Friday, 4 March 2016

March 4th 2016

Hi all. Sorry for being absent I got a bit on the busy side here with looking after baby hedgehogs. Well that is my excuse anyway. I had a bit of a health scare and so have decided to take a back seat with the looking after the hedgehogs, instead I can help in another way...... making things to help raise funds to help other rescues look after them.  I have also joined a few others in raising funds for other charities too. So back to doing my crocheting and card making. And here are a few items I have been busy making for charity, family and friends....

 We had a new baby girl born in the family in the new year. I made a cute little outfit to welcome her to the family and a matching blanket.
 Then my neighbour was expecting a little boy. So I made a few little items for him. I  really enjoyed making these items for the babies.

 We also had our own addition to the family here since my last posting...... This is Millie our rescue dog. She keeps us both busy and on our toes. She is short haired and so feels the cold a bit. So I made her a sweater. I have also joined a Knit and Natter group at our local library. We meet on two different days of the week. And it is fortnightly..... but I end up going every week. :) I am hoping to learn to make a pair of socks.
    I have also found my mojo again with my card making too. I did make our Christmas cards again this year and a few birthday cards. I have been getting a few new dies for my die cutting and this is the results.
We have a new craft shopping channel here and I have fallen for Creative Expressions and the team of crafters they have. These are from Sue Wilson's dies. Another American who I really admire her work. And if you would like to check out her cards which are works of art you can visit her blog too. She has loads of ideas and videos of how to make her cards. Don't blame me if you get hooked too. :)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

I'm a CUP Designer

Hi all, The hedgehogs are still keeping me pretty busy here. We have taken in over 30 this year so that hasn't left much time for me to keep up with my blogging. Though I do try. I still keep up with some crafting. Alot of which now goes to charities, especially the hedgehog ones. But a few others too. :) I have been making loads of quick cards and some fun different designs from CUP (Crafts U Print) I love making them as they all look so professional when you get them done. One of the designers there, Sharon Poore, has some really fun designs and I just love her Easel cards. We have become really good friends over the past few months and she has been saying I should become a designer, so...... I did. LOL I took the plunge and now I am making some designs for CUP. You can see them here..... My CUP home page

And if you would like to see some of the cards I have made they can be seen in the Gallery here

Below is my two card kits I have made so far. One is an easel card and the other is a scalloped pocket card. I hope you all will stop by and have a look at the designs I am making and also check out some of the lovely designs the others make too. Who knows you may well become as addicted as I am to CUP. :)

Saturday, 16 April 2011

April 16th, 2011

I have gone Mad!!! For CUP that is.  I just love that website and visit it most every day at least once if not more. There is so much going on there with Bingo, Bob Treasure hunt, card making and the forum and contests. Speaking of which. I won a card challenge on there for the Charity Card Challenge.  The theme was spring.

I used one of Sharon Poore's designs for this card along with a new die that made the scalloped edges to the card. I think it turned out quite springy. :) 

They have another competition going on for Father's day and this is the card I have entered into the competition.

This too is another of Sharon's designs. I printed off a few extra bits and made a bit of a fish and bobber bunting.
I have made a new friend there at CUP now too...... Sharon. We have been bouncing ideas around for different types of cards and things. I asked her if she could do some seed packets in one of my favourite designs that she does. And she did. :) Ever since our friendship has been growing. I really enjoy making the cards from her designs and she is but one on the CUP site. If you get the chance you really should go and check their site out if you like doing decoupage cards. There are also other types of cards and crafts there now too.  CUP also allow you to make a little bit back on some of the sheets you buy. If you get a gold star sheet and are a registered card maker and post a photo up in the allowed time. You could get some compensation every time the sheet sells. The most I have made in a few months time is a few pounds here and there. It allows me to get a few free designs each month. :) Also you can join in on the Affiliate program and earn  per clicks. I too have join on this so if you would click on the links I would appreciate it. :) It is only 2p per click, but it all helps. And if you order from one of my links then I get a percentage from that order. So it is more than just your ordinary crafting site.

