Thursday, 12 July 2018



Phew... it's a bit cooler here today.
Thank goodness.
I am not a sun worshipper.
Give me a good old Yorkshire, cold, dull, drizzly day anytime :-)

This week was my brother's birthday,
and he hit his milestone 60th.
Obviously he's a lot older than me  ;-)

I went for a lovely, bold colour with this barn door red, and then die cut my sentiment.
The little critters are popped up on foam tape,
and I tucked in a few sequins for a little touch of bling.


with the optional toppings of sequins

mamaelephant - 3 amigos
mftstamps - rectangular stax 1, happy birthday to you die
distress ink - barn door

Sunday, 1 July 2018



It's my 33rd Wedding Anniversary this month. Yikes!
Obviously, I was very young when we married  :-o)

Here's the card I made for hubby.

Over the years I've probably made every type of anniversary card - 
romantic, funny, traditional, rude :-) , CAS... etc.
This time I went with cute and fun.

My inspiration came from Steffi's pretty card, over at the MUSE Challenge.
focusing on the central, striped heart, and the pink border.

WPlus9 - happy birds
MFT - peek-a-boo striped heart die, rectangle stax 1

Wednesday, 20 June 2018



I'm playing with the 'little buddies' set again today -
it's just so damn cute.  :o)

My inspiration came from Muse card club, and the cutest card from Kim Heggins.
I just love those layered pups.
It's definitely one of my 'go to' designs, but if you don't have an all-in-one stamp, all that masking can be tricky.
I took the easy way this time - and just layered up some die cuts :-)

It's hard to tell from the photo, but this card has lots of dimension.
The frame, and little boy are popped up on double thickness foam tape.
Then, the first row of pets have one layer of tape, and the back ones are stuck flat.

I focused on...
1. the black frame
2. layered pets
3. the placement of the sentiment

mft - little buddies, rectangle stax 1
copic markers

Monday, 18 June 2018



We've just had a new addition to our family.
My nephew has had a bouncing baby boy - Theo Arthur -
who came in at an eye watering 11lb 7oz.

So, I had boys on the brain when I got into my craft room today,
and I inked up this cute 'little buddies' set.

I played along with the MFT Colour Challenge.

mft - little buddies, rectangle stax 1
distress inks - tumbled glass, mustard seed

Wednesday, 13 June 2018



Oh, I'm so jealous of you crafters out there that can watercolour.
You always make it look so damn easy, but I really struggle with it.
I persevered today, and I'm going to give myself an 'A' for effort   :0)

Tracey's pretty, card over at the MUSE challenge, was my inspiration.

I focused on -
the central flower design
the birthday sentiment
the grey background

wplus9 -  modern anemones
mft - handwritten happiness, stitched rectangle scallop frame
various distress inks
altenew - stripes stencil      colorbox - whisper grey ink

Saturday, 9 June 2018


So, you win the lottery.
Buy a big mansion, by the coast, for all the family to live in.
Splash out on a nice car, a personal chef, and treat all your friends.
Sound good?
That's our Plan A.
Unfortunately it hasn't happened yet, so this week my dh had to return to work :-(

Here's the card I made for him.

I love these little alphabet stamps, where you can make up your own sentiment.
I just got a tad too overconfident when I'd almost reached the end,
and messed up the last letter.
 Argh! Bloody typical, right?


mft - mini well connected alphabet, so much cuteness, sweet somebunny, rectangle stax1,
calm and cozy chevron dp.

Monday, 4 June 2018



It was my dd Annabel's birthday at the weekend
and here is the card I made for her.

I've combined a couple of My Favorite Things sets, to make a simple scene with
Annabel, her dog Ollie, and cats Benga and Nero.
My colouring skills aren't great, but I've tried to make them look like they do IRL.


MFT - sweet somebunny, little buddies, stitched rectangle scallop frame
Distress Ink - tumbled glass.   Copics

Monday, 28 May 2018



Have you checked out the May release from My Favorite Things?
There are some oh so cute goodies to get creative with.

Here, and on the MFT blog today, I'm sharing a couple of cards made with the cutest stamps and dies.

Hope you like them.

For my first card I've used the sweet 'Love You a Bunch' stamp and die.
I needed a card for my Mum's birthday and when I saw this cutie I knew she would love her.

I wanted to keep it nice and soft so, for the background, I used some pretty, pastel colours with the new circle stencil.
I have a feeling this stencil is going to get a lot of use. It's great for all sorts of techniques.

Then, to make it a little more special, I added the 'MUM' letters.
These were cut with Stitched Alphabet dies, attached to some foam, and popped back into place.

My second card uses the adorable 'Sweet Somebunny' set.

I don't know about you, but when I get a new set I like to stamp and die-cut all the different pieces, and move them around a card base to see where inspiration takes me.
That was easy in this case, as all the sweet elements are just perfect for creating a cute, little outdoor scene.

I never thought little old me would get the chance to be even a small part of the fabulous, creative MFT team - so I want to say a mahoosive thanks to them for asking me.
With special thanks to Erica and Stephanie - you are awesome.  xxx

Have a great day everyone  xxx

Supply List
Card 1
My Favorite Things - Love You A Bunch, Basic Shapes Circle Stencil, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame,
Stitched Alphabet Dies.
Inks - Color Box Cat's Eye Pastels

Card 2
My Favorite Things - Sweet Somebunny, Rectangle Stax 1, In and Out Stitched Squares, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass.

Sunday, 27 May 2018



My dh has had a mid-life crisis, and has bought us a touring caravan -
It could be worse, right?  :-)

For the last few week's I have been trying to squeeze in some crafting,
in between jaunts around the country.
So, when I came to make my dh's birthday card, it just had to be this image.

All this little scene is missing, is the mini BBQ for those morning, bacon butties.


Avery Elle - Home Sweet Home
MFT - Handwritten Happiness, Beast Friends (Tree Stamps)
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Hello Little One


I'm pinching myself today!
I'm joining the awesome team over at MFT Stamps with a Guest Design Spot.
How cool is that?  :-)

I'm sharing a couple of projects using the sweet,  new stamp-and-die set
'Hello Little One'.

For my first card, I did some simple cutting, to create a little train for the toy horse to pull.
In between the wagons I used a piece of the die-cut balloon string (from Party Animals) and the square 'BABY' blocks are In and Out Stitched Squares.

For me, polka dots and baby cards are a match made in heaven, so I used the large Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots stamp on my background.
Stamped in Versamark, clear embossed, and then inked.
I hope you can just about make out the pretty shine and texture that this adds.

I kept things nice and simple for my second card.

I used the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot stamp again - this time stamping through a masked circle, and embossing in white.
The cute, teddy is popped up on foam tape and I finished by adding a pretty scalloped frame.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day xx

Supply List Card 1
MFT - Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Stamp, Hello Little One Stamps & Dies, In and Out Stitched Square Dies, 'BABY' letters from Little Buddies Stamp Set (masked), Balloon from Party Animals, Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die.
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron.

Card 2
MFT - Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Stamp, Hello Little One Stamp and Die, Stitched Scallop Edge Rectangle, Rectangle Stax 1.
Distress Ink - Twisted Citron.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Bottoms Up!


I'm excited today, to be joining in the fun at MFT & Friends.

Make sure you pop on over to the blog and check out the awesome work
of the design team. 
All the projects will feature the fabulous new products from the May release.

Today I am sharing a couple of cards I've made with the new Martini and
 Margarita Die-namics.

I started by making a bokeh effect background with some distress inks
and the  circle stencil.
Then, I created the shaker element, with the use of the new martini die-namics and shaker pouches.
The shaker contains some beads, sequins and some of the new frosty ice cubes.
Too cute!

To complete my card, I used a sentiment from the spirited sentiments set
 and a stitched rectangle scallop frame.

For my second card, I opted for a blue/green bokeh background and used the
  Margarita shaker die-namics and pouches,
I also kept the background simple with the rectangle stax die-namics

It was such fun creating with these new products.
It's the first time I've used the plastic shaker pouches and they are SO much easier than fiddling about with foam tape and acetate,
plus my sequins don't get stuck at the edges this way.
I'm definitely converted :-)

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you'll head on over to the MFT blog for some May inspiration.