Friday, 27 February 2015

The boy turns 15

Hello readers

At certain times we are forced to stop and take stock

Not forced to, like our mothers grabbing us by the back of our dresses when we were running far too fast through the living room, whistling past her favourite ornament

But forced to stop by a momentary thought, to pause and reflect, think back to a point in time that maybe changed our lives in some significant or maybe even insignificant manner

My baby boy, the youngest in our little family, AJ, this week turned 15

And yes, remembering 25th February 2000 caused me to take a break from manic form filling, loft emptying, cupboard thinning and generally looking busy but not really getting anywhere

AJ's arrival was definitely of the significant category, and I couldn't be prouder of the young man he is growing into

Here is the card I made for him 

I used dies to cut the stars (sorry can't remember which brand)
The stamps are both by Stampin' Up, as is the silver glitter paper

AJ recently had his check up with the paediatrician regarding his Coeliac disease and his gluten free diet

As a matter of course his height and weight are checked and we were delighted with the results, AJ has grown over three inches in the last year and now stands a very proud 6'2" and his weight has increased from a very low 7st to a much healthier 9st 4lb. He is still incredibly thin but the gain is a clear indicator that his body is now absorbing essential nutrients that had been restricted by his coeliac disease when his stomach was damaged before diagnosis

The improved absorption, indicates that his stomach has healed and his diet is working well, as long as he remains strict with his eating he will continue to improve and flourish ( I am wondering just how tall he is going to end up now his body is receiving and utilising all his food properly !!!)

I have often read about the healing power of animals, but am not foolish enough to think that this alone is enough, that being said, I do believe that this little lady has helped  immeasurably with AJ's well being

Sox came to us as a 2 year old and had been reared as a house cat, she resides mostly in AJ's command centre ( also commonly known as his bedroom)

Sox loves AJ above all else ( except maybe Whiskers salmon nibbles)

And AJ loves Sox above all else ( except maybe his macbook and Daim bars)

Love and kitty kisses


Monday, 23 February 2015

Devon and Cornwall 2015


As promised I am back with the photos from out recent little trip away, please feel free to skip if you are here solely for crafting inspiration

As most of you are now aware, our house has sold, within a couple of weeks of going on the market and we were delighted to get full asking price, the buyers only stipulation was that they could have vacant possession within four to five weeks

Soooooooo as we madly run around like headless chickens, blue arsed flies and all other manic, going - around  - in - circles creatures you can think of we decided we really needed to find somewhere to live

For a very long time it has been our dream to retire to the south coast, preferably Devon or Cornwall, we just didn't think we would both be retiring in our forties instead of our sixties

The big man upstairs definitely works in mysterious ways, but as granny often said "everything happens for a reason"

We booked a couple of days in Okehampton for the Devon leg of our expedition, and the first stop on our mini tour was Brixham

The harbour was very pretty and we had a glorious day full of sunshine, a pantomime dame took a shine to Neil and AJ - I steered well clear as she reminded me of a clown !
We were booked in to see a property but it didn't live up to the very artistic photos on the sales credentials, and although we liked Brixham for a day out, it wasn't a place we felt would be a forever home

Next up was a sleepy little harbour town called Combe Martin, which boasts the longest street in the country, the house we looked at was on said street and was a strong contender, but, we felt being on a main road would have distinct disadvantages, especially in the tourist season

The beach was small but perfectly formed - now! Apparently it had to be replaced after last years storms washed the entire beach and all it's sand away

We liked Combe Martin, it was very quaint, the locals were all lovely and the local pub did an amazing array of food at very reasonable prices with a really good gluten free selection - if you are ever in the area I urge you to try the Pack O Cards, they were especially accommodating to AJ, who was even offered Gluten Free apple pie and home made eggy custard - yummmmm 

Next up was Ilfracombe

This is where Bruce had his first foray into the sea water and ........LOVED it, Neil and AJ played with him for ages and he dived in and out of the surf after thrown rocks and sticks

Again no luck with the houses here but a lovely day out regardless and we will definitely be coming back to explore this lovely town a little more

We left our lodgings in Okehampton and crossed the border into Cornwall, we were booked to stay in a villa at Millendreath, just a mile and a half away from Looe, it humoured us to travel each day through a tiny village called No Man's Land

We had three properties to view in Looe

Looking towards East Looe across the bridge, we adored this gorgeous town but alas none of the properties were suitable, we also decided this was much more a 'day out' rather than a 'to live' place

The boy and I ( notice that my fourteen year old now makes me look like a midget, at 5"9' I seldom feel short, but, out with the three men in my life, I definitely feel vertically challenged !

