Saturday, 19 December 2015

I'm back!

Hello and thank you for popping in. I do appreciate you calling in and if you have the time to leave a comment, especially at this busy time of year, I love to see them. I enjoy seeing all of the feedback, the good and not so good because I am a definite amateur and I am looking to always improve. Actually, seeing my own photos at times, I can see the mistakes and see how to make things look better. 
So, nails done, ready for Christmas. I've gone for black with a little hint of glitter! Very much out of my comfort zone. We did a little bit of shopping, we have a wedding on the 27th and my daughter is struggling to find something that she likes and will accommodate her growing bump. She's already had to return a dress that 2 weeks ago fitted and now won't go anywhere near her. It's a good job she brought it over to try on and show me last week. We're just grateful that she didn't put it to one side and waited until the actual day! The one maternity dress she ordered was far too big around the boob area and has been returned too. Today, she bought a lovely dress and picked up a couple that she'd ordered. Hopefully, one out of the three will be OK.
Husband is out tonight for his company's Christmas do, so I'm home alone - "Strictly" here I come! I would love to see Jay win but I have a sneaking suspicion that Anton du Bec and his partner will win because it is a popularity contest to a point and I think Anton is leaving. His fans will want him to go out on a high. I will write my Christmas cards too and see how many more I need to make!!
With that I am going to make this post my last one for the year. I will be back in 2016.I hope to see you then


Oldie for Fffriday

Hello, this is going to be quick I will pop back later. I need to g and get ready for daughter!
It's an oldie inspired by Erika at Snappy Crafts It's a birthday card for a lady that celebrates her birthday over the Christmas period . It's all My Craft Studio Festive Deco Follies. The image is all cut out and decoupaged See you later

Thursday, 17 December 2015

A simple/easy box

Hello Everyone. Thank you for lovely comments on my oldie I am so sorry I did not post anything on Tuesday, I came home from work feeling shattered, I fell asleep on the sofa! It was then time to get the evening meal ready. Too late to post after clearing away etc.
Anyway,I fell over on Monday. I slipped on some wet leaves and ended up on my backside. I stupidly, or subconsciously, put out my hand that wasn't holding a cup of coffee, and managed to cut the heel of my hand. The coffee stayed in my hand (hooray!) but spilled a little. In my embarrassment and once I was standing again, I threw the cup of coffee in temper, for it to then splash all over my lovely Alexander McQueen shopping bag. I was not a happy bunny by the time I got to the office. So, Tuesday was not a good day for me as I ached from the tumble. Next time I think I will add more alcohol to the coffee!
Today's offering is the small box I made for the gift my daughter had bought. The photo is not brilliant. I tried hard not to get me or the camera reflected off the lid. Using my Hougie board I cut a piece of gold mirri 14x14cm and scored each edge at 2cm. I cut a piece of white card 16x16cm and on two adjacent edges trimmed a slither of card off. I scored at 3cm on each edge. I decorated the top with a very simple die cut in gold mirri which was a freebie from a magazine. I decided to offset it for ease. I decided I couldn't work out where the centre of the lid was. I think you all, already know how to make simple boxes - I'm a bit of a newbie to box making, so this will be a bit of a reference point for me. I was thrilled with the result and need to make a couple more now (I've at long last managed to get husband a small gift and need to disguise it).
Had Salsa Monday night and last night. I have a another Salsa night tomorrow (Friday). Craft club tonight. Nails done on Saturday. So busy,busy busy! Have fun whatever you are up to

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Oldie for FFriday

Hello Everyone
I am still chasing my tail and still making Christmas cards! I have just finished making a box for my daughter to use to hold a necklace she has bought. It is a simple basic 10cm x 10cm one. I will take a photo and post it at some point. The light is so dismal here that I'd struggle to take a half decent one. The shop we were in yesterday had very simple little boxes and wanted to charge £2.50! I said straight away that I'd make one instead. My cost, about 50p if that!
I had a great holiday apart from the lack of organisation. Our organiser kept telling us "but that's Cuba for you" BUT that wasn't always the case, I know because we've been there a few times now. There was 50 of us in our group and somebody coined the phrase "we're rushing to wait" We did have a laugh about it all. Little snippets of the highlights will appear on here.
My oldie for today inspired by Erika at Snappy Crafts. It is a Christmas card I made last year. The image is from My Craft Studio. This cd-rom had a coloured image and a black and white image. So I printed the coloured onto white card and the black and white image onto heat resistant acetate. Sent that one through my Patsy May Foil It machine with gold foil and just layered it over the top of the coloured one. I really must use that machine more often.
I have really exciting news to tell you all and I have been bursting to mention it. But my daughter was/is being very cautious for very personal reasons 
SHE IS APPROXIMATELY 22 WEEKS PREGNANT! To say I'm excited is an understatement. This is will be our first grandchild and I cannot wait
 Have a great week end everyone. I have nagged husband to take me Christmas shopping tomorrow.

