Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Finished it at last !!!

Good Morning Ladies,

Well I finally finished the Diamond Wedding Anniversary Card, I just need to create the box for it this morning and then it can be delivered, I am just so relieved to have it done.  The card looks like silver but they look like tiny little individual sparkles up close, such a lovely paper to work with, I bought it at Farnborough from Pink Frog Crafts, they had it in Rose Gold and plain gold too, it is super smooth, I think you could stamp on it too. I combined it with Centura Pearl card. 
I just have to hope the lady likes it!!! 

Sue and I had a productive day, I was working on this card, Sue was working on her Challenge project for Sunday.  Something we haven't seen before too.

That's the last of my 'commissioned' cards, so I can create for pleasure now!! 

I hope you all have a good day,

Love and hugs


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Stampin' Up News & Margaret's First Stampin Up Card

Margaret's First Stampin' Up! Card

Sale-a-bration is ending !!

Good Morning Ladies,

I just wanted to give you a couple of updates regarding Stampin' Up!.   First of all I have 'officially' Qualified as a Demonstrator, which surprised me, this was only made possible by the orders I received so a heartfelt thank you from me for that xxx

I am also hugely excited to announce that I now have a 'Team' !!!,   Margaret and Sue chatted with a Demonstrator at Farnborough who explained the benefits of joining during Sale-a-bration and the fact that there is NO obligation to put in another order, you don't have to do anything, it maybe easier if I list it.

Step 1  Choose you £130 worth from any Stampin Up Catalogues

Step 2  Choose 2 Extra Stamp Sets for FREE from any Catalogue, only until 31/3/17                       these add Up to £93 extra value to you starter kit.

               That's up to £223 worth of goods for £99 !  

Step 3. There is absolutely no obligation for you to do anything else, no selling,
              No recruiting, nothing in fact unless you choose to.  I can promise that 
               They do not contact you at any point to pressure you in to doing anything.
                I fell in love with the products and wanted to expand, but i could stop                             tomorrow.  Some ladies order the kit, wait until sale-a-bration again the 
                 Following year, re-join and order another £223 worth of products for £99.
                 You are just classed as a 'Hobby Demo" I think most of my team members 
                  Under Amanda are 'Hobby Demos" .

Now as i explained to you before I am not explaining any of this to try and get you to sign up for my benefit, I saw first hand how excited Margaret was choosing her kit and extra stamp sets and it was amazing, then on Friday last week her order was 
Delivered, I wished i could drive because I would have loved to have been there to see her unpack that box, we did message each other, I know that she couldn't wait to play, the only dilemma being which set to play with first!  
So Margaret automatically​ becomes my 'Team', our team name is ...............
'The Cotswold Crafters'  thank you Margaret for letting me be part of your excitement this past 2 weeks. xx

The other part of Sale-a-bration that will cease on 31/3 is the free product that you get with every £45 spend, so if any of you were thinking of placing an order now is a good time if you want the benefit of a freebie. 

If any of you are interested in anything just let me know and I will get it ordered for you and you can pay me via PayPal or bank transfer etc. 

I only wanted to let you know my lovelies so that you didn't miss out on the benefits, thank you for your patience!! 

I have featured Margaret's first stamped card with her new products, isn't it fab, i love how you have created your own decorative paper, all you needed was the sentiment and you have created a fantastic card, I am looking forward to the next one already, thank you Margaret xxx.

Pat, sending love, hugs and good wishes for you both today, I am sure it will be much more organised than they were last week. The overnight stay will hopefully give you both a chance to get some rest as i am sure you haven't relaxed since this was diagnosed.  As always I am only a phone call away, I will miss you today my love xxx

Janet, please slow down, i got a sweat on just reading your comments yesterday!  Will you be able to shoe-horn me into your car next weekend, i could do with a relaxing break!  I'm quite low maintenance, you will just need to feed my craft habit, well and the occasional French Patisserie of course !!  Please take it easy, hugs xxx

Val, I hope these antibiotics start to work quickly before it develops into something worse. I hope that they don't make you feel unwell too, I always take the 'Pre/pro biotic' of 'Live' yoghurt when taking Antibiotics as they do tend to take away the good bacteria too, particularly if you have more than course, Sending huge hugs for a speedy recovery xxx

Karen, great news regarding​ your tests being all clear, fingers crossed this new medication gives you some relief from the coughing, Pat is still suffering too, mind you I would have thought it was acid reflux you would have had the 'heartburn' symptoms too, I guess they are trying everything, hugs xxx

Maria, Hope your​ MRI gives you the answers you need and ends your pain, it gets so frustrating when it drags on, hugs xxx

Lynda, oh my goodness you are the bravest lady I know, your dentist visit sounded like hell, bless you!  You are so bloody amazing, you have suffered so much recently but you still keep your sense of humour, despite having so much going on with you and poor Terry you still make time to ask after and care about others. I want to send you the biggest hugs, you are such an amazing friend, sending lots of love too, plus extras for Our dear Terry xxXxx 🤗🤗

I'm hoping to see Sue today, I must finish a Diamond wedding Anniversary card I started about 2 weeks ago, I just can't make up my mind what to do, I made a start last night though, that is my goal for today, plus plenty of Chatting of course, if any of you want to join in you could Skype us ! xxx

Love and hugs to all of you,


Monday, 27 March 2017

Monday Challenge

Good Monday morning Ladies,

My Challenge for you this week is to make something other than
a card with your card making stash.
It could be absolutely anything (apart from a card)!
I have decided to not use the term 'Home Decor' as it can be confusing, you could make anything from A Book Mark, to a Box (following the tutorial I did for boxes).  Karen's Chocolate Bar Wrapper, that would be perfect or the Easter Cups that Janet shared with us on Saturday.

My example to give you a little inspiration is the 21st Birthday Shadow Box I made  for Becca's friend Georgia last weekend.
I managed to find a few frames in 'The Factory Outlet shop' that were reduced from £3 down to £1 !!!! BARGAIN, so bought 5.
I peeled off the little house and i sanded the surface to make it smooth. I then cut a piece of pretty paper to fit the frame, then i made a frame using two sheets of white card stuck together. I used a square dye to cut an aperture in the centre of the card. Then added foam tape to raise the frame from the base. I dye cut a 21 three times, using my Scan and Cut machine, then layered them together. I placed them in the centre of the square, added some wink of Stella to give some sparkle. To decorate the rest of the frame, I ran some narrow lace around the edge of the frame using some my hot glue gun to adhere it. Next I added some pearl string to complete the look, I placed a few flowers in opposite corners and added her name to personalise. It was quite quick and easy to make, but is very effective. It is a great alternative to a basic card for special occasions.

 My Altered Frame 

Original frame

Some other alternatives are.....
Karen's Chocolate Wrapper

Paper Bags from Envelopes

Mugs for Easter

Altered Clothes Peg

Decorated Box

Janet's Wreath

Cheryl Keepsake Rings

If you need anymore inspiration​ please tell me and i'll gladly help you. Pinterest is another great source of inspiration, just type in something like 'Papercraft​ projects'.
I can't wait to see what you all create.  I hope you have fun with it ladies xxx

Have a lovely day ladies, 

Love and hugs


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Your Challenge Cards

My Challenge Card

The Sketch

Good Morning Ladies,
Welcome to another Sunday blog post packed with the most amazing
Display of cards, all made by you amazingly talented Ladies!!

Cheryl's Challenge Card

Cheryl has used the pretty 'Gorjuss Girl's for her Challenge card,
I love the layout of your card, the pretty lace down the sides really 
Softens the edges, the three matching 'Gorjuss' embellishments finish
The card beautifully, thank you Cheryl

Michele's Challenge Card

Michele has made a lovely Easter card using this weeks Sketch, it has
Worked perfectly Michele, I absolutely love your card,  that
Narrow strip of coloured paper adds a pop of Spring colour to your card,
The three Easter die cuts work perfectly to balance your card.
Thank you so much Michele

Maria's Challenge Card

Maria, I really  love these Cat images, they look like very 'posh' cats,
That leafy ribbon trim is so lovely and works perfectly with that 
Pretty background paper, the glitter around the lid of the box and 
The slipper give the perfect touch of sparkle!
Thank you so much Maria

Janet's Challenge Card (1)

Janet's Challenge card (2)

Janet, these cards are absolutely hilarious, each one of those toppers brings a smile
To your face, I believe the company is called 'Acid Drops and Whatnots', I spent 
Over half an hour just reading all the different quotes at a craft show, a lot
Of thought has gone into them, I love what you have done with them Janet.
Thank you so much 

Karen's Challenge Card

Karen has used Spellbinders 'Le Papillon' butterflies with Pixie Powder backgrounds, to give real shimmery wings.  That stunning background is a sheet from
A Lidl paper pack, it is so pretty and matches perfectly.
Is it a recent buy Karen?? 
Thank you so much for your Fantastic card.

Sonia's Challenge Card

I believe Sonia may have used the new Anne Marie Paper pads for her Challenge 
Card this week, (i could be wrong though)!! 
I have to say i have resisted them up until now as i thought they were so
Much more expensive than her other card packs.  But you may just have
Swayed me Sonia, this card us stunning!! I love those die cut images too.
Can I ask how you created your Watermark please Sonia?
Thank you so much for your card

Lilian's Challenge Card

Lilian, you have the art of making 'peel offs' look 'classy', 
It looks like you have created your own background paper and
Toppers, Lilian those stamped and coloured flowers are so very
Beautiful, little works of art! 
A stunning card, thank you so much!

Brenda's Challenge card

Such a pretty card Brenda, I love that Green Glitter background,
Those pretty stamped square toppers are so pretty and work really
With the green background, those little roses are the perfect shade of
Pink, the little butterfly is the perfect finishing touch.
Thank you so much 

Margaret's Challenge Card

Margaret has used a beautiful floral background paper for her Challenge
Card, with three pretty die cut floral circles and a matching ribbon to
Embellish the card, a hand stamped sentiment compliments the card 
Perfectly, thank you so much 

Lynda's Challenge Card (1)

Lynda's Challenge Card (2)

Lynda has made two fantastic challenge cards, one with a beautiful piece of 
Black Lace as a pretty border, then 3 black butterflies to match, the squares that
The butterflies are sitting on look like they could be coloured with Pixie Powder.
The second card has been made with the incredibly funny Crazy Birds by Tim Holtz,
I love these little Characters, Brenda sent me some the other day so i can have a 
Play, but may have to treat myself! 
Lynda you have coloured them perfectly and bought them to life,
Two fabulous cards Lynda, 
Thank you so very much

A little extra treat for you Ladies 
(As it Mother's Day)
Maria's Yummy 'Vegan' Cake

Maria this cakes looks so delicious, my mouth is watering just
looking at it, what did you use to make it a 'Vegan' cake?
It looks like a Victoria Sponge cake to me, can you bring me
A slice please, I'll pop kettle on !
Thanks for sharing xxx

Thank you all so very much for taking part in 
This weeks Challenge.

I hope you all enjoy Mother's Day,

Love and Hugs


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mixed Up Saturday

 Mixed Up Saturday

Good morning Ladies,
Welcome to another 'Mixed Up Saturday'

First up ........

Karen's Chocolate Bar Wrapper Tutorial

The Wrapper i shared on Thursday

Karen's Christmas Wrapper

The Tutorial

Here goes

1) Select chocolate bar. This one actually had a paper wrapper but it doesn't have to be.Measure length of wrapper and circumference of wrapper and add 5cm. Imy case 15cmx23cm

2) Choose background paper, patterned, stamped etc and cut to size. It needs to be paper, card is too stiff

3) Choose appropriate dies, as my background paper (which I'd coloured turquoise in Serif to match the foiling) I used Sue Wilson's Let it Snow. I cut this from white card that had a sticky sheet adhered to it. Covered the die cut with MCS glitter.
Tags are Sue W Pierced Flags . I backed the patterned one with white card to strengthen it

4) I wrapped the paper around the chocolate bar and stuck with tape. 

5) Add decorations

If I'd thought more about it I think I would have shadowed the "Let it Snow" with navy or something.

I don't know if this helps, it really does depend on the size of the chocolate bar as to dimensions etc. I'm going to try another one with a Kit Kat as the wrapper is red and decorate it with poinsettia 

Lots of love
Thank you so much for taking the time to create that Fantastic Tutorial
Karen, it explains really clearly how to create one of these
Amazing Wrappers, this will definitely be on my 
'To Do' list, thanks again

Next up .......

Ciara's Mother's Day Card

Ciara has used Brenda's new Stampin Up 'Avant Garden' stamp set
To make this absolutely beautiful Mother's Day Card.
Ciara, your stamping is better than mine, you are a 'natural' when it
Comes to designing and making cards, I absolutely love how 
You have used this stamp set, your Mummy will love her card.
Thank you for letting me share it with everyone 

Janet's Easter Cups

Janet looked back to the 'Mug'  tutorial i did last year to create these two amazing
Mugs for Easter Eggs, Janet I love the card that you have chosen for your mugs,
That pretty blue one with those cute little flowers reminds me of a
Wedgewood Mug we have, it's so pretty.  The brown and Gold 
Mug looks perfect for those pesky men! 
Thank you so much Janet 

Well that's it for this week, please share photos of any Chocolate Wrappers of Mugs
That you make, it would be lovely to see them.

Pat, I hope Pete's op went well, hugs to you both xxx

Val, hope you are on the mend too my lovely xxx

Hugs to all of you 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Josh's Wallet Card

Good Morning Ladies,

This blog post may not make too much sense, I have not slept since Tuesday night after our road trip.  The girls got dropped off successfully at 5am yesterday morning, we then went on to Colchester to visit Mum, tools her out for lunch, which was lovely, we then took her to get some shopping, dropped her home and then set off for home at 2pm, the traffic was horrendous, we got home at 6pm, poor Paul looked exhausted.
We fixed the girls a quick tea then got ready for bed ourselves. 

