Saturday, 12 August 2017

Update and a Christmas challenge…

Good afternoon crafters, hope you’re all having a good Saturday

I’m starting to get back into my routine now after a busy few weeks and finally getting caught up with everything

I had a few days with my gorgeous friends Lou and Fleur in Spalding, we chat regularly but I haven’t seen them for a couple of years so it was wonderful to have a good catch up and I enjoyed the visit very much. Here’s me and Lou…

Anne and Lou 3x

I’ve also been visiting Mary and Andrea (the Ribbon Girls) who are my good friends. I went to stay with them in Newcastle and we had a fab couple of days crafting, I haven’t done any sewing for a while but Mary is doing a lot at the moment so I made this cute pincushion with some pretty Liberty fabric…


and here’s me and Andrea…


I’ve also been doing more Mixed Media workshops but just realised I haven’t taken pictures of my finished projects so I’ll save that for another post


There is a Lili of the Valley challenge on Facebook and this month the theme is Christmas so we’d like to see what you’ve been making with the new images or indeed any of the older ones

I’ve used one of the new release and this is ‘Santa Snoozing’…

LOTV santa snoozing

The sentiment is from Digi Stamp Boutique and the papers are Nitwits ‘candles and cake’


This is the card I shared a couple of weeks ago using ‘Blessed’

I said at the time I didn’t like the green ribbon I’d used so I took it apart. I didn’t want to waste the image I’d coloured so it’s a bit smaller now where the glue had stuck but I‘m happier with it! 

LOTV Blessed 2

This has turned into quite a long post! If you’re still with me I’ll just finish by telling you that I’ve made up a lovely candy bundle as I promised for reaching 400 followers so I’ll take a piccie of that and post it mid-week


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend everyone


Monday, 31 July 2017

Christmas Snowman…

Morning everyone, thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a lovely weekend

I had good intentions last week of posting my candy but the time got away with me again. It was Jess’s birthday at the weekend so we had a couple of family celebrations, she lives away from home now with her Boyfriend so it’s always nice when she comes back to stay

I’m doing an art workshop this weekend and then going to visit some friends for a few days so realistically I’m not going to get it done this week either! My stash organisation has come to a stop too but I promised some 400 follower candy and I will do it the week after


Another card today using one of the new LOTV Christmas images, this is Christmas Snowman and it’s available in rubber, digi and simply print sheet…

LOTV christmas snowman

I’ve just realised I put some small gems in the centre of the snowflakes but I must have forgotten to retake the picture!

The papers are Bo Bunny, snowflakes are Cheery Lynn, and I think the sentiment die is Lawn Fawn

When I left Lili of the Valley I thought it would be a good chance to use all my other stamps but I still reach for these every time I need to make a card, I just love them and the new Christmas collection is fab


Right I’m going to take Manny for a walk and then I need to do a few chores after the weekend partying!

Have a good day crafters


Monday, 24 July 2017

LOTV Christmas 2017

Morning lovelies, I know I’ve been AWOL again but thought I’d just share a quick card today to let you know that the first of the 2017 Lili of the Valley images are released today at midday

I’ve been playing catch up since my holidays, I had a huge magazine commission to do and then went away again last week to visit friends (which I’ll tell you about in my next post) so I seem to have been chasing my tail for the last few weeks. All back to normal now so I’ll have a few more cards to share later in the week

This lovely little stamp is called Blessed…

LOTV Blessed

I used some Bo Bunny papers, the cross stitch rectangles are memory box, the label is Spellbinders and the star is Joy Crafts

I bought a couple of sets of the Christmas sentiments from Digi Stamp Boutique last year after I’d seen them on other cards and I really like them. I usually print my own if I don’t have a suitable stamp but these are nicely laid out in a lovely font and cheap as chips. They have 30% off Christmas images and sentiments at the moment so even better!

I’m not sure about the green ribbon, I thought after I’d glued it all together that its too heavy so I might have to take this one apart and remake it!


Thanks for stopping by, I’ll get back to my stash pics and do the 400 follower giveaway that I promised in my next post

Have a great Monday crafters


Monday, 3 July 2017

Good morning…

Morning crafty friends, I’m back from my holiday and we had the best time, just loved Italy

We went to Tuscany and spent time in Florence, Pisa, Sienna and Lucca – I’ve never walked so much! We used the trains which were very good but despite the horror stores I think I’d like to drive next time and explore a few of the smaller places. I’d love to visit Venice and the Lakes and also Rome and the Amalfi Coast – Keith had better get some overtime in

…oh, and I ate my own body weight in gelato!


