Monday, 25 July 2016

Gatefold Card with a twist - Tutorial

Here's a little project to use all those double sided papers you've been hoarding - you get two cards from one 12 x 12 sheet, so perfect for quick and economical mass producing. I have given the instructions on the photos......









Now your card will look like this.....

 Now fold the score lines on the little left over pieces, and glue onto the card as shown below (fold so that the other side of the pattern paper is on top......


Stamp or write your message on the insert....


Finish with a punched flower attached to just the left hand side of the card. Here's what it looks like folded....



This card would make great party invites, or even wedding invitations - you could add printed details onto the insert.

The horses in the field opposite my house have had two little foals, they are so sweet. I have been trying all day to get a good photo of them. I wish I had had the camera out when one of them tried to reach a tempting leaf on a branch just out of reach, those wobbly legs just weren't up to it, and she fell over in a ungainly heap of lanky legs. Mummy mare nudged her up with a toss of her head, as if to say 'KIDS!'

Talking of kids, I have some news I have been hugging to myself for a while now. I am going to be a grandma again! Our daughter Alex is expecting her first baby in November, I am so excited, rushing in and out of baby shops like a woman possessed. We won't know if the baby is a little boy or girl until the birth so at the moment he/she is just our little Peanut! 

See you tomorrow xx

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Art in Action

I thought you would enjoy seeing photos taken at Art in Action - a huge summer exhibition of all sorts of art, held at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire. So many talented people were exhibiting, from potters........



 I loved this huge bird bath......


Artists who work with glass........


Artists who work with beads - can you believe that this portrait of Alan Turning (inventor of the Enigma machine in WW2) is made entirely of beads!





Artists who compose pictures using fabric and thread.........




and these next two were Batik......read the description of the process below, and marvel at the talent that created these pieces......




and fabric....


These scarves were made from silk organza and were all hand wired to create the ruffled shape - can you imagine how long that would take! 



and no, I didn't buy anything - the prices reflected the quality of the work and craftmanship, but I mentally spent about £200,000! I hope you enjoyed my little 'Summer Exhibition' today, see you tomorrow x

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Portugal - from sunshine to showers.....

We had an incredibly restful holiday in Portugal - such a beautiful country...... 






The hotel had glorious gardens, where you could sit by little streams like this one if you wanted to get away from the noisier pool areas.... 



We did have a bit of drama - on the first evening there we were sitting out on our balcony, it was about midnight and very quiet. We had closed the sliding doors into the room - and then discovered we couldn't get back in, there was no handle on the door (I assume for security reasons). Panic stations. The place was deserted, there was nobody in the rooms on either side of us. Then I realised I had my iPad out there, so I looked up the hotel, sent them an email headed URGENT and prayed that somebody would see it. Please help, I wrote pleadingly, we are locked out on the balcony of room 08, please send someone to rescue us. 
They must check their emails regularly, because within minutes the night manager was there, trying very very hard not to laugh.........

But apart from that, and returning to the aftermath of the referendum, we had a great time. I had left a key to our house with my friend who was going to pop in and water the garden while we were away. Ha! I think she had to drain the water out of the half drowned pots, apparently we missed the monsoon. So everything had doubled in size in two weeks, the hostas were flowering......



and I found two of these wrought iron plant stands all rusty and abandoned in a far corner of the garden, I lovingly rubbed them down and repainted - looking quite good now that the flowers I planted have begun to trail over the sides.....


I'll be back tomorrow with some crafty stuff, see you then x

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Blue on Blue

Now those of you who visit me often, know how much I like white on white cards. I was about to make one, when I thought 'I wonder how it would turn out done in a colour'

So here it is, my 'blue on blue' card.


I rather like the effect, and will probably try it again, I rather fancy a totally coral card, or maybe a mint green.............watch this space!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Engagement Card

Here's another Fiskarettes card, this time using those really cute little intricate shape birds - they were punched in white and sponged


I used my new favourite tool, the shape cutter to cut out the aperture and a scallop bottom edge for the card. The leaf spray is Clearly Besotted

Monday, 20 June 2016

Flowers for Hospital

These days, at least here in the UK, flowers aren't welcome in hospitals, so I decided to make these.

The stems are coffee stirrers painted green, then I punched a bunch of flowers (Bloom Fiskars squeeze punch) and stuck one to the front and back of each stem. The 'vase' is a plastic milk shake bottle filled with shredded tissue paper


I reckon this would brighten the day of anyone in hospital, and would only take up the space of a card on their bedside locker

When I was doing my nurse training, back in the dark ages, flowers took up a huge amount of time, and the lowliest junior nurse had to tend to them. Every evening, dozens of vases were removed from the ward into the sluice, where they lived overnight, after having the vases washed and dried until they sparkled, and clean water poured in. Then the vases were carried back the next day. What a palaver! I can see clearly why they aren't welcome these days

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Sailaway

I used the shape cutter tool by Fiskars to make this one. The waves were cut using a scallop border on the hearts template, then I used the positive cut to sponge the sky, and the negative cut to make the waves......



The boat is simply made from a punched circle and some scraps for sails

I run a regular feature over on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook page on using up scraps, and another one on making cards for men, so if you don't already visit there, be sure to pop over for a look. There are regular contests and giveaways as well.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

New Home

This one was made using Simon Says Stamps 'build a home' stamp set. Love the simplicity of it, the clouds were Fiskars cloud punch, and the tiny hearts are the 'waste' from the heart border punch


Why is it that when I go on holiday, I lie on a sunbed making lists of all the stuff I have to do when I get home? I take a special notebook with me just for this purpose! This year, with my new found gardening obsession, there is the added pressure of wondering how all my new plants are getting on without me....oh, it's so exhausting being on holiday.......

Monday, 13 June 2016

Dad's Day.....

Here's a couple of Father's Day cards made for the Fiskarettes facebook page. 





I used the star power punch to punch some corrugated packing material for this next one, honestly, those punches cut thick materials like butter


I am off to Portugal for a couple of weeks. Look out for some snaps of sunshine and fishing villages (although the forecast for wednesday is rain!)

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Wall to wall sunshine and a garden....

Here's a card I made for the Fiskarettes page on Facebook. I used the shape cutter to cut out a circle and sliced it in half, then scalloped the edge. Voila, an umbrella! The background raindrops are a stencil, and the clouds are momory box dies, both from Simon Says Stamp


We have a finished garden! Here is the new patio looking out from the house....


Plenty of room to sit and enjoy the sun, it's been scorching today...


The lawn further up looks a bit of a mess after having a cement mixer and piles of bricks on it for five weeks...


But the new lawn looks like velvet


The yellow hose snaking it's way around the garden is a permanent fixture at the moment as we water in the new lawn and plants...





The tumbledown walls halfway up the garden have been replaced as well, they really were crumbling and I was concerned that the children would clamber all over them when they visit and that the whole thing would collapse. So now it's child safe. We still have a lot of planting to do, fences to paint, the deck on the canal to spruce up......... 

So now that that is over, I can turn my attention back to my blog - I have neglected it over the past few weeks.