Tuesday 31 December 2019

Favourite Projects of 2019

I decided that today was a good day to look back over my favourite projects of 2019.  Once again I have managed to keep up my daily blog, helped tremendously this year by the over 200 projects completed as a design team member for Claritystamp.  I am so grateful that Barbara Gray asked me to join such a prestigious team.
This is my January favourite (see HERE for details).  It was also my first project to make it onto one of the Clarity sample boards that are used for shows.

Sunday 29 December 2019

A Cheerful Thank You Card

I made this Thank You card for my parents who hosted us all over Christmas.  We had an amazing time.  It also gave me an excuse to play with my new Clarity Mixed Impressions Texture stamps which arrived shortly before the holidays.

Saturday 28 December 2019

Friday 27 December 2019

Monogrammed Candles Gift

I used the two of the Clarity floral alphabet stamps to monogram two candles.  They fitted perfectly into a gift basket for my Mum's birthday today.

Thursday 26 December 2019

Cards and Gift Card Wallets in One

I made these all in one Christmas cards and wallets for gift cards as we decided to let the 'children' choose their own 'big' presents this year.  I used four of the stamps from the 'Twas the night Before Christmas stamp sets from Claritystamp.

Wednesday 25 December 2019

WOYWW 551: Merry Christmas

Just a quick join in with the weekly desk share today to wish all my family and friends a Merry Christmas. My desk this morning shows last minute Christmas card writing to give to family when we see them later.
I shall be linking in to The Stamping Ground and visiting our hostess Julia as usual for a Wednesday. The celebrations actually started yesterday with my husband's birthday and will continue until my Mum's birthday on the 27th.
I have cheated with this desk shot as the photo was taken early yesterday morning when I was working on a last minute card and gift for my Mum using the floral alphabet from Claritystamp.  More will be revealed on Friday and Saturday if you'd like to pop back and see what I made.  I posted 15 samples off on Monday so will have plenty of blog posts for the new year, starting on 5th January.
Wishing you all a happy healthy Christmas with family or friends and hoping that those who find this time of year difficult peace and warm wishes.  Happy WOYWW for the last time in 2019!  And finally... if you would like a laugh, our school made its own version of the Jump Around video this year.  I was told to look miserable at the start of the video (I think I nailed it lol).

Tuesday 24 December 2019

Happy Birthday Husband

It is always a pleasant change to be making birthday cars at this time of year.  As my husband's birthday is Christmas Eve and my mother's the day after Boxing Day, Christmas is always extended by further family celebrations.  Happy Birthday Hubby!

Monday 23 December 2019

Vintage Birthday Tag

I haven't joined in with the fortnightly challenge over on Tag Tuesday and it's my husband's birthday tomorrow.  I decided to combine the current Shabby Chic or Vintage theme with a gift tag for his birthday present.

Sunday 22 December 2019

Decorating Brown Paper to make Wrapping Paper

I have had a roll of plain brown paper in the shed for quite a while.  This year I decided to make some of my own wrapping paper rather than using all shop bought which can rarely be recycled.  As you can see I used stamps and a variety of Versafine inks to go with the tags that I had made previously (see HERE).

Saturday 21 December 2019

Batch Making Christmas Cards

I needed some last minute Christmas cards, so decided to batch make a set.  I made seven cards in under an hour using the Tina's Turtle Doves stamp set from Claritystamp!

Friday 20 December 2019

Tags for All Occasions using Scraps

I can never bear to throw out the left over scraps of Clarity designer papers.  I decided to some of them to create gift tags using the two smallest Nested Dome Tag dies.

Thursday 19 December 2019

A Small Christmas Card for the Post

It has been rather last minute.com on the Christmas card front, so I was particularly pleased when I received Clarity New Design Die Club offering #11.  It made a quick, but effective Christmas card to get into the post.  I hope the recipient doesn't mind me getting a blog post out of it too lol.

