Thursday, 19 April 2018

Oxide Playtime

A short post today as I must put our dinner in the oven!!

I have been digging in the garden this afternoon.
Now my back is telling me it's a while since I have done it....

Such a lovely sunny day, so thought I would get a bit
of fresh air.

I at last found a bit of time to play with my
Distress Oxide Inks.
So did a quick background with them.

The stamp I think is a very old Penny Black.
Not too sure, as I have had it for many years.

I am hoping to play a bit more soon.

Don't forget to check out The Craft Barn Sale.
More products reduced now and even more money off!!
Plenty of bargains to have.
I won't tell you how much I have spent!!!
Well you just have too don't you!!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine as we are.
Let me know you have been and I will leave you a message too,

Big hugs,

Friday, 13 April 2018

Winter Wonderland Challenge Bear

Welcome to the our new challenge at 

The theme for this challenge has been chosen 
by our host and lovely teamie....Liz

The theme is
Cute Christmas Critters

I chose to use this little Bear with Snowman

Our Sponsor for this challenge is

Just Me Digital Stamps

and they kindly gave us the
choice of their stamps to use

So get making your entries onto the
Winter Wonderland blog and you could win
a great prize from our Sponsor.

Please check out the rules of entry on the WW blog.

Good luck.


Saturday, 7 April 2018

Girls Gotta Have Fun!!

Changes at the CRAFT BARN

There are big changes at The Craft Barn, as 
Sandy and Ian are going to retire. 
If you want to treat yourself to some bargains
pop over and see the full details how you can
get them. 
HERE is the link for the shop and from
there, the details are on their blog at
and facebook page.

I thought it was about time I posted some of the 
cards that are sitting in Draft!!

This was a stamp set that was a freebie from a Magazine.

Great fun to colour and love the sentiment.


I had a rotten cold last week and it's years since 
I had last had one!!
Hope it's another few years before the next one!!

In addition to that, for about 5 weeks, I have had a problem
with my left hand. Even though I am 'right handed', I
actually use my left more than my right.
That goes back to being a hairdresser for 55 years!!

OMG!!! Where did those years go!!!!!
I thought I was only 50!! (In my head I am 35!!)

It's mainly my thumb that is very painful. I went to see the 
Doctor and he said he thinks I have bruised a tendon in my hand.
It could take up to 8 weeks to mend and if not, I have to
go to a Physio.

I sometimes struggle to get the tops of Copic pens,
without having this problem.
So I make sure hubby is around to take the
tops off for me now!! 

Distress Inks I think for now!!

Thanks for popping in and I still love to read
your kind messages.

Big hugs

Friday, 16 March 2018

Winter Wonderland Challenge

A new challenge at Winter Wonderland
starts today, with the Icicles Team.

Our host is the lovely Marlene and the theme she chose is
Outdoor Fun

Don't forget we are a Christmas only challenge.

Our new Sponsor is Dr. Digi's and very kindly gave us a
choice of stamps to use.
As my husband comes from Australia, it had to be


I coloured him with Copics Pens.

You can't see it, but his beard and surfboard are glittery.
I used a Spectrum Noir Overlay Sparkle Pen.

I added the spots with a Sakura Gel Pen.

So we are looking forward to seeing your Christmas only
entries. We will visit your blog and leave you a message,
if you fit the criteria.

Thank you for your lovely messages you left me
on my last post.
I do love to read them and are very uplifting.
Big hugs

Monday, 12 March 2018

Pretty In Pink

Hope you are all snow free!

Just a quick post of an adorable Stamping Bella stamp,
called Waterlily.

Loving the Flower Girl Stamps.

For a change, I coloured her with my Inktense Pencils.
They give a much softer look.

 The sentiments are Die cut from Funky Foam and I heated them
a little with my heat gun. Just makes them a little smaller.

Have a lovely week, wherever you are and keep warm!!

Don't forget that there are bargains to get
from The Craft Barn Sale.
New products have been added.

Thanks for popping in and hope you have time
to leave a lovely message. 
They are all read and treasured.

Big Hugs,

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Spring, Sun, Snow and Moving House!!

Did someone say that Spring is on the way!!!
I think it lost it's way, or must have been using a Sat Nav!!!!

Of course it could also be Climate Warming!!
If so, what is -5 C as it was today?!!
With the wind chill factor it was -9C!!!

Thank goodness for central heating.

Last November, I had a package drop through my letter box.
It contained some rubber stamps, including this one.
Also a paper pad and some gorgeous embellishments.

It was from one of my amazing, extremely kind ladies
that follows my blog.
It came all the way from Miami, Florida,
from the lovely Kelly. 

I was blown away by her generosity.
So I sent her one of my Christmas Angels,
as a thank you.

 I stamped it onto Water Colour card
and for a change, I coloured it with 
Derwent Inktense Pencils.

It was really easy to colour and
love the detail in the picture.

These pictures are for my lovely followers, who are
lucky enough to live in warmer climates!

It's called SNOW!! Hee Heeee!!

Check out the big black cloud, waiting to drop more on us!

This is our back door, which we use all the time,
as it's nearer the garage than the front door.

Taken from the dining room on Tuesday.
Again, a big black cloud on it's way!

So, to all of us surrounded by the white stuff.
Stay at home and stay safe and keep warm.
Great excuse for doing more crafting!

