Sunday, 25 September 2016

"Gift Card"



While I had my Hero Arts Snowman die and stamp on my desk I decided to make a card for the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Gift It" . I used my Avery Elle tag die for the card base, I also used another panel of  a Waxed paper embossed background that i had in my stash (see here for the details on how to make this ) Next I cut a piece of card big enough to hold my coffee gift card and also added a glitter card panel to that.  My stamped and die cut snowman is raised up on foam tape for added dimension.  I shall also add this to the a2z scrapbooking challenge "Make it a Tag". All ready now to give at Christmas!!

Its a beautiful sunny Autumn day here in Dorset , I hope the sun is shining where you are.


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Shaker Snowman!


Seeing the challenge over at CAS-ual Friodays is " shaker cards" I decided to play along as I enjoy making shakers, the challenge was to make it "clean and simple" I hope this qualifies!! The p[ool background is made using the "wax paper embossed background" technique shown here by Gina K.  The snowman is an old Hero Arts stamp that I love , I have paper pieced his scarf and holly, the message is cut on my Silhouette machine.

Did you see my snowdrop bauble another I couldn't resist when I went to Liberty's in London.



Here is a close up of the shaker, lots of glittery goodness !!!


Have a great weekend,



Friday, 16 September 2016

Christmas is coming!! Let the card making begin !!!!


Last week I traveled to London for some wedding Dress shopping with my soon to be daughter in law,  her mum and my daughter Francesca. Woo Hoo !! We stopped of at Liberty's and there Christmas shop was in full swing.  It was magical they really know how to dress to impress !!!


Lots of amazing baubles all colour coded.


Its a very special place.


Such an historic building too!  I have been inspired and here starts the Christmas great card make!



This CAS design ( picture with a bauble I couldn't resist lol) .  I used a cuttlebug frame embossing folder and the Hero Arts "Colour Layered Christmas Tree".  I am adding this to the "Clean and Simple" challenge over at Simon Says. Also the "Texture"  challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

After months away from blogging at last I can enter challenges again. 

This second card is also CAS just made with Die Cuts and a Tim Holtz embossing folder. I will also add this to this weeks Simon Says Challenge and the Merry Monday Challenge 213. ( thanks Betty ).

And if you are wondering we found THE dress and its stunning!!


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

My new crafting space!!



Its been a while since I posted anything but alot has happened, we have moved from Surrey to Dorset.  We now live in Beaminster a small country village just 6 miles from the sea and set in the rolling hills .  This is the huge lorry that turned up, its hard to believe that the contents of our house actually fitted into this!!




Luckily it was a sunny day and everything went smoothly, there were so many boxes to pack (and later unpack) .



I am so lucky as this is now the view from the front of our house and its also the view from my crafting space.




The field is often filled with sheep, sometimes cows and also occasionally a couple of horses.


 We also get to see some beautiful sunsets.


Beaminster is right near the Jurassic coast and this is one of my favorite beaches Burton Bradstock. 

I have nearly finished unpacking and at last I have had time to make a card, I have quite a few birthdays in September and October so I need to get my mojo moving!! This card is using some of my favorite stamps from Hero Arts "The Long Stemmed Poppy" and the "Leaf and Floral Background " cling.

Its so good to be back creating, hopefully over the next few weeks I can also catch up with some of my favorite blogs.



Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Blogging Break!!

Its been a while since I posted a card, but alot is going on at the moment, I just popped in to tell you that I am going to have a blogging break till the Autumn.   Hubby and I have decided to move to the country and spend our retirement where its quieter and less frantic.  At present we live close to London and the traffic has got busier and our area more and more congested.  We have found a beautiful house in Dorset looking over the fields and hills and are hopefully moving within the next few weeks.  Crafting has had to take a back seat as there are boxes to be packed and lots of clearing and decluttering, I have lived in this house for 50 years as it belonged to my parents so you can imagine the task before me!

I hope to be back blogging in the Autumn as I still want to make my Christmas cards, I really can't face buying them LOL.  I hope you all have a great summer and see you in the Autumn.


Monday, 2 May 2016

A special Anniversary!


My sons fiance has asked me to make a card for her parents 30th Wedding Anniversary, which is the  pearl anniversary.  I got cracking and ended up[ making two cards as I am not sure I really like the first I made.  Both cards are really simple, made of Die Cuts and dry embossing, I have also added a sentim,ent cut on my silhouette machine.




They were  both quite hard to photograph as the weather here is quite dull today. Hopefully she will like one of them.



I will also add this card to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge which this week is "Anything Goes"

Its a long weekend in the UK  and the weather is not playing ball, dull and showers, its looking good for later in the week though.



Friday, 22 April 2016

"Make it Girlie"


I have made two cards for the Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says "Make it Girlie"
The first is made using the another Waxed paper embossed background, I really love this effect and have made a few samples to use later.  This one is coloured with Pool Hero Arts ink , such a great colour and it goes so well with orange.  The flowers are from the Hero Arts "Color Layer Hibiscus set". The banners are cut using an Avery Elle die.



The second card is using a frame made with the same Wax paper technique and more of the Hero Arts flowers.  A simple CAS card for a friend!

Looking forward to a trip to London tomorrow to celebrate my DH and sons birthday.  Hope you have a relaxing weekend.





Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Link Up Party!


I used to enjoy taking part in Virginia Lu's challenges over at "Virginia's View" and missed them when she decided to stop.  Well she has decided to have an impromptu party !! Its a Link up party with friendship in mind so I just had to take part!




Here is my card, I have been busy with my distress stains again, I stamped and white embossed the Tim Holtz Flower Garden Blossom onto water colour paper and then added some stain and spritzed with some perfect pearls in a mister.  This gives a shimmer to the flowers.  I then cut a frame using some Avery Elle dies, the sentiment was made on the computer I just added the wire for texture.

Its a busy day in our house as its my Hubby's birthday as well as my son Tristan's.  Lots of celebrations to be had.  On Saturday we are off to London for the day to visit Jimi Hendix's flat as its now open to the public.  He is a hero of both my DH and sons.  Lets hope the weather warms up a bit for it!!



Sunday, 17 April 2016

Out of my comfort zone!!


I wanted to make another card for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Lets do the Polka" so I hunted through my paper stash and found this red polka dot sheet which I decided to used as the background.  I then found some more spotty paper and stamped this older flower image from Hero Arts and fussy cut out the flower.  The banner is cut from an Avery Elle die,  this card is so far away from my usual stamping style but I am actually pleased with the end result.  This challenge has stretched my style and I do love a good challenge!!



Friday, 15 April 2016

Wax Paper Embossed Backgrounds.


If you saw this post you will have seen my first attempts at a Wax Paper Embossed Background,  I really like this technique and as it produces a lovely effect, perfect for backgrounds!  I wanted to make a girly card for a youngster just learning to drive and I am pleased with the finished card.  The Beetle car is from a really old Hero Arts stamp set and the card shape and sentiment is made using my newest purchase.  A Tagforall Die set from Avery Elle.  As I have used some Polka Dot paper I shall add this to this weeks Simon Says Wednesday Challenge. "Lets Do The Polka"

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend.