Wednesday 29 January 2014

Summer Days

Good afternoon to all my friends and  followers. I hope that you are all well and  not too down with the dark miserable weather we seem to be having a lot at  the moment. It is good for staying in and  crafting but the light is terrible especially if you need to do photos. Anyway enough of that. today I'm posting another card made with a stamp I bought a while ago and had  never used its a LOTV stamp called Summer Days. I wish it really was Summer !!. Its such a pretty stamp but took a bit of colouring as its quite detailed in places. I decided on distressed inks for this one.

Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork Cards
Card Tim Holtz
Papers from a Melisa Francis pad I think its 5th Avenue
Stamp LOTV Summer Days coloured with distress inks
Sentiment LOTV Grungy Good Times
Lace local store Boyes
Fence die Crafty Sentiments Designs
Birdcage die cut from Craftwork cards embossed with Vintage Rose Frantage
Ribbon, Doily and twine from stash
Flowers and  metal butterflies from WOC
Metal leaves Dawn to  Dusk Crafts
Small cream resin roses Michaels USA
I have been to  South Shields today with Hubby to meet up with my friend Val who is staying at The Little Haven Hotel its a nice Hotel right on the sea but it was absolutely freezing. We had our lunch at a  place called The Custom House food was OK but very glamorised in the web photos never mind had a good long chat over a bottle of wine which we all enjoyed
I'm home alone tonight as Michael is going to the football so planning to catch up on comments and  do some crafting. Sounds good to me.
Enjoy your evening and the rest of the week. Thanks to you all for the fab comments on my recent  cards they are lovely and so appreciated.
I am entering this card in  Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge ,  The Ribbon Girl Challenge and Crafting by Designs


Saturday 25 January 2014


Good evening to all my amazing Friends and  Followers. I'm now back to normal crafting and  one of the things I decided this year was to  try and  stamp up all those stamps I have  never used. So this is the first. Its a LOTV stamp called Skipping and I've taken some inspiration from their Gallery to  get me going . I painted the image with distress inks and  used  a shaped card for a change.

I decorated the inside but I haven't put a verse in yet because I've not decided who to send it to.

Card Recipe

Shaped card from Craftwork cards
Flowered and spotted paper from a magazine freebie
Doily Cheery Lyn Die
Stamp LOTV Skipping coloured with Distress Inks
Postcard stamp LOTV
Swirl Magnolia Do Hickey Die
Pleated Ribbon from Stash
Lace from Dainty Crafts Washington
White seam binding Live and  Love Crafts
Banner from ebay coloured with distress ink
Flowers from Wild Orchid Craft and  Hobbycraft
Pearl Hearts from stash
Sentiment stamps from LOTV one of my Christmas presents
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend I've been to the hairdressers this afternoon and going to do some crafting this evening started a card yesterday I  had to leave it last night as I hit bit of a brick wall when it was not working out but now know what I'm doing well I hope so !!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend whatever you have  planned. Hope your weather is better than here its cold and wet horrible.
I'm entering this card into Crafty Sentiment Designs Challenge Birthdays,  Crafty Little Fairies Challenge Sport and Crafting by Design Girlie. See my sidebar Challenges for links to  all these challenges.




Wednesday 22 January 2014

Memory Box

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers. Firstly I want to  say a big thank you for all your recent comments they have been so  kind and I appreciate the time you all take to view my blog.
Today I'm posting a Memory box I made to take for my friend Val last week. I didn't know what to  take and had seen these on a number of American blogs and on Pinterest so decided to  have a go.
I enjoyed decorating it and  hopefully it will be something my friend can treasure and also store some precious things of Ed's ..

Base of the box
This is a  photo of the box my friend took with the photos of Ed.


Box Recipe

Empty box painted with Gesso for distressed look
Sentiment from Internet
White Card Tim Holtz distressed on edges and  topstitched
Pearl trims from Hobbycraft and Boyes
Swiss Dots Frame from Craftwork Cards cut to fit sentiment
Flowers from Wild Orchid Craft and my stash
Lace Dainty Crafts Washington
Die cut corners from ebay
Glamour dust
I hope you enjoy looking at this box as much as I enjoyed making it. Enjoy the rest of the week just off to  the Charity Shop after lunch been having a Wardrobe clear out . Now have space for more new clothes !!


Sunday 19 January 2014

Sympathy Card for Val

Good Morning to all my lovely friends and crafty followers. Today I'm posting a sympathy card for my dearest friend. I found it very hard to make as I do not normally make sympathy cards. I knew though that I would not find exactly what I wanted or the right verse in a shop bought card.

