Tuesday 26 August 2014

Sketchy Free For All…





Hello everybody, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all had a nice weekend…

Joe went to his first festival and he had a great time. I picked him up yesterday, he was covered in mud and oh my he smelled so bad, I just put all his clothes in the bin!! I love live music and used to go see a lot when I was younger but I couldn’t stand camping in those conditions, I like my home comforts now lol


As it’s the last challenge of the month (already, can you believe it??) it’s a Sketchy Free For All at Papertake Weekly 

I chose to use the new layout but you can choose any of the sketches from the back catalogue (make sure you add the number of the sketch you’ve used on your entry so we know it’s one of ours)

There is a sketches page at the top of the challenge blog to make it easier and there are lots to choose from, this will save you having to go back through the archives to find one that you like


Here’s Sketch #93…




…and here’s my card


PTW 73 - Sketch 93



I used another one of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps, this one is called Sledging Fun

The papers are from the Pressed In Time pad, not really a Christmas collection but I think the colours go really nicely

The sentiment is from the new Christmas Wishes set

Here’s everything else I used; Cheery Lynn snowflake dies, Little B circle die, Doohickey slender firs die, Lil’ Inkers stitched banner die and Tim Holtz ideaology brads




You can see all the info about the challenge on the Papertake blog and as always some lovely inspiration from the Design Team


Righty I’m nipping next door now for my Tuesday wine with my friend and another instalment of ‘In The Club’ – have you been watching it? just love Kay Mellor’s writing


Have a lovely evening all



Saturday 23 August 2014

To Die For…



Hello all, thanks for stopping by. It’s been longer than I intended since my last post, I had a bit of a strange week…

Keith’s Mum died last weekend, she was 93 and went peacefully at home in her sleep just as she always wanted. That was a good thing, but still a huge loss to the family. She’s been saying for 10 years “I won’t be here this time next year” lol and I think we all just thought that she’d go on forever, she’s been poorly on and off this year but her mind was still very sharp. So, there seems to be a million things to do but we’re not really getting anywhere… this can’t be done until that form is signed, and that can’t be done until this is authorised etc etc, I’ve never seen so much bloomin’ red tape!


Needless to say I’ve not had much time for crafting but I managed to make a card for the Papertake Weekly challenge. It’s a nice easy one this week…

To Die For

…simply use a die somewhere on your card


PTW 72 - To Die For

I used this cute Penguin Pals stamp from the new Lili of the Valley Christmas collection and some papers from one of  favourite pads Simple Joys, the sentiment is from the Christmas Wishes set


Here are all the dies I used…

Marianne stitched border

Spellbinder classic circles

Lil’ inkers stitched circles

Lil’ inkers mini bow

…I am loving the Lil’ Inkers dies, a new discovery! and huge thanks to my lovely friend in the USA who helped me to get them

I coloured the image with Copics and its just finished with a few gems and some Stampendous sparkly glitter for the snow

You can see all the details about the challenge and some inspiration from the DT on the Papertake Weekly blog


Right that’s me done, Jess is visiting for the weekend so because it’s pouring down we’re going to snuggle up on the sofa with Manny and watch a movie (I think she only comes home to see him!!)

Have a lovely weekend all, thanks very much for stopping by



Wednesday 13 August 2014

My weekend, and lots of spots!




Evening crafty friends, I intended to do my post earlier tonight but I laid on the bed to give Manny a little cuddle about 6 and the next thing I knew it was 8pm! I never fall asleep usually but have had so many restless nights during the spell of hot weather I think it’s catching up with me. I feel groggy now though…  and I missed the beginning of the Bake Off!


I had a fabulous weekend with 3 of the loveliest crafty ladies anyone could wish to meet. I went with Dawny to visit our friends Mary and Andrea (or otherwise known as the Ribbon Girls!) We did some sightseeing, I have driven past the ‘Angel of the North’ before but close up, wow, it is AMAZING and we went over the Millennium Bridge where on one side you’re in Newcastle and on the other you’re in Gateshead (hope I’ve got that right). We ate, drank, chatted, laughed, crafted and generally had a jolly good time



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This is Mary with the wonderful lunch she made us and Dawny eyeing up Andrea’s yummy homemade cake!


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Andrea working with the new art pad images


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The spectacular ‘Angel Of The North’



Millennium Bridge


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We went for a wonderful Italian meal



Haggis…   he was supervising, with one eye out for any crafty stash that he could steal!!


