Saturday, June 24, 2017

70 is just a number

Back again

So, I made this card for a friend of the family, who's friend was turning 70 and she wanted a special card.  The lady in question has a Beagle (same as me) so I decided to use one of Mo's Digital Pencil images - not actually convinced that this dog is meant to be a Beagle (as Beagles have longer legs than this, think it is more likely a Bassett Hound) but I decided to declare it as such and used the same colours as MY Beagle- Bum.

This image is so cute in it's own right and I loved colouring her in.  I only used my Copic pens on this card and added a 'Happy Birthday' die cut, which was cut out using my Big Shot and then added some fancy, sparkly gold numbers for the '70', which also came with the two gold stars, as a set from Hobbycraft.  I then just added some background paper, again from my leftover scrap paper stash and three red adhesive gemstones.  Cute eh?

Thanks for stopping by x

Male cards.... Mmm Not my Thing!

Good afternoon,

It's been so hot here the past ten days that I just haven't had any energy to do anything, let alone sit at my computer and upload a few photos. Anyway, as today is slightly cooler, I thought I would take advantage of the fact and upload a few photos from the past few months.

This is a card I recently (May) made for my Brother-in-Law, Brian who, as you can see, celebrated his 60th birthday this year.

The image is a Lily of the Valley stamp, which I coloured with my Copics and Prismacolour Pencils.  The letters are self adhesive, by American Crafts and were purchased from Hobbycraft. 

The stripy background paper was just a piece of leftover scrap from my leftovers scrap box, so I am afraid I have no idea which brand of paper it is. The khaki coloured border around the image itself is from Papermania.

Hope you like the card as much as I loved the overall outcome of it.  To be completely honest, I'm not always that thrilled when having to make cards for men, as even though most men have interests and hobbies (i.e. football, fishing, barbecues etc.) I just find the thought of making a male card, uninteresting and more often than not, it shows in the finished product. However, on this occasion I think I must have really been inspired while making this one, because I was really pleased with the result.

Brian was thrilled with the card (as much as any man could be), which I guess is 'sort of the whole point' so therefore I was happy. He has since kept the card, in pride of place, on his fireplace (which is totally unheard of for him - as he usually takes his cards straight down the following day).

Anyway, hope you like it. Back soon

Monday, June 12, 2017

Birthdays and Anniversarys

Hello again, its me... back again, as promised

Here's a couple of cards I've made recently...

This card was made for a friend of my daughter, she was obviously celebrating her 21st.  I love this image, from Mo's Digital Pencil.

Coloured her with Prismacolour Pencils and Copics and added a few embellishments to finish the card off.

Added a few white dots as well, which is something I only usually do if I am trying to create the illusion of snow, but I think it also worked quite well here, overlapping the background colour.  I personally think, it adds a little birthday 'magic' to the scene, or am I just talking crap? Who knows?

Personally, I was really pleased with how the card turned out and therefore was able to finish the card and be happy with it.

You will see from the next TWO cards, that again, I have used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil, and you will also note that it is the same image each cards.

There is a good reason why I did that.  I wanted to show that it really doesn't matter if you use the same image more than once, because there are so many different ways to colour it or embellish it, to create two completely different cards.

This first card is for a friend of mine who has recently celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary, Congratulations to Mike and Dee and her favourite colour is green, so I was sure to colour the image in those colours and add some matching ribbon and embellishments.

Shortly after finishing Dee's card, my son asked if I could make a card for me and Steve from him, as we will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this July. Yes, I do have to make my own cards, including Birthday.  My son, bless him, won't buy me a birthday card, or Mother's Day card because, he says, he 'can't buy one as nice as the ones you make mum'... Awwww bless him, CRAWLER!!!

Anyway, because 25 years is also silver, I created this card in a lovely coral pink with silver embellishments and a really nice sentiment.  I think the sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp. The '25' and the 'mum' and 'dad' were die cut on my Big Shot using Dies exclusively from Hobbycraft called First Edition Craft and they were from sets called Male Sentiment Dies, Female Sentiment Dies and Number and Date Dies.

I haven't used them before now, but they were very reasonably priced and although I needed to buy three different sets to get all the sentiments I needed, they have a wide variety of things you could ever possibly need, for example:

Dad, Son, Brother, Uncle, Grandad, Nephew, Cousin, Boyfriend, Husband and Step

Mum, Daughter, Sister, Auntie, Grandma, Niece, Cousin, Girlfriend, Wife, Friend and Step

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, st, nd, rd, and th

I know what you're thinking, they have duplicated Cousin and Step, as they appear in both the male and the female Dies - yes, this is something they could have done without, but after wracking my brains, I can't think what they could have possibly put in instead.  Also, I know that the Grandad is not how we would spell it in the UK, but I think we'll be forgiven for using it, so I guess for less than £10 a set, it's still not bad.

Both of the anniversary cards were coloured with Prismacolour pencils and Copics and were embellished with ribbons, card candi and adhesive pearls.

