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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Happy birthday Izzy Lou

Today Jen's youngest grandchild, Isabelle, celebrates her third birthday.  This is one of the cards I made for her.

I used an image from a Lili of the Valley Art Pad and cut it with a Spellbinder die.  I then cut several shapes from coloured card for decoration.

I allowed the shapes to hang over the edge and then trimmed off the excess.

I'm quite happy with how this turned out and it took very little time.  Hope you like it.

TTFN Jude xx

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Craft room update

Good morning all, hope you are having a good week. Today I thought I would show you the progress we are making on updating our craftroom.

The room isn't huge, about 12' by 10', but not small either, but with two of us occupying the space it was starting to feel really overcrowded and cluttered. 

So we decided to have a little makeover, which turned into a not so little makeover, but we did resist the temptation to take down the wall and extend into the kitchen lol. 

As you can see it was just sort of gathered together before, nothing matched and we just used what we had for desks and furniture.

And squeezed as much as we could into the space lol. But we decided it was time for a change so chose some plain white cabinets and a walnut block worktop. 

New cabinets going in
We spent most of last weekend emptying the room, building and fitting new cabinets and then putting everything back in. 

two new workspaces, one each ;o)
As you can see the main DIY work is completed, but not the organising of everything into their new homes.

Lovely big cabinets to house all of our goodies.
But it is amazing that by just changing the colour of the furniture, how much lighter and brighter the room feels. 

shelves in desperate need of sorting!
We seriously need a sort out of some of the craft stuff, especially all those magazines that are just stored on top of the Ikea unit! But we will get there, a little at a time lol. 

Thank goodness for Ikea cabinets, they hold loads.
And yes, we do have a Bigshot, and an Ebosser, and a Grand Calibur and a Cuttlebug!!!! lol, well we did combine two craftrooms into one lol. 

Starting to take shape
It's still very much a work in progress, but we are enjoying seeing it take shape. 

Oh - more cluttered shelves, but we do have the odd couple of soft toys to look at too :o))
Hope you have enjoyed this little tour of our room. We will update the pics once it's completed.

Take care and I'll see you soon.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

All that glitters

Hello again crafty friends :)
I promise that these are the last wedding anniversary cards!!

This one is so simple, just 2 circle dies, an alphabet die, and some high gloss gold card.

I used a simple stamped sentiment and matted that with more of the gold.

For this one I used a piece of decorative paper and embossed a stamp with liquid platinum embossing powder.

I then used some gold peel-offs for the message at the bottom.

Two quick and easy cards, but very effective.

TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 25 May 2015


Good morning, hope you are all enjoying a nice long weekend. We have been super busy fitting new cabinets in the craftroom so no crafting has been done, but I'm hoping to get to some later today. 

Today's card is the one I made for my hubby for our 14th wedding anniversary last week. I used paper and washi tape from the May Simon Says Stamp kit.

Then I used Sizzix scalloped hearts in 2 sizes and an MFT Stamps stripes coverup for some interest.

I used a small tag and a Mama Elephant stamp for the sentiment. I stamped it with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

I made the 'To My Husband' and 'Happy Anniversary' stamps up from different words in a Molly Moo set and stamped them with Jet Black Archival ink on to white card stock. 

Then I finished it off with a couple of gold star brads and stuck it all to a 7 x 7 card blank. 

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Birthday memories

I don't have a card to share with you today.  Instead I want to show you a picture of me and Jen with our parents and brother. This was taken at my grand daughters christening, just a few months before Dad was taken ill.

Today would have been his 67th birthday, the second since his passing, and it still doesn't feel right that we can't share it with him.  
We are going to have a family meal at his favourite restaurant and laugh and tell jokes at his expense, just like he would want.

So happy birthday Dad, you old fart.  We miss you tons and love you more.  Until we meet again xx

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Craft Artist Frame

Good morning all, today's is a very quick and easy project.  Our cousin's little boy was one last week, so as well as I few gifts I made him this frame for his birthday. 

The frame is an 8 x 8 deep box frame from The Range, and I used Craft Artist Software to produce an 8 x 8 scrapbook sheet.

I used the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) digikit for the background and the image in the corner. Then I used a letter from another kit for the 'S'. I made it really big and changed it to black so it would really stand out. Then I printed the page on to white card. 

Then I used scrabble tiles for the rest of his name and stuck them down with Cosmic Shimmer glue. 

A really quick and easy piece, but will still look lovely on his bedroom wall. 

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Friday, 22 May 2015

Second set of anniversary cards

Hello again.  I have a couple more of Jen and Alan's anniversary cards to show you today.  The first one I made a few weeks ago with their anniversary in mind. 

 As Jen and I share a craft room I couldn't easily finish it without her seeing. I sneakily added the sentiment, hand stitched marks and some Wink of Stella, to finish it off, while she was napping :)

I don't use peel-offs very often but I liked the look of this one.

The second card uses just two stamps and a number die.  Making these cards has highlighted the fact that we need a good anniversary stamp.  The one I used was the best of a bad bunch!

The Xcut numbers are a great size for a feature on a card.  These ones are cut from bright gold mirror card.

Hope you like these two cards.  TTFN Jude xx

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