Sunday, 30 January 2011

Birthday Set

Hello Everyone - another weekend over, and almost the end of the month! I have tomorrow off work and I'm going shopping before a hospital appointment.

Eleri has been to another friend's birthday party today. This is the set I made for her friend - the card, a corner bookmark (which I put in a Felicity Wishes cookbook), and a felt flower brooch. I was really pleased with the finished set.

The image I've used is a digi from Bugaboo Stamps, the papers are from the Kate Knight stack again (as per card in my previous post). I made the ribbon flower myself, using two different colours of organza ribbon. The sentiment is from a pack I had from Lakeland a couple of years ago (I keep forgetting I've got them!). I made the felt brooch using a Papermania template, and did a blanket stitch around the edge - I love the way this turned out, but wish I'd done some stitching in the middle.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - the sketch I followed for the card
CES Challenge - Bold and bright
Fab n Funky Challenge - Delight in your digi
Paperplay Challenge - Layer it up
2 Sisters Challenge - Girls just wanna have fun

Well, that's it from me - must go and plan my daughter's own birthday party. We have decided to have a small party at home, and invite just 5 of her friends from school. Can't afford a big party, cos my son's birthday is three days after Eleri's and we don't feel we can spend more on one than on the other. Andrew just wants to have a few friends round to play, but not on the same day as Eleri's party! Think that'll be a stressful weekend for me LOL!

Bye for now, and thanks for dropping by!

Love, Andrea xx

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

My First Gorjuss Card

Hello Everyone

Eleri's friend next door has her birthday this week, so I have made her a card:

The image is a Sugar Nellie Gorjuss stamp. I've had this stamp for more than a year but this is the first time I've used her (naughty huh?!). I've coloured her with Promarkers. The BP is from a Kate Knight paper pack. I love the sparkly paper behind the image, its from my stash. I made the three ribbon roses - think I need to watch the video again as they did not work as well as I'd hoped!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

The Sugar Bowl - the sketch I followed, with birthday theme
Top Tip Tuesday - flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Bingo - gems, glitter/glimmer, ribbon
Kaboodle Doodles - Bling it up
Passion for Promarkers - Let it shine

Thanks for looking. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Oh - for the people who read my previous post - I have posted the thank you card off to the hospital - I hope they like it and know that it really is heartfelt thanks!

Love, Andrea

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Heartfelt Thanks ... but I wasn't sure whether to send it!!

Hello Fellow Bloggers

I hope this post doesn't upset anyone - you might want to skip straight down to the picture of my card!

Ever since my mother-in-law died, I have been thinking about making a Thank You card for the ward staff in the hospital. I wanted to thank them for allowing the family the time to spend with Eileen during her last two days - we were called to the hospital on the Monday morning once an x-ray had shown that her lung had collapsed and the cancer had spread over a large area. Different members of the family were at her bedside right up until the time that she passed away (except when the staff needed to do something, when we moved out of their way of course). I think we have found it so helpful in coming to terms with our sad loss, knowing that Eileen was surrounded by people she loved, and knowing for sure that she was as comfortable as possible.

So, I made a card. But then I wasn't sure whether I should send it - I didn't want to send a card and then find that, actually, there were other members of the family who didn't think that she was well looked after. And I haven't had the courage to ask Richard's Dad what he thought of Eileen's care. But my wonderful husband has spoken to his Dad tonight, who has said that he is very happy for me to do this. So I now just have to decide how to word the thanks inside, then I will send it off.

Anyway, here's the card:

The image is a Sugar Nellie stamp - Demure I think! I have coloured her with Promarkers, then die-cut the image using my Nestabilities Labels 10 die. I have stamped around the image with a Anita's Morsels stamp - stamped with versamark and then chalked over with a dark creamy colour (sorry, don't know the colour name!). The heart was die-cut using an X-cut die, and I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto it - I think the sentiment is CC designs - I've got a full set of thank you sentiments that I won in a challenge last year. The papers are from my new Do Crafts Hanoverian Linen paper pad - I think these are gorgeous, and I like each one. The embossing folder I used is also new, and is the same range, Hanoverian. I found the organza ribbon and the roses in my stash, and made a bow with the Glitter Girls bowmaker. I made the hanging charm with some chain (a necklace I found in a charity shop), a pearl heart and two pearl beads. And finally coloured some adhesive pearls with the same Promarker as I used to colour the card I used for all the matting. And that's about it I think - hope that all makes sense(LOL!).

I am very happy with the finished card - I must send it this week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Stampin B's Design Team - Use a die cut
The Crafty Pad - Something new
Wild Orchid Challenge - Let's get sentimental
Top Tip Tuesday - All sentimental
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and pearls

Thanks for looking, and I hope you will call again sometime.

Enjoy the rest of your week. We have my Uncle's funeral tomorrow - we have been to see my Aunty Betty this afternoon, and she is bearing up very well - she says she is amazed at herself.

That's it for now.

