Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Another Pocket Card.

Afternoon everyone...for someone who's not in her craft room, I'm finding all sorts of crafting things to do! I made this a few weeks back, then forgot to post it to my Crafty Buddie! (Sorry! Any 'stuff' that anyone's waiting for, I'll do it as soon as poss, promise!!) This was a forum swap thingy. (I always want to put 'swop' there... I blame Noel Edmonds!)
Rather than put them straight into an envelope, I made this little pocket card to hold some stamped images. The little foot paper clip came from Tesco's.
Catch you later!

You'll Love Dustin's Dragons

I've found another fantastic site. If you're into dragons and all things cute you'll love the art work of Dustin Pike, why not pop along and see. His freebies are just brilliant! I can't wait to make a card...roll on Friday!!

No cards...Just Dogs

Seeing I can't make any cards this week ~ although I'm very tempted to nip home and bring some stuff back ~ I thought you'd like to see the little monsters I'm looking after. At last, I've got them to come to call, sit, stay and lie down. As the owners don't let them off the lead because they're so naughty, I was quite pleased with myself! I'd gone along to my village Pet Shop (yes, our village has no baker or butcher but it does have a Pet Shop) to get some doggy treats, the idea was, when they were good and came to call they'd get a treat. I told the pet shop owner, (a retired hippy, always full of good advice!) that my aim was to get them coming to call by Friday, as this is when the owners come home.
He grinned..."By Friday? That's how long you'll have to find them, if they don't come back!?"

Sunday, 29 March 2009

A Quick Forever Friends Card

I grabbed a few things, card, glue, foam pads, a few peel offs...oh and a Forever Friends decoupage, put them all in a bag and hoped I had enough to make a card for my brother. I'm really missing my craft room! I can nip home, it's not that far away (we're still house and dog sitting!) but then my laptop isn't there...what would you miss most, your computer or your craft room?
Here's the quickie card I came up with...
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Tinker & Co: 'Freebie' Warren Papers!

Tinker & Co: Warren Papers

Just found this lovely blog with some goooorrjus freebie download papers, just in time for Easter.... pop over and see!

Another Bubble

Another 'Bubbles'. I did this one very quickly yesterday, using up some of my papers I'd cut into ~no bit is too small to keep! Nothing is thrown away! The 'browns' were really blacks, but my printer was running out of ink. The rich red is one of Pink Petticoat's Christmas papers, but I don't think anyone will notice! I stamped 'Bubbles' a couple of times to make him 3D, coloured him in with Whisper pens, his flower a few more times on the same Christmas paper. I still haven't got any 'leaves' or 'swirls' die-cuts (They're on my wish-list) so I used the 'blink-blink' and the 'daisy' Woodware punches. The wording was done on the computer and the little birthday cake... from a set of clear stamps from... Tesco's (see below!)
I'm House and dog sitting all this week~have my laptop and Internet connection (of course) But no craft room! (How will I survive??) I grabbed a few crafty things to make something...but it's not turning out too well... Hopefully, at the end of the week I shall be thinner and fitter, with all this dog walking... ah-well, we can but dream...

Friday, 27 March 2009

Capture The Moment

I've just found a little gem of a blog, where you'll find all sorts of 'How to do's' plus templates, techniques, cards and loads of other things. Scalloped punches caught my eye and made a cute little bag! Hearts were folded to make corners... Pop over and see what you can find.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Another Pink Tilda

I don't use mirror (or miri) card very often, mainly because my cutters (all three of them~ even the new one I had for Christmas) cuts wonky. And there's nothing worse than a wonky bit on a card, unless it's supposed to be there! That's why I love my Nestabilites. No wonky bits! I've used them here to cut the frame. Somewhere nice for Tilda to sit.
I've used Pink Petticoat papers and flowers cut out with a Woodware punch
I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to punches. (I do seem to have rather a lot of them) but I'm still looking for a two and a half inch circle punch ~ one I don't have to buy in from America. I can just see me now, taking an extra large suitcase when we go over to see Maria (youngest daughter) in October, full of things for the new baby but coming back with it crammed to bursting with crafty things!!
As you can see, I have finally made a link! Whoopee! Round of applause please!!! Don't you just love Blogging! Catch you later!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Pink Elephant Blog Challenge #7

