Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Eggstra!

A choccie type post today and not a card!
Saw this  on Pinterest - made these from a template by Mel - found here. She has tons of fab templates for everything imaginable! She made one of these to give to a friend who was moving into a new home - and she filled the inside with bird seed for her friends new bird table - Thought that was a really nice idea and  think that it could be adapted for anything with the right filling.

'Cos it's nearly Easter I filled mine with mini eggs. I sold quite a few at Macmillan Day but have two left - the eggs are looking at me so I'm probably going to eat them........LOL
The 'houses' are made from one sheet of card. The left overs of the sheet after cutting out the basic shape I used to make the 'boards' for the front. The roof pieces are 3" wide offcuts from A4 card which I had used to make a set of small notecards with - so am hopping across to the Playground this week.

I used a crackle stamp on the 'roof' in a sepia colour - it really doesn't show very well in the pics but I didn't want anything too overpowering, but think it would have been OK in a darker colour.
Like Mel advised I ran a white ink stamp along the edge of the 'boards' on the front to give a slightly weathered look.
The sentiment stamp for the tag was a freebie from a mag some time ago and I simply cut it with a label nestie die.
Used a different variety of string, ribbon and twine to make the bows on the tops to secure. 

They were really simple to make and made a change from cards - if I have one comment though - I had a devil of a job making the 'roof' stick properly - tried everything - glue, double sided tape, tiny cut and loop velcro pieces. In the end I stuck (excuse the pun) with the double sided tape - wasn't perfect but I figured that it would be getting ripped off soon enough anyway to get at the contents! (You know your own tricks best don't you???? LOL)

Challenges -
All Crafts - Anything but a Card
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed - Eggs
Challenge up your Life - Easter
Choc, Coffee and Cards - Something Yummy
Simply Create Too - Easter
Dream Valley - Easter
Papertake Weekly - A cut above

It's a really weird day here - rain and grey skies first thing this morning, then sunshine, we have just had a SNOW shower would you believe and now we have a bright blue sky! 
Thanks for looking in - have a great day. x

Friday, 20 March 2015

Fly

If you managed to get a look at the eclipse this morning in your part of the world I am envious - we had lots of very thick cloud here so all that happened was it went a little darker!
Quite cool too which is such a contrast to yesterday when I had an hour out minus a jumper and in a 't' shirt!

A man card to share done in super quick time.
Blue cardstock randomly stamped with a really old diamond background stamp inked in Versafine Majestic Blue.
Image is from a 'man' set of Vintage transport by Flonzcraft, same ink and layered onto the offcut of the background card.
The banner is a piece of ribbon -  I wanted to use it as it was the only piece of bright coloured dark blue ribbon that I had in my stash - but it was too thin so I simply stuck some double sided tape down one edge and joined two pieces together to make a wide piece!

Challenges -
Crafty Catz - No Designer paper
Crafting by Design - Masculine
Crafty Creations - Stripes or Chevrons
Cardz 4 Guyz - CAS
Time Out - CAS
Southern Girls - Boys

Thanks for looking today - it's raining here now so a perfect reason to sit in the craftie space and have a little trawl through blogland! xx

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Is Spring finally here?

A lovely day here today - and why is it that when the weather is good you always perk up and seem to have more energy??!!

To mark the start of what appears to be Spring (finally) in my little corner of the world, here's an Easter/Spring type card!
This was a quick one made for the Macmillan stash.

A bit of a mish mash here - images from several different places, two coloured with promarkers,one pre coloured digi and a computer generated sentiment.
White squares are snippets of textured linen and to make sure I cut them all the same size I used a small square nestie - my straight cutting is not the best even when measured with a ruler!
Just layered them all onto  snippets of green card.
The background green gingham paper is another old one from the stash layered onto the same green card.
Before mounting it all onto the base card I used up the last bit of this lovely green ruffle ribbon  then once glued added 3 green pearls.
Snippets used so another visit to the Playground for me!(Well the sun is shining isn't it!)

