Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pop Up Box Card

Folds flat for posting

Hello crafty friends, every year I look for a new design idea for my Christmas cards and this time I've decided on Pop Up Box cards. 
A bit more work to make but I think the end results looks fabulous. This is just the first one I have made but plan to do some with other colours and characters too. I was really pleased the way it turned out the picture doesn.t really do it justice.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stampin Bella cards for Twins...

At last I've got some time to post a couple of cards I made for an order a few weeks ago. The girls Erin and Katie are 13 year old Twins and are the daughter's of a friend.
As you can see I have used two lovely Stampin Bella images I love all these Uptown Girls stamps I wish I had them all...lol. The papers are  First Edition another favourite of mine....can't get enough of these papers they are gorgeous.

I also made the girls Exploding boxes from their Parents and they loved them. I'll post them later.

I am entering the second card into Top Tip Tuesday   ...Favourite colour combo....Peach and Purple

Thanks for you visit today

Have a lovely weekend

Monday, October 06, 2014

A Victorian Dolls House....

If you like miniatures and especially Doll House's then head over to Teeny Tiny Toatie I have some pics to show you of my Dolls House that Hubby made for me 25 years ago. There will be more soon so don't forget to come back and see.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A new blog on the block...

Hello crafty friends!  I have a new blog sharing my love of all things Miniature called
 Teeny Tiny Toatie . It's a work in progress and hopefully will be as popular as this one. So why not pop over and see what I've been up to this week.
 Any comments you wish to leave will be much appreciated

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My first Fairy House

 Hubby and I are both off this week putting up a new fence and re arranging the garden. I had wanted to make a Fairy Garden a few years ago and just never had the time, so this week I decided to have a go. 
 I've been all over the internet looking at Fairy houses and eventually sent for one which should be here tomorrow. In the meantime I decided to have a go at making one myself.  I must say I haven't had so much fun in years. I bought a packet of Air  Drying clay and set about building one as I watched the TV tonight and tried to make it as quirky as possible, I even made a few mushrooms too. I forgot how much fun clay modeling is.  When it's dry in a couple of days I will paint it with Acrylics and give it a few coats of varnish.
My head is buzzing now with loads of other ideas for my Fairy garden, who knows it might end up a whole village...lol
I'll post more pics when it's finished.

 Have you got a Fairy garden?... I'd love to hear about it.....

Friday, September 05, 2014

The end of an era....

Today I made a very difficult decision. After 5+ years on the Charisma Design Team I have decided to resign.

It is becoming more and more difficult for me to devote time to my DT work and I feel I'm running around like a headless chicken with so many projects on the go, not just crafting but stuff on the home front too .
  When Carly invited me to join the DT  I was thrilled to bits, that was more than five years ago now when Charisma Cardz first started. Over the years I have been lucky enough to visit thousands of your Blogs and I have enjoyed all of the fabulous creations you have entered into our Challenges, and learned so much along the way, but sadly it's time for me to move on.

I'll still be crafting and popping the odd card on here from time to time and maybe a few other projects that I have in mind as well, so watch this space.

Thanks for your visit today, Happy crafting !!

Hugs & Smiles

Charisma Cardz....Use Acetate

Good morning!!, first off apologies as I'm a day late posting this. Just don't seem to have enough time these days to do all the things I need to get done.
Our challenge this week is to use Acetate on your creations.  As always we have fabulous sponsors,

Buy our digi stamps here...

I do hope you can join in this week, thanks for your visit.
Happy crafting

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Special Birthday...

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. 
Today I thought I would share this card with you for an 85th Birthday commissioned by one of my friends for her Mum.  I have used my favourite little bear again, everyone always asks for him to be on their cards, he must be the most used stamp I have.
The papers are 1st Edition, I also used Spellbinders dies and Wild Orchid flowers. Organza ribbon and pearls from Meiflower. The lovely little metal butterfly I think was also from Meiflower but I can't say for sure.

Thanks for your visit today, 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Teenage birthday boy

Good morning, I have a busy day ahead but just grabbed a few minutes to share my latest card with you.
 Commission by a work colleague for her Son's 13th Birthday and he loves his Play station and X Box, like most youngsters of his age. Luckily I had this image from Mo Manning which is fabulous for boys cards and she also has a female version too if you have any young girls into gaming.
The papers are from Papermania , I've had these for years, the corners are Marianne Design die, and I also used Spellbinders dies to mount the image and the sentiment.
I have a day with my little three year old Grand Daughter today so sure to be a fun day and and exhausting one. We are planning a Frozen themed birthday party for her in November so I'll print off some pictures and we can cut them out, she loves anything to do with Frozen.
Thanks for popping into my blog today, have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Buttons and Bows @ Charisma

Hello again, this week at Charisma Cardz we would like to see some Buttons and Bows on your creations. Above is my DT card for this challenge. I have used a Saturated Canary image, First Edition papers, Spellbinders frame, buttons and ribbon from my stash and some glitter card. I quite enjoyed making this card and I've done some distressing on the papers, haven't done that in ages.
I hope you can join us, and don't forget you have two weeks to enter, looking forward to seeing all your wonderful creations again this time.

