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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Can't stop the feeling

I do attempt organisation, I may fail frequently but I keep trying.  It's not helped by having the personality of Jekyll & Hyde and never knowing which one you'll wake up as!  Don't hormones drive you crazy?  Or is that just me lol?

In a sane-ish moment, I did make a Christmas card to let you know all about the July challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'.  We're having an Anything Goes month so as long as it's Christmas/Holiday, themed you're in.

We're sponsored by someone new to us, Ppinky Dolls so hop over & check out the rest of the teams creations with her lovely images.


Entering a challenge or two:

ABC Christmas - N for No Rules
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas (optional snowman, not for me today!)
Fab n Funky - Add a Sentiment

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Just take my hand, hold me tight

Humph, nothing sunny about this Saturday.  Got drenched this morning so I'm compensating this afternoon with a cosy crafty afternoon in!  Fingers crossed it'll be a bit more productive than recent days,  i've been sitting down at the crafty space, looking at papers & stamps wondering what on earth i'm supposed to do with them.  I was asked this morning if I would stop crafting when I run out of stuff?  Um, no.  I'll just buy some more!

This card was made to fit the brief at Sweet Stampin' this week, to use a sentiment as the focus of the card.  I used a stamp from SU that makes me think of the amount of afternoons girlfriends & I have sat putting the world to rights!  Clearly we haven't succeeded yet.


Stamp - Stampin' Up
Dies - Spellbinders & Cheery Lynn
Papers - Papermania (yay, using old stash!)
Card - American Crafts & SU
Embossing folder - SU

Playing along with a challenge or two:

Crafty Calendar - Dies & Punches
Cut it Up - Anything Goes (100th Challenge, Congrats!)
Penny Black at Allsorts - Anything Goes +Stamp
That's Crafty - Feminine

Appreciate you stopping by, have a great weekend

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Waking your heart & shaking your walls

Woohoo, getting in early for my July post lol!  Actually hoping i'll make it more than one this month.  Why does it take me such a long time to get back to blogging after the April/May festival?  Also, since when did July get here so darn fast?

Since July is a good holiday month, we want to see creations with a Summer or Holiday Destination theme over at Sweet Stampin' this week.  Here's what I made, not based on my hols at all:


Now, I LOVE this card & especially these papers which come from our sponsor this week, Michele R Designs.  I've never really used digital papers before and now i'm wondering why?  They were such a doddle to use and I love that I can layer before printing to help keep it in the lower postage bracket. 

Joining in with a few challenge:

Crazy 4 Challenges - Lighthouse/Ocean
Just Us Girls - Summer
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
That's Crafty - Masculine

It was really lovely to read your comments about libraries & being a librarian, it's great to know there are plenty of other book passionistas!  I'll think of you all while I'm on duty this week.

Right now, I'm reading 'Ship of Brides' by Jojo Moyes.  I only heard of Jojo Moyes when the lovely Lisa talked about the book 'Me Before You'.  I remember her being very passionate about it & thought that I would get a hold of it.  Eventually I read it & enjoyed it, which led to me reading 'The One Plus One' (also enjoyed) & now I am working my way through the rest of her books along with a heap of others.  I currently have 16 books waiting in my 'to read' pile, I don't like to run out!

I notice there is now a sequel to Me Before You called After You.  I'm not sure I want to read it.  I can't imagine where you can go from where it finished without being terribly cliched.



Have a lovely day folks, thanks for reading my waffle!

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Go on, shake your tail feather

Well it's June & here I am again, carving out a rare minute to blog.  I needed something to get mojo up out of the armchair so I went back to my friends at Freshly Made Sketches for this fab sketch and combined it with the challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week of STARS.  My halo is even shinier because it's not actually my week to play!

We are looking for a lovely new team mate or two at Sweet Stampin'.  Head on over to the blog if you are interested in applying, all details are there.


Entering some challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything Goes

Earlier this year, I started volunteering at a local library in order to keep it open.  I love books and feel passionately about reading.  So much so that I finally feel I have discovered what it is I want to be 'when I grow up', it's just unfortunate I discover this as the position of librarian is being seriously cut back......

Is it just me?!

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 21 May 2016

February to May

Well I totally missed March & April but I'm sneaking in before May is over!  As regular visitors will know, March & April are my super busy months, I make cards at a fast rate of knots but have no time to blog them.  

I'm dipping my toe back in the water with this week's Sweet Stampin' challenge.  It's a subject that is almost as challenging as the objects themselves, Terrible Teens!  Something I am quite familiar with.


The image came from Dr Digi after a lucky challenge win and I thought he'd be great for teen boys (and older ones too lol!).The games console is a very old Sizzlets die & the Master at Work/Play cam from a set of golf stamps, gotta love versatility.

A few challenges to play along with too:

Allsorts - Happy Birthday
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes

So if you've a tricky teen to create for, head across to Sweet Stampin' and play along.  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Friday, 19 February 2016

Sit back & Chill out

I've christened it 'Man Week' in my house, I have made nothing but male cards since Monday, am up to 11 so far.  I'm quite impressed.  It was all sparked by a couple of comments about the general lack of men cards everywhere and I thought I'd challenge myself, you know how I love a bit of pressure lol!  Speaking of which, my 150 cards in 113 days is still going well and I am absolutely on target to make it, woohoo!

This fab digi image is from Karen's Doodles (find him here) and seems perfect for those hobby-less men.  Some DSP & CS from Stampin' Up and a few Promarkers completed the card 


I was also hugely inspired by:

Creative Moments - Anything Goes (optional embossing)
Fab n Funky - Male card
Sketch Saturday - Sketch

Thanks so much for dropping by, I hope to be out visiting you all today and tomorrow after the chaos of birthdays and then getting hit by a hormonal mood, love 'em!  Who'd be a woman?!

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx
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