Friday, 29 April 2011

Thanks a Bunch

I haven't made many cards lately as you know but here is the first of the Thank-You cards I have set myself to make for the nurses and hope to give in the next week or two. As you can see I have incorporated the Thanks a bunch circle sentiment that I showed you yesterday.

I have used the lovely image "Busy Doing Nothing" from Sheena Douglass that I have used before and which I stamped,as before, on to watercolour card and coloured with watercolour paints.You may have guessed that she is my favourite.

As you can see I have used several layers in my design. First the base card is an 8"x 8" scalloped edge card from Craft UK.The pretty blue background paper is from Cute Companions Vol 1. I made the doily on my Silhouette machine and threaded satin ribbon through some of the holes and I think the result is effective.

The image is layered on to blue metallic card from DCWV as is the circle sentiment which I generated on my computer.I used a scrap of the same card for the MS Butterfly (another favourite). I can't remember the make of the flowers which I bought ages ago but I think you will be seeing a lot of them as I have a shoe box full of them in lots of different colours lol . Finally,did you notice the shine on the dress ribbon ? I wanted it to look like satin so I added Glossy Accents and it seemed to work.

I am hoping to enter this card into the following challenges (the first for a while !!)
1.Craft your passion challenge 55 - Show us your layers
2.Top Tip Tuesday challenge 31 - Square Challenge
3.Simon Says Stamp challenge - Anything Goes
4.Charisma Cardz 17 - May Flowers
5.Moving along with the times 96 - Anything Goes
6.Sarah Hurley 40 - Butterflies

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Thanks a Bunch Freebie

Dear Hubby is still in hospital but we can see a light at the end of a very long tunnel at last ! So in anticipation of handing out Thank-You cards sometime soon to well deserved,hard-working nursing staff, I have been trying my hand at producing a suitable circle sentiment.This is what I came up with :

It is simple but effective I hope. I originally designed it to fit one of my punches and copied and pasted it several times to fit on an A4 sheet. I wasn't sure how to show a single image here in it's original size but by taking it into a design programme such as My Craft Studio it can easily be altered to any size you wish.

I'm sure most of you will know better than me how to do these things but if anyone wants to copy this image they are welcome to do so although it would be nice if you could mention from where it come and include a link to my blog. Thanks a bunch xxx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Perfect Pets

Have you got a perfect pet ? We have - our Suzy Cat. She is so cute and no trouble at all, infact she has been good company for me lately although she much prefers Hubby. However, promise not to tell her but I would love a little doggie.One to go for walks with and groom and play ball. I love the idea of this great doggie image from LOTV with his young master - going everywhere together.
Don't you ?

This is my DT card for My Time To Craft Challenge which this week is entitled Perfect Pets. I am not entirely happy with my design this week and if I had the time (and energy) I would re-do it.
I know what's not quite right with it but I'm not telling !

The design started with an 8"x8" white square card base which I covered with a background paper that I made by stamping on a dog image over a distressed design from the Basic Grey basic white paper pack.The dog stamp was part of a free gift with a recent magazine purchase.The LOTV image was stamped onto watercolour card and coloured with watercolour paints. The spot paper is from the Basic Grey Kioshi paper pad and I pulled out the colours from this for my colour scheme for the image and orange glitter card.The circle doily is Marianne and the sentiment is LOTV.
We will be so pleased to see your Perfect Pet designs at MTTCC this week so do come and join us with your perfect pets.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Good Friday

I should be happy tonight.
Hubby was allowed out of hospital for a few hours this afternoon and our son brought him all the way home just so he could spend a little time in his own home with me.He has now been in hospital 31 days and he is going stir crazy. He should have been home on Monday but he got a blood infection which knocked back his progress.He is still very weak and has lost a lot of weight. We haven't been told yet but it could be another week before he gets the all clear and finally gets discharged. 
It can't come soon enough for me - then I will be happy.

Thank-you to everyone who has sent me kind messages x

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Easter Wishes to You All

I have had a hectic time since last Thursday and it continues but I was able to put a simple card together yesterday for this weeks My Time To Craft Challenge which has the theme of Easter Wishes.
I used this super sweet image from Clearly Vintage and teamed it with a background paper from the Popcorn Bear Cd : Birthday. I printed the image twice and decoupaged one cut out image of the girl and the rabbit onto the other with foam pads to give added dimension.
For a change I have made a gate fold card base made with Yellow Bazzill Dot and I used the same card for the Marianne Creatables fancy corners and the image mat.
The opened card shows the insert that you can create also using the Cd. To complete the design I added a little glitter to the flowers and two butterflies cut from the same background paper and embellished with blue gems.

(A short update : Hubby had his Bypass last Thursday but is still in hospital because he now has an infection and has been really poorly.He is as weak as a kitten. I'm so hoping that today he will have improved as the antibiotics do their job.)

Friday, 15 April 2011

Medical Update

My gorgeous Hubby had his Bypass Operation yesterday and I'm happy to say that everything went well and now he is on the road to recovery. It is early days but we feel confident that he has a great medical team looking after him and he will be home very soon.
I also want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has left me lovely messages. I want you to know that they mean a lot to me and they really help me to cope. XOX

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

On the Spot

I have made my first card in nearly 3 weeks thanks to this weeks challenge at My Time To Craft. The theme this week is On the Spot so anything that has something to do with spots and dots  - easy peasy !!

For obvious reasons you know that my mojo is rather low just now so I was pleased that I had treated myself to some lovely LOTV images recently. This is one of the cute squares so I didn't have to colour it in and it meant I could make a quick and easy card this week. The spots, regarding the challenge, are on the background paper and also on the dress.

I have teamed the image with a lemon and red colour scheme. The spot background paper is Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety,the lemon base card is Bazzill and the red card is from my stash. To complete the design I have added a white heart shaped doily,a metal heart charm,a die cut flourish from Marianne Creatables, cut from silver mirri card and a red organza bow.

I do hope you will join us at MTTCC this week as it's always lovely to see your fabulous creations.
Love to you all xxx

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


It is difficult for me to craft at this time so I hope you don't mind me showing you a few cards I made last year  (and have already shown on here)  which fit the theme at My Time To Craft Challenge this week.

The papers and images are all taken from Kirsty Wiseman's fabulous Cd, Colour Me Crazy.I really love these images and colours.
The rest of the DT have made some gorgeous samples to inspire you, so please pop along and have a look and I hope you have the time to join our challenge this week.
Hope to see you next week xxx

Added Note :
Just to explain : I'm finding it difficult to craft because I'm tired,I make a 50 mile round, road trip to the hospital each day,get home late and not surprisingly,my head is somewhere else. Sorry x