Saturday, 24 March 2018

Mixed Up Saturday


Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well and enjoying the start of your weekend, are you all going to fit in some crafting?  I hope so, I hope to do some today, after helping (well supervising) Paul as he sorts some more boxes in the utility room. I also need him to put my video camera up above my craft desk so that I can start to video some tutorials.  I may even do video tutorials on some of my cards.

Now lets look at today's goodies, we have more shopping than crafts but thats fine by me, who doesn't love shopping???

Danielle has allowed me to share this fantastic (up above) gift bag that she made recently, it's a bag that doesn't need any cutting and uses just 4 score lines.  I will leave the link below so that you can pop over to Dannii's blog for the full instructions......

Thank you Danielle for allowing me to share your gorgeous bag. XXX


Michele was asked to make both of these amazing cards on Monday, you have done so well to manage to finish them as well as preparing for your Sale today.
Both cards are stunning Michele, particularly the Pop Up Box, it is so colourful and its recipient will have a huge smile when they open it!

Michele has also shared her shopping with us, you just can't have enough sentiment dies, these ones are in a fantastic font too.  Love your Sue Wilson dies too, I know you will put them to good use, particularly with your shadowbox cards.  Some amazing purchases Michele.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Brenda watched John Lockwood on Hochanda last week and just couldn't resist his Gerbera Collection, I have seen the lovely cards that Lynda made with some of these dies and so I know you will love them.  I can't wait to see what you make with them.
Thank you so much for sharing. 


Janet shared her shopping just before she set off for France this week, I have to say that I really love the new stamps from Phil Martin, you have picked two of my favourite stamps too, I really can't wait to see what you create with them,  
I saw the new Tonic dies launch on Hochanda last week, I was a little unsure about them so I can't wait to see what you do with them to see if it changes my thinking! I think its just because they are so different to anything else I've seen. 
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping Janet, I hope you are unpacked and relaxed.



Lynda couldn't resist more of John Lockwood's new goodies either, she used her Mother's Day Voucher that Lisa gave her to buy these two fabulous dies, I can see you using those Dragonflies a lot on your Mixed Media projects Lynda.
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping.


Margaret did a lovely Stampin'Up! shop this week, you have bought some lovely stamp sets Margaret, I will say that 4 of those sets were free gifts for purchasing during Sale-a-Bration, 
you will also get a voucher to spend in the new catalogue Margaret! So it gets even better!
I can't wait to see the amazing cards that you make with all of these stamps Margaret.
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping!  

Karen has shared a picture of the lovely die set that she won on Christine Emberson's blog, Karen die cut them with various shades of green card and added highlights with a white gel pen. I can see some super cute Dino cards coming up!! 
Thanks Karen for sharing your Prize.

Thank you so much ladies for taking part in today's blog, its lovely to see what you have all been buying! xxx

I emailed Lilian as I was concerned about her and she emailed back to say that she has been popping in most days but is feeling a little low at the moment and not up to commenting.  
I hope you feel well enough to participate again soon Lilian, you are missed by all of us. XXX

I must go now to see what Paul is up to, then its off to the craft room for me!

Don't forget to put your Clock's Forward tonight ladies.

Love and hugs to all of you


Friday, 23 March 2018

Something Floral for Friday from Cheryl

Good Morning Ladies,

Our 'Something Floral' treat for this Friday has been designed and beautifully created by Our Cheryl.
Oh my goodness, it is absolutely stunning Cheryl.  Every element of the card is so beautiful, from the stunning vintage background papers to the little doilly.  The Octagonal die cut works perfectly for this design because its pattern is almost Lacey, so we can still appreciate all of the details of that background.  Cheryl has taken a delicate strip of lace and woven a piece of contrasting ribbon through it, on top of this a gorgeous spray of Wild Orchid flowers gives us our focal point, Cheryl has then added a small cameo, a few pearls in complimentary colours and a tiny Flag with the 'Just For You' sentiment on.  
Cheryl I bet your daughter's jaw dropped when she saw this card, it is perfection!! 
Thank you so much for sharing your card my lovely. XXX

