Saturday, 10 December 2016

My oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone
If any of you visited on Thursday I am sorry I didn't post anything. I was having huge problems with internet access
Today's oldie is not one of my projects but an "old" genuine Banksy which I saw on the walking tour of street art I did last Saturday in Shoreditch. It was absolutely brilliant. Our guide Daphne was superb. I cannot praise her enough. It lasted four hours - some mid week ones are only two hours long. See Erika blog for details on showing off your oldies

I took hundreds of photos. Here are a few more. Most Street Art is illegal, so it was really beneficial to hear the struggles they went to do do some of their pieces. The No Entry sign is tape. If the council don't like it they can just peel it off. The same with the chewing gum. A few of the "famous artists are now commissioned to do pieces

A piece of altered chewing gum. 
I am going to take a break from blogging now. So I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous 2017 and see you then

Saturday, 3 December 2016

My oldie for FFFriday

Hello Everyone

Thank you again for your lovely comments. Gary truly was outstanding in every way. I hope your week end will be a good one. I have a very busy one. Today I am going into London to the Street Art Walking Tour with a couple of friends. I'm really looking forward to it, we always have a good laugh when we meet up. Tonight I am going dancing with OH,, daughter and future son-in-law and tomorrow afternoon we're all going dancing again including Oscar!

So,Saturday is my day to show an oldie as inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts. It is your chance to show an old project whether blogged or not. Sometimes it's good to have a giggle at our first "makes" Or be proud of an achievement.
My card is probably one of the first ones I made when I bought Spellbinders Les Papillion die set. I have friends that like this style of card. I have made several versions of this card and have never made the same one twice. I usually have a couple of them in my stash for emergencies. It was inspired by Sue Wilson at particraft. It is quite an economical card to make as the butterflies are cut to leave the "negative" and can be done with scraps

Hee hee! The first photo shows I was probably in a rush to give it to somebody and quickly took a photo. It looks like I was looking for fancy dress ideas too!

6x6 card blank
Serif background and one created with That Special Touch mask on Core'dination card (is that still made?
Spellbinders - Les Papillion die
Spellbinders - Marvellous Squares
Tiny bling!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

My take on an alcohol ink technique

Dear All
Thank you for your lovely comments on Saturday. It was a hard day BUT although we shed some tears, we also shared some happy times we'd had with Gary. Saturday was the day Santa arrived at the zoo which made us smile seeing all of the excited children waiting to greet him and have a "special" ride in his carriage. We bumped into a friend of ours, whose son loves visiting the zoo, especially "Simba"! It reminded us of when Gary used to bring a reindeer to our local town centre for the children to stroke and have their pictures taken with the reindeer. We smiled because Gary enjoyed doing this - his favourite bit was the lovely lunch and being fussed over by the volunteers of a local charity shop that looked after them. He took his job very seriously and ensured each child got the chance to "pet" the reindeer. One of many happy times.

Today's card I made for a friend and it is a real cheat on a technique I have seen on Sue Wilson's blog here
My version was made using the same die for the focal part BUT I created my "alcohol background" in Serif and printed it on glossy photographic paper.

Hope the rest of the week is kind to you all. I have today and tomorrow off work to make my Christmas cards and a gift of a clock from Indigo Blue. I needed the discipline of setting aside a couple of days to do only this - other jobs and cards will have to wait! I do have Craft Club later where we'll chat and laugh and I'll take along some knitting.

6x6 card blank
Serif - Psychedelic
free font - Beyond Wonderland played around with in Serif
Yellow/mustard card from stash

Saturday, 26 November 2016

I am not sharing an oldie today

Dear All

Thank you for your lovely comments. I value the feedback and enjoy reading what you have to say.

