20 March 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader hello Bloglovin

If you use Google reader to follow my very infrequent posts (I am trying to do better..) you will be aware that it is closing down. I have started to use Bloglovin to follow all the blogs I read, so far it looks good..if you want to follow me using this click the link below or the link on my side bar, would love it if you did..thanks!!  back with some cards soon 

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10 February 2013

We have another lovely great nephew..

Here is the card I made for my niece Lisa and her partner Jay. 

She had a beautiful baby boy just before Christmas, I think it was her best Christmas present ever. 
Once again I used the stork, decoupaged. 
Printed the book pages and backing paper, prettied it up a bit by adding  some roses, ribbon,charms, 
glitter and pearls. 
Cut it all out with my cougar

On this occasion I decided to make a box for the card,decoupaged the stork again, added some lace
I printed the Joshua from a Crafters Companion CD.

Would love to know what you think...

5 October 2012

A Card for Tony..

Thought I'd share  the anniversary card I made last year for Tony. The base card was a large 8 x8. The frame was from the Clipart Fairy, which I layered and traced in inkscape, added the text and did a print and cut with my Cougar.I then matted the frame onto silver mirri card.
 I decoupaged the lady, & added lots of bling. 
Hope you like it.....

Donna from Bearly Mine Crafts is giving away such a fab candy you should really go and check it out. See the pic on my sidebar, 

Would love to know what you think...

6 August 2012

A fairy for Dawn....

Well if anyone still visits, I made this for my Sister. The beautiful  Fairy is by Linda Ravenscroft, from the Craft Creations CD, Enchanted. Although  Dawn is an Aquarius I liked Pisces, so decided to use her. I changed the colours in the program then let it turn it into a decoupage, then I saved it as a jpg, took it into Photoshop Elements and split up the file into individual components, then saved them as png files which I imported into Inkscape.  I traced them  in Inkscape and adjusted the decoupage to my liking, then I used my wonderful black cat cougar to cut it all out, so if I need to print and cut another one I have the file ready to go. YES!! 
All the lettering was printed directly onto the purple card with my lazer printer, then I foiled it with my foil master, except the 50 which I cut with my cougar, so nothing was cut by hand ....not even the circles..Just a shame the flash intensified the glitter it was a bit more subtle, hope you like it.  
Oh and don't forget to go and check out Donna's weekly candy, (link on my sidebar), I was lucky enough to win it a couple of weeks ago, so I have some beautiful roses and more lovely charms to play with.. thanks Donna.

Would love to know what you think...

7 November 2011

Something to brighten a grey day..

Hi there

What a cold miserable day it is today and as it's my day off I thought I show some summery baby cards I made. 
The first three I made for Freddie my great nephew who was born back in the spring. 
This was for my Mum to give. Rachel & Alex  hadn't decided on what to call the baby & Mum was impatient to give the card. So it had no name on it

 made this one for My sister to give Rachel & Alex, as you can guess we all knew she was having a boy. 
Both used downloads from the clipart fairy, along with ribbon, decoupage and embellishments from my stash.

The stork card was from us, I knew his name by the time I'd made the card, shame I didn't know the spelling, it should be Freddie...never mind it was  too late too change it.Don't know what happened to the photo, I must have squashed it somehow, lol...

I made this card back in May last year for a friend, using the same stork decoupage. It's an image which  I use quite a lot, I've had it for ages I think it was from Barbara Clooney, not sure though. 

 Would love to know what you think...if you pop by..

9 September 2011

Hello again..I love fairies..

Thought I put up a fairy or 2, seeing as I've not posted for a bit. I love this fairy and found it very difficult to part with her, but as it was for my sister birthday, I let her  fly away.... sob sob...but I made myself a bigger one to keep....lol..in different colours I'll post her when I've taken a photo.  The gorgeous fairy is from Craft Creations Plus Enchanted CD, the artist is Linda Ravenscroft and I've just treated myself to the latest CD which is the POW on C&C.

