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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Thank goodness for leap years.

The extra day in February this year has enabled me to complete the hooded cardigan by the end of the month which is the deadline I gave myself. I am so glad that I have finally finished this, but having finished it I now know it probably won't fit Colette - not entirely bad news as it does fit me!
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I have to confess this has been a bit of a knitting nightmare for me for a number of reasons.
1. I substituted the yarn specified with a suggested comparable yarn when I visited my local craft store - I wanted to start it almost immediately so couldn't be bothered to wait and order the specified yarn online.
2. Although the yarn was very soft and is incredibly warm it was horrible to knit with - you needed to be very careful not to split the yarn while you were knitting.
3. For some reason when I was doing the left front I kept going wrong, I unpicked it several times which wasn't easy as the wool just stuck to itself most of the time. After going wrong at least three times I even started a new left front as I knew I had plenty of yarn to complete the project. Even then I still went wrong, but persevered and finally got the left front knitted.
4. While trying to stitch it up last night the yarn kept breaking so it meant a trip into town after I finished work today.
5. It took me almost an hour to find a yarn suitable and in a shade close enough to the yarn.
6. The only buttons I could find to match were some lovely mother of pearl type buttons which cost quite a lot per button.
7. Disaster with the buttons happened when I answered the door to a delivery man asking if I could take a parcel in for next door. On my way back into the conservatory to finish off stitching up the cardigan I heard something crack and realised I'd left the buttons on the floor. Thankfully it was only one and DH has superglued it back together as it was a 'good' break.
8. After completing it I realised it wasn't going to fit Colette - not all bad as I said earlier it does fit me and on reflection with those buttons being as delicate as they are it will probably be safer for me to own it.
I did say that I didn't think I would ever knit this again but I really would like to do one for Colette as it is very much the type of cardigan she would wear. Maybe I should try making her one using the specified yarn - but somehow I don't think it will be for quite a few months yet. I think I'll give myself a smaller project to work on next.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

It's getting there

I didn't get as much of the boxer stitched up last week as I had hoped, but in fairness I only really had Saturday afternoon to sit down and do any. The last puppy at least now has half a head which only really leaves the other half of his head and the grasses behind him.
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I'm hoping that as I will be on an early shift for three days this week that I will get the chance when I get home to add a few more stitches each day.
Today I have a visit to the midwife - not for me - it's for Colette, I'm only going along to look after Logan and then the excitement of taking mum food shopping.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Crafters Heaven?

What a lovely day I've had. Amazingly enough I was up reasonably early - even before DH left for work! I had a lasagne made ready for our tea by 9 o'clock and the small amount of ironing done by 10, with the washing machine and dishwasher loaded I even managed to get a few stitches done on the boxer project.
Then just after 11 I picked up my friend Jacqueline and we travelled down to Cowslips where they have the most gorgeous fabrics and a delightful coffee shop.
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Inside the coffee shop they have a variety of quilts hung up and around the walls which I think I could only ever dream of creating.
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The quilt above was hung on the wall near the table we sat at to have lunch - isn't it gorgeous? Behind Jacqueline there was a lovely little wall hanging, it was very dimensional with the washing hanging off the line.
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The one below was huge and had such lovely tonal fabrics - so much to admire and this was only a small section of the quilt. Maybe one day I'll treat myself to one of the many lovely workshops they hold there. I did treat myself to some fat quarters, a pattern and a label to stitch into Colette's cardy (which I still have to complete this month). I also picked up a free leaflet for another quilt design.
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While we were there we also picked up a leaflet with other art and craft outlets and one of them was Blacker yarns which was also in Launceston so we gave them a ring to find out exactly where they were. We managed to find them but I think they were a bit surprised to see us and it wasn't quite what we had expected either. They are mainly an online supplier so it was not as we expected a shop with wools and patterns displayed and I'm guessing they obviously don't get many 'off the street' customers like us just popping in (they are based on an industrial estate). Having said that they were very pleasant and were more than happy to show us the different types of wool they provide and showed us their website with details of patterns for the wool. If I had know what type of wool I wanted for my next particular knitting project they would have gladly packed up an order for me there and then. Since being home I have now worked out which type of yarn is required and I think an on-line order may be iminent.
Finally we called in at the arts and craft centre at Kelly Bray where I picked up one of the new Papermania embossing folders - a button embossing folder, a bag with loads of natural tone buttons and the latest Creativity magazine. A fantastic day!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

So thankful

that my working day is over - it was a long 10 1/2 hours! After seven days of work I now have two whole days off. Having said that I am thankful that I have a job which provides me with the money to do most of what we want to do.

I'm thankful for good friends. I think there is a naughty crafting trip taking place tomorrow with a crafting buddy who like me is very easily led by all things crafty - lunch is also on the menu so an enjoyable day will be had I am sure.

I'm also very thankful that my dear hubby cooks my tea for me most nights and has it waiting for me when I get home from work.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

So sweet.

Crafting I have found is a great way of making friends - I have made so many either through craft groups, demos, penpal requests and blogging. Through blogs I have made friends with Marja of Dutch Tulip blog and we recently exchanged gifts. I had a duplicate Unity stamp which I was pretty sure Marja would like and be able to make good use of and in exchange she kindly offered to make me a cupcake keychain. It is so sweet and so exquisitely crocheted - I just love it - thank you Marja.

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Less is More - For You

The challenge this week on the Less is More blog is too use punches or die cuts. I've used one of my Martha Stewart punches to create a decorative piece of background paper. The paper came from a Trimcraft paper pad called Song Bird. The centre stamp is from a retired SU Hostess set called Cute by the Inch and has been punched out using a CM square punch. This was then matted onto a nestie scallop square die which I've inked around the edge using SU's Certainly Celery ink pad.
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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Crafty Purple Frog - Use yellow and green

This weeks prize for the winners is the beautiful Spring set of papers that Amy has created.

The challenge this time is to be inspired by Saint David's Day(Saint David's
Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1
March of each year. The date of 1 March was chosen in remembrance of the death
of Saint David. Many people will wear a daffodil to celebrate Saint David)
I had to improvise this fortnight with my Crafty Purple Frog DT card as I'd forgotten that my printer had run out of one of the coloured inks. This meant that I could only print out in black and white so I have highlighted certain areas of the image with Copic pens in yellows and greens. The coloured version of this image can be found here.
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The image is called Night Daffodil and despite my initial reservations I actually quite like the effect. I've used a small strip of paper from a gorgeous K&Co paper pad I have in my stash and just added some green ric rac to the edge. The sentiment came from a Whiff of Joy set I got back in 2010.
Other crafting news - I finally got round to picking up the knitting needles on Monday afternoon and managed to do the buttonhole border while I was sharing a crafting afternoon with a couple of friends. I then managed to stay awake long enough yesterday evening to do the button band border. All I have to do now is start stitching it together and then do the ribbing on the arm edges - fingers crossed I might even get it completed by the end of February! I can then put it away for Colette for this Christmas,even though it had been my intention to give it to her for the one that has just gone. I kept going wrong on the left front for some reason and decided not to put myself under pressure to get it completed for a Christmas present. It then seemed to go right, but I'd already bought Colette something else by then so I will now be ahead of the game this year instead.
Central heating has at last been fixed and we've had a new radiator put in the lounge - wow what a difference it has made. I know it's been milder the past couple of days, but our lounge has never really felt very warm but it certainly does now. I am one happy bunny - I hate being cold.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Ruth and Brandon Card Appeal

You may remember that I posted an appeal to help raise funds for Ruth to have a major operation for cancer which was organised by my friend Karen. The good news is that Ruth has found a surgeon from the USA who is prepared to do the operation here in the UK. Further details can be found by pressing on the photo of Ruth and Brandon. What we'd like to do next is support Ruth and Brandon by sending them cards to keep their spirits up and wish them well as Ruth goes through this next phase in what will hopefully give her the opportunity to watch Brandon continue to grow up.

