Saturday, 10 March 2018

Fairy in the Woods…

Good morning everyone, thanks so much for stopping by and as always for your comments on my last card

I have to share this with you that the kids bought me for my Birthday…


I’ve always said that when the dreaded day comes and we lose Manny that I would get a portrait done. They beat me to it and I’m absolutely thrilled with it. You can see it was done from the picture of him I have on my sidebar, the worry is always that the artist won’t get a likeness but I think she has really captured him


Quick post this morning, it’s pouring down here and Keith is tinkering with his bike in the garage. I’m all caught up with my magazine work so I’m going to have a few hours playing with the new Lili of the Valley and Mama Makes stamps

This is one of the LOTV fairies and she’s called 'In The Woods'

LOTV in the woods

I added some sparkle after I took the picture ,to her wings and the bottom of the dress

I’m trying to make an effort to use my embossing folders more too. I love the effect and have a drawer full but I always forget about them and they’re gathering dust like a lot of my stash

There are 4 fairies in the latest release, I used the digi stamp but there are coloured simply prints too which are adorable if you don’t like to colour or need a quick card

I know a few of you said you have trouble colouring the digis so I’ll try and see if I can find a few tips for you.Once you get used to the digis you will love them, there many advantages to using them


That’s it from me, have a great Saturday whatever you’re doing


Monday, 5 March 2018

Lots of news…

Hello crafty friends, I have a lot to tell you tonight so I hope you’ll stick with me…
First the weather, I can’t not mention the ‘Beast from the East’ seeing as it brought the Country to a standstill. Joe went on a short break to Amsterdam with his friends and got stranded for 3 days. They were flown to Germany to get a UK flight and then they were all cancelled so it was a fiasco and a bit worrying (and very expensive!!)
It was proper deep powdery snow like we used to have when I was a kid, we had a few lovely walks and Manny loved it...

Also… Jess got engaged, her boyfriend proposed when they went to Rome so all very romantic. There won’t be any wedding plans for a while as they are saving up for a house but I think when they do tie the knot it will be pretty low key, she’s like her Mum and won’t want any fuss!
Doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since I was planning my own wedding and it’s our silver anniversary next week, I might share some piccies to mark the occasion if I can dig them out!
I’m on a new Design Team for a fabulous stamp company called Mama Makes. Loti makes the stamps herself and there are some lovely sets at a great price.There are some new stamps just launched and they are the cutest foxes and rabbits with an assortment of sentiments by a fantastic new artist called Tracey Hey…
I used the new fox for this card, it’s called Woodland Friends. The images are also resized and available as small planner stamps. Planners is not something I’ve done but the girls on the team produce some amazing spreads so I think I could really get into it (I just need 48 hours in a day!)
To celebrate the Mama Makes 1st birthday there is a fantastic crafty workshop day. Full details are here if you’re in the Peterborough area
New stamps and news from Lili of the Valley too; at the end of March the images will only be available as digi stamps and simply prints. Rubber stamps are not viable for the Company at the moment and it will be reassessed in 6 months. Some customers have been disappointed but if you haven’t tried digi’s do them give them a go, you’ll be converted!
There are 12 new ones and this lovely is called Freckles. I thought colouring that skirt would take forever so I did a bit of paper piecing for her clothes and shoes and I think it looks quite pretty…
LOTV freckles
I added the little flowers and dragonfly, they are Woodware stamps and the papers on both cards are from the First Edition ‘Bella Rose’ pad
All 12 new images are available as digis and coloured simply print sheets, the 4 fairies are adorable and there are some lovely older more modern girls too

There are some launch offers so if you’re wanting any, now is a great time to get them
Are you still here? thanks so much for stopping by I really do appreciate it
I have a tutorial on the Mama Makes blog for this card so I’d be so grateful if my lovely visitors could take a minute to pop over there too, and do remember to say that I sent you!
Thank You

Its my birthday tomorrow so I’m having a girlie day with Jess and we’re going to see The Greatest Showman, I’m looking forward to it as I don’t seem to spend enough time with her lately

Have a great week everyone


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Only me…

Hello crafty friends, I know, I’m such a bad blogger…

I have good intentions of doing one post a week but the time just disappears and before you know it another month, never mind a week, has whizzed by!

I’ve been busy catching up on my magazine work, I got a bit behind when I was poorly so am back on track now

I have exciting news about a new design team but I’ll tell you about that in my next post because I’ve been playing with some stamps this week so will have cards to share soon


Lili of the Valley are launching a new stamp brand tomorrow so be sure to check that out. You can see all the details of the 10 new sets on their new blog, they have a fab new design team for the brand so lots of lovely inspiration for using them

The new stamps are called ‘Simply Sweet Stamps’ and are exactly that, just perfect for making clean and modern cards

This is a card I made using one of the new images called Purrfect…

LOTV Simply Sweet Purrfect

Not as clean and simple as it could have been but you know me and my patterned papers!


Here also are a couple of cards and tags that were for a magazine last year. They are quite similar so thought I’d share at the same time. They are a bit different for me but it’s good to try new styles sometimes and venture outside your comfort zone…



Stampendous tag 2

Stampendous tag

Sorry the photos are not great, because the magazines take their own pictures I really only do them for my own records, most of them don’t get shown on here

These are made with a Stampendous set, the sentiment stamps are Altenew and the papers for all of the cards are Bonnets & Bowties from NitWits


I’m having a hot flush while I’m typing this, always just my face and head on fire and the sweat is steaming up my glasses. I‘m pleased that only Manny can see me – it’s not a pretty sight!!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your Thursday


Friday, 26 January 2018


Hello everyone, thank you for all the get well messages - you are a lovely lot!

