Sunday, 18 March 2018

Butterfly Snippets

Good morning to you all on this cold and frosty Sunday. I know it's a great excuse to stay inside and do a bit of crafting but honestly I would love spring to come out of hiding, wouldn't you?

But less of the complaining and onto my card. Using a snippet of white card I cut a Penny Black Glamorous die and I left the die in place while I coloured it with some Flexmarkers that were to hand - the stems are very fragile and the flower head easily breaks off, which I found out with my first attempt. Then I stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment onto a snippet of cream card and stuck it all together before finally adding my butterfly. A very quick and CAS card and another NBUS item (PB die) used.

Edited for my bad grammar and typing: what I actually meant to say was that after I'd die cut the flower I took the die off and instead of pushing the flower out from the card negative I left it in place whilst I coloured it to keep it a bit more secure. Thinking about it now I could have tried sticking it onto a post-it pad or low tack tape to keep it secure at the fragile point where the stem and petals meet.

I made this for

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Butterfly challenge 'spin the wheel with the letter L' I managed lavender, lemon, layers, letters

Now I'm off to find Mojo and maybe get my inspiration and creative jusices flowing for a few more challenges. Take care and keep warm (or cold) depending on whereabouts in Blogland you are and thanks for popping by today.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New Home

Hey the sun is shining here today so does that mean spring is finally coming out of hiding? This has been the longest winter for me starting last September when Hubby was rushed into hospital for emergency surgery and with everything else that's happened since I don't seem to have got anything organised! I was quite optimistic when I posted my last card that I was getting on top of things and even got some stamping and colouring done.... but then those dreaded germs jumped out and caught me unawares.  Fingers and toes and everything else crossed I think I've finally shaken them off and can start again!

Anyway enough of my waffling on - here's a card I made using snippets of card and a Poppystamps die 'Country House' and 'Country House roof and background'. I cut the background from snippets of coloured card and inlaid them into a piece of white card, then added the other pieces on top before layering onto green card and the card blank. I used chalks to give a bit of colour to the sky and ground but (as usual) it doesn't show up on the photo. After searching through all my stamps I've only just realised that I've got no new home sentiments so that'll have to be added when I've been on a shopping trip!

I've made this for the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Time Out challenge 'bold'

Poppy challenge 'clean and simple'

Edited: after a nudge from Darnell I'm also entering this in

Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge 'home'

Thanks for popping by today and I'll be around to catch up with you all over the next few days.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Uniko Birthday

Well after thinking we may have got away with just a few snow flurries that didn't settle we woke up to a thick blanket of snow this morning. I've now got Hubby trying to clear off and get the car started so we can go and check on my Dad's house and turn his heating up a bit higher.

If you hadn't already heard, Uniko are celebrating and are having a 6th Birthday Linky Party over on their blog. I've made a card using Uniko stamps from 'Big and Bold Wish' and 'Simply Said Birthday' along with Uniko 'Scattered Polka Dots' stencil.

I followed the sketch over at CAS Colours and sketches

and I'm also joining the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More

I hope you're all keeping fit and well, and for those of you in the cold and snow I hope you're managing to snug and warm as well. Thanks for popping by today.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Snippets and B's

Hello to you all on this very cold but sunny day. I'm planning on having a restful weekend with the heating switched up and a bit of crafting to amuse myself.

I've made a card using snippets of ribbon, card and paper and the last three of my larger flowers. I started with the flowers and the snippet of ribbon - it was a case of use them or bin them - then I found the piece of green spotty paper and I'd already cut my new TH background die from a snippet of card when I first got it to see what it looked like, and after a tiny bit of cutting to size and sticking in place I'd got the start of the card. Next up was trying different nesting dies (they'd already been cut from snippets and kept in a box for when they were needed) and I settled on a TH stitched oval and also a Cheery Lyn butterfly with a couple of gems added. So after stamping the Clearly besotted sentiment I stuck the last two bits in place to finish the card. I know it was a very back to front way of doing things but it's just the way things happen sometimes!

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Allsorts challenge 'I spy something beginning with B'  Blooms, Bow, Butterfly

Let's Craft and Create challenge 'anything goes + option mother's day/mother'

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Something Old, Something New

Hi everyone, welcome to another weekend and I can't believe we're halfway through a second month already!

The first ever Uniko stamp I had was the fabulous Pure Florals: Gerbera set (something old) that I won over in Pixie's Snippets Playground - it became the start of a collection that has it's own box in the crafty cupboard - and I recently saw the matching die set (something new) on offer so I decided to treat myself. I stamped and die-cut the solid flowers and then picked a sentiment from the Uniko 'simply said birthday' set which I stamped straight onto a piece of hammered effect card using the Misti. When I first started card making I would computer generate most of my sentiments but now I prefer hand stamped as I've built up such a good collection to pick from. After matting on pink card and sticking to the card base all I had to do was add a few sequins to finish it off.

I shall head over to the following challenges with this

Uniko challenge 'something old, something new + option love'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything with flowers'

As You Like It challenge 'favourite way to add a sentiment and why'

Edited to add another challenge ~

Uniko 6th Birthday Linky Party where you have to make a birthday card to join in the fun

Thanks for popping by and for taking the time to leave me a few words. I hope you all have a super weekend whatever your plans are.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Twofer Hearts

Morning to you all, hope things are well with you today. Darnell's second Twofer challenge has started and the theme this month is hearts. Now as you have to make two cards of different designs using the same stamp or die I've also set myself the challenge of using NBUS, old stash or (as in this case) a not so loved stamp. I bought this stamp last year and it's only been used once as I wasn't too keen on the card I made and as I'm still having a clear out I thought I'd give it another go before deciding it's fate. The stamp I've used is 'Penny Black Valentine Dance' and the butterflies have lots of little hearts on them.

so I'm heading over to the Twofer challenge with these

Here's my 'Onefer' which also uses the sentiment that comes in the set. I used a Sakura glitter pen on the hearts and Dovecraft punch for the border.

here's a close up but it still doesn't show the glitter!

This one's heading over to the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'love is in the air' (my second entry)

AAA Cards challenge 'all you need is love'

So now for my 'Twofer' - again I wasn't too impressed with my first card and thought about maybe embossing the butterflies to give them a bit more ooomph as I'd originally planned on making an anniversary card, but that still didn't fill me with any enthusiasm.

At this stage I had come to the conclusion that I wasn't going to be able to get this stamp to work for me so next step was to change course completely and I started by stamping on a snippet of card, colouring with Promarkers and then cutting out the wings to see what they looked like. Mmmm..... out came the Sakura pen again to give the hearts a bit of glitter and I thought I may as well carry on and see where this would lead me. Next I stamped onto some more card and coloured again using Promarkers and the glitter pen and then attached the wings, so far not looking too bad but still lacking something and then I had that 'eureka' moment and realised that butterflies need flowers - so another PB stamp 'Jubilance' came to the rescue and I added a few flowers with Stickles centres along the bottom. Finally I stamped a PB birthday sentiment and then matted it onto some coloured card and a deckled edge card base. I much prefer my 'Twofer' so I've decided to hang on to this stamp for a while longer to see if I can find a bit of inspiration and give it a bit more love.

again, here's another close up but it still doesn't show the glitter and Stickles!

and this one's heading over to the following challenges

Penny Black and More challenge 'love, hearts and / or flowers'

Penny Black Saturday challenge 'anything goes + option use some scraps'

Country View challenge 'anything but cute'

Thanks for taking the time to pop by on this cold wet and miserable day (well that's what it's like here) and for taking the time to leave me a comment.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Lovebird Snippets

Hi everyone, Sorry I've been such a bad blogger this past fortnight, I really don't know where the days are going to.... we're well into February and I've only made one card and not even managed to get time to hop around Blogland to visit you all. Hopefully the clocks will slow down a bit next week and I'll be able to catch up with everyone.

Anyway here's my card using some of my very old stash and snippets of card, paper and ribbon. I had 3 strips of the paper so matted the widest onto a strip of white card and then stuck it to the base card with the thinner strips tucked underneath. The image is a Sylvia Zet Hobby House topper cut with a Tim Holtz oval die matted onto the next size up oval and from a snippet of ribbon I made a bow and wrapped the leftover bit around the larger oval and under the image. Then to finish I added some flowers. So my new resolution is to use up all my old toppers and flowers as well as all the tiny lengths of ribbon I have lying around.

I'm entering this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Allsorts challenge 'love is in the air'

Die Cut Divas challenge 'love is in the air'

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you all have a super weekend

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Giveaway winners

Hi everyone, hope you're all feeling well and having a great weekend. As promised I'm back with the names of my folowers who have said they'll give a loving home to my 'not so loved by me' craft goodies. I wrote your names on pieces of paper and got hubby to pick one for each giveaway. I was going to take a photo of each piece of paper but the camera batteries have died on me so you'll just have to trust me this time.

