Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas & hope 2012 brings you all everything that you wish for.



Friday, 16 December 2011

Help … there’s a sock monster in my Christmas tree

You know when you find a pair of socks that just cries out to be made into something else?  I found some socks just like that today. They are the kind with separate toes, just perfect for making a monster with a mohican & mouth tentacles.


This is my first attempt at making any sock creatures & I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be hooked on it.

Have a good weekend everyone



Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Lots and Lots of Crafting

Right back to crafting!  I have a few bits and bobs that I’ve saved up to show you.

Firstly, the latest issue of Simply Homemade has some New Year projects that I designed.


There is a wall hanging, notepad cover, fabric covered canvas and a purse time-capsule.  They all use freezer paper to print from the computer.  These were the first things I’d made using freezer paper, and I was really surprised how easy it was to do. I like it for adding lettering to fabric as my handwriting isn’t always the neatest.

On Saturday we had a Christmas celebration in our village.  There was festive music, a street market and also (I was very excited about this one!) Santa arrived, walking down the high street accompanied by his elves.  I was lucky enough to be offered space in a local shop (the carpet shop where I work part-time) to set up my stall, so I didn’t have to spend the evening freezing on an outdoor market stall.


It was a great evening.  My lovely mum came to help & we spent the evening socialising as well as selling a few bits and bobs.

Before I went I spent a bit of time making some gift bags to give away with purchases.

DSCF8932I used some decorative papers that I had got free with a couple of different crafting magazines, and just cut & glued them into small bags.  I then put a thank you note inside each bag, with my contact details.  I also used the embellishments from the paper books to add to some plain white boxes, and again stuck the same little notes inside the top cover.


Everyone seemed pleased with the little boxes and bags, and hopefully some will lead to repeat business.

And finally last night I braved the horrendous weather & went to a wreath making workshop.  Please bear in mind that I am not a flower arranger – my attempts at arranging the odd bouquet I get consist of snipping the binding and throwing the flowers as they are into a vase.  But I did however manage to create this from various foliage that grows locally, plus a few artificial berries and some cinnamon sticks.


I’m very proud of myself as it actually looks like its supposed to, and for once, I’m not embarrassed to show you what I’ve done!

Right off for a lie down after all this creativity! 



Sunday, 11 December 2011

We have a winner….

The winner of the My Memories Scrapbooking software is

Number 2 -  Quiltin’ Sandy who said…

What a lovely giveaway! I have never tried scrapbooking. There are so many beautiful designs, it is so hard to choose just one, but Life Love is very pretty. :) Sandy.


Thanks to those who entered and I hope Sandy enjoys the software as much as I did.

Normal craft blogging will resume in the next couple of days, as I have lots of pretty things to share with you all.



Saturday, 10 December 2011

Last chance to enter my giveaway

Only 24 hours left to enter the giveaway for the brilliant My Memories scrapbooking software.  I haven’t had too many comments on this so you are in with a good chance of winning if you pop over here and enter.

I will draw the winner tomorrow evening at 7pm.

Good luck



Wednesday, 7 December 2011

New Banner & Don’t forget my giveaway

What do you think?  I created my new banner with the My Memories scrapbooking software that I was given. 

Once I’d figured out how big the banner should be (1200 pixels in my case), it was fairly easy to design a banner by adding the elements that are contained in the software.  It took me a couple of minutes to figure out how to save it as a jpg file, but once I’d found the right menu option, it was easy to do.  Then of course I couldn’t resist tinkering with the rest of my blog! 

If you are interested in winning a copy of the My Memories software for yourself, click here, and leave me a comment. 



Monday, 5 December 2011

My Memories–Scrapbooking Software Giveaway


The lovely people at MyMemories offered me the chance to have a copy of their My Memories Suite Scrapbook software to have a play with and the best bit, a copy for me to giveaway to one of my followers.

Prior to this the extent of my scrapbooking experience had been to just throw a couple of photos and a scattering of stickers onto a piece of patterned paper, so I was interested as to whether I’d be able to make anything that actually looked half decent.  The answer is YES!!!

This was made using one of their template layouts (nice and easy for a beginner to use), just drag and drop photos into it.


And this one was created from scratch by me – and I’m very proud of it!


There are loads and loads of different designs, embellishments and papers to choose from, so I think I’m going to be playing with this software for ages. 

Anyway back to the giveaway – to enter, all you have to do is to visit the My Memories website (click here) and leave me a comment to tell me which is your favourite kit.

I will draw the winner on Sunday 11th December at 7pm, which should give you time to create a couple of last minute cards or scrapbooking pages for Christmas pressies.