Wednesday 31 August 2016


Good Evening and thank you for calling in.

I went to a dabble day the weekend before last where we made a card very similar to this one and I have used techniques we did on the day.

The stamps are a Woodware set which includes another shorter boot.  I'm planning on making some girly cards as I think they'd work well for line dancers.

The background is scored and rubbed over with distress inks.  The hat and boots were stamped and  embossed in black onto brown paper which had been screwed up and stuck onto pieces of card.

The birthday sentiment is from a Paula Pascal set.

I'd like to enter my card into the
Crazy Catz Challenge # 335 (anything goes / optional twist - hats)

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Rudolph Day Robin

Good Morning and thank you for visiting my blog today.

I haven't joined in with Mo's Rudolph Day Challenge for a while as life just seemed to take over so happy to be joining in today with a card I made recently.

I used the wreath from one little set and all the other dies from another.  I recently lent them to a friend so sorry I'm not sure of the make at the moment.

This was my first card playing with the dies and I wish I'd added a few more holly leaves and berries.  I just wanted to try all the dies out.

 I added a little stickles to the pine cones.  The matt is a go dark gold shimmery paper although it looks brown in the photo.

A quick update on my weight loss.  I'm very excited to say I have lost my first stone (14 lbs ) to those outside the UK.

It's been a slow journey but this time I mean to keep it off.  At my age I've not got time to play around - except for my crafting that is!   Just 16lbs more to lose and I'll keep you updated.  Sharing with you all helps me to stay on track ....

Happy Crafting Everybody!

Monday 29 August 2016

Feeling Positive about the Negative!

 Hello and thank you for visiting.

Although I bought this Bunny  die to make  baby cards I've not made one yet but been having fun playing with it anyway.

I made the first card and then decided to make a second with the waste by just mounting the butterfly paper on to black card.  I decided not to faux stitch this time but I did add the cotton wool tail.

Two very quick cards to boost my charity box.

Both papers came free with a magazine ages ago.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Sunday 28 August 2016

My New Bunny!

Hello and thank you for hopping by for a visit.

This is my new Sizzix BigZ die which arrived yesterday.

I was cardmaking up the garden in my cabin and got a phone call from hubby to say it had just been delivered.

So I popped down to the house and went straight back and made this card.  I cut it out with a scrap of white card and a snippet of paper which came free with a magazine a long time ago.  Then I cut off his tail on the paper to reveal a white tail and stuck them together.

I added the small flower stickers as part of my "using up" project although after sticking on the first decided I didn't like it.  When I tried to remove it  the paper underneath tore so I had to add a few more.  I think I may add a piece of cotton wool to his tail.

I would like to enter my card into Darnell's NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) #7 Challenge and
Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 244

Saturday 27 August 2016

Old as the hills!

Morning All!

I really can't remember when this one was made but it was a long long time ago.

The panel is cut from a shop bought card and the stamps are by the stamp man.  I love this set and can't wait for Oriental to become popular again as I have so many oriental stamps hidden away.

I'm running late again so hope I'm not to late to link up with Erika on her Snappy Crafts blog where she invites us to show an oldie on FRIDAY!

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend if you are in the UK and just enjoy wherever you are.

Friday 26 August 2016

Smiles on Friday

 Good Morning Smilers!

It's been a crafty week for me.  On Sunday I went to a workshop with friends then yesterday morning six of us went along to learn to make triple easel cards with Wendy Stenton who lives in the village.

Many of you may remember Wendy from Create and Craft.  She put out boxes of die cuts, embellishments and snippets of pretty papers.

We all made two cards and had a lot of fun using up bits and pieces.  Wendy has another class of six today but we left lots for them to play with too.

Here's a small selection of the cards that we made.

  I said I'd tell you about the hiccup we had at the wedding.  We can laugh at it now although it wasn't funny at the time.  When we unzipped the bags that our clothes were in there were no trousers on hubby's hanger.  After a bit of a panic we ran literally from the hotel room across the road and a huge car park where we managed to get a pair of dark trousers to fit from the local Asda supermarker.  One last check when we got back to the room and there were the suit trousers at the bottom of the bag.  They'd slipped off the hanger.

I had said I'd wear my jeans in solidarity with hubby as it was me who'd done the packing gulp!  Thankfully it didn't come to that but I think he'll have to pack his own next time !!!

