Wednesday, 28 November 2012

40th Birthday Card

Hi all, I felt really lucky yesterday, firstly my name was pulled to receive Velcro from Christine Emberson's  blog, then I won blog candy at Planet Susie, oh how lucky can one get. I immediately went on to buy some euro millions tickets in case it was "three in a row", have not checked them yet, feel I am being greedy or chancing my luck.  Oh,  I checked my Euromillions and won £2.90. ah well at least I won.

Yesterday I had a surprise day babysitting, young William had been up all night and his mum Emma was exhausted so Auntie Wilma took over so she could catch up on her sleep. I ended up having him all day and being only 7 weeks old he was a joy to look after. How could I forget that little boys are a danger when they have no nappy on, I left his nappy open while I fed him and suddenly felt my lap getting wet, oh the joys of babies, but I loved every minute of it. Every time he stirred in his pram my two dogs went over to stand guard, they were intrigued by him. As a result the 40th birthday card I was due to make had to be put on hold until today

(A few hours later) ......Fortieth Birthday card done and dusted and a couple of other projects, to be revealed later.


8 x 8 white card
Red and white spotty paper from Papermania Cranberry and Apple 12 x 12 paper pack
Red and white card from stash
Spellbinders Labels Twenty
Spellbinders Ribbon Banners LG
Spellbinders Vintage Lace Accents
Numbers created on Cricut Mini (still learning how to use it)
Cosmic Shimmer Mica Flakes Luna Silver
Gems, peel offs, ribbon sentiments from stash
As usual ladies I eagerly look forward to reading your kind comments.  I really have to get more Christmas cards made for my own use or no one will get any this year.  We as a family have decided to cut back on cards this year and donate to a charity.
Take care ladies, wrap up warm.
Wilma x x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Black and Cream with a touch of Red

My delivery of Labels Twenty and stamps arrived yesterday (thank you Oyster Stamps for processing my order so quickly) and my fingers were itching to play. Luckily someone wanted a black and cream card not too fussy and to be posted so no high decoupage, so on went the thinking cap. The other die I used, Persian Accents, is another one I just adore, and Memory Box Dancing Tulips, was a new one I bought at the SECC and had not used.  Dancing Tulips is so delicate you have to be really careful placing it on your card.

Where oh where has all this rain come from. Soaked twice today walking the dogs, although as it was raining it was a case of dragging them round till they did their business, and quickly back home.  They hate the rain but love the snow.  They come in after being out in the snow covered in little snowballs and I have to use the hairdryer to melt them, the snowballs not the dogs. What they like the most is a cold frosty morning, get off the lead and let loose to run on the grass.

This is photograph of them sitting on their towels waiting to get dried after being out.  Mei Li is the black one and Shaolin is the beige one.  They are very good, as soon as we come in from a walk they go directly to their towels to get rubbed down.
Now my card
8 x 8 card
Creative Expressions Foundation card in Milk and Black
Spellbinders Persian Accents
Spellbinders Labels Twenty
Spellbinders Lattice
Memory Box Dancing Tulips
Justrite Stamps
Cosmic Shimmer Black PVA glue
Ribbon and pearls from stash
As usual ladies I eagerly await your comments as I enjoy reading them and also browsing your blogs to see what amazing creations you come up with. I love seeing what my followers create and then its interesting to look at what their followers post. As a result I am spend an age browsing.
Take care and wrap up warm.
Wilma x x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Oh it must be close to Christmas

It's so lovely reading all your comments and seeing all the beautiful cards posted on your Blogs.  The book posted by Christine today was really wonderful and the rose Patricia made for the top of her box was so real looking I felt you could touch the raindrop on it's petals. Oh there are so many people to congratulate for posting their gorgeous creations that it would take up all my crafting time.

Boy am I glad I don't live in a flood plain, it would be horrifying to find your house full of dirty foul water.  I feel for the people affected by this weather. It has rained non stop today, I expect most of you have had the same, and hope it will let up soon.  Me and the dogs have been soaked twice today, they refused to go far at lunchtime, a quick wee and in, which suited me fine.

