Thursday, 30 May 2013

MAWTT - Hazel's Sketch and Some News....

Hello... good morning! I hope you are all doing ok... we have a new challenge for you over at..

Moving Along With the Times 

and our lovely boss Hazel has created this fab...


So we want you to follow this simple sketch... lots of scope to create ... you can rotate it or flip it... just as long as we can see the sketch on your card! and we really look forward to seeing all your fab entries! :-)

(closing date of this challenge is 8pm BST Wednesday 5th June 2013)

and we also have an announcement!

 this is going to be the last challenge with MAWTT for a while as we are taking an extended Summer break.... The team works really hard and just needs some time out to recharge their batteries....

but the good news is....

MAWTT.... will be back..... :-)
(Sue says in Arnie Schwarzenegger Voice!)


Thursday 3rd October 2013 


(so please keep the date in your diaries for our relaunch)
but I will remind you.... 

But we still have one more challenge to go!!.... and we would love to have you all join in ... it would also be lovely if you could find time to visit the Design Team girls at  MAWTT  ... to see all their gorgeous cards ....and to give them some love ..... xx

I thought I would make a nice bright and cheery card!... and as you can see... I'm still going through my pink phase!! LOL this gorgeous Mo image was a freebie on Mother's Day... So adorable!!

Dies: Memory Box - 'Corner Bow' and 'Precious Hearts'
Flower: Bo Bunny - 'Blush Daisies'
Nailheads: JosyRose
Sentiment: computer generated...

Coloured with Promarkers and Copics

Ah well... I found this post quite hard to type up... I know MAWTT is returning but I will miss it so much... but I'm sure when we return in Autumn ... we will all be revitalised and gosh... it will be time to start on those Halloween and Christmas Cards!! Yippee!! my favourite time of year!! ;-))

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

SweetStamps - 'Flowers' 
Fab'n Funky - 'For the Girls' 
Simon Says - 'Anything Goes' 
By the Cute & Girly - 'Flowers'
Creatalicious Challenges - 'For the Girls' 

The forecast says rain for today! so perfect for staying in and crafting ! ;-)
Not long until weekend... and hopefully the weather will be a bit brighter by then!!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Exciting News - I'm a Diva!

Good Morning.... I hope everyone is ok today... I just wanted to tell you my exciting news...

I'm now a DT Member

 for the wonderful...

Yay!!  I was so pleased and honoured to be asked to join the team and I'm really looking forward to getting started... my first card will be on 19th June... as we are settling into new Teams.... but I'm looking forward to seeing all your lovely entries this week...

we have a brand new challenge.... 

'Tie A Ribbon'

and we are sponsored by the adorable 2 Cute Ink

We hope you can join us for this fab theme....

Hope you all have a lovely day... it's dull today but at least it's dry... for now!! LOL
Will be back tomorrow with a card...
Love and hugs

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

June - Strawberries and Tennis?

Hello... I hope you are all well... big hugs to anyone who is not feeling good... :-)

I haven't posted for a while.. so thought I'd post this card that I made last year but didn't show.... it was for a friend's birthday in June...

and can you believe that June is just around the corner... a month that makes me think of Strawberries... and long hot days... ice cold drinks.... bees buzzing.... tennis... ah well we can dream.... LOL

Image: Digi Darla - 'Cupcake Annie'
Papers and Elements: Raspberry Road Designs - 'Summer Goodness'
Candi: from Stash
Sentiment: Computer generated

Image: Digi Darla - 'Cupcake Annie'

but the way the weather is going......... let's just hope we don't have any of the white stuff for Wimbledon... can you imagine.....

Just Joking.... I have photoshopped the wonderful McEnroe!! remember the good old days when he played Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg... and the wonderful Chrissie Evert, Martina Navratilova and Evonne Cawley etc... ooh what wonderful matches they had back then...

I hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday... the sunshine was lovely while it lasted wasn't it... but alas... back to dull and rain again today... perfect weather for crafting or reading though! :-)

Thanks for all your lovely comments... I really do appreciate them all... will be back with another creation very soon!
Love and hugs

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Pink and Girly with Sparkle...

Hello!!...  I thought I would show you the card that I made for my daughter's Birthday... 

My lovely blogging friend Ira gave me these gorgeous toppers for my Birthday... they are all sparkly and very pretty! sorry that the photos don't show the sparkle very well !!!  I've not done a very good job of photographing this card at all!!! The papers are from Prima - 'Rondelle' pad

it was quite a quick card to make but love how it came out... and my daughter loved it too! :-))

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Crafty Creations - 'Keep it Simple' 
Charisma Cardz - 'No Digis Allowed' 
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - 'Pink and Girly with Sparkle' 

Thanks for all your good wishes re my dad... he is doing ok now... the seizures do leave him wiped out for days but guess it is natures way of the brain healing... I am mega tired at the moment since I missed a night's sleep... I'm really struggling this time to get back into a normal sleep pattern... hence me posting this at night... LOL - feel like I'm on shift work... 