So here we have it

Woodware stamps 'Christmas Hoot' and 'Huge Snow'

Penny Black stamp 'Jubilant'

Tattered Lace embossing folder, Snowflake die and LOTV toppers

Clearly Besotted stamp set 'simply quilled', Spellbinders Impressabilities 'flowers' and Memory Box stencil 'texture chicken wire'

Sugar Nellie 'snow family' and Poppystamps die 'frosty snowflake buttons'

Memory Box 'Lindemann Snowflake' die and a Hero Arts stamp

If you could send me your name and address to (at) then I'll get them out in the post to you next week.

I know it was only a few bits I cleared out but it actually feels so good to have done this as it makes a bit more space for my new goodies! 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Uniko Butterflies

I can't believe a whole month has already passed us by this year. Last year I bought several new stamps and due to everything that happened over the past few months I've not got round to playing with them yet, so I've put them all in a single box on the top of the cupboard and I'm going to work my way through them before they get put in the craft cupboard and forgotten about.

Here's the first which is from Uniko called 'English Country Garden Butterflies' and which I stamped in two layers - first the solid butterfly with a lilac Memento ink and then the outline detail stamp with white embossing powder. I used my old Xcut nesting heart dies to cut the card and fixed it all with sticky pads and finally added a silver peel-off sentiment. As it's such a pale colour with so much white it was really hard to photograph and this was the best I could get.

I'm entering this in the following challenges

Uniko challenge 'something old, something new + optional twist love'

Inkspirational challenge 'word prompt attachment'

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you're all ready for the weekend and fingers crossed the weather plays nice for us.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Finally.... Birthday Card Made

I've finally got my granddaughter's birthday card made and hopefully it'll get there in time this year. Last year it took the scenic route from England to Australia via Spain courtesy of the Royal Mail (a 5 week journey instead of 5 days!)

The image is Mo Manning 'Lacie' coloured with Promarkers and chalks for the grass and sky. For some reason the chalks never show up in the photos but they are there IRL, and after taking the photos I realised that I'd forgotten the Sakura glaze on the sunspec lenses and Stickles on the ice cream so they've now been added. Papers are from Prima 'doodle deux' collection, the number 2 is a Die-namics die and the image and sentiment have been cut with Xcut nesting dies. I guess this has to be my favourite and most used die set as it's perfect for cutting and matting images. A bit of ribbon and a wooden butterfly from my stash and I was finally finished.

I shall head over to the following challenges with this

Noor Design UK challenge ' anything goes'
As You Like It challenge 'favourite die and why'
Paper Creator's Crafts challenge 'anything goes'

And another 'finally' - my last pre-loved candy (at least for the time being!) A Memory Box 'Lindemann Snowflake' die and a Hero Arts stamp. I'm not sure of the stamp name as it was originally wood-mounted but I de-wooded and put it onto cling foam. Please feel free to look back at the last three posts for my other pre-loved giveaways and if there's any you would like then just leave a message saying which and I'll put your name in the hat.

(The winner is Sandma's Handmade cards - claimed)

I'm now off for a walk to the Post Office with Asher's birthday card while it's dry and the sun is shining. Thanks for popping by today,

Monday, 29 January 2018

More pre-loved candy

Back again with a few more bits of pre-loved crafty stash to give away. As in the previous giveaways if you only want part of a bundle then I'm happy to split and hopefully they will find new homes that will give them some use.

First up - Clearly Besotted stamp set 'simply quilled', Spellbinders Impressabilities 'flowers' and a Memory Box stencil 'texture chicken wire' (this has sat in the cupboard for a few years and never been used)

(The winner is Liz - claimed)

and a bit more christmas - Sugar Nellie 'snow family' (I've cling mounted this stamp) and a Poppystamps die 'frosty snowflake buttons' (I won this in a challenge some time ago but never used it as I've got so many snowflakes that I could start a snowball fight!)

(The winner is KT Fit Kitty - claimed)

I've still got a couple more giveaways if you want to pop back tomorrow.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Penny Black + Others pre-loved candy

As promised I'm back today with some more pre-loved candy. If you're interested then leave me a comment below to let me know and also say if there is any you don't want so that can be picked for someone else. As I'm giving away a few bits which are older items that have been used and therefore probably not wanted by many people I've decided to pick winners for each lot independently - so basically if you put your name in the hat for yesterday and today then you could possibly end up winning both. For each candy I'll write all the names on a piece of paper and get Hubby to pick one out of the hat next Sunday.

First up is a Penny Black stamp 'Jubilant'. Well you probably already know how much I love Penny Black stamps and this one is no exception BUT after inking up and colouring a few times now I just don't seem to be able to get this beauty to work for me. It's hard to part with any Penny Black stamp but I think it really is time to let someone else have a go with this.

