I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog, mainly card making but I now have four Grand children, three girls and a boy. As I love these kids so much I can't help showing an odd picture of them now and again. I really need to get into Scrapbooking too, loads of pics to use. I do some knitting and crocheting too.
with my partner. I am retired and LOVE it. I love life here but I do miss my family back in the UK, two sons and three sisters and my Mum.
Crafting is my life, I do something every single day. In the past it has helped me get through some bad times in my life. One such bad time was when my first grandson died aged just 14 months. He had been born 8 weeks prem but was very healthy and was growing into a beautiful, bonny boy. It was such a shock when the call came. A day never passes when I dont think of him.
I am now Nanna again to grand daughter, Hollie, born July 2012, and Tess born March 2016. This is my younger son and his partner. I now have another Grandson, Noah, born Nov 2013 to my elder Son and they have a daughter, Aurora, born March 2015.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my makes. Please leave a comment so that I know you have visited me. xxxx
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas. We have in Benidorm and I think both Mums enjoyed themselves too.
Normally Saturday is Allsorts time but the current challenge is going on for 2 weeks.
I finished crocheting this shawl before we left for Benidorm and Mum is taking it back with her until I decide who to give it to. I have done quite afew blankets for Megan and Lee and I have a feeling Lorien and Ricky will have another so I may save it for them.
It is a lovely stitch and if you can crochet you will find it fairly easy I think.
I have put a link to the tutorial on You Tube further down.
I made this card ages ago, it was for a DT but the Challenge blog finished before this challenge was released.
The original challenge was to use Peeloffs, now I know many of you hate them, it was a standing joke between John Next Door and I. (he hates them with a vengeance). I still have a shoe box full and cannot throw them out and do still use them on many cards.
So you can see, this one used quite alot.
I created an aperture and lined with acetate to create a window effect and put peeloffs on the front.
A decoupage image of gifts inside and more peeloffs to frame it.
Good Morning All
Have you ever thought about all the dies you have, or even embossing folders or toppers etc etc etc?
I visited my friend Val the other day and she had bought afew dies when she was in the UK and they amounted to a fair amount of money. We got talking and I said that I never used quite alot of mine and I said I should do post on here challenging everyone to use ALL their dies, so in the New Year I will do a post that show all my dies and then posts that show creations using them one by one.
Back to today.
I was asked to make a card for a lady due to have an operation.
I created a criss cross card form a 12 x 36cm piece of card.
I used some of the gorgeous LOTV papers I won and showed the other day.
Flowers, ribbon, pins, doily and gems later and here it is.
Are you all nearly ready for Christmas. Our Mums arrive on Friday for about 12 days and they are coming to Benidorm with us. I thought it would be good for my Mum to come here to take some of the pressure off my sisters in the UK, so they can relax and do their own thing this year.
I started doing the centre of this blanket when I was in the UK and I had some squares knitted and crocheted here so I put it all together last week. The centre is the lovely basket weave stitch which I love doing. I made this one HERE first and have now given it to Megan for the new baby due in March.
I made one like this for Noah HERE and one for Mum for her 90th Birthday HERE which my sisters and my neice cntributed the squares to.
I shall give this to Mum to pack in her suitcase when she returns home to save me a bit of space when I go over in April.
Well this is nearly all white but I wanted to show you this idea of using last years Christmas cards to use as embellishments. I did this last year too and it is really simple. Just cut a shape out and punch holes around edges and crochet round.
Added some stars to sort of match the baubles on the circle.
As I used a black card base I stuck a die cut inside for writing on.
I must admit, I cheated a little because I made this card for one of my crafting buddies here in Spain, Lin, a member of our craft group and her Birthday is in November, infact it is the same date as Noahs, 26th, so not a December Birthday.
I wanted to show it on here but obviously couldn't because Lin looks at my blog each day.
I saw this design on John Next Doors blog HERE and we talked about it at our craft club and they asked me if I could design one similar.
So off I trotted and worked it out. Infact I made two but I still cant show the other one for a while because it is for another Birthday so until the recipient has got it I can't show it.
I stamped all around the edges and then
I stamped two Sentiments for the centre pieces and then just went to town on the flowers.
Added my usual bead pin, ribbon and sentiment tags.
I love how it has turned out and I'm sure Lin will too.
I have dragged this one from the archives. It is a card I made for Mum afew years ago and it was still in my photo file. I thought I would show it to you as one of my followers, Alison, is a parchment fan.
It is coloured with felt tip pens
I made this when I used to go to a parchment class here in Spain.
I also wanted to show you what was waiting for me at Mums when I arrived in the UK a couple of weeks ago.
There was one parcel with 6 paper pads from LOTV 8x8"
Then another parcel with a mixed assortment - 12x12 papers, 12x4 papers, peeloff letters and numbers, card blanks and envelopes.
The paper pads are gorgeous too and I have used them already to make aq couple of cards.
I won these because I wrote a letter and sent pics of a couple of cards I had made in response to John Next Door being chosen as blog of the month in Papercrafting Inspirations (I think) back in summer.
I decided to show you because when I met up with John last week, he reminded me that it was me that pushed him to start his blog and me that gave him the idea for the name, as my partner is called John, so I always called him John Next Door. Gosh how things have moved on for him, designing for Creative Expressions using alot of Sue Wilsons Dies, moving back to UK to persue this dream.
Well busy busy this week as Christmas gets closer. Some friends going back to UK for the holidays so getting things wrapped and cards written ready to give out. Mums arrive on 19th to accompany us to Benidorm. Still chasing round sorting things out after getting my purse lifted. And still getting over this rotten cold.
Have a good day.