Challenges -
Clear It Out - Easter/Pastel
Creative Card Crew - Easter Critters
Ribbon Girls - Going Green
Passion 4 Promarkers - Check It Out (Gingham etc)
Dream Valley - Easter
Fantastic Tuesday A/Goes and Square
and over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's Challenge  there is a gorgeous Inspiration picture which I am having the WORST time trying to show here - so please follow the link!
Hope the sun now stays out for a few days wherever you are! xx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Relaxing Sunday

After a whirlwind (but brilliantly enjoyable) 36 hours across Friday and Saturday - I am having a 'chill out' day!Lovely pre-wedding meal at a fab hotel on Friday night, then a very early start Saturday morning for a civil ceremony within the stunning setting of St Georges Hall at 10am, followed by pastries etc back at the hotel before the newly married couple hopped into a taxi on the start of their trip to the Maldives.
A very small and intimate affair, just 7 of us altogether (them, us, the grooms 2 grown up children and a girlfriend!) -  it was all the more special for that. They're having two small celebrations with their respective families  who live a considerable distance away from each other when they come back!
So here's my share for today -

The papers are very very old - that old I have no idea where they're from!
The darker green piece is two off cuts and I just juggled about positioning it with it so that I got a larger piece to the right and little teen scrap peeping out from the left.
Used some scrap hessian for a 'rustic' feel (cheated a bit with this too cos it's in two pieces - the space is hidden behind the image!)
Highlighted the LOTV image with promarkers and matted onto green card then punched two holes and added metal eyelets.
String threaded through and tied using a metal rimmed clock button for the bow centre.
A tiny metal fish charm tied from the string and positioned onto the top of the sentiment (a freebie from TLC) which was printed onto Kraft then die cut. Two corners punched using the remanants of the die cut piece.
Popping into the Playground this week (been absent but have good excuses which I hope Miss will accept....LOL)

Other Challenges -
Di's Digi's - Green
Challenge Up Your Life - Masculine
Crafting When We Can - Hobby/Activity
Cardz 4 Guyz - Hobbies
City Crafter - Keys/Time

 Oh and of course I couldn't finish the post without a couple of pics from yesterday!

Have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Layers of Pink

A vintage frothy pinky creation to share today.
Base is normal white card and the papers are from Raspberry Road all printed onto linen textured card.
I overstamped the background with Tattered Rose DI using a flourish stamp from the Stempelglede Vintage Garden set.

The floral background was overstamped with a large script stamp from Indigo Blu in Versafine Smokey Grey, stamping the first time onto a scrap then stamping again onto the rose paper to give the faded look.
Both distressed, Tattered Rose DI used then stitched.

A piece of hand dyed ribbon across the middle before adding the metal pendant. The centre of the metal pendant is a resin cameo style rose.
I added two scraps of scalloped lace to the card and then placed the main image on top after wrapping a bit of pink trim round.

Maybe it would have been nice to be dressed so elegantly like this lovely lady instead of my usual t shirt and jeans although am not sure I would have liked the undergarments which pinched in your waistline quite so much!
A couple of my normal pearls to finish and the papers continued inside.

Some friends are tying the knot on Saturday - they've been together for a long time but decided to make it legal! (Very)small wedding, them, us and their grown up children - that's it! Looking forward to enjoying a pre wedding dinner party on Friday night at an upmarket (and very posh!)  hotel), an overnight stop then an early morning ceremony before they fly off to exotic climes for a long honeymoon.... if I can sneak into their cases I will!!!
The lovely pic of the roses is the Inspiration Photo from the Shabby Tea Room challenge this week

Other Challenges -
Crafting Musketeers- Ribbon/Pearls
Inky Impressions - Special Lady
In the Pink - Special Lady
Digi Galore - All About Her


Some friends are tying the knot on Saturday - they've been together for a long time but decided to make it legal!
(Very)small wedding, them, us and their grown up children - that's it!
Looking forward to enjoying a pre wedding dinner party on Friday night at an upmarket (and very posh!)  hotel, an overnight stop then an early morning ceremony before they fly off to exotic climes for a long honeymoon.... if I can sneak into their cases I will!!!
Have a great weekend whatever you're doing. x

Monday, 9 March 2015

Another week!

The days after my last post were busy just finishing off bits for the Macmillan Coffee morning at the Club on Saturday. Just 2 hours Saturday morning saw us raise £480!
So added to donations already received we've now just over £1,000 and with two more events (both bowling comps) in July and September still to come I am hoping for a mega amount by the end of our season and our Charity year.

