Sunday, 21 January 2018

Baby Step Block Card - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a couple of cards made with the gorgeous Baby Step Block Card by Spellbinders

First up is this sweet little baby boy card. I love all the little elements that come with the die, the dummy, little onsie, duck, rattle, sweet, and you get the letter dies to spell boy and girl as well. You just cut out two of the main step elements, that fit together perfectly, all done for you, no scoring, no measuring.......and it folds flat for mailing as well!

Of course, I couldn't leave it there. I was anxious to see how I could use the step card for all sorts of other cards as well, here's the first one I came up with, using the lovely Corner Poppies die, which I cut in white and again in red. I coloured the leaves with Polychromos pencils, and added the cut out red blooms to the piece. I wanted an accent for the steps, so I found the Tiny Floral die, and just cut out the tiny squares 

Here are the die sets I used.......

Baby Block Step Card

Corner Poppy Die

Tiny Floral

I have another idea buzzing around in my head, hopefully I will get it done tomorrow - how would you use your step card?

Friday, 19 January 2018

Black, White and a pop of colour.....

Good morning! Today over on Daring Cardmakers, the dare was set by Kathy who challenged us to use black and white with a pop of colour. I dug out some of the dies that came in my unexpected gift from a blog friend - I think I may have gone overboard a little on the stitched die thing, but I couldn't wait to use them!

The wonky rectangle dies are by MFT, the daisies are stitched daisies from Simon Says Stamp. I love the look of the red centers against the black and white, do you? Do go over to see what the rest of the team came up with for the challenge, and don't forget to join in if you can

It's been a bit of a cold week here in more ways than one, I have picked up a winter cold, so have spent the last couple of days snuffling and sneezing, if Rudolph hadn't retired until next Christmas, I would have been a good addition to Santa's team with my very unattractive bright red nose! 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Fiskars makes......

I recently organised a collaboration on
the Fiskarettes UK facebook page with a company called Katy Sue Designs, who had the really neat idea of bringing out a pad called Adventures in Paper Cutting. All you need is a sharp craft knife, and you can make beautiful paper cuts like these - I found it very relaxing, and a bit addictive! The first one, on the right here, I made into a card against a distress oxide background. The second one was a bit more ambitious, and I framed it in one of these floating frames, which when hung on my purple heather dining room wall, looked quite striking 
I also did a post for the Fiskarettes page on making chevrons out of the hexagon punch.......I love finding multiple uses for the same tools...I think the photos explain the process, just make sure you cut a strip of card the same width as the punch opening

 and as I needed a card for a teenager, the end result really fit the bill!

Last in the line up for today is this one, made with Fiskars three in one corner punch - I chose the little butterfly corner, and cut some ombre coloured squares - but then the tiny punched butterflies were so cute, I made a little flight of butterflies across the card. I even used the tiny punched dots as embellishments. Waste not, want not as my granny used to say

I also rather like the lined envelope I made (well I didn't make the envelope, just the lining). I'm on a bit of a mission to use up some of my mountain of scraps, so think I may sort out ugly paper and use them inside envelopes. Or that may be another resolution that bites the dust before January is even over....

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year!

Kicking off the last day of 2017 with a couple of poppy cards, made with the Corner Poppies die from Spellbinders. In both cards, I used the Ornate Labels One 3D embossing folder for the background - the first time I have used it, and I just love the deeply etched crisp embossing. The first card was cut twice, in white and red card. I coloured the white leaves and stems with pencils, then cut out just the flowers and buds from the red. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted

This one looks quite different I think, the poppy die was cut just once in white, and the whole thing was shaded softly with pencils

A very happy new year to you all. This year has been a difficult one for us, as Mike has had a few months of ill health. Thankfully he was well enough to enjoy the family at Christmas, and continues to improve a little

My last photo for this year is this one of me and Molly, now thirteen months old, I was dropping them off at the airport for their Boxing Day flight to Dublin when she decided she didn't want me to go and dive bombed into my arms, clinging on like a little limpet!

