I haven’t been much in my craft room for the last month or so. I’m not sure how often I’ll get in over the next few. Probably sporadic crafting for the foreseeable. However, with the arrival of a baby-sling (the Koala Cuddle Band; takes babies from 2-9kg/4lb7oz to 19lb13oz) which is suitable for my lighter-than-average… Continue reading Sleigh Bells Ring
I know: Fridays are for festive cards, not birthday cards. However, in my defence, the musical note die came with (not as part of, admittedly) the musical stamp and embossing folder from Simply Cards and Papercraft 236. So sort of festive. The paper was discovered in a pack from a previous magazine, though I've no… Continue reading A Musical Birthday
As with last week’s card, I started this one with the background paper. Partly this is because I’m a bit tired of staring at stamp sets which don’t change (though I have a new festive set arriving shortly which may help with the general disinclination malaise). In the end, though, I didn’t do any stamping… Continue reading The Gold Stag
It can be easy, sometimes, to fall into a downward spiral of lack of inspiration and restlessness. Sometimes it’s the weather outside (too hot, too rainy, too whatever); sometimes it’s just because there’s nothing new in the craft room and you’ve run out of ideas for what you have; sometimes it’s just a disinclination you… Continue reading The Spiral Effect
Last week, with the bauble die, I had thought to layer it on a background with more Christmas boughs and decorations. Largely because I have collected lots of paper-packs over the years and don’t often use them. So now I try to take every opportunity to try. I cut a piece of paper to size… Continue reading Ring-a-Ding Ding!
It’s been a little while since I last used a House Mouse stamp. Which is a shame, because they do make for very easy and cute cards. Just stamp and colour. Of course, the trouble now is to find a suitable sentiment which isn’t the “I’m dreaming of a white (and red striped) Christmas” one.… Continue reading A Relaxing Cup of Cocoa
Over the last month or six weeks, the squirrels have been returning to our garden. We haven’t seen them much over the summer, but now there are hazelnuts and acorns to gather – and the fat balls back in the bird-feeders – they’ve returned. And left acorn-cups all over the patio. One of the things… Continue reading The Autumn Squirrel
Having rediscovered the Dew Drop Dash, I wondered how it would work for a Christmas card. I also wondered about using VersaMagic Dew Drops rather than the Memento ones of my previous Dew Drop cards. Of course, with the VersaMagic, I’m a bit limited with colours as I have far fewer of those. I have… Continue reading Dew Drop Sleigh
Sometimes, you learn a new technique or come across a good way of making cards and you make a few, and then you move on to the next thing and forget about it. A few years ago, I came across the Dew Drop Dash, for an easy background, and made a few cards. Then I… Continue reading Oh, Hello!
The end of September is usually accompanied by Harvest Festivals, a time for giving thanks for the food to see you through the winter. At least in Northern Hemisphere farming communities. And assuming that it was a good harvest. Can’t imagine they were particularly popular in years of poor harvests: not much to be thankful… Continue reading Autumn Thanks