Saturday, 27 November 2010

25 done. . . rock and roll

hi world
i was rocking today, i made 25 christmas cards, i think that is a record, even for me.
ok they weren't very big or very complicated cards, but they only took about 2 hours. i hate big cards they are such a waste of  card and stuff, as i have dozens of atc envelopes left from making atc's for uksn i decided to make christmas cards to fit.

 i think they worked out quite well. my youngest daughter wanted little cards for her kids at nursery, so the rudolf cards were just right.
the little bear was a free stamp from last year and the baubles were from craft stamper a couple of months ago.  the snow flakes are punched out except for the large forground piece which is a tim holtz die cut using the big shot.
anyway got to go
off to see Rich Hall at the point. not so clever daughter no2 got tickets in the front row . . . mmmm!

Friday, 26 November 2010

new handbag; dont think so!

i love handbags!!!

 i mean i really love handbags.

during staff training yesterday, we went to look at gifts on the first floor, (most interestingly handbags!
there was one i really liked . . .  black leather with little leather flowers and diamontes in the middle.
but it was £100 even with 25% off, and my discount it was still too much to justify at the moment, oh well never mind.
 at home today i had an idea to bling up an old boring bag using my new big shot.

i brought some leather pieces in a bag for £1 a while ago, they were a perfect colour.
i used the tim holtz tattered floral die and cut out several flowers .
they were a bit flat so i painted them with golden medium and left them to dry.
when they were nearly dry i heated them with the heat gun, hopefully to make them curl up at the edges. . . they did beautifully.
then i layered them and fixed them to the bag with big brads... luckily there were  holes cut in the surface of the bag so it was really easy.
hey presto instant £75 bag. well nearly!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

look what i found

on the way to work today, just outside the back door to the shop i saw something on the ground. i couldn't beleive what it was as it was so out of place. . .  a ginko leaf. not what you would expect to see in the middle of winchester, there are no ginko trees in the area. it was quite big for a ginko leaf and dried up. but a great shape.
i have a history with ginko leaves. one of my favourite beaded pieces is my ginko leaf and the  first piece of silver clay  i made was the same. i even saw a tree in toronto earlier in the year.... but it was too high to get a leaf.
anyway it is a lovely shape so i have scanne dit and i am ging to make a stamp of it so lookout for stuff made with the stamp. oh for time at the weekend to do it.
night night
oh here's the picture

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

give up on blog candy

well i think i have given up trying to put the link to weememories on the last page ... even with vicky's help it still didn't work. dont think i will be doing the challenge now as no time.
i did make a very quick flower with my new toy today. . .  i brought a big shot with my birthday money, happy happy happy! i got in the range for £49.99 brilliant price. i already have a sizzlit, but it is a bit limiting with the size of the dies
i ordered some bigger dies  from the stamp man and crafty devils web site, here i used tim holtz, tattered florals.

this flower took me about ten minutes to make. i used grunge paper with acrylic paint on which i dried with the heat gun, this also helped to shape the petals. then i used alcohol inks and a big brad in the middle
i also stamped a light text on top with black stazon
then i glued a brooch back on and . .. hey presto an instant brooch

Monday, 22 November 2010

lovely blog candy

have a look at this lovely blog candy giveaway on
i give up, i dont know what i am doing wrong . . . obviously!
HELP this is about the fourth time i have tried to do this link, but it's not working . .  grrrrrr.
i dont know why this link isnt working, how do you all know how it works
? it is supposed to be easy
 i have just joined this blog and will hopefully attempt to enter the challenge. it will be the first challenge i have entered, the challenge is a little bit of pink which appealled to me, so watch this space . . .  if i can work out what to do!
dont hold out much hope.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

congratulations sarah

hi world
my friend jane is the first of my close friends to become a grandma, well done to her daughter arah and hubby alex. baby imogen was born a healthy 5+ lbs both mum and baby are doing well (after a difficult start) here i the card i made for them, long with a pretty knitted cardy that i made too. i do like the easel card at the moment. we had a good evening in romsey wetting the baby's head, hic!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

the atc's....they just keep coming

last week i had about 9 atc and stiggot books in the post, so today i thought i ought to get on and make my contribution and send them on.
 i also brought the perfect stamp for my hubby's birthday card.
we have 2 tortoises who live in our dining room.

i thought the sentiment was really nice, although i had to change the word turtle for tortoise for les, they look more like tortoises anyway.
this is another easel card, but i have scanned it flat.
the background is stamped with distress inks through sequine waste in 3 different colours. i also included a piece of the sequine waste as extra texture.