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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Hi again. I'm back with my Candy Giveaway.

This is a sticky post so it will stay here to remind you to enter (fingers crossed that I've done it right! :D).  Scroll down for my latest posts.

This is the Candy I have for you this month.



As usual it's only for my regularly commenting blog friends, wherever you are in the world, so DON'T put the picture on your sidebar. Just leave a comment below if you would like to be entered in the draw. I'll keep it open until the 31st of May giving you a week to enter.

Good Luck!

Debra x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Topiary Roses

Hi everyone. Hope you're all having great weather where you are. The UK are having some lovely warm weather (but not too warm for me :)) for a change.

I've finally got my lamp, YAY! I managed to get in touch with the company the day of my blog post and received it two days later. I've yet to try it out as I've got cards to make for the shop, where I sell my cards, which don't have any colouring on so I'll tell you next time how I get on with it.

Today's card is one with just stamping using Card-io stamps. These sell well at the shop as they are cheaper to buy than my all singing, all dancing shabby chic cards which are in boxes.



The inside and the envelope flap.....



I've just realised it looks like I've stamped my watermark inside the card, lol!

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Stamping Card- 14½cm x 14½cm from stash.
Stamps- Card-io 'Rural Retreats (flower pots)', 'English Rose (roses & thorny branch)', 'Pottery Petites (other foliage)' & 'Posh Pots (stem? trunk? not sure what you call it, please enlighten me if you know :D)'.
Sentiments- Sentimentally Yours from Phil Martin 'Scribbled Sentiments'.
Inks- VersaColor
Foliage- 'Laurel Leaf' & 'Green Tea'.
Pots- 'Chateau Gray' & 'Charcoal'.
Roses- 'Ash Rose' & 'Burgundy'.
Butterflies- 'Charcoal'.
Other Stuff- DecoArt Glamour Dust in 'Crystal'.

It's nice just to do stamping alone to make a card sometimes and quite therapeutic with the tiny Card-io stamps too.

Chris and Lexi are still in NZ and having fun although we've not heard much from them as the Internet is quite bad there and they don't like paying for it in the hostels they're staying in but we've seen the photos they've put on Instagram and they look happy :).

That's it for today but watch out for a separate post with my Candy Giveaway on later. Bye for now.

Debra x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sweet Peas

Hi everyone. Hope you're all having a great week so far. 

I've managed to get some colouring done this week for today's card, Yay! I've been trying to buy a magnifier daylight lamp I saw at a craft show to help me out but after one call where the lady didn't know which one I meant and would ask her hubby and then a message to say yes, she now knew which one and to ring back and order, I've just got an answer machine every time I ring back. Very Frustrating!

Anyway, this card uses the LOTV stamp 'Sweet Peas' which are my favourite scented flowers and always look so pretty. I really enjoyed colouring although I had to do it in short stints. I had great fun crinkling the ribbon with a heat gun too :).



Close up of the image....



Close up of the sparkly 'Birthday' made from four layers of die cuts glued together, inked and then glittered ...


and inside the card...


Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Papers- Maja Designs 'Vintage Spring Basics' & 'Vintage Summer Basics'.
Cardstock- Tattered Lace 'Double Sided card'.
Create and Craft 'White Linen card'.
Stamp- LOTV 'Sweet Peas'.
Ink- Memento 'Tuxedo Black'.
Distress Ink 'Victorian Velvet'.
Medium- Copics markers 'Ciao and Sketch'.
Dies- Tonic 'Oval Layering die set'.
Cheery Lynn Designs 'Sophia's Heart' & 'Birthday'.
Polkadoodles 'Floral Flourish'.
Ribbon- Ribbon Girl 'Dotted Organza'.
Flowers- All Wild Orchid Crafts including the 'White 10mm Rhinestone Flowers with Diamond Centre'.
Stamen- From Anna Marie Designs.
Other Stuff- Pearls 'Large' from stash. 'Small' from MeiFlower.
DecoArt Glamour Dust in 'Crystal'.

