Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Red Velveteen Rabbit

Hello fellow crafters
I trust you are having a pleasant evening whatever you are doing?

I just wanted to share a little something with you that I have been working on this evening, while watching an old Doctor Who episode with my son, Lewis.  I really miss David Tennant, although I do like Matt Smith as well.  We were watching the episode where the Doctor and Martha go back in time to visit William Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, called 'The Shakespeare Code' and my son showed me where he sat when he recently visited the theatre in London, with his school.  Bless him, he's really excited.

Anyway, I think I might have been a little bit inspired whilst watching as I came up with this dark and ever so slightly, eerie card. Maybe it also has something to do with Halloween coming up too. Who knows??? Anyway, I really quite like it.

The digital image is from the Saturated Canary, she's called Honey and she can be found here.

The background papers are from DCWV The Madly in Love (12x12cm paper) Stack but the red paper is just a piece of scrap that I cut to size and ran through the BigShot with my Cuttlebug embossing 'Spots' folder.

I then added some ribbon that I cut into strips and stuck behind the main image and added a Craftwork Cards sentiment to finish it off.

I hope you like my card and thank you for taking the time to visit.

Thanks for stopping by
Hugs, Fae xxx

Friday, October 26, 2012


Hi there, once more I return this evening (this is the last time, I promise...) I have made one more card that I would like to share with you.

This is not being entered into any blog competitions or blog hops etc. its just something I have made this evening for a friends birthday while I was watching TV.  I plucked two 'ideas' from my Inspiration Jar and they said
  1. Use two colours from a paper pad that you haven't used before (even if it looks like they wouldn't go together); and
  2. Use a digital stamp that you have purchased in the last month.  I recently purchased this stamp 'Starla' from the Saturated Canary.
I hope you like my card and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today. Your visits are much appreciated.  If you like or dislike my card, please feel free to leave a comment, all comments are gratefully received.

Good night, for now... until tomorrow, when I will return with more inspiration for you (I hope).
Hugs x

Fifty Shades

Hi 'fifty shades' fans. I thought I would share this little card I made earlier with you all. I just love this image.

It's a digital stamp called 'Grey Tie' from Saturated Canary and you can find it here.

I have read all of the Fifty Shades' books and I just think this would be a cool card for a male or a female.

I hope you like the card and thanks again, for stopping by to visit my craft blog.

Hugs, Fae xxx

Little 'Blue' Peep

Full version of the front of the card
Well I can't believe another Friday is here already... where does the week go?

I have been convalescing at home for the past month due to health reasons and I can't believe that we are turning the clocks back this week and November is practically upon us. I'll have to get out my book of spells for next week and my broom could do with an airing. Maybe I'll take it for a pre-Halloween (hypothetical) spin this week to blow out any cobwebs.

Anyway onto today's card... I have decided to enter this card into the following challenges:

Fashionista Challenge - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers - Pets Theme

Close up view
I started with an 8" by 8" white base and then added some papers from my Grace Taylor 'Blossom' 12 x 12cm scrapbook pad.  The blue paper with the text I am not sure the origin of... sorry! I layered the blue and the circle of brown directly onto the base card and then used a nestie and my Big Shot to cut around the image.  I used my Promarker pens to colour in the digital image (Jules from the Saturated Canary) and then I mounted that to the front of the card too.  I then added all of the embellishments; gemstones; flowers; brad; pins and coloured adhesive pearls, not to mention the Craftwork Cards Happy Birthday Sentiment which seemed to match the shape of the nestie (well...almost).

Hugs Fae xxx

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn Days

Hello Fellow Crafters...

Been busy this morning, I realised I was running behind on making a card for Mo's Digital Challenge and so I have made a cute card for the following blog challenges:

Mo's Digital Challenge #157, Autumn Fun
Fashionista Challenge, Anything Goes

I started with an A5 white base card and made it landscape. In I then merged a Mo's Digital Pencil digi stamp with a sentiment from Create with TLC digi stamp.

I coloured her in Autumn colours and stamped the leaves in copper ink to the base (the stamp is PSX F-2781).  I also stamped one more onto plain white card and cut the additional leaf out.

After printing and colouring the image I then cut it out and mounted it onto brown and then white card. I added some brown ribbon to the corners and some clear adhesive diamante gems.  I then added the leaf I cut out earlier to the bottom right corner of the card.  To make the clouds in the background I die cut a scalloped circle with my BigShot and then sponged blue ink over the template to make it look like clouds.

