Another tag and a card

After seeing some wonderful creations on some of the blogs I hop to on my travels, I decided to buy some stamps and a book by this lady Wendy Vecchi. I've made a tag inspired by one in her book and am pretty darn pleased with the way it turned out!I bought a couple of the latest Mabel Lucie Attwell stamps too and made a card with one of them.I used distress inks for the card and coloured the images in with the inks and used a glaze pen to give it a bit of a lift in places. The Wendy Vecchi inspired tag was distress inks again. I stamped the butterfly onto grungeboard and inked it,then went over it with a gold dabber.The background was stamped with one of Tim Holtz's music notes stamps but it smudged a bit when I sprayed it!Don't think there's anything more to say apart from the fact that I am enjoying myself lately...


A layout, a tag and a card

Blimey,I've been loving this craft room. I can go in there and leave it just as it is and not have to pack everything away and not find it the next day!
After messing about with inks the other day I decided to have a go at making something with a set of nature stamps I bought at Stamperama ages ago.I think that the glitter wasn't quite dry on the river so it looks a bit weird but you get the idea!
I scrapped a page of Carley and me at the workshop on Sunday too.At the workshop we used a chipboard shape which we gilded with gilding flakes (mine was a peacocky bird)so I've used it on the page.
I don't know what I will do now that Scrapbook Inspirations is going to be no more after the next issue - a great shame I will miss it.


A dog page and card workshop

Since we lost our dear Annie,I have wanted to do a page with all my dogs over the years.I finally found one photo of each of them since I lived at home with Mum and Dad and did a simple page with them, I used Jenni Bowlin papers and some grungeboard stamped with Wendy Vecchi stamps to make the flowery embellishment.
On Sunday I went to a card workshop run by Leonie and Carley. I really enjoyed myself and it was lovely to catch up with them and make some cards for a change. I'm all inspired to do some more cards now,we did a few techniques,all of them really nice (well, I liked them!) and different..The photos aren't the best, the acetate one with the butterflies wasn't taken in the best of places and doesn't show the acetate off very well.


Secret Santa and another baby book

Well,I was asked at work the other day to organise the secret santa draw and get some tags.I was thinking, wouldn't it be nice to have some 'hand made tags' for a change,so I found some manilla tags and started off stamping and inking and was quite pleased with the result. So now we can all draw our tags out and have plenty of time to think of a nice pressie for the recipient.I made a pink mini book which was based on a design by Tracie Hudson a while ago for my nephew's baby and now my other nephew has a new baby - so I have made another book in slightly different colours. I love this book and the Prima goodies it is made from- and I managed to bind it with the bind it all,yay !


New page

I went to the Craftystash crop on Sunday which was a really nice break from normality.I've not been crafting so much lately and now the skip has gone(or it should be gone tomorrow) I can rest and actually use my craft room ! The crop on Sunday was really good, it was nice to catch up with Deb again and other friends. There were actually three classes that had all been designed by Michelle Jackson Mogford. The first one was a vintage layout where we made the flowers which took a while but now I know how to make them I can see me using the technique again.The picture I had chosen went so well with the colours and the theme.It is one of my mum when she was a teenager and I was really pleased with the result. I can't believe that she has been gone almost a year now,how do you manage to not be on your knees when these things happen? You do though and here I am a year later -life goes on.



Isn't it amazing how you get out of the swing of things? I decided to abandon the sorting out last night and sit and make some cards,so just sat in my craft room (love saying that!) with the X Faxtor on and played with some Christmassy stuff.I was sorting through my wardrobe in the garage that has some old kits and bits in it and came across quite a lot of old photos of when the boys were teenagers and also when we first got the two girl dogs. I've got a few photos to use on some of the layouts to come in the next few weeks now.Had a nice surprise when our two younger boys arrived from Uni for the weekend. They've gone back now but it was lovely to have them here for a couple of days.So am off to watch the X Factor now to see who made it through this week.


Lost my mojo

I haven't posted for a while cos I haven't done much crafty stuff,lots has been happening, sorting the craft room which is finally taking shape and decorating the house too. The main reason for my mojo going walkabout was really that our beloved Annie,whose mum we lost this time last year has been suffering with a nasty growth on the side of her face and sadly today she lost her battle.It all happened so quickly,she was fine when we got back from holiday in August and then had a swelling which we thought was a bad tooth but sadly wasn't.Anyway I shall be back posting very soon but for now god bless little Annie,we'll miss you..