Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all my blogland friends a very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful year ahead

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Oh Happy Days!!!!

Yesterday my son came home bringing his girlfriend with him, we thought that he would be on his own. Aisling came over from Ireland as they wanted to tell us face to face that they had got engaged!! I asked if they had any idea about when they would be getting married and they said May 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok so that's 5 months away, plenty of time to get organised, if we were all in the one place. Michael will be back in Afghanistan until April and, as I said earlier, Aisling is in Ireland. You would think it would be ok in that Aisling would have her Mum, her sisters-in-law and friends to help her to get organised but no, they are getting married in England. So I will be the co-ordinator come planner and will be doing the stationery and favours. I can see the phone bill rocketing sky high lol

We are so pleased that they are getting married as we couldn't wish for anyone nicer to be Michael's wife and our daughter-in-law

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

I wish I'd had my camera!

Just to set the scene the weather here in the UK is very cold and snowy.

Along came the postman with his woolly hat pulled right down to his eyes and his scarf pulled up around his mouth. All that was visible was his eyes and nose. The only other visible flesh was his LEGS!!!!!! He was wearing shorts!!! Now I know we breed them strong up here in the north west of England but shorts in a snow storm???? Crazy or what? Can't wait to see what he's wearing tomorrow lol

Monday, 8 November 2010

Christian Mini Pillow

This is what I've been doing this weekend. I do like making these biscornu, they are so effective and easy to make, much easier than they look. This small one is approx 4" across. I've put it on ebay with the option of choosing the colourway. Fingers crossed that I manage to sell some. They would be ideal stocking fillers for Christmas

The bible verse is "This is the day the LORD made, let us Rejoice and be glad Psalm 118:24"

The side view

Saturday, 6 November 2010

My very first blog award

Many thanks to Trish at Time-to-Share for sending this lovely award
Before I list the five lucky ladies that I'm passing this award to I have to give three reasons why I'm special. A hard thing to do when you're the shy, retiring type of person but anyone who knows me will be falling about laughing at that remark hehe, so here goes
1. I'm special because I am a child of God
2. I'm special because I have a wonderful husband and two fabulous children who make me feel special for having them in my life
3. I'm special because through crafting I have made some very special friends, some I've met and others I haven't but I'm glad that I know each and every one of you
Now I have to choose five special ladies to pass this award on to

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A Busy Time

Where have the last 12 days disappeared to?

Not the Saturday just gone but the one before my soldier boy came home from Afghanistan woohoo!! Between now and new year he'll be flitting backwards and forwards to us at home, his girlfriend in Ireland and back at base. January he goes back to Afghanistan :o(

Then last Tuesday hubby came home from work early after spending the morning in the A&E at the Royal in Liverpool. He had an accident in work which has kept him of work until yesterday. I wanted him to have more time off but couldn't persuade him to. He's come home so tired and very much in pain but won't admit that I was right and he needed more time at home.

Michael's girlfriend came over at the weekend and I gave her the notebook, below, that I had made for her using my Bind-it-All

It was Michael's birthday yesterday and this is the card that I had made for him. I was really pleased with the way the backing paper turned out. I used Tim Holzt's distress inks and stamps from Crafty Individuals. The tags are from a Making Cards special edition for men

Friday, 22 October 2010

Some more plaques

I have made a few more plaques this week. As with the others I've put them on Ebay. My favourite is The Prayer of Jabez. I love the colours in it and it was worth cutting the vines by hand from a couple of 8"x8" papers.
I would love to read your comments on them and perhaps some suggestions for more plaques, not neccessarily Christian themed

Sunday, 17 October 2010

A bit of advice please :o)

I have been thinking about trying to sell my makes elsewhere rather than on Ebay. I could put things on my sidebar but everyone who follows my blog is a crafter so I don't think I'd sell from here.
Does anyone have an Etsy shop? Would it be viable to set up on there?

How about a website? I would be looking to get a free one if possible where I can set up a shopping basket and Paypal. Has anyone used Mr Site for a web address?

Lots of questions which, I hope can be answered favourably :o)

Saturday, 16 October 2010

going, going, gone!

Well I sold the three plaques that I showed you in my last post. I did hope that there would be a bit more interest in them though. By the time I took out my Ebay and Paypal fees I was left with 20p profit on each one :o(

Should I or shouldn't I make any more? My daughter said yes as it's using up some of my stash and keeping me occupied. Can't help but feeling a bit down about it all.

I looked at some of the Christmas stuff in John Lewis in Liverpool and they've got wooden tree ornaments for £3.50 and I know that they'll probably sell loads. I made some a couple of years ago and couldn't sell them for £1.00, I ended up giving them away.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

I've been busy

I've managed to grab hold of my mojo and keep it for a couple of days lol I've made some more plaques and a card this week. I've yet to take a photo of the card but here are the plaques. I've put them on Ebay so I hope that they sell. I've used the Ippity stamps that I bought from Christy at Lone Pine for the bible verses, flower and the house. The harbour scene was a stamp from Stamps Away! which I coloured with watercolour paints.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Has anyone seen.........

My mojo? I seem to have lost it somewhere. If you find it will you please send it home? :o)

Friday, 17 September 2010

A short break away

Hubby and I are going away for a few days. Don't post too much or I'll never catch up on everyone's creations let alone make my own cards for challenges. Have fun, see you when we get back :o)

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Thank you!

I have just spent a very pleasant hour or so looking through all the blogs that I follow. What a lot of talented people you are! So much style and inspiration.

I've not done any crafting this week, it's been a strange week really. I've been a bit "not with it" as this week was the first anniversary of my Mum's passing and also the 13th for my wonderful Nana. I have both my Mum's and Nana's wedding rings and I went to a local jeweller yesterday and picked up the new wedding band that I've had made by combining the two rings. It's very plain but it's gorgeous. I'm going to have their names engraved on the inside. I've also had Mum's eternity ring adjusted to fit me so I'm wearing them both on my right hand. I'm sure that I'm going to wear them both out just by looking at them lol, lovely memories!

So on top of the events of the week I went to the doctor as the tablets that he gave to me last week, as a replacement for the ones that he gave to me the week before, were also giving unpleasant side effects. I think that I'm going to have to make do without as these are just the same. Back to the doc's on Monday!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Make it Crafty

I've come across this lovely tutorial blog that has challenges combined with the tutorials. I'm definitely going to be following this site, hopefully I'll learn something along the way lol

Friday, 3 September 2010

Hi everyone

I've not been blogging so much over the last few days. I've been busy with life stuff, sorting out some of my craft stuff and I've put it on ebay to see if I can sell it. Trouble is anything that I've sold has been for 99p One person paid 99p for a pair of hand knitted socks that cost about £7 for the yarn!!I won't be putting anymore socks on there starting at 99p, I'll have to upgrade them to a higher starting price. All my stuff has had an average of about 5 views but I put a load of items on last night and already 3 of them have had over 40 views each! Do you think that I might get more than 99p lol

I have also been busy making cards. I used to subscribe to Making cards magazines and I've got loads of the free papers and vellums so I've set myself a task of using up all the sheets that I've cut into. I have some that haven't had anything used from them so I think that they'll be going on ebay too. I'm also going to make up some paper packs from all of my papers, I must have thousands of sheets which I'll never use up even if I was making 50 casrds a day! I might as well try and recoup some of the pennies (and pounds lol) even if I don't get much for them. After that my next clearout will be my rubber stamps. I've also got a lot of cover gifts of stamps that I'll never use so I'll put them on too I think. I wish that the cover gifts were only one or two images of a decent size rather than the lots of little stamps which they are.

Anyway, on to the cards that I've made. These are all made with the Making Cards papers with just a little bit of extras from my stash. I've done the matting and layering on the square cards in the first two photos using my Promarker pink carnation pen. How I'm loving using them to co-ordinate my accessories on my projects. I've won a £10 voucher for Joanna Sheen's site and I think that I might be tempted by the tub of white flowers so that I can colour them myself :o)

I'm going to be putting these cards on ebay too. You never know but someone, somewhere might like them. They will be individually listed as I don't want to be selling them at two or three for 99p, I'd sooner give them away than do that.

Right, off for some lunch and then to ebay!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Feeling better lol

Well after yesterday's moan I feel really perked up !!! Guess who won the fabulous Blog Candy from Katiejane at ? yeyy it was me lol

Yesterday was a horrible day all round and I felt like getting rid of everything crafty including my cross-stitch and knitting stash. As Autumn Mist said on yesterday's post about praying about her cards and crafting I thought that my crafting was the one thing that I have never seriously given to the Lord in prayer and so I closed my eyes and prayed there and then. The next thing I did was to have a look on Katiejane's blog to see if she had chosen her winner for the blog candy. I can't believe the speed that the Lord has answered my prayer!!!!!!

He must have a plan for my life, other than raising funds for, that includes my crafting ability. I will carry on making cards and gifts ,and try to sell them, while waiting on the Lord for His guidance and try not to get too downhearted about it all :o)

Monday, 30 August 2010

My cards

Whenever I show my cards, at craft fairs, church fairs or here on line, I get told how lovely my cards are and, sometimes, I get told that I should open a shop and sell my creations as I could "make a fortune". Why is it then that I can't even sell my cards for 99p each on ebay?????????? I can't sell the cards and I can't sell stash that I no longer want and there are only so many cards that I can give away to charities. Even they're loaded down with handmade cards. I'm really fed up now surrounded by stash and I don't know what to do with it all. Maybe I should have a bonfire

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Blog Candy Giveaway!

Not on my blog but here at Inkie Fingers. Lots of bling to be had and a lovely blog too. Here's a preview of the candy

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge #26

I made this card for the
Ourdailybreaddesigns challenge #26 using die cuts or punched shapes.
StampinsistersinChrist challenge #53 to use a life verse. I chose Galations 5:22 as it lists all the characteristics that I try to live by.

I had in mind how I wanted this card to look and by the time it was finished I wasn't at all hppy with it. It didn't look as nice as it had in my head but I thought "I've made it so I'm going to show it". My daughter, who is my worst critic, has just come in, saw the card and said "Awww that's so pretty" so it must be ok lol

I used my Cuttlebug to die cut the centre panels and the butterflies. On the yellow side of the card the image was mainly debossed so I just rubbed it over with a pigment ink pad, covered it with embossing powder and heated it up to make it glossy. The embossing powder that I used stays hot and soft longer than most others that I have so it would be ideal to try and triple emboss with it. I did the same with both layers of the butterflies but used a Versamark pen on the raised areas. Inked the edges of the yellow cardstock with the same inkpad that I used for colouring the centre panel, which has Galations 5:22 on that I had done on the pc.
Close ups above and below showing the inking and embossing. I love the white edge that you get when you colour the shape whilst the Nestie is still in place.

I used
Cardstock from the Paper Mill Shop
General copier paper with a computer generated Bible verse
Cuttlebug with the Floral Fantasy embossing folder
Nestabilities Labels #8 and duo butterfly die
Versacolour inkpad narcissus
Versamark pen
Brilliance pearlescent sky inkpad
Kirsten Lapping Designs Clearly Magic embossing powder
Gems from stash
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

I'm in love!!!!!! And a challenge

On Friday I ordered some Ippity rubber stamps from Christy at Lone Pine Designs, you can see her link in my side bar. I was amazed to receive them on Tuesday as Christy is in USA in I'm here in England. I used them all today, just to try them out, and they are sooooo gorgeous!!! I think I'll be buying some more of these :o)

The Allsorts challenge #66 is to make something smaller than 3" and I just had to use one of my new stamps to make this mini notebook. I took a photo of it with a ruler to show the size

And one on it's own without the ruler to take away from the design. I stamped it on three different papers and cut them out at the different petal lines. The blue centre was cut from the middle of the blue petal layer.

I stuck a piece of the blue patterned paper onto white card and then cut a circle from it using my Nestabilities along with a plain piece of white card for the back. I then cut lots of circles from plain papers for the pages. Before linking them all together I inked the edges of the front and back covers. I think I'll be making some more of these maybe with the other flower stamps in the set.

This isn't the best photo as the light had changed between taking this and the previous photos. That's what happens when you have to break away from crafting to put the groceries away and have a meal
I used pieces of card from my scraps box
Designer papers were magazine freebies
Plain papes from my stash
Rubber stamp from the Ippity Now and Always stamp set
Impress ink pad cerlean blue
Cuttlebug and circle Nestabilities
Book ring
Card Candy from Craftwork Cards

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

One card for a couple of challenges, plus an extra!

This card is for two challenges
Craftycreations challenge #81 Butterflies
Pixieduststudio challenge #36 Polka dots
A close up of the butterflies on the acetate and flowers A close up of the sentiment and flowers
I used pink, brown and white cardstock from the Paper Mill Shop
Papers were a freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft (the inside of the front of the card has been lined using pink paper with brown polka dots)
Sentiment and flowers from Craftworkcards
Spellbinders butterfly cutting and embossing die
Stickles glue
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

This is the day Psalm 118: 24 wall plaque
I really love making these little plaques, I've made a few with different sentiments on. I thought that I would do some with Bible verses on as I think that the size lends itself to something of this nature.
A close up of the verse, background and the foreground stamping

A close up of the trees(really pleased with them!) the cord and the cotton tape. The cord and the tape were white and I used my Marsh Green Promarker to colour them. I really like being able to colour my ribbons and cardstock (anything really ) with the Promarkers to co-ordinate with the rest of my card. After I had coloured the copier paper I then stamped the trees, grasses and birds. I went over the "field" with a water pen to give dimension to the flatness of the colour and also a little bit on some of the trees
I used a page from a Papermania chipboard album
Background paper from The English Paper Co
Photocopier paper with computer gerated bible verse
Adirondak inks, mushroom, oregano, juniper and black
Tim Holtz distress inks,vintage photo
Tree stamps from Dimenson Fourth
Inkadinkado birds and grasses stamps,

Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards. I look forward to reading your comments. If you haven't already looked at previous blog entries can I ask that you spare a few moments to take a look back at my crafting efforts? Thanks :o)

Monday, 23 August 2010

Why is it that.......

.....I've never seen the HUGE spider that's just run at me from the other side of the room before?? I'm absolutely terrified of them and nearly threw the laptop in the air!!! Hubby didn't hear me screaming but my daughter did so went to wake him up. My super-hero came downstairs and managed to kill it. HOORAY! It's leg span was 4" yuk yuk yuk

I really, really hate this time of year when they all decide that they want to live indoors. I wish I knew where they are coming from and I'd do my best to keep them out. Looks like tomorrow will be spent picking all my bags and boxes off the floor, moving what furniture I'm able and spraying round the room with fly spray. I do feel sick now :o( Looks as though the time has come for me to start going to bed when hubby does as I will be so scared of there being more, especially that size.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

I've done too much!

After going to my GP and him prescribing me yet another pill I had felt a bit more in control of the pain. Yesterday I did the housework that I'm allowed to do and today went out shopping with Adrian. Now I feel back to square one and I'm in absolute agony again :o( I wish I could have a spine transplant or that my own was operable :o( Oh well, could be worse I suppose.

I have made another wall plaque with the sentiment Cherish yesterday Dream tomorrow Live today
A close up of the flowers. I'm really pleased with them and they are so easy to make. For each one I cut three large circles and three smaller circles, I can't find the piece of paper with the exact sizes, I should have written them in my design book! Each one was screwed up tight opened up and then scewed up and opened again. I then rubbed over the creases and the edges of the circles with Tim Holtz Distress inkpad in peeled paint. I put a brad through the centre of each group starting with the smallest ones and then screwed each one around the brad centre. Each one was then gently peeled back and formed into the flower shape. The screwing up of all that paper is a good exercise for frustration and stress lol Some of the circles may tear slightly but I think that it adds to the effect. All the papers that I used were again magazine freebies and I mounted them onto a chipboard page from a Papermania chipboard album. The hanger was a piece of white nylon cord that I coloured using a Promarker. I'm buying most ribbons, lace etc just in white now and colouring them to match the projects using the Promarkers. Hopefully I'll have a tidy ribbon box once I've used up all the bits and pieces of ribbon that I've accumulated over the years lol

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Birthday Bear

I really enjoyed making this card, it's so bright and cheery. I entering it into four challenges
ABCchallenge B is for blue
Creativecardcrew Sparkle and shine
Sketchandstash #42 Follow the sketch and use something new or something not used for a long time. I used this Penny Black stamp that I can't remember the last time I used it!
Ourdailybread #25 Stamp it and stamp it again. I stamped the image three times and cut two of them up to be able to decoupage them.

A close up showing the multi layers
A close up showing the shine on the ballons
I used card stock from the Paper Mill Shop
Penny Black birthday bear stamp
BP Lili of the Valley and a strip from a Papermania sheet
Card Candy, I didn't have any dark blue but I do have lots of pink as it was in two sets that I bought. I coloured some of the pink using the azure Promarker, perfect match!
White gel pen
Anita's 3D Gloss
Promarkers in satin, baby pink, sandstone, tan, caramel, ivory, poppy, leaf green, sunflower, mint green, azure, purple, cornflower, powder blue and cerise

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Blooms and charms

I'm entering this card into two challenges

Sewmany challenge #20 with real or faux stitching. I used my pokey tool and some quilter's tape to make sure that my stitches were of an even length. I then joined them up using a fine liner

Dareu2digi challenge #44 using blooms and charms

A close up of the flowers

A close up of the charm and stitching

I used cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
Blooms digistamp from Beccy's Place
DP and sentiment from a My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper stack which was a magazine freebie. The outer border of the sentiment didn't match with the colour scheme so I went over it with the same Promarker that I used to edge the paper and the card with the digi stamp on it
Charm was from a cross-stitch magazine freebie
Promarkers lime green, pear green, tea green, rose pink, pink carnation and pumpkin
Staedtler fine liner

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Two cards, three challenges

My first card is for the Charismacardz challenge #42 to make an easel card
A close up of the reindeer
I used card stock from the Paper Mill Shop
The delightful reindeer digi stamp from Beccy's place
Backing paper a magazine freebie
Matting and layering card was white coloured with Promarkers to match the colours in the image
I used Promarkers lavender, lilac, pastel blue, cool aqua, pink carnation, fuchsia pink, blubell and cool grey #2
My second card is for two challenges

Pixieduststudio challenge #35 pretty in pink
Clearlydelightful challenge #8 Tag you're it, to use a tag
A close up of the tag detail
I used cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
The My Mind's Eye papers and the Flower Fairy tags were magazine freebies
Brads from stash
Promarker antique rose to border the papers

Monday, 16 August 2010

Still no crafting

I went to see my GP this morning about my back and he said that I need to up my dose on the Tramadol to the maximum but the last time I went on the max dose I had a seizure (not had one since) so he didn't want to take the risk of inducing another one. After loads of test and scans they never found a conclusive reason for the seizure. The only thing he can do is to give me another pill to take which should work well with everything else that I take (Tramadol, parcetamol, diclofenac and amitriptyline) and I have to go back and see him next week to see if it is doing ok. I had to take one today, two tomorrow and three on Wednesday and keep it at three from then on. I took my tablet at lunchtime and by 2.30 I couldn't keep my eyes open so went for a nap and I was still asleep when Adrian and Elizabeth came home from work at 6.30!!!! I usually only get 5-6 hours sleep because of the pain in my back so I hope that I can sleep tonight. I wonder if I'll sleep all day tomorrow since I'll be taking the next dose in the morning. :o)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Callum's first year part 1

Many thanks for your good wishes this week. I'm gradually finding it easier to move around so hope to stop the top up meds soon.

Last year my daughter's best friend had a baby boy and knowing that he would have everything that money can buy I decided to make a year book for him. I made it using my Bind-it-All. With hindsight I should have made the book with pastel rainbow papers and then I could have used papers to match the photos rather than putting the photos on to pre decorated pages. The left-hand page of each layout has pockets for the tags
For the back of the book I made tags with all the milestone achievements so that they would have a record
The mark's on Callum's face are from the forceps that had to be used
This photo was taken at his uncles wedding
He loves having his photo taken!
That smile appears the minute he sees the camera

Callum's first year part 2

I love this layout, the reindeer are die cuts from Lilli of the Valley
Never thought I'd ever use a sheet of freebie paper patterned with caterpillars but as soon as I saw Callum's hat I thought, yeyyyy I've got just the paper to go with it. I cut out some of the caterpillars and used them as embellishments. The digger was left over from a Jolly Nation decoupage sheet.
What a gorgeous little man on this studio photo. I didn't think it needed any extra embellishments
My daughter is the one in glasses. I printed the Lord's Prayer on Safmat (a matt film from Letraset) which is brilliant for adding computer journalling anywhere on the page
It doesn't seem 5 minutes since he was born! The frame and border ribbon are from the Popcorn range by Crafter's Companion