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Archive for August, 2012

Floral With Fliss

Fliss gave us this challenge and who can resist flowers and more flowers … no one … Fashionable Stamping Challenges would love to see your flowers this fortnight.

I have made a mini album from 2 pieces of 12 x 12 paper but because I was so late taking the photos the inside ones didn’t come out so good, will have another go in daylight.

Can you see that huge white flower taking up the whole of the front … who said what flower … this was cut with the TH Tattered Florals die in vellum, stamped with versamark then embossed with white embossing powder. The little bird is a retired Stampin Up stamp and the paper was stamped all over with script.

Can I remember where I got the romantic freebie image from noooo … I just hop around and find things but usually I file everything neatly away in a folder and label where it came from but not this one. Printed onto canvas paper which gave it a gorgeous look almost like a miniature oil painting and inked edges. Downsized the image of the pretty lady, printed her also onto canvas then die cut with a postage stamp die.

The teemies have all made really delicious creations for you to get some inspiration for your projects so why not pop on over to have a look.


Double Explosion Card

I have just had two weeks of pure bliss, a very busy pure bliss but oh so enjoyable … pray tell I hear you say … wellllll …
… my Grandchildren, Son and DIL Claire have all been here to stay for their usual summer break and what a fabulous time for us all. They went home yesterday and left us with such a quiet house which will take some time to get used to again. Miss them so much already sigh….

Hence no blogging or housework … all to catch up on, not looking forward to the housework part!!!!

Whilst here it was mine & Andrew’s 30th Wedding Anniversary. Sneaky Claire and Andrew between them, booked for us all to go away for a mini break to the New Park Hotel in Kilkenny. The weekend was absolutely glorious and I do mean glorious (sun included). When the time came to pay my Son and Claire paid for it all. The memory of my 30th Anniversary is going to stay with me forever especially when I make my album to look back on as I have loads and loads of photos to bore you all with.

Amber, Claire and myself had lots of little crafting slots where we managed to have a play with lots of things and Amber has gone home buzzing with ideas for her art at school.

I only just managed to get this card made for my class yesterday a really quick one with not to much work involved.
The photo doesn’t do the inside vellum explosion justice as the vellum is gold embossed and really sparkles and shines, the photo makes it look a dirty brown

First made this type of card can you believe 1st July 2010 which you can see here and below.
This is a larger card than the one above and the inside explosion is paper not vellum.


Fave Ice Cream

Well summer finally came, for the last three days anyway but all is changing again and guess what … rain is on the way … wahoooo … I DON’T THINK!!!!

The family have another week to go of their hols, at least they got to see some sunshine and spent three days at the beach.

It’s the start of another challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time round we would love to see all those


Avril chose this delicious challenge … can you guess what my fave ice cream is yum yum mmmmmm … Strawberry … just love it.

My card has been made using the Antique Frame from Spellbinders which I first embossed directly onto the card instead of cutting it out. While the frame was still on the card I blended over with TH Victorian Velvet Ink. Used the same ink to stamp the edge of card also stamped onto a plain piece of white cotton ribbon. Cut out the frame with same white cardstock then placed directly over the embossed card which gives a fabulous raised effect which you can’t really see. Stamped the lady over the VV DI ink then with a paintbrush dipped in water I coloured out some of the ink to leave lots of whiteish looking shaded areas.

You really must go and see all the beautiful creations which the FSC fashionettes have created this time round they all look good enough to eat.


My Trip Down Memory Lane

Has something happened to you recently which tripped a switch and off you went down memory lane. Well that’s what happened to me on Sunday.

The family are coming for their annual Summer holidays on Friday so this prompted the usual mad dash deep down, de cluttering in their bedrooms. I do mean de cluttering because during the course of the year I spread out my crafting goodies into them.

In amongst all the layers of treasure (hubby would call it trash) I was sorting, came upon the first thing I had ever ever stamped in my life. It was this that prompted my little hop and skip with excitement down memory lane (thought I had lost it). I can still feel the excitement of how I felt when the embossing powder melted.

Twelve years ago my mum passed away, Andrew was still in Kuwait, I was back in the UK for 3 months without him. My bestest friend ever and SIL Irene told me about this gorgeous little shop that had just started cardmaking lessons so off I toddled. Little did I know how this was going to change my life and leave my purse forever empty!!!!

Now this really is a small world, the little shop was called Wool & Things but today they have moved to North Camp and are called The Art Of Craft. Can you believe my teemie Brenda on Fashionable Stamping does classes there now … small world eh.

When I showed this to Andrew he looked at it and these are his exact words …

“So this ugly little bear started off all this, I often wondered”.

Started all this meaning … we were standing in my craft room at the time.

See what you think girls, here is a pic of the little guy is he ugly??? …. NO WAY

I would love to hear what started you off on your crafting journey and if you still have the first thing you ever made I would love to see it and hear your story.

Nahhh no way is he ugly. All I can say is how my crafting has changed and the crafting world. Today this card would be classed as C & S.

Would also love to know if anyone recognises this gorgeous little guy as the stamp sold out on the night I made it and never saw it again … awww.

Mmmm having my doubts now the more I look at him it could be a rabbit!!!!! 😯