Sunday, 18 March 2018

Spring flowers

Have you taken a look lately at the pretty flower digis which Lili of the Valley sell?  I loved colouring this pretty Primulas and Bluebells stamp with Copics. I wanted to go for a soft distressed look and the Antebellum paper which LOTV used to sell distressed with bundled sage DI and a distressing tool was the perfect match. The lace is from Crafty Ribbons, cheesecloth from The Ribbon Girl, flowers from The Hobby House, burlap butterfly from Michaels in the US, leaf pins from stash.


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Easter Bunny

Our new challenge today at A Gem of a Challenge is Easter time. I hope you will play along with us this time. I like to use the digi kits as a topper by reducing them in size. This one is such a cutie and is simply called bunny in plant pot. The paper is by Tilda and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. The fence was cut with a Doohickey die and I added some wooden butterflies from The Works. I used a clear Wink of Stella pen on them and the sparkle actually shows for a change.

Creative Inspirations any occasion 
The Cutie Pies Spring cuties
Simon Says Easter inspired
As you like it Favourite Easter character (I do love fluffy bunnies, they have such cute faces, look at the expression on this one's face)

We have a free weekend for a change so hopefully I will get some crafting done.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Polar Bear

Have you got your LOTV rubber stamps before they run out of stock? I have several of the new teddy bears to play with and this cutie is Polar, coloured with Copics and diecut with a stitched die from The Works. The papers are Bo Bunny Altitude and I used MFT layered snowflakes and an Elizabeth Crafts 5 part pine tree with white glitter card.  Sweet and simple.

Penny Black and more at Allsorts feature a creature 
ABC Christmas G for glitter 
Christmas with the Cuties anything Christmas goes
Creative Inspirations any occasion 
The Paper Shelter hot or cold colours (I went for cold)

Out early this morning for a long visit to the hairdresser for a cut and colour. Lovely and relaxing and a chance to read my book.  I have been going there for years so I enjoy a catch up with my hairdresser too.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Coffee and friends

I made this card for a friend whose Birthday was yesterday.  We enjoy meeting up for coffee so this Stamping Bella stamp seemed appropriate. I found it quite challenging to colour, with Copics of course. The mug is so big and the arms and legs so thin but it didn't come out to badly. I love the sentiment and have that on a large coffee cup plaque on our kitchen wall.  I kept it simple as it is such a large image, adding some doodling and enamel dots.

Creative Inspirations any occasion 

Looking forward to going out tonight for a meal at Ask Italian and then to he theatre for a show, The Kast Off Kinks. We do love our 60's concerts.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Another unicorn

The LOTV DT were asked if we would use some of the new simply print digis which of course are precoloured and I have to say the colours of this beautiful Princess image are lovely.  I teamed her with some old WRS Chrismas papers, wide lace, paper flowers and some pretty butterflies from Poundland. 

We has a pretty good day at the hospital shop on Monday though not quite as busy as last month. I have the hospital craft fair in a couple of weeks and need to get some more cards made for that.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

For my Mum

My Mum said how much she liked my LOTV fairy card last week especially the little butterflies so I  thought I would use of the other new LOTV fairy stamps for her card, not forgetting the butterflies of course which were cut with a Memory Box die.  I used Fairies Birdhouse stamp but fussy cut the fairy as I wanted to use her alone.  She has been coloured with Copics and teamed with Bo Bunny Secret Garden papers. I used an old MS flower border punch, Whimsy fence die and Memory Box clouds and MFT stitched clouds dies.  I used a Wink of Stella pen on her wings for sparkle and a pearl pen on the butterflies.

Creative Inspirations any occasion 
The Paper Shelter Let it be Spring 
Simon Says Girl power 

Monday, 12 March 2018

Hospital shop today

Well I was going to share my Mother's Day card with you today but I am saving it for tomorrow. Today we are selling at the hospital shop so a long day for us. I am so glad we do Mondays now and can set up at the weekend. At least when we go in this morning just before 8 the shop is all set and just needs a few tweaks. 

I haven't has as much crafting time as usual with lots of other things going on but I am hoping to have a mainly crafting day tomorrow so I can schedule some posts for the rest of the week. 
Watch this space!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Love Mum

Happy Mother's day to all Mums. I can't share my Mother's Day card with you as you may have seen in an earlier post my Mum looks at my blog every morning so I will share her card with you tomorrow. This is a plaque I made for my stall and it seemed an appropriate day to share a girly creation. I used a Marianne parasol and Doohickey feaher dies. The lace is from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid, heart, ribbon and pearls from stash.  I would like to enter this into the girl power challenge at Simon Says.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Nautical but nice!

A card made just with diecuts today.  I have a thing for making aperture cards at the moment and the Joy seashore dies fit perfectly into my circular apertures. I used Wild Honey Distress Ink on the dies, and used a Fiskars tag punch. 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Happy Birthday Hubby

Yes today is my Hubby's Birthday and here is his card. Now I don't have my blog networked to Facebook I can share it today as he won't see it until I post it on Facebook. Interestingly I get more likes on Facebook now I post manually.

So my card is a new Pink Gem image which Janet very kindly drew for me. He has been coloured with Copics and cut with a MFT wonky stitched die.  The paper is from an old rock pack. The vinyl record is actually a gift card from Barnes and Noble in the US. You may have seen me use these before.  A crafter never misses an opportunity to use something in a different way and we did buy several things in the music and DVD department not to mention the Starbucks coffees. I used an old Memory Box music border die and a Craftwork cards sentiment which doesn't show very well as it is so shiny.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Love my unicorn

I have a Birthday card made for a friend to share today. She loves unicorns so I thought this new stamp from LOTV was perfect for her. Coloured with Copics and teamed with some old Basic Grey papers. The sentiment is a LOTV stamp, pierced rectangle die is MFT, rainbow charm from Ebay, sparkly wooden butterfly from Hobbycraft.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Crafts Beautiful commission

I made this card for the latest edition of Crafts Beautiful magazine using a Stamping Bella stamp, coloured with Copics. The papers and stitched scalloped border dies are from MFT.  I also used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle and Joy flower dies. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

Dies R Us pastel colours 
Noor! Design UK Spring
As you like it single or multiple layers (I love using lots of layers to make an interesting card and even my CAS cards are more than one layer.)
Penny Black and more at Allsorts feature a creature 
Stamping Sensations forest friends

Monday, 5 March 2018

Launch day

Today is launch day for the 12 new digis and precoloured simply prints from LOTV. This is Rose, another of the more vintage style images and she has been coloured with Copics.  The papers are some old Prima Lyric ones, lace from Crafty Ribbons. I found the rose label and rose chipboard flowers in my oddments box and thought they went perfectly with the distressed, vintage look.  I also used a Viva pearl pen around the image.

Simon Says anything goes 
Allsorts ladies only
As you like it single or multiple layers (I love using lots of layers to make an interesting card and even my CAS cards are more than one layer.)

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sneak peek number 4

As you can see the new images launching tomorrow from LOTV are very varied. There are 4 fairies, 4 modern girls and 4 vintage images. This is one of the latter, Flora and these are my favourites. I coloured her with Copics and teamed her with some Gorjuss paper.  I cut her out with a MFT wonky stitched oval die, disressed all the edges, added some ribbon, Gorjuss bows, flowers from Wild Orchid and used a Martha Stewart fern punch. The sentiment is from LOTV.

Simon Says anything goes 
Noor! Design UK Spring 
Allsorts ladies only

We are out for a late lunch with friends we haven't seen for ages.  It is supposed to pour with rain this afternoon so hopefully that will wash the rest of the snow away.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Flaunt It

Our new challenge today at A Gem of a Challenge is Mother's Day. Now this isn't my Mum's card as she looks at my blog on her mini iPad every morning so I won't be showing that until after Mother's Day. As well as cute children and animals there are some great adult images at Pink Gem and this digi kit of Molly is a fun one. I like to reduce the size of the first page of the digi kit to use as a topper rather than the full card. I used a Joy flower die, some lace from Crafty Ribbons and pearls.

Creative Inspirations Pink/Red
Simon Says anything goes

Friday, 2 March 2018

Sneak peek number 3

A very different sneak peek today, both in image and style of card. This is another of the new LOTV images launching on 5th March and is simply called Coffee. She is one of 4 new images from a new artist to LOTV and they are all lovely. She has been coloured with Copics, The sentiment is from LOTV. I do love my Tim Holtz stamping platform which is great for adding stamped sentiments without worrying whether they stamp perfectly first time or not.  I used MFT jumbo banner dies and a Fiskars tag punch along with enamel dots.

I would like to enter the challenge at Simon Says anything goes.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Sneak peek number 2

If you love Lili of the Valley then you will be pleased to know that there is another launch of new images on March 5th. I couldn't wait to start using them and here is my second sneak peek, the first was yesterday. There are 4 fairies and 8 girls. Initially they will be digis followed by simply prints and then hopefully rubber stamps.

