I have just had a lovely email popped into my box from Spyder and she has given me a blog award! I am so chuffed as if is only the second one I have been given. I have a lot to thank Spyder for as it was she who was kind enough to point me in the right direction when I first decided to enter blogland. I found her blog after seeing her on the Card Making World forum. I was impressed by the layout of her blog etc and she was kind enough to give me advise on setting up mine. My blog has been through a couple of layouts since then, but it all started many thanks Spyder.
The rules of this award are:-
To thanks the person awarding to you:- thanks again Spyder.
To share 8 things about yourself on your blog and then to pass on to 8 fellow bloggers:-
Question is what can I tell you that won't send you to sleep??
1. I love to cook, when my kids were small they were both picky eaters and wouldn't eat most of what I made them, so I gave up most cooking in favour of things they would eat, predominantly out of a packet and into the oven type food. But now they love my cooking and it makes me very happy to produce a meal that they all enjoy.
2. I hate housework.....ALL HOUSEWORK!!
3. I love to read...anything I can get my hands on really.
4. I am so proud of my Daughter, passing her test first time (I took 3 goes at it)
5. My Art teacher at school took me to one side and strongly suggested that I shouldn't take Art GCSE as I didn't have a creative bone in my body....I was crushed and mortified! Yah Boo Sucks to you Mr Chips if you are still out there (yes that really was his name!)
6. I refused to go to college or University.....because the teachers were too pushy and all just assumed I would go. Had a rebellious streak back then.
7. I went into banking and ended up managing a local branch before leaving to have the children.
8. My ambition is to pass with flying colours the PaperCraft Certificate course I am about to start....maybe that will lead to a new never know.

Ok that is me then,now who do I pass the award to?

Chrissie- Simply one of a kind
Julia- The Stamping Ground
Penny- Penny Duncan Creations
Jan- Loves to Craft
Ikki- Ikki's Cuttlebug Cupboard
and to three people I don't really know, but those blogs I admire and follow with interest:-
Kerry- A load of old pickle
Christina- Christina's creative moments
Mandy- Crafty fox cards

Ok that is me done for today....have a good weekend everyone!

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Good Morning Campers!

If you have no idea what all this WOYWW stuff is all about you need to visit here where you will find out all about the phenomena otherwise known as Julia Dunnit and her The Stamping Ground blog.

Now on to my desk. This shot taken only a few minutes ago....
So what can you see then??
The main thing is a card in progress. This has been ordered by my Mum to send to my Cousin and his wife for their upcoming 40th wedding anniversary. This makes me feel so old. We were very close when growing up and being an only child, he felt more like a brother to me. I remember their wedding day very clearly, not least because I managed to trap my little finger in the car door when we arrived at the registry office! It doesn't seem long ago at they are very proud Grandparents, and a lovely couple...still after all this time.Congrats guys!
What else can you see....Hmmmm well apart from all my normal tat, the only different thing is my version of a bow maker that I saw advertised online. It is the light blue thing near the ATG. Something again that saw and decided I could make my own using my cutter, works a treat and is much easier to use than the one permanently mounted on the front of my desk!

 In an effort to show you all that I do actually finish the projects I start (although they never seem to be on my desk on a Wednesday) I took this shot of the Birthday card I have made mum. I finished it a week or so ago, trying to be organised for a change, an although I know that there is no way Mum would ever use a computer, I didn't want to post it before as there are some Silver Surfer buddies out there who might have shown her it. I was quite pleased with this one as I made the flowers myself too. Mum loved it anyway so that's all that matters.

Hope you all have fun checking out the other members desks and projects. See you all again soon!

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Hey everone!

Wednesday again already? I am sure someone is stealing days out of my life!

Thanks to everyone who visited last week as part of Julias WOYWW. Check out everyone else's desks here

Last week I showed you all a picture of my desk and on it was the faux brad maker I made myself. If you are interested check out the post from last week for details of where I got the idea from.

Here is the desk this week, and I am late posting today because I wanted to make a couple of brads to show you the effect, and I have to be very strict with myself and do my real work first, otherwise I just might not get to it at all!

Sorry I can't get a better shot of the little so and so's, but I hope it is enough for you to see them. I am just experimenting with the circle sizes that I cut to see if I can get them a little more risen IYKWIM. Too large and they crease around the outside, too small and they aren't deep enough for my liking....I am getting closer to the perfect one I think.

Enjoy the rest of the desks at The Stamping Ground...have a good week!

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WOYWW- here again!

Firstly I have to apologise for missing a couple.....if you are reading this Julia I will stand in the corner for 5 mins...just as soon as I get 5 mins to spare!!!

Ok,  so to business.... here is my desk...
 I am sorry it is such a mess, I am afraid that a general lack of time combined with several requests and projects all being due around the same time has resulted in me having several projects on the go at the same time and that of course leads to lack of workspace and a huge mess. I hate working in a complete mess, so I really need to find the time to tidy my desk. So what can you see? Well I am pleased with my latest purchase of chalk inks, you can see them on the desk there. An Ebay buy and a bargain! My little white container there belongs in the slide out drawer I have placed underneath my desk for more storage space. It used to be in my fridge, but when I had to replace my fridge freezer the other week, the drawers didn't quite make it back in the new one! Inside the box are lots of petal shapes cut from a Penny Duncan roses cutting file, awaiting construction.
The flowery thing with holes is something I have made after seeing an article on Split Coast Stampers for a faux brad maker. The article used a sheet of cardboard which you had to fold and punch holes in. The problem I had with that is that I don't have circle punches in the sizes I would want brads to be, and even if I did I don't think I would be accurate enough with my punching to get them all to line up properly. So I set about designing my own. I cut several layers on my Gazelle and glued them together to give a good depth. I sacrificed a part of an old stamping may to make the cushioned area inside...voila! a faux brad maker. Now all I need to do is cut out lots of card circles and I can make brads out of anything I want. I don't have a completed one to show you, but they are really quite realistic.
Enough rabbiting on from me.....check out the other desks taking part this week by visiting Julias Blog...The Stamping Ground.

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