit.  If you have time when you call in please leave e wee message so I know you were here.  If you have a Blog I can then link back and have a look at what you get up to.  It is good to see what others are doing, there are so many talented people out there.
 A teacher asked me a few months ago if I had any ideas for something the children could make and sell.  Needed to be cheap to make and something they could all get involved in..............not too girly!!!  I asked if she could get them to collect smallish boxes ie:- the boxes that Soap Tablets, and Cat Food comes in.    I told her it would be very messy, but they would have good fun and great results.
Here is what we made, these are the ones I made showing them what to do, I don`t have a pictures of theirs, I will try and get one soon.


Art Class Week One
We covered the boxes inside and out with "bog standard copy paper" using "bog standard P.V.A. glue"  This was to cover all the bold graphics and writing on the boxes.  They did not have worry about where the glue went as long as they had plenty on to make the paper stick.  We had to leave them to dry till the next week.  The P.V.A. glue actually makes the boxes very stiff, great it you want to put heavy things in them.

Week Two 
We covered them with Mulberry Paper which I supplied.  I had a big bundle that I knew I would never get through myself.   My friend Elaine brought me "LOADS" of the stuff.  Her and her hubby had been at some Auction and got a "Lot" for a few pounds, she brought a bundle along for me.
Again we used P.V.A. glue.  They liked the fact that they had to wet the paper to tear it.  That way they could join it up and you did not see the joins.  Plenty glue again, we left them to dry till the next week.

Week Three
We decorated them, the children used thick cord for their handles.  They just punched holes and threaded it through, tying big knots on the outside, quite rustic looking    The girls stuck flowers and ribbons on theirs the boys mostly left them plain.
I had a box of beads so I made beaded handles for mine.   
I took mine home to finish off,  I did send them back for them to sell, along with theirs.

So! If any of you have these kind of boxes lurking around there`s a project to keep you out of mischief.  Joking apart you could really go to town with the decoration and make a great box with a difference.  
I used a Large Washing Powder Box, covered it in White Mulberry Paper,  decorated the front with some flowers.  I put a bottle of wine (the box was not fat enough for a bottle of Champagne) plus two Champagne Flutes, all filled out with white tissue.   Thomas and Robert presented it to a couple who had just got married rather than a Horse Shoe!!

That`s was a long post today, sorry about that.  You might need to have a lie down to recover.
Thank you for visiting, I really appreciate it

Patricia  


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"Pink Christmas"

Hello there Blog Friends, thank you for popping by to see what has been going on in my little corner of Blogland.
It is not easy at this time of year to get round everyone when we are all so busy.  If I miss anyone out please forgive me.   You are so talented and full of inspiration, without you this Blogging lark would not be so much fun.  Thank you for all your lovely comments it makes this all this more worth while.
 Met up with Hazel today at the Maggies Centre, Dundee we were handing over another donation.  We then popped over the road to the Chemo Unit with a donation for them.  That`s us finished Fundraising for this year we will see what next year brings and who we will be supporting.  There is always something or someone needing a little help.
  


My project for today is a "PINK" version of Christmas Tree decorations I make and give to friends.  I think everyone has one now, but will make a few more just in case.  
I have made this one "Pink" I am entering it into http://inthepinkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/  

The whole thing is made using Spellbinder Lace Doily Motif Dies
2 Large, 2 next size down, 1 small....................you need this combination for both sides
There is an empty ribbon spool for narrow ribbon in the centre
Long length of Ribbon round the spool centre tied to form the loop to hang on your tree or window
They look pretty on the window when the sun shines on them and you get the reflection 
Pearl for the centre

My friend Elaine asks me to make her one every year, I make and hang a Little Tag with the date on it
I try to make them as different as possible using different dies, I am running out of ideas.  I have made quite a few for her.  She has a big house and puts up lots of trees.   They are not all hung one the one tree.

