Thursday, 7 December 2017

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Hello and thank you for your visit today.

Well I'm happy to say I have now sent off all my Christmas cards  (ll0 in total) and have just got a handful left to post in doors around the village.

It has taken me several hours each day for over a week to write them so now I'm keen to visit you all again and see what you've been making.

It's been a very busy few weeks with lots of stuff going on.  After a hearing test two weeks ago I will be getting hearing aids this year for Christmas - and I only wanted chocolate and a bottle of Baileys!!!

My card today was made several months ago when I was on a mission to use up scraps of white card.

The cherry and heart are also cut from pieces of white card and the ribbon is the tiniest piece from the end of the reel.



I'm popping over with my card to join in with Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 309 & 310

Monday, 27 November 2017

Last Rudolph Day - 2017

Good Morning,  I hope you are all keeping warm. 

I had an enforced duvet day yesterday as I woke up with an upset tum!   It was my birthday on Saturday so perhaps I may have over indulged.

 I'm feeling fine today but decided to stay at home away from everyone - just in case.  I didn't want to pass anything nasty on.  So it's a good opportunity to catch up with visits as I've been overstretched for the past couple of weeks.

My card for Maureen's last Rudolph Day Challenge for the year  was made with a magazine freebie stamp and a die and paper bought from the Works recently.

The bow was cut out using a small card template and I used a peel off sentiment and some card candi.  I added a bit of sparkle  and gold gell pen to the image.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Optical Illusion!

First I want to assure you that everything on my card is embossed and to my hubby that is how it looks.  Not to me though. 

For some reason, I don't know why it happens sometimes, but the photo on my phone was sideways and other than that it looked fine.  As soon as I transferred it to my laptop and rotated it - oops! it looked debossed.

I was unable to take another photo as it went off in my charity box last week.

I'd be interested to see how it appears to you.

The embossing folder came recently as a magazine freebie.  The zebra is by Lawn Fawn and was in a box of similar little wild animals which I recently stamped, coloured and diecut at our craft club one morning.

I recently found a youtube video describing how to make this type of fold.  The sizes were a bit complicated so because too much measuring does tend to confuse me I decided to try an easy version.

Here is a photo of the girl version.

For each card I used a sheet of white card.

First I cut a two inch strip off the bottom of the short side.

Next I cut the remaining card lengthways in half.  At this point I cut the smallest slither from the side of my strip to allow for the folds on the next stage.

I stuck the 2" strip onto the bottom of the long strip, making sure I had it centred then folded in the sides.

Finally I folded the long strip down to the to the top of the little flaps.  You can see this on the baby girl card.

I believe it's called a Dutch Door Fold although I may be wrong.

I cut both white matts from one of the remaining long white strips using a Spellbinders die.  Sentiments are from a Paula Pascal set of sentiment stamps.  I use this set so much that I recently bought a second set - just in case!

  Bruce is taking me out for a pub lunch shortly and I'm recording the Arsenal v Tottenham match to watch when we get home.  Then it's Strictly from Blackpool on the television this evening and more football and some crafting tomorrow.  So it's the perfect weekend for me.  I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

You Passed!

Hello and Welcome.  I hope you are having a good day.

When I got back from Blackpool recently the first news I got from my hubby was that a friend had passed his driving test  first time ..... Well Done Mark!

So this is the card I made for him using my Cuttlebug for embossing and die cutting.

The silver embossed panel was already lying on my desk.  I used a sentiment banner which is my new set from Elizabeth crafts.   I stencilled the 'L' onto a scrap of white card and cut up the middle with fancy scissors.  I think it would have looked better cut at an angle but wanted to get the card finished quickly to deliver.

I cut the car and letters from Tim Holtz dies with scraps of card and decided to colour the holes in the letters with a silver pen to match the panel.

As I used lots of snippets I'm popping over to join in at Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 307 & 308

I would also like to enter the following challenges  Lemon Shortbread Challenge #52   and
Cuttlebug Mania (a masculine project)

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Cheers!

