Monday 29 December 2014


Hello friends in blogland!   I really hope you had a wonderful Christmas, whether it was full of noise and chaos or whether it was calm and peaceful (like ours).   We had a lovely time,  the furbabies behaved beautifully and were quite amicable with one another (bonus!!) they enjoyed their catnip toys and special Christmas dinner - Blossom particularly enjoyed the wrapping paper ...... so typical!!

Well, here I am with another DT card (after quite a big blogging break) ooops  - I don't know what happened in November/December, apart from the fact that I had too many last minute commissions and I'm not very good at saying no!  Thank goodness I had my own cards almost made - yup I had to finish off the insides despite my New Year Resolution to make sure all cards were completely finished (apart from any special wording inside).  Still that's all done and dusted now.

This card is one for the One Stitch at a Time Challenge and the theme this fortnight is "Anything Goes with Stitching".  I did a little bit of hand stitching around the edge of the purple matting layer, in fact it was really quite therapeutic and almost set me off wanting to start sewing again.   To be honest though, I love colouring and couldn't go back to just sewing!   We have loads of these fuschias in the garden and in hanging baskets, there are so many different varieties but when I saw this digi it just begged to be coloured in purples and pinks.  This digi comes with its own paper pack but I didn't use it because I desperately wanted to use that greeny background paper with the purple.

The prize for the challenge is the following pack of digis and papers and you can make anything you like as long as there is some stitching, real or 'faux'.  So not at all difficult!


Fuschia digi (with paper pack) - Coosty Creations at Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Papers are all old stock from my stash - (bought from Create and Craft)
'Just Because' clear stamp - 'Stamp Doodles' at Polka Doodles
Ribbon - Creative Expressions
Pearls - stash
Stitching - Silk Embroidery Thread in stash
NO DIES USED WHATSOEVER!!!!  - I cut the 'arrow' shape by hand

The challenge runs through until 10 January so you just might have a little time to do some crafting - hopefully.

While I'm here I would just like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that 2015 is good to you.  Thanks to everyone who has commented on my blog and for the encouragement you have given me - especially to those of you who have kept commenting despite me not being able to reciprocate (because of time constraints and schedules I've had etc) I really do appreciate your friendship and loyalty.  You are the best!!!

That's it for now peeps - please take care and don't get too tiddly over New Year - I shall be in bed before 12 midnight, hopefully asleep, which will make a change.  I am not a fan of celebrating the passing of one year into the next so my pit and hot water bottle will be beckoning - lol!!!

Lots of big hugs to you all and an extra big cuddle to anyone who may need one.

Saturday 6 December 2014


Hello everyone - it's the last challenge of the year at Crafty Calendar and the theme is White on White.  It was my turn to host the Challenge this month and I just lurve white on white so this was soooo up my street.... again.  As usual I've sprinkled loads and loads of glitter on this one, much to the maestro's horror 'cos he's only just managed to divest himself of the last lot!

 The maestro couldn't get rid of the purple hue on here but I can assure you that this really is white apart from a little blue ink on the sky above the reindeer.  I think I'm getting a little out of practice with my digis at the moment, but I do enjoy using die cuts - are you ready for the inevitable long list??


7" x 7" White Card - Anna Marie Designs
'Snowflakes' embossing Folder - Bebunni at Crafters Companion
Handmade paper glitter strip - Papermania
Holly Jolly Christmas Collection bauble die - Create and Craft Couture Dies
Small Deer dies - Impression Obsession Dies (DIE 117C)
Christmas Tree border die - Impression Obsession Dies (DIE 086L)
Star of Wonder die - Memory Box Dies
Precious Ornaments die - Memory Box Dies
Snowflake Corner die - Memory Box Dies
Sprig and Berries dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies
Ornamental Tags 3 die - Spellbinders Dies
'Merry Christmas' Sentiment Stamp - Daisy & Dandelion Clear Stamps
DecoArt Glitter
Ribbon - Stash

I hope you have time to enter the challenge because there is a set of 4 great stamps from our sponsors at Elphine House to win

The Challenge is open until Friday 2nd January so please have a go.

Thank you so much to all of you who have entered our challenges over the past year, I hope we see you all again in January, but in the meantime MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR to each and every one of you.

I must be off now 'cos I still have a few more commission cards to make as well as a couple more DT cards for another challenge blog.  No rest for the wicked!!!

Hugs to you all and please take care.