That`s it for today, will be back soon
Thank you for calling by, I really appreciate it

Patricia 



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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

"Roberts Origami Box"

Hello Blog Friends, hope you are all well.   I have to apologise for not mentioning my new followers before this. Welcome to my Crafty Corner of Blogland, delighted to have you join.   I hope you can get something out of popping in now and again to see what is going on here.     
After my mammoth task of making all those Wallets yesterday I have decided to have a wee rest today.  Not really a rest in fact I have just caught up with the ironing, and a few other household things.  I opened the cupboard where I keep the ironing basket and it was looking at me over the top.  I don`t normally let it get like that BUT!!!!...................I had been busy making things.
When the boys were here on Saturday Robert wanted to do something "crafty"   I got out some 12 x 12 papers and we all sat round the table including Grandpa to make one of these Origami Boxes.  Thomas gave up when he did not get his first couple of creases to his perfect standards, he made something else. (think it was a paper Aeroplane)   Anyway the three of us carried on and this is Roberts box.  Not bad for 5 well only 9 more days till he is 6, he keeps telling me how many more days.  He filled his box with some of Granny`s truffles and gave it to his mummy.  
Tell you what!! you could have knocked me over with a "feather"  when I saw Grandpa`s creation. John never does anything like this, said he actually enjoyed making the Box, which I am keeping.


Robert did not want bows on the sides but did want flowers.  These are on with the Glue Gun, I put the glue on he put the flowers on.  Kids are funny he did not want the lid fancy, just plain please Granny, then he decided it might need a couple of flowers.

That`s it for today will be back soon
Thank you for calling in I really appreciate it

Patricia 


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Monday, 3 December 2012

"Hazel`s Order"


Hi there Blog Friends, sorry about this mornings Post.  I have no idea what happened to the picture it was there when I pressed Publish.  Thank you for bearing with me, and popping into to see what I have been up to. 
Was surprised when I got up this morning and saw the snow.  It should not have been such a surprise, yesterday when we were coming home the Motorway signs were displaying "Snow Forecast".  Well we have got it.  It has gone wet I just hope it does not decide to freeze overnight.......................


Hazel phoned me this morning asking if I could make her 6 more Chocolate Bar Wallets.   By the time lunch time came it was up to 12.  So me being me when on a roll, have made her 16, I do hope that will be enough.  She did ask for a few Non-Christmas I have included them in the pile.
I got the idea from Pam`s Tutorial at pam-simcrafts.blogspot.co.uk.  It is brilliant for a bar of chocolate to become a little gift.  Hazel`s daughter Tammy has lot of friends with children at school, guess what the Teachers are getting for a Christmas Gift this year......................!!!!

All are made from card from my stash
Feebee papers from magazines for most
Hunkydory Card for the Non-Christmas ones
Ribbon from my Ribbon Box

That`s it for today
With any luck it should all be there
Thank you for calling by I really appreciate it

Patricia  

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

"Tablet Recipe"

Good Morning Blog Friends.  Glad you have found time in your weekend to pop in, I really appreciate that.
We are off later this morning to Bo`ness, we are going with John, Audrey and the boys to join the "Santa Special".    There is a Steam Railway at Bo`ness, we have done this, since the boys were babies.  Audrey thinks this might be the last year as Thomas is now 8.  Don`t want to labour on this, the girls that Hazel looks after are very keen on checking my Blog.......................................!!!!!

I am going to give you the recipe for the Tablet.  Is a very old family recipe, it is not the easiest thing to make.   You MUST use a heavy based pan, it is also much better to control if you have gas.  If you are on a Diet or Diabetic it a definite NO! NO!

TABLET
2 oz of "BLOCK" butter ..........soft spreadable is absolutely no use
You could use Block Stork but butter is better
1/2 pint Full Fat Milk
2 lbs of Sugar
1 Tin Carnation Condensed Milk (as far as I know you only get one size)

