Tuesday, March 15, 2016


A quick post this week, I'm in the middle of making some marmalade, Pink Grapefruit. We have so many on the tree I thought I'd better use some, even though I must have pick 5 kilos and given Kilos away there's loads still on the tree, 

One side of my room, I've been doing the Scrap Lift challenge, our trip to Salamanca July 2014, as usual I  had everything out and then in the middle of glueing everything in place I suddenly realised I hadn't made an Easter card for our Grandsons, I saw a video showing how to make a slider card but of course I didn't have any stamps or dies used so I had to improvise, in the end I did manage to use some foam bits I've had for quite a few years.

I used the Paperartsy stamps to make a Background,
stuck on a few foam flowers and chick, the Egg is
also foam, I made the sentiment on the computer as I don't possess any Easter stamps apart from the bunny on my desk that I stamped but didn't use in the end.

The other side, I've been busy cutting parts for a baby card that didn't go to plan so now on to plan B, or is that E!!
I wanted to make a start as my plan was to do a name book but it's working our too big bearing in mind it will have to go by post.
Our Son rang last night to say there's a problem so our DIL will be having a C section on April 29th, a week earlier than due date.

 You all probably think I'm mad when I still  have six weeks but I'm not one who can rush these things, I'll most likely be on plan Y before I've finished, LOL

Well off to make a mess of the kitchen, until next week, have a good weekend, it's Fathers Day here this weekend so big celebrations, fun fair, giant speakers the size of wardrobes on the seafront, only in Spain!!
 We are hoping to catch a glimpse of a Military parade that's on next week, intrigued as it involves a goat???? 

Jan x

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Happy WOYWW, can't believe our Son has been and gone, times flies when you're having fun
 We had a great weekend with him, the weather was beautiful and we had quite a few meals out, he managed Chopitos for breakfast two mornings and his Dad cooked Paella for him so he went home very happy.

 I had a lovely bouquet of flowers from him for Mothers Day (photo below) plus some Polish chocolate prunes, my favourites.

The photo to the right, the flowers were wrapped in netting so I quickly folded it neatly, father and son thought it was very amusing as they both knew where it was headed, straight to my craft room.

As I haven't been up here since last week there's not too much going on but I have started to get things ready for my next scrap lift challenge over on SCS, thought I might finally do a page on Salamanca, I think its three years ago when we went there so high time I made a start.
You might notice I'm using my smash book, couldn't find a better use for it so it will eventually be given to our Grandsons in San Francisco to remind them of our visits over there and our travels over here, I have bought a second one for Grandson number 3 who is expected on May 6th, not sure where I will find the time to do two but!!!

So that's me for this week, thank you to all of you who took the time to leave lovely comments last week, see you over at Julia's Stamping Ground for snoop around your desks.

Jan x

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Golden Christmas

This is my first time of joining this challenge but I have one Christmas Stencil from Tim Holtz, Festive. I saw the technique in a craft magazine to use embossing paste sprinkled with glitter and as I have far too much glitter I thought I would give it a go.

I also used gold card as a layer with a white base, added some gold ribbon out of my huge stash and stamped the sentiment in gold.

Jan x

Seasons Greetings

My card for the Jingle Belles challenge to use more than three layers, I love layers so an easy challenge for me.

I used a TH Festive stencil with sage distress Ink for the background layer as it matched the green card and die cut the poinsettia and leaves, the sentiment is from a sheet of foil ones I've had in my stash for a few years.

Jan S


Another week gone in a flash, at least I have achieved quite a bit, finished regrouting the mosaic although it still needs cleaning, posted a few birthday cards and pleasingly I am actually ahead of schedule with my list, oh yes apart from notebooks I also love making lists, Steve jokes I make a list for my lists which is very true.

My desk this week, lots of things on the go as usual but all unfinished, I saw a challenge to use a stencil, I only have one Christmas stencil so I started by using embossing paste with glitter, put it on one side to dry, but while searching through my stash of card bases that I'm trying to use up I spotted a nice pink one, which of course didn't match the Christmas card piece I'd just started!! so using part of a TH flower stencil, the one on the card front, I think you can just see, I used embossing paste and sprinkled with embossing powder.
 Unfortunately the white sparkly embossing powder really didn't show up very well so I was just going to throw it away when I thought I could put a little glue on the top and sprinkle glitter!! looked messy so I started to scrap it off and thought it didn't look too bad with only bits of glitter showing,  not sure the card will ever be sent out but in the process I did manage to use a small piece of ribbon from my huge stash!!

To the right are the free papers from my craft mag on top of the plastic folder with the card parts I'd printed out last week. On the shelf, that needs a tidy are my Distress inks at the back, the tubs are old plastic CD holders, they have my Alcohol Inks and Distress reinkers in and another with glossy and crackle accents.

Getting ready for No 1 sons visit on Friday, arrives at 10am so with an hours drive to the airport it will be an early start then straight to the seafront for his Chopitos (baby squid) which he loves, when I told Blanca to make sure she had some ready she said, oh your son's arriving is he?  He says he has to make the most of being fussed over as the next time we see him he won't stand a chance with the new baby on the scene! Ha,Ha, very true.

Hope to see you over at Julia's place, you're sure to be doing something more interesting, until next week, have a good one

Jan x

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Happy WOYWW, hope all you fellow deskers are keeping well, warm and dry.
 We've had some mixed weather here, cool starts, very cloudy but by lunchtime the sun is out and it's been lovely and warm, of course the only cold evenings we've had have been Sundays,(football)  last Sunday I had to break out my padded long coat, used at the most three evenings per year but the wind was so cold, we even took some soup, homemade Butternut Squash, for half time.

 Before I show you my desk, I happened to read Julia's post about notebooks last week, well I love them too and judging from the comments so do quite a few of you so I thought I would show my small collection. I can never pass one without wondering what I could use it for, I bought one in Joann's last year, lovely cover with bowls and wooden spoons on the front, I thought it was a recipe book, why that would tempt me when I very rarely do the cooking is the question Steve asked but I couldn't resist it,  you know how they put dollar bits and bobs right along where you wait in line to pay, gets me every time.

I have a few as you can see, the two last items are my Tim Holtz stamps, still waiting for me to buy the case to store them in and my Clarity Stencil Case which is great for storing the small stencils in. 
The Zyron machine is something I always wanted!!!
I've only used it a couple of times for tiny items so thank goodness I didn't splurge on the big one!

This one I really like as it was a gift, along with lots of other things from our DIL's Aunt when we went over to meet them for the first time in Poland three years ago, I haven't used it yet as I don't want to spoil it, LOL, 
The others are a very old address book,  birthday book, jotter and a journal.

Not too much happening here on my desk, just printed some decoupage House Mouse images for a Birthday card, I had to put all the La Pashe sheets into a plastic folder, just showing beneath, I got a bit carried away so they are ready and waiting to be fussy cut when the mood takes me.

That's me for this week, Happy WOYWW and thanks for all your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.
Jan x

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Sounds crazy I know but last week I totally forgot it was Wednesday!
 Kelly mentioned WOYWW and I was just going to ask why she had posted a day early! This can easily happen when you are retired, anything can do it, anyway I've made it this week, I started this yesterday just to make sure.

 Searching for ideas for DIL's card I happened upon the La Pashe CD that I'm embarrassed to admit I've had for a number of years, then decided that seeing as I hadn't used any of the decoupage prints I would print out a few things while it was in my mind, trouble is I've been jumping from one card to another instead of concentrating on the ones that are needed first.

This is DIL's card, I made a pop up card as I had already cut the base in the pink.
I made the BG 3D too by printing two backing sheets and cutting bits out of it, a bit hard to see. The front DP is Penny Black, CoCo style.

