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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Happy Christmas!!

Wishing all my followers and visitors a wonderful Christmas.  Love and blessings to you all xx

Monday, 9 December 2013

Manphabet!

I am entering this card into the Allsorts #236  Anything but Christmas challenge


I saw this alphabet stamp set at the Sincerely Yours craft show in Leigh and just had to have it.  It's from Little Claire and I used Promarkers to colour the elements on the letters.  The backing paper is from Papermania, the die cut decoupage is from Freddy's Friend and finished off with Card Candi

Christmas Baubles

I am entering this card into the following two challenges

Paper Pretties  Christmas card

Papertake Weekly  Anything goes


I was really pleased how this card turned out.  I stamped the images onto pearlised vellum and then mounted them onto white card. The backing paper is from a Papermania stack.  The bauble stamps are by Spellbinders and were a free gift with a magazine. I used Versamark ink and silver glitter, Anita's adhesive pearls, blue metallic card and ribbon from my stash

Feeling Festive

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Divas by Design  Feeling Festive

Paper Pretties    Christmas card

Papertake Weekly  Anything goes


One of my new stamps for 2013 by Woodware.  I really love the way this image lends itself to paper piecing.  The papers I used for both cards are from Molly Blooms Christmas Carnival 2012.  I have also used Memento inks and Promarkers.  The Sentiment is a Dovecraft stamp

Thursday, 5 December 2013

A Christmas Carol

At long last I've motivated myself to make some cards. The first ones I'm posting are being entered into the challenges at

Word Art Wednesday #109  As always an anything goes challenge with the option of using the free scripture that is provided

Allsorts #235 to be inspired by a Christmas song or carol

Divas by Design  Feeling Festive

Papertake Weekly  Anything goes

Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge #287  Christmas


I love this stamp by Woodware, in fact it was a card I saw at a show using the stamp that inspired me to buy it.  I cased the design for the red card and I added Glamour Dust to the rooftops to give a bit of sparkle.  for the blue card I used a waterbrush over the image to give a water colour effect, quite liked this effect so might do some more in different colours. For the green card I coloured it with ProMarkers and used gilding flakes in variegated copper on the roof tops. I mounted it centrally onto a lovely pearlised card which was embossed, pity it doesn't show up on this picture.  I used Memento ink pads to stamp all the images and the papers, ribbon and foam pads from my stash


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Word Art Wednesday #102

Earlier in the year a dear friend tragically lost her husband.  It's her birthday this week and I was very much lacking inspiration for her card.  I'm not a great lover of what I call P & P cards. i.e. when you get a card kit where you just push toppers, or decoupage, out of a sheet and plop them on a card but I do have a couple of Hunkydory kits to fall back on.  The embellishments on this card were exactly what I wanted, just love the colours used.

I've decided to enter it into the word Art Wednesday challenge #102


The photo below shows all the layers


Monday, 14 October 2013

A little bit of green

This is the card that I made for my husband on the occasion of our 35th wedding anniversary.  I was told that jade was the gemstone to celebrate 35 years so I made the card mainly green.

I'm entering it into the challenge at Divas by Design which is to use 3 or more layers


I used three different papers from the Paper Mania colour capsule collection with a card ribbon from the same set.  I layered the topper, a Boofle image, and peel off sentiment on to green and then silver foil card and mounted them onto the card using 3D foam pads.  To give a bit of sparkle I used gem brads from my stash

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Another sewing project

This is the second bed set that I have made.  I used the same idea from the first one by buying a plain white quilt cover took it apart and reassembled after sewing the patchwork to one of the quilt panels.  I think that this set looks better in the guest room than the first one.  The fabric was a single duvet cover which had a different design and colour on each side.  In order to get the design to link together was by cutting 12" squares to make a centre panel and then used a single white sheet for the borders.  The top stitching doesn't show up very well on the photos but I was a bit more adventurous this time and didn't stitch in the ditch



Friday, 23 August 2013

Twit and Twoo

I thought that I would show you my latest makes, two adorable little owls.  They stand 3.5" tall, just right  for sitting in your hand.  I'm going to make some more for Christmas presents with lavender in them.  My daughter has claimed the beige one and she wants some for presents too.  They're great for using up scraps and using all those reclaimed buttons that I have


Sunday, 18 August 2013

A little bit of patchwork

Hi everyone.  Many thanks to those of you who have continued to take a peek at my blog even though I've not been posting.

