Monday, 1 August 2016

Normal Service Will Be Resumed As Soon As Possible...

Today I am having my hip replacement operation & I can't wait.  I am so looking forward to being able to get back to "normal" (all being well) & have a list of places I want to go/things to do when I have recovered :o)  Sorry I've been AWOL but hopefully I can soon get back to crafting & visiting your fabulous blogs again & get lots of inspiration.  

Unfortunately I have had to leave my beloved All Dressed Up Design Team & I have had such a wonderful time with such a brilliant group, I will miss them & using Wendy's fabulous designs (though I will still be using them obviously lol).  So I thought I'd post some of my favourite ADU creations: 






Thanks for looking & hopefully I'll be back soon :o) xxxx

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Get a Hat!



This month's new challenge at the World Wide Open Design Team is now open & we would love to see all your wonderful creations.  My card this is time is a bit different - a bit of steampunk.  This fabulous image I used  is Julia Spiri's Fantasy Hat :o) I coloured the image with chalk & added some twine, watch charm, pearls die cut cogs & brads.

The challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Punches &/or Dies
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes 
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes 
A Gem of a Challenge - Let's Get Krafty 
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes 
Steampunk Challenges - Anything Steampunk/Industrial
Crafty Girls - Monochromatic
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes 
Craft Rocket - Anything Goes  
  
 
I hope you've all had a great week, mine has been very eventful - we've had lots of workmen here as we're having our bedroom refitted.  My youngest son moved back home a few weeks ago & started a new job Monday which meant being away training so we are in charge of his 2 cats Cookie & Domino (& I have fell in love with them :o)  My eldest son made a flying visit from Kent yesterday so that was lovely & I saw my orthopaedic consultant yesterday so hopefully I won't have too long to wait for my hip op (it's time now it's really affecting my quality of life:o( )
Have a fantastic weekend xxx

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Keeping It Simple



 Sorry I've been a bit AWOL lately (definitely not been blogging every week as I wanted to) but to be honest it's been a rough year.  I've had a cough since January.  I've had various tests which were clear & medicines which didn't help (& as my job involves LOTS of talking this has made it worse).  Now the doctors have referred me cos they don't know what else to do.  This is on top of the fact that I need a hip replacement op, I've been putting it off but the last few months it has got progressively worse & now they've said I might not be able to have my op because of the cough.  So as you can imagine I'm a bit fed up & to top it all my mojo went missing too!  That is why my creation for the new All Dressed Up Anything Goes challenge is very simple.  I used Wendy's fabulous Shoes image which I coloured with chalk & just added a crochet flower & a couple of buttons & put it in an old frame I had :o)  

The challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes 
Creatalicious - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Gem of a Challenge - Anything BUT a Card
Art by Miran - Anything Goes 


I hope you're all okay & having a lovely weekend xx

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Fancy a Challenge?



There's a new World Wide Open Design Team challenge starting today & we would love to see your creations. The theme is Anything Goes (as long as you are a member of a DT).  As always our sponsor is Julia Spiri & I used Princess in Castle.  

The challenges:
Alphabet - H for Hand Coloured Image 
Let's Craft & Create - Hearts &/or Flowers
Paper Creator - All About Flowers
Lacy Sunshine - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Say it With Flowers
One Stitch at a Time - Layer it up
Corrosive - Lots of Layers
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut - Patterned Paper


I hope you're all having a great week, it was back to work for me after our week off & luckily it hasn't been too bad (so far lol).

Card Recipe:
Julia Spiri Princess in Castle image
ProMarkers
Scraps of papers
Flowers
Self-adhesive pearls
Punch

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Check Out These Gorgeous New Images



All Dressed Up have some gorgeous new images showcasing today :o) for my card I used Fairy Flowers which I coloured with chalks & Sakura pens.  Wendy always brings us such beautiful designs.  Don't forget the All Dressed Up challenge too if you have the time to enter.  

