Sunday, 7 December 2014

It's Beginning to look like Christmas !!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in my house as you will see from the pictures below.

Haven't been able to do much crafting lately as I have been laid up for the last 2 weeks with an extremely bad arthritis flare up in my right foot.  I haven't even been able to walk or do anything without the aid if crutches and my wonderful husband has been doing almost everything for me, making all my drinks and food.  And then he put up all the Christmas decorations too - love him lots !!

Below are a few cards that I managed to get finished before my flare up.  All papers, embellishments and card etc purchased from Cardz n Scrapz

Firstly is a birthday card for a lady who loves her 4 dogs, all of which I have pictured on her card.

This birthday card was for a man who loves gardening and his Massey Tractor.

Next is a New Home card for a very good friend of our in the UK.  Her new home, with her daughter, is hopefully the start of a much brighter future for her.

This card was for my Mum who has been very ill lately and still is.  She has had a very serious operation and has to have more treatment soon followed by another serious operation.  This card was the least I could do and the most I could do at the moment .

This is a card I made for a swap, the criteria was to include a die cut and ribbon.  The die cut is made from a Sizzix Die. 

Last but by no means least is a card made for someone who loves running to give to her best friend & running mate.

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, here are pictures of some of our decorations.

On a very sad note I only recently found out that a very old friend of mine, Bob, passed away in September.  I was so shocked and upset at the news as he was a lovely old man and such a gentleman.  On the rare occasion that I was left to get home on my own after a night out, he would always make sure I got to my door and if I was ever feeling down, he would buy me a drink and make me laugh.  May you rest in peace Bob, it was a pleasure to know you and call you my friend.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Busy Busy Busy

It's been a busy couple of weeks since my last post and I have loads of cards to show you.  If you would alike to see all my Christmas cards form this year in one place then please click on the Xmas 2014 tab above and they are all there :) will be making a few decorations to show you too in the next week plus the obligatory Christmas Cake of course.  The fruit has been soaking in brandy for about 6 weeks no, so it should be just about right for the cake now.  Hope to make it tomorrow so that will have a couple of weeks or so to drink up a little bit more brandy - not a cake to eat before driving I think LOL
It's been a tough year for us this year so I hope everyone will be happy with just a handmade Christmas card.  With a little bit of luck on our side, we hope to resume normal service next year.

So here are my latest Christmas card makes.  (some names are hidden) All supplies purchased from Cardz n Scrapz and all my images are coloured with my Copics.  The first 2 cards are made from kits sent to me from DoCrafts as a gesture of good will after the incident I reported to you in my last blog.  They sent me 4 kits but I had two previously and they were shown in my last blog too.

Have also made a few other cards for babies and birthdays :)

Just had a look back on my blog and notice I haven't posted some recent bakes, so here are a couple of them ..............
Fruit Loaf

Apple & Cinnamon Cake (made more than once recently)

Chocolate Sponge with Vanilla Buttercream Icing (This one has also been made a couple of times recently)

This one is a Brack made with fruit soaked overnight in tea

Will show you my naked Christmas cake in my next post (in that I mean it won't be iced or decorated LOL)

Think that is about it for now, if you like what you see please let me know by leaving a comment and let other's now about my blog too.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

More HoHoHo than Whahaha !!!

I know we are in the run up to Halloween but I never have any requests for Halloween cards and not having any children it doesn't really mean much to us.

But Happy Halloween to all !!!

 However, now I have all my Birthday cards made for up to the end of January 2015, it was time to get cracking on the Christmas cards.

So I started with a few kit cards from DoCrafts purchased at my go to for all shop Cardz n Scrapz.  I must say I am usually very happy with the quality of DoCrafts but this year I have been very disappointed.  First of all I bought two "different" packets of papers which turned out to be almost identical - Both A4, one called Letter to Santa Paper Pack (32 sheets)  8 of the 32 sheets were foiled.

and the other Letter to Santa Patterned Paper (32 sheets) 8 of the 32 sheets were 4 plain colours (x2) and the remaining 24 sheets were identical to the package above.
All I could do was to complain to my supplier, who of course apologised but I couldn't send them back as I had already thrown away the packaging and stored them.

Then I purchased 4 different DoCraft kit cards and yet again the quality was disappointing - they were supposed to be 300gsm cards - well they were so weak I had to attach them to my own card stock.  This time I did complain and almost 2 weeks later I am still waiting for an explanation.  However, I have received an apology and as a gesture of goodwill they are sending me something. 

Anyhow, these are the cards which I made up, once adding to my own card stock.  I added gems and names to personalise them (names removed for blog though).

Other cards that I have made are all below, with all images being coloured, as usual, with my copics and all products used being purchased from Cardz n Scrapz.

This first card was for my dear friend Sue, who sadly lost her dear Dad recently.  They were very close so I know she is going to miss him dearly but she knows that myself and her friends are always there for her whenever she needs us.  Take care of yourself Sue and I hope your Dad rests in peace.

This card is decorated with gorgeous butterflies made by Ger at Littlesnippets.

I have made others but can't show them as they are personalised and their birthdays haven't occurred yet.

And just as a footnote, our new bed is amazing !!! I actually get all the sleep I need now and I don't wake up covered in aches in pains as much as I did before.  So although we spent more than we intended on it, it is worth it.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Leaves are Falling

Yes the leaves are falling, it must be Autumn.  But for the first few weeks in September you wouldn't have thought so as the weather was better than it was in August.  As soon as October came, so did the night frost and the leaves have started to fall.

Here are another batch of cards.  All made with items purchased from Cardz n Scrapz and all images coloured with my Copics.

So looking forward to my new bed arriving during the week, hopefully sooner rather than later in the week as I NEED a good night's sleep for a change.  We were looking at loads of beds end eventually settled on a gorgeously comfortable Irish made Respa Diamond bed with 3000 individual pockets springs and it even has a sprung divan, Can't wait !!

I finally got around to having my hair cut too, long overdue I can tell too, over 6 months !!! but the very talented Cathy at Bailey Hair & Beauty did a fantastic job and transformed yet again.  I had it coloured & highlighted too just like the picture below. Obviously the picture isn't of me LOL