Thursday, 30 June 2016

Another Happy Birthday card

Hello All
Not the most inspiring title as for most of the time that's what we make card wise unless it's that dreaded "C" occasion! Thank you for visiting and if you're able to leave a comment, I value and take on board your comments
Thank you for your lovely comments on Saturday's post. Even though I am his Nan, Oscar is the cutest and gets cuter and cuter by the day.
The weather held out until late afternoon/early evening. Fortunately, the house we were visiting had a wonderful awning and space to accommodate us all. We had a brilliant time catching up with friends and their expanding families.
Today's card is another one I have made for a crafty friend to give. My brief was that he will be 90 years old. Now, as my MIL is now 91, I went with the idea that perhaps his eye sight may be failing a bit (I don't really know for sure) and went for texture and bright colours.  Saying that I have made a second card in case I am totally way off the mark with this idea.
Hopefully seeing Oscar tomorrow (woo hoo! I can't get enough of him!)

5x7 card blank
CE Foundation card stock - Cobalt blue
background behind "HAPPY" created in Serif
Sue Wilson Perspective die - HAPPY
Memory Box - Parker numbers
Sue Wilson EF - Twinkle Twinkle

Saturday, 25 June 2016

My Oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone
It's that time of week again - boy has this week gone quick!- to share an old project. it can be one you have already blogged or an old project that deserves it's day of glory. It's inspired by Erika
As the weather has been so dismal, I have not seen rain like this in a long while, I thought I'd show this card again. It also makes me smile when I see it because last time somebody commented that my buttons had "sad faces" which i have to agree with and use them differently now. It is such a simple card to make and was inspired by one I had seen demonstrated on Create and Craft .
This afternoon we are all going to a BBQ, so I hope the weather will be kind to us. This is an annual event where we meet up with old friends, some of whom we haven't seen since the last one, so it'll be nice to catch up with everyone (and a chance to show off Oscar see photo below)

DL card
black card
Do craft chalks
Sue Wilson Closed petal daisies
Hobbycraft buttons
Spellbinders Marissa Bouquet - leaves

Oscar at 5 weeks old (he's 2 months old today!) 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges Number 18 Weddings and Things Can Include Weddings/Engagements/Anniversary

Hello and thank you for popping in. This is scheduled but I hope that it finds you all well.
The theme for Craft Rocket Challenges this fortnight is "Weddings and Things Can include Wedding/Engagement/Anniversary" I needed to make a 50th Wedding Anniversary card for my aunt and uncle and went for lots of gold mirri! I used a free font (allowed for personal use) and printed it out on my (cheap) lasre printer. It was then foiled with gold using my Patsy May Foil It machine. Strange how, not so long ago, we used mirri card on everything. Nowadays, I tend to use it for anniversaries like this and Christmas! The layout was inspired by this post . Why not have a go, I'd love to see some of your work entered as you're all so good. Craft Rocket Challenges are not tied to any sponsors, so anything goes, as long as it follows the theme. I also made the bag to hold the present to match. The bag was made with pieces of A4 card. To keep the height of the A4 - it needed to house a bottle of champagne. I created a 4 inch square box with a depth of 1 1/2cm and scored the 2 sheets of A4 card at 4 inches and 8 inches. The left over piece became the tab for joining them together and then "sat" this inside the box. I only have a small hole punch and next time I will use the small circular die that comes with the Pierced Tags dies

7x7 card blank
white card stock
gold mirri card
Sue Wilson Striplet - Everlasting Circles ( I was thinking wedding rings at the time!
Sue Wilson - Pierced Flags
Tonic - circle dies
See you soon

Saturday, 18 June 2016

My Oldie for FFffriday

Morning All
Thank you so much for visiting. I do appreciate it and value each and every one of the comments you're able to leave. Diabetic clinic went well and I go back in 8 months time. We had lunch with my daughter and Oscar yesterday, my, my he is growing so fast. I promise their will be photos. I need to download them and tidy up my files - so that I can find them again. I think that's going to take me a bit of time as I'm not very organised in that I download a whole sd card's worth of photos and there'll be a mixture of eg holiday, craft, Oscar. I then forget what I may have called it to find a specific photo. I've made a start and I am getting better at downloading photos more often. Do any of you do that?
Today's card is inspired by Erika who posts an oldie on Fridays. As I don't post on Fridays I always try and join in on a Saturday. Take a look and join in. It can be anything you've created in the past whether you've blogged it or not. If you have the time take a look at her funnies she posts on a Saturday. They cheer me up no end. The card is fairly simple and I'd just bought some plain square dies. I worked out which size would fit in the embossed part of my background square.
Have a great week end, I hope the weather improves - it's trying to. I can't believe that we're nearly upon the longest day and then the days will be getting shorter!

6x6 black card blank
Copper card stock C&C
That Special Touch mask
CS gold and silver shimmer paint
Sue Wilson New York collection - Times Square

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Hello Everyone
Well! What's happened to the weather. We had some lovely hot, sunny weather and now rain, rain and more rain! I scheduling this post because I have a diabetic check up at the hospital this afternoon. Today's card is one I sent to Sandra at Cotswold Crafter Every Monday she sets a challenge of doing a card following a sketch which anyone can join in and the results are shown the following Sunday. it is a very friendly blog and well worth a visit. You'll have to scroll back to see the sketch that prompted this card. I kept it simple by not lining up the "words" in the centre of each square but I think it works

5x7 card blank
patterned card/paper Lidl
buttons Hobbycraft
Sue Wilson Perspectives - HAPPY
Spellbinders matting basic squares

Saturday, 11 June 2016

My Oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone. Thank you for visiting. I enjoy reading your comments and also when I see my work in "print" so to speak I can see where I would make adjustments next time around. A huge thank you to HAZEL for her last comment, letting me know the details of the baby blankets. I will ring my local Special Care Unit and see if I can offer some blankets etc. For those of you that don't know I do knit baby garments throughout the year and anything not purloined by my daughter for her friends - and for herself now! I donate to Harefield Hospital.
Hasn't the weather been gorgeous - just how I like it, warm, not too hot and a slight breeze. Definitely Pimms and strawberry weather. Today's oldie (for me) as inspired by Erika She asks you to post an old project of anything you have created. Take a look a her Saturday posts too, they make me smile
As it's the Queen's official 90th birthday today I thought I would show the card I made my MIL for her 90th birthday last year. This design was inspired by the lovely items sold by Craft Work Cards
I made it from scratch using a card blank. I folded one side in half, on that score edge I cut a semi-circle to give a surface to stick the flowers to. I cut two apertures in the lower half and backed it with the  die cut and then added all of the decorations. The ingredients almost explain it all.
JACKIE I will be in touch about the Platinum. I am beginning to love it but I will explain what I mean on your blog
So, How are England going to get on tonight - I'm not a huge footie fan but of course, it will be on for OH whilst I'm crafting. Have a great week end whatever you're up to

5x7 card made by printing a background onto Centura pearl card
Spellbinder Lattice die
Spellbinder Deckle edge die
Tonic Frond Finesse die
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisy closed petal
Sentiment printed from computer
Pub lunch - optional extra!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges - For a Man/Boy

Hello Everyone
I hope you are well and that the weather is being kind (I have scheduled this post).
Today's post is the design I have done for Craft Rocket Challenges. - For a Man/Boy
Take a look at the other Designer's work and join in. This card was made for a work colleague's birthday. It is a fairly large card, as quite a few people needed to sign it. I wanted to experiment and have a go at extending a Striplet (I do like my Striplets) to make a background. I was extremely pleased at how easy it was to do! The person in question rides (is that right, or it drive?) a monster of a bike! I highlighted parts of the bike using a Quickie glue pen and gilding flakes. The trick is allow the glue to dry i.e. change from blue to transparent. Lay flakes over the top and smooth down, rub excess away with a Rub-it Scrub-it or similar
Enjoy your day

8x8 card blank
Black card stock from The Range
Elements/papers from various Serif cd-roms printed onto white supersmooth card
Sue Wilson Striplet - Everlasting Circles
Gilding Flakes

Saturday, 4 June 2016

My Oldie for Fffriday

Good morning everyone. I've scheduled this post as I'm visiting young Oscar this morning. Thank you so much for your lovely comments re the crafter's card. I really enjoyed making these kind of cards for knitters and quilters etc. Of course, Friday's is to show an oldie inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts  and funily enough she is showcasing a card with butterflies. I thought I'd show a couple of cards I love making, inspired by a post by Sue Wilson from I have made several and have never repeated the colourway. So easy to do and very effective. These days I would probably ad more mats...
The jury is out on the Platinum at the moment, I think I need to play with it more and have a look at a view videos. Actually I haven't had a chance to really put it through its paces. I hope to remedy this, this afternoon. I'll let you know how it goes, I know JACKIE in particular would like to know my thoughts

6x6 card blanks
Cor'dinations card on first one embossed with a That Special Touch mask and sanded back
Patterned "material" from Serif
Spellbinders Marvellous Squares
Spellbinders/Sue Wilson Les Papillon
Distress ink - milled lavender on second card 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Card for a fellow crafter

Hello Everyone Thank you for popping in. I do appreciate it and value your feedback. So where is our summer? I cannot believe we are now in June. It has been so cold. 
As you know my GC died and later today I hope to be "playing" on my new Platinum. As I probably said before I went for this machine because of its size - A4, requires less cranks of the handle, has a more even pressure, therefore cuts more often in one pass and later in the year, Spellbinders are bringing out a motor - but you all know that. I will let you know how I get on.
Little Oscar is thriving, when I've downloaded the photos from my camera and worked out how to get them off "WhatsApp" I will start a "Nanny's Bragging Book" and post some snaps of him. Talking of which I treated myself to some Terial-Magic and want to design, print, stitch my own cover for this book. The only one I've seen for sale (that I like) is in pink! Again, I'll let you know how I get on.

Today's card is a variation of one I have made previously for friend's birthday who makes the most exquisite quilts. It is a shaker card, using safety pins, beads, press studs etc. I designed the papers on Serif to fit one of the Spellbinder Large Square dies. I even created "stitch" lines in Serif

8x8" card blank
CE Foundation card stock in blue and black glossy card
Silver mirri card
Card made form "material" in Serif
EF - can't remember the name
X Cut Sewing dies
Spellbinders Large Square dies
Tonic Circle dies