Friday, 19 September 2014

Vintage Birthday

Hello... I hope you are all doing ok today. I know some of you are unwell or going through difficult times, so am sending extra huge hugs to you and hope things improve soon.

I thought I would pop by and show you a card that I made a while back for my dear friend Ira's Birthday. I do love these papers which were free with magazine... they are so pretty for vintage cards.

Image: E-Vint
Paper: Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (freebie in magazine)
Flowers: Bo Bunny
Leaves: Martha Stewart Punch
Feather, Butterfly and Pearls from Stash.

 Thank you for all your lovely comments and best wishes... I'm finally improving after my IBS flare up, although I had a relapse earlier in the week... I thought an omelette would be a nice light meal !!!!!! :-0   Oh my, what a mistake that was!!... Lol - so I'm sticking to my safe foods for a good while longer!

I'm going to do a bit of Christmas Crafting this weekend... bought some Kits to make Christmas Cards as I'm not feeling very motivated this year... so will see how they come out... I'm hoping to tart them up a bit!! ?? ;-)

And of course I'm looking forward to Downton this weekend!! Yay!! it's come around SO quickly... can't believe how quickly this year is flying by. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Love and hugs

Thursday, 11 September 2014

MAWTT - Add Texture

Hello... I hope you are all doing ok today... it's the turn of Team B this week over at 

as our lovely Tammy is hosting the fab theme of....

'Add Texture'

I've used my Santoro Kit again... hope you don't get tired of seeing this Kit but at least I'm making good use of it !! I thought as she's an Angel then maybe it would work as Christmas Card... and quite pleased with how it came out...  I've covered the butterflies on the image with wooden snowflakes which I've Frantaged. Then added some snow with Viva Pearl Pen. So lots of added texture.... I've just used one layer of decoupage with this card. You can see my Summer version of this card here.

Image and Papers: Santoro Kit
Wooden Snowflakes: embossed with Stampendous Fran-tage 'Shabby Pink' Embossing Enamel
Snowballs: Mark Richards Glitter Domes
Sentiment Stamp: Freebie with magazine

I've not added too many embellies as don't think it needs it... lots of lovely sparkle on the paper which I didn't want to cover up!

Texture - Frant-aged Snowflake with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel... looks a nicer colour in real life!!

Please do pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's wonderfully textured creations this week!! :-))

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted. I'm having a bad flare up of my IBS and also had a chest infection on top of it... so wasn't feeling up to very much this last week. My chest is on the mend but my stomach is still bad and so feeling a bit drained at the moment.
So hoping to rest for a few days... I have some reading and a lot of TV to catch up with... not watched Strictly yet!! I just watched Who Do You Think You Are with Sheridan Smith... what an amazing family story! and looking forward to tonight's episode with Mary Berry!
Thank you for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them!
Will catch up with you all soon!
Love and hugs

Thursday, 28 August 2014

MAWTT - Stitch in Time

Hello... I hope you are all well today... it's Thursday and the turn of Team B over at 

and our lovely boss Hazel is hosting this week and she has chosen a fab theme of....

'Stitch in Time'

So we want creations with Stitching (real or faux) or.... something to do with Clocks/Time... or both!

Closing Date of this challenge is Wednesday 8pm BST on 3rd September 2014.

I thought I'd use one of the lovely Hobby House Toppers that I bought recently... this is an Elisabeth Bell Pre-Coloured Topper and the little girl is sewing which is perfect for our theme!
The bobbin paper was a freebie with a magazine.... and the gorgeous flower paper was a Birthday gift a while back from Hazel.... I knew straight away it would be perfect with this image. Love the colours and think the card has a slight retro feel to it.

Flowery Paper & Gingham Border: Fancy Pants - 'Childish Things'
Pink Bobbin Paper, Sentiment and Reel - 'Aspire Sew Pretty' set freebie in Papercraft Essentials magazine.
Flower: Bo Bunny
Sewing Scissors: Free charm with magazine.

I hope you can hop on over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's gorgeous creations this week !!

