Our village church in the mist

Our village church in the mist

Saturday, 13 October 2012

October days

Well here we are again and it's been about 5 weeks since I've blogged, despite my good intentions to update regularly.  The nights really are drawing in now, and it's chillier, and I'm not looking forward to the end of the month when we put the clocks back and it'll be dark at 4 pm !  I hate it and wish we could stop doing all this with the clocks.  I've been making a few cards which I'll upload to here, the first one being a Kingfisher design, made using Design House papers from Making Cards magazine and some natural raffia. The next two seaside designs are also using papers from Making Cards, with some Faye Whittaker decoupage on the middle one.....these are lovely designs and always prove popular.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Lucky mouse

Well, I've just managed to catch yet another mouse, a little "gift" fetched in by one of our cats earlier last night.  We were sitting watching George Gently when I head a scuffle, and at that time wasn't able to catch mousey, but now, 5 hours on, husband in bed, me sitting here wide awake as per usual, I managed to grab his tail as he sheltered under the bottom of my jeans near my right foot when I moved a cabinet to see where he'd got to !  Success !  I dropped him into the large sweets jar we keep for such occasions, then tipped him out the lounge window....I then heard noises, and along came one of our cats heading right towards mousey who was sitting quietly, still in shock and recovering from his ordeal...luckily Minnie didn't notice him, but was more attracted to the piece of cheese that had also fallen out of the sweet jar (which we put in the jar earlier hoping to draw mousey out of his hiding place).  I had a torch and scanned the ground outside, only to see mousey walking off slowly and quietly so as not to attract any further attention...result :o)

I thought I'd add the above card to this post, it's one I made for my husband's eldest grandaughter last December, and just captures the mood of the mouse in question, thanks to the lovely House Mouse designs.

September giveaway

Hi all, get over to Studio12creative.blogspot.com where there is a fab giveaway :o)  Well worth a look, so don't miss out !

Friday, 31 August 2012

These are the two cards I sent in to the Hobby Art customer gallery.  The top one I made for my step daughter, using the Birdhouse stamp, with Tim Holtz Forest Green distress ink, and the second one was my first attempt with some of the Scene-it stamps, using Hunkydory cardstock, and then watercoloured, made for my husband's birthday.  Thanks to Hobby Art for putting them in their gallery and thanks to you for looking :o)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Has the summer been and gone ?

Well, in the past few months it's been a bit up and down here with a few health issues in the family. I'm not sure what to say about the weather we've been having, it was hot in March, then almost like winter again, and then a selection of seasons, sometimes four in one day (there's a song there somewhere !).  We are experiencing really heavy downpours at the moment, interspersed with bouts of intense sunshine, but it also feels autumnal in the morning and evening and I think tonight the temperature is expected to drop to an all time low.  Weird climate that's for sure.  I've been buying more craft stuff (naturally) and having a go as and when, and have been brave enough to send my cards in to a couple of blogs, namely Little Claire (who I love and am a club member) and Hobby Art, I love their stamps too and enjoy watching Jenny Mayes demoing, she makes it all look so easy !  Anyway, I'm pleased to say both sites have published my cards on their respective blogs, so that spurs me on no end.  I will at some point add the cards in question to this blog too.  All our 4 cats are doing ok, although one of the youngest, Minnie, injured her leg 3 weeks ago and has been on lots of anti-biotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, and it looks like she has got back to full health now, thank goodness.  She is just over one year old, as is Marmite our little black kittie, she's a real sweetie.  Our other two are Chile and PepC, who now look a bit different to the cover photo as they are both just coming up to two years old.  Chile is my "baby boy", a gorgeous cuddly cat, and PepC is a real loon, she's goes scatty all the time, and is often called Loopy-Lou !  They are all lovely though and I will add some up to date pictures of them soon.  I would love to be able to sit here all day doing nothing but this and making cards, but then nothing else would get done, hence the big gaps in communication !  It's nice to come back and leave a few notes though, and on that happy note I will take my leave for now, but hopefully will be back sooner than I was last time (if that makes sense !).

Five commissioned cards - thinking cap on !

I made the above cards for a friend using a variety of products including Helz Cuppleditch, Little Claire, M-Bossibilities folder, and Pink Gem character and papers from Creative Cardmaking magazine.

Birthday card for Phill




This is an easel card I made for Phill Martin who is a regular guest on Create and Craft and also owns the craft shop "Honeypot Crafts" in Nottingham.  I used Brighton Pier gilding flakes, (my first attempt !), and the stamp is one I bought from a Trimcraft forum member (her own design). I used an A4 sheet of pearlescent card, with some bakers twine and papers from Creative Cardmaking magazine and a tiny bee stamp from Stampsaway.  Along the stopper line for the easel to rest on I used a strip of lace bought from Honeypot Crafts itself, and added a few gems on the scalloped punched trim.  Thanks for looking !




Well, once again it's been a while, but just thought I'd try and add this link as I quite like Washi tape !  Will try and get back soon to add some news and pics :o)
 
http://purplepumpkincrafts.blogspot.com/...

The view from our field

The view from our field

Decoupage Delights

Decoupage Delights

Moonflower

Moonflower

Faery Ink

Faery Ink

Lunagirl

Lunagirl

Digital Scrapworld

Digital Scrapworld

Nikki Burnette

Nikki Burnette

Lemon Shortbread

Lemon Shortbread

Julia Spiri Designs

Julia Spiri Designs

Paper Nest Dolls

Paper Nest Dolls

Polkadoodles

Polkadoodles

Sweet pea Designs

Sweet pea Designs

The East Wind

The East Wind

Lacy Sunshine

Lacy Sunshine

Art by Miran

Art by Miran

The Paper Shelter

The Paper Shelter

Toni Arthur logo

Toni Arthur logo

Monogram

Monogram

Tribe quote

Tribe quote

Vince

Vince

Great Challenges to be found here !

Great Challenges to be found here !

Shades

Shades

Awarded this for my Sewing Machine card

Awarded this for my Sewing Machine card

Lazy

Lazy

Ditzie Designs logo

Ditzie Designs  logo

KKK Christmas decoration badge

KKK Christmas decoration badge

My challenge entry got Top Pick rating !

My challenge entry got Top Pick rating !

Trimmies Rule !

My card featured on Little Claires Blog

My card featured on Little Claires Blog
Mr Darcys Christmas Post !

Another card featured on Little Claire's Blog

Another card featured on Little Claire's Blog
Embossed and distressed !

Used Lili of the Valley image sheet for this one

Used Lili of the Valley image sheet for this one
One for the cattery

More cute kitties

More cute kitties

Non-pyramage pyramage !

Non-pyramage pyramage !
What a cutie this little chap is !

Patchwork Kingdom rocker card

Patchwork Kingdom  rocker card
Made for Mollie on her first day at secondary school

My first shaker card

My first shaker card

A little book I made at a workshop !

A little book I made at a workshop !

Adjustable photo frames

Adjustable photo frames
Made using one sheet of 12 x 12 paper, some brads and a piece of ribbon