Saturday, 28 March 2020

Bunny hugs


How is everyone doing in these troubled times?  We are doing our best to remain positive and following all the rules. It seems so ironic that the weather has been sunny all week but the furthest we can go is for a walk where we live or out for essential shopping. We needed some supplies yesterday so went to a small out of town M&S as we knew that would be quieter than the supermarkets. It was very quiet and we managed to get everything we needed.  That has been our only trip in the car this week. 

With all this time at home we are so glad we have plenty of hobbies. I have felt much more motivated as the week has gone on and more like cardmaking. Yesterday morning I felt like doing some housework so the house is lovely and clean and then I had time in the craftroom. We did some line dancing practice to music on Wednesday afternoon. Goodness knows what anyone thought if they walked past! Mind you I have been surprised how few people are walking which is good when we go out for a walk, as we don't have many people to avoid.

So onto my card which featured Bunny hugs, something we are all missing I know, though not from a bunny! It is one of the new coloured simply prints from LOTV. The papers are Lemoncraft fresh Summer. I used a Doohickey heart fence, MFT stitched scalloped border and Sue Wilson sweetheart flower dies.

Stay home and stay safe everyone x

Thursday, 26 March 2020

New adhesive glitter card


I received a parcel of adhesive glitter card yesterday from Trimcraft which came in very handy as I thought with plenty of time for crafting I should get some Christmas cards made.  I used a coloured Hobby House topper of a Sugar Nellie image just adding some sparkle to her wings with a clear sparkle pen. The papers are First Edition Perfect Christmas.

Now onto the adhesive glitter card, which really impresses me.  I am a big fan of glitter card but often find it can be a challenge to stick particularly when trying to stick onto glitter card for layering. A lot of glitter card works well with dies but not punches so I was keen to see if this was any different. The answer is yes it punched easily and the backing lifts so easily too. It is also non shed. I used a Woodware holly punch, Memory Box stitched holly leaves and berries and Marianne poinsettia dies.

It comes in packs of 12 A5 sheets at £3.99 a pack. I used red and green from the brights pack but there are four different packs. I also have a metallic pack so will be trying that one out soon.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

A bear and a bouquet


I haven't made a card for four days now which is unusual for me but these are unusual times. I have been cross stitching and just finished this one. It is a 5" hoop and the design is from The Little Stitchery Etsy shop, part of Lili of the Valley. All designs, as well as digis are half price through March including the new launch.

I love these designs as stamps so I was really pleased to see them come out as cross stitch designs.  I have so many threads that I just find the nearest match to the suggested colours when I start a new project, only buying new ones if I really don't have the right colour. The flowers though could be any colour and are an ideal way of using up leftover pieces of thread. 

Monday, 23 March 2020

Launch Day


Yes it is launch day at LOTV and I used one of the new images and sentiments for my Mother's Day card which I can now share with you.   I used Copics for colouring and MFT papers and scalloped banner die. The pretty ribbon and pearl trim are from my stash, flowers from Hobbycraft. 

Not sure what we have planned for today.  Thankfully we have plenty to occupy ourselves.  It is so odd looking at the calendar with everything crossed out. 

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Mum Time


Happy Mother's day to all Mums. It will be a strange one this year with many families unable to visit as usual and the cancellation of many family meals. 

So this is one of the last batch of LOTV images which were released. This is called Mum time and is one of the coloured simply prints.  I used First Edition Mulberry Kisses papers.  The sentiment is LOTV. 

Saturday, 21 March 2020

LOTV sneak peek for Easter


LOTV are launching some new Easter images and a range of sentiments on Monday. I love banners so when I saw the banner sentiments I knew I wanted to make a card using one as the main feature. I coloured it with Copics. The papers are First Edition Wanderlust. I used a Martha Stewart and Hobbycraft flower die, Lawn Fawn stitched circle and MFT  pierced banner dies.   I love this type of layered card and should make them more often.

I hope you are all staying safe and well. The biggest issue is trying to minimise contact whilst being able to buy supplies. I can't believe how people are panic buying.  The only shortages are being caused by selfish idiots. Thankfully we have everything we need for now so don't need to shop for a while when it will mainly be fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Time for you


Decorating my carftroom has been put on hold as the carpetfitter is 70 and not too keen on coming round.  We have been deliberating whether to have it done as it means the decorator coming as well and we are trying to minimise contact with others. So at least we don't have to strip it out for a while.

I have used another of the LOTV coloured simply prints for my card today. This one is called Time for you and is my favourite of them. I have the digi sitting on my desk waiting to be used but I now have some more new images which are launching Monday.  I used MFT free spirit papers, a MFT stitched scalloped border die, Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle die, butterfly from Poundland and some flower dies.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Rosebud


Well these are strange and worrying times to be sure. We were looking forward to a lovely year of shows, concerts and short breaks but theatres are closed, Potters Resort has closed, Line dancing is cancelled, I have cancelled my cardmaking class and we are now avoiding social contact as much as possible. Good job we have plenty of indoor hobbies. The important thing is we all come through this.

I spent some time in the craftroom yesterday, ignoring the ironing pile. I have some of the new LOTV coloured simply print images to use and this cutie is Rosebud. I used Lawn fawn stitched circle dies, MFT heart papers, MFT stitched border die and one of a set of MFT edge dies which just embosses.  You can see the little crosses on the burgundy paper.  Sentiment is LOTV and the flowers are from Wild Orchid.

Please keep yourselves safe and healthy.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Flower of friendship


Well I don't seem to have had a lot of time for cardmaking this week. I am getting on very well with my latest cross stitch picture though. I made a lovely card earlier in the week but I can't share that one with you yet. Yesterday I was putting inserts into cards and getting my stock ready for today's craft fair. Then we had to pop out and take a few bags of stuff to the charity shop as we were having a declutter and sorting out of cupboards in the spare room on Friday. Then we went to buy a carpet for my craftroom which is being decorated Wednesday week.

So I did manage to make another card ready for my class on Wednesday. This one uses the same sketch as before which I have altered slightly as I want to show them how you can adapt a sketch and make completely different looking cards. If you didn't see my male card from a few days ago look back and see what I mean.

I have gone for a very feminine look using an Inkylicious stamp and Crafter's Companion vintage lace papers. I used a Joy leaf die cut in half and Hunkydory Moonlight fabulous flowers dies.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Growing Up



I have my first cardmaking workshop of the year next Wednesday and have produced a sketch for the class to use. It is a favourite sketch of mine and I want to show how you can take a sketch and change it to make a variety of cards both for men and women.

I used some old papers and ribbon and a Woodware stamp. The stitched circle die is Lawn Fawn and I made some little banners with a Fiskars punch.  I inked the paper edges for a bit of definition.  A nice easy card to start of the class and one mainly aimed at men but no exclusively.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

I thought I had this stamp


I was convinced I had this as a rubber stamp but when I made my spreadsheet of all my LOTV images I found I didn't so I bought him in the sale along with a few other older images. I coloured him with Copics, using chalk for the sky and used some LOTV papers. Promises, in my favourite colour combo.  The flowers were made with Hunkydory Moonstone fabulous flower dies and I made the enamel dots using Nuvo drops.  The stitched clouds were made with a MFT die and I added a little colour with Copics.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Vintage lady


We went to Potters resort for Graham's Birthday yesterday. A couple of good friends came along too. I am scheduling this post on Saturday so can't say what activities we did but probably included a quiz and table tennis, a lovely meal with wine in the evening and then the entertainment, Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan. There will also have been music and no doubt we will have been on the floor dancing.  We stayed overnight in the hotel and will be doing some more activities this morning then stopping at Tesco before heading home this afternoon.

So onto my card teaming a lovely vintage lady from some Maja paper along with Bo Bunny papers, lace, cheesecloth, flowers from Hobbycraft, ribbon bow and butterflies from Poundland.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Happy Birthday Hubby and a new home card


Yes today is Graham's Birthday so I won't be around to visit you today as we are off out to celebrate. 

I bought this Woodware stamp the other day and I was going to make a vintage style card but decided on a modern bright one this time. It is a rather large stamp so didn't need to much embellishing. I used MFT papers and pierced banner dies and added an enamel heart.

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Cake and balloons


I made this card for a friend's Birthday and can now share it with you. These Gorjuss Girl toppers are so pretty and i love making cards with them. I went for a shabby chic look, adding some lace, flowers and pearls from stash and a Dovecraft paper posies sentiment. I used a Doohickey tag die with sanded Core'dinations and an old stitch stamp from Tim Holtz which I haven't used for a long time.

Friday, 6 March 2020

Cat with flowers


As promised this is my latest cross stitch picture. A nice little 4" hoop. The pattern is a freebie from Durene Jones. She posts one of Facebook every Friday. I changed the colours as in he pattern the cat was blue and the circle was yellow. It also had a square border but as I wanted mine in a hoop I left that out. I also added a couple of extra butterflies outside the circle, to balance it.

My next project is a much larger fairy from The Little Stitchery which is part of Lili of the Valley and I also want to sew one of their new smaller bear designs so plenty to keep me busy.

