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Saturday, 1 September 2012

I did get back!

It looks as if I'm still on holiday as I haven't updated my blog for such a long time. For some reason I just can't seem to find the time or maybe the enthusiasm to craft lately. I have been very busy but that doesn't usually stop me finding time somewhere to do the things I like to do  so I think I might have lost some of my enthusiasm - must get it back or all my craft stash will gather even more dust.

I have got around to tidying my craft room at last  - which was my excuse for not crafting - so now I have no reason not to get going again.

I have been visiting some of your lovely blogs today which I'm sure will get me thinking ................

Hope you are all having a good weekend.


Saturday, 12 May 2012

See you all in two weeks!

I'm off on a  lovely holiday with a friend who has invited me to her timeshare in St. Lucia.  How lucky am I?

No crafting for a bit I'm afraid but I hope to keep an eye on all your blogs while I'm away as there is Wi Fi where I am staying - so not all my  time will be spent on the beach or by the pool......................

Have to go to bed now as it's an early start tomorrow - see you all soon. xxx

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Oliver's 13th Birthday Card

Hi everyone

It's been a very long time since I uploaded a card. I have finally tidied my craft room end found my desk again - just in time to make this card fror my older grandson's 13th birthday on 4th May.

I had some problems with it as I wanted to make it  relevant to him and his interests but couldn't get it quite  right.

In the end I managed to get  a lot of things into it that he will recognise and I hope,  enjoy!

He is a real joker with a great sense of humour and is always driving us mad with his card tricks - some of which don't go exactly right  lol  - although he does fool  me with some of them I must admit! He is also always on his computer or listening to music - and if you wonder why the socks are odd - that's also a favourite feature. Apparently it's 'cool'.  His favourite colour is purple - but when I tried to use that somewhere  in the background  it looked too 'girly' which I didn't think would be appreciated - so I settled on a  purple jumper.

It's an A5 card on a white background but  it hasn't scanned very well I'm afraid because it looks a bit grey and has scanned  a bit crooked  - but I hope the image gives you an idea of what it looks like in real life.

The digi image is from Mo's digital images and I decoupaged it so that it sits in relief from the rest of the card. The boy actually looks a lot like Oliver too. The cards were from my stash,  as were the  the musical notes. The colouring was done with my promarkers and the greeting ( which isn't crooked in reality - honest!)  was generated on the computer.

I hope he likes it  - and hope you do too!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Hello Everyone

Today I am playing with my new Archos tablet - my new best friend!

I won't pretend I'm as quick typing on it but it's great fun and I wanted to  see just how easy it's going to be to update my blog on the go.

I am also guilty of making odd phone calls to my friends and family as I have been setting up skype calls - think I've worked it out now. lol.

I will get back to crafting soon as I have to make my grandson's birthday card soon.

Hope you all had a great Easter - I spent most of mine marking exam papers.

I'll be back soon.


Thursday, 23 February 2012


I have been wondering what to put on my grandaughter's next birthday card.  She is seventeen next month.

I saw a tutorial on making paper roses on a blog recently and thought I'd give it a go. I didn't have any of the tools that were suggested - such as various punches and shaping tools -  so I improvised.

I made a paper pattern for large and small petals and a cup shape for the sepals which I then scanned in to my computer and traced in SCAL so that I could cut the petals, sepals  and leaves withmy Cricut.  I shaped the components using an ordinary embossing tool with a large ball, on a sponge stamping mat and used my normal tweezers to help shape the petals.

The tutorial used card to make the roses but I used ordinary white copy paper to make it all and coloured the leaves and sepals (they are there even if you can't see them)  with my Promarkers (Holly Green)  and the Letraset Airbrush. It worked quite well as the airbrush gave the leaves a sort of natural mottled appearance - luck not judgement. lol

I then coloured the petals with a sponge and several different ink pads to get a sort of pink and yellow shading. This is the result. I had to photograph it as of course it wouldn't fit into my scanner so it's not as clear as I would have liked but it gives an idea.

I mounted the rose and leaves on a plain white card which I had embossed and added a sentiment which I printed out on my computer.  I coloured the sentiment, first  using the airbrush and the same green Promarker (keeping it a long way away) and finishing  it by sponging lightly with the same inkpads as I used for the rose.

I like the simplicity of this card and hope Lauren will like it too. I think I'll have to make a box for it to go in though as it won't fit into an envelope.

The tutorial on making the roses is a very good one and there are some lovely cards there using different sorts of flowers  - there is a link to a video on the blog which I also watched. It was quite labour intensive to make the rose  but really enjoyable.

I found a piece of vellum that had been lying around for ages and tried making another rose using that. This is the result.

This hasn't made its way on to a card yet but  I think the vellum worked very well - saved a lot of colouring too although I don't think it's quite as realistic.  It's not quite as garish as this in real life though - it's the poor photography.  Now I'm on the search for suitable pieces of paper to make more......................... watch this space.

Hope you like my efforts.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Cards at Last.

Hi everyone - a long time since I've posted anything on here as I have found it very difficult to get into my craft room after it has been used as a storage space while we have been decorating - and has also been full of Christmas stash. I have at last taken the plunge and tidied a path to my desk.

I have decided, before I tackle anything else,  to look in my project basket and finish a few items that have been lingering in there for far too long  - waiting for me to complete them. I have managed to put two cards together.

The first one is an image by Sheena Douglass that I have used before - using the Paint Fusion technique. This particular image didn't get onto a card but I have at last mounted it, although because of the black edging this isn't really apparent in the photograph.

 I haven't added a sentiment as I think it would be suitable for a lot of different occasions.

This second card is my attempt at using distress inks.  I must admit this is not my usual style but I thought I'd give it a go - I think that's why it has stayed in my project basket for so long - I'm not really sure it's my style - or that I am very pleased with it -  but I think it's good to try something different from time to time.  I do like the stamp though but I can't remember where it came from I'm afraid.

                                                                       BIRDS and CAGE

I haven't put a sentiment on this card either as  I think this can also be used for several different occasions.
I'd better go and have another look in my project box I guess and see what else I can find.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Done it!

I have finally managed to upload a new page for when I can  get into my craft room and find all the things I have planned to sell. I hope that when I  do there will be some of you who are interested in my wares!

I have had to re-arrange my blog a bit so that I could  set up a new page that everyone could see easily.

Hope everyone has had a good day - see you all soon.