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Welcome to my blog where I post regular photographs of cards I have made. I hope you enjoy looking through my cards and I would like to thank you for taking the time to stop by and also for leaving any comments and following my blog. I shall also be posting a few of my knitting projects too.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Together Forever

Good morning all.  Hope you had a good weekend?

Mine was quiet and I finally entered my craft room after a month!  Yes, I know, ages isn't?  I have just been so busy - I had a lovely weekend at Alvaston Hall with my Mom, then a brilliant day at Create it, Telford with my mate Wendy and before that if it wasn't one thing it was another.

So we start a new challenge at Crafting from the Heart today. 

Our theme is the usual 'Always Anything Goes'.

We have no sponsor this month so it will be 'Just for Fun'.

This was a card I made for a work colleague for her daughters wedding day.

I have used a heart stamp from Chloe Creative Cards.  The leaves are die cuts from Tattered Lace/Marianne dies and the roses I made myself using a die from Tattered Lace and spraying them with Crafters Companion silver spray.

To see more samples from our design team follow the link HERE to our blog and where you can also entered your own project.

Don't forget our facebook page too.

Thank you so much for visiting today.

Take care


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Licensed to Grill



Good morning.  Who will be going to Create It @ Telford this weekend?

I will be there with my crafty chum Wendy and I am so looking forward to it.  What more can a girl ask for, crafty day with her mate and some retail therapy - absolute heaven.

Well a new challenge starts today at Crafty Girlz.


Our theme for this challenge is

Something Masculine

My card today has been designed in Serif Craft Artist using a digi kit called 'Bloke at the Movies'

To see more ideas from our design team follow the link here and don't forget to enter your own project.

Thanks for visiting today.  Bye for now.


Monday, 12 June 2017

Happy Birthday to You

Good morning.  We have a new challenge starting at Crafting From The Heart today.

Our theme is the usual 'Always Anything Goes'.

No sponsor for this challenge it is just a time to showcase your work.

You know when you have that 'blank' moment, when your mojo is well and truly asleep?

Well that was how I felt which resulted in my card today.

When my mojo has gone 'walkabouts' I go to the creative expressions team and this one is based on a layout from Phill Martin.  It was a card he posted on his blog.

All made using white card I embossed a piece of card using an embossing folder from Sue Wilson but I forgot to write on it which one it was.  I then distressed around the edges using perfect medium and gold detail embossing powder.

I cut another piece of white card and using Phill's Inkspirational border stamps and his new gold  embossing powder.  I then used his Inkspirational Birthday Sentiment stamp set and embossed again with new gold embossing powder. Die cut that out using a Sue Wilson double pierced oval dies and using some clear cosmic shimmer glue I ran it around the edges of the die cut and then glittered it using some gold glitter from Chloe Creative Cards.

The flowers were die cut using a flower die from Tattered Lace and the leaves were from a die by Sue Wilson.  I finished my flowers off by dropping a blob of cosmic shimmer glue in the centre and covered it with the gold glitter.

Thanks Phil for the inspiration, I got my mojo back, thoroughly enjoyed using and mixing all my crafting goodies.

To see more designs from our design team follow the link here.  Don't forget to enter your own project into the challenge.

We also have a facebook page too.

Thank you for visiting today and do take care.

Hope to see you again soon.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Elaine


Good morning again.  My 2nd post of the day is for our new challenge beginning at Crafty Girls Creations.

Our sponsor for this challenge is: -


I have used a lovely digi image called 'Elaine'.  However if you are not into colouring you can get the image pre coloured.

After printing out Elaine I have coloured her in using Graphtec marker pens and spectrum noir pencils.

I have used Sue Wilson's double pierced ovals for the frame and Finest Finials embossing folder also from Sue Wilson.  I then skimmed over the embossing with cosmic shimmer gilding polish - blossom.

I finished off with some flowers which I have stamped using cosmic shimmer Sunrise Pink Lustre embossing powder.  The flowers were from Chloes Creative Cards.

To see more ideas from our design team and to enter your own project into the challenge follow the link HERE.

