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Happy Boxing Day


Happy Boxing Day to everyone, hope you all got everything you wanted for Christmas and more.

Home with the family and enjoying every single minute of Christmas. It was so magical yesterday, seeing Amber, Alex and Lauren opening their presents.

At one point there were six adults in the kitchen helping with the dinner …. talk about too many cooks spoil the broth …. but this wasn’t the case …. dinner was delicious and more.

One moment was truly magical and will stay in my heart forever, Alex (only 10) bought his mum a beautiful bracelet …. he wrapped the pressie and put it under the tree without a word to anyone. When Clare opened the present she adored it, the bracelet was stunning …. what makes it so amazing is that Clare had told him off during the week for taking money out of his moneybox, she thought he had spent the money on junk. It turns out the money was for his mum’s bracelet and he took the telling off without saying a word …. well as you can imagine I had tears in my eyes …. awwww he reminds me so much of my son.

Onto my card, Sentimental Sundays Challenge this week is New Baby. Made a sweet little tag with a sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs …. I used the welcome and a cute little baby sentiment, you can find them at Whimsy Stamps it is sooo cute. You will find so much more inspiration from the other DT members please click onto their individual blogs on the right side bar. While adding your creation don’t forget to pick up your freebie digi sentiments.


Mo’s Dream Team


Mo’s Dream Team are having a DT call and this is the second card I have made for it …. where is the first card you say …. well that is where I made the most stupid mistake. Yep the last post should have been my card for Mo’s Dream Team call, as I said nothing wrong with the card, but as you all know by now I put the wrong image on the card …. OK stop laughing your socks off, my only excuse is that I love Mo’s Digital Pencil images and Phindy’s Place digital images …. they are both adorable.

No time to make another but I had already made my granddaughter’s Christmas card …. only had to stick all together, so here it is a stepper card and I used Mo’s Santa Cat image, Amber adores cats. Watercoloured the image then really blinged it up …. Amber still loves bling on her cards. Dry embossed the card and did the same with the sissix die Christmas tree, blinged this all over as well and a few drops of liquid pearls.

Well I really think that lets me out of the running …. who makes a card and then puts on the wrong image!!!! but am entering anyway after all the hassel I have put myself through.


I Feel Pretty



Inspired by a song is our theme this week at Sentimental Sundays challenge and this delightful image called Grande Dame made me think of the song from West Side Story

I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright, and I pity any girl who isn’t me tonight

Take a stroll over to the challenge and see all the beautiful creations from the other DT’s, see if you can spot what their songs are …. while there check out the prizes you can win when you enter and the freebie this week is fabulous. Nearly forgot to mention the easy part your card has to have a sentiment on it, can’t wait to visit and see all your projects.

I was sooooo engrossed in making this card …. so pleased with how it was turning out …. totally concentrating on what I was doing, that I ended up making a teensy teensy little mistake with it …. well, it was a whopping mistake really …. pop back later today …. when I will be showing my granddaughter’s Christmas card …. and all will be revealed … then after you have stopped laughing please tell me if you too have ever done this. Unless any eagle eyed person can guess what I did before I post????

If anyone can tell me what I did wrong …. before I post ….I will send you this card for being so clever. OK a little hint for you, there is nothing wrong with the actual card itself, it is what I was going to do with the card, but couldn’t, because of what I did wrong …

My adorable image is from Phindy’s Place …. entering her into their challenge this week which is to use one of their creatures. Grande Dame is adorable, coloured with water colours, flocked her dress around the edges, added loads of micro beads and a little bit of cotton wool for her powder puff. The inside sentiment on the tag is a rub-on.

Also entering for:
Allsorts Challenge – Free and Easy – Anything Goes
CES Challenges – Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations – Glitter & Pearls
One Stitch At A Time – Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away – Punch It Out


Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow


Truly out of the doldrums, who cares about …. eyes really bad …. oil running out and no heating for a week , oil man coming tomorrow …. snow, nearly all gone thank goodness, we managed to get the car off the drive and into the village yesterday first time in two weeks, …. got the best news ever on Friday …. Andrew’s holiday’s have been OK’d and we are off home to the UK for Christmas …. can’t remember the last time I saw the grandchildren opening their presents on Christmas day …. I’m so happy oh so happy and more good news the elusive birthday cards turned up …. only 4 days late but worth waiting for …. three were handmade which was a surprise.

