Sunday, 22 May 2016

From the heart…




Hello everyone, hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend

We’ve had a proper mixed bag of sunshine and heavy downpours here, it doesn’t know what to do and I‘m dizzy from putting the washing out and bringing it back in!

I’m waiting for the sun to come back out so I can finish the jet washing and then get some bedding plants in and all my pots ready. Keith cuts the grass and the hedges but it is definitely under sufferance, he doesn’t like gardening at all so it’s my job. I enjoy it apart from when Manny tries to help and runs off with all my stuff, he just want me to chase him and throw things for him to fetch and he never gets bored of it! I love playing with him really, it’s great when the weather is nice and we can spend the day outside


I’ve made this card using some gorgeous goodies from the Ribbon Girl, I’ve been trying different styles as you may have noticed and I love this shabby chic sort of look (that’s what I call it anyway)

Mary has some beautiful new papers in stock and these are from a Craft & You 6x6 pad called Rose Garden


Ribbon Girl Rose Garden


The card is another 4x4 square, I am liking this smaller size at the moment. All the Ribbon Girl products can be found in their store…  tulle, stickles, white rose organza ribbon, cream aster, blue sweetheart blossom, button twine, 6mm ivory pearl flatbacks, 25mm cream cotton lace, and 25mm faux hessian

The sentiment stamp is Hero Arts, the heart circle Sizzix and the small hearts Simon Says Stamp. Not sure about the butterflies, I have so many that I’ve forgotten…  but you all have butterflies I’m sure!

Hope you like it, thanks so much for all your lovely comments. I’m trying to reply as you leave them now just to acknowledge but I will try and visit all your blogs this week and see what you have been up to

Thanks for stopping by Smile



Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Something a bit different…




Hello everyone, I’m here again…

I’m having a sort out of my pictures and finding lots of cards that I never shared, these two are a bit different for me…





I never really intended to put these on the blog so I am interested to hear your thoughts on them especially as they are so far removed from my usual style

The wedding one is 6 x 6 and the thinking of you was actually a sympathy card that is 4 x 4 with a matching envelope

I have so many embossing folders, I love the effect but hardly ever use them and I don’t really know why. The same goes for the Sue Wilson dies, some of her designs are really lovely and I have to have them but then when I get them out I just don’t know what to do with them!

The sentiments are computer generated, oh, fonts are another little obsession of mine!!


Thanks so much for your comments, I very much appreciate you taking the time to let me know what you think

Have a good Tuesday all




Monday, 16 May 2016

Out of the box… and quickly back in again!




Good morning all, two posts in two days… that’s a record for me I think!

I just made this card over the weekend so I thought I’d share it quickly before it is lost on my laptop with all the others!

I had two silver wedding anniversary cards to do recently. I thought I’d try something different now I have the time so I set off with good intentions and lots of ideas in my head for fancy creations using masks and silver, lace and embossing powder. I cut a big ‘25’ on my cricut and layered it up, I tried white on white and some of my Sue Wilson dies that had never seen the light of day. I added so many embellishments that they wouldn’t stand up and just looked a mess, they all went in the bin. Why do they never turn out the same as the picture in your head?

Needless to say I ran out of time so had to resort back to a tried and tested cute card which I made in about 20 minutes before we left for the party which was a ceilidh (pronounced caylee). I’ve never been to one before and it was a great evening, it’s hilarious when everyone gets the steps wrong and you’re all over the place but we had such a good laugh – I’ve told Keith I want one for our silver anniversary but I think one was maybe enough for him (I have a while to work at it!!) 



silver wedding


This is another discontinued Art Pad image, my friend and her hubbie both love gardening so this was perfect - I’ll be sorry when I’ve used them all as they are so handy.

The papers are from the lovely Mr & Mrs collection which can now be downloaded at NitWits

You can’t really see, it’s a terrible picture that I snapped as an afterthought, but it’s a cute 4x4 card so you can make a matching envelope from an 8x8 sheet which is a nice touch (in fact my friend commented on the envelope rather than the card!)

