80th Birthday Celebration

My Auntie June is 80 years old very soon. My Mum wanted a card for her sister so I came up with this one.
I made the background paper from a free font download from Hungry Jpeg...some very interesting font bundles on their site.

My card to her is a simple one. I used my favourite stamp set from Stampin Up, Lotus Blossom. This stamp set was the first I purchased from Stampin Up. I have spent quite a lot on Stampin Up stuff since, but I love it all.

A new member of the family....

My Husband's Niece is due to have her second child today, by C section. We know it is to be a girl, so I am being very organised and making the card ready to post.

The pink background came from my scrap box, originally printed from free kit I found online. The pink glitter backing circle was also from by scraps box. The image is from Digistamp Boutique, coloured with specrum noir pens. The white border cut with a docrafts die. The sentiment was from Stampin Up.

Fingers crossed for a safe delivery. Hope she likes the card.....

entered into the snippets playground over at Pixies Crafty Workshop.

Trying to get back.....

Following all the upset around here since January I have been really struggling to craft. I have managed to pull together a few birthday cards for Family etc....well enough to avoid having to actually buy a card in a shop (then I would really know I was in trouble). Trouble is my MoJo, as they say, has gone....not lacking....completely gone. I have come into my craft room many times over the past few weeks, determined to make something, I have shuffled some stuff around, tidied up a bit, tried to organise something, and on the odd occasion, started making something. Usually the "something" has ended up in the bin and I have walked out again having achieved absolutely nothing.
I've had ENOUGH!

We don't have a large family, well not that we have much contact with anyway, which means there is not a huge need for cards to make me produce something. So what's a girl to do?

I have decided that to make me get back into this wonderful hobby I need to find a reason to make. My Daughter and her partner, and soon my Son as well, work for a wonderful local company who seem to do a lot to raise monies for charities in the area. They often have raffles, so I decided to make some card sets to donate to their raffles as prizes. This is my first one. I struggled a bit to begin with, but by the end I was actually starting to have fun. I thought I had better show them, so here they are. Not my best maybe, but a reasonable start on my way back.

I have just discovered that Blogger isn't supporting the new browser in windows 10! What a pain!

Long time missing....again!

Honestly, doesn't time fly....etc..etc...
Well I wouldn't mind if I had been enjoying myself, as the saying goes. Actually we have had a rough few weeks.
The day after my last post was my Father in Laws Birthday. His 86th Birthday actually. Early that morning we had a panicky phone call from my Mother in Law. My Husband and I rushed around to their home, only to find that he had died during the night. It was all very sad and from that point on our feet haven't really touched the ground. Once the police and coroner had been dealt with that day, the enormity of the situation began to sink in. We worked our way through all the various procedures and red tape, informing everyone as needed, arranging the funeral and of course looking after my Mother in Law. She and her husband of almost 60 years had always been inseparable, two halves of a whole person so to speak.We wondered how (if) she would manage.
Well we had our problems and a lot more time and support was needed than before, but once we got her eating again she started to rally round, she was actually coping better than we had thought.
The only problem was her health was deteriorating, her long standing heart problem was getting worse. To cut the story short, 10 weeks to the day from my Father in Law's death my Mother in Law has joined him. Again our life has gone on hold to sort everything out all over, only this time it is more as we now have to dealt with the house and all the contents too. Here we go again!
In addition to all this mayhem I have had my facial Mohs surgery for skin cancer done. Quiet an unpleasant experience, but I am pretty happy with the result and the scar is healing well so far.
Well that is me all caught up, apart from the few cards I have managed to make....barely keeping up with family birthdays really...

This one for a cousins Birthday........

This one for the latest addition to the family, a forth great grandchild for my Mother in Law, born on the day she died...made using a stampin up image.

This one is also a stampin up image, for my best friend....

I did make a few more, but in the rush I had forgotten to photograph them.....brain is all of a mush lately! 

Birth Congratualtions

A Couple who are friends with my Daughter and her Partner are due to have their baby soon. I remembered a Moses basket in a box that I last made years ago. I found the pattern, no problem there, but could I find the instruction? Could I Heck! Now what to do????
In steps a blog friend of mine. I first "met" Jan (Blog here) when we were both on a design team together back in the day. I still follow her blog and I remembered that she had posted the very same Moses Basket a few times along the way. Well, she very kindly came to my rescue and sent me a copy of the written instructions so I could complete my project. Very kind Jan, Thank You!
We know the boy is a boy, so I can get this made ahead of time. This is the result.

(sorry about the shine from the acetate).

Hope you like!


Quite a few birthdays around here this time of year!

My Daughter Jenny is first in this post. Her main present was a new camera, so I thought a camera shaped card might go down well.
Created from an online image and decoupaged for dimension with hand made flowers.

Next was Granny. As spring has sprung and she has been poorly lately I decided to bring spring indoors for her.
Digistamps from Digistamp Boutique, coloured with spectrum noir pens.

My Son and I share a Birthday. Twenty years ago he was my Birthday Pressie, where has that time gone!

Our birthday was last week, so it is safe to share the cards I made for him now. He is a Qualified Personal Trainer and Lifeguard.....hence my inspiration...

I found the lifeguard image in a set online from The Paper Shelter. All the other images were from free online search items. The card itself was cut using my Grand Calibur and the Tattered Lace Shutter Card Die. By far the easiest way to make one of this shape.

My Daughter and her partner bought Dan a Survival day experience, and she wanted a card that would fit in with that theme. I opted for this...

I created a cut file for this using my Cameo from an image I found online. It is paper pieced (31 pieces to colour and jig saw together).

Quick post

I have been terribly absent from my poor lonely blog of late, I will try to do better.
In the meanwhile I found a blog to follow with a beautiful give away. I am finding it I possible to add a photograph to the post on my iPad...this is the best I can do. One of the reasons I haven't been blogging much!
To see the beautiful stamp set and the blog please click here