Wednesday, July 28, 2021

BBQ Apron

 This card as now been received it was fun to do. The apron and the BBQ tools are Honeybee Stamps and I knew just who to make it for. Since I enjoyed making it I brought the garden set that works with the apron and I found a baking set that might work too. Do wish I used some pattern paper for the glove to help it stand out more.

The dotty paper is MFT and the Birthday die is Creative Expression. 

I have two cards in my drafts both waiting for them to be received and I still have a couple Birthday cards to make then I’m going to start on Christmas, a bit late for Christmas in July but I really need to get a start with them.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Humming Bird

 A card that’s now arrived at it destination. I finally brought some distress sprays which I used for the leaves and flowers of the Concord and 9th die. Still not sure on flowers centres hoped I could put a Pearl in the centre but they are random shapes. The hummingbird was tricky since there was no instructions which would of helped.

My only problem now I want more sprays and I’m reluctant to buy more since I’m not card making as much has I used to be. I still have two men’s card to make.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021



 I had to make another Wedding card this time I had the idea of using the Stamping up set I think it’s called Forever Fern. 

I used Simon says Stamp Congratulations die, I cut it twice with white the once more in gold. The glasses is a stamp  with a matching die. 

Apologies for the crooked photo.

Now I’m back making men cards and I can’t show you them till after their birthdays and it’s a bit too hot to make them but I’ve got a deadline.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Crochet Update

Its tricky to blog a crochet update with lots of photos to explain about which means it sends my i pad doolally so I have to do a post on the PC.

The above is a thin and possibly too long blanket that would work with a wheelchair or that was the idea when I crochet them together. Its made with all my left over scraps. 

I made this patchwork jacket with the Willow pattern from Jan Eaton because I didn't like the one with the pattern that I was trying to use but in the end I went my own way. Things to work on picking up stitches to make a border. I unpicked it several times and this was the best I could do. There's basically no neck shaping will that need further investigation.

I decided I needed a draught excluder so I made one again with leftovers wool

Next I made a star blanket which is earmarked for a baby. Its a pattern from Hooked on Sunshine.

I made this a while ago but I think its Natures Walk Blanket from Cherry Heart, I had all the wool in my stash.

Its been so long since I did an updater and I'm now got three projects on the go. Another leftover squares blanket, Splanna from Crystals and Crochet and Crochet Now have another cal which I've also  started. I want to have a go at a Mandala Madness from Crystals and Crochet got the wool just need to finish the Splanna since I'm near finishing but that won't happen now we actually got the warm weather.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Vintage Boys

 Sorry for the crooked photo but it actually straight just the way I photograph. Clean style Vintage Boys from LOTV.

Used a cloud stencil for the background which I’m not sure now if I like it. A MFT fence to give the sky a finishing point. A Simon Says Stamp sentiment to finish off, good job they are tiny words they only just fit.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Birthday Plants

 Not sure withe the white pen detail I think I need to work on less is more. I used patterned paper to look like a wall and floor, paper is MFT.

So are the dies, the flowers and pots are one set the shelves and table is another set. I enjoy playing with the dies so much I had to order the ladder die.

I hope to finish the card I started today it’s taken this long to get over the fall and wedding .

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Wedding Card

 Finally a card the one I couldn’t show till now that the Wedding is over. Probably my favourite Wedding image from Tiddy Inks.

Have to confess I just used my favourite Wedding embellishments like the Penny Black cluster hearts die and the last piece of lace that I can’t seem to buy now. The crochet border die from MFT that I can be snipped so it fits round the oval and lastly the LOTV stamp.

The Wedding was such a lovely day and just the boost we needed. Although I’m suffering a bit now and not just with my problems but that fall last week did slightly more damage than I thought and apparently I need to be patient because bruised ribs take time to get better. Hope it improves soon I was in the middle of making card and it’s gathering dust whilst waiting for me to finish it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

 Just a quick note I haven’t forgotten my blog but the cards I’ve made are for a family wedding this weekend. I have been in my craft room this week and was hoping to blog at least with a post but managed to have a fall whilst I don’t think I’ve done too much damage feeling a bit battered and bruised. So I’m resting up since I have a wedding to go to.x

Friday, June 25, 2021

Tiny Townie Unicorn

 Plenty of pink going on here, I’m surprised the main mat works usually I need layer it. Can’t remember now the pack of paper it came from now.

