Saturday, 31 December 2011

Just One Word

Hello Readers,

Hope you all had a lovely festive time and received lots of crafty stash from Father Christmas. I was lucky enough to receive a Glitter Pot voucher, so I dashed down there in the week and spent some of it in their sale. I bought some stamps by Woodware, some card blanks, embellies and an embossing folder. I have used one of the stamps in this latest card for the current LIM challenge where we must use only one word on the card.
Fortunately this challenge runs for two weeks as although I made my card several days ago, I've had no chance to upload it due to visitors yesterday and cooking and cleaning prior to that.

I stamped the 'Friend' sentiment by SU in Memento Rich Cocoa and then framed it with my new Woodware stamp in Versa Magic Sahara Sand and cut around it. Then I dabbed a combination of these two inks onto the card with a make-up sponge. (a la Barbara Grey) This just looked messy, but I managed to rescue it by tidying it up with the masking technique and then overstamped with another SU stamp, the trailing Ivy.
Finally I positioned the frame onto the card with sticky fixers.

I'm planning to have a crafty day today, now I've finished clearing up yesterday's mess. Although I should be going out and getting some exercise as after all that food I feel like a big fat blob, the weather does not inspire me however!

Before I go I just thought I'd share this Curio House/Config Box (call it what you will) that I made my niece for Christmas. I bought it completely undecorated at The Craft Barn for £2.99 and really enjoyed tarting it up. I kept this one relatively minimalist but will be doing more of these.

Hope you like my creations today, please leave me a comment if you do, they are much appreciated.
Very Best Wishes for 2012 to all in Blogland, TFL.

Fiona xx

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Mince Pie Marathon

I'm a bit late with my Christmas greeting due to the mountain of mince pies that I've been making, (well three dozen anyway!) but I'd like to wish all my readers and followers a very merry xmas and a healthy and happy new year.

See you on the other side.

Fiona x

Saturday, 17 December 2011


I still need a couple of christmas cards so I have followed the theme on Less Is More's current challenge which is Music for my latest creations.

I stamped a very old music score by P.B. continually across the cardstock using my stamp positioner. As I can't read music I have no idea if it's a load of random notes or actually tuneful. I used Smokey Grey Versafine for stamping the music and embossed the sentiment with silver E.P. The star was cut from some old silver mirri card packaging with my XCut die and positioned with sticky fixers. I highlighted some of the music score with glitter using my quickie glue pen but it was impossibly hard to photograph.

Yesterday I received some good news and was in the mood to celebrate with a pint or three and with Christmas festivities taking place right outside the pub the atmosphere was buzzing. My brother was there,(fresh from his company xmas do and completely Brahms and Liszt,) together with my SIL and Dad. Here we all are.

Father Christmas graciously permitted me to 'pap' him whilst drinking a restorative cuppa outside his grotto. (After 4 hours of kids bending his ear I'm surprised it wasn't gin!)

Hope you have been "simply having a wonderful christmas time" Are you singing it?
Until next time, TFL and for all your lovely words.

Fiona x

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Snow joke

...making a one layer card with the theme "LET IT SNOW" but this is what Chrissie and Mandi have asked us to do this week. I really wanted to create something a bit different today and thought about acetate but quickly abandoned that idea as near on impossible with one layer. Next, I thought about a never used snowflake stamp, but quite a few LIMette's have used this idea already, and then I remembered this SU stamp from the Seasons set which has been loitering in my stash for some time.

It's also never seen ink before, probably as it's so bloody small! My colouring skills are somewhat limited but hopefully you can see some detail. As the image is so petite I made a miniature card cut with nesties Labels One and embossed around the image with a smaller Labels nestie. It was coloured with water colour pencils and glitter added as a finishing touch. IRL there is more of a blue wash around the tree but this is very pale and has not been picked up by the camera or it's operator!
So as you can see, it's not very different but at least it's a never seen before stamp.

Crafting aside, I've been making other things this week as I've had a bit of a baking sesh. A ginger cake here....

and a new recipe today - Mary Berry's Apple Dessert Cake.........

.......which came out better than expected.

Enjoyed Strictly tonight, but whoever writes Brucie's script should really get the push.

ttfn and thanks for looking.
Fiona x

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Scalloped Green Stripes

Hello Dear Readers,

I'm back again with a card that's eligible for two challenges this week. The lovely ladies at LIM have been very thoughtful and given us a challenge that will help us catch up with our xmas cards,(only another 30 to go!) the theme is Green. While over at CAS-ual Friday's they have a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge where you must pick three elements from their grid. See the title of this post for my choice.

So here is my card.

I cut out varying sizes of scalloped circles with my nesties on some DP by Doodlebug Design, then it was just a matter of cutting them to shape, layering up and adding some glitter. I added a Kraft trunk and a Hero Arts sentiment. I am annoyingly short of xmas sentiments and would have liked to have added a CG one but I am rather challenged in that area!

I've had a busy but good week. On Tuesday I went shopping and got myself some charity shop bargains. I found two blouses and a 100% pure new wool jacket in one shop, total price £1.50 and in another CS I found a groovy suede belt-good as new for £1.50. I also found myself some GORGEOUS new boots (this time M&S not CS) I was so excited as I have not been able to find any boots that will zip up my fat old legs since about 1979! That night I went to a pub gig wearing new boots and belt, (and other clothes I hasten to add! Jodie Marsh I'm not.) met some old friends and had a good bop, unfortunately I was driving so I had to stay off the cider. On Wednesday morning I was up early and very bleary eyed shot off to an auction. I didn't get anything that I went for, but successfully bid for a storage unit that I thought would come in useful for the craft stash.

Not bad for nine quid! What did you do this week?

Thanks again for all your lovely comments and for stopping to look.
Fiona x