Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?

On the last day of September we headed off to Italy for a couple of weeks. We were based in the lovely Garda town on the shores of the beautiful Lake Garda, During our holiday we managed to visit lots of lovely towns and cities that were round and about including Venice, Limone, Malcesine, Sirmione, The Dolomites in the South Tyrol and Verona to name but a few.

We had amazing weather, warmer than usual for the time of the year, although while we were walking around in summer clothes and I was slathering factor 50 sun lotion all over my face, the locals all had their winter coats on, it was obviously starting to feel cold to them.

We saw so many fabulous things, so I thought I would share a couple (or more) photos with you.


St Mark's church - St Mark's Square, Venice,


The fabulous Rainbow Lake at Carezza, on the way to the Dolomites. The colours in the water are amazing and the photos don't do it justice. It was a beautiful bright sunny day, but the Dolomites in the background had a dusting of snow.

More snow on the Dolomites.

Juliet's balcony in Verona, although it seems there wasn't an actual balcony there originally, it was added at a later date, after the place became well known, thanks to Shakespeare's play. The house really did belong to the Capulet family though, and there is also a house belonging to the Montague family in Verona.

The Roman Ampitheatre in Verona

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the sights,

thanks for dropping in,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

More Lavender

Making cards for magazines is not always easy, you have to work with the stuff they send you sometimes it's just not your thing, or the colours and designs they want are not your style, but there are other times when everything is perfectly suited to you and this is how I feel whenever I get a Nitwits commission.
I love making cards using digital products, and Nitwit collections are my favourite kits ever. The patterned papers are always gorgeous, getting a set of solid colours is always a bonus and the elements and full of detail and texture. The Lavender digital collection brought all the things I love together, including my favourite range of colours.

Here are the last three cards made for Papercraft Essentials 152 using this collection.




Thanks for dropping in,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx




Saturday, 18 November 2017

Better late than never!

While I was absent without leave, I was very busy, and totally forgot to blog these cards, which I had made for Papercraft Essentials issue 152, which was in the shops on the 19th October. 
The commission was to use Nitwits Lavender digital collection to make 7 cards, 4 of which I will show to today.





I loved the colours and the lacy elements in the kit and really enjoyed making these cards.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Catching up...

While I have been missing from my blog I have been doing a bit of baking, amongst other things. I used to do quite a bit of cake decorating about 25 years ago, but haven't bothered for a long time, my daughter and grandsons don't like jam, so shop bought birthday cakes have always been a bit of a problem.
A few weeks before her birthday my daughter posted a photo of a Unicorn birthday cake on her Facebook page, saying how much she would love a cake like that for her birthday even though she would be 34. I saw the pic and decided I would surprise her my making my own version of the cake, so I dug out what little cake decorating equipment I still had left, borrowed some from a friend and 
Ta-dah! a unicorn birthday cake filled with buttercream and no jam.


Not too bad considering how out of practice I am. Stacy was thrilled with the cake, 
especially when it was cut up and she saw the inside.


The only problem is that I have made a rod for my own back as she then decided that I could make the boys birthday cakes too LOL!

While I was in the cake decorating mood, I also decided to make a cake for my friend's husband to celebrate his 80th birthday, although he definitely didn't want a unicorn cake hehe!


I mentioned in the previous post that I am a member of 2 knit and natter groups, I also attend a hand-sewing group one morning a week, run by the local library, we are not a large group, but we are very friendly and all happy to share our skills and knowledge with each other.
We mainly do patchwork and quilting, but every year for the last few years I have made Stag's heads and given them away to friends and family, this year is no exception and over the past couple of month's I have made this handsome fellow, who now lives with my best friend Julie. 



Completely hand sewn and mounted on a plaque made by my very clever hubby.

Well I'm off now, but I promise the next post will contain cards!

Thanks for dropping in,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

It's been a while...

