Saturday 31 December 2011


Hi lovely bloggers.  Whatever you plan to do this New Years  Eve....Have a fabulous time!!!

Wishing all my lovely followers and visitors a...
Very Happy, Healthy & Peaceful New Year!!! xxx 

Thursday 29 December 2011

Just One Word - LIM Week 47

Hi folks.  Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and now looking forward to 2012.

My keyboard decided to die over Christmas, and I had to buy a new one.  Also, my SLR camera has developed a large black spot on the inside of the lens.  If anyone has any advise on how to remove it, I would be very grateful.  I'm having to use my little point and shoot and the light has been so bad today.  So please excuse the photo.

Chrissie and Mandi over at Less Is More have challenged us to make a card using just one word.  For my card I used the Friends stamp by HOTP.

I embossed my base card.  The top is a Spellbinder picot edge die folded in half with threaded ribbon.  I stamped friends in black archival ink and touched the letters in with a turquoise glimmer pen to match the ribbon, and also added three tiny gems to the letter 'F'.

Thank you for stopping by xx

Monday 19 December 2011

Christmas Wishes for All My Lovely Blogging Friends & Followers

Hi everyone!  Hope you're all well... and much more prepared for Christmas than I am - LOL!

Apologies for the lack of blogging recently.  I will hopefully be back on track soon.

But right now, I want to wish you all a lovely Christmas and much health and happiness, (with lots of crafting), in the New Year!

Here are my cyber Christmas cards to all of you...
I'm going to try and visit you all in the next few days.
Sending my love and best wishes xx

Monday 5 December 2011

December Challenge #5 - Christmas - Anything With A Bow

Good morning everyone!  Hope you're all well and preparing for Christmas without too much stress.

This month it was my turn to choose the theme for our challenge over at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog. As my followers will already know, I love bows, so it wasn't hard for me to decide.  The challenge is...To make any Christmas card, or project, to include a bow.

Here are my three projects...

Spellbinder Ornament No.1
I made my ornament using the project I found here on Splitcoaststampers, which uses the Spellbinder Fleur di Lis die set.  I twisted my ornament around so that there were sixteen sections rather than the eight in the project. After assembly, I sprayed the whole ornament with iridescent Spray & Sparkle then added a large pearl cabochon.  The ribbon is 15mm white organza from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. This ribbon is perfect for bows as it keeps it's shape so well. 

Spellbinder Ornament No.2

For my second ornament, I used Spellbinders Parisian Motifs, Ironwork Motifs and Standard Cicles.  The ribbon and bow were made with the  beautiful parrot green sheer polka dot ribbon from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. I blinged the ornament with red and green rhinestones from my stash.  The centre was stamped, then coloured with pro markers.  I covered the berries with glossy accents to make them pop.

Christmas Cracker

My Christmas Cracker is 9" long and cut on the Cameo.  I used a 12"x12" (30cm x 30cm) piece of pearl red holly design 350gsm cardstock. The ribbon bows were made using 50mm white silky crush wired ribbon  from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.  Holly leaves were made from white cardstock, then glittered with Glamour Dust.  I added pink and white stamen to a pink Prima poinsettia.  The bling on the bows are actually diamante pins from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.  I cut them down with wire snippers before adding them to the bows.

Why not join in with us this month, as there will be a fabulous prize on offer from Sarah. 

Do visit my team mates who have some fabulous creations this month.

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great week! xx

Saturday 3 December 2011


Hi lovely blogging friends.  Hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend.
First of all I would like say a big 'Thank You' for all your lovely well wishes, which mean so much. It was lovely of you to take the time and leave some kind words.
I feel so much better today, and my fingers are no longer swollen. I have to wear support on my knee which may take six to eight weeks to fully recover.
Today I have a snowflake shaped card that was very quick and easy to make.
I cut the card shape and vellum overlay on the Cameo.  My bow is white seam binding from the  Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.  Before I tied the bow I sprayed the whole length of seam binding with iridescent Sparkle & Spray, which gave it a pretty sparkle.  Unfortunately it doesn't show up too well because of the bad light conditions here today.  Finally I stamped 'Snowflakes are Winter's Kisses' with Versamark ink and embossed with silver detail embossing powder.
I'll be back on Monday with a few more projects I've been working on today.
I'm entering my card into the Caravan Challenge #7 - Make It Sparkle!
Thank you for stopping by:)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

Tuesday 29 November 2011

I'll Be Back ASAP!