If you could help spread the word we would be extremely grateful, if you could post details on your blog for the card appeal or if you belong to any crafting groups share this story with them and ask if anyone would like to join in.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope that we can all help Ruth and Brandon through this.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Boxer update

Now I'm not sure how much progress can actually be seen, but I did manage to complete the bottom page of the chart and make a start on the final part on the top sheet. I've put the backstitch in, although in some places it hardly makes any difference. The first photo of this project can be found here but here is this weeks photo.
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Not sure how much time I'll get to work on it this week as I'm working a full seven days this week so time may be limited or just too tired when I do get home as it's a real mix of hours.
Now I know I said I wouldn't start any new projects, but on the train down to Camborne on Saturday I needed something to keep me occupied so I took along a small kit from one of my cross stitch magazines. The light isn't great to work on in the train so trying to follow the colour chart was a bit of a headache in itself, but I probably managed to get about a quarter of the little picture done. Will try and get this one done at work so you can see the finished article this year rather than in another ten or so!!!
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I took my knitting along with me on Saturday evening when I went babysitting, but had forgotten just how difficult it is to knit with two young kittens so I ended up watching Benidorm DVD's instead. The knitting will have to be done another day.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Making washday fun

It's been a while since I did any scrapbooking, but on Thursday evening I eventually got round to completing one of the two LO's I want to do with the photographs I took of Logan in January - need to get them done by the end of this month so that I don't start falling behind again.

When I was putting this LO together I wasn't sure on the blue background cardstock and all the scraps of paper that I had pulled out to use with it. This morning though I looked at it again in real daylight and I think it looks ok. I've used the sketch from Frosted Designs and only used scraps again from my box - it's getting harder now to make those scraps work but I will persevere for a little longer. I still can't bear to throw them away just yet.

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I did have to improvise a little with the title as I didn't have any M's in the alphabet sheet I was going to use. I had to use a W instead - not altogether happy with that but it saved trying to hunt around for another alphabet set. One of the photos may look as if Logan isn't quite enjoying himself, but everytime Grandad took him out of the basket he wanted to go back in.

Having a short train ride down to Camborne today - Ian wants to check out the model shop down there (no doubt has something to pick up). I'll check to see if the craft shop is still down there while he is pottering around in there. Then this evening I will be babysitting Connor and Elisha - they will more than likely be in bed by the time we go round. I'm going to take my knitting along with me and I am setting myself the challenge of finishing the cardigan I started for Colette - I've only got to do the arm bands and edging of the fronts and as it's in chunky it shouldn't really take that long. That is of course providing I keep count of how many stitches I'm supposed to pick up. I would love to get it completed by the end of the weekend and then I can put it away and move onto something else.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Two more

I made another two cards from the scraps of paper from the card I made in this post.
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The first card all I've added is one of the rosette flowers that came with the Artful Delight kit and a sentiment from Inkylicious using SU's Early Espresso ink pad.
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The second card I've used a couple of the stamps which also came with the kit - these are by Paper Smooches. I've coloured the image in using my Promarkers. The ribbon also came with the kit.

Very simple cards, but I'm really pleased that I managed to get 3 cards out of one piece of cardstock and three 6 x 6 pieces of paper,

Thursday, 16 February 2012

You are amazing

I made this card last night, it's not for any particular challenge, other than challenging myself to use the card,paper and embellishments that came with my February Artful Delight kit! Inspiration for the LO of the card came from the book A card a day which I'd bought before Christmas.



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The flowers came in a packet and there were two varieties, the one I've used which just required me to fold along the creased lines to give them some depth and the others were rosettes. I've made up all the rosettes, just need to put them onto future cards. I put the pink paper, which obviously has a white core into an embossing folder to give it some texture and used a corner rounder and SU's spiral border punch on the brown paper. I've inked all the edges with SU's Early Espresso and stamped a Unity sentiment onto white cardstock using the same ink and inking the edges again. A bit busier than the cards I have been working on recently, but I love all the colours now they are together.

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours walking around Saltram yesterday with Colette, Logan and Max. Normally Max and I would have got round in about an hour, but Logan wants to walk everywhere now so obviously it took us a bit longer. Actually Logan is a very good walker, curious and wants to stop and look at everything which is wonderful. It really is a joy to be able to spend so much time with him and see him grow and his character develop - he really is quite a charmer at the moment!



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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

How many WIP's/UFO's do you have?

