Saturday, 21 October 2017

Home is where the heart is

Well hello there! It has been such a long time since my last post. It has been the Mother of all moves and I swear I will NOT be moving again untill I'm carried out in a box.
There has been so much more to do in this house than we anticipated, all of which has taken much longer than it should due to me sustaining 2 injuries to the same knee! There's still quite a bit left to do but I have abandoned any further renovations or decorating (for the time being) in favour of crafting 😉.
So, on the theme of new homes, here is my first make.






The supplies used here are 
* Spellbinders floral assortment 
* Spellbinders fleur de lis squares 
* Crafters companion sentimentals vintage floral phrases 
* Sue Wilson/ Creative Expressions Perfect Peonies 
* Cheery Lynn tea roses leaves only
* Cheery Lynn flourish leaf strip 
* Joy crafts decorative chalks pearl
* Distress ink pumice stone
* Stamens and pearls from my stash 

I had real difficulty getting a good photo. The grey card stock is definitely much lighter than it looks in the pictures. I resorted to having to take my pics in the garden! I bet my new neighbours think I'm a real odd ball lol. 

I apologise for my lengthy absence from posting. I shall endeavour to post once a week for the time being, usually on a Saturday. 

I hope you like my first make post-move.
Thank you for your visit and please stop by again next week.





Friday, 5 May 2017

Follow your Dreams

Hello there visitors.
I hope you are all well this fine, sunny, afternoon.
I have some news to share with you. I may be moving house in the very imminent future. My Husband and I have come to the conclusion that we really need to move closer to our elderly parents to be on hand to help care and support them in their twilight years. We think we have found the perfect house and if things progress smoothly this could very well be my last post for some time. I have some serious decluttering to do before I can even begin to tackle packing! All of this comes very quickly after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which isn't going to make the task easy, to say the least. 
We are also downsizing which means I will no longer have a dedicated craft room! I will, however, make sure I have some sort of crafting space....somewhere.
So, without further ado here is todays card.








The supplies used here are 

* Crafters companion / Sara Davies floral delight paper pad 
* Presscut square nesting dies 
* Spellbinders long classic rectangles 
* Spellbinders standard circles large 
* M&C Boutique scalloped circles
* Dali Art circle and square sentiment stamps 
* Crafters companion / Sara Davies filigree flourish 
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions striped nasturtiums 
* Distress ink victorian velvet 
* Versacolor raspberry and peony 
* Stamens from my stash 

I had to keep things super simple due to lack of time but I quite like the end result and I hope you do too.
So, there we have it. I really hope I do get a chance for some sort of crafting but as our potential new home will need redecorating from top to bottom, I may have to wait a while. 

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued visits and lovely comments. I shall endeavour to get my crafting space sorted and functional ASAP and I shall be posting again as soon as is humanly possible. 
(There is of course the possibility that things may not work out so I could be crafting again relatively soon).
Take care and please stop by again when I return xx






Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Thank you ever so much #2

Good afternoon visitors. It's a late posting from me today, as I've been extra busy on the home front.
Another Thank You card for you today, as I was asked to make one by a friend to give to her mum.
So here it is












The supplies used here are 
* LemonCraft paper stack Just Love Me
* Spellbinders labels four
* Spellbinders gold labels four
* Crafts Too hearts embossing folder 
* Crafters Companion/ Sara Davies filigree flourish 
* Pink foamiran 
* Studio light beautiful flowers dies
* Joy Crafts decorative chalks Pearl (labels)
* Crelando pastel chalks ( flowers ) 
* Funstamps glitter embossing powder 
* Marianne design self adhesive pearl swirl
* SC design sentiment stamp
* Pearls from my stash 

Let me apologise if any of my photos are slightly out of focus. I had a really bad case of the shakes on the day I had to photograph them. (I'm not sure why but I'm ok now).

Well folks, I hope you (and my friends mum) like todays card.
Thank you for your visit today and please stop by again soon x 












Friday, 28 April 2017

Thinking of you

Good afternoon friends and visitors. 
It's turned out to be a glorious afternoon here and just in time for the big bike race 'The Tour de Yorkshire'. There will be a lot of people waiting at the finish line to greet the cyclist's but, alas, I wont be there to see it. Had I thought of it, I would have done a 'themed' card!
Anyhow, I didn't think of it, so here is today's non Tour de Yorkshire card.