Good afternoon lovely bloggers. Hope you're all well.
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my work.  I hope I haven't missed commenting on any of your wonderful creations over the past few days.  I've tried to catch up using my laptop but it keeps crashing so I've given up on it.
I had a nasty fall on Saturday, trying to carry too many shopping bags.  I fell down some stone steps, smashed my left knee, knocked up and grazed all my fingers, which are now very swollen, and grazed my chin.  I feel as if I've been hit by a truck - LOL! I have to rest for a few days, but I will be back ASAP.
Thank you for stopping by!
AND...Take care! xx 

Friday 25 November 2011

Birthday Card & Gift Box

Hi everyone!  What a weird day, weather wise, here in West Yorkshire. We've had sun, rain, hail, gale force winds, and now it's very dull and raining.  The forcast for the weekend isn't much better.
Today I've made a birthday card and gift box for the Card Caravan Challenge #6 over at The Hybrid Chick, where the theme this month is Birthday.

I printed designs from the Quirky Twerp - Sugar Blossom collection at the Digichick onto 300gsm cardstock.  I also used peach bassil for my card base, label, box top and butterfly wings. Roses were made using a cut file from the Digichick Boutique.  Butterflies and label are a Silhouette cut file. Box flap was made using a Martha Stewart punch. Ribbon and bling are from my stash, and the happy birthday stamp is by Anna Griffin.
Thank you for stopping by:)
Have a Great Weekend! x

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Winter Kisses

Good afternoon everyone. Hope you're all well.  I can't believe that we're approaching December already.  Where as this year gone?
Today, every shape, including the card, was cut on my new Silhouette Cameo.  Vellum mat, and sentiment label were all from the same shape scaled down gradually.  The snowflake on the bottom left was designed by the lovely Bird who offers her fabulous cut files free.  The vellum is by Papermania.  Stamped sentiment was a freebie stamp from a magazine.  The gorgeous ribbon is 38mm Faux Silk Wrinkle in Ivory from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.

I'm entering my card into the Charisma Cardz Challenge #46 - Snowflakes, and  Papertake Weekly Challenge which is Christmas Crackers
Thank you for stopping by!
Enjoy the rest of your day:)

Saturday 19 November 2011

Frosty Roses

Good afternoon lovely bloggers.  Hope you're all well and enjoying your weekend.  I haven't been doing much creating over the past few days.  I had a throat infection that turned into quincies, (abscess), and not very nice.  Anyhow, I got my act together today and parcelled up my cards for the St. Lukes charity Christmas Fayre, and then made this card for a friend to give to her friend...
I cut the card shape and a smaller second layer on the Silhouette Cameo, (my new toy), which is an early Christmas present from DH. I then embossed the second layer. Sentiment is computer generated onto a  Spellbinders labels twenty.  I cut some roses and leaves then frosted them with glamour dust.  My bow is 25mm Salmon Pink satin from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. The pin is from my stash, to which I added some extra beads.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thank you for stopping by xx

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Let It Snow!! - Two Cards for St Lukes Charity Challenge

Hello lovely bloggers!  I'm late posting tonight, and because of the drab, dreary and miserable weather here in West Yorkshire today, my photo's didn't turn out too good.

I've made these cards for the St. Lukes Charity Card Challenge. The challenge is to make a Christmas card.  I need to get them off in the post this week, along with a few others I've made for such a wonderful charity.  

For my first card I used several layers from the Spellbinder Fleur Di Lis set.  Before layering, I rubbed clear VersaMark all over them and then sprinkled Kaleidoscope EP by Stampendous, then heat embossed. I had to lie my cards flat to to take the photo's, to show the effect of the beautiful EP.  The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat.
For my second card, I punched out lots of snowflakes and covered them with Glamour Dust, then arranged them at an angle across the card front.  This time, I used the largest die from the Spellbinder Ironwork Motifs set, (it makes a beautiful snowflake).  I did exactly the same technique with the EP as my first card.  For the center, I used a sentiment from Pink Petticoat, punched it out with a 2" circle punch, then went around the edge with Glamour Dust.
Thank You for stopping by!
Have A Great Day! xx

Friday 11 November 2011

Blue Birdies

Good morning lovely bloggers.  Hope you're all looking forward to the weekend.  It's supposed to be mild with quite a lot of sunshine...YAY!!
For my card today I used some light and dark blue roses I made a while ago. I saw the November challenge over at Sir Stampalot was to use blue and green. I used some pale green backing paper from the Prima - Romantique 6"x6" paper stack. I also die cut a small border from mid blue basil card stock, and added some pale green gems. My stamped image is by Crafty Individuals. I used shades of blue and green promarkers to colour the birds and inked the edges with Bundled Sage distress ink. The stamped sentiment is by Anna Griffin.
Thank you for stopping by
Enjoy a Great Weekend! xx

Tuesday 8 November 2011

A Trio of Cards

Hi everyone!  It's misty, damp and dreary here in West Yorkshire today.  Only six weeks to the shortest day, and then we're on our way back to longer days.

