Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Oh it's Wednesday!!

Hope you enjoyed the Christmas festivities and that Santa brought you some lovely crafting goodies amongst other things.  My crafting gifts included a gorgeous book on vellum and parchment craft from my lovely friend Delena  and a big box of goodies including rubber stamps, card and papers from my dear friend Jayne. I shall be putting them to good use very soon.

Well now I'd better get on with showing you my creation for the Try it on Tuesday challenge even though it is now Wednesday. Apologies for being late but you know how it is!
Its Alter it week and the theme is to recycle your Christmas wrapping.
As usual the challenge is sponsored by our good friends at the Craft Barn so for more info just pop on over to the challenge blog.

Sorry the photos not great. I took a glass bauble and put some rolled used wrapping paper inside, added some glitter berries and holly leaves and finished off with ribbon from a present. All ready for the tree next year. Who said I couldn't be organised!

We are off out for a family meal today, as if we hadn't eaten enough, which will be nice. So better go and get my glad rags ready.
Enjoy your day,
Pat xxx

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

I would like to wish all my amazing blogging friends a very Merry Christmas & a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year. Not asking for much am I?
Apologies for not getting around to everyone but been feeling a bit under the weather. Don't worry though I'll do my utmost to enjoy the festivities. 
I'll be back visiting soon.
Have fun
Pat xx

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Anything Goes

Are you ready for the Christmas festivities? I've just got a bit of food shopping to do but apart from that I'm good to go as they say.
This week the Try it on Tuesday challenge is Anything Goes.  I've chosen to go with a card and it's not a Christmas one. My good friend Ann's daughter had a gorgeous baby boy last week so I had cards to make for the proud parents and grandparents and decided that I would use them for my challenge project.

This first one I made for the proud parents.

The gorgeous little stamp is by Lily of the Valley coloured with copics.

This is the one I did for the grandparents

Isn't it such a cute image, I love it.

Hope you'll pay a visit to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team have come up with because as always they've done a great job.

Enjoy your day.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Tags Galore and a little bit more!

I've a few things to share with you today.
I'll start with my tag for the Try it on Tuesday challenge, Tags Galore.

Background - Cosmic shimmer sprays and stamped and embossed in white snowflakes (look more like flowers to me, oh well)
Stamp - Freebie with CS Magazine cut out with nestie
Ribbon from stash.
If you'd like to see more please stop by the TioT challenge blog to check out the fantastic tags the team have created.

Now here is a picture of the Christmas wreath I made at the workshop

This card is for my gorgeous Granddaughter

The image is a Gorguss Girl coloured with Copics and Polychromos pencils. The stripey paper I made in Craft Artist and the snowflakes were cut with a Cuttlebug die and glamour dusted. The hearts were cut on the Slice.

I'm off to Birmingham today with my daughter. I've got all my presents but I dare say something will take my fancy.
Thanks for stopping by
Pat xx

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas workshop

I have a Christmas flower arrangement to share with you today.
My daughter Justine and myself went to a workshop run by a local florist The Flower Shop in Codsall on Wednesday evening.
I've never attempted flower arranging before, more the bung 'em in the vase technique!
Anyway we thoroughly enjoyed it and here is my finished piece.

Not the greatest picture but the light was rubbish yesterday and the photographer's not much better.
Anyway what do you think? I'm pleased with it for my  first attempt. Just shows you how talented the ladies from the shop are as the design is down to them we just followed along.
We also made a Christmas wreath for the front door. I'm still adding some finishing touches to that but I am pleased with it.
Yet another craft I'm dabbling in. I have lost count of how many craft techniques I've given a go over the years. As they say "Jack of all trades, master of non" well that's me. 

Thank you for visiting me today and I hoope you all have a great day.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Big Man

Good morning. Brrrr it's a bit chilly isn't it?
No snow here yet just hope it stays that way.

Well today being Tuesday it's time for the Try it on Tuesday challenge.
This week we would like to see cards with an image of the Big Man himself to celebrate St Nicholas Day.

