Sunday, 30 August 2015

Jamaica Rum

Hello... I hope you are all well today and having a nice weekend. Big hugs to those who are unwell or going through difficult times.

I haven't done very much crafting lately... but had an hour to spare last week and felt like getting inky.. so here's what I came up with...  I imagine this sailor is rowing ashore into the sunset... from his ship.. in some exotic place... maybe Jamaica? 

I created the background colour with my ink dusting brushes and distress inks. Then used Stampscape Stamps for the silhouette details. Finished off by colouring the huts and greenery with Copics.

I'm sorry that I'm not a very good blogger at the moment... my life is bit hectic as my chest keeps flaring up... and I'm having more trouble with my teeth. Hoping to get my teeth fixed very soon though :-D   and then I need some tests on my eyes!! Lol... oh the joys of getting old !!

I have hospital appointments every week through September ... so hope you will forgive me if I don't get around to commenting on some days. I can't seem to get motivated to make cards at the moment, so I'm just going with the flow and doing a bit of painting and colouring... might try some cross stitch.... and hopefully my creativity will return when things settle down a bit healthwise.

I'm having a very relaxed Bank Holiday Weekend though... have been enjoying reading my books and magazines... I still have some creations that I made a couple of months back and so I will pop back and show you them... :-)

Take Care and enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Love and Hugs

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Graduation Card

Hello all ... I hope you are all doing ok today... sending huge hugs to those of you who are unwell or going through a difficult time. 

I thought I'd share the card that I made for my Daughter's Graduation... I found some photos of the robe and bonnet online and did all the layout on my computer. Found a coat of arms that looked similar, changed it to gold, and added it to the red bits. Somewhere along the line, the red morphed into pink? Oops! think my printer was running out of a colour. But I didn't feel like starting again!!

I made a paper template for the hat and then cut it out of black felt. Pleated the crown and sewed it to the brim. I was trying to 'channel' my ancestor Nathaniel Barton who was a Hatter!! but hopefully not a mad one! :-) Then I found some cord and a tassel... painted them both blue to match.

Quite pleased with how it came out and happy that my daughter thought it was awesome!!

I've not had a lot of time for crafting lately but have been doing some of my Folk It painting when I can fit it in... as it's so relaxing. I'm onto the 2nd kit and so it's learning brush strokes as well as the dotting tool. The comma stroke is not as easy as it looks... so lots of practice needed.

My laptop died last week... but managed to revive it... it made me realise how important it is to keep backing everything up and to do it very often!!!

I'm in TV heaven at the moment... Bake Off AND Who Do You Think You Are!!! did you see those wonderful Black Forest Gateaux's last week... it's my favourite dessert... so I was drooling!! Lol

Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments
Take Care

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Folk It Hearts!

Hello!! At last... I am back in blogland. Sorry I have been missing for so long. I had my tooth out and all went well with the extraction... but I developed dry socket and infection which was very painful... so I had to go back to the dental hospital a few times for treatment. I'm ok now though... the gum is gradually healing. We have also been having a few jobs done on the house... we had a new boiler fitted last week and my daughter is helping us with some major clear outs... can't believe the stuff we are finding. Lots of things are going to the Charity Shops :-)

I completely lost my crafting mojo... so bought a couple of the Folk It Kits and watched the DVD's over a few times. Then had a go and love doing them. 

So these hearts are designs from the Level 1 Starter Kit. You get three patterns and so I bought some extra MDF Hearts from their shop so that I could have a go at all of them. The red and white one was the first one that I did and the hearts are a bit wonky... but I got a bit better with practice. I like the black one best of all. 

I wanted to put something in the middle of the blue one, so printed out a sentiment in reverse and used transfer paper to mark out the letters. Then painted them with thin paintbrush... but found it SO difficult keeping a steady hand... and not sure if I could do it again!! 

You get some Glamour Dust in the kit and so I added some to the green areas which looks quite pretty. I've added my own ribbon to two of the hearts but you get some twine for your heart in with the kit.

Gonna do some more of these with different colour combos and see how they look. I find them very relaxing to do. 

Can't believe we will be into August next week... my darling daughter graduated yesterday... and she is now officially a Doctor of Philosophy!! she has worked very hard for it and has been through some difficult times...  I'm SO proud of her!!! We went out to lunch in the afternoon to celebrate which was lovely.   

On August 5th...The Great British Bake Off will be back!! Yay... and Who Do You Think You Are should be on soon too... can't wait for them both. 

Hope you are all doing ok and enjoying the weekend! I'm so glad to be back in blogland as I have missed you all !! 
Take Care
Love and Hugs

Monday, 6 July 2015

Happy 30th Birthday!!!

Hello... I hope you are doing ok today! 

I thought I'd show the card that I made for my Daughter's 30th Birthday back in May.