A little pic of the specially bought hoodie which is going to be worn a lot this year - the pic was taken whilst I was setting up the table.
I have a quiet couple of days before our friends wedding at the weekend and will be catching up with what I've missed over the last few days!
Card to share -  I have used this Day for Daisies image such a lot - just think it is serene (and I need some of that after a manic few weeks!)
I coloured it with Promarkers and rubbed some pastel chalk in a light beige/pink colour around it to remove the stark white.
Simply stitched onto a co ordinating piece of card.
White base card, then the same colour card then stitched the patterned paper (from my stash).
Wrapped some lace round another scrap piece from the stash box, added a paper doily then the main iamge.
The flowers are some old stash secured with a couple of brads and some punched out leaves.

The bird cage charm was a 'must' addition and it also had to have the smallest shoestring ribbon bow and the usual pearls! Sentiment is from TLC and inside decorated to match.

Challenges -
Fussy & Fancy - Ribbons and Lace 
RRR - Flowers and Ribbon
Lil Patch of  Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Buckwells - Flowers
Ecletic Ellapu (Pink team) - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sunday - Lace and Pearls
CAGI - 3embellies(flowers,charm, pearls), 2 papers, 1 image

Thanks for calling in, have a great week. x

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Silent Woods?

I was delighted to be asked to do another Guest DT spot over at Crafting by Designs for this 'Anything Goes' challenge after being featured in their January spotlight. I hope that you will come along and join in.
Regular visitors will know that I make all kinds of stuff ranging from the 'Clean and Simple' to the 'Pile On As Much As Possible'.
This card is the latter (although I COULD have added more but restricted myself!).
I used Cream base card instead of my usual white and have had this stamp for a while but this is the first time it has seen ink. As Spring is technically almost upon us it seemed apt to use it!

I coloured it with Distress Inks then just cut round the edge.
The background paper is from Raspberry Road, stitched and distressed with Antique Linen DI.
I added some lace from my stash and a paper doily before putting the main image on.
The flower started it's life as cream coloured but it was too pale so I coloured it with Scattered Straw and Wild Honey DI.
The leaves were cut from some lace and coloured with Shabby Shutters.

The wooden birdcage is from Maya Road and again was dyed with DI - Walnut Stain. I plaited some twine for a hangar and finished off with some pearls and then decorated the inside to match.
The sentiment is also from the Raspberry Road 'Simply Amazing' collection.

Other Challenges -
Thanks for popping by today. Have a great day whatever you're doing. x 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Saturday already!

Can't believe it's Saturday - A quick post from me as it's been quite a while since my last one. Am beavering away getting organised for next Saturday so thought I would share a CAS make which is now in the card box.

I really like these colours together - and it was a bit of a happy  accident as I had originally intended to stamp the flower (from the SU Bloom with Hope set) in different shades of orange and yellow!

I used Memento Pear Tart (an awesome green shade which I LOVE!), and Adirondack inks Pink Sherbert and Wild Plum and stamped onto a left over piece of card.

I put a tiny sparkly in the shame shade in the centre of the flowers and simply rounded off the edges before layering onto the base card (with rounded off edges!)

The sentiment stamp is by Technique Tuesday and I finished it off with three more tiny sparklies in the same colours.

Haven't managed to enter the Less Is More Challenge recently owing to the other mayhem that's been taking place (see post below!!) but this week it's 'Makes Me Happy' and these colours DO make me happy as does the overall card, not least because it was never intended to look like this but I like it!!

Other Challenges -
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Bingo (Bling/Flowers/Pink)
Natalie & Amy - Flowers
Gem of a Challlenge - CAS
And Sarah told me that over at the Muse Card Club there is a lovely CAS sketch (I am following as many CAS sites as I can for inspiration as I really do want to not face CAS cards with trepidation!) so I have linked up my 'amazing' card (LOL!!).
Thanks for looking - appreciate you leaving me any comments and have a great weekend whatever you're doing. xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

A little bit of life

A whirlwind weekend -more of that later in the post- and now a chill out Monday. Am working away still on a few half done cards but as it's a few days since my last post am sharing this -
I had a small piece of white linen card left from another make and used it to stamp this image from the SU Moon Lake set.
Coloured entirely with Distress Inks.

Cut out the oval then embossed the red card. Simple stamped sentiment on another scrap piece secured with a silver brad and job done! I made two of these - the other is done with blue instead of red. Another couple for the Macmillan stash.
Challenges -
Get Creative - Embossing
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing
PB & More - Anything Goes
ShowCASe your style - CAS Birthday
Crafty Boots - Use a sentiment
Stamping Sensations - A/Goes

So onto the mad weekend - for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook (and at this point those of you that do can just ignore the rest of my ramblings as you'll all be bored of it by now....LOL)

A quick run down of events-
Friday- travelled to the Hilton Hotel, Coventry with my other half. Chilled out a bit with a couple of G and T's in the bar with some friends.

