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February review

Well the second month of the year is almost over (I am aware that there is an extra day tomorrow but I felt like updating tonight.) and it's time for my resolution update.

1. No fizzy drinks for a year - piece of piss. I don't think I will drink fizzy ever again.
2. Exercise every day - still doing weights every morning, and either cycling or walking every day on top. Waiting for the weather to improve so I can take my bicycle out
3. Saving £250 a month - second lot put into ISA. I have decided that my monthly treats can come out of this. As an example I took the money for Feb's treat (a double bicycle bag for both me and mum) out of here so that I could get some decent ones
4. First draft of one book - writing 500 words a day every day is helping tremendously.
5. Finish Beauty and the Beast stitch - page 2 is finished! Which means as I have set aside three months for each page (plus three for the additions at the end) I am one month ahead and I can work on my Middle Earth stitch for the whole of March.

I've also made a couple of cards, both for mum. First is the mother's day card.

I started off by getting some resist motif card and inking it with evergreen bough and peeled paint I then took some foil card, die cut it with a cage die and embossed it. There's a tip here - emboss before you die cut it. A little bit broke, hence the flowers there. The bird and sentiment (free from a mag) were cut from Madame Payraud paper, then inked with pink distress inks (spun sugar and Victorian velvet). I added some lace trim, flowers and a brad, then on the other side added some gems in a swirl, and sepals which I dipped in alcohol ink. I also used a Tim Holtz brad with an M in, and some of the offcuts of the flowers in between the sepals. Finally I added gems at the corners of the sentiment.
Now onto the birthday card.

Sorry about the lighting here - bloody winter. I can barely see this as I type! Anyway, I started with plain card, inked it with Antique Linen, then used the Tim Holtz lace stencil with one of the brown inks (sorry can't remember which one.) I also edged the card with inks to give it more of a vintage look. I embossed the sentiment (another freebie from a mag) and inked it with the antique linen and brown inks. I found a black vinyl sticker from my stash, some ribbon which I tied around the bottom, and some purple patterned paper which I die cut some butterflies from.
Happy crafting


  1. Wow that is one big stitch! Well done on finishing your page a month early. I love the cards you made for your Mum. I've never tried papercraft, I spend too much time stitching without any other hobbies!

    1. You should see the Middle Earth one - 104 pages! What have I let myself in for?

      I'm a bit eclectic when it comes to crafting - cross stitching is my favourite but I like doing multi medium pieces and papercraft too, plus I write. The irony is I wasn't creative at all until a few years ago, I was in a depressive state and one day I walked into Smiths and picked up a cross stitch magazine. It took me two months to stitch the little bird that was the freebie - amazing to see how far I've come.


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