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
Good Morning All
I want to welcome my new followers and hope that you enjoy visiting me.
The challenge this week at Allsorts has been set by Mervi and she has chosen 'Summer Girls'
I used a'Time for Tea' image, coloured with Promarkers, EK Success border punch, homemade quilled flowers and bead pins. This image reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind, infact it is more like her sister in law, as Scarlett had dark hair.
Moving Along With The Times Challenge this week has been chosen by Susan,
'Buttons, Bunting and Birthdays'
It is a Birthday Blog Hop so here goes ----
You need to start off at the challenge blog.
To be eligible for the Prizes you must visit all the blogs and collect a letter from each. Then email Hazel at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word you have made with Blog Hop Word in the Subject Line. You must send the word to her to be in with a chance of winning!!!!
There is lots of prizes so hope over to the challenge blog and take a peek.
There will be a prize from me which will include papers, gems and ribbon and maybe afew more items, a winner will be randomly picked from the comments left for me.
I used an LOTV image from one of their pads, love these. The buttons on the front, my friend Val bought me for Christmas, the ones on each side are from the local China store and my Mums button tin. Homemade sentiment tags and buttons have the same twine added that I used to crochet the flowers.
For my comment winner - Hat pins, gems, handbag/shoes rubber stamps, animal ribbons, tags and more.
I have been so busy trying to get lots of cards made as there WAS going to be a fayre on 11th July at the usual British bar here in the village, just to be told yesterday that it was to be no longer, no permit allowed so they cannot have stalls. The same thing happened last November, then at Easter , the Mayor let them have a permit, what goes through his head, I dont know but it is so flippin' annoying.
Welcome to my new followers and, Patricia, I hope the new font helps.
Happy Birthday to my eldest boy today, 35 years, how time flies.
A quick post this morning as I am going to Doctors to get results of a regular 6 month blood test.
I love this Sissix Die 'Iron Gate'. I have made two wedding cards of a similar design.
Under the die I have added lilac handmade paper with pressed leaves in it, added a large flower over the large satin bow. I cut hearts from Congratulations paper and put some on the inside and punched hearts on the corners too. The second one is all plain pink under the die and narrow satin pink ribbon.
Very simple card, I used two embossing folders and put lace in the middle to seperate the two.
Two gorgeous Hobbycutz swirls. Homemade crochet flower, bead pin and sentiment tags. Two types of ribbon bows.
Sponsor is My Besties
While I was staying at my sisters in the UK, she mentioned that she wanted a crochet pram/cot blanket for a friend so I volunteered to make one while she was away in Canada. I had previously started doing a square when I was at Mums in February, so I continued with that one and made it the size to fit a cot and here it is.
I used colours of white and peppermint green, so that it would not matter if it was a boy or girl.
After seeing this one and the one we made for Mum from lots of smaller squares HERE, Megan, Noahs Mum, asked me if I would do one in shades of blues, made up of squares like Mums. She wants it for Noahs cot, so I am busy working on that now, trying to get it done by end of July so Johns Mum can take it back with her after her visit, and post it for me.
I still find it so difficult to do CAS because I want to add flowers and beads etc.
This gorgeous ribbon has been in my stash for years and this is the end of the roll.
The stamp is from Hobby Art, matted and layered on Spellbinders Labels 4
Embossing folder is ???? A4 size bought from Crafters Companion I think.
I thought I would show you this gorgeous parchment card I made a while ago.
I think the parchment looks so effective mounted onto this rainbow card. I do tend to use brads to attach the parchment to card as I find most glues do show though. The flowers are also parchment, coloured and embossed in two layers.
I want to say a BIG thank you to everyone for my gorgeous Birthday Cards - Ang (Mrs Duck), Hazel (MAWTT), Brenda (Allsorts), Debs, Ginny, Val Spain, Lin Spain, Gill . I think this year is the best year for receiving cards, so thanks to one and all. I had a lovely day spent at Chester Zoo with my Son, DIL and Hollie (so special)
All unpacked and washed etc etc.
John Next Door has decided to move back to the UK and he is clearing out his craft room and I am benefiting from it. !!!!!
Lots of stash coming my way, but also thanks to a customer of his who gave him a load of stash, which he has given me some to make cards for my charities here, that I support.
I want to say a BIG Thanks to my eldest sister for staying at her house and we thoroughly enjoyed looking after her two dogs.
This is Max, he is the elderly one and suffers with arthritis. So mild mannered.
This is Buddy, a Beagle, just 4 years old but so lazy. He moves from his bed in the porch to his bed in the back room.
And for this bundle of craft goodies I want to thank Ang (Mrs Duck), this is the candy I won won her blog, so delicious, thank you, and for my gorgeous Birthday card.
I look forward to seeing my craft buddies at meeting on Thursday, lots of new stuff to bring along.
This is a blanket we (me and my sisters and niece) have made between us, for my Mum for her 90th Birthday in November. We knitted and crocheted squares and I crocheted them all together and edged it while I was in UK. I hope she likes it, it is to keep her warm through the winter while she sits in her chair and it is big enough to use as a throw for her bed too. My niece also contributed a bag to put it in that she had made too, which I forgot to photograph, sorry Tracy.
My sister arrives home today after visiting her daughter in Canada, and we leave for home on Friday, I am getting ready for home, this is the longest I have been away, nearly 4 weeks. Missing my craft room and the weather of course.
The flower is using the technique on the page at the top of my blog, all the rest is scraps that were on my desk. I think the leaf is a Memory Lane die but this was brought to the craft meeting by one of the ladies. It is great that we swap and lend each other dies and papers etc.
There was a lovely letter from Carol, the lady I met after she read my letter of the month last month. We hope to meet again soon when I get back and before she has an operation.
This is the little gorgeousness that I am missing, she is so cute, talking and being cheeky, loving, sweet, lovely, a little madam.
And this is my other little gorgeousness, Noah. 6 Months old now and so sweet, always smiling (well nearly always, LOL)
Eyes to die for, so gorgeous. Lots of slobber 'cos he is teething, already got 2 on the bottom and the top ones nearly popping through.
I will miss them sooooooo much when I go home on Friday, missing Hollie already.
This is Noah's Christening Cake, part chocolate and part vanilla and very delicious.
As it is the 1st of the month, it is time for a new challenge at Ladybug Crafts and the theme is 'Something for the Boys' or 'Use Dies'
I used this cute LOTV topper, I do love these, and it is pre coloured too. Matted it onto brown and beige card, inked the edges, and made it into an easel. Added gems and sentiments, ribbon and cut a doily to edge the sides and top.
Hope you like it and will pop over to the challenge blog to have a go.
The challenge this week at Hobbycutz has been set by Lin and she does NOT want to see any designer paper.
I used a sweet image form the sponsors called Fairy Nuff, coloured her with Promarkers. I glittered one of Hobbycutz lasercut butterflies and left the flourish plain. I used some PaperMania circles to make a pattern on the side.