Sunday, 31 August 2014

Time to share

Now I know these cards have been received I can share with you my batch of cards that I created in August for birthdays throughout the summer month.

 These three variations on a "berry" theme where stamped using "Paper Smooches Fruitastic" bought from Make the Day Special one of my favourite UK shops who stock American stamps.


 This fourth card was stamped with a mixture of stamps.  The sentiment is a Unity Stamp Company Phyllis Harris Every Breath stamp and the hydrangea stamps are from Basic Grey STA1669.  This card I stamped using Adirondack Brights Ink Pads.

I then got my kraft cards out - as I haven't used them for ages and made this one.  The stamps are from the Lawn Fawn Make Lemonade set - I love the cute faces on the lemons.  The tablecloth is handcut and doodled.


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Saturday, 30 August 2014


I read yesterday on Kim Dellow's blog that the secret to a great blog is consistency well I am trying to blog more regularly so let's see if it works.

Today I'd like to share a cat toy I made for my two cats, well really the young kitten (Cedric) as his Mum (Luna) doesn't really play with toys.

So I found on EfemeraInk's blog a post from 12.6.2011 entitled "As Quiet As ..." for making a really cute mouse.  Effie is a really talented crafter and has some beautiful posts and lots of inspiring ideas.

I decided I would try and make one so I found some scraps of material that wasn't felt (Cedric ate the last felt mouse I made) and some stuffing and I came up with this.

A piece of cord (leftover from a clothing tag) for a tail and two woollen eyes and the mouse was finished.  I'm happy to say the mouse is still in one piece but for how long?  Who knows. hahaha.

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Sunday, 24 August 2014


Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable day with my daughter at Kew Gardens, London.  In all my 51 years I have never been - bad isn't it?  I never realised just how huge it is.

It took us an absolute age to get there on public transport but we had the weather with us and were determined to enjoy our day.

We specifically went to see the Plantasia exhibition at the Gardens which is all about "the life enhancing power of plants".

We climbed the Pagoda, all 253 steps and saw the healing giant below.

Took to the skies in the treetop walkway - it was quite windy and the walkway (mesh!!!) was swaying beneath us.  You can see the Temperate House here but it was closed due to restoration works.

  Saw some yarnbombing haha

and even evidence of some zentangling going on.

We visited the Palm House and Prince of Wales Conservatory and had a short ride on the land train "Kew Explorer" and then we ended with the Barefoot Walk where we got to feel all different kinds of textures beneath our feet - even mud! haha

We both had a great day out and would recommend Kew as a wonderful play for anyone who wants to recharge their batteries and experience the wonder of nature.

Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday. x

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Journal pages

Thought I would share two journal pages I completed over the weekend.

The first photo shows the background created with acrylic paint.  
 I never have an idea on what I'm going to do with the backgrounds so I was surprised to find that I did this.
 Inspired by a prompt on Instagram for a doodle a day #sadoodleaday which was Picasso.  I got my Caran D'Ache crayons out and went to town - this didn't take me long and was so much fun to do. 

Then over the weekend whilst watched tv I created this zentangle journal page.  This did take a while.  I had already painted the background in unwanted acrylic paint and doodled the mandala and the rest just grew from there.

This was the first photo I took this morning whilst still in my pyjamas - can you see mine and Luna's feet? haha

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Bit of a challenge

Whilst catching up with my blog reading the other day I came across a challenge on the Tando Creative Challenge Blog that I thought would be fun to play around with.

Tando's August challenge is called Lovely Layers and the brief is to use lots of layers on your piece.  So I decided to get the acrylic paints and Distress Inks out.  I made a wonderful mess and my finger tips are still a little bit inky haha.

I had sometime ago randomly stuck numbers and other stickers to this page and that was as far as I got.  So with the help of paint, DI and lots of Tando stencils this page was produced.  I'm still on a learning curve where layers are concerned but it was fun practicing.

I also found a bag of Tando stars in my chipboard drawer and have adhered one of them to the page - can you see where?

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

How Long?????

I can't believe that it has been three months since I last wrote on my blog!!! eek that is an awfully long time. I still keep up to date with your blogs, reading and leaving comments when I can.

Crafting has been reduced to just the evenings usually with my journal in front of the telly as I've been busy with end of year stuff at work and we have also acquired two new residents at home.The new residents have been taking up lots of my time and worry.  Sometimes it's like having two small children again rather than a cat and her kitten  haha. They weren't allowed outside for 6 weeks and that was a very stressful time whenever someone opened the door or windows.  Where are the cats???? was a constant question.

Well I suppose you want to see a photo of them?

This is Cedric and he is only 4 months old and doesn't he look like he is smiling in this photo? haha

And this is Cedric's Mum Luna and she is a 19 months old and only had the one kitten.  Sitting in a box - one of her favourite things to do.

Luna's name was chosen first as we wanted something to reflect her white coat.  But then it was time to think of a name for her kitten and we just couldn't all agree on one that we liked relating to the stars and solar system or the colour white.  So we went down the Harry Potter route and chose a name to match Luna and Cedric Diggory seemed to be the only name we could all agree on, haha we decided to drop the Diggory as it was a mouthful to call out in the garden and at the vets!

I've also been making cards as the Summer months birthdays come thick and fast and here are a few of the ones that have gone out already.

 It will soon be time to start the Christmas cards. 

I'll be back soon with some more crafting.
Bye for now.