Thanks for popping in and leaving your lovely messages.

Thank you to everyone, for my fab messages on my last post.

Big hugs.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Tribute Challenge at Winter Wonderland

Hi Everyone and welcome to a very special challenge at
Winter Wonderland.

All the members of our Design Team are joining together,
as a tribute to a lovely lady, that sadly is no longer with us.

Eileen was the last lady, that up until this time last year,
was running the Winter Wonderland Challenge blog.
She is certainly missed and as a DT group, we all agreed that
we would like to get together, to keep the blog running.

So this challenge is with Eileen in mind.

The theme is
Anything Goes
But please remember we are a Christmas card only challenge.

We have  a new Sponsor joining us,
They have very generously given all the DT members,
a set of their fabulous Digi Stamps.

The set I chose is called Poinsettia and you get an amazing
selection of images in this set.

To see all the fabulous Digi sets click on
Imagine That Digistamp

If you need more inspiration, pop over to the 
Winter Wonderland challenge blog
and see all the amazing cards on there!!

I am looking forward to seeing your Christmas cards.
We will visit you blogs and leave a comment,
if we are able.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you leave me a 
message, so I can return the compliment.
They are always appreciated and lovely to read.

Have a lovely weekend and get making those cards.

Don't forget that The Craft Barn have added
even more products in their half price sale!!!

Don't miss out on the bargains!!!

Big hugs,

Friday, 2 February 2018

Winter Wonderland New Challenge

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland.

As I  am hosting this one, I chose the theme, which is 

All Boxed Up!

That means, that somewhere in your creation there must be a box.
As in my card below, this is one idea. 

Pop over to the Winter Wonderland blog to see the
stunning cards from our talented Icicles Team,
for more inspiration. 

For my card I used an image given to us from our generous sponsor
Sasayaki Glitter.

It is called Christmas Penguin
and can be found here

The prize is a Digi of your choice .

You have 2 weeks to create a lovely Christmas card 
and it must be Christmas to be entered into the draw.

The challenge closes at 5pm on Thursday 15th February.

We will visit your blogs and will leave you a message
so you know we have been.
There are some blogs we are unable to visit,
so please read the list on the challenge page.

Good luck and pop back on Monday 19 February 
to the Winter Wonderland blog to see if you have won.



Monday, 22 January 2018

The Wedding!!

Can I suggest that you get yourself a tea or coffee,
as this is quite a long post!!!

All this happened within 8 weeks, with Christmas 
in the middle of it!!
With lots of laughter too!!

As some of you know, I have been helping my friend Lorraine
with arranging her wedding.

They had been together for 30 years!!
They also have a daughter and grandchildren!!
So it was about time!!

The first thing for me to do last December, was to make 
the invitations.

They are 2 champagne glasses that linked together
at the front.

Lorraine bought her dress and it was just a few inches too long. 
So I fitted the length and then cut it. 
The dress had 2 layers and both were very organza like.
So we used bonding web, as sewing them wouldn't work. 

This was the cake and I showed Lorraine how to make
the Roses, so we could make them together. 
I then stuck them onto the cake.
We did have so much fun doing them!

For the top of the cake, as they are a more mature couple,
we came up with the idea of a wooden heart
and I covered it with Gilding Flakes.

Lorraine bought the favour boxes on line and filled them 
with chocolates. I die cut the tags and did the place names on 
the computer and Lorraine stuck them on the tags,

The next job was the flower arrangements for the tables.

We went out to find some decent silk flowers
and after a few failures, we found these. 
I then had the job of doing the arrangements and had
Lorraine chopping each stem, to the length I wanted!
She was a great assistant!!

Fortunately I still had a roll of my Florist tape and ribbon.

This was for the top table.

These were for the guest tables

I then suddenly remembered I hadn't made their card.
So I went with the theme colour of navy blue, with a touch of pink.
I had to make a box for it too.

A terrible picture as the days have been so dark all day.

On the morning of the Wedding, just Lorraine and myself went to 
the Manor House Hotel, where the wedding was being held.

We had a nice relaxing time together and I did her make up
and hair for her.
I had made her posy for her a couple of days before.
I had also made her a garter and finished it the day before!

I also managed to fit in cutting and colouring
her hair and mine. Oh! Gave her Dad's hair a trim too!!

She looked lovely.

This is one of her Grandchildren and her bridesmaid.
She looked so pretty.


Here are the 2 bridesmaids and the ring bearer!!

The happy couple!
The picture is not very good, as the big windows behind were 
far too bright.

We had a lovely time and the food was very good too. 

It all went of very smoothly.

Don't know what to do with myself now!!

I do really!! Start making things for the 
Craft Fayres!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and hope you 
will drop in again.

Big hugs,

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Roses in December

Hi all,
Another quick post as still in the 'Wedding Mode'!!

We made the roses to go on the wedding cake today.
They are cascading down from the top tier to the bottom.
I will take some pictures when everything is finished.

I made this card just after Christmas.

I do love the Altenew stamps but I haven't got enough inks
in shades to go together.

Just found a bit of time to play again!

A close up of the colours.

Hope you are all keeping warm, if you live here. 
For those in warmer climates, keep cool!!

Would love to see your messages, as they always
make me smile. So thank you in advance.

Big hugs,