Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Good Morning....

Don't you just love how the summer holidays, with all its promises of lazy days and plenty of time to do everything you had planned, disappears into a manic haze of 'must do' lists and the feeling of racing the egg timer to get it all done!

A great marker in the passing of Old Father Time is the weekly nose around other crafty desks over at WOYWW thanks to the lovely Julie. Even more worrying is the fact that it has been more than one week since I last took part (something I only just realised - oopsy).

My desk is looking a little busier this week, thankfully all the wedding invites etc are now gone and I had a lovely day at my sisters wedding, so its back to the usual crafting for a while.
Apologies for the dark picture this week but I had to take this last night as the Nutty one (my OH) is sleeping off nights and my craft room is directly below our bedroom. I'm having to be a night owl this week to get my crafting done.
As you can see there are a couple of cards which will form part of my class this coming Sat. Some bling, because whats a card without bling and a stratigically placed current stamp set to hide the new, up coming sets which will be released on Oct 1st!!!

I hope you are all having a lovely week and that you manage to beat Old Father Time and get in some good crafting.

Till next time - Happy Crafting

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Beautiful Season....

Although in the Nutty house today it's a tale of 2 seasons. Outside the sun is shining and its lovely on the beach. Inside (well my craft room) is decidedly wintery.
All things Christmassy are piling up in my craft room ready for my class on Sat. I thought I would show you a little peek of what will be going on.

An elegant Easel card in Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.

Apologies for the quick post today but I have masses to do and I don't want to miss out on another trip to the beach while the weather is good.

Back soon with more deliciousness.

Till next time - Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Good Morning WOYWWer's...

... and anyone else who is dropping by. Has it really been a whole week since the last WOYWW? I hope you have all been well and getting lots of desk time.

 Its a busy desk this week. The die cut letters on the left are all names of Rays(the fish type) for the table planners for my sisters wedding in just 10 days - yep 10 days. The parcel you can see on the right is the order of service for the same wedding which were due to be posted out on Mon. I got a last minute phone call from my sister on Mon asking if she could change her mind and have table seating done too. Not only that but as her fiancee is a keen angler could they all be named after fish!!!
Can you imaging asking a wedding stationery company to accommadate that request? That's the beauty of having your wedding staionery custom made and hand crafted. It can all be tailored EXACTLY to your liking.

And where there's Fish.....
 You will find naughty Kitties lol. Mauser is aiting patiently for the punching to begin again so he can catch the bits that fall from the punch.
And here he is helping me count out the ribbon borders for the table plans. Both the Kitties spend lots of time running around the house now but as soon as my bum hits the craft room chair you can bet that Mauser is right there on the desk ready to help .

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tutorial time...

I have been seeing this type of card all over blog-land at the moment and you will recall a post a couple of days ago where I promised you a tutorial.
 Well the time has come and I would just ask that you bear with me as this is the first blog tutorial I have done.

 You need to start with panels of card stock which get smaller. Here I have done 3 panels all 1/2" smaller than the first.
 Using a temporary adhesive layer the panels together in what will be the finished position.
 Now randomly stamp all over the panels using the stamp and ink colour of your choice. As you can see when you stamp over the edges of each panel you end up with a very small gap in the design. Don't worry about this as it will soon disappear
 Separate the panels and lay out on the desk. As you can see the design has only stamped the edges of the lower two panels. Remember to keep the orientation of the panels the same to allow for easier re-alignment later.
 Cut mats for each of the layers with just a small border. I used a 1/8" border on all edges. Also co-ordinate your mats with the ink colour used to help the stamped images 'come back' together. Layer the images back up using a permanent adhesive this time.
Finally position onto your card base and decorate further if you wish. I added an accent colour here to lift the neutral tones of the card and give the eye somewhere to rest. A little ribbon and a bit of bling never goes amiss!

I hope you have found this useful and if you have any questions then please don't hesitate to ask.

Till the next time - Happy  Crafting

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


There is something on my desk for this weeks WOYWW.

 It's been a bit dry on the creative front round here with both sets of parents visiting one after the other. My poor desk sat neglected for over 2 weeks and I'm not sure how much longer I could have coped away from my little haven.
 I've been working on some display items for an upcoming craft fair. There is a closer view of the angel on yesterdays post. It's such a gorgeous but simple project.
 I'm sure the eagle eyed among you will have noticed a slight rearrangement of things on my desk too. I had another sort out and move around to make way for my latest storage.
This is my new custom built 12x12 storage. It houses hundreds of sheets on 20 shelves(I'm still sorting them and filling it up lol) and as I type the A4 version is being built for my cardstock.
I have to admit to being OCD when it comes to storage so I cant wait to have my C/S stored this neatly too.

I hope you are all having a fab Wednesday.

Till next time - Happy Crafting