Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A summer full of crafting!

Good Morning...its a nice bright morning here today so Colin has decided to cut the hedges at the front so it gives me time to have a coffee and come and chat to you!

It's hard to think that this time next week I will be back at work!! I could quite get used to being a lady of leisure! But then work pays the bills so its a necessary evil!

I have had a very good summer break all told and managed lots of crafting which has to be good. I certainly know that when I eventually do retire I will be able to fill my days and I certainly will not be bored! 

Yesterday I had a bit of a crochet day! I still haven't finished my blanket for the computer chair so I had a push on making more squares to do it....I have massively underestimated how many I would need first time round and the blanket is no where long enough. It is nearly wide enough but needs more length....oh and the arms need covering. It's looking nice though. I will show you when it is complete and on the chair.

During my crafty sessions I have managed to make my Christmas cards. I thought I had done them all but I still have one or two special ones to do but I can manage that in the next holiday! It gives me something to aim for.

Anyway enough of my prattling are the cards I made for the July Clarity Show it happens the last one on Create and Craft. 

It was the launch of the new Clarity Christmas Stamps...they are so lovely!

I had a lot of fun making these and have used two of them again for some my own cards but I won't tell you which ones! Which would you choose?

Right I need to go and do a few odd jobs around the house! Have a good day whatever you decide to do!

Happy Crafting 

PS Don't forget that Barbara is back on telly this Thursday at 12 noon on the new channel for craft HOCHANDA

Have a look here

It's going to be great to see our Barb back!

Monday, 17 August 2015

3 Owls and a Hen

Good afternoon to you all. I now have two weeks left of my holiday. And I have done all my Christmas cards and one or two birthday cards ready for September ...getting ahead of the game as it were. I feel that come September I won't have a lot of time to do much crafting but pays the bills! I just have to hope that in the next two weeks I win the lottery!

I thought today I would share the final two cards I hadn't yet blogged from the June Clarity stamp show! 
FOr the first one I used the hen! She's a lovely big bird ( just like me....hahaha).
I stamped her in the middle of a piece of Gelli Card and then coloured her using promarkers. I masked her off and put the hexagonal stencil over her and just brushed lightly around the shape...I didn't even add any ink to my brush..just used what was already on the brown brush. I then stamped the nests along each edge turning th ecard as I went. I coloured these in and then matted and layered the card onto and 8 x 8 card.

The next card used the owls! 
I took a piece of dark brown card and stamped the owls in versamark then embossed them in some gold sparkly wow powder. I added versamark pen to the edges of the card and more embossing powder the matted and layer it onto a cream 8 x 8 card. I then added the sentiment stamped in brown archival then shadow stamped it in 2nd generation ink.
I think they look really cute all sitting there!

Right I best be off!
I have an appointment at the dentists and need to do a few things before I go there!
Have a good afternoon whatever you are doing!

 If you drop by for a nosey leave me a comment..I love seeing what you think!

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 6 August 2015


Good afternoon to all in blogland...have you missed me..probably not!

Since the last entry I have been ever so slightly busy with finishing work for the summer break then going to Crowborough for the Clarity Retreat! What a top event that is. If you ever get the chance to go then do it! Barbara is a fantastic teacher and Paul makes a great teaching assistant! Its also a great way to meet up with friends you only get to see on fb or once in a while!

So this afternoon I thought I would blog a card I made for the June show that I hadn't shown you yet...this cock is a very large stamp and I stamped and embossed him in some black sparkly embossing powder then coloured him in with promarkers. I then placed the inny of the stencil over him and using mountain rose and butterscotch adirondack inks brushed around him.
I matted onto black then an orange patterned paper I had in my stash then on to an 8 x 8 card blank. 

Hope you like it!

That's all for today!

Happy Crafting.