Saturday, 28 May 2016

I'm back with an Oldie for Fffriday!

Hello Everyone
Thank you to ERIKA for pressing the follow button recently and apologies to those I may have missed as I've only just got my laptop back. I am grateful for your support and I love to see your comments. Thank you for the lovely comments you made on my monochrome attempt for Craft Rocket Challenges
To add insult to injury my GC broke. I am still waiting to hear from Spellbinders to see if anything can be done.I have really missed not having a die cutting machine. So no laptop, no GC has meant no card making projects! I'm too impatient as well, so I have treated myself to a new machine (can't wait for it to arrive) and decided to go for the Spellbinders Platinum. The main reason for my choice is - I'm used to using Spellbinders/CE products, and I do like the idea of it being able to be motorised (later in the year) as an add on. Plus the shoulders aren't what they used to be and have been told you don't need to "crank" the handle as many times. It is more reasonably priced than other A4 machines I have seen too. I got a bit of a bargain (in my eyes), I joined the Hobbycraft club and with a first on line purchase I got 15% discount. I will let you know how I get on
Today's oldie inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts is a very CAS card and was one of my first attempt at a channel card. OK, you've noticed there isn't any "height" but this card needed to be posted and therefore, kept it flat. I think I must go back and have another go at this technique, especially as I now have some rectangular matting basic dies and flowers, butterflies etc. As it's a long weekend I hope the weather satys fine. This'll be the first Bank Holiday my OH will be at home in donkey's years and we may (weather holding) go and watch some Point to Point racing. We had a lovely afternoon with Oscar and our daughter yesterday. He is thriving and such a cutie. I could sit and watch him all day!
6x4 card blank
Pearlised patterned paper - pink
Printed sentiment using a mixture of fonts - I really like this effect
Spellbinders Edgeability dies

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges - Monochrome shades of one colour excluding skin and hair

Hello one and all

I hope all is well with you. Today's post is my design for Craft Rocket Challenges. Please take a look at the other designers offerings and why not join in. As in the title the challenge is to use shades of one colour. I made this card for a friend for her son's partner earlier in the year. She is a huge "old" film fan. Last year I made a card with a quote by Audrey Hepburn!
I found this topper and worked from there. I wanted a sort of Art Deco feel to the card, so made a gate fold card using decoration with a Striplet die - my favourite dies!

I hope you like it

Finished size 5x7 gate fold card
CE Foundation card stock - Cobalt blue
My Craft Studio topper - Art Deco Follies
Sue Wilson NY Collection Herald Square and Corner Border tag
Tonic Studio - Circle dies
Printed sentiments using Serif and free fonts

Thursday, 19 May 2016

My promised gift to my first grandchild

Hello everyone Thank you for coming along. It is a scheduled post as my laptop is still being fixed. Today I am showing the shawl I made for Oscar. It is a fairly old knitting patttern and made with 3ply yarn.

All of my friends and family know I am an avid knitter and years ago I promised myself that I would knit  shawl for my first grandchild. I had in the past, finished a couple that other people had started but for one reason or another weren't able to complete them. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it, whether I'd make another one is another matter. I don't know if my daughter will ever use it - these days they're walked out of hospital in a car seat. They're not allowed to leave hospital if the baby is not securely looked after in the car. But she was thrilled with it and has said it will be a beautiful keepsake

Friday, 13 May 2016

Oldie for Fffriday

Hello Everyone and thank you for popping in and welcome to BARB for hitting the follow button. I hope I haven't left anyone out. If you can leave a comment, I appreciate it and love to read your thoughts. I am posting an oldie today as inspired by Erika at Snappycrafts it is your opportunity to share and old project of any kind. I happened to be in New York last Sunday (confession time, yes I've been on holiday, hence the scheduled posts. I don't like to advertise that the house is empty) and it was their day to celebrate Mothers Day. The "mothers" at the Empire State Building wore flowers in their lapels. So I thought I'd show an old card I made for a crafty friend a couple of years ago. It is using one of the first dies I bought. She makes the most exquisite sugar flowers as well as dressmaking, patchwork, jewellery making. I didn't know her very well at the time and would normally make a personalised card. But to keep in with the crafting mode, some of the flowers are buttons, die cuts and press studs. The rest are digital images from a Serif kit.
What are your plans over the week end? My laptop is going to "hospital", something I've been meaning to do for weeks as it keeps switching off - it's overheating. I have scheduled a couple of posts but if I am missing you will know why. I had an upsetting call, supposedly from "Windows" which I know was a scam but it did unsettle me when he threatened to close my Windows system. It spurred me on to get my techy friend to clean/repair it.
Will be having lunch with my new grandson, daughter and MIL on Monday as it's my husband's birthday on Monday. We'll probably go dancing Sunday afternoon and husband is working Saturday - more crafting for me! have a great week end everyone

DL card blank
Brown card stock from stash - probably Core'dinations
Serif - digikit - Knitty Gritty
Spellbinders D-Lites vase
Sue Wilson Finishing Touches - Closed daisies
Press studs

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges Flower Power Include Flowers

Hello All
Thank you for popping in and if you're able to leave a comment - thank you. I read them all and value what you think.
Today's Craft Rocket Challenges number 15 is "Flower Power Include Flowers" and this is my Design Team project. I needed to make a birthday card for my sister in law, she loves her garden and so this challenge really fitted the bill.
I chose a Serif "material"and made some flower/roses in colours picked out from the background.colours. The beauty of Serif is that you can re-size the "materials" etc. As I made an 8x8 inch card with depth, I also made a box to house it in. I didn't have any A3 card and so pieced two sheets of A4 together. I then resized the "material" to cover the top. As this matched the card I decided to leave it plain to add a little more impact when the box is opened to reaveal the decorated card - does that make sense!
Why not join in and enter a project of your own. It has to be a new project - no back linking please. Take a look at the site as above to see the other Designer's work.

8x8 card blank
CE Foundation card stock - blush
White card stock
Serif digikit - Victotia Nelson Occasions
Tonic - circle dies
Spellbinders - Marissa's bouquet
Spellbinders - D-Lites Itty Bitty Blossom dies
Sue Wilson - Maidenhair Fern die
Docraft - chalks
Tonic - Nuvo drops - antique copper

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Chinese takeaway....?

I would normally post an oldie today but I'm having to scheduling this post. Thank you for popping in and hope that life is treating you well.
Some of you may know that one of the reasons I started card making was because I'm the mug that organises birthday cards for work colleagues and if it was  milestone birthday, I organised a collection. It was costing me a fortune to buy the cards and nobody thought to reimburse me for my troubles.
This card was made for a fairly new work colleague and I dfidn't have a clue about his interests/hobbies. Another colleague mentioned that he loves our local Chinese Takeaway, why don't I do something on those lines and here it is! All made using a Serif digikit and a free font from here
I wasn't selling this card, it was for my own personal use. I nearly forgot to take a photograph and these were taken at work before I placed it in an envelope to give to him. It is a tri-fold card that fitted into DL envelope

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Something crafty made by my daughter!

Hello everyone. Thank you for popping by
I am scheduling a few posts, life is a bit hectic at the moment. So sorry there isn't a bit of chat. I wanted to show this as my daughter does not have a crafty bone in her body. She is brilliant at suggesting ideas for cards for me to make for her friends but as mum has always knitted, sewn, make cards etc she didn't bother to try. She is very talented in other ways though, like her dancing (and of course her latest creation, our grandson!)
She made this for our recent Ruby Wedding. She said that she enjoyed doing it but probably won't be doing any more! She's given me the Scrabble letters and numbers!