Thursday, 16 October 2014

I’m Back!


Afternoon lovely blogging buddies, it’s been ages since my last post and I’m sorry for not visiting any of your blogs for what seems like an age…

We had a fantastic holiday, Egypt is lovely and I’d certainly go back but the highlight for me was spending time as a family. I miss our time with the kids, it’s seems like ages since we were all together for any length of time in fact it’s even rare that we eat a meal together these days so a full week was great…   and there was no falling out which is always a bonus! I was having a bit of a panic because I thought I’d lost my camera but I found it yesterday so I’ll sort out a few piccies to share soon


We finally got my Mother in Law’s flat cleared but Jess has decided to move house now so she wanted to keep some of the furniture and household bits. It’s sensible because she can’t afford to buy everything new (the house she is in at the moment is furnished) but everything is of course now in our house and it’s driving me MAD, I can’t move for stuff it’s like Steptoe’s Yard!  I can’t believe how many costs are incurred just to rent a place, deposit, bond, rent up front, admin costs, £500 to fill the oil tank for the heating because there is no gas in the area…  she’s very excited though so it’s gonna be the bank of Mum and Dad to the rescue again me thinks!!


I finally found time to make a card, first time I’ve been in the attic for weeks. There’s a ‘Lovely Lili’ challenge at the Ribbon Girl this week and it’s to USE LACE…


08 October - Add Lace


I used a topper from the Magical Fairies art pad and the sentiment is from Simply Sophisticated

I took the colours from the image and found some perfect papers to match in a pad by Basic Grey, not colours I’d have put together usually but I like them

All the scrummy embellishments can be found at the Ribbon Girl

Laila lace


Stardust stickles

Flatback gems


Cherry Blossom



You can see all the details for the challenge and some fab inspiration from the DT on the Ribbon Girl blog


I’m having a little break from the Papertake Weekly DT until I get myself caught up but do still pop over, this week’s challenge is ‘Things With Wings’



Have a fab Thursday all, thanks for popping by and your comments are very much appreciated… I’ll try and check out all your blogs very soon x




Sunday, 21 September 2014






Hello all, I’m feeling better at last hooray and have finally seen the back of my awful cold. Great to see you all at the Lili of the Valley open day yesterday, I love to have a chat with my crafty blogging buddies!


I saw this on Pinterest… thought it might amuse you…




We’re packed and ready to go to Egypt tomorrow so this is a quick post to just share my Ribbon Girl colour challenge cards. The theme this month is ‘Pastels’ so a nice easy one



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I love using pretty pastel colours, these 2 lovely images are in the new Lili of the Valley Christmas Cuties art pad

I made some more little cards, 4 x 4, they are very cute and so quick to make as you haven’t got much space to fill



September - Pastels 

Ribbon Girl pastels 2

 Ribbon Girl pastels 1


The papers are from the Pastel Dreams pad (my new favourite!) and sentiments from Christmas Wishes

I stamped around the edges of the images for a bit of interest with a dotty stamp from the Grunge Swirls set and then went over it with some stickles


All the lovely ribbons and embellishments are of course from the Ribbon Girl;

Silver jingle bells

Dew drops (top tip…  stick them on with Glossy Accents)

Glitter organza

Silver metallic twine (first time I’ve used this, I LOVE it…   so useful)




Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone, I’ll be sunning myself shortly (hopefully!) as it’s forecast 38 degrees for the next few days in Hurghada, a good book and a cocktail and that’s me happy! Lovely jubbly!!


I’ll see you in a couple of weeks, take care all x



Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lili of the Valley hop…





Morning everyone, 2 posts in 2 days…  that’s pretty good going for me at the moment haha!! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support over the last few weeks, you crafters really are a lovely bunch!

