Tuesday, 24 November 2015

My first circle card for a very long time

I have been inspired by my friend Lynsey's circle cards she made last week to try one myself. I used a few of my new things from the NEC on this one.
Image - Penny Black
Medium - Copics
Dies - Tonic trellis circles, Memory Box stitched snowflakes, Frantic Stamper tall pine trees
Embossing folder - Xcut mistletoe circle
Other - Stickles, pearl pen

Penny Black Dies and/or punches 
Whimsy Holidays  
Crafting Musketeers Anything but square 
Deep Ocean White plus one 
Simon Says Christmas
Creative Knockouts no square cards 
Graph'It Christmas
Live and Love Crafts Christmas tic tac toe (Glitter, snow, star)
The Craft Barn snowflakes
Allsorts at least 3 diecuts

Monday, 23 November 2015

Letter to Santa

Brrr what a cold day yesterday, couldn't believe we woke up to snow. We stayed in all day, nice and cosy. I sorted out  our Christmas card list, out in inserts and got them all written. I only have 4 more left to make for us to send but I do have some orders and more stock to make as well. I am always organised for Christmas but normally I have far more than 4 cards to make for us. I shall make a few more though as we always seem to get some we hadn't expected.

So onto my card. As soon as I saw this cute new image from Pink Gem I just had to get it and print it off. I used the pre coloured version but you also get the digi to colour. 
Image - Post Box Mice
Papers - Dovecraft North Pole
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Joanna Sheen postbox, MFT pierced rectangles
Other - card candi, pearl pen, Stickles

Simon Says Christmas 
Creative Inspirations festive fun
Papertake let it snow
Send a smile 4 kids anything goes 4 kids
Di's Digis cute and cuddly
The Craft Barn snowflakes
  Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 great sketch which I rotated

I am so pleased with my new camera. The screen swivels out enabling me to take much straighter pictures which means I hardly have to straighten them in Photoshop. I do feel the pictiures are better quality too. There will still be some popping up on my blog which were taken with the old camera for a while as I have several cards not blogged yet which I hold in reserve.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

More decorated boxes

I have been making lots more stock as I have 4 more craft fairs before Christmas. I thought I would share some more of the pretty boxes I sell which hubby paints and I decorate. He really enjoys painting them. He sets up his table and cloths in the conservatory, plays some vinyl on his 70's radiogram and paints. We have tried various paints, the newest is the pink which is a chalk paint and went on very smoothly so I shall be checking out what other colours are available.

The pleated ribbons are from Stamp an Create, the lilac one from Fantastic Ribbons. Both of these were challenge prizes where I won vouchers for their shops. The lace is from crafty Ribbons. Flowers are from I am Roses, pearl sprays from Wild Orchid and I coloured the wooden butterflies with Zig and Wink of Stella pens.

Sparkles anything but a card 
Noor! Design UK anything goes
Bizzy Becs anything goes


I am enjoying a relaxing weekend with no craft fairs. Mind you I won't be sitting outside like this! I have used another of the Little Claire silhouette toppers teamed with LOTV Always and Forever papers. The sentiment is a Little Claire dinkie stamp set. I added a Memory Box die cut tree and some little die cut birds. The topper is straight but blame the photographer as this was taken with my old camera.

Saturday, 21 November 2015


We have a great challenge of inspired by a Christmas carol or song at A Gem of a Challenge and I chose Rudolph the red nosed reindeer as my inspiration using Rudolf Barclay. Again I used the pre coloured digi and Trimcraft The night before Christmas papers. I added wooden embelishments, Stickles and used my pearl pen. I hope you will play along with us.

ABC Christmas w for wild thing 
The Ribbon Girl any image
Winter Wonderland 1 image, 2 papers, 3 types of embellishments (wooden, Stickles, pearl pen)
Bunny Zoe Sparkle
Creative Inspirations festive fun
Simon Says Christmas
Papertake let it snow

I have updated my craftroom page so if you would like to see where I work check out my page above.

