Sunday, 8 October 2017
Saturday, 9 September 2017
Hello crafty friends, despite good intentions it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. But, I have been busy and spent quite a lot of time crafting
As promised I have some 400 follower candy today…
..a few bits I gathered together for a little giveaway
I bought the pastels hoping they were water soluble after seeing a technique but they’re not, they weren’t expensive but someone might appreciate them. There is a stamp set, a flower die, some flowers and a bundle of ribbon. No sharing required, it’s just for my lovely followers so leave me a comment and I’ll draw a winner at random to get the goodies
LOTV have a new stamp launch, its the 2nd part of their 2017 Christmas range and there are some adorable images – most are available in rubber, digi and simply print so something for everyone
The challenge for September is a colour one, just make a card or project using this colour palette…
Lovely colours aren’t they, can be Christmassy but lots of other options
I chose to do a Christmas card, these 2 cuties are from the Woodland Scenes collection…
I used some MFT papers, love the bright colours. I can’t remember where I got the die but it’s green so I’m thinking it might be Lea’bilities
That’s it from me, it’s pouring down here today so my plans to do some gardening have been put on hold and I’m spending the afternoon crafting. I faff about so much though and end up doing nothing - time management is not my strong point!
Enjoy the weekend lovelies…
and make sure you leave me a comment to be in the candy draw
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Good afternoon crafters, hope you’re all having a good Saturday
I’m starting to get back into my routine now after a busy few weeks and finally getting caught up with everything
I had a few days with my gorgeous friends Lou and Fleur in Spalding, we chat regularly but I haven’t seen them for a couple of years so it was wonderful to have a good catch up and I enjoyed the visit very much. Here’s me and Lou…
I’ve also been visiting Mary and Andrea (the Ribbon Girls) who are my good friends. I went to stay with them in Newcastle and we had a fab couple of days crafting, I haven’t done any sewing for a while but Mary is doing a lot at the moment so I made this cute pincushion with some pretty Liberty fabric…
and here’s me and Andrea…
I’ve also been doing more Mixed Media workshops but just realised I haven’t taken pictures of my finished projects so I’ll save that for another post
I’ve used one of the new release and this is ‘Santa Snoozing’…
This is the card I shared a couple of weeks ago using ‘Blessed’
I said at the time I didn’t like the green ribbon I’d used so I took it apart. I didn’t want to waste the image I’d coloured so it’s a bit smaller now where the glue had stuck but I‘m happier with it!
This has turned into quite a long post! If you’re still with me I’ll just finish by telling you that I’ve made up a lovely candy bundle as I promised for reaching 400 followers so I’ll take a piccie of that and post it mid-week
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend everyone
Monday, 31 July 2017
Morning everyone, thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a lovely weekend
I had good intentions last week of posting my candy but the time got away with me again. It was Jess’s birthday at the weekend so we had a couple of family celebrations, she lives away from home now with her Boyfriend so it’s always nice when she comes back to stay
I’m doing an art workshop this weekend and then going to visit some friends for a few days so realistically I’m not going to get it done this week either! My stash organisation has come to a stop too but I promised some 400 follower candy and I will do it the week after
I’ve just realised I put some small gems in the centre of the snowflakes but I must have forgotten to retake the picture!
The papers are Bo Bunny, snowflakes are Cheery Lynn, and I think the sentiment die is Lawn Fawn
When I left Lili of the Valley I thought it would be a good chance to use all my other stamps but I still reach for these every time I need to make a card, I just love them and the new Christmas collection is fab
Right I’m going to take Manny for a walk and then I need to do a few chores after the weekend partying!
Have a good day crafters
Monday, 24 July 2017
Monday, 3 July 2017
Morning crafty friends, I’m back from my holiday and we had the best time, just loved Italy
We went to Tuscany and spent time in Florence, Pisa, Sienna and Lucca – I’ve never walked so much! We used the trains which were very good but despite the horror stores I think I’d like to drive next time and explore a few of the smaller places. I’d love to visit Venice and the Lakes and also Rome and the Amalfi Coast – Keith had better get some overtime in
…oh, and I ate my own body weight in gelato!
