Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mam's Birthday

Have only one birthday in December, that's my Mam. Used a 'Charleston/Flapper' lady image and backing paper set from Crafty Jak's cd that I had used for the Christmas cards for the oldies.

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The Kids

Moving onto the cards for my kids. Starting of with the one for my son, Will. As I did not have any magazine freebies that were suitable had to make this one from my own imagination. Stamped the polar bear image on white card and glittered the snowflakes only. The mats behind the image were die cut using rectangle nestabilities. The retro style backing cardstock was called 'Figgy Pudding'.

This next card was used made using freebie backing papers and images from Creative Cardmaking. Loved the image as it typifies my youngest daughter, who almost runs round the shops when she is shopping.

The final one is for my eldest daughter, using the a topper and backing sheet from the same range in Creative Cardmaking. Added a touch of bling by sticking pale purple gemstones into the centre of the snowflakes.

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Cards for the oldies!!!!

Cards for the Oldies, well should I say the elder members of the family.

The first is for my Aunt (Dad's sister and a cardmaker). Used a free image from Papercraft Essentials and cardstock that I got in my favourite coffee and craft shop on the island.

The next one is for my Mam and Dad. The background sheet and topper were from Crafty Jak's Background and more CD3.

The last card for the oldies, for my Father-in-law, used the same backing sheet as my mam and dad's card but a different topper from the same set.

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Final Batch of Friends Cards

Slowly but surely I am getting towards the end of the tunnel of christmas cardmaking. This batch is for my daughter's boyfriend and his family.

These two were made with bits and bots that I had lying about.

I did this one for a challenge way back in the summer.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Final Batch For Today.

Here is the final batch for today, again using the freebie papers from Creative Cardmarking.

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Some More Using Freebie Papers

Have managed to get another batch of christmas cards done. Again using the freebie papers from Creative Cardmaking.

Still have more to do. Hope I can get them finished by the 15th before I fly home for Christmas.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Couple of Cards

Mam wanted to say thank you to the Caledonian Society for the lovely bouquet of roses that she and Dad recieved at the St Andrews Night Ball to mark their golden wedding anniversary. She had spoken about going to the shops to get one. Speak about taking coals to Newcastle. So this is the one that I rustled up.

Since they arrived in Bahrain we found out that a member of the church that Mam goes to at home had died and she want a sympathy card to send. Although both the person who died and his widow were stalwarts of the church I didn't want to do a religious type of card, instead wanted to do something simple. I think this hits the mark and my mam seems pleased with it.

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Golden Wedding Anniversary

As usual after the St Andrews Night Ball we head to the Society's President's house for a final soiree with the band and guest speaker. However the only difference this year it happened to be my mam and dad's golden wedding anniversary. Unbeknownst to mam and dad we had arranged for a cake for them to cut. The cake was ordered from my favourite cake shop on the island and which makes the best carrot cake ever.

The cake was brought out to the band playing 'Congratulations'.

Last but not least here is the happy couple cutting the cake.

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St Andrews Night Ball

Last Thursday night saw posh frocks and kilts out in force for the annual St Andrews Night Ball in Awali. This year, like all years, it was held in the Bapco Club in Awali and music being supplied by the Glencraig Dance Band. The toast to St Andrew was given by Nicol McLaren, the leader of the Glencraig Dance Band.

We had a great night with almost 200 in attendance. There were several invited guests, one of whom was HE Jamie Bowden, British Ambassador to Bahrain and his wife, Sarah.

Committee and partners with Jamie & Sarah Bowden

The Committee

Billy and me

Mam and Dad

Also at the ball were my parents, who are out here just now and who celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last Friday. More of that later, however at the Ball they were presented with a bouquet of white and gold roses. Like the good daughter that I was I forgot to take my camera to the ball. So this photo was taken on the morning after the ball.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

SOS from Mam

This week saw my mam emailling me with an SOS. She couldn't find a golden wedding anniversary card for her to give to my Dad and could I do one for her. Not normally a problem but I have already done the one that Billy and I are giving to them and the one from Dad to my Mum.
After tea and cake with my crafting buddy, Linda, we had a wander round the craft shop attached to the tea shop, with me looking for inspiration. I was beginning to despair until I saw a K&Company set of adhesive chipboard words, with one in particular really jumping up at me. Then it was fairly easy to get some cardstock to go along with the sentiment.

To make the card I started off with a piece of A4 cream card which I scored in half and the scored one of the halfs in half again. Matted the card with red and green cardstock. The hearts are the largest and smallest hearts from the concentric heart die.
I just hope Mam likes the card as just now I am finding inspiration very thin on the ground.

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Quick Get Well

This morning was tea and cake with my crafting buddy, Linda, at our favourite tea and craft shop. As Linda's hubby had had a wee op this week, I thought I would do a get well card for him. As it was a last minute thought I needed a card that could be done quickly. I resorted to a style that I had done before - Rectangles by Kim Dellow and which was featured in Papercraft Essentials issue 47.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Making Use of Free Papers

After finally deciding to subscribe to a couple of cardmaking magazines as I was beginning to grudge paying the price of them out here and realising it worked out cheaper over the year I plumped for Creative Cardmaking and Papercraft Essentials.

When I received Creative Cardmaking Issue 7, I loved the free set of papers that came along with that issue. I began by following the instructions for some of the cards in the magazine, as I inspiration had got up and gone, but as I began to work on the cards, it has gradually come back. This selection were done using only about half of the papers.

I have to say I have enjoyed doing this set of cards as it has given me a way to relax and forget about all the trials and tribulations that we have been having at school just now, but I have to admit that over the last couple of days things seem to be falling into place and I am not coming home as stressed as I have been over these last few weeks.

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