Friday, 23 June 2017

New MFT goodies


You will find my candy winners in the post below. I have several stamps I bought ages ago and have yet to use but last week I bought some new MFT goodies from Dies to Die For and couldn't wait to start playing with them. I made four completely different cards with the colour drop stamps and dies and this is the first I am sharing with you.  The shape reminds me of hot air balloons. 

I used the cloud stencil and chalk to create the sky. For this one I used the colour drop dies and coloured them with Copics and then covered with a clear Wink of Stella pen. This is the third of these pens I have had and this one is more sparkly than the others. It even shows up on here. I added some pearl stars and a diecut sentiment. This is one of the sentiment dies that comes with this month's Papercrafter magazine. They cut beautifully and I really like the font.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Candy winners

Thanks to everyone who entered my Anniversary candy. It is time to reveal the winners.

First candy goes to

and the second candy goes to


Entries ending in 9 were lucky today. You will find the post underneath my sewing project post from this morning so check if you are one of the lucky winners and if so please email me. Sorry I can't send you all something but I do have something else to give away very soon so watch this blog.

More sewing projects


I do love having some sewing projects to do whilst I am watching TV. Of course if I am watching something demanding my full attention like Poldark then the sewing doesn't get done. I bought a few of these embroidery hoops in Hobbycraft. The material comes from Dunelm and Crafter's Companion. I used two different Memory Box butterfly dies and used chain stitch for the bodies. 


The first two sets of padded bunting I had on my stall sold on their first outing so I have been busy making some more. They take a while to hand stitch each diecut heart but I love making them.

Challenges
Not Just Cards anything goes

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Anniversary candy


It is that time of year again. 5th June is our Wedding Anniversary and 6th is my blog's Anniversary. 8 years ago tomorrow I started my blog and I always like to celebrate by offering a follower's candy to thank you for your continued support. This year I have 2 candies on offer. The first name drawn will win the top items, paper pad, Christmas and sentiment stamps, leaf dies, red ribbon and roll of lace. he second prizewinner will win the greenhouse stamp, watering can die and 2 rolls of ribbon.

To enter you must:
Be a follower on Google and preferably Bloglovin' as well
Place a photo and link in your sidebar if you have a blog
(Followers without a blog can enter)
Enter via the link below

Candy closes 21 June.


Under the weather


This little owl has been waiting to be used and as I need some more get well cards for my stock I used him. He is one of the precoloured LOTV simply print images and goes perfectly with the LOTV sentiment.  The paper is Lilybee Double Dutch and I added some ribbon and pretty flowers I bought in Florida.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Noor! Design UK Summer 
The Cutie Pie all creatures great and small 
Creative Inspirations our furry and feathered friends

Last day to enter my candy. We are meeting my Mum this morning and taking her to a garden centre for some shopping and lunch before taking her home.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Snow family


My Christmas cards are coming along so well this year and here is another. I love the cute Penny Black snow people and what could be better than one, yes three. Coloured with Copics, with fun flock on their pom poms, Stickles for snow and cut out with a MFT wonky stitched oval die.  The papers are LOTV, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I used two tree sets of tree dies, one is Impression Obsessions but I don't know the make of the more rounded ones. I keep a notebook of my dies as I need to know the make and name for magazine work but I haven't written this one in there. I bought them at Ally Pally and wrote all the others down so they are a mystery.

Challenges
Dies R Us Celebrations 
ABC Christmas M is for more than one 

Candy ends tomorrow.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Beach shadows


I was lucky enough to win a lovely Kaisercraft 12x12 pad Salty Kisses. I couldn't wait to use it and this page seems perfect to go with my photo from our Florida holiday earlier this year. I wanted to keep the layout simple and the June 15th sketch at Stuck?! was just what I needed.

I used a MS cherish border punch, some washi tape, a journal card and some Bo Bunny shell diecuts. I decided it needed something in the top left hand corner and remembered my MFT sun die which finished it off nicely.

Challenges
Stuck?! June 15th sketch 
Noor! Design UK Summer 
Not Just Cards anything goes

Candy closes 21st June.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sweet Pea


I love the Stamping Bella Garden Girls, this one is sweet pea. I had a bit of difficulty colouring her as my V15 pen was running out and I hadn't realised when I started colouring her. I have since bought another but my pen running out meant I faffed a bit too much and the bottom of her skirt isn't shaded as well as it could be. I made it for a friend whose favourite colour is purple the same as mine.

The paper is LOTV and the lace is from Crafty Ribbons. I used a MFT wonky stitched rectangle die and added some enamel dots and doodling. I also used that free sentiment die again. Love the font.

