Thursday 31 May 2012

Last Minute Holiday

My friend has not been well over the past couple of months and what with the crappy weather we had been having, decided to book a last minute holiday. We managed to get cheap flights thanks to the partner of one of hubby's officers and we booked a hotel in Tenerife where we had stayed before. 

Here is a picture out of the plane window on our way to the Island.

This is me on our 2nd night. We had just got back from eating and my ankle had swollen up. No I wasn't drunk! Despite the glass of sangria on the table. Not sure what I did but the ankle hurt and it had swollen up so had a wet cloth on it! 

 Here's Cyd and I on our balcony.

 This is a view of the pool from my sunbed!

A view of the pool from the roof terrace.

A view of the hotel and mountain behind taken from the roof terrace.

The first few days were very cloudy and I was not impressed when I spoke to hubby and he said that you were having lovely weather over here. From Tuesday though - 4pm exactly - the clouds disappeared and never came back all week. the sun was very hot and I have to say that it was even too for me and I am a sun worshipper!!

We had a great time and it was lovely to get the sun on my body...

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Tuesday 15 May 2012

Happy Birthday

Yesterday was my hubby's birthday and my Grandson Leon's 1st birthday. I can't believe that he is now 1. The last year has gone so quick! We had a little party at home for him and Grandad . He got very over whelmed with everything but was fine once we gave him some birthday cake!

Here is a picture of him on one of the presents we bought him. The car makes noises and plays music which Leon loves dancing to. 

Here is is enjoying his birthday cake. Grandad insisted that we got him a chocolate one and as you can see, Leon really enjoyed it!

Here is a picture of the card I made for my hubby. It has been made with stuff that I found in my bit box apart from the buttons and the greeting. The images are 3d stickers that I had. The greeting is from Craftwork cards.

Here is Leon's card that I made for him. Originally I had planned a card in CAP but when I printed it off I didn't like it. So this is what I went with. The letters are from the original plan. The number '1' is a papermaina numbers stamp coloured with promarkers. The backing card is from a set of dotty backing card I have. The image is Dillon the Dragon that comes from Pink Gem Designs

 I then had to search for a suitable verse for the inside. I'm useless at things like that so I scanned the internet and  found the ideal one. Had to change it a bit, but here it is.

What a precious bundle of joy you are,
Cute from head to toe
You melt our hearts with your sweetness
Everywhere you go
You're a very special gift 
Descended from heaven above
The most perfect little Man
Sent for your Nanny & Grandad to love.
With all our love and best wishes
for your very 1st birthday

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Sunday 13 May 2012

Great Nephew's card

What a lovely day and don't you just feel so much better when the sun shines. Well here is a card that I made for one of my great nephew's whose birthday is at the end of the month. Again I have used a topper that I had laying around. Can't remember where I got the decoupage from but I had made it up ages ago.
I have used black card and holographic card for the backing. The greeting is from Craftwork cards. Just added some gems to finish it off. 

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Special order

A few weeks ago my friend asked me to do her a card for her cousin who will be 50 in June. The remit was 'anything to do with Brighton & Hove Albion' as he is and always has been a great fan of the Seagulls! So here is what I came up with!
I googled BHA and came across a site that showed the kit through the ages so I copied the 1962 kit and the 2012 kit. Decoupaged them onto the card. I made the backing paper in CAP and the greeting was printed directly onto the backing paper. I then found some old football paper, cut the footballs out and then stuck them on with glue dots to give them depth. I was very pleased with the outcome and so was she.

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Saturday 12 May 2012

Another May Birthday

This card was made for my youngest son's girlfriends birthday. The paper I used was from a set of dotty card I bought down in the New Forest when I was down there. The image is a dufex decoupage flower fairy that I had made up. (see still using stuff from my stash :-) ) The flower, ribbon and gems are from my stash and the greeting is from Craftwork cards.

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Friday 11 May 2012

Still using my stash!!

I am still trying to use up some of my stash for my cards this year and here is one of them. This card I made for my nephew's wife. I have several of these images and can't remember where I got them from but I like them.
The papers I have used before and are from a big pad from Kay & Company. Card flower and gems all from my stash. the greeting is from Craftwork Cards. Added a bit of ribbon. and there you are. 

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Thursday 10 May 2012

Greta's Playday

Back in April, 4 of us met up at Greta's for a play day, myself, Pam, Kim and of course Greta. The day was for makes and of course plenty of chat and laughs. Here are the makes for the day. I have got a piece of jewellery that I made but don't know where the picture of it is but I will post that when I find it!!

Here is my first attempt at Iris folding and I must say I really enjoyed doing it. It was very therapeutic. If you look closely at the picture you will see where I made a boo-boo though! I was using glue to stick the bits of paper and I ended up sicking the card to the pattern! Opps.