I treated myself to some Daisy and Dandelion clear stamps and papers with some of my birthday money. Also bought some 3D decoupage, but haven't used that yet, instead I stamped 'Bubbles' out twice and then layered him. I'd cut about an inch off the front of the card as I wanted to used the flowery paper as well as the dots, but there's only one sheet of each in the packet, so added the acetate so you could see both and so that I could add the 'Happy Birthday' Peel-offs down the side too. (Bargin at 25p!) I used Bazzill Basics Paper 'Red Carpet' through my BigShot in a CuttleBug embosser, as that was part of the challenge, then used a small Woodware punch for the flowers and finished off with Stickles glitter. Not sure where the ribbon came from, probably the local Craft Shop. (or a box of chocolates)
I thought I might enter him into a Blog Challenge. That's where the idea came from...but I can't quite make up my mind!
I made another one! Trouble is the card would have been really small if I'd just stuck to the size of the embossed Paper.
The papers I used here were a bargain. 12 sheets of 12x12, two of each design for 1.99. I cut an extra butterfly out otherwise he would've been hidden by the embossed paper. I coloured the folder with chalk, just to see what would happen... (I'd seen it on a YouTube video, think I may not have done it quite right but it sort of worked, it's hard to see in the photo. Wellllllll.... while I've been typing this I think I might enter the top card into the Pink Elephant #7 Challenge.
Here's the sketch, just in case you feel you want to have a go too!
Thanks for looking! See you tomorrow.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Party Puss

Think I fell asleep when I did this one ~ doesn't look finished does it? Usually I never know when to stop! It needs more ... flowers? Ribbons? And maybe even buttons...
I used my Purple Cow circle cutter, Penny Black image, metallic paints, Tesco's 'Birthday Wishes' stamp, Pink Petticoat papers, peel off dots and some lace from stash. And yes...I cut it that way!

More tomorrow...Finished cards, of course!

My Mother's Day Card made by Emma.

This is my Mother's Day Card from my daughter Emma! She only started making cards at Christmas. (I made a crafty goody box up for her) and now of course she's hooked! She likes rummaging in my craft room and says it's like a mini shop, the only difference is...you don't need a shopping basket! The large flower was from a set her friend gave her for her birthday, the card and peel off's from Hobby Craft. The little flowers were punched out using a tiny Woodware punch.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Mother's Day Cards! Forever Friends Challenge

It's been a lovely sunny Mother's Day. We nipped in to see John's mum first, who's still in hospital, but getting better by the minute, so should be allowed home next week. Then took my mum round her pressies and of course her card. She loved her card and has now put in an 'order' for two of her flower club friends. A birthday card for an 80 year old and another for someone who will be 100! (So I'll be completing with the Queen!) Last week I treated myself to a few of the Forever Friends sets with some of my birthday money, so thought I'd use them to make the Mum's Mother's day cards...add a bit of glitter, a ribbon and a few bits and wha-la! What 'd'you think?
I've just found The Forever Friends Blog Challenge and entered my Mum's card (Top One) If you clink on the title bar above it will take you there. It's a lovely site for all Forever Friends Fans! Have a look at the Forever Friends YouTube Video, I had it as an email at Christmas, it's really lovely!!!

P.S. John's Mum is now out of Hospital!!

And!!! I think I've made my first real link!!!
I Love Blogging!!!

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Owl, What a hoot!