Friday, 20 November 2015

A Summer's Day

It's my turn to inspire you on the Little Claire blog today with a project and I chose a lovely Summery card as a change from al the Christmas cards I am posting. I have used one of the latest releases, Bees Knees stamp set. For details of how I made my card please hop over to the Little Claire blog. I would love it if you left a comment there as well as on this post.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

3 hearts

A lady rang me after buying some of my cards and a gift as she wanted to order some special Christmas cards and a couple of gifts. She asked if I could make her a triple heart plaque as she had seen some in shops but she said they were nothing like as nice as the plaques I make. I had thought of making these to sell so here is the first one I have made which I sold on Monday. I covered the hearts with some old Papermania capsule papers. I added apple blossom and roses from Wild Orchid, Prima butterflies and some pearls and a flower charm

Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Sparkles anything but a card 
ABC V is for violet 
Allsorts anything but a card

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Made for Papercraft Inspirations

I was so pleased to join the Design Team at Papercraft Inspirations magazine and this is one of the cards I made for my first feature which was published last month. I was asked to make 4 cards with the theme thinking of you but without mentioning sympathy.

The card is A6 and I used a pretty Little Claire dinkie stamp coloured with Copics. The paper is Craftwork Cards Chalkboard, sentiment is Inkylicious. I added some scrim from B&Q and Crafts Too die cut butterflies. I also used my Xcut corner rounder punch, which I have really got back into using recently.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

New stamp, new camera

This is the first card picture I have taken with my new camera, which is actually my Christmas pressy from hubby. We went shopping last week and got it and I bought him a zoom lens for his SLR camera. We have also bought some smaller presents to unwrap on Christmas Day. There was no point putting my camera away until the big day and I couldn't wait to play around with it. It is a Nikon Coolpix and I am very pleased with the quality of the photos. It will be interesting to compare with other pics when this publishes and I look at it on the iPad.

So onto my card using snew stamp and papers from the NEC
Image - Woodware
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft Glad Tidings
Other - burlap, raffia, baker's twine, DI Vintage Photo

Cute Card Thursday birds/animals 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

That's another commissioned card off the list.

Monday, 16 November 2015

A commissioned card

I have a few cards to make for a commission and for this one I was asked to make a card for a lady who is 91, like traditional and pretty. The card is 7" square so that gave me plenty of opportunity for embellishments.
Image - Wee topper from The Hobby House
Papers - First Edition Vintage Noel
Dies - Marianne poinsettias, Punch - Woodware holly
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment - PC generated
Other - DI vintage photo, Stickles, pearls

Southern Girls Twine, tape or ribbon

I am at the hospital shop today so another early start. Hoping I sell a lot of Christmas cards and gifts.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Season's tweetings

How cute are these little birds which Lynsey bought me as part of my Birthday present. They are Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows stamps and dies. I was wondering what to make with them as they are quite tiny when the idea of a little scene came to me. They have been coloured with Copics and I used Stickles on the hat trim. The lamppost is a new die I bought at he NEC from Sweet Dixie. The first die I have bought of theirs, great price and cuts and embosses in one. I added some white acryclic paint and embossed with shabby white frantage. The bench is an older Marianne die. I also used my Spellbinders curved border dies and some glitter card I bought at the NEC which I thought was white but when I got home found it is in fact a pale blue but goes well with the Trimcraft Night before Christmas paper.

Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Country View colour blue 
Natalie and Amy Winter scene
Inspiration Journal Mission Embossable (used frantage)
Papertake Christmas critters 
Inky Chicks Silent Night 
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Cute Card Thursday birds/animals

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Snowy scene

Christmas in white is the new monthly challenge at Little Claire and I thought I would make a Winter scene for my card. 

There is a great prize on offer so hope to see you play along as you could win all this.

I used an Embossalicious embossing folder for my background and cut some snowy hills with my Spellbinders curved border and a Memory Box die. I added some Impression Obsessions fir trees and Santa and sligh.. The cute snowman trio have been coloured with Copics.

