Thursday, 22 June 2017


Hello everyone,
Well, I'm melting away in this heat! I hope you are all enjoying it and getting a nice tan. For those of you like me, who would like it a tad fresher, hang in there and keep those fans blowing!
So, I have managed to do some crafting. Not a lot of parchment has the heat affects the parchment and sweaty fingers marks it.
Scrap-booking has been in progress! This is granddaughter Chantel and her partner . I added a close up of the heart has you can't see the detail otherwise. I used a MDF heart. coated it with gesso and then used a stencil and Dazzlers texture paste to add a design to it.

This is a page I enjoyed making but it is always bitter sweet to scrap my late hubby. I used silver gliding flakes behind the hearts and used a sour apple colour of Dazzlers for the stem. I added a few sequins too. The hearts were pre-cut. I used the same materials in the bottom corner and added a Bramblefox perspective  "LoveYou!" Its simple but I love the way it turned out. I had received a greeting cad with a similar design on, that is where I got the idea. Goes to show inspiration is all around you, via day to day things. 

The next ones are of Sam and Chloe ( Chantels little sister) It was made for a challenge over at UKS. I had to use a big embellishment, the globe, thanks to Pol Prince once again! I had to use a summer picture. and paint and no pre printed stickers/ pre made embellishments. Well I did the challenge and just couldn't resist it. I HAD to add those tiny words stickers afterwards. It just completes the page for me. I painted the hearts with water colour paint and added a few pale splashes in the base card.

This, below is Angela and her cat Kit. Snapchat cats!

last of all is Chantel and Chloe with their mom Karen at the  three countries show.I used a large MDF tag. Gesso added and then gliding waxes and mists and stickers added . I added a flair button top right too.
One parchment piece which I wouldn't show before, in case a friend looked at my blog. It was for her birthday. I hope she liked the card I made.
Well, that's it for me for June. June started out a wet, grey month and has burst into bloom and sunshine. So folks spread the love and remember and I quote  
 “Love is an open door.” – Anna and Hans, Frozen  
everyone needs to love somebody, and you can't control who you fall in love embrace the differences in which we love and live and let live.
until next time byeeeee

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Hello everyone, Well,  it's been another sad week.  My thoughts are with those people suffering because of the fire in London. When will it all end! So much sadness.
I have been crafting  as I always do! Well, what else would I do to fill the days... and I do enjoy it!
So, parchment first. First one is a Christine Coleman pattern. My less experienced class made this one earlier on. They are learning fast and I hope they enjoyed making this one.

This is a early Judith Maslen design. It will be one of two cards a class can make next week, they can have a choice. Second choice is still in the making. 

Now scrapbooking! This is daughter Angela back in the 90's supporting England. and she and her hubby Marc still do. Worldwide flying the flag! thanks once again to Pol Prince for cutting the title.
The page below was made for a UKS challenge. I needed to use a list of ten things. I used boardwalk papers and a ponty stencil to create the background. the bunting is from Bark collection. by simple stories. 

Next is also a UKS challenge. Chantel taking tiny steps in the garden many years ago now. But she was such a cutie baby.!

Another page (below) for another UKS challenge. I had to distress the card and papers. use a song title, and bling it up!  These are sisters Chantel and Chloe.

this close up shows the perspextive from Bramblefox. I love these things. They are so light and easy to stick onto the page. I also used on on the page I made with the list of ten things. Enjoy is the word I used then. they come is lots of colours and they are adding to their range all the time.

well that's it for this time folks. Please feel free to leave a message. to say you stopped by.
Remember folks spread the love, embrace peoples differences. be kind and nice and if you can't say something positive/nice don't say anything at all! The world needs all the love and positively  it can get right now! take care..see ya all next time!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

so much for flamin' June!

Oh  dear! flaming June is anything but! Lots of rain and winds here in the north west. I hope you are fairing better! So first blog post of June. What have I been up to? Mainly scrapbooking. I am doing some parchment but I am making little gifts ready for Christmas  so I can't show those until much later in the year! So on with the pictures! First below is granddaughter Chantel. Old school photos. This page is for a whisper challenge that is sadly drawing to a close. I love the whisper swap! I used Graphic 45 alpha papers for this one.
Below is me. I hope I didn't frighten anyone too much! LOL It was for a challenge on UKS I had to use a photo of me a three word title and   I had to add something on the page using the letters of the word MAY M=MDF heart A=acetate photo overlay and Y=yellow.. I was recovering at Chantels after yet another op on my hip. Daughter Angela and son in law Marc had brought me Tom Daleys book Signed of-course and I love it! Well I would wouldn't I? being a huge fan!

Next is Kevin  again a uks challenge this time I had to use sketch to inspire me. the pages I made the frames from are again a graphic 45 collection. I used Angel mist inks and a vellum quote about the sea.

Next is Leo my little dog. I wanted it to be black and white. Not happy with the paw prints on the left but I had a tiny mark on the white card :( and had to cover it somehow!

These next photos are the same page. I started off with this star. A friend cut it for me, thanks too Pol Prince! I added the strips of different coloured card/papers behind the gaps and the flower.Also the ribbon. Then I built my page around it.
I ended up with this. There are MDF stars and dazzlers texture pastes and a shine bright title by Bramblefox. The photo is of my two daughters taken after a race to raise cash for Macmillan Nurses.

close up of Shine Bright. I also added a star stick pin

and the flower

this is the parchment piece. I made this for a friend who wanted a card for a christening.I added the name of the child to the tag later
two close ups so you can see the detail

Well, that's it for this time folks. I hope you have enjoyed looking at what I made. Keep warm and dry! And remember to spread the love. Its been a challenging week.... there  has been evil on our streets again and a lot of sadness. We have to be thankful to the police and ambulance people and the sniffer dogs and anyone else who stopped to give help. We have to go on and live our lives and show we won't be fearful in the face of these evil deeds.But in brings it home how precious life is. so tell those you love today "I love you" give them a hug and say hello good morning to the folk on the street. It costs nothing and a smile doesn't either but it just may brighten someones day.
Spread the love people...spread the love... until next time...byeeeeeee

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Last blog post for May

Good evening all.
Been a funny kind of day. That special song played on the radio and the tears fell, quick chat with a friend and I felt better. Showers and sunshine and of course I got caught in the heaviest shower  when walking the dog! Tut Tut.... so lets get on with the crafty stuff
                                                               Scrappy stuff first.

so, son in law Kez is now the grand age of 44yrs... everyone likes a slice of cake and what better then chocolate birthday cake! I used a Heidi Swapp texture paste through a Tando stencil to add strips. The dotty paper is from a Christmas collection by My Minds Eye. Goes to show not all the papers out of a themed collection need to be used just for one holiday! There is hidden journalling in the envelope.

Next Harry Potter world.. Karen and her friends. There was a printed banner on this chalkboard paper,well there still is, you just can't see it. I had fun just adding and adding things to it!  as you see on the close ups. Sometimes I guess its knowing when to stop LOL

More Harry Potter. there are more photos and journalling hidden behind and one photo 
And last... Chloe. Cutie baby Chloe who is now all grown up! Sitting in the sink after a busy, muddy day playing in the garden. Thanks to Pol Prince for cutting the circles cut file. You are so kind and a lovely friend! I used tissue and bubble wrap  and odd card cut offs to fill the circles. Added sequins. I used a pro markers around each circle to highlight them a little, and one flair button.two little bits of journalling, bubble wrap and more tissue behind the photo to tie it all together. and its done.

On to parchment below is a Gail Symdem pattern (sorry if I spelt the last name incorrectly) it needed a stamp set I hadn't got. I traced the main items but the plant and flowers are my free hand efforts I am not the artist Gail is. But I thought a dresser was a nice subject for a New Home card, If I should ever need one!
Judith Maslen again below. Love her designs. Not a hard one to make but great for all ages. 
close up shows the kite better. 

Well, that's all from me for this month! I shall carry on crafting and in time show you what I have been up to next!
Until then, enjoy the spring weather, hopefully you will have some sunshine! Remember folks spread the love, accept the differences and smile! Make the world a better place. In the words of a Ed Sherran ( most likely spelt his name wrong too)lol song, Life isn't all about fitting in your jeans!
till next blog post in June then..... bye!

Friday, 12 May 2017

rainy evening post

Hello, I had such encouraging messages from family and friends, many told me why they can't or won't post on my blog. So, I have decided to carry on plodding and blogging on!
We have welcome rain here tonight. A  nice steady light constant fall of welcome drink for the garden. so, Lets start. first scrappy stuff.
Below, Never a easy subject for me to scrap my late hubby. It was a challenge over on UKS. I had to use Kraft ( a brand of brown card) denim and white. I had a old pair of jeans so cut out the pocket  and waist band. I wanted to show how Kevin loved his jeans. The paint shows how after the jeans were getting worn he would use them for work.
Next is  daughter Karen at Harry Potter World. I used a sheet of Bo Bunny paper from a Halloween collection. The clock face and cogs and frame and owl are MDF brought from a company called Fernli  . I coloured the clock with pro-markers and rub ons. Same with the frame. I used feathers for clock hands.

below is a close up of some of the embellishments 

This is a rare  double page spread from me. The paper was sent to me from USA by a friend. the Mickey on the left is 3d. Its the Kiddos making memories!
Ok lets break up the scrappy stuff with some parchment, but there is one more scrappy page at the end. Below is a Judith Maslen pattern. nice easy one and will be great for a little lad!
Below is a Anne Rowntree pattern. and a close up too. She is 3d and I enjoyed making this one from a parchment craft magazine published back in Sept.2006, a golden oldie but a nice one.

so last of all.  made with a Kaisercraft shaped page. and for a UKS sketch challenge. I used ribbon, lace and card for the banner under the photo. Its my two granddaughters and their Mom.

                   close ups help you see the banner and the flowers I added on the page. Plus a ribbon and                           bead bow.

So, that's it folks. Brings you up to date. Me, I'm off to watch a John Wayne film and a naughty but nice homemade scone. Maybe naughtier still I'll add some clotted cream that happens to be in the fridge with a odd fresh raspberry or two!
So, spread the love folks, Flash a smile and a cheery hi! Brighten someones day. The world is a crazy place these needs all the love it can hold.. until next post...take care....