I am not posting a card/project today because today is the seventh anniversary of my son's death. He was born with a heart condition and after several operations, it was decided he needed a heart transplant. Sadly, he became too ill to be considered. I wish I could find photos (they're on here somewhere!) of when he was a happy ,healthy, bonny child. He was lucky enough to do a job he loved and his ashes are with his beloved lemurs at Paradise Wildlife Park. He has a public page on Facebook where there are many moving tributes to this wonderful man. My heart bursts with pride to know how well loved he was. Sleep well son xxx

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Craft Rocket Challenge Number 29 - Winter Time

Hello Everyone

Today is the start of the new Craft Rocket Challenge It runs from today until 7th December. It is the last one for this year. So why not join in. It's just for fun and a chance to showcase a new project - so no back linking please. It can be anything you've made as long as it follows the theme.
I chose to make a Christmas card, an obvious choice really! It is a very simple one and easy for batch making and is relatively flat for posting. I was crafting late at night when I started making this and the "snow" on the rooftops became clear microbeads and not Diamond Snow glitter as I intended! Fortunately I corrected myself when I made the roses and leaves!
6x6 card blank made ith silky blue card from my stash
Image form Serif digikit - Hearts and Roses Christmas
Sue Wilson - Christmas roses
Sue Wilson - Tag - Spanish Collection- Granada

Saturday, 19 November 2016

My oldie for Fffriday

Dear All
It's the week end already. This week has flown by. On Tuesday I went to Watford and met up with some ladies that blog on Cotswold Crafter. This is a lovely blog, where we share projects, ideas, hints and tips. It was like meeting up with old friends. We had lunch and chatted, laughed for hours. A very enjoyable day

So,although it's Saturday I am posting my oldie for Friday as inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts. Christmas is so close now that I thought I'd show a Christmas card I made in 2014. It is still one of my favourite Art Deco images. If I was to reproduce it today, I would be using mats and layers on the smaller images, real ribbon and something like Tonic Nuvo drops for the bling

6x6 card blank
My Craft Studio - Art Deco Festive Follies
gold and red card from stash
gold coloured gems

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Happy Birthday to my Aunt

hello Everyone

I hope you are keeping well.I was sorry to read that MRS DUCK has had some more health issues recently and hope you are now on the mend.

I have loved playing with my Cutterpillar. It does cut brilliantly and providing you've "butted" it up properly,it cuts perfectly straight.  I have two very minor issues with it. I would have loved to have had the measurements across the top in a different colour. It's very difficult to see green on green - just like the Hougie board, if any of you have one of those. So easily remedied (I think!) by "sweeping" a Sharpie over the top of the numbers.
My second issue is that I would have liked a couple of inches measurement on the other side of the blade for trimming DOWN mats eg when doing pyamage, and layers but I'll get used to that. Having the light is brilliant and it does cut beautifully

On to today's card. I made this card for my aunt, her birthday is on Sunday. I lie how it has turned out BUT I was trying to copy a technique I saw on one of the recent Spellbinder shows where the demonstrator cut pattern shaped die pieces off the edge and then paper pieced with a different colour/tone. But to be honest, the colours I chose I could have left it "whole" and just stuck the flowers on top. I need to post it, so it is fairly flat (apart from the few pearls) Perhaps if I'd mounted the flowers on foam etc it would have worked better....
6x6 card blank - I am posting it!
Spellbinder Square Matting Basics
Sue Wilson Closed Petal Daisies
EF - can't remember name
patterned papers created in Serif
Sentiment - free font (I love this one)
Mei Flowers purple pearls

Saturday, 12 November 2016

My oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone
Thank you for visiting. This week has just flown by and it has got sooo cold! I don't like extreme heat but I definitely don't like the cold. Latest update on the saga of my glasses. I'm still struggling with this second prescription and so I have to have another eye test - booked for next week. The optician also tested  for dry eye, which apparently I have quite badly, which may also be affecting my sight. So, now using drops to moisten them.So we'll see what happens. It is a bit frustrating especially for work and crafting!

My oldie, as inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts It's an opportunity to share and old project just for fun, Today I thought I'd show a brighter card I made last year as the weather is so dismal. Another very simple card. All of the dies are Sue Wilson's from Creative Expressions. I must get those daisy dies out and play with again!

