Saturday, 21 July 2018

Let's play golf

Time for a new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and it is Summertime/Holiday. I went for something a litle different from my usual cute Pink Gem image and chose an older stamp. The papers are First Edition Grand Plans. I used MFT sun and stitched border dies. I added some card candi and a golf tee charm.

We went out with friends for a carvery last night and a catch up after our holiday.  This morning we are hoping to get some gardening done. I hope it isn't going to be too hot this weekend. 

Friday, 20 July 2018


I couldn't resist buying a couple more Card-io stamp sets at Doncaster last weekend. These stamps are from the Starstruck set. Although they are designed as a Christmas set coming with a star and a deer I would use some of the animals for other occasions. I used a MFT stencil for my hill, colouring the sky using a dry wet wipe and a blue ink pad. I added some little snow dots and crooses with a white gel pen. I then stamped the animals and sentiment. Now I actually bought the sentiment stamps from someone on Facebook. She had never used them and I was lucky to spot them as I almost bought them at Doncaster and as she was selling them cheaper I couldn't resist.   I added a little silver glitter acrylic pain to the snow.

One of the things I love with crafting is that when something doesn't work out there is often a way round it. I stamped the star with white ink and it hardly showed so I stamped over it with Versamark and heat embossed it gold. I still wasn't happy so I used the same shaped star in a Memory Box die with gold glitter card and added it on top. 

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Watering the flowers

I was commissioned to make a fairy card for Crafts Beautiful and chose one of the latest LOTV images. We have been watering the garden every day as it is so long since we had any rain. Some days have been far too hot for my liking.

So onto my card. She has been coloured with Copics and I added some little pearls. The papers are LOTV digi ones, lace from Crafty Ribbons. The sentiment stamp is LOTV and the flowers were diecut with a Memory Box die. I cut the flowers in white and coloured them with Copics, adding them to the green diecut stems.  The butterfly die is from Joy.

Crafteezee Summer 
Stamping Sensations In my garden
Crafty Calendar totally girly 
Dies R Us Birthdays

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

More new gifts

As my fairy doors are so popular when I spotted these new fairy house money boxes to decorate I thought I would buy 4 to try.

The base was coloured with Rustoleum chalk paints and I then used various makes of sparkle pen and Zig Woodcraft pens. I wish you could see the sparkle on them which really shows up at night under the lights. 

I bought the wooden fairies at Doncaster from Dreamees and coloured the wings with sparkle pens and added them to the roofs. I knew I wanted to have flowers and leaves climbing up the front and remembered I had the leaf ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and I added some of my favourite flowers from Wild Orchid.

Crafteezee Summer 
Allsorts flowers all over

Monday, 16 July 2018

Bringing presents

Another of the new LOTV stamps today, coloured with Copics of course.  I do enjoy the challenge of making a cas card sometimes. The banners were made frm paper scraps using the MFT pierced banner dies. The sentiment is one of the new LOTV ones. I threaded a wooden heart button with baker's twine, something that was everywhere a few years ago but a lot of people don't use it so much now. I love it and have lots of different colours, as you do when you discover something.

ABC Christmas O is for on (bird on the presents)
As you like it favourite celebration (Christmas is definitely mine. I love making Christmas cards and love everything about Christmas, the tree, decorations, Christmas movies and TV specials and the joy of the whole celebration.)

Sunday, 15 July 2018

More fairy doors

I know you may have seen some of these on my blog before but these were some of the latest ones I have made. They always come out differently as it depends what I find to embellish them with. The coral is a new colour and both these sold so more to be made. I found the wooden fairies on Ebay and used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen for the wings. The toadstools are also from Ebay and I used Copic sparkle pens on those. I bought the little signs at a show some time ago and wrote various things on them. The wooden wreaths are from Hobbycraft and flowers from Wild Orchid.

I would like to enter these into the flowers all over challenge at Allsorts.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Crafting Live!

