Friday, 30 September 2016

3000 blog posts candy


I shall be posting my 3000th blog post on 9 September. I have a giveaway for one of my followers so hop over to my candy page to enter.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Lots of boxes


I have been busy decorating more boxes as I am preparing for sales to increase with Christmas present buying increasing. As you may know hubby paints them for me. He sets up his workshop with a table in the conservatory and is quite happy in there playing his vinyl on his vintage radiogram. I used ribbon and lace from Crafty Ribbons and flowers from Wild Orchid. The butterflies are from The Works and Poundland. 



Challenges
In the Pink photo inspiration 
Simon says Gift it 
Noor! Design UK flowers and lace



Sunday, 25 September 2016

Friend's Wedding


I made this card for some friends who got married yesterday. I love the sweet LOTV couple and I know that she used to love LOTV when she was a cardmaker.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Craftwork Cards
Die - Joy leaves
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment and charm from stash
Wooden hearts - MDF Craft Supplies coloured with white wink of Stella.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK flowers and lace 
Ribbon Girl any image 
In The Pink photo inspiration
Deep Ocean anything goes
Bizzy Becs anything goes

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Cats amongst the flowers


Another commissioned card today, the request for a card with cats, and I know that the recipient loves her garden so I went with cats and flowers. I bought these shaped cards at Doncaster and its the first one I have used. It makes a nice change and I must use some more of them.
Image - LCDesigns clear stamp
Medium - Sakura rose star and green star pens
Papers - Craftwork Cards
Die - Go Kreate frilly squares 10
Lace and ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - Woodware leaves
Flowers - Wild Orchid 
Sentiment - computer generated
Other - pearl pen

Challenges
Ribbon Girl any image 
Noor! Design UK flowers and lace 
The Cutie Pie Birthday
Fab n Funky Ribbon or lace

Another early start for another craft fair, very unusual for me to have two in one week as I only do a few now along with my monthly hospital shop stall.

Still time to enter my candy.

Friday, 23 September 2016

More plaques


This is my second post today and I am sharing a few of the small plaques I make for my stall. These are 100mm hearts covered in various papers. Depending upon how patterned the paper is I either stamp direct onto the paper or onto white card. They are proving very popular especially the ones for friends.


I would like to enter these into the gift it challenge at Simon Says.

Art Deco


I have had such a busy week this week with preparing for and attending craft fairs, two nights out with friends and general stuff at home that I haven't had as much time for commenting as usual. So apologies if I haven't been by your blogs this week. I really appreciate all your visits and will get round to visiting you as soon as I can. I have the last of my September fairs tomorrow.

I bought a pack of Art Deco toppers and papers from the Debbi Moore stand at Doncaster. They are so beautiful but very large and I wasn't sure I would ever use them all so I made a few cards and sold the rest of the pack. They are useful for making quick cards and they are very popular with my customers too. I added a pink feather, some pearl pins and a lovely vintage flower from The Hobby House. This 7" card sold on its first outing at a craft fair.

Challenges
Crafting from the Heart anything goes 
TTCRD anything goes 
In the Pink photo inspiration
Deep Ocean anything goes

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Autumn


I had another good craft fair yesterday. Good job I have plenty of stock as I have another one on Saturday. Now making a Birthday card for a crafting friend is always more of a challenge as I like to try to use an image I don't think that person will have. I made this one for my good friend Lynsey whose Birthday was yesterday. I know she loves these new girls, as do I, but I don't think she bought this one. Although I normally make her a pink card as that is her favourite colour, I went for an Autumnal look for a change as these colours suit the image better.
Image - LOTV Autumn
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Happy day
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Leaves and berries (coloured with Copics) - Creative Embellishments
Other - enamel dots, gauze

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Di's Digis Autumn 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
TTCRD anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Simon Says Monday Inspired by Music (Forever Autumn)

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Simply Happy Birthday


I recently ordered a few things from Sprinkle Twinkle as they offered 30% off full priced items and couldn't resist getting this lovely Lawn Fawn Winter perfect plaid paper pack. The colours are so fresh. I teamed it with a LOTV sentiment, one of a trio, which I really love. I used MFT inside and out stitched rounded corner dies, Lawn Fawn sitched circle and Joy stitched bunting dies. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and I added some of my fave enamel dots.

I am up early today to set up my stall at the hospital craft fair so a long day today.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Christmas ribbon plaque


I made this plaque as a sample for Crafty Ribbons to showcase some of the gorgeous new ribbons now available. You can find all the new ribbons here.  I added some tartan paper, burlap, Woodware holy punched leaves, MS fern punched leaves and flowers and pearl stems from Wild Orchid.

I would like to enter the no squares allowed challenge at Dream Valley.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Musical Jasmine again


I was asked to make a special card for a 16 year old who loves fashion and music so used this image again. Isn't it funny that some stamps get used so much more than others.
Image - LOTV Jasmine Music
Medium - Copics
Papers - Craftwork Cards Chambray and Lace
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Die-versions banner, MFT wonky stitched rectangles
Punches - MS cherish border, music notes

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Ribbon Girl any image 
The Cutie Pie Birthday

Still time to enter my candy

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Christmas bells


Another of the spinner cards I made for Papercrafter Magazine using Marianne dies and papers.  It is ages since I made a tent card. One of the worst things was trying to describe how to make it to get every piece in the right order and to make sense to the readers.

