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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 7 June 2013

New Home

Hello everyone

Well, that's another week gone and we're almost mid-way through June so almost mid-way through 2013 - I can't believe how quickly this year is going!

So, this last week has been a busy one. We took our son to a Home Educators Day at the Birmingham ThinkTank! Science Museum (part of the University of Birmingham) and he had a great day taking part in various science workshops, watching a 3D film about tornadoes and learning about the properties of fire, light and colour, playing with water (but in a scientific way of course!) and generally being inquisitive and scientific. We always love these events and they don't come round often enough in our opinion. He gets some hands-on practical science learning which is always fun, takes part in group activities which obviously doesn't happen much with being an only child and home-schooled, and just gets to be inquisitive about all sorts of things. It backs up the work I do with him in books and online and helps to cement the newly found knowledge in his amazing brain. The staff who put these days together work really hard getting the workshops right for the different age groups of children and making sure they're fun as well as informative. We've never been disappointed yet. Hubby has done a bit more work on our kitchen make-over and has also been finishing some paid work. I've been trying to find some time to make a few cards which were specially requested by the owner of the lovely new shop where I have some of my items for sale. I was chuffed to bits to be asked to say the least. She already has 4 ladies on board making cards for her - and their work is beautiful I can tell you - so I feel quite flattered to have been asked to join her card-making crew! She asked me if I could supply cards for weddings, anniversaries and new home so of course I said "yes" straight away!

Now, I actually didn't have many stamps or dies to cater for these particular card categories - typical! - so it's certainly been a bit of a challenge to get a few half decent ones made which don't all look the same! I hasten to add that I have now taken delivery of some new stamps and some new card stock too, so I should be able to inject a bit more variety into my designs once I get back into my crafty space again.

So, here today I thought I would share some of the new home cards I've made, and in the next few posts I'll share the remaining new home cards along with the wedding cards I've made so far. (I had some cards for anniversaries in stock already so haven't made any of those yet, but will be in due course.)

Right, so this first one took me hours to make :) simply because I dithered and faffed so much and was really quite indecisive about the whole thing from start to finish - nothing new there!

I took an 8 x 8 card blank and my plasma house template which I bought from Craftwork Cards years ago and cut the card into the shape of the house. I then set about decorating it, which is where all the faffing came in! I decided to use more of the Secret Admirer papers from Kaisercraft since they were out and handy and I love the colours! I think that doily shape for a window works really well and am very pleased I went down that route, and look, it's got some Lily of the Valley on it - my favourite flower in the whole World! The flowers around the door were cut from more of the papers and placed behind and in front of the die cut picket fence. I cut a few more to decorate the wall and roof of the house, added tiny ric rac and various colours of glitter glues and finished by stamping the sentiment. The wording for this is from a Little Claire set and the banner is from a Penny Black set.

I "half cut" into the petals of the left-hand flower to give more dimension

This next one used a 6 x 6 card blank, some very dark pink pearlescent card and some die cut flowers, and a die cut house. I added a bit of pink raffia too which took an absolute age and a huge amount of determination (or stubbornness) on my part to thread through those flowers I can tell you, because I didn't punch holes through did I? Oh no, I decided to just use the pointy end of a needle with a large eye (which I've used in the past for tapestry work), which turned out to be really hard to push through the card and made my fingers really sore! I also added a little die cut heart to the house and a clear gem to the centre of the "sun" on the right! Those bits didn't hurt at all! The sentiment is again from a set by Little Claire.

Finally for today's installment, this card which also took a bit of time because of all the cutting and shaping!

On this card I used some paper from a pack by Paper Cellar and added the birdhouse and little bird which I created using a Craftwork Cards template (again something I'd had in my stash for ages!). I used glitter glue to define the edges, the roof and base of the birdhouse and around the "hole". Next I took some tiny flowers which were from a paper range called Bohemian (again, Craftwork Cards), shaped and stuck them together and fixed them in place. I added glitter glue to these for extra sparkle. Finally I added the sentiment banner, again made using the stamps from Little Claire and Penny Black.

So there you have three new home cards, which are now sitting proudly in the shop with big smiles on their faces and cloud messages saying "Please buy me"! Yep, I'm batty, but I did warn you at the top of my blog!

I hope you like my cards and would love to hear from you - you're a quiet bunch! Please leave me a comment and I will reply, I promise!

Have a great weekend, whatever you're up to - looks like another wall to wall sunshine one in prospect here - yay, more pruning and more barbecue food - yummy!

Bye for now,
love from me xx