Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you all had a brilliant weekend. It's been a bit longer than I was hoping between blog posts but for a very good reason - I broke my middle toe on my right foot a week ago. You wouldn't think a broken toe would prevent someone from crafting and it sort of hasn't, instead it's made it very difficult to get into my crudy. My craftroom is very small and has lots of stuff in it including a couple of plastic towers which cut the path to my desk to about 8" wide. As a result I have to do a sort of shuffle past the stuff to get to my desk and it is extremely painful to do this with a broken toe. I managed to grab my Sizzix sidekick, a die and a few bits and pieces earlier in the week and took them into the lounge so I could craft with my foot elevated and I actually crafted in the early hours of this morning as I couldn't sleep but I've had to keep things fairly simple and have only managed to die cut things that can fit into my sidekick (more than you'd imagine but not as many as I'd like!) because it's painful to stand for more than a minute or two and my Big Shot is on a pile of plastic containers away from my craft table. I'm trying to rest my foot as much as possible because my sister is getting married next week and I need to be able to walk for that (I've ordered some mock crocs online because the thought of putting the rather nice but tight fitting shoes I'd bought for the wedding gives me the cold sweats! I'm going to bling them up a bit to make them look a bit more festive). I even let my husband do the washing up last Tuesday and I'm a total control freak when it comes to the washing up! He didn't do a bad job of it even if he did use a bath's worth of water to do a sinkful of pots (and he used clean water to soak the recycling - who does that when they are on a meter??) I'm very grateful for his help, it isn't easy for him to do the tasks I take for granted. There isn't really much you can do for broken toes and they don't even require hospital treatment unless it's your big toe or a compound fracture (that's when the bone pokes through the skin - extremely rare for toes) so I've followed the advice on the NHS Direct website and have it taped to the toe next to it and I'm keeping it elevated as much as possible. Most of the bruising and swelling has gone now and it only really hurts if it's touched (apart from a faint ache) the top part of the toe is sort of bent to the right which is rather funny to look at as it's almost as though it's trying to get away from its 'buddy'.
Let's get to some crafting! I made another Catitudes card, this time a birthday card for my Auntie-in-law.
I used another piece of the luscious 6" x 6" DCWV glitter paperstack that I've carefully hoarded for years - I've come to realise that if I don't start using the gorgeous papers I already own, then I'm going to run out of space to put new ones. One of the things I love most about this collection (apart from the sheer gorgeousness of it!) is the fact that the glitter is totally encapsulated and won't rub off no matter what you do to it. I die cut the cat out of Centura Pearl black card and decorated it with AB nail gems as shown (you just need a dab of glue to stick them on) I bought these from eBay and you get a lot of different sizes for the money all neatly stored in a round container about the same size as a needle dispenser (for sewing), it's great because only one section at a time can be opened so you don't risk spilling the whole lot on the floor. The ornate shape that the cat is mounted on was die cut using a Xcut nesting doorplate die set. The next size up from it is a considerable amount larger than this one so I die cut it a second time using the black card and cut it in half so I could shadow mount it behind the white piece. The stamped greeting was made using Versafine Black ink and a stamp from my stash. This is a top folding card and the black matting layer was made using some more of the Centura Pearl black card.
I have made a second card but I will share it with you another day - just in case I don't manage to do much crafting. As always if you have any questions or comments then please leave them in the usual places and until next time - keep crafting!
Love and crafty hugs,