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Colour Blending Tools...

Colour Blending Tools

I happened to mention to my husband that I’d like more colour blending tools – I have only the one ‘proper’ one – and, as he’s recently developed an interest in woodworking, he decided to have a go at making some. We had several ‘consultations’ about the size and shape and then off he went to play. You will... 

My Hand-made Birthday Card...

My Hand-made Birthday Cards

I’ve photographed just the hand-made cards I received for my birthday yesterday, thank you all you lovely crafty friends. I have some really nice other ones too but, as this is a ‘crafty blog’, it seems only right not to put them here You may notice a couple of very similar cards below, that’s because we have a ‘lucky... 

Christmas 2014...

Christmas 2014

I do like to keep a record of my Christmas Card making each year and this blog is a great way to showcase them and let me see how I’ve changed over the years. To make things a little different this year I’ve put the cards in collage format. You’ll need to click on the thumbnails to read the descriptions. Merry Christmas!   ... 

Lighthouse...

Lighthouse

It’s like buses – you wait for ages for one to come and then you get three at once! This is my third post this evening, all quite short ones and not too photo-heavy either. The Show ‘n Tell at Stamp Club was  “a card made using the colours – black, dark & light grey.  A small amount of white or neutral is permitted.” I... 

Eighteenth Birthday...

Eighteenth Birthday

Now and again I am ‘commissioned’ to make a card and I love the challenge of doing so. The brief this time was for a young man celebrating his 18th birthday, he loves Heavy Metal and has a tattoo on his arm like the image tucked under the ribbon on the card. The base is an 8″x8″ black card and the main white layer was brushed... 

Autumnal Equinox...

Autumnal Equinox

Mike has thrown out this challenge for the Michael Strong Group: “Our next challenge begins with the Autumnal Equinox on September 23. The theme is “Harvest Time” and you may use any stamps you wish for this card making challenge which will end on Halloween, October 31. The prize to the winners will be a set of my new Holiday stamps.... 

Hetty’s 6th Annivers...

Hetty’s 6th Anniversary Blog Hop

Hetty, who is the list mum for the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamp group, recently posted this message: On September 28 this group will be 6 years old. I cannot believe how time flies and so many of you participated all these years.   To celebrate our 6th anniversary I want to do a blog hop with those of you who have a blog.   I will have 2 stamps... 

August – September S...

August – September Sketch Challenge

The Michael Strong Sketch challenge for August to September was also a colour challenge – black and white! Here I am almost at the last minute (as usual) but I did get it finished. I made a z-fold card from an A4 sheet of black card and half-cut the ovals so they would ‘swing’. The large coffee cup was stamped onto a white oval the same... 

Hetty’s Horsing Arou...

Hetty’s Horsing Around Challenge

There’s a challenge going on at Craft Chaos where Hetty is offering a Cloisonné Pony stamp to the winner – all you have to do is enter a card with at least one Michael Strong stamp featured on it. I have made this card using the seahorses and will use it also for the show ‘n tell at stamp club next month – the card shown must have... 

Card Collection as a Gift...

Card Collection as a Gift

I adore making cards but, unfortunately, make many more than I need to send out! I asked my eldest sister if she’d like another collection to use (I made her some in 2011) and these are the ones I gave her. I have put some brief descriptions where needed – click on the thumbnails for the full-size photos and the wording. ... 

Card Commissions...

Card Commissions

My sister asked me to make her a couple of cards recently and gave me quite challenging briefs! A 70th birthday card for a friend who likes to ski; cycle; ramble…….. and is going to the Scilly isles shortly. Obviously I don’t have stamps for all those activities so I printed various images on some card which I cut out and used as... 

Queen of Hearts 2014...

Queen of Hearts 2014

Quietfire Designs are holding their annual Queen of Hearts Blog Hop and Challenge – there is a lot of wonderful inspiration on the blogs so take time to go visit if you can.  I wasn’t going to enter the challenge this year – didn’t really have the time (we’ve been battling the storms here in the UK and so we’ve been ‘fixing’... 

 

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