Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Don't take anything for granted

Well, that was certainly a summer to forget! You may have noticed my absence from Blogland for quite a few weeks, I've hated being away, however it was not by choice.I'm not one to air her sob stories in public, but I feel an explanation is due.I actually spent the best part of the summer in hospital after suffering a stroke in July - stroke is something I associate with the elderly and although I don't feel  exactly like a spring chicken, at 46 I never dreamt that this was a medical condition that would effect me, how wrong was I!!
I also underwent brain surgery(I'm not one to do things by half!)I'm going to get on my soap box now - I feel that our NHS service is very unfairly treated by the media, after spending time in Kings College in London and then in my local hospital in Maidstone I'd like to say that although I can't pretend that it was enjoyable I  would like to say that it opened my eyes.  I was so well looked after that I was sad to be discharged in August. The nursing staff were fantastic , certainly over-worked, they didn;t stop all day and received a lot of abuse by some patients I'm sorry to say.
My occupational and physio therapists were outstanding and I would like to have had them all come and live with me!when I went home, lol!
Anyway, after much hard work by them and myself, I am on the road to recovery and can now walk with a stick. Unfortunately, although I have movement back in my left arm, my fingers are proving to be more reluctant to improve and so I am unable to make cards at the moment - I have had a go, but wouldn't dream of posting them on my Blog until I can 'tweak' them.
I have learned many things on this unexpected journey, the main one being not to take anything for granted, especially our health, don't get me wrong - I would not like to know what is around the corner that would not be a good thing, but I do think we need to take time out occasionally to appreciate what we have -  I never realised how much I rely on my hands, not just for leisure, but in the simplest of day to day tasks
Ok that's enough doom and gloom, I just wanted to post a quick explanation of my whereabouts recently (hopefully some of you will have missed me!)
As I said , I won't be posting any cards for a while and will not be able to fulfill any DT duties :(  I will, however, be keeping an eye on all the challenges and visiting your Blogs to see your creations!
Just one more thing, then I promise to zip it!
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the dt members that sent me cards and get well wishes - they were a real boost and were all exquisite - thank youxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 7 July 2013

It’s still Christmas at Lacy Sunshine!

This is my second DT card for the challenge at Lacy Sunshine where the theme is ‘Anything Goes’ (using a hand coloured image). If you use a Lacy Sunshine image you will be eligible for the draw and the random winner will receive a fab $30 voucher to spend at Lacy Sunshine Stamps. The Top 3 (using any image) will also get to choose 2 of Heather’s lovely digis. There is also always a freebie available for each challenge if you’d like to use one in the challenge, just pop over to the challenge blog.
The DT have been given some more fantastic Christmas images to play with, seeing as my last card was non-contemporary colours, I’ve gone for the more traditional look with this one.

Lacy #12b

Lacy #12a

Image - ‘Bubbles Jolly Elf’ – Lacy Sunshine Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Glitter card & patterned paper - ‘Fizzy Moon Traditional Christmas Decoupage & Paper Pad’ - Trimcraft
Embellishments from stash
Hunkydory’s Diamond Sparkles ‘Angel Whispers’ glitter
Dies used: Memory Box ‘Frostyville Border’ & Marianne Designs ‘Snowflake1’

Challenges:
’Let’s Get Girly’ – Whoopsi Daisy
’Anything Goes’ – Papertake Weekly
’It’s All About Santa’ – Christmas Cards All Year Round


Thanks for looking!
Natx

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Take A break

Good morning everyone, I thought I'd sneek this card in as I have no DT card today. It's one I made for my sister-in-law's Birthday, it's got my favourite combination on it - a good book, chocolate and wine, yum!

Sara Birthday

Image - 'Deserve A Treat' - Crafter's Companion coloured with Promarkers
Card (Coredinations), paper & ribbon - J & C Creations
Gems - 'Back to Basics IV' - Dovecraft
Dies used: Memory Box 'Precious Stars'

Challenges:
'Dies & Die Cuts' - Crafter's Companion
'Let's Get Girly' - Whoopsi Daisy
'Anything Goes' - Papertake Weekly
'Cute' - Divas By Design
'Stars &/or Stripes' - Cute Card Thursday
'Seeing Stars' - Little Miss Mufffet

Thanks for looking!
Natx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

CAS Butterfly

It’s Tuesday and I’m back to share another card with you made from products from the J & C Creations shop. This rather gorgeous Penny Black stamp is so pretty that I decided piling on the embellishments (as I’m wont to do!) would be unnecessary, the focus should be be the butterfly, don’t you agree? So I’ve left my card Clean & Simple and let the image do the talking! If you pop over to the shop there is a fantastic 25% off this stamp at the moment along with lots more bargains to be had.

