Thursday, 21 July 2011


Following on from yesterdays post, these were the cards and boxes I made for Jack's teacher and teaching assistants.

I have used the same image, but coloured it to match the backing papers, that were in my stash. Really quite plain and simple, but when you are making a few of them they have to be, quick and easy too.

This one was for Jack's teacher, and because Mr Garnham is a huge Charlton Athletic FC fan, I got him a Charlton mug, and personalised Charlton coaster from ebay to go with the card.

The we have another card using the same image, but a different layout and colour scheme for Mr Parmenter, one of the teaching assistants. Wasn't sure about the colour scheme for this one, but it is what Jack chose, and acutally it does work together, so a good result in the end.

I wasn't sure about making a box to give a man, but actually it came out really well, using a square top. Again I have used the same papers and card for the box, and coloured the image to match as well.

Having made 4 cards using the same image, I wanted a change for Mrs Pullan, who is also a teaching assistant in Jack's class, so went for this digi, which would have been a freebie from somewhere a while ago, and am really pleased with how the card and box came together.

From what I gather from Jack, the gifts and cards he gave to his teacher and teaching assistants yesterday were well received, so all the hard work making them all was well worth it.

I'd like to enter these cards and gifts into the following Challenges:

Sweet Stampin Challenge - one for the boys (stripy card and box)

Pink Gem - lets hear it for the boys (stripy cards and box)

One Stitch At A Time - flowers (watering can card and matching box)

CRAFT Challenge - Thank You Teachers

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


I like to give the teachers a little something at the end of term, since they have had to 'put up with' my two for the last year (love them really!), and since we are off to the states over the summer, money is a bit tight, so I decided to make a card, and gift box for Harry's tutor.

Not sure if it is the done thing to give gifts at High School, but at Harry's school they have the same tutor for the 5 years they are at the school, assuming they don't leave during this time. Ms Mitchell is lovely, and really taken to Harry and help him a lot to adjust to being at High School.

I've been meaning to make this gift box for ages, and it was an ideal opportunity to make one and put some chocolates in it for Harry's tutor. I followed this tutorial and have to say it was really easy to make, and I loved playing with colours and papers for the design.

To go with the box I made a matching card, which again I am really pleased with.

Huge thanks to a cyber friend for the image - you know who you are, and the card and papers were from my stash.
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardsz Challenge - It's in the stars

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Wish Upon A Star

KB Cute Challenge - use a digi

Card and Scrap - to use punches/dies


I can't believe that it is almost 2 months since I last blogged.

Home life has been incredibly busy, and hopefully that should change now that the kids have broken up from school.

The majority of my spare time has been spent being a taxi driver for the kids clubs; sorting the garden out and growing my first ever veggies - we have loads of tomatoes coming, as well as carrots; cuecumbers and lettuces. We also have had some gorgeous strawberries and the blackberries are now starting to appear. I thought this year I would try growing some veggies/fruit and being a very novice gardener thought that you plant the seeds/plants and after a period of time you pick the things you have grown and eat them. I hadn't reckoned on having to nuture the plants and make sure they survive to the point that you can eat them by picking off the slugs and snails! Our garden is full of them, and when starting out I hadn't appreciated what a problem they can be. So most nights at dusk I have been going on a slug hunt, to catch the monsters!

Someone suggested laying some beer for them to get happy on, and have to say that that seems to have done the job. I really didn't want to have to use slug pellets, so this was the preferred option.

I have been crafting a bit over the last couple of months, but only making what I needed too. Now the kids are off school until September, I am hoping that I will get a bit more done, because before you know it, it will be almost Christmas.