Monday, 23 January 2017

Some Happy News

Hello there,

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been away for a short while and I 'm now very happy and relieved to share the reason why.

On Friday of last week, our third Grandchild was born.  He was born one month early, weighing 4lb 13oz.  I'm so happy to say that both Mum and baby are both doing well and are now back at home. 

                                                                      Meet Harry:

He's so, so tiny but he has all the world to grow in.  Needless to say, I'm a very 'Happy Sandma)   :)

Friday, 13 January 2017

Balloon Girl

Hello there,

I hope that you're all managing to keep safe and warm in this chilly weather :)

Just a really quick post from me today as life is quite hectic here at the moment.  I won't be around very much over the next couple of weeks and so I apologise in advance if I don't get to visit you all as often as I usually would.  I'll explain the reason why at a later date and I promise to catch up with you all as soon as I can.

Here's the card that I'd like to share with you today:

Just a very simple card where I've used Brusho colours in the background and  a couple of Inkylicious stamps stamped with Versafine Black Onyx.  

I'd like to enter the card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 8 January 2017

FSC 'Winter or Spring'

Good morning, I hope you're all enjoying a lovely, relaxing weekend.

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and the theme this time is 'Winter or Spring' and it was chosen this time by our lovely teamie Carola.

I've been wanting to use my 'Gibson Kids' stamp by Flonz for a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I decided to make this card using Kraft card as I love how the snowy images just pop. Here's my card:

I started by stamping the Gibson child using Distress Ground Espresso and then masked the image before using a Mountain Valley stencil by Inkylicious, to created my snowy hills,  I used Frost White ink by Colour BoxInk Dusters and Finger Daubers to do this.  When the hills were finished, I then used VersaMark ink to stamp in varies sizes of Snowy Trees by Inkylicious and then heat embossed them with a white embossing powder. To finish the trees, I painted them in with white acrylic paint and then used Fluffy Puffy Stuff to make them stand out against the snowy background.

To frame the image, I stamped the Twiggy Branch, first in Ground Espresso and then again with the VersaMark before heat embossing with a white powder.

I stamped the sentiment firstly with VersaMark, then heat embossed with white powder before stamping again with the Ground Espresso to create a shadow.

We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images or too many die cuts, just good old fashioned stamping.

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you all a wonderful day x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Anything goes
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes

Monday, 2 January 2017

Birthday Calendar

Hello there,

Well, here we are again at the start of a new year and that means lots of new crafty adventures, how exciting! :)

I'd like to share with you a piece that I've just made.   I hate missing people's birthdays but my memory isn't quite as good as it used to be and so I thought that I would make myself a  Birthday calendar to hang in my craft room. I had printed off some DL monthly sheets quite a while ago but never got round to using them, so these were just perfect for what I needed.

I've only decorated one side at the moment but the plan is to do all four sides eventually so that I can change the cover from time to time.  As this one is mainly Spring colours, I may do the four seasons, so we'll see how that goes. Here it is:

All of the stamps that I've used are new.  I have previously used a smaller version of the Isobelle stamp, but I bought this larger version just before Christmas.  The stamps used are all by Inkylicious, with the exception of the two girls on the film strip which are by Craft Individuals.

I started by tearing strips from the page of a book and then gluing them onto a sheet of stamping paper which I stuck onto cardboard to give it some strength.  Once this was dry, I then used my Ink Dusters to create the background using: Memento Dandelion and Nautical Blue, Distress Twisted Citron and Impress Pale Aqua.

I'm happy with the outcome and I don't have an excuse now to miss any birthdays!

Wishing you all a lovely day and all the very best for 2017 x

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Week 396 Something New
That's Crafty - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Time out Challenges - Inspired By Words

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017


2016 was such an amazing and very unexpected crafting year for me.  I had my crafty makes published in two different magazines and I designed cards for Inkylicious that were featured on several different Hochanda shows.  All of this was, and still is, beyond my wildest dreams!

In 2017...........
 May you find your happiness where and when you can, and never take anything, or anyone for granted.  
Life is short and every day is a blessing!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Published in Papercraft Inspirations

Hello there,

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas.

You may remember a card that I posted back in November called ' Forest Magic.'  I made it using some free stamps that were in the Christmas edition, issue 159 of Papercraft Inspirations.

I loved the little Woodland stamps and couldn't wait to have a play with them.  I was really pleased with the card that I made and so I decided to enter it into their monthly card competition.  As you can imagine, I was absolutely thrilled when they wrote back and asked if they could feature my card in a future edition. I'm really proud and excited to say that the new edition is out today and my card is featured on page 17.

Here's the card that I made:

There hasn't been much crafting going on here over Christmas as I've been trying to have a good tidy up and sort out in my craft room.  I'm hoping that normality will be restored shortly.

Hope to see you soon x


Friday, 23 December 2016



I just want to say a big thank you to my loyal friends and followers for their continued support and for taking time out of their busy lives to visit my blog to leave such kind words and comments. I really appreciate it, thank you so much. 

In a world filled with turmoil, you restore my faith in human nature.

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