We have been away in Yorkshire since Monday, staying in a cottage just outside Skipton.  We had a lovely time, though neither of us like the heat so it was a bit too hot at times. Thankfully we were staying in a converted barn which was pretty cool. We love Yorkshire, fabulous scenery, love the hills, so unlike Norfolk. I will start catching up on some blog commenting as soon as I can.  Last night we were at a Premier Inn in Doncaster as today I am off to Crafting Live at Doncaster Racecourse. I haven;t been her for a couple of years so am really looking forward to it as it is a big show. The plan is for hubby to come in with me as I got 2 free tickets and we will have a coffee and I will quickly get some of the things on my need list like coloured card.  He is then planning to go to an aircraft museum nearby whilst I browse, chat and see what else I fancy buying.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Hello ladybird

I couldn't resist buying a few digis from Lee Holland's Etsy shop as he has a half price sale on until 15th. I bought a set of 3 hedgehog stamps and this is the first one I have used.  I have used Copics and chalk for the sky.  The papers are Bo Bunny. I diecut the mushroom border from kraft card and coloured with Copics and a white gel pen.  The dies are MFT stitched domes, CC designs mushroom border and Memory Box aboscello tree.  The sentiment is LOTV.

Stamping Sensations In my garden 
Dies R Us anything goes (Memory Box die)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Bunny stocking

Sharing another of the samples I made for the LOTV launch shows on Hochanda. The image has been coloured with Copics and fussy cut. The papers are Bo Bunny Altitude. Dies used are Go Kreate frilly squares 10 and MFT pierced banners.  The sentiment is one of the new swirly ones. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I used a Woodware punch for the leaves.  The wooden heart was coloured with a Spectrum Noir moonstone sparkle pen.  I bought a few of these after reviews on FB that they are better than Wink of Stella pens and I am impressed with them as they are very sparkly.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


Well one thing we haven't been lately is frozen. Some days have been lovely, others far too hot for me. I took these photos at Disney Springs in Orlando a couple of years ago and wanted to create a Frozen scrapbook page. We went to the sing a long show at Hollywood Studios which was great fun. The audience sang their hearts out to Let It Go, all except poor hubby who had a sore throat. 

I rarely buy scrapbook sets but I loved this one from My Paper Studios which I bought in America. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, everything else is from the kit, apart from the journalling.

I would like to enter this into the O is for On challenge at ABC Christmas. They are on the ice and Olaf is on top of lots of Olafs.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Hippo Birthday

I love both rubber and digi stamps. One of the big advantages of digis is being able to resize them which I have done here. These are two of the new DSB stamps designed for LOTV and they will be available from LOTV from tomorrow.  As soon as I saw them I knew they would go perfectly together so I reduced them, merged them and added the sentiment which comes with them.

They have been coloured with Copics. I used a MFT stencil and chalk for the sky. The papers are MFT tiny check brights. I used a MFT wonky stitched rectangle, Joy banner and Die-Versions celebrate banner dies.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Dies R Us (Die-versions die).

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Little Mermaid brings exciting news

I have a new digi to share with you today from Digistamp Boutique. She is one of three new mermaids designed for tomorrow's launch of DSB at Lili of the Valley. I was delighted when I saw that LOTV were taking on DSB. Sally-Ann who owns DSB wants to concentrate on designing and leave the business side to others and the images fit very well with LOTV. I coloured her with Copics and used a Wink of Stella clear brush pen on her tail to add some sparkle. Now here I had a lucky accident as a large blob of sparkle landed on the tail so I quickly swished it over and got a better sparkle than I expected.  The sentiment is part of the set.  I wanted to keep it simple so coloured the bubbles with a Spectrum Noir moonstone sparkle pen and added some sparkly enamel dots I bought in The Works just the other day, a lucky find.  The backing paper is First Edition Beyond The Shore.

I have a day alone today as hubby is out on powerboat rescue all day. Lots of crafting to get done today and a few odd jobs no doubt.  Poldark tonight, hope it isn't as sad as last week's episode.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Barclay with star

Another simple Christmas card from me today. This one is for our challenge at A Gem of a Challenge where I have the pleasure of hosting and I have chosen the theme of teddy bears.  I decided to use the precoloured Barclay with Star and teamed him with some gorgeous paper which needed very little embellishing. It is Kaisercraft silver bells and I hope you can see how shiny the snowflakes are. I added fun flock to his hat and layered some MFT snowflakes cut from silver glitter card. The sentiment comes from the paper pack.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Christmas love

If you watched the second LOTV Hochanda show you will have seen this card on there. I really love the simplicity of this design. Coloured with Copics with a little gold pen on the reindeer's outfit.  I simply diecut one of the new swirly sentiments and added some hearts from Hobbycraft.

