Wednesday 29 March 2017

Tea Party

Hi everyone. Hope you're all okay especially those in Australia who are being affected by cyclone Debbie (not named after me, I promise!) Stuart's has a cousin in MacKay whose area was evacuated. We don't know yet if they opted to evacuate although her property is only one street away from the beach and 8½m waves were expected.

Did everyone who's a mum in the UK have a great Mother's Day? I had my Mother's Day outing on Saturday at a craft fair in Doncaster with spending money from Stuart too. What more could you want :D!?

Right on to today's card which is using a LOTV stamp called Tea Party.

A close up of the image...

and the hidden message.....

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Stamp- LOTV 'Tea Party'.
Medium- Copics 'Ciao and Sketch'.
Sentiment- Crafters Companion 'Greetings- Birthday'.
Papers- Polkadoodles 'Bella Fleur'.
Dies- Tattered Lace Essentials 'Pin Dot Circles' & 'Tumbling Flourish'. Tonic 'Just for you (lilac mat)'. docrafts Papermania 'Little Cake Shoppe'. Sunny Studio 'Tag Topper Dies- Crescent'.  
Cardstock- 'Lilac and Green card' from stash. Create and Craft ' Linen White cardstock'.
Ink- Memento 'Tuxedo Black'.
Ribbon- Ribbonbox 'Green Organza Bird ribbon'. 'White ribbon' from stash.
Lace- Live and Love Crafts now closed.
Punch- docrafts Xcut 'Leafy Lace'.
Charm- Live and Love Crafts 'Teabag' now closed.
Other Stuff- DecoArt Glamour Dust in 'Crystal'.
Stickles in 'Crystal '.
'Lilac Pearls' from Anita's. 'White' from stash.
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in 'Crystal Clear'.

Chris and Lexi are in Cambodia at the moment. They've been enjoying the temple complex at Angkor Wat. They'll be moving on to Australia on Saturday. Chris is looking forward to the cooler weather there. They're supposed to be staying at Stuart's cousin in a few weeks if they haven't been damaged by the cyclone!

Well, that's all from me today. Happy crafting!

Debra x


Saturday 25 March 2017

Candy Giveaway Winner!

Hi everyone. Hope you're all enjoying your weekend. 

I'm here with the winner of my Candy Giveaway. The name of the winner, picked out of hat...erm okay.... a cardboard box by a very impartial person (my youngest son Kieran who didn't know what he was picking a folded piece of paper out of a box for :D) with no further a do is.......

aussie  aNNie!!!

Congratulations Annie!!

If you would email me your address I'll pop your goodies in the post for you :).

Don't worry if you didn't win this time as I'll have another giveaway in April/May again just for my regularly commenting followers as a thank you for being the best blog friends.

See you again soon,

Debra x


Wednesday 22 March 2017

Clean and Simple!

Hi everyone. I hope you're all having a fab crafting time.

Just a reminder about my Candy Giveaway. It's only for my loyal followers who have been commenting on my blog regularly so anybody who doesn't fit this description will not be included in the draw. You will be welcome to participate in further draws if you do become a follower, comment on further posts and join my little band of lovely blog friends :).   

I've got a clean and simple card today, yes you heard right :D. I know my cards are usually very girly and covered in glitter but I wanted to make Stuart, my hubby, a Valentines card and I didn't think he would appreciate lots of frills and pearls. I've used a stamp set from Lawn Fawn called 'Love you a Latté '. Stuart walks into town most days and often stops for a coffee at his favourite coffee shop so I thought these would be the ideal stamps for his card. Here it is....

I was a little naughty and snuck some glitter on the coffee cup labels with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen :D. There's Glossy Accents on the lids too.

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 5" x 5" Craft UK Limited.
Stamps- Lawn Fawn 'Love you a Latté'.
Sentiment- Lawn Fawn 'Love you a Latté ' & 'Milk and Cookies' (at the bottom).
Inks- Memento 'Tuxedo Black' & 'Ladybug'. Delicate 'Silvery Shimmer'.
Medium- Copics 'Ciao and Sketch'.
Dies- Lawn Fawn 'Love you a Latté' & 'Everyday Sentiment Banner'.
Cardstock- Creative Expressions 'Vintage Silver'.
Paper- doodlebug design Inc. 6" x 6" 'Kraft in Color'.
Other Stuff- Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in 'Crystal Clear'. Glossy Accents. 

Elbow in concert were absolutely brilliant!! I had a fantastic time. They sound just as good live as they do on their CDs, even the supporting band, C Duncan, were good. The Spa in my home town, where the gig was, is not the size of place they usually play in it was their kind of a trial run before going on to bigger venues. I was on the balcony in my powerchair and was let in first with other wheelchair users so we, Stuart and my youngest son Kieran, got a really good place to see them from. I would highly recommend seeing them.

I'll finish here now but will be back on Friday with the winner of my Candy Giveaway. See you soon.

Debra x

Friday 17 March 2017

Candy Giveaway!

Hi everyone.  As promised I'm back with a Candy Giveaway just for my regulacommenting blog friends. So if you'd like a chance to win these just leave a comment and don't put the picture or link on your sidebar.

As you can see there's a Lili of the Valley 'Hoppy Easter' stamp and a bag of lovely assorted ribbons which I'll send anywhere in the world. I'll pick a random comment as the winner next Friday 24th March so that gives you a week to enter.

