Well, another few months gone, and dark nights arrived! Went along to the SECC Hobbycrafts at the weekend, wasn't quite as busy as past years, but always nice to see the exhibitors coming to Glasgow, thought noticeably less than past years, quite disappointed that the larger crafting retailers didn't attend Glasgow, Create & Craft, QVC, Little Claire, Glitter Girls to name a few - Crafters Companion only had a stall selling a minute amount of their products, no demos, wee shame - but thanks to the retailers who did make the effort, much appreciated.
I went along with my friend's daughter, Bethany, who is 13, and a very talented crafter. She had been asked to make a retirement card (see she is even receiving requests!!) - she wished this to be pink and sparkly, and here it is, Kerry's Ladybugcraftskink Nikki Flowers for You stamp was ideal. I love this stamp and it is perfect for many different occasions.
This card is entered into the current ladybugcraftsink challenge - requirements being "P" - so she has used Pink Patterned Card, Promarkers, Petals, Pink Ribbon and Polka Dots...be nice if you could leave a comment for her...
Yet again time flying by, can hardly believe that August is almost over! I was having a wee bloghop earlier tonight and the talented Bev Rochester has some candy to give away, just leave your name and email address (http://bevscrafts.blogspot.co.uk/). She has also asked if anyone would like to send a card to Alana, a lovely wee 9 year old who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. I am sure each card will brighten a wee girl's day...
I bought some of the new Hobbyhouse toppers (http://www.thehobbyhouse.co.uk/ ) today and thrilled with them..Their products are fantastic and so modern and best of all, so reasonable to buy. They have toppers, stamps, ribbons, flowers, papers...everything all in the one place and colours that complement each other. have a look, you will not be disappointed.
My friend's son's birthday tomorrow and made a Tatty Ted card for his tonight. Will post a picture later. Happy crafting everyone...
I have just noticed that Ladybugcraftsink are having a half price sale of their cling stamps! Well worth a look. These polymer stamps are well made and stamp beautifully every time. I have acquired quite a collection of these and love them, Nikki and Friends being my favourite, following by the Christmas stamps. Wee buttercup dog in the snow was used on most of my Christmas cards last year, glamour dusted to the limit!!
Kerry, who runs the company, also runs a Ladybugcrafts ink fortnightly challenge, new one starting tomorrow morning.....
Well, still awaiting summer! Garden full of buttercups, and are they huge, I don't think I have ever seen buttercups so high. Anyway, moan over, back to crafting and would like to enter this card I have made in some challenges. I love these new Hobby House toppers, and gave in and bought the new ones yesterday at my local Craftworld shop, they never disappoint with having the new things, they really do spoil us!
I have used - Hobby House "Roses Bike Ride" topper by Sylvia Zet, Bazzil paper, Wild Rose Studio green leaf paper, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Craftwork Cards Sentimes, and Glamour Dust (used all over the topper but not come up in the photo!!).
Just a quick post, the fabulous Hobby House have a new set of toppers based on Sylvia Zet's wonderful characters, I absolutely adore her toppers and the new set and even more stunning. Take a quick look, and a cost of £1.75 they are worth every penny.....
Managed to find time today to have a look at my favourite blogs and had noticed the Ladybugcraftsink challenge ends this week, just seems like yesterday that it was posted, and that was two weeks ago! Thought I would enter this card, like the colour as unusual colours for me. I have used one of the Crafters Companion stamps, part of the S.W.A.L.K range, they are fabulous and stamp beautifully. Yet again, my photographs do not do justice, I have added some glossy accents on to the green middle of the patterned paper, not very clear to see., and some Glamour dust on the flowers (always Glamour dust somewhere - thanks Kerry for the tip a few years ago)... Oh, definitely typed this too late, actually forgot to link it with the Ladybugcrafts ink challenge blog and missed the deadline, doh!!!
Hi there, sorry for not being a consistent crafter! No excuses, although I have been making cards and giving them away, I have taken some photos and will upload later today.
I thought I would mention that each weekend, the fabulous Bev Rochester (All the things I Love) blogspot makes available a chance for us crafters to win some free candy, no challenge is given, just add your name and email address to the linky box, super easy and quick. Bev is a marvel, I absolutely adore her talent and find myself picking up a crafting magazine if I see her included in it!
Amazing, two posts in one week! Just thought I would mention that the brilliant Bev Rochester has some candy to give away, she normally has a giveaway each weekend, so why not head over to her absolutely brilliant, fantastic blog and leave your detail for a chance to win, this is not a challenge blog, so everyone has a chance to win by leaving their details....All The Things I love blog (Bev Rochester).
Hi there, been busy recently and also now getting to grips with the new blogger set-up, like anything else, a wee bit of thinking time always helps, so hopefully the photos etc will upload as planned. I have this card for a work colleague, I seen the idea by Marion Emberson and thought I would have a go. The photo doesn't really show the white embossing swirls so well, but the real thing looked nice, and colleague loved it!
My local craft shop Craftworld is having a two day demo weekend this weekend, so looking forward to going along and hopefully picking up some new techniques. They are an independent shop and spoil us customers with some brilliant craft classes taken by Karen, the most helpful staff, full of knowledge and so friendly to the customers. Definitely the meaning of the "personal touch", they always make you welcome and June, if you are reading this, thank you for my lovely handmade calendar, sitting pride of place in the livingroom!
My friend Linda has been updating her new blog, Linda's Crafting Blog maybe have a look and and let her know what you think...
Apologies again for taking a while to post, this new blogger set-up will take a bit of getting used to. Unsure now how to upload photos or even amend my home page now, so bear with me...
I have been recently been making a few cards, and will upload these later today, ( if I can fathom how to), I hope the photos are acceptable as I have since made and given the cards away!
On another note, I have always enjoyed blog hopping, so, so, many talented folk out there - let you into a secret - I think I spend more time looking all those fabulous creations than actually attempting to make them!
One of the sites I came across is Simply Me - Cards and Papercrafts by Hazel Conboy, (http://hazelspapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/), she has some fabulous candy on offer from The Hobby House, their goodies are brill, so why not take a few minutes to pop over to Hazel's blog and have a look at what she has been up to and also a chance to win some candy, thanks Hazel.
Well, hope all you fellow bloggers are happy crafting out there, oh, and just a note that my good friend, Linda, has started her own blog. She has been cardmaking for some time now and passes a lot of her cards to charities, so it would be great if you could pop over to her blog (Linda's crafting blog) and leave some comments.
Well another quick week has flown by, glad to say I managed one crafting day this week, so that was good. My friend Bethany came by unexpectantly yesterday and as I was grounded waiting on the Sky Engineer, we crafted, it was nice. Downside, we forgot to photograph her lovely card for her friend! I have made this calendar for my friend, who like myself, like cats. I have just purchased the House-mouse stamps and loved the playful cat with the mice, purrfect!
Hi there, finding it unbelievable that I have not posted since November, where does the time go I ask? I have had a wee bit of free time and make a few lovely cards, however, they seem to be made and away just as quick. I have taken a few pics so will make time at the weekend to upload them, they are not great, as I am not the most experienced, comparing to such wonderful creations I see on other blogs, but I enjoy it, and hopefully the recipients do as well. A friend turned 40 recently and I made a nice card for her, using a free stamp on the reverse of the card (free with a magazine). It was Humphrey's Corner stamps, but a wee stamp, set out in a circular fashion says "handmade just for you" and I had put that on the back of the card. She smiled today and thanked me for the card, I felt quite pleased she liked it. I said I hadn't put 40 on it as unsure how she felt about it, the penny dropped then, she saying she had noticed the handmade just for you stamp on the reverse of the card and when I mentioned omitting the 40 age,she smiled and asked if I had made the card, she seems really chuffed. Debbie works in my favourite cafe which I sometimes haunt on a Satuday and she is such a great lady, on the ball constantly, and still finds time to smile and chat to the customers too. Like the chance of a chill out Saturday,go to the coffee shop in the morning and then head to Craft World aferwards, perfect!
I hope I haven't gone on too much. I hope everyone is well and survived the festive season, at least it wasn't so cold last year, but weather looking unpredicable for the rest of the week!
I would like to enter into a few challenges this week.
I love the colours of this pack, and worth every penny as the kit has borders, toppers, papers, sentiments and decoupage, it has everything and loads of possibiliies. I used Glamour Dust glitter on the brolly, picks it up lovely, but not so clear on the photograph.
I am entering this card into the following blogs: