Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Monday, 30 December 2013
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Monday, 30 September 2013
We headed for the Storage 4 Crafts stall first as I've had my eye on a crafting cupboard for some time & with some measuring and re-jigging in our dining room, I have been given the go-ahead to buy one, this is the one that will be arriving with me in the next 3 - 4 weeks:
I am sooo hoping that all my
Well, once we'd finished with Storage 4 Crafts (Alison got a great deal on a small storage trolley too) we then headed off to have a look around. In spite of being late due to an accident on the A38 and not arriving until about 11, it was still REALLY busy, but we struggled on and managed to get round everywhere eventually (except the last few isles of college displays and 'special features', which weren't the reason we went).
I've taken some pictures of my purchases & I'm really happy that everything I've bought this year will get used, in fact I have played with most of it already!
Like I said, I have played with lots of this already - I have tried printing onto the pearl paper - boy is that stuff amazing! I have cut out circles with the EK Success Circle cutter pro & it is brilliant, so many of my cards are going to have circle apertures in future. The wink of stella pens are amazing & got an outing on the card I will show you in a minute, along with the tiny santa and sleigh die I got, which I don't think made it into these photos (I hid it in my handbag as it's so small I thought I might lose it).
Well, onto my most recent card:
Sunday, 15 September 2013
Alison came over yesterday for a crafty catch up & it was great to see her - she has some fab news but cannot share so my lips are sealed, but it really is amazing & I'm totally chuffed for her!
I managed to make 2 cards - yes, 2 cards!!! I was lucky enough to get hold of all of the Snowman & Snowdog stuff with the free Father Christmas kit from Crafters Companion recently and used the stamp sets to make these two cards, I even printed a backing paper from the CD for the Snowdog one, hope you like.
I used the Saturday Sketch sketch for the layout on the Snowdog card but the Father Christmas card kind of just fell together.
Anyway TTFN - hope to be back soon!
Monday, 26 August 2013
It actually felt really good to get back to card making. The image I used was a pre-coloured Lili of the Valley image that I won a couple of years ago for having a card in a magazine, it got buried in a box and I only re-discovered it the other day. The Ivy is one of the new Crafters Companion Diesire dies, which I absolutely adore, as is the icicles at the top and the snowflake behind the sentiment. The sentiment is also from Lili of the Valley but is a rubber stamp. Sorry for the poor photograph but I think my beloved camera may be on it's last legs.
Well, I hope you're all enjoying our last bank holiday before Christmas (yep I know, I'll actually have to start using my holiday allowance for time off now).
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
I coloured him with spectrum noirs in the pointillism style, I just thought it added to the oddness of the image. The sentiment is from a set of ticket stamps by Whimsy Stamps which I also got from Quixotic (just love that shop & she is very efficient at getting your order out too). Everything else is from my stash.
Anyway, hope you like - I am trying to work on some new stuff, but getting back into crafting is difficult - Ooh, I have bought a new toy to help though, a Fiskars Stamp Press, I bought the big one because I thought I would need it that big but it's HUGE!! Having said that though, it is amazing and I really think it will help a great deal with stamping, don't get me wrong I like my rock-a-blocks, but this thing is just fab and if I'd had it first, I probably wouldn't buy any other blocks, you just wouldn't need them.
Anyway, must go & get ready for work - TTFN
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Yay, I've finally made a card!
After having to hide my desk away back in June when we started having some building work done, I've finally been able to get my stuff back out again.
My very bestest crafting buddy Alison came over yesterday and we were finally able to craft together. It was great to see Alison after so long, and fab to make a card (was begining to think I'd forgotten how to).
We had a great time catching up and just chilling with our craft stuff. In spite of not having made anything for ages, I did buy some stuff (well it was just too good a bargain to miss!), I bought all of the Crafters Companion Christmas Diesire dies, and used these on my card, well the trees and snowflakes - the image and sentiment were from the popcorn Christmas CD.
Well, hopefully this post will publish okay (doing it on my iPad), and hopefully the card will be the first of many.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Hope you like, I'm off to play some more, cook tea, yada, yada..... same old, same old!
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
All of the papers are from the SWALK Christmas papers CD, the punch is a Tonic Studios ribbon punch, had great fun doing this one, but it took longer than I was hoping to put together.
I would like to enter this into the Sketch Saturday Challenge and the Spectrum Noir challenge, which is currently a 'spring' theme - most appropriate the 'I love the rain' stamp!
Hope you like & hopefully I'll be back again with another card really soon!
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Having used a black & white design, I then realised that this fitted perfectly with a little black and white panda and so inked up one of the lovely Party Paws stamps, which I then decided needed to be coloured in a monochrome scheme (apart from his lovely rosy cheeks!) using my Spectrum Noir pens, once I had this, the rest was easy. The sentiment stamp is from the same stamp sheet as Bamboo. The flower was a Quickutz die I've had for absolutely forever, and I cut out several (you only get 4 petals per cut) using black and silver, then layered up and finished off with a glittery blob in the middle. The butterflies were cut with an EK Success punch, which has several different cuts on it to allow you to layer up the butterfly, I only used the deepest as I wanted the finer detailed butterfly, not sure if you can see it particularly well but some of the butterflies are silver and the other black.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
These were the images I coloured in their raw form:
And here are my completed cards:
I'm really pleased with the results, and their not Christmas cards!