The image is a Stamping Bella Tiny Townie. The fence and grass is using old MFT dies and the flowers are Elizabeth Designs although the centres are using Simon says Stamp Luminary die.

I have to confess not much card making lately but I have another wedding card to make this week already have an idea for that one but won’t be able to post it till after the 3rd July.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Vintage Boy Golfer

 Life is been quite busy also we have made the most of the lovely weather so my cardmaking as been on the slow side but I did make this chap.

He is from the Vintage Boys and I believe he might be coming as a physical stamp soon but I’m happy with a digi image. The papers are also from LOTV and I inked the white image mat to help it blend with the papers. 

My golf ball were made by punching out circles and embossed then with an old embossing folder. The actual reverse is showing. The sentiment is an old Stampin up one.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Wedding Layouts

I've finally decided to show the layouts I made at the last Retreat I went to before the world descended into chaos. I just didn't want to remind myself how anxious I was feeling most of the time.

I'm starting to think about actually scrapbooking again after over a year of doing none and I'm even more behind now. There are some good times that need recording and that includes some more Wedding Photos.

Although if I plan to do so in my craftroom it needs a massive tidy!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Morning Glory

 These create a flower dies from Altenew are addictive and here is their Morning Glory. They do take a bit of time to put together and I do try to emboss them a bit but the layers are quite thick.

The background dies are fromSunny Studio and the sentiment is a retired stamp from Stamping Up, layered with various punches. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Vintage Boys

 I brought the Vintage Boys from LOTV not sure why I decided to make a slimline card but once again I kept it clean and simple.

The scallop die I used is from Newton Nook then measured the inside so I could just cut down the card card stock to fit inside. The sentiment die is from Simon Says Stamp. 

It’s been hot and sunny in my part of the UK while enjoying the warmer weather it’s now getting a little too hot but it’s looking like we will be finishing the warm spell with thunderstorms.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Cistus Flower

Fed up with men’s cards got a few now so should keep me going so I finally got round to use a new die from Altenew Cistus Flower. I’ve seen it on Pinterest with a black background but I decided to use the MFT basket weave stencil for it.

The sentiment is Simon says Stamp, I think it’s called Thoughtful Messages.

I have a Wedding in three weeks so I need to make a card, I’ve decided on the image just need to colour it in.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Smell the Flowers

 Another clean and simple card but this time with a Mo image that I received through Mo’s Patreon. 

The paper is is MFT and the curved with holes die from Simon says Stamp.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Bow Ties

 Time as seemed to speed up now the better weather is finally here. For some reason it’s even more of a struggle to get into my craft room. I think it’s the need to make masculine cards but there a couple in my drafts so I’m going to make what I fancy for a while.

My sister as mentioned that I’ve gone all clean and simple lately but I’m finding that’s the way to go for men’s cards including these bow ties from Stampin Up. Now I wish I had made extra knots to make it look more 3D but that will have to wait till next time.

Friday, June 04, 2021


 I’m rather pleased how this card turned out. Just as well it took ages to make. A lot of fiddly bits to layer and inked the edges to as well as embossed on the back to give a more rounder finish.

All the gardening detail is Sizzix but I used a MFT frame and the brick wall was using a stencil possibly Waffleflower but it’s lost it’s packaging. If there was one thing I could change would be the sentiment it needed layering to help it stand out better.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Harry Potter

 I saw a card on Pinterest and I had to get the dies from Stampin up, I suppose it’s only obvious to Harry Potter fans but I loved the idea. It did take some working out like how to get it central. Need to check Pinterest for other ideas or it was an expensive buy for one card.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Lavender Snowflakes

 I’m sure there was a sketch involved when I made this card but I don’t remember it now. Simon says Stamp frame and their snowflakes. The card stock is a lavender colour hence the title of the post but seeing it through the eyes of a camera it’s more blue.

