Friday, 30 January 2015

60th Birthday

I was asked by a colleague at work to make a card for her husband's 60th birthday.  As she is a golf widow, she wanted it to be gold themed.

I used papers and toppers from from Hunkydory's "Its a Man's World - Just Fore You" mounted on red and gold stardream card. Although I do not usually use kits - every now and then they come in real useful and the design was just what I needed.  I was unable to find some stamps that would give me the same effect and wasn't sure that if I could find any that I would get good use out of them.

I made his name using Memory Box Varsity Alphabet in gold and green and also the 60 on the golf ball.  

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Been busy lately ....

I haven't posted for a while as time just seemed to run out for me.  I have not even spent much time crafting lately.  I did manage to make all my Christmas cards but never posted as I just never found the time.  I was also rushed to get my Mother's Christmas present made and did not make that in time - but did get it finished just in time for New Years day when I took her back home. It was another twinset but I could not get a real good photo of it.  The colours came out differently for each part and in reality was a really nice pale blue. The trouble was I had to take the photo a night as it was going back with my Mother and she doesn't own a camera - not even on her phone! I have also been busy organising this years two holidays to the US - one of which is to see my nephew graduate.
I did manage to get a workshop in at Oyster Crafts on colouring which was very enjoyable but for once I did not make a card but just coloured some samples which I haven't got round to doing anything with yet and the are Christmas images so won't be using them until much later this year.
I spent a day in November at the Making of Harry Potter and just loved seeing the castle model with all the snow.  If you haven't been there yet - it is well worth it just to see the model and is there until the end of January.
In December we spent 10 days in Germany and managed to get to the Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Jena, Leipzig, Dresden, Gera and Cologne. I especially loved the one in Dresden where I managed to buy lots of Plauener Spitze (Plauen Window picture lace).  I also managed to catch up with some old friends in Regensburg that I hadn't seen for 20 years.  It felt like we were just picking up where we had left off all those years ago, it was only the place that had changed and not us! 
I also managed to find a new craft store chain that I had not seen before - Idee.  At first I thought that it was just a one off but have since found out that they have lots of stores - that's another excuse for me to keep going back to Germany.  I also managed to buy a Steiff Limited Edition Bear and a Steiff Dalmation for myself - or at least I bought the bear and my husband bought me the dog.
I am hoping that this year I can be more crafty and organised but will wait and see what happens.  Definately feel that work is getting in the way of crafting but guess that is what pay for it!