Saturday, 27 April 2019

A recent card

& very recent too, because it is the card I made for our anniversary which was Thursday.  The anniversary that is not the making of the card.😀

Hello everyone I hope you are having a nice day.

Here is my card

Outside of the main card.
I chose shades of white & blue this year.
The main image has been embossed in white EP & then I have coloured the card over the top of the stamping & created the resist finish.

This is the inside left of the card where I chose to put the extra anniversary card.

As you may remember when I make Bob a wedding anniversary card I also include one for the years we have been together, as I always gave him a card before.  Each year now it is quite a challenge to come up with something different.

This year was no exception as my mojo is not so bright as it could be.

That's me for today
'Bye for now.

birthday greeting

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

Happy birthday Ruth
Have a lovely day

Monday, 22 April 2019

Some of my work in progress

Good afternoon everyone.

I wonder how many of you, like me, start a project, leave it for a while & then somehow before finishing it start another project.

I am afraid I am so guilty of that - it is like my brain sees something it wants to try & forgets all the other stuff.

Here is one of those projects & then in a day or two I will show you another one.  Then having owned up to doing this perhaps I will pull my socks up & get one of them finished.

The front of one of my albums I am making.
This album is made using Tonic Memory Book dies

The inside cover & the first page.
The inside cover has a pocket & there is also a matching one on the inside back cover.
The page on the right  has a gate-fold front held closed by magnet's under the panel.

Another page 
This one has a flap - again held down by a magnet - with mats for photos under.

There are still quite a few pages to build - you can see some of the blank ones in the background.

So that is one of my "delayed" projects.
I think I might have to write on 100 times -"I must do better & finish one project at a time."

'Bye for now.

Friday, 19 April 2019

updates & chat

Good afternoon everyone

I forgot to mention a couple of days ago that I have updated the club pages.  There is still a photo to go on the "Project Photo page" for the Mold May meeting.  As I was not going to be at the April meeting I sent all the information to Joanna but forgot to take a photo of the sample card before posting it..  She has kindly offered to send me a photo of it.   So it will appear later.

I hope the meeting went well & look forward to seeing photos.

As well as not being at the Mold meeting I am also not going to be at the Mold II meeting on the 23rd.  So I also look forward to seeing the photos from that meeting & will put both sets as soon as I can onto the blog. I hope the meeting goes well.

There will be some days I don't write anything for the blog as Bob & I are going to have a couple of "us time" days.

I think that covers everything I wanted to say today.
So that's me done.
'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

help with ideas please

Good morning everyone.

My plea for help is to assist me with sorting some club nights - or a possible workshop.

Perhaps you would have a think for when I next see you all at club nights.

In your craft stash - do you have Brusho Crystals?  Do you know different ways to use them, if not, would you be interested.

The same question for - Pan Pastels.

Would you be interested in learning to make;

                  a)  mini albums - perhaps from envelopes.
                  b)  making items other than cards - for example - a box complete with stationary, pretty                              boxes, photo frames.
                  c) would you like to do some more work on canvases

Would you be interested in returning to techniques we have covered over the years.  Yes?  Then can you let me know what those techniques might be.

As a;ways if you have something to show the ladies at your club - please let me know.  Quite a few of you have come forward over this last year or so - thank you very much for that.

That's me asking questions for today.
'Bye for now.

Monday, 15 April 2019

a recent card

Good afternoon everyone.

I hope you are all surviving this rather strong wind we have today.  I have just been out & it nearly blew me off my feet.

This afternoon I have one of my recent cards to show you.  I made it because I am going to show the CSNW ladies how to make it at their next meeting.  I will also be able to use it for a birthday card when I need it.  It's the really cute - Teepee card;

The front view

Rather than a Velcro dot, which I used for a previous version of this card I used a metal floral brad which the front corner just pops under to keep the card closed.

The papers have a greeny-brown shade & the colours of the flower on the front match quite well.  I took some white paper flowers, coloured them with a pen to match as close as I could get it & then layered them on top with a toning pearl centre.

Two side views

Once again a big thank you to Annette of Mold II club who showed us how to make this card some time ago.  I find it so useful - it fits any age, male or female, child or adult, season.

That's me for today.
'Bye for now.

Friday, 12 April 2019

just chatting

Hello everyone & what a lovely day..

Bob & I have just returned from a really nice drive through the lovely Welsh countryside.

We started heading in the direction of Ruthin, taking whatever road Bob chose, towards other places, then turned onto the road that would take us to the Horseshoe Pass.

So, we stopped at the Ponderosa Cafe at the top & had some lunch.  Quite a few bikers out in the sunshine but didn't spot a white Spyder - Joanna !

The return journey took us down into Llangollen, then on to the A483 towards Rosset & then through the back country roads to home.

Lovely!  made a really nice change.

Will try & have something to do with crafting to talk about next time.

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Take care.
'Bye for now.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

csnw photos - part 2

Good morning everyone.

This morning I have the second set of photos from the CSNW club night last Wednesday & they are of their project, where I showed them the Dutch Fold card.

A big thank you one again to Elvena, for taking & sending me the photos.  She took, in most cases a photo of them laying down & standing up - I will probably just use the ones that shows the card off best.  Not all of them have been finished.

Kate's card has not had a topper or any embellishments put on yet but it shows the shape of the card off well.

I have put 2 photos of  Gwen's card here because the name was missing from the top one, which shows the card standing up.A really elegant paper background paper I can't wait to see what Gwen puts on as a topper.

Ruth managed to completely decorate her card with this absolutely lovely topper  made from different orientated pieces of card, plus a pretty image.  Beautiful Ruth.

Elvena has used this lovely floral background for her card & once again I look forward to seeing it with a topper.

Joan managed to complete her card with a pretty floral topper & some border paper on the inside.
The left front tab has a rosette style topper but using the Spirelli thread technique?
Who remembers Spirelli?

Grace has used a really elegant gold embossed paper for her background.
I hope she finds an equally elegant topper to go on it & bring it back next time.

In fact ladies - I hope those of you who didn't finish your card will finish it at home & bring it back in May.

Ann has used another stunning paper for her background & I look forward to another interesting topper to go on it.

Pure elegance describes Claire's card - those die-cuts are beautiful.

I have shown a second photo of Claire's card as she managed to decorate inside as well as outside.

Well done ladies.  It really is a nice shape card to make & it is suitable for masculine designs as well, so very versatile.

Thank you once again to Elvena for the photos.

That is all from me today.  Take care.

Monday, 8 April 2019

csnw photos - part 1

Good afternoon everyone.

This afternoon I have the first set of photos from last Wednesday's CSNW club night.  They are of the Show & Tell cards - where I chose a card celebrating daffodils.

A couple of the Ladies had unfortunately left their cards at home - but promise to bring them next month when I will show them then.

A striking background to Gwen's daffodil card which is off set by a pretty die cut.
The lowest daffodil has been paper-pieced, but Gwen coloured the other one as she found the paper piecing a little arduous.

Clare's card is really striking with the black & yellow complimentary coloured card & she has coloured the background colours in such a way as to look like daffodils too.

Ann's card shows her growing interest in mixed media with the use of texture paste & stencils in the background. Brilliant.

Lovely cards ladies.
Now! those of you who left them at home - remember - bring them next month!  😄

That is all for today.  There will be a second set of photos tomorrow - showing their project for the evening.

'Bye for now.

Friday, 5 April 2019

just chatting

Hi everyone - my, but it has turned cold, hasn't it?

I didn't get a chance to write anything yesterday as it was hospital visit day - just the normal 4-weekly one.

On Wednesday evening we had the special April meeting of the CSNW group & a very nice evening it was too. 

When all the business of the meeting was done & we had made the project card - the ladies brought out cakes, nibbles & drink to celebrate - a real party evening.

Elvena kindly, as usual, took photos of the cards for the Show & Tell, and also for the project & will be sending me those later to put on the blog.

Well!, here we are at another weekend so I hope you have lots of things to do & have a lovely weekend.

That is all from me today.  Take care.
'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A Special Happy Birthday

Had to pop back in on Monday 8th to correct the fact that I called our meeting centre Ruthin instead of Rhuddlan
Apologies & thank you to my DH who has just pointed it out.

Today is the 20th birthday of
the CSNW club

Happy Birthday CSNW

CSNW's first meeting was held in April 1999 in Rhyl.

I had run several workshops in a store in Llandudno & one lady, Mary Thompson, had said "what a shame we couldn't meet more often it is so enjoyable".  So I said - "find me a venue & a number of interested ladies - & men - & I will start a club for you".

This Mary did & found us a room in a centre that she worked in just down from the coast road behind the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Then, as you now know, the rest is history.  We have had several different homes but always managed to find somewhere to settle.  We are very happy settled in Rhuddlan Community Centre & hope that continues for quite a while.

I am a Facebook friend with Mary & recently sent her a private message to let her know we are still going strong & that we are 20 today.  She was thrilled to hear this & wished everybody all the best.  Mary had to leave the club when her work took her too far away to attend.

See you all tonight.

member showcase

Good morning everyone - yuk, what a horrible wet day.  Bob has just come in & said he was speaking to someone who said it was snowing in Mold!

Today I have a member showcase for you & it is from Joanna of Mold club but not sewing this time - a memory shadow box;

There is a lovely story behind this.
I was going to give a brief outline but decided -------------------

Why don't I let Joanna explain!

"A bit of history - one of my sisters had a horse for many years, he was put in a retirement home a few years ago and sadly recently died (he was 26!).  Another sister thought it would be a nice to make her a shadow box with some memento's but, as she doesn't craft, she asked me to do it!

I have never made one but did a bit of research and then went to the Range to purchase a frame (they're very cheap, a little over £5 for a 12x12).

One of the items was a horseshoe but Ted was huge with very large hooves and it weighed far too much to add to the frame, would have made it hang unevenly too!

So, I had some photos printed at CostCo, one is 12x12 for the background. I die-cut and matted some others and then wrestled with the plaited mane and tail - it didn't want to curl around easily, I had to
stitch it to the background with invisible thread.  I found a large clip in my stash saying 'love lives here' which I thought apt and then also discovered an embroidered 'forever' - hence the odd patches of colour in the box.

The star came in a box from the retirement centre with the words printed on the top of it. I decided to cut the letters out and stick them around the frame - think that took longer than everything else!  I measured, counted, die cut like mad (using dss on the back of the card before cutting). To make sure they didn't get knocked off I spray-varnished it 5 times - I do hope that works!

Anyhow, *I* am delighted with the finished article, especially for a first attempt! I could be tempted to do more now, like scrap booking but more dimensional.  Actually, I still have the plait cut from my son's hair after he finished Uni and was about to start work...could be nice way to use that in some 'art' 😊 "

As I have inserted this here before asking Joanna - I know she will not ind me showing you the text but I have changed where she names any family members.  Also along with the photo of the shadow box Joanna sent me a photo of her son before he had his hair cut.  I haven't included that - but if Joanna says it is OK I will show it in another post.

That's me for today.
I am off to Rhuddlan for the CSNW meeting tonight.  Hope that snow stays away.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

another recent card

 Good morning everyone!

This morning I have another of my recently made cards to how you.

I have used a larger scale photo - because the card itself was large.  More a foolscap size than an A4.
It is the card I made for Rita of Mold II club who recently celebrated a special birthday.
Rita often puts large flowers on her cards - so I have done a large flower for her.
The greeting & number is what I call faux embossing, where I have die-cut the letters & number & then adhered them to the card.

Earlier this morning I went for my 4-weekly blood test & then in about an hour I am joining Bob at his business group lunch - twice a year they invite the lades to join them.

Tomorrow is the April meeting for the CSNW club so will have photos from that to show you in a day or two.

That's me for now.  I am off to smarten up for this lunch.

Monday, 1 April 2019



I was just working on the blog & found that the information for your club night on Wednesday (3rd April) was not there.

I had put it there shortly after the last meeting but it has disappeared.  I have had a ew strange things happen to the blog recently - I don't know what causes the problems.

Anyway I have put the information back up again this afternoon.

So hope you see it in time for Wednesday.