Saturday, 3 October 2015


Hi lovely bloggers - sorry for my absence - it's been a stressful few weeks recently.
One thing which cheered me up a few days ago, was a message from 

Earlier this year, my card was one of the Favourites in the HLS CAS challenge, so I was
asked if I would be Guest Designer for the October CAS Paper-Piecing challenge.

Here is my paper pieced card, using the  "Bella Loves Christmas" digi image
from the fabulous Mo Manning.

Dotty paper from Nitwits for the dress, edged with clear glitter.
Christmas bauble - SU silver glimmer paper, and I found the little December 25th in an old SU catalogue, and cut it out with a circle punch.
Such a shame the glitter and glimmer doesn't show up in the photo.
The holly leaves and tiny berries were paper pieced with plain cardstock.
Everything else coloured with  Copics.

It's ages since I did any paper-piecing, but it's great fun. If you would like to
join in the challenge, you can find the details HERE !

Yesterday was our Golden Wedding Anniversary, so this evening,
Hubby and I are having a celebration party with our family.
I will be away for a few days next week -
will let you know where I've been when I get back!!

Thanks for popping by - have fun with the Paper piecing!
Love to all -

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Hello lovely friends and followers. 
This is just a short Post to apologise for my lack of commenting recently.
Crafting and blogging had to be put to one side for a while.
Sadly, my Father-in-Law passed away on 24th August.
 As some of you know, he was 104, 
and just a few weeks away from his 105th birthday, 
which is quite an achievement. 
I've missed you all, but now that things have settled down, 
I hope to be blogging and commenting again quite soon.

Lots of love ~ 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


Hi lovely bloggers - hope you have some sunshine wherever you are. 
A warm welcome to my new Followers - Carole and Sid !
Today, I am sharing a White on White card - quite difficult to photograph!
Will try to get a better pic. tonight, after hubby and I have collected our Son's beautiful doggy Juno.
Son is taking his 3 children on a holiday for a few days, so we are doing the Dog-Sitting!
Update 9.30pm -  a slightly better photo!
I would like to enter my card into the August challenge at Stamping Sensations ~
the theme is "Anything Goes, with a Stamp and a Die"

items used -
Craft Creations white linen cardstock
 2 layers of Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares (small one popped up with 3-d pads).
Memory Box Corner Bow (cut into several small pieces)
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals.

One of my old favourites - Anna Griffin All Night Media
"Forever and Always"
inked with SU Smoky Slate, with a top layer of Sakura Jelly Roll Clear Sparkle.

Happy Crafting ~

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


Hi all - hope you are having a happy week.
This week at Less Is More , it's a ONE LAYER card and the theme is
"The Eyes Have it"!

I had more or less decided not to enter my card, as I was not very happy with it, but after spending most of today at the Leeds General Infirmary, some crafting seemed like a breath of fresh air tonight,
so here I am after doing a bit of tweaking (still not happy with it though)!

Some of you  know of the problems hubby and I have had for many years with my elderly FIL who is almost 105.   He is now slowly deteriorating, and had two very bad falls last night (just 2 of many, recently) - hence our dash to hospital this morning.   I must say - the LGI staff were amazing.
So - here is my card.
The stamp is "Miss Austen" from Indigo Blu , inked with Jet Black Archival.
Eyes coloured with a mixture of Distress Marker Iced Spruce and Promarker Cool Aqua.
Quote typed and printed on my 'puter.
Apparently, it was William Shakespeare who
first used that quote, in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Is that true?!!

Happy Crafting and
thanks for popping by!


Tuesday, 21 July 2015


Hi lovely Bloggers - thank you for popping by!
This week at Less Is More, it's Challenge #233 and the theme is
"Life's A Beach!"

The Memory Box stencil is "Texture Wave", coloured with distress inks.
I Die-cut a Nestabilities circle  and frame on the top card layer and  placed the beach scene behind.
The top layer was popped up with 3-d pads.
I made a little beach umbrella, (it looks more like a mushroom, but never mind)!! I coloured it with DI and popped it under the circle with Pinflair glue.
Sentiment from the SU Happy Day stamp set (now retired).

I would also like to link up to Thats Crafty - "Stencils and Masks"
Happy Little Stampers  - July Sketch Challenge

Have a happy day - HUGS,

Thursday, 2 July 2015


Hi peeps  hope you are enjoying the hot weather - have been waiting several months for it to arrive, but now I'm too hot!  The heavens have just opened here in West Yorkshire and it's pouring down, which is a blessing for me, and for the garden!

My card today is for the current Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge and I have used some of the stamps from the Harlequin Rose again, with a very different effect from the previous one.

I painted the Rose and leaves with Distress Inks and SU Mint Macaron for the pale green.
Edges of cardstock coloured with Distress Inks, applied with a TH Inkssentials  applicator.
SU Linen  Twine attaches the heart.

