Saturday, 27 February 2010

New Stash Saturday!!!

Well for the second time I've decided to post what I've received over the last week in terms of stash.  All via the kind postie as I've not been shopping - I'm now finding it really difficult and uncomfortable to drive - so the post will do at the moment!!!

Here's a pic of this weeks stash


Back - new CD from Pink Petticote 'Old Fashioned Girl', small tin for 'altering', The Tim Holtz TSV from QVC, new blade for Silhouette cutting machine,  Front from left lovely lovely dumfing brooches from the Sisters Crafty Creations shop (I love all the stuff in there), then a note book with dumfing on the front then finally my momento inks from QVC.
Here is a lovely card from Twiglet - with some duming on the front (I love dumfing)

Here is a lovely card I received from Crafty Linby 

and this is what was inside:

I am such a lucky blogger to have such lovely and thoughtful blogging friends - all my cards and gifts are being added to my 'wall of fame' near my lovely poppy picture.

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read this post. Please come back again.


x x x

Friday, 26 February 2010

Jak Heath Blog Candy - Flippin' Men Stamps

I don't often link to blog candy - but here's one I couldn't resist...

Jak Heath is giving a set of the new range of Flippin' Men stamps away in a blog candy draw - and its worth £160 (no cash alternative available).  All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog telling her what your favoured medium for colouring stamps is, add your name to Mr Linky then add a link back to Jaks post from your blog.

I just had to enter cos I love those Flippin' Men!!!

Thanks for dropping by, please leave a comment or become a follower to keep up to date with my random ramblings,

x x x

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

WOYWW - 24th February

Afternoon WOYWWers (and any other visitor)
Yes, its that time of the week again when we reveal whats on our workdesk - hence Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday - hosted by the genial hostess Julia over at Stamping Ground.  Check Julia's desk out then read the comments where people leave a link to their very own workdesk/space/area - and sometimes reveal more.

This feature to me has been somewhat of a godsend while I've been off work sick for the last 8 weeks (already?!?!?!).  If I hadn't discovered blogging and the wonderful people through this feature - I might have handled my current situation very differently by focussing on that rather than 'meeting' (in the virtual sense) some talented crafters and lovely people out there in blogland.  So thank you one and all.

I've had a bit of a lie-in this morning, then the dog grooming lady came to sort out my Woolley Baby (AKA Dylan the Bedlington) - so before and after pics at the end of this post for you.

Anyhow, she's gone and he's stopped quaking/panting so here I am blogging my space and some additional never seen before swings to the left!!

Before I reveal the first pic, I have to tell you that I DID clear up last night as the mess i'd created over the past couple of days was doing my head in - things kept falling off the table into the dogs water bowl and it was only a matter of time until it was something that would be ruined beyond rescue - as it happens, so far its only been a can of spray glue and the resident can of hairspray thats landed there.  For purposes of clarification - the dogs bowl is to the left of my desk on the floor which is just inside the kitchen itself.

Without further ado - here is my table ready for me to create - which might not be today now being as I will be 'visiting' everone else for the rest of the day...

Nothing exciting about the desk today. So i'll show you the top of my high shelf unit where I store my ribbons (this is to my right if you look at previous posts)


Next is a picture of some more organza flowers I made last night and the one I showed in my last post - but with a gem glued in the middle of the button - which I DID colour black in the end


Now, here we have a box of organza glittery leaves which have been in the garage for a couple of years - I dragged them out last night with the bag of organza which I made the (above) flowers with (pure experiment).  Not sure what I'm going to use the leaves for yet though.

Right, here we have the swing to the left which is actually my kitchen.  The conservatory, where I am located, is open plan to the kitchen which enables me to multi-task (yeh-right!!!) (p.s. - those fairy lights on my willow sticks are on 365 days a year - I haven't fogotten to take them down from Christmas!!!)

Please don't zoom in or you will see the muck!!!