Thursday, 10 December 2015


Hello Everyone. Thank you for popping in, I value you taking the time, and if you are able to leave a comment, I love to see/hear what you think of my humble offerings.
Today's post is a chocolate wrapper that I entered into a competition organised by Christine Emberson and her blog is Creativity Continues I think most of you know her. I especially like her Friday Die days and her charity kits. The brief was to use a Spellbinders die. I went the whole hog and all of the dies, apart from one, are Spellbinders. I wanted to keep the colouring to a certain chocolate corporate purple too. 
Her son Elliott has a blog too Hope and Chances
I was one of the five winners (my first in crafting ever!) and won the novel "The Chocolate Lover's Christmas" by Carole Matthews ( a brilliant read), a box of chocolates and a tiara.
The next stage of the competition was to send in a photograph wearing the tiara and displaying the book. Sadly I missed the deadline as I was on holiday but I had great fun deciding where to have my photo taken. I got a few strange looks posing in front of the Chocolate Museum in Havanna, Cuba!  I think the look on my face says "hurry up, people are staring at me".

Lilac paper
Purple card/paper
Black card
White card
Green card
Spellbinders D-Lite Medallion (five I think)
Spellbinders D-Lite Vines of Passion vase
Spellbinders D-Lite Asters
CS Phill Martin gilding wax - chic violet
Sue Wilson Pierced Tags

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Hello Everyone.
Well it doesn't take long to get back into the swing of things after a holiday does it?. I did have a great time apart from a slight run in with a patio door that had an edge that felt like a knife! I really thought I would be coming home with only nine toes. Fortunately, there was a GP in our group and she was able to help. I have been to Cuba quite a few times now. I love it there. We spent a few days in Havanna and a ew days in Varadero.. The whole place feels like it is still stuck in the 1950's but this will change eventually now that the embargo has lifted. I don't drink alcohol BUT there is a place in Havanna that sells the most delicious drink in the world! Freshly pressed sugar cane syrup and Havanna Club! Yum!
Today's card was made for a friend to give to a fellow crafter. The giver makes superb quilts, black work, sewing, quilling etc and the recipient does all of the above but also makes exquisite miniatures using the boxes from hotels that display teabags, fimo, couscous. See her work I posted here. I hope she liked it

We're all crafting!

Can you spot the deliberate mistake!! "The wild parties..." should read "the wild parties..." I hadn't realised until after I'd given it away and looked at photographs

8x8 card blank
Silver Holographic card
CE foundation cardstock - Colbalt blue
Sue Wilson - checkboard embossing folder
Sue Wilson NY Collection - Madison Square
My Craft Studio cdrom - The Artist Collection - Crafty Characters
Silver bling from stash
Sentiment from internet

Thank you for popping by, leave a comment if you can, I value them very much. see you Thursday

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Oldie for Ffffriday

Hello All
I'm back! I can admit now that I have been away on holiday in Cuba. We all know that it can be a bit dodgy admitting on line this fact. So I have tried to schedule a few posts and thank you for bearing with me. Now it will be rush, rush, rush to try and get the Christmas shopping and at least the cards done
As always, today's post is an oldie inspired by Erika I apologise for the quality of the photograph but it is old, really old! It was so easy to do and made quite a few of them in either black, white and gold or black,white and silver.
I have a busy week end ahead! I want to try and make a little cardi for my daughter's friend's new baby, together with a card.Make a real dent in making some more Christmas cards, catch up on the holiday washing AND go to Winter Wonderland in London tomorrow. So, I must get cracking!
More about the holiday in later posts
6x6 or was it 5x5 black card blank
white cardstock
gold or silver mirri card
Martha Stewart - snowflake punch
Spellbinders - deckle edge die
Patsy May Foil it machine to foil the sentiment

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Another oldie

Another scheduled post and another old Christmas card. Well it is the last Saturday of November, so the Christmas rush will really start. No dies used for this card and a great way of using scraps and an embossing folder. I just cut a lopsided triangle and covered with torn strips of patterned paper. I inked the torn edges, card blank and embossing folder. I wrapped the "tree" with gold thread. AND peel-offs!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

No card today just a poem

Hello Everyone
I am not posting a card today, just a beautiful poem written by my OH. Today is a sad day for all of our family and son's friends. It is six years ago today that our son passed away. OH wrote this poem to place on his grave. I have to say that he writes the most fantastic poetry. They are always personalised and quite often, they make the recipient "well up"

Although we will be far away
our hearts are by your side
With trees, as they sway
and leaves that fall and glide
in the garden at the the zoo
where our darling son does lie
Our love for you is ever true
And we'll never say goodbye
For you are with us every day
No matter where we roam
for in our hearts you'll always stay
For that truly is your home

I'm going to add something that my mum used to say to us when we were kids at bedtime and I used to say to mine "Night, night. Sleep tight. See you in the morning"

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Oldie for Fffriday

I'm still scheduling my posts. So I can't link this post to Erika's site - Snappy Crafts. I made this for an avid shoe lover! I used My Craft Studio cd-rom for the image and papers. Mirri card - which I tend to only use at Christmas these days. Back then, I think every card had either gold or silver mirri!. The butterflies were given to me

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Birthday card for a crafty friend

Hello Everyone
Thank you for popping in. I am scheduling my posts for awhile because I will be without my laptop. So apologies if I don't get to see your comments and your blogs. I will look forward to seeing everything when I can
I made this card for a friend who crafts. we also work at the same place. In fact, she was the one that pointed me in the direction of card making. Now, because she makes cards I really didn't know what to do. I decided to use all die cuts with a new set of dies that I hadn't used very much

5x7 card blank
Spellbinders - Marissa's bouquet - all of them!
Cor-dinations card stock
I think the embossing folder is CE
Sentiment printed using Serif cut out with Sue Wilson Austrian tag

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Simple CAS Birthday card

Hello everyone, thank you for popping by. Thank you for your kind words over the last few days. It was upsetting, especially for my OH who has had to deal with all of the legal side, but we/he is getting there. So, we had a lovely weekend afterall. I went shopping with my daughter on the Saturday. She actually needed to go to Hobbycraft - she does not craaft in any way shape or form! I couldn't turn down that opportunity! I bought some of my favourite knitting yarn, as I hadn't seen this particular colour, for another baby garment for my stash. we also looked at ideas for Christmas presents, in particular for my MIL. She loves to come to our little craft group but at 90 years old struggles to remember how to do things now. But she gets frustrated  at not doing something with her hands whilst we're there - silly I know. Daughter came up with an idea to buy a box frame and a bag of red different sized buttons. I make an outline of a heart to go into the frame that she literally covers with the buttons. Actually if any of you have ideas of which glue would be best, bearing in mind I daren't let her loose with a hot glue gun. I'm thinking Pinflair glue gel would be the best in the hope she may feel like doing it at home as well as at our craft night. She may need guidance at every sticking on each button, but it'll be a start. It is a real shame because she used to enjoy sewing, making costumes, knitting at crocheting. The four of us went dancing on the Sunday afternoon and had a takeaway at ours in the evening where we chatted and chatted and found out all about the holiday in Sharm.
Right, todays card is  a CAS cards, which I love. As this is for my aunt, I did add a bit of movement too with the butterfies

7x7 card blank
patterned vellum form my Lidl stash
SW Striplet -Everlasting Circles
SW Mini Striplet - Flights of Fancy - Butterflies
SPellbinders - Marissa's Bouquet - Butterflies
SW Noble Pierced Squares
Sentiment printed on Serif using a free font
CS - Phill Martin Twinkles - Chic Violet

Enjoy the rest of your week

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Oldie for Fffriday

Hello to all of you. I can't believe it's Saturday again! Thank you for your lovely comments on my previous post. I was so pleased with the result, I'm in the middle of making a second one I've been asked to do. I love this die, it allows you to make smaller cards as well as really dressing it up for larger cards. Those stores you mentioned Hazel are beginning to appear down South, but there are only a couple around here at the moment. I know what you mean Jackie about having to make Christmas cards at the moment. Thank you for your best wishes and support over my worry for the safety of our daughter. We had a great day, catching up and we're off shopping later today. 

