More for Mothers Day

Evening all...

Yay its Thursday night which means tomorrow is Friday, woo hoo the weekend is almost here!

Thought I would pop by with a quick post tonight to share with you a few more cards that I was asked to make for Mothers Day. These have all been made to order for the guys I work with. I have to say working with an all male team certainly has its benefits as like most men none of them are organized when it comes to birthdays and occasions so the fact that I make cards in turn makes life easier for them.....happy days all round. One of them even said his wife was so pleased with her Valentines card that she now expects her Birthday, Anniversary and Christmas card to be hand made!!

Anyway here are the pics, they are all easel cards and the images on the front are all pre-coloured from Lili of the Valley. I really enjoyed making these cards, think I will start to incorporate this style of design into some birthday and wedding cards.

Its been a good week here, I started a major clean up of my craft room in order to make the most of the area I have to craft in. I have boxed up my Cricut Imagine as it doesn't get used very much and it takes up quite a large chunk of space on my work surface, space that could be much better used. I have also gone through my stamps and dies and I now have a box full of stuff that will be offered to friends before being listed on Ebay. I am already loving how much more room I have, it still needs a little tweaking but I am nearly there. Once its all done I will take some pictures to share with you all.

Last night was weigh in night and I was happy to find that I had lost another pound and a half. I also found out that I have now lost five percent of my starting weight. I am so pleased with my progress so far, I still have a long way to go but its not about how far I have left but how far I have come.

I am hoping that as Tom isn't working this weekend that we can pay a visit to Barleylands in Billericay. The farmers market is on there this Saturday and himself likes the Indian spices we get from the Spice Queen so the deal is if we go then I get to pay a visit to the craft shop and he gets a curry for his dinner that night!

As always thanks for stopping by, love and hugs,

Jane xx

Another Weekend

Morning, and a very happy Saturday to you all.

Thought I would pop by with a quick post to share with you pictures of two layouts I have completed this month. The first one is based on a sketch that I saw on my friend Sarahs blog and its a Stuck!? Sketch (there is a link on Sarah's page to more of these sketches if you are ever in need of a little inspiration). The papers and embellishments are are left over from an old Basic Grey kit, if I remember rightly this one was called 'Out of Print' or something like that. I sprayed the card stock with a little Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Creme de Cocoa before using the Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge set to add the lines at the top and bottom of the page. I still need to add my journalling and possibly a title but I need to rack my brains for something a little original - any suggestions would be greatly received. The picture is of my hubby Tom and our hire car whilst we were in Vegas last year.

The second layout I have to show you is based on Sues February Sketch (link to Sue's blog is here). For this layout I used papers from the Authentique Classique Beauty collection. The title is American Crafts Thickers and the journalling card (which again still needs to be completed) is from one of my Project Life kits. The picture is again of Tom while we were in Vegas last year, this picture was snapped inside the New York, New York hotel where there was a restaurant and bar called Toms Urban!

Its been a good week here for us. After last weeks rather de-motivating half a pound gain at Weight Watchers I managed to lose a pound and a half this week. Not sure what caused the gain as I had stuck to the plan, guess it was just one of those blips that I am going to encounter along the way. Still I am now up to a total of nine pounds lost which I am very happy with.

Tom is in work again this weekend so once again I am left to my own devices. Once this post is up I am going to get dressed and head out for a walk along the river and down to Borough Market. Am planning to spend the rest of the weekend in my craft room as I have several orders for Mothers Day cards to complete. Hope you all have a nice weekend planned whether it be a busy one or a nice chilled out one at home.

Thanks for stopping by, watch out for another post from me soon.

Love and hugs, Jane

Valentines Weekend Round-Up

Evening all......hope that you all had a lovely Valentines weekend? Ours was very nice although it didn't quite go to plan as Tom ended up going to work on overtime on both Saturday and Sunday. We did manage to celebrate with a meal at our favourite Argentinian steak restaurant on Saturday night, it was a night off the diet and we both thoroughly enjoyed it, although we were totally stuffed afterwards. Tom also spoilt me with some flowers, a hamper of Champneys bath products and a new Superdry coat.  Anyway as it was freezing cold all weekend I was quite happy to be able to stay home and potter about, especially as it meant time to play in my craft room.

I have decided to try and push my card making a little bit again and I am planning to make at least a couple of cards every weekend (that is the weekends when I get to have time to play in my room). I will add them to my page on Facebook to see if they sell, but if they don't I will at least always have a nice stock of cards to pull from when I need to send a card. Below are some pics for you to see what I made this weekend, the first two are Mothers Day Easel cards which I made using odds and ends from my stash.

I made a few general birthday cards, again all made using left over stash. I no longer buy separate stash for card making, I just use all the left over bits of card stock and those odd sheets of scrapbooking paper. I also dug out my Cuttlebug for the first time in ages and I have to say that I really enjoyed re-discovering a whole Artbin full of long forgotten about dies!!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like the cards. I did also complete a layout this weekend, I will come back later in the week to share that with you along with some pics of my very first Cocoa Daisy kit which arrived today.

Love and hugs, Jane xx


A Little Saturday Crafting Session

Afternoon all....what a horrible day it is here, its cold, damp and very windy indeed! The perfect kind of day for staying home and being creative.

Tomorrow hubby and I are off to a surprise 60th birthday afternoon tea. As the birthday girl is a close friend who also loves anything creative and crafty I couldn't let the chance go back to make her a little something special to mark her birthday. I was going to make a mini book but after searching for ideas I decided to make an exploding box, something I haven't made in ages.

I used to make loads of these boxes, in fact I even taught classes at a local shop many years back (please note that I am not claiming the rights to the exploding box - I got my measurements etc off the web and went from there). I opted to make the base layers and lid of the box in neutral colours and then I added a little splash of colour inside with patterned papers and some flowers on the top. You can see below the closed up box....

The next picture is the centre square of the top layer where I put a little card so that I can write a message to my friend.

The flowers on top of the lid of the box are all from Wild Orchid crafts, I gave them a little brush over with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Antique Lace to kind of 'age' them and give them a bit of a shimmer.

I had forgotten how much I enjoy making these boxes, they are fairly quick and very simple to make but they are so effective. They make such a fab gift for birthdays, new babies, weddings etc. I am sure my friend is going to love hers. If you have a special occasion coming up and would like a box made please do not hesitate to get in touch, my contact details are all here on the blog contact page.

I also managed to complete a layout today, this one is based on Sues January sketch (yes I know its February, I am just a tad behind here!!). You can see the original challenge on Sues blog here. For this layout I again used up the ends of a Basic Grey kit, the pictures are of my niece and I last year before a family party.

Hopefully I will manage to complete the Feb challenge before the end of the month!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jane x