I've used a Kanban stamp which I coloured with Copics and polychromos pencils then added Polar White Flower Soft on the beard and fur. The sentiment is from the same Kanban stamp set as is the flourish and I've embossed them both with detail gold embossing powder. Paper is some I got last year and the charm is from my stash.
There are some beautiful cards by the DT on the challenge blog if you would like to check them out and get some inspiration.
Well I'm off out to finish the last of the Christmas shopping, well that's the plan anyway. Have a good day  whatever you are doing.
Bye for now
Pat xxx

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Alter it - Transform a can

Oh dearie, dearie I'm late again with my DT piece for this weeks challenge at Try it on Tuesday. I really must do better. I'm afraid I've been trying to get a lot of my shopping done online which has eaten into my blogging time. Well if you are trying to find something you can't just get it from the first site can you? You have to trawl around for the best price. At least it's better than trawling the crowded shops which I hate.
I had intended to upload my creation this morning but ran out of time before we went out for the day.  We had a lovely day out visiting my lovely friend Jayne Nestorenko and she took us to a fabulous garden centre for tea and a good old chinwag.
So here is my transformed can. It was meant to be a bean can but I used a Pepsi can.

I covered the can with white tissue paper (If I'd had a roll of cotton wool I'd have used that). Used a silver bauble for the head as I didn't have a white one.  I used buttons for buttons!! Beads for the eyes and nose. The hat is a doctored ribbon spool coloured with acrylic paint.
The challenge is sponsored this week by our good friends at the Craft Barn who are donating a £15 voucher to spend on their fabulous website. So if you decide to join us don't forget to put a link in your post.
As you would expect the DT have done some great transformations to get you inspired so please do check them out.
Thank you for stopping by today
Pat xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Honey I shrunk the plastic!

Sorry I'm a bit late today with my Try it on Tuesday challenge creation.
John had an early appointment at the hospital for a routine check up and I didn't get around to scheduling the post.
Anyway better late than ever here is my card.

It's a wild card challenge this week with the theme of using shrink plastic on whatever you decide to create.
I chose a card because I really need to get some more Christmas cards made. I cut out the stamped shrink plastic image using a nestie and "cooked"  it in the oven after my heat gun attempt didn't provide a good enough result. I made up an aperture card using nesties and the grand calibre. The flourish is a spellbinders. The paper is My Minds Eye. I was happy with the result so made up a few similar ones yesterday to boost my stock.
Hope you decide to join us and have some fun shrinking some plastic. If you need some inspiration please pay a visit to the challenge blog to check out the fabulous DT creations.

I'm off now to get some more Christmas cards done while I'm in the mood.
Thank you for visiting and enjoy the rest of the day.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Anything Goes- Wish you were here.

When I saw what this weeks challenge was at Try it on Tuesday the first thing that sprang to mind was holidays but then I thought about it a little bit longer and decided that at this time of year there is one person that we are all looking forward to arriving and of course that has to be Santa. Hence the theme of my card.
Of course if you decide to join us this week you  don't have to make a card it can be anything that takes your fancy as long as it fits the theme or should I say your take on the theme. 

I used the fantastic Adorable stamps by the wonderful Jayne Nestorenko and coloured the image with Copics. The sentiment is also from the set. The papers are from Bo Bunny.
If you would like some inspiration to get your juices flowing for the challenge  please visit the TioT challenge blog as my fellow DT members have come up trumps again with  some fantastic creations. 

I'm entering this card in the
Make my Monday challenge - emphasis on  the sentiment.
Cup Cake Craft challenge - Two's company

As always thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving your kind comments which are so much appreciated.

Pat xxxx

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Peeloffs grrrrrrrrrrr!

Good morning one and all. Well what a dull and dismal day it is here in the West Midlands. A perfect day for staying indoors and doing what we all love best a bit of crafting. But that's not what I'm doing today. We are off to Cosford Air Museum to check out some WAVs (Wheelchair AccessibleVehicles). We have a Kangoo at the moment which we love but thought we would check out whats new. 

So before we set off I'd better let you know what's happening over at the Try it on Tuesday challenge blog. Well this week we are making tags using those blessed peeloffs.  To be honest I got myself a bit confused this week (what's new? I hear you cry). Got so carried away trying to get inspiration with the peeloffs that I created a card not a tag so had to rush around to get the tag made.  Anyway the card had a purpose and was sent to my SIL for her 70th birthday.
Here's the tag

I guess you can see what I've done for the background. Put some flower peeloffs on the card and coloured over the top with DI then removed the peeloffs. For the dragonflies I coated some card with flitter glue, added some gilding flakes and then placed on the dragonfly peeloffs and cut them out.

