Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I'm still here...

...and trying to find the perfect craft desk! Hmph....spare room is much tidier now and I am looking forward to many an evening crafting away. Hopefully that isn't too far away! I really am missing making my cards and have been organising my craft stash in preparation!!!

Hope everyone is well? Feel free to post how you are, what you've been up to etc!

Take care and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hello Cambridge!

Hello everyone, just a quick post to say that I am now living in Cambridgeshire! Am trying to organise my craft stash and am hopefully buying a desk within the next couple of days so I can get cracking on some card making and scrapbooking! Can't wait!!

Hope everyone is well!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

News...

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great bank holiday weekend. We've only had a little bit of rain so far in Sussex - I guess it's traditional!!! Anyway, I'm sorry I have not blogged for a while but there are lots of changes going on in the life of Hannah at the moment. The big news is that I am moving to Cambridge...in about 3 weeks! It's totally mad and very stressful but we're moving there so Atty can do his Aviation course. We're very excited but also very nervous...as you can imagine, there is so much to do but we've hopefully found a lovely little house to make our own...and the best bit is that we have a spare room which will be a craft room/guest bedroom! I am soooo excited about this to be able to have a little bit of space which is separate from my bedroom.

I have got to make a couple of cards before I leave so hopefully they'll be posted on here soon but thanks to those of you that keep stopping by - I do appreciate it.

Oh before I forget, if anyone knows of craft shops in or around Cambridge, feel free to drop me a line!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pink and Orange 90th...

Hi everyone! Just a really quick post today as I've got a day off work and lots to do! This was the second of two 90th cards I had to make...there were no specific's apart from 'Great-Nan' and I didn't want to make it too boring so....

Glittey 90 cut out with my cricut machine...

Yummy orange ribbon....

Kept it simple with three little pink gems...

Et voila! What do you think?

As I said, a super quick post today, but hope everyone is well. I am slowly getting my crafting bug back! I think I need to organise my craft stash as my boxes seem to be overflowing at the moment!!! Have a good day :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Birthday....to a penguin?

Well that was quite a tall order! A penguin on a birthday card...I was scratching my head for a while on this and searched high and low for the right image which proved to be quite difficult! However, I found this little guy which seemed perfect for a birthday card (majority of penguin images are winter/christmas themed!) from Cuddly Buddly Crafts the other day. Although the order was for a 90th birthday with a penguin on it, no other specifics were given so I wanted to keep the card bright and colourful...

I embellished the birthday penguin with some white g
litter on his tum, some ribbon, some glitter and a button...

I didn't want the card to be too crowded/busy so kept it fairly simple...

The colourful paper from DCWV does the trick and the Martha Stewart punch finishes the sentiments off nicely...

I love the furry star brads from Making Memories...


This is 1 out of 2 cards for my friend's order so I'll post the other card up in the next few days. Lots has been happening over the past few weeks so I haven't had too much time to craft but after this week, things should hopefully be happening for us! Atty gets his results on Thursday so we'll be finding out if he has got his place at University. If he is unsuccessful then we have lots of other options available so I guess it's wait and see' time! I've got an interview on Tuesday for a place on a Floristry course (1yr, full time!) as I think I would love to do that for a career and combine my love of making things into a business, perhaps in the wedding industry. Who knows! Apologies for rambling...it's just been about 2yrs in the making so it's been a long time coming for those of you that know me. Onto happier time fingers crossed... :)


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stamp winner...

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay in posting the winner of the stamp. I've had three bits of bad news in the past 3 days so I haven't had much time to do anything :(

Anyway, the winner of the stamp is....

Sally B

I really liked your idea of the ideas book so I think I'll start to keep a visual journal/diary of things I like. Thank you for that tip! Please drop me a line so I can make sure the stamp gets to you.

Thank you to those of you that entered - they were all fab tips so I hope you picked up some advice too!

Will be posting cards later this week when I've got my head together. Hope everyone is well.

Friday, August 06, 2010

My first easel card...

Good morning everyone...it's Friday! Thank goodness - it's felt like quite a long week :( Never mind, the weekend is just around the corner and I am looking forward to relaxing!

Last night, I managed to finally sit down and work out how to make an easel card. I looked at a couple of tutorials and it seemed simple enough but I realised that I didn't have a 12' piece of card so approx 11.75cm (A4) had to do so I had to adjust my measurements accordingly! That was the trickiest part. I have wanted to make an easel card for a while now and as it's my parents wedding anniversary today, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out this new technique....

