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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Anything Goes at Papertake Weekly - Optional 'Torn Paper'

Good afternoon my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

It was so lovely to see a bit of sunshine so for me most of my weekend was spent in the garden and I'll share some photos of the latest garden project at the end of this post. 

I'm also thrilled to report that 'most' of the fence has now been painted - including the side that has never been done since we moved into our house 13 years ago!!! 
That was the side my DH had promised to do as I had done the other two sides and the front but 13 years on and he never did keep his promise :o( 
Well you know what they say - if you want something doing best get on and do it yourself!!!

Anyway the real reason I'm here is because it's Tuesday and that means it's time for my DT share for the new challenge over at 

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY 

and as this is the first Tuesday of the month it's our usual 

ANYTHING GOES 

theme with the OPTIONAL theme of

TORN PAPER 

I opted out of the torn paper - not really my thing but I did use my favourite LOTV wedding image to  make a matching Wedding Day card and box for my MiL's church to give to a couple next month 
and our sponsor the week is the fabulous 


Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the gorgeous inspiration from my DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

So before I go here's some photos of this weekend's garden project - which I have to say I'm so thrilled with how it turned out :o)

Still some painting to do but I can't reach that bit lol!!!



And the boys chillin' on the decking after a hard days work!!!


And of course Pickle-Lilicat had to get in on the act!!!

Thanks for popping by to see me today.
Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Anything Goes at The Sugar Bowl and some Hobby House Samples for C&C

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you are well and having a great week so far.
So pleased to wake up to some sunshine this morning - hopefully it will last so that I can get out and finish painting the fence!!!

But first I have my DT make to share with you for the new challenge over at the


 where the theme is 

Anything Goes

 using a Sugar Nellie image

As always one lucky winner of this challenge gets to choose 4 sweet Sugar Nellie digis
and
a second prize winner will receive 2 Sugar Nellie digis

I played with the adorable Furry Friends Texting Digi image and made a card for Jack's Grandma to send to him in September - it's good to get ahead!!!!
Perfect image for Jack as he is very rarely seen without his phone in his hand!!!!

Card Ingredients:
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: LOTV 'Country Gent' 
Sentiment Tags: LOTV Set 69 and Set 24
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies 'Star Burst' 
Hessian, Button and Baker's Twine from stash

Please pop over to the main challenge blog and check out the gorgeous inspiration from my Sugar Bowl Sweetie buddies - you won't be disappointed :o)

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

Before I go I would just like to remind you that The Hobby House will be on Create and Craft this morning at 11:00 and there will be some gorgeous stash to get your hands on at fantastic prices - some even half price!!!

As promised yesterday here are a few samples I made that might just make an appearance on a TV near you :o)


Thanks for popping by to see me today.
Have a fabulous day.
TTFN


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Take Your Pick at Papertake Weekly

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.

Ooopps I am a day late with my DT share for the new challenge over at 


but as they say 'better late than never'!!!!

Seriously though - huge apologies (again) to my DT buddies and my lovely followers - life is just sooooooo busy at the moment but there is light at the end of the tunnel with lots being crossed off the mahoooosive 'To Do' list.

So as it's the last Tuesday Wednesday of the month that means we have our fabulous theme of

TAKE YOUR PICK 

So lots of options:
Sketch #103 or any other PTW sketch
Colour Theme: Blue or Green (or both)
Technique Theme: Use or make a tag
Product Theme: Use Lace either real or punched, die etc

I went for sketch #103, lace and made a tag and here's what I came up with:



Card Ingredients:
Design Papers: LOTV 'Romance and Roses'
Lace and Ribbon from stash
Large Pearl Medallion from the Hobby House 
Embossalicious Regency Swirl Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Scrolled Lace Border Punch

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the gorgeous inspiration from my DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

Before I go here's a couple of things I have been up to this week:

I made a start on painting the fence:




One side down and two more to go!!!

Then I had a little sleepover guest on Saturday evening:


Just as well we have a Super Kingsize bed hahaha!!!!

I'll be back tomorrow with my Sugar Nellie DT share and some Hobby House samples made for the Create and Craft show on air tomorrow at 11:00 

Thanks for popping by to see me today.
Have a fabulous day.

TTFN

Thursday, 23 July 2015

We're Seeing Stars at In The Pink

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you are well and having a great week so far.

Today I have my last DT make for 


to share with you (sniff sniff)

But before I do I would just like to take the opportunity to thank Christine and the Pink Ladies for giving me the opportunity to 'work' alongside such an amazingly talented bunch of lovely ladies - it has been a blast!!!!