I had the very best 'Surprise' treat yesterday afternoon, Our Margaret had a couple of hours to spare so she popped over to see me, I was so excited, I couldn't wait to show her my craft room and we sat down for a little play with Distress Oxides, I think I can safely say that like Sue, Margaret is hooked!
I bet I can guess what we will be shopping for at Ally Pally !! 
I don't want to make any of you ladies jealous but I got an 'Actual' Coconut, lemon cake to eat, it tasted divine, I'm sure that your 'virtual' lemon cakes were just as nice without the calories too!
Thank you so much Margaret for popping over to see me.  I am already looking forward to the next time.  XXX

Janet I hope that you arrived safely at Marigny, I imagine you will spend a few days unpacking and dusting around everywhere.  I hope all is as you left it.  I look forward to Dobby's first delivery! 
Hugs XXX

Lilian, you are missed Sweet Friend, sending love and hugs. XXX

I can hardly believe we are at the weekend again, I'm not complaining though! 
I read yesterday that we may be in for a 'White Easter', has anyone else read this?  it seems hard to believe, we have been camping at Easter when the children were younger, it was chilly at night but beautiful during the day, this year we may be building Snowmen!!   Janet is it warmer over there?  have you room for a couple more, we could come and craft around the clock!!

Have a lovely day ladies,

Love and Hugs


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Magic Window Card

Good Morning Ladies,

On Tuesday Sue and I thought we would try and follow a magazine tutorial showing you how to make a 'Magic Window Card', well, the instructions weren't very clear and in some places the information was wrong, we ended up using our combined experience to create a working model.  That's when Sue's migraine started so we left it there.  I decided that I would finish one today for Paul's Mum's Birthday card. 
So while Pat was getting messy with my Distress Inks, making some lovely backgrounds and then getting her 'Groovi' going I started my Magic 'Window Card'.  Once you have all the bits cut out and ready the assembly is actually quite straightforward.
I used my Petal Garden Suite Papers and the matching Memories & More card pack, both from Stampin'Up! , as I think they work perfectly for this card style.

If you click on the video you can see how the card works, I think it's quite fun, you use this design for any occasion.

If enough of you are interested I will film a tutorial, showing you the easiest method (in my opinion), Sue and I tried a couple of different methods for cutting the 'reveal mechanism', my solution was super easy!  I am quite excited for you all to have a go!!

Can you believe that the Children break up for Easter a week today?! Where is this year going, everything seems earlier than last year.  We put clocks forward this weekend too, which I like as we get the lighter evenings.
We have a lovely garden here too with a Greenhouse and a potting shed, so Paul will be in his element. It will be nice to have the homegrown produce actually in the garden.

Well I have a tutorial to film so I must get on, I hope you have a lovely day my lovelies.

Janet I hope you have a smooth crossing and straightforward journey.  You must be so looking forward to getting back to your little paradise. XXX

Love and hugs


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Pat's Birthday Card for Amber

Good Morning Ladies,

Today's beautiful card has been made by Pat for her Granddaughter Amber.
Pat has been to a few 'Groovi' classes locally and the extra experience is really evident on this amazing card.  Getting hands on experience with a group of ladies that have been using the Groovi for a long time has given Pat the encouragement to use her Groovi plate a lot more, seeing some of the lovely projects that the other ladies have made and listening to their advice, hints and tips and recommendations has really boosted Pat's experience and confidence. 
Pat your card for Amber is absolutely beautiful, so much detail, those borders are exquisite, that floral design is stunning Pat,  I really like the Art Deco style lettering too.  I'm sure Amber will absolutely love it.
Thank you for allowing me to share it with everyone XXX

Sue came over yesterday, we had lunch and got to grips with making a Magic Window Card, following the instructions in a magazine, talk about vague instructions that are more confusing than helpful!  We worked it out together though and we both made a working model, (we always use scrap card for our protoypes), its a good way to use up those horrendous magazine papers!  Anyway we were pleased with our efforts and we were preparing to make our actual cards when Sue suffered the onset of another Migraine, I felt so sorry for her as she looked terrible, she took her meds quickly so recovered enough to drive home.  I hope you feel better today my lovely, we will finish those cards next week. Thank you for brightening my day XXX

I get to do it all again today as Pat is coming over, so more crafting fun is on the cards!

