Monday 27 November 2017

Last Rudolph Day - 2017

Good Morning,  I hope you are all keeping warm. 

I had an enforced duvet day yesterday as I woke up with an upset tum!   It was my birthday on Saturday so perhaps I may have over indulged.

 I'm feeling fine today but decided to stay at home away from everyone - just in case.  I didn't want to pass anything nasty on.  So it's a good opportunity to catch up with visits as I've been overstretched for the past couple of weeks.

My card for Maureen's last Rudolph Day Challenge for the year  was made with a magazine freebie stamp and a die and paper bought from the Works recently.

The bow was cut out using a small card template and I used a peel off sentiment and some card candi.  I added a bit of sparkle  and gold gell pen to the image.

Saturday 18 November 2017

Optical Illusion!

First I want to assure you that everything on my card is embossed and to my hubby that is how it looks.  Not to me though. 

For some reason, I don't know why it happens sometimes, but the photo on my phone was sideways and other than that it looked fine.  As soon as I transferred it to my laptop and rotated it - oops! it looked debossed.

I was unable to take another photo as it went off in my charity box last week.

I'd be interested to see how it appears to you.

The embossing folder came recently as a magazine freebie.  The zebra is by Lawn Fawn and was in a box of similar little wild animals which I recently stamped, coloured and diecut at our craft club one morning.

I recently found a youtube video describing how to make this type of fold.  The sizes were a bit complicated so because too much measuring does tend to confuse me I decided to try an easy version.

Here is a photo of the girl version.

For each card I used a sheet of white card.

First I cut a two inch strip off the bottom of the short side.

Next I cut the remaining card lengthways in half.  At this point I cut the smallest slither from the side of my strip to allow for the folds on the next stage.

I stuck the 2" strip onto the bottom of the long strip, making sure I had it centred then folded in the sides.

Finally I folded the long strip down to the to the top of the little flaps.  You can see this on the baby girl card.

I believe it's called a Dutch Door Fold although I may be wrong.

I cut both white matts from one of the remaining long white strips using a Spellbinders die.  Sentiments are from a Paula Pascal set of sentiment stamps.  I use this set so much that I recently bought a second set - just in case!

  Bruce is taking me out for a pub lunch shortly and I'm recording the Arsenal v Tottenham match to watch when we get home.  Then it's Strictly from Blackpool on the television this evening and more football and some crafting tomorrow.  So it's the perfect weekend for me.  I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned.

Wednesday 15 November 2017

You Passed!

Hello and Welcome.  I hope you are having a good day.

When I got back from Blackpool recently the first news I got from my hubby was that a friend had passed his driving test  first time ..... Well Done Mark!

So this is the card I made for him using my Cuttlebug for embossing and die cutting.

The silver embossed panel was already lying on my desk.  I used a sentiment banner which is my new set from Elizabeth crafts.   I stencilled the 'L' onto a scrap of white card and cut up the middle with fancy scissors.  I think it would have looked better cut at an angle but wanted to get the card finished quickly to deliver.

I cut the car and letters from Tim Holtz dies with scraps of card and decided to colour the holes in the letters with a silver pen to match the panel.

As I used lots of snippets I'm popping over to join in at Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 307 & 308

I would also like to enter the following challenges  Lemon Shortbread Challenge #52   and
Cuttlebug Mania (a masculine project)

Thursday 9 November 2017


Good evening everyone.  I hope you've had a good day.

Just a quick post today to  show you what we did at our craft club last night.

Wendy showed us how to make these fun wine bottle waistcoats.

We each made two in different colours using glitter fun foam.  My other one was green and gold.   I've not come across the glitter fun foam before.

Not a very good photo but it was taken quickly when I got home and in bad light.

We all enjoyed crafting together.

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Hi All!  Well I'm back from my mini break. 

We had a great time after a bad start.  We had a five hour wait for the coach at the South Mimms services on the M25.

We stayed at Tiffany's ..... no not the one in The Big Apple.  It was in Blackpool. 

The illuminations didn't disappoint, good food and the odd tipple.  I had a great time with my friend Wendy.

I have to unpack and will be back tomorrow to find out what you've all been up to while I've been away.  Barbxx

Thursday 2 November 2017

Birds of a Feather!

Good Evening!

A quick post before I finish packing my case for the trip to Blackpool tomorrow.  Poor hubby will be looking after himself for a few days.

I'm going with a friend whose birthday is on Saturday so this is the card I've made for her.  Drinks will be on me on Saturday night.

I did the background with distress oxide inks and over stamped with a freebie feather stamp then lifted a little colour off some feathers.  It looked a bit dull so I added some white gell pen and distressed the edges with my tool.

The bird and branches are punched from scraps of the background and I used Spellbinders dies which I bought recently at a table top sale.  The candy is handmade.

Enjoy your weekend.  I'm certainly looking forward to mine.