Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Magical Birthday Wishes

Hello fellow Blog friends,

I strongly suspect that you have all deserted me, due to the large absence of blogs from my good self.

All I can say is that I will never EVER move house again!!  This has been the most stressful, emotional and tiring event to happen in our lives for the past 15 years.  For the past 12 months or so I have got along on a wish and a prayer, with one disaster after another, way to many to bore you all with.

One very sad event was having to make the heartbreaking decision to let Holly go over the Rainbow Bridge, she had no quality of life any more and it was so sad.  She did make it to 14 and a half which I never thought she would ~ Fly high Holly 😢

I finally feel like we have come out of a very dark tunnel, but it has left us drained and broke 😔

My card making, unfotunately, became a chore.  Every event that loomed on the calendar filled me with a sense of dread, 'another card to make'.

But, as I said I feel we have turned a corner at last and I am now looking forward to enjoying my cards again.

So, this is a card I made for my Stepmother, she loves fairies and her garden resembles a fairy grotto.

That's it for now.  I will try and be back much sooner next time 'promise'.

Thank you for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave.

Card recipe:

Image: Purchased ready die cut from a seller on ebay ~ if anyone knows what this die is I would love to own it?
Background: Lavinia Stamps Scenescape
Corner Stamp: From a 'freebie' set by Sheena Douglas ~ 'A Little Bit Scenic Silhouette Stamp Set'
Sentiment: CC Designs ~ 'Magical Birthday Wishes'
Flowers and gems from my stash

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Shih Tzu's & Lhasa Apso's

Hello my friends,

What fabulous weather we are having in these here parts at the moment.  I am trying to keep up with the garden, but fighting a losing battle!

We had friends here last weekend and they were wonderful, spent the whole time helping hubby and I with so many chores.  We got the sit on lawnmower working and moved a load of garden ornaments from where they had been dumped seven months ago in one of our paddocks (they are incredibly heavy).  We removed a cupboard in what I call the utility room, to allow me to have my tumble drier in that room, there has been some severe muppetry going on in this house, as we removed the cupboard it got stuck and at first we thought it was the skirting board that was stopping it from coming out, but no, whoever installed the cupboard had actually cut a hole in the floor tile to accommodate the leg!!  These plastic legs are adjustable, they screw up or down to allow for uneven floor surfaces enabling the fitter to get a level cupboard.  WHO in their right mind would cut a hole in the floor tile?  So, a relatively small job has now turned into something more labour intensive.  Fortunately we discovered the offcuts of these tiles in one of our fields, so now hubby has got to try and patch them in.

On to my card.  This was made for my Stepsister who has a couple of Shih Tzu's, the more keen dog lovers may note that this isn't a Shih Tzu it is actually a Lhasa Apso, but to be fair it looks just like her male dog Chester and of course I coloured it to match his fur colouring, adding the little bone shaped 'tag' myself to match the one he has on his collar.

Card recipe:

Image: Lhasa Apso ~ Mo's Digital Pencil coloured with Copics
Sentiment: Tiddly Inks ~ Birthday Wishes
Flowers from stash
Tiny beads (in flower centres) actually are 'nail art' beads and were purchased off a seller on ebay

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

Critters & Creatures Linky Party 5
Our Crafty Corner ~ Challenge 10 'Anything Goes'
Crafting With Dragonflies ~ Challenge #58 'Animals'

Thank you for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Hello blog buddies,

I have decided to surface yet again!

I am still struggling to get my craft room sorted, the house move has had a huge impact on everything!  14 years worth of stuff transported from our old house by ourselves (we couldn't get a removal company for the date we wanted to move) to the new house.  It has forced me to go through every box and question whether I want the items in them or not.  An awful lot of the 'stuff' was in our huge loft in the last house and very much out of sight, so a massive clearout has ensued!  We should really have done all this before we moved.

I have been ebaying and have made several trips to the local recycling centre in an effort to reduce the piles of 'stuff' down.

Anyway, amidst all this chaos I have made a card for someone who keeps bees and as this stamp had never been inked up before, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to do so.


Image: Stamps Happen ~ #60058 Bees
Copic Markers
Cardstock: PTI 'Stampers Select white cardstock'
Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp 'Happy Birthday' die
Embossing folder (used on edge of card): Darice 'Honeycomb Background'
Gems (used on the end of the Bee's antenae) from my stash
Clear Wink of Stella (used on the wings)

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

Crafty Sentiment Designs ~ Somethings With Wings
Critters & Creatures ~ Anything Goes

So, that's all for today, back to the sorting out for me.

Thank you for visiting my little blog and I'll see you soon.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Guinea Pigs!

Well hello there my wonderful blog buddies (assuming there are any of you left out there following my little blog)!

So much has happened whilst I have been absent, but the biggest news is we have moved house!!

As is usually the case Hubby and I don't do 'small' moves and this one was no exception!  We have moved from Warwickshire to Denbighshire!!!!!!

There is a long story attached to this decision, but we had reached a point in our lives where we didn't want a huge mortgage hanging round our necks and we were desperate to live somewhere with no neighbours (having had problems at both of our last properties).

So, we have only gone and bought a small holding just outside of Denbigh ~ YAY.

