Sunday, 27 July 2014

A card I made recently.....

I made this card recently for a very 'young' and trendy 70 year old....my instructions were to make it clean and simple...the word used was minimilistic..with bright colours, even weird combinations of colours..here's my take on that:- I started off with 2 sheets of A3 black card as large cards need to be extra stable - so this gave me an A4 size card....I have boxes to fit this size as well as 6 x 8". Then a layer of orange (brand unknown) - a layer of Certainly Celery - and a layer of cerise (unknown brand). then I popped a rectangle of Grafic 45 Birdsong 'umbrellas' over a little larger rectangle of black again. I then adhered more of the umbrella card unto thicker card and cut out the umbrellas to give me enough to put a little spread of them in the bottom right hand corner to balance the tag....the tag is from Waltzingmouse and it is to be found here http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/folding-tag-die-set - I put the recipient's name on the front of it and a little message inside...love the way it folds up to hide the message. Inside was a very simple wording as 10 people were going to sign and leave their personal greetings. I decorated the box as well and popped it all into a gift bag which I had used my leftover strips of paper on with some black curling ribbon. Hope you like it!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The saga of the hat!

Well, I just cannot believe that any company could deal with the packaging of a hat like the way ASOS has done. I sent away for a hat from them....it is a black hat, not a hat with a very large brim which is not suitable for a 5' person. The first hat arrived damaged, it had been in a box which was too small for it so I sent it back with a request to have a replacement (new) hat, undamaged, sent to me in a box which would ensure it didn't get damaged at all....well.....came home today to find a delivery slip through the door...the hat had been delivered...said 'in secure porch' - we don't have a secure porch so went looking in a place they usually leave things...not a sign of a hat sized box...back to front door again and there, behind a plant trough was a tiny box 6 x 8 x2 1/2 inches!! Well of course before I opened it I knew the hat would not be wearable at all....judge for yourself! That is the first and the last order from Asos. There is no way it seems for me to be able to speak to anyone in the Company....the 'contact' on line just leaves you going around in circles and I give up...but it is all a laugh now....will have to do without this hat!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Having a break.....what, already!

Yes, I'm off to England for a short break so 'talk' when I come home again. Take care and God bless.

Monday, 16 June 2014

A Day Out!

Last week we had a day out with our local History group. We travelled to our Folk and Transport Museum...in the extensive grounds they have created and re-built cottages and houses from all around our countryside and there are demonstrations of local crafts all year. the first photo is of a gentelman's residence and the second photo there is a suitably attired woman talking about how things worked in the kitchens of yesteryear...she was also making soda bread on a griddle which you can see in the distance...sorry I couldn't get nearer as there were a lot of women enjoying her talk. The third photo is of the Bank Manager's home....the glazed door was beautifully painted...4th photo is of the living room in the same home. The 5th photo is of traditional basket making..this one would be used for carrying turf..or peat as you might know it.....I really love baskets and find them hard to resist. We had a wonderful day weatherwise and enjoyed our company along with good scones to eat in the coffee shop.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

A bicycle built for one.

Last weekend a local country church held their flower festival. They will have quite a few arrangements in the church all based on scripture or a theme from the Bible. We attended on Friday afternoon not long after it opened as it gets busy further on into the weekend. There was an official opening on Friday evening when the local Choral Society were performing. There was also a closing ceremoney on the Sunday evening as well. On the Saturday there would have been coach loads of folks coming from all over to see the festival. These are usually ladies on their annual outing and will have pre-booked a meal which the ladies of the church will have prepared. It is also possible for anyone who wishes to have afternoon tea or morning coffee when attending. The purpose of this festival was to raise money for their building fund. I trust they did well. On approaching the door of the church the first arrangement was in the basket on a bicycle and I took this photo to show to my friend in Walla Walla who likes bicycles and she regularly makes cards with them on the front. I also include a photo of the baptismal font - there were pink and blue flowers around the base and then white for purity further up...I liked this arrangement very much. I also was particularly fond of the lectern arrangement...a cascade of roses which pleased me. The flower arrangements are sold after the weekend. Until next time.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

It's been a long, long time...too long.

Hello out there - that is if anyone is at all interested! My reason for not blogging for so long is that I became totally incompetent at taking photos.....until....at christmastime last year I was given a smart phone which, I'm told, is idiot free! I have taken a long time to come to terms with this technology and don't know the half of it yet but I hope I can now get a photo unto this blog and try to post now and again at least. So here is my first offering - a card for a 60 year old woman...hope you like it!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Just popping in for a moment.....

Hello everyone....a fellow Gingerwoodie would like to see a card I'm making (still have to do the inside and write the address on the envelope)so now that I've published the front I hope I haven't made it sound more interesting than it is!! I started off with computer generating Authors and some titles of their works - printed it out on cream hammer card rather than paper (printing is hit and miss on this card as it has dimples but I don't mind the look). This card is for a retiring English Literature teacher. Then I used a stamp, sorry I don't know the company source...and embossed it in gold...raised it up on pop dots etc. Then wrote the greeting on the oval in dusky pink 'ink' (really gouache with some gum arabic in it - probably magenta with white) raised that up on pop dots too. Then die cut the two swirls - as they are not mirrors I turn one over and use a bone folder to make it look neater and I sometimes 'curve' them as well. Added some bling in gold to match the little 'leaves' and the fancy button in the middle...ribbon was folded and then I made the 'flower' by running a thread along the bottom of the ribbon and pulling it into a flower attaching the ends together and covering the mechanics up with the gold leaves. Hope you like! The envelope has a little strip of the 'Author' print on it on the left hand side and then I'll address it in pink and when dry wax the ink so that it doesn't spoil should it get wet anywhere. The posy is just what is sitting on my 'studio' windowsill...they are old English roses growing in the garden and there is also a few pieces of scented stock - that's the purple blossom - both give off a beautiful fragrance and it cheers my heart when I see them during the day. Sorry folks my photos are not publishing - you know me - I'll try and do them again!