Sunday, 30 June 2013

For that Special Day!

Hello and this is just a quickie to say hi and to let you all know in blogland that I am still alive and kicking!!!

Anyway this is a wedding card I was asked to make for someone and I love the create a scene stamps that were designed ages ago by Sheena Douglass. They are just perfect for a wedding card but also for Christenings and even bereavement cards!

Anyway I made an 8 x 8 card and as it had the flowers and bow on it I also made a box for it. I think it is always nice to make a box for that special card!

So here is the card

And here is the box.

Hope you are all having a good Sunday.
Happy Crafting

Jane xx

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Happy Retirement Colin

Well today June 2nd is the official retirement day for my lovely hubby Colin. He decided to accept the offer of early retirement after working for Manchester City Council for 39 years...that sounds like forever but he has been with them since he left school!

His last day on Friday was obviously an emotional one for him I think he coped pretty well with it although I don't think its fully hit him yet that that's it as far as full time work is concerned. He may or may not look for a little part time job just to give him some spends now he is to be a kept man! lol.

So on Friday he wanted to say thanks and good bye to all his colleagues by taking in a few treats. I made him some chocolate fairy cakes which I think went down pretty well.

He also took a few sausage rolls and cheese straws plus a few more nibbles for them.
When he arrived home he had a lovely pressie off them all and a card plus a few more cards and pressies from individuals. I know he was touched by their generosity.
I couldn't let the day go unnoticed and I did make him a card myself for him. I used some of the Create a scene stamps from Creative expressions when Sheena Douglass designed for them. I hadn't used them in ages and had forgotten how lovely they are to use and build up scenes. I used the seaside set for this card. I stamped onto the reverse of centura pearl card and then water coloured the picture I created. I think it worked out quite well. I know Colin liked it.
Then last night we went out to celebrate at Red Hot World Buffet in Manchester. I still feel full!!!
It was a lovely relaxed evening but we were both glad to get home and get our PJ's and comfy trousers on.

Cheers to you all!
Happy Crafting

Jane xx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Pinch Punch and all that!

I can't believe we are here again with another challenge for you all!
Well done to our latest winner. Enjoy the vouchers...I know wjhat I would do with them...I have a list as long as both my arms of must haves but they are all now on my wish list!
Anyway I have just had a week off and I am feeling rather relaxed and content and ready for the the next 7 weeks of work! It doesnt sound so bad said in chunks! However my wonderful OH is finishing work today and retiring ( early)... so jealous! I will be going to work and leaving him being a house husband and I know he will be so good at it...he does most of the house stuff anyway.

Hasn't it been is a bit brighter today as I am writing this and it promises to be a better weekend. It will be a good weekend anyway with Barbara Gray on the telly with the Classroom show on Saturday abd the nornmal clarity shows on Sunday. I do love them as it lets us all see the fab cards the design team and Barbara have created. And the classroom we get to see all the homework that has found its way to Barbara.

On to the challenge for June. Summer is the time when many people get married so we have the theme Mr and Mrs. To enter you must create a project that uses clarity stamps only and any other materials around the theme of weddings and anniversary. I think the DT enjoyed this one and the cards are all amazing. Pop over to the Clarity Stamp blog for a nosey at their wonderful designs and for more details of the challenge and how to enter.

I decided to go with anniversary and used the 2 sizes of the lily of the valley -large and small.
Here is the card I made

I started off by stamping and embossing the images onto Theuva card with silver embossing powder. I then used pale green promarker to colour the leaves and edge the card. I then matted each topper on to silver mirri card.
I then needed a sentiment so I used the one I had got with the New Design Club but is available to buy from clarity. Its called Love you. I stamped and embossed this in silver and edged the card in the same way as the toppers and matted it on to silver card.

Once I had got all my toppers I cut some ferns and flourishes out of silver and pale green card and made a bow from my ribbon. I also coloured the ends of the hat pins using the same promarker as I had coloured the leaves.

I also cut a piece of white card 2cms smaller than my 8 x 8 card and edged that with the green promarker. I attached a piece of ribbon onto this smaller card then attached that to the base card. I then arranged the toppers going for an angle with the lily of the valley toppers then I put the ferns, flourishes, bow and pins to finish the card off.

I hope you like the card and that it helps to inspire you to enter the challenge. 
I also want to enter this into the Crafting for all seasons Wedding/ Anniversary Challenge.
I welcome any comments you would like to leave me. Happy Crafting
Jane xx