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Tuesday, 30 September 2008

More Kit Cards

As the LMC Issue 18 Kit was still sitting on my workspace ... (yep ... I'm afraid I don't come anywhere close to being a tidy crafter)... I made a few more cards with it this afternoon.

I really liked the luxury paper samples in the kit and my only complaint would be that they were quite small pieces and there weren't enough of them LOL! However, using my faithful punches, I was able to combine several of them to make this Best Wishes card which stretched them a wee bit further. It's quite bright isn't it?
I also made this Birthday card which is more along the lines of the Vintage Theme of the kit.
I sacrificed a couple of card blanks for matting and layering and used a small circle punch to create scallops. A clear border stamp and black Stazon ink were ideal to decorate the scalloped edges.

There are lots of vintage images which haven't even been touched yet, but I'll probably combine them with vintage papers from other collections in my stash ... I have loads of papers which would work really well.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Busy Weekend

Despite being busy this weekend, I managed to finally open the Let's Make Cards Issue 18 kit and make something with the contents.

I used the packaging to provide the white card blank, and created 3 apertures with a scalloped circle punch on the front face.
I then used a small circle punch to create a scallop edge to a section of pink spotty paper and this was then glued to the left hand edge.
A few of these punched circles were then used to decorate the front and I drew 'faux stitching' with a green fineline pen. Another section of this paper was used to line the inside, showing through the apertures.
Using green floral paper, (also from the kit), I punched 2 flowers with a daisy squeeze punch, mounted them onto silver mirri card circles and placed them in the middle of the top and bottom apertures, adding a small green gem to the centre of each.

A small section of white braid ribbon was threaded through the Happy Birthday sentiment tag and this was mounted to the front, over the central aperture.
Additional green gems were glued to the spotty circles, as a finishing touch, using Diamond Glaze because it dries clear.

There's loads of kit left wih some fabbylicious papers and vintage images, so hope to get a chance this week to make some more cards for my Grab'n'Go box.



I must also show you the beautiful Anniversary card and gorgeous RAK received last Friday from my very special CB friend Tiggertastic (aka Sarah).
Look at all these luvverlies ... can't wait for a chance to play with them all.



The fabulous wall hanging is for my horse mad daughter who was, yet again, blown away at the time and effort put into making something especially for her.
You are so very kind and generous Sarah ... huge thank you hugs from us both xxx

Thursday, 25 September 2008

xxx 21 Years xxx

Today my husband and I celebrate our 21st Wedding Anniversary ... who would've believed it?
I was only 16 years old when we met over 30 years ago .... sigh .... and I don't think either my parents, nor indeed his, thought our relationship was going to last given the age difference. How wrong were they?
We were married 9 years later...








... and the rest, as they say, is history.

Unfortunately, he is currently working a couple of hundred miles away and won't be back home until 9th October so we'll have to wait to celebrate properly.

However, out of sight is not out of mind.

Look what arrived this morning.


Just want to say "Thank You Jimi"
... for loving me & wanting to share your life with me xxx

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Making Up For Lost Time

I've been busy today ... busy making cards no less!
Don't fall off your seats with excitement 'cos the enthusiasm may not last but as all crafters know, you have to go with the urge when it grabs you LOL!


So ... Do you want to see what I made? Really ?? You Sure ?? .................. ok then.


The first card uses my favourite silhouette stamp, which seems to be the one I reach for when a condolence card is needed.

The background paper is from Dovecraft and the flower was stamped (with black Stazon) onto white card, then matted onto black card. The sentiment is part of a wooden stamp set, but I can't remember where it came from.





On to happier events ... and a birthday card for a family friend.
She is the proud
'mum' to a little white Scottie Dog called "Archie" so a doggie theme was called for.
My daughter and I had spotted a cute Scottie keyring whilst browsing through a local garden centre so I added it to her card.
The DCWV 'All Dressed Up' stack provided the card base and after folding the sheet in half, the front face was trimmed to reveal the inside which is some green marbled paper matted onto black card.

The cute image was part of a QVC kit and black velvet ribbon was used to attach the keyring.

My final offering today was a quick and easy Anniversary card.
A tall white blank was wrapped with some gorgeous pink foiled tissue paper, (part of a pack picked up in The Works a while ago).
Isn't that foiling just scrummy?

I didn't want to cover up this beautiful paper with too many embellishments, so a simple white ribbon and silver tag were all the decoration needed.
A peel off message was coloured pink with permanent markers and then added to the tag .... voila!! All done.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Quick MaxMakes

I've been really busy getting a Xmas Card order completed and, because I haven't been too well recently it seems to have taken forever. Sadly I can't show them to you without permission, but I can show a couple of other cards I've made in between.

The first is a birthday card for my younger sister whose special day was 15th September.
The gold foiled card is actually pink, but the camera didn't pick this up very well.

This black and white card was a wee 'Thank You' card made for the surprise send to CB Towers organised by PinkPuppy (aka Louise) on the Crafts Beautiful forum.
By all accounts I think CB Towers Staff had a fabulous start to the week when a deluge of Thank You cards, created by forum members, were all delivered at the same time. Fantastic!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Blog Candy

Take a trip across to my MSN group buddy Jude's blog, Crafts International, for the chance to win a set of scrummy Laura Ashley stamps. They will go perfectly with the matching papers which are waiting in my stash LOL!

Saturday, 6 September 2008

At Last ! Some Activity ...

Despite all my good intentions, ill health has meant I was unable to fulfill my promise to be a better blogging buddy.
The last 3 weeks have been a trial to say the least following a really nasty flare up of HS .... BUT ... I'm back online now and hopefully the new medication will enable me to return to make regular visits to all my favourite Blogland places again.

I have a few things to show that I managed to make despite being 'no weel'

I've really missed my crafting and hope that if I keep taking the 'Tartan Tablets' I can be more productive.







Firstly, some cards for hubby's birthday way back in August.
Nothing very adventurous or exciting but there's love in every stick'n'paste'n'peel off LOL!

I know he really appreciated my efforts 'cos I got a gentle hug in return.

My nephew celebrated his 7th birthday in August too ... so another simple offering was all I could manage at the time.

The latest copy of Papercraft Essentials provided the free papers to make a couple of fairy birthday cards ... one of which was sent to a CB forum friend last week.
Hope it arrived ok.
The other is in my 'Grab'n'Go box ready for the next birthday.

Finally ... I made a Good Luck card using Basic Grey paper from my stash and a wee bit of faux stitching.
This will do nicely for this month's MSN group challenge. Do you like the genuine, authentic, squinty bit on the top left front panel?

I thought I might send it to my son who's due to leave for University next weekend.

The scallop on the front reads ...
"Always Believe. If you can dream it, you can achieve it" ... and the inside quote says ... "it may not BE EASY but it will ALWAYS be worth it"

Says it all really.