Monday, 31 December 2012

Last Post for 2012

Good morning and welcome to my lovely new followers - it's so good to see you here.
I see that I'm only a few away from 500 - I think I will start putting a little something together as a giveaway to say thank you - watch this space :o)

I've had a wonderful Christmas with the family - especially my scrummilicious Lola Arizona and squidgilicious Oliver.
 I've not been in my little crafty haven all week but I had some time on my own yesterday morning as John was coming back from Leeds and the kids were all doing their own thing so I had a little play with some of my new goodies so I could do a post on the last day of 2012.

Card ingredients:
Image: Penny Black 'Team Teddy' - bargain from Sir Stampalot
Colouring Medium: My new Copic Ciao's :o)
Design Papers: First Edition 'Love Letters' from My Crafty Heart
Spellbinders: 'Polka Dots' from my lovely friend Laurie - thank you hun :o)
Baker's Twine from stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - New (Image, Pens, DP's, Spellbinders)
Sweet Stop - Sketch  #191(Flipped)
ATC's & Cards with Attitude - Anything Goes/Celebration
 Card Crafter's Circle - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Furry Friends
Ready Teddy Go - Clean and Simple
Stempelsonnen Challenge - Anything Goes with a Stamp
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Before I go I would just like to share a few pictures with you:
Oliver at Santa's Winter Wonderland
With Santa
Two budding artists
Lola Arizona ready for bed

Thank you for all your support and lovely comments throughout 2012
Here's to a Happy Healthy New Year 2013

Have a fabulous day.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Well I MUST have been a REALLY good girl!!!

Good morning lovely friends.
Hope you are all having a lovely Christmas and hope Santa was good to you :o)

He was VERY good to me!!!

On the top of my wish list this year was
Copic Ciao Set of 72
and here's what Santa brought me

So all I can say is I REALLY MUST have been a VERY GOOD GIRL lol!!!!!

But I wasn't the only GOOD one in my family

So was Jack

And of course Lola Arizona

That's it from me for today.
Best get back in the kitchen as I have another big family roast dinner to prepare.

Enjoy your day.
Thanks for popping by.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Wishing You all A Very Merry Christmas

Merriest Christmas Wishes 
to you and yours 
from me and mine xx

My Five Favourite Christmas Cards

 Good afternoon.

I'm back again today so I can join in the fun with the lovely Debby and share my Five Favourite Christmas Cards for 2012.


So in no particular order:
(Click on the images to go to the original posts for full details)

 This one was made using my favourite DP's for this year and I love the sparkle on her wings.

 One of my all time favorite LOTV images.

 My favourite product and technique for this year - Frantage Encrusted Jewels and such a cute image.

 My favourite DP's again and Kraft card and another cute image.

I just love the frosty feel to this one and another love this year my Viva Decor Pearl pen.

It was so hard to pick just  - but it was great looking back and remembering some I had forgotten I had made :o)

Hope you like them too.

Wishing you all a
Very Merry Christmas
See you in the New Year.

Last Few Christmas Makes

Good morning. 
Hello and a great big welcome to my latest new followers - so good to see you  - hope you like what you see and stay a while :o)
Whooop whooppp just 1 more sleep to go - I'm super excited!!!
I'm so looking forward to spending some lovely time with my Sons & their partners and my Grandchildren, my MiL and of course my wonderful husband - without whom there would be no point to anything.

So today I have the last of my Christmas makes from a week or so ago to share with you - I know that they have all been received so that's a relief!!!

The first one was a quick make using my favourite Frantage and Kraft Card

All products from Craftwork Cards 'Krafty Christmas Goody Bag' (except for the Frantage if course!!!)

Challenges I would like to enter this card into:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes 
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Krafty Christmas
Card Crafter's Circle - It's Christmas!
Papertake Weekly - Pick of the Year (Get Krafty)

My next card was for the latest new addition to our family 
(who arrived in August so this will be her 1st Christmas) - my Great Niece Jasmine

Card Ingredients:
Image: Pink Petticoat 'Sweet Cheeks'
Colouring Medium: Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Spellbinders: Floral Ovals and Floral Doily Accents 
Glamour Dust
Design Papers: Pink Petticoat 'Raspberry Coulis Colour Collection'
Viva Decor Pearl Pen

 Challenges I would like to enter this card into:
Aud Sentiments - Anything With a Sentiment
Hanna and Friends - Christmas
In the Pink - Pink and Pearlie

So that is the last of my Christmas makes to share with you for this year.

