Saturday, October 16, 2021

More Colourful Poinsettias


 Since I wasn’t keen on the background snowflakes on my previous card but love the colourful poinsettias I made the same card without the stamped background but maybe now it’s too plain. 

I counted up my Christmas cards and was pleased to find out I’m half way. They’ve all got their inserts and ready to be written. New goodies have arrived from in my craft room just need to find some inspiration.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Colourful Poinsettias


 One of the Waffle Flower DT made a slimline card with multi coloured poinsettias which probably was the reason I brought the die in the first place.

I wasn’t going to do a slimline card mainly they take so long and I need to make quite a few cards before Christmas. So I settled on this size card with three poinsettia. I didn’t buy their snowflake stamp but I did have the MFT Snowflakes and made the background with matching colours. If I’m honest I’m not keen on the background.

The stitched frame is again MFT and so is the sentiment.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Purple Onion Trio


 A bit of a change from James the bear some cute critters from Purple Onion. They were a bit fiddly to layer but worth it in the end.

The papers are some new MFT ones and the holly was cut using my very old Martha Stewart punch still just about working. The sentiment is the one off my desk that is from a MFT and I think the banner is theirs too.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Purple and White


 Also made then in some pretty purple card so you don’t have to use traditional colours.

See post below for details.

Red and White Poinsettias


 Something New arrived in my craft room this Waffle Flower Poinsettia Background die but then my craft room got cleared for my Party and I forgot all about it. Was shocked to receive another one in the post but read the letter enclosed. Apparently one of the background dots was missing from the original die and Seven Hills Craftshop where I brought it from went through all their orders and sent out to all who ordered one, now that’s good customer service.

To be honest there’s not much you can do with this die but make poinsettias but if my mojo keeps disappearing  at leastI can make these with out to much thought.

Friday, October 01, 2021

James with Presents


 Here he is another sweet James the bear holding some Christmas presents. Cheated with the sky, patterned paper but I think thats it with the last decent scraps of this very old Doodlebug paper. 

I used the snow slopes from MFT and an old Snowflake die from Simon says Stamp think it’s called Maryanne. The mini snowflake centres are again old but this time from Lawn Fawn.

The sentiment is a MFT but it’s one with Stacey Yacula Penguin set, it’s now sitting on my desk so I guess it’s this years Christmas sentiment.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Single or Double Layers


 Rather than show yet another James Christmas card I thought I’ll post a couple of CAS cards. I brought the Waffle Flower poinsettia didn’t to realise they had holes in their leaves but they still look pretty. 

 I was trying to work out if I need to double layer the sentiments, the top card was a single layer of gold for Creative Expression sentiment. The bottom one is a Sizzix die but was doubled layered. Which do you prefer unfortunately I prefer the double layer. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Little Star James


 I can’t believe it’s taking me so long to blog again but life just gets in the way but it needs to slow down so I can get some Christmas cards done now. I have coloured a few more James the bear and there’s one nearly ready on my craft desk.

This is little star James, background papers are Doodlebug and the snowflakes are Simon says Stamp. To finish I used a sentiment from MFT stamp set.

I found my favourite dies and stamps but it did mean searching everywhere. 

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Christmas James the Bear


 I cannot believe that I don’t have any of Christmas James the bear digi images from LOTV,I have the stamps but I do find digital images easier on my hands and shoulders. I remedied that immediately.

I know I’ve been away from blogging most of August for a while my craft room was emptied to become a bar area for a family get together. This was fine until now it’s put back I can’t find a couple of boxes of my favourite sentiment stamps and just arrived stamps and dies. I’ve searched everywhere.

The sentiment on this card was on MFT penguin stamp set it may be this years Christmas sentiment. Papers are Doodlebug and out came the fun flock and flower soft mixture. You may get tired of James I brought quite a few.

It’s a busy week this week have a long dentist appointment which I’m not looking forward to. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Baby Stroller


 Yes I know I’ve been missing but I will explain later in the post. First though a baby card I made for the latest addition to my family and after so many boys we now have a girl.

I used a LOTV image and paper piece the pushchair. The sentiments are from Simon says Stamp and I think the flowers are theirs too. Did go overboard on the flowers must remind myself less is more.