Thanks for visiting.  Take care.

Challenge Blogs entered: -
4 crafty chicks
Crafting with an Attitude
In the Pink
Southern Girls Challenge


Emma's Hat

Good morning all, hope you enjoyed your bank holiday at the weekend although I see the weather was true to form on Monday.  At least it was in the West Midlands, raining all afternoon but it was that nice straight rain so I had my window open in my craft room and thoroughly enjoyed my crafting afternoon listening to classic fm. 

We have a new challenge starting today at Creative-Ladybirds.

Our sponsor for this challenge is: -


I have used a lovely digi image from our sponsor called 'Emma's Hat'.

After printing out my image I coloured her in using a mixture of Copic sketch and Graphtec marker pens.

The dies I have used are Sue Wilson double pierced rectangles and ovals.

The stamps for the flowers and swirls are a lovely set from Honey Doo Crafts, embossed using cosmic shimmer detail white onto vellum for the flowers and WOW Sparkling Spruce onto heat resistant acetate for the swirls.

The embossing folder is an 8x8 from Tattered Lace and I have finished off using Nuvo pearl drops - bottle green.

If you want to enter our challenge and see more ideas from our design team follow the link HERE to our challenge blog.

Thank you for visiting today and I do hope to see you again soon.

Take care.

Challenge blogs entered: -




Monday, 29 May 2017

Aged to Perfection


Good morning.  Hope you are all enjoying your bank holiday Monday, I know I am - major crafting day for me - brilliant.

We start a new challenge at Crafting from the Heart today also.

Challenge 159 is sponsored by



When I saw this image, Stella Birthday, Aged to Perfection,  I just fell in love with it.  Maybe because I am soon to reach to 60, it just appealed to me.

I have kept it simple, I started with an basic white 8x8 card followed by a piece of navy blue card which I pricked around the edges in Sue Wilson style.  I then used a piece of patterned paper from my crafty stash which I ran through an embossing folder and then distressed around the edges.

I have also distressed the edges on my image and sentiment and matted those onto some more navy card.

Follow the link HERE to our blog challenge where you will find more ideas from our design team and also you can enter your own project into the challenge.

Thank you for visiting today.  Hope to see you again soon.

Challenges entered

Take care.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Sent with Love


Good morning folks. We have a lovely new challenge beginning at Crafty Girlz today.

We have an inspirational photo for our theme this time.


The colours I have chosen to use are Pink and Brown.

I started with a piece of pink card.  I then cut a piece of white card and die cut around the edges using some corner dies from Tonic.

I then inked an embossing folder using Tattered Rose distress ink, ran it through my calibre and then inked around the edges using Expresso distress ink.

Whilst at Ally Pally I purchased some starlight paints from Imagination Crafts which I have never used before.  Using one of their stencils I cover it using Dried Rose starlight and left to dry then die cut using a square deckled edge die from Tonic.  I also die cut the middle out using the same set of dies.

My sentiment stamped using a Phill Martin stamp and black vcersafine.  I then die cut it out using the flag dies from creative expressions and matted it onto a piece of brown card.

The flowers are stamped using stamps from Dreamees. Expresso distress ink and parchment which I then cut out and shaped.  All finished off with some leaves die cut using a leaf die from creative expressions.

Why not pop over to the challenge to see more ideas from our design team and also to enter your own project into the challenge.  Just follow the link HERE

Thank you for visiting today.  Hope to see you again soon.



Friday, 5 May 2017

QKR StampedeTrain Stamp



Good morning all.

We start a lovely new challenge over at Simply Create Too Blog.


Our theme for challenge 127 is

'Must Use Digi Stamp'

I have used a digi stamp from QKR Stampede which I have taken into Serif Craft Artist.


The craft artist digi kit I used to create this card is called Hobbies Classic Transport.

To see more designs from our DT please follow the link HERE to the challenge blog where you can also enter your own project - don't forget to follow the theme.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope to see you again soon.

Take care.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Have a Lovely Day


My final post today and another challenge starts at Crafty Girls Creations Challenge.

Challenge 35 is Just for Fun.

