I've been away for a week, visiting my Mum up in the North of England. I left several scheduled posts for while I was away, and lovely Di from the Snippets Playground even linked some of them to challenges for me, so if you're reading this in the hope of finding a good time to burgle my house, sorry, mate, but you've been foiled! I've tried to do a little commenting while I was away, but eventually I gave up because the internet connection I was getting through my phone was so bad.
Mum is 90 and very arthritic, so she is effectively housebound, but the weather was good and we managed to get her out and about in her wheelchair a bit, for a couple of country walks and shopping trips and a meal at a local farm, and we've left her fridge stocked with goodies (although I suspect she's ignoring the 'real' food we left and guzzling all the chocolates first!) so all in all I think she really enjoyed our visit.
While I was away, I managed a quick visit to the Simply Yours Papercraft Show in Leigh, thanks to the help of Jean from BJ Crafts so I had chance to enjoy all the inspiration and stock up on a few crafting goodies, which went a little way towards making up for a week of no crafting! It was a week of little or no cooking too, as Mum's kitchen is very cramped and grubby, so Mark and I are battling for kitchen space now. At the moment he's cooking up a vat of tomato sauce, so I'm back in blogland for a while, until it's my turn to go and have a bash at pickling cucamalons. Have any of you ever tried doing that?
I've eased myself back into crafting with a very quick and CAS card. It was going to have been a Christmas card, until I realised that the double sided peel off I'd always assumed was a poinsettia was actually a sunflower! It is from an NBUS sheet of double sided peel offs that I bought from QVC about 750 years ago and stored in my Christmas stash, so I've had to relocate it! I stuck it to a snippet of white card, cut to fit inside the edges of a snippet of gold, cut into a "postage stamp" square using an old Cuttlebug die. I foiled the peel off with gold, but maybe because it was so old, the foil didn't take very well so I also sprinkled it with gold glitter, giving it a nice dual texture finish.
The sentiment is that magazine freebie stamp that everyone loves so much, and I cut the outer layer of gold using scallop-edged scissors held upside down to give a bigger version of the postage stamp effect.
I am sharing this with
Less is More - Sticker, Sticky Label or Peel off
Sweet Stampin - No designer paper
Addicted to stamps and more - CAS
Pixie's Snippets Playground - week 244
DJ KardKreations - NBUS #7