Challenges
Dies R Us Celebrations 

Wow wasn't it hot yesterday and last night. We are off to Southwold today where it should be a bit cooler. Don't forget my candy closes on 21st June.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Ballerina tutu


I bought a set of 3 All Dressed Up stamps from My Mum's Craft Shop and this is the first one I have stamped up and coloured with Copics, practicing my folds. The papers are Lily Bee Sweet Shoppe, they seem to be a favourite at the moment. I love the Summery colours. I used some MFT dies, basic borders, basic stitch lines and pierced fishtails. The sentiment die is part of a free set with this month;s Papercrafter making the magazine worth buying for the sentiment dies alone. I added some tiny spotted buttons.

Challenges
All Dressed Up anything ADU goes 
The Ribbon Girl a card
Dies R Us Celebrations 

Candy closes on 21st.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Dream


I love making these shabby chic cards and when I was asked to make one for the "Ask the Experts" page of the current Papercrafter magazine I was delighted. 
Setiment - Inkylicious
Paper - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon and lace - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - Ebay, The Hobby House
Other - burlap, wooden butterflies, pearl pins

Challenges
Not just cards anything goes 
Scrap and Craft anything goes option ribbon 
The Ribbon Girl a card 

Still time to enter my candy.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Christmas decorations


I bought some wooden discs in Florida as I wanted to make some Christmas decorations with them. I was originally going to stamp on them but decided to go for papers and diecuts instead.  Hubby drilled holes in them for me and I used various scraps of Christmas papers on both sides. The dies I used are Memory Box stitched snowflakes, Marianne poinsettia, Memory Box penguins, Lawn Fawn litle town border and Impression Obsessions Santa and sleigh. I then sprayed them with Crafters Companions spray and shine for a glossy long lasting shine.

Challenges
CCAYR house or cottage 
ABC Christmas M is for more than one 
Winter Wonderland add snowflakes
Not just cards anything goes

I am definitely more ahead for Christmas makes this year. Now if I can only find some more time for scrapbooking that would be good.

Have you entered my candy?

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Drifting by


I made this card for some good friends who celebrated their Anniversary yesterday. The sweet image is a precoloured LOTV simply print diecut with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle. The pretty papers are Bo Bunny Secret Garden. I diecut the border with a MFT sclloped circle die and added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, LOTV sentiment and flowers from Hobbycraft.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK Summer 
Allsorts at least 2 dies
The Cutie Pie all creatures great and small

We are going for coffee and cake this afternoon with them at a lovely coffee and gift shop where I sell some of my handmade gifts.

Still time to enter my candy.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Pink and grey Christmas


I bought these lovely Bo Bunny Winter Wishes in Florida as I really liked the unusual colour scheme. Normally I colour this mouse brown but went for grey Copics this time to match the papers. I only bought this mouse on Ebay last year and already he is one of my most used stamps. I used a Go Kreate frilly squares 9 die. Lawn Fawn sentiment and Memory Box stitched snowflake dies. If you haven't tried Stick It yet I highly recommend it for sentiment dies especially. It makes attaching the diecuts so much easier. I added some Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

Challenges
Allsorts at aleast 2 dies 
Winter Wonderland add snowflakes 
ABC Christmas M is for more than one (snowflakes, dies) 
Stamping Sensations favourite stamp
The Cutie Pie all creatures great and small

Have you entered my candy?

Monday, 12 June 2017

Enjoying Summer


I have bought so many LOTV stamps lately and I am trying to get round to using them all. This is one of the bunny flower trio. The beauty of the trio digis is that they can be resized to use just one image on a card. I used Copics,  a LOTV teenage girls sentiment and some lovely new MFT papers, Graphic Grid. The bottom of the paper was cut with a MFT basic border die and I used my favourite MFT pierced fishtails dies. I also used a Crafter's Companion embossing folder for a change rather than another paper and added some enamel dots.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK Summer 
Allsorts a least 2 dies

We are going out for a meal with friends this afternoon and then they are coming back to ours where we shall be tackling a jigsaw (a new hobby), listening to some vinyl and playing a game or two as we have just discovered they like board games. So looking forward to a fun time.

Have you entered my candy?

Sunday, 11 June 2017

High flyer


This is another of the cards I made fro Papercrafter magazine using the MFT Adorable Elephants stamps and dies. The papers are Echo Park I love Family and the diecuts were made with Lawn Fawn puffy clouds dies. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and he was coloured with Copics. I also added some enamel dots.

Challenges

Have you entered my candy? We are off to visit friends today and enjoy a lovely roast lunch out and then popping in to see my Mum on the way home. First episode of series 3 of Poldark tonight, yippee.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Mouse Love


It is my turn to host the challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I chose Wedding or Anniversary for my theme. I have used an image I haven't used before, Valentine Mice, which I thought equally suitable for Anniversaries. I wanted to go with a bold colour scheme and searching through my older paper pads found a few pieces of Bo Bunny Head over Heels. The mice are coloured with Copics, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. The black raffia lace and pearl hearts have been in my stash for ages. I bought the raffia lace in various colours when I first found it and my stock is gradually dwindling. It does add a lovely texture to the card.

Challenges

Have you entered my candy?

Friday, 9 June 2017

Balloons


Yes it is the MFT Up in the Air set again, this time without any cute animals. I used Copics but paper pieced the large balloon for a change. The papers are LOTV Up, Up and Away and I used a Lawn Fawn little town border die too.

Early start this morning as I will be setting up and then selling my cards and gifts at the hospital today.

Have you entered my candy?

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Ellie in the garden


Thanks for all the Anniversary wishes. The weather here was much better than if we had gone away as planned so we had a lovely day out and about as it was blustery but dry and mainly sunny. If you have a copy of the latest Papercrafter magazine you will have seen this card in the bottom lefthand corner of the cover. I made three cards using the MFT Adorable Elephants stamps and dies. The papers are Echo Park I love Family and I used Joy flower dies and a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die. The elephant and some of the butterflies are raised on foam pads. Coloured with Copics of course, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.  This is one of my favourite sketches which I have used in a few different ways many times.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Summer 
Di's Digis Birthdays 
Scrap and Craft anything goes with an option of ribbon
The Ribbon Girl a card

Have you entered my candy, see above?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Happy Anniversary Hubby


It was our Wedding Anniversary on Monday and I really couldn't decide what to use for hubby's card this year. He really appreciates a handmade card and the thought that goes into it. I remembered I had this Inkylicious stamp and as we love our little breaks and holidays went with a transport themed card. He loves classic cars and steam trains so I wanted to incorporate those into the card.

The map paper is from a Papermania Mr Mister pack and the piece at the top which is about aeronautics is from Carta Bella Well Traveled (I know that is spelt wrong but that is the American spelling!). The patterned burlap is from America. The dies are Cheery Lynn train, Marianne car, Die-version suitcase and plane.

Challenges
Dies R Us masculine
The Ribbon Girl a card

This is the verse I put inside, based on Beatles songs as we had planned to go to Liverpool last Sunday for a few days for our anniversary. However the weather forecast was so bad we changed our booking to July. I know you can't guarantee it will be better then but as we only have two and a half days there we want to get out and about and the forecast for he beginning of the week was cold, windy and heavy rain.

This card comes From Me to You
For All you need is love
And I want to hold your hand
Eight days a week.
So Hold me tight
Because All my loving is for you.
You’ve really got a hold on me
So whisper Words of Love
And Tell me why You love me do.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

I wish I could fly!


Today my blog is 8 years old. When I started blogging I never dreamt where it would lead me. I hope you will join in my celebrations by entering my candy.

I am sharing a DT card for My Mum’s Craft Shop today using lots of MFT goodies.  I have seen a couple of backgrounds made with the MFT snowdrift die which amazingly I don't have in my collection. However I have the rolling hills die so I created the background with that. I then had the idea of using elephants from the MFT adorable elephant set and the MFT up in the air set. I love these stamps and dies and have used them a lot already so hey have been a good investment. 

I think the standing elephant wishes he was flying 😉. Coloured with Copics and teamed with MFT dots and stripes confection paper.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes
Di's Digis Birthdays
Stamping Sensations use your favourite stamp (to choose one is impossible but at the moment these stamps are amongst my favourites) 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
MFT colour challenge

Have you entered my candy?

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Snooker King


I made this card for Papercrafter magazine using one of the pink Gem digi image kits. The sentiment comes with the kit along with several others. Buttons and stars are useful embellishments for male cards and I do like my buttons with twine unless they are really tiny buttons.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Fun in the snow


Another favourite set of stamps and die today, this time Lawn Fawn Tobogganing Together teamed with Lawn Fawn Winter plaid papers. I used MFT stitched mountain range and Memory Box stitched snowflake dies to complete the scene. Coloured with Copics and my usual fun flock on the hats.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes
Allsorts Christmas in June

Friday, 2 June 2017

Trying something new


When I saw the challenge at In the pink was embossing I decided it was time to try something I have been wanting to try for ages, heat embossing and colouring vellum. I know many of you will have done this but for some reason I have never got round to it. I bought some white vellum at Ally Pally as I bought some matching stamps and dies at The Works for just £4! I stamped the flowers with Versamark and heat embossed them in white. I then coloured the backs with Copics and attached brads to the centres.