I have some cards to show you today that I did for a magazine a while back. I designed a Sketch and then made 3 cards using it…

sketch 1

sketch 2

sketch 3

I thought it was a good time to share these because the images are newly available on Simply Print sheets from Lili of the Valley

If you liked the Art Pads you will love the Simply Print sheets, they are great for a quick card

I used the stamps and coloured them with Copics, the papers are from my favourite ‘One Birdie Lane’ collection from NitWits


I have a few things on this week and catching up after the holidays but I will get together some candy for a giveaway as promised and also carry on with my stash pictures

Have a great week everyone


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Leonie shows on Hochanda…

Good afternoon crafty friends, hope you are well. I’ve just noticed I’ve got to 400 followers again so I will have a little giveaway after my holidays. We’re going to Italy for the first time so I’m looking forward to that very much. I did have over 400 and then when blogger started playing silly beggars last year it went down for some reason so welcome to my new visitors.

I have been trying to post a bit more regularly recently although it doesn’t always go to plan. I very much appreciate your comments and love to read them, and, I always try to return the visit as I like to see what other crafters are making


Something a bit different from me today, Leonie is on Hochanda with some great deals on her own fab products and if you missed the morning shows you can catch her again at 3 this afternoon

I adore the ‘In A Spin’ die and have used this a lot. Here is a card and also a canvas that I made using it and some of the stamps…



This card is a little scene I created using her tiny pattern stamps. There are lots of these in various different designs and they are so useful for all kinds of stamping…


I hope you can catch the show, Leonie does some great demos and the team have done some amazing samples for inspiration


Right I’m nipping to the supermarket, we have some friends coming round for tea tonight so I need a few bits and (top of the list) wine…  then I’ll be watching the 3 o clock show

Have a good Thursday all


Saturday, 10 June 2017

My dies, and Lazy Daisy…

Morning lovely crafty friends,  I can’t quite believe it’s the weekend again, the time seems to go faster with every month that passes

I’ve shown you my stamps in the last few posts and I’m on with the indexing of those (although it’s a slow job!) so now it’s onto my dies…


Nesting and basic shapes are hung on rails above my desk, this has definitely made me use them more now they are not hidden away


These little A7 binders were the ones we used to sell in the shop for stamps. I put magnetic sheets in them and they are perfect for dies but although they are small they are heavy when they are full 



They fit perfectly on this tall Ikea unit and I have my 6” papers on the rest of the shelves (I’ll show you those when I get to papers)


Some larger dies and sets are in these Tonic folders



…and then I have this binder full of Sue Wilson dies. I have a few of these from Staples, they are very sturdy and the stamp index I showed you last time is in one of them. I keep meaning to make a cover sheet for this and never got round to it!


Finally I have this basket with the biggest dies and my Sizzix  are in here because they come packaged in a nice storage wallet. There are also a few that haven’t got a home yet because the folders are full

They started out quite well organised but as I’ve bought new ones the older ones don’t get used and I don’t know what I’ve got. I seem to have them everywhere and as with the stamps I need to index them and get rid of what I don’t use


Sorry for all the pics, you did say you were interested in seeing my stash!

Onto my card, and the June LOTV challenge is ‘Summer’ so it gave me an excuse to use my clouds and sun dies which you know I love

This is for Jess, although if any of her horses were asleep on the job there would be trouble I think!

LOTV Lazy Daisy stamp

The stamp is Lazy Daisy which you can also get as a digi and a printable topper sheet

The horseshoe embossing folder is by Darice, I was glad of a chance to use it and it’s a good match for this image

Other supplies; One Birdie Lane papers from Nitwits, stitched clouds are Memory Box, large stitched sun from ‘Lil Inkers and I printed the sentiments


Hope you like it, you can find all the details for the challenge on the Facebook page here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend everyone


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Stamp folder and using my dies…

Good afternoon all, what you up to?

I’ve been working on some samples for a Leonie Pujol show next week on Hochanda and we had the puppy for a few days last week when Jess was away so I’ve been busy!

I made a start on my stamp indexing at last, this in an A5 binder so I will need a bigger one for the rest of them but I thought I’d put my LOTV, Magnolia, h’Anglar and Stamping Bella in here as I use those most often

I was going to use a book but I think this will work better as I can add and remove pages when I need. I will just photocopy the cover sheet for those that have one but these didn’t so I stamped them

I haven’t managed to get rid of any yet…  but I’m working on it …


I have a couple of cards to share today. I’m going to sort through my dies when I’ve done the stamps and for now I’ve promised myself to put one on each card that I wouldn’t usually have used

I would have normally just opted for a square or a circle on these so I’m going to make an effort to use my shapes and labels more as I do like them and rarely get them out

LOTV Milkshake

This is one of the new LOTV images called Milkshake, isn’t it adorable!

