Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Not a lot...

Hello, how are we all? Talk about a change in the weather here in sunny/wet/windy/sleety/dry/humid even Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire! lol I reckon we've had all 4 seasons in the space of a week lol
Grace had a friend over to stay at the weekend, Sam, a Rottweiler, what a gorgeous dog! Not just in looks but in temperament too, they loved it. Both were as good as gold & a pleasure to have around. Taffy wasn't so impressed but she quickly told Sam who was the Boss and he learnt his place soon enough lol
As for crafting, I haven't done a great deal this past week. health issues keep rearing their ugly heads but I have managed to do some colouring with my Copic Markers so I'm pleased about that. Once finished, it's a Bestie image, I'll pop a picture up.
Well, I hope you have a good time doing whatever you set your mind too & don't forget to drop me a line once in a while, would love to hear from you.
Hugs xx

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Add on Pictures

Here are the rest of the pictures...Oh! I can't take credit for colouring the Tilda in, that was done by a friend of mine a few years ago xx

My 1st attempt with Copics

Key holder with clock

Decoupage birthday

Gift box card

Inside gift box card

Bookatrix card


Box for Bookatrix

Tilda Birthday card 

Copics & More...

So many days & weeks have passed since I last blogged.  The amount of times I've come onto here, started to type only to hit the delete button & then shuffle away.... but NOT today!! lol
Where do I begin? Grace? Okay... she is doing well, so well in fact she is now on a mini diet lol I've had to tell hubby to stop giving her so many treats. yes I know she is beautiful & she looks so adorable as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth but that DOESN'T mean you can keep giving her a treat at the drop of a hat every 2 minutes! She has taught herself to help lift my legs, they don't work so well, out of bed in the mornings if hubby is off getting stuff ready for me, that's one clever hound we have there ;-) lol
As for Taffy & Manky (the cats) we had to say our final Goodnight to Manky. It was a very sad time but he will be remembered with smiles & love. we can't complain, he gave us nearly 16 years of love, cuddles, purrs, rats, pigeons, moles........
Taffy is well, going strong, 13 this year, she still manages to climb onto the roof of our bungalow & tries to catch any unsuspecting bird that decides to land there for a breather lol
Now onto my crafting. I have been doing some, not a great deal just bits & bobs. I have also taken the plunge into the world of COPIC CIAO Marker pens wow wow wow!!! I'm still getting used to them but OMG the difference in the vibrancy of colour. Needless to say, love them! I've popped up the 1st picture I coloured in using my Copics.

I'm popping up some pictures of Grace & some other craft bits, cards etc that I've been getting up to these past months including the new(ish) cut & fold method of book folding in this post & the next.
Hope you like and you are all keeping well & looking forward to the summer, hugs xx
Grace looking for squirrels
Grace laughing??
Grace..."You called???"

Owl & Rose Cut & Fold

Monday, 23 November 2015

Hello, well I've managed to get on here 2 days on the trot... go me lol Today I've spent the majority of it trying to tidy up my craft room, I've made a little more space although to the untrained eye you would never guess! Are you like me, keep those empty boxes & bags just in case? Well, yes, I've kept a couple but thrown the rest out for the recycling, it's amazing how much room I've got now :)
Grace & the cats are doing well, Grace has got a new game. . . find a tissue & shred it into as many pieces as possible before she gets caught! She loves this game!! Next time she plays, I'll make sure I take a picture or 2 to share with you all.
Talking of pictures, here are a few more of my latest crafty makes...
 So, that's me for today, take care of you,
Hugs x

Birthday exploding box card

Crackers with Printed acetate boxes

Crackers all decorated

Tree Decoration made from card

Popped a battery candle inside 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Cold sunday

Brrrr... It's a cold one!
Well here we are, Sunday afternoon & yet again I was going to do so much & yet again I've managed to let the day slip away. Why? Well that's easy lol I turned on the pc & got side tracked, as you do. I set out with all these intentions, good as they are, but time seems to fly when you get on a pc, have you noticed? I swear it was only an hour ago that I sat down in front of this monitor NOT nearly 4 hours ago! Hey-ho
Anyways, whilst I haven't been here I have been doing crafting, amongst waiting (& having) my latest Lumbar Puncture, getting over it & sorting out some of my craft room to boot.
Craft-wise I've done some PL's, made some new style cards, had a bash at making some Christmas tree decorations, knitted quite a few pairs of socks & returned to my patchwork sewing. Busy, busy, busy. I won't bore you with ALL of the pictures today so I'll just pop a few on now & if I remember I'll add some more later on this week.
I'm also debating trying out for a Design Team but really don't know whether I should or not. They all ask that you know what your doing with your blog, well I don't really lol. I know how to put a post up, with pictures but I haven't a clue how to add the badges & stuff so if anyone can help me please give me a shout??
Anyhow, on to the pictures of some of the crafty bits of late...
So Hope you enjoy and keep warm, take care of you,
Hugs x
Boofle Book Card & Gift Bag

Inside of Boofle Book Card

Matchbox Card - Outer

Matchbox Card -Inner

Matchbox Card - Outer

Matchbox Card - Inner

Fizzy Moon Book card & Gift Bag

Inside of Fizzy Moon Book Card

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Pocket letters

Well hello! I have been taken over by a couple of things of late, you know where I'm coming from, I'm sure. You see something someone has created & you think to yourself, Hmm I could do that! Then, off you go, have a bash at it & the next think you know you're addicted! Well it's happened to me... not with 1 new card craft but 2!!! lol The first being Pocket Letters, I can't stop making them. I just absolutely adore them, they are so easy to do the only problem I'm having is knowing where to draw the line lol The person to blame for this addiction? Easy! Crafting Gill that's who! She's created a monster I tell ya!! lol
Here are a few of my makes...
This was my 1st ever & went to India in a swap

Adored making this one, it went to a very special friend here in the UK

This one I loved doing & went again to a lady here in the UK

The next card craft that has got me really hooked of late is Paper Piecing, American Style ;) Not the English way. I've been informed the English Paper Piecing is done for the quilting. The sort I'm doing is getting the files & cutting various colours of card out in various shapes & piecing them together. They are mainly cut out using my beloved Cameo, I then add various mediums, Flower Soft, glitter, Glossy Accents etc to make the finished topper. Again, I'm just loving doing this too! For getting me hooked onto this I TOTALLY blame a good friend in the States, Lystra, good job I think alot of her, I've pulled more than the odd strand of hair out over these lol
Here are a couple of the ones I've made to date...
This one has got Flower Soft & Glossy Accents

She has Glossy Accents on shoes & hat
Lots of Flower Soft! lol
Used glitter card on here
So, that's what I've been up to, plus a bit of knitting those socks again, well the nights ARE drawing in again lol
Take care of you, Hugs xx

Friday, 11 September 2015

Things Change...

Well I have come to the conclusion I keep letting myself down! No, I do!! I make a mental note that I will come on my blog at least once a week & for a few weeks all is good & then what happens? Yep, I miss months! So there's no getting away from it... I let myself down lol
Well, yet again many things have been going on. I was taken, by surprise I hasten to add, to the Craft Show at Doncaster back in late July & I had a wonderful time! Spent a few ;) pennies, learnt a few tips & tricks & some MANY wonderful creations from people like House of Zandra, Hobby House, Craftwork Cards, Sweet Poppy Designs & Phil Martin to name but a few.
I have also taken the plunge & my wonderful hubby has bought me for our 13th wedding anniversary the Cut 'n' Boss machine. Oh me, oh my, what a wonderful machine... how did I live & 'play' without it in my life before? lol No more struggling to turn a handle... bliss!
As for the fur babies, they are all doing well. Taffy & Manky are still going strong although Manky has taken to sleeping in someone's sticky bud patch as he keeps coming home full of them, especially in his tail. He really is a manky cat lol Taffy on the other hand is still very much the regal Queen & really doesn't like to get herself dirty in any way shape or form. And Grace? Well, she is still making us smile every day :) She had a 'play day' with a Rottweiler recently & the 2 dogs were flying around the garden for hours, literally. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves & there wasn't even a murmur of a growl from either of them. It was a wonderful day had by all.
I'll be popping up some pictures later once I've sorted them out lol
Take care of you xx

Friday, 3 April 2015

Well it's happened again!! One minute it was January then I turned around & it's April!! Alot has happened since I last blogged some good, some bad, & yes, some ugly. We have to take what life throws at us though, don't we?
Craft-wise? I've been playing around a little with my boxes & as you know, I love altering them. I've done a couple for 'Just Because' presents & a couple for something to do. Pictures are below.
I've also done a few cards, a couple in a way I've not done before, I did put them up on Face Book but I don't think many liked them lol I did but others didn't seem to, oh well...
I also did some knitting in the evenings when I was watching one of my favourite TV programmes, Bones. Well, it was supposed to be an Owl but it turned out to be more of an Angry Bird! lmao
A friend took me to a shop the other weekend, Bee Crafty, on the A14, it was jam-packed full of fabric! Well I haven't done patchwork for over 8 years but once I got in that shop I was like a child in a sweet shop, I can tell you! lol The fabrics just oozed from every orifice, the colours were blending, the fat quarters were screaming to be bought, what could a gal do? I so had to bring some home, I just couldn't leave it all there, now could I? What sort of crafter would I be if I had done that??
Grace? Well she has come on leaps & bounds lol She now has a thing about chins! Yes, you read that right, chins! She just loves to give you a chin-wash :D
Embossed card, 4 flowers & a ribbon

Gardenias, doily, rose trim & embossed card

Mache embossed box, handmade flower, paper roses, rose trim & bead bling trim

Owl Aka Angry Bird