I’ve always done my crafting on my own as none of my friends are interested so it was lovely to swap and share ideas and we spent time playing with the new Lili of the Valley Christmas art pads which are out tomorrow





This was the first card I made and it was perfect for this weeks Challenge at Papertake Weekly which is…

Lots of Spots and Dots


I used the Father Knows Best papers which I would never have chosen for a Christmas card but they matched this image perfectly

The cute snowman is from the Christmas Eve pad and the images are all of a similar colourway, ideal for Winter birthdays as well as Christmas


PTW 71 - Spots and Dots 


PTW 71 - Spots and Dots 2


The sentiment is from the new Christmas Wishes set which is SO useful and hasn’t left my desk since I got it

I used some Berisfords 15mm satin ribbon in ‘sable’ and ‘peaches and cream’ pearl flatbacks - both from the Ribbon Girl, and both a perfect match for these images

I added lots of stickles and the border was cut with a Doohickey die which I have hardly used but is really lovely

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




Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your evening everyone



Friday 8 August 2014

Anything Goes…



Evening crafters, a quick hour in the attic for me tonight, I have an exciting weekend ahead so need to pack (I’ll fill you in on my next post!)

As promised I have candy for getting to 400 followers… I asked Joe to pick 2 names from all the lovely comments you left for me and the winners are Debbie and Donna

Well done ladies, send me your address to anne40@gmail.com

Thank you so much for all your kind comments, your continued support means a lot and I appreciate all your feedback




Now onto this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge and as it’s the first one of the month we have our usual

Anything Goes

This month’s optional extra is to use torn paper but this is only an option and if you don’t want to use it then you don’t have to

All the details are on the papertake blog with some fab inspiration as always from the DT and a LOTV voucher up for grabs




I used one of the new Christmas stamps, I think everyone likes snowmen for their Christmas cards and you can go to town with the glitter (which I did!)


PTW 70 - Anything Goes Torn Paper


I went with the torn paper option and made a landscape. The extra little snowman is from the new Christmas Mini Images – Icons set,  this is a fabulous collection of mini stamps which you will find so useful for all your Christmas makes

Here’s everything else I used…

Festive Trimmings papers

Gifts On The Tree stamp

Handwritten Christmas Phrases

Cheery Lynn mini snowflakes die

Flatback gems


I embossed the background with a snowflake mask, it looks really effective but doesn’t show up really on the picture




Hope you like it, thanks again for taking the time to let me know what you think…   have a great weekend everyone



Sunday 3 August 2014

Sketchy Free For All…




Evening everyone, whoo hoo I got to 400 followers!! Welcome to my new visitors and thanks for stopping by

I’ve not been a good blogging buddy this last month but I will try and find time this week to visit and see what you have all been up to. I promised some candy when I hit 400 so make sure you leave me a little comment on today’s card and I’ll draw a winner from them when I do my next post mid-week

The last few weeks have been mad, no sooner is it Monday than we get to Friday again and I’m wondering where another week went. We’ve been busy at work getting ready for the new launch and I’ve had a struggle to get any cards done at home because it’s been so unbearably hot in the attic. We have some adorable new stamps out for Christmas and some papers that you will need in your stash, I’m still giddy over the new pastel pads and now we have Christmas ones too for you to stroke!!






We went to the dogs trust in Leeds today, they have a Summer open day every year and I like to go along and support them. There have been a few really bad days weather wise over the past few years but today was lovely and they had a great turn out. I always take Manny to see the girl who looked after him for 2 weeks until he was ready to come to us. She’s got herself married and had two children since we got him and she must see 1000’s of dogs but I think he has a special place in her heart and she is always so pleased to see him. I’ve never seen so many dogs of every size and breed that you could imagine… and I have to say they were all impeccably behaved!




As it’s the last challenge of the month it’s a Sketchy Free For All at Papertake Weekly 

I chose to use the new layout but you can choose any of the sketches from the back catalogue (make sure you add the number of the sketch you’ve used on your entry so we know it’s one of ours)

There is a sketches page at the top of the challenge blog to make it easier and there are lots to choose from
Hopefully this will save you having to go back through the archives to find one that you like


Here’s the new Sketch #92…



and here’s my card…


 PTW 69 - Sketch 92


I made another tiny card (4x4) as I’m liking these at the minute and I used an image from the Here Comes Annabel art pad. This one isn’t available as a rubber stamp it’s just in the pad at the moment – isn’t she cute!

I used Bonnets and Bowties papers from both the patterned and solid pads and the sentiment is from Set 9

I cut out the ball and stuck it on with a foam pad

The lovely lace is from the Ribbon Girl 


It’s quite a simple little card, it’s not often I use buttons and can’t always get them to look right but I do love them!

I have so many shape dies and still nearly always cut squares round my images, I like using Sketches because it makes you do something a bit different


You can find all the details for entering and some fab inspiration from the design team over on the Papertake Weekly blog




Thanks for looking, don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to be in my candy draw… and enjoy the rest of your evening