Okay...stop laughing...no, I know this is not one of my usual cards, but it was great fun to make, and I hope Joanne likes it!
This was a 3D freebie download. Click Here to take you over to Monica's. I did the wording on my laptop.
Have a Good Mother's Day! John's cooking Brownies right now! (Bless him!)
Oh! Nearly forgot. Here's the link to the free backing papers I used too.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Fairy Nice Card

I haven't done a decoupage fairy card for ages... so I hope you like this one. The black background with stars are Pink Petticoat. I also used some glitter paper cut out with my 3" scalloped circle. The paper below the fairy came on the sheet with her. The only thing is, she was very fiddly to cut out! I even fixed her to some card before I cut her out. If there was a bit more background behind her, you could at least have the first layer without bits of her (very fine) hair missing! (oops!) I added a bit of Stickles glitter and some peel-offs too.
Thinking now, maybe I should've gone for the purple stars background, the black does look a tad harsh. More tomorrow.

Down on the beach

This was yesterday, down on the beach with the dogs. Best part of my job, when the sun is shinning! The sea was so calm. The beach is covered in oyster shells, which the dogs love to crunch on...or worse still~crabs!
Trouble is, with this lovely sunshine not much crafting done and as usual, I'm behind.
I've been playing with 'links' again. I'm even dreaming about them! That used to work. When my youngest daughter was about three, she was worried because she couldn't tie her shoe laces... The puzzle was solved after I dreamt 'bunny ears'...just tie two bunny ear knots... it makes a perfect bow. I think she still does it that way!
I hope you've all been finding the freebie 'links' I've been putting in... you may have to hunt for some of them! Some sites like you to join their News Letter. Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 19 March 2009



I've made a link...oh Joy!! ...(bout time too!) I wondered what happens if I pressed that button! I'll add pictures later when I've made a card with the lovely freebie papers I've just down loaded from this lovely Blog, hosted by Lynn. (Thanks for the link Denise!)
Pop Over and See!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Clear Stamps with your Brussels M'dam?

Another Penny Black Teddy. Just a quick simple card I'm afraid! I'm soooo behind after being away last week. This is the image I used on my mum-in-laws get well card. (down below) No flowers for him to hold this time though. I stamped him straight onto the card covered with K&Co scrapbooking papers, (which I wish I'd centered, but at the time I didn't think to do that) then when I'd cut him out and fixed him with foam pads over the first image, you could still see his little tuffs of hair. Two of the butterflies are 3D too.
The 'Birthday Wishes' is a clear stamp. I bought it on my trip over to the Isle of Wight last week. The whole set had thirteen little clear images, was under a fiver and came with its own acrylic block!
Even the packet was easy to open and resealable. And where did I buy it? Tesco's. Yes...Tesco's. Shame, but the Tesco's near me doesn't sell them...yet. So, next time you're hunting out your brussel sprouts and baked beans...look out for some crafty stuff too!

Have A Hippo-Mongous Birthday!

Yes, I know I said I'd be back, but what a fabulous week-end! Which of course meant...gardening and walking...and dogs (not mine) But I did manage to make a few cards...here's one to be going on with... Yes! It's a Hippo! and not a hedgehog in sight! Have to go to work now (bother) back later....honest!
The bead and netting 'flower' came off a card my mum had, she saved it for me! (At last my family understand my hording!) Using the Quickie-glue pen, I added very fine glitter to the tu-tu and ballet shoes. Whispers pens to colour. Font done on lap-top.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Surprize!! It's your Birthday!

Hi! I'm back! We've been away for the past week. (Well sort off) We stayed in a log cabin (haha...you'll see the pictures later!) on the Isle of Wight!. VERY behind with my Card making, So just nipped this one in for now...Another Stickeroo! The little hand comes from.... Tesco's! More on Tesco later! (With pictures!)
Thank you everyone who sent me a Birthday Card!! I put them all on my PhotoBucket.
Here's a few pictures I thought I'd squeeze in here of the IOW 'Log Cabin' (Okay...so it's a wood covered caravan, but it was very roomy and quite cozy too!) We stayed there just for a few days (tokens from the Daily Newspaper made it under a tenner a night) In the hight of the season this'll set you back over £1,000 a week!

Some of my cards I opened, while away. The fantastic fan was made by my Aunty Bette! She goes to Craft Classes and this is what she made there. To see the others and more click on the title above.

John's still on Holiday, so we're off down the beach for a picnic, seeing it's so sunny. Back Later!

