Thursday, 22 June 2017

Heat has gone

Afternoon all

Well I have to say today I can get back to "normal" these last few days have
been so very hot that I just could not do anything. 
Sat down, stood up, moved from one place to another but it was far too 
How was it for you??

Glad to say today it is much more normal temperature but we could do with rain. 

I hear some places have had rain, so fingers crossed it will arrive here. 
Been out and doing gardening - well fruit picking to be honest. 
Trying to get my fruit before the birds do. 

Well here is a card I made just before the heatwave. 

I have used my screen printing - masking off an area from a screen to make the 

This is the unit before I start

Did the printing (sorry no photos) cut down the image and mounted onto mirri card
then onto a Craft work cards paper on a blank white card. 

Added a sentiment of Birthday Wishes.

I would like to enter it for the following 


I hope that the card will meet with the critia for the above challenges

Think that a Dandelion is very much an English flower and if it was not a "weed" 
I am sure it would have won a Gold at Chelsea Flower Show.

Here is my photo of todays pickings !!!

This was the temperature indoors yesterday !!!

Anyway best dash now and chase off those birds again 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Gone gardening

Afternoon all 

Well after my post the other day I though I would give my today's 
post the heading Gone Gardening

Cos that is what I have been doing today and over the last few days.

The sun has been out and the weather just beautiful and it is too good to stay in doors
however my crafting has taken a bit of a back seat while it is necessary 
to be outside picking my produce. 

 In all I have picked just over a kilo of fruit 
before the birds get it. Dennis says there is enough for all but I LOVE my fruit
and so I pick it while I can. 

The blackbirds are eyeing up the currants and gooseberries. 

So here are so photos of today.

 Red currants



All in the freezer now except for the raspberries they are for tea. 

I am pleased to say the Mum is much better now back home from her time in 
hospital. Got to say it was a real worry as the food is not good in hospital so she was
not eating very well. 

Also I got those phone calls from her which sounded so frail that I did wonder. 

Anyway all is ok for now. 

Thank you all for your good wishes and thoughts over this difficult 
time for me.

I hope to get back into doing a regular blog - well I keep on saying that - 
but Dennis has not worked for the last month and as you can imagine it has been 
difficult to find my mojo. 

Have a great time where ever you may be. 

Crafty gardening hugs 

x x 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Gone Fishing

Hi there 

Thank you for joining me today 

I have been working on the latest Design Team entry for 

 Love to Scrap Challenge blog 

and here is my entry 

using image provided by sponsor
Jumping Fish and Fishing Rules greeting
(DRS Designs)

I started by printing off the image onto smooth paper and using a mixture of 
pens and watercolour pens coloured in the image. 

I used a Kraft type card stock to make the card.

I found a bit of material which I thought looked a little like fishing net and stuck it down onto 
the card blank. 

Added the toppers to black card stock and mounted onto the card blank. I have added 
glitter pen to the fish to make it look like "just out the water" but you 
may not be able to see it ? 

I hope you like it and I look forward to seeing you over at the Challenge 
Boyz Rule

Have a great day 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

what a new bag

Afternoon all 

Well good news is that Mum is now back home. Been a great worry all round 
but would not say that she is out the woods yet. 

I have been having fun over this last week making bags

so here is my bag. 

A few steps along the way :) 

pocket as you will see I have used up the material by machining 2 pieces together. 
The pocket is lined. 

It is lined with a large pocket on the inside. 

Really enjoying making things like this. 

Going to try to make some purses next. 

I do have a question if you can help

I have a purse which has the following material and I do not know 
where to get more from 

I still have about a meter but this was in a kit. 

All I see is that it is called Dash. 

Any help would love to know if I can get more. 

It is a type of Cotton Canvas / poplin / duck materiel? 

Well have a great day 

Crafty Sewing hugs 

x x 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Under the weather

Morning all

Well here we are on Friday and another week almost gone. 

Where does the time go? Well it has been a bit of a stressful 

Mum is back in hospital - she has cellulitis on her arm etc 

so here is the card I made for her. 

Mum loves cats so thought this would cheer her up in hospital. 