The papers are from NitWits, One Birdie Lane

The die I used on here is Spellbinders Labels 34 and the matching gold labels

MMCS 7 Stamping Bella Squidgies Huggy 2

My second card today is one I shared a while ago but I wasn’t happy with it so I pulled it apart

This is a Stamping Bella image called Huggy Squidgies and the papers are also from NitWits, these are Pastel Dreams

The die I used on this one is Spellbinders Labels 1 and matching decorative elements

The ‘thanks’ is a stamp and die set from Altenew and the flower buttons I used on both cards is a die from Crafters Companion

Hope you like them, thanks for leaving me feedback everyone I love to read your comments

Right, I’m going to brave the rain and take Manny for a walk. I’ll have to drag him out of his bed – he doesn’t like getting wet!

Have a good Tuesday crafters



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Spring card and start of declutter…



Good afternoon all, glorious day here and forecast to stay sunny over the bank holiday which is great news!


I haven’t started my declutter yet because it’s too nice to be inside. It might be a long job but as you said you were interested I did take some pictures, it’s a start and once I’ve shown you my clutter I’m committed to doing it!

So, here goes, I’m kicking off with my stamps…



…as you know my craft room is in the attic so I have these great Ikea units which fit perfectly along the sides of the room under the eaves. I am quite organised in that all the stamps are tidy and sorted, but I have so many that I haven’t a clue what I have which is why I need to index them so I can use the forgotten ones (which is probably about 80% of them if I’m honest) and also get rid of some. I’ll just highlight the stamps for now and get to the other stash as I go through it

In the unit along the top from left to right; A5 mixed clear stamps and LOTV sentiments, Stamping Bella, LOTV, Magnolia Tilda, JOFY

In the bottom unit from left to right; the pink and brown boxes contain wooden stamps which I’ll do later, the round box has other Magnolia images and minis, the spotty boxes have misc clear and rubber, then Stampin’ Up which you can’t really see

On the floor; one heart box is Christmas, other heart box is sentiments, black spotty box is small stamps and the pile is some I started sorting for selling/charity



This is a drawer full of my favourites that I’ve brought downstairs into my new craft area

Then I also have a box the same size that are more grungy and backgrounds that I sorted for mixed media but they were under a pile of other things so no picture yet!

I just remembered I also have Papertrey and h’Anglar that are in other boxes

oh, and I have 2 more boxes for Leonie and MMCS which I keep separate so they are all together for DT work!

So there you go, my stash of stamps collected over 25 years. Is it really bad that I have so many?


right, moving quickly on and this is a card I made for a swap group I’m in on Facebook where the theme was Spring…


LOTV cartful of sunshine


I love this LOTV image, it’s called Cartful of Sunshine. It doesn’t really show on the picture but I coloured an extra set of flowers, cut them out and stuck them on with foam pads

Papers are NitWits ‘One Birdie Lane’ and the die/stamp set I used for the sentiment is Wplus9 (sending, hoping, wishing)


That was a long post for me, thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday x




Saturday, 20 May 2017

Organising – and new LOTV launched today!



Good morning crafty friends, the weekend again already and I can’t believe we’re at May 20th… where is the year going?

I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently watching a lady on you tube decluttering her crafty stash. Keith said it was like watching grass grow but I was hooked. There are plenty of shiny new craft rooms on display all beautifully organised but that isn’t reality for the majority of us

This lady went through every item, she ummed and arred about getting rid of things and found so much stuff she forgot she had. She didn’t mind showing the mess and the clutter and I was fascinated taking a peek into someone else's stash like that. Because she’s been crafting for as long as me (about 25 years) I found I have a lot of the items she was unearthing; hidden and unused in favour of new and many were from Companies that are no longer in business. You can find the videos under Rach0113 if any of you have 15 hours to waste…   by the way I had it on while I was crafting or watched in bed if I had a sleepless night, it wasn’t in one go !!

One thing that I did realise is that I seriously need to declutter and I also need to do some indexing. I have boxes of stamps that are never used yet I still always reach for the same few favourites. I just collect them and I’m going the same way with dies and papers. So, I’m going to start cataloguing and I’ll take pics as I go for anyone who is interested (maybe no-one, but I think it will be therapeutic!!) I am a very organised person usually and I do know where everything is, but (like many of you I suspect) I just have too much stuff


Onto my cards and the new stamps from LOTV launch today. There are 20 of the most adorable images, these designs really are what everyone loves about Lili of the Valley and you will want them all!