I'll be back soon with another card but until then keep well and happy.

Debra x

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Magical Flute

Hi everyone. I hope you're all having a great week so far.

Today's card is using a Lili of the Valley image called Magical Flute. I love these new mice stamps as I have all their old ones showing lots of mice baking and blowing up balloons etc. which are some of my favourite stamps. Here's my card.....

and a close up of the stamp...

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Stamp- LOTV 'Magical Flute'.
Sentiment- LOTV 'Set 92 Birthdays and Best Wishes'.
Medium- Copic 'Ciao and Sketch'. 
Papers- Maja Designs 'Life in the Country'.
Inks- Memento 'Tuxedo Black'. Distress Ink 'Walnut Stain'.
Dies- Tattered Lace Essentials 'Pin Dot Rectangles'. Memory Box 'Corner Bow'. Creative Expressions 'Spring Foliage'.
Flowers- Hobbycraft 'Paper Flowers (white).' Woodware 'Paper Flowers (green)'.
Ric Rac- Bertie's Bows.
Pearls- Pinflair Pearl Wand in 'Pearl'. MeiFlower for the 'Green Pearls'.
Other Stuff- DecoArt Glamour Dust in 'Crystal'. 

Chris, my son on holiday with his fiancée Lexi, has become a bit of a celebrity in Thailand as you can see....

Random people asked to take photos with him while he and Lexi were walking round different places. This is just a few of them Lexi caught with her camera. In the bottom photo one of the girls asked him for a photo with her then the rest of her group suddenly appeared from nowhere to join in. It's a good job Chris is a friendly laidback guy and just goes with the flow. When he returns home he will start a further 6 years training to be a Psychiatrist which he should be good at with his patience.

Tonight I'm going to see the band Elbow with hubby, Stuart, and my other son, Kieran. This is the first time I've seen a band live so it should be a great experience. 

Well that's all for now. I'll be back again this week with the candy giveaway. See you soon.

Debra x 

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Rosie with cake

Hi everyone. I hope you're all keeping well and happy.

Chris and Lexi, son and fiancée, are having an absolutely fabulous time on holiday. They've visited many temples, had boat rides (some pretty hairy) and had a Thai cookery class together. Here's a photo of Chris and chef who Lexi said kept flirting with the 'Big Man'.

He is very tall at 6'9" so looks a giant in Thailand.
Here's a photo of the happy couple.

Anyway on to today's card. I've used the really cute Rosie with Cake from LOTV and lots of glitter card. I was covered in glitter by the time I'd finished making my card. So here it is.......

A close up shot of Rosie's glittery headband stars, plate and sole of her shoe.....

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Stamp- LOTV Rosie with Cake.
Papers- LOTV 'Bonnets and Bowties' retired but available from Nitwits.
Glitter Card- 'Silver' from Dovecraft. Others are very old from stash.
Medium- Copic 'Ciao' and 'Sketch'.
Dies- La La land 'Birthday Banner'. Paper Smooches 'Balloons'. Polkadoodles 'Elegant Nest'.
Ribbon- Ribbon Girl.
Twine- True Hemp
Other Stuff- Spectrum Noir Glitter pen in 'Crystal Clear'. Your Next Stamp Gumdrops 'Silver Tinsel'.

I'll be back soon with some candy to giveaway. I've decided to giveaway small items to regular commenting blog friends rather than a whole lot open to anyone as you all deserve it more!!

Keep crafting.

Debra x

Wednesday 1 March 2017


Hi everyone. How are you all? I want to say thank you for all your welcome back comments, you all blow me away with your kindness!

I've got fabulous news. My eldest son Chris and his long term girlfriend have got engaged! YAY!! I'm so happy as they make such a wonderful couple and Lexi is just so lovely, she's the daughter I would have loved to have had myself. The fact that I've got her into card making is even better as I've someone to talk about crafty things with. At the moment they are on a five month holiday traveling around South East Asia and then to Australia and New Zealand then back to South Korea and Japan. 

Right, on to my card. I bought lovely stamps, dies and papers from Polkadoodles and decided to use them for my card. Here it is.

Card Ingredients.

Card Blank- 6" x 6" Craftwork Cards.
Stamps- Polkadoodles 'Belle Papillion' (background script, main butterfly and small butterfly).
Medium- Prismacolor Pencils.
Sentiment- Crafters Companion 'Greetings- Birthday'.
Inks- Memento 'Tuxedo Black'. Distress Ink 'Milled Lavender'.
Papers- Polkadoodles 'Bella Fleur' & 'Bella Papillion'. LOTV 'Bonnets and Bowties solids' ( For flourishes).
Dies- Polkadoodles 'Elegant Nest' & 'Butterfly Doublet'. Cheery Lynn Designs 'Tiny Fanciful Flourish'.
Cardstock- Create and Craft 'White Linen Cardstock'.
Ribbon. Ribbon Girls 'White Seam Binding'.
Lace- Ribbonbox.
Flowers- Hobbycraft 'Floral Embellishments 60pk'.
Gemstones- MeiFlower.
Other Stuff- Pinflair Pearl Wand in 'Pearl'.

I thought you might like to see a photo of Lexi's ring that Chris had made for her.

It looks even more beautiful in real life and Lexi loves it. I haven't got a photo of them to show you yet.

Well that's all from me today. I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far. Hugs to you all.

Debra x