Sunday, 17 December 2017

Deer in love


Well thank you to everyone who took the time to leave such interesting comments on my post yesterday.  There is a lot of agreement that it is a shame that blogging isn't as popular as it was but I am so encouraged that so many of you do love blogging and want to continue.  Many of you also feel it is a shame that challenges have declined. I am now on just 2 DTs, LOTV and Pink Gem and am very happy that way. I also removed the blog ranking numbers a while ago. Blogging isn’t a popularity contest after all is it. Your comments have helped me to feel more motivated about blogging too especially when I had people comment who don't normally comment and I am now following them.  

I hadn't realised that some of my visitors like a lady called Christine don't have a blog but love to visit. Christine said she doesn't comment as she reads the comments and feels she would be saying the same thing and I wouldn't want to read it.  Well if you are reading this then I would love you to comment as I always take the time to read and truly appreciate every comment. So I am back today with a card to share.

I always seem to leave Graham's card to be the last Christmas card I make. He really liked a card I made recently using these new MFT deer dies but without the little hearts. I started thinking about the layout for his card and had the idea of using lots of dies and embossing folders.  The hearts look really sweet on the antlers but what a fiddle as they are so tiny.

Paper - Making Cards freebie
MFT dies - stitched mountain range, rolling hills, deer love, layered snowflakes
Trees - Marianne, Elizabeth craft 5 part pine, Frantic Stamper tall pine trees

I used various embossing folders on the trees for added texture.

Challenges
The Cutie Pie stars and/or snowflakes 
Creative Inspirations Winter/Christmas 
Simon Says stitch it 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Really looking forward to something today which I shall tell you more about tomorrow.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

The changing face of blogging

A contemplative post today on the changes I have noticed this year in blogging.  There have been gradual changes over the years but this year I have found more and more people giving up their blogs. Some because they no long make cards but others seem to be turning more to social media especially Facebook and Instagram.

Everything has its place and I use Facebook every day. In fact my blog is networked to it so my posts appear on there each morning. I looked at Instagram but didn't really understand it and the thought of starting to follow people and getting them to follow me just doesn't interest me.  I do like Pinterest and pin all my makes on there.

One of my blogging friends recently posted on Facebook about whether she should give up her blog as she no longer has as much time for crafting as she used to. The overwhelming response was don't give it up, you will regret it. I am pleased to say she is keeping it.

Over the years the number of people commenting has declined too. I appreciate the time it takes to read and comment on posts and I am always grateful for everyone who does that and amazed that some people comment on every post. I am truly grateful for your support.  Some people who used to comment seldom do nowadays. I know how much quicker it is to simply like a post on Facebook.

The number of visitors far exceeds the number of comments. Indeed my post on 12th December about my updated craft room was viewed by 354 people yet I only had 25 comments. I know that some people like my Mum look at my blog every day but as she doesn't have a Google account she doesn't comment. 

The number of challenges has declined too and nowadays I am very selective about which challenges I enter, entering far less than I used to.  I figure if I don't enter any and others do the same then they will all stop and that would be a shame.

So will I continue blogging? Yes I will as I enjoy it and I hope that those who read it enjoy it too. I love being part of the blogging community and have met some of my blogging friends at shows. It is always a pleasure to meet somebody I only know online.  It is also a record for me of how far I have come since I started cardmaking 11 years ago.  I would also miss visiting and commenting on your blogs which I do as much as I can.

Will I continue to post daily? Maybe not but then again I may. I don't want to feel under pressure to post every day but if I have something to share then I will post. I always schedule my posts so they are not as chatty as some people's blogs, which I love to read, but I do include a few personal snippets.

If you have read through to the end, thank you, and if you would like to leave me a comment with your thoughts I would really appreciate it.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Who wants Christmas pudding?


This is the card I made for my Mum. I wanted to make another double Z fold card and I knew she would like the cute LOTV image. My Mum is rather partial to Christmas pudding as is Graham. I don't mind it but would never choose it in a restaurant and rarely eat any at home either. 


This is the sweet image in more detail, coloured with Copics of course. The papers re Dovecraft Jolly Happy Christmas.  I used a Woodware holly punch and red pearls, sentiment ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, self adhesive snowflake trim I found in my stash, Joy holly and leaf dies, MFT pierced rectangle dies and flowers from Hobbycraft.

Challenges
ABC Christmas Y is for yummy
Crafty Calendar It's Christmas 
Creative Inspirations Winter/Christmas

Off into Norwich again today as Graham is having a haircut and I have a few more presents to buy for him. Just need to wrap them and that is us all sorted apart from the fresh food shop.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Hedgie wishes


I was delighted to accept a commission for Paper Creator magazine using this cute LOTV hedgie trio of stamps. Coloured with Copics and using various MFT goodies, papers, pierced banner, wonky stitched rectangle and banner dies and Lawn Fawn stitched circle dies.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Champagne



I have five cards published in the latest Papercraft Essentials magazine. I had to create the cards for £10 using a champagne glass die, gold glitter card and a pack of different coloured glitters. Quite a challenge but here are two of the cards I came up with.  For this one I added som doodling, a stamped sentiment from Stamposaurus and wooden hearts.


I used DI wild honey for this one and randomly added some mini glue dots and gold glitter.

Busy day today, shopping, meeting Mum for breakfast, facial and massage then food shopping. Looking forward to the interviews on The Apprentice tonight.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Craftroom update (lots of photos)


As promised yesterday here are some photos of my updated craftroom now it has all been sorted. I just have my stamps to sort, they are all neatly filed but I think there are some I will never use again so time to sell them. So this is my lovely new unit which I am already finding so much better to use with everything having its own shelf. No more moving things to get to the things underneath.


This is my beautiful box I bought in America in February.  The light wasn't very good but it is even lovelier in real life.


This shows how narrow my room is as it is the smallest bedroom. I love the light and being able to see what is going on outside. It is plenty big enough for my needs with a place for everything.


My purpose built shelves with all my punches nicely to hand.  The magnetic files on the left hold all my dies and my stamps are stored in files with punched pockets in the bookcase underneath.  The coloured drawers mainly hold paper and card.


At the end of one of my shelves are some of my precious little things. 


My main desk with my magazine and DT work hung up. Yes it is always tidy as I like to put everything away after a project.


My Copic bag which sits underneath my desk, personalised with a Gorjuss Girl luggage label.  I keep the Copics in square mesh baskets which means I can get out the colours I need each time. It saves a lot of space on my desk as I used to have them all on my desk n a wooden unit.



My other desk with my Sizzix and trimmer which are easy to move when I use the laptop here.


Lastly one of three partitioned boxes holding all my ribbons.

I hope you have enjoyed your tour of my room. I always love to see where people craft.  I have updated my craftroom page making it easier to refer back to.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Surprise!


Well we never got any snow yesterday apart from a few flakes. It just poured with rain and was very dark with a bit of sleet thrown in too. Thankfully it was a mainly dry evening. We have a nice easy challenge for the LOTV Facebook challenge this month, anything LOTV goes. I used one of the new simply prints for my inspiration card. These coloured toppers are great for quicker cards. The papers are Basic Grey and Tilda. I am trying to use up bits and pieces of older pads.  The lace is from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from he Hobby House, cotton ribbon and charm from my stash and I used a MFT stitched scalloped border die.

Challenges
As you like it favourite animal (mine has always been bears. I have taken several to charity shops over the years but still have several around the house. My favourite bear is Winnie the Pooh, just love those stories.)

I have been very busy sorting out my stash as I transferred it to the new boxes in my new storage unit. I will be sharing pics of my updated craft room tomorrow so do stop by.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowmen fall from heaven


The last of three cards made for Making Cards using Whimsy stamps. Not much colouring required on these snowmen but they are fab snowmen aren't they. The papers are MFT, star burlap from The Range. stars from Hobbycraft.  I also used a stitched scalloped border die from MFT.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Creative Inspirations Winter/Christmas

Another busy day today. Meeting my Mum in Norwich for breakfast at Bella Italia then showing her the lights and decorations. She wants to buy a new vacuum cleaner which we will take home for her and get to hers next time we are over there on Christmas Eve. Then we are going to some friends for their outside light switch on and some food. Change of plan since I scheduled this post as heavy snow forecast so meeting Mum on Wednesday instead.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Head over heels


Our last challenge of the year today at A Gem of a Challenge is anything Christmas. This challenge lasts until early January and the DT won't be commenting on entries this time.  I used one of the new snowmen images coloured with Copics. The papers are a mix. ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.  I used an old favourite tree die I haven't used for a while from Doohickey.

Challenges
Crafty Calendar It's Christmas 
Creative Inspirations Winter/Christmas 
Di's Digis Winter holidays

Friday, 8 December 2017

Hat Shop


This is a lovely Stampendous stamp I bought reduced ages ago and it looks great inked in different colours and no l=colouring needed. I used DI Peacock Feathers and a MFT wonky stitched oval die. The papers are from various packs, lace from Crafty Ribbons. The flowers were punched with a MS cosmos punch and roses added to the centres.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Traditional colours


Traditional red and green for my card today. How are you doing with your Christmas cards? I just have two special ones left to make. I still have new stamps to use so they will have to be used for next year's cards now. I was so pleased I just kept the Christmas cards going and haven't ended up still needing to make more. I can make some if I please and they will be ready for next year.

Sentiment - Inkylicious
Papers - old LOTV
Dies - Memory box stitched holly, Marianne poinsettia, Joanna Sheen star border
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges
Stamping Sensations Winter trees and flowers 
Crafty Calendar It's Christmas 
Creative Inspirations Winter/Christmas

We are going into Norwich today as I am having a haircut and colour. Have a few things to buy and will be enjoying nice lunch out too.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Snowmen fall from heaven


Today's card is another of the three cards I made for Making Cards magazine using Whimsy digi stamps and sentiments. The papers are MFT as are the Winter tree dies. Coloured with Copics of course. I love mixing spots and stripes and red and blue is one of my fave colour combos especially for snowmen.

I have my last craft stall tonight at a school's shopping evening. The first time I have done one of these so I hope it goes well. My last shop for this year at the hospital last Friday went really well. The school is a local one so not far to travel and if I don't sell much well never mind. There is a choir coming so should be a nice Christmasssy evening.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Deer deer deer


Another Card-io card today. I do love making these, creating a wreath using some of the foliage stamps. I used a MFT stencil for the hill adding a touch of colour with small ink pads and a dry baby wipe. Stamped the trees and deer and added some silver glitter acrylic paint and red liquid pearl dots for berries.

Challenges
Stamping Sensations Winter trees and flowers

Monday, 4 December 2017

Bluebirds


My Mum asked me to make a card for her friend who loves to watch the birds in her garden so this topper from Little Claire was just what I needed. The pretty papers are Bo Bunny Secret Garden. I made the layered flowers with Nellie Snellen dies and added some enamel dots.  The sentiment is LOTV.

We stayed at a Premier Inn at Lowestoft last night as 10 of us went to a 60's concert there. It is only about a 50 minute drive but it makes a nice break going for a meal before the show and staying overnight.  We shall be off for breakfast this morning before heading home. We want to get a Christmas tree and need to do some food shopping too.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Changing storage


Whew what a tiring day yesterday.  This is my new storage unit which came in lots of boxes with lots of polystyrene amongst the wooden panels. Very well packaged and hubby was most impressed with the build quality and how easy it was to put together. So this is the storage unit it replaced and this one has now moved into the space in the spare room which previously held a chest of drawers.


As you can see there is a lot of wasted space and there are boxes on top of boxes which is annoying. Every time I want to use the box on the bottom right I move the stamping platform to the left, then I want that box and move it back again.


This is the new unit assembled without the shelves. Look at the floor behind Graham! The beauty of these units is they are purpose built for crafting and it comes with enough shelves to fit 4 litre really useful boxes all the way up each side.  As I already had some boxes which I hoped would fit I bought it without the boxes and without doors as my room is narrow and doors would just be annoying to open all the time. I need quick access to things.


So this is a work in progress. I need to buy some more boxes and sort out some of the things which are stored on the other side of the room but I am so pleased by how much space there is in it. I didn't think my coloured box drawers would fit but they do perfectly. As you can place the shelves where you like we were able to fit my stamping platform into a narrow space on the right.  Once it is finished I will take some more photos.  I am so pleased with it and can really recommend Storage 4 Crafts for quality and service.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Do you want to build a snowman?


