Sunday, 20 August 2017

Christmas in the forest


I have some Christmas ornaments to share with you today. I covered the wooden discs with scraps and paper and used some embossed card I found in my stash. The little fence is a MFT rolling hills die, the deer are Impression Obsessions and  Memory Box dies. The little trees are also MFT Winter trees dies and the snowflakes the smallest of the Memory Box stitched snowflakes dies. They have been sprayed with Crafter's Companion spray and shine.

Challenges
ABC Christmas Q is for quick 
Dies R Us anything goes using dies 
Allsorts forest friends

I have been busy cutting out lots of material ready to make more bunting and some Christmas things too so watch this space.  Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Winter Ella


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challengeis snow fun (add snowflakes). I think Winter Ella looks so cute in her jumper and hat and she has been coloured with Copics and I used fun flock on her pompom. The papers are some new ones I found in Hobbycraft, Christmas Whisper. I have used my favourite shaped dies from Go Kreate, frilly quares 10. The sentiment is another favourite set from LOTV, Grunge Christmas.  I added some lace from Crafty Ribbons and used a Marianne snowflake die with glitter card. Do come and join in the fun and don't forget to get your children crafting with our Summer Holiday challenge for children at A Gem of a Challenge.

Challenges
Simon Says add a sentiment
The Paper Shelter dies and punches

Looking forward to a trip out this afternoon with friends for a carvery and then a trip to the coast for a walk and then a show on the pier, a Beatles tribute band, They are supposed to be excellent so that should be a good show.

Friday, 18 August 2017

The scales must be wrong!

This is the final paper pieced Pink Gem card I had published in Making Cards last month. My friend Carol made me laugh with the last Rita card I had on here as she said the image has my hairstyle. So here I am in my PJs and slippers on the scales 😃. I only like rose or white wine though. As before she has been coloured with Copics and paper pieced. The papers are Santoro Willow and I added some lace from Crafty Ribbons, doodling and enamel dots. The scalloped border is an MFT die.

Challenges
Simon Says add a sentiment

I have a new outlet for some of my gifts, a new florist shop which opened last week in Acle. It was a chance meeting in a wholesalers when I saw them buying a lot of stock and asked what it was for. I gave them a business card, they contacted me and bought a few gifts to start with to see how they go. This morning I have to go and see them and then go into Norwich for some shopping, lunch and a haircut for hubby.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Let's bake


It's always good to find things you had forgotten about and whilst looking through my dies for something the other day I came across a First Edition baking set and thought that would be good to use on a plaque so here it is. I used some lovely ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and some more lucky finds were the wooden cherries and the wooden chicken tag. I have no idea where that came from, America I think. Then I thought some eggs would be good to go with that and remembered I have an old Sizzix thinlets die of a basket and Easter eggs so I diecut 2 eggs to add to it. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Birthday time


I really need to build up my stock of male cards before I am next at the hospital shop so expect to see several popping up over the next few weeks. This is a Woodware stamp which I stamped in brown on kraft and diestressed with vintage photo DI. he papers are some old ones from a couple of pads and the sentiment is one of my last from Craftwork Cards which I bought years ago. I remembered I bought some wooden cogs which were just what I needed along with the burlap.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Stamping Sensations.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Stitch and Sew


When I first made a sewing plaque it sold straight away and so did the next ones I made. However I then had one on my stall for ages and I also had one for sale in the cafe/craft shop I supply. They too had it for ages then would you believe we both sold them last month. I have made two the same design but in different colourways.


The ribbon and lace are from Crafty Ribbons. I found the mannequin diecuts which I think I cut from a friend's Sizzix die. I added the paper dress and used dies for the scissors and sewing machine. The wooden embellishments and tiny buttons were the perfect finish.

Looking forward to a facial and back massage this afternoon.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Exercising Rita


It is the second of the cards I had published last month in Making Cards. This is such a fun image from Pink Gem and she has been coloured with Copics and paper pieced again. The flowers are Prima and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. I used  Go Kreate dies frilly squares 9.

