Wednesday, 8 August 2018


Good afternoon lovely crafty friends, thanks so much for stopping by

I have really sad news today...

... if you follow my blog you will know that my Daughter Jess has a little dog, Rolo, our Grandbaby who we all adore

He ran out of the gate on Sunday and was hit by a car, we are devastated.

They were right behind him but were so shocked they didn’t get chance to look at the car before it sped off. How could anyone do that, just drive off and leave him there?

He died on the way to the vets but even if he’d got there sooner they said they couldn’t have done anything because he had internal injuries, our poor little Rolo

Jess is absolutely heartbroken, he’s her baby and they just moved into their first home last week - he was so excited to finally have his own garden

It seems so surreal, we’ve had dogs all my life but they have lived to a ripe old age and had a peaceful end, this has been such a terrible shock



…he was Manny’s little mate too


I’ve been helping Jess to move over the last couple of weeks and get the house ready so crafting has taken a bit of a back seat

These are a couple of cards that never made it onto the blog…

Baby Girl

Papers - DoCrafts Forever Friends ‘New Arrival’

Lawn Fawn sentiment die

MFT border die

Babygrow - Sue Wilson (I think, maybe Fuzzy Lemon?)

Tonic Nuvo jewel drops

new home Jess

This die set was one I bought from someone on ebay

I saw the sentiment on Pinterest and loved it so just printed it on the computer, I like mixing fonts


Thanks so much for listening my lovely friends that live in my computer

Enjoy your Wednesday whatever you are doing

Anne xx

Friday, 3 August 2018

Mama Makes on Hochanda…

Good morning crafty friends, hope you are all well?

I’ve got a bit of a bad head this morning! I went out for a meal with an old friend last night for a catch up and had a couple of glasses of wine. Not excessive by any means but I don’t often drink wine these days and I’m certainly feeling the effects of it this morning. I was always a bit of a lightweight with alcohol, Southern Comfort has been my tipple of choice since I was 18 and I think I will stick to it!


I keep (hoard!) tins and boxes, in fact anything that I think will come in handy so I was pleased to be able to finally use one of them and I have something a bit different to share today

I covered an empty nut tin and made a money box. These new adventure sentiments from Mama Makes go perfectly with the cute Lawn Fawn ‘plane and simple’ set from Dies to Die for.

The stars you can see on there are also in the new release, from a fab border set

MM Aug - Money Tin

MM Aug - Tin 6MM Aug - Tin 5

MM Aug - Tin 4MM Aug - Tin 3

I thought it would be great to use as a saving tin for your holiday fund, the lid on this container is plastic so it was easy to cut a slot for the coins. I was pleased with how it turned out so I really hope you like it


Loti is on Hochanda showcasing the new stamps on Monday at 2pm and you can buy them all from the Mama Makes website. There are really useful borders and hexagons, a light box set and also some fantastic new sentiments so don’t miss the shows – the team have made lots of fabulous samples to showcase the new range too


That’s it from me, thanks so much for stopping by and have a lovely weekend everyone


Thursday, 12 July 2018

A new home for Digistamp Boutique…

Good evening crafty friends, another week nearly done, how is it possible?


I’ve never watched so much sport as I have the past few weeks!

I like Wimbledon and the Tour de France but the World Cup had it for me, I loved it! It’s so many years since England had a decent team and it was fab how the Country got behind them. Gareth Southgate seems like such a gentleman and it was all about the football this time instead of the egos and the WAGS. I think inexperience was their downfall in the semi final, they missed a few chances in the first half and in the end Croatia were the better team, they can absolutely come home with their heads held high though and hopefully can just get better with time

I saw this on Facebook, this is so me!!



I was glued to SKY news watching the rescue of those boys from the cave in Thailand, I’m very claustrophobic so caving would be my worst nightmare, add water into the mix and I have a panic attack just thinking about it. It was a miracle that they got them out and so sad that one of the divers lost his life. How anyone could do cave diving for fun is beyond me, why, just why would you want to dive through miles of tunnels filled with water that you could hardly fit through and there’s no way out, just madness


I have news, Digistamp Boutique are coming to live at Lili of the Valley! The owner wants to concentrate on her artwork so all the images will now be available to buy from LOTV. It will take a while to get them all on the website but quite a few are ready and there are some adorable new mermaids and hippos too

This is one of the hippos called Tons of Fun… how cute!