My oldie inspired by Erika at Snappy Crafts is a twisted easel (first ever) Christmas card I made for my MIL, made in the days before I owned a die cutting machine. She likes traditional Christmas cards, but I didn't want to use a Santa Claus image. So a Serif  digikit - Hearts and Roses Christmas, a bit of glitter and a Martha Stewart Punch to the rescue. We've had more bad news this week, the death of a good neighbour and the sudden death of OH's uncle. Life feels worse than "Eastenders" at the moment. Thank goodness for the therapy of crafting
Not much happening this week end, shopping today, dancing, tomorrow with a bit of crafting in between

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Inspired by Sue Wilson

Hello to everyone. Thank you for visiting and comments. Thank you for your note Hazel. Unfortunately both of those stores you mentioed do not exist in Welwyn Garden city. I will need OH or daughter take me to Stevenage or Harlow. I do try and look out for bits when I'm out and about, when I remember to! So, baskets, hearts - Patricia knows why and cheap jewellery - a tip from Debs A, to cut into and make embellishments. 
Daughter arrived home in the early hours of yesterday. We met for lunch and she got the biggest hug and kiss ever. Such a relief to see her. She couldn't praise, Thomsons, the resort staff, security enough. She and her fiance had a fabulous time and wouldn't hesitate in going again - not yet a while young lady!
Today's card has been inspired by Sue Wilson and I have her permission to show it on my blog
On Thursday 5th November she showed this video and card I had a go at something very similar on Tuesday afternoon. The only difference is I used Serif instead of alcohol inks and sprayed the card with Crafter's Companion Spray and Shine but next time I will just print it onto glossy photo paper, printed the sentiment and a different die for the pretty border. I followed Sue's technique for cutting the "Flights of Fancy" but left a 1 cm border

7x7 inch card blank
Supersmooth 250gsm white card
Red card from stash
Serif digikit - Psychedelic and a free font
Sue Wilson - Flights of fancy
Sue Wilson - New York tag - cut out 4 times
pearls from stash

Hope you like it, I was thrilled with the end result and must be one of the few times that I have made a card that wasn't a happy accident! I will definitely make this card again. Not much on the horizon until the week end apart from more crafting!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Great news!

Hello everyone
Thank you for your lovely comments on my posts and your best wishes. I enjoy reading what you say.
Tracy, I hope you're able to be back to 100% crafting soon. I'd find it very frustrating, especially if I couldn't do my knitting
Jenny, it has been worrying and I've been quite tearful too. I'll probably burst into tears when I eventually get to see her as well
Yay! daughter text me this morning to say that they are on their way home (fingers crossed!) In fact they should be boarding a plane as I publish this post. They're flying back to East Midlands and then having to get a coach back to Stanstead. But, you know what, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, she's on her way home. It has been a truly sad, horrific, incident for those innocent Russian people. It does make you stop and think.
Anyway, today's card has been made for a work colleague's birthday. Making cards for work colleagues is one of the many reasons why I started card making. I was the one with the responsibility of buying the cards (there's 17 of us) and nobody thought to help with the cost. So it is for a gentleman who hasn't ever given any hints as to what hobbies he likes and for religious reasons does not drink. Last year I made a card using Serif digikit - Zodiac and made a "Saggitarius" card. SO! this year I was struggling to do something, especially as I started doing a zodiac card and when it was finished, it only struck me then that I'd done something similar to last year. A quick re-think and remembered I had a MCS cd-rom  called Nursery Rhyme. I googled his date of birth, to find that he was born on a Wednesday. I needed to make the topper in similar colours to the existing card in order to place it on top I took it into Serif and changed the colours, added shadows etc

7x7in card blank
MCS cd- rom Nursery Rhymes in the 3rd Anniversary collection
Serif digikit - Zodiac for lettering and "manipulating" the image 
Sue Wilson Noble Pierced Squares
Sue Wilson Pierced tags
Black card stock
CE Enchanted Gold gilding wax
Embossilicious Embossing folder

