Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas to you all

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers. Looking forward to the coming year.  Have been sooooo busy over the last week I have not been able to produce anything but come the new year I hope to be able to get back to posting  every day.

Only leaves me to thank you all for your kind words and inspiration during the past few months, I am so honoured to have found so many friends because I count you all as personal and close friends.

Have a lovely day, eat drink and be merry.

Hugs and kisses

Wilma x x 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Before and After Photos

How happy am I, I have found my A4 embossing folder.  I searched high and low for it, in all my boxes, in everything I could think of and low and behold there it was.  I have an open backed shelving unit and it had slipped down the back and wedged between two shelves.  Boy I am a happy bunny, I just could not think of where it could have got to.

Now Michelle at http://happy2craft.blogspot.co.uk/ who is a dog groomer as well as a Blogger asked to see before and after photos of my two dogs when they got their haircut,  Well yesterday was the big day and luckily it was quite mild so here they are.

Not so scruffy but not very happy


look at me I'm gorgeous

Well ladies what do you think?  I love them with longer hair but you have to groom them every day or they matt,  they both like shorter hair as they run around a lot better and for me they are easier to keep clean.

Here is an example of a card I made and don't really like maybe too many dotty bits.  Just thought I would show it because I  expect there are others out there that have made cards and have not shown them for one reason or another.  Maybe it would grow on me after a time but not just now.

We had a bit of trauma at the weekend.  My sister Marion injured her leg after a fall a few weeks ago but was able to get around.  Saturday night she turned and heard something go in her knee, extremely painful and just could not move for the pain.  We phoned NHS24 for advice, they were very busy and said they would get back to us within 3 hours.  3 hours later, with Marion standing on one leg leaning on the dining room table, we contacted them again.  They sent an ambulance to take her to the A&E.  Well to cut a long story short, we arrived at 2200 and left at 0230, after eventually getting her leg X-rayed, and the doctor could not find a reason for her pain, she was put in a splint given painkillers and sent home.  She looks after her three grandchildren Mon-Wed and has to pick them up, Fraser from Playgroup and Findlay and Lewis from School and now that she is unable to drive I have had to take over. So crafting in the afternoon is out at the moment.

Well ladies sorry for rambling on a bit today.  Hope all is well with you all.  Take care and wrap up warm.

Wilma x x

Friday, 14 December 2012

Thank You Card

I have just had a browse around a lot of Blogs out there and there are some wonderful inspiration to be found.  I never knew there was so much that can be done with paper.  My Faux Book Card did not start very well.  I cut it all out as per instructions but when it came to the concertina bit I found I may have used too thick card so I giving it another try with thinner card for the inside and the thicker card for the outer part.  Got put off for a while but have cut out the inner bit again and will give it another try tomorrow.  Will have to get a move on as Hope's birthday is on the 21st Dec.

I though it would be warmer outside this morning for my dog walk because the forecast said it would be milder but boy was that wind cold, really biting.  The forecast for the weekend is sunshine all the way (believe that if you like) but hopefully for Sunday it may be warmer because my doggies get their hair cut and they will not wear coats.  The get so mucky at this time of year with their short legs their underside is closer to the ground and picks up all the rubbish going and the hair on their feed is like a sponge for all the grit on the paths.  The Council got it wrong again, when we needed the grit it was not where to be seen, not the ice has melted they come round and grit the pavements.  Oh don't get me started on their failings.

My card today was complete a wee while ago. It was a thank you to Sue at http://susiesplanet.blogspot.co.uk/  for the Blog Candy I won, there was so much in the parcel I could not believe my eyes.

8x8 card
Dotty/Stripe Papers free download from Jak Heath
Brown Paper from stash
LOTV Die cut topper
Spellbinders Label Twenty Two ( from my Blog Candy)
Ribbon. candi and sentiment from stash
I have still a load of goodies I received to use yet so really must get my finger out and do a lot more.  Maybe once the Christmas festivities are over I will get more time to play.
Well nearly bedtime, will tidy up at bit before I go to bed as I seem to spread my craft material all over the room and make such a mess.  I really need a larger desk to work on then the floor would not get dumped on.
So ladies have a good night's sleep and wake refreshed.
Take care and wrap up warm.
Wilma xxx


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Just One More

Hope your are all well. How I hate this cold weather but it is not as bad as snow.  I see we are due a mild spell at the weekend,  luckily I have the dogs booked in for a haircut on Sunday and although it may be wet it is to be warmer.  They are looking really scruffy but Pamela, who grooms them, will make them lovely again.  I do like their coats longish but it is much more difficult to keep them matt free so in the long run it is better for them and me.  They do not like wearing coats, it is like a standoff with them.  I put the coat on they dig their heels in and refuse to move, I take the coat off and they run around ready for a walk. I like to try and keep them dry if it's raining but not them.