Anyway, I hope you like the cards, I'll add a few more later.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

It's been over a year... AGAIN

Hello my friends.
I know it's been a long time since my last post (over a year), but I've had a lot going on which I won't go into detail now, let's just say, I've rarely had time for blogging. Still been busy crafting though, always have time for crafts. Haha.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I am still around and will be posting some new makes very soon. I have a new computer and I need to upload all my new images to my hard drive so that I can post them on here.  Give me a day or two to sort my head out and, hopefully, you're still around to see what I've been up to.

Hope you're enjoying our 'British Summer' or enjoying the weather wherever you are viewing from.
Take care.

Fae xxx

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A card for Oma

As promised, here's my second post for this evening...

I made this card for my beautiful Auntie Riet's birthday. She's Dutch - hence the Oma bit and the Dutch sentiment, which means 'Heartfelt congratulations for a Happy Birthday!'

Anyway, I can't post it on Facebook yet as all my Australian relatives will see it, whereas they don't know about my blog so I can post all their cards here and they wouldn't be aware of it.

Oma's birthday is in March, but I will have to post it shortly to ensure that it arrives in beautiful Loveday on time.  I really do hope that she likes it, as I made a card for my Uncle Colin's birthday last year and I think she was a bit disappointed that she didn't receive one too. So I wanted to make an extra special one just for her, as I really do love her so much, she's adorable.  My second mummy.
Here's a close up of the Stamping Bella image I used for the card. Unfortunately, the photo quality was a bit poor and editing the picture didn't do much for it either, but you get the general idea? I hope?

I used my trusty Copic Ciao markers and some gently blended (with Sansodor), Prismacolour pencils.  I love this image, and I hope that it will make her think of me, sitting in the park somewhere, reading and re-reading her letters.

Sadly, the lovely Oma, passed away this year, March 2017. She will be very, very missed. She was such a big part of so many lives.  RIP Riet Marie Alderson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grand mother and loved Auntie Oma.

Thanks for visiting, as always.
Much love


Hi Bloggers
Okay, so don't faint...  I received a phone call yesterday from an old friend (Hi Claire) who thought she'd get in touch to find out why I hadn't blogged for a while. Maybe she suspected I was dead or something, as it has been a looooooooooong time since we were last in touch, but it was nice to hear I was missed so I thought I'd post something just in case anyone else (who isn't following me on Facebook and Instagram) was wondering the same thing???

So, I know it has been a while since my last post, that was in June 2015.  I went off to Australia to visit my rellies and while I was over there, Michelle (my cousin) announced that she was getting married to her long-time partner Mitch, in November 2015, so I just had to go back again so that I could be one of her bridesmaids.  It was a fantastic event and I was a very lucky girl to get to go over there twice.

Anyway, it is now the beginning of February 2016.  Since November, last year, I have had so much to do, it has been busy, busy, busy - with one thing or another. So I really didn't have much time for blogging. I'd like to show you all the cards I made after my return to England in December, but sadly that would take too long, and quite frankly, if there is anyone out there still following me, to be honest, I wouldn't want to bore you to death. So, for now, I am just going to blog this years' cards.  So here are a few I have made so far this year. Hope you like them, and thank you for your patience.

My good friend, Mike Murphy, has been ordering cards from me for the past 11 years now.  He is a teacher of upper school students, and every year, when term begins, he goes through his register, finds out when everyone's birthdays are, and writes them down for me (as all his students will be turning 18 or 19), he then sends me a copy of the list and I make all of his students and 18th or 19th birthday card.

Generally, they are all 18th birthdays, which is why you'll find there are quite a few in the 18th Birthday tag section.  Here's one I made a couple of weeks ago for his first student on the list.

The Image is from Stamping Bella and all my images are coloured using Copic Ciao markers and sometimes, a little Prismacolour too for added depth.

Another of his orders, was for a young lady, the following day. So I put together this one for her. Mike said she was quite a flamboyant young lady, with a zest for life, so I really liked putting this one together for her.

Another Stamping Bella image (I'm really into Stamping Bella at the moment - got quite a few for Christmas AND I managed to also spend a small fortune on just a few!!! Naughty!!).

Again, coloured with Copic Ciao markers and just used a little Prismacolour pencil, blended with Sansodor for the shading so she didn't look too 'flat' on the plain white background.

Added a few embellishments and a big old '18' on the front and I was really happy with the finished result.

This lovely image by Stamping Bella, happens to be my favourite at the moment. My Beagle, Ruby, bought it for me for Christmas, and I love it. She's just too cute (the image that is, not my dog - although she is rather, if I'm honest!)

Decided to go a bit girlie on this one, and, as you can see, one of the few 19th Birthday cards requested.

Kept it really simple with just a few embellishments and a sentiment, plus of course a '19' in the corner.

This young lady likes the 'old fashioned' way of communicating and Mike says she is always writing letters to overseas PenPals etc, so I thought I would use this image and call it 'Snail Mail'... Cute huh?

I decided to enter THIS card into the Passion for Promarkers Challenge, as this weeks theme is 'Show us your favourites' - well, this little beauty is definitely my favourite stamp at the moment (for the reasons above).  The challenge blog can be found here, if you'd like to enter your own little favourite something.  Good luck!

Anyway, that's all for now, otherwise this is going to be one heck of a long post.  I do have a few more cards to share with you, but I will add those to an additional post.

Hope you like the cards I have shared with you so far, and thank you for taking the time to visit, as always.

Much love

Tuesday, June 02, 2015


Hi Bloggers

Well... what can I say... I can't BELIEVE it's been so long since my last blog. So much has happened, is happening, that I barely have time to catch breath.

I'm off to AUSTRALIA on the 8th June, less than a week away, to see my gorgeous new rellies down under. I can't believe that it's so close, it was more than a year ago that we booked it. It's a journey that just myself and my dad are taking. Lianne has her A Level exams coming up (literally the day after I fly out), Lewis has school to contend with, Mum is looking after the kids and Ruby-Doo and I very much doubt that Steve would want to go with me, even if I asked him... MISERABLE BUGGER!!

Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my creations with you that have kept me busy over the past few weeks and let you all know that I was still alive and well.

Image from Mo's Digital Pencil
I love the image on this card.  She's called Bella Birthday and she can be digitally downloaded here.  The little girl I made this card for is a huge fan of all things 'pink' so hence the pink overload.

Very girlie but very CAS too. I added the sparkly '5th' which was purchased from Hobbycraft.  The pink adhesive pearls were from Mei Flowers and the greeting is one that I typed up and punched out myself.

Coloured with copics and finished off with prismacolour pencils and blended with Sansodor.
Image from Mo's Digital Pencil
This little cutie is called 'I Dunno' (Redux) and can be found here.

Another FIVE birthday card.  The image has no background, I drew that in myself as the sentiment on the inside says "I love you to the moon and back. I added the adhesive gems, as stars, to the image once I had created the night sky behind the moon with Adirondak ink and a foam blender.

I then added the sentiment, the letters and the flowers to finish off the card.  This card was coloured with Promarker Pens and I was really pleased with the finished card.

I hope that you like the cards and hope you will come back again soon to see my other creations as I upload them.

I will post some pictures of my trip when I return from Loveday, Barmera in July.  Hope the weather stays warm for you guys here, apparently the UK is about to have a heatwave and I'M GOING TO MISS IT - just to make you feel better, it's winter in Australia now.

TTFN, Hugs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

She's Charming

Hello bloggers and fellow crafters

This weeks' challenge over at The Paper Shelter is 'Blooming'. The link for the challenge can be found here.

I made this card with the digi stamp called 'She's Charming" from The Paper Shelter and she can be found here.

I wanted to keep this card clean and simple so printed the image and coloured her in with my Copic and ProMarker pens.

I then added a simple sentiment from Craftwork Cards and added some flowers and adhesive pearls.

I love the blue of this young ladies dress but wanted to match it to the background paper (so bit of a fail there) but I am really pleased with how the card itself turned out.  Was exactly what I was aiming for with the 'clean and simple' approach.

I just love the cuteness of this stamp, the way she's powdering her face ready for her big date or even her prom.  Cuteness!!

Anyway, if you're also taking part in The Paper Shelter's challenge, good luck. It's lovely to see all the fabulous cards that other people make with the same images. Lots of inspiration and lots of great ideas.

Take care everyone and hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Hugs xx

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Si Belle

The Paper Shelter DT Call and GIRLY Challenge

Hi guys,
It took me ages and is only my second attempt but I managed to colour this entire card solely in black, grey and white. And yes, I deliberately added a sepia colour background so that you guys wouldn't think that I had just changed the colour of the photograph to black and white. So NO, I didn't cheat!!

I love this image and think it's quite a girlie image in itself. I kept the embellishments simple and although I was a little scared in colouring this image solely in monochrome, I was actually quite pleased with the finished result.

Just so that you can see how I coloured the image previously, I am adding a small picture of the same image but in bright colours.

Such a cute image and Si Belle can be found here at The Paper Shelter. Check out their other images while you're at it. They're so cute and there is something for everyone.

Hope you like the card and hope you'll come back and visit me again soon.

Have a great weekend Bloggers!

Spring Truffle

Hi Bloggers
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Made this DigiStamp Boutique card for my lovely mum.  It is the first Mother's Day without my nan so I knew it was going to be a hard day for her.

I coloured the image 'Truffle' from the Spring Honey and Truffle Set (found here) with my Promarker and Copic markers and then added a few little embellishments (adhesive pearls and rhinestones) just to finish off the card. I am entering this card into this months Digi Stamp Boutique challenge and this week's Passion for Promarkers challenge.

I then just printed a sentiment and added that to the front at the bottom of the image.

Wasn't 100% happy with the colour of the image itself as I think I made him a little too dark but mum was over the moon with her card so that's good enough for me.

I particularly like the fact that the image has tulips in it as these are her favourites. So I also bought a big bunch of red and white tulips to go with the card.  Happy Mother's Day, Mum.  I love you xx

Hope you're all having a lovely day with your lovely mum's and for those of you whose mum's are no longer with you in person, know that they are with you in spirit, memory and your love.

Hope you like the card?