More “catch up”

Have been hankering after a stylised chicken keyring for a while.

I finally got around to it recently, thanks to my pal Lydia.

She also intends (or intended, perhaps she has mader hers by now), to make herself one:

Then, just for fun, I made this cute paper birdhouse.

It’s tiny enough for fairy-birdies, I think.

Maybe one day I will make a chain of them and put in some LED lights, to make a garland for my patio:

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Then I had fun joining in some challenges from Cards and Stamps addicts:

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Happy Sunday to you all!

Latest makes

So I’ve been missing for a while.  What can I say, the daily grind keeps me busy.  I did manage to have a go at some crochet, with a purpose which is close to my heart.

I came across an article looking for knitters or crocheters to make wee octopus-pals for babies in intensive care.  The tentacles on these cuddlies remind the baby of the umbilical cord and give them something to hold onto rather than pulling on the various tubes and wires which are helping them heal.

I am not a crochet-person, but loved both the idea and the model, so I tried …

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But frankly, it was not a resounding success, a little holey here and there, very uneven stitches and tentacles that were more than a little wobbly.

So I practised a bit more, changed to a different yarn, and improved a little …

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And, pleased with my success, I made a pink version too:

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What a great sense of achievement to finally master the technique, and to a reasonable standard too, as obviously for safety reasons these guys have to meet certain criteria so as not to pose a risk to the babies.

I have also made kept dabbling in papercrafting and fell for a cute paper-pieced unicorn die, perfect for keeping my young nieces happy…  Isnt’t it just adorable?

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With matching birthday card, of course:

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And couldn’t forget my lovely mother, especially when I had a new die-set to try out:

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I’m sure there’s plenty more that I haven’t shown, but as I have no photos of the makes, you’ll just have to take my word for it that I’ve not been idle.

Happy weekend everyone.

February on CSA

I managed to participate in a couple of the February challenges on CSA for a change :

 

A “Quick Card”, inspired by Kinna

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A Blog Inspiration, cardlift of one of Constance Wirtz beautiful cards:

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A “Cardlift Chrono”, proposed by Mimi

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It was like being back at school with Créacam, who concocted a dictée for us to follow:

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And here’s my freestyle interpretation of Irène’s proposed cardlift:

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And to finish up, my original interpretation of Kinna’s card, but which left me a little disappointed as the busy floral background didn’t show the die-cut elements to their best:

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Cardlift

Spotted a lovely card by my long-time admired scrap-amie, Mimi, and lifted it practically as soon as I saw it.  It was based on this sketch by Scrap&Co

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You can see Mimi’s version on her blog, isn’t it just so classy?

Here’s my take on it:

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Here are two more, firstly one based on a “technoscrap” challenge by Irene on CSA :

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Then another challenge on CSA;

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And finally I was trying out a cute “christmas animals” die, though I’m not thrilled with the resulting card I do like the diecut:

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A selection of cards

A little trip to the local “Action” store saw me driving off with a bloc of cute papers, which I wasted no time in cutting and snipping to shape.  Two little “any occasion” cards later …

 

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Then, feeling the holiday season creeping up on me I decided to make a couple of cards to accompany some cash gifts for my nieces and nephews :

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And finally, a quick birthday card for a little Nathan, fan of football and soon to be celebrating his birthday:

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More C&S cards

It’s too hot here to do anything much, even papercrafting.  I did, however, make two cards, one to wish my godson luck in his end of year exams, totally inspired by Sophie’s blog (again) .P1070913

 

And a second card, just for the fun of joining in Scrapou’s challenge at CSA : Include an opening and no fancy paper:

 

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Enjoy the end of your weekend, everyone 🙂

 

On a Clean & Simple cardmaking binge!

For the first time this year I have actually not only looked at and thought about getting out my scissors and glue, but actually got stuck in and made a couple of cards.  I spent a very pleasant afternoon yesterday just getting away from the real world for a while and making up these cards, all very C & S, all very simple and many of them inspired by finds on Sophie’s wonderful blog (just not the first four).  I even snuck in two for Christmas (already), after all it’s only 195 days away ….

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Festive gift

So Christmas is behind us, but there’s still time to show you a couple of tags I made to accompany some gifts over the holidays, right?

 

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Isn’t that deer just the cutest little thing?

I also offered some gift vouchers and decided to decorate the enveloppes using one of those tags and a couple of others with a little Christmas sparkle :

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Time to settle into the new year now and maybe get back to some birthday cards and other scrappy projects.

 

 

Smash book, the return

My smash book is such a random thing.  Flipping through the pages is sort of like a trip down memory lane : souvenirs of days out, snippets of daily life, tags and tickets from various purchases, and even a “classical” scrapbook layout, or two, or three.

This is one of the latter – a double-page layout created by accident.  In fact my son asked me to scrap a layout for him to offer his GF, and as I printed two examples of the photo I decided to recreate in my smash book a layout similar to the one I made him to offer her.

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This is the coordinated envelope he used as a gift-wrap:

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