The supplies used here are 
* Marianne design embossing folders extra (folder and die) DF3416
* LemonCraft Heart Painted paper stack 
* Spellbinders Fleur de Lis square 
* Presscut square nesting dies 
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions Spring Foliage (leaves only)
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions Stitched Flags 
* Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers 
* Distress inks Bundled sage / Shabby shutters (leaves)
* Distress inks Antique Linen / Victorian velvet / Picked Raspberry / Spun Sugar / Milled Lavender / Crushed Olive (flowers)
* Unlabeled sentiment stamp (a magazine freebie I think) 
* Green metallic textured cardstock 
* Pearls from my stash

After cutting out all the little individual quatrefoil shapes for the background and sticking them on, I wanted to keep the flowers simple, particularly as I wanted a lot of them. So I decided on simple single layered flowers. 
I've had the embossing folder and matching die for a while but only just 'found' it hidden in my stash!

Well that is today's card. I hope you like it.
Your visits are very much appreciated, so thank you for stopping by today and please visit again soon x 








Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Beauty comes from within

Good afternoon visitors.
My my, how the weather has turned today. Still beautiful and sunny at times though, so I shouldn't complain! 

Today's card was inspired by a card made by Andrea Ewen. Another blog that is well worth a visit if you have the time.

So here is said card.














The supplies used here are

* Papermania premium textured cardstock 
* Dovecraft floral muse paper pack 
* Spellbinders large labels
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions Orange blossom leaves 
* Spellbinders Rose creations 
* M&C Boutique border die 
* Ivory foamiran
* Dali Art circle and square sentiment stamps 
* Ultimate Crafts L'aquarelle Designs flourish stamp 
* Distress inks Bundled sage/Shabby shutters  (leaves)
* Crelando pastel chalks  (leaves)
* Versacolor Cinnamon and Bamboo (flowers)
* Ribbon and pearls from my stash 

I'm loving the papers and very pleased with how the roses turned out. (I really must place another order for foamiran!)

As for the weather, I definitely spoke too soon. In the middle of a hail storm as I type! 

Well, that's it for today. I hope you like today's card, a little bit different from my usual style.

Thank you for visiting today  (at least you didn't have to leave the house to do so lol), and please pop back soon x
















Friday, 21 April 2017

A little birdie told me

Hello again visitors. 

It's a glorious day, if a little windy, here on the coast today. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are. It always seems a much better day when the sun is shining don't you think?

On today's card I finally got around to using the paper pack my lovely Daughter bought me for my birthday, so here it is











The supplies used here are 

* Bronte Charm 8x8 paper pack 
* Spellbinders bird cage two
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions fanciful trim
* White Foamiran 
* Spellbinders Rose creations (large flower) 
* Sheena Douglass fanciful fuchsia  (medium flowers)
* Elizabeth Crafts bunch of flowers  (small flowers)
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions spring foliage  (tiny flowers)
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions trailing ivy 
* M&C Boutique stitched rectangles 
* Nellies choice vintasia Romantic birds  (bird only)
* Versacolor white (background paper)
* Versacolor bronze ink (cage and trim)
* Papermania copper embossing powder (cage and trim)
* Stampendous aged silver embossing enamel (cage and trim)
* Unbranded aqua embossing powder (bird)
* Crelando pastel chalks (flowers and ivy)
* Ultimate Crafts L'aquarelle Designs sentiment stamp 
* Pearls and stamens from my stash 

I apologise for all the photo's but I like to get a view from as many angles as I can so you can see how it's all put together.

I love the background paper, green is a big favourite of mine, but it was a little too pristine for what I wanted, but I didn't want full on shabby. I used the white ink and the scrubby side of a washing up sponge to apply. It just makes it a little less perfect, if you see what I mean.
For the cage and trim I was trying to create a weathered look.
I've used the lovely Foamiran again for the flowers but the tiny ones are paper.

Gosh, what a long post! I hope I haven't bored you!

That's my offering for today, I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Thank you for stopping by today and please visit again soon x 










Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Just for You

Good afternoon visitors. I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break.

Have any of you had a play with Foamiran yet? Today's card has more Foamiran flowers, it is quite addictive! I only bought a little to sample really, but I can safely say I shall be ordering more.
I've recently discovered Silk Foamiran which doesn't require heat to shape it so I may have to add that to my shopping list.

Anyway, here is today's Foamiran flower card. 










The supplies used here are 

* Spellbinders labels twenty-two
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions Orange blossom flowers 
* M&C Boutique leaves die
* Unlabeled sentiment stamp from my stash 
* Ultimate Crafts L'aquarelle Designs flourish stamp
* White Foamiran 
* Crelando pastel chalks 
* Stamens from my stash 
* Self adhesive embellishments from The Works

I really wanted to keep the design simple and keep it all about the flowers. I was tempted to add a patterned paper but felt it worked much better without.

I am entering today's card in a new challenge. You can find the details here

If you're thinking of having a go with Foamiran you could check it out or their Facebook page perhaps. 

I certainly don't think I stand a chance in this challenge if I'm being honest. There are some truely awesome creations to compete with!

Well folks, that's my offering for today. I hope you liked it.
Thank you for your visit and please stop by again soon x