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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, 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




Wednesday, 15 March 2017

All About Mom's


Good morning all. 
 We start a new challenge at Crafty Girlz today.

Our March challenge theme is

'All About Mom's'

I have been laying with stamps for my card today.

I started with some milk foundation card and had a good mooch through my stamps for different leaves.   I then cut three masks using allium flower stamps from Chloe's Creative Cards.  I then stamped one of the large stamps using Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers distress ink and then asked them.

Using a mixture of Gathered Twigs and Forest Moss distress inks I then stamped my leaves.

I then stamped my allium flowers onto vellum with perfect medium and then heat embossed them using WOW Totally Teal embossing powder. I enjoy cutting out flowers, I find it incredibly relaxing which is just as well given the amount of flowers I use on my projects - LOL.

I finished off by stamped my sentiment using versafine black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I have also added some pearls into the centre of the flowers.

The other dies I used at Creative Expressions double pierced rectangle dies.

I hope you pop over to our blog challenge to see more samples from our design team and also to enter your own project into the challenge.

I have entered this post into the following challenge: -


Thanks for visiting today.

Take care.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Fairy Flower Party


Good morning.  My second post for today is for a new challenge beginning at Crafting from the Heart.

Challenge 149 is sponsored by

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I have used a lovely digi stamp called Fairy Flower Party

I have coloured my digi image using my copic sketch alcohol markers and die cut using the noble pierced circle dies from creative expressions.  I have used the same set of dies to cut a green mat.

My background paper is printed from a digi kit from craft artist called Fairy Tales Spring.  I can't remember what the embossing folder strip is called - sorry.

I stamped my flowers onto vellum using flower stamps from Dreamees and cosmic shimmer duck egg speckle embossing powder.  Finishing off with die cut leaves from a die from creative expressions.

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

Don't forget we also have a facebook page too.

Thanks for visiting today. Take care and I hope to see you again soon.

Nurse Margaret



Good morning.  Its Monday morning and my first post of the day.  A new challenge is starting at Get Creative

Challenge 56 theme is Favourite Colour Combo

Our sponsors for this challenge are: -
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For my card I have chosen an image from Bugaboo Stamps called Nurse Margaret - be Nice to Me.

This is a good image for non colourists too as it is minimal colouring if you wish.

My colour combo is blue and white.

I have used my copic sketch alcohol markers to colour my image.  I have then fussy cut her out using my BSC on the direct to cut facility  and also cut a mat slightly larger.

I then cut a frame using creative expressions ornate pierced rectangles.  I then spritzed the frame with a little water and used midnight blue pixie powder. 

My background I have used Tim Holz distress ink blue print sketch and stamped a Justrite text background.

Some matting and layering using navy card and then die cut the sentiment using a spellbinders die. I have then finished off the card with some blue gems in each corner.

To see more ideas from our design team using digi images from all our sponsors follow the link HERE to the challenge. Why not enter your own project but don't forget to follow the theme.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Lots of Green


Good morning.  We have a lovely new challenge starting at Simply Create Too this morning




Challenge 125 has a theme of

'Lots of Green'

Firstly I must apologise for the quality of my photograph above, this was the best I could get unfortunately - you can tell I am no photographer!

My card for this challenge was made for a friend on her birthday.

My background was made using watercolour card and pixie powders.  I am so addicted to those pixie powders.  Have you tried them?  You can get some fantastic designs and every one will be different.

I have used various Sue Wilson dies and the flowers were stamped using green embossing powder.

My sentiment is from Phill Martins stamp collection.

If you wish to see more ideas from our design team follow the link HERE to our challenge blog and you can also enter your own project whilst visiting.  Don't forget you can enter any project so long as you follow the theme.

Thank for stopping by today.

Hope to see you again very soon.



Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Coffee Time

Good morning folks, my 2nd post of the day.

We have a new challenge beginning at Crafty Girls Creations today.

Our sponsor is



The digi image I have used is called BugMisJJCoffee.

I have coloured my image using copic sketch marker pens.  I used the green marker pen to colour my background mats so they matched up. I have also used some glossy accents on her glasses and tablet screen.

The striped background paper was from my crafty stash and I think it was from a tattered lace magazine.  I also found, in my crafty stamp stash, some stamps which are coffee and tea stamps.  To be honest I had forgotten I had them until using this image and then remembered.  That sounds bad doesn't?  Product of crafting for so long and buying so much crafty items - LOL.

I have used distress ink - ground expresso - to stamp my panel out.

You will also notice I haven't used flowers - which was hard but I liked the card as it was.  Hope you do too.

To see more super designs from our design team follow the link HERE.  Don't forget to enter your own project whilst you are visiting.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Take care and I hope to see you again soon.


Zara



Hello, my 1st post for today is to introduce a new challenge at Creative Ladybirds Creations.

Our sponsor is




The digi image I have used is called 'Zara'.

As regular visitors will know I like my pretty designs and I do love putting flowers on.  I would put Zara in a rock chick, grunge type card initially but I wanted to show that she can be a pretty card too.  The design is very flexible.

After printing her out I have coloured her in using copic sketch marker pens.

My background is parchment using pixie powders which probably isn't very clear as I have cut another background on my BSC which was a free svg cutting file from Birds Cards.

I die cut a frame using Sue Wilsons double pierced square dies. I have used her double pierced oval dies to die cut my image and a mat.  My flower is a tattered lace die using left over bits of the parchment pixie powder background and my feathers were a free die from a craft magazine.  I finished it off using Tonic nuvo drops - violet galaxy.

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

Thanks for visiting today.

Take care.




Monday, 20 February 2017

Lonely Sis by Ppinky dolls

Good morning all. There is a lovely new challenge starting at Crafting from the Heart .

The theme is the usual 'Always Anything Goes'

Our sponsor is: =



I have used the love Lonely Sis digi image.

I coloured her in using my copic marker pens.

My background is 2nd generation pixie powders onto foundation card.  I have die cut the frame using Sue Wilson double pierced square frames and Phill Martins corner daisy stamps embossed in cosmic shimmer silver detail embossing powder.

The flowers are Sue Wilsons open daisy flowers die cut using the remaining background card in addition to cutting some leaves also from a Sue Wilson Finishing Touches die.

Finally I die cut my image using Sue Wilson double pierced circle dies and cut a mat using the same dies.

To see more samples from our design team using more images from Ppinky Dolls follow the link HERE to our blog.  Don't forget we also have a facebook page too.

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


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Black and White


Hi folks. Hope you are having a good Wednesday?

We have a brand new challenge beginning at Crafty Girlz today.


This challenge will be just for fun with a theme of

'Black and White'.

My card today was made using Sue Wilson Creative Expressions dies.  This is my first card using the weaving classic die and I loved it.  I can see how it can become addictive.

The other dies I have used was the

The flower I stamped using black ink and clear embossing powder.  My sentiment is from Phil Martin daisy collection.

To see more ideas from our design team follow the link HERE to our challenge where you can enter your own project to be showcased in our challenge.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Take care.


Monday, 6 February 2017

Barry Big Wheels


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

I had lovely weekend.  Mom took my hubby and I out for lunch on Friday which was very nice.  We went to the Granary Restaurant in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.  Lovely carvery.

On Saturday we had to take Enya to the vets, poor baby has developed cystitis again.  Luckily I recognized the symptoms really early and we got her to the vets within 2 hours.  Two injections and a bag of antibiotics later she was definitely on the mend - by that I mean not out in the garden squatting constantly for about 20 mins, let her in and she is back out again.  Not producing anything but getting very distressed.  She has settled down now so far as that is concerned.  Hopefully it will clear up quickly.  Trouble is I felt so helpless to see her in so much distress.

Well, we have a brand new challenge starting today at Crafting from the Heart.

