Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Christmas is on it's Way

I attended a craft class a little while ago and one of the cards we made was a Christmas card in the very untraditional colours of black white and silver. I loved the colour scheme and have made my own variation of the card. The tree stamps are from a Martha Stewart set which was not a Christmas set but I think it works so well.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Sweet Stamps Blog - Non traditional colours
Cards for Men - Challenge 23 It's Nearly Christmas
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Challenge 29 Trees
Shopping Our Stash - Neutrel Colours/Never been inked
Critter Sketch - Challenge 91 Monochrome
One stitch at a time Challenge 81 - Black & White
Allsorts Challenge - Black White plus one



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Monday, 14 November 2011

Craft Barn 600 Followers Super Candy

Check this out - The Craft Barn are having the the most amazing Give Away when they reach 600 followers. It's a great blog to follow - loads of ideas and great work on show.

Just pop over and have a look.


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Better Late Than Never!!!

Due to a short stay in hospital things kinda got behind over Halloween but I made alsorts to blog about so although it's gone I going to try and post everything in one go (new camera as well so it could get complicated)lol
First a little spooky spider ATC
another pumpkin the second one is the owl
Finally a batch of Halloween Cards that went off to the USA with huge apologise to my ladies in the US who didn't get one but hospital time took over - I'm sorry:-((

I would like to entert this in Challenge 11 Halloween at Hooked on Craft Challenge

And finally a picture of the old witch who pops round and carves the pumpkins Ha Ha Ha - God I look like a real old hag :-)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Lantern Pictures

I don't know what happened yesterday but the pictures didn't down load so I have tried again.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Halloween Jars

I know it's a bit late but I thought I show my jam jar lights that I made for decorating my porch with this year. I just covered some clear jam jars with tissue paper (I used white and then covered with orange ink) and then added some Lord Tim's Dies to the front of two and a face I cut to the other one. Finished it off with a wire handle and added some night lights - a very inexpensive way of decorating the house front this year but very effective, could be adapted for barbeques and other outdoor celebrations very easily.


Monday, 31 October 2011

It's Pumpkin Time

It's finally arrived and I had a great time at my mates house on Friday as we held the annual pumpkin carving evening. We all brought our pumpkins and various carving implements and as you can see from the photographs we had a brilliant time. Jan carved the fabulous witche's face, I carved the haunted hill and Emily carved the fantastic bat.

I also did another one at home yesterday and I will post pictures when I have worked out how to download off my new camera. Lol

It's Pumpkin Time

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Saturday, 22 October 2011

More Halloween Projects

I have had a bit of a session with my Big Shot machine this last week I managed to get some great Sizzix Halloween dies in the sales last year and I decided to combine with a bit of stamping. I cut out a tombstone with one of the dies and stamped RIP with a Celtic Pixie Alphabet then I drew the cracks with a black pen, added some shading with Black Soot Distress Ink and stamped some grass along the bottom. I stamped the moon in the top left hand corner of the ATC and embossed with white embossing powder.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:- - Crafty Boots - Halloween - Creative Stamp Friends – Halloween
/ - Hooked on Crafts – Something Spooky
/ - Addicted to stamps – Halloween
/ - Gingerloft – Halloween
- Spooktastic

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Pumpkin ATC

We are rapidly approaching my favourite night of the year - HALLOWEEN. You know when Ghosties and Goulies and Long Legged beasties prowl the night. I have already got my sweeties in for our Trick or Treaters and we usually have quite a few! My main problem is what to carve into my pumpkin this year!

Anyway just to start me off in the festive mood I have been playing with my Sizzix dies and made this little ATC with one of their pumpkin dies, The background is a Cuttlebug die which I swooshed (is that a technical term?) with one of the new Tim Holtz Seasonal Colours Ripe Persimmon before I ran it through my Big Shot. You get a different effect depending on whether you use the negative or the positive side of the stencil.


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-

ATC Challenges – Anything Goes
Wee Memories – Halloween
Gingerloft – Orange
Drunken Stampers – 76 Halloween

Thanks for looking.


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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Owl post

Look what we found on Sunday at Windermere in the pouring rain. The Owls Centre were there with some of their owls and I fell for this beautiful Eagle Owl called Amber the same as the colour of her beautiful eyes. The guy asked me if I would like to hold her but I took one look at her talons and declined.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sweet Green Cat

I thought I'd show you my wonderful green cat. This was sent to me by a lovely lady I write to in Florida I write to several ladies in the US and like me she has a black cat hers is called Harley - isn't that a wonderful name. If you read this Lynn Ann I love the butterfly you sent me - thank you and there's a letter being written this week :-) In fact I write to several ladies in the US and at the moment I owe several letters Hopefully these are done this week.
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Saturday, 24 September 2011


Well it's weekend again and another week has flown by. I must be the worst Blogger in the world I hadn't realised how long it was since I last posted. My only excuse is that there is such a lot going on at the moment - work has been so busy I have been shattered when I got home the last thing I want to do is sit at my computer for another hour.

Barry has just bought me a new phone which gives me internet access so perhaps I might be able to blog a bit more when I have found out how to do it lol. Me and technology are very uneasy bedfellows!!!!

I managed to fit a class in at Kendal Paper Warehouse a couple of weeks ago and we made 3 cards - 2 Christmas ones and a Birthday Card. Included in the cost of the class was a set of Martha Stewart Stamps which weren't Christmassy but I will show you in another post how we used them as I still haven't photo'd them. The birthday card was very similar to the card below that I made for my sister's birthday and I used my new Tonic Edger system to cut the front borders and the words are done on the computer. The butterflies are from the Martha Stewart stamps and the background paper came from my stash (it nearly broke my heart using it I hate cutting into a new sheet - I'm very much a paper stroker!)


I'm sorry the phots are so pants but I can't make my mind us as to what new camera to buy. Anybody got any advice?

The overall effect is quite pretty and a big thank you to Barbara at Kendal for the idea

I off to do the weekly shop before it gets too busy.

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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sunday Sweet Sunday

Up with the lark this morning all showered and ready to watch Barbara Gray on Create & craft at 10am.

I had a great day yesterday ay the Stitch and Create Show at Manchester yesterday. I haven't been able to go to a show for several years now because of my bad hip but dear old Bazzer hired me a shopping scooter for the day - he also rechristened me Madge (we are great fans of Benidorm on tv) and sent me on my way. It was fab I really enjoyed it but I would like to apologise to anyone I may have run into - I should have had L plates for the first half hour.

I spent far too much money but came away with a great stash and something new to play with - a book on Fabric Fusion and a mini soldering iron. I watched a fab textile artist called Margaret using this little tool to create some of the most amazing art work I have seen for a long time. I can't just remember her last name but I will post her details later.

Off to tackle a mountain of ironing first while watching to see what Barbara is up to today.



Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Winner at last

I'm so so sorry this has taken me so long to posting this online but finally I have got around to sorting out the winner for my name my ‘Bead Lady’ Candy. I have got a lovely little crafting surprise for the winner and so on to the name I picked in a random draw:-

Drum roll please


The Winner is Nikki

And her name was ‘Pure of Heart’


A really great name that suits the bead lady - thank you Nikki and congratulations – just drop me an email to and I’ll get your prize out to you.

Thank you everyone for joining in.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Under the Weather! PLUS SURPRISE CANDY

Because of the candy I have pinned this to the top of my blog - to see later blogs please look below this post.

Sorry for the unscheduled break but I've had a cellulitus attack in my leg and I've not been too well but the antibiotics have finally managed to start to work and I'm feeling a little better today although I have a strange array of large blotchy spots that appeared on my leg last night ( I spoke to my doctor and she said I've got to monitor them!) Could be a new medical phenomenon!!!

Last week I managed to finish another bead 'Wild Women' pin brooch and I thought I would show her to you. The beads on this just flowed and I think the end project works really well. I'm going to have to start to give these beaded girlfriends names.

In fact you can name her - Come on get your thinking caps on and just leave me a comment with your suggestions. I will choose one of your names and will send a LITTLE CANDY as a thank you. I will draw a name on 15th August 2011. No rules but it would be nice if you are a follower and you could spread the word on your blog.
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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Craft Stamper - Free Stamp Inspiration

Hello – at last. Sorry for the lack of postings over the last couple of weeks but nothing has gone to plan – in fact quite the opposite!

I won’t bore you with the details al l I will say is that I have had a reaction to the antibiotics they gave me for my leg (even though I have had them before) and I broke out in what looked like a nettle rash - from the tips of my toes to the top of my head. The itching was unbearable - I was unable to sleep and even the antihistamines the Doctor prescribed didn’t help that much. I much better now but I still have odd patches of irritation that flare up whenever I’m tired. Most peculiar!

Baz is doing well and hopefully will be going back to work (on reduced hours) at the end of August . I will really miss him it’s lovely to come home and not have any tea to think about – he is turning into a great cook – Jamie Oliver watch out!

Did you get the free stamp of the front of Craft Stamper last month? Its’s a lovely flower stamp and I love the design (some of the free stamps they giveaway are really cracking) - I have really enjoyed playing with this little beauty. I made a couple of birthday cards with it and I kept the design very simple. I love the monotone colour of the card – the rose is TH Tattered Flowers Die which I cut out of a stamped card and the middle is a brad shaped like a button. Simple but very effective.

I would like to enter this in
Challenge up your life - Challenge 50 - No Patterned papers
Crazy 4 Challenges - Monochrome
The Poodles Palour - Round and Round the Garden
Cute Card Thursday - CAS


Don't forget I will be back later this week with the winner of my surprise candy - if you haven't entered all you need to do is name the beaded lady in the post above and leave me a comment. That's it!
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Monday, 11 July 2011

Unexpected Visitor!

I must tell you about an unexpected visitor we had the other evening. It was a really humid night and there were some really heavy rain - in fact it was so warm in the lounge we had the patio doors open trying to get a breathe of fresh air. It was about 10pm and we were watching the TV when suddenly something leapt through the door - it was a full grown frog Well Barry shot to his feet and tried to catch Freddie Frog but he doesn't like anything slimy (he has to wear rubber gloves if he has to prepare raw fish LOL). What followed was one of the funniest things I have seen in years. I think Baz has started a new sport of frog juggling! Eventually he managed to get Freddie out the door but 10 mins later the frog was back. We had to put him out two more times - it just seems that Freddie didn't like the rain either.

Over the weekend I have had a little play with my new Tim Holtz Mini Birdcage die and have managed to make a couple of ATCs. I love the size of these dies - just right for an ATC.
I would like to enter these into the ATC Challenges Blog - Household/Anything goes
and also Fun with Shapes and More - Anything but a card and By the Cute and Curly - Things with Wings


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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Something a little Different

I love to dabble in all crafts and have over the years kept going back to beading usually to make jewellrey but a few weeks ago I got a book called Wild Women by Sarah Lawrence which really hit the mark with me and ha set me off on another bead fiesta.

After a few false starts I finally got the hang of it and here is the very first effort of my Wild Women Pins. I know I need to work on the face but I so enjoyed playing with beads and embroidering them onto the fabric base. It's all a big learing curve and I was a bit intimdated by the fact there is no pattern to follow - you just create as you go along. But it is so liberating and I'm already planning the next one.

Close up of the head

This is the back of the pin and I'm sorry the picture is so blurry but my camera wouldn't sharpen up the image - it just covered with black felt.


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Saturday, 25 June 2011


Saturday morning, if there is nothing planned, is ironing day for me - my favourite chore - NOT but Max the Mouse slayer had other ideas. I went to get a jug of water to fill the iron with and when I got back this is what I found.
He looked so settled I hadn't the heart to turf him off - Well it was a good excuse to stop ironing and do a bit of crafting. He He He
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Thursday, 23 June 2011

King For A Day

Just a quick post this evening. Although it was Father's Day last Sunday both my lads ignored it as usual - what is wrong with them! Barry wasn't bothered as he says it's all a big con made up by the card manufacturers to make you spend money. Anyway I saw that the theme on The ATC Challenge Blog is Father's Day so I made the following ATC and gave it to Baz - he was really chuffed (he is such a sweetie sometimes).

I want to enter it in The ATC Challenge - Father's Day

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Monday, 20 June 2011

All Around my Hat

I made this tag several weeks ago the background is the old favourite of masking tape stuck on in small bits and the painted with the fantastic Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints. The little girls' dress is stamped onto sticky backed canvas and then cut - out dots of multi medium we added and left to dry to act as a resist and then painted. The wings and hat are Grunge paper painted and then stickle glue added for bling.


I want to enter this into Hel's Sunday Stamper Challenge - All Around My Hat

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

A Grand Day Out

Well not so much a day more a morning diversion. We drove across to Skipton on Saturday and called at the Stampman as they we having an open day. I had booked in to take one of the make and take classes which commenced at 10.30am but Barry had a hospital appointment in Preston at 9.15am - the good news was the hopital was on time and after a quick dash we made it just in time for the class starting.

We made this lovely oriental wall hanging guided every step of the way by the lovely Michelle and Janet from Lovin' Ink. It is now hung on my craft room wall as I think it is lovely.


The bad news is that the Stampman has decided to closed their retail shop although they will continue to trade on the internet - it's sad news as another craft trader closes their doors. I wish them well in the future, Jill said they hope to be able to attend more craft fairs in the future but I will miss my trips to the Stampman - there was always a lovely welcome and you were guaranteed to find some treasure in their stock.
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