Thursday, 14 July 2016

Giveaway time

If you would like the chance to win these lovely dies worth over £40 then click on the tonic dies giveaway page at the top of my blog. Good Luck.
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Monday, 4 July 2016

Crafty Ribbons Giveaway

If you would like to win these ribbons check out my Crafty Ribbons giveaway page. I also have a Tonic dies giveaway page.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Bouquet of flowers

This is another card I recently had published in Papercraft Inspirations. I had to make two floral thank you cards. I really enjoyed making this bouquet for a change from using stamped images.
Paper - MME Nostalgia
Dies - Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle, Marianne flowers, MB butterflies, Lawn Fawn stitched leaves
Sentiment - LOTV
Other - doily, pearls and bow

Allsorts photo inspiration 
Becka B anything goes 
Bunny Zoe Summer 
Dream Valley Summer colours 
Fussy and Fancy say it with flowers

Check out my two giveaways, details at the top of my blog.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Keep Fit

I love this fun image and thought it perfect for a friend for his Birthday.
Image - Penny Black critter workout
Medium - Copics
Papers - American Crafts dots and stripes
Dies - MFT Jumbo stitched fishtail, MFT pierced rectangle MB cofentiment - LOTV

Penny Black Happy Birthday 
Stamping Sensations feature a creature 
The Ribbon Girl any image

Check out my two giveaways, details at the top of my blog.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Gnomes are released and a giveaway

There are some fabulous new fun Summer ribbons and toppers released today at Crafty Ribbons. I made a plaque as one of my samples using two of the new gnome ribbons and one of the gnome toppers which are also available to buy today. I used a free paper from a magazine, Doohickey fence die and some butterflies from Poundland.

Dream Valley Summer colours 
Di's Digis Summer 
Bunny Zoe Summer 
LC Designs create a scene 
Noor! Design UK Here comes Summer 
Not just cards anything goes

If you would like the chance to win some of these ribbons 

then check out my Crafty Ribbons giveaway page. There are more chances to win on the Crafty Ribbons blog and their Facebook page. Some of the Crafty Ribbons DT will also be giving away some ribbons so check out their blogs. I also have a Tonic dies giveaway page so check that out too.

This is my second post today. Please see below for today's card.

Jeans pocket

I had a commission to make two pocket cards for Papercraft Inspirations and this is the first one I am sharing with you. I had great fun creating this to look like the back of a pair of jeans. The denim paper is We R Memory Keepers, lace and ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I stamped the LC Designs sentiment onto Tim Holtz diecut tickets, added some gem scrolls and a flower charm.

Not Just Cards anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday add some shimmer

Sunday, 26 June 2016


Check out my candy giveaway. Another wooden plaque to share with you today. I do love making these.
Sentiment - Kaisercraft rub on
Paper - from stash
Script ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Rose ribbon and lace - The Range
Butterfly - The Works
Rose - Wild Orchid
Wooden clocl - stash

Simon Says Monday use patterned paper 
Deep Ocean metal or wood 
Dies R Us Butterflies

Saturday, 25 June 2016

It's in the bag

We have another great challenge for you at A Gem of a Challenge and it is anything but a card. I decided to make a gift nag as I haven't made for one for ages.
Image and sentiment - Pink Gem
Bag - Poundland
Papers - Papermania Mr Mister
Die - wine bottle and glass (don't know the make)
Sticky mesh from stash

Double D one for the boys 
Simon Says Monday use patterned papers 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Crafting from the heart anything goes

We have been away for a couple of nights again, this time to Birmingham where we went to see ELO in concert. The most expensive tickets we have ever bought and we weren't in the most expensive seats. Well worth it, amazing show and a lovely break. Sorry I didn't get hardly any blogging done whilst we were away, will catch up later.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Listen to the Music

This card was an order and as her Birthday was on Saturday I can show it on my blog. I was asked to make a card similar to one I made for LOTV but a 7" card. The request was for dark reddish hair and black and white colouring with a CAS layout.
Image - LOTV Jasmine - music
Medium - Copics
Sentiment stamp - Woodware
Punch - music note (no make on it)
Tissue tape - Tim Holtz
Enamel hearts - from Michaels

Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Crafty Friends inspired by a song (Thank you for the music - Abba)
Crafting from the heart anything goes
The Ribbon Girl any image
Little Miss Muffet anything goes
The Paper Shelter Birthday girl

Thursday, 23 June 2016

At the beach

Time for a new challenge at Crafty Ribbons and this time our theme is Summer, with ribbon of course. I chose to make a plaque with a beach theme. The plaque was painted blue and I then added some PVA glue and cream paint and crackle accents. I have several pieces of this net stuff in my stash, not sure what the proper name is for it. I used some dies, shell, pearls and Kaisercraft shells and sentiment from packs I bought in America. The beach hut ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons of course.

