Friday, 31 March 2017

Paper Nest Dolls…



Good afternoon lovely crafty friends, Friday again can you believe it? these weeks certainly do pass quickly

Rolo came into our house like a whirlwind and left a trail of devastation. He is such a cute little thing but blimey is it hard work, he is into everything! Manny has always been so good and eager to please even as a puppy so I’m never quite prepared when the little terror comes to stay. I could fair see Manny today thinking “thank goodness he’s gone!” He was at my Mum’s for most of the week as I told you but he’s getting old now and one day racing round was enough for him


I have something new to share today (new to me anyway) These adorable images are Paper Nest Dolls stamps and they are exclusively available in the UK from My Mum’s Craft Shop

I used Rainy Day Emma for this first card, very sweet image and I found it easy to colour which is a bonus at the moment with my bad neck…


MMCS 4 Paper Nest Rainy Day Emma


The sentiment is one of the stamps from the Altenew Label Love set which I’ve been using a lot recently, in fact it never leaves my desk

I used some glossy accents on the puddle and for the rain although you can’t really see it well on the picture – I love that frog!

These pretty papers are from a Tonic pad and I used my favourite memory Box clouds put through a dotty embossing folder for a bit of texture


This second one is Hugs & Kisses Emma

MMCS 5 Paper Nest Hugs & Kisses Emma


…and this image goes perfectly with the Crate Paper ‘Heart Day’ papers. The sentiment is from the pad too

I just noticed that I forgot to colour the string on her bunting – oops!

Take a look at the other designs in the range, and don’t forget if you are in the UK you can’t get them anywhere else at the moment


I’ll be round having a blog catch up over the next couple of days and see what you’ve all been up to

Have a fantastic weekend everyone






Monday, 27 March 2017

My art, and new LOTV



Good morning lovely crafty friends. Did you all have a nice weekend? the weather has been beautiful here but it’s a bit cloudy today. Jess has gone off to Portugal so we have Rolo here for a week. Manny was running about with him too much and started limping so I’ve sent him to my Mums for a few days pampering, he’s getting old (aren’t we all!!) and can’t keep up with a puppy even though he tries his best and doesn’t know when to call it a day


As promised here are my makes from the Art Workshops last weekend. I really enjoyed this, it was so different from anything I’ve done and I love that there aren’t really any rules. Everyone followed the same instructions yet each piece was completely different. Some did their own take on it but because it was a first for me I followed quite closely with what Kassa did, she’s amazing…


This is the example in progress, the light is good here so you can see the texture

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Onto my effort, you start the rainbow of colour with pink, orange and yellow and then build it up adding in different colours. I was a bit scared when it came to adding the black but there are so many layers of paint and wax that it all blends in

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Even the embellishment has so many little elements and layers


My finished heart, I went a bit overboard with the gold but I love it!


This is my other make and this is deceiving too as to how many stages and layers there are, I love the bright colours. We did it on the first day and I never thought to take any pictures of it in progress – I wish I had now




Who knew an embroidery hoop could be used like this!



Onto my card today and this is a new image from LOTV, this is the popular Jasmine and this time she’s shopping. I think this image would be great for a teen…


LOTV Jasmine shopping

Clouds again sorry, I just love them and this time I cut the sentiment into one of them. I was going to add a sun too but it was looking a bit cluttered

The flower border die is a DooHickeys and I used Dress Shoppe papers from NitWit Collections

There are 2 new Jasmine images and some girls through the decades which are going to be on Simply Print sheets and they are a bit different.


Phew, that was a long post! Thanks for staying with me and thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment and let me know what you think, I love reading them

Right, time for some puppy training, he’s a little monkey and he’s clever… but he likes his own way a bit too much!




Have a lovely day everyone



Thursday, 23 March 2017

Floral Tapestry…




Good afternoon crafty friends, I hope you are having a nice week

A quick post from me today just to share some cards that I made with one of Leonie’s stamps for the One Day Special which is one Hochanda today…


Floral tapestry

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…this is the Floral Tapestry background and I love it!

