Wednesday 31 July 2019


I made this card for a friend's hubby and I know he has received it so can now share with you. I love making cards using bright papers and these MME lime twist are an old favourite of mine.  I like adding little triangles of the paper just to add a bit of interest. The coloured simply print is from Lili of the Valley and so is the sentiment.

Monday 29 July 2019

New flower dies

We had a lovely relaxing day yesterday. We started with breakfast with friends at Frankie and Benny's then popped into Hobbycraft before coming home. I made this card, sorted out some stash to sell and  then did some of my cross stitching before cooking dinner. A great way to spend a very grey day, the sun never showed its face.

I recently bought a few dies in the Sizzix sale and the ones I have used on her are some of the Tim Holtz wildflower 2. I used kraft card and added distress inks. The paper is some old Gorjuss paper and he image a country companions one I found in my stash from years ago. I added a computer generated sentiment and butterfly from Poundland I think.

Sunday 28 July 2019

Sunday smiles

It has been too hot to do much crafting this week, thankfully a cooler weekend. I plan to do some crafting this afternoon but I saw this on Facebook and it did make me smile. Enjoy your Sunday x

Friday 26 July 2019

LOTV new release

Well it is a bit cooler today thank goodness after a huge storm last night, as I can't bear the temperatures we have been having this week. I normally have an afternoon and evening in the craftroom on a Thursday whilst hubby is out but I was so hot I only managed to make one card. At least I am happy with it.  I do love red white and kraft.

Image - LOTV mistletoe mice
Medium - Copics
Paper - LOTV
Dies - Sue Wilson cut and lift poinsettias
Other - ricrac, wooden bows, pearls

We are planning to go to the coast today. It should be a bit cooler there today.

Wednesday 24 July 2019

That's the trouble with slingbacks

Slingbacks are fine if the strap is elasticated or has a buckle otherwise they do have a tendency to slip don't they. She seems to be having trouble with hers.  I made this card for a friend whose Birthday was a couple of days ago.  I haven't made a card where I have layered all the papers and image for ages. It does look effective on black card.

Image - coloured topper by Elisabeh Bell for The Hobby House. 
Papers - MFT bundles of blossoms brights and an odd spotty piece
Sentiment - LOTV

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Can it be? Yes another sneak peek

Those mice are back again for today's sneak peek.  This time they are enjoying their gingerbread house. Just two days now until launch day.
Image - LOTV gingerbread house
Medium - Copics, Sakura pens, Nuvo glitter pens
Papers - Bo Bunny Winter wishes
Sentiment - Kaisercraft
Dies - Sue Wilson 

I will be back tomorrow with a Birthday card for a change. Graham can drive from today so it is off to Tesco to restock the cupboards and then line dancing. It is going to be another very hot day and the next two days should be even hotter. I am not looking forward to that at all. We both hate it once it gets above about 23.

Monday 22 July 2019

And another sneak peek

What a lovely surprise to receive yet more cute images for the LOTV launch on 25th July. I love these cute little mice and the stockings were such fun to colour. I normally shy away from lime green as it is my least favouroie colour of all, but when you have the paper and the pens that need using I gave it a go. I think the red tones it down a bit. 
Image - LOTV mice and Christmas stocking
Medium - Copics
Paper - MFT candy land
Dies - The Works stitched squares

The little stocking charm was the perfect addition. Looking forward to a day out in the city today for a haircut and colour, lunch and maybe a little shopping.

Sunday 21 July 2019

Another sneak peek

I still have several more new images to share with you, they are all so cute. Release date for them is 25th July from Lili of the Valley. I coloured the image with Copics adding some sparkle to the snow with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. I used some of last year's LOTV paper and white glitter card. 

I cute the glitter card using an old Memory Box die then cut off the trees so I could place them around the image along with some other trees. I made a shadow sentiment using a Tim Holtz sentiment die.

This morning we shall be doing some tidying and cutting back in the garden. Graham is improving every day. He even cut the grass yesterday. He is very careful not carrying anything too heavy, stretching too far etc. We did a bit in the garden on Thursday and he could only work on cutting things which weren't too high or too low and using a long handled fork on the soil.

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.

Click on the links to take you straight to the products.

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 😊