Monday 29 June 2009

Kay Carley - Blog Candy 2

Kay has just put up some more delish candy on her site.

So check it out here

Year end starts at my company on Wednesday so that means I am just about to enter our really really busy time, just as the weather gets to scorching level ............ no fair

so there will be too little time for crafting, but will try and get something posted soon


Monday 22 June 2009

Hey Kay sorry I'm late

Dear all

Well its been a little while since I did my last post, but I have been a busy little bunny..... Work is still unrelenting, but I did manage to find time to make and sell 32 fathers day cards (woo hoo 131 - 163/365), make a fabulous 60th birthday card for my aunt (164/365) and have a great time down at the Glitterpot on Saturday with Kay Carley (165-168/365), where we made 4 lovely cards, and Kay is posting them on her blog over the next few days here. Unfortunately I managed to misplace my memory card so have only been able to take pictures of the cards I didn't sell/post last week Gggrrrrhhh. Oh well here are a couple of the fathers day cards:

I used rub-ons in the middle of the board depending what people wanted to allow a bit of personalization, but they mainly ended up being either 'love u dad' or with love.

The message on the inside says 'Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad', which I think is rather sweet. I used it in quite a few of the cards as you can see below.

Anyway back to the task in hand, as mentioned above I made a fab 8' by 8' card for my aunt, who had family party yesterday to celebrate. It ended up being much more than that as my cousin had a little boy (George) the weekend before and of course it was Father's Day. The weather behaved itself and we had a fabulous time. My parents came down to stay for the weekend so there was very little time for anything else given I spent all of Saturday at the GP! whoops!

So as promised, Kay, here are the cards I promised to post on Saturday night, but missed by a mile! Sorry.Recipe: 169/365 Stamps: Sugar Nellie - Daisy; Rubbernecker - words Other: From The Glitter Pot Paper: Bazzill Dotted Swiss Card - Honey & Mud Puddle, DCWV - The Spring Stack; Nestabilities - Scalloped circles, labels 3; Martha Stewart punches Double Scallop & from Crafts U Love - Leaf Frond

The flowers have been made by cutting out a scalloped round nestability and then cutting down between each scallop 3/4 of the way to the centre and then curling the petals with a bone folder. I have then stuck them down with silicon glue to give a little more height and lift between each layer.

Just time for one more. this one is really simple in that it only has three elements on the card, diamante, some holographic paper and some of the new(ish) white wash coordination card. Out came the trusty cuttlebug and voila a card in less than 15 mins. Great when you are on the run.

Recipe: Stamp - serendipity stamps; Cuttlebug - Cut & Emboss A2 Combo - Friends Forever & Butterflies; coordinations - whitewash; diamante from stash

Anyway off for a well earned rest after all this fun...

Ciao for now


Tuesday 16 June 2009

Candy Time

Hi all

I've finally managed to work out how to post links to blog candy and how appropriate that I start with one from The Stamp Man This is where I bought my first ever stamp back in the late 1990's, on a day out whilst visiting my parents. I originally hail from the South of England but spent from the age of 6 to 18 living in Clitheroe in Lancashire. Hence the northern twang that intersperses with my Surrey accent!! LOL An eclectic mix as I'm often told.

I am also in love with the new stamp sheets by Kay Carley especially the funky flowers sheet so here's hoping..............
If not then hey ho its off to empty the piggy bank, which is feeling rather abused at the moment following a recent over indulgence.....

More cards tomorrow and will try to include some of the fathers day cards I have been making as well

See ya soon


Monday 8 June 2009

Its a little bit crazy

Hello crafty ones!

I've had a bit of a crazy day today. Monday is always busy at work as its the payment runs for the whole group which I have to check and sign off. We are also due to move floors in the office on Friday and I have been trying to sort my team out, but in the process have had no time to sort my office out and I only had this morning to get my act together. Everything was on track until I managed to jarr my back and it all went downhill from there. I'm now prostrate on the sofa full of pain relief and still in agony. So this post will as a consequence, be very short and sweet.
This is still following the cat theme ( Iwas obviously missing Minx!). I have used the same stamp, but in a different colour way and layout.
Recipe: 130/365
Stamps: Inkadinkado Clear stamps- Cats, My Mind's Eye Double Sided Paper - Moving Dots,, Buttons - Eternal maker, Ink - Vivid - Ultramarine, Stickles - Diamond

I also carried the theme through with another cat from the set and one of the messages from the Hero Arts - Clear Design - Card messages (large). They do seem to fit together quite well. The pictures are bit dark, but I am not mobile enought to fiddle with the light box so they will ahve to do.

As I said short post tonight so its an early bath for me!



