Friday, 6 September 2013


Well, it's been a week since we stepped off the plane and we are both fully stuck fighting jet lag! We have never had it this long and we are both completely fed up with it.
We have been keeping busy with the kids, grandkids, family dinners, catching up in the garden and of course dealing with the mountain of laundry and ironing! We do feel truly home, but are still falling asleep watching TV right after supper and then waking up at silly o'clock!

I did manage to make a card while catching up the laundry. My laundry room is right beside my craft room so I am usually more productive when I have a mountain of laundry!  lol
This is a fairly simple Christmas card but keep in mind I could have fallen asleep at any point when making it...
I used a piece of green cardstock in between the DP and the red mirri card. It matched the dull sort of green on the bottom edge of the bird sticker. Once the card was finished, I knew it was too insipid. I dug out some stickles and carefully painted it on the slim frame of that green cardstock. I used a mixture of 2 shades of green stickles and finally some Stardust. It seems to stand out a bit more now but is certainly hard to photograph!
I did two layers of the Spellbinders Fancy Tag 2. The bottom layer has been painted with cream paint...yes...a leftover painted edge tag from my August cards...Waste not, Want not, I say!

Kraft scalloped card base - cut at my LSS on their Accucut system
Red mirri card = American Crafts snippet from my stash
Green glitter card - snippet of cardstock from my stash that I covered with green stickles
DP - red flocked brocade, snippet from my stash, originally from the dollar store
Dies - Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2
Sticker - red foiled edge script sticker from my stash, source unknown
3D Sticker - K and Co oval bird sticker
Bling - from my stash
Stickles - Stardust, and two shades of green mixed together.

I am entering this card is in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. CHNC Extra - must be Christmas
3. Marks Finest Papers, Speedy TV Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas
4. Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Finally ready to start sharing some of my trip photos...
Here are some of the lovely gifts I received when I met up with some of my bloggy friends IRL.

This is the gorgeous Welsh wooden spoon (and handmade gift bag) I received from Sam at Hettiecraft . The carved spoons are a centuries old, Welsh tradition. It was so nice to receive something so unique to Welsh culture.
I will always treasure this!  Sam drove for hours from Wales just to meet me and then drove again to Flutterby's craft shop where we had some crafty fun.
She even did without a proper lunch so we could get over to our afternoon outing. What a trooper! Hope you will check out her blog as she is a really talented lady!  She is very versatile...from Tim Holtz grungy style, to vintage, to pretty...she does them all so well.
Di from Pixies Crafty Workshop drove over as well and formed the key element to our trio!

 I say key element, as Di lives in the area and was our SatNav to Flutterby's. lol

 Di runs a weekly challenge to encourage you to use up your scraps or snippets! Pop on over to visit...Di is funny, very talented and so supportive and kind. She made me the sweetest card and an assortment of magnet bookmarks...many have already been claimed by my family members! Here are the sweet bookmarks I have left...can you guess where we went in the afternoon??? we are...Mr Scrappymo, Sam and Di walking just ahead of me...all eyes on Highclere! Looks like DH is taking a photo too.

 Di remembered that I once posted how pricey charms are in Canada and how they are impossible to find in any of the big chain stores or even on the fairly large LSS's in my she surprised me with an assortment of charms.

When I was in Filey, I took the train into Scarborough and met up with Sue J of Olliesmam and her lovely husband Paul. It was such a joy to meet them as Sue and I have been chatting both through comments and emails. Sue also remembered I was looking forward to getting some charms in England and she brought me a fabulous assortment of charms as well. I hope you will check out her blog as Sue, Ollie and Paul are fun to follow. Sue does gorgeous colouring!
I am on the left, Sue P in the middle and Sue J on the left. They met me at the train station in Scarborough.

I mixed Di's and Sue's charms all together in a lovely little chiffon bag to stow them more easily in my suitcase...not stopping to think about photo taking later. So this total, gorgeous assortment I have been showing you is actually from Sue J and Di. Of course I think Ollie had a say in which pretty charms I received! After all, there are some wee doggies and even a bone!  Here are a few more of this shared present!
Sue P of  Planet Susie and her lovely husband Graham joined us in Scarborough. They drove up and stayed in a hotel in Scarborough for a couple of nights. I was really touched that my bloggy friends (and their lovely husbands) drove so far and took time out of their busy schedules to meet with me! 
I was truly blessed! Here we are having Fish and Chips at Winking Willy's...I swear I did not make up the name. Left to right: Me, Sue J, Sue P and then her husband Graham and rounding out the group Paul J.

We all headed up to Alonzi's Harbour Bar for an ice would not be a day at the seaside without ice cream. Alonzi's has been serving fabulous icecream there for over 45 years.

Sue P surprised me with these gorgeous stick pins. They are superbly made...she brought a set for Sue J as well...we were lucky ladies! If you check out her blog you will see that not only is she talented, she is really funny too!
Here is a closeup of these beauties...
Sue P. even made the beautiful presentation boxes!


Christine Harrop said...

Gorgeous card Mo. That little bird is so sweet. Sorry you are still suffering from the dreaded jet lag! You received some gorgeous gifts - but I know that the giving wasn't one-sided!! Have a good day. Christine xx

Pia S said...

