Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Forever Friends Black and Gold handmade cards

I LOVE Forever Friends. 

I've loved them for years (I was even alive when Forever Friends hit the high streets - was it 1987 or thereabouts?)!  So, when the cute little character came to crafting, I was over the moon.

I first delved into crafting with him after purchasing the original Docrafts triple CD ROMS collection.  Only trouble is, the programme wouldn't fully load on my laptop.  So instead, I had to copy all the images off the CD and put them in files on my laptop so that I could still use the imagery.  That way, I could use them with other programmes such as My Craft Studio or Serif's Craft Artist to enable me to craft with it still.  Then came the Black and Gold collection.  Again, the programme wouldn't load up on my laptop so I also copied all the jpeg files to my folders on my PC so I could still use the images etc.

Now, I just thought I'd show some of the cards i've done using the Forever Friends Black and Gold collection... there are some I've done for birthdays in the last few weeks and some that are a bit older (yes, I was late with them all).

The above cards have been made in the last couple of weeks.

this one is a bit older.  Apologies for the quality of the pictures.  I must have taken them at night in unnatural daylight.

Recently, I got the black and gold CD ROM for free with another purchase of the NEW Docrafts Digital Designer.  I like this software and the features are ever improving and come free - for ever.

Just a couple more...

I have loads of toppers I made, which are in my scrap box (remember i'm going to show this in another post).  I have a plastic wallet specifically for Forever Friends Black and Gold - sorted into papers, toppers, greetings, ribbon and die cut shapes for matting and layering.  I might even give you a little peek when I blog about my bits lol!!!

Ooh - just something funny to tell you before I sign off... My mum is here as I write this post.  Earlier on out of the blue, she said "Paula, have you got any nuts" to which I replied "no, I'm a laydeeee" (imagine the voice of David Walliams when he dresses up as that woman who's a lady)... She fell about laughing then explained what she actually meant (like I didn't know)!  To explain, she had bought a massive bag of almonds and wondered if I currently had some because I usually have some in a tub to put on my 'flakes with red berries'. Yum.  And banana chips.

Right - I'm now very tired after making two posts in one day.  Tomorrow I will be visiting a few desks on WOYWW, amongst doing my filing and telephone calls (we've been changing bank accounts and of course this has caused a fair amount of paperwork and telephone calls). It feels like I am working full time but from home - it's been very tiring.

Back soon with news of my 'bits'!
Crafting hugs

Paula x x x

WOYWW and a little bit of sorting out!!

OK, so I've not posted this year.  There's a lot of things I've not done - apart from doing more 'sorting' that is.  I think that sorting things out seems to have been my forte for the last couple of years since I've been off work - which incidentally coincides with the conception of this blog of mine.

In the Christmas aftermath, the 'craftroom', which is our conservatory, was not a pretty sight.  In fact it had almost just become a place to pile things up and store things - although once I had done all my Christmas crafting, I did put my Christmas drawer away (yes I have a Christmas drawer).  Because of increasing exhaustion, my Christmas crafting was a tad slow-going.  I didn't do nearly enough of what I actually wanted to do.  But that was how it was.  I was still printing out napkin rings and wraps for the table candles at well turned midnight into Christmas Day!

So, onto my New Year resolutions.  There's this one resolution I make each year.  Whatever other ones I might make - this one particular resolution is always on the list.  My OH laughs and doesn't know why I bother to say it.  Now I papercraft and make cards, you would thing that this is something I shouldn't get wrong.  It's a simple one - remember everyone's birthday ON TIME!  Well, I'm embarrassed to say that I've already broken it in January and I only needed to make 3 or 4 cards (you may roll your eyes here!!!).

Back to the crafty mess... It took me no less than the best part of 3 weeks to get on top of the 'sorting' and tidying up,  and afterwards, I could even sit down again on the sofa to watch TV and relax with my sweet cat Katie Kitten on my knee.  There I was wrapped up warmly in my slanket with the heating cranked up of course!  