I'm linking up with Annie on her Stitch in Time blog for This Week's Smiles  ...Week 184

Have a lovely Weekend Everybody.

Sunday 21 August 2016

Vase and Butterflies

Since my blog break I've been busy catching up with visits.

 Life seems to be rather hectic at the moment and I've had to cut down on time spent posting and entering challenges but I've just managed to get this card finished for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #60
V is for Vase/Vanilla.

During my recent craft sort out I found some card's with cut outs for iris folding and this one just fitted the job.

I didn't have a pattern for the iris folding but think it works quite well.  After finishing the card something seemed to be missing so I punched out a couple of flowers and stuck them onto the vase - job done.

As I used a small amount of my paper strips for the vase and butterflies and scraps of white card for the flower I would also like to join in with the playmates at Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 243

Friday 19 August 2016

Smiles on Friday

Hello and let me introduce Myrtle the baby Schnauzer.

Wouldn't her sweet little face make you smile any day of the week.  We're really looking forward to meeting her.

She is the new little addition to the family of our friends and I made a hello card to welcome her as soon as I knew she'd arrived in her new home.

Life has been taking over a bit recently and I've not joined in for a few weeks with Annie so I'm happy to be back with the girls sharing  Friday Smiles - Week 183.

We went off to Norwich last Friday for a few days to attend a wedding on the Saturday.  It was a wonderful day although we did have a small hiccup but I'll tell you about that next time.

Whatever you have planned for the weekend I hope you enjoy yourselves.

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Little Myrtle

Hello and thank you for your visit.

We got home on Sunday evening after a lovely few days away spent with family and friends.  The wedding was lovely and the bride looked beautiful.

We did have one little hiccup which  could have been a disaster but I'll tell you about that in a later post.

I got an email last evening to say our friends have now picked up their new puppy, Myrtle.  So I made this card for them this morning and have just popped it in the post.

The sentiment is a Clearly Besotted die, the stamp is by DeNami and I used my new Spellbinders die set for the first time.

I used lots of snippets of card and my last piece of this grosgrain ribbon so am off to join in with the girls at Snippets Playground - Week 242

As I've been away for a few days I'm afraid I'm playing catch-up again with comments but will get round to visit you all over the next few days.

Friday 12 August 2016

Wedding Card

Hello and Welcome

This is a very quick post as we're off to Norwich shortly for a family wedding which is tomorrow.

Life has been so hectic since my recent blog break so I'd like to apologise to those I may not have visited much since my return.  I will get there.

I have enjoyed joining in with Erika at her Snappy Crafts blog each Friday with an oldie although I've been absent for a few weeks now.

So -  I hope this might just qualify as an oldie.  It's the card we sent to the happy couple earlier this week..  A very different type of card from my normal style.

It was made about 18 months ago at a Loobi Crafts workshop and I have been hanging on to it since Sophie and Gary got engaged.

I used the de-bossed side of the embossing folder and carefully wiped Erika's favourite sparkle paste over it which fills in the indentations.  It is a technique used by Sue Wilson.  I also used Sue's dies for this card.  The sentiment may seem a bit strange for a wedding card but I thought it really appropriate for the couple it was sent to.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  It sounds as if we're in for a lovely few days in most of the UK.

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Folded hedgehog

Evening all,

I've just got back from our monthly craft club and this is what Wendy taught us to make tonight.

I'm sure lots of you have seen these book folded creatures before and I was really looking forward to learning how to do it.

We all really enjoyed the evening.  She is made from 200 folded pages and took me all the evening to make.  I have half a book left so am going to make another for a friend.

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Very Pink

Good afternoon and thank you for visiting.

I've finally finished my tidy up and it's lovely to be able to work with space around on my worktop. How silly of me to think that everything would be straightforward.

I've only made a few cards but can you believe I've managed to lose my clouds die on my first attempt.  It's disappeared into space - literally and is only the second die I have ever lost.  The first was a bee several years ago.

 Anyway the positive news is I have now lost 11lbs and finding my joints are far less painful and I'm sleeping much better.

Well my card for today was made with Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge P for Punches/Pink in mind.  It's very pink, I think you will agree and I used punches for all butterflies and the sentiment too.

As I used snippets for the banners, literally finishing up some scraps, my card also qualifies for the challenge at Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 240