Saturday, 20 December 2014

My First Canvas


 I have been 'off' crafting for most of the year but decided I really must make an effort to get crafty again having got myself a new laptop and printer - at last - and struggling with both of them.

My  DD and SIL recently moved to a new home, fortunately only about 5 miles from me.

I have made this small canvas for them....8" sq

I used ....
modelling paste
brick stencil
corrugated card
various dies
iridescent medium
lots of gilding wax

I would like to enter
A Creative Romance - anything goes - last challenge
Sentimental Sundays   #237 - anything goes
All Crafts - anything but a card
Dies R Us  #16 - anything goes      

* Crikey, it has been soooo long since I blogged you wouldn't believe what a struggle it was to link these challenges LOL

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Friday, 4 July 2014

21st Anniversary


 Good morning and Happy 4th of July America

I'm off to EMA later today and flying early hours Sat for a short break in sunny Spain until Tues with DD and SIL. Grandson texts me yesterday morning and asks for a card for his Mum and Dad's anniversary which is on Thursday!
Sooo, instead of packing I spent the afternoon making this.

I'd like to enter...
C.R.A.F.T challenge #266 - anniversary/wedding
Crafty Ribbons #96 -  anything goes with ribbon
Crafting by Designs - month long anything goes
Divas - ribbons and flowers
Papertake - anything goes

Thank you for stopping by today and the lovely comments on previous post :)
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Saturday, 21 June 2014

White Wedding


Oh dear! I've been neglecting my blog and have had to tend to the garden instead but have managed to enjoy the sunshine when possible. I have been making cards but haven't had the time to post them here.
I also decided I had to do some crafty tidying and managed to loose/mislay? 4 dies and a lovely A5 size background stamp :(

I'm hoping to go to the evening reception of a lovely couple, the groom I've known for years.

Spanish Collection background
Californian Collection San Fransisco
Greeting computer generated and cut with unknown die

All layers are popped up with foam tape with a sparkly layer (iced snow) underneath the BG die

 You can just about see a bit of the sparkle. It does look better IRL :)

I'd like to enter...
The Crafting Cafe - love & marriage
Dies R Us #4 - wedding
Sketch N' Dies #9 - anything goes
Diva's - 3 or more layers (4 layers inc the sparkly layer)

Thank you for stopping by today and thanks again if you have time to leave a comment :)
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Friday, 30 May 2014

65th Birthday


For my friend and neighbour over the road.

Memory box - tessatina
Sue Wilson - faux quilled blooms
Spellbinders - floral ovals
Other stuff
Nancy Watt DP - craft mag freebie
Bakers twine

I'd like to enter
The Crafters Cafe  #65 - use 3 flowers
The Crazy Challenge #172 - bingo - pearls, flower, die cut
TTT - monochrome
4 Crafty Chicks #196 - anything goes
Allsorts - happy birthday
Crafty Catz #233 - anything goes

Thank you for stopping by today and the much appreciated comments on previous posts :)
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Monday, 5 May 2014

50th Birthday


I am off for a little break with DD and SIL very early tomorrow and will be closing everything down later you again in 8 days.
Take care everyone xxx

Commission for neighbour's mother for her other daughter's 50th.

Memory Box lavish branch die
Circle punch
Distress ink
Tattered muslin
Gold thread

Two flowers made from muslin, two with crinoline and one from a die. Big leaf coloured with DI and crackled and three die cuts covered with modelling paste and glittered.

I'd like to enter...
It's All About the Vintage #67 - flower power
Creative Knockouts #35 - flowers galore
Country View #15 - nature's glories
Simply Create Too #60 - stack em up
Sentimental Sundays #205 - shabby chic or use lace/doily
Crafting by Designs - May - anything goes
The Shabby Tea Room #217  - pretty prints
Love to Create #114 - say it with flowers

Thank you for stopping by today :)
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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Mothers Day


I will be off for a little break with my DD and SIL next week. I am slightly apprehensive as this is the first time without hubby and it is the same hotel we had our last holiday together last year :( 
I have many good memories of this place and will be meeting up with old friends and hopefully  will come back with new happy memories.

The butterfly is made from parchment and the 3 embossed panels matted on gold mirri card.

I'd like to enter...
Charisma Cardz  # 10  - mothers day
HIMCR #147 - mothers day

Thank you for stopping by today
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Monday, 21 April 2014

A Sparkly Birthday


Using new aquisitions
Sue Wilson's quilted flower EF - letterpress'd with DI - San Francisco die and sparkly embellie bought at Colemans demo
Lovely crinkly ribbon
Gold coloured gauze
Gold leaves from a birthday pressie
Iced snow glitter jewels

Challenges I'd like to enter

Crafty Girls #15 - anything goes
Simply Create Too #59 - no stamped images
Crafty Ribbons #85 anything goes....with ribbon
4 Crafty Chicks #190 - sentiment only
The ABC challenge-   J for just as you like
Crafty Catz #227 - B is for...bling, bow, blue
CAS on Sunday #31 -  a birthday to DIE for - use a die cut

Thank you for stopping by today :) and for all your much appreciated comments
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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

Thank you for stopping by today
Cheers me dears :)


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

Thank you for stopping by today
Cheers me dears :)


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

Thank you for stopping by today
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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 :)
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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

Thank you for stopping by today :)
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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

Thank you for stopping by today :)
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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

Thank you for stopping by today :)
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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

Thank you for stopping by today
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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

Thank you for stopping by today
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