Natalie and Amy Winter scene
Inspiration Journal Mission embossable
Simon Says Monday Something beginning with N (Night before Christmas)
Inky Chicks Silent Night
We are off to a quiz and chips night tonight so that should be good fun.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Choo Choo

Well I am pleased to say I finished the Christmas shopping yesterday but still have several cards to make for us to send as well as continually making cards and gifts for sale of course. So onto my card which I made for a friend's Birthday which was Monday so I can share with you today. He loves steam and model trains and last year I used Mo's Engineer image. When I saw this Hobby House topper I thought it would amuse him. I teamed it with some lovely papers I bought a few weeks ago, MME lime twist out of the blue. I love the colours of MME papers, so vibrant and of course the train paper is perfect. The sentiment was stamped onto TH ticket dies and I added a large button and jute string bow. I couldn't get the string through the buttonholes so simply stuck it on top and it looks fine. As I want more stock and I had two of these toppers I decided to make two cards the same, which is very unusual for me but a great timesaver. 

Feeling Sketchy great sketch
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Creative Inspirations anything goes

Thursday, 12 November 2015

I've been sewing!

It's been a very long time since I did any embroidery, which I used to love. If you saw my new goodies post I bought at the NEC you may have spotted a pack of two reindeer to sew. At just £1 I couldn't resist and amazed myself at the fact that I have actually made one already and not just put the pack away out of sight. I really enjoyed making him even though the instructions were a bit odd.For example how do you sew all round with running stitch and then most of the way with blanket stitch and then add the wadding? Anyway I figured it out and added some little bells to his antlers which weren't part of the pack. He will be decorating my home this year and I will be making the other one for my Mum as part of her pressy.

ABC Christmas W Wild thing 
Papertake Christmas critters 
Sparkles Christmas Christmas decorations 

Please scroll down for my Crafty Ribbons card today.

Trim the tree

New challenge day at Crafty Ribbons and this week our challenge is Christmas tree. I just ahd to use this cute new digi from Pink Gem. I used the precoloured image and teamed it with the gorgeous Kaisercraft Silver Bells paper. The tag is from the matching diecuts pack and the ribbon from Crafty Ribbons of course.

CCAYR Oh Christmas tree 
Sparkles Christmas Christmas decorations 
Craftyhazelnut Bright or sparkly colours
Dream Valley shaped cards
Papertake Christmas critters 
Send a smile 4 kids Happy Holidays 4 kids
The Cutie Pie Simply cute and Christmassy

Out early for breakfast this morning and then some Christmas shopping. Pop back later for something very different from me.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Merry Kissmas

This is another 7" square commissioned card and also my second LOTV inspiration make for November. I love this sweet image, one of the recent releases, coloured with Copics with fun flock on her dress. The papers are LOTV snow princess. I used La La Land heart banner and Spellbinders floral oval dies and a MS snowflake border punch. As I used a deep purple card blank I mounted the papers onto white linen card for a change.

Noor! Design UK anything goes
The Ribbon Girl anything goes

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Hot chocolate

I have used a very old stamp today, which is an Elisabeth Bell image when Sugar Nellie used to sell her stamps. She has been coloured with Copics of course. I kept the layout simple for this one. The papers are Kaisercraft Silver Bells. The top two sentiments come from the paper pad, the bottom one from a Pink Gem digi kit. I added some washi tape, tiny pearls and a wooden heart coloured with a dark pink Wink of Stella pen.

Without Words Winter birthday 
Deep Ocean Chocolate, coffee or tea 
Cute Card Thursday Food or drink

Monday, 9 November 2015

New stamps

A very different Christmas card from me today and I absolutely love it. In fact I may have to make a few more like it as I loved making it and it is also nice and flat for posting.  I stamped my new Inkylicious Winter Lodge stamp in brown and then used a white gel pen for snow. The foliage was made by stamping another new Inkylicious stamp, twiggy branch several times in white and brown and adding some red sparkly berries with a Sakura gelly roll pen. I sprinkled and heat embossed shabby white frantage and added the Tim Holtz diecut sentiment in white glitter card.

Natalie and Amy winter scene 
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Papertake anything goes
Inspiration Journal Mission Embossable

Sunday, 8 November 2015

A new PB stamp

I spotted this stamp for sale in a Facebook group and just had to buy it. I love the PB hedgies and love colouring them and have been building up my collection a little. I find wooden stamps so easy to stamp and even though they take up more room I still love them. I know some people remove them from the wood but I couldn't bring myself to do that. To me that is a bit like people turning down the corner of a book page, I hate that.

So onot my card which has been coloured with Copics, Stickles for the snow and cut out with Spellbinders labels 10 die. I used an Embossalicious folder with linen card, MB sentiment die and Simon Says and Joy snowflake dies with glitter card.

Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything Christmas 
Papertake anything goes
Penny Black Dies and/or punches 
Graph'It Christmas sparkle 
Craftyhazelnut Bright or sparkly colours
Inspiration Journal Mission Embossable

Saturday, 7 November 2015

New stash and some thoughts on the NEC show

Thought you would like to see what I bought and hear my thoughts on the NEC show. First the essentials, the more exciting purchases are below. Lots of card blanks, card stock, magnetic folder and sheets , the wonderful Stick It, Stickles, tape and glue.

A new daylight lamp as mine no longer tips where I want it. The new one was a bargain and much better I think. Papers, embossing folders, LOTV art pad, pen pots to paint and decorate and a couple of reindeer decorations to sew. I don't sew much these days but thought these might be fun.

My favourites, dies and stamps. So pleased with these. Reorganised my die storage yesterday to accommodate them all.

Lots of lovely ribbons, lace and embellishments.

So my thoughts on the show which I have voiced on Facebook. Lynsey and I had a lovely time and I am so pleased with the things I bought but....... the organisers have got too greedy in my opinion. I was lucky to win two tickets but otherwise the tickets are £12.50 though you can save £2 by buying in advance. The car park is £12 and the refreshments were ridiculously expensive. Some companies like Oyster Stamps weren't there as the cost for their size stand would have been £4,500. Little Calire weren't there and Jayne at Stamposaurus said they probably won't do it again. Some of the stands were smaller than usual no doubt due to cost. The cloakroom charge is £1 per item so by the time we both left coats and three bags as they were too heavy to carry all day, we spent £5 there.

Hubby drove us there on Wednesday and we had a lovely overnight stay and enjoyed a nice meal but the weather was horrid when we left on Thursday and he had to drive home. The traffic around Birmingham is horrendous all the time. Luckily the sat nav took us round the back roads to get onto the motorway so we didn't get stuck in traffic. Yesterday we were both feeling tired but much better today. I have had a lovely time today playing with some of my new goodies.

So would I go again, probably not. I often go to Ally Pally in April and NEC in November but I think I will go to both Ally Pally shows instead and maybe Summer Crafting. They are much nearer venues, though still involve an overnight stop which we enjoy and means hubby doesn't have to drive both way in one day. They are also much cheaper. As a comparison Ally Pally tickets are £5, parking and cloakroom are free and refreshments much cheaper.

Check out Monday's post for a card made with some new stamps.

Christmas Critters

It's new challenge day at A Gem of a Challenge and this fortnight our challenge is Christmas Critters. Once again I was spoilt for choice to know which image to use but chose of the newer ones as it is so cute, mind you they are all cute. I used a pre coloured image, so useful at this busy time. The papers are Trimcraft The Night before Christmas. I used a Joy present die, MS holly border punch and added lots of Stickles and a sentiment and glittery tree which I have had for ages.

Papertake anything goes 
The Paper Shelter Layer on layer

Friday, 6 November 2015

Bees Knees

Today I am showcasing some of the new Bees Knees stamp set which is now on sale from Little Claire at just £6. There are several stamps and sentiments in this set. I have used three of the stamps and a sentiment, coloured with Copics and added Wink of Stella clear pen to the wings. The papers are also from Little Claire, ribbon from The Hobby House and flowers from Poundland and Prima.

Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Fussy and Fancy flowers 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes
Papertake anything goes
TTCRD anything goes

Thursday, 5 November 2015

I'm so excited

Why am I excited? Well I am at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC today. Hubby drove Lynsey and I to Birmingham last night and we stayed at a Premier Inn so after brekkie Lynsey and I will be off to the show whilst hubby catches a bus to Coventry to look round the motor museum. We are meeting up with some blogging buddies at lunchtime, only one of whom we have met before. I have my money and wishlist ready.