I've been on a bit of a roll...I made a card last night and two today. They're all a bit different for me, but I enjoyed making them using different techniques.
Card No.1 - I embossed the whole base card background, then stamped Anna Griffin rose image with Tuxedo Black onto a Spellbinder labels twenty.  The rose is coloured with - Barn Door, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage distress inks.  Pearls and seam binding are from my stash.

Card No.2 - I made my own background by stamping an assortment of flourish patterns from Vintage Garden by Stempelglede, using Rusty Hinge distress ink. I then stamped the Anna Griffin sentiment onto a Spellbinder labels two with Chocolate Impress dye inkpad. I rubbed rusty hinge ink over some white card to make matching rolled roses then added some peach spotted organza ribbon.
Card No.3 - For this card I used an Anita's stamp that I've had for years and never used.  I stamped directly onto my card base with Tuxedo Black, then stamped again onto pink card for the flower and green card for the leaves.  I then paper pieced these onto my card. The sentiment is on the same stamp. Finally, I added a little pink twine bow.
Apologies for the long post, but I thought it was better than posting them all individually.
Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy the rest of today xx

Monday 7 November 2011

Buttons & Bows - Challenge #4

Good morning everyone.  Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for another challenge.

It's challenge number four over at The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog, and this month Jane has chosen Buttons & Bows as the theme.  We would love you to join in with us, so why not play along and be in with a chance of winning  some fabulous goodies from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.

Here is my contribution...

I used - Sky Blue 25mm large gingham check ribbon for my double bow, (which is beautiful to work with), 15mm Cornflower grosgrain ribbon for the central strip, one large and three small blue pearl buttons...all from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.  Sentiment is from JustRite Stampers mounted onto a Spellbinders Parisian Accents die.  I also used a Martha Stewart punch and crochet edging from my stash.  I threaded crochet cotton through the buttons.

Now why not pop on over to the blog and see the fabulous creations by my team mates.

Thank you for stopping by xx
Have A Great Week!!

Friday 4 November 2011

Vintage Christmas

Hi everyone hope you're all looking forward to an enjoyable weekend.  It's wet and windy right now in West Yorkshire.  The fireworks seem to have come to a halt.  They seem to go on for weeks around here.

My card today is for two challenges...'St Lukes Charity Cards Challenge', which is to make a Christmas card, and the 'ABC Christmas Challenge', where you have to make a vintage Christmas card.

For my base card I used Kraft card and inked the edges with white, then embossed with white EP.  I covered the base card with a paper design by 'Quirky Twerp' at the 'Hybrid Chick', my doily is a new range by Marianne, to which I added a satin bow made from 15mm red satin from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. The glittered flower, mini postcard and gems are from my stash.  The greeting stamp is by WMS from the Say It Loud - Winter Holiday collection.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a Great Weekend! xx

Monday 31 October 2011

Trimming the Tree

Happy Halloween everyone! And for those of you who will be celebrating with your children, I hope you have a lovely time.
I started to make my Christmas cards today, and although colouring isn't my forte, (I prefer painting), I quite enjoyed myself colouring in some Christmas images with Pro Markers.
For this card...first of all I covered the front with glittered vellum from Papermania. I then tore a piece of white paper to make some definition and form a bank of snow on the ground. I edged this with Glamour Dust.
 The stamped image is from LOTV, coloured with the Pro Markers and Glamour Dust to highlight the snow and fur trim. I then cut the image out and embedded it into the snow.
My sentiment is also from LOTV, I mounted it onto a doily from Spellbinders - Floral Motifs, then added some aurora borealis gems, and a bow made with the gorgeous 15mm red satin ribbon from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.
I'm entering this card into the challenge at Make It Monday - Anything goes
Thanks for stopping by xx

Saturday 29 October 2011

Too Cute To Spook!

