Monday, 22 May 2017

My Happy Accident!!!

Hello Blog friends and followers hope you are all well.  Thank you so much for my welcome back to Blogland, and for all your lovely comments.
We seem to be drifting between Summer and Spring here in the North East of Scotland. There is nothing much we can do about the weather so we just have to go with the flow as they say!!!
If you happen to have landed here because you pressed a wrong button ... welcome.  Please stay a while and have a look round, I love having visitors.
After meeting Maureen Killen a couple of years ago I have learnt so much about colouring.  Maureen makes beautiful cards, most are stamped and coloured.  I have crafted in lots of ways since a little girl "many years ago".  Like most little ones I did colour, always had colouring books and pencils. However it was never like the amazing things we have on offer today.  
I have a few Digital Images that I decided I would print off to send to Maureen to help her pass the time while she is not able to get about after her accident. The image I am showing I mistakenly printed in A4 size.  I was just going to use the back of the paper as scribble, then thought I would have a go at actually colouring it.  It is rather big and a lot to colour,  I have done it, I still have lots to learn but I am quite happy with it.
I printed the image from a My Besties CD by Sherri Baldy.
I used Prisma Pencils to colour

My friend Elaine spotted and admired it, she has three Granddaughters so I gave it her . She said she would frame it for the girls Playroom.    I would not have used it, we have no girls in the family.

Having printed it off A4 by mistake I have decided to call it "My Happy Accident"

`cepta  plus anyone else interested in making any of the Origami Boxes on the 12x12 paper packs from "The Works" is perfect for making them.
Here are pictures of 2 of the packs I have.  I have had mine for a while and actually think they now £4 put still well worth the money.

Thank you so much for calling by I really appreciate it
Till next time

Patricia xxx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Simple Cards

Hello Bloggers, thank you for your visit, I love that you pop into see what I have been doing.
I live in a tiny village, more of a hamlet really.  If you sneezed as you entered you will be through and out the other side by the time you lift your head again, I really mean it.  We have to travel 3 miles east or west to find a shop, we tend to stock up rather than leave things to chance.
I have a couple of old ladies who ask me to make their cards.  They phone along if they want "special" cards made.  I now have them organised with a box of simple everyday cards which I top up for them. 
I just love the Stippled Blossom Stamp Set from SampinUp  (no longer available)  SU Change there products twice a year, when they change that`s it gone for ever.  My stamps are so well used they might even start wearing out, I do hope not I love them.
Anyway here is a selection of Stippled Blossom cards I have made for one of the ladies.

White card for the base cards from Samuel Taylor, I really like their card.
Coloured card from my Bit Box for matting
Stippled Blossom Image stamped on to the same card as I used for the base cards.   I often have bits in my Bit Box which I use up first.
StampinUp Ink Pads 

I use Phil Martin Sentiment stamps to make sentiment banners for along the bottom.  I leave them separate with some DST on the back.  I give them a good selection including a couple of Sympathy ones they can add as required.

Thank you for calling by I really appreciate it
Patricia xxx

Monday, 15 May 2017

Origami Boxes

Hello Bloggers, first I would like to thank all you kind people for calling in on my Blog after my long break from Blogging.  Without you calling in and leaving your kind comments none of it would be worth while. 
I am actually enjoying being back and looking at all your wonderful work.  Everyone does very different things, its great to get ideas, hints and tips. 
Recently my DIL asked if I would make a few things for a stall she is having to help with School Funds.  Robert is still at their local Primary School where there are only 14 pupils.  They do lots of things to raise money for School Trips. This always has to include hiring a Mini Bus the money is usually spent on that.
Today I am showing you the Origami Boxes I made, I love making this kind of project more so than cards.
I started making these boxes a few years ago after watching a wonderful Video Tutorial on:-   Christina has some fantastic tutorials you can access from her Blog.  If you go to Video Tutorials, scroll till you find Origami Boxes its all there for you to use. 

Most of the boxes are made using double sided paper/card pads from "The Works"
They are brilliant and cost approx £4 for 24 double sided sheets of 12x12 paper/card.   There are lots of different pads to choose from.  If you don`t have a store near you, pop online, choose and have it delivered to your door. That`s what I do, I live 20miles from our nearest store the price of the P&P is less than I would be in petrol and parking.
Ribbon, lace and pearls from my stash
Flowers all made by me, something else I love making.

