Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Last Thing You Wanted To See LOL :)

Well good afternoon everybody,

I'm sorry I've not posted on my blog for an absolute age, I had planned to have a blogging break over the Christmas Holidays to spend time with loved ones but un beknowns to me and Leon we would both come down with Flu and a really nasty chest infection a piece on Christmas Eve. We've both been in bed for a week, had no Christmas dinner and only just opened presents yesterday. We've both had the emergency doctor out and are on penicillin so a quiet New Year for us lol.

Anyway enough waffle, I was inspired to make a card this afternoon whilst watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks...unfortunately for you it is in fact a dreaded Christmas Card.  I've used this gorgeous Saturated Canary stamp and coloured her with my promarkers: satin, blush, sunkissed pink, tan, caramel, cool grey 1,2,3, black, henna, burnt sienna, umber, forest green, olive green, gold, crimson and burgundy.

I've highlighted her with my white gel pen and my clear stardust pen.  The papers are called "Frankincense - Kaisercraft Twig & Berry Collection". The sentiment stamp is Lili of the Valley and the jute twine, mesh and flowers are all from the Ribbon Girl.

I have decorated the inside of the card with matching papers and have made a tissue lined box. I am determined that 2013 I will make at least one Christmas card per fortnight and not  be left rushing them out at the last minute and hating them like I was this year...nearly contemplated buying some SHOCK!

Anyway hope you are all well and have a good start to the new year.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Eclectic Ellapu challenge # 10 - Anything Goes

Good Morning,
Whooo Hoooo school closed on Friday and I have 3 weeks holiday :) . Also today is the day for the new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu and this week it's a special challenge as it will run for 3 weeks and the theme is  Challenge # 10 - ANYTHING GOES and both the Pink and Purple teams are participating in this one so lots of gorgeous talent and inspirational projects on display.  .

I wold like to share this Ruby Wedding card I was asked to make. I did not use any stamps on this card, just made use of die cuts and embossing folders.

The poem was taken from a free website and printed in ruby ink to match the card used for matting and layering.  The sentiment was also computer generated. I added white liquid pearls to the oustide edge of the card and a touch of silver pearl to the red heart.

I use an old Cuttlebug die to create the hearts, wanting them to depict the "Bride and Groom". I embossed and glittered the white heart.
Simple but effective.

Be sure to check out the fabulous work from my fellow Eclectics and why not enter your own project.

Sunday, 9 December 2012


I have been a SHOCKING blogger these last few weeks. What with Leon being poorly (but now on the mend) and work being manic i've simply not had time to craft or post anything. BUT school closes for Christmas on friday so I'm hoping to catch up with you all soon. Thank you to those of you who have stuck with me, will try and catch up with your own blogs soon.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Santa Paws - Eclectic Ellapu challenge #8

Good Morning everybody,

Here we are with challenge 8 over at Eclectic Ellapu and this weeks theme is "Santa Paws and Snowflakes" chosen by the lovely Jacki and it's the turn of the Purple Team :). We want to see your Christmas cuties of the four legged variety. I have chosen my "Tatty Ted" stamp to make this gift set consisting of : card, bottle cuff and vanilla scented candle.


This was made using scraps of design papers and scraps of card. The sentiment is a Penny Black Stamp which I just adore. The snowflakes were made with a Marianne Creatables die and the embossing made with my swiss dots and snowflake embossing folders. The buttons from my stash.

Bottle Cuff:

Made with an off cut of card, used a circle nestie to create the aperture. Decorated with matching papers to the card and stickles for a little Christmas sparkle.


Snowflake buttons are from my stash and the gorgeous ribbon was given to me in a swap. The teddy was stickled before heat sealing him into the candle.

Well thanks for visiting my blog, why not pop over to Eclectic Ellapu and check out my fantastic teamies creations, and take on the challenge yourself  :) .

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Thank you - You're Bloody Brilliant

Evening all, a quick post from me to let you all know that my other half Leon is now on the mend. A week ago Friday he was rushed to hospital with suspected internal bleeding. When he got to A&E they diagnosed bleeding ulcer and operated within an hour. Turns out after having NO symptoms or warning signs at all, he had TWO ulcers, one bleeding the second about to burst. The surgeons said his body had started to shut down and he lost a lot of blood and fluid. He had a blood transfusion 4 pints and fluids and was allowed home on Monday this week.

The Dr's, Nurses, Surgeons, Porters, Health Care Assistants, Radiographers, Pharmacists and Lab Staff at the WEST CUMBERLAND HOSPITAL (Whitehaven) are fantastic. They are Angels and I am so grateful to them for the care Leon received and for saving his life.

