Tuesday, 30 April 2013

This is what happens . . .

. . . . when I finally tidy my work space. lots of crafting going on this week :)

First my UKPC swap card for April. The theme was "words" and I thoroughly enjoyed the inking, stamping, die cutting etc that made this happen

Next it was a demo day at Pinnacles last Saturday. They were demonstrating Pan Pastels. I've heard if you struggle with brayering, you might be able to get on with these better. Jenny and I got there nice and early which guaranteed us front row seats. I sat transfixed for 2 hours and in the end it was a dumb posterior which made me move! Then it was to the shop to get some. Feeling very much the beginner with these, so plan on practising when I can. I did manage something Saturday night

I'd gone for a cloudy sunset style and was quite pleased with how it turned out, although not happy with my makeup sponges, they seemed too harsh. I want a softer result when I stroke the page with the colours. I had also bought a cloud stamp so used a coordinating Impress ink in Autumn Leaf.

While all this was going on, I was also making up packs of cards for my Slimming World consultant. She'd asked me to make her a bundle of cards. I'd made 20 of her regular style when she paid for my next 'countdown' as payment, so I wanted to make something a bit more special as a thank you. Hence the new designs (another 10 of each) -

Last night I finally made a scrapbook page. Its been a long time since I was able to get to my 12x12 files, they're still a little covered by other things but now at least I can use them! Naturally the page is William orientated!!

I'd borrowed the birdcage die from Jenny but the rest of the flowers etc. came from my stash. The prep took the longest time, collecting all the ingredients but then the fun part - laying it all out and deciding what went where. Its loosely based on a sketch I found online, unfortunately I don't have the link now as I'd copied the sketch some time back.
The photos were taken in our daughters garden and William is wearing the hat I bought a day or so earlier. I'd been out part of the day and wondered where hubby was when I got in. It was when the photos arrived via email that I realised he's sneaked off to visit his grandson!!
All this crafting has been great and last night my sis reminded me I had some cards to make for her too, so must soldier on . . . . 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Feeling bit crafty today

I woke up early and felt the need to play, so been at my craft desk (which I only tidied yesterday) and made two cards. They are rough copies of one I made BJ over on UKPC so cant add a pic until I know she's received her card. In the meantime I did have a play with a Dawn Bibby kit recently

Quick fun cards to make. Got a nice little stash of female cards now. Must do boys ones next! I do have my anniversary coming up and then my younger sons birthday so May is going to be a busy month as I really want to get back into my scrapbooking too
Crafty hugs x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My shaving foam card (update)

Now I know my card has arrived safely, here's how my card turned out last week . . .

Friday, 22 March 2013

a 60th birthday card

One of my work friends turns 60 soon and I was asked to make her a card for us all to sign. In fact there are three ladies with 60th birthdays this year, one has already celebrated hers with a party, the other two are quite close together and we are all having a day out at Hyde Hall in May to celebrate theirs. There are two of us who make cards, so the other lady is doing the other card.

As its all of us signing, it had to be a larger card and I immediately thought of my beautiful ornate butterfly die. Using a white 8x8 scallop edge card, I cut the butterfly in gold mirror card and added holographic gold peel offs (from the Glitter Girls) round the edges. Finally more shiney gold peel offs for the text. Simple :)

Happy Birthday Sue! x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Fun with shaving foam

I'd seen a few blog posts highlighting this technique but it was UKPCs latest swap that made me have a go for myself. Who knew it would be so much fun! I collected all my "ingredients" - a tray for the foam; my very old Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (bought on a whim from CnC many years ago); plastic ruler and old pen; card stock and photo paper; kitchen towel for the mess and finally . . . stole DHs shaving foam from his cupboard in the bathroom - he'll never know!!

First attempt, I opened the Glimmer Mists and poured small puddles into the foam, then swirled them round a bit. I used basic card stock for this one and the result was quite bright. I have to admit I was sceptical it would work, so pleasantly surprised

My next attempt was by spraying the Mists from about an inch or so away from the surface of the foam and then swirling again as before. This time I used photo paper and it created a much more subtle effect. I have some lovely little chipboard labels bought in New York back in December so grabbed three of them to see if it would work on them - it did! I wanted to try it on some labels (thinking Timmy Holtz style) but cant rememeber where I stashed them - oh well next time.

I've made my card for the swap, but hanging on til the weekend as I want to see if I can get a small extra element for the card. I'll add a photo of it once I know the recipient has it, dont want to spoil the surprise ;)

All for now folks!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Sympathy cards

They have to be the hardest cards to make. They're something I never did when I used to sell them. I just couldnt bring myself to make money out of someone elses grief.

Today I've done two, one from me and one from the Slimming World group I belong to. Both for my dear friend Jenny whose husband lost his fight for life last night. He had been terminally ill for about 7 years slowly declining over that time. It'll be a release for Jenny after all those years
nursing him but right now she is going through that awful process of fresh grief.

I deliberately chose black and white as the theme, as its Jennys favourite, with just a touch of red to stop it being too funereal. I used my lovely poppy die cut and a butterfly one I had forgotten about until recently. Both cut using red mirrior card.

RIP David Martin

Monday, 4 February 2013

1 February . . .

. . . and a great start to the month. Sitting at the craft desk twice this week has left me with a few birthday cards in hand. I used my lovely Hunkydory Elegance set to get me going. I enjoyed trying out a technique I saw on CnC during their promotion for this set last year, its a floating heart easel card - a Valentine card for my dear hubby who is working so hard to get my floors downstairs finished

I liked the floating idea so made another easel card, using more of the HD set
You lose the effect of the acetate as its hidden behind the bit that sits up, but it does mean you can see the base through the card when laying flat!

and heres what I did with the green bit of the kit. Theres another card which I wont show yet as its for someone who might see this blog, so secret for now ;)
All for now, more from Craftland soon (hopefully)



Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Its still January!

Well, who knew January would be so productive! There I was trying to avoid the dust of having new floor tiles being laid downstairs and hey presto - 6 Christmas cards jumped out of my craft table. I had planned on recognising Rudolph Day (25th of the month), but was a couple days late - oops!

I used part of a Hunkydory set (Clarks Winter Hat) and some old recycled cards. Added some glitter glue and the odd ribbon - done :)

Have a great crafternoon ;)

Friday, 25 January 2013

January 2013

I thought as theres so little of January left that I really ought to get on here and blog something. I miss my crafty times a lot, theres always something to keep me from my table. Have to admit its the cold this month! Foolishly I chose the coldest room in the house to set up my craft table, roll on spring I say

The last few months havent been completely bereft of crafting, I did do a few Christmas cards and my son-in-laws birthday card. I've even crafted in January, but right now no photos to prove it! I sent my UKPC January swap off but forgot the photo so once the recipient receives it, I'll grab a copy of her photo from the group site

In the meantime:
This for my son-in-law. I used a kit from HunkyDory as a quick make. Their products are so lovely I find it hard to part with them!

This was the November swap on UKPC. I did enjoy this one, just love all things dotty/spotty and how could I leave out dear Pudsey with it being so close to Children in Need?

Of course theres one major event that happened recently - in December my daughter gave birth to a little boy. So now I have two grandsons . . . one I dont get to see and one I will be allowed to see

Being there at the birth was magical. Obviously I didnt like seeing my little girl in pain, but she was so brave and hardly made a sound. having had three cesareans with my own babies, watching my grandson being born was so special. this is him about 30 mins old. He is so adoreable I'm sure theres going to be lots of scrapping done this year!

So for now, I continue visiting my dad almost daily. Thats where all my crafting time goes. One day I'll feel able to leave him alone for a day or two beyond my work days. Maybe later in the year I'll be able to craft more and therefore keep up the blogging!

I'll visit craftland again very soon ;)