I played around with the decoupage a bit and gave her lots of fairy dust in the form of crystal glitter and silver stickles. A bit fiddly in places but worth it I thought.
The gorgeous flowers were from Hobby House,  and I must admit I love them, added a bit of glitter to them as you do. Punched the leaves added more glitter.

The greeting I did on the pc on white card, cut the shape with my robo using a file that was a freebie from Birds Cards, I just changed the size and coloured  it using  dusty concord distress ink. Ribbon was white from stash,coloured with the same distress ink. Printed the backing paper which was a freebie from Making Handmade Cards,  I changed the colour a bit to match the card.

Thought I have a go at the following Challenges..
Magical Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Flutter by Wednesday No 170

Hope you like it,..
Would love to know what you think...

10 July 2011

One I made for my Mum..

Hello, to anyone that might pop by..

This was for Mums Birthday, although I made it before we went to Spain I didn't have a chance to post it. It's big, a large 8x8"card made from 2 A4 sheets, I used another Joanna Sheen Nostalgia decoupage sheet by Fay Whittaker, I love these, they are so pretty and easy to cut out. I used flower soft, guess where..lol..on the flowers and around the hats. Added some ribbon, glittered the flowers and leaves, matted the decoupage onto a lavender crinkle paper, then used a glue pad to stamp and glitter white card, punched along the side.  The greeting was printed, cut with a nestie and inked around the edges.

The insert is from a Bearly Mine Designs CD, I altered the size to fit the card, then mirrored the image so it could be used to print the verse on one side and somewhere for me to write on the other. Used a quickie glue pen and crystal glitter to highlight the leaves, the bows and around the oval.
Hope you like it...

Would love to know what you think...

18 April 2011

Hello ...Me again

Thought I'd show the cards I made for my wonderful Mum and Mum in law for Mothers Day. Both are easel cards, the decoupage images I used were from Joanna Sheen Nostalgia by Fay Whittaker.
I really love these, they are so easy to cut out and look far better in real life. 
The little girls were for Mum as she has 3 girls, and the boys for MIL as she has 2 boys, quite apt I thought.

A touch of crystal glitter on the dresses, red glitter on the bows, and red ultra fine flowersoft mixed with glitter around their hats. On the base I used some prima flowers distressed with Tim Holts ink. I know it looks cockeyed but it was just a very odd angle I took the photo, lol..

The base image is an insert from a disk by Donna at Bearly Mine designs, printed and decoupage, there are some lovely inserts on the cd, and wonderful service from Donna. By the way check out Donna's candy on her blog.

The story goes,I ordered the disk, about week later I still hadn't received it, so I got in touch with Donna who told me she'd posted it the day I ordered it, so it must have got lost in the post, without question she said she would send out another one to me..which I received within 2 days, guess what a few days later the original one she sent arrived,(it took almost 2 weeks to get here) I emailed her to let her know I'd received it, when I got home that night I had an email from her saying not to send it back and to keep it..but I'd already sent it back to her. I think I'll be buying more of her papers and inserts soon. Check them out here. As far as the post office is concerned well........... your guess is as good as mine as to where it was for 2 weeks..wasn't at the local sorting office as I phoned them to check.

 Again on this one I used one of Donna's inserts, decoupaged it and used some small roses. The smaller image is the whole of the insert used on the card.

Oh guess what.... Whoopee.. I won the Ribbon Girls Candy,
thank you, gorgeous pink ribbons, some button & stamps all lovely, lucky me..   

Would love to know what you think...

8 April 2011

A Card for Tony

Hi there, me again...last year we celebrated our Ruby Wedding, this is the card I made for Tony.
Got the shape from watching Nancy Watt on C&C. It ended up quite large and heavy good job I could hand it to him. I used the silver foiled hunkydory card mated onto silver mirri board, then on black pearlised card. Made the clasp from the circle nesties, added some ribbon & pearls and punched the edge. 

This is it closed.