This is the first of three cards I made for Making Cards magazine last month. There are three snowmen and sentiments on the digital sheet and when I saw them on Facebook I just had to buy them. The papers are MFT as are the Winter tree and scalloped basic edge dies.  I was asked to make cards suitable for men so not too much embellishing, just some twine and a snowflake charm. 
Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

Friday, 1 December 2017

Diecut tags


As this scheduled post is published I shall be on my way to the hospital shop for the last time this year. I am hoping for good sales as December was my best month there last year. I wanted to try something different with some Christmas tags this year as I like the idea of two layers with the di cut out of the top layer. This of course then gave me some diecuts to use as well. I used an old tag die, Spellbinders I think, MFT layered snowflakes, Dovecraft reindeer and Craft emotions trees.  I added some white wink of Stella to the trees and white gel spots on the kraft deer.  I would like to enter these into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Another white cottage


Lots of Inkylicious stamps on this one, he cottage, branches and sentiment. Simply stamped with white, some branches in brown and added red liquid pearls. White stamping on kraft always looks effecitve.

Challenges
ABC Christmas W for white 
Noor! Design UK Winter
Simon Says anything goes

I'm excited as I am expecting a delivery from Storage 4 Crafts today. When we went to the craft show at Peterborough we were looking at the storage units as I want a new one for my craft room so that we can move a dresser I currently have in there into the spare room.  The unit comes flat pack and as we are at the hospital shop tomorrow I am hoping it will be put together on Saturday. I bought the unit without the really useful boxes as I have a lot of boxes already and want to sort out what is going into it. I can always buy more boxes once I have it sorted. For now I am likely to put everything into it as best I can and then have a proper sort out as my craft room also needs decorating after Christmas, something I am not looking forward to as it is so much upheaval.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Hi


More of the new bears from LOTV.  I hope you got yours ordered. I sent this card as a thank you. The alpha-bears are coloured with Copics and the papers are MFT. I added some ribbon and used a MFT wonky stitched oval and Joy bunting dies.

Challenges
The Cutie Pie bear hugs
The Ribbon Girl any image

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Anyone for cake?


Non Christmas cards for the next two days starting with this cute card which is one of the new LOTV bears precoloured simply prints. This is Greg cupcake and he is the perfect shape for my MFT stitched dome dies. I used a mix of Basic Grey Sugared and Anna Marie Blissful pink papers. The ribbon which was very hard to photograph is an old one from Crafty Ribbons. I also used a Bebunni cupcake die with pearls and a MFT stitched scalloped basic edge die.  I would like to enter this into the any image challenge at The Ribbon Girland the food and/or drink challenge at Simon Says.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Ppppink Pppppenguin


Yesterday’s craft fair was a great success. Such a lovely Christmas atmosphere and great footfall. This is the second stamp my friend bought me for my Birthday knowing that I also love penguins as well as snowmen. I haven't made a pink Christmas card for a while so here we have a pink penguin. The penguin stamps black which is why there isn't any shading. The rest is coloured with Copics.  The paper is MFT and yes I used my new MFT layered snowflakes again with some new pink glitter card I bought at Peterborough show. I added some doodling and silver glitter acrylic paint.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
In the pink spots and/or stripes
The Ribbon Girl any image
The Paper Shelter a Christmas card

Looking forward to another theatre visit tonight, this time just with hubby, to see an Alan Ackbourn play.   Should be a good laugh.  Going to Pizza Express first using some of our Tesco vouchers.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Imagine


I love the Inkylicious quote stamps and here I combined them with the lovely Maja Denim and friends papers and a shabby chic look. I used some patterned burlap from The Range, Hobbycraft and Dovecraft star punches and a Fiskars tag punch.  Lots of distressing using DI vintage photo and a distressing tool.

Today is the third of my three craft fairs this week. It is a really lovely Christmassy one we went to check out last year. Inside and outside stalls (I am inside!), band, children's choir and the best refreshments I have ever seen as the lady who runs it does outside catering.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Ella and snowman


Today is our penultimate challenge of the year at A Gem of a Challenge and we want to see animals in the snow. I have used one of my favourite colour combos for my card. Although I love the traditional red and green for Christmas green isn't one of my favourite colours unlike blue. I have coloured Ella and snowman with Copics. The papers and dies are MFT, apart from the snowflakes which are  cut from silver glitter card using a Marianne die. The sentiment is LOTV. I added some silver glitter acrylic paint to the image.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Noor! Design UK Winter 
As you like it favourite Christmas colour combo (see above for why) 

Friday, 24 November 2017

Launch Day


Launch day at Lili of the Valley of the alpha-bears, num-bears and 16 other bear stamps. This one is Dragonfly and if you love James you will love this one I'm sure. I coloured him golden for a chnge from my usual bear colours. The paper is Basic Grey nook and pantry. I diecut the image usign a MFT die but also used some of my older dies for a change, Doohickey fence, Memory Box dragonfly and Crafts too butterflies. 

