Thursday, 13 September 2018

A new type of embossing.....

Those clever people at Spellbinders have come up with a clever idea - an embossing folder that embosses and cuts small details in one pass. For the first card, I inked the embossing folder with distress inks before running it through my machine, embossing it onto white card...I love the white lacy look, and the delicate little cut out centers of the flowers


 This next card was also embossed onto a white base, but this time I used a stencil brush to swirl a light layer of colour on top of the embossing, and added some black gems to the small flowers....



The last card was left white, but I cut diagonally across the blank space, and backed the whole piece with a gold foil - perfect for a golden wedding card. I like the way the gold shows off the delicate cut outs in the flowers 


So the children are all back at school for the new academic year - including a special first day for our family as Max has moved up to his secondary school


Good luck Max! His cousin Kiki is getting excited about her half term school trip - to New York! When did this upgrade in school trips start? When I was a kid I seem to remember getting excited about going on a bus to Tintern Abbey (which disappointingly was just a ruined heap of old stones when we got there). But these days, not only do they hop on transatlantic flights, they also have enticing offers of ski trips to the French Alps. I feel for the parents, it must be a lot of pressure for them, I'm rather thankful that the fashion for exotic trips hadn't really started when mine were at school. If any teachers are reading this, I don't really recommend Tintern Abbey as an alternative by the way (although it may have disintegrated altogether by now, it's a long time since I was at school!)

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

I'm Back!

Well this has been a bit of an extended hiatus, a break from blogging .....in all the years of writing this blog, I have never neglected it for this long before.
As I mentioned, Mike has had a lot of health problems over the past fifteen months, many hospital admissions and endless outpatient appointments at various hospitals. It has been a bit relentless, and something had to give, so I made an executive decision with the board of Going Buggy (me and the wall 😂) that I would be kind to myself and have a break over the summer, so I stepped down temporarily from a couple of design teams, and gave blogging a break.

I am happy to say that things are on a bit more of an even keel now, Mike is doing well, I am more relaxed and have developed a passion for gardening. I am grateful for many things, the wisdom and expertise of all the cardiac teams at various hospitals, having a husband who is uncomplaining, easygoing and stoic in very difficult circumstances, grateful for the gorgeous long sunny days we have had here this summer, and very grateful for all those of you who have been in touch with me when you were concerned by my silence. Thank you

But here I am, back again all set to go.....

I am just sharing a couple of cards made for Fiskars over the summer, but it has been a busy week in 'En's Den' and I have quite a few projects on the go to share with you now that I am getting back into the swing of things....




I hope you have all had a great summer - it's good to be back! xx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Elemental Inspiration - for Daring Cardmakers

My turn to set the challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog today, I chose this mood board of lovely sunshine yellow


My take was quite simple, for my three elements, I chose the window, shutters, and some fresh looking yellow flowers. I went backwards and forwards about a sentiment, but in the end decided to leave the front of the card without one, that way I can use it for pretty much any occasion by adding a sentiment to the inside


The window is the Shuttered Window die by Spellbinders, and the flowers are also by Spellbinders, from a past small die of the month set

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Notecard - Nordic Floral Spellbinders

I just love this little die, from the Nordic Floral set by Lene Lok for Spellbinders, it is such a striking little graphic, and perfect for notecards for a clean and simple card


I often wonder how 'fashions' in cardmaking come about, all of a sudden, out of the blue, designers everywhere start using llamas, or peacocks, or yeti .....I mean, do they go to some designer's conference when they all decide what the next big thing would be, 'I know, let's start a craze for unicorns' 

So, for all my friends from overseas, (because my friends from the UK all know about this...) we have a rare heatwave here in the UK. This usually gives rise to headline news, train tracks are buckling in the heat, roads are melting into puddles of tar, (allegedly,  the roads I'm driving on seem just fine), and because of some gas problem, beer is in short supply, but it's impact is a bit diminished this year because it has to compete with a) football b) what the footballers wives are wearing c) the fore mentioned shortage of beer to celebrate football d) Brexit...... so despite the dire warnings on heatstroke, I am off to enjoy the sunshine in my garden, long may it last........ 

Friday, 22 June 2018

What a Wonderful World.......

This week on Daring Cardmakers, the theme is the song 'What aWonderful World' by Louis Armstrong. I picked up the line about rainbows, and made this card using MFT dies....I used the cloud die to sponge a sky background, then die cut the rainbow in white and coloured with Promarkers



Talking of rainbows.....did I tell you that my name is the Welsh word for rainbow? Quite uncommon even in Wales, and I have never quite understood my parents rationale when choosing it, but as I grew older I sort of grew into the name and quite like having an unusual name. Last week a friend from the USA who is a Star Wars fan had been to see the new film (called Solo I believe), and there is a new character who plays quite an important role in the film. Her name? Enfys Nest! I am quite blown away by the thought that after all these years of spelling my name out and telling people how to pronounce it, instead of people saying 'Envis? Like Elvis with an N?' Star Wars fans will look at me with respect saying 'Enfys? Like Enfys Nest? Wow! Cool name.........'
It's just a pity that apparently she is a baddie............

