Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Ta-Ra Lucy Lu

This a card I made for our Lucy at work who has gone to work nearer home (sorry it's not a good photo). The stamp is by Penny Black and is called "Light the Night", papers from CUL. Handbags and shoes are Quickutz dies also from CUL.

Lucy is one of the most untidiest people I've ever met - an absolute nightmare in our small office but she was always the first to admit it and really didn't mind when you just picked everything up and dumped it back on her desk. She is noisy and very extrovert and really quite posh - but we'll miss her! Good luck Luce! xxx

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Nine Card Challenge

As you all know by now, I never make two cards the same, so this morning suddenly filled with inspiration (or maybe it was panic because I needed them by tonight) I sat and made nine cards using the same stamp, but everyone different. I was really pleased with the final bunch. The stamp is by Magenta. The poinsetta were cut from a Quickutz die. Peel-offs and embellishments CUL.
I decorated some of the poinsettas using stickles, ultra-thick embossing powder and brads. The papers were all from my stash and a real assortment.
Hope you like them too!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Hammer it home FC

Now my friend Paula I lurve her loads and loads, but she don't half set me some tricky challenges! "Here's my list of cards I want for Christmas - oh yeah, if you can involve West Ham in the one for (husband) Ian that would be great!

The papers I bought yonks ago - fortunately I bought several sheets because I lurve them at this time of year. The FC suit stamp was kindly lent to me by my mate SarahK. The West Ham shirt was donated by Mr. Google. Peel off (sack) and footballs from CUL.

It is a very "personal" Christmas card - not all pretty pretty, but I was quite pleased with the finished product.

Now back to "The Trees"!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

It's that tree again...

Yes I know, it's become a bit of an obsession with me, but I just love this tree so much that I keep making them - all different, different styles and different colours (although I am running out). The pink was with the Bo Bunny paper Holiday Cheer, Bazzill pink and of course, the can't-craft-without pink tulle. The burgundy red was also in Bazzill. I just don't want to give them away...

Friday, 14 November 2008

Another Flippy Floppy Flappy F Book


This has been my crafting project for the past couple of weeks - Helen is my daughter's BFF and my adopted daughter. She is a really lovely, wonderfully talented girl - if only she would realise it!

I used Bazzill of course with lots of embellishments from all my favourite haunts. The sentiments are from Hero Arts. The stripy paper I've had for ages, but I think it might be from Doodlebug.

These F books take such a long time, but I really do enjoy making them and giving them. So thanks once again to Treacle at CUL for showing us how to do them.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

I just can't get enough of this tree!!

And once more for the gentleman at the back in the black cape and stockings... I NEVER make two cards the same, so I've challenged myself to make as many different types of cards with this oh so beautiful stamp...
I cut the aperture from dark green pearlescent card and filled the hole with acetate. The tree was stamped onto a piece of white card, which I folded in two, so there's somewhere to write. I used glitter and stickles and some lovely jewels and sequins I bought from CUL.

The Sign of a Good Crafter....

I spend loads of time browsing different Blogs and websites and there's always the picture of the craft room/area "after" the tidy up... so just to be different - here's mine "before"!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Another Balcombe Belles Great Day

I had another great day with the BB girls today - we do have a giggle! I felt really "in the mood" for crafting today and I just love the Christmas Tree designed by Jane Gill available from Woodware (don't you just lurve the brown one??), the poinsetta from Magenta and the guardian angel that I've been waiting for from Stampendous. I only picked up the guadian angel yesterday from CUL and I need to mull over ideas, but I hope you like what I've put together so far.

I stamped the guardian angel and coloured with gold sparkly paints (£2.99 The Works!) and then the same image on acetate so that they overlap. The burgundy poinsetta card was with the Bazzil polka dot/spotty/swiss dots (whatever its called!) card available from CUL and the layout of the base card from Kim Fee, however, the rest was moi! On the purple card I used my new scallop edge punch from Stampin Up!

Can anyone help? The poinsetta stamp has no manufacturer's name on it or any details at all - it's a beautiful stamp and we wondered where it came from. The stamp belonged originally to one of the BB girls - our lovely Maggie who was tragically taken from us earlier this year - we miss you Mags and we all know you're with us each Balcombe Belles!

