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"Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. " (Dave Barry, American writer and humourist)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Quick CAS Acceptance card

Two posts in one day, wow!  I really should be doing something else but SO has taken YD and OD to his Mom's.  This is a quick acceptance card I made for my cousin who is getting married in August in the Caribbean.  Unfortunately, we won't be attending the actual wedding (unless we win the lottery), but we will be attending the 'evening do' in Som-er-set which is something to look forward to - new outfits all round!

Purple Butterfly cards

It's official - I love butterflies.  Not the real, flappy winged type you understand, (although I wouldn't harm one), but the crafting kind.  Lots of my embellies, paper, stamps and dies are le papillion.  Weirdly, as I type this The Wanted are on the radio singing "butterflies, butterflies", the chorus from their (hit!) song Gold Forever.
I also love the colour purple (not the film, the actual colour purple- although the film isn't that bad either).  Oh, and I quite like stamping - as my gallery shows.
These two cards encompass all 3 of the above - butterflies, purple and stamping. 

Monday, 21 February 2011

Birdsong Male Cards

Two quick 'male' cards made using Papermania's Birdsong papers and stamps and not much else.
The more observant amongst you will note that the card above has been slightly ameneded to the one posted originally.  The popular opinion amongst my beloved colleagues was that this wasn't a 'get well' card so I changed it to a 'with sympathy' card and added a bit of ribbon and some adhesive stones.  Hope you approve Moose!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Distressed, embossed card (copied from original design by Kerry Cox)

There are alot of uber talented card-makers out there in craftland and one of my personal heroines is Kerry Cox (aka Pickle on DoCrafts).  This design was unashamedly copied from a gorgeous card Kerry posted on DoCrafts earlier this month which has to date received 4291 viewings!  I loved the card so much that I just had to try and replicate it.  [This is posted with Kerry's permission.]

This card took hardly anytime at all and I really enjoyed 'playing' with my new Distress ink and applicator.   Am looking forward to creating some more versions of this design for wedding cards.......watch this space!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

CAS Purple tones simple card

This was supposed to be a quick and easy card but took alot of faffing to line panels up and they're still not straight so don't zoom in 'cause you'll see the joins!  Want to try this layout based on a 'http://cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot.com' sketch again though in differnt colour tones etc.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

CAS Valentine's Card for SO

Cards for men are always difficult for me; Valentine's cards are a nightmare.  How do you make something romantic with no flowers?!  Hope he likes it, if not the 12 bottle case of Smirnoff Ice ought to do the trick.
Happy Valentine's Day for tomorrow to everyone I love - that includes you Paul :)

Saturday, 12 February 2011

I have just spent 2 hot and steamy hours alone with another man.

Michael Buble is a sex god, official.  Ironing is so much more pleasurable when he's in the room.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Commissioned Valentine's Card

This card was commissioned by Adam, who I work with, for his wife.  I took my inspiration from the gorgeous roses in Sarah's bouquet.

It's an 'easel' style card with embossing and a computer generated sentiment.  I'm hooked on mulberry paper roses at the moment and used one of my new purchases for this month - a Martha Stewart branch punch -  to create the feathery leaves.  Found the gorgeous heart charms in my local craft shop, 8 for £1, bargain!

Will have to wait until Valentine's Day on Monday to see if Sarah likes it!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

To wash or not to wash (your chicken), that is the question!

The weirdest conversation  pervailed in the office today when I overheard a colleague mention that a fellow  colleague washes raw chicken before he cooks it!  In vinegar!!  Gross or what?!  After a quick 'chicken washing' survey I concluded that the phenomenon is most probably a cultural thang.  Personally, I don't have the time or the inclination to wash my chicken, (or any other raw meat for that matter); I prefer to just slam and go.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

18th Birthday Cards

What a stressful few days!  My YD poked my OD in the eye on Thursday morning, sent her off to school but when I picked her up her teacher told me she's been complaining it had been sore all day.  Took ourselves off to the drop-in centre where we waited for 2 hours before being told we needed to go the eye hospital!  Waited there for another 2 and a half hours!  Was diagnosed with an abrasion (cut) on her cornea and was given 4 lots of eye drops and an appointment for the following day!  Thankfully her eye is healing very well and there should be no lasting damage.  

These two cards for my niece's 18th were therfore made v quickly.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

This is my first ever commissioned card for a workmate's daughter's birthday who likes ladybirds.  Hope she likes it!  The background card and paper are red but they look a bit orangey in the pic.  The stamped image is "Betsy Bluebell" by Penny Black one coloured again with Promarkers and chalks.
Snippet of the day - I have decided that when I don't update the blog with a new project I'll add a "snippet of the day" - this might be something funny one of the girls has done or said, a comment about a tv show or just a general observation of the day. 
Today's snippet is a classsic quote from Mr Adam Keyte, a work colleauge (and I'd also like to think - friend).  Make of this what you will; "They build snowmens in our road in the winter to stop people going out in their cars."
Night, night all x