I hope that you are all nice and warm and relaxed for the weekend, well apart from Our Michele who was out at 6.30am to get to her Sale. It's going to be really cold Michele, so I hope you have your Thermal knickers on!!
On a serious note, I hope that you have a really successful morning, I should get your friend to get the hot drinks in when she arrives mid-morning!!
We have a 'bumper' Mixed Up Saturday this week, featuring some lovely crafts from Janet & Karen and an absolute Bargain find from Sue, we also have a fantastic Magazine Review from Michele too, so get your pens and paper ready to jot down which one you like the look of.
The opening photo's are of my amazing ATC's from our lovely Karen, she put so much thought into each design, including her love of Crocheting, hence the verse on the first card, which had us chuckling, in fact Sophie was bewildered for a moment or two when she read it, she said 'Muuum, is this from one of your Craft Friends, because...have you read it Mum"!!!!
Karen Crocheted the Aster using Embroidery thread, it must have been so hard to work with such a small hook and thread but my goodness it's worth the effort, its stunning, I can't stop looking at both of them.
The second ATC is in pretty pinks, using a lovely background design that Karen has stamped a sentiment on then Embossed. The butterflies represent the 'wings' in the 'Spread your wings and fly' sentiment. I agree with you Karen, we should all have a go at doing exactly that, at least once!
I absolutely love both of them Karen, thank you so much for such a lovely gift. xxxx
Janet has shared some lovely Gift Boxes and another Memory Album, I will leave Janet's description below:
"The crackers and box are Tonic dies - this years Nordic Christmas
The Memory Book is also Tonic dies but this time I made as Open Pockets throughout the book and used Birds and Flowers as the theme"
Janet I love your Crackers and your Gift Box, I am tempted to ask you to die cut me a couple as Paul always gets at least on Toblerone for Christmas, I would like to trick him and stick something else in the box, one with something boring like pants or socks, then in the other I could put a Voucher for an experience or something.
So if you wouldn't mind I don't mind covering postage etc.
Your Memory Album is the most beautifully decorated one I have seen, those papers you have used are stunning, everything you have added works perfectly, I love that little felt/lace Bird. Your attention to detail is outstanding Janet, little touches like the heart button on the tag make such a huge difference.
I am so grateful that you have shared it with us today, you have really inspired me my lovely. xxx
November’s monthly magazine review
Simply Cards & Papercraft has a lovely set of scenic Nativity Dies free this month.
Making Cards magazine has s cute set of stamps & some lovely papers this month.
Ideas using the free papers.
More ideas using the traditional papers.
Love Cardmaking has a fantastic gift with this issue. There an Embossing Folder, Stamps & Dies. The stamps & Dies can be used all-year round and there’s lots of inspiration inside.
Papercrafter magazine has a gorgeous set of Dies-cute animals that can be used for many occasions.
Diecutting Essentials has a really lovely snowflake Die this month. I used this on one of my challenge cards last week-it’s great for simple cards that look impressive.
Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine has a huge stamp set free this month.
Has a gorgeous set of stamps by Raymond Briggs (creator of The Snowman) and a luxury foiled kit as the free gift.
That’s it for this month.
Thank you so much Michele for another amazing review, there are some great free gifts with some of the magazines this month, I know I am certainly going to be looking out for a couple of them.
Is 'Making Cards & Papercraft' the new 'Making Cards' Magazine?? it looks similar.
Looking forward to Next Month's review, I imagine it will all be New Year ideas and leading up to Valentines day! (how scary is that?!)
Thanks again Michele xxxx
Our Sue got herself an amazing Bargain from a local charity shop, I believe she paid 50p for each die set, the two outside ones look like they are Spellbinders in Create and Craft Packaging, the centre die is a 'Wild Rose' Studios Die, Sue brought them over to me unopened, it looked as though they were Brand New, it's a shame there was no other Craft Stuff with them, such an amazing find that put a huge smile on Sue's Face!
Thanks for sharing your bargain find with us Sue. xxxx
Thats about all I have room for on today's post, so Lynda I will share your lovely book for Harry next week. So that it isn't crammed in.
Thank you to all of you for taking part in today's blog post, I am very grateful to all of you.
Have a lovely weekend,
Love and hugs to all of you,