Next is another view of the wall to the rear of the table - the canvas is one that I made as a piece of inoffensive wall art - basically a frame with some nice material on - when I get fed up or change my colour scheme - it'll cost me a couple of metres of fabric!!  Also - the tumble dryer usually lives in the garage but i refused to keep fighting my way to the back of the garage with wet washing and falling over bikes, golf clubs & trolleys etc etc so it came in the kitchen a couple of months ago so the engineer could mend the door catch - I wouldn't let OH take it back (until pegging out weather is here anyway):

Finally - my Woolley Baby (Dylan) before:


and after:

Hope you enjoyed.  If so - hop over the Julia's and why not join in.  Now i'm off to get a Tramadol and a coffee and go visit everyone else and leave a comment to let them know i've been.

Thanks for dropping by, please leave a comment or become a follower to keep up to date with my random ramblings,

x x x

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Shabby Flower

This is my last post today - i've got a banging headache (prob lack of sleep - thanks QVC!!!)...
I remembered earlier that I bought a LOAD of organza way back when I first started to craft - needless to say I didn't do anything with it - because I didn't KNOW what to do with it!!  So I brought it in from the garage (I think almost brought everything in now from there) as I had a moment of inspiration - which doesn't happen very often.  I wanted to make some flowers.  Here's how I did it:

Cut a strip off the piece of organza - the silver (the first layer) was about 5cms wide (2 inch for our American friends) and the pink (top layer) about 2.5cm (one inch).  Nothing measured, no hems, just cut and hope for the best LOL.

I threaded up a needle with double thread and sewed a long running stitch up the whole lenght of the strip then pulled until it twisted and played until I was happy that it resembled a rosette shape.  Repeated this for the pink then got a button from my stash (I don't have a lot of colour choices so used cream - but might colour it black) sewing the button through both layers to secure them together.  Simples!!!

I'll put it on a card to see what it looks like and show you another time.

Don't forget WOYWW tomorrow - I'll be partaking when I get up - I think I'll have a lie in in the morning though then brace myself for spending the rest of the day visiting al those other lovely crafters who partake too.  Just to tell you though that I WILL be having a bit of a tidy up once I've posted this or I won't be able to settle down - will it be QVC 'til 12 or shall I watch Sally Morgan??? Hmmmm.....

Big hugs - catch you tomorrow - thanks for dropping by.

x x x

Silly O'Clock Creations - No. 3 Embossed Tree

I have to say that this is my favourite of the 3 cards I made at silly o'clock.  Again, DP is K&Co.  Embossing folder is a 'Crafts Too' folder (one of my favourite of all the embossing folders I own).  Did this on black cardstock and touched the embossed leaves with Sakura glitter pen - don't know colour as it's not on the pen :O( (unless thats what the (I think Japanese) writing is)!!!

The brass embellishments are from stash - i've had AGES - and like you do, just look at them :O), the sentiment is cut out on small size label 4 (previous project where I made loads of sentiments with the cuttlebug for future use, rather than do them one at a time).  This has been distressed using 'Black Soot' and 'Peeled Paint'.  The edge of the DP paper is distressed using 'vintage photo'.

This card is definately more my style (whatever that is) - I like this one.                                                     

Thanks for dropping by, comments welcome - big hugs

x x x

Silly O'clock Creations - No.2 - Blue Shabby Birthday


This is made using K&Co DP's from a 6x6 stack.  The largest label cut from nestie is a complimenting DP from the same pack - but distressed with inks (peeled paint and faded jeans) - the next label is a size down then embossed and inked (same colours), then the third - smaller again is stamped in faded jeans using a sentiment from a set I bought recently (I think its buzzcraft fairy's).  Ribbons from stash, flowers are prima which have been swiped with faded jeans and peeled paint, the stamens punches from a new punch (see a previous post New Stash Saturday) with a little gem added to the centre.  The whole card has then been inked around the edge with 'worn lipstick' and a touch of 'vintage photo'.

Is this a shabby look??? I've no idea!!!

Thanks for dropping by, big hugs

Paula x x x

Silly O'clock Creations - No. 1 - Dirty Fairy!!!

Well - I didn't go to bed last night - I stayed up to watch the live shows and launch of QVC craft day and his Timness - then the repeats started to come on - but I was WIDE awake...  So I thought I'd make a couple of cards.  I've not made any for a few days and thought I would play and do something completely different using my inks, a stamp I had coloured up last week (the fairy) and a stamp i'd bought and never used (the flower).  

More pages from my Catherine Cookson book were inked with worn lipstick and vintage photo for the background and torn.  I inked the flower up with adirondak one layer with wild plum and another with lettuce.  The 'ribbon' across the card is actually something I bought from a bargain warehouse place when visiting a friend in Ayrshire, Scotland a couple of years ago and was actually meant to be knitted. The pearl in the centre of the bow is from a brooch I dismantled a while ago.  The flourishes were cut on my silhouette and inked up to 'age' them, and the other flowers are foam and from the great big stash I got last week from QVC.  I 'dirtied' the fairy up with old paper distress ink and put some glitter glue on her wings and in the centre of the flowers and on the edge of the paper flower petals.  The border down the side was done using my new MS punch (previous TSV buy).

This is not for any challenges - just an experiment with a style that I've not done before - is it 'shabby' or 'grungy' - I really don't know.

Thanks for dropping by, big hugs

x x x

A smile for WIPSO - and TSV for me!!!

Did you get it?  I stayed up last night to see what all the fuss was about... Linda (A Crafting Journey) worships 'Lord Tim of Holtz' as she calls him - I watched.... and have to agree - he makes it look so easy (they all do) to come up with really fabtabulous pieces of arty things.  So... I JUST gave in and bought the TSV...

THEN added to it and bought the...

Just don't tell my OH (he went to work before I ordered it/them).  Watch this crafty space...

On another note - remember my last post of the little bag with the handmade flowers on - I said it was winging its way to someone special and couldn't reveal what was inside:

Well this found its way, thanks to Mr Postman, to WIPSO at A Stitch In Time.  Wispo blogged about receiving her little gift this morning before I'd even turned on the PC!!!  She has become a special friend - we exchange e-mails and she has been soooo kind and supportive while i've been off work sick - and this was a token of my appreciation and thanks for being there - and listening to my going on about my aches and pains!!

I would also like to thank EVERYBODY who leaves really lovely comments and regularly visits my blog - you've made me realise that I wish i'd have discovered blogland long ago.  I've only been blogging since beginning of January this year and already have 'met' so many great, talented, generous and kind crafters.

Anyway - I also made a card for WIPSO then added a tiny picture of the poppy canvas she made which is on my craft room (conservatory) wall.  Here is a pic of the card:

If you pop over to her blog (and why not have a look in the shop - Sisters Crafty Creations while your about it), you'll read about her reaction and see what lovliness they have for sale... I already have a couple of items on order which I can't wait to receive.

Anyway, I said i'd reveal what was in the little gift box once it had reached its destination:
  • Edited instructions (removing all my waffle) for making the flowers
  • Some pages from an old book  - to make the scripty looking ones
  • A kebab stick - cut into two pieces
  • A template for the large flower
  • A template for the smaller flower
  • A heart shaped chocolate
  • Some punched out flower stamens
Thanks for dropping by, big hugs,

x x x

p.s. will blog some cards later that I was making at silly oclock this morning :O)

Sunday, 21 February 2010

More hand made paper flowers

Well I've been at it again - I've been making more paper roses (it's a bit of an addiction getting).
Remember I said I was going to use my new (old) books that I acquired a couple of days ago - well here are the results when made into paper flowers as well as some others I've made (the spotty one was made by my sister which she would insist I tell you).

All the flowers on this post have been made by hand, inked or made with patterned paper and glued together with PVA.

