I haven't been here for such a long time, and as I haven't been papercrafting for a while, I decided to move to a brand new blog to show what I've been up to. Feel free to come over and see me, it's a small world! http://myminimaison.blogspot.co.uk/
I may or may not come back here one day - who knows - but in the meantime, thank you for visiting and it's been a blast! xxx
Saturday, 3 January 2015
Groan..... I hate it when all the Christmas decorations have to come down and everything goes back to 'normal'. However, it has to happen so today I've made a start. Once all the decorations are put away, I usually like to throw myself into a project to take my mind off Christmas and get back into the crafting spirit. So when Ru at My SVG Hut sent me the file for this gorgeous Cuckoo Clock, I was thrilled. There's quite a lot of pieces to cut, but it was incredibly simple to assemble (psssst.... don't tell Ru, but I only looked at the instructions just the once, when I got a bit stuck with the little box section at the top!) I thought it was that easy, and pretty self-explanatory to put together. I did envisage spending several days making this though, but in fact I managed to get it finished this morning.
It was a lot bigger than I expected it to be too - I thought it would be about 6-8" high; it is in fact just short of an A4 card size. Here's another pic of it with my prize for completing it, to show you how big it actually is:
Thanks for stopping by, and I would love it if you would leave some feedback, or if you have any questions you'd like to ask about it, and I'll definitely get back to answer them.
Have a great day! xxx
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Just putting my feather duster away after brushing off the cobwebs on my blog. It's been a while since I visited here with anything to share, but I have found my way back, cleaned up the blog a little, and I have great news to share which will see me visiting my blog much more regularly in 2015. Yesterday I received some very exciting news. Ru at My SVG Hut posted on Facebook that she was looking for a couple of people to join her Creative Team. I only discovered My SVG Hut just a couple of weeks ago, but am already besotted with her files, so I put my application in, and was delighted when she congratulated me and offered me a place! Ru's cutting files are so simple to assemble and look stunningly effective once completed. This is one of the many luminaire box cards that were introduced to the shop before Christmas. I made a couple of these for friends and myself and they were well received.
Doesn't it just conjure up a picture of serenity? As you can see from this picture, there is a space at the top of the box which houses 5 holes. This is so that you can drop in a battery operated tealight and direct the light wherever you want it to shine on your scene.
After the success of my Luminaire's, I was really keen to try out another of Ru's files, so I went ahead and bought Secret Garden within about an hour of her releasing it in the store. I really love this one
Well, much as I would love to sit here rambling on and on, I have to go and get myself ready to share a New Years Eve coffee with friends, and hopefully get back in time to go for New Years Eve lunch with other friends. A family meeting was called earlier this week to discuss NYE celebrations and the vote was overwhelming. Tonight we are going to order a big Chinese buffet, and sit around the table, me and my gorgeous boys, and we will toast the New Year in together, just the family, just the way we like it!
I would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has popped in here and taken the time to leave feedback. It is so greatly appreciated, and it not only keeps me motivated, but it shows the people who's creativity I am showcasing how much loved their products are, so please go and see for yourself what other goodies are on offer after you've been here.
HAPPY 2015 TO ALL OF YOU,
WISHING YOU LOVE, LUCK, PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS!
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Happy Tuesday all, and brrrr..... are you feeling a bit of a chill where you are? There's a smell of Autumn in the air which I love but it feels a bit too soon for it to arrive. I do love this time of year because it gives me the chance to go foraging for 'Free Food'. I seriously believe it is (wo)man's natural instinct to gather and preserve food for the winter months as soon as the temperature begins to drop. This week I have gathered Blackberries and Cob nuts, along with Elderberries. The blackberries, I have noticed, are not as good quality this year for some reason. There have been a lot of grubs among them too which has been a bit off-putting. But I have begun the process of preserving as for the first time ever I made Chilli Jam. OMG, why have I never done this before? I LOVE chilli jam with a nice chunk of cheddar cheese and freshly baked crusty bread - mmmmm comfort food at it's best. So began the process. I followed Nigella's recipe online and it was so unbelievably simple that I cursed myself for not having made it sooner.
I need to experiment with different chilli's now. These were just standard red chilli's from Morrisons, but I think I need to seek out other types and see what happens. Also this week I have made and bottled crystalised rose petals, and dried other rose petals (they shrink so much!!) for cake decoration. I am also trying to get hold of some damsons, as I used to be pretty adept at making pickled damsons and I have a penchant to do it again. I have also promised my boys that I will make my own tomato ketchup. Oh yes, I am looking forward to the autumn!
However, the coming of autumn does mean saying goodbye to the summer, and that's why there was a tinge of sadness in my heart as I made this piece for the current Midweek Magnolias challenge, which is to decorate a gift bag or box. I chose to make a Pocketful of Memories of Summer 2014:
Here is the project in it's entirety - I think it's really cute and I'm going to go and make a couple of Christmas one's now! My frugality has extended to Christmas cards and I have gotten into the habit of buying mine in the post-Christmas sales, so there will be very few handmade cards from me, but I do intend to make as many gifts myself as possible.
I am sharing this also with Stamp and Create with Magnolia for their For a Teacher challenge as a copy of this and future ones will be given to my colleagues at school.
Enjoy the rest of the week and thank you for stopping by! xxx
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Less is More challenge which this month was a colour themed challenge.
I actually stumbled upon this blog by accident on my travels yesterday while I was looking for a 'proper' challenge, and not just a theme. These are not colours that I would normally work with - I would go so far as to say probably never work with, so for me this was a 'proper' challenge. I had to make a card for a friend's birthday so I chose this challenge as my inspiration. Here is the card:
Clean and simple is also something that I tend to struggle with and as much as I love it when others do it, that huge white area is screaming to me "FILL ME!!" It's possible my friend will never receive this card in it's current state! LOL!
Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the sunshine! :o) xx
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Midweek Magnolias Easel Card theme again to get me in the mood. I saw a card in cyberland that had used some of a Nitwitville collection and immediately this idea sprang to mind
The card in my head was just chocca with embellishments though, but once I'd begun assembling, I found it didn't really need anything more than the gorgeous pieces that came with the digi kit! And Edwin sporting his parcel was just the most perfect thing to take to my Post Office!
You can't really tell from my photography, but the ground that Edwin is walking on is actually a photograph of real footprints in the snow. I used one that I'd taken along the footpath that runs alongside my house and cropped it down to size. The sign above the door did say Nitwitville Post Office and I wasn't too keen on that, so I made my own. Unfortunately, the glossy accents I used hadn't quite set when I began pressing out the seams and posing it, hence the bleurgh! in the middle of the word! T'uh!!!
That's me done for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! xx
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I soooo love the summer. This year it is especially gorgeous because, unlike last summer, I have a garden that I have been able to sit out in and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine we've been having. I have planted new roses and a grape vine, and I've enjoyed a bumper crop of raspberries and blackcurrants this year.
My favourite thing though has been sitting out in the garden early in the morning enjoying my breakfast and cup(s) of tea in the warmth of the sun, listening to the bees buzzing and frogs croaking while the pungent aroma of honesuckle has wafted all around my garden. Heaven!
All this has inspired the card that I have made for the current Midweek Magnolia challenge, who's theme is Easel Cards.
Totally Tilda challenges who have an Anything Goes theme, so I hope they like it!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a good week. :o) xx