I didn't want to stick to the traditional reds/pinks of love themed card so I used some yummy Doodlebug paper that I picked up at Hobbycraft this week for 49p per sheet....

Kept it fairly minimal (my mum prefers my cards when they are simple in design!)

I used my new Panasonic Lumix G2 DSLR to take these pics - I have not had a chance to look at the manual properly yet so these are what I call 'test' shots!

Took a pic from the side to show you what it looks like. I got to use my new Martha Stewart score board too...

What do you think? I think it turned out ok - was surprised at how easy (apart from the measurements!) it was to make. I will definitely be making easel cards from now on! My Mum was very impressed when I gave it to her this morning :)

On a side note, I've only received 3 entries for my stamp giveaway so I thought I would extend it until Sunday and post the winner first thing on Monday. Please feel free to enter as many times as you want - I think I'll get Atty to pick a winner out of a hat!

Have a great Friday...

Monday, August 02, 2010

Stamp Giveaway....*extended till 08/08/10*

***STAMP GIVEAWAY EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 8TH***
To help get rid of this silly crafter's block that I seem to be experiencing, I thought I would enlist the advice of my trusty followers. So, in order to be in with a chance to win this little stamp that I bought from Stamposaurus (brand new!):


...all you have to do is leave a comment with some advice on how to beat the dreaded crafter's block! I'll pick the best bit of advice out of those listed.


I'll start off with this one which I have tried but just seem to be in awe of other's work - the crafty bug doesn't seem to be following me:

"Try blog-hopping to grab some inspiration"

Look forward to what help you can give me!!! It's only a little giveaway so closes Midnight on Thursday and I'll post a winner on Friday 6th! Open to everyone so share the post around!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Greetings...

...from outer space!!! Hello everyone! Hope you are all well :) Life is a little crazy at the moment but I managed to make two little cards last night - 10 minute makes! One is for my Nan for helping to organise my Grandad's 80th celebration and the other is for Atty's cousin who organised the Charity Ball we went to on 17th July - so much fun!

As you can see, very simple designs but I don't always think that you have to spend hours on a card. If you keep it simple, it can look just as effective in a very short amount of time. What is the shortest time you have been able to make a card?

The first card is for Louise (Atty's cousin) and I made sure it looked fun!

The card is partly for her two young boys so I made sure they would like it too! This little alien does the job...

Funky transfers with the crazy letters fit in with the out of space theme...

The other card is for my Nan so a bit more traditional...
Love the colours - definitely reflect the temperature at the moment!
Gorgeous epoxy stickers from DCWV...

I'm slowly starting to get organised with everything - even my craft stash was sorted! So hopefully I will be back on track with my card making now. I have missed it!

Thank you for stopping by - feel free to leave me a comment!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Busy Bee...

Hello everyone! Hope you are still with me :) I know I have not blogged for nearly a week, how rubbish of me! I hope you can forgive - I started my new job on Tuesday back at my old job. It's only temporary so it's keeping me busy and making me very tired so I have not been able to do much crafting.

Being tired has not stopped me buying though! I managed to pick up some cricut cartridges in Hobbycraft for about £28 each as well as the Design Studio (£28 too) and the Jukebox (£40) which I thought was good.

I won the Anyone for Anya challenge last week so I was really chuffed with that! I am looking forward to receiving my prize. I have been stopping by people's blogs, even if I have not had time to leave a comment!

Anyway, I hope to make a card this week and post it up here. Thanks to those of you that are stopping by - I do appreciate it!

Hope you are all well :o)


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Con-grad-ulations Emily...

Now why did I think of that amusing sentiment after I made her graduation cards?! Always the way isn't it! Feel free to borrow!!!

The fab little graduate is a digi image from Pink Cat Studio (click here to purchase)

Quite different colours to use for a grad card but I love love LOVE my greens and blues!

Gorgeous papers from DCWV....Martha Stewart punch making another appearance...as well as an unusual way to use my ribbons!

Quite a funky card I hope you'll agree!

She loved this one and the other one I made for her! Love seeing people's faces when they realise it's handmade...definitely makes the effort worthwhile!!

Lil' sis graduated in London yesterday - very proud of her. Well Done Em! x

Hope you are having a good week. Can't believe it's Wednesday already tomorrow! Where is this week going?! ;o)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Emily's Graduation...

Man, I am starting to feel old! My little babby sister is graduating tomorrow and it only seems like yesterday that I graduated! It really is scary how time is flying. Although it's been a lovely day here, I had to find time to make two cards for her graduation; one from me and one from my parents. I have had this digi image from TGF for ages and have been waiting to use it! Finally it has come in use!

