Monday 29 June 2020

More beer

I was asked to make another card using the coloured printable from Pink Gem but this time for a 40th Birthday. I used various papers and a new Joy hinge die I bought from someone on Facebook.  I diecut it in kraft and added some vintage photo distress ink.

Apart from the few dies I bought from her craft clearout I think since lockdown I have only bought 2 other dies which were on offer at Dies to Die For and a pack of blank cards and envelopes from The Range. I am enjoying using up some of my older stash. I sorted my 6x6 paper pads out and discovered some I had forgotten about which had got to the bottom of the drawers.  The orange backing paper was in one of those pads.  I really want to use some of my old stamps when I get the chance.

Sunday 28 June 2020

Sneak peek

As well as the tea party initials Lil of the Valley are launching a set of cute mice and bunnies along with lots of little extras like butterflies and bunting so you can create your own scenes. I used Mouse and Bird along with one of the general sentiments. 

Medium - Copics
Dies - Go Kreate frilly 10, Memory Box clouds
Punches - Xcut  corner punch, MS fern, umbrella (no brand)
Flowers - Wild Orchid
papers - Crafters  Companion vintage lace

We are off to see my Mum this morning so that will be nice. Tomorrow Graham is going to paint my craft room ceiling so we will have to move some of the stuff out. As he is doing it rather than a decorator it means we don't have to have everything out at once. Crafting this week will be a bit more challenging though so will have to see how I get on depending upon where things are.

And the good news is I have an appointment for a haircut and colour on 20th July, hooray!

Saturday 27 June 2020

Keeping fit

I made this card for a friend who likes to keep himself fit and also likes a takeaway coffee. The backing paper is from First Edition and the striped paper from MFT. I used another Pink Gem coloured printable and added some wooden stars.  Keeping it simple.

Thursday 25 June 2020

Tea party

Lili of the Valley re launching a set of tea party initials in a few days. I added the end of the words from the Alphabears set. I coloured them with Copics and diecut with a Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle die. The flower dies are my much used Hunkydory fabulous florals. I bought a few dies from a crafting friend having a clear out on Facebook and love the stitched butterfly dies I bought from her. I don't know the make unfortunately.

I am not liking this hot weather though it was lovely indoors yesterday with windows open and fans going. We wen for a walk at 8 o'clock last night when it cooled down a bit outside.

Wednesday 24 June 2020

21st Birthday commission

Another commissioned card asking for a 21st Birthday card.  I have used another coloured printable from Pink Gem.  I added some gold glitter to the wine glass for a bit of bling. The papers are Craftwork Cards edged with broken china distress ink. The guipuire lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid. I added a wooden butterfly coloured with the distress ink.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Keep calm and drink beer

I had an order for a card for a man who likes beer and remembered I have this Pink Gem coloured printable digi. I added the two sentiments which are part of the kit. The papers are First Edition Man Mad and Grand Plans. I added some hemp cord and threaded some buttons. 

Graham has decided he is going to decorate my craft room rather than waiting for when we can have a decorator in to do it. So today he is taking the airing cupboard door off and going to paint that in the conservatory. I said he doesn't need to do much this week as it is going to be very hot. At least by having him do it we don't need to strip the whole room out at once. It will just take longer for him than a professional decorator but that doesn't matter.

Monday 22 June 2020

Beach babes

I had a request to make a few more cards from someone who normally buys from me at the hospital craft fair.  She asked for a beach scene with bunting. I wondered what to use and came across some old Humphrey's corner coloured images from Crafter's Companion. I have had these for years and now I have found them I think I will be using some more. I always loved the cute elephant images.

I used First Edition Beyond the Shore papers, some old glitter bunting, enamel dots, an old Craftwork Cards sentiment and used a seagull die.

Sunday 21 June 2020

Bunny moon

This is the baby card my friend asked me to make. She wanted a special card so I made a 7x7 card using a coloured simply print from Lili of the Valley. The backing paper is Trimcraft Pretty Posies, lace from Crafty Ribons, ribbon from stash and flowers from Wild Orchid. I used a Fiskars tag punch and paper from MFT to make the little banners. The baby banner was made with a Memory Box die and MFT paper.  I used weathered wood distress ink around the edges, added some cheesecloth, enamel dots and pearl heart pins. I also used a clear sparkle pen on the moon, stars and flowers.