Hi everyone! Hope you're all well and enjoying your weekend.

Here are my Halloween treats for the tinies. I've made several but these are just a couple. I adore these cute!

Thats all the Halloween stuff for this year folks.

PS... For those of you in GMT...Don't forget to put your clocks back 1 hour tonight.
Thanks for stopping by xx

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Going Bats!!

Hello lovely bloggers!  It's three weeks since I last blogged and I'm feeling a bit mojoless, (is that a word?) LOL!  We were on holiday from 1st - 15th October.  I caught a virus that turned into a nasty chest infection and I've been feeling rotten for a few weeks now.
I hope you are all well and enjoying your crafting.
I had to motivate myself into making a few little Halloween treat boxes, and a card.  These are for some older children.  I still have to make a few more for the younger ones, and will upload those later.

Thanks for stopping by.  I will visit you all and see what you've been up to while I was away.
Enjoy the rest of the week xx

Monday 3 October 2011

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Challenge #3

Hi everyone.  Hope you're all well.  By the time this post uploads I will 'hopefully' be on a cruise ship with my DH celebrating our wedding anniversary.
The challenge at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog this month is...Anything Goes. Here are my three takes...

This gift box was cut on the Silhouette, as was the label. I designed the label myself, and layered it to give some depth. The box dp is digital, from Summertime Designs.
The ribbon is a gorgeous 38mm Ivory Silk Wrinkle from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.  It's so lovely to handle and ties bows wonderfully.

My second box is another design cut on the Silhouette.  For this one I used Moss Green seam binding from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop and the dp is a digital download from Nitwit designs. I cut out the star, added tacky glue, then sprinkled with diamond glitter.
Finally, I made a Christmas card in the shape of a stocking and covered it with dp from Summertime Designs. I coated the stocking top with tacky glue and then sprinkled Martha Stewart crystals over it. The ribbon is 15mm Moss Green satin from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. The Christmas seal stamp is by Catslife Press.  It stamps really well, and is available from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.
Now why not pop on over to the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog, and see the other DT members lovely creations.  And more importantly.....what fab goodies are up for grabs this month.

Thank you for stopping by!  I'll visit you all, to see what you've been up to when we get back.

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Christmas Card #2

Hi everyone. A quick and easy Christmas card from me today.  I used three different dp's from the 'Simple Joys' digital paper collection by Nitwit designs.  My sentiment was computer generated onto a tag from Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 - to which I attached pale green velvet ribbon.
Thank you for stopping by and have a Great Day! xx

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Christmas Time

Hi everyone, hope you're all well and enjoying this lovely late summer weather.
Here is my first Christmas card for 2011....
I matted some embossed card onto gold silk cardstock. The snowflake is a Marianne die to which I added gems, a gold silk scalloped cicle and Christmas clock face, coated with glossy accents. The ribbon is 15mm red satin from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.
Thank you for stopping by xx

Monday 26 September 2011

Three Little Gift Boxes

Hi everyone.  I can't believe it's already Monday again.
I've taken the plunge and started on my Christmas gift boxes.  These three are quite small, but would be suitable to hang from the tree with a luxury chocolate inside....yummy!
The pillow box was cut on the Silhouette from silver mirror card.  I added some of the lovely 25mm  meadow green gingham, from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. Then topped it off with a die cut snowflake and a sentiment from LOTV.
The next two little boxes were also cut on the Silhouette, as was the holly.  I coloured the holly with distress inks. For the one on the left, I went over all the holly berries on the DP with glossy accents, and made three berries from Fimo for the decoration and coloured those with Pro Markers. The one on the right has decorations from my stash and a LOTV sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by - Have a great week xx

Sunday 25 September 2011

Shabby Music Sheet

Hello everyone. Hope the sun has been shining where you are today, and that you all had a lovely weekend. I've got a really sore throat, and feel quite grotty.  There seems to be alot of poorly people about just now.  This always sees to happen at the change of seasons.
Anyhow...I haven't felt up to doing much crafting for the past few days, but thought I should show willing today and make an effort.  So here's my latest creation....
I embossed the card base with MS embossing board, then embossed a piece of Coordinations with the music embossing folder and distressed it.  I tore the botton edge diagonally and roughly curled the top edge.  I found the doilies while clearing out some old boxes...must have had those years! I triple layered the label, the sentiment stamp is from JustRite. Flowers, ribbon and gems from stash.
Thank you for stopping by xx