On the inside I decoupaged the lady and glittered her up a bit, matted it onto silver mirri then on black pearl card, then onto more mirri, then some white pearl card finally onto black pearl card again....phew..see what I mean about heavy..lol..

On the base I printed the sentiment and cut using nesties, and more of the silver foiled card.

Apologises for the photo's seems like I can never get them right...

Tony liked it, hope you do too..

1 April 2011

Hi there...

Hello to anyone that might pop by....thanks for coming...Well I love fairies, this fairy is from the Card Creations CD Enchanted, the image is by Linda Ravenscroft. Isn't she gorgeous..I played around with the colours a bit, till I got what I wanted,  this was so fiddly to cut out, it took me hours, lol...I've made a few others from the cd I'll post them another time, all very time consuming on the cutting out.... but I love the fairies, not keen on the cd's interface though a bit fiddly, it's much quicker to view the jpegs in a graphic program. 

I decided I wanted to make a easel card, and I wanted it to be round... had fun trying to make a rectangular image fit in a circle..by doing this I have decided I really need the Grand Circle Nestabilities, anyone know if they will fit my big kick?
I'm hoping they will as I don't really want to pay out for another machine at the moment.

I  added some crystal glitter, a few charms and flowers, I printed the backing paper and mounted the image on some mirri board,

Hope you like it..Please let me know what you think....... 

10 August 2010

Now don't fall off your chairs!!!

I'm posting a card...I'm back to blogging. Just spent a couple of days, blog hopping and leaving some comments, wow...did I miss a lot, so many beautifull cards, so to all my blogging friends if I haven't visited you yet I'm on my way.

I have no idea where I got the image from, but I thought she was such a pretty lady so I could bling her up a bit, 8" square cream pearlised card, so it was quite a large one. Love these papers, been waiting to find an image to use with them, charms, ribbons,pearls etc from stash, used an ink pad on the flowers to distress them a bit and gave her a little feather in her hair.

Well there is a first time for everything...Joanne a blogging friend of mine has just started a new challenge blog over at ....Craft Your Days Away, I thought it was about time I entered a challenge....then thought well in for a penny...I may as well enter a couple, so I hope I'm eligible to enter it into these..and that I've linked it right

Craft Your Days Away theme ... favourite things (vintage and charms)

Penny's Challenges #35 theme ... Anything Goes

Paperer play challenges theme ... 3Flowers, ribbon and a charm (Week 31)

Easy Craft Projects challenges theme....chocolate brown(Challenge 18)

Sir Stampalot theme..bring on the bling

29 May 2010

Hi everyone, well I still haven't got round to posting any cards, but I have made a few and are slowing getting back into it all again. I've been checking out most of the blogs I follow but haven't left many comments, this is just to say I still love all of your cards and congratulations to you all for always finding new ideas and thanks for sharing them.

I was just over at Jaks promarker tutorial site checking out her great tut on using the blender pen, she is offering a Promarker rubber stamping set 1, as Candy, please go check out her tutorial and her home site http://www.jakheath.com/site for some wonderful inspiration.

Hope to catch you all soon with a card, take care

31 December 2009

A belated Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Well if anyone sees this I just want to say I hope you are all well. A belated Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you all have a great 2010. Building work downstairs almost complete I actually have a lounge again...yippee.......and the dust and mess is almost gone.

I've missed crafting and all my lovely blogging buddies and I'll catch up with everyone in the New Year... now things are in better order here and I've got space again.

Love to you all

21 September 2009

Two for Tony

Here a couple of cards I made for my hubby.

I never know what to do for him, I was going through some cd's trying to find something suitable, and found this on Joanna Sheens Fashion Boutique, no it didn't remind me of Tony, but I thought it looked a bit like Sherlock Holmes, and seeing as Tony always watches the old TV series, I decided to use it. Printed off the topper a few times and cut up the images to decoupage it. Backing paper and lace is from Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen range.

This card was for our Anniversary,
words cut on Robo, hope you like them, he did...well he has to doesn't he..lol...

