Tuesday, 18 July 2017

more crafty stuff

Hello everyone! I trust everyone is feeling well and enjoying the hot weather. Today I have felt like I have been melting! I am home from a week away with my amazing family. Catching up on reading and eating out and being pampered and spoilt. Love them to bit I do!
So now I'm home I have had to catch up on challenges over at UKS and do a little parchment ready for a lesson. So, here's what I have been doing.
This is my good self. While away I was taken to a cream tea with Karen and her daughters and Linda Karen's mom in law. I love this dress! It really was love at first sight!
This was tonights lesson card. Design of Christine Coleman. Trying to get the ladies to understand how to read a grid pattern.

  below is A page made for a whisper. Its younger daughter Angela and hubby Marc and my Leo.

Again below is a UKS monthly house challenge. We were working our way through the alphabet. I got letter H for what makes me HAPPY> FAMILY of-course makes me happy.The photo again taken at the cream tea afternoon.

Below is a photo taken at Chester Zoo.

And last the owl. Has I was away last week I  gave the ladies a outline drawing design by Anne Quinn. I asked them to let themselves enjoy it and do their own thing with the owl!  Not everyone has finished the owl yet. I am looking forward to seeing them all together., once they do! The one below is my version.

Well, thats it for this post I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have done. Remember folks to spread the love and share a smile or friendly hello!  Everyone is different and the differences make th world more interesting! Until next time take care out there!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Happy July

Hello everyone, here is my first blog post for July. I hope July will bring us some sunshine but so far its mainly rain! :( First some parchment craft. the cards below are for a class. One design two ways of using it. The coloured version is painted using felt tips and the design is by Anne Quinn.
The next one below is a Florence Holmes design. Sadly, this talented lady seems to have stopped designing. Again this was made as a sample for a class and its coloured in pencils.

So scrapbooking, A great way to keep the memories. Below is Chantel, I am still working my way through lots of older pictures The paper is cosmo cricket. the overlay of frames was really scrap. I have used all the frames out of it and was left with the edges so I thought why not use it! ??? Waste not want not  so they say! I used paint on the corners. I just brushed the rims of various tins and lids with the paint to get the circles.

Here are Chantel and Chloe in Wales and holding owls. Owls are something special for us. Kevin my late hubby loved them I rubber stamped the big owl embellishment and added gems for the eyes on all the owls. Washi tape was perfect for holding papers etc in place. I used a roller stamp for the border.Using three different colours of ink pad. Both these pages were made for UKS challenges. I have added a couple of close ups at the bottom of this post so you can see the details.

Here is Leo in his fave puddle on a hot day, you can see the heat haze  around him. Again it was made for a UKS challenge. We were in groups of four doing a scrap whisper challenge.

Well folks that's it for this time. I hope you are all well. Remember to spread the love and smile and the world will smile with you! until next time take care!

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 with...so 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!