Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Make it Sparkle & Sad News

I am posting this with a sad heart. Here is my last card for the Joanna Sheen Challenge because it is the last ever challenge. Joanna has decided to put her marketing efforts elsewhere. I was so gutted when I heard the news as although I have not entered every single challenge set on the blog, I have enjoyed it very much. I am not convinced this is the right decision but I look forward to seeing what else she comes up with.

A particular highlight for me was when my Vintage Puppy card made Designer Spotlight and I was chosen to be a guest designer. My crafting goal was to be a permanent member on the Design Team but it was not meant to be. Hopefully one day I will get the opportunity elsewhere.

Anyway here is my entry to the theme of Let It Sparkle Christmas. I have used this mega cute image from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse Triple CD to make this 6x6 card. I have used red glitter board with two different papers for matt & layering. I hand glittered the image to give it extra sparkle and used a die cut of the ivy corner from Signature Dies by Joanna Sheen. In addition to this I have inked a wooden sentiment with my ink pad and used some cute little sparkly buttons.

A close up of the little cute mice

Hope you like it - any comments are much appreciated. xx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

DT Call for NEW Gruffies & Guests Challenge

I am pleased to announce that I am joining Shaz and other fellow House Mouse, Gruffies & Happy Hoppers nuts to start the new Gruffies & Guests Challenge Blog that will go live on 4th January 2014.

We are currently looking for people to join the Design Team. The DT Call will remain open until December 14th at 10pm.

To find out more please visit

Please feel free to promote the challenge as much as you can.

A cute little Gruffie
Hope to see you getting involved xx

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Joanna Sheen entry - Celebrate

Hello lovelies, it seems like a long time since I made a blog post. Haven't been crafting that much recently because I had my tooth extracted and sooo much pain - all good now! My only concern now is that we are only a few weeks from Christmas and I have such a large amount left to make. Keep telling myself to keep calm and carry on. 

This is the card I made tonight for the Joanna Sheen Challenge with the theme of 'Celebrate'. I have used Messy Rabbit Christmas CD and added some spotty backing paper from my stash, pink card stock and polka dot ribbon. I have added some gems and used a Martha Stewart border punch for some extra dimension.

Here you can see the decoupage giving it extra dimension.

Thanks for stopping by xxx

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Pretty Pastels - GDT card for Crafting Musketeers

I am thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to be a Guest on the design team (GDT) for the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog...

.... and here is my GDT card for the theme of Pretty Pastels, I am soooo happy with it! 

For this card I have gone for shades of pastel orange/peach, with a touch of pastel pink and mint green. The backing paper is from Do Crafts, with some matching pastel paper from my stash. This very cute image of a tiger and a birthday cake is from the CD from Crafter's Companion 'Morehead'. I have used the gorgeous embellishments of resin flowers from Dovecraft, pearls and beautiful lace. The sentiment is a stamp from my stash, stamped in black ink.

Thank you so much for looking at  my blog. If you are a fellow crafter please do join in with the challenge, it is very fun! Any comments are very much appreciated. Don't forget to follow me for regular updates from me and the challenges I play along with xx

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Boofle Christmas Check This Out

I hope all who reads this is keeps safe in the impending storm. Doesn't even seem breezy here yet but still battening down the hatches just in case and keeping the cat inside, much to his annoyance!

Today's post is about my entry to the Winter Wonderland Challenge: Check This Out. I have followed this theme of check, tartan etc. with a backing paper of lovely red tartan with a gorgeous and a scrumptious Boofle decoupage topper. This design includes some gorgeous sparkly ribbon of two kinds, red glitter board and beautiful Christmas red square buttons.

Close up of the red tartan and sweet sentiment.

Thank you so much for looking xx

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Carol Singing Bunnies

Evening to all of you on this chilly evening. So here is another Christmas card from me (sorry for all those that don't 'do' Christmas in October). My local station Signal 1 Radio actually played 'Last Christmas' by Wham! yesterday afternoon on the Drive By show and because of this I don't feel too bad about all this Christmas crafting that is occurring on my craft desk.

Here is my entry for the Winter Wonderland Christmas Challenge : Carol Singers. This amazingly cute image is from Christmas in Holly Pond Hill CD by Joanna Sheen. I have printed it on glossy paper and used matching backing papers and silver mirror board as matt and layering.

 I have embellished it with punched stars and this gorgeous ivory ribbon with pearl beads woven into it.

Thanks for stopping by. Any comments gratefully received xx

EDIT: This card made top 3 in the challenge!! :)

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Button It Up! GDT card for Joanna Sheen

Hello lovelies,

I hope everyone is OK this weekend? My weekend has been pretty much written off with a horrendous migraine which keeps coming and going but I'm surviving :) So sorry this blog entry is a little bit late...

I am VERY excited to blog my very first Guest Design Team card for the new Joanna Sheen Challenge: Button It Up! I am so incredibly privileged to design for Joanna Sheen as it is my most favourite and purchased brand of crafting materials. Thank you to the other design team members for making me feel so welcome and as usual amazing samples girls.

I have used an image from House Mouse Triple CD-Rom, adding some vintage looking backing paper from my stash and gorgeous red vintage lace (it really is vintage!!) Also, the obligatory buttons and a poinsettia embellishment from Hobby Craft. I am very pleased with the result.

If you are a fellow crafter you should totally get involved in the challenge! There is the chance of winning a £15 voucher but only if you use a Joanna Sheen image/product on your card. If you put 'GDT' after your entry you may even have a chance to be a guest on the design team, just like me.

Thanks for visiting xx

Sunday, 13 October 2013

To the moon and back

Morning all. Hope you are all having a super weekend despite the constant rain we seem to be having.

Just a quick note to show my CD Sunday Challenge Entry for the theme 'To the Moon and Back'. I have missed the deadline due to being very busy but I thought I would share it anyway. This clean and simple card has been made using the Forever Friends Retro 3-Disc collection from Do Crafts. I think it is super cute.

I have decoupaged the image and added a touch of gold glitter to the stars, backed the image with gold mirror board and added some gold coloured gems. I really love it.

A close up of the decoupage and a sparkly bit of glitter on the stars.

Thanks for coming to look xx

Thursday, 10 October 2013

So Sweet!

Hello there. Hasn't it got very very chilly out there today?! Brrrrrrrr... But at least it makes it easier to make Christmas cards when it's getting all Autumnal and chilly. I keep trying to make them because I have so many to do and not so much time.

Today I have been working on my entry for the Joanna Sheen Challenge - So Sweet. One thing I love about challenges that everybody interprets the theme differently. I have interpreted it as cute but chosen this sweet Christmas House Mouse image that features a candy cane.

Sorry that the photography is not fantastic, poor lighting at this time of night. As you can see this creation is very glittery. 

I have die cut a decorative frame in red glitter card as a frame for an image and edged this with clear gems. The banking paper is something from my stash with red stars and blue snowflakes which seems to match lovely. I used a stamped sentiment with blue ink "Sweet Wishes". And added two little navy blue ribbon bows either side of the decorative frame.

I associate candy canes being hard and shiny. So I used some glossy accents to glaze the candy cane. The above picture you can see the sheen. It's so lovely. As my boyfriend Stephen said "It's just the ticket!".

Thank you for looking. I hope you like my card. My next card for the Joanna Sheen Challenge will be my GDT card, how exciting!!! Finally I just want to say that I am so so grateful for everyone who leaves me a comment, they are so lovely. They make me smile and I appreciate them so much. Thank you xx

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Buttons and Bows

Evening! Glued to my craft desk since this morning. Not literally you will be pleased to know. Tonight I have been making my entry to this week's Winter Wonderland Challenge with the theme of Buttons & Bows.

I have just realising that my last (and only other entry) to Winter Wonderland Challenge was Joanna Sheen's Out of the Hutch and so is this one! This is not intentional but has probably happened because I have been itching to cut out the little blighters. They are sooo ridiculously cute but unusual. I don't remember seeing my guinea pigs on the Christmas cards I've received. Having said that every card I get this year will probably have a guinea pig on it now.

