Friday, 28 September 2012

Where did the years go.....

16 years ago today I was in a hospital room holding my brand new baby girl... Now I sit here while she enjoys an Indian with her best mate. Caitlin has grown into a lovely young woman (with the odd hiccup!) and I am very proud to call her my daughter.

Caitlin isn't one for a big fuss so  I kept the decorations low key and in her favourite colours of Red, Cream and Black (she never has been a girly girl lol)

A group shot showing banner, decor and gift card. I love the elegance that you get when everything co-ordinates and no one does that better than Stampin' Up!
 A banner thats less girly but still has that elegant edge thanks to the butterfly die from Stampin Up!
 Thanks to the lovely Monica for the decor idea. The sundae glass is a take on the table decorations from a recent retreat weekend put on by Monica. I used the Butterfly Embosslit and the Build a Bird punch to decorate these rosettes.
 This was the card I made from us which doubled up as a gift card. I started out with the idea from another of our projects from the retreat and adapted it into a 4 pocket gatefold card.

The first pocket had a voucher for a store, the second our birthday message, the third her first lottery ticket (something she has been going on about and seems to be the highlight of turning 16 for her) and the last pocket held another voucher for shopping.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these as much as I have enjoyed making them.

I have to go so the girls can hog the living room watching DVD's and eating sweets.... I have a nice cuppa and some TV in bed to look forward too!

Till next time - Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Another week , Another WOYWW

 Good Morning to all you lovely bloggers. It's promising to be another lovely Autumn day by the sea today. I don't know about you but this is my favourite time of the year.

I love the muted colours Autumn brings. I always find my mojo is much inspired by the colours around me at this time of the year and the suny but cool days are perfect for hiding away in my' room of craft'.

Talking of which its time to take a virtual peek at the creative desks out there with the lovely people who join in with WOYWW

 My desk this week is a busy place.On the left is a pile of goodies with my name on the top. This is my name badge for a retreat weekend I'm going on this weekend. We were sent very minimal supplies and had to create our own badge. I will show you a closer pic next week. In the middle is a Christmas decoration that my next class will be making and to the right of that a pile of instructions I am typing up also for the class.
I just had to show you a close up of this little cutie who hangs on my ribbon rack. It was sent by the crazy American and is a sign to put on my door when I want the kids to stay out and let mummy craft in peace.Too cute hey?
Tomorrow I get to thank the crazy American in person as she is coming to England for a few days ans is going to the retreat with me! Whats better than a weekend crafting? A weekend crafting with fabulous friends thats what!!!

Have a wonderful day and whatever you are doing this weekend may you find time to craft.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Another Wed is upon us and it's time for a nose round the creative desks via the lovely Julia's blog and WOYWW.

 This week I'm getting ready for the new year with SU and I'm updating my stamp bible. I got the idea for a stamp bible from my lovely friend Jeannie AKA the Crazy American when I visited her in Italy earlier this year. You stamp each of your stamps onto plain copy paper and then keep in a folder. It enables you to see at a glance which stamps you have. Jeannie has all her stamps in cases like the ones above and they are numbered so easy to find. I'm still working out the finer points of how I will label them all up but work has started and will be ongoing for some time I fear due to the amount of stamps I have. Yes my name is Emily and I have a stamp addiction lol.

This is also on my desk (look closely in the above photo, it's by the ribbons) and is the result of a mishap while trying my hand at brayering. This should have been the waste but it looks sooooo much prettier than the actual piece so it's waiting patiently for me to do something with it.... Suggestions would be fantastic.

Till next time - Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hold the Fun.....

.... its all about the admin here at the Nutty house and my craft room is no exception! All the girls are back at school today so the past few days have been about getting uniforms ready and as if that wasn't enough to do I decided to de-clutter all their rooms (x3) including wardrobes. No fun to be had there I assure you!

As always its better to lead by example and so I de-cluttered some of my craft stash!!! SHOCK HORROR I actually got rid of some stuff. Ok so it has only gone next door(and is stuff that hasn't seen the light of day for a good while) and I can always pop round to 'borrow' but let it go I did.

So my desk this week looks full but there is nothing 'pretty' to be seen. It is however very exciting as that's my, already, well thumbed copy of the  Autumn/Winter catalogue. A long list is being written as we speak lol.

 So WOYWW's this is my desk very late on Tues eve but I can assure you nothing will change much before tonight so I consider it my Wed desk.
 I had a lot of  lovely comments last week on my 'pretty' cards and so many of you asked to see one better that  I thought I would quickly show you one from this week. It uses a set which will soon become available and which I love for it's delicate detail.
Here's a close up and I hope you can see the glitter on the Hummingbird. Flowers have been coloured using my ink pads and blending pens to give a vintage, washed look. I hope you like and please pop back to see the others I will be posting this week.

Till next time - Happy Crafting