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Cross Over Pocket & Tag

This is what I will be showing the girls how to make in the craft class tomorrow a cross over pocket with a tag. Lots of playing about with this and oh so messy and inky. Theresa is either going to love it or hate it, not sure which 😆 Susan on the other hand will love it, the rest of the girls the jury is still out with the inking and painting.

Entering for: Stamping For The Weekend – Tags


Quilting Through The Year

Those were the days ahhhhh!!! Andrew and I lived in Kuwait for seven years and whilst there I met some amazing quilters who had set up a quilting class. I loved sewing and made my own clothes, curtains, cushions, novelty things like rag dolls, bags, Disney outfits but had never done quilting so I joined. Hooked or what, my time spent at those classes were fabulous.

Today I am showing you a Sunbonnet Sue All Through The Year quilt which I made for my first granddaughter a few years ago. Quilting is partly about preciseness and neatness which is sadly how my mind works … a right pain sometimes. Samplers are a good way to start but appliqué was the way I veered off and I loved every minute of the making. Still love my sewing but the cutting out plays havoc on my hands so I don’t make quilts anymore. In actual fact I use my rotary cutters and quilters rule for my cardmaking now (very useful) … I very rarely use a paper trimmer at all.

Lots of photos because this quilt is showing every month of the year, I have even added some cross stitch into the quilt … you do this by using waste canvas which is water soluble.

Can honestly say that each time a square was finished just couldn’t wait to start the next. The part I disliked the most is the tacking of the top layer to the wadding and bottom layer but when this was done I so looked forward to all the hand stitching to attach everything, all those swirls and hearts are hand stitched

This pic show most of the quilt.  Phewww all those french knots on the Christmas tree … labour of love.

January, February, March and April.

May, June, July and August

September, October, November, December.


New YouTube Video Tutorial


This is the box which I show you how to make on my YouTube channel but there are some extra embellishments on this box which I added after I had finished the video.

The flowers are an added touch which I made with lace and ribbon which are probably my fave embellishments to make they just add elegance to anything you make. Also finished off the back of the box and for this I stamped a couple more of the Flapper girls and then lightly coloured with Copics, one of which was decoupaged over the girl already on the box.

Watch this space I am making another video at the moment … have started to loose the nervousness and so enjoying making this third one which is a fabric album!!!

Entering for: Let’s Ink It Up – All Girl
Stampalot Challenge – What’s Your Crafty Passion … mine is making flowers … eh and stamping, inking, getting messy, matting & layering … oh well just about everything which involves crafting 😯

The Craft Place Challenge – Anything Goes
Card Makin Mamas – Busting Out The Rubber
Frosted Designs – Stamping


Victorian Elegance In A New Light

I have used a gorgeous stamp on this card which I bought from here, as you can see she is very demure and elegant, but because I added a pretty edge at the top of the card as you can see the border punch has given her a risqué look … Crafting Porn!!! Get them out for the lads 😳

With the frantage I actually tried something different for myself, I have used it usually with splodges on a card but this time I wanted to try and paper piece her dress with it and wahoo it worked beautifully … apart from the cleavage bit :mrgreen: So instead of paper piecing I have Frantage pieced!!!

Anyway it’s Saturday and so far a glorious day but won’t hold my breath and what is Saturday … class day today at Cottage Crafts and Marina had a new Frantage Embossing kit in so I have used on my card for the girls to try out as a new technique for them. I have also used the Distress Stains which will be another first for them.

More news girls there is a new stamping only (no digi images allowed) challenge blog starting soon with this Stamp Company and if anyone is interested in applying for the new Design Team please e-mail for more information or leave a comment.

Entering for: It’s all about the Vintage & Beauty – Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge – Pearls
Frilly & Funky – Let’s See Some Texture
Simon Says Stamp & Show – Layered
Card Makin Mamas – Busting Out The Rubber
Tando Creative Challenge – Texture
Frosted Designs – Stamping
The Craft Barn – Embossing & Mica Challenge



Sunday 1st July, that’s another month gone already and still no sign of our summer ah well there’s always next year 😯

I have made a video tutorial of how to make this box but it’s not ready yet, hopefully will be posting sometime today … fingers crossed!!!

Our new theme this time round at Fashionable Stamping Challenges is Oriental, below is an ATC box I have made so that I can store all my ATC’s that I have collected over the years … instead of lying in an ole shoe box!! They can now sit on my desk 😎

Can you believe I never noticed that these are my husbands initials until he pointed it out … that’s what comes of being married for nearly 30 years!!!

You have to go see all the Fashionettes creations they are just awe inspiring especially as this theme seems to have been a challenge for even us 😉

Entering for: Simon Says Stamp & Show – Depth Of Distress