Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy 2012 and thank all of the wonderful 'blog people' who have helped me settle into this new experience and given me so much encouragement with the marvelous challenges and fantastic messages:)

My birthday is January 1st and this time I am 70. My creative mind has become so active that I am sure the next year will be just as full and happy as the last.

Sketch and Retro/Music challenges

I combined the challenge at Sketch Saturday with the Retro/Music challenge at Moving Along with the Times. Terrific samples at both for inspiration.

I always loved the designs in the Flower Power era and still do.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Anything Goes for week 5 of December

Here we are in the last week of December and at Just for Fun they have an Anything Goes Challenge

I was inspired by Von's sample and hunted for somethings similar that I had been given a long time ago and always meant to use.

Nowhere near as good as the card that inspired me but this card is what I made for the challenge.

Thank you for the wonderful challenges at Just for Fun and my introduction to Blogland.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Anything Goes

At Craft-room Challenge it is anything goes so I am adding this card I have just made. Not what I would usually make but I just wanted to chill out and make things that are a bit different for a few days.

Seems a Little Sketchy

This is the third at Seems a Little Sketchy. It was a very nice sketch to follow and I will keep it to use in the future for sure. Thank you. I have used a photograph that was taken by my hubby last year--it is a wild orchid.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Autumn at Just for Fun

Last of the seasons at JFF this week and what fun it has been to escape from making Christmas cards and look ahead to the New Year with the challenges.

There are still lots of autumn leaves around so I collected some and stood them in baby oil for a while to make them supple. After that I used punches to cut out shapes to make a couple of autum coloured flowers. Lastly I found this lovely quote by John Donne who is one of my favourite poets and has helped me many times in my life when he seemed to have a poem for every occassion.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Summer Days at Just for Fun

Nice to feel the see the sun shining if only on this postcard :)

This is serendipity meets paper piecing and they tangle with zentagles. I love the artwork of Bridget Wilkinson and this postcard is made in her style-not sure what she would think of it but I am hoping to go to Whitby soon and that I can show it to her if she is at the gallery where she shows some of her work.

Always great challenges at Just for Fun and terrific work by the Dts and the people who enter their work.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Die Cuts and Punches

Great challenge here at Craft-Room Challenge . I don't seem to have many punches these days--I did lend some out so maybe they didn't come back home :(

Christmas Animals

What a great choice of subject for this challenge at Oldie but Goodie Thought I would make a special Christmastime birthday card for a friend whose birthday is a few days before Christmas.

Tagtastic at Try it on Tuesday

Always lovely to make tags and be able to use any technique you like. Here at TIOT you can do just that. Some beautiful examples by the team

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Tradional Christmas Colours and Sketch

Combined these challenges at Sketch Saturday and One Stop Craft Shop Challenge

I have tried lots of colour combinations on my Christmas cards this year but the traditional colours always look right somehow.

I love making the ribbon flowers and now have lots to use on cards in the future.

Friday, 9 December 2011

It's Spring Time at JFF

I can't believe that what I had in mind earlier this week fitted in with the challenge at Just for Fun this week. I am having a buffet lunch for a few people later in the month but wanted it to be none Christmas if you know what I mean. I found some lovely serviettes that said Springtime Flowers though they aren't like any real flowers I have seen

I would have also liked to buy a cake stand but they are now called muffin stands and seem to be very expensive. No worries I have made one and will be making a couple more so that I can fit more food on our small table.

I have used two plastic plates and a plastic wine glass for this. The first thing I did was scan a serviette and print it out on paper. Cut out the flowers and make a small tube that will fit in the glass and stick lots of flowers to the tube. I also used some small bits of green ribbon to look like leaves. Then the arrangement was placed in the glass and the plate stuck on top with strong double sided tape. The bottom of glass is stuck to the other plate with padded tape as the glass was a bit bevelled underneath. It took almost all of yesterday to make it but I am pleased that I will be able to take them apart again when we have had the buffet and I can make others if we ever need them.