Seems there have been quite a few of you also not well, I hope you are all feeling better now. I thought I was getting over it when I did my post last week but another week has gone by and I have just not got an ounce of energy, I can’t be bothered to even turn the TV on. I have magazine commissions to do and have just sat looking at them, not getting any further than shuffling a few papers around. It’s been very strange because however I feel I can usually muster up the energy to do some crafting!

Anyway onwards and upwards, I don’t have new work to share so this is a card from last year that never made it to the blog…

LOTV cosy pram

I used some gorgeous Maja design papers (I hate cutting into these but it was a special card!)

The image is a Simply Print of Cosy Pram from Lili of the Valley which you can also get a a digi or a rubber stamp, it’s a lovely image

The heart banner is Penny Black and I did the sentiment on the computer

I made it for my Nephew and his girlfriend last summer when they found out she was expecting. If you visit my blog regularly you’ll know I became a Great Aunt just before Christmas to a precious girl, she is an absolute delight…


I saw the sun today for the first time in what seems like months so hopefully it’s a sign that Spring is not too far away, I sat in the conservatory with Manny and just enjoyed the warmth it was lovely!

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend crafty friends


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Jasmine and Oliver launch…

Good afternoon crafters, well I spoke too soon didn’t I when I said in my last post that we’d escaped the lurgy this year!

I’ve just completely lost a week, I’m not exaggerating I have never felt so weird in all my life. I just felt like my body wouldn’t work, zero energy, cold then clammy, starving hungry but couldn’t face food…  it was very strange. Keith and Joe had it too but hopefully we’ve seen the back of it now. I’ve heard people say they’ve been ill for 6 weeks so I’m really hoping that’s not the case as I do feel a bit better today


So, consequently I only managed 1 sample for the new LOTV launch. Popular teen images Jasmine and Oliver are back with new designs and some old favourites available in different formats

This is Oliver Texting, I like Jasmine Texting and have used it a lot so I hope this male version will be as useful

LOTV oliver texting

Cloud background, fence and grass are all Lawn Fawn and the speech bubble is Spellbinders. I’ve had that set for years and never realised it was stitched, there are a few different shapes and sizes and I’m pleased to have rediscovered it!


This is a card I made last year so I thought I’d add it to the post as this is another very useful stamp from the range… Oliver Kicking About

LOTV oliver football


I used an embossed background for this and die cut clouds/sun

If you visit me regular you will know I love adding clouds and sun, I think it creates such a quick and cute scene


Right I’m going to catch up on a bit of tv from the last week. Still don’t have the energy to do much more and it’s been snowing this morning here so a good excuse to get cosy on the sofa with Manny!

Enjoy your day all, thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 4 January 2018

A new year and a look back…

Good morning lovely crafty friends, happy new year and I hope you all had a good Christmas. It’s passed so quickly and ours was pretty quiet this year but thankfully (and for a change) we all escaped the bugs and viruses that have been going round. Keith and I don’t really do pressies any more but I got the obligatory cookery book, pandora charm and perfume. My laptop is playing up so I will be replacing it soon and that will be my Christmas present to myself!
Joe was 21 on new years eve, we had a lovely family day and then he had a party with his friends. He works in a cocktail bar and they let him have the top floor for the evening which was very good of them considering it’s such a busy night
This is my Joe, he loved having his picture taken and was always posing for me…
joe 21
and this is on his birthday making his Mum a cocktail, a rare picture of him as I can’t get him in front of the camera now…


I’ll be back shortly with new images from LOTV - but for today I thought I’d do the traditional look back over the previous year and share a few of my favourite makes…

christmas swap
Cosy Together
All loved up
LOTV Jasmine shopping
LOTV ballet shoes
LOTV Two's Company
LOTV Lazy Daisy stamp
LOTV Greg Cupcake

…bit of a Lili of the Valley theme going on here isn’t there lol!!
I resolved to use all my other stamps when I left and I still buy lots of different brands but I just love their images and they always seem to have one that suits my needs
My cards have changed over the last couple of years, I use a lot less flowers and ribbon now preferring a cleaner style, it’s interesting to look back
Sorry for all the pics, if you’re still here thanks so much for stopping by!
I’d love to know what you think if you have time to leave me a comment, I’ve been reading from a few bloggers recently about the shift to Facebook and Instagram but I do like to blog although it’s not as often as I intend. I do use Facebook but not for my cards, and I like to visit everyone's blogs and see what you have been up to too
Have a good day all whatever you’re up to


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Polar Bear Pals…

Good evening crafty friends, are you all ready for Christmas? We have a whole year to plan for it yet here I am again rushing around at the last minute trying to get things done. I did a big food shop today and got the last of the pressies wrapped so I think I’m getting there now

I did manage to make most of my cards this year, I love these Polar Bear stamps from MFT and until a couple of weeks ago I thought it was a Christmas set. I’ve never used the sentiments and just found out they are actually birthday stamps but I like using them for Christmas

I used them with the Memory Box grand ‘Merry Christmas’ die and some Cheery Lynn snowflakes for these quick cards…

Polar bears 2

Polar bears 1

Polar bears 3

Here’s another one, I made a few the same as this. The large snowflake is cut from card and layered three times to make an embellishment. I’ve been doing this a lot with die cuts, especially sentiments and I like the effect 


These are a bit different for me, I hope you like them for a change


I probably won’t be doing another post before Christmas so I’d like to just say thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your support throughout the year

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone