Friday, 19 December 2008

Card Decorations.......

This is a really quick post to show you two Swedish style cards that I made using some wooden reindeer tree decorations I found in a supermarket. The background was stamped using snowflakes from a set of stamps by Crafters Companion (Cute companions) using Real Red ink by stampin up. I also used a fine crystal glitter on the whole reindeer in the first card and just the antlers and pattern swirls in the second.

And the second card.

This is probably my last post before I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Cinnamon Dough and more Christmas cards

I bought a huge bag of cinnamon last year to make some ornaments for the tree, but didn't do anything with it, so this year I brought it out and found a recipe to make cinnamon dough.
I made a lot of dough and took some for the boys to play with. It smells heavenly and is so gorgeous to work with. Here's the recipe I used:

1 cup ground cinnamon

1/4 cup applesauce (smooth, I blitzed a bramley apple sauce)

1/2 cup PVA glue

Use a glass or ceramic bowl (it's easier to clean) and mix together the cinnamon and applesauce. Do it slowly so that you don't create clouds of cinnamon powder. Then add the glue and continue to mix until it is blended in and the surface looks smooth. Now cover bowl with clingfilm and leave for an hour. When you want to use the dough, roll out small portions at a time keeping the rest covered with the clingfilm to prevent drying out.

I used cookie cutters to cut out stars and gingerbread people and I had some letter cutters so I cut out the letters for the word JOY. Lay your pieces on some baking parchment and let air dry for at least 24 hours, but turn the pieces over roughly every 5-6 hours to prevent them curling.

You can then glitter the surface or paint it.

In this gingerbread people card I used a white souffle pen by Sakura to draw on the icing. The stamp set was from Hero Arts.

In this card I glittered the front of the letters with a fine blue glitter. The snowflake stamps are Cute Companions Let it Snow set and the swirl is from the U-mount range by Creative Expressions.

Balloons and cabbage balls...

Well the christmas spirit is being dished out in bucket loads this week. Tuesday saw the boys having their school christmas dinner.
Now when I pick them up from school I always ask how their day went and what did they have for dinner. Yesterday both boys were carrying balloons home which they got with their christmas lunch and Jack, who is 8, had managed to blow his up to probably twice the size it should have been. Sam, who is six, was having a little problem: no matter how hard he blew only his cheeks inflated, not the balloon. He finally thrust the limp rubbery thing at me and asked "can you do it!". Well let me tell you a balloon that has been nearly blown up by a six year old is extremely soggy!!!!! After some judicious cleaning with my coat sleeve (must pack some more tissues), I blew it up and he happily made rude noises with it all the way home.
"So what did you have for dinner then?" I asked. Sam thought for a moment, then said,
" Roast potatoes, sausage, white stuff and cabbage balls."
A quick question to Jack resolved that the white stuff was turkey, but I think I shall from now on refer to sprouts as cabbage balls!

Monday, 1 December 2008

A Special card

Last monday was 1 year to the day that my grandmother died. It could have been a very sad day, but my mum and I visited with my aunt and we spoke via phone to most of the other members of our family.
My gran was wonderful. She was a small (4ft 8ins) welsh woman who had eight kids (4 of each). She was the centre of our family and we all congregated around her and her home.

Last Christmas was tough and this one will probably have it's moments.

I found a card that I had made for her for last year, but never got to give her. It's big and bold with embossed words down the side because her sight wasn't that good. I treasure this card and keep it in a box and I'll not part with it now because although I didn't give it to her, somehow it's still hers.

We won't forget you gran!

Sunday, 30 November 2008

A poinsettia card

I received my Stampin Up stash this week and inside was a kit Joanne had put together as a make and take. I was super excited and couldn't wait to play so I put together a card. I then got an email letting me know that Joanne had posted an image of the card the kit could make on her blog.

I checked it out and found that mine was pretty similar. I only used some additional gold card to make a scalloped border on the bottom (I got the punch in the stash and couldn't wait to use it).

Anyway here it is.

I also roughed up the edges of the petals a bit with a nail file.

DIY Disaster...

Wow! A week of work and I've busier than ever. I thought it was a good chance to do some diy and get the house winterproofed. So I filled gaps around windows and fitted heat reflectors behind all the radiators that were on the outside walls. It was really messy work I used (for the first and last time) the expanding foam that comes in a can. Ugggh! It gets away from you and turns into an ever expanding mess!! I should add that I only used this on a particularly large gap in some woodwork that was letting a draught in. Well I filled the holes and it kept on coming out up over the top and onto the woodwork, so I tried to scrape it off with a spatula thing and it covered the spatula and the handle and my hands and then it got in my hair!!!
Well now the thing to use according to the back of the can is acetone, yep nail polish remover! Now I don't wear nail polish even on special occasions, but I thought I had some remover somewhere and after a frantic search I found it! So I then had to soak about 3 inches of my hair at the front in nail polish remover and then wash it out.
Now nail polish remover stinks I can tell you and when your hair is soaking in it you get a noseful every time you breathe. So after washing, rewashing and conditioning my hair I go back to take a look at how the foam has got on. Yikes! Despite all the scraping it still overflowed, but now it's set. I had to use a stanley knife to cut it off. Horrible stuff I can tell you. I threw over half a can of the stuff out and I'll never use it again.
On the up side my room is very cozy and there are no more draughts.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Christmas is coming.. so I'm making cards.

I always say that I'll start making christmas cards really early (like August or something), but yet again I am only just starting. I am however feeling very festive and as I have a week off work (woo hoo!) I hope to at least get a little crafting time to make a few more.

I have so many projects that I want to try... cinnamon dough ornies... snowball baby ornies... some memory bracelets for my aunts; and my mum and I are making birthday books (with accompanying cards) for four of my relatives, so I know I'll have plenty to do to fill the time.

Anyway I was buying a gift with the two boys that I look after for their mum's birthday, when I saw some lovely ribbons and at a lovely price. I snatched them up and had to make something with them. So here is a card with a ribbon tree that allowed me to use two of the ribbons from the set and some of my stash of buttons.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Venturing into the World of Blogging

Welcome! If you have just stumbled upon this blog then join the club as I just stumble along and create it.

I have, at last, taken the plunge and decided to join the world of blogging.
I intend to post the odd ramblings and hopefully, some sane comments, as well as crafted items I have made.

Not too sure how this will work as I was absolutely useless at keeping a journal as a child, but I do love to craft so hopefully there will be some things to share.

Oh well onward and upward!