Thursday, 13 February 2020

love you sweet heart

Hello, it's Valentines week and I have my special M&S meal in the fridge ready for Friday! Not going out means I get to keep my comfies on!! My card features bunnies from the Waffle Flower set 'love you bunnies'. The background is the 'stitched scallops cover panel die' by Reverse Confetti.

The background scallops reminded me of the scalloped edges I used to put on nearly every card I made! So I got my box of punches out from the back of the cupboard and punched out a panel in white and black cardstock. Maybe it'll start a trend for using punches again!

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Hi There

Hello. I was at my monthly craft club last Saturday. I joined in with a demo' in the first half (pictures will be shared soon) . And in the second half I coloured up some of my favourite Penny Black stamps using my Inktense watercolour pencils. Today I made them into super quick and easy cards. The card above is 'from me to you' and the one below is 'team effort'. The sentiments are from the 'Heap of Hellos' set by My Favourite Things.

I am entering two challenges....

Penny Black and More....animals, birds and butterflies
Creative Inspirations...anything goes

Sunday, 2 February 2020

December 2019 Memories and February Sweet Treat Box

Hello. I've been busy filming! I have a flip through of my December Simple Stories Sn@p album and an unboxing of the February Sweet Treat box in the can!

If you fancy a look both videos are only two or three minutes long. The December album flip through is here and the unboxing is here.

My pic' is a sneak peek of what's in the box, this month the colours are a soft pink with a pop of black. I have so many ideas for this box, can't wait to get crafty! You can get your very own box here.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

happy birthday

Hello. I have gone super girly for my card today! It's all very pink but I kinda like it! The stamp set is Flower Girl by Waffle Flower and I love that the stamps are all separate bits. You can decide whether or not to give her wings, a crown, flowers in her hair - lots of combinations. The flowers round the bottom of her dress are a separate stamp too so you could decide to make them a different colour but, like I say, I have gone all out pink!

I am entering the challenge at Allsorts - take flight.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Coffee Journal - part 5

Hello. Today I'm sharing another entry in my coffee journal. Urban West, once again it's in the 'West End' right on Great Western Road. We ended up here as the place we had in mind was very busy - a true happy accident. Instead of cake I had brunch, I was very hungry! I had the poached eggs on sourdough toast, hubby had square sausage on a morning roll and Mili had two dog biscuits. We will definately be back!

Coffee Journal - part 1 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 2 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 3 is here.
Coffee Journal - part 4 is here.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Zippy Zebras

Hello. Time in the crafty room has been curtailed by nearly two weeks jury duty at the High Court. An experience I never want to repeat. Anyway, here is my first card of 2020! All the stamps are from the Zippy Zebra set by My Favourite Things and the background paper is from the Essential Black and White paper pad by Altenew.

I am entering the following challenges -

Allsorts - more than a single word sentiment
Creative Inspirations - something old/new (I have used my new Zippy Zebras!)

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Magazine Giveaway - winner

Hello. The draw has been done and the lucky name out the hat is - 

 Please email me your address (
and I will get your magazine off to you.
There will be another giveaway soon, so stay tuned.

Giveaway! Box Set Magazine

This post will stay on top until Sunday 19th January 2020.
Please scroll for newer posts.

I have a brand new Joanna Sheen Box Set to give away to one lucky blog follower.
As well as the magazine the box includes -
3 piece die set
A6 embossing folder
9 stamps
252 papers and toppers
This is hot off the press and is packed full of inspiration, including my article all about making cards with the kit.

 Simply leave a comment here and I will randomly pick the winner on 
Sunday 19th January 2020.
Good luck - and spread the word!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

My 2020 Journal

Hello. For the past two years I have been journaling in a Hobonichi and I have loved them (look how chunky they got) but towards the end of last year I struggled making daily entries and lost interest a little. So I decided the best way forward would be to use an undated journal and then I wouldn't feel under pressure to make an entry every day or feel bad at having blank pages.

I have been admiring the books from The Citrus Book Bindery for a long time and decided that one of their 'layflats' was exactly what I needed. I was not disappointed, this book is fabulous! I am now looking forward to making entries daily, or weekly or even maybe monthly as time allows.

 And here is my first page. 
It turned out really quite clean and simple but you would not believe how long it took me to decide what to do on the opening page!

 The second page just has some decorative bits and pieces and some words to remind me 
'don't fill your head with worries'. And then 1st January. Some journaling, some ephemera (Prima Golden Coast, on sale here) and some stickers. 

I will be sharing entries periodically throughout the year. 

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Chipboard Mini Album

Hello and Happy New Year! 

Just before Christmas I treated myself to the Hey Crafty Girl collection by Simple Stories. Great service and very fast delivery from Paper, Pen and Plan. So over the festive period, when I had a few spare minutes, this was a fun, easy project to pick up and do a little at a time.

As the whole collection is craft themed I thought I would use the album to keep a record of my pens and paints. The black alphas I used here are Thickers and not included in the Hey Crafty Girl collection, I wanted to have a nice bold heading! 

I am keeping the album handy on my craft desk and I will see at a glance what colours I have in which make. 

On this page is a record of the fine liners that I use in my daily journal.

 For paints I made a little 'envelope' to keep the sample cards in. I painted a block of each colour onto watercolour card and once dry drew a black outline.

And finally the back page. Crafty Girls Rock!

Monday, 23 December 2019

January Sweet Treat Box 'Do What You Love'

Hello, my January Sweet Treat Box from Paper, Pen and Plan popped through the letter box early this month - one of the perks of being on the design team! My usual unboxing video is here.

So, a fresh new year and a journal (or ten) with many blank pages to fill. I will be continuing my nature, coffee and 111 places journals and I will be starting a couple of new ones but more about that later.

I am also continuing my long term project of documenting older holidays and family photographs as well as keeping new holidays and days out up to date! For this I am using Simple Stories Sn@p albums with pocket pages.

And, of course, there will be cards made along the way!

This will be my last blog post in 2019 and I would like to wish my readers and followers a very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2020. Thank you for all your lovely comments and continued support of my little blog.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Warm Wishes

Hello, it's Tuesday so time for me to share my Seven Hills Crafts project and I have a card to share that would be perfect for a winter birthday. I used my Winter Sparrow stamp set by Wplus9 to stamp the sparrow and foliage (matching dies are here).

I love that the stamps are all individual parts of the image meaning you can totally change things up. I decided on a sparrow this time but you could do a robin, a bluetit, a chaffinch or a brightly coloured bird from your imagination!

I made a circle frame using two dies from the Stitched Circle Stax set by My Favourite Things to mount the stamped images on to. Everything was attached to the base card using foam squares.