Chris and Lexi (eldest son and fiancée), still in New Zealand, have just been to 'Hobbiton' the movie set for 'The Lord of the Rings'. I admit that I am soooo jealous although not of their 30km walk to and partway up 'Mount Doom'. They are thoroughly enjoying themselves and Chris is liking this country the most so far, although the cooler weather may be a factor in this as he's not keen on the heat at the best of times.

Righto, that's all from me. A HUGE thank you for your continuing lovely comments, they really brighten my day to think I have such wonderful blog friends. Sending you all my biggest hugs, oh, and I haven't forgotten about doing another blog candy so I'll try to sort that for next week.

Take care everyone,

Debra x


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Two for One

Hello to all my blog friends! I hope everything is going well in your lives.

Oh, just a note about last week's card, Stuart is my long suffering hubby not my son. I didn't actually say so when I wrote the post (for those of you who didn't know who he was). He did think it was funny though :D.


When my eyesight was playing up, and colouring anything was out of the question, I made a couple of cards without an image in my favourite shabby chic style. Here's what I made... warning though as quite a few photos!



Close up of flowers...


and inside...



Blue card...

Flowers close up...



and inside...



You might notice that the heart on the blue card has a little lace on the bottom edge and tiny lace flowers on the other die cuts. These scraps were left over from when I cut the length of lace for my card and I couldn't resist using them :).

Card Ingredients (Pink Card).

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Papers- Maja Designs 'the Sofiero collection'.
Cardstock- Tattered Lace 'Shades Card in Pink'.
Create and Craft 'White Linen Card'.
Dies- Creative Expressions 'Frames and Tags- Rose Oval'.
Spellbinders 'Classic Scalloped Heart'.
Inks- Distress Ink 'Walnut Stain'.
Memento 'Toffee Crunch'.
Flowers- W.O.C.
Anna Marie Designs 'Stamens'.
Sentiment- Woodware 'Tiny Phrases'.
Lace- Live and Love Crafts now closed :(
Ribbon- Bertie's Bows 'Rose Organza Trim'.
White ribbon from stash.
Butterfly- Dutch Doobadoo.
Other Stuff- Hemtique? True Hemp 'Twine'. Stickles in 'Stardust'.

Blue card

As above apart from...

Papers- Maja Designs 'Vintage Romance'.
Cardstock- Create and Craft 'Cream linen card'.
Ribbon- 'Cream ribbon' from stash.

Which colour do you prefer? Blue is my favourite colour but I'm torn as to which I like the best.

The wanderers, Chris (eldest son) and Lexi (his fiancée), are now in New Zealand are having a bit more of a rest there despite the fact that their travel company that organized their coach trips booked them onto last year's schedule! They've been lucky until now that the buses they should have been booked on haven't been full but unfortunately their next one was and they've had to spend more of their budget to get onto one which is a lot more expensive. That company will be getting very annoyed emails when they return home.

Well, I'll finish here today wishing you all happy crafting and sending big hugs to each of you.

Debra x




Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Stuart's Birthday card finally!


Hi everyone. I hope those of you in the UK had a lovely bank holiday weekend enjoying an extra day off work.

Thank you for your lovely get well  wishes :), my back is much better now. So I can finally show you Stuart's Birthday card. I hope you like it. 



Stuart really likes otters so I thought I'd make him a bit of a silly cute card with otters. I loved making this card but it was a little hard to make secretly as he kept coming over to talk to me so I was rushing to cover everything up each time!

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Stamps- My Favorite Things 'Otterly Love You'.
Paper- Fabians Artistico watercolour paper 'Extra White Smooth 140lb 300gsm' (from Noor Design).
Inks-
Memento 'Tuxedo Black'.
Versafine 'black'.
Distress Inks for background-
'Peacock Feathers', 'Salty Ocean', 'Wilted Violet'.
for the sea grasses
'Antique Linen', 'Pine Needles', 'Spiced Marmalade'.
for the fish as above + 'Festive Berries' & 'Mermaid Lagoon'.
Medium- Copics markers 'Ciao and Sketch'.

