Friday, 29 March 2013

Flowers for the sun

Brrrrh! Good sunny but cold Good Friday morning to you all. I couldn't believe how bright the sun was when I got up at 8 this morning. There is one drawback though, it has highlighted a load of cobwebs and dusty bits, I am sure they weren't there yesterday, will have to attack them after I have been fortified with a toasted hot cross bun for breakfast!  Today's card was made in one of my UIU bursts. The card is Kanban, background DI, stamp from stash-coloured with Promarkers, some Dawn Bibby glaze of some kind, sentiment Andy Skinner-I think, done with Versamark and liquid pearls. The sun has gone behind a cloud now and some of the dustbits have disappeared, so I won't have to have my eyes tested yet. I have put the last two photo album photos on today. Breakfast, dust attack, play before church at 3. Enjoy your Good Friday, keep warm.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Happy Christmas

Good overcast morning to you all. We had sunshine and patches of blue when I surfaced at 8 o'clock, but all that has gone now, but no white stuff about so far! I have just had a delicious bacon butty that my grandson Nat made for me, even though he did set the smoke alarm off. I have finished my ironing and after I have posted this blog I will vacuum the hall and stairs, that should be it for today. I thought I would post another Christmas card today because of the inclement weather we have been having, hope I am not pushing my luck. The background papers are out of the bit box, they are Kanban, as is the stamp, coloured with Promarkers, and a bit of glitter. Spellbinder Die, peel off and star from stash, border tape from Lakeland when they did craft stuff, how long ago is that? Keep warm.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


Good late morning to you all. I know now it's Wednesday, but I did forget, well it is the Easter Holidays, and I had a lie in until 9-30! Well I have finished my ironing and better get this mess explained. If you are wondering why I am showing you this get yourself over to Julia Dunnit a  and all will be explained, you can join in too, but be warned, it is addictive. So back to the desk, the tub of bits, scissors, card I posted yesterday, some Kanban toppers, a red bag containing.... hair products not craft products. They are dumped there because I have started a bit- bit being the operative word, of spring cleaning, and just dumped it there for the time being. Well I think that is it for today, I am going for a toot around the world. Keep warm-it is still trying to snow here but not very successfully!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Die cuts

Good  snowy lunchtime to you all. I am late today, just been faffing about doing nothing really, apart from dropping Nat of at the train station, he is going into Manchester with his friend. I made today's card in a selection of cards for a friends grand-daughter's birthday. I am entering it intothe Charisma Cardz Challenge-Die-cuts. Background paper-Dawn Bibby, Blank topper Kanban, LOTV  stamp coloured with Promarkers and a dusting of Pan Pastels, Spellbinder Die and the little swirl might be CheeryLyn, stars from stash. That's it folks, the snow has been drifting about all morning, now I can see blue skies. Keep warm.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

No green, no red

Good morning all, I am all fingers and thumbs today, this is my second attempt to post this blog, so here goes. The snow has melted round the front, so it will be ok driving to church, there will be just the car park to negotiate. I am entering this card in the Christmas at  Sweet Stamping Challenge- No green, no red or vice versa! Background DI, Versamark and liquid pearls, Spellbinder Dies, the purple die and sentiment-Kanban. Keep warm.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

I should know by now to.........

keep my mouth shut! Good snowy morning, didn't I say it wouldn't stick, despite snowing all day, and it didn't, until I drew the curtains and blinds and it tricked me, 2 inches of the white stuff everywhere this morning. It is windy too, so you risk a slap on the back of the neck with it every time you step out the door because it is blowing off the roof. I will have to risk it to fill the bird feeder after, and put the lid back on the compost bin. I am well confused with this Bloglovin', I have joined it but when I clicked on transferring blogs I read, it looked like it was starting to upload them, then nothing happened despite me waiting for ages. Can I not just sort of transfer this blog over there, everyone else seems to have the same looking blog but not me. Help! Well that's my moan done for the moment. I thought of Marie-Louise when I was doing this card, as she often does white on white. I am entering it into Happy Campers  Challenge-Add Dimension. I used Centura Pearl for the card, and a pearlised paper for the die cuts which are all Spellbinders. The pearls, peel-offs  and ribbons are all from my stash. I have put the next two album photos below. Keep warm.