Other than a scheduled post or two I may not be around much until next week so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a 
Very Merry Christmas
Thank you all so much for your continued support and encouragement throughout 2012.
I have made some truly fabulous friends and I appreciate you all.

Take care and try to find some time to relax :o)

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Xmas Home Decor

Good morning.
Ooohhh I'm really getting excited now - only 2 more sleeps until the Big Man in the Red Suit puts in an appearance :o)

I have (like many others I'm sure) got a busy couple of days ahead so I have started bright and early this morning - bedding stripped and in the wash - oven cleaner doing it's magic - Christmas cake to decorate - mince pies made yesterday - tomorrow I plan to hit Sainsburys as soon as it opens at 6am - then hairdressers at 8.30am and finally Waitrose to collect Christmas dinner pre-order at 11.00am 

Hopefully by the afternoon I will get a chance to have a little crafty play time :o)

Today I would like to share a little Home Decor item with you.

I got the blank MDF 'XMAS' from the GNPE at Harrogate earlier this year.

Covered with Design Papers from Craftwork Cards 'Krafty Christmas Goody Bag'
Then I painted over the top with Pearlescent Paint 'Mother of Pearl'

A Spellbinders snowflake die cut in textured gold card with a Martha Stewart snowflake punched in Kraft card and an adhesive pearl in the centre to finish it off

And here it is on display:

I love the end result - hope you do too :o)

Challenges I would like to enter:
2 Sisters - Krafty Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Easy Does It
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale - Pimp Up Something
Creative Moments - Anything But a Card
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday - Anything Goes

Before I go I would also just like to share a photo of Pickle-Lily Cat making herself at home amongst the decorations I had put out ready to do the dining room for Christmas Day:

She is such a cat!!!

Thanks for popping by today.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

My Last DT project for Allsorts

Good morning.
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I am sharing this post with you today as it is my last DT project over at
and the reason I am sad is because I have been with Allsorts since it started way back in May 2009.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emma (and Kirsten)for giving me my first DT position - just a month after I started blogging - I have loved working alongside you and most of the other DT.
I know that I have made the right decision for me.
The theme this week is
 and I took the opportunity to make a few last quick Christmas Makes
Here's what I did:

Card ingredients:
Black A6 Card Blanks
Design Paper: Pink Petticoat 'Large Snowflakes'
Snowflakes: Various Spellbinders Dies
Sentiments: Pink Petticoat 'Traditional Christmas Sentiments'
Adhesive Gems from stash

Challenges I would like to enter:
Aud Sentiments - Anything with a Sentiment
Craft Us Crazy - Merry Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Sentiment as Focus
Sarah Hurley - Christmas
ABC Christmas - Favourite Punch/Die
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas
Creative Craft - Non-Traditional Christmas
Lady Bug Crafts - Anything Goes for Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Pick of the Year (Anything Goes)
Card Mania - Snowflakes

Thanks for popping by and all your support.
I really appreciate it.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Thank You at MAWTT

Hello again!! As promised I'm back with the second of my double DT posts for today and this time it's for 


This week our challenge will run for 3 weeks so we can enjoy some time with our families over the festive period.

Our very lovely Laurie has picked the theme 


We have a new sponsor for you this time

Some of the DT were very good and have played with some of the sponsors fabulous images :o)
I on the other hand was very naughty and forgot - sorry :o(

So here's what I did:

I stamped one of my favourite Hero Arts floral images 'Dogwood' onto a piece of Design Paper from First Edition 'Up Up and Away' using Crushed Olive Distress Ink and Willow Adirondack Ink

Card Ingredients: 
Image: Hero Arts 'Dogwood'
DP: First Edition 'Up Up and Away'
Butterfly: Marianne Createables
Adhesive Pearls from stash
Sentiment: Stampendous
Martha Stewart Scrolled Lace Border Punch

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

Papertake Weekly - Pick of the Year (I chose Anything Goes)
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Squigglefly - Anything Goes with Sentiment
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesday - Open Theme - With a Butterfly

Thanks for popping by again.
Have a fabulous day.