Monday 31 October 2011

Halloween treats

I have my neighbours little grandchildren popping roung later to trick or treat me.   Look what I've made for them:

I chose happy looking bats as they are only little! 

The treat boxes were made using my Stampin' Up Pillow Box die, the Square Lattice & Perfect Polka Dots embossing folders, the circle was cut from Peach Parfait card stock using the Stampin' Up Circles #2 die and the happy little bats were download and cut with my Silhouette. 

Have a happy day and thanks for popping in to see my blog today.


Sunday 30 October 2011

Afternoon with a real Princess

Hello everyone,

I've had such a lovely weekend.  Usually I am either working/teaching or we have visitors, usually the girls with their boyfriends.  Nobody ever mentioned that when they grew up our weekends might mean lots of fun, but also lots of cleaning and shopping before and then lots of cooking whilst they are all here (girls need clothes and boys need food and plenty of it!), followed by extra washing and ironing when they've gone back.  I alway love having them home though, playing mother hen has always been right up my street and I do feel a huge amount of sadness when they leave. 
Anyway, this weekend, I have played and played, both girls are happy where they are and I have no work commitments really pressing and as part of my on-going therepy, I've allowed myself to play!  I started a new on-line class last week and have spent lots of time making some lovely projects, which you will be able to see if you attend my crop on 19th November.  Today though, I spent time scrapbooking, David and I searched our loft yesterday morning looking for photos and we found a huge amount of them, photo's I'd forgotten we had.  I've only opened a couple of packets so far and when I found these photos, I knew I'd have to scrapbook them!

Normally if I'm scrapbooking I use very little product and spend very little time, but now I have given myself time, I thought I'd use both......time and lots of product.  We so often buy product and save it, we shouldn't save it we should definitely use it whilst we love it and whilst it's new!

This album page is made using one of the new scrapbooking kits from Stampin' Up that I bought this month, it's called Country Club.  Since I was little, green has been one of my favourite colours and in Country Club, Stampin' Up are using my favourite shade - Pear Pizzazz.

I teamed the Country Club Simply Scrappin' kit with Pear Pizzazz DSP and buttons from the Stampin' Up Regals collection.  I also used the Stampin' Up Sizzix Timelesss Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits Dies for some of the letters and numbers.  I made the rosette using Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon and Stampin' Up's Linen Thread to tie a little knot in the buttons.  The word "Celebrating" and the little horseshoe are die cut from my Silhouette.

Happy crafting and looking forward to sharing more at my crop on 19th November.... email me to book your space.

Thanks for looking at my blog today.


Wednesday 26 October 2011

Crafting definitely helps with stress

I'm back, I needed to craft to help with my stress levels!  Sarah, my daughter, was lept on, on Saturday night in Oxford and her foot has been pretty severely injured.  The doctors (she has two, private ones, these days....she is so lucky and I'm so grateful to them!) saw her and sent her for x-rays and now we are waiting to see what the consultant has to say about the damage.

Crafting always makes me less stressed and I wanted to make a simple, clean looking card for one of my ladies, to let her know that I am thinking of her at the moment.  I came up with this one......

I was so pleased with it that I decided to make a whole set......

As I started making them, a request came in via our Pink Ladies Facebook group for samples of cards to be used at the NEC next week, so with no further ado and whilst everything was out I made two of each!  I hope you get to see them at the NEC if you are going.

I have used four of the new In Colours, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Island Indigo.  I stamped on Whisper White using one of the new hostess sets, Simply Soft,  This is a two step stamping set so my Stamp-a-ma-jig came in handy too.  I have used my Fiskars trimmer to double emboss the edges of the Whisper White mat.

I'm feeling so much better and calmer after crafting today.

Happy crafting and thanks for popping by my blog today.


Tuesday 25 October 2011

Stampin' Up mini album

After a hectic weekend pretending to be the most perfect mother, I decided to take a break from my kitchen sink duties yesterday and got back to some "real work"!  I know I'm supposed to be resting but......a girl has to have some fun and fun I did have making this little gem of a mini album.

 I absolutely love it.  I chose some pictures of the Tim Holtz event I went to in February and printed them off on my new mini Canon Selphy photo printer - it is so cute! 

To make the mini album, I used one of my very favourite colours River Rock from Stampin' Up along with Marina Mist and Soft Suede.  The papers are from the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up catalogue and are called Beau Chateau. 

I will be teaching my ladies how to make this mini at my Chilton Crop on Saturday 19th have to be there or you will miss it!  Email me to reserve you a place.

Happy crafting and thanks for visiting my blog today.


Monday 17 October 2011

Sponging backgrounds

I know, I know, I's been ages!  I am giving myself a couple of months off my regular classes in order to try and catch up with things that have been left and neglected, as well as give myself some time to try and rest my weary arms and shoulders!

Here is a card I made this morning, it is very very late but, I just can't be creative when I'm stressed or unhappy and with the loss of an elderly neighbour and moving Kim back to Bath had taken all the time and energy I had, so I was unable to come up with a card for the occasion.  I am hoping the lady in question won't mind too much (sorry it's so late Alison!)

I used Stampin' Up cardstock in Sahara Sand and Stampin' Up Bravo Burgandy ink to sponge through the stencil I made using my new Silhouette, which I absolutely love.  I also used the Silhouette to cut out the word on the front, using Black Stampin' Up cardstock.

I used Stampin' Up's Dazzling Diamonds to highlight each balloon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting,