Tuesday 28 September 2021

Scruffy Edward again

 Now you may have seen one of these elephants in a different colour on my blog before. The pattern is Scruffy Edward from Lili of the Valley. He is a larger pattern holding a balloon and I made and sold one of those. I then made a couple without the balloon so he fits into a 4” hoop. One of those sold at Prima Rosa so I gave her the other one to display. 

I made this one ready for my craft fairs. I popped a picture on Facebook and a lady who lives locally that I met through a jigsaw puzzling group on Facebook messaged me to buy it. So I don’t have one for my craft fairs once again 😀. I am busy cross stitching some Christmas decorations at the moment so may be a while before I sew another elephant. 

Monday 27 September 2021

Off to the pub

Another commissioned card.  The image is Hunkydory and the denim papers are We R Memory keepers which I bought in America years ago and forgot I had. The sentiment is LOTV and I added some wooden chevrons.  

Now what do you do when you have made the card and check your order list and find she wanted special Uncle on it. Well I thought where is that going to fit? I decided to print it vertically as theta was the only place it would fit without spoiling the layout.  I really like the effect.


Sunday 26 September 2021

Golden Wedding Scene

A simple card today for our friends' Golden Wedding.  They don't like cute but they love scenes like this so I was very happy when I found this image in one of my old LOTV art pads. The papers is Santoro and I used some Dovecraft ribbon and a Whiff of Joy die.  Fairly simple, just how they like it.


Saturday 25 September 2021

Look at me in my bandana

Mum asked me to make a card using a photo of her friend's dog for her friend's Birthday.  Honey is sporting a lovely bandana, which I made.  I used papers and heart from the Woof collection from Nitwits.  The sentiment is LOTV and I added some wooden hearts.

Yesterday we went to a Macmillan coffee morning at Prima Rosa and today we are off to another one at some friends' house.  We haven't seen them since before the first lockdown as his Mum had terminal cancer and they moved to Harrogate for a few months to be with her and his Dad.  They had a lot of work of work done on their house whilst they were away so it will be lovely to see them and seen the house improvements.  Sadly his Mum died a while ago so this morning is in memory of her.

Friday 24 September 2021

Cake for Macmillan coffee morning

I used one of the old LOTV art pads for this commissioned card but it is available as a coloured simply print called Summer treats, pretty sweets.  I teamed it with Dovecraft oh so sweet papers and make a wish puffy stickers.  The sparkly butterfly is from an old pack from Poundland.

Off for lunch shortly at Prima Rosa for a Macmillan coffee morning.  The kitchen is coming along well.  The worktops went on yesterday and he did most of the tiling.  So this morning he has completed the tiling and is now grouting them.  We cleaned all the cupboards and got everything back in the cupboards last night and today we can have another clean and move things back to the worktops.  Not that we have much on the worktops as I don't like lots of clutter in the kitchen, well not anywhere really.


Thursday 23 September 2021

Bundle girl

I don't seem to have had too much time for colouring lately so it was a joy to colour up this cutie with Copics. This is Stamping Bella bundle girl with a wood anemone  I got this stamp last Christmas from Dies to Die For in a Secret Santa pack they did.

I made it for a friend who loves pink.  The paper is from one of the new packs I bought on holiday, Paper Favourites shabby chic wood.  I went for a shabby chic look and found some ombre pink paper which I used with Joy flower dies. 

The tiles came off in the kitchen on Tuesday and yesterday we emptied the kitchen cupboards. Today the worktops will be changed.  Tomorrow the new tiles will go up.  Thank goodness we have a conservatory to store everything in and a utility room to use as a kitchen.  Lunch out with friends today as it is their Golden Wedding on Saturday and they are going away for the night.  It means we won't have to cook a meal tonight which will be good.


Monday 20 September 2021

Two peas

I was asked to make a card using this photo. The friend who ordered it has a joke with her best friend about being teo peas in a pod and she bought her these socks. I immediately thought of the LOTV baby image of 2 peas in a pod so used that as well. I coloured it with Copics and added the sentiment on the laptop.  The papers are MFT. I found the patterned roses in my stash which I bought in America a few years ago, added some leaves from Hobbycraft and cherry blossom flowers from Wild Orchid.  She is delighted with the card thank goodness.

I have noticed how blogging is dropping off even further.  Many of my crafting friends have either given up cardmaking or are still making cards but not blogging.  My visitors and comments are way down compared to 10 years ago.  I know commenting takes time so I really appreciate those who take time to comment.  I sometimes wonder whether to continue as I get a lot of likes and comments on Facebook which is much quicker to use.  However not all my crafting friends use Facebook and I do like the record of everything on my blog so I shall continue for now at least.

A busy week ahead.  We should have had new worktops and tiles in our kitchen last week but the kitchen fitter caught Covid so had to isolate until tomorrow. Apart from headaches and tiredness he felt ok. He thinks he got it from his children once they went back to school as other parents caught it too.  So all the kitchen cupboards have to be emptied, what a joy. The painter is coming next week.  Graham has done the door frames and will be painting the doors but the decorator will be doing the skirting boards, ceiling and walls.  It will be nice when it is all done.

Saturday 18 September 2021

Back to Christmas

Yes another Christmas card.  I have a few fairs booked now for later in the year so thought I should get some more Christmas cards made plus making mine to send of course.  I used a lovely coloured digi from Lili of the Valley which I teamed with First Edition North Star papers.  I added some diecut Christmas trees which I cut from Dovecraft adhesive glitter card.  The sentiment is LOTV and I added some Martha Stewart punched snowflakes.

We were at the theatre again last night to see the 35th Anniversary show of That'll be The Day show.  We have seen them many times as they are fantastic singing songs from the late 50's to 80's with an emphasis on 60's songs which we love.  As it is a long show and was in Lowestoft we stayed overnight at a Premier Inn.  This morning we will be going to the beach for a walk and brekkie before heading home.  It is so nice to be seeing live performances again.  We felt perfectly safe at the show on Sunday night though we were surprised at how few people wore masks given the ago group of people going to a 60's show.  We wore ours until we sat down and again in the interval and when we left.

Have a good weekend everyone.


Friday 17 September 2021

Bright pink request

A good friend asked if I could make a bright pink 70th card,  Originally she asked for a flamingo card like the ones I have shown before.  However she then discovered the lady doesn't like flamingos! I mean who doesn't like flamingos!

So I used the Dovecraft Finding Paradise papers and topper for this 7" card.  I remembered I have a large leaf die which was perfect to match with the large flowers.  I diecut a sentiment, added some puffy stickers for the age and a couple of sparkly butterflies from an old pack from Poundland.

Thursday 16 September 2021

Playing with my some of my new goodies

When we were in the New Forest I was delighted to find Emerald Crafts were still trading in Lyndhurst. They have a lovely shop packed with crafting goodies. I bought some lovely papers, a few essentials and a couple of dies and couldn't wait to try them out.  I used a Craft Deco star circle and Christmas roses and foliage dies by Creative Expressions.

The lovely image is a coloured digi from Lili of the Valley.  I used one of their older sentiments and papers from First Edition.  After I diecut the roses I wanted to add some sparkle.   The sparkle pen wasn't giving much sparkle so I squeezed the nib and got more sparkle than I expected.  I really like the effect on the plan card though so glad it turned out well.

Monday 13 September 2021

Robins on seed heads

Another of the recent coloured simply prints from Lili of the Valley.  This is robins on seedheads.  I teamed it with some First Edition papers, a LOTV sentiment and poinsettias from Hobbycraft.  I do love tartan for Christmas cards.


Sunday 12 September 2021


Anotehr of the coloured simply prints from Lili of the Valley.  This one is countryside Winter.  I teamed it with First Edition Winter Rose papers.  I wanted to add some foliage to match the image.  I used a Xcut embossed ivy punch and Crafter's Companion berries die and Sue Wilson twiddly dies.  The sentiment is LOTV.

We are going out this evening to the theatre for the first time since Covid.  We are going with friends and having a meal at Bella Italia first.  We shall be wearing our masks in the theatre until we take our seats, which are in the front row luckily.  It feels quite strange to be going but we have to try to get back to normal whilst staying as safe as possible.  It's a 60's music show so most of the audience will be our age and hopefully mostly double vaccinated.


