Thursday, 15 August 2013

The wanderer returns

It's been a while but I'm back to share a few cards that I've created while I've been absent.
Well my son and daughter in law celebrated their 1st Wedding Anniversary on the 3rd and I just can't believe it's been that long since what was a wonderful day. Where does the time go?
So here is the card I made for them
The card is infact aubergine although it does look black in the photo. The heart cut out was done with a Spellbinder die and is the one used for the wedding stationery. The other dies used are Xcut border die and Laa laa land banner which I adore.
When I received this months copy of Craft Stamper magazine I just loved the Kay Carley creations using  PaperArtsy stamps: JOFY collection 11 designed by Jo Firth-Young and had to order them straight away. So here are a few cards I made with them following Kay's inspiration.
For those who haven't seen the article in the magazine Kay coloured the images using copics (any alcohol pen) and  used Distress Inks for the background.
I have also been "playing" with Jayne N's new mask stamp set and hopefully will be able to share them with you soon. This stamp set is amazing. Hopefully they will be available on Jayne's site before too long.
Pat xx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Still waiting for summer

Can't believe it is now July and we still haven't had a any summer except for the odd day here and there. Hopefully it is going to improve as the week goes on so fingers crossed. We will be having a few days away in a couple of weeks so hoping for some sunshine in Suffolk. We are going to stay with John's brother and his wife at the bungalow they moved to last year so really looking forward to it. That leads me nicely to share with you a card that will be winging it's way to Suffolk for BIL birthday next week. Don't worry he wont see it as he doesn't blog.
I stamped the clocks onto some basic grey paper to create the background. Stamped and clear embossed the car onto some craft card and cut out using a  Spellbinders label. The border was cut using a docrafts die.
Now on Sunday I attended Jayne Nestorenko's workshop in Rugby and so I am going to share the two gorgeous cards we created using Jayne's new stamp set which will be available shortly on her website
The blue one is as we completed on the day but I completed the pink one at home by adding a ribbon flourish, gilt filigree flourish and some butterflies (part of the stamp set) coloured using a Sakura stardust pen to give a shimmery effect. We created the background paper too for this card by adding colour to plain paper using blending brushes and ink from DI or Adirondack pads then stamped onto it using some Inkylicious background stamps. I know I shall be using these stamps over and over again because the possibilities for creating fantastic designs are endless.  The workshop was fantastic and it was great catching up with friends including fellow blogger Elaine (Craftetter).
Before I go just want to let you know that Jayne will be on C&C on Friday at 1pm with her Christmas stamps.
Thank you so much for visiting and I'm sorry I do not blog as often as I should.
Pat xx

Friday, 14 June 2013

Elliot's card

Shock horror! I know 2 posts in one week what's going on?
Today I am sharing a card I made for my wonderful Grandson Elliot who turned 10 on Thursday. Where have the years gone?
He is mad keen on the X Box game Minecraft, hence the card.
I used Serif Craft Artist Professional 2 to create the design using an image that I found on the web.
The main image has been added to the base using 3D pads but the letters, although looking 3D are actually printed straight onto the paper.
We got him some goal posts and football, amongst other things, and Jon and Liz got him a Swingball set. So they will keep him happy in the garden during the summer holidays.
Bye for now
Pat xx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

New Home

Thought it was about time I shared a card.
This one was made for my brother in law and his wife. They moved house last week after over 30 years in their home. It must have been very stressful but I'm sure they will be very happy in their new property.
The image is a Michael Powell stamp water coloured, the wording is Clarity Stamp letter box set, the banner is a La la land die and the wrought iron fence is a Spellbinder die
Thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Monday, 27 May 2013

At last

At last the sun has made an appearance here in the UK so I hope you have all been able to get out there and enjoy it.
On Saturday we had a ride out to Bridgmere Garden Centre near Nantwich which is about 45 minutes drive away from us. It is a fantastic place and definately worth the drive as they have a vast selection of plants and gardening stuff. As a bonus there is also a Lakeland and Hobbycraft so I was well away.
Yesterday was spent in the garden, yes you've got it planting the new plants I got from Bridgmere, and generally tidying up after having new fencing fitted on Thursday. It was lovely just getting out in the gorgeous sunshine.
Now on to the card I am going to share with you. It's the one I made for my Mom's 90th birthday last week.
As you can see there is a lot of die cutting going on here and they are all Spellbinders.
Well I'm taking it easy this afternoon as I am paying the price of my energetic few days with a nagging back ache. I'd like to say it was worth it but it just wouldn't be true, lol!
Thank you for stopping by,
Pat xx

