Saturday, January 21, 2017


A fairly quick card for the Midway reminder of the Penny Black Saturday Challenge which is for Anything Goes.

Once again I've used the new Clear Stamp set called Party Friends, well new for me. I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Ovals and the fishtail is from their Bundle of Shapes but I cut it in half to make it look longer.

The papers are Echo Park called Party Time and I used it for the Bundle of Shapes Stars and word die.

Don't forget to join us, I don't think closing down time is Friday 3rd February evening.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blog Hop

We're Blog Hopping on Mo's Dream Team and this month's theme is Hearts, I decided on a Wedding card using the gorgeous Garden Bride.

I used a stitched square die for the main image mat, she only just fitted but I was happy that by layering would hide that. I know its a very simple card but I hope its looks elegant too but I've noticed I forgot the bow, now I don't know if the card needs it not.

The hearts are Memory Box die but I used double side tape when I cut them out of the beige card so I didn't have to worry how to stick them to the card. I then using them again in the pattern paper, well actually I had to gut the main mat as I only had one piece left out of the Lawn Fawn pack.

To finish I used a Whiff of Joy sentiment, but I don't think they're trading any more.

Back to the Blog Hop now you should have arrived from Anneke and now you need to HOP, SKIP and JUMP over to Erin don't forget to comment along the way so you are in for a chance of one of the two $5 gift vouchers.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Anything but a card


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Winter Birthday Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too. 
This week the challenge is

Anything But A Card

This week we are showcasing We R Memory Keepers Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

I had that sinking moment when I realised the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is for Anything but a card.

But I have in my possession a die that could make my life easier and that is the Tim Holtz Sizzix die for a matchbox.   It was very easy to adjust the W R are Memory Keepers Urban Chic papers 6 inch papers on the die but you do have to make the base and drawer wrap separately.

I used a bit of Doodlebug Beetle Black twine to make my handles and stuck them all together to may a little chest of drawers.

Time to decorate, I needed flowers, this time I used Simon Says Stamp Hydrangea die but I add some Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes for theirs centres, the pearls I found in my stash. My leaves are Penny Black Jolly Holly die that I recently brought. 

Apologies for the dodgy photos, I take my cards with a photo stand ( I know I still manage to take them crooked) but my little chest I had to take them free hand and the camera doesn't cope well with shaking hands.

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.

You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bella Fairy

The Everbody Art Challenge is now fortnightly so there's still time to join us. That means this Tuesday there is now challenge card but I made a card using a Stampin Bella stamp that I've been meaning to use.

The papers are Doodlebug from Summer last year, maybe a bit busy but I kep t the image simply and embellishments to the minimum.

I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle for my image, I didn't need to worry about chopping off her wings since I was layering another set. The flowers are a Memory Box die that seems to work well with punch circles for their centres and the leaves are theirs too with another flower die I was experimenting with.

I had to use Simon Says Stamp Stitched Fishtail banners for my sentiment because stamping directly to paper after sticking everything down never works for me and I have to hide my badly stamped sentiment.

I had great plans for card making yesterday but my body had a mini meltdown possibly I may have been overdoing it. But I have sorted my scrapbooking out did take longer to do and I have loads to do so I need to learn some fast scrapbooking.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Foam Hearts

This card was bit of an experiment and sort of inspired with this weeks Freshly Made Sketch but I had turned it and one of the mats are Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners.

The little Hedgie is a new one stamp for me, its a clear set called Party Friends and I decided to use the Stacked Hearts again from Simon Says Stamp. I used foam with the die but coloured some of the foam hearts using copics, although the colour in RL does show up better I don't think I would try again.

I added a bit of Doodlebug twine and a Simon Says Stamp sentiment from their Uplifting thoughts.

Today I'm going through the rest of my 2014 photos and scrapbooking paper to make up some kits ready for crops and a retreat in March.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Crocheting Update

Planning for the trip to Falmouth at the New Year I decided to take the grey wool and the 12 square of Charlotte Cal, I did manage to complete quite a few but it left me one ball to complete five remaining and you guessed it I ran out before the last one was done. I ordered another one and maybe some other wool this was so I didn't pay postage!

There was me thinking my next colour was cream and I discovered for Part 3 I had to use the grey for one row all around the square, it was touch and go but lucky me that extra ball of grey just managed to get round all of them phew.

Whilst waiting for my grey wool I started a Laura Tegg Weebee doll, she sure has a big head and I've discovered the brown wool I'm using for her hair is coming up small, so I've frogged it (frogging it what its called when undoing what you've crochet) and will use a larger hook.

Recently I've been involved with a discussion about how blogging isn't as popular as it used to be. Many people are happy to use the like button on FB and Instagram rather than commenting on peoples blog. Made me think why did I blog in the first place. One of the main reasons was that I had a record of what I made and few times I've even check how I colour or used a die from a past card. I've always blogged for me and I know that my posts aren't everyday like it used to be but there are more than one reason why thats happening although I plan to try and do better.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Feeling pretty good about this card, used some old Scrapbooking papers that I cut into 6inch square, I think they could be My Minds Eye but we are talking possibly several years ago. I also got to use the new image I've recently got from Mo Manning its called Whispers.

It was bit of nightmare to use the curve border die but I think I managed to make each side even. I used my all time favourite Floral Oval from Spellbinders its my go to oval when I want a frame, its a bit of pain to drawn round the middle to handcut the centre out but its so worth.

Trying to find some flowers in hope they will replace my EK punches they have had several years of constant use and I feel their days are numbered.

The words are Impression Obsession die, perfect size.

Well its suppose to get really cold here, well cold for the UK with gales and wait for it SNOW so the whole country will come to halt for a few cms but we wait and see.