Monday, 21 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

It's so good to be back!  What a week and more it's been.  I was rushed into hospital  with query 'cauda equina syndrome'.  A nightmare and a half let me tell you.  At the click of a finger it can leave you permanently paralysed.  My poor hubby and son were so very worried.  I was transferred from the Durham hospital to the RVI in Newcastle for an MRI scan.  I'm so thankful to say it was not that diagnosis so what on earth is wrong with me this time will, hopefully, be put right once I see two other consultants specialising in their own field of medicine

Hubby surprised me with a 'welcome home' present, a Sizzix Big Shot Plus!I decided to make a short review of the item and show the other goodies that were included.  You'll also see the condition of the back of my left hand where the junior doctor inserted the venflon, it felt as if he was trying to push it through my hand!  

This sweet gift box measures 2.5" square and  I think I'll be able to post a template for you at a later date

Until tomorrow

June x 

Sunday, 13 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

The winner of the stamp set is:

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Total names (N):8
The winner:Jane R


You stamps will be with you shortly

Until tomorrow

June x

Saturday, 12 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

With the exception of gold embossing powder, flower stalks and a red ink pad all the elements on today's card is from the first Papercraft Society Issue 1 craft box

 I added the elements from the kit onto a 5"x7" white card base and used WOW embossing powder in pale gold for the flowers and sentiment 

I do not like 'the fight' with the fancy pearls, and I've not used theme for quite sometime, so adding them to the card reminded me of how much I don't like using them! 

For the inside and envelope I used a red ink pad to stamp the 3 flowers

Moving on, the winner of this week's card is:

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Total names (N):9
The winner:Liz
Please email your postal details to:

Until tomorrow

June x

Friday, 11 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

A few days ago a gorgeous, crinkled leaf blew into our hall when the door was opened and I thought I could make a CAS card with it.... wrong, what I thought was a good place to keep it until I went to my craft room turned out to be not so good a good place at all as hubby binned it!  Not to be beaten I made this card 

It's an A2 size white card base, top folding with a smaller panel of white card that I embossed and distressed the edges

I used one of my larger leaf dies and die cut it onto white card then, using several colours of inks I coloured it and added a few lines to it

A tiny bow was made and glued to the leaf stem 

The sentiment was actually cut from the die package and adhered to white card then, adding mounting tape to the back, placed onto the card

  • bricks and bark embossing folder - Spellbinders 
  • antique linen, cracked pistachio, vintage photo, wild honey - Distress Oxide Inks
  • tumbling leaves die set - Crafter's Companion
  • twine - Creative Expressions
This week's freebie is a set of Crafter's Companion stamps

Leave me a comment on this post if you would like your name added to the draw

You have until 6pm Saturday to do so and the winner will be announced on Sunday's blog post

                  Remember we ship internationally at our expense 

                                                 Until tomorrow

                                                       June x

Thursday, 10 October 2019


Hello and welcome....

This throw back is from September 2017 when I was a design team member for the 'Crafty Cardmakers'Blog' and Jackie, the host for this challenge, chose 'Monochrome' 

"A new challenge begins today at Crafty Cardmakers Blog.
Jackie is our host and the theme is 'Monochrome'.  We would like to see your monochromatic creations, these do not have to be black and white.  Anything with hues of just one colour is fine.  We will, of course, be ok with hair and skin colours as well, but your major colour scheme should only have one colour in it.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home d├ęcor, as long as it's monochromatic"

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

If you click on the link below it will take you directly to the blog and you will see what the design team have created.  It would be great to see one of your cards entered

#195 Monochrome

The card a 5" square, top folding white card base

I cut a smaller panel to a 4" square and embossed it using the Dotted Matrix folder.  Mounting foam was added to the back and adhered to the card

A 3" square panel was then cut and embossed using the Delightful Daisies embossing folder, mounting foam added and a pearl heart to the centre of the daisy and adhered to the card

I am going to make another card but round the corners as I think it would give it a softer look

  • white card stock ~ Papermill Direct
  • Dotted Matrix Embossing Folder ~ Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions
  • Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder ~ Spellbinders
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders
  • pearl heart ~ my stash
Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

We had a glorious sunny (and a little windy) day yesterday.  Don't you feel a little better when the sun shines?

Today's give-away was a little difficult to photograph because of said sun, but I'm not complaining!

I had to crop the top of the card, for the photograph, as there were shadows showing due to the sun lol

 I made the faux pearls and the flowers are stamped on vellum

The envelope

If you would like to give this card a new home leave me a comment.  You have until 6pm Friday to do so and the winner, chosen by Random Name/Number Picker, will be announced on Saturday's blog

We also ship internationally at no expense to you

Until tomorrow....

June x

Tuesday, 8 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

I've enjoyed using part of the contents from the first issue of Papercraft Society, and still have plenty left to 'play with'

The card below has the same middle section that was shown in yesterday's blog post

The video shows you all the goodies and the cards I've made 

The designer for next month's issue is Helen Griffin and she has included some excellent dies for making bags and possibly a mini album but don't quote me on that piece!

Until tomorrow....

June x

Monday, 7 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

My batteries are recharged, whether  it's 100% charged or not, only time will tell!

I received my 'Papercraft Society' box a few days ago and for those who don't know what that is, CraftStash have introduced a monthly subscription box.  This month the designer/crafter is Christina Griffiths.  There are some lovely goodies in the box and I've used 3 of the items on today's card

I used two circular dies, one for the base card and, as you see, the other as a topper

The die cut in the middle is from the box as are the two dies used for the sentiment

I made the flower, added a stem and leaves, put a pearl in the middle then adhered to the card.  The card is approximately 6"

The smaller circle die cut was already cut and I used this to  off-set the sentiment 
  • purple card - Creative Expressions (CE)
  • white card - The Range
  • double pierced circular dies - CE
  • centre die - Papercraft Society Issue 1
  • oval dies and sentiment - Papercraft Society Issue 1
  • flower die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
  • verse - Crafter's Companion
Until tomorrow

June x

Monday, 30 September 2019


Good morning crafty friends

Thank you for your support, cards and kind comments.  Last week's three days were horrendous to say the least!  I am now awaiting the panel's decision, they said it could take around two weeks or longer!

