Having landed back home late on Thursday followed by a full on day in the office on Friday I am today heading back to Scotland again! It’s never much fun working on a Sunday but, on this occasion needs must. I’m struggling to have any sort of work life balance right now, the scales are still firmly weighted towards work. However, it does come with some rewards. Take a look at how fabulous it was whilst I was there, going over the Forth Bridge from Rosyth to Edinburgh:
The delegates on our two-day course were absolutely lovely. Myself and my two colleagues were each presented with a gift bag containing a selection of local treats:
If you look carefully you might just be able to spot the little sprig of Scottish heather and a miniature bottle of Scotch whisky in amongst the sweet treats 🙂
Whilst I am doing all this to-ing and fro-ing I am striving not to miss out on joining in with my favourite craft blog challenges. I have to be quick whilst creating, there’s no time dither – this is not my strong suit!! So yesterday there was just time to whip up a card for the current challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog. I have been particularly pleased and excited that my cards for the last two CCCB challenges have been chosen for the Spotlight Artist award. Click on the pictures if you’d like to learn more.
The current challenge is to use paper piecing. I love paper piecing and use it a lot, in fact, both of the cards above have utilised it. Firstly for the main Agatha image and then then for the bee in the second card. These images were stamped and coloured before placing over the original image, allowing me to keep the detail of the images without intricate cutting out. But paper piecing also works brilliantly with patterned papers and cardstock:
For my card I used the Stitched Houses stamp by Stampotique. In keeping with the stitching that outlines the houses, I used a paper pad from Craftwork Cards that has lots of fabric like designs. The houses were stamped on to white card and then stamped a second time on to the patterned papers. The images were cut out and then placed over the original stamping.
I layered the card on to another piece of the paper, adding ribbon, resin flowers and a stamped sentiment.
Whilst I was away, I got to sample some lovely local food including haggis, which I love. On our last night I also got to try the naughtiest local speciality – the famous deep fried Mars Bar! I’ve been wanting to try one of these for ages and it didn’t disappoint. The batter was light and not greasy and the inside was warm and gooey. I may just have to try another whilst I am there this time 🙂
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