Your Christmas card is SO elegant! The paper has a beautiful velvety feel, and the bird on top of that ornate frame makes such a lovely focal point!

Di said...

Hi there Mo! Great to see you in the Playground, and with such a lovely card too. It has a real vintage look and I love the fact you mix different stickles together to get the perfect match - I do that too :)

A great post - you now have enough charms to sink a battleship. Super pins from Sue J - and of course the Loving Spoon is gorgeous (having seen it in real life on our fabby day together).

Remember that WE all appreciated you taking time to fit us into your holiday - it was a two-way thing and so wonderful to finally meet up.

OK, you can go back to sleep now :)

Hugs, Di xx

Redanne said...

Wow - that is quite a collection of charms, I think they will last you until your next visit! How thoughtful of your friends to buy them for you. Love the pins too, they are gorgeous. Great card too.

Someone once told me that it takes as many days as you have flying hours, to recover from jet lag, that might just be the case with you this time.

Hugs, Anne x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Mo love the dies you have used to create the focal point! I just got back yesterday so trying to catch up! Susan x

Unknown said...

Beautiful card Mo. Sounds like you had fun meeting up with the girls, good on you and love your gifts.xx

Bonnie said...

What a sweet little bird, Mo! And gorgeous paper! It looks like you had a wonderful time and a chance to meet these lovely ladies IRL was worth some jet lag.

May said...

Gorgeous Card, Love the design, Sorry to hear you are still suffering from the dreaded jet-lag...WOW...Love your charms & beautiful gifts you have received ...Bloggers are so generous... Hugs May x x x

Carol L said...

So glad you enjoyed a nice visit and collected so many cute charms! Such a pretty card too, now go get rid of that jet lag :)

Sue said...

Beautiful card and love the photos of all your lovely gifts but you gave us some lovely ones too! I'll never forget that day was so much fun and can't till your back!! hope you recover soon from your jet lag hugglesssssssss Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hettie said...

Gorgeous cardMo. Love it! Sonice to see you back in blogland again and hope you are soon feeling "normal" again very soon> Give a hug toMr Mo for me too!!
You were very spoiled I see but it is fun isn't it!!
Glad you like the spoon and look forward to seeing you in Wales very soon.

Carol L said...

I see you've added more photos! Looks like everyone had fun, and I just love those big, bold checkered table covers where you ate together! How festive!!

Rebecca said...

Hi ScrappyMo your card is so elegant but so gorgeous! Christmas is my fav time of year with the lights and the stunning tree and all the yummy chocolate and prezzies!

Love From Rebecca xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Mo, I like the robin image the colours and the design.great photo's and those charms look fabulous I look forward to seeing some of them on your projects
Kevin xx

Sassy Raggedy said...

Lovely card Mo. Sorry I have not been around much but am trying to catch up. Look at those charms, lol, I am jealous...Hugz, joann

Hazel said...

What lovely photos - glad you were able to meet up with Sue and Sue and have a good time. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card for my CHNC challenge extra for September. You could also share this lovely card for The Glory of Christmas challenge 15: 'anything goes' - I'd love to see it there too, Hazel, Glory of Christmas DT. Hope to see you again soon. x

Peanut said...

Love that card, Maureen. I feel I must have some Mirri card too. Looks like you had a fabby holiday!!! And what a haul of friendships and goodies. WOW!
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Peanut said...

Love that card, Maureen. I feel I must have some Mirri card too. Looks like you had a fabby holiday!!! And what a haul of friendships and goodies. WOW!
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Tracy said...

Such a fun and exciting trip you had.
So fun to meet up with blogging friends.
I love the gifts you were given and looking forward to seeing them in your cards :)

MaryH said...

Finally making it round to visit & see your lovely 'schtuff'. Marvelous card, great idea to jazz up your dp with some stickles. You have a steady hand. Then I read on to enjoy your adventures (as you knew I would!), and see all the wonderful goodies these kind crafters bestowed upon you. Lucky you in getting to meet them face-to-face and enjoy some outings & craft time. I can see that all of you were having such a jolly time. Looked to be wonderful weather for it as well. I'm so happy for you that ya'll had a good time on your trip, that you were able to enjoy good people, good food & get to some great craft shops. Thanks for sharing it all. Loved the whole post! Hugs

Sonia said...

Hello and thanks for joining Sister Act with a wonderful creation...HUGS...SK :)

Mrs A. said...

Sounds like you managed to fit a lot in whilst over here. Sorry I missed seeing you. The directions the chap gave you for The G & D were spot on. The pub/restaurant (he mentioned)would have been the Wellington Arms literally only 5 mins down the road from us. We have eaten in there and the food is fabulous. The G & D is always busy at the weekends especially in winter when they have a real log fire going. Sorry to hear you had such a mishap over the rooms. Not such a good recommendation after all! Hope the jet lag has sorted itself out now. Hugs Mrs A.
p.s. Like your new division of the week.

Glenda Atkins said...

Fab post, you have been one busy lady, love your card and the pictures of your trip! adore those charms and pins.

Carol said...

A beautiful creation. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Extra this month. Carol GD x
Don't know how I missed this post earlier! Fabulous photos of your day with the two Sues and no doubt wonderful memories. Your gifts are gorgeous too. xx