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

Friday, 13 April 2018

Animal Antics for Daring Cardmakers

The theme over on Daring Cardmakers this week is 'Animals' so I dug out an old favourite, this giraffe stamp (I have unmounted it, so not sure of the maker, I think it may be Rubber Stampede. I  die cut a leafy background, and added a strip of measuring tape................this will probably be for Max who turns 11 in May



I seem to have been dashing around this week, family came up to visit, and Alex arrives with Molly later today, so it's changing beds and a quick dust around before they arrive. Have a great weekend

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

3d Card for Spellbinders -

 I have been very absorbed making these 3d cards . I thought they would be quite difficult to make, but they have been beautifully designed, and they fit together easily. I used the Grand Arch 3d Card dies, and the Layered Bundle of Joy set......



 You can see, they fold down to fit into a regular envelope for mailing!




For this second card, I used the same dies, but cut the arch through all the layers, so that the stork die cut is right at the back of the card, it looks as if you are looking through a delightful intricate arch......

Lastly, I wanted to see if I could adapt the die to other die sets, and decided to make a little seaside theme using the Shoreline Die d Lites die set, it worked really well.....


I think the set is really versatile - you could use just the front arched window to make a simple card, as well as all the options for the box card - I so enjoyed making these, although a mile away from my usual style, it's good to break out of the box occasionally!