So, on a more pleasant note I hope you all have had a good weekend and will now show you two card commissions for the same little girl

The images are from a  NitWit collection called Baby's First Milestone.  They have a large varied selection of goodies and very reasonably priced

The base card and teddy were part of the collection.  I fussy cut the teddy and added mounting foam to the back

The top sentiment was computer generated

Using a Martha Stewart punch, I punched the front edge and back edge of the card and did the same on the inside for the verse that was also computer generated

The image on this card is a digi stamp.  I fussy cut it then, apart from the face, arms and legs,  coloured everything else 

I added glitter to the star, shoes and the top part of her dress. It looks really pretty in the 'flesh'

Again the sentiment is computer generated

I used another Martha Stewart punch  for the insert

Both verses were from CraftsUPrint 

Until tomorrow

June x 

Thursday, 26 September 2019


Good morning crafty friends

Today is Team B's challenge at MAWTT and Caz is our host for these two weeks.  She is wanting to see your wedding or anniversary cards

Here is the link for you to either join in the fun and/or to see my teamies' designs

My card was for a commission and I was told the recipients loved it

It's an 8"x8" white base with smaller panels of red/ruby card and white card and these were die cut to create a frame

I embossed the white card that is in the middle of the heart and that particular heart die was die cut 3 times and glued together

The cascading hearts were from my stash

I typed the sentiment then die cut it

The verse was a download

I made a box for the card then forgot to photograph it!


  • heart die - Spellbinders
  • embossing folder - Cascading Hearts/Creative Expressions
Until later....

June x 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Good morning crafty friends

Apart from this Thursday (it's a new challenge for MAWTT and I have my post scheduled) I'm unable to post daily and here is why

Come December it will be 5 years that I've 'battled' with the DWP regarding the DLA/PIP I used to receive.  Today I'm at the Appeal Court and this is scheduled for 3-5 days.  I thought I would have my daily posts finished and scheduled but, unfortunately, my health and other commitments have intervened.  I have decided that I will, again and I'm sorry to do this, be back posting on Monday 30 September, but, there will be my MAWTT Design Team card on Thursday's blog

I know I've said this before but I truly appreciate each and everyone for visiting  and supporting my little blog.  It means so much

Thank you

June x

Monday, 23 September 2019


Good morning crafty friends

In the above magazine, issue 179, you will find a kit to make shaker cards

And, would you believe, when I picked up the magazine to check the issue number for today's blog, I realised I'd used the same papers and cat that the magazine was showing on the front cover!  I only had the kit on my worktable and magazine was in another room

The snowballs at the bottom of the window aren't included in the kit

I used a distress ink around the window and down the right side of the card.  Iced snow glitter was added to the middle and bottom of the window

The sequins are visible, mostly at the bottom

It's worth noting that the foam tape, included in the kit, left a lot to be desired.  It is so sticky  and stretches when you are trying to remove it from the cover sheet that I gave up in the end and cut my own to size.  If  you are considering buying this magazine, or have already bought it, please let me know what the tape was like for you

  • Papercraft Essentials Issue 179
  • vintage photo distress oxide ink - Ranger
  • iced snow glitter - Creative Expressions
  • snowballs - The Works
Until tomorrow

June x

Sunday, 22 September 2019


Good morning crafty friends

We've had three consecutive days of sunshine in the north east!  Must be our belated summer extension

Yesterday Littlelamb mentioned she'd upcycled a Christmas card using a jigsaw design.  That promoted me to use my jigsaw die but not only that I have a set of postcard sized card already pre-cut as a jigsaw, so thank you Littlelamb for jogging my memory!

Today's card is just under a 6" square and easy to replicate as long as you have a pine cone die, not that it has to be a pine cone border lol

All I had to do for the card front was to cut it off the original one and adhere it to a 6" square card base

I heat embossed the image and sentiment on the inside of the card and for the envelope I used another envelope seal but this time in white

  • 6" white card base
  • Versafine  clear ink pad
  • WOW metallic gold rich embossing powder
  • filigree stamp and sentiment - craft magazine freebies
  • envelope seal - Hobbycraft
Now for the winner of this week's stamp set:

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Total names (N):9
The winner:Sue M


Your win will be with you soon

Until tomorrow....

June x 

Saturday, 21 September 2019


Good morning everyone

Whilst sorting yet another craft box (will it ever end?) I came across this card front.  It was sent to me a few years ago when I approached a Stampin Up  Demonstrator for a catalogue and she sent me this cute card

I cut the navy blue panel from her card so all I had to do was mount it onto a card base etc etc

I used two snowflake stamps to stamp a light background and repeated this on the insert of the card

A gold metallic stamp pad was used for the card front and silver for the inside

The stamp sentiment was one from Tonic's Craft Kits

A peel-off  was used on the envelope to complete 


  • topper - Stampin Up
  • snowflake stamps - Tonic
  • verse - Tonic Craft Kit
  • ink pad - VersaFine Clair
  • metallic silver and metallic gold ink pad - docrafts Artiste 
  • envelope peel-off -  The Works

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Total names (N):8
The winner:Lyn H


Your card will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June x


Good morning crafty friends It's so good to be back!  What a week and more it's been.  I was rushed into hospital  with query ...