Thursday, 15 December 2011

Signing off for a while.......

If you've popped in recently, you will probably be aware that I've not been feeling so good for a while.  Well, tomorrow (friday 16 Dec) I go into hospital for surgery and I'll be MIA for at least a few days.

If all goes to plan, I should be home again in the early part of next week and hopefully recovering well by Christmas.  I guess this year I'll be merely 'directing' and 'orchestrating' the preparation and cooking of the family Turkey Dinner rather than cooking it myself !    I'm told I need to take things really easy for at least two weeks, lots of pampering and being looked after.  I'm sure that my Hubby, Dad and Son will do their best to make sure I rest and take it easy !! 

Just in case I don't feel up to being on line much next week, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and may you have A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.  

I'd also like to say a special thank you to all my wonderful Followers, I do appreciate you taking time to drop by to check out my projects and thanks for sticking with me throughout 2011.  Also to those who do visit regularly but aren't signed up as an 'official' Follower, thanks so much to you also.

I hope to be well enough to be crafting again in January and I'm looking forward to sharing my projects on here with you again.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Surprise.. Surprise... Happy Birthday Holley ! bet you thought I'd forget ?

Happy Birthday Holley, bet you thought I'd forget my promise made during Vicki's birthday blog hop to make a special card for you ! Well, I didn't. Hope you like it Hun.

I used the beautiful 'Tree Fairy' designed by Amy Brown and is one of the stamps available through Queen Kat Designs. This is a new stamp released for the month of December and I think she's just gorgeous.

I coloured her with Copics, adding some touches of Spica Glitter Pen on her wings. Dotty paper was from my stash and the image is added over a layer of SU! cardstock. The matching lush wide striped ribbon is also from SU! and I created the sentiment on my computer.

Have a great day Holley.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Cute Snowman

Got another of my Christmas cards to share today, I made this one just before I got sick and realised I hadn't posted it up on here yet. 

The basecard is a 4 x 4 ivory pearl card and I stamped and heat embossed this sweet little snowie from a set by Inkadinkado before cutting it out with a nestie.  I then added Distress Ink around the image leaving the centre lighter to highlight the embossed image.

I cut out a few different sized poinsettia flowers from white and silver card and a couple of swirls from some green pearl card.  The smallest flower was punched with a Nellie Snellen punch and emboss set and the centre pearl created using a Waco Pearlmaker Pen.   I added touches of Stickles on the petals to bling it up a bit.  The sentiment is also heat embossed to match the image.

This turned into a sweet little card to add to my stock.  The colour would fit the Simply Less is More challenge this week, but I feel it's a tad too fussy to be classed as CAS

Thanks for dropping by today, I'm still not up to doing any crafting, but at least I have a few ready made projects to share with you in the coming days.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Yet another batch......

Got another little batch of cards I made recently to share today.  I used a Papermania embossing folder, white basecard, Stickles, Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp, Memento Cottage Ivy ink and SU! labels punch.

It's so difficult to photograph white designs and Stickles well, but hopefully you can see the design in this piccie.

Here's a more close up pic which shows the contours of the embossing a little more clearly.

I'm entering this design for the Simply Less is More challenge as it has green on is and it is a CAS design.

Thanks for dropping by today, I'm still not doing any crafting, just getting cards written and other christmas prep which isn't too strenuous !  I hope your preparations for the Big Day are going well.  I have a few more projects which I haven't shared with you yet, so I'll be posting these over the next few days.  I am so looking forward to feeling well enough to craft again.

Monday, 5 December 2011

In Memory of Mike....

Sadly, our dear friend Mike lost his short battle with cancer recently.  I created this card in his memory to send to his family, just to let them know they are in our thoughts at this very sad and difficult time. 

I thought I'd share my design with you, created using stamps by Stamping Up! and Hero Arts.  I do feel the Clean and Simple (CAS) style is ideal for these very difficult cards which most of us, unfortunately, have to send from time to time.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Green is the Colour...

The theme for this week's Simply Less is More challenge is the colour Green.  Here's the Green design card that I'm entering for the challenge this week.

I was pleased with the finished card so went on and made a few more to add to my stock as I still don't have enough cards made for this year yet.

The stamp I used is from The Unmounted Stamp Company/Circa Designs and I stamped it using Evergreen Bough Tim Holtz Distress ink.  The image is layered over a metallic green cardstock and the ribbon is from my stash.  I added Stardust Stickles on the Mistletoe leaves and berries and green gems as the finishing touch.

I'm not able to do too much crafting right now as I have some health problems going on.  I'm waiting to go into hospital for surgery but I'm not sure if that will be before or after Christmas.  Only able to spend short periods crafting means I'm not producing many projects, but I'll share anything I do actually get finished.  Most of my cards at the moment are in the CAS/LIM style as I'm not up to sitting colouring for long periods.

I hope you'll drop by from time to time just to check if I've managed to get some projects completed, your support means such a lot to me and it cheers me up when I check on here and see comments left for me.