hip hip hip hooray!!!!
The second day of sunshine and boy does it lift one's spirits!! Let's hope that Spring is really just around the corner, it has seemed like a long cold winter - and I live in London where it really isn't anywhere as bad as the rest of the country (I know everyhting grounds to a halt here but the only thing I can say is there are a LOT of people here to move about when the weather gets bad.
Anyway I digress from the main point of my post which is to show you what I've been up to. It does seem that all I have done since Christmas is cards and birthday stuff - I've got a few biggies this year. Sadly, although my Tim Holtz book arrived I didn't get messy in time to join in with the Tuesday Taggers theme last week, but I see that this week's theme is 'Swirls and Curls' and I have just finished a card for my sister's 50th next Sunday (the weekend away (more of that later) was an early celebration). I think it has the sufficient amount of chipboard and paper swirls, the hearts are embossed with them as well and even the flowers have been curled (a bit tenuous but.....) so this will be my entry for this week. Don't you just love it when things come together? This week is sponsored by CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS one of my favourite stamp suppliers so there is a chance of a prize as well!!
It was also my friend Georgina's 60th birthday and I made her a little exploding box a few weeks ago when trying this project out with my mum. My mum described something she had seen on telly and I think the original came idea came from Linda Mason, but I also had advice from my friend Joan who made a beautiful example last year, which was a help as otherwise I probably wouldn't have know what mum was on about (bless, she is 76). When I made it I didn't realise it was a really special birthday for Georgina so there are no numbers on it - but hey, who wants to be reminded?
I made this picture frame for another friend of mine who is a card maker and who comes over every week or so for a couple of hours crafting and a chat (She usually crafts I chat lol, no wonder nothing ever gets done). I made a large mirror in this style last year and have it hanging in my hall (about the only bit of artwork of mine I do have on display!!) and she admired it so I made a smaller version for her, supposedly for Christmas. Well she got two presents this year as I've only just finished it. I have used stampboard as I love the deep colours you can get with inks and the etching effect that can be achieved. The picture in the middle is just for decoration as it will take a photograph, unfortunately I don't have one of the two of us which would be nice.
Of course what has really made me happy this week is the delivery of my shiny new car - it's been a long wait but it's here at last and although public transport has been excellent it will make life a bit easier to have wheels again. One of the reasons we didn't get away in the end this weekend was because the car hadn't arrived. However we had a great girly day out instead at the Westfield shopping centre - we even visited the champagne bar (hic!).
Right, back to crafting!!!
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