Sunday, 30 November 2008

Mum's Anniversary Card... Sneak Peak!

I can't show you all of this yet, as it uses papers from a soon-to-be-released download from Funky Hand, called 'Hearts & Flowers'. Not sure yet when this will be available, but it won't be long, and you'll love it when it is! You will be able to obtain it HERE.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Funky Daze # 5.. Happy Birthday, ????!

Hehe!! Can't show you this one yet, but it is already made, and yes, it does use Funky Daze paper, and yes, it is for yet another Funky Hand DT-mate who also has a birthday quite soon! You know who you are... J... O... Z........................

Cards to come... Got to make an anniversary card for my mum on Sunday. Dad passed away three years ago, but it's still nice to mark their anniversary. Unfortunately, dad missed their golden wedding anniversary by two weeks!!

Then it's my sister's birthday on 10th December, so those are my two most urgent cards.

I haven't made any Christmas cards yet (except those I have made for challenges), but time (and the inclination) is not on my side, so will most likely.... (whispering)... BUY my cards this year!!! SHOCK HORROR!!

I will leave you with that hideous thought, and wish you a happy, creative weekend! :o)

Funky Daze # 4.. Happy Birthday, Allison!

Card number four using lovely spotty paper from the FUNKY DAZE CD-rom, and a Martha Stewart zig-zag border punch which I won from my Funky Hand DT-mate, Enfys.. Thank you, En! :o) This card was also my birthday card for yet another Funky Hand DT-mate whose birthday was this week! Hope you had a lovely day, Allison! :o)

Funky Daze #3.. Happy Birthday, Anice!

Card number three using papers from the lovely FUNKY DAZE CD-rom, and a birthday card for Anice, the owner and creative talent behind Funky Hand, and, of course, my DT boss! :o)

The photo doesn't do this beautiful paper justice. Winter daylight is not the best for photography, sadly.

Funky Daze #2.. Happy Birthday, Enfys!

Card number two using papers from FUNKY DAZE, and it was for my Funky Hand DT mate, Enfys (or En, as we call her), who spends half her year in Florida, lucky thing!

Funky Daze #1..

Hooray!! Here is the first of the cards I have made in the past few weeks using papers from Funky Hand's lovely new CD-Rom, FUNKY DAZE. You can find it on the Funky Hand website, HERE. Watch out in particular for the Word Book templates. You can now make your own, using any word you like up to five or six letters. Brilliant!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Temporary closure of Comments facility...

Hi, everyone..

I am closing the option to leave comments on my blogs. Hopefully, this will just be temporary, and my blog-hopping mojo will return. The lovely comments everyone leaves are humbling but I am completely embarassed that I don't have the time or the energy to respond. All my focus is on work right now, and the last thing I want to do in the evenings is spend even more time on the computer, so it's not fair to you to have your kindness ignored.

I hope you understand, and THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your sweet thoughts and awards.. You are all stars, and I appreciate you greatly!!

The comments option will go back on when I feel I can reciprocate. Meanwhile, there may be the odd card posted, as I have a bit of a backlog that I couldn't post before, as they are for a bunch of birthdays that are nearly all this week!

So watch this space in the next few days! And thanks again for understanding.

Friday, 14 November 2008

More resignations... :'o(

Finished work at 9.00pm again, and my days just seem to be getting longer. Not that I am complaining.. I am loving my job, and it's not that anyone is asking me to work long hours... I choose to. But it has totally squeezed my cardmaking mojo dry, I'm afraid.

So - with heavy heart - I have chosen to resign from another couple of teams..... the Basic Grey Challenge blog and the Inspirational team. I have loved them, but I don't want my cardmaking and blog-hopping to be a source of pressure and stress because I am letting people down. It should be fun!

I am sticking with Anice at Funky Hand for as long as I decide to continue cardmaking, as she was the first one to offer me the opportunity, but - to be truthful - I am feeling like my mojo has gone for good, and I am beginning to look at my craft room and thinking what else I could do with it..... hmmm.

Maybe after I've made a few cards just for fun, my muse will return, but we'll see.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Basic Grey Challenge #10 ~ Glitter


For the Basic Grey Challenge blog. Probably the simplest card I have ever made! Uses Ambrosia paper. Would be a great option for mass-producing a lot of cards, as it was very quick.

Cut paper to size, ink the edges, and stick down. Stamp two large snowflakes in Versafine Onyx black ink. Use a small paintbrush to paint Craft Planet silver glitter glue over the snowflakes.

Friday, 7 November 2008


Well, our Kath, the biggest and bestest blogger in craftland, is celebrating a special birthday today, and I would like to send her my very best wishes for a lovely day.

This is my card for her, which should have arrived yesterday... along with the handful of cards I received from other bloggers to pass on to her.

And I'm afraid I have a confession.. I said I would put names in a hat for those who sent me a card for Kath, and send a small prize to someone, but guess what? I've been so busy this week, I completely forgot about that, and didn't keep a record of who sent in a card! There were at least two, though, that were anonymous, so... my apologies. If you were one of them, please let me know by Sunday, and I'll fulfil my promise to do a draw. (Now, I do have some idea who sent cards, so no cheating now! lol ;o)

Monday, 3 November 2008

Let's see if we can do this q-u-i-e-t-l-y.. (sshhhhhh)

Keeping this at the top until November. Please scroll down for new posts.

(checks back over both shoulders) S'alright... the coast is clear... but we'll have to be quick, as she's never gone for long..............

It's someone very special's birthday in a couple of weeks, and it's a very special one... almost everyone in Blogland knows her.. she's the most prolific commenter I know! As well as being a really lovely lady, and a very talented card artist....

Listen closely... I'll just whisper her name very quietly, as I know I'll be in big trouble for this... it's..


There.. did you get that? Yes.. she of just about every DT going.

Now, her birthday is on 7th November. If anyone would like to make her a card but doesn't know her address, then tough.. I won't give it to you! Ha! lol.. BUT I will send on your cards if you get them to me before 4th November, so I will have time to package them all up and get them in the post to her in time to 'surprise' her for her birthday!(Yeh, right... like the nosy aul' besum won't know what's going on... never misses a trick...)

If you'd like my address (and I can confirm that you are a genuine crafty blogger and not an axe murderer), then please email me via my blog profile, and I'll send you MY address, not Kath's. (Not fair to do that without her permission.)

EDIT: Wouldn't it be lovely if she got 60 cards (or more) for her birthday? (Great idea, Ruth!) For every card sent to me for Kath's birthday by 4th November, I will put names in a hat for a small pressie. Don't know what yet, and it won't be much, but I'll think of something.


Saturday, 1 November 2008

Basic Grey Challenge #9 ~ Christmas

My card is for this week's challenge on the Basic Grey Challenges blog HERE. The theme this time is Christmas. Show us your festive creations with a BG twist! :o)
I came across a Lilykate sheet with a flying goose on, and thought how perfect for Christmas! You know the old rhyme.. "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man's hat".. Remember that one?
For the holly leaves, I just drew them freehand on the back of some lovely blue BG Cupcake paper, and cut them out & inked the edges. The snowflake is a Sizzix one, and the flourishes are... hmmm.. can't remember.. Will check and let you know. If I remember. ;o)
Think I am regretting the positioning of the flourish on the left. Could have put that somewhere else to better effect, but on the whole, I think it works. No doubt 'Anonymous' would disagree, but they're history! lol ;o)