Here's the card.

I created the background in the same way using dragonfly peeloffs. But the larger dragonflies are the see through shimmer type so I was able to add the gilding flakes directly to the back of them. I created the gilded border using the red DS tape and adding the gilding flakes. Simple but very effective in real life. Actually the backing paper is purple not blue and looks stunning with the gilding.
Well better get off. It's taken me an age to get these photos uploaded so now I'm running behind.
Don't forget to take a look at what the DT members have created over on the challenge blog and who knows you might want to see just how creative you can be with your redundant peeloffs.
Thank you for stopping by
Pat xxx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Unusual card shape.

This week for the Try it on Tuesday challenge we are wanting unusual card shapes.  I decided to decorate  a boot shaped card.

I used a Crafty Individuals crackle effect stamp to create the background effect. I punched holes down the edge,added buttons then wove ribbon through as the laces. The top cuff was made from brown core'dinations and an MS punch was used along the edge. The lace is  self adhesive that I had in my stash. I used more brown core'dinations for the heel and added gold highlights (not showing up on the photo) with the dreaded peel offs.

There are some fabulous shaped cards over on the Try it on Tuesday challenge blog that have been created by our fantastic DT. Please do go and check them out and I'm sure you'll find a card shape that takes your fancy. We'd love to see your unusual shaped card too.

As always thank you for visiting me today and I really do appreciate it.

Pat xxx

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Good morning, hope those of you in the UK enjoyed your extra hour in bed. Not looking forward to this evening though, I hate the long dark evenings.

Thought I would share a couple of cards with you that I made for my daughter Justine. It was her Wedding Anniversary last Monday and her 40th birthday (OMG I feel old!) on Wednesday.

I love this cute image that I downloaded from Squigglefly. I coloured it using copics and the backing paper is from  DCWV  Glitter pad. The sentiment is also from Sqigglefly.

The lovely birdcage image is a stamp from Stella and Rose, Mabel "So Sweet" stamps by My Minds Eye. The paper is Bobunny Gabrielle Collection and it's yummy.

We are off out for a lovely family celebration meal this lunch time at The Mill in Alveley. There goes that diet again! Perhaps I'll start tomorrow : /

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Pat xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Being very sociable!

Just a quick post to say that although I haven't contributed this week (far too much socialising!) the Dt over at Try it on Tuesday have some fantastic creations to share with you for the challenge this week. It's Altered Art week and the theme is fabric. So please do check them out and if you'd like to join the challenge this week that would be great.
Sorry it's quick but I'm off down the the Vineyards again. You might think that I am an alcoholic from the number of times I'm down there but you'd be wrong it's the lovely craft shops and tea rooms that are the attraction. There I go socialising again and it's not doing the diet,some would say what diet,any good.

Bye for now
Pat xxx

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Take to the Sky

Well I had another lovely crafting weekend thanks to my lovely friend Jayne Nestorenko. We did some fabulous projects, ate some lovely grub and shared the company of some really lovely ladies, oh sorry Paul & Paul, and some lovely gents.
Well onto this weeks challenge at Try it on Tuesday. This week anything goes so you can choose to create anything that takes your fancy as long as you follow the theme of Take to the Sky.  I decided on a card this time and here it is.

I used a stamp from the Crafters Companion Love collection as a balloon and coloured it with Whisper pens. The background was created using a blending brush and a Big & Juicy pad.  I used the out of the box technique to cut out the nestie shape around the balloon. I like this technique, it's quite simple but very effective.
As always the DT had some great ideas this week so please do pop over and check them out.
Hope you have a good day and thank you for stopping by.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Peace and Tranquility

Hi there dear friends.
Well I had a lovely birthday weekend. Lots of lovely cards and presents and a lovely meal out courtesy of my wonderful son and his fiance. I must say food, cakes and chocolate have featured heavily since Friday. Jessica made us some yummy banana muffins on Friday which really got the food fest started. Thanks Jessica.
Now onto this weeks challenge at Try it on Tuesday. It's Tag week and the theme, as my title says, is Peace and Tranquility. There's not been much of that  going on around here lately. 
Here's my tag.