Saturday 11 September 2021

Dachshunds and back from holiday

Another card from the Nitwits Woof digi collection.  I think the sentiment is so cute.  I remembered I had some dachshund washi tape so added that plus some wooden hearts.

We are on our way back from a short break away. On Monday we travelled to the New Forest for 3 nights in a lovely place called Spot in the Woods.  Then on Thursday we went to stay in a Hilton hotel near Wisley in order to visit the RHS Wisley Flower Show on Friday. We had never been to Wisley before, both the flower show and gardens were lovely and we spent all day there.We took loads of photos and I will share a few of them.


Friday 10 September 2021

Another angel

And it's another of the coloured simply prints from the recent LOTV launch.  This one is angel trumpet and is one of 3 angel images.  I teamed it with First Edition North Star papers.  I used a LOTV elegant sentiment, MFT stitched scallop border dies and Martha Stewart snowflake punches.

Sorry for the short posts this week. You will see why tomorrow.


Thursday 9 September 2021

More cats

Another card made with the Nitwits Me-Wow digi collection.  I love the way these cats look like they are made of material.  I simply added some heart buttons tied with twine and some baker's twine.


Wednesday 8 September 2021

Happy Christmouse!

I have another from the second Christmas launch from Lili of the Valley today. This mouse with holly which I coloured with Copics.  The papers are First Edition Winter Rose. I love the rich colours of these papers.  The ribbon is an old once from Crafty Ribbons.  I used a holly punch, flowers from Hobbycraft and berries from stash.


Tuesday 7 September 2021


Another commissioned card for my friend who orders a lot of football cards. This time as it was for a teenager I used the coloured digi football buy from Pink Gem.  I printed it a bit larger than I relaised so kept the design simple.  The papers are MFT and I used a MFT pierced banner die for the sentiment and stitched square die from The Works.


Monday 6 September 2021

A surprise commission

I decorated one of these hearts some time ago and as it hasn't sold at craft fairs decided to advertise it on Facebook Marketplace. A local lady contacted me and asked what other designs I have. Luckily I had one of these standing hearts left which Graham had painted for me. 

I asked her what she had in min and she said pink and girly so I mocked up a design and sent her a photo. She said it was exactly what she had in mind so I put it all together and she was very happy with it.  The photo isn't great as the flowers look darker than they actually are and the light is shining on the butterfly.

Sunday 5 September 2021

Trying out the new printer

I wanted to try the new printer with some of the recent Christmas simply prints from Lili of the Valley. I was so relieved that they came out just as well as with the old printer.  This one is Angel candle.  I diecut her and added her to a doily which I love using on cards.  The paper is First Edition North Star from last year.  I used a holly punch and Marianne Designs poinsettia die.

After all the dull cool weather it has started to warm up.  In fact it looks like it is going to get a bit too hot for us. The garden has got very dry again as the only rain we have had recently has been the odd drizzly shower.  I guess we are never satisfied.

Saturday 4 September 2021

In the garden

I made this card for a friend who is a keen gardener.  I was searching through my printed and stamped images and came across this one which is an old LOTV stamp.  I coloured it with Copics.  Her favourite colour is teal and I found these paper hydrangea flowers and teal card which I used with a Joy leaf die.  I used a stitched square die from The Works and added some doodling and a couple of butterflies cut with a Crafts Too die.


Friday 3 September 2021


I bought the Nitwits Woof digi collection to make some doggy themed cards.  Like the cat card I made a one layer cards, this time adding some pawprint ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and wooden hearts.


Thursday 2 September 2021


I recently bought this digi kit from Nitwits called Me-wow as I often get asked for cat and dog cards.  I created the bottom layer in Word adding shadows.  I then decoupaged the bowl and food, adding a LOTV sentiment and some pearls.

I always think these will be quick to make but they actually take a lot of fiddling on the computer to get the design looking right. It sometimes seems more difficult than using physical pieces.


Wednesday 1 September 2021

Big Bouquet

 This was a commissioned card and my friend asked me to use the Big Bouquet digi from Lili of the Valley.  I coloured it with Copics and used Lemoncraft Fresh Summer papers.  I used a MFT stitched die and Sweet Dixie flower dies.