Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Crafts Beautiful July 2012

Aft'noon peeps!

After a glorious few days, the sun has gone! Boo hoo! I know the gardens want some much needed rain, but it was lovely whilst it lasted, and I got so much done. BUT I did get caught out when I was linseed oiling the patio furniture, the word lobster comes to mind!

I'm not a sun bather, even though I have black hair, I have pale skin and eyes, so I tend to burn easy. Freckles tend to come out and have a wild party all over my face. Usually I'm very careful when out in the sun, but Mr Sneaky got me on Saturday, grrr!

Anyhoo! Here are my projects from the July issue of Crafts Beautiful - out now.

I noticed there wasn't a picture of the 'I love u' card, so I've taken a pic of it and a couple of close ups on certain elements.

I also did three cards that you can do using the free papers. The papers are really bright and cheerful, perfect for summer birthdays!

Did you know you can download more of these papers from the Crafts Beautiful website? Plus there are loads of other downloads, papers and projects! For more crafting ideas visit Crafts Beautiful 

I'm loving Zoe Pierson's scrummy ice cream cards in the Cut Out & Keep section on page 31 and Corinne Bradd's cut crotchet cup cakes on page 104 & 105.

That's all I have time for at the mo, got loads of cards to do. Ideas keep popping in my head, then they pop out again. Weird!

I'll be posting back soon with some more makes, promise!!!

Colette xx

Friday, 18 May 2012

A twit and a thank you!!

What'cha Peeps!

I haven't posted for a couple or weeks, been so busy! Just finished another commission for Crafts Beautiful. Just the destructions to compile, then I can print them out and send it all off, hope they like!!!

Managed to get the plants done in the greenhouse last week and some of the pots done around the garden, herbs and stuff. I've also planted a few fuchsias, I love fuchsias, they are so pretty and uncomplicated. There are quite a few hardy bushes in pots that have survived the winter and are now coming back, though I did get some more the other week the replace the non-hardy varieties.

The fern is doing well too, it's still uncurling its fronds. I've never seen a fern as big as this one. When we first moved in, it was November, Simon took one look at it and said 'That's dead'. Shocked, I told him it was a fern, it wasn't dead, it will come back in the spring, they're not cheap to buy and not to touch it if he values his dangly bits. Needless to say he doesn't really do much gardening apart from mowing the lawn and any construction jobs that need doing, I don't think I could trust him to look after the plants - gulp!

You're probably wondering about the title of this post, well, it was my brother-in-law's birthday this week and I did him a card with an owl on the front. It does say 'twoo' inside though, he is not a twit by any means:) Here is a pic....

...and the inside.

Out of all the stamps I have, I couldn't find the right one. I wanted an owl with that 'Why are you bothering me?' expression they have (some might call it grumpy). So I drew my own!  The paper is from the 'Social Club' 6x6 pad by Cosmo Cricket. It's full of lovely manly colours and prints, very retro. I coloured in the owl with Promarkers, matching the colours to the paper. The branch and leaves are cut out from a piece of white card, then mounted over the patterned paper. A few leaves were cut by hand and added to give a bit more dimension. I stamped the 'twit' sentiment on to a piece of white card, wrapped garden twine around it and secured with a couple of staples. The card was finished with the 'twoo' sentiment inside and a 'Happy Birthday' rub-on from Kaisercraft.

My friend Caroline sent me a lovely card and gift voucher for my birthday, so I decided to send her a little 'thank you' card.

The papers and stamps are Doodle Deux by Prima, just a simple card with stamped elements, papers and buttons placed randomly, finished with a  'thank you' rub-on in the top left corner. I just love this collection, especially the little birdie stamp. It was so hard to choose which paper to put on the card.

Off now, going to make a coffee, then back to the typing of the ol' destructions. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for visiting!!