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Hiya, I'm a busy Mum (of 6) and full time carer to my eldest son. I love paper, ribbons, buttons, stamps.....in fact anything crafty lol and i share my work space ( and stash!) with my 12 year old daughter, Rebecca (Bex). Please leave a comment if you call so I know you've been, I would love to visit you back and please become a follower if you like what you see. Thanks for popping by.........
'She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails' - Elizabeth Edwards

Friday, 29 April 2016

Time to Share an Oldie with Erika!

Hi friends, happy Friday although I can't believe it's here already!
Do you have something nice planned for the weekend? I'm planning a mixed media play day.....at least that way I don't have to worry about the strange weather we're having!
So I have an oldie to share today, if you fancy sharing too then pop on over to our lovely hostess Erika at Snappycrafts and link up.
My oldie is not really much of an oldie but I just wanted to share it anyway cos I love the sentiment.......and while I may not be able to fly free right now I do have lots to be thankful for......plus I love the colour lol!
I started with a Dylusions spray ink then simply stamped & stenciled and finished with some of Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.
Rightio, off to get some tea on the go! Thanks for calling & whatever you have planned for the weekend I hope the weather's kind to you!
xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Live your life........

Hi crafty bloggers......hope you're all well & warm!
 If you're having the same weather as us it's blooming freezing.......bright blue skies & sunshine one minute, the next we're having hail, snow & wind and it's so cold I had to put the heating on!
So for today I have a quick & easy card to share.......still no colouring as my hands won't allow it but to be honest I'm having fun without my Copics......never thought I'd say that lol! Anyway, I love this Inkylicious stamp.......life's not been too easy these past few years & it reminds me that when times are tough there's always something simple (and cheap) you can do to bring about a smile! Finally though, things are starting to look up........and I have some fantastic news that I can't share just yet...........let's just say it's given me the much needed boost I need..........and it's gonna make this Christmas extra special!!
 I love the chalkboard effect......I simply stamped with white ink onto black card then heat embossed with a clear embossing powder. Then I layered onto paper from Teresa Collins Vintage Finds paper pad, added some seam binding & finished with a punched tab & 3 pearls!
Rightio, better go feed the troops......thanks for calling!
xx

challenges
words at Creative Corner Challenges
anything goes at PDE Linky Party
anything goes at Simon says Stamp

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Shaving foam fun!

Hi my crafty friends, hope you're all well & have something nice planned for the weekend!
Not much going on here.....the boys are at work, Rebecca is snowed under with her school art work & me? Well, I have the best job.......I'm on kitty duty! I will post some more pictures soon......promise!
Thanks so much for all your kind words on my RA.......I think I've now accepted it's just something I have to live with.....and I will.......it's not gonna beat me lol! It does mean I can't craft exactly as I used to......I can't hold my Copics to colour properly......but there's plenty more I can do!
So with that in mind my makes for today are a couple of congratulations cards I made for the winners of my last candy......& I used shaving foam!! A great technique.....messy, fun & inky.....& it works every time......and oh my, does it smell good!! Once dried, I simply cut the backgrounds to size, mounted onto some coordinating card, added a die cut sentiment & finished with a couple of gems!
Sorry the photo isn't the best....we seem to be heading back toward Winter in my neck of the woods!
Thanks for calling lovelies......have a great weekend!
xx

a challenge or two.....
anything goes at AAACards
use a word die at Amusing Challenges
                                                                       

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sharing an Oldie!


Hi friends.....hope you're all well....and happy Earth Day to you all!
It's been a strange week here, not much going on in the way of crafting but I think my
hospital appointment on Monday was a success......kind of lol. I had an injection for pain relief
but to be honest it's not made the difference I was hoping for. I do have some relief but am 
still struggling with my hands......although not quite as much........but I am finding it easier to move about so that's a fair trade off I suppose. And I have to start on some new drugs so there's still hope lol.
Anyway, onto brighter things......It's Friday which means it's share an oldie day with our lovely hostess Erika at Snappycrafts as she invites us to link up our past crafty makes.
In honour of Earth Day I decided to share a little scrap album page I made for Rebecca. She always tells me she loves me 'right around the world and back again' so this image was just perfect. It's from D'Arcy's Diaries & I remember I coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens, the butterfly border is Tim Holtz & I finished with a couple of die cut flowers & flourishes.
Thanks for calling today & whatever you have planned for the weekend.....have fun!
xx

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Alpha/Dictionary - D + pink!

Hi crafty friends, hope your Sunday is a good one!
As usual I'm last minute with my make for the Alpha/Dictionary challenge over at the Craft Barn.......really need to get myself organised but the fortnight always seem to fly past.....or did somebody fast forward time? Hmmm, that's the only explanation I have  lol!
So anyway, enough waffle......the letter was D & there was a twist......to add the colour pink!
Another vintage style page today, the colours much prettier in real life but with this dull, dingy weather that's the best I could get.
The image chose the word for me......Don't you think she looks delightful? Oh, to have lived in the times where we could dress up like that & have such elaborate hairstyles!
The backing paper is from Santoro/Trimcraft & I stamped a few roses onto it then added paper & an image from Studio Light Romantic pictures collection. I added a few die cut embellies, some ribbon roses & the alpha stickers to finish.
Rightio, better go link up before it's too late!
Thanks for calling...........have a lovely evening!
xx

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Crafty Calendar Midway Reminder!


Hey there my crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're weekend has gotten off to a good start! I think ours is gonna be a lazy kind of weekend......pj days, maybe a film (or two) & something nice to eat.....ooh, and lots of kitty cuddles of course!
I do have a crafty make to share today......a very simple, quick & easy make to remind you of the latest challenge over at Crafty Calendar where the theme is ANYTHING GOES!
A nice, easy challenge & we have 2 sponsors so some fab prizes to be won....you can find all details on the main blog here.



I kept my card very simple using a pre coloured image from Fabrika Fantasy. She's called Earth Fairy & I simply layered her onto a piece of orange paper (another scrap used!) then onto brown card.....she looks very Autumnal to me so the colour choice was easy. I then finished with a coupe of chit chat word stickers......forever thankful......for this beautiful Earth we inhabit.
So that's all from me for today, thanks for calling & whatever you're up to I hope your weekend is fab!
xx

Friday, 15 April 2016

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Hi my crafty friends......hope you're all well & looking forward to a lovely weekend!
Just wanted to pop on & share an oldie this Friday with our lovely hostess Erika over 
at Snappycrafts as she invites us to share our past crafty makes.......any style, shape or colour, all she asks is you leave her a comment so she can visit you back!
My share for today is a super quick & easy make and a great way to use up lots of snippets! If I remember rightly the backing paper is Docrafts/Papermania & is from the Hot Diggity Dog range....everything else is punched/die cut from snippets of coloured card.....then I finished with 4 gems & some pearly centers for the flowers.
Rightio, that's my lot for today.....thanks for calling & I'll see you tomorrow.
xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

March ATC Swaps!

Hi my crafty friends, hope you're all well!
It's such a miserable day here today......dull, dark & nonstop rain......perfect crafting weather don't you think? Not much going on here but I have managed to sit at my desk for an hour & catch up with some emails & hopefully tonight I can have a blog catch up too! I have 2 medical appointments next week, one in particular I'm hoping will bring some much needed pain relief, especially for my hands......keep everything crossed for me lol!
So for today I have some ATC's to share.....these are my makes for our March swap where the theme was TRAVEL

Now my go to place to travel to would be Paris so I started with a pink stripe paper, distressed & inked the edges then added an Eiffel Tower cut on my Silhouette. I added some stamping in a light grey, a charm, a little gem flourish & finished with the word travel made with my Dymo.
Here's some of the swaps I received:
It always amazes me how so different our ATC's are......we seem to have all techniques covered in our little group, it's a real treat waiting to see what comes through the postbox every month!
Rightio, off for some tea.......thanks for calling......see you soon!
You can find my ATC Swap group HERE
xx

Friday, 8 April 2016

Winner! Winner!


Hi my crafty friends, hope you're all well!

I finally managed to tear myself away from those adorable kitties for long enough to draw the winners of my birthday candy!


and the winner of the pens is..........

********BEV at Bev's Craft Space********


and the winner of the Crafters Companion craft pack is.........

********Chris at Chris's Ramblings********

Congratulations ladies, if you want to let me know your address I'll get your goodies in the post to you after the weekend!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered......keep watching for more candy!
xx

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Alpha Dictionary - G

Hi crafters, hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend.
Those kittens sure are keeping me busy, they are sooooo adorable I have no idea how I'm going to part with any of them! I did manage an hour at my desk today.....didn't want to miss out on the Alpha Dictionary challenge over at The Craft Barn where the letter was G!! Ooh heck, I didn't half struggle with that one, especially with my hands being that bad I can't grip my pens to colour anything! Anyway, I had a little rummage around & found an image I'd coloured a while ago......a few die cut pieces, a few layers and job done.......a very loose connection I know  (my chosen word was garage) but at least I managed to get a page done......just lol!
Rightio, off to snuggle those fur babies......thanks for calling, I'll be back tomorrow with the winners of my birthday candy!
xx

Friday, 1 April 2016

ATC Swap April 2016

my ATC swap club

Hi ATC friends.....hope you're all well.

Time for a new ATC swap theme & this month the theme is......

MAGIC

......any way, any how, any technique just so long as it's ATC size of 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

You get to make & send me 4 & once everyone's arrive I'll send you back 4.....and if
 you could enclose a stamped addressed envelope that would be great!
Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you're in..........and so's I know
to watch out for Postie.

Have fun!
xx

Lorraine, Jean, Bev, Rachel & Barb - thanks for your fab ATC's,  will be posting out 
swaps after the weekend.
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