Saturday, 11 July 2015

Monday, 7 April 2014

a 70th Birthday card

I made this card for my Scottish friend, who was 70 on the 6th April.  Incidently, it would have been John and my 52nd wedding Anniversary, but, it wasn't to be.

The card is  satin finish card, with an embossed square, inked round the edge.  The circle is lace' placed on sparkly paper [well, it had to be sparkly !].  The 70 is cut out, covered with crumpled kitchen foil and coloured with alcohol inks.
I found the butterfly die cut in my cuttle bug box.  It is a Tim Holtz.  Cut out in parchment, then embossed and mounted on shiny paper.

Not having done craft for quite a while, due to an emotional time lately, I was quite pleased with the finished product and hope she likes it too

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Candles

I decorated four candles as thankyou presents.. Very easy really, made with metal sheets cut out with a fir tree die, on my Cuttlebug. Then, I dry embossed them with a plate which looed like branches.  I fixed them round with tiny nails and finished off with peel off dots

Monday, 21 October 2013


I haven't been crafting lately for various reasons, but concentrated on my garden.  Pots mostly.  I love different grasses, so bought a new lot to replace ones that had seen better days.

Once they all get established they should make quite a nice show, blowing in the breeze.
Then this little man came along to say hello together with his friend who just loved the bugs that were dropping out of the old soil
  Winter pansies and Chrysanthunums have added colour too

Sunday, 4 August 2013

An energising drink

Boost your metabolism naturally with this ZERO CALORIE Detox Drink. Put down the diet sodas and crystal light and try this out for... a week. You will drop weight and have
TONS ON ENERGY! Sounds yummy!

Makes one big pitcher, re-fill water 3-4 times before replacing apples and cinnamon.

1 Apple thinly sliced (whatever your favorite is)
1 Cinnamon Stick

Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher and then the cinnamon sticks, cover with ice about 1/2 way up then add water.  I just add water and put the jug in the fridge.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Play Date Cafe Challenge

The colours for this weeks challenge.  SOO........
The Cuttlebug is out and cut out these images in orange [take my word for it, it IS orange!] and green.  Embossed butterflys in the corner.  The card is cream in case you were wondering!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Back on this planet!

Oh my! no blog post since March.  Not good, but I haven't been crafting for ages.  Lost my mo jo which is not unusal.
Been to my Daughters for a week and come back refreshed, so, might try something new.  I don't know what yet, but my Bessie has been doing crochet, so will find my hooks, and have a go.  No competition, just having a go.

A beautiful setting in Ellesmere, Shropshire, and the weather was made for relaxing by the pond.
being greeted by the Shetland ponies, and they let me hold the reins, before taken to the other field for a change of grass

 the pond where I sat was so peaceful, even with chooks wandering up to say hello. Then I fed them along with the ducks on the pond

Monday, 18 March 2013

Play Date Cafe challenge

This is my interpretation of the colours this week.
The stamp is 'Divine Silhoueette' from Stamps Happen, inked with Onyx Black Versafine.
The stamp down the side is from 'Artistic stamper'  Borders #2
I used a pro marker

for the dress and around the edge , then added black and white buttons from Papermania

A workshop with Mr Skinner

I went to Jennie Boxall's [Artistic Stamper] on Saturday, for the workshop with the one and only Andy Skinner.  A really talented crafter , and it was a pleasure to meet and work with him.
I can't tell you the mediums we used, there wer too many, but basically, It is rusted.  It does work and I am really pleased with my effort.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Octopode Factory Friday Challenge

This time we have 'Hearts' to play with, so I used'Queen of hearts', houses and patterns.  I used a cut out card, so she could stand out and tell everyone 'Home is where the Heart is'

My second Grandsons Birthday card !

One Birthday today, St Davids Day which is why he is named David. Sons Birthday tomorrow, but as David is very keen on cameras and filming, I put this together.  It is a proper photo, taken when my orchard was a park, well known in Sittingbourne.  This was taken in Edwardian times and has a lot of history connected to it.

Card for my Sons 40th Birthday

For a man who like clocks and watches, I thought this appropriate.  Not very Birthday'y but the best I can do and hoping he likes it. His  Birthday is tomorrow, the 2nd so hope he has a great day

Friday, 1 February 2013

Play Date cafe Challenge

After a loss of mo jo, I am back for this one.  I have called it 'butterflys and bubbles'  I used a butterfly stencil with the Cuttlebug, then chalked them with the fuchsia, and green background.  The bubbles are with fluid chalks.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

please read

these are my submissions for the eightbyeight

Friday, 9 November 2012

Octopode Factory challenge


Barbara Washington


I am one of three winners for my entry to Octopode Factory Challenge entry.  Nice feeling !!!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween challenge

This is 'Headless Spectre' who keeps losing his head in that castle. I dread to think what goes on in there !  The cat is by 'Oyster Stamps', but, I would say unavailable now, as got it yonks ago when I was holding tea bag folding workshops - oh my! that really is a long time ago.
The little button I found in a small haberdashery shop somewhere. 

The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge Blog

PDCC #155

Grab Our Badge!I found this very delicate stamp, whilst sorting my stamps out last week. I don't know who it is made by, as it is not mounted, and I found it lurking!

I coloured the image with pearlecent pastels

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Play Date Cafe challenge #152

Out of my chair to take part in this lovely coloured challenge. So, here is my effort.

Materials used -
black, white and mauve card
mixed purple and gold friendly plastic, mixed together and formed in a mould with small beads
kitchen towel coloured with Cosmic Shimmers
cards edged with a Marvy Metallic pen in purple
finished with purle and white gems

Saturday, 4 August 2012

lost mo-jo back !

I haven't done an awful lot of crafting just lately, due to a slight 'falling down the stairs' accident which knocked me back a bit, BUT as it was a Silver Wedding Anniversary coming up, I made the effort to get off my backside,, and make a card.  Not that it is very imaginative, but it was for two very special people, who I love very much.
Pearlised card with metal embossed centre, hearts and the 25 [which looks like 52 !]  The 'Best Wishes is powder embossed.
I am off to Bonnie Scotland for a month now, and DIL wants to try parchment craft, so must dig out my tools to take with me.The obligatory touch of sparkle round the centre metal and some confetti in the envelope lol

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Play Date Cafe Challenge

I have been making shabby chic flower brooches for charity. Camilles Appeal which is for childrens brain cancer tumours.
This one seems to fit the bill this week.

There is a die which can be used, but I cut these out by hand ! 

I just used spare fabric, and a button with the brooch pin on the back

Friday, 29 June 2012

Play Date Cafe challenge

Love these colours, so found a stamp I have, but don't know who made it, or what it is called. Just moon and sun!  So cut it out to hang up somewhere.
I used Inktense pencils.  I knew they would come in handy at some time or other !!

This is an ATC which means an Artists Trading Card where people from all over swap these little cards. They measure 2 1/2ins by 3 1/2 ins and they cannot be bought.