Friday, 12 August 2016

A change of direction…



Good evening all, thanks for popping by

I think I have a problem, I can’t stop buying crafty stash

As soon as I order there is something new that I like more and I must have that, I need it, and so it goes on…

sometimes, and I hope this is not just me, I see a product and have to have it, don’t even look at the price…


GP stamps


…I saw these stamps by Gabrielle Pollaco and had to buy them all. I know that I will be able to produce stunning pieces of work just like hers with them (!) and they are the next thing that I will be playing with

…unless I see something else before I get round to using them!!

I think I’m a bit done with cute for now, I’m trying some new things and I adore the Brusho powders. If you haven’t tried them they are little pots of magic, just sprinkle a few grains onto your paper and spritz with water to produce the most amazing effects like this background. This is just one colour, isn’t is a gorgeous effect with such little effort…


Brusho Christmas


This is very different for me but I enjoyed making it. I cut out 4 of the house/tree die (Memory Box) from card and glued them together so it was thick like chipboard, you can’t see on the picture. The snowflakes are Lil’ Inkers and the embossing folder is Snowflake Mosaic from Creative Expressions

Hope you like it, and I’d love to know what you think as it is such a change from my usual style

Have a fabulous weekend crafters, I’m working my way round your blogs and really enjoying having a catch up, you are a clever lot!






Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Anything Goes Challenge…




Hello crafters, I didn’t plan it but I’ve had a little break – life just got in the way for a few weeks!

I love being at home, I am never bored for a minute, but (and I never thought I’d say this) I have missed working. So, I got a job, just one day a week at the moment but after 8 months being at home it’s thrown my routine a bit and I’m all at sixes and sevens

I was trying to make my Ribbon Girl card a few weeks ago and 3 attempts went in the bin so I decided it was time for a break from crafting too. I’ve been doing some sewing, gardening and trying some mixed media which I’ve really enjoyed (although not quite ready to share yet though!!)

Which reminds me, the Ribbon Girl is celebrating their 6th Birthday this week so they have a fabulous 15% off everything in the store until midnight on Friday 12th August - don’t miss it!




There’s a nice easy ‘anything goes’ challenge on the LOTV facebook page at the moment with some fabulous prizes up for grabs and I made a card using the cute ‘Happy Cats’ stamp

It’s only 11 x 8 so a teeny card -  I think it would be nice as a set with a matching box, in fact I might give that go with their other smaller dog and cat images! 


August challenge


The sun and grass dies are Lil’ Inkers, the paw prints and clouds are Memory Box

I’m mad with myself because the smallest cloud is missing, it’s one of my most used sets and it must have gone in the bin with the paper scraps because I can’t find it anywhere, damn it!

These papers are Up, Up and Away from NitWits, I love this colour combination




So, now I’ve got a huge task catching up with all your blogs! I’ll be round over the next few days seeing what you’ve been making

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your evening



Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Summer in the Garden…



Hello crafty friends, hope you are all well?

Summer hasn’t quite arrived yet has it but it’s been a bit better here this week and I’ve managed to get my garden tidied up and all my bedding plants in. My Mum did a few for me when we were in Chester, she likes gardening so there weren’t too many left and it looks lovely when all the flowers come out.  We treated ourselves to some nice chairs when we had that nice spell about 6 weeks ago and they’ve been in the garage ever since, hope I didn’t jinx the weather!!

There has been such a lot of sport on the TV I haven’t seen much of my hubby, he likes the Grand Prix and I won’t see him at all once the Olympics start but I’m not complaining, more craft time for me! I don’t watch a lot of sport but I like Wimbledon and usually catch the football if England are playing, what a waste of time! Our premiership players are obscenely overpaid and think they are better than they are. It’s such a shame for the fans who spent their hard earned money going to France to support them. Hopefully Wales will fly the flag for us and win tonight


There’s a new challenge on the LOTV FB PAGE and the theme is...  Summer in the Garden
You need to use a Lili of the Valley image of course but have a go because there are some great prizes on offer for 3 winners picked at random. You can enter and find all the details on the
Challenge Event Page


Summer in the Garden always meant that the kids wanted to camp out when they were younger so I used this image for my card…


july challenge lotv


It’s a discontinued Art Pad image (sorry, I’m using them up) and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts set

The papers are Carta Bella and I’ve had the embossing folder ages and never used it, I don’t know why because it’s a lovely one – it’s Couture Creations ‘Ooh La la’

I cut the sun, clouds and grass from scraps of the papers (just so I can tell myself there really is a reason to save all those tiny bits!) and I finished it with a couple of little beads 


Hope you like it, enjoy the rest of your week everyone and I’ll be catching up on the blogs tonight while I have one eye on the football!



Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Baby Tags…



Evening all, how was your weekend? We had a few days away in Chester and it was a nice break. It’s a lovely city, lots to see and very historic

I had a couple of places on the Coast planned for today, I’d love to see the statues on Crosby beach, but the weather was so bad we just did a bit of shopping and headed back home after lunch

We just took my Mum out for tea as she’s been looking after Manny (and Joe, but I didn’t tell him that!) so I don’t seem to have stopped eating for the last 4 days – I’m stuffed and dread facing the scales next Monday, I’m going to need to starve between now and then!




I made a couple of tags using the gorgeous Tiny Miracles papers from Lemon Craft which are available from the Ribbon Girl


ribbon girl lemon craft tags


Sorry but the coloured images are discontinued I was just using them up, I printed the sentiments on the computer

All the lovely embellishments also come from the Ribbon Girl… tulle, stickles, flatback pearls, white seam binding, pink and ivory pearl flatback hearts, pink 23mm organza, ivory button twine, Charlotte Elizabeth vintage style lace, Leah scallop flat lace, ivory jute mesh ribbon




Hope you like them, I’m going to catch up on the final Game of Thrones episode now, I can’t wait. We were away last night so I missed it (although I would have watched it on my ipad if I’d known the football was going to be such a joke!)

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone, thanks for stopping by




Sunday, 19 June 2016

June Ribbon Girl challenge…



Good morning crafters, hope you are having a nice weekend

Time for a new 'Any Image' challenge at the Ribbon Girl

It’s a nice easy one, there isn’t a theme - just create a new project that has an image on it and blog about it… simple! There are 3 lovely prizes for our randomly drawn winners and the challenge will end on Saturday 2nd July at 9pm UK time


First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV

Second prize:  £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl

Third prize:  from Marianne Designs

There is some gorgeous inspiration as always from the team on the Ribbon Girl blog… and we have the lovely Kat Waskett joining us as our Guest Designer too so make sure you have a peek



I used some more of the scrummy new papers that Mary has in stock, these are by a Company called Lemon Craft and they are divine. I used the 6x6 pad but some of the sheets are available in 12x12 too…


Ribbon Girl June


The pad is called Tiny Miracles, the images are from the papers too – they are really lovely and it was hard to cut them!

The doily frame is a new product too, Mary has a few different designs of these Scrapiniec chipboard laser cut shapes and you are going to love them

Here’s a list of the items I used, everything is of course from the Ribbon Girl shop; Lemon Craft 'Tiny Miracles' 6x6 paper pad, Scrapiniec chipboard lace doily round, cheesecloth, flatback pearls, stickles stardust glitter glue, white and pink cherry blossom flowers, two tone pink hip rosebud flowers, cream 20mm open roses, 16mm hot pink saddlestitch ribbon, clear crystal hearts, white pearl and crystal sprays, 45mm 'Eleanor' White Embroidered Tulle Lace




Hope you like it, you can enter and find all the details for the challenge on the Ribbon Girl blog

Enjoy your Sunday everyone





Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Floor progress, and a wedding card…




Hello everybody, blimey another week has flown by…   where on earth does the time go?

We’ve got the workmen in this week sorting out the hole in our floor, the wet rot has all been burned away, new joists put in, and the wood and bricks all treated so hopefully that should be the end of the problem




It’s horrible thinking that this has been under our floor for goodness knows how many years, this is a few days on when it’s started to dry out so you can imagine how horrendous it was when Keith first looked, OMG

The foot size hole you can see in the board is where my Sister in Law fell through, it was quite funny…

ok, it was actually hilarious!

…and you can’t see but there is a matching one at the other side where Keith fell through on Sunday, he pulled the curtain down, that was hilarious too




…looking a bit better now, Manny thought he was project manager!!

Plastering and skirting boards tomorrow and then we have to start decorating, but, that means the other rooms will all look scruffy and we’ll probably end up doing the whole downstairs!



Jess is going to a wedding on Saturday and asked me for a special card as it is a good friend of hers. I’d seen this pretty shaped card on Teresa Allday’s blog and wanted to try it for a while...




Here’s what I used;

Doohickey heart border

Image from one of the discontinued LOTV art pads

Centura pearl card

NitWits Mr & Mrs papers

Stickles stardust glitter and gems from the Ribbon Girl

The front flap lifts up and I decorated the inside to match (although I forgot to take a picture)

The names and date are printed on vellum and then I just stuck it at either side with a tiny blob of glue and covered with a gem

Hope you like it, here’s a link to the original tutorial and here is the version by Teresa if you fancy a go



Right, time for a nice soak in the bath for me! I can’t wait to get stuck in and have a good clean, we seem to have been surrounded by muck and dust for weeks!

Enjoy the rest of your week crafters




Monday, 6 June 2016

It’s Monday…




Evening everyone, I’m excited because it’s Monday and nearly time for Game of Thrones

I think when this season finishes I’ll have to watch the box set again…  I love it!

I’m reading the books at the moment but I’ve been on the first one for weeks and weeks now and am only 46% of the way through it, 10 minutes before I go to sleep every night is about my lot so you can imagine how long it takes me to get through a book like this! That said I am enjoying it and the TV series seems to have kept quite close to the story which is good

I’ve started watching Billions too which looks very promising. I do like Damian Lewis and there has been talk of him being the next Bond. I’m a huge fan of Daniel Craig so I’m sad to see him hanging up his trunks but I’m intrigued to see who they pick; I love Tom Hiddleston but I think my choice would be Idris Elba, he’d make a great James Bond!


I found this card when I was going through my pictures and don’t remember ever putting it on here – I think it was one I just showed on the LOTV blog


pop up


The card is a simple pop up which you can then decorate as you choose. The lovely papers are from a Cosmo Cricket pad and I used some lace, rafia and flowers from The Ribbon Girl

The image stamp is now discontinued – sorry!


That’s it from me – its nearly time!!

…enjoy the rest of your Monday crafters