Some of you already know this but I am very 'last minute' when it comes to making cards.
I always leave it to the day before, or sometimes the day itself, and then I am rushing about like a mad woman.
I do exactly the same thing when it comes to making my projects for the club.
It's my husband's fiftieth birthday today, I've known him nearly twenty-two years so it's not like it's just been sprung on me but, as usual, I left it until yesterday (and had two dozen other vital things I needed to be doing as well as crafting).
This was the card I made, in too much of a rush to design anything better or to change the blade on my Cricut so it's a bit rough around the edges. The card is 12 x 6 inches, it's an actual card blank with envelope to fit which is a size I'd never seen before.
After I'd taken the pic I decided it was too plain so added some thin navy ribbon around the spine and it looks much better.
We live a few minutes drive from the local beach so every day me and the puppy go there for our walk. The beach gets 'combed' every day (large tractor-thing with a huge rake) so if you time it right it's nice and flat and clean. Depending on the weather/ tides there's sometimes heaps of shells and other times it just looks like a lot of flat mud!
One thing I had noticed amongst the shells was sea glass. If you don't already know it's literally small pieces of normal glass that have been tossed and battered about by the water and the sand. The glass becomes opaque as it gets battered and it also loses any sharp edges.
On our walks I decided to start picking up the sea glass and I've managed to acquire quite a collection. You can actually buy it on eBay but I like to think I'm helping clear up our beach and, of course, it's completely free.
The most common colours locally seem to be white and pale aqua but I've also collected some lovely cobalt blue. Our downstairs loo has aqua-coloured accessories so I thought I'd make something with the sea glass to hang in there and remind me of happy walks with Fletcher.
I've just used a box-frame and some card stock, the frame is 12 x 12 but the aperture is 8 x 8 inches.
Loads of sea glass ideas on Pinterest, I like the idea of a tea-light holder next.
Happy 2017 to the patient people who might still be reading this blog despite my lack of regular posts.
What can I say? I would rather play with my puppy than do anything else!
These were some of the cards I sent out this Christmas, I personalised each one with the appropriate door number.
The embossing folder, wreath dies, and stamps, were all from a magazine freebie back in September.
I made this for one of my ladies and, with her having a December birthday, wanted it to be as un-Christmassy as possible. Easier said than done when you are surrounded by Christmas stash and everything red, green and gold.
Flower stamp is by Woodware and the sentiment stamp is by Waltzingmouse.
I coloured the flower using Colour Cloud inks and added some Glamour Dust for sparkle.
Sorry for the long absence, I think I underestimated just how demanding a new puppy is - good job he is very cute!
As of tonight I have made the grand total of two Christmas cards, better get my skates on...
This was a club project, we used Chloe stamps for the flower and sentiment.
The card base is from Samuel Taylor, I really like these as I'd need to buy A3 card to make them myself.
We folded the front back on itself, then added silver mirri card (hence the mad reflections here)
Another club project.
This one uses a die by Chloe Endean, cut three times on different card-stocks and then the leaves snipped off on two of them and attached to the third.
I'm not sure I like the colours used, I think silver and blue might have been less Autumnal?
My card-making has gone out of the window lately because of this little chap.
We've had him for two weeks now and normal life has been completely turned upside down, I feel like an extra pair of eyes and hands would be very handy at the moment.
He's eleven weeks old today, just been on his first proper walk outside (on the beach no less), and we've had plenty of complete strangers cooing over him!
Even the vet, who must be looking at dogs all day, took a shine to him this morning and we had two ladies literally run across the car park to come and say hello. Can you tell I am a proud puppy mama?
Project for card club.
We used a Chloe stamp and coloured it with Colour Cloud inks. The trees have been decoupaged and Glamour Dust-ed, and a score board was used to create diagonal lines on the background mat.
Card is 7 x 7 inches and we used a Misti tool for the stamp as it's quite large - much easier than an acrylic block.