Wednesday, 30 July 2014



It has been a couple of weeks of many thankyou's, I have received two bunches of flowers, thankyou to both Carol W and Ann E xxx

We had some fabulous veggies brought into the shop to share - thankyou June C

Two separate thankyou's to Joan and Alan, the first for the fabulous day out on monday and the second for the utterly scrummy lemon and almond cake today

Thankyou to Linda and Jan for their fantastic classes over the last two weeks

Thankyou to Pat S for my little 'gift' this week, so good to see you back on your feet and up and about, we missed you lots xxx

  Thankyou also to Margaret

I made this card to give her last week, to thank her for her running the dictionary challenge last year


The biggest thankyou goes to every single one of you who took the time to message, email or enquire about Neil, we appreciate your kindness and support, it is times like this when you realise there are some truly special people out there, we both thankyou all so much, it does make a difference
Bless you all

Much love 


Friday, 25 July 2014

Jan's Box class

Jan's box class

Saturday 26th July 2014 - 10 am

Jan says :

You can choose your own papers and embellishments, for a very personalised  end result.
It's quite easy to do, and I really enjoyed making mine. 

You don't even need to eat Pringles! See, we've done the hard work for you, and now have a supply of tubes  (and I can easily be persuaded to eat more!)

The class will start at 10.00, and will probably last about 3 hours, so you might want to bring something to eat.
If you'd like to come along, just book your place with Tracey
Hope to see you there.

There are just a couple of places left so if you fancy it, send me either an email or if you have my mobile you can text me otherwise I will be at the shop from approx 9.30 in the morning

Love and Pringles


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New class

I will be teaching this one off special class this saturday 19th July

1pm til 3pm


Please let me know if you would like to book a place, spaces are limited and will be on a first come first served basis

Love and ivory wishes


Monday, 14 July 2014

Dictionary challenge 2013/2014

Good evening

This is a long and very photo heavy post so please bear with me

Some of you may know that a few of us at the shop have been taking part in a dictionary challenge

Once a fortnight we were given a letter by Margaret and we were to make a page depicting a word beginning with that letter, the only rule was to incorporate part of the dictionary page, the part containing the word

We finished the challenge this month and so here is my completed book ( see !  I do actually finish things occasionally  !)

The front cover

The back cover showing the techniques I used to make the covers, lots of gesso, texture paste, letter stickers, paint and wax

And all the pages in alphabetic order ( we weren't given the letters in order, they were totally random)

I chose to actually use the whole dictionary page instead of just a snippet and drew all my chosen words, watercolouring them all first and then adding details and outlines with a Pitt artist fine liner and shading with polychromos pencils

Thankyou so much to all my fellow dictionary challengees, it was great sharing the challenge with you all

And massive thanks to Margaret, who came up with the idea for the challenge in the first place, organised all the letters and sent them to us in a text every two weeks and also kept us all motivated and inspired each month - thankyou xxx

Love and letters


Sunday, 13 July 2014

A day at Linda's

Good evening

I spent a fab few hours with the lovely Linda today

Linda had a special launch party for the new Stampin' Up catalogue

Some really lovely people, some fabulous inspiration and exceptional hospitality as always

Here are the three projects we made, two cards and a tag

First up, using the new blending pens - such gorgeous colours and so easy to use and shade with

As always, I got sidetracked (this time thanks to captain chaos pinching my string !) I ended up getting the orientation of this first card around the wrong way, but we all agreed it looked just fine ( and actually a little reminiscent of candles at christmas with flowers at the base - tick tock, tick tock gears in motion as I plan my next christmas card !)

Really enjoyed this arty farty type of card and so different to my normal style both in colours and design, it's good to be forced out of the box occasionally  

Finally we made a cute little tag, I think mine will end up being added to a card, otherwise I will put it somewhere safe ( never to be seen again !)

Linda also presented us all with a little handmade bag filled with chocolates

And some free cardstock samples of the yummy new colours and a tag with the new inks displayed

Thankyou so much for an absolutely brilliant day Linda, loved every minute ( and can't believe we all actually finished EVERYTHING - even me !!!!!!)

Thanks also to Linda's hubby Paul for my breakfast and refreshments, and to Linda's daughter Leanne for the delish and very beautiful cupcakes

Love and sunday stamping


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Take three things challenge July

Good evening

Here is my card for this months "take three things" challenge over HERE on the Running With Scissors shop website

The required elements this month were :

Colour - grey
Theme - transport
Embellishment - circles

I used dies by Spellbinders and Nellie snellen
Quadbike and sentiment stamps are by Stampin' Up
Splatter background is by Inkadinkadoo
Embossing folder is Cuttlebug

Pop on over to the website to check out what the rest of the design team and other players in the challenge have been up to

Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Love and quadbikes


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Kusudama Bouquet

Good evening

As some of my readers will be aware, one of our loveliest members of class Jan, recently lost her beloved husband George

We wanted to give Jan something special and the class held a little impromptu collection and then the thinking began, we knew Jan would be receiving lots of flowers over the following weeks but we all wanted to give her something pretty and a little more long lasting

Inspiration came by way of Cathy who suggested a handmade bouquet of some sorts and a seed was planted ( pardon the pun )

Our tuesday afternoon group had been making these origami style flowers and I knew they would be Jan's 'cup of tea'

Each flower is made up of five origami petals, I made five each of five different sizes and colours

The money collected was used to pay for the vase and a matching photo frame and there was some left over which has been put towards another little surprise which Jan will receive in the post

I absolutely loved making each and every one of those petals, Jan is always so very kind and generous to everyone in the shop and has been incredibly thoughtful and supportive of me.  I  hope each time she looks at her flowers she knows how very special she is to all of her 'crafty' friends 

With much love Jan


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Black and white card and sleepwalking

Good evening

I made this card last week for my lovely friend Dawn

Dawn loves black and white so the colour choice was easy for this card

I even broke out some of my precious glimmer paper from Stampin' Up

It has been an interesting weekend

Friday the 4th saw my lovely friend Ann and I doing the sleep walk in aid of St Andrews hospice

We walked 11 miles, just over 20 km in 3 hours 14 minutes and LOVED every minute

We were pretty rubbish at the zumba style warm up
We tripped over tree stumps and paving slabs
But we laughed and talked and laughed and talked and somehow ended up walking the full length without any major mishaps and the time just flew by

Massive thanks to Ann's hubby Dave for giving me a lift there
Also to my son Robbie and his mate Joe for picking us both up at the ungodly hour of 4am and bringing us both home
But biggest thanks to my lovely friend Ann who persuaded me to take part in the first place and made the whole event such an absolute pleasure ( and a proper giggle too) xxx

Thankyou also to everyone who has sponsored us both, if any of you would still like to contribute a little to the pot we would both be incredibly grateful, our sponsor forms will be in the shop for the next two weeks


Love and sleepwalking


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Happy birthday Ben

Hello all

This card is a tad on the unusual side, I wanted to create a unique style for Amy's boyfriend Ben.

He really likes a band called Alkaline Trio, I googled images to find some of their album and website artwork and used those as inspiration for the card

I created the back ground, with handmade masks, stamps and ink techniques to create a grungy style, which I think makes the clean lines of the emblem 'pop'

Ben was delighted and knew straight away what I had done ( phewwwwww)

Love and skelliwags


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy Birthday Pat

Hello all

I made this 8in x 8in card for my dear friend Pat who has just celebrated a birthday

I am in love with my new Crafters Companion die, I have already got my money's worth out of this particular one ( if you are a customer and awaiting one, they should be in very soon)

I used it this time with a spellbinders die in the centre

I hope you had a lovely day with your family Pat, I am sure you will have some great tales to share when I see you, love you lots xxx