The paper is Ann Marie blissful pink. I added some builder's scrim from B&Q and some pink lace. The leaves were diecut with a Joy die and I found the sentiment in my stash. The paper and sentiment were distressed using a distressing tool.

Challenges
In the Pink embossing 
Crafty Purple Frog fabulously floral 
Simon Says anything goes

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Let's go fly a kite


Hands up everyone who is singing now. I always sing this when I see a kite. We have a new Facebook challenge at Lili of the Valley,  Summer. I used one of the precoloured Simply Print digi images inside a MFT scalloped circle frame diecut. The paper is Lilybee Victoria Park. I knew I bought some little kites in Michaels in the US probably 3 years ago and thought they would match perfectly. The question was where were they as I hadn't seen them recently. Luckily I am very organized so here were only a few possible places and I soon found them. I hope you will join in the fun on Facebook for the chance to win a fabulous LOTV prize.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Simon Says anything goes 
The Paper Shelter Make it digital

Off out today for a haircut and a few odds and ends in the city. I am sure lunch and a little retail therapy will also be involved.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Candy winner


Thanks to everyone who entered to win this stamp. there were 27 who commented by Monday night and here is the lucky winner.


That is you Jane, comgratulations. Please email me with your address so I can post it to you. I will have my blogaversary candy coming very soon so keep following and commenting as you don't want to miss the chance to win.

Checking it twice


It's another of the MFT jingle all the way cards today. I do love this set. Coloured with Copics, the papers are LOTV Nitwits Festive Trimmings. I used one of the MFT stitched basic border dies and kept the layout simple with some twine and a charm. I have so many charms and am getting better at remembering to use them. I also added some fun flock to his hat.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

James says let it snow!


I seem to be much better this year as making my Christmas cards which is really good. This of course is LOTV James coloured with Copics. The papers are Echo Park Winter Wishes. I used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle and forest border dies, Fiskars tag punch, fun flock, Stickles and wooden snowflakes along with the grunge LOTV sentiment.

Challenges
CCAYR precipitation 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Simon Says furry friends

Monday, 29 May 2017

A quick candy


How many of you have been busy in the garden lately? We have been weeding and planting and clearing out hundreds of forget me nots. Jayne at Stamposuarus generously gave me this stamp to give away so I am having a quick follower's candy. No need to add it to your sidebar, just leave me a comment by Monday night and make sure you are a follower if you would like to win and I will choose a winner on Tuesday. I really appreciate your visits especially those who take the time to comment. Thank you x

Please check out the post below for my latest card.

MMCS news and my stamping tool thoughts


I am delighted to say that Kitty has asked me to stay until the end of the year as a designer at My Mum’s Craft Shop. I love the MFT Up in the Air stamps and dies and having bought some photo booth frames had an idea to use them with the animals peeping over them. Coloured with Copics and teamed with LOTV Up Up and Away papers. I used one of my favourite sets of dies, MFT  pierced fishtail stax. The bunting and sentiment are [art of the Up in the Air set and I added some wooden hearts.

Challenges
Creative Inspirations anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Simon Says furry friends
MFT colour challenge

I am sure many of you will be familiar with the stamping tools on the market, particularly the MISTI. I thought they looked good but rather expensive. When I saw the Tonic Tim Holtz tool come out at a much cheaper price I decided to watch a video of Tim demonstrating its use. Of course then everyone was out of stock! A couple of weeks later I got one from Craftstash where you get a 20% off code for your first order so a bargain as they had it reduced too. I have only used it a few times but I am very impressed.

It is really good for sets of stamps like MFT as I can stamp multiple stamps together. I tried a rubber stamp which sometimes doesn't stamp well the first time and sure enough it missed some detail. With the stamping tool I just reinked that section and went over the stamp knowing it would be in exactly the same place so no more wasted card.  I am really pleased I bought one.

Check out my quick candy above, ends today.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Let's ride



I have another LOTV precoloured simply print image to share with you today on a card I made for Crafts Beautiful magazine.  he papers are MFT Free Spirit. I bought these in America and within a month I had used most of them so had to buy some more from My Mum's Craft Shop. I used a MFT stitched scalloped border, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, ribbon, buttons, twine and a charm. The sentiment is my current fave Birthday sentiment which is one of the LOTV teenage girl sentiments.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image