Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Back again

Okay so who stole those last four weeks ? Just when I was getting into a routine jogging around Blogland again a huge pile of housework blocked the road, then I ended up making a detour and started on some christmas and other cards..... so I haven't been idle even though I've not been around

First up I've got a snippets card to show you. It's a very CAS design which is very much more my style nowadays as it's ideal for using up leftover bits and so quick and easy to make. The owls are Clearly Besotted, the branches are from MFT and the sentiment is a magazine freebie I've had in my box for several years!

This is for the following challenges ~

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use snippets'

Alphabet 'O is for owls'

As You Like It 'clean and simple or fussy and fancy'

Next I have a christmas card using a House Mouse decoupage from the Triple CD Collection and yet another CAS design.

This is for the following challenges ~

Allsorts 'christmas'

Crafter's Castle 'anything goes with option winter/christmas'

Edited to add:
After a nudge from Annie I'm joining in with the challenge over at House Mouse & Friends 

And finally here's a quick tag I made for the challenge over at Less Is More. The penguins are a PB stamp called Antarcticans.

So that's it from me for now. Thanks for popping by and I promise to catch up with you soon

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Snippets and More

It's nearly two weeks since my last post and my only excuse is that Mojo has been having a great game of hide-and-seek with me but I am finally here with not one but THREE cards... although they are all pretty CAS and quick makes.

My first card....... I was very lucky to be winner at the Poppystamps challenge a few months ago and this 'Floral Cluster' die was part of my winnings. I worked out the layout of my card and die cut from the white layer, then after sticking this in place I inlaid the flowers which I'd cut from snippets of coloured card. As the background paper (a loose sheet - so not sure of the brand) was a shade of green I thought it looked nice showing through the leaves, so left it as is. Finally I stamped a Uniko sentiment from the 'Simply Said Birthday' set.

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this card

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use your snippets'

Poppystamps challenge 'anything goes'

CAS on Friday challenge 'flowers'

Time Out challenge 'photo inspiration'  I was inspired by the flowers

Over at CD Sunday challenge the theme is 'G is for.....' so my next card features a cute mousie image from the House Mouse Decoupage Collection cd and my G is for get well and grapes. The background paper is another of my loose sheets but I think it may have been a magazine freebie.

Last but not least is a card I've made for the Penny Black Creative Christmas challenge. I used my PB 'Santa's Visit' stamp and using the Misti stamped it several times with Memento 'london fog' until it looked dark enough as I thought the grey would give it a softer finish than black. After matting onto black and gold card I stuck it to a hammered effect base card, gave it a dash of Stickles to make the snow glisten and then added a sentiment that was left over from a decoupage sheet. I thought this would be perfect for a male and would also be ideal for a 'batch' make. Looking at the card now I think clear embossing the image after inking would have given it a more finished look..... don't you agree?

and this one shows the glisten of the snow a bit better

Well it's turning rather autumnal here and no doubt christmas will be upon us before we know it so I'd better crack on with a few more of those festive cards. Thanks for taking the time to visit today and I hope you have a good week.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Autumn Thanks with a spot of Christmas and a Birthday thrown in

Hi everyone, well here we are in September and before you know it we'll be panicking about christmas and promising ourselves that we'll do better next year! I do have a christmas card to show you but first up is a snippets make....

The stamp I used for this is Penny Black 'sunny pair' which I stamped with yellow and green inks and coloured with pencil crayons before outlining the petals with a gel pen and giving them a glistening with a Wink of Stella pen that a very dear blogging friend sent me a while ago (a very big thank you..... you've now got me hooked!). I folded a leftover piece of spotted patterned thick card (maybe from The Hobby House?) for the base, added another leftover snippet of patterned paper on the front then a TH stitched rectangle die-cut before adding the (greatly cut down) image and a Lawn Fawn 'scripty thanks' die-cut.

I'm entering this in the following challenges ~

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge as it's made entirely from snippets

Time Out challenge 'inspired by words'

Dream Valley challenge 'autumn colours'

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge 'make your mark'

So fast forward a few weeks and we're into christmas with a sweet image from the House Mouse Decoupage cd and a (Hunkydory?) paper. Not much else to say about this one as that little meecie conducting the choir has to take centre stage.

I'm entering this in the following challenges ~

Allsorts challenge 'things with wings'

CD Sunday challenge 'cool colours'

Papercraft challenge 'animals'

And finally I hope you'll join me in wishing MERVI a very happy 10th Blogaversary, and to celebrate she is hosting a card challenge with the theme (of course) of Birthday


This is the card I made to join her..... using another of those adorable House Mouse images this time from the House Mouse Triple cd, some papers from my scraps box, a LOTV sentiment and some flowers from my stash. 


I hope you all have a great week whatever you have planned..... mine is catching up with the housework and trying to keep Mojo around as I have so many christmas cards to make! Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave me a message.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Musical Mice and a Touch of Christmas

Hope you all had a great weekend and those of you in the UK are enjoying the extra day off work (well at least for some of you). I think the heatwaves are finally done with and we're back to normal British weather...... oh well, it was good while it lasted!