Saturday 20 June 2020

Another Teddy

This is another of the new digis from Lili of the Valley which I used on a card for a friend. I coloured it with Copics using chalk and a MFT cloud stencil for the sky which doesn't actually show too much in the photo.  The papers are MFT and the flower dies are Tim Holtz small tattered flowers which I also coloured with Copics.

We had our first visit to the coast since lockdown and it really lifted our spirits to see and hear the sea. It was very quiet, unlike the weekend I am told. We had a lovely walk along the prom and enjoyed a takeaway lunch. I had a freshly made crab salad sandwich and it was delicious and such a change from preparing a meal ourselves.  The weather was nice, not too hot and then we went to see some friends in their garden, social distancing of course. They had asked me to make a baby card so I took that round and will share that with you tomorrow.  It almost felt like a normal day yesterday.

Friday 19 June 2020

James and butterflies

I made this one for a friend whose Birthday was yesterday. It is of course James and butterflies from Lili of the Valley. I coloured him with Copics and used paper from The Works.  The sentiments are digis from LOTV. I coloured the toadstool diecuts with Copics too and added white dots using a gel pen. The dies are MFT lattice fence, Your Next Stamp border and Crafts Too toadstools. I also added some wooden butterflies.  I also used a MFT small cloud stencil for the sky.

Thursday 18 June 2020

Golden Wedding #3

This is the last of the Golden Wedding cards I made, this one for my friend to give her husband. I used a large coloured simply print from LOTV called mouse and champagne as the card is 8x8.  I diecut the image with a Go kreate frilly #10 die and inked the edges with wild honey DI.  I used paper from LOTV and added some burlap. I found some gold glitter washi tape in my stahs and used the Dovecraft adhesive gold glitetr card again with a large heart die. I added a few of the waste hearts around the image.  I kept it quite simple as it was for a male, personally I don't like adding flowers to male cards.

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Golden Wedding #2

This is the card I made for my friend to give his wife. It is from LOTV called Bunnies, clouds and champagne. I coloured it with Copics. The papers are from an old Santoro pack. I cut the image using the out of the die technique and a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die. The striped paper was cute using dies from the Works. The lace is from my stash, flowers from Wild Orchid and I used an old La La Land banner die adding the waste dies around the image.

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Vintage style butterfly

I had this idea in my head for a couple of days and love how it turned out. The Doohickey butterfly die makes a beautiful diecut but is rather large so I made it the focal point of the card. I cut it from lilac card and used Dusty Concorde DI on some of it. The paper is from an old Gorjuss Girl pack and the lace is from Crafty Ribbons. I added some cheesecloth, flowers, metal corners and enamel dots.

This afternoon we off to form our bubble with my Mum. It will be so nice to go into her house and not worry about social distancing and we can give her a hug at last. Mum usually only goes into town for a few things once a week and we have hardly been anywhere and when we do we all very careful about handwashing and sanitising so feel perfectly safe to do this. It will be nice to have a bit of near normality.  There comes a point where we have to start doing more but we will be taking that very slowly and won't be rushing into the city to go round the shops any time soon.  

Monday 15 June 2020

Card-io card

I decide to have a play with some different products this weekend and yesterday got out some of my Card-io stamps. I haven't used these for a while so really enjoyed making this. I found my old circle which I diecut from card with postits on the back. They had dried out so I added some new ones and I was ready to play. I used a couple of different foliage sets with a sentiment stamp I found in my stash. I added some red liquid pear;s for berries. 

I have cards to share with you every day until Friday and who knows what else I make this week.  I have 2 cards ordered and 2 I need to make to send.

Sunday 14 June 2020

Golden Wedding card #1

This is the card I made for our friends' Golden Wedding yesterday using a coloured simply print from LOTV. They asked me to make cards for them both to send each other so I had to come up with three different designs. 

I am not into lots of gold and bling but I did find a gold doily in my stash and used the Dovecraft adhesive glitetr card which I normally only use at Christmas. I found some gold ricrac but that wouldn't stick and I didn't want to wrap it round the paper as they would have made it bulky. I remembered I have a MFT stitched ricrac die so used my adhesive glitter card with it. I also used the card with a sentiment die and my MS fern punch. I have never found glitter card which punches well but this works perfectly. The flowers are from The Hobby House.

