Friday, 19 January 2018

Wrap up warm

I am doing well so far with making some Christmas cards. I bought this Woodware stamp at the last Sincerely Yours show in Thetford and didn't get to use it for last Christmas so I thought I should use him before I go to the next show on 28th Jan. He has been coloured with Copics. I experimented with some different colours as I have some colours which are real favourites and others hardly used. 

The papers are Bo Bunny Altitude. I used a MFT forest border die and various tree dies. The sentiment is part of the stamp set and was cut with a MFT tiny tag die.  I used fun flock on his hat bobble.

Stamping Sensations cold and frosty colours 
ABC Christmas B for birds 
Creative Inspirations new (stamp)

Thursday, 18 January 2018

More gifts

On Tuesday we went to Prima Rosa, a lovely vintage tea rooms and gift shop where I am lucky enough to have some of my gifts on sale. I changed some of the stock and took these wooden blocks I just made. These are proving very popular on my stall so I am hoping they will sell well there too. I was delighted to find my fairy door I took in has sold so I took another two of those in, a pink and a lilac as they are the most popular colours. 

These are painted with Rustoleum paint and then stamped with Inkylicious stamps. my favourite is make a wish.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

More snowmen

What's better than a snowman stamp? A stamp with lots of snowmen! I could't resist buying this new stamp from Dies to Die For. It is Newton's Nook frozen fellowship coloured with Copics. I wanted to make my first card with this stamp a cas one so simply diecut using a MFT wonky stitched rectangle and backing it onto some snowflake paper from Making Cards. That's one for the Christmas box.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Last year I had several ideas for sewing projects but never had time to get them all made for Christmas. I am determined to get ahead with Christmas makes this year and have been experimenting making some felt snowmen.  I tried different ways of sewing the head and body together and am happy with these ones so shall be making more of them in various colours.

I used Lawn Fawn stitched circle dies and was pleased with how easily they cut the felt. The hats were cut with a Tim Holtz snowman stamp and die set.  I realised brads made perfect eyes and noses. I found some star and heart brads amongst my brad collection and they make lovely buttons. On the red one which was the first one I made I did use buttons. I cut and fringed a strip of felt to make the scarves, I shall be making some of these for myself as well as to sell. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Launch day

Yes today is launch day for the new Jasmine and Oliver stamps. They will be available as rubber, digi and precoloured digi toppers. I have used the lovely Jasmine magazine stamp coloured with Copics. I wanted to make a clean and simple card so I simply added some washi tape.

Creative Inspirations new (stamp) 
As you like it anything goes 
Allsorts no patterned paper 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Camper van travels

This is another of the cards made for Papercraft Inspirations. I was asked to make two good luck cards with a travel theme. The VW camper is a Marianne die which I bought a while ago and had never used. I used various scraps of paper to make a psychedelic camper. I also used MFT rolling hills, Joy bunting and Nellie Snellen flower dies.

I would like to enter the patterned paper challenge at Simon Says.

Today we are popping out and about. We have some things for the charity shop and need to get some shopping.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

I do like to be beside the seaside

I made this for a male friend whose Birthday was on Thursday. We have enjoyed many beach walks with him and his wife and Norfolk has a lot of beach huts and of course Cromer is famous for its crabs. I used a topper from Making Cards, paper is Kaisercaraft salty kisses. I used a Clearly Besotted wave edge die and the diecuts are Bo Bunny.

I would like to enter the patterned paper challenge at Simon Says.

I won a Facebook competition for a local restaurant to sample their new menu this evening. We get a glass of Prosecco on arrival, food and entertainment. Should be good.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Trying something new

I sometimes look for gift ideas on Pinterest and have seen several different wreaths and hearts made using ribbon or material and even saw one using serviettes. I really wanted to have a go and decided to use ribbon bows. I bought a polystyrene heart from Hobbycraft and sorted through my ribbons to find a good variety of purple ribbons to use. It was quite therapeutic to make and I am really pleased with the way it turned out. It looks lovely against my craft room wall so if it doesn't sell I have just the place for it. Of course if it does sell I shall make more. Like most makes it looks so much prettier in real life.

Allsorts new (new technique)
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Adventure awaits

This was a fun card to make for Papercraft Inspirations. I was asked to make two bon voyage cards and was sent some 12x12 papers. Trimcraft Simply Creative around the world. I cut the globe from one of the papers and used various dies. The labels on the suitcase were from another of the papers.  I also added some wide jute ribbon.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


A very kind crafting friend received a pack of Hunkydory toppers for Christmas and messaged me to ask if I would like some. When I saw they featured the cute characters which were previously LOTV and Sugar Nellie stamps I said yes please. They are so cute and most of the images I haven't seen as stamps including this cute baking image. Of course as they are pre coloured they make quicker cards too which is very helpful when making cards to sell.

I made a 7x7 card as this is a large topper. The papers are Craftwork Cards and I used various dies including a new Taylored Expressions baking border. The other baking dies are First Edition and the stitched scalloped border is MFT.  The sentiment is an old one.

Simon Says new (topper and baking border die) 
Allsorts new (topper and baking border die) 
Creative Inspirations new (topper and baking border die)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Oliver texting

Sharing another of the new images launching from LOTV on 15th January. Oliver texting was previously available as a digi but will also be a rubber stamp from 15th. There are lots of young boy images and older male images on the market but Oliver really fills the gap between them.
Image - LOTV Oliver texting
Medium - Copics
Papers - Maja Denim and Friends
Dies - Lawn Fawn pierced rectangle, MFT stitched speech bubble, Mag freebie sentiment
PUnches - Dovercraft and Hobbycraft stars
Other - crimper, enamel dots

As you like it anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Monday, 8 January 2018

Magazine commision

Yesterday was the first day for a few years that I didn't post on my blog.  I expect to post most days this year but I haven't had much time to craft lately with the Christmas break and doing other things.  I stepped down from paper Creator DT a couple of months ago so am now only on two Design Teams, Pink Gem and LOTV. I have decided to stick with just those two for the moment unless something else really interesting comes along. I have also decided to take on less magazine commissions for a while. I have so many things I want to make and so many unused stamps. I am also determined to get more scrapbook layouts made and make Christmas cards all year round too.

I am however delighted to be making cards for Crafts Beautiful magazine again this year and this one was made for the edition which was published yesterday. I love the Penny Black hedgie babies and made this one suitable for a boy or girl. The papers are from The Works, lace from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid.  I coloured the image with Copics and used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die. The wooden heart was covered with white Wink of Stella.

Creative Inspirations new (baby) 
Dies R Us anything goes using a Dies R Us die (Lawn Fawn) 
Simon Says something new (baby)
Allsorts Something new (baby) 

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Party time

We are back at A Gem of a Challenge with our first challenge of the year, Happy anything. I hadn't used this cute digi before, party time. Coloured with Copics of course. The papers are a mixture of Kaisercraft and oddments. I added a diecut sentiment which was a magazine freebie and coloured some wooden balloons with a dark pink Wink of Stella pen. I always think it looks more red then pink but as I wanted a soft red to match my colouring that worked well.

Simon Says new (stamp)

Friday, 5 January 2018

New stamp launch

If you love LOTV Jasmine and Oliver stamps you will love the new release out on 15th January. hey will be digital and rubber. I have used Jasmine Glam for my first sample. She has been coloured with Copics, papers are American Crafts. I wanted to keep the design modern but with a bit of girly glam embellishment so added some lace from Crafty Ribbons,  Wild Orchid flowers and lilac pearl drops.

As you like it anything goes 
Simon Says something new (stamp) 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

We had a change of plan the other day when we were going into the city to the sales so we are off there today instead.  Nothing in particular we want but I do have something to return from Christmas. I bought a half price coat on Wednesday and some odds and ends in other sales.

Thursday, 4 January 2018


I think sympathy cards should be kept fairly simple and this is one I made a little while ago. I used a Memory Box Chloe stem die and added a velvet bow. The sentiment is from an Inkylicious set.

We are going to visit a friend this afternoon to see the new house her husband built now that it is finished with the flooring and fittings. We saw it part built so it will be interesting to see it completed.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Starting as I mean to go on

After a break from crafting over Christmas I finally got into the craft room yesterday.  One of my few resolutions for this year is to make time for more scrapbook layouts. I think I made this same resolution last year and the year before and failed miserably. However I am off to a good start so let's see how many I can complete this year,  I have lots of photos printed and all ready for layouts. Many of them are from holidays and this one is from last January's holiday to Florida.

