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Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy Birthday to me :)

Hi all,thanks for all the birthday messages for little old me who is the grand age of 44 today! My birthday has been a most unforgetable one and not for all the right reasons as the preschool i run got broken into so spent last night and all this morning dealing with police,insurance etc. The gits also broke into the school pool and trashed that but the police have fingerprints and dna so fingers crossed they catch them.
But thought i would show you some pics of my fabby presents i got today which has helped to cheer me up and i will be seeing in the new year with family later.

From my hubby and sons

From Tanmo

From Sandra

From Kelly

From Jane

From Ginny

So my day has turned out lovely in the end. If you want to see all the gorgeous handmade cards i got have a look here in my docrafts gallery
I would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year and thanks for all your comments over this last year,x

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Pressies, craft shoppping,some stamping and Sam

Hi all.hope you all had a wonderful christmas, i know i have. Been unwinding down and living in my pjs which is my idea of heaven. Getting excited also as tomorrow is my birthday :)
Anyway thought you would like to see what Santa and friends got me for Christmas. First of all this is my secret santa pressie from Tracy ( i figured it
It was all lovingly packed in tissue paper with ribbon and contains lots of fab goodies such as brads, ribbon, flowers, spiders (yep plastic,embellishments and more and i turned the decorated front of the box into a wall hanging as too nice to throw out

Then i opened another pressie from my good friend Sandra to reveal this gorgeous decorated letter which i adore so thanks Sandra.

and look what was in the next pressie which i got from Tanmo,arent they so cute and my fave colour too :)
feltie birds from Tanmo,arent i lucky :) 

And this lot of crafting goodies were from my hubby and son peter

and then i treated myself to a die in the countryviewcrafts advent sale
gorjuss lunchbox to hold pens which i am getting tomorrow :)

pad and brads from the new chronology range
and last of all unless you are asleep now after all these photos this is my beloved Sam opening one of his presents on christmas day

and finally,honest,this is a little project which took me two days to do,stamping all my sentiments onto oval diecuts to make a reference. Couldnt believe how many sentiments i had!

phew,sorry for so many pictures,off to do some blog hopping now,x

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Only 3 sleeps left to go!

Hi everyone,are you all ready for christmas? we spend so long getting ready for it and then its gone in a blink of a Anyway here are two cards that have hopefully arrived at their destinations though with the post so slow at the moment i doubt it!
Digi coloured with promarkers
1st Edition ' loveletters' design papers
die-namics photo corners die
kort & gotz pearls
stamped greeting

Saturated canary digi coloured with promarkers
card from stash
X-Cut corner rounder
buttons & twine -stash
urban stamps - portobello greeting

Well i want to say to all my followers thanks for all your lovely comments over the year and i hope you have a Merry Christmas and a fab New Year,x

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

So how many uses can you think of?

Hi all, well our challenge over at StampnCraft this week is to use card candi but not in the traditonal way and me being the generous person that i am took a different route and saved the easy ones for the other Oh and yes before you ask i am early with my DT post but have family here next weekend so Angiebabe has kindly swopped days with me.
So i ask,how many ways can you think of using card candi? would love to hear your ideas on this but only polite
Anyway enough of my waffle (can you tell i am feeling ,heres my card using card candi and i decided to use it as a stamping surface to make letter embellishments. Just used white card candi and stamped onto them using a mini abc stamp set.
Digi coloured with promarkers
labels 8 & decorative labels 8 nesties
mirri card/paper from stash
white card candi
studio g abc mini stamps

This card is also for my son Peter who will be 20 on Chrismas Eve and has told me he will be offically old then hence the image for him as he will be out celebrating with his mates. x

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Happy Birthday Mau

hi all,hope you are having a good weekend, am feeling better today but no appetite still and tired but at the moment thats not a bad thing lol. So this is a card i made for Mau whose birthday was yesterday

Tilda coloured with promarkers
Ist Edition 'Hideaway' papers
Decorative labels 8
cuddly buddly stamped greeting
stampin up punches
flowers - stash
gems -stash

Well i have been busy making birthday cards today so i am caught up to the middle of january so feeling quite pleased with myself as usually a last minute

Saturday, 15 December 2012

A bit of nostalgia for my DT post

Hi all,well been a bit under the weather this week ending in having a actual day off on friday as felt so rough and not feeling much better today :(
Though i did spend the day on the sofa with the dog dozing in between phonecalls and the postman! not sure i am going to able today as we have a visitor for the weekend.
But anyway luckily i had finished my project and just needed the last touches.
So our theme this week over at StampnCraft is to use wool/yarn on our projects and this is my effort
It's a coaster

I had dug out my nan's french knitting tool which i had inherited along with her button tin (spent ages as a child playing with them) and spent the week when i had a few mins spare practising this skill which i hadnt done for ages!

loads of tutorials around if you google french knitting and even ones on how to make your own knitting tool but this was my finished length of knitting which i then stitched together.
I used a cardboard circle which i adhered to bottom of knitting which also covered up the stitches and then diecut a piece of felt using scalloped nestie which then went on the bottom of the card and there you have it a hand made wool coaster. Do pop over to StampnCraft to see the other projects that the ladies have made this week. I shall be back to catch up on your blogs later when i feel a bit better,x

