Thursday 25 April 2024

Bee Happy!

The latest installment of the Abstract Layout dies is here from Clarity Crafts and with it the Just Butterflies and Bees stamps.  Here is my first card with the collection.

Wednesday 24 April 2024

WOYWW 777: The Crop is On

Well I made it through the first day back at work - just.  Had a telephone consultation with occupational health yesterday - required for the cover insurance at school.  Was glad for the day off and had a great time at my recorder group in the afternoon.

I have been making cards using the Barbara's Loving Heart stamp set from Clarity Crafts.  I didn't get them posted in time for the craftalong but will send them in with my next lot of samples.  The mojo comes and goes. 
I am resolutely completing my #dailycollage2024 pages though.
Thanks for the responses I have had regarding the crop on 18th May.  Eva and I assure you that the crop is definitely on.  However it will make things easier if you all bring your own lunch and we only provide tea and coffee.  There is a convenience store and a fish and chip shop across the road so there are plenty of places to get food on the day.  Of course any cake donated to the cause will I am sure also be well received.  As long as we cover the costs of the hall for the day we will not worry (£10-15) per person who is crafting depending on numbers.  I am so looking forward to seeing you all and I know there will be many more there in spirit too.
Penkhull Village Hall, Trent Valley Road, Penkhull, Stoke on Trent  ST4 5JB.
Don't forget to join in with Julia and the rest of the WOYWW gang by visiting Stamping Ground to link up or visit other desks.

Friday 19 April 2024

Bijou Dangle Friends

These Dangle word stamps from Clarity Crafts have been available in a larger size for some time but have now been released in their bijou form.  Here is the first card I made with the Friends set.

Wednesday 17 April 2024

WOYWW 776: Saying Our Goodbyes

On Monday we said our good-byes to Paul at a packed service.  It went so well and was a beautiful way to remember him.

The flowers are from the spray which was on the coffin.  There is another larger vase in the house full too and I am pressing two of the roses.  Thank you again for all the love and support which came our way.  The wake was also a celebration of his life.
Some days I am only managing my #dailycollage2024 but I am also trying to keep up with my crafting.  I am looking forward to the crop on May 18th and just need to start firming up numbers to see how much it will cost each of us and whether we will be catering or asking you to bring your own lunches to reduce costs.  I shall be going into work on Friday to catch up with where the students are with the work ready to go back next Monday.  Stay safe everyone and Happy WOYWW.

Tuesday 16 April 2024

April: My Collage Journey So Far

 For April I have chosen a brown/sepia palette for my #dailycollage2024 journey.  I have been using the Darjeeling Infusions collage papers from Clarity Crafts and finishing each page as usual with one of their words stickers.

Sunday 14 April 2024

Anniversary Memories

 It is my husband's funeral tomorrow - we were married nearly 34 years.  I thought I would share a selection of the anniversary cards that I made him over the last few years.  Links to the instructions are below each photo.

The last one I made for him (see HERE).

Wednesday 10 April 2024

WOYWW 775: Less Than A Week To Go

 I finally have everything ready for the funeral next Monday.  #2 son has prepared a visual tribute using the photos from the order of service and set to Heartbeat which was Paul's favourite TV show.

My desk shows some of the photos which were uploaded and used.
Still keeping up with the #dailycollage2024.  I am glad I managed to visit all the desks last week.  I shall try to do the same this week as it helps keep me grounded.  I have had some lovely cards from my WOYWW family. 

Saturday 6 April 2024

Friday 5 April 2024

Thinking of You Spring Flower Tag

The latest challenge over on Tag Tuesday is Spring Flowers.  I used the Beauty Blooms stamp set from Clarity Crafts.

Die cut two tags from Clarity stencil card using the largest and smallest nested arch tags dies.
Add Thinking of you and one of the small flower outlines from the Beauty Bloom stamp set to the small tag in Nocturne Versafine Clair ink.
Add the flower inner in Purple Delight Versafine Clair ink.
Add one of the large outline stamps to the large tag in Monarch Versafine Clair ink.
Continue adding outline blooms to the large tag in Paradise Versafine Clair and the inks already used.
Mat the small tag onto black card and trim leaving a narrow border.
Add the small tag to the larger one.
To finish, add narrow ribbons through the hole in the large tag.