Downtwon Kissimmee is a quaint little place with one main street consisting mainly of antique and collectable shops stuffed so full of interesting things. We always make a beeline for the vinyl records and did pick up a few bargains.

I used the January 1 sketch at Stuck?! for my inspiration. They have 2 sketches a month and I hope to make layouts for as many of them as I can this year. The sketch was a good opportunity to try out a Tim Holtz die I bought from somebody on Facebook about 6 months ago. It's a fun diamond pattern which can be used in so many ways. I used it as a random repeat pattern. The 2 lampposts were cut with MFT dies and I added a couple of vintage toppers from Studio Light.  The paper is Tim Holtz vintage shabby.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


I actually made this card as part of the sketch challenge for  Quick Cards Made Easy. Unfortunately the magazine has ceased publishing so my card won' be used. he silhouette is a Inkylicious stamps and I used some older Spellbinder dies and a pearl pen around the image. The sentiment is from the LOTV fairy trio set. 

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

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018.

The last of five cards I made for Papercraft Essentials in the 5 cards for £10 feature seems an appropriate card for today. If you saw my previous posts you will know that I had to make the cards using a champagne glass die, gold glitter card and a pack of coloured glitter. I used to die to create two apertures and backed them with gold glitter card. For the purple glitter strip I attached a strip of double sided tape and sprinkled with glitter.

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

Sunday, 31 December 2017

More carolsingers

Another of the cute carolsinging mice cards made for Making Cards magazine. The papers and pyramage are all part of a Paper Creator digi kit. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and I simply added some pearls.

Creative Inpsirations Winter/Christmas 
Simon Says anything goes
 Noor! Design UK anything goes

We are going out for breakfast this morning and checking out the sales in Norwich. This evening some friends are coming round for a meal, DVD and board games. Enjoy your New year's Eve.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

New sewing projects

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, we did. What a mix of weather though. We were so lucky that Boxing Day and Thursday were sunny but cold as we had planned trips to the coast both days. Wednesday and Friday were awful with pouring rain all day.  Not too much on TV over Christmas but my top picks were Call The Midwife, Victoria and Little Women. It was a wonderful dramatisation of one of my favourite stories. 

We both had lots of DVDs, both films and box sets and lots of jigsaws too. One of the box sets was Downton Abbey, all 52 episodes. I remember that when it started we were on holiday and as I don't like watching a series when I have missed the start we never saw it. Everyone says how good it is so on Thursday we started watching and we were hooked straight away.

I haven't been in the craft room for over a week but I did cut out some material as I want to make some pincushions and needle cases and these are the first couple I made. I used a hexagon die. It took me a little bit of fiddling to work out which bits to sew together to complete the pincushion, which look exactly the same underneath. The needle case has a smaller white felt double hexagon inside.  I have my first hospital shop in February so I will be making some more of these before then.

Lynsey and her daughter are coming for lunch today and exchange presents as her daughter and husband were ill just before Christmas when we were meant to meet up.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Coffee and a good book

I made this for a friend whose Birthday was a couple of days ago. Always a challenge to know what to make as doesn't like cute images. However she does love going out for coffee and enjoys a good book. We share the same taste in book mostly so we are always swapping books, mostly thrillers and mysteries.

I recently bought some wooden embellishments from The Works and the idea for the card came from the coffee one. The papers are Bo Bunny Weekend market.  it my not be clear but the strip of paper is rows of books. I crimped some kraft card to represent the cardboard holders you get with some takeaway cups, added some cream burlap and string and a sentiment I found in my stash.

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

Thursday, 28 December 2017


Another plaque Mum asked me to make for another friend who loves her little dog Honey. Honey goes everywhere with her and is a comfort to some of the residents in the home where both my Mum and her friend volunteer.

Apologies for the slightly wonky photo. I coloured the wooden dog with DI. The paw print ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. I used a bone die from a Marianne scottie dog set, burlap, string, bark heart and added a bone and love my dog charms.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Christmas present

I found this gift bag amongst my wrapping papers and it was just the right size for Lynsey's Chrismas present. I didn't wan to leave it as it was though so I coloured up one of the newer LOTV stamps with Copics. I added some fun lock to her hat. The stitched square die I used is a new one from the Works. Incredible value, 8 dies for £6! I backed it with some Studiolight Scandinavian paper and made a matching tag.  The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

The image in more detail.

