Saturday, 16 June 2018

A birthday card for one of my Great Grandsons

Well for the last two days hubby and I have been busy re-instating our garden after we had the local housing association install a brand new fence and yes we did pay for it, and if anyone wants to know it wasn't cheap, it was shy of £400. but luckily he did do a grand job and I'm thrilled with the end result as it not only looks a 100 times better it also keeps my dog from wandering in to one jungle of a garden and onto the road.

As you can see it wasn't the easiest of jobs to do as we have a very bad slope and because both hubby and I are in our 70s we felt installing the fence was better done by a much younger person and he he did a good job to and very quickly but it did leave us to tidy up the borders and for hubby to construct the wooden decking over the drain cover, that does still need to be stained but I'm thrilled it all.
We still got to patch up the grass but need to get some seed so hopefully that will be sometime next week with any luck.
But before I started on the garden I finished of a card Id been creating for one of my great grandsons and he loves anything to do with space.

And this was made by using the Lisa Norton dies, and its mounted on mirri card which you just see through the holes from the Solar die at the back.
I hope you like the result, not sure I like my reflection though, hope it doesn't spoil the effect.
This Card is to be entered in the following Challenges:-

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

I do apologise for not posting very often on this Blog

Yes I know its been about 4 months since I posted any thing on here, but I co-run a Challenge blog The Paper Shelter every two weeks and then Im also on the Pink Gem Design Team and that also runs Challenges every two weeks it gets a bit busy over on my No.1 blog and although I have made quite a few cards I dont always get time to write up or photo the cards I make, but Ive a treat for you today I finished a card yesterday for my Son-in-law and felt you might like to see it.
My eldest daughter and her hubby have now moved to Jakarta in Indonesia for 5 years and its a very tropical country and after buying this die from Sue Wilson I thought it was a ideal for the card I have created I hope you do to.

The papers I have used are for the black and white one is a DCWV paper pack I found in my stash and the tropical one is a paper I bought on the internet as a download, I do hope he likes the result. Hes a insurance assessor so the black and white one I thought was ideal for his office and the other for the evenings and weekends,
This Card is to be entered in the following Challenges:-

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Beautiful stamps and dies from Chloe

I do apologise for being so slack here on my No.2 blog but to be honest I havent been in the best of health for the last couple of weeks and in fact I had to put off my followup appointment for my cataract with the optician but Im hoping to get signed off this Friday. Hubby and I have both been caught by the horrible cold, sore throat, cough etc and Ive got admit this is the first time in many years since I suffered from one, it must be that my immune system must still be compromised from all the health problems I had last year. Roll on Summer Im hoping it will boost me up to start to feel more like me and not like this awful stranger I am at the moment.
I was lucky enough to eventually receive my Chloe stamps and dies last week and I invested in some beautiful inkpads to help create these Birthday Cards, I do hope like them.

I used the Cheery Bloosom border twice for the background and the tree I used the trunk and bloosom top then the die. After I mounted it up and popped some glitter in the middles and along the bottom to create the ground. To finish of I used the sentiment stamp and then mounted it as shown in each of the colours in the photos.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

A bit of Sprakle

Good Morning to you on a January wet Sunday, oh Im so looking forward to lighter nights and days I find these dark days so miserable and depressing but I suppose to appreciate the nice days you have to endure the bad ones.
Anyway today's card is one I made with the Chloe stamps and dies, I do enjoy using them shes so sparkly with her designs and it cheers you up if nothing else.

I am daft I just went to add it and discovered I hadn't finished off editing it anyway here it is, its created with her poppy dies and stamps I haven't put a sentiment on it yet I will have to decide who to give it to, I hope you like the end result.
I hope you have a fab week, I have a couple of dental appointments to get my plate relined I'm just hoping the technician does a good job as at the moment it will come out when I eat and speak without the use of the fixadent so keeping my fingers crossed for that. 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

