Tuesday, 29 October 2013

ten minute tuesday…

well, here we are again, half term. It makes me feel a little crazy but it only seems two minutes since the kids went back to school after the summer break. I seriously hope that we don’t fast forward quite as quickly to Christmas. 

Yesterday I snatched ten minutes in my art journal.  I had some Montana Acrylic Markers sitting on my desk so did some journal spilling and had a quick doodle over the top.  Also on my desk was a roll of Glitz washi tape so I added some of that. Why not eh?! The colours cheered me up as I’m currently drowning in paperwork. I’ve also been doing some secret squirrel work again so I wanted to create a quick page that was nothing like what I’ve been working on.



I even started a second page, but at the moment it looks like someone has puked yellow paint all over it so it may need more working on before it’s shared. If at all.


That’s it from me today.  Fingers crossed I may get something else done but for now I need to persuade, in my best Mum tone, that it’s about time PJ’s weren’t ruling the day.  Tin hat on… I’m going in!

Friday, 18 October 2013

two quick things from the shop....

hello there. I know there has been a lack of posting this week but I'm up to my eyeballs in shop stuff and apart from squeezing in a cheeky ten minutes with my colouring pencils (as a means to bring down the stress levels) not a lot else has been going on.

However.... from the shop, two news worthy moments.

We've launched a new monthly challenge whose home is on the blog (under a new tab). Each month we'll have a colour palette with five fabulous colours. This months colours are taken from a very nice looking cake!  To enter you simply have to create something using at least three of those colours. You may also use black and white.

Once done, post your entry on your blog and link it up to us. A winner will then be chosen by the design team and a prize, a £10.00 voucher for the shop, will be awarded.

You can find all the details here.

The second bit of shop news is a SALE!!!

I've reduced a selection of Tim Holtz Stamp Sets and his Wood Mounted stamps while stocks last. We won't be restocking the selected items so grab them while you can. There's a good mix of designs in the sale and lots of seasonal ones - perfect if you're about to make your Christmas cards!

You can find all the sale items listed here.

Well, that's it from me for now. No rest for the wicked...and me!
Have a fabulous and creative weekend. I think I'll be making pumpkin soup! Yum.


Friday, 11 October 2013

how about a chance to win….

CSblogchall general

We’re proud sponsors of Craft Stampers Make It, Take It Challenge Five which has just gone live. 

If you enter, and it’s a great challenge, you get the chance to win a £10.00 voucher from us to spend on whatever you like, but the winner also gets to see their work in print! How cool is that?! Well, I think it’s quite cool.

Anyway, pop on over and check it out. You have until the midnight Friday 6th December to enter. 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

happy mail…

this morning the post came with a THUD.

As I walked to the front door I thought – oh goodie, my new diary has come early. Wrong! Something even better…


Look.. I got a copy of Everything Is Connected by Keri Smith to review. Yay.  Who cares if it’s wet and windy out, I have a little ray of sunshine to browse and then a review to write for Waterstones. 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

ten minute tuesday…

it's still a little crazy around here. Mostly I've been doing secret squirrel stuff and getting creatively frustrated with myself. Given myself a few stern tellings off, or bollockings as I like to call them. Creativity and I are not getting along so well at the moment. Hopefully we’ll be friends again soon.

When I get like that, and I know I'm doing it, I just have to take a step back, or two, maybe even three and do something else. As a completely disorganised person my best cure is organising myself so while I was at it I wanted to share this little treasure with you. 

My project life notebook.

OK, I know that like a lot of you I can be known to erm, collect notebooks, BUT Noooo - I don't do the whole multicoloured by a fancy filofax thing, or have folders with PL layouts sketched out. That is just overkill – to me.  Might be your thing but I just want to keep daily notes.   Quick simple note or quotes from the day. Some days I have nothing to say at all! Imagine that…
Its B6 sized (125mm x 175mm) so perfect for shoving in your bag if you travel. It has 17 weeks of, well, weeks in it so no big bulky diary to carry with you. Perfect travelling companion if you ask me. Another of the things I love about it is it’s dateless. As you can see I only really decided that if I was ever going to complete ANY project life pages I needed to keep notes, so this one was started in August.  You can also get a little cover to slot it in to if you so wish and you could use one side to collect all your bits and bots.
 Inside 3
I am so impressed with it that I have just ordered a larger diary from the same range for work. And I’d like a huge pile of the note pads too if I’m honest.

If you like the look of it, it’s by Katy & June and I got mine here from Bureau Direct. I so so LURVE that store.  Great clear website, and waaay too much stationery goodness to be tempted into buying.  Sign up to their email and you get 10% off the first week of the month. If you love stationery as I do, getting the emails is not a chore.

Right, that’s it for me. I’ve had more deliveries today that I haven’t even opened yet. No rest for the wicked eh – or me!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

words that speak to me...

I'm putting a positive foot forward this week..... a to do list as long as a long thing needs to be cleared.