Friday, 23 August 2013

Wedding Anniversary Cards and Charity Card Project

Well the time is still flying by and I have had a very busy week but don't think I have achieved very much!!  Well, at least I have attempted to tidy my craft room, not to mention the house!  I have also been quite productive in my card making. 
I have made 2 wedding anniversary cards this week - one for my friend Anne and husband John and the other for my cousin Agnes and husband Thomas. 

Anniversary card made for Anne

Used pearlised card blank, backing paper from Lidl, heart shaped x-cut dies, Memory Box flourish, wooden stamped image, coloured with Promarkers, added sentiment and little heart gems. 
Golden Wedding Anniversary card for my cousin ......

Used 8 x 8 scalloped card blank, gold with hearts backing paper, added Memory Box corner die with flowers and gold candi, added Spellbinders scalloped circle for sentiment and added a bow and little gold swans. 
Charity Card Project
I have recently been trying to use up old stash and also make use of left over bits and pieces by making small cards to give to one of our local charity shops.  I really enjoy making these and it helps to keep my craft room a bit more tidy!!
Here are a sample of the charity cards made so far ..............

Hoping to make quite a few more next week and also catch up with making inserts for them and then take them into the shop.  



Tuesday, 13 August 2013


I can hardly believe it is August 2013 and I haven't posted since the beginning of the year.  So much seems to have happened in that time including my retirement from the NHS at the end of May.  I have had quite a few holiday breaks which I have really enjoyed, especially staying in St Ives with my sister in the middle of May.   See photos.

The first photo was taken whilst walking along the coastal path from Carbis Bay, where we stayed, to St Ives. 
The second photo was taken on the beach at St Ives itself.
Myself and OH also enjoyed a holiday in Eastbourne at the end of June.  Another photo below.

This was the view from the hotel bedroom window
Shortly after returning from St Ives I retired from my work as a Medical Secretary after 31 years service.  After a couple of weeks or so I found myself really enjoying my free time to spend on my hobbies including card making, gardening and meeting friends etc.  Can't beat it!
Below are a few cards I have made recently:
White card blank, Tilly Daydream backing paper, free gingham paper, die cut Tilly Daydream topper, added punched butterflies, sentiment and ribbon.
Hunkydory topper mounted on to 7 x 5 embossed card blank, used frame which was waste from Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles die cut, added sentiment, peel off silver border and candi.
White square pearlised card blank, square blue cardstock, with mounted embossed background made with 3D M-Bossabilities folder.  I used the de-bossed side and inked it with a brayer using blue ink.  Added flower with brad and gem, stamped sentiment and candi.
 A I said at the beginning I can't believe how quickly the time passes, especially since I finished working.  I certainly fill my days and enjoy every moment.  


Tuesday, 15 January 2013


I can't believe it is almost 6 months since I posted.  The time really does fly "when you are enjoying yourself" as they say!!    We celebrated our Ruby Wedding Anniversary at the end of September after spending a week in Killarney, Southern Ireland and also celebrated my husband Maurice's 65th birthday at the end of November in Blackpool with some friends.  Then of course Christmas came and went.  Here we are now, well into the new year. 

I bought Craft Stamper magazine because I loved the free stamp and used this in the cards below
  I did make several similar cards but these are the best two I feel.

I made another card this week using an image that I really love - from the Wellington range - a little girl hugging Wellington bear. However, although I love colouring I find it so difficult to colour hair and bears! Also, I have difficulty with colouring large areas. One or two kind crafty friends have pointed me in the right direction of tutorials so I am going to practice and may be buy some more Promarkers!!! A good excuse!!! Here is Bad Hair Day Girl With Wellington.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Five Days At Home!!!!

No work now until next Wednesday!!!  Lots to do but this will include crafting of course.  I was quite productive last weekend and did make quite a few cards and got really carried away with Spellbinders Anemone flower die cut.  Also bought a £1.00 stamp from Hobbycraft which I have used on a card. 

Not sure about the card but I do love the flower and the butterflies (Martha Stewart punch). 

Now the card with the £1.00 stamp from Hobbycraft.  The stamp is 1 single stem with 2 flowers but I masked this and stamped 2 more stems of flowers. 

Just been browsing Do-Crafts and found a link to 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Rainy Days and Crafting

The "summer" seems to be flying by with incessant rain but rainy days make good crafting days!  I was really lucky and won the May Do-craft prize and received a huge parcel full of Wellington stash, lots of papers, toppers, etc. 

Then yesterday needed inspiration to made a different type of card and found myself looking at Ruth Hamilton's

I love this little card.  I don't think mine is quite up to Ruth's standard but I was pleased with it!

Used a white linen card blank
Papermania "brick wall" embossing folder edged with pink
Frame cut with X-cut square die
Papers from stash including window box
Flowers cut with two small punches

Now a few of my Wellington cards which I really enjoyed making.  Really good to give to our menfolk but I am going to attempt to make a "girly" card with Wellington some time soon.

Thursday, 5 July 2012


No time for blogging yet again.  Been so busy with work, home and holidays.  Then catching up with making cards for friends and relatives as well as experimenting in my craft room. 

Had a brilliant holiday at the end of May with Shelley, my sister, in Weymouth, Dorset.  We were fortunate in that we had the most beautiful sunny week and the temperature reached 26 degrees!  Never stopped raining since we got back home. 

A couple of photos here of Weymouth Quayside and Weymouth beach

Since getting home I have been busy back at work and household tasks but didn't take me long to get my "craft" head back on.  I made a wedding card for my friend Anne's sister and was really pleased with it.  Here it is:

Black card mounted on to square white card blank.
Me to You embossing folder mounted.
2 hearts die cut - one sparkly black and 1 plain white card on to silver heart.
Cut out neckline on black heart, added bow, flower and gems.
Added gems and flowers on to white heart.
Circular Little Claire sentiment and white bow from stash.

Father's Day arrived and I made a shirt card for my son to give to his dad:

Black card mounted on to square white card blank.
Mounted grey check paper on to black card
Added rubert stamped shirt, added red tie and gems
Stamped sentiment, coloured in red.
Grey candy added.

This next card I made using a embossing folder and a die cut flower which I have had for ages but could not decide what kind of card to make.  I experimented by die cutting the flower out of pink vellum and adding glitter which seems really effective.  I then embossed on white card, mounted on to pink card, on to an A6 Papermania scalloped card blank.  Added pink vellum butterflies, gems, a dragonfly charm and sentiment printed on to Safmat.

Spellbinders Shapeability Anemone flower.
Marianne embossing folder.
Martha Stewart butterfly punch. 

I have made several other cards and ATCs and have also been a busy bee tidying my craft room which is looking much better on the surface but still needs some more organising.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

No blogging for a while - been very busy at work and also we had a few days away in Blackpool.  We enjoyed freak weather - very sunny and warm considering it was the end of March and Blackpool looks so different in the sunshine.   A couple of photos below show a fabulous sunset which we saw every evening and Blackpool tower with a blue sky in the background.

Blackpool Sunset

Blackpool Tower
March 2012

Came back home to "normal" weather - cold, raining, windy but also back to crafting.  Here are a couple of Easter cards I made - one for my friend Anne and another for her mother. 

Made with free papers and images from Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine.  The papers are from Nitwit Spring Whimsy collection.  For the first card the backing paper was a scrap piece of paper from stash.  Also used flowers, scalloped circular die cut and candi from stash. 

The second card was made with free papers as above and just added Happy Easter sentiment stamped on to card and also added gems. 

On return from Blackpool I had to make a Pearl Wedding Anniversary card for a work colleague (had completely forgotten until the day before).  Here it is.  Again I used scraps of paper, die cuts ribbon and pearls in my stash