Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Santa Magic


Yes another Christmas stamp I didn't use last year and another of my fave vintage images. Stamped with brown ink onto kraft as is the LOTV grunge sentiment. The papers are First Edition Merry Little Christmas. I used MFT layered snowflake and a Memory Box sleigh die along with a wooden reindeer. The Christmas box is coming along nicely.

Challenges
ABC Chrismas D is for distress 
Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Graham's Birthday is next month but as we have a lot planned for March and a special two day offer came up at Potter's Resort I surprised him with an early Birthday present on Sunday morning. We went to Potter's on Monday for a two day break in the hotel. With their midweek breaks they have even more activities and competitions than they do at weekends when they usually have star acts performing. The Potter's Theatre company perform during the week and having seen them at Christmas I knew they would put on good shows, So after a fabulous time we will be heading home after breakfast. Meals were included from dinner Monday tonight to this morning's breakfast so back to the reality of cooking later today.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Twins!


We often have a look in charity shops particularly for records, books and jigsaws. I also look to see if there is anything I can use for crafting. So one day when I looked through some sale items I came across some cards for twins. I have occasionally been asked for a twins card and as I thought the image was really sweet I bought a couple.   I diecut a topper from the card using a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die.  The paper is Lily Bee and I added a Memory Box baby bunting die and lots of baby dies using a Frantic Stamper set.

Challenges
Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Monday, 19 February 2018

Simply Gorjuss


Every year I have a Gorjuss Girl calendar and diary. The calendar has such lovely pictures and I cut some out to use on cards. They seemed to pretty to just throw away and I do love a bit of recycling. The papers are from various Tilda packs. I rarely use so many papers on a card these days as I tend to go for simpler layouts. The sentiment is LOTV and I used three different Joy flower dies with more scraps of Tilda paper.

Challenges
Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations 
Allsorts handmade flowers

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Going home for Christmas


I had a good afternoon cardmaking yesterday and made four cards, two of them Christmas cards! Mind you none of them involved colouring otherwise I wouldn't have made so many. I didn't use this lovely vintage Stampendous stamp last Christmas and as I am trying to use some of my older stamps thought it was time it had an outing. I stamped it with brown ink onto kraft card. The papers are old First Edition Vintage Noel ones. I distressed all the edges, added a Bo Bunny sentiment and some holly leaves which were cut using a Memory Box holly branch cut into secions.

Challenges
ABC Christmas D for distress 
Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Really lovely to see the sun the last two days.  Hubby even did some gardening yesterday morning whilst I was ironing. He planted some primroses and had a general tidy and forked over the soil. He has done about half the garden so far and it looks much tidier. Lovely to see the bulbs all coming through. Spring is on the way. Enjoy your Sunday. 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Simply snowdrops


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is Spring flowers. I decided to go for something different from cute for my DT card and used this lovely simple snowdrop image from Pink Gem coloured with Copics. Not too much to colour but I don't know if you can see the subtle colouring on the snowdrops as I didn't want to leave them completely uncoloured. I used MFT inside and out stitched rounded square dies and MFT stitched scalloped border die. The sentiment samp is from LOTV. I thought it looked a little plain so used a pearl pen to add some interest to the image.

I would like to enter this into the use a diecut challenge at Simon Says.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Lovely lady


We were so pleased that our first time selling on our own at the hospital shop was a great success, better than we hoped for and February isn't the best of months for customers buying so onwards and upwards I hope. I haven't had a lot of crafting time this week, and most of what I have been doing lately I can't sure with you as it was a magazine commission and something new for LOTV. Being out all day Monday, seeing my Mum yesterday and supporting our friends through their bereavement hasn't left time for much crafting to share. 

So on Wednesday evening I popped into the craftroom for a while and used a Hunkydory topper to make a 7x7 card. I won a whole book of toppers and whilst many of them didn't appeal I kept some which did including this lovely lady.  The paper and sentiment are LOTV, lace from crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid. I also added some cheesecloth from The Ribbon Girl and a wooden birdcage along with Viva pearl pen dots.

I would like to enter this into the favourite way to add a sentiment challenge at As you like it.  Although I do love diecut sentiments my favourite and most used sentiments are stamped, sometimes onto the image particularly for cas cards but mostly as a separate embellishment, adding interest to the card.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Love Florida


Those of you who have been visiting me for a while will know that we have been to Florida several times in the Winter. Before we went in January 2017 we had made a decision that would be our last trip to the States. We have had some wonderful holidays there, have been to New England in the fall 4 times and also had breaks in Washington and New York.  Every year it gets more expensive and we don't really feel we want to do the long haul flights anymore. The worst is the overnight flight home. However never say never and we may change our minds. If we did it would probably be to New England but who know what the future holds as I said in yesterday's post.

So I have several American scrapbooks on the go and this is the first page of our exploring Florida scrapbook. I have another scrapbook just for Orlando and the theme parks. I do love using a sketch as a starting point and Stuck?! always have good sketches to follow. This is 1st September sketch.  The picture is actually a postcard.  Looking through my scrapbook papers I found this perfect paper in the Kaisercraft Salty Kisses pad.  The title is from a Virgin holidays leaflet. I added a wooden camera embellishment from The Works, some Scrapinec wooden shapes, wooden heart, Tim Holtz hand pointing and some other bits from my scrapbook supplies.

I have only managed 2 scrapbook pages so far this year so must try to do more as I love making them and have so many photos ready in albums waiting to be used.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Another motorbike


I have another of the new LOTV vintage precoloured simply print cards to share today.  Distressing works really well with these images so I distressed the edges of the old Bo Bunny papers. I do love using banners on cards and these large images really don't need lots of embellishing. The words are from a Tim Holtz chitchat pack.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Birthday present


Another card created with MFT goodies apart from my favouroie Go Kreate frilly squares 10 die.  This is another of the Bitty Bears coloured with Copics. I used MFT Sweet Sunshine papers, banner die and my new peek a boo heart die.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK celebrations 
Favourite sitching (mine is stitched dies, great on cas cards like this adding just a bit of interest)

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Magnets


This morning we shall be off to the hospital to set up the retail unit ready for tomorrow.  This year we are trading on our own so fingers crossed it goes well. I have been busy making lots of extra stock to fill it and here are a few of the magnets I have made. Cats and dogs are always popular images so I bought some wooden ones from Ebay and added wooden hearts and lettering. The Home sentiment is from Inkylicious.  I buy the wooden coasters from MDF Craft Supplies and cover them with paper and add magnetic strips to the back.

We had some devastating news on Saturday morning. Our best friends' 40 year old daughter was rushed into hospital late Friday night, had a blood clot on the brain causing a heart attack and she died. You never know what is going to happen in life so make the most of it and enjoy yourself. She certainly did and packed more travel into her life than most people do in a lifetime. She had visited every American state, some more than once. Very sad that she is gone.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Guest Designer


Pink Gem are sponsoring Crafty Friends challenge and I am delighted to be sharing a card I made as a guest designer for their challenge Love Is in The Air. If you enter and you include a heart on your card then please enter or challenge of have a heart at A Gem of a Challenge.

Image - Pink Gem love mice
Medium - Copics
Paper - Tilda
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Punch - MS fern
Sentiment - LOTV
Dies - MFT cross stitch square and Lawn Fawn stitched circle

Challenges
Creative Inspirations love is in the air 
Allsorts love is in the air 
Simon Says it must be love 
Dies R Us for the one I love 
Paper Shelter for the one you love

Friday, 9 February 2018

Christening Balloon


I was asked to make a Christening card with a hot air balloon for he latest Papercrafter magazine and the MFT up, up and away set came to mind. I used MFT papers and paperpieced the balloon, colouring the cat with Copics. I am so glad I bought the dies to go with these stamps. The bunting was diecut with a MFT fringed scalloped border die, the sentiment is from Stamposaurus. 

Challenges
Allsorts spots and/or stripes 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Ski-sons Greetings


I can hardly believe I have used this stamp already as I only bought it at Thetford the Sunday before last. Other stamps sometimes sit there for months. I wanted to make a Christmas card as I haven't made one for a couple of weeks so out came the Copics and I coloured up this cute MFT bears to match the Bo Bunny Altitude papers. I also paper pieced one of the jumpers, used the MFT stitched mountain range dies and fussy cut the bears as I didn't buy the dies. The hat and sentiment come as part of the set along with a smaller leaping bear and several sentiments. I added a layered MFT snowflake cut with aqua glitter paper.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Launch Day


Today is launch day for these fabulous vintage precoloured digi toppers from LOTV. There are 4 PDF sheets for each image, each sheet having different sizes. I have used the smallest ones on my cards today. These are designed to be like the old cigarette cards. For my first card I used MME simply chalk paper and a Joy bunting die.