I’ve been missing because I had a belated Birthday with my brothers and as many nieces and nephews that were available nearly all have families of their own. My sister and her family were going to her sons but that fell through due to COVID and they gatecrashed which was a lovely surprise.

So the previous weeks we been giving the house a good sort and my craft room desk was cleared to make way for a bar. Now I need to return my craft room back but the party has left me exhausted, a good exhausted but I’m doing a little at a time so this time next week I should be up and maybe not running but definitely hobbling.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Trio Papers Birthday


 I haven’t given up on my blog but I have a rush job making a blanket with a deadline. I can now show you my brothers card.  

I sought out the Woodward Birthday stamp stamped it on different coloured papers and added some Birthday balloons using an old Penny Black die. The numbers and the today was cut out using a die I brought from a craft show many years ago.

I had a go at splatters trying hard not to splatter too much, must remember less is more.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Cute Critters


 Well I can show this card now since it’s been received. The critters are MFT which I layered to give a 3D look. The numbers were cut from my old Cricut since I don’t have dies that big. I did layered the them a bit to help them stand out too.

Since the recipient is male I kept it simple. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

BBQ Apron


 This card as now been received it was fun to do. The apron and the BBQ tools are Honeybee Stamps and I knew just who to make it for. Since I enjoyed making it I brought the garden set that works with the apron and I found a baking set that might work too. Do wish I used some pattern paper for the glove to help it stand out more.

The dotty paper is MFT and the Birthday die is Creative Expression. 

I have two cards in my drafts both waiting for them to be received and I still have a couple Birthday cards to make then I’m going to start on Christmas, a bit late for Christmas in July but I really need to get a start with them.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Humming Bird


 A card that’s now arrived at it destination. I finally brought some distress sprays which I used for the leaves and flowers of the Concord and 9th die. Still not sure on flowers centres hoped I could put a Pearl in the centre but they are random shapes. The hummingbird was tricky since there was no instructions which would of helped.

My only problem now I want more sprays and I’m reluctant to buy more since I’m not card making as much has I used to be. I still have two men’s card to make.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Congratulations

 


 I had to make another Wedding card this time I had the idea of using the Stamping up set I think it’s called Forever Fern. 

I used Simon says Stamp Congratulations die, I cut it twice with white the once more in gold. The glasses is a stamp  with a matching die. 

Apologies for the crooked photo.

Now I’m back making men cards and I can’t show you them till after their birthdays and it’s a bit too hot to make them but I’ve got a deadline.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Crochet Update


Its tricky to blog a crochet update with lots of photos to explain about which means it sends my i pad doolally so I have to do a post on the PC.

The above is a thin and possibly too long blanket that would work with a wheelchair or that was the idea when I crochet them together. Its made with all my left over scraps. 



I made this patchwork jacket with the Willow pattern from Jan Eaton because I didn't like the one with the pattern that I was trying to use but in the end I went my own way. Things to work on picking up stitches to make a border. I unpicked it several times and this was the best I could do. There's basically no neck shaping will that need further investigation.
 




I decided I needed a draught excluder so I made one again with leftovers wool



Next I made a star blanket which is earmarked for a baby. Its a pattern from Hooked on Sunshine.


I made this a while ago but I think its Natures Walk Blanket from Cherry Heart, I had all the wool in my stash.


Its been so long since I did an updater and I'm now got three projects on the go. Another leftover squares blanket, Splanna from Crystals and Crochet and Crochet Now have another cal which I've also  started. I want to have a go at a Mandala Madness from Crystals and Crochet got the wool just need to finish the Splanna since I'm near finishing but that won't happen now we actually got the warm weather.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Vintage Boys


 Sorry for the crooked photo but it actually straight just the way I photograph. Clean style Vintage Boys from LOTV.

Used a cloud stencil for the background which I’m not sure now if I like it. A MFT fence to give the sky a finishing point. A Simon Says Stamp sentiment to finish off, good job they are tiny words they only just fit.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Birthday Plants


 Not sure withe the white pen detail I think I need to work on less is more. I used patterned paper to look like a wall and floor, paper is MFT.