The challenges:
Our Crafty Corner - Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps - Things with Wings
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe - Lovely Layers 
Crafty Catz - Add a Butterfly
Ching-Chou Kuik - Pearls & Lace 
Paper Creator - All About Flowers 
Little Claire's - Butterflies
Crazy 4 Challenges - Make it Floral
Dragonfly Dreams - Say it With Flowers 
Simon Says Stamp - Summer Garden


I hope you've had a lovely start to the week.  We're on holiday from workYesterday we looked for curtains, lampshades, paint...etc as we're redoing our bedroom & today we went out for afternoon tea which was a Christmas pressie from our son & DIL.  It was absolutely wonderful, especially as the weather is summery at last :D - there's nothing much better than tea & cake (I think it is the answer to everything lol).

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Where Did Those 2 Weeks Go?!



I can't believe how quickly this year is going.  Perhaps we'll get some summer soon ;o)  There's a new challenge starting at All Dressed Up today (anything goes as always + an All Dressed Up image) & for my card I used Wendy's cute "I Love My Teddy" image.  Don't forget if you haven't got any All Dressed Up images you can try before you by with the FREEBIES :D  I hope you can join us.

I decorated the inside for a change too
The challenges:
Come & Get It - Use a Doily
Crafty Sentiments - Gems or Pearls 
Dream Valley - Add a Doily
Melonheadz Friends - Ribbon/Lace/Twine
Broken Fairy Designs - Anything Goes twist Vintage/Shabby Chic
Star Stampz - Hand Coloured Image 
Cardz for Galz - Vintage or Shabby Chic
My Sheri Crafts - Accessorize 

Thanks for looking & Happy Crafting! xx 


Card Recipe:
All Dressed Up I Love My Teddy image
ProMarkers
Digital Papers Carte Bella Baby Mine from Jessica Sprague
Lace from Fairy My World
Doily from Docrafts
Pearls
Sentiment

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Exciting News...



Hello again everyone :o) I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend.  Yes, I have exciting news I have been chosen to be on the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Design Team (yes it is a mouthful lol).  We have the very talented Julia Spiri as our sponsor :D  For my first design team creation I chose to use her gorgeous Little Sailor image.  The challenge is always Anything goes with only 1 stipulation that you be on a crafty DT yourself.  I would be lovely if you could join us & I look forward to getting lots inspiration from your creations.  
 

The challenges:
Love to Scrap! - Make it Girly 
Digi Choosday - Anything but Square 
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Dies and Punches
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Just Us Girls
A Beautiful Mess - Anything Goes
Ellibelle's Creative Moments - Let's Colour
Julia Spiri - Anything Goes 


Card Recipe:
Julia Spiri Little Salior digital stamp
ProMarkers, Prismacolor pencils & chalk
Papermania All Aboard paper pack
EK Success Binding Edge punch
Papermania Ahoy There stamps
Pearl Brad
Duck Paperclip (from The Works)
Washi Tape

Friday, 13 May 2016

Normal Service is Resumed :o)



Yes thank goodness I'm feeling lots better, it was actually nice to get back to work & be able to actually do start doing things again  :D  Today I'm showcasing a gorgeous new image from All dressed Up called "Happy Holiday".  I've made an easel card for a change :o) Check out the Challenge Blog for more wonderful inspiration from the DT & you can join our Anything Goes (+ an All Dressed Up image) challenge while your there if you would like :o)  I hope you've all had a great week.


The challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - More Than 1 Fold
Glitter & Sparkle - For the Ladies 
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes (+ a ribbon)
Sunny Day - Colourful Project
Come & Get It - Card for a Woman
Dragonfly Dreams - Summertime
Love to Scrap - Make it Girly
The Crazy Challenge - 3 Layers or More
The Pencil Case - Summer Colours 
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals - Polka Dots or Stripes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes


Card Recipe:
Prismacolor Pencils 
Digital Papers from my stash (by Dani Mogstad I believe)
Pink Mirri Card
Felt Flower
Pompom Trim
Felt Flower
Brad 
Star Charm
Ribbon 
Fabric Crab
Liquid Embossing (on the Sunglasses) 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Just a Quickie...



cos unfortunately I've been ill all weekend :o(  
It's a new challenge at All Dressed Up starting today "Anything Goes" (+ an All Dressed Up image).  I used the cute "Little Treasure" image which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils (the jumper & rabbit are paper pieced.  Lots of cloud paper some die cut tage, ribbon & stamped sentiment.  I hope you can join us.


