Saturday, 28 December 2013

what has purplewellies been up to now?

Happy new year!

Happy New Year card done for card swap on yahoo.

5x5 white card blank
image from Crafters Companion (altered by me)
sentiment from delicious doodles
red glitter cardstock
red stripy paper
gold wrapping ribbon
gold mirror card
entered into challenge:  delicious doodles - 68 lets party
                                       digi darlas - 94 anything goes

Friday, 20 December 2013


A special birthday card today, quick and simple with a few gems, ribbon and peel offs.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

where's Rudolph?

Something a bit different today, at work we get to pick which charity we raise funds for, the current charity is alzheimer's society, so I made a few bags of Magic Reindeer Food up...... 75 to be precise, and it raised £37.50 - a much needed boost to a wonderful charity cause.

not a tidy desk by the time I finished *lol*
Labels made in CAP
clip-art image off the web
verse off the web
red ribbon (off a christmas present from last year)
couple of handfuls of straw (clean) donated by Diva, Miss Marple, Hetty & Agatha
for the food - porridge oats, glitter and bird seed
entered into:  pink gem challenge blog - anything goes

                     digi choosday challenge - food, glorious food/anything goes

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Ahoy there!

commission done for a grandson's 4th birthday, who loves pirates.
A5 white card blank
pink gem designs - pirate digi images
Emma Ball background paper
chipboard letters/number
Creata dark mirror board

Thursday, 5 December 2013

oooooooooh shiny!

Went to Heanor Antiques Centre today, on the look out for Christmas presents..... didn't find any but did come across some more vintage christmas ball-balls - £2 a bag, there were some other colour combo's but none had the white pictorial ones in, which match my ball-balls from last year ; )

I thought the cone shaped one was made of wood, but once I had a closer look I realised it was tightly tied cotton, same as the two small ball-balls.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey card

A quick and simple card for a male relative or friend.
5 X 5 white card blank
'birthday time' backing paper & matching tag
Creata dark mirror board
button from stash
brown twine

Saturday, 23 November 2013

autumn colours

there's a new challenge over at bugaboo stamps blog and it's photo inspiration time.

Mmmm, your 'e thinking
and I'm thinking......strawberries!?!?!?!?!?!?  No silly! the colours.............

image Flower Faerie
pro markers
red felt flowrs
backing paper from 'The Loving Life collection'

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

poppy day

One of my favourite flowers is the poppy, the other is tulips - I love this poppy image, not sure where I found it, think it maybe the Graphics Fairy, but I use it every year for a poppy day card.

coloured in with promarkers
Creata red mirror card
white 5 x 5 card blank
little red gems

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

pretty in pink

A quick birthday card today -

Teddy Bo & Co paper/sentiment
The Digi Garden 'Jennys polka dot top' dig
fluffy flowers
A5 pink card blank
pink crad scrap

Sunday, 27 October 2013

birthday card

Love the colours on this card, all from Websters Pages collection pad. I scanned this one in, think I prefer taking a photo.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

its getting nearer.....

Still not mentioning that 'C' word even though we are in the middle of recruiting christmas temps at work....and there's a random christmas song played in between normal songs on the instore music system......oooops.
digi image - DigiStamp Boutique 'simply for Chritmas'
paper from stash
Creata - dark mirror board
      embellies from stash

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

it takes two

A belated wedding anniversary card for my oldest friend, we don't see one another nowadays but I always think about her and her family, and we do the 'card' thing every year.
Stella & Gus marriage digi and sentiment from Bugaboo Digi Stamps
mini playing cards from Xmas crackers
Papermania stick on gems
Nitwit 'Cottage Charm' papers
Creata dark mirror card
entering this card into: anniversaries abound - Digi darla's blogpsot
                                     anything goes - digi choosday digital challenge

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

bestest friends

5x5 card
Lilli of the Valley precoloured image
Hot Off the Press 'Soft Nostalgia' papers
insert stamped with 'hugs' from Stamping All day

Friday, 11 October 2013

Fairy for you

I found my (forgotten) sleeve of Flower Faeries the other day, so I used one of the images to make a vintage birthday card.

random backing paper
white card onto a A5 pink card blank
sentiment from "Soft Nostalgia" by Hot off the Press
butterfly from "Cottage Charms" by NitWit

Sunday, 15 September 2013

two in a minion

eeekkkkk! another minion request *lol* for a grandson turning two.

Found the image on Google, again used CraftArtist to print and do the wording, decoupaged it up and then used tiny silver & blue star peel offs to brighten the background up. Was originally going to stick some metal star embellishments on until I realised that it wouldn't be safe for a two year old.

Friday, 13 September 2013

one in a minion

I was asked to a minion themed birthday card for a 12 year old lad.
Minion overload followed............... but here's the result - 
 image came from Google search.
printed off the image twice to be able to decoupage it up, and used CraftArtist to do the background and the wording.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

the good, the bad and the plain scary

Some of my cards are really not for sharing - more like sticking in the bottom of the box and leaving there for all eternity.
There they lay, hoping that one day a fairy will come across them and wave her magic wand and turn them into something beautiful and pretty, and most of all- a card that someone will love and cherish...........

mooching around the web tonight I came across this website craft fail. It does what it says on the tin.

maybe I'll unleash my horrors on the world........ maybe not.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

feeling blue

I haven't done a challenge card for quite a while, so after making this card yesterday I decided to have a look through all the blogs and came up with two challenges which I could enter the card in.
5x5 white card stock
papers from Simply Homemade magazine
white candi
peel off sentiment
peel off pens
'Sally's party dress' digi stamp from The Digi Garden
(coloured the candi with the same promarker as the the bow & shoes, the peel off was coloured by using a blue peel off marker)
entering into:
pink gem - anything with a B     (blue, bow)

Saturday, 24 August 2013

tag you're it

Over on card exchange uk, the new swap was for a card featuring a tag, I received a gorgeous purple tag & flower card in return.

everything from Hot off the Press 'Soft Nostalgia' kit

Thursday, 22 August 2013

one for the road

Comissioned 60th birthdy card, with leopard print.

5x5 white card stock
Kanban leopard print card stock
Eastern Treasures ribbon (bow)
Bugaboo DigiStamp image (tequila)
peel off numbers with gems stuck to them
Creata dark mirror board

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

one purple, two purple, three purple....card!

digi stamp & sentiment from Bugaboo
paper from stash
Creata dark mirror board
peel off

Monday, 19 August 2013

silver is shiny

I was asked to do a Silver Wedding Anniversary card. I didn't want to do anything overly fussy so I kept in clean and simple.

5x5 white cardstock
Fanciful Flourish clear stamp
embossing ink
Silver embossing powder
silver ribbon
peels offs

Sunday, 18 August 2013

scrapper dapper doo

A male birthday card (or a for a lady who has a thing about morning suits and moustaches, I guess *lol*)

5x5 white cardstock
image from Joanna Sheen atc cds
graph paper from a digi kit
backing paper from Prima 'botanical'
paper with flourish and border on from old music book
candi coloured with promarkers
pen nib
computer generated sentiment

Saturday, 17 August 2013

black on white

Quick card using offcuts from a Debbi Moore Cd paper, love the sentiment.

Friday, 16 August 2013

my zen is not tangled

I Sky+ed Mel Heaton's Zentangle show on C & C, she was so enthusiastic about them I thought I'd give it a go, so I grabbed some scrap paper and a biro and had a play.......

Originally I drew 3 shapes, a box at the top of the pag, bottom left a flower and then to the right a wonkier flower, I was having fun filling them in so I decided that I would join them together, when I'd finished I realised it looked like a chick!
How cool is that?

cup o'char me dear?

Birthday card for a lady who loves a cup of strong tea with the teeniest tiniest bit of sugar ;)

"Joy of coffee" digi stamp from DigiDarla Designs
paper from Crafts Beautiful back issue
"Eastern Blooms" by Kate Knight pink chipboard flowers
Creata Dark mirror board
5x5 white card stock
computer generated sentiment

Saturday, 10 August 2013

shabby sunflower

Loved making this card but now its finished, not so keen on it, there's something missing but not sure what.......
5x5 pale yellow card
different shades of yellow promarkers
white flowers
old postcard
brown ric-rac
peel off sentiment
"The Loving Life Collection" paperstock
green dress maker pins

Friday, 9 August 2013

b for birthday

Took inspiration from an old copy of a card magazine for this card, little bit bluer than I intented!
Papers from NitWit 'cottage charm'
Prima 'botanical'
craft stash

Thursday, 8 August 2013

sundae my prince will come

A pretty pastel card, perfect for cooling down on hot summer days....

A5 white card blank
Websters pages "Best Friends" paper & sentiment

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


My next door neighbour little girl is going to be 5 soon, so wanted to do a fairy card for her.

5x5 white card
stamped image from Wee Stamps
papers from the Loving Life Collection
peel off sentiment
white flowers coloured with promarkers
entering Fliss the fairy into the following challenges

teeny tiny

With off cuts of card and papers, I did these 2 mini cards. Am using some mini envelopes from last christmas for them to go in.
Both cards used:
Nitwits "Thimbles n threads" paperstock & stamps
stazon ink (red)
pigment ink (black)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

deepest sympthy

For me, a sympathy card is the hardest card to make and sadly I had to make two last month.

Monday, 5 August 2013

good times


Needed to do a special card for a friends 50th but was struggling to find something – when I saw this at Bugaboo Digi Stamps, it just screamed D at me *lol* So perfect!
5x5 white card blank
green backing paper - Kaisercraft "Gypsy Sisters"
pink paper from stash
Digi image & sentiment from Bugaboo Stamps
peel offs

Sunday, 4 August 2013

to wit to woo!

A set of 5 atc's made for "Words of Wisdom" theme swap over at Peel Off Crazy, it was a 3 for 3 swap, but I loved the papers so much I didn't want to stop, they practically made themselves.

Kaisercraft "Gypsy Sisters" paper & sentiments
white flowers promarkered
Glitteration peel offs.
If only I could have found 3 flying ducks for the bottom one!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Dropping in to say hi to blogland, using computer at our local Library as we decided to say goodbye to that wonderful (not) institution that is Sky and are sticking with Freeview at the moment becasue, well, its free *lol*
We don't use our phone and nobody rings us *sob story* and the broadband package was free so we decided to stop Sky completely, and just watch 'noraml' tv for a while. (ie till we get bored!) Radical!

Only problem is that I can't upload any photos etc at the moment.

Its like pre war!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

feeling blue...

Not much crafting (or anything else) being done as I'm not very well at the moment, Andrew thinks I have a virus, I think if I was a horse I would have been shot a long time ago and the doctor - well he doesn't think anything as I haven't been able to get an appointment with them, have been trying since tuesday morning. I can have a pre booked one for Friday 28th though.......errr let me

Friday, 7 June 2013

an englishmans home is his castle

Inspired by a card whilst flicking through back issues of Crafty Stamper, I made this card for a colleague at work who is moving.
5x5 brown cardstock
brown packing paper
brown twine
Sizzix backing paper
stamped image by The Octopede Factory
alphabet stamps
black Stazon ink
entering this card into anything with a B @ glitter n sparkle

Thursday, 6 June 2013

purple murtle of course!

Another card, a different main colour - purple! Couldn't pass this weeks challenge by at Polka Doodles. Murtle would never have let me hear the last of it!! (and by pure coincidence I'm wearing a purple top)

5x5 lilac card
white flowers coloured by promarker & acetate pen
purple satin buds
Stamped image & sentiment by DoCrafts in purple Stazon ink
backing paper from Kaisercraft - christmas
purple mirror  board by Creata

entered into purple challenge @ polkadoodles

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

all white?

Suffering from a bad epsiode of Depression this last week, resulting in a panic attack at work (they are so patient with me) and the Negative and tears spewing forth,  I have increased my meds up to try and combat it. I know they are starting to work as I am now feeling rather spaced out. (in a good way!). I should get used to the higher doseage soon.....

To occupy myself I made a card, ironically as the colour associated with Depression is black, I plumped for a challenge using white on white. Sounds simple. It wasn't.

Anyhoo, after two false starts, this is the card I came up with, the topper being part of one of the others I scrapped.

different shades of white card
white tissue paper
dove stamped with black Stazon ink
white embellishments.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Middleton top - middleton moor circular

This walk was again lovely, the weather looked iffy, but the dark clouds just looked menancing and when it was time to picnic, the sun came out. It was only 4 miles, and we picniced back at Middleton Top before we got back to the car. We didn't seem to be walking very long, but looking at the map, it was quite a way! the instructions can be found HERE and its walk 1.
It was quite easy to follow till it got to the buildings of Middleton Mine - they'd all been demolished but it was common sense to which was the 'main' entrance road onto the site which we had to head towards.
Lovely views which you don't get too see if you stay Carsington side/on middleton top trail.

the moor was covered in Cowslips, I have never seen sooooooo many.
looking back to the engine house at Middleton Top
experimental test site....... for fences. Yes, seriously!
Middleton mine.
last but not least, we were being watched!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

from here to....... maternity

Have to say, chocolate helps with any pain......... : )

White 5x5 card blank
Bugaboo 'back pain' digi/sentiment
Teddy Bo & Co back paper
Creata Dark mirror card
embellishments from stash.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

the colours of Fall

Over on Peel-off-crazy, May's Monthly Make theme was Fall/or colours of Fall, I was thinking about an altered matchbox but hadn't really given myself enough time to do it in, so stuck with a card.

Debbi Moore cd "Autumn Glow" image & sentiment
Prima 'botanical collection' papers & sentiment base
Glitterations flourish peel off
small gems
Creata dark mirror card
the colours come together nice, but the blue stands out, it reminds me of those cards that little corner shops used to sell with random images on, which didn't quite match the card, which old aunties or grannies used to send on a birthday. (no offence meant to any old aunties or grannies reading this post! I'm thinking circa 1978ish!)