Friday, 29 September 2017

I'll be back

I moved house at the beginning of August and I'm still trying to get some semblance of order. I'm not able to join in with any challenges at the minute, or fulfil my design team obligations, but I will be back.

My previous house was too big for me and took a lot of work in house and garden which was getting more difficult for me by the day. I decided to downsize and because of my eye problem my sons and I felt it would be better if I moved nearer to one of them. I moved from Newcastle upon Tyne, a big city, to a Northumberland village. I'm five minutes walk away from my younger son and daughter in law. It's very quiet and suits me and my dog fine. The walks are beautiful.

However, no-one warned me about how difficult it would be to fit so much 'stuff'' into this tiny house. My craft room is packed and if I ever get the chance to craft again I hope I can find things.

My son is coming up north at the end of October to help me get more organised. Two sons together will get things done quickly I hope. Once my main computer is up and running I'll be able to join you all.

Thanks to all my design team buddies for bearing with me.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

IAAS Lace and/or Pearls

The theme is Lace and/or Pearls over at International Art and Soul, come along and join us, we'd love to see what you make.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The bright turquoise and pale blue card is by Papermill. I embossed the pale blue with an embossalicious folder by Crafter's Companion before matting it on to the bright card. I used a strip of bright lace from the local market and after wrapping it towards the bottom of the mat I added the mat to my card base. The digi image is by Linnie Pink and I coloured it with my Promarkers. I coloured the edges with Distress Ink and then added it to bright turquoise card. I raised the matted image and set it to the top left. Three small pearls were added to the top right of the image. The sentiment stamp is by Lili of the Valley and that was also edged with the Distress Ink and matted on to turquoise card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

City Crafter - Monotone Colouring
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Use a Stamp or Digi
Ooh La La Creations - Lace
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

MAWTT Add a number

Judith has set the challenge this time at Moving Along with the Times and it's 'Add a Number'.

There are no children in the family so I don't have the opportunity of adding an age. I don't know anyone who has a special age birthday either, 82 or 37 isn't really the same as 80 or 40 is it? So I resorted to using the embossalicious clock folder - lots of numbers. lol

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. I embossed Crafter's Companion's black card and then sanded the clock faces to show through. It was matted on to Papermill's bright orange card. A Craft Box SnipArt lamp/clock was added to the bottom edge. Another Craft Box item - the little wooden frame - was used to hold the computer generated sentiment 'It's time for a birthday'.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Kitty Bee Designs - Birthday
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Though the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

I'm still up to my ears in packing cases so crafting time is non-existent. My son and DIL arrive next week to stay with me for a few days and they'll help me to get a bit more done. I've been sorting boxes of books for the past two days and although I don't like to part with them I've got seven boxes waiting for the BHF to pick up tomorrow. I've still got four boxes to open but I'm so shattered I'm finished for the day.

Enough of me whingeing, thanks for visiting and for leaving comments.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

IAAS Layer it Up

Come and join us at International Art and Soul for this challenge with the theme of Layer it Up.

My card blank is an ivory 8x8 by Joanna Sheen. I've been waiting to use my Tonic dies again because they're about the only ones that are actually available to use! lol I'm more or less ready to move house so a lot of my craft stash is packed. I used seven of the dies and layered them up. The purple and kingfisher coloured card is by Papermill. Once they were all layered the only addition was the flower cabouchon in the centre. This is from Craft Box and shows a pretty rose.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 6 August 2017

International Art and Soul - Boxes and Bags

'Boxes and Bags' is the theme at International Art and Soul so come along and show us what you can do.

I've added another altered box I made for my friend. You might remember that I made another one earlier, on my blog, for her husband. That was a great success hence making this one for Anne. She loved it.

The empty box is a very sturdy one with magnetic fastener from Craft Box. This is a craft company based in the UK who supply these boxes filled with crafty embellishments. They're always beautifully packed and presented and once the craft items are stored in their usual spot you have a box ready for altering as a gift box.

I used  a sheet of Craft Box paper as the background, tearing the edge and using Distress Ink on the torn edges. A small Craft Box doily was placed at the top left behind the paper and one of the Snip Art circles was added to the same corner. I used Hobbycraft wooden letters for the name and painted them with Rowney's acrylic paint. A small wooden frame to the left had a mirror charm in the centre (Anne likes pretty things and make up). A beautiful Craft Box lace embellishment was set to the right and topped with a cameo charm. Some wooden flowers from Create and Craft were dotted around along with some pretty gems. A large 'diamond' butterfly was added to the top right. I really enjoyed making this box and I'm in the process of making another.

I'm not able to enter any challenges with my altered box as I have no internet until 16 August. This is a scheduled post but I hope you'll still leave me some comments to cheer me up when I get back online. I'm moving home so will be back shortly and hopefully my new craft room will be big enough. I have a large room at the minute and my new one will be much smaller. My sons said that they will make it work for me - I hope they're right. lol

Thursday, 3 August 2017

MAWTT Things that Fly

The theme this time is 'Things that Fly' so come along to Moving Along with the Times and join us.

My card blank is an 8 x 8 scalloped by Craft UK. I embossed the white paper with an embossalicious folder by Crafter's Companion before matting on to Papermill's pale blue card. The eagle is a digi by Morgan Fitzsimon and I coloured it with my Promarkers. I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut it and then edged with Stormy Sky distress ink. I mounted it on pads which raised the image more or less centrally on the card. I'd bought a pad by Tim Holtz of Small Talk and chose the various quotes from that before placing them randomly around the eagle. The main quote was a long one so I set it on a navy blue strip of Papermill card along the top edge.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Down on the Farm or Anything Goes
AuroraWings - Fur and Feathers
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting and for leaving comments - they're much appreciated.

Hazel x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

International Art and Soul - Dies

'Dies' is the theme over at International Art and Soul and I've used lots of them! 

My card blank is 7x7 by Craft UK. The first die was a Spellbinders large scalloped square and I used gold card for this one. On top of that was a dark blue square and then a smaller gold square, again by Spellbinders. The card used is by Papermill. The image is from a local history forum I'm on and after it was posted I asked if I could use it for my son's birthday card. It's a white badge on a black circle and this was matted on to the gold square. You might have gathered that I'm a Geordie and am very proud of the fact because I truly believe that you could not meet friendlier people in the whole of the UK. My son Peter was about to have his 50th birthday so I used Spellbinder dies again for the 50 cut in gold. This was set at the top left. He has been working and living in London for almost thirty years now but is still a Geordie at heart. (For anyone who doesn't know - a Geordie is someone who was born on the banks of the Tyne, strictly speaking Newcastle or Gateshead.)

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Where in the World
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Clean and Simple of Fussy and Fancy - I think mine's classed as fussy!
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting and for leaving me your comments. They're much appreciated.

Hazel x