Not sure how long she will be in for. 

I have used Hunkydory items for this card. 

I would like to enter it for the following 


Well best dash got phone calls to make.

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Monday, 5 June 2017


Hi there

Thank you for joining me today. 

I hope you like my canvas which I have made over the last few days. 

I have used Pebeo paints and think I may try more 
Fluid Art on Canvas 

I really enjoy the way the paints go.....

So here is my canvas 

I have entered it for the Challenge over on Facebook with 
Junk Journals Junkies

I would also like to enter this for the following


Ikes World Challenge = IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES #90 + WINNER #89 + FREEBIE

Which I think will meet the theme over on the blog 

Have a great day 

Look forward to hearing from you

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Clay Flowers

Hi there 

thank you for popping in today 

Here is my entry for the Challenge over at LTCCB for this month

I have used something very different 

Clay and made this wee picture which I gave to Mum when we were there the 
other weekend 

I have used Kay Sue Designs craft products making the
flowers and pots out of clay.

The clay is self drying - in white. Then I have used my alcohol pens to colour in the
flowers and pots.

 But before this I made the canvas using chalk paints and a brayer.

Before I added the sun. Note the moss on the pots this is using Flowersoft
which you sprinkle onto glue.

I gave this canvas to Mum when we were last up to Kent to see her.

Something that will last after the flowers I gave her had faded

Would like to enter it for the following


Artistic Inspirations Challenge 180 anything goes/ Flowers theme (optional)

Crafting by Designs - Anything goes June

crafty Creations Challenge- 342 - Anything goes

Creates and makes - 12 anything goes with optional yellow

Hope to see you over at the challenge

Have a lovely day

Crafty hugs

x x

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

I am a winner

Never thought it but I have won 

Over at Lavinia Stamps with my 

Fairy Wonder picture 

Thank you so much Lavinia Stamps will look forward 
to seeing which stamps to buy. 

Big Crafty hugs 

x x 

All in the lace

Good morning 

I hope you had a good Bank Holiday weekend, mine came and went. 

Was out in the garden much of the time while I could doing that 
weeding - boy they do grow in this warm weather with rain to help them. 

I am very pleased to say that my eldest daughter passed all her teaching exams 
so I made this card for her. 

I have used Hunkydory kit with "added bits" 

I layered up different layers on the card blank after I used red tape 
to mount the vintage lace onto the top part. 

Added butterfly which was on acetate using 3d glue to mount it. 

Added sentiments, glitter to the hat. 

I would like to enter it for the following 


Thank you for joining me today 

Have a lovely day 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

All to do with bits, layers, butterflies and stuff

Good morning 

Well I was on a bit of a roll yesterday with making my project. 

I thought now what can I do with that bag of bits.... and as there were several 
challenges which asked for layers and bits here is my card

I started off with a bit of card stock which had not worked on a previous 

my bits !!!

Work in progress

Finished card 

I have used loads and loads of layers and the colour cream in the mans Tshirt and background.

I have been surprised with how I have used so many different bit !!!

I would like to enter it for the following 


Latest new is the Hochanda have now changed yet again their times they are going 
to broadcast on FreeView TV. 

From the 1st June no longer viewing in the evenings. 

What a shame that Freeview customers are yet again the ones who miss out. 
I can not afford to pay for say Sky and my broadband is so slow I can not 
watch on Rewind.

Also I use to like to record the shows and watch later. 

Well time will tell and I suppose like most things now it is all to do with cost. 

Well have a good day and look forward to hearing from you 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

May brings .....

Hi there thank you for popping in today

What a night - the thunder and lightening storm we had here.

I have never seen or heard such a storm. The lightening was continuous I am sure there
is a special name for that type of lightening - sheet lightening maybe.

NO rain to mention of I have to say but so so hot.

But back to my card today I have been using a CD from Designers Directory  called Men.  

I have been working on the latest challenge over at The Craft Barn

Where you have to add the following verse into the picture so thought it would go
well in the cloud. 

May brings flocks of pretty lambs
Skipping by their fleecy dams

mounted it onto white card and then onto a gray card blank.