Friday, 15 June 2018

Anything but White - for Daring Cardmakers

This week on Daring Cardmakers, the challenge is to use anything but white - I took the easy route and went for a pretty pattern paper, and the brand new Posies and Pennies die set by Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders. I also used the new Nestability circle dies, and the Sew Sweet Trims dies (these are lovely, everything from rick-rack to eyelet embroidery) 


I had a lovely afternoon at the Gardeners World show - snapped these photos to show you, but I hope nobody asks me a question as I have no clue what most of them are, apart from being very beautiful. I do know this first photo is Fuschia.........


and lilies in every colour under the sun.....


I bought some of these Allium - I have discovered that I am rather attracted to slightly off the wall plants.........


......like this one


but I do love the look of an English country garden 


and yes, I spent far too much, and am a bit hazy about where I should plant most of them, it's a bit confusing,....... shade, semi shade, full sun, partial sun, dry arid soil, loamy soil, protect from frost................who knows, I will dig a hole, stick them in where there is a space and hope for the best


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Basic Shapes for Spellblogger/Spellbinders

One of the new sets that Spellbinders sent me this month is a new variation on their original nesting circles - this time the circles are scored and pierced. Find them HERE in the Spellbinders store.  I was determined not to use them simply as another element on a card, but to make them the star of the show, and this is what I came up with.........


I really like the look of the overlapping circles against the black background, do you?



Today I am breaking away from work for a couple of hours to go to a gardening show at the NEC. I already know that this means I will get totally carried away and come home laden with exotic plants that need specialist care, which means that the poor things don't have a chance.......But last week we had two large conifers that shaded our patio taken down, what a great decision that was, they were close to the house, and the light now floods in, and on a sunny day I no longer have to shift chairs around to find a sunny spot. So I am in full gardening mode, the enthusiasm won't last long, it never does. Have a great day whatever you have planned......



Friday, 8 June 2018

Tropical - for Daring Cardmakers


This week, Shabneez set the challenge 'Go Tropical' over on the Daring Cardmakers blog - I have a feeling my card will be lost among all the hot tropical colours over there. I chose to use the adorable baby flamingos by Clearly Besotted stamps, happily playing in pools of water - Splashing Puddles die by MFT. I kept the colours fairly subtle, I tried colouring them in a vivid pink, but somehow, that took away from their baby cuteness, so here they are.......



Do go over to Daring Cardmakers to see what the rest of the team have come up with, and please join in if you like a challenge.....

Friday, 1 June 2018

For Daring Cardmakers

This week it's an elemental inspiration challenge, which means we get to choose at least three elements from these pictures.......


I chose stripes, a frame and the pink flower. What would you choose? To see what the team came up with, and to join in go HERE 


Gosh, what a great reaction to my little mini house, thank you all so much for the encouraging comments and emails. You made my day....x

Monday, 28 May 2018

it's a small world........

So I have been doing a dolls house. Why? Miniature things have always fascinated me, and on a whim one day I ordered a dolls house kit, not having much of a clue how much work it involved......


I learnt as I went along. Who knew that it was best to paint walls and do floors before the house was put together. I used cheap laminate floor tiles from Poundland for the floor, carefully cut into 2cm wide strips, and then whitewashed after laying to give a limed oak look. The furniture was picked up from Ebay or online selling groups, I resprayed everything with antique white chalk paint......


The knitting was done on cocktail sticks with embroidery thread.......


I made some of the tiny bits out of Fimo clay


 The dining room is set up for dinner - you are staying for dinner aren't you? The 'silver' napkin rings are from a bracelet I picked up in a charity shop......


Still waiting for a little armchair for the study, but I made a cork notice board....


and made some pencils out of cocktail sticks.....and some tiny glasses out of wire and glossy accents....




The 'sitting room' furniture was a Ebay bargain, but I stripped it down and recovered it and made some tiny cushions. I 'painted' the blue art work on the wall. The copper vase was in a string of beads from Poundland

 I shrunk down some family photos and framed them......


I found making the bedding quite challenging - it's so tiny that the bedding just stuck out straight and didn't drape at all, but a quick Google taught me the trick of lining the layers with some kitchen foil so that you can manipulate the fabric...


