Saturday, 31 December 2011

Blog Candy offer from The Stamping Boutique

Hi Just found this post when visiting my dashboard - still a few days left to try and win it just click the link below - sorry the picture wouldn't save.

have started my Thank you cards

On the ball today! as I have begun my thankyou cards for christmas prezzies. Have used nesties and anna griffin punches on these. The papers/card is from my stash and the ribbons is from making memories as part of a pack.

Also one of my resolutions is to not leave cards for family and friends til the last minute so that they are not rushed Have begun though as my cousin turns 70 this year so have started his card and will upload when it is completed. I have taken some inspiration from Sue Wilson of the Particraft blog for it although not up to her standard!
check out her blog

Thursday, 29 December 2011

how quick was that!!

Was off work yesterday and watched the craft sale tsv on QVC - as it was Bazzill card - my fave card - so decided to treat myself.
Well it just arrived at my door - couldn't believe it - great for using when I am off at the weekend making thankyou cards for my christmas prezzies.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

fed up with poor service

I am really getting fed up with co's who take your money and then don't answer any emails when your order doesn't arrive. I ordered a craft book through amazon but the seller was abebooks some months ago now. I was patient because it was coming from the USA but now 3 months later and 3 emails asking what is happening - nothing. No  book, no explanation nor apology - have decided not to buy through amazon again and certainly not from the seller abebooks.  There are plenty of good co's out there who do give good service but I think I will make more of a fuss about poor service/no service and if I get no reply will tell everyone about it. Right rant over!!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

christmas decorations

hi bloggers

I have joined a local craft group and one of the members designed this project for us all to have a go at - so made 2 so far both for friends - hope you like them and hope they do too!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

some of the final bundle

I think this is all I will post of christmas cards as some are multi copies of the same card - must get on with christmas shopping!

hopefully last of the necessary christmas cards!

Here is another selection of my christmas cards - whew! .

Saturday, 17 December 2011

more speedy cards


Trying to get all my christmas cards finished but still a few to do - where does the time go?? Having to stick with quick and simple. Mind you I am certainly using my spellbinders and sissix embossing folders - I found out today I had bought the same set twice again - I really must pay attention.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

cards for neighbours - super quick


hi blogger had to make super quick cards for my neighbours as have jsut realised how close it is to christmas and so much to do!! Made a little mistake on one but think I will get away with it and no time to redo or buy shop bought ones.
I have used a mixture of die cutting, embossing folders and stamping and embossing. Still more things to doand so little time!!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

qvc bargains - CBGM blog challenge

Treated myself to new punches from the clearance section. The Anna Griffin punches are pretty and useful and I have use one of the corner ones on the Sweet Stampin Challenge entry. And here is one of the others; the 3D ribbon punch.

My friend loves big cards which is a challenge for me as I usually like 5" x 5" or below. But as it's christmas!! I have used:
Sissix frame back die
Kanban die cut
paper and card from my stash
Anna Griffin 3D ribbon punch
white organza ribbon
stazon black ink
glossy tissue from a Lidl's craft pack.

I stamped the poinsettia image on 6 sheets and cut out and decoupaged -and then punched 2 small flower images for the centre and then layerd it all up.
The  ribbon punch outs were threaded through with the organza ribbon and tied off at the ends.

I am entering this in the CBGM challenge red & green

There is a you tube video of Anna on QVC USA demoing the punches if you want to see it as the UK QVC don't have the demo anymore.

on a bit of a roll

Hi fellow bloggers I am now getting on with xmas cards and also using my nesties a bit more.
On this one I have used only nesties and paper/card from my stash. With the hanging ornament made from angelina fibres [ironed into a sample piece] and cut out with a nestie. That let me know that nesties work with angelina fibres which will be useful for other projects.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

sweet stamping challenge - things with wings

hi all
here is my entry for this weeks Sweet Stampin Challenge  - it has been aa while since I have entered but found a cute fairy stamp during my tidy up[haha].
Anyway I used:
  • papermania fairy stamp and sentiment
  • promarkers
  • nesties
  • bazill
  • dcvw glitter card
  • glitter embossing powder
  • anna griffin corner punch