I have decoupaged the image and used green glitter card as a backing, along with some red Christmas papers from my stash. I have used green glitter ribbon  from Dovecraft as the bow and some gorgeous red buttons (and a few green gems).

Here you can see the detail in the decoupage giving it definition 

A close up of the buttons and bow. Simple but effective.

Thanks for looking. Next time I will try use another character for the challenge!! xx

Crafting Musketeers: Christmas In October

Hello, Hello! Hope all you lovelies are ok this weekend? Lovely and sunny here in Stafford this Sunday. Woke up today to lovely news that I have been selected to be a Guest on the design team for the Joanna Sheen Challenge for the next challenge. I am so honoured! I'm sure I'll be blogging my first ever design card in the near future. Last week I had a very good Autumn Fair where I met some beautiful people as always, where I mostly chatted about crafting of various sorts to anyone who would listen! LOL

Yesterday was World Card Making Day you know, unfortunately I was very busy yesterday with family so today I made my cards instead. Crafting Musketeers are running a Christmas in October challenge at the moment. Which makes me smile because crafters do Christmas every month from about July don't they?! What a wonderful prize they have this time of ProMakers.

Anyway, today's make for this lovely challenge is another cute House Mouse card from the Triple CD Rom. As you will see I have FINALLY got my mitts on the LaLa Land Crafts Heart bunting die and it is so cute. 

A close up of the added glitter to this super cute picture!

Thanks for looking, hope you like my make xx

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Talent Spotlight on Joanna Sheen

Just a quick note to say today I am featured as the Talent Spotlight on the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog with my vintage puppy card. Joanna Sheen is my favourite crafting brand (if you haven't noticed) and I am so chuffed. Thank you to Paula for featuring me on it :)

To see the original entry please visit here.

After a long but brilliant day, to see this has been a super end to a great day. It really has made my day, maybe even week. Thanks for visiting xx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Waiting for Santa

This is my very first entry to the Christmas projects only Winter Wonderland Challenge - this month has the theme of "The Holly & The Ivy". I wonder if this is an all year round challenge, as I'd be up for Christmas crafting throughout the year!

I have used this super cute Out of the Hutch decoupage sheet from Joanna Sheen of a guinea pig sitting in bed with his stocking waiting for Santa with his bed decorated with lovely holly. Layering it up with sticky tabs. A holly background, holly ribbon, and holly corner punches. All accented with gold mirror board and red gems. 

Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping  by xx

Christmas in Mulberry Wood - chilling by the tree

As you have read I am have a jolly good go at entering challenges of late. Not only does it focus your crafting projects a little more it is a whole bunch of fun!

Today's post features my entry for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge: Embossing. I have a cuttlebug and I often like to play with it but find it difficult to use embossing successfully on my cards (supposedly only in my own opinion!). I looked at a few of the stunning entries and thought I would give the challenge a go.  There is also the opportunity to be a guest designer - if chosen, what fun that would be!!!!

I created this 6 x 6 card on a kraft base card using this cute little elephant in a santa hat character from the Mulberry Wood at Christmas papercrafting CD-rom from Crafter's Companion. Although it was released last year, it is still very much one of my favourite festive resources.

From this first picture you will see that the snowflake embossing folder I used on the green patterned backing paper it is quite subtle. 

From this second picture you will see how the paper is embossed which gives added dimension. I also used a fancy rectangular die to set off the image which I raised from the card with sticky pads, again adding further dimension still.

To complete the card I used gold star brads and a little bow made from red and gold ribbon. I also added some glitter to the image to give it some extra sparkle which you can see in close up below.

Thanks for stopping by. Wish me luck with the challenge xx

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Coffee and Cream Vintage Puppy

Hello Lovelies,

Enjoying the relapse of the summer sun? I am busy preparing for a large Autumn craft fair I am doing at Stafford Rangers next Saturday 28th September 2013, 12noon - 4pm. Come along if you are local and don't forget to say hi!

