Thursday, 30 May 2013

Middleton top - middleton moor circular

This walk was again lovely, the weather looked iffy, but the dark clouds just looked menancing and when it was time to picnic, the sun came out. It was only 4 miles, and we picniced back at Middleton Top before we got back to the car. We didn't seem to be walking very long, but looking at the map, it was quite a way! the instructions can be found HERE and its walk 1.
It was quite easy to follow till it got to the buildings of Middleton Mine - they'd all been demolished but it was common sense to which was the 'main' entrance road onto the site which we had to head towards.
Lovely views which you don't get too see if you stay Carsington side/on middleton top trail.

the moor was covered in Cowslips, I have never seen sooooooo many.
looking back to the engine house at Middleton Top
experimental test site....... for fences. Yes, seriously!
Middleton mine.
last but not least, we were being watched!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

from here to....... maternity

Have to say, chocolate helps with any pain......... : )

White 5x5 card blank
Bugaboo 'back pain' digi/sentiment
Teddy Bo & Co back paper
Creata Dark mirror card
embellishments from stash.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

the colours of Fall

Over on Peel-off-crazy, May's Monthly Make theme was Fall/or colours of Fall, I was thinking about an altered matchbox but hadn't really given myself enough time to do it in, so stuck with a card.

Debbi Moore cd "Autumn Glow" image & sentiment
Prima 'botanical collection' papers & sentiment base
Glitterations flourish peel off
small gems
Creata dark mirror card
the colours come together nice, but the blue stands out, it reminds me of those cards that little corner shops used to sell with random images on, which didn't quite match the card, which old aunties or grannies used to send on a birthday. (no offence meant to any old aunties or grannies reading this post! I'm thinking circa 1978ish!)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

hot chocolate love

My first Christmas card of the year, yikes! Well the weather is nothing but wintery so I decided I needed a dose of hot chocolate and mallows.

Creata dark mirror card 5x5
stamped sentiment
Feather Touch Markers
Nitwit 'Cookin Cookies' papers/embellishments
Glitterations snowflakes
entered in to sketch challenge @ pink gem

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

coffee love

Here's 2 atc's I did using off cuts from my recent card makes using Nitwits papers/embellishments & Sizzix papers, and yes a doilie....... doilie anonymous for me.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

best friends forever

I  think this is one of the best cards I've made, really don't want to give it away, but I made it for a friends birthday and she must have it!

Lili of the Valley topper
backing paper & paper bow from Nitwits 'Cottage charm'
butterfly embellishment from WEBSTERS pages 'Best Friends'
peel off sentiment
paper doilie

Monday, 13 May 2013

Crich - South Wingfield circular walk

Last weekend (when it was summer!) we went for a 6 mile walk with the 2 doggies, Quinn (collie) and Murtle (beagle).

trying to catch Murtle looking towards the camera is impossible!
loads of BlueBells in the ancient hedgerows, normally flowered and withered by now
where the first half of the walk takes you to - the ruins of Wingfield Manor & the old farm
a corner of the Manor
walking away from Wingfield Manor
Wingfield Manor is now run by English Heritage and in its previous life was the 'prison' of Mary queen of Scots for at least three times.
Lovely walk over some previously unexplored countryside, great views and we ended the day with a lovely coffee at Crich tearooms.
(walk available from derbyshire peakdistrict  and its the crich walk)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

pink & green

Different colour card blank this time, plus the obligatory doilie - I'm addicted to doilies!

 green a6 card blank
backing papers and top of flower from WEBSTER'S pages 'Best Friends'
plain lace doilie
peel-off corners & sentiment
pink flower

Friday, 10 May 2013

water, water everywhere!

A watering can?
 *looks out window*
 Mmmm, don't think we need one, the big leaky hospeipe in the sky is doing its thing!
Nitwit "Spring Whimsy" papers
Do Crafts 'Daisy & Dandelion & friends' digi stamp
5x5 white card blank
peel off sentiment

Thursday, 9 May 2013

a-hoy there


white 5x5 cardstock
all papers/embellies/stamp/sentiment by Emma Ball
watercolour pencils
white card
red card
foam pads
This is the first time I've watercoloured, its not perfect but I think it looks okay and matches the washed effect of the background paper.
Stamped the boat image three times using Stazon black ink onto the white card and then used two different blue w/colour pencils for the sea, where the waves are I went over them with Artic Blue promarker. Promarkered the sails then layered the picture onto a small piece of red card. Cut the bunting and also the lighthouse out and then stuck everyhting onto the card, then finally stamped the sentiment in the corner. I really love how it all turned out.


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Hoppy birthday

Decided to do some decoupage, not done any for yonks. I find it soooo theraputic. Although with Min-Moo (our 8th month old kitty cat, real name Minnie) jumping on the desk I had to be careful with the blade. Else we would be whiskerless, not sure if that would be the card or the cat.

Hot Diggity Dog designer decoupage image
Nitwits backing paper
(Striped from Cookin' Cookies
other paper from Spring Whimsy)
Went with a dark brown cardstock as I found that I had run out of white.... eeek! which ended up going well with the green papers and I also used recycled buttons. Totally green!

no kindle here!

Over at Peel-off-crazy, our monthly make for April theme was Flowers. Following the groups only guideline - a peel off somewhere on it. I spotted these lovely stickers down at The Range in Chesterfield, on my way back from work and thought these would be perfect for a bookmark.

Glitterations (peel offs)
gold ribbon
hole punch