This weeks LiM

Hi again fellow bloggers
 - here is my entry for this weeks LiM  - the theme is Let it  Snow and it has to be one layer.
I have used:
A computer generated sentiment

  • A snowflake stamp from my stash - it is clear and has lost its sheet so not sure who the manufacturer is,
  • Versamark ink pad
  • silver dollar embossing powder
I used my scor it to emboss a block for the sentiment and then masked off the embossed area and stamped inside it, Then embossed the stamped image.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Clearly i Stamp challenge - christmas theme

This is a newly found challenge for me . The theme is christmas so thought I'd have a go.
I have used:-
  • craftwork cards scalloped edge cards
  • card from my stash to mat
  • Silver paper from my stash for the nestabilities dies
  • a sissix die
  • nestability accents set
  • silver glitter on double sided tape
  • stamp from the stampman
  • versafine black ink pad
  • cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

LiM 44

hi all another great challenge from Chrissie and Mandi - here is my entry for this week  - unfortunately in the photo the outline round the label looks more yellow than in real life but it is actually a green promarker
I have used: -

distressed c0-0rdinations
Martha Stewart punch
free stamp
versafine black ink
nestie label

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

xmas card 4

Well I have taken some inspiration from Sue Wilson who demos spellbinders on C&C for this one and used:
Spellbinders trefoil accents
a sissix snowflakes embossing folder
a snowflake punch
plain white   and blue glitter card.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

xmas card 3

Not exactly breaking any records but getting back into cardmaking again - just realised how much to do before christmas! Thanks to all who have left comments - they are much appreciated.

I have used:
  • sissix snowflake embossing folder on acetate
  • white organza ribbon
  • nestie
  • embellishment from an old kit

xmas card 2

Well now I've started xmas cards thought I'd bash on - this is the only one that hasn't got wet glossy accents!
I've decided to start using up some of the bargains I have bought previously that have sat in boxes and bags. I got these bubbles from a sale about 15 months ago so definately time they found a purpose.. Also used a cuttlebug swiss dots folder as it is so versatile and one of the accent sets by spellbinders as I watched Sue Wislon the other week and she makes them look so effective. Plus one of my unknown no of ribbons as I so love ribbons I can never reisit them!!

New LiM entry - Week 43 - A bit of bling

Here is my entry for the LiM challenge this week
I have used:
  • a free stamp from Craftystamper    
  • memento ink
  • promarkers to colour in the image
  • layerd on to a punch out from a Martha Stewart punch
  • tied on with ribbon and a peel off greeting on the ribbon
  • added bling to the foliage
I have used peels offs as I have so many that I have gathered over time that I really need to use some of them up! I aee them and think they will come in handy and then they just join the existing pile as I never remember what I have!

updated my profile

hi all I have become a fan of QR codes as am looking at their use for my day job - so thought I'd have one for my blog.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

5 mins of fame again

Hi bloggers
Here are some accessories that I put on the WAF on and they were shown and my email read out again during the programme - it is quite exciting especially when the presenter Fee said how much she liked the bobby pins. I am enjoying it while it lasts. The other items are a mobile phone charm and a bag charm using some odd gemstones I had left..

I was meant to put up my sons birthday card but forgot about it til I had stuck the envelope with heavy duty tape as it is going to Spain!!

Have you visited My Favourite Things blog hop 19th Nov 2011?

Start off on CREATIONS by GILL M - blog and then follow the links - I am sure you will find something you'll like

Sunday, 13 November 2011

catching up!

Here is my  RAK card from Debbie - we are members of the RAK club run by CreationsbyGillM - the theme is Autumn - this card certainly gives you that autumn feel. Thanks Debbie

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

follow up

Quite excited today as my jewellery was on TV as I entered it on to wall of fame and was lucky enough to be one of the featured entries. My 15 seconds of fame!!

Monday, 7 November 2011

activity at last!!

Hi all
Fianlly back to my blog - caught up with my RAK for Creations by GillM - in fact think getting my Nov one posted by the first week is a record for me!