Have you got anything planned for the week end. My husband is working tomorrow, so I may just craft! I treated myself to a Cutterpillar Crop with some birthday money I was lucky to receive. I'll be putting it through it's paces and make a few Christmas cards

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges Number 28 - White on White

Good morning I hope that everyone is OK and thank you for visiting. If you 're able to leave a comment, thank you for taking the time and I value your feedback

Today is the start of the new Craft Rocket Challenges This fortnight is - White on White. Why not take a look at the other Design Team Member's work and join in yourself, but no back linking please,it has to be a new project and it doesn't have to be a card or paper/card project. It can be anything as long as it follows the theme

My offering is a Christmas card which immediately sprung to mind when I saw the theme, but of course, there's weddings, new baby..

I think most of you will recognise the products I have used but I have listed the ingredients below. The first one I made, I managed to get a smudge on the glittered part - so that will be used to make snowflakes for other cards! it's so hard to keep a card like this clean isn't it
card blank created with Sue Wilson Noble Pierced Ornate Squares (centre piece is from the same set covered with CE Diamond Sprinkles)
Sue Wilson Snowflake Lattice Embossing folder
Sue Wilson Let it Snow die cut twice and glued together for a bit more texture and stability

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Oldie for Fffriday

Hello All

As I don't post on Fridays I show my oldie on a Saturday inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts. It's a great way of showing a piece of work (embarrassing or otherwise!) whether we've already posted it or not.

After all of my lovely birthday celebrations, I really need to get my mojo back and craft, especially Christmas cards. So following Erika's inspiration I am showing a Christmas card I made last year. The poinsettia wa made with a dark red serviette

Have a great week end - I'll be playing with my new toys - Chameleon pens!

Card blank made with Sue Wilson Pierce Noble Squares dies
Sue Wilson Poinsettia dies
Sue Wilson Maidenhair Fern dies
Sentiment Britania die
Vintage gold card from stash
Gold micro beads

Thursday, 3 November 2016

MAWTT Challenge 32 Cute Animals

Hello Everyone

Thank you for your comments and birthday wishes. I had a lovely birthday and gorgeous gifts. I feel very lucky and privileged to have such a wonderful family and friends. One of my gifts was a trip into London to stay in a lovely hotel on Sunday. After a dance workshop, Sunday afternoon, off we went. We went dancing at a local Salsa bar that evening, which was great fun. I think it was one of the few  occasions that I dance more than my husband - there is a long standing private joke there! On Monday we did a bit of shopping - well I mean, Oxford St was just around the corner - no craft shops though! On Monday evening we went to the theatre and saw "Motown the Musical" it was brilliant, right up my street, being an avid Motown fan. The girl playing Diana Ross was brilliant, but there again, all of the cast were brilliant.

At last I have managed to get a little ahead of myself and enter a challenge! I was intending to show this card and it happened to fit the current MAWTT challenge here This fortnight's theme, Cute Animals runs until 9th November 2016.
5x7 card blank
My Craft Studio Charisma Bunny collection cd rom and die
Sue Wilson - Pierced Flags and New Arrivals dies
Memory Box - Typewriter letter dies

Other Challenges
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Number 141 "use die cuts or punches"

Saturday, 29 October 2016

My Oldie for FFffriday

Hello Everyone

Saturdays are my day for showing an oldie ias inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts She invites topost an old project that has been posted before or needs it's day on a blog. I enjoy looking back at some of my old work and think - REALLY! or I have a little smile to myself and think I like this technique I must do it again, as in this case. I created the background using masking tape - faux leather. Do you know, I can't remember what I did. I think it starts with torn strips of masking tape onto paper. The trick being not to have a straight edge of the tape on show and to overlap them randomly. Swipe the finished piece with Distress ink - I used Vintage Photo - I remember that much as I don't own many pads! I then heat embossed it with clear CS embossing powder.
I made the card for a work colleague who is an avid cyclist. I cannot remember where the image is from or the "Happy Birthday" die. Why not join in and post/link your oldie

It's my birthday today. We are going out for lunch which will be lovely and means I get another cuddle with Oscar. I love and appreciate the presents I receive. But have got to say, he's the best present ever. Enjoy your week end - do you like Halloween?

