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February Week 3 – Valentines Card

Obviously with the subject being Valentines Card this is again a delayed post – for 2 reasons 1. So hubby didn’t see the card before the day and 2.  To give me time to have a bit of a catch up.

So for this card I used the following from my stash:

I used my Cricut Explore to cut the text and then accentuated parts of it with the stickles.  My aim was to keep a pretty clean and simple (CAS) card.

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Here is an update on my February Challenges:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (0/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (0/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 2.5/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 1 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 18/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete.

Thanks for reading 🙂

February Week 3 – Knitting

Well I am a little bit behind on my posts this month – although that doesn’t mean I haven’t been spending some time doing crafts.  It is more of a mix of things 1. Work has just been so busy including working at home in the evenings and 2. putting off “finishing” my wool projects.  I find the sewing together and sewing in ends the most boring part of Knitting and Crochet and as such sometimes I put it off for quite some time before I do it.

You will remember at the end of January I was half way through a second project – one that I was making for my hubby.  Well about 2 weeks ago (so really not that far into February) I completed that knitting project (well all except the finishing). So I have finally got round to finishing the project and therefore time to share it with you.

This was a pattern from Knitting and Crochet magazine.  As soon as I saw the pattern I fell in love with it.  Hubby does photography in his spare time and he has a few baby props and I knew this would be a perfect design to go with his baby props.  I used the free wool from the magazine for this project – although you could use whatever colour scheme you wished.

I hope you like it 🙂

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So now for an update on my February Challenge (you will notice more has been done than blogged …so watch this space over the next few days):

  • 2016 PL Layouts (0/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (0/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 2.5/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project (the 0.5 is finishing this one)
  • 1 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 17/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Week 3 – Christmas Card 2

As I explained in my previous post … I sat down this afternoon to create 2 Christmas cards.  For the second of these I used the Sketch Saturday Week 396 Challenge Sketch:

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For this card I used from my stash:

I hope you like my creation

Christmas Card 1

I will leave this post there as I updated my progress earlier…

Week 3 – Knitting

Been a busy week this week both at work and outside work.  But still had time to do a little bit of crafting in the evening to relax before bed.  So one of the projects I have been working on since Christmas was a Christmas present from my husband which is a knitting kit.  Whilst I had a minor issue with the kit to start (I only had 1/2 the pattern) Aldi quickly resolved this and supplied me the rest of the pattern.

I finished knitting the parts last week but I just had to sew it all together – this is definitely the bit of knitting I don’t enjoy and I have a tendency to put off.

So … here is Milly the Meerkat – please enjoy 🙂

Milly Meercat

I have also started my next Knitting Project although I don’t expect to finish it this month … but watch this space in the future… its something for my husband.

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (2/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 1/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 24/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

Just 1 week to complete the Christmas cards, baking project and 2 more PL layouts… going to be a busy lady.

Week 3 – MosaiCraft

So over the weekend I did find time to do some MosaiCraft (I struggle to do any on a Friday Night due to being out at Explorer Scouts) so tend to catch up with 2 on a Saturday.  Due to only having 1 colour left in the last square I decided on Sunday that I would do a bonus one to finish the baseplate. Plate

For those who have never come across MosaiCraft before but are looking to do something new I can highly recommend it.  MosaiCraft is a cross between mini-mosaic and paint by numbers.  You have a printed Pattern which you put your clear baseplate over this acts like the paint by numbers and tells you where to put which plastic Pixel. These individual Baseplates then clip together to form an overarching pixel.  There are a vast array of kits you can get of various sizes to give some brilliant pixels but also you can get some custom kits manufactured from your own images – I am looking forward to doing this once I can settle on a picture design.

The kit that I am currently doing is a 9 baseplate kit Van Gogh starry kit.  I now have 6 baseplates complete with 3 left to go – but it is coming together nicely.  I didnt have time to do any last night … so I have one square to catch up on.