Saturday, 18 May 2013

An overdue post

It's been a while but I'm back with a few cards that I made just for fun.
The first one was inspired by a window display I saw while out shopping the other day. I loved the pink, brown, beige and torquoise colour combo.
This next one I designed after making up some backing paper using distress inks and gold embossing. The stamp used is the Naked Tree by Clarity Stamp
The final card was also designed using some backing paper I made up using distress inks. For the flower and the mat layer I also used some pearl paper that I made up a while ago and had stashed away. The stamp is by  Crafty Individuals.
Just noticed I'm showing as being in Surbiton no wonder I've been missing!!
Hopefully I'll get back a bit sooner next time. In the mean time thank you for visiting, I really appreciate it.
Pat xxx

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Girl on a Swing

Today I am sharing a card I made using the fabulous Girl on a Swing stamp set by the lovely Jayne
As I was designing this card inpiration struck and she actually does swing as you can see from the photos. It is a stepper card and I used papers from my stash  and DI to cover it.
I coloured the images with polychromos pencils and blending solution.

Thank you for visiting today and apologies for not being around much lately.
Pat xx 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Boy and a bunny

Hi everyone, hope your weekend has started well.
I went out with my lovely friends for a meal last night. The food at Masons in Bloxwich was delicious and we had a really good laugh which did us all the power of good.
Today started well, lovely and sunny so John and myself had a run out to a nice garden centre (unfortunately no crafty stuff at this one) and had a nice cupa and teacake. Sadly it is now raining but we are back home, with John listening to the Wolves match on the radio  while I'm on here and catching up with Corrie on telly. Well us ladies can multitask can't we?
Well now I have a little card to share with you. Once again I have used one of the new stamp sets by the lovely Jayne.
I used water colour pencils and blending solution to colour the images for a change and I think the papers are by Marianne. He's such a cute chap isn't he?
Well I'd better go and get crafting as I've a couple of commisions to get done plus some cards I need to get done for myself.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Apple of my Eye

I have a couple of cards to share with you today both of which are using some of the new stamps by the lovely Jayne Nestorenko.

There are 6 stamp sets in the Apple of my Eye collection, three featuring girls and three featuring boys and they are all equally adorable.  I do think I favour this lovely young lady on the swing though as it's such a lovely delicate image.
Well thank you for looking and enjoy the rest of the week
Pat xx

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Best friends forever

Justine and I had a lovely day at the cupcake workshop. We learned how to make the perfect cupcake sponge and then were shown various ways of decorating using buttercream.  So here are the cakes I brought home with me, not too bad for the first attempt.
Now for the cards I made using the free set by Jayne Nestorenko which are being given with Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine.
Jayne will be on Create and Craft tomorrow at 11am with her fabulous new collection "Apple of my Eye".
Pat xx

Back in Action

Good morning dear friends
Pleased to say I have my laptop back in action, after it died on me last week. Fortunately it only needed a new power cable so not too expensive or serious. Did make me realise though that I really should back everything up more often.
Anyway now that I'm back thought I would just remind you that the lovely Jayne Nestorenko will be back on C&C tomorrow with her gogeous new collection "Apple of my Eye". If you would like a preview just pop over to Jayne's website to take a peek.
Also there is a free exclusive stamp set from the collection with this months copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft and it's gorgeous.
I'll pop back later to share a couple of cards with you that I made using the freebie stamp set.
Well better get going as my daughter and myself are off to a cupcake decorating workshop this afternoon after having a nice lunch out. So the diets not going to do too well this week!
Catch you later
Pat xxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Hope you are having a good week so far. Mine's been somewhat stressful but what's new. Anyway best solution for that is a bit of crafting isn't it? 
The main image I have used for this card is by Stampasaurus and I coloured it with Copics, my favourite colouring medium. The flower stamp is a Crafty Individuals. I used Spellbinder dies for the frame, flourish's  and the bottom panel. The flowers are from my stash and the butterfly was cut with a MS punch. I added diamond stickles to the flourish, flowers and butterfly. The papers are Basic Grey.

