Saturday, 26 June 2010


What a magnificent sicky, summer day, LOL! We are in the midst of a heat wave are we not?  Just glorious!

I feel dreadful though but as the sun is shining and my gorgeous kiddies are really cracking me up, I have actually been able to put that all to one side.

Right, so I am here with yet another birthday card for my nephew! The last card I made was hijacked by another family member for the said little boy. No worries, I was thrilled and flattered that they were impressed enough to want to take it. Besides, it gives me the opportunity to try something new, hoorah!

I think this is quite a simple card. It took quite a while to cut the t-shirts ( my hands seemed to shake when ever I begin to cut). I hope he likes it!

Sorry about the snaps, I took them on my mobile phone as I couldn't find my camera.

I am pooped, if their are spelling mistake here I apologise in advance. 

Ta Ta for now.


Tuesday, 22 June 2010


Hey all!

Isn't it a glorious day? Just gorgeous, too hot to take baby Ava out though so we are stuck inside doing a bit of crafting, hoorah!

My nephew has a birthday coming up, you may recall that I made him a card last week or was it the week before? That one was for my mum to give him, this one is from us.

Its another pop up slider card. I made the first a while back and you can find it in one of my earlier Blog entries. I have used a few toppers here, they were my go to pieces when I was a baby crafter. I think they go well with the colours and give it a nice colourful, boy type feel.

Not sure if the ribbon colour matches but it was the only ribbon I had that could be used for a boy's card!

Click on the pictures for a closer look.

Ta Ta for now.


Sunday, 20 June 2010


I've never been one for long drawn out projects. Instant gratification, that's much more my style and the very reason I much prefer to knit baby pieces!

The project I made today took the entire day, perhaps it would have taken less time had I not had my kiddies to tend to but hey, such is life. 

I first decided to sketch the idea on some scrap paper. I am not an accomplished crafter yet and thought this would save me a lot of time and waste in the long run. I had a rough idea about what I wanted to create but doodling first really helped me to define my ideas. 

It's a birthday card of sorts for my mother. The most wonderful women ever to walk this earth; an exaggeration? I don't think so, she is such a joy and always there to do and say the right things. She is well worth the time it took me to make this.

She is a book worm, as soon as one book is done she has her nose in another. She has even been known to have more than one book on the go! This is where I get it from! 

I decided to make her a "card" that incorporated book marks, something functional. Now she will have them with her always and think of us.

Click on the pictures for a closer look.

I am loving the distressed look at the moment and wanted to give it another go here. I really do like to add texture to my cards. Cards that look intricate and detailed always appeal to me, so I have tried to achieve that here. I just hope I haven't made it appear too busy.

I'm not really a sticker person but I have been using stamps for everything lately and as I have quite a nice stash of rub on's and stickers I thought I would give these gold ones a go. What do you think?

This is the sentiment book mark. It slots in to a pocket at the back.

Not the greatest of pictures but I just wanted to show you the stitching.

Ta Ta for now.


Friday, 18 June 2010


Blog entry number 2.

Lets make the most of this guys because I am nakkered, LOL! 

Its my friends birthday on Monday. She would like us all to come over that evening but it is a tad late to have Cameron out as he has school the next day. So, (as if you needed telling) I have made her a card and will post it so it reaches her in time. I made this while watching England sleep walk around the pitch, humph!

Click on the picture for a closer look

I have tried to do something different here. A lot of my cards have hard, straight edges and lines and I wanted to soften the look a little. I have never used linen thread before or attempted any embroidery. I have always loved the effect but either never had the time or felt it would be a bit tricky for me. I was wrong about the latter, although it did take some time, well worth it in the end I think.

I adore the use of tags, I am going to put aside some money to purchase a tag punch and tiny labels. Here I have improvised using my circle and scallop circle punches. It looks OK but nothing like the real thing I say.  

I bought a new background stamp last week, I had been itching to try it out. I did, and was thoroughly disappointed. I kept getting "blank" areas with each image I tried. I inked the stamp pretty well and made sure to huff, hmmm? I would have used that today instead of my jumbo wheel, but you gotta love that pattern!

Ta Ta for now.



Loud groan!

For those of you ladies who have had "tiny tykes", you will be all too familiar with the dreaded pregnancy brain. With each of my pregnancies (or as I increase in age more likely) it seems to come on earlier and get worse.

