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London, Battersea, United Kingdom
I have been blogging since 2010. I have been married for 32 years and have three children,I have been blessed with Four Gorgeous Grandchildren. I love making my own cards, but dabble in cake making & crochet too. I enjoy going to Alexander Palace twice a year with my mum. I live in Battersea and have grown up here, although me and hubby's dream is to one day live in Spain.....

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Commissioned Daughter Birthday Card

Good evening everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog today x

It's been a fair while since I have posted anything!! But I have continued crafting when I can, making cards, Chocolate box holders and have  took on a challenge in learning a new skill with  Amigurumi (crochet toys), and learning to read a pattern.

I do hope you are all safe & well wherever you live in the world x

Today I am sharing a card I made for my daughter, to give to her daughter, my granddaughter.
                          

                               My daughter saw something like this and said      
      "Mum I am sure you can do this" and so the challenge was set.


 She loved it !!!

The image was a free printable.
Purchased glittered netting off of Ebay.
Used dies, papers, gems, etc that I have in my stash, just cannot remember what make the dies are.

Thanks for looking and I look forward to your comments.
I will pop on over and visit you too.
Need to make more effort on my blog, I have really neglected it and my fellow bloggers.

I shall be entering my card into the following challenges:-

Crafty Sentiments - (Anything Goes)

Allsorts #581/582 (flowers all over)

Arty Divas #27 (Anything Goes)

Through the craft room door (Anything Goes)

All fun challenges #12 (Anything Goes)



Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Covid - 19

Good afternoon everyone.
I do hope you are all keeping well regarding this awful virus.

The news is devastating world wide.

I have already heard some sad news from two good family friends. One has passed and one given 24hrs.

Both my sons work in a hospital and have been going in daily, even working extra hours when they have been asked.
It is such a worrying time.

Keep safe everyone x

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Fancy Chocolate Box Holder

Good afternoon everyone.

The weather here in Battersea London has been freezing!! I know it could be colder, but I much prefer the sunshine and warmth.
It's just started raining!!

Today I am going to share a Fancy chocolate box holder with you.
I have made several of these and they are all different, but I must say I enjoyed making them.



Front of box closed
Papers from 12 x 12 pack by the works.
Bird cage die unbranded.
leaves from Tattered lace and The Works.
Ribbon from my stash.
Gems from pound land.
Flowers I made myself from Foamarin.
Embellishments poking out from flowers are either, recycled, purchased from online, and had in my stash.



Inside of box.
Dies are either purchased online, unbranded,Tattered lace, Tonic.
Papers are from The works 12 x 12 paper pack. I love these, they are such good quality.

The left hand side has a pocket so as you can insert a message or card.



Inside of box, fully opened

Middle of box is where you insert a bar of chocolate.


Box flipped over


Close up

Another close up

Thanks for popping by my blog today. I love to read your comments and positive criticism.
I will pop on over and visit you too.

If you have made any of these please spam me, would love to see your makes, gives me inspiration.


Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Only Fools & Horses



I would like to wish everyone a Happy 2020. Hope it brings you everything you wish for.

This year I would like to dabble in some new techniques. Love the look of using a brayer with ink pads (that I need to purchase), & I should get back into some colouring with my promarkers. 
What would you like to do different this year or get back into?

Thought I would share what I made for my brother for his birthday. He celebrates it on 17th December and is an 'Only Fools & Horses' fan. The TV shows are on over the Christmas period so thought it would be apt to post.
He has everything he needs, so I put my creative waves into action, and this is what I came up with.



Birthday Cake, just a normal sponge and I coloured the icing myself.
Christmas chocolate coins.
Cigar from party shop.
I bought square chocolates and made the wrappers myself.
Ribbon from my stash.
Others bits pound shop and hand made.



Box card


Inside of box card.

Thanks for popping by my blog today & taking time to look.
I look forward to reading your comments and I will pop on over to you too.

I shall be entering this project into the following challenges:-

Ally's Angels challenge #29 'Anything Goes'.

Creative Moments Challenge 182 'Anything Goes.

Not just cards challenges 'December' 'Anything Goes'.

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge monthly challenge 'Anything Goes:

The Creative Crafters #23 'Anything Goes;.


