Monday, 30 March 2015

Exciting News!

Good morning friends!

Hope you are all well. It's nearly the end of term for us (phew!) ... the students break up tomorrow and staff finish on Thursday and boy am I ready for a holiday as this term has been full of sickly students and very strange accidents.

No "make" from me today, although I have made another little "mini" card from the wonderful Sugar & Spice CD Rom and completed a commissioned card which I'll share another time, once I know it's with the recipient. :o)  But I have got some exciting news to share with you all ....

I'm rejoining the Design Team at Incy Wincy Designs .... whoo hooooooooooooo :o)

My first "make" with the team will be next Monday, but why don't you drop by their blog and check out this week's challenge which is Flowers and Lace?

Hugs, Helen x

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Having a Monster Day

Hi All!

I think my blog is going to be a bit like buses - you wait ages for one post, and then a "post fest" turns up!

I've been making a few cards for a colleague at school - he is running in the London Marathon next month raising funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and as well as running he is doing other fund raising events. Yesterday evening he held a social at school: quiz, music from the Staff Band, a fish and chip supper (yummmmmmy!), an auction of promises and a raffle. I had offered a pack of cards to raffle and this was one of the cards I put into it.

I apologise for the poor quality of the photo - I took it late yesterday afternoon, by which time the natural light had gone, so I've had to lighten this a bit so you can see the details :o(

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Base card - pre-made 14.7cm square card in white
  • Embossing Folder - is a 6 inch Embossalicious folder by Crafter's Companion and it's called Geometric Motif. This folder came as a freebie with an order I placed last weekend, and I thought it was perfect for this card! I'm not sure if the folder is a new one or an old one ... either way I can't find it on the Crafter's Companion website, but there are plenty more there to tempt! ;o)
  • Image - this cute furball is Monster Chris and he comes from the pen of Tammy at A Day for Daisies. I have brought Chris to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens and Spectrum Noir Pencils in the following colours, before cutting Chris out using the largest Die'sire Essentials Scalloped Circles die:
    • Body - BT5, BT7, BT9 and 071 ... I made little 'c' shapes with my pencil to add "texture" to the fur
    • Eyes - CG2
    • Legs and Feet - TN7, TN8
    • Outline - BT1
  • Papers - are the "dotty" papers from a set called Lime and Chocolate Fusion which were a free download from docrafts. I cut narrow strips from the papers to make the cross and cut a pennant shape into the horizontal strip.
  • Sentiment - is computer generated using the Word Art function in my word processing package. I've tried to use colours which match the chocolate, lime and turquoise dots in my papers.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

That's it from me for today - hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Lost in Music!

Good afternoon friends!

Hope this post finds you well. I apologise for my lack of visiting your blogs and posting here over the last few weeks - chasing around ensuring MiL was safe and well, and taking her to appointments and doing bits and pieces for her has taken up more of my free time than I envisaged. However, she's making slow but steady progress and is regaining some of her independence so hopefully "community care" duties will continue to ease!

I also need to apologise to my newest followers, as I haven't welcomed you on this journey round my craft room! So without further ado, welcome to Pam, Laine and Antoinette, Michele, Beth and Kate and apologies once again for the tardiness of my welcome ;o) I hope you will all enjoy my creations!

Today is Papa Mia's birthday (I'm safe in posting now as he opened his cards this morning before he left for work) and he received this card from me!

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card - pre-made 14.7 cm square card base in white
  • Papers - come from a Club Inspire download at Crafter's Companion. These are part of the set released in June 2010 called Father's Day Papers, which is still available. I've used 2 different papers and also the musical stave border.
  • Image - is a retired Pollycraft digi, however you can still get Retro Chester (as originally drawn by Paula), as he is available as a stamp from LLM's Pollycraft at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. I have brought Chester and his personal stereo (for those who are too young to know, this is how we used to listen to music when we were out and about!) to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours before cutting them out using my second largest Sizzix Oval die:
    • Chester - EB1, EB2, GB8, GB10, DG2, DG3
    • Headphones - BG6, BG8, BG10, TB6, TB9, Bender Pen 
    • Personal Stereo - BG6, BG8, BG10, TB5, TB6, TB9, Bender Pen
    • Outline and Grounding - BT1, BT2, BT4
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC, and this was a freebie on her blog in December 2011. I wanted to keep the musical theme but had to crop the wording as I didn't have room for the whole message on this card .... eeek! (you can see the entire sentiment on this card).

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a great day!

Hugs, Helen x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Green Welly Brigade

Good morning friends!

Hope this post finds you well. Mother in Law is getting more confident on her crutches each day and therefore more mobile and more independent ;o) , so the volume of checking up on her is reducing slightly. As well as getting to my studio class and pounding the treadmill this week, I've found time to do a bit of crafting.

In my B.C. crafting days (B.C. = Before Cardmaking!) I was an avid lacemaker, and could regularly be found with my late mother at local fetes and country shows with our pillows and "makes". Some of the time we sported wellies (country shows can be messy affairs!) and yes, mine were green!!! A mutual friend of ours also demonstrated and sported green wellies, and we quickly became known amongst lacemaking friends as the "Lace Trimmed Green Welly Society"! Another friend (who also made lace bobbins) made us all membership bobbins, with a pair of green wellies trimmed with lace on them and my membership number was 4. Sadly, I don't think the "LTGWS" is still going, but I reminded of those happy days when I was going through some of my digis, and this card was born.

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made 14.7 cm square card in white cardstock
  • Design Papers - are from my favourite CD-Rom at the moment ... Sugar and Spice Papercraft
    CD-Rom Collection. I have matted and layered these onto Kraft Cardstock
  • Image - is called Pattern Wellies and it comes from the pen of Claire at Jellypark. This is a new store for Claire (she had to close her old store down at the end of December thanks to the new EU VAT rules on digital sales) so she is in the process of transferring her many images across - the wellies aren't there yet! I coloured these wellies using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the shades listed, before die cutting them using a Sizzix Framelits Oval Die.
    • Outside of wellies - DG2, DG3, DG4, PL1, PL2
    • Inside of wellies - EB1, EB2
    • Ground - EB1, EB2, EB5
    • Outline - CG1
  • Sentiment - is a magazine freebie, from Quick Cards Made Easy, and I stamped this directly onto my DP using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.
  • Some buttons from my stash, and a die cut flower using Die'sire Classiques Delicate Flower edged with a Papermania Hot Pink ink completed this card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hope you have a good Sunday!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Framed it!

Afternoon all! Hope everyone is OK out there in "Blog Land".

Well the half term holidays are over, and Casa Mia has returned to normality with school for the Bambinos and me! I did manage to get a fair bit of crafting done last week, and I'll share these bits with you over the coming days. When I wrote my last post, I forgot that my Mother in Law was going into hospital last Wednesday for a total knee replacement ... all went well and she's now home, but I'd forgotten how demanding multiple hospital visits are, plus checking that everything was OK for her at home before she came home. And now we're checking up on her morning, noon and night to make sure that she's still OK!!!! 

Anyway, I thought I'd share the card I made for whilst she was in hospital.

I used the uber-fabulous Sugar and Spice Papercrafting CD-Rom from Crafter's Companion and chose this beautiful Frame Card. This CD-Rom really is my favourite and there are so many gorgeously feminine images and projects to suit all the ladies in my life! It's the first time I've made this style of card and, I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the result. A quick butterfly from the Die'sire Essentials Beautiful Butterflies set completed my project.

That's it from me for now - I'm off to check up on M-i-L. Hope you all have a great rest of the day!

Hugs, Helen x

Saturday, 14 February 2015

So Cute!

Hello there blogging buddies - hope you're all having a wonderful St. Valentine's Day! 

Thank you to all of you who sent good wishes after my last post. After 2 meetings with school and a whole bundle of stuff for the year head to follow up, he had very strong words with the boy who was causing such distress to eldest bambino. I'm pleased to be able to say that matters have died down enough for us to have our happy and cheeky bambino back. I won't say they've stopped, as he still thought it was OK to have "a pop" at her yesterday ... grrrrrrrr!  I'm sure you'll understand that I've put a lot of time into preparing our case for these meetings, so crafting took a back seat for a week or so.

