Monday, 30 March 2009

Meet Jack!

Well, as if I don't have enough to do today...
my dotty Abysinnian cat, Charlie, deposited this tiny sparrow fledgling in my kitchen this morning. I wondered what the dogs were barking at, so I went to investigate. He was very still and I assumed he was dead. I was about to 'bury him at sea' via the toilet, when his feet moved. A few minutes warming under my jumper and he's looking quite chirpy (excuse the pun...!)
I've mixed up a disgusting concoction from a recipe I found on a website (what DID we do before the internet??) which he's eating and if he survives, I'll make the 20 mile round trip to the bird rescue centre. I've had successes with a baby crow (russell) and a seagull (Atheseus), but neither of these was as tiny and delicate as Jack Sparrow (get it now?).
Hopefully, I'll be able to keep you up to date with his progress, but I really should try & make some cards now!!

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Morning, all!

Happy Sunday, everyone.
I hope you are all planning a day of R&R. The weather is looking a bit unsettled, so I intend to spend as much time in the batcave (my craft room) as possible!
I would love to share with you a recent submission of mine to make it into the April issue of Making Cards magazine.
I was showcasing the new Flower Fairy stamps and CD roms from Crafters Companion. Here are the two cards that were in the magazine and here they are in pride of place on pages 8 and 9! I was also lucky enough to have had one of these cards used on the front cover!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

Hi everyone,
I hope all you mums got a thorough spoiling today! My little treasure & his Dad bought me a gift of some scented candles and I recieved a lovely hand made card that was made at school. The verse was written in his best writing, so I could actually read all of it!
Anyway, I remembered at about 10am that I hadn't made a card for my mother in law, so I got on it & this is the result. Overall, I was really pleased, although my hand writing let it down somewhat. I was just too bloomin' lazy to hunt through stamps, or to print something on the computer! Still- the card was appreciated (I think).
I'll be back soon with some more cards and some news on April 1st for all of you Stampin' Up! fans

Thursday, 12 March 2009

'Wild Rose' Bunny

Morning all!
Dulcie Jackson from the lovely new stamp company The Wild Rose Studio sent me some gorgeous easter and spring themed rubber stamps for me to play with. Here is one of my finished cards made using the stamps. It has been made with sturdy A5 acetate scored in half using the Crafters Companion Top Score board. It was decorated first with papers edged with the lovely Martha Stewart doily lace punch. To hide the adhesive, the exact same panel was applied to the reverse of the acetate. I stamped the bunny directly onto the patterned panel using Stazon. I then stamped & cut out another bunny from green card and matted this on top. I coloured the flowers using a Sakura Souffle pen and added a glittery self adhesive dot to the centres. I added a panel of paper inside the card so that there was a place to write a message, but if you have Sharpie pens, it would be quite fun to write directly onto the acetate!

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Wild Cherry fairy, the last sneak peek!

Here's the 6th and last fairy that will be released at 9pm tonight on Ideal World. They are available as stamps and on CD ROMs so I think it'll be worth a look! I happen to know that the launch price on I.W is a good one, so if you're at all interested, please take a look tonight!

Susie has candy!!

I've been reminded by my lovely friend Susie at that she has some lovely blog candy available, but be quick! You need to go to her blog before the 21st of march, add yourself to the list of followers & leave her a comment to be in with a chance!! You won't regret it- she makes some fantastic things that often insipre me to get on & be creative!

Almond blossom Fairy

Good morning everyone!
I'm grabbing an opportunity to post the 5th fairy in the Crafters Companion range. The launch will be in a little over 12 hours and all of these cards will probably be used on the launch show on Ideal World. I don't expect to get much crafting done today as my lovely husband has gone scuba diving, so my son will expect my full attatntion for most of the day!

Friday, 6 March 2009

Rose Fairy

Well, it's friday night at last! It's not been a bad week, just a bad day. I've been fighting off a migraine most of the day and I have started to feel like I'm finally winning! My son had an activity day at school to support book day so we had lots of 'discussions' this morning as to why I wasn't going to allow him to wear his pyjamas to school (This was one of the options on the list- to go in wearing PJs with your fave bedtime story...) Needless to say, with the thermometer still barely registering above freezing , I didn't think it was a great idea so my lovely hubby suggested dressing as a character from a series of books we're reading him. Well, by the time we had rooted through wardrobes, drawers & dress-up boxes, I nearly threw in the towel & let him go in PJs and freeze to death!!!! Still, we finally managed to make him look vaguely like the boy in the story, so he went to school happy!!
Anyway, back to business. Here is the Rose Fairy from the new series of stamps & CD ROMs being released by Crafters Companion tomorrow on Ideal World and Create & Craft. As I said before, faries aren't usually my 'thing', but I loved working with these stamps. This is another large card, measuring 8x8 inches.

Buttercup Fairy

Here's no. 3 in the set of 6. I forgot to mention that on all of these cards, there is some matching backing paper from the CD ROMs that accompany the stamps.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Zinnia Fairy card

Here is the second in my series of large fairy cards made for the launch on create and craft tomorrow. These cards are 8x8 which means that I needed to start with an A3 piece of card to make the bases. I wanted to use the largest fairy stamp for these cards, as on the tv, I thought these would best show the detail in the stamps. There is a smaller fairy on each of the 6 theme plates, but the big one is great with shrink plastic & large cards.

Monday, 2 March 2009

A 'Fairy' good morning!

Morning, everyone!
I hope you've all had a good weekend. My O.H is working nights for the first time this week, starting last night, so I'm trying to creep around rhe house, as he's a light sleeper. It feels odd- like I'm not meant to be here!
Anyway, I've just had the april copy of Craft Stamper delivered today, and in it is an ad from Crafters Companion announcing the launch of a new range of Flower Fairy stamps & CD ROMs than will be available on Ideal World & Create & Craft from the 7th of this month. I think it's now safe to show you some of the cards that I have been making with this set of goodies, as I've been working on them for the past few weeks. Now I was never a fan of flower fairies, but Sara asked for my opinion about what to put on the stamp plates, so I think they're brilliant. The large fairy on each plate stands about 5 or 6 inches tall, so they make a real feature on the front of a card. I hope you'll watch the launch show, as the products are lovely.