Thanks for popping in


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Silver Wedding......

Hello again ! I was asked to make a 25th Wedding Anniversary card this week and this is the design I came up with. 
Card recipe....... papers Wild Rose Studio...Wedding Bells, dies....Sizzix, Spellbinders and   Joy Crafts heart border. Hunkydory Congratulations and Wild Orchid large Rose Buds.

I've been busy lately with Invitation orders and also Exploding boxes, so I've not had much time to blog.  So keep a look out for them I should be finished hopefully by next week and will upload them.

Thanks for your visit today, have a good weekend.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ribbon Twine and Charm @ Charisma

Hello crafty friends!  It's time for another Charisma Cardz challenge and this time we would like to see your creations using

As always the design team have been busy creating some wonderful projects to inspire you so why not pop over to the challenge blog and have a peek. 

We have two fabulous sponsors this fortnightDoctor Digi



Thanks for popping in today, and I hope you enjoy the challenge

Happy crafting

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LOTV Christening card

Hi crafty friends, hope you are all well and having a good week.
 I've been on holiday for the last 2 weeks so haven't done much in the way of card making and my craft room looks like a scene from a disaster movie  lol...so before I can do anything I'll have to tidy up.
 It's been a few weeks since I posted a card so I thought I'd share this Christening card with you. It was a commission from a work colleague and I'm pleased to say she was delighted with it.

Materials used..
LOTV image
Elegant swirls emb folder
Oval Nesties
Ribbon and lace from Mei Flower
Pearl card stock from the Papermill

Thanks for your visit to my blog 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Anything Goes @ Charisma ......

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are all having a good week so far. I'm just back from my holiday and realized I forgot to schedule the post for the Charisma challenge this fortnight. So here we are a wee bit late but we still have more than a week to go so plenty of time yet to get your entries in. The theme is
so a really easy one for you.

Why not pop over to the challenge blog and see Team B's inspiration for this challenge. As always we have fabulous sponsors with great prizes.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Good morning crafty friends. Today's challenge over at Charisma Cards is all about the other Crafty stuff you do. No cards for this one please......My DT inspiration for you this fortnight is a 3D picture.

I recently saw a similar picture on Pintrest with butterflies and really liked it, so I decided to make one for myself. So here it is.....

A different angle to show the depth the butterflies create.

Materials used are..15" x 15" Artist canvas..Marianne Creatable Butterfly Dies...Mini  butterfly dies by Cheery Lyn Designs, First Edition papers and Brilliance inkpads in pink and green to distress the edges of the canvas.
 Ive also seen a black and white version of this in the shops with the butterflies in a circle and it was very expensive. This one only cost the price of the Artist canvas which was £8.00 so I recon I saved myself a fortune. I'm really pleased with it and it is now in my newly decorated spare room.

I hope you enjoy our challenge for you this time and look forward to seeing all your amazing creations. Don't forget to pop over to the Charisma challenge blog and feast your eyes on the teams creations.
Thanks for you visit today, Happy Crafting !!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hunkydory 70th Mum....

This was a card commissioned by a friend of mine for her Mum's 70th Birthday. 
I decided to use the lovely Hunkydory set of card and toppers I had just bought and complimented the floral design by adding flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. With card this beautiful you really don't need a lot of extra embellishments so I just added the Sentiment, an Organza bow and a sweet little heart charm. Inside is plain and simple and I added another little topper on the left hand side which you can just see a glimpse of in the pic. 
I'm really pleased to say she loved it !!

Well that's me for now, time for a cuppa I think!!.

Happy crafting


Hello crafty friends, I hope you are all well and enjoying some good weather wherever you are.
 This fortnights challenge is all about SPARKLE AND SHINE....so all you glitter fans out there this one's for you...lol  I'm a bit of a glitter fan myself but I don't have a card to share as it's Team B's turn.  

Three fabulous companies are offering great prizes for this challenge so why not pop over to Charisma Cardz and see for yourself , and while your there feast your eyes on team B's inspiration for you this week....fabulous work from them as always.

Looking forward to seeing all your Sparkly projects, happy crafting

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Good morning everyone, here we are Thursday again and we have another fab challenge for you over at Charisma. This time it's

My DT card for you this time was made using a decoupage sheet, I love this little pooch he's so funny. I downloaded the sheet years back and have only just found it again.  Just way too much stuff in my craft room...lol  I bet you are all the same. We all have stash that we've forgotten about.

I hope you can find time to enter this fortnight's challenge and you can find lots more inspiration from our fab Team over on the Challenge blog. 

Thanks for stopping by , Happy Crafting