Deep Ocean Metal or wood (wooden plaque) 
Crafty Friends Inspired by a song (On the beach - Cliff Richard) 
Bunny Zoe Summer 
Country View Crackle 
Noor! Design UK Here comes Summer

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hello little bee

Another new Penny Black stamp today which I bought on Ebay, used with my favourite Go Kreate die set.
Image - Penny Black just buzzin' by
Medium - Copics
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 10, Memory Box flower
Butterfly - Poundland
Wooden ladybird - Hobbycraft
Cabuchons - Facebook group
Papers - Docrafts magazine freebies and scrap
Sentiment - LC Designs

Penny Black Birthdays 
Noor! Design UK Here comes Summer 
Stamping Sensations Feature a creature 
Dies R Us Butterflies
Cute Card Thursday Little bugs/butterflies 
Allsorts How does your garden grow? 
Sweet Stampin' shaped cards 
As you like it Favourite die (My Go Kreate dies, as I explained before I waited so long for them as they were always out of stock. Love the shaped cards they make) 
Di's Digis Summer

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


I bought this set of Sizzix stamps and dies a few months ago and finally used it for a good friend's Birthday card. I wanted to create a vintage look with lots of layers and embellishments. I played around until I was happy with the layout. I don't think people always realise how much goes into designing a card. It isn't just what you use but how you use it.
Stamps and Dies - Sizzix Graphic 45 with distress ink pads
Paper - Craftwork Cards Venetian
Rose - Wild Orchid
Other - Doily, frame, gauze, lace, stringy stuff

Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Not just cards anything goes
Simon Says Monday Use patterned paper
Crafting from the heart anything goes

Monday, 20 June 2016

Present delivery

Almost half way through the year and I really need to get more Christmas cards made. So here I am with another one.
Image - Sugar Nellie Wings of Love
Medium - Copics
Papers - Echo Park Winter Wishes
Flowers - Wild Orchid apple blossom
Berries - The Ribbon Girl
Other - Wink of Stella pen, Stickles, pearl pen, ribbon and charm from stash

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Warm Winter Clothing 
Deep Ocean Metal or wood 
Winter Wonderland Add some sparkle 

We are out tonight, meal at Pizze Express and then Rhythm of the Dance at the theatre. We have seen this show a few times, mainly Irish dancing. Every time the show is different so should be a good night.

Sunday, 19 June 2016


I said I would be back later with something different. These didn't photograph very well unfortunately but it gives you an idea of them. I have so many charms I have collected that I decided to make some keyrings/bag charms to sell. These are just a sample as I have various charms. I have a few customers who regularly look at my blog and/or my Facebook albums so I wanted to show these are available.  Please scroll down for my Scrapbook layout.

Space, the final frontier

A scrapbook layout to share with you today of the last time we visited Kennedy Space Centre, somewhere we plan to go back to. As you can see Graham is dwarfed by the Saturn rocket. I used a hexagon die and Prima Craftsman papers, adding some wooden arrows and a fabric sticker I bought in America.

Simon Says Monday World Traveller 
Deep Ocean Metal or wood 
Double D One for the boys 
Crafty Friends Inspired by a song (Rocket Man by Elton John) 
Not just cards anything goes

Back later with something totally different.  It should stay dry today so we are hoping to go to a local garden show at a garden centre this morning. Hopefully some crafting this afternoon. Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Mr & Mrs

Yes another Wedding card today and another order. I was asked for this image and a purple Wedding card, an easier commission this time. 
Image - LOTV precoloured diecut (I changed the pink with Copics and Wink of Stella pen)
Papers - LOTV Timeless Victorian
Sentiment - Magazine freebie
Die - Joanna Sheen flourish leaf
Flowers - Wild Ocrhid and I am Roses
Hearts - MDF Craft Supplies coloured with Wink of Stella
Other - cheesecloth and crispy ribbon

  Creative Inspirations Spring into Summer 
The Ribbon Girl any card 
Noor! Design UK Here comes Summer
Sparkles They say when you marry in June
Deep Ocean Metal or wood
Bunny Zoe Summer

Friday, 17 June 2016


I bought a new stamp set with these cakes and a set of cups and saucers. At first I thought the things on the right were bridge rolls but then I realised they are macaroons! 