The top one has a Brusho background and then the image stamped in black ink. I cut out an extra flower then added beads and used it as an embellishment with some of the foliage

The second one is embossed with bright white powder. I did the background with the glitter pens which are a fantastic product if you haven’t tried them

The bottom one is a bit different for me done on kraft card. I embossed it in a distress powder, cut the image piece into 6 then roughed and inked the edges. The ‘fun’ is one of Leonie’s stencil and mask sets, there are lots of different useful words


There are some bargains to be had, the heart embossing folders are less than £2 each so make sure you tune in at 4 and 7 for the shows on Channel 85

As always there is bags of inspiration and Leonie will be crafting using all the products (she’s so good and very entertaining)


I’ll be back at the weekend with new Lili of the Valley girls and I’ll also share my makes from the Kassa weekend that I was telling you about last week (which was amazing by the way)


Have a lovely day all









Friday, 17 March 2017

Creative Girls…



Good morning crafters, hope you are all well and that you’ve had a nice week

I can’t wait for the weekend because I’m going on a workshop with the fabulous Kassa Hayselden. I’m still new to Mixed Media and Kassa does the most amazing things with paint and colour so I’m a bit nervous in case I get in a muddle but I can’t wait to learn the techniques she uses

This is what we’re making on Saturday…

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and this is Sunday’s project….

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how exciting, I’ll be sure to fill you in next week!!




Meanwhile back to cards and I have a couple to share using a new Stamping Bella Creative Girls stamp called Until Olive


*NEW* Stamping Bella Stamps - Until Olive


I love these images, they’re just a bit different and perfect for those hard teens who have grown out of cute

This was the first version using one of the included sentiments and a printed greeting


MMCS 3 Stamping Bella Until Olive


Then I changed my mind and added another printed circle to personalise it…




The scrummy papers are from a Carta Bella pad called Flora and I coloured the image with Copics to match

I finished it with some die cut clouds and hearts


You can get everything from My Mum’s Craft Shop. There are new arrivals coming in all the time so be sure to have a browse through the latest releases. If anything is out of stock just drop Kitty an email and she’d be happy to add it to the next order for you


That’s it from me, wish me luck on my Mixed Media adventure!

…and have a lovely weekend everyone



Friday, 10 March 2017

Cartful of Sunshine…



Hello my lovelies, can you believe another week has flown by, I don’t know where the time goes!

We have actually seen the sun quite a lot this week and had some really nice days so it feels like Spring is around the corner at long last. I hope my neck is better soon because I can’t wait to get in my garden and and start tidying up. I’m still going to the chiropractor and put myself back a bit last week by pegging some washing out, it wasn’t a good idea and my neck didn’t like it at all!


There's a new challenge on the Lili of the Valley Facebook page and for March the theme is flowers. There are 3 prizes and the winners will be drawn at random

All the details are on the challenge page and entries close on the 15th


I’m getting ahead and started making cards for Mother’s Day. February and March are busy for me as all our family birthdays are bunched together. With Valentines, Mother’s day and Easter I always seem to end up running out of time and buying cards so I’ve tried to be organised this year!


Cart full of sunshine


This is one of the new images from Lili of the Valley and I think it’s my favourite! It’s called Cartful of Sunshine, this is the Simply Print sheet but it’s also available in rubber and as a digi image

I’m having a bit of a phase using clouds and sunshine dies, I love how they create a little scene. I printed Grandma and then cut it with the cloud die. The tag die is Spellbinders and I used a Tonic pin prick circle around the image. I have these in squares and circles and it’s the first time I’ve used them but I think they will be useful for creating an accent without actually cutting


Hope you like it…

thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend everyone




Monday, 6 March 2017

My Birthday, and Stamping Bella…




Good evening everyone, a quick post from me while I’m watching (and enjoying) Broadchurch

It’s my Birthday today so Keith took the day off and we went to the seaside with Manny. It was a beautiful day and we had a lovely walk on the beach then a meal on the way home








We usually go to the East Coast but this is Redcar which is North East and a bit further up. It’s about an hour and a half drive for us but I’d love to live nearer the Coast. Manny doesn’t run much now with his poorly legs but he loves going to the beach so we take him a couple of time a year. He races about and burrows in the sand and chases waves. He’ll be limping tomorrow but I’m sure he’d say it was worth it he had such a lovely time


Last night we went to the restaurant where Joe works and he treated us to a meal…  and he’d had a special dessert made for me. It was a lovely surprise, he never pays for anything!


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Tomorrow Jess is coming for tea with her boyfriend and my Mum is coming too so all in all I’ve had a great Birthday




My card today is for My Mum’s Craft Shop and I’ve used a stamp from one of my favourite companies Stamping Bella. I adore their ‘Tiny Townies’ and don’t use them nearly enough. They have some new ‘Squidgies’ and ‘Creative Girls’ which are a bit different and they just came into stock - I can’t wait to get them!

