Off to post the card along with some others as it is part of a sample pack to go to a craft shop in Stirling.
Monday, 30 June 2008
Off to post the card along with some others as it is part of a sample pack to go to a craft shop in Stirling.
Well for this weeks challenge from Tag You're It, the theme was "Favourite Quote or Family Image". I decided to go with Favourite Quote as I just love this one & often trying to remember it as I'm going through my hectic life. This is one we should all live our life by.
" Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience " by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
1. What was happening 10 years ago:
Well that was an awful time in my life (sorry to depress you all), I had just gone through a nasty divorce which lasted for 2 years, was mourning for my Dad who I sadly lost in 1997 but on a brighter note I was building a new loving relationship with my now hubby Rob.
2. Name 5 things to do today:
Housework, washing, ironing, tag some lovely people & make some Fiskars samples for my upcoming demo.
3. Snacks I enjoy:
Cheese & biscuits every time with some nice green grapes on the side.
4. Things I would do if I were a millionaire:
Bank the money to use the interest to pay for things. Open a craft shop where I could have all my favourites under one roof.
5. Places I have lived:
Well that's really easy. I lived in Hamilton for all of 18 months about 8 years ago and apart from that I have always been in Motherwell.
Now that I'm finished sharing, it's time to pass it on to some other lovely crafters. Here goes, Gayle Cass Kerry Ann & Christy . Sorry girls but it's time to share.....
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Our next open day is going to be in October & we use this day to obtain additional funds for the group which we use for things such as outings to the SECC. Last week we were all handed packs for us to make up over the summer holidays & by the time this week arrived, you guessed it, they were still in my craft bag. Thus yesterday I decided to make a start on mine. Here are two of the cards I made & the only additions I made were some little gems. Not bad for a card pack but I certainly won't have enough ribbon or flowers to do all 8 cards. Personally I wouldn't pay the price attached to this pack.
Are we too scared to use such a bright colour? Have we gotten into a habit of using more muted colour schemes? After the conversation, I realised that I was one of those people who never uses yellow so I decided it was time to change that & off I went to find goodies that I could use. The card stock is pale yellow, the background paper as you can see is canary yellow, both of which I inked with a relatively mellow blue, attached using yellow brads. Using a big shot die I cut three tags, inked again & then used Woodware rubber stamps for the greeting & design. The flower heads etc coloured in using Sakura Moonlight pens, a small blue gem was added as a flower centre & blue & yellow ribbon added.
I must admit I did enjoy playing with a colour that I'm not used to & you will probably see more of it on my blog now. What colour do you avoid most, think about it & go on have a play with it.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Isn't he just adorable.......
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
After winning my blog candy from the lovely Gayle she has now set the 2nd part of her challenge, which was to use nothing more than we had received to make a card, with the exception of adhesives. No adding of our own gems etc. Here is my final result.
Personally I think it's bright, cute & adorable (just like myself) or so my husband tells me....
So much thanks goes to Gayle for the goodies she provided.
Here is the lovely card we made in our workshop with the delighful Stephanie Weightman. After last years experience we all cried out for a workshop in painting but as it takes some time to learn the technique she uses, she made us all a lovely CD with some of the paintings she has done. For those of you have never seen her paint you don't know what you are missing. The card is 2 sheet of A4 paper with a quarter of the page removed, a vellum strip to act as the horizontal border, 2 strips of red card for the vertical borders & piramage. All of this was enclosed in an acetate bubble. The 2 sheets of card were stuck together on the left hand border the vellum border attached along with the piramage, when this was in place we then attached a sheet of acetate over the whole card so that it produced a bubble at the front to protect the image. Once this was in place we used the 2 red borders to hide the attachment. Finally 2 holes were puched in the left hand side & ribbon threaded through. Very quick & simple to make.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Our guest speaker on Friday night at the C&C Experience was the wonderful Joanna Sheen. I do love her so & she knows it.
For the experience she decided to make a limited edition CD comprising some of her favourite images. There were only 250 produced for the weekend & we were all presented with one as a gift. Hence the title of the CD "From Me to You".
Whilst away on my trip, this lovely blog candy arrived which I had won last week off of Gayle. Now have to wait on her setting up part 2 of her candy comp which she is going to do once everyone has received their gifts (some is being shipped to America).
Watch this space for the future update.
Whilst doing Amanda Batemans workshop, the wonderful Flying Scotsman very kindly gave away some free goodies. He arrived at our workshop all kilted up in true Scots manner & asked us all to look under our seats to see if we were infact sitting on Amanda's face. Low & behold I was so I was one of several people lucky enough to receive a lovely freebie from him. Boy was I happy & can't wait to get playing with it.
Well folks I'm back. Exhausted I admit but I'm here (minus a lot of my goodies). Here is my cute new teddy whom I have called Hugo. Extremely squeezable may I add. More freebies are being delivered in about a week as I couldn't get them on the plane home.
What a fab time I had in Birmingham and it was all go for the full weekend. We had workshops with the lovely Hina Modha (who is also a Fiskars demonstrator) who was demonstrating Redhotbed products, the glitter girls who were demonstrating their embossing boards, Noreen who was demonstrating Flower Soft, Sara Davis who was demonstrating the top score & enveloper, Debbie Williams who was demonstrating hummel mini decoupage, Stephanie Weightman who was demonstrating her CD's & picture boxes, then last but by no means least, the lovely Amanda Bateman who was demonstrating using Stampasaurus clear stamps & our all time favourite moonlight & glaze pens by Sakura.
Hope you enjoy looking at all the stuff I have to post.
Love Lorraine xxxxx
P.s It's nice to be back to you all again.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Well my blog candy competition has now closed and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter. Sadly there could only be one winner and I am pleased to announce that it is AMY in lovely Virginia. Well done.....
Watch this space for more blog candy in the future & happy crafting to everyone.
Amy can you drop me a note of your address please & I will get your candy in the post to you.
Created this whilst playing with my Laura Ashley papers. I layered a section of paper on the bottom half of the card & cut out 3 flowers from another paper then some circles for the flower centres. To add a bit of sparkle I used my ever faithful stickles to highligth the design & some faux stitching. I'm not entirely happy with the end result & wish I had just inked the edges instead. Hey we all make cards we're not happy with but that's crafting for you.
Monday, 9 June 2008
I'm off now to make a fathers day card & birthday card for my brother in law. Hopefully I'll have pics for you all tomorrow.
Sunday, 8 June 2008
After doing some gardening yesterday in the sweltering sun, had a spider crawling on me (I'm terrified of them) & being bitten once on the arm, twice on the back & once on the foot, I decided to call it quits in the garden.
I don't take well to bites & have scratched them before I realise it's a bite so today I have huge red lumps on my body & my foot is very swollen, warm & extremely painful.
Anyway, back to yesterday in order to soothe myself I had a little play with my Laura Ashley papers. Nothing exciting, two sheets of paper layered onto my card, some ribbon & gems then had to glitz my fancy paper up with my wonderful stickles. When in need of a quick card these are fantastic papers to use as they are so decorative you can use them plain or like me just add some sparkle.
Unfortunately, I have to go do the weekly shop now so no card making for me until later today. Boo Hoo......
Friday, 6 June 2008
Well it's been another relaxing day for me again giving the brain some time off from work and boy did I have fun.
That's not to say I didn't do anything as I did manage to do all the housework, washing & even done most of the ironing, only exception being my husbands shirts. I hate doing them so there are actually 16 of them for me to iron over the weekend. Yuck...............
But on a much nicer note I was playing with more of my downloaded Funky Hand papers just to make 2 sweet little cards.
The first is some dotty paper used as the background with some ribbon attached & a knot tied, faux stitching around the edge of the background as well as the flower heart & petals. I mounted the petals & centre on foam pads to add some depth & hightlighted the spots in the centre with stickles. To finish off I added a tag saying "It's your day".
The second is made using a section of spotty background paper with faux stitching. On the left hand side I used Staz On to stamp on some floral images from Wendie Rhodes & added a few to the right hand side too for slight detail. Then added to blooms again from Funky Hand. Flower centres were highlighted with stickles & one with a tiny round gem. Told you I had a whole load of fun today & now I'm off to put my entry on Fiskarettes. Happy Crafting................
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Both cards were made using papers that I had downloaded from Funky Hand but again had never had the opportunity to play with so I really did have a whole load of fun making these 2 cards.
Why not pop over to 2sketches4you right now & join in the fun....
Whatever you do, hope you all have a great day crafting. xxx
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Being relatively new to Blogging, I'm learning more each day so I've decided it's time to try my hand at giving away some blog candy. As this is my first time I'm had to wrack my brain to come up with your challenge but I've now decided (the answer is somewhere in my blog).
The challenge is:
What 2 Create & Craft celebrities attended my craft group?
The winner will be chosen at random by my hubby Rob on Wednesday 11th June so hurry now & get your answers in fast.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Unfortunately I cannot show this pretty card at it's best as it is constructed from acetate & vellum only. The base card of acetate itself is 5" x 5" layered with a vellum wrap that is 2.5" x 5" held in place with eyelets (used my trusty crop for this) with a black ribbon tied on front. The background on the vellum is made using versamark on a small rubber stamp brushed with mica pigment. The cherry blossom is stamped in black staz on & then highlighted with black stickles. Colour was applied using Sakura pens & finished off with the addition of a few small gems. It really is a quick & easy make. Both stamps are from Clarity Stamps.
Monday, 2 June 2008
This has to be one of my favourites because it's such a simple card. Base card is white with a strip of patterned vellum down the left hand side edged with black ribbon. A further strip of black ribbon was placed down the right hand side with some gems added for a little bit of bling. I then stamped this gorgeous image onto a piece of white card with black Staz On & cut out leaving a slight white border, then layered this onto a piece of black card & finally mounted using foam pads. Stamp is from Clarity Stamps.
Sunday, 1 June 2008
On the day of the First Holy Communion favours were to be given out to all the guests in attendance. Again I stuck to a white & silver theme, this time using an exploding box template by the wonderful Wendie Rhodes. For the base layer I used a stencil to provide the background available from Cardology as part of a Sakura set. For the inner layer I simply went around the edges with my silver pen as I felt there was enough design on the bottom layer & there were also chocolates to go inside. The lid was edged again in silver & finished off with Crystal Stickles.
This is my little box baby & personally I think he's adorable. Worked on a blue base card & used a button rubber stamp to stamp the background, inked the edges & added some faux stitching. For the baby himself I stamped onto a white piece of card then used a water colour effect with my Sakura Pens. Finished him off again with inked edges & faux stitching. All products used were purchased from Cardology. I hope you all think he's cute too.