Wednesday 29 April 2020

It's launch day with some buried treasure

As promised yesterday I am back with another card using one of the coloured simply prints. There are 24 new digis and 25 coloured simply prints out today at Lili of the Valley. This one is buried treasure. I have used some old Docrafts papers which were just perfect for this image. The ribbon is from crafty Ribbons and I used Joy dies plus a seagull die which came with a beach chair die.

This launch is perfect for male cards as there is a huge variety of images. 

How are you all coping with the lockdown? I have been pleasantly surprised by how well we are doing. I think already being retired has helped a great deal as we are used to being at home. I feel sorry for people stuck in a flat with children. It must be really hard trying to home school particularly if you are working from home and have no garden or nice outside space. I do look forward to a slight easing and being able to drive over to see my Mum even if it means having a chat on the doorstep rather than just FaceTiming her.

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Hey Mr Spaceman

I was going to do some ironing this morning but decided instead to have a play with some of the coloured simply prints launching tomorrow at LOTV. This one is called spaceman. I used some old Docrafts papers, star punches and MFT zigzag dies. The top zigzag is from the waste and I rather liked the effect of the three different sizes.  Back with another tomorrow.

Monday 27 April 2020

Best golfer

I have another of the new images coming on 29th April from Lili of the Valley. Tis one is best golfer and I have coloured him as usual with Copics. I used chalk for the sky as I like the soft effect which shows more on the actual card. The sentiment is from a new set launching at the same time. The papers are MFT free spirit. A very cas design for me but it just felt right with no added embellishments.

Saturday 25 April 2020


Lili of the Valley have a new release coming on 29th April and this time it is all about the boys. Some really different images and it was hard to know which one to use first.  This one is called Bouncy and I have coloured it with Copics. The senetiment is from a new set called simple labels. papers are MFT free spirit and I used an old Memory Box kite die and added some white gel dots to the card.

Friday 24 April 2020

Floating in Lakeland, Florida

This is the second of the layouts I made on Monday. I have no idea what these floating figures were all about but they were all in the trees in the park.  Lakeland is a lovely quaint old town with some lovely cafes and shops. There is also a lovely lake to take a nice walk around and on the outskirts of the town is Violettes which is a wonderful craft shop. It has so many little rooms filled with so many craft materials with everything you need for cardmaking and scrapbooking. I wish it was near me instead of just Hobbycraft and The Range.  I have never been in a craft shop like they have in America.

I used Echo Park Summer Days papers, the balloon is from another set and I coloured some wooden balloons with Nuvo glittermarkers. 

Today's excitement is going to the farm shop for some fruit and vegetables. We have been so lucky managing to get click and collect orders at Morrison's.  We mostly shop at Tesco in normal times but they haven't had any slots available for either collection or delivery.  It is so much safer than going into the supermarkets as you only see one person who loads the shopping into your boot whilst we stand back. Some people say supermarkets are ok but I have also read stories from all over the country of people ignoring social distancing so whilst we can click and collect we will until life returns to some kind of normal.

Stay cheerful, stay home, stay safe x

Thursday 23 April 2020

Gorjuss Bumblebee

After doing some tidying in the garden on Tuesday I decided to make a card. I had a pack of Gorjuss toppers on my desk and used this cute bumblebee image. I diecut it with a MFT wonky stitched oval and punched tags from the sides of the remaining topper using a Fiskars tag punch.  The papers are some old Crate Paper ones, burlap flowers are Docrafts.

Wednesday 22 April 2020


Scrapbook pages always look so much better in real life as they are not easy to photograph. I have made a couple more layouts for one of our Florida scrapbooks. These pics were taken in Clearwater, Florida on a hot day in February. We stopped for a light lunch and they had an offer on Bud light if you bought two. I just fancied one that day but am not a beer drinker and in fact haven't had another in the three years since these pics were taken. 

I used a variety of papers and stickers, using both the MFT pierced banner and jumbo stitched banner dies. I bought a pack of letters from B&M a while ago and started doing the title only to discover that the letters only go up to P as the second sheet in the pack are numbers which is a bit odd so used some American thickers with them.  I rather like using a mix of lettering and a good way of making sure as many letters as possible get used in a pack.

Tuesday 21 April 2020


This is the second card I made for my friend's request. I used the hellebore image from the coloured art pad but you can find this as a coloured simply print at LOTV. I used papers from The Works, LOTV sentiment, MFT wonky stitched oval and stitched ricrac dies along with some lace from my stash and some old Memory Box butterfly dies.