Love, Andrea xx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Birthday Gifts

Hello Bloggers

Cripes, 18th January already! - I'm trying to arrange meetings at work at the moment, and am already starting to look at March dates (the meetings should have been in January really - oopsie!! - time is just going so fast).

Anyway - I made some small gifts for Eleri to give to one of her friends at the weekend - we bought a Felicity Wishes Cookbook, and I made a corner bookmark to match the card we gave her (see post here). Then Eleri said that she thought her friend would like a keyring to match.

So here they are:

and this is how the bookmark looks on the book:

The bookmark was so easy to make, out of a 5x5" piece of card. I found the instructions for it here. The keyring was made out of shrink plastic - I had to trace the image because the image is a digi and the shrink plastic I have is not printable. I coloured her with Sakura Stardust pens. And just added some beads at the bottom. Not really very impressive, but OK.

That's it for now - I do have a card to show you, but I want to check whether it will fit any challenges first. Maybe show you tomorrow?!

Love, Andrea xx

Saturday, 15 January 2011

More Sadness ...

Hello, and Happy Saturday everyone - I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

I have not been able to post about this until now, but my Uncle Raymond passed away last Sunday morning. He had been in and out of hospital for a few months, and was on the same ward as my mother in law for a while. I struggled to get to sleep last night, thinking about things (my mother in law passed away on 14th December). His funeral will be next Thursday, and I've been told his grave is going to be next to my mother in law's!

My Uncle Ray and Aunty Betty were so good to me in the past (they are my Godparents) - I lodged with them for a while when I first started working, before I passed my driving test. They used to brew their own cider, lager and elderberry port (wonderful stuff LOL!) - so we had a tipple most evenings, and there was lots of laughter. Uncle Ray was a lovely man, who loved to joke and laugh - Aunty Betty was telling me this morning how he could make a joke out of anything, even housework! She was telling me that she was heartbroken in the hospital last Sunday (unfortunately she did not manage to get there in time before he passed away), but then she remembered a holiday they went on - when they were walking down the hill from their guest house, he was in front, and he put his cap on back to front and said he didn't know whether he was coming or going - and that brought a smile to her face. She says she has some wonderful memories!

I regret that I have not been visiting them enough in the last few years - we seem to let life get in the way of important things like spending time with family! I visited him in hospital when he was there at the same time as my MIL, and I also saw him on Christmas Eve - he said to me that day that he could do with some of that homemade cider, he thought that would perk him up!

I really must make more effort to keep in contact with my Aunty Betty now!

I made her a card, and I've realised that it fits the following challenges:

CES Challenge - No design papers
Hodge Podge Shop Challenge - White on white.

The image I've used is a Little Claires stamp which I've decoupaged up, and the sentiment is from Hot Off the Press. The little flower stamp was in a freebie set on the latest Do Crafts Creativity magazine. I stamped and embossed everything in silver.

Finally, if there is anyone you love who you have not been in contact with recently, go give them a call this weekend! And make sure you have a laugh today!

Love, Andrea xx

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Second Joint Birthday Card

Hello Everyone - Friday tomorrow - where has this week gone? I've spent this afternoon at home waiting for a plumber, who phoned late afternoon to say he would not make it today (gggrrrr!!!). We only have a small problem with a tap that won't stop running (all of a sudden this morning). But (in a whisper LOL!) I don't trust my husband with DIY and repairs - he started fiddling under the sink this morning, trying to find an isolator tap (?), he turned something, and then there was a gushing of water (OMG!) - I think he'd turned something that's linked to the washing machine! The bl**** stop cock is only in the cupboard next to the sink - why didn't he just switch that off straight away like I wanted him to!!!! I'm dreading putting the washing machine on now! The plumber is supposed to be here at 9.30 tomorrow - which means I've got to take time off work to wait again.

Anyway, on to my card. This is the second of the cards for Eleri to take to the joint birthday party on Sunday.

The image is On the Bench from Di's Digi Downloads, and sentiment from Pollycraft again. The papers are some scraps from my Kay and Co bumper pack. I love the paper thread that I found in The Works - I think I had a pack of six different colours for 99p, quite a lot of thread of each colour too. I also love the buttons - they were lime green, but I coloured them with a brown Sharpie!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

CES Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small - my image has a little doggie!
The Crafty Pad - Birthday
Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes

Well, that's enough from me for now. Thanks for popping by!

Love, Andrea xx

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

First Card for Joint Birthday Party

Hello Fellow Bloggers

I have managed to make the two birthday cards with a couple of days to spare - not like me LOL! But I do want to make a bookmark to go with a book for one of the presents, so that will probably be last minute!

For the card I'm showing today, I have followed the sketch on Friday Sketchers. The digi image is Miss Bitty from Fred She Said, and I have coloured her with Promarkers and added diamond stickles to her wings. The papers are My Minds Eye Quite Contrary. The plain card I've used for the matting and layering is a plain ivory textured card which I bought from Crafters Companion, and I coloured around the edge with Promarkers to match the image. The sentiment is a digi from Pollycrafts.