Anyway, I've made this little gift box for someone special - I can't reveal what's inside yet in case the intended recipient reads - I'll reveal once its been delivered though.  Here are several pics of it:


This is winging its way in tomorrows post - hope Mr Postman is kind to the package!

The box was cut out using my silhouette cutter - I then inked it up with my Vintage Photo distress inks.  The leaf flourishes were also cut on the silhouette.  I stuck the flowers on the box with pinflair gel glue - its brill stuff and I use this for little jobs I don't trust PVA to be able to do.  I really enjoyed making this and turning flat pieces of plain paper into something that's 3D.

Thanks for dropping by, 
Big Hugs
Paula x x x

Saturday, 20 February 2010

New Stash Saturday!!!

Come on then - who's going to fess up the new stash they've received this week???
I'll show you mine if you show me yours!!!...

So, i've not been shopping for ages therefore I've had all mine delivered this week due to me not having been out of the house at all.  I've taken a pic of it apart from the promarkers I ordered cos I've put them away - basically it was just some I hadn't got and wanted to add to my collection.  I got mine from Joanna Sheen as she has free P&P plus dead cheap on the individual pens as well as the packs of 5 - if you want a great deal - pop over to Joanna Sheen.  Did you know they did a gold and silver one - I didn't until I looked so ordered - they're unbelievably metalic and was really impressed.  The just a bit more than the regular colours but every stash should have some!!!

Anyway, here's whats been delivered to the Gale household over the past few days - oh and I need to tell you about the swap of the week too so if you're intrigued; read on...

This is (almost) everything i've had delivered - I bet you're intrigued about the books...

First of all here is a mega box of flowers I received from QVC - they're by Petaloo and QVC were selling packs of 1000 of the little lovlies.  The choice of colours were brights, pastels or love.  I ordered brights and pastel.  Then my Mum said she'd share so we had half each - this is what i've got:


There are felt ones, foam ones, glitter, mulberry paper, texture paper and about 6 different sizes.  Also, there are a few of my home made roses in here too as this is where I will store them.


Right, these books were 20p each and my sister got them for me from a charity shop - its really hard to find backing paper with wording on - and some of the books I've read probably would have a few steamy bits on the pages so may not be appropriate so I thought I'd go for the classics - they really do look good inked up - something which I'll share with you in the next few days.  Anyway when my sister read the titles that were available - of course I said "mais oui"...

These are a couple of my latest colours for my growing collection.  I must say that i've found the lavender one to be very pale and worried that the ink was running out on it - so not sure about this one.

Here's an order I received from The Arts of Crafts.  The lovely Chrissie from Simply One of A Kind provided me with a link as I'd seen a flower she'd put on a card and it looked so wonderful finished with a stamen in the middle - she pointed me in the direction of this Leone Em punch.  The pokey tools... I've just always wanted a pokey tool and had never seen them on sale before so snapped them up.  The rings are because I want to make a journal of some kind so bought them while I saw them.

Right for the mega swap of the week.  Earlier I said that my Mum shared the petaloo flowers with me - well instead of paying me, she had something that I wanted - infact she's had it two years and never even used it - and probably never would... "so what is it?" I hear you cry... 



This'll come in handy for those journals I want to do - and will be perfect with the book rings and some other projects I have in mind.  Of course - I'll share them with you when I've done them.

So come on then - tell me whats in your stash this week - and why did you buy it.

Thanks for dropping by, big hugs,

x x x

Friday, 19 February 2010

I have just received this award x 2 - from Wipso at 'A Stitch In Time' and also from the talented Chrissie at Simply One of A Kind. I'd really like to thank them both so much for thinking of me - I can't tell you how flattered I am...

To accept it one needs to follow these instructions:

1. Give a top 10 list of the things that makes you happy.
2. Give a top 5 list of trivia about yourself.
3. Share the award with only 5 persons and ask them to do the same thing.
4. Link the blogs you choose and link the blog of the person awarded you.

so here goes.