I don't seem to have done much over the last few days but every time I sit down my eyes close.  I have been having trouble with cramp a few nights and it is keeping me awake, otherwise I am fine.  There are a few projects I need to do.  Hope, a young disabled lass, a few door up from us is having her 7th  birthday on the 21st December and her mum wants one of the Faux Books made with a Tatty Ted theme so I really must set about that.  I let Leeanne, Hope's mum, see a photo of the one on Christine's Blog http://christinescardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/ so she asked if I could attempt one for Hope.  Well tonight I am cutting out the paper and giving it a try.  Wish me luck!

Here is my card for tonight, using  a LOTV image one more, how I love to use them.

6X6 Card (I think it was from Hunkydory)
Red card from stock
Home for Christmas (Papermania) paper
 (I also lined the inside of the card with a contrasting paper show it would show through the cut outs)
LOTV die cut topper
Sentiment and glitter from my stash
Well that's my latest goings on, not a lot to report.  I do so love reading all your posts and finding out what everyone is up to. It's a busy time of the year, especially for those with children and who are working so I wish you all well and hope you don't get too stressed out over the coming days.  I am away now to tackle my project, See you all soon.
Take care and wrap up warm.
Wilma x x


Sunday, 9 December 2012

The End is in Sight!!!!

Good afternoon, what a better day, at least I have been to keep upright today when walking the dogs.  The sun shone for a while and most of the ice/snow is gone, hurrah for that. It was great to be able to walk for a fair distance because we have felt couped up over the last week.  I think the dogs even enjoyed being able to run around, although they do love the snow, they roll around and push their noses in the deeper parts.

I have nearly completed my hand delivered Christmas cards and the posted ones, although not many this year, have all been despatched. So I am feeling good, was getting a bit fed up with Christmas cards so am looking forward to some new ventures in the New Year.  I have pick up lots of hints and tips from all you talented ladies so hopefully I will be able to put them to good use later.  There are so many projects I want to try that I do not know where to start.  This card received its inspiration from  Wendy at Confessions of a Papersniffer, when I saw a card she made I decided to adopt her background layout, so thanks Wendy for giving me this idea.

8x8 card
Kraft card, red and green card from stock
Papermania Home for Christmas paper pack
Spellbinders Grand  Labels One
Spellbinders Poinsettia
LOTV die cut topper (already coloured)
Glitter - Diamond Sparkles
Sentiment and germs from stock
I just love LOTV toppers but next year will buy some stamps and attempt to colour them myself, another project to try.  I hope you ladies will understand when I borrow your ideas that I find them so beautiful and need to try out your designs.  I believe that's what crafting is all about, passing on knowledge, and I am like a sponge these days.  Sometimes I amaze myself by creating something I am proud of, I sit back and say "well I did not know you had it in you".
Well dinner calls, hubby has done a Sunday roast with all the trimmings so I am looking forward to it very much.  After we have eaten it will be either clearing up and dishes or walking the dogs, either or I am not fussy, but I will have to wait and see what hubby wants to do. He cannot make his mind up the lesser of the two evils.
Oh I have just noticed I have a new follower, Christine Emberson, no less, welcome to my humble blog.  Christine featured my dogs today in her Pet Gallery on her blog http://hope-chances.blogspot.co.uk/ and if you ever need inspiration you should visit her.
Well ladies wrap up warm and take care.
Wilma x x

Friday, 7 December 2012

Different Christmas Cards

What weather, we had a bit more snow last night, but on top of snow, ice, more snow, more ice, more snow the pavements are like ice rinks.  We don't have a lot of snow but with it falling overnight its just freezing over.  I don't mind snow on it's own, I love to see a fresh blanket of snow in the morning when you first go out and leave your footprints behind, there is a lovely clean feel about the air but rain and ice you can keep it.

I thought I would do something different for my sister to give to her grandchildren as regards a Christmas card, she has a step-son who has four children and a step-daughter who has one child.  So this is what I came up with, sorry about the photography but unless you are a professional I doubt if we mortals can achieve a decent picture.

The two cards

A close up of one of the Baubles

And another

The top row of the first photo is for Airlie and the lower row is for Daisy, Rosie, Heidi and Ross (who are twins).


Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments, Labels Twenty
Cricut Mini for Santa and Sleigh
Kraft Card and Red card from stock
Home for Christmas paper and twine from Papermainia
Various peel offs (letters, sentiments and snowflakes) for a bit of bling from stock
My sister is picking them up at lunch time so I hope she likes them.  No doubt I will know right away because she tells you as it is no beating about the bush with her.
Nearly walkies time again so I am off to wrap up for my foray outside to face the elements.
Take care ladies and wrap up warm.
Wilma x x x



Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Card for my Crafty Friend

Hi all more snow to night, not too much but enough to make life difficult, how I hate winter.  Hope the snow stays off till after nine o'clock because I will have walked the dogs and settled down with a cuppa.