Challenges
The Cutie Pie bear hugs 
The Ribbon Girl any image

It's the second of my craft fairs this afternoon at the local school. I have been told it is well supported so hope they are right as it is the first time I have done this one. Still only 2.5 hours and 1 mile down the road. Yesterday’s fair was brilliant, my best sales so far this year.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

More snowflakes

It's those new MFT snowflakes again but this time on patterned paper. I used aqua glitter and white card and used a MFT sentiment die too. Not much more to say about this card really other than how much I love these layering snowflakes.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Dies R Us snow 
ABC Christmas W for white

Today I am at the hospital craft fair, the first of three craft fairs over four days, just the way it worked out.  Good job I have plenty of stock. A very early start as we usually get to the hospital about 7.20 so we can get unloaded and get the car parked well before 8.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A new snowman!


Absolutely fun evening yesterday, the show was hilarious, haven’t laughed so much for a long time. A friend bought me some Christmas stamps for my Birthday and as she know how much I love snowmen one of the sets was a Hero Arts set of snowmen. There are 2 snowmen, 4 hats and 3 sentiments as well as snowflakes. It was so easy to stamp the different elements using my stamping platform. So the snowman, hat, snowflakes and sentiment are all part of the set. Not much colouring as the hat and part of the scarf are already black. I kept it simple adding some doodling, pearl dots and my new MFT diecut snowflakes. The paper is an old LOTV one.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
ABC Christmas W for white
Dies R Us snow 
The Ribbon Girl any image

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Birthday Bear


A change from Christmas today with another of the cute new LOTV alpha bears launching on Friday.  I added the part word which is another set of stamps launching on the same day. I kept the layout simple on this one making a fun bright card using Copics,  MFT papers, MFT pierced rectangle die and my Fiskars tag punch.

Challenges
Simon Says furry friends 
The Cutie Pie bear hugs
The Ribbon Girl any image

Off to the theatre again tonight with friends. A meal at ASK Italian first then we are going to see Slava's snow show. We saw this several years ago and it was one of the funniest shows we have ever seen. Really hard to describe, a very visual comedy and a very messy theatre by the time everyone leaves,

Monday, 20 November 2017

Deer oh Deer


Now did this card make you smile? These are another new MFT die I couldn't resist. I did resist buying any of the new stamps as I have so many still waiting to be used and so many older stamps I really want to use too. I created a scene using Bo Bunny Altitude papers, various dies, MFT mountains, Lawn Fawn Let it Snow and various trees.  I just added some white dots and tiny red pearls to the deer.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Enjoying the snow


Have you got your copy of the latest Making Cards magazine yet? i am delighted to have three snowman cards in there which I will share with you next month but in the meantime here is a card I made using the free papers and one of the sentiment stamps with this month's edition. These are worth the price of the magazine alone. I love these fun penguin toppers which are part of the free papers. I used a new Elizabeth craft tree die I bought at Peterborough. It is a 5 part die but some of the pieces can also be used as smaller trees as you can see.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Dies R Us Snow
As you like it favourite Christmas colour (this is a hard choice as I do love using a range of Christmas colours but having to choose just one combo I would say red and blue are my favourite. I particularly love this combination for snowmen cards.)

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Guest designer


The DT at Pink Gem were asked if we would like to be guest designers a The Crafty Friends challenge where Pink Gem are sponsors. The challenge is add a sentiment. I had this card which I made for Papercrafter magazine sitting in my file waiting to blog. These penguins are so cute. I used one of the digi kits which of course are precoloured. I added some fun flock to the hats. The papers are First Edition Merry Little Christmas and I used a icicle and Memory Box stitched snowflake dies.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 

Well tonight is the first of three theatre trips over the next 10 days. We are going to a high school production of We Will Rock You. It is at one of the Norwich theatres and a friend's youngest daughter is in it. The three girls are are all very talented, singing dancing and acting so this should be good.