ABC Christmas Y for yummy 
Creative Inspirations Winter/Christmas 
Simon Says party time 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Tuesday, 26 December 2017


Happy Boxing Day. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas Day, we did. I have two more of the cards I made for Papercraft Essentials magazine. If you saw the first post with these cards you will know I was given the champagne glass die, coloured glitters and gold glitter card and asked to make 5 cards for just £10 using the minimal of other items from my stash.  So for this one I added some sentiment ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

The sentiment stamp is from LOTV and I simply cut the glitter card into banners. To achieve the pearlised glitter effect on the glass diecut I mixed a little of all the glitters together and sprinkled them over the diecut which I had covered with Stick It.

Simon Says party time

We are taking my Mum out for lunch today in Cromer and then going to see the afternoon Christmas show on the Pier before taking her home. The show has excellent reviews and when we have been in the past it has always been good.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve carol singers

A simple Christmas card to share today, one of a set of four made for Making Cards magazine.  I used a Paper Creator digi kit which includes the image and papers. I used a Tonic die for the card blank, Lawn Fawn stitched circle on the image and added a MFT scalloped circle frame around the image.  The snowflakes were punched with a MS punch.

Creative Inspirations Winter/Christmas 
Simon Says party time

I love Christmas Eve especially the evening, snuggling up at home with all the festive lights watching the TV. However before that we are going to see my Mum this afternoon and bring her back to the nearby Premier Inn for a couple of nights. We will be having a meal there with her before heading home.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Happy Hanukkah

I found this card amongst a few I haven't blogged yet so thought I would add it for today. It is one I made for Papercraft Inspirations magazine. The image is from Mo Manning and has been coloured with Copics. I used various MFT dies, stitched basic border, tiny tag and fringed scalloped border. The small banners were made with a Fiskars punch.

I hope you are all organised for the big day. I am pleased to say we are.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Get well hedgie

We are up early this morning to get the last Christmas food shop done at Tesco and to collect our turkey breast from the butcher. This is the last of three cards made for Papercrafter magazine using the cute LOTV hedgie trio stamps.  Coloured with Copics and diecut using a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die. I added some printed burlap from The Range, papers are MFT. I used an icicle die upside down for the grass and added some diecut flowers using a Joy die set. The sentiment is from Stamposaurues diecut with a MFT wonky stitched rectangle die.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Sewing plaque

I have made a few of these sewing plaques and they are very popular. My Mum asked me to make one for a friend she meets most Friday morning. Her friend is a very keen sewer so I hope she likes her present. The ribbon from Crafty Ribbons was the perfect sentiment. The patchwork paper is from a LOTV pad. I used a mannequin diecut  I cut some time ago from a friend's Tim Holtz die and used it as a template for the spotted dress.  I added some wooden embellishments, winding baker's twine around the spool. Searching through my buttons I found the cute bows, heart and flower.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Potters Resort

A rather different post from me today. I haven't had much time for crafting so I thought I would share some photos of our one night break at Potters Resort.  Graham took this selfie of us when we arrived.  The decorations were lovely, staff and guests looking very festive. We met our friends there who arrived just as the mulled wine and mince pies were being served. Potters have a hotel as part of the main building and bungalows in the grounds. We paid extra to stay in a hotel room. They have deluxe and penthouse suites but we stayed in one of the premier rooms, which are their standard rooms. they are huge.

We enjoyed a festive quiz and playing card bingo in the afternoon. After dressing for the evening we met up again and headed into the dining room for a delicious evening meal with as much wine as you care to drink. Then it was off to the theatre for the fantastic Christmas show. This is a shot of the theatre we took in the afternoon whilst it was empty.

There is a disco in another room after the show and singers in the bar with a small dance floor. They serve a midnight feast which was pasta bolognaise and salad. After dancing we all felt a bit peckish so we enjoyed a small plate of food then it was time to head off to bed just before 1.

In the morning we packed and after a cooked breakfast we took part in a general knowledge quiz and we won. The great thing about this resort is you can get there when you like on the first day and stay as long as you like provided you have checked out of your room on time.  There are lots of activities to enjoy and a walk along the clifftops takes you down to a lovely beach. We have been for a long beach walk previously but it was too cold for that.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today, back tomorrow with something crafty.