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26 January 2012

Paper and thread in one post!

This weekend is my friend Bab's BIG  birthday and I managed to get her card and present in the post on time.
Her card used the MCS Fab 50s CD and is quite simple. I have been making Babs handcrafted cards for years and think I have done every style for her in that time....

I decided after my visit to Chiltern Quilters on Saturday that I ought to do something about the UFO pile in the bedroom (soon to be craft room).  I havea piece of quilted material I created from squares of Japan-inspired prints. I made one quilted bag last year (or it might even have been the year before) so I thought I would have a go at making a loose cover for a notebook. My first attempt at a closure was a disaster as I used organza ribbon so I had to improvise a magnetic closure. Will learn by my mistakes and do a few more of these for the present drawer.

10 January 2012


Busy time of year for card making. Here are 2 I managed to get there on time. This one was a request. I made a champagne bottle card for a 50th birthday for Andy's Mum and she asked for a Malibu bottle on a card for her Mum's 70th birthday. Here is what I came up with.

For my Mum I did one of my favourite cards of the moment- one with a vintage photo and flowers. Very pretty pretty.  The photo is from a lovely site Magic Moonlight and the rubber stamp is a Lili of the Valley one I got in their pre-Christmas sale. The stamp is just the right size for several dies I have so it will be much used this year.

Also playing catch up with some cards I made for December birthdays. Both were for 50ths.


Not very well at all.  Not sure I am going to bother with 2012 resolutions. If I do I wont be so ambitious.  I have enough stress at work meeting objectives without giving myself more with my crafting.

  • Any Christmas card I send which has not been crafted by 1 December will have to be a bought one- made 75% of my cards but only about 25% of them were done by 1 December. As usual I got stressed. Already bought some Dr B's cards for next year which I will bling up with glitter and some embossing. Only got one hand made card from friends so I am disappointed by that.

  • It is not obligatory to send everyone a hand crafted card so I wont beat myself up if they are not all made by me- dont think I bought a single card 

  • Birthday cards will be posted in plenty of time (no last minute crafting)- still got room for improvement 

  • Every card does not have to be totally unique so I will start making  similar cards if I find a design I am happy with- stuck to this one and used alot of CD images from Debbi Moore

  • I will create a craft room in the third bedroom and give back the dining room- made a start at least-now I am spread out in the third bedroom and the dining room

  • I will make myself a bag using the Klimt inspired fabrics I have - failed

  • I will make a lapquilt with the Clarice Clift fabrics I have- failed. Only managed one quilt and that was done for a birthday present and had to rush at the end.

  • I will continue with my blog and improve the photography of my projects- still have to work on the photography for the blog. I  do have some photos I am proud of and seem to spend a long time messing about editing my photos and filing them. My favourite project of the year was the diary I had done using 52 of my favourite photos.  

  • I will make a start on the job of putting 25 years of holiday photos into scrapbooks - failed

  • I will scan all my hard copy photos for prosterity- failed