Friday 28 February 2014

For Sale Page.. Items Reduced!!!

Evening.. Just a quick note to say I have reduced the majority of the items that I have for sale.  You can find them on my

I've pulled out some more items but have yet to photograph them.. Hoping to get around to it at the weekend but it's mainly Sizzix alphabets. If anyone is interested in knowing which ones I have before then just email me!

I'm off to catch on a few bits and pieces and visit you all....

Sending Good Thoughts Your Way....

Morning... I have a really quick card for you today using one of my favourite flower sets from last year and some new goodies from my last SU order.... I really love this hardwood effect stamp especially in tone on tone ink to paper.....

Freshly Made Sketches: #125

Card Recipe:

All from SU... If you would like to buy any of the items from Lizy click on the links below:
Hardwood Stamp
Secret Garden Stamp
Perfect Pennants
Crumb Cake Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Paper Piercing Template

That's all from me for today....

Thursday 27 February 2014

Happy "It's Not Your" Birthday!!!

Morning.... OK I have a new obsession... Metal Stamps.... I originally bought this set to make some jewellery, but then it hit me that I could use it on the thick metal alu foil I have in my stash... Perfect when you have to make a card for a very random occasion... A "It's Not Your" Birthday card.... Now the story behind the card.... One of the Lads who works for me won't actually tell us when his birthday is... we just have a 2 week window, so today we are off for a team lunch and is said he didn't want a birthday card or anything... So I made him a none birthday card :-)  Here it is!!

A close up of the sentiment...

Card Recipe:
Metal Stamps: Newsprint 3mm Lowercase from ImpressArt
Stamp: Stampin Up Off The Grid
Smoky Slate and Basic Grey card stock from Stampin Up
Foil from The Craft Bug

My Simon Says Stamps order finally despatched yesterday so hopefully I'll have more new stash to play with next week... and talking of that, Rachel and I have decided (apart from small Clearly Besotted Orders of course) that we are going to shop our own stash for the months of March and April and buy nothing... I think It's going to be really hard but I have so much stuff never used that I don't think it will be far off real shopping.

Talking of shopping... You can find my

I have reduced some of the stamps today too....

Have a great Thursday...

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Hope It Tickles...

Morning... A week or so ago I was on Skype to Rachel and we were discussing stamps we had bought because we had to have them.. but month's later they are still sat unused.... This set from Waltzing Mouse was one of those sets so I thought I better use it!!!

Case This Sketch: #65

Card Recipe:
Image & Sentiment: Waltzing Mouse Stamps Funky Feathers
Stone Wash Shadow Ink from Hero Arts
Wisteria Wonder Card Stock from Stampin Up

I've really hurt my back at the moment so not sure how much crafting will happen for the rest of the week.  

Have a great Wednesday....

Tuesday 25 February 2014

It's Elementary

Morning... Sherlock Holmes has always been one of my favourite characters and when I saw this fabulous Stampendous Stamp I could not resist!!!

I've coloured him in using Stampin Up re-inkers and simply added some glossy accents to the glass....  Might have to do a re-make as a black and white cat just like my Jack!!

Have a great day...

Monday 24 February 2014

Banner Birthdays and it's Release Day At LOTV!!

Morning.... The new release at Lili Of The Valley will be available from Midday today on the website.  Remember you can pick up the paper pads, art pads and the new family tag sentiments today ....

I thought I would share one more card this morning using the gorgeous Timeless Victoria pad... this def has to be my favourite! The colours are just devine!

I seem to be in a bit of a banners phase at the moment lol..... I've use a simple sentiment from the scroll sentiments set.  I really love that little set!

I've had a random weekend and wish it has been a day longer just to recover!  Have a great Monday

Sunday 23 February 2014

Daisy, Daisy....

Morning... I coloured this little guy in over the Christmas holidays and he sat on my desk for weeks so I thought I'd better turn him into a little card....

Card Recipe:
Image: James - Daisy from LOTV
Stampin Up Markers
Sentiment: Scroll Sentiments from LOTV

I have so much to do today.. really wish I had another day to the weekend..... Better get moving...

Saturday 22 February 2014

Good Luck

Morning.... This week at Less Is More we have a recipe for you and have chosen....
We'd like to see something made from metal on your creation. Anything will do, charms, soda can scraps, die cuts, eyelets, paper clips, brads, whatever you can come up with!

