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.

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xx Jill

Friday, 18 May 2012

5th birthday card for Tristan

Just recently it was Tristan's fifth birthday.  Everyone has a soft spot for Tristan as he's a lively little soul with a great passion for life.  When he was little he used to take himself off to the naughty step without being told.  If my daughter said "Tristan, have you been naughty?" he'd reply "yes", and tell you just what he'd done!

He is obsessed with Moshi Monsters, so it was an obvious choice for his birthday card.  These extraordinary creatures, which are collected and swapped, are apparently very popular with children of this age.  It was a very simple card, and won't win prizes for the degree of difficulty involved, but he liked it very much, so that's all that matters!  He explained all about them in far more detail than I wanted to know, and named all the ones he had, as well as the ones he still wanted.  A very riveting conversation: it's such fun being a Nana!!  

I found the images on the net, for the card front and the insert.  I printed them out and decoupaged them; the sentiment is computer generated and the green background paper is from my stash.  Matting card is Bazill from A Maze of Memories, which is a craft shop carrying the widest range of plain-coloured 12 x 12 card I've ever seen.  They're off Junction 7 of the M40 and if I'm up that way, I usually make the trip to Long Crendon (although they're closed on Tuesdays).

Thank you so much for coming to read my blog.  It's always lovely to have visitors, and if you wish to leave a comment I'd love to come and visit your blog too!

xx Jill

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Daughter's 7th Wedding Anniversary

Whew!! The show is all over and we can get back to normal at last.  It only occurred to me when I was half-way through the Georgian dresses that it was like making up the bodices of twelve wedding dresses in just over three weeks: total madness!!  I'll ask Bruce for a copy of the photo he took and let you have a look.  They all looked gorgeous and danced beautifully, and all in all it was a very successful show with lots of excellent comments from the audience.

I made this card for our youngest daughter Louise, and her husband Bruce, for their 7th wedding anniversary last month.

It's a decoupage sheet I bought in a lovely garden centre just off the M6 near Carlisle, when we travelled up to Scotland and stopped for a cup of tea.  There was a craft shop there too (bonus!!), and they had some pretty white silk flower stems which I butchered and coloured with copic markers for various projects and which now, sadly, are all gone.  I might just have to stop there again when we go up at the end of the month, just in case they may have some more!!

The pyramage and the background paper and sentiment all came on the same sheet, which was very handy, so after the cutting out, I only had to add background card in red and green and colour the flowers and punched leaves with copic markers.  I love the sweet cuddly bears, and although the colour combo seemed quite Christmassy at first, I think it grew on me!

Thanks very much for visiting my blog and for any comments you wish to leave: I really appreciate you stopping by.

xx Jill