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I love various different types of crafts and have had a dabble at most over the years, some with greater success than others. I believe that apart from loving and giving, being creative is the next most important thing to do. There is something about being creative that taps into something deep within us that makes us feel good with the world. But then we were made in the image of God, God The Creator... so I guess being creative will be second nature to us if we allow. The problem is that many people will not have a go because they make the mistake of measuring themselves against others... and that is just not a good thing to do. I create because I like to create, not because I have to impress anyone else or be better than anyone else. I created this blog with a lot of help from my son-in-law, as a personal scrap book that I am happy to share with others if they wish to take a look.... Enjoy <><

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Thomas the Tank Engine at Thomas Land

This is my grandson's 6th birthday cake.  He spent the day at Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park with his Mom and Dad, plus their friends and daughter Izzy,
and the cake will be shared with family at his birthday meal during the evening.

The bottom tier is a fruit cake covered in marzipan and the top tier a sponge also covered in marzipan and then the whole cake covered and decorated in regalice with some royal icing highlights.

The people in the roller coaster are jelly babies.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Queens 90th Birthday and WI's 79th Anniversary

This week our WI had a special party to celebrate it's anniversary - 79 years, but that was topped by also incorporating our Queen's 90th birthday. Asked to make the cake, I went for a fruit cake and covered it in marzipan and regalice to create this approximate copy of the coronation crown. All that you can see is icing although behind the scenes is one piece of plastic dowling to support the top of the crown and a cardboard frame to support the icing on the arms of the cake.
I have to say I have been more than a little overwhelmed by the number of compliments I have received. I am pleased to have brought a smile to so many faces.

Perfume Bottle - Betty's Birthday Card 2016

Bettys birthday card this year was a perfume bottle which I made by cutting out a card the shape of a bottle from something else I had. I covered it in velum to try and create a frosted glass appearance, added a Christmas bauble die cut I made and then cheated by using a couple of items in my bits and pieces box... the tassle and the circle.

Brian's Garden Birthday Card 2016

Brian's 2016 Birthday Card using a technique Louise from the Range showed Sue and I. This shaped card allows for items to be hung, and whilst Louise used bunting for her card, I decided to choose a line of washing in front of a backdrop of a pretty garden.  A bit of fun for my brothers birthday card this year.

A little paper band to hold the card together for transit.

A Visit to The Range in Wigan

Val's Birthday card using the new spine technique I had learned with some stamping to create the tree picture

My first attempt at making a fancy spine as taught by Louise

This was lovely Louise who spent so much time showing Sue and I different techniques which we then came home and had a play trying out.

These circle cards were our interpretation of Louise's card.  

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Merry Monday Nativity Scene Challenge

This was another real problem solver for me this weekend having to produce a card for the Merry Monday challenge. I really like Nativity scenes but it seems nigh on impossible to purchase Christmas stamps or dies in England out of season. I just could not face using the one die I already have and used to 'death'.
My sister-in-law is here for a holiday and she was telling me about Iris folding. This was something I had never heard about before and whilst it would have been great to have had a go, I simply just did not have the time to learn so decided to do a cheating version and just cut out lots of strips of paper to make up a nativity picture. I then mounted these onto backing papers and this is the result.  It was a very fiddly and time consuming card but I had so much pleasure figuring out a process and actually achieving it.  I think I will do this again.... a great way to use up scraps also.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Christmas Cuckoo Clock in Wood Grain, Craft and White

Wood grain, craft and white was the challenge this week from Merry Monday.
I didn't have anything in real wood, had no wood paper, so once I got the idea of a cuckoo clock  into my head, set about downloading a picture of some wood.  I used this to piece together lots of bits of pieces which I cut and paste on the computer, creating some extra shapes to be cut out so that I could decoupage this card.  It took me about three hours to make as it was very fiddly.  I used the clipart on my computer for the bird and the clock face, using a die cut for the Christmas story to decorate the clock.
To try and add interest, I cut the top of the card the shape of the clock.

This view shows the cut out shape

Graham's Chess Birthday Card

Graham's Birthday Card 2016
This card was designed with the weekly chess games he and my husband play each week.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Merry Monday Challenge 'Let it Snow'

The Merry Monday Challenge this week was 'Let it Snow'. So I decided to have a stamping and layering week. I stamped the 'winter wonderland' scene, the bow (which also had to be coloured in)  and the 'let it snow' tag. These were all mounted on 3 differing layers of black and white papers and placed on white card.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Handmade Birthday Cards I received in April 2016

Betty's Birthday card to me 2016

Carol's Birthday Card to me 2016

Val's Birthday Card to me 2016

Sue's Birthday card to me 2016

Chris's Birthday card to me 2016

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Merry Monday Purple, White & Silver Christmas Card

Very pleased to receive an honourable mention this week for my purple, white and silver Christmas Card from Merry Monday. Thank you.

The Merry Monday Challenge this week was to create a card using purple, white and silver. With a busy week I have not had time until today and even then not a lot of time to 'play'. I looked at the ideas that had been submitted already and all the thoughts I had considered during the week were there already so I decided to go for this simple design where the colour is everything. I also like having cards suitable to send to Christian friends at Christmas. 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Grandad's Birthday Card

This is my Grandson making Grandad's birthday card.  I drew the shape of the road and the sky line, he coloured it in with watercolour pencils then went over it with water and a paint brush. The sun, trees, and cars were die cuts which he very happily cut out using my Spellbinders mini die cutting machine and then stuck them all on. He had a wonderful time 'crafting' and was very proud of his efforts.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

65th Birthday Card

My husbands birthday card this year.  He is passionate about this subject and I also needed to create something regarding the Titanic for this weeks local WI meeting where we are having a talk. So it was killing two birds with one stone so to speak.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Merry Monday Sentiment Card

I didn't have a large sentiment to use for this Merry Monday challenge and as the sentiment had to be the focus of the card, I had to come up with a way of dressing a card to make it interesting.

I found an old picture of a template Christine had given me years ago and decided to use that as my base, cutting out different but hopefully complimentary papers.  I cut out the shapes, stamped the sentiment and stuck them on before embellishing the card with little die cuts, etc. to add interest.  I really enjoyed making it.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Song Challenge, Mistletoe & Wine

My Merry Monday Challenge was made all the more of a challenge when my husband decided he was going to choose the song I had to depict in the card. As you can imagine he didn't suggest the easiest song out of the book!
He went for Cliff Richards Mistletoe and Wine Christmas song which for those of you who aren't familiar with it and are wondering what this card is all about, the words go something like this:-

A Child is a King
The Carollers Sing
The old is past there's a new beginning
Dreams of Santa
Dreams of Snow
Fingers numb
Faces aglow

Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine.... and later on....
Love and laughter and joy ever after, ours for the taking just follow the Master..

I did not have enough stamps or die cuts suitable for this card so had to resort to the computer.  Wanting to avoid the pitfalls of breaching copyright and not having enough time to email people to ask for permission as I do, I had to just use the clip art already installed on my laptop... not the best of images, but hey ho. it's a bit of fun at the end of the day.

I printed a vinyl disc picture as my base, created a record label for the centre and then mounted images of the key points in the first verse of the song, which I mounted on sparkly gold card.

I topped this off by cutting the card the shape of the record leaving the text bar at the bottom for stability.

I know a mad crazy Cliff fan who will really enjoy receiving this Christmas card, albeit rather over the top!