A sideways view. I also used Memory Box stitched holly leaves and Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies. The sentiment is from LC Designs.

Challenges
Dream Valley no squares allowed
Winter Wonderland at least 2 dies

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

A large glass please


Had a brilliant day yesterday selling at the hospital shop. I was very tired last night after a few nights of not sleeping too well but feeling much more refreshed today especially as it is cooler. New challenge day at A Gem of a Challenge and its a very easy one this time, female Birthday, so hope you will play along for the chance to win 2 digis of your choice.
Image - Angie with wine (precoloured but I used Copics on her hair)
Papers - magazine freebies
Sentiment - LOTV
Dies - MFT wonky stitched rectangle, Joy stitched bunting

Challenges
Scrap & Craft red, green and yellow

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Railroad


I took some time out from cardmaking and made a scrapbook layout for a change. The picture is actually a postcard we bought when we went on this train in January. The tickets are a nice keepsake of the day so I added them onto the page. The main papers are Gorjuss and I found the train paper in an old pack of K&Co Tim Coffey. I diecut it using a Go Kreate frilly squares 10 die.  The banners were cut with MFT stitched banner dies and I added some stars and a flag from a K&Co pack bought in America. The title letters are from Hobbycraft.

Challenges
Stuck September 1st sketch 
Country View travel
Simon Says Monday At the movies (Runaway train)

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

I love this style


As the title says I love making this style of card and this is my DT card for our new challenge at Crafty Ribbons of Happy Birthday.
Image and paper - LC Designs
Burlap with lace - Ebay
Lace and ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - I am Roses and Wild Orchid
Butterfly - The Works

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK flowers and lace
TTCRD anything goes

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Snooker Dave


This is the last of the three cards I made for Making Cards magazine using Pink Gem Dave. Once again teamed with MME papers. I love playing with colours, patterns and shapes. All I added were 2 buttons tied with baker's twine.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
TTCRD anything goes
Simon Says Monday at the movies (The Hustler)

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

New ribbons


There are some lovely new ribbons out this week at Crafty Ribbons and more to come. The first of my samples uses this gorgeous snowman ribbon calles Santa's Grotto - snowman, which I have teamed with a fun precoloured Sassy Cheryl digi from Paper Creators. The papers are Studio Light Scandinavian, dies are Memory Box and Joy snowflakes used with aqua glitter card. I also used some lovely aqua pearls from The Hobby House and my fave pearl pen.

Challenges
Paper Creators Christmas 
Winter Wonderland Lots of layers (at least 4)
Simon Says Monday at the movies (The Snowman)

We have been away for a couple of days to Clacton. We stayed overnight Sunday night, had a lovely day at the seaside and went to a 60's show in the evening. Then on Monday we went to the outlets and came home in the afternoon. A nice little break away in a busy month.

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Christmas jumper


I just couldn't wait to use this fun new image from Janet at Pink Gem. Ernie looks a little sheepish in his jumper doesn't he. I think it's fab.
Image - Pink Gem Christmas Ernie
Medium - Copics
Papers - Echo Park Keepin' Cozy
Dies - Joy mittens and hat, MFT stitched scalloped edger
Sentiment - LOTV
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges
Creative Inspirations anything goes 
Winter Wonderland lots of layers (at least 4) 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
CCAYR Monochrome 
Paper Creators Christmas 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

In the pub


This is the second of three cards published in last month's Making Cards magazine and featuring Dave from Pink Gem. Quite a simple layout for this one, the papers and the topper were enough without added embellishments. I used a MFT drippy goo die, which is suitable for so much more than just Halloween.

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

One of my favourites


I love this style of quote and card and they prove very popular on my stall too. The sentiment is Inkylicious, papers are LOTV, ribbon Crafty Ribbons and the die is a Marianne die. I also used some string and a feather, another thing I rarely use but have quite a few I have had for years, like many of you no doubt.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Gardening


Today is my 3,000th blog post and you can find my candy to celebrate on my candy page above. 

The new Making Cards magazine is in the shop today so I can start sharing my Pink Gem cards which were published last month. These digis of Dave make such great cards for men.

Image - Pink Gem Gardening Dave
Papers - MME
Dies - Marianne watering can, MB snail

Challenges
The Craft Barn things men like to do on bank holidays
Ribbon Girl a card

I have an extra day at the hospital shop today so an early start, catch you later.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Purrfect together


Isn't this such a cute stamp and has only been inked once when I first got it and made a sample for LOTV's shop. Another one used out of my inked pile and a second inspiration card for the LOTV FB challenge of animals.
Image and sentiment - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME
Dies - Whimsy fence, MB tree
Ribbon - stash
Scrim - B&Q

Challenges
Simon Says stamp it
Simon Says Monday stamp it
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Fab n Funky fall colours

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Wedding bouquet


An all white card today and a perfect Wedding card for those who don't want cute. I die cut the Papermania stamped sentiment , added a doily, some flowers from Wild Orchid, white velvet ribbon and white pearl hearts.

