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.

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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

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Day 5 of our Japanese adventure

So today we traveled by rail to the village of Hamakanaya.







It is a traditional old Japanese village, with narrow streets, shrines and statues.












It an hour and a half to reach the village by train, but it wasn't the village we had come to see. Graham had been researching places to visit a few weeks before we left and had found our next destination.
Mount Nokogiri (translates as sawtooth mountain) was where we were headed. Now for those of you who know me quite well, you will know that abseiling down a hundred foot rock face is child's play but to me a cable car is the most horrific idea in the known universe. Well
I took this photo from inside the cable car. Yes I am exceedingly proud of myself (although I did hold Mawgan's hand all the way up). It was no little ride either.
  This is the view from the cable car dock at the top. The small yellow box you can see in the distance is one of the cars. Each car can hold about 25 adults, although it is a bit cosy when full. 
There is a small cafe at the top which is wonderful on a hot day because the have ice-cream. Since it was 25C with a humidity of 85% I felt ice-creams all round. Needless to say Graham and Mawgan were not arguing. So 2 strawberry ice-creams and a frozen blueberry yoghurt later we set off on our journey of discovery.
After a very steep staircase we reached our first temple. This is the Jusshu Ichiran observatory
 You get magnificent views of Hamaknaya and on the opposite side the saw-tooth mountains. 
 Our next stop, was the Hyakushaku Kannon, this is the Buddhist goddess of mercy.
She stand Hundred Shaku (which is a Japanese measurement for the average length of a bamboo node),approximately 100ft tall. Many people leave small offerings, an few coins or incense.

I'm afraid I am complete knacked now and I shall share the rest of our Mt. Nokogiri adventure tomorrow. I will tell you I took photo's of the largest one in Japan.........

Back soon
Hugs
Buffy xx

p.s. to Gill, thank you for the comment and yes a craft day sounds great xx Maybe you should start blogging about all your adventures in Hong Kong/China. I'd definitely read it.




Sunday, 3 September 2017

Update from Japan

So, a concert to beat all concerts.This is who we went to see
 This is a statue of Hatsune Miku.
The difference being the live Miku is in fact a computer generated vocaloid. The band were actually a live band who play next to a screen where Miku and other vocaloids appear and preform.

The Japanese are definitely passionate fans, two and a half hours of none stop raving. SERIOUSLY! Two and a half hours, they never sat down once, they didn't stop swinging there electronic glowsticks once. Even Mawgan didn't sit down. (She is suffering shoulder pain now)

There was also a Miracle Mirai Expo 2017 in the next event hall, which was fascinating. I fully understood the young girls dressed up like there favourite character (Miku is not the only vocaloid, there are another 5).
Those of you who remember Mawgan's prom outfit will be familiar with this




Mawgan getting a photo with one of the official Miku reps.

I did tell her to take her costume with her, and it is a real shame she didn't because her prom outfit is one of the special edition Miku  costumes and no one else at the expo was wearing it.










Would you believe me if I told you Miku has a racing team? No? Guess again
She has, it's a definite thing over here, there are 3 dedicated drivers.
But back to the Expo, you meet some very colourful characters. Most are warm, sincere youngsters who want to emulate their favourite character, some are downright creepy middle-aged men but then you get the ones who are just there for the shear fun of it
This very manly man was a true delight, whilst most serious male fans wouldn't dream of insulting Miku by being unshaven and makeless this fabulously funny american chap was just having fun.

































Much to Mawgan's horror I insisted on taking a piccie of her with the design concept of her favourite costume, whilst holding the prom picture.

It hasn't been only the Expo and concert, oh no, there has also been,






Evening walks along the skywalk.
(a footpath built above the roads, shops and businesses for safe pedestrian travel, genius)




















Geocaching, naturally.
We couldn't resist the chance to get Japan on our search history list.
















Observing the local wildlife.
It's hard to tell from the photo but this butterfly was larger than my hand. The stripe on the underside might be green but at certain angles it looks more like electric blue. Truly beautiful.





And last but not least (for this update)
No one who works for the railway can possibly come to Japan and not visit the Monorail. Yes, it's an inverted monorail. It's the only one of it's kind in the world.
What is even more clever is the fact that in certain places there is a walkway above the track.
Separating people from traffic seems to be a theme here.
But more people walk and use public transport than drive. Not surprising when you think it cost £4 to get from Oakwood to Derby (3miles) on the bus and yet to cover a distance of 10 mile on a train over here only cost £1.50






It's starting to get late, so I shall leave it there for the moment.
Back soon with much more NON Miku information ;-)
Hugs
Buffy xx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Woohoo Japan

Hello
Well we safely got here. A little bit of a bumpy landing (not to mention the cross wind that skidded us sideways) but I'm an adrenalin junky, so all good ;-)

The in-flight food was fabulous, we had a choice of teriyaki chicken or vegetarian pasta. The chicken totally delicious. BA definitely got that right.
I have also now seen, Moana, Table 19, Ghost in the Shell and Guardian of the Galaxy 2.

Everything is cute, seriously! Advertising posters, shop signs, buses, I think we will be suffering from cute overload before we leave....
These the local baseball teams mascots, this is literally round the corner from our hotel. Aren't they adorable.
We did help a not so cute creature today,
this little chap was being attacked by crows. Yes it's a Cicada. They are very loud for such small bugs.

Well it's getting late here so I'm off to bed.
Back soon with more

Hugs
Buffy xx


 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Good News the Results are in

I have wonderful news I just have to share,

First my neice Katie got her A-level results 2B's and a C which meant she got her University first choice.

Then my youngest daughter got her GCSE's/BTEC results, 1A, 3B's, 1C, 2 Merits and a Distinction so she got accepted by the college she really wanted to go to. (apparently she only just got accepted for the history A-level because a B was the minimum requirement)


I'm so happy for both of them.

Hugs
Buffy xx

Monday, 31 July 2017

Donkey Logic

So I was browsing through some of my old posts when I came across one that I would like to re-share with you all, before I share my recent craziness.


Donkey Logic
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.
The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey realised what was happening and cried horribly.
Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well.
He was astonished at what he saw.
With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing.
He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt.
The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.
Each of our troubles is a steppingstone.
We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!
Shake it off and take a step up



 Please hold this donkey story in your heart for those bad days -

Now the crazy stuff :-p

I have been quite busy with my sewing machine recently.
My lovely friend Dawn had picked a beautiful dress and a couple of waistcoats from a Bridal shop. She had taken her dress home but was due to pick up the waistcoats at a later date. Unfortunately the shop had a fire.
So for some mental reason she asked me to make them for her. Well, I agreed to make them. I figure I am a slightly masochistic person, so the terror of making her the waistcoats was to much to resist.


And when they went to get their suits, they took the waistcoats with them
I was as pleased as them, when the waistcoats fitted so nicely.

I've never been confident about my own abilities but I have never let that stop me from trying. I guess that's my donkey logic.
To put the icing on the cake, I made myself a new dress too
If I'm feeling brave enough I shall get my hubby to take a pic of me wearing it. (no promises)

I will keep shaking it off and stepping up, I hope you will too
Back soon with more craziness
Hugs
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Lights, camera, Patterned paper

Good morning
We have a fun challenge for you this week at

 this week our lovely sponsor is 

what do we want you to do?
Use patterned Paper
 
Yes it's that simple. So get digging and grab all those off-cuts, or your favourite back ground paper or mix-it-up a bit.

Here is my inspiration for this weeks challenge

This adorable image is "Little Anna" from Lia Stamps. I dug through my stash and found these two patterned papers. Also thanks to Doncaster Crafting Live show I had this lovely lilac coloured card.

But I will share my Doncaster adventures in a few days. I can say I met a lovely lady who had recently retired and was new to crafting, so I told her to pop over to the Fab'n'Funky blog for inspiration and of course to ask for advice.

Please pop along and check out the lovely DT creations and leave them a little happiness.

Hugs
Buffy xx

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Where has 2017 gone???

I'm not afraid to say I think I must have been in a deep sleep because I have no idea how it is July 2017 already!
I am almost certain my youngest daughter only started senior school 5 minutes ago and yet here she is off to her prom
And yes by all accounts that wing was heavy. This is her Hatsune Miku outfit (a japanese vocaloid...I find it easier to smile and agree, otherwise my head hurts....lol)

We are very proud but more so for finding the courage to go to the prom, she suffers from agoraphobia, so going to the prom was a big thing. The fact that she managed to stay for just over an hour is a true acheivement.
It didn't help that someone who was supposed to be a friend told her she was an embarrasment.
But our eldest daughter and her husband, when I told them what happened at the prom started a Facebook appreciation of her, and she got dozens of supportive comments and likes.

BUT when did she get to Prom age.....?????

Last weekend my husband & I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary.....Yes 25 years! How did that happen....lol
I made him a card that I felt represented us and our life together
I got quite brave and stamped the image onto mottled background paper then created a silver underlayer.
"Marriage is a journey and I am so proud to have you as my travel companion"

......yeah yeah I know it's a little bit cheesy but hey......one of us has to be 😁

Here is my lovely man & I at our anniversary dinner

Well, I'm off to bed now.....desparately hoping no-one fast forwards the world again, otherwise I'm never going to catch up

Hugs
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Feisty Females at Fab'n'Funky


It's Buffy here with a new challenge for this weeks  Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Our challenge this week is 

Feisty Females with Flowers
(we want to see strong female images with flowers, who said strong feisty women can't fe flowery)

This week our lovely sponsor is



Now it's time for some inspiration.

I have used one of the beautiful digital stamps from the Craft and Me website. This one is "Blue Rose"

I made this card for one of the feisty females in my life, my eldest daughter. She's a hardcore rock chick with attitude but she also slips herself into a pretty dress when the occassion calls for it.
 I also made her a decidant little birthday cake
It is a simple vanilla victoria sponge with a cream frosting, topped with mango chunk, quartered strawberries and failed macarons (they went more meringue like...oh well).
I have created another feisty female card for my best friends birthday, this time I used "Thoughts"  
I loved the slight attitude she seems to have and it reminded me of my friend.


Our lovely ladies always appreciate a visit so if you click the Fab'n'Funky link above you can hop over and leave a comment.

I hope you will come over and join in with our challenge this week. Please be sure to post a link back to Fab'n'Funky Challenges in your blog post in order to be eligible for this weeks prize! The deadline for entries is Tuesday evening (8).

Have fun 
Hugs
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Marvellous Men

We have an exciting challenge for you over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

Our theme
Marvellous Men

And our lovely sponsor this week is


Here is my inspirational card for this fun challenge
This happy chap is Wizz-doodle from Dr.Digi, on a universe backing paper from my stash and some fabulous blue glitter card.

Put a bit of magic in our ladies live by popping over to the Fab'n'Funky blog and leaving them incouraging comments.

Back soon
Hugs
Buffy xx
 

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