I hope that you all have a lovely day too,

Love and hugs


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Congratulations Margaret & Another Man Challenge card

My 2nd Challenge Card

Good Morning Ladies

First of all today I would like to Congratulate Margaret on her 1st 'Stampaversary', you joined Stampin' Up! and my Team a year ago today!!  I couldn't be happier or Prouder to have you.
I hope you have enjoyed being a part of this lovely company, it really is becoming a Key Craft Company in the UK, winning both Craft Retailer Of the Year, Our Team Leader's Blog (Pootles)
Winning 'Blog Of the Year' and Stampin'Up! were Runner Up for Brand of the Year too.
I hope that you enjoy this year as much as you did the last year. XXX

If anyone else is interested in joining this is 'The Time' to join as you get an extra 2 Free Stamp Sets
I have put all the information below.  This really is an amazing offer as you can join up for £99 and until the end of March you get not only the usual £130 of Stampin'Up product of your choice, you also the two extra free stamp sets up the the value of £90.
You can even sign up, get your starter kit that you choose, enjoy the goodies and not order another item!  Some people even leave it a year and sign up again and get another amazing deal!! 
There is absolutely no pressure, that's a promise. XXX

Now onto my 'Man' card for this week's Challenge, I fancied something different this week so I made a Stepper card for the base, for that I used Stampin Up! Crumb Cake card, which I teamed with Night of Navy and some of the 'True Gentlemen' designer series paper for matting and layering.
I stamped and fussy cut the Electric Guitar, Headphones and Trainers from the ''Epic Celebrations' stamp set (which is Free when you spend £45 ).
I made a grungy background on the piece of crumb cake card behind the guitar, I used the Sheet music background stamp, stamped with 2nd generation ink and the dots from the Epic Celebrations' set above.  I coloured all the stamped images with my blended pens and the Night of Navy/Crumb cake ink.  The sentiments were stamped with Night of Navy too.
I am quite pleased with the finished card, it would work perfectly for Sophie's boyfriend as he collects trainers and electric guitars!!

Hopefully the weather will start to warm up and melt the remaining snow.  I am ready for the warmer weather, this house is hard to keep warm, even with the Aga, Coal Fire and heating on, although the coal fire warms the lounge really well.  I am hoping that it will stay cool in the summer too. 

I hope that you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs to all,


PS.  Please don't think I am trying to be 'pushy' with Stampin'Up!,  that's not my intention, I just want to share this great opportunity with all of you.  Having great quality stamps enabled me to start stamping successfully last year, I now hardly use a stamping tool, I felt that my crafty world opened up, that's why I stamp so often now, I genuinely love stamping, as much as I did Die Cutting when it first started to grow.
I have noticed that some of you are starting to enjoy it too, Janet has become a stamped over this past year, Brenda too, Karen and Val have had a go recently too.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Monday Challenge

Good Morning Ladies,

Ooh heck it's flippin' chilly!!! We had a good amount of snow on Saturday night/Sunday Morning, it froze too making it treacherous.  Matt left the house at 5:50am and my phone rang about ten minutes later to say that had lost control of his car going down a hill, he was barely doing 15mph but it was so icy under the snow he had no control and ran into a wall.  Thankfully he wasn't really hurt, his car will need a new headlight and wing.  He was worried about not getting into work as one of his colleagues had called him before he left home to say that he was snowed in and had rang work to say he was snowed in, only to be told that he would have a 'Back to work' Disciplinary on his return!!  This put Matt under pressure, it's bloody ridiculous. He could have been seriously hurt and stuck for hours out here as it's very rural.
As I a writing (this 11pm Sunday) Becca has just come in, she said she had slipped twice on the roads on way here, it's been snowing again and the roads that had cleared this afternoon are now covered again and it's freezing too.  Hopefully tomorrow will be a snow day !!

Onto this week's challenge, This week I would like you to make a card suitable for a 'Man' !! , As usual anything you like, as long as it would be suitable for our menfolk.
It's something that we have all struggled with in the past but more and more products are so versatile these days. You could go all out Football and Darts or just do a messy or grungy background with a Sentiment.
I look forward to seeing what you all decide on.

