Monday, 5 March 2018

Lots of news…

Hello crafty friends, I have a lot to tell you tonight so I hope you’ll stick with me…
First the weather, I can’t not mention the ‘Beast from the East’ seeing as it brought the Country to a standstill. Joe went on a short break to Amsterdam with his friends and got stranded for 3 days. They were flown to Germany to get a UK flight and then they were all cancelled so it was a fiasco and a bit worrying (and very expensive!!)
It was proper deep powdery snow like we used to have when I was a kid, we had a few lovely walks and Manny loved it...

Also… Jess got engaged, her boyfriend proposed when they went to Rome so all very romantic. There won’t be any wedding plans for a while as they are saving up for a house but I think when they do tie the knot it will be pretty low key, she’s like her Mum and won’t want any fuss!
Doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since I was planning my own wedding and it’s our silver anniversary next week, I might share some piccies to mark the occasion if I can dig them out!
I’m on a new Design Team for a fabulous stamp company called Mama Makes. Loti makes the stamps herself and there are some lovely sets at a great price.There are some new stamps just launched and they are the cutest foxes and rabbits with an assortment of sentiments by a fantastic new artist called Tracey Hey…
I used the new fox for this card, it’s called Woodland Friends. The images are also resized and available as small planner stamps. Planners is not something I’ve done but the girls on the team produce some amazing spreads so I think I could really get into it (I just need 48 hours in a day!)
To celebrate the Mama Makes 1st birthday there is a fantastic crafty workshop day. Full details are here if you’re in the Peterborough area
New stamps and news from Lili of the Valley too; at the end of March the images will only be available as digi stamps and simply prints. Rubber stamps are not viable for the Company at the moment and it will be reassessed in 6 months. Some customers have been disappointed but if you haven’t tried digi’s do them give them a go, you’ll be converted!
There are 12 new ones and this lovely is called Freckles. I thought colouring that skirt would take forever so I did a bit of paper piecing for her clothes and shoes and I think it looks quite pretty…
LOTV freckles
I added the little flowers and dragonfly, they are Woodware stamps and the papers on both cards are from the First Edition ‘Bella Rose’ pad
All 12 new images are available as digis and coloured simply print sheets, the 4 fairies are adorable and there are some lovely older more modern girls too

There are some launch offers so if you’re wanting any, now is a great time to get them
Are you still here? thanks so much for stopping by I really do appreciate it
I have a tutorial on the Mama Makes blog for this card so I’d be so grateful if my lovely visitors could take a minute to pop over there too, and do remember to say that I sent you!
Thank You

Its my birthday tomorrow so I’m having a girlie day with Jess and we’re going to see The Greatest Showman, I’m looking forward to it as I don’t seem to spend enough time with her lately

Have a great week everyone



  1. Wow, all of your cards are so gorgeous, Anne!! I love the sweet fox and the colors on the first one!! The girl is beautiful on the second!! And the flower window design is stunning on the third one!! What a fun picture of Manny in the snow!! Congrats to Jess on her engagement!! And happy, happy birthday to you!! I hope your day is filled with much love and happiness!! Big hugs :)

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  2. Hi Anne

    Lots of news indeed .. .. and so many lovely crafty creations too. Loving the paper-piecing on your LOTV card. One of my favourite techniques.

    Hope you have a really happy birthday!

    Love Jules xx

  3. Wow, what a lot of things going on in your life! Poor Joe and his friends, not a great way to finish off his holiday.
    Congratulations to Jess and her fiancé! Congratulations to you too on joining the Mama Makes DT, your card is so cute.
    Lovely card using the LOTV Digi. The paper piecing looks fab. I'm really sad to see the rubber stamps go from Lotv as I definitely prefer them to Digi stamps. The ink in my printer doesn't work well with Distress Ink painting so have to use rubber stamps with that medium so I hope they change their minds about it.
    Enjoy your girl time with Jess at the film. Debra x

  4. So sorry for Joe problems, the weather has been really dangerous in all the Europe, also here in Italy... But snow is so beautiful :) Manny seems loves it!
    Congrats to your son and fiancé and Happy Birthday to you, have a great day!!! :D
    Your cards are all amazing, love especially the sweet first one, how cute is it!

  5. Fabulous cards Anne and great news re Jess..Congrats to her and her fiancee...get started on that stationary Anne! Happy Birthday to you today!...have a good one and enjoy your girlie time! Glad Joe is home safe....oh and congrats on the design team! xx

  6. Hi Anne, love little Manie in the snow, dogs have such good fun, I know my son's dogs do.
    Congratulations to Jess and her fiance, something lovely to look forward to.
    Expensive but at least Jo got home safely.
    Well done and congratulations to you on your new DT role.
    Such very pretty cards, lovely colours and designs, the little fox is so sweet, Kate x x

  7. Celebrations all round! :) Happy Birthday, congrats to your daughter and future son-in-law and congrats on your new Design team too. Happy times ahead.
    Two gorgeous cards, the pretty girly image with the paper piecing is very sweet and I'm popping over to the Mama Makes blog to check out your tutorial too.
    Enjoy your Day!

  8. Gorgeous cards Anne, they are all so pretty. Love the paper piecing on the lotv stamp.
    So glad Joe got home safe and sound and big congratulations to Jess too.
    Lorraine x

  9. Happy Birthday Anne and huge congratulations to your daughter! It must have been such a worry with your son stuck in Germany, but I am glad he is home safe and sound.

    Your cards are absolutely gorgeous, I particularly like the LOTV image.

    Congratulations on your new DT too!
    Gina xx

  10. Happy Birthday, hope you have had a great time. Wonderful cards, love the pretty papers. Had never heard of this company will have to check them out :)
    Hugs Kaz xx

  11. Congrats on your new Design team and a HUGE happy birthday for today. I hope that Joe enjoyed his expedition and congrats to Jess too! Lovely cards sweetie. You've been very busy! :0) xx

  12. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Congrats on your 25th Anniversary and on a new DT. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  13. Congrats on the new DT. Loving your display here and love the new LOTV images....x 💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

  14. Still with you what an exciting post first congratulations to your daughter such lovely news Glad your son is Ok travel is great till it goes wrong a bet he thought it was a bit of an adventure.shame about the extra costs.Love your new design team such lovely designs. Thats a great idea with the LOTV stamp it does look really pretty I am disappointed about the rubber stamps but i use both so i can still get the digis and I have loads of the stamps. I did miss on Monday though getting my order in quickly before they ran out I remember once ordering from holiday in New Zealand so I didn't miss the stamps i wanted. With the digis they are always in stock do no rush. Thanks for sharing a lovely post love and hugs Carole x

  15. Happy Birthday Anne and Happy Anniversary too, enjoy. It's my Pearl this year I think (30yrs) but told hubby it's Diamond just in case he wants to treaat me, not.
    Super cards and lovely images.
    Congrats on your new DT.
    Hugs Sue W.

  16. Hope you had a lovely birthday and Happy anniversary wishes for your 25th. I love the little girl card with her paper pieced dress. Super colours. I do like using digis and have as many images as
    I do have stamps but the one draw back is that you can't heat emboss with them unless I'm missing a trick! HugsMrs A.

  17. Seems like everyone has been getting snow except for me, and I'm in Canada for crying out loud! Manny seems to be enjoying it, what a doll face he is! Happy Birthday, and Happy Anniversary. Silver, wow, congrats! Super congrats on your new design team gig as well. They are lucky to have you, you will be an inspiration! So many beautiful cards, I just love the bright and cheery style you have, it's always a delight to visit! sending hugs :)

    1. Thanks so much Pamellia, I hope you get snow soon!

  18. I am so sorry I am so late commenting, how rude of me! Happy Belated Birthday, Happy Belated Anniversary, congratulations on being on the new design team (gorgeously cute card and stamps), congratulations to Jess and her boyfriend on their engagement and I am so glad Joe got home safely after his trip! Manny really does look like he is having fun in the snow, so sweet. Fab Lili of the Valley card - love the paper piecing. Really pretty Mama Makes card too - am off too see how you made it. Have a fab week. xxx

  19. Congrats on the new DT and wow, you've been busy making some gorgeous cards. They are all so pretty but I do love that little fox and how you've done the sentiment in the cloud. So cute!


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