Unfortunately, for some reason, the glue I used to stick the punched flowers has seeped through and spoiled the flowers. So, after photographing the card, I removed the spoiled flowers, re-punched them, and added flower gems - sorry I haven't been able to take a photo of the improved card, it's just too dark! I'll try to upload another piccie tomorrow.

Here's my card: (edited to add improved card)

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers - Use punches (my punched flowers)
Kaboodle Doodles - Do it with digis
2 Sisters Challenge - Gettin girly
Incy Wincy Designs - Go dotty

Must say goodnight now - I will show the other birthday card tomorrow.

Love, Andrea xx

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Two More Notebooks

Hello fellow bloggers and crafters - 5th January already aaarrrggh - I have a feeling this year is going to go very fast LOL!

Well, I finished making notebooks to take for teachers today. Again, I used the Whiff of Joy image, Melinda with book, coloured with promarkers. Papers from the Kay & Co stack - there are still so many gorgeous papers in the pack - I think it'll take me years to get through LOL!

I used the Sew Easy Tool again, with the scalloped head, to stitch down the side, but it is not showing very well on the photos. It added texture, and looked good IRL.

Please excuse the poor photos - it was still dark this morning when I was taking them, and I got flashback!

I'm entering these in the following challenges:

Kaboodle Doodles - Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesdays - Open
CES Challenge - Anything Goes

For the teaching assistants, I put together some packs of Snowman Soup (hot chocolate mix, white and dark chocolate fingers and marshmallows), with very simple toppers. I didn't get chance to take photos of them, they didn't look particularly special as I did them in a hurry - but they went down well with the teaching assistants.

Well, Eleri has come out of school today with an invitation to a joint birthday party, so I'm gonna have to get my thinking cap on for gifts and cards - hope to have something to show you next week!

Bye for now. Thanks for popping by, and I hope you call again soon.

Love, Andrea xx

Monday, 3 January 2011

I Found a Bargain

Hello again everyone.

When I was Christmas shopping, I popped into the QVC outlet store, and found one of the We Are Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool kits for £1.99 (wow! real bargain, as I nearly bought it when I saw it originally - it was about £20). It is a kind of paper piercer with different heads (straight, criss cross, scallop and flower), plus a piercing mat and some coloured threads. After I bought it, I read some poor reviews about it on the QVC website and, because of that and everything that happened just before Christmas, I didn't give it a go until a couple of nights ago. And I am so pleased with it (though I don't really think it is worth the full money!).

I used it on a notebook I covered - I sewed scallops across the corners of the papers and across the panel in the centre under the image. I fastened the panels with the sewn corners on the cover, then opened the book, and realised I'd covered the back by accident (oops!), so then had to do some more sewing for the front cover. Lucky I realised before I added the rest of the elements (LOL!).

The image is from Whiff of Joy and the papers are Kay & Co, again - sorry, and I have two more to do! Here's a close up of the stitching on the middle panel.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Something new - new tool used
Creative Cowgirls - Something new - new tool used

That's it me thinks. Need to colour up some more images to cover the other two notebooks. Hope to see you again soon.

Love, Andrea xx

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy 30th Birthday Emma

Hello Fellow Bloggers, and Happy New Year to you all - I wish you peace, love and happiness for 2011.

My cousin, Emma, went to live in New Zealand about four years ago and she was able to come home to spend this Christmas and New Year with her family. As we have not had a big family get together for some time, my Aunty decided to hire a local village hall and hold a party for Emma's 30th birthday today. Would you believe, there were approx 80 of us there this evening - on my Mum's side of the family - my Mum's brothers and sisters plus their partners, their children (my cousins) and their partners, and their children, plus some members of my cousin's boyfriend's family I think. I love family get togethers like that - it was lovely to see people I have not seen for a long time. We always used to see each other when we visited my Nan, but we don't see each other very often since she passed away a few years ago - I still miss her so much for that reason. I remember the times we used to have Christmas parties in my Great Uncle's house - all of us spread out in 3 small rooms - there weren't so many of us then of course, but it still must have been a squash!

Anyway, enough waffle from me LOL! I'll show you the card I made for Emma.

I made an easel card. I do wonder whether I should put a little picture inside these cards to show how they should stand, cos I'm not sure that non-crafters understand how they should look, or am I being unfair?! I could see that Emma had displayed her card still in its box this evening and, when I was going to stand it up properly, it had been moved! I wonder what other crafters do??

The image is a Miss Anya, coloured with Promarkers. The papers are from a huge Kay & Co stack I had from QVC. The sentiment is from Pollycrafts. I also added a die cut heart with 30 on it under the easel bit of the card. I did wonder if I had overdone it with the flowers really, but I do quite like the finished card.

That's probably enough from me. I do have another project to show you, but I think I'll leave that til tomorrow.

Ooh, I nearly forgot to list the challenges I would like to enter with this card:

Passion for Promarkers - Anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Celebrate something
Catch the Bug - Anything goes

Love, Andrea xx