Saturday, 30 January 2010
Hi, just a really quick post for the time being - ironing calling! This is the card that I couldn't post a couple of weeks ago because it was for my Dad's birthday on Tuesday. The paper and ribbon are by American Crafts and as usual, everything else is Craftwork Cards.
Got a busy weekend with a surprise 30th birthday party tonight in Mildenhall (about an hour or so's drive away). Haven't even made the card. Not to mention loads of homework to oversee.
I'm also taking my teenage daughter to the hairdressers for her first proper haircut - I think it's going to be an Emo type style - can I cope with this?!
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Only one Christmas card today - other commitments took priority. I have used more Craftwork Cards products that I have had for a while. I've lost count of the cards that I have made this week - I think it's over 40 though.
This is a birth congratulations card for a colleague at work who has had her baby this week - simple but effective.
I was planning to post these photos yesterday, but time ran away with me as usual. It's been a funny old weekend, and not very relaxing. A weekend of duty and jobs - never mind it goes like that sometimes.
I made these vanilla cupcakes yesterday and Mark chose the colour - quite jazzy.
Here are the latest batch of Christmas cards (as of yesterday). These are more traditional in their colour scheme, but with a modern design. Can't remember the name of the range of papers but they came from Craftwork Cards as usual.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
This is my final card from the Winter Wonderland papers. I am very pleased with the 32 (!!!!) cards I have made over the last two days, but now I am ready to do something else. They're lovely papers but I'm getting a little bit bored. It may yet be more Christmas cards (I'm on a roll now!), but there again, it maybe something completely different. Watch this space!
Well done David Tennant for winning his award (and another one for Dr Who) at the National Television Awards last night - he's so lovely. Dr Who won't be the same without him.
And it's the new season of Gray's Anatomy tonight - I can't wait. Poor George and Izzy.
Another day of sick children, another day of Christmas cards. I forgot to say that the papers are called Winter Wonderland by Colour my World and everything else is Craftwork Cards.
I think this last one is my favourite so far. Even though I'm not really a pink person, I do like this pink and white snowflake paper - very subtle.
Here are the Christmas cards I made yesterday - I made twenty in total - which I am really pleased about. I only used one range of paper which I have had for quite a while, and I used a lot of card blanks that have been knocking around for a long time.
I have decided that my new mantra is to use up existing stuff - and apart from Stamperama at the end of February, not to buy anymore bits and pieces apart from essentials like glue, double sided tape etc. I have so much stuff that it's ridiculous, in fact I have forgotten some of the things I have got. Time to get a grip on things. (Obviously it doesn't include a couple of sale bits Mum and I bought on Monday night from Craftwork Cards!). It starts NOW!
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
. . . making . . .Christmas cards!!!!
Unfortunately both children are unwell at the moment and have had a day off school - it's not looking too good for tomorrow either. It's nothing serious, just general coughs and colds etc.
However, I ended up having quite a productive afternoon. Yes, I have made some Christmas cards, and yes I do know it's only January - but it's been quite relaxed and fun and very creative. I'm hoping that I will end up with a boxful of finished cards so that by the time the madness of Christmas 2010 is upon us I will be totally organised - here's hoping!
Monday, 18 January 2010
Look at my colourful little pile of stars. Talk about planning ahead. I saw a lovely Advent Garland that Lucy made over at Attic24. There was no chance that I would make it for the Christmas just gone, so I'm planning ahead. I have to say that these little stars are addictive and they take no time at all to make. I'm using the Patons DK Cotton that I am using for my hexagonal blanket as the colours are so lovely. I've made 15 so far, so not too many more to make. Aren't they sweet?!
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Here are the cards that I had planned to make last weekend. I really love these papers from Craftwork Cards, the colours are so striking. So far I have only used the white printed set, I still have the silver embossed ones to use.
It's been good to have a creative day today. Have had a pretty grotty week, so it makes up for it . This week has just been about tramping to work in the snow and ice and lots of stress - am really glad it's over. Hopefully next week will be better - at least all the snow has gone!
