Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I'm still here...!

Hello all!

Firstly, many apologies for not updating my blog in so so long, I am terribly ashamed but truth be told, I just have not had time in the past month to update it. Naughty me! Thank you to those that contacted me checking I was OK...promise that I am :o)

Right, so I shall update you on the past month......I went to Florida for two weeks on 21st Nov and had such an amazing time! I picked up soooo many goodies which I am desperately trying to find homes for :o) I picked up some more cricut cartridges (including Sesame Street and Disney's cars!) which were on offer at $39.99 (!!!) over the thanksgiving weekend. I saw a Cricut Create on offer in Michaels on Black Friday for....wait for it.....$69.99 - that's about £45! I was very very tempted to fit another in my suitcase but resisted and stocked up on cartridges instead :o)

So I came back on 8th December with Tonsillitus (had to go to doc's in FL - boo!) and was bed-ridden for a few days but was over that within a week. Managed to get back to work and clear my inbox and get back on top of things last week just in time for the Christmas break - kinda can't believe I've been back 3 weeks already! So that's what's been happening in Han world for the past month or so! Busy busy bee. Oh before I forget, I majorly stocked up on my DCWV packs and clear stamp packs in America - cannot WAIT to try them out!!!

I have actually made a few cards including a birthday card for my sister and christmas cards for my family but have not had a chance to upload the pics yet. I'm off work until next Monday so I am hoping to upload them to my blog as well as find time to test out some of my fab new products!! Have I bought anything since I've been back? Oh yes! Gosh, I'm terrible and can't resist a good bargain...I've managed to buy stamps from The Greeting Farm (my excuse - they had free shipping on xmas day), The Glitter Pot (my excuse - they had Forever Friends stamps half price and still do...) and All that Scraps (my excuse - they had Rachelle Anne Miller and C.C. Designs stamps on offer!) I blame my pals at Craftbubble for my addiction to stamps. At least I tend to pick things up cheap e.g. couple of packs of stazon ink pads approx £2, colorbox ink wheel approx £4.50 etc! I managed to pick up a few bargains in my local Hobbycraft too today...must.stop.spending!! Eeek

I really hope everyone had a FANTASTIC Christmas and got some lovely presents (please let me know if you got some craft goodies!) I got some cricut cartridges from my mum and sister, Mr Hannah's mum got me this brilliant pack from Create and Craft as well as a We R Memory Keeper's Mat set (she gave me this last year too and I have worn it out!) Mr Hannah was overly generous and bought my an ipod touch - couldn't believe it, I got all emotional when he surprised me with it!

Right, think that is enough to keep everyone going until I start posting properly again! Hope everyone is well :o)

P.s. My friend had her baby (whilst I was on holiday - 2 and a half weeks premature!) and it was a baby boy which they have named Joseph :o)

Much love,

Friday, November 20, 2009

Boy or Girl...

My lovely friend Zoe goes on maternity leave today (can't quite believe it's come around already) and I was going to make her a nice 'good luck' card but after sifting through my baby embellishments I thought I'd make her a card which I thought would be a bit more 'unique'. As she doesn't know the sex of her new baby, I decided to have some fun and make a boy and girl themed card. This is what I came up with...

I found some epoxy stickers in my stash and thought it would be nice to have the different phrases to match the baby-gro's...

The gorgeous baby-gro's are too cute! I wanted to keep it simple though and not too cluttered...


Some cute felt dummie's with the word 'or' seeing as they don't know whether they are having a boy or a girl...


Recipe...

Paper and Pearls - Papermania
Baby Embellishments and Epoxy Stickers - Paperchase
Cardstock - The Paper Mill
Letters from DCWV Spring Stack

Really hope she likes it! I've got her some lovely baby stuff - hope she likes them too. It's got me terribly broody though - I think I'll keep that from Mr Hannah lol!

Anyway, this is the last from me properly for about two weeks now. I will try and update you in Florida when I can - have a great few weeks! Can't believe it'll nearly be Christmas when I get back. Eeek!

Much love,


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tractor fun...

A friend at work asked me to make a birthday card for her nephew who turns 4 this week. I don't make children's cards very often so it was a chance for me to be extra creative! The brief included a digger or tractor, Joshua's name and the fact the he was going to be 4 years old. This is what I came up with....

