Monday, 29 February 2016

Last days of February.

Morning everyone,

Who would have thought that it would be the end of February already. Its Cold Dry and windy, Just the weather to stay in a craft. I have lots to do in the garden but while this wind is about then I am afraid it will not get done, Not in the mood to run round after the hedge when I have cut, Not sure yet what I am going to do with the window boxes but did notice the other day that the strawberry  have started to sprout again,

I have to get some birthday card in the post tomorrow. Just got to write them, Also have a letter to write. 

This is the sketch I Used, Blog HERE,
Material I used. 

  • 12 x 12 cm deckle card blank and envelope
  • 13 x 13 cm blue card stock,
  • 5 x 13 cm dark blue card stock,
  • 13 x 1 cm & 5.5 Yellow card stock 
  • Two small white circle.
  • Kaiisercraft diamond stamp'
  • Archival vermillion ink
Challenges I will enter this card got are;
  1. PP284 - A sketch Challenge from Claire,
  2. Crafting With Dragonflies, Winners for #50-Anything goes,
  3. TWOFERS: Challenge # 14- Anything goes,
  4. Pixie's Crafty Workshop week 218,

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Sunday Post .

Morning everyone.

It just not seem possible that we are at the end of the month already. Just what is happening to this year. I know people say the time goes faster as you get older but really how much faster can the time go.

 Some time ago I gave My friend Sue one of dressing gowns that was Ron's [ Hubby who passed away last year,] and asked Sue if she could make a cushion out of it for me. Its a dressing gown I brought for myself and it was to big for me so Ron said he would use it. When Sue came down on Friday she Brought two cushions and had also put owls on each one. She said they one is you and one is Ron. I think they are beautiful. THANK YOU Sue. 

Materials used;
  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope.
  • 16 x 10.5 cm Brown card stock,
  • 15 x 9.5 & 10 x 7 White card stock,
  • Dutch Doobadoo barbed wire stencil,
  • Phil Martin decadent denim textured paste,
  • Beer & sentiment  clear stamp.
Challenges i will enter this card for are;
  1. Kraftin'Kimmie Stamps'#320 cards for a guy,
  2. Seize the Birthday, Anything goes,
  3. CC&CC #103~Anything goes. 
  4. Crafty Girlz  February Challenge.  
  5.  Simply "Less is More" Challenge No 256 - Wire. 

Friday, 26 February 2016

weekend again

Morning all.

Well what I day yesterday, I started the day not really knowing what I would do;  In the end I did mange to make two cards, and the first card was not a success so started again and was much more pleased with the second card.

I was really chuffed to find out I had won first prize in the Wicked Wednesday Challenge blog. my Thank you . This is my winner ATC 

Winning ATC 

This is the sketch I  used,      Blog  Here 

Materials I used

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope.
  • Center out of a doily, 
  • doily Sentiment and feather clear stamp,
  • 13 x 2 cm blue striped mirri card,
  • 12.5 x 1 cm background strip
Challenges I will enter this card for are;
  1. CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge 162
  2. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 266 Anything goes,
  3. Crafty Sentiments anything goes challenge
  4. Lemon Shortbread Challenge #8 Winners   

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


Morning all,

Had a strange day yesterday. I was all set to make a card with a new stamp I have and its just disappeared. The magazine it was on is here BUT not the stamp. I have looked through all my stamps. Then while I was writing this I had a thought and looked in my dies box and there was the stamp. How crazy is that. I then had to get on and make the card I wanted to make. Don't you just hate it when you put something somewhere and cannot find it.

I  brought some Tonic crackle base coat and I could not get the lid off and phoned them up and  they are sending me another  how great it that. 

I was just walking in from the kitchen and spotted this great tit on the wall next door. I was lucky to get it as they move so fast.

Great Tit.

My work desk

A close up of the embossing it is plain silver
Materials used;

  • 21 x 15 cm blank card and envelope,
  • 16 x 15 cm  & 3 x 15 cm silver mirri card
  • Embossing folder, stamp & sentiment  [free with Simply Homemade ] 
Challenges I will enter this card for are;
  1. Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #108 Birds of  a feather,
  2. Brown Sugar #186 anything goes. 
  3. TTCRD  Feb 28 - march 1 

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Not a normal day to post

Morning all.

