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 and only 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 31st July 2012. This is my younger son and his partner.
Good Morning All Allsorts Challenge time again and the theme has been set by Sarah and she has chosen 'True Blue'.
I went Blue Blue Blue, everything blue - die cuts, leaves, crochet flowers, paper flowers, homemade bead pin, butterflies, gems, ribbons and feathers, I think that's just about everything!!!! OOh I forgot the embossed and inked background. I hope you like it and it tempts you to join in with our challenge this week.
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The challenge this week at Creative Corners Challenge is 'Inspired By A Song'.
The sponsor is Bugaboo so I have used one of their digis 'Thinking of You'. Added some Cheery Lynn 'Roses' , homemade bead pin and lightly coloured the image.
As this is intended as a 'Sympathy' card --- the song is 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' by Queen.
I am a great Freddie Mercury and Queen fan and the reason I chose this song is because a very dear friend of mine was killed on his motorbike over 10 years ago now, and his family had this song playing as people were going into the church. Afew weeks after the funeral, my sister and I went to the Queen Convention (we used to go every year, loads of Queen fans meet up and have great fun, usually at a Holiday Centre like Pontins) this record was played and I was in bits, every time I hear it I think of Lol (Lawrence). The saddest part was, his older brother had been killed on his motorbike about 15 years earlier, less than afew miles from where Lol was killed. I still feel for their family. Sorry to get so maudlin. I did not make cards at that time and as many of you know, crafting does help get you through horrible times, as you will know from my header on my blog.
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I am proud to announce my official appointment for Charisma Cardz Challenge Woo hoo. I am on Gemmas team and will be posting every other week so here is my first card. The theme is 'No Digis, Stamps Only' and has been set by Carissa. I used one of my new Marianne stamps 'Don & Daisy' DDS3318
Pretty cute? Sat on the bench having a cuppa.
This shows the design abit better, how the front has been cut. The dark blue card is corrugated. Ribbon and gems added to the inside and buttons, twine and gems added on front.
I hope you will hop over and join in on my first challenge with Charisma cardz.
5 digis from Pink Cat Studio
I made a crochet butterfly and stuck it on a Cheery Lynn heart die cut. To be honest alot of the other bits were on my desk just waiting to be used. When I cut anything, I always cut two or three and I always keep the waste bits, which I have used here on the corners.
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And here is my Forever Friends creation, I have tried to do something a little different.
A base 6 x 6 white card folded at 6" then 7.5", 9" and 10.5.
I bought a brilliant Forever Friends pack when I was in the UK at Easter called 'New Arrival' ultimate Die cut pack and it had loads and loads of stuff in it - Diecuts, sentiments, papers and letters, so all the images and sentiments are from this pack. I also bought a lovely pack of blue pearl embellishments including the stars.
Crochet hearts with a pearl centre.
Ribbon from stash and two heart shaped brads.
This is the side view showing how it stacks up and I glued a little stand on the back.
This is the back and biggest layer. I use X Cut Large dies for the shape.
This is the second layer, I used different shades of blue card and inked the edges of the pale ones.
Finished card decorated with crochet hearts, ribbon, heart brads, heart button with twine tied through it and blue pearls and stars.
I hope you like my cards and they have given you a little inspiration to hop over and join in this months challenge.
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I forgot to take a piccy of the goodies I gave John but I,m sure he one on his blog here, I say 'goodies', I dont think John thought so when I gave them to him!!!!! There was 5 sheet of different colour paper, a handle from a paper carrier bag, tiny gems, negative from a diecut, some purple rafia, a piece of sacking (from a Rioja bottle), red wooden beads, sticky ribbon with butterflies on (John said YUK) and some crochet flowers.
I,ve just pinched this pic from John
I covered a box (Ferrero Rocher chocolate box) with torn pages of a book.
I used loads of Marianne diecuts -------
Fancy Circles LR 0152
Flowers LR 0106 and LR 0107
I cut a flower shape into a double sided sticky sheet and covered with the tiny gems then sprinkled with glitter to fill in the areas that did not have gems on.
I glued a sheet of punk card on the inside of the base and the lid.
I cut some more shapes for the inside and stuck the piece of sticky ribbon I had supplied in goodie pack.
I stuck some more gems in the flower centres.
This pic shows the carrier bag handle, I glued flowers all around it.
Ribbon glued to the sides of the lid and the base.
Can be used for storing all sorts of things, here I put lemon flavour green T bags in.
This is the second item I made. I weaved strips of paper on the inside of the negative diecut.
These mojo challenges between John and I really do test my creativity, but I do give him stash that I,m not keen on, just to see what he comes up with, he is so creative. Pop over to see what he has made.
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It is my turn to choose the theme for Allsorts Challenge this week and I have decided on 'Any Sport', mostly because I wanted to see 'male' cards. Not that women don't play sport, of course, I just thought it would be interesting to see what you all came up with.
