Saturday, 31 August 2013

A little catch up...

...  yoo hoo,  just wanted to do a quick catchy up post.  This last week we had a few days down at Derbyshire staying at Matlock at a lovely B&B, we could have spent longer there as there was so much to see with one day filled with a theme park (and a couple of crafty shops - cough) and the other at Chatsworth House which was a great day filled and we still managed to miss things!!! Definately need to spend longer there next time.  The B&B where we stayed their daughter has holiday cottages on her farm - so maybe it could be there next for a longer break - although we would miss Davids super breakfasts.

The lady who ran the B&B was a lecturer in tailoring, needlework & patchwork!!!  So I managed to get an impromptu patchwork class and the lovely lady gave me some oddments of material to go towards my patchwork cushion - which hasn't been touched for a while as I ran out of material:

Goodies from Andrea

I've finished my Gnome alphabet apart from the pesky french knots for eyes - grrrr they are a nightmare and they are just not happening so I'll come back to that:
After much pestering from my son - I've picked up my wizard cross stitch:

Oops wrong way round but you get the idea - I'm not enjoying this I feel like I am stitching and stitching and not making any progress but I know if I look back through my blog I can see my progress from previous photos.  The other factor as to why I'm not enjoying it is because I want to start this:

I saw this on Mouses blog and fell in love with it straight away - so I had to order it - now Mouse said its ok to start but I'm trying to be good and hang on until I've done a bit more of the wizard - lol - hmmmm we'll see though.

Right thats my stitchy up date - I really need to get cracking with cards - its my youngests birthday in a couple of weeks so I really need to make a start on his card!!!

Thanks for looking


Monday, 19 August 2013

Yoo hoo

...  spotted another challenge I can enter a card that I have had a photo of for ages but not actually blogged:

This was for my nephew who recently (well a couple of months ago) passed his driving test.  At the time he was training at Southampton so I googled the map and printed it out to use as the dp and matted it onto burgundy cardstock.  I also printed the sentiment and the image (again from google images), I made the banner my self.  The image was a freebie stamp from a magazine ages ago, coloured with promarkers and some glossy accents to Bentley Bears goggles.

I would like to enter this into:

Papertake weekly:- Occasion - ally

Thanks for looking


Saturday, 17 August 2013

Just escaping...

... from the housework, I've done downstairs so before I move upstairs I'll quickly blog this card:

As I have spotted the Pink Gem challenge and if I dont blog it now I know I'll forget :-).   The image is Pink Gem coloured with promarkers (I was going to be good and list the colours I used but a few more pens have ended up on my desk and now I cant remember what they were doh!),  I have used patterned papers that were free with a magazine ages ago and matted them onto pale blue cardstock.  I have then die cut the fence with a memory box die and used the swirls off another die under a punched flower with a pearl added to the centre from my stash.

I would like to enter this into

A Gem of A Challenge - punch it out
Totally Gorjuss - use die cuts/punches

Right back to the dusting/hoovering - thanks for looking


Friday, 16 August 2013

Phew ... that was close...

Oh dear I thought I had measured this material correctly and even got hubby to double check me - but we went wrong somewhere:

My Z is about an inch away from the edge of the fabric!!!  I was having a slight panic that it wasnt going to fit, so I just did the stitches I needed to to see where my last stitches would be - phew, it just to say made it!!  Still cant get my head around how if I started from the middle I have ample room at one end and not the other - I think I'll blame the pattern - it was split in two so yeah I'll blame that.

Now that I know it fits I'll go back and finish it properly (as I had lost heart in it when I thought it wasnt going to fit).

Thanks for looking 


Thursday, 15 August 2013


.... just a quick post tonight before hubby gets in from work and it looks like a storm could be a brewin'  its gone awfully dark!!!  So that sets me up for my rubbish photo's I couldnt get a decent one but I hope you get the idea. lol

I saw a nice easy sketch over at Passion for Promarkers and thought I'd have a bash at it - to help my mojo along.  The image is Fairy Tiffany from Milk Coffee.  I have coloured her with promarkers and added stickles to her wings - I have then distressed the edge of the image.  I'm not sure of the make of dp's which have again been distressed and matted onto a creamy coloured pearlised card stock.  The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

I would like to enter this into:

Passion for Promarkers - sketch.

Thanks for looking


Friday, 9 August 2013

Cough, splutter....

... phew, excuse me whilst I just blow the dust off my blog.  Yup, its been a while all because I fell out with my promarkers and my mojo just upped an left on its summer holidays (plus been having days out with the boys)  thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it lol.

I do have a couple of cards I could blog, but am going to hang on for suitable challenges :-), but, here's a card I've made just to have in my stock pile (although really I need a couple of mens cards!).

I have used one of Janeys lovely designs - the Geum, and this was a joy to colour:

I have printed the image onto Rymans card stock and decoupaged the main flower, here's a photo to try and show:

To colour the image I used three colours on the petals: Apricot, Oatmeal & Vanilla.  For the stem I used Moss and Olive green and outlined the image with cool grey 1.  I then die cut the image with my nesties, added some bling & ribbon from my stash.  The dp is papermania from the pastel collection which I matted onto some pearlised card and layered onto my Craftwork Cards card blank.

I would like to enter this into:

Papertake weekly - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Clean & Simple.

Thanks for looking and thank you to Janey for being patient :-) xxx


Oooh before I go I just want to congratulate my mate Janine from Crafting Crackers - she has just recently celebrated being chosen for two super duper dt's - pop over to her blog to check out her lovely cards  - well done!!!