If you were to ask me who my favourite photographer was, I would without a doubt say Rachael Hale. She takes amazing pictures of cute animals. I was thrilled when I found out that my favourite crafting sensation Joanna Sheen brought out a disk of images from Rachael Hale "Furry Friends" and I HAD to get it.

Today I am showing you a card I made for Joanna's recent challenge Coffee & Cream. Using this image of a cute Yorkie puppy from the Furry Friends CD, coffee and cream papers, coffee coloured lace and cream pearls.

When I first made this I thought it was a bit weird and has a contemporary meets vintage feel. It reminds me of a granddad with a flat capped puppy and a grandma with the vintage looking coffee lace, but the square lines seem contemporary. It also has male meets female feel I thought.

Anyway, for all these reasons I have decided to enter into the Vintage challenge over at The Crafting Muskeeters. Also, my facebook fellow crafter Sharon is always encouraging me to join in, so I'm giving it a go at long last!

Thank you so much for coming to my blog and any comments you may have are much appreciated! xx

Friday, 13 September 2013

Christmas in Holly Pond Hill

This weekend Christmas has truly hit my craft desk, evidenced by my jeans full of glitter! First up, the new and super wonderful Christmas in Holly Pond Hill. My favourite little bunnies and mice have gone all festive.

This week the Joanna Sheen challenge is 'Ribbons' and seen as I use a lot of them anyway, it wasn't a difficult task for me. Here is my entry. Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Monday, 9 September 2013

My first easel card

Hello lovelies,

Hope this blog finds you all well? I have been thrown back into work after an amazing week in Gran Canaria. Steve took me away for my birthday and I can honestly say it was the best holiday I have ever been on. The hotel was lovely, our room was big with beautiful panoramic views of the pool, beach and sea.  The food was amazing with everything you could possibly want. Really wish we'd booked two weeks and now I have the post holiday blues but I am getting back into the swing of things despite feeling wretched after catching the cold my boyfriend caught on the plane home!

Anyway, I thought I would share with you a special make that I made shortly before my holiday - my very first easel card! It is personalised for an 18th birthday of someone who loves roller coasters and theme parks, so I actually used an image of him on the Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers. I am very pleased with how it turned out. 

How the card stands on the shelf which is held in place by raised sentiment.

The 'front' with the main image when closed.

A close up of the sentiment.

Wish me luck and thanks so much for stopping by xx

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Our 30th birthday cake

Hello lovelies,

Sorry for the lack of blogs this week, in all honesty I have not had much time to get crafting. I have been very busy as Steve and I are turning 30 this week, so last weekend we had a birthday party to celebrate. It was the first ever birthday party I've had and organised, and it appeared to be a great success. The hall was tastefully decorated with sparkly banners and gorgeous balloons from Bizarre Balloons in Stafford. We ate lots of yummy food from Fatsos and scrumptious cake.

I thought I would share the amazing cake that Tina at Love at First Bite made for us.  I am sooooooo pleased with it. No... I have not made this, I am not that good!! It was chocolate on the inside with white icing. The theme was characters from children's television shows we watched as kids.

On the top is Salem the cat from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who our real cat is named after.

Here we have The Shoe People and He-Man

Care Bears and Kermit and Miss Piggy from The Muppets

Button Moon and Poddington Peas

"Down at the bottom of the garden,
Amongst the birds and the bees,
There live a lot of little people,
They call the Poddington Peas"....

I ALWAYS have to sing it when I think of it (sorry). 

And last but not least, my personal favourite side featuring my favourite programme as a child Rainbow and Duck Tales

Unfortunately for us, Tina at Love at First Bite is closing down this September. Not through lack of business but because she is so good at cake decorating that she gets so many orders that she has very little time to spend with her toddler, so has decided to concentrate on family life for the time being. But we thank her very much for fitting in this last order for our party, it certainly was a talking point and a big hit with the guests.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog and hopefully I will be back really soon with some crafty makes of my own xx

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Up & Away House Mouse

Hello lovelies,

How are you this lovely Sunday evening? Weather is a bit mixed but at least we don't need those woolly jumpers and coats just yet. Would think we are in the middle of autumn from the fashion featured in our clothes shops currently!

