Sunday, 29 April 2012

CR84FN53 ....

... It's time for our new CR84FN challenge and for the next two weeks our CR84FN53 colours are pink, aqua and neutral.


These are such pretty colours and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make with them.  Sadly, I've been so busy unpacking and trying to get the house organised, that I've not been able to play along this week.  However, the rest of the Design Team have some gorgeous cards to share with you - click on the links below:

Mona Pendleton, Sue Lelli, Andrea Matthews, Pauline Pollington, Suzanne Czosek, Heather Jensen, Lisa Somerville, Shannon White

For full information about the challenge - check out the CR84FN blog.  That's all for now.  See you soon.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Quick test ....

.... to see if the scheduling bug has been fixed by Blogger/Google.  I've had a good few days - the number of boxes in the house has been considerably reduced, although I've yet to tackle my craft room!  The step-up voltage converters we ordered have arrived, so we should now be able to use our UK electrical equipment in the house.  I can hoover the place!!!

That's all - this is just a brief post to check on Blogger status and let you know that I'm still about.  However, I'm not going to be posting many cards in the next few days as I really must finish sorting out the house.  See you all soon.  And thanks for bearing with me.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Birthday wishes ....

.... in a one for two card!  This card is for my sister-in-law, Charlotte, who will be celebrating her birthday next Monday.  I've used two challenges to come up with a design for Charlotte's card:

  • Play Date Cafe Challenge - PDCC128 - such bright, vibrant colours
  • CAS-ual Fridays - CFC49 - super layout

I turned the sketch layout on its side and adapted it a little.  While I've made a start on unpacking my crafting stash, I still haven't got much out of the boxes.  One of the flower stamps in my Dawn Bibby set fits the layout of the blocks, so I used that on the card.  I stamped and embossed the image directly onto the card base and then stamped it again onto pink and orange paper.  I really like to paper piece stamps and this image is so easy.  I added a simple, but bold, birthday sentiment in pink and orange.  One of the things I really like about the States is having a mailbox in front of your house, this card is in the box and waiting to be collected to start its journey to the UK.


Stamps:  Dawn Bibby - Butterflies & Sentiments; Waltzingmouse - Say It Loud, Make Your Mark (on the card reverse)
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! Designer Paper - Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango; Clear embossing paper; Card from stash

Here are a couple of photos of my new craft room - it's a large, bright room and there's even a shelf that was "made" for my Martha Stewart punches :)  I don't have as much storage space as I did in Wales, but I'll be as creative as I can be.  I still have lots of unpacking to do!!!



That's all for now.  I really should have been sorting out our bedrooms this morning, but this was much more fun!  See you soon.


Monday, 23 April 2012

Unpacking ...

... I've a busy day ahead of me - lots of boxes to unpack!!  My first priority is to get my kitchen sorted out.  All the boxes have been opened here and I've lots of cupboard space; I simply have to work out where I'm going to put everything!!!

I did spend some time on Saturday working on my craft room.  It is so nice to rediscover all my stash :)  But I still have 17 boxes to unpack!!!  I have a lot of stash to sort out :))

Before I go, I've a quick query about scheduling.  Has anyone else experienced problems with scheduled posts?  My last two scheduled posts failed to publish!  I set this post to go live at 9.00am, but it has failed to publish too!  Any ideas would be appreciated.

Edited:  Thanks for the comments on scheduling issues.  I've had a hunt on the Internet and found that this seems to be something of a problem for Blogger - check posts here!  Hopefully, it will be sorted out soon.


I've had a really good morning - kitchen is well on the way to being finished.  This evening, I'm going to play in my craft room - so I should have a card to share with you tomorrow.

That's all for now, see you soon.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

CR84FN52 - Happy Anniversary ....

.... It's the second week for our wonderful CR84FN52 colours of medium pink, tan and cream - just so lovely.

Today is our 11th Wedding Anniversary, so I made a card for Jonathan.  According to Google steel is the gift given for 11th anniversaries.  I'll have to have a think about that :)

I used a pink and tan striped paper from the new Kaisercraft pack that I got last week.  I think the stripes have a masculine feel.  When I made this card I still didn't have all my craft supplies, so I improvised a bit with the tan paper and used some brown paper from a supermarket carrier bag!  It's amazing how resourceful you can be when your supplies are limited.

