Friday, 2 December 2016

Happy Little Stampers CAS December Challenge


Hi my lovely friends, today starts a new challenge over on the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge blog.  I also have to tell you that this will be my last DT post for that challenge, as, unfortunately, I won't be able to give it one hundred percent in 2017 and if I am unable to give anything one hundred percent I feel that it would be unfair to everyone and so, regrettably, I have had to step down.  Next year is going to be a very busy one for me.  However, I still hope to enter the challenge from time to time, as and when I am able!

Now, to this month's challenge,
http://happylittlestampers.blogspot.com/2016/12/hls-december-cas-challenge.html

As you can see, this month we get to choose our favourite technique.  For my technique, I chose to do watercolour spritzing and I also used a die cut inlay technique.  Here is my card.





First I cut a watercolour panel and a red card-stock panel with the largest of the Simon Says Stamp 'Frames' die set and put to one side.

Next, I inked the Penny Black 'La Fluer Rouge' stamp with markers and spritzed it with water.  Then I stamped the image on the panel of watercolour card-stock and stamped the greeting with the Clearly Besotted 'Holly Berries' stamp set.

When it was dry, I then flicked some splatters of ink - mixed with water - on to the focal panel and finally I mounted the focal panel and the frame to the front of a card base, finishing everything with a lick of Wink Of Stella.

Why not pop on over and see the rest of the DT creations and show us your favourite technique!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

QACAS Christmas


Hello my lovely friends.  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  I managed to have a little time in my craft room today and as I am so behind with Christmas arrangements (I haven't even had time to think about it much) I decided that any Christmas cards I get around to making this year must be very quick and very simple.

I started this one off by punching out around six circles with a circle punch, folded them all in half down the middle and adhered them together in a stack.  Next, I adhered the two back layers to a plain white card front.  Then I drew the string with a ruler and gel pen, added a computer generated sentiment and scattered three small gems, and called it done.

The beauty with this, besides being very quick and very simple, is that it folds fairly flat for posting and it's a fun design for the recipient.

Here are the photos.






That's it for today my lovelies.  I hope you have a marvellous week, don't forget to wrap up warm, if it's as cold as it is here at the moment.

A quick update on Mum, she is so much better and almost back to her old self and it's lovely to witness!  However, she will never be back to 100% - because, of course, there is no cure for heart failure - but she is as good as she can be at ninety and with the health problems she has.  She still requires a great deal of support, but I have had a care package put in place for her, and it has eased my workload to a certain extent.  

I have also arranged for a mobile hairdresser to go to her home to do her hair once a week and I still ring her every day of course.  I also do all of her shopping and paying of her bills and so on, plus I will have to get all her cards and gifts that she loves to give at Christmas . . . and all my own Christmas shopping too (Mum is going to have Christmas with us), so still heaps to be going on with, so I had better say, cheerio for now.  Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! 

If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.




Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Hard Work Starts Now


Hi my lovelies,  Sorry it has been so long, but Mum was discharged on the 10th and my feet haven't touched the ground since!  She is at home now, but I have had to have a lot of support put into place as she is still far from 100%.

First, she was discharged without enough medications, and what medications she did have were just in boxes (Mum needs a blister pack, as she still gets confused with them), so I rang her pharmacy and they said they were waiting on a prescription from Mum's doctors and they were, "closed today for staff training and won't be open again until Monday", it was Thursday, so I asked what we could do to get the crucial medications!  They told me to ring 111, which I did, and the doctor said he would fax an emergency prescription to Mum's pharmacy, but I would have to go and collect it.  I was without my car and it was five-o-clock and the pharmacy closed at five-thirty (and it's not an insignificant jaunt from mum's house), I ran all the way - boy, am I out of condition - and got her meds.

I won't bore you guys any longer about the string of catastrophes and cock-ups, since, but suffice to say, I literally haven't had a minute to myself until last night, when I managed to grab a whole hour to do my own thing!  

As I haven't even had time to think about Christmas, I thought I'd better get some cards done, so I made eleven, mass production style, cards.  I pre-cut all the panels, cut all the triangles by hand out of foil card-stock, cut the glitter paper borders, folded the card bases, and punched out a load of little stars with my EK Success star border punch. After getting all the pieces needed, I stamped the sentiment on the panels and heat embossed with gold EP and got to assembling them.

I won't post all the photos, but here are a selection and then a 'group shot'.










So sorry I have been very remiss in my visits to all your lovely lovely blogs and thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.