Also to all you lovely guys and gals (Myself included) who regularly donate blood, Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, you also helped to save Leon's life.

The cards above along with tins of sweets are for the hospital staff, we will take them in next week. Leon is getting his strength back bit by bit and is on the mend, so hopefully my crafting will resume this week as I've been looking after him.

Anyway Thanks for looking, catch up with you all soon :) .

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Figgy Pudding - Eclectic Ellapu Challenge # 6

Thank God for Scheduled posts lol :).
Good Morning everyone, well it's Sunday and that means it's time for Challenge #6 over at Eclectic Ellapu.
The very talented Abigail has chosen this weeks theme "Layering/Openable/Interactive". I decided to go with a Christmas card using this gorgeous "LOTV" stamp.

I have paper pieced part of the image and coloured the rest with my promarkers: Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Crimson, Burgundy, Forest Green, Emerald Green, Blush, Cool Grey 1 to 5, Satin and Dusky Pink. I highlighted their cheeks with my white gel pen.

I have added lots of layers of scraps of old Christmas papers to this card, edging all the layers with my Diamond Stickles.

I also have a hidden sentiment tag hidden behind the stamped image. This is found by gently pulling the bow and charms to the side. The sentiment used on the tag is by Penny Black. The ribbon, charms and buttons are all from my stash.

I also decorated the inside of the card with matching papers.
Why not pop over to our blog and check out my fellow purple teamies creations, they will knock your socks off.
Thanks for looking :).


I'd like to enter the following.

Saturday, 17 November 2012


Sorry for the lack of posts or commenting this week. My otherhalf has been seriously ill and is currently in hospital so it's been a bit manic. Normal service will resume shortly and will catch up with you all soon.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Lest We Forget

They shall not grow old, as we that are left shall grow old.
Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them.

We will remember them.

I am a strong supporter of Remembrance Sunday/Armistice Day. My Gran was in the army during WWII working the lights at Biggin Hill Aerodrome. My Dad was in the army, he served in the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment and had postings in Belfast in the early 70's. Leon my Fiance served in the Royal Navy as a Submariner and my Brother wears a Police Uniform everyday at work and was involved in the Whitehaven Shootings two years ago. They make me proud, seeing my Dad in his Vets uniform ready to march makes me proud too.

The men and women who have fallen, the men and women who have returned from conflict injured and the men and women who have returned from conflict safely deserve our support, respect and every prayer bestowed upon them.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Little And Large

Good Evening,
Well it's only 5 week until the end of term, this week has flew by soooooo fast it's scary. A quick share for you, using This gorgeous Snowy Tilda again (she's a favourite).

I Cut the card down to 5 1/2 " square and used up some scraps of papers. I paper pieced Tilda and coloured her hair and skin with my promarkers. I've added buttons from my stash and snowflakes were made with a Marianne Creatables die.  I added orange stickles and edged the layers with frosted lace stickles.

The little card was made with the off cut or scrapling of card. I added a circles nestie and snowflakes and buttons. The sentiment on both cards is by Penny Black.

Short and sweet.
Thanks for looking :) .


Delightful Challenges - Let It Snow (Snowflakes),
Paper Play Challenges - Snowflakes.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Candle Jar and Card

Evening everybody,
A quick little post from me, just wanted to share this Christmas Card and Gift I've made. I used an old Christmas Tilda for the card and the tag.

I used scraps of DP's and ribbon on this card. The Tilda was coloured with promarkers and highlighted with my white gel pen. I added diamond stickles to the roses which are from the Ribbon Girl. The buttons are from my stash. I created the tree with a nellie snellen doily tree die. I edged the card, tree, wording and Tilda with my antique linen ink.

I made a a tag that matches the card to decorate this jar filled with Vanilla Scented Tea Lights. Another cheap but cheerful gift set.

Thanks for looking :) .

Monday, 5 November 2012

Goldfinger.... Ta dah dahhhhh....

He's the man, the man with the Midas touch....
Song has stuck in my head whilst making this card because I accidentally spilled my gold glitter all over the bed...Oops. Well I'll have a sparkle in my step for work tomorrow :). Anyway A Christmas Card to share with you - Custom order.

I've somehow fallen in love with my Tilda stamps all over again an had to use this super cute "Snowy Tilda" from the new Magnolia Christmas range. She has been coloured with promarkers: Warm Grey 1 to 5, blush, dusky pink, sunkissed pink and burgundy, highlighted with my white gel pen and paper pieced.

I have used scraps of papers and card , my snowflakes dies and snowflakes embossing folder, circle nesties and rectangle nesties. The sentiment stamp is by Penny Black, the ribbon and twine are from the Ribbon Girl and the charm from Bunny Zoe's.

