Thursday, 21 February 2013

March and Time for the Boys.....

Hi everybody, hope you are all surviving this cold spell. Indoors is the place to be, unless you have to venture out for crafting goodies you need for that special card you are making...... We never seem to have just everything that is required to finish it off properly..... right colour of ribbon or buttons to match.
I am skipping (not literally) from one thing to another, either colouring my cards for the classes or birthday card making for the family or colouring the bathroom walls....covering the paint that came off with the stripping of wallpaper etc. and filling in where half the plaster came out when taking the tiles off. Think it's called multi tasking that us women are good at!!!! Roll on when it's all done can't be doing with all this mess. Everything is in my craft room again..
Poor Charlie can't find a quiet spot where something hasn't been moved again. I took this photo of him when I was moving yet more things under the big crafting table, for a moment I thought we had three Charlies!!  That could be a nightmare as he is always under my feet!!! He knows where it is warm because the central heating pipes run under the floor boards there.
He's not daft!!!

      Back to the crafting.

I have confirmed the dates of my next classes:-
Sat. 6th April is the Mens card class which is full.
Sat. 27th April  -   Sweet Treats
Sat. 11th May   -   Stitch and Sew
Sat.  8th  June   -    Spots, dots and stripes
Let me know via an email if you would like to take part in any of the classes.

Here are a few of the samples for the March class:- Time for the Boys.

Firstly and very appropriately a clock on this one from a Tim Holtz die which I have inked over with gold.
The background is a Stampendous cling stamp- Clock works, which is a very versatile stamp for cards for men. I love backgrounds stamps and confess I have loads. Stampendous have brought out quite a few new background stamps which I will bring along to the class.

A time to celebrate on this card. I have put birthday on the metal tag but it could be anything... The owl is very Steampunk but I like to use it as it is, just a nice chunky owl and great for a Retirement card, celebration of a school award etc.
Thirdly I have used metal again and die cut a pocket watch. The sentiment is a stamp I have with the explanation of 'wonderful' which looks good embossed in gold.....

You can just about make this one out. I think the metal sheet is reflecting with the light. It's only a sneak peek though!!!
Brown, mustard and grey used on these cards, very manly colours with added metal, wire and wood effect paper.
Hope you like the cards it is a change to make some male themed ones.
Thanking you for calling by and hope to see you soon.
Take care for now.
Jennifer x

Friday, 8 February 2013

Are we half way through Winter?

Thank goodness for that!

 Hope you are all well and surviving the wintry weather, although today looks extremely nice with the sun shining. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather stays like this right through February..... and we don't get any more snow, which incidentally is forecast for this weekend. Good excuse (although don't really need one) to stay indoors and craft and get in front with projects and cards ready for when we need them.
February, March and April, especially, are busy months for birthdays, anniversaries etc. I need to get ahead of myself for a change. When I make the samples up for the classes I should make more than one of the cards so as I am organised with up and coming birthdays. Also got an engagement card and wedding card to make so I should get a move on......

I mentioned to the ladies on the Hearts and Lace class that I used a nice heart card from Marks and Spencers gingerbread cookies, as seen below. I bought a few I may add as they were rather good and saved the card behind them, some were pink with the small hearts and another one I bought was read..

Us crafters will save and use anything as you will all know, ribbon buttons etc. We are always looking for freebies!!!!

Great for punching or die cutting shapes out of....

My excuse was that Leanne and I had to eat a few of the biscuits in order to have enough card to punch out hearts for all the bags.......
                                                  March onwards......

For those of you on the March class. "Blooming Good" here are a few of the samples I have made up to now..

I have used a number of flower stamps and bright colours too! Starting off with Ranger Mustard Seed Distress ink for this card. Everybody can have a go at stamping the background to the far right of the card
with a smaller daisy-like stamp. I have put a Mother's Day greeting on, but I will bring along other greetings if you want it as a birthday or an Easter card etc....

As with the last card there is a little cutting out, it wouldn't be a Jennifer's class if there wasn't any cutting to be done, this card of an Agapanthus is coloured in with Promarkers, Azure blue to be exact.

Thirdly, not quite put all the card together yet and where to put the ribbon, but you can tell that they are Tulips, one of my favourite flowers that are out now as cut flowers and always fine a place in my house.

I found a nice Magenta paper that goes really well with these Tulips.

Thought you might like an update on Charlie too, helping as usual, in the craft room while I was die cutting circles, he kept trying to get hold of them every time I put one down.

I had to hide them and eventually he sat down, in the wrong place though as usual. What would I do without him?

My next dates are 6th April  Mens themed of which one of my ladies suggested" Time for the Boys", which fits very nicely.
I have more dates  April 27th,  May 11th and June 8th of which have to be confirmed so I will get back to you on that.
Going to sneak off now with sister to a coffee house for a natter.

 Thankyou to everybody who supports me and keeps me busy and sane.
Till next time.
Take care,
Jennifer x