Two posts in one day!!

Don't know how I have managed to do posts in one day - I must be getting better! This card was made using lots of SU products - stamp from the 'For Father' set (now retired), paper - 'Orchard Harvest,' embossing folder - 'Square lattice', ribbon - 'Early Espresso' and card - 'More Mustard,' 'Crumb Cake' and 'Early Espresso.'  The Thank you label is from LOTV and the apple is die cut using a Sizzix original die. Colouring was done with Promarkers as usual.  It hasn't photographed very well - the colours are brighter than this IRL and the apple DOES match the paper! For the layout I followed this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.  This weeks PFP challenge is 'Autumn Leaves,' so I can enter it there as well.

Pink wedding

Another quick wedding card today - I've been making a few for the shop these past couple of days.  I've used one of my last few LOTV cute squares (just found out they're not coming to the NEC this time - what are we going to do!!?) and the paper is from a Tilda 12 x 12 pad.  I added stickles to the dress and hearts.  The sentiment is from SU as is the punch used to cut it out (edged with a pink Promarker).  I used the layout on this weeks Friday Sketch Challenge.  The pearl heart is from MeiFlower (- who are offering free P & P at the moment!)


White with a hint of aqua

The LOTV challenge this week is to use 'White with a hint of colour,' so this wedding card has a hint of aqua in the background and pale colours of Flexmarkers and Promarkers used on the main LOTV image.  The patterned paper is from a Papermania pad and the blue square piece of paper and ribbon is from SU.  The sentiment is a LOTV stamp and the flowers, leaves and ovals are all made using various punches.  The layout is this weeks Sketchy Challenge sketch.


A card at last!

Yes - I actually got round to making a card today! In fact I made quite a few of them to send out to the members of my needlecraft class to let them know when it is starting up again for the winter.  I had coloured in a couple of extra stamped images, so I made one of the leftover ones into a birthday card.  The stamp is PB 'embroidered' and I coloured it with Promarkers.  The cardstock is from SU - 'cajun craze' and 'more mustard', as is the paper - from the new 'orchard harvest' pack.  The buttons are die cut from card using sizzlets dies and the 'happy birthday' is also a PB stamp.  I will enter it into the PB saturday challenge - 'buttons and bows', as well as the Simon Says challenge - 'anything goes.'

I also took a photo of Whiskers investigating my cards when I sat down to put them into the envelopes - don't think she was all that impressed with her 'likeness!'



Back to that time of week when we get to have a wee look at everybody's desk - to join in go to Julia's blog HERE.
I have managed to clear enough space on my desk to actually start to do some crafting this week! I have been stamping and colouring in a PB image called 'Embroidered' in order to make up some cards to send out to all the ladies who come to my needlework class over the winter.  It really should have been started by now but I needed to wait a couple of weeks to recover from my gallbladder op.  Progress hasn't been as speedy as I would have liked - it turns out I have a haematoma which the GP hopes will go away by itself and an infection in one of the wounds.  This means I am now on antibiotics and have to trip up and down to the surgery for special dressings.  At least I know now why I was having unexpected pain and hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

I am going to use some of my new paper from SU for the cards - a couple of people kindly sent me a free copy of both of the new catalogues - so I HAD to order something now, hadn't I?!  The main one has lots of lovely new stamp sets, so guess what will be arriving next?!  This paper pack is called 'Orchard harvest' and some of the sheets have little crosses on them that look just like cross stitch so I thought it would be very appropriate.  The PB stamp is also appropriate as our cat likes to come and climb into any craft bags that are left on the floor, or play with any bits of wool or threads that fall! (She also enjoys all the attention!)
Oh - I did manage to finish the notice board from last week - although I had barely enough of the ribbon - hence the butterflies to cover the joins (the ribbon came wrapped around the bedding and curtains - so I didn't want to have to buy another set, just to get more of the matching ribbon!).  Its not quite as symmetrical as I would have liked, but I'll blame that on the shortage of ribbon!



Nothing has really changed on my desk since last week, except for the addition of the canvas, wadding, red fabric and ribbon, that I am intending to use to make a notice board thingy for Hannah's room.  I also recently bought a new staple gun to attach the fabric to the frame, but as yet it just sits here waiting for attention.  There is also a wee pile of goodies from Florenz crafts that arrived in the post the other day (won in a recent blog challenge).  Thanks for all the good wishes concerning my operation on friday - it has gone well and I am making a good recovery, just so long as I can remember not to laugh or cough!  I can't understand why they need to make four 'holes' to take out one wee gallbladder - I had laparoscopic surgery to remove cysts years ago and they only needed two holes then!  Mind you that was back in the days when you stayed in hospital for three days - now they send you home a couple of hours later, complete with sick bowls and towels, throwing up as you go!! - oh well, I think you can sleep off all the anaesthetic better in your own bed anyhow - I was even able to manage half a cup of tea and a Jaffa cake before bedtime!  I can now get up and down the stairs to my craft room fairly well, so I might even get some crafting done soon.  At least I will have the time to visit a few more desks this week! - if you want to join in, visit Julia's blog HERE!



Now this is the reason why I haven't been making any cards recently - because there's no space left on my desk - its just a big mess!  I even missed last weeks WOYWW - to visit this week go to Julia's blog HERE.  I have been preparing lots of stuff for going back to school and then also for other teachers to cover for the next couple of weeks while I recover from surgery on friday - maybe I'll get time then to tidy up and make some cards.  I did actually make a Golden wedding anniversary one - hence the gold peel offs, but I was in so much of a rush I forgot to take a photo before I gave it away!

On Friday we were at my nieces wedding - the one I made the stationery for.  Everything was very co-ordinated with the pink colour, lace and pearls - even the cake and the table arrangements - it was nice to see how everything turned out in the end.  You may be able to see the place cards - they were wee labels, attached to a rose.  To see the stationery look at this post.


Needles and Pins

The theme on the PFP challenge this week is for needles and pins, so I made this wee sewing themed birthday card.  The Magnolia challenge is 'pretty in pink' so I can enter it there as well.  Then the CCT challenge is 'a stitch in time' and I have followed this weeks Friday sketch challenge sketch - so it fits in to quite a few challenges!  The Magnolia image was coloured using Promarkers and Flexmarkers, the ribbon came from Mei Flower and the paper is from a Prima pad that came free with 'Simply cards and Papercrafts.'  The sentiment stamp is from a retired SU set and the flowers and leaves were made using punches.   I think I would need to practice sewing on card - the machine doesn't grip the card as well as it grips fabric, so its more difficult to keep it straight and even!