I have a confession - I am obsessed with Pokemon Go and play it everyday! I use it as an excuse to go out for a walk - it gives a walk a purpose and helps me to boost my steps for the Fitbit.
My son was a big Pokemon fan when it first came out 15 years ago, so I remember a lot of the names from them - I can easily tell a Bulbasaur from a Blastoise. I now have a regular walk to the library and back, as I can pass 9 Pokestops on the way.
My Son thinks it is so funny that I play the game so much, that he bought me a Pokemon comic as part of my Christmas present. Inside were some stickers which I have used to make these birthday cards.
This card has been made with the card trick that was inside one of our Christmas crackers - I couldn't work out the trick, but least I can reuse the cards!
Christmas wasn't quite as organised as usual as I went down with the flu 2 days before and spent most of the time asleep on the sofa, but we did enjoy a family get together on the day and also round my sons on Boxing day. Rather than enjoying wine, Port or Gin, I spent the time sipping honey and barley water!
I did get some lovely crafting goodies, including these cute little kraft envelopes which I have teamed up with some inquisitive kitties.
Reindeers and stags have featured rather heavily in my 2017 Christmas cards - so these will be the last posted this year, but I couldn't resist showing off the lovely bauble die that came from AliExpress.com- it only cost £2.55 and the fir tree die was £1.35 - real bargains and well worth the wait for delivery from China!
I cut them out using black card and layered them against sparkly white glitter card - really pleased with the effect.
Like the rest of the country we have snow today! First of the year for us, as we live in Sunny Suffolk and have a milder climate than most areas.
No only is this a photo of my snowy back garden, but it is also my first picture of my lovely new wooden fence which was only finished on Friday! They also trimmed the beech tree at the end of the garden and took away the old shed that was on the left hand side of garden
I wish I had taken a 'before' photo to show how tumbled down and rotten the fence and shed were - at least I have a nice and secure garden now!
Now that I have made most of my Christmas cards, the pressure is off and I can play and experiment a bit more! So I dug out my gilding waxes and embossed some black card. This embossing folder was a freebie a couple of years ago and the stag stamp and die were from the majestic moments from Simply cards magazine.
You can't see the glitter in the photo, but this card really does sparkle!
The waxes are a mixture of alchemy waxes by Imagination crafts and and metallic wax from Creative Expressions
This card was going to be for Christmas, but I was a bit heavy handed with the gold gilding polish, so covered it up with a die cut spaceship!
Remember the little wooden houses I bought back in July? Well, I have teamed one up with the fab Hunkydory Twilight Kingdom papers that I bought in June to make this New Home Card. The paper backgrounds have proved to be very versatile, helping to make birthday, pagan, mermaid and even wedding cards!
I don't often find craft stuff at car boot sales, but this week I found not one, but two stalls with loads of things! One was from a lady who was clearing out stuff, so she could go and buy some more, the other from a friend of a lady who was too ill to craft any more.
I picked up loads of patterned papers (including an unused 12 x 12 pad), die cuts, stamps, flowers, ribbons, kits and heaps of Buzzcraft and Hunkydory toppers!
From just that one Buzzcraft Garden Blossom Delux mat sheet on the right of the photo, I have made these 5 cards already!