Friday, March 25, 2011

my first attempt at a double slider card

well yesterday after the school pick up i thought i had better get started on a card for Mr.C's friend who's wife had just had a baby. 
i thought i would try a double slider card that caroline had shown me the other night when she came to mine for a workshop.
so here it is;

i wish i could take all the credit for this card as it is so gorgeous and so easy once you have got it worked out!
i loved it so much that i had to make a different card for baby beatrix! lol

(you will see that i have used the owl from last months sale-a-bration offer with Stampin Up!, the card colours are very vanilla, certainly celery and pretty in pink, the ribbon is also pretty in pink and the pearls are also all from stampin up!)

i think you will notice that i have a new love.........Stampin Up! products they are great quality but seeing how i spent so much money on their products to produce my wedding invites, i really think i should get my money's worth!lol
plus the owl is just irresistible!

until next time ttfn


4 giggling girlies and Mr.C. banished to the bedroom!

Monday just gone my oldest friend loopy lou was coming to stay so we thought we would have our obligatory 'bake and bitch' but we wanted to do something a bit different and as we both love to make cards we thought we'd ask caroline to do a workshop for us at mine.  so we made cakes and my friend amy who was a complete beginner joined us too and caroline didn't disappoint with her project.

i had asked caroline to bring us a 'movement' card and she brought us her 'surprise slider card'
(the instructions for which can be found on her blog as detailed on a previous post)

we had loads of fun and made a gorgeous card each, and a wish list as long as our arms, and for me a yearning to become a Stampin Up! demo.  this is the second card i've made with this little chicky stamp i am now thinking i may just have to invest in him cos he's so sweet.

caroline also demonstrated a penny spinner card which had a tumbling balloon on it (which i forgot to photograph)  and showed me another card which meant that no house work got done yesterday while i worked out how to make it! i shall post it later once i have made my apparently 'starving!!' 4 year old a sandwich. hmmm what will she want for lunch today??..............marmite sandwich o theres a surprise! lol.

until next time ttfn



Crafty Moo

So about a year ago i moved house heavily pregnant to live in the town Mr.C worked in, this was hard for me as i knew no one here at all apart from my in laws, we was also downsizing from a house to a flat so my work desk and huge craft cupboard would have to be downsized :(
But most of all i was leaving behind my crafty friends, we used to get together and craft on a semi regular basis, i would also be too far away from my lace class so i would have to put that back on the back burner.
well once baby honey-may came along in July i set about finding a craft group in Saffron Walden. Yet no matter how hard i tried there was nothing so in July i decided to start my own group. i found premises that was willing to have a load of paper trimmings on their floor and never to be able to get rid of a fine coating of glitter! lol.

and the Crafty Moo craft group of Saffron Walden was born. our first meeting was march 7th 2011 and we had the lovely Caroline skinner in attendance.
Caroline brought some gorgeous make and takes all made with Stampin Up! products and a good night was had by all.
here is what we made; an Easter treat bag and a Easter card.

i think that a good night was had by all Caroline is a fantastic teacher and we all took away extremely professional looking projects even my mother in law Judy who had never done any form of crafting before!

Our next meeting is Monday April 11th 2011 and all are welcome just drop me a line at for more details.

if you would like to contact caroline skinner independant Stampin Up! demonstrator please pop over to her blog at

until next time ttfn


Previous projects - My love of all things Penny Black Critters

i love love LOVE hedgehogs so when i first saw these little guys from Penny Black (too many years ago now to mention) i just had to have the whole lot!
i'm sure many a crafter can relate to the need to get EVERYTHING you love, lol well i have now over 150 critters on wood and clear mounts and i still love them loads, they are nearly always the stamps i fall back to if my mojo has deserted me.

here are a few pictures of projects i have made using them that i took photos of;

i really love water colouring these images i use a mixture of 'real' water colours from a very mucky palete i've had since i took GCSE and A level Art and water soluable pencils and a few whispers/marvey markers to get the tones right.  i often stamp loads of images all at once and sit and watch car crash tv while i paint. i then store them in index cards for when i need a card in a hurry.

i am sure i will find more pictures hanging around on my pc, but until then ttfn,


Some of my previous projects -lace

i have long made lace by hand using traditional methods and lace bobbins, the threads used are silks i like to work in colours on some items but traditionally white is used and my Nan who got me started with lace in the first place only uses white silks.

here is a picture of a coaster whilst in progress it was then mounted in plastic and lives at my mother in laws now. unfortunately i made this well over a year ago and i can not remember all the stitches that i used but i can remember that it is predominately cloth stitch which is one of the most basic stitches used and tends to be a base in most lace patterns. lace is worked on a pillow, using brass pins to secure the design as you work, my pillow is stuffed with straw but i have others that are polystyrene.

this is my little hedgehog pin cushion he is my favourite little gadget that i have in regards to my lace as he is so cute!

and here is a card a made for my nan using an engraved lace bobbin, had lots more commissions for these after :) !

for more information on lace making you can contact the Essex Lace Makers or the Lace Guild.

see you next time


Thursday, March 24, 2011


okay so i've bitten the bullet and finally got myself a blog after many many people moaning that i dont have one. so HELLO! here i am. lol!

i am sure no one will want to read my ramblings but you may find pictures of my projects interesting, so i shall start there.

thanks for stoping by i shall be posting some of my previous projects soon so you can get a feel for my style before i post my current projects.