Not a normal day to post but there is a challenge I wanted to enter and it ends today, I quite a nice day today, Well that's what I thought till I noticed two of the bulbs have gone in the lounge. Go to the kitchen to was the dishes when I find the bulb out there is on its way out.

It has been very cold here these last few days and will be glad when next Monday comes as I am have two new radiator's fitted. I have tried not to have them as its not very cheap but I hate to be cold  so its a must.

Materials used

  • 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch  what card stock,
  •  Carved pumpkin  Distress ink
  • wooden sledge stamp by Dovecraft
  • Sky Blue, Grass green& Red, Promarkers,
  • Small snowflake clear stamp,
  • White opal liquid pearls
  • White glitter shaker, Hobbycraft.
Challenge I will be entering this tag for are;
  1. Wicked Wednesday #197: Baby Its Cold Outside'
  2. Pixie's Crafty workshop. Snippet playground Week 217

Materials used;

  • 21 x 15 cm blank white card and envelope,
  • 20 x 14 cm of pattern paper
  • 16 x 10 window sheet. 
  •  Selection of small clear stamps.

Challenges I will enter this card for are;
  1. Bunny Zoe's Crafts February challenge : Thing With wings! 
  2. Scrapper's Delights challenge Mid month Inspiration,
  3. Crafting From The heart Challenge 100,
  4. The Paper Next Dolls Challenge, Owen fishing      

Monday, 22 February 2016

start of another week

Morning all.

It has been a funny week, still the strange weather and then my sister goes away and its really strange not talking to her every day.  I have to say that my sister May and I are twins, Yes there are two of me how could the world put up with this. 

Again today I have gone with a sketch, I think its a good way to start your card.  I have also been playing with some mixed media and having some fun. This time I used an old cheesy container. This is what I came up with. Hope you like it.

Materials used. 

  • An old Camembert cheese box,
  • Green tissue paper,.
  • owl Christmas wrapping 
  • Gesso,
  • Pink & white feathers,
  • Flower and bud embellishment.
Challenges I will enter this mixed media box for are;
  1. SoSS #53 M for mixed Media,
  2. Love to create challenge 4 Anything goes mixed Media,
  3. That's Crafty! ~ circle it challenge,
  4. Creative Artiste challenge "Anything goes Mixed Media" 

This is the Creative Inspiration  sketch I used for this card. 
Materials used;

  • 21 x 15cm card blank and envelope,
  • 14 x 18  1/2 cm& 12 x 18 cm black card stock,
  • 13 x 18 cm red card stock,
  • 12 x  17 cm yellow card sock,
  • 23 x 3 cm black card stock
  • 11 cm black  circle,
  • 10 cm white circle,
  • Dandelion  Crafters  Companion clear stamp, 
  • Clear sentiment stamp. 
Challenges i am enter this card for are;
  1. Creative Inspirations challenge 24 anything goes- with the option and a sketch,
  2. CC & CC Challenge #103- Anything goes,
  3. Creative Fingers Challenge #103 & winner's #101,
  4. QKR Stampede #179 pile it on,

Materials used
  • 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 white cards stock
  • Stains & Arty Kaisercraft clear stamps,
  • Rubber penguin KatzelkRaft stamp,
  • Honeycomb & gold promarkers,
Challenges I will enter this ATC for are;

  1. Wicked Wednesday # 197: Baby Its Cold Outside 

Friday, 19 February 2016

where are these weeks going

Morning all,

Well what funny weather we still are having one day rain and the next sunny. Although I was glad of the sun yesterday as I went to knit and natter. 

A couple of days ago I finished this single blanket and its going to a woman's refuge. I have started  another this time its a baby blanket and made out of granny squares.  

