Wednesday

SWOOOOON.....I'm in love....

With OWEN!
How blummin brill is this new guy from Digistamp Boutique eh?
He's just perfect for those pre-teen/teen/young adults chaps in our lives . Heck he would even be good for hubby who spends far to much time in this position for a 47 year old...I could always add the grey hair...right ???? :P lol



Here I have coloured him with prismacolour pencils
 and the papers are digital from just so scrappy too called Hey dude.
I made the sentiment myself and left a blank space so I could write the recipients name on to personalise it.
All the papers  were printed onto papermill shop linen card and the "kraft" buff is also from the

Thanks so much for stopping by today
Kerry x

Friday

A stranger in the camp :P

Hello my lovelies
Once again it has been toooooo long. I've had no time and I have REALLY been struggling with my mojo. Nut I have persevered and managed to make a couple of cards using some adorable new images from Digistamp Boutique
...how could you have no mojo when working with these beauts eh?



All these images are from the

Sally-Ann has just released some even more cute Christmas images and an absolutely fabulous set of a new character called OWEN...perfect for teenage/young adult boys  ...oh my, I am in love with him!


Sorry about the not so brill pictures but it has been grey here for a week :(

I think we can safely say that autumn is deffo here now. Grey,cold,wet and generally miserable............ but that's only the weather right! I am feeling a lot more positive with things at the moment. I have decided to reduce my hours and things have really settled down with mum. She was in the "when I get better" mode and not wanting to go anywhere etc etc . But over that last couple of weeks I think she has realised that she has to try and make the best of now too. We have taken her to a couple of local towns by bus and she has even managed to go to her local club for a game of bingo on Sunday morning. Although she couldn't play by herself she really enjoyed the social aspect of it. So it seems although physically she hasn't really made any big steps over the last few weeks mentally she is soooo much happier which in turn has taken a weight of my shoulders and I am starting to feel a lot more bright about our future too :)

Thanks for listening to my waffle and hopefully now I have a bit more time you will be seeing a bit more of me on here...fingers crossed xx

Kerry x

Tuesday

Hello my lovelies :)

Well it's been a long while since I posted hasn't it?

Things are just so hectic  trying to get in to a routine caring for Mum. We have had quite a lot of issues with her care and dealing with different department for basic stuff . Why is nothing to do with any sort of social services straight forward?  I cannot tell you the amount of time I have spent on the phone to different departments trying to get something sorted which to me seems perfectly straight forward. I won't go in to details and some of the things are not pleasant but by gawd I cannot imagine what some people have to go through if they don't have anyone fighting their corner like mum has with us. It' shocking and has REALLY opened my eyes !

Anyway what with that and still trying to fit in everything else that I was doing before into my life it has left me NO time for cardmaking :( The little time I have had I have sat here and shuffled bits of paper round and gotten nowhere fast!! :( A lot of the time after the basic care my mum just needs company/chat as she is sooo bored and with her not being able to see well she is VERY limited in what she can do. So I have started taking a bit of crochet with me whilst I sit with her and chat. Here is what I've made the last few days...some little hats for the kiddies for winter :)




I do hope you are all keeping well and thanks ever so much for all your continued messages about my mum . Take care all and keep safe and warm in this awful weather we are having at the mo :(

Kerry x

Wednesday

Another little bobbi :)

Hi all, Hope you are all having a good week :) I am!.... I'll tell more after my card .

For this weeks DT card For Digistamp Boutique I've made another card using the adorable Bobbi ....gawd I love this lil Ted so so adorable! Sally-ann has just released some christmas Bobbis too :) :)


I coloured the oh so cute Bobbi with prismacolour pencils

On to my happy news. We are finally setting the wheels in motion foe mum to come home :) we had 2 choices she could go to the stroke rehab centre for 3/4 weeks or come home and receive up to 12 weeks physio at home. All to do with funding I suppose. She left it up to mum to make the decision and she chose home. So we are just getting all the equipment in place. Hospital bed , hoist etc we have had a to take a few doors off downstairs and  once everything is in place care wise she will be saying goodbye to the ward ....It's gonna be hard work and I will be helping care for her but I can't help feeling elated at this point. Mum is so happy and it will be soo nice not to have to trapse up that hospital everyday . So upto now I am :)

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

I'm in love.....

