I am sorry but I can no longer send out any templates, poems etc. that I may have previously offered in the past, the files were lost when my last computer crashed and I have chosen not to remake any of them them.

Friday, 22 May 2015

A Present From My Brother

This is a present my brother bought back from his new unit for my mum for Mother’s Day back in March.Again, we are under no illusions that he had anything to do with it other than sit at the table and watch the staff put it together for him, but it is no less special to us. 
The heart is covered with hessian with a strip of lace wound over that, and then lace daisies added in strategic places …….. it’s a treasure that will be kept forever.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Puffy Paperchase Cat Stickers – Nine Square Card

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a white linen effect, hand cut card blank.
This card uses puffy cat stickers from Paperchase (£1 per pack), which sadly I don’t think are available any more.  I love the fact that the pack included small fish, mice and hearts that, although far too small for the average card, are just perfect for adding a bit of fun and variety to the card. The Bazzill squares are made using my X-Cut 1in scalloped edge punch inch.
A few dots here and there using a black fine liner pen help finish off the design.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Floral Border Card

This card measures approximately 21cms x 7cms and is made using a white linen effect, hand cut card blank.
I think this card is a huge, huge cheat really.  I am desperately trying to work my way through as many embellishments as I can in order to downsize and this was a quick and easy way of using most of a Papermania 3D floral border that I have had for a couple of years. ….. Hands up, all I did was cut a bit off each end to fit the card ……. no skills needed whatsoever!
I did however add the tiniest flat backed pearls in between some of the leaves to add a little extra texture and subtle bling, but that’s it, a lazy, lazy card!
I now have the two ends left of the border, so I guess I need to find an equally “lazy” way of using them up too, perhaps on a tag or as the centre on small gift card.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Really Quick Foam Daisy Card

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a hand cut white linen effect blank.
I desperately needed to stash bust a box of foam flowers that I have had forever as they were annoying me and I also needed to make a set of cards that didn’t take too long to make. 
The colours of background panel, which is set on a couple of foam pads for a little extra dimension are pretty subtle, and it was a deliberate decision to make the flowers overlap it everso slightly.  I reckon I could get about twenty made in a day, before I got bored, in varying colours, which is a pretty productive session for me!!!

Friday, 8 May 2015

A Project Returned To …..

As I have said before, I have a small box of projects, mainly jewellery,  that remain unfinished because I am not happy with them, but don’t really know where to go with them either.
This is a pendant I started to make, ages ago, when I was first experimenting with microscope slides and foil tape sent to me by Marc.  I liked the idea of the printed page background, which has seemed to discolour even more in the box, which I love, but the heart just looks too stark and I wonder if it is too obvious being placed in the middle? 
Then I found this pack of letraset rub-ons hidden away and wondered if I could do anything with them on the pendant
I wasn’t sure if they would stick to the glass, but they did ….. but I am afraid, once again it all looked to obvious, and the heart and the rub-ons just don’t seem to flow together.
And then, to add insult to injury, I decided to add some clear flat backed gems ….. and it all came crashing down again. I think it’s called trying too hard!!!!!  I know the best place now for this is the bin, but sometimes it’s hard to admit defeat, when you know the inkling of an idea is there.  It’s the heart that’s wrong, the letraset is too heavy, it’s not subtle and there’s no flow ……. I should really start it all again from scratch ….. and put it out of it’s misery!!!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Inchie Pendant Charms

Sometimes I come back to a project quite a long time after I started them, which is the case with these inchie glass pendant charms.
When I don’t know what to do with something small it usually ends up in this box put high up on one of my shelves …….
…… only to be rediscovered and explored again after a few months, perhaps years.
Originally, I had just sealed the paper backing on these glass inchies with Glossy Accents and then didn’t have a clue where to go with them from there ….. but when I found them the other day I wondered how they would look in a pendant tray,
…….it was a snug fit but I still glued them in with E6000 glue to make them extra secure and I think they work ???????I used to have a lot of inchie sheets before my last computer died (a salient tale to always remember to back things up on your computer), perhaps these small successes may have reignited my enthusiasm to look at them again.

Friday, 1 May 2015

We’re Going To Miss You Card - Leaving Card

This card is A5 in size and is made by simply scoring then folding a sheet of A4 white linen effect card in half.
I apologise, but I have made a series of five of these leaving cards. with slight variations, so you’ll probably be seeing one a month for a while! I decided that I really need to work my way through the vast pile of adhesive alphabets that  I have……. I can see that if I keep going like this, I will eventually run out of vowels ……… and what do I do then …… when I am left with a whole pile of consonants? I suppose that’s when I need to get really crafty, any suggestions?
Anyway once I had made the various word “plaques” and mat and layered them on various matching papers, I started to arrange them, oh my life, making them fit is something that ALWAYS proves to be a nightmare, no matter how tight I put the letters and mat and layering together,  I still end up trimming something off them!
To bring the design all together I have put into action my rarely used “overkill” technique, by adding punched, layered flowers and foliage, plus flat backed gems and faux stitching with strategically placed groups of three dots using a black fine liner pen.
Very over the top for me, but I think it works in an over the top type way!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Working With Ian Christopher

