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Monday, 11 November 2013


I have been having bother posting on my blog for a while now, but thought I would give it another go, so here's hoping this posts. I am making items for a craft fayre at the moment, and here is one of the pillow boxes I have made


Thank goodness for my silhouette machine, as I have cut the boxes on it, and it is going to save lots of time.
The flowers were cut with tattered lace dies, (Christmas Florals and Lacy Marguerite ) and the leaves are a MS punch. I am entering the following challenge
http://www.4craftychicks.blogspot.co.uk/  anything but a card

Well the fayre is less than 2 weeks away, so i'd better crack on, thanks for visting my blog  Irene xx

Saturday, 28 September 2013


Well I hope you're all having the beautiful weather that we are having here in west yorkshire, hope it lasts a bit longer, hate the cold and wet. This card is for a friends birthday, very simple but lots of matting and layering.

                                                                     I have used Bazzil Basics cardstock, Memory Box hollyhock stem die, Spellbinder oval dies, Stamping Up border punch, MS leaf punch, and a cream rose from Wild Orchid, petals edged with brown ink


divasbydesign  monochrome

wildorchidchallenge.  inspired by autumn

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog, I really appreciate your time and comments, love Irene

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Brothers Birthday

Well it is my older brothers birthday tomorrow, and  here is the card I have mabe him


I've ued a digi image from here coloured with copics, and the papers are all Kanban, a bargain in their closing down sale

Challenges entered

ooh-la-la-creations    magnificent men

thepinkelephantchallenge.  digital image

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to visit me and leave comments Irene xx

Saturday, 14 September 2013


Hi here is a quick card I made last night using spellbinders heart dies and craft concepts Cottage Floral embossing folder, I just added a few pearls and a stamped image, and I found a use for the pearl bows I have had for ages

                                                                Challenges entered

acreativeromance.   Dies and Punches

divasbydesignchallenge. Wedding / Anniversary

craftysentiments. Anything Goes

Well I don't know if it's blogger of just me, but it's taken ages to post this, so i'm off for a calming cuppa, will be back later to do some blog hopping bye for now Irene xx

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


Todays card is for a young football fan


I designed the backing papers and sentiment in MCS Elite graphics programme
Not sure where the image is from, but I know i've had it a long while

cardcrafterscircle   ch 90 for the boys

 Thanks or taking the time to visit my blog Irene xx

Monday, 2 September 2013


Been very busy looking after the grandchildren, had a lovely camping holiday, and spent time in the garden, haven't we had a lovely summer for a change? so crafting has taken a back seat for a while. But the kids are back at school tomorrow,and crafting is back on the agenda. This is my first card for a while and it is for our grandaughter Freya who was 7 on Sat
The image is a digi stamp from the MCS Wishes and Whispers CD, coloured with copics and stickles, Backing paper from same CD, Flowers cut on Silhouette SD, Scrolls Tattered Lace die, Lace a gift and rhinestones are from Cloe's creative cards I am entering the following challenges

disdigidesignschallenge.   birthday
dreamvalleychallenges  for a child -
divasbydesignchallenge. lovely lace -

Well hope you like my card, off to view some blogs now, Irene xx

Thursday, 11 July 2013


Just a quick post, as I have to be up early in the morning, so don't want a late night, of to Doncaster for the Summer Crafting workshop. Anyway made this card today , the imade is a Di's digi, coloured with copics, BP is from a MCS  disc, words are Tattered Lace Dies, and flowers are from WOC,
Challenge entered
WOC  daisys

Blogger seems to be playing up tonight, won't let me go back and correct a spelling mistake, so i'll try and do it later