This is one of the closeups range called ‘In Love’


MMCS 2 Stamping Bella In Love


I made an absolute pigs ear of colouring his hair, I’ve always struggled with hair and the more I tried to correct it the worse it got. I was trying to add strokes with a fine nib but it was so saturated it was just soaking in. Stupidly I did that bit last otherwise I would have redone it all…  just don’t look too closely at that section!

The papers are from a pad called ‘Heart Day’ by Crate Paper which is lovely. The heart border is Memory Box and I printed the sentiment



You can click on the product names to take you to them on the My Mum’s Craft Shop website, there are lots of new arrivals and there is some great stuff. If you want an item that is out of stock just email and Kitty is happy to add it to her next order for you



Thanks so much for all your comments, I love to read them and will return the visit


Have a lovely week everyone



Thursday, 2 March 2017

Leonie one day special…



Good afternoon crafty friends, I hope you’re having a nice day…  thanks for popping by

I think I mentioned a while ago that I was going to be working with the fabulous Leonie Pujol and this is the first new collection since I joined the team

You can see the ‘Typography’ launch on Hochanda this evening at 8 with shows at 9, 12, 4 and 7 tomorrow. There will be some great offers and I think you will love what she has come up with. Leonie is inspiring to watch and there are some amazing samples from the team which will be featured throughout the 5 shows

There are letter dies, embossing folders and stamps, me being me I was drawn first to the stamps and this is the cutest lil’ rag doll, I love her!




I made a small circular easel card and the sentiment and buttons are also on the stamp set. Couldn’t resist adding a bit of glitter and ribbon, hope you like it!

I made a quite a few samples for the show so I’ll try and share some more of them over the next week or so

Have a lovely Thursday everyone




Friday, 17 February 2017

Bonding Time…



Good morning crafty friends, thanks for stopping by

Friday again already, can you believe it! We have had a few nice days this week so hopefully Spring is on the way. My neck is improving I think but it is slow (and expensive) progress. I’m itching to get out in the garden and do some tidying up but can’t at the moment so it will have to wait


I have news, I’ve joined Kitty and the DT over at My Mum’s Craft Shop. I’ve known Kitty for many years from when she was on the Lili of the Valley DT and she sells some fabulous goodies in her online store

I’ve been stamping for over 20 years and have seen so many new products come and go in all those years that it has to be something very special to get me excited. As soon as I saw the Dreamerland Crafts stamp range I loved them all, they are so cute!

I’ve chosen one called ‘Bonding Time’ for my first make and I think you’ll be seeing more of these from me. The characters are adorable, they are just a bit different from everything else that’s around which is quite an achievement at the moment in the saturated stamp market


MMCS 1 Dreamerland BondingTime


As you know I’m a huge fan of patterned papers – the prettier the better! These are from a Carta Bella pad called ‘Flora’. There are always a couple of sheets that you’re not so keen on in the collections so I love that these are double sided and I’ll be using every single one, they are really lovely

The sentiment is also from the pad which is very handy, I just added the paw print with a Memory Box die

I also used Lil’ Inkers sun, Memory Box puffy clouds and Joy Crafts grass dies


Do have a peek at My Mum’s Craft shop, the Spring stock from all your favourite brands just arrived and there is also a blog here with loads of inspiration for using the products from the team


That’s it from me, thanks so much for all your lovely comments

Have a great weekend everyone




Thursday, 9 February 2017

Love Challenge…



Hello all, what you up to today?

I’ve been for my chiropractor appointment this morning and it’s starting to snow a little now so I won’t be moving for the rest of the day. Chance to have a little catch up on the blogs – I’ve missed seeing what you’ve all been up to!

Before my card - don’t miss the Leonie one day special on Hochanda, there are some new products coming soon so real bargains to be had on some of the older ranges. There are amazing samples from all the team and of course inspirational demos from Leonie, it takes me so long to plan my work and then it hardly ever turns out as I expect – I love how she just sets off and goes with the flow


There's a new challenge on the Lili of the Valley Facebook page and for February the theme is LOVE

I used one of the new stamps and this is called Loved Up


All loved up


The sentiment is a Penny Black stamp, it’s actually all on one line but I separated it to fit

Flowers and silver twine (one of my favourite products ever) are from the Ribbon Girl

Heart die is from Sue Wilson’s Italian collection

Hope you like it, the challenge finishes on the 15th and there are some great prizes up for grabs


Thanks so much for all your lovely comments, I appreciate any feedback and it’s always great to hear from my crafty friends

Enjoy your Thursday, hope you escape the snow!





Friday, 3 February 2017

Simply print…




Hello my lovelies, did you have a good week?

