Monday 30 September 2019

Snow flurries

I so love having a rummage through some of my older stamps and I couldn't resist stamping this one up. He is now available as a digi.
Image - Lili of the Valley snow flurries
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Jolly Holidays
Dies - Frantic stamper tall pine trees, Lawn Fawn rolling hills, MFT layered snowflakes
Other - Viva pearl drops, Stampendous fun flock

Lots of rain yesterday but as we had a day at home planned it didn't matter. Sometimes it is nice to have a day catching up on things, crafting, listening to music, doing a jigsaw, reading etc. We even managed to make some amendments to our wills, something we have been meaning to do for our ages. Unfortunately I did have to do some ironing and have some left to finish today. I am hoping to fit in more crafting this week as the calendar looks a bit emptier than last week.

Thursday's card class went well and they all enjoyed themselves. I need to prepare the cards for the next one on 23rd October.

Sunday 29 September 2019

Jack, Patch and Puss are back!

I always loved these guys and am so pleased that Lili of the Valley have brought them back as digis. I have a few of the rubber stamps like this one and just bought a few more digis. I was asked to make an anniversary card using a cute LOTV stamp as a friend wanted one at the craft fair last Wednesday but I had sold out. I had a really good day there, one of my best ever craft fairs.

Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Liliybee
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Sue Wilson sweetheart flowers, Joy leaf flourish

I definitely seem to be leaning to Autumn colours but I must restock some of my special occasion cards, crack on with Christmas cards and get more sewn items made. I have sold 5 tooth fairy pillows already.

Friday 27 September 2019

Autumn bouquet

Finding different cards for my class to make is interesting and when I was deciding what to choose this month I remembered I used to make this style of card several years ago. I have to bear in mind most of them aren't, nor do they aspire to be, cardmakers. They just enjoy the class.

The card is a chance for them to play with various punches and dies and arrange them into a bouquet. I cut and folded a doily then used various papers and card with punches and dies to create the flowers and leaves. I raised some of them with small foam pads and added pearls and enamel dots.  I also added a small bow, punched butterfly and a LOTV sentiment.

Thursday 26 September 2019

Friends' Anniversary

I made this for some good friends who were celebrating their 48th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday. They don't like cute cards so it always a challenge to know what to use on their card. I remembered I had this Inkylicious stamp which I think is a lovely quote.  The backing paper is MFT and I added a square doily from Ebay, a Stampasaurus Anniversary sentiment and a Sizzix scattered hearts die.

I am looking forward to my cardmaking class tonight. You may have seen the simple banner card I posted on here a little while ago which is the first card they will make allowing them more time to play with dies and punches for the other card which I will share tomorrow.

Monday 23 September 2019

New Gorjuss papers

We popped into The Range last week and of course I had to look at the latest Gorjuss Girl goodies. I found a pack of 4x4 papers each one with a different Gojuss Girl image printed on them. I teamed her with some Crafter's Companion vintage Wedding paper, cream burlap, LOTV sentiment, burlap flowers from America and a wooden butterfly from The Works.

I had a lovely day crafting alternating between crafting and doing a jigsaw whilst hubby was out. I can't share most of what I made yet as it is for upcoming celebrations and a magazine commission. I do have one of them scheduled for Friday but I may not have anything to blog before then. It depends upon crafting time this week.  We are off to a quiz night for charity tonight, line dancing class tomorrow lunchtime and getting ready for a craft fair on Wednesday at the hospital and then Thursday night I have my monthly cardmaking class.  Have a good week.

Saturday 21 September 2019

Material this time

These sold out last year as well as the paper ones so I am starting earlier this year. Last year I used slightly bigger baubles so I experimented with sizes. For the one on the left I used 2.25" squares and the only problem was that the pins in the red ones showed and if you look closely at the top you can see the red on the green row. So I added strips of ribbon as I don't like the pins showing.

The tartan one I made using 2.5" squares and this worked much better. The material was also much softer so my thumb didn't get as sore pushing in all the pins. These are made the same as the paper ones except I pin a square at the bottom and then each square is folded into a triangle and then folded again so the stright edge is pinned on either side.

We went to the theatre in Lowestoft last night with friends so stayed overnight in a Premier Inn as it was a long show. The 8 of us enjoyed a lovely meal last night before the show and we will be enjoying a cooked breakfast this morning before heading home, picking up some food shopping on the way.  I will be in the craft room all day tomorrow whilst hubby is out and have a lot planned to make. I have a craft fair next Wednesday then none until November when I have 5 fairs booked.