...with this new character from Digistamp Boutique
He/she is called Bobbi and you can find him HERE


The image is coloured with prisma color pencils
the papers were a free download from bella gypsy designs ( not available free anymore)
and x cut punch for the flowers and a few faux pearls to finish

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Finally

Hi all, 
Well at last I have managed to have a bit of me time and make a few cards. This first one is made using one of the lovely Bobbi images from 
This one is Bathtime Bobbi and you can find him HERE



I thought a new baby card was apt given the new royal prince has arrived safely into the world this week. 
The papers are a very old digi download and are no longer available :(
I coloured the image with prisma color pencils 
and the sentiment I made myself 

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your lovely messages about my mum, We are moving forward slowly and in the next few weeks will be deciding whether she is going to be going to a specialist rehab centre or whether she is going to be able to carry on the rehab from home. I am hoping for home but I suppose it is what ever is going to be best for her in the long term :) :)

Kerry x



Monday

Well what a month it has been!

..Hi all, It's been a long time since I had time to post on here and even longer since I have had time to make any cards :(

At the start of last month my mum suffered a stroke. Initially we didn't think it was going to be to bad but then a few hrs after she was admitted to hospital she suffered a big heart attack then she developed a pneumonia. It was touch and go there for a while and the doctors gave us the talk about not resuscitating etc . After 2 days she had made a massive improvement with regard to the heart attack/pneumonia and I think she surprised the doctors :) :). The stroke itself has affected her left side and although she is regaining small movements there hasn't been that much progress so far as she has had a couple of infections since being in there and also developed a blood clot on her lung so up until the last few days she hasn't been receiving much physio. At the moment as well as going in for normal visiting myself and my step dad are trying to go in for atleast one meal time a day each as lets just say the care isn't all that good and it is very worrying. I could go on all day about that so I best not start! 

Anyhow I have had precious little time to do anything other than the usual work/chores/and visit mum. I mostly have to go on the bus and that is 2 buses both around 30 mins travel so I have been taking a bit of crochet with me. I decided to make something small as it would be easier to do on the bus so I made a start on this little guy. 




I just completed him this evening and I am going to take him in to mum to keep her company.

I just need a name ..any suggestions??

The pattern is free from the lovely Emma HERE

I wish I could do a spot of cardmaking on the bus but can you imagine the looks I'd get carrying a huge guillotine on there lol

Thanks for listening to my waffle 
Kerry x

Friday

Not cards

Hi all, 
Just stopping by to share my latest 2 crochets projects. 


This blanket is for my brother



And another Terry Kimbrough baby blanket this time in lemon. I don't have anyone to give it to yet, I just enjoyed the pattern so much I couldn't wait to make it again :)

Thanks for stopping by today and have a lovely weekend. By all accounts the weather is going to be good here. I do hope it's the same were you are :)

Kerry x

Thursday

Beautiful rose

Hi all, 
I hope you are all keeping well. I thought summer had arrived there for a mo...oh well hopefully we will have some more good days before it's winter again..I hope lol

I'm stopping by today to show you are card I have made using some lovely cream card that's on special offer  over at Papermill Direct. It's 270 gsm and you can get a small a4 box right now for only £5 :) :)


The card is actually a much more dark buttery creamy colour than this. It's so dark here I had to take my picture in artificial light and it's bleached it out somewhat. Please pop over to the papermill direct blog HERE and see my teamies creations for a better representation of the colour. :)

The stamp is from Clearly Besotted  Happy Everything set. If you haven't tried this brand yet you'll be blown away by the quality of the products. I coloured the stamp with prisma pencils and simply scored a lattice background on my hougie board.

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

P.S if the offer isn't on the website when this post goes live please pop back onto the site later :)

Wednesday

Arthur......

....and his flower :)

Hi all 
 Just stopping by to show you my latest DT card for


For my card today I have chosen to use one of the older images from the website. He's called Arthur and you can find him HERE. I think along with the Teds and of course the oh too cute Jasper he is one of my all times faves :)

I coloured him with prisma color pencils
all card buff, white linen and teal card is from Papermilldirect HERE 
I made the frame and sentiment in page plus 

You can find more details on my blog HERE

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Friday

Post it note covers

I love making these little post it covers to give as random little gifts and for myself ofcourse :)


I've used papermilldirect linen white card to print a few digi papers onto and for the main card I used some of their peppermint card which is on special offer at the moment
HERE

If you want to be notified when Papermilldirect have special offers in future you can sign up for their newsletter HERE

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Wednesday

Window scene

Hi all, 
Just stopping by this evening to share my latest DIGISTAMP BOUTIQUE dt make


I am loving this new WINDOW FRAME SET. Not only can you build up scenes from the images within the set but imagine how you can combine it will all the other images . I can't wait to try them for christmas with snow etc

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Sunday

Special day

Hi all, 

Just stopping by to show you a CAS card I've made tonight.