Thanks for looking, your comments are always appreciated

Disco Diva

A bit of a fun card this one. As soon as I saw this flippin woman I knew exactly who I was going to make a card for using it. Our friend Bev, we met her & her husband in a bar on top of a mountain in Austria, during a snow storm, not much skiing took place that afternoon but we found a friendship that has lasted about 15 years. The first time we went to a round table ladies night with them she wore a dress just like this. The image so reminds me of her except for the ponytail..she's always the life and soul of the party. She loved it and immediately saw the resemblance.

The decoupage sheet is from La Pashe Flippin Women, although it doesn't show too well I used black and crystal glitter on each fringe of the dress. The disco ball was also glittered, I found the ball and the background on google images.

I really can't get used to this new blogger, images won't go where I want them to, and can anyone tell me where the spell checker has gone, 'cos I can't find it anymore, preview is nothing like what appears on the page either, I'll try again but think I'll have to switch back to the old one...

Thanks everyone for popping by and for taking the time to leave your comments, I really appreciate them

11 September 2009

Another one a bit different for me and I won some candy..

Hi everyone, I know it's been a while since I last posted anything, although I have been trying to keep up with everyone's blogs,.... if I haven't visited you yet I am catching up  slowly and I'll get there soon...

 I made this for  Olivia, who loves drawing Manga characters, but as Ididn't have any Manga images I used the decoupage from a Rock Hard Fairies sheet, added a touch of silver stickles here 'n there and star dust on her wings. Printed the red sun burst and the greeting on photo paper, then used spray and sparkle over the greeting. Backing paper, black card and mirri paper all from stash. Coloured the little flower gems with permanent markers as I didn't have any black ones.
I know... I really should learn how to take a photo without making it look all wonky.
Hope you like it, Livvy did.

While I was trying to catch up I visited Jackie's blog Day's in the Life of...who is part of the LaPashe DT, saw there was a candy on offer, I quickly put my name down on Sunday, the draw was Monday and yippee I won it. Thank you so much Jackie and Jak. If you haven't visited Jackie before pop along to her blog to see her lovely cards and have a laugh at her posts about her granddaughter.
I received my candy today from Jak the Designer, you've probably all visited Jaks blog Crafters Kitchen  but if you haven't it's a must see, beautiful cards and lots of free downloads too, fabulous..and she is showcasing  some cards made with the new soon to be released sheets. I bought quite a few of the Remember when Christmas series last year, and love them now I can make more for this year, plus I won the whole set of the new Flippin Xmas, can't wait to have a play, if you want to have a chance of winning them Karen another DT member is offering candy till Sunday..I feel I'd be too greedy  to go and enter, but why don't you go and see if you will be as lucky as I was.

                Thanks for popping by..I really appreciate it..

28 August 2009

For KT's challenge

Well this is a first for me, as I never done a challenge before but I had to make an exception for this one. My blogging buddy Shells' little Katie wanted to set a challenge on her mum's blog. She provided us with a sketch and the theme was cute,cuddly and romantic...I don't normally do cute and cuddly so had to search for an image..found this one on GFC, printed it off a few times and decoupaged it up. Why not pop along to Shells blog and join in with KT's challenge. Good Luck with the challenge KT hope you get loads of entries.

Been slacking on the blogging again, I catch up,.. leave it for a few days, but as you all make such amazing cards and so many of them, it takes me hours and hours to look at them all, I intend to try and catch up again with everyone later this evening. I also want to say thanks to everyone for the lovely comments you left me on my previous posts.

4 August 2009

Some lovely awards and a new forum

I am so lucky to have such wonderful blogging friends, even though I've not been around much lately I really appreciate that my lovely blogging buddies thought of me when they handed out these awards and I would also would like to say thanks for all the lovely comments you leave.