By the way Beryl, that scarf never came off - it was so cosy - thankyou xxx

We then ventured to the very charming Charlestown and this is where we found our favourite house, we have put in an offer but the vendors have concerns about finding somewhere as they haven't looked yet !!!! so we are not going to hold our breaths but please keep everything crossed as we love this little house, if it all comes to fruition I will share details, but don't want to tempt fate just yet

The spotless beaches and rugged coastlines make my heart sing and I cannot imagine not living near the sea, we were all mesmerised by the rhythmic lapping of waves, seagull calls and smell of ozone

After each days house hunting, we retreated back to our lovely villa overlooking Black Rock Beach, this view greeted us warmly each morning as we awoke to the sound of nature only

The final two places we wanted to visit, not necessarily to house hunt, more just to do the touristy thing were Polperro

and finally Mevagissey

We had an amazing time away, we travelled miles and miles and we learnt a lot about where we would like to live and where we would rather just visit for the day

We enjoyed some lovely food, couldn't leave without partaking of the local cider, a cornish pastie or two and of course a cream tea - would have been rude not to !

My boy and the dog were best mates the whole time, inseparable, and were soooooo good, not one complaint from either of them ! 

Not the best quality pic ever -  moving car, funny backward angle and awful light but this sums up what travelling meant for my boy and the dog, AJ on the laptop ( catching up on Dexter) and the dog on AJ (catching up on his zzzzz's after all that frolicking on all those beaches)

Sorry Ann, I know this photo will torment you xxx

Daylight at the villa meant sea watching for the dog, mesmerised and dreaming of playing in the surf

And my favourite photo of the holiday ( begrudgingly admitting here that it was Neil who took this absolutely stunning shot) - with nothing more than his iphone on standard settings with absolutely no special effects !!!

I love the sense of fun, and, of us all being so small against natures backdrop

I love the way Bruce is trotting adoringly alongside AJ, nose pressing for my boys hand to toss another treasure to be sought amongst the surf

And I love the way Neil captured the light, the reflections and the beauty of Perranporth beach as it played host to a boy and his dog - entertained with nothing more than stones and pebbles - and each other !!!

Love and sandy toes and paws


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Retirement wishes


I am back from slightly warmer and sunnier climes by way of Devon and Cornwall. 

I will upload our little jaunt later in the week - when I have finished sorting through all the photos.

Thankyou to those who kept in touch whilst I was away,  really lovely to hear from you all

We have had a fantastic time together 

Thankyou Neil for an amazing week. 

But tonight I am sharing a card and matching box for a very special 'young' man

I made these for Steve's wife Di to give him for his very recent retirement

I was allowed free reign, so went for a box card in masculine colours full of balloons

I had so much fun making this and kept thinking of my lovely friend Robbie who has made literally a gazillion of these cards in every variation possible - did you do a balloon version Robbie ?

We have known Steve and Di  for about 9 years and have always got on well but lately have become much closer and have been enjoying some lovely evenings out and some truly yummy meals together

I hope you have a fabulous retirement together you two, Neil and I both wish you all the best for this new beginning and lots and lots of love and cuddles

Love and new beginnings


Thursday, 12 February 2015


Good morning

These following five cards are for five very special people

Trish, Joan, Dawn, Keitha and Andrea, very kindly donated all of the money they would have spent on each other at Christmas to the MS charity with Neil and I in mind

Thankyou so much all of you, it was such a thoughtful and generous act, both Neil and I are very grateful as is the MS charity also

The cards are all the same,  but different  - if you know what I mean.

I used all Stampin' Up products to complete these cards with the exception of the inks, they were all various shades of Tim Holtz distress inks

We all met up yesterday for lunch, all except poor Dawn who is poorly ( you were missed Dawn - get well soon)

Three of us celebrate our birthdays within days of each other so we met to eat, chat and exchange our cards and gifts

Lunch was enjoyed at Grimsby golf club and was excellent

A couple of us opted for posh fish and chips, here's mine in its own little dinky frying basket and individual salt and vinegar pots ( I get excited over the slightest details !)

