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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Cards for men using digitally altered photographs.



Had a wonderful holiday in the camper van and joined friends at a campsite in Weymouth July 2019.

These are a couple of fabulous (originally colour) photographs that my husband took of some lobster pots and a boat at Lulworth Cove and also of Portland Bill Lighthouse.

Changed them digitally in one of the many apps that are available and simply matted onto charcoal card.

Here's to the next adventure; whenever that may be?! 🤷‍♀️🚙😎Lol.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Craft Concepts Sun Ray Embossing folder and Spellbinders PA Scribe Father's Day Card



I loathe making cards for men and after trying (very trying!) many attempts at different styles, this was the best of the lot.  I haven't used this folder before and thought it would tie in well with the quote that I wanted to put inside it.


"A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way."


Used Spellbinders PA Scribe die for the main body of the card.  Craft Concepts Sun Ray embossing folder for matting and Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp.

Now onto my next card for a man.  Help!


Sunday, 7 June 2020

Beginners Crochet and Vintage Eyebright Doily

For years and years I have always wanted to be able to crochet but no matter how many times I have been shown I have never been able to get the hang of it.

I think it may have been partly down to the fact that I am left handed and was always shown with the hook in my left hand and apart from handwriting I actually do 99% of other things right handed.

Anyway, I have recently picked up the knitting needles again and thought with the aid of YouTube I would try and have a go at crochet again.

Found a fabulous site called Bella Coco - How to crochet for absolute beginners.  Here are my first few goes that I started on 23 May with the wool I had left over from the baby hat.









My Mum in law then sent me some proper crochet yarn and some old Crochet Monthly magazines with crochet charts in.  She recommended that I start with this one.


However, this meant that there was no lovely Bella Coco to follow.  Instead I had to follow this chart.

It's like learning a completely new language!

Anyway, I (sort of) completed it a couple of days ago and here it is.


It's not identical on the last few rounds as I knew I wasn't going to have enough yarn and I was trying to get away with it.  I didn't!

It has got several mistakes in it where I haven't chained enough or I have chained too many and my tension needs to improve but from starting from a complete novice to an almost completed doily of about 12 inches diameter in about two weeks, I am very happy.

It has now been pulled back, yarn washed and ready for my next beginners piece.  And if I can do it, anyone can!





Friday, 5 June 2020

Baby Boy Giraffe Card


Made using 5cm letter dies and a giraffe die, all non branded.

Gluing on the giraffe spots was a nightmare as they are so tiny so I won't be in a rush to use this die again! 😁

This has now gone off in the post with the baby hat and nappy cover to the most beautiful baby I think I have ever seen.  Awwww!




Monday, 1 June 2020

Sue Wilson Australian Collection - Sydney


Made using Sue Wilson Australian Collection - Sydney die.

 I needed to make an engagement card to post today and found I don't have a single stamp that says congratulations or engagement.

Use the printer I think.  I also do not have any ink in the printer!

I wish now I had made it in a different colour as I think this really heavy and I couldn't find a good match in my ink pads but I'd been struggling with another card and had just had to pull back two rounds of crochet and was losing the will to live so here it is. 😁😁

Keep smiling and stay safe.  😎


Saturday, 9 May 2020

Knitted Giraffe Baby Hat & Nappy Cover



There is a new baby boy due in the family very soon and as grandmother and greatgrandmother are both very talented crafters and have already been busy with quilts and crochet hooks I decided to have a go at knitting again.

I would love to be able to crochet and I don't know if it's because I'm cack handed, even though I knit right handed, I just don't seem to be able to get to grips with it.

Anyway, there are not many knitting patterns out there for this sort of thing (masses of crochet ones) but I eventually found one.

I really wanted a giraffe one as they had chosen a giraffe soft toy for baby  so I thought it would be nice.  Trouble was I really didn't like it in yellow.  So tones of grey it is.  Lol.

Now, I am aware it is not the best piece of knitting in the world.  I was amazed at how much I had forgotten!   I am also aware that the face bears a strong resemblance to a pig but if the Simpsons can have a Spiderpig the I can have a Pigraffe. 😀

Hope you're all safe and well in lockdown.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Sue Wilson Madeleine Card


Made using Sue Wilson Madeleine die.

Kept very simple with threaded ribbon and a die cut butterfly.

Hope everyone is keeping well and coping during these extraordinary times.  xx