Thursday, 31 March 2011

Cyber Mothers

I have plundered my stash and my scraps box for this card and have used my Bigshot to emboss and cut the frames. I have actually made 2 like this but like the numptie I am I posted the other without photgraphing it! DOH!!! If you are very well behaved I might just share my secret weapon for making this with you later on. They are a bit of a labour of love for a 'bish, bash, bosh' crafter like me. I took the inspiration from a birthday card from my friend Ginger, her cards are just out of this world. I should also say that these little cards are A6 in size and I put them in a C5 envelope unfolded for posting. Sorry folk, I can't move my picture of the tool I used to create this card. Its a wonderful gadget with click in and click out dies. It came from Pinflair many years ago and although I have used it loads of times this is the first time I thought of doing this. On the ends of the handles there are 2 sizes of balltool so you can punch and shape as you go. It is about the same size as a pair of pliers. I have used it to make 'stuff' to go into shaker cards, the little leaves are so cute and quite useful, they measure only 6mm aprox. My Cyber Mothers are both such special ladies who have picked me up and dusted me off many times and they deserve very special cards, in fact the shock of getting a card from me in time for the occassion will probably be more than they can stand, as I am notorious for driving around months with the cards before I remember to post them.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Old Shep & Tie A Yellow Ribbon

I'm having to play catch up this week, with the Blog challenges. The theme for Craftyann this week is an Elvis theme and Rainbow Ladies is Tie a Yellow Ribbon. So this quick card fills both topics quite nicely. Old Shep is one of my all time favourite Elvis songs makes me bawl like a toddler who can't get her own way every time. The image is fom Joanna's Victorian Companion and the backing paper is from MCS

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Did You Miss Me?

I bet you thought I'd done another runner? My laptop stopped charging and as I had the most filthy cold I wasn't well enough to go to Exeter to get my laptop repaired. £75 and its all better again now, and I've got a lot of catching up with events in Blogland to do. It was like an ancient form of torture not being able to get on-line, but I am back and raring to go again.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Another Seraphina

I can post this now that OH's Hip Hip Hooray Day has been and gone. This is a card I made for him from his little anklebiters. The black and white image is mounted onto some children type print holographic mirror card, and finished with some more bits from my ribbon stash.

Nanny Gee's Ruby Wedding

I wanted to share this with you, although this is from October last year, the loss of the camera lead has delayed the posting. This is one of my lovely cyber-mummies (lucky me I have two) and her lovely husband Mr Derek Boom Boom (remember Basil Brush?) It was fabulous to share such a special day with them. This was the 'official' celebration luncheon, however the day before we went to a fabulous chinese restaurant for an all you can eat buffet luncheon which was out of this world. The only snag was that we had to go home and 'do' the flowers for the table arrangements............ not easy when you are stuffed!
This is the lady who made my fabulous wedding cake and her cakes are out of this world, her cards ain't bad either lol

Something Different

I thought that you might like to see this. It is a coffin spray that I made for a good friend. His wife wanted to choose the flowers herself. So we bought red and pink roses, white lillies yellow spray roses, iris, purple lisianthus and the foliage was kinda tropical to signify his South African roots. It also has white spray chrysanths and hypericum berries. She wanted it to look natural with no ribbon and very 'open' not hedgehoggy!!
It is 4.5 feet long and 1 foot wide.
And Yes! those boxes in the background do contain ribbon lol

Friday, 11 March 2011


MEN!!!! The title of ths post was the howl that went up here last night. Young Bobster suddenly realised that the pile of post for 'The Eejit' might just mean that its his birthday!! Thankfully Bobster has just scraped under the wire with 24 hours to spare. Its 'im indoors hip hip hooray day tomorrow. So Muvver had to knock up another card pdq. The "Old Man" thing is a joke between O H and the Bobster and the greeting exchanged on the landing at stoopid O'clock when they are going or coming home from work ...... shiftworkers tut!

The fair Lady Joanna of Sheen, has saved the day again with the Cd ATC Assitant

Thursday, 10 March 2011

For A Very Special Friend

Now those of you who know about my daily doings have no doubt heard me mention my dear friend Windy. She has been retired for a while but just lately her 'part-time' job has been much, much more and consequently I don't see her very much at the moment. I do miss her and her special brand of nuttiness. So I had planned to make her a 'special' card to let her know just how much she means to me. So when I saw Rainbow Lady's challenge this morning it was just the kick up the btm that I needed to get on with it.

Ian bought me the Seraphina cd and stamps from Doolicrafts last year when I was struggling to craft and I just love the images. My children all had knitted jumpers with Seraphina and friends on when they were littlies, so it was a trip down memory lane for me. I don't knit much these days but it was lovely to see Seraphina and to be able to craft with her.
The card is made on 3 sheets of A4 card, made into a gatefold,it is a lovely pearlescent card in a vibrant mauvy/lilac the embellishments are all from my stash and it features 'that' ribbon again.
I really hope you like it

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Sorry I Just Can't Stop!!

I'm not being paid commission, honest I'm not!!
Sorry I am just getting totally carried away with these, and I am still kicking myself for not getting the vellums. There are so many little elements on these sheets that there are just limitless posibilities here. I have put my stamp block down and I am backing slowly away from the stamps.
Think I shall go and play with something else or you will all be getting bored with them.
Shame I'm not getting commission though. A friend pointed out earlier that Crafters Companion are releasing a cd/stamp etc of fairies next week! What is a girl to do?

Another Beauty

Here's another one of those gorgeous fairy stamps, this fairy has a selection of things for her hand so every one can be quite different. The sentiment is from the Castle & Unicorn set. I find these so easy to colour with Promarkers and they really suit the style of stamp.

This afternoon I had a mishap with my Big Shot when I was embossing and cut right through my rubber embossing mat. I was so cross with myself, that is the 2nd senior moment today. I am too ashamed to admit to my other mishap here.

Isn't She Gorgeous?

Oh My Word! I had fun yesterday with the beautiful Castles & Unicorn set of Papermania stamps. But the fairies on the fairy set are just magnificent and it is really hard to choose which one to use first. Of course then I can mix and match images from the 2 sets. I could keep going for ever with these treasures. I have also been experimenting with pealescent card stock for colouring with Promarkers, and I have come to the conclusion that a bumper pack of A3 cardstock that I bought from Annamarie Designs (you know the lady with the template cd's) is just fabby. It colours beutifully, the sheen shows through and the colours and blender work superbly on it.

Going back to wittering on about the fairies, they are very 'grown-up' fairies and not one of them has a duff face, which is a huge bonus in my book.

My camera lead has come but unfortunately these lovely stamps are higher up my list of 'to do' things.

My mojo has worked his little socks off this year, but with so many lovely stamps landing in my hot sticky little mitts, it looks as though he will carry on jumping up and down on my desk. I just hope that my favourie designers will take a long holiday through the summer to allow my crafty budget to recover.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

New Toys

Well its been quite a weekend and I had steam coming out of my ears yesterday, so my friend Ladylace aka Christine told me I needed a crafty spend. I didn't need telling twice so I bought these glorious stamps from the Midnight Fairytale range. This is from the Castles and Unicorn set. I have coloured them in with the ever faithful promarkers. I love these and I really wish I had bought the absolutely gorgeous velums too. So Christine when OH and son are having pedigree chum (other pet foods are available) for tea next week, I shall blame you!

Look at This!

Now don't you think that this would make a great crafty birthday present for a crafter with a March 18th Birthday? Check out Kitty's Krafty Blog. Tasty Candy Kitty

Sunday, 6 March 2011

St Patricks Day/ Luck of the Irish

I have waited yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaars to use this lovely image from Joanna Sheens Victorian Angels & Fairies cd. Being a huge Angel Fan I love this cd with a passion. I stole the 4 leaf clover backing paper from another image on the cd. The topper has been matted and layered with a gorgeous green mirror card. Purists would pick holes in this as is it a little Irish fella in the green with his back to us or is it an elf in hs nightshirt? Who cares? I think its a wee Irish Guy and I love him!!

Right, I'm going to send this charming little card to Cd Sunday

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Not One For The Easily Shocked!

'Im indoors, has got a birthday next weekend, so I thought I ought to make him a card (don't know why he would want a card when he's got me). So this is what I came up with. I bought this cd originaly because there is a naughty girl on a motorbike which would be just perfect for my son who will be 25 in April. All the elements are from the cd and I'm sorry about the wonky scan, but you will miss them when they are gone lol! The cd is called Glamour Pin Ups and there is enough naughtieness for the Gentlemen of my aquaintence to keep them in cards for a while.

Flowers For Little Claire

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Too cute to resist. The backing paper is from Joanna Sheens Precious Petals cd which I have put a faux stitching line around. The digi stamp is from Sliekja, I just love her cute stamps and best of all they are free, one for every occassion. I have coloured the image with ever faithful Promarkers and continued the homespun stitchy theme.

This one is off to Little Claires Challenge

Not Another Skewy Card!

Its really difficult to see but the panel has been embossed into a diagonal trellis effect with the Hougie Board and gems put n the intersections, 4 brads in the corner and a plaid sentiment finish this sweet card.
There will be sighs of relief all round Blogland when the USB cable for my camera comes, hopefully early next week. I think that this hasn't scanned too well because the card itself is a beautiful pearlescent card which has the most amazing sheen on it.
So orfffffft to Humbug Hall for the Bah Humbug Challenge!

100th Posting

Well despite going AWOL for a long time, I havejust made my 100th posting. Thank you all for browsing my blog and for the lovely comments that you have made, it has been really encouraging to hear from you all and to know that you have enjoyed some of my work.

Todays card is for Rainbow Lady's challenge blog which is themed Mardi Gras, Debbi Moore's cd Venetian Masks was of course just the ticket. The mesh and feathers are from my stash as ar the gems and glitter.

Friday, 4 March 2011

I've Bitten The Bullet!

Good News Blog Fans

I have ordered a new USB cable from Samsung for my camera, so hopefully it will arrive swiftly and I shall be able to show you some things that won't go through the scanner soon. I have had a go with a cord making gizmo and I am wondering what to do with it now. I shall post some examples for your perusal as soon as my cable comes. I have also got some tealight holders that I have decorated which I shall post too.

I think I shall be more careful with cables though as it is an expensive lesson to learn!!

Happy Crafting friends. If you are not a follower of Nanny Gee's Place nip over there and have a look at her latest fabulous Christening cake, Ooooo that woman is just tooo darn clever for her own good!!