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Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (2/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 0.8/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 18/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

January Week 3 – Project Life

So I went and visited my Mum on Saturday so no crafting was done then.  However yesterday my Husband went off to do his 5th day Scouting (out of the last 7) and as I was feeling a bit healthier I decided to spend the day doing some de-cluttering in the Kitchen as well as doing some Crafting.

I decided that I would catch up with some of my Project Life Layouts.  First I started this years Folder (this was a little over due as it had been past 2 weeks since the activity of the first layout – but this couldn’t be helped when I was ill).  First I did the Front Page using the suggested cards and then I personalised it. This was using the Everyday Folder and Core Kit.  On the front Page I have attached a photo of Matt and Myself from last year – I have attached this using Photo corners so that I can replace it at the end of the year with a nice photo of us both from this year.

First Page

I then did my Wild Place layout.  I had a lot of photos to use therefore I decided to try and keep this layout pretty simple with minor embellishments. I used Thickers for name and then added a wooden embellishment for the welly boots and the “family”.

Wild Side

I then moved on and caught up with one of my 2015 layouts – this was one from our Holiday back in April (yes I am very behind) and on this day we went to Paignton Zoo for the day.  Again I had lots of photos from this day and therefore I kept the layout very simple using Good Times Value Kit and letting the photos speak very much for themselves.

Paignton Zoo

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (2/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 0.8/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 18/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

Look out for a post later in the week – updating on the status of my MosaiCraft.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year … and what a year it has been.  

A review of 2015 …I believe that I did complete my challenge of 52 projects in one year … however things went a little bit wrong and the last 6 months I haven’t really blogged.  This is for a majority of reasons including work load, and the issue that once  I get a back log I find it hard to get motivation again to move forwards. I plan to tackle this issue in 2016 so hopefully I should become more regular at posting throughout the year.

And on to 2016 … So for the first time in quite a few years I have decided to set myself some New Years Goals.   I know it is very clichéd but New Year –> New Me.  One of the keys to the success of these goals is the fact that I plan to review progress on a monthly basis and adapt as required … therefore really setting goals in more manageable chunks.  Obviously not all of my goals relate to my crafting – some relate to weight, fitness, sorting house etc. But I have outlined my crafting goals below:

  • Get up to date and keep up to date with Project Life.
  • Do 1 Baking Project per month.
  • Do 1 Knitting or Crotchet Project per month.
  • Make 2 Birthday Cards a month.
  • Make 2 Christmas Cards a month. (I plan to use 52 Christmas Card Throwndown challenge blog to help with this).
  • Do 1 “square” of MosaicCraft every.

Obviously this doesn’t include “other” craft projects / activities that I may do.  Therefore I would like to include an additional challenge for myself.

  • Do 12 “other” craft activities in 2016.

Other crafts may be “extras” from those listed above or may be a different craft – e.g. a photograph I have edited or a “kit” that I have (e.g. My husband brought me a Proggy Dog for Christmas), or a Scrapbook page… from our Honeymoon.

Thanks for reading and I hope to keep you updated through 2016! Including updating you on my goals and progress against them.

 

Happy New Year

So having used wordpress to blog our Honeymoon last year  – I have decided that there are certain things about it’s functionality I like and prefer to Blogger.

Also as I have changed my focus from Cardmaking to Crafting I believe that 2015 is a good time to re-align and refresh so I am starting a new blog to go with the challenge I have set myself for this year.  My previous blog can still be found here.

So here goes … In 2015 I plan to complete 52 projects of things that I love –  that’s the equivalent of 1 one project a week (although I am not going to hold myself to that time-scale therefore some weeks I may not complete any and others more than 1).
These projects may be any of the below:
 
  • A Card
  • A Knitting Project
  • A Bake
  • A Photograph
  • A Scrapbook Page from our Honeymoon
  • A Crotchet Project
  • A Project Life Page
I know the list above is a bit varied – but they are all “crafty” things that I enjoy, and the photo’s will go hand in hand with the Scrapbook / Project Life projects.  I know 52 also doesn’t sound a lot – but my husband and I have a very busy life and therefore for me this will be quite a challenge.

Happy New Year – Here’s to a fantastic 2015!