First up is one of my favourites (if I had to pick one) and it’s called ‘Hand to Hold’…


LOTV hand to hold


My second card today is using ‘Two’s Company’…


LOTV Two's Company

I love creating a scene and this cute image is perfect for that using some clouds and a sun die

Hope you like them, the new stamps will be available in rubber, digi and simply print sheets from midday


That’s it from me, Keith is at work this morning so I’m having an hour crafting before he gets home while it’s quiet

Enjoy your weekend everyone, as always thanks so much for stopping by








Sunday, 14 May 2017

Squidgies, and facebook challenge




Good morning everybody, I hope you are having a lovely weekend

We’ve been enjoying some glorious weather the last couple of weeks and it’s been nice to get out in the garden. I hope it hasn’t peaked too early though, this has happened before and then we don’t get any Summer so you have to make the most of it!

My neck is finally feeling a bit better so I’ve been doing some crafting although I still can’t spend long colouring, I get engrossed and end up looking down for too long!


I have 2 cards to share today, the first is another of the new stamps from Lili of the Valley which will be released on the 20th so not long to wait

There are some really adorable images and this one is called Ballet Shoes…


LOTV ballet shoes


I used NitWits papers from the ‘Romance and Roses collection, the heart embossing folder is Sue Wilson (it’s my new favourite!)

The border die is Tattered Lace, the leaves are Noor design and the sentiment is Lili of the Valley

It’s a long time since I’ve put flowers on a card but this little girl is so pretty they are perfect with her; you can get the flowers as well as lots of other gorgeousness from the Ribbon Girl 


A final call for the May Facebook challenge as it closes tonight so just time to sneak in if you’re quick, the theme is ‘Happy Birthday’ so a nice easy one

There are some great prizes as always, you can enter and see all the details on the Facebook Page here




My second card is using one of my favourite stamps from Stamping Bella; these Squidgie characters are adorable and this one is Huggy Squidgies




The background was stamped Halftone Circles by Altenew which also includes some great sentiments and matching dies. I cut the ‘thanks’ 3 times in card and layered them together to create a dimensional embellishment

I used Pastel Dreams papers from NitWits, Spellbinders labels one with matching decorative elements, and the cute button flowers are Crafter’s Companion

I can’t wait for the latest designs from Stamping Bella and Kitty will have them in soon at My Mum’s Craft shop so keep an eye on the website

Now I’m looking at this I don’t like the heavy strip across the middle so I think I’ll be changing it. I always lay my cards out before I stick them and then inevitabley change my mind about something the minute I’ve glued it!




Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment, I love to read them

Enjoy your Sunday crafters




Friday, 28 April 2017

Four Legged Friends and new LOTV



Good afternoon crafty friends

Sorry for being MIA for a while, I’d actually got myself into a nice regular posting routine this year so far. I stupidly went and got a stool that was too high so after I’d sat at my desk for a few hours I felt like I was back to square one with my neck. Luckily it seemed to correct itself which tells me that the treatment I’m having is working

I’ve been busy too, if you’ve been coming here a while you’ll know that my craft room is in the attic. Since I left work I feel guilty going up there and leaving Manny downstairs because he wants to be with me all the time. I did consider making a craft room in the conservatory but changed my mind about that. So, now Jess has moved out I’ve compromised and put a desk and some units in her room and I’ve moved some of my paper crafting things into there

It’s taken a few weeks and a lot of trial and error, you can guarantee whatever I needed it was left in the attic but I didn’t want to end up bringing everything down. There is still a lot of stuff up there (I’ve got 25 years worth of stash!) but I think I’m winning now, I’m going to use my desk in the attic for messy stuff and painting and I still have a table up there for sewing

Manny is happy with the new arrangement, he just sleeps on the bed behind me while I’m making cards. I’ll take a few pictures sometime but not yet because the attic is like a bombsite, moving things around has inevitably led to a big sort out which is very much a work in progress at the moment!