During my recuperation from my op (which hasn't cured my problem so going back to the doc's this week ) it was easier for me to sew as I wasn't allowed to lift anything for six weeks.  I love patchwork so I decided to make a quilt for our guest bedroom.  I had purchased the fabric earlier in the year so needed to buy the wadding and backing fabric. I was amazed at how expensive it was to buy them both.  Not to be outdone I decided to make the patchwork as a duvet cover.  I bought a plain cream duvet cover and 2 pillowslips from Wilkinson's and took them apart!  I attached the patchwork to the right side of one of the cover pieces and did some top-stitching through both layers of fabric.  I finished off by sewing the remaining piece, right sided together, to the new look quilt front.



To decorate the pillowslips I stitched small squares of the fabrics used into strips.  I undid the pillowslips as I did for the duvet cover and then stitched the strips to the pillow fronts and then put them back together again.  I'm really pleased with the finished 'designer' bedding lol  although hubby isn't so keen.  He can't understand why I didn't just go and buy a bedding set for, probably , about a quarter of the cost of this one.  Including a flat sheet and a pair of pillowslips (left plain) for the bottom pillows it cost me £57.00 



I have bought some more fabric and a plain white bedding set to make another set.  I also have a new single bed duvet cover and pillowslip that was from my Mum's house and as we don't have a single bed I'm going to make that into a duvet set too.  The front and back of the duvet cover are of different fabrics so I'm hoping that I can strip piece it together to make the duvet front

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

My new 'baby'

We've been lucky this year in that some of our frogspawn have reached the froglet stage.  I worry about the poor little things in case they get out of the pond as it's such a big leap for them to get back up there with it being a raised pond.  I keep saying that I'm going to have to put another one in which is ground level and then I can put the spawn in there away from the fish!  We know the fish must have been eating the tadpoles as they've been off their food :(


He's still got a little stump of a tail but it will soon be absorbed back into the body


If you look at a frog from the side you can see that they have beautiful golden eyes.  Unfortunately he moved a fraction before I took the photo


small and perfectly formed


You can see how tiny he is on this photo, less than 1cm long

Monday, 22 July 2013

Sweet William but .......

....... not of the royal variety!  Some photos of the Sweet William from my garden.  I love the smell of them and my favourites are the two tone flowers





Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Thank you, thank you!

To all you lovely people who have been visiting my blog even though I haven't blogged since the 28th May.  Hopefully I should be posting a bit more,  now that my op is over and done with and I've rested for 4 weeks of the 6 that I was told to take things easy and no lifting.  I've still got a couple of weeks to go so I probably won't be making any cards until after my holiday at the end of July.  I haven't been idle though, knitting and sewing have been keeping me busy.  I'll have to download some photos and blog about what I have been doing

Thanks again my blogging friends! xx

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Creative Card Crew #37

This will be my last DT card for the Creative Card Crew for a while as I am taking a couple of months off.  I will be popping into blogland occasionally so I might do the odd post now and again.  Life seems to be catching up with me, distracting from my enjoyment for crafting.  I'm also going into hospital in a couple of weeks,14th June, for an op to remove my gallbladder. Not looking forward to it one bit but it will be worth it to get rid of the pain. Don't miss me too much lol

We're asking you to use punches and/or dies for your entries into our
 37th challenge at the Creative Card Crew

We are being sponsored by Delicious Doodles who are donating
 4 digi stamps for the winner of our random draw
Sponsoring 28 May

I have used the pretty digi stamp Sniffing the Daisies for my card


I rediscovered my daisy punch when one of our challenges was for handmade flowers, I'd forgotten how nice it is.  So when I was making this card I thought that I would create daises to match how I've coloured them on the image with ProMarkers.  I used 100gsm white paper for the daisies and coloured the tips of the petals with a Memento ink pad.  The daisy centres are Card Candi from Craftwork Cards, along with the dotty paper.  I bought a few different sets of the Card Candi but soon came to realise that there were colours that I wasn't using.  But now the problem is solved!  I still have the not so popular colours left but I have bought a bag of white and use my ProMarkers to colour them exactly as I want them.  The white backing card was embossed using a mask from Imagination Crafts and a small peel off greeting was added to finish the card


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Creative Card Crew #36


Although this is a white on white challenge at the Creative Card Crew it is ok to use colour on your image.