For this one I added a sticker from my scrapbook stash and some punched stars. The paper is from my oddments pile.  I would like to enter this one into the spots and/or stripes challenge at Allsorts.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Row of bears



Lots of MFT products from Dies to Die For on my card today. I love these bitty bears and they are the perfect size for my new triple peek a book die. They have been coloured with Copics and I used one of my new paper pads I bought last Sunday, MFT sweet sunshine. The sentiment is from the stamp set and I also used a MFT Western star die and used 3 of the waste stars.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes
As you like it favourite stitching ( I love doodling faux stitching but my most used are stitched dies, they are so much more interesting than plain dies.) 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Pretty boxes


Some more of my boxes ready for my first hospital shop next Monday. I bought a new colour Rustoleum chalk paint, coral. It show up its true colour on the heart box on the left, such a delicate peachy pink. I add ribbon, lace and flowers and butterflies on the larger boxes. They sell well particularly the smaller and heart boxes.

We had a night away at Potters last night to see a 60's show.   We  really like it there, activities, good evening meal and wine included and will be looking forward to breakfast there this morning and maybe some activities, often a quiz in the mornings, before heading home.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

More butterflies


An Anniversary card made for a friend using another of my embossing folders. This time i used it with Core'dinations and sanded it to show the core. I added some Joy butterflies, pearl hearts and a LOTV sentiment.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Anniversary Mice


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is Have a Heart. As long as we can see hearts on your design somewhere your entry will qualify. I have hearts on everything on my card!

Image - Pink Gem Valentine Mice
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Sweet Nothings
Die - MFT inside and out stitched rounded square
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - wooden hearts

Challenges
As you like it favourite stitching ( I love doodling faux stitching but my most used are stitched dies, they are so much more interesting than plain dies.) 
Simon Says anything goes 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Friday, 2 February 2018

Playing the flute


So yesterday I decided to have a play around with my blog settings.  It has been a few years since I changed the background and my previous background was from Shabby Blogs website. Every time I go into my blog on the laptop my antivirus tells me their certificate has run out and asks if I want to continue, There doesn't seem to have been anything posted on their website for a few years so I decided to remove the background and use a simple one from Blogger instead. It took me a while to work out how to do this but I am very happy with the result. I also put all my magazine logos onto a separate page and then played around with some of the colours of links etc.  It was good to remind myself how to do it all.

The new Crafts Beautiful magazine was published yesterday and I was delighted to make this pretty Mother's Day card for them. The image is from LOTV and is coloured with Copics. The papers are First Edition sweet nothings and I used Joy butterfly and flower dies.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Thursday, 1 February 2018

All aboard for another sneak peek


Another of the new LOTV precoloured simply print digis launching on 7th Feb. These are such great images and come in several sizes. I used one from the sheet with 4 images, distressed the edges with DI Vintage Photo and a distressing tool. The paper is Amy Design Vintage Vehicle again and the tickets were from my scrapbook stash.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Ship ahoy!

Another of the new precoloured digital simply print sheets coming on 7th Feb from LOTV. This is my favourite of the cards I made so far.  The papers are Amy Design Vintage Vehicles again. I remembered I bought a Joy compass die recently and thought it was perfect for this card. 

Challenges
Simon Says layer it up

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Pingu


If you saw my robin last week I mentioned that when I was making it I had a brainwave and that was to use the same idea but to make a penguin. I made him using the same dies as the robin (see last week's post for instructions). The only difference was cutting a white oval for his body instead of the redbreast. 

I must admit I am really pleased with these and my snowmen and will be sewing several more in readiness for Christmas sales.

I would like tot enter this into the B for birds challenge at ABC Christmas.

Monday, 29 January 2018

LOTV sneak peek


Something rather different is coming from LOTV, fantastic vintage images which are great for male cards. These are the precoloured digital simply prints so nice quick makes too. I went for a distressed look using some Amy Design vintage vehicle paper, green burlap, a LOTV sentiment and some Tim Holtz mini gears.

Challenges
Simon Says layer it up

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Bon voyage


The last of four cards made for Papercraft Inspirations with a travel theme. The papers are Trimcraft simply creative around the world. I used a Hobbycraft plane die, MFT stitched scalloped basic edge die and Hobbycraft star punches.