I hope you like it. Right I'm off to craft now to try and take my mind off the wait!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

My Oldie for Ffffriday

Yes I know it's Saturday! I've scheduled this one again because when this is published I will be at the GP's for my flu jab. This is going to be quick, please leave comments if you're able I love to receive feedback.
I'm a very jittery at the moment, our daughter is in Sharm el Sheikh, originally she is due home on Sunday, now of course, we're uncertain. I cannot wait to see her and give her a cuddle

Today's oldie inspired by Erika at Snappy  Crafts It is one of the cards I made for last year.
6x6 card blank
Serif digikit - 'Tis the Season
Spellbinders - Holiday Baubles
Red Mirri card
bling from stash

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Hello everyone, thank you for coming to visit. Welcome to Claire from Unicorn. Your comments as always are lovely and I enjoy seeing your feedback. I didn't make our Halloween costumes, Maureen, sewing is something I would really like to get back into. Last summer a friend told us about a Fancy Dress shop that, sadly, was closing down, we needed Movie themed costumes for their party and we paid a visit. My OH loves the "fashion" of Georgian period. He loves the wigs, flouncy shirts etc and found a couple of male costumes. We then found the matching lady's costume, so, it was a done deal! We did get Movie themed costumes too, OH - "Officer and a Gentleman", and I became" Frenchy" from" Grease". We bought a few more wigs to add to our growing collection. I have to say, wear a wig and you immediately "change" character.

Today's card was requested by OH, "Can you you do me a a Get Well card for tomorrow morning" I hadn't played much with this Striplet and thought it'd make a pretty card that wasn't too frilly and flowery (as was the brief!)

Lidll patterned paper
SW Striplet - Quilted Blocks
Sentiment printed and cut with Becca Feakin - Filigree Delights and shadowed with the same die cut in the Lidll patterned paper - perfect fit for the Striplets.

Right, I'm off to finish making a Shepherds Pie to take to MIL and eat with her. We're hoping that by having company, she'll be tempted to eat better. I've then got craft club which happens to be at her warden controlled complex
See you Saturday. I do try and visit all of your blogs, sometimes blogger won't let me leave comments.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Second Christmas card of 2015

Hello Everyone. 
Thank you for coming to visit and I know I always say it, but it makes me smile that you take the time to pop in and leave comments . So welcome to BARB and to JACKIESJEWELS too.
Halloween was great fun, we danced and danced until 2am. The journey home was horrendous though - pea soup fog! I have added a couple of photos at the bottom of both of us and of our daughter. She was our chauffeur for the night, so hats off to her for doing a stupendous job in that awful fog. OH and I won the prizes for best dressed male and best dressed female! That was an honour and a surprise.
Today's card(s) is my second attempt at this year's Christmas cards. I don't sell my cards as such but make my own and as I don't buy them I donate what I would have spent to my favourite charity. These will be hand delivered to special members of the family. I very rarely make the same card twice, but will make variations of a design I like. I recently treated myself to Sue Wilson's Poinsettia dies and I AM IN LOVE with them. Sorry it's a bit photo heavy. I was thrilled to bits with the results of my makes AND  I don't do stamping, I'm loving these Poinsettia stamps though. I've entered this into the unicornchallenge blog - Christmas is coming  
Poinsettia made with a serviette backed onto card and gold micro beads on Pinflair glue gel. Britannia sentiment die and SW Maidenhair Fern die. EF is SW's Snowflake lattice 

Work in progress Vellum Poinsettia and CS pearl glue Olympic Gold, Serif background 

Vellum, clear micro beads and CE Foundation card stock - coconut white

Close ups of the Poinsettia

And the boxes, both made with a Hougie board/patricia's instructions

And Finally!
Daughter as a scary clown

Husband and me!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

My Oldie for Ffffriday

Morning everyone and Happy Halloween! I don't celebrate Halloween as such but we are going to Salsa tonight. Thank you for popping by and a huge welcome to TRACY STITT. I hope all of you that pop by have the time to comment because I love to see what you think. As I mentioned we are off to a Halloween themed Salsa event. Daughter and her fiance are coming along too. I will have to do her make up as well as OH and mine! I must alter my costume, the skirt was a bit too long to dance in last time! So, I'd better get cracking, I ought to do some housework at some point.
I had a great birthday with lots of nice pressies including SW Canadian background and Shaded Poinsettia stamps. My OH gave me a two night stay at Champneys. I am always thrilled that people remember

