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Sad news

I just wanted to apologise to my lovely blogging friends and followers. I’ll be absent and/or irregular for a while. After the IUI was a success both of us were absolutely made up. I had a scan last week and Dot was small, no discernible heartbeat. They repeated scan this Tuesday and I am so so sad to say I have lost my Little Dot.

I’ve got to go for an operation tomorrow to finish the pregnancy as the meds didn’t work. It’s likely to be a while till I am ready to face the world again

I won an award!

Thank you so much to Blinking Cat​ for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Such a lovely surprise. I really like Blinking Cat’s blog, she posts mainly about her crochet projects and I find they really make me want to get out my hook and yarn.

The rules for the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

I started my blog in April 2016. I don’t have any crafty friends, and I started blogging to try to meet other crafters, get ideas and inspiration from them (which I do so much from the blogs I follow) and to get a but of feedback on my own projects and hopefully give an occasional bit of inspiration myself. I’m really not techy and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this on my own, so didn’t even tell His Lordship about my blog until I’d had it 6 months. I get so much pleasure from seeing other people’s creations and thoughts, and from reading the comments people leave.

I hadn’t really got much experience of blogging when I started and iit was a steep learning curve – I did initially start with another blog but I soon lost my way and it lasted very little time. My advice is from what I’ve learnt:

  • Read other peoples blogs. It’s a great way of finding out more about and expanding your own interests. Also, you’re much more likely to get visitors if you’re an active member of the community.
  • Write about what you love. It’s really obvious when people are passionate about their content and people are much more likely to come back if your blog is of interest to them and shows your personality.

I nominate the following 15 blogs. These people have been supportive of me in my blogging journey, have inspiring blogs, and deserve recognition 

  1. Paperpuff
  2. Stitching Granny
  3. Mrs Craft
  4. Kelley’s DIY
  5. Charlie Louisa Designs
  6. Kathy D
  7. Patricamanhire
  8. Happy Ink Designs
  9. Idle Emma
  10. Inked Treasures
  11. Brenna Crocheter
  12. From Scratch Cards
  13. Chris and Shana’s Craft Shack
  14. Emma’s Crafty Cards
  15. Ruthie’s Crafting Corner

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

His Lordship and I are both working December 25th this year – healthcare, like so many other professions, doesn’t shut down. Yesterday (23rd) was the last time we really see each other till the 28th, so it was Christmas!

I admit I’ve been very influential (also known as bossy) in his purchases, but I am very excited by my pressies and can’t wait to start playing.

As you can see, I’ve got  willing assistant, too.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017.

Inheriting someone’s stash

I had a message yesterday from my mother in law. A friend of hers is giving up her crafting stash and I’ve been offered it. The lady in question has said for me to look through and choose what I’d like, then donate anything else to a charity.

My immediate reaction was excitement. Free stash!!! And as some of you know, I’m crafting on thinner reserves than usual due to unfortunate placement of the Christmas tree, so having a whole new supply is amazing.

Today, though, as I was searching for the fat quarters I bought and hardly used, I got to thinking.

My own stash is one of my most personal things. It reflects the changes in my ability and style over time as well as fashions. It’s full of half done projects and those which i wasn’t happy with so put back to recycle. It shows off my OCD with meticulously labelled iitems and storage, but also my drawer of shame where I tidy to when time’s tight. My husband knows of very little of it; my crafting expenditure iis an area i stay shtum about.

I do share crafting prodcts, but I would never set someone free on my strash, I’d pull out things for them to use or choose from, limit their exposure to my crazy and I’d definitely not allow my drawer of shame to be aired.

I have no idea of the financial value of my stash, but it’s invaluable to me personally and I can’t imagine anyone rifling through it and passing judgement. 

So, I will accept my inheritance with a huge grin, but treat it with respect and I can see myself struggling to reject any for donation. 

Does anyone else feel the same emotional attachment to their stash? And how would you feel about inheriting a stranger’s stash?

Believe in magic

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When I renewed my Create and Craft membership I wanted to use my £10 credit on something I had had my eye on for a while but not felt able to justify – Craftwork Cards’ Noir de Luxe collection.

I got my parcel and sat very happily looking through it, thinking of all the fabulous Christmas cards I’d be able to make. Then I decided I wanted to make the most of the collection and I looked back through it with different cards in mind.

My Tattered Lace Bunny die has been sitting in my stash, sadly underused. I have to admit I’m very broody at the minute – looks like we’re going down the IVF route and I can’t get babies off the brain.

The bunny, broodiness and ‘believe in magic’ sentiment all mushed together into a quirky baby card as shown above.

Here’s how I did it:
You need:
5×7″ white card blank
Noir de Luxe papercraft collection
Tattered Lace bunny die
Gold mirri card
White ribbon edged in gold
Dark grey cardstock
Black cardstock
Adhesive

How to:
1) Mat a piece of 121x173mm grey with white squiggles paper from Noir de Luxe onto a piece of black card stock 123x175mm.
2) Wrap a piece of ribbon around right hand side of page, attaching on the back to keep it neat. You want about 3mm of the grey showing to the right.
3) Die cut bunny from gold mirri card. Attach to a 89x60mm piece of dark grey cardstock.
4) Attach the Believe in Magic tag to the middle of the card.
5) Stick the rabbit topper from step 3 17mm in from top and both sides. This should cover the top of the tag and overlap the ribbon.
6) Now stick your work to the card blank et voila.

Probably the most unusual reason for a greetings card I’ve ever had

A friend of my mum’s retired last year. He’s been petrol head for as long as anyone remembers, but it’s all about the motorbikes for him – when their street flooded he moved his bike into the house to protect it!

Since retiring, this friend has volunteered in a range of settings, culminating in him discovering the Blood Bikes service.

When he passed his blues and twos training, thus qualifying him to ride his motorbike on blue lights to deliver blood in emergency situations, mum wanted a card to commemorate it.

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I used:
– 6×6 inch square white card blank
– Distress ink in Antique Linen
– Brown Artiste ink
– Kraft card
– Burlap paper stack by DCWV
– Just for Men paper stack from Signature Collection by Sara Davis
–  Classic Motorcycles stamp set by Darkroom Door
–  Mini burnished bronze brads
– 3 brown buttons in different sizes
– Natural twine
– White stamping card

How to:
1) Cut a piece of Kraft card to 14.5×14.5 cm. Mat a piece of brick patterned paper 13.5×13.5 cm on top (I wanted a large border, but you could decrease size of border by using a second mat or a slightly larger piece of patterned paper). Attach to card blank, with fold to the left.
2) Stamp motorbike and ‘on the road again’ sentiment in brown ink onto white stamping card. Cut down to 9.9×6.4cm.
3) Ink the edges, making sure the very edges are darkest, fading towards centre. The middle of my motorbike is still white as I wanted the eye to be drawn to it.
4) Cut a piece of burlap paper 11×7.5cm. Attach the motorbike image, placing a brad in each corner. Remove one or two threads per side of the burlap to give a frayed look.
5) Attach a piece of burlap 14.5×1.5 cm running from top to bottom of card front, approximately 2.5cm in from edge of Kraft card layer.
6) Fasten the stamped image to bottom of card, leaving approximately 2cm border around base, left and right. It should completely overlap the burlap strip.
7) Tie a bow using the natural twine and fasten on the burlap strip.
8) Glue the buttons in a diagonal line in size order, largest nearest the stamped image. The size of buttons will change where you put this line, but I wanted it to be to the right of the card, not central.

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I chose this sentiment as I didn’t want a traditional congratulations, it didn’t seem fitting. I liked how it acknowledged the recipient’s hobby and that he’s revived a career through it.

Pretty and quick

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When I first started making cards, I didn’t use kits or pre-made toppers. As I’ve a) become more confident and adventurous, and b) built my crafty stash I’ve found kits are great for quickly creating a card which I can then put my own mark on.

I needed a birthday card for a female friend of my mum’s. She’s mid-50s, loves her garden and has quite traditional tastes. I had very little time to make it, so turned to my stash of toppers and kits.

The kit I chose was Docrafts Simply Floral Someone Special. This is an all-in-one decoupage kit (just add adhesive and any embellishments you want). The kit has a suggested finished product on the back, useful as a guide.

I began by popping out all of the die cut decoupage layers. Then I used a little, sharp pair of scissors to trim off the tabs which had held the die cuts in place. I used a deep pink felt tip to ink the edges of all layers – I like the extra depth this gives, and it helps hide the tabs if you’ve not trimmed perfectly. I used 3d foam tape to build up my layers, but you could used foam pads or silicone glue.

Once the decoupage square was completed I used a lace ribbon with a row of little pearls to decorate the opposite corner. I chose this ribbon because I felt it complemented the very English style; the florals strike me as quite 1950s, elegant and slightly edgy.

I like to attach ribbon before I add the topper to my card as I like to hide the edges around the back, this helps keep the front neat. I usually use Colall All Purpose glue or a hot glue gun to stick ribbon, it doesn’t come off that way.

Next, I used Pritt Stick to fasten the decoupaged piece in the top left  corner of the base card, approximately 1cm in from top and left edge. I added one of the sentiments (having inked its edges) above the ribbon, using 3d foam tape the give it some lift.

Finally, I used glossy accents to make the petals of the top rose appear wet, and liquid pearls to add detail to the centre of the flowers and to add pearls to the bottom right corner, increasing in size downward.

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