Friday 30 April 2010

Irish Blessings....


Second post today - If you're looking for AnnaBelle Stamps Say it with Pearls ......scroll down...thanks.

I've made a card for a special sketch challenge over at Claire Brennan's place Waltzingmouse Stamps. Claire is celebrating her first year of selling her own stamp sets and has a new release out May 1st. The sneak peeks have been amazing. So enough chat here's my card:

I've kept it quite simple using a digital set that Claire gave away for an earlier blog hop. I love the bunch of shamrocks and in order to use this image I've split the single shamrock from the sentiment in Photoshop and even changed the colours (I'm getting quite daring with the old Photoshop........I won't tell you how long it takes me

I've done some sponging with Antique Linen distress inks and used my Copics to colour the bunch of shamrocks. The dp is from Basic Grey's Kioshi paper pad with the base card from American Craft Card. The red embellishments were from the candy I received from Cathy and the Green hearts I found on our whistle stop trip to Victoria!!!

Take a moment and go check out Claire's blog, join the challenge but you'll need to be quick it ends Midday 1 May (local time.... Ireland).

Tomorrow I have a card for Isabella's challenge , hope you'll have time to drop by.
Till then...........

AnnaBelle Stamps - Say it with....Pearls

Good Morning Blogger's,

This week on AnnaBelle Stamps we're challenging you to 'Say It With .... Pearls'. I hope you can join in with us, we love seeing your creations and although we'd love you to use one of the AnnaBelle Stamps sets, if you don't have them yet .... use what you have.

I've kept my card quite simple this week, it features a sentiment from 'Flowers For You'. I've teamed it with a couple of Spellbinder dies and some AnnaBelle Pearls. In fact three different sizes of the pearls, take a look at the corner pearls .....lush!!

I've stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Ivory card before cutting with a Labels 9 die. Whilst the card was still in the die I sponged with SU blush blossom. This sits over the Fleur De Lis pendant that I cut from some Fiskars Cloud Nine dp. The completed piece is set on point.

The base card is Ivory with a layer of American Craft Card from their Earth Tones pack.

I've used pearls under the sentiment as well as on each point of the Fleur De Lis with the largest pearls in each of the corners.

For the inside of my card I used some Lexel Papers Felt Cream letterhead. Stamped a small rose image from the same set in the top corner and coloured lightly with Copic markers. A Fiskars Apron Lace punch punched the bottom of this heavyweight paper and I added a strip of the same terracotta card as used on the front to sit beneath the scallops.

My Mum in the UK gets two Mother's Day celebrations. One for those of the family back there and one for my brother and I who celebrate the Australian Mother's Day, which is always a little later. This will be her card this year so better get it in the Post right away.

Hope you have time to join us this week, go check the AnnaBelle Design Teams cards for more inspiration.

Till next time..........

Thursday 29 April 2010

Sassy Cheryl # 9 - All White well almost.....

This weeks challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's is a little different...... Any of Cheryl's images, coloured however you like BUT everything else has to be white! No coloured dp, ribbon or embellies JUST WHITE.

I've used an image that Cheryl gave her group on PCP...... how sweet is this Teddie?
He's coloured with Prisma's and OMS and sits on a Fleur De Lis pendant cut with a Spellbinder die, a white pearl added to each corner.

Base card has a layer of Cuttlebug embossed roses added. Next a strip of M S Daisy Fan punched card that has some clear glittered white Mulberry paper layered over, followed by the white satin ribbon. The image is attached with foam dots to pop it up with the bow added to the side.

Swiss dots embossed flowers, punched with an EK Success medium and small retro flower punch decorated with pearls sit in the top right corner along with some twirled paper tendrils. A few more white pearls added and this little card is complete, hope you like it!

I'm entering this card in a couple of other challenges:

Die Cut Dreams: Make your own Flowers
Papertake Weekly: Do something different (I've never made an all white card with just a coloured image before.)

I'll be back tomorrow with This week AnnaBelle Stamps card, hope you can call back then.

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Two for Tuesday!!!


The boss is home again today and we're off on a shopping mission!
I feel as though I've done very little other than design team work lately!....... I'm desperate to get back into some kind of routine but it's busy and going to get worse on the run up to our trip!!!

I've been really lucky in the last couple of weeks and won two very sweet candy packages! Thanks so much Kim and also Cathy ........ thank goodness these are the non fat candy!!!!