I printed the digger on red card and coloured in a few bits with a black promarker. I then used red glitter glue all over and added two googly eyes..

I wanted it to look like the digger was actually saying '4 today'...hope it came across that way...


I kept the lettering simple, almost child-like and also made sure the colours matched colours in the backing paper...

The whole card is quite simple but I didn't want to overcrowd it too much with lots of different sections...


Recipe...

Paper - Kids pack from Dovecraft
Cardstock - Paper Mill
Googly eyes - Hobbycraft
Number and Lettering - DCWV Spring Stack
Blue & Red Glitz It Glitter Glue


I gave it to her yesterday and she seemed to love it which was good! I must admit I did struggle initially but once I picked out the right paper and sorted out the main image I felt much happier. Really hope her nephew likes it too!


I enjoyed making this card in the end as I haven't had the chance to be very creative in the past few weeks :o)


Much love,


Monday, November 16, 2009

My goodness..

...I haven't blogged properly for so long! I feel very bad but to be honest, I just have not had the time which makes me sad! I am all packed for my holiday (check me out!) - I am so excited now as it's only a few days away. I am hoping to pick up some crafty bargains out there :) I have been so so busy over the past month and unfortunately, not much of my time has been spent being crafty.
Hope everyone is well - not much is new with me. Hoping to get my 'exit' date this week at work which will give me something to focus on. Just waiting for that dream job to pop up ;o)

I am trying to finish off a card for a friend at work (4 year old nephew - think diggers, trucks etc) and I am really struggling....so any help or advice would be gratefully received! Thanks loyal followers :)

Until next time....
Much love,

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Catch up & Candy...

Hello everyone, just thought I'd drop in to say hello! It's been such a busy two week's at work, especially now I have been confirmed as part of a department which is being made redundant next year. It's all very sad and we're all under an immense pressure at work so it's making life quite difficult! Never mind, I'm a firm believer in everything happens for a reason so I'm confident that something better is out there for me! Perhaps at a Craft Magazine (dream job a'calling!)

Anyway, as some of you know, I am off to sunny Florida in just over two weeks time and I have been busy preparing some surprises for my crafty follower's during the time I am away....

I have not been able to do much crafting recently and have been very good and not bought any new additions to my stash! I am trying to save my money for American goodies which I am hoping to find on my travels :o)

I did stumble across some candy on Susie's blog so go check it out if you can as it ends today at 10pm.

Please keep leaving comments and popping by as I do read your comments!

Much love,

Monday, October 26, 2009

Christmas cutie...


Well Happy Monday everyone...back to work for most of us (including me!) except those lucky one's that are on half term! Countdown for the holiday is on with less than 4 weeks to go...starting to get excited now :)

Had a very relaxing weekend which was lovely and finally managed to find some time last night just before X Factor to make a card for some challenges this week. There was a sketch to follow on Anyone for Anya and it was a colour theme over on Passion for Promarkers which was Poppy and Forest Green. I must confess that I do enjoy working to a sketch and it's good to keep a collection to hand when suffering from crafter's block which I know happens to all of us at some point :) Here was the sketch on the Anya challenge this week...


And here is my interpretation of that sketch using Promarkers Poppy and Forest Green...


I didn't really have an appropriate Christmas themed Anya stamp but I thought this little cutie holding her bunny would look good as a Christmas image if she was coloured in with the Promarkers...

Cute little candy cane charm fits right in with the theme of the card....
Used my fiskars winter embossing punch here to create a border of snowflakes to match the paper and ribbon...
Crafty Recipe...
TGF 'Snuggle' stamp coloured in with promarkers (Hair - Cinammon, Cocoa, Shale; Skin - Ivory, Blush, Vanilla; Clothes - Poppy, Berry Red, Grass, Forest Green, Emerald; Bunny - Cinammon, Cocoa; Background - Poppy, Forest Green
Christmas Sentiment - Papermania
Cardstock - The Paper Mill
Paper - Daisy & Dandelion Christmas Collection
Printed Ribbon and Charms -The Works
Red Ribbon - Stash
Winter Border Punch - Fiskars
Glitter Glue - Glitz It
Gems - Papermania

Hope you have a great day - whatever you get up to!
Much love,

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just a quick one..