I love these challenges because I can use anything from my crafty stash and just play.

I picked an embossing folder and inked the embossed side before placing my card in and running it through my caliber.

My main die is called 'Madeline' and is a creative expressions one. The leaves are also die cut from creative expressions dies.

My sentiment is a stamp from the lovely Phill Martin's blossom stamp set.

The flowers are stamps from Chloes Creative Cards stamped onto vellum using embossing powder from cosmic shimmer.  I have used her peony collection and pretty flowers set.

I finished off with some gems in the centre of the flowers.

To see more designs from the rest of our design team AND to enter your own project into the challenge follow the link HERE.

Challenges entered


Thanks for visiting.

See you soon

Rachel

Hi, back again with details of a new challenge beginning at Get Creative Challenge.

Challenge 58 has a theme of

'Must Use Buttons & Bows.

We have three sponsors for this challenge





I have used a digi stamp from Sheepski Designs called 'Rachel'

I started by taking the image into my serif craft artist and removed the white from the hat replacing it with a material from a digi kit which has knitted materials within it.

I then printed out the image and coloured the rest of her in with my copic marker pens.  I then fussy cut her out using my BSC on the 'direct to cut' with a 0.4mm border.

I made the basket weave background using a weaving die from creative expressions and also made a small frame again using dies from creative expressions, one of the shadow box collection - lattice frames.

The embossing folder is actually a button 8x8 folder from crafters companion and the bow is another die cut from creative expressions

I finished off my card with some buttons sporadically placed within the embossing folder.

To see more designs from our design team and to enter your own 'Buttons & Bows' project into our challenge follow the link HERE.

Challenges entered

Good luck and take care.

Wendy's 50th Birthday


Good morning all. 

We have a new challenge beginning today at Creative Ladybirds Creations.

Our theme for challenge 26 is 'Anything Goes'.

My post today is a card I made for my dear crafting chum, Wendy who was 50 this year.

I have used the book die from tattered lace.  The coloured card I have embossed using an A4 embossing folder from creative expressions.

The sentiment is from a set of stamps by John Lockwood and the '50 today' is a stamp from Chloe's Creative Cards.
The flowers have also been made using a flower stamp from my stamp stash which I have stamped onto vellum using a blue sparkle embossing powder and white detail powder.  The leaves are die cuts using a die from creative expressions.  I also made a box too.

If you wish to see more projects made by our design team please follow the link HERE to our blog and don't forget to enter your own project into the challenge too.

Thank you for visiting today and for any comments you choose to leave, I always appreciate your comments and thoughts.

Challenges entered

Take care.


Harper Blue



Hello all.  Hope you are all well today.

Several posts today all for challenges starting today.

This post is to launch a new challenge at Crafting from the Heart.

Challenge 157 has a theme of 'Always Anything Goes'

Our sponsor for this challenge is



I have used a lovely digi called 'Harper Blue' a really lovely teenager digi although I think it would suit any young girl or woman.

After printing I coloured her in using my copic marker pens.  I then fussy cut her out using my BSC on the 'direct to cut' facility with a 0.4mm border.

I have embossed a piece of white card using a bark embossing folder from couture.  I then kissed it on the embossed side with some cosmic shimmer Mediterranean blue gilding polish and then die cut a frame out using creative expressions double pierced noble rectangle dies.

The mats are also white card but edged again with the same blue gilding polish.  The flowers which are cut from a tattered lace die and the leaves from a creative expressions die are also plain white card but coloured with the blue gilding polish.

Although I don't think you can see it properly in the photograph but the leaves I have also triple embossed to give them a high shine.  Also they were a little sticky from the glue even though they had dried for a couple of days so I covered that with the triple embossing.

I have finished my flower off with a small blue button and a sentiment which I stamped using a Phill Martin stamp and versafine ink.  Again I have edged it with the blue gilding polish.

To see more designs from our design team follow the line HERE to the challenge blog where you can also enter your own project for a chance to win a lovely prize from our sponsor.

Don't forget about our facebook page too.

Challenges entered

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again.

Take care.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Butterfly Hydrangea

Good morning all.  Hope you are enjoying Easter Monday and have had a good weekend.

I have had a brilliant crafting weekend playing with some of my new goodies I bought from Ally Pally last weekend.

It was my first time at Ally Pally and I went with my crafty mate Wendy. We went down on Friday night after she finished work, a very easy journey down, in fact I still can't believe what a pleasant easy journey it was.  The hotel was fine and although the restaurant was not to our taste there were a couple of eating places a very short walk away.

Up refreshed on Saturday, breakfast after ordering a taxi and at 9.30 we were on our way.  What a wonderful place Alexandra Palace is and set in beautiful grounds.  The weather was fantastic and the palace is stunning.  We arrived at about 9.45 and had to wait in a little queue before the doors opened.  Collected our programme and free creative expressions carrier bag and we were in.

We had a brilliant day, spent loads, watched Julia Watts in a workshop and sat in a live audience for Hochanda in fact we were even on TV on Julie's last show of the day.  We returned to our hotel on Saturday night absolutely exhausted but strangely so relaxed and chilled out.  The show wasn't jam packed shoulder to shoulder like the NEC.  There was plenty of room to move about between stands, I had some serious bargains in creative expressions dies and although I spent loads I also saved loads.  I did take the prices with me so I knew what I would be paying from icon which I was pleased about.  Spent loads on the creative expressions stand with Phils stamps - I am a sucker for his stamps.

We had a lovely meal in pizza hut, which was a treat for me but so not slimming world friendly.  A lovely relaxing bath, bed and up again Sunday morning for more crafty shopping.  Yes you got it we had a 2-day ticket.  We also watched Phil in a workshop and finished our shopping about lunchtime before making our weary way home - very tired, very spent out but so relaxed and chilled out.  We will definitely be doing it again next year - already planning.

Now onto my post today - it is for a new challenge at Crafting from the Heart.

Challenge 155 is being sponsored by


I have used a stamp called 'Hydrangea Butterfly'

I have coloured my image in using my copic sketch markers and die cut it out using a spellbinders A6 matting and layering die set.

I have used some printed paper on this card printed out from serif craft artist.  I also matted a piece of plain white card which I inked around the edges using Phill Martin's decadent denim colour cloud.

My sentiment if also one of Phill's.

I will admit to keeping this one simple and flat for a change.  The card blank was actually left over from cutting a 8x8 blank using A3 which is all I buy now for my card blanks as I do tend to use Sue Wilsons pierced matting dies so I am looking to use the left over bits for small cards.

To see more digi's from our sponsor being used by our design team and to enter your own project into our challenge please follow the link HERE.

We also have a facebook page too for you to check out.

Well thank you for visiting today and I do hope to see you again soon.

Take care.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Lilly Snow White


Good morning everyone.  Hope you all had a good weekend.

Mine was busy one and a frustrated one.  We spent Friday and Saturday having a new roof on the conservatory - its a solid, thicker roof that dulls the sound of the rain, normalises the temperatures.  Well that's the theory and I have to admit so far the rain noise is certainly better.  I work in our conservatory and most of the time if we have heavy rain and I need to be on the phone I have to go into the house - which is not good or phone the person back - again not good when it is your employer.  Well it rained lots on Saturday and I could hear the rain but definitely not as loud I could actually listen to the radio without having to put the sound up mega.  Fingers crossed.

My frustrating part was BT broadband - most of Friday my broadband was flashing a very nice orange or green at me.  Nice colours but absolutely useless for getting onto the internet.  Most annoying, didn't actually return in full working order - well as much as BT does operate at full working order - until about 6.30pm.

Enough of me, we have a lovely new challenge starting this morning at Crafting from the Heart.

Challenge 153 is 'Always Anything Goes'

Our sponsor for this challenge is


I have chosen to use 'Lilly Snow White' digi stamp.

I have coloured my image using copic sketch marker pens.

I always resize my images in Craft Artist so once I had resized I added an oval to it so I could cut it out on my BSC.  I then cut two frames in white and lilac also using my BSC.

Some matting and layering followed by some embossing using one of Sue Wilsons Creative Expressions A4 embossing folder and finishing off with die cut flowers again using dies from Sue Wilson Creative Expressions as were the leaves.

To enter your own project into our challenge follow the link HERE.

We also have a facebook page too.

Thanks so much for visiting today

Challenge entered

See you soon



Saturday, 1 April 2017

Yarn Lover Rose

Good morning my 2nd post of the day is to introduce a new challenge over at Crafty Girls Creations.

Challenge 35 is themed 'Anything Goes'.

Our sponsor for this challenge is



I have used a digi stamp called 'Yarn Lover Rose' from our sponsor. As I am also a knitter as well as a card maker this image just jumped out at me. She was lovely to colour in and would be ideal for beginners in colouring too as much of the shading has been done already.  Such a lovely digi stamp.

I have also chosen to colour her in using just one colour, something new for me but again it just felt right.

I have framed her using Shadow Box Collection Stitched Lattice Frames Die SetI also embossed the background using an 8x8 embossing folder from Crafters Companion.

I have deliberately kept it simple because I am considering framing her for my craft room to brighten it up a bit - the walls that is - the floor is already bright with all the bits of card and paper - hee hee.

To enter your own project into our challenge follow the link HERE to our blog and you will also be able to see more ideas from our design team using another super digi stamp from our sponsor.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon.

Take care

Happy Birthday Husband


Good morning, don't you just love Saturdays?

Hoping to get some crafting done this afternoon but in the meantime we have a lovely new challenge beginning at Creative Ladybirds Creations 



As you can see my card today was for my husband's birthday.  I have been playing with my weaving dies for a background, some matting and layering before placing my frame die cut using my double pierced rectangle dies onto my weave.

I then used more of Sue Wilson dies namely the Happy perspectives die. I finished off with die cutting 'husband' using a small set of dies from a tattered lace magazine - a freebie.

Thank you for visiting today and before you go please follow the link HERE to our challenge blog where you can enter your own designs and also see more designs from our design team.

Take care folks, see you again soon.



Monday, 20 March 2017

Big Message Bloobel


Good morning.  What a beautiful Monday morning.  Well it is here in our household because I am on annual leave for a week - so NO work for a whole week -  just chilling with some crafting.  Heaven.

A new challenge starts today at Crafting from the Heart.

Our theme is 'Always Anything Goes'

Our sponsor for this challenge is


I have chosen a digital stamp called 'Big Message' which I thought would be a really useful image for lots of messages and events.

After printing I have coloured my image using my copic sketch markers.

My background is actually a left over one I made sometime ago, used two thirds on another project.  If is using a technique I picked up from Julie Watts.  I started with an A4 piece of heat resistant acetate, covered a large portion with of dries clear glue, I did put quite a thick coating on.  I then sprinkled my pixie powders on top of the glue and gave them a misting, not too much just to activate.  I then sprinkled some glitter on top of that and finally placed my tissue paper on top of it all.  I pressed my tissue paper into the glue GENTLY, don't rub at this stage just press so it is all settled then put it aside to dry.  I found at least over night.  What I did was spent an afternoon doing several of them.

I then cut my frame out using my double pierced oval dies and as you can see I have off set the middle one - I saw this on a card someone had made on the creative expressions facebook page and thought it looked really effective and different.

Some matting and layering prior to putting my oval frame on using some foam pads to raise it.

I then fussy cut my image and a mat using the direct cut facility on 'Brian' my BSC.

The flower is a die from tattered lace and the leaves are creative expressions dies.

After putting it together I realised I should have embossed one of the mats but it was too late so I finished it off with some nuvo tonic pearl drops - Caribbean ocean colour.  If you look closely you will see I have also used this for the eyes on my image.  Quite effective I feel.

To see more images from Bloobel stamps from our design team follow the link HERE to our challenge blog and where you can enter your own project too.

We also have a facebook page too.

Challenges entered -
Come and Get It Challenge - ATG
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - ATG

Thank you for visiting today and I do hope to see you again soon.

Take care