My daughter had a lovely Birthday though and we enjoyed the weekend... lots of very scrummy party food and cake... and we watched Skyfall on Saturday evening which was really good! 
Will catch up with you all very soon.... take care...
Love and hugs

Thursday, 16 May 2013

MAWTT - Colour Theme

Hello... good morning! I hope you are all doing ok... it's time for a brand new challenge over at

This week it's the turn of Team A... and our lovely boss Hazel is hostess.... she has chosen the fab theme of a

'Colour Theme'

So we would like to see projects using the gorgeous colours above ... aren't they fab... they are like 'Northern Lights' and so I thought it would be really good to make a Christmas Card with these colours...

I made my own papers again so that I could match up the colours... and I've used a very cute Mo Manning image called 'Winter Fairy Halla'

Image: Mo Manning - 'Winter Fairy Halla'
Papers: made by me...
Flower: Prima - Perle Bebe 'Almanac'
Die: Memory Box - 'Corner Bow'
Pearls: From Stash

I've coloured cute little Halla with Copics and Promarkers... and added some Star Dust Stickles on wings, pom poms and 'frost' breath! 

The challenge this week is just for fun...

For more details of the challenge... I hope you can hop on over to MAWTT and you can also see my Teamies gorgeous creations for your inspiration.... I really hope you can join us for this fun challenge! 

I would like to enter my card into the following Challenges:-

A Gem of A Challenge - 'Things with Wings' 

Cupcake Craft - 'Lots of Layers' 
Crafts & Me - 'Use a Digi' 
Fab'n Funky - 'Your Favourite Embellishment' 
(Stickles and Pearls)
Simon Says - 'Flower Power' 
Our Creative Corner - 'Anything Goes' 
Natalie and Amy - 'Things with Wings' 
Sparkle Challenge - 'Favourite Festive Colours' 

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last card... I just have to say... Kath mentioned about her grandma having coats and hats like in my Paris card... well my grandma did too!!!... isn't this a wonderful photo of my gran!! I'm not sure where the photo was taken... but probably Llandudno, Wales... as she loved to holiday there....  I think this will have been taken @1928

I apologise in advance if I'm a bad blogger for a couple of days... we've been up most of last night with my dad as he had another bad seizure... he isn't too well bless him... he has a lot of other health problems at the moment too... 

 So I'm hoping we can catch up with some sleep in the daytime maybe... and hopefully we will all feel better by weekend... as it's my daughter's 28th Birthday on Friday!! Ooh it seems like only yesterday that she was a baby!!! Am I really that old? LOL
Take Care and will see you again soon...
Stay warm and snug! :-))
Love and hugs

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Paris Fashion....

Hello... I hope you are all well... it's a bit dull here in Manchester UK but perfect weather for crafting... :-) so I thought I would do a 'Fashion' card for this month's theme over at Heck of a Challenge.... and so I had a search and found this fab 'flapper' image at Free Vintage Digital Stamps... isn't it sweet?

I made the papers on computer ... but looking at it now I think it's a little too 'busy' !! and this card has been such a pain to photograph... I think maybe my auto focus is very confused as to what to focus on and has just gone very cross-eyed!!! LOL I give up trying to get it any clearer... sick of the sight of photos of this card now!! do you have days like that?

I made the 'words' paper by typing some of the main Fashion Capital Cities on a graduated pink background with some little hearts inbetween... and the other paper I used some black Art Deco type shapes on pink background .... I layered up the papers and mounted the image with 3D foam pads and then added a Prima flower and some pearls...

So quite a quick card... but hope you like it.... I seem to be going through a 'pink' phase!! 

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Lexi's Creations - 'Happy Birthday' 
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Anything Goes' 
Heck of a Challenge - 'Fashion'

I can't believe it's Wednesday already!! I am a day behind with the Bank Holiday...
I am tired today... not sure if it's the weather but my eyes are closing now... not good at 5pm!!! LOL hope I feel better after something to eat... but I think I will have an early night tonight!! ;-)
Hope you are all well ... Big Hugs to those who are not feeling good...
Love and hugs

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Fran-táge - In the Pink...

Hello... I hope you are all well... huge hugs to anyone who is unwell or not feeling good...
I thought I would show you my first adventure with Fran-táge... which I love... it's SO sparkly and pretty... this is done using a Pink Encrusted Jewel Kit. You get five tubes of different elements to sprinkle and then heat from underneath... and it's very satisfying watching the little bubbles of gold and adding the silver flakes... I felt like an Alchemist mixing my powders!! :-))

very difficult to photograph and capture the sparkle... so I've taken quite a few piccies with different lighting ... as you can see... I've gone for a Shabby Chic/Vintage look... and I've used lots of my new embellies....

you can just about see the organza ribbon above the sentiment in the above photo ... and I've done some swirly pearls.... some flowers and berries... dew drops... lace...

this captures the lovely silver mica flakes... top left...

I did a bit at a time so that it didn't get too messy... I had a huge newspaper sheet underneath so it wasn't too bad... just don't turn on your heat gun and wave it around LOL... make sure it is positioned underneath before you turn it on!!! I found the powders clumped a bit when I shook them onto the paper.. but if you use a soft dry brush and gently dab... it distributes it more evenly and I think it looks nicer...

