Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Creative moments - Halloween/ anything goes

This challenge was perfect for me as I make a halloween decoration for my niece and nephew each year.  The stamps are a combination of my collection of halloween stamps and worked perfectly for this inchie type project.
The sparkly spider is from Asda a few years ago and the die cut bats are from the TH die.

Why not stop by and check out the dt projects for some more inspiration here at Creative moments
It also fits the challenge over at Little red wagon which is halloween
Thanks for popping in x

Monday, 28 October 2013

Something simple............

 I am needing simple in my life right now - so this little fella from an old stampin up set was perfect for a little simple card or two. Coloured with SU markers and gel pens its also got a bit of sparkle.
Quite a plain card from me who usually chucks everything on.
hope all is well in your corner of the world x Thanks for stopping by.
Big waves to Edna who managed to leave a comment via her Grandson xx

Janet x

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Curve balls

Its been a tough week for one reason and another and although I have had 6 days off work I have had zilch mojo or concentration.
When I go into the craft room and nothing happens I find it so frustrating - i guess every crafter feels like that. When tidying up i found this image coloured possibly 18 months ago so I decided to turn it into a simple card just so I had done something.

 Image is of course forever friends by papermania - a cute little fella which reminds me of cold wintery days when a hot chocolate would just warm you up.
Papers by craftwork cards and red card stock from my scrapbox and now it looks like I did the whole thing on purpose not faffed around months nay years apart.

I have been featured in Novembers Creativity magazine as a talent spot - cant wait to see the article as I did love playing with the bits I was sent to make projects from.  Its due out on 1st November - something to look forward to x
Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

In memory of a very dear lady.......

On the 8th november 2012 a very dear lady from, my crafty circle of friends, passed away from Cancer.  She had fought tirelessly with the nasty disease and throughout was brave, kind, gentle and funny.  I will remember her always.
As a craft group we have chatted together about holding a crafty event, on the anniversary, as a tribute to our lovely friend who left such an imprint on our hearts. So the 8th November will be Maries crafty day.  Held at our local shop - Samuel Taylors, Embsay her crafty chums will gather to craft, laugh and be together - just as we used to when Marie was with us.  This time we will be making things together to sell at a craft fayre.
We would like to donate a bird table to the hospice where Marie spent so much of her last days - watching the birds and squirrels feed at the table just outside her window gave Marie more pleasure than I can say. It made her laugh out loud - you know the squirrels were soooooo cheeky and the daily vist from the robin how she loved his visits. So thats our aim - to raise money to buy a bird table with Maries name on it to help someone else who needs those cheeky squirrels and robin visits to help their days be bearable.
So I began this last summer

 at the Claxby craft retreat. A forlornly single tea cup longing to become useful again.  I added a cushion of material - stuffed with toy stuffing. I have sewn up the underneath and squashed it into the teacup.
 An old lace doily was sewn ontop with a crochet flower. I knew it needed some pearls so yesterday I added a pearl to the middle of the flower
then some pearls at the end of each point of lace. Its now a beautiful vintage pin cushion.  I hope to sell this at the craft fair along with some other bits and pieces I have made.
This is also my DT piece for Creative Moments - the midway inspiration for our lace challenge.
Do stop by as my team mates have some fabulous things to inspire you with.
I forgot to mention - we want to buy the bird table from another local charity who makes them - there are a few so I would be thrilled if we could buy more than one table to help more than one charity to help more than one person.  That would definately be a great tribute to Marie - she was a nurse - so helped many many folks who needed her care. She was one very special lady.............

Thanks for stopping by today x

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Stamping club project........

 This is a sweet little project to give as a gift or instead of a card - and works just as beautifully for everyday as for Christmas.
The die is a discontinued one by cuttlebug - although why such a lovely die should be stopped i have no idea! Sentiment stamp inside the box and the birds are by stampendous - such beautiful stamps in detail and i love how easy they are to watercolour.
The image has been stamped onto mixed media board that my local craft shop sells in a pad - its a little thicker than card and gives a nice thickness to the jigsaw.
The round stamp is one of the stamps on creative stamping - I love round sentiment stamps and have quite a few.  i have also used the Merry and bright stamp from the free set on the jigsaw inside but you cannot see it in the picture.
I hope my stamping Club ladies enjoy making the project on friday!
I am entering this in the Everybody Art challenge which is Ribbon and Craft room challenge which is feathered friends
Thanks for stopping by x

Janet x

Monday, 14 October 2013

More Molly Blooms

and for something completely different - this is Meghans birthday card.  It folds flat but pops up like a box. great for a WOW factor. i saw this great card shape on the internet and just knew it would be a perfect Molly card !
As I always love playing with my Molly stamps Megs birthday was the perfect excuse to play. The first time my fab donkey has been inked - shame on me x
love the stamp at the back which enabled me to detail her 18th birthday - can't remember the make though so sorry about that.
Thanks for stopping by x Please say hello if  you have time x

Janet x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Woodware santa

Back to Woodware again - boy do they have some fab stamps out this year.
This little fella I think was released last year.  He is a dream to colour in and is such a happy chappie don'tcha think?
Again papers by dovecraft.
sentiment stamp is by papermania - a very old one.
And being a good gal - as they were pushed for time I made all the bows and stitched on a bell for each student.
This is perfect for Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge which is anything thats a square. So I am entering this into challenge 146.

Thanks for dropping in x

Saturday, 12 October 2013

From Santas Kitchen

The ladies love Molly blooms just as much as me so it made sense to make a Molly Blooms card.  This jolly fella is from the new release - I bought him at Port Sunlight.
Can you see the stamp to the right at the back? Thats one of the free gift stamps from Simply Homemade.  I cut the Santa off another set from Dovecraft.
The lush papers are by Echo Park - I bought them in the sale at the local samuel taylors - why on earth these didnt sell I dont know as they are fab.
Other stamps used - stitch stamp by blonde moments, Cooking stamp (bought from sir stampalot) and the sentiment is a SU old favourite - long since retired.
So what about the shaped card ? This is from Craftwork cards - a fab shaped stepper and a perfet size. In the gorgeous biscuity colour cardstock too.  Must buy some more as I used them all up on the class.

Hope you like - thanks for stopping by today x

Friday, 11 October 2013

Proud Rudolph

Although I have ust noticed the card i have photographed I forgot his red nose !
This is card number 3 i think ?
such a fab stamp by woodware - perfect for paper piecing which is a brilliant technique.
anyway he went down very well at the Christmas card day today.
Thanks for stopping by x

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Cheeky little chappy !

Here is card number 3 for my Christmas card class. Those of you that followed my other blog may have seen this little fella before. He was my fav stamp last year - he is a pleasure to colour - no matter what medium - and was very popular at work in my chosing box.
Papers here by Dove Craft and he is coloured with promarkers.
Thanks for stopping by - hope you are not fed up with Christmas by now !
Janet x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Creative moments - Autumn and Owls

How neat that this fortnights challenge just fits my new stamp perfectly!
Yes the challenge over at Creative Moments is Autumn or to have an Owl on your project.

Here is my card using a woodware stamp.  He is certainly a lovely stamp to colour in.
This is the 2nd card for my Christmas card class. I try to do at least half of the cards as flat as possible for postage costs so the layers are all flat on this one.
My teamies have come up with some stunning cards for week 2 of inspiration so do stop by and find out all about Creative Moments Autumn and Owl Challenge x

Hope to share some more christmas inspiration with you tomorrow xx
Janet x

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Christmas is coming............

Well to be honest it never left my heart !
I have been busy Christmas crafting all year, making gifts and cards - I just love it.
On Friday its the last of my Christmas card days.  I have held 3 this year where we have made 10 cards and another project in a days class.
This session is all cute cards.  Last year I did not make enough cute cards much to the disappointment of my work colleagues.
In November, at the team meeting day, I take in my box of ready made cards - they get to choose one.  Thats my Christmas card to them.  In a little twist however they get to send the card on to someone special should they so wish.
This works out really well and they look forward to the rummage in my box - but last year there were only a few cute so I have tried harder with cute variety this year. It also usually results in a few commissions or sales.  I personalise if they wish for free (I use peel offs!!!!) My boss, grumpy though he is, is also the best customer at this time of year.
This little fella was one of my fav new stamps last year - he was already an old one by the time I bought him and is designed by Lindsay Mason for personal impressions.
This is card Number 1 for the class.
Papers by Dovecraft they are bright and cheery - perfect for cute cards.

I will be using him much more this year too!
Hopefully more blog posts from me this week as I showcase the class makes. Tomorrow will also be my card for Creative Moments - With a favourite stamp from this year.

thanks for stopping by xx
Janet x

Saturday, 5 October 2013

A Momentous day.........

 Today my baby girl had her 18th birthday party. She officially is 18 tomorrow but as she is at work all day we celebrated today.  18 ? Really? How on earth did that happen - I am now the proud Momma of 3 grown ups - heck thats a lot to take in.
Well my baby loves her horses so the theme of the cake was a no brainer really.  I bought the topper, flowers and bunting and the rest of the cake was made by her Godmother - complete with green glitter.
 The horse is a little cutie - I bet she keeps him for a while...........
 This was the tea party spread for family and friends.
 and of course we had the whole Happy Birthday routine.
Megs has gone off to celebrate with her friends now - guess this is the future as we know it!
 Mum and I were just sat having a cuppa before the mammoth tidy and wash up began so I took this little picture.  The tea set in the foreground I bought my Mum and Dad for their 20th wedding Anniversary.  In the background is a jug from another tea set Mum has from her parents.  She was telling me she remembered her Dad buying it for her Mum so she didnt have to borrow the tea set from the neighbour everytime they had visitors!
and this sweet little gift was for me.  When I went to the Ritz I drooled over the sugar tongs - Mum found a pair in the Oxfam shop and bought them just for me - now we can live it up as often as we like !
I'm feeling kinda wistful at the thought of having grown up children - it feels odd.  I am immensely proud of them all for being so individual and not just following the crowd. at their age I was definately a sheep - thats one thing they are not!
Hope she is having a fab time x
Happy Saturday x
Janet x