Place the butter and milk in the pan, heat till the butter has melted
Put in the sugar and gently heat till all the sugar has melted
Bring to the boil, turn down the heat till you have a gentle simmer and simmer for 15mins.
Keep stirring as it will burn, stick to the pan if you don`t.
After 15 mins of simmering put in the can of Condensed Milk.
Bring gently back up to the boil, turn the heat back down to the gentle simmer and simmer for 10 mins.  Remember to keep strirring.
You should now start to feel it thicken slightly
Remove from the heat using a "HAND" blender with metal blades start whipping the mixture in the pan.
If you don`t have a hand blender you just have to use "Elbow Grease" and beat.......................
After approx 3 to 4 mins it will definitely start to get thicker.
Beat till thick, but mobile enough to pour from the pan.
Pour onto a well greased baking tray.
Leave the tray of tablet standing on a cooling rack to cool
When cool score into squares.
The texture should be firm......................I really do not know how to put this into words.
Don`t laugh.............  like biting into the crust on a nice apple pie, then it just melts in your mouth

I really hope if you try this it works out first time, quite a few have tried with great success,  others just have not got it.  
Don`t mean to be negative but as I said it is not the easiest thing to make.


That`s it for today
Off to get my M&S long sleeved thermal  T/shirt on.  
Have you tried these??  Hazel put me onto them they are "FABULOUS" for keeping you cozy in this freezing weather.
When I look out my kitchen window I can see the snow on the hills I just hope it stays there.

Thank you for calling by 

Patricia





Saturday, 1 December 2012

"Truffle & Tablet filled Box"

Good Morning Blog friends, a quick post, the boys are busy watching the telly.   We have had the boys all night, Mummy and Daddy were at an Evening Wedding Reception.    They will be here for the boys some time later this morning, they have things on.
Thank you for popping in to visit today.  This is one of my Boxes that I have filled with a selection of the Truffles and Tablet.  This is an Origami Box that Christine (Christine`s Cards & Crafts)  reminded me of a few weeks ago. The Tutorial can be found at card-making-magic.com if you click on Video Tutorials scroll right to the bottom of the choices it is there. 


A few of you very asking if the Truffles would keep till Christmas.........yes! if you keep them in an airtight box and keep them in a cool place.   They are so quick and easy to make if you  are unsure just wait till nearer the time.  I can make Truffles and keep them John is not keen on them.  The Tablet is a different story I have to hide what I need to use for gifts.  John has managed to eat his way way though a fair amount of that lot I made the other day.  I do make a few lots of Tablet so no worries really.
I do the boxes up with cellophane and a nice big bow, for handing over.

Box made from one sheet of double sided Card from the Tilda Flower Garden Paper Stack. 
Spellbinder Blossom Five Die for the Roses 
Spellbinder Foliage Die for the leaves
Spellbinder Les Papillions Die for the Butterflies
Ribbon, Lace and Pearls from my stash

Once you get the hang of making these boxes I feel they make a very pretty box for gifting 

That`s it for today
Thank you for stopping by I really appreciate it

Ooops! almost forgot;-
Was out with Hazel yesterday  She has asked me to tell you all that she loves visiting all your  Blogs to see what you are all up to.
Hazel only has a  Blog so she can comment, she can not receive your messages back.
I think we will have to spend some time together over the Christmas Holidays to get that sorted out.  I am hopeless on the Computer,  I know I have my Blog up and running, I can assure you that is a sheer and utter "Miracle"

Patricia

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Friday, 30 November 2012

"Truffle Receipe"

Good Morning Blog Friends, WOW!! I had a really great sleep again last night.  Anyone struggling with sleep get out there and get a "Memory Foam Mattress" better than any pills. potions, or milky drinks.
Thank you for calling by today.   Oh! I Nearly for got to welcome my newest follower, Carol Yates.  Thank you for joining us, I really hope you enjoy visiting and get some inspiration along the way. 
I was busy yesterday with a few things but thought I would give the recipe for the Truffles.  They are so easy to make.  They go down a treat with my friends and neighbours,  I was asked the other day if I would be doing them again this year. 