ABC Christmas O is for On 
Simon Says red and white 
The Paper Shelter celebrate! 
As you like it favourite celebration (no prizes for knowing mine is Christmas. I love making all cards but Christmas cards are definitely my favourite to make and I make them all year round.)

Welcome to my new followers. Thank you so much for following me. I hope you will come back often and leave me some comments. I always appreciate knowing people have visited.

Chores and gardening this morning then off to the coast for a walk, meal and a 60's concert.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

In the garden

I haven't had much time for crafting recently with so many craft fairs and samples to make for the LOTV launch. So I made a quick card which looks like it took much longer than it actually did. Now you are probably thinking I stamped all the different elements on this card but in fact it is a beautiful new digi from Digistamp Boutique. All I did was add the sentiment in the top corner. The set includes the sentiments and images in different colours.  I used a black card blank and simply added some Joy diecut foliage and a Memory Box diecut dragonfly to which I added some sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella pen.

I would like to enter the in my garden challenge at Stamping Sensations and anything goes using a die company we stock at Dies R Us (Memory Box)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


Last Thursday when I had my usual crafternoon and evening as hubby was out volunteering on rescue at the powerboat club I decided to create a couple of scrapbook layouts. I started the year well but haven't made any for ages. I have almost finished my large theme park scrapbook so I am planning to concentrate on getting that one finished.

This was taken at Universal Studios, Orlando outside the Beetlejuice show. He was posing for photos with some of his dancers and Graham decided to have his photo taken with them. I found the backing paper in my stash. The title letters are American Thickers. I wanted to keep the layout simple so added some chevron washi tape and some stickers from my scrapbook stash. The diamonds were made with a Tim Holtz die and I was going to throw away the waste ones when I thought they looked good around the picture.

Off to meet my Mum for lunch in the city today and Graham has an osteopath appointment. He doesn't have any particular pain at the moment thank goodness, this is for a three month check sonce he went for a back problem.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Present for the robin

Yes, another sample I made for the LOTV TV launch yesterday.  I have scheduled this post si I don't know if any of my cards were shown, I hope so. As well as the gorgeous new images they are also relaunching a few of the older images and this lovely young lady is one of them. I coloured her with Copics and paper pieced her outfit adding some shading with Copics. 

I also used fun flock on her dress and hat. The papers are Bo Bunny. I used a Doohickey fence and Marianne birds dies and some new Impression Obsession birdhouse dies I bought in The Craft Barn sale.  I have various birdhouses but always wanted this set which also has another different shaped die and 50% off was too good an offer to miss.  I distressed the edges ad added some silver acrylic paint to the snow and fence. The sentiment is another of the new ones which were part of the launch.  I will be entering this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Time to get some chores done this morning and out for coffee with friends this afternoon.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Launch Day

It's launch day for the new LOTV Christmas stamps in both rubber and digi. They will be on Hochanda at 11am and 3pm. They have the exclusive to them for two weeks and then they will be available to buy from LOTV. The rubber stamps may not last too long though.

This little cutie is one of a few new angel images. I went for a distressed look, creating an aperture with a MFT die. She has been coloured with Copics with sparkle on her wings of course. The paper is a new one from Hobbycraft. I added some cheesecloth and lace from Crafty Ribbons.  I punched the stars from Core-dinations and sanded them back.  The sentiments I have been using are all new as well as part of the launch.

I shall miss the shows as I am selling at the hospital shop today but I have the recorder set so I can watch when I get home.

I would like to enter the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

3rd sneak peek

Are you enjoying the samples the LOTV DT are showing you on their blogs and Facebook? I made a gift bag using this cute teddy bear image.

I coloured the stamp with Copics. The paper is a LOTV digi one, lace from stash, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. The holly die is a memory Box one which I cut in two.  I am entering the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

I have my recorder set for the two shows on Hochanda tomorrow at 11am and 3pm as I am out all day selling at the hospital shop which I shall be setting up this morning. Time for a rest from craft fairs for a while then.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Another sneak peek

Yes, another of the cute new stamps launching on Hochanda on 2 July (see yesterday's post).  I coloured the image with Copics and diecut it using a MFT wonky stitched rectangle die.  The sentiment is from one of the two new sets and I used a blue sparkle pen on it. The backing paper is from a new Hobbycraft pack. I found some pretty striped glitter card in my stash and used various dies to cut some trees. The snowflakes were cut using a Tonic punch and white glitter card.  I added some snow using a Viva pearl pen.  

