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Monday, 29 September 2008

Birthday Flowers

I made this card before my holiday for a lady who is a member of one of the forums I belong to. Her birthday was whilst I was away so it's now safe to put it on here.
The decoupage sheet is by Penny Wessenauer which is a pyramid with decoupage flowers.


The next card was for my mother-in-laws friend, who loves flowers. The decoupage sheet is a Le Suh sheet.


Sunday, 28 September 2008

I'm Back From Fishing

Well here I am back again from our hoidays in Devon. The weather was glorious the whole week, a little chilly in the evenings and early morning until the fog lifted then it was sunshine everyday. We had a lovely relaxing time, though the fishing was a bit disappointing all week, so we left Devon early Saturday morning and headed to our favourite fishing lakes complex in Tewkesbury as we were going to stay in Bristol for the night. We also went back there again today for a few more hours of fishing before heading on the road home. My biggest fish of the week was caught in Tewkesbury, yesterday a 12lb mirror carp :-), so I was very happy with that. We made friend's with another couple, Kay & Peter whilst in Devon, who came from Wakefield, so not too far from us. I also learnt on the second day that Kay was also a card maker, so us girls took a day off from the fishing on Thursday and went to the Stitch & Papercraft Show in Exeter, I have to say this was the highlight of my week, we had a great day and spent way too much, as you do. Well that's about it for now peeps, I'm pretty shattered, so looking forward to my bed very soon. Hope to back into the swing of crafting in the next few days as I have loads of new goodies to play with again. I'll leave you with some pictures of our week xxx


DAWN VIEW FROM OUR CHALET


STEVE OUTSIDE OUR CHALET


ONE OF STEVE'S FISHIES


ME AWAITING FOR A FISH TO JUMP ON MY HOOK -grand total of fish I caught in Devon for the week = 5 :-(


ANOTHER FISH FOR STEVE, HE DID MUCH BETTER THAN ME


THIS IS MORE LIKE IT MY FIRST CATCH AT TEWKSBURY - 8LB

WOOHOOO AND ANOTHER THIS IS THE 12LB FELLA :-)

Friday, 19 September 2008

Off On My Holidays

Well we are off today on our holiday to Anglers Paradise in Devon. So I may not be posting for the next 10 days or so, however if I can get on the net I'll pop and let you know how it's going and whether I'm beating Steve with the biggest fish...LOL, and maybe even have some pictures.
So good-bye for now, take care everyone xxxx

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Thank You

Well I feel a very lucky girl this birthday, I was overwhelmed with the amount of cards I recieved. I really don't think I've ever recieved so many cards before, they all made me feel very special. So thank you to all the wonderful new friend's I have made over the past year since joining iamg-e-nation, UKando and Crafty Friend's, you are all wonderful people. I also recieved lovely cards from family and non-crafty friends, so thank you to you too. Here are the pictures of the cards I recieved.




Thank you to my Mum and step-dad for the gorgeous flowers and choccies...mmmmm xxx
A big thank you too, to Kara for the lovely handmade album, Sue for the crafty bits and bracelet and Linda for the ATC and Teddy images xxx

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Happy Birthday To A Friend

I would like to wish my friend and crafting buddy Kara a very Happy Birthday for today xxxx

I think it's now safe to post the card I made for Kara, it was made a few weeks ago. It's the first encaustic birthday card I've made.



It's a busy week this week for birthdays, it's also my brother-in-law, Mark's birthday today, tomorrow I share my birthday with my sister-in-law Alison and a dear friend Vanessa then later in the week another good friend Nickie, celebrates hers too. Seems to be a popular birthday month September.
So for anyone else celebrating a birthday best wishes to you all xxx



Monday, 15 September 2008

Oriental Pyramid

I absolutely love doing oriental cards, I just think they are so pretty. I made this card for my godson's mum who loves anything oriental. She is an avid cross-stitcher and most of her cross-stitches are of an oriental theme, especially oriental ladies, so I stuck to a lady theme for the card. The image is a pyramid I then mounted this onto pink mirror card which I covered with a sheer material with silver detail. I used silver peel-off flower corners and added some crystal stickles, finishing with silver peel-off sentiment.