TRUFFLES
24 Digestive Biscuits (I just use own brand ones)
1 Tin of Carnation Condensed Milk
2 Good tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
2 ozs Coconut
1 and 1/2  ozs of melted Marg

Finely crush biscuits, (I do this in my Food Processor) put into a bowl, add all the other ingredients and mix really well.  I also add a small glass of Baileys.
Once you have the mixture mixed really well, roll into balls and toss in either:-  Chocolate stands or coconut.
Place in very small paper cases.................that`s you done!!!!  Now you have to admit that`s easy.  Pop them in nice hand made Boxes, or bags you have the perfect little gift

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by I really appreciate it 

Patricia


Thursday, 29 November 2012

"Yesterdays Makes"

Good Morning Blog friends, how are you all today? well I hope.  Thank you for continuing to call in to see what I have been up to.  I really enjoy having you here, also popping over to your Blogs to see what you have been doing.
Wow! things have been busy here.  Tuesday after I did my very successful talk at the Ladies Club, I came home, John said we would have lunch then go to Blaigowrie  (our nearest biggish town although still very small) to the Bed Shop and get a new Memory Foam Mattress.  I have not been sleeping very well, he felt that might be the answer.  Our bed was only 4 years old, however off we went to see what they had.  OMW! have you seen the price of some of these mattresses????  We have bought quite a few things from the shop.  Andy who owns the shop is excellent, always willing to give you the best price for Top Quality goods.   We had a choice of 3 mattresses in our price range, we chose one and Andy said he would drop it down to us when he closed up.  He had some paperwork to do so would be about 6.45.  On the way home we discussed putting the mattress from our bed which was a top grade one on the guest bed ......... you can see what is coming here!!!!  OK guest bed stripped and bedding in the washing machine, the boys had slept there a couple of times.  Could not put used bedding back on the bed.  Stripped our bed, bundled that in the utility room, that would be the next load to go on.  Swapped our mattress to the guest bed and got it made up...... phew!!!! hard work that.  Left the mattress off the guest bed Andy was to dispose of that.............When I looked at it, it was like new, we have had a few guests and the boys sleep on that bed but it is not old.  Isobel across the road told me a few weeks ago she would have to get a new bed for her spare room soon.  She now has the mattress and is over the moon.  Andy arrived, brought in the new mattress, while he and John chatted I got busy making up the bed.  Tell you what I had a great sleep Tuesday night but I don`t know if I was so blooming tired after all that work or if it was the new mattress.  I did sleep well again last night so maybe John was right!!!!

No card or paper project today, I made some of my "sweet things" yesterday.







Big pot of "Tablet" all my "Scottish Friends" will know exactly what this is.  I have never seen this in England and I know when any of our English friends come up they love it but say you don`t get this down south.  Your nearest would be Fudge but to me it is nothing like it.  Fudge is soft this is harder, anyway it is full of sugar but Mmmmm!! yummy!!!




Next lot "Truffles" I made 60 of these.  I bag some of each, put them in the Gift Bags or Gift Boxes for my friends and neighbours.  Hazel told me that I should cut back on the Baileys that I put in the Truffles...................  Oh! Hazel you have to taste the flavour..................I do not drink but I do like to taste the flavours I use in things.
Now the biggest thing of all is to get them bagged up so that "some people don`t eat them".  Once John, John Jnr. Audrey and the boys know Granny has been making these, I actually have to hide them if they are not bagged up.

That`s it for today
Thank you for calling by I really appreciate it

Patricia   
 



Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Good Morning

Good Morning Blog friends no card today, I was very busy yesterday.
Did my talk at the Ladies Club, showed them how I make the Pendants.  Sold some Pendants and a few of my Gift Bags.  Have raised some more money for our Fundraisig, that makes it all worth while.
Thank you for popping by,  hopefully I will be able to get time to make something later today.

Patricia  
 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

"Happy Birthday"

 Here we are again Blog friends another day in Bologland.   I hope you are all dry, safe and well. 
 I say this almost every day but I really do appreciate you calling by and leaving such lovely comments on my work.  I love to "Play with paper" showing you what I create makes it fun.  I like to pop over to see what you guys are up to, it gives me inspirations in times of need.
Yesterday was an "Up and out Early day"  boys off to school, got home had some breakfast and promptly broke a front tooth..................!!!!  Phoned the Dentist, luckily she had just had a cancellation.  So tooth fixed and looking good again, that`s the tooth not me.......................
Today I am off to give a talk to a Ladies Club.  I have done this for a few years now always just about this time.  I have done the Fancy Parcel Wrapping, Card Making, etc:- this time they want to see how I make the Beaded Heart Pendants.  Everything ready to be lifted when I go, but bet your Bottom Dollar I will have forgotten something.


