Saturday, 4 December 2021

Oh Christmas tree

 


Well not much happening on my blog this week, I have been doing some crafting but nothing I can share at the moment. After the two craft fairs I had a big sort out of all my stock. I had just 4 Santa keys left from a couple of years ago so advertised them on Facebook groups and sold them all. It’s such a busy time of year for everyone so I do appreciate those who take time to visit and especially comment.

We got the decorations out yesterday. We bought a smaller tree last year which I love and a lot of the decorations we used are handmade, mostly by me. The latest addition I bought at a craft fair. It is on the right, a needle felted robin with a knitted hat. 

I will be back blogging again soon.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Snowball fight


I used an old coloured art pad image from Lili of the Valley for this.  I love the monochrome with just touches of red and kept to that colour scheme .  The papers are First Edition Winter Rose.  I found a matching border in an old diecut pack and added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.  I used Dovecraft adhesive white glitter card with a Marianne tree die and MFT layered snowflake dies.

Pauline C thanks for all your lovely comments. I follow your blog but can’t comment on your blog on my Ipad as you have embedded comments. If you could change to a pop up box I can comment on your lovely work. Interesting comments from you on inking. Look forward to seeing more on your blog.

 

Monday, 29 November 2021

More animals in the snow


Another Card-io card today.  I watched a Youtube tutorial and found that the person making the card used torn paper to create the snow so I decided to have a go and found it worked better with the tree stamps than using my MFT stencil.  Some of the snow lines came out a bit too dark but after adding some very old Martha Stewart crystal flakes I don't think they look too bad.

I need to experiment more with different inks.  I found a bargain in QD, packs of 4 small ink pads for just £1.49 a pack so will be trying those out.  Each pack has 3 chalk inks and 1 metallic.  I bought 2 packs to try.

 

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Vintage Christmas


A very different style of card today.  I am really trying to use up some old stash and saw a card on Facebook that somebody made with a chipboard Christmas tree as the main feature.  I thought I am sure I have a wooden tree I bought at a craft show and yes I did.  

I used First Edition Winter Rose papers and made a banner using a MFT pierced die and some old kraft paper.  Another thing I rediscovered recently was a pack of different patterned kraft papers.  I made a bow out of lace and added a wooden bow from Hobbycraft, another old pack and a wooden snowflake.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Getting there with Christmas cards


Just a few Christmas cards left to make now. I used a coloured digi from Lili of the Valley, Christmouse house.  The papers are some old ones and I used some old Memory Box holly and ivy dies.  The glitter tape is new.  I bought a pack from The Works, lots of lovely colours.  The sentiment is LOTV and I found the star in some old diecuts in my Christmas stash.

I am at a craft today and another tomorrow.  These are my last two this year, both 11-3 which suits us nicely.  I think that is long enough for a craft fair.  Any longer and you probably get the same amount of people just spread over more hours.  We were going to do another next Saturday but I decided a couple of weeks ago not to do that one as I didn't have to pay until the day and it was further to go. Hopefully I will be able to start fairs earlier next year but that all depends on Covid of course.  

Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

 

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Animals in the snow


A friend asked me to make her a couple of Card-io cards. She really likes this style and as she loves horses I included them on the card.  I used a MFT stencil to create the hill and small ink pads for some colour behind the trees finishing off with Stickles.

 

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Deer oh deer


Another of my wreath cards.  I decided to go with a forest scene this time using small ink pads to create some colour behind the trees.  I used red and white liquid pearls to add berries to the wreath.  I have all sorts of glitter in my stash, some from years ago and found these crystal flakes which create a rather nice snowy feel.

 

Monday, 22 November 2021

Village scene


A very different Card-io card today.  I have so many of these stamps and love creating different scenes.  I added some colour to the tree decorations and the lamp and used Stickles.

Off to the hairdressers for a cut and colour today.

 

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Wind and snow


We had a great time Friday night, lovely meal and brilliant show.  Then we stayed overnight in the Premier Inn and came home after breakfast Saturday morning.  We had to go to Prima Rosa to restock some items and I discovered that both my felt penguins had sold so I need to make some more of those.

I have been playing with my Card-io stamps again and I don't know why I have never thought of stamping a snowflake wreath before. However after seeing a card on my newest follower Alison's blog I decided to have a go as I really liked the one she made. The beauty of sharing our creations is inspiring others so thank you Alison.

After I stamped the snowflake wreath I thought the snowman losing his hat in the wind was the perfect centre piece.  I simply added some Stickles and layered onto purple card.  I do prefer layering onto coloured card rather than stamping onto the card blank as it gives it more emphasis.

Cardmaking this morning then we are going out for lunch.  It is a long time since we had Sunday lunch out and we are going to a local restaurant we haven't been to for ages apart from a breakfast a few weeks ago so hoping the good reports are correct.

 

Friday, 19 November 2021

Farmhouse Christmas


Whilst I was printing off the Nitwits Peachy Keen kit to make a card for a friend (see Wednesday's post) I decided to print off some elements for a Christmas card using Farmhouse Christmas kit.

I added some elements to the backing paper and printed off some them again so I could decoupage them using foram pads.  I also printed the green tartan paper from the kit and punched some holly leaves and added some card candi for berries.  

It is our last theatre trip for this year tonight and it is That'll be the Day Christmas Show.  They always put on a brilliant show so really looking forward to that.  Going with 4 friends and having a meal first so should be a fun evening.

 

Thursday, 18 November 2021

More gift bags


I took some gift bags into Prima Rosa where they sell some of my cards and gifts and they sold them so had to make some more to take in.  Took these four in and a lady bought two before they even went on display. Another lady bought two of my wooden blocks and asked me to make another. This bag was made using Dovecraft Winter Wonderland paper, decoupage and ribbon.  The others using Dovecraft Naughty or Nice.

My tag punch broke so I ordered another from Amazon as Hobbycraft were out of stock of the one I bought a couple of years ago.  It came the next day and is much nicer as it gives a scalloped top.  I do have some tag dies but the punch is much quicker to use.






 

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Oldie but a goodie


Well what a busy time I am having.  The two craft fairs were good at the weekend.  Sunday's was so busy, about 2000 people though the door in 4 hours.  I am busy sewing now to restock for my last two fairs on 27th and 28th November.  I decided to get a card reader as sadly so many people carry little cash with them these days. I only lost one sale through not having one on Sunday.  I talked to a few stallholders and read some reviews and decided to get a Zettle reader.  It was on offer for £22.80 and there is no contract with just 1.75% fees on each transaction. So when I am not using it it costs me nothing.

My card was made for a friend who is 74 and loved 50's and 60's music.  I used Nitwits Peachy Keen digi kit.  Some elements were printed onto the backing papers and some printed onto card and attached with foam pads.

I still need to make several Christmas cards so am hoping to get several made today.

 

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Cross stitch tags


I have been busy sewing this week to make more things for today and tomorrow’s craft fairs. They are both about a 20 minute drive away and today’s is 11-2 and tomorrow’s 11-3 which suits me just fine.

I got this pattern for min presents from Catkin and Lillie’s Etsy shop and have been enjoying cross stitching them and attaching them to gift tags. I used an old Little Claire sentiment stamp which is just the right size for tags.

I have lots of odd pieces of perforated paper left from making snowflakes so these are a great way of using them and also using odd pieces of embroidery cottons.

 

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Another commissioned football card


The lady who orders cards from me every month asked for a football card for a 7 year old.  I had this coloured digi from Pink Gem  so thought it was perfect.  The papers are old ones from K&Co called Hopscotch plus an odd piece of football paper.  I am doing pretty well with using up some of my very old papers.  I used MFT pierced banner dies and job done.

Off to see my Mum today and go out for lunch which will be nice.

 

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Sharing an umbrella




I am short of Anniversary cards for my stall so used this coloured simply print from Lili of the Valley to make a card for stock.  This one is showered with love which I diecut and added to a red doily.  The wooden and burlap hearts are from Hobbycraft a few years ago and I added some tiny red pearl hearts to the corners and a couple of pearl hearts to the image.

 

Monday, 8 November 2021

Santa Paws




I don't often make decoupaged cards but Janet Roberts owner at Pink Gem Designs asked the former DT if we would like to use any of her images.  This is Santa Paws 2 and is so sweet.  I used some free paper to back it and decoupaged the layers.  It really didn't need much adding so I used a Woodware holly punch and some card candi.

This will be going on my stall at the weekend when I have 2 crafts fairs.  I chose these fairs as they are not far away and Saturday's is 11-2 and Sunday's 11-3.  I don't like doing fairs which go on beyond 3pm really.

 

Sunday, 7 November 2021

Filling the stockings


I used one of the latest digis from LIli of the Valley for today's card, Hedgehog presents.  The sentiment is also LOTV.  Coloured with Copics and diecut using  a stitched square die from The Works.  The papers are First Edition Winter rose.  I added some ribbon, leaves and foliage from my stash.

Looking at the photo the ribbon, which is red, looks a completely different colour on the left hand side.  The light is so poor on dreary days, even brightening the pics with Photoshop doesn't give as good a picture as the actual card.

We had another night away last night, this time in Lowestoft at a Premier Inn.  We went with friends to see Talon, the Eagles tribute band.  We have seen them a few times and they are always excellent.

 

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Another Snowman!


I am trying to work my way through some of the images I have stamped or printed and this is one of many LOTV snowmen which came out last year.  They have such sweet faces and are so easy to colour.  I used Copics and some old Dovecraft papers. I added some sparkle with a clear sparkle pen and some snow with a white gel pen.

I found the snowflake dies which I think may have been in a bundle I bought from someone who has given up crafting.  The snowflake border is from The Works.  I used Dovecraft adhesive glitter card.

 

Friday, 5 November 2021

And in red


You may have seen yesterdays card with purple poinsettias and card.  I liked it so much I made another but this time in red.  This time I stamped the Docrafts sentiment first before stamping the wreath.

If you want to know how I create a wreath see yesterday's post.