The image is a Clarity stamp on a brayered background using Mountain Meadow Big and Juicy. I inked the image and then ran the brayer over it and onto the card to get the reflection, then stamped the main image direct to the card. The outer part of the tag was also coloured using Mountain Meadow but applied with a sponge. The fern sprays are a Laura Ashley stamp. I don't think I need to say the tag was cut using Nestabilities.
Please check out the challenge blog as there is plenty of inspiration from the fantastic Design Team and we would be really chuffed if you's join us for the challenge this week.
Well that's about it from me today. We are off to The Heart of the Shires today (between Rugby and Northampton) for a bit of "Nice" shopping and some lunch. There goes the diet again!!
Thanks for visiting
Pat xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Keep it Minimal - Card

It's time for another Try it on Tuesday challenge and the theme this week is to go minimal and create a card. This week we are lucky to be sponsored by One Stop Card Crafts. I know it can be more challenging sometimes to take the less is more approach but I do like the look when you get it right, and I hope I have.

So not much to explain with this one. The stamp is one I picked up on the cheap and  I love it. I added a touch of colour with my water colour pencils. Simples as they say.
The DT have come up with some great inspiration so please do go and check them out. 
We are having a day out today with our daughter. Not sure where yet but I'm sure we'll have a good day.
As always thank you for your kind comments which I look forward to reading and for visiting me today.
Bye for now,
Pat xxx

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Sunday, Sunday.

Good morning one and all.  Hope you are enjoying the weekend and all the lovely sunshine. I've had a good morning. Got the lawn cut and prepped lunch before taking time out to watch the super talented Barbara Gray on C & C (I did do the ironing while watching!)  I'm off to pick up Mum in a mo for our usual Sunday lunch together. Then another dose of the lovely Barbara this afternoon. Before I go I'll just share a little card with you that I rustled up yesterday afternoon using a Lily of the Valley image which I coloured with copics.

The papers are from A Wild Rose pad and the swirl is a Spellbinders die. The doily and flower were cut with a Marianne die.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges
Lily of the Valley challenge which has the theme "Button it".
Simon Says - Anything Goes

Enjoy what's left of the weekend and thank you for stopping by.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Short & sweet

Sorry everyone but my post is going to be a quick one as I am full up of cold and have a banging head.

For the challenge this week on Try it on Tuesday is to alter something using the theme of childhood book.
My project has been inspired by the book Treasure Island

I used various layers of paints to achieve the battered and beaten look. I think it was gesso, emulsion and perfect pearls.
The challenge is once again sponsored by our good friends at The Craft Barn so there is a £15 voucher up for grabs so don't forget if you enter to put a link to them in you post.
Thanks for stopping by,
Pat xx

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Fun packed weekend!!

Hope you are all having a good weekend. I started mine off well with my best mates last night. We had a lovely meal at our local Cosmo restaurant and a great time was had by all. I've never seen so much yummy food in one place and it's buffet style so you can be a greedy as you like, and we were.
Today I'm just chillin', well this afternoon I am but we had the grandchildren over this morning so it was baking and card making with Jessica while Granddad got bossed about by Elliot.
I have a lovely day ahead of me tomorrow as I am going on another of Jayne Nestorenko's workshops and I can't wait. Lots of lovely crafting, a nice meal and most importantly great company.
Before I  go I thought I would just share a little card with you. It's one I made last month but I never got around to sharing it.
The stamp is a Penny Black and if my memory serves me correct (it doesn't most of the time) the paper is V & A.

I'll let you see what we create at the workshop on Monday so please pop back as I'm sure Jayne will come up with something gorgeous.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

What a Wonderful World

Hello there dear bloggers .I got some jobs done in the garden yesterday. Thought I'd better get stuck in before it gets colder as I'm a fair weather gardener really.  I planted some anemone bulbs and creosoted some fence panels.  The baskets in the garden are still flowering quite profusely which is wonderful. Well that leads me nicely into the Try it on Tuesday challenge.
This week anything goes and the theme is inspired by Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World

I decided to go with a card

I used Waterfall Big and Juicy and a blending brush to colour the blue sky and green grass. The stamps used are by Inkilicious. Just drew a border in the style of the lovely Barbara Gray and layered it up. Used an MS border punch along the bottom edge with a bit of ribbon from my stash. 
Please check out the creations by the rest of the DT and I'm sure you will agree "What a Wonderful World."
Thank you for visiting today and for your kind comments.