This was the question Jill asked me on Sunday at the Stitch and Bitch group at Just Tracy's. At the time I couldn't have said so I made a point yesterday of going through all my stitching hideaways and finding them all. The answer is 13! They are all at various stages, some only needing a little done to be completed and others that have only had a few stitches started.

I thought if I listed them here it might make me feel sufficiently guilty to finally get them completed as soon as possible now. So here we go:-
1) Boxer family - I have made progress on this one this week I now only have the top half in the left hand corner to complete, but before I do that I need to ensure I do the backstitch on the bottom corner first.
2) Picture of a Bride - all but complete but there is a problem that I can't find the pattern that goes with this one at the moment - it came from a magzine I believe so I will have to do some further searching.
3) Friends are Gifts - this only requires some backstitching and the sentiment to be stitched - think I might take this one to work and try and get it done in my breaks as it's not a large project.
4)Leaping dolphins - this one I inherited many years ago from an ex-girlfriend of Davids - she had started it but had gone wrong so I still have to work out exactly where it has gone wrong and at the moment that requires too much brain power.
5)Fishermans Lodge - I have almost completed the fishermans lodge but there is still the large border of fishes to be done on this one - a large project which needs to be done at home.
6)Winter Fairy - this is one of a set of four (I've already completed Spring and Summer and they are already hanging on my walls) - this is another one I could probably take into work at some stage.
7) Castle alphabet sampler - again the problem with this one is finding the pattern that goes with it.
8) Fisherman - now initially this is one that David started a long time ago, only a few stitches ever got done - I think he was probably about 14 at the time so it shows how long that one has been waiting around as he is now 25! This will probably be one of my last projects but once it is complete I will give it to him.
9) Four horses of Apocalypse - this is a mammoth stitch intensive project - it came in a booklet form with I think about 10 pages - I have actually completed about 6 or 7 pages, but I really need good light for this one so I will probably pick it up again in the summer months and sit in the conservatory to do this one.
10) The Lion Family - another one that was inherited from an old friend who I no longer see. He bought it when he split up with his wife in the hope that if he completed it and gave it to her it would bring them back together. He never got the hang of cross stitiching and they never got back together again. They have both since remarried so not a completely unhappy ending. Again this only has a few stitches done on about three different pieces of aida as he kept going wrong - bless him.
11) African angel - again in the early stages so will probably be one of the last projects to complete.
12) Christmas stocking decorations - in fairness I have actually completed all of the cross stitch - there may be a little backstitching required but I think really all I need to do now is get them made up and who knows they might appear on my Christmas tree this year.
13) Forever Friends Months of the year - this is another one I inheritied -well it was kindly donated to me to stitch while I was staying with our friends Karen and Phillip. I think I've completed three months and again the pattern and the kit have become detached so a thorough search of the house is required for three of my projects.

I will post an updated photo of the Boxer family on Sunday - if I make myself do a progress report each week it might just give me the added incentive to get more done each time.

Have a wonderful day - I'm off for a walk round Saltram with Colette, Logan and Max very soon - making the most of the last few days of my leave.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Stripes - Less is More challenge.

It's taken me a couple of days to finally come up with the idea for my card for the Less is More challenge this week. I knew that somewhere in my stamp stash there should be something I could use as stripes.

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I found a Unity Journalling strip stamp which I thought would fit perfectly with the challenge. I've also used the sentiment from SU's Big Bold Birthday stamp set and stamped this repeatedly into the journalling strips. I've used post it notes when required to fill up each area completely with the sentiment. I then coloured each box in with a different coloured Promarker and then used a retired SU Alphabet and Number set to complete the card. This is the first card I think I've done for the challenge that isn't monochromatic!


I think my cold is finally starting to clear up - haven't felt so bad today and managed to meet up with my friend Lisa and her dog Shadow and Max and I enjoyed a lovely walk around Stover Country Park. It was a lot milder today and the sun shone for the most part while we were out walking so a very pleasant couple of hours spent catching up with each others news.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Boxer Cross Stitch - UFO

A little later than promised but here is a picture of my next cross stitch UFO that needs to be completed asap. The threads I needed arrived on Wednesday and I will be taking this along to the local Stitch and Bitch group being held at Just Tracy's today. It's the first time I'll have been to the group but am looking forward to catching up with a few old friends and hopefully meeting some new ones too.



