Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Golden Wedding

A5 size

We are invited to the Golden Wedding celebration of a chap who hubby used to work with. It will be a nice change to see them at this special occasion as usually we only see them at funerals
So, on Saturday night it's on with the slap and the glad rags. I guess hubby will be busy recalling old times and I'm sure I'll find someone to chat with.

I spent most of yesterday evening making this card. Gone over the top a bit with the flowers lol. The one in the middle is a Syntego flower bought from Joanna Sheen some time ago.

The sentiment on the front is gold embossed on pearly card and that and the BP are edged with gold pen. The BP is Laura Ashley (another piece from my Christmas pressie) and the main cardstock is a a nice soft gold. Added a bit of bling and organza ribbon.

This is the box and it took me nearly as long to make this as it did the card.
I kept getting the measurements wrong and it took me 3 goes to get the base right.
Never mind I got there in the end. I kept it simple because of the acetate aperture.

A close up of the bouquet!

Thank you for dropping by today, Your comments are really appreciated
Wishing you all a
Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2009


Monday, 29 December 2008

Card for DIL's sister

My DIL asked for two cards for her sister's birthday on New Years eve. She chose the one I made for Sketch Saturday challenge and I personalised it for her by adding a tag.

This one is for my grandson to give to her. I was a bit stumped so resorted to using a photo of him.

I used my new round nesties recently bought from Joanna Sheen. The greeting was printed directly on to the BP and I chose the colours with the help of the Palette Generator to match the photo which is mounted with foam pads. Finished with silver grey ribbon and a flower fixed with a gold brad. A nice simple card really, that only took a few minutes rather than the usual hours I spend deciding what to do.

Thank you for visiting today. Your comments are greatly appreciated.


Sunday, 28 December 2008

Sketch Saturday - Your Choice

This is the first time I've submitted a card for Sketch Saturday.
I like using sketches and I promised myself that I would try to join in more challenges so this is it.
The brief is to choose any of the previous sketches so I chose No: 29.

The image is one of some kindly sent to me by Chrissie. Thank you Chrissie, I am learning to colour them nicely :-)
My dear daughter bought me two Laura Ashley 12x12 paper packs and I have used just a little bit of one of the papers in the Love Song pack. She also gave me 3 tubes of matching ribbons (18 rolls) and a pack of embroidered brads. Chuffed to bits I am!!

Thank you for looking. Your comments really are appreciated.


Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Happy Christmas Everyone

After a busy day I've just remembered that I hadn't posted
any Christmas Greetings!!!
I have been such a bad blogger recently.
My best wishes to you all for a wonderful Christmas
and I hope Santa treats you all well.


Sunday, 21 December 2008


I have felt a bit out of sorts lately and this award from Sheena certainly cheered me up.
Thank you so very much Sheena :-)

The rules are:
Link to whoever gave you the award and pass it on and link to 5 others.
You also have to write down 5 things you are addicted to!

1. Cardmaking!!
2. Crafty blog trawling
3. Wine gums
4. Buying craft stash
5. My family who always come first, yes, even before crafting

And now I have to pass the award on to 5 others. As Sheena said, this is a difficult task. Every one my blogging buddies deserve it. All fabulous blogs.

My five are
Ann, Beryl, Sandie, , Cynthia & Suzanne

Thank you all for all your encouragement, inspiration and giving me the chance to see your wonderful work.


Monday, 8 December 2008

Two cards today

Every other Wednesday I pick up my widowed friend and we go to the local club. This week it is the birthday of our local Country & Western singer who plays there and there will be a bit of a party. He has backed some famous names both here and in the US and is quite a character
I hope he will like this.

My daughter requested a card to send to the little boy one of her customers.
This is the 4th Christmas card so far this year. I still have cards to do for my son and DIL and daughter and SIL and 3 to for my grandchildren. That will be it for this year. I confess that everyone else will be sent a bought one. I just don't have the time to do many hand-made ones. Anyway I'd rather do any card other than Christmas.

They are both decoupaged so will fit the Joanna Sheen weekly challenge.

Thank you for looking. Your comments are really appreciated.


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

13th Birthday

A different number for a change. I do enjoy making the number templates so this made a change from the no:40.
It is for my husband's, cousin's granddaughter, phew!
We will be going to her party on Saturday. It will be good to meet up with the family and we'll have a lot of catching up to do. A few quiet drinks could well end up being a lot of noisy ones!!

I didn't make this template. It is one from Sara at Time for Crafting.
Mine are usually tent fold templates but I thought this side opening one would make a change.

Thank you for looking. Your comments are really appreciated.


The Butterfly Award

This lovely award was kindly sent to me by Beryl. Thank you so much, Beryl.

