Thursday, 24 July 2014

Christmas in July

 As you know I love Christmas crafting - and so do many of my crafty chums. For the last 3 years we have got together regularly to prepare for Christmas.
This was part of last weeks class where we used embossing folders for quick but classy cards.
I really liked this class and will be making more of these for my own Christmas collection.

I am entering these into the Christmas in July challenge at Little Red Wagon

Thanks for stopping by xx

Catching up with my failings................

 Before they catch up with me !
The lovely Margaret has been following my blog for a long time - we have met a few times and she is a complete sweetheart.
I missed replying to an email some while ago so whilst I was at the retreat I made a few catching up sort of cards. I know some amazing people and sometimes life gets in the way of me letting them know how special they are - so for Margaret I went to one of my fav stamp design collections and made her a Molly Bloom card.

I even managed to pen a short letter inside which I am hoping she has now received xx

I loved making it for someone so lovely xx

Big hugs to Margaret and all you special folks out there xx
Love J x

Monday, 21 July 2014

A labour of love

 Ever since we made the wreath at last years stampin up retreat I have been meaning to play at making a pomander so at the Claxby retreat a few weeks ago I did just that.
 The papers used are by stampin up as are the 2 flower punches - all the flowers were carefully inked and curled before pinning to the polystyrene ball.  Each flower needed a middle so I added card cany and pearl gems.
This is our Megs holding it so you can see its a sizable ball!
It really was a labour of love and took quite a while to complete but I am very pleased with the out come - What do you think?

Hope everyone is doing well and loving these summer days we are having.
Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pesky flies

 The ladies at stamping club love Molly Blooms projects - so this week I am combining pretty with practical with this lantern jar.
We are decorating a jar to hold a citronella candle to keep the pesky flies and midges at bay whilst we enjoy the light evenings.
 Here is my sample with Molly sitting on a picnic blanket with her picnic basket.
 she is joined by the hens and the flowers and bunting all around the jar.

 some ribbon and lace to pretty it up
and a lazy summer days sentiment.

A quick project this week as we also have a craft sale in the afternoon for unloved stash to be sold on to someone who wants it.  I have had a big de stash so am hoping someone out there will want some of it !
We are using the sale table proceeds to raise a bit of money too - we will vote on the charity to receive it on the day.
Hope everyone is well 
Thanks for stopping by xxx

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Brace yourselves - I will mention the C word throughout this post !

For some folks Christmas is the most exciting time of the year - me included in that and as you know I have been heading to Claxby for the last 4 Novembers which has been some of the most fun times of my life.
I have gone on so much about the magic that is captured on these weekends I have been asked to do one near to home.
Amazingly its almost full already with only 4 places left!
I shall still be heading to Claxby as usual as those ladies are like my family now and the time together is so special I cannot find words to describe it.
So much fun ahead.

Happy times x


Friday, 13 June 2014

So proud.........

 of my crafty club ladies. This weeks project was so far away for some of them but they embraced the idea and went with the flow - to stunning results.
 As I have been so busy of late 3 of the ladies have stepped in to take the lead on some classes and this was Pams week. Pam is an experienced crafter and knows most of the techniques having seen them do the rounds two or thre times in th time she has been a crafter so all of the ladies took advantage of her expertise and also some cheaper alternatives from the DIY store to consider.
 Look how beautiful they all are and so very different.
 The only thing recognisable for these mirrors to have come from Ikea is there shape!
A really lovely day - Thanks Pam xx

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Good old Ikea

Where would be crafters be withour Ikea mirrors to alter? With unlimited ways to do it - its always a fab crafty project to suit the budget concious amongst us.
This is a result of a playday with a couple of my crafty chums and an experiment with cheap polyfilla instead of texture paste. I love the soft feminie colour which is moonlight from the fresco range at Paperartsy. Teamed with some Tim Holt and Fiskars stamps a little lace, flowers and liquid pearls its a transformation from its plain mirror status.
Will show you what my chums did next time xx
Hope all is well with you blog buddies - thanks for stopping by xx