At the moment I'm working on my new Party Paws stuff, so hopefully in a few days I may have something to show, until then, have fun!
Monday, 4 March 2013
On Saturday I tidied up my craft desk so that I could actually see the desk underneath all of my
So when I rediscovered the image and remembered the sheet of Popcorn bubbles backing paper that I had, I knew I just had to turn this into a card, then all I needed was to add a sentiment and the letters B A B Y stacked to look like childrens building blocks and a few dew drops finished it off beautifully (oh and not forgetting the stickles glitter - had to get it in there somewhere!).
Anyway, hope you like the latest offering - oh and ending on a high note, for all those that follow my blog - my darling daughter has finally decided to return home - she's brought the fiancee with her but I don't mind, at least I can keep an eye on her and make sure she's okay!
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Anyway, I've finally caught up and taken pictures of some of my cards, but I shall put just one online tonight - this may encourage me to switch the 'puter on slightly more often and post the others.
This card has been made for a few weeks, it uses a Saturated Canary freebie that I got aaaagggeess ago, printed a few off and have just been waiting to colour, I used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour the image, the papers were freebies, the card is core'dinations core essentials 'so mod', the sentiments are from Quixotic Paperie and are Whimsy Stamps, and the coordinating Whimsy Stamps die, these ticket stamps are my absolute favourites and I have loads of them. I made the paper roses with the same backing papers and the punch for the leaves was from woodware (I think). The glitter is one of the stickles range.
I'm really happy with this card, though I have no idea who it will be for - hope you like it too....
A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water
while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience.
Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'Half empty or
half full?' She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she
inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I
hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for
an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.If I hold it for a day, you'll
have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer
I hold it, the heavier it becomes."She continued, "and that's the way it is
with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the
burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.""As with
the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before
holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden -
holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't
carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again
tomorrow if you must.
1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle
4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their
5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning
8 * Never buy a car you can't push.
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you
won't have a leg to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
Don't know what happened to #15! Who cares, you have 5 more to read!
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and
some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they
all have to live in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
20 *Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the
devil says~~ "Oh Crap, She's up!"
Saturday, 2 February 2013
The cards I've got to show today are from a recently purchased stamp set - as soon as I saw them I just had to buy them. The stamp set came from Joanna Sheen and is one of the new 'our daily bread' stamps. I'm not a religious person, but I have always loved this story, so like I said I just had to get them.
The next one is in colour, I got out my glossy cardstock and used some Tim Holtz distress inks to colour the background so it looks like sand and sea, the footprints were stamped in chalk ink and then the story was stamped in black using an archival ink.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Today is a good day because we (gorgeous hubby & I) had his ESA tribunal today. Wonderful DWP put him in the 'Work' group when he can barely walk down our front path, is in constant pain, can't wear shoes due to his condition and generally has a very restricted and cr*p life, but they think he can work. Well today the tribunal upheld our belief that he should have been put in the support group and so he should start receiving some money from them - Yay us!
Though I have to say it will probably be short lived as they are bound to re-assess him again very soon and so we will begin the cycle of appealing again - for all of you reading this, lots of your hard earned money is going into the appeals system because whilst weeding out the benefit cheats, DWP and the government are squeezing those people who have worked and contributed all their life but due to circumstances outside their control find that they need some support to continue to live anything close to a life! Right that's my soap box sorted for the day, I'll get off it now and back to cards, which is really the point of my blog...
Sunday, 13 January 2013
This card today was created completely from CD's, which I am getting into more and more recently, though I must get back to more stamping (I have today, but will be blogging that later in the week). The image is from the SWALK CD and the backing papers are from the SWALK Christmas CD.
Just a quick post today as I've been running about cooking, cleaning, shopping - you know all those jobs you don't get to do Monday to Friday.
Hopefully I'll be back again tomorrow so TTFN to ALL my followers!
Saturday, 12 January 2013
It's not that I haven't been making cards, in fact I've been much better than normal at getting them made, I just now need to get back into the habit of blogging them too. I also think I need to get back to colouring as the ones I've made recently have all been done with decoupage and pre-done images.
For now I'm just going to show one of the cards I've done (will give me something else to blog tomorrow if I don't have anything else made).
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
I went to the Range recently, not to buy craft stuff, but it would have been rude not to have a look around & they had loads of stuff reduced, so when I stopped hyperventilating at all the loveliness, I narrowed it down to a couple of items. I bought a set of clear stamps with penguins on and a paper pad of Fizzy moon which had four decoupage sheets and then some gorgeous papers (some of which are glittered - which fits in nicely with my love of all things shiny!).
So the other day when there was nothing of interest on the telly, I set about constructing the decoupage. The first one I did as one decoupage, but then I decided that I could make better use of the sheets if I used layer one of the decoupage as a topper and then just constructed the rest, this gave me 7 complete toppers, I then cut out the front from the paper pack and gave myself another topper - not bad for £2.50!!
So far I have only turned 2 into cards, but I'm getting there, hope you like
The papers used were from the paper pack, the embossed circle with the snowflake is a cuttlebug embossing folder, the snowflake corner is a Memory box die, the tag is one of my new diesire dies from Crafters Companion, all the other dies were given to me as part of the Christmas card and present swap over on the DoCrafts website by Marilyn - thanks Marilyn!
Anyway, I have to be off to go and make my dearest darling daughter's birthday card.
Hope you are having a wonderful New Year & only upwards from here!