Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Festivities.

Hi all, I hope this blog finds you all having had a wonderful Christmas time.  I'm always grateful for the family I have and rarely a Christmas Day goes past without me thinking of all the folk who can't be with their loved ones or those who find themselves alone through misfortune.

Anyhow, I thought I would share you some photos of my Christmas table.

I adhered some evergreen from my tree onto a glass bowl and filled it with floating candles.  I refurbished some old napkin rings and made these alternative crackers, goody bags, I tell you how in my last blog, and lastly I made these wine glass charms.

I thought I would also share with you these pages I compiled using the Becky Higgins app.  These are my kids, I love them dearly.


Finally, I hope 2015 brings you all peace, joys and everlasting happiness and laughter.

Cheers all, take care of you.

Pauline x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Revamped Napkin Rings

 Well we are all getting ready for Christmas and here is what I was up to on Saturday night. 

I had these old plain napkin rings so I dressed them up to make them fabaroony. Mainly I wrapped string around them then using some decorative christmas ribbon I wrapped this round too. I also later added some thin gold ribbon, which came from my Stampin' Up! stash.  The gold baubles I secured with the gold ribbon, they were from Lidl last year (I'm a hopeless hoarder, never throw anything out hehehe).

The greener is just for effect as I plan to add real greenery from my neighbours conifer trees.  I hope you love them as much as I do. 

Take care of you. 

Pauline x

Friday, 28 November 2014

Stampin ' Up! Sale-A-Bration Is Coming To Scotland!

Ok, most of you out there will not be as buzzed as I am about this news, bit I hope you love that I am and having been looking forward to this for many months.

Last week I managed to make my Swaps for the meet and today I finally managed to get my name tag all completed.

I used Tempting Turquoise and Smoky Slate cardstock for the background and Whisper White for the flowers and the ticket.  I used Smoky Slate to stamp the flourish and Basic Grey for my Admit zone ticket.  The flowers were stamped using Petite Petals, the ticket using That's The Ticket and the flourish using Flowering Flourishes.  The ticket and flowers were then punched out with their co-ordinating punches.

I used the Tempting Turquoise for my name and some marled white cardstock I had in my stash.  Using my Sizzix Eclips I cut out my name and adhered the white and turquoise letters together before adhering them to the name tag.

I then used my crop-a-dile to punch out the gold Glimmer Paper circles and adhered them to the centre of the flowers and the dot on the 'i'.

I am so excited about tomorrow and to catch a glimpse of what the new catalogue will bring for 2015.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Take care of u.

Pauline x 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration swaps.

16 of these candy cane treats made today for my swaps at next Saturday's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration launch.  

I used burlap ribbon and sewed the sides using embroidery thread and a blanket stitch (first time).  I  made wee tags using the round tab punch, stamped some christmas ornaments on the green tab (old Olive) and heat embossed using gold embossing powder and a merry christmas stamp on the red tab ( Cherry Cobbler).  

I also sewed white pom-poms together, used gold ribbon and a gold glitter star to embellish.  I then used a mini white peg from my stash to secure them all together.  

An all day effort but worth it, I love them.

Hope your having a great weekend.

Take care of you

Pauline x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas With Stampin' Up!

I hope this finds you all well.  It's been a while since I blogged, been very busy at work, had breast surgery (not serious, but the general anaesthetic completely knocked me for six) and life in general.  I haven't actually done any crafting since early October.

So this weekend I was determined to get some commission's finished and get some Christmas cards made.

First I made these.  These are my alternative christmas crackers.  Inside there is a tag, a wine glass charm and a keyring, all hand made.  So this is for my Secret Santa and I hope they love them too.

Next I made another 2 sets of these and........

finished off the set of Snowmen.  All great fun.

The friend who has ordered the treat boxes as advent calendars is giving them as gifts to two wee people, a boy and a girl.  So I made some handmade gift bags for them too.  She is an extra special friend so going that extra bit is well deserved.

Then onto my Christmas cards.  These are also all Stampin' Up! gorgeousness.

I used Perfect Pearls and Versamark for the sentiment inside.

And finally 12 of these too.

When I was in the middle of making these a friend asked if I could make her a Scottish themed Christmas card.  I'm really time short right now so I made an extra wreath card and put this tartan paper inside.  It's from the DSP pad in the Stampin' Up! Winter catalogue.  

I then made a kind of thistle using beads and some ribbon.  I hope she likes it!

So that's been my weekend so far.  As from tomorrow it's all heads down to do more studying and getting an essay written for my Masters course I started a few weeks ago.   Just call me the procraftinator lol.

Take care of you.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Monthly Stampin' Up! Club

One of many sets you can purchase each.

Rules and Benefits for Virtual Hostess Club members:

·         spend a minimum of £15 on current Stampin’ Up! goodies every month for 10 months;

·         guaranteed monthly order will be a minimum of £150 and therefore be eligible to earn the hostess benefits;

·         you will receive all current catalogues posted direct to your home and therefore able to keep well informed and benefit from all the current special offers Stampin’ Up! have on during your time in the Virtual Hostess Club;

·         monthly delivery charge of £4.95, split amongst all 10 Virtual Hostess Club members (therefore, everyone will have 50p added each to order) choose to collect your order from me once they have arrived and have been bagged up and for this there are no extra charges. *


I will email all members during the last week of each month asking what they would like to order ready for the last day of the month.  I will then contact the hostess for that month and let them know the exact total of orders placed and ask how she would like to spend the hostess £££’s.  The goods are then ordered at the on the last day of the month.

Payments will be processed on the last day of the month and you therefore require to pay your invoice sent to you either Stampin' Up! directly, in cash or bank giro transfer.

If you would to join the next club I have please can you confirm back to me with your details including delivery address, postal address, contact telephone number and your chosen payment method.  I will then allocate your hostess month and send all the brand new annual catalogue in the post to you.

*Additional cost incurred if orders require to be sent to individuals personally.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Spooky Halloween Treat Boxes.

Wow, I have been neglecting my blog so much.  So busy with my day job I come home and am shattered.

So here is what I have been up to.

First, I made these.  I have a Facebook competition going on and am giving away 10 of these to one lucky winner, the draw is today at 12 midday.

Then I made more.......

and more.......

Then I made these......

and then these.......

I had also made these earlier too.....

So my Stampin' Up! Curvy Keepsake Box thinlits die has stood up to the challenge of being worked very hard.  The die can be purchased from my online Stampin' Up! Shop, just flick the tab at the top of my page.

I have made 28 treat boxes with sweets inside for my son to hand out to his classmates and about the same again for taking into my work for children who use the centre.  The snowmen are a commission for a work colleague and are an advent calendar and I have more pumpkins also as a commission.  

The skulls and legs are from my Dylusions stamps coloured with Stampin' Up! markers.  I then adhered them to the top of black straws and snipped off under the bendy bit.  I will be making tiny fairy cakes to go inside the treat boxes and the bendy bit will allow them to fit inside the treat boxes.

Hope you are all having a spooky time xxxx

Take care of you.

Pauline x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Flaming Hot!

I am so in love once again with all my distress ink, paints and of course my Dylusions.  I have thoroughly enjoyed, loved even, getting back into my art journalling.  It is so relaxing, restful and down right so much fun.

Here is today's page. 

And this is how it looks in my journal.

The hearts are from Stampotique and they have had Glossy Accents added to give them a little extra.  The girls red lips have also had some Glossy Accent treatment giving their luscious lips a bit of a pout lol.

Hope your weekend is full of fun.  Take card of you.

Pauline x

Friday, 12 September 2014

Art Journaling Means Hours Of Fun.

Today I have been having more fun playing in my art journal.

Firstly I challenged myself again to use Stampin' Up! products in the main.  I used Distress Ink's for the background then I used only SU stamps and ink.  I used my set of Micron pens to doodle.

Tonight I used some new Distress Paints I just received and also my new Dylusions stamp called Pondering Petunia. 

I love to doodle and literally spend hours adding in all the dots and lines.  I find doing this so restful and I just completely zone out, with hours passing before I realise.  I love it.

I hope the week has been kind to you and you have a wonderful weekend.

Take care of you.

Pauline x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Stampin' Up! Art Journaling

I wanted to challenge myself to complete an art journal page in my style using only Stampin' Up! products.  

So, with the exception of the background, which I used Gelatos, sprayed water over them and then blended with a wide brush, a Micron pen and the girls head, everything else was SU!  I love it x

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.  Take care of you.

Pauline x

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Dylusions Facebook Challenge

Who doesn't love Dylusions?  It's been a while since I just let myself go, well in an art journal I mean, so I wanted to support one of my great admirers Sandra who has set up a new challenge page in homage to the one and only Dyan Reaveley.  So how else was I going to spend my day?  I had said I would do some housework and I have a bit, and now I'm all covered in ink and glue I will stick my hands in the sink.  The challenge was to use pink, turquoise and leaves.

So here is how I started.

This is a journal I received from Joanne James, my Stampin' Up! up line.  I started painting the pages with white gesso to create a base.

Then using my Gelatos, which I have not used like in 'forever', oh yes and completely forgetting already about the pink and turquoise challenge, I picked yellow, orange and red!  I adore Gelatos and if you haven't used them before you need to, they are great fun.

So after blending them this was my background.  I then forgot to take more photos, sorry, but well you're in the moment and you forget!  Everyone does this, right?  Ok, so I then stamped leaves using black ink and after waiting for what seemed ages (I did do some dishes) I proceeded to smudge the ink!  So out came my black gesso and I painted my leaves.

I then stamped this pretty lady out and using my Derwent Inktense and Faber Castel watercolour pencils I used lots of pink and purple.  I didn't really have a close turquoise so I used Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough, smudged onto my glass mat, spritzed with some water and coloured in her dress.  I then used a couple of green Inktense pencils to add some depth.

I used a micron pen, 03, and went back round all the black lines.

Here are some close ups so you can see all the added elements.  I used a Micron 01 pen.

As you can see I kinda went to town with dots.  Reason?  Well, because of the saying actually.  It's a new challenge and a new start.  A new start also means an 'end' and the end can be thought of with a full-stop or '.'!  Well I thought it was quite clever lol.  She was then cut out and adhered using Decopatch glue.

I also used Tim Holtz stencil, the cracked glass one and using a blender and Evergreen Bough ink created the added layer.  

So there we are, cracked glass, dots and lots of doodling.  Thanks for dropping by, back to the housework now.

Take care of you.

Pauline x

Items used:
Faber Castell Gelatos in cream, lemon, tango mango, tangerine and red cherry.
Faber Castell watercolour pencils in 131,132,119,125 and 134.
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils in Fushia, Mauve, Violet, Poppy Red, Field Green and Teal Green.
Micron pens in 01 and Signo white pigment ink pen in white.
Dylusions stamps: Around The Edge, Further Around the Edge, Bordering On The Edge, The Right Words and Curious Corrin.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Evergreen Bough, and Shatter stencil.