Monday, 18 February 2019

Snow friends


My first Christmas card this month, oh dear, need to get some more made. Another first use of this stamp which is odd considering it has two of my Christmas faves, a snowman and a penguin, what more could you want. I loved making this card. I think it is so much better to make a Christmas card every now and again rather than leaving them all until later in the year.

Image - LOTV North Pole stamp set
Medium - Copics
Papers - Wild Rose Frosty Lace
Dies - MFT wonky stitched oval, Joy trees
Sentiment - LOTV
Other - shabby white frantage, fun flock

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Another cute bunny


Yes another bunny today but this time it is one of four new images from Lee Holland, which you can buy from the Lee Holland digi shop. This would cheer anyone up who is felling poorly. I know some of you are suffering colds, viruses or chest infections and I hope you are better soon. A friend of mine has been in bed most of the week with a severe chest infection. We are still not fully recovered. There are some days when we feel pretty much ok and others when we feel tired and it is a struggle to do anything. The coughs are much better though still not completely gone. 

So back to my card
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny secret garden
Dies - Joy flowers, MFT fringed scallops and Go Kreate frilly 10

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Blogger commenting and Google +

I am still having problems some days where people have embedded comments on their blogs. I am not alone as I have seen other bloggers having the same issue. I do my commenting on my Ipad and it may just be an issue on tablets and phones. If you have embeded comments please change them to a pop up box by going to settings and comments.

Another issue is Google+. I don’t use it but I notice some commenters do as when I have clicked on their names it takes me to Google+. I can’t comment on posts on there. I have also seen messages that Google+ is disappearing so if you use it then the suggestion is that you switch to blogger.

Back tomorrow with a card.

Enjoy your weekend x

Friday, 15 February 2019

Green fairy


I thought I would have a change from the new LOTV stamps and use another of the new fairy coloured art sheets to make a quicker card. As I had the Crate Paper Farmhouse papers out the other day I cut some for another layout and this fairy matched perfectly. I diecut her with an MFT wonky stitched circle die.  he sentiment is from the LOTV teenage girl set and I used old EK flower punches.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Spring has sprung (we wish)


Daffodils and lambs, definitely Springtime images. This is another card made using some of the new LOTV stamps launching this month. The three stamps are from the Spring Sweeties stamp set and work well together. I coloured with Copics and added some doodling. The backing paper is MFT and I found the perfect matching colour flowers in my stash.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Another sneak peek


My desk is so full of cute images and I just want to use them all. This is another of the new Spring Sweeties from LOTV launching at the end of the month.  The sentiment is also from the set. After yesterday's colourful card I have gone for a pastel and shabby chic look today.

Papers - Anna Marie Blissful Pink
Medium - Copics
Die - Crafts Too butterflies
Other - cheesecloth, ribbon and lace

It was so lovely to have that massage and facial yesterday after feeling so poorly for so long. I really felt good afterwards, more so than I usually do. Going into Norwich today as hubby needs a haircut so a bit of retail therapy and a nice lunch out.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Bunnies in pots


Another sneak peek from the new LOTV stamp release.  These are two separate stamps plus one of the sentiments from the Spring Sweeties stamp sheet. They will also be available as individual digi images.  I just couldn't resist using them both as they look so sweet looking at each other. 

Medium - Copics
Papers - Crate Paper Framhouse
Punches - EK success flowers
Other - pearl flowers and Wild Honey distress ink

My cold is finally on the way out, with the virus before it I have been poorly for the last month or so. I am only coughing a little bit and looking forward to when that goes completely. A nice pamper this afternoon with a back massage and facial.

Monday, 11 February 2019

LOTV sneak peek number one


Have you spotted the sneak peeks appearing on blogs and Facebook from the Lili of the Valley design team? They are all cute animals and although they are all gorgeous this one might just be my favourite. There will be four sets of rubber stamps and they will also be available as digis so something to please everyone as art sheets will also be coming out but no date for those yet. The stamps will be launched at Make It Farnborough show on 22 Feb and they will be on sale at the end of February.

