Friday, 31 October 2008

Sarah Kay Rules OK!!!

This has got to be my favourite Sarah Kay image; I think
her drawings are so detailed, they seem to go with all
occasions for cardsmaking. Made this little one for my
friend who's boyfriend has the farm - remember cow-boy!!!!
well she has just had some chicks hatch and thought this
worked well. I just need to improve my watercolour
painting - I think I use too much water???? TFL xx

Shopping at Tiffany's!!

Here is the Tiffany Bag, this was done for an 18th Birthday.
Same style as the Chanel Bag, made my own template, I
copied the fold patterns of a normal shopping bag. Used
rivets for handle cord and added designer names, also
added a little silver heart embellishment. TFL xx

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Designer Dreams!!!

Made a few of these birthday cards, I know you are
not meant to use brand names, but surely it's free
advertising for them? I also do a Tiffany one, if I can find the
picci I'll post it. Bag is made from my own template. Cord
threaded through holes made with rivet gun. Card
is a nice glossy black, Dior bow is made by folding ribbon
at different lengths then securing by sewing the central one,
which is wrapped around in the other direction. Tissue paper
is added to bag for effect. TFL xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Watering Can Fan!

Here's a card I did for an avid gardening fan. I drew the
watering can shape freehand onto white card to use as a
template and cut it out.
I then drew around it onto silver mirri card and cut out.
I drew a heart pattern on the front and spout in a blue/green
pencil to make it look weathered. Added lots and lots of flowers.
Sign is stamped and wood effect is hand drawn. Ribbon and
butterflies from stash. TFL xx

Flutter By......

This was a request for a ladies 60th birthday.
Two different sized butterfly rubber stamps were used.
The larger one is Inkadinkadoo, smaller is Inca Stamp Co.
Both stamped with staze on black ink, then hand painted with
sparkling H2o's and cut out. For the background I painted
straight onto the rubber stamps again with sparking H20's
but spritzed with water to give a softer less concentrated
effect. The box was also stamped this way to match.
Sentiment is Hero Arts stamp, stamped with embossing ink
and heat set. Peel off sentiment placed on ribbon and
coloured with peel off colouring pens to match.
Ribbon and gem from stash. TFL xx

60th Birthday Nan!

Made this card for a young lad who had given his Nan a lot
of worry!! He even wrote the poem himself! I think he is
definately back in her good books.

How Old!!!

Only One, ahhhhhhh, just finished the final of the three
cards that I had intended doing last weekend!!! Hopefully
I can start on some Christmas Designs now!!!
Don't hold your breath!!

Friday, 24 October 2008

Harvest Time!

Made this Thank you card for a friend who gave me
two bags of home grown veg from her Dads allotment,
the taste was second to none!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008


I've just worked out how to get pictures on the other side of
the blog.......doh!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

I Must stick to my plans! I Must stick to my plans!

Evening All - This one was for a neighbour

This was for the girlfriend of one of Hubby's work colleagues.
You can see the picture was taken at night, it's not that good.

Well, after saying I wanted to finish three - yes, just three
cards on Fri, how many did I manage? One! yes just One!
then Saturday, the birds were singing and the sun was that meant a walk down to the prom
and an ice cream!mmmmmmmmmm, the the same thing
happened on Sunday, you have to make the most of this
lovely weather, Winter will soon be upon us!!! So lunch with
friends, a trip to the seaside and oh yes, another ice cream!!
Finished the Second card at 11.30 pm Sunday night as hubby
had to take it into work for a colleague!!! Yesterday up at
7.30 am (that hasn't happened for a while) to help friends
move boxes, and other household items onto a lorry,
as they are moving to Scotland brrrrrrrrr no house yet
as it is not built!!! and they are building it!!!!!!check out
have any tips for them or you would like any information
I'm sure they will be delighted to hear from anyone.
So I am trying to finish the third one today Tues, but... been
blog hopping all day, (my neck hurts)!!!!! Hope you like the
cards and hopefully if I get the Third one done, I will it post
it tomorrow, I will post it tomorrow, I will post it tomorrow!!!!