Early on in the year, Marc’s partner Ian asked if I would be interested in helping him at the January Furniture Show at the NEC, to do a bit of running and help “dress” some of the stands he had designed……. Well, it would have been rude to say no wouldn’t it, despite my not having a clue as to whether I could actually “dress” a stand” or not!
Let’s just say it was a HUGE learning curve!  I was nervous that I would be seen as a spare part that kept getting in the way or someone who just stood there without a clue, but I listened hard, double checking instructions if I didn’t quite understand first time and just tried my best!
I wish I had taken more photos of the emerging stands, but let’s say by the second day I was just too busy!  However, I hope I have captured the emergence of the Rowico stand (just one of four of Ian’s stands, not including the exhibition hospitality area!)
When we arrived, the stand had been built and painted, lighting in position and carpet laid (but carefully covered) all exactly to Ian’s design. All the furniture arrived in boxes, that needed unpacking and putting together …… and then putting in the correct position…….
……. all again exactly to Ian’s plan, everything and I mean everything was meticulously planned and put together.
The next morning, we arrived and the stand was beginning to take shape.  It was then my turn to wipe everything down ……
…….. and then try to place the pieces that Ian has sourced, all quite large and manly in different shades of blue and white, and in pairs or sets of three.
I “placed” them as best I could  ……

…… but believe me, it’s not as easy as the expert dressers make it look!!!
I also got to dress my first exhibition bed …….. believe me, if it took me as long to make one bed to exhibition standards at home,  I would never ever leave the bedroom!!!!  Once the stand was dressed, fresh the flowers and plants were added at the very last minute.
Ian was lucky to have “an office” at the NEC where he could store his props and where his sister Lynn and I could put together what seemed like 100’s of the Ikea occasional tables that were going to be used in the exhibition hospitality area.
……. and I faced my demons …..  by putting together a couple of Ikea lamps that I had not bought a few months earlier for myself because they looked too difficult to put together ….. as this was business, I had to put them together!!!!
I wish I had seen the hospitality area completed ….. it was going to be a spectacular Palm Court, but it was still in it’s infancy when I had to leave.
I learnt so much and will now look at exhibitions with a whole new eye.  And, I did so much walking, from one side of the hall to the other, finding my way through a gigantic maze, time after time, but which seemed to change each time I went through as the stands took shape. 
I got lost so many times while getting the coffee you wouldn’t believe!  At times we all got very cold (hence the coffee runs), as they don’t put the heating on until the last minute, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It’s certainly not glamorous, it’s very hard work but a wonderful experience and a glimpse into a completely different world from working in a school!!!!
………And where you need to think on your feet., like when the decals don’t stick to the stand walls. You need to keep you clients happy as this is their showcase and when it all boils down to it, their livelihood, they need to sell their goods.  I am hoping that once I am a “free woman” Ian will ask me to help again ….. I just need to go into training about three months before the event.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Nine Square Puppy Cards

These cards measure 5ins x 5ins and are made using a white linen effect, hand cut card blank.
These cards follow on from the cat cards I made the other week, but this time featuring puppies!

Normally I would be restrained with my sticker use to get maximum value for my money, (99p per pack), but as I said before,  I am on a mission to use all my small stickers up as quickly and as effectively as possible.

Monday, 20 April 2015

A Fair Exchange

I had an e-mail from Karen, an adoptee of two of my monkeys (when I did adoptions), asking if I could make her some badges using my Bandai badge maker.IMG_0002She wanted something to not only lift her own spirits, but those of her fellow patients and nurses through gruelling dialysis sessions ….. Well, it was an absolute pleasure, and she did me a huge favour as she finally got me off my bum to buy a new printer, as mine had decided to play up something rotten, and to be honest, it was cheaper to buy a completely new printer than an expensive set of new ink, which I suspected would be rejected anyway.
Once the badges were posted I received some more lovely e-mails from Karen telling me how well the badges had gone down and this gorgeous “Thank You” card, which I especially love as I think it will be how Iris will look when she is a little older with Jupiter, Tom and The Lovely Laura’s cat!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Nine Square Owl Card using Paperchase Stickers

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a white linen effect,hand cut blank.
This card follows on from Monday’s post, when I was wondering what to do with the rest of the stickers from packet of Paperchase stickers I had opened just for the tree ones …… now I am trying to use up so much of my stuff I didn’t want to put the opened pack back in the box to go unused for another year or so ……..
So to use them up ….it had to be a nine square card didn't it!!! I used my X-cut 1 inch scalloped square punch to cut out the backgrounds, to be honest the Bazzill card colours I chose were quite dull and muted, colours I would not normally choose to work with, but they work.  Marc is forever telling me that “sometimes” I have to make cards that may not be to my taste but which others will love!  I had two packets of the stickers, so after the house cards and this card I should have enough left for at least another four cards of this design …… and another small part of my stash bites the dust!