Wednesday, 1 February 2017

NBUS again.....

Afternoon everyone from a soggy, warmer day in Enfield! Such a difference in temperature we had to turn the heating off!
Decided to create a card for Darnell's NBUS ( never before used stuff! ) last week of her 3 week challenge. She showed us a bubblewrap and alcohol inks technique which was so good! I made several backgrounds but eventually used this on for my card.

The die is part of a collection from Tonic and not used before as was the bubblewrap, but I'm not sure that counts!

I seem to be back in the routine of blogging which was my New Year's resolution.
See you soon x

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Am I in time?

Evening everyone.

A very quick post as I saw a challenge called Rudolph days and I love making Christmas cards so thought I'd join in. When I decided what to do I realised it could be suitable for Darnell's NBUS challenge and I think I am just in time! Apologies for the photo it's a very miserable day here!

I used snowflake stamps that were free with Creative Stamping magazine and not been used before hence the Not Been Used Stuff acronym on Darnell's challenge. I also did a camouflage sentiment which is an optional theme. On Rudolph days anything goes as long as it's a Christmas card.

Hope I'm not too late.........

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Up up and away!

Afternoon all!
I had intended joining in Darnell's NBUS challenge but the week got away from me instead I was inspired this morning by the new challenge over at Less is More:

So it's Recipe week and we're looking for 
1 or more balloons on your project.

So I decided to use some freebie stamps from Creative Stamping magazine and thought it would make a Valentine's card for my OH.

Fairly self-explanatory but I liked the sentiment. I've had to stop my subscription to this magazine as you get so many stamps that I'm running out of space!

I had to make 2 sympathy cards yesterday and went with a freebie feather stamp and SU French Foliage set.

Temperature has gone up today and we actually had to turn the heating off for a while! Long may it continue.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you're up to.

Friday, 13 January 2017


Hi everyone I'm trying to keep my NYE resolution to be a better blogger and here I am with a couple of cards to show you.
We were in Ireland last weekend for my niece's wedding and I made a tealight card for the bride and groom.  We were laughing at the photo I have of her and her sister at my wedding:

46 years apart!

We had a great time catching up with family and the wedding finished at 4am! Just about recovered :)

We have been invited to a neighbour's little boys 1st birthday on Sunday and here is the card I made which is a case of one I saw on Pinterest.

Loved this cute elephant which was made with different sized circles for body, head an feet and SU bauble punch for the ears.

We experienced a snowstorm this morning but it didn't settle and the rest of the day was cold and sunny. Hope you're all safe wherever you are!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

1st post of 2017.........

Hi everyone it's me again, twice in a week after a long absence! I saw the latest challenge over at Less is More and thought I'd give it a go. The challenge is as follows:

                It's back round to our Recipe week and we'd like to see 
                 you add DIMENSION to your cards for this challenge.

I used Altenew vintage flower stamps with 3 shades of brown ink on cream hammered card and the sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers. I'm also entering the January challenge over at Stamping Sensations which is Coffee and Cream.
We are off to Ireland for a family wedding at the weekend so I'm hoping it won't be too cold!

Thanks for visiting 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Happy New Year........

Hi everyone I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a brand new year!
We had a lovely Christmas eve with Charlie taking part in a Christingle service dressed as a king. Christmas day was lovely too we were knee-deep in toys! Unfortunately my menfolk were poorly and had been for several days so we came home early and several friends have now succumbed so we have postponed New Year's Eve for a couple of weeks!

I've been a very bad blogger lately but I seem to have lost the urge to post although I am cardmaking most days. I hope you'll bear with me and I do check through your posts and look at your wonderful creations even if I don't comment.

So just a few cards that I have been busy with:

Loved using the tattered lace snow globes especially for anyone with children.

Have to finish with a  photo of a canvas that Jim got for his birthday :)

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Back again!

Hi everyone I'm back, I can't believe it's been 2 months since I've blogged! I've been crafting but haven't been motivated to blog although I pop in now and again to catch up on what's going on.
I've been pretty busy, we had a week at Center Parcs with the family before Charlie started school and then Jim and I had a fortnight in Tuscany relaxing, it was beautiful! We were staying near Lucca, our favourite town and we visited Florence and Pisa and lots of small medieval hilltop towns. the weather was perfect, 26 degs, no humidity and a gentle breeze.
Just back from Portsmouth celebrating my DiL's birthday, getting to take Charlie to school and looking after Phoebe.
Yesterday we spent the morning at Brands Hatch with Keir as he enjoyed his driving experience flying around in a Lamborgini and a Ferrari and then having a lovely lunch nearby a chance for an adult catch up :)

I thought I'd just share a few cards that I've made recently:

Sorry for my lack of commenting I'll try and visit you all soon :)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

At last....