I've finished all the birthday cards which I needed to get done for this month, I can't put some on here just yet as they maybe seen by the recipients, so I'll be adding them once it's safe to do so.



Saturday, 13 September 2008

Christmas Blog Candy

Some wonderful Christmas Blog Candy is up for grabs on Jak's Blog - Crafters Kitchen
The winner will be drawn on Monday 15th September at 7 p.m. so you need to enter by 5 p.m. on the day. Go take a look, it's gorgeous candy :-)

In The Pink

Got a busy weekend this weekend with Steve's girls all coming to visit, but managed to find a little time this morning to finish a birthday card for my sister-in-laws birthday next week. I know my brother pops on my blog but I don't believe my sister-in-law does, if she does I hope she doesn't over the next few days..lol


It's a very pink theme, pink flower pyramid, gold and pink mirror card matting and pink and gold ribbons.


Because there is a alot of mirror card it was hard to get a good picture as it's a lovely bright day too, but this was the best of the seven taken.
Well best get off lots of things to do and visitors to see, have a good weekend all, whatever your plans xxx



Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Santa's Grotto using the Media 'N' Pastimes Board

Had a play today with the Glitter Girls Media 'N' Pastimes board creating santa's grotto by embossing the potting shed. I embossed on to brown card and then added a lighter shimmery brown to the roof, window sill and top of door. Some acetate was placed behind the window panes then using some light blue material I made some curtains for the window, I decided to have them drawn across. I placed a santa and elves image behind the door. The snow effect is snow-tex (gosh it's messy stuff) and glamour dust was sprinkled over the snow whilst still wet. Then I added a few gold peel-off hinges to the door and a door knob made of a punched gold circle and a foam pad. The grotto was then mounted onto a folded black A5 card using foam pads. I applied some more snow-tex and glamour dust on the bottom of the card and slightly up the sides and added some stars and the north star with crystal stickles and white sakura pen. A decoupaged tree was added to the front, a notice on the front of the door and a greeting to the back of the door and finished with peel-off writing to the card. It's not for anyone in particular just wanted to see how it would turn out, not too sure if I like it that much maybe I'll just use it as a prototype.






Now those of you who have been here before may notice the decor of my blog has been changed, I think it looks much better, what do you think?? I'd love to know what you think. Thanks to my mate Sue for the link, and if any other bloggers fancy a facelift (thats a blog facelift) you can find the link to The Cutest Blog on the top left hand side of my blog.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Decoupage Day

Well today I've finally made a start on some of them birthday cards I should have started last week. Today was a decoupage day, one card is for friend's little girls 1st birthday and the other is for my mother-in-law's friend who is in her 80's.



This is a decoupaged bear and matching frame, I then used my nestabilities for the first time for the 1 plaque using purple glitter card and lilac mirror card, the 1 is cut from the Hippy Chic alphabet set in the purple glitter card, the plaque and number all cut in the cuttlebug. The sentiment is a peel-off coloured purple with a peel-off pen. I than added a touch of crystal stickles to the love hearts and the peel-off sentiment.



This is a Penny Wessenauer sheet, which had everything on one sheet. The main flower image is a pyramid and then finally the flowers are decoupaged. I used a single layer matt of gold card on the main image and the sentiments and thin gold peel-off borders down each side of the side bar. To bring the image out a little I used a gold Sakura metallic pen on the outlines of the flowers and on part of the outlines of the main frame, this does not really show too well in the picture. I'm hoping this is suitable for a lady in her 80's.

