Monday, 8 February 2016

Morning all. It's not a good start here, the winds are back and not really settled weather at the moment. Today my card is for that special occasion next month. Very simple, digi printout from Crafters Companion website, distressed round the edges, grosgrain ribbon bow, 'baby face' dies used, sequins at the top. The front is slightly cut away.


Basic Grey journal stamp inside, used Elzybells sentiment. The insert also has a strip of what is on the outside.


Monday, 1 February 2016

Hello. It's a very blustery day in the UK, and those gales are picking up speed as I type. I hope there won't be too much damage after. Onto my card which is a wedding card and I do like to keep them handy for occasions when they're called for. It's a lovely digi image from Ladybug Crafts Ink which sadly is no more called 'Bride & Groom', coloured with my Promarkers, lifted with some foam pads for dimension, embossed using my cuttlebug, faux stitching, inexpensive ribbon, glamour dust on flower bouquet, massive heart diamond for her necklace and rhinestone on top of bow. Finished with silver peel-off.

There's lots of challenges I could enter this one in so here it goes...CYP, Glitter n sparkle, Crafting with friends, Simply Papercrafts for all occassions, Promarker, I love promarkers 2nd, MAWTT, Creative Inspirations, Incy Wincy, Penn'ys 2nd, Crafting from the heart, Ribbon Girls, Crafty Ribbons. Thanks for taking a look at my creation,bye.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Hi to all, I hope all is well once again in blogland. I've been meaning to show this stamped candle I did for a relative. They always go out of their way to show kindness and it's the least I could do to show my appreciation. Stamp used is one of the older Lily of the Valley, great one for any celebration really, coloured with my Promarkers and heating gun used to transfer it on. The lovely flowery design is another clear stamp from another set.

Sorry about the wonky pic, this was the back, I did pack it only forgot to take a pic of it. Challenges entered are 10...Ribbon Girls, Dream Valley, Winter Wonderland, Penny's, Simon Says, ABC, Creative Inspirations, CCC, I Love Promarkers and Crafting from the heart. Bye for now!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Hi, hope everyone is warm and indoors. It's freezing and we woke up yesterday to a white blanket of the soft stuff (snow). Absolutely lovely, hope it kills all those bad bugs. Last year nothing settled and it was great seeing adults taking their youngsters out to make the most of it, forming memories on their gadgets this time, heating was on full all day, I've given it a respite today and aired all the house...bugs are rife at the moment and I need to keep on my toes to get things done, mainly finish off projects and alter a few cards etc. Today my card is using Michelle R's digi d/loads called 'vintage'. I've used this one before and it's always greatly received. There's the sheet of digi on base card, then acetate with gold peel-off corners, then a cut out butterfly strengthened onto card, curved wings and lifted with foam pads, stamped sentiment and inside too. Finished with glamour dust on wings, red ribbon threaded and corners rounded off.




Friday, 15 January 2016

Any sewing challenges out there? Hi, I thought I would ask a question today as while my blog was fairly quiet last year I did delve into a spot of sewing practical gifts to give family as presents. This is a small laced detail pincushion and glass dish manniquin pincushion. It started out as a time filler and new venture to get back to using my Janome DC3050. I want to make the most of it and Debbie Shore on Create & Craft was a good enough inspiration to get me back in, she is a genius and explains everything so well. Last year I made some 'bags for life, or as I like to call them 'bags to keep in the car' for special people in my life. They were greatly received and the scraps were used up very well and therefore no wastage. My daughter is very creative and imaginative, so while she was at Uni, I made these to add on to her milestone birthday presents. She initially asked where I bought them from and then was gobsmacked with my reply. It's always so comforting to know they've loved receiving them. 

There are many patterns for these type of pincushion on the internet and so many beautifully 'overdecorated' ones. I would think they would sit as an ornament rather than a practical usage one. Lace is from my evergrowing stash, scissor charm from the Works long time ago (came in a men's diy charm set), beautiful measuring tape ribbon from The Ribbon Girl in Ivory as is the 'handmade' ribbon. For the top I just slid a long pin through a pearl bead and then a silver bead from my stash and hot glued it in. Most embellishments have been stitched by hand.


Hot glue used to sit it in its glass base which is a heavy weight old fashioned dessert dish ( new to me from a charity shop). Lovely jubbly! While I was in the mood last year I made a small batch to sell. Hope you like my creative make, not a card I know but I hope it fits in these challenges...Crafty Ribbons, CRAFT, CCT, Pink Gem, Crafty Calendar 2nd, Crafting from the heart 2nd, Glitter n sparkle 2nd..no paper, bow, stitching. Allsorts...ribbon & lace....not entering for the prize as I wouldn't be able to go if I did win. So there we have it, now on a lookout for sewing challenges so I can show what I did last year. Have a brilliant day all!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Hello all, hope that everything is well for you. I thought I'd make a couple of Mother's Day cards ready for the 6th March. Sorry about the wonky pic, lighting was very bad today so while I concentrated on that, didn't realise my card wasn't straight..oh dear! On my card is a 'New' to me digi d/load from Crafters Companion website called Antique Chic from Hunky Dory, distressed the edges a bit. I stamped with a journalling stamp Basic Grey clear stamps in memento ink top right corner, then with an Elzybells stamp did the wording, die cut some flowers and layered them on, some grey ribbon from Wilko's, punched out layered butterfly, silver charm dangling, finished with glamour dust and sequins. I love the pink butterflies and the beautiful vintage look on this d/load I may do the others in this type too.

