Friday, 17 February 2017

Bonding Time…



Good morning crafty friends, thanks for stopping by

Friday again already, can you believe it! We have had a few nice days this week so hopefully Spring is on the way. My neck is improving I think but it is slow (and expensive) progress. I’m itching to get out in the garden and do some tidying up but can’t at the moment so it will have to wait


I have news, I’ve joined Kitty and the DT over at My Mum’s Craft Shop. I’ve known Kitty for many years from when she was on the Lili of the Valley DT and she sells some fabulous goodies in her online store

I’ve been stamping for over 20 years and have seen so many new products come and go in all those years that it has to be something very special to get me excited. As soon as I saw the Dreamerland Crafts stamp range I loved them all, they are so cute!

I’ve chosen one called ‘Bonding Time’ for my first make and I think you’ll be seeing more of these from me. The characters are adorable, they are just a bit different from everything else that’s around which is quite an achievement at the moment in the saturated stamp market


MMCS 1 Dreamerland BondingTime


As you know I’m a huge fan of patterned papers – the prettier the better! These are from a Carta Bella pad called ‘Flora’. There are always a couple of sheets that you’re not so keen on in the collections so I love that these are double sided and I’ll be using every single one, they are really lovely

The sentiment is also from the pad which is very handy, I just added the paw print with a Memory Box die

I also used Lil’ Inkers sun, Memory Box puffy clouds and Joy Crafts grass dies


Do have a peek at My Mum’s Craft shop, the Spring stock from all your favourite brands just arrived and there is also a blog here with loads of inspiration for using the products from the team


That’s it from me, thanks so much for all your lovely comments

Have a great weekend everyone




Thursday, 9 February 2017

Love Challenge…



Hello all, what you up to today?

I’ve been for my chiropractor appointment this morning and it’s starting to snow a little now so I won’t be moving for the rest of the day. Chance to have a little catch up on the blogs – I’ve missed seeing what you’ve all been up to!

Before my card - don’t miss the Leonie one day special on Hochanda, there are some new products coming soon so real bargains to be had on some of the older ranges. There are amazing samples from all the team and of course inspirational demos from Leonie, it takes me so long to plan my work and then it hardly ever turns out as I expect – I love how she just sets off and goes with the flow


There's a new challenge on the Lili of the Valley Facebook page and for February the theme is LOVE

I used one of the new stamps and this is called Loved Up


All loved up


The sentiment is a Penny Black stamp, it’s actually all on one line but I separated it to fit

Flowers and silver twine (one of my favourite products ever) are from the Ribbon Girl

Heart die is from Sue Wilson’s Italian collection

Hope you like it, the challenge finishes on the 15th and there are some great prizes up for grabs


Thanks so much for all your lovely comments, I appreciate any feedback and it’s always great to hear from my crafty friends

Enjoy your Thursday, hope you escape the snow!





Friday, 3 February 2017

Simply print…




Hello my lovelies, did you have a good week?

I’ve had a bad neck for about 3 weeks, I can’t look up or down so I’ve not been able to do as much crafting or spend any time on the computer. I’ve been going to a chiropractor and he said it all stems from my hip and having bad posture over the years. I have had a sore neck occasionally but never as bad as this or for as long and he did say I’m very lucky not have back pain too which thankfully I haven’t. So, fingers crossed the treatment will work. I went in expecting an hour for my £39, that’s not bad I thought, and it’s for 15 minutes…   ouch! so I don’t want to be going for too long


Onto my card, if you miss the Lili of the Valley die cut sheets and art pads you will love their new simply print images. Many of your favourite images (with more to come) can now be downloaded and printed at home which is very handy

These are some of the new mouse images -  key, flowers and champagne, sooo cute!

