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.