Sunday, 13 April 2014

New Home


My grandson, his lovely partner and my GGDaughter are moving into their first new home.
They, and DD and SIL, have worked very hard for the last week painting, cleaning....lots n lots of cleaning....and generally turning a manky house into a lovely new home.

Just a square and a triangle to make the house shape
The three hearts are different textures.
The large size, coloured, sparkled and crackled.
The middle size - corrugated card, painted and sprayed with iridescent medium
The small size - a punched shape - coloured and glittered
Sounds like the story of the three bears LOL

This one is the last of my 'coffee filter paper' flowers. I'll have to get in gear and make some more...h/work and gardening permitting.

Country View #14 - new beginnings
 Simply Create Too #59 - no stamped images
 Crafty Girls #15 - anything goes - 2nd entry
 Crafty Hands #12 anything goes

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

16th Birthday


A quick post - my computer is poorly and Blogger doesn't like me :(

I've had this lovely image for a while and this is the first time I've used it and the first 'colouring in' I've done for ages.

Memory Box lavish branch
Seam binding bow
Pearly button
Colouring medium - copics

A Day for Daisies #92 - pretty pastels
4 Crafty Chicks #188 - colour an image
Divas - anything goes & birthday blog hop
Crafty Girls #15 - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons #83 - anything with ribbon

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Great Granddaughter's First Mothers Day Card


This a recent photo of my precious little Great Granddaughter who is 6 months old and nothing could be nicer for her mummy's first Mothers Day.

Computer generated sentiments cut with spellbinders vines of passion. The picture frame is made with spellbinders gold labels 4.
Rosie patterned DP topped with frayed muslin, a handmade glittery button tops an organza bow and a coffee fliter paper flower. Appli glue again to make the pearly dots - I'm getting better at these :)

Isn't she gorgeous....but then I am very biased, LOL

Crafty Cardmakers #113 - you've been framed
Dream Valley #78 - mothering sunday
Glitter n Sparkle - #78 - mothers day
Allsorts #252 - use those dies
Alphabet - D for die cuts

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Sunday, 30 March 2014



For a lovely couple's 46th anniversary who share the same date as me and my hubby so this was rather sad to make :( 

 The design is based on a card by Sue Wilson using the Spanish Collection background die.
The flowers are made from coffee filters and TH tattered flower garland dies, Coloured with watercolour paint.

I made loads of mistakes with this but I hope Audrey & Mick won't notice, LOL.

I am very pleased how the flowers turned out  :)

Alphabet CB - D for diecuts 
Allsorts #252 - use those dies
Creative Fingers #29 - anything goes
Charisma #7 - CAS
Crafty Girls #14 - anything goes

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Mothers Day


For my dear, lovely, special Aunty, my Mum's sister and a second mum to me since I was a baby and even more since my dear mum passed away 27 yrs ago.

Memory box dies - tessatina border, lavish branch, pipi butterfly
Frame - Spellbinders curved rectangles
New 'Happy' die from Joanna Sheen 
The pearls are dots of appli glue. I've had this for yonks and am just about getting the hang of making reasonable looking 'pearls' since I watered it down. I still need practice though, LOL.

Challenges I'd like to enter
My Time to Craft #240 - special lady/mothers day
CYP #206  - mothers day/for the ladies
A Gem of a Challenge #115- special lady/mothers day
The Crafters Cafe #55 - make a square card

Thank you for stopping by today :)
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Friday, 7 March 2014

70th Birthday


Neighbour Mick celebrated his big seven ohhh on Monday. The image is an MG like the one he has in his garage and takes out for a spin a couple of times a year....on a fine day, lol.

The BP is LOTV's Beach Bliss, rather nice for male cards. I made a faux silk panel and sponged with a matching colour ink and dabbed gold on the edges. For the frame I used nestie curved rectangles also dabbed with gold. I couldn't decide (this happens a lot these days) how to finish it off and therefore opted for circles and some hessian.

A closer view - I've added this just to fill the space :)

Challenges I'd like to enter
PCJ - manly/boyish
Crafty Creations #258- happy birthday
Diva's - let's hear it for the boys
The Paper Shelter #148 - anything goes

Thank you for stopping by today :)
Cheers me dears

Gotta show you this! One of my birthday presents from my DD :)


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Butterfly 50th


Apologies if anyone thinks this is inappropriate but I've had news from Macmillan Cancer Support that I'd like to share.
When I arranged hubby's funeral in December, I asked for donations to the Macmillan nurses instead of flowers - had just one large floral tribute from me and the kids. Even though it was too late for  hubby to benefit from their care I know they would have been a great support.
Well, the news is that £510 was donated........isn't that great :)

Oh, and Happy Birthday to me!!! 


This is made for DIL for her colleague at work.and also to join in  Brenda's 5th blogerversary celebration Well done Brenda :) and thanks for  sharing all your lovely creations with us.

I had something quite different in mind involving gold embossing when I started this card. Well!! that failed so I went and played safe with some pretty paper and butterflies - again - this die is a big favourite of mine :)

Edges inked with vintage photo DI, a little handmade flower and some string

Challenges I'd like to enter
Crafty Catz #220 - anything goes
Papertake - anything goes + optional handmade flower

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Birthday Butterfly


I tried to get a textured look using this stencil and tried various mediums - acrylic paint for one - but ended up using white embossing powder which looks very unwhite lol.
The result is OK but I have now ordered some proper texture paste :)
I sponged Spun Sugar DI over part of the 'design' and splattered some over the rest using a toothbrush.

I think the finished card is quite pleasing.

The butterfly is embossed with texture EF is also coloured with spun sugar DI,  and then spritzed with glimmer mist.
I added some small pearls to the little flowers on the memory box lavish branch die cut and simply finished with random pink and white pearls and the greeting banner.

Challenges I'd like to enter
Just Keep on Creating #1 - anything goes
The Pink Elephant #239 - use pink
Lexi's Creations #110 - monochromatic
Allsorts #247 - ladies day

Thank you for stopping by today :)
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Tuesday, 4 February 2014



For a neighbour who lives a few doors away.  Her hubby hadn't been well for many years so news of his passing was not unexpected.....still sad though, I got on well with him.

Radiant Rectangles die cut frame
Sentiment stamped and cut with Curved Rectangle nestie
CB 'dotty' EF
Spellbinders EF
Black net
Handmade ribbon flower
Handmade stick pin

When in doubt as what to use as a backing very often I opt for the CB 'dotty' embossing folder. So easy to join to make a larger mat and neat too.

Feeling Crafty #25 - die cuts/punches
The Crafting Cafe - Feb Challenge - embossing
Papertake - anything goes (optional shaped card)
PCJ - emboss that
Crafty Girls #10 - anything goes
Crafty Catz #216 - anything goes
Paper Pretties #295 -texture

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Monday, 3 February 2014

Silver Wedding Bling


8" square

Oh my word!! Loads -a -bling!! Not only gems but glitter too - no expense spared here LOL
This is for  BIL & SIL's 25th Wedding Anniversary.

I bought the interlocking circles embossing folder at the NEC and this is it's first outing. Die cut a circle and popped it up with foam tape and adhered it to the mat with a pierced border in the style of Sue of Particraft fame - took a while to get the measurment right but love the result. 

The silver circle is die cut from a Christmas cracker and is beautifully shiny and glittery.
I used some silver cord I've been hoarding for the bow and finished with a flower made from very light metal embossed and then added a brad gem in the centre.

Cards Galore - #2 - bling
Crafty Catz #216 - anything goes
The ABC Challenge - E for embellish
Dream Valley #74 - no designer paper
Rhedd & Rosie #25 - anything goes
Love to Create #101 - birthday celeb/anniversary

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Another Card for Grandson!


To Grandson from me.
It is very sad not to be signing Granddad's name as well as mine this year :(

The papers are from a very old Basic Grey pad.