Tuesday 20 September 2011

LIM - Anything Goes

Hi everyone. Hope you're all well.  We've been really busy trying to get all our alterations and decorating completed before we go away.  So I've had to do my crafting late...when hubby is sleeping.
Chrissie and Mandy over at Less Is More are going for 1000 submissions this week, and anything CAS goes.
Here is my submission for the challenge...
Plain white card, with a little added embossing and punching.  Teal velvet ribbon and a little birdie with crown.
Thank you for stopping by xx

Monday 19 September 2011

Fancy Bag/Box

Here is my second entry into  The Hybrid Chick - Card Caravan Challenge #2 - Buttons.  I hope it's acceptable, because it's a box, not a card.  Once again I used the dp designs from 'Going to Grandmas' and printed onto cardstock before cutting out my box on the Silhouette.  The box is a digi download from The Hybrid Chick.
I embellished my box with some of the beautiful gingham ruffle from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.  I stitched it into a circle, and because the ribbon has an elesticated top edge, I made it so that it would stretch and slide on and off the box flap to hold it shut.  I then threaded brown satin ribbon and button twine through my button holes, and stitched it to the ribbon closure.

Thank you for stopping by xx

Card Caravan Challenge #2 – Buttons

My second card for today is one I am entering into the challenge over at The Hybrid Chick  The challenge is to make a card with a button on it.
Once again I cut my card shape and one mat on the Silhouette.  The third mat is a nestie shape from Parisian Motifs.
Patterned paper is from 'Going to Grandmas' collection at the Digi Chick, which I used for the second mat and flowers. Sentiment and label are from Die-namics.
Buttons, pearls, lace and black loopy ribbon are from my stash.  I ran some white crochet cotton several times across Rusty Hinge distress ink, then threaded through buttons and tied into tiny bows.
Thank you for stopping by - Have a Great Week xxx

A Tactile Get Well

Good afternoon everyone.  It soon rolls around to Monday again - doesn't it?
First of all I want to thank all of you who asked about my eye, and wished me well.  After a few days of gently bathing it, my eye is fine now, thank you!
I was asked to make a tactile card for someone who is recovering in hospital.  I cut the card and all additional shapes, including flower, on Silhouette.  I've had some card candy for ages and never used it, I thought it would be more tactile than using gems.  My bow was made with a stiff organza ribbon from stash.

Thank you for stopping by - Have a Great Week! xxx

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Things With Wings & Three Colour Challenge

Hi everyone!  Hope you're all safe and these gales from the hurricane haven't done any damage to your property.  Our garden has been bashed, and our fencing blew down on one side, we got away far! We have a fairly large garden, and fortunately the shrubs and trees have protected the other fencing. We're very high up here, we can see right across the Pennines.  It seems to be calming down a little just now.  I won't go to bed until it has.  It's scary! 
While we were outside trying to prop up the fencing something blew into my right eye and scratched it.  It's constantly weeping, so I've been making this card with one eye closed - LOL!

I cut my butterfly in fuschia and black card on the Silhouette. It's quite large 7.5 x 8.00 cm (3"x31/2"). I used gems for the body and made wire antenna. The ribbon was some that came wrapped around my new PJ's. I rolled the rose from fuschia and grey paper, and the sentiment is also fuschia, black and grey, with a few little fuschia gems.
I'm entering it into this weeks challenge over at Papertake Weekly - Things With Wings.
And at  CR84FN where you have to use these three colours...

Thank you for stopping by xx

Saturday 10 September 2011

Three Little Cards

Hi everyone! Hope you're all enjoying a lovely weekend. I'm dreading this hurricane that's due here in the north tomorrow evening and Monday. It's already really windy.

I've made three little cards that will come in handy, and they could all be made from one A4 sheet, making them just under 4" (10cm) across. For my base card I printed one of the 'Blossom' designs from 'Autumn Flowers & Leaves' by Pink Petticoat. Two of the cards are topped with a folded doily from 'Parisian Motifs'

I cut some tiny flowers to echo the design of the paper on this card. My bow is made with gorgeous 25mm meadow green gingham from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.

For this card I rolled a rose added some gold stamen, a bow of narrow satin ribbon from stash, and sentiment from Anna Griffin stamp set.
For card number three, I just added a border cut with the Parisian Accents border die, then added some narrow deep peach ribbon and a bow.

Thank you for stopping by - Have a lovely weekend!