Saturday, 13 May 2017

Saturday (busy day!)

Hi all!
So, true to form, I've been missing and neglecting my blog yet again!

I just don't have the time I thought I had to give my attention to it - Ooops!
Next report will say "must try harder!"s - although I'm sure I've used that excuse once already.....

Anyhoo, this is just a quick update :-

I've started an Instagram page where I can post photos of all my makes, Pinterest boards too, and I'm trying to create a Facebook page with all my crafty stuff on.
The trouble is, it's all so time-consuming and I'm hoping to find somebody who can just link everything together so I don't have to post to different sites all the time.
I haven't actually checked if this is possible yet but I'm sure to find out sooner or later!!!

As far as the crafting goes? Yes. I've been busy again!

May is always a busy month for birthdays in my world and I've lots to be getting on with and I've now got a commission to make a wedding card too - which would be simple if it were out of my head but.....this card must be made in a certain way, with certain colours and....well, you know the score! I've got to think of something which covers all bases and make everybody happy! I'm sure I will and I'll post it when it's done.

We came home from our hollibob 2 weeks ago (almost) and last weekend was another busy, boozy one for the daughters birthday.
A great time was had by all (22 peeps attended a fab day out) and the cocktail class for 15 of us was great fun. I had to pace myself though as the cocktails can go down so easily and the bubbles go to the head too quick - as I've found out on many occasions......

However, this weekend, I'm being good and I decreed that not a drop of alcohol will pass my lips until next weekend and so far? SO GOOD!!!!

Down to business - Here's a selection of my latest makes :


Both of these I made after I saw a tutorial on the background on Fiskarettes UK facebook page.
I love inky backgrounds and I liked how the designer used fineliner to highlight it.



I used free stamps from Creative Stamping magazine (a couple of issues back) to create both of these which I entered into the online  Sweet Treats Challenge at CardmakingandPapercraft.com.


This card was made because I had some time to spare! I just wanted to use my Xcut flamingo die and so I did!


I'm sure I've missed some out but when I remember what they were I'll post them for you to check out!

Here's a link to My Instagram page


Have a fab weekend

TTFN
L xxx

Friday, 21 April 2017

Pre-holiday uploads!

Good afternoon/morning/evening etcetera!!!

Hoping all you lovelies are doing well today.

I'm busy packing as we're off on a little "jolly" tomorrow so I thought I'd better find 5 minutes just to upload a few pictures of my most recent makes.

With Easter just in the recent past, I made this card for my daughter and her husband as neither of them wanted (or were getting) an Easter egg this year! lol x

I used an image by From The Heart Stamps - love their stuff, and the designer, Faith, is inspirational.
I kept this one simple and fun :)



My next Easter card was entered into a challenge over at Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.
I created an Easter egg wreath with little eggs!



My final Easter themed "make" was this little birdhouse (which I bought for just 50p in the Christmas sale at The Range!!!)
I altered it with Carta Bella Moments and Memories paper pack. Once all the little eggs and bunny have been eaten, it could be used with a little electric tea-light inside.











My sister in law had a birthday this week so I made this cute butterfly "cut-out" card for her.
I inked the background with soft coloured distress inks before stamping a few little patterns on with contrasting colours. After splashing with a little water and a glitter pen, I added a few pearls which I coloured with alcohol markers to match the inked background.


And finally!!!

This card is for another challenge at Cardmaking and Papercraft magazines which is all about baking.
As I'm pushed for time this week, I made something simple and cute!
I used Lawn Fawn stamps with a picture frame die and layered the fussy cut images onto my inked background with 3d foam tape.



So, that's my lot for now!

I hope you all have a safe and happy week as I'll be sunning myself on my favourite Greek island and all thoughts of crafts and cardmaking will be...............STILL IN MY HEAD!!!

Once a crafter, ALWAYS a crafter!

Happy Days everyone,

Lesley xxx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

2017 AND I'M BACK AT LAST!!!!

Goof afternoon all you gorgeous crafty peeps out there!!!

Well, I have a little confession to make .
I was going to give up my blog.
Yes, I was! Honestly!

But, I've decided to start again even though we are almost at the beginning of May and I haven't blogged since December '16!

In that time I have made loads and loads of projects which, if you're interested, can be found on my Docrafts gallery here:
https://www.docrafts.com/Members/loulou49/Projects

I am also going to start entering challenges again too methinks as I did enjoy them and, although I'm usually busy doing stuff, I think I could do to stretch my imagination from time to time and indulge my creativity.

