Sunday, 24 May 2015

Enjoying the long weekend...

Sunday, 24 May 2015
Hello friends

Just stopping in to say hello.  
I've been taking advantage of not travelling this weekend and doing lots of jobs, 
mainly gardening between the rain showers!
It's a little garden but it seems to generate quite a lot of work.
New plants but it took a long time to dig out the roots of the old plants,
used a crowbar in the end!

I haven't had a lot of time to craft but wanted to mention that I will
be tracking down the Spellbinders papers.

I will be back soon - hoping you are all enjoying your long weekend too.

Take care friends.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Bright and Summery!

Saturday, 23 May 2015
Hello friends
A bright Summery scrapbook page today...bit of a risk posting this on a
Bank Holiday weekend, we rarely get bright summery weather for those!
The papers are Spellbinders - yes Spellbinders have papers, they also have lovely cardstock
and don't forget the inks that match too.
The background is from Celebra'tions Prints.
Because the background is fairly busy, I didn't need to add a great deal.
The photo is Mitchell, I've added typed journalling and a few circles and stars (Stars Five) -
my favourite shapes for pages/cards for boys/men.
The lettering is yellow although looks a little gold in some photos.
After my really successful day at A Maze of Memories last weekend,
I've been invited back for two dates in October - please see the tour page on
the website. Some other dates and venues have been added...
also more coming!
Take care friends.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday Die Day

Friday, 22 May 2015
Hello friends
It's Friday Die Day and this week I'm featuring Romantic Vines
This is one of the Spellbinders Victorian Garden die sets
and the approximate measurements are:

 Vine 1: 1 x 2”
Vine 2: 1⅝ x 2¾”
Vine 3: 2½ x 2½”
Vine 4: 2½ x 4”
This is how they look cut/embossed.
I've chosen to make 2 mini cards this week.
Kraft card base with matted green cardstock using 6 x 6 Matting Basics A.
Onto a slightly smaller square (6 x 6 Matting Basics B) I stamped a sentiment
across the bottom (Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings)
and positioned one of the vine die templates.
I cut to create an aperture and placed 3D Foam Squares on the reverse.
The card is finished with a simple single flower (Marisa's Bouquet) and a pearl.
A close up pic.
For my second mini card, again a stamped sentiment to the bottom.
The largest vine adhered and again, a single flower added.
Easy to make and brilliant for perhaps a batch of invitations, thank you cards.
Romantic Vines is available to pre-order here and arriving soon!
Thank you for all the lovely comments yesterday,
no real progress as yet with Elliott and his transfer to an open sided MRI aside from
we are back at the Royal Marsden on 1 June for a CT scan, hoping we hear more then.
Have a great weekend everyone, I am hoping to craft and garden -
not at the same time!
Take care friends.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bow Simple!

Thursday, 21 May 2015
Hello friends

A clean and simple card today.
This card has also appeared in this month's edition of Cardmaking and Papercraft
Magazine in the Question and Answer section asking ...
"Is there a quick and easy way to make paper bows for my cards?"
Again, I did smile to myself because I'm just now a 'bow person'!

The magazine asked me to feature a Stampin' Up bow punch ...hence the bow!
I happily combined this with Spellbinders Grommet Tags and
Cabbage Rose M-Bossabilities folder to make a crisp clean card.
The papers are Anna Griffin - Lovely Layers.

How is your week going?
I sort of had a day off yesterday, I say sort of because I spent a few hours ironing
whilst having my lounge carpet cleaned!
Until the carpet dries fully we are relegated to our bedrooms - boys do not mind,
they live in their bedrooms anyway.  Bella is confused although not really objecting
to the bedroom...

And a pile of furniture one end of the lounge is a fantastic cat activity climbing frame!
Still, it will be nice to have a pristine carpet!

Two years ago today Elliott was admitted to King's for his brain surgery.
So much has changed in two years (although not the t-shirt - that's a favourite!!)
You never imagine something like this happening to your child and when it does
it is like being hit by a bulldozer.  Thankfully the situation has been made easier by friends,
especially all my blog friends who take the time to comment, message me and more -
I can never say thank you enough.

Please stop by tomorrow - Friday Die Day!
Take care friends.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

How to make a mini pocket album

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Hello friends

How about a cute mini pocket album?
I created this one for the Scrapbook Adhesives Blog and there is a full tutorial here.
Also a space to leave comments too...if you like of course :)
You can see in this picture I've used Pretty Petals D to make an aperture in one 
of the pockets. 
All of this is made so simple by using the Scrapbook Adhesives products,
if you haven't tried them then please do, I'm sure you'll be impressed.
Another close up picture.
The papers are particularly sweet and are Kaisercraft - Bow and Arrow.
As mentioned, stop by the Scrapbook Adhesives blog for all 
the instructions and measurements to create those easy inner pockets.
I love mini albums, they make such nice gifts and keepsakes.

Take care friends - happy crafting.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Are you the Winner??

Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Hello friends

As promised, today I'm announcing the winner from my
Spellbinders Ambassador Blog Hop post.

And it is....


 Congratulations!  Please email through your address and your goody bag of 
Spellbinders dies will be on their way to you!

Other news:

All the Charity Kits have now been posted so they should be arriving with you soon,
have fun making them and thanks again for purchasing.

This month I'm in Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine in the Q and A 
section talking about double stamping.
Now those of you who know me...know I'm not a stamper!
Nonetheless I took on the challenge and here is my card.
 Notice that Sprigs make an appearance...never going to tire of this die!
I made sure I stamped the lighter colour first, waited until it was dry and then the 
black slightly offset over the top.  The stamp is from Woodware - Scripted Thank You.
I like the effect so I think I may be challenging myself a few more times with this technique.

Take care friends - hope you are all having a good start to your week.

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