Friday 3rd April
I did the usual couple of hours at the computer first thing & then headed into the shower as usual, around 9am.
The final sheet from these rose card kits for you today, & I still have a bunch of the matching backgrounds to get published so I will continue to post little batches of those direct to page on Sunday mornings.
I do have more designs in the rose file, some that I have been working on in recent days, so collect the backgrounds as I get them online as some of the other designs will also work with those backgrounds.
Thursday 2nd April
It has been really blustery all day today, the empty plant hanger next to the front door kept bouncing off the bedroom bay window while I was on the exercise bike there this morning, but I ignored it. It is only one of those macrame one that I made a couple of summers ago so won't do any damage.
My sister texted last night to ask if I needed anything as she was going to the supermarket first thing this morning, but apart from the kitchen rolls (that I have been trying to get my hands on for weeks) there was only raspberries & blackberries that I needed. So she kindly dropped those off at the gate just after I was done exercising, along with some much needed kitchen rolls - bonus! Thanks Sis! x
Another of the story book image sheets for you today, & I am pretty sure that this could be Little Bo Peep? So a decoupage sheet with additional mini images, accompanied by a full sheet of matching background paper.
I have worked at the computer for much of the day again, but I did finish off a card I began last night & made another one too, so I have just posted those to the gallery.
I have already recycled the three I posted yesterday when I decided I didn't actually like them after all, but I will leave them online until I have a few more to post to the gallery.
Wednesday 1st April
Weather seems to have warmed up a teeny bit today?
I have been on a mega design session today & got some lovely new stuff put together. That is basically all I have done all day apart from a half hour out back planting up some herb seeds.
A sheet of word toppers for you this afternoon, I created these in lovely fresh spring time colours & covered a few occasions that you might happen to need.
I was at the work bench last night & made two & a half cards, the third one I finished when I was done in the garden this afternoon. So I used them to open the April section of the gallery.
Stay safe everyone.
Tuesday 31st March
I have spent much of my day at the work bench. I did do a bit of work first thing but in the main I have been messing with paper & card.
I dug out some of my old Spellbinder dies & cut out a few sets & put those aside, ready to incorporate in a design as & when. I find crafting much more enjoyable & smoother if I have lots of stuff precut, then even if the colour doesn't go with the particular project that I am working on, at least I can judge what it would look like before going ahead & it cutting out in a complimentary colour.
But I did end up making three cards which I have posted to the gallery, one other only made it as far as the bin!
A pretty little decoupage with extra mini images & a paper ribbon, accompanied by a matching backing paper.
The weather has changed this week so it is now too chilly to go out & get some stuff done in the garden, hopefully it will improve again soon as I have a growing list of things that I want to do out there.
I also have a couple of ideas pencilled on a general sewing list, so if I do tire of paper crafting & designing sheets for you every day, I can get the sewing machine out & dust it off.
I have heaps of fabric stashed around the place so I am sure that no matter what ideas I have in the coming days & weeks, I will have something suitable.
Okay, smoothie time..............
Monday 30th March
I shut down the computer after the basics this morning so I could get on with working on the second sample of that ink pad storage unit, in order to take pictures for the project notes.
I did the usual hour on the exercise bike after my shower & then settled down to get the project notes typed up. You know this isn't exactly my favourite bit of creating something new for you, but it has to be done. I did take a coffee break briefly while I amended some stuff in my Asda delivery for tomorrow.
The penultimate sheet from this collection of card kits I created from the roses resource file for you this afternoon.
I got back to typing up the project notes after a chat with my sister, who rang earlier, & I just got those finished. I will send the package off to Janette, who got me inspired to design it, when I am done here & then save it to file to upload for you soon.
Not really sure what I will use these samples for as I barely have enought mini ink pads to fill one drawer, never mind eight drawers, but I am sure I will find a use for them eventually.
I will add the picture of the second sample below.
Sunday 29th March
I have to admit that when the alarm sounded at 7am I got up & switched it off & went back to sleep for the hour we lost to British Summer Time clock changes overnight! I simply can't understand why we still play around with the clocks twice a year, it just doesn't make any sense at all!
Anyhow, think I have managed to find just enough recycled chipboard to make a second example of the mini ink pad unit that I came up with yesterday, so at least I can now take step by step pictures to add to the project notes. A couple of my large format paper pads no longer have a back cover, but a small price to pay!
I know how much you like these oval decoupages so I have another one for you this afternoon. I added a shaped panel behind this image rather than crop it down so there wasn't so much of the original paper showing, which is what I would generally do, & I think it worked quite well.
As well as the bonus sheet, that I always publish alongside the newsletter each Sunday morning, I also posted some sheets direct to page; a few more of the rose backing papers & a couple of sheets of greeting panels which actually are the rest of the trio to accompany the bonus sheet.
So tomorrow I plan on making up the second example of the ink pad storage unit so I can take the step by step photo's, & then type up the project notes to include them.
Saturday 28th March
Before I forget to mention it the clocks go forward overnight, so we will all be groggy in the morning with an hour less sleep than usual, or at least I will?
I have had a request which I have been working on all day today. Usually they are for a specific theme, decoupage or card shape etc. which I can do in an hour or two, but this one was much more fun!
One of my regular readers asked if I could help her with something she had found onlne, a storage unit for mini ink pads. She couldn't make sense of the dimensions supplied so sent them to me to see if I could, along with a picture.
But to be honest I find it much easier to begin from scratch so once I had acertained that each of the four drawers held ten mini ink pads I got to work.
First I had to search through my stash, & around the rest of the flat, to find some chipboard to use, this was eventually sourced from the back of cardboard backed envelopes & the back of paper pads etc. cereal boxes simply wouldn't have been strong enough.
The last of these duo sheets of framed toppers with a half sheet of coordinating backing paper.
Anyhow, I measured one of the few mini ink pads that I do own to assess the dimensions I would need & set about my task. Now I have a sample made up with the templates designed & digitised, & just need to find more recycled chipboard to make up a second sample, in order to do the step by step photo's I need to add to the project notes.
Once it is all done I will save a copy of everything ready to upload for you to make, but I will add a picture below for you to see what I have been doing.