We are both going into the city this morning for haircuts so may have time later for some crafting. I will be back tomorrow with a card.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Trimcraft DT card


I have had this decoupaged flower siting on my desk for a while so when I got the chance yesterday morning to pop into the craftroom I made a card using paper, sentiment and wooden rose from the same Trimcraft paper posies range. I added a doily and some pearls. Hubby is out tonight so I am planning a colouring and cardmaking evening. I have been busy cross stitching and will be sharing a new picture with you tomorrow.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Winter weather in Florida


Well I planned a crafting morning yesterday then had a text from a friend to say could she pop in for a cuppa. We haven't seen her since before Christmas as she has been away working or on holiday so my crafting morning turned into just enough time to make this scrapbook page. I did do some cross stitching whilst we were chatting though. Then in the afternoon we went for massages and I had a facial then returned home to finish a jigsaw before cooking dinner.

We always went to Florida in the Winter as neither of us like hot weather. The normal daytime temperature is usually low 20's there which suits us fine. The first pic was taken one morning outside our hotel. First thing in the morning is often a little cool. The second pic was taken in he car when we had a rainy morning so we went to one of the malls. I don't know why we were laughing but it made. for a fun photo.

The hardest part of scrapbooking is choosing the papers and embellishments but this one came together quickly. Everything came from an Echo Park Winter pack I bought over there.  I will try to get a card made this morning before line dance class and food shopping.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Caravans


These are something I have wanted to experiment making for several months after seeing some on Pinterest.  They keep popping up on my Pinterest so I thought it was time I had a go.

This is the first one I made and I decided it was a bit too rounded. I wanted to give them a rather homespun look but the way the material frays on the bunting annoys me. Looking at several on Pinterest which sell on Etsy they have lots of frayed edges. So I played around with some dies a bit more and this is the second one I made.


I am happier with the shape and the bunting on this one which is a mixture of dies then some cutting with scissors.  I made a note of which dies I used so I know how to make them in future.  Something new for my craft stall.

It is supposed to be a sunny day today so we are going out for breakfast and then I want to pop into Hobbycraft.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

No snow here


I really need to get more Christmas cards made next month. I love the new snowmen which Lili of the Valley brought out last year and I think I will be printing some more of these off as they are so lovely and quick to colour. I diecut him with a stitched die from The Works and used Copics,added some spots with a white gel pen then added some fun flock to his hat and used a pearl pen for snow. The papers are Your Next Stamp and I added some ribbon and diecut some trees using glitter card.

No snow here though we did have some sleet and hail the other day. Otherwise it has either been cold, sunny, raining, windy or a combination of those.  Luckily I have lots of indoor hobbies because it certainly isn't beach weather. I hope all is well you and nobody has been flooded or had too much snow.  Weather is supposed to be horrible again today so will be staying in, some housework and ironing this morning, then crafting and a jigsaw this afternoon I think.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Another birdhouse


You may have seen a birdhouse cross stitch I posted recently which was part of a larger pattern by Durene Jones. I looked again at the pattern and liked this part of it so stitched another 4" hoop.  I would never want to sew the whole panel as it is rather large but using just a small part of it works well. They take longer to sew than many people would think but I do love making these.

I have my first craft fair of the year coming up on March 15th and my cardmaking classes start again on 18th March.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Top hat and tulips


It's launch day at Lili of the Valley and this is just one of 19 cute new images and sentiment sets. The girls and boys are my favourites, they really have that LOTV look about them. I loved colouring Top Hat and Tulips with Copics. The sentiment is one of the new ones. I used a stitched square die from The Works and added a little sparkle to the hearts with a clear sparkle pen. The papers are Lemoncraft Fresh Summer and the butterflies are from Poundland.

No crafting today as we have line dancing class from 1-2.30 and then shopping. A day at home tomorrow when I am hoping to get some more cards made. I do have a post scheduled for tomorrow though.

Monday, 24 February 2020

I do


I was asked by our line dance teacher for a personalised Wedding card and as I didn't have a lot of notice used a LOTV coloured simply print called I do. It is no longer available but you can still buy the image as a digi to colour. I added sparkle to the flowers with a clear sparkle pen. The paper is LOTV romance and roses, lace and flowers from Wild Orchid.  I coloured with wooden hearts with a Nova sparkle pen and added some pearl string and Dovecraft ribbon.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Tulips for Mother's Day


I said there is a variety of the new images from Lili of the Valley and this is one of three flower frame digis. This one is Spring Tulips which I have coloured with Copics and chalk for the sky. The paper is Echo Park. The sentiment is one of a new set from LOTV to go with the new images which launch on 25th Feb. I punched some leaves and added flowers and pearls.

