Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Floral Thank You

Would you believe it, I actually got something made at my friend Jacqueline's today??? We still did loads of chatting over coffee, and took hours to do it, but I did make a card.

It's going in to her blog Make My Monday challenge which still features flowers,but this week there is a sketch.

I started with a card of 6" x 6" SU Whisper White, on which I layered a square of SU Gable Green which had been stamped with the small leaf from SU Itty Bitty Buds in Certainly Celery.I then cut 4 squares of Pretty In Pink and randomly stamped them with the 2 small flowers from IBB, and sponged the edges with Regal Rose before placing them evenly spaced on the GGreen.I then stamped the blossom branch from Garden Silhouettes onto WWhite card in Melon Mambo and CCelery,sponged edges again in RRose and layered onto CCelery card stamped as the first mat. This panel was stuck down with 3D pads with a MMambo Woodware sentiment and square gems from my stash up the right hand side.


Jacqueline's daughter Briony has brought home a gorgeous little black kitten called Louis, and his mews were so pitiful as he was trying to get into Jacqueline's craft room, it really pulls on your heart strings. I stroked him goodbye when I left, and Monty's face when I got home was one of complete and utter contempt, you'd have thought I'd taken his favourite toy away ( that's his ducky by the way!). Well like a typical male he sulked for a while but soon forgave me when I gave him a biscuit ( how fickle is that??!!).
Tomorrow he's going to get a real treat as Nathan and I are going to shave his coat to keep him cool for the summer, so who knows what he'll look like at the end of it?


That's all for now,so I hope to be back in a day or two when I can get the chance to craft again. Hope you can drop by then,Thanks for stopping today.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Neapolitan inspired

Well it's Scorchio again today,so I'm in my usual position in front of the TV watching Wimbledon, but in an attempt to keep cool I bravely ventured out to the garage to the freezer ( something I don't do very often  due to all the huge hairy spiders that live in there!!),where I spied my inspiration for the colours in  today's challenge over at Clean and Simple Stamping.

Neapolitan ice cream brown,pink,and cream.

I started with a vanilla card from my stash,and then used some SU Chocolate Chip card (which I passed through the BS in a Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder) and Apricot Appeal to make the central panel which was edged with a MS punched   border. My BS and dies again came into use to cut the two smaller flowers and six scalloped circles to make the chrysanthemum out of SU Pretty In Pink.The cream flower centers were punched in SU So Saffron,and topped with gems.The Fiskars sentiment was stamped in CChip.

Take a look,and please let me know what you think


Well that's me for today,tomorrow is coffee and crafting at Jacqueline's so I may have done a card, or I may not have had the time!!!!...............please pop back to see if I was successful.

Thanks for all your lovely comments over the last few weeks, I really do appreciate the time you fellow crafters take to voice your opinions on my work.

Enjoy the sun and the tennis if you can.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Butterfly Blossom

Phew, what a difference in the weather today...........'it's scorchio'!!! Thankfully I stayed in the shade and watched the Grand Prix (I know I must be the only person in the country who hates the sun,but someone has to!!!)

Anyway, (mojo on a go-slow,aside)  I've  come up with a card for the Simply stampin challenge which stars a sketch this week.

I started with a square of 6" x6" SU Wild Wasabi card,and cut a large label in Whisper White with the BS. I stamped on this with the blossom branch from Garden Silhouettes in Certain Celery and Crushed Curry,with some of the image flowing over onto the lozenges shapes of So Saffron and Gable Green.I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to reposition the branch to extend parts of the design.This was topped with a Daffodil Delight Butterfly (cut in the BS) that was sponged with CCurry and yellow gems on the body, and a Woodware sentiment.




I hope you like it.

Thanks for dropping by, and please call again if you can, or if you prefer, please leave me a comment.

Bev.x

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Edgy Organic Grace

Today its sunny outside,with Wimbledon and a Grand Prix on TV, what more could you want????

Well I'd settle for some crafty inspiration.!!!

