Sunday, 30 January 2011
Friday, 28 January 2011
Earlier this week, I bought some Derwent Academy watercolour pencils which were on offer (£7.49 for 24) and also a little canvas on an easel. I was having a bit of a practice and created a little masterpiece, well it would be if I was a 5 year old. But I quite like it and it's currently sat on top of my TV.
I am still waiting for ink for my printer, and whilst I've been waiting I've been exploring my various MCS CDs. I am very excited about making cards using them. I also have Beatrix Potter CDs, which don't have the same level of designability within the CD, but the images are lovely and I can imagine making lots with them as well.
I did have an image I printed with the new printer, but given that the red ink wasn't working it didn't quite come out as planned (baby pink) it's a funny yellowy colour. One of the images I printed was just a teddy outline so I changed my planned design and made something else. Results below.
I had great fun making it, and the people who have seen it were very impressed.
Hope you like it.
Hopefully some more tomorrow
Sunday, 23 January 2011
The main reason I was so p*'d off was that I had a parcel to collect from the Post Office and they shut at 12.00 on a Saturday. So I got into town, collected my parcel, sent off my last ebay parcel, wandered round for a while, and came home with a new printer. Yes, I can tell you aren't sure how that happened. It's quite simple, my printer had just about run out of colour ink, and so, what with the full price for a Canon colour ink cartridge about £25, and black about £20 (about £25-£30 for both online, slightly cheaper for compatible inks) it works out cheaper to buy a new printer.
So tonight - I set it up, got myself all sorted to print out the elements to make a lovely baby card, only to discover, for some reason, it's not releasing any red ink. So I did it all again, did automated deep clean of the cartridge, and ran a diagnostic, followed by a further test page. Nope, it still doesn't work. So I've packed it all back up, somehow managed to mislay the driver disc (but it could be in with my crafting CDs) and now need to cart it all back to the shop. I will get my money back, send for new cartridges from http://www.7dayshop.com/ and save up for an A3 printer, so that I can make lots of lovely big cards and matching envelopes with my soon to be delivered Ultimate Pro Crafteres companion thingummywatsit.
Anyways, the last papers I printed with my Canon printer were dinosaur ones (from one of the MCS CDs I won on ebay). And what's more, I did something with them. Haven't cleaned the house though.
My friend "Nelli-Lou" nominated me for some blogging award, and as my "prize" I get to tell you 15 things about myself (it might not be 15, it could be 7, or perhaps 10, but it's certainly some things) and award the prize to another pile of blogs. But I haven't had the chance to do much about it, but by all means go and read hers. She's got a lovely husband apparently who keeps buying her flowers!!!! It's the blog called "My Life Diet"
I'll write some more tomorrow, but for now I'll leave you with the cards
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Over the weekend I sold all of my ebay items and have spent most of my winnings on craft stuff. Having always said I didn't particularly like CD crafting, I explored the "My Craft Studio" CD I had, just for the cost of postage with Making Cards magazine in November or December, can't remember which. Then I found the website (http://www.mycraftstudio.com/) and found FREE downloads to add into the CD I had. Well, the word FREE, just sums it up. I had to download them and then had a bit of a play. I was rather impressed with some of the stuff, and so printed out a couple of bits last night whilst watching some TV (probably the recorded episode of Larkrise)
And then, having a bit more of a think, and a bit of an explore round ebay - as you do, I found quite a few CDs, and so put in a couple of bids - so far I've won 2 with bids on another 2. IT'S AN INVESTMENT!!!!!!!
Saturday, 15 January 2011
So with money neutrality in mind I listed 5 items on ebay last weekend when it was free listing weekend which means I didn't have to pay extra for asking for a starting bid over 99p. At the time of writing 4 of those 5 items have bids on. I sold a book on http://www.greenmetropolis.com/ hopefully I will sell some more but it's a start. I have, as blogged before, done a bit of bulk buying, with free delivery by using a discount code and got cashback via a cashback site. (so far up to about £50 ready to claim back on there). Shortly before Christmas a friend offered to buy me a magazine subscription, and not only did I get about £15 via the cashback site, I got free gifts for subscribing, and due to joining (and subsequently cancelling) a magazine club thing, I got a check for £15 in the post this morning.
And yesterday, with the remains of my chicken (although the carcass is still well covered in the fridge, but might need to be disposed of) I made a chicken pie by adding a tin of condensd mushroom soup (about 50p) and half a packet of ready to roll pastry which I bought when it was discounted recently.