The Blog Candy I received from Sue at Planet Susie was amazing. and I told her I felt guilty accepting all the goodies especially as I did not do anything to warrant it, but she was pleased someone who commented on her blog regularly won. Still it was amazing, thank you Sue.

I have not been making many cards recently a lot going on and I have been falling asleep after dinner every night.  I just get sitting down after doing the dishes and bang my eyes are closed.  Had forty winks tonight and then pulled myself upstairs to the PC to have a browse round your posts.

The card I have tonight was one I made for my young crafty friend Alisha who accompanies my to craft shows.  She loves Tatty Ted and the colour purple so I made this to please her, it was her 10th birthday.

8 x 8 white card
yellow and gold glitter card from stock
Spellbinders Labels Twenty
Tatty Ted topper, letter and embellishments from Docrafts
Ribbon from stock
Very simple card but sometimes I believe less is more, I forgot to photograph the inside but it on the same theme.  She was delighted with it.  I gave her an Advent Frame as a present so am waiting to here from her on how she liked it.  I have had some feedback on the frames from others who purchased them and they all loved them.  As is normal as soon as you sell out someone else wants one but unfortunately its too late to make more.  Next year I don't know if I will sell them filled as its so difficult to get items to fit in the boxes but I amazed myself by filling 25 boxes with two lots of toys and sweets for twin girls.
Well its time for walkies so here I go to don my walking gear.  Luckily the dog usually don't want to go far at this time of night but it will just be my luck that they fancy a walk in the snow.
Take care ladies and wrap up warm.
Wilma x x

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Gift Bags and Cards

I have been missing in action once more, just don't know where the time goes these days.  My mother is going to her Little Bingo Club Christmas Party tomorrow and we were trying to think of something different to put in as a raffle prize, they all take one, and it is not the first time she has drawn her own number and had to return her raffle and draw again.  I though why not make up a collection of cards male, female, kids, Christmas and a few gift bags.  Here are the gift bags

The girl above with the candle is LOTV die cut and I have described the ingredients in a previous post.
The gift bag ingredients
Big Bag
Red plain paper bag from Tesco
Papermania Home for Christmas paper
Forever Friends Gift Wrapped A4 double sided cardstock for poinsettia
Spellbinders Labels twenty
Spellbinders poinsettia
Red card from stash
Forever Friends image from Timeless Cardstock Stickers
Gold leaves, peel off, gem from stash
Small Bag
Forever Friends Gift Wrapped A4 double sided cardstock
Forever Friends sentiment from Timeless Cardstock Stickers
 Red Ribbon from Hobbycrafts
And there you go simple, energy conscious, and made in minutes, just how I like things done.
I wrapped all the cards before I though of taking a photo so you will just have to use your imagination, they are a collection of ones previously posted.
I have completed all the cards and gift boxes (my sister asked for a batch of both the gift bags above so they were nearly all the same with little variations) as usual they were last minute requests from her and were whisked away pronto.
I don't know is you know it but Hazel, Patricia's sister, who comments on most of our Blogs is quite a talented crafter as well as her sister.  Not card making but scrapbooking, and she makes the most wonderful gifts as well,  She showed me some photos when we met up in Perth the other week and they were superb.  I wonder if Patricia could borrow the photos and post them on her Blog, that is until Hazel get up and running with her own Blog.
Boy, waffled on a bit there, but is seems I have been absent for an age.  I have been browsing all your wonderful work and have picked up loads of hints and tips I am eager to try. In fact I am impatient I want to try everything. The Faux Book Box Christine http://christinescardsandcrafts.blogspot.com made is top of my list, the origami box Patricia http://patricia-summerhousecrafts.blogspot.co.uk made, and lots of other things to try.  I also am trying to fit in time to use my Cricut Mini properly.  Could not sleep this morning, up at 0430, opened up the Cricut Craft Room and had a wee play, not cutting anything out yet but trying to weld words and resizing images.  There is a lot it can do it just having time to play.
OK them my ramblings are over it's time to browse.  I eagerly await all your wonderful comments and hopefully I will have more to show tomorrow as all the pressure is off for being at everyone's beck and call and tomorrow is all mine.

I forgot to say we had snow last night, it rained first them down came the snow just in time for the big switch on of the Village Christmas Tree Lights which went ahead anyway the hall for the kids treats is right next to where the Christmas Tree stands so I think after the switch on they went inside.  Needless to say I did not venture out to see it, stayed tucked up inside till 2100 to take the dos for their last walk.  This morning was treacherous, thick ice on roads and pavements making it dangerous to walk but I took them out and walked to the paper shop and back without incident.

Take care and wrap up warm.

Wilma x x