I hope you like my entry and would like to enter it for the following 

The Craft Barn Challenge = Twelve Month Challenge

Thank you for your visit and I look forward to seeing you again

Take care

Crafty hugs

x x x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Change of Leaves Colour and texture

Afternoon all 

Thank you for popping in today and hope you are well 

What a day yesterday via the media with all the news. Terrible thing to 
happen in Manchester on 22nd at 10.30pm all those innocent children, young 
people and folk. 

Been working on my journal again, I am finding I can use my art to relax
without the need to "make" something like a card. 

I have plenty of cards at the moment and feel I need some other outlet and to 
craft via a journal is helping the journey 

Here is my journal page for the challenge 18 over on Facebook 

With the theme of

 Create a piece of work using the 
colours PURPLE, ORANGE & GREEN using the Theme, " The Change,"
The art prompt for this week is " texture " 
which is just for inspiration or idea for more journal work. 

So here is my page for today 

I first used a Clarity Stamp Stencil for the wood background using 
three different colours, orange, purple and green blending in the edges 

Then I used a variety of different leaves from Card-io stamps to create 
texture and the Change of Colour of the seasons. 

Well that was my thinking.....

From Spring (green) to Autumn (Orange and Purple) 

I hope you like it 

Have a good day and hope to see you soon 

Crafty hugs 


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

No words are needed


No words are needed 

my craft journal says it all

See you tomorrow or very soon. 

Birdie bird and made the top 3's

Good morning

Well what a shock this morning to hear about the bomb in Manchester UK 
last night. 

Words fail me as to why there are these sorts of people who want to maim and kill 
innocent children and people

I feel I need to use my craft to show how I feel so will up date later 
this blog. 

Very pleased to say that I have made the top 3 or DT favourites for the last few 

Went shopping and when I came home found this 
in the garden on the path, all in the wet. 

Poor thing 

so put it on the table in the dry and keeping an eye on it. 

Hope he will be ok......

Well that is it for now....

Off to put the TV on and see what is what and do a bit of crafting 
this afternoon. 

Take care and my thoughts are with all how have been affected by the 
actions in Manchester. 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Friday, 19 May 2017

all in the face

Hi there 

Well here I am today feeling like getting back to crafting 
so thought I would have a play with some 
Indigoblu items - stamps and stencil 

Started off with a black page and used the face stencil and a smoothie with some 
brown ink on - only used it lightly to give the face a glow. 

Then used all sorts of ways with the Gelatos pens to make the hair

Added the black stencil music into the hair to keep with the theme over 

I hope you like it and look forward to getting crafting again 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday thoughts about the weekend

Hi there and thank you for popping in today. 

I have to say that over the past few weeks my mind has been on other things. 
Why I ask myself, well the reason is that over last weekend
we traveled over to see Mum some 250 miles away. 

May not seem too far for some but for me it is a terrible drive using 
motorways which are renound for the delays. 

The M25 

The plan was to have a couple of days of peace and quite with Mum but that was not to be.
Had to take Mum into hospital for a knee injection operation fortunately I went 
with her carer who was a saint. 

Going private is not all it seems - scheduled to be there at 10 am and we did not get home
till gone 5pm. 

A day of stress and worry. 

Then Mum of course slept most of Sunday and so we were home on Monday 
after a 7 hour journey. 

Again there was a hold up at Stonehenge with people slowing down to view 
the stones from the cars.... 

This is on the way 

 This is on the way home 

Well it is done now and I have to say that I am now beginning to feel somewhat better
from all the travel etc etc. 

So here are a few photos of Mums garden - on the up side the weather was lovely 
Den stayed at the house on Saturday so the rest did him good I am sure. 

On Sunday the weather was lovely and we got a chance to sit out in the garden 
letting the world go by. 
Myrtle (the cat) just loves walking around with someone
 (Mum not able to walk in the garden now with out a lot of help) 

So here are a couple of photos of Myrtle in the garden 

Hope to get back into blogging about my cards and look forward to 
hearing from you soon.

But before I go,  I would like to enter for the following



Thank you for being there and I appreciate your comments. 

Crafty hugs 

x x