Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tutorial of Frames

Hi Friends

June, as promised a step by step tutorial about the frame on Paul's card. I have to admit I used the pierced frames this time to see if they worked as well, I'll let you all comment about that, but if you want a tutorial on the plain frame I will be more than happy to do that too, you only have to yes!

I did think of doing a video instead of a frame by frame tutorial but my allergy is playing up big time and didn't think it would sound so sleek with the croaky voice and the occasional cough, not want anyone wants to hear, Right!. I can definitely tell spring is on the way at last! not just with my allergies, bring it on!, but for the lighter evenings, more importantly the thought of some more heat from warmer days to come, I can't wait.

OMG again I digress ( waffle ) please tell me to shut up and get on with it. ( be kind though )

Here Goes!

I used both sets of frames, but unknown to me at the time I only needed to use one set.

I used frame number 4 & 6 taped them down and passed through cutting machine. Number 1 being the smaller one.

I then added die number 5, and taped it down between 4 & 6. Don't try to lift the already taped down dies to insert die 5 as you could move die 4 & 6 there's really no need. tape in place 5th frame then emboss, DO NOT CUT.

This is what it should look like.

 Right side up. I then held it up against the light and it looked a bit thin, so I thought I would cut another frame the same size to add strength, but!

I took 4,5 & 6 frame from the B frame set which is slightly smaller. Not realising this at the time I carried on and made the same frame as above, only to find that it didn't match the 1st frame but I have to say I liked it more.

 These were both frames cut out. you can see the one on the left is slightly smaller ( that's the B frame ) I added thin sticky pads to the smaller frame and stuck it to the larger (A ) frame.

Using these dies above I achieved this frame below.

I hope this has been an informative tutorial, but if not please say WHAT! and I will help.

Thank you all for returning.

Love & Hugs

Tina XX

Monday, 19 February 2018

Final Birthday Card For February

Hi my Friends

I hope you don't mind but I went back into one of my old boxes of cards and thought my sister won't remember this one, and she didn't, PHEW!!

I'm sorry if you remember this card and feel cheated of a new one but it's been an overwhelming couple of weeks of planning meals and get together's.

I will post Evelyn's card here, I just need to go through my dies to see which flowers I should use and to put my thinking cap on.

June. Just to say I will be doing the frame tutorial Wednesday and will post it later that day, as It's the only free day I have this week, sorry I didn't get to do it along with the card.

Here Goes!

Hope you like it if it's your 1st time or hope you like it 2nd time around.

See you Wednesday

Love And Hugs to all

Tina XX

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Round 2 of Birthday cards

Hi My Friends.

As promised 2 more cards. These are for Claire. Yet another birthday, my goodness I feel old, where have all those years gone. Craig came over to celebrate Claire's birthday today 16th Feb. He didn't stay too long after his meal as he is still not up to par, but he did go home with a lot of sausage rolls I baked for a snack for later ( his favourite's ). He rang when he got home and was feeling a lot better. You never stop worrying about your children, no matter how old they are. Every time they leave to go home and until you hear they get home safely I seem to get a few more grey hairs.

Anyway enough waffle, onto the promised cards.

Here Goes!!

 I thought I would leave the back ground to Claire's card plain as there was so much going on on the main focus.

 The white roses I made by adding the pearl pixie powders which really doesn't show in these pictures, but in real life they look really pretty.

I'm really loving my go press & foil machine, and they are now bringing out go cut and press dies which look really good.

I made a card for Claire From Evelyn & Phoenix after finding this stamp/ die for my go press & foil machine as she really is a very special mummy.

 I used the red pixie powder on the rose, dried it , then sprinkled a little gold pixie powder added a bit of water which was just enough to give it a hint of gold on the petals.

 I used an old product on the edges of the card. Do you remember the little strips ( peel offs ) I think they were called. Well I found a whole folder full on my shelf and thought that will do nicely just to take the raw edge off the card! Some times the old things are the best?

And finally Birthday Girl/Mummy & Phoenix at 36 & my little man at 14wks

I just love him to pieces. Claire, Craig & I had a lovely Steak birthday lunch, well Claire & Craig did. I cooked lunch, Phoenix woke up just as I was dishing up, so I fed Phoenix and had much enjoyed chats and cuddles instead of lunch. Much better than a piece of steak. I saved mine to have with Paul for dinner tonight. What an absolutely lovely day I've had.

Last card will be on Sunday, possibly a blast from the past for my sister unless I have all day tomorrow to make her one. I'll show it here even though you might remember it ( sorry if you do ). The next new card is for Evelyn for March the 3rd. Claire wants us all to spend the day together to celebrate her birthday and what Evelyn has achieved since she passed, which is amazing, bless her.

Well I'm off for an early night as I'm really Creamed Crackered, I really must learn to go to bed before 3am.

It's now 12.35am and Paul has just been called out for work and asked if I would still be up when he comes in. So maybe not an early night tonight! Hey Ho!!.

Take care everyone, Talk soon

Love & Hugs

Tina XX

Monday, 12 February 2018

Birthday cards 1&2

Hi my blog friends

Well, I'm sat here in my workroom all 3 cats snoozing and Half Pint is sleeping in between me and the back of the chair. It's just turned midnight. Paul has just gone to bed and said he has had a wonderful birthday with Phoenix Claire, Toby and my sister. It was only marred by Craig Pia not being able to make it as Craig was unwell. I have spoken to him after everyone had gone home and he was feeling a little better. I really love this time in my workroom when the house goes quiet and think of the busy day we had and all the cuddles with Phoenix. It felt like my birthday too. 

As promised 2 birthday cards, 3 more to come. 2 for Claire for next Sunday and 1 for my sister Chicky.

Can I first start off by saying that I dislike making man cards sooo much. Paul doesn't like football, cricket, will tolerate golf, and I won't encourage him with a Sue Wilson Man Grill Bar-B-Q as Paul has to be the worst Bar-B-Qer. He likes everything microwaved first so that it is cooked through and then it goes onto the Bar-B-Q until black. My homemade bar-B sauce unrecognizable when cooked, it's just black. When we are all sat eating his food and having a laugh everyone has black speckled teeth, not a good look!! Hey Ho!, I digress.

I used my new Go Press & Foil machine for the sentiment ob the cards which I'm really quite impressed with, although the machine I had for Christmas kept turning it's self off which was a complete pain, so I phoned the company and they sent out another machine within 2 day's, they were brilliant, ( Crafty Devils ). I digress again. If you're bored please just go straight to the cards. I cut and embossed a picture frame and thought I would do it twice for strength but picked up the smaller frames instead. I was getting so frustrated I thought that will just have to do but, I thought that doesn't look too bad so stuck some pads on the back and attached it to the larger frame. Happy accident maybe? I have also succumbed to Pixie powders. I used red on red for the bottom of Paul's card and it had a black accent to it. When it had dried I then scored the card. I also used pixie powders for the balloons on the Grandad card too and I'm going to use them on at least 1 of Claire's. I hope it doesn't get too monotonous, and get pixie powder overload.

Here Goes!

OK that's Paul's card, now for a more fun card for Grandad.

Well that's it for this post. I hope you liked the cards. It's flowers for Claire's cards in the next post. Really looking forward to making them again.

See you all soon.

Love & Hugs

Tina XX

Monday, 5 February 2018

Hi my lovely blog friends

Sorry I have been missing for a while but I have been trying to catch up on hugs with Phoenix and Claire as there weren't too many at Christmas. We did have a wonderful day with Claire & Phoenix on New years day though. I felt sorry for Craig though as he missed his sister again on Christmas day and even his girlfriend was back in Norway with her family. We had a good Boxing with Craig and Pia on the 27th after picking Pia up from Gatwick late on the actual Boxing day. Funny old Christmas really. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year, and I know it's late but, I hope you all have a wonderful 2018.

I've got 4 birthday's this month Craig's Paul's Claire's & my sister's Chicky. Craig's was on the 4th Feb but we bought his card, it was a Thomas the Tank Engine card with a badge too! 33 yrs old and it bought a big memorable chuckle. How many early hours did we have to watch the video's when he was poorly. It was the only tapes that would comfort him. You can see how old they were as I said tapes not DVD's. I have since bought him the full collection of Thomas the Tank Engine on DVD's as a keep sake.

 I have an idea for Paul's card, not very exciting but I think I'll do it anyway. I also have an idea for Claire's I hope that works too, my sister I haven't a clue so still thinking about that one.

 Just a few pictures of my puss cats & Half Pint just to let you know I'm still here, hope you don't mind.

Mo Mo checking out the heat of the radiator.

Mo saying,  just how I like it, HOT!!

This is how Bubble & Squeak sleep all the time, she uses her Bro as a pillow. They are sooo cute!

Finally this is Half Pint demanding attention from Pia ( Craig's Girl friend ) on Boxing day, she's only little but took up most of the settee.

I had another wonderful day today 5th Feb with Claire & Phoenix he's growing so fast and for 3 month's he is so alert and we have conversations that we both understand, how cool is that!

Thank you for sticking with me after so long. B'day cards to follow in the next week.

Love & hugs to you all

Tina XX

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Heartfelt Christmas wishes

 Hi My Blog Friends

Life has been so different this Christmas, I only finished putting the final dec's up last evening about 8. 20 pm. I'm so late this year but a lot has been going on.

My brother passed away on the 10th Dec and then Graeme informed me that our lovely Tracy had passed on the 11th Dec. My brother Melvyn lived a long life and was waited on hand and foot by his lovely wife Jan who is now finding it very hard to find things to do in her now very quiet life, but lovely Tracy had so much to look forward to. She often used to say to me that she thought she was too old to have a baby and I would say to her that my mum had me at 45 and I turned out normal and she would laugh. That was one very special lady and I will miss her very much.

Phoenix is an absolute treasure, and although having weeks of upset tummy's and constant consultation with health visitors and doctors, last Monday I went with Claire to the doctors to reveal that Phoenix has a milk allergy. So he is now on a different formula that now makes him constipated, poor little man, so it's lot's of cuddles patting his back and jiggles while doing lots of walking. It's what I signed up for, I just wish I could be there more.

I made a few Christmas cards, but didn't have time to make cards for all the family and friends, but intend to start early next year. Sounds good doesn't it! The only thing by making an early start is that Sue will bring out some beautiful new dies that you really feel you need!.

I'm sorry about the photo's of the Christmas cards, I didn't even have time or room to put up the little studio, so please excuse my very untidy sanctuary ( workroom ).

I would like to say to you all a very heartfelt thank you for your never ending support and I really don't have words to say how much it means to me that you still visit. It amazes me when I see the number of visits and lovely comments you leave. Long mat it continue, but I really must get into gear and start making more cards. Paul has bought me a Go Press and Foil machine and I can't wait to use it. So a different die buying in 2018.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas & a Happy & Healthy 2018, and as we will be doing this year, raising a glass to our angels this Christmas. I really look forward to seeing you all soon, Take care all!

As for the big day . If your're traveling stay safe, Eat well, Drink wisely ( or not ) but most of all Enjoy.

See you soon in 2018.

Lots of Love & Hugs to you all, and again THANK YOU XX

Tina XX

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Phoenix & Christmas Card

Hi My  Friends

Can you believe I forgot to press publish last night (this morning) and only managed to get to the computer now 10.20pm ish as Craig and  Pia came for lunch and ended up staying longer. What a lovely day!!.

I've put a couple of photo's of Phoenix here for you as you have all been sooo wonderful I thought you would love to see my beautiful grandson, well I am biased. He is less than 24hrs old in these pictures. Every time I see him he changes. I spent Friday afternoon with Claire & Phoenix having his bath and a weigh in with the midwife. He was born 7lbs lost a little as they do and now weighs in at a healthy 8.1lbs, he's doing really well.

I have so much pride for our beautiful Evelyn, and what  has been achieved in her memory, and now she has become a big sister to her beautiful brother Phoenix. This will be yet another different Christmas for us as a family this year, I really don't want any pressie's to open just many many big cuddles with Phoenix and celebrating Evelyn's wonderful achievements we are very very proud grand parents.

This is my 1st Christmas card this year. It's surprising what you can achieve when you are in a very happy place. I have wanted so many times to make a card for my blog this past 21 months and look at it and think that's a Tina card again.

I don't even know if this is a Tina card as It's been so long, but I have to say I have loved getting back into my workroom to make cards as opposed to just shutting myself away in my safe little space called my workroom. My room has been my sanctuary. When the most devastating things going on every day, testing me to my last ounce of sanity having to watch my family going through something so beyond my control. The tears I have shed in my room in the early hours when everyone was sound asleep, I'm surprised our home wasn't flooded time & time again.

I Sat up one night  thinking of Christmas cards a bit like tonight (24th Nov) and it's now 3.20am. Earlier this evening I thought I need to start making my Christmas cards and start to get get back to some kind of normality. If you call 3.20am normal, so I made this card . I am going to make the same style but with different embellishments. So I hope you like my 1st one. I need to go now and cuddle Half Pint  (My little puppy dog ) and get some shut eye, so I will say night night & sleep tight.XX

Be back again soon

 Here Goes!!

Hope you like it.

Love & hugs

Tina XX

PS. I'm sorry I didn't reply on my last blog post but had big problems with my computer. Steph, the animals are little buttons and I found them at  Forest babies, Stuffed with love (teddies), Out foxed and Hop Hop.  Thank you for all your lovely comments, thoughts and prayers for us as a family and for Claire Toby & Phoenix. Also little hugs but lots of them from Half Pint to Billy (((x)))