J & C May2

Products from J & C Creations
Penny Black Slapstick/cling stamp - ‘Soft Wings’
Tim Holtz distress ink pad - ‘Victorian Velvet’
Ribbon
Pearls
Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder - ‘True White’
Dies used: Spellbinders ‘Ovals’ & ‘Floral Ovals’

Challenges:
'Not Cute' - Sweet Stampin


Natx

Monday, 1 July 2013

Green Fingers

So, we are now half way through the year, when did that happen?! At least we are having some nice weather at last in my little corner of the UK, not sure how long it will last, I have given up watching the forecast, it’s more accurate to have a  guess! I’d just like to apologise for not getting around to everyone’s blogs recently, I know I keep saying it, but there really are not enough hours in the day and add that to an internet connection that is so slow some days I could cry! I did do a catch up last night, so hopefully I’m not in anyone’s bad books!
On to my DT card for July’s challenge at A Little Bit Crafty where this month the theme is ‘Die-ing For It’. What a fab theme, I’m sure you can all incorporate a die cut or 2 into your cards and there are some fantastic prizes as usual, Paula really does work hard to get such brilliant sponsors.

satcan
Saturated Canary are offering 3 digis of the winner's choice

smeared
Smeared Ink are offering a £15 voucher

cheery
Cheery Lynn are offering a $20 voucher

So, fantastic prizes, get yourselves over to the ALBC blog for some lovely inspiration from the DT.
The lucky DT had the choice of any Saturated Canary digi to work with this month, oh my, what a hard decision! I ended up with Maxine, she’s a bit different from a lot of Krista’s gorgeous images, but I love her ‘big’ hair and thought the gardening theme would make a perfect card to sell in our garden centre.

ALBC Die-ing For It (2)

ALBC Die-ing For It

Image - ‘Maxine The Florist’ – Saturated Canary coloured with Promarkers
Kraft card – Craftwork Cards
Papers - ‘Garden Party’ – Dovecraft
Pearls – J & C Creations
Dies used: SB ‘Labels 25’, Cheery Lynn ‘Fanciful Flourish’ & Heartfelt Creations ‘Daisy Patch Bouquet'

Challenges:
’Summer Fruits’ – Saturated Canary (no actual fruit, but the colours make me think of strawberries and kiwis - hope that counts?!)
‘Anything Goes’ – Inky Chicks
‘Pretty Pearls’ – Divas By Design
’Not Cute’ – Sweet Stampin
’Flowers’ – That Craft Place
'Let's Get Girly' - Whoopsi Daisy
'Make Your Own Flowers/Embellishments' - Dream Valley
'Flowers' - C Is For Challenge

Thanks for looking!
Natx

Sunday, 30 June 2013

I’m A Sunshine Girl!!!!

Ok, here is my second post today. I don’t know about you, but the majority of my emails are bills, advertising or spam (if I have any more emails about PPI, I think I’ll go mad!). So you can imagine my surprise and delight, when I received one entitled ‘DT invite’. The email was from the fantastically talented Heather Valentin of Lacy Sunshine Stamps asking me if I would consider joining her Design Team. Well, of course I had to think long and hard about it – NOT! I’ve been a fan of Heather’s gorgeous digi images for a while and there was no way I would give up the chance to join her DT! There was a small nagging voice inside my head warning me about over-committing myself, but I figured the only thing that might suffer would be the housework, so, hey-ho, lol!
So, it’s official, I’m a ‘Sunshine Girl’ and my first DT card is for this fortnight’s challenge at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog where the theme is ALWAYS ‘Anything Goes’ – what could be easier?  Only entries using a Lacy Sunshine image will be eligible for the random prize which is $30 worth of digis to spend in the Lacy Sunshine Store, although other entries will qualify for the Top Three prizes of their choice of 2 digis.
I was sent the cutest ever little fairy from Heather’s Sticky Wings range– meet Coco, she’s just adorable. I intended to go with traditional Christmas colours for my card, but ended up with non-contemporary purple and turquoise!

Lacy Sunshine June1

Image – Lacy Sunshine Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Card – Coredinations – J & C Creations
Papers – free with a magazine
Gems - ‘Back To Basics IV' - Dovecraft
Snow made with an ‘Ice White’ Viva pearl pen
Dies used: Memory Box - ‘Frostyville Border’ & ‘Precious Stars. Marianne Designs - ‘Christmas Tree’ & ‘Snowflake 1’
Cuttlebug embossing folder

Challenges:
’Anything Goes’ – Inky Chicks
’Anything Goes’ – Pollycraft
'Cute & Cuddly' - non traditional colours - Christmas at Sweet Stampin


Thanks for looking!
Natx

Don’t Be Square!

