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A snowy scene and a completed stitch!

No, the snowy scene isn't real life (pity, I  love snow) but it is a card. I decided to do another aperture card. I started by embossing the card with a snowflakes folder, and rubbing a gold ink onto it gently using my finger.

For the inside I used blue distress ink and a piece of card to make a snow scene, then stamped some trees and a deer (stag technically) onto it. Finally I cut some cabins out and foam padded them onto there for a little dimension. The cabins were coloured with pro-markers, and a little flowersoft was added at the bottom so that it merged with the card. I also stamped winter wishes at the bottom.









The distress ink (chipped sapphire) didn't work as well as I'd have liked (can never seem to do it like they do in the demos) but it adds to a stormy night effect quite well.

Also today, I've finished the sewing room stitch!!!! Almost three months of work, and a couple of times I was sure I'd run out of certain colours (tbh it would have taken less t…

When things don't go right...

Two fold reason for the title today. The first is crafty related, so I'll start there. First here is the piece.




I started off by using versa mark ink to line the bottom of a pendant, then filling it layer by layer with black utee. I then used mica powder to colour it, and added a bug and a key. After this I covered it in versamark ink again and used clear utee. All good so far but I then made the mistake of adding a bit too much glitter, so I needed to do something at the top. So I grabbed some grungeboard shapes, coated them in black utee (stamped the heart) and coloured with mica powder, before assembling and glueing to the top of the pendant. Finally I attached a shrink plastic sentiment with a jump ring. It's not exactly as I pictured it (mica powder wasn't as bright on the inside as I wanted it) but it's pretty cool all the same. I really like the heart and the wings. Second part of the title is that unfortunately my book sales have not gone as planned so far.So,…

A spendy week

Well saving has gone completely out of the window this month, after I spent £36.94 on a new dress and a whopping £299.98 on two dutch style bikes, for my mother and myself. I've also spent £9.95 on cat food. So, as I have less than £20 in my account and I still have to post the prizes to the winners of my giveaway there will be no saving this month. As such I have rearranged things (again) so that I still hit my minimum savings target by the end of the year. With regards to my other task (book plans) there has finally been some progress! I have finished one book plan entirely, so now just have one to work on.

Craft wise it's been quiet, in fact I've just been working on the sewing room stitch. Here is the progress

As you can see the cross stitch part of it is now complete, and I have started work on the backstitch, which is in three colours.





I reckon it'll take at least another week to finish the back stitch and add the charms, and then I will be working on two weddin…

A little birdy told me

First of all, thank you to the people who have bought my book, Lonely As A Cloud. Don't forget if you want a chance of winning a signed copy please comment on the previous post before midnight on Monday.

I'm really making progress on the sewing room stitch. Here is the progress so far


Just that little bit to do at the bottom before I back stitch it and add the charms.

I bought a magazine with a free set of stamps the other day (never get tired of the free gifts with the mags) and decided to make a card. For this I used an aperture card, pebble card (which I won ages ago) Sizzix brickwork die (used for the first time - I love using stuff for the first time, and rediscovering stuff too), the new stamps, a paper from another pad I won ages ago, and some promarkers. Here is the finished card.




The good thing is with a card like this it's easy to change the theme. So for example you could do a Halloween one by replacing the birds with bats and ghosts, and altering the brickwork…

Exciting times!!!

For those of you who read this blog, you will be aware that I had an unsuccessful campaign with Britains next bestsellers. I decided recently to self publish my book Lonely As A Cloud, and I'm happy to say that as of last Sunday it was published on Amazon!!!!

Unfortunately I drowned my old laptop in Dr Pepper the other day, so have had to buy a new one, at the cost of £199.99. There is also another £200 in limbo due to a Paypal mistake. It hasn't been spent, but I can't get it back yet. Basically I tried to order the laptop online, paypal sent the funds but Argos failed to acknowledge the order. So until they reject it, or it expires, my money is stuck. In a way it is good as I won't be spending it! I paid the rent and bought four copies of my book (I'm not weird, only one is for me!) at £35.96. I also bought ten bookmark blanks at £2.49, which brings me to today's post.

The four books I bought are for specific reasons. One to a competition winner who has had …