It was difficult to photograph it to look it's best unfortunately. Maybe I will take a picture when the buffet is all set out and add it to here then.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sketch and let it snow challenges

Oh Dear I am all out of ideas and energy to make more Christmas cards :(-well that's what I thought until yesterday when I realised it was Sketch Saturday day :) I seem to have very little left to use in my Christmas Crafty Box but there were a few stamped and coloured images so all was not lost.

Also there was Let it Snow at the One Stop Craft Shop Challenge so that inspired me as well.

Still need more Christmas cards so off I go to see if there is anything else to inspire me.

These aren't as fancy as a lot of the cards I have made this year but I will make up for it by writing a lot inside to make them like notelets instead of the usual impersonal inner.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Sketch Challenge

Nice sketch at Moving Along with the Times I am still making Christmas cards so use the challenges to do those

Winter at JFF

A reminder that winter is here at JFF as we are challenge to make something that reminds us of this time of year.

For me it always means spectacular skies at sunrise and sunset and as I have lived in the west of the uk and now in the east of the uk I have seen many of both.

Vic has taken lots of photographs of sunsets and this is one of them taken in Cumbria where the sunsets are wonderful. I used it to decorate the front of a notebook together with a few stamps--the bird one didn't like the photopaper at all but it did make for an interesting effect-hopefully :( lol

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Hand Made flowers at Craft-Room Challenge

I just love making flowers but I had never made these before so this challenge at Craft-Room Challenge was a good time to have a go. They are a great way to use up oddments of ribbon and bits and bobs for the centres. The petals are made one at a time just with two simple folds of a piece of ribbon and the leaves are just made the same as one petal. I couldn't find a tutorial for them but I am sure there will be one somewhere. I got the idea from some flowers my daughter gave to me a while ago.

I found a tutorial for flowers almost the same as these here

Christmas without red or green

Loved this challenge at Oldie but Goodie. I have had the stamp set of a border and middles that can be changed, for years and never used any of it before so it was nice to see that it looked ok on this card. A great challenge and made me think what colours I could use that were different.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Favourite Shape

This week at Just for Fun we are challenge to make something using our favourite shape and mine is squares. Everything I make at the moment has to be a Christmas as the time is hurry along and I still have some to make.

Enjoyed making this and used lot of messy ink and recycled an old card.

The Da Vinci Code

This time at Dragon's Dream TIO the film theme continues with the Da Vinci Code

Oh Dear! I am loathe to say that I am not a Da Vinci fan especially as I am in the presence of someone who is so enthusiastic. After going to the Louvre in Paris many years ago and almost missing the Mona Lisa as it is a lot smaller than I imagined, I have since become even more disenchanted. I read the book-I saw the film and both left me wondering why? The best thing about the film was the Lincoln cathedral and how it had been 'made-up' for the film. I have been there many times and it is a nice place to visit.

I haven't any stamps of Da Vinci at all but I did have a topper sent to me years ago in a topper swap--I keep everything lol. Pleased I found something as I do enjoy the challenges here.

My favourite artist is David Hockney who lives just around the corner from me. I went to see his big trees painting(s) a few weeks ago and could have stayed looking at it for days. It is good that we all have different tastes and art continues to grow in many directions.

Monday, 21 November 2011

China Town

I seem to be playing catch-up this week and haven't been really happy with a lot of the things I have made :(

At Dragon's Dream TIO the challenge is to make an Asian themed tag.

I used two of my stamps and tried to emboss them with white but I am still not very good at all at embossing. They do say practice makes perfect but any tips will be appreciated.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Let it Snow

Two of may favourite blogs have Let it Snow as there challenge for this week.

