Sunday, 17 August 2014

Waterfall card and gift box

Good evening

As promised I am here tonight to share the gorgeous butterfly inspired waterfall card and giftbox we all made with Linda on saturday

The box is a drawer style box and is approximately 2.5inches square so would be perfect for a little selection of chocolates or maybe some jewellery

I have had a lovely relaxing sunday, spent with mum and dad, chatting, putting the world to rights and lots of laughs too

Neil has his appointment through finally to see the surgeon regarding all his back problems, his referral was back in April so we seem to have been waiting a long time, hopefully we should get some answers, he will be seeing a guy at Spire in Leeds on monday. Thankyou for all your help and advice Trish, we are seeing Rob so please thank Pete too xxx

We had some fantastic news this week, Robbie attained three A stars in his exams and ended up with triple the number of UCAS points required for his place at Uni - very, very proud mum and dad here !

There are some very special people who have been particularly kind and supportive this last week, you all know who you are, THANKYOU xxx

Love and little boxes


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Beryl's box

Good evening

We had a fab day at the shop today, it was Linda's monthly Stampin' Up class, we made a beautiful waterfall card and matching gift box, we also had a couple of new ladies, lovely to spend time with you Sarah and Hazel.  I didn't get time to photograph mine before the light faded so I shall share my finished pieces tomorrow, as always thankyou Linda for your inspiration and patience xxx

Tonight I am sharing the project us 'tuesday afternoon' ladies made last week

Beryl very kindly offered to show us how to make this great little note block box

The lid opens and houses one of those square blocks of notes, thankyou Beryl, I loved making this and have a very special person in mind as the recipient. It was quite quick and easy to make so I think I may be making a few as stocking fillers at christmas time.

Love and love notes


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Bags, boxes and more

Good evening

These next projects are from a couple of weeks ago

We had a really fab friday afternoon, brill people as always and an impromptu box making session

Pat and her lovely daughter Trudi joined me too and they also made all three of these in the couple of hours we had together

First up a small  gift bag/box, made form a 6 inch square of paper, the finished article measures approximately 3.5inches square and would be perfect for a little jewellery box or chocolates

Then we made a gift bag, this one was a bit bigger measuring approximately 7inches tall and again is folded from a single sheet of paper

Finally we made this teeny tiny tab topped folder type thingy perfectly sized for the smallest size of post-it note, or those infamous after dinner mints

It's a wonder we got one finished let along three with all the chatting and giggling ! Thankyou for a really good afternoon ladies - much fun ! ( and Trudi if you are reading this - I will make you into a bona fide crafter if it kills me !)

Finally before I head out for a very special event that is being held this evening I would like to thank Carole W for the gorgeous bouquet of pink blooms last week xxx

And a big thankyou to June C for this fantastic box full of homegrown fruit and veggies she brought in for me last week, she also brought in a large selection for the class to share and the oh so pretty sweet peas you can see below - thankyou xxx

Love and sweetness


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Wedding book


It's been an utterly dreadful weekend

My youngest son lost one of his best friends in truly tragic circumstances on saturday and to be honest my mind can't settle on anything other than the all consuming sadness that must have fallen on the poor souls family

14 is too young to be taken - full stop

Rest in peace Will, you are very much loved by all who knew you and you will be missed every single day xxx

I do have something crafty to share tonight 

I made this book for my mum and dad to give as a wedding present, the couple have had a house together for a while and mum was stuck for something 'different' to get them

There are four pages in total with eight sides decorated and the book has been cut out of heavy chipboard and covered with Bo Bunny papers, all the edges have been inked with chalk ink

The front cover - I heat embossed a die cut clock face and used antiquing wax to tone down the colours

Inside front cover - I added some photo mats and kept them blank so the girls can add a couple of their own favourite photos to the book

Page 1 - Die cut hearts are Nellie Snellen, chipboard letter are Tim Holtz and flowers are K and Co

Page 1 (back) I kept all the colours similar throughout the book and kept decoration quite minimal as it is already quite a 'chunky' book

Page 2 - I 'borrowed' a couple of photos from the girls' facebook pages so as to keep the whole thing a secret

Page 2 (back) - The chipboard flourishes and flowers are by K and Co

Final page - the girls names are created with Tim Holtz die cut letters and the quote is a stamp

And the back of the final page with another stamped quote

This book is also my entry into the RWS monthly 'Take three things' challenge
You can catch up with what everyone else has been up to on the shop website HERE

Love and angels


Monday, 4 August 2014

Prettifying Pringles

Good evening

Phewwww just conquered the mountainous ironing pile, I have been putting it off, not wanting to stand for hours whilst the temperature has been so high, but finally gave in today, with no sign of any let up in the heat and three boys in the house getting very low on t-shirts ! Feels good to get it done though.

So just a quick blog from me tonight as I have a cool bubble bath awaiting me

I created this gift holder for one of my lovely friends Joan who's birthday it was on thursday

We repurposed or upcycled these pringle tubes in Jan's class last saturday and I actually managed to get mine finished - must be a first !

We made new lids and discarded the old plastic ones and I threw a handful of flowers on top of mine to really pretty the box up

I made a card to match

So big thanks to Jan for her inspiration.

Thankyou also to Joan and Alan who invited me to join them and a few other lovely ladies for Joan's birthday meal around at their house on monday and thankyou to Alan for my lift home on thursday ( I didn't stay that long - it was a separate incident lol)

Love and pringles


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