Monday, July 24, 2017

RSVP


These two cards weren't photo-ed at the same time which you can tell. Since this year is about Weddings I thought I show the RSVP cards I've made. The first one is using my favourite Heart Embossing folder from Cuttlebug that is not available anymore and the one I keep losing which I almost have heart failure when I can't find it since my niece is using it for her Wedding.

The fancy oval and plain oval are cut using Spellbinders and the letters are Memory Box.


My DD wanted a RSVP for a Christmas Wedding in December and her invite was made on Kraft card so I used that for inspiration.

The frame is MFT and the santa hat is actually a Tim Holtz stamp the accessories for the Crazy Dogs and Cats. My Santa and Reindeer, I think could be Cheery Lyn. Quite like how it turned out.

I've had a scratching throat all week and on the Friday while I was at my niece's hen do, I lost my voice. Which is only slowly coming back, its caused a lot of amusement to the rest of my family but I'm worn out from shouting and barely a squeak comes out of my mouth.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Traditional Seats


Nearly finished 2014 but still on Christmas images so here's the traditional photos. I'm using the Simple Stories papers and my favourite dies. The Holly is Cheery Lynn and the baubles are Memory Box.

The Merry & Bright sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and the rest of the title are all out of my stash.

I need to make up some kits for my 2015 photos.

Looks like I shall have plenty of photos for 2017 having been to Windsor last weekend to see my nephew get married. Brilliant day.


We walked from the Guildhall to the reception ( I was pushed in a wheelchair) passing the Coldstream Guards Barracks. Of course my sister convinced the poor guard to take a photo with the Bride and Groom.

What my nephew probably doesn't realised his Great Great Uncle Alfred was a Lance Sergeant with the Coldstream Guards 3rd Battalion who died in the Somme 1916

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Look, Ma

Welcome to our Birthday Surprise Blog Hop


On Saturday it is Mo's Birthday and we the Design Team have decided to celebrate with a Blog Hop using Mo's Favourite image Look Ma. I can't wait to check out to see how different are cards are.

I've used the Doodlebug papers or I should say a sheet patterned paper. The cogs corner is by Tim Holtz with Sizzix and it come with individual ones too. A few Brads for the centre of my cogs and the letters to make champ word is Memory Box.

He was a bit tricky to layer but I worked it in two parts the bike then the little chap and I'm rather proud how he turned out. 

I'm the start of the Blog Hop so now you have hop, skip and jump over to my very courageous friend Lou and don't forget to comment along the way for a chance to win one of the prizes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lucky Stars

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Plaid Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is
We're Seeing Stars 
This week we are showcasing My Favorite Things Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Haven't got the Oxides out of my system yet, this time I've used Faded Jeans and Broken China and spritz a bit of water over my card when I finished blending.

Before I did that I cut out the main mat with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes, then I stamped and embossed using WOW Opaque Bright White and Simon Says Stamp Seeing Stars stamp set.

Once my card was dry I added the MFT Lucky Stars and I coloured them with Wink of Stella Glitter Pen which doesn't show up much but it is there.

I even stamped with the oxides and make the sentiment banner with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners.

I used the smaller Lucky stars but the larger ones I've used on a Scrapbook page but since the Scrap paper is old and the letters are from my stash I don't want to show the pic but here's the link to see how I love these lucky stars.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Party Girl


Did I mention that July is girlie month although there are two chaps whose Birthday this month one of is my DS. It's nice making girly card after quite a few boys ones.

This one is called Party Girl from Mo Manning and I gutted the pink starry paper from Echo Park because I only had sheet. I do love how a bit of paper pieceing can really make your card.

The Swirl is from Magnolia can't believe the poor die had been overlooked for so long. My daisies are MFT Upsy Daisy and I'm so pleased the missing die has turned up. But I'm keeping the second set because they are my absolute favourite die and I would heart broken if I lost parts of them.

Pretty certain the stamped sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp set.

It's been a pretty busy week with myself flat sitting while we had the plummer in to my DD flat and I did a bit of painting. I can't do it for long but its nice to think I'm helping a bit. The week ends with Wedding Number 1, number 2 Wedding is 31 days later exactly.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Use Plaid

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Summer Sunshine Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is
Use Plaid
This week we are showcasing Lawn Fawn Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Technically I should have make this card for last week but I brought the Lawn Fawn Palm Trees (the crab comes in the set too) for this challenge not paying much attention to the actual challenge for this week!

Of course if you're making a card for a Plaid challenge the best paper to use would be Lawn Fawn so its win, win for me. I'm using their Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite pad and using two pieces to cover for the sky/sea and beach.

I cut out my Palm Trees out of scraps of Brown and Green card but if your supplies are running low you will find plenty here. There are coconut dies but as you can see I decided against them since I was in a bit of a hurry.

I edged my beach with the Simon Says Stamp Wavy Stitched Border die. I first used the die on my beach plaid and used the faux stitching line to cut off the scallop, then cut one in white card and stuck my beach onto it.

My card seemed to be missing something so I decided to use the Simon Says Stamp Sailboat die again using scraps in brown and white card. To lift the sail I cut down a foam sticky square and added it to the bottom of the sail but used a dot of glue at the top of the sails.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners for my sentiment and used the Simon Says Stamp Father's Day Finds. Finally some Googly Eyes for my crab, I use a drop of Glossy Accents to glue them into place.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Oxides


My card is an experiment, I watch a friend play with her Ranger Oxides and I know I'm a bit late to this party but I'm so glad to actually watch someone. Yes I know you can You Tubes but I find it doesn't hold my interest and my mind wanders, which means its pointless watching them.

So I got myself a few, what I considered nice pretty colours and thought I would use the Simon Says Stamp Flora Background, they very gladly sent me when they had Mothers, Fathers Florals release unfortunately it always seems to be around when I busy.

It does make a good background and when I coloured using the Oxides it really brought the stamp alive. Did I say how much I love these inkpads, I was frustrated with the distress inkpads because I love vibrant colours and I always found to get the depth of colour I wanted it use to hurt my hands which was why I love the Inkylicious Dusters. Now I get the colour using blending tools and no pain was involved, Ok it could be that the inkpads are new and but you can get reinkers so I can have the nice and wet all the time.

Didn't want to waste my background so cut them in four and backed it with a white Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square. I used Simon Says Stamp Hydrangea and Stitched Flakes to make my flowers and the leaves are Simon Says Stamp Circle of Leaves

My sentiment is using the Simon Says Stamp Love Die and my I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners with their Best Hugs stamp set.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

I heart you


I have some odd and sods bits of patterned paper and thought I should use some of them up. I believe that this is some Stampin Up paper.

Of course my sweet image is from Mo Manning called I heart you this is the older version, the newer one is called I heart you (redux).

Because of the busy paper its quite difficult to get anything to show up so I decided to use the Ivy die I have I think its a Sue Wilson die from Creative Expression but the packaging is now gone so I'm not sure.

My EK Success punch for the flowers is just about holding its own but they don't like thin paper anymore. A bit of ribbon and paper piecing the balloon the cute elephant card is done.


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Going to the Zoo

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Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is
Summer Sunshine 
This week we are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
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You may be wondering what do animals have to do with Summer Sunshine, but Summer as a child meant days out, my parents couldn't actually afford a holiday but we did have days out and one of them would be the Zoo.

I remember Chessington Zoo being just that, it took two buses (we didn't have a car) to get there and I loved going. So to me this card is a great reminder of those summer days.

So to my card my Animals are Simon says Stamp Wild Cuddly Critters and used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles to make a frame. It is a tall card because I wanted to at least three animals on my card will just have to use the Penquin later.

My papers are are Doodlebug Dragon Tails  and to hide my join of the two colours I used one of the Simon Says Stamp Eyelet Arch Border die. edited its not Dragon Tails its actually At the Zoo

My sign post is a cocktail stick and one of the Doodlebug papers had animal words which I cut out  the ones for the animals I used. Finally to finish off I cut out some small hearts and stars using Simon Say Stamp Holiday Shapes.

