Happy Christmas

This is my last blog post now until the New Year as I am going to have a break over the Christmas period but I won't be putting my feet up in front of the fire and eating and drinking too much (well I might for a couple of days).......!  I will be playing with all the lovely new things that will be coming out in the new Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration goodies which are both being released on 6th January and I shall be showing you items made from all those new scrumptious bumptious products!!
It seems ages ago that I started blogging back in July and what a huge learning curve that has been.  I am still learning and when I type up a post I still wonder sometimes if it will upload correctly on my blog!  Taking decent photographs is still something I need to work on so hopefully by this time next year they will have improved. 
So it just leaves me to wish all my readers....and yes I do have some now....a Happy Christmas and an amazing New Year.  I shall be back on January 1st unless I get blog withdrawal symptoms! :-)
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Lazy Sunday - The sound of screeching cats

I just wanted to share with you an early Christmas present that my husband surprised me with.  I have always loved folk music and just lately, anytime I hear a fiddle playing I have to stop and listen.  We have been to two parties just recently where there were amazingly gifted fiddle players and I was captivated.  The last party we went to was a Ceilidh.  It was great fun and in-between dancing (I use that term loosely), drinking and eating, I suddenly decided that I wanted to learn to play the fiddle so that in 5 years time I could bash out a tune at my significant birthday Ceilidh!!!!  I know it's a huge undertaking but I believe that you are never too old to learn anything.
A few days later, a surprise parcel turned up and here it is....

My lovely, thoughtful husband had bought me a fiddle and within a few days of that I had arranged my first lesson.  The look of shock on my violin teacher's face when she saw that I was left handed was probably similar to someone seeing an alien for the first time!!   Anyway after much deliberation, I decided that I would try and learn to play right handed.  I am now on my 3rd lesson and my husband has already started to regret buying me a violin as he has to listen to me practicing most days and yes it does sound like screeching cats. 
It's not an easy instrument to learn but I AM determined to learn and play well, even if it makes everyone laugh when I play at my significant birthday!
I shall keep you updated with how much or little I am progressing and whether my husband or neighbours take out a noise injunction against me.
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and just be thankful that you don't live next door to us!
Any words of encouragement from fellow violin players will be greatly appreciated!
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Stampin' Up! Bordering Blooms Thank You Card

Today's card is made using Stampin' Up!'s Bordering Blooms stamp set.  It was a very quick and easy card and I've used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour in a few of the flowers.  I was initially going to colour it all in but I quite liked the overall effect using just two colours.  They were Wisteria Wonder and Rich Razzleberry.
Stampin up bordering blooms stamp set
I used black Memento ink to stamp the Bordering Blooms so that when I coloured it in the black ink wouldn't bleed.  The Whisper White card is great not only for the Stampin Write marker pens but also the Blendabilities or any alcohol based markers.
stampin up bordering blooms thank you card
I stamped the 'Thanks' sentiment, which is from the Fabulous Four stamp set, onto Wisteria Wonder card and then onto a Rich Razzleberry card base.  The ribbon is Rich Razzleberry satin which is no longer available unfortunately.
stampin up thank you card Bordering Blooms
 I finished off by lining an envelope from Stampin' Up! with the envelope liner framelits and used one of the designs from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack.
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Folk Art Style Birthday Card

Today's card reminds me a bit of Folk Art.  I started off with an idea in my head of what I wanted to make and it turned out totally different from what I had planned.  Does that happen to anyone else?  I wanted to make a card using Daffodil Delight as I wanted something bright to cheer up these gloomy wet days we are having at the moment.  I looked in my Stampin' Up! Color Coach to see what colours went with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso was one of them.  I then picked up Soft Suede by mistake and actually thought that it went well with the yellow too!
I use the Color Coach quite a bit (yes I know for us in the UK it should have a 'u' inbetween the o and the r but that's how Stampin' Up! spell it).   It is so useful for those moments when you want to try some different colour combinations that maybe you hadn't thought of or aren't sure what colours go with what.  I added some red to give it some 'oomph' and a bit of bling with some rhinestones.

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Until tomorrow.......... 
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Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic Gift box using Gift Box Punch Board

I have used Stampin' Up!'s Kinda Eclectic stamp set again today to make a gift box using the Gift Box Punch Board.  This time I have used just the leaves from the stamp set and inked them up in Real Red onto Whisper White.
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I made this box using an 8" x 8" piece of card and the final box measures 3.25" x 3.25" x 1.75".  The punch board gives you the measurements to make many different sized boxes and although it wasn't something I thought I needed as I already had the envelope punch board, I can't recommend this enough as it makes boxes so incredibly easily and anything that makes things easy is worth having in my book!!  My mum has even bought one!
Gift box using kinda eclectic and chalk talk
I have used the Chalk Talk stamps and matching dies for the label base and Crumb Cake ½" Seam Binding Ribbon for the bow.

I used 2 circle punches from Stampin' Up! for the top of the label, 1¼" and 1⅜".

Bye for now.....
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Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic Card Day 2

Another card using Stampin ' Up! Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  This time I have used Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Soft Suede.   I don't use Pumpkin Pie very often so I try to force myself to use colours I wouldn't naturally get drawn to otherwise everything would be in pink!!

stampin up kinda eclectic and chalk talk stamps
The tag is from Chalk Talk and is stamped in Old Olive, as are the leaves (I would buy this stamp set just for the leaves) and is die cut out from the matching Chalk Talk Framelits.  The sun is stamped in Pumpkin Pie and the butterfly in Soft Suede.

stampin up kinda eclectic and chalk talk stamp sets
Am I going to go mad and use this stamp set like I did with Flower Patch???  But of course!! Those leaves will be everywhere!!
Hope you like the card..back tomorrow.

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