Good evening everyone.  I hope you've had a good day.

Just a quick post today to  show you what we did at our craft club last night.

Wendy showed us how to make these fun wine bottle waistcoats.

We each made two in different colours using glitter fun foam.  My other one was green and gold.   I've not come across the glitter fun foam before.

Not a very good photo but it was taken quickly when I got home and in bad light.

We all enjoyed crafting together.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Hi All!  Well I'm back from my mini break. 

We had a great time after a bad start.  We had a five hour wait for the coach at the South Mimms services on the M25.

We stayed at Tiffany's ..... no not the one in The Big Apple.  It was in Blackpool. 

The illuminations didn't disappoint, good food and the odd tipple.  I had a great time with my friend Wendy.

I have to unpack and will be back tomorrow to find out what you've all been up to while I've been away.  Barbxx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Birds of a Feather!

Good Evening!

A quick post before I finish packing my case for the trip to Blackpool tomorrow.  Poor hubby will be looking after himself for a few days.

I'm going with a friend whose birthday is on Saturday so this is the card I've made for her.  Drinks will be on me on Saturday night.

I did the background with distress oxide inks and over stamped with a freebie feather stamp then lifted a little colour off some feathers.  It looked a bit dull so I added some white gell pen and distressed the edges with my tool.

The bird and branches are punched from scraps of the background and I used Spellbinders dies which I bought recently at a table top sale.  The candy is handmade.

Enjoy your weekend.  I'm certainly looking forward to mine.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Make a Wish

Good Morning!

I wonder how many of you in the UK took advantage of an extra hour in bed as the clocks changed.  Well I certainly enjoyed a lie in as it's been a very busy few weeks for me.

This is one of several very quick cards I made this week.  I'm going to Blackpool on Friday with a friend for four days to see the illuminations.  I've never been to Blackpool before and want to get my box of charity cards sent before I go.

Last week I bought a couple of 6 x 6 paper pads in the Works for £2 each.  The whole background is just a piece of one sheet.  I bought the little unicorn and a bunny stamp from Hobbycraft (Dovecraft) which I used for all the cards.

I stuck the paper onto some black card then diecut a round aperture and mounted onto my white card after cutting the black frame from the black card.


The unicorn was stamped onto a snippet of DCWV paper and fussy cut out.  I put him onto foam pads and popped him inside the aperture.  Finally I added some glitter pen to areas of the background and the unicorn then stamped the Paula Pascal twice onto the background.

I'm popping over to Pixies Snippets Playground - Weeks 305 & 306 with my card.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Unassembled!

Good Evening!

I thought you may be amused to see this card which was demonstrated by Wendy at our village club on Wednesday evening.

The photo isn't very good I'm afraid  cotton wool in a bag. Perhaps it could be called white on white!!! I don't know ....

Anyway they were pretty quick and fun to make and we all managed to make three during the evening.

I enjoyed my day at Loobi  Crafts where we made five Christmas cards.  I'll show those another time.

I'd like to join in the Rudolph Day - October Challenge.


Maureen holds her challenge every month from 25th till the end of the month, encouraging us to get Christmas cards done in time for the Big Day. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Thank You Phil!

Hello and thank you for dropping by.

I've had a busy week and am looking forward to a fun weekend.  Tomorrow I'm off to a workshop with a friend to make Christmas cards and on Saturday going to a workshop in our village hall with another friend.  The demonstrators are Julia Watts and Leonie.  I'm very excited!!!

You may remember I was taking a course of refresher driving lessons .
Well I've been getting out and about a bit but continued with lesson for a while as I still felt I lacked some confidence.

Last Tuesday I had my last - a two hour lesson with Phil my instructor.

It was very special as I drove from home up the M1 and M25 to and through Rugby and back.  I can tell you I was buzzing when I got home.

