Friday, 11 May 2018

Busy Bees for Daring Cardmakers

It's my turn to set the challenge over on Daring Cardmakers today. I chose a theme of Busy Bees.....
here is my card, I used a Spellbinders set called Honey Bee 


For my card, I cut the honeycomb twice, in black and yellow. Then I just filled some of the spaces with yellow - the bees are busy gathering pollen to fill those empty spaces! Three bees were cut in yellow, and white. I used yellow for the base bee, coloured in the antennae etc in black with a sharpie marker, and snipped off the white wings (which were given a coat of Wink of Stella clear glitter, which doesn't show in the photo). The bodies of the bees were glazed with glossy accents


Six of us went to the Escape Room last night. Have you ever been to one of these? Ours was Japanese themed, with a long spiel about some Samurai warrior who had lost his sword which we had to retrieve in one hour. Then we were locked in this tiny little room, about the size of your average public lavatory. I won't bore you with the details, it involved a mirror, a long rope and much bewilderment before we progressed into the next room. In total we went through four (or was it five) rooms, most of the time dashing around like headless chickens looking for clues. In the end, we managed to retrieve the sword with two minutes and eleven seconds to spare. We stumbled out, triumphant,  only to find a group of (smug) corporate types sitting there, who had escaped from their room in some ridiculous time, totally bursting our bubble! But we did it, hurrah! 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sea World - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

Here's another fishy tale, this time I made the base card in blue, and instead of using vellum panels I used acetate so that you can really see right through the layers to the back of the card......


The little school of fish are happily swimming around, with the jellyfish and octopus lurking in the background, the glossy accent bubbles show up well on the acetate.....






See the details of the 3D Grand Arch die by Becca Feeken in the Spellbinders store. The Sea Animals dies can be found HERE

So a friend and I went to  a fundraiser evening at the theatre. We had a delicious supper, saw a wonderful show (Wicked), and won the first prize in the raffle. So what did we win? The opportunity to take four friends with us to be locked in a room and spend a couple of hours solving cryptic clues and working out problems in order to get out of the room again................how we laughed when we won! The friends we have invited looked bemused rather than delighted at the opportunity. 'We won't have to swim under water will we?"
asked one, who has been watching too much 'I'm a celebrity, get me out of here'. So this adventure takes place in May....watch this space, and if I go missing for a few days, it's because it all went horribly wrong

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Under the Sea.......Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I have been playing with the 3D Grand Arch dies from Spellbinders again, this time I paired it with the Sea Animals set to create a watery scene.......


Sorry this next photo is on it's side, at the very back panel of the card, I coloured the panel with distress ink and added some leaves and the little jelly fish, then covered the whole thing with vellum - it doesn't really show very well in the photos, but it does add a watery depth to the card in real life






I suspended a vellum jellyfish and a octopus to hang down from different levels, the little school of fish swim happily on a vellum panel. I added some glossy accent bubbles for the fish......


I am working on another idea for a watery card, I will show it here in a couple of days if it works out....! To see the Grand Arch 3D set go HERE on the Spellbinders site, and HERE to see the Sea Animals set

Friday, 13 April 2018

Animal Antics for Daring Cardmakers

The theme over on Daring Cardmakers this week is 'Animals' so I dug out an old favourite, this giraffe stamp (I have unmounted it, so not sure of the maker, I think it may be Rubber Stampede. I  die cut a leafy background, and added a strip of measuring tape................this will probably be for Max who turns 11 in May



I seem to have been dashing around this week, family came up to visit, and Alex arrives with Molly later today, so it's changing beds and a quick dust around before they arrive. Have a great weekend

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

3d Card for Spellbinders -

 I have been very absorbed making these 3d cards . I thought they would be quite difficult to make, but they have been beautifully designed, and they fit together easily. I used the Grand Arch 3d Card dies, and the Layered Bundle of Joy set......



 You can see, they fold down to fit into a regular envelope for mailing!




For this second card, I used the same dies, but cut the arch through all the layers, so that the stork die cut is right at the back of the card, it looks as if you are looking through a delightful intricate arch......

Lastly, I wanted to see if I could adapt the die to other die sets, and decided to make a little seaside theme using the Shoreline Die d Lites die set, it worked really well.....


I think the set is really versatile - you could use just the front arched window to make a simple card, as well as all the options for the box card - I so enjoyed making these, although a mile away from my usual style, it's good to break out of the box occasionally!


Friday, 23 March 2018

Geometric for Daring Cardmakers

This week the challenge was to use a geometric shape and a primary colour, so I pulled out the MFT quilt die, and the cute little robot stamp. I thought it would make a great birthday card (in May) for Milo, but as he did his usual dive into my craft den on his last visit, he spotted the card ('this is really good Ma'), so that idea has been shot down.......back to the drawing board



Do pop over to Daring Cardmakers to see what the team have come up with this week. My card is a bit late, we have had a mini panic here this week as Mike has been in hospital for 24 hours, but all is well now, and I am playing catch up. Have a great weekend x

Friday, 9 March 2018

Getting to Know you - for Daring Cardmakers....

Dawn's turn to set the challenge this week, she calls it 'getting to know you' and wants to know where we craft, and our favourite techniques.....

