Sunday 29 November 2015

What a hoot!

Hello everyone.  I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

First of all I'd like to welcome my new friend Virginia.  I'm so glad that you joined me here.  

I was having a bit of a sort out a couple of weeks ago and came across this messy bit of water colour paper that's been hanging around for ever.  I almost threw it out then decided to see if I could resurrect it.

I had to wrack my brain to try to remember which leaf stamp I'd used.  It's from a Kidomo set.  I have heard that they are no longer trading and I used to love their stamps.

I used the stamp on the edge of a kraft card and then stamped it a number of times over the water colour paper.  Then I mounted the watercolour card onto black card and die cut the circle.

The owl was stamped  on the front of the kraft card where the hole would be then I coloured him, added Glossy accents to his beak and mounted it up.

I've had some of these leaf brads, in autumn colours for several years and I thought the red one matched well.

The owl and sentiment are from a Hobby Arts set called "Owls" I think.

I would like to enter this card into Miss Di's  Snippets Playground Week 205      and also
The Allsorts Challenge blog where the theme is autumn colours.

Thank you for your visit and Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday 27 November 2015

An Oldie for Friday

It's Friday again and time to link up with Erika on her Snappy Crafts blog when we post an "Oldie" just for fun.

If you leave a comment for Erika she'll return the favour.

My oldie today was made with a Woodware set which also includes a roast turkey.  You may remember them.  It was a very popular set at the time.

Christmas pudding with lots of cream is one of my favourite things on Christmas day but is probably only enjoyed in the UK.

I stamped the little mince pies onto green Papermania paper and added just a little colour.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned.

Friday Smiles

Happy Friday Everybody.

First I would like to welcome my new friends  PJ, Judy and Maarit. I'm  happy that you've joined me here.

 It would be really nice if you are able to visit them.

 Wednesday was my Birthday and these are all the handmade cards I had from friends from the club.  I also had a few crafty presents but unfortunately couldn't fit them into the photo.

I had a lovely week which began on Sunday with a workshop at Loobi Crafts with friends.  On Monday the same two friends took me out for a carvery which was delicious.  On Wednesday hubby took me and two of our friends out for a great Chinese meal and to cap it all I ate chocolate.  My first for a couple of months as I'm trying to lose a bit of weight before Christmas.

I'm linking up with Annie's blog A Stitch in Time where she invites us to join her for Friday Smiles - things that we have enjoyed during the week.

I'm also linking to Lisca's new friend Virginia who also invites everyone to talk about their week on her blog.

A happy weekend to you all.

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Rudolph Day!

Good Morning to you All.

Today as it's 25th of the month it's time to enter a Christmas card into Mo's Rudolph Day Challenge on her Scraps of Life blog.

It's the last Rudolph Day Challenge for the year.

My card was made with a Christmas paper napkin.

I chose the area I wanted to use and carefully cut out a rough square which I stuck with a glue stick onto a square of white card then trimmed the edges of the napkin.

I put double sided adhesive paper over the top, covered with glitter and trimmed it up.

I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the background.

Thank you for your visit.  Happy Crafting!

Monday 23 November 2015

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Good Morning everyone on this cold and frosty Monday Morning.

Here's the card I would like to take to Miss Di's  Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 204

I used my new Presscut die to make the card.  I just had to get this wonderful die set after seeing cards that Liz and Di had made with it.

The stamp is a  Polka Doodles rubber stamp and the papers are by Dovecraft.

I added a few kraft hearts and some Glossy Accents to the cherry.

I'm off to my craft club now.  Hope you enjoy your day and thank you for your visit.

Saturday 21 November 2015

Life's a Journey

Happy Saturday Everybody.

I'm trying to get a head start on my charity cards for next year and so have been using up some of the backgrounds that have been hanging around for a while.

This was made with Brushos and some distress inks.

The sentiment is by Visible images and the bicycle is a Hero Arts stamp and matching Sizzix die.

I put a couple of yellow brads on the wheels.  I needed something for a little balance at the top so used the little clear star stamp that I keep on a small block permanently on my worktop. It's one of those funny little stamps that come in useful for so many things.

I've not straightened and cropped the photo too well I'm afraid.  In a bit of a hurry to post as I want to get in a bit of crafting before the football starts at lunch time.

I hope you enjoy your day and thank you for your visit.

