Monday, 25 July 2011

Baroque Motif Set

Tonight I've teamed Baroque Motif up with Greenhouse Garden to make a one layer thank you card. I used a Top Note Die shape to mask off the middle section, then using a dusting brush I inked up using Baja Breeze and little Early Espresso. Still with the Top Note shape in place I stamped the large image from Baroque Motif around the edges. Remove the shape then stamp the flowers using the two step technique. All finished off with some lovely Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon and the sentiment from Afterthoughts. Not forgetting the not so Basic Pearl.

Life is very full and hectic at the moment, plus the children are off school. Can I collectively call them children now one is 18??? It seems a little strange when you look at the 6' 2" man in the house - child no longer seems to fit the description! It is a new stage in family life, unchartered territory, for us, but no matter what I suppose we are always someone's child and that bond never goes away.

Crikey - how am I going to cope in September when he goes off to University? I will need a whole supply of tissues and chocolate and cake...... Jean get ready for a lot of baking :-)

Have a great evening whatever you are up and thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 24 July 2011

Jolly Holiday Tealight Gift Box

Quick post today to show you the Xmas version of the tealight gift box.

I think this is a good idea for anyone doing craft stalls leading up to Xmas.

Have a lovely Sunday - I'm off out to enjoy a bit of the sunshine.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, 22 July 2011

Tealight Gift Box & Co-ordinating Card

Hi there, Friday has come round so fast this week, not that I'm complaining!

I can't remember which blog I read it on, but it asked what do you do with all your scraps? Well I have to say I keep them, as I am sure everyone else out there does. With this in mind I raided the ever growing pile and came across the now retired Bella Bleu DSP. I still love this design.

I promised to be back with another shabby chic flower to show you. A little late, but here is the set that I made.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love candles as much as I do crafting. So I was a little disappointed to find that the measurements for the box did not fit my usual make of tealight. Shock, horror, I had to put in some cheap ones - you know the ones where you get hundreds for a £1. My own fault really as I should have checked my tealights first.

Never to be put off, I set about and came up with the right measurements for a larger box.

You can see the difference in size, plus I added an extra layer to the flower. Also on the first box it was fiddly to slide out the inner section as it is quite a tight fit. So on the larger box I added a little ribbon as an handle.

With my favourite tealights in.

Then I got thinking about Christmas - oh the possibilities are endless :-)

Have you got a busy weekend planned? I am Esther sitting tomorrow - just love her to bits. It's lovely having babies around and can not wait for our Grandson to arrive in October.

Have a great weekend whatever you are up to.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

I'm back on line!!

Hooray!!! Finally I am back on line, the laptop has a new charger and so far all seems to be working ok. The best news is that my photos are intact. I must back them up!!

So how have you all been? Hope you are all well. I had a couple of days under the weather but am much improved today. Speaking of weather.... where has summer gone?? I have to admit I feel less guilty about crafting when it is rainy outside. When the sun shines it lures me away from my little corner :-)

Tonight's card is inspired by Vicky's shabby chic. I have to say I love these flowers, so easy to make. I have another project to show you tomorrow that they feature on again. Hope I have done your version justice Vicky.

Stamp Set: Bliss & Sweet Summer
Card stock: Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Ink: Sahara Sand & Perfect Plum
DSP: Springtime Vintage & Hostess Level 1

Lots of spritzing with Early Espresso and distressing on this card. Sorry the picture is a little dark.

Well I'm off for a long awaited blog hop. It's not the same viewing on the ipod!

Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, 10 July 2011

Because I Care with Top Note

Hi everyone, hope you are having a good Sunday.

I seem to be hooked on large cards at the minute, so following on from yesterday, here's another.

I stamped the Hydragena from Because I Care and used my blender pens (which haven't had an outing for a while) to colour the flowers and leaves. The "Grandma" is a relative stamp set that I have (not SU unfortunately)

This little fern plant in the garden is getting some airing - it makes a lovely easel for my cards.

Stamp Set: Because I Care
Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White and own card base / mirri board
Ink: Certainly Celery and Perfect Plum
Die: Top Note
Ribbon: Certainly Celery

Still on a borrowed laptop - it never quite feels the same, so keen to get my own up and running.

I think a lazy Sunday is on order as I have a very busy week coming up.

Enjoy the day whatever you are up to.

Thanks for stopping by.




Saturday, 9 July 2011

Springtime Vintage

Hi there, what a lovely evening it has turned out to be. Hope you are all enjoying it. I am still without my laptop, but think it can be solved quite easily and all my photos will still be there! Todays lesson - make sure everything is backed up!!! I'm blogging from a borrowed laptop and have managed to get a few photos on to share with you.

I've been out craft shop browsing today - well we all know it is impossible to browse in a craft shop, there's always something to tempt me. I spotted a layout that I really liked, so adapted it slightly. The first card is a combo of my own stash and SU elements. The 2nd uses Springtime Vintage.

Quite a few different elements make up these cards: stamping, punching, embossing, dies (some SU, some not) and few gorgeous pearls and seam binding ribbon to finish them off.

Hope you have enjoyed them.

Thanks for stopping by.




Monday, 4 July 2011

Quick Post......

to say my laptop has died taking with it all my photos (sob sob). I have managed to convince Chris to let me onto his super new computer he got for his birthday, but I can feel him twitching already as I have been on it for 15 minutes!!

So, just a quick post to say sorry that blogging is on hold until the laptop is resurrected (or until Chris lets me on here again!!)

I will keep checking in to see what you have all been up to via the Ipod, so I won't have gone completely.

Will be back soon.


Saturday, 2 July 2011

Lovely as a Tree

Hi there, has it really been so long since I blogged? I hope you are well and enjoying this lovely weekend we are having.

I have been babysitting this morning for the gorgeous Esther. She is so cute and was so good for us. Makes me a little broody :-) Thought I would share a couple of photos with you first. She is such a poser when a camera comes out.

Finally I have got round to purchasing the Lovely as a Tree set, I have gone on about it for so long that I bet you thought I would never buy it!

A quick a simple card. I masked off a rectangle onto a piece of Very Vanilla, stamped the image and used a brush to ink over in the same colour. Finished it all off with a sentiment from Because I Care and a piece of Elastic Cord.

I will try not to leave it too long before I blog again!!

Thanks for stopping by.