The top 10 things that makes me happy:
  1. My husband and Children
  2. My Mum
  3. My memories of my Dad
  4. My Cats
  5. Warm fleecy blankets and snuggling up
  6. Camping
  7. Crafting
  8. Blogging
  9. Recieving blog awards from nice blogging friends
  10. My PJ's

5 bits of trivia about me - 
  1. I drive too fast and chunter at most people on the road
  2. I once stayed in a hotel in Manchester with my friend as we'd missed the last train home after shopping.  In the morning, we realised it was a hotel favoured by transvestites - and probably can't tell you the rest on here as it may come across wrong (e-mail me if you want to know the rest...)
  3. I once had pink streaks in my hair and told friends I was inspired by a famous t.v. personality (then revealed that it was bagpuss)!!!
  4. I once went to an all male meeting wearing plaited pig-tails and got called Heidi 
  5. I used to have a horse-shoe shaped scar on the end of my nose which I got from falling over when I was 18 months old - its only recently faded 
I hope you didn't drop to sleep during that!!!  I've got so many things to tell you but probably not publishable on here!!!

I hereby award this to the following people:

Crafty Chris for her regular visits and kind words
Liverpool Lou (Anne) - who is always cheerful
Susie at 'Sassy Designs at Die Cut Dreams' - to cheer her up after her disasterous day with glue, baths etc etc
Lisa at 'A day in the life of a craft fairy' - A new blog i recently started following; lisa posts some great makes on her blog
Brenda from 'Butlers Abroad' - another new crafting friend who drops by and leaves kind words

I know there are different schools of thought on blog awards and I truely appreciate all visitors and commentors to my blog - and I do find it difficult to pass them on because I'd give everyone an award for giving me the time of day - blogging has really got me through the last few weeks and I know there is more to come (surgery etc etc) - but we seriously all enjoy receiving some recognition - right?

Just another thing - who starts the original awards off and is it in order for someone to invent one??? I'd love to know your thoughts on this....

Anyway,thanks for dropping by

big hugs to all who visit the playground

x x x

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

WOYWW - 17th February 2010

Afternoon campers (...opps I mean bloggers)!!!
Hows your day going today?

I bring you my workdesk on WOYWW - or Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday which is run by the hostess with the mostest - Julia over on Stamping Ground - Check it out if you want to join in the fun and have a nosey and rummage around crafters desks.

This is mine this week:

A bit of a mess this week... Lots of things on the go - namely the handmade roses for which I posted a tutorial (see previous blog post).

Some essentials on the desk (purse for buying stash!), babywipes and kitchen roll speak for themselves (hopefully).  The tins in the background are for a future project inspired by the lovely Linda from A Crafting Journey - she's been published dontcha know!!  AND in a few more sleeps will be meeting the talented god of ink - T!m Holtz...  She may have mentioned this on her blog a couple of times!!! Check it out here .  Hopefully she'll have taken part in the WOYWW feature so you may get to view her desk too...

Last week I was offering 100 points to anyone who could spot the bear sent to me by my blogging buddy Wipso, - well here he is (and was) - 100 points if you found him last week!!

 My Martha Stewart Punches - TSV on QVC last week...

Some more handmade roses - the purplish one at the front has been made in the same way but snipped before i curled.  Its looks a bit different doesn't it?
Pop over to Julia's to see hers and more work desks - leave a little comment on each (we all love that). Click here to link for a good old nosey and meet some lovely people.

I'm off to grab a coffee and have a nosey myself now - last week it took me rest of Wedneday and into Thursday to check everyone out, and I try and leave some love with everyone - as love makes the world go round and we all appreciate it from time to time!!!

Thanks for dropping by, please leave a comment or become a follower to keep up to date with my random ramblings,

x x x

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Handmade Paper Roses - Tutorial

I can't claim to have reinvented the wheel, but I thought I'd share with you my step-by-step 'guide' to making a lovely antiquey looking hand made paper rose. I wanted to achieve some of the stunning looks that fellow crafters out there achieve.