I did indulge in the most lush chocolate dessert I have ever tasted, I was so enamoured with it's rich chocolate yumminess I completely  forgot to take a photo, you will just have to trust me ( Keitha and I didn't utter a word only whimpered with delight as we relished our puddings)

Thankyou so much for my cards and gifts girls, but more importantly thankyou for your company, what a truly lovely way to while away an afternoon

Happy birthday to both Trish and Andrea

I will be back to share the cards I made for the girls

Love and birthday wishes


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Boys, boys, boys

Good morning

I hope you are all well

I had a lovely email last night from the even lovelier Carol W, thankyou, you have inspired me to blog this morning Carol

It was eldest son Robbie's birthday last week

I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest, where the creator had fashioned an ipod from paper pieced card, I adapted the idea to look older and more masculine, more befitting of a 19 year old !!!!!! Eeeeeek where on earth did those 19 years disappear to

I used coordinations cardstock in black with a colour core of blue, embossed with the Tim Holtz cogs embossing folder and then sanded to reveal the core
The stamp is by Stampin' Up and the rest is just a mix of plain cardstock and punches

Nothing prepared me for my boy going to uni, there is a massive Robbie shaped hole, but, to be fair he does keep in touch and we have long chats on t'internet ( probably longer than the one word dialogues we have at home )

When we picked him up at christmas he ran straight at me, arms open wide with that gorgeous big grin and I was transported right back to him being a toddler, with his mass of curls and his loving sweetness

The saying is so true, your children may outgrow your lap but they never outgrow your heart

Love you son, and so very proud of the man you have become

Love and blessings


Friday, 30 January 2015


According to the dictionary definition

  1. 1.
    the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.

For the last ten weeks or so Neil has been visiting a pain clinic and has been under the 'care' of a wonderful lady ( I am not sure I am allowed to mention her by name so for the purposes of this blog post I shall just refer to said lady as 'L')

Neil's prescribed method of physiotherapy this time around was acupuncture

How can a series of little pricks possibly be of benefit to anyone (enter your own images of annoying vertically challenged politicians here ), sorry I digress

We were sceptical to say the least

But, we had no need to be

The pain hasn't magically vanished, such is the complexity of Neil's health issues, but in all honesty he has received a great deal of relief, he has needed slightly fewer pain killers, receives a couple of days of diminished tension and generally finds it a little easier to complete some of the tasks us 'normal' people take for granted

He also comes home from each appointment feeling much better in himself, I have absolutely no doubt, having met the lovely 'L' myself, that this, is, in part, due to 'L's amazing knack of immediately putting people at ease.
'L' has been so kind, she has an amazing sense of humour, her acupuncture skills are quite clearly second to none, but, she has also proved that there are some health care professionals who still understand the true meaning of the word 'care'

I made this card to say thankyou

So, thankyou 'L', you have helped - probably more than you can imagine

Love and care

Tracey xxx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Happy birthday dad


I made this card for dad, it was his birthday on the 6th January

At the time all my crafting stuff was in the attic, kid you not !

We had cleared my little crafting area to make room for Christmas, family meals around the table, board games with the kids etc

I had a little foray up in the attic and grabbed a few supplies to make dad a card

I must be honest

I considered popping into Clintons

Just for a few seconds 

We have had an amazingly busy start to the new year

I now know exactly what my lovely class members mean when they tell me that since retiring they are actually busier and had no idea how they fit work in - I hear you lol, I am currently wondering how on earth I fit the shop and classes in !!!

This is the only card I have made so far this year, but, with a stunning photo of my daughter on my computer (and totally begging to be scrapped) and many, many upcoming birthdays and special occasions I am looking forward to getting back to my crafting

We spent a wonderful evening with some very special friends last night

It was an unexpected invite at christmas and got changed a couple of times due to family circumstances but was worth the wait

Joan made an absolutely fantastic chicken and walnut stuffing recipe for the main

Alan made two fabulous puddings, lemon meringue and chocolate cheesecake for pudding

The wine flowed

The conversation flowed

We laughed til our sides hurt 

And a fantastic night was had by all

Thankyou Joan and Alan
Trish and David

Neil and I had a wonderful night ( we didn't even realise it was well past our bedtime when we got home lol)

Thankyou so much for the invite and the company

Love and very special friendships

Tracey xxx

Thursday, 22 January 2015

New year, new me, new us

Happy new year

Yes I know, we are almost at the end of January

Yes I know February is just around the corner

But ... happy new year !!!