Can I just point out that I can't paint so the sea grasses do look a bit naff. I coloured the otters with the Copics on marker friendly card and then fussy cut them to go on my background. Well I hope it was worth waiting for :D.

For those of you following my son and his fiancée's journey, they have just reached New Zealand after a fantastic time in Australia, I just hope not too fantastic that they want to live there >:( ! 
Here's a couple of photos.

Lexi with a Koala and.....

 Chris and the Wallabies.

That's all from me today. Sending you all a hug,

Debra x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Flower Stall

Hi everyone. Hope this post finds you all okay today.

 I was going to show you Stuart's Birthday card today but my back went into spasm and I haven't been able to photograph it so I've got a card that didn't get posted last year. I hope you like it.



A close up of the stall....




and inside....



I liked this card so much that I made another to sell and put this one in a white box frame. It now sits on the shelf of my dresser.

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Papers-
Anna Marie Designs 'Blissful Peach', 'Blissful Pink' & 'Blissful Cotton ' paper pads.
Maja Designs 'Vintage Spring Basics' (flowers).
Marianne Design 'Rustic Wood' (for flower tubs).
Cardstock-
Tattered Lace 'Shades Green Card'.
Core'dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection 'Vintage Photo' (wheel & canopy posts).
Dies-
Spellbinders 'Triple Floral Frames'.
Creative Expressions 'Herald Square' (to remove centre of the frame), Delicate Garden Frame' (flowers only).
Tonic 'With Love' (oval)
Tattered Lace Essentials 'Pin Dot Squares' (flowers for sale sign)
Joy Crafts 'Grass'.
Magnolia Doohickeys Box Magazine 'Volume 10' (flower stand, labels & vases)
Memory Box 'Garden Tools' (wooden tubs).
Medium- Copics 'Ciao' (vases).
Ink- Distress Ink 'Walnut Stain'.
Sign- computer generated.
Other Stuff-
Tim Holtz 'Long Fasteners' for wheel and sign. Stickles in 'Stardust'. 'Vellum' for vases from Chloe Creative Cards.
'Twine' for sign from stash.

Long list of craft things there!

Chris and Lexi have now reached Stuart's cousin in MacKay who Stuart has not since she and her family moved to Australia when she was about 7yrs old. It's great that they are getting to meet her and her family. 

That's all from me today. Hopefully my back will improve and I'll get to finally show you Stuart's card.

Happy crafting my friends!

Debra x



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bunny Wobbles Easter cards

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a really Happy Easter and didn't indulge too much on those Easter eggs.

Today's card is using the Stamping Bella stamp 'Bunny Wobbles'. I only had two Easter cards to make but my eyes have been playing up again so my colouring is a bit off. I wasn't sure how to do my sky or grass so there are two versions of the card. Which do you prefer? This one with dotty grass and more prominent clouds.....



or this with spiky grass and a swirly sky?



or a mix of the two? I'm not sure which I prefer.

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Stamp- Stamping Bella 'Bunny Wobbles'.
Sentiment- Woodware 'Tiny Phrases'.
Ink- Memento 'Tuxedo Black'.
Medium- Copics markers 'Ciao and Sketch'.
Papers- Lotv 'Bonnets and Bowties' now retired.
Cardstock- BoBunny 12" Passion Fruit Double Dot'.
Die- Joy Crafts 'Grass'.

Can you believe it, I forgot to add some glitter to them :-O! I normally add glitter to everything so I don't know what I was thinking apart from the fact that I was still making them on Easter Friday, talk about last minute. I was also making a card for Stuart's Birthday on the Saturday so I was rather busy and battling my double vision. I'll show you Stuart's card next week.

The intrepid travellers are now in a place called Noosa which looks gorgeous from the photos. A friend of theirs who was there only a few weeks ago recommended it so they added to their itinerary. Their friend is doing the same journey but in the opposite direction to Chris and Lexi.

Anyway more from me next week. Keep well and happy.

Debra x