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges Number 27 - Pretty Pinks

Hello Everyone

So the challenge for the next fortnight starting today is "Pretty Pinks" So it's your chance to post a new project following this theme here I love to see familiar names (Barb and Jackie I've notice your entries in the past)
Pink is not a colour I would normally pick to craft with, so at first I struggled a bit and could only think of flowers. So i made this card with a bouquet f flowers. I decided not to use green for the stems as I wanted the pink to pop. However, the white and pink looked a bit washed out, so I "shadowed" it all with grey. Why not pop across and see what the other designers have done

DL card blank
grey and pink card
patterned paper - Serif
CE pearl gilding polish on the background of the "vase"
Spellbinder - D-Lites vase
Memory Box die - Blushing Bouquet
Tonic Nuvo drops - Raspberry Pink

Saturday, 22 October 2016

My Oldie for FFrriday

Morning All
Another week has gone! So we're creeping towards Christmas at an alarming rate now. So I thought I'd show an "old" Christmas card inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts She invites you to share an old project. Why not take part and show-off an oldie too.
 A very simple card using a very old technique, a couple of die cuts and a bit of ribbon! You may see the technique I used for the background which is to lay some ink - I used Cosmic Shimmer Spray Misters in a fairly large plastic box. Add some water and washing-up liquid. Using a straw blow into the solution to create bubbles. gently lay some card over the top. Rub over very gently and lift. If you "dunk" the card too much, you end up with a saturated piece of messy card! This card is at least two years old and I wonder with all of the new products that are on the market now like CS Pixie Powders would give beautiful effects....t he mica may "disappear" in the washing up liquid.I will have another "play"
Enjoy your week end. We went dancing last night, so may have a quiet night in tonight and enjoy Strictly with knitting in hand! Thank you for visiting
6x4 deckle edge card blank
background as above
Memory Box Bauble dies
Britannia Sentiment dies
Ribbon from my stash

Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Pinwheel card

Hello everyone. Thank you for popping in, if you're able to stay a while and leave a comment I really do value your feedback. I am trying to schedule posts as and when I get some free time, just in case! So, if I don't make special mentions to you at any point, this is why. I really don't want anyone to feel I am ignoring a valuable pieces of information. I feel less rushed too as I'm not a very fast, accurate typist too.
Update on the glasses - the new prescription is better than the first pair they gave me BUT they're not brilliant. Another trip to the opticians - me thinks

Today's card is the one I recently made for my daughter's future mother in law. It was from a challenge that Sandra posted on Cotswold Crafter. I had to take a look on You Tube to find out how to do it.

I admit I tried to be clever and and use fancy dies and embossing folders for the pieces of the pinwheel and not 100% sure it needed to be that fussy....? It did look very effective but perhaps a bit busy.... I will make one again, but will use smaller plainer squares to create the pinwheel

Ha ha - I see my camera strap has sneaked into the photo!

7x7 card blank
Lilac rose patterned paper from a Serif digikit
Sue Wilson Bed of Roses embossing folder
Sue Wilson New York collection - Herald Square

Saturday, 15 October 2016

My oldie for Fffriday

Morning all
A scheduled post for me - nothing planned but had a spare hour to myself and thought I'd use it to do this post.
After my oldie last week I thought I would share this old project as inspire by Erika. However, she is having a short break from bloggong. It is my one and only attempt at "proper" quilling that actually looked OK. It is based on the art Deco card inspired by Kay Rutter of Hougie Board fame.It includes peel offs! and a punch I have not used in ages after discovering dies

Have a great weekend everyone whatever you are up to

Thursday, 13 October 2016

101 birthday card

Hello Everyone
I hadn't realised that I had already scheduled a post for today! So this is a second one for me today
I hope you are keeping well. The weather has got really cold hasn't it. The boiler has broken at work, which makes using a computer quite hard. It may be my arthritis or perhaps because our hands are classed as extremities, the blood doesn't travel as far as our hands more easily...I don't know, but my hands have hurt by the end of the day.
Anyway, mustn't grumble there are one hellava lot of worse things happening

I was asked to make this card fora friend to give to a lady reaching the grand old age of 101! You cannot get cards with 101 can you. Apparently it was very well received and she loved it.
I decided to make the figures quite large and the focal point in case she had difficulty with her eyesight - no, not her! It was her friends that struggled hee hee!

5x7 card blank
Serif digikit Sew in Love for background and sentiment
lilac cardstock
Becca Feakin Filigree Delights die
Sue Wilson - Complete Camellia 
Crafters Companion Embossing Folder
pearl bling from stash

Craft Rocket Challenges Number 26 - Happy Birthday

It's a new fortnight, so a new challenge for Craft Rocket Challenges and this challenge is Happy Birthday. So I decided to show this design. It was my daughter's friend's 30th birthday recently and as part of her present from the "girlies" I was asked to make this picture. It's the third one I have made.

The girls gave me a list of words they all associate with or that describe Gemma. Her favourite colour is bright pink and off I went. I didn't have access to an A3 printer this time around, so Charlotte bought a box frame with an A4 aperture. It was created entirely in Serif and printed on glossy photo paper.

I had to have it proof read three times because after a while, I hadn't seen the duplicated words and I'd spelt a couple of words incorrectly! I hope you like it. Apparently I have the rest of the girlies to do!

Why not join in, post/link a new project for Happy Birthday, you have until 26.10.16 to join in

It's a shane about the reflection from the photo paper
Spot the deliberate spelling mistake

Saturday, 8 October 2016

My Oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are all well and thank you for visiting. Big apology first, I mentioned Oscar in my last post title and then totally forgot to mention him/post a photo! he is growing fast and changing everyday. he does make my heart swell with pure joy! I love to see him smile and laugh at his favourite toy - Lion or Leo as my husband calls him. he chatters away as happy as larry. The photo at the end of this post was taken about a six weeks ago and just shows what a happy little man he is.I cannot believe he is over 5 months old now!
 Today is my day to show an oldie as inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts. It's a time to post an old project whether or not you have previously blogged it. recently I saw a beautiful quilled card displayed on tis blog Cotswold Crafter and remembered my trials at quilling.. I tried it years ago and gave up because my circles were always wonky and never spiralled nicely BUT I didn't have that lovely gadget that's available ow to keep the circles you create in place before you use them. This card was created with a free Serif digikit

5x7 card blank
lilac card embossed with a That Special Touch mask
White card with Phill Martin texture paste - chic viola through the same mask
Image and patterned paper from Serif kit
Spellbinder - Lacey accents border
Sue Wilson Finishing Touches bow
Spellbinder - Deckle edge dies
ceramic flower from my stash


Thursday, 6 October 2016

The card I made this year for the whiskey drinker! And Oscar!

Hello everyone.
Still waiting for my new glasses! So having to swap between two pairs of glasses. How awful fr your husband BARB - having a pair of glasses with the lenses upside down. And SONIA I hope you can make it to AP soon. Although it's the only show I have been to - not many occur near me - it is a fantastic show. Now that Hochanda run it and a lot of the big boys are now on Hochanda it is a great way to see items/samples in "real life"
Dancing was great fun over the week end. Lots of chatting and lots of dancing. This week my husband is off and so I've taken a couple of days off too. Although I feel I cannot disappear up to my craft room whilst he's around - it's me, I feel guilty. So my hands are itching to get back in there!! The Rug Doctor is visiting today - so that should be fun! Who will survive? only time will tell!

Today's card was made for a friend to give to the same gentleman that I'd made the "Whiskey" card for. One of his hobbies is archery. I decided to keep it fairly simple and do an easel card of an archery target thingy. At first my friend couldn't grasp the concept and even though I'd put instructions on how to display it. it wasn't her cup of tea. It was her suggestion to add "arrows" What do you think?

