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Hiya, I'm a Mum (of 6) who loves paper, ribbons, buttons, stamps.....ink, paint, dies......in fact anything crafty lol and I share my work space ( and stash!) with my 15 year old daughter, Rebecca. Please leave a comment if you call so I know you've been, I would love to visit you back and please become a follower if you like what you see. Thanks for popping by.........
'She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails' - Elizabeth Edwards

Monday, 31 August 2015

Mixed Media Monday


Morning lovely crafters & bloggers.....hope you're all well.
Did you have a lovely weekend? Bit of a strange one here but not to worry,
things will hopefully settle down soon. So as it's Monday you know what
that means......Mixed Media Monday.....time to share all your mixed media
 makes! I'm very much a beginner, I just love to play so any hints & tips
you might like to share will be most welcome. Today's make is for one of
my sons....Cameron loves all things steampunk & this wooden letter C  had
been sat in a drawer just waiting to be used. I started with a coat of Gesso,
added paint then some stamping. Most of the pieces are die cuts, I just inked,
stamped, painted......you name it, I did it...until I got the look I was after then
added some lengths of chain & some metal embellies. I'm not sure this piece
 is finished.....I just think it needs something else but not sure what....what do
you think? Would love to see your mixed media makes so don't forget to
leave me a comment so I can come visit. Thanks for calling today.....see you
soon!
xx




Saturday, 29 August 2015

Back to School with Oddball Art!



Hi friends, happy Saturday......hope you're having a lovely weekend!
Today I have a tag to share....my make for the reminder challenge over at
Oddball Art where the theme is BACK TO SCHOOL!
Some simple paper layers, a couple die cut stars & some stamped words...
......and the cutest image coloured with Copics & that's it.....job done.
As usual, crazy amounts of digi's to be won....you can find all info over
on the main blog here. And don't forget....you can also enter your makes in
the Facebook challenge where the theme is always anything goes!
You can find Oddball digi's here......and if you use code DTJO10 you can
save 10% off your order!!
Oddball Art also have a selection of rubber stamps available to buy from
Whimsy Stamps.....you can find them here.
Rightio, that's me done for today......don't forget to pop over & see the fab
inspiration makes from the rest of the team!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
xx
There's still a couple of days left to enter my candy HERE

Friday, 28 August 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday


Hi friends.....happy Friday!
Well, would you believe it.....we're on the last Friday in August
already......how the year is flying past. So today is share an oldie day,
craft style......mine is from about 3 years ago made using a Gorjuss girl.
Love those girls and oh my, the Gorjuss papers are beautiful too.
If you fancy sharing an oldie then pop over to Erica at Snappycrafts, leave
a comment to let her know you're 'in' then we can all visit you too!
Rightio, busy day here.....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to
hope you manage a little crafty time.....see you tomorrow!
xx

Thursday, 27 August 2015

And more ATC's.....

Morning lovelies......ooops, only just morning....and a bright, breezy
morning it is too! Hope you're all well & having a good week.
Today I have a couple more ATC's to share.....can't bear to waste all
the little odds & ends I find myself with & am determined to use them..
.....and ATC's are the perfect way to do that. These are up for swap (1 for 1)
if anyone would like to. Rightio, gonna go get more washing out & make
the most of the breeze. Thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow!
xx

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Just because......again!

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well!
Just popping in to share this little card using a few of my favourite bits &
pieces.......flowers, bunting, die cuts......and more of my beloved black!
Love, love, love this image.......and the thistle she's holding makes me
 want to sing 'Flower of Scotland'.....but you really don't want to hear my
singing lol. That's all for today, we have birthday cake to eat...my 2nd
son James is 23 today.....where oh where have the years gone?
Thanks for calling.......see you tomorrow!
xx
ingredients
image - Tiddlyinks
papers - Kaisercraft
flourish - Cheery Lynn die
bunting - Sizzix framelit die
sentiment LOTV
coloured with Copics
flowers & gems - stash
challenges
use a sentiment at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
flowers at Crafty Catz
birthdays at Fussy & Fancy
anything goes at Sister Act
spots and/or stripes at Sweet Stampin'
use a digi at Robyn's Fetish
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
birthday wishes at Incy Wincy
use 2 papers at Digi Choosday