I've made a card which combines two challenges;, Less Is More have used a sketch this week with three circles, and Cas-ualfridays theme is "Getting Edgy"













This is my interpretation


I used my trusty BS to cut two holes out of some blue 'leather look' card, and one out of SU Bashful Blue card which was stuck in between the holes. The card edges were then shaped with a MS punch as were some BBlue, and Navy Blue card, and each layered on top of the navy ( edges for the CAS-ual Friday entry)

Through the holes I stamped the flower from SU Organic Grace, before raising the leather card up on 3D pads, and stamping the dragonfly on the top circle.

Recipe : SU Whisper White,Bashful Blue card, with Navy and Leather look from my stash.
Ink : SU Brilliant Blue
Stamps : SU Organic Grace and Woodware sentiment
Tools : Big Shot,scalloped die, and 3D pads from stash

I will try some more crafting tomorrow when I hope my creative juices will return.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope you can call again soon. Bev. x

Friday, 24 June 2011

Stampin' Royalty Challenge

This is the sketch for this weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge.                 Luckily I made my entry last night as I've had a nightmare of a day today. It didn't start too well when I went back to sleep after feeding the dog at 6am, and it's felt like I've been trying to make up for lost time all day. As well as this I've lost my mojo and have no creativity in my brain what so ever, and cant even match two colours together. I hope it will come back soon, as the last time this happened it went on for months and nothing could inspire me!!!!!!! Fingers crossed that over the weekend it will return.   
Anyway,this is what I came up with.   After making the cards for the OLW at Simplicity, I was missing my BS, so just had to get it out and cut some labels and flowers for this one.



 Recipe : Card stock is SU Whisper White,Lavender Lace,and Orchid Opulence
 Stamps : SU Curvy Verses
 Inks : SU Orchid Opulence
 Tools : Big Shot & dies, Martha Stewart and Fiskars punches
 Extras : Patterned paper,ribbon bow,and gems from my stash


Today has not been a good day............I've been out all morning, and then went rushing to mum's to water the garden pots and conservatory plants to get home for the tennis.....well,what is it they say "More haste, less speed"!!!!!, never a truer word was spoken.As I'd turned the outside hosepipe water on (which is controlled by a stopcock tap in the new extension being built) and walked back outside through the extension and conservatory to do the watering, the nozzle at the end of the hose was turned off,so the pressure built up in the pipe causing it to blow its connection at the inside tap, pouring gallons of water into the new extension which had become the dumping ground for garden chairs etc. and building equipment. By the time I'd realised why there was no water coming out of the hose and had gone back inside the place was flooded............I could have cried.
Some of the building supplies stored in the extension were too heavy for me to move so I could only mop up what I could reach.I'm praying that this predicted heatwave will happen tomorrow so it will help matters before the folks get back on Sunday evening.

Sorry for ranting and moaning,but now I've got it out of my system I'm starting to feel a bit better.

I'm still finding my way in this blogging lark,and this morning my friend Jacqueline has shown me how to do the labels and blinkies etc, so I hope I can catch up with things over the weekend and make my blog more appealing.

As always, thank you so much for dropping by,and I hope I haven't scared you away.
Hope to see you again soon. Bev.x

Thursday, 23 June 2011

One Layer Wednesday Card

Today I've dabbled with the idea of a one layered card, which to start with I found quite daunting and had to put my Big Shot and dies out of sight for awhile. I looked at the inspiration on the Simplicity blog for some time before an idea came to me.

With the weather being quite gloomy at the minute, the bright colours I saw in this picture cheered me up considerably, and have put me in great spirits for Wimbledon. I see another afternoon of sitting on the sofa crafting in front of the TV again!!! Good job I did my chores this morning isn't it?


Anyway, this is the card I came up with


I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to reposition the branch for the lower bow, and just the end of the main stem to elongate the first stamped image.It's a little fiddly with my Arthritic hands but worth it in the end I think.

Here's what I used to make it :

Recipe : SU Whisper White card stock
              SU Garden Silhouettes, Woodware Butterflies stamps, and Fiskars sentiment
              SU Yo Yo Yellow,Crushed Curry,Certainly Celery,and Sahara Sand inks

Thanks for looking at my blog, and if you can please leave me your thoughts as I love to hear what other crafters think of my work.

Here is a different colour combo while I've been playing with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig,is it better than the yellow?



Enjoy the tennis,and I'll be back tomorrow with the next challenge card I'm working on.

Bev.x

        

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bliss Just For You

Hello and thanks for dropping by.

Another quick blog today due to the tennis, but I'll be crafting while watching in case Nadal takes his shirt off again ( I didn't know there were that many muscles in the human body!!!)

My card today is for the Mojo Monday challenge and again I've used one of my favourite SU sets, Bliss. I just adore the flourish in this set and here I've masked off the sides to make the image fit nicely into the center of the label.













The materials used are : SU Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Real Red card stock, and cream card from my stash.
Ink : SU Dusty Durango
Stamps : SU Bliss and Woodware sentiment
Others : Patterned paper, cream ribbon, heart brad from stash.
Tools : Big Shot, label dies, and square pendant die

Thanks for looking and hope to see you again soon.

Enjoy the tennis as I know I will. Bev.x

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Floral Tags

Today,being Tuesday,was my trip to my friend Jacqueline's for a morning of crafting...............as usual we did more talking than crafting ( well at least I did!!),and as I'm writing this, I can only imagine what she is thinking when she sees that I've changed my mind on the tag design (I had decided to use some SU Tempting Turquoise as I love it, but the trouble I had matching it to the patterned paper in my stash was a nightmare,but I'm so stubborn I wasn't going to back down)

Anyway,the card is going in Make My Monday Challenge where the theme is still 'Flowers' but incorporating a tag. This is it in all its glory!!!



I'm not sure if this style is called a 'Z' or 'Waterfall' card, but the taller back panel is fixed to the center panel allowing the tag to be pulled in or out,and the front panel opens up to reveal the center where a message can be written.



The front tag is also detachable and can be used as a book mark. Each tag has faux stitching drawn around the edge (.._.. _ .._..) in a co-ordinated marker.

I wont bore you with the 'How it's made' details,but will list the ingredients at the end of the post.

After watching Federer win his match at Wimbledon,I'm now settling down to watch Isner and Mahut play,and hopefully it will be a long marathon like last years epic game (They've just gone to a tie break in the first set, so fingers crossed!)


Materials : SU Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, and Pacific Point card stock, patterned paper from my stash, and pale blue ribbon.
Ink : Bermuda Bay
Stamps : SU Garden Silhouettes and Woodware sentiment.

Thanks for looking and please call again when you can.
Bev.x

Monday, 20 June 2011

You've got Male!

Hello all
This morning I have been busy helping my friend Rita tidy her house as she's got relatives from New Zealand coming to stay, but I just had to get home to watch Nadal play on the first day at Wimbledon. Needless to say he's won his match easily,so I'm waiting for Murray's match to come on ( if rain doesn't stop play!!).

Anyway,while waiting I've popped over to the Simply Stampin challenge to see that they want a card for a male.So here is what I came up with

I started with a 5" x 7" SU Whisper White card and rounded the corners.Then I used a label die through the BS to cut some watercolour card and dark blue card from my stash. I stamped the pickup, hearts,and sentiment from SU Loads of Love in black Archival ink, and coloured it in with water colour pencils.I then masked the pick up with a Post It  and stamped the leaf from All Natural in Certainly Celery to look like trees behind.I inked the edge of the Xmas tree from LOLove with Always Artichoke and used it to make a grass verge at the roadside.
Once the images were coloured and stuck down I added beneath it a blue tartan ribbon with a double bow,hanging from which is a silver metal heart. I hope it still looks like a masculine card, what do you think??                                                                                           That's me done for today  and I am now going to get my bag packed ready to go to Jacqueline's tomorrow to do whatever the theme is she's set for her blog Make My Monday  . Hopefully we will get some crafting done in between the chatting and drinking coffee.!!  

Please pop back tomorrow to see what we got up to,if anything at all.