I'd like to enter
A Gem of a Challenge #111 - for the boys
Cards 4 Guyz - monochrome
My Craft Creations - anything goes
OLLCB #148 - a man card
Dream Valley  #73- boys/men

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Grandson's Birthday


Hello friends.
I'm back.....with the first serious card since....end of November. Apart from a couple of 'thank you' cards I've not had the inclination for card making nor the time for that matter - legal stuff and form filling is so time consuming and mind boggling.

The BP's are from the lovely LOTV Beach Bliss pad. 

 I'd like to enter
Crazy 4 Challenges  #219 - sketch
That Craft Place - colour palette
Challenges 4 Everybody #37 - anything goes
Aud Sentiments #98 - any sentiment
A Gem of a Challenge - one for the boys
Crafty Girls #9 - anything goes

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Happy New Year


Wishing you All the Very Best for 2014

I had 111 cards this Christmas - sadly 90 of them were sympathy cards!!
I didn't make any Christmas cards or even send any this year but I hope I'll feel like crafting and get back to blogging again soon

Take care my friends


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Elegant Lady in Black and Blue


Oh dear! a bad few weeks and not much time for blogging!!!
Hubby is very poorly, Granddaughter has been in hospital and my lovely, kindhearted daughter's precious Pandora bracelet was stolen by the 'friend' who she  paid to help her with her house cleaning. This was a favour for this person as DD didn't really need her and she did a real crap job anyway. DD even picked her up and took her home twice a week.
The bracelet, or most of it, has been recovered but the 'friend'  and her friend who went with her to the jewellers to sell it got away scotfree, the police gave them a caution! There is more to this story but I won't bore you with any more of it. 
An awful betrayal of trust and very upsetting!!!!!

On to my card.....for my neice

I can't remember which CD the image is from. I have trouble opening CD's on my ancient PC so when I can I have been saving images in a folder.
The ribbon is navy blue but looks rather more like black in the pic.
The flower is made from some soft pliable metallic sheet - should have gone under the worktop over my appliances in my new kitchen - and is coloured with alcohol ink.
I scored the black strip at the bottom to match the blue stripey paper - I wish this showed in the pic :(
Doily painted with iridescent medium, a black feather and some pearls....and fini.
It really does look quite nice IRL

I'd like to enter
Tuesday Morning Sketches #225 - sketch
4 Crafty Chicks #169 - anything goes
Crafting by Designs - anything goes
Creative card Crew #49 - pearls
Pan Pastels - mixing it up

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Black and White


A quick First Anniversary card for my neice and hubby.
This is what I should have been making instead of 'playing' yesterday, lol.

Some lovely lacey B&W paper - freebie from craft mag back in January.
Vines of Passion die cuts on pearly paper.
Commputer generated sentiment and a couple of gems...simples :)

I'd like to enter......
Cuttlebug Mania - black and white
Rhedd & Rosie #18 - anything goes

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Autumn Leaves

I've neglected the cards I have to make in favour of a little playtime.

I stamped leaves onto a coloured magazine page following TTT technique and embossed with gold EP, cut 'em out and painted on a bit of crackle accents. I did only one maple leaf because it was too much of a fiddle to remove the centre as it is nearly a solid stamp.
I printed and tore around the quote and used loads of vintage photo on it.

I started off with this (below) for the topper - after seeing Claire's gorgeous canvas!
I don't have any Pan modelling paste or any decent leaf stamps so I had to improvise
I used a very thick layer of cheap white acrylic paint and squished it about - added various embossing powders, a piece of net, metallic gilding wax  and a dab of a music stamp here and there.

Pan Pastels #42 - autumn colours
Crafts 4 Eternity #146 - autumn leaves
Technique Time Tues - faux cloisonne

Thank you for stopping by today and the much appreciated comments on previous posts
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

First Anniversary


A beef.....I have been feeling mardy and put off card making and all because I have fallen out with M&S. I went to use a credit voucher and was told it had expired!!!  I was not aware that they impose a time limit and have lost the best part of £60. Grrr - I think it absolutely wrong that this is the case - a credit voucher should last forever!
Sooo, I've told M&S to stick it, my custom has been transferred elsewhere.
Am I on my own with this thinking......or maybe it best you don't tell me, you might shoot down in flames, lol

A result...I am happy though that I have, at last, after 3 months managed to get my 82 yr old neighbour a  Visa to visit Australia.  The new rules decree that everyone over 75 have a health certificate at a cost of £350!!!!  Thanks to her sister in Oz, after talks with immigration, (the site is so confusing)  it is found she needed a different numbered visa for her trip of under 3 months. What a relief we haven't got to make the trek to Birmingham....yippppeee.

