31 Jul 2011

Photos from our holls

I was going through some photos on the camera and came across some that I haven't shown, so thought I would get them on here.

Hal joining in with one of the baby classes Samantha goes too

And again, I hid behind the camera!

Then off through the Village for lunch, past the river,

And the most amazing thatched cottages.

To reach The Pub, the best British invention ever.(and I don't drink)

Hope you enjoyed these.

Thanks for reading,

27 Jul 2011


I am not too sure if I should show you these photos or not as they are not for the faint hearted.........

Ok but you have been warned!

This first photo was taken from the door of my craft room, I have started to just dump and run so everything has just been left where it was last used and not put away. As you can see in the next photo I made the card last week and have still not even cleaned the stamp. There is a empty roll of tape and the bin is just under the table!

And the reason for all of this (other than I am an untidy person) is this! 37 degrees next to my computer in the corner of the room, and they say its going to get hotter! So if anyone is looking for me you will find me sat in the bath with a cold shower going.

To go and see some desks a lot nicer than mine nip over and see Julia the Queen of the What's On and browse through the list.

Thanks for reading,

26 Jul 2011

Keeping cool

One of the local cats has found a good way of keeping cool.....

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25 Jul 2011

Late with my Make My Monday card....

Sorry if you came around this morning to see my card for Make My Monday, I somehow forgot to blog about it this week! I blame the heat its so hot the double sided tape is just not sticking, I am having to use the red backed tape on everything to keep it together. And they say its going to get hotter this next week, I was talking to friends who have pools this morning and they were saying that the water is getting too hot to swim in so you cant jump in to cool down.

Anyway back to cards, here is the card I did this week for Make My Monday.

We are still on the Vintage theme, but this week the challenge is to use Pearls and Lace on your card as well.

For my card I used a plain card blank covered with Papermania V&A paper that I then edged with Adirondack Pesto die ink. I then added brown card that I had distressed and inked, added some lace to the edge and some pearls to that. Then did some stamping with the same ink using a stamp from Crafty Individuals and one I have had for a long time and am not sure where I got it from. The main stamp I then coloured in using Faded Jeans design ink then added both images to the card with foam pads.

Please come on over to Make My Monday and have a look at how the rest of the team have got on and to join in with us.

Thanks for reading,

18 Jul 2011

My colour pages from Dianne

Those of you that have been coming to my blog for a while may remember that I showed on my blog some Rust and White pages from a swap I am in.That seems like months ago now! Well the swap had a bit of a hiccup and floundered for a few weeks until Elizabeth the swap host pulled us all back in, found a few new people and started again. And this week I am now the proud owner of these beauties.

Are they not the most beautiful pages and tag you have ever seen? They have come from Dianne , do please go over to her site and have a look at her photos and description of what they are made from, her photos are a lot better than mine.

Thank you so much Dianne for these, I just don't want to put holes in them now to add to my binder.

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Make My Monday card for this week

We are still on the Vintage theme again this week, but this week we have been asked to do something either Distressed/Shabby Chic or Torn and Crumpled. So I went for the torn option, well those of you that know me well know I much prefer to rip paper that cut it! This is my card for this challenge.

This will be a bit of a surprise to some as it is not my normal style. To start with I used papers from Papermania's love Jesse Edwards boutique collection that I picked up on my last trip home, a bargain at only £3:99 for a pack of 12x12. I ripped all the edges and inked with Tattered rose distress ink, then put a piece of coredination's card through the big shot with a dots folder, crumpled it up and sanded the top. The stamp used is a Mable Lucie Attwell from the Artistic Stamper that I coloured it in with my water colour pencils, cut it out Go Kreate dies and mounted it on card, added a flower, brad, pin and that's it.

Hope you like it and will join us over at Make My Monday to see what the rest of the team have been up to.

Thanks for reading,

13 Jul 2011


Made it this week just, our power has been off again today and I didn't think I would get here, but here I am  and here is my desk.

So what is there to see? not a lot really, I had just finished doing some work on the binder I am altering for a Colour Swap I am in. I will let you all see it when its finished. It started out as a Sara Binder I got about 5 years ago, I have ripped all the paper that was on the cover off and am starting from fresh.
One thing that I have noticed is that the room on my desk is getting smaller as I have started to just push everything to one side when I have finished with it. Will have to have a clear out soon as the house is on the market and I cant have people in my craft room when it looks this bad.

Ok if you want to have a look at better desks than mine pop over to Julia the keeper of the list.

Thanks for reading,

12 Jul 2011

Design Team call and other things.

There is a design team call over on the Creative Expressions site but you better be quick as it closes today. I only found it as a couple of the girls on my Make My Monday team have gone for it, so I thought why not give it a go. You have to submit photos of 4 items and one of them is a challenge to make a Calling Card ATC, well never one to back away I gave it a go and here is the result.

I am not sure if the photo is a bit off or not or if its my eyes as it is 02:30 at the moment. (I have found that I just don't sleep in this heat so I might as well do some crafting.) Anyway back to the ATC, as I didn't have a lot of time in which to make it I used a ready made atc from Tims Lost and Found paper stack, I added a strip of tissue tape to the left side to give it a bit more support when I put the brads through. The wording is "I called but you were out" that I stamped on small tags using a studio G alphabet stamp. I then swiped them with vintage photo distress stain and attached to the card. I added a spinner to one of the clock faces and a game piece to another for the time 4:20 do you see that?

Another piece I have got finished this week is the tray that was on my desk at the last WOYWW.

I painted it with gesso then went over with distress stain in vintage photo then distress ink in walnut stain, I then added bits that I had around to fill it. The dress form I had made for something totally different but then never used, the cotton reels and bits in the top left were from the button box that I picked up from a house clearance,  (the scrabble tiles came from there as well, also the thimble that is pewter and the tiles are wood) the small bustier's were also destined for something else but it never happened.

Will have to check these photos again in the morning and might have to retake them using the camera instead of my phone. Hey just noticed I have got my followers back, I have missed you guys.

Ok I think its time for bed now as I am starting to ramble.......

Thanks for reading,

11 Jul 2011

My Design Team card for Make My Monday

This week over on Make My Monday the theme is still Vintage but this week we were asked to do something with Embossing, wet or dry its up to you. So here is my card.

As you can see I have done a bit of both on my card. If you look close you can see the dry embossing on the black card that I used as a mat, but as that is hard to see I thought I should do some more and remembered I had bought some embossing and cutting bars when I was in the UK in April. I hunted them out and with a bit of practice as they had never been used I managed to get the edge done as you can see below.

The lady on the front of the card is a Clarity stamp that I have had for a year or so that I embossed using sepia Versafine ink and embossing with fine powder. I then coloured her in using Tims ink dabber's and a paint brush.

You can just about see the shine from the embossing in the last photo.

I must say a big Thank You to everyone who has joined in over on Make My Monday the last few weeks, the numbers are getting bigger each week and the work that has been done is just amazing. So if you have not had a go yet what are you waiting for, just follow the link and show us what you can do.

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4 Jul 2011

This month on Make My Monday we are going Vintage.

Yes the theme this month is Vintage and this first week the challenge is to use the colours Brown and Cream with a bit of Pink or Blue. This is my interpretation of the colours.

I started with a blank card that I topped with paper from collection elements, on top of this I added some house shapes. The small ones are just cut out, the edges inked and then stuck to the card, where as the large one is quite thick. I used a house shape again from collections elements that I covered with paper from the same pad as I had used on the base card. I then wound brown cord around the shape and mounted the stamped image on top. I had stamped the image onto card then mounted it to a frame that I had covered with sepia ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The whole thing is mounted with foam pads to give it some depth. The flower is made with Tims die and craft paper that I edged with ink, the centre was stamped and embossed with sepia ink and clear embossing powder as before. I then just added a couple of pins behind the flower and a word disk to the top of the house.

Now get over to Make My Monday and have a look at what Jacqueline the rest of the team have done, and join in with this challenge.

Before I finish this post I would like to say thank you to those of you that have been taking part each week, I enjoy coming to visit your blogs and checking out what you have been doing each week.

Thanks for reading,