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Monday, March 19, 2018

Truly Tailored Monday

Good morning, I hope everyone had a good weekend.  We had a bit more snow, quite a bit of ice and most plans scuppered but never mind. 

This week we shall be having a Truly Tailored week.  Truly Tailored is a stamp set with matching papers, ribbon, punch, buttons etc. in the Spring/Summer Catalogue and it is fantastic for mens cards.

Here is a card that was made by a fellow crafter using the set. 
I received this as part of a swap I did recently and it is lovely.  I hope to share more cards with you over the week.  And to end the week we shall have a crafty night using this set, as well as others.  There are just a couple of spaces available if you fancy crafting on Friday night. Please get in touch if you do.

ONLY 12 DAYS of Sale a Bration left.  There is still time to hold your own crafty get together in The Craft Room, still time to get your hands on some of the wonderful free items, still time to join my growing team and get lots of benefits and still time to pop over, have a cuppa and a crafty chat. 

The kitchen now has a new floor whoop whoop. The plumber came on Thursday and on Friday when I saw the radiators I mentioned to the builder that I thought they were too big.  I was correct so now the plumber has to come back today and sort them.  Along with him, the electrician is coming, the kitchen man is coming as well as the kitchen fitter so it is going to be a busy day.  I shall not be staying in the craft room, I hope to be included in all these conversations with the different chappies so that I know what is going on. 

Right, I best get in that shower, put cups in the conservatory and go and get the craft room warm.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Tracey x

Friday, March 16, 2018

Embossing part 2

Good morning, a wet start to the day but at least the blue bin men came this morning.  Due to the snow two weeks ago we havent seen them for 4 weeks.

We had a bit more bad news with the kitchen.  Not only do the floor boards have woodworm but so do the joists, yikes.  Rob, my brother in law is Rentokil in the area so he popped over to have a look for me.  We have the common wood furniture woodworm and he explained how it all works, yaks....I will not go into detail.  Unfortunately we have to have new joists and this will add more time on to the building works so the chappies are going to come in on Saturday to catch up.

I spent time in and out of the craft room doing a bit of this and a bit of that but the day went by really quickly.  Christiana had a pj day, again.  She isnt feeling the best but she doesnt know why.  Hopefully a bit of fresh air later will help.  We are off to the TB clinic today to see what they say about my dormant TB which I have been told is called Latent TB.

As mentioned earlier in the week, we had an embossing day and these are the folders that we embossed with, stamped with and coloured.  Some lovely backgrounds were created.

Here you can see the difference between the embossed and debossed side being coloured in with the sponge roller.

Some embossing folders that we didnt colour, just showing the correct way of putting them in a big shot, with the SU logo showing and the hinged end first.

 The folder was gently rubbed over with Old Olive Ink.  When it went through the machine a sponge was used on the leaves and it shows up the outlines a lot clearer.

 Again as well as the plain embossed folder, using the sponger brayer you can create a lovely background either inking the embossed or debossed side.
 This was one of Debbies word dies, showing how not to colour in as you get the mirror image but if you gently use a roller rather than dabbing ink onto the folder, it looks very nice.
 This shows how to stamp another image onto the embossing folders before running them through the big shot and the effect that you can have.

There are only another couple of weeks left of the Sale a Bration, if you would like to have a Stampin' Up! party or go to the next Stampin' Up! class, please do let me know.

I had best do a bit of pottering while I can.  Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful weekend.  Tracey x

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Good morning and another bright start to the day.  Yesterday we had a few hours out, visiting sis, another meal out and Christiana had her hair cut.  Todays plans are to go to Morrisons for lunch and then a day in the craft room really.

The kitchen works are coming on well, with the exception of wood worm.  We have wood worm throughout the floor so we have to change that.  The builders are very tidy and clean up all the time and so very polite.  Once they left last night I went to wash the pots but no hot water???  Christiana said that she was feeling rather cold so I put the heating on but nothing happened. oh oh.  We didnt have hot water nor heating so I had to call the builders back.  Within half an hour they were here, checking everything putting the pressure back up on the boiler, checked every radiator in the house and within the hour of calling them it was all up and running again, phew.

 We had an embossing day earlier this week, trying our hands at different types of embossing and a lovely day was had by all.  Not everything worked but you dont know until you try.

This was using a glue pen, adding embossing powder and heating up.  
The embossing buddy was used on one of the pieces but not the other, we dont think it made much difference
 Here we tried using the old technique of using a tumble dry anti static wipe rather than the embossing buddy and as you can see, the anti static wipes no longer work.
 This was a trial and failure.  We did a bit of resist embossing, by using a stamp and versamark onto a card and heat setting it with clear embossing powder.  which worked.  We covered it with ink, which worked and then splashed water on it followed by embossing powder, this bit didnt heat up, but we tried

 Lots of different embossing powders and glue pens here, where they all worked.
 We got all the colours wrong on this try.  We used 4 different colours with this techique and I think it worked apart from the fact that the colours were not correct.
 A very thick embossing powder which worked perfectly
 A bit of resist heat embossing here, and coloured with the sponge brayer, worked perfectly

We also played with embossing folders but I will share those results in a couple of days.

