Thursday, 22 February 2018

Only me…

Hello crafty friends, I know, I’m such a bad blogger…

I have good intentions of doing one post a week but the time just disappears and before you know it another month, never mind a week, has whizzed by!

I’ve been busy catching up on my magazine work, I got a bit behind when I was poorly so am back on track now

I have exciting news about a new design team but I’ll tell you about that in my next post because I’ve been playing with some stamps this week so will have cards to share soon


Lili of the Valley are launching a new stamp brand tomorrow so be sure to check that out. You can see all the details of the 10 new sets on their new blog, they have a fab new design team for the brand so lots of lovely inspiration for using them

The new stamps are called ‘Simply Sweet Stamps’ and are exactly that, just perfect for making clean and modern cards

This is a card I made using one of the new images called Purrfect…

LOTV Simply Sweet Purrfect

Not as clean and simple as it could have been but you know me and my patterned papers!


Here also are a couple of cards and tags that were for a magazine last year. They are quite similar so thought I’d share at the same time. They are a bit different for me but it’s good to try new styles sometimes and venture outside your comfort zone…



Stampendous tag 2

Stampendous tag

Sorry the photos are not great, because the magazines take their own pictures I really only do them for my own records, most of them don’t get shown on here

These are made with a Stampendous set, the sentiment stamps are Altenew and the papers for all of the cards are Bonnets & Bowties from NitWits


I’m having a hot flush while I’m typing this, always just my face and head on fire and the sweat is steaming up my glasses. I‘m pleased that only Manny can see me – it’s not a pretty sight!!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your Thursday


Friday, 26 January 2018


Hello everyone, thank you for all the get well messages - you are a lovely lot!

Seems there have been quite a few of you also not well, I hope you are all feeling better now. I thought I was getting over it when I did my post last week but another week has gone by and I have just not got an ounce of energy, I can’t be bothered to even turn the TV on. I have magazine commissions to do and have just sat looking at them, not getting any further than shuffling a few papers around. It’s been very strange because however I feel I can usually muster up the energy to do some crafting!

Anyway onwards and upwards, I don’t have new work to share so this is a card from last year that never made it to the blog…

LOTV cosy pram

I used some gorgeous Maja design papers (I hate cutting into these but it was a special card!)

The image is a Simply Print of Cosy Pram from Lili of the Valley which you can also get a a digi or a rubber stamp, it’s a lovely image

The heart banner is Penny Black and I did the sentiment on the computer

I made it for my Nephew and his girlfriend last summer when they found out she was expecting. If you visit my blog regularly you’ll know I became a Great Aunt just before Christmas to a precious girl, she is an absolute delight…


I saw the sun today for the first time in what seems like months so hopefully it’s a sign that Spring is not too far away, I sat in the conservatory with Manny and just enjoyed the warmth it was lovely!

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend crafty friends


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Jasmine and Oliver launch…

Good afternoon crafters, well I spoke too soon didn’t I when I said in my last post that we’d escaped the lurgy this year!

I’ve just completely lost a week, I’m not exaggerating I have never felt so weird in all my life. I just felt like my body wouldn’t work, zero energy, cold then clammy, starving hungry but couldn’t face food…  it was very strange. Keith and Joe had it too but hopefully we’ve seen the back of it now. I’ve heard people say they’ve been ill for 6 weeks so I’m really hoping that’s not the case as I do feel a bit better today


So, consequently I only managed 1 sample for the new LOTV launch. Popular teen images Jasmine and Oliver are back with new designs and some old favourites available in different formats

This is Oliver Texting, I like Jasmine Texting and have used it a lot so I hope this male version will be as useful

LOTV oliver texting

Cloud background, fence and grass are all Lawn Fawn and the speech bubble is Spellbinders. I’ve had that set for years and never realised it was stitched, there are a few different shapes and sizes and I’m pleased to have rediscovered it!


This is a card I made last year so I thought I’d add it to the post as this is another very useful stamp from the range… Oliver Kicking About

LOTV oliver football


I used an embossed background for this and die cut clouds/sun

If you visit me regular you will know I love adding clouds and sun, I think it creates such a quick and cute scene


Right I’m going to catch up on a bit of tv from the last week. Still don’t have the energy to do much more and it’s been snowing this morning here so a good excuse to get cosy on the sofa with Manny!

Enjoy your day all, thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 4 January 2018

A new year and a look back…

Good morning lovely crafty friends, happy new year and I hope you all had a good Christmas. It’s passed so quickly and ours was pretty quiet this year but thankfully (and for a change) we all escaped the bugs and viruses that have been going round. Keith and I don’t really do pressies any more but I got the obligatory cookery book, pandora charm and perfume. My laptop is playing up so I will be replacing it soon and that will be my Christmas present to myself!
Joe was 21 on new years eve, we had a lovely family day and then he had a party with his friends. He works in a cocktail bar and they let him have the top floor for the evening which was very good of them considering it’s such a busy night
This is my Joe, he loved having his picture taken and was always posing for me…
joe 21
and this is on his birthday making his Mum a cocktail, a rare picture of him as I can’t get him in front of the camera now…


I’ll be back shortly with new images from LOTV - but for today I thought I’d do the traditional look back over the previous year and share a few of my favourite makes…

christmas swap
Cosy Together
All loved up
LOTV Jasmine shopping
LOTV ballet shoes
LOTV Two's Company
LOTV Lazy Daisy stamp
LOTV Greg Cupcake

…bit of a Lili of the Valley theme going on here isn’t there lol!!
I resolved to use all my other stamps when I left and I still buy lots of different brands but I just love their images and they always seem to have one that suits my needs
My cards have changed over the last couple of years, I use a lot less flowers and ribbon now preferring a cleaner style, it’s interesting to look back
Sorry for all the pics, if you’re still here thanks so much for stopping by!
I’d love to know what you think if you have time to leave me a comment, I’ve been reading from a few bloggers recently about the shift to Facebook and Instagram but I do like to blog although it’s not as often as I intend. I do use Facebook but not for my cards, and I like to visit everyone's blogs and see what you have been up to too
Have a good day all whatever you’re up to


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Polar Bear Pals…

Good evening crafty friends, are you all ready for Christmas? We have a whole year to plan for it yet here I am again rushing around at the last minute trying to get things done. I did a big food shop today and got the last of the pressies wrapped so I think I’m getting there now

I did manage to make most of my cards this year, I love these Polar Bear stamps from MFT and until a couple of weeks ago I thought it was a Christmas set. I’ve never used the sentiments and just found out they are actually birthday stamps but I like using them for Christmas

I used them with the Memory Box grand ‘Merry Christmas’ die and some Cheery Lynn snowflakes for these quick cards…

Polar bears 2

Polar bears 1

Polar bears 3

Here’s another one, I made a few the same as this. The large snowflake is cut from card and layered three times to make an embellishment. I’ve been doing this a lot with die cuts, especially sentiments and I like the effect 


These are a bit different for me, I hope you like them for a change


I probably won’t be doing another post before Christmas so I’d like to just say thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your support throughout the year

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone


Friday, 24 November 2017

Just a note…

Good evening lovelies. Hope you are all well and have something nice planned for the weekend

Two posts in one week from me, that’s a got to be a first but I’ve been making a few cards using the new bears from Lili of the Valley so I’d thought I’d share these because they are on sale NOW!

This sweet image is called ‘Greg - Just a Note’ and is available in rubber, digi, or simply print

LOTV Just A Note 2

LOTV Just A Note

I wanted pale pastel colours because these were for new baby cards, I find it hard to achieve that effect with markers so I used distress inks and made a wash. I should have done the letter a different colour looking at them but overall I got the look I wanted

The ‘sending love and hugs’ is done with a useful Wplus9 stamp/die set from Seven Hills Craft and the baby girl sentiment is a swirly string sentiment from LOTV

I used some Tonic jewel drops on the top card too which is my new favourite product!


Hope you like them, there are some great launch offers on the new bears so get in early because they are only for a limited time


Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate you visiting and for taking the time to leave me a comment

Have a great weekend everyone 


Monday, 20 November 2017

New bears!

Hello crafty friends!

It’s been longer than I planned between posts (again!) but the weeks just seem to whizz by


Keith is getting on nicely after his operation; thanks so much to everyone who asked after him. He got his stitches out last week so is able to get about a bit better now without all the padding. Just needs time to heal now but he’s not very patient and because it’s bone it will be a few more weeks yet!


I did a lovely workshop at the weekend, journals and mini albums which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was the last one of the year so I need to make sure I put into practise what I learnt


My nephew and his girlfriend had their baby so I’m a great Aunt (doesn’t that sound old and matronly!) She’s absolutely perfect and will be spoiled by everyone. She’s the first baby in our small family since my youngest nephew who is 20 so we were all very excited  for her arrival and my Mum has been knitting furiously for the last 6 months…



Onto my cards and Lili of the Valley have a new image launch this Friday and they’re going Bear crazy!

There are lots of new stamps including a set of alphabet and number bears and also introducing a sweet new bear called Greg

This one is called Greg Cupcake…

LOTV Greg Cupcake

and this is a card with the alphabet bears that I made for a friend…

LOTV Novembears Roryjpg

These alphabets and numbers are going to be so useful

There are lovely samples and plenty of inspiration to be found on the pinterest board where you can see the full collection


Thanks so much for stopping by, have a lovely evening all