Friday 20 November 2015

Smiles for Friday

Happy Friday Everyone.

Today's photo probably won't make you smile but it was taken by my hubby a few years ago and I thought some of you may find it interesting.

It's a cellar spider with her eggs.  I know she looks like a monster but she's one of those spiders with the long skinny legs.

We live in a small thatched cottage and have quite a few around.  They are harmless so we just let them live their lives.

We're going to Cambridge shortly to visit hubby's Aunty in the nursing home.  On Sunday I'm going to Craft workshop so a good weekend for me.  I hope you enjoy yourself too.

I'm linking up with Annie on her blog A Stitch in Time where we share happy thoughts on Fridays.

Thursday 19 November 2015

An Oldie for Friday

Happy Friday Everyone.

My card today was made in 2010 and I remember the day so well, sitting in the garden on a lovely sunny day playing with texture paste and some masks.  This one is by Imagination Crafts.

Unfortunately the photo is not very good quality so the texture doesn't show up.

Hubby had been having a sort out and gave me lots of the divider sheets from old ring binders.  I decided to include the holes down the side of this card instead of trimming it away.

It was then mounted onto a piece of black card.  I tore the side and rubbed on some silver metallic rub ons which is similar the the gilding wax that we use today.

I'm sharing this card on Ericka's blog Snappy Crafts where we link up to share "Oldies" just for fun each Friday.

If you link with Erika and leave her a comment she'll visit you too.

Birthday Box

Good Afternoon and thank you for visiting.

I made this little box as a gift for a friend a couple of months ago.

I wasn't sure if I'd be able to print onto the Centura pearl card  but it worked really well.

After putting the box together I added a diecut trim around the bottom.  I stamped 'Birthdays' onto some pink card and stuck it to the bottom.

The twelve tags are cut from pearl white card then I stamped the months and tiny flowers randomly is a light brown colour around the edges for decoration onto some pink card for each tag.

The ribbons are all odd snippets from a box of ribbon offcuts.

I'm really annoyed with myself as I've put the dimensions away somewhere safe and can't remember where the safe place is ..... I'm sure you know the feeling.

I'd like to enter this little box into the following challenges:-

Allsorts Challenge blog "Anything but a Card"
Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 203

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Plaid Flowers

What a horrid windy day we're having here today.  I hope you're all keeping safe and warm.

This card, that I made yesterday, is inspired by a card that I received from my web buddy Jools last week and posted last Friday.

I die cut the three flowers, used a scrap of paper from my stash behind then cut the centres, leaves and heart from a small piece of smooshed  card that was lying on my desk.  I rounded the top corner added a little Stickles and did a little inking with Distress ink.

I'm taking this card over to The Snippets Playground where it's Week 203

Monday 16 November 2015


Hello and Happy Monday.

First I would like to give a very warm welcome to my two new blog friends Krisha and Amanda. I',m  so glad that you decided to join me here.  I'm sure they would both be very pleased if you paid them a visit.

For today's card I used some of a recently pulled gelli plate print for the background. I stamped a Martha Stewart rose onto a page from an old gardening book. After tearing round the stamped image I coloured  it with two Promarkers  and inked the edges with Distress ink.

The sentiment is also by Martha Stewart and I coloured the two gems with a peel off marker.  I put one clear gem onto the smaller rose.

I would like to take my card over to join in at Di's Snippet Playground Week 203


Saturday 14 November 2015

My Metal Heart

Good Morning and thank you for popping by.

Today I'm showing an MDF heart that I decorated several weeks ago.

It's something completely different for me but I really had fun playing.

I stuck all sorts of bits and pieces including diecuts, bits of embossed card, buttons and beads onto the heart.  Then I painted it all with two coats of black gesso.  I finished by rubbing on green and then gold Inca Gold with my fingers.

I ended up with very messy hands but enjoyed it very much.  Goodness knows what I'll do with it now ....

I'd like to enter this into the Allsorts Challenge blog where the theme this time is Anything but a Card.

Well it's a dark dank day here today and no football on the television so I'm off up to my cabin for a couple of hours of crafting fun.

Friday 13 November 2015

An Oldie on Friday

Here's my "Oldie" for Friday.

I'm linking up with Erika on her Snappy Crafts blog where we link up each Friday to show something we made a long time ago.  It's just for fun.  If you leave a comment for Erika she'll know you called.