I have to pass this on to ten bloggers.
My list, without looking to see if they already have been given this

1.Chrissie 2. Kerry 3. Sandie 4. Leann 5. Kirsten

6.Calv 7. Kym 8. Ann 9. Lavender-Jo 10.Starcyl -Jenny


1. Wendy; 2. Irene; 3. Sandie; 4. Suzanne; 5. Carol;

6. Beryl; 7. Edna; 8. Anne; 9. Cynthia; 10. Jak

Monday, 1 December 2008

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 40

My first card for December and Snowmen is the subject of the challenge this week and you wouldn't believe how long it took me to come up with this. I have to confess it is only the third Christmas card I've made this year. I decided to only make a few specials this year and as time is running out it looks as though it really will be only a few.
I have to make about 80 cards for my daughter's customers each year so I find I don't get much joy in making Christmas cards.

The snowmen were printed directly on to an A6 card. The tree is a freebie from Kerry Steptoe (thank you Kerry) and cut from card and coloured with my limited collection of copics. There are some sparkly dots on the tree and it is topped with a bow. It is fixed with foam pads

Thank you for looking in today. All your comments are greatly appreciated.


Sunday, 30 November 2008

Victorian Flowers for my Aunty

A quick card for my Aunty using an image and BP from the Victorian Flowers CD.

I added a layer on the main rose and layered the image on to silver mirri card.
Finished with ribbon and a peel-off butterfly on acetate

Thank you for looking, all of your comments are greatly appreciated


Friday, 28 November 2008

Pink Petticoat

Liz at Pink Petticoat bought the Slice and doesn't get on with it so is giving it away.
How generous is that!!
This is my entry in an attempt to win it.
One of the cards for the Slice cuts flourishes, I so could have done with that facility today haha.

I used the Too Tweet download and small flowers BP from PP. Took ages to cut out the flourish! but got there in the end. I added some feathers and a pink organza bow.
I'm not holding my breath with this as an entry but I really enjoyed making it

Thanks for looking today and for any comments you care to make


Thursday, 27 November 2008

Suzanne's Challenge

This challenge came just at the right time. I had just started to make a card for our friend across the road and it fits the bill, so here it is.
He likes music and will be 64 on Saturday. I am not sure if he likes the Beatles particularly so played safe and used an image of musical instruments. His initial and age are fixed with foam tape to give some height. Really quick and simple after spending an age choosing the image.

Thanks for the challenge Suzanne.


Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Honoured again!

I have to thank two crafters I hold in the highest regard, Suzanne and Ann for passing this award on to me.
It is a joy to see the work they share with us on their blogs, and Suzanne's workshops are eagerly followed by so many of us.

The award has such a great sentiment behind it and here is what it says:
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger’s aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger’s who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I have a dilemma as to who to pass this on to. So many of the crafters I admire have already received this, and don't know if it is acceptable to name them again.
For the past couple of days my time has been taken up with family matters, the happiest one today being my youngest grandsons 6th birthday.
I will add the names of who I nominate later. Apologies and I hope no one minds about this.

Thank you ladies, I am honoured to receive this from you.


Sunday, 23 November 2008

Woohoo. I've been given an Award!!

Thank you so much Beryl - Bik's Home for nominating me for this award. To say I am delighted is putting it mildly.

The rules are these:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog. (proudly displayed)
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs and put links to their blogs.
4. Leave a message for your nominees.

My 5 nominees for this award are:

Lonnie - Leann
Lavender - Jo

Thank you all for your support


Saturday, 22 November 2008

For my niece

I feel a bit guilty not having spent more time on this card for my niece.
She is the only one of all my nieces and nephews who sends me a card for my birthday.

BG papers were some I had already printed. Simply embellished with a Flora Doodle, a prima flower and ribbon.

Thank you for visiting today


Thursday, 20 November 2008

Elegant Lady

I've made this card for my daughter to send to her friend who lives in Spain.

I have made it as flat as possible in an attempt to keep postage costs down.

Image matted on to silver mirri type card and CB'd scalloped nestie also from same card (you might guess I have a lot of this!)
I attempted to make a buckle but the result was not very good but as I don't like wasting things, I have used it anyway.
BG paper from Verena Karolyi Designs

Thank you for stopping by. All your comments are greatly appreciated.


Elegant Lady

I've made this card for my daughter to send to her friend who lives in Spain.

I have made it as flat as possible in the hope that the postage will not be too excessive.

Scalloped oval 'nestie' CB'd from silver mirri type card, and image matted on to same card (I have a lot of this!).
An attempt at making a buckle, but not very good. BG paper from Verena Karolyi Designs.

Thank you for looking, any comments greatly appreciated.


The last card for Grandson

I am relieved that this is the last for his 6th birthday next week.
It is a challenge to a few different cards for children. Of course they all need to be different don't they!

Another of Grandson's passions is Star Wars.
I blame his Dad for this.

This is to be from Aunty and cousins.

I coloured about an inch around the edge of the base CS with a marker pen and spritzed it with alcohol and this gave a sort of marbly effect. I did this because I didn't know what to use as a BG. The half mask of Darth Vader has an extra layer and it is held at the side with eyelets.

Thank you for looking and all comments are appreciated :-)


Sorry for the blurred photo.


Tuesday, 18 November 2008

75th Birthday Card

Oooer, two postings in one day!!

I made this on Sunday for hubby's uncle who was 75 on....Sunday. I think he will have received it by now.

I am pleased you dropped by and for any comments, my thanks.


Cards for 6th birthday's

A5 Side Opening

Grandson and two of his classmates are having a combined party for their 6th birthdays.
Good idea don't you think, as these affairs cost so much these days. All the same friends will be there so it really makes sense.
He has assured me that I am on his list, so I feel really honoured. Mind you I haven't missed one yet!!

I made Jessica's card for Rainbow Lady's challenge yesterday and this one is for Samuel. G/son says that Samuel likes Power Rangers.

This one I made today for G/son from Mum & Dad. Mum suggested Sponge Bob!

I decoupaged Bob's body, CB embossed mat and letters cut from silver mirri type card.

Thanks for looking and for any comment you care to make :-)


Monday, 17 November 2008

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 39

I had a request for a card for a 6yr old and thought it a good idea to make a card to fit this weeks challenge.
Quite a simple card because I seem to have lost my mojo.

All comments are greatly appreciated and thanks for looking.


Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Joanna Sheen Challenge

A5 Side opening

Grandson will be six soon so thought it a good idea to triple emboss a little Indiana Jones pic to go on his card. I was pleased I managed to do text in a circle.
The number 6 is cut from silver mirri type card and the side is tied with a shoelace and this is supposed to look like a lassoo. Inside is another pic of Indy and his bullwhip.

Close up of the 'plaque'

Thank you for looking, all your comments are greatly appreciated.


Friday, 7 November 2008

Green for Rainbow Lady's Challenge 38

I've missed so many challenges since going on holiday so I am pleased to have joined in with this one.

I chose green for Rainbow Lady's Monotone challenge.
I managed to resist the urge to add another colour, but I enjoyed doing it

Thanks for visiting


Oriental Dreams, Get well and Gran

I was stumped when DIL asked for cards for her Mum's birthday so got out my Joanna Sheen Oriental Dreams CD.
My favourite section is Watercolour Garden and I chose this one.

This next one is for grandson to give to her.

The glam? nurse is for a friend who is to have surgery next week.

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 4 November 2008

The other 40th

I finished this this morning. I have made three cards for Louise's 40th and of course they all have to be different. I made the first one back in Sept. I'd forgotten when her birthday was and got ahead of myself.
It was the 40 number shape so I am satisfied that I have achieved my goal.
Daughter requested I personalise yesterdays card and will add a hand cut leaf with the birthday girl's name by the FD's near the tassle. Well that is the intention :-/

I used Joanna Sheen's lace paper for the background and the image is one I found googling. Image and sentiment layered on purple patterned paper and silver mirri. Hand cut nunmber, more FD's, pearls and finished with organza ribbon

Thank you for looking


Monday, 3 November 2008

One more 40th card

Yes another one!

8inch square

Inspired by Suzanne's big cards. I now have to make a wrapper for it.
This is for my daughter to give to her friend. I will have to work on one from me later.
I have been deliberating on this card for days. I liked the image but wanted the card to have a modernish? look. Hubby has just said that he doesn't like the pink at the bottom :-( The aqua colour matches Louise's decor so I hope she likes it.

I think I've been quite generous in using FD's and a tassle.

Thanks for looking


Sunday, 2 November 2008

Elaine's Blog Candy

Elaine is offering some excellent candy on her blog. Why not pop over and join in by the 16th November when Elaine celebrates a special birthday.


Thursday, 30 October 2008

New Home

I had a message left on answer machine from a lady leaving a message of condolence.
Of course I had to ring her back to let her know she had the wrong number and we had a little chat. She is 93 and is moving to sheltered housing tomorrow.
I couldn't resist making her a card.

As I don't know her new address I will deliver it to the warden tomorrow.
She sounds so lovely and bright as a button. I hope she likes it and, more importantly, is happy in her new home.

Thank you for visiting.


Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Thinking of you

Todays card is for my Aunty.
Uncle died 3 years ago on Sunday and I always like to send her something in the post for the anniversary.

I used another of the images and BP Joanna gave me and I think it has turned out OK.
I thought I would like to do something that was not the usual A5 so as you can see it has a bit chopped off the side. This was inspired by one of Suzanne's excellent workshops.
I used the same dk green CS (with a goldy shimmer) as the retirement card. The image and sentiment are matted onto silver mirri type card and finished with pretty green organza ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by


Tuesday, 28 October 2008

A5 Best Wishes

Last Saturday I went to Colemans, Rushden to see Joanna Sheen and Paul Church demo'ing.
What a delightful few hours that was and I also had the pleasure of meeting up with some lovely Sheenies.
As my PC was poorly, Joanna kindly gave me the backing papers and some images that went with her demo's.
Now how nice was that. What a nice lady.
I used some of it today and made this card.

The flower has just one added layer to give a little depth.

Thank you for visiting


A birthday card

I wanted to finish this last night but I got carried away with visiting the forum I had to complete it this morning.

15mm Square Tent Fold

Handcut tabs and 'H' with fine detail gold embossing. Gold Mirri CB'd scalloped oval and two punched leaves.

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Monday, 27 October 2008

I'm back

I had my PC fixed today and am pleased to say it didn't cost an arm and a leg.
It was the power unit that went POP and fortunately it didn't fry anything else

I managed to do this card yesterday but had to go to my daughter's to print the sentiments. It is for one of her customers who is retiring and lives on a narrowboat.

A5 side opening. Cardstock is a dark green with a goldy shimmer. I've had it ages and thought I should make use of it. BG paper is the main image enlarged and printed onto tracing paper as I couldn't make up my mind what paper to use. Image printed on photopaper and matted and layered on shiny black and gold mirri card. Punched and inked leaves

Thank you for visiting


Friday, 24 October 2008

Poorly computer

I am sorry to say that my computer blew up yesterday.
I hope it won't be too long before I am online again.


Sunday, 19 October 2008

Back from holiday and a 50th card

Hello. It is good to be back in blogland.
We returned from our holiday in the Algarve on Friday.
We met some lovely people and the weather was nice and hot, though a little chilly in the evenings.
I have put the winter duvet back on today and of course the heating is on.
Luckily I've managed to get the washing dried. When it will be in a state to put away is anyones guess, haha.

Soon as I got back I had a request for a 50th birthday - makes a change from all the 40th's I've done lately.
I usually takes me a long time to get back into cardmaking after a break and this is no exception. I feel devoid of inspiration but it'll have to do.

A5 - Side opening

Thank you for popping by


Thursday, 2 October 2008

Closing down for two weeks

Yes, we are off on our jollies to the Algarve very, very early in the morning.
I have nearly finished packing and have had a bit of a 'muck out' but still need to tidy away my craft stash.
A good time was had by all at yesterday evening's girls night at Peterborough.
We had a bottle of fizz both ways in the limo and I came home quite a few £'s poorer, as I expected.
This evening we are off to the pub for a bite to eat, then visit the 'kids' to say tata.
I hope to get an early night cos we'll have to get up about 3am.

Keep up the good work while I am away
I will miss you all
Bye for now


Sunday, 28 September 2008

Erte in black and white

Side opening A5

I've made this for my sister in law's 60th birthday and is the first card I done entirely black and white.
Erte image with one layer decoupaged (oh, how fiddly were those thin doggy legs) Matted onto black mirri card with number handcut from same card. Finished with ribbons, flowers and 'bling'.

I didn't realise til I was half way through making it just how appropriate it is.
Brother in law died nearly 6 years ago and she doesn't want a party so we are having a 'girls only' evening at Peterborough dog racing. Transport is a limo and the evening includes a meal, the first bet and a drink.

It should be fun - the girls are going to the dogs!!!

Thank you for popping by


An Anniversary Card

A5 side opening

A request from daughter for her friends 2nd wedding anniversary.
I love this Jack Vettriano image, perfect for an anniversary card I think.
The backing paper is overprinted with a few appropriate words.
The image is matted onto gold mirri card. Finished with organza ribbon, flower and bow

Thanks for popping in today


Thursday, 25 September 2008

Cards for DIL's birthday

Side opening A5
Son asked for a card for DIL at the last minute as is the way of sons!!
As I was at daughters house for the week with no cardmaking stuff, I popped home and made this one. I added an extra layer to the poppy flowers. Very fiddly to cut out :-)

Tent fold A5
I did this one on my daughter's behalf. DIL works in a casino a couple of nights a week hence the casino theme.

It looked rather masculine so added one of my favourite FD's