My desks are messy, this area I had tidied up so I could find all the decoupage pieces I had already cut out, the pile of card are the La Pashe prints that I'm planning on using for birthday cards for next few months birthdays. I also made DIL no 2's card, you can just see it at the front of the desk, slightly different, no chance of them comparing notes though seeing as they live a few thousand miles apart!!

I've managed another page of my Scrapbook but I still haven't gotten around to putting the picture frames up, must do it as eldest Son is over for a visit in three weeks, I have made sure there's an even number of each of them, they always check!!
Just had the latest scan of our much awaited new Grandson, eldest just rang to give us an update, apparently everything is going well so we are all looking forward to his arrival in May.

Apart from that there's not much else happening here, had high winds over the weekend, made the football match interesting, and quite cold sitting watching, for the first time ever I wimped out ten minutes before the end when it started raining as well, made a dash for the car. 
Weather today is sunny but apparently is is going to get  a little cooler for a few days, we won't complain after seeing some of the storms in England and other parts though.

Take Care and Have a great week.

Jan x

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


 Here we are again, why are we always surprised that another week has flown by, who said being retired would be boring! 

 This was our view as we were eating our lunch yesterday, decided to treat ourselves after Steves Cardiology appointment, good news is that his blood results were excellent and his heart is functioning good although the joke about having the heart like a Ferrari and the body of a Model T Ford was lost on the doctor!! I never know why Steve tries his humour out at times like this, goes down like a lead balloon! Although after a few minutes of trying to explain the doctor suddenly said, ah Alonso? 
The not so good news is that one valve isn't closing as it should, my heart sank when he said it may mean another op, then he said, well maybe in five years, whew, I quickly asked if flying was ok, he said of course, that's good seeing we already have three trips booked, would hate to have to leave Steve at home!!!! LOL

My desk, I've just been finding pink card to make a start on DIL's birthday card, it isn't until next month but I have to get my brain in gear, I've been looking on Pinterest for ideas, saw a good pop up card about eating chocolate, sounds like Jennie so mulling that idea over, I might even use the Julia Nutting stamp at long last!!

Finally finished my scrap page, only took me a month!! now I have to think about the next one, I just hope after all this they look at it more often than we look at our photo albums!
I do love my digital photo frame though that DS1 bought for me a few years ago, at least I see the photos and can change them quite easily, unlike the two frames you may remember me mentioning, I have actually finished them but having gotten round to hanging them yet.

Well that's me done for this week, thanks so much for all your lovely comments last week, hope you all have more interesting things on your desks than mine has.

Jan x

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


 Here we are again, where has this last week gone, well I know where our time has gone,  trying to fix the internet connection, eventually they replaced the little dish on the roof and box here in my room, then when we called our family using facetime they couldn't see us, sons probably thought that was a bonus, ha,ha 
The company made the mistake of telling Steve about a app that checks the speed, foolish people, he is now obsessed and checks every restaurant we go to, apparently is was the upload???? All I know is we can see our family again and they can relax knowing Dad won't keep emailing asking them to ring to check if they can see him, of course youngest rang and sat still, pulling a funny face pretending his picture had froze! 

My desk, As you can see I'm still working on my scrap page, it has moved to another of my desks so that's progress, I started out making this journal to give to the grandsons, mainly of our holidays with them and the trips we make during the year but I do find it hard work, I've already printed out three pages for BG but can't decide If they are what I'm looking for so don't be shocked if it's still here next week.

The box card in the background is for our youngest son, crazy birds popping out, I have to get my moneys worth out of them so looks like it will be crazy bird cards all year!
 The pile to the side of it is a second box card cut and covered, then I decided on another idea for a friends birthday card so I haven't managed to put it away to use at a later date yet, there's also my box of Fresco chalk paints I've been having a play with.
 Other than that, dare I say, I've been making Christmas Cards for the challenge I do all year round with SplitCoast Stampers and I'm pleased to say I've been using the card blanks I found when tidying and using my bits of card from my stash to die cut.