Oldie but Goodie and Moving Along With The Times

The card is A4 size which I don't usually attempt but my daughter loves big cards. The stamp is a very old one called igloo from Lili of the Valley Collection.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Favourite technique

This week at Just for Fun it is to make something using your favourite technique. I just love to use folders and my Cuttlebug. These are a lot more versatile than people think. I use them in different ways and by just doing parts of a paper or card with bits of a few folders you can make more interesting patterns or use two different folders on the same piece-one on top of the other. An equal favourite is Distressed inks so I have used both on this card. Heck I always get in such a mess when I use those :(

Monday, 14 November 2011

Bingo and Sketch challenges

I have never done a craft bingo challenge before so loved this one at Craft Your Days Away. I chose the row with a charm, flowers and a tag to add to my card.

Also I used the sketch at Sketch Saturday as I do like to follow the sketches there to make a card

Friday, 11 November 2011

Favourite Colour

This is a challenge at Just for Fun and I so enjoyed making my piece for the challenge. I bought 5 calendar tabs on Wednesday and wasn't sure why--that's crafters for ya!

Well I am a purple nut! Anything from the palest mauve to the deepest purple and I'm happy :)

Here is my finished calendar and I glittered a real leaf from the garden with some purple glitter. The calendar looks a bit squiffy on the picture but it isn't in real life I was pointing the camera upwards.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Letters to Juliet

At Dragon's Dream TIO it is all romance this week with Letters to Juliet as the theme.

Seeing as how it is dull, damp and dark here today I thought a bit of romance would be a nice subject to think about so I made this tag. 'Soul meets soul on lover's lips'. I thought I would put this here so you don't have to stand sideways to see what it says :)

Tag using Peel-offs

The challenge this time at Try It On Tuesday is to use peel-offs on a tag. I am never quite sure what to do with large peel-offs and have had this circle one for ages. I coloured parts of the peel-offs to make them look more interesting but first I stamped the background with some Japanese stamps.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Saturday Sketch and One stop Craft Challenge

Lovely sketch at Sketch Saturday as always and it is a great way to make cards you need.

Also I wanted to enter a card for the the challenge at One Stop Craft Challenges as it is the third anniversary there. The challenge was to use lots of threesomes on your project. I used  3 flowers, 3 hearts and three words on the sentiment.

The hearts are silver mirror card but the reflection of me and my cardigan make them look another colour.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Favourite Stamp

This week at Just for Fun the challenge is to use your favourite stamp to make something. This butterfly has always been my favourite and it was one of the first stamps I ever bought. It is so easy to use and never seems to have a line out of place how ever many images you stamp--this is amazing for me cause I am such a messy stamper :(

I coloured lots of the images and then stuck them around a circle with a silver middle. Pushed a pin through the whole thing and stuck the pin through the wood on the unit. If you give it a twirl it spins around like a windmill. How useful is that ? lol

Buttons and Bows

Buttons and Bows are the challenge at Oldie but Goodie this time. I realised that it is a very long time since I used any of my medallion stamps that I bought when I first started stamping. I have stamped the image three times and decoupage different parts it. Then left blank because I think it could be used for lots of ocassions.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

For a Man

Not something I have to make too often than goodness as I don't seem to have many ideas for male cards

As the Craft-Room Challenge is 'For a Man' I thought I would have a go.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Sunday Sketch and Stamp

Lovely to find somewhere to be able to use a digital stamp in a challenge.

I have used this Pink Gem Summer Milly Digital stamp. Lovely simple sketch to follow--thank you.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Black and White Challenge

Here at the Craft-room the challenge is Black and White. Always love to see what the DTS come up with and also what other people make. I think I may have overdone the distressing a bit on the image but I did enjoy making the card.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sketch Saturday 178

Lovely sketch to work with here at Sketch Saturday-they always are :)

Still making Christmas cards at every opportunity.

Autumn and Sewing Box Challenges

Love Autumn shades so made this card for the C-R-A-F-T Challenge 125 where they have Autumn as the theme.

Also it is for the Just for Fun bedroom or sewing box challenge. I have already raided the bedroom and made something from there but my sewing box didn't seem to inspire me at all. I did find some lace which I coloured with Promarkers and 5 red buttons and I think they go nicely with this card.