I have some cards to show you today that I did for a magazine a while back. I designed a Sketch and then made 3 cards using it…
If you liked the Art Pads you will love the Simply Print sheets, they are great for a quick card
I used the stamps and coloured them with Copics, the papers are from my favourite ‘One Birdie Lane’ collection from NitWits
I have a few things on this week and catching up after the holidays but I will get together some candy for a giveaway as promised and also carry on with my stash pictures
Have a great week everyone
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Good afternoon crafty friends, hope you are well. I’ve just noticed I’ve got to 400 followers again so I will have a little giveaway after my holidays. We’re going to Italy for the first time so I’m looking forward to that very much. I did have over 400 and then when blogger started playing silly beggars last year it went down for some reason so welcome to my new visitors.
I have been trying to post a bit more regularly recently although it doesn’t always go to plan. I very much appreciate your comments and love to read them, and, I always try to return the visit as I like to see what other crafters are making
Something a bit different from me today, Leonie is on Hochanda with some great deals on her own fab products and if you missed the morning shows you can catch her again at 3 this afternoon
I adore the ‘In A Spin’ die and have used this a lot. Here is a card and also a canvas that I made using it and some of the stamps…
This card is a little scene I created using her tiny pattern stamps. There are lots of these in various different designs and they are so useful for all kinds of stamping…
I hope you can catch the show, Leonie does some great demos and the team have done some amazing samples for inspiration
Right I’m nipping to the supermarket, we have some friends coming round for tea tonight so I need a few bits and (top of the list) wine… then I’ll be watching the 3 o clock show
Have a good Thursday all
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Morning lovely crafty friends, I can’t quite believe it’s the weekend again, the time seems to go faster with every month that passes
I’ve shown you my stamps in the last few posts and I’m on with the indexing of those (although it’s a slow job!) so now it’s onto my dies…
Nesting and basic shapes are hung on rails above my desk, this has definitely made me use them more now they are not hidden away
These little A7 binders were the ones we used to sell in the shop for stamps. I put magnetic sheets in them and they are perfect for dies but although they are small they are heavy when they are full
They fit perfectly on this tall Ikea unit and I have my 6” papers on the rest of the shelves (I’ll show you those when I get to papers)
Some larger dies and sets are in these Tonic folders
…and then I have this binder full of Sue Wilson dies. I have a few of these from Staples, they are very sturdy and the stamp index I showed you last time is in one of them. I keep meaning to make a cover sheet for this and never got round to it!
Finally I have this basket with the biggest dies and my Sizzix are in here because they come packaged in a nice storage wallet. There are also a few that haven’t got a home yet because the folders are full
They started out quite well organised but as I’ve bought new ones the older ones don’t get used and I don’t know what I’ve got. I seem to have them everywhere and as with the stamps I need to index them and get rid of what I don’t use
Sorry for all the pics, you did say you were interested in seeing my stash!
Onto my card, and the June LOTV challenge is ‘Summer’ so it gave me an excuse to use my clouds and sun dies which you know I love
This is for Jess, although if any of her horses were asleep on the job there would be trouble I think!
The stamp is Lazy Daisy which you can also get as a digi and a printable topper sheet
The horseshoe embossing folder is by Darice, I was glad of a chance to use it and it’s a good match for this image
Other supplies; One Birdie Lane papers from Nitwits, stitched clouds are Memory Box, large stitched sun from ‘Lil Inkers and I printed the sentiments
Hope you like it, you can find all the details for the challenge on the Facebook page here.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend everyone
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Good afternoon all, what you up to?
I’ve been working on some samples for a Leonie Pujol show next week on Hochanda and we had the puppy for a few days last week when Jess was away so I’ve been busy!
I made a start on my stamp indexing at last, this in an A5 binder so I will need a bigger one for the rest of them but I thought I’d put my LOTV, Magnolia, h’Anglar and Stamping Bella in here as I use those most often
I was going to use a book but I think this will work better as I can add and remove pages when I need. I will just photocopy the cover sheet for those that have one but these didn’t so I stamped them
I haven’t managed to get rid of any yet… but I’m working on it …
I have a couple of cards to share today. I’m going to sort through my dies when I’ve done the stamps and for now I’ve promised myself to put one on each card that I wouldn’t usually have used
I would have normally just opted for a square or a circle on these so I’m going to make an effort to use my shapes and labels more as I do like them and rarely get them out
This is one of the new LOTV images called Milkshake, isn’t it adorable!
