A very warm welcome to my blog, which is mostly about card-making, a bit about work and family, and a few odds and ends. I am fairly new to this blogging lark, so please bear with me if I make some glaring errors.

I'll be delighted if you would like to become a follower, so please leave me details of your blog, as I'd love to visit.

xx Jill

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Fairy Birthday card

I really love this LOTV fairy "Garden of Wishes", and I think I'll probably use it again and again.  I cloured the image and several of the flowers with copic markers, and also used a fine glitter pen, rather than the usual stickles as the image is so delicate.  It's a bit plainer than usual (hooray I hear you say!!) but I can't resist adding the flowers corners.

The pink and grey pearlised papers are new from Craftwork Cards, which Julie Hickey was demonstrating at the Make It exhibition in Farnborough, and are very scrummy indeed.  The die cut label (Frilly #2) is from Tracy at Dies to Die For, the leaves are a MS punch, and the tag is a Nestie diecut with a LOTV sentiment in Memento grey (London Fog).  The plain grey coredination card, punched with an EZ trellis punch is from Oyster Stamps (also bought at Farnborough).  I'm entering this for Flutter By Wednesdays challenge (fairy, butterfly or angel) and Amber's Crafts and Stuff challenge (diecuts).

Thanks so much for the lovely comments you leave on my cards, and for the supportive e-mails - I really appreciate this.   I'm off to Birmingham to the NEC Hobbycrafts exhibition tomorrow, with quite a long shopping list - but not all for me (I add quickly)!  My dearest OH is convinced I've got more than enough stash anyway.  Who can ever have more than enough?!?  Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. 

xx Jill

Monday, 21 March 2011

Easel thank you card

Another easel thank you card, for the Festival Organiser this time, who works tirelessly to get everything ready beforehand, and throughout the days of the festival so that it runs like clockwork.  Well done, Tracy!

The papers are new ones "Love Letters" from Trimcraft, which are glittered and varnished, and are really lovely irl.  the layout is pretty straightforward, as the papers are quite busy.  The LOTV image and the WOC flowers are coloured with copics, and the punched leaves are Bazzill Bling.  Nesties created the circle and the tag, but the die-cut doiley is from Marianne.  Everything is glittered with Stickles Stardust glitter glue, and the flowers are Glimmer Misted too.  The organza ribbon is from my stash.

I am entering this for the WOC challenge "Dieing to Punch it out" at http://wildorchidchallenge.blogspot.com/
which has to include die-cutting and punching.

More detailed version of the front and easel base.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for any comments you'd like to leave.  xx Jill

Friday, 18 March 2011

Connor's 11th birthday

A Lego Star Wars card for our gorgeous grandson Connor, who is 11, and becoming very grown up.  He's very much into Lego, and particularly Star Wars, so although the image was tricky to track down, it was a must find!  Connor really is a most loving, affectionate child, and always manages to lift my spirits.  Look out for the new Wall's sausages advert on television in the next few weeks, as he's appearing in that on a screen near you!

This is just a very simple decoupaged image from the net, with a lego bricks backgound, green Bazill card embellishments (his favourite colour!) cut with a Sizzix die, and a bit of bling.  Nothing complicated!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  xx Jill

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Thank you card

 Hi everyone

As you can see it's been quite a while without any posts, partly due to the fact that there's very little cardmaking done in January and February due to the Royal Berkshire Festival of Dance.  As the Chairman of the organisation there's a lot to do towards the event, not to mention the teaching and costume making that also goes on frantically.  I always work every weekend, as well as several days during the week, and oh boy! is it harder than it used to be!!

Both dance schools were very successful in the competition and lots of dance numbers will be be going to the Regional Finals of the All England Dance Competition in May and June.  Nice to be successful, but it means lots of work needing to be done.

This card is a thank you for our fantastic adjudicator Janice Fullman, who managed to speak to every child, giving encouraging comments and creating a lovely atmosphere throughout.  She's also very easy to work with, from an organising point of view, which makes her popular with the staff too!

I chose the Tilda ballerina, which I've coloured with copic markers.  I love this charming little dancer, even though she's forgotten about her "secret bows", and for some reason her hair's not neatly tucked away in a bun!!  The dps and insert were created from Nitwit papers new Tippytoes range, which are lovely ice-cream pastels.  The flowers are a mix of WOC and Prima Belle petals, and the leaves are punched from Bazzill Bling cardstock.  I'd intended to add a little ballet shoe charm, but Dipsy here forgot all about it  until after the picture was taken, so you'll just have to imagine that bit!  The insert really does match the front in colour, but didn't come out so well in the photo.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for any comments you'd like to leave.  I promise to be back soon!

xx Jill