Hello all! Hope you are having a good week. Just wanted to drop bye to say hello and hope you are all well! I haven't done any crafting since Sunday evening which is so rubbish and I'm beginning to get itchy fingers now...I find myself looking longingly at my craft stash wanting to make a card. I'm sure I'll find time in the next few days to whip up a card! Just finding it hard to fit in during the evenings as I seem to be constantly on the phone sorting stuff for the holiday - can't complain too much I guess ;o)
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that I have been looking at your blogs and your lovely cards - you can't get rid of me that easily!
Much love,

Monday, October 19, 2009

Autumn shades...

Wow, so it's been a week since I last blogged -naughty me! What has happened in those 7 days in the world of Han? Well...quite a bit I can tell you! Mr Hannah and I have decided to go to Florida....in 5 weeks time! Nothing like last minute eh? His parents are out there for a month and his sister and her boyfriend are joining them for the last two weeks, as are we now. I'm very VERY excited about it but that doesn't leave much time to organise things but I'm slowly starting to tick things off my long list.

Obviously that takes first priority at the moment so crafting has taken a back seat but I managed to find some time last night to make a card. I chose to combine my card for this week's Anyone for Anya challenge which was 'Autumn Colours' as well as Passion for Promarkers which was Any colour + sketch. Well here is the sketch....

And here is my interpretation of the sketch and 'autumn colours'...

A close up of Anya coloured in with promarkers of course (excuse the poor pic!)...

Tried a bit of DIY decoupage this week with the flower on her hair...

The beautiful flowers came from Oxfam. They are cotton rags would you believe it! Only £2.99 for a good selection and they have brights, christmassy colours and pastel shades. I put the gold gems on myself...

Thought i'd try two colours of ribbon this week...trimmed the ends to a point...

My 'celebrate' stamp from Studio G inked in gold and embellished with adhesive gold gems...

Final look at the card to see which bits of the card are raised...

Recipe

Backing paper is - DCWV Pet Stack
Plain Cardstock -The Paper Mill
Martha Stewart Doily Punch
Gold Adhesive Gems - Papermania
Ribbon - Hobbycraft (29p a metre)
Sentiment - Studio G
Flowers - Oxfam
TGF Wild Sprout Stamp - Dahlia. Coloured in with Promarkers (Ivory, Blus, Vanilla, Saffron, Cinammon, Cocoa, Pastel Beige, Berry Red, Poppy, Moss, Grass, Gold)

I managed to organise my stash completely last night which is great because I now know where everything is - hurrah! Hopefully my card-making sessions will be a bit more productive now that I won't spend half my time rooting around for a particular item!

Anyway, must get back to 'real' work :( Have a great Monday!

Much love,

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lilac lovely...

I was asked my Nan to make a card for my cousin for her 21st which is at the end of this month and I couldn't think of anything for aaaages but I came across these beautiful papers from Making Memories and everything started to fall into place! It's funny how you can sit there for ages and then you pick something up (paper, ribbon, embellishment) and then the ideas will start to flow! Hurrah :o)
I thought I would also enter this for this week's Anyone for Anya challenge (Paper Piecing) and also Passion for Promarker's which had a recipe to follow: 3 shapes (not including the card) so I've got a circle, square and rectangle, 2 papers -the two different patterned bits and 1 ribbon (butI forgot it was only 1 ribbon and I got a bit carried away with 2 - hope they won't mind & penalise me too much for that so I thought I'd enter it anyway!) Here is my card...

Birthday Anya - coluored in with promarkers and the flame is embellished with glitter...

Cute little metal flower and the all important '21'....

I am liking this ribbon technique...cute little lilac gem..

Gorgeous Making Memories paper with the light mint green and lilac...

Recipe...

Plain Lilac Card
Making Memories Paper, Metal Flower, Letters & Numbers, Ribbon & Gems
TGF Birthday Anya stamp coloured in with Promarkers and embellished with Papermania Fine Glitter

Really like these colours and probably wouldn't put them together and was (pleasantly!) surprised at how they complimented each other!

Have a good Monday...roll on 5pm!

Much love,

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Deliciously OTT on the pink...

I finally got round to entering a sketchie challenge over on the 'Let's get stamping' group on Craftbubble after being absent from the gallery for several weeks. Sharon gave us this sketchie to work with and the twist of using scraps....

And here is my interpretation of her sketchie...


