Craftybrens Embroidered Toppers

Craftybrens Embroidered Toppers
Craftybrens Embellishments

Friday, 18 December 2009

Crafty Anns Challenge #4

This is for Anns Challenge, "Anything except red or green".
I embossed the card stock, stamped the paper with a freebie stamp I got from somewhere off a magazine, lac`e cut the design then stamped and embossed a butterfly, and added a peel off

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Rainbow Ladys Challenge 83


This is my embroidered deer, then mounted onto holographic card with brads and in turn onto card stock.
For this challenge it was a deer or large animal, so as I had an embroidery pattern for a deer this is what I did

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Feeling Bored


Was so bored with doing the great pile of ironing, I decided a rest was the order of the day, so I sat and stitched and this is the result.

Monday, 14 December 2009

New Steppers


I bought some new Pinflair Steppers the other day and thought I would try them out, this is one of the cards from them.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

A Quilling Challenge


A friend of mine decided we would have a quilling challenge as she had never done it before and me only once. This was my first ever quilled butterfly.

Monday, 7 December 2009

SNIP-IT#3 Food for Thought

Did you ever go scrumping as a child. Oh what fun with jumpers bulging we would climb the old oak tree and sit amongst it's comfy branches, eating our catch from the orchard.
We lived in a small avenue of just 40 houses so as children we grew up together and always did things in a group of happy friends.
When winter set in it was time to build camps in the hedgerows and go scrumping for swede. There was always something to eat in the fileds around us. I never have liked cooked swede but I still eat it raw shredded over salad or in a cheese sandwich.
Chestnutting was always a favourite, and still is, I think maybe because we always took mum pocketfulls home, she loved them, it always felt so good to give mum presents.
I remember one Mothers Day seeing hosts of daffodiles in the local monestry grounds, so we gingerly knocked on the back door of the big old mansion house, of which so many stories were told, but they are another snip-it. When one old monk answered I was pushed forward, "please could we pick some flowers for our mums", of course we were allowed and although we watched our backs the whole time we were there, the flowers were well worth it.
Those day are precious to me as must be your memories to you.
Bonfire nights were the highlight of the year, for weeks we would collect burning material and pile it in the centre of a green that was the middle of the avenue, on the night each household would bring their fireworks to their front gates a procession of torches were lite and on the "word" they would charge and light the bonfire, everyone would then light their fireworks it was a sight to be seen, there were never accidents. Later us older children in the embers of the bonfire would have jacket potatoes, we must have smelt horrid by the end of the night, but our tummies were full and we were happy.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Rainbow Lady's Challeng #81


I used black card, dark blue starry vellum, and some images depicting "We Three Kings"

Crafty Anns Challenge #3


I used Shiny holographic backing paper, embossed white topper, felt stars and trimmed it with gold paper.

Monday, 30 November 2009

SNIP-IT 2 -History Lost


"The Nornen"

When I moved to Somerset back in 1965,I moved to a little village called Berrow, twix Burnham on Sea and Brean.

Our house overlooked the golf course and that in turn overlooked the beach. It is an estuary really but it is known as the beach.

On this beach directly opposite my house was a ship wreck "The Nornen" but this can only be seen at low tide. The sands on this beach are notorious for sucking you under (quicksand) but if you know what to look for you are ok, and can stand inside the wreck. Once inside you get an awesome feeling of how vunerable those old sailors were, being tossed around on the open sea. After standing there for over 100 years at the mercy of the lashing waves, all that is left is the arms (ribs) reaching up as if crying for help.

There had been a terrific storm and this tiny ship with a crew of 10 and one dog after dropping off their in coming cargo, were anchored in Bridgwater Bay waiting for a cargo to return home with. The crew were tossed around until finally the anchor was ripped away and the crew had no hope of saving the ship.

The crew and dog were succesfully saved and given shelter in a tiny cottage (one up and one down) that was next door to me. My house was not there then. In this cottage they ate and dried out and the ships figurehead was given to the cottage owners in thanks for their kindness. This figurehead stood outside on the bank for years and the cottage became known as "Figurehead Cottage".

In the year 2000 a builder bought the land the cottage was on and dispite my pleas the cottage was demolished and two 5 bed houses now stand there. What happened to the figurehead, no-one seems to know.

To me this is history lost.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

My latest craze


I have got somewhat addicted to hand stitching on cards, I am no good with inks and paint, so stitching with decoupage builds the picture for me. I envy those who just colour in with no probs.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Ann's Challenge #2


Ann's Challenge #2 Black/White and one other

This is my entry Black and White and Red all Over.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Rainbowladys Challenge #80 beads


This is my first blogging challenge, to try and get this onto Rainbowlady's Challenge Blog, so I can enter her comp.
ATC: machine embroidered holly and bow, beads added as berries

SNIP-IT

Being I like reading or hearing other peoples happings I thought it might be good to have a weekly SNIP-IT from my memories, It might give you a laugh or a groan.
My first SNIP-IT.
"I knew from an early age I was going to be a crafter, wether this is because in those days, so many years ago, we had to learn crafts or wether we actually wanted to learn, I don't know. But I was aged 6 years old and my older sister, 9 years, was teaching me a fairisle pattern on mittens, just a little snowflake. Oh I could easily knit and purl by then but how to add patterns was a bit beyond me. I had got to the pattern row and was waiting and waiting to be shown what to do, I waited forever (well it seemed forever), my sister was being so horrid telling me " in a minute", she loved getting the upper hand with me, still does I suppose, well I got so fed up I whipped the stitches from the needle and threw it under the beautility sideboard.
Why do I remember this incident, guilt I suppose and the regret of never having a pair of mittens as a child with a snowflake on. I never finished them you see, I couldn't get all the stitches back on the needles. It was years later as an adult that I finally learnt fairisle.
But patients I learnt at the age of 6years old.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

My First Ever

Hello friends and welcome.
First and foremost I must hunt out my friends and follow their blogs.
Then I will have to go into the depths of my old memory and dig out some interesting things to say. So bear with me as I might get lost in there.