Thursday, March 06, 2014


 Wow, well it's been a LONG time since I updated this thing .. for a myriad of reasons I just couldn't be bothered to keep posting.  Life took some turns - some good and some very very bad and blogging was one of the last things I wanted to do.  So I'm making no promises but I'm back for now ;)

One of the main reasons I've reactivated this dusty old thing was for the Sugar Nellie Challenges over at The Sugar Bowl.  I love, love, love their stamps ... adorable yet not too 'cutesy' for my taste.  And this is my entry for this month's challenge ...

The theme is Mother's Day or a Special Lady so bonus, I can use this for my very special Mother-in-Law ;)

The little girl is 'Annie' and I've coloured her with Copics.

The background is a technique I saw on the super talented Jennier McGuires blog here.

Instead of a large background stamp I used some Sizzix flower and leaf stamps, white heat embossed them then sponged over with Distress Inks, spritzed with water and left to dry.

The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse and the gems and sequins are from a very fab company called JoseyRose.

Well if anyone does stop by to read this, thank you for taking the time.  I've turned comment posting off for another myriad of reasons.

Till next time, maybe, hopefully ;)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Blimey, Christmas is approaching fast!! I've not even started the shopping yet ... the postie's going to love me over the next few weeks!

But yippee, only another week and I can put all the decorations up! I really didn't think I was going to look forward to Christmas at the end of this awful year but I actually am. I guess I'm just looking forward to all the extra sparkle and mince pies!

Speaking of sparkle ... the challenge this week at Meljens is Sparkle and Shine - Glitter, Rhinestones, Foil, Anything that Blings! Hmm, like I need an excuse to use any/all of these! I've used the freebie digi also from Meljens that can be found HERE.

These are also my DT samples for Keep It Simple this week where the theme is Evergreen and for them I've used the Bazzill and Kraft cs, Basic Grey pp, the snowflake is Hero Arts and the text background and sentiment are Waltzingmouse. The holly is coloured with pencils and glitter stickles.

This next card is my entry for this weeks challenge at the Play Date Cafe. I am SO drawn to these colours and what a wonderful inspirational image ...

The paper is again Basic Grey, the flower is PaperArtsy stamps white embossed with lots of Fruit Punch glitter stickles, the leaf I've just cut from felt and hand stitched and the sentiment is another Waltzingmouse stamp.

And lastly I'll leave you with a couple of things that make me chuckle every time I see them ...

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Wow it's been cold and frosty here the last couple of days ... really feels like winter has finally arrived ... which is fine by me as I love walking Meg on chilly mornings, wrapped up warm, crunchy underfoot and I'm one of those odd people that like the dark evenings - snuggling under soft blankets and having lots of candles lit ;)

Which leads me nicely to this weeks challenge at Keep It Simple where the theme is Wonderland. To me this means all things snowy and sparkly ...

The image is yet another digi from Pink Cat Studios called Friendly Snowman that's been coloured with pencils and Twinkling H20's. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse and the pp is Basic Grey Jovial.

This next card I made for a Docrafts Forum sketch challenge. Yep, another digi image, this time from Heather Ellis and her Pure Innocence range. I've always loved these adorable stamps and was thrilled that I discovered them as digis!

And finally I made this as a thank you to Phil's Mum who took us all out for a wonderful meal a couple of weekends ago ... no digis this time but actual real rubber/acrylic stuff ;) The background is a Prima stamp on Kraft card, the leaf is Papermania, the flower is PaperArtsy and the sentiment is Waltzingmouse

And last but not least, no more horror videos, just a chuckle ;) Phil and I "tried" to watch the second Twilight film the other night ... I think we made it a whole 15 minutes before looking at each other and realising we're just to bloody old for all that teen angst ...

(Plus I just DO NOT get the whole Robert Pattinson thing!!)

Thanks as always for stopping by and have a great week ;)

Sunday, November 07, 2010


Oh. My. God.

The Walking Dead.

Please please please tell me someone else out there watched it??

Seriously. Up. My. Street.

In fact ... themostupmystreetthingI'veseenforfriggingyears!!

Speaking of scary ... thank God bonfire night and the weekend surrounding it will soon be over. Don't get me wrong, I'll pay good money to go and watch a proper fireworks display ... but the relentless banging and whizzing that goes on for over 6 hours each night the last couple of nights that sends our poor Meg into a panting frenzy is starting to stress us all out now. Ah well, roll on New Year ...

Complete change of subject away from zombies and practically rabid dogs ;)

We're changing the format over at Tag You're It. Instead of doing weekly challenges the DT have decided to host monthly swaps instead. Having hosted two of the recent swaps I can't even begin to describe what an absolute pleasure it's been to receive peoples hand crafted works of art in my mail box. I gave up on forums a long time ago (for a myriad of reasons) but one thing I've really missed is being involved in the swaps. Opening up a carefully sealed envelope to the special little treats carefully wrapped inside even beats getting newly purchased stash in the post ;)

So I do hope you'll join us for our monthly swaps, the current theme is Simply Stamping and this is the bundle I'm offering to swap out ...

I used the theme as an excuse to hunt out a stamp I've not used for a while that I was once in danger of overusing! I love this flower stamp (I think it's from Woodware) and I've coloured it with some Twinkling H20's for a bit of shimmer. The cloud is hand drawn and I'm also loving my new bakers twine I just bought off ebay (what on earth did we all do before ebay for bits and bobs like this??)

This next "thing" is for Keep It Simple where the theme this week is Shape Up and for the current challenge at Meljen's Challenge Blog which is to use 3 different shapes. I'm still trying to get ahead with making Christmas Cards so I chose to make a card in an untraditional shape. The girl is a digi from Pink Cat Studios, the poinsettia is 2 stamps from PaperArtsy and the message is from Waltzingmouse.

If you made it this far, thanks for stopping by, now go watch The Walking Dead or I'll come over there personally to eat your brains muhaahaha ;)

Sunday, October 31, 2010



Thursday, October 28, 2010


I love Halloween. Just so you know ;) In past years we've gone the whole hog, decorated the entire house, silly costumes, parties with games ... but this year because of one thing and another we've decided not to do anything. However, I have managed to get ScaredyWuss (aka my husband Phil) to agree to watch something appropriately sinister with me on Sunday night. Soooo ... what to watch? Disappointingly there seems to be bugger all worth getting excited about on the telly that night so I'm wracking my brains ... any suggestions? I'm thinking Paranormal Activity but that might just push him over the edge and make him never sleep again. Personally I didn't find it that scary, but then I did watch The Exorcist when I was 13 lol. Gosh I used to love being scared but rarely these days do I find anything that genuinely gives me the creeps. Maybe I've watched so much I've become sanitised?? Oh no!!

So what's the scariest movie you've ever seen?

My top 10:
(in no particular order, just as I think of them!)
The Thing
The Ring
Dawn of the Dead
Salems Lot
28 Days Later

I'm thinking back to the first time I watched these films and how much they terrified or disturbed me, now I think we can all say we know that "Jaws" is looking a little like a big bit of grey rubber lol

And because I couldn't let my second favourite "holiday" pass without doing something I've made some bits and pieces ...

These are both wooden things I got at Hobbycrafts. They come as bare wood so I've just painted, papered, inked, glittered and stamped them to death ;)

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I miss my Mum. And Dook. Every single day. Does it ever stop hurting this much?? You always think you have more time. You never realise that whatever you're doing with that person right now might be the last time you ever get to do it. So if there's anyone left who even reads my blog go hug the ones you love right now. MAKE them know how much they mean to you.

A real regret I have about my Mum is that I don't have many photos of her. Well that's not strictly true, I don't have any "nice" photos of her. I always thought I had more time ... so I always took silly pictures ... ones that would make her cringe if she knew I'd put them on the internet!! So this one was taken on my wedding day and I love it because she looks genuinely happy ...

I hope I don't sound too maudlin. That's not my intention, I just miss my Mum and my boy Dook.

So, moving onto something creative ...

I've made this bundle of tags for a couple of things, firstly our monthly swap on TYI (the theme being Feeling Fruity) and secondly for a challenge at Meljens DT and Challenge blog with the theme Anything Goes! The text stamps is Waltzingmouse, the paper is Basic Grey and the cherry image is a digi from Meljens Designs at Whimsy Stamps that I've just painted with Distress Inks. Whimsy Stamps have been kind enough to sponsor us over at Keep It Simple which introduced me to Meljen's Designs which are just gorgeous and if you visit THIS blog there's all kinds of stuff going on ... with a fabulous free digital design each Monday!!

This tag is for the Waltzingmouse Makes Tag You're It challenge ... all the stamps are Waltzingmouse and the big snowflake is from Maya Road painted with white acrylic then glittered with Doodlebug glitter. Claire is offering a truely awesome £100 voucher to spend in the shop so I urge you to check this challenge out! And I'm not just saying this (unless of course it will help me win lol) but I have several sets of Waltzingmouse stamps and they're all gorgeous and stamp perfectly. And Claire always crams so many stamps on each sheet :) Oh almost forgot, if your tag features WMS you will get an extra bonus of £25!!

And this final tag is for the TYI challenge You've Been Framed

These next cards were made for Keep It Simple:

Seeing Stars


And finally because we all need a laugh now and then ...

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