Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Happy Birthday Charis

Woohoo - it's the first day of the summer holiday!  It's been a long, hot, emotional few weeks and now it's all over.  Yesterday I said a very tearful goodbye to 30 brilliant children, who I've known since they were four years old. The day was even more emotional as our Head Teacher left.  I am so pleased for him as he is moving on to a bigger school, but sad for me as he employed me and believed in me, and has been very supportive to me over the last few years.  But things change, and September is a long way off.
Anyway, enough of that!  Today is my niece's 17th birthday, and here is the card I made for her.
My absolute favourite products of the moment are encapsulated on this card.  I love the Six Sided Sampler and matching Hexagon punch (anyone who knows me, knows I adore hexagons!).  Papillon Potpourri is just incredible, teamed with the Bitty Butterfly punch, and as for the new In-Colours - they are just my favourite Stampin' Up colours ever!  Here I have used Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe.
The card was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest - can't give a name-check unfortunately as I didn't make a note of it and now can't find it!
I'll be back soon with a slightly different version of this card. 
Have a good day and thanks for dropping by.  Take care
Michelle x

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Goody Boxes - Black Magic

Hi Everyone.  I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend, and are loving this weather.  I spent a blissfully cool day yesterday at my Scrapbags crop.  The village hall we use is generally pretty cold in Winter but yesterday it was wonderful and so pleasant to be crafting all day away from the heat.  As Emily's albums are finished, I had a very relaxed time making the class kit and playing around with another kit I had bought.  I am planning to make a start on a book for Edward soon - even though it's four years away!
Today I am sharing with you some cards that I made from a Craftwork Cards Goody Box, called Black Magic.  The kit consists of card blanks, paper, embellishments, ribbon, Candi, and 3D foam pads.  I had fun knocking up some quick cards to supplement my box of ready cards.

(The above card is my favourite)

Work is really busy as we "wind down" to end of term.  My class, Year 6, has been working hard on their end of year play, which is a version of Grease.  They are performing it tomorrow night.  I generally take on the role of Props Manager, and this year I have been tasked with making two cars - Greased Lightning and the Scorpians' car.  Have a look at the finished articles.

I have to say that I am pretty proud of them.  They started life as a very big cardboard box, which I cut down, then added a little bit of papier mache, paint, bubble wrap and shiny paper and ta-dah!

Well I'm signing off now as my glass of chilled cider is calling!  Thanks for dropping by.  Have fun and take care.

Michelle x

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Card Swap Group - 3 and 4

Well after quite a delay I'm posting photos of the last two card swaps.  This is May's card from Zoe, and I really love the colours she has chosen - I'm a big fan of peacock colours, so it fits the bill perfectly.  Apologies to Zoe for posting it so late - I've been a bit snowed under for the past few weeks.
June's card is from Sue and I love the colour she has chosen - Soft Sky by SU.  I was intrigued by the flower element - it's made from air dry clay and pressed out from an embossing folder - must try that technique.  What you can't see from the photo is the embossing on the flower on the right hand side and the inside is beautifully decorated too.

And here's the card I made for Jane.  The theme was embossing, either heat embossing or dry embossing - I hope the scored lines count!  I chose Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar - the new SU In-Colours - they go together so well.  I used the flourish type stamps from Floral Words by Marion Emberson, and the butterflies are Papillon Potpourri (SU).  The sentiment is from Marion Emberson too - Find Joy Everyday.  I'm really pleased with this card and may make a couple more for my box of stock cards.

Well, I'm off to help out at our school's summer fair - we certainly have the weather for it.  Have a great weekend and see you soon.

Michelle x

Monday, 1 July 2013

Card Swap Group Birthday Cards

Hi, hope you are all well.  I'm good - getting a little bit excited because Emily and I are going to see Robbie Williams at Wembley tomorrow night.  Also, the new Stampin' Up catalogue goes live tomorrow and I have my order ready and waiting - although I'm not able to place it until Wednesday because of going out.  It'll wait a day though, I guess. 
Today I'm sharing the beautiful birthday cards that I received from my fellow Card Swap Group.  The first is from Zoe (her blog here ).  I really like all the different textures, and the colours are really me.  I also love the faceted button, I've already added those to my list!
The next card is from Alison.  I am fascinated by this card and have been trying to figure out how to make one.  I'm going to give it a try when I've finished work for the summer.  I love the colours on this card, as well as the flowers and the punched edges.

The third card is from Margaret (her blog here).  We both agree that this stamp set didn't grab us in the catalogue, and how we are both total converts now.  I really like the scoring effect she has added, and I will definitely be trying that out on some of my cards. Again, the colours are beautiful.

The next card is from our group leader, the lovely Jane (her blog here ), who knows that I love hexagons (wait till you see the new hexagons from the new SU catalogue - top of my list for Wednesday!).  I love the summery colours - perfect for a June birthday, and the simplicity of the card - it's the sort of card I would make.

And the final card is from Sue, who had to make me two cards this month - more about the Swap card on another post.  I really liked this card because it is so different  The colours are perfect, and I love butterflies.

As I said, I will be sharing the Swap Group card from Sue on another post, also the one I received from Zoe the previous month - apologies Zoe, I've had no time recently.  Also, apologies to Jane as I still haven't posted her card for June - it is made, just needs to be photographed and then I'll pop it in the post.

Thanks for dropping by.  I'll be back soon.  Take care.

Michelle x