My oldie today inspired by Erika is of a cake I made in 1982 would you believe for a hospital fete and thought it looked apt for Halloween too. I apologise for the quality of the photo - no digital cameras back then. I have had to scan the photo in. I only know that I made the cake in 1982 because I'd written on the back in pencil of all things - naughty but I didn't know any better then. It is a rich fruit cake covered in marzipan, fondant icing and royal icing. I ought to add that it's a thermometer in "his" mouth and not a cigarette! His skin is slightly green with red spots and his head is covered in bandages. Everything on the cake is edible including the bedhead etc. To make this less fragile I added tragacanth powder to the royal icing before I piped it onto bakewell paper. I made sure I did a few in case of breakages. I think they used it as a raffle prize or was it guess the weight, I can't remember now I hope you like it and hope you enjoy whatever you're up to over this spooky week end. I must add that, thank goodness that dark brown work top has disappeared from the kitchen! I started making novelty cake because I wasn't working at the time - and couldn't afford to buy/order cakes from the bakers. Supermarkets didn't do the fancy cakes that are available nowadays and started by making my son's birthday cakes. I was hugely inspired by Jane Asher too and still have her book of Novelty Cakes 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

It's my birthday today... I have scheduled this post. So really it's 9pm on Wednesday evening and haven't opened any cards yet except this one. It is from a friend that is a "Parcher"  and is truly amazing! I had a go at this art once and found it very difficult. If any of you do it, I take my hat off to you. It seems very time consuming and when I did it, after all of the pricking I managed to "snip" it in the wrong place! It look like she has "pricked" and "snipped" the backing papers and card blank too. It must have taken forever to do. I don't think the photographs do it justice really.
OH has got something up his sleeve as to what we're going to do, he's good at springing surprises!
Thank you for popping by and if you can, I love to see your comments.

What do you think, gorgeous isn't it?
As I don't know what OH has planned, I cannot say what I'll be up to, am I going out for a meal, have I got to pack an overnight bag, are we going shopping? Who knows.
See you Saturday

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Birthday card for a friend

Hello everyone and thank you for popping by. I love to read your comments and feedback. It really helps me to craft/improve. Seeing my projects photographed make such a difference too. It shows up all the mistakes and how I'd change it for future reference!

Today is a special friend's birthday, we have known each other for over 45 years now. She has just re-discovered her love for knitting. So my card is based around knitting! It was inspired by Saturday Sketch. A great resource for card/scrapbook layouts. I also treated her to a set of knitting needles from my favourite knitting needle company (think music!) - I wish I'd discovered them years ago

5x7 card blank
Lidll card - lilac
CE - chic viola gilding wax
Spellbinders - Marissa Bouquet 
EF - can't remember Embossilicious - a bargain from Ally Pally
Serif digikit - Knitty Gritty

I don't think I have much else on for the rest of this week. It is my birthday on Thursday and OH is being very cagey... So is my daughter. She, at long last, has consented to buy me some crafty goodies. She usually refuses and buys me something else (I always tell her not to worry and to spend her money on herself) because she thinks I have enough stuff but we never have enough crafting goodies, do we? She has a small wish list... to enable her to decide...
Take care

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Whoops! and oldie for Fffriday

Hello everyone. I'm sorry I didn't post on Thursday - long story involving toothache and lack of sleep!
Thank you for the comments about the fountain. It does look very pretty "spouting" pink water.  We often moan about our councils but sometimes they do come good. In the past, they have coloured the water yellow for Alzheimers week/month. 
I've scheduled this post because we're off to Bristol for a Salsa party. It's mainly a pre-meet of the people going on holiday to Cuba next month. It's also going to be Halloween themed, so out comes the fancy dress!
Today's oldie inspired by Erika at Snappy Crafts is a very simple card, using the shaving foam technique on the first mat. My mum, bless her, asked me to make a batch of "Thank You" cards to send to people that had bought her gifts/flowers when she became very poorly

6x4 deckle edge card blank
Spellbinders - Marvellous Squares
Spellbinders - Les Papillon
Stamps Away - colour mists blue and red
Distress ink - spun sugar

See you Tuesday

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hello one and all
Thank you for calling by and if you can leave a comment, I really appreciate it. Before I forget, I meant to say on Saturday's oldie post that my OH is a bookie - hence the reason for using that image.

