Saturday, 20 July 2019

Cuddles on a branch

Another sample card for my next cardmaking class. This time I used my favourite shaped die, Go Kreate frilly 10 large. The coloured topper is by Wee stamps for The Hobby House. I used a mix of papers, Joy flower dies, Crafts too butterfly dies and a mix of punches.

When I scheduled this Thursday night thunderstorms were forecast for Friday night and Saturday so if that is the case a day indoors I think. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Watering the flowers

When I was asked to make a Summery Birthday card for the latest Crafts Beautiful magazine I decided to use the paper Nest Dolls stamp Avery with Watering Can from Swedish House Crafts. I coloured her with Copics and diecut her using a MFT wonky stitched oval die.  The papers are First Edition It's a girl, sentiment is from LOTV. I used Lady E flower 5 dies, Impression Obsession small leaf cluster dies and a butterfly punch from Hobbycraft.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Much better in real life

Believe me, this card looks so much better in real life. The purple is so rich and the colours very sparkly. It just wouldn't photograph well and I couldn't improve it much in photoshop. Still I know how much nicer it really is.

It's another card for my cardmaking class. I wanted to try using something they could colour with glitter pens. I used a Woodware stamp and Nuvo glitter pens. The embossing folder is an old one from Crafter's Companion I think. I added a bit of interest by using a MFT inside and out corner rounded die and a Xcut corner rounder punch. The butterflies were diecut with Joy dies.  I think they will have fun making this.  I have a selection of glitter and sparkle pens in lots of different colours for them to use along with different coloured card, twine and charms as I like them to express their individuality not just all make the same card.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Sneak peek #3

I hope you are loving these new images from Lili of the Valley as much as I am. I made a round card for a change today. I really enjoyed embellishing this one.  I wish you could see all the sparkle on it
Image - LOTV woodland crib 1
Medium - Copics
Paper - Hobbycraft frozen wishes
Dies - Sue Wilson poinsettias and leaves

I added some pearl dots for snow and coloured the grass, branch and the diecut leaves with Wink of Stella white sparkle pen.

One week on from his op and Graham is doing really well. He is able to do far more than we expected at this stage though he musn't drive, lift, stretch too far etc. A friend is taking us to line dancing today where he will just watch.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Sneak peek #2

This new digi from Lili of the Valley might just be my favourite. You will be able to buy them on 25th July. This one is called hanging stockings with Dad. I coloured it with Copics and decided to make the wallpaper striped. I did colour the floor and mousehole but it doesn' really show on here. The papers are LOTV which you can still get from Nitwits, 'twas the night. I used MFT stitched dome, Memory Box stocking a,d Lawn Fawn sentiment dies. I added the patterns to the stocking die with a white gel pen.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

First LOTV sneak peek

Lili of the Valley are launching the first of their new Christmas digis on 25th July. I have the first 9 to use and they are all so cute I didn't know which to use first.  Expect to see lots of sneak peeks from the DT and if you are on Facebook please come and join our group We love Lili of the Valley. It is run by the DT and we are almost at our first 1000 members.

Image - LOTV dancing partners
Medium - Copics, Sakura clear star for the snowflakes
Papers - LOTV snow princess
Dies - Lawn Fawn wavy border, MFT stitched ric rac
Sentiment - LOTV
Other - wooden bow coloured with a Nuvo glitter marker, snowflake crocheted border, doily

Graham is making remarkable progress after his op. He is taking it easy but able to do a few things like wiping up. He can reach the top cupboards but can't bend down so if he drops anything he can't pick it up. At least he can get his own socks on now. Each day sees an improvement. The dressing needs changing today, not looking forward to that as I am rather squeamish.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Glass of champagne

This is one of the samples I have made for my next cardmaking class. I try to do something different each month but have to take into account that most of the people who come aren't cardmakers. We have two and a quarter hours which includes tea/coffee and cake so I need them to be able to make something in a hour so hey can make one before and one after refreshment.  So far some people have come to every class but each time there also new people. I don't want them all to make the same card so take a selection of papers, images and dies. I make a couple of samples to give them ideas. The task this time is to make shaped cards and flower arrangements using two different leaf dies or punches and three different flower dies or punches.