Monday 20 April 2020

Captain Tom will be 100

This card is of course for Captain Tom Moore, a remarkable gentleman. You don't need me to tell you all about him and his fundraising. I saw the appeal to make him cards for his 100th Birthday on 30th April and this is the card I made. I used a coloured simply print from LOTV and some very old Docrafts papers. The backing paper is a Union Jack. I used some MFT paper and MFT pierced banner dies along with a LOTV sentiment and some number stickers from my Scrapbooking stash.

Sunday 19 April 2020

Flower jug

My friend across the road asked me on Wednesday afternoon if I could make her two floral cards for Thursday as she had to post them. Thank goodness for coloured toppers as I didn't have time to colour two images and make the cards. This is actually from one of the old LOTV art pads but this image and many more floral ones are available as coloured imply print digis.

The papers are from The Works, lace from Crafty Ribbons, sentiment LOTV teenage girl sentiments. I used MFT wonky stitched circle and stitched ricrac dies and a Crafts Too butterfly die.

I will be back tomorrow with a card for a very special person.

Saturday 18 April 2020


I have been busy organising all my embroidery threads by winding them onto bobbins and sorting them in colour order in these organisers. 

I filled a large and medium one and had to order a second large one to fit them all in. I also have a small one which I use to keep the threads in for my current project. I seem to have inspired a few people to renew their interest in cross stitching which is nice. 

I will be back tomorrow with a card.

Thursday 16 April 2020

Regency Christmas

I thought with all the extra time at home I really should get some more Christmas cards made as I have made very few so far this year. I love the vintage girls from Lili of the Valley, this one is Regency Christmas. I have gone for a vintage multi layered card which I really enjoyed making.

She has been coloured with Copics.  I used a Copic sparkle pen for the ribbon on the present and buttons on her jacket, chalk for the sky and fun flock on the fur.  The papers are First Edition perfect Christmas, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

I die cut the sentiment and punched the holly leaves from one of the new Dovecraft adhesive glitter sheets from the metallics pack.  It made sticking the fiddly sentiment so easy.

We should have been going to Nottingham today to see a Cirque due Soleil show on ice and stay overnight at a Premier Inn. Instead we will be going to Morrisons for a click and collect order, not as exciting but necessary.  We have been very lucky getting a collection slot as it is much safer than going into the supermarket, something we have managed to avoid since the lockdown.

Wednesday 15 April 2020

Snowman decoration

I took some time out from a larger cross stitch I am doing to make my first cross stitched Christmas decoration for this year. It actually took a lot more work than I thought but I love how it turned out. It is one of a set of 4 Happy Snowmen patterns I bought from Durene Jones on Etsy. I made a few changes as the button was cross stitch, the eyes backstitch and the mouth and baubles french knots. I decided to use buttons and seed beads instead. 

I must have had the seed beads since I first started crafting. I think they came in one of those plastic containers I bought when starting out as it had all kinds of embellishments in it. I think it is the first time I have used the seed beads so I am glad I kept them.   

I stitched it on perforated paper which is nice and stiff, then added a ribbon loop and used strong glue to attach white felt to the back. Tomorrow I will be sharing a Christmas card with you.

Monday 13 April 2020

Dainty dancing

I made this for my friend Lynsey's daughter Grace whose Birthday was yesterday.  The image is LOTV dainty dancing coloured with Copics. I used a Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle die and some pretty double sided papers from The Works. The pad is 12x12 and was only £3. I am so impressed with this pad as the papers are a good thickness and I do love double sided papers. I used a new die from Whimsy called connected rectangles. I cute the die into two as I wanted to use it either side of the image.  The sentiment is LOTV.

Sunday 12 April 2020

Juggling chicks

I have never made so many Easter cards as I have this year as I don't normally send many, if at all. However I thought it would be a nice thing to do this year to brighten a few friends' day.  I used one of the coloured simply prints from LOTV diecut with a MFT stitched oval die. The papers are Lemoncraft fresh Summer again and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons from a few years ago. The sentiment is LOTV and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. I used some brads for the centres for a change and added a few dots made with Nuvo crystal drops. 

Happy Easter x

Saturday 11 April 2020

Hedgie silhouette

I have a few of the Little Claire silhouette stamps and haven't used one for ages. I love this one and teamed it with some Lilybee Autumn spice papers as I thought the colours suited the image though it would look equally good and completely different with Summery papers.  I used a Crafts Too toadstool die and an old Memory Box swirly tree die. The hessian butterfly is a bare basics from Docrafts.