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


Our grandson will be 2 next week, and this is the card I have made him, he's always in his Mum or Dad's shoes, so this image from Mo Manning is very appropriate.
I have coloured the image with copics, and yes he is a gingernut
The  stars were cut on the  silhouette
corners are a spellbinders die
and yes it's that banner again from  La la land crafts

mosdigitalchallenge.  bright colours   -

dreamvalleychallenges.  fathers day/ male theme    -

herecometheboysblogchallenge lets go dotty   -

Thursday, 20 June 2013


Well I'm back, we have had a lovely holiday in Scotland, and managed to fit in visits to 3 craft shops, and all my DT cards for the new Card  Creations 4 day deal on creat and craft on Mon, are in the post. So i've had some me time and done a bit of colouring, with my copics, and here is the card

isn't it pretty
                                                            Di's Digi coloured with copics
                                                   Dies, Spellbinders, Memory Box and La-La Land Crafts
                                                              Pearls  Hobbyhouse
                                                  Paper and Ribbon from stash

Challenge entered   disdigidesignschallenge.  beautiful borders    -
Right must get organised for craft class tonight, so bye

Friday, 31 May 2013


Well it's been a beautiful day today, but will it last? hope so. Hubby and I have both been full of cold (caught off the grandchildren ) but hopefully it's gone, never to return, and the sun makes us all feel better doesn't it. Anyway I have a few cards to catch up  and here is the first one, this is for our daughter in law

The image is a Di's Digi coloured with copics.
All card and paper are MCS
Flowers are a Heartfelt Creations Die with frantage added

dreamvalley  animals    -
disdigidesigns  wings   -
sketchandstash stash gems    -
cutiepiechallenge  recipe 123, 1 image 2 papers 3 flowers    -

Right must get this card linked up to the challenges, as one ends in a couple of hours, hopefully I will have time to do some blog hopping this weekend.

Friday, 10 May 2013


Something different from me today, a card that's not square.

It's the first time i've made this shape of card, but I do like it, and may make more.
I cut the circle for the base with my Silhouette SD, then used  spellbinders scalloped circles, and tattered lace dies, flowers cut with tonic punches, leaves woodware punch, pearls from hobbyhouse. The image is a pre-coloured mo manning die cut also from the hobbyhouse.

Challenges entered

dreamvalleychallenges  no squares allowed   -

divasbydesignchallenge anything goes   -

disdigidesignschallenge. anything but square   -

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog, I really appreciate all your lovely comments

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


We have just had a lovely weekend in York, all paid for by our lovely children, a trip to the theatre, and a night in a hotel, thank you kids we had a great time. We saw prodijig at the Barbican centre, if you don't know who they are, you can see them here great show. Anyway on to my card, this is for my 6 year old granddaughter who has just passed her first grade at Taekwando, well done Freya.
Challenges entered.
4craftychicks.    stars   -

craft-deebowz. must have a bow           

Monday, 29 April 2013

For Megan

My card today is a bit different, it's for my granddaughter who will be 10 on thurs, and she asked me to put one direction on her card, so here it is, hope she likes it.

I've added flowers and a butterfly to girly it up a bit, the large flowers are made using heartfelt creations vintage floret dies and the small flowers are circles, cut into spirals and rolled up.
Pearls are from hobbyhouse
Purple card Kanban,
butterfly 2 dies,  1 marianne 1 free with magazine
Alphabet die is Tattered lace dies
leaves MS punch and Woodware punch

Challenges entered

dreamvalley  things with wings    -
foreverfriends   lots of flowers    -

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog, all your comments are very welcome

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Hello Again

First of all welcome to my new follower Audrey,  nice to meet you. Well hubby has spent this afternoon mending the fence that blew down in the night, it was windy, wasn't it.
My card today is rather green

It's a simple card using lots of techniques, punching, embossing, die cutting, printing, stamping and heat embossing I have used Embossilicious  Florabunda 6x6 embossing folder
Spellbinders circles and scalloped circle dies
A butterfly die (free with a magazine)
Tonic and woodware flower punches
Versermark ink and silver embossing powder
My Craft Studio CD
Kanban Card

foreverfriendschallengeblog die cuts and punches
divasbydesignchallenge.  butterflies and birds    -

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The Sun is Shining

Well at last a nice warm day, though it is a bit windy, lets hope we've seen the last of the cold weather.  When I made this card I wasn't too sure about the colours, but they've grown on me. 