So onto my card which is the second of my Happy Cat cards. See my post on Monday for the first card. These new stamps from Lili of the Valley are released today at the NEC and on the website from Monday. 
Image - LOTV Happy Cat
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV sunny side up
Dies - Lawn Fawn puffy clouds, Spelbinders circle, scalloped circle and heart circle, MB kittens
Ribbon from stash

We will be driving home this evening so will catch up tomorrow x

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Flowers for Mum

This is one of a set of new irresistible images from Little Claire. The silhouettes are so effective. I teamed it with LOTV Always and Forever papers. I used Cheery Lynn butterflies and Doohickey lace border dies. This image would be good for so many occasions so I didn't add a sentiment as it will be going on sae at my next craft fair.

The Ribbon Girl anything goes
Papertake anything goes 
TTCRD anything goes

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Snowmen plaque

This is my first LOTV design collective inspiration post this month and I chose to make a Christmas plaque. The MDF heart is from MDF Craft Supplies, a great company with free postage. The paper is form my odds and ends pile. I used the TH snowflake die and matching embossing folder and added lots of glitter. The snowmen are part of the recent LOTV trio set and I added Stickles to the Copic coloured hat and pearl dots. A few enamel stars to finish.

There is a coffee and craft shop which opened about six months ago, just a few miles away and we often go there for coffee or a light lunch. They sell handmade goods by local crafters and I have some of my gifts in there. They sold 3 things in the first 5 days so I am hoping they will sell several things coming up to Christmas. This plaque is in there for sale.

Graph'It Christmas colours (photo inspiration) 
Cute Card Thursday Sparkles 
Whimsy Christmas
Craftyhazelnut Time to sing (Frosty the Snowman) 
Sweet Stampin' Dies and/or punches
Sparkles Christmas Christmas decorations 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts Anything Christmas 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Monday, 2 November 2015

LOTV new release sneak peek

Yes it is new release time at Lili of the Valley and you are going to fall in love with the new cute images. They will be on sale at the NEC this week and on the website from next Monday. Check out the sneak peeks from the rest of the Design Collective. This is Happy Cat and there are two images on the sheet plus several sentiments. The image and sentiment were cut with MFT stitched dies.I coloured the image with Copics and teamed it with LOTV Timeless Victorian papers. The wooden hearts were coloured with a Zig Woodcraft pen and the wooden butterfly with a violet wink of stella pen. I distressed the edges with DI milled lavender and bundeled sage and a distressing tool and used an Xcut rounded corner punch. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and I added some enamel dots.

Off out for lunch with friends today. Check out my blog on Thursday when I will be showcasing the second Happy Cat image.

Papertake Sketch 106 
Sweet Stampin' Dies and/or punches
Simon Says anything goes
The Ribbon Girl anything goes

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Candy winner

Here I am back as promised with the lucky winner of my blog candy. Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks for your continued support, visits and comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

So onto the lucky winner

And that is you Mags. Please email me your address and I will get those posted to you.

Lovely to have some new followers, I hope you will continue to visit.

You can find today's card featuring a new release from Little Calire below and tomorrow I will be bringing you a sneak peek of one of the new releases due next week from LOTV. Don't miss it.

One of a kind

This fun stamp is one of the new releases from Little Claire. I coloured the image with Copics and added some faux stitching. The lovely tartan papers are Little Claire and the pawprint ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

Day at home today, odds and ends to do and need to get on with some magazine commissions and orders. Last Sunday we ended up going out for coffee and a walk and by the time we had worked our way through a pile of paperwork I ended up with very little crafting time.

Creative Inspirations photo inspiration (I chose the colours) 
Simon Says anything goes

Back later with my candy winner.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Birthday candy

 This post will remain at the top until 31 October. 
To enter my candy please click on my Birthday candy page above.

Cover girl!

Have you got your copy of the new Little Claire magazine yet? I was delighted to find my card made with the accompanying stamp on the front cover. Here it is in more detail.

Lovely to have a taste of Spring which is a long way off. The image has been coloured with Copics and I added fun flock to his tail. The papers are all from Little Claire and I added some faux stitching with a fineliner pen. The prim poppy is a Memory Box die and the grass is a CC die.

Up early this morning to set up a stall at an indoor car boot sale. It makes a change from selling my cards and gifts. Hopefully we will get rid of some stuff from the loft. Set up is from 8.30 and it runs from 10-12 so back home this afternoon.

I would like to enter this into the challenge ar Creative Inspirations, inspired by nature and anything goes at Simon Says.

Last day to enter my candy.