Today I thought that I'd post this beautiful photo of the fountain in my town. Every year, during October, the water is coloured pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I have several friends that have had to deal with this cancer and everyone of them I admire their strength and tenacity. To everyone who has had to deal with cancer as a sufferer or carer I salute you
I'm scheduling this to post as I will be at the dentist for most of the afternoon. See yuo Thursday

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Oldie for Ffffiday...

Hello, is it Saturday again! Where is time going? Today I am determined to finish some sewing I have and organise my Christmas stash. I have about four birthday cards to make for next week as well. Tomorrow we're off dancing (might go tonight too) where I'll be delivering one of my cards to a friend celebrating her birthday. Thank you for popping in, I do value your feedback - MAUREEN, Serif is easy, once you get used to it - I did invest in their manual - basic/intermediate stuff but it did encourage me to "have a go" and press buttons. But you could add foil to any topper/background paper
Today's oldie inspired by Erika at Snappy Crafts It is soooo old I cannot remember where I got the topper from. It made me smile to post this because I've used peel offs which I have a stash off but rarely use them, I ought to hoik them out and re-vamp them or better still, donate them to a local school/playgroup/neighbour's children

6x4 green card blank - donated by a friend - before the days of die cutting
Topper - can't remember
background - MCS cd-rom
Pinflair - peel offs
Bling - from a shop called Messages

Have a great week end, the weather here is cold but it is trying to brighten up
See you Tuesday

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Sorry and today's card...

Thank you for popping by, if you're able to leave a comment, thank you. I appreciate all of your feedback. I had a great Saturday afternoon crafting with the daughter of an old school friend. She made a birthday card for her mum using a die she'd bought - the die cutting machine is on her Christmas Wish List! and some dies I'd got - forgot to take a photo though

I must apologise for missing Tuesday. A friend offered to pick me up from work and on the way suggested going crafty shopping - how could I refuse! Actually I didn't buy much in the end. I'd have liked to have bought a box frame for a project I have in mind but they they didn't have the right size. I did buy some kraft card blanks and metallic twine from HC. It was nice to have a browse and see some of the "stuff" we look at on the internet. I apologise for not visiting any of your blogs. I will try and catch up

Today's card was just total play, I didn't have an event/occasion in mind. I recently made a few Silver Wedding cards using a laser printer and a Patsy May Foil-it machine - I understand that there's a way of using these foils with an iron... It reminded me that you can use the waste in this manner. I printed off a Serif image using an inkjet printer this time and "traced" around parts with a Quickie glue pen. Then I left it to dry (i.e. let the glue go clear - 30 mins, next day..) I laid the waste foil over the top and gently rubbed over the top with my finger/coffee stirrer. The foil sticks to the glue. I was quite pleased with the result and made it into this card

5x5 card blank
gold mirri card
Supersmooth white card and paper
Serif image - material 
Embossaliscous folder
Quickie glue pen
Waste hot foil - gold

See you Saturday

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Oldie for Ffffriday

Hello All
I'm glad you liked Thursday's post. It was really hard to take a photo and get all of the texture to show. I've got a friend coming over this afternoon to craft, bless her, she has really taken to card/paper crafting and has made two beautiful box frames using roses that she made last time she was here. She's even bought some dies and has the GC on her Christmas list. Today she wants to make a birthday card for her mum. So I must go and clear a space! looking forward to Strictly tonight which I get a little emotional at, a) I just love dancing and b) when my mum was alive, she'd ring me as soon as the credits rolled and we'd chat about who was our favourites and the costumes etc
On to today's oldie inspired by Erika at Snappy Crafts. I was intending to scan some very old photos of cakes I used to make for family/friends birthdays etc - not got around to it, so I'll save that for another day.
Instead it's another card! I made this one for my mum to give to her sister. Very simple and there was a story behind why I used a mannequin. This must be one of the first cards I ever made and definitely the first time I'd used ribbon - still not good at using ribbon, it always looks like I've just plonked it on and looks out of place!
5x7 card blank
My Craft Studio - Fab Glam Fifties - the dress is decoupaged
Spellbinders Deckle Edge dies
white ribbon
Have a great week end and see you Tuesday