Friday, 31 May 2019

Mold II photos - part 2

Good morning everyone.

This morning I have the second set of photos from the Tuesday Mold II club meeting.  This time they are of their project for the evening which was the Star Style Easel card.

Here are their cards

Elizabeth 's card has a nice fresh & clean feel to it.

Elma's unusual background paper is pages from a woman's magazine.  
Love the colourful fairy on the front.

Madeline's card beautifully set off with this lovely paper flower.

Cathy who was with us for the first time that evening, made her card using that lovely cake background paper.  Welcome to the club & the blog Cathy.

Helen's watering can topper fits so neatly inside the floral papers.

Nice clean & crisp papers on Annette's card, with the topper set off by that pink butterfly.

This a really clean & crisp version of this card by Carol.  
It is the sort that I usually describe as CAS (Clean & Simple), which is not a derogatory term.

What a beautiful centre piece to Carolyn's card, it's picking up all the colours around it.

Love the colour of Dot's card & the fact that she was able to use her 
Twinchie from the Show & Tell to make her topper for it.

I am sure Rita won't mind me saying but at the start she struggled a little with the shape - 
but look  at what she achieved now.  
Two cards made - so totally different from each other.
I've got those Wallace & Gromit papers - they were with a recent magazine

They are great cards ladies - I do hope you will use the style again.  They suit lots of situations.

A bug thank you once again to Carolyn for taking & sending me the photos.

Well, here we are at another weekend.  Have fun everyone.
'Bye for now.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Mold II photos- Part 1

Good morning all.

This morning I have the first set of photos from the Mold II meeting on Tuesday evening.  This set is the photos of their Show & Tell where I asked if they remembered "Inchies" & then asked them to make some "Twinchies".

"Inchies" you may remember are 1" squares of card - so "Twinchies" are 2" squares of card.  I left the theme & colour open for their own choice.

Here is what they made;

Helen is currently into making what she calls "messy backgrounds", so that is how she made her Twinchie, along with a John Next Door die-cut flower.

Elizabeth too had a multi image stamped background & then used a stencil & embossing mousse to add the flowers at opposite corners.

Carolyn made 4 Twinchies & used Dreamees flowers to decorate them along with a stamped text background.  Different methods were used to colour each of the flowers.

Three Twinchies from Annette. The one with the little girl on is using a Bee Crafty stamp.
The other images are so cute - love the bird & the saying under the umbrella.

Alma made 3 Twinchies with these beautiful leaves on & then placed them on a DL card. We don't have a photo of the back of the card - but Elma always put something on the back of her cards & for this one it is another leaf Twinchie.

Madeline also made 3 Twinchies on a similar theme & placed them on a DL card.  The colour of the stamping co-ordinates really well with the background paper & ribbon.

A really good Show & Tell ladies.  

The thing with Twinchies is, because they are just that bit bigger they do make lovely multi toppers for cards.  They can be made from left overs of others cards you are making then put to one side until you feel like embellishing them & voila you have toppers for another card.

That was another one of those statements where I think I have stated a good idea & then never seem to remember to do it myself.

A big thank you to Carolyn for taking & sending me the photos.

That's me for today I have the photos from the project for Tuesday evening & will post them probably tomorrow.

'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

another recent card

Good afternoon everyone.

I have another fairly recently made card to show you & this time it is the birthday card I made for our son Russ.

I used a Kraft card base with a black card layer then the top layer was Kraft card that had been embossed.  After embossing it with the pocket watch folder I used various Distress Inks to add some distress & age.  Finally I covered the whole card in Versamark then heat embossed with clear EP.

The little birthday stamp was in a set that I think had come with a magazine. The tempus fugit stamp was from a stamp set I have had a while.  Next year Russ has a "big" birthday so the tempus fugit was a little pointer to that. 😟

Last night was the Mold II May meeting, & we had a new member join us which was nice, & Elizabeth who had recently had an operation was back with us as well.  Carolyn took photos of the Show & Tell cards, also the projects cards so when I receive them I will post them here.

That is all from me today - 'bye for now.

Birthday Greetings

Today is 29 May
& a CSNW member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Claire
Have a great day

Saturday, 25 May 2019

another recent card

Good morning & what a beautiful morning & a lovely start to the Bank Holiday weekend.  I hope you have some nice things lined up to do over the weekend.

This morning I have another of my recently made cards - an anniversary card for Russ & Nadine whose anniversary is the same day as Russ's birthday, which was earlier this month.  So I still have his card to show you as well.  It makes it sound like I have been very busy again but they were made slowly & in plenty of time for the events.

Here is the anniversary card;

Once again a card using some of my HunkyDory materials, such pretty colours.  

I am sure as I use it there are craft fairies coming in at night & leaving some more - because it just doesn't seem to be running out.

Have a lovely weekend - that's me for today.
'Bye for now.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

another recent card

Good morning everyone

I am back today with another recently made card, this time it is the one I made for Gareth's stepsons birthday.  He was 16 earlier in the month.

This Happy Birthday embossing folder is coming in very useful for male birthday cards. But I have used it quite a bit during the year - so perhaps time to give it a rest now. 

I found this rather nice  - ooh what do you call it - no, I cannot think.

Anyway I thought it was quite suitable to put inside his card, as he is currently in the throws of his GCSE exams.

That's my quick pop in for today.
Have a good day.
'Bye for now.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

a recent card

Good afternoon all - what a really nice day again today - the sun is out & the sky is blue.  What more can we ask for.  Answers not required.

This afternoon I have a card that I made recently.  It's a birthday card for one of my nieces & she is not really into anything too flowery, so I decided to try something I had been meaning to do for a while.

As I don't get much inspiration these days, followed by the get up & go to do it, I started preparing this a bit earlier than was needed.

The design is a simple chevron pattern made from strips of double sided paper & folded in two different ways.  It's an ideal way to use up oddments of paper that have been saved because we cannot bear to throw them away.  Whilst doing this card I cut up some more strips & hope to make another card with the pattern laid out differently.  Or, I may just make another one like this one.

A simple but quite effective card - well I think so.

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

Monday, 20 May 2019

Mold photos - part 2

Good morning all I hope you all had a good weekend?

This morning I have the second set of photos from last Thursdays Mold night & they are of their project cards.  Well - to be precise some of their cards.  A couple weren't finished & hopefully will be brought back next time.

The project was to make a card with a box frame topper. 

Here is the sample I made a few months ago ......................

................. once again using my seemingly endless supply of Hunydory papers & card.

Here are the ladies cards;

I love the fact that Janet placed the box frame topper at a jaunty angle.
It totally suits the arty images.

Pretty in pink for Joan
Well done Joan because despite difficulty with your fingers - you completed the card.

I just love this design the inked image in the topper matches so well the background papers.

A pretty lilac offering from Rhiannon with the frame topper placed lower on the card.
It works really well.

A nice bright & colourful design from Sheelagh.

A long time ago when I first started running workshops I had a lady who when it came time to put her card together chose pink & orange.  When I looked at the on her work surface I almost went over & said "I don't think they will work together".  But then I told myself it wasn't my card - so don't say anything.

When the card was finished it looked fantastic - as does Sheelagh's card above.

So that day I learnt a very important lesson - just because I don't think it will work, doesn't mean it won't.  So since then I have always kept my thoughts to myself.  Unless asked of course.

That is all from me today.  Have a good day.
'Bye for now.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Mold photos - part 1

Good morning everyone --- oops no its not -- how did it get to the afternoon already! 

Good afternoon everyone this afternoon I have the first set of photos from the Mold club meeting last night & they are of their Show & Tell cards.  The theme was red, black & gold from a sketch provided in April..

Here is the sketch..................

...................  and here are their cards;


The central flower is created with paste through a stencil which is really pretty.
A lovely card.


A lovely gold embossed panel sets this card off with its lovely red & gold flower in the centre.


I am sorry I could not avoid the glare on the gold mirri card background.
But it doesn't detract from the lovely die cut cherry blossom floral panel that is the 
central feature of the card.


Two designs from Maureen so she really must have liked the sketch.
Both cards feature cameo style embellishment in the centre panel.
The top one is stamped & the second one is a resin embellishment.

Janet brings her usual bling to this sketch with the back panel created from sequin waste & lots of pearly dots.

The colours I gave to be used definitely spoke of oriental & Joanna's card certainly is oriental.
Love that kimono stamp in the centre.

By the way there is a name card by Joanna's card but the lighting is not good for photography so as I had to lighten the photo to show it to you the name faded away into the background.

Lynn really likes her mixed media backgrounds & has brought it into this card as well.
Love the use of the scribble border & of course that lovely lotus flower.

I really must apologise for the lighting of the photos.  I remembered last night that somewhere I have a little LCD lamp I might try taking that & seeing if it cancels out the shadows.

Well done ladies once again some great cards.

Another weekend is here I hope you have lots of nice things to fill the days.  That is me for today so I will say ............ 'Bye!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

just chatting again

Good evening everyone

I have just got in from the May meeting of the Mold club, so will have some photos to show you tomorrow.  I need to put them on my computer & resize them before I can use them on the blog - so to be honest not up to doing it at this time of evening.

Yesterday evening Bob & I took our grand-daughter to see Annie.  I think I mentioned it in the last post.  It was really good, most enjoyable.  I have to say everything was rather loud which sometimes made it difficult to hear the words - both sung & spoken - but still very enjoyable.

On the way out I spotted that the Mousetrap was coming to  the theatre later in the year - so we are now booked to go & see that sometime in August.

Anyway - its nearly time for my bed - so more tomorrow.


Monday, 13 May 2019

just chatting

Good afternoon everyone.

So! did you all go to the Stamp Festival at Port Sunlight?  I hope you found lots of lovely things to buy, & look forward to hearing all about it at your meetings.

I haven't done much in the way of crafting the last few days.  I have actually made 2 cards but cannot show them to you yet as the people they are for have not yet received them.

I am still finding it hard to get my mojo working on something new.  I don't mean a new craft, or project - just making new things. I sit at my desk & dig out card, papers, stamps & then just look at them - nothing jumps into my head as to what to do. I am hoping it won't last much longer.  I am sure there is something waiting just around the corner to make me sit up & say - "Hey, I know what I can do".  So, if you hear a loud shriek it will be me finding my mojo again.

Yesterday (Sunday) we had a lovely day with Gareth, Elayne & the little one.  Mind you Gwion is growing fast, so perhaps not right to call him the little one anymore.  But I probably will.

This evening we are going out for a meal with Russ & Nadine as it is Russ's birthday plus their wedding anniversary. 

We actually have quite a busy week as I have a hospital appointment tomorrow & then on Wednesday evening we are out with our grand-daughter & we are going to the theatre in Llandudno.  We are going to see "Annie".  It has Craig Revel Horwood in it playing the orphanage owner Miss Hannigan, Really looking forward to it.

I will probably be worn out by the weekend.

Well that's enough non-crafting chat for today.
'Bye for now.

birthday greetings

Today is 13 May 
& a Mold II member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Helen
Have a great day.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

csnw photos - part 2

Good afternoon everyone - hm! bit of a damp day today, but we are led to believe that their is some brighter weather around the corner.  😏

This afternoon I have the second set of photos from the CSNW meeting last Wednesday to show you.  These are their project cards where I showed the ladies the Teepee card.

Claire's card in one of her favourite natural colour choices.
Love that shape ribbon above the fastener.

Ruth decided to stay with one patterned paper rather than have a couple of different patterns
Everyone agreed this made the card look really elegant

Gwen's card still needs its topper & she said that she would bring it back
next month finished.

What a beautiful flower Ann has made for her focal image.
The flower goes really well with the background papers used.

Joan also chose to decorate the front of her card with a large flower.

Elvena's pretty in pink design with a punched flower for the focal image.
I used to have the punches to make flowers like that.

Some dainty Kraft flowers decorate Kate's card.

Great cards ladies. 

I love this design as it suits any occasion, male or female, child or adult & any season.  It can be decorated in so many ways.  I look forward to seeing this card appearing throughout the year.

Thank you to Elvena for taking the photos & sending them on to me - it is much appreciated.

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

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

csnw photos - part 1

Good afternoon ladies, & any gentlemen who may decide to have a read of what I write here.

This afternoon I have the first set of photos from last Wednesday's CSNW meeting & they are of their show & tell cards.  The theme?  A card using Kraft & white only.


Two pretty embossed panels on the front of Ruth's card with a gorgeous white ribbon & bow.
Hand drawn outline on the white edges finishes it off really nicely.


A tag card from Claire with white embossed flowers on.
The "string" is actually strips of Kraft card cut really finely & twisted together.
Great idea!


I always think a large image cut into quarters gives a nice effect on a card.
Joan has done this with her card & double layered them onto a panel of Kraft coloured patterned paper.


A lovely masculine card from Gwen - using cogs & string & some die-cut pieces which add to the masculine finish.  On the background is some inking through a stencil.


The main background piece on Ann's card is a piece of Kraft card that has had Gesso sponged through a stencil.  With the lovely wispy flower on the topper.

I have another card from Joan - 2 views in fact - which are of her Show & Tell card from the April meeting - where the theme was Daffodils;

This is the front view
& this next photo is of the card open - as an easel card.

Love that daffodil medallion stamp.

Really pretty cards ladies.  I love Kraft & white - it is so elegant.

That's me for today.  I have another set of photos from the CSNW meeting to show you - probably tomorrow.

'Bye for now.