Saturday, 10 May 2014

May 365 Calendar

Hi blog readers

I've finished my pages for my May 365 Calendar a la Kate Crane.  

I was going to leave it just with the rainbow Distress Ink and a few splashes but thought that was a little boring and plain even when the patterned squares were added.

So I then went a little mad with the stamps in my stamp box and added some doodling and then added the patterned squares all from my bits and pieces box -hence the "messy squares and the hands".

I do like to play along with this as it only takes a few minutes each day and it is like keeping a very simple diary.

If you are reading this do leave a comment so I can visit your blog in return.

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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Unusual Saturday

Now I know it is National Scrapbooking Day but I haven't got anything crafty to share with you today.  Instead I want to tell you what I got up to this morning, at 6.30 am to be precise. I finally got to have my balloon trip!  yippee, hooray, weeeeeeeeee and all the other happy words you can think of.  

It was an early start and with a cold coming on I wasn't feeling very bright. But after waiting and being disappointed for four years and 13 attempts I was not going to let anything come in the way of me taking to the skies.  

The field was covered in a heavy frost and my boots soon got very wet and icy.  
We helped prepare the balloon ready for flight and after a quick briefing we took to the air.  Sixteen passengers and our pilot, Gavin rose majestically into the sky and we were off.

I left my husband on the ground waving me off and very quickly he got smaller and smaller hahaha.  
It was so quiet during the flight (apart from the occasional radio transmissions and chatter from the passengers) and it didn't feel like we were moving at all.  We glided over the Hertfordshire countryside seeing the morning unfold below us whilst the wildlife scattered when then heard the burners fire up.

If you are thinking about going in a hot air balloon I would thoroughly recommend it.  I had a brilliant morning.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Gavin, our pilot, and all the ground crew at Virgin Balloons for making this a special day for me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and if you can please leave a comment so I can return the favour and visit you.


Have a great bank holiday weekend.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Weekend break

Last weekend I had a fabulous time with my family in Edinburgh.  We flew up on Friday night and came back on Sunday night.  It was a very busy couple of days but we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We were all tired yesterday but it was worth it.

Our trip was made extra special by meeting up with my good friend Janice who I haven't seen for about three years.  It was great to have a laugh and catch up with her and she was kind enough to acted as our own personal tour guide.  I managed to persuaded her to climb Scott Monument with me and my son.  No wonder our legs ached!! 

I also met this chap in Edinburgh castle but he wasn't as talkative as Janice.

If you haven't been to Edinburgh I would recommend it.  It was a lovely city to visit and I will be going back again for sure.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and leave a comment so I can return the visit to your blog.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Inspiration strikes

Visiting my favourite blogs the other day I stopped at Kaz's Slightly Wonky Crafts and was inspired by her card to make one similar of my own.

Kaz has made her card for Tando with an accompanying video which is a great way to learn a new technique and that is just what I did for this card.  Using the Tando mask and some Distress Ink worked through the holes.  I think it gives a great effect with the circles.

The stamp is a Gorjuss Girl one and the sentiment is cut from a piece of Scenic Route paper and a little doodling to finish it off.

Thanks for visiting my blog today please leave a comment so I can come and visit your blog too.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014


Of course with all the cards I made last week I didn't have a card I needed for a male birthday today grrrrr! so I made this card yesterday.

Very simple and if I wasn't in so much of a hurry I probably would have included some more elements but heyho here it is.

The little ram is from a set from Mama Elephant.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Card Catch Up

I thought I would use some of my holiday time re stocking my card box as it seems to have run low on premade cards.  You know what I mean, those last minute birthday cards that crop up from time to time, or is that just me?  tee hee

Well yesterday I spent the morning making these and thought I would show them on my blog. I haven't had alot to show recently because I've been journalling more.

Thank you if you have visited my blog today.
Please leave a comment and then I can visit
your blog and see your work.
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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March Zentangle Calendar

Hello friends

As it is 1st of April I thought I would show you my March zentangle calendar pages

All doodled with a black gel pen usually during the evening watching telly, tee hee.

Think I might do this again for April but a different shape and maybe using some colour.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Another Gorjuss card

Another Gorjuss girl dressed using my Copic Sketch Markers this time a card for my sister.  

I saw the Pink and Green challenge over on Totally Gorjuss at the beginning of March (I've only just got round to making the card haha) and knew which girl I wanted to use and here she is.

The papers are from an old stash supply I'm still using but I can't remember the name of the company sorry.

I like to stamp several images out at one time and then spend my time dressing these girls in different colourways.  I suppose it is still like playing dolls tee hee.

I'm also experimenting with different skin tones and hair shades.

Just need to say a thank you to Jo for info on making my girls stand out from the page.  Will definitely try that next time. 