Saturday 13 June 2020

Pots of Love


I have been posting using the old blogger format but I couldn't insert an image when I tried it yesterday so here I am using the new format. It seems ok once you get your head round how to do things on it. This is another of the new LOTV digis called pots of love. I coloured it with digis and used various paprs and a Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle, MFT stitched scallop border  and Hunkydory flower dies.

The colours are brighter in real life but it was such a strange murky day yesterday with just brief glimpses of sun so my photo doesn't show the true colours.  It's our friends across the road Golden Wedding Anniversary tomorrow so we are taking our chairs and drinks over to their garden this afternoon.

Thursday 11 June 2020

Scruffy Edward without his balloon

I loved sewing Scruffy Edward with his balloon so much and realised if I made him without his balloon he would fit into a 4" hoop. the pattern is available from the Little Stitchery.  I sewed him in purple first and then aqua.

I planned to make some cards yesterday but after finishing one of these off I then spent at least 2 hours trying to sort out my emails. My main account is an old Yahoo one and it needed to be switched to the main BT server but after trying everything on one iPad I had to ring BT. It took a while to get through but got it sorted so two iPads, two iPhones and the laptop all changed successfully. But that was my cardmaking time gone. Oh well, click and collect shopping this morning, change the bed and then hopefully cardmaking.

Monday 8 June 2020

New release

Lili of the Valley have released 12 new digis, some images were rubber stamps before and some are brand new images.  I have used Teddy single flower which I coloured with Copics and diecut with a Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle die. The papers are some of my fave MFT hearts and stripes and I used a butterfly from Poundland and the Sue Wilson sweetheart flower dies.  

I found some scallop edged cards in my stash which I forgot I had so thought I had better use some of them. I haven't used these for years but must have got them from a craft show, another thing I am missing this year. I normally sock up on ds tape and card blanks at one.

Thanks for all the Anniversary wishes.  Unfortunately it rained all day so we didn't go out. We had a lovely day at home, doing a jigsaw, listening to records, cross stitching and watching Netflix and Amazon. We cooked a nice meal in the evening and had a bottle of wine. You just have to make the best of things at the moment. We badly needed rain but it rained most of the weekend too so we have had enough now. Hopefully it will be dry today and we can get out for some fresh air.

Friday 5 June 2020

Our Wedding Anniversary

Today is our 49th Wedding Anniversary and this is the card I made for Graham. I used a cute Penny Black stamp which is part of a set a very kind friend sent me. I coloured it with Copics. The papers are some old LOTV country lady 8x8 ones as the card is 7x7.  I used a Marianne wooden tree and dune fence and Memory Box butterfly dies.  The wooden hearts are from Hobbycraft.

This won't be the anniversary we had planned. We should have been in Cornwall for 10 days with an overnight stop either way making a lovely 12 night holiday. Instead we will be a home, depending on the weather we hope to venture out somewhere local and quiet. We would have been going out for a nice meal tonight but instead we will be cooking at home. Whatever we do we will enjoy ourselves.

Wednesday 3 June 2020

James and snowman

We had a lovely visit to my Mum's on Monday sitting in the sunshine in the garden. We took our own chairs, mugs, handwash, toilet paper and towel so that we touched the minimum of things inside when we had to go to the loo before we left. Mum sanitised it all before we arrived and again when we left. It was lovely to have a proper chat and share a cuppa together.

I have a few Birthdays and Anniversaries in June so have cards I can't share yet but I did manage to make another Christmas card using an image from one of the coloured art pads that LOTV used to sell.  He is available to buy as a digi stamp and a coloured simply print.

I teamed him with First Edition jolly holiday papers, some Christmas ribbon and a LOTV sentiment. I used MFT Winter trees and layered snowflake dies as well as stitched square dies from The Works. The adhesive glitter is from Dovecraft.

Planning on doing some gardening this morning as it should be cooler today and we went to a garden centre yesterday afternoon for some more plants. We feel quite safe at the garden centres during the week as they are not busy at all and of course most of the time we are outside. Weekends tend to be busier everywhere so that is when we don't venture out except for a walk.  Last weekend's scenes at the beaches were unbelievable ween't they. Much as we would love a walk on the beach we haven't been near the coast at all.