I was reading my March issue of 'Craft Stamper' a few weeks back when I came across the advert for 'Craft Box' and I thought ''what a lovely idea, I need to investigate this further.'' The idea is that once a month, for a set price , you receive a box containing 15 craft products, all based on a theme. The products can be used for scrapbooking, card making, mixed media or anything else you can think of. You can buy a single box, a continuing subscription or a 3 or 6 month subscription, the boxes are reasonably priced so I treated myself to a three month subscription. I have just received my first box, Aprils, which has a sea theme and I must say I am very impressed. All the products are of excellent quality and there is more than sufficient to do two or three projects. The lady who owns the company, Anna, also does video craft sessions giving you ideas on how to use the contents of your box. The one shown below is an example of her work. At the bottom of this post I have also added a link to her webpage where you can get more information if you would like it. I am going to delve into the box and come up with my own project and hope to post that here soon.
My friend has opened up a craft shop and I was passing near there today so I dropped in to say hello and she had just taken delivery of a shipment of these ...
and of course I just had to have one.
For anyone who does not know what it is, this is We R Memory Makers Newest toy tool. What it does is cuts and/or seals photo pages so that you can add flaps for your photo's and pockets to keep all those precious bits and pieces safe. For card makers you can make embellishments and shaker cards with it like this...
Thank you to Tracy Kymona for the example.
I have not had time to play with it yet as I have a commission I need to finish first but boy is that giving me incentive to get my project done at soon as I can...lol
If you would like to know more about the fuse there are some good videos on You Tube, I will post some projects using it just as soon as I can.
I would like to thank Sharon at Plumrose Lane for helping me makeover my blog. It looks so much better now, something I am happy for everyone to see. Sharon has the loveliest graphic designs for blogs and her prices are very reasonable. She will even install it all for you if you do not feel brave enough to tackle all those code changes yourself. I am very happy with the way my blog looks for now but I think I may invest in one of her seasonal themed bundles for Christmas. Why don't you do yourself a favour and go along to her webpage and have a look at what she has on offer. you won't regret it. I know I don't. Thank you again Sharon.
I have recently discovered Moonflower Digistamps created by the artist Andreia Silva. Here I have used one of her Oriental images 'Sakura Maiden' and I have coloured her with pencils which is a change from my usual Promarkers. The gold paper she is mounted on is from my stash and the backing paper is from the DCWV Mariposa stack. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the stamp had flowers drawn at the bottom but I removed them and replaced them with these Mulberry paper ones. The butterfly and tag are also from my stash.
I now have a new computer with the photo manipulation program I like loaded on it and my camera has a new battery and is now working so I have no excuse for not keeping up my blog from now on. I just hope that there are people out there in blog land that will like my work because that is what makes this all worthwhile.
I am getting back into the swing of things now and I thought I would share one of the Valentine cards I made. I apologise for the poor photograph but my computer crashed so I had to get a new one and I have not set up my photo publishing programs on it yet.
So back to the card: All the elements are from the Stampin Up range, For the base I have used Smokey Slate card and the banners are cut with 3 sizes of the Banners dies from 'Stacked With Love' Designer Series Paper Stack paper. The hearts are from Cherry Cobbler card and Red Glimmer Paper using the Sweetheart punch. The word 'Love' is cut from gold foil paper with a die from the 'Éxpressions' Thinlits set
I have a couple more Valentines cards that I plan to share with you over the next couple of days, I hope you enjoy them.
Today we had to say goodbye to our dear dog Brodie after 5 happy years as part of our Family.
Brodie came to us from the Dogs Trust and had been a stray so we don't know exactly how old he was when we got him but their Vet put him at 10years old. So that would make him about 15, a very old boy for an English Springer Spaniel but it is still very hard when you lose them. He was not in a very healthy condition when the Dogs Trust took him in and the Vet had to remove one of his kidneys and a lot of his teeth. He was also understandably underweight, even when he came home with us he still had weight to gain but it did not take him long to come up to a healthy weight. After that we had to watch that he did not get overweight.
Brodie loved his toys and his newest one was always his favourite. He was the best natured dog I have ever known. He loved people, especially children. When we lived in Mildenhall we were near a school and on occasion I had to drag him away when he joined in with a class having a sports lesson on the playing field. He had also tried to join in a Cricket match one time which was not thought funny by the players. He was friendly with other dogs he met on his walks and was gentle with and accepting of our other pets.
Our Maine Coon cat Oscar loved Brodie and would sleep with him and wash him. Brodie loved us all but he loved his Daddy most of all. When we first had him he would get up in my Husbands lap, which was funny because he was not a small dog. We will all miss Brodie very much, he was a good companion. We don't know what his life was like before he came to us but we are only glad that we were able to make his last few years happy and comfortable.
Happy New Year everyone. It was my New Year resolution to make the
effort to restart my Blog and keep it going but my plans have been
foiled from the very start. Instead of enjoying the first day of 2015 I spent the day nursing my sick Gambian Pouched Rat but despite all my efforts he died in my arms last night.
He was the last of my rats and so for the first time in about twelve and years we do not have any pet rats. It is such a strange feeling not having to feed and secure the rats for the night. Rats make wonderful pets and I will miss them.
So here I am, a day late, writing the first post of 2015 and I will try to post on a more regular basis for the rest of the year.