Thursday, 29 November 2012


Hello there blog friends and lovely followers!  I am just posting my latest 'commissioned' card.  Naughty moi left the male one until last - 'cos I'm such a coward!  My blog friend Sue (Ollie's Mam) helped me with the picture - she is wonderful!  Once I had this, it was relatively plain sailing so thanks once again Sue.   Don't forget that I am coming to paint the Cistine Chapel for you - aka the ceiling of your new craft room!  If you could picture me lying on my back on top of scaffolding trying to paint you would all be ROFL - ie rolling on [the] floor laughing.

Anyway - something else I want to blurb on about (you see I haven't posted for a while so I am a tad loquacious - just seen this word in 50 Shades so I thought I would use it - lol).  My Christmas pressy from hubby arrived this afternoon and, of course, he wanted me to check it out.  He's bought me Copics - even the young lady at the supplier said I was lucky to have such a wonderful hubby - no arguments from me!  I asked if I could use them before Christmas and he said "it's up to you, you won't have anything to open though" as he backed out of my craft room.  Think he backed out 'cos I was fluttering me sparse eyelashes and biting me bottom lip!!! (Another reference to the 50 Shades book - well at least the biting lip bit is - it isn't a good look 'cos it makes me chins wobble).

'Nuff said - here is my card, the background card is dark green and textured although it looks black.
 The pic Sue sent me had Santa just catching the ball, but I wanted him running and almost catching it.  Hubby changed it for me and also de-coloured it so that I could use my Promarkers on it.  I found a pic of a rugby ball and decoupaged it onto the picture (instead of deeecoupaging it).

7x7 Kraft card blank
First Edition Papers - Christmas Village
Green textured card from stash
Image - from the internet
Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles Die
Joy Crafts - Stars (set of three)
Holly leaves - The Best of La Pashe CD
Sentiment - LOTV
Crystal Stickles
Buttons - 'Special Delivery' by Helz Cuppleditch
I hope you like this card and leave me a comment or two.  By all means tell me if you think it is a little too 'girly' but I am pleased with this one - that makes it a miracle I can tell you.  I have decorated the inside quite plainly (similar to the last ones I've made) so I've not bothered with a pic.
Oooh by the way, Wilma has contacted me and her 'winnings' will be winging their way to her tomorrow (bit later than expected Wilma!).
Big hugs to all of you out there and thank you for following my little blog heaven.  You are brilliant allowing me to waffle on as I do.  Come on now, who said "we don't have much choice?" LOL.
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
The Crafty Pad Challenge No 198 - Add Some Glitter -
Jingle Bells Challenge - Anything (Holiday) Goes -
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Santa Claus is coming to Town -
Artistic Inspirations Challenge No 17 - Anything Goes -

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Hi there my gorgeous blog friends and followers - as you may know, the winner of my Blog Candy did not contact me - where are you I cry!!!  Anyway not to worry - yet - I rounded up hubby with the pigeon and coffee 'bucket' and this time I put the names of my followers into the draw (as opposed to numbers).  Well, doorstop pidgy did his stuff and chose ........................ ta da!


So there we have it - Scottish Crafter - aka Wilma from Ffife.  Can you leave a comment on this post with your email address and I will get in touch with you.  I promise to take your email off the post as soon as I see it.  Could you contact me before 5 December 2012.  Fingers crossed that this one will be successful.
Big hugs to you all out there

Monday, 26 November 2012


Hi there blog buddies and an extra special hello to my latest follower Aussie Annie - I really cannot believe that having a blog gets you around the world like this.  It is truly exciting and I am so enjoying myself  -  still!!

Anyway, as you know, I had pigeon pull a number out of hubby's coffee 'bucket' on 14 November.  This has not been claimed (I gave the winner until yesterday to contact me), so I will be re-drawing it again tomorrow - sorry I mean pigeon will be doing the job for me!!!

So blogging peeps please watch this space!!!

Big hugs to you


Saturday, 24 November 2012


Hello peeps and fellow blogsters and a special warm welcome to my latest follower Vicky.  I was drawn to Vicky's blog initially because her surname is the same as mine!!  However, she is very talented and has a lovely blog called Sticky with Icky ( - had to laugh 'cos I was glueing when I found her blog and of course I was sticky.  I cannot use any glue (and I mean ANY) without getting covered in the stuff.   Anyway this is a short post because it is the box for my previous card.

I've just popped another small piccy of the card that goes inside - just for reference!  LOL.

I'm quite pleased with the box, I used a little of my lilac Spider's Web for texture.  I am improving with my flowers - I used to only put 3 or 5 flowers on but the card and the box have a total of 20!!!  I have a large plastic crate full of them now, so I feel I can be a tad more generous!
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by again and for any comments you may have made - I am really really grateful.  I will be catching up with your blogs asap.  Must also catch up with the darn ironing tomorrow - sheesh I hate it, my back always locks and spasms.  I've even tried sitting on a little stool but it's worse than ever 'cos I'm up and down like a proverbial yo-yo!
Big hugs to all of you, I hope you are all well and for anyone out there who is feeling low (especially those of you who I know) I am thinking of you and sending you a virtual hug and a half!!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


Hello there my lovely blog friends and followers, thank you for stopping by and checking out my cards.  This is the third card for my ex-colleague and, as it is for his sister, I thought I would try another non-traditional one.  I have used my beloved LOTV stamps again, simply because I lurve 'em!

This card will be handed to his sister so I am making a box.  I will pop that on my blog when I have made it.

Here is my lilac and lavender card -

I have also decorated the inside of the card - yay!
The design is again based on another sketch I found on Dawny P's blog -
Card Base - 7 x 7"
Papers - HOTP Pizzazz
Kraft Card - C & C
Spellbinders Floral Ovals Die
Image/Sentiment - LOTV
Flowers - WOC
Holly leaves - The Best of La Pashe CD
Gems - stash
I hope you like this card - it is only the second one I have made which is non-traditional.  I quite like the colours but have a feeling I will be back to my traditional cards very shortly.  My next card is for my ex-colleague's son and the one that I am really worrying about.  I have some ideas rolling about with the rest of the tumbleweed in my head so who know what will happen!!!
Thank you once again for stopping by and leaving your comments, if you don't have time to leave a word or two then that is fine, I understand.  I am so pleased that you have taken the trouble to check out my blog.
Big hugs to you all
I will be entering my card in the following challenges

Sparkles Christmas Challenge No 22 - Contemporary Colour Combo -
Hookedoncraft Challenge No 26 - Christmas No red/green -
Let's Craft and Create Challenge No 58 - Getting Ready for Christmas -
The Crafty Pad Challenge No 197 - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -
Tanda Stamps Challenged No 203 - Anything Christmas -
Craft us Crazy Challenge No 30 - Colour me Inspired -
Victorine Stamps Challenge No 47 - Anything Christmas -
Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge No 5 - Christmas Anything Goes -
Sparkles Monthly Challenge No 38 - Christmas is Coming -
Little Claire's Designs Challenge No 27 - Christmas -

Sunday, 18 November 2012


Hello there blog buddies - I hope you are all well and crafting whenever you can.  Sorry I haven't posted for a few days but I am totally incapable of doing a card every day - I have tried (very hard to be honest) but I just cannot do it!  I did pop over to a few blogs but not as many as I normally do.  Anyway I am back now and am posting another card for my ex-colleague - this one is for his daughter.  I did try to colour the image non-traditionally but I was disappointed with the result so I started again!!!!  I am my own worst enemy!

Here is the card for you to have a peep at

This is the inside of the card - yup I have decorated the inside again!!!  I'm getting better! lol.  I was going to cut out a circle but changed my mind and used the bauble ornament.  I used my laptop for the sentiment and then used the die to cut it out.  I left it in the die whilst I stamped a few random snowflakes in blue chalk ink.  Once they were dry I put a few 'blobs' of Stardust over them to make them sparkle.

The next one I am making is in non-traditional colours.  I have already coloured the image and am quite pleased with it - therefore (at this moment in time - ooh I nearly started trilling then) I am not going to change it.  I do love my LOTV images and keep using them.  I have printed some digi-stamps from the internet (freebies) and may be using one or two of them soon though.

Card Base - 7 x 7"
Papers - HOTP Paper Pizzazz and First Edition
Dies - Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle, Christmas Ornament 2011
Image/Sentiment - LOTV
Poinsettia from bit box
Ooops nearly forgot - snowflake charm is from my stash!
Gems - stash
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I know we all say this but I love reading your comments so, if you stop by AND leave a comment, I am doubly chuffed!  You often make my day and many of you make me chuckle (you know who you are don't you) which is a gift in itself.
Take great care of yourselves, I hope your weekend has been good and I also hope that you have a good week - especially if you are able to craft or shop for crafty goodies - yay!!!
Big hugs to you all out there in blogland.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
Tuesday Alchemy Challenge No 40 - Anything Goes -

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge No 102  - Anything Goes -
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge No 99 - Use something more than 6 mth old - (everything on my card is more than 6 mths old except for the LOTV stamps) -
Pin and Tack - Spark Your Creativity No3 - Anything Goes -

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Well hello peeps - my dear husband has pulled the number out of his coffee 'bucket' - although the picture looks as if the stone pigeon was the 'picker' (another of hubby's little jokes) and the number is 39 - I counted from my first follower and came to EILEENHere are the piccies of the actual selection.

I would like Eileen to leave a comment on this post first of all and I will then sort out email addresses etc.  Please contact me by Sunday 25 November 2012 to make arrangements.
Big hugs and congratulations to you.


First of all thank you Jenny for putting me forward for this award my little liebchen!!!   I can remember getting a medal for my Pitman Shorthand about 392 years ago but nothing else - ever!!!  This is so sweet of you and I am really chuffed!  Jenny's blog is Cardsarus and you can find her here  Please visit her blog as, like me, she is fairly new to blogging and we all know what it is like to be a newbie!!!
I will now pass this award on to the following blogs, who I feel deserve this award and who inspire me.
About this award.
Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," " Favourite," or
This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers
present the award to their favourite blogger with less than 200
The origins of this is unclear, but is believed to have originated
by a German Blogger.
This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward
fashion, to share our dearest and most beloved blogs. That have
less than 200 followers.

*Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to
their blog.
*Post the award on your blog.
*Give the award to five bloggers who appreciate, and have less
than 200 followers.
* Leave a comment on their blog to let them know you have
given them this awesome award!

Do keep this going and show your appreciation for other bloggers out there who deserve this award.
If you have already received this award and passed it on, then
you have already ensured it's continuity.
Big hugs to you all out there.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Hi there blogsters I hope you are all keeping well and warm!  I just want to welcome my latest followers - I have now reached the magic 50 - yay!!!   I know it says 51 but I have a follower whose name doesn't appear so I don't know who it is!!  Graham will be picking someone's name out of his over-large coffee 'bucket' tomorrow.  You will see what I mean when I post the picture!

Anyway lovely peeps, I am posting a card that has been commissioned.  This is for the lady friend of a colleague I used to work with.  I think I have mentioned this before but he has asked me to make four cards for him and this is the first one.  I was going to post it yesterday but hadn't quite finished the box and as hubby is doing his four days at work for this month, I  then had to wait for the piccy to be taken.  Oh and by the way - this is the first ever non-traditional Christmas card I have ever made!!!  I usually use quite traditional colours.  I have a feeling I may have opened the floodgates and I will be making mostly  non-traditional ...... then again!!!

Here is the card for your deliberation!!  I didn't want the card to be 8 x 8 this time because I felt that the design would be lost so I cut down an 8 x 8 and made it into a 7 x 7.  I then made the box to fit as normal and I lined the inside of the lid with the blue paper.   I also decorated the inside of the card but I printed the Christmas greeting on pearl paper and then embossed it, no matter how hard Graham tried the paper was too 'pearly' to photograph properly.   However - it looks lurvely in daylight!  The actual design is based on a sketch I found on Dawny P's blog -

The  card is above and I have posted the box underneath, these pictures were taken yesterday and today with different backgrounds so the colours might look slightly different.

Card Base - 7 x 7"
Papers - HOTP and Docrafts - Daisy Dandelion & Friends
Dies - CheeryLynn Laced Pine Snowflake, Whimsy Double Scallop Doily, Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif
Punch - X-cut Snowflake
Image/Sentiment - LOTV
Flowers/leaves - WOC
Gems - stash

Anyway that is all for now my lovely friends, once again thank you so much for any comments you may wish to leave.  I really am pleased that I now have 50 followers - don't be strangers and do drop by again soon to see if you have won the card candy.  I will also be checking out the blogs of my new followers tomorrow - before I start my next marathon card - lol!!!   I may even look for another sketch to follow as I enjoyed it so much!

Big hugs to you all and either have a very good night's rest or have a lovely crafty day - depending on when you read this.  Am I waffling - yes I am!


