Thursday, 23 December 2010

Delicious Doodles #5

Hi girls. Thank you so much for calling in to see my blog at this very busy time of year. I appreciate you making the effort. Wow only two more nights to go until the big day. Well if there is anything still not done it is unlikely to get done now.
I decided that it's well past time that I was entering my blogging pal Teri's challenge over at Delicious Doodles. I have made this card using one of Teri's own images - "Hyacinth" and followed the wonderful sketch given. I stamped the image two or three times and cut out some of the elements to allow me to decoupage the flower and I coloured them using my Copic Ciaos. The papers are all downloads from a CD and the flowers are hand made by me. the gems are all from my stash.


Angled view showing the decoupage.

I hope you like this card. Teris has some wonderful digis available over at Delicious Doodles shop. Her artwork is fabulous. Why not pop over and have a look for yourself.

I hope you like this card and if you have a minute to drop a comment on my blog letting me know what you think, I would be very grateful. I love reading what you say.

If the weather and roads are OK we are travelling down to my son's in Solihull at the beginning of the week to spend New Year down there. I have been given a portable oxygen machine on loan so that we can travel and I am really looking forward to having a break away from my own four walls. I will not be posting any more cards until we get home in January but I will be popping in to my regular blogs to see what you are doing and to leave comments. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you all for your friendship, support and encouragement throughout 2010 and for the wonderful creations you have shared.

Special Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Allsorts Wk 83 - Anything Goes

Hi girls. Thanks for your visit. I know that everybody is very busy with last minute preparations and I appreciate you taking the time to call in. Not long to go now and thankfully I think we are just about ready.
I made this, the last of my Christmas cards, and have decided to enter it into the current Allsorts Challenge. The image is the Stag from Inkadinkado stamped using cranberry Adirondack ink on white hand made paper. The design papers are from a large stack that I have lost the front cover for so I don't know what they are called or who made them. The cord and gems are from my stash and the card has been glittered in red and white. The snowflake are punched using a Martha Stewart punch and an unknown smaller punch. The punched border is by Martha Stewart.
I hope you like this and look forward to hearing your views if you can find the extra time to leave a comment. I get so much out of reading them.
Anyway, stay safe and healthy and take care in this wintry weather.
Love and Hugs,

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Playing with a New Tilda

Hi girls. Getting excited? - less than a week till the big day. I hope you are ready and that you can relax for the next few days. Thanks for taking time out to visit my blog. I hope you find something here that you like. I appreciate your visit.
Today's card is just for the fun of it because I did not make it with a challenge in mind. I received my latest Magnolia Stamp Club kit this week and I couldn't wait to ink up this darling new Tilda. I don't know yet what they are going to call her. I coloured her using a mixture of my Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The paper is an unknown and the mounts are Bazzil Linen and Bazzil Polka Dot. The flowers are Wild Orchid and the ribbon is from my stash.
I hope you like this and that you will be able to find time to leave a comment giving me the benefit of your opinion. I really value what you say.
I hope you manage to avoid the worst of the weather and that you stay safe and healthy. Thank you for calling in.
Love and Hugs,


Friday, 17 December 2010

One Card - No Challenge

Hi girls, thank you for calling in to my blog. It is great to have you here. I hope all is well with you and that you are managing to cope with the winter if you are in the northern hemisphere. The snow has arrived back here again so it will be interesting to see what havoc it creates this time.
I almost feel that today's card is a bit of a cop out because it is far more basic than my normal stuff. The truth is I have not been having a good week and I am easily tired. I did not make this for any challenge but just to try to keep my hand in. I apologise for the quality of the photo but the light has been anything but good for taking photographs and I had to use artifical light which distorts the colours. The image is Lili of the Valley's "Fairies - Bouquet" coloured using a mixture of my Copic Ciaos and Polychromos Pencils. The papers are both printed from a CD I have and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. The punched border is Martha Stewart's Doily Lace.
I hope you like this offering and I would love it if you had time to leave a comment because I love reading them. Take care and stay safe, warm and healthy.
Love and Hugs,


Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Another Multi Fold Card


Hi girls. Thank you for calling in to see my blog. I hope you are not disappointed with what you find here today. This will be a short post because I convinced William that I would be fit to do some Christmas shopping yesterday (Tuesday). I spent 3 hours in my wheelchair and my back was murdering me by the time we got home. I had my friend Kathleen over in the afternoon and although I thoroughly enjoyed her visit and wouldn't have missed it for the world I was a bit shattered by evening.
I made this card without any challenges in mind. I fancied another triangular multifold card because I enjoy making them. I inked up Lili of the Valley's "All Wrapped up" and coloured her with my Copics and Polychromos pencils. The design paper I created on my laptop using a CD package I have. The flowers are by Wild Orchid. The punched border is one of the Martha Stewart range. I am afraid the the daylight had gone by the time I was ready to photograph it and I had to use artificial light, hence the shadows.

This is a close up of the image panel.

and this is a close up of the sentiment and single flower.

I hope you like this and I look forward to reading any comments I am fortunate enough for you to leave for me. I really value you opinions.
I hope that you are all well and keeping safe and healthy. Take care.
Love and Hugs,

Monday, 13 December 2010

Something Different

Hi girls. Thank you for coming in to visit my blog. I am so pleased to have you here and I hope you find your visit worthwhile. I hope you are all keeping well and that those of you in the UK are surviving the snow and the bitter cold. We have had a big thaw here and are down to our last few inches of snow but the temperatures are still freezing.
Today's card was made without any challenges in mid and was a meant as a distraction from the mad rush to finish my Christmas cards. It's not quite my usual style but I enjoyed making it. The image is one of the Lili of the Valley large Square Fairies and I used vellum as a backing because I thought it matched well. The flowers are by Wild Orchid and I used gold gilt and glitter on the edge of the fairy mount.
I hope you like it and that you will be able to find time to leave a comment. I so enjoy reading what you have to say and value your opinions.
I hope that as you start your week that you stay safe and warm and enjoy good health.
Love and Hugs,


Saturday, 11 December 2010

Tilda with Parasol


Hi girls, thanks for calling by again. It's great to have you here. We seem to be enjoying a partial respite from the snow because there has been a definite thaw on here. The bad news is we are told to expect more next week. I hope you are all keeping cosy and warm.
I made this card for the Sketch and Stash challenge and didn't post it in time because I got my days mixed up but then it would be a shame not to post it so here it is.
I inked up Magnolia's "Romantic Tilda with Parasol" and coloured her using my Copics and Polychromos Pencils. the papers are SEI's "Juliette - sweet perfume" and "Claire - eloquent. I used Bazzil Bling as a mount along with some fawn pearlised card.. the embellishments are felt brads and Wild Orchid flowers. the whole card has been sprayed with gold and I have edged her frilly bits in gold as well.
I hope you will find a spare minute to leave a comment because I love to know what you thing and value your opinions. It's also nice to know who has been visiting.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy and have a fabulous weekend.
Love and Hugs,

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Just Magnolia Wk 84 Special Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes with Sparkle

Hi girls. Welcome to the frozen wastes of Scotland. We can put men on the moon but keeping roads clear from snow is obviously a step too far. Still we have had no more snow but it is bitterly cold. Anyway you are guaranteed a warm welcome here. I am so pleased you had time to call in and I hope you like what you find here.
I made this multifold card for the current Just Magnolia's Monthly Challenge where the theme was "Anything Goes with Sparkle".

I inked up Magnolia's "Tilda and Edwin on Ice" and coloured them using a mixture of Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The papers are Bo Bunny's back to back"Tis the Season to be Jolly". The flowers were cut with a Sizzix flower die. I sprayed over the image with Spray & Shine, added liberal helpings of spray glitter and ordinary glitter (I hope I didn't overdo it.