I am so excited to share Josh's Wallet Style card with you, I love how it turned out, Josh did too, he thought Becca had bought him a new wallet for his birthday.

I had some textured tan coloured card that I cut to size, rounded the corners, then cut the pieces for the inside of the card, I decided to add my own 'spin' on the wallet by adding a Photo pocket, as most wallets have one, plus i thought it added more of a personal touch. I made one credit card size insert to say Happy Birthday and another for Becca to write a personal message on. The voucher she got him fitted in the money pocket at the back. I added a a tiny piece of adhesive magnetic sheet into the little closure i made and a small magnet in under the edge of the photo pocket, so the wallet clips open and closed, just like the real thing.
I added his name on the front, then created  a box to present it in, the photo hasn't picked up the colour, it was like a dark green/gold shimmer card, I lined it with go!D tissue paper to finish the look.

What do you think?  
I can do a tutorial, if any of you fancy making one, let me know in the comments.
I haven't caught up with yesterday's comments yet as we don't get internet at Mum's.
So i hope you are all well.

Sending you love and hugs


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Avant Garden once again !!

Good morning Ladies,

As you read this (well Michele most probably) we will have dropped Becca and her friends off at Southend Airport, which is approximately 130 miles away!
Georgia (Becca's partner's Sister) booked the flights, bearing in mind that most major airports are within easy reach of Oxford which is 25 miles away. 
But she chose Southend to save £30 on flights, clearly not thinking that it would cost more to get to, also the return flight lands at Luton so they can't drive and park! 
The thing that frustrates me most is that this is a weekend trip to Amsterdam for Georgia's 21st Birthday, so why can't her parents take them?!  I asked Becca why and her reply was that her Dad said no because he didn't want to take a day off work.
I think that we are just too soft, i have insisted that they pay fuel though as it's a 260 mile round trip!  
I know we will be super tired but my Mum's is about 35 miles from the Airport so we will pop over there and give her her mother's day card, maybe go out for lunch, we will then head back early afternoon, this gives Paul a bit of a break too.  I worry that he will be exhausted as he has work Friday morning so will be up at 05:00am !
I have put my foot down and said NO! to picking them up, there are three sets of parents involved there so one of the others can drive to Luton. 
Rant over, soapbox stowed ready for next time, i think that we may have to invest in a new 'soap Box' ours is looking 'well used' hahaha

Now onto today's card, I made this card on Saturday night, some of my SU team members got together via Skype on Saturday evening, we nominated a stamp set to use and all made a project  using that stamp set, we chose the Avant Garden stamp set, i may have to put this set out of reach as it has become the one i always pick up!

I decided to start with a blank canvas, using the stamp set to create my background,
For the bottom half i stamped the leaf stamp onto 'Pear Pizazz' card using 'Pear Pizazz' ink, it gives a lovely tone on tone effect, for the top half i took one of the small flower centre stamps and stamped randomly​ using 'Calypso Coral' (a really pretty, soft orange). I mounted the green card onto the bottom half of the card and created a border using some of the Calypso Coral card and the Border Die from the "Flourish Thinlits" set.  
I then stamped the main floral topper, i inked up my stamp with Calypso Coral ink, stamped once, the a second beside the first without re-invent, this gives a lighter shade, i then re-inked for the third flower. The stalk is a separate Stamp so i inked those up with and added them. I finished the flowers with the stamen flower centre stamp. 
I then took some narrow white Stampin up ribbon, cut a length and popped it on my glass mat,i then swiped some of the 'Calypso Coral' ink onto my mat and spritzed it with some water, i then scrunched the ribbon in the ink until it had absorbed the colour evenly.  I dried it gently with my heat tool and Voilà a perfect matching ribbon!  I added it to my topper with a matching button, matted this onto a 'Coral' 
Card Matt, added adhesive foam tape and mounted on my card . A few pearls finish my card.  What do you think?!
I will confess that I didn't get my card finished during the Skype call, I find I need to think when I make cards, unless I have preplanned my card, i got the basics done and completed it a few minutes after the call !

I hope you ladies have a lovely day today, however you are spending it xx

When is Val back with us?  I really miss her xx

Pat I am so pleased to here that Pete's operation has been scheduled for Friday, once the pacemaker is in he can hopefully recover his strength and energy quite quickly, sending huge hugs xxx

Love and hugs to all of you