Paper: Prima - 'Meadow Lark'
Fran-táge: 'Encrusted Jewel Kit - Pink'
Flowers, Pearls, Lace, Ribbon, Dew Drops - The Ribbon Girl
Wedding Bells: from stash
Sentiment: made on computer

Ooh I really enjoyed playing with the Encrusted Jewel Kit ... hope you like my card... I've made it into an Anniversary Card for my parents which will be in July... I'm trying to work ahead!!

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Fab'n Funky - 'Lots of Pink'
Totally Gorjuss - 'Anything Goes with Swirls' 
Allsorts - 'Add Some Sparkle' 
Ooh La La Creations - 'Vintage/Nostalgic' 
Inky Chicks - 'Shabby Chic'
ABC Challenge - 'M for Make it Sparkle'
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Anything Goes' 
Our Creative Corner - 'Anything Goes'
A Little Bit Crafty May - Kraft It 

it's a bit dull here today... but hopefully... the sun will come out tomorrow!! (sings)
I'm having quiche and chips now for late tea... then a chocolate muffin!!! not very healthy but it's a treat for the Bank Holiday.... then I'm going to watch some of my Land Girls box set... my mum bought it for me last year and I haven't seen any of them yet... so looking forward to starting it right from the beginning... :-))
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday evening!
Big hugs

Friday, 3 May 2013

Floral Birthday....

Here's a card that I made for my lovely blogging buddy Debs... I added lots of sparkles and gems as it was a special Birthday!  

The gorgeous pink-purple flower is from some lovely candy that I won from Kevin and it just seemed to be perfect with this floral paper! 

Image: 'Spring Bringer' - Wee Stamps
Paper: Kate Knight Freebie
Flowers: Prima, MCH and Stash
Butterfly - MCH
Gems: MeiFlower
Sentiment: made on Computer

I've coloured this cute little lady with copics and added some Stardust Stickles on her wings and on the flowers...

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Dream Valley - 'Things With Wings'
Creative Inspirations - 'Birthdays' 
Crafts & Me - 'Floral Frenzy'
Divas by Design - 'Add a Number' 
Lexi's Creations - 'Happy Birthday' 
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Anything Goes' 
Natalie and Amy - 'Things with Wings' 

Well I had a good rest yesterday and I'm feeling a lot better today! :-)  
Are you all looking forward to the Bank Holiday Weekend?... fingers crossed that we have some Sunshine... it was a beautiful day here yesterday... this afternoon it's bright but not sunny... perfect for taking photos of your cards actually!!!...LOL  I just grabbed my camera and took photos of all those cards that came out rubbish the other day... so hopefully these piccies will be better!!! 

Not sure what I'm doing over the weekend... my daughter and boyfriend are away in Llandudno... so I really hope that the weather is good for them... they have gone to a Victorian Extravaganza Weekend... lots of Steam Traction Engines and people in period dress... so I've told her to take lots of photos weather permitting! I think I will be doing a bit of Crafting and maybe watch a film one day... feel like watching something sunny... so maybe A Passage to India or else The Bounty!! two of my favourite films! :-))
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Thursday, 2 May 2013

MAWTT - One for the Guys

Hello... good morning! I hope you are all doing ok... it's time for a brand new challenge over at

This week it's the turn of Team A... and the lovely Carole is our hostess.... she has chosen the fab theme of

'One for the Guys'

So we would like to see projects for men or boys!! it doesn't have to be a card... as long as you create something with a male theme...

Awww... isn't he adorable!!  I decided to make him a ginger-headed boy with freckles....

Image: 'Flutterby' - Mo Manning
Papers: Shery K Design - 'Himalayan Blue'
Butterfly: Prima Flutterbits - MCH
Sentiment: Polka Doodles Father's Day Kit (freebie couple of years ago)
Dew Drops, Buttons, Twine, Gems - Unused stash that I"ve had for oh so long!!

I've coloured this cute little fella with Copics and used a cloud template to create the sky background.... hopefully it looks like a lovely Spring Day... we can dream!.... LOL

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous Jo Channon at Let's Create

For more details of the challenge... I hope you can hop on over to MAWTT and you can also see my Teamies gorgeous creations....

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

A Gem of A Challenge - 'Going Green' 
Sweet Stampin - 'Anything But Birthday' 
Dream Valley - 'Things With Wings' 
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'The Letter B' 
(Buttons, Butterflies, Boy, Blue)
Creative Belli Blog - 'Spring' 
Digi Haven - 'Use a Button' 
Our Creative Corner - 'Anything Goes' 
Natalie and Amy - 'Things with Wings'

I'm not feeling too good at the moment ... my stomach problems have flared up ... so I'm going to stay in bed for a couple of days and try and get myself better for the weekend! :-) 

 At least we had some sunshine yesterday... I can't believe we are into May... hopefully the weather will stay warm and dry and we can all enjoy a nice Bank Holiday Weekend!! 
Will catch up with you all soon... Take Care...
Love and Hugs