Thursday 23 September 2010

Moving into rented accommadation

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted.
Update on DD moving to a rented house. I'm sure we'll laugh about it in years to come. She was so excited as the group of girls had chosen this house to live in (first very, very grown up decision). We started to unpack the car and hubby, Boyfriend and DD carried large amount of STUFF into the house. It's a massive victorian terrace. When I walked through the house and up the stairs I noticed it wasn't MY clean. All mums will understand. DD had been left with one of the two smallest bedrooms as the other girls were already there. We set about moving furniture for more space and more homely. She couldn't put any stuff into the wardrobes because it all needed to be washed out. Well I could go on for hours but won't.
I didn't sleep well Saturday, Sunday or Monday night so put it down to worrying. I phoned DD on Tuesday evening and she sounded much happier and the conversation began,'It's much better here now because the landlord has been today and removed the sofas and the full house has been DE-FLEEd. OMG I'm so angree as it had been evident that the house had had nothing done since the last students left. They had also had a cat. The girls have been out and bought cleaning products and have been cleaning to make it liveable. I'm sleeping a little better now.
I've been making cards like nobodys business. I love being back at work as a few of my friends ask me to make cards for them that are the cards they can't find in the shops. One has asked me to make a card for her parents golden wedding ann, sadly her dad only has a few weeks to live. Another is at a 50th birthday for a freind who has an aggresive brain tumor. These are tainted celebrations so I find it very rewarding when I can make a card fitting for the occasion.

Thursday 16 September 2010

Elusive Images Blog Hop

Hi to everyone who has visited my blog over the last few days. Thankyou to all the peeps who have left comments and become followers. The comments mean such a lot to me. THANKS.
I'm one of the tricks as I don't have any candy to offer so take a look at the other ladies from the EI design teams blogs as you may find some there.
Tomorrow will be a day of mixed emotions as my DD is going back to uni. I know I'll miss her greatly but I will be glad to be able to sort the house out.
This photo was taken in the garden just before DD went to uni last year.

Wednesday 15 September 2010

It's spooky darling

Here's another spooky card made from the new EI halloween stamps. The card is an 8x8 so I had alot of space to play with. I used stormy sky and peeled paint to colour the background. The trees are from the Areboretum stamp plate and shadow stamped for depth. The flying witch in the background has been masked from the rectangle witch with the moon. The bats are stamped randomly around the trees. I mounted onto black and lime green. The pumpkins have been stamped onto orange card, cut out and fixed to the card with foam pads. To finish the project I stamped the bats onto the corner of envelope.

I finished my mirror project from the retreat and added a couple more of my own. I can't believe my hubby put them up quickly, he was impressed.
I know the EI girls are posting spooky creations all week, so don't forget to check their blogs.

Monday 13 September 2010

Elusive Images Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my contribution to the Elusive Images Blog Hop. I'm sure you're going to find lots of inspiration when visiting the design team members blogs. There's a little blog candy being offered so be sure to check them all out. They are listed at the side of my blog.
The leaves are beginning to turn the beautiful autumnal colours of orange, red and brown. Wonderful colours for inspiration when crafting. Halloween is becoming bigger in the uk and families enjoy the preperation of decorating there homes. I must admit even though my children are older now I still place the broomsticks next to the front door.
The new Elusive Images Halloween stamps are wonderful for the season. I have had the best fun working with them.
The stamps are also avaliable from Elusive Images stockists

List of crafy goodies I used to make my card

Halloween unmounted stamplate from Elusives images
8x8 card base
Backing paper from GG paper pack
White and brown cardstock
Gold Krylon pen
Brilliance Tiramisu inkpad
Clear embossing powder
Stickles Frosted lace
Distressed Inkpad – Spiced marmalade, Vintage photo
Tim Holtz Mask haunted
Copic marker C3, R05
Started by masking the corner of the card with the Tim Holtz mask and distress with spiced marmalade and Vintage photo. On a smaller piece of card stamp and emboss the cat on the fence. Colour in to highlight the image. Stamp the pumpkin, colour and cut out and fix with foam pads. Cover the base card with paper.
Mount onto black card and edge with a gold Krylon pen. Fix cat image to the distressed card and then base card.
Be sure to visit the ladies blogs as the candy is on offer till Friday.
Have a fab week
Hugs Debbie

Sunday 12 September 2010

Where's the time going to...

I can't believe a week has passed since 40 ish lovely women spent a whole weekend crafting and eating. We were over at Darlington with the crew from Graphicus who had organised a fab time for us. It was lovely to see peeps from last year and meet some new retreaters. It was such fun. This photo of us all on the staircase before we left.
I'm starting to save for next year already.

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Oh what a wonderful time

I went back to work on Wednesday of last week but really didn't mind as I knew I was off to the Graphicus retreat on Friday afternoon.

I went last year and had the most wonderful time, I learned so much so was counting down the sleeps. From stepping into the room full of people busy prepping projects until leaving on Sunday afternoon I enjoyed every moment. We worked flat out painting, sticking, stamping, glueing, threading, embossing, chatting, eating, laughing. What more can a crafter want. The thing I enjoy most is the company of everyone there. I've only finished one project but haven't a photo yet. I enjoyed the mirror project and will finish it at the weekend. I think Ikea may cotton on, I hope they don't put the prices up.