Friday, 17 October 2008

That Friday Feeling!

Baby Baby!
This card is so easy to make, all you need
is a large circle punch then just cut out
one quarter and hey presto! just add

Look Who's 21!
Don't you just love it when your friends and
relatives dig out old photo's and for some
reason think you want them displayed because
you look soooooo cute? er No!

Scaredy Cat!!!!
Too cute to be a witches cat this one!!!

Well this week has just flown by!
We went out for a lovely meal last night for our anniversary,
met up with some old friends and had a fab time.
Here are the rest of the cards as promised! I have another
3 to make before Monday, Two Birthday, one Male (they
are so difficult to design for) one Female and a 1st Birthday,
I really want to try and get those done today so I can have
a relaxing weekend! Well I can dream!!!
Next week I am hoping to start on some Christmas designs,
I have ordered and received my Penny Black Twelve Days
of Christmas, they are fab!!! also the Christmas Critters
and a few others I have bought along the way. Need to dig
out all my Christmas stash and have some fun fun fun,
Tinsel, Glitter and Sparkly Bling!!!!!!!!!!!Can't Wait!
Hope you all have a fab Weekend. xx

Thursday, 16 October 2008

The Anniversary Waltz!

Well I have been a busy bee!!!! As myself and my beloved are
celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary today I thought
I would make him a special card. Firstly though, I must tell
you that 15 years represents Crystal, so I got my thinking
cap on and thought I'd make him a clear card
(made from acetate) as in Crystal Clear, (are you with me?)!!
well I set off to Hobbycraft, and £97.00 later!!!! Oh My
Goodness that was really expensive acetate....I dare not
tell my husband how much his card cost!!!!!!!!tee hee
anyway I am really pleased with the result, I also added
some Swarovski Crystals to the hearts in the corners just
to fit in with the theme. The Poem is called The Thousandth
Man and is by Rudyard Kipling and I think it sums up my
husbands devotion and loyalty to me ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I hope you like it!!!...Just to let you know I also made a
New Baby Card, a 21st Birthday and another Halloweenie,
but I need a nice cuppa right now, so will post those later!!!!!

Monday, 13 October 2008

Baby Lace!

Thought I'd post you some of my old designs as I am
still suffering from Friday...I can't drink like I used to!!!
Well I can drink, but my body can't take it!!!!
I just adore making these cards with the lace and pastel
colours. I hope you like them!!!!

Friday, 10 October 2008

Party Time!!!

I have just finished this 21st Birthday Card. It's for my
cousin's daughter. We are off to her party tonight!!!!
Here comes the Weekend!!! Hooray! and the weather
is going to be nice, even better!

Flower Power - I've actually made this card owl shaped,
then cut out different shapes in different coloured papers
and stuck them on. Be Wise! Don't get your feathers ruffled!!!

Blushes or Flushes?

Made this card for my Big Sis's Birthday as she
is experiencing her own personal heatwaves at
the moment!!! Stamp is Dolly Mama stamped
with black staz on and coloured with wc pencils,
added red glitter sparkles to dots. Added liquid
pearl for her hair. Happy Birthday is doodlebug
rub-on, Sister is peel off. Papers from DCWV.
I Love the message on her bag - (Is it Hot in
here?) quite appropriate! TFL xx

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Raw Hide!!!!

Just thought I'd post this quirky little card I made for my friend.
Her other half farms cows and does other great stuff on his farm.
I think it's so nice to see the fields full of livestock again, let's hope
it continues so we can be proud once again of all our produce and
please try to support your local farm shop.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

How Many Pairs of Eyes Can you See?

There are Eight!
There's the Owl, the Bat,
The Pussycat!
The Spider and four hiders!

The Joy's of Gardening!


This hangs outside my workroom window.

It's a long way down!

Splish Splash I was taking a bath!!!

Ahhhhh this is what makes it all worthwhile!

