Saturday, 17 March 2012

At last a few cards!!

Well, hello peepsicles! It's been another hectic week. Dust from all the renovations is still mounting up, I think I'm learning to live with it now.

This last few days I have viewed some absolutely wonderful blogs, come across some lovely people which I intend to keep in touch with via our blogs. The blogging crafting community is a really friendly place to be in, and I'm happy to be part of it now.

Commissions for Crafts Beautiful are coming along very well, just about to post my next lot off, hope they like!

I managed to take some piccies of recent cards I made, so here they are :)

This is the card I made for my Mum for Mother's Day. Usually I go for the whole retro flower theme, but I saw these stamps on the Crafts U Love site and just had to have. I luurrve the 'blah blah' one. The stamps are 'Gossip Club' and 'Blah Blah' from the Golden Oldies collection by Art Impressions. I coloured in with Promarkers and the paper is from my huge and much looked at and adored American Crafts paper collection. I love the colours!

So, I decided to do the same for Simon's Mum, but I used pale blue card instead of the yellow. It's amazing that by just changing a colour, you make exactly the same card, but it looks so different.

This one made me laugh so much, the stamps are 'Edna' and 'Don't have time' again from the Golden Oldies collection by Art Impressions available from Crafts U Love. The paper I used on this one was from the Petal Pushers collection by Bo Bunny, I kept the card simple and just finished it off with a yellow ribbon. I did this one for my Nan for Mother's Day, wonder what she'll think, har har!!

Now we come to a card I did for my Uncle Roy. Every year I tend to do him a card that's a bit daft or hasn't got an image of a boat, racing cars, golf, fishing, tools! Last year I did him one with Snoopy dressed as Joe Cool, the year before I did him one with a super hero on it (the superhero was attached by a thin piece of acetate, so he bounced about and looked like he was flying), I think I've even done him a card with a pair of birthday underpants on!!

This card this year is quite sedate really, you can't go wrong with kraft card, muted tones and a bit of string. The patterned cardstock is Kraft Funday - Happy Days, and the stamps are Kraft Funday - Everyday Fun by My Mind's Eye. I made a simple rosette, stamped the 'FUN' onto a piece of scrap card, cut it out and placed just under the spotty border, stamped 'celebrate' in the bottom right corner and finished with a button, string and garden twine.

I hope you like my designs, the photos don't really do them justice, but hey ho! Off now to type up my commission, then I'm going to start on the next one, and later I'll make a tuna lasagna for tea - sounds weird, but it's lovely, you do it with a creamy white sauce - going to make some flapjacks tomorrow, nom nom nom!

Thanks for looking and ta ta for now! Colette xx

Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Versatile Blogger

I would like to send a big hug and thanks to Heike for The Versatile Blogger award. It's made my day. Please do check out her fabulous blog at, a very talented crafter indeed.

There are a few conditions to accepting the award:-

  • To thank the person who gave it to you and include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs that you have either recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Tell them you have nominated them for the award.
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So, here goes, this is my list of talented, versatile crafters :) - Jenny - Annie - Jo - Lyn - Wedgie - Dawn - Jenny - Arline - Karen - Sarah - Becks - Elaine - Nikki - Craft Fairy - Clare

7 thingies about me:-

1. I am very much a night owl.
2. I do yoga (well not for a while MUST start again).
3. I love going to The Vernon Arms on a Fri night for a meal and a glass (or two) or red wine.
4. I adore pretty papers - especially from Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket etc. I tend to buy two of each, one to use, one to look and stroke (VERY sad indeed).
5. I love fancy dress.
6. Next year I'm getting some chickens (I've already picked names for them).
7. Next year we are getting a two man inflatable canoe (living near the Norfolk Broads it'll be brilliant - though won't be venturing out to sea on it).

Thanks again Heike for the award, much appreciated :)

I'll be posting some more cards soon, probably tomorrow if I get time. Take care all!

Colette xxx

Sunday, 11 March 2012

My first award!!

I had a lovely surprise this morning when I checked my blog. Luckydawn has given me my first award - The Liebster Award. You award it to five wonderful and inspiring blog sites with less than 200 followers. Of course you let them know you have an award for them to collect, and don't forget to thank the lovely person who sent it to you! You can then post the award logo on your blog! Hope I've done everything ok:)

Here is my list of winners:)

Arline -
Karen -
Jenny -
Jane -
Wedgie -

I wish I could give more awards, there are some fantastic blog sites out there. I've created a list of blogs I follow, I will keep adding more as I discover more!

I want to say a big thank you to Luckydawn, a lovely lady I had the chance to meet in person, when I visited family up in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Thank you Dawn!!!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Phew! What a month!!!

Hello Peeps!

What a month it's been. In amongst commissions for Crafts Beautiful, we've had all new radiators, new boiler and central heating system put in and we're trying to do up two of the bathrooms. Madness, utter madness...

Why do we put ourselves through it? Probably because we've been here nearly two and a half years now, the central heating needed doing and the bathrooms were crap ('scuse the pun, it's the only way I can describe them). Plus, we couldn't do one room with out the other due to the way the plumbing is. There's all new plumbing to be done, stud walls to build, plastering, tiling, painting, new flooring the list and expenses go on and on and on.The house is constantly dusty, with trails going in and out of each room. I'm sooooo itching to have a spring clean!

Despite all this, I am quite enjoying it really. We don't plan to move again, so we feel it's more for 'us' in this house. I've put getting my chickens on hold until next year now, and the canoe (another story).

Anyway, here's a sneaky peek of my projects in this month's issue of the magazine. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, the scanner decided to throw a wobbly (probably fed up with being covered in a perpetual blanket of dust).


For more crafting ideas visit Crafts Beautifulor buy the magazine, there are loads of fab ideas and inspiration for Easter projects, with loads of hints, tips and articles, April 2012 issue out now.

I'm going to go now, I've got some filling and sanding to do (I feel more dust coming on), hopefully I'll get chance over the next couple of days to take a couple of piccies of recent cards I incredibly found the time to conjure up. Bye for now! xx