I have been in a strange place over the past few months

Lots and lots of mahoosive, life changing decisions, plans and changes for this little family to make,  here this year

We are still here

We are still happy and functioning and planning

Thankyou so much for the emails

Thankyou so much for the phone calls, text messages and visits, invites to dinner, shopping and coffee

Yes it has kept me sane and focused and with a feeling of friendship, love and support

I am hoping to slip back into something quiet, unassuming and normal

Sorry for my absence on my blog, I didn't want to blog with uncertainty reigning, negativity on the tip of my tongue

I am back  - full of positivity 

Full of inspiration

Yes, as a family we are still going through a process of change, adaptation, decisions

but we are getting there

Thankyou so much for all those who have been in touch

To my lovely and very missed class members - 

I have a couple of weeks of appointments, planning, etc etc but the classes are being thought of planned and bought for

I will be back with some lovely, exciting and brand new ideas

Bear with me


Love and very best new year wishes

Tracey xxx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Congratulations Card

Good evening

I made this card for the lady who is treating Neil within the physio department over at Spire in Hull, she's been a real gem and has been working hard  for a couple of months now to try and relieve some of Neil's symptoms and pain

The lady in question got married last week so Neil wanted to send her, and her new hubby, a congratulations card. I was more than happy to oblige as she has been worth her weight in gold, so if you are reading this Lesley, thankyou so much, from both of us xxx

Love and wedded bliss


Friday, 14 November 2014

UFO Friday

Good evening

I am on a mission to complete some of my unfinished objects - UFO's

This gorgeous box was Jan's class last month and I completed most of it in the class but didn't quite manage to stick all the components together, nor had my embellishments been added

I improvised a little as I forgot to die cut the flourishes, so I added some pearls, a vintage button and extra flowers

Thankyou for another exceptionally good class Jan, you can find more of Jan's inspiring ideas and beautiful craftiness on her blog HERE

Who knows I may even have another UFO to share next week !

and ...........................

1 more sleep until I see my baby girl !!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy weekend

Love and little boxes


Cardio christmas

Good evening

I have been busy with my lovely Majestix stamps by Cardio

I have another christmas card towards my target, I have to be honest and admit to the 'one card a week' not being met, but I definitely have made a much better effort than last year

Four thankyou's to say today

Angela, thankyou for the beautiful bouquet of roses, you are so kind  xxx

Dawn, thankyou so much for the set of stamps, you are so thoughtful and I will love using them xxx

Pat and Ann, thankyou so much for all you have both done to help in the shop and personally too and especially for the giggles this week, you are both angels xxx

and .............

2 sleeps until I see my baby girl - eeeeeeek, so excited

Love and gratefulness


Monday, 10 November 2014

If friends were flowers

If friends were flowers, I'd pick you  - Carole !

I made another of these gorgeous Kusudama flower bouquets for my lovely friend Carole

Carole has been through a rough few weeks and I wanted to make something for her to let her know I am always thinking of her even if I am not there

I wrangled out of her that her lounge is in shades of green and cream so made the flowers to co-ordinate

It was an absolute pleasure to make her them as she is always the one thinking of and caring for other people, hope things continue to get better for you Carole, love ya xxx

We have had another busy week at home, we have now completely finished decorating Amy's room, all I need to do now is add some new curtains and I am in the process of altering some photo frames and making some art to put in them

We have also finished the hallway, kitchen, utility room and lounge.

It has been an interesting week, we are painting everywhere white and we have the 'joy' of Bruce, big, black, hairy Bruce, needing to be with us at every moment, he is so loving and sweet it is hard to tell him to go away, so we are painting around him and dealing with stray hairs as we need to. He had that many white spots on him last week he was in danger of looking like a dalmation ( would have made a good halloween costume !)

Talking of Bruce, this is his usual routine when AJ leaves for school, he cheekily steps onto the coffee table and tucks his head under the curtains so he can watch him set off for school, I am sure we had a 'no dogs on the furniture rule' !!!

One last thing before I bid you all goodnight, if any of my local friends haven't yet tried the new Beechwood Farm restaurant on the Europark at Great Coates, we can highly recommend it

Neil and I enjoyed a fantastic carvery, gorgeous tender meat and too many variations of vegetables and side dishes to name, all utterly delish. But unless you actually want to be able to move afterwards I suggest you don't get the largest plate, we were totally stuffed . It was really busy, and the atmosphere was lovely - word has spread fast. All the dishes leaving the kitchen looked fab and really, really generous portion sizes.

Love, friends, flowers and feasts


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Simply Stamping

I was a very lucky girl this month, getting to go to two craft shows, one weekend after the other

Thankyou Jan xxx

Neil gave me a few spondoolies to spend as a little treat and one of the first things I bought was a stamp with a twig on it - why you may ask was I in dire need of a stamp with a twig on it ?