I've had a lovely day today, lots of good laughs, lots of creativity and I'm back really enjoying my crafting - hope you enjoy it too. Thanks to everyone who leaves a comment, its great to see that you all enjoy them as much as I enjoy looking at your work.

One last question. I had to use black stazon to stamp the angel on acetate but not entirely happy with the finished result - can anyone suggest anything better? Thank youx

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

No time for Christmas...

Steve the decorator has been in again today - I have a white ceiling.... I have one wall papered.... I think I might just have to have a bedroom warming party - ooo er....

It's 'The Bro's' birthday tomorrow and he is, of course, a Blues supporter. I also had to make a shhh... Liverpool card for my hairdresser's husband, I used the WS waistcoat template. The Silver Wedding card is for my in-laws - George & Valerie - I love this card, clean and crisp and once again using the lovely tulle from CUL (can't get too much of it).

Monday, 13 October 2008

Staring at the bedroom ceiling.....

Finally, the decorators have moved in to sort out the huge hole in my bedroom ceiling! Last week the ceiling was fixed and replastered and now Steve the decorator has arrived to paint and decorate - hallelujah! I'd got so used to the gaping great hole that my room seems too quiet now!

So today, I'm off and plan to do some crafting - I've made a few cards lately. Birthdays mainly including one for my lovely brother. All my Christmas crafting stuff is out and all shiny and waiting to be used - I've only got about 100 cards to make.... and for those of you that know me - I never make two the same!

I'm off to my mate SarahK's on Wednesday evening and it's Balcombe Belles this Saturday so I'm gonna be busy. Lots of photos to come shortly but just thought I'd say hi! Have a good week everyonex

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Christmas catering and not a turkey in sight.... too much chicken though!

Finally found a few mins to update my Blog! Life's been a bit busy - fortunately, all nice things! Christmas has hit the craft shops and despite the beautiful sunshine we had over the weekend all us crafters were having a great time at CUL's Christmas Extravaganza! Once again, I met up with my ever increasing circle of crafty friends and we all oo'd and ah'd over what we'd bought and ALL of us admitted we just don't get enough time to sit and play as much as we'd like to. There were some amazing demos and classes going on and a real buzz about the place!

I've made some cards - some in classes, some at home and some with the swapping of ideas with my mate SarahK!

Here are three cards I've had to make recently - the wedding one is for an ex-colleague of mine who is getting married in a couple of weeks, I used doodlebug embossed white card for the main body and wrapped some of the beautiful tulle available from CUL, the names were done on my computer. The CD card is for my friend's son Oliver who will be 21 this week thanks to SarahK for the inspiration. The third is a Jolly Nation decoupage set for my friend Mike - guess what? he's a fireman (sorry fire fighter) who is a great deal older than 21 this week....

Off to Mrs. Wonka's tomorrow evening and then to another class on Thursday. Thanks to Treacle for helping me with my counter. Thanks to Sue for giving me such a laugh (behind the scenes) on Saturday. Thanks to everyone at CUL for a great day and letting me be part of it!

Monday, 22 September 2008

The brain was crafting but the body was ironing....

I tried... I REALLY tried.... to get crafting this weekend. Went with my mate SarahK to the GP on Saturday; met up with Sandra and made new friends Wendy & Zoe! It's slightly disturbing when you walk into a craft room full of our great crafting ladies and they all say "oh God, here they come!".

Bought some lovely goodies - mostly Christmas papers and just one stamp which I was really hoping to play with yesterday. But, as is always the situation, ironing, taxiing (kids), dinner etc. had to come first, so I didn't get to sit down and play until about 9.30pm last night. I'm still experimenting with my new Prismacolour pencils - I think I need another lesson (Kim???). I know that as soon as I've mastered them I'm going to use them a lot; I don't mind water colours but these pens really do bring the image a different dimension.

So no cards this weekend but I will attempt to get some done tonight! Really looking forward to CUL's Christmas Demo Day this Saturday - SarahK and I are making the tea! Paula, heard you've not been very well - hope you're on the road to recoveryx

Saturday, 13 September 2008

The Balcombe Belles - Another Sunny Stamping Day!