Cameron would constantly asked me why I would so many mistakes whilst I carried Ava. He just couldn't understand why I kept putting things in his lunch that he didn't like, kept jumbling my words and  stopping mid sentence as I just couldn't recall what it was I wanted to say to him!

Well, today it has hit an all time high. This card has to have been the most calamitous project I have ever undertaken. It should have taken no more than 30 minutes, instead it took a glorious 3 hours. I have never made so many mistakes. Cutting the wrong sized card or paper, even though I had pre-measured, stamping in the wrong place, or having my images come away cock eyed even with the use of my Stamp-a-majig! I even managed to cut my card all uneven with the use of my paper trimmer!!! 

Top all that off with fact that my computer technician husband has decided to upgrade my laptop, makes for a very grumpy Alex indeed. The entire computer is different now, I can't find anything, all my passwords have disappeared, blah, blah. I am sure you all get the picture. I know he was actually doing me a favour, it turns out it needed it but sheesh...

Now, I require your total honesty followers. I really am not too sure about this "card". Its not a traditional card but I did want something a bit different as the recipient is just a bit different, LOL! She is crazy in a fantastic way and is about to have her very first baby. A boy!

Do you think it needs to be mounted? Does it need any thing else? I am not sure if I have chosen the right colours for a baby's card, I wan'ts really thinking clearly at all, LOL!

Click on the pictures for a closer look.

The only reason there are two buttons here is because I stuck the the one on the left in the wrong place initially and then ripped it off (stupidly) and damaged the underlying paper. Using another button seemed like the only thing to do. Hoorah!

No moaning next time, I promise!

Ta Ta for now


Friday, 11 June 2010


Beautifull Blogger Award

What a wonderful surprise to be nominated for a Beautiful Blogger Award! Thank you Loraine! So, now I am meant to tell you 10 things about me. I will try to make these 10 things as riveting as possible....I said I would try!!


1. I am a trained Beauty Therapist but gave that up to stay at home with my kiddies
2. I am also a qualified teacher
3. I have a non identical twin sister
4. My absolute favourite movie is Some Like it Hot. Just hilarious!
5.When I am not clutching my tummy through morning sickness, my favourite food is carrot cake
6.I enjoy reading and adore Ed Mcbain, Richard Patterson and JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels
7.I actually make time to watch Phineas and Ferb; one of Cameron's cartoon shows. Its wasted on children I promise you. 
8.I often dream about cleaning...Good grief!
9.My favourite colour is purple
10. I past my driving test first time around

Right, I thought I would put this all into one post. 

I made card for my cousins birthday, it isn't until December but you can never be too prepared I always say. I hope he like it.

It wasn't really a planned effort. I just sat and played about for a bit, I don't usually do that but hey, it adds to the fun of it all!

I used an old French dictionary for the background. It did feel like sacrilege ripping up a book but consoled myself with the fact that I wasn't going to France anytime soon and I failed my French GCSE with this said dictionary for company, LOL!

Ta Ta for now


Tuesday, 8 June 2010


Hello all!

There has been a heck of a lot of excitement here these last few days. I am going to have yet another baby, that makes three folks!

I am excited and nervous all at the same time, coping with three, whohoo!

Anyhoo, I have been given the task of creating a birthday card for my 10 year old nephew. To be honest, I have felt so ill with morning sickness (afternoon and evening sickness) that I didn't have the strength to actually dream up a brand new idea; so I adapted an old idea that I came up with a little while a go.

Now, let me apologise. I took two pictures at different angles and for some reason I cannot upload the second one, it has been trying for almost an hour now!!

You can't see very well here but I have used my Versa mark ink to create a water colour effect on the base of the card.

Here is it at last!!! Good grief! I might be able to pick the watermarks in the first shot. Just click to go a bit closer. 

Ta Ta for now.


Friday, 4 June 2010


Well, I had some rather terrible news last night. 

I a very good friends who's aunt has been diagnosed with cancer. She beat it a few years ago but it has come back within the last year and this time there is nothing they can do for her. She is now in a hospice and from what they say she really doesn't have very long and is in a lot of pain. 

She was always so full of life, so chatty, just lovely.

I also found out that my friends mother also has cancer (although they managed to catch it very early). She is also a lovely lady. 

Anyway, there isn't really much I can do but I thought it would be a nice gesture to send them both a card each. I made these today....

Sorry about the second picture, I was in a rush and the battery for the camera was about to die.

Ta Ta for now.