Monday, 24 August 2015

Mixed Media Monday #2


Hi friends......hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend.
Still way too hot for my liking but not to worry, cooler days will be here
soon enough. So some of you may know I decided last week that Monday
is now Mixed Media Monday. Mixed Media is probably my favourite kind of
art/craft but something I just don't do enough of so the idea is that if I put it
 out there, name the day & spread the word then I really have to stick to
 it.....eeek!!
For today I simply sprayed some ink, watched it spread then grabbed the
1st things to hand....there was no reason to it, well, the colour I chose but the
rest was just random.......and what great messy, inky, painty fun I had!
Anyway, if you fancy joining in & sharing your mixed media makes just
leave me a comment so's I know to visit you back.
Thanks for calling friends......have a lovely day!
xx
ingredients
Dylusions spray ink
script stamp- Inkylicious
black Stazon ink
dragonfly stamp - free with a mag
hexagon stencil - Tim Holtz
words - Tim Holtz chit chat
bottle top, white paint, old bank card
challenges

anything goes at Crafty Gals Corner
#6 at Crafting with an Attitude
anything creative/mixed media at We Love to Create
August mixed media at Stamplorations

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Friendship......


Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well!
It's a beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast.....the sun is shining, there's a
lovely breeze & I have washing on the line! Doesn't take much to make me
happy well, not the sun shining part but definitely the washing!
So today I have another 'just because' card to share...the simplest of cards
to make and again using my colours of the moment.....I promise to mix it up
a little next time cos although I love black I suspect some of you might be
getting slightly sick of seeing it lol!
That's it from me.....jobs done,  I'm gonna jump in the shower then it's
time to get my Christmas craft on! Thanks for calling......have a lovely weekend
and I'll see you tomorrow!
xx
ingredients
chalkboard paper - Craftwork Cards
flower die - free with a mag
sentiment stamp - Crafters Companion
everything else - stash
challenges
fair & square at Crafty Boots
anything goes at Crafty Sentiments
to die for at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door
anything goes at Crafty Gals Corner

Don't forget.....there's still time to enter my candy HERE

Friday, 21 August 2015

Share an Oldie Friday!

Morning crafty friends......hope you're all well!
Friday again...time to share an oldie with Erica at Snappycrafts
These weeks are flying past and Christmas is fast approaching....think I
 need to really get my Christmas craft on! I have started.....just very slowly lol.
So when it comes to Christmas crafting the first thing I usually do is to
make my 'Little Book of Christmas'......a place to record ideas, gift lists, recipes,
card lists, ideas for decor.....anything & everything goes into these books and
I thought by sharing this today it might give me the much needed kick
up the backside to get started on this years book!
If you fancy joining in with Erika's weekly look back at past crafty offerings
just pop over & leave her a comment to let her know!
Thanks for calling today......see you soon.
xx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Chalkboard ATC's


Hi friends.....happy Thursday!
Best wishes to all of you with young people receiving their results today, hope
they get the grades they deserve. My youngest son did real well so now it's off
to College for him.......yippee!!
Just a couple of ATC's to share today.....couldn't bear to waste these scraps
& they were the perfect size for ATC's...a die cut doily, sentiment & butterfly
& some gems to finish....the quickest I've crafted in ages lol. These are up for
swap (1 for 1) if anyone's interested just let me know.
Rightio, gonna go tidy my desk cos right now there's no room to do anything..
......would show you a pic but I daren't lol x
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
xx
challenges
fav colour (black) at Allsorts
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
use a doily at Robyn's Fetish
#23 at Not Just Cards

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Teal, turquoise, blue or green?