A card....for niece and hubby from her Mum & Dad.
Spellbinders Floral Ovals die - the largest is flat, the other two matted with foam tape.
I printed the sentiment and cut with middle size die then cut around it to fit as another layer.
Memory Box butterfly and Marianne Creatables for the flowers. This is a nice soft gold paper that was left over from the wedding invitations that  I made for the couple last year. The wedding colours were green and gold. Must get myself in gear, gotta make two more.

I rubbed metallic gilding wax on the edges of the die cuts - funny stuff this - using fingers is the only way for me.  I couldn't get a satisfactory result using a cloth as in the instructions cos it was going all bitty.
Nice effect in the end.

I'd like to enter
Fussy & Fancy #100 - celebration
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes...with ribbon
The Paper Shelter #133 - use only 2 colours

Thank you for stopping by today and for a comments if you feel like it and have the time
Cheers me dears :)


Friday, 11 October 2013



I'm showing off my lovely new Memory Box dies. When I first saw them I was surprised and a little concerned  to see how thin they are. As it turns out I am well impressed, they cut like a dream....methinks I'll have to save up for more, lol.

The fern and butterflies have been cut from pearlescent card.
The two DP's are from the Bearly-Mine vintage collection and the flower a BM freebie from years back.
The stamped sentiment, from a set I won recently, is embossed with gold detail EP but "AMY" is peel-off letters which were silver (all I had) and coloured with gold dabber.

Oh, and my other new item is the Kaisercraft 'sparklet' on the bow

Challenges I'd like to enter
Bearly-Mine #107 - ribbon/string/twine
Card Mania #31 - pastel colours
Crafty Ribbons #65 - butterflies

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

New Baby Card ....again!


Made for the new mummy's twin sister who flew up from Devon to meet her new niece.

I framed the photo with  Crafty Ann's pretty metallic frame from her very last collection prior to closing her digi shop - layered it with small foam squares.
The pink paper is a freebie from craft mag and the other from a very old digi collection.
The swirly corner I found in my bits box
Handcut heart

The heart is glittered around the edges

That Craft Place - baby
Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes
4 Krafty Girlz #3 anything goes
Crafting by Designs - anything goes

Thank you for stopping by today :)
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Friday, 4 October 2013

Our Little Sweetheart

She is so tiny...weighed 5lb at birth, which is not bad considering she was over 3 weeks early.

 For those of you who haven't read my previous post.......NO! she is not mine, lol.
This is from DD and SIL, the proud Grandparents, using the favourite photo of the moment. 

8" square

I made the frame from some embossed card (CB textile folder) it is layered on the photo with foam tape and has a tiny bit of sparkle on some of the raised parts.

The pretty rose BG paper is , once again, from Far Far Hill. I'm  using lots of roses for the baby cards as their surname is Rose :)

The corner triangle sentiment and greeting were computer generated, matted on to pearlescent card with more sparkle on the edges and fixed with foam tape. The Vines of Passion heart is cut from same card. The tattered muslin was dyed with Spun Sugar DI.

I have noticed the triangle, bottom right, looks skewy although no-one noticed it IRL. Serves me right for taking a wonky pic

ONE handmade rose and the other roses also dyed with the same DI.
A seam binding bow and bling and that is it.

 The inside is similar to that of my previous card using the same paper as the front. It was presented in a simply decorated box.

Crafty Ribbons #64 - anything with ribbon
Pan Pastels #39 - anything goes - Whooopppeee - one of the top 3 picks!
That Craft Place - baby

Thank you for stopping by today :)
Cheers me dears