Sunday, 31 December 2017

No Matter how

Hi there

Long time no see - due to all the busy time with 

But thought I really must do a card for the very last 
Challenge over at Clarity Stamps.

Here I have used 2 Clarity stamps and 2 different designer papers 
again from Clarity.

As you can see I have mat and layered the papers onto white card to make the image pop.
Coloured in the trees with a variety of pens, both ink, alcohol and watercolour.

I have made it into a large card and added a black line around the edge to bring it all together.

I hope you like it.

Do you know something - apparently it is wrong to say I am doing a drawing now, it is 
sketching!!! Colouring in is a no go.... these are comments via my Grandsons school.

Never heard anything so silly - we all love colouring in - dont we.

I am rather pleased with the design, getting back into something other 
than Christmas. 

 I hope you have a good day being the last in 2017 

where does the time go, I ask myself??

Would like to enter it for the following 


Crafty hugs 


Friday, 1 December 2017

Warm me up

Hi there 

Me again 

Sorry for the very short blog now

Been a bit of a rush job as I only just got the image today as somewhere the 
original email had got lost. 

So here is my entry as Design Team member today over at 

Love to Scrap Challenge blog

I have used  Pickled Potpourri Designs

I have coloured in the image using alcohol pens and coloured with watercolour paint

Used black pen around the edge to give bit texture

Then mat layered onto card stock and 

 used "snow acetate" to make it look

like it is snowing..... does it work??

Hope you like it 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Winter Wonderland close to home

Hi there

Thought I would do something different today for the 

Challenge over at LOVE to Craft Challenge blog

I started my journey into crafting by making cards out of my photos 

So here is Decembers card for you. 

It is of the Snow at HOME in 2009 

I hope you like it and look forward to seeing you again 
very soon. 

crafty hugs 

x x 

Monday, 27 November 2017

Ribbon Journal Book

Good afternoon to you all 

I hope you are well and not too stressed out with all the sales
that have been going on here in the UK 

Expect its the same all over the World

I have been busy today making something different. 

A Ribbon Journal  Book 

I have used calico for the pages, 

Red thread and plenty of Crafty Ribbons - ribbons and buttons. 

I plan to use the Wee book to make notes on my sewing

sort of a Sewing journal......

I hope you like it and would like to enter it for the 

Challenge over on Facebook with Crafty Ribbons. 

Happy days and hope to see you again 

here are the photos to give you an idea on the process in the making 

Bye for now 

x x 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Christmas is Coming

Hi there

How are you today?

Been a bit of a strange weather I have to say last week very cold and today it
seems almost like summer. Well not quite but you know what I mean I am sure

Been busy one way or another and here is a card to show 

Christmas is on its way 

I would like to enter it for the following challenge 

over on Facebook 

Clarity Stamps

I have used Clarity stamps to make this card. 

Well I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing from you 

Take care 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Remembrance Day Poppy

Good Morning 

Well here I am sitting here and thought I would share with you what I 
was making yesterday. 

I asked for a pattern for a poppy and my niece posted one to me over social media
and once I started looking I found so many it took ages to sort out what I was going to do. 

Anyway I set too..... make a few Crochet Poppies so that I can wear one today and tomorrow. 

I do think it is important to remember those that have gone before us, and those
who are still fighting for our freedom. 

I have made these with double knit wool and a crochet hook 4.5mm. 

The first one was made with darker wool and the 2 others with bright red. 

I have used a safety pin to attach the poppies to my clothes. 

They were very quick to make - think I need a bit more practice reading 
patterns as I did get in a bit of a muddle 

So I did watch a few YouTube videos which were a help. 

Think I am more a watch than a read learner. 

So here are my poppies. 

Have a good day and do remember to have a moment to remember at 

11 o-clock today 

11 am on the 11th of 11 month 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Thursday, 9 November 2017


Good afternoon all 

Well here I am still sewing and enjoying the journey. 

I have made this Dove out of scraps of material, ribbon and buttons, also the filling 
was scraps of wadding which I had cut off other projects (like my bags the other day) 

I used a template of a bird shape with separate wings. 

Stuffed the wings and did a few stiches on top to give a bit of definition. 

Then using the scrap of ribbon placed it between the pattern body pieces and stitched around 
leaving an opening to turn the material right sides out. 

Hope you can see the ribbon which is from Crafty Ribbons and the buttons also from
Crafty Ribbons. Just love those Hearts I got the other day. 

Well those photos give you an idea of the Dove

I would like to enter him for the following 


Crafty Ribbons Challenge over on Facebook 

Have a great day and see you again 


x x 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

100th Birthday

Hi there

Well not sure where the time has gone now that we are into November 

It was Dennis birthday yesterday but this is NOT his card :) 

I was asked to make a special card for a distant relative to us for 

Aunty Florrie

So here it is - I was asked to have Lillie's, pots of flowers and colour 

so I hope I met the requirements. They were pleased with it. 

I have used Hunkydory items, die cut out the sentiments 

Thank you for your visit and happy crafting 


Panda Eyes

Hi there

Nearly missed the post so here is my entry as a Design Member 
over at LTSCB this month

I have used alcohol pens to colour in the image, used pencils and pens to
make the background 

Then mat and layered patterned paper with black card. 

Added a sentiment Best Wishes keeping with the black theme. 

I hope you like it 

bye for now 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Stuffed bag

Afternoon all

Well I hope you are safe and not being blown away with the strong 
winds that are in the UK today. 

Very windy here I have to say, and I remember the storm of 1987 which 
ripped the roof off our home. 

So I hope today will not be so bad here in Devon

Anyway been playing with my sewing machine today, using up a couple of 
fat quarters scraps  I have used up scraps of ribbon and ric rac.

Stuffing was bits from my bag of wadding scraps !!! So a bag out of scraps. 

I have made this bag - ops should have taken photos along the way

I have used a bit of poly wadding to give the bag a bit more body and stuffed the handles with 
toy stuffing. 

I have added ric rac from Crafty ribbons along the bottom edge front and back 
and a ribbon again from Crafty ribbons by the handle. 

I hope you like it. Now I have to wonder what I am going to do with it. 

May give it away to a family member.? 

I would like to enter it for the 

Crafty Ribbons Challenge over on Facebook

Pixies Crafty Workshop Week 303 and 304

Have a great day 

Crafty sewing hugs 

x x 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Sewing again

Hi there

How are you today. 

Thought I would share today a few bits of sewing I have been

Both these items have been made with scrape material bits

 And the zip bag using joined together inside material 
and scraps of the white star material. 

a curtain for the small bag with the insides using 
the ironing board cover which I replaced

See the zig zag stitches to join the material together here. 

The red bag with the 3 zips have 3 pockets so can be used
for all those interesting items which need to be stored. 

I am using it for my hand sewing items. 

Have a good day and hope that I have inspired you to 
pick up your sewing too. 

Have a great day 

x x 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

You drive me Batty

Well hello again 

Here I am thinking about things and trying to catch up doing what I should be 

Life seems to get busy and things get in the way. 

But with my garden getting to the point of "running down" for Autumn it is giving 
me a bit more time to craft. Well here is me hope it will be the case. 

I have got this card ready to show you for the challenge over at 

Love to Scrap Challenge blog 

I have used..... the images of the bats and sentiment from  Oddball Art Co

I have coloured in the bats with alcohol pens and cut them out 

mat and layered the sentiment onto black card and mirri board 

Then I designed a background paper 

mat and layered that and here it is. 

Something a bit different but fun too. 

May even use it for my partners birthday card, his birthday being on 
31st October 

Anyway hope to see you soon 

take care and crafty hugs 

I would like to enter if for the following 


Allsorts Challenge Week 435 - Sentiment in focus

Delicious Doodles Challenge - "Halloween(scary or Cute)"

x x 

Birthday boy

Hi there

Here I am with this months entry as inspiration for you over at 


I made this for my Grandsons Birthday the other day 

I have used a Hunkydory kit. 

Can you see the moving head of the dragon ?  I used a bit of plastic folded to make it 
using red tape to attach it. 