The most exciting thing of all (for me) is that I sold 2 cards today. Plus I asked whether I could have a table at our quilt xhibition which is planned later in the year. I have done a bit of colouring, but no assembly so I will show you the 2 cards I sold
Friday, 14 January 2011
And talking of doors and windows and all that kind of thing, with thinly veiled references to opportunities, I went to a meeting in work today about the consultation period around closure of our office. The 90 day period is up next week, and most of us expected to know something definite later that week. But no, then there has to be various to-ing and fro-ing betweeen people and so we are unlikely to hear anything before early March - so that will be a lovely birthday present for me!!!!! (8th just in case anybody wants to buy me gifts)
So I came home, was tired, considered going to bed, but somehow discovered I was colouring in at about 11.30, and then i couldn't just leave it, so then I had to make a card. The stamp is one of the digi stamps from the "Help for Katie" collection, and the background papers are free dowloads from a site I was led to from lili of the valley. http://www.liliofthevalley.co.uk/ http://bmd-creations.blogspot.com/
More tomorrow, or maybe even later today - I'll try get round some blogs and do the commenting thing over the weekend
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Tonight, I roasted a chicken from my local butcher who is award winning, And I have just discovered that they have an online facility - the last time I looked it was just a picture of the front of the shop, admittedly that was a long time ago, so here you are http://www.douglaswillis.co.uk/ It is a very scrummy chicken, and I've stripped it of as much meat as I can, and left the carcass in the microwave (so the cat doesn't attack it) to cool down, then tomorrow, for the first time ever I will attempt to make stock or soup or something with it.
And because I want chicken sandwiches for work tomorrow I had to make bread as well.
You might wonder where Sprouts come into this - well yes, I am partial to sprouts, although many people do not understand my liking for them but it's not that kind of sprouts. The sprout in question is the Mo Manning digi stamp I mentioned yesterday. I have new "super smooth" paper from Create and Craft and printed off 2 images coloured them in with Promarkers, then not really sure what to do with them, just matted and layered them with coloured card which was the offer of the week from Lidl, so if they have any left I can highly recommend it, and some "linen" silver and gold card, also from C&C
Suppose you want to see pictures now - both these cards are going to be used for birthdays tomorrow I did also us small stamps on the edge of the flower pot.
Monday, 10 January 2011
Tonight was my last day of my prepaid 12 week Slimming World countdown. And I put on a 1lb. Which doesn't sound too bad until you realised that in the last 12 weeks I've lost a grand total of 2.5lb. that 40 ounces - sounds so much better like that. So I have decided, that I will not go anymore, and the £5 a week I would pay, I will save. I am not doing very well at the whole meal planning thing, the "diary/planner" I made at the beginning of the year has not had very many entries but I've hardly bought any food., so my frugality is doing fairly well. Except for craft things but more of that later
This time next week the organisation I work for will have come to the end of the 90 day consultation on whether to close the regional office where I work. If so, then sometime in the next 12 months I will, no longer be working for the company I signed a 3 month contract for in 1994.
It's just as well I've gone back to work, because I only get myself into trouble when I'm at home. I have had Create and Craft on in the background most of last week, and I am very much afraid that I have on a couple of occasions, succumbed to the sales patte and "invested" in craft materials.
And then tonight, I was looking at my Facebook page and noticd that Maurie J Manning (Mo Manning) http://www.digitalpenciltoo.blogspot.com/ had posted a new stamp called "Sprout". Now I have a bit of a soft spot for Mo Manning designes, so I had to go and investigate. Turns out there is a crafter out there who's name I forget, who has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer. Some of her friends in the crafting community have donated their artwork to raise funds for her and her family. So, not only loving "Sprout" I was rather taken with some of the others as well, particularly the sewing ones, the fishing one, the flower one, the shoe one and the dove, not to mention the cooking on, and the loveseat and the 3 little boys with a loveheart, in fact, most of them, decided I needed to contribute (£15 for all the downloads) - these can be acquired from Jak Heath, (the crafter's name is Katie) http://www.jakheath.com/2011/01/help-for-katie.html
I have already printed out Sprout, but haven't done anything with it yet, but I did make a couple of cards over the weekend with some of my other stuff - still haven't played with the new sizzix stuff.
Friday, 7 January 2011
And now, having done that, it means I get to play with my new toys. I might be back later with some of the results
My next "investment" might have to be some ribbon.........
Oh sorry, I forgot - I MUST BE FRUGAL
Back in a bit xxxx
Thursday, 6 January 2011
I saved the button I had copied from another blog to my computer. I then uploaded it to photobucket (apparently it works with other photo hosting websites such as flickr, but I've not tried that)
When you look at the photo in photobucket hover the mouse over the picture and you should get a range of options, one of which is "share". Select share and the option "post to website". The third tab along is "get link code" This is the one you want.