Off to the Sincerely Yours craft show today. Looking forward to seeing Faye and Tracy at Dies to Die For where I shall probably buy some dies and maybe some stamps. Nothing in particular I need will just be nice to see what is new and meet up with some crafty friends.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Embossed snowflakes


The last embossed card this week using products I haven't used for a couple of years I should think. I like to look back on some of my makes on Pinterest and when I saw a couple of cards I had previously made using this lovely Sizzix snowflake die and matching embossing folder I thought it was time it was used again. The Crafter's Companion 6x6 embossing folder also hasn't been used for some time. I added some snowflake ribbon, sprayed the snowflakes with spray and sparkle and added a sentiment I found already stamped up.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland embossing
Simon Says layer it up

Friday, 26 January 2018

More butterflies


Another embossed card today using a Crafter's Companion embossing folder. I wanted to keep the design simple and thought it was an opportunity to use my favourite butterfly die. I don't get to use it much as it is such a big die but it is perfect for this card. It is a Magnolia Doohickey die. I found the sentiment in my stash and added some pearls.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Allsorts butterflies

Off into the city today as we are both having a haircut so no crafting today.  Join me tomorrow for a Christmas card.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Robin Redbreast


When I posted a pic of some of my new sewn snowmen I said I had some other ideas I wanted to try which I never had time for last Christmas. One of the things I wanted to try was a robin. I found several examples on Pinterest, some front view, some sideways view. I prefer to use dies wherever I can as it makes it much easier to cut everything uniform and is also a good way to use more of my dies. 

I started with a brown diecut stitched circle suing a Lawn Fawn die. The stitched holes show faintly on the felt which is useful for a sewing guide. I then cut a red circle the same size, cut it in half  and used a MFT stitched basic edge die to round the top edge. The wings and feet were cut with Spellbinder heart dies.  The eyes with a small circle die with black brads. I tried cutting a triangle for the nose but didn't like the stitching but then I had a brainwave. I backed a small piece of felt with Stick It and cut a small heart, cut off the top of the heart and removed the backing and the Stick It works perfectly on the felt. 

I shall be making several more of these and I then had a further brainwave of something else to make which I shall post another day, maybe next week.

I would like to enter this into the B for birds challenge at ABC Christmas.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Deepest Sympathy


I decided to get out my embossing file and have a play with some of my embossing folders which don't see the light of day very often. I used First Edition Mulberry Kisses paper and a Darice embossing folder. The sentiment is from Inkylicious and the butterflies were cut with a Crafts Too die. That's anoher card for my stock which is building up nicely.

Went out with friends for a carvery last night, which was delicious. Today will mainly be spent crafting as I have some magazine work to do and several part made gifts on my desk.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK aything goes 
Allsorts butterflies

Monday, 22 January 2018

Thank You


I have been very busy making gifts for my first hospital shop next month and also working on a couple of magazine commissions.  I also want to make some more cards, particularly other occasions and was sorting through my Hobby House toppers and thought this cute Wee image would make a lovely thank you card.

I teamed her with Lily Bee Double Dutch papers. The dies are Joy leaves which I chopped into smaller pieces and MFT stitched scalloped basic edge.   I found the sentiment in my stash and added some Viva pearl drops and rose from Wild Orchid.

Challenges
Simon Says add a sentiment 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Off for a facial and back massage this afternoon and than a Costa coffee and shopping at Tesco.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Going places


Well my stamp organisation didn’t happen yesterday as we decided to take advantage of a dry morning and go to Sheringham. After a coffee stop we parked and then had a look around the shops, particularly the charity shops and the small market. There is a small papercraft shop there which only carries pretty basic stuff but I was pleased to find a pack of small red brads which I need for my handsewn snowmen’s noses. If you haven’t seen them check out one of my blog post‘s last week. We had a look at the beach but it turned rather cold so after some lovely homemade soup we headed home just before the rain.

I have another of the good luck travel themed cards I made for Papercraft Inspirations to share with you today. I used the MFT up, up and away set coloured with Copics.  The smaller balloons were cut from patterned paper. I used MFT banner dies for the sentiments and Lawn Fawn puffy clouds dies.

Challenges 
MFT colour challenge 
Simon Says add a sentiment 
As you like it favourite die (I love all my stitched and pierced dies and this card uses some of my favourites - clouds and banners. I use banners and bunting a lot and the banners are very useful for adding sentiments.)

 A day at home with a roast dinner later. Looking forward to Call the Midwife returning this evening. Along with Vera we have a good evening's TV to look forward to.  And talking of TV we are absolutely loving the box set of Downton Abbey. It really is one of the best series we have ever watched and all the better for never having seen it before. I love not having to wait a week for the next episode and even better going from one series to another when we want to.  Enjoy your Sunday.