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