Got back from Mum's on Thursday, but only finding time to make a card now. It was quite an adventure driving down through all the floods on Monday evening, thankfully the journey back was less eventful! While I was there I got to babysit my little twin nieces (aged 15 months) and so it was lovely to spend a wee bit of time with them (and back to nappies, bottles and spoonfeeds - times 2!!). Anyhow, now I'm home, I have got up to date again with the washing, ironing, etc and here is my entry for this weeks LOTV challenge - its a nice straightforward sketch by Bev. I have used First Edition "Sweet Owl" paper, matted onto SU "close to cocoa" card (now retired). The image is one of the LOTV cute squares, with Glossy Accents added to make her necklace shine, and some stickles on her dress and on the centre of the punched flowers and leaves. I think it would have been better to wait for it to dry before taking the photo - but as usual, I was a bit too impatient!!
We're hoping to take a stall and sell some cards etc at the Farmers market at the end of November, so I have been knitting/crocheting lots of scarves. If we don't get them sold, - guess what everyone will be getting for Christmas presents this year?! Sorry about the quality of the photos - I will have to get a new camera I think - or maybe go on photography course!!
I have scheduled this post as hopefully by the time you're reading this I will be back down with my Mum for a couple of days. So just so that you have something to look at while I'm gone, here are some of Hannah's little bears made from Fimo! She loves making things from Fimo and I'm sure that's why my electricity bill is so high - she keeps putting on the oven to cook these tiny wee things!
Went to a SU workshop in a friends house on Friday night. We made this little cracker and card, using the bird punch and old olive, cherry cobbler and chocolate chip card and ink. I had to order some new stuff of course - I really needed it! I have ordered some of the stock of the new 'In colours' - so waiting impatiently now for them to arrive - the blue shades are really lovely - my kinda colours!
This card was made following the CAS sketch on the Sugar Bowl challenge. I don't really do CAS - it was very tempting to stick on a few wee flowers or a couple of gems in the top left corner. I will have to try to get the hang of it before I start my Christmas cards - yes, I know I really should have started before now - each year, on Christmas eve, I always convince myself I will be more organised next year - but it never happens! Anyway, the paper used was from SU, a Suger Nellie stamp, coloured with Promarkers and her skirt and top were paper pieced - from the same SU pad. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Heritage stamp company and it was punch out using the end of a SU label punch. The swirls are Sizzix dies.
This card was made using the sketch from this weeks Sketch n stash challenge. I had coloured the LOTV image (using Promarkers) a few weeks ago for another challenge, but was not able to finish the card as I went down to be at the hospital with Dad. It was a suitable shape for the sketch, so I finished it off today and also found that the card could be entered in the LOTV challenge for this week - as I have used ribbon, lace, flowers and gems. The papers are my usual First Edition ones - from the Sweet Owl and Summer breeze pads, the sentiment stamp is also by LOTV and was punched out and matted unto a Nestabilities scalloped circle. The brown lace is from Panduro and the pink one is from a little gift shop in Belfast. The neglected items used, were the pink flowers - I bought them during the summer of 2009 in a little shop beside the docks in Ellesmere Port, when we stopped overnight in a hotel there on our way to Stratford-on-Avon for our holidays. They came in a little jar with a screw on lid and just looked too nice to use up!!
Here is a birthday card I made using thePink Ink sketch for this week. The image and patterned paper are from a Fizzy Moon pack. I cut around the image then mounted it unto a Nestabilities circle. The corners were die cut and the ribbon bow and some of the flowers were from Craft Creations. I have got my wee SU punch now which fits the oval sentiments from Craftwork Cards.
I am back home after nearly three weeks away. Unfortunately Daddy did not recover and passed away on the 11th, just two weeks after having the stroke. I never imagined when I made his birthday card a few weeks ago, that it would be for the last time. Mum's birthday was just three days after the funeral and I made this quick card when I got back home. My computer wasn't working until today so I wasn't able to follow any of the sketches. The image is LOTV cute squares, the paper is MME 'Street Market,' the plain card is SU 'certainly celery' and 'baja breeze,' the border punch used is EK success 'Morrocco Lace' and the flowers are probably Prima ones - bought from Crafts U Love ages ago.
I'm a part time teacher, married for over 23 years and Mum to Hannah and Nathan. I dabble in most crafts and have been making cards for about 15 years now. I'm a big fan of Stampin Up, Lili of the Valley and Magnolia products. I also make wedding stationery and sell my cards in a local craft shop to help school funds.