So are the dies, the flowers and pots are one set the shelves and table is another set. I enjoy playing with the dies so much I had to order the ladder die.

I hope to finish the card I started today it’s taken this long to get over the fall and wedding .

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Wedding Card


 Finally a card the one I couldn’t show till now that the Wedding is over. Probably my favourite Wedding image from Tiddy Inks.

Have to confess I just used my favourite Wedding embellishments like the Penny Black cluster hearts die and the last piece of lace that I can’t seem to buy now. The crochet border die from MFT that I can be snipped so it fits round the oval and lastly the LOTV stamp.

The Wedding was such a lovely day and just the boost we needed. Although I’m suffering a bit now and not just with my problems but that fall last week did slightly more damage than I thought and apparently I need to be patient because bruised ribs take time to get better. Hope it improves soon I was in the middle of making card and it’s gathering dust whilst waiting for me to finish it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

 Just a quick note I haven’t forgotten my blog but the cards I’ve made are for a family wedding this weekend. I have been in my craft room this week and was hoping to blog at least with a post but managed to have a fall whilst I don’t think I’ve done too much damage feeling a bit battered and bruised. So I’m resting up since I have a wedding to go to.x

Friday, June 25, 2021

Tiny Townie Unicorn


 Plenty of pink going on here, I’m surprised the main mat works usually I need layer it. Can’t remember now the pack of paper it came from now.

The image is a Stamping Bella Tiny Townie. The fence and grass is using old MFT dies and the flowers are Elizabeth Designs although the centres are using Simon says Stamp Luminary die.

I have to confess not much card making lately but I have another wedding card to make this week already have an idea for that one but won’t be able to post it till after the 3rd July.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Vintage Boy Golfer


 Life is been quite busy also we have made the most of the lovely weather so my cardmaking as been on the slow side but I did make this chap.

He is from the Vintage Boys and I believe he might be coming as a physical stamp soon but I’m happy with a digi image. The papers are also from LOTV and I inked the white image mat to help it blend with the papers. 

My golf ball were made by punching out circles and embossed then with an old embossing folder. The actual reverse is showing. The sentiment is an old Stampin up one.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Wedding Layouts


I've finally decided to show the layouts I made at the last Retreat I went to before the world descended into chaos. I just didn't want to remind myself how anxious I was feeling most of the time.

I'm starting to think about actually scrapbooking again after over a year of doing none and I'm even more behind now. There are some good times that need recording and that includes some more Wedding Photos.

Although if I plan to do so in my craftroom it needs a massive tidy!












Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Morning Glory


 These create a flower dies from Altenew are addictive and here is their Morning Glory. They do take a bit of time to put together and I do try to emboss them a bit but the layers are quite thick.

The background dies are fromSunny Studio and the sentiment is a retired stamp from Stamping Up, layered with various punches. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Vintage Boys


 I brought the Vintage Boys from LOTV not sure why I decided to make a slimline card but once again I kept it clean and simple.


The scallop die I used is from Newton Nook then measured the inside so I could just cut down the card card stock to fit inside. The sentiment die is from Simon Says Stamp. 

It’s been hot and sunny in my part of the UK while enjoying the warmer weather it’s now getting a little too hot but it’s looking like we will be finishing the warm spell with thunderstorms.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Cistus Flower


Fed up with men’s cards got a few now so should keep me going so I finally got round to use a new die from Altenew Cistus Flower. I’ve seen it on Pinterest with a black background but I decided to use the MFT basket weave stencil for it.

The sentiment is Simon says Stamp, I think it’s called Thoughtful Messages.

I have a Wedding in three weeks so I need to make a card, I’ve decided on the image just need to colour it in.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Smell the Flowers


 Another clean and simple card but this time with a Mo image that I received through Mo’s Patreon. 

The paper is is MFT and the curved with holes die from Simon says Stamp.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Bow Ties


 Time as seemed to speed up now the better weather is finally here. For some reason it’s even more of a struggle to get into my craft room. I think it’s the need to make masculine cards but there a couple in my drafts so I’m going to make what I fancy for a while.

My sister as mentioned that I’ve gone all clean and simple lately but I’m finding that’s the way to go for men’s cards including these bow ties from Stampin Up. Now I wish I had made extra knots to make it look more 3D but that will have to wait till next time.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Gardening


 I’m rather pleased how this card turned out. Just as well it took ages to make. A lot of fiddly bits to layer and inked the edges to as well as embossed on the back to give a more rounder finish.

All the gardening detail is Sizzix but I used a MFT frame and the brick wall was using a stencil possibly Waffleflower but it’s lost it’s packaging. If there was one thing I could change would be the sentiment it needed layering to help it stand out better.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Harry Potter


 I saw a card on Pinterest and I had to get the dies from Stampin up, I suppose it’s only obvious to Harry Potter fans but I loved the idea. It did take some working out like how to get it central. Need to check Pinterest for other ideas or it was an expensive buy for one card.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Lavender Snowflakes


 I’m sure there was a sketch involved when I made this card but I don’t remember it now. Simon says Stamp frame and their snowflakes. The card stock is a lavender colour hence the title of the post but seeing it through the eyes of a camera it’s more blue.

Well yesterday didn’t go to plan, I had hoped to so some colouring and make cards with the new images. So today I’m colouring.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Birthday Pup


 I’ve been making cards with lots of white space so I’m really not sure I like this card. The dog image is Penny Black. The papers Doodlebug and my favourite scallop border die from Lawn Fawn but so old now I not sure it available. The stars are Simon says Stamp and the sentiment is Creative Expression layered twice to help it stand out.

My daughter has now had her first vaccination and my son who had to wait two weeks after surgery has booked his in for Saturday.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Single Bloom


 Yet another card using an old Freshly Made Sketch I’m pretty pleased how this turned.

The background is an old Stamping Up stamp of wood grain stamped in grey. The Cosmos die from Altenew, sentiment an old Simon says Stamp embossed in white. I’ve seen loads of amazing cards made with the flower die on Pinterest but really need to get ahead with some men cards.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Daisies


 Another card made with the Freshly Made sketch some weeks ago. The daisies made with my favourite daisy die from MFT is quite old now and I’m not sure if it’s available.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp, I think it’s called Thoughtful Messages but don’t hold me to that.

Had to get my eyes tested only a year late but last year we waited till I was 60 and the numbers of COVID had gone up and then we went into lock down 2, the tier 4 and then lock down 3. Then I broke my glasses luckily I had an old pair but now I may have to stop buying new craft stuff for a while because my new ones weren’t cheap.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Glitter Frame


 This card was a total failure because I forgotten that sticking anything onto glitter card is an absolute pain.

I love the Pink Fresh oval frame didn’t have a problem sticking that or the MFT daisies centres and the leaves are Memory Box just in case you want to know.

It was problem trying to stick the white mat onto glitter card to make an gold edge foolish me thought PVA would work even under a ton weight of magnetic boards with dies on didn’t work.

It was only when the Happy Birthday dropped off and I stuck it back on with a bit of red double sided tape did I realise the answer was tape.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Stars and Stripes


 There are more boys and men in my family then girls and I’m always on the look out for ideas for masculine cards. Saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I could make work. 

I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners in various blues and a silver which the camera shows up as grey.  I also used the stars from the Holiday Shapes and I used the different sizes although the original one used the same size.

Finally cut out the Birthday die a couple times to layer together to show up better.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Birthday Flowers


 I made this card again with Freshly Made sketches but it was from a few weeks ago. The flowers are MFT, I brought the set just for these flower didn’t like the leaves so used an old set of MFT leaves.

The Happy Birthday circle stamp is a really old one that actually fell out of a box of stamps I was looking through and I decided to use it. The dots were from a Stamping up set.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Mistletoe and Holly


 A couple of clean and simple Christmas cards using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for this week. I couldn’t find a square sentiment so that part of the sketch became a rectangle using the Simon Says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings stamp set.

The holly and mistletoe are Sizzix dies, the holly I used die cut berries and the I used self adhesive pearls for the mistletoe.

Hubby is off to get his second jab this morning and I get mine at the end of May.