We are being sponsored by Marianne Designs


This is the card I made for our daughter's birthday, her last one living with us as she is getting married in May
I used my Memory Box tessatina die to create the background and flourish die for the corners. I created the topper using Nestabilities and stamped the greeting from Papermania using Memento ink pad

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

New Home

I'm entering this project into the challenges at

Divas by Design  inspired by a movie

Allsorts #204  anything but a card


Another 70mm square mini canvas with easel.  I've used a Margaret Sherry decoupage sheet to decorate it.  For the Divas by Design it has to be movie inspired.  I hope that the movie I've chosen doesn't preempt a catastrophe for the recipient of this mini-masterpiece, It's The Money Pit lol. With the canvas being small I didn't want the decoupage to be very 3 dimensional so I used Stix2 glue dots to give depth.  

Creative Card Crew #35

We want to see lots of Bling on your entries for our 35th challenge at the Creative Card Crew

Our sponsor for this challenge is the Scrapping Centre and they have kindly 
donated  a $15 store voucher for  the winner of our random draw



I have made this card for my sister-in-law's birthday and I've added lots of bling to it!
The papers and flowers are from the Papermania Capsule Collection.  I just love the dusky pinks that they have used.  I inked the edges of all the layers with a Memento ink pad.  The butterflies were cut using a die from Crafty Individuals.  It's the first time that I've used it and I'm really pleased with the results.  I used Card Candi surrounded by gems for the flower centre and used pearls and gems, Anita's, to decorate the butterflies


Monday, 29 April 2013

Pretty in Pink

I've made this card originally for two challenges but I got the end date wrong for the Crafty Sentiments Designs :o(

The challenge that I am entering is Whimsy Stamps challenge #58 which is to be Pretty in Pink


The image is a Crafty Sentiment Design rubber stamp, 'eating strawberries' stamped with Memento ink pad.  The papers are from the Emma's Garden collection by Jennifer Ellory.  The papers in the collection, which was a magazine freebie, are absolutely gorgeous, some of the prettiest papers I've seen in a while.  I used the papers for matting and layering and also paper pieced the clothes and wellies. The scalloped  frame was made using classic oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities and embossed silver card coloured with a pink ProMarker.  I also used ProMarkers to colour the girl's skin and hair and the log.  The image was mounted using 3D foam pads.  The design was finished of with a LOTV sentiment stamped with Rose Bud Memento ink pad.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Word Art Wednesday #77

I haven't made a card this time for Word art Wednesday but have made a mini canvas of an inspirational nature


This is a mini canvas measuring 70mm square.  I cut some inspirational word tiles from a paper in the Loving Life paper collection from Simply Homemade freebie pack. I used pva to stick them to the canvas and inked the edges using  Memento Rose Bud ink pad



Friday, 26 April 2013

Paper Pretties Wednesday #255

I am entering this card into the challenge at Paper Pretties Wednesday using fancy folds

and at Word Art Wednesday #77  anything goes but must have an inspirational tone

It is the card that I have made for my daughter and her fiance who will be getting married in two weeks time, on the 10th May.  As well as the card I have made a matching box for it.  The fancy fold that I've used is to make this an easel card


To make the base card and all the layers using Spellbinder's Grande Labels #1 and my Grand Calibur


A closer look at the card.  The image is a digi stamp from The Paper Shelter coloured using Promarkers.  I've coloured the hair on the images as close as I can to Elizabeth's and Martyn's hair.  The papers are HOTP Soft Nostalgia papers,  I inked the edges of all the card and papers with a Memento ink pad.  I used Stickles glitter glue around the dress and veil and glossy accents on the groom's shoes.  The stick on pearls are from my stash.  The image panel has been raised on 3D pads


The card and box together and a closeup of the box below. The wording on the front of the box was computer generated using the same font and colour as their wedding stationery


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Forever Friends Christmas

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Ready-Teddy-Go #21  anything goes but must have a teddy in the design

2013 Christmas Cards #21  option of using ornaments

How spooky is that, both challenges are #21!


I made this card using Forever Friends decoupage and papers that were a magazine freebie (my kind of stash lol).  I inked all the edges of the papers using Memento Cottage Ivy ink pad.  Once again I've done the decoupage using Letratac from Letraset giving a slight 3D effect but not affecting the postage charge in the UK.  I think that the red paper looks more like a frame rather than having another piece of spotty paper layered on it. The red paper wraps around to the back of the card. I cut the small square of spotty paper from underneath the red paper.  The sentiment was also from the decoupage sheet



Friday, 19 April 2013

The Pink Elephant #195

Another Christmas card to add to the three I've already done :o)

I'm entering this card into two challenges
The Pink Elephant #195  to use paper piecing

Christmas Card Challenge 2013  things with wings

I used the same stamp and paper pack from Molly Blooms Christmas Carnival as I did for my last challenge entry at the 2013 Christmas cards but it is very, very different.  I do love this stamp.


I stamped the image onto white card and four different papers from the pack cutting out various parts from the paper images.  I coloured Molly's face, hair, hands and candy cane with Promarkers filling the rest of it with the paper pieces. To mount the various pieces I used Letratac from Letraset which is an excellent dry adhesive for this technique.  After using my Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper to round the corners of the stamped panel I mounted it onto kraft card cut a narrow border and rounded the corners too.  I cut two of the papers into triangles to fit the base kraft card and edged them with a Memento ink pad.  The design was finished by using one of the sentiment stamps that came with the kit




Thursday, 18 April 2013

LIM #115

It's been quite a while since I entered into a challenge at Less is More but as soon as I saw the challenge requirements I knew the card I had to make.  The card is to be one layer and is to be film based and we've been asked to give the name of the film, especially if it is an obscure one. My card couldn't be any more cas using just one ink pad from Memento and two stamps.  The seagull stamp is by Crafty Individuals and the sentiment from Woodware tiny phrases set.

I very much doubt that anyone will guess the name of the film correctly so here is the title and a brief description of the film
Johnathon Livingston Seagull taken from the book of the same name by Richard Bach
It's all about a young seagull who wants to fly higher, travel further and dive deeper and faster than any other seagull has done before.  It tells the story of how the rest of the flock treat him because of this and his success at what he does.  It doesn't sound very exciting but it was a film that I had to watch as part of a management training course that I was doing and it really struck a cord with me.  The film is entirely done with film footage of seagulls expertly edited to fit to the narrative.  The soundtrack was by Neil Diamond.  I bought the book after seeing the film, less than 100 pages including photographs, and re-read it every so often.  In fact I might just go and read it now :o)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Allsorts Challenge #202

The challenge at Allsorts #202 is an ABC with a difference.  You have to use something on the project which has the same first letter as the initial of your name.  Hubby said I've got it exactly right lol

My name is Margaret so I've used the letter M for a monster!   


The digi stamp is from Pollycraft and I coloured it with my ProMarkers. The papers were a freebie with a magazine, it could have been Crafts Beautiful but I'm not 100% sure. I mounted the dotty paper onto brown card and then onto the white base card.  From the starry paper I cut two flag shapes and then mounted them onto brown card. The sentiment was part of the same paper pack.  Using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders Labels #1 dies I cut a white and a brown mat and used a Memento ink pad to highlight the raised edge of the white one. After mounting the image using 3D foam pads I used Glossy Accents on the beer monster's eyes and the glass of beer


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Creative Card Crew #34

For our 34th challenge at the Creative Card Crew we're looking for handmade flowers on your creations.  I'm sure that we will have plenty of entries as so many of you love to use flowers.
Our sponsor for this challenge is 

who is giving our lucky random draw winner a prize of 3 digi's of their own choice.  There are so many wonderful images the winner will find it difficult to make their choice

I am entering it into the challenge at Divas by Design which is for flowers too
Word Art Wednesday #75 anything goes with an inspirational tone


I decided to use one of the many sentiment digi's that are available from Birdie Brown.  I thought that this one suited our challenge perfectly.
I punched 9 1" daisies from a Crafty Individuals Springtime paper and edged all the petals using a Memento ink pad prior to layering them up to make 3 flowers.  The stems were made from paper string and the centres are Card Candi and the flowers finished off with a touch of Stickles.  To cut out the sentiment I used a label die from X-Cut and added flower brads.  I edged the label using the same ink pad as for the flowers.  3D foam pads were used to give the label some height.  The background paper is pastel rainbow, again edged with same colour as the label and flowers.


