Thursday, 5 December 2013


I hope you have by now all finished making those Christmas cards, I know some people do like to leave it until the last minute mentioning no names but that is not me. I am pleased to say mine have all been made and posted to all corners of the world, so now I can sit back a relax before starting on next years.
I have had plenty of Birthday requests the last few weeks and still have one or two to make but thought I would take a short break and update my blog which I seem to have been so bad at this year.
For this cards I used my distress markers to colour and stamp.
I am entering this in to the following challenge

Stamping Sensations - free and easy
Papertake weekly - Anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie - Ribbon and or lace

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Christmas feather

Woah!! hold on to your seats not only two postings in one week but now two postings in one day I think I must be sickening for something. No truly I really might be sickening for something I have had a runny nose all afternoon which keeps reminding of my mum as she would always tell me to run after it then.
Anyway I entering this card into the following challenges
Papertake Weekly Challenge anything goes with the optional Christmas theme
Stamping Sentations  - Christmas
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Anything goes with ribbon
Bearly - Mine Challenges  Anything Goes


Well another rainy day here in Essex and luck old hubby is sunning himself in Gibraltar catching up with friends and the weather is warm and sunny so he told me yesterday grrrr!! alright for some.
So another card from me two in one week, I don't know what's come over me other than I've been  clearing up the files on my pc and actually trying to sort them out from the photos taken whilst our building work was going on.
This card is for the following challenges
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes I decided not to go with the optional extra of Chistmas theme.
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Monday, 4 November 2013

More Dragon flies

So the builders have finally left after 3 months yeah!! but now the hard work starts for hubby all the clearing up then decorating inside and out. In the meantime I am tucked up in the warm and as I still had the dragonfly stamp still on my desk I thought I would make another card this time I created the background using alcohol inks.
This card fits into the following challenges
Crafty Creations Challenges 246 make it yourself I made the background
Seize the Birthday Challenge Birthday celebrations
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Dragon Fly

Well I still have the builders in but at least now after nearly 12 weeks the end is in sight. That is if the rain would stop so the builders could get on with the patio. Once it's all finished then of course the work will start for hubby as the outside and the new room will both need decorating. In the meantime I did manage to make this card in between still making tea and cake, it uses two of my favourite colours Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade which also happen to be the colours that some of the trees are turning now autumn is upon us.

I am entering this card into the following challenges.

Jellypark - Anything Goes
The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts - a Coat of Colours/Fall colours
Visible Image- Colours of Autumn I've used 3 visible image stamps, grunge polka dots, grunge swirl and dragonfly

Thursday, 19 September 2013

In the Night Garden

Well I wish this rain would stop it's holding up my builders and the roofer from finishing our extension.
I have found time amongst still making tea and cakes to make a few cards for people. This one if for a little girl so the instructions were "in the night garden" which I have to say I had to Google to find out what it was.
Yellow I have to confess it not a colour a I use on cards very often but for children it is ideal as it is bright and cheery.

This card is for the following challenge.
Kaboodle Doodles 189 - Anything but a square
Cards Galore  use certain colours I've used pink, yellow and a touch of blue.
Though The Craft Room Door - anything goes

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Flowers everywhere

Hello bloggers so sorry not to have been around once again but we have the builders in and life seems to be a constant round of making cups of tea and an endless supply of cakes to keep the hungry workers fed. Don't even get me started on the dust and mud that is getting into the house.
My friend Gill showed me how to make these flowers a few years ago and it's been a while since I made them but they were just perfect for this special card, and of course I love getting inky fingers too.
This card is for
Challenges 4 everybody  - 28 Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - U for Unlimited/Anything goes

Monday, 15 July 2013

Birthday Posy

Well I think summer has finally arrived and gone totally over the top it's far too hot for my liking. It's too hot to do anything and as I've only had about two hours sleep even more reason not to do anything, although I did just had to have a little play. Keeping with the theme of this sentiment when the recipient of this card opens it up out will pour some  Glamour Dust which I sprinkled inside when the card was in the envelope. Hee Hee!! hope they haven't just done the hoovering.

This card is for the following challenge
ABC Challenge R is for Roses are/Flowers and or the colour red
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Anything Goes with Ribbon

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Butterfly Anniversary

Yes it's that time of year when I seem to need a constant supply of anniversary cards so here is another inspired by a picture I saw in a magazine recently. Butterfly stamps are from Imagine That Papercrafts the sentiment is also from them but another set.
This card is for the following challenges.
Papertake Weekly- Old, New Borrowed or Blue
Allsorts challenge - Favourite Things my favourite things are butterflies
Challenges 4 everybody - Anything Goes

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Happy Anniversary

Just popping by with another card which is very simple and quick to make.
This card is for the following challenges.

Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
ABC Challenges- ABC35 Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Elegant Lady

At last we have some lovely sunshine so I have been in the garden sorting out the plants and clearing the greenhouse. Hubby has the job  next week of dismantling  and temporarily rebuilding the greenhouse down the end of the garden whilst the builders come, which will hopefully be in a few weeks time we have waited long enough.
So now I do not have any energy left for today. It's a while since I did any paper piecing but I found it thoroughly relaxing and made this quick & simple card.
This card is for the following challenge.
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafting for all seasons - 55 Make it Girly
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Another Feather

Oh dear I'm not being a very good blogger this year and I promised so much more, but I as my regular followers will know I have not been that well for the last year. So I'm afraid for now I will be continuing to post cards as and when I feel up to it.
This is my latest creation and inspired my last card made using one of  my parrots feathers, when it fell out naturally of course. I waited and waited and finally out popped another. Some of the feathers are obviously not suitable as the quill in the middle is too hard and some of  his feathers are far too big to fit on a card or to small to stamp on, so it looks like some of his wing feathers are going to be about the right size for me to play with. Hmm! how much long will I have to wait before another pops out that he hasn't chewed to pieces and looks respectable enough to use.

This card is for the following challenges

Addicted to Stamps and More 51- Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
Crafts and me Challenge 138 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday 136 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Parrot feather

So I am wondering why has it taken me all these years to discover I can stamp onto my parrots feathers? once they have fallen out naturally of course. Luckily for me I have a cockatoo so the feathers are mainly all white with just a hint of creamy yellow in places. I was also rummaging through a drawer and found some peel off stickers to which I have to confess to not using much these days but it just seemed to fit with the mirri card.
Stamp is from the set  Hopeful Thoughts from Stampin' Up.

This card is for the following challenge
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Craft-room Challenge - use your scraps  well mine is the feather and the ribbon
Inky Impressions- Birthday or Anniversary
Penny's Paper- Crafty Challenge - Birthdays

Monday, 3 June 2013


Just popping by with another card using two more of the the new stamps I treated myself to. Just love the Ink splats which is a set of 4 different splats. The brick wall stamps is so easy to use and line up it  is easy to make a whole page of wall any size you want. I can see them all becoming firm favourites.
This card is for the following challenge.
Kaboodle Doodles Challenage 174  -For the Kids

Sunday, 2 June 2013


Last week it was anniversary cards this week birthday cards. As it was my own birthday this week I treated myself to a few new stamps. So of course I just had to have a play with them. One of the stamps I brought was this lovely grunge flourish. Background is made using Distress Inks Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry one of my favourite  colour combo's. Sentiment stamp is once again from Imagine That Papercrafts.
This card is for the following challenge.
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Spots/Stripes so either or both.
ABC Challenge - O for open anything goes

Monday, 27 May 2013

Happy Anniversary

I've had a couple of Anniversaries this week and now my card box is empty so I needed to make some more. As I still had my stamp set Hopeful Thoughts from Stampin 'Up on my desk I decided to use this set. Sentiment stamp is from Imagine That and although the shop is closed you can still buy online.

Hope you've all enjoyed your Bank Holiday Weekend

This card is for the following challenges
 Kaboodle Doodles - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges  _-  no patterned paper
Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes

Saturday, 25 May 2013


Just popping by with a card to show that I'm still around just. Not my favourite type of card to make but needs must. I've had far too many of these to make recently so have kept this simple.
If you are in the UK enjoy your bank holiday weekend and fingers crossed we don't get any of that wet stuff that we have also have had far too much of recently.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

BBQ Time

This post is short and sweet today as I'm off for a girly catchup with some school friends. It suddenly dawned on me this morning that one particular friend I have known for 47 years wow wee where did that time go.
So BBQ Time, well maybe not this weekend with the  rain showers we are having so far but at least it's the weekend so have fun whatever you are doing

This card is for the following challenge,
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Sunday, 5 May 2013


What a lovely sunny Sunday I hope you are all making the most of this long weekend.
This card is similar to one I did a while ago with little birdies on which was inspired my a parrot mug some friends brought me. This is another colour combination from the mug but this time I used butterflies. Flourish stamps are from Artemio and the sentiment and very tiny butterfly stamps are from Imagine that. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks, Peeled, Paint, Crushed Concord and Picked Raspberry. I used  Adirondack Purple Twightlight for the stamping.
This card is for the following challenges.