Card Recipe

8x8 Blank card from Craftwork cards
Cherry Blossom Stamp from docrafts painted with distress inks
White card Tim Holtz distressed at edges and  topstitched in white topstitch thread
Matted onto silver mirra card
Embossing folder free in a magazine
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
Sentiments and pearls from my stash
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend I'm catching up on things in the house  as we were in London for three days last week at Ed's funeral.
I also want to tell you that I got a top 3 in Crafty Sentiment Designs Challenge with my husbands birthday card. I'm absolutely delighted its my first top 3.
I do  hope this dark weather goes quickly its so depressing having lights on all day . I do envy my friend Lorna who just flew off on Friday on an around the world trip and is currently enjoying the sunshine in India not jealous at all !!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and enjoy whatever you are all planning on doing.



Sunday 12 January 2014


Hello to all my lovely friends and  followers. today I am posting a card I have specifically made for a challenge The Live and  Love Crafts Challenge is perfume and  it just caught my fancy. Its the first time I've done this normally I have something suitable.

I used the box and bottle from Prada Amber Perfume one of my favourite perfumes as my inspiration for the colours

This is the card with my inspiration perfume.

This is the close up of the card


Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork cards
Maroon paper from my stash
Pattern paper Melissa Frances 5th Avenue
LOTV stamp Getting Ready painted with Promarkers and Copic pens
Spellbinder circle die
Tattered rose die from eBay covered in Vintage pink frontage from GNPE
Lace from Dainty Crafts Washington
Flowers roses and orchids Wild Orchid Crafts
Prada label taken from box
Small perfume file made from a sample bottle and  decorated with silver card and  bead cap
filled with coloured water.
Wooden heart from small gift shop in Didsbury
Melissa Frances hanger just seen from Live and  Love Crafts
I am not too happy with these photos even though I've had a couple of goes I think the frantage on the die is giving a reflection well that's the excuse!! Much nicer in the hand.
I hope you  have all had a good weekend doing some nice  things. I managed to get to Dainty Crafts at Washington yesterday. They sell gorgeous lace and I replenished some I had run out of. Also popped into the Papercraft shop to  get some nice linen and  hammered white paper for inserts.
I'm entering this card in Live and  Love Crafts Challenge Blog January theme Perfume and  LOTV monthly challenge Anything goes
As I wasn't too happy with the original photo I am adding this image think its a bit better .



Thursday 9 January 2014

Birthday Card for my Husband

Good afternoon to all my lovely friends and followers. Firstly I want to welcome Mag's my latest follower to my Blog. I hope that you enjoy looking at my posts.
My card today is the card I made for my  husbands birthday yesterday. I've used a Michael Powell stamp I picked up in a sale a while ago and  this is the first time I've used it. It seemed strange doing something that's not Christmas colours and so I decided on some pale pastel colours.

Card Recipe

Papers docrafts
Card Tim Holtz
Stamp Michael Powell Harbour side painted with Distress Inks
Mesh ribbon Live and  Love Crafts
Cream twine docrafts
Happy birthday ticket stamp from Local Craft shop not sure of the make
Banners die cuts from eBay stamped with some small alphabet stamps painted with distress ink
Ribbon from my stash
Charm from Ross Papercraft Show
Other embellishments from craft/sewing shop in Whitby
Small black gems Kanban
Hanger just seen Melissa Francis Live and Love Crafts
Michael loved this card and he had a good birthday we had anice meal out last night at one of our favourite restaurants Café Lilli.
 It was tinged with great sadness as our best friend Ed who has been ill for a long time sadly died yesterday afternoon My thoughts at this time are with Val and  her family
This card has got me back into craft mode again so hopefully I will have some more posts soon.
Enjoy the rest of the week whatever you  have planned and I hope you can all make time for the things you love to do.

As this is a NEW stamp first time I've used it and  a NEW paper pad I'm entering the card into Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge NEW


Saturday 4 January 2014

My last Christmas Card of 2013

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. I hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas  and  New Year and  are back to normal and finding time for lots of crafting. Took down all the Christmas decorations yesterday the house always looks so bare you do get used to the festive colours and cards around the house.
Today my post is the Christmas card I made for my husband Michael. I couldn't post it before the holidays in case he looked at my blog  which he does sometimes. I am sure he does it to keep me happy as he's definitely not a card maker !!
I used the Lili of the Valley Stamp Santa's coming  to town on this card


Card Recipe

Blank card 8x8 Craftwork cards
Papers LOTV
Hessian trim Live and  Love Crafts
Cheesecloth Wild orchid crafts edged with liquid snow and  glamour dust
Felt Reindeers Hobbycraft
Memory Box Frostville border
Sentiments LOTV and  docrafts
Stamp LOTV Santa Claus is coming to town painted with distress inks
Liquid snow and liquid applique
Trim from my stash
Blue card Tim Holtz
Hope you all have a great weekend going to put the decorations in the loft now and then might go  out if the weather stays OK