I’m still full of cold but couldn’t resist joining in with the Lili of the Valley blog hop today

We have sneaky peeks of their newest stamps, they go on sale on the website on Monday but you will be able to get them at the open day on Saturday if you are coming along

You know what to do, just ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card,there are 2 sets of the new stamps hidden along the way too so make sure you leave a comment on each stop

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part;



Ideas To Inspire










Mary J




I fell asleep last night when I got in from work and woke up at 9pm so it was a bit of a rush to get my card done, it’s a bit simpler than I had planned! I used the cute Annabel Tennis image…



September Hop Annabel


The papers are from the pretty Pastel Dreams and Up, Up & Away pads (love the cloud design)

There’s lots of glitter on the clouds and the border but it hasn’t picked it up very well on the picture, I love a bit of glitter!


Next stop is Becky and don’t forget to check the Ideas to Inspire blog on Friday evening to see who the lucky prize winners were


Have a good day bloggers x



Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Lovely Lili…



Morning all, it seems ages since my last post, I’ve had a bit of a hectic few weeks

I was relieved when my Mother in Law’s funeral was over, I think you feel better afterwards but then we had the flat to clear which was quite a job. They moved there from a house about 10 years ago so did downsize quite a bit then but there was a lot of stuff and I spent half my time looking through old pictures reminiscing (and laughing quite a lot actually at some of the ones of my hubby when he was young!!)

Then I’ve had this awful cold and sore throat that seems to have been going around, we’re going away next week so it is well timed, I think we’re all ready for a rest!



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The Ribbon Girl challenge had a break over the summer so this is my first card for a while for them, it’s Lovely Lili week and the theme is a nice one…



I used one of the cute images from the Here Comes Annabel art pad, these toppers are so useful when you don’t have time to colour and I made a circle easel card…



07 September - Flowers

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 Ribbin Girl flowers 1


I used some of my favourite Lili of the Valley papers from the pretty Pastel Dreams pad and a sentiment from Set 9

The doily dies are Nellie Snellen and of course some gorgeous goodies from the Ribbon Girl shop; Kort and Godt rolled paper roses, silver glitter mesh ribbon, tulle, stickles, flatback pearls


Hope you like it, you can see more details about the challenge on the Ribbon Girl blog and as always there is some fab inspiration from the design team

There aren’t enough hours in a day at the moment so I’m having a break from the Papertake team until after my holidays, don’t forget to check out the challenge over there every Tuesday as Dawny always has a fab theme and some lovely prizes




Hope you’re all well, thanks for stopping by and for all your kind comments




Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sketchy Free For All…





Hello everybody, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all had a nice weekend…

Joe went to his first festival and he had a great time. I picked him up yesterday, he was covered in mud and oh my he smelled so bad, I just put all his clothes in the bin!! I love live music and used to go see a lot when I was younger but I couldn’t stand camping in those conditions, I like my home comforts now lol


As it’s the last challenge of the month (already, can you believe it??) it’s a Sketchy Free For All at Papertake Weekly 

I chose to use the new layout but you can choose any of the sketches from the back catalogue (make sure you add the number of the sketch you’ve used on your entry so we know it’s one of ours)

There is a sketches page at the top of the challenge blog to make it easier and there are lots to choose from, this will save you having to go back through the archives to find one that you like


Here’s Sketch #93…




…and here’s my card


PTW 73 - Sketch 93



I used another one of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps, this one is called Sledging Fun

The papers are from the Pressed In Time pad, not really a Christmas collection but I think the colours go really nicely

The sentiment is from the new Christmas Wishes set

Here’s everything else I used; Cheery Lynn snowflake dies, Little B circle die, Doohickey slender firs die, Lil’ Inkers stitched banner die and Tim Holtz ideaology brads




You can see all the info about the challenge on the Papertake blog and as always some lovely inspiration from the Design Team


Righty I’m nipping next door now for my Tuesday wine with my friend and another instalment of ‘In The Club’ – have you been watching it? just love Kay Mellor’s writing


