Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Congratulations Margaret & Another Man Challenge card

My 2nd Challenge Card

Good Morning Ladies

First of all today I would like to Congratulate Margaret on her 1st 'Stampaversary', you joined Stampin' Up! and my Team a year ago today!!  I couldn't be happier or Prouder to have you.
I hope you have enjoyed being a part of this lovely company, it really is becoming a Key Craft Company in the UK, winning both Craft Retailer Of the Year, Our Team Leader's Blog (Pootles)
Winning 'Blog Of the Year' and Stampin'Up! were Runner Up for Brand of the Year too.
I hope that you enjoy this year as much as you did the last year. XXX

If anyone else is interested in joining this is 'The Time' to join as you get an extra 2 Free Stamp Sets
I have put all the information below.  This really is an amazing offer as you can join up for £99 and until the end of March you get not only the usual £130 of Stampin'Up product of your choice, you also the two extra free stamp sets up the the value of £90.
You can even sign up, get your starter kit that you choose, enjoy the goodies and not order another item!  Some people even leave it a year and sign up again and get another amazing deal!! 
There is absolutely no pressure, that's a promise. XXX

Now onto my 'Man' card for this week's Challenge, I fancied something different this week so I made a Stepper card for the base, for that I used Stampin Up! Crumb Cake card, which I teamed with Night of Navy and some of the 'True Gentlemen' designer series paper for matting and layering.
I stamped and fussy cut the Electric Guitar, Headphones and Trainers from the ''Epic Celebrations' stamp set (which is Free when you spend £45 ).
I made a grungy background on the piece of crumb cake card behind the guitar, I used the Sheet music background stamp, stamped with 2nd generation ink and the dots from the Epic Celebrations' set above.  I coloured all the stamped images with my blended pens and the Night of Navy/Crumb cake ink.  The sentiments were stamped with Night of Navy too.
I am quite pleased with the finished card, it would work perfectly for Sophie's boyfriend as he collects trainers and electric guitars!!

Hopefully the weather will start to warm up and melt the remaining snow.  I am ready for the warmer weather, this house is hard to keep warm, even with the Aga, Coal Fire and heating on, although the coal fire warms the lounge really well.  I am hoping that it will stay cool in the summer too. 

I hope that you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs to all,


PS.  Please don't think I am trying to be 'pushy' with Stampin'Up!,  that's not my intention, I just want to share this great opportunity with all of you.  Having great quality stamps enabled me to start stamping successfully last year, I now hardly use a stamping tool, I felt that my crafty world opened up, that's why I stamp so often now, I genuinely love stamping, as much as I did Die Cutting when it first started to grow.
I have noticed that some of you are starting to enjoy it too, Janet has become a stamped over this past year, Brenda too, Karen and Val have had a go recently too.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Monday Challenge

Good Morning Ladies,

Ooh heck it's flippin' chilly!!! We had a good amount of snow on Saturday night/Sunday Morning, it froze too making it treacherous.  Matt left the house at 5:50am and my phone rang about ten minutes later to say that had lost control of his car going down a hill, he was barely doing 15mph but it was so icy under the snow he had no control and ran into a wall.  Thankfully he wasn't really hurt, his car will need a new headlight and wing.  He was worried about not getting into work as one of his colleagues had called him before he left home to say that he was snowed in and had rang work to say he was snowed in, only to be told that he would have a 'Back to work' Disciplinary on his return!!  This put Matt under pressure, it's bloody ridiculous. He could have been seriously hurt and stuck for hours out here as it's very rural.
As I a writing (this 11pm Sunday) Becca has just come in, she said she had slipped twice on the roads on way here, it's been snowing again and the roads that had cleared this afternoon are now covered again and it's freezing too.  Hopefully tomorrow will be a snow day !!

Onto this week's challenge, This week I would like you to make a card suitable for a 'Man' !! , As usual anything you like, as long as it would be suitable for our menfolk.
It's something that we have all struggled with in the past but more and more products are so versatile these days. You could go all out Football and Darts or just do a messy or grungy background with a Sentiment.
I look forward to seeing what you all decide on.

My card (would work equally for Man and Ladies I think) was made using my very expensive stamps (hehe), all the way from the USA.
Penny Black 'On the Lake' cling stamp, I stamped it in Memento Paris Dusk, using my Tim Holtz Stamp tool I then re-stamped over it with Versamark and added clear Embossing Powder and heat set, this seals in any colour and allows you do whatever you like to the background, I used my Inkyliscious brushes to add more Paris Dusk to the background, I masked off a moon first.  I then added a little lilac ink around moon and yellow (Memento Dandelion) in the moon and on the water.
I kind of like the results, not bad for first attempt!
Love the stamps, however frustrating it was to purchase them.

Did any of you watch Sheena or Phill Martin on Hochanda on Saturday??
I loved Sheena's sparkle pens, the colours were gorgeous, the price was shocking though, £40 for 12 pens??!!
I loved her demo's and find Sheena very inspiring, but I will wait for the price to drop I think.
Phil's stamps surprised me, I'm not usually a fan of his style, his new Collage stamps were lovely though, such a variety and the sample cards were the nicest I've seen in a long time.
What are your thoughts?

Janet I was absolutely thrilled to read you are going to Marigny, you must be so excited, it's been months.  Fingers crossed everything falls into place perfectly.xxx

Lilian I hope you are ok, I haven't heard from you a few days now, sending hugs XXX

Sending love and hugs to all of you,


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,

How many of you have had snow already?  We had snow flurries all day yesterday mixed with some really strong winds.
It didn't stick though, I'm not sure if we'll get anymore today, it's forecast I think, we'll see I guess.

Enough about the weather let's get on with the show.......


Val doesn't usually make stamped cards but she really liked the stamp she got free with a magazine a few weeks ago so wanted to use it to make this amazing man/teen card. It's such a useful stamp Val, I love the border too.                                                    Thank you so much for taking part in this week's challenge.


Danielle has made a stunning challenge card she has used background papers from the Sweet Soiree Stampin'Up Suite, the top part of the background was made using the Remarkable You stamp set, Danielle has covered this with a piece of vellum and then die cut a a flower from the 'Sunshine Wishes Thinlits' set which is also from Stampin'Up!                                                         An absolutely amazing challenge card thank you so much Danielle for taking part.


Janet has designed another stunning challenge card, she has used Edge dies to give detail to the background peace and an intricate die cut that gives a pretty lacy effect to bottom of the card, too pretty flowers embellish the card the card beautifully.  I love your Design Janet thank you so much for taking part.



Margaret has used the 'Lovely as a Tree' stamp set from Stampin'Up to create her challenge card this week, along with some wood effect background paper what a fantastic combination Margaret thank you so much for taking part in this week's challenge.


Karen has made to beautiful challenge cards this week, as always Karen has written a description so I will paste that below...

"Two challenge cards for you
The pink is papers from my stash (one might be Serif Had it so long I can’t remember) with the free Altenew dies from Simply Cards & Papercraft and the yellow one is a stamped & embossed background The Gerbera Daisy dies from JL and Spellbinder Small Leaf"                                                                                      Thank so much Karen for two beautiful Challenge Cards.


Two fantastic challenge cards from Michelle too, the first one has a lovely seaside theme I love that embossing folder search clear crisp detail. The Seahorse and sea shells make perfect embellishments.
Michelle second card was made by recycling the cupcakes from an old card  you wouldn't guess that when you looked at it.
Thank you so much Michelle for two fantastic Challenge Cards.


Lynda's challenge card was made with an All-Occasion embossing folder which she has coloured with Distress Oxide inks.  That border is beautiful Lynda I don't think I've got that in my set, these embossing folders are so brilliant for making a quick card.
Thank you for taking part game this week Lynda I know you've had a trying day yesterday. 

Thank you all once again ladies for taking part in this week's challenge I I really appreciate the time that you put into taking part each week.

Have a lovely Sunday,  I hope you stay warm, I will be in my craft room thinking up next week's challenge.

Love and hugs to all,


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Mixed Up Saturday

Good morning ladies,

Welcome to another Mixed craft Saturday, as usual we have another amazing selection of crafts on on display.
The photograph above are off my new Craft Unit, I realised the not the best photographs but I took them quite late in the day just so that I could share them with you today, I will update them with some clearer ones showing the full amount of storage underneath at a later date.  You can clearly see how many craft products you can fit in quite a small space, everything is within Arms reach.  Although it was a pain to put together mainly because of the lack of instructions and parts needed to assemble it I I'm totally happy with it now. 

Now let's get on and see your crafts......


Karen has knitted this gorgeous baby jacket she explained it was to go in her stash for either one of her friends or to donate to the Harefield Hospital.  I absolutely love it Karen I love how you match the buttons to the colour tones in the wool it really picked out the yellows. I absolutely adore seeing babies in hand knitted jumpers. Thank you so much for sharing your project today. XXX


Janet has shared two fantastic cards, the first card is a beautiful countryside scene it it lo it looks like Janet has used Watercolours to create that beautiful view. 
The second card is a totally new look, I've never seen an image like this and I absolutely love it what a perfect man card. Was it a stamp or a stencil Janet??
Thank you for sharing your project today. XXX


Michelle found this bright and cheerful Easter ribbon while she was out shopping the other day and it was obviously a bargain we expect expect nothing else from the from Michele.  She then had the genius idea of using it as decoration behind an Easter Egg aperture, it works perfectly!! Now I'm pretty sure this technique has a name but do you think I can think of it??!! I even looked on Pinterest for clues! 
I am pretty sure that one of you will know.  Or It will come to me at 4am !!  That's what usually happens! 
Thank you so much Michele for sharing your great idea.XXX


Lynda made another one of her beautiful floating tea cups for a friend yesterday. 
It is so pretty Lynda and well worth the burnt fingers!  Your friend will love it .
Thanks for sharing my lovely Xxx

A gift I received from Danielle

I received this beautiful Handmade Journal this week from Danielle, it is absolutely gorgeous, she has put so much work into adding details to every single page.  There are Tags, pockets, pull out note cards, stamped vellum.  I was so overwhelmed, such a thoughtful gift, there is nothing that warms your heart more than receiving a gift that someone has spent hours making. 
Thank you Danielle, I love it !! XXX

Now speaking of Danielle I want to give you all the ''heads Up' that she is doing another give away, all you have to do is comment on her Blog.....

Her craft projects are so beautifully made that you will love your prize, there are a few lovely projects in this giveaway so it's well worth a comment. 

These lovely Clipboards are only part of the prize, I think I might have to have a go at one of these.  Thanks for allowing me to share Danielle.  XXX

That's all for today ladies, tomorrow we have your amazing Sketch Challenge cards on display.

Today I will be 'supervising the installation of the washing line posts!! Fingers crossed Ladies x

Have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs to all,


Friday, 16 March 2018

Something Floral For Friday

Good Morning Ladies,

For today's Floral Friday card I thought I would transport you to a Summery Floral Meadow!!  Just to give you all something to look forward to, totally the opposite of this weekend forecast of snow!  I saw this card on Pinterest and thought I would have a go, the lady that made the original is 'Stamp with Jenn'

For the card I used Stampin'Up! 'Wild About Flowers' stamp set, the stem and leaves are a separate stamp to the flower heads making them more versatile, I stamped the stem of the plant about three times across the card, I used second generation ink to stamp the lighter shade of green in-between giving the illusion of them being further away, I then stamped a few more times across the bottom of the card to fill in any white areas with green stems, next I stamped the flower heads, I used bright cheerful colours, 'Daffodil Delight', 'Pumpkin pie' and 'Melon Mambo', as with all SU stamps they line up beautifully and stamp clearly.  After finishing the flowers I took an 'Inkyliscious Brush' and added some more Pear Pizzaz (Green,) to the bottom of the card and then I used 'Soft Sky' ink to fill in the sky in-between the flowers.
I hope the card brightens your day a little.
Wild About Flowers 

Sue came yesterday, we had lunch and then got busy crafting, Sue was playing with Distress Oxide inks and played with the resist technique, I sat and made today's floral Friday card, which I really enjoyed, I love sitting and crafting but sitting crafting with a friend is so much nicer!  Sadly the time flew by so fast it was soon time for her to leave but we get to do it all again next week.

Paul finishes early on a Friday (YAY!!) so he should be home at lunchtime, not sure what we are doing, although we still need to sort washing line, it's really frustrating me, we have had 2 or 3 good sunny/windy days so perfect for drying washing! Fingers crossed we get it sorted, I'm not sure we'd be allowed to concrete poles in for a rope line, having said that you need to use cement for a rotary too.  I might call them to see where we stand, I can't go any longer without drying outside.

Now ladies I have a warning for you, please let my mistake save you money!!!