The papers were a free download from a blog hop I took part in ages ago from DHD
I made my own sentiment in page plus 
and the lovely flower is from Digistamp Boutique HERE
I coloured it with prisma color pencils

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Wednesday

You're the best


Hi all, 
For my Digistamp Boutique Dt card  this week 
I've used one of the images and the sentiment from the new


I coloured the image with prismacolor pencils and combined it with this new 
"kraft/buff" card available from Papermilldirect

I think these would be perfect for Fathers day!

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Sunday

Joe


Happy Sunday everyone.
Well hasn't the weather taken a nose dive. I had to put the heating back on :(

Just stopping by to show you a little creation with the very cute JOE


I've coloured the super cute JOE with prisma color pencils
PP are from Just so scrappy too (big catch set)
All printed onto Papermilldirect Linen cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Wednesday

Abi


Evening Crafters 
 Just stopping by to share my latest DT creation

You can find Abi HERE



I coloured her with prisma pencils and changed the color 
of one of the accompanying sentiments to match the digi papers

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Monday

Shirt cards..

Hi all,
Today is my Papermill Direct Dt posting.


I thought I would show you a little tutorial. This is not my idea so I cannot take the credit . There are many versions out there on the internet. I do however hope you enjoy my tutorial and find it useful especially with fathers day coming up which these cards would be perfect for. 

I will not use specific measurements for my tutorial as this card can be adapted to suit many different sizes

What you need:


A card blank.  I use papermill direct linen cardstock and score my own.
A sheet of patterned card/paper which is the same width but around a 3rd longer again than you card blank (see picture below)
A strip of the same patterned paper to make a cuff
And your embellishments. For my examples I have used a printed tie and badge 
I have also used some printed buttons from the same digi kit as I printed my paper from 
but you could easily cut a tie shape and maybe use really buttons or brads instead as I have in my other example. Or a nice piece of fabric or thick ribbon for the tie would be lovely.

You will also need a pair of scissors or craft knife
a ruler and score tool or scoreboard
corner rounder or coin 
and adhesive of your choice

Firstly you need to score your piece of patterned card once along the same length as your base card and once half of that measurement (see below)


Now cut along the first scoreline  (see below) for my finished card which is 15cm square I cut around an inch inbut of course this will depend on your finished project. 
I would suggest trying this part on a piece of copy paper to see how wide you like your collar.


Now fold the remaining scoreline back on itself 


And fold this down to form the collar so the two points meet in the middle


To make the sleeve and cuff
Cut your long strip of card into 2 rectangles one slightly longer than the other and round the corners of the longest piece either with a corner rounder or you could use a coin to draw round and cut with scissors


This is what you should have now

Adhere all the piece into place using your chosen adhesive and adhere to the card blank


There are so many possibilities for this type of card. 
Christmas ties, tiny gift card size ones, printing digi images on to the ties and colouring, make a pocket using the same technique as for the cuff etc etc

I have used Papermill Direct Linen cardstock to print all of my elements onto 
Thank you for stopping by today
Kerry x


Wednesday

Party Time Freya

Hi all, 

Just stopping by to show you my latest DT creation for 


I coloured her with prisma colour pencils
The diorama /shadow box instructions are a few posts back

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Tuesday

enchanting baby blanket

Hi all, 
Just stopping by to show you my latest make. Sorry it's not paper again but more crochet :)


The pattern is by Terry Kimbrough and is called enchanting. It can be found in many of her books

Many thanks to the lovely Karen it was after seeing her beautiful creation 
that made me want to make this one. 

Thanks for stopping by
Kerry x

Monday

Soft and squidgy

Hi all, 
Well there hasn't been much going on in the craftroom except lots of shuffling of papers and frustration at the lack of mojo. 

I have however crocheted another quick baby blanket :)


I'm hoping my mojo makes a swift return for my Digistamp boutique DT on wed :) should be ok as the new images this month are simply.WOW!

Thanks for stopping by today
Pickle x

Wednesday

mmmmmmmm Cake :p


Hi All,
Just stopping by to show you my latest DT creation for
DigiStamp Boutique



This is Daisy with her cake...oooh I could just eat a piece of that right now...nom!

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x



Murphy......


...what a cutie!

Hi all Pickle here, 
just stopping by to share my latest DT creation for the DigiStamp Boutique


I've used the super Cute Murphy from this Set HERE
which is just one of a number of gorgeous offers of the Month
he is colored with prisma color pencils
the papers are digital from just so scrappy (hey dude)
Thanks for stopping today
Kerry x

Monday

Diorama /shadow box card

Hi all,
 I'm here today to share my first DT creation for Papermill Direct.