Friday 20 September 2019

Christmas decorations

Regular followers may remember I made some of these for the first time last year and I sold out so I am starting earlier this year. I did a tutorial which you can find here.  This time I used 1.5" squares which meant 3 of each colour per row. I like making these with material too so will be making some of those as I only made a few of those last year and after keeping one for our tree sold the rest. I have so many things I want to make and will have a day crafting on Sunday as hubby is out all day for his last day of driving the rescue boat at powerboat racing. That is the end of the racing season then though he will no doubt be doing a bit of work on the boats to get them ready for Winter and the new season.  He loves it and it gives me the chance to get in the craftroom.  The poinsettias are from Hobbycraft.

Thursday 19 September 2019

Cross stitch bookmarks

Now these are something that look much better in real life. I thought I would have a break from my cross stitch LOTV fairy picture and try a couple of bookmarks using some free patterns from Durene Jones on Facebook.  I started with the owl one and of course it wasn't quick to make at all. There are so many small sections in different colours and lots of backstitching. The butterfly one was much quicker. I backed them with felt and blanketstitched around the edges.  They will be on sale at my craft fair next Wednesday.

Tuesday 17 September 2019


This really is a simple Autumn card made with Mintay Cozy Evening papers.  The image is so nice that I merely added a cluster of flowers to one corner along with some wooden and fabric leaves.  Really not much else to say about this card other than how much I love the colours. The large pumpkin looks like it could turn into Cinderella's coach doesn't it.

I have a Birthday card I must finish this morning before our line dancing class at 1pm. We are still loving it and learning slightly more complicated dances now.  In fact we have progressed from being the absolute beginners class to beginners. and she has started a new absolute beginners class.  Then we are off to Prima Rosa as I need to restock a few items as sales are going really well. I was going to stop making fairy doors but as they sold 3 in there last month I have some more to make.

Monday 16 September 2019

Birds and flowers

Yes another card made with the gorgeous Mintay papers. They are so beautiful that it is easy to make lovely cards, I added some lace from Crafty Ribbons, a wooden bird from Hobbycraft and a mix of flowers from America, The Hobby House and Wild Orchid.  The leaves were made with a Joy die.

I hope the weather at the weekend was as lovely where you are as it was here. I love sunny Autumn days, so much fresher than the Summer. We got a lot done in the garden and hubby finished painting the fence whilst I did some crafting. I am doing a lot of sewing at the moment as well as making cards, some I can't share with you yet.

Sunday 15 September 2019

Friends plaques

These are one of the most popular items a make, especially in the tearooms/gift shop where I sell some of my cards and gifts. I simply cover the wooden hearts with pretty papers, sand the edges and add the sentiments, which in this case are Inkylicious and add some ribbon and flowers.  They do make a nice little gift for a friend.

A day off yesterday with a bit of retail therapy and lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Back to the gardening this morning then maybe some crafting or a jigsaw or maybe even both 😊.

Saturday 14 September 2019


A busy day yesterday doing lots of gardening so I never got the chance to post on here. The pots are all planted up for Autumn with cyclamen, bulbs, pansies and violas. Lots of things cut down and tidied, more to do on Sunday including planting some wallflowers and moving a few plants.  Then we went out for the evening with friends for a a meal and a show at the theatre.

I have been playing with the gorgeous Mintay papers again. This card uses items from the Coxy Evening pack. I fussy cut the seed heads and added lots of diecut leaves using an Impression Obsessions set. Enjoy your weekend,

Thursday 12 September 2019

Cozy Evening New Home

This is the second of the new home cards I made using Mintay papers. This time I used Cozy Evening papers. The images that come with the papers are fabulous. I added some burlap with lace, a stamped LOTV sentiment, some wooden leaves coloured with vintage photo distress ink, some flowers I have had for years secured with a brad and added a clock embellishment I found in my stash.  I shall be making several more cards and scrapbook layouts using both packs of papers as the designs are so gorgeous.

Wednesday 11 September 2019

The last snowman

This is the last of the new snowmen which recently launched at Lili of the Valley and I love them all. I coloured him with Copics, added some white gel pen for snow, diecut him with a MFT stitched die and distressed the edges using black soot distress ink and a distress tool. The papers are some from LOTV last year and I used one of the new sentiment digis,  I sanded some Cor'dinations for the diecut trees, something I haven't done for ages. It gives a snowy effect to the trees doesn't it.  I had a diecut snowflake on my desk and used just a small part of it in the corner.