Wednesday 18 December 2019

WOYWW 550: Nearly Ready

So this time next week it will be Christmas Day: help!  To be honest, I am nearly ready: only a few more gifts to get and a trifle to organise.  I even got some last minute cards made yesterday.
Here my desk shows me in mid process, as I was trying to finish them before heading out for my annual Christmas lunch with crafting friends (no Eva unfortunately, as it is the week when she has to work on a Tuesday). 
Just to prove that I finished them!  Thank you to Shaz (and Doug) and LLJ for the Christmas cards.  I have had no chance to post any in return, so here is a virtual card for you and all my WOYWW friends. 
I know that many of you will not be joining in next week as you will be far too busy, so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for your friendship in 2019. To find out more visit The Stamping Ground, where Julia keeps us all in order!

Tuesday 17 December 2019

One Sketch Two Cards

If you can't think of a card idea, then a sketch is a good place to kick start your creativity.  Maria Moorhouse made this observation at a recent workshop, where we used some sketches by Dawn Griffith as a starting point for play.  I have linked to Dawn's page of sketch archives as they are a marvellous resource.  Maria gave the OK to share what I did with one of the sketches, so thanks for that. 

Monday 16 December 2019

Girl Power Tag

Here is my contribution to the December tag challenge over on Tag It Tuesday.  The four prompts were 1) Use a doily, 2) Use sparkle, 3) Blue and 4) Add stars.  I actually used all four although a minimum of two is acceptable.

Sunday 15 December 2019

A New Baby Card

A colleague at work became a first time Dad recently.  He is an Aston Villa fan, so it wasn't too hard to come up with a colour theme for the card we all signed for him.

Saturday 14 December 2019

Splitting a Sentiment to fit Round an Image

I used a favourite technique of mine, white embossing on kraft card, to create this smaller card.  The sentiment wouldn't fit, so I used masking and stamping to add it to the card round the image.

Friday 13 December 2019

Grunge Background Fly Boy!

This was a last minute sample for the new Mixed Impressions Texture stamps from Clarity but probably my favourite.  It combines Oxides, white embossing and some amazing stamps on kraft card.

Thursday 12 December 2019

Wednesday 11 December 2019

WOYWW 549: No Sign of Slowing Down

Joining in with the weekly sharing of desks thanks to Julia at The Stamping Ground and What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
My desk shows my latest attempts at organising my stamps into blank DVD cases.  I managed to get hold of some more from Maria Moorhouse at her workshop at the weekend and finally stashed away the new stamps that I bought in the Gray Day sale at Clarity.  While I was at it, I added some sets I already had from my larger folders to fit in with the new stamp sets.  Top left: Tina's Flowers, top right: love, locks and clocks and bottom: hobbies.  I still have a way to go.  The next step is to trim some copy paper to fit into the sleeves and add a label along the spine.
While I'm mentioning organising, thanks to Shaz's tip last week I ordered one of the trolleys from Hobbycraft.  It is the perfect size for sitting under the desk and has cleared a lot of clutter from my desk space.
Sorry I am unlikely to visit this week. I will be at work today and need an early night as #2 son needs to be at Stanstead for 5am tomorrow.  By the time I get back, I will be voting and getting back into bed for a nap, before school work which needs my attention.

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Monday 9 December 2019

Using Part of a Larger Stamp on a Panel Card

Just because a stamp is large doesn't mean you have to use it all.  For this card, I masked off a section and chose a suitable area of the stamp to create a panel card for any occasion.

Friday 6 December 2019

SImple Masking for a Mixed Impressions Texture Background

The new simple shape masks from Claritystamp make creating backgrounds easy.  Especially in combination with the new Mixed Impressions Texture stamps.  Here I used the diamond mask and the Rusted Metal Grunge stamps.

Wednesday 4 December 2019

WOYWW 548: Chillax

I have been taking things easy in the shed over the last week since my last samples were posted off.  I am finding it difficult to motivate myself at the moment.  Eva was working yesterday too, so unable to join me.  Luckily some more crafting friends came to my rescue.  They came over bearing cake!
They wanted to have a go at making a card that I had made following an idea seen by another friend in a magazine (sorry don't know which one).
So in place of Eva I have a close up of one of the ladies doing the beading on her card.
Far more interesting desks than mine can be seen at The Stamping Ground, where we meet up with Julia each Wednesday to celebrate more than 10 years of WOYWW.  I'll be round to visit tomorrow as I'm off to work shortly.

Monday 2 December 2019