Sunday, 26 December 2010

A non Christmassy Christmas Twist

The twist this week at Twisted Sketches was Faith. Head over there to check out what the other talented ladies have created.
The branch is a Sizzix sizzlet and I printed out the main part of the greeting.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas Day. Mine was quiet, laid-back and warm. As the last 3 months has been a bit hectic, one day of beautiful peace was welcomed enormously. I hope you have some well-earned holiday and get to chill out xXx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Shiny Twist

I literally took delivery of this stamp and die from Verve on Friday and yes, you've guessed it, they were used on Friday night. I did have something completely different planned for this week's sketch over at Twisted Sketches, but when I saw my new stash, it all changed :) The twist was Shine, pop over to the blog to see what the other ladies have made xx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

My Christmas Soup....

Here are my two Chicken Soup pieces for the current run of Advent inspiration. But go over to the Chicken Soup Blog to see more work and the images that inspired us....

Saturday, 4 December 2010

The 12 Days of Chicken Soup

Have you been keeping up with the Christmas inspiration over at Chicken Soup? We're slowly working through 12 days of Christmas.... Go check it out xx

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Quick Twist

Just a quick one this evening as I've been up since 5am and travelling for most of the day and I'm fit to drop!
The twist this week over at Twisted Sketches was 'Layer' and I love layers so I was in my element :) My main image was not a stamp but the stencil of a diecut that kind of went wrong but a wet-wipe turned it into a happy mistake :) I love the greetings stamp but for the life of me can no longer remember the manufacturer. The button is an old Basic Grey and the fab twine is from the Ribbon Girl. Night night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Have some Chicken Soup.....

I am having way too much fun with Clever Cut's masks and this snowflake is one of them :)
Used on this card for the Chicken Soup recipe #21 I outlined the stencilling with stickles. Really simple and very satisfying. So much so that I'm now making a set of gift tags in the same way :)

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Christmassy Twist!

I really have got in the swing of making Christmas cards now. This one is for Twisted Sketches and was a joy to make (excuse the pun). The big tag is Echo Park, the brads (which was the Twist this week) are Papermania, the snowflakes (inked to within an inch of their lives) were from the lovely lady on the previous post and the cardstock is Bazzill Swiss Dot. The stamp is from a Crafters Companion set.
Head over to the Twisted blog for a whole load more inspiration.....

Thursday, 4 November 2010


If you like perfect white snowflakes but don't want to buy a die/punch.... Click on this Don't say I never give you anything ;)

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Gilttery Twist

I absolutely loved making this card, it was satisfying not only as I made it mainly with scraps, but also because I dug older stash out of the pits of my craft supplies and used them too.
I love the sketches at Twisted and you should see what the other ladies have created too :)
My supplies were mainly tiny pieces of paper (which I probably should have thrown away ages ago) made into bunting with a gorgeous die from My Favourite Things, some lovely cream heart brads (I have no idea where I got these from) and a Making Memories journaling tag (cut down) with some MM glitter stickers. Happy Creating :)

Friday, 29 October 2010

Chicken Soup Recipe #18

This was a lovely recipe to work to.... Pop over to The Chicken Soup Blog to see the original inspiration. I took the layers approach to it and cut the backing from Spellbinders Labels 8 and the stuck various scraps to it (great way to use up scraps - I wonder if one day there will just be empty bags where the scraps were and lots of unused sheets of 12x12..... Nahhhh) Then I played with an old Autumn Leaves stamp set, ran some vellum through the Cuttlebug with a polka dot embossing folder and cut is with the next smallest Labels 8 die and added a tag (die: Spellbinders, stamps: Waltzing Mouse) and some American Crafts Thickers which were severely inked. Tadaaaah :)

Friday, 22 October 2010

Chicken Soup Recipe #17

Eclectic is the only way to describe this. The inspiration is here and it inspired me to go collecting those embellishments that kind of go together but aren't from the same set.
Once again my PP was from a 6x6 Basic Grey Capella book and the embellishments were from all over the place including a mini tag from the post office! The clock stamp is from Clever Cuts - Stamps Away (altho they don't have that one anymore, I don't think) and the greeting was from Waltzing Mouse.
The twine (isn't it lovely) was from the Ribbon Girl.
Isn't Friday lovely? Have a great weekend everyone xx

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Twisted Sketch #029

What a great sketch and twist to mix the old with the new. This week's twist was jewel and I used a new brad in the flower (Papermania) and some Basic Grey jewels around the greeting (had them sitting in my stash for an age).
The paper frame is My Mind's Eye and again, I've had it sitting in my stash for ages as with the huge Prima flower (I think the little one on top is Petaloo). With some brand new 6x6 Basic Grey Capella in the background, some American Crafts Thickers and a Kim Hughes stamp, t'is done :)
Pop over to the Twisted Sketches blog and see what the other DT members have done, then join in :) Have a great Sunday xx

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sketch Saturday #124

This is a commission I've made for a friend at work but fitted in with the wonky theme that is this week's sketch at Sketch Saturday rather nicely :) The foreground stamp was from the Greeting's Farm Digital Set and the background stamp was temporarily nicked from my sister Soo ;) I used Nesties to cut and pearls from Hobby House to decorate and the background paper is Pizzazzill (which I was once told looked old fashioned.... whatever...). My daughter saw it when she came downstairs this morning and promptly told me it's the coolest card I've ever made - bless her ;)

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Shall I post again? Yes, why not....

It's new DT time at Twisted and I was lucky enough to get a second innings (thanks Anam) so here is the first sketch with the twist of Friend. Pop over to the blog for the sketch and more inspiration from the rest of the new team :)
I used Making Memories paper and Waltzing Mouse stamps with some pretty flowers, a 7 Gypsies sticker and some gorgeous twine from the Ribbon Girl.

Can I also take the opportunity to wish my dear nephew Daniel a fantastic 17th birthday. 17? How on earth did that happen so fast!!!! Have a great evening Dan, love you xoxoxox

Chicken Soup Recipe #15

Here's my first piece of work for the Chicken Soup Design Team. Take a look at last night's post for the initial inspiration and join in to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize :)
If you've not already joined the Facebook Page, it's here xx

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Just a quick one.....

Very briefly as I am rather tired with an achey back tonight. This card was done for Twisted Sketches and the twist this week was Love
I used Basic Grey papers, a Stampin Up script stamp, Nesties and my trusty Cuttlebug (I faked the stiching ;)) and some very old Making Memories alpha stickers.
Rightieho, I'm off to bed xx

Friday, 1 October 2010

Chicken Soup Recipe #12 and some news.....

Was there ever a luckier person? That's me and 3 other lovely ladies who have just won the opportunity to be on the Chicken Soup Inspiration Blog. Such an amazing bunch of talented women!

Above is my interpretation of Recipe #12 I turned it into a Halloween card with some scraps of paper to make up the border. I think the paper I stamped onto was Bo Bunny, the sparkly black letters are of course AC Thickers, the border at the bottom is MME and a sheet ripped from an old dictionary :)
Me, a chef on Chicken Soup, who'da thunk it!!!

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Twisty Circles.....

And this is the other christening card I made :) This one was for Twisted where this week's twist was Circles and I had 3 of them.
The paper is My Mind's Eye, The stamps are Kim Hughes and a a free font with pearls from Hobby House Crafts.
I've just got back from a day at Alexandra Palace buying more supplies that I desperately need ;) having a wonderful day with Soo and Sarah.... So I shall slink off now xx

Friday, 24 September 2010

The People at work are lovely :)

I am frequently getting commissions nowadays to make cards for people at work and I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't open a Folksy shop. But I don't want to get too big for my boots... Generally I get asked to make very bespoke cards but recently I was asked to make 2 'boy' christening cards, this is the first one and the second will be posted tomorrow...
The stamps are Kim Hughes from the now closed Cornish Heritage Farms (sob!) and I think that the paper was from my local craft shop :)

Monday, 20 September 2010

Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge #1

Did you know that over at the Ribbon Girl they have their first challenge?
It's a colour challenge; the colours being being orange, black and white. Great colours for this time of the year now that the seasons (and the leaves) are turning.
I made this card for my brother in law who's birthday is tomorrow (so I'd better get it in the post pretty swiftish).
The gems are Prima, the font is by Kim Hughes, the orage paper is Fancy Pants and I think the black and white paper is Tinkering Ink (but I'm not sure as it's been in my scraps bag for ages). The ribbon was not from the Ribbon Girl (my package from there is arriving later in the week...) but cut from clothes I was throwing out - we like recycling in our house ;)

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Tiny, twisty and quick

Describes this post, the card I made for this week's Twisted sketch and the detail within :) This week's sketch was to incorporate 'tiny' any how, any way so I went for a tiny spot patterned paper by K & Co. The embellished chipboard was painted and glitzed many moons ago and I have no idea how I did it! The stamp is Hero Arts - such a beautifully defined image from these stamps (which are the clings range). It took no time at all to put together, a bit like this post ;) Laters xx

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Chicken Soup Recipe #10

I'm still not sure what I think of my card for this one but this is how the recipe for week #10 spoke to me. Papers are Crate Paper, stamps are SU and Hero Arts. It's nice and standy-outy.....

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Don't shout at me.....

but I made Christmas cards.....
It's literally taken me about 5 goes to upload this, I think Blogger doesn't like me at the mo cos I've posted much more than I would normally....
Anyway, like I said, don't be too cross with me!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

I'm doing it again....

I'm posting twice in a day again. Don't worry, I'm back to work FT again on Weds so I shall possibly go back to posting once a week at the most :)
I've made another card, this time it's a Chicken Soup (recipe #9) card. The colour combo chosen by Clare was exactly the colours I love so I literally dived right in. Wanted to make a 'clean' card this time and it was almost alien to me not to grunge stuff up...

Edgy Twist.....

The twist @ Twisted this week was EDGE so I cut the edge of the card to make a pretty one :) The papers are My Minds Eye. Just recently I use MME or Bo Bunny over anything else, it's a bit of a love affair I have. Pearls and gems are Prima and the velvet ribbon was cut with my Papertrey Ink eyelet die. The 8teen is of course American Crafts Thickers :)

Friday, 27 August 2010

By the skin of my teeth...

I wasn't going to do this one, then I looked at the box FULL of thickers and other such sticky alphas.... So here is Chicken Soup recipe #8. Looking forward to seeing what the recipe is tonight :)

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Two posts in One DAY!!!!

Sorry about the excitement but sometimes it takes me an age just to get one post out in a week, but 2 in one day - it has to be holiday time yes?

Anyway, please go to this lady's etsy shop... Lucy makes the most beautiful things and shouldn't be missed..... xx

Another Waltzing Mouse Competition

Claire is giving away some new September sets to a random winner of their latest challenge. Don't know if you've played with Waltzing Mouse Stamps but they stamp so beautifully and the designs are really gorgeous. Can't wait to see what she's got for the September sets :)

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Thanks Ginge :)

Beautiful Ginge has given me a blog award, i lubs her :)

I'm going to pass it on also and here's the people I'm passing it on to:

and my lovely sister Soo (who already has one from Ginge, but she'd kill me if I didn't ;))

Have a lovely week xx

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Chicken Souping my mojo Recipe #7

Are you inspired by the recipes on the Chicken Soup Blog? I loved recipe #7 and made this card with it :) I went for the layers and soft colours and used scraps - always good.....

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Stretching the Twist...

Hmmmm, the twist for Sketch #020 was fabric and the brad has a fabric covering but then it's covered in some plastic stuff so I think I got it through by the skin of my teeth!
The paper is Daisy Bucket, flowers are a varied collection and I think the sentiment stickers were My Little Bicycle. Very into blue at the mo so lots of my cards have something with this lighter blue on them :)

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Waltzing Mouse Challenge

Hi :) I did this for a challenge on the Waltzing Mouse blog. It's to use one of their free templates and some of their stamps. As I'm addicted to using their stamps at the mo, it was no great hardship ;) Rumour has it that they have some new stamps being released on the 1st Sept too....

Monday, 2 August 2010

Saturday Sketch 31st July

{Insert big grin here} I bought 2 sets of Waltzing Mouse stamps (as said in earlier post) and I've not really put them down since :) They are addictive and these ones are great for layering, so I started with velvet paper... as you do ;)

I'm putting this one forward for this week's Sketch Saturday....

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Twisty Time again Sketch #018

I love playing with sketches like this one over at Twisted and ironically it was Anam who gave me the newspaper print flowers many moons ago.

I have a new addiction, it's called Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I know that they've been about for a while, but I've only just found them and goodness me they are a ting of beauty. Been playing with them this weekend and will update later in the week to show what I've been up to :)

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Metal Guru with a twist....

I know it looks like I only post when I've got a twisty sketch to show you but life's a bit hectic at the moment but there is some relaxation time ahead as I'm off quite a bit in the school holidays. I'm working 3 days a week for 4 of the weeks which might not sound like much but it's a lot for me. Juggling childcare over holidays when you both work full time is an expensive nightmare so I've saved a bit of holiday time from work to lessen the burden and get some time off with my girl too :)
This is a photo I've bandied about all over the place at the mo. I bought a lens (with some help from my friend Jeremy) for Raymond for his birthday present and have since used it more than he has (sorry Raymond my love). But it's great and so easy to take good photos with it too....

I took this one of Rosie and Raymond on his birthday. They are gamers now. I live in a world of my own with Rosie occasionally getting a bit bored and wanted to come and cut and stick with me....

Speaking of RosieToes she got a cracking school report for her first year and my two favourite lines from it were as follows....

'Rosie should be very proud of her academic achievements this year'


'Rosie likes most arts and crafts especially cutting and sticking'

That's my girl ;)

Anyway, I made a card didn't I.... The twist for this week's sketch was metal, so here's my interpretation with a metal charm watering can :) Thanks to the Twisted Team for another great sketch to work to xXx

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Twisty with Gold for Sketch #014

Such a lovely sketch over at Twisted for this week and the twist was 'gold'. Not sure if you can see it that well but I've used gold Stickles on my card. I got to use my Papertrey embossing plate which is fab, that was definitely an investment not an expense ;) I also used a Verve and an old Autumn Leaves stamps, the Labels Number 8 Nesties, Bo Bunny patterned paper and a flower that Jo sent me which is a dismantled necklace.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

And for Sketch Saturday...

I made this one of course :)
Mostly made with supplies from Jarrolds which is Norwich's department store.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Twisty Twisty

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads. As my dear friend Sarah so eloquently put today, those who are still with us, those who have passed and those who have just begun the journey :)
So specifically for me, that means Raymond, My Dad and my BIL Jason (who became a dad this Wednesday) when his lovely wife Sarah gave birth to their son Indie.

As for this card, it's one I made for the Twisted Sketches blog. Instant inspiration. The twist this week was ruffle so I had a bit of a play with some ribbon. Combine that with my beloved My Mind's Eye papers and a few thickers and I was done :)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

What a slacker!!!!!

That's 'slacker'...... ;)
As I stand here (my desk is positioned so that I stand at it) eating chocolate cheesecake that my dear friend Beverley left behind when she visited today (damn her), I realise that I've not posted for some time (now, now, no need to tell me exactly how many days, mmmkay?). I have been on holiday :) which was fantastic as it was my first full week away for 10 years and I got to spend it with my beautiful family (my stepson lives 170 miles away and that's the longest we've had him for - it was awesome). The week before that at work was barking mad and last week (being my first week back) was also a bit eeek. Good eeek tho.
Finished the cheesecake now and probably shouldn't have had it.... Damn that woman.
Anyway, the mojo is miles away; I'm inspired but hugely lazy I'm afraid and have only made one card since I got back and I can't show you that as it's for Twisted Sketches...
Sooooo, I promise to put some up soon, once the mojo returns and I stop being lazy....
Anyway, here's the kids and Whitley Bay. This photo sums up the spirit of the holiday really :) Night night xx

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Twisted Card Sketch #008

The card sketch blog to follow is definitely this one.... Great sketches and with a twist.
This one was fun to play with as I used shiny paper for the first time ever. Also used some Basic Grey 6x6 and some 6inch Bazzill Just the edge. Throw in some Melissa Frances, some Prima, Thickers and some glitter and there you have it.
To say that this week has been challenging has been an understatement but it's the weekend now and tomorrow morning this little girl is 5 years old.

How did that time which should have been just under 2000 days become 5 minutes? Oh, and she learned to ride her bike today (without stabilisers) just so that she could say that she did it when she was 4. Love that girl :)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Unknown Challenge...

You can tell I'm not exactly with it at the moment as I did this card for a challenge blog and I really wanted to enter it, but I can't remember which blog it was :( All I can remember was that the challenge for this week was to use buttons... so I did.
The stamp is Hero Arts, the paper is an old Fancy Pants one and the trim and buttons are from Jarrolds (Norwich dept store which has a great art department).
If you know which blog I did this for, please tell me. Normal service will resume soon I'm sure....

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Just another quickie....

Cos I'm still not feeling very mouthy (I know, wonders will never cease eh?)
So this is my interpretation of the fab sketch from Sketch Saturday last week. I can say that I really loved making this one too xx

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Twisted Card Sketch #006

Twisted sketches are my favourite. This week's twist was 'Word' and I had 2 and a pocket :) Check the Twisted Sketches blog for the other cards for this sketch xx