Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New Heartfelt Creations Workshop - Minehead Friday 12th September

Hello Everyone

As those of you in the South West know the Heartfelt Workshop due to be held in Minehead was unfortunately cancelled..........but you've now got a second chance.  Just heard from Martine at Oyster Stamps - they are putting on an afternoon's workshop which includes lunch and afternoon tea in Minehead. Details are as follows:

This is just a quick heads up about a demonstration afternoon we will be doing on Friday 12th September..
Please note you are to book with the Telephone number below..
This is for all the ladies that Couldn't come to the Mine head Heartfelt Creations Workshop or just love Martine and Heartfelt creations.

Laburnum House Lodge Hotel looks forward to Welcoming you all.

Friday September 12th 2014 

Martine From Oyster stamp will be Demonstrating Heartfelt Creations Stamps and Dies and Lots of Flower Techniques. from 2.30

Tickets available in Advance Places will be limited..

From Myra Cox Laburnum House Solway Lane West Huntspill Nr Highbridge Somerset TA9--3RJ 

for more details about Laburnum ring 01278781830 for Craft afternoon details and tickets ring Myra on 01278784110 or e mail

£15 to include Ploughman's served from 1pm. Afternoon tea and Cake served from 4pm.

Martine From Oyster Stamp Demonstration Heartfelt Creations from 2.30pm.  Full Oyster Shop Will be available..

Friday 12th September 2014


Happy crafting.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Golden weddings

Hi everyone - well I have escaped into my craft room for the first time in nearly a week.  We have had visitors here for the last 5 days and they've just gone home, so inbetween all the washing and ironing I thought I'd share a couple of special cards I was asked to make for a Golden Anniversary.

My friend Debbie asked me to make a special card for her Mum & Dad's Golden Wedding Anniversary and also one suitable for her Dad to give her Mum.  Here's what I came up with.

This is for her Mum & Dad:

I've tried making card stands from card before now but find they don't actually hold the card very well unless it is light so I had in my stash some small black plastic stands (originally for paperweights) and got Tony to spray one gold - I was so pleased with it as it matched the card perfectly and was much more sturdy than the card ones.  I feel he may have a few more to do!!! lol

This one is for her Mum from her Dad:

Well, just off to load up the washing machine again!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Happy crafting.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Addicted to CAS - #43

Hello Everyone - I'm scheduling this card as we have friends visiting and am not sure what I will be up to on Saturday morning but we're hoping the weather is as glorious as forecast!!!

Well, it's time for another challenge and this week it's been set by the lovely Jaydee who has chosen the code word:

Our amazing sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!!!! They are generously offering you a pack of 7 digi's from their store!!!

and we are lucky enough to have Cathy - as our Guest Designer

My card for this challenge is very simple.  I decided to use a Stamping Bella set called "Uptown Couple Brett and Brenda get Married".

I stamped the couple in Versamark and heat embossed using WOW Ultra High Metallic Silver e/p.  I coloured the couple using some metallic watercolour paints and added some Liquid Pearls to the flowers. The sentiment came with the set and again is heat embossed.  I fussy cut the couple and mounted onto a Tattered Lace Westminster die.  I embossed the main card using an Embossalicious embossing folder and basically that is it!!! lol

Can't wait to see what you all come up with for this word - it's so versatile that I'm sure we are going to get some stunners.

Have a great weekend whatever you are doing.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 5 July 2014


Hello everyone - it's a big shout out as it's our esteemed leader Kylie's birthday today - Happy, Happy Birthday Kylie.  Hope you have a wonderful day and that you get a very pleasant surprise with your birthday party which the fabulous Loll has organised for you.

Here is the card that I've made for Kylie (although I might have just sent it to her old home, but as it's only a couple of doors away from where she lives now I am hoping that it gets to her safely.........Kylie - please knock on number 91 and retrieve it in case they haven't already delivered it!!! oops!).

So hope you've got a cuppa as this is a bit picture heavy but I wanted to show you the whole card which is difficult to get in one shot.