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Stripes and buttons on launch day

Today is launch day for the last of the new Christmas images from Lili of the Valley.  This one is squeaky stocking. Now I will admit to a bit of a disaster with this one but we crafters are very good at covering up things that go wrong. I had coloured it all with Copics except for some of the details like the stars as I wanted to sue sparkle pens. When I used a pink sparkle pen which hadn't been used for some time it pooled a bi and spoilt my colouring. So the pen went in the bin and I covered the stars with tiny buttons. I used MFT candy land papers, LOTV sentiment tags and a candy cane die I found in my stash which I think was a mag freebie. I also used a MFT stitched border die and some fun flock on the little hats.

Monday 9 September 2019

Playing with some new papers

I had a lovely crafting day yesterday as hubby was out all day at powerboat racing where he is part of the rescue team of volunteers. I ordered two packs of gorgeous new Mintay 12x12 papers and made a couple of cards, one from each pack. I also made some other things which I shall be sharing on here during the week.

There are some gorgeous toppers on one of the sheets and as I needed some new home cards I used one of the toppers, a suitcase from a sheet of images and one of the pretty papers from the Dreamer pack. I used a Doohickey banner die with some spotted card and a Joy leaf die along with some flowers from Te Hobby House.  The sentiment was diecut with a Doohickey die and stamped with a LOTV stamp.

I have lots to look forward to this week. Today we are going into the city and I am having my hair cut. Tomorrow we are back at line dancing class where we shall be recapping on many of the dances and learning a new one. On Wednesday I am having a facial and massage and on Friday we are out for a meal and the theatre with friends. Enjoy your week.

Saturday 7 September 2019


We had a lovely few days away in Yorkshire. Here we are in one of the many cafes we visited.

The much photographed cottage in Thornton-le-Dale.

The highlight was travelling from Pickering to Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. We have done this journey before as we love steam trains. It is wonderful that they preserve this railway and supporting it means it will be there for future generations to enjoy.

Friday 6 September 2019

A trio of bears

I made this card for a friend's Birthday. I used the rubber stamp version of the LOTV posy bear trio but they are now available as digis. I coloured them with Copics and teamed them with MFT papers, LOTV sentiment and used a Sue Wilson sweetheart flower die set with added enamel dots.  I also used a cross stitch Roxstamp circle die.

We have been away for a few days in Yorkshire, heading home today. 

Thursday 5 September 2019

Pink banners

You may have seen a colourful version of this design which I posted recently. I made another using just hes pink Craftwork card papers. When I first made it i didn't like it much but it has grown on me. I feel the banners aren't defined as well as the mixed colour version. I did ink the edges of the banners to give more definition. The sentiment is from LOTV. This is one of the cards my class in September will be making, a nice easy one for them bearing in mind many of them are not cardmakers.

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Alice and the Mad Hatter

It is my turn to share a card on the Swedish House Crafts blog and this is a card I made for a friends' daughter's 16th Birthday. Her name is Alice and I knew this lovely stamp Mad Hatter Avery was just perfect for the card I had in mind. I coloured her with Copics and die cut her using a MFT stitched die. The papers are MFT. I had the playing cards in a Christmas cracker years ago and it was perfect to go with the image. I added a banner, some diecut hearts which were the waste from some flowers and some numbers from my scrapbook stash.

Because SHC cannot show Disney images on their blog I had to photoshop it by covering Alice. I did this by copying paper from another card and adding it to the above picture so this is what you will see on the SHC blog.

Tuesday 3 September 2019


When my email arrived from Lili of the Valley with the new images launching on 10 September I did smile when I saw this one. Isn't it a fun image and I am sure we all know someone we could send it to. I coloured it with Copics and added one of the handwritten LOTV digis to it.  The papers are Your next stamp Winter plaid, the ribbon is from my stash and the trees were cut using a Doohickey slender fir die set.

Monday 2 September 2019

Another sneak peek, simply adorable

I really love the cute new images launching on 10 September from LOTV and this one my just be the cutest. I coloured him with Copics using chalk and a white gel pen for a snowy sky. I added some fun flock to his hat and used some old Bo Bunny Winter Wishes papers. I found the diecut trees in my stash when I had a clear out the other day and think they came from Dies to Die For when there were always some diecuts in your order. The sentiment tag is LOTV. I added a doily, sparkly poinsettia from Hobbycraft and used some foliage from the Sue Wilson cut and lift poinsettia die set along with a Joy holly die.

Sunday 1 September 2019

Sneak peek

I couldn't wait to get started on making cards with the final Christmas release from Lili of the Valley. These will be available on September 10th. This one is called snowy chums and of course it has been coloured with Copics. The papers are First Edition Jolly Holiday. I used Marianne snowflake, Crafter's Companion icicle and MFT banner dies. I also added fun flock to the fur.

A short post from me as I am scheduling this on Saturday whilst waiting for our dinner to cook. I have another image part coloured so hope to get a card made with that to share on Monday.