I only bought the stamp last Friday at Sprinkle Twinkle and look I have made a card already. I am getting better at using more of my new stamps rather than stamping them and them waiting months to be coloured. I have so many images stamped and printed though that I don't think I will ever use them all.
Image - Scrapberry Afternoon Tea
Medium - Copics
Paper - Teresa Collins Family Story
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 10, an odd Go Kreate die I bought in a pack, Crafter's Companion cupcake, Joy vintage mug
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Other - Viva Decor pearl pen


In the Pink Cupcakes 
Crafting from the heart anything goes 
Fab n Funky shaped cards 
Graph'It sweet as candy colours 
ABC J for just as you like
As you like it Favourite die (this is a tough choice but I love frilly squares 10 and wanted it for ages but it was out of stock for ages so when I did get it I was so pleased ad I love making shaped cards with it.)

Out today for a massage and facial, then meeting a friend for lunch.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Birthday Parade

I was very lucky to win this wooden stamp last month on the Penny Black and more at Allsorts challenge and couldn't wait to use as it is so cute and fun to colour.
Image -  Penny Black Team Ted
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Secret Garden
Dies - MFT pierced rectangles, Marianne flowers

Penny Black Birthdays 
Stamping Sensations feature a creature 
Simon Says animal magic 
Sweet Stampin' 3 or more layers 
Graph'It sweet as candy colours
Squirrel's random challenge Wild things

What a mixture of weather we are having. It was lovely all day but after dinner the heavens opened, thunder, lightening and hail bouncing off the grass. The after a little while the sun came out again! I know some of you had rain all day yesterday. Let's hope Summer soon arrives but not too hot, around 20 will do me.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016


I made this for some good friends for their Anniversary on Monday. I tried something a little different by cutting the aperture in the paper and placing the image behind rather than using the Spellbinders die on the image.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Paper - The Range
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Sentiment - Stamposaurus
Die - Joy leaf, Spellbinders circle

Creative Inspirations Spring into Summer 
Creative Knockouts fancy flourishes 
Cute Card Thursday a good sport/hobbies 
The Ribbon Girl any card 
Noor! Design UK here comes Summer 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Time flies

I bought this stamp at Ally Pally and have just got round to using it. It's a great stamp with so much going on that it doesn't need too much embellishing. I used Bo Bunny Timepiece papers, a Joy cuckoo clock and a Crafts Too metal hand.Lots of distressing and DI Vintage Photo for this one.

Dream Valley vintage 
Creative Moments anything goes
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Monday, 13 June 2016

Dr Who themed Wedding

I get some unusual requests for cards and this one was for a Wedding card in blue and white with a Dr Who theme if possible. I thought the groom had a look of Dr Who about him so I used this Wild Rose topper changing the colour of the flowers to blue with a Wink of Lunar pen for a metallic sparkle. I printed the Tardis off the internet and subtly added it with the flowers so it doesn't overpower the card. I added Wild Orchid flowers, seam binding and some lovely lace. 

I would like to enter the anything goes challenge at Not just cards. 

Sunday, 12 June 2016


I haven't had as much time for crafting as usual with spending several days sorting out Mum and her new home. I have several orders and magazine cards I can't share yet but I can share this one which I made for Making Cards magazine a while ago.
Image - LC Designs silhouette
Papers and sentiment - LOTV
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Doohickey love lamppost

More boxes

These are the latest boxes I made for my craft stall. They have been painted with Rustoleum chalk paint. The lace on the top is from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid and I am Roses. I bought the pretty ribbon from a local shop and the lace on the left one is self adhesive from The Range.

We have been away for a couple of days to Hunstanton, returning home this morning. On Friday we met up with Lynsey for lunch and a trip to Sprinkle Twinkle craft shop before heading off to our B&B. Saturday night we went to see The Simon and Garfunkel Story at the theatre, which was excellent. I never got to see Simon and Garfunkel but we did see Paul Simon several years ago. The weather was lovely and we enjoyed a long walk yesterday, you can walk along the beach for miles there.