A day in today doing bits and pieces. This afternoon we need to clear out on of the desk areas in my craftroom as an electrician is coming tomorrow to fit another plug socket in my room.  On Tuesday evening the decorator is coming to check out the room and agree a date for decorating. We decided that as I can't be without my craftroom for too long it will be a much quicker job having a professional decorator do it. He did our hall, stairs and landing last year and did a superb job. I look forward to having it done but not to clearing out the room.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

A cup of tea sneak peek


I promised you some sneak peeks of the new images from LOTV. These will launch on 25th Feb so not long to wait. I didn't know which one to use first as there are animals, girls and a boy but I do love the little girls so decided on this one. The paper is so pretty that I really didn't need many embellishments and made myself step away rather than adding too much.
Image - LOTV a cup of tea
Medium - Copics
Paper - Lemoncraft fresh Summer
Other - cheesecloth, enamel hearts

We are going out for breakfast this morning and a wander round Wroxham before coming home. Graham wants to wash the car this afternoon so I will be crafting. Then an evening in front of the TV. We recently decided to sign up to Netflix as we wanted to watch Harlan Coben's The Stranger. I have read all his books and love them. Well The Stranger didn't disappoint, it was brilliant. We are currently watching Anne with an E based on Anne of Green Gables and it is wonderful. I also want to watch Safe and The Messiah. It is a shame that Outlander is on Amazon as we want to see the new series so I think we will be signing up to that just to watch Outlander and then stopping the subscription. That is the good thing with these streaming services, no contracts and some really good series and films.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Teddy and penguin


I still have a number of the coloured diecut images that LOTV used to make. This one is Teddy and Penguin. I also have the rubber stamp of this so must get that out to colour some time. I used Dovecraft Glad Tidings papers and a Sue Wilson cut and lift poinsettia and leaf die set.  I added some Stickles and used a Viva pearl pen for snow.

I have some gorgeous new digis from LOTV to colour so will be sharing some sneak peeks shortly.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Gin and tonic anyone?


I have had a few commissions lately so haven't had anything to post on here. I never look for orders but a couple of ladies at line dancing asked me to make cards and somebody saw my gift bags on Facebook and wanted a couple of personalised ones made. I am always happy to make cards to order especially when people don't have odd requests.

This one is for a lady who loves gin so when I saw this new image from Pink Gem I had to get it. This is gin and tonic Rita teamed with some old Craftwork Cards chalkboard papers.  I wanted to brighten the card so used some lovely bright card with the Hunkydory Moonstone fabulous floral dies.

We are so lucky with the weather here, the last two days have been dry, cool and often sunny. I feel so sorry for all the people affected by the recent storms and flooding. The weather should be good today for our trip into the city to meet my Mum.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Blow away


So storm Dennis is due to hit the UK today but hopefully won't be as bad as last week's storm. I think the dandelion clock would be blown out of the mouses's hand if he was outside today.  

Image and sentiment - Penny Black celebration critters
Medium - Copics
Papers - Lilybee Autumn Spice
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - MFT stitched rounded corner square, Crafts Too toadstools
Pearl flowers - from stash

We will be staying in today I think. I haven’t been out much for the last few days due to feeling rough with this cold but I am feeling quite a bit better now. Only my second cold this Winter and been healthy otherwise thank goodness.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Birdhouse cross stitch


I love stitching these 4" hoops and am always looking for different pictures which will fit into them. I have some old cross stitch magazines I got recently from somebody who no longer does cross stitch and sorted through the patterns, tearing out any I like the look of and then filing them into a ringbinder.  One of the patterns by Durene Jones is a large picture of birdhouses. I didn't want to stitch the whole things so chose one of the birdhouses to stitch.

Being from a magazine the picure goes across 3 pages so I copied the pages I wanted, then cut out and stuck the pieces together so that I had an easier pattern to follow.   There were a few butterflies in the picture so I added 3 of them to fill some of the white space.

I came back from my weekend away with a very sore throat which turned into a cold so had to cancel plans to meet my Mum in Norwich yesterday as I felt really awful and didn't want to give it to her. So we have rescheduled for next week as she wants to see a Maker's exhibition. Just hoping my cold soon goes and Graham doesn't get it.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Couple of decoupaged gift bags


I have been playing with the Dovecraft Paper Posies products and again and thought how perfect the decoupage pad is to use on gift bags. I bought the gift bags in Hobbycraft and used the paper posies paper, decoupage, washi tape, puffy stickers and wooden roses to decorate. I made the tags using an old spellbinders die.

I am still working on the spreadsheet for my LOTV stamps, having been away for a few days. Once I have the names of everything I will then need to tick off the ones I have. That will take some doing with some being rubber and some being digi but will be worth it when it is done.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Thanks, Thank you


I made this card for a friend using a Memory Box thank you background stamp. I do love making a distress layered card and used chessecloth behind the sentiment. The hearts were punched with a Hobbycraft punch and then glittered with a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. I used a Martha Stewart fern punch, flowers from Wild Orchids and sparkly butterflies from Poundland.

As I schedule this I am sorting an Excel spreadsheet for all my LOTV stamps and simply prints. There is one on the LOTV website which I am using but it has lots of text such as Lili of the Valley in front of the name of the stamp which needs deleting. As I have lots of rubber and lots of digi stamps it will be so helpful to see exactly what I have and will help me decide which others I need.