About 21/2 weeks ago I was looking for the Penny Black Scene stamps that a lovely lady at the last craft show had been demonstrating, they were lovely, so popular that they had sold out at show. So I came home and searched online, they were not easy to find in stock,  I found them in stock on a site called Fruugo.co.uk.  their price was £3 less than advertised, they were in stock and shipped within 24hrs, so in my basket they went, order placed.  My first clue that all was not right was that after almost 2 weeks they hadn't arrived, so I emailed them and was told they would look into it.  (No mention of the fact that they were coming from USA)
Then yesterday I received a card from Post Office to say that they couldn't deliver an item as there was a Customs Charge to pay of £11:09, at first I thought 'i have not ordered anything from out of the UK so it can't be mine" so I checked with girls etc and they weren't waiting for anything, It then clicked, it's those stamps!! So I call the company and was told that although they are a ' .co.uk' company they are in fact a global company!
It seems wrong that you order something under the impression that you are buying from UK, you are then liable to pay the customs fee (VAT) as you are the importer, not the company that you have paid for the stamps.  They are selling them so they should import them, it doesn't say anywhere that you haven't paid the VaT !
I was told that I could just '' not bother to collect them from post office", she couldn't understand that I would then be £20 down for buying them in the first place!     I am going to contact Trading Standards to ask their advice.  But to you my dear friends my advice is..........


Cheryl I do hope that your back spasm has eased today, hugs on their way XXX

Val, special hugs on route to you my dear friend, I am sorry you have had such a sad few days XXX

Maria I hope your Dad is on the mend, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery XXX

Have a lovely weekend my lovelies, stay warm and safe !

Love and hugs to all of you,


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Lynda's Spring Floral Challenge card

Good Morning Ladies,

Today's stunning floral card was made by Lynda for her Daughter Sam's Birthday.
Lynda used the John Lockwood's Gerbera Frame die as the centre, then a black square frame that Lynda has embellished with some of John Lockwood's Gerbera Daisies, stamped and then die cut with matching dies, Lynda has made them burst with colour by inking the centres and adding those pretty beads has really added a touch of luxury.  
I bet Sam absolutely loved this card Lynda, thank you so much for allowing me to share it. XXX

Pat came over yesterday and we did some messy crafting, she wanted to make some of the blended background cards I shared on the blog yesterday, so that's exactly what we did, well Pat did, she created 4 amazing cards.  
I will add that Pat had completely clean fingers at the end of the day, I however had inky fingers and an inky face!!  Well that's what crafting is all about  isn't it ?!!
Hopefully Pat will send us some photos of her finished cards.

I am hoping that Sue feels up to coming over today, so that I can get 'messy' all over again! These days really are the highlight of my week, now that I have room to craft it's even better. 

I will be putting in a Stampin'Up order in in the next couple of days, so if any of you want to take advantage of the last couple of weeks of Sale-A-Bration Freebies, Or even better you would like to get £190 worth of product for £99 with no obligation to buy more or sell! Let me know.  Margaret joined a year ago and has enjoyed it, she will also tell you that she has had no pressure to sell.                                                                                                    Well I must go and get ready for Sue coming over.

I hope you have a lovely day, we are going to make the most of the sunshine as we are forecast more snow this weekend.

Love and hugs


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Playing with Distress Oxides....

Good Morning Ladies,

I was sad to not have Sue to craft with yesterday but totally understand what it's like to just not be up to getting out of bed let alone being sociable, particularly with painful joints as it usually means you have had a night with hardly any sleep on top of being in agony.  I do hope you are in less pain today my lovely.

So I had time to sit and play with different ways of using my Distress Oxide inks, oh my goodness they are amazing to blend with, if you are someone that has struggled with blending before just give these a try.  Tim Holtz is a bloody Genius, he puts so much thought into his products, you can see that they are made 'by Crafters', ' for crafters'. 
Todays cards were made by stamping onto white card with Versamark ink (I used Stampin Up! 'Falling Flowers' for the first card) it has a beautiful flourish that I used to stamp around the edges of my car, I added fine white embossing powder and heat set. I then used 'Wilted Violet', 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Spiced Marmalade' for this card and blended them together with 'Inkyliscious Brushes'.  I the took the dies from the 'Amazing You' Die set which was a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift and die cut You and Amazing twice, I added glue to the back then stuck them together and placed on my card, I added the "are simply" from the Amazing You stamp set. I then added a few sparkles.

The second card was made with exactly the same method only this time I used Stampin'Up! Remarkable You' Stamp set and using the leaf branch, the Distress Oxides I used were 'Peacock Feathers', Cracked Pistachio' and Salty Ocean', adding a little at a time and blending together. 

I am thinking about doing a Tutorial on this technique, so please let me know if you'd like to see one. 

Pat is coming over for some crafty fun today, not sure what we'll do, I might make her get her fingers inky!! 

Have a lovely day, however you are spending it.

Maria sending hugs and wishing your Dad a speedy recovery XXX

Michele, I will be thinking of you both today, I hope the Doctor can get Phil's pain sorted quickly, sending hugs XXX

Love and hugs to all,