The image is a Saturated Canary one, coloured with copics and prisma pencils.
Background  paper , ribbon and butterfly die cut are gifts from some of my crafty friends
Punched flowers
Pearls from hobbyhouse
teardrop shaped jewels are from a QVC kit bought many moons ago, and found in my stash when having a clear out

Challenges entered
crafts4eternity.   wonderful wings    -
cutecardthursday          butterfly kisses   -
foreverfriends     die cuts and punches   -
divasbydesign     flowers   -
sketchandstash    stash teardrop jewels     -                                 

off to link up to the challenges, and then will have to start on the dinner, thanks for visiting my blog anf for your lovely comments

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Another Birthday Card

Can't believe this 2 posts in 2 days, things are looking up

image is from Di's Digi Downloads and has been coloured with copics, all the card is from Kaban.
Flowers are made with dies from heartfelt creations, layered up and edges embossed using frantage embossing powder, really like the effect. The leaves are cut using a marianne creatables die, and pearls from The Hobby House.

 Challenges entered
disdigidesigns  flower frenzy 
.craftybloggersnetwork. anything goes
dreamvalley  happy birthday
divasbydesign  spring colours

Monday, 8 April 2013

Busy, Busy

Well can't believe it's been 3 weeks since my last post, well first I was ill, then i've been making DT cards which I can't show just yet, then we had family staying over Easter, and then the grandkids are off school, so been looking after them, but I have a card to show today, it's for our gorgeous granddaughter who will be 1 next week.
I have used an 8x8 card blank, the papers are from papermania which I bought about 10 years ago, just found some in the bottom of the drawer. The image is a Mo Manning pre coloured image from the Hobby House, and the flowers are from Wild Orchid

Challenges entered
divasbydesign spring flowers
disdigidesigns flower frenzy
mosdigitalchallenge  fabric + mo image  (lace )

Well got an Anniversary card to make for Hubby, so i'd better get crafting

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Hi Again

First of all I would like to welcome my new follower Julieanne, thank you for following my blog.Well  I have finally given in and bought a Grandcalibur, mainly as now that I am making larger cards, I need larger embossing folders,and it was a good price on Ideal World. So I have had to have a move round to make room for it, and have had a clearout at the same time. How did I accumilate all this stuff? Well the tidy up is nearly finished, and I have a bag of rubbish, a pile of stuff for the grandkids craft box, and some things which I may sell, or should I keep them, will I need them?
Anyway I have managed to make a card today, quite a simple one, but I do like it.

I embossed the lines on the background card, using my Hougie board, and turned a strip the other way for the border. The butterfly is cut with a Marianne die, and the flowers punched with Martha Stewart and Tonic punches,and the papers are from the Papermania  birdsong pack.
Challenges entered

4craftychicks. 133 clean and simple
foreverfriendsl monthly ch lots of flowers
flutterbywednesdays. butterfly or fairy

Right back to finish tidying up, and then some blog hopping tonight.

Friday, 8 March 2013


Well after the lovely weather at the beginning of the week, we have now  been told to expect snow at the weekend, so  i've made a white card, with just a touch of colour. Maybe the garden will look  like that tomorrow.

I have used Couture Creations tied together embossing folder
Spelbinders majestic elements
Heartfelt Creations vintage floret dies
Marianne Creatables leaves die
and Victorian Velvet distress ink
I am entering .4craftychicks.. ch 132 die for dies

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Gardening Weather

Well the sunshine has taken hubby out into the garden, he's not really a gardener, but went out to do a bit of tidying up, he seems to have gone a bit mad with the loppers, hope it all grows back!! Anyway my card today is for my son-in-law who loves gardening

 the image is a digi from here and is coloured with copics, and the watering can was a free stamp with a mag. I cut the leaves using my silhouette and they are also coloured with copics, and the messages are computer generated
I am entering this card in the following challenges
forever friends fortnightly      ch56  bears
joannasheen.       layer it up
divasbydesignchallenge.   anything goes                                                               

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The dreaded male card

I have a couple of male cards to make, but have been putting them off, so after a lovely long weekend in Birmingham, visiting family, I thought that i'd better make a start, so here is the first one, it's for my brother's birthday, which is on the 29th of Feb. As  it's not a leap year this year he will celebrate on the 1st March, so it should arrive in time.

