with my great 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 my new grand daughter born july 2012. This is my younger son and his partner. I now have another Grandson born Nov 2013 to my elder Son. I love the bones of these kids.
Allsorts Challenge is Embossing this week chosen by Helene. She would like to see Embossing on your creations.
I did abit of parchment craft on this one, using an emboss and pricking stencil, mounted onto crimson and mirri card cut with Spellbinders Labels 4. I also found the dotty embossed mirri card in my stash so used this too. All mounted onto hammered cream card and a Leabilities Poisettia (as in my tutorial on page tab at top) and homemade pin and tag with ribbon.
Here is another couple of cards from the pack. Tomorrow I will show you a different style from the pack. Are you bored yet?
I' m so glad I have an outlet for my cards, the ladies really appreciate them and it enables them to raise much needed funds. I also gave some to my craft friend, Val last week as her daughter sells them to raise money for a cat charity.
These are the first of the cards I mentioned yesterday.
You may be bored by the end of the week LOL.
This is a pack that was given to me. I could not fathom out how they folded so I took them to our craft meeting and one of the ladies showed me. There are various colours and they are shaded. Some are folded like this, some are plain, some have acetate wraps so I will show them throughout this week.
I have been making the flowers too, just wetting and squishing, similar to the tutorial on page at the top of my blog.
The gem butterfly is from local China shop and I stuck it onto acetate and cut it out, silver ones are waste from Dufex decoupage sheets.
Once again this is all stuff that has been in my stash for ages, I think the big flowers are Papermania from one of the Docrafts goody bags, so they must be afew years old.
I,m using all my older pins, I think I have progressed onto making more beautiful ones.
I have been on a mission this weekend, by that I mean I have been trying to use some of my stash, bits I dont particularly like, if you know what I mean.
I was given a load of stuff by John Next Door before he left for UK. A lady had come into his shop and given him loads of boxes of stuff - Kanban kits, Create & Craft boxes etc etc. As you know, I cannot throw anything away and as I make lots of cards for charities here, I am determined to use it all, even if it takes me years !!!! LOL.
I am NOT buying any more stuff other than essentials like glue, tape etc.
I took one pack of cards with me to craft club on Thursday so I thought I would carry on until all gone. So I have been completing these this weekend and I will show these on my posts this week.
Today I wanted to show these cute boxes.
There are loads of tutorials on You Tube for milk carton boxes. They stand about 14cm high and I have used all sorts of stuff I have had for years. Small flowers bought on Ebay, large black one is one I made years ago using a die cut. Scalloped squares were given to me before we moved here, in all different colours too, so I will be using these up. A great way of using small bits of paper too.
I have decided to make 15 or 20 and give one to each member of the Slimming Club at Christmas, yet to decide what to put inside though.
They are big enough to put afew chocolates in so I will make one each for our Mums as they are coming to Benidorm with us for Christmas. Although we dont normally buy gifts, as we will all be together on The Day, we have agreed to swap small gifts.
Ladybug Crafts Challenge this month is Autumn or Halloween, so for me, it had to be Autumn as I dont do Halloween really. I did one when I was on the DT for Love to Create but it is not something I usually do as no-one wants a Halloween card here.
I went for Autumn colours, I used a Sue Wilson California Die, various leaf and flower dies in greens and browns, creams, tan. Homemade bead thingys under the ribbon and a homemade a sentiment tag.
Good Morning All
Wow change in the weather here, another thunder and lightening storm Monday, as we had one the previous Monday too. But thankfully it is abit cooler so I can retreat into my craftroom once again.
Good Morning All Message for Peggy You left a comment on Hatpins could you email me on address at sidebar, thanks. ******************** I was looking through my older posts the other day and found this HERE some of the first pins I made, goodness, how thing have progressed they are not very good but I thought they were great. ******************
I love making these bead/hat pins and earrings so I have decided to sell them. New Colours Added further down post on bead pins. Earrings 5.50GBP inc. P&P
Special offer again - 12 pins for 5GBP + 6 FREE
Just got some new beads, so pretty. Here is a close up of a gorgeous pearl bead cap and peach coloured bead.
To show an assortment. Similar available. Red ones sold.
No. 6 SOLD
NO.7 AVAILABLE Mixed bead & Pearl
No. 5 AVAILABLE Blue/Black bead and pearl
NO.8 AVAILABLE Mixed bead & Pearl
If you would like a particular colour, please ask and I will see if I have the beads to make them.
They are about 5.5cm or 3.5cm long .
Including postage from here they are 5GBP for 12. Plus 6 FREE
As they sell I shall update pictures.
I have loads of them in mixed colours and I made John Next Door a load to take back to UK with him, he does use alot, take a look at his blog to see how he uses them. I used them on the card I posted HERE.
I just enjoy making them and as most of my cards get donated to charities here, it enables me to buy more stock.
I can only sell using Paypal. Please email me on address in sidebar, or leave a comment with a contact email.
I am so pleased to announce that my eldest son, Lee and his partner have found out that they are having a girl, a little sister for Noah.
I have had this shawl on the go for more than a year and finished it afew weeks ago, just in case.
I also have done another blanket in lemon, using the same batch of wool I bought at the local craft shop before it closed, I will show this in a future post. I showed the start of it HERE as I couldn't wait to show off this lovely new (to me anyway) stitch I had seen. HERE is Hollies cardigan using the same wool and here she is wearing it.
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend, Mum is taking us out for a Sunday roast today, Mmmm.
It is Sarahs turn to choose the theme this week for Allsorts Challenge and she picked a Stitch Up.
I used brown card and did faux stitching around the edges. Topped with My Minds Eye paper and a gorgeous piece of lace that a got in some blog candy. Joanna Sheen ribbon with a faux pearl centre, homemade bead pins and sentiment tag.
The small flowers are bought and the big one Marianne die with a brad center.