I followed the sketch from this weeks "Totally Tilda" challenge for the layout of my card and made a matching gift box.

Thanks for looking.


I'd like to enter the following....

Totally Tilda - #59 Sketch Time.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

It's A Vintage Thing - Eclectic Ellapu Challenge # 4

Morning everyone,
I can't believe we are already on challenge number 4 over at Eclectic Ellapu and this week it's the turn of us Purples. Our theme has been chosen by the lovely Sandra and it's "It's a Vintage Thing". I have made this birthday card for my Auntie, when she was a little girl she used to dress the pet cats up in bonnets and matinee jackets and take them out in her dolls pram.

I had to use this digi for her card, I thought of her as soon as I seen it. I've coloured it with my promarkers trying to create a vintage sepia photograph effect. I highlighted the image with my white gel pen.
The fancy corners were created with my fleur de lys nesties.

The flowers are a mixture of brown and cream and the liquid pearls are in platinum. I've added the pearls to the butterflies and the photo corners.

The sentiment is an old Penny Black stamp but has been so useful, purrrrfect for this card I thought.

This is a weekly challenge and the emphasis is on FUN, the winner, runners up and top 5 win a badge chosen by the DT no random org here :) . To enter just hop over to our blog and link up on Miss Linky (yes she is female).


Digi: Mo Manning - Danielle and her baby.
Sentiment: Penny Black.
Promarkers: Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Burnt Sienna, Putty, Apricot, Warm Grey 1 to 5.
Others: Fleur De Lys nesties, flowers( The Ribbon Girl), liquid pearls (stash). Antique Linen Distress ink (Haven Crafts). Butterfly (marianne creatables die).
Design Papers: Prima Botanicals.

Thanks for looking :) .


I'd like to enter the following....

Come and get it challenge - Monochromatic sunday.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Joyeux Noel - Card

Morning Everyone.
Saturday Morning and my last weekend off for 6 weeks, so this post  is scheduled as I'm with Leon <3 .="." candle="candle" card="card" holder.="holder." i="i" just="just" made="made" match="match" share="share" the="the" to="to" wanted="wanted" with="with" yesterdays="yesterdays" you="you">

The card has a hidden sentiment tag, and I have threaded through some scraps of ribbon, a charm and beads recycled from old bracelets. The Joyeux Noel was made with alphabet stamps. Tilda was coloured with promarkers and her jumper was paper pieced.

The design papers are scraps of Dovecraft and Basic Grey, I used white glitter card for the snowflakes and added buttons to the centre of each one. I decorated the insert with matching papers.

I added frosted lace to the edges of the blue mats and some platinum liquid pearls. I've also made a matching gift box for the card but it is currently still drying so no photo.

So thanks for looking. I'll be back tomorrow, bright and early ready for the new Eclectic Ellapu Challenge.


Stamps - Snowy Tilda (Magnolia), Sentiment (Penny Black), Joyeux Noel (alphabet stamps).
Promarkers - blush, dusky pink, sunkissed pink, warm grey 1 to 5, tan, caramel, cinnamon, cornflower blue.
Design Papers - Wassail (Basic Grey) and Dovecraft.
Others - Buttons (stash), Beads (stash), Charm (Bunny Zoe's), Snowflakes (Marianne Creatables Die), Ribbon (The Ribbon Girl), Liquid Pearls and Stickles (Haven Crafts).


I'd like to enter the following...

Friday, 2 November 2012

Joyeux Noel - picture laden post

Good Morning - wow I've had a busy blog this week lol.
Well Friday is here, last day of half term but still have the weekend to go before School on monday. I wanted to share this Tea light/votive holder I've made and it's so easy I'll be doing a few more as the are perfect Christmas gifts :) .

I found the link to the tutorial over at Coops blog thanks Nic or you can find it here. I have used scraps of card and design papers too which makes me even happier and keeps the pile down.

I used the gorgeous new Snowy Tilda stamp and coloured her up with my promarkers and highlighted her with my white gel pen. The candle holder has a hidden sentiment tag and the sentiment is from Penny Black.

The "Joyeux Noel" was created with alphabet stamps. I'll be back tomorrow to share the matching card and gift box
Thanks for looking :) .


Design Paper - Dove Craft
Stamps - Snowy Tilda (Magnolia), Sentiment(Penny Black), alphabet stamps.
Promarkers: Warm Grey 1 to 5, cornflower blue pastel blue, tan, caramel, cinnamon, blush, dusky pink and sunkissed pink.
Others - Ribbon (The Ribbon Girl), Snowflake Charm(Bunny Zoe's), Circle and Scalloped Circle Nesties, Marianne Snowflake Dies, Buttons (Stash), Frosted Lace Stickles (Haven Crafts) , snowflake embossing folder, swiss dots embossing folder and Bells (stash).