(Two days later...) Okay... so I didn't quite have the time to come back later, but I thought you'd still like to see the view from our cliff top picnic. The sea was as calm as a millpond and there was just one little trawler chugging round the bay, probably catching tomorrows fish-fingers!

Monday, 9 March 2009

Penny Black Hedgehog. My Mum's Birthday Card

No electric all day yesterday, so no cards done! It did come on long enough to roast a late Sunday lunch and then snapped off leaving us in the dark until two this morning, when I woke to find the whole place blazing in light...I've added this card today, mainly because it puzzles me a bit. I have it as a freebie 3D download but I also have it as a Penny Black image. I made it for my Mum as she's into hedgehogs and gardening!
Has anyone else noticed the way you add your photo's to the blog has changed? I used to be able to see my pictures and (with a bit of effort, move them), but now there's no pictures just computer gobbledygook! (Added edition, had in posting, I had Edit Html on instead of Compose)
Probably no more cards this week as we're having a few days off, to celebrate my birthday and to get some walking done. (Hahaha..No way! More like exploring some craft shops!) I usually take my laptop with me but most likely will have no Internet connection. How will I survive?!!

If you click on the title above this picture, it should take you to the website where I think downloaded the Hedgehog. This is a lovely site for us poor crafters, as there are loads of things to download! The site changes, so the hedgehog might not still be there....have a look!

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Dozing in the Daisies

I thought I'd lost this card! It disappeared, and I did have a different card pictured here. (Hence the title not being the same as the web address, but you didn't notice that did you!? No Lyn) I'd run out of cards, where have they all gone I ask? Eaten by the Hungry Paper Fairy I think. Anyway, this one was made by folding some nice pearly card in half and cutting it down to make a square. I covered it in papers either from ScrapGirls or ScrapWow. (Or both!) Did a bit of a pattern round the edges with a pen, used a Penny Black stamp and a Stickeroo. The flower was punched out using a Woodware flower punch, topped off with a squiggy padded silk flower and a brad, not forgetting a splodge of Stickles glitter and some ribbon from my stash! This has now gone off to a forum member for their birthday! Thanks for stopping by.

Hoppy Birthday

Just a quickie! Another Stickeroo. This time...a Frog. He's stuck on acetate so that he jumps out! I printed both sides of the card and actually got the 'Hoppy Birthday' where I wanted it! Not finished yet, so may change the photo later!!
Here's the other photo...Hmmm...no...don't like the ribbon...but I do like the dragonfly!

Friday, 6 March 2009

More Shaker Cards

Finished two of the four shakers cards I started in the week, my hold up being I've not only run out of photo glue, again, I've also run out of cards!
I wanted to try something new this time (well, new to me) so I cut the hedgehogs tummy out (don't worry, it didn't hurt him, he's only made of card) and then filled it with tiny little beads. Still think something's missing (his tummy!) maybe a frame or something?
The Tilda card is similar to some I've made before, and was 'specially made for a forum friend, who said she likes my shaker cards. I first made a frame for the beads (cut from a Crunchie Nut Cornflakes packet) this also made somewhere for Tilda to sit. I used my Quickie glue pen and some really fine glitter on her wings, pocket and turn-ups...Thanks for dropping by....more tomorrow!

K&Co Papers

A couple of days ago I set myself a challenge. To make a card to include some ribbon, a button, an image I’d never used before and also something from my stash that I'd never used, in the form of that purple meshy wiry stuff, what is it usually used for??? It was rubbish to stick! And an image sent to me as a RAK, but it's not stamped, definitely a computer print out.
So, no Penny Black Images and no Pink Petticoat papers. My very first buy into the crafty world of crafty stuff was K&Co scrapbook papers, from QVC, and I still have them, wrapped up in their box. To cut into them seems to me to be a bit of a crafty crime. And once cut... I was scared/worried/insanely paranoid I'd ruin them.... Wellllllll, this is why I set myself the challenge... it’s time to come out of your comfort zone and do something different…. add a bit of something I haven't added before and here she is….
Hmmm...back to Pink Petticoat and Penny Black tomorrow, I think!!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Shaker Tilda