This is card showing a little of the inside.

Sentiment is Elzybells, the same vintage print is on the side....actually a happy mistake because I kept putting in a smaller sheet of paper and couldn't understand why it didn't print the rest...I think I wasn't too well that day.

I made a bit of an effort on the back by cutting a small patch from the printout, sticking it down and then stamped with my personal stamp over it. Just looks a little bit professional. So onto challenges which are several. Firstly CYP, Fab N Funky, Crafty Sentiments, Crafting from the heart, Stamping Sensations ( I hope there's enough of the stamping there), Cupcake Inspirations, Simon Says, Crafty Calendar, Crafting by designs, Get CreativeCCT, Creative Inspirations, Winter Wonderland, Glitter n Sparkle 'tic tac toe..stitiching, ribbon, glitter', The Paper Shelter, Let's create (layered flowers and butterfly), Crafty Catz...flowers made. Have a lovely day till next time, bye.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Happy New Year to one and all. I hope 2016 is all that each of you wish for it to be. I know that christmas has been and done but there were a few half done cards so I'm showing them anyway now that they're finished. I've used that same recycled strong acetate from my last card. Cute digi image is from Pollycraft...Rudolph farewell. Isn't this a fantastic fun image, I've coloured with my Promarkers, glamour dust applied for glitter on the wording, a shiny red nose using Anitas 3D gloss, embossing using a Darice folder, stamped small snowflakes, finished with pearls and a wonderful red bow ribbon.


Now to challenges....few of my favourite ones have closed down so I was a little sad. I'm sure though there are many out there, I'll just have to find them. Here goes for 10 challenges...Dream Valley, Glitter n Sparkle, CCC, Promarker 2nd entry, Catch the bug, Winter Wonderland Bingo..snowflakes, glitter, Pearls. CCT, CRAFT, Creative Inspirations and CYP. Thanks for visiitng, wishing you a fab day.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Happy Christmas everyone! Hello, I'm still here through what seems like a very difficult year for me. I am hoping for a better start to 2016 and would like to wish you all my blog friends a peaceful christmas season. It has been a long time since I blogged about a card even though I've been keeping busy with sewing projects, something to show another time I think. So onto my Santa card which has a front acetate embossed with my Cuttlebug using a Darice snowflake embossing folder from Natalie & Amy, some lovely punch detail with a Martha Stewart 3 dot scallop punch from the very generous Brenda, image is a Sarah Kay stamp coloured with Promarkers. The red snowflakes are a stamp free from a magazine, a sentiment ticket to finish off!


I also wrapped up some sledges, the idea I got from here. What a brilliant display for the mantelpiece for 4 kids, 2 of which are in their 20's. You're never too old for sweets!


Onto some challenges now...CYP, Natalie & Amy, Paper Shelter, Crafty Creations, Crafting from the heart, Crafty Calendar, CCC, Promarker, Crafting Musketeers, Penny's, Glitter n sparkle, OSAAT, CAGI and Crafting by designs. Thankyou for taking a peek here, stay well all and enjoy the festivities.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Hello to all. Hope today is a good day for you and the weather out there is better than here...drizzley and wet it is! My card today has several dies using my Cuttlebug...Marianne designs Bicycle, Crafty Sentiments Fence, C.C. Designs Phlox Flowers. I've doodled round the edge, and if you look closely there are some embossed bees and butterflies using my 'light box'...what's one of them I hear you ask..it was my first purchase in the land of crafting and I still use it now and again. I did in those days buy several brass stencils to go with it. So I've finished off with a bit of glamour dust. Oh the large sentiment is a stamp from Daisy & Dandelion range from Pickles & Onion. It is really a simple card with added texture and everything used is definitely 6 months and if not older.
Challenges entered are Cuttlebug 'wheels', Eclectic Ellapu '6 months older', CYP, Crafting from the heart, Let's Create 'dies/punches' 2nd as is Glitter n sparkle, Cupcake Inspirations 'pic inspired', and Simon Says 'dies'. Have a super day!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Hello, hope you're all well and happy crafters. I thought you might like to see what I've been upto last couple of days. I adore this curtain material set of 2 for only £3 from a charity shop. The pink with the green is so beautiful and instantly I could see bags. I want to be able to get used to using my sewing machine again. It was an investment to pass down to my daughters but one of them needed something very easy to use and so we got her one at a reasonable price and she wanted a Singer, mine is Janome.

I made these 2 for the time being but can easily get 4 more.