Because, my lovely readers, I spied a fabulous display of gorgeous samples all using the humble twig

Jan and I got a fabulous demonstration from a very lovely lady on the cardio stall, who made it look like the easiest stamping on the planet

And she didn't lie

Here is my version using the twig I bought along with a couple of stamps I already had in my stash

There was also a very cheeky chappy with an outstanding array of hugely discounted dies who also persuaded me to part with some of my cash ( or should I say Neil's cash), and I also bought a few sheets of some stunning Maja designer patterned papers and vintage images, all to finish of the extra special cards for close friends and family, all of which I should be sharing on my blog soon.


Please note that the opening times for the shop are a little different

As you are all aware Neil is not well at the moment, I have decided to take a little step back from the shop on the days when I don't have classes
I will be closing on thursdays and saturdays unless I have a pre-booked class, all Jan's and Linda's saturday workshops will still go ahead, and so will the die-cutting classes on the third thursday each month, as will all my regular classes and crops - they will remain the same, but I do want to spend a little extra time at home with my loved ones
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and thankyou so much for your support and understanding

Love and twiggy branches


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Happy birthday Beryl

Good evening

Yesterday was my lovely friend Beryl's birthday

I just had to use my brand new stamps and papers for my very special friend

I used an 8in base for the card
The sentiment is Stampin' Up
I used Craft Creations and Tilda papers
The stamps are by The House of Zandra and were a bargain with four quid off the usual price at last weeks show
I coloured the images in with my copic pens

I hope you had a fantastic birthday Beryl, love you lots xxx

Love and fabulous fashion


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Engagement commission

Good evening

I am feeling more than a little blurry tonight

Our new baby is literally a new baby
Bruce was neutered yesterday and boy is he making us feel guilty
I don't think I have ever seen a dog look quite so pathetic, he truly is feeling incredibly sorry for himself
He has the obligatory cone on his head, which he has no comprehension of steering yet
He refuses to walk anywhere and instead does this ridiculous bunny hop type shuffle across the floor on his bottom
He has been an angel up to now and been as good as gold at night going to bed in the kitchen on his own and not waking us up too early in the morning, but, last night, there was no way on earth he was going to be left alone
If I moved more than an inch away from his head he cried and did those huge puppy dog eyes
And so I slept ( that term I use loosely as sleep I did not !) I laid next to him on the lounge carpet all night with my hand on his back soothing him to sleep

I honestly think it would be easier to have another baby !

So I apologise for those of my friends who popped in to the shop today, if I was less than bubbly, it was all Bruce's fault

Anyway - moving on

I was asked by one of my lovely scrapbookers to make her son and his new fiancee a card to celebrate their engagement

I came up with a very romantic and softly hued design on an 8in card base

I am sorry the lighting was a little off, it was dull this morning when I took the photo, the one below shows a more accurate idea of the colours

Love and lost sleep


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Happy birthday Glynn

Good evening

Here is a card I made for a lovely friend who celebrated her birthday last week

I used pearlescent card in white and lilac
The flowers are retro daisies by EK success
Butterfly is a die by Cheery Lynn
Scalloped circle die is Nellie Snellen
Flower centres are a punch by Kars
Sentiment and sentiment plate are Stampin' Up

Hope you had a lovely day Glynn, thankyou so much for all the yummy cake you brought in, it was delish !!!

Love and lilac wishes


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Paws for thought

Good evening

My lovely friend Beryl ( everyone should have a friend like Beryl - she warms the heart in every way) brought into the shop a very special gift for the new addition to my family

Beryl gave me a lovely big bed for Bruce and he instantly fell in love with it, we weren't sure if he would settle as he came with the bed he has had since being a teeny tiny puppy but he loved it from the start and gets himself all comfy snuggled up in it

So from Bruce and me and Neil too  - thankyou mum 2 xxx

I paper pieced the doggy, and he does look a lot like Bruce, using punches, they were all Stampin' Up punches and you can probably guess which ones I used from the photo

Love and tail wags

Tracey and Bruce

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Nice day in Newark

Good evening

I have had such a fabulous sunday today

Jan invited me to join her and Margaret to a papercraft show in Newark and I jumped at the chance, I have not been to one for a little while so had a few stalls on my list to visit.

Here is my little crafty haul, not included in the picture are the boring tools, adhesives and envelopes, but here are the fun things I picked up

The little house at the back is a money box which I am going to transform into a beach hut

The MDF squares I bought in three variations which will be transformed into a wall hanging ( I just can't resist hearts in any form !)