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Quick card

Thought I would post a card I made in a bit of a hurry yesterday.  I had forget that when I use all my reserve cards in the box that it needs restocking again!!  ooops

So this image is a Gorjuss girl stamp coloured with Copic Sketch Markers placed on some Elsie patterned paper I've had for years and years.  The Tim Holtz sentiment was embossed onto card, distressed with an ink pad and placed onto the patterned paper.
et voila a very quick card.

thanks for dropping by

Saturday, 8 March 2014

365 Challenge for 2014

I decided to do Kate's challenge again as I enjoyed doing it in 2010 and have completed January and February already.

For March I thought I would do something a little different and have decided to do a zentangle doodle each day that way I will see what patterns have influenced me each day.  

So here is the first week . . .

I'm still going to write comments for March each day on my usual 365 journal but this will be an extra and something I can do watching telly whilst I have no knitting to do :(  
I must rectify that soon I think.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog.

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Something woolly comes

Isn't it annoying when you are nearing the end of a project (doesn't matter what type it is) and you run out of a material you are using?  grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

That's what happened to me last week with my jumper.  But thanks to the speedy service at WiseBadger I was soon knitting again and able to complete my project.

I was like a new kid and couldn't wait to wear it to work the following morning. tee hee

Thanks for dropping by to read my mutterings

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wow February is nearly over and this is only my third blog post this year.   My knitting seems to have taken over my creativity recently, well it keeps me warm and cosy sitting on the sofa wrapped up in wool.  lol

But tonight I had to create a card for a family birthday tomorrow so I went and sat at my desk and created this card.

The patterned paper is one I have had for years and recently found in my craft stash (I think it is by Elsie).  The image was one I received in a stamped image swap many moons ago too and was saving for someone special.  The three strips of washi tape are a recent purchase from Paperchase.

Thanks for stopping by and do leave a comment if you can.  

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

a week on . . .

Thought I would let you know that my craft area in my bedroom is still tidy. hahahaha

Monday, 6 January 2014

Hello everybody

My first blog post of the 2014 and I want to wish you all
a happy and healthy year ahead.

Thought I would show you a photo of my knitted Christmas jumper for my first post of the year.  It was very comfy to wear and not hot and stuffy at all.  After it's first wash however the cream wool has gone a little pink, but heyho that adds to the homespun feel.

I've been a good girl over the holidays and got on with some much needed clearing out.  This is my craft area in my bedroom (much to my husband's annoyance ooops)  but I have managed, being very ruthless, to cut down the space by a quarter at least. 

See the EMPTY space under the window on the right?  Well all the craft stash has gone and the space will stay clear and that is a promise.

Thanks for stopping bye.

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Monday, 30 December 2013


I'd like to wish
all my blog followers and readers
a Happy New Year.

May you have happiness &
 prosperity throughout 2014.

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Gold and White

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, Leo has set a challenge "Going for  Gold".  So I decided to do just that.

I must admit though I did use some flesh coloured Copics to colour in the fairy.  Hope that still counts?

This second card I stuck to the brief and have only used white and gold.  A very simple card indeed to make just embossing (both dry and with powder) and hey presto a Christmas card to add to the box.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting my blog.

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Paper Weaving

Just slipping under the wire to show you my Daring Cardmakers challenge which is to show some paper weaving on your cards.

I had fun weaving these festive papers together and added my favourite Jolly Father Christmas stamp and a little sentiment.  Another Christmas card completed and one to add to the pile.  

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

More oranginess

Since my last post I haven't had much time for any crafting and nothing else to report on.  But whilst looking back on my blog a realised that I hadn't shown you the paper pumkins I made as decoration for my Pumpkin Party.

So here they are:-
I found the inspiration for them whilst surfing the internet.  A website called I ♥ naptime is a wonderful source for all different crafts and I will be visiting it often.

Talking of inspiration there are the Daring Cardmakers and I was very pleased to have won one of their birthday presents, a set of Christmas stamps from Crimson Cloud.  These stamps arrived this week and I was able to play with them today.  The stamps are self cling and very strong, not flimsy at all and I made these two Christmas cards.  

I stamped the images onto some Basic Grey papers and embossed them.  The backing paper on the bottom one and the mat on the top card are my own Gelli Plate backgrounds.  (I'm finally getting round to using these haha).

Thanks for dropping by.

Happy Sunday.
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Saturday, 2 November 2013

I don't know if you are the same as me? (probably not as I can be a bit strange sometimes :)) but I find that when I sit down to make a birthday card I go off on a tangent and end up making another three or four as well.

And that is just what I have done here.  I had to make two birthday cards and ended up with two extra.  These are now added to my stock of cards for emergency/oops I forgot birthdays.


All I need to do now is get my head around Christmas cards.  I think I might stamp out some images and colour them during Strictly this evening.  


Happy Saturday to you all in Blogland.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Thank you cards

Still on the pumpkin theme I wanted to thank my family for making the Pumpkin Party special so made and sent these cards this morning.
 The bat stamp is paper smoochie one and the pumpkin is an imaginesence one (I think) both were coloured with Copic Sketch markers.

I've also wanted to photograph my pumpkin and show you close up the lovely texture on the skin it has.

Don't worry I promise my blog won't be overrun with pumpkins for too long. haha.

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