Please be warned this is a long post which consists of lots of photos - I apologise for the quality of some of them - I'm not sure what happened!!!

The first thing to to is get yourself 3 flower shapes the same size.  Also - to achieve the look in this tutorial - the flower shapes need to have 6 petals - and make sure that the flower shape isn't the style with long petals.

You can either draw the flowers and cut these freehand, use a punch or use a die cutter.  I cut my shapes out on my silhouette cutting machine but I did a page full of various sizes so this was quicker for me.  I think though, that a great look can be achieved by tearing the shape (I did some examples tonight while sat watching TV and I can see that they'd look great. Here is a pile ready to play with

Step one - fold the flower in half so that it looks like this (like a cloud!)  Repeat wtice more so that you have 6 sections to the flower:
Repeat this action on all three flowers

On the first flower, snip down one of the folds to the centre

On the second - snip one section away - it will look like a tear drop (well it does to me anyway!!)

On the third flower, snip two sections away.  This should look like a heart shape.  Don't throw these sections away as we need these later.

Now ink all the sections up on the edges - as much or as little as you want.  For this tutorial, I used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad.
You can either ink at this stage or before you snip (I would have inked before I snipped but I forgot)!!!
Back to the first one - with wet glue, glue one of the sections next to the slit and lay the petal from the other side of the slit over the top.  This should make your flower slightly conical and look like it now only has 5 petals:
Like this
Repeat this for all flowers - each one should look more conical and reduce the number of petals:

here's all three - apologies for quality of photo

Snip the point of petal layers two and three - this enables them to sit inside each other better when assembled

Now we need to shape the petals:

I used a kebab skewer as it was the smallest this I had, but you could use a cocktail stick.  Do this to each of the petals on all three layers:

pop a drop of PVA glue in the middle of each layer - I found that using the pointy end of the skewer was easiest for this

Now place layer two in the centre of layer one, then repeat until the three layers are assembled as follows:

It's really starting to take shape isn't it?

Now, remember the bits we snipped out?  We need to curl these starting with the heart shaped one (2 sections)

First of all, slightly curl the left petal inwards towards the centre
Then curl the opposite side the opposite way - to make a funnel making sure not to make it too tight.  Then snip the bottom off: ('scuse inky fingers in this pic!!!)
Add glue to the bottom and place in the centre of the other 3 layers
Finally, with the last remaining petal, curl both sides inwards, then snip off the pointy bit:
Add glue and place in the centre of the last section you just placed in the flower
This is what your finished assembled flower should look like:
Apologies for the colour of the photo - but it does add a certain vintage look to it doesn't it?
Here's another one with a dab of the distress ink 'Worn Lipstick' which I did AFTER I assembled the flower:

In summary, here are the steps again:
  1. Fold
  2. Snip
  3. Ink (if this is the look you're going for)
  4. Glue (into cone shapes)
  5. Curl petals
  6. Layer on top of each other
This tutorial can be followed using your DP's or on your own printed out backing papers - also different textured paper.  However, I have used 120gsm plain paper here - 80gsm was a bit flimsy and cardstock was a bit too thick and wasn't as easy to shape although it can be done - play about with different weights of card stock - also with different sized petals.
I'm going to give it a try with some patterned papers and will post the results on here at a later time.

Please let me know if this tutorial has been easy to follow and what you thought of it - just as a heads up - this was only the second time I'd made this flower - the first time was on my previous post here. I was happy enough with my first attempt to put in on the front of this card - so don't be afraid to have a go.  The one on the front of the card was made using 80gsm, which I felt was too lightweight.  I'd used 'Old Paper' distress inks on that one.

If you like - please post a link in the comments box to any flowers you have made following this guide.  I'd love to see your achievements too.

Thanks for reading and hope you didn't nod off before the end!!!

Paula x x x


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