Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Autumn Butterflies

THE challenge over at Mrs A's Butterfly blog this week, is to use Autumn colours for your butterfly. 

Well I bought a new set of three mica sprays recently and the set was called Autumn Leaves, so I thought this would be a good chance to try them out. I have to say I was a bit disappointed, because when I had mixed the sprays, (they come in powder form which you mix with hot water), left them a good while to cool, and let the pigments activate, and then sprayed all three randomly onto some white card, I found they were very dark colours, and not, to my mind any way, all that autumnal! One was gold, one a deep copper, and the third was dark blue (for Autumn?!). I also prefer a fine mist for mica sprays and however many times I tried, I could only achieve, 'blobs' of colour. This is my trial sheet.

On the plus side, you can see that when it catches the light, it does have a lovely iridescent shine.
I decided to use it anyway and I cut two different sizes of butterflies using memory box dies. I still felt they were a bit dull, so I then cut the corresponding fancy butterfly for each size, using copper mirricard, and glued them to the sprayed bases. You can't see it is copper. It looks almost black in the photo, but it is actually quite bright.
For the background, I, like many other folk at the minute, had a play with my new Brushos. I used some textured watercolour paper which I made very wet. Following advice on a youtube video I watched, I covered each of my paint pots with aluminium foil, and pricked four tiny holes in each one, and I found this worked perfectly. On my previous attempt I had found it difficult to use a small enough amount of each powder. This time I used yellow, orange and leaf green, and at the last minute I added a touch of red, and let the colours mix together.
I mounted it up on a plain dark brown card, and added a copper peel-off sentiment.
Well I shall now fly over to Mrs A's blog and hope she thinks that my sprays, being called Autumn leaves, are sufficiently Autumn colours for the challenge. To my mind, my background is nearer the mark, but the intention was there!
If, like me, you love butterflies, why not fly over with me and see everyone else's, and maybe even add one of your own.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Snowy Scenes for Rudolph Day.

I was chatting away to my sister on Skype a few nights ago when I suddenly spotted the date in the corner of my screen, and realised that Rudolph Day was almost upon us again. This is the 25th of each month when we are invited to link up to Sarn's blog with two new Christmas cards, so last night I made mine.
I used some snowy scenes that I bought a while back from Stitchy Bear - a site where I occasionally buy digi stamps. They are more complete images than digi-stamps, and I thought it would spoil them to try to colour them properly, so I just added a little pale colour using  pencils. (During my room makeover last month, the dreaded 'black hole' swallowed my coloursoft pencils, so I had to make do with some very old ordinary ones. I expect the others will turn up eventually!) There were three different images, and seeing as I could comfortably fit four onto a sheet of A4 paper, I stamped one of them twice. Having coloured them, I die-cut them, and also die-cut a frame for each one to match the base card. Once layered up I added some sparkle with stickles ice diamond glitter glue and set them aside to dry.
For the middle layer I used white embossed pearlised paper. Then I rooted through a box of ancient embellishments and found holographic trees and snowflakes, which with few adhesive gems, and a peel-off greeting, finished off my cards quite nicely.
So here are the four cards I made. (I am still rubbish at taking photos of white cards, so these have my shadow on them!)

The three digi stamps are: Robin's Christmas,  Snowy Postbox and On a Winter's Day.
Dies used: Spellbinders rectangle, Go-create oval, Spellbinders scalloped rectangle, two Die-namics fancy oval frames.
Embossing folders.: Sheena Douglas - Snowfall, and Crafter's Companion - Snowflake corner from the Snowman collection.
So now I will link these up over on Stamping for Pleasure, and see what everyone else has made. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Silent Night

Well I have just 34 minutes to link this up with a challenge so here goes. 
I bought a very detailed cutting file that I liked from the Silhouette store and used my machine to cut it from dark brown vinyl. It was too detailed to cut from paper. I made it a mat using the studio software, and cut that from a snippet of gold embossed card.
The base card was a pre-cut one in dark brown, and I added a layer of cream paper printed with the words and music from Silent Night. I glued the bauble to the matted layer, and added a sentiment cut with the same brown vinyl and Britannia dies. The fir branches are a Marianne die, and the flower, which just finished it off nicely, was a gift some years ago, so I don't know its origin. 

So here is the finished card.
I am hoping to make some more of these this week, but for now I shall link this up to CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge 194; Silent Night.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


It rang a lot of bells for me when Mrs A wrote her post about the song "The Ugly Bug Ball", sung by Burl Ives. I also had a copy of this record and both I, and our older two sons loved listening and singing along with it. Now Mrs A decided to make this the theme for her Butterfly Challenge this fortnight, so I thought I could have some fun with it.
I happen to have quite a collection of 'bug' stamps. I used to use them to make counting books with the children in my nursery, and they loved using them. So out they came and this is what I made.
The main image is a stamp by Flourishes. The bugs are mostly from a set of rubber children's stamps from my nursery supplies catalogue, and the rest are a set of wood-mounted hero arts mini-stamps. The larger butterflies are part of a Chocolate Baroque stamp, and the tiny butterflies and dragonflies are punches.
Everything is coloured with copic markers. All the bugs (except the ants) are stamped on tiny snippets of white paper, and after being coloured I added a wink-of-stella sparkle to all the wings, cut them out, and added them wherever I could fit them!
Having just read the challenge description again I fear my spider, snail and ants may be disappointed, as Mrs A says all the bugs must have wings to attend the ball. In the lyrics of the song, the main character was a caterpillar, and ants and spiders were also there, so maybe she will let them in!
Anyway I shall fly with them over to her blog to enter them in Butterfly challenge #14; The Ugly Bug Ball,  And as I used up some of my vast store of white snippets for all the bugs, I think Pixie might let me in to the Snippets Playground too.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Well it looks like I may make my third post today. (The second one is on my other blog).
In my Creative blog Hop post I said I was working on a run of Christmas cards. I finished them last weekend, but there hasn't been time to do a post about them until now.

Taking part in Christmas challenges has kept me making cards all year, but a few a month is not really enough for me, so I thought I had better try and do a run of one design. I really like Christmas cards that show something of the nativity story, which is after all, what the season is all about, so I sketched  my design on paper, using an idea I found in one of my old files of magazine cut outs, when I was reorganizing my room. And here is the finished card.
For a project like this it is worth putting in some work first, so here is how it was done.
1. I stamped a very old Bethlehem scene, using an Art Impressions stamp, (top left). I scanned it into the computer, and used a graphics program to split it into five elements (centre and bottom left), which I rearranged to look like the final picture (right).
2. I arranged the sections in one line and found I could fit seven lines on one A4 page so I printed this out three times onto cream card. I roughly added patches of brown and yellow with copic markers.
3. This gave me 21 sets of buildings which I cut out by hand! It didn't actually take very long!
4. In Adobe photoshop I made a background using two digital scrapbook papers. I resized it, again so that I could fit seven copies on an A4 page, and printed them out three times. I cut them with my rotary cutter.
5. I found twenty-one pieces of card in various weights and shades of cream, and cut and folded twelve centimetre square, base cards.
6. I matted the background pieces onto navy card - again I managed to get seven out of a sheet of card, and glued them to the right of the base cards.
7. Now it was time to layer the Bethlehem pieces on each one. I just used double sided tape for most layers, but put 1mm pads under the dome-roofed building at the front.
8. I used a file from my silhouette library to cut 21 kings on camels. Originally he was going to stand in the empty panel at the left hand side, but I thought this looked like two unrelated images - Bethlehem and the king, so instead I moved him across so that he overlapped the front building, and cut 21 'half' kings using a different image, and added him behind the first one. I  liked this a lot better. Because I was cutting the kings from paper, and it was already a fairly delicate design, I decided not to try to cut the very thin reins. Instead I drew them in at the end with a fine permanent marker.
9. The final bit was to cut the stars using a Memory Box die. I scrabbled through my mirri-card snippets and found enough little pieces to cut them without starting on a new sheet, so I was pleased about that, and it doesn't matter that there are several different shades of gold.
I didn't feel any sentiment was needed, but on the inserts I used a word art piece referring to the kings, and taken from from the book of Psalms, which is part of a digi set I bought a while back. Sorry I can't remember its origin.
It is not often I do such a big batch of cards but it is a good way of upping my total, and I shall be doing it again very soon I think. And just to prove I really did finish all twenty-one of them, here they all are, complete with inserts and envelopes, and they even have my 'hand made by..' labels on their backs.
As I managed to use up lots of little snippets of gold card, I shall take these over Pixie's Snippets playground week 141.

For my grand-daughter

I am hoping to do three blog posts today, and as I have arranged to Skype my sister this evening, I had better get cracking this afternoon! 

