Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Back again!

Hi everyone I'm back, I can't believe it's been 2 months since I've blogged! I've been crafting but haven't been motivated to blog although I pop in now and again to catch up on what's going on.
I've been pretty busy, we had a week at Center Parcs with the family before Charlie started school and then Jim and I had a fortnight in Tuscany relaxing, it was beautiful! We were staying near Lucca, our favourite town and we visited Florence and Pisa and lots of small medieval hilltop towns. the weather was perfect, 26 degs, no humidity and a gentle breeze.
Just back from Portsmouth celebrating my DiL's birthday, getting to take Charlie to school and looking after Phoebe.
Yesterday we spent the morning at Brands Hatch with Keir as he enjoyed his driving experience flying around in a Lamborgini and a Ferrari and then having a lovely lunch nearby a chance for an adult catch up :)

I thought I'd just share a few cards that I've made recently:

Sorry for my lack of commenting I'll try and visit you all soon :)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

At last....

Hi everyone, I can't believe how fast the weeks disappear its been 6 weeks since my last post!
We were in Portsmouth this weekend for Phoebe's christening and it was a lovely day. She behaved beautifully and the weather was gorgeous.
Last weekend I was delighted to attend the inaugural Happy Little Stampers retreat and what a brilliant, crafty time we all had. Kylie had thought of everything and the sponsors were very magnanimous with their freebies! Hopefully this will be a yearly treat for us all.
August is a busy month for me with lots of family and friends birthday's so I have a few cards to show you:

The framed creation I did on Craft Artist for Phoebe's room.

Phoebe with her parents and godparents, she behaved beautifully!

A couple of cards this month, more to follow and our group photo from the craft retreat and a selection of cards that we produced!

You may very well recognise a few faces!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dust, dust and more dust...........

Hello everyone, well not only is the weather very wet but we have been up to our ears in dust for nearly 3 weeks! We have had our sitting room revamped, so all the walls and ceiling have been skimmed, fireplace remodelled and new shelving made an appearance. Not a particularly easy job for the plasterer as our house is circa 1864 and the walls don't tend to be very straight! Anyway apart from waiting for a new fire and a cabinet to arrive it's all finished. I've been decluttering and it's very cathartic!
I was not able to do much crafting as I had to cover as much of my craft space as possible to protect from the dust but I did get to make a New Home card for my DiL's parents who have just moved, come and see:

I used a MB window die, cut off the bottom and turned it the other way to make a window box. The greenery is a Tattered Lace die and the trim on the blind is the top of a picket fence die. The letters have been gilded with Pebeo wax.

Nothing else to show as all the birthdays coming up are in July and August and I've not 
 entered any challenges lately.
           I'll leave you with a before and after of my sitting room which looked so old fashioned :

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Hi everyone, wow it's been a month today since I last blogged, where do the weeks go?! Having said that we did have a fantastic week on the IOW with the family. The weather was great except for one day and we had a fab house with a wonderful garden for Charlie.

We have got the builders/decorators in this week completely gutting my sitting room and everywhere else is like being part of one of those hoarders programmes with boxes surrounding us! As a consequence I can't access my craft room as it's off the sitting room and I'm bored!!!!!! I've had to resort to digital crafting which isn't as satisfying. 

Anyway I have a couple of cards to show you:

For my great nephew I tried to recreate an iPhone!!

!st attempt at a 3D pram!

Finally an anniversary card for Keir and Lara. I diecut into the card and then diecut again in pink and green and inserted the pieces back in and glossed them. What a palaver! Looked nice in the end :o)

I'm going to try and catch up on all your blogs now, I certainly don't have an excuse not to! The weather is awful too :0(

Sunday, 1 May 2016


Hi everyone, well I hope there are still a few of you left to visit me as I've been missing for a while! I've not been very good at commenting on your blogs but I do visit!! I want to thank everyone that was thinking about me and the family after losing Karen, it was much appreciated.The service was lovely and very personal and my eldest son Dominic, gave a wonderful eulogy and it was so nice to see so many people there for Karen.

I have been quite busy with cards for various occasions and had a lovely time recently at Ally Pally meeting up with Chrissie and Gay.  I also was asked back to college to judge the annual hairdressing competition and the winners went on to a regional competition which I attended and the judge was the amazing Patrick Cameron who was brilliant! Hairdressers will know who I am talking about and we won!!!

Anyway I thought I'd share with you a few cards that I've made recently and I promise to get back in the swing of things and visit you all!

card using my new dies from Ally Pally

three crafty ladies at Ally Pally!

the last card I made for Karen with her favourite Hibiscus and her dragonfly logo

Cupcake onesies for my Dil's brother's new baby

Card for a special friend recovering from a heart attack

I hope everyone is enjoying the bank holiday weekend it's been lovely here but tomorrow is not looking so good!

Friday, 25 March 2016

My darling sister.....

This is the most heartbreaking post I have ever blogged and it is a tribute to my sister Karen, who passed away on Monday.
Cancer is a terrible disease and Karen fought it successfully twice, but this last one was horrendous! Karen suffered such pain but you would never have known as she carried on as normally as possible.
For those of you that followed her blog you will know how creative she was. She was skilled in card making, embroidery, felting, mixed media and was a fabulous cook! In fact everything she turned her hand to was successful.

This was the last photo taken of Karen as she lunched with a friend a couple of months ago.

A much loved sister and aunt who will be sorely missed, now pain free and at peace.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

NBUS and a few cards......

Afternoon all, where do the weeks go? I've got a few creations to show you so grab a cuppa and sit back.....
Firstly here is my offering for Darnell's NBUS challenge which is an acronym for never before used stuff and we all have some of that! It's not a card but a coaster that I altered using a matching stamp and die set called Teatime by Sizzex and Graphic 45 come and see: Not sure why it's not very clear it looks fine on my camera!

The next card was for my friend who has just had a granddaughter after 3 boys!

The horsey one is for my goddaughter's middle daughter who loves horses and I had fun making this with punches!

This was for my friend's daughter with Irish connections hence using the 3D embossibilities folder another NBUS item!

Finally an engagement card for my niece in Ireland who got engaged on Valentine's Day in Paris, very romantic!

Sorry it's so picture heavy but I'll be back after the weekend as we are off to portsmouth for Charlie's birthday and I'll show his card then.

Monday, 29 February 2016

A touch of glamour......

Morning all just popping in to show you my card for this weeks LIM challenge. I meant to enter last week but the week disappeared so quickly and I was busy making cards for forthcoming birthdays.
Anyway here is the criteria for this week:

The challenge this week is a 
and for that concoction we would like you to include
We realise that this is quite a tricky one, so if there's no way you can produce a card with
actual wire on it, an image or die-cut depicting wire will also qualify!

I used freebie stamps from Creative Stamped magazine, gold embossed the dress and used glitter ep for the clapper stamp.
Watercolour pencil and water brush to colour the dress. I bent some wire for the hanger and added some gems at the neckline.

Hope you all have a crafty week!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Less is More week 263-one layer

Hello everyone, wow what a gorgeous day today! I had to scrape the car this morning and it was 1 deg but by the time I emerged from aqua zumba it was 10 degrees! Really perks you up when it's sunny and everything is blooming. Everything except my card for this week's challenge over at LIM towers. This is the criteria:
We are back to a
 and we would like to have you

Easy I thought, my waste bin thought differently! I've ended up with 3 cards but only one that I think is right, come and see;

I masked off a centre panel and sponged on Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage DI and stamped text from SU French Foliage in Victorian Velvet. Stamped the stems and sentiment in Brilliance black .
Thanks to a little mistake with the inks I've added 2 corners but I quite like it!!!

We're looking forward to seeing Charlie and Phoebe at the weekend so I hope the weather stays fine.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Happy 5th birthday!

Hi everyone as you might have guessed it's someone's birthday and that special someone is
LESS is MORE! My favourite challenge blog who is 5 years old this weekend.
The challenge criteria is as follows:
Whoo Hoo!
Let's Celebrate!
We are 5 years old!

We have reached quite a milestone! It's 5 years since Less is More began and  we are delighted to say that we are still going strong... thanks to all the wonderful support from crafty bloggers from all around the world!
For our special Birthday Challenge we are delighted to be joined by some of our wonderful sponsors and there are lots of prizes to be had.

It's a colour challenge of course and what we would like to see is 
(Accents in metallic or B/W are perfectly acceptable)

I love white on white athough I don't do it very often but it always looks so sophisticated, come and see my card:

The background is embossed with an Embossabilities 3D folder and the die is a MB Peony two stage one with a solid back and the petal one cut from silver mirri card. The stamp is from Hobby Art embossed in silver and it fitted perfectly into the square shaped embossed detail. There is a lot of inspiration from the DT and I'd like to thank them for showcasing my card last week!

Like many bloggers I have lost several followers because to receive notifications of posts and to comment you need a google account. Like all the changes they make it's never for the good of the people that use the service! My email address is on the side if you want to contact me.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Less is More week 260-recipe

Afternoon everyone I've just finished a card for this week's LIM challenge which is as follows:

Our Recipe is for  you to include a 
in your creations.

I had a search through my stamps and there were quite a few I could have used, in fact I stamped a few onto the background that I made and so I've a couple of toppers that can be used in the future.

On glossy card I used some DI and water on my mat and smooshed it onto the card. The inks were Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive. The stamp is from Crafty Individuals and stamped with black Brilliance ink and then the image was matted onto matching card and then on to a Linen card base. For some unknown reason because I popped it upon foam pads the shadow created below looks blue!!

I'm looking forward to the weekend as Charlie and Phoebe are bringing their parents to stay the weekend and we may be off to the London Transport Museum again :o)

I don't think I've posted any photos of Phoebe lately so here she is:

So cute but then I'm biased!

Just had a heads up from Meggy's Way re the challenge over at TIOTs where the theme is silhouettes so I am adding it over there.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Kissing feathers!

Afternoon all, wow hope you've had a beautiful day today, it's been gorgeous here in London! Chilly mind you, brrr....
I've got two cards to share with you, come and see: It's Saturday and a new challenge over at Less is More and this week it's a technique.

For our theme this week we have a technique for you to try. 
(It's using stamps so don't get too excited!)

It may be new to some of you, so just in case here is a brief set of instructions.
  • Choose a solid stamp and a decorative one
  • Ink the solid stamp in a lightish colour and the decorative one in a deeper shade
  • Stamp the decorative one onto the solid one as in 'kissing'
  • Stamp the solid stamp onto the card!

I used a stamp and die set that were a magazine freebie a couple of years ago. I stamped the solid feather in pink and kissed it with the feathery feather in dark blue,stamped it twice and cut them out with the die. I stamped the feather in pink on the card and added the diecuts with a little ribbon bow which IRL matched perfectly!!! The sentiment was part of the set which is all from Hot off the Press.

I saw another christmas cardchallenge called Merry Monday Christmas challenge and the theme was plaid. I didn't have anything resembling plaid so I had a go at creating it myself. Not too sure about the result but it is another Christmas card, come and see:

I drew a grid and used alcohol pens to colour in. I stamped and embossed a bauble on the waste and diecut it and popped it in the middle. I also diecut a Creative Dies sentiment and used bits from a Sizzex pine branch on the corners.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

1st Christmas card of 2016!

Evening everyone thought I'd join in with 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge and get ahead for this year! This weeks challenge is a sketch and this is my take on it:

I've used a Tattered Lace Victorian die acrosse the middle, not sure where the tree is from and I cut the frame to be off set. The sentiment is a freebie.

I'm also entering it into CHNC challenge which is asking for a touch of red.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

The dreaded one layer.........

Hi everyone and welcome from a wet and dismal London! I'm a little fed up with this weather I'd rather have it bright and cold. Anyway another week has wizzed by and it's time for a new challenge over at Less is More:
One Layer Card
 time again and we are continuing the New Year with a 
So we'd like to see a flourish somewhere on your creation.
Don't forget to leave that all important white space and remember...
no additional layers and very minimal embellishments (if any)

I've used a bargain stamp set from Artemio that I've only used once but had to have when I was with Chrissie and Anne at a Portsmouth craft show! Come and see:

I stamped and embossed the flourish with white EP and used Tumbled Glass DI to make the resist pop. The sentiment is an old SeeDee one and I've added three small pearls.
Hope you're having a good weekend :0)
Just had a heads up from Sandie so I'm adding my card to the new Time Out challenge as they are asking for sponging.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy New Year......

Morning everyone and welcome to a brand new year! I hope you all survived the festivities and are full of the creative spirit!
Today I'm excited to share with you a card I've made as Guest Designer for Stamping Sensations. I was lucky enough to win the November challenge with a Christmas card that can be seen here and won a hamper full of crafty goodies from Be Creative.
The challenge this month is to use Stamps and Dies and here is my card:

The owl stamp is from a freebie set called Feathered Friends that came a couple of months ago with the Creative Stamping Magazine. The die set is by Xcuts and one of my favourites and the leafy flourish is an old one and I'm not sure of the origin!
 I hope you'll take part in this challenge as the prizes are always fabulous and check out the design team for lots of inspiration.
Good luck!


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