Sunday 29 July 2012

Anything Goes at Crafts & Me

Evening all!  So did you all enjoy the Olympics opening ceremony?  Didn't like the first bit but then History in school had the same effect on me in school - Zzzzzzzz!  It got SO much better with Mike Oldfield, I absolutely love Tubular Bells, I actually got married to that any moons ago but we won't go there haha!  Loved the Floyd ending with the torch, on Floyd's Pulse tour their disco ball actually opened up into a flower to the Eclipse track too so it was definately inspired :))  I think they should have just left it there, Macca, oh dear!

Anyway I'm running mega late again, kids broke up on thursday and have had a lot of things to deal with this past couple of weeks - Ethan *Shakes head in despair*

Right-o onto the challenge this week at Crafts & Me and its everyones favourite ANYTHING GOES!  The girls have made superb samples again so please do pop over to have a peek!

For this I used one of Hannah Lynn's digis called Janessa with the gorgeous Crafts & Me digi papers in the background.  I've coloured with promarkers and added some glitter on the moon and wings.  The butterflies down the side are a die cut with distress ink and the others are punches, sentiment I got off my buddy Rina .  I do hope you can join in!  You dont have to use a Crafts and Me image but we'd love to see them!

I'd like to enter this into....

Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Pan Pastel UK - Magical and Mystical
Platypus creek digtals - Things with wings
Deep Ocean challenge - Fantasy world
Made especially for you - Easel cards


Thought I'd also show you some of the teacher gifts I made from Ethan.  He picked out the images and colours and I did the rest :)

First up is Teen Fairy Mia by Mo Manning coloured in promarkers and has a glittered and distressed die cut across the centre.

Would like to enter into...

Emerald Fairies - Flourishes/swirls
Southern Girls - Angels or Fantasy


This one is Daisy Chain by Teddy Bo done in lilac and pink with a distress ink doily, curly pink-gold ribbon and a pink butterfly.

I'd like to enter into....

Here's an old Tatty Teddy card from waaaay back in about 2004 hahaha!


And last but not least is Sweet Blossom by Sylvia Zet at Wee Stamps coloured in yellows and pink with a light distressed edge, distressed doily and on the inside panel too

I'd like to enter this into.....

They all open up like this and have little boxes of scented candles in :)

Thursday 12 July 2012

Stitching at Crafts & Me

Afternoon!  Oh I'm having great fun today!  Molly is having her party at the weekend and its the first big party we've had for the kids so its precision planning for me haha!  Today the bubble gun turned up - oh joy!  It blows bubbles and has lights and music so I've been having a good old play and the kids arent even here *smiles*  Not much to get now well I dont think but I do keep remembering other stuff like it would be useful if they had plates eh!  Have to write all this stuff down or I'll forget and the kids would end up on haribo and rice krispie cakes!

 I have another one to share this week, must be on a roll!!  I think I also have a thing for pink and lavender at the moment too!  Its challenge time at Crafts and Me and Coops is hosting her 1st challenge this week and she has chosen Stitching Real or Faux.

I've used the pretty Dahlia image which is a digi by Hannah Lynn available from Crafts & Me HERE coloured with promarkers and I've spreayed the card with iridescent gold glimmer mist.  Papers are from Bearly Mine from a set with butterflies and dragonflies in (Spring Flight) so though it would match superb to the image and I also managed to find a dragonfly charm and added that on a chain with silver beads and a silver heart.
Sentiment I got off Rina and flowers are from hobbycraft.

I'd like to enter into....

Fashionista challenge - winged things
Corrosive - Sentimentally yours
Great Impressions - Stay in the lines colouring
Sentimental Sundays - Pink/Stamp/Charm (BINGO)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday 8 July 2012

2 Pwitty Cards

Good Evening strangers!  Not been here for a while have I?!  I shall explain a bit further down but I wanted to share these 2 pretties with you this evening

This one is a new Hannah Lynn image from Crafts & Me called  Sadie's Dragon which is clearly proving very popular with the Crafts & Me DT as lots of us have done her!   I coloured with promarkers using a pink and lavender theme which gives her a much softer look.  I adore the little dragon she has, wish I had one!

I'd lke to enter her into.....

Secret Crafter - Pastel Colours
Crafty Catz - Spots
Paperplay - Happy Birthday
Card & Scrap - Wings
Anything goes challenge - polka dot & birthday

Next up is Amanda which I've been itching to do for a couple of weeks but have had a lot going on so only just got round to having a play!  I again used the pink and lavender theme but used bolder papers which are the fab Crafts & Me range HERE.  I use these quite a lot as I'm not really an embellishment kinda person and find the papers really fill the card so you don't need an awful lot on.  Here I've just used a bird die cut a friend gave me, a border die cut and 3 tiny nailhead gems.  I think you'll be seeing more of her as she's lovely to colour especially if you're wanting to blend your colours as the hair is made for that.

I'd like to enter her into....

Well where have I been?  Well regular readers will know I've been waiting for an assessment for Aspergers and the hoops you jump through to get there so it finally came around and I travelled up to a specialist clinic in Sheffield last week.  They even had an encaustic art picture on the wall which I had to go have a looksie at lol!

So long story short I now have not only confirmed Aspergers but ADHD too which explains a LOT to me!  That was a bit of a surprise but now I've familiarised myself with the symptoms things are starting to make a lot of sense to me now.
I've just taken some time out for reflection and a step back to view the bigger picture of life and slowed the pace a little.  I never considered ADHD as lets face it I'm not exactly running half marathons however the symptoms in adults tend to manifest in more mental activity, taking too much on, starting new stuff and getting bored once the challenging bits are over.  As a kid I was the classic ADHD in that I was always on the go, running, climbing etc but I'm certainly not like that now lol!
I've suddenly become very aware of my mannerisms such as the fact I fiddle all the time, I even make keyrings that I wrote "Designed by a fidget for fidgets" and its just something I've always done.
I' m also very easily distracted then forget what it was I'm supposed to be doing so Ive always written lists down of what I'm supposed to do and what deadline I have.

On the aspergers side its the attention to detail and one of my major ones is the dislike of being touched.  Crafters who've known me from cross stitching days will remember the Non-Touchy Hugs they used to send me as they knew I didnt like it lol!  It really is something that makes me incredibly uncomfortable as do queues, crowds and inconsistent noise - I can cope with the neighbours playing loud music as its consistent noise but DIY I wouldnt as it unpredictable - not that they do mind, they are good neighbours I'm the loud one!

Anyways off for a mooch x