Stampin' for the weekend- punches or die cuts
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts  -your favourite colour combo

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Flower Power

Well what happened to the nice warm sunny weather? We decided that after being in all morning we would go for a stroll round the block to see if it would help ease the pain in my leg. Yes I know I'm falling apart rapidly these days if it's not one things it's another. Anyway we got half way and suddenly the heavens opened and we got blasted by huge hailstones so a hasty retreat was made back to a nice warm house and a bit of crafting instead.

 This card is for the following challenges.

Through the Crafroom Door - Anything goes
Stampin' for the weekend - dies cuts/and or punches

Saturday, 20 April 2013


Hi bloggers can you believe it's more than a month since I blogged. My only excuse is that I have had two operations in the last 8 weeks which kind of knocked the stuffing out of me. The last operation should have only been twenty minutes but turned into a major two hour operation, it could only happen to me. I am hoping that the steroids that I am now on for the next six weeks do the job and kicks the butt out of this Aspergillus fungus in my sinus after 10 months I've had enough of it I want to get back to crafting.
This card is for the challenge at  Daring Cardmakers - childs play

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Two little birdies

This card is inspired by a mug some friends brought me this week which was covered in colourful parrots.
I used Tim Holtz Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Honey to created the background and stamped some music over the top. I added some stickles and some liquid pearls for a bit of bling.
This card is for the following challenges.
The Crazy Challenge - 140 Thank you card
Through the Craftroom Door -anything Goes
LEJ Designs - Things with wings
The Craft Place - anything goes
Papertake Weekly- 1-2-3. I've used 1 sentiment, 2 birds 3 colours green, orange & purple

Friday, 8 March 2013

Lady in Red

Morning folks what a horrible day all damp and misty and now starting to rain, hence the poor picture quality. Definitely a day to stay indoors and craft. So I went to the hospital yesterday where the doctor took a hoover to my nose not the most pleasant  of experiences but at least it's brought a little relief for now. I have to return in another two weeks to have yet more horrible things done so not the good news I was hoping for. Think I need to do plenty of crafting to take my mind of it all if only my hands would work today.
Stamps are from Darkroom Door backing paper was made using these stamps and  Old Paper and vintage photo distress inks. Dress is coloured in Festive Berries  and old linen distress ink. Dress has been decoupaged to give a bit of extra dimension.
This card is for the following challenge  - Anything goes.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Welcome Home

Yeah I'm back well of sorts. I know I promised to be a better blogger this year but I ended up in hospital having an operation on my sinuses which turned out to be a bit more serious than at first thought. At least I am feeling a little better now and am hoping that the doctor will have good news for me later in the week, so fingers crossed. Trust me to get something that is not simple to treat and it's played havoc with my Fibro/CFS.
So this is a card a friend asked me to make to welcome her neighbours back from a long trip abroad.
The cute house stamps is from Imagine That. Embossing folder from Stampin Up
This card is for the following challenge
My Time to Craft - Embossing

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

70th Birthday card

I hope you've all survived the snow had some fun and stayed safe. I've been in hibernation mode and have not left the house since last Friday not that I've really been well enough to leave in the first place. I will have to venture out later this week as I am off to the hospital yet again!! seems to be my second home these days.
Following on from my last post which was a box to hold some money from a collection for a friend who was celebrating a very special birthday, this is the actual card I made for her. All the numbers, name and flowers are covered in stickles which unfortunately doesn't show too well in this photo.
Needless to say she loved them both and had a great birthday too and ended up with 5 birthday cakes.
This card is for the following challenges.
Papertake Weekly - Tie up your loose ends
Creative Card Crew - Girly
Allsorts Challenge 190 - Flower power I have the blue flowers plus all the embossed daisies

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Exploding Box

I decided to make  this exploding box for my friend who is celebrating her 70th Birthday this week. I managed to get this out of two 12x12 sheets by making a join in one of the folds in the bottom tier of the cake. I also made a little envelope out of cream card to put some money in which I placed in the lid of the box.
This card is for the following challenges.

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge - Out with the old - my old was the ribbon rose buds which I have had in my stash for over a year

Monday, 7 January 2013

Happy New Year

 A belated Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a good Christmas and got lots of crafty goodies to play with. Finally this week I get to see the ENT consultant and hopefully find out what can be done to cure my chronic sinus problem. I must be the only person around who actually lost weight over Christmas because of it.
This is the second card I've  made this year and was made in rather a hurry this afternoon as the person requires it for Wednesday and only asked me this morning, talk about leaving until the last minute.
I am entering this card into the following challenge Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes