Tuesday, 29 October 2013


Greetings lovely people!  Don't know about you, but I'm finding it hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of October.  I know it's a cliché to say this, but where has the year gone?
I guess now I have to start thinking about the dreaded C word.  To be fair, I have made a good start on my Christmas cards, but I really must get my head around what to buy people.  I try to be organised each year - I like my lists - but this year I have the lovely SU Seasons of Style This and That Journal to help me out.  Hopefully it will bring me divine inspiration too!
I wanted to share some cards with you that I made at the end of the summer (yes, I'm appallingly behind!).  I was totally inspired by a card I saw on the very talented Jen Nelson's blog, The Tiny Blue Butterfly - check out her card here.  I was really struck by it and knew I had to copy it.  I particularly loved the die that she used - it's from Avery Elle in America.  I immediately had a little Google and found the die on the website and, oops, it just fell into my basket!
The card is cut from Crumb Cake cardstock, and the paper is from the Gingham Garden set.  I made a little pin wheel and found a tiny little brad to finish it off, and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  I'm really a fan of this type of card with the fold at the top (as you will see over the coming months!).  Jen makes a lot of cards like this and her blog is truly inspiring.

I used the smaller of the four dies to make the following card.  The card stock is Pear Pizzazz and the paper is still Gingham Garden.  Sentiment as before.

The final card in this selection is made using Calypso Coral card stock.  The paper is from This Is Me.  I added a stamped element along the bottom as my daughter said the card was too plain!  The chevron stamp is from an old SU set, Border Banter (stamped in Basic Grey).  I actually cheated and stamped it on an off-cut, cut it out and added it to the card afterwards - I was too worried I would muck it up and ruin my card!.

Well, it's half term for me this week, and I am enjoying a really lazy week.  I did actually make a card yesterday - for my parents' Wedding Anniversary on Thursday, 49 years.  And today I am in the middle of making a card for the Card Swap group I belong to - probably should have made that last weekend, but  we are still in the middle of University Open Days - only two more to go!  I'm hoping to get a little more crafting done over the next two days and then on Friday, I'm away at a scrapbooking retreat my Scrapbags, which I am looking forward to immensely.

I'll leave you now as my SU Envelope Punchboard has just arrived and I'm off to have a little play!

Thanks for dropping by.

Take care

Michelle x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Belated Birthday Wishes

Do you feel like you are constantly chasing your tail?  That's how I feel at the moment.  My list of things to do is so long and I have very little time to get anything done.  Things are starting to slip.  I'm really looking forward to half term in two weeks time so that I can take stock and prepare myself for the onslaught that is Christmas!
We are suddenly in the middle of university open days and applications.  This has all happened in the last week and half and we are tackling it head-on with a visit to the University of Greenwich yesterday, and Canterbury next Sunday, with more to come.  I am totally out of my comfort zone, but we did have such a lovely day yesterday and Emily is VERY enthusiastic!
So, as I was saying, things are beginning to slip.  Hence the two belated birthday cards that I made last Sunday.  The cards were for two members of the card swap group that I belong to, and I knew there was no way I could get them made in time for their actual birthdays.  I chose to make identical cards and changed the colours because time was short.  But I am really pleased with the design.
I used Elegant Eggplant ink and paper from the DSP Paper Stack, with the Flower Shop stamp set and matching punch.  The sentiment is from the retired Hostess set - Happiest Birthday Wishes.  I also added a line of piercing along each side of the white panel.  The flower has been curled a little bit and mounted with 3D pads for dimension.  The centre of the flower is Card Candy from Craftwork Cards.

For the second card, I used Crisp Cantaloupe from the current In-Colours.

Well, that's me for today.  I'm getting ready to face another manic week - at work and at home.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for dropping by.  Take care.

Michelle x