The first one is the I Like Your Style award, from Lisa, thank you so much Lisa. If you love stamping and need some inspiration then Lisa's blog is a must, you can go visit her here Lisa's Stampin! Weblog
Well this award come with some rules, they are:

1. By accepting this award you recognize that the giver ‘LIKES YOUR STYLE’.
2. You agree to display this award proudly on your site, and include a post linking back to the giver.
3. And because there are so many bloggers out there whose style you like, you will share this award with them… however many that may be.
How can I possibly list everyone here whose style I like, I love all your styles or I wouldn't visit your blogs. As there is no limit on how many times I give this out, all I can say is... to all my blogging friends if you haven't already received this award and you read this post, please take it and pop a post about it on your blog, don't be shy...

I've received two lovely awards from Suzi, the first award, doesn't seem to have any rules attached to it, but isn't it pretty. Please pop along and pay Suzi a visit at Sugar n Spice you will be amazed at her work, she's only been crafting since January. Suzi also gave me the Circle of Friends award thank you Suzi for thinking of me.

I also received this from another friend Susie,thank you so much Susie, now if you need some inspiration please visit Sassy Designs By Susie at Die Cut Dreams, you must have a look at the beautiful albums Susie designs. Susie also sells her beautiful die cuts here, why not go check them out, also if you are into challenges why not pop along to Susie's and Vikki challenge blog here.

Believe it or not my lovely blogging buddy Liz gave me these awards too, thank you so much Liz, now you really have to go along and check out Liz's blog, Lace Ribbons Buttons & Bows she is the most amazing crafter, I love all her work.

With the circle of friends award there are rules and they are as follows

1. Make reference to the award and publish it on your blog...2. Share 5 things you like to do....3. Share with 10 blogs...4. Inform each blog

Here goes...my 5 things I like to do...
1. Having a good time with my husband Tony, my family and my friends
2. Crafting
3. Spending time on my PC.... blogging, blog hoping, checking out forums, facebook etc etc
4. Gardening only in the warm weather though
5. Living in our caravan in Spain and meeting up with all our wonderful campsite friends.

I think most of my blogging friends already have these awards so I'll passed them on to friends that I think might not have them yet if you do well your getting them again, lol

A New Forum... Magicalcrafts
I recently found a link on Joannes blog to a new crafting forum run by Angel. Why not pop over to Magicalcrafts and give her some support in her new venture, I've already joined and have met up with some old friends and hope to get to know some new one too.
Just off now to let you know that I've given you the award

2 August 2009

A card at last..

Well I've finally got round to posting a card, lol.. I've nearly caught up on my blogging rounds, I've missed so much, wow you all make such beautiful cards. Here's a card I made for my niece Jessie, she has just graduated from Uni with a first class honours degree, I know she believes in fairies so I thought I'd make her a fairy card.

I've had the image for ages, found it somewhere on Google but don't know where. I think she's such a pretty fairy, I decoupaged her, (those circles were a pain to cut out), but I wanted the gold mirri card to show through them, matted and layered it, the backing paper is from a pad I bought at the range years ago, I loved the paper and couldn't part with it until now, lol..
Added a few roses and a charm. Jessie liked it,
Hope you do too

24 July 2009

I have been so naughty

Sorry people, I've been an absent blogger for too long, no it wasn't my garden or all the building work we have going on at the moment, (the dust & mess everywhere is driving me mad), the only room I feel comfortable in at the moment is my craft/computer room, I have made a few cards just haven't got round to posting them, why you might ask, well I found facebook, then I found the silly little addictive games, then I found farm town...and I have been escaping into my little farm, where money is easy to earn, houses are easy to buy..and no dust or dirt..lol.
But its taken over my life and I've got to stop, so this weekend I intend to try and catch up with all my blogging, sorry for my lack of comments to you all, will try and get round to everyone this week, and I'll post some cards soon.
I hope when I do start posting you will be able to leave some comments as I've had to change the comments settings as I've had some Chinese site spamming my comments, masses of comments on every post I've made, so I've had to sit and delete them all, now I've turned on comment approval and only registered users can comment, hope it doesn't cause you problems. Catch up with you soon
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