Once again I picked up my altered ladybird book to do a journal page and the March Lollipop Box Club kit. I decided to document to pride I felt watching Maya doing her textiles gcse work … definitely fits in with the theme of things that make me smile!
I did video the process and so here is the link if you want to watch…
Today is the 15th birthday of my baby girl! Boy do I feel old!
Anyway it’s a day for her (yes I know everyone else is doing mothering Sunday but mine has been postponed for a week!)… and so of course todays blog is her birthday card.
It was mainly SU products… admittedly the paper is saleabration so no longer available, not are the sentiments… but I think it still qualifies! 😄
I went a bit overboard but love how it came out! Paper Blooms dsp, Soft sea foam, Petal Pink and seaside spray cardstock all layered up with a bit of embossing and Pierced Blooms dies.
I added the Happy Celebrations stamping, some letter stickers for her name and foam stickers for the 15.
The focal image was from a Making Cards magazine that I thought worked nicely. Then finished off with pearls and some wink of Stella and a glossy accents on the crown.
Inside the card I used the off cuts of the dsp and stamped a sentiment from an old stamp set (Picture perfect birthday) which I thought worked well, and added more die cuts.
I ended up having to make an envelope as I didn’t have any big enough (it’s a 7×7 card). So I used some of the dsp, and leftover card. I stamped her name and then cut out the large flower from a piece of leftover dsp.
I also made a coordinating tag for on her gift…
So happy birthday to my gorgeous princess Maya xxx
Entering the card into the Use an Embossing Folder challenge at Just us Girls
Hello all! I have another tag project for you today using the fab Scalloped Tag Topper punch. It really is my favourite punch of all time.
This time I used the forever greenery as the background patterned paper. I used strips of one paper and then punched circles of another.
Next I added different flowers and leaves from the stash of die cut Pierced Blooms. These flowers are just so cute. I added the Forever Flourishing leaves to a few of the flower clusters where I hadn’t got enough of the ones in the pierced blooms set already cut.
I then added the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings set to the base of all the tags.
Then I went through the ribbon stash to find bits that worked with the colours in the tags.
Today I have a quick tag I made using scraps leftover from the card making zoom session kit … what card making zoom session… well the one I am hosting tonight. When making up kits, I portion out the supplies for the attendees and myself as a sample kit, then make the cards and then play with the leftovers… I aways give enough supplies so there are leftovers to play with. Well this time there are a few projects I made with leftovers, but one was this cute little tag.
I backed the dsp with some card and then cut to size and punched it out. I find just punching dsp means the paper tears when you add the ribbon so like to back it in cardstock first
Then the flower was an edge piece from one of the pieces of dsp left over … perfect size for a little tag.
I coloured it in using my Stampin Blends.
In real life the colour match on the flower and the Blackberry Bliss ribbon is much closer but for some reason the colour looks pink on the picture. I added the sentiment on a tiny scrap of cardstock and then the matt black dots and the scrap of ribbon to finish off!
Loved the cute tag and it will make a perfect added element when sending some Happy mail in the post.
Well that was a rather busy 24 hours… after a busy night cooking and eating tea, helping the hubby with something ‘secret’ and a zoom call with my weightloss ladies, we discovered it was snowing “big style” so at 8.45pm the teenager and I got ourselves all wrapped up and went for a magical walk in the snow.
It only lasted an hour and then rain arrived again to get rid of it so I am glad we made the most of it!
This morning an early dart across town as hubby’s car needed a service and then back to working in the spare room, then another trip back this afternoon to pick the car back up again, with a detour to the hospital so hubby could get his blood test done.
Back home, back to working as needed to get some stuff done for tomorrow and the mad dashes across town had cut down on the time I had had to do it. And before I knew it, it was time to do tea and then come and update the blog… but I did sneak in this little bit of simple crafting first!
After all it is Thursday so why not continue with the tag theme on a Thursday? So I found some bits and pieces on the side of the desk so thought I would finish off these tags and make a start on the stash of tags for Christmas 2021!
The three tags and the patterned paper were already set up but never got round to finishing them off.
I delved into the stash of precut die cuts and started adding bits and pieces to each of the tags.
Love how cute these are and how simple they were to make! And now they’ve been added to the box in readiness for December!
Today’s tag… I’m thinking Tag Thursday may become a regular thing… is actually two tags using the lovely Playing with Patterns paper and a whole host of die cuts I had cut from scraps of cardstock.
So it started as a pile of small scraps (less than 2″ wide) which I did a mammoth die cutting session to end up with a whole pile of die cuts. I used forever flourishing, everything is rosy and wreath builder dies to create this little pile of loveliness.
