Good morning! Things have been so busy at home and at the store, that I have had almost no time to make any cards and have even resorted to buying birthday cards....aargh!
However, with the imminent arrival of my new Cricut Explore, I decided it was time to become friends again with my card making.
I'm loving the "Sheri Baldy Besties" digi stamps (available at her online Etsy store) and colouring in still remains one of my favourite pastimes. Here are a few of the cards I made this week....
I'm still a big fan of using Promarker pens, although I'd love to get my hands on some Copics. I also finally got around to using a couple of my Martha Stewart punches for the edging...not bad given I've had them almost a year!
I have given my crochet hook a rest for a few days and rekindled my affair with my ProMarkers!
When I was little, my dad would buy me a colouring book and pencil crayons when I wasn't very well and I would happily sit and colour in for hours on end. Even now, MANY years later, I still find colouring in relaxing.
These cute images are by Sherri Baldy and are available to purchase at www.etsy.com
I love the versatility of digi-stamps. You can size them any way you want to fit the project you are working on and then colour them in!
It is also possible to turn your regular stamped images digital. Simply stamp your image, scan it to your computer and...voila! You have a digitised version of your rubber stamp. Now you can resize it :)
Here are a few more that I coloured in last night and now just have to make into cards today.
Wow, what a year! On January 1st we got a new future daughter-in-law, as Michael and Stacey got engaged
February saw the announcement that we were going to have not one, but two new grand-babies! Karen and Gus were expecting their third at the beginning of August, Michael and Stacey their first at the beginning of September!
By April, Mike and I were off house hunting in Ireland, but as May came along we had a change of heart and decided to buy a VW T5 Transporter and have it kitted out as a camper van instead
In June I turned 40 (aargh!!) and Mike and I jetted off to New York for a few days. We celebrated with a meal in Little Italy
On July 1st we boarded the Queen Mary 2 and headed to Nova Scotia and Boston, before heading home on her 200th Transatlantic crossing
Whilst we were on board, we renewed our wedding vows :)
On our 12th wedding anniversary on 28th July, we held my 40th Birthday party. We were blessed with family and friends coming from all over.
On August 4th I was received into the Catholic Church and had my confirmation and first holy communion
The very next day, Karen and Gus welcomed their third daughter, Bonnie Rae into the world
29th August it was Michael and Stacey's turn to welcome baby Theo George into the world
September, October and November were surprisingly quiet!!
Two weeks before Christmas we collected our newly re-sprayed van and took her to have her interior kitted out
Imagine our surprise when we got a call saying we could pick her up ten days later! She is now a fully fledged camper-van :)
And here we are again....New Year's Eve!
I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2014 xx
It's been a very busy weekend (again!) in our household.
On Sunday I was received into the church and took my first Holy Communion. It's been a long road since my nervous breakdown last year....but I did it! I'm feeling stronger each day and this weekend was better than any therapy!
I shared the experience with a lady called Franny who was also making her first Holy Communion.
My confirmation name is Beatrice, which means 'happiness'. I thought this was apt.
Whilst we were in church, Mike's pregnant daughter was in Bristol having her labour induced! A beautiful 7lb 8oz baby girl arrived at 3.29 Monday morning. She doesn't have a name yet, but hopefully she will very soon!
Well this is it! I've been going for instruction for a year and attending mass every week for 18 months and today I am being received into the church!
I'm very excited as well as very nervous. I had a meeting with our priest,Father Martin, last night and made my first confession and now I'm up bright and early to get ready.
We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful church and congregation, but most of all to have such a 'human' priest.
Wish me luck!
I have been well and truly spoilt by my ever-patient husband and taken to virtually every large craft superstore within 40 miles of our hotel!!
It's still early morning here in New York but it is already warm and muggy. We are headed off to the city shortly but I thought I'd share some photos of my craft shopping so far!
As we will be onboard the Queen Mary 2 for 13 days, I needed something to occupy my days.....so I have bought LOTS of sock yarn and I plan in knitting myself at least a couple of pairs of socks on the way home.
Before all of that though, I will be 40!!!!!
So today I will enjoy my last day as a 30 something :)
Good morning everyone! Here are just a few of last week's crocheted projects :)
Yes, last week I was super busy with a red hot crochet hook.
The camper-van is for my sister-in-law's grandson, the potted cacti is for my daughter's new flat, the little dolly is for a friend's 30th birthday and I decided that I would keep Tommy Teddy as he was just too cute to part with!
I'm still trying to decide what to crochet whilst sailing home next week. I'm really excited that I'm going to get to visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City next Sunday. I always buy their yarn when I'm away, but had never realised that they had a store right in the city! As Sunday is my 40th birthday, I thought a trip there would be quite cool.
Right....off to work! Have a great day ;)
This time next week I will be waiting at Heathrow airport ready to go off to New York! Yay! This will be the last time we get to go there for a while as we have bought ourselves a VW van that we are having converted into a camper. So, for the next few years we will be travelling around Europe in our little van.
It doesn't look much at the moment, but within the next two months it will look amazing.
Here are the before shots (black dusty van) and what we are hoping she will look like when she's finished!
Have a great day everyone :)
Hi there! Wow, I can't believe it's been over a year since I posted anything :(
It's been a bit of a roller coaster around here for the last year, but we seem to be on the way back up!
I'm still card making (although not as much), but my all consuming passion at the moment is crochet. I can't get enough of it! I have always been a knitter, but once the lovely Denise Quinn of Peeko Crochet had shown me the basics in May 2011, I was hooked! (Pardon the pun!)
I do have one major problem though. When I make little characters.....I can't part with them! As soon as their little faces are stitched in place they come to life and I can't give them away.
Just this last week I have made a doll for a friend,a VW Campervan for an order, a snuggle bunny blanket, a pure merino wool teddy bear and a pot of cacti (strange request from my daughter!)
I am heading to NYC in a few days time and I'm already flapping about how much wool I can pack in my hand luggage....and what if I run out mid flight?!? Disaster! Lol....I'm sure I'll survive.
So, as I am now feeling much better I will aim to update my little blog a bit more regularly.
Hope you all have a great day xx
After all the creative girlies had left club today, I got busy with my Cricut machine.
All of the cards were made using two identical cuts that are stuck together at the top.
For example: I cut the Zebra from the Create A Critter cartridge at 5" twice in black card stock. I then scored the back one approx 2" up from its feet. This gave me a marker to know where to glue. The rest of the layers are cut as normal and glued in place. A great way to make shaped cards!!