Anyway, tonight I am sharing with you this cutie. If you are not familiar this is a little House Mouse! They are available from Joanna Sheen in CD and decoupage sheets. This image however is from the House Mouse Triple CD-Rom in the Everyday 'flowers' section.

Unfortunately for us, at work we are losing our manager Carol at the end of this month to go onto pastures new and this is the card I have made to wish her luck.  

I am entering this card in this week's CD Sunday Challenge "Quick and Cute" theme.

I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by xx

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Make a wish birthday bunny

Not had the chance to make any cards tonight, although I have been eagerly planning a few cards of the Christmas variety. I cannot believe it is August already and when September commences I'll have no choice but to get into the Christmas spirit otherwise no one will receive a card this year! My biggest problem is when I start my Christmas makes I find myself mumbling the odd festive variety "Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la..". See! Can't help myself...

This evening I was looking back through some pictures of commissions I've had this year and found another Holly Pond Hill cutie so thought I would share it with you. I am really into this CD from Joanna Sheen this week, mostly because I am still buzzing of the possibility of getting my mitts on the Christmas CD in just over a month's time.

Brief for this commission was: 40th birthday for granddaughter, female, extremely cute with cake and had to feature a bunny rabbit. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my blog xx

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Super Little Cutie Baby Boy

Ever since the news of Holly Pond Hill Christmas CD coming in September hit my radar at the weekend I have been itching to have another go with my Holly Pond Hill CD. I am in love with the cute little bunnies and mice on there, sooo cute and I seriously spend so much time going "Awwww" and "oooooh" whenever I look through the images on it. In fact so far I think I have spent more time admiring the CD rather then crafting with it lol. That'll need to change!

Some people won't understand this but at the weekend I emailed Joanna Sheen herself about the then rumoured (now confirmed) Holly Pond Hill Christmas CD and I was so incredibly thrilled when she emailed back saying yes and it is lovely and yummy. It seriously made my weekend! Thanks, Joanna :)

Anyway here is an A5 sized card with a gorgeous little baby boy bunny from Holly Pond Hill I made this evening.

Hope you like it. I am entering it into the Joanna Sheen "Boys will be Boys" challenge.

I am always flabbergasted at the amazing talent showcased on that challenge blog and find it very inspirational. It has inspired me to have a go at this challenge and others. Wish me luck.

Thanks so much for passing by and looking at my blog xx

Monday, 5 August 2013

Time for Cake - Anything Goes Challenge

This weekend has been a very crafty one indeed. Recently I have been working on a qualification for work which has meant I've barely done any crafting and to top this off I have suffered with a muscle problem in my back. I decided I needed a break and I got down to business where I have been busy making some very girly pink, flowery, cake cards that I am in so in love with. I am not normally one to blow my own trumpet but I just love them. These are probably my most favourite makes I have made in a long time.

The kit used is 'Cupcake Boutique' from Dovecraft. I just love the colours and especially the mint green which is new to me and my craft stash, but I have to say there is a significant risk that become addicted to it. 

You may have noticed that I haven't done much posting on my blog but I have decided as a mid-year resolution that I will make a concerted effort to get involved and have a few goes at some challenges. So anyway to my delight I was searching for some challenge blogs and I stumble across Anything Goes Challenge Blog which where is really appears anything goes!! A theme is set each each time and I was thrilled the theme this time was "Coffee Break / Food" perfect for this weekend's makes!!

Therefore, I have chosen the most appropriate card to enter into the #98 challenge. Here it is....

I really hope you like it, thank you so much for passing by. Any comments are greatly appreciated :) xx

Spots & Stripes Christening

Hello my lovelies, 
I wanted to show you two matching christening cards I made for a girl and boy getting christened on the same day. I used the Papermania Capsule Spots and Stripes Pastel Collection for backing papers and die cut papers. In addition to this I used an embossing folders for added texture and hand cut decoupage of Forever Friends from the New Arrival collection from Do Crafts. Finished off with punches of cute little teddies, sheer opaque ribbon, silver mirror board and matching gems.