(The winner is Mrs A - claimed)

Second up - a Tattered Lace snowflake die, a Tattered Lace '12 days of christmas' embossing folder (approx 8.5 x 1.5 inches) and a bundle of 32 LOTV toppers (6 different images)
There are so many images in the LOTV pads, the embossing folder was part of a set and I have accumulated rather a lot of snowflakes - so again I thought it was time to share. I put a strip of red card to try and show the words on the EF.

The winner is Jenny L - claimed)

Thanks for popping by and I'll be back tomorrrow with more candy, so do feel free to come and take a look. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Woodware stamps pre-loved candy

Hi everyone, I've been rather busy this week sorting out and doing things at my Dad's ready for it being put up for sale next week so I've not had much time to switch the laptop on. I did bring home a small chest of drawers for my craft stuff and I'm now in the process of sorting through my stamps and dies. I bought these 2 Woodware stamps last year that I've only inked up once and which I know I won't use again.... so if any of my followers would like them please leave a comment below and I'll pick a name next weekend. I know they are quite old designs so if you already have one of them but would like the other, then please say so and I'll do another pick for the second.

They are Woodware 'Christmas Hoot and 'Huge Snow'

(The winner is Anne - claimed)

Hope you all have a great weekend and better weather than we've got here!

Post edited to add a snippets make created by my Dad for me last summer and which I just found in the bedroom drawer. These are leg / ankle warmers he made from leftover bits of wool so I'm going to go and show them off to the Playmates over at Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge

I'll be adding  more pre-loved candy over the next few days so feel free to pop back and have a look.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Only 3 days since my last post and here I am again with two cards for Darnell's new Twofer challenge. I used to love joining in with her NBUS challenges as it encouraged me to delve into my mountain of unused stash, so I was determined to join in with this new challenge. It actually was a challenge for me as the only feather stamp I owned has gone walkabouts so my feathers are in the shape of a very old Cheery Lyn Hummingbird die. At least in my search I did dig out a new stamp and some of my very old stash and now have two more cards made.

 I'm heading over to the Twofer card challenge with these two cards

So in a bit more detail here's my first card.
I used one of my new (I've got so many uninked which I bought last year) Penny Black stamps 'delicate florals' and stamped a couple of times onto a card blank with grey, light blue and lilac inks, then added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted before sticking the Hummingbird in place. At this point I liked what I had made so resisted the temptation to add anything else..... I think this is the most CAS card I've ever made.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Penny Black and More challenge 'something new'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'cold and frosty colours'

AAA Cards challenge 'quote - let today be the start of something new'

Penny Black Saturday challenge 'anything goes'

For my second card I used a dotty embossing folder along with a Memory Box 'catalina wreath' which I stuck to a scalloped edge circle die-cut. Then a few flowers, pearls, silver peel-off sentiment and my Hummingbird and the card was finished.

I'm entering the Allsorts challenge 'no patterned paper' with this card

That really gave my crafting a kick-start, so a big thank you to Darnell and her super Design Team.... but now I really must go off and make a start on my granddaughter's birthday card!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Birthday Wishes

Well I'm having a pretty slow start to the year crafting wise and it took me ages to come up with this card for my Daughter's birthday. I used a Bugaboo image coloured with Promarkers and the paper is a freebie I found from The Coffee ShopBlog. Dies are Paper Smooches 'big balloons' Poppystamps 'general store tag' and Joanna Sheen 'tied ribbon' which were cut from snippets of card left over from matting the image. I haven't got a 'daughter' sentiment stamp so the tag was hand-written before I tied it to the balloons with some baker's twine

I'm hopping along to the following challlenges with this card

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Double D challenge 'anything birthday / anniversary goes using moodboard'

Country View challenge 'anything goes'

Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'use patterned paper'

I'm off now to make a start on my granddaughter's card.... with a bit of luck I might just get it finished in time for her birthday in February! Thanks for popping by today and I hope you have a fun weekend whatever you're up to.

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year Snippets

Happy New Year

Here's wishing each and every one of you a happy and healthy 2018 and I hope each day brings you lots of laughs and smiles.

I've finally made my snippets card so now I'm skipping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to join the other Playmates. The image is from Bugaboo and coloured with Promarkers with an extra balloon cut out and added on a foam pad. Then I juggled and stuck some small snippets of coloured card around the edge of a card base to make a frame before adding the image which hid all the uneven edges and blank bit in the middle. To finish I added a peel-off 'happy birthday'

Thank you all so much for the words of comfort you left me in my last post.... I really appreciate all your kindess and friendship and I'm now managing to get myself into some sort of normality so I should be catching up with you all properly in the next week or two.