Nature's Beauty - Can you see the heart shape
that formed in this shrub - I was thrilled when
I spotted this from my lounge and just had to take
a picture.

Ooo er!!

Ooooooo errrrrrrrrrr!!!


Come into my Parlour.......

The Spider and the Fly

Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there.
" Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."
"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"
Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I 've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome -- will you please to take a slice?"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind Sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"
"Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I've a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
"I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you 're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day.
" The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
"Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple -- there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"
Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue --
Thinking only of her crested head -- poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour -- but she ne'er came out again!
And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counsellor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.
By Mary Howlitt

Wondrous Webs!
For all you spider lovers out there!!!(Is there any???)
A couple of weekends ago we decided to tidy the garden
preparing for the winter. We spent all weekend pruning
and grass cutting with a bit of topiary thrown in for good
measure. We didn't finish until late on Sunday Evening,
so I suggested we put the six large bags of garden waste
into the car which I could take to the local tip
early Monday Morning!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!!!
(Do Not Do This!). I took the rubbish on Monday
morning and did not use the car again until Wed, by which
time about Six!!! spiders had woven their new homes
inside the car, directly across the front and back windows.
Not being the tallest of people the car seat is as close as
possible to the front window, exactly where the webs
were spun!!! Well after clearing out what I could see, I
thought that would be the last of it.....oh no.... as I
was driving I caught sight out of the corner of my eye,
a big brown one gently backing into the air vent, OMG!!
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....I was driving
down a busy road so could not do what my instincts
were telling me!!Get the Hell out of There!!!!!
We decided to hoover the car thoroughly thinking this
would do the trick.........oh no. I don't know how many
are left in there, but each time we use it there is another
web!! and I have not seen the big brown one from
the vent since!!! It's even worse when we have to use
the car at night, as you don't know if any are on the prowl!!!
So be warned, don't leave any garden waste in the
car over-night!!!! I have posted some pictures of
the garden!! Enjoy
P.S. Is anyone interested in buying my car?
(We have had a lot of fungi this year, has anyone else?)
it is everywhere and lots of different varieties as well.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Scrumdy Apple Crumbly

No cards today but there are a few more Halloweenies in the
Instead you can have my recipe for Apple, Rhubarb and
Ginger Crumble!! Mmmmmmmmmm if you have a very
sweet tooth, this one is for you!!
Large Pyrex Dish - Cover bottom with 2 large Cooking Apples
(peeled and cored) cut into large thick slices - wash, top and
tail 3 large sticks of Rhubarb - cut into 1 inch chunks, mix with
apple-sprinkle over 2oz or more!!! brown sugar, 2 tsp ground
ginger and 1oz crystallised ginger chopped.
Topping - 4oz plain wholemeal flour - 2oz brown sugar - 3oz
butter - 1 tbsp honey - Mix flour and sugar and add butter -
rub in mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs - stir in the
honey. Cover fruit mixture completely - Bake for 45 mins
180c or Gas Mark 4 - ENJOY!

Friday, 3 October 2008

Double, Double!

Hooray! It's here, the first of my Halloween Cards;
I hope you all like it!
This morning didn't start off too well. After struggling to get the big
White triangle of a cat, that is "Milton" into his cat box to take him
to the vets for his flu injection, we arrived to find that his
appointment was not until next Friday!!!!!! the
poor thing and us! have to go through chasing him, coaxing him
and dragging him from under the bed, all over again, next week!!!!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Sweet Sixteen

Well the Thank you cards are done and dusted, but unfortunately no Halloween cards as yet!!!!
I promise they will be appearing soon. Meanwhile back at the ranch!!! niece, Nicole, celebrates her Sixteenth birthday tomorrow, so I made another Sarah Kay card, the images are so adorable, I just couldn't resist. I hope you like it!!! and more importantly I hope she likes it!!!
just to make sure though (you know how fickle these 16 year olds can be!), I made her another card!!! as she is an avid Elvis fan, Elvis it is!!!