Nice and pink this week! Apologies about the photos for the next few photos but I was struggling to take them at about 11pm last night! Anyway, here is a close up of Show Girl Anya...got this stamp set from the USA in the sale for $7. I wanted to make a feather so I attempted to create it out of glitter glue...not sure it worked!

Sentiment from the stamp set....cut it out in a wavy fashion and coloured the background with promarkers and drew dots to match the background of the main stamped image - also added some glitter...

Here's the one of the ribbon scraps I used tying it into a untidy bow to add a bit more pink (as if it needed any more!) to the card...

Gems, paper buttons, ribbon scraps, chequered paper - all scraps or leftovers...

The other set of paper buttons and glitter swirls...

Recipe...

DCWV Rockstar Mat Pack
Ribbons were scraps from my ribbon box
Gems are Papermania but not sure where the paper buttons came from
Pink Glitz it Glitter Glue for swirls and feather
Showgirl Anya coloured in with Promarkers (Carmine, Magenta, Blossom, Rose Pink, Hot Pink, Blush, Ivory, Vanilla and Black)
Hurrah for it being Wednesday (although wish it was Friday!). I was chuffed to be picked by Jude (Jane's daughter) as the winner of her cute little imp stamp - very much looking forward to receiving that - thanks Jane :o)
Have a lovely day, whatever you get up to!

Much love,

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Yummy Brownies...

I know that this isn't really craft related but I was chuffed at how my brownies turned out last night so I thought I'd post a pic on here! It's creative of sorts, just not a card! I've already tried one (obviously!) and they taste goooooood! I've never put the chocolate cream on the top but they taste really good with it on top! I had to test it before it went on of course ;o)



Mr Hannah helped but actually managed to get more on his face in the process (boys eh?!) I did take one or two photos of that but I won't embarass him by posting them! Looking forward to making one or two cards tonight which should be nice. Have the evening to myself so plenty of time to relax and craft. Unfortauntely it's still raining in Sussex but that won't stop me tonight! Hope everyone has a great day...whatever you're doing!

Much love,

Monday, October 05, 2009

Cool Aqua and Apricot + Flowers

Well I don't know about the rest of the UK but it is pouring with rain here in West Sussex! I finally managed to fit in some card making last night and decided to make a card for this week's challenge over on the Promarker Challenge blog.

This week's colours are Cool Aqua & Apricot with a twist of flowers. I wasn't sure about the colour scheme but was pleasantly surprised at how well the colours complimented each other. This card took me ages as I wanted to make an effort as it was my first card in over a week! I went to The Glitter Pot at the weekend and picked up my first ever Magnolia stamp - Peachy Tilda! I decided to treat myself and bought the matching paper too :o) Here's how my card turned out...

My NBF - Peachy Tilda coloured in with promarkers...I also used a Cool Aqua Promarker to colour in the background as I didn't want to use it too much on her clothes...

The ribbon tied and trimmed (first ever go at displaying a ribbon like this...think it turned out ok!) and also the TGF circled sentiment. You can also see the gorgeous paper from Magnolia to match the stamp!


Close up of the beautiful little paper roses (think these were 99p for a pack of about 30-40). You can also see where I coloured the edge of a piece of Apricot coloured card to create a border...I also coloured in some different sized spots too with my Cool Aqua Promarker...


Sorry about the last pic...came out a bit blurry! I layered the peach flower on top of the felt flower and coloured the leaves with an Apricot Promarker. You can see where I coloured the border of the card with Cool Aqua Promarker and then cut the Magnolia paper (in a wavy fashion!) to layer over the colouring...


Recipe...
  • 'Yummy in my Tummy' Paper is new from Magnolia range (papers to match the stamps - woohoo!)
  • Peachy Tilda stamped on white cardstock using Tuxedo Memento Ink and coloured in with Promarkers (Apricot, Gold, Orange, Cool Aqua, Moss, Cinammon, Cocoa, Ivory, Blush, Vanilla - always amazes me how many I use without realising!)
  • Circled Stamped Sentiment from 'The Greeting Farm' coloured in with Apricot and Cool Aqua Promarkers
  • Blue Ribbon from Stash (two lengths tied together and trimmed the ends to create a fork)
  • Paper Roses from 'The Works' (I'm sure it's a brand but they are loose in my craft box!)
  • Blue Felt Flowers and buttons and Peach Paper Flowers from Making Memories

Hope you like it!

Much love,