I have a couple of quick cards to show you today. Both these were made quite quickly (for me!) playing with new stamps.

I didn't get to post these before I went out because it was so dull this morning! Just took some quick pics inside so they're not the best!!!

This second card has a circle cut from the middle of the doily to show the stamped sentiment in the middle. I also added some clear embossed butterflies.

Oh dear hope I can get back to normal tomorrow!!!!!

Monday 26 April 2010

Magical Monday - Easter Lilies Shadow Box


Before I get to Nina's TMITA free image this week I just wanted to let you all know about an upcoming release. Some of you will know of this site but for those who don't you should go check it out. Claire Brennan of Waltzingmouse Stamps has a special 1st Birthday release at the beginning of May and is giving sneak peeks at the moment with Competitions. Click on the link and check it out for yourself, what I've seen so far looks very interesting.........

If you've arrived here from TMITA I hope you picked up Easter Lilies to play along with us this week. It's my challenge week and I've said 'Anything Goes' make a card however you like to showcase this beautiful image.

As soon as I received the image from Nina I knew right away that I would make a Shadow Box card. If you've never made one of these give it a try they are fun and not too difficult to make.

My image has been coloured with Copic markers and cut out......oh what fun, a good sharp craft knife comes in handy!!!

I've used an Apron Lace punch to add sme interest to the sides of my shadow box and a Martha Stewart butterfly punch too. Some pretty orange gigham ribbon and KaiserCraft gems complete the embellishments.

As always Nina has a prize for one randomly picked project so check out the rest of the design teams projects for this week and join in with us, remember anything goes. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

This is the last week for one of our DT members, Selma, so make sure you pop by here blog and leave here some cyber hugs, we'll miss her each week......she sets the standard!!!

Till next time............

Sunday 25 April 2010


Today is the day all Australians and New Zealanders remember those service men and women who gave their lives in Wars around the world. They gave their lives that we should enjoy freedom. Thinking also about all those with family members serving today.


Saturday 24 April 2010

This and that.....


We're back from our whistle stop trip to Victoria!!!!
11 hours drive down, one day of work for Walshie and some shopping for me, then 11 hours driving back home!!! Hahaha! We had a bit of fun though lots of laughs on the journey.

Just wanted to pop in quickly to let you know about some Candy on offer from Rach!!! Yes she's back! and if like me you love to colour images, both stamps and digis, you'll have missed her too.....she's one of the best and always shares tips, and great tutorials that are easy to follow.
Go check this for yourself click here or in the side bar .

Catch you later.................

12 more sleeps till Copic Certification !!!!
Just heard that Michelle from Sydney will be attending too.
We met when Dawn McVey (PTI Designer) was a visitor to Sydney - great to be able to catch up with her again, and Sammi from Mad For Markers ........what fun! Anyone else from Sydney???

Friday 23 April 2010

Annabelle Stamps - ABSC020 - Congratulations!!!

Good Morning all,

Friday again........ and it's time for a sketch challenge at AnnaBelle Stamps. This weeks sketch, ABSC020 comes to us from Jerusha :

Thanks Jerusha, I had some fun with this one, here's my card: Congratulations!!

I was thinking a Wedding or an Anniversary Card, it's always a good idea to have one on hand!

I've used one of the little rose images from 'Flowers With Love'. This is such a versatile little set it's hard to go past it each week. I was going to use the Happy Anniversary sentiment from the same set but decided instead on this one from Swirl Tree, so I could use the card as I mentioned above.

My card uses SU Kraft, pure white card and the dp is from Christina Re. Some machine stitching has been added too before the dry embossed strip of rosebuds. The vertical strip of Kraft was punched with a Fiskar's Upper Crest punch and also embossed with Swiss dots. I've used a Spellbinder die to cut the first oval from the Kraft, lightly sponging the edge with VersaMagic cloud white chalk ink. Next a layer of pure white which was also embossed with Swiss dots.

Now for the image, I stamped with VersaMark then embossed these roses with Annabelle embossing powder Opaque Vanilla. I was so impressed with how clean this turned out, the stems on these roses are very fine and close up they look great. More light sponging around the image then each of the ovals have been stacked using foam dots to raise them.

I've made two flower embellishments using Annabelle's Petals. White then a beige one then setting a little silver spacer with Some Annabelle pretty..... but you can never have enough pearls so I added one to each corner!