LOTV DSB hippo

I used my favourite Bella Rose papers and Memory Box puffy clouds

I was going to die cut some flowers but only wanted teeny ones so I snipped some from a scrap of the paper and stuck them onto the grass, I like how they match the paper


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

Enjoy your Thursday evening everyone whatever you are doing


Sunday, 1 July 2018

LOTV on Hochanda

Hello crafty friends, another hot day here so I’m doing a quick post and then sitting out for a while and enjoying my garden

I have an appointment in Wetherby next week so we had a drive out this morning in Keith’s little sports car just to see where it is and for parking. I thought he was a bit mad when he got that car but I have to admit it’s really good fun and he’s certainly felt the benefit of a convertible the last couple of months. We called and had breakfast on the way back (I love eggs benedict so don’t even look at the menu) so that was a really lovely Sunday morning

I’m not really a big sports fan but I do like Wimbledon so I‘m excited for that to start tomorrow, and I’ve been enjoying the World Cup too so fingers crossed for a good result on Tuesday. 


If you haven’t seen it on Facebook already I need to tell you that Lili of the Valley are back on the TV tomorrow. They have new Christmas images for 2018 that will available in rubber, I know many of you have missed the rubber stamps


There are some fabulous samples from the team and my lovely crafty friend Lorraine will be demoing some of her pretty cards on air using the new stamps


Here are some of my makes, I used old favourite James the Bear…

Anne - hochanda - james present

Anne - hochanda - james star

and this is one of the new images, penguins are always top of my list at Christmas…

Anne - hochanda - christmas friends

These papers are on the LOTV website, Laila made a few different coloured versions of their hugely popular frosty Christmas in digital format for you to print at home, this is the pink one and you can find them here along with some other designs

The lovely swirly sentiment on the 2nd James card is from a new set that will be also available tomorrow

The mountain die and ‘let it snow’ are Lawn Fawn, scalloped frame is MFT


Hope you like them, do try and catch the shows tomorrow at 11am and 3pm on Hochanda


Have a wonderful Sunday everyone whatever you are doing


Saturday, 23 June 2018

Star Book for Mama Makes…

Evening all, I’ve been a bad blogger again – where does the time go?

I have to admit I’ve been spending a lot of time out and about and in the garden, the weather has been so lovely it’s too nice to sit inside

Keith is off next week and the sun is going to continue to shine so I thought I’d better sneak in a quick post now or it will be another week


I saw a useful post on Facebook this week from the lovely Anne Redfern, an easy solution to the recent problems with comment notifications (or lack of them).I know a lot of my visitors are not on Facebook so I hope this is helpful;

Go to your blog dashboard.
Click on Settings.
Click on Email.
Delete your email address and click on "Save Settings" in upper right.
Re-enter your email address and click "Save Settings" again.
You will then receive an email in your inbox from Blogger confirming that you want to subscribe. Click on the underlined word "Subscribe."


Leonie is featuring some Mama Makes stamps this week on her Let Loose shows on Hochanda, I love these stamps, they’re quirky and a bit different to what I usually use. I made this star book and really enjoyed doing something different…

Star book front

Star book baby     Star book believe

Star book friends     Star book happiness

Star book hearts     Star book hug

Star book kisses

Star book

There’s a lot of pictures but I wanted to show you all the pages. If I make another I’ll be sure to photograph it before sticking together because it won’t lay flat, but I think you can see enough

You  can see all these cute stamps and the lovely sentiments on Hochanda on Wednesday at 11 and 2, they’re also available on the Mama Makes website. Loti makes all the stamps herself, she designs some of them and also finds new and exciting artists, they’re quite unique


Keith is watching the football so a nice soak in the bath for me now and a catch up on some Jennifer McGuire videos, it you haven’t seen her then give them a go, she has some fantastic ideas

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Watercolour images…

Good afternoon crafters, what have you been up to?

I’ve got a bit behind with things because I like to be in the garden when the weather is good. It’s a bit miserable today so I’m having a catch up!

I have a few cards to share using the new watercolour images from Lili of the Valley, I have to admit when I first saw these I wasn’t sure they were my cup of tea but how wrong I was, I loved using them…

LOTV watercolour birdsLOTV watercolour bunnyLOTV watercolour jack russell

LOTV watercolour guineau pigs

I kept my cards quite simple and printed them on watercolour card which has a nice texture

The images are available as Simply print sheets and also as digi stamps which can be resized. The guinea pig card is an example of how versatile the digi images are, I used the same image twice and flipped one of them

I hope you like them, do take a look as there are lots of lovely new images in the range


I have to wait in for a delivery tomorrow so I’m planning to spend the whole day crafting – lovely jubbly!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your Wednesday


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

LOTV Birthday Hop

Good morning crafters, an early post from me today on this sunny Tuesday as we’re having a blog hop… ooooh!