This is the blanket over my settee 

Materials used, 

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank & envelope,
  • 13 x 13 cm brown card stock.
  • 12 x 12 cm white card stock,
  • Tree & leaf die cut,
  • Tonic crinkle die cit 
  • Happy birthday clear stamp.
Challenges I am going to enter this card for are;
  1. Sparkles Monthly challenge # 77 Something for the males 
  2. A bit more time to craft challenge #14 -" Anything Goes " 
  3. Whimsy Stamps Challenge  91 Anything goes,
  4. Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #292-Male birthday
  5. Create and Inspire. Challenge 39.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Work desk Wednesday

Morning all

Well  it looks as thought spring has been round the corner but if we believe what we are told that is going to end soon,  They are saying again we might have snow but have heard this so many times before so it a case of wait and see. Well its not snow but yet more rain..

I have a my pal Kathy [ blog HERE ] coming for coffee in the morning. Its always nice to have a good chat with Kathy, 

Not a lot on my work desk today. 
Now for the challenge, I have really like a sketch.  

This is the sketch I followed  the blog is [ HERE  ]
Materials used,
  • 21 x 15 cream card blank and envelope,
  • Three, 6 x 4  pieces of green backing paper.
  • Three, 5 x 3 tags
  • Kaisercraft clear crackle stamp,
  • Three clear stamps
  • 3 small gold bows 
  • Gold, sky blue, yellow, lime green promarkers 
Challenges I will enter this card for are:
  1. STAMPlorations Blog February Challenge - Theme and Sketch 
  2. That craft place Anything goes Challenge 14 February
  3.  A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #14-" Anything goes" 
  4. Crafting From The Heart, Challenge 99 , Anything goes,
  5. Craft your passion Challenge Design call 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Another week starts

Morning all,

                      Well this weather sure wants to make its mind up. it is never the same from one day to the next, I suppose we can not expect anything else really as soon [ I hope ] the spring will be here. There are so many spring flowers out now and lots of shrubs are trying to come out. Then we have a cold spell and they are knocked back,

I have for a long time been looking at the plastic matting that I place under my chopping board to so it does not slip while cutting on the board, I wondered what it would look like if  I used it as a background. Well at last I finally got round to trying in on the card, I have enclosed a picture of the mat. I  put some decadent grape textured paste over the top  with an old credit card and waited over night and I loved how it looked, So it just goes to show that all different things can work. 

This is what i used for the background I covered it with  decadent grape Textured paste 

Materials used

  • 20 x 15 aperture  card blank and envelope,
  • small piece of plastic matting,
  • Oriental  lady&  clear stamps 
  • Decadent grape textures paste.
  • Salmon pink, yellow, lime green, sky blue promarkers

Challenges I will enter this card for are;

  1. TTCRD Challenge February 9 - 15, 2016 anything goes,
  2. Create and inspire Challenge 39. anything goes,
  3. The Male Room  Challenge # 28 oriental,
  4.  Little miss muffet challenge #131- Anything goes 

Friday, 12 February 2016

Weekend again

Morning all

I have been playing again with different things to make a back ground with ans have come up with what I think looks unusual but you will have to wait till Mondays post to see what it is i have used and how it looks. I know I was delighted with the result.

Well what a change this weather has been, it was really nice out today. Really fresh and crisp.Its such a pleasure to see the sun as well.

Materials used;

  •  21 x 15 cm cream blank card and envelope
  •  19 x 12 cm silver card stock,
  •  17 x  11 cm black card stock,
  • 9 x 9 cm white card stock,
  • 19 x 2 & 11 x 2 cm blue snippets, 
  • Small wooden stamps,
  • blue lagoon Nuvo glitter drops,
  • Blue print sketch distress ink.

 Challenges I will enter this card for are;

  1. Sketchy Colours  #265 
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty friends Challenge #20 Anything goes,
  3. A bit more time To Craft  Challenge # 13-Anything goes,
  4. Country View Challenge February Make your own background.
  5. Crafty Girlz Challenge #11 Anything goes .

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


Morning all.

What a difference yesterday was. The weather was good and we had blue skies and lots of sun.  I also had my  pal come round and  and we went out and shopping, We had a snack out and then walked about the  garden center and just looked at all the lovely flowers. I really love owls and there were so many there BUT did not buy one, I did get however two more toy dogs. I now have three sat on the back of my sofa.

As its WDW here is my work desk. 