Sunday 7 June 2009

The Cats Meow


Well so much for the predictions a poor weekend of weather. We had the most beautiful day today, which was good as we were at a christening and Dean was made godfather to one of his best friends James's son Reilly. Good weather always seems to bring up every one's spirits and today was no exception. Even the kids seemed to sense that this was a snatched moment of fair weather and behaved immaculately.

Anyway enough of the weather here is tonight's card

Recipe: 129/365

Inkadinkado Clear Stamps set - cats, Pink pearlescent card, Bazzill Dotted Swiss Card - Slipper , Spellbinderss nestabilities, Craftwork cards - Oh My Word! - Birthday Circles, Ink - Colorbox Queue - Tulip Field, Stickles - Diamond.



Saturday 6 June 2009

Derby Day

I live quite near to Epsom so the first thing I did today was get in my car and get as far away as I possibly could to escape the bedlam! So where would I go? Well of course I booked a class at the Glitter Pot with the lovely Jane Gill who had thoughtfully devised some beautiful cards, which co-ordinated perfectly with my outfit!! (123- 126/365). I don't feel right about putting cards from a class on my blog, as they are somebody else's design, so you will have to check out Jane's blog to see them.

However, I have added another pair of cards from my trip to Cornwall still following the bee theme.

Recipe: 127/365

Stamps: Elzybells - Flower/bee; words - Rubbernecker stamps

Other: Cuttlebug Embossing folder- D'vine swirl, Paper - Bazzill Dotted Swiss Card - Honey

Recipe: 128/365

As above but used additional stamp from Magnolia - (aptly entitled) Bees.

On the inside I used a greeting from a set from Hero Arts called card Messages, which I stamped using a Marvey Black pen so I could stamp it twice to insert the double 'e' in the being as a play on words.

More cards to come tomorrow, but for now I'm off to put my glad rags on for a night out with the girls.



Thursday 4 June 2009

Busy as a bee

Well so much for posting my cards over the week, its Thursday already. Can't even moan about where the week has gone as I have been busy catching up with all the work I didn't do last week!! So I suppose its quite apt that the first bunch as cards I have loaded are all based on our little workaholic. Before I get to the cards I have to add that I went to a great class at The Glitter Pot by Kay Carley. (118 - 121/365) Kay makes such feminine cards and I love to go to class of hers to inspire me. Anyway to digress a little, the class tends to have a core of 'regulars' and we always catch up during the day and chat about some of the things we are doing. One lovely lady, Gill is a very keen and talented photographer, and she then takes these beautiful shots and creates the most amazing scrapbooks. I promised I would include some Sugar Nellie stamps. So please wait a little longer Gill, they are coming.......

Recipe: 122/365

Stamps: Magnolia - Tilda with Bee (from the Glitter Pot)

Other: Watercolour pencils, Cuttlebug embossing folder - Forest Branches, Nestabilities, Buttons - Eternal maker, Rub-on's - Pebbles Inc Rub-Ons - Thank You - Black

I loved making this card as it has all my favourite elements (Watercolouring, embossing and die cutting), but each is very simple.
Anyway its up the stairs to bedfordshire to me

Tuesday 2 June 2009

I'm alive!

Forgive me for not posting for a couple of weeks, but my 3G card wasn't working and I have been down in the depths of Cornwall for some serious R&R (including some crafting LOL).
My family has a place down in Pentire, near Newquay and we disappear down there once a year or more if we can manage it. The beauty of going to the same place is that you don't feel inclined to go out sight seeing every day, which means time to craft a little. As you can see below the views are pretty inspiring anyway whatever you are doing........
The property is an old house build by a rich business man in the 1920's for entertaining and is set into the cliff right over the sea. The place was left empty for quite a while until it was converted into 5 holiday apartments Over the years the sea has reclaimed all the marble patios lined fountains and urns back, but is still one of the most beautiful places I know.
I took this shot on Bank Holiday Monday when we were having some of the recent wonderful weather. As you can see all the Sea Pink thrift is in flower all over the cliff tops, which gives the whole area this fantastic pink glow. As I said inspirational. The house is on a National Trust headland and the only other building is a pub (just above in the picture), which is great for sundowners!
As you can see (above) the whole of the cliff side was awash with a diverse mix of plants and colours and the best bit is that as is it close (see below), but not really walking distance to Newquay it is relatively quiet for such an exquisite place. You can just see Fistral Bay, reported to be the best surfing in GB, over the headland and Newquay is in the next bay to that. I love watching the surfers waiting to catch that perfect wave and off they go with a whoosh of adrenalin. Heavenly.
Well enough waxing lyrical about my break - time for craft.....
I did make quite a few cards, but didn't get time to finish all of them off as there is only so much stash I could sneak in the boot - LOL. So I will post them over the next fews days as I add the finishing touches.
Over and out for now
Sara x