It’s a busy Sunday for me today, with 2 new challenges starting today and then I have 3 card requests including one that needs to cover several themes – bell ringing, real ale, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and/or Priscilla Queen of the Desert, anti-aircraft gun forts/platforms and lots of pink!!! Yes, well I’ll let you know how that goes, lol.
My first DT card today is for the challenge at Joanna Sheen where we would like to see your shaped cards – NO SQUARES ALLOWED! This is one of my least favourite themes, let’s face it, square is easy, but the idea is to challenge you! I was sent the beautiful Shirley Barber CD and project book. As with the last CD sent from Joanna Sheen, I couldn’t make up my mind which image to use and printed several off before settling on this rather striking one of kingfishers, not my usual style, but very, very pretty. My shape is a rocker card – I love the movement you get with them.
As usual there is a fantastic £15 voucher up for grabs to spend in the Joanna Sheen online shop.

JS Shaped card1

JS Shaped card2

Image & papers – Shirley Barber CD – Joanna Sheen
Gems – Anitas
Ribbon – J & C Creations
Hunkydory Angel Whispers ‘Diamond Sparkles’ glitter
Flower punches - Hobbycraft
Die used: SB ‘Decorative Labels 8’

Challenges:
’Shaped Cards – Whimsy Stamps Inspirations
’Fly Like A Bird’ – Cute Card Thursday
’Flowers’ – That Craft Place


Thanks for looking!
Natx

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Easy As 1,2,3 at LLF

We have another fantastic challenge for you today at Lili’s Little Fairies - ‘Easy As 1,2,3’. We want to see 1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellishments (3 in total or 3 types) on your projects. We are being sponsored by Dreamees who are giving away a fab £10 voucher to the winner.

When I joined the LLF team, I thought it would be easy to make a card each fortnight using a LOTV image, but I like all their images so much, it takes me ages each time to decide which one to use, lol! This image was actually part of a set of stamped images free in one of the craft magazines ages ago which I had forgotten I had! I put some glossy accents on the balloon, but the picture doesn’t show it off very well. I have restrained myself from buying any more dies for a while, so the clouds were made using a wooden embellishment as a template! I won the pearls recently – they are so pretty, they are glassy like gems, but smooth and round like pearls.

LLF 321 Recipe

Image - ‘Balloon Bunny’ – LOTV coloured with Promarkers
Papers ('Perfect Pair') & sentiment – LOTV
Card – Coredinations
Ribbon and pearls from stash
Dies used: SB ‘Circles’ & ‘Scalloped Circles’ & Memory Box ‘Faux Crochet Border’

Challenges:
’Use A Sentiment’ – LOTV Ideas To Inspire 
‘Cute And Cuddly’ – Sweet Stampin
’3,2,1’ – Come & Get It
’3D’ – Whoopsi Daisy
’Anything Goes’ – Inky Chicks
’Pretty Pearls’ – Divas By Design
'Fly Like A Bird' - Cute Card Thursday


Thanks for looking!
Natx

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Kiss That Frog!

This is my second post today and I have my DT card for Passion For Promarkers to show you. This week the theme is ‘Name That Tune’ and we are being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps who are giving the winner their choice of 7 fab digis.

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When I first saw the theme I had a bit of a wobble, but when I sat down and started to think of song titles, suddenly I had loads of ideas! I picked ‘Kiss That Frog’ by Peter Gabriel as I wanted to make a card for my husband’s birthday using a Pollycraft image and I thought he’d appreciate the sentiment! So pop over to the PFP blog and get some inspiration from the fab DT and get crafting – don’t forget to tell us in your post which song has inspired you!

PFP Song

Image from Pollycraft coloured with Promarkers
Papers - ‘Back To Basics II’ – Dovecraft
Kraft card, card candi (coloured to match with Promarkers) and twine from stash
Crown charm – part of a prize from Here Come The Boys
Dies used: SB ‘Labels 25’ & ‘A2 Scalloped Borders One’

Challenges:
’Father’s Day/Male Theme’ – Dream Valley
’Let’s Go Dotty’ – Here Come The Boys
’3,2,1’ – Come & Get It 
‘Anything Goes’ – I ♥ Promarkers
’Anything Goes’- Pollycraft
’Anything Goes’ – Stampin For The Weekend
'Anything Goes' - The Hobby House
'3D' - Whoopsi Daisy
'Colour Inspiration' - Love To Create


Thanks for looking!
Natx

Pretty in Purple

Hi everyone, wow, Tuesday’s come round so fast! This is the first of 2 posts today and my second post for the J & C Creations Blog. I have a card to share which – apart from the card blank – is made entirely of products from the J & C Creations shop. This is ‘Dawn’ by Nellie Snellen, isn’t she sweet!? Not all the products are on the website, but if you give the girls a ring, they will be able to help you. If, however you are lucky like me to live close by, why not pop into the warehouse and have a nose?

J & C May1
Image - ‘Dawn 02’ – Nellie Snellen coloured with Promarkers
Card – Coredinations
Pearls paper & ribbon
Dies used: SB ‘Leafy Squares’

Challenges:
’Anything Goes’ – I ♥ Promarkers
'Anything Goes' - The Hobby House


Thanks for looking
Natx