Sunday, 23 August 2015

To Die For…



Hey everyone, what you been up to this weekend? Today has been lovely but about an hour ago it went black and has been pouring down ever since. We’re going to Zante on Wednesday, it’s a bit of a last minute booking as we weren’t planning on going abroad this year after 2 expensive holidays last year… but we decided to sneak off for a bit of sun while Joe is away! Jess skidded her car into a wall last week during a downpour (about 2 days after we paid it off for her 21st birthday) She’s ok but a bit shaken up so we’re just waiting to hear from the insurance if it’s a write off, we’re really hoping they can repair it as she’s only had it about 3 months. It’s been one thing after another with her this year!

Time for another challenge at Papertake Weekly and this week it’s…

To Die For

…all you need to do is to include a die cut somewhere or you could make your base card from a die

We have a lovely prize up for grabs from Mary & Andrea at The Ribbon Girl




This was a nice easy week for me, I use dies on all my cards...



I used Pastel Dreams papers for the backing layer and then cut the little house out of some scraps – I punched a heart in the centre and then stuck it on with foam pads. The sentiment is done on the computer and the clouds are memory Box  (so useful, I use these cloud dies a lot)

I put the line of stamped hearts on and then thought I’d made a mistake but it was too late, maybe it didn’t need them?

Last thing is to go around the edges with some stickles.

You can see what the DT have done this week and find all the details for the challenge on the Papertake Weekly blog


Let me know what you think, your comments are always welcome and I’m hoping to try and visit all your blogs while I’m away and have some time to myself.

My Slimming World journey is going quite well so far, week 1 was 4lb off and another 4lb week 2 so I was pleased with that. I’m just mad with myself for not starting sooner, I was trying on some holiday clothes today and they are a bit snug for comfort! I’ll have to make do though because I’m not buying any more just for one week when it will be another year before they come out again!

Enjoy your Sunday evening crafters


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Spots or Stripes…



Evening crafty friends, what are you up to tonight?

We’ve just had a Slimming World Chicken Kiev and chips for tea which was really quite nice. I enjoy cooking so adapting recipes to make them syn free is fun for me, there are hundreds on the internet too so at the moment I’m quite keen. Thinking of my shorts being tight for my holiday in 2 weeks is keeping me going. I’ve been here before though…  too little too late that’s me!!

I have a card to share for this week’s challenge at Papertake Weekly and our theme is…

Spots & Stripes

Nice and simple, all you need to do is to include them somewhere on your work

We have a lovely prize up for grabs this week from the Hobby House and as always there is some inspiration from the team



You can’t really tell from the picture but this is a big card for me, 8 x 8 square. Joe is 18 and a few of his friends are having 18th birthdays so I’ve made a few like this recently…



August 11th - Spots or Stripes


The papers are Lili of the Valley Pastel Dreams and Up, Up & Away

This cute image is Annabel Texting, I used the Here Comes Annabel Art pad but she’s also available as a stamp

It’s quite an easy card, I cut the letters and numbers on my cricut and just layered them on foam pads. The character is shaped round an embossing tool and then stuck with pinflair so she’s almost 3d


Hope you like it, thanks as always for your comments – I will try and catch up on all your blogs as soon as I can

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, I’m just watching Bake Off although nothing on there is very Slimming World friendly!!



Sunday, 9 August 2015

Ribbon Girl Challenge…



Good morning crafty friends, thanks for stopping by today

Time for the monthly EVERYTHING GOES WITH AN IMAGE challenge at the Ribbon Girl (they have a fabulous challenge every week but this is my team)

It’s a lovely easy challenge because you can use any image and we hope to see all types of projects and not just cards!

As usual we have two fabulous prizes, the first is a stamp of the winners choice from Lili of the Valley and also a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl towards a shopping spree in their gorgeous store

The winners are picked at random too so why not have a go – you’ve got to be in it to win it!

As usual the DT have created lovely projects to inspire you, their examples and all the details for the challenge are on the blog - and all the goodies they and I have used can be found in The Ribbon Girl online store

I had some colouring to do for a magazine which has taken me forever so I used a topper for this one, they are so fab when you’re short of time. This cutie is from the Here Comes Annabel Art Pad and the sentiment is from the Handwritten Phrases set




Here’s everything I used; 35mm Amelia vintage style cotton ivory lace, 6mm green sequins, 15mm pink organza, natural hemp twine, charm, stickles

This Amelia lace is just gorgeous and they have a HUGE selection of charms




Have a great Sunday everyone, I’m going to Costco now to buy an actifry! We usually go there for one thing and end up spending £300!!



Friday, 7 August 2015

India and Torn Edges…



Good morning everyone, hope you are all well? 

I had a busy week, as most of you will know now we closed the Lili of the Valley shop at the weekend. We are moving premises shortly and unfortunately won’t have room for a shop at the moment. We have a lot of work in the next couple of months getting packed up but there are exciting things ahead! There were some fantastic bargains to be had on Saturday which was our last day so if you got some of the half price dies lucky you!!

Joe has gone off to India for 5 weeks. They are staying with his friends Father over there so I know he’s safe and they will be doing some volunteer work at a school. Joe is a lovely boy but like all teenagers these days he’s quite lazy and selfish, not having the latest iphone is the biggest worry he has! I think it will do him good to see that not everyone has the same comfortable life, he’s very friendly and likes meeting people so i think he will enjoy it and I’m hoping that as well as having an amazing adventure he might come home having grown up a bit!

I watched the flight on Sunday on the radar, it’s absolutely fascinating and I was glued to the laptop for most of Sunday watching the journey…

flight 2flight 4 


Onto Papertake Weekly and as it’s the first challenge of the month we have our usual

Anything Goes

…this month’s optional extra is to add torn edges

Remember this is only an option to add a bit of variety so if you don’t want to do that you don’t have to

The first challenge of the month is sponsored by Lili of The Valley
and we have a £10 voucher as this weeks prize


I used one of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps, this cutie is called Skiddy Skates. The sentiment is from the Christmas Wishes set and papers from the ‘Twas the Night (which is out of stock at the moment but will be back next week)


August 4th - Anything Goes Torn Paper


You can’t really see on the picture but I did tear the edges of the papers!

The snowflakes were cut with my one of my favourite Cheery Lynn dies and it’s just finished with some gingham ribbon and gems from the Ribbon Girl – this is quite an easy card

Oh, and the oval dies are tonic

Hope you like it. You can see all the details for the challenge and some lovely inspiration from the team over on the Papertake blog


PS. Debra, when you asked about which yellows I use I wrote them down straight away intending to reply and I just found the post-it stuck to my desk with the list of colours!

I’m so sorry for ignoring your questionSad smileThe yellows I use are Copics Y17, 15, 13 and 11 or Promarkers sunflower, tulip, buttercup and ivory. I think the Tilda card you asked about was coloured with Copics


It’s Friday already and the forecast is good for us here in Yorkshire – have a lovely weekend everyone wherever you are! I’ll be back on Sunday with the Ribbon Girl challenge


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Holly Angel…



Hello everyone, I hope you are having a nice week so far

We went to see Jess last night, it was her 21st birthday so we took her out for a lovely meal. It’s a long drive there and back but we couldn’t let her birthday pass without seeing her – I can’t quite believe she’s 21!