Image - Elisabeth Bell topper from The Hobby House
Papers - Maja Denim and girls
Dies - Nellie Snellen flowers, Go Kreate frilly 7 large
Punches - Martha Stewart flowers and leaves

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Jingle bells

Thanks for all your good wishes for Graham.  The op went well and he had no effects from the anaesthetic at all. He said when they woke him up he just woke as though it was morning. My friend took me to collect him yesterday morning and he is doing well. Rather sore and can't do anything at the moment and not enjoying wearing the compression stockings. So I am rather busy doing everything at home and looking after him. However I managed to get on the laptop yesterday afternoon to schedule a couple of posts and to make a card.  

I have used one of the LOTV art sheets which is no longer available. However this image is available as a digi stamp.  I used some old Dovecaft North Pole papers, Roxstamps cross stitch circle, Joy lamppost, Joanna Sheen postbox and Lawn Fawn forest border dies.  The sentiment is a digi from LOTV and I added some fun flock to his hat.

And the exciting news is that LOTV will be launching the first of their Christmas stamps soon.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Wedding Day

We should have been on holiday in North Wales this week but had to cancel due to Graham having his hernia op today. However it did mean we could attend the wedding of the couple I made this card for using a LOTV stamp coloured with Copics and with lots of sparkle from a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  The paper is from an old LOTV pad. I made an 8x8 card which gave me plenty of scope for embellishments.

I used an old Spellbinder floral oval die, Roxstamps heart hangers, wooden hearts coloured with Wink of Stella white sparkle pen, butterflies from Poundland, I think, Dovecraft heart pins, ribbon, lace from stash and flowers from Wild Orchid.

A friend is collecting us to go to the hospital mid morning. Hubby should have his op this afternoon and will be staying in overnight so we are going back to see him this evening hopefully.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Playing with some new goodies

Today is my DT project for the Swedish House Crafts blog.  I have so many new goodies to use that I decided to make a scrabook layout using one of the gorgeous sheets from Laserowe Love Navy Rommance 12 x 12 pack.  I wanted to echo the filigree pattern around the flowers so I used Laserowe Love Coral Navy Romance round lace frame and diecut a circle of me to fit in the middle.

The photos were taken at Bok Tower Gardens on our last visit to Florida in 2017.  I diecut the tower photo into a circle to fit onto the doily.  Again echoing the filigree pattern I used the Antique luxury ornaments - flowers adding roses from Wild Orchid to the centres.  I finished off with a couple more roses and some punched leaves and some white glittery lettering.

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Friday, 5 July 2019

Umbrella's up

Well it seems ages since we used an umbrella. The weather has been lovely here, not too hot  most days thank goodness. This little fellow is under the weather though. He is a LOTV simply print and although he isn't currently available as a coloured simply print you can buy the digi to colour. I used various papers, A LOTV sentiment, MFT banner and Gummiapan doodle cloud dies, twine and a charm. I also used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen on the umbrella and raindrops.  Interestingly it reacts with the ink on the image and gives a nice washed look.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019


I received my July DT box from Swedish House Crafts and couldn't wait to start using some of it.  If you click the links on the products you will be taken straight to the products.

Image -Maja Celebretaion - ephemera 12 x 12 sheet
Papers -Maja Denim and girls
Flower die - Lady E Tiny flower dies
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Butterfly - Poundland
Enamel dots from stash

Off to visit my Mum today and go out for lunch.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Cross Stitching

Well hello, I am back on my blog today with something different. I didn't get a chance to get in the craft room at the weekend but I did make a card yesterday so will share that with you tomorrow. Life is busier than usual as Graham is going for his pre op assessment on Thursday and then has his hernia op next Tuesday at the Spire hospital. That means we are bust getting things done at home as he will need to rest for a few days then start light activities.