First I'd like to welcome my new friend Bev.  So glad you joined me here.

I made this card a long time ago using a stamped image sent by a web buddy.  Isn't she lovely.  Unfortunately I don't know what the stamp is.

Anyway I added a little colour to her cheek and covered her with glitter.

The pricking is done with a brass stencil that lingers in a black metal box of numerous brass stencils that seldom see the light of day.  Paper pricking was very popular about ten years ago.

The sentiment is a well loved Stamp Addicts rubber stamp.   I think there is an oriental look to the font.

Happy Crafting everyone!

Share a Smile on Friday

Morning All!

It's good to be back sharing a smile on Friday again where we link up to Annie's Stitch in Time blog each week with our happy thoughts.

I've not smiled a lot over the past couple of weeks as I caught another of those horrid bugs.  I, who, boasts that I seldom catch a cold have managed to catch three bugs in two months.

Anyway I missed the NEC last weekend and two workshops all in one week and I'd paid for them all too.  No doubt I've saved us a bit of money overall - you know what I mean .....

But I did smile when this lovely card, along with a selection of Christmas diecut sentiments arrived unexpectedly from my web buddie Jools.  Thank you so much my friend for giving me a big smile this week.

Hope you all enjoy a good week.

Thursday 12 November 2015

Zig Zag Butterfly

Hello and thank you for your visit.

First I would like to give a warm welcome to Rachel and Lorraine who have just joined me here.  You may like to pay them a visit and share the lovely work they both make.

I've made my card today to enter into Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge where this time the theme is Z for Zig Zag with  butterflies.

I punched the butterfly onto the paper.  I don't know the make of the punch but it is one of those where the butterfly stays attached to the background.  I drew on the antennae and coloured clear gems with permanent markers then mounted onto a scrap of gold card then onto a piece of purple card.

The embossing folder is by Die'Sire and after embossing I used Distress Ink to colour it mauve.  This is the last piece of ribbon from the roll I've had for ages and I've only just realised that although the edge is gold for some reason it looks silver in my photo - oh well!  The tiny gold butterflies were punched from the scrap of gold backing card.

I'm going to put this card into The Snippets Playground Week 202 challenge now I've realised how many snippets I've used on this card.

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Sweet Treat

Here's my second post today as I get back into the swing of things.

The image came out of my box of already stamped images.  I know it's an unmounted rubber stamp but can't remember what it is.

I coloured up the image with Pro Markers to match the papers from my stash that I'd  decided to use.

The sentiment is from Hobby Arts and the little red hearts are stickers that I've had for ever.

I'd like to enter this card into
The Alphabet Challenge blog where the theme is S for Sweet Treats

Snippets Flower

Good Morning Everyone.

I'm so glad to be back and joining in again now that I've recovered from another dose of a horrid bug.

I'd like to say thank you for all your good wishes and I'm slowly managing to catch up with what you'd all been doing as I mainly slept ......

Just before I got ill my Big Shot Plus arrived and I've only just started playing with it.

  This was the first thing I made using my free Bigz die to cut out both layers of flowers.  It wasn't meant to be used, just playing but as I don't like throwing stuff away it turned into a card.

I've used lots of scraps.  The large flower was a scrap of white card, diecut, spritzed with water, screwed up then coloured with Distress ink and shaped.  The smaller flower was cut from some packaging which I coloured pink on the back with a Pro Marker and the centre was punched from a scrap and covered with Stickles.   I rubbed through some sequin waste with Black Soot DI for the background.

I'm going to pop over to join in with the girls at Miss Di's Snippets Playground Week 202

Thursday 5 November 2015

Just hopping by

Hello Blogland  Buddies,

I just wanted to say sorry I've not been around to visit anyone since last week.

 I've had another of those horrid bugs since Saturday and today is the first day I've even opened my laptop.

It's just a quick snippets card today that was made some weeks ago  to take to the playground.  I'll be back catching up with everyone again as usual next week.

The  blue background is packaging.  I embossed the bottom section and inked to resemble water.  The sun, and dragonflies are  scraps of card.

The frog is a Woodware stamp on a scrap of green paper.  I added googly eyes and Glossy Accents after cutting him out.

I'm popping over to Snippets Playground Week 201