Love and birthday kisses


Monday, 30 June 2014

Take three things

Good evening

Here is my entry for the take three things challenge over on the shop blog HERE

The theme this month was yellow, rectangles and ribbon

I used the free papers and toppers from this month's Creative Cardmaking magazine

Pop along to the shop blog to see what everyone else did with the challenge

Love and little boats


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Special places for special things

Good evening

I am sharing with you this evening a little wooden box I recently altered to give to one of my favourite people, someone who has become very, very dear to me

It was a plain, unfinished, pale wood lidded box, which I gessoed and then applied patterned paper to

I did my usual thing of throwing a whole handful of prettiness by way of flowers atop the linked hearts

It's quite shabby chic and has a very important purpose

I know the recipient will know exactly what to put in the box as I enclosed a poem which will make all become clear

Lovely to be making something special for such a special person

Love you P xxx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Fathers day cards - Neil

Good evening

Sorry these cards are a day later than I planned, I don't know why I ever say 'i will be back tomorrow with .....' as I seldom do ever achieve it !

Anyway, these are the two cards I made for Neil for the kids to give him on Father's day, Amy had already bought her dad one so I just had the two boys to accommodate

First up a more grown up style for Robbie

I used the stamps from a Creative Stamping issue, distress inks and handmade masks helped to colour the background

And this second card was for AJ to give to his dad, the inside reads "AWESOME" I wasn't suggesting Neil was big and green and extinct !

I will be back tomorrow with ( who am I kidding !!!!!)

I will see you all soon with something else crafty

Enjoy your weekend

Love and large critters


Friday, 27 June 2014

Repeat class

Good evening just a quickie from me tonight

I am repeating this class tomorrow 10am til 12

I taught this card in the regular die-cutting classes but additional people wanted to do it so I have put an extra class on tomorrow, there are just a couple of places left

Please let me know by email if you require a place

 Love and kisses



Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Men !!!

Good evening

I have just realised, as I sit here editing photos, that I haven't uploaded the cards I made for fathers day

Here is the card I made for my dad

It was an 8in x 8in scalloped card base, the papers are Portobello Road by Papermania

I will be back tomorrow evening with the cards I made for Neil  - from the kids

Love and love hearts



Sunday, 15 June 2014

School days commission

Good evening

Happy fathers day to all the dads out there, especially my very own dad, and of course my hubby Neil, love you both xxx

I will be back tomorrow with photos of the cards I made for them.

Tonight I am sharing a recent commission I was asked to make

The brief this time around  was for a large card (A4 size) and it needed to be of a school theme as the recipient was being recognised for 30 years of loyal service to one of our local schools

I must thank Linda for the idea behind this card, she created a blackboard easel shaped card in a class she taught at the shop last year, so I drew a little inspiration from her design, you can find Linda's original ideas HERE thanks Linda xxx

Love and chalkboard musings

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Snowy sparkles on saturday

Good evening

Here is the christmas card I made this week

I must say a massive thankyou to Trish for the gorgeous die-cuts, this card came together so easily and was completely inspired by the sparkly santa and sleigh, thankyou Trish

All the card and paper is pearlescent and the glittered elements are the Stampin' Up glitter paper in silver

I used Marianne dies for the trees and poinsettia
The aperture was cut using a Stampin' Up labels die

Who else is keeping up with their christmas card a week ?