I stamped the love birds heart onto the paper and cut it out.  To add some cream to the card I used a piece of this lovely handmade lace that I got from Waltzingmouse - it's so pretty.  I stamped the heart banner onto some more tan paper, cut it out and layered it above the lace.  The sentiment, which is absolutely heartfelt, was stamped in dark brown.  I decorated the inside to match - only this time I stamped the heart in crumb cake.


Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Compact Sentiments, Nordic Spring
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Lace (from Waltzingmouse); Brown paper (upcycled from supermarket carrier); Kaisercraft - Tigerlilly; Card from stash

Don't forget that the rest of the team have some great cards to share with you - visit them by clicking on the links below or going to the CR84FN blog.

Mona Pendleton, Sue Lelli, Heather Jensen, Lisa Somerville, Suzanne Czosek, Andrea Matthews, Pauline Pollington, Shannon White.

That's all for now - I look forward to seeing your creations!  Have a good day.

Friday, 20 April 2012

So many boxes ....

.... our new house is really beginning to feel like home now that all our goods have arrived.  However, we are surrounded by boxes!!!  We have them in the kitchen, family room, bedrooms, basement and garage!!  And today when they guys come back, they will be unpacking the boxes.  They were so good yesterday unloading the sea container really quickly and getting it all inside.  My part of the job was checking off the boxes as they came in.  Customs examined quite a few boxes, particularly those marked "craft room"!!!

It's really nice to have our furniture around us.  The office is coming together quite well - the desks have been assembled, we only need to find the computers.  All the bedrooms have beds, which is fortunate as we're looking after our friends' boys tonight.  While Nicola & Richard go out to see Snow Patrol, the kids will be having pizza in front of the TV and Jonathan and I will be putting away our belongings!

I'm really looking forward to getting my craft room sorted - but that has to be after we've done the kitchen, office, and the rest of the house!  See you soon.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Retro doodling ....

... here's a one layer card for two challenges:


My card is really simple - I used some of my new stamps from Paper Smooches.  I've seen these TVs used on other cards and I think they're great.  I like the retro shape of this TV and I think it works really well with these colours.  I stamped and embossed the TV giving a lovely defined finish.  I coloured the legs and stripe grey and used the bold yellow and orange to colour the major features.  The sentiment was made by stamping and colouring the heart, and then handwriting the letters!!  I also doodled the TV cable (based very much on one of the stamps in the set).  I finished off by adding the TV antennae and some doodled lines.  I think I'm going to post this card to Ben - just because I love him!  And I miss him too - hopefully he'll come over to visit us in the Summer.


Stamps:  Paper Smooches - Boob Tubes
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Stampin' Up! Pens - Basic Grey, Tangerine Tango (don't have Dusty Durgango), More Mustard, Basic Black
Accessories:  Card from stash

I really have to say thank you very much for the lovely comments that have been left recently - particularly a big thanks to those welcoming us to our new life in the US.  It's a huge change of life, but such a wonderful opportunity.  With our goods being delivered tomorrow and Friday I'm really beginning to feel at home.  Only need a car now!!

Just before I go - a quick revision.  On Sunday I told you that we'd planned to visit the Zoo, but instead we ended up visiting the Henry Ford Museum.  It's a magnificent place and absolutely HUGE!  We decided that it would be worth while to take out annual membership - we will be visiting again and again!!  That's all for today.  Hope everyone is well.  See you tomorrow.


Happy Birthday to you .....

.... Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Sue, Happy Birthday to you!!


This card is for my CR84FN team mate, Sue Lelli.  Sue is celebrating her birthday today - but with all that's going on in my head and house, I completely forgot to send a card.  I'm so sorry it's late; the card will be on its way shortly.   

Stamps:  Stampendous - Corset Ladies; Waltzingmouse - Compact Sentiments; Uniko Studio - Time, Extra Time
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Kaisercraft - Tigerlilly (papers); Lace (from Waltzingmouse); Card from stash

I used our beautiful colours from CR84FN52 and this week's Clean & Simple sketch - FTL186 for the layout. 

In the Kaisercraft pack I found the perfect paper for the FTL challenge - it actually has butterflies on it!  I stamped the body form and butterfly wings directly onto the backing paper, and topped it with a bold birthday greeting.  I made the sentiment panel by sponging on two shades of pink, randomly stamping various images in pink and crumb cake and adding the "Sorry I'm Late!" sentiment in black.  I wrapped lace around the panel and attached it to the card.  One of the special papers in the pack had lots of beautiful glossy butterflies; I carefully cut out three to add to the card.