Thursday, 21 March 2013


Good brightish and breezy morning to you all. I can see blue sky, white clouds but it looks very cold. I am entering today's card into the Lady Anne Challenge- Anything goes. background papers Dawn Bibby and DCWV, blank topper Kanban, LOTV stamp coloured with Pro-markers and a dusting of Pan Pastels, Spellbinder die cuts, sentiment CC, flowers made up from stash.
I have shown the next two album pages. Keep warm.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Good overcast morning to you all! WOYWW? in case you are wondering what this is all about pop over to Julia Dunnit at and all will be explained. Well I left this partly finished project here on Monday and have not been back to it since, despite all my good intentions. There are acrylic stamp plates near both ends of the card, some Kanban key and lock stamps the pot for bits and I think a topper with a LOTV stamp coloured in. Below are two of the wedding album pics that we put in a new album. Keep warm.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Anything goes

Good cold and bright morning to you all, yes, it is cold but the sun is shining, it is so cheering. I have just done the school run as Lauren missed the bus again! So I am finishing mt ironing and making my breakfast, the eggs are on to boil and I just need to pop the porridge in the microwave. I am on child minding duty today as Megan is not well. I am entering today's card into the Love to Create Challenge- Anything Goes. background papers Dawn Bibby, blank topper Kanban, LOTV stamp coloured in with Pro-Markers, Sakura Gel Pens and Glitter Glue, Spellbinder Dies, a dusting of PanPastels, sentiment probably CC. I have posted a pic out of the album, Sarah wrote on a tag with basic info about her dad. The tag th the right says, 'Soldier,soldier, won't you marry me?' Well that's it for today, keep warm.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Wedding Album

Good cold and grey, Sunday morning to you all, Happy St Patrick's Day! It's a pity we don't celebrate it as they do in America, we would be in for a great day parades and partying wouldn't we?   No card today, but I thought I would show you the first two pages of the wedding album. I cut round the cherubs etc with my scalpel then mounted the pages over the doily.

Sarah's parents loved it, and her dad went round the tables showing it to everyone, I think they went through the album whether they wanted to or not! We had a great time at her party, and it was good to catch up with old friends.

Well that's it for me folks, breakfast then church. Enjoy your Sunday, keep warm.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Just add green

Good cold and wet morning to you all. I hope all you visitors to the Harrogate Craft Fair have had a safe journey, and are in the warm, drooling and spending, I am thinking about you Sue! Well did we have a good Easter Bingo, we surely did, Giorgia and I won a house and line prize each and then a raffle prize, so all in all we won 12 large eggs and sundry creme eggs and mini eggs. So that will help me out, because with 8 grandchildren that's a good few to buy. Today's card is being entered in the Just add ink challenge-Just add green. Background papers are out of the bit box, but the swirly is definitely Dawn Bibby, Blank topper Kanban, LOTV stamp coloured with Pro-markers and a dusting of Pan Pastels, Doily £1 shop, Spellbinder Dies, Flowers made up from stash, sentiment could be Crafter's Companion. Well that's it for me today, I have just finished my ironing, and am just starting my daughter's. I am going to a 40th party tonight, oh yes I finished the album, so if Sarah agrees I will show you some of the pages. Keep warm.

Friday, 15 March 2013

No stamped images.

Good cold and drizzly morning to you all. It is quiet in the house and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Lauren catches the school bus on time today, she has only missed it once this week! I am entering this card in the Crimbo Crackers Competition- No stamped images, so here goes: Back ground and angels TST masks, I cut the angels out and heat embossed them. Glitter glue, sentiment from stash probably Kanban. That's it, I am just going to lock the front door and put my bread in the toaster, after breakfast and housework, I will have time to finish the wedding album for Sarah's mum and dad, just a couple of pages to titivate. I will be able to give it to her tonight when I go to her school's Easter Bingo, as she needs it for tomorrow. All you lucky people going to Harrogate tomorrow, especially Sue! have a great time, don't spend too much. Keep  warm.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

It's only words.......

Good cold and frosty morning to you all Habemus Papum!- We have a Pope! Welcome to Francis l, and let's hope and pray he has a positive impact on the world. Can I say thank you and welcome to my new follower Gill aka GibbyFrogget, we have already conversed a few times via WOYWW. I have been looking after 2 of my grandchildren for the last couple of days while their mum and dad are at Cheltenham Races, so I will have to dash to do the school run for the youngest quite soon. This card is one of the selection that I made for my friend's birthday, and I am entering it into the Cupcake Challenge. After I had put it all together I realised that most things are from Kay & Co, and though I bought them at different times probably months apart, the paper goes with the flowers so well. So here goes: Background and Flowers Kay & Co,  blank toppers Kanban, that lovely sentiment is Andy Skinner-I think, and the happy birthdayis from stash, stamped with DI- Old Paper? Anyway that's it for me today, must dash-school run. Keep warm.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Good brightish touch of blue sky morning to you all. No it's not my breakfast! Shaving foam and mica sprays for backgrounds, sprays to one side, grunge backgrounds on other side, scissors, scalpel  ,palette knife. The foam has been there since yesterday afternoon school run and will stay there until after this mornings school run and I will see if it is still workable-waste not, want not! In case you are wondering why I am showing you this mess get yourself over to Julia Dunnit at Stamping Ground and you will be able to visit desks from around the world, but be warned it is addictive. Keep warm.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

It's a key thing, I think!

Good cold, bright snow flurry day to you all, Brrrrrr! I am late today, I have been all in a fluster, because I was a taxi driver. My daughter's car is off the road today, so I offered to take her to work in Bury. I collected her, then picked her daughter up, not far from us, then picked my twin great nieces up in Radcliffe. While we were outside their house I got a phone call from Nat to say the school bus hadn't turned up, they had returned home only I wasn't there. I then drove to Bury, dropped them off, followed my daughter's instructions for the easiest route home, got lost . ended up in Walshaw, eventually got home via Ainsworth. Picked the 3 grandchildren up and dropped them off at school at 9-30, then got home in time for a quiet coffee and toast. Today's card: Background, padlock and ket-TST masks, Idouble heat embossed the padlock and key with clear embossing powder with mica mixed in, then cut them out, blank topper and ticket-Kanban, stamp from CC I think. Well that's it, I am still doing my ironing as I blog! Keep warm.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Car keys?

Good bright and it's trying to snow morning to you all. Hope  all you mums had a lovely day yesterday, and everyone had a good one. This is the last of my grunge cards, but I have got some PVA so might try it again this week. So the grunge background is a TST mask on Bazill card, the other is mop up paper with some Dawn Bibby mica spray, blank topper Kanban, as are  the heat embellished keys, lock, compass, and ticket, the stamp is Crafter's companion I think with a dusting of Pan Pastels, and I think that's it. The snowflakes have disappeared and its just bright now, am going to get ready for school now. Keep warm.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Poppy Decoupage

Good cold and cloudy morning to you all and Happy Mother's Day to all you mums out there. I had a great time on Pat's birthday meal out last night, the food was delicious! Pat loves poppies, and so this was a quick one for my daughter to give to her. The paper is from a 6 inch square Kay & Co pad, which I mounted on this paper from my stash-Kanban I think. Then I decoupaged with another page and put the glitter sentiments  on from my stash, Pat loved it. Well that's it from me today, breakfast then church. Keep warm.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Feeling Floral

Good cold and drizzly morning to you all. I am late posting today, but I have finished my ironing! Can I say thank you and welcome to my new follower SanDee1899, I will be popping round to see you one way or another today. I am entering this first card into the Oldie but a Goodie Challenge-Feeling Floral. So here goes: Background papers are some of my 'oldies' I must have had these for six years, I got them in America when I was visiting my daughter and family, Josef was 6 months old, he was 7 in October-oh yes DCWV. Blank Kanban topper, LOTV stamp coloured in with Pro-markers, Sakura gel pens, flowers and bling from stash that I have had for years, Spellbinder Die, sentiment-Creator's companion I think. Well that's it for my first card.

This next card is one of a group of cards I made for my friends husband to choose from, she is 70 today, and he is still not fully mobile from his knee replacement op. Well not mobile enough to walk to the shop anyway, though he is doing very well. I did a selection, so he had a choice, I didn't take pics until I got back yesterday, he actually chose one with a LOTV stamp on, so hopefully I am slowly educating him into how much effort can go into hand made cards. The one below is the type that he would have chosen at one time, embellishments stuck here and there, but it was a way of using them up. Well that's it from me today, am off out for a celebratory meal with Pat and Edd tonight and am really looking forward to it. Keep warm.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Another Car

Good drizzly morning to you all. I am late today, still in nightwear finishing my brew and blogging, who could ask for anything more. Today's card: Background TST mask and some mopping up paper, compass again TST mask- Versamarked on craft paper,  heat embossed with black embossing powder then cut out with scalpel. Blank  Kanban topper, stamp from stash but possibly Creator's Companion, DI, ticket Kanban stamp heat embossed, and that's it I think. The two pics below are some of the completed Mother's Day cards from school. I went in yesterday afternoon with those flowers and swirls and just let them loose. It was funny, because as it was world book day they were dressed up as book characters, so I called them to me as their character rather than by their name. I think they all did well and it was lovely to see the messages they had put inside as well.So that's it from me, keep warm and dry.