This is the dogs I have. you have to agree they are cute 

And this is the challenge card;

Materials  I used for this card,.

  • 15 x 12 cm blank card and envelope,
  • 9 x 7 cm & 7 x 3 white card stock,
  •  Anita's Rubber stamp
  • Sentiment & flower clear stamp,
  • Sepia Archival ink 

Challenges I will enter his card for are;
  1. Simply Less in more. Happy 5 th Birthday , White on White
  2. Addicted To CAS  Challenge #81 BLOOM,
  3. Scrapper's delight Challenge #52 -Anything goes,
  4. Simple Paper craft Challenge 22- Anything goes 

Monday, 8 February 2016


Morning all.

Firstly would like to welcome my new follower Darnell. [ Darnell's  blog is HERE ]  I hope you  find some time to visit again soon 

Well the weather was really  horrid on  Saturday although a bit better Sunday. We still had plenty of rain though but a bit of sun now and then till later afternoon, I just hope the weather gets a bit better on Tuesday as I have a mate coming and we would like to go out sometime.

I don't know why but just lately I love to make cards from a sketch. There is something about a sketch that makes me want to make card from them.  There are always plenty to choose from.

Here is today challenge make and yes there is a sketch.

The sketch I made this card from. find the challenge HERE

Materials used;

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope,
  • 19 x 13 cm white card stock,
  • Two 8 x 1, 1/2 cm & 12 x 1 1/2  white card stock,
  • oval mirri card,
  • butterfly clear stamp, 
  • Lime green,coral grey 4, apricot,poppy promarkers, 
  • Onyx Black versaFine ink, 
  • Squeezed lemonade, broken china distress ink.

Challenges I will enter this card for are;

  1. Cas(E) this sketch #158,
  2. Crafting By Design February Anything goes,
  3. fab'n' Funky Challenge 290 .All creatures Great and Small, 
  4. Simply Papercraft challenge 22 Anything goes.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Where are these weeks going.

Morning all,

Well it really is dark this morning. I just hope it gets better, I had a friend come round tonight ad she looked at my stash and said I was a hoarder and as us crafter's know we all are hoarders.

Having some coal delivered today so I will be nice and warm if this weather continues to be cold,

The sketch I used for this card; challenge can be found HERE

Materials used;

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope,
  • 20 x 14 blue striped mirri card stock,
  • 19 x 13 black card stock 
  •  1 x 14 cm blue striped card stock
  • 10 cm circle of white card stock with silver edge,
  • Three silver Dali Art die cut  flowers,   
  • Cup cake & sentiment stamp,
  • Chilly red, sky blue,praline,ocean teal, cocktail pink promarkers
  • Nova  glitter drops

 Challenges I am entering this card for are;

  1. Seize the Birthday Sketchy Birthday,
  2. A bit more time to craft.# 13 Anything goes. 
  3. TTCRD Anything goes challenge February- 2 February 8 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Playing with stencils,

Morning all,

 I do not normally post on a Thursday but I have been playing with stencils and really like how they turned out so will share them with you today I hope you like them and maybe [ if you have not already ] you would like to try this, 

Number one 

Materials used, 

  •  Broken China & Wilted violet distress ink.  
  • Creative Expressions stencils

The first thing i did was use the mask and with broken china went over all the stencil, Next I  moved the stencil so you could just see the corner of where you have inked and inked it again with  wilted violet, I love the way this looks ,

Number 2

Materials used. 
  •  Stampers anonymous star stencil,
  • Mustard seed  &  twisted citron Distress ink.
I used Mustard seed first moved the stencil and then used the twisted citron.

Number 3
Materials used, 

  • Memory Box stencil
  • Broken china & wilted violet distress ink
Again just moved the stencil once  I had coloured with the first colour, 

Number 4 & 5 

Materials used. 
  • The art of Brett Weldele scrabble Stencil 
  • Cracked Pistachio & Vintage photo 
I did something really different with this stencil. I used the stencil in the and just used the two colours and thought what would happen if I turned the stencil over and i quite like it, BUT remember  [not that I remembered  lol ] to clean the stencil before you  put in down on the paper,