I didn't make that mistake on the second one!! used sellotape on this one. It's a good way of using up the odd bits of paper that you have.

This card was made from die cut butterflies. I copied Kim and embossed a grid on the card to put the butterflies in. The greeting in the middle is slightly too big. I have added the some gems to finish the card.

I love the simplicity of this card and will be doing a few more of the. Just card backing paper ans a matching topper. Circle and scalloped nestie, a greeting a and a couple of gems. Fab! (Well I think it is anyway!!)

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Tuesday 8 May 2012

More cards from Hayling Island

Although I didn't do the class, 'Princess Pinflair' was doing a workshop and Pam and I liked the cards that we saw they were making. We found out that she was selling the kits for£5 each so we bought a set. What we didn't know was that there were other sets available so we only got the one! Here are the cards from the pack.
Here are 3 of the cards (there were 4 in the pack). Very easy easel cards. Images are decoupaged. Very quick but effective.

This is the fourth card in the pack. I have added some gems, a gold 60 peel off and a greeting. (Not sure where I got that one from!) I have made the card for a friend who is is 60 this week.

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Monday 7 May 2012

Last Workshop at Hayling Island - Debbi Moore

The last of the workshops at the Create & Craft weekend was with Debbie Moore. She showed us some card folding ideas and then we were made a card. I chose a simple card to do as it was the Sunday morning and didn't want anything too taxing for my brain. :-)

Here is the card I made. A typical Debbie Moore image but very easy to do. I have made it as a twisted easel card.

We were given a magazine that has some beautiful papers in which I may get round to using day!!!

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Sunday 6 May 2012

Afternoon Workshops at Create & Craft Hayling Island

 Saturday afternoon started off with a workshop with Phill Martin. He was suffering from a bit of a hangover from the night before. We did a scrapbook page as below. He brought photos of himself which he apologised for, lol,  but that's all he had. We were given a paper pack and a stamp set which alone is worth about £10. He did come round and sign all the photos for us.

The papers were HOTP Time for Fun 12 x12  and Masculine Collage Stamps. 

Our last workshop of the day was with Card Creations Plus. Not sure on the image but I do love the style of the card. Its an tent fold, gate fold card.

This is the front of the card. Martha Stewart punches were used for the corners and the borders. They actually worked for me that time I normally have real problems with them.

Open the doors and you find the image. The image is decoupaged and stuck onto silver mirri card.

You then lift the flap and you find the inside of the card. Backing paper has been stuck on there so that you can write your agreement.

I have to say that I wasn't looking forward to this workshop as previous people had been complaining but I really enjoyed doing the card. 

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Saturday 5 May 2012

Create & Craft Hayling Island - Kanban Workshop

Next workshop on the list was with Dawn Wheeler and Kanban. Dawn is a lovely lady with a great personality even though she wasn't feeling very well. We didn't actually make a card in this workshop but made some flowers using different techniques. The big rose is very sturdy and could be used for a broach.
I don't normally like doing what I call 'curly' roses (the cream one) as mine never seem to look any good but I was pleased with this one. I was using the Kanban quilling tool and the kit that we used can be found here.

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Friday 4 May 2012

Create & Craft Hayling Island - Creative Expressions

Our first workshop on the Saturday was with Creative Expressions. This is the card we produced. I learnt a few new techniques like how not to be too heavy handed with the distress ink.
The card was made using Moroccan Accents & motifs Spellbinder dies, Tim Holtz distress inks and a Steampunk Dreams stamp. 

Not sure if I like the stamps or not but I do like the card. The rosette was a bit of a pain to do but once mastered it was fine.

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Tuesday 1 May 2012

Create & Craft - Hayling Island - Dawn Bibby Workshop

Thought it about time I caught up on all that has been happening craft wise for me over the last couple of months starting off with the crafting weekend I went on to Hayling Island which was run by Create & Craft. The weekend was from Friday to Sunday and consisted of 6 workshops over those 3 days. I went with my mate Pam and we had a great weekend. 
The first of our workshops was with Dawn Bibby. We were using her Classical Bloom Collection which is basically die cut sheets which are easy to use and the cards were push out and stick ons. I don't think I will purchase the sets but they were enjoyable. On the three cards we used DB Vintage Bouquet Foiled Parchment, DB Vintage Luxury Layers, DB Vintage Aperture Shaped Card Blanks, DB Pretty Pocket cards, DB Classical Bloom Foiled Cardstock and DB Classical Bloom Sentiments with Love from Dawn'

This first card was using the 'Pretty Pocket Cards'. The back and front of the cards were decorated with flower panels.

The inside has little pockets that you can put sachets or money etc in.

This card was made using the blooms and layers

This card is one of the vintage aperture shaped card blanks and the blooms.

This is the inside of the card.

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