Coloured card from Lidll
Tonic - circle dies
 Sentiments created in Serif
cocktail sticks sprayed silver
White feather coloured with Firework Burst Pixie Powders and trimmed.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

My Oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone
I can't believe it's the start of October! There's a definite chill in the air now isn't there

Thank you for visiting, I appreciate your call and love to read your feedback. It's been a busy week for me. Work was manic, We had a huge issue with the internet, which meant a lot of jobs were delayed until later in the week. I still had plenty to do but it also meant a lot of catching up to do too.

I also had a couple of appointments - one the optician to have a re-test because I cannot get along with my new glasses. She decided that the reading strength was wrong which was probably having a knock on effect for my middle distance vision - ho hum! new prescription now on order AND she discovered that I have very small cataracts in both eyes. Oh the joys of growing old!
Secondly, l had my usual foot check (being diabetic I have an annual check). At least she did my flu jab at the same time.

Anyway, today is my day for posting an oldie inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts This is a card made for a friend who loves good whiskey. I think I had seen something similar on Pinterest or Getting It is all made with Serif. Even some of the text has been "turned into metal" using Serif. The corners are "fall away pieces" from Spellbinders Marvellous Squares

I hope you all have a good week end, not much on the cards today.We are going dancing tonight and tomorrow afternoon

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Craft Rocket Challenge Number 25 Ribbon and/or Lace

Hello All.
Today's post is the latest Craft Rocket Challenge The them is Ribbon and or/Lace. So over the next fortnight you are invited to enter/post a new project following the above theme - no backdating please. I'd love to see your names on the entries. I did notice JACKIE's name on the last one.

This challenge threw me a bit because I have never used lace on a card and the only ribbon/bows I have added to cards have been paper/card ones as almost a focal point on the card.
A few weeks ago another blog Cotswold Crafter posted this idea and as I needed to make a card for a friend, knowing this challenges needed ribbon or lace I thought I'd give it a go and I was very pleased at how it has turned out
5x7 card blank
Sue Wilson Pierced Noble background dies (my new favourite as they're for 5x7 card size)
white and green cardstock
Crafters Companion EF
Patterned paper created in Serif (it is double sided, it's pale pink on the reverse)
Sentiment printed in Serif
Tonic - circle dies 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

My oldie for Ffffiday!

Hello everyone. I hope that life is being kind to you. It is for me at the moment. The weather is still sunny but not so warm (my kind of weather). I have already used the Sue Wilson Noble Background Rectangles three times this week. They'll definitely become one of my go to dies because I do tend to make 5x7 cards. It also says on the packaging that they fit the CE background dies but I haven't double checked that. If this is the case, I'll be using them time and time again.

My oldie today is a Christmas card I made three years ago. It was very simple to do and used I the first die sets I bought
Have a great week end and thank you for visiting. I appreciate the trouble you take to visit and I love to hear your feedback
6x6 card blank
Serif - 'Tis the Season digikit 
Sizzix Snowflake (given to me by a fellow crafting friend)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ally Pally

Hello All
I did have a great day at Ally Pally and spent far too much money - I think I am going to have to wait until next year before I spend anything else for craft, but then it is my birthday next month and there's Christmas too...
You made me smile, MRS DUCK with your reference to HUGS and LOVE (dies) I didn't buy them but I did get a free hug from John Lockwood! He was so helpful too, running off to get me a basket because I had my hands full of Pixie Powders and other goodies. Helping me choose which colours to start with - he knows I love blue!
I also met JACKIE, you lovely lady. She helped me with my purchases, she realised that I'd accidentally picked up two sets of dies by mistake and kindly put them back on the stand. We talked weddings, as she was looking for items for her daughter's and I may be doing the same next year... I also managed to speak with Wendy from Spain and we swapped grandchildren photos. The day went far too quickly
I hope you are feeling better JENNY, bugs can be nasty debilitating things.
So, here goes this is what I bought. I daren't total it all up! Some items are missing because I wanted to buy one of the clock kits from Indigo Blue to make as a Christmas present for my sister in law. They hadn't bought any with them but they let me order it all and will post it to me. In my defence I bought a few bits for my MIL as well, , a couple of Christmas decoupage packs.

