Monday, 12 October 2015

Great reunion!

I had a lovely time at my old School Reunion at the weekend.  It was a little difficult to recall some of the names of old pupils, but recognition mostly dawned for the majority of them, with a little reminder now and again! This year all the girls who started Brownhills High School for Girls in Tunstall in 1956 reached their 70th birthdays this year, so I guess we were entitled to forget a few names.
I found my old Prefect's badge in my jewellery box and decided to take it with me!
I've always liked it; I don't know what metal it is made from but it looks rather like pewter.
When we got to the hotel, one of our number had made a special 70th birthday cake for everyone and her daughter had decorated it brilliantly in our school colours! 
Quite something huh!

It tasted good too!
My school which is in the photo in the top corner has now been demolished!

Not that the girls made me think of witches you understand, but this is what I made when I got home. It's for the challenge at Addicted to Stamps with this picture inspiration
I simply took the colours for the stripes in the stockings. It's a Bugaboo image with a die cut sentiment and a little Glossy accents added to the shoes.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Weekend again!

This weekend we're heading north as there is a reunion from my grammar school taking place in Newcastle-under-Lyme this evening. It's the year that all the girls who began at Brownhills High School for Girls, Tunstall, in 1956 will have reached their 70th year! SO a whole bunch of old girls will be chewing the fat and reminiscing this evening! Should be fun!
My cards today are for the Less is More one layer Autumn challenge.
Both are really simple and I used one of the new colours of Distress ink, Fossilized Amber, which was a perfect Autumn shade. It's simply a masked panel, stamped with Stamplorations leaves and Paper Artsy splats, with hero Arts sentiment.
This one is in very similar vein.
Stampin Up's French Foliage being the stamp set this time.

Yesterday I had a real senior moment! I decided that after doing lots of die cutting for some wedding stationery which is just approaching completion, my craft room floor would benefit from the services of my Dyson. To cut a long story short, it wasn't picking up the bits so I decided to try to unblock it!  Having managed to get lots of it apart I could see all the bits of card which were the source of the problem so removing a piece of tubing and with the services of a knitting needle managed to clear the blockage!
Next came about an hour or more looking for a piece of the tubing which was curiously missing!  Both my husband and I went through just about everything but this piece was nowhere to be found. (I found a die I had lost which was great). SO I decided to look on the Dyson website and just order a new part. Having identified what I thought was the missing piece I rang the helpline and tried to explain to the operator what had happened and to ensure I had identified the piece correctly. During the course of this hilarious conversation, I realised that in fact the piece was not missing at all, but being made from a spring-like piece of tubing had jumped down into the space and was there all the time...still attached in fact, (I hadn't actually completely removed it as I thought I had, but had just removed it from its clip).
Long story short again... My floor is now clean!
Well, I am seventy!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


I have to admit that when I saw the code word at CASology I was really tickled by it... it's the sort of thing that appeals to me enormously!
Here is a silly card, I'm not sure where I got the sentiment from but it was computer generated!
The wonderful duck is from Penny Black and is a firm favourite of mine. What a great expression on his/her face! It's simply coloured with a few Mirage pens, die cut and popped onto a few dimensional pads.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Still playing with Inka Gold

Here is a other card sontinuing my experiments with Inka Gold, For this I cut a butterfly from chipboard with a Mover and Shapers die and then coloured it with the Inka Gold, in Mint green and Graphite, over-stamping it with an Artemio script stamp. The backdrop was made just by applying the paste to a craft sheet and spritzing with water and taking a print from it. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
It's for the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More CAS challenge.
Here is a Day for Daisies chicken with a paper pieced pinnie and gentle shading achieved with Mirage pens. The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly (very old stamp... it was my very first design team I ever joined)
This is for the challenge at CAS on Sunday Polka dots!