This is the colour swatch and inspiration picture for the
  Chocolate Baroque Challenge -

Happy crafting ~ hugs, 

Monday, 29 June 2015


Hello lovely bloggers, friends and followers - thank you for visiting my blog today!
Happy to be joining in the Less Is More challenge again, and this week Chrissie and the girls
would like us to use  this  Sketch ~

I used two stamps from the Chocolate Baroque "Harlequin Rose" set, layered them onto black cardstock, and added just a little soft colouring with Copics.

I would also like to enter Susie Bees Bloomin' Challenge Blog - use 2 colours.

Apparently, there will be hot sunshine this week - hope it reaches you, wherever you are!


Friday, 26 June 2015


Hi lovely bloggers - some exciting news (for a change)! - 

A few weeks ago, Practical Publishing contacted me about joining the DT of their brand new crafting website called "Craft Stash".  
Various top crafting brands can be bought here, alongside  their new "Apple Blossom Craft Collection" excellent quality dies, with more to come in the near future.
The site is now launched and I'm very happy to be part of the fabulous Design Team.

For my first cards, I used the fabulous "Ornate Heart and Frame" die which is perfect for so many occasions. This set comprises 4 heart-shaped dies. 
The ornate outer die measures approx. 6" x 5 1/2". 

Version #1 - (layering 3 of the dies)

Version #2 -
I used two of the dies,  with silver cardstock for the ornate outer die, and as you probably know, metallics do not photograph very well !! It looks much better IRL though! 
(The silver-embossed sentiment stamp is an old one from my stash)

Launch of brand new dies -

Have a fabulous weekend -


Thursday, 11 June 2015


Hi lovely crafters/friends and followers - hope you are having a sunny, happy week!
I will be away for a few days as from tomorrow, so I thought I would leave you with this cute little card.
Fabulous is What You Are, and I will miss you all!

 Stampin' Up items - 
 Bow Builder Punch.
 Irresistibly Yours Designer Paper, coloured with ink to reveal the pattern.
Sentiment - Million and One stamp set.

I am linking up to the following challenges:-
Scrap Creations - "Fathers Day"
Crafty Boots Challenges - "Fathers Day/For the Man in your Life".

Big Hugs -

Thursday, 28 May 2015


Hello lovely crafters - thanks for visiting! I hope you are all well, warm and happy!

I am just popping by to share a card I made for the Colour Challenge at Chocolate Baroque.

The stamps are from Chocolate Baroque ~
The beautiful lady is "Ophelia" - I cut out a mask to place over the image, 
then stamped the window (from the fabulous "Gothic Fragments" stamp set).

I coloured the images with Copics and  used Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink around the edges.
The "Amour" stamp is also from a CB set - "Fleur de Parfum de Paris", bought a long time ago.

Challenge colour board and picture inspiration ~
Current Challenge

I would also like to enter the DRS Thursday Challenge"Easy as 1-2-3"
(1 word - 2 stamped images, 3 card layers)!

Happy crafting ~

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


Hi peeps - thank you for popping over - hope you are well, and having better weather than we are in West Yorkshire today!

The card is not my usual CAS, but I love the cute image called "I am a Princess",
from A Day for Daisies.
The card will be going to my youngest Granddaughter on her next birthday  - she loves anything Princessy!!

I coloured the image with Copics,  and inked the background with Distress Inks.
The patterned paper layer is from the Prima Fairy Belle paper stack, distressed around the edges..
Sentiment from LOTV.
Crumb Cake base card and Linen Twine from Stampin' Up.
Lace - from my stash.

I am linking up with these challenges:-
A Day For Daisies - Add Lace.
Graphit Markers - Add Ribbons OR Lace.

Happy Crafting ~

Saturday, 2 May 2015


Hi lovely  crafting friends - it's lovely to see you!
A warm welcome too, to my new followers - Sandma, Jacqueline,Wendy, Metsje and Laura.
I am joining in this week's LIM challenge, and it's colour week - that gets a Yaay! from me!

Chrissie and Team have a fun idea for us ...
Use opposite colours on the wheel (which you can see on the LIM blog).

I decided on a Red and Green combo, using one of my all-time fave dies - 
Memory Box Prim Poppy.
embossed a layer of white cardstock on my Stampin' Up "Simply Scored", then popped it up on the base card with foam pads.
The die-cuts and layered heart were coloured with Copics. Added a sentiment banner to finish.
Heart punch and banner punch - Stampin' Up. 

I would also like to enter That's Crafty Challenge - "Let's Keep it Simple".
Happy Little Stampers May CAS Challenge - "Die-Cuts/Punches".

Happy crafting ~ 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


Hi peeps - hope you are all enjoying some warm weather wherever you are. 
It's been another sunny day here in West Yorkshire - had a lovely day out with my three Granddaughters today - they very rarely have the opportunity to meet up as the eldest is studying at Leeds Uni. 
I am sharing a card today with a Day For Daisies digi image - "Hepbern Dress"
I coloured the image with Copics and inked the edges of the white card with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
Layered onto  SU Rose Red cardstock, then popped up with foam pads onto the base card.
Sentiment from the SU "Simply Wonderful" stamp set.
Die-cut swirl - Memory Box Corner Bow.

