Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very blessed, peaceful and prosperous 2012

Love 'n' hugs
Margaret xx

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Christmas!

Wishing all my friends in Blogland a very happy Christmas and all good wishes for 2012

Hugs, Margaret xx

Thursday, 22 December 2011


All my cards are done and delivered (or should be if Royal Mail has done its job). I'll try to get some decent photos of the cards that I made for Adrian and Elizabeth tomorrow, the light hasn't been too good for photos this week, or when it has been ok I've not been in to take the photos. I've run out of wrapping paper so I'll have to get some more tomorrow so I can finish it all.

It will be strange to celebrate Christmas on our own this year, first time since 1981. Michael is staying with his in-laws and Elizabeth has gone to her boyfriends parents. They will all be with us from the 29th and over the New Year. They made the arrangements between them so that they would see each other too. I suppose that it will be reversed next year and we'll have them over Christmas. Adrian's Dad has gone to a hotel for over Christmas so we won't be seeing him either, but no doubt Adrian's brother will pop round for an hour or so before lunch.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Creative Card Crew, Christmas Lights DT Card

For our latest challenge we are sponsored by Robyns-Fetish

I have used one of the beautiful Christmas backing papers for my card

I printed the paper twice so that I could layer them together

I cut the star burst from one of the papers and added silicone gel to give dimension. I used Glamour Dust for sparkle

I used the space in the design area to add my sentiment

I cut away the background from the paper where I had cut out the stars

I used more silicone gel to layer the foreground of the design and then, generously, added Glamour dust to provide the "Christmas Lights"

Materials used

Papers from our sponsor, Robyn's Fetish
Anita's peel off sentiment
Brilliance ink pad in Galaxy Gold to colour the base cardstock around the paper
Glamour Dust
Collall 3D gel
Quickie Glue Pen

Friday, 9 December 2011

Less is More #44

I don't know what's happened to my blog but the new post box has reverted back to how it used to be so all my linking tabs are up the wall and the pictures show up as their computer speak rather than the photo. I'm bound to have done something to it but I sure wish that I could get it back the other way

I'm entering this card in the simplylessismore challenge #44 using the colour green. I was so pleased with the way this turned out that I've made another 6 using green, red and blue inks. They all look quite classy, to me so I hope that you like this one

A close up of the corner detail with just a glimmer of sparkle

I added Glossy Accents to the baubles for dimension

A simple sentiment

Materials used

Corner stamp from Indigo-Blu
Sentiment by Dovecraft
Memento ink in Cottage Ivy
Quickie glue pen Glamour Dust
Glossy Accents
Gems from stash

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

If I had a brain I would be dangerous lol!!! Thought that I was all organised with my post pre-loaded to go live today with the challenge but silly me (a gross understatement) had done it with tomorrow's date!

This card is my DT card for the challenge at the CreativeCardCrew

I've been trying to use up all the bits and pieces that I've accumulated over the years and this card uses quite a few.

The ribbon has been passed through a slit in the spine and secured. I will be making a slip cover for the card and the ribbon used to pull the card out
The Santa and the tree were items that I'd received as part of a Christmas stash exchange a good while back. The tree was embossed with gold but I thought it was a bit dull so added some glitter
The linen card had been dry embossed with the snowflakes so I added some glitter to them too

Materials used

Ribbon from stash
All other items, apart from the white card I've mounted the decoupage on and the Mirri card, were from a Christmas stash exchange so I don't know the origins of them. the sentiment was computer generated and plenty of Glamour dust for the bling

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Smiley face but no cards

today I finished the cross-stitch on my project.  Unfortunately I still have the back stitch to do.  Normally I don't mind it but anyone who has stitched a Tatty Teddy (Me to You Bear) will know what a nightmare it is to do.  There are so many stitches that need to be done into the centre of a cross it is better to use a sharp sewing needle rather than a tapestry needle.  But it will be worth it when it's finished.

On the down side, Adrian, Elizabeth and I went out to eat tonight.  Adrian had just finished his meal, Elizabeth was nearly finished and I pushed my plate away.  I have never felt so ill so suddenly before.  Apparently the colour just drained from my face.  Each time I stood up I had to sit down again before I passed out!!  Eventually made it to the car and by the time we got home I was feeling almost normal.  I asked if we could go back so that I could finish my steak, which was absolutely gorgeous, but they both gave me what I can only describe as "a look".  Don't know why it happened, we were having such a really good time, but at least I'm ok now.  Think I'll have a nice hot chocolate before I go to bed mmmmm!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Huge :o) lol

well here are 14 of the 15 that I said I was doing.  The reason there are only 14 is that I made one of them upside down, doh!!

 I love this stamp and I have seen many beautiful cards using it.  I coloured all the toppers and then struggled to find a backing paper to suit the colours.  I think that it was Mel Heaton on Create & Craft who said that it's better to choose your backing paper first and then colour your image to suit.  I wish she'd said it before I coloured all these toppers lol
 I used my ProMarkers to colour the scallop edged card to match the image
Materials used

LOTV nativity stamp
Cuddly Buddly sentiment stamp
Nestabilities from Spellbinders
Edgeabilities from Spellbinders
Backing papers from stash
Memento ink pads

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A smiley face but.........

..... no pictures of finished cards.  I've cut and folded 15 card blanks and inked the edges, made the toppers, cut paper ribbon (using one of the Edgeabilities dies) and inked the edges and stamped and cut out the sentiments. I've also put all the foam pads on the toppers and sentiments.  I was going to do each card in its entirety but thought that you all might think that I'm posting the same cards each day lol

 I'm looking forward to making Bronwyne's first Christmas card from Granny and Granddad and I have two other first Christmas cards to do as well.

Monday, 28 November 2011

What I've been up to ........

After having a few days away in Scarborough (yes, again lol) it's time to knuckle down and get some crafting done!  I really must start my Christmas cards.    After Christmas I'm going to sort out all the Christmas stash that I have and have a sale on ebay.  I was going to put it on Folksey but I've had no luck in selling any of my makes on there.  I'm beginning to think that the only people who look at my items are just other crafters looking for ideas as I've asked here and there if anyone would look on Folksey to buy handmade items and everyone I've asked has never heard of the site.

I'm still on time with the cross-stitch project that I started when the previous two items went awry but you'll have to wait until after Christmas to see it.  I'm setting myself a target of at least three cards a day and I'm hoping to be able to use some of the challenges as inspiration.

I'll report in tomorrow night with either a :o) or a :o( depending on how well I've done

Bye for now :o)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Creative Card Crew Monochrome DT card

At long last I've been able to upload this card on to my blog.  I transferred all the files from my old laptop to my new one and managed to lose lots of them in cyber space in that they've completely disappeared from the old one and not all have gone on to the new one.  I'm a complete technophobe so heaven knows what I've done!!  After spending hours looking for the photos my daughter asked me why I hadn't just taken some more photos.  That's why she's got the first class honours degree and I haven't lol.  Anyway now that I've confessed to being a complete numpty I'll show you the card. You can see the rest of the DT's cards here Creative Card Crew

Materials used

Digi stamp from our sponsor Paper Pretties
Coloured using ProMarkers
Kraft aperture card
Papers are freebies from magazines

Monday, 14 November 2011

What a day!!!

Today started at 6.00am, I didn't know that there were 2 6o'clocks in 24hrs lol.  We had to be in Manchester Eye Hospital for 7.30am as our daughter was having an operation on her eye this morning.  I had got the directions to the hospital from the AA Route Planner and I was the navigator to hubby who was driving.  He dislikes driving anyway(I can't drive so he had to), and to be on the motorway 6.30am with nearly every other vehicle was a lorry and not actually knowing where he was going didn't put him in the best of moods!  He dropped us off at the hospital and then he had to go all the way home and then to Liverpool to work.  I was stressed out worrying about Elizabeth's operation and Adrian having to go back without any help with the navigation.

Elizabeth was first to go down to theatre at 8.45am and was back on the ward at 10am still groggy and in a lot of pain. by lunchtime she was back to her normal self but still with the pain, and she managed to eat a bit of lunch.   The operation went well but we won't know for at least a couple of weeks if it has been successful.  She was finally discharged at 6pm just as Adrian arrived to take us back home. She is now tucked up in bed with with a large hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream and talking to her boyfriend on the phone.  I don't think it will be long before she is asleep for the night.

I'm not looking forward to taking the dressing from her eye in the morning, cleaning it and putting her eye drops in.  :o(

Saturday, 12 November 2011


My paper crafting mojo has gone for a walk and I think it can't find it's way home!!  So I thought I'd start on one of the cross stitch projects that I wanted to do as Christmas presents.  All fairly easy to do and I know they won't take me long to do.  The first one I tried was a cake band kit but the fabric was too narrow for the design.  Never mind I thought, go and cut a piece the right size from the fabric I have at home.  Got halfway through the first item on the band the thread broke.  That's it, I thought, forget that idea and start something else.  The next one was to be worked on 22ct aida which I can usually cope with ok but there was quite a lot of black and navy stitching and I found it quite difficult so I thought I'd redo the pattern for the same finished size but on 14ct instead.  Yippee everything was going ok until I realised that some of the stitches were on the pattern as a dark brown when they should have been green!!!  Managed to sort which should be green and which should be brown.  Then I thought that I'd best check all the other colours and the skin tones made the faces look as though they'd had a spray tan that had gone wrong :o(  So now I feel that I can't be bothered with that one either and I did so want to do it.  I've got one more project left to try so fingers and everything else crossed, prayers said and a lot of hope that this one is ok

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

It's only 10.30 and I think.......

.........that I'm going to have to go to bed!!!!  Anyone who knows me will know that I never go to bed before midnight and then I'm usually reading or playing sudoku on the DS.  The reason for this virtually unknown event is that Elizabeth and I had a day out in Chester.  We Christmas gift shopped, had lunch and then went for a back massage.  A bit disappointed with the shopping as I only bought one gift but the lunch was really scrummy, tomato and red pepper soup with big chunks of home-baked bread which I must really try to make and the massage was fantastic.  I think we will go for a massage again but somewhere nearer home as it took us just under two hours travelling both ways.
Night-night my friends..............Z z z z z z z z zzzzzzz

Creative Card Crew Thanksgiving/Thank You Challenge DT card

This is the DT card that I have done for this fortnight's challenge over at the Creative Card Crew.  As we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK I have made a thank you card instead

 I've had a play with my new Spellbinder Edgeability dies, loving them!!

 A close up of the Edgeability die cut edge

 I had just the right ribbon to go with the colours that I've used

A close-up of the Cuttlebug embossing, topper and sentiment

Materials used

All cardstock and the topper and sentiment are from the Hunkydory Delights of Tuscany collection
Cuttlebug Stylised Flowers embossing folder
Spellbinders Edgeability dies, Classic Triple Scallop
Ribbon from stash

Friday, 4 November 2011

Autumn Butterfly

This card is for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge using crimson, orange and gold

 At first I thought, crimson and orange together it's a no go but I think I might just have hit on the right shades to make it work
 I've not done one of these cards for ages and I've got quite a few more butterflies to make up
 With this sentiment it could be used for any special reason

A perfect card in a hurry as the layers are die cut and it didn't take long to assemble

Materials used

Cardstock from stash
Butterfly topper and sentiment from Hunkydory
3D foam pads

One digi stamp, two colour ways, five challenges!

I love this digi stamp and have made it in lots of colours and paper piecing

I'm entering the cards into five challenges

I Love ProMarkers to use glitter and glitz
The Play Date Cafe colour combination grey, yellow and pink
Sundays with Crissy to use non traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Creations to use green, purple, silver and snow
Paper Take Weekly  anything goes plus a bit of bling (optional)

 Non identical twins lol
She looks pleased with her pressies

 A bit more bling on this one with the ribbon

Materials used

Digi stamp by Crissy Armstrong at Squigglefly
Cardstock and backing papers from stash.  Paper may be Dovecraft but not 100% sure
Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder
Ribbon and brads from stash
White embossing powder
Stickles glitter glue
Glossy Accents 

Thursday, 3 November 2011

One card, three challenges

I'm entering this card into
Allsorts Christmas Easel card
Sew Many Challenges to use 2 different backing papers
Ready Teddy Go an easel card

 I love this LOTV nativity stamp
 I used papers from a stack which had two different sets of papers.  One was muted traditional designs and the other bright and contemporary in blue
 I used a ProMarker to colour the scalloped layer to match the bright paper that I used in the inside of the card
Finished off with two different  peel-off borders

Materials used

Stamp from LOTV
Pro Markers
Paper stack from Papermania, I think!
Spellbinders Nestabilities
We Are Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Memento ink pad

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The Pink Elephant #123

The challenge for this week at The Pink Elephant is to use distressing

I used inks to edge the card and also over the embossing of the background
don't you just want to give him a cuddle

I think the design needs something in the bottom left-hand corner but everything that I tried just didn't work for me

Materials used

Morehead decoupage
Memento ink in sky blue around the white cardstock
Versamark ink pad on the embossed background
Cuttlebug embossing folder  Distressed Stripes
Nestabilities circle

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Autumn Leaves

This card is for the following challenges
Crafty Creations Leaves and autumn colours

 I really enjoyed putting this card together.
 A touch of frosting for an early autumn morning
 stamped with Versamark for a tone on tone effect (see top tip at the end of this post)
Such a pretty little face

Materials used

All the papers and the Flower Fairy image were all magazine freebies, I think Card Making and Papercraft
Collal 3D gel
Versamark ink pad
Quicky glue pen
Glamour Dust
Peeloff from Craft Creations


When I was putting the decoupage on the card I must have got a tiny amount of the glue gel on my fingers and it left a greasy mark.  I tried all sorts to try and and clean it off but nothing worked.  Then I had a light bulb moment.  Instead of making it worse by trying to get it off I decided to leave it alone and just stamp over it, using the Versamark ink pad, which made it part of the design and then finished it off with peel-off greeting.  I'm pleased with the finished effect.

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Look what the postman brought for me today!  I talked myself out of buying these weeks ago as I thought that they were rather expensive but when Create and Craft were selling them at half price I couldn't resist :o)  My problem now is, which one do I use first???

Time for Reflection

I made this card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge which is to show time as in clocks, seasons etc  
 I've not added any extra embellishments to this as I didn't want anything to detract from the sentiment and the image
 I used a brayer and a multi coloured ink pad for the background
 I stamped the image on to acetate and then flipped it and used it as a stamp to get the reflection

Materials used

Stamps from Clarity Stamps
Adirondak Cabin Fever ink pad
Speedball brayer
1" circle punch to create the mask to form the moon
Cardstock and backing paper from stash