The best part about the conservatory is that it is built just off the 'dining area' of the kitchen and when we had the kitchen renewed in 2006 (OMG, doesn't seem that long ago!), we removed the doors and plastered it up to make it more cohesive but open space.  Not having doors ensures that, while the temperature is colder in the conservatory - there is a huge difference by not shutting it off. The temp is more even between the kitchen and conservatory than it used to be.. We know that if we wanted to sell thought, we would have to re-instate the doors.  It is great that the kettle is literally round the corner  from my chair.  The downside is that if I don't keep the area tidy - it can be seen from the kitchen by visitors - although most of my visitors by and large know all about my crafty habits.

Here is a peek at how it looked before I started to sort it out and tackle some little projects (that I'll post about separately):

oh dear!
 Then there was this:

There is a desk underneath all that believe it or not!  Although it looks heaps better now (well, certainly better that this), it has started creeping back to being a mess but that seems to be because I've had a really good sort out and have been able to empty some of those clear A4 and A5 storage boxes you put paper and stuff in.  Today only, I brought an empty cardboard box in from the garage today (well, dragged it in) and tidied some of the empty plastic storage boxes away. 

Squinty eyed (because I daren't look properly) I decided to take a photo while writing this post just for your amusement.

not too bad?
getting there!
More work needed to make it a bit better.  There was a interim period when it looked even better than this but alas, it didn't last long!

You may see on the sofa on the right (back) of the picture; I have had to make a nest with a cream fleece blanket for the cat.  Next to that is a wicker bread type basket with a handle on.  I've put a fleece blanket in that too.  She swaps between both so has no particular preference.  She also comes over to talk to me while I'm sat the desk.  Well, when I say comes to talk to me, I really mean she comes over, meows loudly, grabs my leg in an attention seeking way, uses me as her 'stretching post' drawing blood while casing the joint to see if it is OK to go through the open 'Buddy' gate.

During my 'sorting out phase', I wanted to make my paper scraps a bit more accessible.  They were already sorted into poly pockets and put into 2 lever arch files - one for the colours and the other for the metallics, black, white etc - the more neutral colours.  These just ended up sitting on a shelf though, so I decided to put an idea I'd had into action.  I will show what I did in another post because, as usual, this post is a bit long.

That's all folks, I'd love to have you come back to my little area of the world wide web to read future blog posts - if you haven't already, please consider subscribing, then you'll have my post straight in your in-box (if you can bare it).  If you are not already a follower, consider becoming a follower too as I am well overdue a give-away for my blogaversary which happened while I've been busy sorting out.  There will be something special for my followers to celebrate this, so it will be my followers that are up for a little something (not sure what it is yet, but I will make it nice)!

Anyway, I'm pleased to report that the exhaustion hasn't been as bad recently - its still there but just before Christmas it was at an all time high. However, I've managed to be able to fight it off.  The pain in my arms and legs, hands and feet has increased - it almost feels like a pay-off!  I'm at the pain clinic at the end of this month though so I'll mention all of this to my Consultant.  I'll have to write it down on the letter I get from the hospital because my memory is so bad, I constantly forget to mention things.  I'm also going to ask him if there is any alternative to the pain patches I wear because they are really damaging my skin in the places that I wear them.  I make sure that they are on my upper-body because of sitting in the bath.  If they get wet - which they often do, they dry out really tightly and pull my skin then dry wrinkled.  This hurts my skin and there are marks and dry patches where I've worn them.  I'll just have to mention it to him to see if there are any alternatives, and if not, has he any advice for me.  I'm still on all the other medications I was on but in quite a few instances, they've increased in strength since I started them.  We'll see.

Anyway, I'm going to show my desks to the world and link up to Julia's WOYWW where she gets a load of us crafters to share our spaces with you - whatever that space may be!  Go HERE to see what I'm talking about and perhaps join in if you feel like it.

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Lots of crafty hugs

Paula x x x 



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