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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 19 July 2013

and the heat goes on ...

Hello everyone

I don't know what it's like where you are, but it is so hot here. We have peaked at 28 degrees Celsius today - thank goodness we had two air conditioning units in our garage because we have certainly appreciated them these last few days. They are extremely noisy when running, and are probably eating electricity like there's no tomorrow, but we are so cool inside. It's bliss. And our two guinea pigs would have definitely parted this mortal coil by now if we hadn't had them on hand. As it is, we are maintaining a comfortable 23 to 24 degrees in their part of the house which is the best we can manage without blasting their room with so much cold air that they would succumb to upper respiratory tract infections, which are often fatal. They are perky enough, though a bit bored with not being allowed out into a bigger run because it's simply too hot for them and they do give each other a lot of hassle when they're together so they'd only get all hot and bothered anyway! We're keeping them hydrated with extra moist veggies spread out through the day and late into the night and I'm up at 5 a.m. every morning to open windows and back door to let in the cool morning air too. It is very stressful and tiring looking after them at times!

Hubby has been battling the heat to try to progress with our kitchen refit. There's so much to do. He's done all the main plastering to fill in where the electrician chiselled out for cabling, but there's been a lot of filling and sanding, treating stained and mouldy areas (yes, it was disgusting in places when we pulled the old units out!), dealing with paint flaking and peeling off because it's either reacted with something already on the walls or it's reacting to the heat, door and window frames sanded down and primed ready to paint, skirting boards still to replace, drilling a hole through the wall for the vent for the extractor hood. All this before we even begin to build carcasses! So I'm glad he's taken some time out this afternoon to enjoy the coolness of the pool with our son. He's earned it.

So, I have managed to grab a little crafting time whilst Alex and his dad are playing in the pool and I made a couple more cards using the latest Project of the Month kit from Craftwork Cards called Time Flies, and I hope you like them.

In this first one I've inked and distressed the two pieces of paper which I've layered over the base layer to give a bit of aging. The large butterfly is only fixed in place by her body, so her wings and antennae sit away from the card giving her quite a realistic "sitting there basking" appearance. The same applies to the little blue butterfly. I finished with a small bow made with some seam binding, and I tattered the ends of this because it looked better that way!

This second one, I inked up a chipboard heart (not in the kit but purchased separately from Craftwork Cards in their sale) and then adhered a piece of one of the papers to the back of the heart. This is popped up on foam pads although you can't really tell in this photo. I inked up some of the die-cut butterflies and sentiments, added a thin strip of seam binding to the tag sentiment (this is also popped up on foam pads) and added Candi to the centres of the butterflies, which again are only fixed to the card at their bodies so their wings are raised up. I inked this card around the edges a bit too to give it an aged appearance.

So that's it from me for now. I'm looking forward to a couple of cooler days over the weekend when I am hoping to actually be able to get up-to-date with the housework which has been neglected during this very hot weather!

Keep cool wherever you are and have a great weekend.

Love from me xx

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Time flies ....

Hello everyone and, as the title says, time flies! I don't know where this year is going - almost half way through July already!

At least there has been some sunshine around, although I have to say it got rather too hot on a couple of days and I was "puthering" as my mum would have said. Still, we keep going and since we don't get siesta in this country (more's the pity) I have spent a couple of afternoons happily crafting with a new kit!

Craftwork Cards create some beautiful ranges of papers and die-cuts and their latest range, called "Time flies", is no exception. It is absolutely gorgeous - beautiful butterflies and blooms, fabulous colours - right up my street. So, when I saw that the Project of the Month kit was out I couldn't resist spoiling myself, even though I have soooooo many papers and die-cuts already!

And boy have I had some fun! Their ranges make it very easy to put lovely cards together - I've made 9 cards, every one different, and I ran out of the beautiful lilac lace which came with the kit quite quickly as I used it on a couple of cards and it was only a short length. BUT, I think I may have some more in my stash somewhere and I will be doing a little investigative work tomorrow to see if I can track it down!

So, here are my 9 cards and I hope you like them!

Two kraft tags joined together with ribbons

and a variation on a theme - three tags joined together

No papers used on this one - just die cuts and lace.

Three strips of different papers, rounded corners

A great card for a man!

Fabulous big bloom with added seam binding to give it a different look


Another great card for a man!

I love butterflies!
This kit is such brilliant value! You get a whole pad of die cut kraft tags, white cards and envelopes in two sizes, die-cuts galore, a pad of gorgeous 8" x 8" papers, seam binding in two colours and a short length of lilac lace. Oh, and did I mention the Candi you get with this kit? IT IS GORGEOUS! It has elements of the designs on the papers and die-cuts on each and every little Candi, from bits of pocket watches, to sections of cogs, and bits of butterfly wings. So pretty. So, I've made 9 cards but with what I still have left I am quite sure, using some of my own cardstock, lace, etc., I could probably make at least another 40, although I have almost run out of the die-cut flowers, butterflies and messages so I may have to buy some more! And I have so many ideas still to play with, so guess what I'll be doing tomorrow ......

As always, I love hearing from you so please leave me a comment to let me know what you think to my cards.

Bye for now,
love from me xx