So first I have a card for my grand-daughter who turned fifteen this week. After having five sons and two grand sons, and just one grand-daughter, it was lovely to have new baby girl in the family. She was very cute, and back in 2009, I used this photo of her playing in my garden to make an ATC for a swap on the theme of childhood. For some reason I have not got a photo of the finished ATC - it was before I was
writing blogs - but I did find this one which shows it just before I added the final layer of her face, coloured to match the rest! She won't thank me for showing that will she?! I think this was when I was still experimenting in Corel PS, before I discovered Adobe, but it turned out alright I think.

Anyway, as the years passed I lost my little fairy girl and gained a 'sort of Goth' though I am not allowed to call her that. She wears a lot of black, both clothes and makeup, and listens to some pretty black music, so cards are not easy to make for her these days. But, along with her family she is crazy about the modern Sherlock Holmes. In fact I would say it is almost an obsession with her and her friends, so when someone on the Silhouette Facebook page shared this cutting file, I knew it was just what I wanted. (For the uninitiated, it is the profiles of Sherlock and Dr Watson, cut into the sides of the violin he plays). I cut it from black vinyl and attached it to plain white card. Then I added this to a red mat, and then onto a white card. I knew it would be a mistake to add any ribbons or other frilly bits for this young lady, so I left it as it was, and added a big Happy birthday greeting inside instead.

It is a very clever design and it cut beautifully, so once again I am indebted to the folk who so generously share their designs with anyone in the group.

And as a final line to that little story, almost by return post I received an unexpected letter and inside were two ATCs made by my grand-daughter. She used to love looking through my folders of ATCs, I have quite a collection of them, and for a while we did occasionally swap one, but we haven't done so for some years now. And what was on the ones she sent me? You might well have thought it would be something dark, but no... It was two fairies! So maybe my little fairy girl hasn't flown away at all. She just likes to hide under the flowers most of the time!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Just in time for the Butterfly Challenge

When I saw that the latest Butterfly Challenge was to use a sentiment and, of course, a butterfly, I knew instantly what stamp I would use. But the rearranging of my room (you can see it here), took up most of my time, so I have only just got my card made. And here it is.
It hasn't photographed very well in artificial light, but never mind. 
The sentiment is one of my favourites, and it is from a set by Chocolate Baroque.
The background is a very ancient piece of mottle green paper.
The frame was cut using Sue Wilson decorative and plain frame dies from the California Collection, and a snippet of olive green card.
Leaf swirls are by Signature dies, cut and reassembled. (I used some very tiny snippets so the sprays were in several pieces!)
The main butterfly is a Memory Box die, cut from more green snippets, and the tiny ones are an X-cut mini punch.
The flowers were cut with a recently purchased die from Heartfelt Creations called Majestic Blooms. This is one die piece with twelve flower heads in various sizes on it. One cut made all three of these flowers.
I started with some white snippets and sprayed them with Memories mist - Strawberry Daiquiri and Crafty Notions, Shake'n'spray Gold. I cut the flowers from the largest piece, and used the tiny pieces for the butterflies.
So now I will send this over to Pixie's Snippets Playground #140, and also to Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge #13; Use a Sentiment.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Creative Blog Hop.

It’s the start of a new week and my turn to join in with The Creative Blog Hop. TCBH is the idea of a blogger, whose identity has disappeared along the way, and it includes all kinds of artists using paint, mixed media and card, as well as writers, photographers, needle-workers etc.
The aim is for us Bloggers to get to know each other better. Similar to a game of tag, when we have told a bit about ourselves and answered four questions, we then tag three more Bloggers and so it continues.
I am here because I was tagged by Veerle, a very talented paper-crafter from Belgium, who I only met a few weeks ago when her delightful card was featured in Pixie’s Snippets playground. I visited her home site and was so interested in her work, and filled with admiration at how much she has learned in a very short time, that I became a follower, and now she has tagged me for this blog hop.

Now I like words, and I usually use ten where one would do, so sit back with your favourite brew and be prepared for a long read!
So what can I tell you about myself? Well, first and foremost I am a Christian. This is the main influence in my life, defining who I am and what I do. That said I am also wife to Chris, and we are still smiling after thirty-five years together.
And I am mother to five fantastic sons, Grandma to five more boys, and I'm happy to say, to two lovely young girls, and Great-grandma to one little boy, who will have a new brother by Christmas.

I was the youngest in a family of eight, but only my sister Jean and I were born after the war, so the others were already ‘grown-up’, leaving home and starting their own families when I was a child. Mum and dad were hardworking folk and there was little time to indulge in hobbies, though I was an avid reader, but mum crocheted all her baby clothes, and could also knit, and she in turn taught me to do the same. Although I always loved new coloured pens and pencils, I was no artist, and my interest in paper craft came much later. More or less out of idle curiosity I attended my first Hobbycraft show at Birmingham NEC and after that I was hooked. The techniques I saw there, which remain my favourites today, were rubber stamping and heat embossing.
I left college as a qualified secondary school mathematics teacher, but I was fortunate to be able to stay at home while my children were little, and did not return to full-time work until they were all fairly independent. I then re-trained in the work place and eventually became the manager of a very big nursery school. I loved doing craft projects with the children. Their enthusiasm was very inspiring. Again this didn’t leave me with much time to follow my own interests but I did managed to make all my greetings cards for family and friends. I was coming towards retirement, and we were beginning to talk about moving abroad, so in my last few years of work I concentrated on building up my supplies of craft materials, including buying my original cutting machine, (a craftRobo), and a photo editing programme, neither of which I had time to learn how to use properly!
In the Spring of 2008 we sold our house, packed up the few items of furniture we wanted to keep, and all my craft supplies, in a storage container, and spent three amazing months backpacking around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos. We discovered we could do things that I at least thought I was incapable of doing, such as riding bare-back on an elephant, and sea-kayaking, and we had time to take stock and plan our future. 
In October of the same year, we filled every inch of our car with essentials and drove to the South of Spain, where we eventually bought a house, and it is now our permanent home, and we just love the place, the people, and the lifestyle. We share our home with three dogs and four cats who are all abandoned  animals from rescue shelters.
I am fortunate enough to have one of our bedrooms as my craft room, which I share only with my fur-ball Arwen. She is a feisty cat, who never leaves the house, and rarely leaves the room, but as long as I don’t get too pushy, and try to give her lots of cuddles, she just about tolerates me sharing her space, though it is somewhat begrudgingly! The up-side of that is that I have learned to be tidy, clearing away every night, and putting each project away as it is finished, so that she can’t tear it up or scatter my bits and pieces.

I like to work in an ordered environment, and have gradually built up a filing system for all my papers, stamps etc, and have shelves of labelled drawers that enable to find most things when I want them. But I do have to say that there appears to be a little black hole in here somewhere, which swallows the odd thing I just know I have but can’t find anywhere! I bet most of you have one of those too.

I no longer watch craft programs on TV, and I have very limited access to materials as I live in a very rural area with few specialist shops, so I purchase most things I need online. I grumble about the postage sometimes, but at least I can get most things at a price.
I spend many hours on my computer every day. It is how I stay in touch with the family, and I love talking to them in video calls using Skype. I also watch tutorials on all things craft related, and photography, and have followed many online tutorial classes for using photo editing programs, and my silhouette cutter. You are never too old to learn something new, and whenever I read about a new material or technique, I want to have a go at it. Sometimes this is successful and sometimes it isn’t, but I have usually enjoyed trying.

‘Jack of all trades and master of none’ probably best sums up my crafting. I have rediscovered my love of knitting and crochet, (At least during the cooler months), and have started a project called ‘Knit for Africa’, where I have organised a group of friends to make baby clothes, teddies and blankets which we send to a charity based in Market Drayton, Shropshire, for distribution as part of their on-going projects in Kenya. Here is one of our consignments but you can click on the photo in my sidebar for more information on this. 

During the summer I am more likely to work at a cross-stitch picture, or the latest skill which I have learned since moving here, making bobbin lace.