As always thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Monday, 11 March 2013

Cool for Cats

I decided to try out a technique I saw in this months edition of Craft Stamper to create the quilted effect backing paper. You use a piece of acetate and shade along the edge with Distress Inks or Adirondacks moving the acetate along a couple of centimetres keeping the lines equidistant and parallel. As I am not confident in my aligning skills I decided to draw a line 2cm in from the edge of the acetate as a guide and it really made the job easy.  
The Pussycat is a Docrafts stamp I came across while sorting my stash. Amazing what you forget you've got isn't it? Anyway I coloured it with copics and added a touch of glitter here and there.
Quite a simple card to create but a very effective technique, although the quilting doesn't show to full effect in the photo.
As always thank you for stopping by
Pat xxx

Saturday, 2 March 2013

A pretty young lady

Today I would like to share a card I made using a spellbinder die I bought last week on one of our trips out to a Garden Centre. Yes another Garden Centre with a craft shop, perfect! It's Birkley Garden Centre at Barton under Needwood in Staffordshire.

Actually the card is lilac not blue as it looks on the photo.  The image is from Crafty Individuals Miniatures People and Places 2. The card in cordinations. The dies are Nestabilities Decorative Elements labels twenty seven and Shapeabilities Persian Accents. The embossing is a Coutour Creations Romantique collection Annalee which was a gift from a dear friend.
I am entering this card in the following challenges

Very good wishes
Pat xxx

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A double celebration

Thought I would share a couple of cards with you today that I made for my son and his wife who both celebrated their birthdays last Sunday. Unusual to share their birthday but  they don't share the year.
The first one I made for Elizabeth and as you can see she had a "special" birthday to celebrate and celebrate they certainly did over the course of 5 days!
The image is Dreamy Vanessa which I got from Zoe's blog and I coloured her with copics. The papers are basic grey.
This one is Jonathan's and as he loves his real ale I created this topper for him in Craft Artist.
 The name was stamped using the Clarity letter box stamp set which are so useful. The date clock  I created on the computer and the watch and buttons are spellbinder dies. The brads are Bo Bunny.
Thank you for visiting
Pat xx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Love birds for valentines

Well seeing as it's Valentines Day today I thought I would share a couple of creations that seem appropiate for the occasion.
The stamps used on both of these cards I bought from Circa Design. They are photo polymer stamps and give a perfect image every time. I stamped both images onto Fabriano HP water colour card and used my Whisper brush pens for the colouring. I did add a touch of diamond stickles to the flowers on each but as usual it doesn't show on the photos.
I think I am going to have to create myself a new header now that we are well into 2013 don't you?
Well as always thank you for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it.
Pat xx

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Brrrrrrrr it's cold!

Hello there dear bloggers.
Hope everyone here in the UK is managing to keep safe and warm.
We had a good covering of snow yesterday so I've been hold up indoors today crafting.
This is a stamp I've had in my stash for quite a while it's from Circa Design. It is such a useful stamp suitable for many occasions. I stamped it onto Fabriano water colour paper and coloured it with Distress inks ( Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss and Vintage photo). I used Spellbinder dies, labels 20 and Twisted metal tags and accents. The paper is Bo Bunny Welcome Home collection.
Now I am expecting the delivery of my new craft room storage on Monday (weather permitting) so I have been sorting my craft stuff and discovered a lot of papers and toppers that  had been lying around for quite a while. I decided I would try and use it all rather than stash it away again. It will take me a while to get through it but I'm gonna try as I just can't throw it out. So here is a little card I made using some bits and pieces in a little card kit.
All the bits except the green backing card and greeting came in the pack along with some other bits and pieces that I've yet to use. To be honest I didn't buy this set, if my memory serves me correct it was amongst some blog candy I received. I don't usually do ready made toppers but am pleased with this easy peasy card.
Well it has been a challenge getting these photos up on here today but I persevered and hope it was worth the effort.
Thank you for visiting me again today.
Pat xx

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Venetian lady

Well it's my first post of 2013 because I've been busy keeping one of my New Year's resolutions to be more organised.
I started by clearing out the filing cabinet to make room for some new craft room storage which I'm very excited about. The shredder has been working overtime. I got a bit carried away and even started sorting all Mom's paperwork out. It's very theraputic all this organising.
Anyway I decided it was about time I got crafting again so I got out this lovely Venetian lady  and came up with this card.

The beautiful lady and the border are from the Venetian lady stamp set and the paper is Bo Bunny. I used Copics and Polychromos pencils to colour.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Pat xx