Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The Purple Zone Blog Candy

The girls from Stamp Addicts are offering some lovely blog candy pop over to The Purple Zone to check it out

Friday, 4 September 2009

Tales from Pollycraft

everyone hop over to the following blog site, Paula is offering some fantastic blog candy, but why I am telling you all about it I don't know, as I want to win it!!!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Cross stitch picture

I stitched this picture back in May 2002 from a chart in issue 33 of Cross Stitch Crazy, I started it on Easter Sunday and it was finished by the Tuesday. The chart was specially desined for CSC.
I chose to stitch this picture as it reminds me of my own children and the age gaps between them.

Here is the picture alongside a print from Faye Whittacker, which I bought at a Hobbycraft(NEC) show and got her to sign.

And as you can see I sent a photo of my children(the centre picture) holding the picture into Cross Stitch Crazy to feature in their 'Show & Tell' feature, this was in September 2002. I was very proud to have my work featured. Unfortunately my children don't look as angelic now!!!

My new craft shed outside

This is my new shed, it was erected back in May and I have been very busy since then and finally found enough time last Sunday with my other half to finish the inside off.

This is the back wall, the drawers on the left are for embellishments and the drawers on the right contain pens, paints etc. The white cupboard is full of envelopes and card packs. The tall bookcase contains cross stitch mags and some papers.

This is the side wall, there is a small pine sideboard which contains more cross stitch and sewing bits. four more plastic drawer units sit on top of that and they contain essential bits and pieces. there are two filing cabinets the 4 drawer one contains coloured card, mirri card, special papers and card and the red two drawer cabinet contains peel-offs and clear stamps all in alphabetical order - very organised I think. the cabinet under the red one will be going in the house once I get my front room back to normal!

Here is the most important part of the shed, I have fitted a 2.5 metre worktop to do all my crafting on, I have a little way to go to get it clear but I'm sure I will suceed eventually. At the moment my sewing machine is missing from this area, it will sit where the spotty magazine file is at the moment. I have two office chairs installed as I have promised my friend she can come and craft alongside me. There is plenty of space for us to do this. I can also store more bits underneath the work surface. My intention is to put a TV in with freeview so we can watch Create and Craft etc, a kettle is also missing and I also need a bit of music. The shed is in a position that catches the afternoon sun and a few times this week it has been very hot, almost unbearable!

First cards made in new craft shed

Here are the first cards I have made in my new craft shed. I still have a bit of work to do to get it 'tidy' but it is well on the way to looking like a great place to work in. It is very quite, until the kids descend on me. It is in a position that gets the sun in the afternoon, and at the moment can get a little too warm even with both doors open.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

FF Challenge 25 A Sketch

Here is my entry for the FF Challenge 25 but have just realised it is a bit late never mind
I used 'Merry Christmas Everyone' papers in 2 contrast purple/lilacs then stamped 'that' Santa image in purple as well peel-offs and ribbon from stash

Friday, 29 May 2009

FF Challenge 18 'BABY'

Here is my entry for this weeks challenge on Funky Fairy, they have chosen 'BABY' this week. The background is FF dotty,I have used gorguss ginghams in pastel colours for the key teether and joined them with a complementary ribbon, I have embellished the card using the same ribbon and used some small baby peel-offs along the ribbon. I used a purple pearlised backing for the teether as it got 'lost' on the dotty background.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

FF Challenge 16 - Flowers and Bling

Here is my entry for this weeks challenge at Funky Fairy
it is Flowers and Bling, I have used my own handbag template and made it into a birthday card. I have used a freebie Navy blue paper from FF, the flap is made from a burnished silver embossed card (embossed with roses), the handle is a silver flower braid, the bag closure is a silk daisy stamped using a blue ink pad and the centre is a gem, the corners and greeting are peel-offs everything from my stash.


Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Funky Hand Word Book

Here is my first word book made using the new Funky Hand word book cd (it arrived this morning) I have used 'Simply Lush' for the letters, I used 160gsm card and printed backing papers onto separate card and backed the letters to make it stronger. I have bound it together using Bind-it-all. I haven't filled in the book as it is a gift for a friends daughter, for her prom on Friday night. I was asked to make a sash to go around her dress so I have used scraps of the same fabric on the hinge and on the tags.
The cd isn't launched on the website until Monday 11th May.


Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Print-your-ribbon/cotton tape

I have used a printed cotton tape on my recent card, this idea I found on Pink Petticoat
here is the link


have a go!

Monday, 4 May 2009

FF Challenge 14 A sketch

Here is my entry for this weeks FF challenge
The image is from Sugar Nellie Stamps (Gorjuss - Just a Girl)I have used a paper from Funky's Garden(Garden Checks) the braids I made using cotton tape and printed using a Pink Petticoat DaisyDaisy paper, flowers and embellishments from stash.
This is for one of my little netball players who unfortunately broke her arm whilst training last week.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

FFChallenge 12 A Recipe

This is my entry for the FF challenge this week
I have used I image the teddy from Gemini Crafts, 2 papers -Love Train part 1 paper 6 for the top part and Gorjuss Ginghams blue paper 9 for the bottom part, and 3 embellishments - 1 today in shrink plastic, teddy dangler in shrink plastic and a ribbon to hang the dangler
I have discovered shrink plastic it is wonderful
I hope you like my attempt

Sunday, 12 April 2009

FF Challenge 11 'Dare to be Square'

Here is my entry in the FF challenge for this week. I have made a springy card with a square top, I have used the turquoise block colour papers - just the darker shade though, a medallion from the funky garden collection which I reduced , then punched out the dots to form a lacy border, mounted this on a square piece of silver pearlised card, stamped a patchwork butterfly onto shrink plastic and coloured using watercolour pencils - my first attempt as well!, then mounted that onto the same silver pearlised card, used a 'square effect' peel-off border around the card to finish it off.


Tuesday, 7 April 2009

ff Challenge 10 Green

I haven't entered for a few weeks here is my entry to the FF Green challenge
I have used the new GORJUSS GINGHAMS in 2 shades of lime green. I have used a notepad that can be replaced when used up from Wilkinsons and a pencil from Ikea
the front has a simple large flower and an embellishment for the centre, adorning it, along with the title and all is held together using elastic.


hope you like my entry

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge 29 - Inspiration

This is for Cupcake Craft the challenge was to use an image which had been entitled 'Inspiration', I hope I have met that challenge with this card. The stamped tag is the same used for FF Blue Challenge

Thread Exchange Birthdays

I have been busy today having made a 40th birthday card this morning which had to go in the post urgently, then I made a Fat Page for the FF Blue Challenge, then I have made another card for Cupcake Craft Challenge.
These cards are for my birthday thread exchange which I have been involved in for quite a few years.

I have used DCWV for backing cut a large label Nestabilitie, cut a tag, and stamped using miniature floral stamps in the style of Rubber Stamp Tapestry, applied co-ordinating ribbon from stash. I have used turquoise, pink and purple(it looks blue in the photo)

FF Challenge Blue

Here is my entry for the Blue challenge.
I have chosen to do a Fat Page. I am involved in a number of swaps and this is one of them I have to swap a Fat Page once a month.
I have used - free blue xmas background in turquoise, stamped an inspirational tag using Versa Colour Royal Blue, used stickles on the hydrangea and put navy ric-rac and fibres through the tag hole.
the stamp reads:
'Kind hearts are the garden
Kind thoughts are the root
Kindwords are the blossoms
Kind deeds are the fruit'

John Ruskin
What is a Fat Page?
A fat page starts as a 4"x4" square of card, you leave a 0.5" margin down one side for the recipient to put their own holes in, you then decorate in a similar way to an ATC, on the reverse you can decorate and give details about your Fat Page. I have made an album to contain my own Fat Pages and ones that I recieve.
This Fat Page will go into my album.


Friday, 6 March 2009

My first Award

This is my very first award I am so proud, it was sent to me by Glenda who had it awarded to her from Nicola of Nicola's creations

Thursday, 5 March 2009

My kids

here a s picture of my children, taken in Clacton last year. Glen is on the left, Lillian is in the middle, Adam is on the right

Tuesday, 3 March 2009


Yesterday I had to wait to open an email for my daughter regarding her senior school allocation. I waited until she came home from school, which was delayed due to me having car problems, and on opening the email she had been allocated her 1st choice of school which is The John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, this school is the Roman Catholic senior school for the area and is extremely over-subscribed, in some cases siblings have not been allocated places. I feel very privileged to have been granted a place at the school.
My sons are at a local single sex school as JHN was not the right school for them.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Bearly Mine Creations blog candy

go over and check out the new Bearly Mine blogspot, Donna has a new CD-rom launching on the 1st of March


Sunday, 22 February 2009

Damask Papers

Jak Heath from Crafters Kitchen has some Damask papers free to download you will find them at the link below


Thursday, 19 February 2009


here is my entry into this weeks challenge, I used fern green circles and printed on the reverse using 'Love Train 3' green paper. I then decorated it using red ric-rac braid and to seal it I have used red fancy yarn. I have topped it off using the heart shaped mini envelope template from Dovecraft using the same card but in reverse.

Pink Petticoat February Challenge

I have entered the Pink Petticoat February Challenge this month.
The design brief was to make 'Sour Cream Cartons' I have used the cream swirls papers printed onto160gsm card and punched a simple rabbit in a co-ordinating colour. I intend to use these lovely little pouches for the easter egg hunt that I organise for my family children. Each pouch will hold 12 mini eggs.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

FF Challenge Faux Stitching

Think I went a bit over the top with this one!! I have created a gift'bag' and card using Love Train 1 pale blue backing paper and 'stitched' using Marvy LePlume Prussian Blue, the card backing has used the same paper. I then stamped using Versa Colour Royal Blue using SeeD's miniatures for the floral garden, I then cut 2 butterflies from a Cuttlebug cut'n'emboss die 'stitched' again then embossed using the swiss dots embossing folder.
I hope you like my contribution.

Sunday, 8 February 2009


Here is my entry for the Funky Fairy's Challenge.
I have used one of their free download papers, stitched using my sewing macine over the joins the flourishes are stamped using 7Gypsies NottingHill, I have double stamped the larger flourish, the Fairy is from Dovecraft Fantasy Fairies, the ribbon and gems are from my stash.


I hope you like my entry.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

blog candy up for grabs again

pop over to Bev's blog and see for yourself but you will have to hurry as it is only there until Saturday


FF Valentine Chalenge

this is for the Funky Fairy Valentine Challenge. I have used a doodlementals flowery paper for the background, a 'loving it simple' sentiment, image from 'Rock 'til you drop' image stamp(pre coloured) from Charmed Cards and Crafts - Dottie and George - both backed onto green holgraphic card, ribbon and flowers from stash.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Crafters Kitchen Blog Candy

Flippin' Men
this is what is on offer over at Crafter's Kitchen isn't it great. Do go and have a look