We are out tonight for a meal at Cosmo with friends. Their lunch buffet is good but the evening one is much better so not too much to eat today so we can enjoy our meal. We are eating early then coming back to play a couple of new board games.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Another snowman


I feel like I have made lots of Christmas cards already but when I counted them I can see that there are a lot more still needed.
Image - Pink Gem Chilly with birdhouse
Medium - Copics
Papers and sentiment - Hobbycraft Heritage Christmas
Dies - MFT pierced fishtail stax, basic border
Other - Stickles, twine, charm

Challenges
ABC Christmas R is for red

Saturday, 12 August 2017

For a special couple


I love making these plaques and I made this one for the couple who got engaged last Friday. I have already shared the cards I made so time to share this with you.  There is a close up of the heart below.
MDF Heart and butterflies  - MDF Craft Supplies
Paper - LOTV
Stamped sentiment - Inkylicious
Die - Tim Holtz clock
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Paper butterfly - Prima
Script Embellishment - The Works
Bark hearts - Live and Love Crafts
Lace bow - Gorjuss
Ric rac - stash



Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Stamping Sensations anything goes 
As you like it your favourite embellishment (I have so many and have used my most favourite on here, flowers, diecuts and lace. I love ribbon but the delicacy of lace is even better and I love to use flowers whether paper or diecut, they really add to a shabby chic feel.)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Knitting


The new issue of Making Cards is out today so I can now share one of the cards I had published last month. I made three cards using Pink Gem's Rita and showed how to paper piece digis.  I must paper piece more often as I love it and when you have a big item like the chair it is particularly effective. I used a MFT scalloped edge die and some lace and ribbon from Crafty Ribbons I also love the little scissors charm.

Very early start this morning to set up and sell my cards and gifts at the hospital today.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Texting


I made this card to give to the youngest sister of the girl who just got engaged and as it was her Birthday on Monday I can share it with you. She loves blue and her phone so this image from LOTV, Jasmine texting was perfect for her. I used MFT graphic grid and hearts and stripes paper packs, MFT fringed bunting die, LOTV teenage girl sentiment and some enamel dots.

Challenges
Stamping Sensations anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Simon Says for a child

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Christmas again


It's my second inspirational DT card for the LOTV Facebook challenge of Christmas which means another card for the pile. Christmas snowman has been coloured with Copics, papers are the new First Edition ones Merry Little Christmas. I love the addition of purple in this pack. I used a Doohickey fence and Joy tree dies, white glitter card and added a punched snowflake. here are some LOTV vouchers to be won so do hop over and join in the challenge. We also have a LOTV World Facebook group so if you love LOTV and are not a member then ask to join. We would love to see you there.

Challenges
Penny Black and more at Allsorts all creatures great and small

We are out for lunch with friends today trying somewhere none of us have been before. It's a garden centre with an award winning restaurant which is very popular so we have booked. Hope it is as good as people say it is.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Engaged


So this is the card I made to give to the engaged couple on Sunday.  I was looking through my toppers and found this sweet one which was in Making Cards magazine a while ago. I added some clear Wink of Stella to the umbrella as she loves a bit of sparkle and stamped the LOTV sentiment onto the topper. The papers are Bo Bunny Head over Heels. I added the wooden heart embellishment, some pearl hearts and used a Die-namites heart branch die.

Monday, 7 August 2017

She said yes


My friend asked me to make this card which meant we knew about the engagement before the prospective bride. There was never any doubt she would say yes. I was asked for a white on white card with a silhouette and I remembered I had the perfect Little Claire silhouette topper. I did use patterned paper as I was worried such a large card, it is 8x8, might look a bit bland and the hearts are lovely and sparkly. I used a heart embossing folder, flowers from Hobbycraft and coloured a wooden heart with white Wink of Stella. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the pearl trim from The Hobby House. I stamped, heat embossed and diecut some flowers and butterflies. The flower stamps and dies are from The Works and the butterflies from The Range.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Snowmen!


I am sure I have made more Christmas cards this year than I usually have by this time which is encouraging although I do need to build up my stock of other cards. For this one I used some new papers from Hobbycraft Christmas Whisper. The new Christmas collections seem slow coming out this year. I was amazed to find that MFT don't bring theirs out until October.  Anyway back to my card. I used a corner rounder punch, MFT scalloped border and Marianne square and snowflake dies, LOTV Grunge sentiment and a precoloured Little Claire topper along with some ribbon from my stash.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Allsorts colours of your flag (red, white and blue) 
ABC Christmas R is for Red

We are off to a BBQ at lunchtime today to celebrate a young couple's engagement. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Cheers


Can you believe it is time for another fortnightly challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and it is a really easy one this time, Birthday. I made this card for Lynsey's hubby as he enjoys a pint or two. I used a precoloured image Cheers Henry as I really like his striped hat and scarf. I must colour one of these up and paper piece part of it I think. The paper is one of the new First Edition ones, Grand Plans. I added some burlap and a Little Claire stamped sentiment along with some punched stars.

Don't forget our children's Summer Holiday challenge running alongside our normal challenge so get those children crafting.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Carol singers


I have been playing with another of the Paper Creator kits. I love using tag shapes on cards and this tag and sentiment are part of the Carol Singing Mice kit. I teamed them with some  really old Papermania papers which were the perfect colour match. The scalloped edge was cut with a MFT die, sentiment diecut with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and I added some ribbon, punched musical notes and MS punched snowflakes. These precoloured toppers make super cut but quick cards. 

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
ABC Christmas Q is for quick

I am very busy at the moment with magazine commissions and making stock but taking a day out today with hubby for lunch and some retail therapy. Hubby is out all day tomorrow so I shall be spending the day crafting.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Icecream!


A lovely Summery card today featuring Belle from Belle and Boo. She has been coloured with Copics and fussy cut. The papers are Sunny Side Up from LOTV and I used one of my most used die sets, MFT pierced fishtail stax,

Challenges
Allsorts photo inspiration (I chose the colours and Summer)
Dies R Us Summertime fun 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

I see a star


Our new Facebook challenge has started at LOTV and this month it is Christmas. Great prizes to be on as always. I used one of my new digis, Stargazing, coloured with Copics. I added some silver on her hat with a Sakura clear star pen and used clear Wink of Stella on the star. The paper is Bo Bunny Altitude and I I used Dovecraft 3d pearl effects in pastel green on white card to diecut the trees. I explain this technique in an upcoming magazine commission. The sentiment is another I found in my stash.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland digi image 
As you like it favourite colour combo (I love purple and aqua as they contrast so well with each other)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blustery Day


Today is my first challenge post as part of the Paper Creator DT and our new challenge is for a child. I chose to make a Christmas card with the cute Sassy Cheryl precoloured Blustery Day image. The papers are Papermania Jolly Santa and I used Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle, Joy Christmas tree and MFT basic border dies. I found the sentiment in my Christmas stash.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
The Paper Shelter anything goes 
Winter Wonderland digi image

Out for coffee with friends this morning at the coffee and gift shop where I sell some of my gifts. Time to restock a few items there too.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Totally tropical


Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who left a comment for Grace on my blog post on Saturday. She was so pleased to read such lovely comments. She got far more comments than I do these days as I have noticed a lot of people who used to regularly leave comments no longer do so which is a shame. I know how much time it takes as I do some almost every day and I really appreciate each and every comment left.

My card is made with the free papers from the current Making Cards magazine. I love the vibrant colours and added some leaves and flowers to match. The banners were cut with MFT pierced fishtail dies. 

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Back to School!


Yes I know the school holidays are only part way through but this is a card I made for Crafts Beautiful and it is my final DT post for Crafty Ribbons. I have loved being part of the team but after 5 years I feel it is time for a change. That doesn't mean you won't still see lots of Crafty Ribbons on my blog of course!

Image - Pink Gem School Boy Philip
Medium - Copics
Papers - Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Joy pocket watch (with the top removed), MFT wonky stitched rectangle
Punches - Stars
Sentiment - computer generated
Other - crimper

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

Saturday, 29 July 2017

My blog has been taken over today, please leave a comment


So today my blog has been taken over by 9 year old Grace, my friend Lynsey's daughter and her she is hard at work creating her card. The reason for this is that at A Gem of a Challenge we have a very special challenge for children. The theme is Summer holidays and instead of the DT creating inspiration cards we have some inspiration from children for you.

This is the card Grace made using bee with watering can.


She didn't take the easy option of using a precoloured image but coloured the image herself. If you have a little one who loves to create then we would love to see their entries in our challenge. 

Challenge is open to Children up to age of 16yrs.  3 prizes 
up to 6yrs.... 6 + to 10yrs... 10+ to 16yrs...
Entrants can use ANY Stamped OR digi image.
CARDS Only to be entered. 
 Theme is SUMMER HOLIDAY/VACATION
Anything to do with Enjoying the summer holidays/break .

Now I get far more visitors than comments on my posts which is fine, I am grateful for both but today please leave a comment for Grace as she will be hopping over to see what people have to say about her card.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Key to my heart


I have several things sitting in a folder on my laptop which I have made but haven't yet blogged and today is one of those. This was part of a feature I made for Papercrafter using Docrafts papers. I made three cards and two gifts. The rest have been blogged so today is the last of this feature.
I made a heart magnet using a MDF heart from MDF Supplies. The sentiment was part of the papers and was diecut with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die. I added small MDF hearts coloured with white Wink of Stella and a diecut key using a Marianne die.

Tomorrow I have a very special post for you and I hope you will all leave me a comment tomorrow.
We are out with friends tomorrow afternoon at the coast, going for a walk then trying out a new restaurant, well new to us, then of to a  charity quiz night to test our brains.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Diecuts 
Dies R Us diecut sentiment as focus
Simon Says anything goes

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Simply floral


I bought Papercraft Inspirations magazine on Sunday as there is a lovely set of flowers and leaves and unlike most of the magazine freebies which sit waiting to be used for months I had a play with them on Monday. Probably a record for me to use them that quickly.

My stamping platform was a great help in positioning the flowers and leaves which have been coloured with Copics. I added some clear Wink of Stella to the purple flowers for added sparkle. The sentiment was free with Making Cards.

I need to find time to experiment some more with this set and can see me mixing them up with Cardio stamps too.

Challenges
Stamping Sensations anything with flowers

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

All Dressed Up


I made this card for a friend who loves pink. The image is from an All Dressed Up set of 3 stamps called All Dressed Up! She has been coloured with Copics. I did struggle with the bright pinks I chose for her dress and wasn't really happy with it but laying down more colour didn't help. The papers are Pebbles Tealightful. When I saw the new MFT release this month I couldn't resist buying the fringed bunting set of dies which I used on here.

Challenges
All Dressed Up anything ADU goes

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

80's


So here is the last of my retro girl cards made for Making Cards using lOTV precoloured simply prints and this one is from the 80's. Look at those padded shoulders. I never liked them and took mine out usually especially if they were really big. I used a Go Kreate die for the card base and MFT free spirit papers. The sentiment is again from the LOTV teenage girls set and I also used a MFT banner die and added some enamel dots.

Monday, 24 July 2017

LOTV Launch day


Yes launch day is here for the first 15 LOTV Christmas stamps and this cutie is Happy Reindeer. I used Copics for colouring adding some sparkle with a Copic sparkle pen on the stars on his coat and the spots on her boots.  I also added fun flock to her hat. The Papers are Kaisercraft Silver Bells as is the sentiment. It seems ages since I dud such a fussy and fancy card and I had great fun embellishing this one. I used DI Tattered Rose around the image, adding cheesecloth, lace from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from The Hobby House and Hobbycraft.  I removed the plain stamens from the Hobbycraft flower and added the fancier ones.   My Mum looks at my blog every day and she will recognise the pearl sprays. They were part of an artificial flower arrangement she had which had faded but before she threw it away she asked if the pearl sprays were any use to me and of course they are.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image
Winter Wonderland use a digi image

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Mr and Mrs


This is a card I made a while ago for Papercraft Inspirations magazine. I had to make 2 A6 Wedding cards. I used Sue Wilson dies and added some pearl hearts. A simple but effective design. 

A day at home today, apart from food shopping, after our little break away. Looking forward to Poldark tonight.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Someone told Ella black is slimming


At A Gem of a Challenge his week we want to see your Christmas cards. The Dt have all used one of Janet's new images and I chose Winter Ella as I really wanted to try colouring an image using just grey Copics. It didn't photograph that well and I have to say the shading looks better in real life. I used the Authentique Wintery papers again with some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and a Memory Box snowflake diecut from white glitter card. I hope you will join in the fun and get cracking with those Christmas cards.

I said yesterday that my 70's girl was an appropriate image. The reason was that we went to Potter's at Hopton yesterday, with a couple of friends, for a one night break. It was our first time of staying there and the reason we went was to see Bjorn Again, the Abba tribute band. We had a 5 course meal with wine, show, overnight stay, lots of activities and breakfast this morning. You can stay as long as you like for the 2 days. It is less than an hour from us and they have some great shows on there so I am sure we will be going again.