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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Update and extended blog break

I'm just popping by to explain my blog break. My Dad was admitted to hospital at the beginning of November and things have been up and down with him during that time. Yesterday evening he finally gave up his fight to live... just 5 days before his 97th birthday. I will be joining you back in Blogland at some point but not quite sure when that will be. Take care all of you and happy crafting.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Taking a break

Hi everyone, I hope things are well with you all.

I'm just popping in to let you know I shall be missing from Blogland for a while but I'll be back to catch up with you all just as soon as I can.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Christmas Critters

Morning all and thanks for popping by today. I made this card at the weekend for a couple of challenges but I've only just got around to taking a photo of it......

I used one of the old LOTV toppers which I die-cut and matted with Xcut dies. The strip of card was embossed with a folder that was a magazine freebie with some thin strips of red paper added on the top and bottom. Finally I added a Tattered Lace snowflake die with a gem to finish.



I made this for the Allsorts challenge 'christmas creatures' and as I used  snippets of card I'm heading over to play at  Pixie's Snippets Playground

So is anyone else beginning to panic like me about the number of christmas cards they've still got to make or are you super organised? This is the only card I've managed to make since my last post and Mojo has gone into hiding again so not sure when the next one will get made!


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Autumn

Good Morning to you all and thanks for popping by today. It's a lovely autumnal day here, chilly but dry and the sun is poking his head out too.... and so on to my cards with autumnal themes.

First up is a one layer card (which is a very rare thing for me) made using only Memento Dew Drop inks and Uniko products. First off I stamped a flower from the 'flower power #3' set, then used my newly purchased 'wonky stripes' stencil to make the background (I'm so glad I bought that stencil) and finally I added a sentiment from the 'all occasion sentiment set. I know it perhaps looks a bit more summery than autumnal in the photo but it really is like the colours of the leaves around our home.




I made this for the following challenges

Uniko challenge 'autumn/fall with the optional twist of halloween'





For my second card I used one of the decoupage sheets from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse' cd. The background paper is from the Prima 'botanical collection, the sentiment is recycled from a shop bought card and the lettere are Memory Box dies.

 
I made this for

CD Sunday challenge 'when autumn leaves start to fall'

Words 2 Craft By challenge 'autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower'


I don't know about you but the days are racing by here and I'm so behind with all my jobs. Still at least Hubby's health is improving daily and he's getting back to his normal self... it's surprising what a difference a couple of weeks can make. I'm off to make a start on some christmas cards now, well at least those that are bound for foreign lands. Hope you all enjoy the rest of the week whatever you may have planned.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Get Well and a Snippets Christmas

Hi everyone.... remember me?  Thanks for all your kind wishes for Hubby's recovery and I'm happy to say he's out of hospital but things are taking a bit longer than expected. Still at least he's a lot better than he was three weeks ago and I even managed to get a bit of crafty playtime over the weekend and have a couple of cards to show you that I made from bits and pieces in my box that I just juggled around with.


First up is a Bugaboo image coloured with Promarkers, a Uniko sentiment and pearlescent card embossed with a Die'sire embossalicious folder. To finish I added a couple of flowers with card candi centres.


I shall enter this in the following challenges

As You Like It 'ribbon or flowers'  
That was a bit of a tough choice as I use both but I finally settled for flowers and specifically the first type of flowers I bought when I started cardmaking. Flowers are a lovely finishing touch and can cheer up a card so much - and this type are perfect for those that have to be posted in the mail.

Passion for Promarkers 'embossing'


Next up is my snippets card. I played truant from the Playground last time around due to my nursing duties so was determined to skip along this fortnight to say a quick hello to the Playmates and Miss Di. All I had to do for this card was some sticking onto a hammered effect card base as I'd already got all these dies cut from snippets of gold and white card. I was going to add some ribbon to hide the join between the two gold die-cuts but decided it looked okay without so left it with the snowflake border tucked under the sentiment. Then I added a couple of pearls to the snowflakes and the job was done. So I'm skipping off to Pixie's Snippets Playground  with this one.




I should be able to start catching up with you later this week but until then I'd like to say a big thank you to you all for your continued visits and kind words... you really are the greatest blogging friends.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

NBUS Penny Black

I'm sorry I've not been around visiting the last few days but I haven't really been in the mood for blogging. My hubby wasn't feeling well at the beginning of the week and what we assumed was a bug actually turned out to be acute appendicitis and peritonitis so he ended up being whisked off to hospital for emergency surgery. He's now got post-op complications so his hospital stay is longer than expected. I'm just keeping my fingers, toes, legs and everything crossed that he gets better soon.

After my last post I inked up another NBUS item - a Penny Black stamp called 'snowy perch' - and have made a very uninspiring card with it..... (I am so lost without Hubby here to give his opinion).... but I thought I would drop by so you don't think I'm being rude and ignoring you all.



While I'm here I'll link up to the following challenges

Darnell's NBUS challenge #12


Penny Black's Holiday Head Start challenge


Penny Black and More challenge 'close to nature'



Thanks for your visit today and I'll come and catch up with you when I can.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

NBUS Distress Oxides

It's time for another NBUS challenge hosted by the lovely and fun Darnell over on her blog. In case you're not sure NBUS stands for never-before-used-schtuff and just like most of you I'll hold my hand up and admit to having rather a lot, but instead of being a good girl and using my old NBUS I've gone and bought some new goodies!

Most of you have been using Distress Inks for ages but I only have ONE ink pad (tattered rose) which I bought years ago and very rarely use. I know that is really bad of me and as everyone is raving about the new Distress Oxides I thought it was time to take the plunge and the other day I ordered FOUR colours all at the same time! They arrived pretty quick and before tucking them away in the cupboard I decided to have a bit of a play.... and to cut a long story short I've ordered another four colours as well as a couple of Distress Ink mini pads sets.



I got some very old A4 photo paper which I cut it into four pieces (as I honestly thought that my efforts would end up in the bin and didn't want to waste any good card) then duly swiped a couple of colours on the mat, sprayed with water and ran the card through it. After drying it off I reached for an NBUS stamp Uniko 'background blocks stars' which Bev very generously sent me with my last order (thank you Bev) and sprayed water on the stamp before stamping onto the oxide background. Then I dropped a paper towel on top to soak up the water and I love the pattern it left. I cut it down to size before matting onto some coloured card and used the remaining piece to die cut the Lawn Fawn 'thanks' and to finish off I added an NBUS Concord & 9th floral die with a sequin centre.




For the second card I used the same photo paper with all four colours and a Memory Box stencil sprayed with water to lift some of the ink. I stamped Penny Black 'happy bliss' with Memento ink then heat embossed with clear powder before matting it on to black card. I decided the birds and round the centre of the dandelions needed some sparkle so I touched it up with a Sakura glitter pen.


this one shows the glitter pen a little better


Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments and if you want to check out all
the Rules and Prize details  (as well as some fun and laughter) pop over to Darnell's blog post  HERE



Monday, 18 September 2017

Shining Snippets

A quick post from me today with my snippets make. It's one of those throw together type of cards where you pick up snippets of (in this case) shiny and glitter card and die-cuts and just wriggle them about to see what happens. The image is Bugaboo which I coloured with my usual Promarkers and I stuck them all with foam pads to give that fun dimension feel to it.



I made this for the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use your snippets'

Passion For Promarkers 'let it shine'


Told you it was a quick post!.... Hubby is expecting me to have finished the cleaning before he gets back from his physio appointment so I'd better crack on otherwise he'll suspect I've been having a mooch around the online crafty shops (now would I do such a thing?!). Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great week.



Friday, 15 September 2017

Koala Fun


Beware, this is rather a photo heavy post!

I was looking for a Koala stamp and after checking out a few different brands I decided on a set from My Favourite Things called 'Cuddly Koalas'. My Favourite Things are running a 2017 Card Design Superstar challenge at the moment so I decided to have a play with my new stamps and join in with a couple of the categories. For both of my cards I've used the 'Cuddly Koalas' stamp set and the 'Surf & Turf' Die-namics die set. I fussy cut all the images and it took quite some time so the matching dies are a definite requirement next time I go shopping.





Here's my card for the Clean & Simple Genius category





and this is my card for the Innovation Master category which combines a slider card along with a bendy card (neither of which I've made before!)






I really enjoyed making both of these cards and was pleased with how they both turned out and I shall definitely be having a lot more fun with these adorable Koalas.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

CASE Card

I don't normally CASE cards but when I saw the challenge over at Time Out I knew I couldn't resist getting out a couple of my new stamp sets and joining in. For my card I used Uniko's 'background blocks halftone' and 'pure florals Cosmos' with some pearls added to finish it off.




and this is the fabulous card from Beverley Brown that I CASEd



Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate all your visits.