Gosh... this week is going by SO quickly... I think it's because of the Bank Holiday... it really shortens the week... and can't believe it is nearly weekend again! I love Wednesdays and Thursdays at the moment... as really enjoying the Bake Off and Who Do You Think You Are... and just saw a trailer for a new programme beginning soon on BBC called Our Zoo... it's a period drama based on the man who created Chester Zoo... so think it will be worth a look !!
Hope you enjoy the rest of the week!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Saturday, 23 August 2014

For relaxing times...make it Santoro time!

Hello my lovelies... hope you are all well... big hugs to those who are not feeling good.

Here's a card that I made just for fun... using my new Santoro Kit that was a Free Gift with my Papercraft Essentials Annual Subscription. I do love this kit... lots of sparkly papers and fab decoupage toppers, lace, buttons, wooden embellies! :-)))

The image is decoupaged although it doesn't show up too well in the photos. I've added some sparkles to the wooden embellies. I printed the sentiment onto a bit of leftover paper from the decoupage sheet so it matches nicely.

 Hope you like it...

Are you enjoying the Bank Holiday in the UK? I'm having a lazy weekend... spent most of Saturday playing with my GarageBand Music Software... then did a bit of Crafting.....watched the documentary on Kate Bush.... and now I'm off to read before bed. So had a nice relaxing day!
Thanks for all your lovely comments... they are very much appreciated.
I hope you all have a nice weekend !!
Take Care

Thursday, 14 August 2014

MAWTT - Vintage

Hello... I hope you are all doing ok today... I'm joining in with Team A this week over at 

as our lovely Hazel is hosting the fab theme of....


This is a card that I made a while back for my daughter's Birthday. I have used a fab image from E-Vint and some lovely paper that was a freebie in magazine.

Image: E-Vint
Paper: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
Flowers: Prima
Leaves and Corners: Martha Stewart Punch
Pearls: Melissa Frances

Please do hop on over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's fab vintage creations this week!!

Well, it's been a bit dull and rainy here in UK this week, but I don't really mind too much, as it's perfect for staying in warm and cosy and doing some crafting!  Looking forward to Autumn as it's my favourite time of year! :-))
Thank you for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them!
Will catch up with you soon!
Love and hugs

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Oriental Treasure

Hello... I hope your weekend is going well.

I thought I'd share this card that my daughter asked me to make for her friend's Birthday which was a few weeks ago.  She wanted an Oriental theme as her friend had just visited Japan. 

I chose my paper first from 'Papermania Oriental Treasure' Stack
Any images that I use for cards for my daughter have GOT to have two eyes, at least a hint of a nose and definitely a mouth!!! Lol... I have strict instructions! ... so I thought I'd have a look through Hannah Lynn's images and found this beauty at Crafts and Me called Amanda... she was such a joy to colour! :-)) and pleased to say that my daughter loved her! 

Paper: Papermania - 'Oriental Treasure'
Die: Memory Box - 'Party Lanterns'
Stash: Sentiment, Flower, Gems

 I love the Memory Box Party Lanterns... and a great tip is to hand emboss them with metal stylus after cutting. I found if I machine embossed them with patterned paper they became quite fragile in places. So now I just cut them and then go over the embossing by hand before removing, and it really brings out the pattern nicely.

I've coloured Amanda with Copics and Promarkers.

We had lovely weather last Thursday and I actually got to sit out in the garden and enjoy it... it was lovely and sunny, not too hot and a gentle breeze... perfect!! It was quite nice yesterday too, plenty of sunshine! but alas, today Bertha has arrived! - here in the UK we are getting the tail end of a tropical storm. But... perfect weather for staying in and crafting! Hope you are all staying safe and cosy!

I've not done much crafting this weekend though. My daughter has been home and so we've been enjoying watching Midsomer Murders on Box Set!... I'm also looking forward to The Mill later. This series has been so much better than the last and it shows much more of Styal Mill in Cheshire which is a really beautiful place. They still have the old mill with working looms, the apprentice cottages and the old chapel. So I would highly recommend a visit if you get the chance... very educational too.

Off to get a cup of Ceylon Tea now and maybe a biscuit, or two!! ;-))
Thank you for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them! 
Take Care
Big hugs