My card today is another Christmas one

8 x 8 white card
Red Card from stash
Background paper - Papermaina Home for Christmas as is the twine
Spellbinder 2011 Heirloom Ornaments
Spellbinder Poinsettia  
LOTV die cut Carol Singers Image
Red ribbon from Hobbycraft
Leaves, sentiment, pearls from stash
As is norm for me I eagerly await seeing you comments on my card for today.
Take care and wrap up warm.
Wilma x x


Away from Christmas Card

It's so nice browsing through all the blogs and finding such beautiful cards, there are so many talented bloggers out there that I am spending a lot of time just browsing and commenting.  This blogging is getting addictive, any spare minute and my hand reach for my IPad to play as a result my cardmaking is suffering. So now I am limiting myself to one hour each day to blog, lets see how long that lasts.

While browsing I downloaded a few digi sentiments which I played around with yesterday and hopefully will be using soon. I am terrible I see something and I want to try it, not later, NOW, and end up trying it out for ages.

I picked a card inspired by Julia Watts blog and it was so easy to do, although I did not have exact die I improvised and loved making it. I am waiting delivery of some dies to attempt a card from the Creative Expressions Project Book.

8 x 8 white card
Burgundy and white card from my collection
 Embossing Folder - Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Lattice A4
Cosmic Shimmer Mica Flakes - Luna Silver for round the edge of card
Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles, Persian Motifs, Bauble Blossoms Two (for flowers)
 LOTV Happy Birthday Sentiment stamp
Creative Expressions Burgundy Ribbon and Dazzlers
Distressed Ink and pearls.
Well as is said that's all for now folks. I wait with baited breath for all your comments.  I often wish  bloggers who view the cards would leave a wee comment instead of just looking, it makes me wonder what they think.
Take care and wrap up warm.
Wilma x x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas Once Again

Hi ladies, what a productive day I have had today, three cards made, which for me is amazing.  No, you are only getting them one at a time in case my run runs dry.  Its has been really miserable outside today, first thing this morning when I took the dogs out it was dull but dry and reasonably mild. I did my housework took the dogs out again at lunchtime and it was drizzling rain and getting colder, and tonight its not much better, the dogs did not want to venture far so that suited me fine.

This card is one made from odd bits from my boxes except for the image that is LOTV, Poinsettia and Marvellous Square from Spellbinders.  The pink paper is handmade paper I got in a pressie last year and I thought I would finally give it a try.  The card is either Hunkydory or Kanban or then again maybe not.  Well here it is.

I love using non traditional colours for Christmas but I also like the traditional ones too.  I think I may go back and sparkle the fur round her hood but there again it looks fine, leave it alone Wilma you will end up doing too much.  Sorry the photo is not quite right but it's difficult to get a decent photo these dull days and the flash distorts it a bit.
As usual I eagerly await your comments and now I am off to browse your wonderful creations. Oh by the way I received my copy of Creative Expressions Project Book, there are some beautiful projects in it so I am eager to get trying some out,  I have ordered Labels 20 and the Justrite stamp so when they arrive I will get started.
Take care ladies, wrap up warm.
Wilma x x


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Twins Birthday

How I just love reading all the comments on my blog and then to browse around seeing all the gorgeous cards posted by you lovely ladies. Boy there is some wonderful creations out there.  There is so much I want to try but finding the time is the biggest drawback, but I will get there eventually.

Just back from walking the dogs, last one then bed for them, and boy is it cold out there, just starting to rain too.  I don't mind walking them but I hate the rain, icy cold is OK but rain I hate it and so do they. They are good though as soon as they come in I have their towels laid out and they lie down waiting to get dried, quick biscuit and right to bed. It's like having kids again.

My card tonight is one my sister asked for, she has twin grandchildren, Heidi and Ross, who are two, adorable kids and I found LOTV have two die cuts which are them to a tee,  Heidi loves to dance and Ross loves being a cowboy. So here it is.

