Monday, 16 January 2012

New Life In The Country, Welcome 2012

After a brief period of unemployment after being made redundant, I have found a new job and officially a 9-5 girl working in a local civil service department! : )  2012 has started on a lot of positives and I hope the remainder of 2012 is just as abundant with good fortune. Commuting is a thing of the past, 5 minute drive or by public transport to work, no more traffic queues just scenic country lanes! What a change from the hussle and bussle of London. I am officially a 9-5 girl which leaves me more time for crafting.

We shall soon be moving to our new home, here in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in the coming weeks! Lots of lovely walks at the lakes and countryside to draw inspiration from for crafting, an inglenook fireplace to keep warm and and a whole room in the house dedicated to crafting and wave goodbye to my craft storage boxes.

Here is a sneak peek of the view from the bedroom. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be waking up to this view each morning:

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Redundancy Looms... A New Start into the Unknown

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately, there have been some rapid changes and announcements affecting my employment. The likelihood is redundancy is looming or stay and weather the storm by accepting a 30% pay cut and fewer benefits.

Today, its really hit home this offers a potential new start into the unknown. Whether to continue with working in the charitable sector or to disembark by accepting redundancy, starting my own voyage of self-discovery and follow our dreams. Redundancy will be a welcome change after the long consultation period, uncertainty and upheaval. Afterall, every cloud must have a silver lining! x x x

Friday, 18 February 2011

Valentine: Love Is All Around

This my quick Valentine's Day card to the most patient and wonderful husband in the world! He is a very good tea maker and always takes the dog for a walk at the weekends so I can enjoy a nice lie-in lol. Sometimes its the simple little things in life which mean the world, and its nice to acknowledge and appreciate all the little things people do 364 days a year.

Here is a Valentines Day Card I made recently:

The sentiment is a stamp by Penny Black inked up with Papermania Pigment Ink followed by a liberal scattering of Personal Impressions Clear Embossing Powder before heat gunning. The paperstock and cardstock used has been embossed in a Cuttlebug machine.

Products & Materials used:
Sentiment/Greeting: Penny Black Inc "All Around" (W/Mounted 3807C)
Papermania Black Pigment Ink
Personal Impressions Clear Embossing Powder
Papermania Dome Stickers PMA560 Pink Hearts 
Nestabilities: Standard Circles & Lacey Circles
Gems: Eastern Treasures (Clear) & Papermania (Pink)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots & Heart Blocks

Paperstock: Anna Griffin 12x12 Pink Paper (retired)
Cardstock: Paper Cellar Pink Pearlescent Card & Black corrugated card (Stash).

Just a quick and simple card, really liking the pink, kraft, black and touch of green. Somehow it just really comes together and goes some way towards using all my scrap pieces of paper and cardstock.

That's all for now,

Daffodil x x x

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Acetate: Recycle & Reuse

One of my many weaknesses is acetate sheets - plain or patterned hand it over and I'll have it. Its just the same with stamps and patterned paper, but embellishments and stickers I'll leave for other crafters!

This plain acetate box was recycled from a christmas gift. I thought it was a waste to thow it out and decided to recycle the box instead as handmade LUSH goody box.

The box is decorated with a base layer of green indian handmade paper. All patterned papers & die cuts are by Fancy Pants. Flowers are by Prima Marketing, featuring dew drop centres. The ribbons are all  off cuts of recycled ribbon, the pink organza ribbon is from a set of PJs from Primark lol.

The image is by Magnolia, called Jam Tilda and has been coloured using Copic Ciao markers but I can't remember the exact colours used (sorry!).

Back soon,

Daffodil x x

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Monkey Business

I've managed to squeeze time to make a card in the last fortnight, although I've encountered several mishaps with glues : ( I have given up on Silicone glue, its now officially relegated to Room 101. I'm also a leaf punch short after breaking one trying hopelessly to punch through handmade glitter paper (from experience this is not recommended).

The layout for the card is from Sketch SaturdayChallenge (Week #138)

This is a card I made using all my tiny scraps left over from a sheet of MME 'Bloom & Grow' Collection. The image is from a wood mounted stamp by Whipper Snapper Designs called 'Swinging Monkey' CY905 which I recently bought in the Sir Stampalot January sale and coloured with Copic Ciao pens: E35 Chamois, E33 Sand, E21 Baby Skin Pink & G00 Jade Green for highlighting.

The biscuit coloured card, glitter paperstock & gems are from the craft section of Poundland, mostly the 'Crafty Bits' mixed bags (contents vary) for £1. The self-adhesive gems are sold in packs of 110 in various colours and available at selected Poundland stores. These bags are great value provided you have a die cut machine or punches as most of the contents is the residue from die cut sheets but the paper is mega glittery and I find it doesn't come off on your hands! : ) The biscuit cardstock has been embossed in the Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots folder. Flowers are Prima Marketing.

Until next time!
Daffodil x x

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Flu-ed Out!

This post is overdue, the only one in our house without swine flu over the christmas period was the dog! Christmas was a wash out in every sense of the word, with no inclination to eat Turkey & Venison. There is always next Christmas!

In my last post, I referred to a 'green project'. Here it is, a project involving reusing a glass Kenco Coffee Jar to package a Goody box. The jar was decorated and filled with Max Factor goodies as a thank you gift to my lovely Mother in Law Jules. She is the lip gloss, eye shadow & mascara queen!

Main view:

Products used include: Magnolia Tilda Hugging Bunny stamp, Copic Ciao Pens, Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Circles, Fiskars border punch, handmade glittered papers (£1 discount store), Fancy Pants (retired, no idea which collection), flowers by Prima Marketing Inc & Mulberry Crafts UK (Dahlias), ribbon (stash), Papermania Gems.

Side view:

Back view:

Hope in these hard times this has inspired you to create your very own gifts!

Until next time,
Daffodil x x x

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Mask it & create a scene

Sorry for neglecting the blog yet again!!! Bad blogger...

Here is a card I made earlier this year for my niece which was sent all the way to Finland : ) I thought I would ink up some Magnolia stamps after a long 'dry' stamping spell and creat a little scene. As it was my first attempt at using them to create a background scene I thought I would take photos to help any other stampers out there which are starting out stamping.

You will need:
  • Black ink, if using alcohol markers or using prismas & sansador I would recommend using Memento Tuxedo Black
  • White Card, minimum of 220gsm if your using alcohol markers otherwise the colour may bleed through the card
  • Post it notes
  • Magnolia Background stamps or alternatively images (which you will need to cut out closely and layer as an alternative to masking): Magnolia Swing, Magnolia Butterfly Background, Magnolia Berry Tilda, Magnolia Rufus
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities (I've used Labels) which you can use as an aid to create a 'frame' to assess whether the scene is 'coming together'.

Firstly, stamp the Magnolia Swing on to white card, stamp again onto a post it note and cut around either the whole image or just around the rope/swing platform
Second step, place the swing stamped on to the post it note over the image stamped on white card like so:

Thirdly, ink Magnolia Butterfly Background and stamp over the masked Magnolia Swing image. It might help beforehand to stick the Magnolia Butterfly Background stamp onto a Clear CD case to ascertain where to position the stamp before stamping as demonstrated below:

Next, remove the post it note (retain for future usage!) and you will have created your very own background scene for your card!

If you wanted to create a 'flat background' you could also incorporate Magnolia's Berry Tilda & Rufus but I wanted to create dimension with the card so I opted to stamp Tilda seperately so they would 'pop out' and proceeded to use Spellbinders Nestabilities (Labels) to frame the background image:

The end result:

Hope you've found this helpful and hope to find time to post soon!

Daffodil Nellie.