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Hiya, I'm a busy Mum (of 6) and full time carer to my eldest son. I love paper, ribbons, buttons, stamps.....in fact anything crafty lol and i share my work space ( and stash!) with my 12 year old daughter, Rebecca (Bex). Please leave a comment if you call so I know you've been, I would love to visit you back and please become a follower if you like what you see. Thanks for popping by.........
'She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails' - Elizabeth Edwards

Monday, 29 September 2014

A little bit vintage

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
Seems ages since I last posted as I've not been well but I'm here now
and feeling ok.......even managed some crafty time at my desk yesterday!
 I have a Christmas card to share today..........some faux stitching, some
decoupage, inky & distressed edges, die cuts, ribbon, pearls......lots
of different bit & pieces & my favourite blues.
Rightio, off to do some housework & then have a catch up of all your
lovely blogs......thanks for calling see you soon!
Don't forget - you still have a week left if you'd like to enter my CANDY!
xx
challenges I'd like to enter
S for something festive at ABC Christmas challenges
layer it up at Winter Wonderland
Christmas in September at Crafty Sentiments
stitching real or faux at DPE Linky Party
get ready for Christmas at Crafting by Design
vintage at Card Makin' Mamas
anything goes at Completely Christmas




Saturday, 20 September 2014

Joy


Morning lovelies......hope you're all well & have something nice planned
for the weekend. We're staying home, planning some nice crafty time
and then gonna prepare something nice for tea.....oh, what an exciting life
I lead lol! I need to make a few not-too-fussy Christmas cards this
year so decided to go with 5x5 card blanks and an art pad (or 2) from
LOTV, they're so easy to use & packed full of the sweetest images.
My paper is from Bearly Mine.....I don't often use digi papers but wow,
these are FAB, my favourite blues for Christmas & I'll definitely be
using them again. 
Rightio, my friends........thanks for calling today & whatever you're up
to...........have a lovely day!
xx

challenges I'd like to enter
ribbon or lace at Holly Jolly
anything goes at Sister Act
2 ribbons at Winter Wonderland
week 36 at My Perfect Life

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Shine like a Star!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
It's a cold, damp, foggy day here on the Yorkshire Coast so I don't think I'll be 
going too far.....any excuse to have a play at my desk lol.
So today I have a little 'just because' card to share, love this image & am
ashamed to say it's the first time I've used her......but it won't be the last!
I coloured with Copics, the paper & ribbon are from my scrap box, gems from
stash & sentiment is LOTV. 
Rightio, my friends.....that's me for today......thanks for calling &
whatever you're up to........have a lovely day!
xx

challenges I'd like to enter
amazing hair at Graph'It
anything goes at Sister Act
girl power at That's Crafty
anything goes at  Avenue Create
anything goes at Paper Nest Dolls
anything goes at Inky Chicks

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Free your heart

Morning lovelies........hope you're all well, sending hugs to those that want them!
Well, Saturday's shopping trip was a success, you wouldn't believe how hard it
is to find jeans for my 6 foot 3 17 year old son, we got there in the end....
......cost a small fortune though.....and then of course, I had to have a little trip
to our 2 craft shops lol!
As you might know, I've recently been having a play at mixed media....
.....and I'm loving it! Not been brave enough to show all my makes yet but this
one I'm quite pleased with. I started with a blank 5x7 canvas, gave it 2 coats of
 gesso then a coat of mica pearls....while that was still wet I dabbed it all
over with some scrunched up kitchen roll. Next I added some torn pieces of
paper & then to get the circles I used a bottle lid dipped in paint & dabbed all
over in random patterns. I made the heart with some air dry clay then when
 dry coloured with a Copic, added a thick layer of clear crackle paint. Once that
 was dry I dabbed a dark brown ink pad over the surface then wrapped the
 heart in some wire I pinched from my jewellery making supplies! Wings, key
 & cogs are all die cuts, I painted the wings & the key with mica paints, curled
 the wings slightly to give some  movement & then hung the key to the heart
 with another piece of jewellery wire. Lastly, I added the cogs, some gems,
 some clear dew drops & the words that I cut with my Silhouette! 
Phew, long post there..........thanks for sticking with me lol!
Gonna go tackle some housework now........wish me luck!

Don't forget, I have candy here........would love you to enter!
xx
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Crafty Girls
something with circles at Craft for the Craic
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
steampunktember at Anything but a Card

Monday, 15 September 2014

Things with Wings with Sparkles!

You van find my candy here......would love you to enter!

Morning crafters......hope you're all well!
Today I'm sharing my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Sparkles where
the theme is THINGS WITH WINGS. A nice easy challenge, I think as us crafters
seem to love all things fairy, butterfly & bird! I seem to be making lots of
flatter, thinner cards recently & this one is no exception.....image & sentiment
are both from LOTV, gingham paper is from my scrap drawer & gems
& ribbon from my stash. 
We have the fabulous & very generous Marianne Designs sponsoring us this
month.....the prize is either 2 dies or 1 die/1 stamp so very definitely worth your
while joining us...and if you're in need of inspiration then why not pop on over & see 
the rest of the Dt makes.....they're all fab & so inspiring.
Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for calling........see you soon!
xx
challenges I'd like to enter
things with wings at QKR Stampede
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at Suzy Bee's

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Christmas is a season of the heart!

Morning crafty bloggers......hope you're all well!
Today I'm sharing a finally-I-got-it-finished piece of cross stitch!
Yup, I finally got round to finishing up some more cross stitch...so watch
this space lol! Most pieces are done with the stitching, just need to decide
whether they're going in a frame, on a cushion, on a book.....any other
ideas most welcome! Love the soft, folksy feel to this piece, IRL the colours
are gorgeous....think it might end up in a painted frame on my mantel
 for Christmas.
Rightio, my friends, I better go get my face on.......off clothes shopping
with my almost 18 year old son, can't decide if I'm looking forward
to it.......or dreading it lol! Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to
have a lovely day!
xx
Don't forget, I have candy here.....would love you to enter!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Frilly & Fancy with Delicious Doodles!

Morning crafty bloggers....hope you're all well!
Can you believe it's Friday already..........these weeks sure are flying by! 
Today I'm sharing my Dt make for the latest challenge over at
Delicious Doodles! It's Team B's turn to post this week & the theme is:
FRILLY & FANCY!
I made a tag this time using my favourite frosty blues, the gorgeous image
is called Snow Cuddles & she's available here. I coloured her with my
Copics, added some snippets of lace & ribbon, I glittered her hood, distressed
the edges of the paper & finished with a layered snowflake & some gems!
As usual, only 1 entry unless you use a Delicious Doodles image &
then you can enter twice............and the lucky winner gets to choose 5
of Teri's fab images!
Rightio, my friends, that's it from me for today.......whatever you're up to
have a lovely day........happy crafting!
xx

challenges I'd like to enter
early Christmas at Paper Creator's Crafts
anything goes (blue teal white) at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Not Just Cards
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
Winter blues at Southern Girls

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Little Book of Christmas 2014

Morning lovelies........hope you're all well!
I managed an hour, ok more like 2 hours playing at my desk yesterday,
thought it was about time I made this years' Little Book of Christmas.
Some of you might remember I make a book every year, usually in
the Summer holidays, to hold any & all things Christmas.
Gift ideas, card lists, addresses, recipes, movies we watched, craft ideas to 
try.........if it's to do with our Christmas it goes in my book!
Usually Miss Rebecca will choose the image for the front, this time
I didn't even ask her cos I knew she'd choose this one! 
I coloured her with Copics, die cut some snowflakes....lots of matting,
layering, sticking, snipping & knotting later this is what I came
up with.....useful practical & nice to look at! It's fun to look back over 
some old books too, see how older Christmas's compare and you know what?
Mostly our Christmas's are the same.....filled with family,  fun, laughter,
 chocolate & good food........and a cheesy Christmas movie......or 2!
Rightio, I can hear that ironing pile calling......thanks for popping by!
Don't forget....you can enter my candy here!
xx
challenges I'd like to enter

anything goes at Art by Miran
one stamp only at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
anything goes at Completely Christmas
digital at Crafts 4 Eternity
early Christmas at Paper Creator's Crafts
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything but a card at All Crafts Challenge
anything goes at Not Just Cards
anything goes at Divas by Design




Wednesday, 10 September 2014

B is for........with Nutcrafters!


Don't forget, you can enter my candy here.....would love you to join in!

Morning lovelies.......it's a bright, beautiful morning here on the Yorkshire Coast 
& I'm having a day at home.....gonna catch up on a few of the never ending
 jobs & prepare something nice for tea........then maybe manage some playtime!!
First though I'm sharing my make for the latest challenge over at
Nutcrafters. Our lovely Sylvia chose the theme this time, she chose:
B is for..........
Last week I found this quite easy but this week.......not so easy lol so I
thought I'd try something different, not so sure if I like it but it's good to
 try something new, right? My B's are for: black, book, bare (as in an uncoloured
image!!!) bow, & bling! Looking at it I think maybe I should have added
a blue sky for a little pop of colour.......and another B! 
 So if you fancy joining us you can find all the info here......we'd love to
 see you....and there's fab prizes to be won!
Rightio friends, that's me for today....thanks for calling & have a lovely day!
xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quick & Easy!


Morning lovelies.........how are you all today? Good, I hope.
I know I've said it before but I love this time of the year, I especially
love getting up extra early in the morning, well before the kids &
having an hour or two at my desk when the house is quiet......not so good
for taking photos though lol!
 Today's card was made with quick & easy
and flat for posting in mind......and it fits the bill perfectly, think I
might even make a few more using different papers as they'd be perfect
for Cameron to take to the Charity shop where he volunteers.
So that's me for today.......it's weekly shop day so I'll be popping in &
out all morning........might even stop for coffee & a cake......naughty
but oh, so nice lol!
Thanks for calling today........see you soon!
xx
Don't forget.....you can enter my candy here!

challenges I'd like to enter
#326 at Sketch Saturday
Scandinavia style at Winter Wonderland
one stamp only at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
a touch of kraft at A Creative Romance
anything goes at Completely Christmas
early Christmas at Paper Creator's Crafts


Monday, 8 September 2014

Much love......

Don't forget.....you can enter my candy HERE!

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well & looking forward to a brand new week!
Thanks for all your well wishes after my IBS flare up.....it sure takes it's toll
but today feels like it's gonna be a much better day!
So for today I'm sharing a card I made just because I wanted to.......I came across
a new (to me) blog last week - Cosmic Strawberry - and as the colour challenge 
was to use my fav colour combo  EVER I just had to enter........well, it would have
been rude not to lol! Here's the colour swatch I followed:
recipe
image - D'Arcy's Diaries
papers - freebies with a mag
flowers, pearls, ribbon & button - stash
sentiment - LOTV
coloured with WHSmith pencils
challenges I'd like to enter
colour at Cosmic Strawberry
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
sentiment but not birthday at Aud Sentiments
digital at Crafts 4 Eternity
anything goes at Sister Act
lots of layers at Sweet Pea Stampers
feminine at We Do Doobadoo
colour twist (blue brown cream) at 613 Avenue Create
pencils at Pile it On
femine/girly at Lia Stampz
things with wings at Natalie & Amy's

Rightio, better go do the dreaded h****work, maybe a bit....ok, a LOT of washing,
 sort out something for tea........oh, the joys of being a Mum of 6.......but I 
gotta be honest.............I love it, well, all except the ironing, that is!
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to......have a lovely day!
xx



Saturday, 6 September 2014

Leaves & Lace with Crafty Calendar!

Morning crafters.....hope you're all happy & well!
We've had a good week, all back to school/college & settled in fine & then yesterday
my 2nd eldest son James passed his driving theory test so now we're
just waiting for a date for his road test........eeekk!!
Today sees the start of the latest challenge over at the Crafty Calendar where
we'd like to see your makes showing LEAVES & LACE!
We have the fabulous Art by Miran sponsoring us this month & as usual, you
have all month to play, you can enter any crafty make you like so long as it fits the
theme & you can enter up to 3 times!
For my make I again used up lots of scraps from my stash, the wide cream lace has been
hanging around my craft room for ages just begging to be used. I used my Copics to colour
the image from Time for Tea Designs & the stamped sentiment is from LOTV.
So that's it from me for today.....hope to see you over at Crafty Calendar!
Thanks for calling.......see you soon.
xx

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes option of Autumn at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at 2 cute ink
anything goes at Crafty Sentiments
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
digital at Crafts 4 Eternity
anything goes at Sister Act
girl power at That's Crafty


Thursday, 4 September 2014

A book for Bex!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well.
Today I'm sharing another attempt at mixed media.......now don't laugh, I know I have 
so much to learn & I'm having great fun learning lol! This make started life as a plain
book full of some gorgeous touchy feely paper, was gonna be an art journal for
me but guess what........yep, you guessed it......Miss Rebecca claimed it! Not to worry
though, it just gives me reason to make another one! 
I started by covering the whole thing with Gesso then came the most fun part,
adding bits for texture & playing with some home made texture paste. I used paper
doilies, home made masks, die cut cogs, crochet lace, pearls.....oooh, allsorts
of bits & pieces! Once everything was stuck firm & dry I then covered the
whole lot with another coat of Gesso....once THAT was dry I tucked the image (coloured with
 Copics) onto the die cut frame then cut an extra mat to cover it while I sprayed ink. That was
sooo much fun......did manage to spray my cream kitchen tiles a nice shade of purple
though! I used Perfect Pearls & Dylusions spray inks then once dry I inked the edges
with a black Memento inkpad, added a few resin flowers, some gems & made a 
wrap fastening with some waxed cotton cord.....and that's it! Ooh, I forgot to say I
stamped a couple words & added some metal corners too.
So that's it from me for today..........off to finish the sorting out I started the
 other day then catch up on some nasty housework. 
Thanks for calling........see you soon!
xx
challenges I'd like to enter
a touch of kraft at A Creative Romance
anything goes at Art by Miran
texture at We Do Doobadoo
anything but a card at All Crafts Challenge
wheels and/or cogs at Crafting for all Seasons
anything goes/steampunk at A Step in the Dark

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

B is for.........with Nutcrafters!

Morning crafters, hope you're all well & enjoying the week so far!
We have a new challenge over at Nutcrafters starting today & the theme this time
was chosen by our lovely Sylvia & she chose B IS FOR........blue, boys
bread, bricks.....B can be for whatever you want it to be for, can't wait to
see your interpretations!
 I wanted to make a couple of ATC's for a swap I'm doing with
 my blog buddy Debbie & seeing as how her daughter bakes cakes & my son is training
 to be a chef i thought I'd combine the two. I decided my  B would be
 for blue, boy, buttons, Debbie's daughter is called Brogan, bake, braid and bowl.....oh, and
 bows in her hair too lol!
Nice & simple, I coloured them with my Copics, inked the edges of the spotty
paper & added some alphabet stickers to finish.
The images are from the Baked with Love set available from the Nutcrafters store
& there's also a freebies page over on the main blog.
We love to see all your crafty makes (doesn't have to be just cards) just
so long as you stick to the theme.....and here's what you could win:
1st prize - £10 to spend in the Nutcrafters store but you have to use a Nutcrafters
image to qualify for this.
2nd prize - 2 digi stamps or 1 stamp sheet of your choice
(subject to availability)
Don't forget to pop over & see the gorgeous Dt makes, wed love to see you!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
xx

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Krafty Girls
freestyle at Hiding in my Craft Room
food & drink at My Time to Craft
anything goes at Digi Makeover


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A little bit of Gorjuss!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
Just popping in to share a real quick & easy Gorjuss themed make, no sentiment yet
as it's just for my box. There's a layer of decoupage on there, some punched flowers, die
cut corners & that huge bow.....don't think that will fit in an envelope lol! I have so
much of this lovely range & don't use it as often as I should......or maybe it's because
I love it so much I just want to keep it lol! I know Rebecca's friend  loves it too so
 maybe I'll make her a little scrap album for Christmas.
Rightio, better go do something......thought I might have a little tidy up & sort out in the 
craft room today in readiness for some Christmas crafting. Wish me luck &
if you don't see me for a couple of days you better send a search party lol...........I
could be buried under piles of crafty stash! Thanks for calling & whatever you're
up to have a lovely day......see you soon!
xx

challenges
girl power at Little Red Wagon
children at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything goes at Sister Act


Monday, 1 September 2014

Snowmen with Sparkles Christmas!

Morning crafters, hope you're all well.....and happy September to you too!
It's fast approaching my favourite time of the year, the nights are definitely drawing
in now & there's quite a chill in the air this morning......happy days!
The kids go back to school/college this week & that's usually the time when
my Christmas planning begins.......after I've had a few days to off to recover from
the holidays, that is!!  I do have a few cards already done thanks to being on the Sparkles Christmas Challenges Dt......and it just so happens we have a new challenge starting today!
The theme this time, as chosen by our lovely Mary is THERE'S NO MAN LIKE A SNOWMAN
so wether it be snowmen, snowladies or snowkiddies we'd like to see them!
I love using snowmen on my makes, love all the frosty blues that go with them &
for this card I wanted to keep it fairly flat for posting so just 2 layers of decoupage, a
 sentiment and a sprinkle of glitter was all I added.
At Sparkles Christmas we love to see any & all makes just so long as they fit the
theme & as usual, we have a fabby sponsor - this month it's Crafty Ribbons
offering our lucky winner £10 (exc p&p) to spend in their online store!
Don't forget to pop on over to the main blog & see the gorgeous Dt makes!
Thanks for calling.......whatever you're up to have a lovely day!
xx
challenges
quick & easy at ABC Christmas challenges
Christmas at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
anything goes at Completely Christmas
gingham or checks at Winter Wonderland

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