The sentiment was also embossed with the Opaque Vanilla and cut with a Spellbinder tag die. To complete the tag I threaded some narrow white satin ribbon and tied a tiny bow..........I have to get one of those bow ties....... it takes me an age to get a nice bow! The tag is attached to the card with some double sided tape.

So what do you think? I hope you'll play along with us this fortnight......yes you have two weeks to join the challenge and if you don't have Annabelle Stamps, that's fine too! So what are you waiting for ...... more on the design team members in the left side bar.

I can't wait to see your cards.........Thanks for taking the time to drop by today it wouldn't be half as much fun without you!!!

Till next time.........

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Amber April Showers!

Hi Blogger's,

I hope you're all well........ I heard a rumour of more snow in the UK or was it really just Ash from the Volcano!!!!!!! I'm so glad you dropped by today I have this little card to show you called Amber April Showers.......well at the moment if Amber was in Sydney she'd need that umbrella to keep the sun off!!! It's been glorious weather here, hope it's the same in Victoria Ian and I are going down for a few days very early tomorrow morning!

I found this little digital image on the Internet yesterday from a site I hadn't seen before called Clipart and Scrap I bought three of these cuties but had to colour Amber so I'd have a quick card to post today.

Punched Retro flowers, Kaisercraft gems and some pretty ribbon and hey presto !!!!

Hope you like her............

Be back soon.... I'm on the mobile Kez!!!!

16 more sleeps till Copic Certification!!!!!!!!!!

Monday 19 April 2010

Magical Monday - Happy Mother's Day

Hi Blogger's,

I received some great news this morning.......I've got a seat for the first Sydney Copic Certification Class yeah!!!! and Kerrie got one too. We're both very excited and really looking forward to 6th May...... I think you'll be hearing more about this don't you LOL.

Are you ready to play along with Nina and the TMITA/PCC design team this week?

Kim is hosting the challenge and she's asked us to use any of Nina's images to make a 4" card using 1 ribbon, a single type of embellishment, 1 sentiment and NO dp!!!!!

I decided to make another mini easel card using a Spellbinder Blossom die, which is just under four inches. The last time I posted one of these I had a few comments asking how I made it so I'll quickly explain that you fold some card to make it large enough to cut the shape you want. In my case I folded an 8" piece of card to 4" square. Sit the die so that at the top the dies cutting ridge sits just over the fold in the card. After you remove the card from your Cuttlebug or die cut machine you have the shape joined at the top. Open the card out so the join is in the middle and fold the top of the top shape in towards this join. This makes your easel now you just need to cut one more single shape to decorate for the front of your card. Easy peasy!!! Once it's decorated add some double sided tape to the folded down easel and attach the decorated card front, lining up the petals.

On my card I ran the base through the Cuttlebug with a Swiss dots embossing folder to add a little interest. My Computer generated sentiment is attached with a foam dot on the base with the check ribbon.

I've used Nina's image 'Teacup with Daisies' printed onto pure white card and coloured with Copic markers for my Mother's Day card. A Spellbinders circle die cut the image out.
Don't forget at this point when you attach the image to the blossom shape to line it up with the folded down easel. If in doubt add the shape front first then attached the coloured image!!

For the embellishments I've added 7 blue KaiserCraft gems 1 in each of the blossom scallops.

Hope you like this little mini easel and might be tempted to have a go at making one too. Want to check out the design teams cards? all the links are in the side bar here or you'll see them over at TMITA. If you want to purchase one of Nina's image check out the online store here.
This weeks winner will receive their choice of two digital images from Paper Cupcakes.....Good luck everyone.

Thanks for dropping by, hope all's well in your corner of the world.

Till next time........

Saturday 17 April 2010

Sassy Cheryl # 6 - A Sassy Boy

Hi Blogger's,

Here's the card I made for the Sassy Cheryl challenge this week # 6 I think. We were asked to use a Sassy Boy in blue's and cream!

I picked this image which Cheryl calls 'Hear Nothing Boy' and coloured it with a mixture of Copic Markers and Prisma's with Gamsol.
My base card is Navy Blue and I've used a sheet of wrapping paper for the circle patterned paper. This sits on a mat of cream card. More cream card was punched and inked around with antique linen ink. Some leather lace was tied around the punched cream and this section was attached to the card with foam tape. My coloured image is also punched along one side and this sits on some thick blue mulberry paper. To complete the card I attached the petals at the bottom with a computer generated sentiment. Quite a simple card but I was pleased with it finished, I think it's fine for a boy and plan to send it back to the UK for my Nephew who has a Birthday early next month.
Till next time blogger's............

Friday 16 April 2010

Annabelle Stamps.......Say It in...Pink and Brown

Welcome to this Friday post for Annabelle Stamps. Andrea has challenged us to ....Say it in......Pink and Brown, which is probably one of my favourite colour combinations.

I've used a sketch from 2 sketches 4 you sketch 50 this week and I've kept it really simple.
My base card is Chocolate brown from American Crafts Autumn colours. To this I added my pink white dotted dp, which is Grant Archival double sided. Some double faced satin ribbon and three gems from the new brown petals kits came next.

I've used one of the images from Flowers For You for my focal point. The vase was stamped to a scrap of Bitter Sweet dp and cut out. The flowers are stamped in SU chocolate chip onto pure white card that has been cut and embossed with a Spellbinder Labels die. Copic markers were used to colour this little spray of flowers and the centres were set with three tiny blossom gems, from the pink petals kit. I've used a sentiment from the same set stamped directly onto the dp to complete my card.

I wanted a small token for a neighbour so added this little purse size note book. The back is in the same chocolate brown card which comes over to the front of the notebook. The front edge punched with a SU lace punch, some pale pink ribbon tied in a bow across the centre.
I've used the same vase of flowers onto more of the dotted pink dp to complete the front of this little note book.

Go check out Andrea and the other designing divas to see how they said it in Pink and Brown this week and play along with us if you can.

Just a reminder that the last weeks sketch challenge ABSC019 is still open with a great ribbon prize for one randomly picked winner. If you have time why not enter a card .... you just might be our winner.

Thanks for dropping by hope you all have a great week end.
Till next time.........

Thursday 15 April 2010

A Little Birdie Told me........

Morning blogger's,

I've been busy busy clearing and cleaning through my 'sewing/craft' room!! I've gone through my fabric stash and got that down to four big plastic tubs and two small ones, which is pretty good! Sorted through all kinds of paper too......who needs to keep all this stuff when you have a good Internet connection. My magazines should be next but I just can't bring myself to thin them out.....yet!
The boss is all for re-organising the layout down here too, so new cupboards and book shelves might just be the order of the day ....... I better get it right!

I did make a card last night to post today. I've used a Whiff of Joy stamp from the Birdie Love collection so this card is going into this weeks challenge #75 at the Whiff of Joy Challenge Blog. The challenge is to use yellow, green and one other colour.
I've used a layout from CPS so this will also go into their challenge #162 .

American Craft card has been used as well as dp from Kaisercraft's Lilac Avenue Collection. A Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Birds and Swirls' was used for the yellow mat and all card edges were sponged with distress ink antique linen.

The image has been stamped onto PL card in pure white with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured with Copic Markers. A Sakura clear glitter pen was used to add some sparkle to the flowers in her hair. To complete the sketch I added the three amethyst gem brads from Kaisercraft.

Thanks for popping by today I'll be back on Friday with this weeks AnnaBelle Stamps post. You still have a week to join in on the sketch challenge, with a stash of ribbon as the prize.

Till Friday..........

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Hi Blogger's,

Sorry no card today, the last couple of days I've been going through the 'STUFF' in my room trying to sort out and de clutter!!! I'm lucky enough to have a room to call my sewing/craft room and it's a good size but I've just been adding stuff and now it needs sorting out.

I started with some shelves yesterday and they look a little better now I think. Today I went through all my fabric boxes and sorted them. I'm pleased to report that I've managed so far, to clear 2 big plastic boxes......yeah. My book shelf full of magazines should be next but I'm not sure I can part with any of them!!!
Anyway pictures as proof before and after

Well No 1 is part way through the clearing of shelves!

And then tidy......even a little space.

The dreadful Fabric boxes, sewing machines quilt racks etc.

This is 100 times better, even space in the far corner now. Thankfully the curtain hides all this anyway!!

I'm being very careful not to show you the top end of the room......I've got piles of fabric a couple of baskets etc all ready to go out. It's not perfect but it's a start!

See you soon......

Monday 12 April 2010

Magical Monday - Merry Wishes

Hello all,

Have you been over to TMITA/PCC to check out this weeks challenge details?
Merry Wishes is the image we have to play with this week and it was Nilla's turn to issue the challenge. Nilla chose a colour challenge for us:
Use any shades of Blue/green/white. Make these colors the main theme for your project.

I'll start by apologising for the photo! it was just too bright outside when I took this one.

The ring pull can contains chocolate treats - well probably not now my niece was given this at Easter!!
I saw this project on The Stamping Kub's blog and thought it was a great idea so it's a CASE really. I've since seen them on SCS too, they are pretty easy and fun to make.
My can was a can of apples that I opened from the bottom with a can opener, leaving the ring pull intact. Once the can was washed and dried properly I used some masking tape to make sure any sharp edges were safe. Next I added the chocolate goodies and glues the base back into place.
It's just a case of measuring around the tin and decorating now.
I liked how Kurtis had run some stitching around the top and bottom of the can so did the same on some pale blue card.
I've printed the image twice, one for the card and then again smaller for the can. Both were coloured with Copics and cut with Oval Spellbinders. A pale green mat was used for both can and card.
I punched a belly band of blue/white check card for the can and the image has two slots punched either side to enable the blue heart ribbon to be threaded through. This is tied around the can adding the computer generated sentiment and tied off in a bow.
I punched a circle for the top of the can and tied some more of the ribbon through the ring pull. Three heart embellies were added as well to complete the can.

The card is straight forward with some rounded corners and more heart embellies. Another computer generated sentiment attached with the blue hearts ribbon. Here' s a closer look at the can.

This project is going into the following challenge:
Our Creative Corner where the challenge is bows.

Hope you like this weeks project and have time to go check out the rest of the design teams projects. Nina is offering your choice of two images to the randomly picked winner this week so if you feel like some window shopping ....just in here.

I think my posts will be few and far between this week, I have to clean out the 'sewing room' I think it's time to turn it into a craft room !!!
It's all your fault Patti!!!
Any helpful hints would be appreciated. Any pictures you can share would be great too!

Till next time..........

Isabella's Sketchbook - Challenge 2


I'm just popping in quick to post this card which uses an image from Isabella's Sketchbook called simply, Note Card. This image reminds me of the beautiful old cards people used to send. I have a CD full of these gorgeous romantic images and love to flip through them every now and then for colour ideas.

I'm entering this into Isabella's second challenge here. Hope you're going to join in too, check her link in the right hand side bar it will take you to all her beautiful images.

I've sized and flipped my image in Photoshop adding the sentiment before printing.
I've coloured with Copic markers and the tissue flower was made by cutting ten shapes using a Spellbinder die and securing them with a brad. I've added a blossom gem from Annabelle Stamps to the centre of my flower. The dp is from Kaisercraft and the base card is from the Spring Collection at GKD. The pink card is from my scrap box so sorry think it's probably American Craft Card!

Hope you can call back later today for Magical Mondays TMITA/PCC.
Till then.......

Sunday 11 April 2010

New Babies.......

Whoops!!!! I've had a posting mishap!!! Two posts today scroll down a little further for the card I meant to have up today - The Bubblegum Girl!!!!


Thought I'd show the card I made ready for the arrival of a new baby boy. I showed the card I made for the new Grandma on Thursday's post.

I made a mini easel card using two sets, the first is part of a new stamp from Rupa Shevde for GKD, the little duck. The set's called Spring has Sprung and it's full of gorgeous images and sentiments. The second image is the daisy and that along with the sentiment is from GKD Stamp TV Kit Spring Mix.

I've used Spellbinder circle dies as well as a blossom die for the base of my card with dp from SU. All colouring was done using Copic markers. The daisies were cut out with the centres stamped again onto scraps of yellow card then re-attached with foam dots.

I'm entering this card into Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge as well a challenge on STV.
FTTC61 ask us to 'buy it use it' .......well I bought these label dies from Spellbinder and they hardly ever see the light of day so that's one. I also used a new eyelet from the STV kit to attach the label. I haven't used these for ages but these are very easy to fix so had to give them a try.

You might just notice that I stamped the base of the card using Versamark with another of the new stamps from the STV Kit and finished off the card with come ribbon.

Bubblegum Girl and 2 challenges yeah!!!

Hi Blogger's,

After yesterday's emotional post's back to normal for me today!!!
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog has another great challenge this week using any of Cheryl's 'girl' images. There are PLENTY to choose from but I really liked this one!! ooh I can remember doing this.

Mad for Markers has a great challenge too, if you haven't found this one start with the link on the right hand side. You'll recognise Sammi, for sure. The challenge here was to use Copic Markers in the following colours: E00, R20 and BG15. I've used these plus a couple of others in the E family.

