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

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Roberta's birthday card

Although I made this card on holiday in the Summer, it hadn't been sent, so when it was one of my colleagues birthdays last week, I thought it would be just right for her.  She was running one of the Royal Academy of Dance's new Grades course this year in London and was a really good tutor, so I hope it's boosted her confidence, and made her realise that she's got real potential.

Very much out of my usual style, I used lots of old stash which was too pretty to give away in the RAK bag I usually reserve for Beth, my eldest grand-daughter, or her best friend's mum, Nic, who is a fantastic crafter, and makes "summat outa nowt" with great style. 

A cream card-blank, Docrafts transparent stickers, gold peeloffs, rainbow papers from Craftwork cards, and paper flowers, a few gems, with some gold punched leaves I've had forever, and the job was done!  I felt  very virtuous using up my bits and pieces, and plan to do this again when the mood strikes, rather than constantly being seduced by new papers and punches.  I've just seen the new Nellie rose punches though, which I might just have to buy as they will come in amazingly handy!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Please let me know if you stopped by so that I can return the compliment.  JTLYK my followers pics are gone again, after only one day of being around, so I'm quite sad again.  Why doesn't Mr Blogger play nicely?

xx Jill

Thursday, 12 January 2012

grand-daughter's 7th birthday

Our gorgeous grand-daughter, Charlotte is seven tomorrow, so I made an easel card showing the Matryoshka dolls I love.

These little Kanban diecuts are very cute, and didn't need much attention other than some Stickles glitter glue and a few red rhinestones left over from Christmas (holly berries!).  I prefer the "waterfall" colour of stickles glue with a pale blue, green or tuquoise background, as it is quite subtle and transparent, so very suitable for pastels.

The little blue and red flowers, the heart and the sentiment also were die-cut on the sheet, so all that was need was some background paper (Provocraft) and some red pearlised card, also left from the festive season.  Some more stickles around the edges, a few more gems and a red bow, and this very simple card was complete.  Just take a look at all that space without silk or paper flowers - perhaps I need a lie down!  Still I know it doesn't count as LIM (less is more) though, as I couldn't abandon the bps and the flowers completely.

Thanks you very much for visiting my blog.  I really appreciate any comments you leave, and will come to visit your blog too.  I'll be out of action for a short while, as I am due for my surgery on Tuesday, and then have to take it easy for several weeks, so hopefully I'll have a bit more time for blog-hopping during the enforced rest.  Happy New Year to you all.

xx Jill