She asked for an Art Deco Card.. so I decorated the front with Papermania Art Deco 'Roaring Twenties' Decoupage Set. It's an 8 inch card... so bit bigger than my normal cards... but wanted to fit more on. I'm please to say that my daughter loved the decoupaged images and art deco paper...  and especially the sentiment which is a Wild Rose Studio Speciality Die - Vivianna Corner and you can get a matching set of sentiments to fit called Wild Rose Studio Clear Stamp Set - Vivianna Greetings! I bought them both with my Birthday Vouchers.

As it was her 30th... I was going to buy her one of those Trivia Sets as a keepsake... where they give you information on the month and year that you were born.... but they were quite expensive and they didn't have many facts.. so decided to do my own version.... I decorated the inside of the card with Trivia.... now I have to admit that it was very time consuming... like doing a magazine layout! but it was also lots of fun to do :-) I managed to find a photo of the toy kitchen that she had as a toddler from an old Argos Catalogue from 1985! and couldn't believe some of the facts from that year... you could buy a 4 Bedroom Detached House for £45,000 back then!! Our little terraced house is worth five times that amount now!! Lol

I put lots of photographs of her growing up and of the family on the opposite side of the card... and also wrote a personal verse. She loved it and it's something that she can keep and look back on....  :-))

Glad it's gone a lot cooler here in Manchester... it was lovely to get a good night's sleep last night without noisy fan!!

Only two more days to go... then I get my tooth out... can't wait to get rid of it!!! as it's hurting all the time now.  Hopefully I will feel a bit more relaxed when the pain is gone.

Hope you all have a lovely evening!
Take Care! :-)
Love and Hugs

Thursday, 2 July 2015

MAWTT - Baby, Baby... and NEWS

 Hello... I hope you are all doing ok...

I'm very sad today as my good friend and lovely boss Hazel is stepping down from MAWTT.

 But at the same time I totally understand that she wants some well deserved 'me' time. It's not easy running a blog... and would like to say a HUGE thank you to Hazel for all the hard work she has put in over the last 6 years... Hazel has kept the blog running smoothly and so well organised... kept the team together and very happy... making it  the best team that I have worked on. It was my first ever DT Position and I have stayed with them because of the wonderful rapport that the team has.  I'm sure you will join with me in wishing Hazel all the best... and it's not really goodbye as we will still be seeing her in blogland and keeping in touch! :-))

MAWTT is continuing with Wendy taking over as leader... so we wish her all the best.

There will be monthly challenges for the Summer.... so you have until 5th August to enter the current 'Baby, Baby' challenge..... see below...

Please check back with us on the main blog here for any updates and more information.... we will keep you posted of any other changes.

and so now for this week's challenge... a nice easy theme of...


I thought I'd make a vintage baby card for a boy or girl... and also keep it fairly flat for posting.... the faux buttons are made using Raspberry Road Design elements and printed onto glossy photo card... love how they came out! :-)

Image: Free Pretty Things For You
Papers: Design House Digital
Faux Buttons: Nitwit Collections - Tour of London
Sentiments and Inset Images: Computer Generated from assorted Fonts

Thought I'd show the inside... I used the same paper but added the sentiment and some little baby images before printing out.  Amazing how many lovely baby fonts there are online if you search for them... some have little sentiments or images.... I've listed the ones I've used below....

The Congratulations sentiment was made with Fontdinerdotcom Sparkly Font.
The little baby images were from a Font called MTF Itty Bitty Baby.
The Welcome Little One Sentiment was made with KR Scrappin Babies Font.

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's baby creations.
Don't forget... closing date for this challenge is 5th August... so you have plenty of time to get your entries in.

Can't believe that we are in July already! this year seems to be whizzing by way too quickly!
Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Life is a Circle.....

Hello... hope you are all well today... I thought I'd show you a card that I made for a friend's Birthday last month... I used a gorgeous Art by Miran image called Davina. I merged the image on top of some Pink Petticoat Cloud Paper... then coloured her in with Promarkers and Copics. Davina looks like a very trendy girl and so I've given her dip dyed hair. Thought I would use some of my new circle dies... but think I got a bit carried away... Lol... wish I had moved the sentiment down a wee bit but had glued it on too well !!! don't you hate it when that happens.

Image: Art by Miran - Davina
Cloud Background (image): Pink Petticoat Cloud Paper
Papers: Prima - Believe
Dies: Lots of different Circles!! Lol
Flowers: Papermania
Butterfly: Prima
Sentiment: LOTV

I would like to say big thank you to everyone who sent me get well wishes. I am doing ok but still not hundred per cent....  they identified the bacteria in my chest and gave me some really strong antibiotics which cleared it for a while... but can't believe it's flaring up again now... so think I will be referred for more tests. Some good news is that they have brought my dental hospital appointment forward and I'm due to have the dreaded tooth root out on 8th July... so I'm counting the days down..... can't wait to get rid of it as it hurts all the time now.

I've been watching lots of Netflix and Amazon Prime to take my mind off things. I've not done very much crafting as my mojo seems to have disappeared at the moment.. but I do have a few creations that I made earlier to post on my blog... and I'm reading my crafting magazines which will hopefully inspire me :-)) off to catch up with you all now...
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Take Care
Love and Hugs