Then select "HTML for websites and blogs" and the option "clickable thumbnail. Highlight the code in the box - it is a long code - and then copy it.
Final step is to return to your blog design page, add a gadget, and choose the one which says "HTML code" paste the complete code in, and save.
Hopefully that should work for you.
I did have a go today at adding a button/badge to the sidebar, but failed dismally. Better luck next time
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
But before I could do this, I decided I had to tidy the living room, or at least make a big indent into it. I have bought a few storage boxes with the intention of storing my craft stuff tidily. And I don't just have card stuff, I have knitting stuff, sewing stuff, quilting stuff, photography stuff, and about a squillion books relating to all of the above. But I've made a start, which is just as well because I somehow managed to order a Xyron Design Runner - it's like a little portable printer gadget that will print onto all sorts of materials - including ribbon.
Anyway here's the living room from 2 angles - the tidy end, and the not quite so tidy end.
And here's the card I then allowed myself to make. The new technique (for me) is using a mask - if you've not done this it's quite straightforward, you stamp your image onto the cardstock, then stamp it again on a post-it note or similar. Then, you cut out the image (in this case the houses) on the post-it, and place it over the image on the card. For this card, this was necessary so that I could flood the card with colour without it affecting the main image.
I am rather pleased with the result, and, in fact, my eldest son couldn't believe I'd done it. He thought I'd printed it out, and I said no, I stamped it and coloured it. "What with?" he said - "The promarkers you bought me for Christmas, that's why I wanted them" He thought, when he bought them they were a lame gift, now I think he's rather impressed with his old mum.
See you soon xxxxx
Monday, 3 January 2011
On a totally different subject, although paper is involved, so a very tenuous link, I made another card last night. I have been pointed in the direction of a very talented designer who is generous enough to occasionally offer her designs for free, to followers of her Facebook page. Her name is Maurie J Manning, and I took advantage of this. She does have a blog, which I'm pretty sure is one that I follow, but, not sure if it shows on my blog. I need to work out how to add those button things that are at the side of most blogs. More information about Mo's designs can be found here http://digitalpenciltoo.blogspot.com/
I printed the image onto a piece of plain white card, along with the sentiment (also provided by Mo) which says "If we are ever to enjoy life now is the time, not tomorrow or next year. Today should always be our most wonderful day - Thomas Dreir" I then coloured it in with a slection of ProMarkers, used a wavy blade to cut it, and the sentiment out. I used Tim Holtz distressed inks to shade them, along with the plain white card on which they are mounted (card from QVC). I then added 2 felt flowers and a crystal. I am happy with the concept and the overall result, but the distressed ink technique need a bit of work, because it's too "dabby" despite my attemps at circular movements.
See you soon folks.....
PS - Can't remember if I said who provided the image for the Engagement card. I will check and if I omitted them, I shall provide them next time I post.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
The theme for Christmas 2011 could be stationery.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
Most of you out there will have no idea about my ineptitude when it comes to cleaning. To be honest it's not so much the cleaning, it's the tidying before the cleaning. I think it's safe to say I am a hoarder, and not only that, I have, in the past, suffered with depression, which is mostly under control nowadays, but still get the "odd" moment. And for anybody out there who has been unfortunate enough to go through a similar thing you'll know what I mean when I say that you often just don't see the mess. And then by the time you see it, you just don't know where to start. The pic you see to the right (hopefully) is the living room AFTER I've tidied for Christmas. The crafting might help the sanity, but does nothing for the clutter.
And talking about crafting - I did make good use of the time I spent in bed earlier. I took full advantage of the "up to 85%" sale at http://www.sizzix.co.uk/ and despite losing my complete shopping cart at one point, I perserverd and managed to save myself nearly £200, having ordered some embossing stuff, stamps, and dies. I have the next week off work so hopefully they will arrive during the week so I can then play to my heart's content. (I do have to do a bit of cleaning as well) My intention is to follow in my sister's footsteps who makes 20 cards in 10 different designs ready for Christmas which she then sells. If I could do that then I should break even for all my purchases. Perhaps even make a profit - that would be good.
Some stuff about the stuff in the blog
Very new at this blogging lark, so forgive me if I get a bit befuddled. User name is derived from my maiden name of George and the fact that by the time the Olympics are held in the UK in 2012, I will look as if I could compete. And not as a sumo wrestler.
For starters there is only one blog with contain my thoughts, but this might evolve into 3 or 4 when I work out what I'm doing.
In the main it will cover my slimming journey, my quilting exploits, my get fit and stay fit campaign, and my photography. Not forgetting my recent TrollBead obsession.
Should I ever get a lovelife you might get glimpses of that as well.