Hi Guys!!

WOYWW again already...busy week this week. Continuing from last weeks post...those of you who had a guess what my latest purchase was....well only one person came close. The items in the photo were two additional heads for my new Sew Easy kit that I treated myself to from QVC the other day when it was TSV. Haven't had much chance to play yet, but I had a quick go and it seems good.

Last week I also mentioned how fed up I was becoming with peeloffs as sentiments. Well quite a few of you were interested to see what I came up with instead. I have created myself a template file for my cutter. It is still a work in progress in that I am adding sentiments to the list all the time as I need them, and of course I can change the font whenever I like to whatever I like too! The label shapes are a bit special. They were free files I found on the internet. A few months ago I stumbled almost by chance upon the blog of a very talented and inspirational lady, Penny Duncan. She has made some beautiful items and best of all when she creates something she very generously shares the files she creates for free. If you don't know Penny at all, please take a minute to check out her blog here. She is such a lovely lady. She has very kindly said that she doesn't mind me posting the screenshot of the file I have made to show those who were interested.
I whenever I need a sentiment I load my cutter with whatever paper/card I like, choose my sentiment and shape and place them together on the sheet and change the colour of the label and text. I then use my Gazelle to write the sentiment and then cut the label around the sentiment. I can use up all my scraps of paper and card to do this by positioning carefully on the page. It is a simple idea, but has been really useful already. If you would like free files for all these shaplies and more, go to Penny's blog, don't forget to say hello to her too!
On my desk this week....I have made a few more cards but am now trying to get my Christmas cards done. So I have tree shapes cut ready to go in the little box on the right and I am outlining them with a quickie glue pen to add turquoise glitter before mounting them onto the cards which have Merry Christmas printed all around the border also in Turquoise. Quite a simple design from me this year..

Finally it just remains for me to wish you all a happy desk browsing day and to say if you have no idea what I am talking about, go over to the Stamping Ground to check out Julia's blog and find out..

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Hi WOYWWers,

I am at last beginning to feel that I am getting back into things. I have a few birthdays coming up in the family so that has spurred me into action. Over the past few weeks I have sat at my desk many times and tried to start a project, but almost always have given up after hitting the much feared "crafter's block" so I began this project without much expectation that I would actually end up with a finished result that I was reasonably pleased with. This time, however, things actually went roughly to plan and this is what I have ended up with....

So I was reasonably happy with this one and I think it makes the grade for my Aunt's birthday at the end of this month. Below is a shot of my desk mid construction so to speak. Who can spot my latest purchase? or at least the extra pieces for it? Haven't tested it out properly yet, but I have several more cards to make over the next few days so I will give it an outing then.

Creative juices are flowing a bit today. I have decided I am totally fed up with peeloffs when it comes to sentiments on cards. I have a few sentiment stamps, but am bored with stamping and then just cutting them out on a rectangle. I have a cuttlebug, but can't afford lots of nesties dies at the moment, so I am off to concoct something on my cutting machine. I am thinking of making a template sheet containing lots of sentiments in different fonts and lots of label shape cut outs so I can mix and match as suits. If anyone is interested I will let you know how it goes.

I am sure that anyone reading this will already know about Julia's fantastic Wednesday Wonderland that is WOYWW, and will know haow to find her blog here, but just in case you have found me by accident...go check out The Stamping Ground and join in the fun.