When LOTV had their half price sale last week I bought a couple of the cross stitch charts as I had been thinking about trying them for a while. I haven't done cross stitch for years and when I did I always used one with the pattern printed onto the fabric. I am used to following a chart but not used to starting with a blank piece of material. I made a start last night and am loving it. It took me a while to sort out my threads as I have a lot of colours that I use for other hand sewn items. I matched what I had as near as possible to the colours on the chart,

So watch this space for the finished article. That may be some time 😊

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Forever Friends

A very different colour combo from me today using Forever Friends coloured simply print digi from LOTV. Isn't she adorable and I look forward to colouring the digi of her.  The blue paper is from lOTV, yellow border from a pack of MFT hearts. I used MFT sitched inside and out rounded corner and stitched scalloped border dies.  The sentiment is from a new fairy set of digis. I found some very old flowers in my stash, they must be about 10 years old and I teamed them with some wooden leaves from Hobbycraft and patterned card candi from Craftwork cards.  I also used an Xcut rounded corner punch.

I am off to my last craft fair until September. Set up isn't until 9.30 so not too early a start for a change.The fair is at Cromer hospital fete from 11-2. I have never doen this one before so no idea if it will be any good.  Still we shall be at the coast so a chance for a seafront walk afterwards hopefully.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Another new fairy

Today is your last chance to buy anything half price from the LOTV store on Etsy. These new fairies are adorable and as soon as I saw this one I thought what a great Christmas card she would make. I love the versatility of using a non Christmas image for a Christmas card.I coloured the image with Copics and coloured the little bird as a robin. I used Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen on her wings and used some sparkle pens on the ribbons and a white gel pen on the spots on her dress. The papers are last year's First Edition Merry little Christmas.  The sentiment is from LOTV. I used a Woodware holly punch, Sue Wilson poinsettia die, flowers from Hobbycraft, enamel do and some chunky white embossing powder.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Fairy wishes

As Monday was international fairy day Lili of the Valley launched some new digis and coloured simply prints. I am looking forward to colouring the digis but in the meantime I have used one of the coloured simply prints called Shy. I wouldn't normally use pink and red together but as the image uses those colours I have echoed this in my papers which are MFT hearts and stripes. I used various dies including a cross stitch circle die, Doohickey fence, Cheery Lynn mushrooms, Memory Box cherry blossom, and a MFT scalloped stitched border.  The sentiment is from a new set of digis too.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Let's go paddling

Today is my turn to post on the Swedish House Crafts blog and I chose to use one of the newest Paper Nest Dolls Emma with starfish. She is available at a very special price exclusive to Swedish House Crafts.  I coloured her with Copics and had fun creating a scene for her.

Image - Emma with starfish
Medium - Copics
Dies - MFT sunny skies, under the sea (rocks), Lawn Fawn wavy stitched borders, deckchair, seagull
Papers - LOTV up, up and away, First Edition beyond the shore.

Hubby needs a haircut so we will be heading into the city today for that and no doubt a little retail therapy and lunch. I need to get back this afternoon to finish my prep for tonight's cardmaking class.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Rose arch

 I still have several old LOTV art pads with some lovely coloured images. I teamed this one with some paper from an old LOTV art pad Romance and Roses.  I added some flowers from Wild Orchid, wooden bird and birdcage and lace from my stash.  The fun leaves were cut with Gummiapan dies.

It is a good year for the roses, ours have more flowers on some of them than we have had for years. We need to get out and do some deadheading and tidying in the garden this morning if it isn't raining, then line dancing lesson, then hopefully some crafting time. 

Monday, 24 June 2019

Under the weather

Hello and welcome to the last week of June, how did that happen. I have been so busy that I haven't had much crafting time but I did manage to make a couple of cards at the end of last week. 
Image - LOTV coloured simply print
Papers - from various [pads
Ribbon - from stash
Sentiment - LOTV digi
Dies - MFT scallpoed stitched border, stitched clouds, wonky stitched rectangle, lamppost

Another busy day today. We are off to see a consultant as hubby has a hernia, then meeting friends for coffee, shopping and massages this afternoon, along with a facial for me.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Unicorn Chloe

The new Crafts Beautiful magazine is in shops now and this month I used one of Pink Gem's new digis, Unicorn Chloe. I used the precoloured image as I love the soft colours.  I wanted to add something and had the idea of adding small ribbon bows to her hair and I love how it turned out. The papers are First Edition Beyond the Shore, unicorn ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and I added some enamel dots.