Sometimes my craft room moves to the kitchen as I used to love cooking when I had a family to feed. Chris and I have smaller appetites now, so cooking is a bit less fun, but I became well-known for making pastry and at Christmas I make around forty dozen mince-pies. I also make orange marmalade, jam and pickles throughout the year, all of which I sell to raise funds for my church, a charity that helps disabled children in and around our village, and help with shipping for my Africa project.
But  my first love is paper craft and I have made two big scrapbooks for my youngest two sons which they just love. I am moving more towards making hybrid books now, with a mixture of digital backgrounds and photos with added ‘real’ elements. I have thousands of photos from our E.Asia holiday to make into an album as well as from other holidays. A tax rebate a few years ago enabled me to buy a good camera and I am still learning how to get the best from it. I made two scrapbooks featuring lots of photos – Project 365 in 2012 which had one photo for every day of the year, and last year I did Project Life which entailed making a double-spread for every week.  This is just one of my layouts for this project.
I have also made a lot of ATCs which brought me into contact with crafters from around the world, but I make fewer of these now as the postage is very expensive and can be too slow from here, so I couldn’t always meet the swap deadlines. But I do still make all my cards, and with such a large family as well all my friends, this keeps me busy and I have not felt the need or desire to make extras for selling.
In 2008 I started my first blog primarily as a way of sending news and photos of our new life out here to all the family, though I now have many followers from outside the family as well which is great. I found I was posting more and more craft projects on there, so at the end of 2010 I took the logical step of starting a second blog, (this one), dedicated to craft. Through it I have met, and become friends with folk from all over the world, and they are all so helpful and generous with their ideas, that they have inspired me to try a wider and wider range of things.
I regularly take part in a couple of challenges – Pixie’s Snippets playground, and Rudolf day, and more recently Mrs A’s Butterfly challenge, but I only occasionally enter others as well, as I just don’t have the time to visit other contributors and leave them considered comments. And I feel it is only fair to do this. I love getting comments from all of you, so it is only fair to return your visits and enjoy and give credit to your beautiful creations too.

1. What am I working on now? Well I am very busy right now reorganising my room, and trying to fit in a new bookcase and computer table bought last Friday! But I am in the middle of making a big batch of twenty plus Christmas cards, all the same. They involve, stamping, printing, colouring, die-cutting, fussy cutting, and cutting on my silhouette, so I have given myself a big task, but I will get them done. I also need to finish off a card for a family member, continue on a cross-stitch picture I am sewing for one of the boys, actually get some of the scrapbook pages that are running around in my head down on paper,  and cut some vinyl decals to add interest to my craft room. And of course there are always a few knitting and crochet projects on needles and hooks.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? I don’t think I have a style – except a bit chaotic! I like colours, and am never satisfied with too much empty space on a card, so CAS is not for me. Probably variety is my main thing. Most people have a style or technique that re-occurs through their work, but I am such a butterfly flitting from one thing to another, and a project rarely ends up as I intended it to at the start. I have had some muscular problems that led to surgery on my shoulder and hands, so I now have little sensation in my finger tips, and somewhat shakey arms and hands. Also my eyesight is rapidly failing, but fortunately I am not a perfectionist and I accept that images will not always be coloured quite within the lines, or mats and layers may not be quite straight. Such idiosyncrasies are a part of my work, and the family know that. Recently I have started using my silhouette to cut vinyl as decorations for the home, and this is not something I have seen much of in blogs, though it is on the Silhouette Facebook page. I think it is mainly an American idea as they have access to a lot of items that aren't available even in UK, and certainly not in Spain. I did make some Christmas decorations with it last year.
Using vinyl widens my scope for card making and allows me to use rather different embellishments.

3. Why do I create what I do? I just enjoy it. I am a restless person and I can’t just sit and do nothing, so I need a variety of things to keep me busy. Craft offers me that variety and keeps me occupied. Plus, when I do make cards and other items for family and friends, I know they are appreciated and enjoyed so that is sufficient incentive to keep me making!

4. What is my creative process? My inspiration comes mainly from projects I have seen on blogs, Facebook and Pinterest. I don’t want to copy anyone else’s work, but it gives me ideas that I can develop in my own style. Generally I start with the person I am making for. As they are usually a family member I know what interests them, so I can build my card etc around that. If I have nothing suitable I trawl the digi stamp sites to find something and then I can resize it to fit a die cut frame if I want to. Sometimes I spot something on the internet that I know is perfect for someone and then I will download it and file it with the person’s name so it is ready when I need it. Nearly always it is image first, then colour scheme and then papers. But sometimes I find a suitable paper in my snippets boxes and colour the image to match that.

So what comes next? Well next I introduce you to three more lovely crafters who have kindly agreed to be tagged by me. First up is my own sister Jean Straw of My Crafty Corner, who many of you already know. We used to enjoy going to craft shows together, but now we just share our ideas via long skype chats. We are like the proverbial 'chalk and cheese',  and there are few similarities in our work, but that doesn't stop us being the best of friends. Jean is a neat and tidy crafter, with a talent for using pastel and muted shades that I have never managed to emulate. I hope you will visit her next week and see her lovely cards. Here is what she said:

Hi, my name is Jean Straw and I have been invited to join in The Creative Blog Hop by my sister Kate. This is a great idea aimed at enabling us all to get to know a bit more about our blog buddies.
I live on the south coast of England with my husband. We are both retired and live a fairly quiet life. 
I have always"made" things, starting at a very early age when my Mum taught me to knit. She must of had a lot of patience. I have also done crochet, dressmaking, toy making and spent many years hooked on cross stitch embroidery. I bought the stitching magazines and enjoyed stitching a lot of the small designs they carried as well some of the larger ones. I started to use the smallest ones to make cards with, and then I discovered rubber stamps and began to use them to decorate the aperture cards I used, like the very expensive printed ones I'd seen. This was nearly twenty years ago and as the stamps and other craft materials became more popular and more available I was hooked again. I now have a large  collection of both rubber and clear stamps and still can't resist buying new ones that take my fancy. Stamping and colouring are really still my favourite pastimes.
I hope you will be able to stop my blog next Monday to read more about what I do.

My second friend is Veronica Pell of Vroncards, whom I met when I joined the Graphicus Guild, (part of Elusive Images, now Chocolate Baroque), and although I am still a member I no longer participate in many activities through their forum. But Vronnie does, and we have stayed in touch through our blogs. She is a constant source of inspiration to me, so do pay her visit and get inspired too. Vronnie says:

Am an elderly crafter, with a patient husband who puts up with my stash overflowing everywhere, and 3 adult children  - the elder two are merely  tolerant of my obsession, and the third (wonderful girl) feeds it on birthdays, mother's day and Christmas.

I have always loved playing with pens/pencils and paper -and we always spent wet playtimes at school 'taking a pencil for a walk' and colouring in the resulting odd shapes. I never grew out of this, and had a happy 3 years at art school in Liverpool in the 1960s getting very inky and painty. Reality then intruded, and I worked in an office first in London  and then in Norfolk.
In the early 70s I started doing quillling as a change from knitting Aran sweaters, and bought my first rubber stamp of leaves as I was fed up of making fiddly leaves................gradually the quilling faded out and stamps took over, with a short trip into parchment craft along the way, and the sweaters are definitely a thing of the past.
I now have a large collection of stamps, mostly from Chocolate Baroque (or it's original incarnation as Elusive Images) and I still get very inky - especially as I have just discovered Brusho powder inks! - and have to admit to being a very messy crafter, who often ends up with a roughly A4 piece of clear desk to work on.

My third tagee is Ann Cutts of Just for Fun. She ran one of the first challenges I took part in, so we often exchanged comments on our blogs. She became interested in digital scrapbooking, and although she uses different graphics programs from me, she was always ready to answer my questions, and encouraged me to give it a go. Here is what she says:

Hello my name is Ann and I've been pulled into this by Kate who I've known for quite some time in blog land.  I have a dreadful memory, but I think we first met when I was running the Bah! Humbug! Christmas Challenge with my friend Max.  So sad that we had to close Humbug Hall as we had some lovely friends joining in each week.

Anyway enough rambling and a little about me.  You may want to take a little snooze at this point!  Like many crafters I've been trying different crafts all my life.  I remember sewing my own Cindy clothes when I was very young and learning to knit with my Grandma and of course doing all the usual crafty things we all do as we are growing up.  

At one stage I was a machine knitting addict and another time it was copper craft.  I guess I just love making things.  None of these crafts totally took over as much as paper crafting though.  I can't remember exactly when I first got the bug for paper, but it must have been about 15 years ago when my youngest daughter was really ill and the team at the hospital wanted her to take up a hobby.  We saw a few card making programmes on QVC and well the addiction began.  My daughter did a little crafting and I did a lot and of course I am still creating and buying stash years later.  
I started by mainly making cards - oh some of them - no - all of those first cards were pretty grim, but I loved making them and the sheer joy of giving someone a handmade card and seeing their face light up can't be beaten.  Nowadays I guess I'm more into scrapbooking.  I've got a gorgeous 3 year old grandson who provides me with lots of photos that really need treasuring.  I've also masses of family photos from years and years ago that need the scrapbook touch so they don't get lost in time.   It's a big job, but every page done is something that I know my two daughters will treasure long after I'm gone.
Oh gosh just realised I seem to be writing way too much here.   You can shake yourself now and wake up my spiel is coming to an end.  
I just want to say a big thank you to Kate for including me in this.  I'm so looking forward to reading everyone's pages and finding out a little more about my blogland buddies.  

A previous participator made this button for us so do take it and add to you side bar if you have been tagged in the blog hop.
Thank you so much if you are still with me at the end of this lengthy spiel. I promise not to do such a long post again - not for a very long time anyway! Please visit my friends and share some love with them too. I appreciate you all.