Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Memories and.......sheep!!!

Hi all

Sorry I've been awol for a bit. I've had a lovely time in the warm. We've been to Crete where all I did was lie on a sun bed by a pool reading (the most amazing comfy sun beds I've ever seen!).  Although travelling is quite hard on my legs the warmth when I get there definitely helps the pain. It is well worth the effort. The journey went very smooth so that helped loads. The apartments we stayed in were stunning and extremely comfy. It was really lovely to see Mr B relax. 

While I was away I noticed I have gained a couple of more followers so a huge welcome to them. I am always very grateful for such lovely comments. Thank you to Kathy Black and Sandra Carey who have done giveaways recently - I was very lucky to be picked to receive a prize from them. I was also lucky enough to win a prize from Dawn Barwicks blog a few weeks ago too...you know what they say about things coming in threes! Thank you ladies....I'm very grateful. 

Right now to my card. It has been all of my children's birthdays recently. I've been holding on to blog their cards. This card was for my beautiful daughter Vikki. We have a bit of a family joke going back to when she was a child (she's now 35). She was one of these children that was always crying....once when we went out with my parents walking in a field full of sheep we threatened to leave her with the sheep (wicked parents and grandparents we were!). Ever since we've always had a thing about sheep with her. When I saw these fab stamps from Clearly Besotted I knew I had to have them. They are just so cute. I started by backing white corrugated card onto black and grey. I stamped all the sheep and coloured parts of them with promarkers. I added a bit of bakers twine, a bow and gems. 

Well that's me done...have a good day folks....Lea x


Monday, 25 September 2017

Christmas jumpers!

Hi all

This will be a short post as I am somewhere nice and warm at the moment. Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post. I have popped round your blogs very quickly...I apologise if my comments are short and sweet. They were written while I waited for Mr  B to beautify himself to go out lol. 

This card is one I found I hadn't  blogged yet so thought it could finally see the light of day. It's made with a mixture of stamps..the jumper is from Hobby Art and was stamped onto different coloured papers and a few little bits added. I did interchange the necks and ribbed bottoms. The wording is a Woodware stamp and the son is from Clearly Besotted. The papers I believe were from an old Craftwork cards pack and were backed into cream card. I finished with some tiny pearls. 

That's me done for today. Have fun folks....Lea x


Saturday, 16 September 2017

18!

Hi everyone

A short post from me tonight. Sorry I've been awol for a few days....I've been a misery guts as I had to have a biopsy done in my mouth on Wednesday and my mouth has been a bit sore...I'd been referred to the hospital by my dentist and having a biopsy was a bit unexpected - I had to have stitches too! I get my results on 13th October so I'm just trying to put it out of my mind for now. I'm afraid this year just hasn't been my year - it's been one thing after another!

Change of subject...my card! This card was for my nephew who is 18 next week. He's already opened it as he had a little do today so it's safe to blog! I used tonic dies for the '18' and centre panel. The stars and balloons are Sapphire dies and are really useful for this kind of card. The wording is from a die I bought from The Range. I added a silver key to the bakers twine at the side and finished with a few black pearls. 


Thank you for all your lovely comments and a big welcome to Sylvia a new follower. That's me for tonight folks....catch you again soon....Lea x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friends

Hello everyone

I must admit it's been a couple of days since I blogged. Although I've not blogged I've tried to keep up with everyone else's blogs...if I've missed anyone I do apologise. 

I've been thinking a lot about friends today. When I moved home to Northamptonshire I left some very dear friends back in Gloucester. I must admit I'm very, very lucky to have some amazing friends (both here and in Gloucester). I spent some time with three of my friends last week...I hadn't realised just how much I missed 'my girls'! Unfortunately this week it is back to normal. I made these cards with my friends in mind. I saw a similar card over on the Clearly Besotted blog - the post was from back in February 2013 (unfortunately I can't find the link) and I thought it was perfect for what I wanted to say. 


The cards are all the same apart from the butterflies. This set has all different patterns of butterflies.  I backed a square of white card onto Kraft card. I stamped the sentiment which was a freebie from a magazine. I die cut the butterflies out and then messed a couple up when I tried to stamp them. I also then tried stamping then die cutting but couldn't line the die up properly (any tips would be gratefully received). Because the stamps aren't clear stamps it's really difficult to line it up. In the end I worked out that I should die cut then hover over the stamp with the butterfly and place it onto the inked stamp. Next time I may use low tack tape to attach the butterfly to my stamping tool then stamp it. I finished each butterfly with green gems. I'm pleased with them anyway....Lea x











Sunday, 3 September 2017

Christmas snowflakes


Hi all

I hope you've had a good weekend. Mine has been very quiet....I've not done much at all. My cards are Christmas cards. I feel very different about both of them. 

The first card has the same snowflakes and little buttons as the second card. The gnome and sentiment are stamps by Lisa Horton. His hat has been coloured with promarkers and a little stickles was added after. Red card was used and some green corrugated card added to the red. I tied a piece of seam binder ribbon down one side to finish and added a little button to the knot. I'm quite a bit happier with this card than my second card. 


I decided to show this second card even though I can see a lot wrong with it. It's quite funny how you can make a card  and think it's ok then as soon as you look at a photo of it you're not quite so enthralled with it. 

I backed some red card onto white then glued it onto a Kraftcard base. I embossed some white card with a Sue Wilson folder and cut it into squares. I added the snowflakes which were from The Range last year. I added little tiny gold buttons which I had cut off an old shirt. I stamped a sentiment onto red card and backed it onto white card. Now for my problem with the card - I should've added some black mats under the red layer and under the snowflake squares. It would've made such a difference to the look of the card. 



Thank you for all the lovely comments on my posts. I am very grateful that you take time out of your busy lives to come by....Lea x



Monday, 28 August 2017

Christmas wreathe

Hi everyone

Hope you've all had a fab bank holiday weekend...it's seems to go very quick. It's the only time I get any real time with Mr B at home and it always flies by. Mr B has spent the weekend relaying slabs in the garden....the poor old thing is shattered!  

My card is a Christmas card. I used silver, white and blue card for the layers. The wreathe is made from lots of layers of silver and white and using a Tonic die..the die doesn't look much to start off but using lots of layers changes it completely. I used an LOTV stamp for the sentiment. The poinsettia die is my favourite Christmas die and I use it all the time on Christmas cards. I finished with loads of blue gems and silver ribbon which I made a band with and a bow for the wreathe. 

Thanks for coming by and for taking time out to write such lovely comments....Lea x






Saturday, 26 August 2017

Watercolour poppy

Hi everyone...thanks for coming by and for your lovely comments...it's much appreciated. 

I backed some pink card onto black (always a lovely mix). I inked through an Inkyliscious circle mask and then stamped the outline to the Inkylicious water colour poppy stamp in black - I then stamped the second part of the stamp in pink to give the watercolour petal look. I used two different stamps for the wording...the make escapes me. This was backed onto black. I added a string of gems and pearls to finish. I quite like the simplicity of this one...I must admit I love poppies.....Lea X