Pat xxx

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Tag - Dig out the old

It's TAG week for the Try it on Tuesday challenge and the theme is to use a stamp that you've had for ages but never used.  Now I know we've all  got them stashed away so why not dig them out and come and join us.

I dug out this cute little chappie who I think is called Smookie and I used my copics to colour in the image, then I added a touch sparkle using stickles.  I used a nestie to cut the tag itself and I coloured and embossed it by using a cuttlebug embossing folder which I coloured with Faded Jeans DI before running through the Grand Calibre.
My fellow teamies have as always created some great tags so please do pop over to the challenge blog to check them out.

Thank you so much for visiting today and for leaving your much appreciated comments.

Pat xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Tuesday again and time for another Try it on Tuesday challenge.
This week it's a Monochrome card that we want.
Here is mine

I chose to go black and white but you could use shades of whatever colour you choose.
A less is more card from me this week. The backing paper is from the DCWV Glitter Stack and is beautiful.  Sadly the photo doesn't show off all the lovely glitter.  I thought this cat stamp lent itself to a minimal design so I just added a bit of shading using a light grey copic pen. 
As always the DT have created some fabulous examples following the theme. So if you'd like some inspiration why not pop over and check them out.
Thank you for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. Please leave me a comment to let me know you've been and then I can come and visit you.
Pat xxx

Friday, 2 September 2011

A lovely day with the Grandchildren.

Well it's been another lovely day weather wise here in the West Midlands today, so we decided to pay a visit to a local attraction. I have lived in this area all of my life and yet had never visited the lovely Bantock House and Gardens which is just outside the centre of Wolverhampton. We took our Grandchildren with us and Elliot enjoyed the playground with his Granddad while Jessica and myself went around the lovely old house.  We had lunch in the courtyard of the cafe in the lovely sunshine which was really good.  So if you are ever in the area Bantock House is certainly worth a visit. It's a shame it took me so long to find out.
Now I have a little card to share with you that I made for my BIL and his wife for their Wedding Anniversary which is today.

The image is a Penny Black coloured with Whisper pens.  The patterned paper is by Wild Rose and the sentiment was created in Word and cut out using a nestie die.
I am entering this into the
Carisma Cardz challenge - Anything Goes
Art Impressions stamps - Lots of Dots

Well that's about it from me tonight.
Thanks for stopping by 
Pat xx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Alter it!

It's time for another challenge with Try it on Tuesday and this week we'd like you to alter something.This week the challenge is sponsored by our good friends at the Craft Barn so if you do join the challenge don't forget to put a link to them in your post to be in with a chance of winning their £15 voucher.
I decided to alter a CD case.

 and turn it into a post it note case.
I used the lacey circle nestie to cut the panels for the front, back and inside. The lovely glittery paper is DCWV Glitter stock
The centre flower is a stamp by Hero Arts and I coloured it with copics and glazed it with crystal laquer.
I made my own post its by cutting out circles of white paper using a nestie and then spraying a small top section with Stick & Spray.
The rest of the DT have excelled themselves so please pop over to the TioT challenge blog to check out the creations .  
Thank you  for stopping by today and if you'd like to leave a comment that would be wonderful.
Have a good day
Pat xx

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Cute little Hedgie!

Hope you are all enjoying the bank holiday weekend here in the UK and hope that all our dear friends across the pond are not suffering too badly with the effects of the hurricane.
Here is a little card I made for my dear friend Ann's birthday which was on Friday.

Stamp image & sentiment - Penny Black coloured with copics
Papers - White Rose Studio- Cherry Cupcakes paper pad
Doily - Charity shop find (loads in a pack for 50p)
Flower & leaves - cut on Slice from a scrap of paper.
Nestability beaded oval die cut coloured with Bundled Sage DI
MS around the page punch

I would like to enter this card into
the Charisma Cardz Challenge - Glitter it
Art Impressions Stamps - Summertime

Penny Black Allsorts - Free and Easy

Thanks for visiting me today
Pat xx

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Hang it up.

For the Try it on Tuesday challenge this week we have been creating wall hangings. I decided to take inspiration from a lovely metal  plaque that I bought a couple of weeks ago. 

I used a combination of digital crafting and stamping to create this piece. I used Craft Artist to print the centre panel and the wording. I then used my metal plaque as a template to cut out the shape.  I  used DI to colour the background and around the edges then used Crafty Individuals swirl stamps. 
The rest of the DT have created some master pieces so please do go and check them out and then  hopefully  join us for the challenge this week.
Well that's about it from me for today as I have a lot of behind the scenes crafting to do.
Have a good day
Pat xx

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Anything goes.

