Sunday, 10 December 2017

In the 10th Advent.....

I am very delighted by today's advent treat.........ready to sing along??

"In the 10th Advent window
my calendar gave to me
a scrummy yummy cupcake die"


A yummy cupcake deserves sparkle & sprinkles with candy colours and shiny ribbon....
 So I used my new advent die and added the cutouts from the 2nd Advent die (stars) as sprinkles. A nice shiny Pink and purple ribbon to go with the card and cupcake bases. I covered the icing section in iridescent ultra-fine glitter.
I know a little girl who is going to love this.
Oh, remember how I couldn't think what to do with the skull from the 9th Advent window, well I worked it out.......
 Carol Singing Skulls
Yes, it's a little weird I know, but hey why not, and they do look festive with their little bows (advent 8). Believe it or not I can think of a few people who would think this is hilarious.
I am entering my skeletal choir in 
 Hope you have enjoying my Advent countdown and you are having a great time preparing for the festive excitement.

See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

In the 9th Advent......

Another quick post I'm afraid. It's been a very busy day, clearing everything from downstairs, taking our eldest to find a new car and posting cards & presents to foreign countries.

So...........
"In the 9th Advent window 
my calendar gave to me
A scary little skull die"


I'll be honset.....I'm so into the christmas festive mood I'm struggling to know what to do with this...

So I shall have a bit more of a think and hopefully come back to share whatever creation I come up with.
Sorry for the lack of inspiration.....think my brain is having a little overload at the moment.

See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Friday, 8 December 2017

In the 8th Advent

Hello, so as well as opening my calendar today I got an extra nice surprise.
When I got home from work we had a front window again.
It was so great and it's hard to believe that only 3 weeks ago we had half our living room wall on the living room carpet.
So now that I have gotten the good news out of the way lets get on with the fun part

"In the 8th Advent window
my calendar gave to me
a cute festive bow" 
So I have made some simple present tags.

Short and sweet today as I have lots to do before the decorators show up next week, yes I'm pleasantly shocked at the prospect. Christmas with a normal living room again :-)

See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

In the 7th Advent window

Not quite the crafty day I had hoped for, the Plasterer and Plumber showed up today. Apparently (weather permitting) our new living room window shows up tomorrow. So exciting times. It's hard to believe there was a car stuck in it only three weeks ago.

But back to the important business of crafting and advent calendar....ready?

In the 7th Advent Window
My calendar gave to me
A message of seasonal Joy

I wanted to make something a little different with this die and in the end decided to combine it with the 4th advent die (snowfalke) to make a festive badge. I shall be wearing it to our office fuddle.
My husband very kindly took this photo for me, I was struggling to take it myself with our little camera...........(and I'm not a fan of using my mobile for selfies)

I'm entering my badge into the following challenges

Another plus for today is my wonderful friend Heather came over from Shrewsbury for a visit and we had a lovely lunch at our local garden centre.

I hope you will joing me again tomorrow for the next window.

See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

In the 6th Advent

So it has been a busy old day, but tomorrow should be fun as I have the day off...Hurray! Lots of crafting time with my daer friend Heather.
Have you joined in with us over at Fab'n'Funky challenges yet?
We have a fabluous challenge for you this week.
This weeks challenge is
"All Tied Up"
 (no not a refernece to 50 shades...calm dowm)
Include something you can tie, so ribbon, twine, string, wool

Our lovely sponsor is



Here is my simple offering to hopefully inspire you
I have made a simple birthday card using my Gorguss stamp set, some dapper denim card and ink, TL leaf flourish die, and a selection of promarkers to colour the image.
Please come along and leave some happy thoughts with our lovely ladies.


NOW
But back to todays the task in hand.....another line to our song

In the 6th Advent Window
My calendar gave to me
A cute little puppy dog die
I have to say I really wasn't sure about this die when I opened the window this morning. But then I thought about a friend who is doggy mad and adores getting lost in a good book and the answer was simple.
A bookmark
Combine to passions into one, I just hope she likes it.

Well it's getting late and I want to get up early to open the next window.


See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

In the 5th Advent Window

Hope everyone has had a great day, are you ready for todays sing along? There's a bit of a twist....

In the 5th Advent window
My calendar gave to me
Nothing
The die that sholuld be sitting behind this little window is rattling around somewhere inside, I am devastated. Now I have to wait till I either find it in another window OR WORSE I'll have to wait till christmas day to rip it apart.

Now I know some of you are probably think "Just open it and find it ya daft bat" but NO! I will not cheat and peak at others just to find this one now. I shall steal my resolve and patiently wait....I can do this!!!!  I shall look forward to making something.