Saturday - a meeting at 10.30am then a quick change into what is described as 'uniform' for a Bowls England meeting starting at 1pm. Was invested onto the first rung of the Presidential ladder (pic below).
A 4 year commitment, starting with a 2 year learning curve as Vice President, then the highlight of the England Presidency in 2017 before the 'wind down' year of Immediate Past!  As if all that excitement wasn't enough then came the National Presentation Dinner - and those of you who follow my blog will know that my wonderful Club Bolton were named as Bowls England Club of the Year - so we were presented with the trophy and all the other things that come with it at the dinner! This was such a great night for me - lots of my friends from the Club and the County came to the dinner and I had a night (and day) to remember! Pic on the right is other half and me and the one with the trophy shows from the left - Jenny (who works really hard to promote our club), a quite startled looking (LOL) outgoing Bowls England President Adie - a lovely man who at the time of the pic taking was telling us to smile (!!!!), yours truly with her mitts on the trophy and a very proud Club President Ken.
Thanks for lasting to the bitter end! Have a great day whatever you're doing!
PS - My lovely blogging buddy Eve Marie has some brill blog candy - but it's only for a couple of days - pop over and see her - HERE BUT BE QUICK!!!!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Uninked

This week I have found a couple, a few, rather a lot of never seen ink stamps! Suppose I should resolve to ink them all at least once so am going to give it a go....
This LOTV stamp has been in my stash since a couple of days after it was released - it was one of those - 'I have to have it' stamps. So much for THAT! Had to have it that much that it just got stored away and neglected!

I wiped the dust from it and used it (rather like the backing paper - something else which has been in the paper box for EVER).

Cut out the image with a nestie and put it onto a pink scalloped circle then onto a green one.
Coloured with promarkers and added some Liquid Pearls for the icing and some glamour dust for the wings.
Stitched all together.

Stitched the backing paper onto a pink base and added some green ruffle ribbon and pink lace.
Finished with a cut out cupcake (from yet another old paper piece), some die cut corners amd a couple of pearls.
The sentiment came with the stamp. 

Challenges -
Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark
Crafting For all Seasons - Dies or Punches
Crafting by Designs - Bingo - Lace/Glitter/Pearls
Fab n Funky - Ribbon and Lace
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Die
Papertake Weekly - Bingo - Glitter/Free/Die Cut

Had a really nice day today - went for lunch with dear husband and my nephew (we met him halfway between where we both live!)- had a lovely leisurely lunch at Betty's in Harrogate - was nice to see him as we don't get to see each other often. A great catch up and a relax  which was just what I needed ahead of my BIG weekend! (All will be shown early next week - promise!) Thanks for looking in - have a great day whatever you're doing and will catch up soon. xx

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Just Peachy!

During craftie space time this week I've had a bit of a colouring fest! I'd stamped quite a few images and printed out some digis during the time when I wasn't 100% and as I'm feeling much better decided I'd better make a start on colouring them.
This ADFD image has been coloured with a mix of watercolours and distress inks.
I stitched it onto an odd bit of peach card and then just distressed the edges.
Apart from the main background piece (which is from the Prima Fairy Rhymes stack),all the other bits used were just odd scraps, so this is my passport into the Playground this week!

All the paper pieces were distressed, edged with Antique Linen DI and stitched onto other pieces of peach card.
Some dark cream lace wrapped round and the odd bit of slubby fabric ticked behind the image was given the Distress Ink treatment ( Wild Honey). The peach ribbon was the last piece in my stash box and I saved an absolute miniscule amount to tie through the top of the bird cage charm.
Two snippets cut into two banners and the cage secured round the banners.
Some pearls to finish and the inside decorated with other odd coordinating remnants of paper!

Challenges -
Allsorts - Any Occasion not birthday
Suzy Bees- Anything Goes with a Bow
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Red Carpet Studio - My Fair Lady
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Two (2 papers, 2 banners, 2 pieces ribbon)
Thanks for looking in today - hope you're having a great weekend. xx

Thursday, 12 February 2015

A little bit of Mono

Had a bit of a scrabble round in the off cuts box and found some pieces that I think worked well together - this originally was going to be a 'man' card because of the mono colour scheme but somewhere along the way I started adding odd bits to it!
I think I had the inspiration picture from Pixels & Paper  in my head hence the addition of the Eiffel Tower instead of a vintage car or bicycle! Who can resist Paris?

All papers layered onto black cardstock.
I stamped the Eiffel Tower using Versafine Smoky Gray and cut it out.
Layered it onto a stamped background - the border stamp is a wood backed one, years old that I picked up in a bargain bin somewhere and the script stamp is another old one - used London Fog ink for these.
The ribbon is from a challenge win about 3 years ago and I just threaded some Bakers Twine through the old button before tying it onto the ribbon.

Looking at this button (another from 'Mum's Box'), I think this came off one of Mum's jersey jackets - it's quite detailed with it's silver filigree style centre - and I still have 6 more left!
 This was a definite 'use up some of that stuff' card.

Other Challenges -
Fantastic Tuesday - Add twine
RRR - Buttons and Bows
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
CFTH - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting - Hope all is well in your world. xx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday

Another week gone! Glad to say have improved a whole lot so a big thank you to everyone who sent me messages - I really appreciate you taking the time.
Have played a little in the craftie space this week and swelled the 'Macmillan Box'. It's a long time since I made an easel card and this week I made two!
Am continuing with trying to get as many specific occasion cards done as I can - although I have not one 'new home' card in the box at all - something I must sort out!
This one was quite quick to do despite all the cutting and I used up quite a few odd bits of paper for the die cuts.

I love this stamp!
Used white linen card coloured the stamp with Distress Inks and then chucked a load of glamour dust down the bride's dress - really sparkly in real life and am quite smug about how nice it looks! LOL

Used a variety of dies - the ovals are all from the same set. The fancy corner die is from a set I confess I don't use very often but it was the right size for this card!

I didn't like the plain straight edge with the fancy main oval so I decided to put a border die across the top - in fact I added two and put some ribbon across the middle to hide the join! I cheated a bit because the bottom one is only two tiny bits tucked behind the main oval - was running out of linen card scraps by this time!
Same die used to create the 'stop' for the easel (I think it is a Marianne one.)

The flowers are all from my stash, punched out some ferny leaves and I finished it off with a LOTV sentiment and a little pearl heart.

Unsurprisingly there's lots of 'love' themes about this week -
Allsorts - Love is All Around
Sweet Stampin - Add a Heart
Fussy & Fancy - All About Love
Cuttlebug Mania - Heart
We Do Doobadoo - Hearts & Flowers
Crafting with the Dragon - Hearts & Flowers

I have been absent from the Snippets Playground whilst I've been feeling yuk - but am going to poke my nose through the fence this week as I've missed everyone!
Thanks for looking in today. Have a great day whatever you';re doing! x

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Blue Birdie

Have not managed to get round everyone's blogs over the last few days - so I apologise and promise to try and visit you as soon as I can. The comments may be short but at least you know I've been!
We still have a covering of snow up here - it's weird cos if you go half a mile down the hill there's not a sign of any white stuff at all - very cold today but the sky is blue so that always cheers me up!
Sharing a 'shabby' card today, made using stamps from SU Simply Sketched. I have made a lot of CAS cards recently and this was a change, particularly as I got out the sewing machine for the first time in ages.

Coloured little birdie with Distress Inks after stamping in Versafine ink.
All the papers were from my stash.
The ribbon is hand dyed - made a bow, stirched on the button in the middle and stitched it through the top of the birdcage (chipboard from Maya Road which had a thin coating of white acrylic paint as it was quite a dark brown originally).
Some lace, a doily and a couple of pearls finished it off.
The sentiment is from another SU set, Moon Lake and I continued the papers on the inside. 

Challenges -
Ruby's Rainbow - Soon be Spring
Crafts & Me - Add a Ribbon
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
PB and More - Anything Goes (No digis)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Stitching

Off for a little trawl round blogland - have a great day whatever you're doing and if you've left me a comment I really appreciate it or even just popped in for a better look I hope you'll come visit again!  x

Friday, 30 January 2015

Can't believe it's Friday

As the title of this post suggests this week has been a bit of a blur really - actually make that the last two and a half weeks. Hence not a lot of making has got done but thought I'd share a 'case'd' card (only to prove that I am still in blogland!).
I apologise if I haven't visited you this week but I can manage to spend some time today as this is the first day where I have felt anything remotely like human. Am not brilliant - but on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being tickety-boo), I am at least a 3 which is a marked improvement from 4 days ago where I felt minus 10 million!.