The good, the bad and the ugly

A tough challenge at Dragon's Dream TIO this week. I had to think long and hard to find an idea.


It's almost time for Pantomime! 'Oh Yes It Is', I say
Where good and bad and ugly come together in a play.
We shout and cheer, we sing and jeer but always at the end
Everyone is happy because it was all just pretend.

The good fairy, the wicked queen and the ugly sisters and my new little alpha set :)

Saturday, 22 October 2011


Moving Along with the Times has vintage as the theme this week. There are some lovely samples and entries already so I felt inspired to have a go.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Bedroom or sewing box recycling

Recylicng still at Just for Fun and this week it is the turn of the bedroom or sewing box.

Well this was difficult for me as our bedroom is shoe box size and no room for much at all except the bed -well that's all you need in a bedroom really :). We do have a curtained cupboard built into the wall that holds hundreds of things so I decided to see what treasures may be hidden in there. Not many for sure lol. I did find a cardboard box that had held my new slippers and for some unknown reason I had put my old slippers in the box and kept it. I get dafter in me old age!

Here is the box-now what shall I do with it?

Here is what I did with it. I shaped it and then sprayed it inside and out with gold paint--stamped lightly on to it to make it look old and added some things I had embossed. Not pretty but functional for a change.

It is a great  holder for all of the Christmas cards I have made so far and doesn't take up too much room at all. Off to find some more boxes to hold more stuff as they will fit neatly on a shelf I reckon.

Now I wonder what is in the sewing box that I can recycle?

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Peace and Tranquility

At Try It On Tuesday the challenge is to make a tag showing peace and tranquility.

I used one of my own photographs taken at Cannon Hall near Barnsley in Yorkshire UK. There are lots of places in the grounds that are peaceful and tranquil but this is my favourite.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Kitchen Finds

Some fun recycling challenges at Just for Fun this month. This week it is to recycle something from the kitchen.

I keep saving the plastic boxes that veggies and fruit are packed in at the Supermarket. I hadn't a clue why I was saving them until I saw this challenge.

Instant use for the largest box as it holds my Cuttlebug plates, folders and die cuts instead of them getting lost in the drawer, they are now all together and fit in the same drawer as the Cuttlebug-why didn't I think of that before I wonder??

I cut up the white lid, the black box and the blue box and ran the pieces through the Cuttlebug in a Paisley folder. Then used them to make a piece of 'what used to be called' modern art in the 60s and I always wondered if it was art at all lol.

Lots more things in the kitchen that I could recyle. Have great plans for the very big cornflakes box when it is empty :)

Thanks for the challenge.

Magnolia-licious colour challnge

I do love to enter colour challenges and this picture at Magnolia-licious has such beautiful colours

I have had this little blue box for ages so decided to decorate it and use it to send a birthday gift to a friend

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Ticket to Ride

Lots of things sprang to mind when I saw this challenge at Dragons Dream TIO this week. The Beatles always seemed to introduce some humour into their songs and I thought this stamp of the little Christmas Engine might go well on a tag. I got the stamp in a bag of stamps from a carboot sale and never thought I would ever be able to use it--just shows you shouldn't throw anything away. The train at Ryde in the I.O.W goes almost into the sea on the pier so used that 'Ryde' instead of just the word 'ride'

I would also like to enter this for the challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges where you can enter anything but a card

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Books Mags or Brochures challenge

I had to think a lot about this for sure as the crafty bit of my brain seems to have been left behind in Skegness and the sunshine.

I used this brochure

and made a little woven basket--something my gran taught me to make from newspaper about 60 years ago. I put in a piece of very old tissue paper and made some flowers from book pages. Not sure it would have passed my gran's critical eye but my fingers aren't as nimble these days as they were years ago.

The Whole of the Moon

I am finding it hard to get back into crafting after my holiday and I think my brain is still enjoying itself  in a far off place.

Thought I would have a go at this challenge at Dragon's Drean Tag it On as I love the challenges there