Today`s card is not for anyone in particular, I could even change the sentiment if necessary.

Base card Centura Pearl approx 5 x 7
Patterned paper/card from "Tilda" Paper Stack Autumn Lilac pierced round the edge
Reverse side of the previous paper/card
Doily using a Cheery Lynn Die
Labels Die, sentiment cut with a Deckle Edge Die
American Seam Binding died using Distress Inks
Under the Ribbon is a border cut using Edgeabillity Dies
Pearl from my stash
 
I might have to have a couple of days off to get all myself up to date 
This up and out in the morning before all my chores are done fairly interferes with my free time later in the day.
I also will have to start thinking about making some Homemade Sweets for Christmas.
 I do a mixture of things, pop then in cello bags then into either a Handmade Gift Bag or Box for some of my friend and neighbours.

That`s it for today
I thank you for stopping by I really love it when you do that and leave a message so I know you were here.

Patricia 





   
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Monday, 26 November 2012

"Another Baby Card"

Hello their friends, I am so happy you have stopped at my little "Creative Corner".    I love to share so I hope you get a little inspiration while you visit.  
A very quick post today, busy, busy.  I am off along to John and Audrey`s to look after the boys and pop them along to school.  John and Audrey only have one car today, Mummy is on a Midwifery Course thing in Dundee.   Daddy is off through to  Edinburgh this morning for a meeting..  They will both have to be out of the house for 7.30am. so Granny to the rescue.


Today`s card  is one of the collection I did for Hazel.  They had to be flattish for posting, but I have tried to give the impression of depth.
It looks rather pale, it is much darker in real life, I think the light above the work surface must have been on when I photographed it.

Base card 6 x 6 from a pack I got at the Hobbycraft Show in Glasgow.
Backing paper from Rob Adams Gingham and Polka Dot paper CD
Spellbinder Dies used for the layers
Stamp from LOTV (I think).  Coloured with Promakers
Sentiment done on the computer

That`s it for today.
Thank you for visiting I really appreciate it

Patricia 

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

"Floral Fancy"

Good Morning Blog friends, Thank you for continuing to stop and visit my creative corner.  I love to share and hope you get some inspiration.
Could not sleep Friday/ Saturday, was up early got almost everything done before lunch so had all afternoon to "Play".  WOW! what a mess the kitchen was in.   Hazel phoned, we had a chat, I told her that if I went out and left the door open no burglar would bother to come in.  They would have taken one look and thought someone had beaten them to it...................!!!   It does not take me long to tidy up thank goodness.  I have a section of the kitchen cupboards that house a lot of my Crafty Stuff, once that`s away and the floor is swept it`s fine again.


Today`s card is one of my yesterday`s creations, a few bits from the Bit Box plus few Die cut bits.

Base card an 8 x 8  bought at Hobbycraft Glasgow
Pink Patterned card from a Tilda Paper Stack (Autumn Lilac)
White card cut with Spellbinder Grand Scalloped Dies
Next layer is reverse side of the first card layer
White card embossed with embossing folder from Crafters Companion
Spellbinder Fancy Oval Dies for the centre piece
I cut one in white and one in pink.  I cut the pink in half to stretch it to give me the effect of a double layer
Organza Ribbon from my Ribbon Box
Couple of sick pins and pearls from my stash
I very lightly distressed the edges of the patterned card

In the Tilda Paper Stacks the sheets are all double sided.  You get some nice bits like tags, sentiments and embellishments, if you don`t want to use these the other side is patterned, you can use that.    The tags and sentiments are not Die cut so I just had a look till I found the Roses that fitted the Die I had.   They call it a paper stack but in actual fact it is really card approx 240gsm.  The Tilda "Autumn Lilac" is a very pale Stack and I would not buy this one again.  I have the Tilda "Flower Garden" Paper Stack and I love the patterns in that one.  I have made a lot of my Gift Bags using "Flower Garden" card.   I will buy that again.

That`s it for today
Thank you  for calling by I really appreciate it

Patricia


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