I have 2 quite simple cards to share today…

Kitty has the cutest new stamps from My Favourite Things at My Mum’s Craft Shop 


 MMCS 6 MFT Four Legged Friends

The set is called Four Legged Friends and is also available with an optional die set too, they are adorable

I used the Crate PaperHeart Day’ papers which I’ve been using a lot recently, it’s a really useful pad

The die is Die-namics Stitched Interactive Window Trio and the banner is my new favourite because it cuts the outer frame too, I find these so hard to cut straight! Those are also by Die-namics and it’s Fishtail Flag Frames, you get 3 sizes in the pack each cutting an inner and a frame



My second card is one of the new images from Lili of the Valley which are due to be released on the 20th…


LOTV Warming Up

I did some paper piecing on this for a change, the image is called Warming Up and the dies are all Sue Wilson

The papers are from the Country Meadow collection at NitWits


Hope you like them, I’ll try and have a catch up on all your blogs over the weekend. Hopefully this lovely weather we’ve been having will stick around for a few more days

Have a great weekend everyone




Friday, 31 March 2017

Paper Nest Dolls…



Good afternoon lovely crafty friends, Friday again can you believe it? these weeks certainly do pass quickly

Rolo came into our house like a whirlwind and left a trail of devastation. He is such a cute little thing but blimey is it hard work, he is into everything! Manny has always been so good and eager to please even as a puppy so I’m never quite prepared when the little terror comes to stay. I could fair see Manny today thinking “thank goodness he’s gone!” He was at my Mum’s for most of the week as I told you but he’s getting old now and one day racing round was enough for him


I have something new to share today (new to me anyway) These adorable images are Paper Nest Dolls stamps and they are exclusively available in the UK from My Mum’s Craft Shop

I used Rainy Day Emma for this first card, very sweet image and I found it easy to colour which is a bonus at the moment with my bad neck…


MMCS 4 Paper Nest Rainy Day Emma


The sentiment is one of the stamps from the Altenew Label Love set which I’ve been using a lot recently, in fact it never leaves my desk

I used some glossy accents on the puddle and for the rain although you can’t really see it well on the picture – I love that frog!

These pretty papers are from a Tonic pad and I used my favourite memory Box clouds put through a dotty embossing folder for a bit of texture


This second one is Hugs & Kisses Emma

MMCS 5 Paper Nest Hugs & Kisses Emma


…and this image goes perfectly with the Crate Paper ‘Heart Day’ papers. The sentiment is from the pad too

I just noticed that I forgot to colour the string on her bunting – oops!

Take a look at the other designs in the range, and don’t forget if you are in the UK you can’t get them anywhere else at the moment


I’ll be round having a blog catch up over the next couple of days and see what you’ve all been up to

Have a fantastic weekend everyone






Monday, 27 March 2017

My art, and new LOTV



Good morning lovely crafty friends. Did you all have a nice weekend? the weather has been beautiful here but it’s a bit cloudy today. Jess has gone off to Portugal so we have Rolo here for a week. Manny was running about with him too much and started limping so I’ve sent him to my Mums for a few days pampering, he’s getting old (aren’t we all!!) and can’t keep up with a puppy even though he tries his best and doesn’t know when to call it a day


As promised here are my makes from the Art Workshops last weekend. I really enjoyed this, it was so different from anything I’ve done and I love that there aren’t really any rules. Everyone followed the same instructions yet each piece was completely different. Some did their own take on it but because it was a first for me I followed quite closely with what Kassa did, she’s amazing…


This is the example in progress, the light is good here so you can see the texture

IMG_9582   IMG_9586

Onto my effort, you start the rainbow of colour with pink, orange and yellow and then build it up adding in different colours. I was a bit scared when it came to adding the black but there are so many layers of paint and wax that it all blends in

IMG_9593  IMG_9596

Even the embellishment has so many little elements and layers


My finished heart, I went a bit overboard with the gold but I love it!


This is my other make and this is deceiving too as to how many stages and layers there are, I love the bright colours. We did it on the first day and I never thought to take any pictures of it in progress – I wish I had now




Who knew an embroidery hoop could be used like this!



Onto my card today and this is a new image from LOTV, this is the popular Jasmine and this time she’s shopping. I think this image would be great for a teen…


LOTV Jasmine shopping

Clouds again sorry, I just love them and this time I cut the sentiment into one of them. I was going to add a sun too but it was looking a bit cluttered

The flower border die is a DooHickeys and I used Dress Shoppe papers from NitWit Collections

There are 2 new Jasmine images and some girls through the decades which are going to be on Simply Print sheets and they are a bit different.


Phew, that was a long post! Thanks for staying with me and thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment and let me know what you think, I love reading them

Right, time for some puppy training, he’s a little monkey and he’s clever… but he likes his own way a bit too much!




Have a lovely day everyone