Saturday, 26 November 2016

I am not sharing an oldie today

Dear All

Thank you for your lovely comments. I value the feedback and enjoy reading what you have to say.

I am not posting a card/project today because today is the seventh anniversary of my son's death. He was born with a heart condition and after several operations, it was decided he needed a heart transplant. Sadly, he became too ill to be considered. I wish I could find photos (they're on here somewhere!) of when he was a happy ,healthy, bonny child. He was lucky enough to do a job he loved and his ashes are with his beloved lemurs at Paradise Wildlife Park. He has a public page on Facebook where there are many moving tributes to this wonderful man. My heart bursts with pride to know how well loved he was. Sleep well son xxx

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Craft Rocket Challenge Number 29 - Winter Time

Hello Everyone

Today is the start of the new Craft Rocket Challenge It runs from today until 7th December. It is the last one for this year. So why not join in. It's just for fun and a chance to showcase a new project - so no back linking please. It can be anything you've made as long as it follows the theme.
I chose to make a Christmas card, an obvious choice really! It is a very simple one and easy for batch making and is relatively flat for posting. I was crafting late at night when I started making this and the "snow" on the rooftops became clear microbeads and not Diamond Snow glitter as I intended! Fortunately I corrected myself when I made the roses and leaves!
6x6 card blank made ith silky blue card from my stash
Image form Serif digikit - Hearts and Roses Christmas
Sue Wilson - Christmas roses
Sue Wilson - Tag - Spanish Collection- Granada

Saturday, 19 November 2016

My oldie for Fffriday

Dear All
It's the week end already. This week has flown by. On Tuesday I went to Watford and met up with some ladies that blog on Cotswold Crafter. This is a lovely blog, where we share projects, ideas, hints and tips. It was like meeting up with old friends. We had lunch and chatted, laughed for hours. A very enjoyable day

So,although it's Saturday I am posting my oldie for Friday as inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts. Christmas is so close now that I thought I'd show a Christmas card I made in 2014. It is still one of my favourite Art Deco images. If I was to reproduce it today, I would be using mats and layers on the smaller images, real ribbon and something like Tonic Nuvo drops for the bling

6x6 card blank
My Craft Studio - Art Deco Festive Follies
gold and red card from stash
gold coloured gems

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Happy Birthday to my Aunt

hello Everyone

I hope you are keeping well.I was sorry to read that MRS DUCK has had some more health issues recently and hope you are now on the mend.

I have loved playing with my Cutterpillar. It does cut brilliantly and providing you've "butted" it up properly,it cuts perfectly straight.  I have two very minor issues with it. I would have loved to have had the measurements across the top in a different colour. It's very difficult to see green on green - just like the Hougie board, if any of you have one of those. So easily remedied (I think!) by "sweeping" a Sharpie over the top of the numbers.
My second issue is that I would have liked a couple of inches measurement on the other side of the blade for trimming DOWN mats eg when doing pyamage, and layers but I'll get used to that. Having the light is brilliant and it does cut beautifully

On to today's card. I made this card for my aunt, her birthday is on Sunday. I lie how it has turned out BUT I was trying to copy a technique I saw on one of the recent Spellbinder shows where the demonstrator cut pattern shaped die pieces off the edge and then paper pieced with a different colour/tone. But to be honest, the colours I chose I could have left it "whole" and just stuck the flowers on top. I need to post it, so it is fairly flat (apart from the few pearls) Perhaps if I'd mounted the flowers on foam etc it would have worked better....
6x6 card blank - I am posting it!
Spellbinder Square Matting Basics
Sue Wilson Closed Petal Daisies
EF - can't remember name
patterned papers created in Serif
Sentiment - free font (I love this one)
Mei Flowers purple pearls

Saturday, 12 November 2016

My oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone
Thank you for visiting. This week has just flown by and it has got sooo cold! I don't like extreme heat but I definitely don't like the cold. Latest update on the saga of my glasses. I'm still struggling with this second prescription and so I have to have another eye test - booked for next week. The optician also tested  for dry eye, which apparently I have quite badly, which may also be affecting my sight. So, now using drops to moisten them.So we'll see what happens. It is a bit frustrating especially for work and crafting!

My oldie, as inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts It's an opportunity to share and old project just for fun, Today I thought I'd show a brighter card I made last year as the weather is so dismal. Another very simple card. All of the dies are Sue Wilson's from Creative Expressions. I must get those daisy dies out and play with again!

Have you got anything planned for the week end. My husband is working tomorrow, so I may just craft! I treated myself to a Cutterpillar Crop with some birthday money I was lucky to receive. I'll be putting it through it's paces and make a few Christmas cards

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges Number 28 - White on White

Good morning I hope that everyone is OK and thank you for visiting. If you 're able to leave a comment, thank you for taking the time and I value your feedback

Today is the start of the new Craft Rocket Challenges This fortnight is - White on White. Why not take a look at the other Design Team Member's work and join in yourself, but no back linking please,it has to be a new project and it doesn't have to be a card or paper/card project. It can be anything as long as it follows the theme

My offering is a Christmas card which immediately sprung to mind when I saw the theme, but of course, there's weddings, new baby..

I think most of you will recognise the products I have used but I have listed the ingredients below. The first one I made, I managed to get a smudge on the glittered part - so that will be used to make snowflakes for other cards! it's so hard to keep a card like this clean isn't it
card blank created with Sue Wilson Noble Pierced Ornate Squares (centre piece is from the same set covered with CE Diamond Sprinkles)
Sue Wilson Snowflake Lattice Embossing folder
Sue Wilson Let it Snow die cut twice and glued together for a bit more texture and stability

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Oldie for Fffriday

Hello All

As I don't post on Fridays I show my oldie on a Saturday inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts. It's a great way of showing a piece of work (embarrassing or otherwise!) whether we've already posted it or not.

After all of my lovely birthday celebrations, I really need to get my mojo back and craft, especially Christmas cards. So following Erika's inspiration I am showing a Christmas card I made last year. The poinsettia wa made with a dark red serviette

Have a great week end - I'll be playing with my new toys - Chameleon pens!

Card blank made with Sue Wilson Pierce Noble Squares dies
Sue Wilson Poinsettia dies
Sue Wilson Maidenhair Fern dies
Sentiment Britania die
Vintage gold card from stash
Gold micro beads

Thursday, 3 November 2016

MAWTT Challenge 32 Cute Animals

Hello Everyone

Thank you for your comments and birthday wishes. I had a lovely birthday and gorgeous gifts. I feel very lucky and privileged to have such a wonderful family and friends. One of my gifts was a trip into London to stay in a lovely hotel on Sunday. After a dance workshop, Sunday afternoon, off we went. We went dancing at a local Salsa bar that evening, which was great fun. I think it was one of the few  occasions that I dance more than my husband - there is a long standing private joke there! On Monday we did a bit of shopping - well I mean, Oxford St was just around the corner - no craft shops though! On Monday evening we went to the theatre and saw "Motown the Musical" it was brilliant, right up my street, being an avid Motown fan. The girl playing Diana Ross was brilliant, but there again, all of the cast were brilliant.

At last I have managed to get a little ahead of myself and enter a challenge! I was intending to show this card and it happened to fit the current MAWTT challenge here This fortnight's theme, Cute Animals runs until 9th November 2016.
5x7 card blank
My Craft Studio Charisma Bunny collection cd rom and die
Sue Wilson - Pierced Flags and New Arrivals dies
Memory Box - Typewriter letter dies

Other Challenges
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Number 141 "use die cuts or punches"