Some of you know that I meet up once a month with my friends 'The Balcombe Belles' - today was the first month back after the Summer break, it was great to catch up with everyone, but boy did we all struggle to get back into crafting mode! Despite having done a reasonable amount of crafting during the last few weeks I too struggled, my No.1 'task' was an order for yet another Golden Wedding! This time I was asked to incorporate Bees! Okay, thought I, Bees yellowy/golden colour-golden wedding, shouldn't be too difficult..... got there eventually although it took me about 4 hours to be happy with the finished card. The decoupage peel-offs I've had simply yonks and I was a bit worried that they looked to 'weddingy' but with the extra gold bits I think I've given the impression that they're for a Golden occasion. The bees were made with dewdrop punches and black peel-offs (thanks to Helen Meighan for the inspiration) and the gorgeous gorgeous bow was made from the Bazzil tulle available from CraftsULove - thanks Treacle for showing me!

The other tag card/book was shown to me by my mate SarahK. I've made the book for my bestest mate in the whole-wide world Paula. Paula and I met when we were just 6 years-old - 46 years ago and what can I say except "oh dear, we're soooo naughty together....." It's not her birthday or anything else but she's been just .... there, and I wanted to say how I felt. Inside I've folded a very special friend poem and tied it with a bow. I'm just soooo lucky to have so many really good friends....

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Sad... No Saturday with SarahK...

I'm sad :-( no time to play this weekend... had a lovely day yesterday with my Auntie June and her husband Roger celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They met when they were in their early teens and have been together ever since - wishing you lots and lots of congratulations! Funny thing was - I didn't find out until I got there that I was a bridesmaid at their wedding!!!!!!!!

Got to tell you this funny story: I was in Tesco Petrol Station waiting for an available pump when an old guy drove round to go to the pump on the other side. As he did so he crunched his car against the barrier used to protect the pump. "Oh dear" thought I (slightly tongue in cheek) but then turned to see the guy in front of me hunched over his car - I thought he'd been hurt so I yelled out the window "are you okay?" He turned towards me, tears streaming down his face, and shouted back "I was so engrossed in what the old bloke did that I got into the back of my car and thought hang on.. who's nicked me steering wheel!"....


Monday, 1 September 2008

Treacle, SarahK and a bit of Oriental...

.... well we had a Chinese takeaway, but it had you going there for a few secs didn't it???
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday - watching the talented Helen Meighan demo at CUL, catching up with my crafty friends Kim Fee, SarahK, Treacle also at CUL, then back to mine for a Chinese takeaway and a bit of a Tilda fest!
'Lurve Tilda' - that's what I call her! I decoupaged her and then filled her hearts with red glaze. The wine one was with papers I bought at CUL and when the ribbon is untied it reveals the phrase 'Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things in Life' - that's what I like to hear Wine/Simple... The other two were just some I made to go in the box - I don't always add words until I know who I'm going to send it to, so sometimes you may see a 'gap' waiting to be filled later.... (bit like my brain at times!)
Found all my Christmas bits yesterday - what a shame.... all my stamps are a bit boring so I may just have to go out and buy some new ones this year..... and it's CUL's Christmas "do" in a couple of weeks.... after pay day..... brain says "oh dear" - mouth says "hurrah"!!!!

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

WHO went to see the Dr?

Took the kids to the Dr. Who exhibition at Earls' Court today. Even Santa made an appearance.... probably not an image I'm going to be using on this year's cards!

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Move over Men I'm on a roll...

"Men's cards are so difficult!" I hear fellow crafters say so here's a selection of men's cards I've been making the last couple of days. Quick easy simple ones because at the end of the day how many men REALLY take much notice? - I particularly like my waistcoat as it's for a Blues supporter! I used the waistcoat template from WS Designs.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

These are the final three for the moment - I've got lots to do - all these designs were from classes or friends with a little bit of juniemoon thrown in!    The first using peach pearlescent card and cuttlebug embossing folders was originally from my mate SarahK - although I think her card was from a class she'd attended.   The second two were from classes run by the fantastic Helen Meighan - the shirt was created with peel-offs and the shirt card from the rubber stamp (not sure who makes that).    These are designs that I produced regularly but in true juniemoon tradition each card has something slightly different done to it.    Thank you ladies for your inspirations. 

80th Birthday

My friend Julie asked me to make a card for her Dad's 80th birthday.   The decoupage was from, along with the backing sheet printed onto vellum.   I love vellum - we just don't use it enough and it adds such a soft and subtle look to cards.

More Secret Messages

Another secret message card - this time for a man.   I used the Dovecraft Masculine Stack of papers, a Quickutz cricket bat and a football button for decoration.