As the title says Anything Goes for the Try it on Tuesday challenge this week.
So folks if you decide to join us for the challenge this week you can create whatever you like with whatever technique and style you like. 

I decided to stick with a card because there was a stamp I really wanted to get inked up.

The image is a stamp by Stampotique and called Prom Queen.  I bought it with the intention of making a card for my Granddaughter's prom (moving from primary to high school), but never got around to it at the time. So I've given it to her now, well better late than never.
I just adore these gorgeous images and their quirky style. I coloured it using copics (not that it took much colouring). I cut the card shape using the Grand Calibre and Grand Scalloped Nestie. The lace down the edge was white but I coloured it purple using my copics.

My fellow teamies have some fantastic projects to share with you if you'd like to pop over to the TioT challenge blog.
Thanks for visiting today
Pat xx

Sunday, 14 August 2011

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.  We had a lovely day out yesterday. Started off with a visit to our local vineyard, the one with the nice restaurant and craft shop, to pick up some ribbon I had ordered for the wedding invitations. After a lovely cuppa and toasted teacake we decided to carry on to Kidderminster for a bit of shopping.  I hadn't visited there for shopping for quite a while so it made a lovely change. There are some lovely shops there and a great market. Most importantly it was very easy for John to get  around in his wheelchair. 
Here is a little card I made for our nieces Wedding Anniversary which was yesterday.
  A cute Penny Black Hedgie, I love 'em!

Well better go and sort out lunch, roast beef  today, yum, yum!

Enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Pat xx

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Tag - Trees

Hi there folks.
Today I am trying to catch up on some of the dreaded HW and get my life into some kind of order, whatever that is!  I managed to break the back of the ironing yesterday and as always have vowed to keep on top of it in future, oh yeah!

Now on to more important things
The Try it on Tuesday challenge this week is to create a TAG with the theme, chosen by moi, TREES
I decided to use the Naked Tree stamp by Barbara Gray.

I cut the white tag using the Spellbinders die that I bought at Jayne Nestorenko's workshop and I coloured it using DI, stormy sky and bundled sage.  I stamped the naked tree using Archival ink pad and added the leaves, also Barbara Gray stamp, using the bundled sage DI.  The green background card is some I had in my bit box and I think, if my memory serves me correct, that it was printed from a SWALK CD onto snow white pearl card. The brown card is a bit of leftover packaging and the lace and ribbon are from my stash.
If you pay a visit to the TioT challenge blog you'll see that the DT have created some great tags to inspire you so that you'll want to join us for the challenge this week.
Thanks for stopping by day.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

A request for help from Michelle

Hi Peeps, I'm hoping that you will be able to help my friend Michelle with her battle with Social Services. Please read what Michelle has to tell us and I'm sure you will decide to help her out with this totally unsatisfactory situation. Thank you.
AN IMPORTANT REQUEST FOR HELP!  This is a photo of my lovely son Liam on his wedding day. Doesn't he look proud?  Unfortunately his dream of living happily with his wife has been shattered because Social Services have not done their job properly. Because they both have Down's Syndrome, Social Services should have carried out reviews when he got engaged in November 2009 then again when they got married in Sept 2010. It is now almost a year since Liam and Fizz got married and the review still has not been carried out. This means that Liam only has care workers helping him 3 days a week.  The rest of the week he has no one to support him.

He has recently bought chicken and left it on the side for two days because his fridge was full, then under cooked it ready to eat and more seriously has been hospitalized needing emergency surgery because he and his wife didn't recognize the dangers of leaving three abscess untreated. He got septicemia and needed IV antibiotics!

Social Services now say that the only way to ensure his safety is to remove him from his wife and his home because the recent review they carried out indicated he should be able to manage with less support than he currently has.

Can you imagine what his happy face will look like if this is allowed to continue.

It would make Liam So HAPPY if you would HELP!


Put this post as your blog or facebook status for as long as you can asking all your friends to help, and spare a few minutes of your time sending an email to the Director of Adult Services who is responsible for Liam's Heartache.  

Make the subject - Liam Adams
and leave a brief note - maybe 'This situation is unacceptable'.  The objective is just to have him inundated with email about this so he recognises that it needs immediate action and cannot wait until they carry out yet another review!