I decided to do something a little different and make a shadow box/diorama card. These are so simple to make but so effective. I know we are all aware of postage cost and that's the great thing about these cards. They offer dimension but can be posted flat.

For my card I used:
2 pieces of  ivory linen card 14.5 cm x 21 cm
1 piece of  black card 14.5cm x 13 cm
Scoreboard or ruler and scoring tool
Die or something to draw around to cut an aperture
Stamps or digital images
Adhesive




The first step is to stamp or print your image /verse onto the centre of 1 of the pieces of Ivory Linen card
I also made a digital frame and printed the sentiment I will be using for the front of my card onto the second piece where the aperture will be cut in order to save card.


Now cut your aperture in the centre of the second piece of ivory Linen. Here I am using a nestability circle die but if you have a steady hand you could draw around a cup etc and cut by hand.
Then do the same with the black piece of card.



Now using either a score board or ruler and embossing tool score both pieces of ivory card at 2cm and 4cm as shown below


Crease the side tabs like this


Adhere the black piece of card into the centre back and adhere the side tabs so you end up with this.


Decorate as you wish!



There are so many possibilities with these cards. You could add acetate to the centre aperture  which you could make in any shape and add a spray of glitter or add patterned papers or decoupage your image to give a real 3d look. 

The image and sentiment used for my project are available from The Digi Stamp Boutique HERE

Thank you for stopping by today
Kerry 

Sunday

What do you do

....when your not papercrafting?????

I started dabbling in a bit of crochet a year or so ago and I am sooooo falling in love with it. Wish I had someone who could show me IRL though. My confidence in my crochet skills is sadly lacking but I did try a baby blanket for a friend of my mums grandchild who is due in a few weeks. 




I've never been one for just sitting so it's great to be able to sit in front of the telly but still be doing something. More sociable than being stuck upstairs in the craftroom too. I've recently joined a crochet group on FB and wow some of the creations blow your mind...maybe one day when I grow up..........

Do you do any other crafts?

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Saturday

DId you know?

There is a new challenge on the papermill direct blog 

It a simple Easter challange ..enter any card project etc with and easter theme and be in with the chance to win £20 worth of Papermill direct card

We;d love to see you join in 

Kerry x

Friday

A couple of very CAS easter creations

Hi all, 
Sorry I've not been around much I have a silly stomach AGAIN!. Feel like I'm always moaning about one thing or another these days. I have been awful but feeling a bit brighter last night and needed to get a move on with easter things so decided to use some of the lovely new images from DIGI STAMP BOUTIQUE to make some very CAS cards



Did you know that The Digi stamp boutique are now releasing digital papers?
I love the ones I've used above which can be found in the BASICS SETS Sunny and glamorous

The images are from Easter Squares and Easter Bluebell and Boo which are both offers of the month :) 

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

A nice long soak...

...Oh how I could do with one of those...


On to my card which I have made with the lovely Alyssa relaxing Digi from


I made a little milk carton using my scoreboard and my tutorial HERE
I coloured the image with Prisma colour pencils
Spy the "kraft " card? it's a new line in for papermill direct called buff. It is a little lighter than some buff card and it hasn't got lots of "bits" showing IYKWIM but as you can see from the pic it's still a nice "kraft" colour. you can always colour the edges up with a bit of distress ink if you want it a bit darker.,

The box looks a completely different colour in the picture but really it's the same. If I ever figure out how to work this camera it will be a miracle. Hubby just points and shoots it and takes a masterpiece. Me I take 24 photos and mange to get one that's just passable lol 

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Wednesday

Hammock Slumer

How cute is this Digi Kit from The Clipart Fairy?


It called Hammock Slumber and is available HERE
I love Wendys kits as you have the option be as involved or as quick as you wish. 

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x



Tuesday

My first DT creation and the first Challenge for.....


A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be chosen to be on the DT for 
I cannot tell you how chuffed I am. If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know that I have used their card since I started papercrafting ..:) :) :)

Anyway today is my first DT project and also the very first challenge over on the Papermill direct blog
The challenge is Easter so I decided to make some of my little milk cartons to fill with Easter treats for the littlees in the family.


 I made the milk cartons on my score board ( my tutorial is HERE)
The coloured card is Lilac and Sky Blue from the pick n mix selection
The patterned paper and images are from The Clipart Fairy  (Cute Bunnies Blue flower paper Dotty paper) all printed onto white linen.
I coloured the images with prisma colour pencils and made the sentiments myself in pageplus.

You can find the details of the Challenge over on the papermill direct blog HERE
Be sure to enter as it is a fab PRIZE of a MIDI Box of pick and mix card ...woohooo :) :)

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x