Saturday, 24 December 2011

OOOH!  I forgot to post the quickie card I made for my husband.  It features our African Grey Parrot called Bobby and I superimposed a santa hat on his head and added a touch of glitter.  Used Print and Cut on my Black Cat Cougar to do the text and stuck it all on a stepper card.  Cute!!

Like I said before... Happy Christmas one and all and all the best for a Happy New Year.  Here's to the best crafting year ever!!!

This has to be the simplest, quickest card ever.  It's made with the Hunkydory Jewelled Elegance Collection - Diamond Florals.  It's not my normal kind of crafting but hey, it's Christmas Eve, I am busy and I have to make a quick card for someone who is 40 on 27th December.

 It's a base card from the pack and two embellishments.  The sentiment just says Happy Birthday.  I like the kit though and you can do so much with them. 

OK Well - I'm off to get ready for Santa.  Happy Christmas everybody and all the best for 2012!!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

I wanted to make something a bit special for my mum.  She relies on a lot of Carers to help her and so I always make extra of my cards to send from her so I can't really give her that card from me!!  Some time ago, I bought the Polkadoodles Christmas Boutique Magazine with kit and I was having a look through there for inspiration and wow..... I was blown away by one of the designs so it is an absolutely unashamed copy but I am so thrilled with it and mum will love it too.  Hope you like it.  I used the stamps in the kits.  The floor-base of the card is made by a concertina of acetate, ice dust sprinkled over it and then the stamps coloured and cut out with Promarkers and glittered, glued into place and then one A4 sheet of acetate folded in half over the top and stuck down to the base.  A couple of borders cut on the machine hides the tape holding on the acetate cover.  I then made a label with my Print and Cut Black Cat Cougar machine and attached it to the top.  Oh and a Spellbinders rose and feather to add the finishing touch.  The photo just doesn't do it justice.  I might try to take another one in the daylight to see if it comes out better and replace these.

These are the cards I made for my little grandchildren.  The cut files are from Shirley Young's Cards and inside there is a insert to which I added text and in Lola's card, I put in a little line drawing of Looby Lou and in Ethan's card, I put a little robot!  I used my Black Cat Cougar which enables me to print and cut..... fab machine... every serious crafter should have one!!  I would have made more of the cards - perhaps mounted them onto something else with more decoration but I am nursing a viral infection and was getting too tired... just wanted to get them done!!  Hope you like them......

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Bobby is our African Grey Parrot.  He has been living with us since 1997 and he was around three and a half years old at that time so now he is in his late teens.  He is a talking parrot and has a good vocabulary although nowadays, he prefers to listen more than talk!  We were looking around for a holiday place for him where he would be looked after well whilst we are away.  We were so lucky to be told about Rebecca at Becks Bird Barn.  Bobby has been to stay three times already this year and he absolutely loves it there.  So, I thought he would like to send a very special card to say Happy Christmas and here it is....

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

I have managed to finish Lola's wall word.  I am giving to her as a Christmas gift so I had to hide it when she came to stay with me last week.  I think it is really cute.  She loves Minnie Mouse and has just started ballet lessons so I incorporated those things.  Anyway, here it is.  Hope you like it.....

 The ballet toppers are from a MIC set which I have had for a couple of years.
 These are Magnolia stamps coloured with Promarkers and the gems and flower/skeleton leaves are from my stash
 The rosette is from Lettering Delights and cut out on my Black Cat machine.  Minnie is also an SVG file cut on my Cougar
Lola loves Rosie.  I just printed out a couple of images and cut round them.  The ladybirds are MIC and  to add some interest to the gingham paper covering the A, I have added a dot of Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearl in each little square.  I've had the Liquid Pearl for years and never used it.  I think they look really effective.  I'll definitely use them again!!

It is Lola's birthday tomorrow - the last day of November.  Lola is my granddaughter.  She will be a very grown-up 3 years old!  I call her Looby Lou and have done since she was born.  She calls me Dangar which is lovely - I hope she doesn't start calling me Grandma because that will mean she is growing up too fast!!  Anyway, here is the card I made for her birthday......

Looby Lou and I often sit and watch an Andy Pandy DVD so I thought she would love this card.  I simply downloaded an Andy Pandy colouring page and coloured with Promarkers.  I then cut it out with a scalloped circle nestability on my Spellbinders Wizard machine.  The backing papers are from Polkadoodles Pretty Sweet CD Rom.  The number 3 has just been cut out and glittered
Wow.... time is going so fast - we are about to move right into December!  I was looking after my little granddaughter last week so didn't get the chance to do much in the way of craft and also had to hide some things which are to be sent to Santa!  Anyway, just before Lola (I call her Looby Lou) came to stay, I managed to get this card done to send to CBeebies in the hope it will be shown on the television birthday slot on my grandson's birthday in January.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Christmas Cards!

OK so I am a little bit too organised!   I have worked really hard to get these done and I am not too far off finishing now.  I like to have a theme and do the one card for most people.  I do special ones for my grandchildren but near enough everyone else gets the same card.  I try to do something a little different and I am quite pleased with these this year.  Apart from anything else, they flatten completely out so great for posting.  I send many cards abroad so it can be quite expensive!!   Some of the credit must go to the lovely Bhanu at Sunrise Crafts just outside Wolverhampton  She is so friendly and helpful, always gives fabulous ideas and advice and has a lovely smile.  Sunrise Crafts is an absolute treasure trove - I can't resist calling in when I have the slightest excuse!    When I started to work on my Christmas cards, a happy accident got me to the final design.  I used my Spellbinders Wizard to cut out a Spellbinder ornament die but I had not placed the spacer plate properly and it didn't cut out the whole thing - that gave me an idea!!  The main image is HeroArts and it is dusted with four different colours of Perfect Pearls.   I have added glitter to the image.   The other stamps used are Stamp Addicts.   The third photo is not very good but there is a sentiment on there.  I'll try to take another photo to upload tomorrow during daylight.