So thank you to all of you who continue to visit me here to listen to my ramblings, and give me more support and encouragement than you will ever know. I wish you happiness, health and happy crafting in 2018 xxx

Friday, 8 December 2017

Filling up the Christmas Card Box.........Spellblogger post

A bunch of Spellbinder Christmas cards today. I have been busy churning out Christmas cards. This first one was made using the Majestic Labels Twenty Five Nestability die set. It's on clearance, at a great price.  It's quite fancy for me, but I rather like the contrast between the silver card, and the burgundy. The holly was cut with the Jolly Holly set, and the JOY word from the Ho Ho Ho set (the sentiments on each of the cards comes from this set)

The second one was cut with the Bird Call set, I cut it twice in white and red, backed the white with black card. The birds were cut out of the red. I wanted red to make cards for my American friends - the Cardinal is a symbol of Christmas there, here in the UK it's a robin. I discovered to my surprise when I lived in Florida, that the robin heralds the Spring in the USA. Who would have thought, they obviously like being here for Christmas, then move on when they have had enough of the rain.........This die is useful, I can see ways to use it year round (and it's on sale......)

This last one is a favourite, made with one of the new sets called 
Gilded Ornaments, it is going to become a Christmas classic in my collection. Isn't it pretty?

I guess it's time for me to stop making, and start writing these cards. How are your Christmas makes coming along?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Blog Friends.....

 I had a wonderful surprise the other day, a long term reader of this blog is giving up crafting for health reasons. She cleared out her craft room, and a parcel arrived from the USA FILLED with dies and stamps that she gifted to me. It was like my birthday and Christmas rolled into one. She has asked me not to publish her name, which I will respect, but I wish there was a way I could say thank you - apart from a thank you card which is already on it's way. I was so touched that she should think of me, and make such a generous gift.

Here are some cards made with one of the dies, MFT Diagonal Quilt Square Cover Up Die (which you can get HERE if you are interested). I cut a whole bunch out in various cardstock and papers, then had fun piecing them altogether. These four cards took only half an hour to assemble

Then sadly, almost at the same time that this surprise parcel arrived, I had the sad news that one of my blog friends had passed away. Right from the start, Joan was a regular here. She lived in Florida, some 100 miles away from where we lived, but one day she and Tom made the trip over to Hudson to see us for the day. What a day we had. We quickly learnt that we not only had crafting in common, but a lot of shared interests, love of family and pride in our grandchildren. She found out that Max, who was then about five was obsessed with fire engines, fire stations etc. She sent me some genuine USA fireman 
 badges, which I put into a frame for him - he still has it in his room today. The correspondence carried on over the years, I guess it was the modern equivalent of a pen pal. Now she has gone, and I felt a real sense of loss, and sadness for her much adored family. 

These two, unconnected events, a surprise parcel and memories of a friendship, made me realise that these connections that we make through blogging, and emails aren't always just fleeting connections, but genuine friendships and that we can make a difference to each others lives, I just wanted to say that I appreciate each and every one of you when you pop over to encourage me, and read my wafflings. Thank you

Enough! I'll be back tomorrow xx 

Monday, 27 November 2017

More Snowflake Snippets - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I can't stop playing with the Snowflake Snippets die set by Spellbinders - so very pretty

Definitely my favourite Christmas set this year............
This little darling was one yesterday. Happy Birthday Molly! We were lucky to have them here for the weekend, so got to share in the birthday celebrations. Just one thing Molly, can you tell Mummy where you hid the remote control to our TV?

Friday, 24 November 2017

Trees - for Daring Cardmakers

 The challenge over on Daring Cardmakers this week is Trim the Tree - I decided against a traditional Christmas tree and went for some Birch tree dies.....and as usual, while I was messing around, I ended up making two cards.

This first one is just some simple inking with distress inks and a circle mask within a stitched frame, with the trees in the foreground......

