Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Finishing off jobs and a new baby boy blanket.

Well good morning everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather that we had.

Following on from Saturday, when I had my braces fitted, I have had trouble eating, as I can't  chew properly at the moment. So  I am living on porridge in the mornings, soup at lunchtime and mash potato and vegetables in the evenings.....a good way to loose a bit of weight!!!

I can fill you in as to what I've been doing in my craft room.

I had a weekend of finishing off jobs.

I sewed the press studs onto my Christmas Cushions.
I added 3 buttons to the Thomas the tank engine jumper.
And I finally finished this second baby blanket, this time in blue.
I have taken the photo before I have "set it out" as I was impatient to show something today. For those of you who don't know what "setting out" is, it's where you lay your finished knitted/crochet project onto a damp towel and set it out so that the seams are straight, the piece is square, and is the correct size, and generally, it is looking like you want it to look when finished. Then you make sure that the edges of the damp towel is over the front of your piece and then cover with another dry towel. This you leave somewhere flat until dry. The seams will look as if they have been pressed and the piece will be square and "set" to the correct measurements.

 looking a bit out of shape....
a close up of the blanket crochet stitch. This is a good stitch to use for a blanket, as the reverse of the piece is the same as the front.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Not Exactly Crafting.

I've nothing new to show today.

I've been to the dentist to have braces fitted to hopefully get rid of the gap in my front teeth and generally straighten up the rest of my teeth.

I thought I would share with you my progress, starting with day 1. In a way it is being creative, as I hope I will be delighted with the end product.

I'm in my craft room now for the rest of the day, so hopefully, will have something to show you tomorrow.

Hope you all have a good day, whatever you are doing. x

Friday, 26 September 2014

Please forgive me....I'm under the influence !!!!

 Forgive me but I'm still under the influence of John Lockwood !!. When I saw his card that he had created by stamping across multi layers I knew that I had to have a go to. It is something that I would never have thought of myself. It's such a simple idea but the effect is stunning.

 I had a star stamp with Christmas words on that I sort of randomly stamped in each corner, using clear embossing ink and cosmic shimmer Christmas red sparkle embossing powder. I have layered with red card and my base card is also the same red cardstock.

A simple message and a star embellishment completes the card.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Poinsettia Wreath...a la` john next door !!

Good morning everyone.
Today's offering has been influenced by John Lockwood (john-next-door).
I met him at Ally Pally where he had several wreaths that he had created using the Sue Wilson poinsettia dies and stamps. Here is my version using Spellbinders poinsettia dies and stamps. I have used the new Cosmic Shimmer Christmas Red Sparkle embossing powder for the stamped poinsettias. I stamped them first and when I had heat set them I cut them out by hand as I found that the die doesn't line up without cutting off some of the embossed edges. As the poinsettia is such a simple shape it was easy to do.

 I covered the polystyrene ring with lime green ribbon. I also cut out some poinsettias in a plain red card and then embossed them through the GC. I used a hot gun to attach to the wreath and then stuck some flatbed pearls in the centre of each flower. As well as the full poinsettias I also added in single layered flowers and parts of the flowers where there seemed to be a gap.

Thanks John xx

This is not the first wreath that I have made. Quite some time ago I made this wreath by cutting out "SP Spiral Blossom one" out of red felt. It took quite a few as you can see. I stand a candle in the centre of this one for the Christmas table.

And this wreath I knitted last year. This one I hang on the internal front door (inside porch).
In both photos the reds look quite pink, but in real life they are a true Christmas Red. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

"Rudolf the red nose reindeer had a very shiny nose....."

 Morning, I bet you're all singing along now .... lol !!

This is one of my purchases from ally pally. The Rudolf stamp is from "Woodware FRS320". It's quite a long stamp 18.5 cm, but as you can see it stamps out lovely. I coloured in using promarkers, then made a mask, by stamping image again onto scrap paper and laying over the image. Then using Tim Holtz distress inks - tumbled glass and a shaving brush gently inked around the image. I've used glossy accents on the nose - but photo doesn't pick up the shine. The merry Christmas on either side is another ally pally buy, dies from x-cut. A set of 14 xmas words that are larger than my other word dies.
The image is mounted onto red card and then added to the white card blank. I've done some faux stitching in pen around the edge of the image.

A quick card, but a cute one !!

Monday, 22 September 2014

An Orange for Christmas? .... LOL !!

Morning everyone...Hope you all had a good weekend. I had a fab day on Saturday, I went to ally pally for the craft show and met John Lockwood (john- next-door). He was on the creative expressions stand along with Phil Martin & Julia Watts. He also did a lovely demo of a candle wreath using the Sue Wilson poinsettia dies. He will probably show it on his blog now that the show is check out his blog (clink on the link from my blog list) and watch this space for my version of it soon....

Now for todays card you might be wondering at the title. Well, if like me, you have parents who were children during the WW2, you might have been told that every Christmas all they got was an orange and a small toy (if they were lucky). My brothers and I were always told this during the build up to Christmas when we were probably going on and on about what we wanted.

Anyway, when I did the stitching in shades of red and orange I had in mind to make a Christmas card using non traditional colours. I had this image of Father Christmas from a magazine "Make Christmas Cards" Christmas special. (Christine Emberson is also featured in the magazine). I added some pinflair "ice diamond" to the fur of the image. Layered onto green, orange and red card before the backing paper the only embellishment is the wording (Robert Addams). When I added the orange card my parents words popped into my head, hence the title.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment as I love to receive feedback - and always read the comments.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hobbycutz Design Team Challenge # 66

Not a Card - By Wendy L

Sponsor - A Day for Daisies

This image is called "Standing on a flower".

I decided to make this into a little note pad. Once I had coloured in the image, using my promarkers, I scanned the image and using Digital Designer made the image smaller and copied all over the page (like wallpaper). When printed off I was able to cover some white card like a book so that it was just larger than the pad inside. Then the initial image was stuck onto the front. I didn't have a pen the suitable colour to add to the notepad, but this simple idea makes a great gift.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Another Classic Christmas Card.

Morning everyone, I've scheduled this post as today I'm off out to Ally Pally for the Craft Show. Will hopefully see "John-next-door" doing some demos. See my list of blogs to see John's blog, he does some amazing cards and is now on the DT for Creative Expressions.

Another day of a classic colour combination Red & White, perfect for Christmas.

I've kept this simple. Just used spellbinders shapeability die for the centre. Also used spellbinders new xmas tree die, which was won by my good friend Sue from Christine Emberson's Hope and Chances website. Sue is my good friend as she has let me borrow this die !!!

I must confess it was a bit of a so and so to cut out - had to run through the GC a few times and keep turning it. Used wax paper as well. Also the little baubles die are very small and is a set of 2 on the same die. But as I had to cut 16 out was a bit fiddly. Having said all that I'm pleased with the end result. The only embellishment are the 2 strips of silver ribbon at each side with some red ric-rac ribbon on top and the wording (Robert Addams dies).

Have a good weekend, whatever you are doing.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Back to Black....and making Christmas cards.

Back to a classic combination black and gold.

For this card I stamped the poinsettia stamp randomly over a black piece of card using perfect medium embossing ink. Then I lightly brushed over Cosmic Shimmer iridescent mica powder in  sunlight ray. Then using a tissue wiped off the excess and buffed the card.
Using the same stamp I then stamped the image onto gold mirri card using stazon a few times. These were then cut out for my embellishments. Using tonic xmas dies I cut out the cracker in gold and black and then layered parts of the black onto the gold. I added a gold Sue Wilson bow die at the top. For a change I've not added any wording.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A Christmas bag/storage/craft thingy LOL !!

Here is another crafting storage bag. This pattern is from Simplicity 1556. I was actually after this pattern when I made my craft bucket but it was out of stock at the time. But just recently Jaycotts have had a sale and this pattern was in the sale so of course I couldn't resists !! LOL.

I have used Christmas fabric- no real reason for this- I was itching to make it and this was the only bit of material that was large enough, among my scraps.

Again, like the craft bucket and the mug cover, a very easy pattern to follow.

I might use it for storing my Christmas decorations or for when I make Christmas cards. Having everything to do with Christmas in one place would be useful when I'm making cards.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A not so sure about Christmas Card.

I made this card last night. When I was doing the stitching this week I had in my mind exactly the kind of card I wanted to achieve.

I had bought the small pine cone set from Britannia Dies- which consists of 2 pine leaves (L&R) and a pine cone.

As  the stitching was in a variegated green thread I knew that I wanted to cut the pine leaves in different shades of green and randomly have them around the stitching, with the pine cones in the corners.

I did the wording (Robert Addams Dies) twice in dark and light green and off-set them.

This is what I have done......but I'm not sure about it now - maybe I should have had 3 cones in each corner .....what do you think? Constructive comments would be helpful.

Hope you have a better crafting day than me today LOL !! x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Thomas The Tank Engine.....

Here is the Thomas the Tank Engine jumper that I have just knitted for my nephew's son.

I first knitted this jumper 20 years ago for my youngest son.....glad I kept the pattern as Thomas is still fashionable !!.

The pattern is from Harper Holland Ltd and is knitted in dk wool.

I just have to sew 3 buttons on the back.

Close up of Thomas.

Thanks for stopping by. x

Monday, 15 September 2014

A Mug Cover for my pens.

 I have just purchased this pattern "Simplicity 2450" for a mug cover. I thought it would tie in with my craft bucket that I made some time ago.

As you can see from the photos above there are pockets around the outside as well as inside. It's tied by the handle of the mug by ribbon.

A very simple pattern with only 2 pieces to use. I made it in about 2 1/2 hours.

I thought this would be a good xmas gift (not necessarily for crafters).

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Q: when is a butterfly not a butterfly?

 A:When it's a flower !!

I bought the "Large Elvendene Butterfly" die from Britannia Dies at Sandown Show. It consists of 2 dies (each side of the butterfly). When done together it makes a complete butterfly (see top picture - bottom corner in pink). You could also just have one side and then it would look like the butterfly's wings were closed and you are looking from the side.

But, if you cut several pieces out and then cut the smaller section off you have a flower petal. I have cut 7 out and arranged them into a flower. I backed them in lemon card and added a centre die piece (Marianne Designs- see café crème card on a previous blog). Using Sue Wilson foliage and a striped ribbon, I have created a card on an embossed piece of white card that I have inked over in pink Tim Holtz distress ink, and backed onto pale green card.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

M.I.N.N.I.E.M.O.U.S.E......Minnie Mouse !!!!

My Son's girlfriend, Zoe, is going to University this month. She is mad on Minnie Mouse so I thought I would make this frame for her to have on her wall at her digs.

I bought a greetings card with Minnie Mouse on and cut out the image of Minnie. The back of the card had a smaller image of Minnie with flowers etc, so I scanned this to my computer and using the digital designer programme from do-crafts I was able to select a part of this which then was turned into wallpaper by duplicating the selected image all over the page. I cut out the word "Zoe" using my Silhouette portrait and added pink gems. Spellbinders for the yellow edging and finally the flower (which was an air-freshener for my car but had run out. The flower was too nice to throw away and I knew I could re-use it somehow).

Hopefully, Zoe, wont be too homesick at University now.

Friday, 12 September 2014


A simple stitched card for xmas. The topper is from LOTV Christmas pads. A strip of pale blue ribbon and a sentiment keeps the colour tones muted, but the poinsettia ties in with the robin's redbreast and makes the bird "pop".

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Owl Stamp Patchwork Card

 Here is a card that I made using a free stamp set in a magazine. The background has been created by using the small square patchwork stamp. By rotating the stamp and stamping in a grid all over the paper (drew the grid on plain white card as a guide). I then coloured the stamped page using "Sharpie" pens. This is then my background paper. Another stamp in the set is this cute owl (there is also a fox, rabbit and badger all in the patchwork design along with flowers and words)I have coloured him in the same colours as the background, and used the wording stamps too. A small flower and ribbon is the only embellishment.
A close up of the owl.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Café Crème

This is a card using one of the new dies that I bought at Sandown craft show.
It's from Marianne Designs (LR0327) and is a set of 4 dies. I have used brown and a peachy-coffee coloured mirri card. The dies cut out beautifully and are embossed too.

I have created an easel card with 2 sections, one the shaped piece and the one a square for the sentiment. The stopper is a spellbinders die (Sue Wilson design I think). I have been very extravagant with the ribbon at the bottom - having 3 layers - the longest the width of the card. A felt rose in brown completes the card.

A close up of the embossed section.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

There's Something Fishy about this Cake !!!!!!!

It's my husbands birthday today. He is a keen fisherman, so here is the cake I have made him for his birthday.

Victoria Sponge cut into the shape of a fish (meant to be a carp !!) and covered with buttercream. For the scales I have used white chocolate buttons. For the lines on the fins and tail I have used uncooked spaghetti. On the silver foil I have drawn some air bubbles and also the reeds etc in the water.

Monday, 8 September 2014

As Fresh as a Daisy

I have just bought the Sue Wilson dies "Delicate Daisies". One set has the daisy as a solid shape and the other as the outline of the daisy. I have used both sets on this card. I cut the solid shape out in white card and the outline set in pink. Glued the pink onto the white and then stuck it onto a white card blank. The "grass" at the bottom of the card is actually the push out bits of the outline dies. As the daisies are different sizes I was able to graduate the grass. I have used flat pearl gems in different sizes in the centre of each daisy. I then used a green gel pen and drew in the stems of each daisy. And finally, using Martha Stewart "Peg stamps" have added the green leaves and a few pink butterflies.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Hobbycutz Design Team Challenge # 64

This image is from "The Paper Shelter" the theme was "For the boys" and was chosen by Mixamatoasties.

I coloured in the Image using promarkers. Then  I cut it out and made a stand for it. Next I looked for a cowboy themed image for a background and then did a larger cactus in the foreground. Not a card but for a small boy he could have his own rodeo in a box....if I continued the background onto 3 sides of a large box and added a sand- coloured base. With a few toy horses he could have hours of fun playing.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

"It's Beginning to look like Christmas"

Well, where did this past week go?, it has flown by and I haven't made any cards or completed anything else to put on the blog.

This stitched card I finished at 10pm on Friday night so have scheduled it for Saturday morning. It has a simple stitched design in a multi-colour thread. The image in the centre is from LOTV new Christmas pads. The wording (Robert Addams Dies) and the holly is from Cottage Cutz (from the Christmas Cheer Candles die )

I went to Sandown Racetrack for the Craft show. I go there twice a year, and really enjoy it for several reasons:- 1, I can drive there without too much hassle, 2, there are plenty of parking spaces, 3, the show does a mix of all crafts and 4, it's not too big or too busy.

There has been a stand for the last few times called "Pink Frog Crafts & Cards". They mainly do "Britannia Dies" & "Marianne Designs". There are loads of sample cards so you get a good idea of how to use the dies, the people on the stand (normally about 5) are a great help when you are looking for a particular die or have a question. Needless to say I spent some money on this stand (cant and wont say how much Just in case my husband reads this !!). Check out their web site

Monday, 1 September 2014

A Stitched Xmas Card.

This stitched card features "Humphrey the elephant". Crafters Companion does a cd rom and also stamps featuring Humphrey and his family. Their expressions are so life-like and really tell the story.
When I first stitched this card, I had it in my mind to add a candle where the elephant is. But when I looked through my stamps I came across Humphrey and decided I would "risk" stamping directly onto the linen card and use my promarkers to colour it in. Luckily it went well. The die shape is from "Go Kreate". I have added wording (Robert Addams) and snowflakes (a punch and Robert Addams die).
Not too fussy this card and I feel an unusual colour scheme for a Christmas card.
Have now entered this card into the "Bearlymine-Challenges" for Sept. Their theme is Autumnal colours, on the recommendation of Jacquie....thanks x