I am at a craft fair all day today, hope it isn't too hot.  It is a venue I haven't done for several years so hope it will be worthwhile. When I get home I shall be linking to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Exciting new launch

If you are a Lili of the Valley fan you will no doubt be aware that they have their first Christmas release of the year on Hochanda on Monday 2 July. I will be out all day so have set my recorder for the two shows. There are so many gorgeous cute images and I feel so lucky to be on the design team and given the chance to play with them and make samples for the shows.

This is my favourite of the new images as I do love penguins and these two are just so adorable, all wrapped up, just like me in the Winter. I coloured them with Copics. The sentiment is part of a new set too and I added some colour with a Copic sparkle pen. I made a frame using a Go Kreate frilly squares die set and red spotted card. The backing paper is a LOTV digi one.  I added some fun flock and glitter.

Now the really exciting news is that the launch will be available as digis and also rubber stamps, which I know will please a lot of people.  I do hope you manage to catch the shows, Look out for lots more samples over the next few days. If you love cute you will love these new stamps.

I would like to enter anything goes at Simon Says and going digital at The Paper Shelter.

Thursday, 28 June 2018


We had a good day at the craft fair yesterday. I hope to get a few more cards made before the next one on Saturday. This is the last of the Birthday cards I had to send this month.  Time to make July's, only two towards the end of the month so plenty of time yet.  I bought this Penny Black stamp a while ago and have been saving it to use for a guy who loves golf. Coloured with Copics and teamed with MME Lime Twist papers. I used Lawn Fawn stitched circle and rolling hills dies. The large sentiment is from Stamposaurus and I just added some baker's twine.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


When I saw the challenge at As you like it was your favourite type of embossing I thought how much I love heat embossing and don't do enough of it.I love the way the magic happens when you heat the embossing powder and it melts and looks so pretty.

I got a new set of oriental Card-io stamps and the branch was just right for what I wanted. I made a similar card last year with pink and blue snowflakes but for this one I used gold embossing powder. It looks so shiny and gold but that doesn't come across in the photo. The deer s from the Card-io deer deer set. I used chunky white enamel embossing powder which has to be heated carefully from underneath otherwise it flies everywhere,  i used a MFT stencil for the hilly shape and a blue ink pad. The Martha Stewart crystal glitter has never been used before and I really like it. I wanted to add some colour so layered it onto red card and used the large Memory Box sentiment die, another die which I really like but which I don't use that much as it is so big.

Early start for the hospital craft fair today so will link up later.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Sweet Treats

Well this is a rare occurrence, I am posting this live. Normally I schedule my posts in advance but I have been so busy with other things, sewing, LOTV samples for Hochanda shows next Monday and magazine work that I haven't had time to make anything else to share on here. 

I wanted to play along with the sweet treats challenge at Allsorts and found this yummy Hobby House topper in my stash. It was already diecut but I wanted to soften the edges so used Tattered Rose DI on the edges. The papers are some old LOTV Dress Shoppe ones. I added a doily, enamel dots, lace from Crafty Ribbons and some bunting from my stash, some of which has cakes on it. I found the most appropriate sentiment amongst some sentiment stickers I have had for years,

I would also like to enter the anything goes challenge at The Ribbon Girl and bright and cheerful at Simon Says.

I shall be scheduling my post for tomorrow later today as I am out early tomorrow for the hospital craft fair. I have my first LOTV Christmas samples scheduled from Friday. You are going to love the new images and they will be in rubber as well as digi, which I know will please many of you.

It seems much fresher this morning, certainly last night was cooler, so hope it won't be as hot as yesterday. The poor garden desperately needs some rain. Watering every night is getting to be a bit of a bind and not as effective as a good rainfall.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Christmas bauble

Yes, more sewing today. Do you realise 6 months today will be Christmas Eve! Isn't that a shocking thought. Am I half way through my Christmas makes, of course not, but I am making good progress. I saw an idea on the Papercrafter page on Facebook for some felt baubles and thought I would adapt the idea, as I always do. I watched the you tube video and the demonstrator had cut a piece of felt in a zigzag to represent the trees but I didn't want to do this. I like to use dies wherever I can.

