Saturday 28 September 2013

Sweet Friend

Good evening friends.

A couple of people asked about the tutorial for my mini pizza box the other day.  Well   here  it is.  I'm sorry I didn't do at it at the time. My only excuse is that I put the link on the last time I posted one of these - not thinking  that I have more followers since then .  And I am so thankful for each and every one of you!

Desiree It was so nice  to hear from you again as I know you have a very full and busy life. Could you perhaps drop me an email so that I have your email address? Don't worry if you would rather not. I quite understand. My email address is on my profile page.

My Card

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My card today uses all three of the SB Elegant Labels 4 dies. I just sponged all the centres with Spun Sugar distressing ink whilst they were still in the die to add some colour. The leaves are Cheery Lynn Leaf Flourish and the carnations and roses are WOC. 

This was intended as a birthday card for a friend but the time ran away from me so I thought I would change the sentiment so it won't matter quite so much when she receives it late. It was extremely quick to put together.  Not much of a friend am I?

Sorry this is such a quick post, but I hope it finds you all well.

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Eazy Pizzy

Hello friends. After yesterdays' foggy start it turned out to be a gorgeous day, and the same again today.   Started out very foggy again, in fact it was still dark at 6:45.  I guess the light just couldn't break through the fog. But  the sun  definitely came through eventually, which is just what we need, otherwise the winter will seem very long.  So another lovely day. We are being spoiled.

 Just back from the hospital. Fortunately there wasn't too much of a delay so John didn't get too uptight today. Flippin' men!!

My Project

More boxes again today
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 I have made two mini pizza boxes.  They are exactly the same size, 4 inches square and 1 inch deep, but look so different.  I left the first one very plain and used purple striped card stock. I made a band to go round the middle which just slides off.   The centre band really transforms what is a very plain box.  I die cut the largest die from SB Venetian Motifs and then made the purple and white aster from SB HeartFelt Creations Delicate Asters. 

The second one I cut from ivory card stock and then used Martha Stewart PATP Cherish punches to make the top and bottom.   I added an old LOTV topper which has been in my stash since forever, and then just added some pearls, poinsettias and Cheery Lynn Flourish leaves which were in the drawer with the other ready cut  stuff.

I really love these little boxes.  They are the simplest boxes to make and yet can look so different depending how you decorate them.   I also like the way the lid is attached to the base.  For this size you only need a piece of card 6" x 11".  I have adjusted the measurements and made bigger ones and deeper ones in the past so they are pretty versatile.  However, I have only ever made square ones.  My next task will be a rectangular box.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Pink and White Box

Hello dear friends and fellow bloggers.  Thank you so much for visiting me today.  Well we have had a couple of good days weather wise, which is always nice.  Done quite a lot of washing - which means quite a lot of ironing too.  However, I never find ironing a chore when I can bring it it straight in off the line and iron it, but when it hangs around that's a different story!  Unfortunately today is totally different, extremely foggy and cooler.

My Project

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I first made a box measuring 7" x 5" using my boxer board from Crafters Companion.  I die cut the largest die from SB Resplendent Rectangles twice for the lid and base.  I added a layer of card which I had run though the Couture Creation "Tied Together" folder and inked with Spun Sugar distressing ink. An SB Labels 20 die topped that and then I finished with a WOC rose and leaves from SB Foliage dies. A very simple project but quite a pretty box.

Another hospital appointment again tomorrow so more hanging around hospitals . It just wastes so much time doesn't it? And John gets so cross when the appointments run late. You can understand it more when you have an appointment towards the end of the session, but there is simply no excuse when you are booked in early.  Ah well, we'll just have to see what happens.

Have a good day everybody.

Sunday 22 September 2013

Snow In Love! CCC Challenge

Hi everybody.  I'm sorry I have been such a bad blogger for the past couple of weeks.  For some reason I just haven't had any motivation.  Hopefully now I have made this card I will be okay again.  Yesterday morning I went to the Paper Craft Fair at the National Motorcyle museum near the NEC.  They are held about four times a year. Obviously fairly small ( 32 exhibitors yesterday) so not worth travelling great distances, but at £2 entry fee (for seniors! Lol!) and free parking it is great value.

My Card
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It is time for the Christmas Card Challenge again. Am I sure? Surely it hasn't been two whole weeks!!! The time is really shooting by. But I digress, as so often is the case! Today it is Sue J's turn to choose (aka Ollie's Mam ) and she has asked us to make a card using a snowman. This isn't the card I had planned but I left it too late to do the one I wanted. If I get chance I will do that one in a day or so.

I printed an image from my Card Factory Deluxe programme and put it into the inside of the card. I then die cut a square aperture from the front using SB Classic Squares Large  and added some Snowstorm Acetate which I have had and not used. I added red poinsettias in the corners with leaves from the Leaf Flourish Strip, which I think is Cheery Lynn. I had also die cut a frame from SB Lacy Squares but then glued on the leaves before remembering about the frame. What am I like? ( I can still hear my mum saying that!) Oh well, it doesn't look too bad without it. I stamped the snowflakes around the borders from Hero Arts "Fluttering Snowflakes" with Versamark and embossed with WOW Opaque Bright White embossing powder. The "Let It Snow" wording is a Brittania die.

Yesterday was quite a nice day and today is lovely - warm and quite sunny. There was a very short shower earlier but that was it. Hope you are all enjoying the same weather. Please enjoy what's left of the weekend.

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Tuesday 17 September 2013

Special Day

Hello everybody on this cold, wet and miserable day.  Maybe it's just me, but I don't remember September being this cold in the past!  And such dreadful weather for the first three days of the Tour of Britain cycle race!  Ah well, such is life.  John  had a couple of hospital appointments yesterday which always seem to take up the entire day with all the travelling etc.  Anyway I managed to make a card this morning.

My Card

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I used a shaped card from Craftwork Cards and covered it with one of the papers from First Editions "Spring Feast."  In fact all the papers are from the same pad.  I used the smallest circle from SB Grand Decorative Circles One to cut the peachy circle and then a green paper with SB Petite Scalloped Circles Large to mat the topper, which is a Wee image from Hobby House.  The flowers are from WOC and the leaves are Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip. The little bow was from a snippet of ribbon and the sentiment is  Craftwork Cards Sparkle Sentiments which I cut into  a double fish tail and inked with green ink.  These toppers from Hobby House make really quick cards and there are some great ones to choose from. I have just noticed that the sentiment banner has slipped so I will have to re-align it.

Well that's all from me today. Hope you are all keeping well and warm.

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Sunday 15 September 2013


Good morning to you all. Today I have another Christmas card.

My Card

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My card today is 6 x 6 inches.  The large snowflake stamp is Stampendous "Crystal Snow Points" which is one of my early stamps.  I stamped it with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender onto parchment paper and then used an embossing tool from behind.  I also used the Pearlescent Lavender with an Inkssenstials foam pad to outline the snowflake and make it stand out.  Before attaching it to the card  I stamped some snowflakes onto another piece of parchment and attached that to the side of the card.  The sentiment is from Polkadoodles and I then added a snowflake in the corner using  SB Create A Flake 5 snowflake die cut once in white and once in lavender glitter card and also a Marianne snowflake.  Just to give it a bit of a lift I added a few holographic peel off snowflakes which have been in my stash for years.   I'm not a lover of holographic things but I can take it small doses.  A  very quick and easy card today but unfortunately the picture does not really do it justice. Well that's life I guess.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. The weather is mixed here. Yesterday started miserably with rain and mist but then in the afternoon it was beautifully sunny but cooled down pretty quickly.  Today is better but quite overcast. Definitely time to light the fire now.

Friday 13 September 2013

Variation On A Theme

Hello friends and fellow bloggers.  Sorry I have not been around much this week, with no cards to show. However, just like buses you wait for ages then two along at the same time!  I have used the same dies and colours as on a previous post last week but just varied them slightly.

My Cards

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Firstly the cards are 6 x 6 inches, whereas the last one was 7 x 5.  My intention was to make one card.  I started out by die cutting my Cuttlebug flowers and attaching them to red card stock. I then die cut the MB Tessatina border twice and the SB Borderabilities Bracket Border One.  Now it just became  too fussy so I cut another piece of white card stock,  but this time just using one of the edgers and leaving out the decorative insert.

For the second card, since I had already die cut the white card sock with an edge and a decorative insert, I omitted the Tessatina borders and computer generated a sentiment instead.  Using white satin ribbon  from my stash I wrapped it around and added a bow to each card, and finished them off with pearls from my stash.

So two very simple cards today which, while not exactly CAS, do  look quite "clean".  I am really starting to like the CAS look to cards.

I apologise for the wonky pictures but when I tried to retake them it was too dark.

Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend.  It doesn't seem two minutes since it was last Friday!!

Sunday 8 September 2013

Criss Cross Christmas Card for the Christmas Card Club Challenge.

Hi! I love alliteration so I couldn't resist this title!  I wonder if I could say it after a couple of glasses of wine!!   Lol!  I actually started this card two weeks ago  for "Anything Goes" challenge then I realised that it fit nicely with this week's "Let's Go Monochrome", which was chosen by Clare, so I put it to one side and picked it up again the other day and finished it for today's challenge.

My Card

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My card is made from two 6 x 6 inch cards stuck together and trimmed.   The papers are Dovecraft "Winter Wonderland" which I have had for years.  My image is an LOTV stamp which  I think  is called Little Ivy. I coloured her with Promarkers, die cut it with SB Standard Circles Large and matted it with SB Petite Scalloped Circles Large. Whilst it was still in the die I added some Versamark Smoke Blue to take away the stark white and let it blend in a little more. I added lots of glitter to her wings and the poinsettias. Well it's for Christmas so glitter is obligatory!! The flower, from WOC, started out white but I coloured them with Promarkers. The Holly Vine is from Memory Box and I cut it three times, chopping one of them up and sticking it around the flowers. I cannot tell you where the stamp is from - it was one of the ones I took off the wood block and forgot to take the details! The pearls are from my stash.

Yesterday Patricia was telling us how she got so involved with her crafting that she was late making dinner - only to find she was an hour early!!  A few years ago I had a real blonde moment!  My sisters are married to cousins who have birthdays on the 10th and 14th October. I was horrified when I realised that I had missed both of them but amazed that my elder sister hadn't rung to complain - she's not normally one to hold back.  I hurriedly made two belated cards and posted them - only to find it was only September and I had looked at the wrong page of the calendar! Whoops!!

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend.  We had a beautiful day yesterday after a chilly start. Still no rain and I'm dancing as hard as I can Jenny! Lol!

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Thursday 5 September 2013

Those Who Sow Kindness Gather Love

Hi everybody, and yet another glorious day.  Rain is forecast tomorrow. Much as we need it here I am very selfish and would like it to fall overnight and leave us with some good days before Autumn is upon us.

My Card.

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I was looking for something last night and came across this old Cuttlebug die which has not seen the light of day for many many years. It came in a double pack and is called Honeycomb. The other die is the honeycomb but this poor thing wasn't given a name. Anyway I thought today was a good day to use it and let it feel loved again. Lol! I decided on a CAS design.

My card is 7 x 5 inches.  I added a mat from red card before attaching another piece of white card.  I cut the Memory Box Tessatina border twice and added the flowers on top.  I computer generated the sentiment before adding the die cuts.  Obviously I realise now that I should have made the font size larger, but apart from that I am quite happy with the fresh look of this card.  It is so easy to keep adding things but I am getting quite good now at stopping myself. I have never been one to find it essential to fill up all the space on a card, but keeping it very clean and simple was quite a struggle at first.  I have also thought of another way to use these two dies so look out for another similar one soon! Lol!

Enjoy your day whatever you are doing, and I hope the sun is shining on you too.

Wednesday 4 September 2013

The Same - But Different!

Good morning friends and fellow bloggers.  I've been having rather a strange week and have not really been able to create anything at all.  I keep starting things but never actually getting anything finished. I guess that does happen sometimes.

My Card

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I have been playing with the aster die and that is how today's card came about.  As you can see it is exactly the same as the last card I posted, but in different colours and a fuller flower.  (So how can it be exactly the same duh!)  But it is amazing just how different it looks.  This one is more me. I really was not sure about that brown card, but you have to try these things don't you, before ruling them out?  I shall be keeping my brown card for male cards in future.

(The dies used are SB Borderabilities Bracket Borders One and SB Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters.)

We had a really nice day out on Sunday .We had to go to Chepstow to pick up something for John so we made a day of it.  The weather was glorious and we went across country via the Forest of Dean instead of just whizzing down the motorway.  We stopped off for lunch etc and had a really pleasant day.  I think we need to make the most of them because although so far we have still been having great weather (today has been almost unbearably hot!)  it can't last much longer.  The mornings are quite dark and it is getting dark quite early too. Autumn is a lovely time of year - but let's keep a bit of summer for now.

Well that's all from me. Hopefully I will be able to produce something in the next couple of days!