So, this year in a nutshell?

Craftwise - I've been published in Quick Cards Made Easy magazine as part of the Reader Design Team, in Papercraft Inspirations and Papercrafter, I've won a few competitions and now I'm part of the Papercraft Inspirations magazine Reader Tester team too.
I also had my craftroom redecorated which meant I had to have a major clearout! It was distressing but cleansing too! I feel like a weight's been lifted off my shoulders as now I know exactly what I own!!! 😄

Healthwise - I managed to reach my 4 stone weight loss target with Slimming world (awesome!). Last few days have been hard work as I've been poorly with a tummy bug and now a cold/chest infection thingy but-----I soldier on!

Familywise - All's well at the homestead! Family are all fab, fit and healthy.

Holidaywise - If you know me at all, then you know how much we love to go away every so often and we went to Spain with some good friends after Christmas till the 3rd January and we're due to go to Zakynthos next Sunday for 8 days! Yaaaayyy!!! Globetrotter eh?

Homewise - Our house is now up for sale and we're looking for a much bigger pile of bricks so that all 5 of us (daughter, her hubby, son and the OH) can muddle together again! 'Twill be fun and interesting!


So, that's all for now I guess!

I really hope you can join me in my musings from time to time.
It would be lovely if you'd leave me a comment so I know there are real people out there and I'm not just talking to myself again.....that's another story.

I will be back with more "makes" and maybe some tutorials as I've learnt the hard way how annoying it is when you see stuff and don't know how it's made!

So Ta-ta For Now!

Lesley
xxx













Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Clean and Simple

Hi again!
Forgot to post this picture earlier and it's such a lovely card I thought I'd give it its' own post now instead of adding it to the last one!
I made this using an Altenew Stamp - Christmas Rose, and kept it clean and simple.
I guess it doesn't have to be a Christmas card really. The image is just floral so could be used for any occasion and the sentiment isn't occasion specific either so it'll be sent at some point in 2017 for some reason to somebody!!!
I also used a sparkle pen to make the rose shine - hope you can see it.


TTFN
L xxx

Flowers in bloom!

Good morning all!
Today, I have a lovely card to share with you which I made using the Flower Cart stamp by The Dreamees.
I fussy cut the whole image out and, using foam pads, I've layered it onto a brick wall background  which I made using a brick wall stencil as I don't have a suitable embossing folder!
The whole thing was then adhered to floral paper from my Docrafts paper stash.
The sentiment stamp is from Clearly Besotted and I've added sequins and some Nuvo drops for added interest.

I've entered this into the Flower Power Challenge at Quick Cards Made Easy!

Hope you all like it as much as I do!



Monday, 26 December 2016

Happy. Boxing Day!

Hi all!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
I've managed to hide away in my craft-room for some much needed alone time so I thought I'd post a quick card which I made earlier! Well, when you've more than 20 minutes to spare, why not make a card and pop it into the stash for next years birthdays/events!!!
So, this is a shaker card which I've made using the free gift stamp set with my magazine, Quick Cards Made Easy, issue 161.

I hope it looks as simple as I wanted it to - I didn't want to over-fuss it but, as it's a smallish card, it may seem cluttered. What do you think? Leave a comment below and let me know!



Have a great Boxing Day.
TTFN
L xxx

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas is upon us----again!!

Hi all!
Well, if you haven't been shopping, prezzie buying or generally panicking, then it isn't Christmas in your neck of the woods but it is here!
For the first time in my living memory, I have actually done all my present buying and wrapping and I'm actually ready for the big day in advance and I'm looking forward to jetting off to Spain for a week 3 days later!!!
Go me!
He who works is home already (we have a funeral to go to today, sadly) but no more work for him until the 8th January! I give him 5 days and he'll be bored and wanting to go and do some! Lol!
As far as crafting goes- I'm pooped!
I have been making all my Christmas cards and Advent calendars and allsorts of bits and bobs and I've had no time to blog at all so, I'm going to post a few piccies for you to look at and hopefully you'll like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

This first one is a card I made last night and I'm entering it into the Tuesday Colour challenge over at  Outlawz Challenges.


White on white with a Christmas Rose in soft blue.


This is the selection I mentioned earlier : First -  Christmas Cards




Second - A fun bedroom door plaque for a friend

Third - Christmas decs




Fourth - A gift box

Finally - Advent Calendars






Hope you all have a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas and I'll see you all back here in 2017 (hopefully I'll have some Spanish sun with me!)

TTFN
L xxx