Thursday, 26 March 2015

Back in my craft room....

WARNING!  A long post today, so feel free to jump straight to my card at the bottom!

What a busy week!  It's nine days since I last had time to post on my blog.  First a trip to the Gower in Wales for a few days with a group of friends, for lots of walking and to see incredible views along the coast like this....

Now... I don't usually take photos in the Ladies toilets (restrooms), but when I saw these quotes stencilled on the wall above the sinks in the pub where we stopped at for lunch, I couldn't resist getting out my camera!

Back home on Monday and on Tuesday evening a group of seven non-crafty friends came round to my house for a cardmaking workshop I organised, plus my crafty friend Ruth to give me a hand, to raise more money for the PSP Association.  I supplied all the materials and homemade refreshments, and they all got to make several cards for a small donation.  What a fun evening it turned out to be, with lots of chatting and laughter.  I made the sample designs and basic card kits, but they experimented with different colours and embellishments.  The excitement some of them got using a paper punch for the first time made me chuckle! 

....and the lovely thing is.... in a couple of weeks time, I get to do it all over again with another group of friends.  
What's the best way to raise money for charity - run the London Marathon like DH or organise craft evenings like this?  Now let me think..... I'll never run a marathon! LOL!!

Yesterday I thought I had a free day to do some crafting, but a last minute call to cover an absent teacher in a local school changed my plans.  Normally it would have been a fairly relaxed day teaching five and six year olds, but arriving at school at 7.20am because Ofsted inspectors were in all day, I was shattered by the time I got home. So, today is a 'me' day and here is the first card I made this morning, for a friend's birthday tomorrow.
I die-cut the panel on the left using a NBUS  Memory Box 'Lucienne' die. The punched flower and flower pot are attached with foam pad to raise them up.

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges:


  1. What a lovely crafty trip! Those signs are brilliant - they need to be made into stamps!

  2. I love your card Liz and what fun time you've been having. AND, I spy a sunflower not only on your lovely card but also all over the table cover too :)


    Di xx

    1. It's actually daisies on the table covering, but at £2.50 for just over 2 metres from the end of a roll, I can pretend they are white sunflowers. ;-). xx

  3. Looks like a lovely trip! Great card too. Love the die cut piece. Nice addition with the little pearls.

  4. Wales is so beautiful, i have been traveling criss cross through wales aswell. Long ago, i went from youth hostel to youth hostel. Enjoyed it a lot too. What a lovely initiatif Liz your little workshop. And your NBUZ card is very beautiful. Hugs, Veerle xXx

  5. Lovely pics and Lovely cards! I really liked seeing the spirelli nicely done. It's been a while since I tried that...You are inspiring me!

  6. Great photos and a great card. Glad you had a good time.

    Kath x

  7. Sounds like a delightful trip and love the signs! What a great way to raise money too much better than running! Think you deserved your "me" time.

  8. I love that bright happy sunflower in the pot and the die cut is so pretty. I have that NBUS myself. Need to give it a try!

  9. THat sunflower makes me smile! So cute!

  10. What a great fund raising scheme, your friends all look as though they had a great time as well. Definitely more fun than running!!
    Your sunflower card is great, I love the die cut panel, it looks really pretty with the added pearls.
    Jean x

  11. What a fun and engaging post this was, Liz! Thank you for sharing the stunning coast photo and the encouraging ladies' room stencils! And thank you for sharing the photos of your get-together. The ladies all look proud and pleased as punch - oh, haha, get it?! It looks to me like you are making card artist converts one workshop at a time! Go you!! (Waaay better than a marathon, altho you could call your workshops Card-Making Marathons to say you ran a marathon, too!)

    As for your snippets card, I love it! What a happy little sunflower in a pot and your fancy border fits it very nicely!! Your friend will cherish it! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #4!! Hugs, Darnell

  12. What a lovely photo of the Gower Liz and a beautiful sunny day too. It is one of my favourite places! What a great idea asking your friends round to raise some money for your charity. They look as though they had a good time. x

  13. It appears you had a great getaway trip, and welcome back! Your 50th birthday card turned out great!

  14. How brilliant to get non-crafty friends in to play AND raise money at the same time!

    Love your pretty sunflower card. xxx


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