White Card from stock cut into easel style
Gingham Paper - Forever Friends New Arrival 12" x 12" paper pad
LOTV Die Cut Images
Spellbinders Labels One
Sentiment produce on PC
Embellishments,  pearls, corners and names from stash
I felt I could have added more to it but my sister loved it as it was, not too fussy were her words. Sorry the photograph is poor but trying to get the light right and not get glare from flash is quite difficult these days. but I hope you can see enough to make a comment.
Well ladies bedtime calls as usual I eagerly await you comments good or bad, everyone is is read and digested.
Have a good Monday.
Wilma x x

Friday, 16 November 2012

Oh No Five Oh

Where oh where does the time go these days. I used to make a card or two each day but now I just don't have time to sit and do what I like best very often.  My sister asked me to make a card for her friend who is 50 today and they are having a party tonight.  I sat and pondered and cut this out and something else and just could not find a direction to go to.  Eventually something fell into place, I was dying to use the LOTV die cuts again especially the Geisha one so that is what I chose.

My friend Susan, who is a Radio Operator on the Oil Rigs, is just home from the Congo and asked me to keep her an Advent Frame for her twin step-granddaughters and she is coming to pick it up Saturday afternoon.  We won't have much time to chat as Susan lives in Spain and is only on a flying visit to see her mum and the rest of the family.  I am used to this as Susan is always on the go and caring for everyone. She is one of the nicest people I know and I have loved having her as a friend even though we don't see much of one another we can just get together and continue where we left off no matter how long it has been since we last saw one another.  I seem to be surrounding myself with nice people just now, I met up with Patricia and Hazel and we got on like a house on fire and now Susan is visiting thing are looking up.

My card for today

Well all the card, pearls. baby's breath and ribbon were from my stash have no idea where they came from, I think the green and pink was a batch I bought from Create and Craft
Image of course Lili of the Valley die cut
Embossing Folder - Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Lattice A4
Creative Expressions Dazzler
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spun Sugar) to ink dies
Sentiment from PC
After photo was taken I noticed a pearl had fallen off so that was reattached.
Now the box

The same applies here everything was in my stash and the sentiment was produced on the PC
Now guess what I have been playing with this evening.  I despaired that I could not make roses that were up to Patricia's standard ( and low and behold she produces a tutorial which I followed and now I can make roses.  So a big thank you Patricia. 

Pretty good eh.
Well as usual ladies I eagerly await your kind comments, there never seem to be any negative comments, maybe we are all very good at crafting.  I for one. being relatively new to this, would appreciate any comments good or bad as this will help me become better at card making.
Oh nearly forgot welcome to my new followers, Viv and Annie, I never would have believed that so many lovely crafters would be interested in my creations, so thank you all.
Take care.
Wilma x x


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Sitting by the fireplace

Another busy day, don't know how I worked full time and run a house, now I am retired there never seems to be enough hours in the day.  Maybe I was more organised and had to do things straight away but these days I seem to think about something then put it off for a while then before you know it it's time for something else to be done.  I am meeting up with Patricia and her sister Hazel tomorrow in Perth for a coffee and chat.  I am so looking forward to seeing them as I would love to pick Patricia's brains on how she produces such wonderful roses and of course her cards and Hazel pops up on our blogs now and then with her lovely comments on our achievements.
This card uses another Lili of the Valley images (I purchased a few at the SECC and have since ordered more online) bet you are all getting fed up seeing these images but they are so sweet.  I use the die cuts as my attempts at colouring them has not been too successful but I will persevere, I ain't no artist but enjoy cardmaking.  I feel the poinsettias are a bit heavy for this card, they are cut out of felt and maybe paper would have been better. What do you think ladies?
8 x 8 white Card
Backing paper Papermania Home for Christmas 12 x 12 paper pack
Red and Gold Card for stock
Lili of the Valley image with a bit of glitter (although you cannot see this in photo)
Red and Green Felt from
Spellbinders Labels One
Spellbinders Poinsettia
Twine from Papermania Home for Christmas
Sentiment and gems from stash
Once again I eagerly await your comments am off now to have a browse around as in the morning it's just a quickie and I love to see your creations in more depth at night.

Take care.

Wilma x x

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Christmas for Teddy and Penguin

Well roast dinner was delicious, always is when hubby cooks Sunday dinner. I am even getting off with the dishes tonight, although I have to walk the dogs. Hubby usually walks them before dinner through the week but on a Sunday things change they get walked after dinner, maybe because we have dinner earlier.  Boy I am rabbiting on here.

My card is another Christmas one which I have enjoyed making this morning especially as I am using a die cut from LOTV (Lili of the Valley for those uninitiated crafters, I only discovered them recently).  Their stamps (which I am not confident in using yet) and die cuts are really gorgeous.

8 x 8 white card
Background Papermania Christmas Tidings A4 paper pack
Red and Gold card from stash
LOTV die cut image
Spellbinders Grand Labels One and Labels One
Sentiment, ribbon, glitter and corners from stash
As usual I eagerly await your comments as they mean so much to me.
Take care and wrap up warm.
Wilma x x 

A Day at the Oscars (well not quite!!)

Bet you are wondering what the title means. Well Flora aka  Crafty Lark sent me this

and now I have to pass it on to another five worthy crafters with the following proviso:
About this award:
Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved","Favourite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favourite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

*Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
*Post the award onto your blog.
*Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers.
*Leave a comment on their blog to let them know you have given them this awesome award!

Do keep this going and show our appreciation for other bloggers out there who deserve this award. If you have already received this award and passed it on then you have already ensured it’s continuity.

Well the lucky five are: (I will understand if you do not have the time to partake it feels a bit like the old chain letters)

Patricia -

Michelle -

Kate -

Rita -

Erika -

Thank you Flora for thinking of me.  I just love the way all crafters come together and give advice and lovely comments on the work we display.  I am relatively new to card making and blogging so every piece of encouragement/advice I receive makes me feel I am getting somewhere with my card making.

Boy this is going on a bit, have to go for dinner but will post my card of today later.

Wilma x x


Saturday, 10 November 2012

I'm Back (was I missed? probably not)

It feels like an age since I last posted a card but this week has been a round of Doctors, Nurses, Social Events, not for me but my mother who is 86 year old and cannot get around very well and needs my services as nurse, cook, taxi driver etc. not that I mind but this week everything came at once.  Hopefully this weekend I can play more with my recent purchases.  I was watching Create and Craft one morning and said to my hubby that the Cricut Mini would be a good buy and low and behold what arrived on Friday a Cricut Mini.  It's an early Christmas Present from him, he did it all himself.  Yesterday afternoon was spent setting it up (not that it took long), downloading the Cricut Craft Room software and fiddling about a bit and wallah there was my first cut out.  This will help me with my matting and layering as well as I just cannot cut a straight line as is evident on some of my cards.  Having the facility to type what you need and weld it together in any size (limited by A4) is super.  I have a 40th birthday card to do in a week or so so this is going to be ideal to cut out 40 and Claire the recipients name. Oh I am a happy person and what a lovely hubby.

Welcome to my new followers, who would have believed I would have so many in such a short time.

I have managed to produce two cards this week and here is No1

A4 white card folded in half
Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles
Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia
Blue and Spotted cardstock from Forever Friends Gift Wrapped A4 Double Sided
White glittered card for Poinsettia
Corners - Spellbinders Lace Doily Accents
Blue ribbon, sentiment and pearls from stash
Creative Expressions Fancy Pearl Embellishment
As usual ladies I eagerly await your comments, I just love logging on and seeing all your posts and reading your comments.  I am sorry this photograph is not perfect but I took it this morning when the sun was shining and it seems to have cast a shadow, but at least we had some sunshine. I shall leave the second card for tomorrow in case I get carried away playing and am not able to produce a finished card.
Take care and have a great weekend.
Wilma x x

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas is Coming!!

As if we need reminding that Santa is on his way, no matter how organised we are is still comes round too quickly.  I am one of those last minute shoppers as I can never decide what to get anyone.  People who can start Christmas Shopping really early and have it all wrapped up in October, I have a friend who is this organised, are very lucky. I shall be running around at the last minute as usual, although as a family we have cut back drastically this year and only the children are getting presents, no adults as it is getting more and more difficult to find any inexpensive appropriate gifts as money is getting tight for everyone.

On a lighter note here is a Christmas card I made to cheer myself up all christmassy red and carol singers.

8 x 8 white card
Backing paper Forever Friends Gift Wrapped A4 Double sided Cardstock
Spellbinders Grand Labels One
LOTV die cut carol singers image
Spellbinders Poinsettia die
White Glitter card (for poinsettias), sentiment, gems and glitter from stash
A nice simple card but very effective.  It is one I have been asked to make for a few people so I must have got something right.
As usual I eagerly await your comments, and am off now for a quick browse around to see what gems you ladies have come up with today.
Take care.
Wilma x x 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Mojo is back

I have had a productive day today, been playing with some of my stash I bought last week and boy have I enjoyed myself.  I just adore the Lili of the Valley images and got quite carried away making cards with them.

Today I have borrowed Patricia's bag idea, after reading her tutorial I though it would be a shame not to give it a try, after all she must have put a lot of work into producing the photographs and placing everything in the right order and writing her instructions, a job well done and well worth the effort. I for one enjoyed reading the tutorial and following the instructions.  I made a card to accompany the gift bag.  When I cut the handle in the bag I went wrong as I have not got the plain circle die and tried to cut it with a craft knife but it did not work out so I made the semi circle a rectangle but you don't have to copy everything exactly.

Here is my effort

For the card
6 x 6 white card
Backing paper - Love Tokens from Helen Jones Designs 12" x 12" double sided paper pad
I used both the printed and plain side
LOTV die cut image
Spellbinders Labels One
Spellbinders Floral Tags for sentiment inked with Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Sentiment stamp from Creative Expressions - Winter Greetings set
Gems, flowers and leaves from stash
I glitter round hat and scarf with glue pen and Diamond Sparkles Angels Kisses
Gift Bag
Same as above but using Grand Labels One for bag
and rose from Floral Tags and some ribbon.
Feeling good now I have got a few cards under my belt today and really enjoyed playing.  The dogs were a bit upset that I was not giving them much attention as I was engrossed in my crafting and they kept nudging my leg to get me to play and I had to give in a couple of times.
Well ladies as usual I eagerly await your comments and look forward to tomorrow to have my browse around all your lovely posts.
Take care.
Wilma x x 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Thank You

Now that I have come back to earth after reading all your lovely comments on my last post I have found a card I have not shown before. Will have to get my finger out now and make some new cards. I bought a few items at SECC Glasgow and want to play especially the LOTV die cuts, they are so pretty.

I have had a lazy day, well just a bit of shopping, visit from my sister with her great grandson, William, took the dogs for early morning walk and then at lunch time, so it's not been too lazy.

Here is the card.

A5 Card
Papers downloaded freebies from Jak Heath Designs
Spellbinders Floral ovals
Ribbon and Gems from stash
Sentiment from PC
Simple sweet and to the point. I suppose I should have added a flower or two but as it was being sent through the post I though I'd better not.
Jak Heath is on Create and Craft TV with  Pick of the Week Shows they started on Friday afternoon.
I really need to get crafting again I have people asking for cards I must get my finger out.  They all seem to want the ones I have made already but I like to try something new but I suppose I will have to keep my friends happy.
As usual I eagerly await your comments and hope to show something more adventurous tomorrow.
Take care.
Wilma x x

Thursday, 1 November 2012

They are finally complete - Hurrah

Oh boy I am on seventh heaven today, my Advent Frames are complete woooo hoooo. Six done and dusted, I have another nearly completed, No 7, but the person who ordered it now does not want it, but I will complete and find a deserving child.

The big reveal, this is it ladies the last you will hear of them.

This is just for you Michelle happy2craft I know you have been longing to see them all.

My Advent Frames with some goodies to place inside


10-1/2" X 10-1/2" Wooden Frame
Spellbinders Square Bracket Edge Box
Spellbinders Marvellous Squares
Various papers - Authentique, Simple stories Handmade Holiday, Papermania Home for Christmas
Gold Card, White Card and Red Card from stash
Numbers from Christine Emberson Hope and Chances

Embelishments from believe it or not Poundland (I bought themlast year)

Small goodies to place inside the boxes along with some sweets

Now I can get back to enjoying  the wonders of card making and follow all your posts as I have only been able to quickly have a glance at them over the past week.
As usual ladies I eagerly await your comments be they good or bad.

Take care and wrap up warm.

Wilma x x