After Pinterest, I am getting a bit more adventurous using coloured card for CAS backgrounds - used a combo of stamps - main flowers are SU, leaves and flower bud are from Stampendous.

Stamped and heat embossed in white then watercoloured.
Flower heads stamped and hear embossed on vellum and a pop of green added in the centre of each.
Fussy cut and stuck over original image.
Few schparklies to finish!

Challenges -
Red Rubber Insp - CAS
Addicted to Stamps - CAS
Crafts 4 Eternity - No Patterned Paper
Just Inspirational - Heat Embossing
Tuesday Throwdown - Facets (Gems)
Polkadoodles - Flower Power

Thanks for all your good wishes -  visits to the Doc and a rush job to the Surgical Triage Unit for tests, tests and more damn tests are I hope behind me - will keep taking the tablets!
By the way - Eve (one of the Playground Playmates) has a give away on her blog here - ends next week!
Have a great weekend - we've got lots  and lots of lovely white stuff and bright blue skies -fabulous!! (Although sadly I haven't got enough energy to build a snowman!)

Monday, 26 January 2015

A bad week

The start of a new week and I still feel almost as bad as I did at the start of last week!
Doc gave me some pills to try and calm down the colicky spasms (which have worked a little bit) and then did a reasonably good Dracula impersonation by taking more than a few blood samples. All have gone off  for various tests. Results in the next couple of days so we will have to wait and see. I am NOT a good patient - I hate being ill! DH has the patience of a Saint.......
Have made virtually zilch too.  Tried to do some colouring yesterday - smudged the ink all over the place so it all ended up in the bin and I ended up snuggled back under my blanket!
I did manage to finish off a couple of cards (which didn't require me to THINK just stick!)
This was one of those 'am not sure' cards when it was finished but it has grown on me a little.

The papers are as old as me I think - distressed and stitched onto brown card then layered onto a lighter dark beige base. I cheated as the paper was 6" square and I only had one sheet left so just sliced it across the middle and positioned it top and bottom!

Rifled about in the lace baskets and found a few odd bits, layered it over and under some strips of scrap (I punched out scalloped edges).
Two die cut stems from an odd bit of cream card and a rose from my stash.
Finished with a scrap of the base paper, a tiny pearl button and some bronze pearls.
The sentiment was simply cut from an odd sheet of paper which had all different random words on it.
Lots of bits used so am sharing this in the Playground this week too.
Challenges -
Allsorts - Lace & Pearls
We Do Doobadoo - Romance
MAWTT - Button It
Crafters Cafe - Stitching
Fab n Funky- Button
Creative Card Crew - Shabby Chic
Thanks to everyone who sent me get well messages - am sorry I haven't been visiting very much - will try and get round - but the message may just be short! Hopefully it won't be too long till I get finally sorted! Enjoy your day. x

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sea

I have made very little this week - and what I have made has been pants! Have finally given in and made an appointment to see the doc tomorrow - am hoping that there is a quick remedy as I've had these cramps/pains and  been feeling completely wiped out like this since last Friday.
Consequently I haven't felt much like doing anything except feel sorry for myself! I know I'm poorly - I got new stamps and didn't even open the packet they came in for 2 days - OH was seriously worried.....LOL
Scanned through my drafts folder to share something and thought it was a little while since I posted a 'man' card so here's one!
I used coloured SU cardstock as my base (but can't remember what colour it is) and teamed it with some red. The striped paper is from K and Co and is part of a very large box which is that old it's as vintage as the image from a vintage male themed stamp set by Flonzcraft - stamped with Versamark 'Espresso' onto a scrap piece from another mat stack. Two small eyelets added before matting and a few corners punched out from the red scraps.

The little calendar pieces also from the 'scraps' box, simply torn up and shoved in

Used some red/white Bakers Twine, added the Anchor charm and stamped sentiment and finished off with 2 larger eyelets.


