Monday, August 18, 2014


Oh my!!  It really has been quite a while since my last post, I do apologise!

Here's my latest card


Pink, girlie cards are such fun to make!

 As you can see I had a great time!

I'm going to do something with this card that I have never done before...I'm entering it into a challenge... the Live & Love Crafts Monthly Challenge where the theme this month is stitching and as you can see I've got lots of that!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Challenge 8 - Inspired by

For this challenge we were given an inspiration card.  This is my take on it:

I love Lili of the Valley images.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Challenge 7 - Fairytale

I used a decoupage sheet for this one

Sorry the pic is so bad!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Challenge 6 - Z fold card

I battled a bit to get my Z to work out and when I finally got it right it ended up being so thick from all the layers of paper that it needed the ribbon to keep it shut!

Here it is all tied up

The inside

And the back


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Challenge 5 - Butterflies

Oh I do love butterflies!!

I've used Heartfelt Creations paper for my card (a wonderful gift from my sister in law, thanks Linda!).


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Challenge 4 - Flag

For this challenge I made a birthday card for my daughter's friend.  I made two little pompoms:

All the stars and letters/numbers were cut on the Cricut.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Challenge 3 - Monogram

I had fun with this one!!  I got to try my hand at quilling and thoroughly enjoyed it!

I sealed all the quilled bits with ModPodge which really helps to keep everything in place.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Challenge 2 - Love

This is my card for the Love challenge

The rose paper was an advertisement in a magazine.  I added the chipboard 'love', butterfly and pearls and washi tape calender. 


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Card Challenge Begins Again! Challenge 1 - 2014

Our family card challenge took a break over the festive season but has begun again!

For those new to my blog, the family card challenge came about because two of my sisters in law also enjoy making cards and we thought it would be fun to start a weekly card making challenge.  Last year another sister in law joined the group.  Only one sister in law has a blog, you can see her beautiful work here.

So back to the first challenge of the year.  Sister in law M sent us each this lovely paper

And this ribbon

And what did I do with it??

Can you tell that I'm ready for a holiday?!!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Initial Heart Swap!

I got a lovely surprise in the mail today

My heart swap gift arrived!!!  All beautifully wrapped up!

Look at all the beautiful goodies Melanie at The Patchwork Robin sent me! The handmade hanging hearts with my initial on is absolutely stunning

Thank you so much Melanie everything is just perfect, I love it all!!  It's especially meaningful as today is my wedding anniversary.

This Initial Heart Swap has been my first real interaction with others in the blog world and it has been a fantastic experience, thank you Cheryll, Lynn and Melanie for making it so.  If you are reading this and contemplating doing a swap, my advice is go for it!!  There are some wonderful people out there!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Initial Heart Swap

Every year around this time I read on blogs about heart swaps and I always wish that I had taken part in something like that.  This year (actually towards the end of last year) I decided to Google and find a heart swap to take part in.  That's when I came across Cheryll's lovely blog and her Initial Heart Swap. I signed up and awaited details of my secret partner - Lynn from Happiness Is Cross Stitching.

As Lynn has now received her swap, I can reveal what I made.

I knew from the start that I wanted to make a crochet heart as I love to crochet (not that I do that much of it but see here and here).

Now as it was an 'Initial' Heart Swap I had to add my partner's initial to it.  I first thought about using an initialled bead but didn't really know where I would put it.  Then I realised that Lynn was a cross stitcher and so decided to x stitch her initial onto ribbon and use that as the leaves. Lynn, I hope you approve of my x stitch skills!

All packaged up with a hand made label! You'll notice in later pics that I decided to stamp Lynn's name onto the tag.

Another requirement of the swap was to send your partner a chocolate/a sweet.  I bought a bag of chocolate hearts and repackaged them, sealing the bag with a hand made tag.  I sealed it shut with row of zig zag stitching that I wanted to look like grass but look closely, I had stitched it with the zig zags pointing down!!

I just couldn't leave it like that so I redid it - much better!

 I was having so much fun with my swap that I decided to add a couple of extras - one of them was an idea I had had for a while but had never gotten around to doing.  I painted an empty little honey jar lid green and stuck on a hand made rose and filled the jar with pink, white and green buttons.


And since I enjoy making cards, I made a card to go with it

Finally I packaged it all up and sent it off to Lynn

Lynn, I'm so glad you liked it! It was an absolute pleasure putting it together for you.