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well!
So what do you think? Is the frame teal, turquoise blue or green?
Always causes debate with my lot of they see me using this colour so from
now on I decided it's called 'gorgeous' lol.  I do love it & think it goes so
well with my beloved black. Another 'just because' card today....just because
I wanted to use the 2 little strips of paper behind the frame....well, it would
have been rude not too don't you think?
So that's it for today....got some nasty h****work to do....thanks for calling!
xx
ingredients
paper, frame, sentiment & flower - Craftwork Cards
everything else - my stash
challenges
anything goes at Crafting with Friends
frame it out at Wags n Whiskers
make it floral at Crafting with Dragonflies
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
fair & square at Crafty Boots

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Another 'just because' card

Good afternoon crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well.
Tis cold & damp here today, my favourite kind of day......the kind of day
best spent in the craft room...so that's exactly where I am!
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on the mixed media piece
I shared yesterday....every one is so truly appreciated.
So today I have a card to share.....another 'just because' card using an image
I've not used before and a few of my favourite bits & pieces.....and more black!
 Can't resist using black, I love the way it makes the other colours pop.
 Rightio, enough waffle from me.....thanks for calling....see you soon!
xx
There's still time to enter my birthday candy HERE

ingredients
papers - Southfield Ornate Classic
sentiment - LOTV
butterfly & flourish die - Cheery Lynn
bits from my stash
coloured with Copics
challenges
3 or more layers at Crafting by Designs
recipe at Creative Knockouts
anything goes at Crafting with Friends
something new at Polkadoodles
one for the girls at A Gem of a Challenge

Monday, 17 August 2015

Mixed Media Monday - Grow!


Morning lovelies....hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend!
I had an inky, messy, paint filled couple of days & I've decided from now
on every Monday is gonna be called Mixed Media Monday!
I've been getting my knickers in a twist over my art journal....(didn't want to
ruin something that cost quite a few quid) so wasn't using it as much as I
wanted. I'm always telling Rebecca 'don't worry, it's only paper & paint/ink
 etc'., and when she said it back to me it kind of hit home lol! So today I'm
 starting over...hence the word GROW on my page....I'm just go where my
 art takes me although I still can't resist a black border...oooh, and I love my
white Signo pen too!
Rightio, that's me for today.......hospital appointment this aft so probably
won't get much if any crafty time. Thanks for calling & I'll see you soon.
If you manage any mixed media time this week do leave me a comment, so
I can pop over......especially if you're a newbie like me.
xx

There's still time if you'd like to enter my CANDY.

challenges
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Crafting with an Attitude
anything goes at Crafting with Friends
anything goes at Simply Papercraft
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything mixed media at We Love To Create
anything goes at Sisters of Craft

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes!

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well!
I woke late this morning, something I hardly ever do & now I have such a
thick head.......ooh, I hate that feeling, would much rather be up bright & 
early.....and on top of that my scheduled post hasn't published.....grrrr!

So today I'm sharing my Dt make for the latest challenge over at
The theme as always is anything goes & we have some fab prizes on offer:
offering a $12 gift certificate
offering a choice of 3 images from the ones shown on challenge blog
offering a 10 euro gift voucher

The image I used is called Birthday Friends, she's from Sami Stamps
 & the shabby vintage rose papers I used  are from Michele R Designs. 
I did some simple matting & layering, added a doily, some pearls, a stamped
 sentiment & coloured my image with Copics.

Thanks for calling today....don't forget to pop on over to the main blog & have
 a peek at the gorgeous Dt inspiration!
See you soon!
xx

Don't forget....there's still time to enter my Birthday candy HERE

challenges
3 or more layers at Crafting by Designs
things with wings at Fab n Funky
anything goes at Sister Act
use a doily at Robyn's Fetish

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Back to School with Oddball Art!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well & having a lovely
 weekend! It's a bright & beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast...
........and I'm spending it in the best room in the house......my craft room! 
So today sees the start of a new challenge over at Oddball Art & this
time the theme is BACK TO SCHOOL. As usual, fabby images to be
 won....you can find all the rules & some gorgeous DT inspiration HERE.
And don't forget....you can also enter your makes into our Facebook
challenge where the theme is always Anything Goes!
I have a discount code for you too.......DTJO10 will get you a 10% off
anything in the Oddball Art Etsy shop!