I'm back today with another twofer..... and first up is a card for the Allsorts challenge with the theme of 'music' and I don't think much explanation is needed - just a decoupaged image from the House Mouse Decoupage cd matted onto some card and then onto a 5x7 inch card base.

And my Twofer is one of my NBUS Penny Black stamps 'adorned abode' coloured with Promarkers and cut with Penny Black 'antique frame' dies. The image is bigger than on my card and the die is actually rectangular but as I wanted a 'square' I turned the die around and cut it again. I used some Stickles on the 'ornaments' and matted onto some glitter paper and a hammered effect base card. I have only just realised that I forgot to add a sentiment so will have to remedy that.

and here's one to show the glittery ornaments a bit better

This one is for the following challenges:

Penny Black and More 'I spy with the letter B'   bird, birdbox

Stamping Sensations ' use your current favourite stamp'

ABC Christmas 'P for plain, Q for quote, R for robin/rabbit' I went for robin

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'anything christmas goes optional reindeer'

Well, that's it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment to let me know you've been to visit. Hope you all have a wonderful (and maybe crafty) week.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

I'm Back !

Hi everyone, remember me? Sorry for the disappearing act but Mojo went into hiding and I just needed a break from Blogland. The lovely weather we've been having has played a huge part as well as I just wanted to sit outside to relax and enjoy it. I am slowly getting back into the swing of things but not spending as much time on the computer as I used to.

Today I've a couple of cards to show you....

First up is a christmas card using dies from Sizzix TH sets 'stitched rectangle' and 'holiday greens' as well as a NBUS (bought ages ago) Poppystamps 'Lavinia snowflake ornament'. The dies were all cut from snippets of card with stick-it added to the back of the bits used for the ornament and branch before cutting (it was easier and quicker than using glue). To finish I added a bow and a Clearly Besotted stamped sentiment. Quite a quick make and it's nice and flat for posting.

I used snippets of card for this so I'm skipping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to see Miss Di and the other Playmates.

I'm also joining in the challenges over at Creative Inspirations where the theme is 'holidays' and Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is 'anything goes'.

For my second card I got out the Promarkers and coloured up a Mo Manning digi, stamped a LOTV sentiment and put it all together with bits and pieces from my stash. I made this for the 'happy birthday' theme at Passion For Promarkers challenge.

So that's it from me for today... but before I go I just want to say a very big thank you to all my wonderful blogging friends for sticking with me.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Birthdays and Bees

Hi everyone, firstly I want to apologise to anyone in the UK who is experiencing anything less than glorious sunshine as I believe the garden parasol we purchased the other day may be the cause of the change in the weather..... we've not used it once yet!

Anyways, I can't believe I'm back again so soon with a couple more cards to show you. First up is a 5x5 inch card with a LOTV stamp coloured with Promarkers and cut into a circle. Then the layout came from jiggling about a snippet of paper I'd got and then chopping the side off the circle before finally stamping the Uniko sentiment.

I shall head over to the following challenges with this

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use your snippets'

AAA Cards 'the Big Birthday bash'

CAS on Friday 'birthday'

CAS-ual Fridays 'birthday celebrations'   

Passion for Promarkers 'birthday creations'   my 2nd entry

Penny Black and More 'anything goes'   my 2nd entry

For my twofer I've used a House Mouse (Happy Hoppers) decoupage that I made up some time ago when I was in the mood for sitting with the scissors and cutting away quietly. I managed to find a sheet of purple paper with little yellow dots, the last little bit of yellow ribbon and a few yellow flowers as well as some purple rhinestones to pop in the middles... so a bit of sticking and job done!
I must admit that after all these years I'm still a sucker for these cute little critters as they are perfect for cards to delight the young and old alike.

 I shall head over to the following challenges with this

Allsorts  'insects, bugs, bees and butterflies.

As You Like It  'flora or fauna and why' I do love flowers but they just can't compete with these cute critters! 

I'm doing pretty well with my clear out and hopefully when I've got a clearer cupboard and workspace it will keep me craftily motivated. Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a great week and for those of you in the UK I hope you enjoy the rest of the long weekend.

Friday, 25 May 2018


Hi everyone and thanks for popping by today. I know I've been missing for a while but it was due to all this fabulous sunshine we've been having as well as getting to grips with my new laptop and getting on with all of those boring jobs that just can't be put off any longer. Mojo also decided to do a complete disappearing act and I did start wondering whether or not I wanted to carry on with blogging as I feel like I've been chasing my tail the last few months..... but I've decided to carry on for a while longer as my Dad's house will finally be someone else's at the end of the month and then maybe I'll feel more motivated.

In the meantime I've started another (more serious) clean out of my crafty stash and in the process put together this threefer to join in with a few challenges - and to be quite honest there is only one of these cards I enjoyed making.

