All Dressed Up

I recently entered a giveaway on the All Dressed Up Digital Stamps Facebook page.  You submitted a card to their gallery and a random number was drawn.  My number came up!!  I’d only just joined the group too so I was really surprised!  My prize was to choose three free images from All Dressed Up Etsy store.  I chose ‘I love my puppy’, ‘A little me time’ and ‘All wrapped up’ because it had a knitted scarf in the design.

So this card is the one I am going to enter for the next challenge.  If you want to enter click here.

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I used the ‘I love my Puppy‘ image.  I wanted to use yellow because I’d seen it used recently on another blog.  Blue always goes well so I coloured most of the image in.  But I left the hair til last and couldn’t decide on Blonde, brown, black or red.  None of them seemed to suit.  So I thought why not blue.  That way it kept the whole image in the same two colours (apart from a couple of very pale green leaves).

Copic marker colours used were:  Face E000, E00, R20;  Blue B32,B93, B95;  Yellow Y11, Y06, Y02, Y08

I then rummaged through my papers and found the blues and yellows, stamped the sentiment and die cut it.  Then added the flowers and pearls.  There is a bit of blue Sakura Glaze pen on the little flowers and the hair tendrils but it isn’t clear in the photo.

If friends were flowers……….

This is a random card with no-one in mind, I just liked the image and wanted to colour it.

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Tiddly Inks image again coloured with Copics, sorry I didn’t write down the colours.  The backing papers were offcuts which I bought at Crab Apple Crafts in Frodsham.  Again the sentiment was from a magazine freebie.  Some of the magazines give great free gifts, like Creative Stamping magazine.  You can see the glossy accents better on the centre of the flowers, the gems and paper flowers are from Hobbycraft and other local craft shops.

A card for Mark

I have a Welsh friend who is two days older than me.  We met when we were working together and have kept in touch since I left there 19 years ago!!  (Yikes!).   Anyway it is his birthday on Thursday so I have made this card for him…….

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The dragon image is from Bugaboo stamps and the sentiment is a stamp which was free on a magazine.  I drew in the faux stitching around the edge of the card to match it.

Copics used: Reds R02, R05, R17, R27..  Browns E000, E00, E31, E35

Enjoy the little things………

I’m getting back into the swing of blogging, probably because I have things to show for my time.  I’ve been card making again and entering some challenges – and guess what?  I won one.  Well I say won, it was a random number draw and my name came up but I’m claiming it as a win.  It was the All Dressed Up July Facebook challenge and I submitted this card…. (you have to watermark them so the images can’t be stolen)

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The image is actually a freebie in the All Dressed Up FB group files, and is coloured with Copic alcohol markers.  I then stamped and coloured the butterfly twice, cut them out and layered them up.  I think the backing paper was a freebie with a magazine, and I bought the paper flowers in Hobbycraft.  There are some glossy accents but they don’t show in the photo.

My prize is to choose 3 images from the All Dressed Up Etsy store, but I can’t choose!!  There are 114 of them!

I’m leaning towards ‘I love my puppy‘, maybe ‘girl on a bike‘ and maybe ‘a little me time‘.  But I keep changing my mind!!

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep

So I am going to enter the TiddlyIinks challenge with this card.  I loved Janine’s card using the digistamp image For The Birds and immediately thought of the song Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.

I used 300gsm card and coloured the birds with Copic markers.  I then cut them out and arranged them on hand drawn branches and used gems for the circular part of the musical notes.  I coloured some silver peel offs with a blue Copic and used them as a border

I haven’t stopped singing the song in my head since I thought of it!!

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Change the banner, I’m a card making obsessive too!!

I’ve been away a while, I hope you will forgive me.  I am STILL having problems with my back and the latest is that I am going to have an operation to remove the bit of the disc that is protruding and pressing on the nerve and causing the pain.  Over Easter I ended up in hospital again, in the most excruciating pain but was sent home with painkillers.  We contacted the private hospital and I had an epidural a day later which worked miracles.  But I am still in pain and still on the awful painkillers, so the op it is.  Hopefully this will be an end to it although I will always be careful what I do in future.

Sooooooo, in the meantime I haven’t knitted a great deal.  I now have a craft room in the small bedroom but rather than filling it with my yarn I have filled it with fabric and card making supplies.  I’ve been learning to colour with alcohol markers, blending colours together and making shadows etc.

Here are some of the cards I have made lately.  I will try to put a single card per post in future but just wanted to get these up all at once………

………this one I made for Janey who does The Baarmygirls Podcast with me

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This one for Melissa, my friend’s daughter

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This is an interesting one, I posted a card on the Passionate Paper Creations page on Facebook and a lady asked me to take part in a contest by sending in a card.  So I made this one as it was also her 40th birthday.

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My mum gave me the fabric bees on this one and said “perhaps you could use them on a card?” so I did and sent it to her!!

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The next one has to be my favourite so far.  I have made it for my friend’s other daughter who has recently taken her GCSEs.  I know she is going to do really well so there were no worries about making this in advance.  The image is a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks

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I used Card-io Majestic stamps for this one, and stamped in different colours then embossed with clear powder

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When I posted that one on Facebook my step-sister messaged me to ask if I would make her one in autumnal colours that she could put in a frame!  I was very flattered and made one for her straight away.  I posted this off to her this morning……

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I have made a card this morning but it is for a contest so will need a separate post.

I have managed to knit a pair of socks for work.  I used the new Arne & Carlos sock yarn from Regia.  I bought the yarn myself and made them in my size so when they are not needed for display in the shop I can have them back!

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Talking of work, we have a summer sale on at the moment, if you spend over £10 and quote HEATWAVE at the checkout, you will get 35% off your entire order.  How good is that?  I think I might get the yarn to make another Moon Pulls jumper when I get my mojo back.

So there you have it, a quick catch up, sorry its a bit photo heavy!!

Sadness and creativity

Oh dear, nearly three months since my last post!!  I hope you are all still out there…….

It’s been eventful.  Firstly I still have a bad back/hip/leg.  I put it like that because I really don’t know which bit it is that is causing the problem.  I am still waiting for a physio appointment on the NHS(!).  I am so thankful to the NHS for so many things but really, 4 months until I see a physio for something that really should be gone by then.  I was originally told it was sciatica, and it would clear up in about 6 weeks. Humph!  I went to a private physio at first but no relief.  Then an osteopath, no relief, and am now seeing a chiropractor.  A bit of relief but only because I am still on the pain killers.  I tried to cut them down a bit recently but the pain worsened so I went back on them again.  It’s very frustrating, all from a simple action of holding a small child!!

Anyway, let’s get the rest of the doom and gloom out of the way.  My laptop died, but that was easily solved by buying a new one.  A lovely MacBook Air.

Then sadly we had to make the horrible decision to say goodbye to our beautiful girl, Susie, our golden labrador who we had from the rescue 6 years ago.  She just suddenly went off her food which is not like any labrador but especially not her – she used to inhale her food and it never touched the sides.  Following test it turned out she had metastasised tumours on her heart, spleen and the whole of her liver.  There was nothing they could do for her so we had to let her go.  It was only three weeks ago and we are still heartbroken.  I had a meltdown yesterday when I saw a dog the spitting image of her on the way home from work.  It just brought back so many memories.

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Well, moving on…………

I have become multicraftual!  Just before Christmas I decided to make Christmas cards.  However then the back went and I only managed to make a few for the closest friends and family.  I have been making since then though, but it does mean accumulating more stuff (more news on that later……).  I bought myself a Sizzix die cutting machine and have been playing about with that.  I’m not realising anywhere near it’s potential but I’m having a go.  Here are some of the cards I have made recently……

On the knitting front I haven’t really made much, my fingers are quite stiff at the moment and the middle finger of my left hand keeps clicking and getting stuck.  But I did make a little Tubby Tabby for my friend Mel for her birthday

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I have offered my very limited sewing skills to a friend whose daughter will be going to a school prom in Jume.  She is happy for me to attempt to make a prom dress!!  (I have warned them to have a back up plan!)  So far I have made a mock up of the skirt portion using an old bed sheet and it seemed to fit ok.  I am using Burda Kids pattern 9499.  In the meantime I practised my skills on a cute bunny.  I’m really pleased with it and am going to make another in some more flowery fabric.

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I mentioned accumulating more “stuff”.  Well the decluttering went quite well but things are spilling out again, especially craft stuff, so Colin decided that he would move his office stuff out of the small 3rd bedroom and we’d make it into a craft room for me!!  Yay!!!  It’s currently in the being emptied stage so I can’t really get an idea of what it will be like but it’s going to be so nice to have everything in one place rather than in corners of the living room and kitchen extension.  I’ll get a large-ish sewing table so the machine can stay out and lots of storage for fabric, yarn and card making supplies.  I am a bit excited.  And hopefully there will be room under the table for a four legged friend if one should happen to come along!