Thanks for all your lovely comments, I do appreciate each and every one. 
                                                                                       
 Bye for now,Bev.x

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Pastel Double

Well I've packed the folks off on their holiday, so I've rushed home to get another challenge done before I run out of time to enter. This card is a double whammy......the colours are inspired by Stampin Royalty and the layout by Pals Paper Arts challenges.

   
I started with 5" x 5" SU Whisper White card and layered it with a square of Pretty In Pink that was embossed in a Budding Vine folder in the BS. I then used a MS punch to make the card ribbon in Bashful Blue.Blush Blossom card was cut with the square SB Shapeabilitie and Orchid Opulence ink used  to stamp the flower from Garden Silhouettes in its center.The rosette was made with the BS in OOpulence, PIPink, and BBlossom, and Woodware sentiment stamped in OOpulence. The flowers and rosette were highlighted with pink and lilac gems.


I hope you like it.
That's it from me for now,but please come back when you have a chance to, and if you've got time, please leave me your comments.
Thanks very much, Bev.x
Bev.x

Brayered card

Today is overcast but there's no rain...Yay!, so I've been catching up with my overflowing linen basket and doing the washing. In between loads I've quickly made a card for Clean and Simple Stamping challenge. I used a piece of 4 1/2" X 6 1/2" silk card stock ( from Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps) and brayered it with Adirondack inks in Pesto,Butterscotch,and Espresso. This was stuck onto cream card from my stash,and the same card was used in the central panel which was stamped with the dry grass stamp from SU Garden Silhouettes,and sentiment from Curvy Verses, in Rust Adirondack ink. The corners of the silk card and stamped panel were punched with MS corner punch.
The brayering didn't turn out how I'd planned, but I still like the effect,What do you think??



Got to pop to Mum's now as their off on a Barge holiday and I need to get my ' To Do' list for while they're away.

Hope to be back again soon.Thanks for dropping by
Bev.x

Friday, 17 June 2011

Birthday Thanks

Hello,and thanks for dropping by.                                                    I've had a few very hectic,but very lovely, couple of days, with the family helping me to celebrate my birthday.What with work and nursery not everyone could see me at the same time ( in my younger years this would have been "ACE", but now,I hardly had the energy to get through each day, but I managed to keep smiling....as you do ). I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but I'm glad its all over, all I've got to do now is make all the Thank You cards.The first one I thought I'd combine with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge of colour blocking.


One of my pressies was the SU Garden Silhouettes set which I'd tracked down on good old eBay and got Mum to buy for me,so used it on my card. First I got SU Whisper White card and then sponged 3 blocks in Apricot Appeal,Bashful Blue, and Certain Celery. Then I stamped the Agapanthas flower heads in to these areas with Only Orange,Brilliant Blue, and Glorious Green. To finish it off the Woodware words were stamped in Brilliant Blue.Its a really simple card but I think its quite effective,what about you???


Well that's the first one down,many more still to do, thank goodness it's the weekend!!!

 Mum and Dave are taking my sister and her brood off for a week on a barge along the canals in Leicestershire on Sunday, so next week  I'll have plenty of time to watch the start of Wimbledon ( I hope) weather permitting of course.

Hope you can call again soon, and 'thank you' to all of you who leave me your lovely comments.
Bye for now,Bev.x

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Tri-Shutter Card

Today was our Craft group meeting round at Jacquelines house and we were making Tri-shutter cards.She had done all the hard work and produced instruction sheets for us, but trust me to be difficult.....I needed to make a 60th Birthday card for my Step dad Dave, and had decided to use SU Bliss and Strength and Hope stamp sets ( no surprises there!) so required a slightly bigger card.With adjustments made I used some tan card from my stash as the base,and matted and layered this with SU Bashful Blue and Apricot Appeal.As well as the 2 stamp sets already mentioned I borrowed Jacquelines long flourish from  SU Vintage Vogue, and stamped them all in Adirondack Butterscotch ink.

What do you think?