She’s just started back at work after her accident, she’s on light duties for a while until she builds up the strength in her arm and she’s hoping to ride again in a couple of weeks. We arrived to a visitor in her flat, she found a tiny injured duckling and took it home with her – it was so cute and fluffy. It looks like a bird attacked it because it’s poor little leg was damaged, they cleaned it up and put a bandage on it. She put him in the sink and he was swimming ok so hopefully he’ll recover. There is a rescue centre in Malton which is not too far so she was going to ring them today and see if they would take him, he’s only very young so wouldn’t survive on his own


Time for another challenge at Papertake Weekly and it’s Take Your Pick week

The last challenge of every month has several themes and you simply take your pick from them
There’s a sketch, a colour theme, a product theme and a technique theme to choose from

You can use any theme and if you want to or you can combine two or more

The themes for July are  -


Blue & green  – either or both


Make or include a tag


Use lace


Sketch #103

But don’t forget as always,  if you would prefer to use another sketch, then please feel free to use any Papertake Weekly sketch you fancy


I chose to go with the new sketch and I used one of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps that are launched tomorrow along with the gorgeous Calendar Fairies

I love these wavy sentiments but I wasn’t happy with this on here so I’m going to change it for one of the Handwritten Phrases which I think will look better. I’ll swap the picture when I’ve done it but just ran out of time


July 28 - Sketch 103


Apologies for the rubbish picture, my laptop died and I lost my recent albums so this was a quick one with my phone in not very good light! Thankfully because it’s been on the blink for a while I had most of my documents backed up but I still think I lost a lot of stuff, it was a Sony Vaio and they don’t make them any more – I’ve had it years and its been fabulous so I’m sad to see it go

This stamp is called Holly Angel, a really lovely image for your Christmas cards I think – not too cute. To save time I paper pieced her dress, the papers are from the Simple Joys pad and I cut it out with a Spellbinder pierced square die

The lovely little cross stitched edging border is a new die (what another??) from a set by Lawn Fawn, I’m loving the American dies that are finding their way over here and I’ve bought far too many recently. The poinsettias are Marianne and the pine branches are Doo Hickey


You can find all the details for the challenge on the Papertake Weekly blog well as some lovely inspiration and details of this weeks prize which is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp


Enjoy your evening crafters, it’s Thursday already and another week is nearly over – they just fly by don’t they!


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Build It Up!




Evening all, I have another card to share because it’s time for a new Papertake Weekly challenge

This week it’s a nice one…


…so, we don’t want to see any flat cards, lots of lovely layers is the way to go!

There’s a fabulous Ribbon Girl voucher for our lucky winner and as always some great inspiration from the girls to get you started





I sat for ages with these new Landscape Art pads from Lili of the valley, I didn’t have any any ideas at all for using them so I put them to one side for a couple of weeks. The next time I picked them up I made about 6 cards and really liked them all. They’re a bit different, not what I would usually use but I think they’ll be really useful for cards when ‘cute’ just won’t do


This one is inverted layers, just cut the images with different sizes of squares and then layer the apertures with foam pads

I did the sentiment on the computer and then tucked it in between the layers


July 21st - Build It Up


A few die cut clouds and some distress stickles and it’s done. Quite a simple card for me but I was pleased with how it turned out


july 2 


july 3


Hope you like it, you can see full details for the challenge on the Papertake Weekly blog

Enjoy your Tuesday evening, I’m just watching the obsessive cleaners in the dirty old Country houses – love it!


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Don’t be a square!



Hi everyone, what are you up to this weekend? I’m having a lazy day today, I went to the Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday and although we had a fabulous day I think I did a bit much and my hip has been hurting. There’s so much to see there, it’s a long day with an awful lot of walking so I’m trying to take it easy for a few days and hopefully it will settle down

This weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly is…

Don’t Be A Square

It’s a simple one, no square base cards are allowed this week

As always there is some lovely inspiration from the team to get you started and we have a great prize from The Paper Nest Dolls.


July 14th - No Squares


This is one of my favourite Lili of the Valley images ‘Gone Fishing’ and I used the topper from the Vintage Boys Art Pad because I needed to make the card in a bit of a hurry

The papers are from Father Knows Best and I finished with some Sentiment Tags

The lovely satin ribbon and twine are from The Ribbon Girl




Hope you like it, thanks everyone for the comments - I love to read them!

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday crafters