The die cuts were cut on my Silhouette machine, I really must use it more, and I used gilding flakes for the back of the numbers, rather messy, but worth it. The backing paper and sentiment were made using MCS graphics programme.

Challenges entered
joannasheenchallenge.    layer it up
cardmakinmamas    it's birthday time
herecometheboys lots of layers
Well off to start on my son in laws card now,

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Back To The Beginning

When I started making cards, all those years ago, the first things I bought were a stamp, some ink, embossing powder, and a heat gun, and the card I have to show today has used those things. Now the stamps are fairly new, but the ink and embossing powder could possibly be the first ones I bought, and the heat gun is still going strong. In fact I never really got the hang of heat embossing, I always seemed to get a stray bit of embossing powder, but the purchase of an anti static bag has solved the problem, and my card making has gone full circle

I even dare show a close up of the heart

I have also used a quicky glue pen, cosmic shimmer glue and some ribbon.
Challenges Entered
joannasheenchallenge.   black and white
sketchandstashchallenge.    ch 106

Well as it is snowing, and  freezing, I think it's more crafting for me today                                                  

Monday, 11 February 2013

Something Different

Hi, well todays offering is a bit different, I was having a sort out and found some cheap note pads in amongst some magazines, so I thought I would decorate them up, and here is the first one.

I think the stamp is a PB one coloured with copics and cut with a scalloped circle nestie, and i've added a few pearls.
I think this might be a project for the grandchildren to do at half-term, should keep them busy for a while.

pennyblackatallsorts. pink, pearly and swirly
foreverfriendschallengeblog. fortnightly ch anything goes

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Having A Blue Day

No i'm not feeling blue, it's just the card i've just made is rather blue.I've used my copics again, and it's another digi from Saturated Canary, the hair always scares me a bit on these images, but I think i'm getting better. Anyway this card is for a friend, and here it is

I've used a martha stewart 'punch around the page' punch, wild orchid flowers, and pearl headed pins .

I am entering the following challenges
divasbydesign  winged things( the chick in the nest)

whimsy stamps    fancy edges

wildorchid   anything goes                                                    

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

What Happened to January

Think I blinked and missed it. Well I have spent the last few days doing DT work for a CD to be released soon, so thought today that I would get my copics and prismas out, and this is what I have produced.

I have followed the sketch from sketch and stash, and the image is from saturated canary, flowers, seam binding and pearls from wild orchid,  memory box die, and papers from stash 
Thank you blogger for sorting out the issue of uploading pictures.                                                                    
I am entering the following challenges
wildorchidchallenge.  anything goes
sketchandstashchallenge. challenge 106
dreamvalleychallenges. girls, girls, girls

Right it's getting late, so time I was off to bed, goodnight xx

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Lovely Sunshine

Well it's a lovely day here today, a lovely bright sky, and the sun is out, but we had to dig ourselves out this morning, as the fridge was rather empty. But i'm now nice and warm in my craft room, we're well stocked up, and don't have to venture out again till Friday. Here is a card I made last night, nice and bright, to cheer me up
The image is from my new MCS CD  as is the backing paper, and I have decoupaged the butterflies. The lace was a gift, and I have threaded ribbon through it, and the flowers are from Wild Orchid
 I am entering the following challenges
wildorchidchallenge  coming up roses
digidarlas.blogspot  focus on sentiment
dreamvalleychallenges. girls, girls , girls

 Right when i've linked my card up, i'm going to make a  mug of hot chocolate, and will be back later for a look around blogland, Bye.

Monday, 14 January 2013


Well I am finally fully recovered from the cold virus, that I caught just after Christmas, and ready to get back to crafting.
So here is a card I have made for a friend on Docrafts. The stamp was a frebbie with the docraft mag, and I have used copics to colour her.
I am entering the card in the following challenges
dreamvalleychallenges.  anything goes
cardmakinmamas.  anything goes
divasbydesign anything goes
Well it as taken me ages to work out how to get the picture on, as  someone seems to have pinched my upload button, hope it returns soon .

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

To all my lovely crafty friends