I have missed seven in total since the beginning of January - not too shabby considering the miserable effort I made last year

Love and sparkles



Monday, 26 May 2014

Anniversary wishes

Good evening

Tonight I am here to share the anniversary card I made for Neil
(22 years last tuesday)

I used some fab papers given to me by my lovely friend Margaret  - thankyou Margaret

And the stamp set used is one of the fab range designed by Darcy for Paperartsy, these were given to me for my birthday by another lovely friend Anita,  thankyou Anita

But biggest thanks must go to my gorgeous hubby who has stuck with me this long and not only stuck with me but has made the last 22 years so very special, here's to the next 22

Love you Neil

Love and special people


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Die cutting class - May

Good evening

Tonight I am sharing this months Die cutting class card

We all created this 8in x 8in card last thursday

As always both classes behaved impeccably - well almost, he he

Keitha fancied a pink card this week so that was where my inspiration came from

Thankyou as always for my lovely little army of helpers

Love and glittered flutterbies


Monday, 5 May 2014

Happy Birthday Sandy

Good evening

I am back tonight as promised to share with you this card I made for one of my customers / class members

Happy birthday Sandy

I knew Sandy liked purple and lilac so I started making this card at the beginning of the week and chose the papers and design really quickly, but then I hit a stumbling block and wasn't sure what to use as the focal point

And then my lovely friend Dawn came to the rescue, she bought me the beautiful Spellbinders trellis die as a gift and I knew exactly what the card needed

So Happy Birthday Sandy, hope you had a lovely day, also thankyou so much for donating your Cuttlebug to the shop for classes

And a massive thankyou to Dawn for the lovely gift

Dad is back tomorrow - yipppeeeeeeee

So, thankyou to all those lovely people who stepped in and helped whilst he was away

Thankyou also to June for the tomato plants, Kate for the biscuits and to Beryl for the tulips, what a lovely caring and sharing week it has been

Love and sweet gifts


Sunday, 4 May 2014

Card commission - Happy Birthday Iris

Good afternoon

I am sharing a commission I completed this week for a grandad to give to his granddaughter

My brief was to create a special card for a first birthday and it had to be very pink, very girlie and with lots of sparkle

The card is an 8in x 8in scalloped card base, the papers are Disney by Paper Adventures, the image is one from the new Crafters Inspiration magazine by Crafters Companion, the glitter card is by Stampin' Up and the sentiments were computer generated, I added a double layer of ribbon and stickles on the image for a little extra sparkle

This was the most fun card I have had to make for a long time

Hope you all have a lovely restful bank holiday weekend

I have taken advantage of the lovely mild weather, enjoying the local walks, clocking up around 35km this week

Back tomorrow with another birthday card, this time for a lady slightly older than the one above

Love and sparkles


Saturday, 3 May 2014

Gluten free Tiffin ( fridge cake)

Tiffin is definitely one of my kids all-time favourite sweet treats ( mine too as it is soooo quick and easy and always turns out delish)

Not at all a trial to make gluten free as most of the natural ingredients are already gluten free

Ingredients :

250g digestive biscuits ( I used Tesco free from digestives but actually any good and crunchy biscuit of your choice will be fine)
4 oz butter
3tbsp golden syrup
2 rounded tbsp good quality cocoa powder
good handful of sultanas ( you could use currents, raisins or cherries)
4 oz chocolate ( please check carefully as Cadburys Dairy milk chocos are gluten free but Dairy milk bars are NOT !!! Chocolate is an absolute minefield

Method :

Melt butter and syrup gently over a low heat in a heavy based saucepan
Add all ingredients except biscuits and stir well
Crush biscuits, you could pulse them in a blender but I shove them in a strong freezer bag and bash them with my rolling pin( good for the old stress levels), you are aiming for a crumbly mixed texture of fine sandy grains and slightly larger lumps too)
Add biscuits to other ingredients and combine well
Add to a buttered pie dish and refrigerate until cold
Melt chocolate either in a bain-marie or like I did with shorts zaps of the microwave ( keep your eye on it though, don't over heat or it will become grainy)
Smother melted chocolate over chilled tiffin and sprinkle with desired yummy bits, I used gluten free chocolate sugar strands and white chocolate chunks

The possibilities are endless when you consider the variations in this recipe, we have had it with Maltesers in the past ( can't have them in there now as they are not gluten free) but I think I could be chopping up a cadbury's fudge or two to include in my next variation

Love and Sprinkles