Monday 29 November 2010

Lace Tree

The fantabulous cricut challenge this week is to use ribbon on your project so as I'd just made this from my new Trim the Tree cartridge, I thought it would fit in well.I think it's amazing how well the cricut machine can cut out these lace patterns

Saturday 27 November 2010

Shabby Chic?

This month the theme for the challenge at the Inkurable Stampers blog is 'Shabby Chic Christmas' so I'm entering this card as It seems to fit in ok. I have used faded jeans distress ink throughout, the central pendant and the scrolls I cut on my cuttlebug and the centre stamped image is a larger village scene that I cut down in a nestie to fit.The background is stamped using a funky foam diamond shape and over stamped with holly and a music stamp, the flower is punched out.

Thursday 25 November 2010

Time Tag.

The challenge this week at playdatecafeis to use the colours brown, grey and silver so I have made a tag type bookmark using a pearlescent grey/silver card and stamped with Versafine Sepia for the brown and the silver is the arrow on the 'clock' and the gems.the stamps are Paper Artsy.

Tuesday 23 November 2010

A tidy desk is...............

Hopefully it's a tidy mind, not sure about that but I do know it's a relief to have my room reasonably tidy at last, it's been a long time coming, I had to really knuckle down to it as Viv is visiting on saturday and it would have been a struggle for us both to get into my tiny room as it was.Another thing that I'm happy about is that at last, two years after taking my stamps off their wooden bases, I have sorted them into themes and boxes - amazing!!

Sunday 21 November 2010


Aachoo is the theme of the fantabulous cricut challenge this week so so as my cartridges are limited I chose to do a get well card again using the Cindy loo cartridge for the butterfly and text and the flourish came from the Serenade cartridge.

Friday 19 November 2010

Tatty Box

Well it was a tatty box! now it's a busily collaged box, originally it contained paintbrushes but was sold cheaply as the fastener was broken, I bought it and OH took it apart, out came the napkins, prints and mod podge and here you have it roses and ladies, not perfect but it'll do for something.

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Collaged Santa

The theme at Tuesday Taggers this week is to use the words - Love,Joy or Peace on your project so I think the text on this card fits the bill. The Santa stamp and text are from Butterfly Kisses, the snowflakes are punched with my martha stewart punch and I used Barn Door distress ink for the stamping.

Monday 15 November 2010


An altered matchbox with tiny gifts inside is the theme for our Art n Soul group over on Flickr. I knew I had a matchbox but rather than tip everywhere upside down I took the 'easy' way out and made one, I glimmer misted it stuck on a vintage Santa image, which I mod podged to give it some life then added a jeweled snowflake, but what to put inside?? I had the game piece decorated with the pansy so I added a magnet to the back then out came the crochet hooks and vintage pansy pattern and the cotton pansy was born I added a tag to fill the box and it was finished.

Saturday 13 November 2010

An apple a day?

At last I'm starting to play with my new toy -better known as the Cricut Create machine - the challenge on the fantabulouscricut blog is to use green and a circle and of course a diecut from the machine, I used this lovely apple from the Serenade cartridge thinking it would make a good get well card. My OH says I'm back in the crafting swing as tonight I got all ready for our evening meal then forgot to cook it, I was only a bit late.

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Colour Challenge

I'm making a few (only 6) cards for charity and while I was "taking a break!" i saw that 'Tuesday Taggers' had the theme of purple,gold and silver with some stamping so as I'd just stamped a purple background I fitted the rest in as well, this card has purple and gold layering with a silver flourish and silver layering on the text. The angel is a stamp I've had many years that comes out for a breather at christmas.

Sunday 7 November 2010

Playaway day

Today I've made myself start sorting clothes, put away cases and put my packed away ornaments into the new cabinet - so things are looking better, but yesterday I escaped to my scrapbooking crop for the day and thoroughly enjoyed playing with photo's and layouts, here is one I did from last years holiday.

Friday 5 November 2010


I had a lovely day at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC Birmingham,yesterday,with Viv ('vivsvisuals' in my sidebar) We had a good look round and a good spend on stapms, card, etc etc etc!! I took my new camera and managed to take pics of cards to remind us both what we'd seen and needed to do but when I went to upload them this mornin - no memory card in the camera!!! - I'd left it in my pc - I am so annoyed and worried about the old brain, senior moments or what?? Anyway here are a couple of christmas cards inspired by some we saw yesterday.

Wednesday 3 November 2010

A new toy!!

I promised a picture of the lovely Biscornu Autumn pincushion that I won in Judy's giveaway, ('cjstitchingandblooms' in my links) and here it is courtesy of my NEW CAMERA, my new handbag friendly camera indeed! Anyway the pincushion is lovely, about 5 1/2 inches across,tweed fabric decorated with fabric, felt and stitching, it will take pride of place on my sewing table. The other pic is the Thanksgiving card I've just made for the November 'Hugz from the Heart' swap, and did I struggle, perhaps because we're not used to cards for this theme, anyway I'm pleased with the result. I printed off the background paper, stamped and watercoloured the church image, the leaves are spellbinder dies that I cut and embossed on my cuttlebug and coloured with distress inks, under the leaves is a paper flourish that I actually cut out on my Cricut - used at last!!

Tuesday 2 November 2010


The picture shows where OH and I have spent the last eleven days on holiday, cruising to the Canary Islands and back on this lovely ship, but that's over and now it's unpacking, washing,ironing and putting away plus the new furniture arrives, at last, tomorrow so it should be back to normal in about a week or so and then I can craft to my hearts content. I did manage to 'feed the need' on the ship and attend a couple of scrapbooking workshops, there I met Tobi ,a 'crafty' lady from Pasadena in the US and also I met Pat with her husband, our dinner neighbours, who also loves to craft, hopefully I will keep in touch with these lovely ladies.I also wanted to post a picture of a beautiful pin cushion that I won in a giveaway before I went away but......... this morning my camera refuses to work so that will have to be for another post (and another camera!)