The papers are from NitWits, One Birdie Lane
The die I used on here is Spellbinders Labels 34 and the matching gold labels
My second card today is one I shared a while ago but I wasn’t happy with it so I pulled it apart
This is a Stamping Bella image called Huggy Squidgies and the papers are also from NitWits, these are Pastel Dreams
The die I used on this one is Spellbinders Labels 1 and matching decorative elements
The ‘thanks’ is a stamp and die set from Altenew and the flower buttons I used on both cards is a die from Crafters Companion
Hope you like them, thanks for leaving me feedback everyone I love to read your comments
Right, I’m going to brave the rain and take Manny for a walk. I’ll have to drag him out of his bed – he doesn’t like getting wet!
Have a good Tuesday crafters
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Good afternoon all, glorious day here and forecast to stay sunny over the bank holiday which is great news!
I haven’t started my declutter yet because it’s too nice to be inside. It might be a long job but as you said you were interested I did take some pictures, it’s a start and once I’ve shown you my clutter I’m committed to doing it!
So, here goes, I’m kicking off with my stamps…
…as you know my craft room is in the attic so I have these great Ikea units which fit perfectly along the sides of the room under the eaves. I am quite organised in that all the stamps are tidy and sorted, but I have so many that I haven’t a clue what I have which is why I need to index them so I can use the forgotten ones (which is probably about 80% of them if I’m honest) and also get rid of some. I’ll just highlight the stamps for now and get to the other stash as I go through it
In the unit along the top from left to right; A5 mixed clear stamps and LOTV sentiments, Stamping Bella, LOTV, Magnolia Tilda, JOFY
In the bottom unit from left to right; the pink and brown boxes contain wooden stamps which I’ll do later, the round box has other Magnolia images and minis, the spotty boxes have misc clear and rubber, then Stampin’ Up which you can’t really see
On the floor; one heart box is Christmas, other heart box is sentiments, black spotty box is small stamps and the pile is some I started sorting for selling/charity
This is a drawer full of my favourites that I’ve brought downstairs into my new craft area
Then I also have a box the same size that are more grungy and backgrounds that I sorted for mixed media but they were under a pile of other things so no picture yet!
I just remembered I also have Papertrey and h’Anglar that are in other boxes
oh, and I have 2 more boxes for Leonie and MMCS which I keep separate so they are all together for DT work!
So there you go, my stash of stamps collected over 25 years. Is it really bad that I have so many?
right, moving quickly on and this is a card I made for a swap group I’m in on Facebook where the theme was Spring…
Papers are NitWits ‘One Birdie Lane’ and the die/stamp set I used for the sentiment is Wplus9 (sending, hoping, wishing)
That was a long post for me, thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday x
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Good morning crafty friends, the weekend again already and I can’t believe we’re at May 20th… where is the year going?
I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently watching a lady on you tube decluttering her crafty stash. Keith said it was like watching grass grow but I was hooked. There are plenty of shiny new craft rooms on display all beautifully organised but that isn’t reality for the majority of us
This lady went through every item, she ummed and arred about getting rid of things and found so much stuff she forgot she had. She didn’t mind showing the mess and the clutter and I was fascinated taking a peek into someone else's stash like that. Because she’s been crafting for as long as me (about 25 years) I found I have a lot of the items she was unearthing; hidden and unused in favour of new and many were from Companies that are no longer in business. You can find the videos under Rach0113 if any of you have 15 hours to waste… by the way I had it on while I was crafting or watched in bed if I had a sleepless night, it wasn’t in one go !!
One thing that I did realise is that I seriously need to declutter and I also need to do some indexing. I have boxes of stamps that are never used yet I still always reach for the same few favourites. I just collect them and I’m going the same way with dies and papers. So, I’m going to start cataloguing and I’ll take pics as I go for anyone who is interested (maybe no-one, but I think it will be therapeutic!!) I am a very organised person usually and I do know where everything is, but (like many of you I suspect) I just have too much stuff
Onto my cards and the new stamps from LOTV launch today. There are 20 of the most adorable images, these designs really are what everyone loves about Lili of the Valley and you will want them all!