Kraft card
CE Watercolour card
CE Pack with Christmas stamps, mdf trees, gilding polish, embossing powder, bakers twine and tidy tray - a real bargain
Christmas Rose stamps,dies and gilding polish - all John Lockwood's fault
CE Pixie Powders
CE glue
Ultimate Crafts - Rose die
SB Flights of Fancy and Oval dies
SW Swirling Stars die
SW new Background dies
Some (not all) SW New Arrivals dies (could not resist those)
I think that's it and of course Indigo Blue products for the clock

It is a fabulous show, and spoke to lots of the stall holders who are all so helpful and informative, special thanks to John, Phill Martin, Julia Watts, Jenny Marple from Indigo Blue along with Kay and her husband. Bev from Honey Be, in fact everybody. I cannot wait for April. I must get a piggy bank and start saving!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

My Oldie for Ffffriday

Hello All
Thank you again for your lovely well wishes about the Fun Run. We go to honour Gary, so we get a bit emotional but we have fun too. As Gary needed a heart transplant but became too ill, to be considered, I am always amazed at the transplantees (Hamsters) at their achievements. There is even a Transplant Games (like the Olympics) where competitors from all over the world take part.

Saturdays are when I post an oldie inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts whee she invites you to post and old project blogged or not. It's lovely to remember our older projects and the memories they evoke.
Today I am posting a box I made for a friend whose on was getting married and the bride wanted shallow boxes for the bridesmaid's gifts

Have a great week end. I'm off to Ally Pally tomorrow. It's a great Craft show with lots of enticing products. I wonder how much will fall into my basket...

300gsm white card
Centura pearl card (white)
Silver/grey card/paper
Spellbinders - Marissa's Bouquet
Spellbinders - Lace Accents
Silver/grey sparkly ribbon

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges #24 Mostly Blue

Hello Everyone

Before I start, with this post I just wanted to thank PIA, BRENDA and VAL for popping by and to say the FUN RUN went very well. The weather was lovely sunny, dry with a little breeze to keep us cool whilst we ran, walk, toddledaround the course.
 Today I am showing my design for the above challenge at Craft Rocket Challenges This challenge is to showcase a new project that has blue as its main colour, please take a look at the other designer's work and why not have a go yourself. It would be lovely to see some familiar names appear.
I made this for a friend and decided to use this image thinking, that a birthday, especially a milestone birthday is the perfect excuse to go shopping - as if us ladies need an excuse!

5x7 card blank
MCS image - Fabulous Fifties and for the mannequin - Floral Masterpiece (I think)
Blue card from my stash
Kraft card
Tattered Lace - Flourish die
X-Cut Sewing die - mannequin
Sue Wilson Art Deco Embossing folder
CE Diamond Snow

Saturday, 10 September 2016

An Oldie for Ffffriday

Good morning everyone
Thank you for your kind thoughts about Gary. We all miss him like crazy. He was one of the most kind and thoughtful people out there and like most young men he liked to party. He did a job he loved - and who of us can honestly say we do/did that.He claimed he was going to be a zoo keeper at the age of 4 and that's exactly what he did. 
So as it's my day to post an oldie as inspired by  Erika at Snappycrafts, I thought I'd show an oldie of a birthday card that I made for a friend of mine that shares his name. The version for MY Gary was completely flat. This version is more 3D and my first "play" with layouts
Let's hope the weather clears up for tomorrow - it's "chucking it down" here. 
Have a great week end everyone


8x8 card blank
Coredination card stock - dark brown
Patterned papers created in Serif
Beer glass made using shapes in Serif printed on paper with an inkjet printer I then deleted off the page everything except the word "BEER" and passed through a laser printer. I ran it through a Patsy May Foil-it machine with gold foil