Hope you like the card and thank you for visiting my blog.
Hugs, Fae xx

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Yosemite Sam... SAM

Hi guys and gals

Just thought I would share this little project with you all.

On 26th October it's my daughter's boyfriends sixteenth birthday. He's a strange one to buy for so I'm just gonna give him some cash but equally I had a hard time trying to think of something to use as inspiration for his card.  He loves tattoo style text and images and his name is Sam so I thought it would be fun and a little bit different to make a Yosemite Sam card.

I drew the image freehand, copying an image I found on Google images and the text style is my own.  I then coloured the text so that it would look like it was on fire, as Yosemite is firing his pistols. Job done.

I hope you like the card and thanks for visiting today.

Happy Halloween

Hi guys and girls
I have something special today.  My passion for everything Halloween has been on an all time high today as I have been combining a few Blog Challenges to make something special.  I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Passion for Promarkers 'Bee Happy' (Yellow and Black)
Songbird Challenges 'Build Me Up Buttercup' (Yellow)
Tiddly Inks 'Halloween' (using a Tiddly Inks image)
Divas by Design 'Something Spooky'
Cutie Pie Challenge Blog 'Halloween'

Firstly, I took a 20cm by 20cm (8" x 8") white base card.  In Publisher I had a 18.5cm x 18.5cm square and inserted the Tiddly Inks spider web (freebie) from a while back, into the box.  I then layered another box over the top and added the 'Spooky Birthday' image (but only part of it).  I stuck this to the base card with double sided adhesive tape. I then added a Halloween sentiment, a ribbon and three yellow card candi.

On the inside, I created a similar background and then added a verse that I made up. It says:

From our house to your house
on 'All Hallows Eve'
may your Hallowe'en be a restful one
from Fae, Lianne, Lewis and Steve

I then reprinted the first image and coloured the cake in. I then cut the cake out and added it to the verse on the inside.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today.

Just a quick addition to the previous entry... my card got the Passion for Promarkers TOP 5. Yay!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Frosty Autumn

Hi guys and girls

Here's another card...

I started making this card yesterday after my doctors appointment and then I lost the plot slightly and didn't know what to do with it.  I stamped the white base card stock all over with the Stampendous D112 Sketched Butterfly stamp in black.  Then, I picked two specific areas on the stamp, and coloured those areas in two different shades of blue.  This was when I got lost...

This morning, I woke up and knew how to finish the card.  I stamped the butterfly again on white card and added a sentiment (another unmounted grey sentiment stamp from the bargain bucket at Alexandra Palace 2010) that simply says

"Sing in the Rain, Dance in the Sun, Dream by the light of the Moon"

Then I mounted that onto blue Papermania card stock and mounted the whole thing to the left of the base card.  I then coloured in the same two areas with the same two shades of blue and added some adhesive diamantes.

Hope you like it?
Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

All Boy...

Another card from me today is for the following challenges

Mo's DP2 Challenge '"B" is for...' and
Come and Get It Challenges using the colours Olive, Razzleberry and Pumpkin

First of all I printed off one of Mo's gorgeous images, 'Fixer Boy' and you can get it from her shop here because "B" is for... BOY, then I proceeded to colour the image using the three colours given above.

I love the overall finish of the card (the photograph doesn't really do it justice) and I was really pleased with the end result. I think I shall give this card to my nephew next month.

I then added a verse that I got out of the bargain bin at Alexandra Palace a few years ago and a charm.

Hope you like it,
Thanks for stopping by today,
Hugs, Fae xx

Best Day Ever

Hi guys and girls
Long time no see...

I have been a bit busy lately and that's why I haven't been actively blogging. I have problems with my health and I have various other things going on in my life that crafting has had to take a little bit of a back seat I'm afraid, but here is a card that I have made, this week, for the Cupcake Craft Challenges 'Two's Company'

I wanted some inspiration for my mother-in-laws birthday card and the Cupcake Craft Challenge was the first challenge I came across on Monday (as they set their new challenges on Mondays). 'Two's Company' seemed to be a fair goal to aspire to so I set to work on this.

I loved the background papers on this card and these were just a few scraps I had laying around in my scraps box so I tried to tie all the colours in together and added some white spots with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to the dress. The stamp used is 'Best Day Ever' by Sugar Nellie. The sentiment is silver embossed white card and was a freebie with a craft magazine.

Hope you like it.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Poor Nanny

My poor nanna had a fall yesterday, look at what she did to her face and wrist.

Me and mum were up the hospital with her for a couple of hours yesterday.  She's in so much pain.  Turns out she has a urine infection and that would appear to be the reason why she fell.  Apparently????

I went round to her house this morning to see what sort of night she had and to see if she had a good nights sleep.  She didn't seem to be too bad but her eye is really swollen and she has a really bad black eye.

She has been over the town with mum and me this morning. Someone said to her "OMG, what happened to you?" to which nanna replied, "Yeah it's all cool, you should see the other guy!" She said to me and my children, "I didn't come through the war to let a fall stop me now." Bless her.

Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Latest Craft Room News

The latest news on the craft room...

Well, as you can see, we have spent the last few weeks finishing off the base for my craft room, which is 12ft by 10ft and this week we have spent most of our days flattening the ground, laying sand on the ground, layering a top soil and then adding the turfs. The lighter area is the old piece of lawn we had and the lovely fresh green area is all new turf. We have added some lovely curb stones along the borders too. Just need to find the right log cabin, order it and erect it now. Still looking and waiting for the right price.

Can't wait.
Hugs, Fae xxx

Friday, July 20, 2012

Big Girl

Hello Peeps
Another card that I have made for Lianne's 15th Birthday, next week, that I thought I would enter for Mo's DP2 Challenge #144 Hugs 'n' Kisses.

This is such a lovely image from Mo Manning over at, she's called 'Big Shoes' and you can purchase it here.

The background papers used are from a paper stack called BLOSSOM from Grace Taylor, which was a recent purchase from Hobbycraft. The sentiment used is from Create with TLC and was a digital freebie.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Forever Blowing Bubbles...

This card was made using a Penny Black stamp that I have had quite a while. I was lacking inspiration so I consulted my 'inspiration jar' and selected the following challenges for myself:
  1. Use a Penny Black stamp that you haven't used in a while.
  2. Do not add any colour to the main image.
  3. Apart from Black or White only add one additional colour.
The only addition to the main image that I used was a little Stardust Stickles on the bubbles (although I don't think that shows up very well on the photograph).

I then added a simple 'Hero Arts' sentiment, a couple of corner pieces and some plain white Card Candi from Craftwork Cards that I added the same Stardust Stickles to.

Hope you like it and thank you very much for stopping by.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Slipping through my fingers...

I have made this next card for Cupcake Craft Challenges, their theme this week is 'Number Cruncher'.

I was going to make a card with an accountant, maths teacher or something similar on the front and then I remembered that Lianne, my eldest daughter, will be fifteen on the 27th July and therefore decided to make a card with '15' on the front instead.

I am going to put the lyrics from 'Slipping Through my Fingers' by Abba on the inside, as follows:

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile
I watch her go with a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I'm losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Sleep in our eyes, her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake, I let precious time go by
Then when she's gone there's that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I can't deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
(Slipping through my fingers all the time)
Well, some of that we did but most we didn't
And why I just don't know 

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time 

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers...

Slipping through my fingers all the time

Note added: 16th July 2012
Just a quick note to thank the DT at Cupcake Craft Challenges for choosing my card to be one of your 'Cupcake Cuties' this week, thank you xx.

Laugh a Little

Another little gem from Lili of the Valley... God I love this cute little fairy lady.

I made this card a while ago and photographed it but never got around to uploading the picture to Blogland.

The sentiment is Hero Arts (I believe) and the background papers are scraps I had lying around. Sorry, I can't remember who, what, when or where they came from...

The image was coloured with my Copic Pens and I added some silver Card Candi from Craftwork Cards.

Spots and Dots

I made this card using papers that were a freebie gift from one of my craft magazine subscriptions and I roughed up the edges with my scalpel. I then printed the Sugar Nellie image and coloured her in with my Promarker pens.

I added the Craftwork Cards sentiment and some flowers, leaves and pins to finish off the overall effect.

I love how this card turned out.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read my posts. I hope you like the cards here and take a few moments to leave a message or two.

Thank you x

Highclere Decoupage

I made this card a little while ago but Darren, my boss was so pleased with it, that I wanted to share it with you.

He had arranged to take his partner Jayne, to Highclere House (where Downton Abbey is filmed and located) for her Birthday, last month, as she is a big fan. So of course I had to make the card all about that.

I downloaded a picture of Highclere and printed it off three times. I then used the more prominent parts of the image to decoupage it. The picture doesn't really do it any justice but like I said, I had to share it with you as not only was Darren pleased with it, but I got a 'tip' too. How cool is that???

The inside of the card was the same image but very printed very feint and over the image was the itinerary for the day, which began with her breakfast, a wonderfully relaxing massage followed by the tour of the house and the gardens and then a lovely lunch. She's a very lucky lady. I'm sure that the only other thing that could have made her day more perfect would have been if Alexander Skarsgard had been doing the massage himself.

Pretty in Pink

Hi ladies (and gents)
I made this card for the following Blog Challenges.
 It's the first time I have entered the Cutie Pie Challenge so I hope I meet their criteria. Anyway, enough shout out to the Blogs, here's the card I made.

I made this really sweet card for my grandmother, who I affectionately call Nanny. She has been in the hospital for the past three weeks but I am delighted to say that she was discharged on Wednesday of this week and this is a 'happy thoughts' card for her.

The background paper which I attached to an 8 x 8 inch white base card, is from Craftwork Cards and has a shimmer effect that you can't really see in the photograph. I then cut a smaller piece of pink shimmer card and ran it through the Big Shot to add a patterned texture and mounted that onto black card. The image is from Lili of theValley and the sentiment 'Sending Lots of Happy Thoughts Your Way' is from Penny Black. Both the image and the sentiment were also mounted onto pink card and then re-mounted onto black cardstock.

The N-A-N-N-Y letters have been cut out by hand and I coloured the image with promarker pens. I then added some wedding sparkles (the swirlie bits) that I bought in a bargain bucket at Hobbycraft - I knew they would come in useful for something and they finished this card off perfectly).

I then added a few other smaller bits of bling.

Hope you like it

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So much news...

Hi guys and girls
I can't believe it has been a few months since I last posted on here.  So much has happened to me, I don't even know where to begin. I guess I could just start with the recent and let you all fill in the blanks.

Last Thursday I went to Queens Square to visit the Neurology Hospital where I had a lumbar puncture and several other motor sensory tests done. I'm not really sure what they are looking for (to be honest I'm not really sure that they are either) but I feel like I have been given a full MOT.

Never mind the fact that I have been in absolute agony ever since I had the anesthetic injection in my spine. That hurt 'more' than the actual lumbar puncture.

I have also got a new car... well, it's new to me, wanna see?  I collected him from Middleton Cheney the Saturday before last and YES... the number plate is currently 'DOA' but that will change very soon. Not that I am superstitious or anything, but hey why tempt fate. Besides I have a personal number plate anyway, so I'll just transfer it over.

I have called my new car 'Mr Grey' because I just love the 'Fifty Shades of...' books. I have just finished reading the final book and please... E L James, can we PLEASE have the Christian Grey version of the books as soon as possible. I am most intrigued to find out his relationship with Ana through his eyes.

Thanks for your loyalty and your patience. I look forward to putting some new cards on here soon. Once I have hunted down and snared my mojo...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Contained Excitement (almost)

Hi Girls and fellow crafters

DON'T GET TOO EXCITED BUT... you know I am turning 40 this May???  Well.. my gorgeous hubby has decided to be a little creative himself and is... wait for it... (no wait, I'll let you guys read the WHOLE article first before I spoil it... Now, it's not going to happen all at once because we are doing it ourselves so it will be a work in progress, probably over a few months, maybe even a year as we are also fitting it around a monthly budget. But... without further ado, here are the photos of Stage 1, 2 and 3.

Stage 1 -

Chop down silver birch trees in garden, as we had blooming millions of 'em. Well, alright... five at most but there might as well have been millions of them for all the bloomin' seeds that came in the house at the end of the summer months.

Stage 2 -

Have a huge bonfire, burning said trees after giving away as many logs as possible to family, friends and anyone really that still has the luxury of an open fire at home (mostly to mum and dad, bless 'em).

Stage 3 -

and... the final stage (SO FAR). The planning of size (12ft x 10ft), digging out, levelling off and digging up of path that used to be there. Any ideas as to what is going on this space yet???

A CRAFT SHED... just for me. All mine... MY space, just mine, no kids, no lawn mowers, just shelves and shelves of pretty papers, wood stamps and clear stamps among other crafty related things... I am soooooo excited I can't tell you.

Watch this space for regular updates as and when work progresses. It's brilliant. I can't tell you how long I have dreamed for this. I live in a bungalow and share my craftroom space with an almost redundant kitchen. I have to cook for them sometimes but would rather be crafting. Nevertheless, it's happening... YAY!!!