Saturday, 30 January 2016

Hi to all, I hope all is well once again in blogland. I've been meaning to show this stamped candle I did for a relative. They always go out of their way to show kindness and it's the least I could do to show my appreciation. Stamp used is one of the older Lily of the Valley, great one for any celebration really, coloured with my Promarkers and heating gun used to transfer it on. The lovely flowery design is another clear stamp from another set.

Sorry about the wonky pic, this was the back, I did pack it only forgot to take a pic of it. Challenges entered are 10...Ribbon Girls, Dream Valley, Winter Wonderland, Penny's, Simon Says, ABC, Creative Inspirations, CCC, I Love Promarkers and Crafting from the heart. Bye for now!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Hi, hope everyone is warm and indoors. It's freezing and we woke up yesterday to a white blanket of the soft stuff (snow). Absolutely lovely, hope it kills all those bad bugs. Last year nothing settled and it was great seeing adults taking their youngsters out to make the most of it, forming memories on their gadgets this time, heating was on full all day, I've given it a respite today and aired all the house...bugs are rife at the moment and I need to keep on my toes to get things done, mainly finish off projects and alter a few cards etc. Today my card is using Michelle R's digi d/loads called 'vintage'. I've used this one before and it's always greatly received. There's the sheet of digi on base card, then acetate with gold peel-off corners, then a cut out butterfly strengthened onto card, curved wings and lifted with foam pads, stamped sentiment and inside too. Finished with glamour dust on wings, red ribbon threaded and corners rounded off.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Any sewing challenges out there? Hi, I thought I would ask a question today as while my blog was fairly quiet last year I did delve into a spot of sewing practical gifts to give family as presents. This is a small laced detail pincushion and glass dish manniquin pincushion. It started out as a time filler and new venture to get back to using my Janome DC3050. I want to make the most of it and Debbie Shore on Create & Craft was a good enough inspiration to get me back in, she is a genius and explains everything so well. Last year I made some 'bags for life, or as I like to call them 'bags to keep in the car' for special people in my life. They were greatly received and the scraps were used up very well and therefore no wastage. My daughter is very creative and imaginative, so while she was at Uni, I made these to add on to her milestone birthday presents. She initially asked where I bought them from and then was gobsmacked with my reply. It's always so comforting to know they've loved receiving them. 

There are many patterns for these type of pincushion on the internet and so many beautifully 'overdecorated' ones. I would think they would sit as an ornament rather than a practical usage one. Lace is from my evergrowing stash, scissor charm from the Works long time ago (came in a men's diy charm set), beautiful measuring tape ribbon from The Ribbon Girl in Ivory as is the 'handmade' ribbon. For the top I just slid a long pin through a pearl bead and then a silver bead from my stash and hot glued it in. Most embellishments have been stitched by hand.

Hot glue used to sit it in its glass base which is a heavy weight old fashioned dessert dish ( new to me from a charity shop). Lovely jubbly! While I was in the mood last year I made a small batch to sell. Hope you like my creative make, not a card I know but I hope it fits in these challenges...Crafty Ribbons, CRAFT, CCT, Pink Gem, Crafty Calendar 2nd, Crafting from the heart 2nd, Glitter n sparkle paper, bow, stitching. Allsorts...ribbon & lace....not entering for the prize as I wouldn't be able to go if I did win. So there we have it, now on a lookout for sewing challenges so I can show what I did last year. Have a brilliant day all!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Hello all, hope that everything is well for you. I thought I'd make a couple of Mother's Day cards ready for the 6th March. Sorry about the wonky pic, lighting was very bad today so while I concentrated on that, didn't realise my card wasn't straight..oh dear! On my card is a 'New' to me digi d/load from Crafters Companion website called Antique Chic from Hunky Dory, distressed the edges a bit. I stamped with a journalling stamp Basic Grey clear stamps in memento ink top right corner, then with an Elzybells stamp did the wording, die cut some flowers and layered them on, some grey ribbon from Wilko's, punched out layered butterfly, silver charm dangling, finished with glamour dust and sequins. I love the pink butterflies and the beautiful vintage look on this d/load I may do the others in this type too.

This is card showing a little of the inside.

Sentiment is Elzybells, the same vintage print is on the side....actually a happy mistake because I kept putting in a smaller sheet of paper and couldn't understand why it didn't print the rest...I think I wasn't too well that day.

I made a bit of an effort on the back by cutting a small patch from the printout, sticking it down and then stamped with my personal stamp over it. Just looks a little bit professional. So onto challenges which are several. Firstly CYP, Fab N Funky, Crafty Sentiments, Crafting from the heart, Stamping Sensations ( I hope there's enough of the stamping there), Cupcake Inspirations, Simon Says, Crafty Calendar, Crafting by designs, Get CreativeCCT, Creative Inspirations, Winter Wonderland, Glitter n Sparkle 'tic tac toe..stitiching, ribbon, glitter', The Paper Shelter, Let's create (layered flowers and butterfly), Crafty made. Have a lovely day till next time, bye.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Happy New Year to one and all. I hope 2016 is all that each of you wish for it to be. I know that christmas has been and done but there were a few half done cards so I'm showing them anyway now that they're finished. I've used that same recycled strong acetate from my last card. Cute digi image is from Pollycraft...Rudolph farewell. Isn't this a fantastic fun image, I've coloured with my Promarkers, glamour dust applied for glitter on the wording, a shiny red nose using Anitas 3D gloss, embossing using a Darice folder, stamped small snowflakes, finished with pearls and a wonderful red bow ribbon.

Now to challenges....few of my favourite ones have closed down so I was a little sad. I'm sure though there are many out there, I'll just have to find them. Here goes for 10 challenges...Dream Valley, Glitter n Sparkle, CCC, Promarker 2nd entry, Catch the bug, Winter Wonderland Bingo..snowflakes, glitter, Pearls. CCT, CRAFT, Creative Inspirations and CYP. Thanks for visiitng, wishing you a fab day.