That's all for now - I hope to have another card to share with you later today.  See you soon.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Waltzingmouse Blog Party ....

.... and the theme this month is NEW BEGINNINGS!  New Beginnings covers all sorts of events, such as the arrival of a new baby or a wedding, but me the choice is obvious - a new home in a new country!!!  Details here.

I actually managed to combine four challenges in the making of this card:

Oops!!!  My card has some layers and having re-read the LIM challenge, I realise that my card doesn't fit with this week's challenge.  I've included some doodling and a handwritten sentiment, but I've got layers and Chrissie and Mandi want a one layer card!!  Should really read the instructions properly!!  I'll have another play with LIM later.

I've used the small chicken wire WM stamp to make the background panels, sort of reminds me of a fence around a house!  I stamped and embossed the row of houses and then coloured them in.  I added some string and a pretty flower and finished off with the handwritten sentiment.  This card is for us!!


Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Chicken Wire; Heidi Grace - Patterns 2
Inks:  Stampin' Up! Pens - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black
Accessories:  Fiskars punch; String; Card from stash



I've got some exciting news to share too!!  This morning I heard from the shipping company - our sea container arrived in Detroit last Friday and they phoned to arrange delivery of our goods on Thursday and Friday this week!!  I'm so excited - it's going to be very, very busy, but it will be so nice to have all our furniture, books, craft stash (happy sigh) and the rest of our clothes and other stuff with us.

That's all for now, I'm going to spend some time visiting the rest of the Blog Party!  


Sunday, 15 April 2012

CR84FN52 - Hi ....

.... Good morning all!!  It's hard to believe, but we've been in the States for a month now. Time is going so quickly!!  In that time we've had summer temperatures, gone back to more "normal" temperatures and even seen a few snowflakes!!  I'd been told that in Michigan you can experience all seasons in a day - I guess it's absolutely true!!!

It's time for our new CR84FN colour challenge - such soft, pretty colours, chosen by my team mate, Heather.  Our wonderful inspiration photos are courtesy of Magnolia Rouge.  Love that wigwam and those macaroons look good too!!


I have to admit that when I first saw these colours I was stuck!  I spent ages just browsing through my stamp catalogue.  Finally, and I don't know why it took so long, I realised that the perfect stamps for these colours were the pretty Victorian Frippery lace stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  I inked up the long border stamp in pink and tan and made a lace background!  Then I made a focal image using circular Spellbinder dies and the coordinating lace circle stamp.  I finished off with a simple Hi!!


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Victorian Frippery
Inks: Memento - Angel Pink, Desert Sand
Spellbinders:  Classic Scalloped Circles Sm (S4-125) #1, Classic Scalloped Circles Lg (S4-124) # 4, Plain Circles Lg (S4-114) #5
Accessories:  SU - Pink Pirouette card; Card from stash

The rest of the team have some wonderful inspiration cards to share with you, so please don't forget to visit them and leave some love:


I hope you all have a lovely Sunday - we're off to Detroit Zoo today!  Looking forward to seeing your creations.  Bye for now.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

CAS-ual Fridays - thoughtful ...

....  We've had a really good day.  We went out to the movies this morning to see The Hunger Games.  It is very well made with some good acting, but I found the story to be a bit predictable.  It's making lots of money, but I wouldn't rush out to see it again!  And this evening we've been out to dinner at a super restaurant - Ruby Tuesday - the food was delicious.

This afternoon, I made a card for CAS-ual Fridays - CFC48 challenge - opposites attract.  The team want us to make a card using two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel; I picked green and red.

Before I came out to the US, I was lucky enough to win Cup of the Week at The Play Date Cafe; I won a $25 voucher to spend at Simon Says - and I've spent it!!!  I had such fun, but have to admit that I spent rather more than $25.  My new goodies arrived this afternoon and I've used one of the stamps on this card.  Isn't this flower lovely?  I coloured it with my Aquarell watercolour pencils - I love the soft finish you get using this medium.  I'll play with the rest of the stamps later in the week.