Well yesterday didn’t go to plan, I had hoped to so some colouring and make cards with the new images. So today I’m colouring.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Birthday Pup

 I’ve been making cards with lots of white space so I’m really not sure I like this card. The dog image is Penny Black. The papers Doodlebug and my favourite scallop border die from Lawn Fawn but so old now I not sure it available. The stars are Simon says Stamp and the sentiment is Creative Expression layered twice to help it stand out.

My daughter has now had her first vaccination and my son who had to wait two weeks after surgery has booked his in for Saturday.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Single Bloom

 Yet another card using an old Freshly Made Sketch I’m pretty pleased how this turned.

The background is an old Stamping Up stamp of wood grain stamped in grey. The Cosmos die from Altenew, sentiment an old Simon says Stamp embossed in white. I’ve seen loads of amazing cards made with the flower die on Pinterest but really need to get ahead with some men cards.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


 Another card made with the Freshly Made sketch some weeks ago. The daisies made with my favourite daisy die from MFT is quite old now and I’m not sure if it’s available.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp, I think it’s called Thoughtful Messages but don’t hold me to that.

Had to get my eyes tested only a year late but last year we waited till I was 60 and the numbers of COVID had gone up and then we went into lock down 2, the tier 4 and then lock down 3. Then I broke my glasses luckily I had an old pair but now I may have to stop buying new craft stuff for a while because my new ones weren’t cheap.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Glitter Frame

 This card was a total failure because I forgotten that sticking anything onto glitter card is an absolute pain.

I love the Pink Fresh oval frame didn’t have a problem sticking that or the MFT daisies centres and the leaves are Memory Box just in case you want to know.

It was problem trying to stick the white mat onto glitter card to make an gold edge foolish me thought PVA would work even under a ton weight of magnetic boards with dies on didn’t work.

It was only when the Happy Birthday dropped off and I stuck it back on with a bit of red double sided tape did I realise the answer was tape.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Stars and Stripes

 There are more boys and men in my family then girls and I’m always on the look out for ideas for masculine cards. Saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I could make work. 

I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners in various blues and a silver which the camera shows up as grey.  I also used the stars from the Holiday Shapes and I used the different sizes although the original one used the same size.

Finally cut out the Birthday die a couple times to layer together to show up better.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Birthday Flowers

 I made this card again with Freshly Made sketches but it was from a few weeks ago. The flowers are MFT, I brought the set just for these flower didn’t like the leaves so used an old set of MFT leaves.

The Happy Birthday circle stamp is a really old one that actually fell out of a box of stamps I was looking through and I decided to use it. The dots were from a Stamping up set.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Mistletoe and Holly

 A couple of clean and simple Christmas cards using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for this week. I couldn’t find a square sentiment so that part of the sketch became a rectangle using the Simon Says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings stamp set.

The holly and mistletoe are Sizzix dies, the holly I used die cut berries and the I used self adhesive pearls for the mistletoe.

Hubby is off to get his second jab this morning and I get mine at the end of May.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Penny Black Mice

 Finally loaded Blogger with some photos of cards, yes they may be quick and easy ones like this Penny Black one. It’s a fairly large stamp and I forgotten how cute these  mice are. The sentiment is Penny Black too.

Hoping to get to the craft room today although will be thinking about my son who is having yet another surgery on his knee.

Friday, April 30, 2021


 Ok not my best work and it looks pretty more in real life. Stencilled the brick wall in matching colours.

The butterflies are Newton Nook and I love the sentiment that comes with it.

Ive struggled for a few weeks with my shoulder, it settled a bit now but I’m still looking for mojo.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Born to Ride

 A couple of Men cards that I made using a couple of old Stamping Up stamp sets. Took some inspiration from Pinterest too.

I wasn’t that keen on the embossed one but the other one is Ok. Why are men’s cards so hard and I have more men on my Birthday list than women probably why my mojo is missing and a dodgy shoulder.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

White Rabbit

 Did I mention there was still a bunny card in my drafts and here it is. I have cheated and only coloured a bit in his ears and his nose.

The sketch was Tuesday Morning sketches from a few weeks ago but wasn’t keen on the white space so a few few mini flowers and leaves to break it up.

Bunny is of course from Rachelle Anne Miller but one from her MFT stamps and I got the matching die.

Went to Wisley yesterday, we picked a lovely day for it but does mean no crafting was done. 

Friday, April 16, 2021


 So this was the card I decided on for my Gt Nephew, it’s a Mo Manning image and when I brought the new footballer this came with it so I’ve got an image for next year the same but different. 

I kept it simple boys cards are just as difficult like men’s cards but I used the Cloud Edges die from MFT with a scrap of blue patterned paper for the sky.

The sentiment is a Creative Expression die and a few tiny stars from the Holiday shapes dies from Simon says Stamp.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Happiest of Birthdays

 Remember the background stamp Spring Flower from the new release from Simon says Stamp well this time I coloured in the flowers and leaves.

I used watercoloured pens having decided it would be easier than pencils. Again I used the Freshly Made 
Sketch but missing an element because I didn’t check.

I wanted a good size Birthday sentiment to fit the stitched rectangle and to bring a bit of interest a couple of Flickering Butterflies. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Altenew Cosmos

 The Altenew Create a Flower dies are expensive but they are fun to make I just hope I can think of crafty ways to using them rather than collect dust.

This one is the Cosmos one and I thought they would work better on a slimline card. The embossing folder is an old Sizzix one I brought an Altenew one recently but it was far to busy. 

I made the stripy paper by cutting strips of white and blue and the sentiment is a Newton Nook one from their butterfly set.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Flying Birthday

 Decided to post the card that didn’t make it as my nephews card. Ki guess I’m a bit disappointed int the splatter stamp it doesn’t really look like I splattered ink which is what I hoped for. Do like my plane die that turn out well, yes it is a bit fiddly the wheels and propeller.

The cloud edges and plane both from MFT and the sentiment on the plane but I think the one on the clouds are Simon says Stamp Tiny Words.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

New Home

 I needed to make a New Home card luckily I had just recently received this cute house die in a craft order, it’s an Impression Obession die. 
I used a stitched rectangle die and matted it to help it stand out. Used an old Memory Box branch die to hang the house from which now I thinking why.
I can’t remember where I got the sentiment from as it’s tiny it could be Tiny Words set from Simon Says Stamp.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Ooops Another Bunny

 I’m sorry I forgot about this bunny from MFT and I used their sketch with some old Doodlebug paper.

The stitched rectangles and the leaves are also MFT but the tiny scallop border is an old Lawn Fawn. The birthday sentiment is from the MFT but another stamp set.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

All the Feels

 Simon Says Stamp sent a fabulous background stamp Spring Flowers from their All the Feels release. It’s especially handy when making cards that have to be made quickly.

I stamped the stamp with a white ink pad and WoW bright opaque embossing powder and I was inspired with this weeks Freshly Made Sketch but realised I missed an element. I decided it worked better without it.

I used the leaves in the Simon Says Stamp Circle Leaves die carefully cutting them off the circle. I did have lots of leaves dies to chose from but thought these match the stamped ones better. The sentiment is another Simon Says Stamp die, the white background helping it stand out.

I hope you all had a good Easter and so pleased for the lighter evenings.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Trio of Bunnies

 My final bunny card this time I used Impression Obession bunny dies. I inked round them but that was it. Papers are Lawn Fawn, trees MFT dies and cloud are Memory Box. To make rectangle frame stitched rectangles from Simon Says Stamp.

I do feel bunnies shouldn’t just be for Easter we always had rabbits when I was child and my children had rabbits to. 

I’m hoping to make a Birthday card for my nephew today because I’m not keen on the one I already made so that’s my plan today.