Thanks for calling friends....enjoy the rest of your weekend & don't forget,
there's still time to enter my blog birthday candy here.
ingredients
image - #88 Oddball Art
paper - Craftwork Cards
letters/numbers - Dymo
Fiskars border punches
coloured with Copics
bits from stash
challenges
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
cute & girly at Cutie Pie
one for the girls at Stamp & Create
punches/dies at Digi Choosday
spectacles at Shopping Our Stash
3 or more layers at Crafting by Design
school at Brown Sugar

Friday, 14 August 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Morning crafty friends & bloggers.....happy Friday!
Do you have anything nice planned for the weekend? It's cold & wet here and
 we have lots of new crafty stash to play with so so I think we're gonna be 
locked away in the craft room!
So today being Friday means it's time to join Erika over at Snappycrafts for
her weekly look back at past crafty makes.....it's just for fun & it is fun to look
 back & see how our styles have changed......or maybe not lol.
Today I'm sharing a card for a male...... having 5 sons I used to make lots of cards
 for males, especially when they were younger & wanted cards for their
 friends but nowadays they want pretty & girly cards to give to their
 girlfriends! Rightio, I can hear the nasty h****work calling, better jump to it
then I can go play. Thanks for calling....see you soon!
xx

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Smile.......

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well! Just popping in to share another 'just
 because' card....I was lucky enough to win one of Kitty's candy's a couple of
weeks ago & this is one of the images I chose with my prize so thanks Kitty,
I loved colouring her & am sure I'll use her lots......and I have 3 others just
waiting to be coloured too! Rightio, that's my lot for today.....me & Bex are
leaving the boys at home & are off for a wander around town......wish me
luck lol! Thanks for calling.....see you soon!
xx

Don't forget......you still have time to enter my candy HERE

ingredients
image - Sassy Studios
film strip - Joy die
words - Dymo
coloured with Copics
everything else - stash
challenges
anything goes at Sassy Studios
anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything goes at Crafting with Friends
anything goes at Craft Your Passion

Monday, 10 August 2015

ATC Swap - Embossing


Hi friends, happy Monday.......gosh, these weeks sure are flying past!
Hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend. Me? Had lots planned but Mr Mojo
 took himself off for a little break.....hope it's only a short one lol. So today I'm 
sharing my makes for my ATC Swap club....the theme for July was to use
 embossing - wet, dry or even both! 
I started by laying down some colour with my Caran d'Ache water soluble 
 pastels (I LOVE these), I chose three colours then used a damp brush to blend
 them a little then took a wad of kitchen roll to blot them as I wanted it to look 
a little patchy, once dry I stamped the script......added some embossing powder
 then used my heat gun to set it. I added a die cut of a feather & ink then 
edged the ATC with black ink for a bit of definition.
So that's it from me for today....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to....
....hope you manage a little crafty time!
xx
You can enter my CANDY here.

challenges
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
stamp & die at Stamping Sensations
anything mixed media at We Love 2 Create

Saturday, 8 August 2015

A 'just because' card

Hi friends......hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend!
Another way too hot day here...roll on Autumn....I'm sure looking forward to
those cooler days & darker nights! Just popping in to share today's crafty 
offering......a 'just because' card using lots of my favourite bits......and my
 magic little machine that creates any word I want.....love it!
Rightio, better go get the tea on.....thanks for calling....see you soon!
xx
Don't forget.......you can find my candy HERE.

ingredients
image - Tiddlyinks
butterfly  - Cheery Lyn die
scallop tab - Fiskars border punch
words - Dymo machine
coloured with Copics
everything else - stash
challenges
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
one for the girls at Stamp & Create
embellish it at Digi Chooseday
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Southern Girls
anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything but birthday at Sweet Stampin'

Friday, 7 August 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Hi friends, happy Friday! Hope you're all well & have something nice
planned for the weekend. Think it's gonna be another scorcher of a day here
so that'll be me staying indoors lol. Seems the hotter it is outside the more
likely I am to be inside making things for Christmas......so as it's Friday &
time to share an oldie with Erika over at Snappycrafts I thought I'd share a
Christmas card from when I first started blogging. I used one of my fav
colour combos, a sweet Magnolia stamp & lots of stickles.....oh, I remember
getting that stuff everywhere lol! If you fancy joining in with Erika's weekly 
look back at past crafty makes then hop on over to Snappycrafts & leave her
a comment.....then we can all visit you too!
Rightio, I'm off.....lots of nasty housework to do today, thanks for calling
& whatever you're up to.....have a lovely day!
xx

