Friday, 6 October 2017


Good morning all - its a gorgeous day here in Hampshire, England. The sun is shining and the leaves are turning.  The dogs are happy playing in the leaves and everything sounds rosy doesn't it?  

 Well the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a slight difference to my blog and that is the omission of anything to do with Stampin' Up!  I have resigned as a Demonstrator for all sorts of reasons, none of which need to be stated here.  Suffice to say I am now free to use other stamps on my blog.  My blog has been going for over 10 years, before SU and will continue after SU.  It has become my online diary and when I look back over the years it is suprising how much has changed within blog land and even in the fashion of crafting.

My entry for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge this month is not a card - but it is something that's dear to my heart at the moment.  We all lose our mojo in life and especially in crafting.  I have made this door handle and as you can see it has two sides - one says I'm on the ball and everything in the craft room is just fabulous - the other side shows that mojo has truly left the building.


 The stamped image is from a Cherry Pie Art Stamp set.  I have loved these stamps for many years and, although sometimes my crafting supplies get thinned out - these never go anywhere.  And they will be making some much needed appearances in the future posts.

As I emerge from the world of SU I need to reacquaint myself with great stamps and would love any suggestions you may have.



Tuesday, 3 October 2017


I've been busy making lots of little boxes lately using the Merry Little Labels set and the matching punch.  #christmaspunch.  

The boxes are very simple to make and I've done a quick tutorial to show you how easy they are.  They can be left open at the top or closed as in the Christmas example below. 

 This example uses Crumb Cake as the base and stamped with leaves from Colourful Season and Jar of Love. The jar was cut out of the front using the Jar of Love Framelits and then stamped over it with the jar image.  The lid was added on an embellishment.  Clear Acetate has been put behind the jar and then you can fill it with all sorts of goodies - I've added some of our Sequin Assortment.

The leaf has been made with the Seasonal Layers Thinlets.  The tag has used the cut out of the jar and I've stamped one of the sentiments from Merry Little Labels on it and added some Linen Thread to the top.

 This is a slightly different example using Old Olive as the cardstock.  The leaf has been cut into the front.  I've used the same leaves from Colourful Seasons to stamp on the cardstock with Versamark.  A brad attached the label which has been punched out with the new matching punch - #christmaspunch.

 This is a Christmas version using Night of Navy and Silver Embossing Powder.  I've used the snowflakes from Colourful Seasons and a touch of Metallic Edge Ribbon in silver.  The Let It Snow is a perfect accompaniment and looks so lovely embossed in silver.

I'm adding my boxes into the following challenges:

SU Only challenge - which is asking us to use our favourite punches or dies  

The Paper Players this week is Autumn Floral 

Global Design Project theme this week is Grateful - 

Thursday, 28 September 2017


See I told you it wouldn't be long until I started using the Christmas stamps again - I'm a sucker for Christmas cards so I do hope you don't mind if I throw the odd one in here and there so early in the season - I know its still September!!!

The Global Design Project has a sketch challenge this week

That circle just screamed the Santa and reindeer from the Hearts Come Home new set from this year's Winter Catalogue.    I only have the stamps - not the framelits to go with it but this set can still be used without them.

 I used the little dots from the set to create the snow effect and used white embossing powder.  Stitched framelits were used for the circles and the Be Merry Designer Series Paper from the main catalogue.  The gorgeous ribbon is Double Stitched Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment and the tree is from the same set and was also embossed with White Embossing Powder.

There is lots of inspiration over at the challenge blog - do pop along and be inspired!

 Watercooler Wednesday


Sadly I had to relinquish my Design Team position at Watercooler Wednesday but that doesn't mean I can't still join in with their challenges and this week it's Marsha doing a Christmas Challenge.  Pop along to the Challenge and have a look at the fabulous work the DT do. 

I'm therefore adding this card in to Marsha's Challenge also.



Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Its Technique Week over at TGIF challenge this week and I'm a sucker for different folds for cards. Click on the image above to be taken to the challenge. 

This week's challenge is a Z fold - one of my favourites.  I've left the Christmas cards behind for a while - don't panic - not for too long - and used the Daisy Delight Suite for this card - it includes the Delightful Daisy DSP, the stamp set and the punch.  The full whammy, as they say!

The large daisy flower was punched out twice and edged in Crushed Curry with a Glitter Enamel dot in the centre.

Thank you for stopping by my blog - do leave a comment - I love to hear from you - and check out all the other fabulous Z fold cards in the challenge.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017


 We are into another challenge over at Joy of Sets Challenge blog and this time we are working with the letter 'W'.

This was an easy choice for me - I only have one set with the letter 'W' which is Watercolor Wings.  I decided to do another squashed card - this one is slightly bigger at 8" x 8".  I've used the DSP from Delightful Daisy and the Bold Butterfly framelits for the butterfly.  The gorgeous ribbon is Stitched Edge in Rich Razzleberry - this ribbon is even prettier in real life!



Here's a Video Tutorial I did a few weeks back showing how to make a 'squashed' card.


I hope you will join in with our challenge this week and go and visit the rest of the Design Team - what 'W' set will you choose?



Thursday, 21 September 2017



Another in my series of Craft Tips Tutorials - about 2 minutes worth of me showing you a quick and easy crafting tip. This week it is how to make bows with the Envelope Punch Board. 



Wednesday, 20 September 2017


It has been a while since I joined in with the Global Design Project - maybe Summer got in the way a bit.  Their challenge this week is a colour challenge - now I have to admit here that Peekaboo Peach is not one of my favourite colours - I only have it in a marker pen and not an ink pad.  That does limit me somewhat in how I use it but it actually worked quite well on this card and - do you know - I love these colours together - who knew?

So - the colours are:

 I've used a new stamp set for my card - well it's not new to the catalogue but it is new to me and this is its first time being inked up! The set is Feather Together and it's going to be one of my favourites.  I love the sentiments that come with it - and I think its a great set for masculine cards.

 I used all three of the suggested inks for the feathers and as this is a two-step stamp set I was able to go over them again and alternate the colours.  The sentiment is inked in Early Espresso and the background cardstock is also Early Espresso - all mounted on to Lemon Lime Twist.  Isn't that ribbon gorgeous?  It is Crinkle Seam ribbon in Peekaboo Peach.  A few Glitter Enamel Dots finish off the card. I already know who this is going to.

Thanks for stopping by - as always all products can be purchased from me via my store - details at the side of this post.    I love to hear from you if you come and see me so do drop me a comment.




Another one of my quick two minute tutorials on You Tube - this one is showing the versatility of marker pens.



Wednesday, 13 September 2017


I am starting a series of mini tutorials on You Tube - about two minutes long or just over just to give new stampers and crafters some quick ideas. 

My first one is to look at those stamp sets you have in a different way.  I have used the Stampin Up Set Merry Little Labels as my first example.  Its a Christmas set - but there is a stamp on there which can be used long after Christmas is over and its the Just For You stamp.  It comes as a bundle in the catalogue which means you get the stamp set and the punch at a discounted price. This punch is going to be a real winner and it can be used a long time after Christmas - #christmaspunch.

The Just for You stamp though can be used on all sorts of cards or gift packaging as seen here used with Watercolor Wings.

As usual all products can be purchased direct from me - just click on my link below and have fun with your goodies.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


The challenge at Joy of Sets this week is the letter 'T'.  A tricky one for me as I only have one set with that letter in the title which is Thankful Thoughts.  I do think sometimes the word sets get forgotten about so its nice for them to be the stars in their own right!

I've used Pink Powder cardstock for this card - the background swirls are from Playful Backgrounds also inked in Pink Powder.  The Stitched Framelits provided the bse for the flowers which are cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlet Dies as is the white leaf flower.

I've used Berry Burst to stamp the sentiment onto Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon.

We would love you to join in with our challenge which you will find by clicking on the banner above - do go along and see all the lovely inspiration from the Design Team and our Guest Designer this week Megan Lenske.



Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Watercooler Wednesday #WWC135 - Judy's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Judy has chosen our challenge for this week and it's one with a feminine touch.

I've chosen to use Daisy Delight for my card and used a technique which is called the Easel Card.

I have used some of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and the elusive Daisy Punch - I say elusive because it was hard to get when it was first introduced in the new catalogue.  The sentiment and the little daisies are from the Stamp Set Daisy Delight. 

These little cards are very simple to make and I've added a tutorial below. Let me know if you make one - I'd love to have a look.

Please visit the rest of the Design Team and check out their inspiration for you.



Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Time Out Challenge - #90 - Watercolor Wings - Merry Little Labels

The challenge over at Time Out challenge this week is Autumn with a touch of Speed Stamping - eek.

I had a quick card I had been playing with so I just redid it tweaking the colours.  I wanted to use the Watercolor Wings as this is one of my favourite sets at the moment but I also wanted to add one of the stamps from the new Merry Little Labels set from the new catalogue to show how it could also be used for other cards - not just for Christmas.

 I used Very Vanilla for the base of the card - for the butterfly I used Lemon Lime Twist, Tangerine Tango and Soft Suede.  The tag was cut out from Soft Suede and stamped with Tangine Tango and the sentiment also inked in Tangerine Tango is from Birthday Blossoms.  A touch of  Dazzling Diamonds on the butterfly and an enamel heart on the tag finishes off the card.

Talk about Speed Stamping - this took me about 9 minutes to do and I have less than an hour to link it up - how's that for leaving things to the last minute!

Here's my original one with all our new In-Colours of Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig on Whisper White.




Watercooler Wednesday #WWC134 - "Anything Goes"

Our challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday is Anything Goes. Well if you are anything like me this is the hardest challenge as there is so much to choose from - where do you begin?

I actually chose to use the Coffee Cafe stamp set for my card - this has been a difficult week for me home wise and also my heart is breaking for my old neighbourhood of Sienna Plantation in Houston, Texas where I was fortunate to live for nearly 3  years.  They have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and, having lived through Hurricane Rita back in 2005 which was no where near as serious, I know how scary Hurricanes can be.

I really like the Designer Series Paper in this series which is known as Coffee Break  - the colours are so pretty and work well with earthy colours which are my sort of colours.  The Coffee Cup Framelits make it easy to punch out the coffee cups and also some of the little cups out of the DSP.  I've added a touch of some of our new Sheer Ribbon in Old Olive along the side and the cute little Corrugated Elements just finish this off.

I look forward to seeing all your designs - thanks for stopping by my blog and do leave a comment - I love to hear from you.



Tuesday, 29 August 2017

We are up to our fifth challenge already at Joy of Sets.  This time we are working with the letter J.

I chose to use Jar of Love as I love this set - it is so versatile as can be seen from the Design Team examples.

I've used some of the new gorgeous Coffee Break DSP for the background which goes so well with the Island Indigo cardstock.  The jar itself has been cut out of the same cardstock and given a glitter wash with Wink of Stella.  The stems and hearts have been cut out of Everyday Jars Framelits and the flowers from Seasonal Layers thinlets.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wings.

 I hope you join in with our challenge this week and go and visit the Design Team and leave them a comment.

Happy Crafting