Challenges
Dream Valley monochrome 
Allsorts new beginnings 
Sweet Stampin' Weddings/anniversaries/love

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Carol's Birthday


I made this card for one of my friends I met through blogging, Carol, and was delighted when she and her hubby moved to Suffolk last year. I know this is her favourite colour and she likes shabby chic.
Sentiment - LOTV
Die - Lawn Fawn stitched square
Papers - Echo Park 
Burlap with lace - Ebay
Flowers - Hobbycraft
Gauze and enamel dots

Challenges
Noor! Design UK flowers and lace 

Exciting day today as we are going to pick up our new car. Well new to us, but only 4 years old, the newest car we have ever had.  Hubby is very excited.

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Monday, 5 September 2016

James again


Yes it's sweet james again but this time I have used one of the LOTV art pads, now discontinued. I used an X cut oval die and trimmed it straight at one side for a change.  The fab tartan paper is Dovecraft winter blooms, the sentiment is LOTV. I found the ribbon in a local shop whilst at the coast for the day, well who can reisst a shop that sells a few crafty bits. I added shabby white frantage to some lasercut snowflakes from Creative Embellishments, a doily and used my pearl pen.

Challenges
Paper Creators Christmas 
Crafting by Designs anything goes 
Simon Says anything goes
The Ribbon Girl a card

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

It's raining again


I found this shaped card in my stash and thought I should use it. The papers are MME Nostalgia, can you tell they are on the top of the pile in one of the drawers? I am trying to use the last few sheets. I love the colours of these papers but I do hate having just a few left in a pad, taking up valuable room. I used one of the Hobby House topper. These really are coloured well. The image is Elisabeth Bell of course, one of my favourite artists. I added a Craftwork card sentiment, some flowers from my stash and some pretty patterned BRADS! yes, how many of you have brads in your collection that haven't seen the light of day for a long time.

Challenges
Elisabeth Bell's World make a splash
Crafting by Designs anything goes 
Simon Says anything goes

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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Mum's Birthday


We have a very easy challenge for you this time at A Gem of a Challenge and that is ribbon, lace or twine. I made this card for my Mum for her Birthday. She loves gardening especially since she moved into her new bungalow she also loves having a bath in the evening. These pre coloured Molly images from Pink Gem were perfect for my Z fold card. I used LOTV Always and forever papers and ribbons from Crafty Ribbons. Along with my lovely new MFT stitched scallop edge die I used an old Crealie leaf die with flowers from Wild Orchid. I added Wink of Stella pen to the bubbles and flowers but of course you can't see the sparkle.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
The Paper Shelter make it digital

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Simply James


Time for a new challenge for LOTV Facebook and our challenge this month is Animals. I love this simple James image which I coloured with Copics. One of the magazines I design for asks me to make A6 cards with a top fold and I really like this size and decided to start making a few of these to sell. I wanted to keep the design simple so this smaller size was perfect. I used Simple Stories snap life papers and added some doodling and enamel dots. The image was cut with an old Spellbinders die I haven't used for ages. I tend to use my newer stitched dies so I must try to use some of these older ones more often.

Challenges
Crafting by designs anything goes 
Simon Says anything goes 
ABC O is for Open

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Last car for a while


Anything goes with ribbon for our new challenge at Crafty Ribbons. This is actually the last of three cards I made for Making Cards magazine but as I used some lovely Crafty Ribbons ribbon on it I am using it for my DT inspiration for the new challenge. The image is LOTV coloured with Copics and die cut with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die. The gear was die cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die and I added some Tim Holtz metal gears.

Challenges
The Craft Barn What men like to do on bank holidays 
Allsorts at least 2 dies
Country View travel

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Black and white Christmas


I thought I would try something a little different with this card, not sure I have ever made a black and white Christmas card before. I inked the Inkylicious sentiment with white ink on black card and diecut it with a MFT wonky stitched oval, embossed the background and added the ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I used Memory Box stitched snowflake dies and added some pearls. After it was made I wished I had used spray and sparkle on the sentiment so I used a Wink of Stella clear pen instead. Does the sparkle show, of course not! it looks lovely and sparkly in real life.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Christmas in August 
Dream Valley monochrome 
Creative Inspirations Christmas in August 
Winter Wonderland white plus one 
Allsorts at least 2 dies 
Simon Says Monday It's a stitch up (stitched dies) 
Sweet Stampin' no designer papers

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Feeling poorly?


Sorting through my never used printed digi images I came across some of Chester from Pollycraft. These are now available at Little Miss Muffet. I am trying to boost my stock of different occasion cards so you may well see more get well cards cropping up soon.

Image - Poorly Chester (now available at Little Miss Muffet)
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Nostalgia
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 10
Punch - Fiskars banner
Sentiment - Stamposaurus
Other - enamel dots

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Incy Wincy get well/sympathy 
As you like it favourite shaped cardbase (Although I mainly make square cards I absolutely love making cards with this die, they have to be my favourite shaped cards)