Image - LOTV Fairies Butterfly
Medium - Copics and chalk for the sky
Papers - BO Bunny Secret Garden
Die - Memory box buterflies
Stencil - MFT clouds
Lace and pins from stash

Allsorts I spy something beginning with B (butterflies, blue, blossom)
The Paper Shelter add some metal (pins)
Simon Says anything goes

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Sneak Peek number 1

I have a sneak peek before the launch day On 5th March at LOTV. This is from the new artist and is called Lovely and she lives up to her name I think.  I tried smooth hair colouring for a change on this one but I do prefer colouring it with flicks so not sure I will be trying that again.
Image - LOTV Lovely
Medium - Copics
Papers - MFT
Dies - MFT inside and out stitched rounded corner squares, Stitched scalloped border, Britannia leaves, Joy flowers
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Wooden heart - Hobbycraft

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Well I have managed a third scrapbook layout so far this year and it is another from Florida wit memories of warmer days. My favourite characters are Pooh Bear and friends and I had to say goodbye to them on my last visit there in 2017, probably for the last time. The papers are Galeria starry nights, the journal cards are from Hobby Lobby and the added figures are from one of the craft shops in America. I added a doilie and some hearts cut using Memory Box cross stitched heart dies.  I do love a sketch to work to and this is the 15th January sketch from Stuck?!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Baby Bear

Another baby card for my stall, this time using one of the cute LOTV alpha-bears. I also used one of the digi part word stamps. I wanted to get the letters nice and close and googled how to do this as the last time I tried there was too big a space between the B and the other letters.  I used Lilybee Double Dutch papers. The dies are MB banner, MFT stitched scalloped border and Lawn Fawn pierced rectangles. I used the trim from the banner on the image, some ribbon and a Hobbycraft star punch.

I would  like to enter something beginning with B at Allsorts (Baby, Bear, Blue).

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Under the weather

I coloured this cute MFT Bitty Bear and decided he would make a cute little 5x5 get well card. The stitched peek a boo heart die is by MFT from Dies to Die For.  I used some papers from my scraps and added some checked washi tape and enamel dots. The sentiment is a LOTV digi.

I would like to enter this into the favourite way to add a sentiment challenge at As you like it. I love to add a stamped sentiment usually separate to the image as part of the layout. I would also like to enter something beginning with B at Allsorts (bear, banners).

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Gorjuss Snowman

I am doing rather well in using some of my older stamps this year. I bought this Santoro Gorjuss snowman from somebody on Facebook a few years ago. Very easy to colour with Copics of course. The papers are Echo Park keepin' cozy.   I used a snowflake banner die from The Works and two of the MFT layered snowflake dies. The material sentiment is from Me to You.

Very pleased with my Christmas card makes so far this year. Have you made a start yet?

Friday, 23 February 2018

Sleep tight

I love Penny Black hedgies and the two baby stamps I have are two of my faves and have been used many times.  I went for sunny neutral colours for this one, coloured with Copics. The papers are Lillibee Sweet Shoppe. I used Lawn Fawn stitched circle dies, wooden hearts bought at a show, sentiment from stash and roses from Wild Orchid.

Noor! Design UK Celebrations 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts love, hearts and flowers 
Stamping Sensations anything with flowers

Housework this morning and then we have a lady coming this afternoon to give us a quote for refurbishing our kitchen with new doors, drawer fronts, plinths, cupboard ends etc.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Santa Magic

Yes another Christmas stamp I didn't use last year and another of my fave vintage images. Stamped with brown ink onto kraft as is the LOTV grunge sentiment. The papers are First Edition Merry Little Christmas. I used MFT layered snowflake and a Memory Box sleigh die along with a wooden reindeer. The Christmas box is coming along nicely.

ABC Chrismas D is for distress 
Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Graham's Birthday is next month but as we have a lot planned for March and a special two day offer came up at Potter's Resort I surprised him with an early Birthday present on Sunday morning. We went to Potter's on Monday for a two day break in the hotel. With their midweek breaks they have even more activities and competitions than they do at weekends when they usually have star acts performing. The Potter's Theatre company perform during the week and having seen them at Christmas I knew they would put on good shows, So after a fabulous time we will be heading home after breakfast. Meals were included from dinner Monday tonight to this morning's breakfast so back to the reality of cooking later today.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


We often have a look in charity shops particularly for records, books and jigsaws. I also look to see if there is anything I can use for crafting. So one day when I looked through some sale items I came across some cards for twins. I have occasionally been asked for a twins card and as I thought the image was really sweet I bought a couple.   I diecut a topper from the card using a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die.  The paper is Lily Bee and I added a Memory Box baby bunting die and lots of baby dies using a Frantic Stamper set.

Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Monday, 19 February 2018

Simply Gorjuss

Every year I have a Gorjuss Girl calendar and diary. The calendar has such lovely pictures and I cut some out to use on cards. They seemed to pretty to just throw away and I do love a bit of recycling. The papers are from various Tilda packs. I rarely use so many papers on a card these days as I tend to go for simpler layouts. The sentiment is LOTV and I used three different Joy flower dies with more scraps of Tilda paper.

Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations 
Allsorts handmade flowers

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Going home for Christmas

I had a good afternoon cardmaking yesterday and made four cards, two of them Christmas cards! Mind you none of them involved colouring otherwise I wouldn't have made so many. I didn't use this lovely vintage Stampendous stamp last Christmas and as I am trying to use some of my older stamps thought it was time it had an outing. I stamped it with brown ink onto kraft card. The papers are old First Edition Vintage Noel ones. I distressed all the edges, added a Bo Bunny sentiment and some holly leaves which were cut using a Memory Box holly branch cut into secions.

ABC Christmas D for distress 
Simon Says use a diecut 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Really lovely to see the sun the last two days.  Hubby even did some gardening yesterday morning whilst I was ironing. He planted some primroses and had a general tidy and forked over the soil. He has done about half the garden so far and it looks much tidier. Lovely to see the bulbs all coming through. Spring is on the way. Enjoy your Sunday. 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Simply snowdrops

Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is Spring flowers. I decided to go for something different from cute for my DT card and used this lovely simple snowdrop image from Pink Gem coloured with Copics. Not too much to colour but I don't know if you can see the subtle colouring on the snowdrops as I didn't want to leave them completely uncoloured. I used MFT inside and out stitched rounded square dies and MFT stitched scalloped border die. The sentiment samp is from LOTV. I thought it looked a little plain so used a pearl pen to add some interest to the image.

I would like to enter this into the use a diecut challenge at Simon Says.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Lovely lady

We were so pleased that our first time selling on our own at the hospital shop was a great success, better than we hoped for and February isn't the best of months for customers buying so onwards and upwards I hope. I haven't had a lot of crafting time this week, and most of what I have been doing lately I can't sure with you as it was a magazine commission and something new for LOTV. Being out all day Monday, seeing my Mum yesterday and supporting our friends through their bereavement hasn't left time for much crafting to share. 

So on Wednesday evening I popped into the craftroom for a while and used a Hunkydory topper to make a 7x7 card. I won a whole book of toppers and whilst many of them didn't appeal I kept some which did including this lovely lady.  The paper and sentiment are LOTV, lace from crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid. I also added some cheesecloth from The Ribbon Girl and a wooden birdcage along with Viva pearl pen dots.

I would like to enter this into the favourite way to add a sentiment challenge at As you like it.  Although I do love diecut sentiments my favourite and most used sentiments are stamped, sometimes onto the image particularly for cas cards but mostly as a separate embellishment, adding interest to the card.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Love Florida

Those of you who have been visiting me for a while will know that we have been to Florida several times in the Winter. Before we went in January 2017 we had made a decision that would be our last trip to the States. We have had some wonderful holidays there, have been to New England in the fall 4 times and also had breaks in Washington and New York.  Every year it gets more expensive and we don't really feel we want to do the long haul flights anymore. The worst is the overnight flight home. However never say never and we may change our minds. If we did it would probably be to New England but who know what the future holds as I said in yesterday's post.

So I have several American scrapbooks on the go and this is the first page of our exploring Florida scrapbook. I have another scrapbook just for Orlando and the theme parks. I do love using a sketch as a starting point and Stuck?! always have good sketches to follow. This is 1st September sketch.  The picture is actually a postcard.  Looking through my scrapbook papers I found this perfect paper in the Kaisercraft Salty Kisses pad.  The title is from a Virgin holidays leaflet. I added a wooden camera embellishment from The Works, some Scrapinec wooden shapes, wooden heart, Tim Holtz hand pointing and some other bits from my scrapbook supplies.

I have only managed 2 scrapbook pages so far this year so must try to do more as I love making them and have so many photos ready in albums waiting to be used.