Tuesday, 23 December 2008


I would like to wish everyone who visits my blog a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. I used the Clutterbug 'Winter House' embossing folder, layered on red card and then some gold bead stars were added and green ribbon (sorry in the picture it looks black).

Wednesday, 17 December 2008


Sorry I have not been here recently, I have been away on holiday, and while away I did a course on beading with Barbara Harvey, who writes for several magazines like Quick and Crafty and Crafts Beautiful. We had great fun, and I managed to come home with 2 necklaces, both have ear rings to match. Thought you might like to see them so here they are.

This is strung on Tigertail, the beads are pearls are fresh water pearls and swarovski crystal beads
For this I used tigertail again, crimps keep the swarovski crystals and the black beads in place.
Thank you Barbara for fun clases.


Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Thank you flowers

The challenge this week at Stamp Something is a give thanks card... I used a Penny Black image kindly given me by Jo, the background paper is from Kay & Co, the flowers were coloured with whisper pens,and I used my favourite cuttlebug dots.

Thank you for looking


Tuesday, 18 November 2008


This weeks Penny Black challenge was Monochromatic you can choose Black & White, or you can go with different shades of one colour so I opted for browns. I used the PB stamp Fantasy and embossed it with copper.

Thank you for looking


Friday, 14 November 2008

I am so lucky

I had 2 presents in the post.

One was from Desire, go and check out her blog Doing Life so many lovely cards and scrapbook pages too, I was joint winner in a competition she ran, we have to guess the collective age of the group of 13 visiting Inkungu Lodge in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for a scrapbooking break from 18-21 September, and we stood to win scrapbooking and cardmaking goodies. This is what she sent me.

The second present was from Linda from Linanna designs do go and check out her blog, there are gorgeous cards there. I helped her with posting the 'HERE IS MY CARD' onto challenges, and she said she was so grateful she sent me these goodies.

Thank you to you both for the lovely presents.


Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Sentiment only

This weeks challenge at Penny Blacks is to use a Penny Black sentiment stamp and no other images. So As I only have one Penny Black sentiment stamp it had to be 'Happy Birthday', I embossed it with gold, used yellow and cream striped backing paper and made my own flowers, the centres are stickles and finished it off with brown ribbon and some gold stars.

Thank you for looking


Sunday, 9 November 2008

We Three Kings

This week challenge at Stamp Something is Simple Somethings. Make a card using only one layer of cardstock. It can be embellished, stamped, or coloured, anything you wish, but you must only use one layer. Wow! something I can do, so here it is.

I used a stampin up stamp from the Holy Triptych set, heat embossed it with gold, coloured it with watercolour pencils. The sentiment was computer generated with Park Avenue BT font, and then finished off with ribbon.

Thank you for looking ... Jose

Friday, 7 November 2008

First try at Spirelli

I had a fantastic day out yesterday, I went to Somerton to a monthly Trefoil craft club, this week I tried Spirelli for the first time, well yes I have a card to show but just wish I could show you some of the cards that Ann our tacher made, they really had the 'WOW' factor, anyway here is one I made.

and one showing the detail

this is something I want to do again, I found it quite relaxing, but a strain on my eye.

Thank you for looking ... Jose

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

I've been tagged

I have been tagged by Jo and she wants to know -

Things I love
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Crafting
  • Chatting

Things I don't love

  • Cold weather
  • Swimming cus I can't
  • Bananas

Favourite food & Drink

  • Roast Beef
  • Curries
  • Black coffee and red wine.

Songs on my play list / Ipod

  • Don't have an Ipod
  • Not really a music person.


Blue Christmas

This week the theme on the High Hopes challenge blog is to create a Christmas card, but not with traditional Christmas colours. I chose to use blue, used one of my stamps from the Stampin Up Holy Triptych set and embossed it with silver pearl embossing powder, used my cuttlebug dots embossing folder for the blue backing, finished it of with a bit of ribbon, and finally for the corners I used rhinestone so very kindly sent to me by Joan.
Thank you for looking

Monday, 3 November 2008

Peace on Earth

This week Penny Blacks challenge is 'Get Sparkly' so I have used my Penny Black stamp Peace on Earth

Thank you for looking.


Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Thinking of you

Back in the swing of things again after a lovely holiday in the US and Carribean. Now for my entry for Stamping Something Challenge for this week, we were asked to create something for a friend, this is a card I made for a friend who isnt too well at present and wanted her to know I was thinking about her.
The stamp I used is from Stampin Up, Summer by the Sea, and coloured with watercolour crayons, the sentiment is computer generated, and the paper is from K&Co.

Thank you for looking.

Friday, 26 September 2008


I was taken yesterday by my friend Ann to the Creative Stitches and Hobby craft Westpoint, near Exeter, we had a brilliant day out and met friends from East Coker card club and the Trefoil Crafting group there. So this is a card I made for her to say 'Thank You'.
I used the Cuttlebug borders I bought there to make the card, the text was computer generated.


Saturday, 20 September 2008

Christmas Night

This week for the Stamp Something Challenge we had to use embleshments, so I had to make a start on my Christmas cards, and I have just got my Cuttlebug winter house embossing folder so had to have a play, and here it is... embossed on black card, use a bit of gold stickles on the rooftops, and the stars are beads, and finished off with red ribbon.


Thursday, 18 September 2008

More Goodies

I have just received these wonderful goodies and a lovely card from Joan, thank you so much Joan, I will put them to good use very soon.


Thursday, 11 September 2008

Trefoil crafters

I am a member of our local Trefoil Crafters, and at our last meeting we were given a piece of striped paper (unfortunately the stripes were uneven stripes) a piece if pink ribbon a white card and a small piece of white card for the sentiment. This is what I came up with, the image was kindly sent to me by Jo.


Saturday, 6 September 2008

Pink Birthday

Sorry I havent been here, no excuse really just life has been busy. But back now with an entry for Penny Black Challenge, One For The Girls, so I thought of flowers, cus we all like those.


Thursday, 21 August 2008

Sorry face

Add shapes to your creations is what Arty Girlz challenge is this week, so I thought of circles and used string for a circle face and then made circle eyes with my quilling tool, and some lovely textured wool for the topknot. The text was computer generated.


Monday, 18 August 2008

Pink Summer Girl

The challenge this week in Stamp Something was to make something which reminds you of Summertime, so I just had to use my Stampin Up girl from the Summer by the Sea set, she is painted with pearlised paints, and of course had to add a bit of ribbon! The text was computer generated with colour to match the paper.


Sunday, 17 August 2008

Sleepy baby

The challenge for this week for the Penny Black Challenge is to use ribbon plus of course a Penny Black image. For mine I used my Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder for the background, coloured my image with my whisper pens. The text was computer generated and finishes off with pink ribbon.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Little Miss Scarlet

The challenge this week for My time to Craft Challenge is to make something in the colours Black, Red and White. This also fitted the bill for the Stamp Something challenge . I use one of the images Jo kindly sent me, its a Panduro stamp called flower girl, I coloured it with whisper pens, and used my Cuttlebug swiss dots on the red card, and finished it off with a little bit of white ribbon.



I am the lucky one.... postman usually deliveries letters here at 1.30pm or later, and this morning he arrived before 11am, and I had a package, it was from Jo, with a card/wallet inside with all these goodies! Thank you so much Jo, lots to play with now.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Blue Thank you

This card works for 2 challenges, firstly Penny Blacks weekly challenge which asked for a card which must have a penny black image with NO PINK!

Then Stamp Something challenge this week was for a Thank you card. The image is a Penny Black and the flower is peppered with crystal Stickles, layers onto paper with was generated by the computer so it matched the Thank You text which was also computer generated, and finished with a ribbon bow.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Red butterflies

Just bought a butterfly punch and had to have a play. I used K&Co backing papers and red and green card stock.


Friday, 25 July 2008

My visit to Beer, Devon

Was working today, and had 3 hours between appointments and visited the small (not sure if they call it a town or a village) of Beer, on the south Devon coast, and here a few photographs

The cottage is called Hollyhock Cottage, I know one person who visits my blog is interested in house and cottage names in England, so this photograph is just for her, there was only one holyhock in flower in the garden, but cant really been seen in such a small photograph

Thursday, 24 July 2008


I have been given the "Blogging Forever Friend" award by Jo do visit her blog and see her wonderful creations. Thank you so much Jo, I am honor to receive the award. The following rules apply to this award:

1. Only 5 people are allowed to receive this award
2. 4 of them followers of your blog.
3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to who ever gave you the award.
I pick the following people to receive this award from me, Anne, Joan, Illatharasi, Kristine, do visit their blogs and see their wonderful creations and the 5th one is Desire, who I only met yesterday but we have been emailing, she is from South Africa, and has just entered her first cardmaking challenge, she says she is new to card making but do go and see her gorgeous scrapbooking pages.

Plain and simple

What I call plain and simple but quite elegant, I typed the letter 'B' from a font called Foliar Initials onto MATT photograph paper, and the sprinkled it with clear embossing powder, then heated it, layered it with dark blue card and then onto linen cardstock, using matt photographic paper this takes a long time for the text to dry and so gives time for embossing.


Sunday, 20 July 2008

Green Tie

The challenge this week on Arty Girlz is to create something for a man or have a man/men somewhere on your project, so I chose the Penny Black stamp with the doggy with that gorgeous tie

Hope you like it


Thursday, 17 July 2008

Cream Sympathy

The Creative Corner has given a challenge using the following picture for inspiration. There are no rules--just do what we feel from the picture.

This is my first time joining this group for a challenge, and the first time to make a card with colours in the picture, but enjoyed it, and here it is

The flowers I have made again with the idea from Joanne the text was computer generated. Thank you for looking

Sunday, 13 July 2008

3 orange flowers

The challenge this week on Stamp Something is called Triple play.

" For the challenge this week we want to see what you can do with 3 layers, 3 colors, and 3 embellishments. We're calling it a "Triple Play" challenge. You can interpret this challenge however you choose, go with just 3 of each or at least 3 of each!"

My first layer onto my base card was orange, the flowers I made thanks to Joanne's tutorial, it was great fun and now I have done it once I will use it again, thank you Joanne. I used part of one of Penny Blacks stamps for the stems, and the fancy ribbon was some Jo kindly sent me. My text was computer generated.

Thank you for looking ..... Jose

Christmas Peel-offs

A little something in response to Darling Cardmakers challenge, I dont do much with peel-offs, but did buy some when I first started cardmaking, this one i jazzed up with weaving ribbon around the edge of the card.

I've been tagged

I was tagged by Kristine so I thought I would do this! Here are the rules...Each player answers questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 or 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read my blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.

What was I doing Ten Years Ago?...
Hard at work! working in the Midlands, administering a database of pensioners, and helping with their welfare.

Five Things On Today's "To Do" List ...
Blogging! hehe..
Going to Church
and guess I ought to make a card :-)

I'm addicted to...
My computer, couldnt do with out it
Plain chocolate

Things I Would Do If I Were a Millionaire...
Help families and friends
Give to my Church St Johns
More cruising
and help other charities

Places I have Lived...
Somerset England
Worcestershire England
and then back to Somerset.

I am tagging:

Looking forward to your relies


Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Girl in purple

The challenge for Cute Card Thursday for this week is 'to make a card with an outdoors theme' so used this gorgeous stamp of a girl with flowers.
And also for My Time to Craft challenge this week had to include a number

Stripey waistcoat

The Darling Challenge 'a card can be for any age from 1 to a 100 but it must have a number on it ' so here is mine
I have seen several waistcoat cards but didn't have a template for one, so drew this myself, and quite pleased with the result.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

An Award

I haven't been around for the last week as I have been up to London visiting a friend, and while I was away Jo has given me this award

this is the first award I have had, not sure I deserve it, but thank you very much for it Jo, you are such an inspiration to me.

The rules of this award is that I have to pass this on to seven people which is a hard job because there are so many fantastic blogs out there to choose from but here's my choice... Annie, Bev, Joanne, Kath, Leann, Stacey, and Vanessa. Please look at these blogs they have all inspired me with their wonderful work.

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Penny Black Thank You

I made this for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, which is a colour challenge, using pink, brown and green, this is the first time I have made a square card, but with the image I felt it best. I coloured it with whisper pens layered it on brown card, then used some the same brown card for my base, the message was computer generated, and some brown and pink check paper to try and give it a bit of life, a bit of green ribbon to match up with the breen leaves and grass, and finally layered the image onto the card with foam pads.

Christmas in June

The challenge this week from Daring Cardmakers is from Jo and its Christmas in June.. well its about time I started my Christmas cards, so for this one I used a Penny Black stamp, coloured it with Whisper pens and finished off with silver ribbon

Monday, 23 June 2008

Friendship card

This week's challnge from the PB Saturday Challenge is to a make a friendship card.
I used a lovely PB teddy card with a big tie which I coloured blue to match the blue in the stripe paper I used and finished it off with black ribbon.

Trees for a man

This weeks challenge from DCM was a quick card in under 30 mins, so I gave it a go! Used a brown card, strip of green card in the centre, just stamped my trees with a brown ink pad onto white card, no colouring in, layered that onto green card and then onto gold, and placed it into the centre of the card, finished it with with gold brads and a bit of gold ribbon.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Stamp Something Sketch Challenge

I have used the sketch given over on Stamping Something , this is the first Sketch Challenge I have done. I used a Penny Black stamp.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Jacqueline has Blog Candy

Look at Jacqueline blog she has nearly reached 10,000 hits & has decided to celebrate on the day the counter hits!!! If you haven't already visited Jacqueline's blog, go have a look, she makes gorgeous cards.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

I have used the first Penny Black stamp I bought it is called Lace Flower, I used the Xmas Red Stickles on the flower to give the sparkle. Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Stamp Something - Monochromatic challenge

Here is my card for the http://stampchallenges.blogspot.com/ challenge, nothing complicated but I think it fits the rules


Friday, 13 June 2008

It's a boy, blue bow teddy

The teddy is a dingbat font printed from my computer and coloured in psp, I also used the cuttlebug swiss dots to emboss the white layer, and finished off with ribbon.


Thursday, 12 June 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

A new challenge blog is being launched on Saturday, June 14th.... its the .... Penny Black Saturday Challenge Blog.!!!!!! Click on the link to find out more. I just love Penny Black stamps.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Thank you in pink

I have made this card for some people we met on our recent holiday to China, they used Paint Shop Pro like I do and they were very helpful and just wanted to say 'Thank You' The image is from Penny Black and it was one that jo-onlyjoking kindly sent me. It was coloured with pearlised paint, and then stickles was added, the ticket punch was used, and then finished with ribbon. The sentiment was computer generated.
Thank you for looking