I am really going to miss Andrew’s company, he has worked from home for the last two weeks, we truly get on so well together …. we even share the craft room, even though he still calls it the office …. he has a desk in the corner and selfish me has all the rest of the space.

My daughter-in-law’s birthday card inspired me for this week’s Sentimental Sundays Challenge , Let It Snow …. just not here. Her card looked sooooo pretty and she used material on it which she knows I love, so this is my DT card for the challenge and it is also Clare & JP’s Christmas card …. hope she likes it …. JP won’t he always says haven’t you heard of KISS Mum …. keep it simple stupid. They have four cats in the household which is why I added the little pussy and blinged it up with lots of diamond dust, the charm in the centre of the sentiment was silver so I coloured with copics. Still playing around with my backgrounds.

I think most of us fell in love with the snow sentiment this week from Ann at Raindrop Echo designs, you can find it here from Whimsy Stamps. Oooo nearly forgot don’t forget to pick up your freebie while there, Lisa chose the set of three sentiments for you and they are beautiful …. thanks Lisa.

Here is Clare’s card isn’t it just adorable, and I know that material it’s from Cath Kidston one of my fave designers, thanks Clare.


Getting the hang of making background paper this one turned out so pretty I am going to print it off and if it looks good make a card with it.

Entering for:
Pear Tree Designs – Christmas


Birthday Girl & Billy No Mates


Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear Shirley …. sorry just had to do that because I really feel like Billy no mates today …. not one birthday card has arrived for me, boo hoo. Oh well I’d better confess and tell you the whole story before you all think that I have been sitting here well and truly down in the dumps …. had no post for a week because of the weather. Good news is I get to open them after my birthday …. eh not sure about that one.

Wow have I been experimenting with the backgrounds for my cards …. what do you think of the image above …. now some are going to hate it but me personally I love it. Made the background paper from my card then cut and pasted the image into the centre of the paper.

This is another freebie Christmas image from Digital Two For Tuesday isn’t she so adorable. Background paper is from K & Co, Swell Noel and have covered the left hand corner with vellum …. you can just see the little church showing through. Made the bows from a Hot Off The Press template – Fold-It-Bows – they look really pretty …. bit different from all the paper flowers I keep using. Oops forgot to say I coloured the image with watercolour pencils.

Entering For:
The Creative Cottage Challenge – Untraditional Christmas Colours
Allsorts Challenge – Light Up The Night – you have to have a candle or other light on your card …. maybe you do have to get the binoculars out but there are two candles on the tree
Daring Cardmakers Challenge – Turquoise is December’s Birth Stone – Sponsors for this challenge are Flourish With A Bling Baby It’s Cold Outside
Lollipop Crafts – Welcome Winter
Sweet Stampin Challenge – Wahoo there is a challenge …. Make Your Own Paper

“If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a turquoise blue
Success will bless whate’er you do.”


Digital Two For Tuesday


Wow a Brucie bonus girls you get to see this easel card early, I made this for Digital Two For Tuesday and I had a lovely e-mail off Cora saying she has posted it early, so here we are.

Cora sent some lovely images to make cards with and the first three freebies showing here are the ones I picked for three different cards, you will see one tomorrow and the other Tuesday.

Today is my first experiment with different backgrounds and very pleased with the effect. Took original photo of card resting on a Kay & Co paper …. have been doing this for a while now …. but the next image I cut and pasted from the original photo and layered onto a digital background …. really pleased with the effect, will be experimenting with this some more Hope you like it and please let me know if you like the effect of the backgrounds.


Let’s Ink It Up Meets Sentimental Sundays

Love all those tags.  When opened they all just bounce into life.



Surprise, surprise chuck Let’s Ink It Up Challenge is Christmas …. ha ha I know, only Cilla and us oldies will understand that one …. the twist this time round is to add Sparkle or Bling …. how easy is that especially at Christmas time. Only two weeks this time round for the challenge girls …. whoopee …. good ole Suzanne is letting us have time off for good behaviour …. oops sorry I mean Christmas.

