Saturday, 31 October 2015

Birthday candy

 This post will remain at the top until 31 October. 
To enter my candy please click on my Birthday candy page above.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Snow Queen and special offers

This is one of many LOTV stamps which will be on special offer from tomorrow lunchtime for a few days only, 10 stamps for £30, what a bargain and a great chance to buy those stamps missing from your collection. There will also be paper pads and art pads on offer. The Design Collective have been busy creating inspiration for you and you will see many of their cards on blogs and Facebook this week. There will also be a special Facebook challenge so do check out the LOTV Facebook page.
Image - LOTV Snow Queen
Medium - Copics
Setiment - Sizzix die
Other - Stxikles, metal corners, enamel stars and pearl pen.

Creative Inspirations stars and/or stripes 
Penny's anything goes 
Simon Says CAS Christmas 
Cute Card Thursday one layer (I checked and some of the DT have added embellishments) 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image

I had a surprising email yesterday inviting me to be a presenter on Create and Craft for a fairly well known craft company. I had to say no as it isn't something I fancy doing and I certainly don't have the time either but a huge compliment to be asked. Thanks for all your visits and lovely comments. Don't forget I have some candy on offer including a LOTV stamp, see my candy page.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Guest Designer at Bunny Zoe

I was delighted to be chosen as the guest designer for this month's challenge at Bunny Zoe. I chose this new stamp from Wild Rose for the shabby chic challenge.
Image - WRS owls on branch
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Rejoice
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Memory box stocking banner
Sentiment - LOTV grunge
Other - TH distress tool, DI antique linen, fun flock, embossing enamel

Country View add some texture 
Sparkles Christmas Disress it! 
The Paper Shelter Xtra vaganza
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Snowman Bunting

Our new challenge at Little Claire is use your favourite Little Claire stamp. Not an easy choice to choose a favourite but a snowman and bunting is a great combination, two of my favourite things together so this is probably my favourite LC stamp. There is a £10 voucher waiting for the lucky winner so grab your favourite Little Claire stamp and enter.
Image and sentiment - Little Claire snowman bunting
Medium - Copics
Papers - Little Claire
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Doohickey slender firs and Memory Box bunting
Other - Sakura gold star pen, Stickles

Natalie and Amy snowpeople 
Crafting Musketeers Christmas with a ribbon
Sketchy Challenge great sketch
Graph'It Xmas colours
As you like it Mono or colour (I prefer using two main colours rather than just one.)

Have you entered my candy yet?

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Happy Birthday

You may have seen a card I made using a Woodware stamp about growing old, which was on my blog on 4th October. This sentiment is part of the same set and I used the First Edition Neroli papers again. The pierced fishtail dies from MFT have been out again, I do love these dies. The edges were distressed with DI weathered wood. I used a star punch and a crimper. 

Sweet Stampin' Use script or text 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Penny's anything goes
Creative Inspirations Stars and/or stripes

This is my second post today. Please scroll down for my PG DT card and don't forget to enter my candy, see my candy page.

New home pumpkin

Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is spots and/or stripes. I decided to go with both and used one of the cute new digi kits for my card. As usual I reduced the size of the front sheet to use as a topper and used one of the sentiments from the kit. The papers are LOTV Country Gent and I used a Memory Box leafy branch die, which I cut up. A nice flat card for posting.

Noor! Design UK Halloween/Autumn 
Scrap and Craft Colours of Autumn
Papertake anything goes

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Friday, 9 October 2015

I won't grow up

I bought some Woodware stamps recently from a local craft store and this is the first one I have used. It's a great sentiment and the First Edition Neroli papers make it suitable for males or females. I used a MS cherish border punch, X cut corner rounder punch and MFT stitched dies along with some baker's twine and wooden chevrons.

Papertake anything goes

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Happy Birthday to me

Today is my Birthday so if the weather is good we are off out for the day. Coffee stop then off to the coast for a walk along the beach before lunch. I had an excellent day at the hospital craft fair yesterday. Sorry I didn't have any time for blogging yesterday but I hope you will enter my Birthday candy.

Another Hobby House topper today featuring another sweet Elisabth Bell image. I am pretty sure I have the stamp of this one as I remember colouring her. Time to ink up some EB images I think. I teamed her with MME on the sunny side papers, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, a Craftwork Cards sentiment and I used a Crafts Too butterfly die and some tiny pearls.

