Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Big birthday....

Not for me, that's later this year and unfortunately will be the next number up!!!
This was for my friend Caroline who I taught with for 20 years and it's the friends that I miss not the work!! 😂

I used the Sue Wilson frame and the roses are clay from a mould.

Another big birthday this time for a neighbour's little girl, Lily, who was one!

August is my busiest month for birthdays so beware the next post will be picture heavy 😀

Saturday, 15 July 2017


Evening all well we're back from Portsmouth, Brixham and Somerset. We were so lucky with amazing weather and it's lovely to catch up with old friends. Think a detox is in order now as we did over indulge!

Whilst we were away I found out that my Christmas card on my last post won the challenge, I am now waiting for my prize to arrive, how exciting 😀.

I have a couple of cards to share, come and see:

This is a card in a box for my goddaughter Abby who got married last month

A box frame for new baby

Flowery box card for a friend's birthday

Enjoy your weekend and I'll just leave you with my latest photo of Phoebe 😀

Monday, 26 June 2017

A couple of challenges...

Hello everyone everyone I hope you all survived the heatwave?!!! I'm enjoying this cooler weather and have been able to craft again as it was oppressive in my craft room.
I've got a Christmas card and an ATC to show you, come and see:

The challenge over at Christmas cards all year long asked for a house or cabin and this is a favourite stamp of mine, Stampendous I think?

There is a new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers to create an ATC and the theme is Flowers and here is mine:

A brushos background and an iris stamp from Altenew embossed in white and a few paper pen pearl embellishments.

That's all for now we are off to see the littlies at the weekend and then off to Brixham to stay with friends so I may be MIA for a while.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Hello everyone just popping in this afternoon to show you 3 cards that I've made for 3 different celebrations.
Firstly a birthday card for a special birthday that unfortunately we couldn't go to because we were at a wonderful wedding!

Secondly the wedding card which is a book card and we were blessed with beautiful weather

And last but not least Charlie has a new baby cousin called Dylan

Hoping this weather continues although I'm off to the theatre tomorrow so don't want it humid on the Underground!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Crafty theme......

Evening all, wow I can't believe it's been a month since I posted!
I've had a couple of commissions and a friend's birthday and the cards have all had a theme, I'm sure you'll cotton on 😂

This was for my friend Mandy who is in to knitting in a big way!

This was a commission for a lady who knits, sees and does tapestry.

This was another commission for an avid crocheter, is that a word?

2 cards for men friends who have reached three score and ten this month!

Charlie and co are arriving for the weekend so fun and games and mayhem are in order!
Enjoy the bank holiday, for once the weather looks good 😎

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Christmas challenge....

Afternoon all, well surprising myself with 2 posts in 2 days! I caught sight of Kylie's Christmas challenge over at HLS and I love making Christmas cards so here is my card:

The criteria is Anything goes with the option of embossing. I used Card-i-o stamps and SU sentiment and silver and white embossing powder.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Easter mayhem!

Hello everyone I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break?
The family descended on Thursday and in typical fashion my dishwasher died that evening! 😣 There was no way I was going to wash up over the next 4 days so thanks to AO a new machine was delivered next day!
We had Charlie and Phoebe all to ourselves for 24 hours as Keir took Lara away for a spa night in a lovely hotel.
We have beautiful gardens near us which were hosting an Easter trail so we all did that on Saturday and had a picnic as it was a lovely day.
Lara and I had a couple of hours off on Sunday as she took me off to see Beauty and the Beast, great film.
After the littlies had their Easter hunt Charlie organised one for us by hiding our eggs and writing clues all by himself for us to follow 😍
I have been crafting but can't show you much as the birthdays haven't arrived yet. I made a couple of Easter cards come and see:

I made this for the children but my OH couldn't see that it was a rabbit disappearing down a hole!!

3 birthday cards, first one for my favourite nephew and the other 2 for friends

Finally a couple of the littlies 😉

See you soon x

Sunday, 9 April 2017


Hi there on this gorgeous sunny day in London 😎
Note to self if you want to enter a challenge read the rules!!!
I saw this week's challenge over at Less is More and saw the cue word CURVE. Totally missed the one layer criteria! So anyway here  is my card that I can now stamp on to add more interest.

I bought some of the new TH inks at Ally Pally yesterday and had a go at smooshing. I then die cut the piece and left a curved gap which I stamped the sentiment into before attaching it to the card base.

Busy week ahead as Charlie and co are arriving for Easter. I may need to lie in a darkened room when they leave 😂

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Ally Pally....

Hi there just a quick post to see if anyone is going to Ally Pally this weekend for the craft fair?
I just have one card to show you which is a birthday card for my Dil's SiL! Very simple with a distressed background and a MB die.

Hope you are all enjoying this lovely spring weather, I hope it continues over Easter when the family are coming to stay. I'll just share one of our latest photos:

Charlie looking remarkably happy considering that Phoebe had just destroyed his building!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Wishy washi........

Hello everyone I'm just popping in to show you my card for this week's Less is More challenge which is to use Washi tape.
Now I don't possess any Washi tape so I had to make some with stamping and double sided tape. I used some old freebie stamps from Creative Stamping and a little gold embossing, come and see:

Enjoy your weekend 😁

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Morning everyone, wow it's beautiful here today, very spring like! Hope it is with you too.
I've got my card for this weeks challenge over at Less is More to share with you. It's one layer week and the theme is Leaves, come and see:

I hope this is classed under leaves, it's definitely not a flower!
Not a very good photo but I embossed the image with a coppery powder called Jasper.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Birthday celebrations.....

Hello everyone, well we survived a weekend of celebrations for Charlie's 5th birthday! 🎁🎊🎂
We met Charlie from school on Friday and his reaction was a joy as he didn't know we were coming for the weekend!
We had a family dinner with a fabulous cake for afters which was a great hit with Charlie.

Paw Patrol was the theme and I made a twist and pop card for Charlie:

He was very impressed! 😀

Just a couple of photos of the weekend.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Spring 💐

Afternoon everyone I'm back sooner than expected but I saw the latest challenge over at Stamping Sensations and decided to join in, come and see:
                    ********Close to Nature********

I used a beautiful stamp from Imagination crafts and used Chameleon pens to colour. I created a bit of dimension on the water lily and added some gilding flakes.

I'm also entering this to The Flower Challenge

Monday, 6 March 2017

Art Deco....

Evening all just popping in to show you a birthday card I made for my friend's daughter. I used a Tattered Lace Art Deco die set, love the shape.

I'll be back soon with a challenge card and on Friday we are off to Portsmouth for Charlie's 5th birthday weekend so I'll show you his card then.

Friday, 3 March 2017

A little bird told me...

Hi everyone just realised it's been a month since I blogged but I've been busy making cards that I can't show yet!
I liked the sketch over at LIM this week so I thought I'd play along, come and see:

So today we have a sketch for you to get your teeth into over the week 
and in our fantastic, fresh and classy colour combo! Feel free to flip/rotate
the sketch so long as we can see the elements of it within your card and
do keep it CLEAN & SIMPLE as that's what we love!

The sketch is below my card.

I used a freebie stamp to create lines across and the little bird is from Ultimate Crafts.

Next week is Charlie's 5th birthday so I'll be showing you the card I made for him. Weather looks awful this weekend so have a crafty one!
I'm also entering my card to the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge

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!


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