I must mention Mum is coming over today as she reads my blog every morning.  On the odd days I don't post she often comments on the fact my blog had no new post.  So I hope you like today's card Mum, see you later this morning. Looking forward to having a catch up and going out for lunch. x

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Meet Harlow

As you may know Pink Gem no longer have a website of their own, selling through Polkadoodles and on Etsy instead and therefore don't have a design team. However Janet asked if some of the old DT would like to continue promoting her new images. When I saw this new girl, Harlow, I thought she was lovely and knew she would be lovely to colour. Her hairstyle is rather like mine and that is where the similarity ends 😊.

I coloured her with Copics and teamed her with some lovely WRS frosted lace paper and some layered MFT snowflakes. I added some fun flock to the fur and that was it. The paper is so pretty I didn't want to add anything else and cover it up.

Normally on a Thursday afternoon I would be crafting whilst hubby is volunteering on powerboat rescue. I will have a little time for crafting but a friend is picking me up later afternoon and we are going to a talk by one of my fave authors, Elly Griffiths, about her new book, a girl called Justice. Although it is aimed mainly at 8-12 year olds we both really enjoyed it. Elly said she hope her adult readers would like it. It is set in 1936 and reminded me of reading Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers as a child. Then we are going for a meal before coming home.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A posy for you

Another day, another friend's Birthday card. It's all go at the moment with making cards for friends.
Image - Lili of the Valley digi Spring rabbit posy
Sentiment - LOTV digi everyday greetings
Papers - Bo Bunny secret garden
Die - Doohickey fence, Memory box clouds
Flowers - Wild Orchid

It seems ages since I did a craft fair but today we are the hospital craft fair.  We normally do well there as I have several regular buyers amongst the staff. As I haven't done one for a while it will be nice to see what stock I have as I keep making cards and gifts and putting them in the boxes.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Picking apples

Firstly thank you for such lovely positive comments on my blog yesterday. I made this card for a friend whose Birthday was yesterday so I can now share it with you. I absolutely love the old Elisabeth Bell stamps which Sugar Nellie used to sell. In fact they were some of the first stamps I ever bought. I bought this one a while ago from somebody on Facebook as I never had her in my collection. They are such a delight to colour and as my friend shares my love of purple I was able to use my fave colour too.

I coloured her with Copics, papers are First Edition Butterfly kisses, lace and cheesecloth from stash, flowers from Wild Orchid.  I used MFT wonky stitched oval and stitched ric rac dies.  The ric rac die is a new one which I have wanted for ages but it was out of stock. I know I am going to be using that one a lot.

Monday, 17 June 2019

10 years of blogging

I have always loved making things and started cardmaking in May 2006 after buying a cardmaking kit and some papers.  In June 2009 a friend persuaded me to start a blog. I had no idea what I was doing at first but I started posting and following blogs and in turn people started following me. As time went on I learnt how to improve the look of my blog and enter challenges. I applied for and was accepted on my first challenge design team in January 2010. 

Social media has changed things and some people no longer use their blogs. Happily many do and it is always lovely to see new people starting a blog. Whilst other social media platforms are fine the thing I love about blogging is the information on the products used and the personal information many people include in their posts. I have often bought items because I read about them on a blog after admiring a card.

So here I am still blogging after 10 years and with 1772 followers. During that time I have been on several design teams for both challenges and craft companies. I have designed for those companies for their stands at craft shows and for their TV shows. I am currently a DT member for Lili of the Valley and Swedish House Crafts and feel very privileged to promote their products.  Whilst Pink Gem no longer have a design team or blog I design for them to showcase their new images. I have also designed for several cardmaking magazines although I have reduced this to mainly one magazine to enable me to concentrate on other things.  I sell at craft fairs and in a local vintage tearooms/gift shop where I also now run cardmaking classes.

So here’s to all those who post their lovely projects and share a little about themselves. Let’s all keep posting, visiting and commenting on blogs to keep blogland alive.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Sweet Christmas Fairy

I have been feeling rather poorly all week as I have had a cold and the dreaded cough again. Thankfully the cough is nowhere as bad this time and shouldn't last for four months like the last one I hope! Good job we didn't have too much planned this week and I managed to get through my cardmaking class with only one bout of coughing. The class went very well and four people signed up for the next one on 26th June even though we will be making similar cards.  I am doing an additional one as the first one filled up so quickly.