I would like to enter my card and box into the following challenges

Challenges 4 Everybody No 7 - Anything Goes -
CSAYL Challenge No 36 - Anything Goes -
Colour Me Creative Challenge No 56 - All about Kids -
Delightful Challenges - Let it Snow (snowflakes) -
Dream Valley Challenge No 45 - Anything Goes -
Mema's Crafts Nov Challenge 1 - Anything Goes -
My Heart Pieces - Cute Creations -
Natalie and Amy - Colour me Happy -
Papertake Weekly Chalenge - Flower Power -
Stampin with the Dragon Challenge - Christmas - No red/no green -
Through the Craftroom Door Challenge No 44 - Anything Goes -
Totally Gorjuss Challenge No 158 -

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Hi there blog followers and a huge welcome to my new follower - only four to go and I will be picking a winner of my blog candy.  Don't forget I have added a little more to the prize but will leave you guessing!!!

Anyway I made a card yesterday - yes no thinking allowed on this one - however I am not happy with my snow blobs!  Methinks I was a little gung-ho with them and went a tad overboard and it is almost a dis-ahhhhhs-ter dahlings!   Oooer now you know what I have been watching!  I only watch it for Artem's pecs you understand.   Back to the card ... this is my SECOND Christmas card and it will probably be shelved because I am not sure that I could give it to anyone.

I loved the image and used my faithful Promarkers to colour it in, then decided that it needed some Liquid Pearls.  I haven't used these in ages and think I must practise a little more before I actually put them on a card.  I love the colours though, so that is one thing going for it - lol!
6 x6 card blank
Dovecraft Back to Basics - Vintage paper pad
Burgundy card from stash
Image - freebie from internet
Spellbinders - Floral Ovals die
Spellbinders - Venetian Accents border
Flowers/leaves - WOC
Sentiment - freebie with a magazine
Ribbon from stash
Thank you for stopping by my blog and if you have managed to leave a comment I am really grateful to you.  I am lucky to have you all as followers and I am still enjoying myself - even when my mojo deserts me!
It is a very dismal day here so I think I will do a little more colouring with my Promarkers now ..... or I could do some ironing ..... or clean the bathroom ..... or make a casserole.  Ho hum decisions, decisions.
Big hugs to you all out there and enjoy your crafting if you have time to do some today.
I am going to enter this card into the following Challenges -
Mema's Crafts Nov 1 - Anything Goes -
Through the Craftroom Door No 43 - Anything Goes -

Friday, 2 November 2012


Oh my word -  this has taken me sooooo long to do that I think they are going to be celebrating their 15th Wedding Anniversary when they receive this!  I actually finished it last night and have been ironing this morning whilst Graham did the pics.  I don't think I have ever taken so long to finish a card - I started it last - yes last - Friday.  I really must stop thinking soooo hard about my designs.   As I have said before, if I don't 'mull' them over (and procrastinate whilst doing so) my cards are so much quicker to do.

Although the flowers look peach and purple, they are in fact peach and two tone brown(ish).   I wanted to use peaches and browns with some green in there.  I used some of the same papers inside the card and a sentiment I found on the internet (freebie).  I deliberately left the inside quite 'clean' because I wanted the sentiment to be the main part of the inside.
Because of the floral embellishments on the front of the card I decided to make a box - I have templates and boards but I don't use them, I always make boxes by using my own measuring system.  Again I used the papers I had used for the card plus some die cuts and flowers to embellish the top.
The die cuts in the corners are all from one Di-Lites die but I felt it would be too much to use four so I placed one in the top right-hand corner and then cut the rest to an almost heart shape and placed them in the other three corners.
8x8 card blank
First Edition papers - Boho Chic and Desert Blooms
Sarah Kay stamp - Laura and Henri
Spellbinders - Labels 10, Scalloped circles and ovals
Spellbinders - Plain circles, Di-Lites Fantastic Flourish 2
Marianne Creatables - Champ. flute, flourishes
Sentiment - freebie from internet
Pearls, glitter, lace, doily from stash
WOC flowers
Please let me know what you think of my card, I shall nip next door tomorrow and hope that my neighbour likes it.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges -
Catch the Bug November Challenge - Anything Goes -
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge No 75 - Pearls and Flowers -
Gem of a challenge No 58 - Polka Dots/Spots -
Lady Anne's Sentimental Friday Oct/Nov - Anything Goes - CBLA_SF4 -
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Punch It Out -
Think I may have gone a little OTT with all of these!!!
Big hugs to you, and thank you so much for popping by and an extra big hug if you have left a comment for me.  I shall be visiting your blogs now that I have finished this card.  Apologies for not visiting and leaving a comment sooner, but I am on to it now!!!  Don't forget to tell your blog friends about my blog Candy.
Catch you soon.