So the theme for this fortnight's challenge is 

STARRY STARRY PINK

I went for a REALLY CAS design 


And here's how I did it:

I started by punching the 3 stars out of the white card and then embossed it with a snowflake embossing folder and randomly heat embossed some Shabby Pink Frantage
Then I covered some Pink card with a double sided adhesive sheet and covered that with Creative Expressions Glitter Jewels, Stampendous Glitter and some Glamour Dust - it is super sparkilicious IRL :o)
I then mat and layered the star cut out card onto the pink sparkly card added a few punched snowflakes with adhesive pearls and a sparkly Christmas sentiment - and there is another 'flatish' card ready for the Festive Season.

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the stunning Pink Inspiration from my lovely DT buddies.

Thanks for popping by to see me today and for all your wonderful support.

I'm hoping the weather improves as Jack is going to his first ever Music Festival tomorrow until Monday. I dread to think what he will come back looking like - he doesn't plan on washing - his words when I said take a towel 'I won't need one - nobody washes at a Festival Mum' 

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Build it Up at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon my lovely crafty friends.

I can hardly believe it's been a whole week since I last posted but I am still keeping busy with lots on the go but feeling so much more in control since my decision to step down from most of my DT's.

So today sees the start of a new challenge over at


and this week the lovely Dawny has given us the theme

BUILD IT UP

I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to use one of my many neglected Hunkydory layered images - and as a bonus I also need to make a few male birthday cards for my MiL

So here's what I did:
Image: Hunkydory For Men Card Making Kit
Mat and Layers: Gold Mirror Card, Blue Card and Blue Spotty Design Paper 
Die Cut: Spellbinders Triple Tear 

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fabulous inspiration from my DT buddies  - you won't be disappointed.

Our wonderful sponsor this week is:
offering 1 lucky winner:


Before I leave you I would just like to let you know that my latest Papercraft Inspirations commissions are featured in the new issue - in the shops today.
And two of my New Baby cards made front cover :o)
Other news is I have just signed up to a 6 week beginner's running and boot camp course - starting at the beginning of August - yikes!!!!!!
I am sooooooo determined to get fit, lose weight and look good for Jamie and Rowena's wedding - and I only have just over 9 weeks to do it in!!!!
Wish me luck!!!

Thanks for popping by to see me today and for all the lovely comments wishing me well on my last post - they really did mean a lot.

Have a fabulous day - enjoy the sunshine if you have any.

TTFN

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Don't be a Square at Papertake Weekly and some news

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.

It is so good to be back after my lovely relaxing holiday - will share some photos with you at the end of this post.

Firstly though I must apologise for my late posting of my DT make for the new challenge over at 

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY

and this week the theme is 

DON'T BE A SQUARE

I decided to decorate one of my many MDF heart shapes - ready for a Craft Fayre I am hoping to do on Saturday at Dumbleton Village Club


Ingredients Used:

MDF Heart from the MDF Man
Design Papers: LOTV 'Dress Shoppe'
Pearl Bead String from The Hobby House
Range of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fabulous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

My post title said I have some news to share so here it is:

Whilst on holiday I had time to think about what I wanted to do with regards to my blogging and DT commitments and after much deliberation I made the tough decision to step down from most of the fabulous Design Teams I have had the honour to create for over the past few years. 
My heart and soul just hasn't been in it for a little while now - maybe because I have had and still do have so much to do - especially for my eldest Son's wedding in just over 10 weeks time - but also the fabulous opportunity I have had recently creating for Papercraft Inspirations - for which I am so grateful.
I have been blogging for just over 6 years and feel the enthusiasm isn't the same as it was when I started - so I thought if I took the pressure off with DT work that it might return.
I will still be creating for Papertake Weekly - one of my most favourite challenge blogs from the start and also Sugar Nellie who I have very recently just joined. 
So you will still see me around and I will definitely have more time to come and visit you all too.

I have made some fabulous friends on the Design Teams I have created for and I hope we can stay in touch - thank you all for your support and understanding.

So on a brighter note here are a few of my favourite holiday snaps from our recent very relaxing break:

A pool with a view!!

My gorgeous hubby :o)

Two loves of my life.

My brother and his partner also on holiday so close to us we were able to meet up for dinner one evening.

A re-creation of a photo taken last year - see next photo
How much have we all changed!!!!

Love this :o)

Two best friends - with co-ordinating T-Shirts lol!!!

Hope I haven't bored you all too much!!!

Thank you for popping by to see me - hoping to start playing catch up with my visits later today.
Have a fabulous day.

TTFN

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Off on my Jolly Holibobs

Hello my lovely crafty friends.

Just popping by to let you know this will hopefully be me for the next couple of weeks:


So I'll see you all in two weeks time - feeling relaxed and recharged.

TTFN