I decided to look though my bag of Christmas toppers and found some lovely Hobby House Sugar Nellie images. I have been doing some colouring this week as well but can't share those cards yet.  I added some sparkle with Spectrum noir sparkle clear and white pens.  I used some old papers, Memory Box holly and Sue Wilson poinsettia dies.  The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Art Deco Anniversary

I made this card for some friends whose Anniversary was yesterday. I wanted to make something a bit different as I usually go for cute images but as they enjoy cruising I chose some old art deco papers and an image I have had for years. They are beautiful images, though our friends don't look quite this elegant on their cruises!  I added some punched leaves and roses from Wild Orchid along with a wooden heart.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Patch and Puss

This is one of the sample cards I made for my cardmaking class I am running tonight. LOTV kindly gave me permission to use some of my old art pad images for the class. I have made a sketch for them to follow and done most of the prep so looking forward to that tonight.
Image - LOTV art pad
Papers - Lilibee head over heels
Die - stitched square from The Works
Sentiment - LOTV teenage girl
punches- Hobbycraft stars, Fiskars tag

Monday, 10 June 2019

Seesaw bunny

I have a lot of LOTV coloured simply prints printed and waiting to be used so thought it was time I made cards with some of them. This one is available on Etsy, link in my sidebar. I used some old LOTV papers, flowers from Wild Orchid, Memory Box butterfly dies, burlap butterfly from Docrafts, MFT stitched cloud dies, Little Claire sentiment stamp and a ribbon bow.

I had a busy day crafting yesterday but many of the cards I am making at the moment I can't share yet as they are for upcoming events.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Potters Resort

Regular viewers will have heard me talk about our trips to Potters over the last two years. Or friends took us there for coffee and we were so impressed with it that we have been 10 times so far, mostly for one night breaks but a couple of times we have been for two night breaks.  You can arrive when you like on the first day and stay any time until 6pm on the second day. We have stayed in one of the bungalows, as they call them, chalets to you and me, a couple of times and they are very nice but we prefer to pay extra for one of the hotel rooms if they are available.  The top left hand pic is of one of the hotel rooms. 

We love the activities, so many to choose from including table tennis, quizzes, pitch and putt, dance lessons and badminton. It is such a lovely location on the clifftops at the coast so when the weather is nice we usually go for a walk down to the beach.  We had a go at air rifle shooting at targets and both won medals which we are wearing in the bottom pic.  The meals are very good and the shows are superb with music and dancing beforehand.

I wanted to capture just a few moments from our stays and this simple background paper from Simple Stories was perfect. There were several phrases at the bottom which I didn't want so covered them a contrasting paper just leaving laugh lots as we always do when we are there.  I added just a few extra words and left it at that.

Hubby is off volunteering all day in Bedford today so an early start and home about 7.30 giving me a day at home, mainly crafting. I have several Birthdays, a Wedding and Anniversary to make cards for as well as more prep for my class next week so plenty to do. Enjoy your Sunday.

Friday, 7 June 2019

James and Daisy

James is one of my favourite images and although I actually used an old art pad for my card you can buy this image as either a digi to colour or a coloured simply print. Link to the LOTV Etsy store is on my sidebar. I teamed him with some old LOTV papers, a LOTV teenage girl sentiment, Memory Box diecut butterflies and used a Doohickey fence die.

I have been busy preparing for my next card class next Wednesday which filled up so quickly I am doing another two weeks later. 

Thursday, 6 June 2019

You did it!

I made this card for a young lady who has worked extremely hard and has just qualified as a lawyer and has landed her first job in the form where she has been training after getting her law degree.  She really deserves her success.

Image - precoloured Elisabeth Bell topper from The Hobby House
Papers - Echo Park I love family
Bunting die - Lawn Fawn
Other - Congratulations die and enamel dots

I have several occasions in June and July which I need to make cards for so best get on with them this afternoon and evening whilst hubby is out.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Happy 48th Wedding Anniversary

Today is our 48th Wedding Anniversary! I did get married very young 😊. Today is also my first official DT post on the Swedish House Crafts blog.  This is the card I made for hubby. I try to do something completely different each year and this year I was inspired by our love of denim, music and flowers.  The female image reminds me of one of my favourite 70's fashions when I wore a white petticoat with a broderie anglais trim showing underneath a skirt. Mind you mine were a lot longer than the ones in the image.

