Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The last Christmas card of 2010 - Trinitage

Honestly - this is the last Christmas posting! But, I couldn't post before in case my OH peeked at this blog.

I thought this would be really easy to make but it took more fiddling than I expected. The card used a Jak Heath trinitage design - this one is a steam train in a festive Christmas scene.

The A4 trinitage sheet even comes with a small pyramage image to put onto the 'front' of the card which is a lovely touch. I used dark red and gold script backing paper from my stash behind the pyramage and also on the inside of the card before building up the trinitage itself. But oops, they didn't send the instruction sheet (perhaps as I only ordered this one?) - however, there are some good tutorials out there - this one here was a lifesaver - and it's Jak Heath doing the demo so it's straight from the 'horses mouth' so to speak! The photo doesn't do it justice but the three layers do look pretty good! All I added to finish off was a band of of gold 'cut-out stars' ribbon from my stash which I bought in Germany earlier this year.

I suspect that I either used card that was a bit thick to make the little 'tubes' for the trinitage - or that adding the additional paper to cover the background was just a step too far. When it was eventually finished, I had one heck of  a job to get it to close so I could put it into a box or envelope! Still, OH loved it and that's what mattered but I notice that it's looking a little bit worn........betcha he's been playing and trying to work out how it was made :)

And this is the very last Christmassy photo:

It's a small peek at our Christmas tree. My favourite decorations are a selection of  little clear 'musical instruments' decorated with pink ribbon and roses bought in New York a lot of years ago......one is lurking here under the pink satin bow. I know it's still a little while until Twelfth Night but every year when I pack the Christmas decs away I wonder what will have passed during the intervening year before it's time to unpack them again. This hasn't been such a good year and I so hope that 2011 is kinder - and I wish that 2011 is a good year for you too!


Sunday, 26 December 2010


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Oooer, I'm SUCH a bad, bad girl:

I disabled comments on the post you came here from - let's see if anyone else falls for it :)) Feel free to leave any berating comments on this post though!

Have a nice day, snort, snort!!


Friday, 24 December 2010

Pussy cats posing!

I do a spot of 'cat-sitting' when our friends/neighbours go on their hols. Penny and Misty are very entertaining and they (mostly Penny) like nothing better than snuggling up on our front doorstep. It's sheltered and quite cosy - plus it's a bit of a suntrap in the Summer. As I type this Penny is snuggled up there right now in fact!

Anyhow, about two weeks ago I spotted the pair of them perched on an adjoining fence doing a spot of sunbathing........this was in between the two loads of snow here. It took me ages to 'snap' them but I succeeded and this is the result. Penny on the left and Misty is on the right.

I fiddled round with the images a bit getting them to the right size and then die cut them into rounds with rounds of gold mirri card behind (you can see my hand reflected too in the photo!!). The backing paper is from Craft Creations, gold card candy from Craftwork Cards and the sentiment is from my stash (QVC I think!). I then went a bit wild with white and pale pink Christmas roses and ivy leaves  (from Wild Orchid) which I'd glimmered using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pearl). The glimmer doesn't show so well in the photo but it does gently shimmer in real life - trust me! I also NEEDED to use the Christmas roses as I just hadn't had enough time to try them out before now.

The finishing touch was the addition of teeny cheeky Santa hats - cut from some leftover House Mouse backing paper and given some sparkle using Stickles (Icicle). Len thought the cats would be mortified at the indignity of the hats - but I hope Kim and the family like it!
It's now time for me to sneak round and quietly post this through their letterbox - naturally the card insert says 'Hope you have a Purrfect Christmas everyone! With love from both of us, Penny and Misty xxxxxx'

As they already have their Christmas card from Len and I - I wonder if they'll guess who's behind this one. I expect so........I'm sooooo easy to rumble!

Have a wonderful Christmas!!


Snowman Soup!

It's been a hectic few days here in the Workshop - and in the kitchen. But, in between wrapping presents yesterday I managed to put together some Snowman Soup. I'm pleased about this otherwise we'd have been left with unused sweeties and I'd have had to eat them myself :)

The idea, and the insert is from here. Helen's blog is full of great ideas - I know she isn't the only person to rustle up Snowman Soup but I found her little rhyme so easy to copy and paste. Thanks Helen!

Just small pretzel bags snipped down to hold some mini-marshmallows and tied with green ribbon. Then the printed Snowman Soup rhymes were put into tall cello bags (I used card bags with the adhesive bit at the top cut off), and the little bags of marshmallows were added along with a Galaxy hot chocolate drink sachet and a candy cane - all the consumables came from Sainsburys which is thankfully within walking distance. A wider piece of green ribbon to tie the top and done!


Sunday, 19 December 2010

I think I've peaked!

This is the last Christmas card I've made to send this year. I'm not sick of making them - I just wish there was more time in a day so I'm a bit relieved I've finished! It's time to be thinking of sausage rolls, mince pies, spicy red cabbage to go with the turkey on Christmas Day and all those other things we can do a bit in advance...............err, I suppose some housework needs to figure in there too!!!

We have some lovely neighbours and their two daughters who are into drawing their own extra bits inside the family Christmas card - so I went to town a bit on this one especially for the girls!

It's another Christmas House Mouse decoupage and the backing paper is from my stash - a freebie with a magazine a year or two ago. I just trimmed the corners of the easel card, added some sparkly snowflakes and then the delicious icicle strip across the top. The final touch is a sparkly snowflake button from Hobbycraft with a little bit of silver yarn threaded through and tied in a little bow.

Now I can finally begin to tidy up my desk/floor etc. - it's been like a bombsite, to the point that I began losing things and I hate to be THAT disorganised!! Hope your preparations are going OK!


Saturday, 18 December 2010

Another card from a friend

I have a friend called Sue who does loads of cross stitch and this Christmas card arrived from her today. How cute huh? I used to do cross stitch but now it tends to be more of a holiday hobby so I'm very impressed at all the work that must have gone into this. I think this is a card to keep and bring out every year!!


Friday, 17 December 2010

Look what the postman brought!

Today the postman delivered an envelope with a gorgeous hand crafted Christmas card and such a cute little Babushka brooch, made from felt.......very clever and endearing. I love it!

They were sent by Helena - who is struggling over the loss of her beloved cat, Fluffy, which makes it all the the more special that she took the time to make and send these. Helena has a couple of blogs you might want to check out - her own is here and Bob T. Bear's is here. Bob is Helena's outlet for a lot of funny things although of course Bob would disagree and claim he writes it all himself - who knows, maybe he does?

We're supposed to be going to an Ice Skating Show on Sunday (yet more darned snow weather permitting) and I'll certainly be wrapped up in umpteen layers as apparently it gets VERY cold sitting throughout the show in our local ice rink. I'll be wearing a very Russian-style hat and scarf and this cute little brooch will be pinned to my coat to join in the fun!

Thank you Helena!


Monday, 13 December 2010

Jingle All The Way!

I nipped into my local fabric shop for some fleece the other day - more of this later, if I get time before Christmas! The snow had just cleared and boy, were the pavements icy. I almost skated into the flipping shop.

Whilst there I had a little rummage through a box of Christmas die cuts - well, it would have been rude not to! I found, buried right at the bottom, a packet of five quite lovely reindeer die cuts. The packet was the only one otherwise I would have bought more :(

This is what I rustled up - another five cards made - yippee!!

The reindeer were cut from different coloured mirri card - the top one here is silver (that wretched pink blush crept in again when I was taking the photo!). The cards are 6" square ones and the background paper are from my stash - from Craft Creations I'm pretty sure. The googly eyes came from my stash again as did the little lilac bow with a bell and the plain red bow. The sentiments are from a box I found recently that I'd collected from Lakeland Limited, back in the days when they sold some pretty nice card making stuff. Then just couple of little gems added to each end of the sentiments bring them a bit more to life.

I'm only left with the House Mouse decoupaged cards to make up (all the decoupage is done and assembled though).......oops, and a load of inserts to make for about 60 cards, thankfully I did some as I went along. Simples!!


