Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It's all gone pear shaped

 My Time  To Craft - challenge 405 - anything but a card -

 I borrowed this book from my local library on Saturday and loved the look of these pears which are slightly stuffed with wadding. I used freezer paper to print out the template  -it is much easier to cut out the felt using this method - as you can see I have six pears in the tan colour and on Sunday I cut out six more in dark green - they are very easy to put together - at some stage I will have to make a few birds to go with them.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

more chairty cards

 To try and speed up the card making for the charity box I bought the Hunkydory pack which had lots of lovely card bases , inserts , papers ,dies ,stamps and even an embossing folder.Some of the card bases were big enough to cut in half - the pack had a magazine with lots of ideas but I will  be just using the stuff to make as many cards as I can.

charity box makes



I will be making as many cards as I can over the next few weeks for a local cat rescue center

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

transformed........ sort of

I picked up this scruffy chest of drawers from a local charity shop - I think it must have been in a garage or workshop -paint spray and paint runs - the top had been covered with sticky back plastic and it did not want to come off - I had to use a wallpaper scraper and chip away - there was no way this was going to peel off.
I bought some very pretty paper napkins to decoupage the top but my husband (what is it about men and wood ) thought the drawers were in good condition and it would be a shame to cover them up.
They had a good sanding down - some undercoat and then 2 top coats of white paint- lots of wax - new knobs -  new board at the back of the drawers. The urge to do some decoupage has not gone away but gone away but for now I have extra storage in the spare bedroom. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

happy thoughts

I loved the strong colours in this months Altenew challenge -

I was a bit disappointed as my card dried  it was a bit paler than I would have liked. To keep it CAS I left the flowers centres white . I used one flower and two leaf stamps from the 'smile more ' set along with a sentiment and matching die.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Trial and error

I love this cute image from LOTV  - my first attempt the sentiment was a bit too high -  the second was much better and went off to my FIL with a cheeky message inside. not sure what I can do with the top one- it may have to go in the bin.

all about the papers

I've just bought a 6x6 pad of papers from Couture Creations - it's called Gentlemen's Emporium- the papers are vintage based and soft blue/grey - light browns - the paper above is a dark green .The clock face was cut out and raised on sticky dots.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Race Day Hats

embossing folder 'rambling rose' from sara davies -this is such a beautiful design - a pity I covered so much if it.

I love the wonky letters on this 'celebrate ' stamp - it looks as if I've had a couple of drinks already. 
Double D challenges - off to the races- inspired by the pic -

Monday, May 6, 2019

Your special day

Lets Craft and Create - challenge 147 - AG + option  motherly love - it's ages since I did any iris folding - I loved the colours in the paper so it was easy to put together.


Altenew  - May challenge inspired by the top pic - I used Altenew 'SMILE MORE ' set with matching dies. I have just bought this set and love it already - I can see lots of pretty cards in the making.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

just a bear

This little bear is so cute - coloured with promarkers - it's for my MIL - I hope she like it . After almost 20 years of crafting I have finally bought a machine to emboss and die cut - I have only bought a few things but I love being able to cut out this lovely nesting shape to add to my cards.The tiny butterflies are from a punch and the sentiment is a stamp.

My Time to Craft - challenge 393 - mothers day or female

Southern Girls - Someone Special - for my MIL

Double D challenge - gingham - this paper is so pretty with the tiny hearts

Crafty Animals - challenge 24 - anything goes with an animal

Friday, January 11, 2019

lots of paper

I haven't made a card this shape before but it's always good to try something different - not sure if I would make another one - I used 5 co-ordinating papers from a 6x6 pad- the chair image is from A Day For Daisies.
Southern Girls challenge - Anything goes

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Not my finest work

I hope you all had a good and relaxing time over the holidays - we don't 'do' Christmas so when everybody was rushing around buying presents and organising mountains of food I thought I would chill out and make some cards UNTIL my husband said he would be working at home due to renovations at the office.
He took over my craft space and all I could was sit quietly and read - not a bad thing, I do love a good murder.I think all the noisy jobs have been done and so I can to desk again.
This was supposed to be a quick card to make but turned into a monster - I wanted pink paper for the chair - only pink would do and it had to have a small pattern - I only had white so out came the Aquamarkers in blue and red. I rarely sew on my cards and you see why -its all wonky - why didn't I draw pencil lines on the back of the paper - a blonde moment I guess.
The image is from A Day For Daisies
Passion for ProMarkers - week 474 - add a sentiment

Monday, December 24, 2018

Little bird version 2

 After my first real attempt at multiply stamping on patterned paper I decided it was worth a second try. I picked a paper with just a hint of a pattern and then went mad with multiple stamps - all shown below


 I used 9 different stamps - a gold stamp pad and a white gel pen. I'm not sure it's  quite right but I am getting better with practice.

keeping it simple

 My husband makes fun of me  - in the nicest possible way - food should always taste yummy but it does no harm if it looks good as well - a simple can of vegetable soup - I always add a drizzle  of cream or crème fresh or yoghurt add then a sprinkle of paprika - picture perfect. Have a look in your fridge and at your spices next time you open a can of soup.

It would be lovely if I had a big freezer -I would make my own soups - I do like to make savoury flans ( who decides if it's a quiche or a flan ) I made 3 sizes - some have bacon - some have spinach and some have chorizo - the thing they all have is cheese - eggs and onion - I never fry the onions - I boil small amount of milk in pan -add the chopped onions and turn off the heat - I leave it to go cold then strain out the onion keeping the milk to add the eggs.

I also made a whole orange cake and to make a drizzle I boiled down some freshly squeezed orange juice along with a tablespoon of orange marmalade . I don't think this will around for very long - it is yummy.

Friday, December 21, 2018

A little bird

Most of my cards are very simple and also very boring - I don't added lots of flowers or bulky embellishments , I like things that are easy to post. I decided to have a go at stamping and shading onto patterned paper. I think this is a sheet from Graphic45 . I added the bird stamp and blue shading round the bird - the sentiment - white dots and the blue diamonds - I'm not sure if I should have added more but I quite like results .