Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Wednesday 24th October 2012


I have no idea where the time is going. I've been busy trying to design wedding stationery for my son and his fiancee. They're getting married next year which is very exciting. My first grandchild is due in January by my daughter and son-in-law and my son is getting married also. 2013 is going to be a memorable year for us as a family.

I've made another word book for a friend whose just had a baby girl and thought I'd enter it in Jellypark's challenge this month which is anything but a card using pink.

I've used a Funky Hand CD for the papers and digital images and framed the word book adding a few butterflies and buttons. Instead of putting ribbon through the book spine I used heart and flower brads instead.

I'm really enjoying making these and loving the response I'm getting also. That's the best part of making handmade gifts. The reaction really gives you a boost.

Thanks for looking and I'll let you know how the wedding design is going

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

3rd October 2012


Today I have a few cards to share. Moving house, new baby boy, girl and a card suitable for men.

This one was using my sizzix dies with a simple sentiment. It's really useful for men especially when you don't know them very well. I love my flourish dies.

This one is me trying to use up some of the embellishments I have in my stash!!! I'm not very good  at using 'bought' embellies...I only ever seem to make my own. I've got so much stash I have to start using it. I need more room for my Christmas prezzies :)

I love this card (even if I say so myself) It's black and white and stamped using Banana Frog stamps. I was gutted when they closed....I loved their stamps and ordered from them often. My rubber stamps and my Big Shot are my two 'desert island' items. I couldn't craft without my stamps that's for sure.

Last one is an order for a 'baby boy' card using some more of the embellies. The papers are from Funly Hand of course.

Thanks for looking. It's pouring with rain here again so I'm hoping to have a look at designing my Christmas card for this year. Have a good one x

Monday, 1 October 2012

1st october (pm)

Wow, first time I've posted twice in one day. It's usually more like twice in a month!! I seem to have my crafting mojo back. I've started making word books for new born babies in the family (or friends of the family), frame them and then they put them in their nursery rooms. It's become very popular and each one I've done has been appreciated which is lovely.

I've made this one using Wishes and Kisses 'Hey Baby Boy' papers and using the digi stamps from Craft the Year Away. I then punch a few butterflies from the paper colour I use for the patches on the teddy. Once it's framed it looks really nice either on the wall or a shelf.

This one is for a colleague of my husbands. I made one at the beginning of the year and I dare not miss anyone out now!!

1st October 2012


Had a really busy morning making birthday and thank you cards using Material Girl from Pink Petticoat. I love their designs and also Funky Hand. If I'm in the mood I can make cards all week using PP downloads. I've coloured in the image with promarkers and then used the same promarker to colour some paper and make a border with a Martha Stewart punch. Just added a button and job done. I've added my own sentiment to the top card but not the bottom one.

So (sew) easy (excuse the pun) but I love that I can make enough to cover a few 'birthday's and 'thank yous' in such a small amount of time.
I've got a word book to make and put in a frame for a new born so I may post that later.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Monday 6th August 2012

Good morning

I've had a busy few days and wanted to put another card into Funky Hand challenge. I didn't read it properly and put an 'image' on the previous one. Sorry about that!

This one is similar but different (if you know what I mean) I've used the Wishes & Kisses CD and the 'Hey Baby Boy' set of papers. I've made a border with two of the papers (using a Martha Stewart border) and punched a few butterflies out of a darker paper. I like to think any babies born this year will feel special as 2012 has been so memorable. I've cut two hearts using my big shot and two dies.

I don't have any weddings to do at the moment so hopefully I'll try my hand at a few challenge.

Thanks for looking x

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Saturday 28th July 2012


Sorry, Funky Hand Challenge I used an image on my card on the border and only just realised that wasn't allowed. I'll have a go at another one during next week.

Fantastic opening ceremony last night, thoroughly enjoyed it :)

Friday, 27 July 2012

Friday 27th July 2012

Good morning all

Olympics day at last. Really looking forward to the opening ceremony tonight. I'm sure it's going to be fab and make us all really proud.

Thought I'd enter todays card into the Funky Hand challenge as I've made a card for a new baby girl and as it's such a special year I chose 2012 to show prominently on the card.

I used Happy, Happy Birthday CD and the 'Birthday Gal' set of papers for the background, Craft the Year Away for the digi image and Wishes and Kisses for the flower template. I punched two butterflies using a Lakeland punch from way back when and just a bit of faux stitches. This could easily be made for a boy or  could be personalised to make it a little bit more special.

On my quest to try and gain some fitness using a pedometer...the second one is as poor as the first. If anyone knows of a decent pedometer I can buy please let me know. All I want is to count my steps every day and then try and increase them but finding a pedometer that works is not easy. After a 30 minute walk (slow) and all day back and for up and down stairs and just general stuff I'd done 427 steps!!!! Surely that can't be right? If it is, no wonder I'm having difficulty.

This time tomorrow I hope I can report a fab opening ceremony. Thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wednesday 25th July 2012

Good morning

So much for me posting every day! Perhaps I'll say "I'll post a few times a week" instead.

Anyway, my post today is another two cards I made recently (ish). The first one is my Mum's birthday card. I love teal and white and was really happy with how this card turned out. I had the Sizzix (Tim Holtz) birdcage and rosette for Christmas and the rest of the dies I've been buying in the sizzix sale every month. I can't resist. I love my Big Shot and use it all the time. My mum loved the card by the way, she keeps all my handmade cards and some of them are really poor! When I first started my efforts were very basic but it's funny to look back.

The second one was made using my funky hand Cd's for the background and I used a Fiskars scalloped lace punch to make the borders. I can't remember where I got the 'girl' from but I think it was a Polkadoodles CD. I just coloured her in using Promarkers.

On a personal note I've bought two pedometers in the last week. The first one lasted 2 days, granted it was only £5 in Asda's sale but even changing the battery didn't bring it back to life. My second one is working intermittently. Just what you need when you're trying to make an accurate recording of your progress. I did a 10 minute walk on my treadmill, spent all day doing washing, ironing etc and by the end of the day....wait for it!!!! I'd done 169 steps altogether. I could have chucked it out of the window. I've cleared all the different settings now and trying again today so hopefully I'll have better results to report tomorrow.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Monday 23 July 012

Good morning, I've not blogged for a long time as you can probably see. I'm going to try again to keep up to date in 'blogland' and see how I get on.

I'll post the card I made my daughter for her birthday. She loved it and I've used this template from Funky Hand a few times. The top one is for my daughter and then I made a similar one for a friend.

I'm going to use this blog to record my personal journey of trying to increase my mobility so bear with me. My first day (and a half) is 4746 steps. I'm going to try and post every day and see if by posting it every day it will have two results. One being I'll keep my blog up to date with my card making and two, allow me to look back at how my walking is going. I have to increase my mobility to get back some freedom in my day to day life.

See you tomorrow :)