We had a lovely morning gardening yesterday. It is lovely to see so many plants either in flower or springing to life and the garden all tidy again. One of the things I am enjoying with the current situation is how peaceful it is, with just the gentle sound of birdsong much of the time.

Friday 10 April 2020


This was my Mum's Easter card I sent her. It would of course have been much nicer to be able to visit her. The coloured simply print and the sentiment are from LOTV, papers are MFT hearts and stripes.  The ribbon I bought in America several years ago. I used a Hobbycraft flower punch edging the flowers with brown ink and adding some tiny pearls.  I used a Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle and banner dies.

Thursday 9 April 2020

Full steam ahead

Well isn't this weather amazing. We drove out to a local farm shop yesterday as we needed some fresh items. It was nice and quiet there and they let very few people in the shop at any time, sanitising your hands before you go in which was very good. The only trouble with being in the car with so little traffic on such a gorgeous day as that it would have been lovely to able to just keep going and drive to the coast for a long walk on the beach. We shall enjoy hat all the more when it is possible again. Instead of course we came home.

I really felt like making a scrapbook page and here it is. I must get more pages done and get cracking on some Christmas cards too. The page goes alongside another which I did ages ago entitled Railroad which also features a photo and tickets of the steam train at Mount Dora, a quaint old town in Florida. So the two pages read Steam Railroad.  The main papers are Kaisercraft, I added some banners from scrap paper, some lasercut wheels, washi tape and clouds and arrows from an Echo Park sheet.

Must do some housework this morning and then go for a walk after lunch. Then will see what I fancy doing for the rest of the afternoon.

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Easter egg bunny

Another of the cute new images from Lili of the Valley. This one is Easter Egg Bunny which I have coloured with Copics using chalk for the sky. The papers are Lemoncraft, sentiment is LOTV, ribbon from Dovecraft and I used the Hunkydory Moonstone floral dis again. This paper pack is called fresh Summer but I think it is perfect for Spring cards. 

Well I don't know about you but the days go by quickly.  We go for a walk some days, some days we practice our line dancing. With normal chores plus gardening, crafting, reading, jigsaw puzzles and TV we are never bored although it will be lovely when we can all get out more but for the time being we are staying home and saying safe.  We shared a cuppa with my Mum via FaceTime on Sunday but it will be lovely when we can visit her again.

I have some more cards made which I can't share with you yet and I am hoping to get in the craft room later but first need to do the ironing. 

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Something to make you smile

I thought I would share these two recent photos from Facebook which did make me smile in these troubled times. Hope you are all doing ok. I will be back with a card tomorrow. X

Saturday 4 April 2020

Another gift bag

I have bought very little new craft this year and am trying to use some of the stuff I do have like these little gift bags. I used the new Dovecraft paper posies collection which I received as part of the Trimcraft DT. The tag was diecut with an old Spellbinders die.  The paper, puffy sticker and diecut decoupage are all from the paper posies range.   I added some burlap trimmed with lace and flowers from Wild Orchid.

Hubby has been making good use of the week, painting some trellis and the shed which he should finish today. It was a new shed last year so we left it he natural colour but now her has painted it with garden shades in a lovely sage.   We are well stocked in he cupboards and freezer now so don't need any shopping for quite a while apart from milk, bread, fruit and veg which we can get from a farm shop. I have heard so many stories of people not following social distancing in supermarkets we are avoiding them.

Stay home, stay cheerful and stay safe x

Friday 3 April 2020


I bought a few new digis from Lili of the Valley in one of their recent sales. I have some to colour and I bought this coloured simply print too.  I used some old Gorjuss Girl paper, a Joy leaf die, some pink lacey mesh stuff I found in my stash, flowers from Wild Orchid and a burlap butterfly from Docrafts.

We actually managed to get a click and collect order for Morrisons which we are getting this afternoon. I got the slot last Monday which was fortunate as that night was when they introduced the new measures. I have never done an online order as we prefer going to the shops ourselves.  So as it is the only slot I can get I have ordered lots of non perishable goods which will save us going to a supermarket for quite a while. We should mainly just need fresh stuff from now on assuming I get everything I ordered of course.

Wednesday 1 April 2020


Another Easter card using one of the sweet coloured simply prints from Lili of the Valley. I love using the Go Kreate frilly squares 10 die for shaped cards. The yellow paper is Lemoncraft and the blue is MFT.   I added some cheesecoth, A LOTV sentiment and some flowers from he Hobby House.