I’ve had a bad neck for about 3 weeks, I can’t look up or down so I’ve not been able to do as much crafting or spend any time on the computer. I’ve been going to a chiropractor and he said it all stems from my hip and having bad posture over the years. I have had a sore neck occasionally but never as bad as this or for as long and he did say I’m very lucky not have back pain too which thankfully I haven’t. So, fingers crossed the treatment will work. I went in expecting an hour for my £39, that’s not bad I thought, and it’s for 15 minutes…   ouch! so I don’t want to be going for too long


Onto my card, if you miss the Lili of the Valley die cut sheets and art pads you will love their new simply print images. Many of your favourite images (with more to come) can now be downloaded and printed at home which is very handy

These are some of the new mouse images -  key, flowers and champagne, sooo cute!

I printed them quite small and added circle frames. I cut along the edges of the tag and the key so it extended out of the die, I like this technique I think it’s effective…


three kind mice printable


Hope you like it, it’s quite a CAS card for me but I was pleased with the result


Sorry I haven’t been visiting your blogs recently, it’s hard for me to use the computer at the moment so I have to limit my time on here

Have a wonderful weekend crafters, I think ours will be a quiet one which is nice sometimes




Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Love Launch…



Hello my lovelies, just a quick post tonight…

I’ll be back at the weekend for a catch up but just wanted to share this card I made using one of the new stamps from LOTV

The launch is on Saturday and is a love theme but I needed a ‘new home’ card and thought this sweet image was perfect…


Cosy Together


This one is called ‘cosy together’. There are 2 wedding images and some cute new animals all available in rubber and as digis. I used a digi for this card because I wanted to add some text to the tag

Oval lacey die – Sue Wilson

Twine, lace and charmthe Ribbon Girl

Papers – My Mind’s Eye


I’d gone along the bottom sticking those tiny pearls on which took ages and then realised there wasn’t an even number of holes. I have a bit of OCD and things like that drive me mad but I had to get it in the post so I carried on but it really bothers me if I look at it!!


Have a nice evening folks whatever you’re doing, I’m just watching the TV awards and can’t believe that Casualty beat Game of Thrones, Happy Valley and Night Manager…   but I don’t watch Casualty so maybe I need to, because the other 3 shows are fab. Then again, maybe I just need to get out more!!




Thursday, 12 January 2017

Delightful Daisies



Good evening crafters, I hope you’re all safe and not affected by the awful weather in parts of the country. We have some snow forecast for tomorrow but I think we will miss the worst of it here

I went on another mixed media workshop at the weekend, this one was a planner class with the fantastic Kate Crane. After being a stamper for 22 years it’s a whole new way of doing things and really takes me out of my comfort zone - but I tell you, I absolutely love it. I have a few magazine and DT cards to do and then I’m going to be playing so I’ll be sure to share and see what you think


Lili of the Valley are having the first Facebook challenge of 2017 and it’s a nice easy ‘anything goes’. There are 3 prizes and the winners will be drawn at random

All the details are on the challenge page and entries close on the 15th

I used one of the new images, this is Delightful Daisies and is a birthday card I made for a special friend…


Delightful Daisies 2


The sentiments are new too and I used the digi version to shrink it down and add to the tag – a great advantage to digis is that you can change the size

Circle die – Sizzix

Flowers from the Ribbon Girl

Papers from NitWits – Butterfly Kisses


Hope you like it, thanks so much for all your comments

Stay safe everyone




Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy New Year!



Hello crafty friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year

The house looks so bare now without the trimmings, I love fairy lights and would have them all year round if it was up to me

I made all the usual nonsensical resolutions that will last about a week…  lose weight, go to bed earlier, use my crafty stash, blah blah blah!


A quick post tonight before it’s too late to share Christmas cards, or is it too late already, or too early??

This is one I made for a lovely little card swap group I’m in on Facebook. It’s about 4 times a year and you make a card to send to your allocated partner. It’s just a bit of fun, you get a different partner each time and everyone has very different styles. Let me know if anyone is interested to join in the next one and I’ll let you have some details for Nat who runs the group


christmas swap


I used some stamps and papers that are discontinued so can’t give much in the line of supplies for this but thought I’d still share as I didn’t actually make many Christmas cards for 2016 despite having good intentions

The flowers, pearls, cheesecloth, twine and seam binding are all from the Ribbon Girl

The sentiment is from Digistamp Boutique – they have some lovely ones, cheap as chips too!


Enjoy your weekend everyone, hope you’re doing something nice