The camera makes the ink look yellow,but I can assure you its a tan/orangey colour so does match the tan card base. (Honest)

After stamping the moth on the two end panels, I stamped them again on more card and cut them out to stick on top to give them some dimension ( you can just see this on the front panel).The words and figures were from Woodware,and the small corner flourish I've had for years and cant remember where it came from ( it was probably eBay as that's where I do a lot of my shopping as it saves me trudging around the shops in pain with my RA...and sometimes you get a great bargain!!!)

Today required a small amount of concentration so it made quite a change for us to actually get something done,but I'm sure we'll make up for it next week!!

Well that's it for today,and I'm going to busy over the next couple of days so I'll be back soon.

Thanks for stopping by and for you kind comments. Bev.x

Monday, 13 June 2011

Die cut flowers x 2

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by.

What a busy day I've had,flying around like a headless chicken finding something for my birthday on Thursday ( subtle aren't I !!), why does the time fly when you're having fun spending other peoples money??? Anyway, tired as I am I just had to see  what the Make My Monday challenge was about this week ( only their 2nd challenge since starting up, but well worth a look) and the topic was Die cut flowers. I also popped over to the Mojo Monday challenge and their sketch also had flowers in it, so,I
thought I'd try to combine them both.                                                      I used the sketch as my starting point, and on a white card from   my stash I stamped Inkadinkado flourishes on it with SU Rich Razzleberry. With a MS punch, I shaped the top and bottom of a piece of RRazzleberry card and wrapped a broad ribbon from my stash around it.My trusty Big Shot was then used to cut a SB square in RRazzleberry and Orchid Opulence, 2 OOpulence flowers and 1 RRazzelberry flower ( all the flowers consist of several layers which were shaped before sticking together,and the centers were finished with a Fiskars punch and a gem.)The Woodware sentiment was stamped  in RRazzelberry onto WWhite card mounted on more RRazzelberry card.  I hope the card will fit both challenges,what do you think???

                                                 
I'd better go now as I need to pack my crafting stuff together for Jacqueline's club in the morning, we're making Tri shutter cards, and I've promised not to talk too much so we can actually get some crafting done!!!!!

If you can, pop back tomorrow to see if we manage to complete the task!!
Thanks, Bev.x


Sunday, 12 June 2011

DIY Embossing Folder

Nice Duck weather again today!! so I'm just going to have to have another crafting play day..........this is one of the benefits of living alone I love !!

Anyway,I saw this technique on UTube a few weeks ago and just had to have a go.
First I got a piece of cardboard that was parcel packaging I had saved from awhile ago( about double the thickness of a cereal box),and cut it to 12"x15" and folded it in half. I then used a small butterfly punch to cut lots of shapes and stuck them to one side of the card with a glue stick.


The width of 6" is as wide as the platform for the Big Shot,if your embossing unit is different you may need to adjust the width to fit your machine.
Once the glue had dried I sandwiched some SU Real Red card in between the folder with the butterflies on the bottom, and put it through my Big Shot.The first attempt wasn't very good as the card was quite thick,so I put it through again but used the Tan Embossing mats in the sandwich mix and it came out a treat. See here


I then made a card using a large label BS die to cut the butterfly embossed card, and mounted it on a cream card from my stash that had been stamped with the flower from Organic Grace in Crushed Curry.I used a white gel pen to add some faux stitches and wrapped a ribbon from my stash around the bottom half of the label (I forgot to say this was done before it was stuck on the card, sorry) adding a bow to secure the tag printed with a CCurry Woodware sentiment. I them stamped a CCurry butterfly from Inkadinkado and stuck it above the ribbon,finishing it off with some gems for the body and white gel pen to draw some antennae.Take a look


I would think you could do this with any punched shape, so I would be interested to know what you have used if you decide to give it a try.

Good luck and enjoy playing because I certainly did.............Monty wasn't too impressed though as I was taking up quite a bit of his side of the sofa!!


Thanks for dropping by and hope you'll come back again soon. Bev.x

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Special Friend

It's me again,twice in one day!........this time a quick card for the Clean and Simple stamping challenge.

Using this sketch as a guide, I cut 4 scallops by hand (I drew around a wine glass!!!) on a piece of patterned paper I bought yonks ago from Create and Craft TV. This was stuck onto a cream card from my stash and I rounded the corners on the opening sides. I used my SB Nestabilities to cut a label in SU Bashful Blue and Gable Green card,layering them on top of each other and sticking them on with 3D pads.The Woodware greeting was stamped on the label in SU Tempting Turquoise, as was the flower and butterfly from SU Bliss set,which I cut out and again used 3D pads to mount them.
Here's my card, and the bright colours seem to have come back.I think they were calling to me because of the gloomy grey day outside.



Thanks for stopping by and please do come back again soon.
Bev.x

In the Frame

Well no change in the weather today, but I've had plenty to do. I've done all my housework ( which included washing my bedroom rug,as poor Monty had been sick after chewing a stick....Thanks Mon!!) and you'd better sit down for this news.........I've cooked a Spag Bog for my tea tonight ( I even chopped real carrots, onions, and plum tomatoes to go in a Dolmio sauce!!! I know, wonders will never cease).
Once all this was done,I didn't feel at all guilty in sitting and crafting in front of the tennis. I did manage to find the time to pop over to Less is More  challenge where the subject is "In the Frame", but also in one layer.

This is my take on it.....first I made a 6"x6" square SU Whisper White card (seems to be my favoured size at the moment) and masked off a 3" square in the centre with post it notes.I then used SU Chocolate Chip to stamp half of the trees from the large stamp in SU Lovely as a tree. I then drew round a penny on a Post It and cut it out for a mask for the moon, over the sky area I sponged Bashful Blue and then Sahara Sand,trying to leave more blue around the moon to hint at its brightness. Using Gable Green I sponged the grass and suggested the shadows of the trees and beams of moonlight on the grass with Always Artichoke. I used the edge only of the tall tree to make hedges, the distant ones in Choc Chip,and the foreground ones in A Artichoke. The trees are highlighted with a white gel pen where the moonlight falls on the branches (difficult to see in photo,sorry ).After peeling off the Post its, I stamped the flourish from SU Strength and Hope around each side to suggest the frame.
I am pleased with the result,but seem to have as much, if not more, ink on my fingers than the card!!.

I hope you like it too, and have a moment to leave me your thoughts.

Tomorrow I'll be back with something that I've been playing around with that could save you some money!!!
 Bye for now, Bev.x

Friday, 10 June 2011

Whimsical Wings

Hi everybody, it's another nice day.....if you're a duck!!!, so I'll just have to do some crafting indoors. I popped over to CAS-ualfridays blog, and what a challenge they have set today.

You had to choose 3 squares in a row vertically,horizontally,or diagonally, and make a card using whatever was displayed in those squares.  I decided to go diagonally from top right hand square ( emboss ), to bottom left hand square ( buttons) through the centre ( dies or punch).
I dug out one of my old favourite SU sets,Whimsical wings,and stamped the bird and flower image in Vibrant Primary colour Big n' Juicy ink onto SU Whisper White card, and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then put this image through my Big Shot with a scalloped circle die and embossed that. This was then mounted onto a square of turquoise card from my stash which had been through the Big Shot in a Cottage Floral embossing folder and I rounded the corners before mounting on a WW 6"x 6" card. The circle was stuck down off center so that a Woodware greeting could be stamped in the same ink pad onto a smaller scalloped circle of  WW, and placed in the bottom corner,above which I placed 3 blue buttons ( there is some string tied in a bow through the middle one). See what you think, sadly it's not easy to see the heat embossed image in the photo.



It's been a disapointing day in the tennis today because of the weather, but luckily the Grand Prix is in Canada this weekend so it should not be affected...........thank goodness!!
I may do some more playing soon so please pop back if you can spare the time and have a look.

Thanks very much for your time and comments. Bev.x

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Red Inspired by Nature

Afternoon everyone, well I've been suffering with crafting withdrawal symptoms for the last few days so I was keen to get my running around done early so I could rush back home this afternoon to get out my inks and stamps. Before anything else, I just had to do my card for Make My Monday challenge where the theme is red flowers.This is what I put together,and I apologise for the poor camera angles but my RA is causing my hands to shake terribly today

First I used a SB scalloped circle die to cut an aperture in a SU 6"x6" Whisper White square card, and then sponged through the hole with Bashful Blue and Certain Celery.Then I used one of my old favourites, Inspired by Nature set, with the daisies stamped in Crushed Curry for the centres and Real Red for the petals, and Certain Celery for the stems,leaves and grass. I then printed a single daisy with a bent stem on a separate piece of WW card,cut it out and stuck it on the front with the flower overlapping the aperture. I finished the card off with a Real Red stamped Fiskars greeting.
                                                                            This is a side view which I hope shows the inner stamped image, and the overlapping flower head from the front of the card.  I don't know where I would be without my Big Shot as I seem to use it every time I'm making a card lately,it saves me struggling with scissors and  knives anyway.

Yesterday, I spent the day at my sisters and was run ragged playing with Nathan ( sorry, I mean 3 1/2 year old Spiderman).Trying to take his photo was impossible so here's a couple that my Mum managed to take on Monday

He was so proud of his muscles and six pack tummy that he said "No Baddies will ever win against me!!"  and off he ran, round and round the garden till he couldn't breath and had to stop, but, as soon as he did, the costume had to come off "Coz Spiderman never gets tired!" . Back as Nathan, he refused to have his photo taken so you cannot see his lovely blond hair is full of static!!....(one day soon I WILL get a photo of me and the kids done for my blog).

Right, Tennis on, craft stuff on table, coffee made, so off I go to create something.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments, and hope you can call again soon. Bev.x


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Lovely as a tree at 60

Hello fellow crafters,hope you've all had a good weekend despite the rain.

I have finally finished all the cards that my sister had asked me to make, the last one being a 60th birthday card for Dave (our stepdad),which I have cunningly made so it fits in with this weeks mojo monday challenge.You would not believe how long this card took,as being Tuesday,I was at my friend Jacquelines house and more talking than crafting took place, AGAIN. By the way have you all seen her  Blog and Make on Monday challenge blog, they are well worth a visit.

Now, to business, I have turned the sketch on its side.
I've used SU Whisper White card as the base and also cut 2 strips 5 1/2" long on which I have stamped Lovely as a Tree in SU Green Galore,Certain Celery,Handsome Hunter,and Always Artichoke.I then cut 2 strips the same length of Wild Wasabi and stamped them with the single leaf and sprig of pine from LAAT, and the acorn from All Natural in the same inks as the WW panels.All four strips were then mounted on Garden Green card with the left hand ends rounded off (and the card as well).The rosette is cut with SB nestabilities from Wild Wasabi and WWhite and stamped with Woodware numbers and word in Handsome Hunter and Always Artichoke. Green ribbon from my stash made the rosette tails and border beneath it. The finishing touch were 2 gold star shaped brads in the completed panel on the right hand side of the card.  Hope you like it,



Now I just pray that Ali likes what I've made for her,and that Dave likes it when given to him.......oooh no pressure then!!!

I'm off to spend the day with Nathan tomorrow,he believes he is Spiderman at the moment and is running everywhere in his bright red costume. If I can get him to stand still long enough I'll try to get a photo to share with you............which reminds me I've still to get one of myself for my blog!!!

Anyway, thanks for dropping by and I'll hope to see you again soon. Bev.x

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Blue Birthday

My second card of the afternoon  is this one
which I am entering in to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge following their sketch












I have turned the image 180* with a SU Bashful Blue scalloped circle done with SB nestabilities and then embossed with Cottage Floral folder placed at  the top ( I dont know where I'd be without my trustee Big Shot!!).The same blue card was punched with MS and layered on top of some navy blue card from my stash also punched.The moth and 'H' of happy birthday are from Strength and Hope and are stamped in Brilliant Blue,the rest of the greeting comes from Woodware.

That's me for the day,so please come back soon to see what else I've been up to. Thanks for dropping by,Bev.x