Monday, December 11, 2017


So  let me recap. Having given up and  gone to bed early only to spend the time  having hallucinations and nightmares I woke up and turned, expecting to have The Doc reassure me that I had indeed dreamt that awful Elf arrived the night before but instead..................................................

This is what I saw.

I guess it really is true then.

If you missed how he managed to get past my security cordon you can read the post  Foiled Again. Here 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Gift Bags.

It's the last challenge of the year for the Christmas Card club to show our latest makes. Rita chose the theme of Christmas gifts and I came up with the following idea.

Gift bags for containing small items  such as chocolates.sweets, jewellry etc.

I made 7  in total in 3 different colourways but showing only 3 here today.

 I followed a tutorial by Tonic (as it is their dies I have used to make the box) but I did make one modification on the handles which I reinforced on the insides  so using 4 handle shapes and not just the two in the tutorial. You can find the link on the Tonic Studio site/You tube..  The Flowers were made using a Poinsettia die by Ultimate Crafts. First cutting out in green and then several in red and fussy cutting to get the different layers. I used stickles glue and beads for the centres.
I will be around all your lovely blogs as soon as I can.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Foiled Again!!

Sorry for my absence. Still not feeling too tickety boo and definitely not firing on all four cylinders yet but needs must so time to crack on.
Speaking of time I'm not sure where last week went too or what that awful Elf got up to (whilst I was indisposed ) but lets recap to the happy hour  of 11.30pm last Thursday  30th November when The Doc and I were sitting congratulating ourselves that
A.   The elves had all been packed off to finishing school up at the North Pole.

B. Side garden gate bolted and padlocked. Key in The Docs pocket. ✔
     Front door locked and dead bolt on  and also the letterbox sealed with strong adhesive..✔
     Back door locked. Key on peg away from window. ✔
     Cat flap securely shut and locked.✔
     Cat indoors.✔
     Windows securely bolted.✔
     Wire cage firmly attached to chimneystack.✔

So I was just saying to The Doc that my changing the password every five minutes had really worked as nothing/no one unauthorised had entered the building.

There was a ghastly silence until the The Doc said
"Well if you don't include the postman banging on the front door (The door bell having been tapped up)  earlier this afternoon and delivering a box"

The ensuing conversation went roughly like this.

Me.  "What box and who was it for?"

The Doc.   "Well it just said for Whom it may concern!"

Me.   "Where is it now then?"

The Doc. " I don't know. Norm took it upstairs, as though he wasn't expecting anything he thought it might be just be an early christmas present from his beloved 'Sammy'.

Me.      NORM?
            Wherever you are DO NOT OPEN THAT BOX!!!!!

Too late

At which point I gave up and went to bed for the entire weekend!!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Just to say

Having struggled all week I'm now sick in bed with this cold/flu bug going the rounds at the moment and to cap it all that awful Elf is back too. It's enough to drive you to drink. Well the mulled wine anyways!  Normal services will resume asap.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Meet The Gang

As promised here is a picture of the little perishers  'The Elves'  before they  all got parcelled off to the North Pole.

I have had an email from Santa to say they arrived safely and  are being put through their duties at the Elf Finishing Academy .

These two are already in their new homes as they got sent off first.

This is Bashful. So callled because I had a slight  mishap when  sewing his head on. When I sat him up he was facing the wrong way so he had to have minor surgery to correct the fault. He also has 'Googly ' eyes as he is in a home with adults only.

Here is  'Pushie' rather aptly named by his new owner as pushy indeed he was. Always first in the queue to choose his hair colour and leggings.

So I am now  safe in the knowledge that there are no Elves  left in the building. Boy does it feel good to know that this Christmas is going to be a nice quiet one.

No Elves are crossing this threshold.




The house has been on lock down for the past week. Even the Cat is confined  and The Doc is on litter tray duties. No one enters or leaves with out stating the pass code which I am changing every  5mins.

Oh Bliss!!

Roll on Christmas

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Christmas Card Club time again and it is Mary's turn to set the theme which is Mixed Media. I'm a bit short on time at the moment so I'm just showing the last of the little shaker ornaments I made. I figure they work for mixed media so here goes.

I used a variety of stamps to create my stag wreath. The stag is a freebie magazine one along with the little sprig of holly that I created the circle with but from different magazines. The shaker element is made using small red glass beads. I painted the holly and berries using distress inks.  Glitter glue on the front for the added sparkle.

I used the stags head again for this one. The snowflakes were a magazine freebie and I created the outer edge circle using a peg stamp by Heyda which I kept on turning this way and that as I stamped using a red distress ink pad. Small micro beads used for the shaker element and more glitter glue on the front.

Last one is a small snow scene. the house is a magazine freebie. Flying geese are by Card-io along with the silhouette tree.  I created the background using distress inks picked up on an acrylic block and painted with a small paint brush. The acetate I used for the front of the shaker element is printed with falling snow which I thought suited my little scene. Small micro beads used again  and more glitter glue but silver this time. 

Entering into the following challenge:
Scraps of Life by scrappy Mo # November Rudolph day.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Potting Shed

I have eluded to The Potting Shed in previous posts as to being the place Miss Di and I abscond to when Parsnip isn't on patrol in Pixie's Play Ground. Well we got caught red handed the other day!
Here is the proof.

As soon as I saw this digi from Sparkle & Sprinkle called 'Wine Friends' I knew I just had to have it and send the ensuing card to Di.  This is the two of us to a T.  I have several other digi's of the ladies up to no good that I have threatened to colour and send to Di when appropriate!!.

Coloured with my promarkers and a silver gel pen. The background is created with my scor pal and green chalks to look like the said potting shed. 

The sentiment stamp is by Riley & Company called 'Funny Bones' The paper is again a magazine freebie from Paper Crafter June 2016 'Boutique chic'. Made up into an easel card.

That Parsnip is such a snitch!!!