See you later.
(Inspiration - Craftwork Cards)
Sunday, 10 January 2010
So much for my grand plan of having a play with my Grape and Grey papers. It's very frustrating (and entirely due to Edward procrastinating with his homework and spending the whole day doing it!!). This is the problem when I don't have a dedicated craft area - the dining room table has to double up as the homework zone as well. Unfortunately Edward is not blessed with speed, so although his homework is fantastic, it does take him ages. Too much time staring into space and getting distracted. This does not bode well for secondary school in September.
I have been downloading some new crochet patterns and have a couple of grand plans for later (much later) in the year. However I have had a little play with crocheting a star and will update you further when I have made more. One solitary little star won't make a very exciting photograph.
Well, no more snow this weekend, despite the forecast. Let's hope there is no more and school can resume for Emily and that Edward and I go back to a normal week unlike last week.
Keep safe in this weather.
Saturday, 9 January 2010
I've been busy today making some cards with the new Dark Chocolate and Mint Yummy Scrummy papers from Craftwork Cards. They only arrived this morning and I was desperate to have a go with them. I bought two versions - foiled with silver and printed with white. I didn't fancy the gold foiled ones. I have only used the silver foiled ones today - making eight cards (two of each design).
Tomorrow I want to have a play with the Grape and Grey papers (also Craftwork Cards) - so watch this space!
Edward has been out playing in the snow again - a little bit of sledging with an old tray from the garden - he had great fun.
Well, dinner is almost ready - Mark is cooking a roast gammon joint with some sort of citrus, rum and raisin sauce - sounds interesting - can hardly wait!!
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
This was the view from my front door this morning around 7.30. Needless to say I am at home having a snow day. I expect we will be off again tomorrow as the snow hasn't let up so far today. Have spent the morning taking down the Christmas decorations, drinking coffee and eating stollen and trying to watch the series of Emma that I recorded before Christmas - bit of a blow to find that I don't have the final episode (I have high hopes of BBC Iplayer).
Monday, 4 January 2010
Today was the last day of mine and Edward's Christmas holiday. Emily doesn't go back until Thursday and Mark went back to work today. I had a lot of plans today - lots of card making (Mark's birthday card being number one priority), the children doing their thank you letters, me doing my thank yous and a bit of tidying up.
It wasn't boding well when I couldn't connect to the Internet on my laptop despite rebooting it numerous times. Gave up on it in the end, but it meant no Facebook or checking my favourite blogs. Did manage to watch the final part of Cranford though - I really enjoyed it.
I finished the cards I started yesterday. Had planned to make some Christmas cards, but couldn't find the paper I wanted anywhere. Have started to doubt whether I bought it in the first place! The cards I have made were stamped with some of the Craftwork Cards clear stamps, also got to use some of my new grosgrain ribbon (see, I knew it would come in handy!).
I made three of each design - one of each colour way has been turned into thank you cards for Christmas presents. I have made three of them birthday cards (see below) and left three blank just in case. I'm really pleased with them, particularly the colours as they are a bit different for me.
I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with my card making at the moment. I think it's because I have so many bits and pieces, I don't always know where to start. I just need to concentrate on one thing at a time and try to be systematic about it. When I get overwhelmed I don't tend to produce anything worthwhile. Another New Year resolution maybe.
Friday, 1 January 2010
Happy New Year one and all! Hope you have all recovered from last night. I have been feeling somewhat sluggish today, too little sleep probably. I think the Christmas holidays can do that to you, and all the days merge into each other. I feel the need to get back to normal now, get the card making stuff out and get going!
Talking of card making stuff, look at my beautiful box of ribbons - a recent QVC purchase. They are from American Crafts and there was a choice between grosgrain and satin. I went for the grosgrain as I love the texture. Now I have a ribbon for every colour card I could possibly make.
I also bought these lovely papers, rub-ons etc and Thickers letters - also from American Crafts, they're called Blue Skies. I can't wait to have a go with them, although really I should save them for my foray into scrap booking.