Tuesday, 28 April 2015

member showcase

Hi everyone.

Here I am with another member showcase & this time it is Joanna from Mold club. She won these prizes for leaving a comment on the Stampendous / Dreamweaver blog hop a few weeks ago.

The butterfly stencil is called zen-butterfly & Joanna sent me a photo of one of the cards made by the Dreamweaver design team;

It is beautiful - I think I need that stencil

Bye for now.

Monday, 27 April 2015

birthday greetings

Today is 27 April
& a CSNW club member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Ruth

Have a lovely day Ruth

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Would you believe it .............

............... two years since our wedding.

Today is our second wedding anniversary, but also a sort of pearl anniversary too as we have been together 30 years.

As Bob will only just have seen the card I made for him, I will show you a photo in a few days time.

Have a good day.

Friday, 24 April 2015

A fun card

Hi everyone, today I have a fun card to show you.

I made this for Bob as last week he started his part-time retirement.  The theme of Thomas the Tank engine is a family thing.  One year (& forgive me if I have already told you) because Bob couldn't come up with ideas for Christmas presents, Gareth bought him an electric Thomas train set.  Since then we have all bought him bits towards it & now that he is retiring he wants to get all the bits put together in a proper setup.  So, it seemed the appropriate card theme.

The centre stepper card was the best layout I could think of.  Bob loved it anyway which of course is the most important thing.

'Bye for now.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

just chatting

Well what a lovely weekend we had - Bob & I made the most of that lovely sunshine by sitting out in our garden most of the Saturday, after the shopping had been done.

It is so peaceful & the garden is beginning to look really good, especially as this last week we had new fencing put all up the drive & one side of the garden. Also a nice new back gate.

Bob & I are going to be a bit busy over the next 7 - 10 days, so blogging will be a little intermittent, but I do have some cards to show you & another member showcase. So will fit them in as best I can.

Have fun.

Monday, 20 April 2015

member showcase

Good morning everyone - I hope you all had a great weekend.

Today the club member being showcased is Rita from Mold II.  Rita had a letter complete with photograph published in a recent issue of a paper craft magazine.

They look great Rita - that die was just the right size & shape. Well done for being published again.

I have that die & have used it on a couple of cards seeing it on the flaps of those bags has given me an idea - thank you.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Mold photos

Good afternoon everyone - well here we are again - back to normal. Fingers crossed.

Today I have the photos that I took at last night's meeting of Mold club, where they had their visit from Dawn.  The photos show the ladies gathered around Dawn listening to what she has to say. After the demonstration Dawn showed them all how to make the little origami box - so I tried taking photos of that in different stages.

I think here Dawn was explaining about the way she chooses her colours - light, medium & dark.

Three photos of Dawn showing & explaining the colouring technique. The third one was the best view I could get of Dawn actually colouring.

Here is the origami box;

You start with two squares of paper with one smaller by a smidgen.  (I love that word).
The strips cut off must be on 2 connecting sides to retain the square shape.
You then find the centre point.  This can be done in several ways - here the paper has been folded in half diagonally not creasee except for a tiny crease put in the centre. It is then folded in the other diagonal direction & the centre marked again.  The corner is then folded into the centre point & creased well.

Whilst it is folded in like this take the folded edge & place that on the centre point line, as above.  Unfold & repeat on the other three sides.

The next stage is to cut.  Place the paper as a diamond then cut up the line by the side of the small triangle until you reach the centre square. Repeat on the other side of the same strip & then again on the opposite end.
Fold up the longer sides & fold the flaps in, in front of the shorter tabs.

Bring the shorter tab up & over the folded in flaps & then the triangle will sit on the floor of the box.

With all 4 sides worked your half box should look like this.  Repeat those steps for the other piece of paper exactly.

Here is the finished box on its side showing the top & the base. This works with any size square of paper.

I hope this all makes sense if you weren't at one of the meetings to see it done.  Any problems get in touch.

