Saturday, 28 February 2009

I'm Still Here and Crafting

Well it seems like ages since I last blogged although it's only a couple of weeks really. Most of my crafting time has been taken up with finishing my Sister's wedding invites. They are all now done and have been sent to the guests so I can show the full finished product:

I am a bridesmaid so they know I'll be there but I decided to still make an acceptance card from me and Mr Crafty Blogger:

I have noticed that a few scrapbook manufacturers seem to be doing ticket embellishments at the moment and I decided I wanted to have a go at making my own personalised ones. I decided that hand cutting would be too difficult so decided to look for a punch or die and found this.

I then designed the ticket in photoshop, printed on card and then cut it out using the die. I really like the effect and now need to come up with a few more designs.

Paper from stash (DaisyD I think)
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Papermania ribbon
Pearl topped pin
Personalised 'Sizzix' ticket
Inking and pen stitching

Off crafting and onto other stuff, as you know I am a bit of a Morecambe and Midland Hotel obsessive, so I was delighted to read this post on the I Like blog which is one of my favourite sites. Check out I like, it really is a fantastic read.

Ruthie x

Monday, 16 February 2009

A Challenge That's Right Up My Street

This week I discovered the Cardalicious challenge blog and as fate would have it their latest challenge was right up my street:

this weeks challenge--make a thank you card using something felt, some sort of stitching and use the color pink.
Could this be more perfect for me? I think not! So here is what I came up with:
Felt birdie cut using a Boss Cut die
Oval and scalloped oval cut from fabric and felt using Nestabilities
Stitched using embroidery thread from a pound shop
Flowers cut using a Cuttlebug die with added Primas and mini buttons from Crafts By Carolyn
Felt ric-rac from Paper and String
Basic Grey Phoebe paper
Bazzill Basics Card
Hand written greeting
Inking and pen-stitching to finish

Also, as I have a day off work I can join in with the prompts over on HerSpace:MySpace:HisSpace. (It's usually too dark when I get home). Today's prompt is 'Herb' and here's my not very original take on it:


Ruthie x

Sunday, 15 February 2009

A Sneaky Peek....

..of my sister's wedding invites.

I have spent the afternoon with my sister finalising the design for her wedding invitations and she has agreed that I can share a sneaky peek with my blog readers so here you are:

The background mat for the flowers was made using one of the cuttlebug vintage corner dies. I've had the set for ages and never used that particular die. It was only when my sister sent me a web link to the set that I thought about using it. I have nearly ebayed it in the past thinking I would never use it (you see hoarding is a good thing!).

I'm off now to play with more felt. I enjoyed making this card, but as you can see it does not include the lovely wooly stuff!

Ruthie x

Saturday, 14 February 2009

A Fab Parcel

Well. I've not really done much crafting since my last post, but I did get a fantastic crafty parcel this week. As soon as I saw the felt ric-rac over on Sarah's Paper-and-String Blog I knew I had to place an order and here it is:

and it arrived in a really cute paper bag:

I can also now share one of my recent cards; Mr Crafty Blogger's Valentine's card. He reads my blog so I can only show it now he has received it:

Heart wrapping paper from Paperchase
Mini bulldog clip from Paperchase
Felt letters cut using Cuttlebug red tag sale
Pen stitching
Finally I just wanted to share the lovely Valentine's card and present I received from Mr Crafty Blogger:

The book is book six of Wainright's 'A Pictoral Guide to the Lakeland Fells'. I had mentioned that I would like to do some of the Wainright walks this summer so he bought me the book. Proof apparently (according to himself) that men do listen.

Have a good weekend,

Ruthie x

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Still no snow, so I made cards!

Well snow is completely absent at Crafty Blogger HQ so no opportunity to make snowmen so I've made a couple of cards to amuse myself instead. I've got a couple of male friends birthdays coming up so I've had to do the dreaded men cards instead of lovely girly ones.

First one is for a friend who is restoring his MG Midget. I googled the pic, which is an advert from the late 1970s, and used photoshop to add the faces of him and his wife, but I left him with the nice original 1970s Kevin Keegan style perm.
The second one is a pretty standard male beer card:


MG Card
Googled pic
Orange Basic grey paper (the one from Gypsy I think)
Dymo tape
Spiral clip from Crafts by Carolyn
Brads from an old stash of Queen & Co ones
Inking and stitching to finish

Beer Card
Felt pint cut with QK Beer Mug die
AMM Patterned paper
Bazzil card
Brown ribbon and string from stash
More old Queen & Co brads
Tag cut using a cuttlebug die
Inking and pen stitching
and dare I say it....................peel off greeting


Ruthie x

Monday, 2 February 2009

It's Not So Grim Up North

Well I woke up this morning and switched the news on to be confronted by the fact the whole of Britain has ground to a halt because of snow. Well maybe it had in London, but it certainly hadn't here! I looked out of the window and yes there was evidence of snow, but certainly not of the epic proportions the people on BBC breakfast were on about. There wasn't even enough to make a snowman so I had to go to work instead!

Here is a pic of my garden before I headed to work this morning (note the lack of world stopping snow):

Ruthie x

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Don't Craft...........

...after over indulging the night before, or if you do be prepared for the fact that it will take you hours to come up with one basic card.

I have spent most of the afternoon holed-up in my craft room shuffling bits of paper round trying to make a cards, and a the same time recover from last night.

After much paper shuffling and brew drinking I finally came up with this:

It's a fairly basic card, but you wouldn't think so if you knew the amount of time it took me to make it.

Paper - K&CO Amy Butler
Spotty ribbon from local market
Papermania brad
Bulldog clip and Primas from stash
Stamped greeting (framed with nestabilities die cuts)
Pearl topped pin from local market
Inking and pen stitching

Last night's over indulgence was due to a friend's birthday (the one I made the recipe binder for). A few of us went into town for a meal and a few drinks. A good time was had by all and I also bumped into a group of old friends I haven't seen for years. We had a bit of a catch-up, well as much as you can in a very loud 80's theme bar!

Off now to watch some Jonathon Creek I think. I found the DVDs of the two old Christmas specials cheap on the interweb the other day so treated myself.

Ruthie x