All the DT’s have left you some lovely inspiration to look at, so go take an ogle and while there leave us your creations so we can visit you and leave lots of Christmas love & cheer.

Making this Sunburst mini album was fabulous …. found the tutorial here …. fell in love with it hook line and sinker, changed the album cover because I wanted a fold over front.

It is such a huge surprise when opened, the album bursts out to display all 7 tags inside. I used core card for my album and stamped holly leaves onto the V shaped edges before I put it together. When I was finished stamping, embossing, distressing, dry embossing …. used 5 different embossing folders …. each tag, I dabbed versamark all over, covered with holographic embossing powder and heated, also did the same to the back, wow do they bling and pop. Will be making this one again

Next is my easel card for this weeks Sentimental Sundays Challenge – Anniversary


Sorry about the sense of humour …. bit warped sometimes …. couldn’t resist adding the bit about the buns and admit it you had a little smile.

I particularly like Sentimental Sundays freebies this week and the winner also gets 4 individual sentiments sets from the Raindrop Echo Designs Whimsy Stamps Digital Collection and a custom watermark/signature set from the Custom Design at Whimsy Stamps. DT girls have all excelled themselves this week with such a varied selection of cards to give you tons of inspiration.

Another image from Make It Crafty called Ginger Housewife.

Entering for:
Make It Crafty Challenges – Anything But A Card


Box Envelope & Matching Card


Sunglasses time, is this bright or what, reminds me of lemons and limes. Came across this lovely vibrant yellow card and really wanted to make something with it. Quite plain for me not an image in sight but had a ball making it.


Stylish Blogger Award

Ooooo this looks fun …. I have been sent this award from two fabulous blogging friends Suzanne and Tameko aww thanks sweeties and now the fun part:

I have to thank and link back to the lovely ladies who awarded this to me …. tick

Share 8 things about myself …. uh oh …. tick

Forward to 8 new friends, recently discovered, contact and tell them about it …. tick

This part is the bit you probably don’t want to read …. here goes ….

  • 1. Not sure if you know it but my grandkids are the bestest ever
    2. Born and bred in the UK but a bit of a nomad in the last few years …. lived in Kuwait for 7 years and now in Ireland
    3. 1 of 9 children – first born girl in the family …. 4 brothers older than me
    4. Not typically English I hate tea with a passion
    5. Hard pushed to say what I love best …. sweets or hubby …. only joking it’s really my dog Penny
    6. Andrew is my second husband …. my mum gave us 6 months …. 28 years ago
    7. Love not working
    8. Last but not least …. I do not die my hair at all
  • I am passing this award onto these lovely ladies:
  • Joanna
  • Tracey
  • Kelly
  • Netty
  • Lisa
  • Claire
  • Ann V
  • Sally


Christmas Tag


Wahoo love this snow thing, Andrew has been home all week so it gave me license to play and play (shared the housework) ha ha. Have got a few projects to show you over the coming few days so keep those peepers open …. here is the first a Christmas Tag.

Lots of stamping, inking, embossing, punching stitching, glimmer misting, dry embossing in fact everything except the kitchen sink.

Printed the adorable Santa image onto vellum and the beautiful lace which has been stitched around the Santa was white until I glimmer misted it, as with the rope wheel I made.

Flower border was cut with a Spellbinders Grand Die Daisy and covered with loads of the TH black soot ink, while still wet threw loads of holographic embossing powder on it and also the edges of the tag, then heat embossed. It all added up to lots of mess but great fun …. and with both of us doing the housework …. who cared.

Entering for:
Dutch Dare Card Challenges – Christmas Tag
Dare To Be Sassy – Tag For The Holidays
Little Red Wagon – Christmas Tag Or Bag
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts – Christmas But Not A Card
Artyjen & Jenny The Artistic Stamper are giving away goodies to one, maybe two, lucky winners if you share your tag. Also entering into The Artistic Stamper Challenge – Christmas