Sunday, 12 December 2010

Happy Feet :)

I must have started to make these cards not long after last Christmas, whilst still in the Festive Mood!! I love Christmas and would happily live in a permanent Christmas Bubble! I hate the way the house looks so bare, even though it isn't really, after the deccies are taken down. To counter this I even pack the everyday clutter ornaments etc. away in the Christmas deccie boxes......but it still looks bare afterwards :( I know some people can't wait to rip their decs down ready for another year, and are quite proud of this, but I just don't understand it - there's still a kid inside me.................thankfully!!

Anyhow, today I was rootling round looking for something or another...a bit gingerly as my back is telling me off these past few days. Plus, Pixies Crafty Workshop looks like they've run amok in here - it's like a bombsite right now!! But, I came across this one hidden in a half made basket of cards.......plus three others all the same ready to just stick together - result! Another four down and goodness knows just how many to go (I do know in fact, but am not admitting it..............am in denial!!).

It was easy peasy to make - the background is a Craft Creations 12" x 12" sheet of snowflakes chopped into four (I'm making four cards all the same here, OK?). Then some very sparkly card cut into wavy 'hills' layered on top, a sentiment from Lakeland Limited. WHATEVER made them stop doing their crafty stuff is beyond me - plus a gem instead of a ribbon bow at the end of the tag! A couple of snowflakes (confetti I suspect.............from my stash!) and then the cute little Sandylion puffy penguin stickers added at jaunty spots. I like to think they're having a great time dancing....and that the little one right on the bottom right is just how I feel now...........................ready to lie down and rest my back :)


Saturday, 11 December 2010

From Our House To Yours - err, que?!?!

This is another card I rustled up using that fabulous KanBan card kit - oh boy, has that kit come to my rescue!

The card itself used lovely red card stock, already embellished with sumptuous gold swirls, it's A5 and the topper is decoupaged, plus it was already sparkled too! I really love the cosy look of this card and the way the recessed windows seem to really glow and invite you in to have a quick warm by the fire (and perhaps a mince pie and some mulled wine?!).

Thankfully there was a choice of two sentiments to go with this topper - one of them said 'From Our House To Yours'. Err, no way do houses send cards to one another, or do they, is it me?! It just grated on me so I opted for the other option!

Last week I went to a local farmshop for a mooch around and there was such a beautiful robin, very much like the one on this card sitting on the wall right next to where I parked, just so amazingly close. We sat for ages eyeing one another up before he flitted off and I got out of my car and went into the farmshop. We do have a resident robin in our garden so perhaps I could send the farmshop this card saying 'From Our Robin to Yours'? :))

And, as is almost usual, I finished it off with a gold organza ribbon tied in a bow!


Thursday, 9 December 2010

Christmas House Meeces

I had a couple of sets of Christmas House Mouse decoupage and a set of Christmas backing paper to play with. This one was the worst, and yet the most rewarding out of all of them. I managed all the decoupage with teensy scissors - mostly as I can't be trusted around craft knives!

Easel cards came into play again, mostly as these are special cards for special people. I just layered the image onto peachy pink mirri card, and did the same with the sentiment. The backing paper of teensy Christmas lights is from the House Mouse backing paper pack and the green and gold strips (a perfect match!) happened to be lying on my desk after a frenzy of KanBan card making. The card is propped up on a little twist of plastic faux Christmas lights - I bought them at least a couple of years ago and can't recall where they came from but they certainly added just the right finishing touch!

My step-mum loves cute little mice so I think this one is for her - plus it's safe to post this as she shudders at the thought of new technology and pigs would be flying if she ever ventured into the realms of computers.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

A Christmas card for a special couple

This card has been made for an ex-work colleague and her smashing husband. Arun worked for me quite a few years ago and she is also one of my best friends.........we sure had some fun times working together over the years! They've had a tough year as Arun was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year but thankfully she is through the op. and radiotherapy and is doing really well.

It's another from the KanBan card kit which I made into an easel card. The backing papers are mostly from the kit although I did add a Martha Stewart punched border in textured silver card  laid on top of frosty white card. I also added some Twinklets Diamond Dust (super stuff, I recommend it!!) to the 'snowy bits' and the card front is propped up behind a gorgeous sparkly snowflake button from Hobbycraft - with the teensy holes covered up with a sparkly diamante. Lots of 'sparkle' going on here and I see lots of reflections in the piccie too!! I hope that 2011 is a sparkly, healthy and happy year for them both!


