Saturday, 24 December 2011


Rest in peace to my Father in Law who passed away yesterday, surrounded by members of his family.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Yo Yo embellishments

I can not stop making these little emballishments for cards. Will have to post how the yo yo makers work. I have quiet a few different fabrics with Christmas pattens on, and I have got some everyday fabrics as well, because these will look good on scrapbook pages and birthday cards as well. The fabric patterns have to be small really as they are pleated up and alot of the pattern will be lost.

Teasing Noddy

Poor dog! I played a video on the computer of him playing with a squeaky toy and he could not understand why his squeaky toy was playing from the speakers!

He makes me laugh when his head goes from side to side, he does this when he is listening to what Dean is doing in another room, I have to nudge him and tell him to get up and go and have a look instead of sitting moving his head around!!!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Book Card

Well I finished altering the book I bought. I wanted to use this as a birthday card for a fellow crafter. We like to send each other different types of cards.

I painted the book with acrylic sage paint from craftynotions. Then I sponged Olive multi-surface paint again from carfty notions. This made it look old plus this paint has a bit of a pearly sheen, it looked better to the eye than the camera.

I did the metal flowers inside, as I wanted to add interest and also I just wanted to play with metal!! The pictures are rub-ons, and the frame to the inside picture is a length of ribbon crimped onto a piece of strong double sided tape.

I put the to and from section on the very back. I had fun playing with these, and I can not remember which event I was at when I bought the blank, but I have found the manufacturer and you can buy online, but better still they are only a short drive from me!!! Soooooo as I am off work this week where do you think I will be visiting?!!!! Watch this space you could well see some more pen pots ordered by my sister and Niece if they have some of those in stock.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Altered book box

I have started to alter this book, that opens to reveal an empty area. Watch this space to see how I get on!

Pen Pots

I bought these at one of my stash buying sessions, I think I got them when I went to Doncaster Dome show, I could not make up my mind if I wanted the shaped top one or the straight one, so as all good stash buyers them both!

Making or decoration something for your self is a lovely way to keep some of those lovely papers that you buy and sometimes do not want to use.
I painted the first one with gesso then some Craftynotions acrylic paint in terracotta, but looks orange to me! It matched the biggest butterfly on the paper that I wanted to use. The paper for the front (which is also on the back as well) and also the other paper on the sides are both, I think, Kay & co. I have had them for some time, if they are not Kay & Co then they will be Anna Griffin, they have all got a bit mixed up! After i had stuck the papers on to the painted tub and let this dry I painted over the whole thing with Studio multi-medium matte, to give it some protection.

I wanted to put some paper flowers on the front with the decorative brad, but I thought the flowers would get dusty and damaged, then I remembered something I had watched on create and craft. They had dipped flowers into melted utee, so out came the melt pot and I had a go! It went on a bit thick at first so I got out my heat gun and blew some of it off on to my non stick mat, this seemed to help. They are still a little thick, but it has made a lovely embellishment that will hopefully last longer than the paper alone would have.

What colour for this one? Off to look at my papers again :)

Sisters birthday card

It was the big ....4.....0 but instead of going with my first idea of a card in the shape of 40 I wanted to stamp forty instead. Then i made a tag for her gift as well

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Second Altered Matchbox

Thought I would do one for the Craft Stamper monthly swap. It is usually ATCs but this time they asked for a matchbox decorated with stamps and a colour scheme of duck egg blue and brown. This was my attempt. Shouldn't think it will be good enough for them to photograph for the June or July edition, forget which one they were going in. But I enjoyed making it and can not wait for the one I will get as a swap.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

First ATC this year.

Thought I would do an ATC as well.

Altered Matchbox

Had a go at my first altered matchbox. It is called Gardens. I tried to put a pattern on both sides and on the inside.


I have found a new love with painting my nails thanks to a blog I follow. Thank you Colette. I have been on ebay and bought some nail stamping plates. ThI did take a photo, but shows too many mistakes (knew I should not have bought that new camera) I will take one when I get them totally right. I have got to find a top coat that will not discolour the white or make the pattern run. I may try to contact Colette to see what top coat she uses although she is in America. I have also tried her nail marbling, and that looks great. Will take a photo next time I try it again.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

January - national days

Just had a quick google for national days in January and came up with these from

Not sure how you would celebrate some of them, especially on the third - national sleep day (may need a rest), but how could you toss the fruit cake while you are sleeping!!!! They are quiet fun.


National Bath Safety Month

National Blood Donor Month

National Braille Literacy Month

National Hobby Month

Hot Tea Month

National Oatmeal Month

National Soup Month

Week Celebrations:

2nd Week Letter Writing Week
Each Day:
1 New Year's Day
2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
3 Festival of Sleep Day
3 Fruitcake Toss Day
3 Humiliation Day
4 Trivia Day
5 National Bird Day
6 Bean Day
6 Cuddle Up Day
7 Old Rock Day
8 Bubble Bath Day
8 Male Watcher's Day
9 Play God Day
10 Peculiar People Day
11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day
12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
12 National Pharmacist Day
13 International Skeptics Day
13 Make Your Dream Come True Day
14 Dress Up Your Pet Day
15 National Hat Day
16 National Nothing Day
17 Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
17 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday , celebrated on the third Monday
18 Thesaurus Day
18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne
19 National Popcorn Day
20 National Buttercrunch Day
20 Penguin Awareness Day
21 National Hugging Day
21 Squirrel Appreciation Day
22 National Blonde Brownie Day
23 National Pie Day
23 National Handwriting Day
23 Measure Your Feet Day- we only ask...."Why!?!"
24 Beer Can Appreciation Day
24 Compliment Day
25 Opposite Day
26 Spouse's Day
27 Chocolate Cake Day
27 Punch the Clock Day
28 Fun at Work Day
28 National Kazoo Day
29 National Puzzle Day
29 National Cornchip Day
30 National Inane Answering Message Day
31 Backward Day
31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day