Friday Sketchers 67

Went to Shrewsbury this last week, it's the closest town with lots of 'big' shops. Luke had birthday money to spend, so Tom took all the boys to Toys R Us, after dropping me off in town. I whizzed round getting some last minute bits as the boys start school next week. Managed to pick up an Anna Griffin kit for a bargain price, so been playing with some of my new stash. These are not papers I would normally pick up, but as they came in a pack with some beautiful other ones, and thought they'd make good cards for children, I have used them.

As I make cards to sell, I have taken to making a few at a time. Saves loads of time, as once I've got all the bits and pieces out for one card, I may as well have made 4 similar ones!

Paper - Anna Griffin and other
Stamp - Anna Griffin
Ribbon and Photo Corners - Anna Griffin
Flowers - Prima
Punch - Fiskars


My eldest boy turned 7 this last weekend. He had a lovely day, my husband's parents visited, and he had 4 friends round to play, have tea then go to the cinema. He insisted on singing 'Happy Birthday to me', thats when I took the pic!

This is a card I've made for someone's birthday.

Stamp - Magnolia
Paper - Basic Grey
Punches - Martha Stewart and The Punch Bunch
Flowers - Prima and others.


It was my turn to set the theme on SALT this week.

Here is my card, and the blurb is below. Do check out the work the other girls have done HERE

Paper - Basic Grey
Flowers - Prima and others
Punches - The Punch Bunch, Xcut
Others - Pebeo Metal Touch, lace and ribbon from stash.

Like so many words that Christians use, it holds a different meaning when you become a child of God. Often when I hear it used it may mean to be puposeful - to know where you are heading and aim for it, sometimes regardless of consequence. It is seen as a 'good' thing to have a 'dream' and persue it. Or it could be taken to mean that you have a purpose, your existance is meaningful. These interpretations are not in themselves wrong, but sometimes through our self driven motivations they can become tainted.

When someone becomes a believer in Jesus and what his life and death signifies on a deep personal and spiritual level, their PURPOSE changes. Our motivation becomes to live each day for the GLORY of God. To honour HIM in the way we live our lives. How does this happen? When a heart is changed by the Holy Spirit, we realise that often what we live for on a day to day level is how the writer of Ecclesiastes puts it - MEANINGLESS. BUT through the death of Christ our lives can have deep MEANING, FULLFILMENT and PURPOSE.

Recently a friend of mine has undergone serious heart surgery, many prayers have been lifted up for him, and so far the surgery seems to be successful. He has lived a varied life, striving to fulfill the purposes of God, and inspite of fearing the worst he was able to trust God for everything. It has been good to be reminded that we are mortals and one day will die for sure, however our eternal destination is based on wether our PURPOSE has changed in this life or not.
How does your faith make you think differently about your PURPOSE?

Basic Grey Challenge - Week 1

Basic Grey Challenge Blog has relaunched have have started off with a fab sketch. There is some great blog candy to be had if you wander HERE

Paper - Basic Grey 'Perhaps'
Swirls - Quickutz
Ribbon, lace, flowers, pearls, floss, button and brad from stash

2Sketches4you - 33

Had a tidy up under my computer desk today, and swapped a bulky 19" monitor for a smaller flat screen a friend has lent to us, suddenly my photos aren't as dark. I now have space for a cuppa, a jar of pens and notepaper by the desk! And I found my long lost Sakura glitter pen that I actually replaced this summer as I loved it so much!

I am surviving the holidays - the boys are making a slide out of a spare mattress in their room and making dens.

My bedroom has stayed fairly tidy, much to my joy, as I am not a naturally tidy person. It is my on going personal project to be more organised, and with the looming date of the birth of our 4th child I think this is becoming more necerssary!

Anyway, to the card...loved the simplicity and versatility of this sketch from Kazan.

Paper - Basic Grey
Tools - Fiskar Shape Cutter, Fiskars Threading Water punch
Ribbon, Lace, Ric Rac and Pins from stash

Friday Sketchers 65

Bought some lovely bits in the Silly Monkey Crafts sale. The brad, some papers, pearls and ribbon came from there.

Followed this weeks sketch here.

Papers - Dovecraft and TLC
Punches - Leone Em, EK Success and Karl Craft
Brad - Dove Craft
Ribbon - May Arts
Tab - Quickutz

Just spent an hour in prayer in a prayer tent at a young people's camp being held on the outskirts of my town. How great is our God! He listens all the time.

DCM Lacey

Fab challenge on DCM this week...

I had a card half made, their challenge gave me the final inspiration I needed!

The lace flower was made by gathering lace into a rosette then stapling it... who needs messing with glue?!

Apologies for the shiny photo, had to resort to using my flash.

Paper - Laura Ashley
Ribbon - East of India
Punches - the Punch Bunch and others
Stamps - Rubber Stamp Tapestry and Rubber Stampede
Ribbon, staples, thread and lace from Stash
Pebeo Pearl Touch

Just Magnolia - wk 17

Made these for friends who had a baby way back in June... its taken me ages to come up with them, hope they like it!

Followed the sketch on Just Magnolia, you can find it here.

Papers - Melissa Frances, Making Memories
Stamps - Personal Impressions, Magnolia, Rubber Stampede.
Flowers - Prima and other
Punches - McGill and The Punch Bunch
Others - Quickutz corners, Sakura Stardust pen

Friday Sketchers 64

A friend at church was 40 this week so had to make a special card. Used this gorgeous Basic Grey paper I recently picked up.

Used the sketch from Friday Sketchers this week.

Papers - Basic Grey
Stamp - Stamps Unlimited
Flowers - Prima and others
Punches - Leone Em and other
Brads - Basic Grey
Pebeo Pearl Touch and glitter.

Silk booties

Made these for a friend's baby shower. Got the pattern here.


Silk Damask, elastic, lace butterfly and vintage button.

Paper - Melissa Francis
Stamps - Stampin Up! Personal Impressions
Button - Goodwear
Punch - Leone Em

Colour Create challenge - Pink, Orange and Green

Was commissioned by a friend to make this, I used the Colour Create challenge colours of the week.

Stamp - unknown
Punches - The Punch Bunch, Martha Stewart, Fiskars
Flowers - Prima
Words - Craft Robo

Pebeo Pearl Touch

Salt - Imperfection

Wow, its been 2 weeks since I last posted!

We have been away in between and had friends staying, so not got much crafting done.

This my contribution to the Salt challenge. The photo was taken by a friend one mine who was away with us on the Carey Family Conference. He took some fab pictures and has others for sale here.

Please check out Salt and the inspitation behind this weeks theme here

Stamps - Personal Impressions and Anna Griffin
Flowers - Prima
Sakura pens and Pebeo Metal Touch
Photo - Andrew King Photography
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