Monday, 23 May 2016

Clean and Simple!

Hi all,
it seems a while since I last posted and I've been really missing blogland!

It's been a hectic few weeks at home, but we survived the kitchen renovations. It took a bit longer than anticipated, but it's all finished now and we absolutely love it... more on that later... but first.....

Now this is long overdue.... but I have to say a HUGE Thank You! to my dear blogging friend Cathy... who very kindly passed onto me a prize that she had won... of a Craft Classes Online Course that she wasn't able to take up.  

So a while back, I chose to do a CAS Course by Jeri Parks and would highly recommend it as it was awesome!! I learnt so much on it. I'm just sorry that I haven't had time to post more about it until now.  I have a file full of wonderful coursework with lots of inspiration and ideas. I can't wait to create more CAS cards...

I thought you might like to see some of the cards that I created during the course... 
please let me know which is your favourite?









On the course I learnt a lot about Colour and Contrast, and Balance and Flow and lots more besides. CAS cards don't seem quite as daunting as before, as now I have something to work from, and am not sat looking at a white space. I still have a lot to learn... the most important thing that I learnt about CAS Cards is that they are NOT quick and easy! they take thought and planning to make them 'look' clean and simple. I'm hoping that you will see an improvement in my CAS Cards.
 Thanks again Cathy! it was so kind of you to give me this wonderful gift!!! 

Back again to my kitchen... as I know some of you wanted to see photos of it... so here goes...

This is when it was first gutted!! :-O


and this is it now!!!




We're so happy with how it turned out!! It's a very small kitchen, but it's amazing what a difference the new layout has made, and the new appliances are all awesome... the new levelled floor really took some getting used to though... after walking on quite a slope for 54 years!! it felt really weird Lol.

The builders and workmen were really great... they kept stress to a minimum for us... but it was still a bit much for my mum... she got a really bad chest infection after it... so I've had to be with her 24/7 for about ten days. My chest flared up also... so I've been on the tablets again... but think we're both on the mend now.

I'm really hoping to get back into crafting proper soon if mum stays well.
I have managed to make a card for Thursday MAWTT.  So will see you then....

P.s. Just noticed Poldark in my Sidebar... anyone know where he is? I thought he was supposed to be back for second series in April? !!!! he's late... gosh I bet we now have to wait until after the Olympics!!! :-(
Take Care
Love and hugs

Thursday, 28 April 2016

MAWTT - So 80's

 Hello... it's the turn of Team B over at


and our lovely Lena is hosting the challenge this week with a brilliant theme of.....

  So 80's  
Go crazy with neons or pastels (a la Miami Vice)
black and white geometrics /asymmetrics
whatever you think of when you think of the 80's

I absolutely loved the 80's and have lots of very happy memories of this fab decade!! :-))

I found this wonderful image from Lemon Shortbread... it really made me chuckle as I had a very brief phase in the 80's where I used to wear a red and white polka dot ra ra skirt... teamed with a denim jacket. I also had red shoes with bows on!!! so I cut out two of the hair bows a bit smaller to add to the shoes in the image! Thankfully there is no photographic evidence of me in this get-up!! not that I know of anyway!! Lol.

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Image: Lemon Shortbread - 80's Girl in the City
Papers: Design House Digital
Colouring Pens: Promarkers, Copics, Flexmarkers, Chameleon
Sentiment: Computer generated

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's wonderful 80's creations!!
You have until Wednesday 11th May 6pm BST. Three entries per person and please, no back-linking. 

This is a scheduled post as we have builders in doing the kitchen at the moment. I'm sure it will be wonderful when it's completed but it's hard going at the moment. The kitchen is the hub of the house, so it's been quite difficult re-locating all our gadgets. The kettle and brew stuff is upstairs... and in the living room?.... the toaster is on the sideboard, and the microwave is on the TV Unit!!! So at moment we have riveting night's viewing of watching the Chicken Curry going around and around!! ROFL.

I will catch up with you as soon as I can.
Love and hugs

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Mother's Day Wobble Card

Hello... hope you are doing ok today? Huge hugs to anyone unwell or going through difficult times...

it seems to have been a long time since I posted, so thought I'd share this card that I made Mum for Mother's Day last month.

I found a CraftsUPrint Sheet in my stash of freebies from magazines.... used it to make up this Wobble Card.... love how it came out and you can add your own little touches. I added my own sentiment and some gems.

Gems: Stash
Sentiment: Computer generated

 Sorry that I haven't had time to visit your blogs very often. Mum is improving slowly but still not back to strength. I finally got my new bed... got a divan this time and am really pleased with it. We're hoping work will begin on our new kitchen soon. Seems like we've been waiting forever, so can't wait for it to be finally done.

Have any of you read or listened to Belgravia? Julian Fellowes has a new online partwork out. You get the first episode free. I listened to it before bed and found it really relaxing. So think I am hooked now :-)
Hope you're having a good weekend
Love and Hugs,

Thursday, 31 March 2016

MAWTT - Come Dancing

 Hello... Good Morning! Team B are back with this fortnight's challenge over at


and our lovely Hazel L is hosting this week... she has chosen the fab theme of

'Come Dancing'

So get your dancing shoes on for this challenge

Entries to be in by Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 6pm GMT.
Three entries per person and please no back-linking.

As I've been very short on time lately, I've used a Crafts U Print Decoupage Sheet to make a luxury tag... lots of layers on her skirt and on the fans. I've also used my new Crop-a-Dile Eyelet Setter which I bought with Birthday vouchers... love it so much and is easy to use!!


Punch: We R Memory Keepers - Crop-a-Dile Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter
Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers Wide Eyelets - Purple

Close up of Decoupage

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's Strictly Come Dancing creations!! I hope you can join us for this fun challenge.

Sorry I've not been around for a while... mum has been very ill but is now improving slowly.  Also my new bed split in two! I'm gutted.... as only had it two months... in process of returning it for a refund... but they are SO slow at collecting it! Meanwhile, I've had to use my daughter's bed or recliner.. I'm in agony and just want to order a new bed... from different shop!! they are due to collect the broken bed today... fingers, toes, everything crossed that they take the blighter away!!!
Hopefully when I get my new bed sorted then I will be able to sleep better, and also do a wee bit of colouring or crafting to relax.
Will catch up with you all soon!
Love and hugs

Thursday, 3 March 2016

MAWTT - Purple Haze

 Good morning... it's Team B's turn this fortnight over at


our lovely Jan has chosen a fab theme this week of

Purple Haze

As I'm sure you've already guessed... we want your creations to embrace the colour purple.

I did some brainstorming of the theme, and came up with Jimi Hendrix, Flower Power and good old Rock n Roll !! Have you been watching the Back in Time For the Weekend Programmes? Mum and I have been enjoying them... brings back some wonderful memories... but it's scary how they seem like only yesterday!!!

Paper: Bearly Mine 
Embellies from Stash


I digitally paper pieced the sweater with the design paper before printing out. Then coloured her face and hair with Chameleon Pens. I need more practice with these pens... found them hard at first, as is totally different technique with the blending barrel, but they are growing on me.

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's gorgeous Purple creations!!
You have until Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 6pm GMT to get your entries in.
Three entries per person are allowed and please no backlinking.

Seems ages since I've been able to craft and blog properly. Huge apologies for my lack of commenting... but my chest has been really bad for about a month and also my mum is not too well.  I'm hoping that things will improve. I've just bought some decoupage and digi card kits to make up as they are quick and easy to do when I'm not feeling good. But at least I get to do a bit of crafting and it helps me unwind :-))

 I'm looking forward to some warmer weather and Spring proper! it's SO cold here today!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valentine Rose Garden

Hi all,
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! 
Hope you are all having a good weekend... huge hugs to those who are unwell or going through difficult times.

I've finally managed to do a bit of colouring and crafting... and made these two Valentine's Cards... one for my daughter and one for my mum. 

I have huge stack of papers that came free with magazines... so I'm trying to use some of them up. I searched through for some that matched my colouring and found some very pretty Damask Rose papers by Jennifer Ellory. I was gonna make both cards with the green paper but the flip side of this paper was purple/cream and it also matched really nicely.. so thought I'd use it on my mum's card as she loves purple.


The stamp set is called Clear Impressions Rose Garden and was part of the fab candy that I won off the lovely Jo last year. 


In the set you get loads of images that you can merge together to make a scene. 


Coloured with Copics. I've added some stickles to the water in the fountain. 

Two very simple cards but boy did I enjoy making them, especially the colouring as I've not done any for a long while :-))

I still haven't got very much time for crafting/blogging with one thing and another. Thanks for your good wishes from my last post... I've finally recovered from my chest infection... but now my mum isn't too well. So I'm giving her lots of TLC and spending some time with her. 

At least we have had a bit of sunshine here in Manchester over last few days... nice to have it lighter in the mornings and evenings! the dry and sunny weather make me feel so much better... so roll on Spring!!
Take Care
Love and hugs