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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
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
|A little paper band to hold the card together for transit.|
|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
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
|This view shows the cut out shape|
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Monday, 25 April 2016
Saturday, 23 April 2016
|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
Saturday, 9 April 2016
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
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
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
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!
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
You have heard of the House that Jack Built? Well this is the Church that Pam Built. The Merry Monday Challenge this week was a Church, so I set about building one using the kind of style I see on American films of country Churches.... I don't think my 400+ year old church building would have carried this off half so well. I cut out a basic shape and then covered it with strips of white card to look like the boarding and then added all the embellishments. It was a fun card to make. I think it looks really cute when standing up.
Delighted to receive another Honourable mention this week.
I received a sewing machine card from my sister in law for my birthday and liked it so much I thought I would make one for Chris. She loves sewing and is a really keen patchwork maker having achieved some beautiful work. So I used the card I received and drew round it... cut out the shape, then set about making the patchwork. I did this by cutting out a square of material, covering it with double sided sticky tape and they proceeded to stick on all those small squares I had cut out. I have to admit to removing the cardboard buttons from my own card to help embellish this one. I went into my button box and found a lovely little button that looked liked scissors... how fortunate was that!
This is the card I made for my brother and his wife as they have moved into their new home. I made this card using a card making disc (Signature Collection by Sara Davies) that came with a crafting magazine, something I never do and yet Sue frequently does, and the embellishments were made using the Spellbinders Sapphire mini die cutting machine Brian & Sue very kindly bought me. The machine is so nice to use for small items as it is a lot less effort than using my Big Shot. I shall let my grandson have a go with it on our next crafting session and see how he gets on with it.
Saturday, 19 March 2016
Merry Monday set the challenge of making a Christmas card using black, white, gray and silver. So I used white textured card for my base, layered it with bright sparkly silver (which doesn't look so sparkly in this photo), a layer of dark gray spotted paper, then a black card before mounting the oval white card with the silver die cut of the holy family and a large bright sparkly star. I finished this off with some diamante (silver) beads for the other lesser stars. As usual the photo taken on my phone does not do this card justice as the real thing looks so much more vibrant.
Thursday, 10 March 2016
Well this is my response to the Merry Monday challenge this week, a frosty snowy scene with buttons. I did try real buttons on my card but the different shades of white didn't look very good so I opted for cutting them out using my die cut, so at least that way the white was all the same. I was very pleased again this week to receive an honourable mention for my efforts!