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Dustin Pike, Just Enough Time

This is a first time entry into a Dustin Pike challenge after seeing one of the DT cards in the current Creative Card Crew challenge

I am also going to enter it into the Ready Teddy Go challenge #21 - Anything goes


This is the card that I have made for my great nieces birthday.  The teddy digi stamp is one from Dustin Pike which I've had for a few years and is no longer in the shop.  I used ProMarkers to colour him and Nestabilities dies Labels #8 to cut him out. In order to get a mat of the same proportion I drew around the same die onto raspberry Papermania textured card and hand cut it, not bad freehand cutting if I say so myself lol.  I added colour to the teddy mat with a Memento ink pad using the same pad to ink all the edges of paper and card.  The number 2 is a Papermania clear stamp printed with black Memento.  I adhered it to a piece of the raspberry card and cut it out freehand.  I attached it to the card with 3D foam pads


I'm also attaching a scrapbook page that I did of my husband as a boy where I used Dustin Pike digi stamps.  This isn't for the challenge but to show how I've used them "outside of the box" and it has previously been on my blog but quite a while ago



Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Word Art Wednesday #75

I originally made this page for the previous challenge at Word Art Wednesday but as usual I kept forgetting to take my camera upstairs to photograph it, then I kept forgetting to bring it downstairs to put onto my laptop.  By the time everything came together the challenge was closed!!  So here I am just hours into this challenge and I'm ready to post lol



Once again I used a page in my journal.  I'm so glad that I started making journals for my Word Art Wednesday challenges, it's good to be able to look back for both inspiration for card designs and inspiration from the verses.    I used 1" squares of scraps of pastel rainbow paper to make the border.  The joins were "stitched" using a ProMarker with a fine nib.  The centre panel was cut from an  8x8 paper pad of angel designs.  I wish I could remember the designer as they are a lovely quality paper.  I printed the verse onto Safmat from Letraset, cut round as close to the letters as possible and fixed it across the centre.  I finished it off by going around the paper with a ProMarker and, typically for me, my pen slipped at the final bit so I don't have a nice neat line.  I debated about going around it again to make the line thicker and incorporate the mistake but I probably would have done the same again.  So caution prevailed and I've left it as it is.  I hope that you like it

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

ABC K for kraft & ABC Christmas

It's not often that I manage to make a card for more than one challenge, especially the two ABC challenges, but this time I have plus another one!!!

ABC K for Kraft  to use kraft card

ABC Christmas G for Guys and Gals

2013 Christmas card  Vintage


I used kraft card for the base card and for matting.  The papers and the stamp are from last years Molly Blooms Christmas Carnival kit.  I used Memento inks to stamp the images -holly and Molly, edge the papers and on the image mat.  I used Nestabilities dies and my Grand Calibur to cut the mats. The images were coloured with ProMarkers and highlighted with a white gel pen.  I used a peel off to finish the card


Monday, 8 April 2013

Birthday card gift set

I've had these sheets of toppers for an absolute age and decided to make the cards to give as a gift.  I will have to make a nice box for them too.

I am entering then into the Divas by Design challenge for spring colours.
The Pink Elephant #194 again for spring colours
and also into the   Allsorts challenge #201  Spring has sprung

The pyramid toppers, borders and sentiments are by Floral Xpressions by Buzzcraft, which I bought many moons from Hunkdory.  Yoiu get two of the same design to a sheet so they make a relatively cheap card which makes them ideal as a gift set.  I added the layers using double-sided sticky tape to keep the bulkiness to a minimum but still having a bit of dimension

Sunday, 7 April 2013

ABC K for Kraft

I have quite a few birthdays in April and May and have to get busy with them.  Luckily my mojo seems to have returned (and about time too!)  This card is for my nephew and I'm entering it into the ABC K for kraft challenge

I used the kraft card to make my card base and for the mats of the image and border strip.  The papers and twisted pyramid stack are from the Biker Boy range by the Design House.  As I am often doing now I'm using double sided sticky tape for my layers instead of 3D foam pads because of the postage rates.  I did a decoupage using the foam pads earlier in the year and it looked quite bulky and untidy so I carefully dismantled it and re-did it without the foam pads :-)  I edged the papers and the first layer of the picture with a Memento ink pad and attached the tag with a brad from my stash.  A peel off greeting on the tag finished the card

Saturday, 6 April 2013

2013 Christmas Cards #18

Well here I am with only my second Christmas card of the year lol.  I've made this card for the 2013 Christmas card challenge #18  The option for this challenge is reindeers


I love this little reindeer from Beccy's Place. It looks good no matter which colour combination you use and with the ProMarkers there are endless combinations to try.  I used Nestabilities to cut the image and the scalloped mat. I used a Memento ink pad to colour the edges of the background paper and the image mat. The background paper is from the Nitwits Merry and Bright collection and the holly is a Molly Blooms stamp from the Christmas Carnival Collection, also coloured with ProMarkers.  I didn't really get to play with the Molly Blooms stamps as I had almost completed my cards for last Christmas when I bought the kit.