Stamps:  Stampendous - Festive Flower; There She Goes - Sentimental - Thank you
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Staedtler Aquarell Pencils, card from stash

This card is for Tara (many of you know her).  Tara set up a new challenge last year - St Luke's Charity Card Challenge and I was invited to join the team.  I was delighted to accept - it's been a fun year with some wonderful challenges, and lots more to come.  One of the great things with this challenge is that you can send Tara cards to sell and help raise funds - to date the total stands at £513.50.  This month the challenge is to "Bling it up!" and there's still plenty of time to join the fun.  So this is for Tara - to say how thoughtful you are - I really love the cards and gift you sent me - thank you.  Here are the cards Tara sent me:


Love the American flag and row of houses - a perfect welcome to your new home card - love it.  


Don't you just love this one - the words are so lovely and the girls look wonderful (wish I looked like that!)

Here's the card that I made for last week's Less is More - LIM62 - three shades of green challenge; the one that I couldn't upload yesterday because the technology failed :(   I used some lovely stamps from a new UK based company, Uniko Studios.  The stamps are fab and I'm really looking forward to seeing more soon.


Stamps: Uniko Studios - Time, Extra Time
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive
Accessories:  Paint Chip from The Home Depot, card from stash

Before I go, I really must say Hello and Welcome some new followers:  Kez, Pauline and Anne-Elise - so pleased that you joined me.  I'm so pleased that my mojo seems to have returned.  Do drop by later to see my card for the new CR84FN challenge.  See you soon!

Bad technology ....

.... I did have another card to share with you yesterday, but I'm afraid that technology intervened - my laptop died!!!  Fortunately, it seems okay now.  However, I still can't show you the card - as I forgot to take a photo!  Silly me.  I'll share it later this afternoon, as we're about to head off to the cinema to see The Hunger Games.  Kathryn has been reading the books and is really keen to see the film!

I've just checked out this week's Less is More and Waltzingmouse Sketch challenges - both are super and I WILL play this week!  I'd also like to apologise for not leaving many comments recently.  I'll be back to normal next week.  Bye for now.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Cutting it fine ....

... sometimes technology doesn't like to play!!  This is a quick post and I'll amend all the details later, but I want to get this card uploaded and entered into this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC92.


Back later with full details.

Made it with a minute to spare!!!  Note to self - don't leave things so late :))

The sketch this week is really super and very versatile.  I used the colours from this week's Colour Q - cQc132 challenge - very retro!  I started off by stamping the houndstooth pattern background (always feels very 70s to me) and then stamped some bold flowers on the panel.  I kept it simple by adding some string and sentiment.

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Heirloom Patterns, Compact Sentiments; Dawn Bibby - Flower Patch; Studio G - Mixed stamps
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  String and card from stash

My container still hasn't arrived at the house, so I don't have all my inks, so I've had to adapt the colours as best I can.

I'm so pleased that I finally managed to make a card - I thought my mojo had completely deserted me!!  Kathryn has been on Spring break this week, so we've spent a lot of time together - doing some girly stuff - watching the Twilight films (which were better than I expected), and working through some homework.  That's been a shock to Kathryn, as the school in Wales didn't give homework, it's something she's going to have to get used to.

That's all for now.  Hopefully, I'll have a card to share with you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Birthday Greetings ....

.... Just a quick post to share with you today.  I made a birthday card for my Father-in-law who is celebrating his birthday today.  I actually made this card last month and mailed it before we left for America.  It's the earliest I've been with Simon's card!!

I like the whole steampunk theme and decided to give it a go on this card.  I started off with some printed paper from Kanban, adding some ink at the edges and then randomly stamping in black and dark brown other images.  I also added some colour to the edge of the card base.  I stamped a ticket onto white card and embossed it, cut it out and then added some colour.  The other ticket and birthday sentiment were stamped on to the reverse side of the printed paper - it has a lovely leather look.  I finished off the card by attaching some glitter cogs all over the card.


Stamps:  Kanban - Explore, Cogs; Papermania Urban - Around the World 1 and 2
Inks:  Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Black Soot, Walnut Stain
Accessories:  Kanban DP; Glitter peel offs; Clear Embossing powder and card from stash

I hope everyone has had a very good Easter.  That's all for now - back soon.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

CR84FN51 - Easter ....

....  Hello, sorry I've not been around much this week (see more of that below), I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Easter.  It's the second week of our CR84FN51 colours of pink, peach and light blue which I've used to make an Easter Card for my Mum.

I made a clean, simple design which features some pretty Easter Eggs.  I stamped the largest egg directly on the card base, and the smaller ones were die cut with Spellbinders Easter egg dies  The pink egg was stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear powder and then I added a deeper pink over the top to emphasise the pretty pattern.  I love the patterns on the peach egg and the tiny blue egg is just like a real one!!  I finished off the card with a fun sentiment and pink butterfly!


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Nestie Eggs, Spring Baskets, L'il Buddies
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Peach Parfait, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
Spellbinders:  Easter Eggs (S4-264) # 2, 3 and 4
Accessories:  SU - Pink Pirouette card; Clear embossing powder and card from stash

For more inspiration with these pretty colours, check out my fellow design teamamates' blogs:


The inspiration photos are courtesy of Magnolia Rouge.

As you know, we moved into our new house last Sunday - it was such a busy time.  Fortunately, we were able to move all our suitcases and other bits and pieces in one, very full, car load.  The house we're renting is part furnished - we have some beds, seating, table and chairs.  But, we had to go shopping (always fun for me) and get some bedding, cutlery, crockery, TVs, food and a few other bits to keep us going until our sea-container arrives (more of that later).  In the evening we had a small housewarming and were joined by some friends for a pizza and coke!

On Monday we got cable installed for TV and Internet.  Our Internet connection has been great - not quite as fast as in the UK, but soooo much better than the hotel.  Unfortunately, we weren't so lucky with the TV - it just didn't work.  And, as we have so little else in the house, TV is our main source entertainment.  Fortunately, the company came out to repair the box on Wednesday and all has been well since then.

Kathryn was registered for school on Monday, but it took a few days to sort out the paperwork, so she didn't actually start until Wednesday.  So Kathryn only did two days at school before stopping for Spring Recess!!!  She has already made several friends and everyone has been so welcoming.

Our container arrived earlier than expected, unfortunately that doesn't mean we're going to get it any earlier than planned.  Customs decided they wanted to have a close look at our container - so we are now expecting our goods towards the end of April.  So, I'm going to have to make do with my "emergency stash" for a few more weeks.  Sob! Sob!

In the UK Good Friday is a bank holiday, but not here!  So Jonathan had to work.  Kathryn and I went out to the "Marshmallow Drop" in Nankin Mills Park.  We found out that this is something that happens every year and is a really fun event for the children.  See the video clip here (this was recorded in 2010).  I have photos but haven't uploaded them yet.



My only issue at present is that I don't have a car and consequently I am pretty much house bound - no public  transport here!!  We hope to sort this out in a few weeks.  Anyway, that's all for now, I intend to do a bit of crafting during the coming week - so hopefully I'll see you soon.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

CR84FN51 - Happy Birthday ....

.... Wow, April already - the year is simply flying by.  April 1st is commonly known as April Fools' Day - a time for pranks, jokes and fun!  In the UK it's the tradition that pranks can only be played until Noon, but here in the States they can be played all day!!!  No time for pranks in our house today - we're moving into our new home - Yippee!!!

Today is also time for our new challenge at CR84FN, and we are welcoming two new members to the Design Team.  Both ladies have been Guest Designers before - so join me in welcoming Pauline Pollington (Craft Obsessions) and Shannon White (Enchanted Ladybug Creations).

After the bright, vibrant colours of our last challenge, we have a softer, more pastel palette for you to play with - pink, peach and light blue - lovely!  Let your imagination run riot with CR84FN51 - the inspiration photos on the graphic are just wonderful and are courtesy of Magnolia Rouge - I have spent a while browsing the site - it's fab!


I really like the soft shades of blue and subtle pattern on the wedding cake, so I made blue the main colour on my birthday card.  I used some Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue card to make the card base, rounding the corners for a softer finish.  I cut white card for a mat and stamped, in palest pink, the pretty daisy trellis from Pic-Nic Patterns.  The wings were stamped in Bashful Blue onto blue card, heat embossed with clear powder and cut out.  I stamped the dress on coordinating patterned SU designer paper, cut it out and attached to the card over the wings.   The birthday greeting was also embossed.  Finally, I added a touch of peach in the little corsage on the dress. This card is for Ben's Aunty Karen who lives in San Deigo - it was posted before we left the UK, so Karen will have received it in plenty of time!!!


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - You're Lovely, Say It With Style, Pic-Nic Patterns; Can't remember which company made the wings (but they're fab)
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, Peach Parfait; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories:  Embossing powder, card and gem from stash.

You can get more inspiration by visiting the CR84FN blog or by clicking on the links below:


It's going to be a very busy day for us - so that's all for now.  See you soon.

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