This is the thank you card I made for Phil for giving me the confidence to get out there again.

The bird was made with a Marianne die set.  It is actually a Christmas robin set.  There are various dies to make two different robins plus some holly.   Anyway, I thought it could be any bird so made this one up with small scraps from my box.  The background paper is from a pad I bought at a table top sale I went to recently.

I hope you have a good weekend, whatever you have planned. 

Friday, 20 October 2017

With Sympathy card

Hello and welcome

My card today was made a couple of weeks ago and is one for my charity box.

I used the flower from my recent club demo where I demonstrated the whitewash technique.  I wanted to try it on black card too so embossed and cut out a flower with black card.  I painted some ink from a Brilliance white pad onto the flower and when dry painted over areas with a purple distress ink.

The leaves were cut from a scrap of black card and the music paper is from a small piece I had left from a card I made at a recent workshop with Wendy Stenton.



This was one of the cards we made with Wendy.  I didn't actually get it finished and this is the photo I took when I got home.

We had heat embossed and coloured some flowers and leaves.  I cut them out  and stuck on in the corner just above the bow in the afternoon.  It was great fun to make.




As my sympathy card was made with snippets I would like to join in with the girls in the Playground at :
Pixies Snippets Workshop - Weeks 303 & 304

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Song Bird

Hello and thank you for your visit.

The card today was made using my latest purchase, Song Bird by Sizzix.

I stuck scraps of paper, from a Craftworks Cards pad,  to scraps of white card.  They were diecut  and then stuck onto a piece of old book page.

I cut off the top leafy piece of the die.

The sentiment is an old and well loved Hobby Craft stamp.

After taking this photo I did a couple of scribble lines around the edge with a black fine liner as I thought it needed something else!

As I've only used scraps I'm going over to join in at Pixies Snippets Workshop Weeks 299 & 300

Saturday, 7 October 2017

A Quick Update

Hello Friends

I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the lovely comments on my two recent posts.
 

I've now caught up with jobs and emails since returning from holiday and can now begin catching up with all you've been doing.  It may take a while but I'll get round to visit as soon as I can.


I'd like to give a very warm welcome to my three new followers: 

Litsa Tzika,  Sharon Gibb and Henry Evans.

I have tried to find you but been unsuccessful.  If you have a blog please leave me  a comment so that I can come and visit you too.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Wishing You Well

Hello Friends!

We're home after  a wonderful holiday in Tuscany.  It even exceeded my expectations and we enjoyed it so much the plan is to go to Umbria next year


Now I just have to do the washing and ironing ....

This is a card I made,  just before we went away,  for a cousin who had  come out of hospital.

The stamp was sent by a kind craft buddy.  After stamping the image I gave the card a light wash of blue then coloured the roses and flowers in with Sparkle pens.  Sadly the sparkle doesn't show up well in the photo.

The banner is from a set by Elizabeth Crafts which had just arrived together with the set of sentiments which fitted them.

I'm going to be very busy for the next few days but hope to have caught up with visiting you all over the next week.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Club Demo

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog today.

Last week I did the demo at our village club.  I collected the key and put out the chairs and tables  before anyone arrived.

As I had about 20 minutes before anyone came I decided to take photos  so here is my table set up ready.


I was demonstrating the whitewash technique.

We didn't make a card.  I decided to just concentrate on the technique so had already cut the kraft card to size and pre stamped and embossed this Woodware stamp using my Misti then embossed with white embossing powder.

I thought it would be a good idea to also prepare a single blossom for the girls to have a practise before tackling the big flower,

I made two card up myself  just as ideas for making their work up into finished cards.  The leaves were roughly cut from the waste after cutting out the bloom and inked with distressed ink.




We had a good evening together and look forward to Wendy's demo in two weeks time.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Paper pieced snippets

Hello and thank you for your visit.

I'd like to say a BIG thank you for all the lovely and supportive messages I've had to my last post.