The next Monday Play Day will be in April and we shall make boxes and bags. 

Well thanks for having a read today, I shall do a few chores before nipping off to Morrisons.  Washing of the pots is a bit of a chore but I am thankfull that we have the bathroom to do it in, even if it does take well over an hour.  It is all worth it, I am sure.  Tracey x
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning and as I have the windows open, I can hear the birds twittering.  No cats up trees so far today but then again, there is no sitting in the kitchen looking out of the window.  We have a small table in the sitting room that we use for breakfast, it looks just like a B&B, quite lovely.

So yesterday was day 1 of the kitchen renovation and I must say, I am impressed with the builders.  They did nothing but laugh and joke all day long, no bad language and boy did they get a lot done.  Today they are going to create an awful lot of dust so they are putting up plastic sheeting so that it doesnt get through the doors so Christiana and I will go out. 

As promised here is another card made similar to mother's day card for a lovely friend who celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

If you would like a go at making this card, there will be a one off hour get together to do this on a Sunday morning in April as well as a Monday morning.  Dates are to be confirmed.

There are EVEN MORE products added to the Sale a Bration list of freebies.  These are all current goodies but for the next two weeks, you can get them FREE with either a £45 order or a £90 order.
If you would like more details, please let me know.

The next Stamperettes, series 18, is due to start on 28th March and there are only TWO places left.  Not sure what the Stamperettes group is? It's a group of 10 ladies who agree to purchase at least £15 worth of Stampin' Up! goodies each month, for a period of 10 months.  Each month this will total an order of a minimum of £150 so each person in turn will be a virtual hostess and get at least £15 to spend.  It really is something for nothing.  

Right, the builders are here so I have to get my skates on and get out of the house as they will be creating a lot of dust I am told.  Thanks for having a read today. Tracey x

Monday, March 12, 2018

And so it begins

Good morning and a damp start to the day and new week.  Temperatures are a lot higher than this time last week outside as well as inside.

Today is supposed to be the day that the kitchen work starts.

It should have been last week but due to the bad weather and the builders girlfriend having a baby, things were put on hold.  So the kitchen is empty and I now how a dining living room, a kitchall, yes my hall is now my kitchen. 

Things will be a little awkward for a while but we will manage for the next 4 - 5 weeks.

I am in the craft room all day suprise.  If you fancy coming over, please do.  We are going to be having a play with embossing.

Here is my card that I made for mum.
I tried lots of different stamps and colours with this and was finally happy when I did this.  More details tomorrow when I have another card to share with you.

Thanks for having a read, have a lovely day and hope to see you soon.  Tracey xx

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning and although it is rather damp outside, it is certainly a lot warmer. Still no builders here and no news as yet.  That means we get another cooked meal tonight.

Yesterday Christiana and I had a bite to eat in Marks. It was so nice just to nip out with her (thanks for the lift) change her dress and do something together.  She even managed to walk a little bit too.  I think she is pushing herself a little more each day, which is good.

Today is a craft room kinda day.  Mr. UPS is expected, bless him.  I never know what time he will arrive but I do know, it will be today.

We woke up this morning to a cat thinking it was a bird. 

I was eating breakfast looking out of our window to see this daft cat trying to catch the magpie.  The noise was awful and upon closer inspection, there were lots of magpies coming and going, they even went and flew directly above the poor cat.  Eventually the birds left and the cat started to climb down, it fell a bit, stumbled, got upside down and climbed down a bit more.  It was interesting to watch for half an hour.

Here is a lovely card that I received in the recent swap using the Cake Soiree Stamp set embossed in silver.

If you have any previous orders to collect, want to look through the sale table or just fancy a cuppa and a crafty chat, please feel free to pop in anytime this afternoon or this evening.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day.  Tracey x

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday morning

Good morning on this warmish day in Derby.  We had so much rain yesterday and last night that there is hardly any snow around now, phew.  I really dont like the snow.  It is lovely to look at but I cant get out when it snows as I have no confidence in driving on it.

Today is the day that the builders were due to start our new kitchen but because of the poor weather last week, they are delayed by a few days.  I am not sure when they will start but we are more or less ready for them.

We have had a good weekend, a girly meal out on Saturday with the family.  Loved the food and the company. Ollie took this photo of us all
And here is Ollie who is very camera shy
Christiana has had another chilled weekend and is still improving each day.  We shall see what the consultants say to her on Wednesday as she is hoping to go and get some warmth in Cyprus very soon and I cant blame her. 

The craft room has had a clean and some new additions.  I have looked at lots of things and sorted out lots of things too.

Some of the kitchen plants have moved in as I dont really know where else to put them.  They are looking good on the shelf though.

If you would like some 6x6 Stampin' Up! papers, a mixed selection per pack, you can get 15 sheets for £1 and if you purchase 5 packs this week,  you only pay for 4.  Please get in touch for more details.

Here is a card I have recently received in a swap that I took part in.
I think it is lovely and I just enjoy swaps so much as it gives me such a lot of inspiration to try things I havent done before.

If you are free later this afternoon or this evening and would like to collect any orders, have a browse through the sale table or pick up some of the 6x6 card that is on offer this week, please do call in.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Tracey x