Monday, 6 December 2010

More Christmas cards - thinking of my Dad

Today is always a sad day for me. Living in Germany for many years meant that 6th December was a celebration, but my lovely Dad died, many years later, on 6th December and since then I can't bring myself to put the tree up or anything, beyond making cards, until that date has past. I know, if he was here, he'd kick my rear end for being daft. When the dreaded call came I was baking six different Christmas cakes for him and the rest of family and I haven't baked one since either :(

And, exactly 30 years later today, I still miss him - although I do remember him whenever I look in the mirror and see I have his nose.....thanks Dad!! I know that John Lennon was shot a couple of days later and it totally passed me by as I was so consumed with the most awful raw grief of my own. But, everywhere these things happen and we do pick ourselves up and carry on, although never the same as before.

But, onto brighter thoughts - here's a very typically German style Christmas card (it's A5 - from my KanBan box of goodies) complete with huge lush red bow from my ribbon stash! Very OTT, but then Dad was always quite flamboyant and I'm sure he would approve. One of my young neighbours (20 years younger than me and still in touch) from those days apparently used to think he was David Niven ( perhaps that's why I can't help but shed a tear when watching his films)  - maybe now you get the picture of a mixture of elegance, a gentleman with panache, mischief and that twinkle of slight wickedness?!?! And I still miss him...............sigh. But I bet many of you also miss your own Dads too so I'm not really alone - although I also bet each and every one of us thought ours was the best one EVER!!


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Labels for easel cards

For ages I've wanted to produce some labels to stick onto the back of easel cards showing how to display them - trust me, not everyone knows and it's such a shame when you go to all that trouble only to confuse the recipients of your efforts!

I found this website, although there are others too:


So, I made a copy of the image (thanks Becky!), resized it, turned it 90 degrees and set up a page of labels! It was so easy I wished I'd bitten the bullet a long time ago!

I use Decadry labels - 65 per sheet - ref. OLW4730 - pack of 30 sheets from PC World.

This is going to save me a lot of time as I usually handwrite the instructions onto each card I send :) A picture is worth a thousand words they say!

If you'd like a copy of the file just drop me an email or put something in the comments box and I'll email it to you! Have a nice day!


Friday, 3 December 2010

KanBan hidden card stash to the rescue!

Oh boy, did I get a fright yesterday - I checked our Christmas Card list and I'm still WAY short of the target :( We've both moved around a bit so have friends and relatives all over the place and I really don't want to fall back on shop bought cards so am soldiering on.

By a stroke of luck (or forward planning which I'd completely forgotten about!) I found a box of KanBan goodies from QVC (Christmas backing paper/card, die cuts and sentiments) tucked right on a high shelf in my crafty room cupboards. Whew! They still need to be made but I had a quick go yesterday and here are some of the results.

I got two cards from the backing card, the Santa toppers are almost the same and the poinsettias are Papermania 'A Silent Night'. The flowers and leaves came in layers which I just assembled with small gold brads and sprayed with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist - it doesn't show up so well in the photo but it's really lovely for a subtle shimmer.

This card..........blurry photo, sorry....... (I managed two from one lush turquoise/silver A4 sheet again) was just layered using foam pads and then a couple of toning snowflakes added. The beauty of this KanBan set is that so much of it goes together in 'themes'.

And this one (I only made one of these) was again really simple. A bit of pop-out decoupage and layering of the topper (it's quite a big one) onto toning silver and poinsettias card stock - and a little white and silver bow just to pick up the white touches in the card.

That makes another five done.......in between I have been working on other cards but these KanBan ones are just so quick they could well save my bacon! And there's still lots of cards I can get out of the box - thank goodness!!!

And as for my desk, don't even ASK how that looks! In fact, stuff is also strewn all over our bed - purely so I can mix and match stuff you understand!


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Christmas money/voucher holders

My OH has a few young rellies with offspring and we always send gift vouchers or cheques for birthdays and Christmas. This isn't laziness - it's quite apparent that they do like having something to spend after all the excitement is over and they also all write to tell us what they bought, which is really cute of them!