But my fingers have been itching to craft, and I'd like to share a little card that I whipped up today for youngest bambino to give to one of her best friends, who is having her 13th Birthday Party (dinner out) this evening. The only stipulation that I had to work to was that the card was purple ... think I managed that one then!!! :o)

I'm resisting the temptation to call this one stinkin' cute, but she is pretty gorgeous don't you think?

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is a 27cm x 9cm piece of Centura Pearl - Snow White, scored and folded to make (when fully closed) a 9x9cm diamond fold card.
  • Design Papers - are from the Sugar and Spice Papercraft CD-Rom Collection by Crafter's Companion
  • Image - this gorgeous girl is called #552 - Penny Framed, although I've fussy cut her rather than leaving her in the frame, hence why one of her hair buns is a strange shape ;o) She has been created by Megan Suarez at Dilly Beans Stamps. I brought Penny to life courtesy of my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Face - FS2, FS3, FS6, LV1, BT4, BT5
    • Hair - TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN7, TN8, OR1
    • Top - LV1, LV2, LV3
    • Heart - LV2, LV3
    • Outline - BT2
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC. Because I had re-sized and cropped the papers in my word processing programme, I was able to superimpose the sentiment onto the right piece of DP and also to recolour it to purple, so it tied in with the main colour of the card.
  • 3D Paper Bow - is also from the Sugar and Spice Papercraft CD-Rom Collection and again, I took this into my word processing package to resize it to suit my card. 

I was struggling to know what colours to put together, and I remembered that this was covered by Leann in the Crafter's Inspiration Issue 4 magazine. Using the colour wheel, I worked out that I could have purple, blue/green and orange together, so I chose purple and turquoise papers, and then the card an orange highlight with the bow. I'm also pretty pleased with how her hair turned out too. Youngest bambino was exceedingly chuffed with my efforts.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

We're just starting our half term (hooray!), and as we've got quite a few birthdays coming up I will be trying to craft every day. Whatever you're up to for the rest of this weekend, I hope you have a nice time.

Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The sun IS shining ... somewhere!

Good morning friends and thanks for visiting Casa Mia this morning!

I hope those of you who have snow are staying warm and safe. We have rain and wind at the mo, although the sun is trying to peek through as I write. By the time I photograph this project, it might have made an appearance!

I'm at home crafting this morning instead of being on the treadmill with a yoga studio class chaser! Things aren't going well at school for the eldest Bambino, so I want to be local and attached to a phone. Hopefully things will get sorted out one way or the other as school are on the case, but it's pretty soul destroying sending your child into school when they don't want to go and you know they're going to face several loads of grief through the day. Still, what doesn't break us makes us stronger .... at this rate I should be competing in the World Strongest Woman Championships pretty soon :o)

Anyway, back to my project. I was really taken with a sketch challenge that was posted last week, but didn't get a chance to make this over the weekend, so here is my offering:

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is a pre-made 15cm square in white cardstock (although I found out last time I used one of these that they're not 15cm and they're not square either!)
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC and I think this was a freebie that Paulette generously offered in November 2013. I die cut my sentiment using the second largest Sizzix Fancy Labels die before cutting off the top edge of the label ... else we wouldn't have seen the papers, tee hee! I then used this tutorial by my blogging buddy Annette to make grey chalk clouds on my sentiment label using Craf-T Chalks.
  • Design Papers - are from several sources and once I knew the sentiment I was using, I wanted the papers to tell a story ... even when it's raining, the sun can still shine and a rainbow is the result!
    • The aptly called Sunshine Paper comes from a kit called Sunshine and Lemons by Melo Vrijhof at Pixel Scrapper. I've cropped this paper so that I got part of the sunburst effect, before hand cutting a fishtail.
    • The Raindrops - Navy paper is also by Melo, and comes from a kit called Rainy Days at Pixel Scrapper. I also hand cut a fishtail into this banner.
    • The final paper is by Summer at Summertime Designs and is called (not surprisingly!) Striped Paper from the Cheers to the New Year kit. Although not strictly speaking a rainbow, it's near enough for me!!!!! :o) Again, I hand cut a fish tail into the banner.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for dropping in today and hope you have a great and crafty week!

Hugs, Helen x