I would like to enter this into the Do Crafts Capsule Card Makers Challenge

Thanks for stopping by to look at my blog - any comments welcome and really appreciated xx

Monday, 22 July 2013

Beatrix Potter Makes

I have been sooo busy lately with my 'day' job, trying to complete a qualification (about half way there now) and keeping on top of the copious amounts of cat hair that finds it's way through the entire house, that it's left little time for much else. This has made me sad as I have had to put crafting on a back burner and now I having serious craft withdrawal symptoms.

I have so many CD-Roms that I have yet to play with, just cannot wait to get my mitts onto them. Have just been thinking about the Beatrix Potter cards I made a while back and how amazingly beautiful they look. Even though it took me a while to complete because it involved lots of hand-cut decoupage. They are tunnel decoupage which means instead of layering up to be 3D they have perspective like a tunnel. It is very difficult to capture in a picture though and I am not the best photographer. 

Images: Crafters Companion  World of Beatrix Potter CD
Background papers from: Beatrix Potter paper backs female and male.
Adhesive pearls.
A5 scalloped edge base card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to be back soon with more creations xx

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Little Suzy's Zoo decoupage

I cannot believe it is end of the first week of February already! Time is just running away from me. Have had quite a crafty Saturday afternoon and made some gorgeous Little Suzy's Zoo cards from Joanna Sheen. Bet you cannot guess why I just HAD to have and make these decoupage sheets.

I first came across Little Suzy's Zoo in about 2006 when I made a little cross stitch picture for my friend Lara, so I was thrilled when I found the beautifully cute images had made their way to paper craft. Thank you, Joanna for sorting that out for us. I am hoping that there will be more to come.

Here is an example of one of the cards with the cute little Witzy duck with his snail friend. 

I am entering this card into the Forever Friends February Challenge. This is particularly potent this month seen as Joanna Sheen has sponsored this challenge for the very first time. Wish me luck.

Thank you so much for popping by - would love it if you left me a comment xxx

Thursday, 31 January 2013

January makes

So tomorrow is the 1st February, where an earth has January gone?! It has been an interesting month for me. I have made my first crafting blog, tried some new styles of cards and also entered some challenges for the first time. In fact, by starting this blog, although still only a few posts, has opened my eyes up to a whole new crafting community which quite frankly is pretty amazing.

This is what I have been up to this month:

I tried a new style of card with decoupage flowers from the Dovecraft Sugar & Spice kit.

I've made some gorgeous and lovely very cute animal cards using the Neighbourwood kit.

I made a few Valentines cards from the Me To You Tatty Teddy With Love Range.

I experimented with Craft Artist programme and made this lovely Paddington Thank You card.

I've also made a few cards from the Holly Pond CD and some Looney Tunes cards I am unable to post but they look fab!

Thank you all for visiting my blog, new followers always welcome. If you have your own blog, let me know as I love viewing others peoples creations xx

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Black & Gold Forever Friends Birthday

Forever Friends still remains to be one of my favourite characters ever, and I can remember them from when I was a kid. They sell really well. This lovely 5 x 7 card has a vintage feel to it with its black and gold theme. The picture has dimension with 3D decoupage. I have stamped the sentiment in gold metallic ink which matches in well with the theme, and added pearl embellishments. Love it!

I am entering it in to the January 2013 Forever Friends 'Birthdays' Challenge. Wish me luck... xx

Holly Pond Hill 'Mum' Birthday Card

I made this card with the lovely Holly Pond Hill image for my Mum on her birthday.

It is 6 x 6 in size and uses fabric flowers and gems as embellishments. Quite simple but effective. My mum doesn't like cards which are too fussy so I always worry she will like anything I make for her but she said it was "impressive", so I am very pleased with that!

I cannot get enough of this CD! Good job from Joanna Sheen. Thank you for looking xx

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Cute Holly Pond Hill Baby Girl Card

Here is one for those who love pink! Gorgeous Baby Girl card made from the new Joanna Sheen Holly Pond Hill CD.

I am entering this card into the Joanna Sheen Challenge: New Beginnings.