Thank you for your visit I really appreciate it
Patricia xxx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Lantern Tutorial

Hello Bloggers, hope you are all well.
I had a couple of requests for instructions for the Lantern I showed last week.
Go grab yourself a BIG cup of coffee and a whole box of biscuits, this is very picture heavy.
I am not that good at these sort of things but here we go:-
I cut 4 panels using the above Die.  Any Die you have will do, if its a narrow Die like a SW Striplet Die you can do it on one sheet of card if you have a large Die Cutting Machine.  I did  a few for Christmas using one of Sue`s Christmas Striplets
I cut the panels out leaving approx 1cm border ALL THE WAY ROUND
Score and fold in that 1cm border on all sides.  Leave the bottom ones they sit inside your top and base
I used this Acetate to line my box it is a good heavy weight Acetate which helps strengthen the box
I used narrow Red DST to stick the Acetate to the inside of the box
I used Cosmic Shimmer glue on the 1cm folded pieces
Stuck them, pinned them and left them to dry.  We then need to make a Lid & Base.
Once dry I measured the top and made these.
The of course these will be or should be the same size top and bottom. I measured and made them just a tiny bit more than 1cm deep.  Punch a hole in the center of the "top" for threading the ribbon through.  I cut a square of card to hide the tails of the ribbon inside the top.  If using it as a Lantern I did not stick the base on.  I find it easier to lift the box to switch on & off the Battery Candle.  If you are using the box for another type of gift I would stick the base on
Your finished Lantern ready to decorate.  Looks nice just like that or you can do this:-
I hope you understand all these instructions.  Please just ask if there is anything I can help you with.

Thank you for calling in I really do appreciate it
Patricia xxx

Monday, 8 May 2017

Pretty as a Picture

Hello Bloggers hope you have all had a good weekend.  The weather here was wonderful, wall to wall sunshine, it was a bit windy and just a little on the cood side.  However if the sun shines it makes us all feel so much brighter.  Don`t know about you but I manage to get loads done when the sun is shining.
We have been busy in the house, having the bathroom re-done.  We have taken away the bath and replaced it with a big shower cubicle.  John does not have the power in his arms to push himself out of the bath.  John Jr did say "its a family house people expect to see a bath"  I told him it was "our" family house and the bath was never used.  We do have a shower room with a double shower now we have two.  We just need to get the flooring organised and that will be it.
I was looking through old files that I managed to find.  I found some Sugar Nellie images I bought years ago, it is all boys in our family but the Sugar Nellie girls are so sweet I had to have some.
I do not do a lot of stamping and did not do colouring till I met Maureen Killen.  She gave me a few few hints and tips plus lots of encouragement.  I think she dreaded her Postman coming, I used to send her all me projects to keep in exchange for advice. 

Sugar Nellie image from Funky Kits
Coloured with Prisma Pencils
Frame SB Grand Large Labels Die
Flowers TH Tattered Florals the smallest flower

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my Lantern.
Olga & Glenda I will try to get the Instructions for the Lantern sorted ASAP

Thank you so much for your visit I really appreciate you calling in
Patricia xxx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Flower Lantern

Happy Birthday Sister, have a great day.
If you have not visited Hazel her Blog is worth a look.  Hazel makes cards but her main thing is her Gift Baskets, Gift Bags and other containers.

Hello Bloggers, thank you for your visit.
I have been pressing buttons in all directions, I think I have finally cracked this Windows10.  What a right pain it has been.

Today I have a Lantern?box with flower and leaf decoration.  I have made rather a lot of these, they take some time to make but worth every minute.  I have made some as Gift Boxes and  popped a gift inside, others I have made as a lantern.  If I make it as a lantern I put a Battery Candle in them.  I do warn the people I give them to NOT to use a real candle.

 Black 300gsm card
Crafters Companion Create a Card Die.
Acetate for the windows
160gsm Yellow paper/card for the flowers
Leaf Die
Organsa ribbon

That`s it for today
Thank you so much for your comments and for taking time to call by

Patricia xxx

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Some Handmade Flowers

Hello fellow Bloggers, thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my Post and my return to Blogging.  If you leave me a little comment and have a Blog I can then return the favour, by popping in to see what you get up to and also leave a comment.  A big thank you to those of you who have called and do NOT have a Blog, I send you a big Thank You.
I am still struggling trying to find my photos, then managing to get them on my post. I am getting there but its such a low process. Oh! to be so silly as far as computers and Windows10 are concerned.

Followers that have known me for quite a while know I love making flowers.  Once I start I can't stop and often have a BIG box of flowers to work from..

 The flowers above I made for each of the the "Gang of Nine" for when we all met up last week.
We are a far flung group of Crafters who meet up every 6months.  We all originally found each other through Sue Wilson`s wonderful Blog. When we meet up we do not do any Crafting, we do talk about and share hints and tips.   We spend so much time chatting, laughing, eating plus shopping, no  not Craft Shopping just shopping in general.
They were package along with some Baby Card Embellishments in a Cellophane Bag which did not photograph well, I have taken them out to show you.
The pink flowers were made using 160gsm Pink paper and a very old Woodware Punch.  Centers are seed beads I have had for ever. 
Yellow Roses made using 160gsm Yellow paper and SB Blossom Five Die.  I swear I will ware that Die out I have used it so often. I have tried using other Dies but I always come back to the Blossom Five Die.
These are the Baby Card Embellishments.
I hand knitted the little Bootees
The Nappy is a triangle of toweling, with a teeny, tiny safety pin.

That`s it for today, I am off to see if I can work out how to do things a bit quicker.
Thank you very much for popping by I really appreciate it

Patricia xxx