Close up of the central Sentiment

Close up of the bottom Flower
I hope you like this card enough to take a minute to leave a comment to tell me what you think. I really value what you have to say, especially if you see something that could be improved.
I hope you all stay safe, warm and healthy and enjoy your crafting.
Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

LOTV #76 - A Few of My Favourite Things


Hi girls, I hope you are all keeping fit and warm. After a day when it seemed as though the snow was about to thaw we had more heavy falls overnight and throughout the day. The temperatures have plummeted again so it looks as though we are in for a few more days of winter wonderland here. Everything has ground to a halt with treacherous roads and many of the normal services unavailable.
Anyway at least we are still able to travel through cyber space unimpeded and I am pleased to have you here. Hopefully you'll find something here to bring a smile and maybe even encourage you in your own crafting.
I made this card for the Lili of the Valley challenge which asked us to use "A Few of My Favourite Things". I inked up LOTV's "Dropping the Shopping" which is one of my favourites and coloured it using my Copics. The design paper is Basic Grey's "Eskimo Kisses - Snow Globe" and I used Bazzil as a mount. I used my favourite Wild Orchid flowers and crystals with one of my favourite ribbons and added lots of glister.
I hope you like this card and would love to hear your opinion of it if you can find a moment to leave a comment. I love reading them. I know that quite a few folks visit my blog and don't leave a comment and I always feel it's such a pity that I don't know who has popped in - it would be nice to hear from you all.
Please stay safe and healthy in this horrible weather.
Love and Hugs,

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Wild Orchid Challenge #11 & An Award

Hi girls. Great to have you popping in to see my blog. I hope you like what you find.
The snow is beginning to thaw a bit - we are left with only 16 inches but it is still chaos in or estate. I know that many of my blogging friends are ill at the minute and I sincerely hope that you are all keeping safe and warm.
I made this card with the Wild Orchid challenge in mind. The theme is an "Old Fashioned Christmas". I inked up one of my Giordana Snowmen. he has been glittered and heat embossed in detail gold. The edges of the circle have been similarly heat embossed in gold detail. I have used the Plaid side of Basic Grey's "Fruitcake" paper along with Penny Black's "Berries". Green Bazzil was used as a mount. The image is coloured with a mixture of Copics and Pilychromos Pencils. The flowers are of course from Wild Orchid but I have heat embossed them in detail gold as well - unfortunately it doesn't show too well in the photograph. The ribbon and glitter are from my stash.
I hope you like this offering and that you might find a little time to leave a comment letting me know what you think. I love to read your views. Every comment is appreciated.
Stylish Blogger Award


I have been given this fantastic award by Joey over at Joey's Stuff. I am really flattered since for the last 12 weeks I have not been blogging every day. Thank you so much Joey. Why not nip over to see here marvellous creations - you will not be disappointed. Now the conditions in accepting this award are that I have to tell you 8 things about myself and then pass it on to 8 blogging friends.
So here are the facts:-

1. My favourite colour is pink.
2. I love Medical Dramas on TV
3. I love Tandoori meals
4. I have been married to my best friend for over 40 years.
5. I love Cruise holidays (when I am able).
6. I have been to Brazil
7. I love gardening (when I am able)
8. I was a nurse in my young days.

The 8 people I want to pass this on to are:-

Kathleen at The Daisy Chain
Barbara at Hunnybunnycards
Mina at Pinkpuds
Sandra at Cherry Pickin's
Sylvie at Gibmiss
Lisa at Mess2Magic
Jane at Jem's Crafting Blog
Juls at The Glitter Chick

Enjoy ladies and thank you for all your support. There are so many more I would have loved to mominate but I am limited to eight and I know that some of you have already received this or will do from those I have passed it on to.

Keeps safe and healthy.
Love and Hugs,

Friday, 3 December 2010

ABC Challenge - I is for Ice and Snow

Hi girls. Thanks for calling in on me. How are things out there in the big wide world. It's ages since I was able to get out. It is difficult at the best of times but this snow has made it totally impossible. It does however, let me craft without a guilty conscience Lol. I also have time to visit all your lovely blogs. I hope your visit brings a smile and might even inspire you in your own crafting.
I made this card to enter it into the current ABC Challenge where the theme is !I is for Ice and Snow"
I have inked up a Magnolia background I got in one of the club sets. I also used "Gingerbread Tilda". They are both coloured using my Copics. The design paper is an unknown scrap and the glitter and ribbon are from my stash. I cut the corners with a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and I mounted it on red mirra card.
I hope you like this card and I would love it if you could find time to leave a comment to tell me what you think of it. Your opinions are much appreciated.
Well I hope those of you affected by this weather stay safe and warm and that you all stay healthy. Thanks again for visiting - it is appreciated.
Love and Hugs,


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Charisma Cards #47 - One for the Girls

Hi girls, it's good to have you here. I appreciate you taking the time to call in.
When the weather forecast last week said snow by the weekend I was not expecting what has arrived. We have 15 inches (measured with a ruler) in the undisturbed back garden and it's still falling. The roads round here are chaotic, the shelves in the local supermarket are empty of milk and bread and William has a full time job clearing the driveway. He has been piling it in the front garden which is now so deep I think we'll still have snow in June Lol. It must be terrible further north because we are normally better off than the likes of Aberdeen and Inverness. Maybe we should start a challenge for piccies of everyone's snowy gardens.
I made this card for Charisma Cardz challenge where the theme was "One for the Girls". I have inked up Lili of the Valley's "Time for a Cuppa" and coloured her up using a mix of my Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The background design paper is one I printed out from a CD Rom I have and the two panels are a GDC double sided glittered paper. I used a bazzil base and the scalloped nestie surrounding the image is from the same bazzil. The ribbon and gems are from my stash.
I would love to know what you think of this card so whether you like it or don't like it I would love to hear from you if you have a minute to leave a comment. I love reading what you say and I always find your comments helpful.
I hope you are all kept safe and healthy at this difficult time. Thank you so much for calling in and be sure to come back again.
Love and Hugs,

Monday, 29 November 2010

Truly Scruptious #46 - Think Pink & MAWTT #74

Hi girls. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love your visits and comments and I just hope you find something you like.
Well the snow has arrived here with a vengeance. We had a lot of snow over Saturday night/Sunday morning and have been left with a healthy covering with the forecast saying there is more on the way. Oh well a good excuse to stay in and occupy the craft room.
I made this card for the Truly Scrumptious challenge where the theme was to "Think Pink". I am also entering it into the Moving Along with the Times challenge where they want "more than one fold"The card is a multi fold card cut on the diagonal.

The image is from Lili of the Valley and is called "Little Ballerina". I coloured her using a mix of my Copics, Polychromos Pencils and some Sakura glaze. The paper is, I am afraid, an unknown I was given by my friend Alison. The sentiment is made up of a combination of two stamps - again I seem to have mislaid the details of what set they belong to. I'm not being of much help am I? The flowers and ribbon are from my stash. The whole card was sprayed with a sparkly gold.

I hope you like this card and that you might be able to find a minute to leave me a comment to give me your opinion. I enjoy reading what you have to say and find your input helpful.
I hope that the weather does not hamper what you have planned for this week and that if you have to travel you are kept safe.
Love and Hugs,