I used a circle die for the bauble, hill and tree dies, then did running stitch on the snow. I then sewed on some tiny buttons, added the ribbon and blanket stitched around the edge. I filled the bauble, but not as much as the animals I sew as I didn't want it too puffy.  I am rather pleased with the way it turned out and will be making some more of these along with all my other sewing projects.

I would like to enter this into the bright and cheerful challenge at Simon Says.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Sailor bear

Time for a new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and our theme is red, white and blue. I used one of my fave bear images, Pirate Barclay. I used the precoloured digi and teamed him with some old Papermania Ahoy There papers. The banner die is Joy and the mini nautical dies are Impression Obsessions.

Simon Says bright and cheerful 
Dies R Us Summertime fun

I am trying out a new venue this morning at a farmer's and craft market. The organiser is a fellow cardmaker and blogger and we went to have a look last month. I am just taking my gifts to sell as it wouldn't be fair to her to take my cards. Set up is from 8.30 and the market is from 9.30-12.30. It isn't far from us so will be back home early afternoon. I have signed up for 5 of these this year so will see how they go.

Friday, 22 June 2018

More sewing

Last weekend when we went to the rose festival there were some craft stalls and I always enjoy seeing what other crafters make.  There was a lady there who makes lots of machine sewn items and she had some glasses cases for sale.  I didn't like the material she had used, the machine stitching nor the slanted tops though they were perfectly made.  I thought I could make some prettier handsewn ones and here are the first three I made. I have a very boring grey felt one which came with my glasses and I do find it handy to slip in my handbag when I go to the hairdressers or on holiday. I have a lovely Gorjuss Girl hard case on my dressing table I use every day.

So I measured my felt one and cut some felt the same size. I then cut some pretty materials 1" bigger all round, turned in the edges and sewed them together. So they look pretty and have a practical felt lining to protect the glasses.  I have several more cut out and once I have a few more made one will be replacing my grey felt case.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Carol singers

Well my samples will be going off in the post tomorrow and I should be able to start sharing some of them with you soon. I can't wait as they really are so cute. As is my card today using an old Digistamp Boutique image, coloured with Copics. The papers are LOTV digi krafty Christmas. I used a Tonic snowflake punch and a Joy lamppost die. The sentiment is from my favourote LOTV grunge Christmas set. I added shading with DI vintage photo.

ABC Christmas M is for mice 

I am off for a dentist check up this morning. I have had an occasional twinge in one of my back teeth so fingers crossed it is nothing and I don't need a filling.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Time for Tea

I am still on my mission to use up some of my supplies so I thought I would take a look through some diecuts and came across a part used pack of Pebbles diecuts which I got when I was on a DT. I love using teacups and teapots but unfortunately I don't like drinking tea, coffee for me please.

The papers are Bo Bunny double dot damask. I made a frame out of patterned card using two Go Kreate frilly square 9 dies. I really like the effect so no doubt you will see one of these again. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I added some enamel dots. I had an email from Wild Orchid that their Summer sale is on so I will be checking my flower boxes and seeing what I need.

Simon Says frame it 
Crafty Calendar 3 of something (3 diecuts) 
As you like it Favourite card shape (mine is definitely square for its symmetry and the fact it seems to work best for so many styles of card)

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Watering the flowers

Another Birthday card for another friend, June has been a busy month for Birthdays and Anniversaries.  This is another of the three Penny Black stamps I just bought and this made me smile as it suits my friend perfectly. Whereas we like a cottage garden look with different heights and plants growing through each other my friend ends to plant small flowers with lots of earth showing, Also their hose doesn't reach their front garden so they have to relay watering cans round to the front garden.

So I coloured the image with Copics, the paper is First Edition Mulberry Kisses. The fence dies is one of my favourites from Doohickey. I used Memory Box cloud dies and stamped a Little Claire sentiment onto the largest one. The butterflies were made with Crafts Too dies.

A couple of people commented on my last PB post that they take the rubber stamp off the wood. I know it makes it easier to store but part of the charm for me is the wood with the pictures. It would be like storing other stamps without their packets which I couldn't do either.  

The Ribbon Girl anything goes option Summer 
Creative Inspirations here comes the Sun! 
The Paper Shelter ribbons, buttons or pearls
Dies R Us Summertime fun