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And if you would like to see some of the lovely cards I have made from this site you can visit them here.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

October 24th, 2010

I have been busy making cards for the past month. While the builders were installing the new windows and in between making gallons of tea, I planned ahead and had printed off loads of sheets from the CUP website. I would sit and cut out the toppers and put them together between the cups of tea to be made, keeping well out of the way of the men that were busy putting the windows in.
Well we now have nice new windows and a lovely new front door and a lovely new boiler too. And I have loads of new cards made up which has been an added bonus of the DIY getting done.
Here are some of the ones I made up during last week, some of which are now with my friend Marc to sell for his girls. He is planning on something special for them at Christmas and I wanted to help him out. He has a little charity thing going on at the hospital that he visits for his treatments for Cancer and these poor girls and kids have it too. So what little we can do will brighten their lives just a bit when they need it. I hope he does really well on his craft sale.

The art deco ladies have all been sent to Marc. This lady in gold is the first one I made and I knew Marc would love it so I sent it off to him and he is putting it in a box for bids to be taken on it and has already made at least £5 for it. I also got recognition on the CUP website for it too. It received the designer's card of the Moment.  I love getting the card of the moment. It really makes me feel I have done the best I could on the card and the designers like what I have done with their sheets.

There is such a wide variety of sheets available on the CUP website to make cards for all occasions. I have been a bit busy making up my Christmas cards while I can. But also trying to get some other cards made up for Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I want to also get some made up ahead that I might be able to sell to raise some money for the hedgehogs too. But it is a very slow process for me as I enjoy the process of making the cards so much that I only seem to get about 5 done in a day.

Besides the card sheets they also have different kits available and I got the Paper kit to go along with these cute little owls. Everything coordinates really well.

This is one of the designs by one of my fav designers and it is so easy and simple. I am proud of it, as it is my very first Shaker card that actually works! I put some glitter between the acetate layer and the card and it is really quite pretty with the glistening snow effect. It is so easy to make stunning cards with the sheets these designers produce and you can make them too if you visit the link I have on my side bar. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Monday, 4 October 2010

October 4th, 2010

 Hi all, I have been very busy making cards here. I hope to get my Christmas cards all made soon and do loads of them for charity too. I am still doing lots of quick cards that I download the sheets from CUP and I have had a special week last week. Not only did one of my cards make Card of the moment, but I had three cards make it. :) It is such a buzz to see my cards there with the others. The designers choose which cards made from their sheets get this honor. And to have three designers choose my cards.... well lets just say poor Brian had to put up with my excitement and he just didn't quite understand. Poor man.

This card is called a wobble card. :) And is number CUP135632_613 if you would like to make it also. The penguins and polar bear are so cute. I punched out some snowflakes with one of my punches and added them to the card along with some sparkly peeloff centres. I added a bit of glitter to the hats and the scarf. It is a really cute quick card to make.

This one is CUP135621_452 and is a gorgeous design. I love wintry village scenes and lace. I had some snowflakes and snowflake flourishes that I had cut out last Christmas and glittered and thought they would be perfect for this card. I turned it into an easel card with lots of glitter. The base is a pearlescent linen type of card that sparkles and then the silver mirror board and peeloffs add to the sparkle.

This one is CUP135641_489 and is one of those spring cards. I made one ages ago on my own, but this one was so much quicker and actually works much better. It is so quick and easy to make and looks really lovely. I added some gold waste peeloffs to the centre of the flowers.... they were little dots left from using the other part of the peeloff... so don't throw those bits out. And then I added on a gold greeting to one corner of the base and a Poinsettia diecut that I coloured and added a bit of glitter.
The above three cards are the ones that were chosen to be card of the moment for their respective designers.

These cards were made using this sheet... CUP135613_539. It is what I call a bargain!!! You get 4 different images on the one sheet and so you can make 4 different cards. I was in a bit of a hurry and made 3 cards onto just a a6 size card. But one of them I turned into an over the edge card. The image actually sticks above the fold of the card. I am learning all sorts of new card designs on the CUP website.

This cute card is number 135642_5. He was really quick!! You just cut out the base, cut out a penguin and decoupage him on the base. Cut out the snowballs and do the same. Ad a bit of glitter a few layers some silver peeloffs and some snowflake background paper and there you have a cute penguin juggling snowballs.