That is me for this time.  Back tomorrow with member news & a fun card I have made.
'Bye for now.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Hooray! we are back

Good morning everyone

I always said I would not become a slave to the computer, the Internet & the like - but boy do you miss them when they are not available.

How are you all?  keeping well I hope & having a better day than I did yesterday.  First thing to go wrong - making a card I cut one of the pieces wrong, then when almost at the end of the process I got an embossing folder & the plates stuck in my e-bosser.  Man of the house to the rescue (again - as it had happened once before some time ago).  After about 15 minutes we managed to recover & off I went again.  Next I put a piece of card in to have a die-cut in it & when it came out it hadn't cut - but i found that as I had turned the card over to have the cutting edge towards my cutting plate the die had flipped over & just embossed lightly right onto the main part of the card.  Eventually all the components of the card were successfully made & the card put together.  The final stage was to print the inserts - yes there were 2 inserts & the reason will become clear when I show you the card after it has been received by the recipient.  Oh yes! the final stage - the printer wouldn't print. Call the man of the house again. It seems it had something to do with the fact that after our Internet problem we had a new hub & although it had been told to recognise the hub it had got its k............s in the proverbial twist.  All is back to normal again now ................... fingers crossed

Today is my monthly lunch day which is followed in the evening with the Mold club meeting & tonight they are getting their visit from Dawn.

I have some member news for you in the next post & of course after tonight there will be club photos to show you.

Back soon.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

apologies for absence

Hi everyone

I am sorry but we are experiencing problems with our Internet connection & I cannot get on to Blogger very easily - so any posts will be rather erratic until BT can sort it out for us.

Will leave any proper posts until the problem is cured.  Sorry.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

A birthday card

Good afternoon everyone & what another beautiful day.

This morning I had a rubber stamping workshop & we played with Distress Inks - great fun - so I got a couple of dirty fingers.

Today I have a recently made birthday card to show you, that has the same style as the Thinking Of You card I showed yesterday;

The base card is black & I found a piece of yellow card that went very well with the yellow Promarker I was going to use, & added a black ribbon with a black & white chequered ribbon over it along with a bow.

This design was made the same way as the other card - the image was stamped twice in black ink which I then embossed with clear EP.  A third image was stamped & coloured in & then cut out.  In one respect this was easier to cut out as there was no part of the image that was as fine as the other design.  BUT. There were white spaces between the long thin leaves that I had to remove so that the black & white design underneath showed through.  So using my brain (for a change!!) I cut out those pieces before I cut out the main image.  It did make the image a bit fragile but had I done it the other way round I think I would have ended up slicing the flower in two.

I like this design & will use it again.

That's me for today.  'Bye for now.

birthday greetings

Today is 9 April 
& a Mold II club member has a birthday

Happy  Birthday Phyllis

Have a lovely day

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

a thinking of you card

Good afternoon everyone I hope you are all well.

Today I have a "thinking of you" card to show you which I made on behalf of the CSNW ladies to send to a club member who had had a nasty fall.

This card was inspired by some cards I spotted on the Internet when looking around recently & thought I would try my own take on it.

After deciding what colour I was going to make the main image, I then searched out card & ribbon to decorate it.  The base card is a folded black card with a pink layer on it, then the image stamped twice in black on there.  I then took a piece of white card & stamped & coloured another flower, which was followed by the trickiest part of the whole thing - cutting it out.  That stem is really that thin.  Next stage was to glue the coloured image over the others & glue the whole thing to the pink card after wrapping the ribbons around it.  A few gems in the top of the panel to set it off.

I did do one thing incorrectly - I didn't stamp the "thinking of you" until I had put the whole card together.  So, a bit of a risk.  I don't know how I managed to forget to do it first.  The inside was finished with a matching pink insert.

I was so pleased with the card, that I made another one with different flowers.  Will show that to you tomorrow possibly.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Just chatting

Good evening everyone - well the weather did us proud in the end - I hope you have had a lovely Easter weekend.

Yesterday we pottered in the garden for a while & then Bob went & picked up Russ & Nadine, as Russ was going to help him with some things , so it made sense to have them here for dinner.  A very pleasant afternoon & evening.

Today has been glorious & we have spent most of it in the garden - clearing away the winter debris & sorting pots for planting anew & giving us time to sit & enjoy.

Today is also the first day of Bob's semi-retirement. He didn't want to give up all in one go but to break into it gently.

Well no paper crafting done this weekend, but I do have a couple of cards I will be able to show you - will sort the photos out for tomorrow.  Then I must settle down & make some more for birthdays that are on the horizon.  I am also trying out some crochet motifs & borders for my workshops. I found a great site with video instructions - the lady is Russian or similar nationality & I really have to concentrate hard on what she is saying - but it has been most helpful.

Well that is me for today - just popping in quickly - enjoy the rest of the day.

Friday, 3 April 2015

member showcase

Good afternoon ladies

Well! the lady has done it again - Joanna of Mold club I am talking of.  She has won a stencil from Dreamweaver via The Stamp Man (think I have got that right), & a CD from a blog where one assumes she left a comment.

This is the CD (obviously!)

At the same as receiving her prize stencil Joanna was also sent 2 others that she had ordered so I am not absolutely sure which is the prize.  Unless of course the prize was more than stencil.
I am sure Joanna will let me know.

No time wasted a- a card made using 2 of the stencils.

I recently have been joining in on blog hops - leaving comments - & competitions that pop up through facebook - but no, no success.  But I will persevere.

I hope your weekend is going well - it is supposed to brighten up a little more over the next 2 or 3 days - so we might see some sunshine.

Take care everyone.

Happy Easter

Wishing you all a very pleasant Easter weekend

Thursday, 2 April 2015

csnw photos

Good afternoon everyone.

This afternoon I have the photos from last night's CSNW meeting where we had a visit from Dawn of C&C and Lily of the Valley fame.

I took photos of the ladies watching the demo ;

Everyone listening very intently & asking lots of questions.

At this stage Dawn had been explaining how she works in small areas at a time & how she works with 3 or 4 colours.  You can see the 4 colours at the bottom of the card.

In this photo Dawn has been explaining her use of the Spectrum Noir pencils over the Copics ink & how she blends the two together.  The same piece was also used to show us how to grounded an image - in this instance placing grass at the feet of the little girl - again using 3 or 4 colours of green. At the top of the card you can see the selection of reds she chose for the sleeve of the dress.

Dawn also showed this one quite early on explaining that most people have trouble with red because of it being a strong pigment.  She also advised to colour any red first then if it didn't work it was just a small piece of card that had been wasted - rather than do all the other lovely work first & then find you didn't like the finish on the red shoes.  Very wise advice.

At the end of the demo Dawn also showed the ladies the little box she is always asked about.  We did rather run out of time & I didn't get any photos of the boxes that were finished. Over the next few weeks Daw has a screen test for being on Create & Craft for Tonic Studios - so we wish her good luck, & will also be busy at the Alexandra Palace Show (affectionately known as Ally Pally), then she has the Thursday Mold club to visit.  Busy busy.

Well! another weekend is here & this time a Bank Holiday one - I wonder what the weather has in store for us.  I hope you have a great weekend whatever you chose to do - remember - not too many Easter eggs!

'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

just chatting

Hi everyone - what a dreadful night - weather wise that is.

I have just got in from tonight's CSNW meeting where we had our visit from Dawn - I have photos to show you , but they will have to wait until tomorrow.  It was a brilliant evening & everyone enjoyed it.

Dawn & I travelled together & the journey home was horrendous. Poor Dawn will be warn out by the time she has drive from my house to her home I should think.  Thank you for sharing the journey Dawn it made a nice change having company on the journey.

So that is all for tonight folks.  I hope you are all wrapped up warm at home.