Monday, 31 January 2011


Good evening. Just made this card this afternoon.  It's using a Crafts Too butterfly folder and my new X cut butterfly punch. The central butterfly is a Marianne cut and emboss stencil.  I was having trouble with it going through my Cuttlebug but the kind lady at The Art of Craft showed me a few tips and made it work.  Put it through once and then turn it and put it through again.  Now it works perfectly.
I was watching the foxes in the garden today. Apparently it's the mating season and so I get two - sometimes three roaming about the garden driving Taffy delirious. In this photograph, they are squaring up to each other over some peanuts, which I put out for the birds.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Busy with Kim

Evening all!  I have just enjoyed a lovely day in London.  After a nightmare journey into the city, I met friends at The O2 Arena where we enjoyed a show called Apassionata.  There were 45 horses in the show and all were trained so well.  We had great seats near the front and we loved every minute of it.  Then we went off to Marylebone for a meal in a French restaurant.  It was a set menu of green salad and bread to start and then steak and chips.  The place was completely full with a queue outside. It's been a great day.
Yesterday I was at Lavender Lane Crafts on Stoneleigh Broadway with some lovely ladies.  Kim was doing the classes and this is a card using one of her techniques.  I have stamped the card using white embossing powder and then applied inks using a sponge. I then stamped over the top of this using the same ink pad.  I cut the panel into strips, set it onto black glossy card before arranging it all on my card stock.  There's a bit of Cuttlebugging in there too on the green card.  The stamps are by Woodware.
Yesterday evening, I made up lots of gift cards for next Christmas, by using the cards sent to us over the festive season.  I used my Cuttlebug to make various shapes.  Recycling I guess.  Until next time.....

Monday, 24 January 2011

And we're off!!

Yes it's been a month since I posted and yes I feel ashamed.  But I'm back and eager to start posting more regularly.  I went to the Sandown knitting and craft show last Friday and Saturday and came home full of ideas and inspiration.  Kim Reygate stayed with us for three nights and it was lovely to have her as a guest. She was demonstrating for the girls at Lavender Lane.
This card is clear stamping with clear powder on gold card.  I used a Hobby Art stamp and the butterfly is an X craft punch.  The wings bend upwards.  I always show my husband my cards for his expert opinion and advice (!) and he says he doesn't like black cards as they seem funereal.  What do you think dear reader?
Christmas seems a long time ago now and in our case best forgotten.  (See my dog Taffy's blog.)  I am determined to make my Christmas cards throughout the year.  I will start tomorrow. And will someone remind me to make some Easter cards this year?  My friend Lynn always sends me one and then I remember I haven't made any!  It's not as though I don't have the stamps - I do.  Perhaps I'll start on those tomorrow.