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Mojo Monday #166

Hi girls. Thank you for warming up my day with your visit to mt blog. It's an absolute freeze here these days and although we have only had the slightest of snowfalls during the week it arrived with a vengence late Friday night. I hope that while your here you find something that brings a little smile to your eyes and might even inspire you in your own cardmaking.
I was at the doctor today again and he is quite pleased with my progress and I must admit that I am able to do just a wee bit more than I was. I've got another course of antibiotics to clear up any infection caused by the catheter. Thank you all for your kind wishes.
I made this card for the latest Mojo Monday challenge and followed the sketch they gave. The image is a Sarah Kay image I have had for a while but have never used before and I coloured her with my Copics. I used some patterned card from my stash Basic Grey paper called "Dasher". The poinsettia is made using a Marianne Creatable that I borrowed from my friend Kathleen from The Daisy Chain. (Why not give her a visit - I promise you won't be disappointed with what you find there). I made the central Yellow bracts from yellow card I had and everything else is from my stash.
I hope you like this card and would love to know what you think of it because I am feel that there may be something missing. Perhaps you could find a minute to leave a comment. I love reading what you have to say. Your making the effort would be much appreciated.
Thanks again for your visit. I hope you have a great weekend and above all stay safe and healthy.
Love and Hugs,

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Cute Card Thursday #139

Hi girls. Welcome to my little corner of blogland. I am so pleased you found time to call in to visit. I hope your weather is holding up. The temperatures are dropping here but thankfully no sign of snow yet. Well the good news is that after 10 weeks I now have the catheter removed - the bad news is I don't think the kidney infection is completely cleared up but I hoping that I'll feel better over the next few days.
I made this card for the Cute Card Thursday challenge following the marvellous sketch Susan provided. The image is Magnolia's "Christmas Eve Tilda" and I have coloured her using my Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The papers are back to back papers by Bo Bunny - "Winter Joy Bundled" and "Winter Joy Stripe". There is a horizontal purple strip under the green ribbon and I punched it with a Fiskars Holly Edge punch but it is difficult to see in the photograph. The flowers are by Wild Orchid and the ribbon, gold spray, gems, stickles and glitter are from my stash.
I hope you like this card and I would really appreciate it if you could find an extra couple of minutes to leave me a comment to let me know what you think. I really value your opinions.
Thanks so much for your time. I hope your day goes well and that you stay safe and healthy.

Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

MAWTT #78

Hi girls. I hope all is well with you at the minute. I know that some of my regular visitors are going through tough times at the minute with illness and family responsibilities and I trust that things are on the up for you all. I am still not making a lot of progress but at least I am still able to do some crafting and blogging. I appreciate all of your visits and for those of you who have been leaving comments I am due you a big thank you. It's so encouraging to hear from you.
I made this card with the Moving Along With The Times challenge in mind and followed the wonderful sketch they gave.
I inked up the Snowman from Inkadinkado 99507 and coloured him using my Copics. The papers are My Mind's Eye - "Holly Jolly - Candy Canes" and Bo Bunny's Back to Back "Tis the Season to Deck the Halls". Red Bazzil was used as a mount. The snowflakes are cut with Nestabilities and a Martha Stewart punch. The ribbons and gold spray are from my stash.
I do hope you like this one and that you might be able to find a minute to leave a comment to let me know what you think. I love reading them.
Please have a great day and stay safe and healthy.
Love and Hugs,


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Is it Time for a Snowman? plus an Award


Hi girls. Thank you so much for calling in to see me today. You are so welcome. I just hope you find something here you like.
Well the forecasters have promised that we won't have rain next week - we'll have snow instead. So I went for a snowman for this card. I'm not entering it into any challenges.
The image is a Snowman by Giordano and is coloured using my Copics. The paper is My Mind's Eye's "I Believe - Berries" and I have used red Bazzil as a mounting card. I used Wild Orchid flowers and used sealing wax and a snowflake seal to position the ribbon . The ribbon and glitter are from my stash.
I hope you like this card and if you have a spare minute I would love it if you left a comment to tell me what you think. Your views mean so much to me, I get so much from what you have to say.