So here is my little haven (I must admit these photos were taken soon after we moved in to this house, two years later, it's not quite as tidy!). But I still love it




and my sign (made with my Cricut) still hangs there - it amuses my grandchildren! 


and my card? I cheated a bit I suppose, turning the tag I made at the Paper Artsy workshop at Stitches into a card (well, I have had a very busy week....). But it does encompass a lot of what I love doing - stamping, inking, stencils and fussy cutting! So it fit the bill, and I like the way it looks against the black card 


How about you - where do you craft? Have you got a favourite technique? Join in over at Daring Cardmakers this week

Friday, 2 March 2018

A taste of 5* luxury......

We had a taste of luxury last weekend - at the Goring Hotel in London.......


 Now I am not a fan of publishing photos of hotel rooms, I mean, why on earth would anyone be in the least bit interested about where I lay my head for the night?

But I thought my friends from the USA would enjoy this, it's the hotel that a certain Miss Kate Middleton departed from, with her father, on her wedding day, to emerge from Westminster Abbey as the Duchess of Cambridge on the arm of her prince, to drive through the streets of London in a golden carriage.......truly the stuff of fairytales!


These life sized sheep footstools seemed to be a signature around the hotel, very comfortable they were too......

and this little sheep was on our bed for me to take home. 'Her name is Barbara' the valet announced. Barbara? How random! It wasn't until I really thought about it that I had a lightbulb moment............

Baaarbaaara!

Of course, makes perfect sense now


The wallpaper in the rooms was woven silk, make by the company who make the silk that lines the interiors of the royal carriages.....


 A bathroom to die for.......

One of the joys of a hotel visit in the UK - afternoon tea! This hotel is yards away from Buckingham Palace, and the Queen sometimes visits to take afternoon tea there (not when we were there though!)



I loved the floral decoration in the foyer - instead of showy flamboyant floral arrangements, they had simple pots of flowering daffodils and spring blossoms.......


and an evening at the theatre to see 42nd Street...perfect! Well it would have been even more perfect if I hadn't been sitting behind a Russian guy with a giant head. Honestly, the guy must have been a Nuclear Physicist at the very least if that giant head was filled with brains. He was determined that having paid a lot of money for his seat, he wasn't going to miss a single step of the energetic tap dancing, so the giant head wove backwards and forwards, side to side......while I sat mildly fuming with my inbred British stiff upper lip, far too polite to tap him on his giant shoulder and ask him to sit still....  


The trip was a gift from our children, what a brilliant present! They know we loved it.....

So a slightly different blog post from me today, but I hope you enjoyed it x

Elemental Inspiration - for Daring Cardmakers

This week Miri set the dare with these photos to inspire - the idea is that you choose three elements from the photos as your inspiration.......I found it hard to choose.....


In the end, I came up with this. I chose to reproduce the pattern on the light shades in the photo bottom right, and the fresh green colour, and some foamiran flowers from the middle photo. 


Do go HERE to see what the rest of the team came up with this week. I am always fascinated by the elemental challenges which start each month, it's really interesting to see how different eyes see different shapes, colours and translate into cards

Snowmaggedon has arrived! After dire warnings on TV and radio (reminding me of hurricane season in Florida), nothing much was happening in our neck of the woods, cars continued to race at high speed down the road past our house (supposedly a country lane, but they mistake it for the track at Silverstone...idiots!)....then it started to snow, just fine little flakes, like a snow drizzle. Well that stuff is sticking, cars have stopped practicing for the Grand Prix, and if the Met Office is to be believed, this is just the prequel. So we are battened down, warm and toasty, giving thanks that we no longer have to face a commute to work. Stay warm wherever you are xx

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Wreath Elements - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

A Spellblogger post for Spellbinders today, using the very useful Wreath and Wreath Elements dies designed by Lene Lok

I chose to make a Springtime card, using fresh colours (the snow was falling outside as I made this!)



Here are the Wreath dies.....I can see myself cutting multiple layers in Kraft or White and layering them up to make a gorgeous dimensional wreath.....see them HERE in the store....
and here's the corresponding set called Wreath Elements. So useful, you get Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Elements to add to your basic wreath (I can see gorgeous autumn leaves, and a frosty white wreath sprinkled with snowflakes....and just look at the sweet butterflies! See it HERE in the store


As I  said, the weather is pretty Arctic here, freezing cold and lots of snow promised over the next few days. We aren't geared up to these extremes here of course, so trains are cancelled, people are panic buying in supermarkets, planes are cancelled, roads are chaos. Sigh.....think I will stay hunkered down in my nice warm house for a couple of days, and make Springlike cards to remind me that happy days are just over the horizon.... 

Friday, 23 February 2018

More loveliness from Stitches....

Firstly, a couple of samples that caught my eye on the WOW stand.....




and Paper Artsy.....


I loved the products on the Rico Design stand -
beautiful paper packs, washi tapes, yarns and fabrics 


 Some really lovely cross stitch designs - I loved that hare, and the Thelwell designs for a child's room

  a couple of samples from the UK stamp company Indigo Blu





and here are some samples made by the very talented Brenda Brown for the DecoArt stand