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Thursday, 11 February 2016


Good afternoon my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you are having a good week.

I had a fabulous day yesterday catching up with two of my lovely DT buddies - Kat and Sue over tea and cake in Cheltenham.

Today I thought I would share the little gifts I made for each of them now that they have been received - and I think they liked them :o)

One in blue:
And of course one in pink:
I used a couple of blank MDF plaques - they measure 15cm x 5cm 
Painted with chalky finish paint and then I used a crackle medium and painted with contrast chalk paint - really should have taken a photo of the reverse that shows the crackle effect - doh!!!

I papered the front side and then added some vintage lace, pearl string and some pretty floral details and of course the fabulous 'Friendship' sentiment - die cut using MFT pierced squares and inked with Distress Ink before taking out of the die to give a soft colour effect but keeping the border white.

Thanks for popping by.
Have a fabulous day.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

It's all About 'Love' at In the Pink

Good morning my lovely crafty friends - and a special BIG HELLO to all my lovely new followers - thank you for taking the time to pop by - hope you like what you see and decide to stay a while :o)

Today I'm here to share my DT make for the new challenge over at 

and this time our theme is all about 


With of course the main colour being PINK 

Now dopey here spent quite a bit of time putting together a sweet little card for the challenge - only to realise I made it following the theme for our next challenge and not a heart or love was in sight - what a wally!!!

So with not much time to spare I got to work on a very CAS project - but I actually love how it turned out
The MDF plaque I used to make this only arrived at lunchtime on Monday and I had it finished by mid-afternoon - super speedy make - wish they all came together that quick lol!!!!

So here's what I used:
MDF Plaque from 'The Wood Barn'
Painted with Warm White Acrylic Paint 
Design Papers: LOTV 'Romance and Roses'
Chipboard Alphabet Letters and Heart 
Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio Punch
Adhesive Pearls from The Hobby House
Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Diamond Stickles

Our sponsor this week is
offering 1 lucky winner $6 to spend in their online store

Challenges I would like to enter:

Crafting for all Seasons - Love is in the Air
Creative Moments - Anything Goes - Optional Twist Romance/Love
Simon Says Stamp - Have a Heart
Sisterhood of Crafters - Love Letters
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Inky Chicks - Love Letters and/or Hearts
MAWTT - Things with Wings

Thanks for popping by today and for all the lovely congratulations on my new DT post yesterday - I really appreciate all you support.

Right on today's crafty menu is finishing my latest PaperCraft Inspirations commissions - the deadline is looming and I haven't even started one of them!!!!!

Have a fabulous day.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

I'm All Dressed Up!!!

Good evening my lovely crafty friends.

I am super thrilled to share my news with you that I have been selected to join the fabulous DT at 

and I have this gorgeous DT Badge to display on my sidebar :o)

All the new DT have been introduced over on the challenge blog today with some scrummy first makes from everyone - please do pop over to take a look - you won't be disappointed.

So here's my first All Dressed Up DT project - using the adorable 'Little Bookworm' image - available here in Wendy's Etsy shop 
Card Ingredients:
Image: All Dressed Up 'Little Bookworm' 
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: First Edition 'Sweet Owl' (bargain from The Works)
Memory Box Precious Hearts Die
Magnolia Doo Hickey Swirl Die
Spellbinders Curved Border Die
MFT Stitched Rectangle Die
Hobbycraft Small Butterfly Punch
Ribbon and Small Roses from 'The Ribbon Girl'
Pearl String from 'The Hobby House'
Whimsey Stamps Sentiment 

And this is who I made the card for (and why) 

My scrummilicious Granddaughter Lola Arizona proudly showing off her two certificates she got at school last week.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Crafts Galore - Use a Digi or Stamp 
Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Love Letter and/or Hearts
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys - Pretty in Pink
Simon Says Stamp - Have a Heart
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes

Right gotta dash - my squidgicious Grandson Oliver (and Mummy & Daddy) are coming for tea - a delicious midweek roast nom nom!!!!

Thanks for popping by.
It's always great to see you and I always look forward to reading your lovely comments.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

On Your Wedding Day and My New Die Storage

Good afternoon my lovely crafty friends.

It's a lovely bright sunny day here in Gloucestershire but brrrrrr it's so cold - great weather for a brisk walk along the canal path and a lovely hot cup of coffee at the end :o)

Today I thought I would pop by to share a Wedding Card I recently made for my MiL to give to her friend's daughter that is getting married later this year.
Here's what I used:
Image: LOTV Die Cut panel 
Design Paper: LOTV 'Heartfelt'
Tonic Studios 'Trellis Square' die set 
Martha Stewart Scalloped Heart Border punch
Pleated satin ribbon
Adhesive Pearl Swirl from The Hobby House
Pearl String from The Hobby House
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Memory Box Fabulous Phlox Die (Foliage)

So in my last post I said I would be back to share my fabulous new die storage system - I sooooooo love it - does that make me slightly mad????

