Saturday, August 18, 2018

Picture Book Dinos

As soon as I saw the new Simon says Stamp Friendly Frolic Picture Book Dinosaurs I knew they were coming home to me but there were so many more dies I wanted too. So I didn't buy the Pterodactyl. Opps there is another called Dino that I also didn't buy.

I made up the other three the Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and the T-Rex, all the card is actually out of my scrap box.

The other die which was a must have was the Leafy Frame die which is out of stock at the mo but if you want to buy it too I would recommend to use the notify when back in stock button, so SSS can e-mail when back in stock. Does give the feeling of looking through the foliage.

The background of clouds is from Doodlebug Dragons Tail and the sentiment is Simon says Stamp Messages for Everyday.

Bags are packed I'm off to an All Day Crop in Bracknell, I scraping a 2015 Wedding by choosing a theme I shouldn't have to pack the kitchen sink but it still looks like I did anyway!!!!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Crochet Update

I've found myself doing several crochet projects something I don't like to do, I much rather do one thing at a time.

It started when I made a baby blanket for my Nephew and his wife, I realised another Nephew adopted two children and I hadn't made them anything. All boys love Spiderman well hope so but I can't give it to them yet till I made something for his sister.

This is a bit of an experiment and hope it works out. First off the camera as made it my blanket a weird colour but when I finally finish it I'll make sure the colours show up. I have to admit I'm now bored but I have only two rows to make.

When it was really hot, certainly too hot to crochet a blanket. I made some butterflies and daisies which will be used on this experimental blanket.

Meanwhile my Thursday night blanket squares are waiting in the wings till the experimental blanket is finished.

And my Eastern Jewels is also waiting, all the octagons are done and even the ends stitched in.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


I hope my teamie as received this, Lou Daubney is an amazing woman who not onlyhad to deal with a nasty breast cancer but she also reached her target weight at Slimming World and looks amazing.

I had to make a card to congratulate her and I've used Mo's Breezy  and some lovely Kaiser papers.

The sentiment was computer generated and cut out using Simon says Stamp Stitched Banners and I used my favourite Spellbinders Floral Oval it's so worn out but haven't found anything else that can take its place.

The flowers are some Creative Expression Tropical Hibiscus which was on offer and a craft show agessss ago. I blended some colour before I took off the dies and the centres are some Doodblebug sprinkles, this helped when I popped it in the post.

Mo's Digital Pencil

Wednesday, August 15, 2018



Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Distress It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Back To School 

The stores are full of back to school stationary but a notebook, diary or even a bookmark is so much nicer when it is handmade with love! Why not make a little card to pop into a child's lunchbox too. So many things that we can make! We will be looking forward to seeing what you decide to create!
We are showcasing some fabulous Penny Black Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used!
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your school related makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!

I don't have a child going back to school or a family member starting school but I did make a bookmark that I could give away to a real book reader, I have a kindle because the tombs I read I'm unable to hold.

I had to make another Oxide background because all the ones I made were too short for the largest Simon says Stamp Stitched Banners. I also used the Poppystamps Stitched Cloudline to give a bit of interest and the fact they had just arrived in my craft room.

I used Penny Black Birthday Critters it's a pretty useful set because the mouse and balloon can be used for other reason and the parcel ones could easily be used for Christmas. I haven't played with PB images for ages so it was fun to do. I paper pieced the balloon with Doodlebug Hello pack.

There are lot of encouraging words on the Simon says Stamp Messages for Everyday and they were nice and small and I managed quite a few when I decided to stamp away.

My other hobby means there are lots of odd balls wool so I cut off some lengths joined it them to my tag and then separated the strands to give me a fun wrinkly wool to hang out of a book.

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

American Football

My grown up Son loves American Football, he gets a season ticket for the matches that are played in the UK and I believe one of his friend and himself are planning to see a game in the USA . I needed to make him card obviously for his birthday and saw this chap Football Squigy from Stamping Bella well of course I needed to buy him.

Men cards always a bit of challenge but I decided to go for a CAS  using the Echo Park Happy Birthday paper I cut out a large Painted Happy Birthday sentiment from SSS.

I still have to add something so I went with stars from the Simon says Stamps Holiday Shapes and Large Holiday Shapes and to give a bit interest I used the Lawn Fawn Lacy Borders die. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

With a Little Help

My last layout in my drafts and its based on a Jane Eubank layout, I do follow her blog she loves the papers I do.

The papers are Hello Lovely from Simple Stories and the picture was at my sister's 70th Surprise Party and the young men are her two Grandsons, since then there is another Grandson. Shows you how behind I am in my Scrapbooking.

The flowers are the MFT flowers and I tried to use similar colours and the various letters and word strips are all found in my stash.

Looking forward to an All Day Crop at Bracknell Hilton on Saturday, we have a few cardmakers that come too after all its all about the love of pretty papers. I don't stay all day and I have already planned on doing Wedding Layouts that way I pack all my flower and heart dies hopefully instead of trying to bring all my dies.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


Not sure you can see, I used photo card that I use to print my images, sometimes I have some off cuts and my friend Lorraine who loves all things Tim Holtz and Ranger showed me a technique she found using Oxides. She knows I lose interest in You Tube with seconds, so she showed me in real life.

Since I was playing with Oxides for Make your Own Background challenge couple of weeks ago, I thought I would give it a go. The whole card is made with photo card, I buy mine from Costco, I used the off cuts to practice with.

I used the Simon says Stamp Leafy Frame and their Big Happy die from the latest release. The flowers are SSS Forget me Knot Flower die and I added some of their Stitched Snowflake for the centres.

To finish I used some Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles and Simon says Stamp Thoughtful Messages.

The end result is a very shiny card and maybe a bit OTT. I'm pretty sure I won't use this technique for card making but to make individual bits maybe, does mean now I have to keep all photo card offcuts.