Base card is Bazzill Basics Petunia....a bit like bubblegum don't you think? The DP is from the Kaisercraft Gypsy Sister's Collection paper pad.

After sizing and colouring this image I decided to cut her out! Lots of Swiss dots embossing on this card, including the top layer of the delish pink flower. I finished the flower off with a silver spacer (a RAC from Bev in the UK) and a blossom gem which like the flower and the two blossom sprinkles on the top right are from Annabelle Stamps Pink Petals Collection.
Some sparkly ribbon complete this little card.

After I'd finished colouring this image I read a post from Cheryl saying that by popular demand she had drawn the follow up image to this one!!! You have to go check it's great.

Hope you're managing to get some craft time this week end, thanks for dropping by I'll see you tomorrow................

Saturday 10 April 2010


This is going to be a longish post so hope you'll have time to read it from start to finish!

Gina K has challenged her designers to pick a favourite children's book, make a card using this as the inspiration and tell a little about the book and what it meant to them. This is also how she will choose her CSS team member for the next stamp release. Anyone can enter, as long as you follow the guidelines and use one of the March release stamps for your card.

When I read the post I thought, nice.... a little different, and carried on with what I was doing, which was taking up a pair of pants for Walshie!!!

Sitting in front of the window stitching I started thinking back to when I was young and we'd go to stay with my Gran and Grandad.

At the end of each day we were bathed, said our prayers at the side of the bed then tucked up and Gran would read to us. Those who follow my blog will probably know what's coming next I've talked about it before! My Gran loved everything Beatrix Potter, so these were the stories she read us, always.

I was sitting in the chair remembering this and that somewhere there was a photo......old and very grainy but still, I had to find it .......... I don't think there's an early family picture where my brother has anything other than that look on his face!!! So funny.

Well, I had to make a card then..... the hard part was picking one of the Beatrix Potter books to feature. In the end I chose two.

Jemima Puddleduck ...... who very nearly fell foul of Mr Fox, all because she wanted to hatch her own eggs! I used the image from the STV Kit for my card, coloured with Copic markers. Lots of pink to match the colour of Jemima's shawl. Bubblegum Pink is the card base and I used dp from Basic Grey 's Bittersweet paper pad. A lace border punch and some pink flowers from Annabelle Stamps set with a pearl brad. Fo fun I added a ducks feather, which is so soft. This is a belated Birthday card hence the sentiment.

My second card uses Nina Brackett's beautiful set Nana's Needlework. Which has been coloured with Copic's. I've used Nina's Anniversary sketch for this card. The base card is GKD pure luxury heavyweight in pure white. I love the stitching stamp I used along the bottom of the card and stamped it in SU nearly navy. The sentiment was stamped in the same ink and cut with a Spellbinder die before popping up on foam dots.
The top portion is made up of layers to match the dp which is from the Kaisercraft Gypsy Sister's Collection paper pad.

Now for the fun bit I've made a pair of knitting needles from tooth picks by cutting them to size and whittling the ends so I could push on a bead ..... (my Dad will be looking down smiling on this!!). Then I knitted this little piece using embroidery wool, leaving a nice long end so I could wrap it around the card a few times. Double sided tape holds this to the front of my card.

If you know the story of Benjamin Bunny you'll know his Aunt was the mother of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. She was a widow who earned her living by knitting rabbit-wool mittens. This is the inspiration for my second card. Just a flick through, looking at the beautiful illustrations in these books makes me smile.

Walshie bought me this boxed set of the Beatrix Potter stories some time ago after hearing me talking about my Gran. She was lovely, a very talented seamstress and embroiderer. She used to hand smock my dresses and nightdresses. I remember a new dress at Christmas ready for the Christmas Party at Dad's work, and my Aunt used to knit me an angora bolero to match!!!
All the lovely dresses etc are long gone but I'm lucky to have our family christening robe that Gran made in ivory silk, all hand smocked and embroidered.......beautiful!

I hope if you've stuck with me through this post you can tell how much I enjoyed making these cards, and remembering these special people and happy times.

It's a great challenge..... you don't need a competition to try this, have a go.

I'll see you soon, don't forget Monday is 'Magic in the Air' and I've got something other than a card this week. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for dropping by.

Edited note: I was just looking at Beatrix Potter sites on the web and found this fantastic site for children - check it out