I  would like to enter these challenges - 
 Moving along With The Times - "Your Birthstone Colour" (June)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge  - "Anything Goes"
Stamping Sensations - "Pretty in Pink"

Thanks for popping by - 

Friday, 3 April 2015


Hi lovely friends and followers - thank you for visiting.
Wishing you a Happy Easter weekend. Enjoy the chocolate!

This fabulous "Butterfly Dress" stamp is from Chocolate Baroque, and  I am entering my card into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge .  

Image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, then coloured with Copics.
The "Winter Tree" (also from Chocolate Baroque) was stamped with Memento London Fog.
Distress inks applied around the edges with Ranger Ink Blending Tool.
Layered onto some very old purple cardstock (name unknown)!
Popped up onto white card base. 
Sentiment - LOTV.
There is some glitter on the butterflies, but it doesn't show up - no sunshine in West Yorkshire this morning!

 Challenge inspiration photo and colour swatch ~

Happy Crafting ~

Sunday, 22 March 2015


Hi lovely followers and friends - yep., I'm still alive and it's good to see you!!
Hope you are all well too.

Just popping by today with a Birthday card I made for a very special person. She isn't a blogger, so it's safe to post it on here!

Mostly created with SU products :-
Something Lacy background stamp.
Butterfly Basics die cut and sentiment.
SU Framelits oval die.
Cardstock:- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Whisper White.
Crumb Cake ink pad.
Other products :-
Tim Holtz Distressed Doily die.
Pearls from stash.
I would like to enter my card into these challenges:-

Cards and More - Monochrome
Crafty Catz - No Designer Papers

Sending hugs to all ~

Thursday, 12 February 2015


Hi lovely Friends and followers - thanks for popping by!
I am just in time to join in the LIM 4 year celebration challenge.

Huge congratulations to Chrissie and her Limettes ~
Less is More is 4 Years old.

As it is the first Challenge of the month it's a 
Colour Challenge 
and this time they are

Items used - 
 SU "Sheltering Tree" set, inked with SU Smoky Slate. The background tree was second-stamped with the same ink.  Sentiment is from the same stamp set.
Pink Pirouette cardstock and Dazzling diamonds Glitter for the "snow".

Hugs ~

Friday, 6 February 2015


WOW - how quickly December and January disappeared!  Now it's all about Love and Valentine's Day!  
Just in-case you are wondering - this card wasn't made for hubby, or anyone else either!  At last, I have found some time for crafting "just for the pleasure of it" , and when I saw this  fabulous digi image, I just had to have it, and get out the Copics!  It was a delight to colour.

The image is "Be Mine", created by the amazing  Norma J Burnell at Sweet Pea Stamps, and you can find this, and lots of other beautiful images HERE.

Items used ~

Base card - SU Crumb Cake.
 Trellis die is "Boudoir" by Tonic, cut from SU Soft Sky cardstock, layered
onto white card embossed with the SU "Woodgrain" Folder.
Image coloured with Copics, on oval die from SU Framelits Ovals Collection.
Edges inked with Distress Inks.

I am linking my card to
  One Sweet Challenge (All About Love)
Crafting for all Seasons (Have a Heart)
Crafty Creations  (Owl Love You)!
Crafts 4 Eternity (With Love)

Happy crafting and happy Valentine's Day !
Love to all ~

Tuesday, 30 December 2014


Welcome lovely friends and followers - I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday, and I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and peaceful 2015.
So - onto the crafting! I am joining in Debby's  "My Five Favourite Creations of 2014".
This is the 3rd year I have joined in Debby's Five Faves - it's great fun to scroll through all the cards you have made, loved, and some not-so-loved (in my case)!, throughout the year!
A huge thanks to Debby for taking the time to organise this fun event, for everyone to enjoy.

Join me on the 30th December

 Card #1 - made January 2014

Card #2 - September 2014.

Card #3 - September 2014.

Card #4 - July 2014

My final card - August 2014.

Thursday, 18 December 2014


Hi lovely friends, followers, bloggers, and anyone else who might might be passing by - thanks for visiting!
I wish you all a joyous Christmas, and a peaceful New Year!

In a very windy and rainy Leeds today, I finally finished the shopping for family Christmas prezzies. Hoorah! Just the wrapping to do now!

 I made this card for a recent class, and I love the Santa image so much I thought I would share it with you! Hope you like it!
The stamp is from The Artistic Stamper "Victorian Christmas 3" set.

The Holly Flourish die is from Cheery Lynn Designs.
Aperture - Spellbinders Squares set.
Colouring - Copics.
Glitter - SU Dazzling Diamonds.
I would like to link my card to The Artistic Stamper
December challenge - "Anything Goes".
Deep Ocean Challenge - "Christmas is all Around".

Love and hugs to all ~