Before I go I'll just tell you something that hopefully will give you all a smile, Steve has kept his birthday card on the shelf, I commented and asked if he really like it so much, he said, yes but every time I see it I realise it's probably cost me thousands just for you to make it for me!!!!

Jan x

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


 Cool start to our day but maybe not as cold as some of you are experiencing so I won't complain tooo much!
 For some reason I thought it was Thursday so when our friend rang I asked if he was ringing from Alicante Airport, it was only when he said no he wasn't leaving until tomorrow I realised I had skipped a day.

My desk this week, well it doesn't look like there's much going on as I had to tidy yesterday so I could find a space that was actually clean after colouring with inks, paints etc.
On my cupboard top where my cutter and scor pal sit, you might just see them underneath, on the left some free papers from my craft mag and a card I'm making for a friend who it turning 50 next month, spent ages stamping the flowers and colouring them, couldn't quite get the colour the match the colour of the card so ended up with about six altogether.
The other side, in the hopes of doing some scrap pages I opened my smash book, that's as far as I've got with it, I seem to get easily distracted at the moment starting one card and jumping on to another when the idea I had fizzles out, I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about. The paper on the top is where I write my points for the stamp 2 spend challenge over on Splitcoast stampers.

 Not sure if I mentioned the purchase of some multiple photo frames, well I'm still looking for two more photos from my extensive collection and of course I have to pick one of each of them, I'm not rushing as I hate the next job which will be how to hang them, straight, staggered, really can't be bothered with that at the moment.

I'm determined to use up odd pieces of card so I've left this container out to remind myself, unfortunately that is only a small selection of bits I've saved! That's a good thing about die cutting versus Cricut you can easily use the smaller pieces and the bonus is I use the off cuts to light the fire, so no waste at all.

Thanks for all your lovely comments last week, they are much appreciated.

Jan x

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Happy Belated New Year to you all, been missing for the last two weeks, totally forgot both weeks that it was Wednesday until late afternoon,  last Wednesday, January 6th, a big day over here of course, Epiphany
 January 5th, night of the three Kings arrival in a fishing boat, we took our friends Chris and Mary down to the port to watch the parade, of course as normal it started an hour late but it was worth the wait to see the children dressed up and the floats. The last float with the three kings on it throwing boiled sweets at the kids, its a wonder no one was knocked out, especially when the Kings (three young men) spotted three young girls, dressed to the nines, they couldn't resist throwing hands full at them!

The first picture is a mural in the fish market, its where the fishermen sell their fish to the restaurants etc.  The second was a boat that had just come in, great to see all the different fish waiting to be sold, the fisherman casually watching us all.

The children dressed as Snowmen and the older girls dressed as Christmas Trees

We also had a scrumptious meal afterwards, enormous portions so we were pretty stuffed afterwards, not even room for afters although the waiter did bring us all a free Baileys to finish our meal with our coffees, poor Chris had to suffer and drink Steve's as well as he doesn't drink!!

Well now it's all over and life has gone back to normal so I've been busy trying to get ahead with Birthday cards. Yesterday was  Steve's birthday, 65!! scary as I always thought it was only our parents that reached that age! 
Well not such a good birthday after having to be at the hospital at 8am Monday and yesterday for Cardiology tests, an hours drive away too so a very early start both days, it seems no major problems although he has his appointment in two weeks for the results, luckily at midday so not so early, thank goodness.

Of course I had to make a card with the Crazy birds!

I've stamped out quite a few and the accessories when I was full of enthusiasm, as you do, then spent quite a few afternoons playing around with them without actually making anything so I've put them away for now until I get inspired!

I did stamp on shrink plastic intending to use the birthday present on Steve's card, as you can see they shrink away and end up so tiny, that's why the balloons are still untouched.

Well that's me for this week, I have been following what you've all been up to but had a problem commenting from my ipad for some reason, I will make up for that this week.

Until next week, from a sunny, Spain, 20c yesterday, take care all.

Jan x