Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Cuttlebug Christmas

Having started Christmas, I thought I'd do some more. This, as you can see, is a thin metal sheet put though the Cuttlebug inside the tree folder, and decorated with red ribbon and red jewels.  I might try another one of these - the village scene perhaps.  Dodged the rain today but I'm hoping for better weather tomorrow, when I go with two ex work colleagues to Kew Gardens. Finishing off with a curry at Jimmy Spice's in Epsom.  Cannot wait.  I have been asked to make a special 80th birthday card so must get my thinking cap on. I do have a few weeks to design it though.

Monday, 23 August 2010

May I be the first to wish you a Happy Christmas? Or did Kim beat me to it?

Happy Monday crafters!
I have been dodging the rain today and doing a few chores - you know - a woman's work and all that.  At least I can take my time now I don't have to go to work.
I have already made some Christmas cards but not nearly enough for this time of year.  It'll be a mad rush in November as usual.  I have used two Hobby Art stamps, black ink and clear embossing powder.  I made the background paper, which wasn't necessarily for Christmas but I thought it'd do.  A bit of Cuttlebuging and Nestabilities and voila!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Congratulations Hopey

Hello readers in Blogland.
This card is for Hopey Le Fay, my step granddaughter, who heard today that she has been accepted into Brighton Uni.  Well done Hopey.
I have used my favourite clear stamps designed by Anna and produced by Hobby Art.  The word stamp is an old PSX one.  I brayered the background with a Big and Juicy pad having used the resist technique first.  Then I stamped the flowers and embossed them in white.  The holes around the outside are made using my special new tool from Stampin' Up.  We've been having trouble with our telephone and for some time I was offline - which isn't great when you're selling stuff on eBay.   I am back online, but the telephone is still not working properly.  So girlfriends, if you need me, please use my mobile.

Monday, 16 August 2010


Afternoon crafters one and all.
Having had a very busy and tiring weekend, I have been taking it easy today and after just a few chores, did a little crafting. This card uses Hobby Art's Purple Toadflax stamp and one of their greetings too.  There's a little bit of Cuttlebug stencilling and some Nestabilities going on.  Finished off with flowers and card candy.  The background darker card is made using a brayer and a Big & Juicy pad - Hydrangea and my hands are the identical colour!  What a mess I was in at the finish.
I was also making some cards using the resist technique, that Kim was demonstrating at Lavender Lane last Saturday but the glossy card that I used with the brayer, wouldn't dry quick enough, so they will be tomorrow's cards. (After several pieces were thrown away I might add.)
As I mentioned, I popped in to see Kim and the girls, Jane & June at Lavender Lane on Saturday. They were busy with demos and 'make and take'.  I did some resist work with the brayer and the Big & Juicy pads and also some shrink plastic butterflies.
Mike and I were entertaining friends yesterday and we had a lovely time but by the time we'd cleared up etc, we were nicely worn out.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

For a special little boy I know

Howdy folks.  I'm speaking Yankee because I went to see an American country group in concert last night.  It was a band new to this country called Lady Antebellum.  My friend Dawn has a great boss, Rob Sanders and he booked and paid for the tickets as our treat!! How fab was that?  The band were on breakfast tv one day this week and Dawn spotted them, otherwise we'd have missed their one and only show in this country.  The concert was really good and we can't wait for them to return to our shores.
Now I know this card does not call for much skill.  It's a Kanban kit (bought from Lavender Lane, Stoneleigh) but it just suited a little boy I know called Harry Bridson, who lives on The Isle of Man.  He will be six on Monday.  He's holidaying in The Lake District right now but will be home soon.
I took the dogs to Richmond Park today and then played whist at the drive.  Mike's car broke down and he was waiting for the AA to rescue him.  No update on that score yet. I have turned over a new leaf and have been cooking the meals this week.  I am not trying to poison him but I'm trying to be a better wife.  (It won't last!) I can never think of anything to cook.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Talking of Tilda.......

Good Afternoon.  We have a warm sunny day here in Epsom. I walked the dogs on Epsom Downs and we had a lovely time and saw a few racehorses. My husband is painting the kitchen walls and yesterday we had to clean all the surfaces with sugar soap.  Don't you hate that job? When I thought I'd made my contribution, I disappeared to my work desk, which is in the garage, adjoining the kitchen and finished off this card - making him a cup of tea every so often.  Can't remember where I picked up these little butterflies but I thought they set off the girlie card.  I have finely glittered the hair band and petticoat but I realise that's hard to see.  Must go on a photography course next.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

A Tilda moment

A bit better - thanks for asking!!
Gave in and went to the Dr. yesterday and so I now have antibiotics and other meds. I'm gradually improving and actually walked the dogs today.
At least being at home has allowed me more time to craft.
Here's a Tilda card which needs no explanation.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Art Deco Lady .... again

Well I have been proper poorly!  I became ill on Friday and just went downhill after that.  All my weekend plans were cancelled and I had to stay in bed.  In fact today, is the first day I have been up and about.  I am still not better but needed to get out of the sick room and get some fresh air in the garden.  I have been suffering with conjunctivitis and an awful cough, which I still have.  It's keeping me awake throughout the night.  Mike moved into the spare bedroom on Saturday and I have been sleeping (off and on) starlike in the bed.  Taffy is restless and doesn't know which room he should be in.  He usually picks mine!
Still, I have been doing lots of reading and today I felt able to make a simple card.  See above!
I really like this new set of Art Deco ladies.  I also made another one which I wasn't too happy with when photographed.  Mike said it wasn't his favourite, so you won't be seeing it.