Here is my card.....

Just one card from me this week as I slowly get back into card making... Although work has been so busy so not done much since the weekend.  I've used a stamp from Clearly besotted and white embossed it onto lavender vellum. The clearly besotted star dies cute out emboss able metal sheet and then i ran them through a polka dot embossing folder too!
I've another busy week at work so I will try and visit as many of you as I can ..

Friday 21 February 2014

For Mum... LOTV Blog Hop!!!

Morning…. Today we have another Lili Of The Valley Blog hop to celebrate the release of the latest products which will be available to buy on the website from midday (UK time) on Monday 24th February

There are 6 gorgeous paper pads, 5 new art pads and also another set of the popular sentiments tags for all your family members!

I've used the fabulous Timeless Victorian Papers and one of the new sentiments…. Here is my card….

All you need to do is ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each post, and as always we have some hidden prizes along the way… just make sure you pop over to the Ideas To Inspire blog on Monday morning to find out who won! We have a full set of the 6 new papers to give away, 2 lucky winners will each get 3 pads… and there will be a 3rd prize of a set of the new family tag sentiment stamps!

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part, and remember that you will need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;
Jen - You're Here!

Next stop is Kathy and if you get lost you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there!!!

Enjoy the hop everyone!!!!

Thursday 20 February 2014

Dandelion Dreams...

Morning... I finally got round to using Dandelion Dreams from Clearly Besotted's February release the other day.... This is what I came up with after number attempts to do something different with it ! Sorry the photo is so dark but the card is actually smoky slate card stock and it seems to have made everything look dark!!

I simply stamped the images onto the card stock and embossed in white powder, mounted it on a bit of vellum and there you go.. simple!!

I didn't have such a good day yesterday but at least the bad days seem to be far fewer at the moment... I did have an exciting evening though... a friend managed to get tickets to watch Prince in Manchester tomorrow night 

Have a great Thursday!


Wednesday 19 February 2014

Geisha Girl!

Morning... I can finally share the card I made for my Friend Lizy's birthday a couple of weeks ago now I know she has seen it.  I used the fabulous "Cho With Parasol" from LOTV... I'm really happy with the results since I'm normally one to go for the animals.  Hope you like her!!!

Card Recipe:
Image: Cho with Parasol from LOTV
Scroll Sentiments from LOTV
Geisha Companion Set (scroll and butterfly)
Stampin Up Re-inkers
Gold Wink Of Stella Pen

I'm hoping that the mojo keeps going.... I could do with getting ahead a bit this weekend as I have a wedding fayre in a few weeks to make more samples for

Hope you have a great Wednesday...

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Chevron Birthday!

I really feel like my mojo is back on it's way in and even though I'm still struggling to spend hours looking through everyone's blogs... I have managed some crafting.... Here is another little card I made using the January Clearly Besotted Release....

Last year I bought some Hero Arts Shadow inks and hadn't really used them very much as the colours were darker than I had expected so I thought since they were similar to the challenge colours for Clearly Besotted this month that I would actually give them another go... I'm pretty happy with the results....

Clearly Besotted #8


Card Recipe:
Sentiment: Say It In Style
Image: Geometric Style II from Clearly Besotted
Hero Arts Shadow Inks
Crumb Cake card stock from Stampin Up

My life seems to be full of ups and downs at the moment... Fingers crossed this will weigh more towards the ups over the coming weeks....

Have a great Tuesday...

Monday 17 February 2014

Flowers With Thanks

Morning... I've another card I made on Saturday for you today... and I'm even entering a challenge too!! I placed a small Stampin Order from the new Spring Summer catalogue at the beginning of the month as I needed a couple of re-inkers so I just had to add this gorgeous stamp set!

Card Recipe:
Image & Sentiment: So Very Grateful Stampin Up
Stampin Up Re-Inkers
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock

CAS(e) This Sketch: #64

That's all from me today.. remember I've still got loads for sale on my For Sale Page... so pop over and have a look...

Sunday 16 February 2014

Make A Wish... It's My 3rd Blog Birthday!!

Oh my... Can you believe it, this day 3 years ago I posted my first ever card and entered the intrepid world of blogging.  I really cannot believe that it has gone past so fast... In that time I've made over 900 cards, spent lots of money on crafty stash because I just had to have that new die, stamp etc that so and so has used, worked with some amazing crafting companies and most importantly made some amazing friends!

So to celebrate I decided to make a card using the Lili Of The Valley stamp I used on my very first card (you can find it here if you dare look... boy has my style changed!!).  Here is my remake using the lovely "Thistledown Fairy" stamp.

Card Recipe:
Image: Thistledown Fairy from LOTV
Coloured with Stampin Up Re-Inkers
Sentiment: Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams
Distress Glitter in Rock Candy
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock from Stampin Up

As many of you know my mojo took a swift exit due a life change in January, but yesterday I found a bit of it.... (thanks to a bit of company from my Mum and a 2 hour skype call with my dear friend Rachel - I find the company helps me somewhat) I managed to colour in a few bits and even have made a card for a challenge or too this week.... The best bit though was last night when I was in bed was that an idea just popped into my head for another challenge... just like they used to!! Hopefully I will get some time to day to put that idea onto paper lol!!

I will def be back this week as I have a few cards to show you..... Hopefully this is a turning point and my creativity can help me get back on track!

Saturday 15 February 2014

Simple Birthday

Afternoon... Im a little late with this weeks Less Is More card... I just can't get back into a routine at all.

Firstly thanks for all your support... I am trying slowly to get back into crafting and blogging, but finding it hard so really glad you you are sticking with me for a bit.  I have a really quick card for you today using a couple of January release sets from Clearly Besotted.

I stamped the sentiment first then embossed with black embossing powder and then simply stamped the circles from one set in versamark in a random pattern.

I apologise if I don't visit .... having the motivation to do stuff I once loved is what I am struggling with the most at the moment.  Hope you all have a fab weekend

Thursday 13 February 2014

Just To Say

Morning.... I have another card made using the new James And Jenny Art Pad that had it's d├ębut on Create and Craft earlier this week.. Remember you can get these from LOTV on Monday 24th February from Midday!!

This little guy is already available as a stamp but if you want something a bit quicker or you are just not into your colouring these make perfect quick cards... Which helps when you have zero mojo!!
I just love how this one is coloured!

The sentiment is from the Scroll Sentiments set and I simply stamped it onto a tab die from Die-Namics.  Some trademark stitching and some distress stickles and it was put together in just a few minutes

Hope you have a great day.... I just want to get through tomorrow in one piece and then it's weekend

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Birthday Wishes

I'm trying to get back into the habit of blogging so although this card was made for this months issue of papercraft inspirations... I did make it over Christmas tbh but this just shows how you can interpret magazine articles....

I've used the hydrangea punch from Martha Stewart to make these gorgeous flowers....

Sorry I'm being quick today... busy day at work...

Tuesday 11 February 2014


Morning.... Did you see the fabulous Dawny yesterday?  This was one of the cards I made using Timeless Victorian Papers .... If you missed out yesterday then you can get them from LOTV from Midday Monday 24th February 2014.... For this card I have used the papers as the main element!!

Card Recipe:
Papers: Timeless Victorian LOTV
Thanks Die from Simon Says Stamp
In The Frame Die collection from Clearly Besotted
Stars from Calico Studio

I'm still struggling to craft .... I think I feel better but then I have a really bad night and day and then seem to feel like I'm back at square one again... Last night I sat at my desk for an hour looking at 3 half made cards.... Nothing seems to come together easily any more.  I'll try and pop around blog land as much as I can but at the moment I can't promise anything :-(

Thanks for all your continued support ..... xxxx

Monday 10 February 2014

James The Bear!!

Morning.... are you sat there eagerly waiting for create and craft to start and see our own fabulous Dawny at 9am...


The fabulous new papers are on there as well as some gorgeous new Art Pads incuding one using my favourite James and Jenny bear....

I even have a sneak peak for you.....  This card was so quick and easy to make.....

On this card I have used the fabulous paper from the Father Knows Best set and this cute James from the pad.

Hope you all have a fabulous Monday... I'm getting there day by day and have started to craft a little bit in the last week.  Still finding it hard to find the mojo but we will see how this week goes....