Well two down and a load more still to do, best get on. xxx

Sunday, 7 September 2008

MAX Papercraft Show

Not been about much the past few days or had anytime to do much in the way of crafting. Finally managed to drag Steve around the shops to look for a new three piece suite on Saturday, it's only taken 2 years since we first decided to start looking. Anyway finally ordered one well it's a 6 seat corner sofa and a chair, now we have to wait 12-14 weeks for it too arrive, so fingers crossed it'll be intime for christmas. The few days previous to that I spent at my mother-in-laws as she had a leak of water coming through her kitchen ceiling, half of the cupboards have been ruined as well as the carpet, ceiling and tiling on wall, so we've managed to persuade her to get a new kitchen fitted, long over due as the cupboards are 53 years old...lol, so thats where I'ver been.

Today was the MAX Papercraft Show in Hull, and it was great fun and a chance to meet up with some friend's. Was pretty busy so it was quite a bustle getting round though it seemed to thin out after lunchtime a little bit. Spent a small fortune, especially on some Nestabilities, which I really wanted, there was a good offer on for 4 sets, so was too good to miss (well thats my exscuse), came home with bags full of goodies. We all went saying that we didn't really need anything, but us crafters just can't help ourselves in a haven of craft goodies, can we????



I hope everyone's been ok with all this rain we've been having over the past few days, and sadly there has been some dreadful flooding again around the country, if you are one of those affected, my thoughts are with you, as are my thoughts with the families and friends of those who have sadly lost their lives over the past few days as a consequence of the rain. The floods of last year are still fresh in my mind, though not affected directly we did have family who were and they lost just about everything and they lived with us for about 3 months until they could be re-housed. Keep safe everyone xx

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Cuttlebug Christmas

I know I should be doing birthday cards today, but I really fancied my first play with two of the new CB christmas folders, lace tree and holly. I've had them since they were first released earlier in the summer. I've seen a few peoples cards already using these folders so I've been getting plenty of inspiration.


This is the lace tree, it is on red vellum, I then went round the outlines with a sakura white metallic pen and added a mix of red and silver glitter to the little balls, finished off with a silver ribbon bow. I attached the vellum to silver card using snowflake eyelets and then attahced to the envelope shaped card, added a peel-off sentiment and some red ribbon to the front with a bow.


The Holly is on green vellum, again I outlined the embossing this time with a gold metallic sakura pen and applied red glitter to the berries. Attached the vellum to gold mirror card with thin DST to the edges then added green holly outline peel-offs to the edges. Matched this with a gold holly motif ribbon and peel-off sentiment.

Tigers

Well today is my brother's birthday so I think it is now safe to post the picture of his card on here. He said it arrived yesterday and he was working today until 3 p.m. so would be opening it when he gets back. The tiger's image is pyramaged which is hard to see in the picture, I printed the orange tiger background onto glossy photo paper and the white tiger strip is ribbon. Now I best get off to phone him with my best wishes and to see if he likes the card.


Tuesday, 2 September 2008

And some more ATC's

Been a little ATC crazy over the past week, done loads of swaps, the encaustic one's have gone down really well, so have had to add more ATC's to my swap site. These will be my last, for a few days at least as, i've plenty of birthday cards to do, it's a busy month for me September. We booked our holiday yesterday, no where exotic...lol. We are off to Devon for a weeks fishing at Angler's Paradise, we're going just after my birthday so that will be nice, now I'm praying for an indian summer from mid September, but apparently not much chance of that, so I'll be taking my warm clothes and waterproofs, thats bound to bring the sun out.
Nature's Collage
Eastern Fashion
Taking Shade
Oriental Flower
Flower Power
Glamour & Bling
Well at least today is lovely and sunny, the breeze is a bit chilly mind, so going to go out and visit my godson, he has chicken pox, poor little fella and then I'm off to buy some discount tickets for the Max Papercraft Show which is on this sunday at the KC Stadium in Hull, will have to see if I can get some early birthday money for that one ;-)

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