I would like to enter the anything goes challenge at Not just cards. 

Be back later with a card.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

At the church

Love and romance is our theme at A Gem of a Challenge. I hope you will join in the fun this fortnight for the change to win some cute digis.

Image - Pink Gem pre coloured digi
Papers - from stash
Ribbons - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Whiff of Joy heart banner, Sizzix corner
Flowers - Wild Orchid

Fussy and Fancy Anniversary or Wedding
Paper Creator's Crafts All about flowers 
The Ribbon Girl any card
Creative Inspirations Spring into Summer
The Paper Shelter Sentimental

We are going to see The Simon and Garfunkel show this evening. It will be our third time but this year the show is a new one so really looking forward to that. They have always been favourites of mine and the show is excellent.

Friday, 10 June 2016


I'm a big fan of the Pink Gem images and the new adult digis are jut great, I asked Janet if she could draw Dave golfing and this is what she came up with, isn't it brilliant. You can but the digi but this is actually from the printable set which you can decoupage, fill the page or reduce to use as a topper which is what I have done. There is a range of sentiments too. I teamed him with some free papers and a golf charm from my stash.

Creative Inspirations Spring into Summer 
Simon Says Father's Day/for the guys 
Cute Card Thursday a good sport/hobbies 
The Ribbon Girl any card 
Noor! Design UK Here comes Summer 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Commissioned Wedding card

It is my turn to host the new challenge at Crafty Ribbons and I chose Weddings/Anniversaries. I have been making several Wedding cards and this was a special request for a  large Wedding card including silver and bicycles.
Image - Wild Rose printed panel
Papers and flowers - from stash
Dies - MFT inside and out stitched rounded square, Marianne bicycle
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Wooden hearts - MDF Craft Supplies with Wink of Stella clear pen
Punch - X cut rounded corner

The Ribbon Girl any card 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Anniversary or Wedding
Creative Inspirations Spring into Summer 
Creative Moments anythng goes 
TTCRD anything goes

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Live, Love, Laugh

This is the last of the three cards I made for last month's Making Cards magazine using Pink Gem doggie digis and Crafty Ribbons sentiment banner ribbon. The papers are LOTV Nitwits Always and Forever and I used a MFT stitched banner die and added some heart pearls.

Deep Ocean our furry/feathered friends

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


I couldn't wait to use this fab new digi from Pink Gem, isn't it fun. I love Molly and her friend here is a new character. I teamed her with some gorgeous new papers I chose with a recent win at The Craft Barn. I used Wik of Stella pens in places to give some added sparkle to the coloured digi. Of course you get a digi to colour yourself too but time was of the eseence yesterday when I made it.
Image - Molly and Friend pre coloured digi
Papers - Bo Bunny Secret Garden
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment - LOTV
Stars - Woodware punches
Die - Spellbinders scalloped circle
Flowers - Wild Orchid

The Ribbon Girl any card 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Off to Mum's new home again today to put up a blind and various other jobs. She has moved in now so this should be the last of the jobs for a while.

Monday, 6 June 2016


This is the Anniversary card I made for my hubby. I decided to make something a bit different and a little vintage. He loves cars, we love our holidays and mini breaks so I incorporated those into the card.
Image - bought at Ally Pally
Papers - Papermania Mr Mister and Teresa Collins family stories
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiments - Teresa Collins family stories papers

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Candy winner

Apologies for keeping you all waiting to see who are the lucky winners of my candy. Yesterday we were busy at Mum's new home putting up curtains and sorting out stuff for her. Today is our Wedding Anniversary and we have had a lovely sunny day. Thanks for all your good wishes both here and on Facebook. We spent an hour or so gardening as we have got behind with this as we have spent several days helping Mum. Then we went out for a light lunch, went into the little church where we got married and visited some beautiful gardens nearby. The rhododendrons and azaleas were stunning. Came home for a little while and then went out for a lovely meal at Frankie and Benny's where we enjoy the 60's music. So onto my winner. I have used random org but as I am on my iPad I can't show the picture. 
Drumroll please, the first lucky winner is.............
42, Carol S.
The second lucky winner is 
64 Lorraine B

Congratulations ladies, email me so I can send your prizes to you.

Thanks to all who entered, sorry you can't all be winners but maybe next time you will be lucky.