A few months ago, I bought some chipboard large alphabet letters with the idea of decorating them for my grandchildren's bedrooms.  I have finally got round to making a start on them.  I decided to do Ethan's first because I thought that it would be more difficult to come up with the ideas for a little boy whereas Lola should be soooo easy - just pink and pretty!  Anyway, here is Ethan.   Lola's will follow soon.  In the meantime, I am working on Christmas cards!!   Hope you like it.

Friday, 4 November 2011

A card for a friend

The base picture of this card has been created in Serif Digital Craft Artist using the Fall Splendour digikit.   I used one of the pre-designed layouts.  The flowers were made using a spellbinders die.  They are so lovely to make.  I made a box to go with the card which turned out lovely too.  I love this card.  The colours are super for an autumn card and the flowers give it that touch of dimension and interest.  It's a thought-provoking picture - just where does that ladder go?  Anyway, Happy Birthday Kim - hope you like the card. xx

Teenager's Birthday Card!

A real girly card this.  The stamp is a very old one - can't remember where it was from!  Let me know if you have any ideas.  I used my Spellbinders Wizard and an embossing folder to emboss the pink mirri card.  The stamp was coloured in with Promarkers and the top is glittered in black.  Looks lovely in the flesh!  Happy Birthday Beccy!

Retirement Card

A retirement card made using bits and bobs from my card stash.  The peacock (Kanban) stamp was stamped with Versamark onto black card and dusted with different colours of Perfect Pearls.

Cute Halloween Dressers

These cute Halloween Dressers were made using an SVG template from Scrappycuts.  They are so easy to make.  They have little drawers to put sweeties or tiny gifts in.  There is one for each of my grandchildren here.  Scrappycuts can be found here:

Sunday, 9 October 2011

The very first card!

Stamped with Kanban peacock and flowers.  Peacock stamped with Black Memento ink, coloured with flex-marker ;Shocking Pink' and tail-feather 'eyes' glittered with cerise pink fine glitter.  The base white card has been stamped with flowers and sprayed with Crafters  Companion glitter spray (silver) and the main card with message has been designed on Serif Digital Craft  Artist and printed onto white card.  

My craft room - FINISHED!!

The 'machine' end.  The electricians have used trunking to neatly hide most of the wires.  I thought I would only fill two of the shelves but no.... I have no room left!  The middle shelf is full of wood mounted rubber stamps.  One of my drawers has all my unmounted rubber stamps.... hundreds of them!

I love my papers shelves.  At last I can select the right colour without getting reams and reams of paper out.

The venetian blinds have added a lovely touch.  They match the wallpaper very well and I can adjust the incoming light really well to create different moods.  The ceiling light is fantastic - it's designed for medical purposes like operating theatres or dentists and is a bright white light so I can true colour match at any time of night or day!

Work in progress

A very busy few weeks.... but now complete!

I have hardly had time to breathe lately and my house has been completely upside down.  Still, it was all very worth it because my craft room is now up and running and I am more than pleased with it.  I have filled every cupboard, drawer and shelf with goodies and still could have done with more storage space!  I have a fabulous carousel in each of the corner cupboards which has made very good use of the space available.  The drawers are fantastic and I have carefully arranged everything - tidy at the moment!  I love my paper shelves and can at last see what colours/textures I have and had a really good sort out whilst I was filling the shelves... I have so many things I had forgotten about and I must admit, there are some things that I have no clue how to use!  The ceiling light is wonderful - it's an Actulite and manufactured with the medical world in mind.  It's a very bright, white light so no matter what time I am crafting, I can see my colours accurately.  Hope you like it :)

Sunday, 4 September 2011


The decorator is coming this afternoon to price the job of decorating.  He isn't going to actually do anything until all the furniture has been fitted but it has turned my mind to what I want on the walls.  I don't want to close the room in too much but I love the big patterns that are in vogue and I bet I can get a lovely blue/brown one.  A quick search on google found me the pictures below but I could go much plainer as a base and then have 'scrap walls' and decorate them myself over time.  Hmm.... I like that idea.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Computer drawings

These are the computer generated drawings of how the cupboards will look.  The flooring won't be quite like this or the wallpaper.  I want to end up with a blue and brown theme so the handles on the drawers may be a bit different.  I love the idea of the paper shelving :)

YUK! My craft room with no clothes on!

It's a small room.  There are two windows.  I have a mountain of stuff to store in here when all the cupboards are in..... I think I will have to try and find hidey-holes for some of it around the house - I'm sure it won't all fit in!

Friday, 2 September 2011

A New Start

My name is Carol and I am from the West Midlands in the UK.  I live at home with my husband and an African Grey parrot.  I am a grandma.  I love to craft but have outgrown my dated, converted office so have just completely stripped it ready for new units and worktop.  Can't wait to get it finished but it will take some time yet.
Hope you can follow me on my journey and help me to make the choices as I go along.