Saturday, September 24, 2016


I've had Snowy from Penny Black for a few years but I noticed that Penny Black have now brought out a die which I'm hoping will fit my old stamp and they haven't  tweaked the design so I have to buy the stamp again as well! To be honest if it doesn't fit when it arrives I will have to sell it, the die not the stamp.

So in preparation for the new die I used the stamp with my favourite Christmas Papers at the moment from Doodlebug I may have to buy a third pack. I've used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and I have their new Scallop Stitched Borders which you can just make out on my middle panel.

The Snowflake cut from Fun Foam is again a Simon Says Stamp and so is the tiny Snowflake which is from the Stitched Snowflakes. And yes thats this year's favourite sentiment from the Simon Say Stamp Christmas Toys which is now been left on the acrylic block for continuous use.

I've come back from a few days away with a sore throat but it hasn't turned into anything too nasty but I do feel really tired but one job I want to do this weekend is to have a count of the Christmas cards made so far this year and to finish off the my version of Wedding Pocket Pages.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Snow Tot One

Apologies for the crooked and awful photo, I'm sure it didn't look that bad when I took it. But it is a square even though he doesn't look like it.

I used the cute Snow Tot One image from Mo Manning, isn't she/he cute, I've coloured using traditional Christmas Colours because initially I was going to use more of the Doodlebug papers instead the card turned out completely different.

First of all I decided to used the Memory Box Warm Wishes, I cut the words off in white added some double sided tape under the holes and added the red version to the back. I did have to save all the red dots so I could place them in the white, it was far too fiddly and probably won't be done again.

My Memory Box trees are newish (this is not a word but it should be) so I felt the need to use them and then I added the hills from My Favourite Things and before I knew I hardly had any space for my little Snow Tot. She was easy to cut out so I found a little space at the beginning of the words.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cheeky Monkey Gift Card


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Gift It 

make a gift card/bag/box, or a gift for someone special.
This week we are showcasing Clearly Besotted Products.  You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Making a gift card is not something I do often and having brought the Clearly Besotted Cheeky Monkey stamp set for this challenge I had to work out how to use them for this challenge.

In the end I decided my cheeky monkey should hold the gift card and since they are hanging they would need a tree to hang from. I used the Memory Box Birch Tree and their Woodland Branch dies. I then had to work out what to use to stop my gift card falling out of the monkey's arms and thats where the My Favourite Things Grassy Fields die came in. I stuck the three strip together and then use a thin bit of tape ad the bottom leave a bit of a pocket for the gift card.

The patterned paper is Echo Park I Love Family  and I used one the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Ovals to help bring your eye to the centre. I only put glue under the monkey bottoms so that the gift card can slide into place whilst doing this I got glue on the white oval so I used the Simon Says Stamp Mini Flowers die which had little leaves just right to hide a little mess.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bella Sketch

Its sketch time on Everybody Art Challenge and it just so happens I had some new Doodlebug papers and I decided since we were in the middle of a heat wave maybe a cocktail was necessary of course now I need Hot Chocolate. But I love this fabulous Stamping Bella image isn't she great.

Not much in the way of embellishments, just the pesky retro punch from EK success which I added some tiny white flowers for the centres and for some reason I decided it needed jet pearls. I would have added more but I restrained myself.

The brilliant sentiment came with the stamp, although it should read one, red wine, two red wine, three red wine, floor.

Do pop over and check out the team.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cheque Card

A friend ask for a gift card suitable for a cheque. Well I knew what I wanted to use but to get the right size was a bit tricky.

First of all I used this die from Stampin Up and added the pink since that was the colour of the wedding. My friend already had a proper wedding card so I added the Penny Black lots of love die keeping everything simple.

As you can see inside I added another piece of the die cut to hold the cheque. What should have taken no time at all took ages.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


So we are on our Mid Month reminder on Penny Black Saturday Challenge and in case your had forgotten the theme is Nature.

So I thought it was only right to use this slapstick stamp of Holly and Robin, I tend to avoid using it because the Holy does take time to do, especially has I cut out the berries too.

I think the papers are Simple Stories from a few years ago. The Circle is Simon Says Stamp along with the fishtail banner along with my favourite Christmas sentiment for this year.

All the white space annoyed me so I added some sequins.

Do pop over and check out what some of the team have done for the Mid Month reminder.

I shall be starting on some DT projects since I away for a few days in Norwich soon.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Possibly a Reindeer!

Oh deer (pun intended) my poor Reindeer didn't quite turn out looking like the pattern. It was a paid pattern and I'm not even going to show what he should look like.

Possible the wrong wool and I like my tension to be quite tight when making animals so I used a smaller hook.

Don't get me wrong he is still cute and someone will still love him (hopefully) but I think I will stick to simple patterns.

Hoping to buy some cheap mugs and make some mug cosies for my Sister to sell at the Nursing Home Christmas Fayre.

I also have twenty Blizzard granny squares all with their ends sew in and half way to my next ten but it looks like it eats the wool so I may have to buy some more.