Friday 28 September 2012


Just wanted to say welcome to my latest new followers, I'm happy that you take the time to visit my blog and hope you enjoy what you find on here . I'm also so pleased that I finally reached 100 followers. When I first started my blog I never dreamed I would reach the magic 100 !

Thursday 27 September 2012

Yardleys Lavender

Where has this week gone ? I just don't know where the time goes , again very little crafting done and its partly  due to the old brain not giving me a lot of inspiration again but also due to me feeling extremely tired once again, even went to bed at 10pm one night and believe me that is very,very early for me !  Anyhow enough moans-  onto my card....... Its my cousins 80th birthday next week and her daughter has planned a surprise party for her tomorrow night, thats her on the little circle, such a cutie and still a lovely lady. I needed to get her a little gift and her daughter suggested Yardleys lavender products as one of her favourites, they are hard to find nowadays but I did track some down, while looking on line I found the old Yardleys Advert on their site so based my card round it, she worked for some years in a chemists shop, can't remember if it was Boots but as we are from the Boot family the Inkylicious Boots stamp also seemed appropriate, layers of papers and ribbons, a flower and button and a bit of one of my fave trims along the bottom. hope she likes it.  Saturday I am off to Port Sunlight Happy Stampers festival - yeah !!!! can't wait.......

Try It On Tuesday - Lots of layers
Make It Monday - Anything goes

Friday 21 September 2012

Find Joy Everyday

I wanted to make a card for Make My Monday challenge - Vintage children and spent ages rooting about among my stamps etc , I also have quite a lot of vintage pics of pretty little victorian girls but i wasn't in the mood for such sweetness !  then I found this image on Bumblebutton's site and I just love the life in it, the picture inspired my choice of papers ( all from my huge stash of free papers from magazines ) bit of ribbon and the sentiment from a set of  Hero Art sentiment stamps and a punched daisy to finish off.

Make myMonday - vintage childhood

Oldie But Goodie challenge - Show us your ribbons  ( all my organza ribbons I have had for for at least a year and most of them probably a lot longer !)

C.R.A.F.T challenge - children

Crafty Ribbons Challenge-  vintage

Clear It Out Challenge - Child image plus old stash  (the papers)

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Messing about with ink

Last night I decided to make one piece into some atcs, wasted a couple of them and this is what I made with the other pieces. I used to be able to rattle off atcs in no time but found it a struggle to do them, partly because I didn't want to cover up too much of the background but felt I needed to add more to them

I've had a hard time doing this post ,nothing wants to go where I wanted it to so rather than mess about anymore just going to post it as is......

entering them on these challenges

Fashionable Stamping - good things come in small packages

atcs with attitude - anything goes

Everybodysart challenge - ATC

Fun With ATCs - ATC


Thursday 13 September 2012

Early Christmas

Don't know where this week has gone, seems like I no sooner get up than its time to go to bed and I don't seem to have done much in the hours in between. These cute little penguins were in with some free stamps on a magazine so I thought I'd just have a little play with them. The DP is some old Papermania that I had put to get rid of, used my new frostyville border die, cheery lynn corner die and spellbinders bauble die plus cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. The penguins are coloured with pro markers berry red and forest green and copics frosty blue.  I'm gettting on quite well with Christmas cards, each one I make I do a batch of six , its enough to do without getting the production line feeling ! Putting this on a couple of challenges

Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark - use markers

Anything Goes Challenge - Early Christmas

Sunday 9 September 2012


Just watched the closing ceremony of the Paralympics - thought it was fabulous and how about those steampunk machines !!! also been to a steam fair this afternoon , stopped at Masham for a cream tea on the way home, what more could a girl ask for !

Wednesday 5 September 2012

vintage fashion

Oh Joy !  I finally got to make a card I really enjoyed doing, when I saw Make It Monday challenge I couldn't wait to get going and make a card just for the pleasure of doing it.  Think I have spent too long making cards that I thought would sell or specific cards for various birthdays etc. Took a piece of Melissa Frances paper and stamped various images on it from an Inkilicious set (those of us who remember pre decimal money - I think the money is added up wrong ! I make it 21/6d ! ) Sad aren't I !!!  Used my new Marianne Oval die, some lace I bought on holiday in Greenwich (gorgeous little shop selling wooden buttons/lace etc)  stamp from personal impressions and the metal tape measure charm I have been hoarding.

Make My Monday - vintage fashion

Everybodys art challenge
 - vintage

Monday 3 September 2012

Seeing Red

The title was supposed to be about my card but after blogger has messed me about for 45 minutes trying to load this card I AM seeing red !  Another old stamp dragged out and dusted off, its a beautiful rose but maybe it would have been better coloured pink  as its a bit "in your face" Still not feeling inspired , mojo has never been missing this long, he seems to have been gone all summer! I am feeling a bit like making some Christmas cards so maybe I will concentrate on that for a while.
Putting this card on

Fashionable Stamping - Floral/flowers
Craft Your Passion - Floral Images
Make It Monday - Anything goes


Sunday 2 September 2012

Traditional colours

This is a very old favourite stamp that hasn't been used for a couple of years so thought it was due an outing. Simply stamped, coloured with pro markers and decoupaged, embossing folder background and done. I had meant to add some glitter to the flower centres but forgot until I saw it on here.  I'm trying to make "flat" cards this year because of the hike in postage charges! Can make the lumpy bumpies for hand delivered ones.  I've spent two days struggling to make a 60th wedding anniversary card for a lady to give to her husband, this has reminded me of why I don't do commissioned cards ! I don't know the couple concerned so its a stab in the dark, ended up going for the champagne glasses,red roses stuff, not enamoured with it !

Putting my card on a couple of challenges

Christmas Crafting - traditional Christmas colours
Creative Card Crew - Christmas

Penny Black at allsorts - Early Christmas makes