Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Happy Tuesday :)

Hi all!
Tuesday is here again only this time I had to go to the dentist and have a crown fitted - and now it feels like there is a huge marble stuck in place of a tooth! It feels so strange i just hope it settles down soon or the dentist will have to start again!
I've been busy doing "stuff" for the past week or so and I don't yet have any photos of my lovely creations to post so they'll have to be on an I.O.U!
Yesterday I was suffering from Mojolessitis!!! I had no inspiration in me at all, so, I looked on one of my fave blogs, craftipotential, and found a couple of shaker cards to make without having to "think" about it for once!
The lady who runs the blog, Christine Smith, is brill! I love how she makes lovely cards from such simple ideas. I'm very jealous!
I'm currently tucked up in my nice, warm, cosy bed watching a craft channel and hoping my mojo will settle in again for tomorrow! I could do with a spurt of enthusiasm right now.....and some toast and jam..........:)

TTFN
L xxx



Tuesday, 8 November 2016

LOTV challenge

Hi all!
Well, today is absolutely frickin freezing!!! I know it's nowhere near as cold as say...Canada, the Arctic or Mars but....seriously! I was so cold this morning I haven't warmed up yet! Had to sit by the radiator all day and still I'm chilly!
Anyhoo, enough of this frivolous whingeing!
Today, I'm entering this card into the challenge at Lili of The Valley Facebook event.

I purchased the digi image "The Workbench" directly from the Lili of The Valley shop and used the challenge colour palette with Aqua and Spectrum Noir markers.
The contrasting DSP is "timbergrove" by Fancy Pants Designs (which I've had in my stash for ages!).


Hope you like it!

TTFN
L xxx

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

November again!

Hi all!
Well, I did promise I'd return with some piccies and updates so here I am!
How is everyone this beautiful,sunny, autumnal morning?

I have won a cardmaking challenge on the Cardmaking and Papercraft blog this month, which is lovely! It was the hallowe'en card challenge and here it is :


I also won the same blogs' baking themed challenge in September too :



So, onto more mundane stuff!
I've been very busy with the lawn mower today - on account of having 17 million----yes, 17 million!---leaves on my lawn! I have the most HUGE oak tree in my back garden and, this year, it has dropped  zillions of acorns and the usual  17 million leaves (honest, I've counted them!!!) all over the grass and as leaves are good for the soil if left to mulch down, they're not too helpful to the lawn so...UP they came!
Trouble is, once you go to all that effort to "hoover" them up, the darned tree just does it again! And, don't get me started on the tree in the front garden!
Anyhoo, hopefully the sun will stay shining brightly and I'll be able to do it again in a few days when the grass has again disappeared under uber amounts of foliage!
By the way, the oak tree does have squirrels living in it (occasionally) but, the little darlings (!) don't seem to want to eat or store ALL of the acorns. There are so many you'd think they'd have them stashed safely for the spring by now - picky little devils!
I have some flowers which are hanging on to summer by any means possible too! Alot of them are looking quite sorry for themselves but there are a few hardy blooms which just WON'T give up and snuggle down for the winter yet! Good for them I say!
Oh yes, and this morning, after the mowing, Mr.Robin came flying down to feast on any worms, bugs etc, which the vibrations of the mower on the grass had brought to the surface! He had a very good feast but didn't leave a tip - how rude!
Here are a few photos of my day so far :




Isn't Mr.Robin just sooo cute? I did have some other pics of him but they're not as clear as this one!

So, back to the crafty stuff.

Here are a couple of cards I've been making this past few days - dabbling really!


I've entered this monochrome card into the challenge at Cardmaking and Papercraft - their "First past the Post" article!
I used black and white cardstock and the free stamps which came with the latest issue of the mag.
I stamped the background with black Stazon using the poinsettia stamp, stamped the Merry Christmas stamp onto some white satin ribbon and used black sparkle embossing powder on the stamped flourish panel - also on the sentiment in the middle!
In fact, there's alot of faffing about with this but I think it came together really well.



This wreath was created with the free gifts with the latest issue of Papercrafts Inspiration magazine - but I didn't like it! 
To be honest, I didn't enjoy making it and it shows!
The 3d stars are made using a Tim Holtz die and the greeting is also from a Tim Holtz die set.
Still, maybe I can use this as a "trial and error" item! (Error being the operative word!!!)

That's it for now folks.
I've spent so long on this post I've actually forgotten what I'm going to craft today,so, I'm going to make a coffee and have a think!!!

TTFN
L xxxx








Monday, 31 October 2016

WOW!

Hi all!
I cannot believe how much time has passed since I last posted!
Life gets in the way sometimes and I just can't remember to do everything I need to do!
So, this blog is usually the one thing I forget about and I now feel guilty!
Anyhoo, today I do have lots of pics to post of cards I've made but I just don't have time right now! I think I'll have to do it over the next few days.

I hope everyone out there is doing ok.

TTFN
L xxx

Friday, 21 October 2016

Birthday Week!!!

Hi all!
As the post title suggests, it has been a special week for me----my birthday! I'm not going to remind you of my age but, if you know me, then you'll remember my 50th was 3 years ago................
Anyhoo! On to better things!
I've been making one or two bits and bobs this week for Christmas. I'm STILL struggling with my card theme this year and I've managed to put myself in a bit of a tizz so I'm just going to pinch a little inspiration from other crafters until my mojo returns!

This is one I found in a mag (can't remember which one :( ) and I tweaked it a tiny bit to make it my own as I don't have the supplies used in the original make.


These next two are shaker cards using the same paper collection as above! Peppermint Forest by Craftwork Cards. Love the colours of this collection.



This final one is a wedding card for a friend of mine including the box envelope. Her theme is burgundy and white so the card follows suit!



That's my lot for today folks!
Hope you all have a lovely, crafty weekend.
See you next week :)
TTFN
L xxx

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Crafty birthday!

Hi all!
I've had a busy day or two (and weekend) and haven't made alot this week except this card, which I'm entering into a competition over at Crafters Companion for their 11th birthday celebrations!
The company labelling/logo is purple so that's the colour I've used to make this birthday card.
Along with die-cutting, stamping and heat embossing, I've incorporated photography with extra light to highlight the card better! In other words, I used a table lamp without the lampshade to give brighter light when capturing the image (which I don't usually bother with!) and I think it worked!
Something I'll have to do more often methinks.

So, here's my entry into the comp :

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It's a tent-fold base with a large aperture in the front.

Hope you like it and I hope Crafters Companion do too!

Have a great week, crafty peeps!
TTFN
L xxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Winner!

Hi all!
Here's a link to the post on Cardmaking and Papercrafts' blog where I won the "baking" challenge!

Baking themed challenge.

TTFN
L x