Saturday, 5 April 2014

Here comes Spring?

Hello there, I hope you're all enjoying the weekend :) 
 I am trying to catch up on some crafting but have so many ideas I'm not sure where to start! 
I thought though that I ought to share something for the Ladybug challenge blog, which this month is based on the theme of Spring. 
I am showing the birdhouse I made for my mum for Mother's day.
 Actually I made this a little while ago and my mum kept saying how she liked it and would I make her one so, as she is difficult to buy for, I thought she should have it for Mother's Day.
It started life just as a blank MDF birdhouse.  I used Tilda papers and covered it and inked it.  I die cut some paper borders to edge the roof and did a few rolled flowers to pop about.  I added the little clock at the apex of the roof and then for the Tilda bird to perch on, I put a vintage style key. I just love it and my mum has hung it in her hallway and it looks really cute.

I hope you like my little birdhouse and also that you'll join in the Spring challenge over at the Ladybug challenge blog

Monday, 24 March 2014

Beaded bouquet

Hello all :)  Well it's pretty chilly here and I am busy crafting.  As most of you know my health is pretty poor at the best of times and I have been unable to work too much for ages and to be honest I hate it! Anyway, I do have a small online craft store at Ladybug Crafts selling crafty goodies but now I am also thinking of selling more of the things I make too.  I will probably open an Etsy store soon but have lots of things to make and ideas to follow up first.  So, I thought you might like to see my first French beaded bouquet made after following a lesson by the fabulous Katie Dean. 
It's a wedding bouquet and with enough practice I am hoping to perhaps make some to sell - I would love to know what you think;

I also have plans for lots of beautiful cushions, home d├ęcor items and also cards as always.  I'll be back later with a little blackboard I have altered.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Long time no blog!

Hello everyone! 
Well it really is long time no blog!.  Unfortunately my health has continued to deteriorate and I have felt pretty low for several months. Because of this I have neglected things that I have loved to do such as my blog, but now I have made a promise to myself that I will post more often in the hopes that tis will encourage me to craft a bit more and therefore lift my mood :)
So enough feeling sorry for myself and on with the craft! It is the 1st of March and so it is time for a new challenge over at my challenge blog , and this month it is Anything Goes.

I have made a card using a beautiful Darkroom Door Anemonewhich I have stamped and embossed a luscious chocolate brown (it is actually called Bak and it is a WOW powder but it looks good enough to eat!)
On the corners I have used frantage embossing powder in shabby pink. For the background I used a Kanban backing paper and then took a piece of Kraft card and embossed an Anna Griffin background stamp (which I have had forever!) in white detail powder - I just love this white on kraft effect and the detail in the flowers just doesn't show up in the photos. I added some pink organza ribbon from my stash, a little Baker's twine bow and a couple of little stick pins to finish off.
 I hope you like it and I promise to try to be back really soon
Thanks for reading


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Finally back after a crummy couple of months!!

Hello everyone - well it seems like an eternity since I have posted here but I have had a terrible couple of months.  My health continues, as ever, to be really crummy and it is a struggle to carry on if I'm honest but nevermind there is always somebody worse off.
Then on September 4th I lost my beloved Irish Setter William.  He had surgery for a lump and we lost him within a week due to it being an aggressive cancer - my heart is broken and I miss him so much.  To top it all on the same day my dad was in hospital to have a stent put in his heart and he had a heart attack on the table - luckily he was in the right place and he is well on the mend now but the stress of it all made my health even worse than usual.
Anyway, I am back on the up now (although I am still having my moments) but thought I had better make more of an effort.  So I have signed up to a couple of online journalling courses and am definitely going to try to blog more often.

So , there is a new challenge over on my store blog HERE and it would be fab if you would like to take part.  The theme this month is Halloween, or for those that don't do Halloween, use your die cuts :)
I love Halloween but have no one to give a Halloween card to so I have used some die cuts on this card that I made for a 60th Anniversary card;

The papers are Kanban (who are sadly no longer going), and the stamp is an old Creative Expressions one which I lightly watercoloured and I just love it :)  The flower is a Spellbinders spiral blossom, the 60 is cut with my Slive and I punched lots of leaves with my beloved but ancient leaf punch which I have to stand on to get it to go through even the thinnest of card but I love the shape of the leaves LOL.  I bet you have all got something in your stash which doesn't work as well as it once did but you can't bear to get rid of it!!!
Anyway, I finished the card with some satin and organza ribbon from my stash, a couple of pins and some little bugs from K & Company (I think).
I hope you like this card - the people I made for loved it so that made me smile too!
I promise to be back soon but don't forget to join in the challenge


Thursday, 1 August 2013


Oh where is the year going??  I keep saying I'll blog more and then life gets in the way plus as of yesterday I am another year older and so my brain is slightly mushier LOL..  Anyhoo, there is another challenge over on my store blog and I would love it if you could join in.
The theme this month is;
Say it with Flowers
so anythingslightly flowery will qualify to enter ;o)
I have a card made with some Studio 490 stamps - just quite simple but I love this flower stamp;

The background is a stamp and I used walnut stain distress ink and spritzed some water on it to make it a bit muddy.  The flower was coloured with Distress Markers which I then 'huffed' on and stamped to get the simple watercolour look.  I cut it out with a Spellbinders die and over hung the petals.  The sentiment is also from Studio 490.  I added some Core'dinations onto a Kraft card and layered it up.  Really simple but I like it, I hope you do too!

Monday, 1 July 2013

MIA and new challenge

Well hello - long time no blog!!  I am guilty of not blogging for sooo long.  I have been suffering the most awful migraines and it's been hard just to keep going but with my new medication I have been migraine free for a month (touch wood)  so I am intending to pay much more attention to all things crafty including my blog.  So enough of my crummy health and onto the crafting!

It is July - already!! - and so there is a new challenge on my store blog

This month it is use your favourite embellishment so a nice fun one!!  I have done a canvas (I actually did it a little while a go but I am a bit behind with everything ;o));

I gessoed the canvas and put some cream acrylic paint on it. 
 I then stamped a one ply tissue with little flower stamps, which are from an Inky Doodles set  (Sarah's designs are just fab and are available HERE), with different Adirondack inks (currant, butterscotch, lettuce and stonewashed).  I then 'pasted' the tissue to the canvas with beeswax melted in my melt pot - I just love the matt finish this gives. 
 I then used the larger flower stamps and made up the 3D flowers and then dunked them into UTEE in the melt pot which makes them look like porcelain.  
These flowers are my favourite embellishment to make.  I also did some little leaves too.  
I stamped the sentiment and then cut it out with a die and edged with ink and then triple embossed that too.  I added 3 eyelets at the bottom and attached some dangly pearls.  
I attached the sentiment and the flowers to my canvas and added the leaves and some pins behind the flowers - pins are another favourite embellishment of mine. 
 To finish off I added some metal corners at the top and some cream lace at the bottom.  I love the contrast of the glossy flowers and sentiment to the matt of the canvas base.  
I really love these small canvases and this one looks better in the flesh than in the photo - I hope you like it though!

I promise to be back soon.


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Back again and a May challenge ;o)

Well I am back again after being MIA - I have been struggling to keep my head above water health wise so just don't seem to manage any blog posts which makes me quite sad ;o(  Anyway I am not here to moan but to share my little card for this months challenge over at Ladybug Crafts blog challenge ;o)

This month the theme is Get Well Soon (very apt for me right now) and the chance to win a £10 voucher to spend online.
I have used a cute Tatty Button stamp along with some Boho Chic design papers from First Edition both are available HERE

I used a Kraft card base and matted the papers onto some brown cardstock.  The papers are distressed around the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.  Tatty is coloured with watercolour pens to match the papers and then cut out.  The flowers are made using some of the patterned papers cut with Crafter's Companion Die'sire flower dies, which are rolled up and have a little pearl added to the centres.  The fence is a Spellbinders Die D-Lite in brown card.  The sentiment is also Tatty Button and is stamped and embossed in orange pearl powder.
It's ages since I used Tatty stamps so I hope you like her - I think she's a sweetie ;o)
Don't forget to join in the challenge!