My blog has been poorly treated, abandoned and alone, in the great big world wide web, neglected and uncared for, what a bad blogger I am!
I do have an excuse, or three, or four or more LOL! In the past couple of months I have made wedding invitations, save the dates, cakes, photo frames and had a holiday!
I thought I would try and catch up on everything I've been up to over the next couple of posts as I only have one magazine commission to show you (I took a break while I was making the wedding invitations) and to be honest the magazine came out in October, so I am really late posting it.

First up we had a family day out to London with my daughter, her partner, my grandsons, my daughter's partner's mum, myself and Eric. We were on the train at 6am in the morning, which meant getting up about 4.30! to get ready and get to the station. The boys slept all the way to London LOL!


Here's my lot sitting in front of a lion in Trafalgar square.
We returned home on the 6pm train and finally walked through our front door at about 9.30 that evening so it was quite a long day, but a good time was had by all.

I am a member of 2 local knit and natter groups (I don't knit so I crochet instead) one in the local library and another in our heritage hub, which goes my the name of Chix with Stix, one of our ladies asked if we would be interested in making blankets for Arrowe Park Hospital Paediatric Resus unit, where her daughter in law is a consultant, the blankets go to the very sick children, the colours and patterns help the nurses to distract them while they are being treated, they take the blanket up to the ward with them and  then home. It seems some of the children with ongoing problems bring their blankets back to the hospital with them whenever they attend.
We were lucky enough to get a donation of money to buy wool and between us so far have made about 40 blankets for the hospital. 
The project was even mentioned in the Liverpool Echo, you can check it out HERE I also made the blanket that is being held up by the staff 😊

I thought I would show you a picture of my favourite blanket, I really enjoyed making all the little applique pieces for this one.


Well that's it for now, but I will be back very soon with the next installment.

Thanks for stopping by,
Take care,
hugs,
Colette xx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Today is fabulous!

Today is my wedding anniversary, 28 years, so a big shout out to my lovely hubby and yesterday my oldest grandson was 12, 12! oh my goodness where have those years gone?

Here are the last three cards for my Simply Cards and Papercraft commission using Nitwits Idyllic digital scrapbooking kit.
These cards have lots of decoupage layers, I love adding decoupage to my cards, but sometimes I don't know when to stop! I know it is not everyone's cup of tea, but the cards can easily be made by just doubling up the image with foam pads in between, rather than doing all the decoupage layers.

On this card the hat is made up of about 5 layers of decoupage and the flower about 7, see I told you I don't know when to stop LOL!.

For this card I used the three label tags from the Lil'Bits elements kit, and re-sized them so that each one was smaller than the one before I turned them on their sides and layered them up with foam pads. The stopper and butterfly are both made up of two layers and the bow which is also from the kit is made up of three layers.


Lots of cutting out on this one, after gluing the border papers to each end I cut around them to give shaped edges, then decoupaged up the window box, flowers and butterfly.

Thanks for dropping by to take a look,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx

Monday, 11 September 2017

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Whoa! don't get overexcited, he's not coming just yet, you've still got plenty of time to do your Christmas shopping, but if you are making your own Christmas cards you should be well underway by now, and if you need a little help then look no further than the latest Tonic bookazine, which is in the shops now and comes complete with a free kit containing a carol singer die set, winter village embossing folder, various stamps and papers.

I had a little commission for the bookazine, which entailed using some of the kit, with purple, lilac, pink and silver papers from my stash along with glitter and bling.

Here's what I came up with.

All the carol singers were made using the included dies, and the sentiment is one of the stamps from the kit.

The images and sentiment are all stamps from the free kit.

and here is the embossing folder in all it's glory, it is embossed into silver mirror card, but no matter how much I tried I just couldn't get a decent photo, so just had to use the best of a bad bunch.

The cardstock and papers where either in my stash or my scrap box, I only used the dies and stamps that came in the kit and a few little embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
hugs,
Colette xx