I decided to enter this card in this week's Anyone for Anya challenge where they have a colour combo to use: black, white and pink...

Hopefully Em will be smiling tomorrow when she graduates!

Yummy paper from DCWV...

Simple sentiment which was coloured in with Promarkers...

Fairly simple design...and flowerless!

So there we go! I'm looking forward to giving her the card, I think she'll like it :)

I've just read the blog post again on the Anya challenge and their DT has closed now so I'll guess we'll see who the new members of the DT are in the next week or so...looking forward to it!

Only 1 more day off until I start work again *sigh*....it's been fab though!!!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Boy or Girl?

Well I have finally managed to make a card! My time off work is whizzing by and I'm having so much fun! I've crammed lots in but still got lots to do too...I went to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday which was brilliant. The weather was fab! I've only got 4 days off left after this so I guess I need to use them wisely :)

Before I left my old job, I was asked to make a card for a friend's sister. The order was for a 'leaving to have a baby' card and for it to be personalised. Sounds easy enough right? However, the mama to be didn't know whether it was gonna be a boy or a girl so it had to be neutral colours. Easier said than done! But I think I did OK...

I made the little baby gro using the same DCWV papers so everything matched...

Gorgeous little silver charms and furry brads from Making Memories...

Cute little rattle! I also added a cheeky little pink gem inside the star...

Fab little punch from Martha Stewart came in handy...

Really hope she likes it! Think it turned out alright in the end.

Right, I am off into town to run some errands. Hope everyone has a fab afternoon! Thank you for stopping by :o)

Friday, July 02, 2010

Just checking in...

I'd just written a long post and it didn't save...don't you hate it when that happens?!? Blimmin' technology...

Anyway, in short I was basically saying that it's been a crazy couple of days..
  • Wednesday - finished work! Really lovely day, sad in parts but overall really enjoyable
  • Yesterday - Atty's Birthday, Tank Museum - fab day and he loved his presents and card...big thumbs up!
  • Today - Goodwood Festival of Speed - brilliant but SOOO tiring
  • Tomorrow - Goodwood again...boy am I going to be tired!
  • Sunday - Wireless @ Hyde Park
Monday is RELAX day...I cannot wait as I need to rest! Anyway, thanks to those of you that are stopping by even though I have not posted anything new since Tuesday. I hope to get crafting next week in between my day trips out. Hope you are all well!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Best buds...

Well it's only Tuesday and I'm still feeling like I'm on a tropical island so this colour scheme seems very appropriate! I had to make a couple of cards for people who are leaving as well asm me tomorrow so I made a summery one for my pal at work, Pippa! I had a little help this week as over on the Anyone for Anya challenge this week you have to follow a sketch...

Here is my interpretation...

Cutesy Anya playing her little heart out...

Funky little sentiment...reminds me that I don't use epoxy stickers enough...

Gorgeous K&Co Citronella flowers...

That ribbon is straight I promise you! I wanted Anya to look like she was sitting on something. Candy dots prove to be a vital staple in this one!

Yummy! So summery...

I can't quite believe it's my last day at work tomorrow. It all seems very surreal and so sad. I've made some lifelong friends at this job and I know I will stay in touch with some of them. I'm looking forward to my time off though...although not masses of rest since new job starts on 12th July!

Hope everyone is coping in the heat. I thought I was going to melt earlier and had to stop making my card as I was coming over all queasy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

My boyfriend the pirate...

Good Morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was very relaxed apart from watching the England game (deary me!!!) and I managed to make a couple of cards. The most important one was for Atty's birthday which is on Thursday and I was in two minds what kind of card to make him! One of his favourite things is pirate's (don't ask me why...think it's a boy thing!) Anyway, after rifling through my stamps, I came across the Changito pirate set by Stampendous which hadn't been opened...so I had to use them!

Love these little buttons from Dress It Up range....

Used my beloved cricut machine to cut out the numbers and letters...

Cheeky changito makes an appearance with his treasure...

Another pirate themed button...the paper is from the DCWV All About Boys stack...

I used some flock to create a 'sand' effect...

You see how fab the weather was over the weekend by how bright the card is!


I really hope he likes the card! I think he will...I'm pleased with how it turned out and it didn't take as long as it usually does when I make 'important' cards :o)

This week is going to be a bit of weird one since I leave work on Wednesday so it's going to be a sad couple of days. Never mind, on to bigger and better things hopefully!