Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sunday Giveaway

Sunday, 29 March 2015
Hello friends

One hour less!?  I needed that for crafting!
It's been a little while since a giveaway so making amends today!

Following on from Friday's feline theme today I'm giving away a set of 
Kitty Play - a gorgeous set of dies featuring three cats, mouse, wool,
paw prints and a fishbone!

When I featured these dies recently I showed you the beautiful cards
that Yana from the Spellbinders Design Team had made.

 So effective using the silhouette of the die.
  Adding some coloured card behind.
All you have to do is leave a comment on today's blog post and 
mid week Elliott will pick out a winner.

Take care friends - enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Bird Houses

Saturday, 28 March 2015
Hello friends

Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner so I thought I would share the bird house
project I created last year.  This is a nice idea for mini eggs. 
There is a template that you can download and print here.
  For the bird house, if you can, print directly onto your coloured cardstock -
this saves time sticking a printed copy sheet onto cardstock and cutting around.
You do also need to print one onto normal copy paper (I will explain why later).

You then need to decide if you would like your birdhouse to have a straight edge sides
or a curved bottom (!) this will dictate where you score. Cut out the template.
You need to cut the circle, I've used Standard Circles Sml.
There isn't a template for the roof, but it is very simple - cut a piece of card 
measuring 6" x 3¾", I chose to use kraft card.  
I wanted a pretty roof edge and used the scallop edge from Classic Edges One

 Fold the roof in half. 
 From the additional print of the template on copy paper just cut out the
front section of the birdhouse.  You can then achieve the weatherboard look by cutting
strips of card and adhering across.
 You may want to ink the edges slightly - I chose white.
Keep adding layers until you've covered the front.
 This is how the reverse looks.  Once dry trim around and die cut the circle.
You will be overlaying and attaching this to the front of the house.
 Returning to your template, score along the dotted lines, fold and assemble.
You can then pop the roof on and attach some decoration. Done!

And if you are Ann Morris you may need to make one for each of your 13 grandchildren!
I think she's done a fantastic job - they look superb, well done Ann and congratulations
on two more grandchildren on the way!
Take care friends - I'm back tomorrow.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Friday Die Day

Friday, 27 March 2015
Hello friends

It's Feline Friday Die Day!
This week I've chosen Pawing Around - Cat.

This very cute set consists of 5 template pieces measuring approximately:

Hearts - 7cm x 6.2cm
Paw print 1 - 1.9cm x 2.2cm
Paw print 2 - 1.3cm x 1.3cm
Paw print 3 - 0.9cm x 0.9cm

This is what they look like cut/embossed.
I've chosen to make a cat sympathy card.
I noticed most shops now stock sympathy cards for the loss of a pet.
I used the heart featuring the cat face, traced around the heart shape and cut out to create
a cream card backing.
My card base - a strip of dotty patterned paper adhered down the left hand side.
It was then simple...stamped the sentiment down the right hand side (Lawn Fawn stamp),
placed the heart bottom central to the card front. 
Added a paw print (middle size) and flower - the flower is Marisa's Bouquet -
this set hasn't left my craft desk, I love the assortment of flowers and leaves.

Pawing Around - Cat is available on the website here - a special price today!
Pawing Around - Dog is also available here, again at the special price.
Of course, the card design would work equally well for both cat and dog.

Take care friends - wishing you all a 'purr-fect' weekend!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Bomb and Sunflower!

Thursday, 26 March 2015
Hello friends

I'm pleased to say no risk of the WW2 bomb in London today,
instead they brought it just a few miles from my home and detonated it!
We heard the 'boom' and was shocked just how loud it was.
I read somewhere that there is still many bombs under the streets of London
and fine if left undisturbed...!

Okay..back to craft!
Today's project is a gift box, it's a recycled box that I covered and decorated.
It features Create A Sunflower and the label shapes are Labels Thirty Eight.
Some time back I featured Create A Sunflower as Friday Die Day and there 
is a full tutorial here.

There is a new range of Create A Flower dies, just in time for Spring, they include:

and Peony

These are all available on the website (just click on the flower name) at a bargain price 
and previous Create A Flower dies are reduced too.
I will be doing tutorials on the new flowers soon, possibly videos if I enlist the 
help of Elliott (but he is rather engrossed in his new computer!)

And talking of Spring and flowers, yesterday when walking Bella I discovered so many 
bees buzzing about.  I'm so pleased Spring is here.

Also, yesterday's post showed Bella napping and I received a few enquiries
regarding my flowery bedding - it comes from Ikea and is called Rosali.

Take care friends and stop by tomorrow for Friday Die Day.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

It's A Wrap!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Hello friends

Yes I'm back and focusing on chocolate!
This wrapper features Hearts A Flutter, such a pretty die and I love the birds in flight.
I've added some flowers and gemstones and the cream card is embossed with Impressabilities.
This is one of my demo pieces, again because it is quick and really highlights the die.
Hearts A Flutter is available on the website here.

I think someone is pleased I'm home - she's taking a few liberties and
napping on the bed!  Oh well....

Back to City job tomorrow, I had better get my skates on and prepare Friday Die Day!
(That's assuming they have defused the unexploded WW2 bomb which is quite near where I work!)
Take care friends.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Home from Durham

Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Hello friends

A later blog post today as got home quite late last night and fell into bed
feeling tired but happy.  Also had a rather excitable Bella on my hands!

 I had a brilliant time at the Crafty Nook in Durham.
Susan Platten is the owner of this craft oasis situated in Durham Indoor Market.
It may look a little shop but believe me lots and lots is crammed inside.
That's Susan in the front of the photo with a plate of sandwiches - she had 
provided lunch for everyone who came along to the demo, I couldn't quite manage
a ham and pease pudding sandwich - I'm just too much of a Southerner!
 I managed to snap a shot of the market, it is busy and bursting with stalls.
I miss markets like this, my own town market is un-visited and fallen into decline.
 And as I was leaving Durham the sun shone beautifully.
It is a wonderful place and I hope to visit again later this year and fit it some sight seeing time.
Thanks to all the lovely ladies that came along to the demo and especially to 
my blog followers - (Linda, your card and treats for Bella are truly lovely).
My next tour stop should be Chester, but keep checking as more venues are coming in.

Take care friends.

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