First up is one of my favourites (if I had to pick one) and it’s called ‘Hand to Hold’…
My second card today is using ‘Two’s Company’…
I love creating a scene and this cute image is perfect for that using some clouds and a sun die
Hope you like them, the new stamps will be available in rubber, digi and simply print sheets from midday
That’s it from me, Keith is at work this morning so I’m having an hour crafting before he gets home while it’s quiet
Enjoy your weekend everyone, as always thanks so much for stopping by
Sunday, 14 May 2017
Good morning everybody, I hope you are having a lovely weekend
We’ve been enjoying some glorious weather the last couple of weeks and it’s been nice to get out in the garden. I hope it hasn’t peaked too early though, this has happened before and then we don’t get any Summer so you have to make the most of it!
My neck is finally feeling a bit better so I’ve been doing some crafting although I still can’t spend long colouring, I get engrossed and end up looking down for too long!
I have 2 cards to share today, the first is another of the new stamps from Lili of the Valley which will be released on the 20th so not long to wait
There are some really adorable images and this one is called Ballet Shoes…
I used NitWits papers from the ‘Romance and Roses collection, the heart embossing folder is Sue Wilson (it’s my new favourite!)
The border die is Tattered Lace, the leaves are Noor design and the sentiment is Lili of the Valley
It’s a long time since I’ve put flowers on a card but this little girl is so pretty they are perfect with her; you can get the flowers as well as lots of other gorgeousness from the Ribbon Girl
A final call for the May Facebook challenge as it closes tonight so just time to sneak in if you’re quick, the theme is ‘Happy Birthday’ so a nice easy one
There are some great prizes as always, you can enter and see all the details on the Facebook Page here
The background was stamped Halftone Circles by Altenew which also includes some great sentiments and matching dies. I cut the ‘thanks’ 3 times in card and layered them together to create a dimensional embellishment
I used Pastel Dreams papers from NitWits, Spellbinders labels one with matching decorative elements, and the cute button flowers are Crafter’s Companion
Now I’m looking at this I don’t like the heavy strip across the middle so I think I’ll be changing it. I always lay my cards out before I stick them and then inevitabley change my mind about something the minute I’ve glued it!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment, I love to read them
Enjoy your Sunday crafters
Friday, 28 April 2017
Good afternoon crafty friends
Sorry for being MIA for a while, I’d actually got myself into a nice regular posting routine this year so far. I stupidly went and got a stool that was too high so after I’d sat at my desk for a few hours I felt like I was back to square one with my neck. Luckily it seemed to correct itself which tells me that the treatment I’m having is working
I’ve been busy too, if you’ve been coming here a while you’ll know that my craft room is in the attic. Since I left work I feel guilty going up there and leaving Manny downstairs because he wants to be with me all the time. I did consider making a craft room in the conservatory but changed my mind about that. So, now Jess has moved out I’ve compromised and put a desk and some units in her room and I’ve moved some of my paper crafting things into there
It’s taken a few weeks and a lot of trial and error, you can guarantee whatever I needed it was left in the attic but I didn’t want to end up bringing everything down. There is still a lot of stuff up there (I’ve got 25 years worth of stash!) but I think I’m winning now, I’m going to use my desk in the attic for messy stuff and painting and I still have a table up there for sewing
Manny is happy with the new arrangement, he just sleeps on the bed behind me while I’m making cards. I’ll take a few pictures sometime but not yet because the attic is like a bombsite, moving things around has inevitably led to a big sort out which is very much a work in progress at the moment!
I have 2 quite simple cards to share today…
The set is called Four Legged Friends and is also available with an optional die set too, they are adorable
The die is Die-namics Stitched Interactive Window Trio and the banner is my new favourite because it cuts the outer frame too, I find these so hard to cut straight! Those are also by Die-namics and it’s Fishtail Flag Frames, you get 3 sizes in the pack each cutting an inner and a frame
My second card is one of the new images from Lili of the Valley which are due to be released on the 20th…
I did some paper piecing on this for a change, the image is called Warming Up and the dies are all Sue Wilson
The papers are from the Country Meadow collection at NitWits
Hope you like them, I’ll try and have a catch up on all your blogs over the weekend. Hopefully this lovely weather we’ve been having will stick around for a few more days
Have a great weekend everyone