Challenges -
Ruby's Rainbow - Masculine Birthday
Crafty Gals - For a Boy/Man
Crafty Sentiments - For a Man
Cardz 4 Guyz - Anything Goes
Stampavie & More - Water

I am also dropping into the Snippets Playground for about 2 minutes - not well enough to be making snowmen or having snowball fights -  although the view outside is making me want to go sledging.....
this was taken yesterday - and it hasn't changed much today apart from the sky which is a bit clearer. Will try and stop by your blogs later. Have a great day whatever you're doing. x  

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Friends

Have been a little bit under the weather in the last 36 hours, thankfully today am feeling a bit better but still not 100% and I think the fact that I wasn't up to doing much reflects in this card.

Now I look at it, I think I should have used textured instead of plain bright white card as although I know the idea with CAS is lots of white space there's too much uninteresting white space for my liking.  It didn't turn out quite the way I thought it would in my head - so it may or may not find it's way into the stash box!

The trellis design embossing folder used behind the die cut circle is an old and much used one.
I watercoloured the die cuts and popped a tiny green pearl into the centre of the largest flowers. And as there were just 3 left on the sheet I used them up!

The challenge at Less is More this week is 'Friends' and I have a feeling that I may have another go if I have time....

Other Challenges-
Dies r us - Embossing and Dies
Ladybug Crafts - Say it with Flowers
Uniko Studio - Love & Friendship
Quirky Crafts - Through the Window (Aperture)

Am away now back to the sofa, hot water bottle and fleecy blanket! Hope you are all having a good day and if you've left me a comment I really appreciate you taking the time xx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Wedding 1

Worked steadily the last few days in swelling the Macmillan stash box. Made a few specific occasion cards (Easter, Wedding Day etc) rather than my normal 'Do for Anything' (Just for You, Best Wishes) card in the hope that having a wide selection may tempt people to stock up for a few occasions!
The taking of this picture has caused me such angst!

I think my loved little camera may be about to go to the camera heaven in the sky... the colours are not true and there has been a lot of 'bleed' round the edges - this is the most passable pic but still not as sharp as I would have liked!
I used a 'Blossom' embossing folder (from an Oriental set) for the background, simply highlighted and layered image onto another piece of white card and ran some blingy round the edges and on the image itself.

The lace is from my stash, with a few pearls added and a die cut heart with a tiny organza bow.
The flowers were made using Spellbinders dies, popped on a corner die cut and a couple of punched ferny leaves and the inside decorated to match.

Challenges -
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
MAWTT - Dies and Punches
Crafting 4 all Seasons - Ribbons/Lace/Pearls
Crafty Gals Corner - Sweet Hearts
Paper Shelter - Punches and Dies
Creative Moments - New Beginnings
Crafty Catz - New Beginnings

We've had quite a bit of snow today but thankfully the terrible high gales from last night have calmed down a bit! Thanks for stopping by - Have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Monday, 12 January 2015

Some watercolour practice and a disaster!

Before Christmas I was lucky enough to get my grubby mitts on the 'Bloom With Hope' set (thanks Sylvia!). I made a card using one of the stamps but hadn't used any of the others, so yesterday with a couple of hours to spare I decided to make a one layer card and make the bright shiny stamps a bit inky!
The only thing with one layer cards is that if you make a mistake when stamping you're (to put it politely) knackered! And invariably the 'one layer' ends up becoming two.
Sadly I couldn't even do that with this one as I would have had to chop off too much - I stamped the bottom left of the card perfectly well, masking flowers as I went along.

Felt just a teeny smug as apart from one little smudge all appeared just fine. Turned my attention to the sentiment and placement - decided, stamped and again - just fine.

I left it alone for a while to give the ink chance to dry and then sat and spent a relaxing time using some new watercolours. Was happy!

The I decided (foolishly) that the top right looked a little bare - so I stamped again using just the smallest flower- fine. Masked over the stamp to add the tiniest bit of leaf and the damn mask slipped - hence what can only be described as the jumbly ink mass in the top tight trying to be disguised with watercolour. I was SO mad!

OH said it looks fine so have bitten the bullet and shared it. (Not before adding a couple of sequins and two of the tiniest gems!)
 Challenges -
Less Is More -  1 layer/New beginnings
Quirky Crafts - CAS
Virginia's View - Clean Slate
Simon Says Stamp - New
Happy Little Stampers - watercolouring (CAS)

We're still being battered by very strong winds here - the moor top certainly can whip up the worst winds I have ever experienced! But there's something about being all warm and cosy when the wind hail/sleet is battering against the windows isn't there! Thanks for calling by - stay warm and safe wherever you are. x