An Attitude Award

I have been given this award by the lovely Vee over at Veronica's Designs. Thank you so much Vee I really appreciate your kind thought. She produces some wonderful creations and is well worth a visit. I was given this award last week so I have already passed it on.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and above all stay safe and healthy.
Love and Hugs,

Friday, 19 November 2010

For the Fun of It

Hi girls. Weather is still dreadful and according to the forecast for next week to get far far worse. White stuff supposed to be on the way. Still my day is brightened by the fact that you decided to drop in on me here and I hope your visit is a good experience for you too. It would be great if my work inspired you in your own crafting.
This card was made just for fun. I inked up Magnolia's "Flying Angel Tilda" and a miniature of a larger stamp called "Starlight Tilda". They are coloured with a mix of Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The paper is by My Mind's Eye and is the reverse side of "Colourful Christmas - Merry Dots". The flowers are by Wild Orchid and the ribbon and glitter are from my stash.
I do hope you like this card enough to take the extra time to leave me a comment telling me what you think. I really value every comment I get and so enjoy reading them. Thank you for dropping by to visit, I hope you enjoyed it and that you have a great day and every success in whatever you are doing. Stay safe and healthy.
Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Cute Card Thursday #138

Hi girls, thank you for calling in to see me. I hope your visit brings a little preasure and that you find something that might inspire you in your own crafting.
The weather here continues to be dreadful so I think we are saying hello to winter. It's getting colder so I wonder is the white stuff will be arriving.
Todays card was made to be my second entry to this weeks Cute Card Thursday Challenge where the theme is anything goes.
I have inked up on of my Inkadinkado stamps which is a stag with wording through it using Cranberry Adirondeck. The papers are "Eskimo Kisses" by Basic Grey, "Dancer and Prancer" by Flair Designs and "Holly Jolly - Jingle Bells" from My Mind's Eye. They were given to me by my friend Kathleen over at The Daisy Chain. They are mounted on Bazzil also from Kathleen. The large snowflakes were cut using a Martha Stewart punch and everything else is from my stash.
I hope you like this card and if you could find time to leave a comment to let me know what you think. I love reading what you have to say.
I hope what ever you intend doing today goes well but above all stay healthy and safe.
Love and Hugs,

Monday, 15 November 2010

ABC Challenge & Cute Card Thursday #138 & An Award

Edit Note:- I'm sorry that when this first posted the card was missing - It seems to be OK now. Sorry for the faux pas.
Hi girls. I hope you are all well and having a great time crafting. The weather is absolutely atrocious beside us at the minute, so there is no excuse needed to justify spending time in the craftroom. Wet, windy and cold - winter is definitely on the way.
Thanks for calling in to see me here. I hope you find something to make it worth your while.
I am entering this card into two challenges. ABC Challenge is "H is for Holidays" (I hope the Christmas theme qualifies) and Cute Card Thursday where "Anything Goes".
The image is Lili of the Valley's "Carol Singing" and I have coloured it using my Copics and Polychromos pencils. The papers are printed from one of my CDRoms and I have used a polka dot Bazzil as a mounting card. The large snowflakes are cut using a Martha Stewart punch and the medium and small ones are cut using a Nestabilities die. I have used lilac and white glitter card and the gems and stash are from my stash.
I hope you like this offering and would be indebted to you if you could find time to leave a comment telling me what you think. I love reading what you say.
I hope your week starts off well and that you stay safe and healthy.


And now an Award


I am so fortunate that I have been given this award by three of my blogging buddies. They are Lynn at Crafty Linby, Linda at Payne Holler Cards and Bev at Bev's Crafty Bits n More. Thank you so much ladies. Your regular visits and support is much appreciated.
The conditions of accepting this award varied very slightly across the three but to satisfy all three I have to tell you three things about myself that make me different and pass it on the five blogging buddies.
The three facts are:
1. I once won a cash prize for finding a Blue Star at an Ideal Homes exhibition that paid for my honeymoon.
2. I have been winched off a lifeboat into a helicopter during a training exercise.
3. I have never ever seen Coronation Street on TV.

I am passing this award on to the following fabulous bloggers:
Chris at Twinkles Glow with Stamps
Claire at CraftyC's Crafting Library
Sandra at Cherry Pickin's
Vicky at Kip's Cards
Cheryl at My Cardmaking Haven


Love and Hugs,