Anyway here is it:

and here's all my dies now fabulously organised

As you can see each magnetic sheet holds so many dies and the storage system display stand that you can also buy makes it easy to flick through the system to find the die you're looking for.

I used to store all my dies in folders with plastic wallets and magnetic sheets but found that the weight often ripped the plastic wallets or in some cases the magnetic sheets were double sided and even though they were in a plastic wallet they still stuck together. I have however still used one of the folders to store all my Memory Box dies:

So once I sorted out my dies I thought I better sort out my stamps so they are now all either in ring binders 

Using Martha Stewart 4 section or 2 section plastic wallets 

or the 'Stufftainers' stamp storage from Sir Stampalot

Sorry for the photo overload but hopefully you may find my storage solutions useful.

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:

My Time to Craft - Love is all Around
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Love and Romance
Wags n Whiskers - With Love
Crafting for all Seasons - Ribbons and Pearls
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by today.
Have a fabulous day.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Ruby Wedding Anniversary and Some Magazine Projects Sneaky Peeks

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.

How's your week going? Good I hope. 
Happy to report that I am feeling a bit better and that my nasty abscess has almost cleared up with the super strength antibiotics the Dr prescribed - thank goodness as I was told it may have needed to be surgically removed - ouch!!!!

I have been having a sort out in my little crafty haven - I think I have finally found the perfect die storage solution - well for me anyway. I'll take some photos today and share them with you later.

But first I would like to share another recent make using a scrummy new heart die I treated myself to from the Crafter's Companion January sale - I thought it would be perfect for this Ruby Wedding Anniversary card requested by my MiL. 
I also used the gorgeous 'Heartfelt' Design Papers from LOTV - sadly now discontinued but for every negative there is always a positive and you can get these papers as a digital download from Raspberry Road  available here so you can have as many of them whenever you want :o)

Oh and before I go a shoutout for the new issue of Papercraft Inspirations that's in the shops today - I'm thrilled to be sharing three lots of projects this time and here's some sneaky peeks 

3 Looks with Washi Tape 

Birthday Candles Cards for the All Occasions section

And a Moving Cards Masterclass

I do still have to pinch myself when I see my makes in print.
I know I am so very lucky to have this opportunity and I am very grateful each time a commission comes through - thank you Papercraft Inspirations.

And THANK YOU for all the lovely comments and support.
Have a fabulous day.

I'll be back later with photos of my new die storage system.


Monday, 25 January 2016

Anchors Away!!!

Good evening my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you had a better weekend than I did!!!

Unfortunately I didn't get to see Strictly on Tour on Saturday as I came down with a nasty bug - sore throat, headache, upset tummy and feeling totally drained and if that wasn't enough I also managed to get an abscess somewhere too delicate to mention but suffice to say that sitting isn't the most comfortable thing to do :o( 

So you can imagine how sorry for myself I'm must be feeling :o(

Anyway I thought the best thing to do would be to have a little playtime in my little crafty haven - I do tend to craft standing up most of the time!!

So here's one of the cards I put together using one of the Hunkydory Little Books - this one is from the Little Book of Birthdays
I also used some Craftwork Cards 'Harbour Boulevard' Design Paper
Tim Holtz Sizzix 'Wordplay'

Right I'm off to have a little bloggy catch-up whilst watching the soaps.
Thanks for popping by.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Bling it On at In the Pink

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.

Hope you are having a good week and keeping safe and warm from this freezing weather we are having in the UK at the minute brrrrr!!! 
I hope it warms up a little before the weekend as I'm going to Birmingham on Saturday to see The Strictly Tour with my DiL.

So today I'm here to share my DT make for the new challenge over at 

and this time our theme is 


We would like to see you add some bling to your PINK projects - so break out the gems, glitters and/or Frantage and have some fun.

Here's what I did:
And here's what I used:
Adorable image from All Dressed Up 'Hippie Chick'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Sentiment Stamp from Crafter's Companion Set 
Various sequins, pearls and gems from my stash
A dash of Stardust Stickles 

Challenges I would like to enter:

All Dressed Up- Anything Goes + DT Call
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Things with Wings

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous 

offering 1 lucky winner £10 to spend in their online store.

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

Right I'm on a mission to get in shape for that summer holiday we booked at the weekend so I'm off to get on the bike.

Thanks for calling by.
Have a fabulous day.