The view from our balcony

Of course the disruption of moving has meant that my card making has all but stopped, my craft room was all packed up and mostly still is, although I have dug out a few things.

Last week I was determined to make a card for someone back in our last village who has Guinea Pigs and this is what I came up with .....

The image was purchased from an artist on Etsy for a small amount (no more than a digi image would have cost) and meant I didn't have to colour it myself ~ cheating I know, but time was of the essence and I just loved the image.

The sentiment is from an old pack of Lakeland sentiments (remember when they sold craft stuff)?  The Guinea Pig paw prints are from a stamp set by Hero Arts called 'Animal Prints'.

I am hoping to get back up to speed with my card making, maybe enter some challenges, but for now I need hubby to re-erect my craft room and unpack all my stuff, which quite frankly took a back seat while the rest of the house got sorted.

Thank you for visiting (if anyone does) and I hope to go visiting a few of you also.


Monday, 14 September 2015

Farewell Dear Bonnie .....

My friends, today is a very sad day.  Majik's friend and fellow Zombiesquad member will be passing over to Heaven and her earthly body will be turned to dust.  Bonnie da Westie passed over the Rainbow Bridge last week at the tender age of 7, I can't tell you how sad this makes me.  She was selfless, always there to offer a kind paw or furry shoulder to cry on when needed, yet in life she was herself very poorly.

This is the card I sent to Hazel her Human Mum.

So, there will be a ceremony at 1.30pm GMT today in Penzance, if I were closer I would have gone, but rest assured my thoughts will be with them.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Over The Threshold

Well hello there everyone!

I have been a VERY bad blogger and indeed blog friend for several months now *slapped wrist*

I have a whole host of reasons why I haven't been around, but I won't bore you all with them on here ~ except maybe one, the house has been decorated ~ finally!  When we moved to this house 14 years ago, the guest room was a psycedelic green (it was a young boy's bedroom previously)!!  Up until a few weeks ago it was still that same green!  It is now a very relaxing 'Egyptian Cotton' which is a Dulux paint colour, in fact almost the whole house is now painted in this colour.  I cannot believe we have subjected our house guests to that 'nightmare inducing' green colour for all that time!!  On the odd occasion I have had to vacate our main bedroom (hubby snoring etc, etc) I have preferred to go and sleep on the sofa in the lounge than it that room ~ now that should have told me something.

Also, my BIG news is we have another fur baby ~ yes I know five dogs is a bit excessive, but if you could see him you would melt as well!  In fact here he is:-

His name is Oswald and he is from Romania!  He is a little street dog that was captured by the awful 'dog catchers' and thrown into one of the even more awful 'Kill Shelters' out there.  There is a truly wonderful man called Mihai Grigorie who has a rescue called M.G. Rescue out in Romania that saved Oswald (and countless others) from that hell hole.  We adopted him and he was transported 1,500 miles to be here with us and we have just had his story published in the current (August) edition of Dogs Today magazine *proud face*.

Right, after that little catch up I do have a card to share today and there is a link to the decorating story above.

This was my first commission to do some Wedding Invitations, we had the decorators come round to see what needed doing and give us a quote.  They are a Husband and Wife team, but at the time were not married, when they found out I make cards their faces lit up and said 'we need to get some Wedding Invitations made', so I asked when the Wedding was and they said 23rd May Bank Holiday weekend at that time it was 12th May, so I asked how many they were going to need and they said about ten ~ whew, I had visions of trying to knock out a couple of hundred in a week and a half!!

Anyway they sent me an image they had found on the tinter web that they liked and I came up with this digi image that I already had which was very similar, but a lot more 'classy'.  Red was chosen because her bouquet had red flowers in it and I coloured their hair to match the couple themselves.  Inside was printed with the details of the day.

Oh and they are potentially the best decorators (well much more than decorators) on the planet ~ highly recommended.


Image: Geeky Love Couple ~ 'Over The Threshold'
Copic Markers
Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White Cardstock
Sentiment: Computer Generated using font 'Harrington'
Ribbon & Pearls from my stash

Thank you to anyone who is still out there and stops by.


Friday, 7 November 2014

Monochrome Cat

Hi everyone (is there still anyone following this blog)?

Just thought I would stop by and show you a card I made recently for my MIL Birthday which is two days after mine.

I have used a stamp from a set that was purchased from another blog person, but unfortunately there are no details as to what brand or the name of the stamp set, something is saying 'Woodware' to me, so if any one can enlighten me I would be most grateful.


Image: Unknown stamp set ~ can anyone help me identify it?
Backing papers: DCWV All Dressed Up paper pad
Sentiment: Craftwork Cards ~ 'Mini Messages Birthday ~ Black'
Gems from stash

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Fashionable Stamping Challenges ~ Challenge #85 Animals

So that's me for today ~ my hour is up!  You may well ask why only an hour?  Well, one of my friends on the Friendly Beardie club Facebook page posted that she was doing these 'hourglass' challenges 'Interested Ears'.   Basically you get a box or tin or anything really and write loads of different chores and nice things to do in an hour and put each piece of paper in the box/tin.  Each day you pull one of the bits of paper and do that chore/nice thing for an hour.  I have to say it works for me, so far I have done all my paper shredding, cleaned two ovens and have now blogged ~ fantastic idea.

Thank you for visiting and any comments you may leave.