Tuesday 27 December 2011

Time for a Sketch

Hi there Hope you all had a fabulous
Christmas and Santa brought you all that you
asked for, he did in our house.

We had a quiet one at home with the family
it was lovely to have them all there.
Plenty to eat and a ton of chocolate, we 
were all stuffed. Lol.

This weeks Papertake challenge
is one of Dawny's sketches to 
follow which is great when the old
mojo's still on it's Christmas hols.

This weeks challenge is sponsored by 
Simon Says Stamp.

 The image i have used is one of my favourite
Tilda, i had actually painted it a 
while ago and it was waiting to be made into a card.
It's painted with Distress inks on water colour
paper, when it was dry i sprayed it with 
pearl mica spray.
The papers are from First Edition Love letters
paper pad.
I used a Martha Stewart heart border punch
on the bottom edge.
Sentiment is from Tim Holtz.
Flowers is made from scraps of paper cut
with a Marianne Creatables die and the flower
is a blossom from Wild orchid crafts.

So hope you all pop over and have a go and
check out the inspiration from the other DT girls
they are fab.

Thanks for looking today
Take care and have a 
Happy New Year.

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Last Christmas card

Hi all well it's Papertake weekly
again and this time 
the challenge is 
Last Christmas card (of the year).
We are sponsored this week by the 
Fabulous Ribbon Girls
Andrea and Mary.

 I have used a fab
Teddy Bo image and coloured it with 
The Papers are from Papermania's
Silent Night paper pack.
The Merry Christmas stamp is also from
Flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts.
Leaves are from a Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for looking today
hope to see you over at Papertake 
take care

Sunday 18 December 2011

Christmas Cosy

Good morning all hope you are well.
Only a week to go now, my kiddies are on 
holidays and it's beginning to feel a lot
like Christmas.
I love the week before Christmas, just slowly
building up to the big day, lots of Christmas
films on the telly and the kids getting more 
and more excited. There's nothing like it.

Here's the Christmas tea cosy i
said i would show you all, now it's finished.

Yes it's a Pud. I found the free pattern
off the Internet. The holly pattern is from a 
book i have and the berries i made up myself.
I just love it so much I'm now making a matching
coffee pot holder, so watch this space.

Oh well better go and make breakfast for everyone,
It's a late one Seeing as it's Sunday.

Might even use the tea pot.

Thanks for looking 
Take care

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Christmas crochet

Hi all i'm back with the little bits 
i said i would show you.
This is the first one, i found a free 
pattern on the internet for these 
crochet hearts and thought they
would make fab tree decorations.

This was my first go.
I used DK wool and 5.5mm crochet hook
which made it loose and you could see all the stuffing.
So i had another go using DK doubled up and
that was so much better, a lot tighter and
They are so easy to make and quick too.

I added pale blue pearl beads and some 
bells so it jingles just like Santa's sleigh.

They are now hanging on my tree
and look so cute.

I have also made my first Tea cosy

This is for my Mother in law for 
Christmas. I can show it to you all
as she doesn't own a computer so won,t see.

The cosy is knitted, i followed a pattern 
out of one of my books.
The poppy and leaves are crocheted.
I chose these colours as she has a Rayburn 
cooker in the same blue and the tiles that 
surround it have red poppies on them.

You'll have to excuse the photos 
it was such a dull day here and i really
struggled to get a descent photo 
and had to brighten them up a bit on
the computer. They're not to bad.

I really enjoyed making this that I'm half way
through making a Christmas one for myself.
i will share it with you when i have finished.

Thanks for looking 
Take care

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Favourite Christmas colours

Hi all OMG what's happened
to the week, it just seems to have
disappeared.  This weeks not going to be
much better. It's the last week of school
and there's all sorts going on, roll on Friday.

This week at Papertake weekly 
our challenge is to make a Christmas card
using your favourite Christmas colours.
What could be more Chrismassy than 
traditional Red and Green.

This time we are sponsored by

I have done a bit of paper piecing with this fab
Christmas tree stamp from woodware.
The papers are a mixture of Craft Creations and 
I cut a Go kreate scallop die circle and used a 
Karrs snowflake stamp round the edge with 
Fired Brick distress ink.
The sentiment is also stamped with the same ink
and edged with glitter glue.

Not long to go now are you nearly ready?
I got the rest of my shopping done yesterday,
just got to wrap them all up.
I start off making a good job of them but soon get
fed up and the rest look like a dogs dinner.
wrapping always seems to take ages!

I've been doing a bit of crochet and knitting
for Christmas and have a few things to share.
But i think i will keep you in suspenders and
save that for tomorrow.
Gosh I've not said that saying for yonks..LOL.

Thanks for looking and hope to see
you over at Papertake, go check it out.

Take care 

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Papertake Weekly Anything goes

Hi all hope to find you well.

How's your Christmas shopping going?  
I've done a bit, but I've
still got lots more to do though.

This week over at Papertake weekly
it's time for an Anything goes with the 
optional extra of adding something dangly. 

As always this challenge is sponsored by 
the fab Girls at Lili of the valley.


I decided to make my image the dangly so
stamped the LOTV snowman twice onto
a spellbinder circle.
I then coloured it in with my promarkers.
I got some of those fine tips you can add
onto the bullet end of promarkers, wow these
are so fantastic, you can really get into the little
nooks and cranny's of the image.
The papers are from First Edition.
The snowflakes and flowers are both 
Marianne Creatables dies on plain white card
embossed and glittered with glamour dust.
Snowflake corner stamp is from Clarity stamps.

I used a Go Kreates scallop die to cut the 
aperture out of both the card and patterned paper.

I'm going to have to get a wriggle on and make some
more Christmas cards. I don't know why but i just
can't get that motivated, i even thought the other
day about buying some (slap my hands) i didn't, 
but i might!

Thanks for looking 
take care

Wednesday 30 November 2011

My first Crochet Cushion

Hi all just a quickie. Here it is 
my Crochet cushion.
I have used granny squares on the front
i got the pattern here 

 I made a giant granny square for the back.
I sc round the cushion to join the two pieces 
together and left one end open and put
buttons on to fasten it.

I have made it to go on a shabby chic chair i have.
I wasn't going to paint the chair but looking at it 
on the photo's it looks dull and drab,
so i might have to touch it up.

Thanks for looking today
take care

Tuesday 29 November 2011


Hi all hope you are well.

Wow where are these weeks going to,
it's nearly December already.
 I need to start getting organised.

Here's my card for this weeks 
We have a sketch to follow
from the wonderful Dawny.

The prize this week is from the fabulous
Simon Says Stamp.
so go and check it out and the other
DT's work they are fab.

I bought some of the new 
Papermania Urban stamps and 
couldn't wait to have a play.
The two sets i bought were
Botanical and Birds.
The paper is from Bearly Mine Vintage lace.
Sentiment from Tim Holtz.
Ribbon and lace from stash.
Got a bit carried away with the glitter again
this time i used a quicky glue pen and glamour dust.
I used dew drop memento ink pads in pear green and 
Angel pink and a versa magic chalk ink pad in
Gingerbread and Malted Mauve.

I've not been a good blogger lately, slap hands.
I've been busy crocheting and i
have nearly finished a cushion so i will
let you all see it soon, promise.

Thanks for looking
take care

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Christmas Cracker

Hi all hope you are well.
We have a cracker of a challenge over at 

Christmas Crackers

which is sponsored by Wendy's
Digital delights.

You can make anything Christmasy
I decided to make a cracker.
I hunted on the net for cracker template's
and came across this one.  

I cut a large window out and put acetate
behind. It's perfect for three tea lights.

The papers are printed from
 the Seasons Greetings Artylicious CD ROM.
Flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts.

The snowflakes are made with a Marianne
Creatables die with silver mirror card.

Ribbon from stash.

These crackers are a great size for any 
little gift and great fun to make.

So please pop over to Papertake and
check out what the other
DT's have been up to and 
maybe have a go.

Thanks for looking 
take care 

Friday 18 November 2011

Let it snow

Good morning all hope you are well.
Well here it is the other Christmas 
decoration i have altered.

It started off life dark blue with snowflakes and
dots on it, which was OK but i wanted to play.
I started off painting it with several coats of 
Acrylic white paint.

I then used a brilliance ink pad in blue 
and stamped the snowflakes.
using a Clarity corner stamp.

I then used a silver brilliance pad to stamp 
the swirls, this is  the New years swirl from Magnolia.
I struggled a bit because the silver ink pad it's extremely
old and had nearly dried out.
Must buy new one.


I then edged it with silver stickles and dotted
Star dust stickles on the snowflakes.

I haven't had much time for crafting at the moment
i'm half way through repainting the main rooms 
in the house. Giving it a bit of a refresh 
before Christmas.
It seems to have snowballed really.
I only meant to do the hall, which turned
into the conservatory and now the lounge.
I then thought i might as well do the kitchen while i've
got all the paint stuff out.
So i can't even see my craft corner for all the 
stuff that had to be moved.
Oh well best get back to it.

Thanks for looking 
take care

Tuesday 15 November 2011

When is a card not a card?

Hi all hope you are well. 
This weeks Papertake challenge is a 
good one.

When is a card not a card...When it's a.....

Ooh, so get those thinking caps on
and see what you can come up with.

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous
Ribbon Girl.

Here's what i came up with

When it's a 

Box of Chocolates 

Yum Yum.

I've done really well not to eat them
they are still sat on my desk.

I made an easel card to fit on top of the 
choccie box.
I used a large Go Kreates frilly die for the card
i backed it with Tatty Teddy papers.
The images are from a Tatty Teddy clear 
stamp set, Coloured with 
Polychromos pencils and sansodor.
Flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts.
Ribbon and lace are from my stash.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's
work there's some great ideas.

Thanks for looking today
take care 


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