I hope you will be inspired to pop over to the blog and I look forward to seeing you there

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Pamper yourself

Hi there

How has your week been? Terrible times in the USA with the hurricane
puts ones own worries into perceptive dont you think?  

It was my Daughters birthday a couple of days ago so here is
her card which I made for her. 

the back 

the inside

I have used Hunkydory Pampered Paws kit to make the card

Thought she needed to be pampered so I hope she liked it. 

Nearly sorted out my craft room now and all set to get back to doing 
my crafting which I am looking forward too. 

I was at the Village Hall this week with my cards and had people 
throw their hands up in horror when I displayed my Christmas Cards 
but I have to say that there are only 8 more coffee morning before the Big Day!!

Where has this year gone? 

Well that is me for now. 

Been busy making Bean Chutney, had to beg and borrow jars this year. 

Looks like it will be tomato chutney next :) 

Have a great day

Would like to enter this for the following


Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes 173

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Anniversary card

Hi there

Here is my entry for this months challenge over at LTCCB 

I was asked to make a special Anniversary Card for one of our neighbours. 

I think the words just say it all 

I have used my Serif programme and used Victoria Nelson CDs to make this 

Added in the words "as requested" 

I hope you like it and would like to see your work over on at LTCCB 

The inside  !!!

Thank you for your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon 

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Happy Summer Holidays

Hi there 

Well I am here writing this on August Bank Holiday for the post today

So think it is quite in order to say "I expect there are a lot of people with this on their minds"

I have used the image from Dr Digi 

I have coloured in the image with alcohol pens and then designed the background using 
colour pencils. 

Added a sun and the words 

I hope you like it and hope to see you over on LTSCB for this month.

Happy days 

Crafty hugs 


Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Hi there

Well I have been so busy these last few weeks I thought I would post to 

as there is now NOTHING apart from a few bits on my worktop today.

Den has made me a new room "in his shed" for my crafting 

So I am moving in.... it may only be a few yards but have you ever moved all your craft items? 

It is mental here, so much stuff which I had forgotten I had and start to look at 
and then forget what I am doing. 

Been beautiful weather here too, so gardening has taken up much of my time
making chutney, freezing fruit and of course eating it. 

Here is a photo of our garden just as a taster for you. I think you should be able to 
see a small part of my new home for crafting 

I have been busy with sewing again which has been taking some of my time too. 
I am actually wearing something I made today 

On a different note.....

Hope, if you are in Houston, or anywhere in the USA that you are safe 

Have a great day and will be back again very soon

Crafty hugs 

x x 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Whats in my garden

Hi there

Well it seems to have been sometime since I last wrote a post about 
what I am up too

Before the rain came today I was out in the garden picking my veg. 

First a photo of the greenhouse with tomatoes

A box of picked veg 

NOW what to do with all those beans

The same as I did yesterday make Bean Chutney

so here if you are interested is the recipe 

1 kilo Green beans
4 shallots ( I use onions - say 2 whole onions)  
1 clove garlic (if you dont like it leave it out) 
1 teaspoon root ginger
675 grams dark brown sugar ( or use what you have) 
1 tablespoon tumeric 
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard ( I use English as I have that in the store cupboard) 
1.5 tablespoon Cornflour
850 ml Vinager


Cook beans and onions / shallots together till tender

Drain - Course chop 

Add back to pan beans, garlic, ginger, sugar 700 ml vinegar

Boil for 15 mins 

Mix rest of vinegar with tumeric, mustard, cornflour 

Pour mix into beans 

Stir and boil for 15 mins 

Cool and then put in jars. 

this makes around 5   1lb jars of chutney  and lasts ages. In fact it gets better with age. 

So if you have too many beans it is a good way to use them up. I tried to sell bags of 
beans at the Village Hall coffee morning this week but no one wanted them. Their loss my gain.

I have had so many beans I am over run with them. 

And Marrows too. But those will be used next to make Marrow Jam.

Anyway I hope you are having a good day and I will be back again soon. 

Busy with needlework, sewing and card making. 

I have just found a new needlework hobby Redwork - I am finding it so 
relaxing to do in the evenings or watching TV. 

Hope to show you something soon. 

So always busy 

Crafty hugs