Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Oyster Paper Crafts Open Day

Had so much fun at Oyster's last Sunday, always lovely to meet old friends and make new ones. Thank you for coming if you were there, and thank you for the lovely comments I got  about my card samples. I was lucky enough to be asked to demo some Hobbyart stamps and the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens. Had such a good time making the samples - think I got carried away! Here are some photos of them .... summer memories first

Harbour Village

Summer Holiday

Harbour Village

Country Walk
and now the winter ones ...........

Nature Trail

Nature Trail

Nature Trail

Nature Trail

Nature Trail
Always nice too to meet up with other designers and this year we had a visit from Ilianna of My Sweet Petunia who invented the MISTI system, she's off around the country now doing some workshops - try and catch her if she's near you - well worth checking out!


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Mo Manning Blog Hop - August 2016

Hi - time for Mo's August Blog Hop and the theme for the team was 'Winter'.


So, here's the list of the Dream Team hoppers this month .....

  GrethaJulieGaynorDebby, Daria, OlesyaLou

Erin, me,  Anneke and Kaly.

All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and two lucky people will receive a voucher to spend in Mo's store to get a gorgeous image.

You'll see we have a new member of the team - the very talented Olesya has joined us! 



 The lovely image is called 'Chill' from Mo's Digital Shop - see even her breath is chilled!

I tried really hard to make this a winter card without referring to Christmas which is why I went so blue - still covered in glitter lol with a die of snowflakes and an embossing folder of garlands - think I just about did it! Image is coloured with Copics and the background is blended Memento 'Paris Dusk' ink fading from dark to lighter top to bottom.

Hope you join in the hop and check out the other Dream Team designs - there's still time to enter the challenge at DP2 Challenge blog (Anything Goes with a Mo Image) if you want to have a go and try to win a prize there as well. It gets harder and harder each month to pick the top 3 - you're all so talented!




Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mo Manning August Challenge

Hi, welcome to my blog. Can you believe it's August already! Where is the time going?

It's the start of another challenge with Mo, as always the theme is Anything Goes (with a Mo image) and I'm staying with clean and simple this month for my version of 'Pignon'..........


I wanted the cute image to say it all so I kept the background to black and white, coloured the main image with my Copics and added some gloss to the toadstool tops and some glitter to the wings and to the row of toadstools at the front. 

This image makes me chuckle as I think the fairy is looking for frogs under the toadstools, we've had a few in the garden this year and even some enormous toads! I so don't like them and have been chased up the patio more than once this year....'Stay in the pond !' I tell 'em, but do they listen? Noooo! We've had a few hot days here in the UK, I am so hoping that we'll have a few more, already though it's starting to look like the tail end of summer. I do love the autumn, the colours and smells tell of things to come but just a little bit more sunshine would be nice.

So, hope you're having a lovely summer wherever you are. Why don't you make a cuppa and pop over to the Challenge Blog and have a go this month at the challenge - maybe you'll be the lucky winner and have a little spending spree in Mo's shop, or be picked by the Dream Team as one of their top three? Either way it's fun to join in and there is always some super inspiration from everyone.

See you soon x



Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Workshop 7th August 2016

Workshop to make either the card or bag shown here.

Busy prepping for my and Martine's workshop this coming Sunday. I'm going to be mainly using this lovely Hobbyart set called Nature Trail, with over 20 stamps in the set there's loads of variety for making scenes to decorate cards.

Those of you coming on the day just bring your usual craft bag to include scissors, knife, DST, foam pads and if you have one a preferred blending tool. Everything will be there but if you have them it helps cut down waiting time. 

We'll be making either the card or gift bag (your choice) in the picture above.

I don't know yet what project Martine has for you but I know it'll be gorgeous as usual !

I've been playing with this set so here's a little collage showing some other samples I've made - I'll bring them on the day so you can get some other ideas to play with at home if you've got this set.


Looking forward to Sunday -  see you there if you're coming - I've heard there are a couple of places left if you want to join in just ring Martine on 01634 686823.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Mo Manning's Blog Hop - July

Hello and welcome to Mo's July Blog Hop where Kaly's theme this month  is ......



Thank goodness here in the UK we've been having a few HOT days - hurrah it finally feels like summer - although that could change from day to day here !

So, here's the list of the Dream Team hoppers this month .....

 Kaly,  GrethaJulieGaynorDebbyLou, me,

   Becky, Alice and Anneke.

All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and two lucky people will receive a voucher to spend in Mo's store to get a yummy image.



Here's my sample for this month made using Mo's 'Imke and Mama' and coloured with my Copics,  now why not enjoy hopping on to see more fabulous makes.

And don't forget to take a look at Mo's shop - there is a super summer sale on!





Have fun !



Thursday, 7 July 2016

Mo Mannings - July Challenge

Hi  - crikey where does the time go and when is summer coming to our shores?

Anyway to brighten things up I made this little card using an image from a set Mo does called Sailor Boy which has loads of images and are so sweet! Gorgeous little boy playing with his toy boat , with a simple die added to balance it out.


Mo's DP2 Challenge starts today, pop over to the blog and check out my teamies inspiration for the simple theme of 'Anything Goes (with a Mo image)'. Why not enter to try and win a voucher so you can get a digi from Mo. Always lovely to see everyone's entries.

Well it's been a busy month again for me, some of it recovering from a rotten summer cold and sinuses .....groan. Not had one like that for a long time and hope I don't again!

Despite all of that June is always a 'family' month with my granddaughter , nephew and daughter all having birthdays in the month and sadly another anniversary of my dad's passing. Life is full of ups and downs, sad memories but hopefully more happy ones as well.

Busy in my head already planning my next workshop in August, and yes I will probably be using the C word, Christmas. Every year I mean to start making my cards in good time, I was talking to a friend on Sunday who has already made 40 - how many have I made ? Zero lol. Just waiting for some stamps I've ordered to arrive then I can get on - fingers crossed the plan comes together. Do you find that? You have a brilliant picture in your head of what you want to do and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't! So yes fingers crossed.

Well I'd better go now, so many things I need to catch up on - housework being the main one, yes I often work to the 'Dust if you Must' mantra but sometimes it really catches up with you !

See you soon x

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Poppies one day .........Daisies the next!

I do love daisies (and poppies!) - they always remind me of summer which we may get to have here in the UK soon, who knows!



Gorgeous stamps from Polkadoodles of daisies with lots of little bits and pieces you can add or not - 14 stamps in total in the set. Love 'em.

Kept it clean and simple just stamped, coloured with my pens - and what you probably can't see is the glossy leaves and glittery dabs here and there to add some texture to the card.

Thanks for looking - anyone know where I can get a Cornflower stamp now lol ?




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