Have a lovely evening all



Saturday, 23 August 2014

To Die For…



Hello all, thanks for stopping by. It’s been longer than I intended since my last post, I had a bit of a strange week…

Keith’s Mum died last weekend, she was 93 and went peacefully at home in her sleep just as she always wanted. That was a good thing, but still a huge loss to the family. She’s been saying for 10 years “I won’t be here this time next year” lol and I think we all just thought that she’d go on forever, she’s been poorly on and off this year but her mind was still very sharp. So, there seems to be a million things to do but we’re not really getting anywhere… this can’t be done until that form is signed, and that can’t be done until this is authorised etc etc, I’ve never seen so much bloomin’ red tape!


Needless to say I’ve not had much time for crafting but I managed to make a card for the Papertake Weekly challenge. It’s a nice easy one this week…

To Die For

…simply use a die somewhere on your card


PTW 72 - To Die For

I used this cute Penguin Pals stamp from the new Lili of the Valley Christmas collection and some papers from one of  favourite pads Simple Joys, the sentiment is from the Christmas Wishes set


Here are all the dies I used…

Marianne stitched border

Spellbinder classic circles

Lil’ inkers stitched circles

Lil’ inkers mini bow

…I am loving the Lil’ Inkers dies, a new discovery! and huge thanks to my lovely friend in the USA who helped me to get them

I coloured the image with Copics and its just finished with a few gems and some Stampendous sparkly glitter for the snow

You can see all the details about the challenge and some inspiration from the DT on the Papertake Weekly blog


Right that’s me done, Jess is visiting for the weekend so because it’s pouring down we’re going to snuggle up on the sofa with Manny and watch a movie (I think she only comes home to see him!!)

Have a lovely weekend all, thanks very much for stopping by



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My weekend, and lots of spots!




Evening crafty friends, I intended to do my post earlier tonight but I laid on the bed to give Manny a little cuddle about 6 and the next thing I knew it was 8pm! I never fall asleep usually but have had so many restless nights during the spell of hot weather I think it’s catching up with me. I feel groggy now though…  and I missed the beginning of the Bake Off!


I had a fabulous weekend with 3 of the loveliest crafty ladies anyone could wish to meet. I went with Dawny to visit our friends Mary and Andrea (or otherwise known as the Ribbon Girls!) We did some sightseeing, I have driven past the ‘Angel of the North’ before but close up, wow, it is AMAZING and we went over the Millennium Bridge where on one side you’re in Newcastle and on the other you’re in Gateshead (hope I’ve got that right). We ate, drank, chatted, laughed, crafted and generally had a jolly good time



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This is Mary with the wonderful lunch she made us and Dawny eyeing up Andrea’s yummy homemade cake!


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Andrea working with the new art pad images


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The spectacular ‘Angel Of The North’



Millennium Bridge


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We went for a wonderful Italian meal



Haggis…   he was supervising, with one eye out for any crafty stash that he could steal!!


I’ve always done my crafting on my own as none of my friends are interested so it was lovely to swap and share ideas and we spent time playing with the new Lili of the Valley Christmas art pads which are out tomorrow





This was the first card I made and it was perfect for this weeks Challenge at Papertake Weekly which is…

Lots of Spots and Dots


I used the Father Knows Best papers which I would never have chosen for a Christmas card but they matched this image perfectly

The cute snowman is from the Christmas Eve pad and the images are all of a similar colourway, ideal for Winter birthdays as well as Christmas


PTW 71 - Spots and Dots 


PTW 71 - Spots and Dots 2


The sentiment is from the new Christmas Wishes set which is SO useful and hasn’t left my desk since I got it

I used some Berisfords 15mm satin ribbon in ‘sable’ and ‘peaches and cream’ pearl flatbacks - both from the Ribbon Girl, and both a perfect match for these images

I added lots of stickles and the border was cut with a Doohickey die which I have hardly used but is really lovely

Hope you like it, you can see all the details for the challenge on the Papertake blog




Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your evening everyone