My handstamped mark inside.
Challenges entered are...Creative Corner, Stamping Sensations, Crafty Creations, Fab n Funky, Crafty Calendar. Hope you like my upcycling at such a bargain and very practical too. Take care all.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Hello again happy crafters! I'm here to show this special card for a family member...she definitely likes her shoes and loves lace. I've seen this new type of card around blogland and just adapted the front bit a little. Apart from the sentiment which is stamped, the rest is digital. The faded lilac is from Sizzix 2014 d/load, the pink is Crafts Beautiful d/load, shoe image image is from Just Inklined, gems, lace from stash and the lovely punched butterflies is a Tonic Studios punch from the lovely Brenda. Gorgeous butterflies, another punch to add to my collection.

Promarkers for colouring and glamour dust.

So the challenges entered are 10...Incy Wincy, Cutie Pie, Eclectic Ellapu, CYP, Crafting from the heart, Lets create, Crafty Sentiments, ABC, Glitter n sparkle and Penny's. Wishing you all a great week ahead, I'll have another sewing make on here next. Bye.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Helloooooo one and all. I'm still busy with other crafting interests such as this one I sewed up. I won't be too long with some card makes so please don't despair my good friends. I'd like to say a 'big' thanks to Brenda from Floral Fantasies for my lovely parcel of goodies I won recently. I know I've not created much in the way of cards but there's one or two I did make so will post them on here shortly. Getting back to this practical, useful item made out of two lovely curtains on sale at a local charity shop. Fine strong material for me to upcycle and I was super excited. My intention was to make a pair of 'bags for life' to keep in my car. We'll soon be needing these more than ever as plastic bags will be costly in most stores starting in October.

As you can see 'a bargain for lined ones'.

Tape has come off the top, section cut off for the handles, halved and assembled so the flowers stay the right way up.

Handles sewn and pulled the right side through with my daughter's big terry nappy pin which I've still kept.

Finished bag...

...or two.

...with my name stamp inside. Hope you like my creative sewing. Hope to be on here again soon. Bye and take care everyone.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Hello all crafty people! I'm so sorry it's been a long time since I posted here on my blog but I'm still alive and very well...he...he..My love of decorating candles has increased and while I've been away from here I did make a few to give as presents and subsequently had requests. It's nice to keep busy as usually this is my time to potter about in the warmer months out in the garden. I do hope everyone is keeping well too.  My image is from Digital Delights called 'grillin george' perfect for upcoming Father's Day on the 21st June. Coloured with Promarkers, bit of scrap printed paper and raffia. Tag is from LOTV.


So I couldn't just show you this without entering into some challenges. 10 challenges in all, mainly my old favourites...Papertake, Crafty Sentiments, CYP, Crafting from the heart, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Glitter n sparkle, CCT, Dream Valley, Creative Corner and 2 Cute Ink. I hope I get a chance to show more, bye for now.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Hello. It's the start of the weekend, I've still got lots to do...it's in my head yet to materialise. I hope you all are okay and keeping well. My set consists of a heat stamped candle and matching card. Stamp is from Holly Hobbie 'nature walk', came free with a magazine and has lots of other clear stamps on the sheet. Coloured with Promarkers, sentiment is from Elzybells, tiny heart punch used, pearl and ribbon from Meiflower.



Challenges entered LIM ( just the card entered), Crazy, As you like it (cas..why..mainly I don't have to find papers to cover the wonderful white), Natalie & Amy and Promarkers. Enjoy a fab weekend.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

I'm back! Hi crafty bloggers...I've not been around much lately...several reasons...mainly losing my mojo to craft. I had to get into gear as it's a friend's birthday coming up next week and I knew what she would really like....a candle. A lovely friend for well over 20 years and she'd do anything for you. I simply think she's one in a million, always chirpy, jolly, ready to give anyone sound advice and whisk away your troubles. Perfect human and kind friend. As you can see digi image from the lovely Bugaboo stamps, and yes she really has purple hair, digi paper from Crafts Beautiful website, handle ribbon from Meiflower, some gold coloured recycled elastic for bow and tie around cellophane wrap. There is a bit of glitter on the bag image on her earrings, some tiny gems on the candle one too. The sentiment came with the image. Below you'll see where the bag was made from and a fab tut on the Crafty Sentiments site.

I think I must be attracted to paper people...my local newsagent gave me a rather large box of large envelopes free!!! He said they take away the unused cards but not the envelopes so I said 'yes please, I'll have them'. Ofcourse I gave him some cas cards to sell in return for his kindness.






My very first heat stamped candle.


Now I've got over the worst of learning 'how to' I feel a collection of candle presents will be on here in the coming posts. I'm so glad I gave it a try and I know she'll be over the moon as she loves candles in her home. Now onto some challenges...I know I've missed a lot, but here it goes. Catch the bug, Creative Inspirations, CAGI, CCC, Scribble & Scrap, Cards Galore, CYP, Glitter n sparkle, Bunny Zoes, Sir Stampalot, Crafty Calendar, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned. I hope everyone is well and in good health, I shall look forward to making some visits to blogs before I make a start on my next little project, bye for now.