All ready for breakfast in bed? The throw was made out of a Poundland dish cloth, I soaked it in glue and draped it how I wanted until it dried in the correct folds

 The bathroom is still a work in progress - I cut the towels out of baby washcloths......The floor was a free sample of tile wallpaper from a DIY store



So there you have it. What have I learnt?
1. I thought I had perfectly normal sized hands. In reality it seems that I have giant hands with sausages for fingers..
2. It seems I have a mild case of OCD - who knew that I could obsess about the size of a toilet roll
3. I have learnt that it is possible to spend huge sums of money on tiny things - some artisan dolls house furniture can cost more than the full sized article. Who knew! I hasten to add that mine has been done on a budget......
4. I find the idea of dolls in my dolls house quite creepy. The thought of tiny dolls sitting on chairs in the dark waiting for someone to open up the house and take a look is a bit odd for my vivid imagination. 
5, My aim was to build and decorate a house I could live in (if I was 5" tall), and I have done this - it looks cosy
6. One major design flaw really bothers me - there is no stairway or door into the bathroom. Since it is all imaginary, no real person will ever be caught short in desperate need of the loo, it shouldn't matter....but it niggles!
7. Will I ever do another one. ........NO! The bug is well and truly out of my system, but it is still ongoing and I am enjoying it, so I hope you enjoyed your tour of my new place xx



Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Three Cards - One Die - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I was sent the Floral Mandala die by Lene Lok for Spellbinders. I immediately made three cards. I have a firm favourite.....do you?

Firstly, I cut in black and stuck it onto a white base, then used Polychromos pencils to add colour. I added a few white dots as well to make it pop....


Next, I cut in white, added colour to the die cut with Distress Oxide inks sponged on, and placed it on to a black oval background


For the third card, I used some copper foil card and layered onto black and copper. I added a few copper sequins to this one.....


The good news is that the die so many of you have been waiting for - the Grand Arch 3D die that I used for this card....................

IS BACK IN STOCK - find it HERE at the Spellbinders store

I have a new hobby......time consuming, expensive and a bit bewildering. Pop by tomorrow when I will have more time to chat.....see you then x

Friday, 11 May 2018

Busy Bees for Daring Cardmakers

It's my turn to set the challenge over on Daring Cardmakers today. I chose a theme of Busy Bees.....
here is my card, I used a Spellbinders set called Honey Bee 


For my card, I cut the honeycomb twice, in black and yellow. Then I just filled some of the spaces with yellow - the bees are busy gathering pollen to fill those empty spaces! Three bees were cut in yellow, and white. I used yellow for the base bee, coloured in the antennae etc in black with a sharpie marker, and snipped off the white wings (which were given a coat of Wink of Stella clear glitter, which doesn't show in the photo). The bodies of the bees were glazed with glossy accents


Six of us went to the Escape Room last night. Have you ever been to one of these? Ours was Japanese themed, with a long spiel about some Samurai warrior who had lost his sword which we had to retrieve in one hour. Then we were locked in this tiny little room, about the size of your average public lavatory. I won't bore you with the details, it involved a mirror, a long rope and much bewilderment before we progressed into the next room. In total we went through four (or was it five) rooms, most of the time dashing around like headless chickens looking for clues. In the end, we managed to retrieve the sword with two minutes and eleven seconds to spare. We stumbled out, triumphant,  only to find a group of (smug) corporate types sitting there, who had escaped from their room in some ridiculous time, totally bursting our bubble! But we did it, hurrah! 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sea World - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

Here's another fishy tale, this time I made the base card in blue, and instead of using vellum panels I used acetate so that you can really see right through the layers to the back of the card......


The little school of fish are happily swimming around, with the jellyfish and octopus lurking in the background, the glossy accent bubbles show up well on the acetate.....






See the details of the 3D Grand Arch die by Becca Feeken in the Spellbinders store. The Sea Animals dies can be found HERE

So a friend and I went to  a fundraiser evening at the theatre. We had a delicious supper, saw a wonderful show (Wicked), and won the first prize in the raffle. So what did we win? The opportunity to take four friends with us to be locked in a room and spend a couple of hours solving cryptic clues and working out problems in order to get out of the room again................how we laughed when we won! The friends we have invited looked bemused rather than delighted at the opportunity. 'We won't have to swim under water will we?"
asked one, who has been watching too much 'I'm a celebrity, get me out of here'. So this adventure takes place in May....watch this space, and if I go missing for a few days, it's because it all went horribly wrong

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Under the Sea.......Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I have been playing with the 3D Grand Arch dies from Spellbinders again, this time I paired it with the Sea Animals set to create a watery scene.......


Sorry this next photo is on it's side, at the very back panel of the card, I coloured the panel with distress ink and added some leaves and the little jelly fish, then covered the whole thing with vellum - it doesn't really show very well in the photos, but it does add a watery depth to the card in real life






I suspended a vellum jellyfish and a octopus to hang down from different levels, the little school of fish swim happily on a vellum panel. I added some glossy accent bubbles for the fish......


I am working on another idea for a watery card, I will show it here in a couple of days if it works out....! To see the Grand Arch 3D set go HERE on the Spellbinders site, and HERE to see the Sea Animals set