It’s a while since I did this, the Lili of the Valley ones used to be hugely popular so as part of their 14th birthday celebrations we are having a birthday hop with some wonderful inspiration from the Design Team

If you’re on the hop you’ll have come here from Jen’s blog

If you just stopped by to visit me and want to join in the then follow the next link to Gaynor

You can see lots more cards on the facebook group today from some of our previous DT and visit the Lili of the Valley website here for Birthday offers


I used Rosie and cake for my cards today, one of the earlier images and still one of my favourites…

LOTV rosie with cake rocker

I made a rocker card for a change, it’s a while since I added ribbon and flowers to a card but I liked it, very girlie!

I printed a few of the Simply print sheets at once and I did this quick eclipse card too so thought I’d share at the same time…

LOTV rosie with cake eclipse

Hope you like them, this is the Simply Print sheet but you can also get a digi stamp too if you haven’t got this cutie in your collection


Here’s a list below of the blogs on the hop so if you get lost you can start again

Be sure to leave a comment on each blog as there is a £10 voucher hidden along the way at one of the blogs and don’t forget to check back tomorrow night to see if I had the prize here

Marianne -

Kat -

Jen -

Me! -

Gaynor -

Donna -

Debs -

Andrea -

Lorraine -

Mary -

Karen -

Yvonne -

Have a great day everyone, but of gardening for me I think while the weather is nice!


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The weekend, and Mama Makes…

Good evening lovely crafty friends, I hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday

The weather was certainly beautiful, breaking records I think for May! We did some gardening yesterday and then had family round for a bbq,  nothing fancy but just a nice relaxing afternoon

I had a lovely weekend away visiting my friends Mary and Andrea in Newcastle. We went to the Sunderland glass centre and made a paperweight on Sunday and really enjoyed it, I love to do something different. I won’t see my paperweight for a week because it has to be left to ‘cook’ but the process was fascinating (if a tad hot!!) and I’ve got my name down for another go at something different in the future


Hochanda is featuring Mama Makes products on Leonie’s Let Loose shows tomorrow so be sure to tune in at 11 and 2, there should be some lovely bargains and lots of inspiration from the team for using the stamps

Here are a couple of cards that I made for the show using the Woodland Friends, Hello Spring and Elephant Birthday sets…

Elephant easel

Spring eclipse

The eclipse card is something I’ve seen around a lot recently, Jennifer McGuire did them a while ago and I really like the effect. I used the Lawn Fawn Louies ABC’s alphabet for this from Seven Hills Crafts

Hope you like them, don’t forget to tune in tomorrow… and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

New beginnings, and retiring images

Good evening lovely crafty friends, hope you are all well

Not much to report tonight, it’s been a pretty quiet couple of weeks but I’m not complaining because I finally found some time to get in the craft room!


Lili of the Valley have a lovely new release with some of the cutest baby images, sentiments and alphabets

I made this pop up box card for a change, I wanted something special for a precious new arrival. These have a bit of a WOW factor but are quite easy to make from a piece of A4 card, it folds nice and flat for posting too

I used one of the new digital images called Polka Dots, also available as a simply print

LOTV polka dot box 2

LOTV polka dot boxLOTV polka dot box 3LOTV polka dot box 4

The baby sentiments are lovely, there are 12 in the set and they each come in 5 different colours

I also used the new toy box alphabet which again has 5 different colourways included

The papers are Country Meadow from NitWits and the heart banner is Penny Black


Some of the older images are being retired on May 4th and there are some fantastic deals on them. Take a look to see if there are any you missed before they are gone


Finally I know a few of you stampers have struggled with using the digital images (Debra, are you here??)

There are a couple of guides on the website which you may find useful

how to

That’s it for now, enjoy the rest of your week everyone


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Pet sympathy…

Good evening crafty friends, thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. I know it’s time consuming and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by

I’ve resolved to visit and leave a couple of comments each day because if you get behind it’s such a huge job trying to catch up on all your favourite blogs


Just a quick post today, my Brother sadly lost their dog coincidentally a day after I’d ordered some lovely pet related Whimsy stamps from Dies to Die for

I made a couple which I’ll share another time, and then did this one from an idea I‘d seen on Pinterest

This is a Stampin’ Up set called Bella and Friends and I loved the idea of the little doggy floating up to heaven tied to the balloon…


Sentiment - Whimsy ‘fill my heart’

Rainbow – Stampin’ Up ‘sunshine and rainbows’

Clouds – Memory Box ‘puffy clouds’

Sorry it’s such a rubbish picture, the light is so bad at the moment and it’s nearly all white


Hope you like it, enjoy the rest of your week everyone