I added one of the sentiment stamps which comes as part of the rubber stamp Fluffy Birthday set. I kept the layout very simple, colouring with Copics and using Lawn Fawn puffy cloud dies with MFT papers.  I will be sharing more of these cuties and will have a cute bunny card tomorrow.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

First Lee Holland DT card


I am so pleased to have joined the new DT for Lee Holland Illustrations as I love his cute digis. This is love bugs and can be bought singly or as part of a bundle. I coloured them with Copics and added some clouds using a MFT small cloud stencil. I should have coloured them a bit darker but only decided to add the clouds after I had put the card together so it was a bit awkward using the stencil. 

The papers are MFT and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. I added some wooden leaves and hearts from Hobbycraft and flowers from Wild Orchid.  The sentiment is from Stamposaurus.

You can find Lee's digis at Lee Holland digi shop and you will find lots more inspiration from the DT at  Lee Holland Facebook page.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

The last Jasmine for a while


This is the last of the four coloured art sheet Jasmine cards. This time I used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die, MFT papers and pierced banner die, LOTV  teenage girl sentiment and some card candi.

Short and sweet post today.

Friday, 8 February 2019

To have and to hold


Rummaging through my printed images I found this one from All Dressed Up which I have onky used once before. Coloured with Copics and diecut with a stitched die from The Works. The papers are Nitwits Romance and Roses. I used a Doohickey lace border die and a Gummiapan double heart die. The sentiment ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Fairy Lily Magic


I have another card using one of the coloured art sheets from Lili of the Valley. This is also available as a stamp called Fairy Lily Magic. I used one of my fave MFT wonky stitched dies, MFT paper and a square doily. The Memory Box precious star die has been out again along with a sentiment die and a star punch.

So hubby's virus turned onto a cold a week or so ago and guess what, so has mine now. I don't feel too bad but still coughing a bit and now I have a runny nose too. Roll on Spring. Talking of which there are some adorable new stamps coming out at the end of the month from LOTV. I have them ready to colour so expect sneak peeks soon. They are sooooooooooo cute.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Looking good


I have another of the Jasmine cards using the new coloured art sheet. The papers are MFT again and I used MFT wonky stitched circle and stitched jumbo banner dies. I used a very old Martha Stewart flower punch and a Fiskars tag punch. I also used some of my neglected card candi and a teenage girl sentiment from LOTV.  The MFT paper pads are certainly getting some use at the moment, I just love the colours and neat designs.

I am excited as tonight we going to a special event at a local independent department store to see one of my favourite crime authors, Elly Griffiths. We have the VIP package so will be having drinks and bowl food before she gives a talk and personally signs her new hardback which is officially launched tomorrow.  This is no 10 in one of the series she writes, which is set in Norfolk. I have read them all, so has my Mum. Graham doesn't read anywhere near as much as me but he is doing well, being on book 7 of this series.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Cute mice


It was my friend Lynsey's Wedding Anniversary on Sunday and this is the card I made for them.  Another stamp I haven't used before. The image was stamped and waiting to be coloured. I am doing quite well so far working my way through my box of stamped images.  I coloured it with Copics and added some doodling. The papers are MFT again and I used some MFT border dies, Gummiapan heart dies and a Marianne heart balloon die. The sentiment is from a Stamposaurus set.

Monday, 4 February 2019

New Lily art sheet


I said yesterday I would tell you more about our Sunday. Well we went to Potters Resort which you may have read about before on my blog. It is less than an hour away from us and we love staying there. We had a hotel room and saw a 60's show in the evening - The Fourmost, The Merseybeats and the Upbeat Beatles tribute band. There are so many activities to enjoy. We particularly like playing table tennis and the quizzes. We always have a fun time and the meals are lovely.

So my card today features one of the coloured art sheets from LOTV starring their new image, Lily the fairy. After my neat Jasmine cards I went for a distressed look sing some old Mulberry Kisses papers from First Edition. I found the cotton ribbon in my stash, used MFT wonky stitched oval and Joy butterfly dies, the latter with sanded Core'dinations. The flowers are from Wild Orchid.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

New Home and a New Die


i made this for one of my crafting friends who has just moved house. She likes CAS cards and yellow so I kept it simple. The papers are MFT and I used a new die I bought just before Christmas. I saw it on Carole Pollard's blog and liked the quirky shape and embossed detail. I thnk it is meant to be for Christmas but I would use it any time. I am also thinking I could cut some of the branches off and use it as a sign post. The image is one of a trio of digis from LOTV which I diecut with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and coloured with Copics.  The sentiment I found stamped in my stash but I think is from LOTV.

We have a fun day planned, more on that tomorrow.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Relaxing


This is the second of the cards I have made using the new LOTV coloured Jasmine art sheet.  I have the stamps set but it was nice to use a coloured image for a quicker card. The papers are MFT, flower die Nellie Snellen, pierced banner die MFT, sentiment LOTV teenage girls and I added some enamel dots. 

It's been very cold here with just a light dusting of snow a few times that froze on the garden and shed roofs but that is all.  Hope you are all staying warm. Glad I am not in mid west America, the weather there is awful.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Elephant for Crafts Beautiful


The new issue of Crafts Beautiful is in the shops and this is the card I made for it. I love the cute elephant which is one of Lee Holland's digis. You can find them at the Lee Holland digi shop.  I used MFT hearts and stripes papers and added an Inkylicious sentiment. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Hobbycraft.  The pretty die is from Swedish House Crafts and is Gummiapan Inversus.

We are having our heating serviced this morning then will probably go out for coffee and some shopping then maybe some crafting.

I was delighted to see my card on the front cover again.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Silent Night


The last day of January and I have managed to make three Christmas cards this month. Not too bad considering I didn't do much crafting when I was so poorly earlier this month. I seem to be in a distressing mood at the moment with a lot of my cards. I sprayed the coloured art sheet image (from the Girlie Christmas sheet), with iridescent spray and sparkle. The papers are the new ones I treated myself to last week. Wild Rose Frosted Lace. I added some glitter washi tape, a LOTV grungy Christmas sentiment which I coloured with weathered wood DI and some white flowers from Hobbycraft.  I used an old Memory Box precious stars die and a Woodware holly punch.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Always follow the music of your heart


I was asked to make some samples using the new art sheets from LOTV. I love these Jasmine images and really enjoy colouring the stamps but of course the coloured art sheets do make for quicker cards. I have two sets of the art sheets so am making two the same of each image, one for Prima Rosa to sell and one for me to sell. I took some cards in there yesterday and wait to see how they will sell.

I used a couple of he MFT paper pads. MFT are some are some of my favourites as I love the colours and small patterns and they go so well with these coloured art sheets. I used one of the teenage girl sentiments and used MFT pierced banner and music dies.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

You and Me


I got this digi a long time ago, printed it out and it has been sitting in my images box waiting to be used. I don't know why it has taken me so long as I love the image.
Image - Tiddly Inks You and Me
Medium - Copics
Papers - Nitwits Romance and Roses
Dies - Sue Wilson sentiment, Gummiapan double heart, Gummiapan Inversus (leaves)
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Other - Dovecraft 3D pearl effects, ribbon

Trip out and about today. I need to take some stock into Prima Rosa including some cards which they are going to sell. It is a lovely vintage team rooms and gift shop so we will stop for some light refreshment too. Then off to the farm shop and butchers and Tesco. Hopefully some crafting time this afternoon.  Really hoping we don't get the snow they are predicting but I do have some new snow boots I bought before Christmas.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Time for a snowman


This is only my second Christmas card this year but it is a start. I used one of the cute coloured digis from the Lee Holland digi shop. You can find details of his new digis, any special offers and inspiration on the  Lee Holland Facebook page.

I diecut the image using a wonky stitched circle die and added some pearl drops and fun flock mixed with glitter. The papers are some old Kaisercraft Letter to Santa.  I used white glitter card with one of my new Gummiapan dies from Swedish House Crafts.  I couldn't resist a new Christmas tree die especially at half price.  It is amazing how many different Christmas tree dies I have but I do use them a lot.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Elephant anniversary


When I saw this new digi from Pink Gem I couldn't resist using it to make a couple of Anniversary cards. I decided I am going to make two cards exactly the same sometimes so that I will have one to sell at fairs and one to take into Prima Rosa where they will be selling my cards.  The image is called Valentine elephants and you can but it at the  Pink Gem digi shop.  I used the precoloured one but you also get a black and white outline one to colour.

The paper is MFT, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, pearl trim from The Hobby House, roses from Wild Orchid, double heart die is Gummiapan from Swedish House Crafts. Their Gummiapan dies are all half price at the moment.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Champagne in the bath


I still have several of the old Lili of the Valley coloured diecuts in my stash and am determined to use some of them this year. So far I have been very frugal with my crafty purchases. I did buy some half price dies from Swedish House Crafts this week and a stamp and paper pad from a local craft shop. I am on a mission to use a lot more older stuff this year.

So my papers are Crafter's Companion vintage Wedding. I added some burlap with lace from Ebay and used some old punches for the flowers and a folk art heart punch from Hobbycraft. The sentiment stamp is from a very useful set from Stamposaurus.

Our builder friend is coming his morning to measure up the bathroom and look at the products we have chosen for our conversion to a shower room. Think we will be spending a day at home today.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Football and exciting news



I was asked to make a card for someone who is a huge football fan and and I remembered I had this Hunkydory topper amongst the male pack I was asked to review for them. I made a 7x7 card as the topper is so large and simply added some football ribbon and some boots which I found amongst my old stash. There was also a football on foam pads so I added that to the image.

I was delighted to be invited to join the new design team for Lee Holland Illustrations as I love his cute digis. You can see my D badge and link to Lee's shop in my sidebar. 

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Birdhouse


Another Elisabeth Bell Hobby House topper today.  I think I have the stamp of this too, an old Sugar Nellie stamp. I created a 7x7 card as the topper is quite large.  The papers are some old LOTV ones. I added some cheesecloth and a butterfly from Poundland. The dies used were a Marianne birds on a branch and Impression Obsession birdhouses.  I love making this style of card.

You may know that I sell some of my gifts in a local vintage cafe and craft shop. The person who used to sell handmade cards in there is giving up cardmaking so I have been asked if I would like to sell some of mine in there. She does sell printed cards too but I am hoping that my cards will sell in there and hopefully I will pick up some orders too.

Off to see my Mum today and go out for lunch. We should have gone last Wednesday but we were both too poorly and I didn't want my Mum to catch it.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

New Job


I am on a mission to use some of my toppers, some I have had for years and amongst them I found this Hobby House topper with an Elisabeth Bell image. Ideal for a new job card I thought and something I need to add to my stock.

The papers are Bo Bunny Double Damask. I used a LOTV sentiment, an old suitcase die from Die-versions and a Joy pocket watch die.

Out for breakfast again this morning before a long session at the hairdresser's having a cut and highlights. A good chance to read my book.  I have always loved reading and always have a book on the go.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

With a heart


I love the Gorjuss Girls as you may know but I do find them tricky to colour. I coloured her with Copics and used victorian velvet DI around the edges. The papers are MFT beautiful blooms brights. Another sentiment from my stash, some pretty ribbon and a wooden heart button.

We are off to order a new shed today and have a look at some bathroom showrooms as we want to convert our bathroom into a shower room. 

Monday, 21 January 2019

A little bird told me


My energy levels are still way down. Saturday we both took a real dip but yesterday started feeling a bit better so took ourselves out for breakfast and a little walk in the frosty sunshine. I think it will be a while before we both feel back to normal.  Thankfully the coughing is much less, hubby's cold has dried up and we are now sleeping ok.  This certainly has been a nasty virus.

So it is nice to feel up to crafting again and I am working my way through my stamped and printed images. This cutie is from Lee Holland and has been coloured with Copics. The papers are MFT trail mix. I found the sentiment in  my stash. I think t may have come from a Little Claire set.  I liked the clean lines so just added some enamel dots.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

An oldie but a goodie


I have so many images stamped or printed and I am determined to use some of them without buying new stuff. This is an old Delicious Doodles digi. I added a little colour with Nuvo glitter markers and used a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen on the snow. The papers are Dovecraft Winter Blooms, the sentiment is from another paper pack. I used a Marianne Christmas tree die with white glitter card.

My first Christmas card this year. Need to keep making a few each month.