I've had a busy few weeks with several visitors staying with us and I did the demo at the club.  I'll show photos when I get them downloaded.

This is a paper pieced card which I made with snippets some time ago.

The stamp is by Woodware and I bought it as I thought it would be perfect for paper piecing which is something I really enjoy doing.

 The panel at the side used the last piece of this pretty paper which I think was a magazine freebie.  The little butterfly was punched out from the edge, hidden by a flower petal.  I used a couple of Promarkers for a little shading.

Have a lovely weekend and happy crafting.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Back on the Road Again!

Hi All,.

Well I said I'd let you know what I'd been up to.  Life has been very busy and pretty exciting over the past  few weeks.

I've been to a couple of workshops,  Jacky and I did the craft club demo for Wendy when she went on holiday and I had friends staying for a week so we got out and about a lot.  Fortunately we had lovely weather.

Tomorrow we have my lovely SIL coming to stay and I'm also prepping for my demo at the village club next week.

I've continued with my refresher driving lessons and feeling miles more confident now.

I saw this on the forecourt a couple of weeks ago and hooray !!!!

Here I am in my new little white car.

I've not ventured too far by myself yet but last week I did drive to Loobi Crafts in Leighton Buzzard.  It's one of the places I wanted to be able to get to and after a Costa Coffee break I got home safely absolutely buzzing.

Unfortunately I've not done very much card making over the past couple of weeks and as Anne will be here tomorrow won't be back into full swing until next week.

So now it's off to do some housework and a bit of shopping.

I just thought I'd let you know I'm still around and will be back again very soon.

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Rudolph Day - August

Hello Blogland Friends,

Sorry to have been absent for so long but life just took over.  There's been lots going on but I'll tell you what I've been up to soon.

I'd just like to say how sad it's been watching the news from the USA.  My thoughts go out to all the people affected by Hurricane Howard.

I'm just popping in with a Z Fold Christmas card made with a Crafwork Cards paper pad, and a Sizzix die.

I'm popping in at the last minute to join the Rudolph Day Challenge
 
which Maureen holds  from 25th  to the end of the month each month throughout the year where we show our Christmas cards.

I have to apologise for not leaving regular comments over the past few weeks.  Things have been so hectic here but bit by bit I am catching up and will get round to visiting all my friends as soon as I possibly can.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Batch Making

Hello and Welcome

Last week I spent an afternoon using my Misti to batch make a set of cards using some new stash.

I bought the Spellbinders stepper die at a table top sale a few weeks ago and this was it's first time out.

The bird and branch were in a freebie set of stamps and dies with a recent magazine and the single flower was lying on my table, stamped and diecut from an older freebie set.

I recently went to Loobi Crafts for a workshop using Craftwork cards materials and the paper is scraps which were leftover from the class.  I still have lots of the diecut sentiments, candi and full sheets of the pretty papers to play with.



I stamped then diecut six birds and wings from scraps of white card.

Next I put one of the scraps into my Misti and put the diecuts into the holes in the scraps.

I placed the stamps in the right position to stamp the wings, heads and bodies of the birds then stamped in my chosen colours.  I removed the wings as they were finished and switched the birds over so that I could stamp the reverse parts.






I made three of the cards using various pieces of this set of papers and the other three birds I have put aside to use later.

I am taking my card over to join in  at Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 293 & 294


Monday, 31 July 2017

Is it a Bee!

Good afternoon
My card today was a very quickly made a couple of weeks ago using a piece of gelli plate print.

 I diecut the bee  from it a couple of years ago to make another card but kept the waste.

When I rubbed round the edges with oxide fosillized amber it looked a bit solid and flat so I squiggled lines with a marker and sprinked and heated clear embossing powder round the top right hand corner.

The bee is a Bigz die and the sentiment is letters cut out with a Tim Holtz set of letters.

I would like to join in the challenge at
Stamping Our Stash # 313
 Butterflies,Bees and Bugs