Elisabeth Bell's World Happy Birthday
Bunny Zoe Teens and tweens 
The Craft Barn People
Papertake anything goes

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Penguin choir

A cute Christmas card today using one of last year's digis from Pink Gem. I realised I mostly use two main colours on my cards so today I have tried using three for a change.
Image - Pink Gem
Medium - Copics
Papers - Papermania Penelope and Percy (years old)
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - music notes
Other - gold doily, wooden snowflakes, violet  and deep pink Wink of Stella pens, Stickles

Winter Wonderland Ppppick up a penguin 
Sketchy challenge great sketch
Craftyhazelnut All wrapped up 
Send a smile 4 kids Early holiday wishes 4 kids 
Country View add some texture
Papertake anything goes

I am selling at the hospital craft fair today so a very early start as we like to get there about 7.30. I will be back this evening to link up and catch up. In the meantime check out my candy page.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

More hearts

This is my second post for today. I made some more heart plaques for craft fairs and these are two I made yesterday. I have the most stock I have ever had which is brilliant and I am just finishing off a few inserts tonight ready for a very early start tomorrow.

I buy the hearts from MDF Craft Supplies and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I used ribbon  and lace from Crafty Ribbons for this one, a Kaisercraft  sentiment, Marianne die, roses from Wild Orchid, First Edition Rose Garden paper, pearls, Zig Woodware and Wink of Stella pens.

For this one I used the same paper and flowers, Doohickey feather and love lamppost dies, Inkylicious stamp, MFT Eiffel Tower die, adhesive crochet lace, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons again.

Papertake anything goes 
Country View add some texture

Don't forget to check out my candy page.

Wine o'clock

This is another of the new digi kits from Pink Gem and I can see this one being very popular. I am often asked for cards for wine lovers so it will be interesting to see if this one sells tomorrow. I like to reduce the size of the front page of the digi kit and use it as a topper rather than the whole card. The sentiments also come as part of the kit. I used First Edition Rose Garden papers, Martha Stewart rose leaf punch, roses from Wild Orchid, wooden heart coloured with deep pink Wink of Stella pen and some pearls.

Inky chicks Think pink 
In the pink 1,2,3 (1 image, wooden heart, 2 sentiments, papers, 3 leaves, flowers) 
Creative Knockouts lots of layers

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Monday, 5 October 2015

More gift boxes

My next craft fair is on Wednesday. This is at the hospital, they do 4 a year and I always do well so hopefully this one will be good too. Hubby painted these for me last week and I decorated them all yesterday. My favourite is the deep purple one of course, I used flowers from I am roses, lace from Crafty Ribbons, various ribbons from stash, pearl sprays from Wild Orchid, wooden butterflies painted with a Zig Woodware pen and a clear Wink of Stella pen and a burlap butterfly from Poundland plus pearls and pearl hearts.

This is my second post today, please scroll down for my earlier post. You can find my candy on my candy page.

Man box

As you know I sell painted and decorated boxes at craft fairs. I decided to try making a box for the men for a change. It is hard to find presents for men at craft fair so I have just made one and will see if it sells. The box has been painted grey and then lightly distressed.

A close up of the decoration. I used a TH cogs die. The large one has been sanded and I then added gilding wax. The second one was die cut from black and I then added bronze embossing powder. I wanted to make both cogs distressed rather than perfect colouring all over. The metal wheels and cog are also TH,  the washers are from hubby's garage and I added a key charm.

Everybdy Art circles 
Country View add some texture 
Cute Card Thursday masculine

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Ding Dong Bells

I love this cute image and had great fun making this card. I have been busy making lots of different things for my craft stall and it was lovely to take time out to colour and distress this one.
Image - Crafter's Companion
Medium - Copics
Paper - Bo Bunny Father Christmas
Punch - Woodware holly
Dies- Marianne poinsettia
Other - DI Vintage Photo, fun flock, brads, baker's twine, bell charm

I am so glad I bought this fun flock as I love the fluffy effect.

Die Cuttin Divas anything goes 
Papertake Take your pick - Distress ink 
The Paper Shelter Music Maestro please 
Simon Says anything goes 
Di's Digis animals acting like humans 
Sparkles Christmas Distress it!

Have you entered my candy yet?

Saturday, 3 October 2015

So pretty

I recently won the challenge at Allsorts and my prize was 8 sheets of Hobby House toppers. The images are all by Elisabeth Bell and they are all so gorgeous I didn't know which to use first. I believe this one was a Whiff of Joy stamp a few years ago and whilst I love colouring the toppers are handy when you have a lot of cards to make. I have a lot of fairs coming up so they will be very useful.

I used MME sweetest thing tangerine papers, MFT pierced fishtail dies and EK Success and Xcut flower punches. The sentiment is an old one which matched the papers perfectly.

Elisabeth Bell's World Happy Birthday 
Bunny Zoe Teens and tweens 
Die Cuttin Divas anything goes 
Papertake Sketch 105 
Penny's anything goes 
Simon Says anything goes 
Creative Knockouts Lots of layers
Dream Valley Bingo (pearls, patterned paper, flowers)

Have you entered my candy yet?

Friday, 2 October 2015

Let's fly

Another friend's Birthday card, that's three I had for September, this time one for a man. I have used another of the Kraftyhands postcards and the Dovecraft North Pole papers. I added a wooden plane and used a Little Claire dinkie text stamp. Just one die on this one, MFT pierced fishtail. I really like the way the patterns work on this card.

Creative Inspirations anything goes 
Simon Says anything goes 
Cute Card Thursday masculine

I have scheduled this post as we are off out for the day so I hope the sun will shine as it has all week. I love the Autumn sunshine. Hopefully we will get a walk on the beach.

Have you entered my candy?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

No red or green

Today sees the first of our 12 weekly pre Christmas challenges at Crafty Ribbons. Yes is only 12 weeks to Christmas so instead of fortnightly challenges we will be weekly until Christmas so lots more chance to get those Christmas cards made and more chances to win a prize. I am the host for this challenge and I chose no red or green, Christmas plus ribbon of course. I used an Embossalicious embossing folder, 5 snowflake dies and 2 snowflake punches. The cute snowman is LOTV from the new trio set, coloured with Copics with added pearl pen and Stickles.

Papertake Take your pick (embossing) 
Natalie and Amy Snowpeople 
Country View ad some texture 
Die Cuttin Divas anything goes 
Simon Says anything goes 
Penny's anything goes
Little Miss Muffet Bingo (dies, sentiment,glitter)
Everybody Art Circles

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Sew and Sew

I am sharing another of my plaques with you today. The sewing themes ones are always popular and a friend of mine bought this one for her sewing room. The plaque has been painted a lovely soft blue, Laura Ashley paint I think. I cut the Little Claire paper with a stitched MFT die. The ribbons and lace are all from Crafty Ribbons. I stamped a pattern onto the wooden sewing maching using a freebie stamp from a magazine and wound baker's twine around the cotton reel. The tiny buttons are Gorjuss.

Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Stamping Sensations Sew special (stamping on the sewing machine, hope that counts)
Allsorts Numbers (on the tape measure)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Oh Christmas tree

I made this card as a sample for Crafty Ribbons to showcase their new Christmas ribbons and button range. The paper is an oldie scrap and the image is a LOTV diecut. I used 2 of the new ribbons and tied some baker's twine through the tree button. A simple traditional card.

Winter Wonderland Traditional Christmas 
Sparkles Christmas O Christmas tree 
CCAYR Country Christmas

Isn't the weather gorgeous at the moment. I love Autumn especially when the sun is shining. I much prefer the temperatures to the Summer heat. We had a lovely morning yesterday tidying the garden. Today we going into the city to get a new iPad Air 2, an early Birthday pressy to replace my current iPad. We are also hoping to try a new restaurant for lunch, Cosmo, as we have a voucher 2 for £10. It has been very popular though so it depends upon the queue. Enjoy your day.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Three bears

It is ages since I made a tri shutter card and I really enjoyed making this one as a change from square cards. I made this for a friend's Birthday on Saturday using the cute posy trio from LOTV. The papers are LOTv Winer Wishes which I mounted onto kraft card. The bears have been coloured with Copics. The sentiment is also LOTV. I added flowers and pearl brads, K&Co border and wooden butterflies which have been coloured with the Zig Woodcraft pen and then painted with a clear Wink of Stella pen. Here are a couple of the bears in more detail.

Noor! Design UK shaped cards
Whimsy anything goes
Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes
Di's Digis animals acting like humans

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Decorated boxes

I have several craft fairs before Christmas and I am buy getting more stock of everything made. Today I made various gifts including these 3 boxes. I sold out of all my boxes when I did the hospital shop three weeks ago so hubby has been busy painting some more for me to decorate. He is a much better painter than me and it frees up my time for crafting. The butterfly ribbon and lace are from Crafty Ribbons. I painted the large butterfly with a Zig Woodcraft pen and used a clear Wink of Stela pen on both butterflies.

The ribbon on the bottom two chests came from stash as did all the flowers. The wooden hearts are from MDF Craft Supplies and they have been coloured with a dark pink Wink of Stella pen.

I bought my first clear Wink of Stella pen last Summer and have never been impressed with it as it wasn't very sparkly. It ran out so I started on a new one and it is so sparkly I now realise the first one must have been faulty. Bit late to discover that now but having never had one before I didn't know how sparkly they should be. Oh well, live and learn.

I have just taken a picture of my October candy so that will be up on my blog in a few days.


More photos from our Yorkshire holiday in July.Sorry about the light shining on the pics again, so hard to get a good picture of a layout I find. The paper scraps are Tim Holtz vintage shabby and the button and words are from Fancy Pants Flutter kits. I used another favourite set of dies, sticthed jumbo fishtails from MFT.  I used the 15th September sketch from Stuck?! I really like their sketches which are a great starting point for a layout, makes a page come together so much quicker.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Falling leaves

Autumn is the theme for the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge so I used the very cute Autumn Bella for my card. She has been coloured with Copics. I have been experimenting with the dotty colouring and am quite pleased with the way the fur turned out. The papers are LOTv Country Gent, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, sentiment LOTV grunge. I used one of the Sepllbinders curved border dies, I do love this set of dies. The paper leaves came from Michaels, wooden acorn from The Ribbon Girl. I coloured it with my Zig Woodcraft pens, need to get more colours of these, they are fab.

Whimsy anything goes 
Send a smile 4 kids Fall colours 4 kids
Deep Ocean Autumn
 TTCRD anything goes

Friday, 25 September 2015

Little Claire calendar

It is my turn to post a project on the Little Claire blog today. I have been making a start on some easel calendars as they sold so well at last year's craft fairs. For all the details on the products and instructions please head over to the LC blog and leave me a comment. You can win a set of the toppers I used plus more if you enter our current Autumn blog challenge.

TTCRD anything goes 
Whimsy anything goes

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Cute overload

This has to be on of the cutest images ever and I decided to use it for my DT card for the new anything goes with a Sugar Nellie image at The Sugar Bowl. I hope you will play along for the chance to win some digi images.
Image - Sugar Nellie Warm Winter Wishes
Medium - Copics
Sentiment - Little Claire dinkie
Die - IO Santa and sleigh
Other - Stickles, fun flock

Squirrel purple friends
Allsorts Sparkle
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Papertake It will soon be here (Christmas)
Creative Knockouts Glitter it up

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Lynsey's card

I made this card for my good friend Lynsey, whose favourite colour is pink. It was her Birthday on Monday so I can share this with you now.
Image - Stamping Bella
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Dress Shoppe
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Punches - Martha Stewart frond, Papermania leaf
Flowers - Sweetheart blossoms, mini sweetheart blossoms, roses from Wild Orchid
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Charm - The Ribbon Girl
Other - Dark pink Wink of Stella pen

In the pink for a friend 
Natalie and Amy charming
Crafting from the heart anything goes

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Embossed snowflakes

A rather different Christmas card today using the lovely embossing folder and die from Tim Holtz. I used silver centura pearl card for the background. The DCWV gauze paper has been cut with Spellbinders curved border dies. I used shabby white frantage on the pink snowflake and sanded the purple Core'dinations, added some seam binding, pearl brads and punched snowflakes which have also been sanded.

Allsorts sparkle 
ABC Christmas S is for silent (no sentiment or text)
The Craft Barn Christmas - snow or snowflakes

Monday, 21 September 2015

The tour

I wish you could see this in real life. Photos of scrapbook layouts just don't do them justice especially when the sun is coming in. It is so long since I have made time for scrapbooking and I really loved taking time out on Friday when Lynsey came over and we spent some time making layouts.

I wanted to make a start on some holiday pics from July and the title came to me straight away. I used a Grace Taylor pack and added some enamel dots and cabouchons.

Stuck?!September 1 sketch 
Brown Sugar anything but a card

Looking forward to a day in Norwich, well apart from hubby's dentist appointment. Meeting a friend for lunch, trying the new Cosmo restaurant and hopefully hubby getting me a new iPad for my Birthday next month.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Running with wine

This is the second of my card made for Making Cards last month using one of the Pink Gem digi kits and LOTV Promises papers. The fun sentiment is part of the kit. I added some baker's twine, pearls and trainers cut with a Joanna Sheen die. I do love this colour combo and would like to enter it into the animal magic challenge at Papertake.

The sun is shining and we are off out for the day with friends. We are stopping for breakfast and then going to a big steam rally. Enjoy your Sunday and will catch up later.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Magical Christmas

I thought I would post a second card today and this time it is a Christmas card using one from the recent release from LOTV.
Image - LOTV Christmas Delivery
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Winter Wishes
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment - LOTV Christmas grunge
Dies - Memory Box precious stars, Spellbinders labels 10
Other - Wink of Stella clear pen on her wings, Stickles on the fur, pearls

Winter Wonderland Christmas fairy 
Fussy and Fancy fantasy 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image 
Allsorts sparkle 
Creative Inspirations Your favourite occasion (Christmas) 
Penny's Christmas 
ABC R is for recipe (ribbon, dies, blue)