This year I've made these - I looked at some ready made ones and thought I could just as good - for about half the price - plus have the fun of making them!

I started off with some tall narrow ivory pearlised cards from my stash - and I did take the trouble to ensure that a cheque would fit nicely into the finished product. The money holders were made by lining the inside of the card (not the whole lot, just the back part to about two thirds of the way along) with paper and cutting the corner off theright hand corner of the front part with Fiskars rounder scissors so that the paper shows - and the all important cheque or gift voucher can be seen peeking out. Then the card was sealed using double sided tape at the left hand end. The holders for 'the boys' (top one) are lined with paper from a Dovecraft Noel paper pad, and I used the same paper behind the gold triple square die cut. I got these die cuts from 'Dies to die for' years ago and have used them in endless ways. Then all I added was some little wooden embellies from my stash and a few gold Anita's Dimensions trees and stars.

The 'girlie' penguin ones were made in a similar fashion - the paper is from a Daisy and Dandelion Christmas themed A5 paper pack (Penelope and Percy) and it's already glittered too. Then all that was needed was to add the penguins (Anita's 3D laser stickers from whence I know not where) - plus a few Anita's Glitterations snowflakes.

I need to add a little rhyme to the back of each one - when inspiration strikes me :)


Friday, 26 November 2010

1st Wedding anniversary

I made this card for our friends - Julie and Steve - who celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary on Sunday. I posted their wedding card on this blog when I first started off and had a lot of fun making this card for them!

Shame the sentiment reflected the light - it's a silver Dufex one and just says 'Best Wishes', although the insert does say Happy 1st Anniversary!. The card is an 8" x 8" square white one with an embossed dots pattern. Then a silver layer of textured card, cut out round the edges using my only Martha Stewart Deep Edging Punch - no fancy 'Punch Around The Corner' ones as yet but I'm working on it! To hide the oddly matched corners I used a mix of the sentiment, 3-D butterflies ( these are lush!) and a selection of Prima flowers/pearl brads. Then my trademark organza bow down the left....and not forgetting the soooo cute House Mouse decoupage in the middle, which was the whole point of the card! As Julie and Steve are such a 'close knit' pair it seemed very appropriate! :)

Thanks for looking, and even if you don't comment it's nice that you called by!


Saturday, 20 November 2010

Christmas panic mode - part 2

My previous post was about the Papermania Christmas paper pack coming to my rescue. At the same time as I started making those cards with my right hand I was making these ones with my left hand....well, you know what I mean :)

After the class Karen and I went to last week I also bought some reindeer and snowflakes 'sparkle' stickers made by Classic Art. These were so simple to make and I have a second pack still to use so that will be another eight cards to add to the box!
 This one is on a pure white card I promise! Perhaps the pink is my face reflected after all the exertion? I used some white cards edged with silver bought ages ago - quite Christmassy I think! This one is A5 size and the ribbon bow is made using some organza ribbon from my stash. It's wired but it's also very easy to remove the wire with a pair of tweezers. The sentiments are from a set I bought from QVC a while back. The other cards are 4" x 4" square ones. Another simple and quick make!

Of course I also have quite a few 'specials' under way for closer friends and family which are more involved to make but at least some cards are getting done! Phew :)


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Panic mode - how many sleeps until Christmas?!

Last week I went to a card making class and we concentrated on Christmas cards in which sent me into a spin when I got home and realised how many cards I have yet to make for Christmas. Luckily I'd bought what I thought was just a paper pack in the shop after our class - but it turned out to have matching 'toppers' as well - perfect for some quickie makes. The paper pack is Papermania's Classic Christmas by Stephanie Dyment and for once I've launched straight into using it rather than admiring it for a while. It's gorgeous I must say and has certainly come to my rescue - I've worked out I can make at least 22 cards like the first six I've rattled off  (four shown below) and still have some paper and bits and bobs left over.

