Happy Christmas everyone

Sunday, 25 December 2011

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

All the presents are wrapped, the sprouts are peeled and I'm looking forward to spending the day with my lovely hubby and two boys. Hope you all have a great day too xx

Christmas Star

Cuttlebug Spot - Santa

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas is creeping round fast, but thankfully I only have one present left to buy. I'm going to start my wrapping today as all the presents are over my sons bed. Better clear them off, otherwise he'll have nowhere to sleep when he comes home for Christmas.

Our challenge this week over at the Cuttlebug Spot is Santa. I chose this lovely little stamp from Kars. So easy to use, I decided to paper piece him with some scraps from a previous card plus some added glitter. This will be our last challenge for 2011, see you in 2012 for more great challenges and prizes.

Materials used - White square card blank, Red and white cardstock, Paper scraps, Cricut plus Mini Monograms, Cuttlebug plus Polka Dots embossing folder, Kars Santa Claus stamp, Polkadoodles Christmas stamps, White embossing powder, Ribbon and Stickles.

Matthew and Chantelle

Monday, 5 December 2011

What a lovely day. My 2nd cousin Matthew married his beautiful bride on Saturday 3rd December. Chantelle looked stunning and of course the groom looked handsome too. They both wanted a Christmas wedding, so the bridesmaids wore red with white muffs, we sang carols at the service, drank mulled wine and winter Pimms and had a Christmas dinner at the wedding breakfast. Julie, Matthew's mum made a zillion mini Christmas cakes for our favours and the tables were decorated with gold twig trees decorated with baubles. Everyone had worked so hard to create their perfect magical day. The only thing missing was snow :)

Matthew and Chantelle 2 
Matthew and Chantelle
M&C Wedding

Materials used - White cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Budding Vine embossing folder, Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch, Glitter, Ribbon and Half Pearls.

Cuttlebug Spot - Scraps

Friday, 2 December 2011

Scraps, scraps, scraps - I'm sure we have loads of them, I know I do. I borrowed Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die ages ago and cut out loads of flowers and then stuck them in a box and didn't do anything with them. So it was time to make use of them along with some embossed frames that were also in the same box. I attached the layers together with a brad, and screwed the whole thing up to give the flower dimension. Join us at the Cuttlebug Spot and show us what you can do with your scraps.

Scraps (2)

Materials used - Grey Cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and Divine Swirls embossing folder, Cricut plus Accent Essentials, Basic Grey Ambrosia papers, Woodware Jane's Script stamp, White embossing powder, Butterfly punch and Brad.


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Cornwall is so lovely. Beautiful countryside, peace and quiet. We spent a few days just outside Liskeard with friends in a log cabin. Nice and rustic with a hot tub for chilling in the evenings all washed down with a glass of wine. We visited Port Issac, Padstow, Polperro and Looe, enjoyed some great lunches, pasties and of course cream teas. Well, I didn't because I don't like clotted cream!!

Cornwall (1)  
Cornwall (2)

Cuttlebug Spot - Turkey

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Thanks Jannie for choosing the theme for this weeks challenge at the Cuttlebug Spot, "Something fun with Turkey". I must admit I struggled with this one, but I came up with this card, I hope you like it. I wish all my American friends a great Thanksgiving on Thursday 24th November.

Materials used - White, yellow, brown and kraft card stock, Cricut plus Create a Critter and Stretch your Imagination, Cuttlebug plus Docrafts Petal Power embossing folder, Echo Park - For the Record papers, Assorted scrap rub-ons, EK Success Open Scallop border punch, Versamagic black chalk ink, Glitter and Fibre.

Great Prizes to be won at the Cuttlebug Spot

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Don't forget to come over and join us at the relaunched Cuttlebug Spot.


Nilda has some great prizes to giveaway including the Cricut cartridges - Groovy Times and Pack you Bags. Our theme this week is "Anything Goes". So, create whatever you want, post to your blog and add your link to our blog. Three random entries will be chosen to receive one of the prizes. Winners will be posted November 15th. Good luck.

Less is More - Stars

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Why is it that things happen in 3's. 1) leaky radiator pipe, 2) washing machine wouldn't spin and 3) some shoes I ordered were awful!! Thankfully I have a hubby that's good at fixing things, so everything is working now. But I had to send the shoes back :)

I haven't joined in over at Less is More for ages. The theme this week is stars, so here's my card for the challenge. Checkout the blog to see everyone's fantastic designs.

Materials used - White card stock, Cricut plus George, Echo Park Summer Days paper pad, Onefourzero stamp, Glitter and Star gems.

The Cuttlebug Spot is back

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

I can't believe we've had a 6 month break, but it's great to be back playing along with a my Cuttlebug Spot friends. The challenges will now be every 2 weeks and we're going to add some Cricut and stamping to our projects. For our first card, it's Anything Goes. So with Christmas coming up, I thought I'd share these little cards I made with a cute little stamp I bought from a friend. I was going to paper piece the mouse and bauble, but it was so fiddly, I decided to colour with my Promarkers. At Christmas I have so many cards to make, that I kept the layout the same, but just used whatever papers and ribbon I had to hand.

Christmas Mouse

Materials used - 4" square card blanks, Cuttlebug plus Sizzix Phrases, Wishes & Kisses and Snowflakes texture plates, Sizzix Snowflakes embossing folder, Stampendous Max Bobble stamp, Sizzix Oval die, Assorted Promarkers, Papers and ribbon from my stash, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Woodware Tiny Phrases clear stamp and Glitter.

It's getting chilly

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The mornings are getting a bit chipper here. I cycle to work at 6am, so I've really noticed it. Must get the winter woolly's out to keep my handies warm :)

A little bit of colouring and embossing on my card. Love these stamps, you get 4 elegant ladies to play with. 

Chic Lady

Materials used - A6 card blank, Black and white card stock, Creative Expressions Elegant Ladies, Hero arts Flourish Background, Woodware Jane's Script, Assorted Promarkers, Versamark ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Clear embossing powder, Ribbon,

Joshua's 21st Birthday

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Where did those years go?? I can't believe it's our youngest son's 21st birthday on Saturday. He's off to London to spend a few days with friends and meet up with his brother. I'm sure he'll have a great time.

He's not big on cards, so I went for super simple. There are 21 candles on the card. The rest continue inside.

Joshuas 21st

Materials used - Cream and yellow card stock, Cricut plus George, K & Co Hopscotch papers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Woodware Flowers and Stems clear stamps, X Cut Candle punch and Versamagic Red brick chalk ink.

Sheryl's 50th Birthday

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Not sure my sister would thank me for telling the blogging world how old she is, but I've gone and done it now :) We had a get-together with family and friends just before she was whisked off to Las Vegas to celebrate her special day. Hope you're having a great time Sheryl.

Here's the card I made for her. I couldn't decide whether to go for a massive unsubtle 50 on the front or go girly. You can see what I went for. The background text comes from the book Breakfast at Tiffany's which was made into the film in 1961. The dress outline comes from a birthday card that my sister-in-law received some time ago. I just loved  it, so she kindly scanned it and sent it to me. I just tweaked it on my laptop to remove the colour, creating a digital stamp and then printed it onto some 1960's paper.

Sheryls 50th

Materials used - White and black card stock, Yellow Promarker, Woodware Tiny Phrases clear stamps, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Glitter Glue, Ribbon and Half Pearls.

Masked Tree

Monday, 26 September 2011

Here's my first card in a while, can't believe it's been so long since I posted one. I cut out a tree onto scrap paper using my Cricut, then using the whole where the tree was, I attached it to the card using repositionable tape. I lightly inked with green chalk ink and then stamped with a darker green using a script stamp. I do like this technique as it comes out different every time.

Masked Tree

Materials used - Cricut plus Wild Card cartridge, Kaisercraft Script and Happy Birthday stamps, Craft and cream card stock, Fiskars Postage Stamp border punch, Versamagic brown and green chalk inks, Twine and a Button.