I've made a shaped card using my new Tonic Ornate Elegance Header Fold dies.  All the d/p is from my First Edition "New Leaf" pad.  The centre is made up of two ovals from my MFT Stitched Oval Stax.  On the top one I have die cut the Happy Birthday out of the oval and then cut several other layers, glued them together and then re-inserted them back into the oval.  The flower die is MB Glorious Gerber Daisies.  I have die cut Kylie's name using MB Large Classic alphabet dies

This is the card as it would normally stand - a type of zigzag.

This looks quite strange but the left fold goes backwards and the right comes forwards.

This is the card laying flat.

A close up of the die cut sentiment.  The greeting is on the back side of this oval.

Showing the dimension

Hope you have a wonderful day Kylie and that this little birthday party shows how much people think of you.


Addicted to CAS - Challenge # 42

Hello everyone - hope you're having a great start to your weekend.

It's the start of our new challenge at Addicted to CAS and your hostess today is the talented Shana and the theme she has chosen for this challenge is:

Our Sponsor:

Prize is 5 free digis

It's the start of a new month and that means we have a new Guest Designer for July.  Please welcome Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot)!

"Hi everyone, I was thrilled at being asked to be a guest at Addicted to CAS. I've been making cards for many years and am still developing my style, but I do love clean and simple designs. I also LOVE die-cuts and embossing and am enjoying playing with inky techniques too.
There are so many inspirational designers and challenges out there and ATCAS is one of my favourites. I hope you enjoy playing along with this week's code word.
I decided to go with a male themed card for this challenge as I always think blue for sky and blue always seems to equate to men for some reason!!! lol

Anyway here's what I came up with:

I went with a watercoloured background by swiping my inks on a craft mat, spritzing with water and then putting my watercolour cardstock face down on the inks.  The stamp is Sail Away from Stampin Up and I used my Clear Wink of Stella on the sails (although not sure you can see this).  I decided to cut the panel into four sections and matted onto white, dark blue and lighter blue mats.  The sentiment was computer generated and I cut it as a pennant by putting all three layers together and cutting through........then cutting the straight end slightly shorter for each mat (at least you get all your pointy ends matching!).  The addition of a button and some bakers twine - oh, and some liquid pearls finished off the card.

Please pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see what all the other DT girls have come up with and check out what Cathy (our GDT) has designed for you.

Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Happy Birthday Dippy

As you all probably know by now (!!!) it's Darnell's birthday............if you didn't, why not???  It's all over blogland!

Here's my card for Dippy (sorry but we have pet names for each other!!! lol).


I've made her a flip card using my Tattered Lace Westminster dies which are so pretty.  There is a set of three dies - the square outer with the cut out corners, the middle circular lacy design and then a smaller circular die - you also get the lovely corner die to match.  I am sure you all know how to make these flip cards but if anyone wants to know how to do them let me know and I can post the instructions.  Now I need to make a confession...............I stamped the central motif in Delicata Golden Glitz but I can't remember what the stamp is!  Senior moment........again!  On the back of the card you can just see the sentiment/greeting.  I added a bit of bling as well.   I do hope she's received the card as I was a little tardy in posting it but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

There are two parties going on for Darnell.  Pop over to Bev's who has a celebration at Happy Dance and Ardyth has a Mr Linky at Maskerade for you all to link up your birthday wishes.

Hope you have an absolutely wonderful birthday Dippy..............mwah!!! lol

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Come and join the fun...........

Refer a Friend Competition!

Have you registered at  Kylie's brand new website Happy Little Stampers?  
No?  You should!  The first competition has been announced and there are wonderful 
prizes being given away!  Pop on over to register and click on the heading 
"Current Competition".  Make sure you get all your bonus entries in!!!  
You don't want to miss out!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Addicted to CAS Challenge # 41

Morning everyone

Well it's the start of the weekend and a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This week it's the supremely talented Loll of Stamping with Loll to host and the code word she has chosen is:

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

who is offering 7 digis to the winner of this challenge

 We are lucky to have Karen ( joining us once again as Guest Designer.

I was a bit stumped with this code word as the one thing I didn't have was a sun die or stencil........hmmmm! Anyway, sitting on my desk was this lovely little Cityscape die from Clearly Besotted.  So I took a piece of blue cardstock and die cut a circle, added a piece of green card to the bottom half and then placed my die across the join.  Behind the die cut circle I have added some mat gold cardstock and then added some pan pastels onto the Cityscape for the sun shining on the buildings.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Can't wait to see what lovely creations you come up with.  Please pop on over to the ATCAS blog to have a look at all the wonderful cards the DT have come up with as inspiration.

Have a great weekend...........happy crafting.

Edited to add...........

Wouldn't you know it!  The die I was waiting on arriving for this challenge arrived today in the post, so couldn't resist making another quick card for the challenge.

Very simple - I've used Die-namics Sun Ray and Fishtail dies.  The sun ray was backed by some mirri card (as if you didn't guess!!! lol).  The sentiment is computer generated and die cut using the fishtails for a mirri card mat and the topper itself.  The addition of a gem was a finishing touch.  Think this sun ray would be good to use as a stencil as well so must give that a go.  (Sorry for the reflection on the mirri card but there wasn't a lot I could do!)

Our wonderful leader Kylie has decided that she has far too much free time on her hands and created a wonderful craft forum called HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS.  Pop over and have a look and join in, there definitely is something for everyone in this wonderful new crafting community. Good luck Kylie I'm sure this is going to be a great success.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Less is More : One Layer Challenge - Week 176 & NBUS Challenge #1

Hello everyone from a very sunny but breezy Somerset.  Just popping by to enter my card into the new Less is More challenge which I haven't done for ages it seems.

This week's challenge is:

Once more it's One Layer Card time and
 the title of our challenge is 

My card was super quick to produce.  I've used my Memory Box Grand Happy Birthday die on a 6" square card.  Positioned it right on the edge and then placed a piece of cardstock behind the "birthday".  Add in a matching ribbon and "Bob's your uncle"...........well, maybe not, but you know what I mean!!! lol

Whilst we're at it I can't help but join in my great buddy Darnell's new challenge which is to use NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) in celebration of her reaching 500 followers - she's a star and a seriously good friend (mwah!!! Dippy xxx).  This card qualifies as I've never used this die before and it is a new reel of ribbon.  Hope it qualifies on the friendship angle as I'm going to be sending it to a friend.  If you haven't come across Darnell (where on earth have you been????) please pop on over to her blog (be prepared to spend hours and hours and have serious face ache when you finish..........hehe).

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you're all having a good week.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 13

Hello everyone - hope your weekend has been good weather wise.  I'm scheduling this so don't know what the score will be in the England/Italy match...............there may be an awfully lot of sore heads out there this morning.

I'm just posting this quickly as I've been cooking all morning (Saturday) preparing for our village BBQ where we cook for about 80 people!!!!  Absolutely wacked already, but it looks like the weather is being kind to us.

Anyway, onto the reason I'm here today - it's another challenge at the Christmas Card Club and the lovely Carol has set the challenge today and wants to see penguins (or other Christmas birds) on our cards.

I've used an Art Impressions stamp which doesn't appear to have a name/title but the number is UMU4170. I've stamped it onto watercolour card and watercoloured the image.........thought I'd kill two birds with one stone as it was our craft club on Wednesday and we were showing the girls various die cutting and embossing methods and also various ways to use watercolour!  The shape of the card comes via my friend Jill  and it's a really nice one.  I've die cut it using my Stampin Up Framelits and used patterned cardstock from my stash.  The sentiment is a Stampin Up one from Gifts of Christmas.  I've added some glittery fluffy stuff (don't know what else to call it!!!) and some Stickles to finish off the card.

If you'd like to join in the fun simply email Margaret (link on my side bar) to play along.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Happy crafting.  

OHHH!!! BTW have you spotted the deliberate mistake?????  Let me know if you find it!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

ATCAS Challenge #40

Hello Everyone

Well, it's that time again - a new challenge at Addicted to CAS, and this challenge has been set by me. Here's what I came up with:

Our Sponsor is

We are so happy to have Karen (Snippets) joining us at Guest Designer for the month of June.
Welcome Karen!

Whilst I was looking around for suitable images for this challenge I came across a digi postcard that I really wanted to use...........I could just imagine ladies strolling along the decks with their white parasols open shading them from the sun!!! lol

Anyway I've used my Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die, cut the postcard to size so it fitted in the central aperture and backed it with some dark blue cardstock.  I've sponged around the edges of the die with Stampin Up Bashful Blue ink which makes it stand out from the white background of the base linen card.  The sentiment is computer generated and punched out with Stampin Up Modern Label.

