Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A very quick make...

Phew, Wednesday tomorrow, I'm desperate for the break from work, but panicking about how much I need to do by the end of the month! Not helped by a trip to the hairdressers tomorrow, one of my least favourite things to do with a gammy neck. I have to say they're very good though, allowing me to bend my head over the sink rather than use the backwash normally. At least the grey will be eradicated for my parent's golden wedding celebrations this weekend.
I rustled up a quick shaker card so I had something to share today. I used the Crafters Companion Winter Wonderland card creator die (approx 5" square) on a 6" square of silver mirri and mounted it on a 7" square card blank. As I was crafting at speed I used a pre cut Hunkydory mirri mat rather than trim down everything to fit on a 6" card base. I used foam tape and acetate for the shaker element along with a few snowflake and smaller round iridescent white sequins. Think this might be the way to go for this years Christmas cards. Just to show you the die on a smaller 6" card, here's the non-shaker one I made when I first got the dies. Hope you all have a lovely evening x

Monday, 26 September 2016

Run out!

That's it, I've run out of cards to post! Got my design team cards ready to post on Wednesday and Saturday, but the other cards I've been working on I can't share just yet. Instead, you can see the flowers I've been making for another project. I stamped Heartfelt Creations vintage open floret on red shimmer paper and heat embossed them with Lindy's Gang red-gold embossing powder and then cut them out using dies and fussy cutting depending on what was on TV! I shaped them using the tonic flower tool kit and then assembled them using a glue gun and then shaping them further. Quite chuffed with how they turned out, even if I did have to go and buy a new glue gun. My glue gun takes the thicker glue sticks and I found that too much glue was coming out, so I nipped out to the craft shop and got one that takes thinner sticks which is much more controllable. A couple of other things might have fallen into my basket whilst I was there... Whoops.
Right, time to watch the second Corrie and then off to bed. Been a very draining day at work today, so looking forward to bed more than ever! Hope you've all had a good day x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Marbles still AWOL. Hubby home.

Well, I take it all back, Hubby came second in the three man team event. There is a medal apparently, but as his bags are still in the boot of my car, it's not appeared yet.
I'm running out of cards to post! It's my parent's golden wedding anniversary on Saturday so I've been working on a special card for that, which seems to be taking forever, probably because I keep changing my mind. 
Today's card is one I made for a colleague who is leaving, she's not left yet, but I'm sure she doesn't look at my blog. I went shabby chic for this one, I used the stamp by lili of the valley and papers by them, not sure which, as as usual the front cover is missing. I distressed all the edges with a pair of scissors and scribbled a border around different elements. The flower is made using tonic flower dies and Sue Wilson's faux quilled leaves again. I added a couple of butterflies and have managed to lose the die for the largest one (rummaged through the bin with a magnet and everything, no sign of my marbles in there either). A sparkly dazzler and a few pearls to finish.
Right, off to see if Hubby is getting out of bed today, then we can watch Strictly together. Have a great Sunday x

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Has anyone seen my marbles?

It's official, my marbles are missing. I was getting a bit worried last night as it was 9pm and I still hadn't heard from Hubby and his flight should have landed at tea time. I eventually found the print off of his flight details and realised that he arrives back today... I think what threw me, was that he said he was coming back on the Friday and I didn't twig that that meant he was flying overnight. Whoops. Could have had an early night after all, oh well, and then I woke up at 7.30 and couldn't get back to sleep. So much for my lie in! Hasn't it turned autumnal all of a sudden? Much cooler and darker.
Enough waffle and onto the card. It was one of my colleagues 30th Birthday this week and of course I volunteered to make the card. I used Tattered Lace Wedding Table number dies from the Floral Folk collection in cream card and added nuvo drops around the edges. To give you an idea of their size, it's an 8x8 card. I embossed some centura pearl with a spellbinders m-bossabilities folder for the background and mounted it on some kraft card. I had some tape with 2 rows of pearls on it (can't think how else to describe it), so I snipped that down the middle to get single rows and added them round the edge. I die cut Sue Wilson's petite vinery in kraft card and tucked then behind the daisies and 2 sizes of blossom from Wild Orchid Crafts. Bit annoyed that the 30 isn't quite central but I'm sure no one will care except me! Right, off in search of my marbles. Have a great day x

Friday, 23 September 2016

Oldie Friday

Friday night and I'm looking for the matchsticks to prop my eyes open to watch the start of Strictly tonight. Plan B is that it's set up on series record. This may also be necessary as Hubby should have landed in England after his trip to the World Goldpanning Championships in California (don't ask, I think he did rubbish this year and got knocked out in the quarter finals), so I'm waiting to hear when they want picking up from the train station. I can enjoy a lie in tomorrow, Mum's coming round about 10, so I think I can get away with crawling out of bed about 9.30! Still got too much to do, but a good rest first will help. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
If you survived at that waffle, you'll have guessed that as it's Friday it's time to link up with the lovely Erika to share a crafting oldie. This crafting oldie was made as a thank you for one of our wedding presents, so that dates it towards the end of 2012. I know I used spellbinders cherry blossom die set and I can't remember the birdcage, possibly die-versions, it had several birdcages, swings and birds in a solid rectangle die anyway. I used the sentiment stamp that was from the Clarity Stamp club one month, but masked off the wavy line at either side. I think I filled the centre of the flowers with cosmic shimmer coloured PVA.
As you can see, I also used this design for a birthday card. Hope you enjoy strictly and have a restful night's sleep x

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Anyone got a spare time-turner?

Honestly, there just aren't enough hours in the day right now! There is so much going on that I've hardly got time to think. Lots of things in the pipeline to share with you soon, providing of course that my head doesn't explode in the meantime. It's my parent's golden wedding in just over a week and of course I want to make them a very special card. With that in mind, I had a play with some dies, including my new cheap heart die (£1.99) on eBay on a 6x6 card blank. This die was the one that doesn't quite cut for about a centimetre on the right hand side just after the bottom flourish. As you can see it was very easy just to snip that bit without spoiling the shape. I used the Crafters Companion anniversary die and used the matching alphabet set to spell ruby. I might add a bit of bling to it later. 
Right, off to cut out some flowers before bed, sleep well x

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge

Wednesday has rolled round again and so it's time for a fresh challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. As usual our theme is Anything Goes and we've a fab prize on offer from our sponsor this week, Lacy Sunshine.
Lacy Sunshine kindly provided the image for me to work with this week "Rory as courage" and so I printed it out and coloured it in with my copics.
Card size - 8x8
Papers - LOTV One birdie lane and yellow card from stash
Dies - tattered lace decorative rectangles, Crafty Ann leafy corner.
Sentiment - Clearly besotted Be Lucky
Flower - wild orchid crafts
Bling and faux stitching to finish.
Hope you're all having a good day and managing to get some crafting done!