Malleyrand, France

Monday, 19 September 2011

No postings for the last couple of weeks, as I've been in France for my holidays. I spent 10 great days walking and cycling with my hubby and 2 great friends Tina and Martin. One of our neighbours - Marcell the cock, decided to wake us every morning between 4 and 5am with his dawn chorus, had a brief pause and then carried on for most of the morning. He's lost his 2 lady friends, so we think he was searching for a new partner. Martin just wanted to put him is a casserole!!


Another Felt Flower Card

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

I've been and bought some more felt so I could make some more of these flowers. They are so easy especially if you have a Cuttlebug or similar, but they are just as easy to do by hand. No die for the leaves, so these are hand cut.

Felt Flower 1

Materials used - A6 card blank, Cuttlebug plus Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, Echo Park Summer Days paper pad, Kaisercraft Script stamp, Fiskars Bracket border punch, Versamagic white chalk ink, Rub on sentiment, Felt, Button and Twine.

Martins 50th

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Here's a card I made for our friend Martin who's joined the 50 club today. He's not bothered about it at all, but after a bit of persuasion from his wife, we are going to celebrate with him on Saturday. Cheers Martin.

Martins 50th

Materials used - Cream cardstock, Cricut plus Plantin Schoolbook, K&Co Hopscotch papers, Chipboard, Assorted Versamagic chalk inks, Button, Twine, Brown gel pen, Star punch and Rub-on sentiment.

4 Hearts

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

I've just finished my 1st week at my new job at Waitrose. Everyone is so nice and helpful. The problem is, they sell really yummy food, so I can see my purse will be emptied very quickly. Far to many temptations!!

Plain and simple Anniversary card for today with lots of white space.

4 Hearts
Materials used - A6 card blank, Basic Grey Ambrosia papers, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Dovecraft sentiment stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Heart punch, Gem and Ribbon.

Life's a Picnic

Thursday, 18 August 2011

I made this card for my lovely hubbys birthday, which was a couple of weeks ago now. We had a great day, celebrating with a friends and family. The photo was taken on a recent holiday to France where, you've guessed it, we stopped for a picnic.

Lifes a Picnic

Materials used - White square card blank, Black cardstock, Free papers, Toga Alphabet stickers, Fiskars Postage Stamp border punch, Black gel pen, Buttons and Thread.

Less is More - One Layer Ink

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

I always find the one layer cards over at Less is More hard to do as I have to hold back the urge to add ribbons, buttons, gems etc. I masked off the edges of the card with torn strips of paper. Then using some scrap sponge I lightly inked the edge inside the border. I stamped some flowers, then using a gel pen I popped some dots in the middle of the flowers and added a sentiment. I think I would make the white border smaller next time. It was a nightmare trying to get a photo of this card as the colours are so soft.

One Layer Ink

Materials used - White square card bank, Hero Arts Patterned Flowers stamp, Woodware Janes Script stamp, Versamagic assorted chalk inks, Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and Brown gel pen.

It's amazing what's on your doorstop.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Roger got a great cycle ride book for his birthday. Some we had done before but others are new. The ride we choose yesterday, went right from outside our front door, to West Stoke, Funtington, Westbourne, Emsworth, Bosham and back home. But we got side-tracked. When we got to Prinstead we saw a coastal path that looked interesting, so decided to take a detour. It was just fantastic, we followed the path all the way around the coast to Bosham. We didn't even know this path was there and will definitely ride it again. It was just so lovely, the scenery, the weather and it was so peaceful. But, we still have half of the map to do, as we missed it out completely!!

Emsworth Bike Ride (6)
Emsworth Bike Ride (11)
Emsworth Bike Ride (15)

Summer Days

Friday, 5 August 2011

Blimey, where did that week go and I haven't posted a thing. The weather here has just been so lovely the last few days, that I've been cycling and pottering in the garden, so not much has happened in the card making department. But yesterday it just bucketed down with rain, so to brighten the day I made this paper pieced card using the summer papers from Echo Park.


Materials used - Square card blank,Cuttlebug plus Oval dies and Quickutz Polka Dot embossing folder, Hero Arts Girls stamps, Echo Park Summer Days paper pad, Woodware Janes Script clear stamp, Promarkers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and Flower Gems.

Whispers again

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Here's another card I made with the lovely Whispers stamp from Penny Black. I used Promarkers this time instead of paper piecing. I'm not much of a colouring person, but I enjoyed doing this one. I really must use my Promarkers more!

Whispers 4

Materials used - Green and cream cardstock, Papermania Hampstead papers, Penny Black Whispers stamp, Woodware Sentiments clear stamp, Promarkers, Fiskars Bracket border punch, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stickles, Card Candi and Ribbon.

Less is More - Button or Ribbon

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Has anyone been watching the Tour de France. I cycle, but these guys are nuts!! The Alps stages were fantastic, beautiful scenery and awesome riding.

For a less exhausting pastime, the lovely ladies over at Less is More have chosen my 2 favourite embellishments for this weeks challenge - Button or Ribbon. So I have chosen both for my card. I also made the felt flower using my Cuttlebug.

Ribbon and Button

Materials used - White and pink cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die and Cuttlebug Scribble Flower die, Woodware Sentiments clear stamps, Fiskars Bracket border punch, Versamagic pink chalk ink, Felt, Ribbon and Button.

Love this stamp

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Quiet week here, but I have been able to play with this lovely stamp from Penny Black, which I bought this week. It's perfect for paper piecing and colouring. I've made a few more using this stamp and I'll post them soon.

Whispers 1

Materials used - Black and white cardstock, Penny Black Whispers stamp, Story of Us papers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Woodware Essential Birthdays stamp, Fiskars scallop border punch, Ribbon and Button.

Less is More - Circles again

Monday, 18 July 2011

I also made a second card for the challenge, and surprise, surprise, it has buttons on it to.

Circles 2

Materials used - Square card blank, Hobby Art General Greetings stamps, Polkadoodles stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Black gel pen, Buttons and Fibres.

Less is More - Circles

Why is that something so simple gives me a mental block, Circles, how hard can that be!! I needed a flash of inspiration - and it came in the form of that Cuttlebug folder that I've never used - Rellie Rave. It was just perfect for the challenge over at Less is More this week, plus the addition of a few buttons and some ribbon.

Circles 1

Materials used - A6 card blank, Cuttlebug plus Rellie Rave embossing folder, Echo Park Summer Days papers, Woodware Essential Birthdays stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamagic Aqua chalk ink, Ribbon, Buttons and Fibres.


Thursday, 14 July 2011

I'm not a vintage card maker, but a recent article in Simply Cards and Papercraft took me to this fantastic blog - The Graphics Fairy. It's filled with fantastic vintage images, such as advertising pictures, flowers, birds, animals, transport, clothing and so much more and they are all free to download. I downloaded this great image of bicycles, great for a mans card.


Materials used - A6 card blank, Image from The Graphics Fairy, Story of Us papers, Kaisercraft sentiment stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Black gel pen, Circle punches, Buttons and Twine.

Less is More - Something with Legs

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Can't believe I haven't updated my blog for 2 weeks, how time flies and I haven't joined in at Less is More either. Their challenge this week is such fun - a 1 layer card and something with legs. I've just bought this lovely set of stamps from Hero Arts which fitted perfectly. Because it's a 1 layer card and I wanted to do some colouring, I'm having a nightmare finding cardstock, where my Promarkers don't bleed through, so I used my Whispers brush markers instead. They worked OK, but not so good for blending. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

Something with legs

Materials used - A6 white card blank, Hero Arts Girls stamps, Woodware Easy Stitching and Essential Birthday stamps, Whispers brush markers.


Sunday, 26 June 2011

What a fantastic day, the sun is actually shining after a misty start. Went for a lovely bike ride, Hayling over to Eastney on the ferry and then along Southsea seafront and back to Hayling. Wish I'd remembered the camera!!

I've had these Sizzix paper doll faces for ages and never used them plus the sentiment stamp. Then I realised how well they go together :)


Materials used - A6 card blank, Blue and white card stock, Sizzix Paper Doll stamps, Versamagic green chalk ink, Clear embossing powder and Ribbon.

Tweet Love

Monday, 20 June 2011

Fed up with the rain already, when will summer arrive?? I made this card for my sisters Wedding Anniversary using those freebie Pink Petticoat stamps again.

Happy Anniversary
Materials used - White square blank, Pink Petticoat stamps, Cosmo Cricket Togetherness papers, Woodware Sentiments clear stamps, Heart punch, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Glitter and Ribbon.

Cute - maybe not the Lizard!

Friday, 17 June 2011

I haven't got back into my card making stride yet, so here's a couple of pics of some friends we met on holiday.

Malleyrand June 2011 (51) Calf

Malleyrand June 2011 (85) Lizard

Fantastic Holiday

Thursday, 16 June 2011

We had a fantastic holiday, cycled all over the place, lovely walks and the weather was fab too. We don't normally have any mishaps on holiday, but I managed to take a single duvet cover instead of a double!! Then tried to undo a lock with the wrong key which jammed tight, thankfully Roger managed to get it out, but not until after I'd managed to ask the neighbour in my limited French for the spare one. Then the battery on the car died - 160€. Plus on the way home, we decided to go cross-country, got stuck behind tractors and lorries, so to make up time, Roger put his foot down, we got stopped by a very jolly policeman - 90€ on the spot fine!!

Here are a few of pics of some of the things saw and got up to.

Malleyrand June 2011 (76)

I can't get away from the washing, even when I'm on holiday. Using the Lavoir at Massignac (for those not familiar with French, it's not a toilet, but where the villagers used to do their washing) .

Malleyrand June 2011 (15)

View from the Resistance Memorial across to Chasseneuil and beyond.

Malleyrand June 2011 (70) Me and Rog

Enjoying a picnic at the Lacs de Haute Charente

Flip Flops

Friday, 10 June 2011

Ask my hubby how many pairs of flip flips I have and he'll say - far too many!! I just love em. As soon as the sun comes out, they are on my feet. Hubby says, he knows summer has arrived, when he hears the sound of my flip flops. I made this card last year, but never posted it. As I'm currently on holiday in France, it seemed the right time to pop it on my blog.

Flip Flops

Materials used - made so long ago I can't remember all the bits I've used :)

Blue Skies

Monday, 6 June 2011

Went on another cycle ride to West Wittering on Friday (before the weather changed!!), beautiful sunshine but so windy again. When we got there, the cars were queuing out onto the main road to get into the car park. It was fun just to cycle past everyone and straight onto the beach. One place I've never walked around was East Head.  It was so peaceful and away from the crowds. We managed to cycle part of the way and then the tyres started sinking in the sand. Time to get off and walk, I thought. I'm amazed the photos are not blurred considering how windy it was.

West Wittering
West Wittering (2)



Less is More - Monochrome

Sunday, 5 June 2011

The lovely weather has disappeared, how can it change so quick. One minute a BBQ outdoors and the next a roast!!. I hope this counts as one of the browns is a bit light. Won't be able to join in next week, as I'm on my hols.


Materials used - Square white card blank, White card stock, Martha Stewart Clear pattern stamp, Woodware Tiny Phrases stamp, Assorted brown inks, Brown gel pen, 1/4" circle punch, Button and Twine.


Saturday, 4 June 2011

Nice and easy mans card from me today.

I'm off to France for a week on Tuesday for a cycling holiday with my lovely hubby. We are staying lovely area of the Charente at my hubbys cousins place. No internet there,so I'll try and get some posts done before I go. Fingers crossed the weather will be good as cycling in soggy shorts isn't good!!


Materials used - A6 white card blank, Brown cardstock, Papers (can't remember who's), Kaisercraft sentiment stamp, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Fiskars Postage Stamp border punch, Buttons and Twine.

Less is More - Pick a Square

Monday, 30 May 2011

I've missed taking part in the Less is More challenges, but the study just had to be decorated. But I'm back in there now, making cards again. I could have worked in the dining room, but then everything migrates and then there's nowhere to eat our dinner!!

It's still amazes me how hard it is not to cover the card with everything I own :) but I do like the clean look. This card uses just 3 elements, stamps, half pearls and ink.

Pick a Square

Materials used - Square white card blank, Rhonna Farrer Swirls stamps, Woodware Tiny Phrases stamp, Memento Tuxedo black ink and Half Pearls.