First is a birthday card using a Mo Manning image coloured with Promarkers, a LOTV sentiment and papers, ribbon and gems from my stash.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Allsorts 'happy birthday'

Passion for Promarkers 'birthday creations'

Cupcake Inspirations 'pastels'

Addicted to Stamps 'ribbons galore'

Let's Craft and Create 'anything goes + option lace, ribbon, twine

Second uses an NBUS Woodware stamp coloured with Promarkers. I know this stamp looks much better when it is paper pieced but to be quite honest I just couldn't be bothered so I just added a TH die-cut foam snowflake,

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Country View 'be humourous'

Penny Black and More 'anything goes'

Rudolph Days 'May challenge'

And finally my threefer snippets make which is 5x5 inch and uses only leftover card and stuff from my stash (which has now been reduced in size and fits neatly in labelled boxes). This is the only card I really enjoyed making and I'm popping it in my satchel and skipping over to see Miss Di, Parsnip and the Playmates over at Pixie's Snippets Playground

and here's a glimpse of the inside

Thanks for your visit and continued support and I hope 'normal service will be resumed as soon as possible' Until then I hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend and hopefully some wonderful weather for the Bank Holiday,

Monday, 23 April 2018

Santa's Helper

What a change in the weather and how lovely to be able to sit out in the garden. The washing machine has been working overtime as anything that can be washed has been washed and hung out on the line to dry - I still can't understand why it gives me so much pleasure to dry the washing outside! The downside to this lovely weather is the weeding we've got to do at my Dad's house as I'm certain prospective buyers don't want to be greeted by foot-high dandelions along the driveway, no matter how bright and cheerful they look!

Anyway enough of my waffling as I'm here to show off some new goodies I treated myself to in the shape of MFT 'Santa's Elves' stamp set and matching dies. I used my usual Promarkers to colour the tree and one of the elves (there are 3 in the set) with Stickles on the fur and a glitter sakura pen for the star and hat bell. The scalloped circle was die-cut from glitter paper that had been stuck to some card and the plain circle was die-cut and then run through with a dotty embossing folder to give it a bit of texture. I used one of the sentiments from the stamp set and after I put it all together I added some pearls and gemstones.

and here's one that shows the glitter a bit better

I'm heading over to the following challenges

MFT Sketch challenge
this sketch

ABC Christmas challenge 'H for hats and/or I for ice'

As You Like It challenge 'favourite colouring medium and why' (my 2nd entry - my trusty Promarkers always work well for me)

Allsorts challenge 'use pearls'

and as I used snippets of card and glitter paper I shall head over to Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge to see Miss Di, Parsnip and the other Playmates

That's all from me today - we're off to do some shopping and as I'm still limping along with my very sick laptop we'll also head into PC World and hopefully get me a new one. Thanks for popping by today and I will be round to catch up with you all just as soon as I can.... even if I have to liberate Hubby's tablet to do the job.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Spring... At Last

Well I hope you all survived Friday the 13th without anything too disasterous happening! I had a quiet day making sure I didn't do anything to tempt bad luck and instead inked up some of my new stamps and made a card for a few spring themed challenges. I've gone for a one layer card for a change and used a Penny Black stamp 'Potted Flowers' which I coloured with my usual Promarkers, with chalks for the background and I added a Wink of Stella - a gift from a wonderful blogging friend - on the butterflies. I'm really not very adventurous with my colouring mediums and always end up going back to my trusty Promarkers for colouring images - not only do they work for me but I have quite a collection of colours that would like to use before they start drying out (I've already had to throw a few away) !

I'm entering this in the following challenges ~

As You Like It 'favourite colouring medium and why'

Time Out 'spring + optional twist one layer'

Allsorts 'spring flowers or showers'

Love To Scrap 'April showers bring May flowers'

Words 2 Craft By 'the promise of April'

That's it from me for today, I'm off to enjoy the rest of this warm sunny day and check out all the plants and flowers that are beginning to wake up after the loooong winter. Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Peaceful Winter

What a week this is turning out to be.... aching back, neck and hands and a laptop that is literally only just surviving and is even held together with tape as the Glossy Accents didn't manage to do the repair job! Every time I switch it on I'm just keeping those aching fingers crossed that it'll start up and live a bit longer until my new one arrives next week. Then I'll have Windows 10 to get used and oh what fun I can imagine that will be!

But I have got a card to show you today that I made for a couple of challenges and also to try out one of my new Penny Black stamps called 'Peaceful Winter' which has several stamps in the set. I've gone for a very CAS design using one of the stamps inked with black and green Memento inks and then clear embossed. Up to this stage things were going okay, I'd trimmed and matted the image onto some green cardstock and stuck it to a card blank and then I decided to stamp the sentiment - from the Penny Black 'Sweetest Moments' set - straight onto the card. The black ink isn't so juicy (must buy another when I go shopping) so I was reinking the sentiment and even though I was using my (brand new) TH stamping platform I managed to move the card slightly on the third inking... OOPS!  Hubby said it looks as though it is a shadow and is okay and IRL it actually does look like that but the photo shows all and I think I may try to salvage things and stamp (more carefully) a new sentiment to cut out and cover this one.

I made this for the following challenges

Allsorts 'be there or be square'

Penny Black and More 'black and white plus one'

Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave a comment. I'll be round to visit you all as soon as I can but will have too take things slowly as I'm having to carefully nurse this old laptop of mine through it's last few days and hopefully until my new one arrives !!