So, all I've done is to match a topper with the relevant paper - although they really are so complimentary to one another it would be good to mix them too. The cards I've made so far have patterned paper edged with the Floral Vine Martha Stewart edging punch which has then been layered onto a contrasting/toning card. These photos show red card stock but some of the papers will look good on cream or white. Then the topper has been added after being layered onto a slightly larger piece of mirri card - and an organza bow added as the finishing touch. Simples - and a little sigh of relief here that I might be able to speed things up a bit :)

Hope you're better organised than I am!


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

'A little bird told me........' birthday card

I made this card for a friend's birthday - which is today so it's safe to post this :)

I really wanted to distress the background myself but time wasn't on my side to have a real 'play' - mental note to self to plan ahead more! I used a cream card and layered Papermania double sided paper onto it. This paper is great as it has a bit of a vintage look to it, pink and cream on one side and distressed brown on the other. The bottom of the paper has been edged using a Martha Stewart 'Floral Vine' deep edge punch. This is the first Martha Stewart punch I've bought and am now a total convert!

I used a Woodware clear set stamp set called 'Bird Song' and paper pieced the little bird onto the reverse side of the paper (ie. brown) and stuck him onto the card before stamping over the top with his rather splendid cage - using a Brilliance 'Pearlescent Chocolate' ink pad. I also paper pieced a wing so that it looks as if it's on the outside of the cage to give more dimension. Some of this detail has been lost though as the ink is almost the same colour as the brown distressed paper - little lesson there I think :) The birdie's little pink eye was just a teensy bit of the 'confetti' made when I punched the bottom of the pink and cream paper! And even the little musical notes come in the stamp set!

The sentiment was stamped onto plain cream card using 'Pearlescent Chocolate', punched into a circle with my SU punch then layered onto a larger scalloped SU punched circle in the distressed brown.

The flowers were fun too - they're creamy coloured embossed Prima flowers which I swished over with Pearlescent Orchid and Pearlescent Chocolate on a blending sponge, and their centres are card candy (I deepened the pink card candy with some more 'swishing with a blending sponge'). I'll be using more of these flowers - you get loads in a packet and they are made so that you can totally colour match them to your project. Yummy!

Then, before attaching the flowers I added a piece of really gorgeous lacy cream ribbon. I got some of this, also in white, ages ago in Hobbycraft and it's so soft and silky - up until now I've just stroked it and looked at it, as I'm sure many people do with crafty goodies before they realise it really should be used!!

Thanks for calling by!


Thursday, 11 November 2010

New baby cards

The other day, in Mothercare, there was a young Mum with the most adorable newborn twins. It reminded me of a stamping set I bought from Elzybells before Elizabeth shut up shop.These clear stamps are so cute, you can make a few variations by mixing them. This is what I came up with:

The cards were made using a white scalloped edged card from Craftwork Cards, a background layer of Dovecraft Back to Basics patterned paper then a small paper doily, topped with a scalloped circle made using my Wooodware punch. The scalloped circle had already been stamped, paper pieced using toning paper to the background layer and some colouring (using Aquamarkers natch!). The pram and hood are seperate so you can assemble it how you want, as are the teddy and the little face peeking out........just a curl of hair for the boy and a sweet little bow for the girl. Elizabeth really did think of lots of small details! The wheels were paper pieced too using plain paper.  Then I got to use a couple of new SU punches - with the scalloped circle to match the pram body and the plain one using white card with the sentiment stamped in toning ink. Semi-sparkly gems were then added to the centre of the wheels and the point where the hood is attached to the pram just to highlight a little bit more. 

They were such fun to make and the best bit came next - the ribbon bow! I love bows and ribbons and whilst rootling through my punches I came across a 'long reach' ribbon slot punch that I've had for years! The idea is to punch a row of slots to thread ribbbon through but try as I might, despite careful measuring and all the rest, I could never get it right so this poor punch was abandoned.

Now it's high up on my list of useful things! It was so easy to thread organza ribbon through and make a decent bow just where I wanted and even if the ribbon shows on the other side of the card it looks so professional ........I love it!

And in case you thought I'd forgotten the twins who sparked off this little session of cardmaking:

So that you could see the twinnies I had to cut the hood in half so that it looks as if it's down. The stamps even include triplets sentiments............maybe teddy would have to be ejected from the pram or moved somewhere else if a third little face was added :)


Friday, 5 November 2010

Gorjuss girls bookmarks

A couple of weeks ago I met up with some old school friends way up in Liverpool - sadly for one of our ex-teacher's funeral. The Late Betty was certainly the life and soul of our school reunions and we'll miss her loads.

Moira, one of my oldest (sorry Moira - that week between our ages makes all the difference!) friends, and I stayed overnight with me in the Adelphi Hotel (that hotel is a bit like stepping back in time!). We got chatting about this blog and she was saying how much she likes the Gorjuss girls. She lives in Kilmarnock and they have a shop up there which sells Gorjuss girls stuff - much more than card making stuff too! They do have a website, but up to now it hasn't been updated to show the goodies - ranging from shopping bags to emery boards. How do I know about the emery boards? - lookee here:

These are just TOO cute to use aren't they :) Moira whizzed out to treat me to some when she got home!

Anyhow, knowing her new found love of all things Gorjuss, set me thinking. She's a real bookworm - has been since we met on our first incarceration term at boarding school. The world could be tumbling down but give her a good book and she's a happy bunny! Lying in bed the other night, instead of chasing/counting sheep, I came up with this idea.

I already had some Gorjuss girls tags - die cut decoupage ones...and the wee girlie perched on the pile of books is just so appropriate! I layered them onto folded card stock cut to size and added some magnetic paired pieces.  It isn't my first venture into magnetic bookmarks, I've made a few for charity in my time, first came across the idea in New York and they are much less likely to be lost. You just flip the bookmark over your page (and store it flipped over the book cover when you've got your nose stuck into whatever you're reading - I haven't tried it on hardback covers I must confess but in theory it's 'simples'!!).

Here they are open, sorry about the rubbish photo!!

Then all that was left was to flip the three over a piece of card stock and embellish a little bit - like so:

Into a cello bag and popped into the post to Kilmarnock. And, the lovely thing is that Moira loved them - that made my day!


Monday, 1 November 2010

Olivia's Ist Birthday card

Today Mia's baby sister, our other Grand daughter Olivia ( known as Livi) is one! I followed very much in the same line as Mia's 3rd birthday card made recently.

This is Tinkerbell, in a bit of a 'minx' pose, from the same Disney set (QVC) as a few others I've used recently. The card is from the same set that I made Mia's card from but this one has an aperture as I wanted it mainly for the lovely green to match Tinkerbell's dress :). The lettering and ribbon were from my stash. It was made in a trice but still with lots of love for a very special little lady. Here's the inside of the card just so you know I didn't clip Tinkerbell's wings and feet!

See what I mean about the saucy pose?! The backing paper on the inside of the card came from my stash - no idea where I got it from, sorry.

And finally, here's the Birthday Girl herself - Happy Birthday Livi! From Grandad and GranDi XXX


Saturday, 30 October 2010

Boy's birthday card

Tomorrow is one of my OH's g/nephew's birthday. I had to make a card in a bit of a hurry to catch the post but this is what I came up with:

Thanks to a nearby Hobbycraft I grabbed a little set of toppers and some brown foam letters/numbers. Phew, no time to colour in an image - to my delight - so I had to make the trip :)  Mind you, the parking there is awful - just a little car park (some serious underestimating I suspect) and of course tons of folk going in just for a nosy as it's newly opened. Hopefully the novelty will wear off and us 'serious crafters' might get a chance to park without too much trouble before long. Loads of folk are just mooching and coming out empty handed......mind you, I think Pauline and I are working hard at making up the difference :)

It's yet another easel card, topped with Core'dinations blue card, the cowboy toppers (and I have enough left for another card due in a week's time), the letters/number (glittered with stickles), some red card candy, a red button threaded with raffia and that flipping Happy, Happy Birthday stamp that I have to touch up each time. I must look for a decent one as I do like it..........no wonder it was in a Hobbycraft reduced tub ages ago :(

Yeee Ha - all done in the whirl of a lasso :) I'll be almost replicating this one for the second card. Thankfully that little chap is only going to be two as the cowboy topper I have left is riding a rocking horse! As Ben is now nine years old maybe it's time to dispense with putting his age onto cards - until the milestone ones at least.