Monday, 3 August 2015

ATC Swap - Zentangle

June 2015 - Zentangle
Morning crafty bloggers, hope you're all well!
Are any of you having problems uploading pics to your blogs? I keep
seeing 'bad request, error 400' ?? I can get my pics up if I go the long way
round so I suppose it's not too much of a problem...just a bit annoying lol.
So for today's share I have a set of ATC's I made for our June swap, the theme
was Zentangle. I started by using Dylusions (funky fuschia & squeezed orange)
spray inks on the ATC blanks, stamped the image then finished with a simple
border using a black Posca pen. Here's some of the ATC's I received back:
Zentangle - swaps received
Rightio, lots to do today so I best get cracking...thanks for calling & what
ever you're up to....have a lovely day!
xx

Sunday, 2 August 2015

White on White with Delicious Doodles!


Hi friends....hope you're all well.
Is anyone having problems uploading pics to  a blog post? Grrr, it's driven me
mad these past few days.....then I had a brainwave....upload to Pinterest & copy
 from there.....and here is is, if only I'd thought of that yesterday when
my post was due!!
So my make today is my Dt make for Delicious Doodles, the theme is
WHITE ON WHITE and I think this card is probably the simplest card I've ever
 made....but definitely one I'll be repeating again. I love the image, could just
imagine myself living in that cottage in the middle of nowhere singing 'In The
Bleak Midwinter' ...any neighbours would soon be running for the hills lol!
The usual rules apply: You can use any image but if you use a DD image you
will get entered into the draw twice, link back to your blog post, mention DD
in your post, make anything you like so long as it's handmade.... and have fun!!
You can find the image I used here & you can find the challenge blog here along
with some fantastic Dt makes for your inspiration!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
xx

Don't forget...you can enter my blog birthday candy HERE.

challenges
anything goes at Eureka Stamps
monochromatic at The Crazy Challenge
inspired by a Christmas carol at Holly Jolly Christmas
(In The Bleak Midwinter)
anything goes at Crafting by Design
Christmas in July at Crafting for all Seasons
anything goes at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
Christmas carols/songs at Winter Wonderland
(In The Bleak Midwinter)
monochrome at Di's Digi's





Saturday, 1 August 2015

Bingo with Crafty Calendar!


Hi crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well!
Today I have my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Crafty Calendar,
the theme this month is BINGO...any line will do...of if you're really
feeling it why not try for a full house lol!

I made a bottle tag this time using my fav colour combo of blue &
kraft. I followed the middle line of the bingo card & added some cheesecloth,
 die cuts, gems & I coloured the image with my Copics
Our sponsor this month is the fab That Craft Place offering 3 digi stamps for
our lucky winner & they also gave our Dt some fun images to play with.

You can find all rules over on the main challenge blog here as well as some
lovely inspiration from our fabby Dt.
So that's it from me, thanks for calling.. hope to see you over at Crafty Calendar!
xx
Don't forget....if you want to, you can enter my blog birthday candy HERE!

challenges
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
anything goes at Not Just Cards
anything goes at Crafting by Designs
no patterned papers at Fab 'n' Funky
anything goes at The Paper Shelter
anything goes at 4 Crafty Chicks
anything goes at Digitally Sweet

August 2015 ATC Swap


Hi friends.....hope you're all well!
Oh my gosh, aren't these months flying past? August 1st already & time for a
new ATC Swap theme of........UNDER THE SEA!


As usual, ATC's should be 3.5 x 2.5 inches, you make & send me 4 & once
everyone's arrive I'll send you back 4.....and if you could enclose a
stamped addressed envelope that would be great!

If you want to play along leave me a comment to let me know you're
in.....& so's I know to watch out for Postie!

Feel free to take my badge, would be great to see it on your blog with a
link back to mine!

Have fun!
xx


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