Thursday, 19 January 2017

Add a Bow at Craft Rocket

Hello everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Craft Rocket.  Our theme this fortnight is Add a Bow.

It's my mother-in-law's 70th Birthday next month so I've made a card for her.

This is a card from Ultimate Cross Stitch Cards magazine volume 3.  It's stitched 2 over 2 on some random evenweave from my stash using the recommended DMC threads.  The designer is Susan Bates. The card, bow and paper are fom my stash.  I changed the chart slightly to add 70th to the sentiment.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

 Thanks for visiting, see you next time.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Something New at Craft Rocket

Good morning crafters, it's challenge time again at Craft Rocket. Our theme this fortnight is Something New.

I've made a new home card.  I've used paper from my Create and Craft paper pack, a tag and ribbonm from my stash and a key that a bought at the NEC with this challenge in mind.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting, you have until 6th December to link up your creations.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

WIPocalypse January 2017

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year to you all!  It's WIPocalypse time again.

Our topic this month is to introduce ourselves, our projects and our stitching goals for the year.

I'm Claire, I live in Hampshire on the south coast of the UK.  I'm married and we have a 9 year old son and a diabetic cat.  I work part time and am secretary of my son's school PTA.  Work has been a bit of a nightmare lately as the pharmacy I work in was sold to another company in September.  It's taking a lot of getting used to but hopefully things will calm down now Christmas is out of the way.

I am more of a one at a time stitcher but I seem to have found myself with 3 WIPs, one of which is in danger of turning into a UFO if I don't get back to it soon.

I have Bamboo Fan which is the one I've neglected.  I really want to get this done this year.

The next is Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by HAED.  Here's where I am at the moment.

I've just started page 29 of 45.  There's one more row of complete pages then the bottom row is all partial pages.  I hope to have this finished by September. It's 1 over 1 full cross on 25 count magic guide evenweave.

My new start on January 1st was Evil Queen Storykeep by HAED and I'm doing this for their Facebook group challenge which is to finish a page by April. I'm doing this 2 over 1 tent on 28 count evenweave.  
I've had a couple of days off work and have done quite a lot, helped by the fact that it's tent and there's not a lot of confetti in this bit of the chart.

So my goals for 2017 are:
1.  Fully finish storykeep Forest Walk
2. Fully finish Pretty Little Hong Kong
3. Finish stitching Bamboo Fan
4. Fully finish Treasure Hunt Bookshelf
5. Fully finish Evil Queen
6. Start another HAED - probably mini Light in the Dark or mini The Ranger
7. Start Bothy Threads Kings and Queens which I got for Christmas
8. Make some mini Christmas stockings from Cross Stitcher magazine

I will be starting on the Kings and Queens kit in March as there is a SAL in Stitch Maynia that this fits into.  I will not be starting another HAED until I've finished Treasure Hunt Bookshelf and at least one other WIP. The stockings I'll do through the year as the mood takes me.  There will probably be a few other smalls in there too for cards.  I would like to end the year with 2 WIPs - whichever HAED I decide to do next and Kings and Queens.

Well that's all from me for now, looking forward to seeing everyone else's progress!

January Blues at Unicorn

Good morning everyone, and a happy new year!  It's challenge time at Unicorn, our theme this month is January Blues.

I've tried a new technique I saw in a magazine using an aperture card and some ribbon.

I've also added some paper flowers and pearls from my stash.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today, I look forward to seeing all your lovely blue creations!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

WIPocalypse Check In

Hello everyone, it's been a while since I updated my blog but here I am finally with an end of year round up for December's WIPocalypse.

I've just checked back and I haven't updated since September!  No real excuse except work has been crazy, I have not been in my usual routine and I'd rather be stitching than blogging when I have some free time.  I had a week's holiday last week so managed to catch up a bit at home.

So, where was I last time?  I'd been working on Bamboo Fan and Treasure Hunt Bookshelf.  Here's when you last saw them.

And here's where I am now.

I haven't done much on Bamboo Fan lately.  One of my goals for this year was to get it finished but it hasn't happened.  Maybe next year!  I did meet my goal for Treasure Hunt Bookshelf though!  I wanted to be halfway through by the end of the year and I've done more than that.  I finished row 3 last Friday and I've started on the 4th row now.  I wanted to average 500 stitches a day so if I can get 3000 stitches done on this page by next Tuesday (which will be a year from when I started) then I will have achieved that.  I'm so pleased with how this is turning out, I love it, every page is like a new start.  If any of you watch Stitcherista on Flosstube you may have seen her mention my progress in her latest video - what a surprise that was!!  

My other goals for 2016 were to get some FFOs.  I've failed here too!  I wanted to get Forest Walk and Pretty Little Hong Kong framed but I've not done them.  I did get my reindeer finished last week though.  I've turned him into a cushion.

Here's the FFO

I'm so pleased with this!  I bought some material at the NEC in November and followed Carolyn Mazzeo's tutorial on Flosstube to make the cushion.  It's not perfect but for a first attempt I'm happy.  It's currently on the top of my sofa, no-one is allowed to sit on it!
 I have another small finish, I made another jute bag last week.  This is the 3rd one of these I've made this year.

It's not a great photo but it's a rooster.  I made the sheep and the dog earlier in the year.

I'm giving the sheep to my Mum for Christmas and the Rooster to my Mother-in-Law.

Briefly, my plans for 2017 are to finish Treasure Hunt Bookshelf and Bamboo Fan.  I'm going to start Evil Queen Storykeep by HAED on 1st January for their challenge to finish a page by March. I will also try to get them fully finished along with PLHK and Forest Walk.  I want to stitch every day again, so far this year I have stitched every single day even if some days it was only a couple of stitches.

Well, that was quite long - sorry!  I look forward to seeing everyone else's 2016 round ups.

Merry Christmas to you all and a very happy 2017 x

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Add Some Glitter at Unicorn

Hello crafters, it's time for a new challenge at Unicorn.  Our theme this month is add some glitter.

I've made some sparkly snowmen!  They are coloued with promarkers and dusted with angel whispers glitter - and so am I!  I don't seem to be able to amke a glittery card without covering myself.  The background paper is from The Snowman paper pack and the felt snowflakes I got in Hobbycraft.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting, you have until 30th December to link up your creations.  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Winter Time at Craft Rocket

Good morning crafters, it's challenge time again at Craft Rocket. Our theme this fortnight is Winter time.

I've had some fun this time with a kit I bought from Inkylicious back in the summer.  I saw it again at the NEC earlier this month being demonstrated so finally decided to get it out and have a go.  It took a couple of tries to get it right but finally I'm happy with this version.

I've used a Versacolour white ink pad to do the white background on the kraft card and the leaves in the corners.  The image is stamped with an indigo Versacolour stamp.  The stencil is outlined with a white Gellyroll pen and the snow on the cabin is also done this way.  The kit came with some puffy stuff but I think I need more practice with it as it didn't look right.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting, you have until 6th December to link up your creations.