Hot Summer Strawberries..

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The weather is being so kind to us, it's been blazing here today and should last all week. Wonderful!! You can't beat some lushious strawberries in the summer, unless it's a bowl of strawberries with meringues and cream as well............mmmmmmmmmm I can't wait for supper!

Pretty Little Tags.

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I have made some pretty little tags using a template cut with a Sizzix die (the pocket scallop die). I used H2O's to paint the tags. Some were (technical term!) splodged, and some were painted in stripes. I used my gold krylon pen to colour parts of some of the tags. I made other tags using some pretty paper that I have.I am going to put little metal die cut pieces in side them to make little pressies for some lovely people I know. The die I used to cut out the metal decorative pieces is made by Spellbinders and is called Timeless Heritage. It is full of buttons as well as a key, clock and lock, it is one of my favourites.
I have been making some larger tags to go with presents. I used Tim Holtz distress inks and techniques, H2O's and I edged them with gold and silver krylon pens.

Stampbord Fridge Magnet

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I am hosting a Stampbord Fridge Magnet swap on the UK Stampers forum. The swap is just as it sounds, make a fridge magnet from stampbord and decorate it however you wish.

I have used a piece of round stampbord that I have painted with Tim Holtz distress bronze crackle paint. The stamp that I have used is one made by Stampers Anonymous. I have edged with foil tape and have decorated the front edge of the magnet with two colours of stickles glitter glue. In real life the stamp look much more shiny and the metallic paint really glows.
I hope whoever ends up with my magnet likes it enough to stick it on their fridge and enjoy it.

Birthday card!

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Here is a birthday card that I made for a very special little boy.
I stamped some dogs onto shrink plastic, coloured them and cut them out before shrinking them. I glued two dogs back to back so that which ever way the card faces you can always see a little dogs face. I edged theses two dogs with stickles so the join was hidden.
I cut four pieces of card and cut round apertures out of them. I coloured them with some glimmer mists and cosmic shimmer sprays, then I embossed them using my cuttlebug.
I added a dangling dog to the middle of the card and stuck the cards together.Then I used stickles to edge all of the pieces of card and the apertures. Finally I glued some of the other shrink plastic dogs to the card. The stamps that I used were from a clear set called Mans Best Friend, they are made by Woodware.

Summer Inchies and Twinchies!

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The inchie and twinchie swap this month on UK Stampers both have summer for their theme.I have used the same stamp for both swaps. It is from a rubber stamp sheet called Clarice Cliff set 1 made by Tanda Stamps.

Once I had stamped the image I coloured the picture using Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Sansodor. The twinchies had some tiny beads glued to them and the water on the inchies was highlighted with glossy accents.

Here's something I made earlier......

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I have been thinking about writing a crafty blog for a while and have finally got round to starting one. I don't know why today was the day, perhaps because I've had lots of encouragement and advice from the lovely members of the UK Stampers forum. I'm glad I have taken the plunge!!
To introduce myself to the world (should anyone other than me ever read this!) I thought I would start my blog by showing off a few of the things I have made recently.

Metal Embossing
Following a metal embossing class at The Craft Barn that was arranged by Pinky from UK Stampers I have been inspired to carry on and decorate several things with embossed metal.
Here is the box I made at the workshop (Dreams) as well as one I made afterwards (Fire!).

Wonderful Stampbord!

I have fallen in love with Stampbord. It gives a versatile smooth surface to work on and can be used in lots of ways. I have made some stampbord brooches and keyrings. The backgrounds have all been coloured by me using versa colour ink cubes. I have used metal tape to edge them.
The tree stamp is from Lavina Stamps and the text stamp is from a Gibson Girls sheet (I think!).

The lovely lady is from a sheet of Gibson girl stamps. I have named the stamp Verity! Am I the only one who names their stamps? I wrapped silver seed beads threaded on beadalon around it through holes I had made using a Big Bite. The flower stamp is made by Hero Arts (I think!).

Both of the stamps used on the above brooches were made by Inkadinkadoo, they are from the Trees and Leaves inchie clear set.

Cards, cards and then a few more cards!
I have been enjoying myself by making cards recently.

These are made using stamps by Lavinia Stamps.
These cards have been inspired by the inchies and twinchies that I have been making for monthly swaps on the UK Stampers forum. I have used lots of Inkadinkadoo stamps, from the clear inchie sets as well as a dragonfly stamp.

I have made loads of little note cards. I coloured card and paper using Glimmer Mists and Cosmic Shimmers and then embossed them using my Cuttlebug. I have also used metallic Encore Ink pads to colour glossy paper which I then stamped with thistles from Lavinia Stamps. The metallic ink didn't all dry properly so I wiped and smudged it around, then the remainder was dry and beautifully shimmery.

Lovely Lace
I knitted this shawl using Malabrigo yarn, the name of the colour is Little Lovely. This shawl is lovely and soft, wonderful to snuggle up in. Because the yarn is worsted weight (nice and thick) I don't worry about it being too fragile and use it a lot.
The gorgeous pattern is Birch by Sharon Miller.

Bags!Noni Elephant bag with unfurling roses, patterns are by Nora J Bellows. I used Cascade 220 yarn for the bag and roses. It was knit in the round and then felted using my washing machine.

This is my own pattern, made from 100% Angora from Silkwood yarns.
Knitted in the round and then felted using my washing machine.