Please pop over to the ATCAS blog to see the gorgeous creations the rest of the DT have created.  We're looking forward to come and visit you to see your lovely entries.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Christmas Card Club - Challenge # 12

Hello Everyone - apologies for not posting much these last few weeks but things have been pretty hectic here and it seems like the garden needs attention every day!!!  This warm and wet weather is brilliant for the weeds........they're growing like....well.....weeds!!! lol  Also my conservatory looked like a jungle with all the plants I have grown which definitely needed to be planted outside - Tony thought they were taking over!!!

Anyway onto my card for today's challenge over at the Christmas Card Club.  This week it's the lovely Sue who has set the challenge which is a Nativity Scene.

As soon as I had time to think about what I was going to do a little parcel slipped through my letterbox (don't you love it when that happens???) and out pops this lovely die that I'd ordered - and I got a "ding" and knew what I wanted to do.  So here is my first offering - 'cause I felt guilty not joining in the last couple of challenges I've made two cards:

I've used an Anna-Marie 7" square card blank for the base and I embossed it with my dotty Embossalicious e/f.  The nativity scene was downloaded from the internet.  I made a couple of frames using my Lil'Inkers stitched mats and layered them over the image.  I then used my gorgeous new die which is the Sweet Dixie "Star" SDD015 - isn't it lovely?  I added a thin strip of acetate and glued it behind the frames so it has movement - if you look carefully you can see that the star on the image is actually the same shape as my new die - how about that for serendipity!  The sentiment is SU Gifts of Christmas stamped using my Delicata gold ink and punched using my EK Success ticket punch.

My second card again uses an image from the internet mounted behind a frame from Spellbinders Card Creator Mystical Embrace.  This is then mounted on some dark blue mirri and then onto an embossed mat gold base.  The sentiment is from a polymer stamp set but it's got no name.  That is mounted on a banner from the Spellbinders Card Creator Tranquil Moments set.

Thanks for dropping by.  Please pop on over to see the offerings by the rest of the girls in the Christmas Card Club (links on my sidebar) - if you fancy joining in with us send an email to Margaret.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Addicted to CAS Challenge #39

Hello everyone - welcome to another challenge at Addicted to CAS.  Our hostess is the very talented Vicki of All I do is Stamp.  The code word she has chosen for you is:

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:

They will provide 3 images for the DT to play with and donate 3 images to our challenge winner. 

Please visit our challenge blog:

And we have Darnell (djkardkreations) joining us again this week as Guest Designer.  Please check out Darnell's texture card - amazing!  Thanks Darnell, for joining us this month - it's been great!! 

This code word could be taken in many directions but I was itching to use a new stencil I had sitting on my desk called Flappers by and some of their glitter frosting paste which is very quick drying - about 5 minutes.  On top of the frosting paste I added a layer of Golden Glass Bead Gel having seen it used to great effect on Loll's blog.

Once it was all dry I matted the image onto a black mat and added the sentiment which was computer generated.  The base card was run through my Big Shot in  a Cuttlebug Wicker Weave embossing folder.  So that gives two distinct textures.  Here's a close up of the frosting paste and glass bead gel.

Please pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see what the other DT have been up to.  We're looking forward to visiting you to see your lovely creations.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Surprise...........Happy Birthday Sandie!!!

Hello Everyone

It's my teamie's birthday today and the lovely Nonni from Korttikarkuri and Lynn from The Mango Boys & Me have put on a birthday linky party for Sandie of London Days.

I decided to use this great image from Polkadoodles which is a digi called "To Die For"!  Appropriate eh?

I die cut the base card using my Nesties Grand Labels 1 and the toppers using Decorative Labels 1. The backing paper is First Edition "New Leaf". The digi has been coloured using Flexmarkers. The sentiment is a recent one from Create with TLC and it fits this card (and Sandie!!!) beautifully......hehe.  Flowers and ribbon from stash. Finishing touch was the addition of some Liquid Pearls.

Have a wonderful day Sandie - hope you enjoy the party.  Hugs.