Thursday, 14 August 2014

MAWTT - Vintage

Hello... I hope you are all doing ok today... I'm joining in with Team A this week over at 


as our lovely Hazel is hosting the fab theme of....

'Vintage'

This is a card that I made a while back for my daughter's Birthday. I have used a fab image from E-Vint and some lovely paper that was a freebie in magazine.


Image: E-Vint
Paper: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
Flowers: Prima
Leaves and Corners: Martha Stewart Punch
Pearls: Melissa Frances


Please do hop on over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's fab vintage creations this week!!

Well, it's been a bit dull and rainy here in UK this week, but I don't really mind too much, as it's perfect for staying in warm and cosy and doing some crafting!  Looking forward to Autumn as it's my favourite time of year! :-))
Thank you for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them!
Will catch up with you soon!
Love and hugs

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Oriental Treasure

Hello... I hope your weekend is going well.

I thought I'd share this card that my daughter asked me to make for her friend's Birthday which was a few weeks ago.  She wanted an Oriental theme as her friend had just visited Japan. 

I chose my paper first from 'Papermania Oriental Treasure' Stack
Any images that I use for cards for my daughter have GOT to have two eyes, at least a hint of a nose and definitely a mouth!!! Lol... I have strict instructions! ... so I thought I'd have a look through Hannah Lynn's images and found this beauty at Crafts and Me called Amanda... she was such a joy to colour! :-)) and pleased to say that my daughter loved her! 


Paper: Papermania - 'Oriental Treasure'
Die: Memory Box - 'Party Lanterns'
Stash: Sentiment, Flower, Gems


 I love the Memory Box Party Lanterns... and a great tip is to hand emboss them with metal stylus after cutting. I found if I machine embossed them with patterned paper they became quite fragile in places. So now I just cut them and then go over the embossing by hand before removing, and it really brings out the pattern nicely.


I've coloured Amanda with Copics and Promarkers.

We had lovely weather last Thursday and I actually got to sit out in the garden and enjoy it... it was lovely and sunny, not too hot and a gentle breeze... perfect!! It was quite nice yesterday too, plenty of sunshine! but alas, today Bertha has arrived! - here in the UK we are getting the tail end of a tropical storm. But... perfect weather for staying in and crafting! Hope you are all staying safe and cosy!

I've not done much crafting this weekend though. My daughter has been home and so we've been enjoying watching Midsomer Murders on Box Set!... I'm also looking forward to The Mill later. This series has been so much better than the last and it shows much more of Styal Mill in Cheshire which is a really beautiful place. They still have the old mill with working looms, the apprentice cottages and the old chapel. So I would highly recommend a visit if you get the chance... very educational too.

Off to get a cup of Ceylon Tea now and maybe a biscuit, or two!! ;-))
Thank you for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them! 
Take Care
Big hugs

Thursday, 31 July 2014

MAWTT - Sketch

Hello... I hope you are all well today... it's Thursday and the turn of Team B over at 


and our lovely boss Hazel is hosting this challenge and she has given us a wonderful...

'Sketch'

You can rotate the sketch.. but we must be able to see that you've followed the layout.
Closing Date is the 8pm BST 13th August on this Challenge... so you have plenty of time to enter!

I loved this sketch and so designed two cards using E-Vint images and Raspberry Road Papers and Elements... once I'd planned them out, then it was just a case of printing everything out and layering up onto Kraft Card Blanks.. so quick and easy but I love how they came out :-)


Image: E-Vint
Paper: Raspberry Road - Christmas Remembered Paper 1 Set
Elements: Raspberry Road - Country Christmas and Christmas Remembered Elements Set 2
Pink and White Pearls from Hobby House


Image: E-Vint
Paper: Raspberry Road - Christmas Remembered Paper 1 Set
Elements: Raspberry Road - Country Christmas and Christmas Remembered Elements Set 2
White Pearls from Hobby House.

I hope you can hop on over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's gorgeous creations this week... lots of inspiration for you!!


I want to say a Big Thank You to Cheryl... I was lucky enough to win one of her gorgeous creations.... this beautiful book....


Thanks hun! I really love it... the textures and details are awesome! :-))

I hope you are all enjoying the Summer!!
Personally I am glad it's gone a bit cooler as I've not felt good in the heat, but I know most of you love it hot!! I've been a grumpy so and so in it... and seriously thinking about moving to somewhere colder... maybe Lapland !!! wonder if Santa could put me up for a couple of months? I would pay my way.... could work as an Elf in his workshop! ;-))
Looking forward to next week as The Great British Bake Off and Who Do You Think You Are are both back! Yay!!  :-))
Thanks for all your lovely comments... I will catch up with you soon!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Happy Birthday!

Hello.... hope you are all having a nice weekend!  I  thought I'd pop by with this card that I made a couple of months ago for Hazel's Birthday and somehow never got around to showing you....

 I loved making this card...everything just seemed to fall into place...
I used a Saturated Canary image but decided to crop it as I wanted to fit quite a few dies onto the card.  


Image: Saturated Canary - 'Canary Love'
Papers: Wild Rose Studio - 'Always and Forever'
Die: Memory Box - 'Large Parker Number Set'
Die: Memory Box - 'Precious Hearts'
Die: Memory Box - 'Party Lanterns'
Gems from Stash

I coloured the image with Copics and Promarkers... added some liquid pearls and tiny gems for her earrings... 

I'm having a 'holiday at home' for few weeks, to see if I can recharge my batteries... still feeling very tired... but some days are better than others. Just bought some herbal teas..... Restoring Echinacea & Raspberry and Warming Camomile & Spiced Apple... mmmm... they not only taste delish but smell gorgeous!

Have you seen the new Downton Abbey Teaser Trailer for this Autumn? ...  it doesn't give much away... a leaf falling, some cutlery being strategically placed, a servants bell ringing…. and Carson saying that things are changing!! ah well, better than giving everything away I suppose!! can't wait for new series!

Thanks for all your lovely comments and a big welcome to my new followers!
I will catch up with you all in next few days.
Take Care
Love and hugs

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Moving Along with the Times - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Hello... I hope you are all well today... firstly a Huge thank you for all your lovely comments and for entering our challenge and blog hop last week... so many lovely entries!  I used Random Org to pick a Winner of my Blog Prize... it chose...

No. 14  - Cathy at  KraftyKoolKat

Congratulations hun!! ... if you could email me your snail mail address to khufuschild@gmail.com then I'll get your prize posted out asap.

don't forget everyone, to check on the main blog here whether you are a winner too!

and so onto this week's challenge....  at  Moving Along With the Times

our lovely Janice has chosen a fab theme this week of....

'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'

so we want to see all your lovely Girly creations this week!! :-))

I knew straight away which image I'd use for this theme... Stamping Bella - Eve Under the Mistletoe... isn't she gorgeous!! lots of Star Dust Stickles on her fur trims and around edge of image... I've kept things fairly CAS on this card....


Image: Stamping Bella - 'Eve Under the Mistletoe"
Paper: Freebie with magazine
Sentiment: from MME Pad - 'Winter Wonderland'
Snowballs: 'Mark Richards Glitter Domes'


I hope you can hop on over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's gorgeous girly creations this week!!

Will catch up with you all soon!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Thursday, 26 June 2014

MAWTT - Buttons, Bunting and Birthdays - Blog Hop!!!!

Hello... hope you are all well today! This week it's a special Celebration at 


 it's our 5th Birthday!! Yay!! so we really hope you will all join in with our Challenge and Blog Hop as there are lots of fab sponsors and prizes to win both on the main blog here and also on the individual blogs of my lovely teamies. So do pop over to visit them and leave a comment, collect a letter, and then you will be in with a chance of winning a prize! 

Our lovely Susan has chosen a fab and very fitting theme this week.....

 Buttons, Bunting and Birthdays!

 So we want to see your creations using any or all of these things!

If you are partaking in the Blog Hop.... then the letter you have to collect from me is....
 A
you should have arrived here from our lovely boss  Hazel (Didos) 
and then go from here to the mega talented Pami

To be eligible for the Prizes you must visit all the blogs and collect a letter from each.  
Then email Hazel at didosdesigns@yahoo.com with the word you have made,  putting the Blog Hop Word in the Subject Line.  You must send the word to us to be in with a chance of winning!!!! 


Above is a list of the Blog Hop order... or you can go back to the main blog here and start again. Good Luck everyone! hope you enjoy playing along with us! :-))

One of our fab Sponsors is Hobby House  and so I've used one of their gorgeous Elisabeth Bell Toppers, and some of their pretty Patterned Cards for my creation. I made this special card for my good friend Lynn... it was her Birthday a couple of weeks back and so it was lovely to have this theme as inspiration for her card. I also got to try out my new Joy Crafts 'Banners' Die! thank you Laurie.. I really love it! :-)


Image: Hobby House - 'Elisabeth Bell - Summertime'
Patterned Card: Hobby House - Love Me Spot and Spring Hearts and Spring Blossom
Die: Joy Crafts - 'Banners'
Flower: Prima
Buttons: Papermania


I'm really disappointed with the flower in these photos... it has come out really peachy... but in real life it is a lovely dusky pink that matches the pink in the rest of the card... Grrr!! and they say the camera never lies!!! 

I am giving this prize on my blog....

(sorry it's in two photos...  but it is all one prize)


Some lovely Hobby House Toppers and Papers
Marianne D Vintage Lace
Joy Crafts - Vintage Flourish Die

all you have to do to win it 
 is leave a comment and visit all the blogs collecting a letter from each
You must email the word putting it in the Subject line - to Hazel at didosdesigns@yahoo.com 
to be in with a chance of winning!!!! 
I will announce the winner of my prize here after the closing date.


Phew, quite a long post this week... thanks for bearing with me... hope I haven't forgotten anything. I'm really looking forward to seeing all your lovely entries for this exciting challenge!
Hope you all enjoy the rest of the week! :-)
I will catch up with you all soon
Love and hugs