Friday 31 August 2018

More Leonie…

Good afternoon lovely crafters, nearly the weekend again!

I’ve been tidying up my garden so thought I’d share a few pictures…


The chap in the garden centre said this was a new colour and I thought it was a bit different, never had any black flowers

It’s been like this since May with still so many buds, the photo doesn’t do it justice. There are only 2 plants in here along with a marigold and a lobelia, I think it’s got quite a few weeks left in it yet, I love it


This is my Wisteria, I’ve been nurturing it for over 10 years with no sign of a flower

I nearly missed it, but there this Summer, was my first one! I was so excited that I can forgive it for being a bit scratty and I’m expecting big things next year lol


Next my agapanthus…

I’m not a gardener, I enjoy it but am guilty of just planting things anywhere and hoping for the best. I bought this at Castle Howard about 5 years ago and never had a flower. When I visited my lovely friend Lou last year I was chatting to her hubby who is a horticulturist and he said put it in a pot as they like the roots to be contained. I split it into 3 and put them in pots and I can’t believe my eyes, all 3 of them are like this with about 20 flowers each – I am thrilled


Finally I was washing the window sill and brushed off what I thought was just fluff, when I touched it it exploded and (what seemed like) millions of teeny tiny spiders came scurrying out. I’ve never seen anything like it but they’d nearly all gone by the time I found my camera , I think you get the idea…  ewww!! 


Onto some makes and here are a few more of my Leonie cards. This tree stamp is unusual and again a bit outside my comfort zone, I think it would be good for using on journal pages… 




A couple of you asked if she was leaving Hochanda and the answer is no as far as I know. When she designed her previous products it was through Crafters Companion so now she’s doing something similar and collaborating on a Mixed Media range with Clarity. I love watching her craft on the Wednesday shows, I wish I could do it ad hoc like that instead of taking hours to do a card… is it just me?


Thanks so much for dropping by, have a fabulous weekend everyone and you take care now

…oh and I’ve added my original signature this time, could you let me know if you can see it below or if there is just a cross?

…thank you x


Tuesday 28 August 2018

Leonie projects…

Good morning crafty friends, I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend

The weather was a bit rubbish here but I had a visit from my precious Great Niece Tayla. She’s nearly walking now and got her first shoes which is a big milestone…  I know!! how is it even possible, I was only just telling you that she had been born?

She’s such a joy and I try to see her as often as I can, I’m excited to be a Grandma but can’t see it being anytime soon so Tayla is getting all my attention (and money) for the time being!


You may have heard that Leonie is moving to Clarity so the current DT is being wound up which is a shame. I enjoyed using her products, they were a bit different for me and really took me out of my comfort zone. I have quite a few cards and projects that I never put on the blog so I thought for my next couple of posts I‘d share them…

Leonie 8th Feb 3 wm

Leonie 8th Feb wm



As you can see, completely different to what I usually make but I think it’s good to try new things sometimes. I have a drawer full of mdf shapes which need decorating and it’s fun so I might do a few more of them (I’ll put it on the list lol)


Thanks so much for stopping by today and for taking the time to let me have your feedback – I love to read them and always try to return the visit

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone

Anne x

PS. I don’t know what’s happening to my blog, I’m just seeing a cross where my signature was and pictures on some of the previous posts. Is it just me? I’m going to leave it for now in case it’s just a glitch but it’s annoying me because I like things to be neat!

Monday 20 August 2018


Good evening everyone, thanks so much for stopping by

How was your weekend? we didn’t do much really just some tidying up in the garden and had a ride out in the car while the sun was still shining. I think it’s sad when the bedding plants start dying off, I like to have lots of colour in the garden over Summer and they are starting to look a bit tatty now

It’s been a funny couple of weeks really, just feeling so sorry about our sweet Rolo and not quite believing what happened. Thank you so much for all your comforting words, we all love our fur babies don’t we x


I have a set of 3 cards to share tonight that I did a while ago for Cardmaking & Papercraft. I’m always happy when it’s a LOTV commission, you know how much I love them!

Fairy 2

Fairy 3



The commission was to design a Sketch and make 3 cards using it. I’m liking hexagons at the moment, they make a nice change from the usual squares and circles

The papers are from one of my favourite pads ‘Bella Rose’ by First Edition. The sentiments are a Bo Bunny stamp set and of course the images are Lili of the Valley 


That’s it from me for now, I hope you all have a lovely week

Anne xx

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