I do have some fabulous news to share with you all.
We nearly have a living room wall again 😁. They are hoping to get the wall plastered before christmas. (although I think it's far to young for that) As you can imagine we are delighted that the builders our insurance sent out have done so well.
We probably won't have a window till the new year but at least they are doing their best with everything else.

I'm sorry for not having a new project to share with you today but at least we have 20 days left.

Aaaaarrrrrgghhhh!!!!! Only 20 days......oh no....so much wrapping and so little time.....😢

See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Monday, 4 December 2017

In the 4th Advent Window

Christmas is getting closer, shall we carry on with the calendar? Of course we will, why should children be the only ones to get excited by an advent calendar.

In the 4th Advent Window
My calendar gave to me
A winter wonderland snow flake

Talk about perfect timing, this was exactly the little touch I needed to finish my christmas cards. So I started going a little carzy with the die cutting
I used purple card and a Silver Shake It pen, to give them extra wintery sparkle. I then printed out a few LOTV Smowman digi stamps and hey presto....
The first of many christmas cards. I also die-cut blue snowflakes and circles. I'm thinking of doing some line green ones too (just to be different). I have also added glitter to the orbs around the snowmans head.
I have seen a few interesting challenges I am going to enter this cute little card into:
 I hope you will return tomorrow to see what delight the advent window reveals

Oh I almost forgot, we almost have a living room wall :-)  photo tomorrow   Hopefully they will finish rebuiling it by the end of the week. Then we just have to wait for the new window.......so exciting

See you soon
Hugs
Buffy xx



Sunday, 3 December 2017

In the 3rd advent window

A little later than normal but........
Here we go again everyone, are you ready?

In the 3rd advent window
My calendar gave to me
a cute little cherub die


This little chap proved to be a bit of a chellenge. Then I remembered that I had birthday card to make. Elegant, that is what the card needed to be, so that is what I tried to achieve.
 I chose a sublte colour pallette, and I had this lovely free downloaded image from Dreamees. I used cream and grey card for the layering and black for the cherubs. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from Clarity stamps.

I am entering this into
   Freshly Made Sketches


See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Saturday, 2 December 2017

In the 2nd Advent window

Hope everyone is ready for the next song line

In the 2nd advent window
My calender gave to me
Sparkling little stars die

This is so much fun. With this die I decided to make a reminder. One of my stamp sets has a wonderful sentiment that seemed almost to perfect for this die.
 For anyone who can't see it very well (apologies for photo) it says:
"Only in the darkness
can you see the stars"
It is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr, I think it is a wonderful sentiment we should all remember.

Unfortunately I was unable to capture the sparkle of the glitter on the stars. 
I put double-sided tape on some white card and then sprinkled iridescent ultra-fine glittler onto it. 
I then attached this to the back of the black card.
Using foam pads I mounted it on to the blue background.
There is a ribbon attached to the back, so it can be hung up.

See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Friday, 1 December 2017

In the 1st Avdent Window

I have not had the best start in the run up to christmas season BUT that is going to change. I will not let the season of cheer and goodwill be ruined by chaos. How am I going to do this?!?!? Very simple

My Special Advent Song

No, no, no, don't panic. I'm not actually going to sing, I want a white xmas not a wet one 😉
No, you have to put the tune for the "Twelve Days of Christmas" to my lyrics, ok? So....

In the 1st advent window
My calender gave to me
A cute Rudolf reindeer die


I don't think I have ever been so excited to open an advent calender. I have of course whizzed up a quick make for this adorable die
A Rudolf button, very quick and simple and only a few items needed.


 Brown, red and white card. Cute advent die, small circle die/punch, black fineliner pen and a foam pad. Die-cutting machine of your choice.
(Optional - leaf/follage stamp for background)

If a slightly larger circle was used then it could easily be turned into a name badge or table nameplate.




I hope you have enjoyed todays quick advent make, and I hope you will sing along with me until christmas.

I am also entering my little creation into the following challenges:
           Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything But a Card 
           Creatilicious Challenges  - Anything goes with optional flourish
          AAA Cards: CAS game 104

I am looking forward to the morning..."In the 2nd advent window............."

See you tomorrow
Hugs and happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Christmas is coming

Hello, so this week at Fab'n'Funky challenges we are preparing for christmas.

Our lovely sponsor this week is


For the following projects I have used the digistamp - Poinsetta candles
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I started with a nice traditional colour pallette

































Red, green and gold, those wonderful christmas staples. And of course a die-cut poinsetta.