I hope you all are enjoying the cards as much as I am enjoying making them..... Well I must get off now and get some more cards made. I want to get some sent to my friend for his charity. Big hugs all until next time. xxx

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

September 28th, 2010

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I have been busy making cards while waiting for the new windows to be put in. Soon those will be done and I will be back looking after hedgehogs. But hopefully I will still have time to make more cards. I love the designs over at CUP and I have become a registered Card maker there. You can see some of the cards I have made by visiting.... My page here

They are fun and the designs are lovely and very good quality when you print them out. The fun bit is trying to come up with something a bit different with them and this card.....

I turned it into an easel card and it was chosen by the designer to be her card of the moment last week. :) I was so excited to be new to the site and picked to have this award when there are so many lovely cards being posted daily there.
I hope you all will have a look at what I have been up to. I just did put up a side stepper card that looks really cute. So many lovely designs on the site and some fun contests too!!!!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

CUP - Crafts U Print

Hi all, Since we are taking a break from the hedgehogs for a month so we can get some diy done around the place. I have been spending some time making some cards. I came across this site that a friend recommended to me from my Ebay Group. It is called CUP or Crafts U Print. You can click on the logo to visit their site.... :)

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And it is just so full of lovely ideas for all sorts of cards. You buy the sheets and then print off as many copies as you want. I print mine out on glossy photo paper and they are brilliant. I have done a few cards so far and really love the designs....

cup127284_359 - Apple Blossom Scallop Corner side stacker Topper - The sheet for this card was designed by Carol Clarke. I found it a lovely design to work with and it has so many different card possibilities. I made this one though for my dear friend Gill who recently lost her husband. And added a sentiment to the insert. It was quite a shock to us all and to her and her family. And my deepest of sympathy goes out to them.
I think though the design can be used not only for a sympathy card, but also for birthdays, a wedding, thinking of you, get well or any number of occasions.

cup127205_10 - Snow Village Snow One Edge Scallop Bottom Stacker - The sheet for this card was designed by Ann-marie Vaux. I love this card!! I wasn't sure when I printed it off if I would like this type of card, but after working with it I love it!!!!!! I wish you could see it in person as it really is a stunning card. And I can't believe I made it. It looks so lovely and professional that I just can't believe I did it. LOL The mirror board layer helps to set it off and I love the touch of glitter on the snowflake decoration. I may next time add a bit of glitter to the snow in places. :) This sheet will be printed out alot this year and lots of these cards will be going out to family and friends. :)

cup127258_10 - Cute Reindeer One Edge Scallop Bottom Stacker - The sheet for this card was also designed by Ann-marie Vaux. And again I was quite surprised at the quality of the design. It is a fun modern type of card for Christmas and quite a few of these will be sent out also. :)

cup127297_758 - merry christmouse over the edge card - The sheet for this cute little card was designed by Wendy Jones. It is called an over the edge card. And it is quite cute and fun to make. Along with being quick. You cut out the design that stands above the card.... ie over the edge. :) I added a bit of glitter to the mouse's hat. And there are loads of decorations you could add to the card. And there is the tag too.... so you could always use the tag to go on a present.

cup120794_99 - Anniversary Roses Easel Card - The sheet for this card was designed by Mary Jane Harris. I like to have a few anniversary cards around to send to folks and this one was a novel new type of card to me. I did alter the card from what the designer intended and came up with this card. I resized the topper bit a little to give it a bit more contrast. It is known as an easel card. And it sits on its base and folds up in the middle with a topper on this and then a stop on the base so that it sits up. A cute little design. :)

Well any way this is just the start of a few of the cards I have made from this lovely website. I do hope you all will visit. And if you visit via my link then I earn money..... You can too if you visit and sign up to be a registered card maker or an affiliate or a designer. There are also some games on there.... Like Crafty Bob Bingo and Hunt for Crafty Bob. I am still looking for him. And was just two numbers away on the bingo the other day. Anyway, if you want a bit of fun and have a few days to while away looking at cards then it is well worth a visit. :) Have fun!!!