Tuesday 29 October 2013

Red Christmas Candles

Good afternoon to all my friends and  followers and  a special welcome to my new follower Lorna. So glad you have started following my blog and  hope you enjoy my posts.

Today I am posting the remaining three red candles I have made for a friend. They are more traditional than the gold ones with lots of red and green and very rich holly papers. I always love the reds and greens traditional colours normally at Christmas but with these candles I can never make up my mind. Perhaps I should do a poll!! I'm still waiting for the cellophane bags to arrive when I get them into the bags with the matching labels I'll take another photo. Now for the photo of the red version.


Candle Recipe

Holly paper Kaisercraft Turtle Dove Collection
Red Mirra Card
Spellbinders Poinsettia Die
Quick Kutz Scalloped circle die (cut two and stuck together to make a firm base)
Flowers and berries from Wild Orchid Craft
Trims beads and ribbon all from my stash
Sentiments stamps Lili of the Valley Grunge Christmas
Sentiment stamp Whimsy stamps Winter Letter Seals 
Basic white candles from Tesco.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these Christmas Candles and they have given you some inspiration I certainly enjoy doing them. I think I'll be making a few more for myself to give as gifts. Last year I did some in Blue and Silver and Bronze and Cream.
I've had workman in all day putting a new wash basin and flooring in our shower room it looks good just need to decorate now ugh!!
Enjoy the rest of  your evening whatever you  have planned. I'm definitely going to craft as hubby is watching football !!

Monday 28 October 2013

Gold Christmas Candles

Good morning everyone I hope that all my Friends and  Followers are safe this morning the storm has really battered parts of England today thankfully as I live in the North East of the country we have missed the worst of  the storm.
Now for my post something a little different today. Last Christmas I made some of  these decorated candles to give to friends as small gifts. This year I have been asked to make six more for one of my friends who wants  to give them as presents. This is the first instalment these are the gold ones I am currently busy finishing the red ones.
The candles are all of a theme and are started with a basic cheap £2 white candle from Tesco but they look stunning when decorated.

Candle Recipe

White candle Tesco
Sentiments LOTV Grunge Christmas Stamps
Spellbinders Poinsettia die
Quick Kutz scalloped die for the base
Lace, pearls and ribbon from my stash
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts
Gold Mirra Card
Gold pearlescent paper
Patterned paper Kasercraft Turtle Dove Collection
Gold embossing powder
Heat Gun
I hope you enjoy looking at these they look very festive photographed together and I will post the red ones very soon. I'm just waiting for some large cellophane bags from eBay to arrive then I'll finish each of them off by putting them in the cellophane bag tied with a ribbon and finished with a tag.
Before I finish my blog today I want to send my thoughts to my friends Lyn and  Eric. Just heard from Lyn  Eric has just been taken to hospital this morning and is very ill we love you Eric and are thinking of you today.
Hope you  all have a fantastic week doing lots of nice crafty things.
I have entered these in Crafty Little Fairies challenge" Anything Goes "http://craftylittlefairieschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/



Wednesday 23 October 2013

Brown Reindeer Christmas

Good morning everyone hope the week is going well for all my friends and  followers. I've been decorating and cleaning most of the week so  just finished this card last night. The image I have used on todays post is one that I bought  a couple of years ago and is still one of my favourite Christmas stamps. Its made by a local company called  Crafty Individuals http://www.craftyindividuals.co.uk/ they are an on line company specialising in rubber stamps and are based not far from me in Yarm. The stamps are quite unusual and the site is worth a look. I've also used  a couple of gorgeous Christmas Reindeer buttons I got a while ago from a Craft shop in Whitby.

I have made the card with Kraft card and the lovely Krafty Christmas papers from Lili of the Valley. I stamped the images with Memento Ink Rich Cocoa.

Card Recipe

Blank Kraft Card from Hobbycraft
Papers Krafty Christmas LOTV
Brown Card Ross Papercraft show
Snowflake Rudolph stamp Crafty Individuals
Reindeer stamp Hot of the Press stamped onto mat
Sentiment stamp Whimsy Stamps Winter Letter Seals
Marianne snowflake die
Ribbon and  lace from my stash
Reindeer buttons craft shop in Whitby
Glitter Reindeer from The Range but  a couple of years ago
Memento Ink pad Rich cocoa
Peg from stash
Val and  Ed you will recognise the small peg knew it was worth repairing and saving for a craft project !!
After all our work this week on the house we are having one of our Pensioner days out today as a reward its not too good weather wise but if it dries up I think it will be fish and  Chips at the Magpie Café in Whitby.
Enjoy the rest of your week and  keep crafting.
I'm entering this card in The Ribbon Girl challenge





Friday 18 October 2013

Lili of the Valley Christmas Bunting

Good afternoon to all my friends and  followers and thank you to those of you who have commented  on my recent cards I really appreciate your kind words. Todays card is made with a stamp I bought  a while ago but haven't got round to using. Its called Christmas Bunting from the LOTV 2013 Christmas release. I also took the opportunity to use some of the new things I bought at the GNPE in Harrogate.

I love the image and coloured her with Copic and Promarker pens. I also used papers from one of the new LOTV paper pads Woodland Wishes the colours and  designs are gorgeous.

Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork Cards
Stamp Christmas Bunting LOTV
Sentiment stamp LOTV
Spellbinders Floral Oval die
Vintage Rose Frantage from GNPE
Lace and Organza trim from Dainty Crafts Washington and my local Craft store Boyes
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts White Roses and  White Winter Berries.
Rolled flowers Spellbinder die using LOTV paper
Paper LOTV Woodland Wishes GNPE
Card Tim Holtz
White vintage seam binding Live and  Love Crafts
Small gold stars from shop in the Grassmarket Edinburgh threaded on fine gold wire
Memory Box die bow and star.
Distress ink for edges
Cream mesh behind image from Craft shop in Whitby
Rolled Flowers distressed with white Gesso
I have just returned from an all day training event on Safer Recruitment so feel I've been talked at all day so am planning a nice quiet evening with a glass of wine.
Hope you all have a great weekend unfortunately we are painting the kitchen and giving it a general spring clean so nothing exciting for me.
I am entering this card in the Lili of the Valley monthly challenge Anything Goes and The Ribbon Girl challenge. and Crafty Little Fairies challenge.



Wednesday 16 October 2013

Beaded Christmas Card

Good morning to all my friends and followers sorry its been a while since I posted but I have been away for a few days to London visiting our dear friends Val and  Ed. We had a lovely weekend with them .
Now for todays card I stitched this beaded design at my Craft Group two weeks ago Hazel who led the class is a whizz with these beaded designs . I have now put the design into a Christmas Card. I have to say these are the sort I'm always reluctant to part with as they take quite a while to stitch.


Card Recipe

Blank cream deckled edge card from Hobbycraft
Green glitter card from Paper Mill Washington
Bead design from my Craft Group
Beads some of my own and  some from my Craft Group friend Carol
Spellbinders die Resplendent Rectangles
Die cut bells from my friend Barbara think they are Marianne
Sentiment LOTV heat embossed with gold embossing powder
Lace from local craft shop Boyes
Kanban gems from my stash
Vintage White Frantage


I want to  thank Carol and Barbara who both kindly gave me the beads and the bells for this card  such great crafty friends
I'm now going to start cutting 60 snowflakes to be used at my Craft Group tomorrow they are making the snowflake acetate card  I posted  a little while ago. Veronica who leads the group is preparing the rest of the things. If it doesn't take me too long then I will hopefully finish a LOTV card I am busy making using some lovely things I got at the GNPE.
Enjoy the rest of the week the weather is horrible here very dull,cold and wet which I hate I'm thankful for my crafting on days like this.


Wednesday 9 October 2013

Stitched Christmas Card

Good afternoon everyone hope the week is going well for you. Its getting very cold here a real nip in the air so looks like Autumn is really upon us I also noticed in the garden this morning that my Winter Flowering Jasmine has its first lovely yellow flowers always the first sign of  winter. Enough of the weather the card I'm posting today is a pattern we did at Craft Class a couple of weeks ago and  I made it into a very traditional Christmas card. I love this holly paper the greens and  reds are so rich looking . Its by Kaisercraft.

Card Recipe

Blank Card Craftwork cards
Dark green card bought in Art/Craft shop in Litchfield
Stitched pattern from my Craft group
Sentiment Whimsy stamps Winter Seals stamped in forest green distress ink
Green velvet ribbon from Boyes my local craft store
Red Berries and Charm Wild Orchid Crafts
Pattern stitched in Anchor Marlitt Thread with Mill Hill seed beads
Holly paper Kaiser Craft
Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies
We are going out this evening for a meal with some friends . They have some Maltese friends staying with them at present so it will be nice to meet them again.
Also just some encouragement for Val on her Sober October for Macmillan Charity. Keep going you can do it. Nearly day 10 only 21 more to go thats a third of the way!!
Enjoy the evening whatever you have planned


Sunday 6 October 2013

Birthday Card for Ed and GNPE

Good morning hope you are all having a good weekend. Today I am posting a card I have made for our best friend Ed .It was his birthday last week and I made this card with an ice skating theme. When he retired he took this up as one of  his hobbies and I know how much he enjoyed doing it. He hasn't been too well lately but I am sure this reminds him of his ice skating and spur him on with his treatment and be able to get back on the ice
I really love this Marianne stamp and the banners. I struggled to find some ice skate charms tried lots of places but finally found some on a lovely site on eBay. I have spoken to Ed since his birthday and  know that he loved the card.

Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork cards
Stamp Marianne
Postmark stamp from Crafty Individuals
Sentiment stamps LOTV and the top of a Whimsy stamp birthday seal.
Postcard stamp LOTV
Twine from my stash
Ice skate charms from eBay site called Moon Jewellery
Papers and Candi Craftwork cards
Card Tim Holtz
Edges distressed with Tim Holtz paper distress tool
 Yesterday I enjoyed  a great day at the GNPE at Harrogate. I got to meet up with one of  my lovely followers Debra. This is a photo her son took of us. We both look so happy guess we were both enjoying spending all our money on the lovely craft goodies on sale.

I also want to thank my craft group friends Carol for driving and Veronica and Joyce for their company thoroughly enjoyed the day. I also got to meet Anne from LOTV who runs the LOTV Ideas to Inspire Blog. She was lovely and the Blog is terrific. As always I loved watching some great demos from Barbara Gray

Well quite a long Blog today lots to talk about. I'm now going to start cutting out then sewing putting interlining in some curtains for my Daughter in Law and also looking forward to tomorrow Michael and I are going to Edinburgh on the train one of our great Pensioner Days Out !!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Friday 4 October 2013

Christmas Card

Good morning everyone. Today I'm posting a Christmas card that is a little bit different I decided to  use a printed image and make an acetate window something I've not done before. I used some traditional colour papers in reds and greens and the card has a very warm traditional Christmas look to it.

These next two photos show the inside and side of the card again that dreaded acetate horrible to photo.


Card Recipe

Blank Card made from sheet of A4 cream card
Image from Ross Papercraft  Show Eston
Papers Green old Papermania pad and Red a present from my friend Barbara
Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8
Spellbinders Poinsettia die both from Michaels in USA
Lace from Dainty Crafts Washington
Sentiments Lili of the Valley Grunge Christmas
Acetate from stash
Hope you enjoy this festive card. I'm going to the GNPE at Harrogate tomorrow with some of my Craft Friends I have a few things on my shopping list but no doubt I will blow the budget as I always do there are always some fantastic new things and  some bargains to be had, I'm also planning to meet Debra one of my followers so that is exciting and I'm looking forward to seeing her for a lovely chat.
I hope you all enjoy the weekend and the weather is good its horrible here today pouring down and to top that I'm going to the dentist this afternoon.


Tuesday 1 October 2013

Lili of the Valley Theme Thursday Winner Prize Stamp

Good morning everyone today I am posting a card  I have made with the stamp I won in the Lili of the Valley Theme Thursday draw. Its called Cake Glorious Cake and  I think its a lovely image. I decided on the two colour scheme and  the pale colours and am pleased with the results. This is the first time I've used the Memory Box bow and star die and think this will feature on more cards in the future. Its also the first time I've used Gesso.


Card Recipe

Blank Card Craftwork Cards
Pink Card Tim Holtz
White embossed card Ross Papercraft Show Eston
Stamp LOTV Cake Glorious  Cake
Dies Spellbinders, Memory Box, Marianne and  Magnolia Doo Hickey
Lace from my stash
Ribbon Live and  Love Crafts
Flowers Wild Orchid Craft
Bead trim made with beads from my stash and  topstitch thread
Sentiment stamps Lili of the Valley
Image coloured with Promarkers and Copic pens.
Paper edges distressed with a Tim Holtz distress tool
Vintage White Frantage

This is the first time I've used  these new orchid  flowers from WOC I think they are so  elegant and  look great. I also painted the edges of the leaves and the rose with Gesso.

I also want to welcome Debra my 10th follower hope you enjoy my Blog Debra. You are very welcome.

This is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month so please give generously. Also my friend Val is starting a dry month no alcohol all of October !! to support MacMillan Cancer Research . Good luck Val .We'll crack the champagne together in November.


Hope you  all have a fantastic week and make time for the things you love doing.
I have entered this card into Live and  Love Pink Challenge for October