 

Thursday, 4 November 2021

A Magical Christmas


I fancied creating a card using Card-io stamps to make a wreath and then stamping a sentiment in the middle.  Of course I should have stamped the sentiment first but luckily this old Docrafts stamp fitted perfectly.  

When I create my wreath I start with a with a piece of card which I diecut and attached postits to the back.  I lay this one, stamp around it, lift it off and then build up the wreath with various stamps.

Although it may look black the backing card is actually purple to match the poinsettias.

We stayed at a Premier Inn in Ipswich last night as we went to see Tony Blackburn's sounds of the sixties show which was brilliant so will be on our way home this morning after stopping at a farm shop for breakfast and shopping.

 

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Time for pudding


I was on a roll on Monday making 3 Christmas cards and 2 Birthday cards.  This is one of the newer stamps from LOTV called Teddy pudding.  The sentiment is also LOTV.  I coloured the image with Copics and added glittered fun flock to the fur.  The papers are some old ones from LOTV and I used a Memory Box stocking die.

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Pink and grey snowman


I am really starting to feel better now apart from feeling a bit tired still.  We had our flu jabs on Saturday and both had aching arms afterwards.  Poor Graham ached all over and was very tired on Saturday and Sunday but was better yesterday.  My arm is still tender to the touch.

I bought this Serendipity stamp at a charity shop and coloured him with Copics.  I added some glitter mixed with fun flock to the snow.  The wonky stitched oval is a MFT die.  The papers are some old LOTV ones and the poinsettias are from Hobbycraft.

Monday, 1 November 2021

Christmas scene


I have a completely different Card-io card today.  I love creating Christmas scenes using stamps from various sets.  I found I hadn't used the little village stamp before.  I use a MFT stencil to create the snowdrifts, holding it in place while I stamp the images.

Using small ink pads I created the sunset behind the trees.  I used a grey Copic pen and a white sparkle pen to add a bit of depth and sparkle.
 

Sunday, 31 October 2021

A jolly snowman


I finally got my results on Friday and I have had food poising (campylobacter) so I have a course of antibiotics which are starting to make me feel a lot better thank goodness.

I had a play with my Card-io stamps and made 4 cards.  This is the first where I stamped a wreath using various foliage stamps and then stamped the jolly snowman.  I added some red liquid pearls and layered onto red card to match.

It's a dreadful day here at the moment, wet and windy.  I am going to schedule some posts for the next few days and hope the afternoon improves so we can go food shopping.

 

Friday, 29 October 2021

More Winter Wonderland


Another card using the new Dovecraft Winter Wonderland range.  The snowflakes are little extras in the decoupage pack so I punched holes in them and added some sliver and white sparkly twine from the Naught or Nice range,  

 

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Another gift bag


Another make from the new Dovecraft Winter Wonderland range.  The sparkly snowflake decoupage is so pretty against the diecut circle.  I added a decoupage sentiment and decoupaged tree onto the tage which was cut with a Spellbinders die.

 

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Christmas flowers


Another of the simple makes with my new goodies from Craft Label.  This one is using products from the new Dovecraft Winter Wonderland range.  Papers, decoupage, enamel dots and star charm.  The twine is from the new Naughty or Nice range.

A short post today as I scheduled it on Monday when I was still feeling exhausted.

 

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

On the mend


Thank you for all your good wishes.  After a dreadful few days I am finally on the mend I hope.  I am waiting for the sample results.  I have started eating a bit more and yesterday went for a short walk.  It was nice to get some fresh air after being indoors for 4 days.  However I was exhausted when we got back. I managed to do a little simple crafting at the weekend and yesterday scheduled a few blog posts.  

I received some new goodies as part of the Craft Label DT and started by making some gift bags.  The papers, sentiment and decoupage are all from the Dovecraft Naughty or Nice range.  I used a Spellbinders tag die, added a wooden snowflake and diecut some trees using Dovecraft  self adhesive glitter card.


Everything on this card is from the Naughty or Nice range except the glitter ribbon which is from the new Winter Wonderland ribbons.

 

Friday, 22 October 2021

Apologies for absence

 So sorry I haven’t been posting or visiting you blogs but I am really poorly at the moment with a tummy bug. Well I hope that is what it is. I will spare you the details but I felt poorly since Tuesday night. Wednesday night and Thursday morning were the worst with it but having eaten hardly anything I am exhausted. I am drinking plenty of water and herbal tea and after a phone call from the Dr’s surgery Graham has gone to buy me some rehydration tablets.

I have so many things I want to make but haven’t felt like doing anything. Graham is very good, looking after me and doing all the housework.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

More snowflakes


When I posted my blue snowflakes on Facebook I had the most comments I have ever had on a project so I am hoping they will be good sellers at the craft fairs.  I am really enjoying making them even though they are quite fiddly to finish off by cutting round the sticky felt I back them with.

I decided to make some in pinks and purples as an alternative to blues.  So that is 8 in total I have made so far and hope to get more made as I would also like to take some into Prima Rosa, the cafe/gift shop which sells some of my makes.