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We managed to get out for a lovely walk with Max yesterday, although the wind was a bit chilly out of it the sun was quite warm. We started our walk out at the old Harrowbeer airfield near Buckland Monochorum and followed some of Route 27 cycle track with the intention of going as far as Bedford Bridge. However we got so far and found we would have had to go down a country lane which with oncoming traffic and a dog that insists on walking nearer the centre of the road than the edge we took a detour and walked across the moorland instead. It is our aim now to start at Bedford Bridge and walk the other way to see where that road would have come out. It was a beautiful walk regardless - we are so lucky to live so near to such beautiful countryside.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

All Buttoned Up with Jingle Belles challenge

Thank goodness my crafting energy levels have returned. I managed to put together my six cards for this fortnights challenge on Jingle Belles. Their theme this fortnight is to use buttons on your cards.

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I decided to use the word Joy from the SU Welcome Christmas stamp set and simply put a button where the 'o' goes. The embossed background card is SU's Bravo Burgandy with a strip of Old Olive designer paper and a ribbon down the side. The Joy sentiment was stamped onto a Nestie shape and I've used TH Forest Moss distress ink around the edges for it all to tie in.


Off now to take Max for a walk in the countryside and try and blow away a few more of those cobwebs that seem to be lingering around me this week!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Flower Power with Crafty Purple Frog

Sorry I'm a day late with my posting - my cold which I thought was getting better, wasn't and so it has affected my energy levels greatly this week - not the best way to spend my first weeks leave! Anyway this morning I finally managed to put together a card for this fortnights challenge on the Crafty Purple Frog.



Here is what you could win this time.....1st prize is the new Valentines paper set and 2 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
2nd prize is the new Valentines paper set and 1 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
3rd prize is the new Valentines paper set from The Crafty Purple Frog
To win these prizes we want you to put some flowers on your creations. They can be in the image or on the papers or embellies.



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I have used the lovely Dragonflies decoupage from Crafty Purple Frog along with two of the lovely papers that are on the new Valentine papers set. I've matted the image and papers onto SU's Taken with Teal and also used some Kaiser lace and a EK Success flower border punch to go across the card. The flourishes came from a spellbinders set I had and the flower was created using my new Nellie flower and emboss punch set and a few gems added from my stash.


I hope you'll take a look at what the rest of the DT have come up with for this challenge and welcome the new DT members too. I also hope you'll have a go at the challenge and give yourself the opportunity of winning such a great prize too.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Less is More - the colour is Aqua

I am really enjoying the Less is More challenges, I'm not saying they are any easier for being 'simpler' but I am really beginning to embrace this style.


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I have used one of the new stamps sets from the SU Spring mini catalouge called Borderlines to create the dotty border strip across the card. The flower came from a hostess set called Posy Punch and then I used the co-ordinating flower punch to punch it out and finally the sentiment came from a Sale-a-bration set from last year called So Happy for You. I've used SU's Baja Breeze ink pad and added some stickles to the centre of the flower to give a bit of sparkle.




It's a beautiful sunny day and I am feeling much better - would love to be out walking with Max but unfortunately I have to wait in for a delivery which could arrive anytime during the day. As you can imagine I am feeling a little frustrated at being hemmed in, but I have managed to do the ironing, hoovering and a few other chores while I'm waiting and I guess it's a good excuse to sit and do some crafting. Later today I am hoping that the threads I ordered for a cross stitch that I want to get finished will arrive. This is another one of those unfinished projects which I am determined to get completed - it's of a Boxer dog family and I've only got about a quarter of it left to do so I am setting myself a target to get it completed by the end of April (this allows me time for other crafting projects). I'll take a photo of what I have done later today to post on my blog tomorrow which will then give me the added incentive of getting it completed to show you all.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Wishing you a wonderful day.

It was our dear friend Karen's birthday at the weekend and this is the card I made for her - I can now post it as I know it arrived safely and in time for her birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day Karen.
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I used the of the new February Avocado Arts stamp set Wishes and Kind Thoughts - this is a stamp set I have subscribed to on a monthly basis and I have never been disappointed in either the quality or the designs. There are always so many lovely designs which can be used individually or together to create your own scene. The papers came from a Trimcraft 6 x6 paper pad called Bird Song which I was lucky enough to receive as part of a Secret Santa at the Exeter Scrapaholics crop in December. I've used a couple of nesties to place the images onto and some ribbon from my stash.

At midday on Friday I broke up from work with the delightful prospect of two weeks off - unfortunately I also woke up Friday morning with another sore throat and the sniffles, which proceeded to get worse throughout the day. This has meant I have spent most of the weekend curled up on the sofa with Max, blankets and hot water bottles feeling a little sorry for myself and no energy for much else.

Sunday was brightened up a little with a visit from David and his family, it was lovely to see Connor and Elisha and spend some time playing trains and dolls with them. In the evening I sat and watched the World Cup of Darts final which was England and Australia, initially England were winning 3 - 0 in the single matches and then lost the last singles match and the doubles match which evened the score out to 3-3 which meant a sudden death game had to be played. Amazingly it literally went down to the wire with both pairs missing doubles, but England finally getting the required double - a really enjoyable match to watch - lots of tension and twists and turns.

Today I felt quite a bit better and managed to take Max for a lovely walk around Saltram, although I probably walked further than I should have done, but it was just so nice to get out in the fresh air again - I did wrap up warm. I called into Just Tracy's craft shop on my way back and picked up a couple of stamping magazines before calling in to see Colette and Logan. I had been invited round a friends house for lunch and spent an enjoyable couple of hours catching up and seeing what crafting goodies had been purchased at the craft show at Westpoint.

I have this evening managed to create a simple card for the Less is More challenge which I will share tomorrow, but I think my energy levels are now beginning to drop - an early night is required I think.

Can you help?

Daily posts below this appeal.

My dear friend Karen is trying to help a lady called Ruth who was recently on the Jeremy Vine radio show raise enough money to pay for an operation Ruth desparately needs to give her the chance to live and see her son Brandon grow up. Karen is giving people the chance to win some lovely prizes if they make a donation to Ruth's appeal. More details of what Karen is trying to do can be found here. Further details about Ruth and her story can also be found on Ruth's site Help Ruthie. If you would like to donate then please go to Ruth's site and you can find out the various ways in which you can do this. Once you have made a donation then go to Karen's blog and leave her a comment and Karen will enter you into the prize draw for your chance to win one of four prizes that have generously been donated. Hopefully if we can make enough people aware of Ruth's plight then we might be able to help save her life and bring so much joy to her son too.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Jingle Belles - a banner holiday

The challenge this week on Jingle Belles is to use their blog banner as inspiration for your Christmas card. I have opted to go with the colours and used strips of patterned paper that came with an Artful Delight card kit. My base card is pearlescent although this doesn't really show in the photo it does give the card a slight shimmer. I also used the same cardstock to stamp my sentiment from the SU Sparkly & Bright stamp set which was then punched out using the SU frame punch. I've also used some SU Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon across the card and tied a bow. So another six cards to add to my Christmas collection thanks to the Jingle Belles challenge.


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Just Tracy's Challenge

Well January has gone (so quickly too) and we are now beginning the month of February which at least this year has an extra day for us. It also means it's time for another Just Tracy's challenge.


For this month's challenge we would like to see you make a project for a female and to include something flowing - lace, ribbon, tulle, etc.


Our prize is a £15 voucher for our winner to spend from Just Tracys.


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I have created a card which would be suitable either as a Mother's Day card or for a birthday. The stamp set I've used is the retired SU A Rose is a Rose two step stamping set which I absolutely love. I've used SU's Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum inks for the roses and leaves. I've used some black fringing which I had bought years ago when I took part in a swap and felt it lent itself to the flowing theme. The sentiments are a combination of part of a greeting stamp from SU and a Unity stamp. I've also added a lovely Pear Pizazz bow made from SU's seam binding adding a button and some linen thread to the bow for extra detail.




Do check out what the rest of the DT have created this month and why not take part this month and give yourself the chance of winning £15 to spend at Just Tracy's.