Our sponsor is: -

For my post today I have used a digi stamp called Barry Big Wheels.   As soon as my hubby and I saw it I knew exactly who I wanted it for, but mums the word as his birthday is later in the month.

I have coloured my image in with a mixture of copics and graphit marker pens.  I have also fussy cut it using my scan n cut on the direct to scan facility and also a black mat.

I then stencilled through a 'rope' mask using a tim holtz distress ink - hickory smoke.  Then,using a small square die from tonic studios I gutted the middle out to make a frame.  The middle I embossed using a 'bark' embossing folder and then highlighted the embossing with graphite gilding polish.

Some matting and layering onto an 8x8 square card which I then stamped my sentiment using some corners stamps from Phil Martin's scribbled collection.

I am sorry about the quality of the photograph, I just don't seem to be able to get a good one.

To see more samples from our design team using other digi stamps from our sponsor follow the link HERE and of course don't forget to enter your own project into the challenge.

We also have a facebook page too.

Thank you so much for visiting today, you are ALWAYS welcome and for any comments you choose to leave.

Take care and I hope to see you again soon.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

AnnaMae Boo


Good morning. Hope you are all well today?

I had a lovely day yesterday crafting in the afternoon but back to work today.

We start a new challenge at Creative Ladybirds Creations this morning.

Our challenge is sponsored by 


The theme is the usual 'Anything Goes'.

The image I have used in my post today is called 'AnnaMae Boo'

After printing out I coloured her in using a my alcohol markers.

All of the dies I have used are from creative expressions - Geneva and trellis edge.

The embossing folder is also a creative expressions A4 one called cross stitch.

The sentiment is stamped using Phil Martin's blossom stamps everyday sentiment banner set.

I have finished off the card using some tonic nuvo pearl drops.

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

Thank you for visiting today and take care.

Challenges entered
Crafting by Design
Crafty Creations Challenge
The Crafty Addicts
Digi Choosday Crafting
Die Cutting Divas
Through The Craft Room Door


Gina Caribe

Good morning folks.

We start a new challenge at Crafty Girls Creations this morning.

Our theme is the usual 'Anything Goes'

Our sponsor for this challenge 33 is: -



I have chosen a digi stamp called 'Gina Caribe'.  Such a lovely lady and a pleasure to colour in.

I have used my alcohol markers to colour her in and then fussy cut her out using my BSC.  I also cut a black mat out too.

The dies I have used are all from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions.

The background is pixie powders and a technique I saw Julia Watts use when she was demonstrating pixie powders on Hochanda recently.

It is created using a piece of heat resistant acetate.  I covered a large area of the rear of the acetate with my 'dries clear' glue.  I then sprayed it with water to keep it moist and sprinkled my pixie powders over the glue.  I then give that a good spritzing with pain water and once happy with the way the pixie powders had dispersed I added some glitter,  Finally I placed a piece of white tissue paper on top of that and dabbed it down with a kitchen roll.  Don't rub just dab until it is all flat then leave it to dry fully, at least overnight.

I have also used an embossing folder but I do apologise I don't know what it was called as I forgot to write on the name - I know - silly of me.

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

Thank you so much for visiting and hope to see again soon.


Monday, 23 January 2017

Bugaboo January


Good morning all.

A brand new challenge begins today at Crafting from the Heart.

Our theme is the usual 'Always Anything Goes'

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Bugaboo Stamps

The digi image I have chosen to use for this challenge is called 'January Word'.

I chose this image because I felt it could be used for any occasion in January and was suitable for any age and any sex,

I have kept my card simple and flat.  I have put some glitter on for the snow bits.  I coloured the image using my copic sketch markers.

I also set myself a challenge, to use all white card and from my bit box which I succeeded in doing.

The 'coloured card' used for matting is white card and I have going around the edges with my copic marker pen.

To see more samples of digis from our sponsor and also to enter your own project into the challenge follow the link HERE.

Don't forget to check out our facebook page too.

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

Take care.