His email address is you could also copy in his boss

Cummon Guys, lets see if we can make this go global!

Thanks so Much
x Michelle

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside!

It's Tuesday so time for another challenge with Try it on Tuesday
It's CARD week with the theme of the BEACH. One Stop Card Crafts are sponsoring the challenge again this week so to be eligible for the random draw for the £10 voucher don't forget to link them in your post.
I decided to use Jayne's Adorables again this time the Seaside stamp plate.

 The sand is sandpaper and as you can sea I used some fibres to represent the sea.
Hope you'll stop by the TioT challenge blog to check out the fabulous DT creations and then decide to join us for the challenge this week.
Thank you for visiting today.
Pat xxx

Monday, 1 August 2011

Roses grow on you!

Well I must say it's looking a bit dismal outside at the moment, looks like a storm could be brewing. Hopefully if it does rain it will put an end to this very oppressive atmosphere.

I had a lovely day yesterday at Jayne's workshop. It was great to meet up with friends old and new for a fantastic crafting day. Here is the gorgeous project that we created.

It's a gorgeous box/easel card containing some gorgeous little tags.  We used Jayne's latest collection of adorables and the background is from the accompanying CD.  I intend to add some ribbon around the border and maybe some embellies around the sentiment.
Jayne is on Create  and Craft tomorrow and you'll see some more variations of this lovely box plus some more fabulous demos from the lovely lady.
I made a box as a gift for Jayne.

I used the Adorable stamps and thought the Roses chocolates would be appropriate for the garden themed images.

Here is the tutorial for this style box

To begin score two sheets of A4 card on the box maker of the Ultimate Pro. For the base use the 4th line from the edge and for the lid score along the 4th and 2nd lines.  

Then place lid, with the short side to the handle edge, onto the card scoring side of the board and make a small mark top and bottom at the A5 line to find the centre.

Line up the A5 centre marking to the 5” square fold line on the Ultimate and score along A5 half fold & A4 half fold lines.   Cut in along these lines up to the inner horizontal score lines then fold the rest of the line to form the hinge.

Cut along the outer score line on all 4 sides in order to create shallow sides to the lid

Make up the box base and lid as normal cutting away a triangle at each corner and glue.

Taking the 3rd piece of card cut it the same width as the centre section of the lid and whatever length you want the handle to be  then decorate  Glue the handle to the centre side sections of the lid and then glue to the centre side sections of the box base.

Now decorate with whatever takes our fancy and fill with lovely chocies or whatever gift you would like to give.

It's a very easy box to make so do give it a go.

Well that's it from me tonight, I'll be back in the morning with the Try it on Tuesday challenge.
Pat xxxx

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Super Sunday

I'm a very excited girl tonight as I'm off to my fantastic friend Jayne Nestorenko's workshop tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to meeting the lovely crafters and can't wait to see what Jayne has in store for us.  I'm sure I'll have some lovely creations to share with you on Monday.

I got the latest copy of Craft Stamper in the post today  and as always there are some really inspirational projects in there.  My subscription is up for renewal this month so I was pleased to see the offer of Crafty Individuals goodies when you subscribe for a year.  I hung on to renew in the hope something good would come up  and it certainly did, I love CI products.

Well suppose I had better go and get my bits and bobs ready for an early start in the morning. 
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Hugs, Pat xx

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Alter Something to make a present.

It's Tuesday so time for another challenge with the Try it on Tuesday crew.
This week is Altered Art week and the theme is to create a present.
The Craft Barn are sponsoring the challenge again this week so there is a £15 voucher up for grabs. Don't forget to give them a mention in your post if you take part in the challenge then we can enter you into the random draw.
I decided to alter a little wooden box that I picked up in a charity shop while I was away last week.

I coloured the box with cream emulsion then stamped using a crackle background stamp and purple Versamark and added shading with DI. I edged the bottom of the box and lid with Tim Holtz tissue tape (one of my Glitter Pot purchases last week)  I coloured the flower with Silkies and edged it with a gold Pen Touch. I also used the Pen Touch around the edge of the lid and to write the sentiment.

Why not pay a visit to the Try it on Tuesday blog and check out the fantastic creations the Design Team have come up with to give you inspiration.

Thank you so much for paying me a visit today
Pat xxx