I wanted to show how you can used 6x6 papers on a larger card by creating a patchwork effect.  I used Maja Denim and girls 6x6 papers. There are several of these papers which suit male cards too. The images are from Maja snapshots guys in jeans and Maja Denim and girls - girls in jeans.  I also used a heart banner die, some wooden stars and lace.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Silent night

We had a great time at Potters on Sunday and Jason Manford was brilliant.  We got home yesterday lunchtime and after unpacking it was straight in the craft room to get another Christmas card made.  I used 2 images from the Pion Design - Long ago in Bethlehem 12 x 12 sheet.  The paper is from an old First Edition pad. I used some new Christmas foliage dies from Crafter's Companion which I diecut in white and then coloured with Copics. The poinsettia is from Hobbycraft and I added some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Do you have these in a smaller size?

Yesterday morning we went to Potters Resort again, this time to see the comedian Jason Manford. We love all the activities there and always enjoy the lovely evening meal before the show and of course an overnight stay. So as this publishes I shall be enjoying a cuppa in bed before getting ready for breakfast. We will be stopping off for some shopping and probably be home around lunchtime. I haven’t had as much time as usual for crafting with being on holiday and a couple of overnighters, not to mention getting the garden into shape and all the other usual things. However I said I made two cards the other day using an old James Bear LOTV art pad. This image is definitely Jenny Bear. I think she does need a smaller size don't you? The papers are Lilybee head over Heels, dies are a set of Sizzix leaves and flowers, Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle, MFT scalloped border.  I also used a Hobbycraft butterfly punch and a LOTV teenage girl sentiment.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

In the trees

Another Christmas card for the box, this time a simple design. I haven't done much colouring this week as I am trying to use some of my large stock of coloured images. This one is from a diecut sheet of Wee images from The Hobby House.  I used some old LOTV papers, an old tatty Teddy material sentiment, Whimsy fence and a Christmas tree die.

Need to get out and do some tidying in the garden this morning and put in a few new plants. The wallflowers and forget me nots have just about finished so it will be good to replace them with some Summer flowering plants.

Friday, 31 May 2019

The window box is looking good

I still have several of the old LOTV art pads and yesterday I made a couple of cards using the James Bear pad. I don't know if this is James or Jenny admiring the window box. I used Lilybee Double Dutch papers, Hobbycraft butterfly punch, Martha Stewart flower and fern punches with enamel dots and a MFT wonky stitched oval die.

Housework this morning, haircut this afternoon. That'll be another day gone. Where does the time go? We may be retired but we have busy lives.  Always so many things we want to do.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Looking Good

After guest designing for Swedish House Crafts for two months I am delighted to say I am now on the permanent Design Team. For this one I used Maja Denim and Friends 6x6 papers along with an image from  the 12x12 sheet Snapshots guys in jeans.  I used a MFT jumbo stitched banner die, added some quirky paperclips and wooden chevrons and stars.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Snowman time

I really must get some more Christmas cards made. I did manage to make two yesterday as well as two anniversary cards and half a Birthday card. I decided to have a look through my stamped images and choose the first one that I felt like colouring and it was this sweet snowman from Lili of the Valley. I coloured him with Copics, diecut with a die I bought from a Facebook friend and added some pearl dots for snow. The paper is LOTV scandi Christmas.  I used a MFT rolling hills and old Memory Box die for the snowy layers.  The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

After a lovely day spent crafting, reading and doing a jigsaw yesterday I must do some housework and ironing this morning before going to our line dancing lesson and then Tesco.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Vintage lady

Well things didn't turn out as planned yesterday. No sooner had hubby left for the day than he was back again as the car was showing a fault. He could drive it but it had lost performance and said to contact service to get it fixed. So he had to ring BMW breakdown assist and they sent out a technician. He hooked it up to the computer and said it was a very unusual fault but would need sorting at the main dealers. Luckily it is still under warranty with two years breakdown cover as well. So after a few phone calls our car will be collected on Tuesday and they have lent us a hire car.   We did get to the garden centre which we had planned to do later in the week but I only got two cards made as we were waiting on phone calls and getting a few other things done. We did sort out some photos to get printed as I had an offer come through from Photobox so lots more scrapbooking to be done. Oh and one of the smoke alarms started beeping meaning the battery needed changing. Now if hubby hadn't have been here I would have had to put up with that until he got home. It was really awkward to open as well, he spent ages fiddling with it. so all in all a funny old day.