My card (would work equally for Man and Ladies I think) was made using my very expensive stamps (hehe), all the way from the USA.
Penny Black 'On the Lake' cling stamp, I stamped it in Memento Paris Dusk, using my Tim Holtz Stamp tool I then re-stamped over it with Versamark and added clear Embossing Powder and heat set, this seals in any colour and allows you do whatever you like to the background, I used my Inkyliscious brushes to add more Paris Dusk to the background, I masked off a moon first.  I then added a little lilac ink around moon and yellow (Memento Dandelion) in the moon and on the water.
I kind of like the results, not bad for first attempt!
Love the stamps, however frustrating it was to purchase them.

Did any of you watch Sheena or Phill Martin on Hochanda on Saturday??
I loved Sheena's sparkle pens, the colours were gorgeous, the price was shocking though, £40 for 12 pens??!!
I loved her demo's and find Sheena very inspiring, but I will wait for the price to drop I think.
Phil's stamps surprised me, I'm not usually a fan of his style, his new Collage stamps were lovely though, such a variety and the sample cards were the nicest I've seen in a long time.
What are your thoughts?

Janet I was absolutely thrilled to read you are going to Marigny, you must be so excited, it's been months.  Fingers crossed everything falls into place

Lilian I hope you are ok, I haven't heard from you a few days now, sending hugs XXX

Sending love and hugs to all of you,


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,

How many of you have had snow already?  We had snow flurries all day yesterday mixed with some really strong winds.
It didn't stick though, I'm not sure if we'll get anymore today, it's forecast I think, we'll see I guess.

Enough about the weather let's get on with the show.......


Val doesn't usually make stamped cards but she really liked the stamp she got free with a magazine a few weeks ago so wanted to use it to make this amazing man/teen card. It's such a useful stamp Val, I love the border too.                                                    Thank you so much for taking part in this week's challenge.


Danielle has made a stunning challenge card she has used background papers from the Sweet Soiree Stampin'Up Suite, the top part of the background was made using the Remarkable You stamp set, Danielle has covered this with a piece of vellum and then die cut a a flower from the 'Sunshine Wishes Thinlits' set which is also from Stampin'Up!                                                         An absolutely amazing challenge card thank you so much Danielle for taking part.


Janet has designed another stunning challenge card, she has used Edge dies to give detail to the background peace and an intricate die cut that gives a pretty lacy effect to bottom of the card, too pretty flowers embellish the card the card beautifully.  I love your Design Janet thank you so much for taking part.



Margaret has used the 'Lovely as a Tree' stamp set from Stampin'Up to create her challenge card this week, along with some wood effect background paper what a fantastic combination Margaret thank you so much for taking part in this week's challenge.


Karen has made to beautiful challenge cards this week, as always Karen has written a description so I will paste that below...

"Two challenge cards for you
The pink is papers from my stash (one might be Serif Had it so long I can’t remember) with the free Altenew dies from Simply Cards & Papercraft and the yellow one is a stamped & embossed background The Gerbera Daisy dies from JL and Spellbinder Small Leaf"                                                                                      Thank so much Karen for two beautiful Challenge Cards.


Two fantastic challenge cards from Michelle too, the first one has a lovely seaside theme I love that embossing folder search clear crisp detail. The Seahorse and sea shells make perfect embellishments.
Michelle second card was made by recycling the cupcakes from an old card  you wouldn't guess that when you looked at it.
Thank you so much Michelle for two fantastic Challenge Cards.


Lynda's challenge card was made with an All-Occasion embossing folder which she has coloured with Distress Oxide inks.  That border is beautiful Lynda I don't think I've got that in my set, these embossing folders are so brilliant for making a quick card.
Thank you for taking part game this week Lynda I know you've had a trying day yesterday. 

Thank you all once again ladies for taking part in this week's challenge I I really appreciate the time that you put into taking part each week.

Have a lovely Sunday,  I hope you stay warm, I will be in my craft room thinking up next week's challenge.

Love and hugs to all,