The centre square is stuck on with foam pads and the image is curved for a bit of dimension too and stuck with pinflair.

The tiny flowers are a Memory Box die, I thought it was called ‘petit fleur’ but when I googled that it didn’t bring up anything so it must be wrong -  if anyone wants to know I’ll check, just let me know in a comment


Right, I’d better get my chores done, I was just watching the lady painting trays on Hochanda while I wrote this post so now I’m itching to get all my mdf things out that I’ve bought at shows and never used – another good intention!!


Have a good Monday crafty friends





Sunday, 15 May 2016

Gorgeous new papers at the Ribbon Girl…



Hello crafty friends, I hope you are all having a nice weekend

I can’t believe that on my last post just over a week ago I was showing pictures of the snow we’d had because this last week has been glorious. I’ve been waiting for some nice weather so I could jet wash our drive and patio. It didn’t get done last year and the year before we paid Joe to do it so only got half a job! We have a path down the full length of the house at the side that doesn’t get any sun so it gets quite mossy after a while, it’s really satisfying seeing it all come up lovely and clean. I get my flip flops on and some old shorts and I enjoy getting stuck into a job like that, being all wet and muddy isn’t a problem as long as no-one sees me!


Time for another 'use any image' challenge at the Ribbon Girl. Mary has got some beautiful new designer papers in the store, some of them are quite hard to get hold of in the UK and you will love them. Take a look at the full range here

We have a fabulous guest designer this month, the very talented Klaudia Szpunar – and as always there are some great prizes for the 3 winners:

First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV

Second prize:  £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl

Third prize:  dies from Marianne Designs




I made a circle easel card for a change, two of my lovely friends got engaged last week so this is for them…


Ribbon Girl Any Image May


These scrummy papers are from a Craft & You 6x6 pad called Rose Garden, they are very pretty in quite a vintage colourway

I used white seam binding which I dyed with distress ink to match the papers and some useful button twine. I love these tiny vintage cream blooms although sorry they are out of stock at the moment, I’m sure they will be back soon. It’s finished (as always!) with some stickles glitter glue

The image is from a discontinued Lili of the Valley art pad and I printed the sentiment

The challenge is open for 2 weeks and you can see how to enter and get all the details on the Ribbon Girl blog



Hope you like my card today, thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday crafters!














Tuesday, 3 May 2016

May challenge…




Evening crafty friends

We have a lovely sunny week forecast but can you believe this is what we woke up to last Friday morning… snow!

It said on the local news that there was 6 inches at Leeds/Bradford airport which is near us and they had to close it which wasn’t a good start for those travelling away for a bank holiday weekend break. I was worried about all the poor little lambs out in the fields but luckily it soon melted and disappeared


cemetary road


Not that I need an excuse to stay indoors! I don’t generally watch daytime TV but before I take Manny for his walk I do like my morning fix of The Pioneer Woman (I’m a bit obsessed with life on the Drummond Ranch).

I’ve been doing quite a lot of magazine work the last few months which is keeping me out of mischief and my next big job is to paint my kitchen - I don’t know how I ever found time to work!





Lili of the Valley are having another Facebook challenge and this month we have a Sketch…



may sketch


I rotated the Sketch for my card and I’ve  used the Oliver ‘skateboarding’ stamp again - this and ‘kicking about’ are going to be such useful images for me


may challenge


I did it first without a sentiment and then tried printing it directly onto the green paper but neither looked right so I added it even though it’s an extra element (hope that’s not cheating!)

I like using sketches, sometimes if you’re stuck for a layout or maybe just wanting a bit of inspiration they can be just what you need


Here’s where you can enter the challenge and find all the details, there are vouchers up for grabs and the closing date is May 15th


We were out yesterday for the May bank holiday so I missed the 2nd episode of Game of Thrones, I’m just going to watch it now – can’t wait!

Enjoy your evening everyone




Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Queens Birthday and new Oliver…



Good evening crafters, thanks for stopping by and I hope you are well…

I’ve had a great week, Jess has been home so we’ve had a few days away at the coast, cinema, races etc. Keith booked the week off work too and we’ve been lucky with the weather, it’s been really lovely to have some family time which is sadly quite rare these days


It’s the Queens official 90th birthday today so I’ve just sneaked in this card which I made for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012…


It’s always interesting looking back at cards you made a while ago and see the changes. This stamp is Tea Party, and the papers are called ‘Tour of London’ from NitWits




Onto today’s card - I always have a lot to make in March and April for friends and family and the new Oliver images from LOTV have been very useful for the older boys, it’s hard to know what will suit that age group…




This is Oliver Skateboard and the papers are Candles and Cake. I’m still digging around in my bit box (to try and justify saving them for years and years !) and these are some scraps I had left from the printed pad which is now discontinued. It’s a useful collection with bright red and green that you can use for Christmas too and it’s still available to download from NitWits



I’ve been at sixes and sevens this week having everyone at home, I like it when it’s just me and Manny and we have our daily routine!

I took him to the vets today by the way and he’s recommended a course of anti-inflammatory injections that they give to dogs with arthritis so we’re going to give that a go. He seems ok at the moment so the vet said to wait and see if he has another episode like we had at Easter or seems to be uncomfortable and then take him straight in

Carol you mentioned Noel Fitzpatrick, I have to say that man is my hero, he’s amazing. Manny is 8 and when I asked about it they said a referral can take months, even years. I think he’s too old now to go through such a huge operation, I’ve watched him straighten legs like Manny’s and has to literally chop the foot off and pin it back on in a better position, he would need both doing and I think it would be too much for him. Here’s a quick piccie, I’m indulging because I love him, and its my blog so I can lol…


My manny


Thanks to everyone who takes the time to leave me a comment, I love to read them and I do appreciate it. I’ll be catching up with all your blogs next week so if I don’t get another post done in the next couple of days have a lovely weekend all



Sunday, 17 April 2016

Coffee in the Arbour!



Good morning crafty folk, it’s a beautiful day here today and I hope you are all enjoying the weekend

Thank you for all your lovely comments and emails about Manny, he seems to be fine now so hopefully nothing more sinister than a bad landing when he’s jumped off the sofa or the bed. That little dog makes me so happy and I can’t bear to think of him hurting, his legs don’t seem to stop him enjoying his life so hopefully he’ll be with us for a long time yet!



Time for the April ‘Use Any Image’ challenge at the Ribbon Girl and you can make anything you like as long as you feature an image on your work – easy!!

There will be 3 winners and some great prizes up for grabs from Lili of the Valley, Ribbon Girl and Marianne Designs…


All the details for entering are on the Ribbon Girl blog and the challenge runs for two weeks. There is as always some beautiful inspiration from the Design team so do go and have a peek if you need a few ideas


Mary has started selling designer papers and they are the most beautiful I’ve seen. Some of the brands are quite difficult to get hold of in the UK so check the full range out here and I know you will love them


I used a Maja Design collection for my card called Coffee in the Arbour…


Ribbon Girl April


I have to admit it was quite hard to cut into these gorgeous papers, I already have a couple of Maja Design pads that I’ve had for a while and can’t bring myself to use (it’s mad, why??) but I bit the bullet and loved the result

There are some images and tags also in the pad so everything you need to make a beautiful card and they go perfectly with the pretty Ribbon Girl products… Maja designs 6x6 'coffee in the arbour' papers, top stitching thread, pale pink bead string, tulle, flat back pearls, seam binding, 8mm Rebecca ivory vintage style fine scallop lace, ivory aster, raspberry delights mixed dahlia, Kort & Godt rolled roses, butterfly charm, button twine, rose organza ribbon


Hope you like my card today, I love to read your comments so do let me know what you think



Right, time for me to tidy the garden a bit I think, I like to feel as if I’ve been productive when it’s sunny! Enjoy your Sunday everyone