So my card was made using Maja Denim and girls papers and an image from the 12x12 Maja sheet Sofiero Ephemera. I used a MFT scallop border die, flowers from Wild Orchid, wooden birdcage and hearts and added some diecut leaves and a bow.

Let's hope I get lots of crafting done today.

Sunday, 26 May 2019


I made this card for the lady who owns the vintage cafe and gift shop where I sell some of my cards and gifts. It was her 50th Birthday and she was also celebrating 4 years of Prima Rosa opening. Having this type of cafe/shop was always her dream and when I spotted the paper in a pack of The Works papers he sentiment couldn't have been better.
Image - LOTV simply print
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Cheery Lynn faerie toadstools, cross stitch circle bought from Facebook group
Scrim - B&Q
Flowers - Wild Orchid

There is a national powerboat racing championship on today and tomorrow and hubby is volunteering both days on the rescue boats. That gives me two days at home so lots of crafting time which is just as well as I have several occasions coming up.  Enjoy your Bank Holiday.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Apple cart

A lovely Summery card today which is one I made for the latest edition of Crafts Beautiful magazine.  They wanted a bright Summer card and MFT papers are so useful for creating bright cards.  They are some of my favourite papers to use. I also used a couple of fairly new dies, the bunting and heart border dies, from Dies to Die For.

Lili of the Valley digi stamp Apple Cart
Lili of the Valley digi stamp Everyday Greetings
My Favourite Things Rainbow Stripes paper pad
My Favourite Things Sunny Skies die
My Favourite Things mini cloud stencil
Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle die
Lawn Fawn bunting borders die
Your Next Stamp scallop heart border die

We stayed overnight in Ipswich after the show so will be heading home today. First we are stopping to meet a lady I know through Facebook. She crafts and her and her hubby love 60's music. She has lots of land with her house and rescues hedgehogs and keeps chicken and two pygmy goats.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Underwater scene

It's my turn as guest designer at Swedish House Crafts and I have used two new paper Nest Dolls stamps which are on an exclusive offer at Swedish House Crafts. There are three and I will be sharing a card with the other stamp another day. I used the two mermaid stamps on my card, Ellie with Seahorse and Emma and fishy friend coloured with Copics and with sparkly tails using a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.  The backing paper is First Edition Beyond the Shore and I added some blue stringy stuff from stash, used a turquoise pearl pen and added some fish diecuts using Impression Obsessions mini nautical die.

We are out this evening for a Chinese meal and then to see Rhod Gilbert at the theatre. For those who don't know he is a comedian.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

A child is born

I bought some 12 x 12 papers with various images from Swedish House Crafts. This is from a Pion sheet Long Ago in Bethlehem. I thought it was time i made another Christmas card. 
Paper - Dovecraft Winter Blooms
Die - MFT wonky stitched oval
Sentiment - LOTV grungy Christmas
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Lace- Crafty Ribbons
Other - cheesecloth, wooden star

It's another busy week for us. On Monday we had back massages and I had a facial, yesterday lunchtime was our regular line dancing lesson and today we have a day in the city. Graham has appointments at the optician and hairdressers which are nicer than my appointment at the dentist.  Just a check up so nothing to be done I hope.  

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

So cute

I have used another of the cute new LOTV images available in both rubber and digi until 15th June when unfortunately LOTV have had to take the difficult business decision to stop selling rubber stamps. I know this will disappoint some people but businesses cannot continue at a loss and the sales don't justify the cost of producing the stamps. I would rather they continue as a business selling digis than to close as I love their images and there are enough craft companies that have closed in recent years.

I coloured the image with Copics using the MFT min cloud stencil for the sky. I made the frame using Go Kreate frilly 9 dies.  The papers are First Edition Gardenia.  I used Martha Stewart fern and Hobbycraft butterfly punches and some flowers from Wild Orchid.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Summer Days

Now if you thought my hair was curly on the last scrapbook page it is even curlier on this photo which is from the late 80's. The photo was taken in our neighbour's garden at our previous house.  And talking of hair this was before Graham turned grey!  I do love following sketches and this was a Facebook challenge sketch which suits the photo perfectly.  I used a MFT sun die and added various pieces from scrapbook papers along with a wooden heart.