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Good Spring rainy morning to you all. Oh I slept like a log last  night, got bag from Megs birthday tea iabout 9pm and went straight upstairs intending to blog hop my way around the world via WOYWW. I only got to the end of the first column when I woke myself up snorting! Well that was it log off unplug zzzzzzz!  Today's card I am entering into the Love to Create Challenge -Dies and Flowers. The Background Papers are Dawn Bibby, blank topper Kanban, LOTV stamp coloured with Promarkers, Spellbinder Die, Sentiment Crafter's Companion I think, flower and bling from stash. Well that's it from me I think, just finishing my ironing before I make some  70th cards, school this afternoon to do the final titivate on the Mother's Day cards. Keep warm.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


Good dull cold morning to you all, well it's that time again, how does it come round so quickly? What am I talking about? Visit Julia Dunnit at Stamping Ground and all will be revealed. Well that scrap book is there because I have been helping my friend to redo her parent's wedding album, we chose the papers together for each page and then it was up to me, as she needs it for a week on Saturday. So, the screwdriver and hole punch are there because I had to put some extra pages in and so had to extend the posts etc. The poly pocket contains embellishments ready for the next stage. I have already stuck all the journalling tags  in each sleeve ready for my friend to start on Friday evening. the rest is just the usual  mess. Well time to post this and perhaps have a quick visit or two before my shower. Keep warm.

Liebster Award

About the Award - This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion. Once you've been nominated you award it to blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers to encourage new visitors to visit these new blogs. Rules for Acceptance - Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to 5 bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award. 

Once again, can I saw a great big thank you to Rosie at Crafting at S G for nominating me for the Liebster award, I am still giddy! 

In turn, I would like to nominate:
 Marie-Louise at Welcome to my world
Lena Misquitta at Lena's works of heart 
Sue at Paynters Palace 

Hope this isn't tempting the weather!

Good cold and frosty morning to you all! Can I start by saying welcome and thank you to my new follower- Flora-aka  Craftylark     and also a great big thank you to Rosie-aka  fandhmum   who has nominated me for the Leibster award , I am giddy with excitement!  I know this award is for people who have less than 200 followers and you show the award on your blog and then nominate others in turn. I will have to wait until Giorgia comes home from work tonight to organise me, as I onlt tried to download and post the WOYWW badge and succeeded  in moving my profile to the other side of my blog! Well today's card is being entered in the Christmas Card Challenge Blog-Anything goes. Background DI- Faded  Jeans and Sapphire, Versamark and Perfect Pearls, stamps Kanban, Spellbinder Dies, sentiment from stash, silver border is some adhesive strip I got from Lakeland when they did craft. Well that's it from me folks, I am sat here with a silly grin on my face contemplating my breakfast of porridge and boiled eggs-not in the same bowl obviously! Keep warm.

Sunday, 3 March 2013


Good same weather  as yesterday, though it did have some some sunny spells. Fingers crossed I am not doing the morning school run, Jake has had his splint removed and so now can catch the school bus, so for the first time in four weeks I do not have to dash about as much, definitely fingers crossed. Today's card is being entered into the Crafts and me challenge-Dies or punches. Background is from the bit box, though I think the dotty paper is Die-cuts with a View, blank topper Kanban, stamp LOTV coloured with Pro-markers and glitter glue,  Spellbinder dies, flowers, pearls and sentiment from stash. Well that's it from me, time to make my breakfast. Keep warm.

Shades of Purple

Good dull cold morning to you all. All is quiet today, just me at the dining room table with my coffee, the birds all fluffed up in the trees, and everyone else in bed! I am entering today's card in Addicted toStamping- Must be a stamp. The background papers are from the bit box, but the one with the hearts on is Dawn Bibby, plain topper from Kanban, LOTV stamp-coloured in with Pro-markers, Spellbinder Dies, Sentiment, bling, feather,  flower from stash. Well that's it, I am just going to blog hop before breakfast and church, have a good day, keep warm.

Saturday, 2 March 2013


Good bright frosty morning to you all. I made this card out of the bit box in an attempt to declutter my desk. Background TST mask, Distress Ink, large snowflake probably a TST- Versamarked and heat embossed, sentiment-Kanban, stars and bling from stash. I am entering it in the Sweet Stamping competition- Snowflakes.  I am helping my friend redo her parent's wedding album today, so as soon as I have finished my ironing I am going to get started. We have already chosen the papers. Have a good weekend, keep warm. 

Friday, 1 March 2013

Happy Anniversary

Good cloudyish morning to you all. I have not posted for a  couple of days because I have had lots of bits to finish off, and this card is one of them. There is a patchwork of papers from bit box as the background, doily from £1 shop, Kanban heart topper, LOTV stamp, coloured with Pro-markers, die cuts from Spellbinders, flowers and brad from stash, and a touch of Pan Pastels, I am entering it into the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog for embossing. Must dash to get ready for school this morning, then out to lunch with the Purple ladies. Keep warm.