Fluttering by for speedy recovery

Just popping in to share this card I made for a dear pal…. We came back from our hols and straight away heard that she’d been taken into hospital for an emergency appendectomy!!

I popped round to see her, with some flowers and other treats, and of course this card to wish her a speedy recovery…

butterfly card idea die cut vellum gold

The butterfly layers (plain and vellum) are diecut (MFT Die-namics ‘Fancy Butterflies’), a cute sentiment tag (American Crafts), plus lots of other bits and bobs from my stash and fun stuff layered up, all collagey style ;)

butterfly card idea die cut vellum gold

Including a trendy-wendy hand-cut gold banner ;)

See you later alligators, Rx

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Tag, you’re it!

Just stopping by with a very quick post… We are back from a fantabuloso holiday, to the US. We spent two weeks in the beautiful National Parks of Yellowstone and also Grand Teton.
Will definitely have LOTS of scrapping to do – it was surely the trip of a lifetime!! So, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing some of my photos in the weeks to come. (I have already decided on what collection to use for the album, hehe!)

Meanwhile, I have been making the most of my last couple of days of the break, before it’s back-to-work – in between lots of napping, to recover – with a little cardmaking…
Here’s a quickie I rustled up, to get back into the creative vibe, entering into the mini challenge over at Jackie’s new challenge blog, ‘Tag You’re It

tag you're it challenge card

I found myself a sticky tag chipboard that matches some MME 6×6 papers, all are from ‘Follow Your Heart’ line – pretty rounded corners, and ideal to match up with a little button and twine embellishmenty-ness. Nothing too taxing when I’m feeling so weary, haha!!
Here’s a closeup of that tag, then… ;)

tag you're it challenge card MME Be back soon, Rx

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Happy Father’s Day – card idea

Hi all
Hope you are good and have been enjoying some crafty time ;)

Here’s a quick share of the card I made for my FIL – perfect to celebrate Father’s Day with something classic and unfussy…

fathers day card inspiration stamping one-layerSome (almost) on-layer stamping – the background block design is a woodblock stamp (unlabelled) which I’ve had in my stash FOREVER.. and hardly ever used. Can’t think why!
Over-layered with the fern stamp, Penny Black ‘Verdant’ – using the rock n roll technique in two green shades, plus some little chalky tan accents on the leaf tips, but sadly, it’s not showing up too well in my pic.
Finished off with a bit of SU twine.

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday challenge, June – Boys, Boys, Boys
Inkspirational – Clean and Simple, #58
The Male Room – Father’s Day 


All good. Hope the rest of your weekend is fun, crafty pals! Rx

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Another make for Christmas

Hi there
So I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been doing quite a bit of Christmas crafting, for various magazine commissions…
Since those are almost wrapped up now (just got to finished getting all the bits together for the ‘step-by-step’ photos, and of course do all the instructions write-ups), I was feeling in festive spirit this morning to make a quick card for my stash.

A litle inspiration too at the following challenges:

52 Christmas Card Throwdown – 5th week of the month ‘Pick any Sketch’ (I went way back to Sketch1, April 2012!)…and…
Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges – #218, Christmas

Here’s my card…


Christmas card inspiration digi stamp snowman challenge

I had my Christmas decorations down form the loft for a Christmassy photoshoot from work - perfect for a bit of styling here!


Using a snowman digi from Heather Ellis (Mr Snowman 001), coloured with my watercolours, then diecut and embossed with Nesties, layered onto a scalloped circle Nestie cut form silvery hologram effect card.

Christmas card inspiration digi stamp snowman challenge

The fun gingerbread paper was in a freebie with one of the cardmaking mags I got last Christmas, and then the sentiment is stamped from MyFavoriteThings clear set, ‘Holiday Subway Art’.
Good to have another card for the stasheroo ;)

Byee for now, and thanks as ever for your visits and comments, take care, Rx


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Crafting inspiration

Hello creative pals <get comfy and settle in… photo heavy post!! >
Well someone has been quite “generous” and turned up the treadmill speed for my life… things got a bit busy around here!! So that’s meant not quite so much time for crafting.

Except to say, that the crafting I have been doing has been work-related, for various magazine commissions, so I can’t really share specifics about those, sorry! (Will promise to fill you in when they are all published.)
All other spare time has been swallowed up in the general chaos, haha!

Meanwhile, I have been doing a few of the creative bits and bobs that fit around my usual cardmaking exploits. It’s not so often that I get to talk about those here.
I enjoy a lot of crafts – cross stitch (of course, especially being the Editor of a cross stitching magazine!!), knitting, scrapbooking, embroidery, jewellery making, patchwork and quilting, and occasionally dressmaking too… I sometimes think it would be easier to list the crafts I don’t enjoy ;)
The cross stitch and knitting are what I do most often in between papery crafts – easier to pick up and do just some little bits when less time allows, also I take my knitting and stitching to the Craft Club I run.

Inspired by the lack of cards to share, and also by the lovely Claire at Waltzing Mouse Stamps, who lately shared a stunning quilt she’d made in days gone by, I thought I’d share a few pics of recent non-card projects coming out of Justsomestuffimade HQ.

cross stitch Lavender and Lace Lady of the ThreadThis is my latest cross stitch project which I actually finished just last week – this one’s been a WIP (Work-in-Progress) for many many months. Due to its size, also the denim-colour fabric is not so easy to stitch on, so slower going than usual. I love the rich shading though ;)  It’s by a design studio called Lavender and Lace, called ‘Lady of the Thread‘ – can you see she is enjoying a spot of cross stitch herself?

Here’s a pair of socks that I finished knitting (last night, yay!) This pattern is called ‘Monkey’, featuring a pretty leafy, lacy design, by a well-known sock pattern designer named Cookie A.  See the pattern here on Ravelry.

monkey socks kniting CookieA

The yarn is a semi-solid hand-dyed, so there’s not a huge variation in colours, to show off the fancy pattern to the max – sorry can’t remember where I got the yarn :(
I think if I were doing these again, I’d knit one (maybe two?) fewer pattern repeats in the leg of the pattern to make them a little shorter. Nice though – they’re one of the best fitting knitted sock pairs I have (and this is saying something, but I won’t bore you with the difficult intricacies I have with tailoring sock patterns for perfect fit!)

monkey socks kniting CookieA

Apols for the weird angle!! Lesson learned: it's hard to take pics of your own feet ;)

It’s not been a very easy pattern for me, thus progress hasn’t been overly fast, but I prefer knitting socks to larger items (with the exception of shawls, perhaps), so it’s been good for the challenge.
I think I’ll be picking out some yarn from the stasheroo for another shawl next ;)

Here’s a scrappy double-page layout I did a few weeks ago. I’ve been enjoying watching the birds come to my garden lately, and it reminded me of some pics I’d taken around the same time from a couple of years ago. (Turns out when I checked back to date the page, they’re from late May 2010!!)

scrapbook layout double-page birds

scrapbook layout double-page birds

Here’s some closeups of the birdie pics in my LOs…

scrapbook layout double-page birds

Mr Blackbird (who ususlly visits with his lady-wife), loves the ivy berries

scrapbook layout double-page birds

The little sparrows perch on the roof of our old bomb shelter, waiting a turn at the feeders

Yesterday, my rose – which you can see in some of the photos – opened its buds for this year’s blooms. Love it ;)
It was fun to layer up lots of floral patterns and embellies for this page:

scrapbook layout double-page birds

Love pretty, old foreign stamps - perfect accents for my collagey look ;)

Off now then to carry on the Christmassy card commission – just 4 more cards to make now before my deadline so that will be ok.

It’s been fun tohave a break and share some non-card projects though – do you enjoy other crafts (or have you in the past?) Do let me know, and maybe share a few pics on your blog… I’d love to come and visit!
Happy crafty times. See you soon pals, Rx

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