I printed them quite small and added circle frames. I cut along the edges of the tag and the key so it extended out of the die, I like this technique I think it’s effective…


three kind mice printable


Hope you like it, it’s quite a CAS card for me but I was pleased with the result


Sorry I haven’t been visiting your blogs recently, it’s hard for me to use the computer at the moment so I have to limit my time on here

Have a wonderful weekend crafters, I think ours will be a quiet one which is nice sometimes




Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Love Launch…



Hello my lovelies, just a quick post tonight…

I’ll be back at the weekend for a catch up but just wanted to share this card I made using one of the new stamps from LOTV

The launch is on Saturday and is a love theme but I needed a ‘new home’ card and thought this sweet image was perfect…


Cosy Together


This one is called ‘cosy together’. There are 2 wedding images and some cute new animals all available in rubber and as digis. I used a digi for this card because I wanted to add some text to the tag

Oval lacey die – Sue Wilson

Twine, lace and charmthe Ribbon Girl

Papers – My Mind’s Eye


I’d gone along the bottom sticking those tiny pearls on which took ages and then realised there wasn’t an even number of holes. I have a bit of OCD and things like that drive me mad but I had to get it in the post so I carried on but it really bothers me if I look at it!!


Have a nice evening folks whatever you’re doing, I’m just watching the TV awards and can’t believe that Casualty beat Game of Thrones, Happy Valley and Night Manager…   but I don’t watch Casualty so maybe I need to, because the other 3 shows are fab. Then again, maybe I just need to get out more!!




Thursday, 12 January 2017

Delightful Daisies



Good evening crafters, I hope you’re all safe and not affected by the awful weather in parts of the country. We have some snow forecast for tomorrow but I think we will miss the worst of it here

I went on another mixed media workshop at the weekend, this one was a planner class with the fantastic Kate Crane. After being a stamper for 22 years it’s a whole new way of doing things and really takes me out of my comfort zone - but I tell you, I absolutely love it. I have a few magazine and DT cards to do and then I’m going to be playing so I’ll be sure to share and see what you think


Lili of the Valley are having the first Facebook challenge of 2017 and it’s a nice easy ‘anything goes’. There are 3 prizes and the winners will be drawn at random

All the details are on the challenge page and entries close on the 15th

I used one of the new images, this is Delightful Daisies and is a birthday card I made for a special friend…


Delightful Daisies 2


The sentiments are new too and I used the digi version to shrink it down and add to the tag – a great advantage to digis is that you can change the size

Circle die – Sizzix

Flowers from the Ribbon Girl

Papers from NitWits – Butterfly Kisses


Hope you like it, thanks so much for all your comments

Stay safe everyone




Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy New Year!



Hello crafty friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year

The house looks so bare now without the trimmings, I love fairy lights and would have them all year round if it was up to me

I made all the usual nonsensical resolutions that will last about a week…  lose weight, go to bed earlier, use my crafty stash, blah blah blah!


A quick post tonight before it’s too late to share Christmas cards, or is it too late already, or too early??

This is one I made for a lovely little card swap group I’m in on Facebook. It’s about 4 times a year and you make a card to send to your allocated partner. It’s just a bit of fun, you get a different partner each time and everyone has very different styles. Let me know if anyone is interested to join in the next one and I’ll let you have some details for Nat who runs the group


christmas swap


I used some stamps and papers that are discontinued so can’t give much in the line of supplies for this but thought I’d still share as I didn’t actually make many Christmas cards for 2016 despite having good intentions

The flowers, pearls, cheesecloth, twine and seam binding are all from the Ribbon Girl

The sentiment is from Digistamp Boutique – they have some lovely ones, cheap as chips too!


Enjoy your weekend everyone, hope you’re doing something nice







Friday, 16 December 2016





Good morning lovely crafty friends, I hope this finds you all well?

I’m trimmed up and ready for the big day, Keith and I are going into Leeds this afternoon for a bit of last minute shopping but I’ve done most of it online so it’s just an excuse really to go and have a look at the Christmas lights in town. The Salvation Army band usually play at this time of year which makes for a lovely festive atmosphere. We’ll have a wander up to the German Market and get something to eat and maybe go to the cinema so it will be a nice change




Oh, before my cards…  don’t forget the lovely new images from Lili of the Valley are out today!


I’m on a new Design Team for Leonie, it’s not really official yet as there haven’t been any new products but these are some cards I did using her dies and stamps that were out earlier this year….


Leonie- flower burst wm

Leonie - funky flowers wm


These are small cards, 12cm square and I’m liking this size recently. You can get all the products from Crafters Companion or Hochanda and there are some great offers on the ranges at the moment.


Have a fabulous weekend everyone