But then I couldn't resist shaking it up a bit


































I decided on a 2 colour pallette with a hint of glitter-gel pen.
I used:
  Ink - creamy caramel and brocade blue.
  Pen - denim and tan
  Die - Peach sorbet rectanlges
and a bow punch

Waiting in for the builders to arrive was quite inspirational.

Please pop over to Fab'n'Funky blog and leave our lovely ladies some festive vibes.
We always love to hear your comments and to see your fabulous projects.

Hugs
Buffy xx

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Weekend Turmoil

Our house got hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning. Yes I know that sounds a little incredible but it's true.

A huge bang, the house shook and I shot down the stairs to be greeted by this
 The green thing you can see under the car is a little conifer tree. This little tree saved our house from a much worse fate. The driver had run off by the time I got our front door open, he did appear a few minutes later to grab his keys out of the car before running of again.
A few of our neighbours were awoken by the bang and saw the young man run off, so we do have witnesses. The police found an open beer bottle in the front of the car.
 
And the living room looked like this
I am happy to say my family was unhurt, including our pet hamster who's cage is very close to this whole mess. The TV just clipped the corner of his cage when it fell. 

The police rang the emergency structural engineer whilst they took the car away. The engineer was super, he had a team of workmen at our house within hours. (I didn't know that the councils workforce came out to private properties)
They checked for gas and water leaks, unfortunately when the radiator fell it twisted a pipe that was still buried in the wall.This bit of pipe was seeping into the wall and was only discovered after the plumber had to rip out some more plaster.
The amusing part was when the plumber turned to us and apologised because he was going to have to knock out some plaster. My husband and I looked at each other then at the big hole in the wall, it was at this point the plumber said "yeah, you're probably not to worried about a tiny bit of plaster"
This helped lift the mood at that point.
He was unable to get our heating or hot water working again and handed us a small fan heater. It was the first of several good gestures we received that day.
You can see here how the drive damaged his sump as he mounted the kerb and ploughed across our front garden, emptying his sump as he went. The police said he must have been doing some speed to actually break the conifer and hit the house.

Our next door neighbours house was also damaged in the collision. 
It might be difficult to see but there are cracks heading toward their front window as well as the larger cracks that are hard to miss.

Anyway a few hours after this whole ordeal started we had a living room that looked like this thank to the emergency workmen.
Several neighbours who past by offered us hot drinks and for us to pop round to warm up if we needed to. 
It is things like this that remind us there is good in the world still.
 
I am now hoping Santa will bring me a new front wall for Christmas. I'm not worried about it looking pretty right now, just a proper wall.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Sally, who I work with, for making me laugh with her sarcastic wit on such a manic morning. Big hug at you xx

Always remember we're British, so chin up, kettle on and get on with it. 

Although getting on with it has been a little hap hazard...so sorry about the winners & top 3 post being late.

Smile and keep crafting
Hugs to all
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Masculine touch



Good morning,
I am the hostess this week and I have our new challenge for you over at Fab'n'Funky challenges.


Our challenge this week is 

Masculine

(something for the man in your life - husband, son, dad, grandson, uncle.....We want to see good strong masculine colours and an appropriate image. Optional extra - charm/tag)
    
This week our lovely sponsor is


Now without further ado, here is my little bit of inspiration, I have used the digi stamp "Casual Boy" and a a digi Retro backing paper.


Faded jeans look is always a safe bet for any man no matter what his age. 

Our lovely design team always appreciate a visit so if you pop over to the Fab'n'Funky Blog  and leave a comment.

Back soon 
Hugs
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Major Disaster with my Fashion


Major Disaster - this was my scheduled post for our lovely fashion challenge but once again it didn't go live.......aaaaaarrrggghhh!!!!
 I am very disappointed this did not go live when it was supposed to.
But I still want to share this lovely digi stamp with you........


So we have a great challenge for you this week over at

and Our Lovely Sponsor is
I have used Heart Sunglasses, and I decided on tones of blue for this gorgeous digi stamp.
 Dug out some of my die-cutters to add an extra dimension.

Please come along and visit our wonderful design ladies and leave them some good vibes

Back soon with more sharing
Hugs
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pretty on Pink

We have a great challenge for you this week at

this week we want to to see your take on

Pretty in Pink

Our lovely sponsor this week is




My take on our little challenge this week is a little Thank you
She is such a cute character , "Little Flower Fairy".

What will you design? We look forward to see to your entries, remember to Tag and Link your post to the Fab'n'Funky challenge blog.
And please visit our lovely ladies blogs and leave a little note.

Back soon with my adventures at J-Con Derby.
Hugs
Buffy xx
 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Crafts and Me

So we have a great challenge for you over at  Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Our challenge this week is:
Floral Embelishments
(and floral print paper isn't enough)

 Our lovely sponsor this week is:




 This lovely image is "Summer-Days by Jeremiah-Ketner" I really like Jeremiah's designs, they have a beautiful delicacy. I created a stamped border to frame the image without detracking from it.
 I created the border using a two-step stamp set. The delicate ribbons are the loops from a top (waste not want not).

Unfortunately when I put it on the stand to take the photo it fell off and the small clay butterfly I made, smashed. The three dots you can see in the top righthand corner of the orangey backing are an emergency addition to disguise the glue.

I will make a new butterfly to share with you all when I have a embelishment making session.

Please remember to visit all the lovely ladies at Fab'n'Funky and leave them some good vibes.

Thank you to everyone who read my Japan blog posts. 
Back shortly
Hugs
Buffy xx


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Masked Coffee Man

So back to crafting, I had a card to make for one of my workmates and lucky for me he's mad about coffee. Why is this lucky for me...because I bought a fabulous coffee stamp set a few months ago and I have been dying to make the perfect birthday card with it.

The Male Room are having a Masking challenge which is just right for the design I dreamt up.

So I stamped the cafetiere first on a post-it note then onto a white piece of card. I covered the cafetiere with the cut out post-it image and stamped the the coffee cup. I raised the cup image up a little to give a slightly more dimensional feel.
Card:- S.U. Chocolate Chip,
Stamp-set:- For the Love of Stamps - Coffee Time
Promarkers - Tan, Cinnamon and Henna

Back soon with more sharing
Hugs
Buffy xx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Finally of Day 5

I meant to write this up a few days ago, but unfortunately my husband started to feel ill and that took presidency over blogging.
When your are in a foreign country with minor language skills it's a little bit worrying, but he is fairing well and getting plenty of rest.
So where were we....
 Another of the Rakan carvings, this one has a beautiful pillar that is topped by a lotus-like flower. The skill and dedication of the masons who carved all of this is most admirable.
It's also lovely to have something that makes you giggle
Mawgan couldn't resist snapping a quick piccie of a sign that really doesn't apply to us, since we're vertically challenged ;-)
After quite a long walk in 28C heat and a humidity of approx 80% we reach....
Diabutsu of Nihon-ji























This is the largest statue of a Buddha in Japan. In 1969 in underwent a 4 year reconstruction to repair severe damage. If you look closely to the right-hand side you can see stone bricks & mortar. It was originally built in 1780 by Jingoro Eirei Ono and his 27 apprentices. They dedicated 3 years to it's construction. It stands 28 metres high, pedestal & figure. 
I can tell you when you are stood in front of it it is totally awe inspiring.
I took this photo whilst kneeling, to show respect for this religious site. 
I realise that might seem silly to some but I have always believed in showing respect for beliefs and traditions when visiting a foreign country. 
We were also extremely lucky to have gotten a photo of this beautiful Japanese resident
A member of the swallowtail family, this butterfly was approximately 6 inches long (including the tails) with a wing span of approx 9 inches. The photo is a little blurry because these butterflies do not hold still. The flower it's sitting on is about 8ft high. 
As you are leaving the Nokogiri-yama you pass several shrines, this is a pray shrine. On the left of the photo you can see all the prayers that people have written.
I'm afraid I'm not going to show any more images of this majestic place. Photo's can never tell the true power of this great mountain, only a visit can do that.

I will be back soon to share a few more things we saw and learned whilst we were in Japan and hopefully they will help you when you go...

Back soon
Hugs
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Day 5 adventure continues

After the Hyakushaku Kannon it was another up hill climb. But absolutely worth it.



This is Jigoku Nozoki (View of Hell) is an over hang that is very popular. The views are stunning and many people venture out to take selfies. You may notice a couple with their backs pressed up against the fence not far from the edge, well they had just snapped a selfie seconds before I took this shot. WARNING - the ground underfoot on the approach to the overhang is uneven so I wouldn't recommend attempting to reach the view point if you have any ankle, knee or hip issues.

Unfortunately it was a little hazy so we were unable to get the furthest view. But even this is a lovely view.
As we start our descent we reach our next point of interest. This is Saigoku Kannon.
These represent the Rakan, early disciples of Buddha. There are 1500 Rakan here at Mt. Nokogiri. They were carved between 1779 and 1798. You may notice several of the heads are missing, this happened when a revolt ensued. Some have been replaced.
I would love to show you more but I think it is now bedtime. Come back tomorrow for the final installment of our Mt. Nokogiri adventure.
I've saved the best for last

Hugs
Buffy xx
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