The postman rang the door bell this morning after trying unsuccessfully to swash (sorry, I mean squash...) a handful of letters in through the letter box. 'Is it your birthday?' he asked. Postmen can be sooo observant, sometimes... usually our mail isn't our mail at all, it's for someone with a completely different name and address, who lives at least three million miles away. The fact that many of the letters had 'do not open until...written across them, may have given him the clue! I've been very good so far, and have not opened them, I've squeezed them a bit mind you, but who can blaime me! They are all from Forum members, so I know there's going to be some fantastic makes hiden in those envelopes! Which brings me to my point in all this. Shaker Cards. I have two I must make tonight, to catch the post first thing tomorrow... they're for forum members too. One is going all the way to Singapore and the other up to Barnsley. And in true Blue Peter fashion, here's one I made earlier... Hope you like her!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

More Tilda

I'd forgotten all about these little Tilda's , they were a gift, so I'm not sure if they're both called Tilda, but they're on my Wish-List! And with a birthday coming up, who knows! Not keen on the brown shoes though.

A Couple of ATC's

Been using my K&Co papers today, not quite happy with them, so won't put them on here yet. Finished some ATC's for a forum swap and made a few more Fat Pages with ATC's as my last lot seem to have been eaten by the Post Dragon--the wee beastie that hides in pillar-boxes and eats all our mail, which never arrives...or basically, I've not posted them, I've put them away somewhere safe, and if I tidied up my craft room, I'd find them! (and last weeks breakfast bowl!)

Monday, 2 March 2009

A Stickeroo Card

The week-end whizzed by so quickly I nearly missed it! Saturday, we put Auntie Brenda to rest next to Uncle Bunny, and then in fine family tradition, we all when down the pub to remember her, the main topic being her episode with the Spanish loo. I feel I can mention it here, seeing the vicar (wearing sandals and orange and green striped socks) told the congregation at her funeral in such flowery detail, you'd think he'd been there!
The story begins with June, John's mum, Brenda's sister, putting her money into the slot of one of those automatic loos. As the loo doors opened, Brenda could be heard saying, very fast, in her Dorset tones...
'How much is that? You're not paying that! I'm not paying that, are you paying that! No, am not paying that!'.
A few minutes later, June came out...and Brenda, not wanting to 'pay that' slipped in.. The doors automatically closed with a swoosh, then to every one's horror the loo began to wash itself from top to bottom! Over the sounds of the gushing water, Auntie Brenda could be heard calling for help!! Nothing could open the doors once this started and nothing was left unwashed!
A few moments later the doors opened to reveal Auntie Brenda drenched from her new kiss-me-quick sun hat, perfect hair and make up, right down to her new shoes and handbag. There she stood, dripping, sodding wet, her new hat, floppy, her hair, like rats tails, her make-up running down her face, her hand bag and shoes filled with water! Everyone just roared with laughter, they cried tears they laughed so much...Auntie Brenda said nothing, then, as she rung out her kiss-me-quick hat she added,
'I wouldn't mind...but I didn't even go!'
Aunty Brenda didn't have an awful lot. We've inherited a few pot plants, some odd vases, a very long shoe horn, one of those long handled grabbing things, (both very handy!) loads of tins of buttons, sticky tape, glue, curtain rings, knitting needles and rolls of elastic! A fridge, a washer /drier, four old televisions sets, a gold chain, a coffee table and a very tall plant, which has this weird way of telling us where it likes to be, so she'll never be forgotten!
Sunday, John was happy, we packed a picnic and boarded 'Wight Light' in my little car and spent the day driving around the Isle of Wight, of course everything was closed but we had great day out... which meant I didn't get much crafting done at all! So I cheated a bit with this card, covered in Pink Petticoat papers and a Penny Black Stickeroo. I've had them for ages, the frogs, the little hedgehogs and the cats. I just love them and didn't really want to part with them! And this one is soooo cute, it's gone off to a forum buddy, for her birthday... hoped she liked it!



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