Made this jewellery set with the make along on Sunday. I have used real potato pearls and shell pearls with Vermeil findings.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

LiM entry for this week - one layer card featuring a pair

It is a few weeks since I have been able to enter this so am glad to have an opportunity this week but not sure if the sentiment is too far over. I have used:
a floral stamp
a sentiment stamp - thankyou
black memento ink
4 promarkers in shades of green and lilac

Having a crafty day!

Had to make a thank you card and a RAK card in autumn colours today so here they are - next job to finish my LiM card for this week as it is a while since I have entered this challenge.
The autumn card is not as clean as i had wished as I tried a one layer approach but as it needs to be off quickly I will go with it as I have put in a pretty coloured insert

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Back from hols

butterfly motif
Stage 1
Finished tiara
Have just spent some time in Borehamwood visiting family and celebrating my friends birthday at a suprise party organised by her family. We have been friends since we were children and this year we both had big birthdays as they are only a month apart.. As part of her gift I made her a tiara as she loves a bit of glitz. She loves the colour pink and also butterflies so have incorporated both. It was made with gems/wire and tiara base that I had bought from then added some glittery wired ribbon.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

happy birthday to my best friend

I'm off to visit my friend this week as she is having a suprise birthday party - made a card which hasn't photograhed well but is my 2nd attempt as the original went badly wrong and I had only a short time to replace to get ready to travel so after a mini panic  picked her fave colours  and hope she likes it. Sometimes the best laid plans go wrong but something can be salvaged and I will use bits of the gone wrong one for her scrapbook page.

Monday, 22 August 2011

August RAK

Just received this RAK from Linda in Canada. We are part of the RAK club that CreationsbyGillM organises and each month she sets us a fresh theme. Thanks Linda this is a beautiful card

blog candy up for grabs folks

hi again
Amy Shaw has blog candy on her blog - have a look as she has some good things to see there as well as the candy.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Back again!

Hi all Things have been pretty hectic and crafting has slowed down as has blogging - but I have grabbed a few mins before I take a trip to the Perth Bead Show. I have  some posts to ctach up on but was so grateful to Monica for sending me some blog awards one of which is here as blogger has been a bit funny today and not letting me post comments on any blogs. I have been visitibng some of the other blogs Monica gave these awards to and there is so much inspiration out there but I can't leave comments for some reason. Anyway here is one of the awards. I pcked this one first because I love strawberries and this looks yummy!
Thanks Monica

Friday, 12 August 2011

JULY rak - CreationsbyGillM RAK club

HI fellow bloggers!
A little while since last post but received this when I went into work this week from Louise who is one of the RAK club members. Our office has been moving so all the mail has been delayed. Thank you Louise your card is lovely and maybe I am not enjoying summer weather but your card certainly brightened up my day.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

blog candy available

Hi I was checking out the blogs of my followers and found this blog candy at Jacque's Joie de Vivres blog which I just have to enter as the closing date is my birthday - how spooky is that!! Anyway click on the sidebar if you want a chance of winning and also check out the blog it's on as it is a great blog.

Had a great day out on Friday!

Hi all -I took the plunge and travelled to Sedgefield on Friday - well stayed over in Newton Aycliffe on Thursday night so I would get there on time. What for? A workshop with Barbara Gray {Clarity Stamps for the uninitiated}. Well what a great day and well worth the journey. I met some lovely people especially Annette, the co tutor,  and her husband who so kindly gave me a lift to the station so I wouldn't have to leave early to get my train. We learnt a lot and now I am home I can take some time to think about what went well for me and what I need to work at. Also got some lovely stamps and ink pads to add to my stash!! well who wouldn't? I wasn't the only one travelling a distance - there was a lady from Glasgow and one from Carlisle - not sure if there was anyone from further afield.

Before I went I got up to date with the next RAK so I could get it posted good and early when I get my partner from GillMDesigns - here is a preview minus the insert.

The theme this time was a shaped card - not square or rectangle - so I have used a handbag template, stamped and embossed on gold card and vellum. Used a martha stewart punch, fiskars corner punch and
ribbons. Also used pearl embellishments for clasp and end of handles.