Thursday, 26 August 2010

I'm back!!!!!

Hi All
I'm back from my relaxing two weeks in sunny Tunisia. Just thought I'd post a few piccies of views from our hotel room balcony to maybe get you turning an envious shade of green. (We did have a particularly well-positioned room this time thanks to the OH e-mailing before we went - he does have his uses!)

I'll hopefully be posting some craftier items soon....when all my unpacking and washing etc's done!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A Quickie!

Just a quick blog before I travel to far away sunny Tunisia for my hols.
After stamping and colouring in many of my new Lili of the Valley stamps, I finally got round to using some of them on cards, so I just thought I'd share them with you before I jet off.
I have used some Stampin Up products on them too - mostly cardstock, papers and ribbons and the lovely flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts again.

Thanks for dropping by and see you in 2 weeks.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Commission x2

Here's two cards which I made this weekend. Both of them were commissions.
The first was one my mum asked me to make for my auntie's 80th birthday and the second was a birth congratulations, commissioned by a lady from church for her new niece.

I think I may have posted one like this before but I was really pleased with this design so I have made it again several times since.
The stamp set is Bloomin with Beauty, CS is WW and pale plum and the pin and beads are from the lovely Pretties Kit.

This one's made using a decoupage from a CD and I really can't remember where I got it from! I have used some of the lovely flowers I recently bought from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearls in the wheel centres are from the Pretties Kit again and the patterned edge was made using the eyelet border punch
The cardstock is WW and Regal Rose. The pale pink is a lovely patterened pearlised card from my own stock.

Thanks for looking,

Friday, 6 August 2010

Quick and Easy - allegedly!

The Wednesday night crafting group I go to decided that this week we would make some quick and easy cards. The spec was that we would all make one card with everything prepared and ready to make.
 So Dawn went first with these sweet baby cards.

This one gave me some grief as I ended up stuck up with glue trying to get those tiny pink flowers fixed on!

Next was my turn.

Obviously Stampin'Up had to come into mine somewhere so I used the Garden Whimsy stamp set, WW, Brocade Blue and Night of Navy cardstock and Night of Navy ink. The eyelet punch made the fancy edge and the scalloped oval punch cut down made the hinge....and yes I did resort to peel-offs. Well I don 't care what anyone says, they always come in handy and can often give a card the finishing touch it needs

Then Pam made this lovely sheep card. It was amazing how many different sheep were produced between the 6 of us!

Ailsa made 2 cards as her mum, Judith hadn't had time due to visiting relatives.
Both of Ailsa's used Stampin' Up stamp sets. The first was Pocket Silhouettes and the second was Tree Trimmings. Yes I'm afraid we did make a Christmas card. Actually we make them quite regularly and have quite a stockpile of them now.

Ailsa made her own card in yellow which I much preferred but she did her usual trick of making her card, then checking to see what stock she had and discovered she didn't have enough for us all to make yellow ones. Not to worry, I really liked the card and I'm going to have a go at a yellow one myself.

We finished these cards so quickly, we had time on our hands, so Dawn produced yet another Christmas card for us all to make. This one was using one of the lovely Lili of the Valley stamps which we are all mad about at the moment.

Well that's the end of our quick and easy designs. Some were quicker and easier than others but hopefully something's inspired you!

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 2 August 2010

Big Bold Birthday

I had a great time at Monica's on Saturday, where I joined in with  one of her classes. As there were only a few of us, we crafted in her garden which was lovely despite the threatening black clouds which fortunately blew over and didn't cause us to grab everything and run inside.

Here's what we made using the Big Bold Birthday stamp set in Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal and Regal Rose.

I was so inspired by the altered sandwich bag that I had to stop and buy some (very cheap) on the way home and then I made this, using All in the Stars stamp set and Brocade Blue, Lovely Lilac and Orchid Opulence CS and inks.
For details of where to buy the bags please e mail me on

After a quick search for some more inspirational ideas in the ILWS gallery, I made this which I cased from Jo's blog here. I didn't add a sentiment as I thought it would be a useful card for lots of different occasions.
Stamp Sets: baroque Motifs, Flight of the Butterfly, En Francais BG
CS & inks: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain

Thanks for looking, Anne x