Next I took another couple of scraps of Purple Posy cardstock and cut it into 2″ strips and punched them to create the tags using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I then added the dsp.
I chose different green sprigs and then the purple posy large flower and some of the Bumble bee smaller flowers to make a pretty cluster on each of the tags.
I decided to emboss an old sentiment from the stash and cut a little banner sentiment to sit over the flowers. I also chose some cord from the stash for the top.
The finishing touch was to add the little enamel gems.
Love how these little tags came out… a and check back tomorrow to see the matching card I made.
But first my little snippet of life… tiredness is still a thing I can’t quite shift and the last few days of work have been super busy. Crafting in an evening on a work day currently out of the question as the two things mentioned above don’t make a good combination. Hence no blog post yesterday. In other news the brown hair looks fab and cheese is still my healthy eating nemesis … but hoping that the cheese bake I ate for lunch is the last of the Christmas cheese fest!
Oh and after checking with a friend how old her son was I worked out hubby and I have been together for 18 years as of yesterday… both of us forgot yesterday, but with the help of working out how old our friends son is (she was pregnant when we got together) we now know! So well done us!
OK let’s talk about sleep, laziness and fatigue….well only for a moment… skip over it straight to the craft if you like!
This past week sleep has not been great at night. I’m finding myself waking lots of times, albeit for only a few mins at a time, resulting in me getting up in the morning feeling far from rested. So I’ve had a few fatigue issues which I think are as a result of covid but in my head I keep getting feelings of guilt that I am being lazy. Does anyone else get like this?
My hubby has often called me a bed based life form as I do love a nap … but this fatigue feels different. It’s like all the muscles in my body have a dull ache and like my brain is in a bit of a fog. I really hope this is a temporary symptom and I can get myself back to my normal energy levels. I also need to work on that negative self talk and remember that this awful virus kills people so count myself lucky.
Anyway … this explains why the blog post last night missed out on a slice of life… I just didn’t have the energy to update the blog post that was scheduled before it went live!
Today’s slice of life was a lie in, a big family task of a kitchen inventory and then meal planning, a food shop and then more rest! There was a bit of crafting too (tomorrow’s blog post in fact!) but to be honest the big job of tidying up and cleaning the fridge, freezer and food cupboards and then the trip to the supermarket was more than enough activity.
This year I’ve joined a few friends to do a junk journal. I’ve never really done a junk journal as such before and I suspect mine will end up more as a mixed media journal but never mind!
First challenge was to make a journal… well I’ve decided on a loose 7×5 journal rather than a bound one and will put the journal together at the end instead. So first task didn’t get done.
Second task was to send some bits and pieces to a swap partner for using in their journal. I got lots of lovely bits and pieces from my partner and sent lots in return.
Next task was to make a background piece of a4 landscape that another person can use in their journal. And now this is something I can share a pic of…
I used my Gelli plate and fresco finish paints to create the background and then stamping and stencilling and modelling paste and washi tape. Love how it came out. I used another piece of cardstock to wipe off my brayer etc and this then became a second piece which will work in my journal.
This was how the background looked before I made it into a page.
And the finished article…
I used book print and a peach envelope from the swap pile of items and also the ribbon on the tag. Everything else, including rub ons, stickers, chipboard and the tag came from the stash.
Really really enjoyed making both the background paper and the finished journal page.
Today I have a tag I made to accompany a gift I was sending to a friend.
It’s been a mentally tiring day today so I won’t blather on for long. Yesterday evening, not long after I posted, my body gave in to fatigue again so certainly didn’t end up on the wii fit! Managed a much better night’s sleep last night though so woke feeling better.
Unfortunately waking to the news of what went on in Washington yesterday didn’t help my mood. My view… well hoping that blog readers will agree and I don’t end up with scary messages as a result… that man needs arresting, and/or committing! He incited that and I am worried for the future for those in the US who want to progress and remain a sensible democratic country. OK politics over… back to the crafting and the pretty tag I made!
I used my scalloped tag topper punch to create it, with the gorgeous Seaside Spray cardstock. Then I added a strip of the Flowers for every season dsp.
I also added a the band across the tag with the reverse of the same dsp (always the handy thing with SU DSP is the coordinating reverse!).
I decided to use a sentiment from Lots to Celebrate and then the small flower sprig from Fancy Phrases.
Both of these I stamped in night of navy. The flowers I added a little bit of additional colour using promarkers.
I added the gems and some little white dots using a paint pen to outline the sentiment panel.
The ribbon for the top is from my bag of scraps. A bit like my quest to use up patterned paper I am on a similar quest with ribbon – I have a massive amount I just need to use up!
Now to head to bed and hope that tomorrow’s news may be better and calmer.