I made this with my eldest son in mind, well he will be getting it for his birthday in June. Both him and Rick used to ride field bikes when they were little. This is a decoupaged image from Le Suh and I stamped all the words with my LOTV stamp, added black gems and black ribbon across the middle. The paler card has a sky/cloud effect but it does not show very well on pic.
This is what it looked like before I decided to add the minature envelope with a tiny fiver in. I just thought it needed abit more embellishment and I thought Lee would like the fun bit.
I cant wait to see what you all create and as it is my challenge I will be visiting all of you but forgive me if I don't comment on all but I will do as many as I can.
It is Allsorts Challenge 4th birthday on 25th May ( just before my birthday on 27th hint hint LOL ) and we are having a blog hop and there will be loads of prizes for the challenge that week aswell as prizes on each of the DT's blogs for the hop, so we hope you will all join in.
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I made this one to use some papers that have been in my box for years, I am on a mission again - Use old stash.
Lovely shades of purple and lilacs, the music notes paper is so old I dont even know where it came from.
You will have to excuse, the pics are abit blurry, is it me or the camera, birthday coming up so wish list.
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This is my second week as a guest design team member for Creative Corner Challenges and the theme is 'Things With Wings' so that is a good one for me as I love butterflies.
I really went to town on this one, it is what I call a 'messy card', lots of embellishments, quite afew of these were sent to me when I was in the Uk by my friend Crisslee from Docrafts. Hope you like it.
Here are afew snaps of Guadamar Harbour. We often go for a walk there as we can park the car in the harbour where the boats are docked.
This one is just as we walk round the corner from the car parking area, towards the harbour wall where there is always people fishing and loads of stray cats live amongst the rocks. We have seen a guy on a bike come down and leave food in bowls and give them fresh water, so they are far from starving.
These are afew of the boats docked, this sparks the conversation 'What would we do if we won the lottery?'
Hire a boat with crew and sail off somewhere lovely. Mmmmmmm
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Gosh, it has been hot today, very summery weather for us, but now it has gone quite black.
When I have been getting my washing in over the last few days I have noticed the plants coming into flower, especially the cacti so I thought I would take some pics to show you all.
I love this one, it is getting some lovely orange flowers on.
All these first 3 pictures started out as tiny ones bought for 60 cents and in pots no bigger than 3" diameter, and now they are in 6" pots.
I think the little one looks like a frog!!
This is how I plant the tiny ones I buy. I put three in a window box, these are about 15" long. Then in the spring I transfer them to individual pots and they go up on the roof.
These three need to be repotted this week and then I can buy some more to put in, and then the window boxes go outside our kitchen window.
This is a gorgeous Bougainvillea (don't know if that is how it is spelt). It has lovely and orange and pink flowers on at the moment but I think they will be changing to all pink soon.
This is a beautiful Miniature carnation in a lovely shade of peach with a red edge.
It very often looks like it is going to die off and then comes back to life.
It is looking quite healthy at the moment.
On to my card for today. As the image is watering the flowers in the plant pots, I thought is apt to show this one with the pics of my plants.
It is a LOTV topper, which I think is so cute. Cheery Lynn roses die, a doily, ribbon, buttons (these lilac ones were from my Mums old button tin), a pin with a pearl head and I put a round blue bead on and a white square bead. Round sentiment stuck on some silvery material.
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Welcome to my newest follower Kelly.
It has been very warm here today, we hit 26 degrees this morning in the car, whilst we were taking MIL to the airport. I hear that the weather is good in the UK too, my Mum said it was so warm yesterday she had to go back inside after sitting outdoors.
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I have been playing with my Fave 'Cherry Lynn Roses Dies' again and making lots of flowers.
Have you guessed? I made the card the wrong way so I had to cut the front off and make it into an easel card.
It is time for our second challenge at Lady Annes challenges , I hope you will spread the word around as there were not too many entries last month. This month is a nice easy one - EASEL CARDS, that is what we want to see. The challenge runs until 2nd June.
I chose this gorgeous image from the sponsor and put her on a die cut from Spellbinders 'Butterfly Circles'. I dotted liquid pearls around the edge and added flowers, some bought and some made with Spellbinders 'Bitty Blossom'.
Our sponsor this month is Digi Darla and they will give 5 digis of winners choice.
I hope you will join us and have fun.
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Well, this week was a challenge from John Next Door, I looked and looked at the goodies he brought for me and wondered what or how I was going to decorate the box.
It is a beautiful box covered in material and tied with a ribbon.
The paper is really good quality but I did not want to cover all the box with it because the material on the lid is lovely pale blue and white striped, afew tiny marks on it but I thought I could cover it with embellishments.
This is the inside. The inside is removable but I think I will leave it in.
Now this is what I did.
I stuck some of the paper around the sides.
Stuck some lace across the lip where it closes.
Then just went to town adding flowers, diecuts, lace pearls on a base of blue corrugated card.
I cut some label tags ( X cut ) from some of the paper and put ribbon through and clipped with a peg, I thought these could be used as labels for whatever I may store in each compartment. Then I stuck a crochet flower with a pearl in the middle onto the back of each compartment. I think this may be another Christmas Gift for someone!!!!