First Post for 2018

Good Morning Crafters, Happy New Year to you all, sorry Im a bit late in wishing you this but last Saturday I did at last get my second Cataract done so now Im going through the month of drops and Im really pleased with the outcome I have at last vision in my right eye though to be honest they had quite a job breaking down the cataract as it had started to go hard, so you can image how I looked when I came home it looked as if I had been in a fight with a boxer, but today its looking a hell of lot better nearly all the bloodshot has gone.
I hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and for me the New Year was extra special as my third great grandson decided to make an appearance and his parents being 1st time parents are learning all about looking after him and I wish them all the very best and thank you so much for giving me such a gorgeous baby Great Grandson.
I dont often show photos on either my facebook page of blog as now a days its not advisable so forgive me if I dont do so.
Anyway hear this is a set of cards I eventually finished of yesterday I havent as yet put any sentiments on them as I have found just recently its been necessary for me to make some quite thank you cards and I think these maybe just ideal for that or even sending love to someone, what do you think?

I must admit they were stolen from an idea  Francoise Read used and demonstrated on Hochanda just before Xmas, but I have put my own bent on them I used the same papers and stamp but actually instead of using ribbon I used a mask and some ink through it and around the edge to finish it off.
The actually stamp is from Woodware and the papers are decoupage papers for the topper and the backing paper is from a fabulous paper pack called "Letters from Home" from DCWV its abrilliant pack and even has diecut papers as well. By the say its from the same sheet the backing paper and using the different colours inks they have changed the whole colour of them, clever dont you think?
Anyway hope you like the result.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

My last blog post for 2017

This is to be my last blog post as next week I will be having my cataract done on my right eye and I have 2 more blog posts to deal with before I can take a break from writing them up so I hope you will forgive me.
For the last few days we have had our first snow showers of this winter, Friday it was off and on all day and yesterday we were free of them but we woke up this morning to find a very big layer of the stuff and as I look out of my window I can see it has just started again. Hubby has walked into town to try and get himself some milk and I hope he gets back soon as hes been out quite awhile and the road down into town is rather slippery in this sort of weather. The Forest is more or less cut of in places as the roads are impassable and several trees have come down and blocked them to.

As you can see its about 5 inches in depth and although our dog loves it and jumps around like a spring lamb in it the consequences arent so much fun, we have already experienced a 3 hour power cut and I was just despairing of never get a hot cup of coffee it suddenly came back on again. The house had started to get rather cold and because everything in this house is run by electricity we didnt even have any heat as we dont have a chimney so couldnt even have a fire and we cook with electric as well.
Well to try and cheer myself and you up I created this card with the new John next door dies and Im quite pleased with the end result so here you are.

Well Im going to finish now and I want to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and I will be back in the New Year, so do take care and keep warm.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Good Morning My Special Friends

Well this last week has been a busy one and Im sure tomorrow I hope will be a little quieter as its my 75th Birthday and although you have to do the normal things Im hoping I will be getting some phone calls from my family as I dont get to see them very often as they live so scatter across the country.
Next week is going to be a expensive one I fear as I have a dentist appointment on Wednesday to sort out my plate and I know from previous experience its not cheap but Im so hoping they will sort out my problem with the sore gum as the plate is rubbing on it.
The dog is due to be clipped so I think hubby will be taking her though she doesnt like that to much she gets a problem with being left if Im not there to do so, I will go if I have my plate but not if I dont I definitely look bad without it.
And then on Friday I have my 1st appt with the pre-diabetic clinic nurse, the doctor tried to reassure me that is to chat about my life style eating habits if I do as Im told I should be okay but it seems as you get older the risk of developing diabetes is a lot higher as the body cannot cope with the sugars in your body, what fun as if I havent had problems all year with my diet it seems and I was hoping to be able to eat normally again Im going to have to spend the rest of my life watching it again, not much fun for sure. But Im hoping that its a hiccup as I must admit that I did over do the licorice because of the constipation I now suffer due to loosing the last part of my bowel, and I have to have a sugar blood test every 3 months instead of 6 or at least I think thats what the doctor said it might have been 1 a month but I will ask when I see the D. nurse.
Well I think Im going to lay that to rest for today and show you the card I made for John next door's new facebook page group, I do love his crafting goodies and these ones I particularly love I hope you do to.

Its a combination of stamps, diecuts and stamps also a embossing folder which I cut a square from the middle to create the aperture which I but the stamped image behind.