I am drawn to more simple layouts and when I look back at some of my first layouts some of them are a bit too fussy.  Just shows how we all change our styles and ideas over the years.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Sewing Rita

I have a couple of new images from Pink Gem to use and this one does make me smile. This Sewing Rita and I know it will amuse my Mum who visits my blog every day. She has a friend called Rita who knits but doesn't sew and a friend called Sylvia who does sew so this image is an amalgam of them both I think.

I coloured her with Copics, the paper is from The Works, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I added some wooden embellishments and buttons tied with baker's twine as I don't like naked button unless they are very tiny.

Lots to do in the garden today including clearing out some of the Spring flowers and bulbs from pots and replanting them with Summer bedding.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Denim and Girls

I really haven't bought much new craft stuff this year in comparison to other years but I couldn't resist buying the new Maja paper pad Denim and girls and whilst I was buying this from Swedish House Crafts I also bought 4 12x12 sheets of Maja images. This one is from the sheet Denim and girls - girls in jeans.   I haven't made any flowers with foamarin for a long time so I thought it was time I had a play with it again. I used Lady E dies no 5 and added some stamens and silver glitter acrylic paint. I also found the pink stringy stuff in my stash, no idea where I bought it, and added some pearl string from The Hobby House.

It has been such a busy week since we got home from holiday and I am still behind with catching up on blogs. ha k you for all your continued visits especially those who leave comments. I know how much time that takes and most people now just click like on Facebook rather than visiting blogs so thank you x

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Chef Mickey

And here is the last scrapbook page for my Disney/Universal scrapbook.   This one is also from 2004 when I had permed hair. We had breakfast at Chef Mickey's in one of the Disney hotels. We had a few character meals on our first few trips there and they are great fun. It is lovely to see the children with the characters and adults acting like big kids too and why not. I used papers from a Gorjuss girl pack and added various elements from different packs. The red arrows were cut using Spellbinder dies.

Thursday means hubby volunteering on the powerboat rescue so that gives me a free afternoon and evening to spend in the craft room.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Launch Day

Today is launch day at LOTV and they are celebrating 15 years of their company. This cute stamp is from the Little Friends set and I also added the sentiment stamps. They will be available as rubber or digi. I coloured it with Copics and added some doodling. The paper is MFT and I added some scrim from B&Q. The fence is an old memory Box die, flowers from Florida and Hobbycraft.

I'm sure these new stamps are going to be very popular. There are three sets, Birthday Pots, Little Friends and Wedding Bears.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Tigger and Graham

Before we went on holiday I managed to make my last two Disneyworld layouts and this is one of them. The photo was taken in The Magic Kingdoms' Crystal Palace where we had dinner. My favourite character is Winnie The Pooh and it was a lovely meal and fun when the characters come out. The photo was from one of our first visits in 2004.  I used various papers, a hexagon and Tim Holtz film strip dies, crimped some kraft card, added some wooden stars, Bo Bunny hexagon strip and bunting and some wooden bunting.  The title was made with wooden Scrabble letters and I diecut some mini tags using MFT dies.

Monday, 13 May 2019

I'm back with a sneak peek

I managed a little while in the craft room yesterday as I was longing to use the cute new stamps being released on Wednesday 15th from Lili of the Valley to celebrate their 15th Birthday.  This one is made up of various stamps from the Birthday pots set. I added the flower to the pot and just drew a line to connect it to the leaves. The sentiment is also from the set which will be digis and rubber.  Coloured simply prints will also be released.

The papers are First Edition Gardenia. I used a new die from Your Next Stamp called grass tufts. the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.  I also used a MFT wonky rectangle and an old Memory Box dragonfly die. The butterfly is from Docrafts.  Colouring medium is Copics and I used a MFT mini cloud stencil for the sky.

The holiday washing is all done, actually did some of it in the cottage we stayed in which meant we came home with a lot of clean ironed clothes. There is a pile of ironing still waiting to be done unfortunately.  The new shower room is gorgeous. I will take some photos.