Friday, 8 June 2012

Back to my favourite

Well it didn't take me long did it, not really.  I have played with a few new ideas and tried a couple of new techniques also, but I just had to come back to my favourite piece of equipment.
I had to put the Grand Calibre back firmly on my desk and start using my Spellbinders, and other dies, again.  I think the problem I have with doing other things is that I keep looking at my box of dies.  It sits on the lower shelf above my desk, right at eye level.  All the dies, sorted into little pockets, named and coded so I can refer to them on the blog and always have those details at hand.  Lined up in an order I know that makes searching easy for me. Ready and waiting like little soldiers on parade.
What I am supposed to do?  After all I have spent a cool fortune on those dies and have not used them all yet.  Well, in my organised and financial budgeting mind I see them sat there and think 'When are you going to earn your upkeep?' and that's the end of it all.  They just have to come out and play and earn their way in my craftroom.  I mean, what in this crafting world of ours can afford to sit idly by and do nothing?   Umm............. now I've said that I remember that I actually have a Quickutz Silhouette that just sits there and an old Cricut baby too.  Oh and a Cuttlebug that's parked lonely under my desk, abandoned now the Grand Calibre has moved in. Plus I have a new shelf unit that is full of fancy paints and inks that have not been touched in a month of Sundays (truthfully, that is probably two months of Sundays!!)  Dear me I have really started something here now haven't I.  I think, if I am being truthful, I have alot of  'stuff' that does just sit by idly, never earning its keep!!  I keep meaning to start doing more home decor items to use up the paints etc, but I just can't seem to find the time or the inspiration at the moment.
Ok, chatter over, here is my Spellbinders card for today...

Here is a close-up of the flowers and the central panel.  I used the Rose Creations die and some of the backing paper (which, by the way, is by Nancy Watt) to make the flowers.  I added a fabric layer to the top and some pearly stamen also to give them alittle more dimension.  The pearly embellishment in the center panel of my Parisian Motif diecuts is just a fancy button with the shank cut off.

I hope you like todays card.  I had fun making this one and playing around with some of my last acquisitions, namely the Moroccan Accents (corners) and Twisted Metal Tags and Accents (Scrolls).

I hope to be back over the weekend, but I have to be honest it depends on how we all feel after the funeral today.  It is baby Lees funeral, but the service is for both the twins, Ruby and Lee.
Take care dear friends, be happy and I hope you all have a good weekend.
Hugs Linda x

My Recipe
Black 260gsm card & White 300gsm card -  Kanban
Designer Backing Papers -  Nancy Watt
Diecuts -  Spellbinders Moroccan Accents, Parisian Motifs & Twisted Metal Tags & Accents
Pearly Stamen -  Wild Orchid Crafts
Satin edged Organza Ribbon - Club Green at Hobbycraft
Diamante -  Bobbity Boo Gems online
Pearly Button -  The Hobby House
Pearls -  From my stash


  1. Hi Linda,
    what a lovely card. I just can't seem to make a card nowadays without the trusty SB and the GC . I'm addicted to lovely results I get every time. You sound a very organized person with your dies. Thank you for taking the time to post this on such a sad day. I hope the weather where you are is better than it is here, as it's so windy and wet.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. Hi Linda

    I remembered it was Lee's funeral today and did half wonder if it would be a memorial service for Ruby too (nice to have a name for her). You are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

    On a lighter note I love your card,the flowers are a delight. I like to use my dies too, they make such an impact.

    Take it easy over the weekend! love from Christine x

  3. Morning Linda,
    Another lovely card. Really like your flowers. My thoughts are with your family as you say goodbye to Lee and Ruby's physical presence in your lives. I know that not a day will go by without your niece thinking of them - with a lot of pain for now - but I hope that it will not be too long in the future before she can think of them in the light of the poem you posted.
    Big hugs.x

  4. Hi Linda
    Your card is gorgeous, I love the colours
    My thoughts are with you and your family today.
    Take care

  5. Hi Linda, gorgeous card! Thank you for the lovely heartfelt comments on my blog - every word is truly appreciated. I concur with the craft tools dilemma; I use my Grand Calibur all the time, but i too have a cuttlebug that is rarely off the shelf and my baby Cricut was turned on for the first time in ages yesterday, just because I needed to cut a number! Ho-Hum, what are we like ?:) X

  6. wowzer, Linda, your card is so wonderful, I love that there is no image, just all these wonderful cut out flowers and shapes!
    Hope you're feeling better!
    biggest of hugs, Alessandra

  7. Hi Linda, Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. My thoughts are with you all still and I often wonder how you and your family are doing. It's a very sad time I am sure. You asked about my two little angels. My Little ones were never held as I lost them both in pregnancy. My first was a little girl who I lost at 13 weeks. I know she was a little girl as I had tests done after a scan showed problems. It turned out she had a condition called Turners plus heart and lung probelms. I said goodbye to her nearly two years ago now. My second was a miscarriage in March just gone. I was very early only 5 weeks but it was still another baby lost. We named that baby Riley. I went through so many emotions after both loses ranging from uncontrollable tears to anger and frustration. I have plants in the garden for both of my babies which helped me as I was unable to have a funeral to say goodbye plus if I feel sad I can look out of the window and see the plants and I have to believe that Emily and Riley can look down on them too. This may help your niece. The only thing is the pain never goes it just gets easier to deal with. I still have times where I cry for my babies and I never even got to hold them so I can't even imagine how your family feels. I know there is nothing anyone can say to make it feel any less painful but knowing that you have people to care and that will listen if you need them is really the only thing that can help even if it's just a little.

    I also wanted to say your cards are fab and you are very lucky to have a grand calibre. I would love one but then again I would love so many things and most of them are cheaper so I think I will stick to lots of little things. I love the colour combo on this card. Those flowers are so good. I would have thought you had bought them.
    Anyway Take care of yourself


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