Monday, 10 December 2012

Happy Birthday Karen

Hello everyone,hope you are all keeping warm,its definately getting colder and i am getting ready to hibernate over the christmas holidays. This card is for my sister in law Karen who like me has a december birthday and we both find it a right pain!!
Tilda coloured with promarkers
1st Edition 'Daydream' papers
labels one small and decorative labels one nesties
flowers- The Works
card from scrap box
ribbon -stash
fancy labels 2 framelits for greeting (stampin up)
gems - michaels

Hope you are all being good as only 15 sleeps til the man in the red suit comes down your chimney,x

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Happy Saturday all

Hi all,well where is the time going? its just zooming by! Got lots to do today so i can go and play tomorrow at the Bristol Craft meet and catch up with my buddies :)
Anyway have added my project for this weeks DT over at StampnCraft if you want a peek. Its not one of my better items but the old brain is well and truly fried this week. Enjoy your day all,x

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Pressie for Tanmo

Hi all,just sneaking in quickly with a present i made for my buddy Tanmo who had a birthday the other day. Sadly she lost her beloved Nodmo recently so thought i would make something for her to keep to remind her of him. So this is how it started out before i attacked it!
basic wooden frame

Finished frame

So i sanded frame down,added acrylic paint for the base coat and then gesso and glitter for added sparkle. Used multi-medium and a old music book which i aged the papers using distress inks and applied to the individual frames and then edged with distress ink. Used photos of Nodmo and then coloured cardboard letters to match. I also made a box for it to be contained in so Tanmo couldn't
box for frame

Anyway thats all for now, as need to get tea organised.Have a good evening all,x

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Birthday card for two!

Hi all,well now the two lovely ladies have had their birthday i can reveal their birthday card. Don't normally do two the same unless its a christmas card but so enjoyed making the first one i got carried away and made
Greetings farm 'Bree' stamp
coloured with promarkers
oval and scallop nesties
Dovecraft 'back to basics' dp
flowers - the works
leaves - woodware punch
 and kraft card from stash
corners - sizzex flourish #2

Can you see why i enjoyed making them,have done so many flat and basic christmas cards that it was nice to go a little mad.The ladies recieving thess identical cards were Tanmo and Kelly.x

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Happy Birthday Sue

Hi all,well where does the time go at the moment? Was going to post this yesterday but spent far too long helping youngest son do his christmas shopping and then out for a retirement meal last night (shame it wasnt and today wrapping presents. So am now doing something for me and that means escaping to the craft room shortly!
Anyway this is my card for Sue aka playingwithpaper over at docrafts.
Have to confess to seeing the idea for the card layout at the Exeter craft show but the images and design are mine. Used a inkylicious jigsaw blank and stamped my fave flower which is a poppy using the inkylicious 'fleur de pavot' set and then masked of the image and using distress inks creating my background.coloured poppy in with my promarkers,then used stamps from papermania urban ' botanical print' stamp set for some more detail and added a greeting from stash. Hopefully she liked it and if not i want it

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Penny Black DT card

Hi all,just a quick one as its so cold here,really need to go and turn the heating up. Have added my DT card for StampnCraft now so if you want a peek you can find it here.
Will be back later to do some blogging and add a card i made for Sue aka playingwithpaper as its her birthday today,x

Friday, 30 November 2012

Happy Birthday Nicky

Well cracking on with my to do list and this card is for a colleague at work who loves to bake.
Trimcraft 'fairy cake frolics' stamp
coloured with promarkers
labels 8 nesties
ribbon from around a pack of cards
sizzex label die and stamped greeting
glamour dust
dovecraft ' pearls'

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog and pleased to say re yesterdays post which you can find here that she liked her pressie.x

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Kelly's Pressie

Hi all,well this is a little something i made for a craft buddy who i met via Docrafts and today is her birthday so Happy Birthday Kelly.Hope you have a good day.

I made a box using Annemarie card and then another to go inside to strengthen the base,added a handle using brads and Martha Stewart double loops punch. Jars are from ikea,filled with ribbons to match the colour scheme. Used stampin up circle and scallop punches for the tops and side of the jars. Then used First Edition 'Desert Bloom' design paper and EK Success butterfly punch for the embellishments. Added decorative corners using Die-namics photo corners die. I hope she likes it and if you want to say Happy Birthday,here is her blog.x

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Jacobs birthday card

Hi all,well excuse the erratic blogging at the moment,life is very busy this time of the year and the cold tends to affect my crafting and making loads of christmas cards in bulk tends to put you off normal cardmaking. Really need super heaters i reckon and to
Anyway this is a card i made my little cousin who you can tell is called Jacob
penny black ' bear blanks' stamps
coloured with promarkers
peel off letters coloured to match
kraft card and other card from stash
stamped greeting
Die-namics photo corners die

Well thats all for me folks,will be back later to do some commenting but was wondering if anyone can help me as if i view my blog in my ipad the background is black and i cant read the writing only see pics???
have tried changing the background but its still the same and others using a ipad have mentioned it also!
Anyway have a good day all,x

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Hello all

Hi all,just a quick hello, work hectic at the moment with lots of paperwork and things going on and so not much time for crafting and blogging but if you want a peek at this weeks DT card i made why not pop on over to the StampnCraft blog and if you leave a comment i will pop back and see you.
Off for a crafty day with the DT team as long as the weather behaves so have a good day all.x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Kanban, me and DT cards

Hi all,well have to say reckon the gods were shining on me when Beth from StampnCraft gave me these toppers as i just love the gorjuss girls range,and these Kanban toppers hit the spot :)
So the DT focus this week is Kanban toppers and these are the two cards i made with my sheets.
Gorjuss girl diecut topper
black card,flowers and card candy from stash
decorative labels 8
Gorjuss girl diecut topper
gold mirri card,ribbon and pearl brads from stash

Gorjuss girl topper kit

Beth stocks a wide range of kanban topper kits so reckon i will be popping back for more. Dont forget to pop by the StampnCraft blog for some more inspiration,have a great week,x

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Wildflowers blue and a DT card or two

Ok,well i shall be honest and when i got my paper i was truly stumped as me and floral dont exactly go but after looking at it and thinking of different ways to use it,once i started i was on a roll even if it was a simple roll!!
This was my paper for my DT project over at StampnCraft.
Paper is from The Paper Company USA range (Wildflowers blue)

and these are the two cards i made with my one sheet of paper.Main card i cut paper into squares,using a woodware punch,inked the edges with 'stormy sky' distress ink and glued to card blank. Added silver peeloff lines in between and then fancy cut the daisies and added to corner along with some glamour dust. For the notelet i cut the paper into banners,added some gems and stamped a greeting. Both quick cards but pleased with the end result. Papers, card blanks,gems and distress inks all available at the StampnCraft shop. Will be back later to do some blogging as have persuaded hubby he needs to go to footie :)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Birthday cards for buddies

Hi all,can i first off all say thanks so much for all your comments re my post on the loss of my cat Mitzi . Been a strange week without her especially after losing our other cat Otiz in April. Me and Sam (my dog)have been having lots of cuddles to get through and your lovely words have helped greatly.
Now these two cards i made last week are for Tracy and Tina,lovely ladies i craft with at the Bristol meets who have just celebrated their birthdays.
LOTV image coloured with promarkers
oval and scallop oval nesties
Dovecraft 'back to basics 2' papers
memory box ' spring border' die
memory box 'simple banner' die
Wild Rose Studio 'birthday greetings' stamped with 'lavender lace' ink (stampin up)
circle and scallop nesties
Stampin up embosslits ' beautiful wings' die
card from stash

LOTV image coloured with promarkers
oval and scallop oval nesties
Dovecraft 'back to basics 2' papers
memory box ' spring border' die
memory box 'simple banner' die
Wild Rose Studio 'birthday greetings' stamped with 'certainly celery' ink (stampin up)
circle and scallop nesties
Stampin up embosslits ' beautiful wings' die
card from stash

Thanks for popping by,have a great evening all,x

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

R.I.P Mitzi

Sadly i had to have my cat Mitzi put to sleep yesterday when we went to the vets. She had early stages of renal failure and ready to go. She was 18 and had a good life so know she is at peace now but will miss her lots and so will my dog Sam.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Retirement card for Sally

Hi all,just a quick post as off to vet with cat shortly as not too good but have made this card for a friend at work who is taking early retirement,am going to miss her loads as she was there from when i first started working. Chosen her favourite colour purple and am sure she will be certainly enjoying her retirement.
Flippin woman image and greeting stamp set
coloured with promarkes
labels 8 nesties
Decorative labels 8 nesties
ribbon - the range
paper - katysue designs
card and gems from stash
sprinkle of glamour dust

Thanks for all the lovely comments that you leave on my blog,love to read your feedback and it means i get to pop over and visit and see your lovely creations,x

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Been to a craft show

Hi all,well went to the Taunton craft show today with Sandra and Kelly and managed to spend a few pennies and had a good day and also meet up with some other docraft buddies.
I brought a ink blending mat,decorative labels 8, di-namics photo corners die,gorjuss girl stamp (half price) and whiff of joy stamp also half price and some fab spotty card from the annemarie stall. Was very restrained today for a

Saturday, 3 November 2012

House Mouse DT card

Well its Saturday so that must mean its my day to reveal my DT card for StampnCraft. Our challenge this week was to use a House Mouse image on our card and as they are so cute was no problem at all!

And for my card i challenged myself further to make a male card as really struggle with those!. For this card i stamped the image ( from the Autumn Tumble set) and coloured with promarkers and then diecut some clouds on to post its and used as a mask whilst i then applied tumbled glass distress ink for the sky. Layered up on paper and card from stash and added buttons,twine and a greeting.

Beth stocks a wide range of house mouse stamps in her shop so why not pop over and also go and visit the StampnCraft blog to see the other DT members cards and get some inspiration. Thanks for all your comments,they make my day,x