This card as disappeared into my DD room not sure who she plans to give it too but she fell in love with the it.

Ok a bit of waffling here but yesterday I went to Hampton Court Flower Show we had a great time and a big thank you to South West Trains. I never book assistance but the staff always ask if we need help. At big thank you to all the staff at Hampton Court Station who managed to fill up the homebound trains with as many people as possible. Yes it did feel like we were being herded but the end result with full trains and yes the guys even asked if I needed help.


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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Driving Home


I thought this could be the last Christmas Scrapbooking of 2014 but there are still a couple more. Another photo stolen from FB from my niece's timeline of my cute Gt nephew, I'm so glad I can see what this little man is up to and still be able to scrapbook him.

The papers are My Minds Eye but it has glitter on it and it kept attacking me and the poor photo looked like it was snowing inside the card.

My favourite Holly and Ivy die from Cheery Lynn and Simon Says Stamps Poinsettia Parade. I added the mittens which you can just about see.

The letters are American Craft that I possibly brought from Hobbycraft and words were from the sticker sheet made into a banner.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Crochet Update


I'm loving making the Helen Shrimpton Rosslyn blanket, it's quite challenging and I have decided I definitely don't like bead stitch. Not sure if its because I hold my wool as if I'm knitting means I don't have quite the right angle to slip through the stitches or it just is a pain in the bum to do.

Although the colours look a bit darker on here I think they will work as a Baby colours. I hope that I can hold it when it gets nearer to the finish, may have to do a bit now and again.

I'm coming up to a very busy month, hopefully I will be able to still make cards but next week I have the Hampton Court Flower Show as well as a crop on Saturday. The following week I have a wedding to go to and the week after I have a doctors appointment along with a Hen Do. I get a couple of quiet weeks before the next wedding although I know there are still things to make for the table and thank you cards.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Baby Shower


I do feel its either Weddings or Babies with the odd boys/men cards but I coming to the end of them. Though I do have to make a boy baby card but the other two I will have to wait for them to be born.

Wedding cards are made I think and I'm now coming to the month of girl/woman birthdays then I need to start thinking of Christmas.

So my little Baby Shower is now done and I'm guess my DD and myself will be fighting over who has which one. Silly me found some a sheet of paper and I couldn't find anything to go with it I think it could MFT but a pad that is different colour plaids.

So I made a frame using a MFT scallop frame die and used some matching (yes it did match when I made the stars and hearts blame the camera again!)card to make the stars and hearts with Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lets Par-tee!

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Thank you for joining us for the Patterned Paper Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is
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This week we are showcasing Art Impressions Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
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I knew I had to have the Art Impressions Let's Par-tee, there are two main images, I decided to use the female golfer. She simply had to have way out golf wear and what better than Doodlebug Easter Express with their small patterns in their 6 inch pads.

It only seemed right to paper pieced her outfit and when I stamped the golf flag I had to paper piece that too.

Once I was happy where the sentiment and flag was I cut it out using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and I decided to use Simon Says Stamp Daisies which are my favourites they come with me when I go Scrapbooking too.

I did use yellow centres but they got lost in the busy paper so I changed them to pink centres.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Birthday Banners



This is the second photo of my card because as I uploaded this card to my blog I realised the placement of the banners didn't quite work. You can see why in the first photo below.


Luckily I was to swap the banners but just goes to show how important colours and placement is to your card.

The actual card was using the large numbers stamps and dies from Stamping up, it also came with the sentiment. The banners are made with Simon Say stamp Banner die from their Bundle of Shapes and I used their Stitched Rectangles as well.

The stars are a punch which if it continues to misbehave will find itself in the bin!

My All Day Crop on Saturday went well and in the end I managed four layouts, three still needed some tweaks but I did that on Sunday. It was things like adding pearls and letters that I knew I left at home. Now I need to get down and make some cards.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

beautiful, beautiful boy


Yesterday I went to the Scrap Cafe All Day Crop at Bracknell, it's at the Hilton which was very busy and I felt very under-dress with all the guest dressed up with the men in their Top Hats and Tails and the ladies in their finery and hats. Pretty obvious where they were headed its Royal Ascot week.

I thought I'll post my favourite layout, it was done in pretty quick time and its quite clean as well as simple. I just had to put the boy word on, didn't have one the right side with me. I knew the MFT stars would be perfect but the dies had just arrived in my craftroom and were still on my desk so I quickly added them this morning.

The papers are Simple Stories one of the many manufactures I love.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Crochet Update


I haven't done a crochet update for a while, now you remember I have three baby blankets to make here's one completed. Colour wise this was easy since the mum to be knows what sex she is having.

The blanket is one I've done before Rainbow Ripple Blanket, this will be my third. But to change things up a bit I've made a matching security blanket and while I found the pattern for the elephant easy I couldn't get on with the blanket so I gave up and made the Rainbow Ripple and it worked out fine. It could simply be me.

I stitched sleeping eyes and they are fully stitched and secured and should survive any washing and being dragged around.


Still not convince the colours are truly a baby blanket so it could another project on hold but I absolutely love making  Helen Shrimpton's Rosslyn Blanket. It is a paid patterned and nearly had heart failure when I printed out the pattern only 40 pages and in colour too.

I have progressed a bit since I took the photo and I'm trying my best to make it mainly cream and I using only the four colours. My wool is Stylecraft Special love their colours, in this case I'm using Cream, Sage, Lavender and the new Buttermilk.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Married


I'm scheduling this post on Wednesday morning before the heat rises and the sun is on my dining room where the PC is. I believe today is the last day of heatwave. I for one will be relieved my joints don't like it this hot and my craftroom gets too hot for me in the afternoons.

But I did manage to make my Mo's card this week, I think I may have already said that this year is all about Weddings and Babies which are also my favourite cards to make. I found out I didn't have this fun Wedding image called Married from Mo and it deserved to be used.

Since Mr Mojo has disappeared I looked in my cards I saw a card similar to this one and I knew with this image is would work great too.

My scallop curved borders are from Spellbinders and the hearts are Simon Says Stamp dies. For a change I stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set but I have written retired on it so not sure it is still available. Nearly forgot the background paper is from MFT.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Doodlebug Cat

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This week the challenge is
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You might like to use paper from a pack but you can also choose to make your own patterned backgrounds. Whatever you choose to use we will be looking forward to seeing what you create!
This week we are showcasing Doodlebug Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
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If you past by regularly you know I love Doodlebug especially their patterned paper and add a Penny Black image and you have an perfect card.

My Doodlebug paper is called Dragon Tails, great boys colours. The Penny Black image is from a clear set called Happy Times.

I made by circle image mat and sentiment circle using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die and I added some Simon says Stamp Stitched Banner to make a rosette. My sentiment was using Simon Says Stamp Best Hugs.

I added the other banners under the image mat because in my head I was using the SplitcoastStamper sketch 648 but in the end it went its own way.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Belated Birthday


I brought this image from Dr Digi especially for a chap who plays Ice Hockey I wasn't sure when hes birthday was so in the end I missed the actually day  and then he had to wait a bit for glue to dry properly.

Yes its Doodlebug paper and the stars are MFT and Simon Says Stamp. The Birthday is part of Simon Says Stamp die thats been cut out of glitter card and I had to computer generated the first part of the sentiment. Thats been remedied laterly with some belated birthday greetings.


The mini heatwave we are having in the UK is having a effect on my crafting its far too hot and finding the days I can craft some crops up that I have to flat sit like today. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Scrapbooking


I'm still Scrapbooking 2014 but it now down to a few layouts and I have an all day crop coming soon and I may have to start printing out 2015!

My first layout is the my little nephew (not so little now) Christmas Baking with his Nana. Now they were making cupcakes and guess what I don't have a cupcake die. I had to think out of the box, my base is an MFT Hexagon die and my topping is a Memory Box cloud. The Holly I think is Poppystamps if not they are Memory Box.

The papers are Simple Stories possibly last years and carefully cutting so the words show. Letters from my stash and the stars came with the paper collection.



My failure its a bit OTT with the stamping I think but I love the Tim Holtz cogs especially the corners.