Happy half birthday

I have been seeing loads of designs with cats on lately and wanted to make a card for my friend.  However her birthday is in December, so I decided to make her a “half birthday” card!

I used a TiddlyInks digital stamp, coloured it with Copics and cut it out.  I then used a dotty stencil and distress ink for the background.  I made another stencil by cutting out paw shapes and using the holes as the stencil.  The sentiment is stamped in Stazon black ink.


I am entering this card in … TiddlyInks Challenge #183 Happy Birthday


TiddlyInks Challenge #183

This is my card for the new TiddlyInks challenge.  The digistamp is called Schoolboy from TiddlyInks.  I coloured it in with Copics, then cut it out.  I stamped a Kraft baseboard with some Crafter’s Companion Journal Jottings stamps using Distress Ink.  Then I die cut the numbers and added Distress Ink again.  Stuck them on, added the image with sticky buds and die cut the words Happy Birthday on white card coloured with Distress Ink.



Green Elf card

I discovered Julia Spiri digital stamps about a week ago, and bought a couple of images.  The first one is a little elf which I have coloured with my Copic Markers.


I hand drew around the edges of the various papers and scuffed up the edges, then added a couple of brads and some buttons and ribbon.  The base card is a Gorjuss card blank and envelope.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp free with Creative Stamping magazine a while ago.

Not sure who this card is going to yet.

A sock!

Amazing I know, but I’VE BEEN KNITTING!!!  My friend Anne who has recently opened Yarn O’clock asked me to take a ball of one of the new colours of Arne & Carlos sock yarn to knit a sample for the shop.  This is sock 1.  Basic 60 stitches, round and round with a heel flap, knitted top down.


Arne & Carlos sock yarn from Yarn O’clock

I have started the second one from a different starting point in the ball to see how different it might turn out.


In our living room we have some original pencil drawings which we bought a few years ago at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, which is held every year at Gordale Garden Centre on the Wirral. The drawings are by the excellent artist Jamie Boots.


The Lookout Post



Restless Slumber

We also have one by Jordan Price from last year, a young artist who was inspired by Jamie.





Whenever we go to the exhibition, we wander around and look at all the pictures mumbling to ourselves that maybe we could do it.  We’ve said it for years now and not done anything about it.  Colin started to have a go last year but I’ve never drawn in my life so had no idea where to start..

Towards the end of last year Colin noticed that there was a workshop on wildlife drawing in March taken by none other than Jamie Boots!  He decided he wanted to go so I thought I’d go too for a weekend away doing something different.  I had no expectations and hoped the subject wouldn’t be too complicated for a beginner.  So off we went to Kettering a couple of weeks ago.

There were 15 people at the class, most of which had been to one (or more!) of his workshops before.  On the desk everyone had the same photo of a lion.  We all gathered round while Jamie explained the first part of the drawing – the outline and shading – and then we had to go and make a start.  He then came round everyone individually offering advice, before gathering for the next bit and so on.

Half way through day 1 I had produced this and was feeling rather chuffed with myself….


The second day was about learning the techniques for filling in the detail.  We weren’t expected to finish the drawing by the end of the two days, but I was even more chuffed with what I’d done by the time we came home.


I haven’t added a great deal since then but I think you can see there is more detail to the side of the nose, the outline and the chin…..


I hope to finish it but it may take a while as it is quite time consuming. But having gone not even expecting to draw a cartoon worm, I think I did pretty well.

A couple of sewn things

I joined a sewing class.  Well it’s not exactly a class.  You take along what you would like to work on and then if there are bits of the process you aren’t sure of or haven’t done you ask the teacher, Rachel, for help.  To be honest there hasn’t really been anything I couldn’t have done by myself but it is reassuring to have someone watch what you do and say that you are doing it right.  I only have one more week left so I want to get zips right and tackle a buttonhole.

At the moment I am working on a simple A-line skirt but over the last few weeks I have made some other things.  I made a Dottie Angel dress (Simplicity 1080), using this pattern.


It is possibly a bit “Little House on the Prairie” but I like it.  At this time pf year I am wearing it as above, with jeans, boots and a long sleeved top, but in the summer I will wear it as a dress.  All the fabrics came from Abakhan and it cost me less than £20 to make.  I need to get some better photos though (where I don’t look so grumpy!!).

I also made some knitting project bags.  These have a square bottom, and I made 6 from 12 fat quarters.

They are going to be on sale at Yarn O’Clock.  I’m very excited to tell you that my friend Anne has opened a brand new yarn shop in Mold, Flintshire.  She has a Facebook page and blog so far and is carrying mostly British yarns.  I went over to help her fill shelves and also to help on her first day of opening.  This is the shop…

She has some Rowan, West Yorkshire Spinners, Jamieson & Smith, John Arbon, Fyberspates, Chester Wool Company, Patons, and KnitPro needles and hooks and other accessories.  She is hoping to get an online shop up too but at the moment is just getting the bricks and mortar shop up and running.  I’m sure she would take a telephone order though.  Please support her, I really want her to be successful.