More inking for this one, with some water splatters which looks like snow falling, and this time I added some deer to the mix. Both cards have a subtle scattering of white blizzard glitter here and there for a bit of sparkle. Do pop over to Daring Cardmakers to see how the rest of the design team have interpreted this dare - it fascinates me every week that we all come up with such different takes on the same subject

Now the good news is that I haven't, after all, torn tendons in my shoulder, I just have a lot of swelling and inflammation, which should calm down with an injection into the joint. So no need for surgery that would have taken me out of action for a few weeks. Thanks for all the good wishes. You are such a supportive bunch, and I appreciate you all

So it's Black Friday - yes, although this commercial honeytrap has just recently inched it's way across the Atlantic, and the shopping mania sales here lack the impetus of the frenzy in America, (that used to drag me from my bed at a ridiculous hour to join the crowds looking for those early bird specials),  I am still enough of an idiot bargain hunter, to saunter down to the town today, just for a little look......I just won't be getting up at 4.00 a.m to do so!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Snowflake Snippets - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

My Spellblogger post for this week uses the delightful and versatile new die set called Snowflake Snippets - I just love this set, it  is versatile and a great way of making 'conveyor belt' Christmas cards that have a real impact as well. My first card (above) is a simple almost one layer card - I masked off the base card and inked the square before sticking the die cut on top. You can find the Dies in the Spellbinder store HERE

Shapeabilities Snowflake Snippets Holiday 2017 Etched Dies

The second card was made by not cutting the die, I just embossed it into the cardstock, then inked the raised impression with Broken China and Peacock Feather distress inks, before adding some Nuvo glitter 

So today I have an MRI scan on a very painful shoulder joint, let's hope they can get me sorted.......preferably without involving scalpels and sutures! Keep your fingers crossed for me

Friday, 10 November 2017

Warm Wishes - for Daring Cardmakers

Today, over on the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog, the theme is Winter Clothing, I decided to use mittens, cut with my Cricut - The warm wishes sentiment doesn't show up that well in the photo, better in real life! Be sure to hop over to DCM to see the inspiration from the rest of the team

My Christmas card box is filling up quite nicely now - how about you? Here's a selection I made using just one sheet of 12 x 12 paper - I used a 'one sheet wonder' pattern, a great way of getting the most out of your papers, with no waste 

Here's the pattern I used with the measurements. Ignore the circled numbers, I had the idea of numbering all the cards, but got hopelessly  sidetracked on that idea!

and here is a peep at some of the designs. Do try this - it's a great way to use up that precious sheet of paper that you have had for ages, but don't want to cut up.....we have all been there, those papers you take out and stroke lovingly before putting them back to bed for another year! 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Post It Note Holder - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

I have been making some little Christmas gifts with the lovely Note Holder die set from Spellbinders - perfect for little hostess gifts, or eyecatching additions to your table at a craft fair or fundraiser........

Here are the dies you get in the set - quick and easy to assemble, and those little flowers will be very useful for other projects as well! The completed holder hold a standard post it note perfectly
I changed it up a bit for this one, and made a note holder to place by my house phone. I found some kraft coloured post its, and used the little phone from the Hello Die D-Lites set to embellish it

 I found that my wood slice pen fits perfectly across the holder. Result - I'm always searching for pens!....

I never told you about Pizzagate - when Mike was ill, one of our sons came up to see him. Mikes appetite was poor, which we chatted about.  Ed left to drive home, and shortly afterwards there was a knock on the door, there stood a Dominos pizza guy with a delivery. 'not for me' I said. He showed me the printed label with our address on 'all paid for' he said
Lightbulb moment, our caring son had ordered lunch for us in the hope of tempting his dad's kind. But he had gone a bit overboard, there were two huge pizzas. But we gratefully cut a couple of slices from each, and enjoyed.........
Another ring on the doorbell. A woman asking (no, demanding) the return of her pizza! Apparently she had family for lunch and had ordered these two huge pizzas that we had nibbled at, they sat waiting for their delivery for ages, until she eventually tracked it to our house. She wasn't very pleased, or neighbourly, but what could we do but offer to pay, but she stormed off 
To cap it all my phone pinged with a return to the text I had sent Ed thanking him for his thoughtful gesture. 'Pizza? What pizza. Not from me mum.....' Oops
I can recommend the Hawaiian, meatball supreme not so much 😀😀