I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog, mainly card making but I now have four Grand children, three girls and a boy. As I love these kids so much I can't help showing an odd picture of them now and again. I really need to get into Scrapbooking too, loads of pics to use. I do some knitting and crocheting too.
with my partner. I am retired and LOVE it. I love life here but I do miss my family back in the UK, two sons and three sisters and my Mum.
Crafting is my life, I do something every single day. In the past it has helped me get through some bad times in my life. One such bad time was when my first grandson died aged just 14 months. He had been born 8 weeks prem but was very healthy and was growing into a beautiful, bonny boy. It was such a shock when the call came. A day never passes when I dont think of him.
I am now Nanna again to grand daughter, Hollie, born July 2012, and Tess born March 2016. This is my younger son and his partner. I now have another Grandson, Noah, born Nov 2013 to my elder Son and they have a daughter, Aurora, born March 2015.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my makes. Please leave a comment so that I know you have visited me. xxxx
Good Morning All
Wow, have you seen Johns Next Doors new stamp sets?, They are gorgeous and there are paper packs too to match. Julia Watts has them for sale on her blog HERE.
He has done so well since moving back to UK, so pleased for him.
Today is Hollies 3rd Birthday and I am waiting for a Skype call from her. She is visiting her Dads Aunty in Devon for the weekend so Lorien has taken her presents from me with her and she will open them whilst we Skype. I cant wait.
Here is the card I made for her.
She, and probably along with loads of other kids, is a Frozen fan. She sings along to the songs, and when I was there last December I watched the film with her.
On her breakup day at Playschool, they arranged for Ailsa and Anna (I think they are the names)
to visit, and Lorien said 'excited' was not a good enough word for how Hollie reacted when she saw them.
Anyway, I digress, this is the card I made for her, Frozen characters attached to acetate in this box card.
I,m very pleased how his turned out.
I am counting the weeks now until their visit, 5 and 1/2. !!!
This is a pic of her with them, it was a 'Pirates and Princess' day, hence the tiara!!!!!
Good Morning All
As it is sooo hot here I have hardly been in my craft room as far too hot, so I have been staying in the living room with OH and AC on. So I have finished another quiet book for Noah or Aurora, I will show it in afew day when I have taken pics.
Today is a special day for me as it is it in memory of my Fiance who died on this day 9 years ago, (pancreatic cancer). In a way he got me into crafting as he bought some hand made Christmas cards from a lady I worked with, and I thought I would have a go too.
********* Allsorts Challenge this week has been set by Susan and she would like to see a Banner or Flag on your creations.
I made this Engagement card.
I made the banner from acetate and put the sentiment on it, cut two hearts with a Nellie Snellen die and added silk roses, ribbon and heart gem.
I have been Book Folding again, I have joined a group on Facebook, dedicated to this art, and some of the ladies design patterns and ask for volunteers to try them out, and this one of them.
The pattern was designed by Hayley Whytock and her Etsy shop is HERE
I inked the edges of the pages first.
Then I covered the front and back with
My Minds Eye paper and stuck pink Glitter paper on inside covers.
Some of the books I have have a red line across the pages as they are bought from the local card shop, and they will exchange them, so they mark them. So I had t think of a way of covering the red line.
I bought this pretty pink leafy ribbon at local China store for 95 cents a roll, very pretty isn't it? It sort of holds the book together. I added a couple of parchment flowers and a butterfly on the top. All stuck on with glue gun.
I,m really pleased with how this has turned out and now the problem I have, is which Sister to give it to !!!!!!
Watch out as I have volunteered for another pattern of a TRAIN, part done as I write this, so will post when complete. I have also decorated the book 'Love' I showed yesterday, so I will show that another day. And the heart within a heart I showed yesterday, I decorated up and gave it to my friend here in Spain, she posted it on Facebook HERE.
A little bit of news ---
I have been published HERE on The Quiet Book Blog.
Finally getting back to normal after OH kids were here, a busy week and far too much food and drink.
I have bought afew patterns from a lovely lady that sells on Etsy, her shop is called Patterns for Pages HERE and she is very helpful and will design patterns for you for just 2.50 GBP.
She has done Hollie for me and I am going to do it, obviously, for Hollie for her bedroom. Trouble is, I need a big book over 580 pages, I found a Jilly Cooper one at the charity shop, but not quite suitable, alot of 'f' words and 'sex', if you have ever read any of hers !!!!!
I have just completed 'Mum' which I will show another day.
You Tube HERE is a good tutorial too.
We had a great craft meet yesterday, I showed some of the girls Book Folding and I think they may be hooked too. Some of you may want to know where I bought the patterns from. A lovely lady on Etsy called Patterns for Pages and she will make a pattern for you too.
Mervi has set the theme this week over at Allsorts Challenge and it is 'Strawberries & Cream'.
I was trying to find an image with Strawberries on but couldn't so I went for the colour theme instead.
Paper is from LOTV pad and matches the decoupage perfectly. The card blank is one Linda gave me and I stuck some of the same paper behind the apertures.
I used an image from Ppinky Dolls, our sponsor for this week, coloured with Promarkers. I used a scalloped card blank, matted and layered the image onto 'My Minds Eye' paper and card inked on the edges. The flower is made with a die I got free with my Cut N Boss, Die'sire Pretty Petal. Everything else is from my stash, ribbon gems, charms lace etc.
An extra post from me as I usually post every other day. I was so pleased with my first completed Book Folding I just had to show it off.
This was one I made for a practice yesterday when I came home from craft meet, I used a paperback.. We were talking about the books and dvd's available on C&C and I said I would Google it to see if I could find a free pattern just to try it. HERE is the link of the pattern I used for free from a very kind lady.
I was so pleased with the result, I went upstairs to my bookcase to see if I could find a hardback book to use.
I found a Sharron Osbourne Biography I have already read, so decided to use that,
I worked out how many pages I needed and it worked out very close to 5 hearts, just had to cut a afew pages from the back.
I inked all the edges with purple.
I covered the back and front with My Minds Eye paper. Cut a cereal box up for the base and covered that too.
Then onto embellishments, a big bow from my birthday flowers, with some brown ribbon John Next Door gave me and a big dazzler in the middle.
Lots of flowers from my stash, paper, ceramic and fabric.
Ribbon with Lace across the bottom.
I ties some of the brown ribbon around the top and decorated with flowers and a bow, then stuck a gem butterfly on the edge of the pages.
I secured the book onto the base by cutting an 'L' shape piece of card and glueing it on before I covered with paper, then put the upstanding bit of the 'L' up the spine of the book. I didn't glue it down but it will help secure abit.
When I showed OH, he said, whats that for ? !!!
It now adorns my hall table and I like it so there.
I have to keep it as being Sharron Osbournes book there is lots of 'F' words, so I cant really give it to anyone !!!!!
Now I am on the hunt for more patterns, found afew but want to make words or letters, there is tutorials for 'photoshop' but I have downloaded a free trial but cannot figure out how to use, not technically minded at all.