Sunday, 1 December 2019

Nostalgia Advent Calender's

Good Sunday afternoon to where ever you are in the world. It's drabby weather here in London!!!

Today I am going to share some advent calender's I made for my four grandchildren.

I found the tutorial on 'YouTube'. Just search 'A Nostalgia Advent Calendar Tutorial' by Kay F.
Her tutorial was so easy to follow. The boxes are cut by hand, no gluing!! 
I liked the fact that the calendars can be folded and tied with a ribbon, or displayed as an open book, & if looked after can last an age.

If you have made some please add a picture in your comment. I would love to see them.

Right onto the pictures .....


Papers are from 'The Works'. I like the 12 x 12 pads.
Letters are what I purchased off of Create & Craft by Tattered Lace.


Ribbons are what I had in my stash, some are recycled.
I added some bells, also purchased from 'The Works'.
I used my bowadraba to secure all the ribbon together , but when I did my 1st one I forgot I had it. My Granddaughters one was my 1st attempt.


Side view of calendars closed & secured with ribbon.


View of the back.


What they look like inside.


Close up & what I have filled the boxes with.
I stuck with a selection of sweets, but of course you could add little gifts that a child may like. For a girl much easier because you could add lip balm, bracelet, ring, etc, because these are the type of things that may well fit into the box.



I do hope you have enjoyed looking and I look forward to your comments and your pictures too if you have dabbled in making an advent calendar.

Thanks for popping on by x

I shall be entering these into the following challenges :-

Love to craft - #41 Anything Goes

Classic Design Team Challenge Blog - #12

The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - #61 Anything Christmas Goes

Always Fun Challenges - #138 Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge - week 548 Christmas Gifts

A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge - #12 Anything Goes

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog - #11

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Remembrance Card


Today I am going to share a card I made for Poppy Day.
I decided to just make it flat instead of adding to a card you can open up. Message can be wrote on the back if desired. I then added it into a cellophane card bag to help  protect from all weathers if it was going to be put onto a grave or where ashes had been scattered.



Poppy is made from red card and one of the many poppy dies that I have.
Soldier and plinth I bought at one of the Ally Pally shows I attended.
Sentiment I printed from internet.
I used distress ink around sentiment and gilding wax on the soldier.
Poppy leaves were coloured in with promarkers.

I have contacted the Royal British Legion via email asking if I am able to make a good batch of these to sell in a way of helping raise money for our soldiers.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
I look forward to reading your comments and will pop on over and visit your blog too.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:-

Scrapping4fun - Challenge 152 Anything Goes

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - #239 Anything Goes + a sentiment

Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB #40 November Anything Goes


Crafty Friends Challenge Blog- #122  Anything Goes

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Chocolate Gift Box/Envelope


Good afternoon.
Today I am going to share a chocolate bar gift box/envelope with you.
I got my inspiration off of Facebook :- Fantastic Foamiran (Anna Maria Balajzy)and followed a youtube channel for instructions, Envelope making tutorial/DIY designer gift envelope (Ankita's Craft Corner), this was so easy to follow. I am a visual learner rather than being given measurements & then working out what to do.

Actually ..... this can be used for a small diary, notepad & pen, etc.

I thought that these would be ideal for my Grandchildren's school teachers. My daughter spends so much money on gifts and with me being a Nursery School Practitioner, I know I would be over the moon in receiving a gift like this.

The good thing is that you only need an A4 size piece of card to start off with.

Hope you like it and give you some inspiration in making some too. If you have already made something like this, please share your photos, I would love to see them.

                                                                    Front of gift box


Close up of hand made flower


Gradually opening up


Inside of gift box


The perfect size chocolate bar


Back of gift box


I have used a selection of dies, some branded & some unbranded.
Card is from create and craft & The Works 12" x 12" pack & some from lime tree crafts .
Ribbon from my stash.

Thanks for popping by. I look forward to reading your comments.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:-

Crafter's Castle Challenge #22 'Anything Goes'

Brown Sugar Challenge #294 'Anything Goes'

Pammie's inky pinkies Challenges 1941 'Anything Goes'

We love 2 create #10 'Anything Mixed Media Goes'

Gem of a Challenge week 20 'Anything Goes'