Hi everyone, I can't believe how fast the weeks disappear its been 6 weeks since my last post!
We were in Portsmouth this weekend for Phoebe's christening and it was a lovely day. She behaved beautifully and the weather was gorgeous.
Last weekend I was delighted to attend the inaugural Happy Little Stampers retreat and what a brilliant, crafty time we all had. Kylie had thought of everything and the sponsors were very magnanimous with their freebies! Hopefully this will be a yearly treat for us all.
August is a busy month for me with lots of family and friends birthday's so I have a few cards to show you:

The framed creation I did on Craft Artist for Phoebe's room.

Phoebe with her parents and godparents, she behaved beautifully!

A couple of cards this month, more to follow and our group photo from the craft retreat and a selection of cards that we produced!

You may very well recognise a few faces!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dust, dust and more dust...........

Hello everyone, well not only is the weather very wet but we have been up to our ears in dust for nearly 3 weeks! We have had our sitting room revamped, so all the walls and ceiling have been skimmed, fireplace remodelled and new shelving made an appearance. Not a particularly easy job for the plasterer as our house is circa 1864 and the walls don't tend to be very straight! Anyway apart from waiting for a new fire and a cabinet to arrive it's all finished. I've been decluttering and it's very cathartic!
I was not able to do much crafting as I had to cover as much of my craft space as possible to protect from the dust but I did get to make a New Home card for my DiL's parents who have just moved, come and see:

I used a MB window die, cut off the bottom and turned it the other way to make a window box. The greenery is a Tattered Lace die and the trim on the blind is the top of a picket fence die. The letters have been gilded with Pebeo wax.

Nothing else to show as all the birthdays coming up are in July and August and I've not 
 entered any challenges lately.
           I'll leave you with a before and after of my sitting room which looked so old fashioned :

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Hi everyone, wow it's been a month today since I last blogged, where do the weeks go?! Having said that we did have a fantastic week on the IOW with the family. The weather was great except for one day and we had a fab house with a wonderful garden for Charlie.

We have got the builders/decorators in this week completely gutting my sitting room and everywhere else is like being part of one of those hoarders programmes with boxes surrounding us! As a consequence I can't access my craft room as it's off the sitting room and I'm bored!!!!!! I've had to resort to digital crafting which isn't as satisfying. 

Anyway I have a couple of cards to show you:

For my great nephew I tried to recreate an iPhone!!

!st attempt at a 3D pram!

Finally an anniversary card for Keir and Lara. I diecut into the card and then diecut again in pink and green and inserted the pieces back in and glossed them. What a palaver! Looked nice in the end :o)

I'm going to try and catch up on all your blogs now, I certainly don't have an excuse not to! The weather is awful too :0(

Sunday, 1 May 2016


Hi everyone, well I hope there are still a few of you left to visit me as I've been missing for a while! I've not been very good at commenting on your blogs but I do visit!! I want to thank everyone that was thinking about me and the family after losing Karen, it was much appreciated.The service was lovely and very personal and my eldest son Dominic, gave a wonderful eulogy and it was so nice to see so many people there for Karen.

I have been quite busy with cards for various occasions and had a lovely time recently at Ally Pally meeting up with Chrissie and Gay.  I also was asked back to college to judge the annual hairdressing competition and the winners went on to a regional competition which I attended and the judge was the amazing Patrick Cameron who was brilliant! Hairdressers will know who I am talking about and we won!!!

Anyway I thought I'd share with you a few cards that I've made recently and I promise to get back in the swing of things and visit you all!

card using my new dies from Ally Pally

three crafty ladies at Ally Pally!

the last card I made for Karen with her favourite Hibiscus and her dragonfly logo

Cupcake onesies for my Dil's brother's new baby

Card for a special friend recovering from a heart attack

I hope everyone is enjoying the bank holiday weekend it's been lovely here but tomorrow is not looking so good!


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