I succumbed to the sparkly wonder of glamour dust - well Chrimbo is just around the corner and we all need a little sparkle then !

The magpie in me failed to resist the lovely little sparkly and pearly embellishments for the centres of flowers and poinsettias

I bought a few stamps as they were all on sale, extra special offers which would have been rude to ignore

And as if I don't have enough papers I found some designs that I have never had in the shop so they kind of fell into my basket too

Jan and I were both taken with the 6in paper pads so we bought one each and will be splitting them to share out all the designs

We had a fair few giggles and lots of inspiration, I can't believe how long we stayed there, we enjoyed it so much we didn't want to leave - thank goodness I got all organised and put the slow cooker on before we left, I worked up quite an appetite.

Thankyou so much to Jan and Margaret who made it such a lovely day

Love and crafty goodness



Saturday, 11 October 2014

Pyramid cards

Good evening

We have been making pyramid cards in class this week

This is the one I taught, actually really quick and easy and they fold flat for easy posting, this size fits into a C6 envelope once it has been folded

And just for fun I rummaged through all my punches and cobbled together this cheerful Santa, so he counts for my 'christmas card a week' for this week

Some of the friday girls had a go at making snowman versions of this card - and I don't think I have laughed so hard in a long time

We had a snowman that looked drunk, one that looked a little demented and mine looked vaguely sinister, we decided it was all in the eye placement !! ! And I am not sharing my attempt on here as it might just give you nightmares !

Thanks girls what a lovely afternoon, we definitely did more laughing than crafting this week

Thankyou also to Linda, who taught the Christmas Frame this morning, what a lovely class, great company, fab teacher and a beautiful finished project - and yes !!!  I did actually finish a project - wonders will never cease.

Happy weekend to you all

Love and lopsided snowpeople


Friday, 10 October 2014

Get well soon

Good evening all

I am sharing a card tonight made for a gent, who has been a little under the weather

AS some of you know Mrgaret's hubby Brian has been a little poorly and I wanted to let him ( and Margaret) that Neil and I were thinking of them both

I used a Henry mouse stamped image, coloured with Distress inks
The papers are Nitwits
Ribbon, hessian and twine from my shop

I hope you are feeling much better now Brian

Love and healing hugs



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Linda's Stampin Up class

Good evening

I am back tonight to share Linda's new Stampin' Up class

Linda will be making this stunning wall art contained within the glass fronted box frame this coming Saturday - 11th October 10am - 12pm
£12.00 to include all you need to finish this project including the frame

It will make a fab gift, or addition to your own christmas decorations - what an extra special alternative to a christmas card too !

Please contact Linda through her blog here or contact me if you require a place, the class is filling up fast !

Love and stamped delights


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Christmas wishes


I have another christmas card to share

I am woefully behind on my intended target of one a week but I am much further on than I was last year - slow and steady and all that !

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the background
Sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp
Window die is by Cheery Lynn
Flower punches are Stampin' Up 
Poinsettia dies are Marianne design

How are you all getting along with your Christmas cards ? I bet there are at least a couple of you that have finished !

Love and mistletoe kisses


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Birthday, Branston and Bruce


Tonight I am sharing a birthday card I made this week for a very special person, who turned 80 on wednesday

Happy birthday Mary, I hope you were well and truly spoiled, you deserve it !

I used a Crafters Companion embossing folder, Tim Holtz die for the numbers - used with Stampin' Up glitter paper,  Marianne dies for the butterfly, flourish and flowers

I have had a really good day to day, it all started with a day spent with my lovely friend Carole

We put the world to rights, we confided and shared, laughed and crafted - and we ate !

Carole had said she would bring in lunch so I was expecting maybe a sarnie and crisps, but oh no, as usual Carole ( who never does anything in half measures) prepared me this gorgeous ploughmans lunch - yum yum

Thankyou so much Carole for bringing a little bit of sunshine in an otherwise dull and rainy day, we must do it more often - my treat next time xxx

And in other news - meet Bruce

I came home from work to be greeted by this little cutie

Bruce is a collie/ german shepherd cross, he is 6 months old and still has a bit of growing to do

He is gorgeous and so loving and has followed me around since I got home, we have played football in the garden, been for a walk and generally got to know each other

His left ear is floppy and his right ear stands to attention, he is very wary of other dogs although he was brought up with cats and a lab and he wants to make friends with EVERYONE he meets on his walks !

I think he loves his daddy already, here he is trying to persuade Neil to put down his newspaper and play ( and yes Bruce won, Neil gave up !)

Love and puppy kisses