I hope you're all having a better bank holiday weekend than me! xx 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Alice in Wonderland



Hello everyone sorry I've been awol for a lil while & I missed my resolution of posting weekly (only by a few days so I won't beat myself up about it lol).  I've not been feeling great, various reasons but one of them is that I've had a persistent cough since January which I'm being investigated for & they found out I'm anaemic again (I'm not surprised as I've been exhausted) hopefully it will all be sorted out soon & I will be back to my ol' self.  

Anyway on to my creation which is an Alice in Wonderland pocket letter.  Alice in Wonderland was my favourite book when I was a little girl & I still love it!  I really enjoy making pocket letters & the concept of sending little gifts with them but unfortunately I some bad experiences so I've given up (for now, I may have another go later), such a shame as I'd love to make another Alice in Wonderland as I have some new stamps (perhaps I'll make another mini album or something).  


The challenges:
A Beautiful Mess - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic - Anything but a Card
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes 
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Creative Hands Friends - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes (option Girly)
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Our Crafty Corner - Anything Goes

With goodies added :o)

Thanks for looking & I'll try & get round to see all your lovely blogs sometime this weekend :o) xxx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

All Dressed Up & Looking Good!



I am sooo lucky to be on the All Dressed Up design team & get to use lots of Wendy's fabulous images :o)  One of those is one of this month's new releases called Looking Good.  I haven't had quite so much time for crafting this last week as I've had lots on & I've been doing some sewing too (I made a patchwork denim cushion which I will put on my sewing blog when I get chance & some cushion covers with some gorgeous "London" fabric I bought).  It has been gorgeous here today (at last) sunny & warm but at the moment we're in the middle of a storm with torrential rain, thunder & lightning so it's nice to be in my craft room.  

The challenges:
Creative Corner - Flower Power
The Corrosive Blog - Girls, Ladies, Women...
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes 
Let's Get Girly - Melonheadz Friends
Great Impressions - Ladies Night 


I hope you're having a great week & have time to fit some crafting in (it's soo relaxing isn't it).

Card Recipe:
Looking Good Image from All Dressed Up
ProMarkers 
Whiff of Joy Die-lights Heart Die 
Martha Stewart Double Loop Weave Deep Edge Punch 
Hand Crocheted Flower (I was so chuffed when I learned to make these!)
Rose Cabochon from Bunny Zoe Crafts
Digital Papers (can't remember where from)
Sanding Block & I distressed the edges with scissors (can't find my seam ripper that I usually use)

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday (again! can't be)

Well it IS Wednesday again, Wednesday is usually my day off but I had to work, luckily only for the morning. I wanted to try & join in WOYWW again so quickly wizzed round the shop when I finished & as my son's coming to see this evening I made some buns & prepared a roast dinner :D (so I deserve a little time to look round your fab blogs & workdesks right?!). This is more how my desk usually looks, I've noticed I do have a lot of scissors lol but I use them for different jobs. The owl organiser is my diary, I love printing photos off of what's been happening & stuff I've done as I find a visual record is much nicer than written (especially with my writing lol). I will try & visit as many of you as I can. Hope you're having a great week xx 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

All Dressed Up Challenge Time :o)


Today is the start of the new challenge at All Dressed Up (always Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up image).  I thought I'd make a Christmas card & this is my first one this year (doesn't seem to matter how early I start I always end up with lots still to make last minute lol) but it IS a start ;o).  If you want to join us but don't have any images you will find some fab freebies HERE.  I did some paper piecing for the cat & dog.

The challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas 
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Cute Christmas
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes 
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
A Beautiful Mess - Anything Goes 
Alphabet - C is for Cats


I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  We've had the week off so the weekend isn't quite as special as usual but I'm still certainly going to try to enjoy it :o)

Card Recipe:
All Dressed Up Christmas Post image
Prismacolor pencils (postbox)
ProMarkers (dog's hat & scarf & cat's bow)
Frosted Lace Stickles (snowflakes)
Polar White Flower Soft (snow)
Christmas Buttons from Trimcraft
Red card, brad, bone button & sentiment from my stash
Paw print & bone paper free with a magazine
Ribbon recycled from some chocolates

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

What's On Your Workdesk?


I've been a little bit AWOL cos we've been visiting my son, DIL & grandchildren for Easter, which was lovely :o) On the way home from the park we saw a double rainbow (you can just about see there are 2 in the photo if you look really hard), the bottom one was really bright with vivid colours. 


Hubby & I are off work this week & we are intending to have a big clear-out cos we need lots done to the house.  He's had to go into work today though so I'm catching up with a bit of blogging, I did start sorting out my craft room too but got a little bit side-tracked lol.  I've fancied joining in WOYWW for a while & always like seeing what other crafters are working on :o)  I'm not really working on anything at the moment but I've been looking at a couple of images I've already coloured & also at other stamped images to colour.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

I DO Love a Wedding :o)



Yesterday we were at the wedding of a very special couple - it was a traditional church service & I know it's not for everyone & I'm not particularly religious but I think there is something very lovely about couples affirming their love for each other in a beautiful church (though it was freezing)  - saying that I have been to some weddings in hotels & stately homes & their services were wonderful too :o) - I just love weddings lol!


We've had some gorgeous Wedding new release digi images from Wendy at All Dressed Up this month & "The Wedding Cake" was just perfect.  First I made the lil gift box & then I thought I would make the card to go with it.  The design team have made some wonderful creations with the other new releases so if you're looking for (wedding) inspiration, check them out :o)


The challenges: 
Aud Sentiments - Bingo + a Sentiment (lace, flowers, paper punch)
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies - Die Cuts or Punches 
Craft Rocket - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
In The Pink - Spring Flowers (pink!)
QKR Stampede - Add a Sentiment
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Scraper's Delight - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Use your Dies &/or Punches


Recipe:
Crafter's Companion Ultimate Pro with Boxer Board
Prima Garden Fable Paper Pad
ProMarkers
Petticoat Lane Lace from Fairy my World
Martha Stewart Lace Scallop Heart Punch
Flowers from my Stash

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Fairyland



Happy Sunday! The weather has brightened up a bit here :o) let's hope it lasts.  I love fairies & this (precoloured)  LOTV image is one of my favs.  I've had a bit of time to craft today while hubby's been playing footy & have been working on a DT card but it didn't go quite to plan so I thought I'd have a break & do some blogging.

The challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Lace or Ribbon
Pearly Sparkles - Girlie & Pearly
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's - Patterned Paper 
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafting With an Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Add Some Sparkle
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs - Lots of Layers


Card Recipe:
Image from Lili of the Valley's Magical Fairies Art Pad (don't think this is available any more)
Paper, Lace, Sequins & Pearls from my Stash (the edges of the paper were distressed with scissors)
Glamour Dust
I've had the ticket stamp for ages so don't know where that's from either sorry
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Die

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Thank You!



Everyone one likes receiving thank you cards & they are a joy to make & send so it's a Win, Win situation lol.  I made this card with the new All Dressed Up stamps from Little Darlings.  

Today the weather is awful with torrential rain, luckily it is my day off so I have been catching up with the housework (have to do that if not I feel guilty crafting lol) & a friend I haven't seen for ages came to lunch :o) I hope your week is going well.  I'm still waiting for Spring to arrive lol.

The challenges:
Crafty Boots - Something for the Lady
Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes  
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes 
Creative Card Crew - Chicks  
Clear it Out - Patterned Paper Over a Year Old
Stamping Sensations - Flower Power 
Crafting With Dragonflies - Girly Cards 
Allsorts - International Woman's Day
Inky Impressions - Let's Hear it for the Girl 
 

Card Recipe:
Prismacolor Pencils
Papers from my stash
Resin Flower
Organza Ribbon
Sentiment from Pink Petticoat (so sad they closed)
We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch
Die Cut Border