I'd like to enter the following....

Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog - November Something Hidden.
Marvelous Magnolia Challenge #1 Anything Goes.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Love Bubbles

Morning All,
OMG the 1st of November!!! and day 4 of half term and this week is flying in :( . Went to see Skyfall yesterday, I wont give the plot away but I will say it was AWESOME!

Have a custom card to share today, requested by my Uncle for my Auntie and Uncles Ruby Wedding this month.

This super cute image was coloured with my promarkers and highlighted with my white gel pen and I added stickles to the bubbles and water.

I have decorated the inside of the card with matching papers. The sentiments both inside and out were computer generated.


Stamp: Lili Of The Valley.
Design Papers: Basic Grey and My Minds Eye.
Promarkers: Warm Grey 1 to 5, Crimson, Burgundy, Tulip Yellow and Ice Grey 1.
Other: Oval Nesties, Liquid Pearls, Diamond Stickles, Paper Flowers (Ribbon Girl), Hat Pins (Ribbon Girl).


I'd like to enter the following....

Eclectic Ellapu - #3 Recipe Chllenge, 1 image, 2 design papers, 3 embellishments of the same type (snowflakes and buttons).

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Welcome Baby Giles

Morning Everyone,
 Day 2 of Half term and another Baby card to share made for my friend and her hubby. I used the gorgeous Sugar Nellie digi - Bambino for this card and coloured it with my promarkers. I kept to a clean and simple design with this card, adding a sprinkle of sparkle, pearls and organza ribbon.

I found this poem on the web and changed the names accordingly, I particularly like the line "That you've made a happy landing" as Dom (Elika's hubby) is an airline pilot :). The design papers used inside and out are Craft Creations.

Sentiments are computer generated. Thanks for looking and enjoy your Tuesday :). I'm off to see Skyfall tomorrow.


Stamp: Bambino - Sugar Nellie Digi.
Design Papers: Craft Creation.
Other: Liquid pearls, organza ribbon, diamond stickles (stash).
Promarkers: Powder Blue, Blue Pearl, Satin, Blush and Dusky Pink.


I'd like to enter the following....

Card Mania - CMC#6 Oh Baby.
Kreative Stamp Friends - Clean and Simple.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Big Brother

Good Morning Everyone,
It's a sunny but crisp and cool Monday morning here, the first day of the Half term holidays :) whooo hooo. Saying that, thanks to the clocks going back this weekend, I've been awake since 5.30 am so got some crafting in while the rest of the world was sleeping.

This special card is for the son of a dear school friend who had her second baby on Friday. They have emigrated to Australia but thanks to Social Networking it's like she's only down the road. I used the adorable "Mo Manning Digi".

I coloured the image with my promarkers and highlighted it with my white gel pen. The design papers are "first Edition", the sentiments were computer generated and I used my alphabet dies to create his name.

I have decorated the card the inside of the card with matching papers and embellished with my star nesties and buttons, adding a little dusting of glitter to his name and the large star.
The poem printed inside the card is from the web, I changed the names to suit.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day.


Stamp:  Mo Manning Digi Isaac and his brother.
Papers: First Edition.
Promarkers: Sunkissed Pink, Dusky Pink, Blush, Caramel, Cinnamon, Burnt Sienna, Peach, Honeycomb, Spice, Apple, Leaf Green, Powder Blue, Blue Pearl, Red, Black, Tulip Yellow, Warm grey 1to 5 and Cool grey 1 to 5.
Others:  Square and star nesties, diamond stickles, alphabet dies, buttons(stash).


I'd like to enter the following....

Here Come The Boys  - #39 Die Cuts & Punches.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Tilda with Holly

Morning everyone,
I thought I'd share this card I made to match yesterdays tag. I used "Tilda with Holly"a nd lots of scraps of card and papers.

Tilda was coloured with my promarkers and she has been decoupaged for depth. I have decorated the inside of the card and stamped the Penny Black sentiment.

Short and sweet today.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.


Stamps - Tilda With Holly (Magnolia), Sentiment (Penny BLack).
DP - Scraps.
Promarkers - apple, meadow green, forest, crimson, sunkissed pink, dusk pink, pastel pink, blush, nd warm grey 1 to 5.
Other - Circle nesties (web), Red Gems (Ribbon Girl) Holly Ribbon (Haven Crafts), Buttons (stash), Diamond Stickles (Haven Crafts).